Hi there. As you can probably tell (given my inactivity here) that I'm temporarily very busy with the mundane stuff of life and probably will be for the next week or so. However, I shall endeavour to put up quizzes where I can.
1. According to the Acts of Pilate from the New Testament Pseudepigraphia, what name is given to the Roman soldier who used the Spear of Destiny to pierce Christ's side while he was on the cross?
2. In July 1976, who became the first democratically elected Spanish Prime Minister after the death of Franco?
3. Released in 1983, 'Murmur' was the title of the first full-length album from which American rock group from Athens, Georgia?
4. Which small market town on the outskirts of Milton Keynes is best known for its annual Pancake Race that has taken place each Shrove Tuesday since 1445?
5. Which are the only two recognised nations not to be members of the UN?
6. In 1842, the British general and Commander-in-Chief in India, Sir Charles Napier, sent which famous one-word Latin message (meaning 'I have sinned') back to Headquarters after his victories at Meanee and Hyderabad?
7. In 1777, Marie Grosholtz (later Madame Tussaud) created her first sculpture. Who was the subject?
8. Found in the shallow tropical marine waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans, what is the common name of Synanceia verrucosa, the world's most venomous fish?
9. Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the words to the song 'America the Beautiful' in 1893 after taking a carriage ride to the top of which mountain in the Front Range of the Rockies in Colorado?
10. Published in 1911, what was the title of Max Beerbohm's only novel, a satire on life at Oxford University?
11. The final plate of William Hogarth's 'A Rake's Progress' series depicts a scene inside which institution, founded in London in 1247?
12. A similar size to the sparrow, Micrathene whitneyi is the world's smalleset species of owl; what is its common name?
13. Born in 1867, who was the American sculptor best known for creating the monumental presidents' heads at Mount Rushmore?
14. What is the name of the radio tower in Moscow, designed by Nikolai Nikitin, that, at 540 metres (1772 feet), is the tallest free-standing structure in Europe and was until the construction of the CN Tower also the tallest structure in the world?
15. Nikolai Nikitin was also involved in the construction of which statue on Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd which, at 84 metres (270 feet) tall, is the tallest sculpture in the world?
16. Named after the English naturalist who first described it in his 'Contributions to an Insect Fauna of the Amazon Valley', what is the name of the phenomenon in which harmless, edible species develop resemblences to other distasteful or poisonous species in order to gain protection from predators?
17. In 1850, while playing for the South against the North at Lord's, which cricketer took all 10 wickets in an innings, all clean bowled, which was the first and, to date, only instance of this in first class cricket?
18. According to tradition, San Marino was founded in 301AD by the stonemason Saint Marinus of Rab after fleeing his homeland in fear of the persecution of which Roman Emperor?
19. And if people from England are known collectively as the English, then which Italian word is used to refer collectively to the inhabitants of San Marino?
20. Which sea takes its name from the Kyrgyz word for 'sea of islands'?
Some good ones there I thought. The answers:
2. ADOLFO SUÁREZ
5. VATICAN CITY & TAIWAN
9. PIKES PEAK
10. ZULEIKA DOBSON
11. BETHLEM HOSPITAL
12. ELF OWL
13. GUTZON BORGLUM
14. OSTANKINO TOWER
15. MOTHER MOTHERLAND IS CALLING (or MOTHER MOTHERLAND or Родина-мать зовёт!)
16. BATESIAN MIMICRY
17. JOHN WISDEN
20. ARAL SEA