Once more unto the brain, dear friends. I think this week's selection is fairly straightforward - I hope there are a few to distract you, however. Onwards....
1. Deriving from the German for 'novel of education', which literary term refers to a novel that traces the spiritual, moral, psychological or social development of the protagonist from childhood to maturity?
2. Which type of fish is split and cooked in order to make a spitchcock?
3. The Rhine and the Ruhr meet at which German city to create one of the largest inland ports in Europe?
4. Who was the leader of the Native American Minneconjou Sioux who was killed at the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890?
5. Probably deriving from the Icelandic for 'crush', and regarded as the most fearsome weapon in the arsenal of the Norse pantheon, what is the name of Thor’s hammer?
6. Which American President signed into law the Indian Citizenship Act that granted full US citizenship to Native Americans?
7. Which American female R&B singer, who had number 1 hits in the UK with 'Miss You' and 'More Than a Woman', died in a plane crash in August 2001?
8. Of what is hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia the fear?
9. Which card game was invented by the English poet Sir John Suckling in the early 17th Century?
10. Who was the first male presenter of the children's television show 'Blue Peter'?
11. Who founded the Stoic school of philosophy in Athens?
12. Which herb, used in French cookery, is sometimes known as 'dragon herb'?
13. Common in English usage, the word 'taboo', meaning 'forbidden', is taken from the language of the indigenous people of which country?
14. In which English castle was the 10th Century king Edward the Martyr murdered?
15. This branch of theology, its name deriving from the Greek for 'study of the last', is concerned with the final events in the history of mankind. What is it called?
16. Coming to office in 1850, who was the last American President not to represent either the Republican or Democratic Parties?
17. The practising Mormon Brandon Flowers is the lead singer of which American rock group?
18. With a name deriving from the Greek for 'branch', which branch of biology, the most prominent form of phylogenetic systematics, determines the evolutionary relationships between organisms based on derived similarities?
19. What was the surname of the seven brothers who all played county cricket for Worcestershire between 1899 and 1934?
20. Which British dramatist, who wrote the award-winning play 'Beautiful Thing', also wrote the scripts for the sit-com 'Gimme Gimme Gimme'?
21. What was the pen name of the cartoonist Cyril Kenneth Bird, who became editor of 'Punch' magazine in 1949?
22. What is the name of the white sauce, flavoured with onion and herbs, that is named after a French courtier who attended Louis XIV?
23. Despite having a population of just 780,000 which city is, in terms of area, the largest in the United States?
24. About what, in 1066, did the 11th Century Benedictine monk, Eilmer of Malmesbury, say, “You've come, have you? … You've come, you source of tears to many mothers. It is long since I saw you; but as I see you now you are much more terrible, for I see you brandishing the downfall of my country”?
25. In Greek mythology, what was the name of the hunter who was turned into a stag by the goddess Artemis because he saw her naked?
26. In 2004, Indulis Emsis became the first European Prime Minister to represent the Green Party when he was elected Prime Minister of which country?
27. R Kelly's 1997 number 1 hit 'I Believe I Can Fly' was taken from the soundtrack to which film?
28. The last surviving example of which bird, once the most common bird in the world, died in Cincinnati Zoo in 1914?
29. Which twelve-letter word, invented by James Joyce for his novel 'Ulysses', and meaning 'the sound of a knock on the door', is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary as the longest single-word palindrome in the English language?
30. Which 1988 film, starring Meryl Streep, told the true story of Lindy Chamberlain, a mother, convicted of killing her baby even though she maintained that a dingo had killed it?
Did you get a warm, glowing feeling when you realised you knew the answers? Good....
4. BIG FOOT
6. CALVIN COOLIDGE
8. LONG WORDS
10. CHRISTOPHER TRACE
14. CORFE CASTLE
16. MILLARD FILLMORE
17. THE KILLERS
20. JONATHAN HARVEY
23. JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
24. HALLEY'S COMET
27. SPACE JAM
28. PASSENGER PIGEON
30. A CRY IN THE DARK