Hi there. There's some good ones this week!
1. King George IV paid which Swiss artist £200 for his painting 'The Nubian Giraffe' in 1827?
2. Which type of pasta translates from the Italian as 'little ears'?
3. In terms of population, Helsinki is the largest city in Finland. Which is the second largest?
4. Choosing Trajan as his heir in 96 AD, which Roman Emperor, who died two years later, was the first Emperor to select his successor by his capabilities rather than paternal relations?
5. Who was the 17th Century Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland who famously calculated the date of creation as 22nd October, 4004 BC?
6. What was the name of the Tom Taylor play that Abraham Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated in 1865?
7. Which album by U2 took its name from a line in the Mel Brooks film 'The Producers'?
8. Which mammal, found in South and Central America, is the only aquatic marsupial?
9. Rosenborg are the most successful team in Norwegian football league history; in which city do they play their home games?
10. What is the occupation of the title character in the musical 'Hello, Dolly!'?
11. Which Dutch painter, who moved to England in 1870 and was knighted by Queen Victoria, designed the set for Henry Irving's 1901 production of 'Coriolanus' at the Lyceum Theatre in London?
12. Who was the French chef at the Savoy Hotel who created the classic dessert, Peach Melba, in the 1890s?
13. What is the name of the supposedly magical stone that stands on the Hill of Tara in Ireland?
14. What was the name of the Russian submarine that sank in the Barents Sea in 2000, killing 118 people?
15. Which First Century saint, and Doctor of the Church, wrote 'The City of God' and 'Confessions'?
16. Who is the Italian politician, convicted of having Mafia contacts, who served as Italian Prime Minister on three occasions between 1972 and 1992?
17. From 1964 to 1966, which famous singer-songwriter was the lead singer of the group Them?
18. Bruxism is the medical name for which involuntary neuromuscular activity that often occurs during sleep?
19. At which racecourse is the Kentucky Derby run?
20. What was the last of the series of 'Road to…' movies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, released in 1962?
21. Which Latin phrase, that translates literally as 'a god from a machine', refers to the practice in Greek drama of introducing a god or other improbable device to resolve a conflict in the plot?
22. The jujube is a fruit that has been cultivated in China and India for over 4,000 years; by what name is it better known in the UK?
23. Which island nation in the Indian Ocean was known as Ile de France during the 18th Century?
24. What was the name of the horse ridden by Lord Cardigan at the Charge of the Light Brigade?
25. Who is the mythical hunter-warrior of Irish mythology who is said to have created Giant's Causeway as a series of stepping stones to Scotland?
26. Of which African tribe was Nelson Mandela born a royal?
27. In July 1954, both Frank Sinatra and the Four Aces had top 5 hits with the same song; which song?
28. Named after a prominent Pakistani-born American astrophysicist, what name is given to the maximum possible mass of a stable cold star, above which it must collapse into a black hole?
29. Who won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1970, despite being killed three races before the end of the season?
30. Which 1971 film starring Vincent Price tells the story of a disfigured musical genius seeking to avenge the death of his wife?
How did you do? Let's take a look:
1. JACQUES-LAURENT AGASSE
5. JAMES USSHER
6. OUR AMERICAN COUSIN
7. ACHTUNG BABY
8. YAPOK (or WATER OPOSSUM)
11. LAWRENCE ALMA-TADEMA
12. AUGUSTE ESCOFFIER
13. LIA FAIL
15. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO
16. GIULIO ANDREOTTI
17. VAN MORRISON
18. TEETH GRINDING
19. CHURCHILL DOWNS
20. ROAD TO HONG KONG
21. DEUS EX MACHINA
22. CHINESE DATE
25. FINN McCOOL
27. THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN
28. CHANDRASEKHAR LIMIT
29. JOCHEN RINDT
30. THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES