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  1. What Latin phrase means operational method, or the way a job is done?
  2. In the human body which gland secretes the hormone insulin?
  3. The state of Nebraska was sold to the USA in 1803 by which country?
  4. Tala is the basic monetary unit of which country?
  5. Carrageen is an edible variety of what?
  6. Who composed the opera Turandot?
  7. Which English cathedral has 'The Clock with no Face'?
  8. Who was the first woman to walk in space?
  9. Spiro Agnew was US vice-president to which president?
  10. In which European town is the Menin Gate Memorial to missing British and Commonwealth soldiers?
  11. The Lowell Observatory is in which US state?
  12. Who was the president of Chile from 1974-90?
  13. What is the world's smallest republic?
  14. Who played the prison warden in the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz?
  15. Sounding like a placename, what is the traditional pronged spear used for catching Salmon called?
  16. Who succeeded Michael Foot as leader of the Labour Party in the UK?
  17. Jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton played which instrument?
  18. Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire, England, is famous for which annual event?
  19. Which country had the Roman name Mauritania (also spelled Mauretania)?
  20. The Laughing Cavalier is a work by which painter?
  21. What type of rock is carbonado?
  22. What is limnophobia a fear of?
  23. Ribes Nigrum is the Latin name for which fruit?
  24. What type of animal is a Garron?
  25. In which US city was the 2006 Super Bowl held?
  26. Which country (at July 2007) boasts the world's longest suspension bridge span between towers?
  27. What does OAPEC (not OPEC) stand for?
  28. In which country was fashion designer Rifat Ozbek born?
  29. What is the main ingredient of guacamole?
  30. Which country has the international car registration DZ?
  31. In which city is the United Nations headquarters?
  32. In 1987 a French court found which Gestapo chief guilty of war crimes and sentenced him to life imprisonment?
  33. Which famous US architect designed the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo in 1916?
  34. Ichthyology is a branch of zoology concerning which creatures?
  35. W Somerset Maugham's novel The Moon and Sixpence is based on the life of which painter?
  36. How many international caps did English footballer Stanley Matthews (later Sir Stanley Matthews) win?
  37. Who became leader of the People's National Party in Jamaica in 1969?
  38. What element is mixed with Iron to make cast iron?
  39. Which type business traditionally has three balls hanging outside?
  40. What is the fictional Scottish island setting of the 1973 film The Wicker Man?
  41. Which famous Mormon church leader and educational pioneer died in Salt Lake City in 1877?
  42. Which US actress's real name is Mary Cathleen Collins?
  43. In which body of water are the Balearic Islands?
  44. Who was hanged in Edinburgh in 1829 for multiple murder in supplying doctors with corpses for dissection?
  45. Mariolatry is the idolatrous worship of whom?
  46. Who said in a radio broadcast in 1939, "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia" ?
  47. What is Zurich's main river?
  48. What is the collective term for a group of woodpeckers?
  49. What is the name of the Cambridge University College that was originally for women only?
  50. Who was King of Egypt from 1936-52?

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Interactive Quiz

  1. What Latin phrase means operational method, or the way a job is done?
    Modus Operandi
  2. In the human body which gland secretes the hormone insulin?
    Pancreas
  3. The state of Nebraska was sold to the USA in 1803 by which country?
    France
  4. Tala is the basic monetary unit of which country?
    Samoa (fully the Independent State of Samoa - the Tala is comprised of 100 Sene - and incidentally the words Tala and Sene are derived from dollar and cent.)
  5. Carrageen is an edible variety of what?
    Seaweed
  6. Who composed the opera Turandot?
    Puccini
  7. Which English cathedral has 'The Clock with no Face'?
    Salisbury (apparently a clock-face was considered unnecesary because the time was announced by bells)
  8. Who was the first woman to walk in space?
    Svetlana Savitskaya
  9. Spiro Agnew was US vice-president to which president?
    Richard Nixon
  10. In which European town is the Menin Gate Memorial to missing British and Commonwealth soldiers?
    Ypres (Flanders in Belgium, location of some of the worst fighting and heaviest losses of WW1)
  11. The Lowell Observatory is in which US state?
    Arizona
  12. Who was the president of Chile from 1974-90?
    Augusto Pinochet
  13. What is the world's smallest republic?
    Nauru
  14. Who played the prison warden in the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz?
    Patrick McGoohan
  15. Sounding like a placename, what is the traditional pronged spear used for catching Salmon called?
    Leister
  16. Who succeeded Michael Foot as leader of the Labour Party in the UK?
    Neil Kinnock
  17. Jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton played which instrument?
    Piano
  18. Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire, England, is famous for which annual event?
    Cheese rolling
  19. Which country had the Roman name Mauritania (also spelled Mauretania)?
    Morocco
  20. The Laughing Cavalier is a work by which painter?
    Frans Hals
  21. What type of rock is carbonado?
    Diamond
  22. What is limnophobia a fear of?
    Lakes (or big bodies of water)
  23. Ribes Nigrum is the Latin name for which fruit?
    Blackcurrant
  24. What type of animal is a Garron?
    Horse
  25. In which US city was the 2006 Super Bowl held?
    Detroit (Michigan)
  26. Which country (at July 2007) boasts the world's longest suspension bridge span between towers?
    Japan (opened in 1998, the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge, or Pearl Bridge, connects Akashi near Kobe to the island Awaji-shima - total length 3,990m with a centre span of 1,990m. The Great Belt Fixed Link Bridge in Denmark is much longer overall but its longest span is shorter than the Akashi-Kaikyo bridge at just over 1,660m.)
  27. What does OAPEC (not OPEC) stand for?
    Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries
  28. In which country was fashion designer Rifat Ozbek born?
    Turkey
  29. What is the main ingredient of guacamole?
    Avocado
  30. Which country has the international car registration DZ?
    Algeria
  31. In which city is the United Nations headquarters?
    New York
  32. In 1987 a French court found which Gestapo chief guilty of war crimes and sentenced him to life imprisonment?
    Klaus Barbie
  33. Which famous US architect designed the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo in 1916?
    Frank Lloyd Wright
  34. Ichthyology is a branch of zoology concerning which creatures?
    Fish
  35. W Somerset Maugham's novel The Moon and Sixpence is based on the life of which painter?
    Paul Gaugin
  36. How many international caps did English footballer Stanley Matthews (later Sir Stanley Matthews) win?
    54
  37. Who became leader of the People's National Party in Jamaica in 1969?
    Michael Manley
  38. What element is mixed with Iron to make cast iron?
    Carbon
  39. Which type business traditionally has three balls hanging outside?
    Pawnbroker (or Pawnshop - the three balls can be traced back to the symbol associated with the Medici family, adopted the medieval bankers of Lombardy, who developed the pawnbroking system of money-lending to circumvent the religious constraints of the times. The word Lombard was the formal term for a pawnbroker banker in the late middle ages, hence Lombard Street in London and other financial centres)
  40. What is the fictional Scottish island setting of the 1973 film The Wicker Man?
    Summerisle
  41. Which famous Mormon church leader and educational pioneer died in Salt Lake City in 1877?
    Brigham Young
  42. Which US actress's real name is Mary Cathleen Collins?
    Bo Derek
  43. In which body of water are the Balearic Islands?
    Mediterranean Sea
  44. Who was hanged in Edinburgh in 1829 for multiple murder in supplying doctors with corpses for dissection?
    William Burke
  45. Mariolatry is the idolatrous worship of whom?
    The Virgin Mary
  46. Who said in a radio broadcast in 1939, "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia" ?
    Winston Churchill
  47. What is Zurich's main river?
    The Limmat
  48. What is the collective term for a group of woodpeckers?
    Descent
  49. What is the name of the Cambridge University College that was originally for women only?
    Girton
  50. Who was King of Egypt from 1936-52?
    Farouk