General Knowledge Quiz #32

  1. In which French city are the headquarters of Interpol (as at 2008)?
  2. What piece of sports equipment conforms to these dimensions: overall length 10.95cm; length of barrel 5.40cm; longer spigot 3.49cm; shorter spigot 2.06cm?
  3. 'Weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared' equates to what health indicator?
  4. In which century did Cleopatra VII (lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony) rule Egypt?
  5. What is the capital of Bahrain?
  6. In the Bible who was Noah's grandfather?
  7. What is the word for the upright shadow-casting part of a sundial?
  8. Ireland's first ever all weather horse race meeting took place on 26 August 2007 on which racecourse?
  9. Who was the leader of the Trojans in the Trojan war?
  10. What gemstone is The Moonstone in the classic novel of that name by Wilkie Collins?
  11. In which US state were the Salem witch trials held?
  12. What metallic element typically makes up between 10% and 25% of stainless steel?
  13. What Cape is Great Britain's most North Westerly point?
  14. Who was the prolific writer of theme music for 1960s TV shows including Steptoe and Son, Dr Who, The Prisoner, Dangerman and Tales of the Unexpected?
  15. Which 1999 film, starring John Cusack and Cameron Diaz, is about Craig, a puppeteer, who discovers a doorway that leads into the head of a movie star?
  16. Which cricket commentator, who mistakenly called Monty Panesar 'Monty Python', was awarded an OBE in 2003?
  17. Apia is the capital of which independent island nation in the South Pacific?
  18. Nob Hill is an affluent area in which city in the United States?
  19. Which American female soul singer made the 1996 hit song Un-break My Heart?
  20. Name London Zoo's Giant Panda from 1958 until her death in 1972?
  21. Who became president of Egypt following the assassination of Anwar El Sadat in 1981?
  22. Of which 19th century movement were William Lovett and Feargus O'Connor leading figures?
  23. What creature was introduced into MSN's logo on 14 February 2000?
  24. What international standard paper size (denoted by the letter A plus a number) has the dimensions of 297 x 420mm?
  25. What was the original use of the building which now houses the Tate Modern art museum in London?
  26. How many farthings were in a British guinea?
  27. What does the internet abbreviation URL stand for?
  28. Libraries, schools, writing, the wheel, the aqueduct and alcoholic beer are inventions generally credited to which country?
  29. Who played female agent Cinnamon Carter in the 1960s TV series Mission Impossible?
  30. What was the name of shark-hunter Quint's boat in the novel and film Jaws?

General Knowledge Quiz #32 Answers

  1. In which French city are the headquarters of Interpol (as at 2008)? Lyon
  2. What piece of sports equipment conforms to these dimensions: overall length 10.95cm; length of barrel 5.40cm; longer spigot 3.49cm; shorter spigot 2.06cm? Cricket bail (Two bails rest on top of the stumps.)
  3. 'Weight in kilograms divided by height in metres squared' equates to what health indicator? Body mass index
  4. In which century did Cleopatra VII (lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony) rule Egypt? First century BC (69-30BC)
  5. What is the capital of Bahrain? Manama
  6. In the Bible who was Noah's grandfather? Methuselah (He is also the notable for allegedly having fathered Noah's own father Lamech at the age of 187, and for living to the ripe old age of 969, which beats Adam's impressive innings of 930, making Methuselah the oldest person mentioned in the Bible.)
  7. What is the word for the upright shadow-casting part of a sundial? Gnomon (from the same Greek word, meaning indicator, from gignosko, meaning know.)
  8. Ireland's first ever all weather horse race meeting took place on 26 August 2007 on which racecourse? Dundalk (First race was won by Ms Victoria, ridden by Johnny Murtagh, at 14/1. Dundalk is also Ireland's first floodlit course and combined horseracing and greyhound racing facility.)
  9. Who was the leader of the Trojans in the Trojan war? Hector
  10. What gemstone is The Moonstone in the classic novel of that name by Wilkie Collins? Diamond (a priceless Indian diamond given to Rachel Verrinder on her eighteenth birthday and stolen the same night.)
  11. In which US state were the Salem witch trials held? Massachusetts
  12. What metallic element typically makes up between 10% and 25% of stainless steel? Chromium
  13. What Cape is Great Britain's most North Westerly point? Cape Wrath (Sutherland county, Scotland. HMS Caribbean sank there on September 27th 1915. Cape Cornwall, in Cornwall is Britain's only other Cape. The name cape is typically given to a headland with the ocean on three sides. The name Wrath actually derives from Norse meaning 'turning point', because ships would turn there to follow the coast.)
  14. Who was the prolific writer of theme music for 1960s TV shows including Steptoe and Son, Dr Who, The Prisoner, Dangerman and Tales of the Unexpected? Ron Grainer
  15. Which 1999 film, starring John Cusack and Cameron Diaz, is about Craig, a puppeteer, who discovers a doorway that leads into the head of a movie star? Being John Malkovich
  16. Which cricket commentator, who mistakenly called Monty Panesar 'Monty Python', was awarded an OBE in 2003? Henry Blofeld (Blofeld's father Tom is said to have been the inspiration for the naming of fictional James Bond villian Ernst Stavro Blofeld - the one with the white cat - created by Ian Fleming. Fleming and Tom Blofeld were at Eton school together.)
  17. Apia is the capital of which independent island nation in the South Pacific? Samoa (Samoa gained independence from New Zealand on January 1st 1962.)
  18. Nob Hill is an affluent area in which city in the United States? San Francisco
  19. Which American female soul singer made the 1996 hit song Un-break My Heart? Toni Braxton
  20. Name London Zoo's Giant Panda from 1958 until her death in 1972? Chi Chi (Two unsuccessful attempts were made to mate her with An An from Moscow Zoo, the two being, at that time, the only Giant Pandas in captivity in the West.)
  21. Who became president of Egypt following the assassination of Anwar El Sadat in 1981? Hosni Mubarak (fully Muhammad Hosni Mubarak)
  22. Of which 19th century movement were William Lovett and Feargus O'Connor leading figures? Chartism (Chartism was a movement for political and social reform in the UK from 1838-1848. Its name was taken from the People's Charter of 1838.)
  23. What creature was introduced into MSN's logo on 14 February 2000? Butterfly
  24. What international standard paper size (denoted by the letter A plus a number) has the dimensions of 297 x 420mm? A3 (The international ISO 216 paper size system, used by most of the world aside from USA and Canada, is based on the German DIN 476 standard. It is based on a sheet A0, measuring 841 × 1189mm equating to 1m2. Each size down is half of the area of the one above, as if folded widthways, so that A1 is half the area - and weight, of a given gauge - of A0, A2 is half of A1, A3 is half of A2, and so on to a dinky A10 at just 26 x 73 mm, which perhaps tiny pixies and fairies use.)
  25. What was the original use of the building which now houses the Tate Modern art museum in London? Power station (Called Bankside Power Staion, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who also designed Battersea Power Station, most of Liverpool Cathedral, and Britain's famous red telephone boxes.)
  26. How many farthings were in a British guinea? 1,008 (21 shillings to a guinea, twelve old pennies to a shilling, and four farthings to a penny. See the British money history page.)
  27. What does the internet abbreviation URL stand for? Uniform Resource Locator
  28. Libraries, schools, writing, the wheel, the aqueduct and alcoholic beer are inventions generally credited to which country? Iraq (or Mesopotamia, as was)
  29. Who played female agent Cinnamon Carter in the 1960s TV series Mission Impossible? Barbara Bain
  30. What was the name of shark-hunter Quint's boat in the novel and film Jaws? Orca

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