1. Which 1980 historical whodunit and murder mystery opens with
the first words "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was
with God, and the Word was God."
2. Put the following countries in order of the amount of currently
active nuclear power stations (nuclear reactors), starting with the
country with the most amount of active nuclear power stations:
a: India, b: China, c: France, d: Russia
3. Who wrote the music and lyrics for the musical Evita? (Two names
required here for full points).
4. True or false: Madagascar has no poisonous snakes.
5. Deep Thought was an IBM-produced chess computer, named after the
super computer in which famous work of fiction?
6. What is the official unit used for measuring the depth of water?
7. Which battle of 1805 is sometimes referred to as The Battle of
the three Emperors?
8. Of which people was Atahualpa the last leader?
9. Lech Walesa becomes president of Poland. First showing of "Have
I got news for you" on BBC TV. Nelson Mandela was released. All new
cars in Europe have to be capable of running on unleaded petrol.
But what was the year?
10. What was on board the first ever hot air balloon flight back in
a: 3 Murderers, b: 3 Animals, c: 3 Brothers or d: 3 Dummies?
11. Who was the lead singer with the Bay City Rollers?
12. True for most vertibrates, which organ produces Bile?
13. What was the NATO reporting name of the Soviet nuclear
ballistic missile RT-21M Pioneer?
14. Which obese English King was described by 'The Times' as a
'hard-drinking, swearing man who at all times would prefer a girl
and a bottle to politics and a sermon'?
15. Which fat, jolly, and somewhat disreputable character appears
in Shakespeare's Henry IV and Merry Wives of Windsor?
16. Which Canadian province has cities called Moosejaw, Prince
Albert and Yorkton?
17. For which well known 1970s film were the entire cast nominated
for an Oscar?
18. In rugby union who captained in England in the 1995 world cup?
19. During which war was the Battle of Camden fought?
20. What is the surname of Bender in TV's Futurama?
21. In which modern country was the battle of Marengo fought, at
which Napoleon's forces narrowly defeated the Austrians?
22. Who said in 1987, "I'm in a no-win situation, and quite
honestly I can tell you I've just got a good mind to take the easy
way out. That's the bottom line"?
23. The name for which kind of very elderly person stems from the
Persian word for wax? Five letters
24. How does a member of the U.S. Armed Forces qualify for a Purple
25. Between the years 1999 and 2006, which singer has sold the most
amount of albums worldwide?
26. What was the very first cargo to be regularly transported by
train in Germany?
a: What general name is given to Indian food cooked in a clay
b: What distinguishes Gruyere cheese from most other cheeses?
c: From which continent does Couscous originate?
d: What sort of meat is used in the Greek dish Kleftiko?
and now for the answers...
1. The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco (First published in Italian
in 1980 under the title "Il nome della rosa").
2. Correct order is c, d, a, b, so France (59 reactors), Russia (31
reactors), India (17 reactors), China (11 reactors).
3. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.
4. False, it has one.
5. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
6. The metre (not Fathom, as I am sure many would suggest, the
fathom is the old imperial measurement).
7. Battle of Austerlitz.
8. The Incas.
10. b: 3 Animals.
11. Les McKeown.
12. The liver (stored in the gallbladder).
13. SS-20 (or SS-20 Saber).
14. George IV.
15. Sir John Falstaff.
18. Will Carling.
19. American War of Independence.
20. Bender Bending Rodr?guez.
22. Prince Charles.
24. Receives a wound in action.
25. Britney Spears.
27. a: Tandoori, b: Holes, c: (North) Africa, d: Lamb.