General Knowledge Questions (96)

  1. What instrument, named from the Italian word for small, is traditionally considered to be the highest-pitched in an orchestra?
  2. Which human blood group can receive blood from any other blood group?
  3. What controversial artist designed the Chupa Chups lollipop logo?
  4. What is a céilidh: a diacritical mark; a Gaelic music and dance event; a vegetable; or a telescope?
  5. What is the famous eastern seaboard of Nicaragua and south Honduras, named after its Native American Indian people, and more commonly known in its westernized misunderstood form?
  6. What is the traditional timing device used by musicians which clicks at a selected rate?
  7. During which war was the Battle of Anzio?
  8. The port of Drammen is in which European country?
  9. What measure of thermal resistance used in the textile industry is said to derive from the name of a Roman garment?
  10. David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Ludovic Kennedy and David Dimbleby are among the past members of which exclusive and hedonistic Oxford club?
  11. What nickname was given to the artificial life form created in 2010 by US biologist Craig Venter?
  12. Which sporting champion and airline founder, nicknamed the Rat and Clockwork Mouse, featured on an Austrian postage stamp in 2005?
  13. Spencer Perceval (1762-1812) is the only British Prime Minister to have been what: a professor; deaf; assassinated; or ginger?
  14. Which singer and actor's epitaph is 'The Best is Yet to Come'?
  15. Jazz musician Stephane Grappelli was famous for playing which instrument?
  16. Mirabelle is a variety of which fruit?
  17. How many noble gases are there?
  18. In which year was the Euro, the single European currency, introduced into the world financial markets?
  19. What colour is the mineral rock malachite?
  20. Which painter is known as The Father of Impressionism?
  21. Name the exotic dancer who performed with the band Hawkwind in the 1970s?
  22. At the time of the northern solstice, the sun is directly over which line of latitude around the Earth: Arctic Circle; Tropic of Cancer; Equator; Tropic of Capricorn; or Antarctic Circle?
  23. Which English artist and cartoonist illustrated Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'?
  24. In Greek mythology, what is the food-stealing monster with a woman's head and body, and bird's wings and claws?
  25. The UK Advertising Standards Authority announced what bus poster advert had attracted the highest number of complaints in 2009: Eurotunnel cross-channel services; The Christian Party 'There definitely is a God'; United Colours of Benetton; or Durex Condoms?
  26. The Wombles made their debut television appearance on which children's TV programme?
  27. The fantastically expensive civet coffee is so called because the beans are: civet-brown; civet eye-shaped; harvested from civet dung; or said to be as expensive as Chanel perfume (which once contained civet musk)?
  28. Who was the mother of King Edward the Sixth (1537-1553)?
  29. 'Sex and the City:The Movie' revealed what to be the full character name of the man usually called 'Big'?
  30. What gas do humans breathe out?

General Knowledge Answers (96)

  1. What instrument, named from the Italian word for small, is traditionally considered to be the highest-pitched in an orchestra? Piccolo
  2. Which human blood group can receive blood from any other blood group? AB
  3. What controversial artist designed the Chupa Chups lollipop logo? Salvador Dali (Fully Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, First Marquis of Púbol, 1904-89)
  4. What is a céilidh: a diacritical mark; a Gaelic music and dance event; a vegetable; or a telescope? A Gaelic music and dance event (pronounced 'kay-lee' derived from the Old Irish word céle meaning companion - incidentally the diacritical mark is a cedilla, commonly a tiny 5-like tail beneath the letter C - see diacritical marks)
  5. What is the famous eastern seaboard of Nicaragua and south Honduras, named after its Native American Indian people, and more commonly known in its westernized misunderstood form? The Miskito Coast (misunderstood and now known as the Mosquito Coast)
  6. What is the traditional timing device used by musicians which clicks at a selected rate? Metronome
  7. During which war was the Battle of Anzio? The Second World War (beginning 22 Jan 1944 with the Operation Shingle Allied landings at Anzio, 35 miles south of Rome, culminating in the taking of Rome on 5 June 1944)
  8. The port of Drammen is in which European country? Norway
  9. What measure of thermal resistance used in the textile industry is said to derive from the name of a Roman garment? Tog (from toga, and the related slang word togs, meaning clothes - the Tog system was developed in the 1960s by the UK cotton research Shirley Institute, mainly as a consumer guide to textile insulation levels, notably for duvets)
  10. David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Ludovic Kennedy and David Dimbleby are among the past members of which exclusive and hedonistic Oxford club? The Bullingdon Club
  11. What nickname was given to the artificial life form created in 2010 by US biologist Craig Venter? Synthia
  12. Which sporting champion and airline founder, nicknamed the Rat and Clockwork Mouse, featured on an Austrian postage stamp in 2005? Niki Lauda (Three times Formula One Champion 1975/77/84)
  13. Spencer Perceval (1762-1812) is the only British Prime Minister to have been what: a professor; deaf; assassinated; or ginger? Assassinated
  14. Which singer and actor's epitaph is 'The Best is Yet to Come'? Frank Sinatra
  15. Jazz musician Stephane Grappelli was famous for playing which instrument? Violin
  16. Mirabelle is a variety of which fruit? Plum
  17. How many noble gases are there? Six (Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon, Radon)
  18. In which year was the Euro, the single European currency, introduced into the world financial markets? 1999
  19. What colour is the mineral rock malachite? Green
  20. Which painter is known as The Father of Impressionism? Claude Monet
  21. Name the exotic dancer who performed with the band Hawkwind in the 1970s? Stacia(fully Stacia Blake)
  22. At the time of the northern solstice, the sun is directly over which line of latitude around the Earth: Arctic Circle; Tropic of Cancer; Equator; Tropic of Capricorn; or Antarctic Circle? Tropic of Cancer
  23. Which English artist and cartoonist illustrated Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'? John Tenniel
  24. In Greek mythology, what is the food-stealing monster with a woman's head and body, and bird's wings and claws? Harpy (derived from the Greek word harpazein meaning to snatch)
  25. The UK Advertising Standards Authority announced what bus poster advert had attracted the highest number of complaints in 2009: Eurotunnel cross-channel services; The Christian Party 'There definitely is a God'; United Colours of Benetton; or Durex Condoms? The Christian Party 'There definitely is a God'
  26. The Wombles made their debut television appearance on which children's TV programme? Jackanory (1973)
  27. The fantastically expensive civet coffee is so called because the beans are: civet-brown; civet eye-shaped; harvested from civet dung; or said to be as expensive as Chanel perfume (which once contained civet musk)? Harvested from civet dung
  28. Who was the mother of King Edward the Sixth (1537-1553)? Jane Seymour (Henry the Eighth was his father)
  29. 'Sex and the City:The Movie' revealed what to be the full character name of the man usually called 'Big'? John James Preston
  30. What gas do humans breathe out? Carbon dioxide (CO2)

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