Hello once again. Have a crack at these:
1. In Shakespeare's 'Timon of Athens', what is the name of the churlish philosopher who exerts his influence on the title character?
2. The Pio Quinto is a cake, drenched in rum and topped with custard and cinnamon, that originated in which country?
3. Cape Farewell is a headland that constitutes the southernmost part of which island?
4. What was the name of the train robbed in the Great Train Robbery of 1963?
5. Who was the legendary Greek physician, later deified as the god of the healing arts, who was destroyed by a thunderbolt sent by Zeus lest he teach mankind to evade death?
6. Samuel Joseph Byck gained notoriety after he hijacked a plane with the intention of crashing into the White House in the hope of killing which American President?
7. Which was the first single to sell one million records in the United Kingdom?
8. Which is the only one of the 13 zodiacal constellations not to be used as a star sign?
9. In August 1992, which Sheffield United striker scored the first ever goal in the English Premier League?
10. In the famous James Bond film, what is the first name of the villainous Goldfinger?
11. The Dutch painter Karel Appel was perhaps the most famous member of which avant-garde art movement active from 1949 to 1952 in Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam?
12. Which traditional three-cornered biscuit, usually eaten during the Jewish festival of Purim, is said to have been named after a Biblical Persian official whose hanging is described in the Book of Esther?
13. In which Cornish town is the world-famous Furry Dance performed each May?
14. Who was the first king of the Babylonian Empire?
15. In the Bible, which woman of Jerusalem gave Jesus her cloth to wipe his face as he bore the cross?
16. What is the maximum speed limit on British canals?
17. What is the name of the American record producer who founded Tamla Mowtown in Detroit in 1959?
18. Which subspecies of the plains zebra, that had zebra-like markings on its head and forelegs but plain brown hindquarters, was hunted to extinction in the 1870s?
19. Who was the Irish equestrian who won the gold medal for the Individual Show Jumping event at the 2004 Olympic Games only to be stripped of it due to drug offences?
20. The song 'White Christmas' is taken from which 1942 film?
21. Which Englishman was appointed the principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999?
22. What type of mollusc is the geoduck that is highly regarded in Oriental cuisine?
23. Which is the first letter of the Hebrew Alphabet?
24. Who was the American serial killer, nicknamed 'The Green River Killer', who, at his trial in 2003, confessed to the murders of 48 women in Washington state?
25. Which knight of Arthurian legend fought against the mysterious Green Knight?
26. Who was the Ugandan political leader who led his country to independence in 1962 but was overthrown by Idi Amin nine years later?
27. The video for which song was the first ever to be played on MTV?
28. Named after the Greek writer who first described it, what name is given to the unlit area of sky that can be seen between the arcs of two rainbows caused by the deviation angles of the primary and secondary bows?
29. Which American tennis player did Richard Krajicek defeat in the 1996 Wimbledon men's singles final?
30. The 1987 film 'Babette's Feast' was taken from a story written by which Danish author?
31. Benjamin Britten's opera 'The Rape of Lucretia' is based on the play 'Le Viol de Lucrèce' by which French playwright?
32. In Mexican cuisine, what name is given to meats, often a whole sheep, that are traditionally cooked in a pit covered with leaves?
33. The Square of Three Powers is the name of the central square in which South American city?
34. During World War II, an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki because bad weather prevented the bomb being dropped on the original target; on which city was the bomb originally scheduled to be dropped?
35. According to Norse mythology, what is the name of the battle that will take place at the end of the world?
36. In which American state did Winston Churchill make his famous speech that brought the term Iron Curtain into popular usage in 1946?
37. The style of music known as heavy metal takes its name from a term used in the 1962 novel 'The Soft Machine', written by which author?
38. Which letter of the alphabet is used to symbolise the atomic number of an element?
39. Which former Spanish international footballer was nicknamed the Beast of Barcelona?
40. What connects Marilyn Monroe's character in 'The Seven Year Itch', Paul McGann's character in 'Withnail and I', and Edward Norton's character in 'Fight Club'?
41. Who was the calligrapher who invented the nakshi script, the first cursive style of Arabic lettering?
42.What is the name of the naturally-carbonated yoghurt beverage that is a popular accompaniment to meals in Iran, Afghanistan and several of the Asiatic ex-Soviet states?
43. The name of which African capital city means 'rope matting' in its local language?
44. What was the name, deriving ultimately from the Berber for 'spear', of the short spear used as a stabbing weapon by the Zulus?
45. In 1558, which Scottish religious reformer wrote 'The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women'?
46. In which city was the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in 1972 that led, later that year, to the creation of the UN Environment Programme?
47. Which American singer-songwriter, who recorded as a solo artist as well as with the International Submarine Band, The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died of a drug overdose at the age of 26 in 1973?
48. In 1824, which became the first dinosaur to be named?
49. In 1981, Susan Brown became the first woman to take part in which sporting event?
50. Arthur Jefferson was born in Ulverston in Cumbria in 1890; under what name did he achieve fame?
The answers this week are:
4. ABERDEEN EXPRESS
5. AESCULAPIUS (or ASCLEPIUS)
6. RICHARD NIXON
7. ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK
9. BRIAN DEANE
16. 4 MPH
17. BERRY GORDY
19. CIAN O'CONNOR
20. HOLIDAY INN
21. SIMON RATTLE
24. GARY RIDGWAY
26. MILTON OBOTE
27. VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR
28. ALEXANDER'S BAND
29. MALIVAI WASHINGTON
30. KAREN BLIXEN
31. ANDRÉ OBEY
37. WILLIAM S BURROUGHS
39. MIGUEL ÁNGEL NADAL
40. THEY REMAIN NAMELESS THROUGHOUT THE FILM
41. IBN MUQLAH
42. DOOGH (or DUGH)
45. JOHN KNOX
47. GRAM PARSONS
49. THE UNIVERSITY BOAT RACE
50. STAN LAUREL