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Time for a hard quiz...

I've screened comments, and will give credit to the first person to get each question right.

1. What is a 'millihelen'?
2. Célestine Galli-Marié was the first singer to play which famous operatic character?
3. What was the largest ship (by tonnage) sunk by a German U-boat during either world war?
4. Both the Democrat and Republican candidates in the 2004 US presidential election (John Kerry and George W. Bush) belonged to the same secret society when at university. Name it.
5. What is the smallest extant flightless bird?
6. Who is the Member of Parliament for the constituency that includes the Palace of Westminster?
7. What is the nearest single star (i.e. not a double or triple star system) to the Sun?
8. What was the first track on the first side of the first record or cassette of the very first 'Now That's What I Call Music!' compilation?
9. In baseball, what is a 'perfect game'?
10. The Order of the Elephant is the highest order of knighthood in which country?
11. Who is the only archangel referred to as such in the Bible (excluding Apocrypha)?
12. Saint Helena was the mother of which important historical figure?
13. The Banking House of Valint and Balk appears in the books of which author?
14. Who played Boo Radley in the film 'To Kill a Mockingbird'?
15. Who was sacked as manager of St Mirren in 1978, with the chairman of the club saying he had "no managerial ability"?
16. Which snooker player has won more World Championships than any other?
17. What is the densest naturally occuring element?
18. What was the Rolling Stones's first UK number 1 single?
19. In men's cycling, who won the 2013 Tour of Flanders?
20. By what name is the renaissance scientist, astrologer and occultist Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim is better known?
21. What was the Spectrum and Commodore 64 game developed by Automata that featured the vocal talents of Jon Pertwee, Frankie Howerd and Ian Dury?
22. What is the highest mountain in Europe?
23. During the 1980 siege of the Iranian Embassy in London, what was done to conceal the noise of technicians drilling holes for surveillance microphones in the wall?
24. The actor Don LaFontaine died in 2008. What three words is he most commonly associated with?
25. In 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', why did the bowl of petunias think 'Oh no, not again' when it suddenly appeared high above Magrathea alongside a sperm whale?
26. Shortly before Ted Hughes became Poet Laureate in 1984, both he and Philip Larkin suggested that the position should be given to which Cornish poet?
27. Juba is the capital city of which country?
28. Jack Nicholson is one of only two actors to receive Oscar nominations in the 1960s, the 1970s, the 1980s, the 1990s and the 2000s. Who is the other?
29. 'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain' was the first Fighting Fantasy Gamebook. What was the second?
30. Which famous comic strip science fiction character featured on the cover of the first edition of 2000 AD?
31. Who was the Plymouth schoolgirl who won the 2012 Olympic 100m breaststroke gold medal?
32. Which Lord of the Rings character had a mother called Eglantine?
33. Which American professor of Urdu and South Asian Studies, who died in March 2012, was called 'the forgotten Tolkien' by Der Spiegel, on account of the linguistically-derived nature of his fictional fantasy setting?
34. Who created the miniatures wargame 'Little Wars', described as "a game for boys from twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty and for that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games"?
35. In the New Testament, only two of the four gospels agree on the names of all 12 disciples. Which two?
36. What plant appears on the flag of Mexico?
37. Who sang on Mike Oldfield's hit single 'Moonlight Shadow'?
38. Name this Hollywood actor: All six of the films in which he appeared received Best Picture Oscar nominations (a unique achievement). His most famous role was in three of those films when he played the elder brother of a character played by his former flatmate. He died of cancer at the age of 42 in 1978. Meryl Streep was his girlfriend at the time.
39. Excluding the Open University, what is the UK's largest university (in terms of student numbers)?
40. Who was the third man to set foot on the Moon?
41. In professional boxing, what is the lightest weight category?
42. Which famous university is situated just north of the town of South Bend, Indiana?
43. Which football club won the first ever Football League title in 1889?
44. And which football club won last season's Football League title?
45. The Prussian explorer Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt is most famous for his explorations of which modern country?
46. Which political scientist and science fiction author's 'Iron Law of Bureaucracy' states that "In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely"?
47. At the start of 'A Game of Thrones', which noble house holds Harrenhal?
48. What nature of creature is a 'Common Welsh Green'?
49. Six types of dice are used in standard Dungeons and Dragons. What is the only one that is not a platonic solid?
50. What game won the 2012 British Academy Award for Best Game?



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 7th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
I won't reveal the answers given so far so that the rest of you can have fun trying to get them right, but...

iainjcoleman, your answers to 1, 4, 29, 30, 33, 34 and 49 were correct. However, 26 was wrong.

bunn - your answers to 12, 26, 32 and 48 were all correct.
Apr. 7th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)

1: yes
3: no
5: no
10: yes
12: yes
17: no
22: I need the mountain, not the range
23: no
25: yes, but I want the name
30: yes
32: yes
34: yes
35: yes
37: no
39: no
41: no
42: yes
49: yes
Apr. 7th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)

1: yes
3: both no
4: no
5: no
10: no
12: yes
16: I'm assuming you meant this as the answer to 15, in which case, yes.
17: yes
18: no
19: no
20: yes
21: no (although your answer was developed by the same people)
22: no
24: no
25: yes
28: no
30: yes
32: no
35: no
37: no
39: yes
40: no
43: yes
48: yes
49: yes
Apr. 7th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
phina v:

1. yes
5. no
11. yes
27. yes
29. yes
30. no
48. yes
49. yes
Apr. 7th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)

2. no
5. no
6. no
7. no
8. no
9. no
10. no
11. yes
15. yes
16. no
17. yes
18. no
22. yes
25. yes
27. yes
28. no
29. no
30. no
31. well yes, but...
37. yes
39. no
41. no
43. yes
44. yes
45. yes
48. yes
49. yes
Apr. 7th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)

8. no
21. yes
Apr. 8th, 2013 10:43 am (UTC)

1. yes
3. no
4. no
5. no
7. no
10. no
11. yes
17. no
21. Ooh, you're so close...
22. no
25. yes
33. no
35. yes
36. no
39. no
47. no
49. yes
Apr. 8th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)

7. yes
16. yes
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