General Knowledge Quiz #82

  1. Samite is a type of what: Fabric; Stone; Dog; or Cake?
  2. Vermillion is a shade of which colour: Green; Blue; Red; or Yellow?
  3. In summer 2010 what species produced offspring in the wild in the UK for the first time in around 400 years after reintroduction to Scotland: Beaver, Bear; Wolf; or Reindeer?
  4. A caparison is an ornamental cloth used to cover a what: Alter; Horse; Bed; or Window?
  5. In which famous building are rooms named Vermeil, China, Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow Oval: Buckingham Palace; The Whitehouse; Palace of Versailles; or Westminster Abbey?
  6. Which 1920s film star's third husband was Henri Le Bailly de la Falaise, Marquis de la Coudraye: Clara Bow; Lillian Gish; Mae West; or Gloria Swanson?
  7. In anatomy, 'plantar' relates to which part of the human body: Foot; Stomach; Head; or Hand?
  8. A 2010 publicity-driven competition called the Carbuncle Cup focused on unpopular British what: Architecture; Politicians; Corporations; or Law?
  9. Which English royal house held the throne between 1154 and 1485: Stewart; Tudor; Plantagenet; or Lancaster?
  10. Something annular is in the shape of a what: Leaf; Ring; Brick; or Pyramid?
  11. Sfumato is a technique in what: Painting; Cooking; Martial Arts; or Meditation?
  12. In summer 2010 Ofcom (regulatory/complaints body for UK communications industries) found that broadband service providers were on average giving customers what percentage of the connection speeds they had contracted to receive: 46%; 75%; 98% or 120%?
  13. Sprinter Merlene Ottey, age 50, was a member of which nation's 4 x 100 metres relay squad at the 2010 European Championships: Bermuda; Slovenia; Jamaica; or Bahrain?
  14. If you dropped three solid steel spheres, weighing 1kg, 2kg and 3kg, at the same time from a height of ten metres, in what order would they hit the floor: 1kg 2kg 3kg; 3kg 2kg 1kg; All at the same time; or Some other order?
  15. Who dueted with Harry Nilsson on the 1975 Phil Spectre song 'A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Every Day)' : Dusty Springfield; Barbra Streisand; Diana Ross; or Cher?
  16. If something coruscates, what does it do: Expands; Fades; Sparkles; or Shrinks?
  17. Evo Morales became president of which country in 2006: Bolivia; Argentina; Ecuador; or Peru?
  18. The port of Mocha is in which country: Somalia; Oman; Iran; or Yemen?
  19. Which religion emerged from the Bible Student movement, founded in 1872 by Charles Taze Russell: Jehovah's Witness; Quakers; Mormons; or Baha'i?
  20. In Dubai, Palm Judmeirah is a what: Artificial island development; Camel-meat curry; Scented aphrodisiac soap; or Public holiday?
  21. A nide is a brood or nest of which type of birds: Emus; Sparrows; Swans; or Pheasants?
  22. A Munro, of which there are 283, is a Scottish mountain which is over how many feet high: 1,000; 2,000; 3,000; or 4,000?
  23. Literally meaning repentance in Italian, what is the visible trace of an earlier painting beneath newer artwork on canvas: Pimento; Paliamento; Pinto; or Pentimento?
  24. In a summer 2010 market trial, UK pub-chain Brakspear's launched free in-pub what: Breath tests; Massage; Tarot-card readings; or Dogs' dinners?
  25. An anemometer is a guage used for recording the speed of what: Light; Spacecraft; Wind; or Athletes?
  26. London's city bike rental scheme, which launched in 2010, is based on the Bixi project which introduced bike rental to which city: Paris; Montreal; Venice; or New York?
  27. Which of the Rolling Stones has a cameo role as Captain Jack Teague, father of Jack Sparrow in 'Pirates of the Caribbean, At World's End': Mick Jagger; Charlie Watts, Keith Richards; or Ronnie Wood?
  28. Catalonia, the Spanish Autonomous Community region comprising provinces Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona, banned what in 2010 with effect from 2012: Lap-dancing; Bullfighting; Smoking in public outdoors; or Door-to-door selling?
  29. In the UK in the 1930s, what was named after the Minister of Transport: Pelican Crossing; Shadwell Station; Belisha Beacon; or Ashgrove College?
  30. Melanophobia is the irrational fear of what: The colour black; Punishment; Fruit; or Children?

General Knowledge Quiz #82 Answers

  1. Samite is a type of what: Fabric; Stone; Dog; or Cake? Fabric (a heavy silk interwoven with gold and silver thread, used in dressmaking and decoration in the Middle Ages - the name is from Greek hexamiton, meaning 'six thread')
  2. Vermillion is a shade of which colour: Green; Blue; Red; or Yellow? Red
  3. In summer 2010 what species produced offspring in the wild in the UK for the first time in around 400 years after reintroduction to Scotland: Beaver, Bear; Wolf; or Reindeer? Beaver
  4. A caparison is an ornamental cloth used to cover a what: Alter; Horse; Bed; or Window? Horse (it's a cover fitted over the saddle, from the Spanish word capa, meaning hood)
  5. In which famous building are rooms named Vermeil, China, Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow Oval: Buckingham Palace; The Whitehouse; Palace of Versailles; or Westminster Abbey? The Whitehouse
  6. Which 1920s film star's third husband was Henri Le Bailly de la Falaise, Marquis de la Coudraye: Clara Bow; Lillian Gish; Mae West; or Gloria Swanson? Gloria Swanson
  7. In anatomy, 'plantar' relates to which part of the human body: Foot; Stomach; Head; or Hand? Foot (specifically the sole of the foot, from Latin planta, meaning sole)
  8. A 2010 publicity-driven competition called the Carbuncle Cup focused on unpopular British what: Architecture; Politicians; Corporations; or Law? Architecture (or buildings - the word carbuncle, which normally refers to a big round red precious stone, or to an abscess or pimple on the face or neck, was famously used by the architecturally sensitive Prince Charles in his 1984 comment on the planned National Gallery extension in London as a 'monstrous carbuncle')
  9. Which English royal house held the throne between 1154 and 1485: Stewart; Tudor; Plantagenet; or Lancaster? Plantagenet (The English royal House of Plantagenet descended from the Angevin dynasty, or House of Anjou, of the Frankish Empire, which dominated mainland north-western Europe in the 3rd-10th centuries. The Plantagenets of the Angevin family ruled England from 1154-1399. Thereafter the English crown was held by the Plantagenet 'cadet houses' or 'sub-branches' of the House of Lancaster,1399-1471, and the House of York, 1471-85. Richard III, of the House of York, was the last Plantagenet King. He was defeated at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 by Henry VII, the first monarch of the House of Tudor.)
  10. Something annular is in the shape of a what: Leaf; Ring; Brick; or Pyramid? Ring (from the Latin anulus and anus, meaning ring)
  11. Sfumato is a technique in what: Painting; Cooking; Martial Arts; or Meditation? Painting(tones blended together avoiding sharp outlines - from 1800s Italian, sfumare, meaning shaded-off)
  12. In summer 2010 Ofcom (regulatory/complaints body for UK communications industries) found that broadband service providers were on average giving customers what percentage of the connection speeds they had contracted to receive: 46%; 75%; 98% or 120%? 46%
  13. Sprinter Merlene Ottey, age 50, was a member of which nation's 4 x 100 metres relay squad at the 2010 European Championships: Bermuda; Slovenia; Jamaica; or Bahrain? Slovenia (originally Jamaican, Ottey moved to Slovenia to train in 1998 and became a citizen in 2002 - Ottey, one of the greatest female spinters ever, failed by less than three-hundredths of a second to reach her eighth Olympic Games in 2008, aged 48)
  14. If you dropped three solid steel spheres, weighing 1kg, 2kg and 3kg, at the same time from a height of ten metres, in what order would they hit the floor: 1kg 2kg 3kg; 3kg 2kg 1kg; All at the same time; or Some other order? All at the same time (weight and size have no effect on gravitational acceleration - shape, density, and surface texture can produce variations due to drag/resistance but are not factors in this case)
  15. Who dueted with Harry Nilsson on the 1975 Phil Spectre song 'A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Every Day)' : Dusty Springfield; Barbra Streisand; Diana Ross; or Cher? Cher
  16. If something coruscates, what does it do: Expands; Fades; Sparkles; or Shrinks? Sparkles (from Latin corsuscare)
  17. Evo Morales became president of which country in 2006: Bolivia; Argentina; Ecuador; or Peru? Bolivia
  18. The port of Mocha is in which country: Somalia; Oman; Iran; or Yemen? Yemen
  19. Which religion emerged from the Bible Student movement, founded in 1872 by Charles Taze Russell: Jehovah's Witness; Quakers; Mormons; or Baha'i? Jehovah's Witness
  20. In Dubai, Palm Judmeirah is a what: Artificial island development; Camel-meat curry; Scented aphrodisiac soap; or Public holiday? Artificial island development
  21. A nide is a brood or nest of which type of birds: Emus; Sparrows; Swans; or Pheasants? Pheasants
  22. A Munro, of which there are 283, is a Scottish mountain which is over how many feet high: 1,000; 2,000; 3,000; or 4,000? 3,000 (named after Sir Hugh Thomas Munro who published a list of all such mountains in 1891)
  23. Literally meaning repentance in Italian, what is the visible trace of an earlier painting beneath newer artwork on canvas: Pimento; Paliamento; Pinto; or Pentimento? Pentimento
  24. In a summer 2010 market trial, UK pub-chain Brakspear's launched free in-pub what: Breath tests; Massage; Tarot-card readings; or Dogs' dinners? Dogs' dinners
  25. An anemometer is a guage used for recording the speed of what: Light; Spacecraft; Wind; or Athletes? Wind
  26. London's city bike rental scheme, which launched in 2010, is based on the Bixi project which introduced bike rental to which city: Paris; Montreal; Venice; or New York? Montreal
  27. Which of the Rolling Stones has a cameo role as Captain Jack Teague, father of Jack Sparrow in 'Pirates of the Caribbean, At World's End': Mick Jagger; Charlie Watts, Keith Richards; or Ronnie Wood? Keith Richards
  28. Catalonia, the Spanish Autonomous Community region comprising provinces Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona, banned what in 2010 with effect from 2012: Lap-dancing; Bullfighting; Smoking in public outdoors; or Door-to-door selling? Bullfighting
  29. In the UK in the 1930s, what was named after the Minister of Transport: Pelican Crossing; Shadwell Station; Belisha Beacon; or Ashgrove College? Belisha Beacon(Leslie Hore-Belisha, 1895-1957, added beacons to pedestrian crossings in 1934)
  30. Melanophobia is the irrational fear of what: The colour black; Punishment; Fruit; or Children? The colour black (from the Greek melas and melan meaning black, from which we also have the words melanoma - a tumour; melanin - a pigment responsible for dark colouring and tanning in humans; and melancholy, which referred originally to black bile, one of the four humours or temperaments of the body and personality)


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