Hello once again. You may have noticed that it's not yet Tuesday. Well done, award yourself an extra point. As some of you will know, televisual duties mean that I shall be without an internet connection for a few days. I hope you enjoy this selection:
1. Deriving from the Latin for 'a cutting', what name is given to an audible pause that breaks up a line of poetry?
2. Which almond filling used in cakes, tarts and pastries is thought to be named after the perfumer to King Louis XIII of France?
3. Which capital city stands at the confluence of the rivers Alzette and Petrusse?
4. Who was the British major-general who formed and led the Chindit special force in Burma and India during World War II before being killed in a plane crash in 1944?
5. Which king of Greek mythology, when defeated by Odysseus for the armour of Achilles, went mad and slaughtered a herd of sheep before killing himself?
6. Which Labour MP lost her Bethnal Green and Bow constituency to George Galloway in 2005?
7. For which stage and film musical did Dolly Parton write the hugely popular song 'I Will Always Love You'?
8. What name is given to the bluish-brown halo that can be seen around the Sun in the presence of large amounts of dust in the stratosphere, typically observed after a large volcanic eruption?
9. In 1898, which American writer and adventurer became the first person to sail single-handedly around the world?
10. Which 1980 film, starring Robert Redford and directed by Stuart Rosenberg, was set in Wakefield Prison Farm?
11. Which 17th Century female artist painted 'Judith and Holofernes', a depiction of the Biblical story of Judith beheading the Assyrian general Holofernes?
12. Which food ingredient, made from seaweed or red algae, is used as a vegetarian substitute for gelatine in soups, jellies and ice creams?
13. Which island group in the North Pacific was known as the Catherine Archipelago prior to 1867?
14. Which 17th Century French explorer was known as the 'Father of New France' after founding and naming Quebec City?
15. Which palace is the official residence of the Archbishop of York?
16. Who led the Polish military in the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 and later became Prime Minister and, ultimately, President in 1989?
17. Which was the only group to have UK number 1 singles in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s?
18. What was the common name of Harpagornis moorei, the largest eagle ever to have lived, that was native to New Zealand and became extinct around 1500?
19. Which Scottish club were beaten by IFK Gothenburg in the 1987 UEFA Cup final?
20. The 1965 film 'The Agony and the Ecstasy', a biopic of the Renaissance artist Michelangelo, was based on a novel by which American author?
21. In which 20th Century novel would you find cows called Aimless, Feckless, Graceless and Pointless?
22. A variety of which fruit is named after a Californian postal worker named Rudolph Hass who patented it in 1935?
23. Which city did Astana replace as capital of Kazakhstan in 1998?
24. At which American university were four students killed by the National Guard after an anti-war demonstration in May 1970?
25. In Hinduism, the Great Buddha is represented as the incarnation of which Hindu god?
26. The British sportsman, turned politician, CB Fry was offered the throne of which European country in the 1920s?
27. Mike Ness is the guitarist and vocalist for which punk band whose 1996 album 'White Light, White Heat, White Trash' was met with widespread critical acclaim?
28. Named after the Roman goddess of plants and motherly love, what is the name of the dwarf planet that orbits between Mars and Jupiter?
29. Although he played under the pseudonym A.H. Chequer, what was the real name of the footballer who scored the only goal in the first ever FA Cup Final?
30. Elizabeth Taylor won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role as a society call girl in which 1960 film?
31. On which Italian island is the novel 'Catch-22' set?
32. Angostura bitters, used in pink gin, was named after a town in which country?
33. What is the name of the river that is formed by the confluence of the rivers Tigris and Euphrates in the Iraqi town of al-Qurnah?
34. Thought to have been the first iron-clad battleships in history, what was the name of the ships, meaning 'turtle ships' in Korean, that made up the fleet built by the Korean naval hero Yi Sun-shin to defend against the Japanese invasions of Korea in 1592?
35. Which religion was founded by Vardhamana Mahavira in the 6th Century BC?
36. In 1875, which became the first trademark to be registered in the UK?
37. Which singer-songwriter painted the cover of the 1974 Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album 'So Far'?
38. 'The Book of Healing' and 'The Canon of Medicine' are two of the best known works by which Persian philosopher and scientist, whose works were used as standard medical texts at European Universities from the 11th to 17th Centuries?
39. Who was the only male tennis player during the 20th Century to have held the number 1 ranking despite never winning a Grand Slam event?
40. Who directed the 1971 film 'Death in Venice', starring Dirk Bogarde?
41. Which 20th Century artistic movement, associated with the American painters Robert Henri and George Wesley Bellows, sought to portray scenes of daily life in poor urban neighbourhoods?
42. Often flavoured with fruits or herbs and sometimes used in soups, what is the name of the mildly alcoholic beverage made from black or rye bread that is popular in Russia and several ex-Soviet states?
43. What is the unit of currency used in both Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan?
44. Now part of Malaysia, what was the name of the historic state in the northwestern part of the island of Borneo that was ruled by a dynasty of British rajas between 1841 and 1946?
45. Who is the Roman goddess of war, regarded as the sister of Mars?
46. In which ex-Soviet state was Askar Akayev displaced as President after the Tulip Revolution of 2005?
47. Under what name does the British singer-songwriter Damon Gough record?
48. Which African cat, that is extensively hunted for its fur, has the longest legs of all cats relative to body size?
49. The Soviet athlete Viktor Saneyev won his third consecutive gold medal in which event at the 1976 Olympics?
50. In 1961, which footballer became the first person to turn down an invitation to appear on 'This is Your Life'?
Some extremey tricky questions there but a good few easier ones too. How did you do? Let's take a look:
3. LUXEMBOURG (or LUXEMBOURG CITY)
4. ORDE WINGATE
6. OONA KING
7. THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
8. BISHOP'S RING
9. JOSHUA SLOCUM
11. ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI
12. AGAR (or AGAR-AGAR)
13. ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
14. SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN
15. BISHOPTHORPE PALACE
16. WOJCIECH JARUZELSKI
17. BEE GEES
18. HAAST'S EAGLE
19. DUNDEE UNITED
20. IRVING STONE
21. COLD COMFORT FARM
24. KENT STATE UNIVERSITY
27. SOCIAL DISTORTION
29. MORTON BETTS
30. BUTTERFIELD 8
33. SHATT AL-ARAB (or ARVAND RŪD)
36. BASS RED TRIANGLE
37. JONI MITCHELL
39. MARCELO RÍOS
40. LUCHINO VISCONTI
41. ASHCAN SCHOOL
47. BADLY DRAWN BOY
49. TRIPLE JUMP
50. DANNY BLANCHFLOWER