General Knowledge Quiz #94

  1. What section of a Qwerty keyboard can type most English words, left or right?
  2. In what popular book (and its many movies and adaptations) about an activity holiday does a dog Montmorency feature with three male characters?
  3. What item significantly in the hands of South African-born Matt Prior became suddenly desirable in December 2010, vastly beyond its basic value?
  4. What was the highest grossing movie of 2010?
  5. What fruity expression refers traditionally to a small nation state which is politically unstable due to dependence on a single commodity controlled by external finances?
  6. How many minutes are there in a degree of an angle?
  7. Also a comic book character, what is an orderly assigned to serve a British Military Officer?
  8. In Sir Edwin Henry Landseer's 1839 painting Dignity and Impudence, what breeds are the two dogs featured?
  9. The 400 year-old Siberian Russian city of Tomsk lies somewhat obviously on which river?
  10. Who in May 1935 for Boston Braves played his last career baseball game?
  11. What at the end of 2010 was Amazon's biggest ever selling product?
  12. In the Contract Bridge card game what are used to denote the four players' positions: Numbers; Letters; Compass points; or The Four Seasons?
  13. What notable member of the British royal family was born in 1948?
  14. So called after two descriptive Greek root words, what is the order of creatures called Diptera?
  15. Who was the first British-born chef, and at the time the youngest ever, to win three Michelin Stars?
  16. An anagram of Swap Shop, what was the purple dinosaur in the UK children's TV show of that name?
  17. Which Australian city is nicknamed The Big Smoke?
  18. An important Biafran army base in the 1967-70 conflict then known as the Biafran War, in which African country is Lake Oguta?
  19. Who composed the opera Cosi Fan Tutte?
  20. Suomi is the local name for which European country?
  21. Bell, Wax, Jalapeño, Habanero and Poblano are types of which fruit, (which some think is a vegetable)?
  22. The term Paraskavedekatriaphobia informally refers to an irrational fear of what time-related concern?
  23. The Attan, a Pashtun ethnic dance, is the national dance of which country?
  24. The Vitra Design Museum is in which European country?
  25. Diplopia is the medical term for which condition of the human body?
  26. Battement tendu, Grand écart, Entrechat, Hortensia, and Sissonne are terms in what art form?
  27. Who captained England's last Ashes winning cricket team in Australia prior to their 2010 victory?
  28. By which other name (alias) was the American outlaw Robert LeRoy Parker better known?
  29. On the Mohs' Scale of mineral hardness, what is number one and softest, with the formula Mg3Si4O10(OH)2 and found in many bathrooms?
  30. What British coin, whose nickname strangely alludes to the leather industry, ceased to be legal tender in June 1980?

General Knowledge Quiz #94 Answers

  1. What section of a Qwerty keyboard can type most English words, left or right? Left (By a massive margin - the left section can make many thousands of words compared to just a few hundred on the right.)
  2. In what popular book (and its many movies and adaptations) about an activity holiday does a dog Montmorency feature with three male characters? Three Men In A Boat(fully Three Men in a Boat - To Say Nothing of the Dog! - by Jerome K Jerome, 1889)
  3. What item significantly in the hands of South African-born Matt Prior became suddenly desirable in December 2010, vastly beyond its basic value? Cricket ball (the one he caught, as wicketkeeper, to end Australia's 2nd innings and win the Ashes for England)
  4. What was the highest grossing movie of 2010? Toy Story 3
  5. What fruity expression refers traditionally to a small nation state which is politically unstable due to dependence on a single commodity controlled by external finances? Banana republic
  6. How many minutes are there in a degree of an angle? 60
  7. Also a comic book character, what is an orderly assigned to serve a British Military Officer? Batman
  8. In Sir Edwin Henry Landseer's 1839 painting Dignity and Impudence, what breeds are the two dogs featured? Bloodhound and a West Highland White Terrier (or Terrier, or Highland Terrier, given some uncertainty about the precise terrier breed. Grafton and Scratch, the bloodhound and terrier, were owned by Landseer's friend, Jacob Bell, who commissioned the painting.)
  9. The 400 year-old Siberian Russian city of Tomsk lies somewhat obviously on which river? Tom
  10. Who in May 1935 for Boston Braves played his last career baseball game? Babe Ruth(George Herman Ruth, Jr., 1895-1948, also called 'The Bambino' and more amusingly 'The Sultan of Swat'.)
  11. What at the end of 2010 was Amazon's biggest ever selling product? Kindle(specifically the Kindle 3 ebook reader)
  12. In the Contract Bridge card game what are used to denote the four players' positions: Numbers; Letters; Compass points; or The Four Seasons? Compass Points (North, South, East, West)
  13. What notable member of the British royal family was born in 1948? Prince Charles
  14. So called after two descriptive Greek root words, what is the order of creatures called Diptera? Flies (technically 'True flies and two-winged insects' - from Greek di, two, and pteron, wing.)
  15. Who was the first British-born chef, and at the time the youngest ever, to win three Michelin Stars? Marco Pierre White (born to Italian mother Maria-Rosa Gallina and English chef Frank White.)
  16. An anagram of Swap Shop, what was the purple dinosaur in the UK children's TV show of that name? Posh Paws
  17. Which Australian city is nicknamed The Big Smoke? Sydney
  18. An important Biafran army base in the 1967-70 conflict then known as the Biafran War, in which African country is Lake Oguta? Nigeria (The war is now referred to as the Nigerian Civil War or the Nigerian-Biafran War. Biafra attempted and failed to become independent of Nigeria, during which time starvation and disease in Biafra became one of the biggest humanitarian disasters of the 20th century.)
  19. Who composed the opera Cosi Fan Tutte? Mozart (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
  20. Suomi is the local name for which European country? Finland
  21. Bell, Wax, Jalapeño, Habanero and Poblano are types of which fruit, (which some think is a vegetable)? Chili pepper (also called chilli, chilie, and many other variations on this theme - or technically plants from the genus Capsicum.)
  22. The term Paraskavedekatriaphobia informally refers to an irrational fear of what time-related concern? Friday 13th
  23. The Attan, a Pashtun ethnic dance, is the national dance of which country? Afghanistan
  24. The Vitra Design Museum is in which European country? Germany (Berlin)
  25. Diplopia is the medical term for which condition of the human body? Double vision
  26. Battement tendu, Grand écart, Entrechat, Hortensia, and Sissonne are terms in what art form? Ballet
  27. Who captained England's last Ashes winning cricket team in Australia prior to their 2010 victory? Mike Gatting (1986-7 Ashes series)
  28. By which other name (alias) was the American outlaw Robert LeRoy Parker better known? Butch Cassidy (1866-1908, leader of the bank- and train-robbing gang, the Wild Bunch, which included Harry Longabaugh, alias the Sundance Kid, and Harvey Logan, alias Kid Curry. Incidentally Hannibal Heyes of the TV series 'Alias Smith and Jones was entirely fictitious, and the Kid Curry character was much distorted from historical fact.)
  29. On the Mohs' Scale of mineral hardness, what is number one and softest, with the formula Mg3Si4O10(OH)2 and found in many bathrooms? Talc (The Mohs' scale - pronounced 'moze' - rates the hardness of minerals, stones, rocks, etc., according to their ability to scratch other minerals - diamond is number 10 and the hardest of the reference minerals in the scale.)
  30. What British coin, whose nickname strangely alludes to the leather industry, ceased to be legal tender in June 1980? Sixpence (pre-decimalisation 6d, or sixpenny piece, nicknamed the 'tanner' - equating to 2.5 'new' pence - see money slang and history)


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