General Knowledge Questions (105)

  1. What board game name is the Latin word meaning 'I play' ?
  2. What is the cube root of 8000 (eight thousand)?
  3. Potassium nitrate, charcoal and sulphur (sulfur, US-English) are the traditional ingredients of what substance: DDT pesticide; Gunpowder; Coke fuel; or Bone china?
  4. A heptad is a group or set of how many?
  5. What is the international telephone dialling code for Germany?
  6. A narthex is part of which type of building?
  7. What is the corolla of a flower commonly known as?
  8. For what is www.letour.fr the official website?
  9. What make of Wellington boots did Samantha Cameron buy President Obama's children for the 2010 British Prime Ministerial visit to the USA?
  10. Name the refugee camp near Calais close to the French side of the Chanel Tunnel?
  11. A sequence of numbers beginning 0, 1, in which each number is the sum of the previous two numbers is named after what Italian mathematician who devised the system?
  12. A nanosecond equates to what fraction of a second: Hundredth; Thousandth, Millionth; Billionth?
  13. Fines of £5.3m, criticized as paltry and insulting, were imposed on Shell, Total and BP, five years after the huge 2005 explosion and fire at what UK oil storage depot?
  14. Angelos Epithemiou ex-burger-van proprietor, replaced what quirky drumming baby character on a popular UK TV comedy quiz show?
  15. Name the UK budget holiday company specialising in Turkey and Greece which went bust in July 2010?
  16. If an atom were the size of a football pitch its nucleus would be approximately the size of a: Zeppelin; Olympic swimming pool; Squash court; or Football?
  17. What is the name of the trimmed tree trunk tossed in competition in the Highland Games?
  18. Who wrote the poem 'Jabberwocky', which originally featured in one of his novels?
  19. Arrange these notes according to normal violin tuning, highest to lowest: D A G E ?
  20. The mnemonic 'Heaven Never Asked Kriegspiel's Extra Rent' helps people remember what chemical group of six elements - and what are they?
  21. In July 2010 Amazon announced that their quarterly volume sales of digital books (ebooks) had exceeded their sales of what in the US for the first time: Hardback books; Paperback books; Large-print books; or Pop-up books?
  22. A philtre (in US-English, philter) - pronounced 'filter' - is a potion for what: Love; Muscle pain; Headache; or Revenge?
  23. Which type of clay takes its name from the Italian for 'baked earth'?
  24. In rugby union, which position is known only by the number on the shirt?
  25. The Canadian city of Montreal lies on which river?
  26. Who or what is Laura Chinchilla: Costa Rica's first female president; London Zoo's mascot; A video-game action heroine; or a 1980s cuddly toy craze?
  27. Wenlock and Mandeville are the mascots of which sporting event?
  28. Israel Zangwill wrote the 1892 novel 'Children of the ...' what, depicting Jewish life in London: Ghetto; Revolution; Lord; or Night?
  29. Who succeeded John Major as leader of the UK Conservative Party in 1997?
  30. The avocado fruit is named after which part of the body: Heart; Eye; Head; or Testicle?

General Knowledge Answers (105)

  1. What board game name is the Latin word meaning 'I play' ? Ludo
  2. What is the cube root of 8000 (eight thousand)? 20 (twenty)
  3. Potassium nitrate, charcoal and sulphur (sulfur, US-English) are the traditional ingredients of what substance: DDT pesticide; Gunpowder; Coke fuel; or Bone china? Gunpowder
  4. A heptad is a group or set of how many? Seven (from Greek hepta, seven)
  5. What is the international telephone dialling code for Germany? 49
  6. A narthex is part of which type of building? Church (the entrance hallway or porch)
  7. What is the corolla of a flower commonly known as? Petals
  8. For what is www.letour.fr the official website? Tour de France (the annual international bicycle race, lasting three weeks, covering about 3,600km, mainly in France, in various daily stages)
  9. What make of Wellington boots did Samantha Cameron buy President Obama's children for the 2010 British Prime Ministerial visit to the USA? Hunters
  10. Name the refugee camp near Calais close to the French side of the Chanel Tunnel? Sangatte (the town name Sangatte derives from Flemish, or Dutch, Zandgat, meaning 'gap in the sand' - Sangatte is notable also for Blériot Plage - Blériot Beach - where Louis Blériot took off when he made the first channel crossing by plane, to Dover, 25 July 1909)
  11. A sequence of numbers beginning 0, 1, in which each number is the sum of the previous two numbers is named after what Italian mathematician who devised the system? Fibonacci (also known as Leonardo Pisano Bogollo - the ratio between adjacent numbers progressively becomes closer to the 'golden ratio' of approximately 1:1.618, which has been used in art, design and architecture since the late middle-ages, and at a much simpler level is a pleasingly aesthetic formula for sizing a rectagle or positioning a clock on a shelf)
  12. A nanosecond equates to what fraction of a second: Hundredth; Thousandth, Millionth; Billionth? Billionth (that's 0.000 000 001 of a second)
  13. Fines of £5.3m, criticized as paltry and insulting, were imposed on Shell, Total and BP, five years after the huge 2005 explosion and fire at what UK oil storage depot? Buncefield (Hemel Hemstead - the blast, said to be the UK's biggest since the Second World War, registered 2.4 on the Richter scale and was judged to have resulted from serious helath and safety failings)
  14. Angelos Epithemiou ex-burger-van proprietor, replaced what quirky drumming baby character on a popular UK TV comedy quiz show? George Dawes (played by Matt Lucas, on Shooting Stars)
  15. Name the UK budget holiday company specialising in Turkey and Greece which went bust in July 2010? Goldtrail
  16. If an atom were the size of a football pitch its nucleus would be approximately the size of a: Zeppelin; Olympic swimming pool; Squash court; or Football? Football
  17. What is the name of the trimmed tree trunk tossed in competition in the Highland Games? Caber
  18. Who wrote the poem 'Jabberwocky', which originally featured in one of his novels? Lewis Carroll (in Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There)
  19. Arrange these notes according to normal violin tuning, highest to lowest: D A G E ? E A D G (common tuning on other stringed instruments such as mandolins and banjos, each string is tuned a 7th higher, or put more simply, the notes are seven semi-tone steps from each other in the musical scale, C C# D D# E F G G# A A# B)
  20. The mnemonic 'Heaven Never Asked Kriegspiel's Extra Rent' helps people remember what chemical group of six elements - and what are they? The Noble Gases- Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon, Radon (the term noble gas derives from German, edelgas, first used by Hugo Erdmann 1898 referring to their very low level of reactivity - they were traditionally called the inert gases or the rare gases, although the latter term became inappropriate when Argon was found to be more common than originally thought)
  21. In July 2010 Amazon announced that their quarterly volume sales of digital books (ebooks) had exceeded their sales of what in the US for the first time: Hardback books; Paperback books; Large-print books; or Pop-up books? Hardback books
  22. A philtre (in US-English, philter) - pronounced 'filter' - is a potion for what: Love; Muscle pain; Headache; or Revenge? Love (it's a French word, from the Greek philtron, and philein, to love)
  23. Which type of clay takes its name from the Italian for 'baked earth'? Terracotta
  24. In rugby union, which position is known only by the number on the shirt? Number Eight
  25. The Canadian city of Montreal lies on which river? St Lawerence
  26. Who or what is Laura Chinchilla: Costa Rica's first female president; London Zoo's mascot; A video-game action heroine; or a 1980s cuddly toy craze? Costa Rica's first female president (elected May 2010)
  27. Wenlock and Mandeville are the mascots of which sporting event? 2012 London Olympics (the characters allude peculiarly to drops of steel from a Bolton steelworks, and are named after the town of Much Wenlock, Shropshire, site of an international games event first held in 1850 with seminal and ongoing connections to the modern Olympics, and Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, site of the first Paralympic Games)
  28. Israel Zangwill wrote the 1892 novel 'Children of the ...' what, depicting Jewish life in London: Ghetto; Revolution; Lord; or Night? Ghetto
  29. Who succeeded John Major as leader of the UK Conservative Party in 1997? William Hague
  30. The avocado fruit is named after which part of the body: Heart; Eye; Head; or Testicle? Testicle (from the Nahuatl Aztec word ahuacatl)


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