General Knowledge Questions (141)

  1. Butoh, a ritualistic emotional dance involving extreme movement and stillness is from which country?
  2. The Law of Large Numbers is a principle which seeks to explain what, commonly considered inexplicable?
  3. What is the substance made from petroleum used for road surfacing, whose name derives from Greek meaning 'of foreign origin'?
  4. The popularly used drug Simvastatin is prescribed to counter what human condition?
  5. Asha Bhosle is a star and vocal artist of what film type? Bollywood/Hindi; Cookery; Horror; News/Documentary? i
  6. What is solid carbon dioxide commonly called?
  7. What is the correct spelling of a Cadbury Cream/Creme/Creem/Creame Egg?
  8. The huge American springtime festival of film, music and technology SXSW is held where?
  9. Cheese is said to combat tooth erosion because it contains what?
  10. Name the UK's greatest Paralympic medal winner (as at 2011)?
  11. What piece starts at square A1 on a chessboard?
  12. Who wrote the opera Aida?
  13. Name Garry Trudeau's army-related cartoon strip?
  14. The iconic freedom-fighting political heroine Aung San Suu Kyi is what nationality?
  15. The word quibble is said (by the OED and other sources) to have originated probably as a term in what type of professional documents?
  16. In the 2001 official UK national census what religion did 390,000 people incredibly claim to be?
  17. Name the US soldier arrested and imprisoned in 2010 in relation to Wikileaks' publication of thousands of secret US Defense documents, and subject to humanitarian protests about his treatment?
  18. What, that you might wear, may be welted?
  19. Printer paper typically graded at 90 or 100 refers to 90 or 100 what?
  20. Mixing blue, red and yellow paint produces what colour/color?
  21. Mixing blue, red, and green light produces what colour/color?
  22. Nate Dogg who died age 41 in 2011 found fame in what performance genre?
  23. What is the main cereal component of UK flapjacks, known as Hudson Bay Bars in the USA?
  24. Olympic cycling (as at 2012) is divided into what four sections?
  25. What nation ended conscription to its Bundeswehr in 2011?
  26. Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in 2003 (2011 serves still) as prime minister of which country, connecting Europe and Asia?
  27. In what 'royal' village was Princess Diana born?
  28. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected president in 2005 of which war-torn African country, bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d'Ivoire?
  29. What city, named after a month of the year, claims in recent tradition to host the largest street carnival in the world?
  30. Prunes are dried what?

General Knowledge Answers (141)

  1. Butoh, a ritualistic emotional dance involving extreme movement and stillness is from which country? Japan
  2. The Law of Large Numbers is a principle which seeks to explain what, commonly considered inexplicable? Coincidences (or unusual events - the law states that they are likely to happen when there are lots of opportunities for such events)
  3. What is the substance made from petroleum used for road surfacing, whose name derives from Greek meaning 'of foreign origin'? Asphalt (Greek asphalton)
  4. The popularly used drug Simvastatin is prescribed to counter what human condition? High cholesterol
  5. Asha Bhosle is a star and vocal artist of what film type? Bollywood/Hindi; Cookery; Horror; News/Documentary? Bollywood/Hindi
  6. What is solid carbon dioxide commonly called? Dry ice
  7. What is the correct spelling of a Cadbury Cream/Creme/Creem/Creame Egg? Creme
  8. The huge American springtime festival of film, music and technology SXSW is held where? Austin, Texas
  9. Cheese is said to combat tooth erosion because it contains what? Alkali (which neutralizes acids from sweet drinks and foods)
  10. Name the UK's greatest Paralympic medal winner (as at 2011)? Tanni Grey-Thompson
  11. What piece starts at square A1 on a chessboard? White Castle (or Rook)
  12. Who wrote the opera Aida? Giuseppe Verdi
  13. Name Garry Trudeau's army-related cartoon strip? Doonesbury
  14. The iconic freedom-fighting political heroine Aung San Suu Kyi is what nationality? Burmese
  15. The word quibble is said (by the OED and other sources) to have originated probably as a term in what type of professional documents? Legal/Law (from Latin qui, meaning who, it referrred to a petty objection)
  16. In the 2001 official UK national census what religion did 390,000 people incredibly claim to be? Jedi (Jedi Knights, featured in Star Wars films)
  17. Name the US soldier arrested and imprisoned in 2010 in relation to Wikileaks' publication of thousands of secret US Defense documents, and subject to humanitarian protests about his treatment? Bradley Manning
  18. What, that you might wear, may be welted? Shoes (welt is a connecting leather part attached to the uppers and stitched to the soles of leather shoes)
  19. Printer paper typically graded at 90 or 100 refers to 90 or 100 what? GSM (Grams per Square Metre)
  20. Mixing blue, red and yellow paint produces what colour/color? Brown
  21. Mixing blue, red, and green light produces what colour/color? White
  22. Nate Dogg who died age 41 in 2011 found fame in what performance genre? Rap (or R&B - a generous quizmaster might allow pop music or music)
  23. What is the main cereal component of UK flapjacks, known as Hudson Bay Bars in the USA? Oats
  24. Olympic cycling (as at 2012) is divided into what four sections? Road, Track, Mountain Biking, BMX (1 point each)
  25. What nation ended conscription to its Bundeswehr in 2011? Germany (Bundeswehr means army)
  26. Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in 2003 (2011 serves still) as prime minister of which country, connecting Europe and Asia? Turkey
  27. In what 'royal' village was Princess Diana born? Sandringham (in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, not the nearby Sandringham royal residence)
  28. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected president in 2005 of which war-torn African country, bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d'Ivoire? Liberia (fully Republic of Liberia - as at 2011 Sirleaf still serves)
  29. What city, named after a month of the year, claims in recent tradition to host the largest street carnival in the world? Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  30. Prunes are dried what? Plums


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