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1. The Byzantine Emperor Nicephoros died on a dunghill during which battle against the Bulgarians fought on 26 July, 811?
2. Author of the 1554 work 'Cruydeboeck', who became court physician to the Austrian Emperor Rudolph II in 1575 and professor of medicine at the University of Leiden in 1582?
3. The first European mountain railway built with a standard-gauge track, in which European country was the Semmering Railway constructed between 1848 and 1854?
4. What was the pseudonym of Pierre Culliford, best known for his creation of 'The Smurfs' comic strip?
5. Which city in Belgium is famous for its carnival, held every February, which traditionally ends with 'The Burning of the Doll'?
6. A subgroup of the Kayapo tribe, what is the name of the tribe of indigenous people discovered in the Amazon Rainforest in May 2007?
7. Founded in 1793, which resort on the Baltic Sea in the Bade Doberan district is the oldest seaside spa in Germany?
8. To which country does the island of Masirah belong?
9. In June 2007, what was the name of the horse that became the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes in over 100 years?
10. At which Australian port does the Hunter River reach the Pacific Ocean?
11. The Chamorro or Chamoru people are the indigenous people of which archipelago?
12. The Polisario Front is a Sahrawi rebel movement working for the independence of which territory?
13. Who was the French political philosopher and anarchist who coined the phrase 'Property is theft'?
14. In which American state are the Green Mountains located?
15. The Kush were an ancient African civilisation located in which modern day country?
16. According to the Gospel of Matthew, which Biblical character ate “locusts and wild honey”?
17. What rank did Idi Amin achieve in the British Army?
18. What is the common name of the now extinct marsupial also called the thylacine?
19. Which American golfer is best remembered for having won 11 consecutive tournaments during 1945?
20. Sharing its name with an Israeli internet news portal, what name is given to the sound effect used in American radio, film, and television to imitate the indistinct murmur of a crowd in the background?
21. Who was the English biologist, known as 'Darwin's Bulldog' for his defence of the theory of evolution, who coined the term 'agnosticism'?
22. In which country were Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid said to have died in a gunfight in 1908?
23. In 1903, which English architect won the competition to design the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool?
24. Which European capital city is served by Nikola Tesla airport?
25. A statue of which Roman general, who was governor of Britain in the first Century, stands in the city of Bath?
26. Who was the Greek god of wealth who is said to have been blinded by Zeus so that he might dispense his wealth blindly without regard to merit?
27. Which American President, whose administration ran from 1857-1861, is the only President to have been a bachelor?
28. In Homer's 'Odyssey', what was the name of Odysseus' faithful dog who awaited his return from Ithaca?
29. In June 2007, which Jamaican-born American become the youngest person, as well as the first black person, to fly solo around the world?
30. The O le Ao o le Malo is the title given to the head of state in which country?
31. What name is given to the shanty towns of Brazil, the first of which was created in in November 1897 when 20,000 veteran soldiers were brought to Rio de Janeiro and left with no place to live?
32. In 1842, who became the last politician to be denied appointment to the office of Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds?
33. Considered one of the key sites in world prehistory and home to some of the earliest handcrafted gold treasure, in which country could you find the Varna Necropolis?
34. What was the name of the mysterious and magical island featured in the musical 'South Pacific'?
35. By what name is Gustav Mahler's 'Eighth Symphony' better known?
36. The Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea are an autonomous region of which country?
37. Which physician and philosopher, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952, founded the Lambaréné Hospital in Gabon?
38. Which Greek philosopher founded the Eleatic School of Philosophy in the 5th Century BC?
39. Which ice hockey team defeated the Ottowa Senators to win the 2007 Stanley Cup?
40. In 1934, the Russian adventurer Boris Skossyreff unsuccessfully declared himself Boris I of which European country?
41. Which Dutch-born painter, who taught at Yale University, published the influential book 'The Interaction of Color' in 1963?
42. Which city is the administrative centre of the French region of Lorraine?
43. In which castle did King John die in 1216?
44. In Norse mythology, who was the messenger to the gods?
45. Who was the Conservative peer who died in 1986, who was best known for his homosexual relationship with the gangster Ronnie Kray?
46. What was the pen-name of the 16th Century alchemist and physician Phillip von Hohenheim?
47. Amblyopia is the medical name for which visual disorder?
48. Who became King of Wessex in 802AD, King of Kent in 825AD and King of Mercia in 829AD and is often referred to as the first King of England?
49. Before it achieved independence in 1828 which country was known as Banda Oriental?
50. What was pen-name used by the Russian novelist Aleksei Peshkov?
Do well? Let's see:
1. BATTLE OF PLISKA
2. REMBERT DODOENS
9. RAGS TO RICHES
11. MARIANA ISLANDS
12. WESTERN SAHARA
13. PIERRE-JOSEPH PROUDHON
16. JOHN THE BAPTIST
18. TASMANIAN TIGER
19. BYRON NELSON
21. THOMAS HUXLEY
23. GILES GILBERT SCOTT
25. GNAEUS JULIUS AGRICOLA
27. JAMES BUCHANON
29. BARRINGTON IRVING
32. VISCOUNT CHELSEA (or EARL CADOGAN)
34. BALI HA'I
35. SYMPHONY OF A THOUSAND
37. ALBERT SCHWEITZER
39. ANAHEIM DUCKS
41. JOSEF ALBERS
45. LORD (ROBERT) BOOTHBY
47. LAZY EYE
50. MAXIM GORKY