1. They were discovered in 1743 and called Cyrpiniformes. Shortly afterwards, another discovery led to them being given the name by which we know them today. What name?
2. What name is given to any of a group of biennial Old World thistles in the genus Arctium, family Asteraceae, that is used in Japanese cuisine and said to have medicinal qualities?
3. Which poet, born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1910, served as the rector of the Black Mountain College from 1951 until 1956 and left 'The Maximus Poems' unfinished at his death in 1970?
4. Aishwarya Rai starred alongside Colin Firth and Sir Ben Kingsley in which 2007 film based on a novel by Valerio Massimo Manfredi?
5. At 5' 5", which international is the shortest footballer to be on the books of a Premiership club?
6. Who was the Dutch scientist who, in 1676, became the first person to observe bacteria?
7. What was the name of the father of Rameses II who, for a time, ruled jointly with his son?
8. By what name was British Airways known when it was founded in 1924?
9. In which year were both Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington born?
10. The word ‘cheetah’ is derived from a Sanskrit name meaning what?
11. What was the name of the Queen of the Netherlands who abdicated in 1948 due to ill health?
12. KT Tunstall was born in which Scottish town on 23 June 1975?
13. In Graham Greene's novel 'Brighton Rock', what is Pinkie's surname?
14. Which former President was enrolled as the first Medicare beneficiary and presented with the first Medicare card?
15. What is the name of the founder of the Peruvian rebel group Shining Path?
16. What name was given to the rigidly organized military regiments commanded by Shaka Zulu?
17. How much did James Whistler receive after successfully suing the art critic John Ruskin for libel?
18. Which alternative rock group recorded the song ‘California’ that is used as the theme to ‘The O.C.’?
19. In April 2003, which American news website accidentally published premature draft obituaries of several public figures, using the Queen Mother and Ronald Reagan as draft templates? Dick Cheney was described as the 'UK's favorite grandmother', Pope John Paul II was said to have had a 'love of racing' and Fidel Castro was described as a 'lifeguard, athlete and movie star'.
20. In which country is the style of music known as zaffa traditionally used at wedding ceremonies?
And the answers:
1. ELECTRIC EELS
3. CHARLES OLSON
4. THE LAST LEGION
5. AARON LENNON
6. ANTONIE VAN LEEUWENHOEK
7. SETI I
8. IMPERIAL AIRWAYS
10. VARIEGATED BODY
12. ST ANDREWS
14. HARRY TRUMAN
15. ABIMAEL GUZMAN
17. ONE FARTHING
18. PHANTOM PLANET