General Knowledge Questions (197)

  1. What is the largest city by population in the world (at 2012, according to 'core districts' definition of city or equivalent)?
  2. Where do little-understood bony lumps called 'tori' form in the human body?
  3. Name Irvine Welsh's best selling 1993 novel about heroin addiction?
  4. Which country's leader, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, announced in 2012 the effective nationalisation of local oil assets owned by Spanish corporation Repsol?
  5. Heddon Street, off Regent Street, London, provided the location for what David Bowie album cover?
  6. India's national emblem features three prominent: Tigers; Peacocks; Elephants or Lions?
  7. City University London's Cass School specialises in: Fashion; Theatre; Medicine; or Business?
  8. SNCF is the state railway group of which country?
  9. What historic bicycle company introduced the children's Chopper bike in the 1970s?
  10. Name the African-American revolutionary organization founded in the US in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale?
  11. American Jim Yong Kim was appointed head of which international organization in April 2012?
  12. Artist Scott King's partly ironic 2012 proposal (protesting at 'idiot-sized public works of art') for a 300ft gold statue at Southend on Sea, Essex UK, close to the legendary Kursaal ballroom and amusement centre, featured what iconic Canvey Island entertainer: Engelbert Humperdinck; Lee Brilleaux; Noel Edmonds; or Mr Blobby? - Bonus point - The word kursaal, originally a 'cure room' or spa where entertainment was provided, is from which language?
  13. Italian for angry, what is the pasta sauce of garlic, tomatoes, and red chili cooked in olive oil?
  14. Incumbent means: Tax-avoiding; Position-holder; Hotel guest; or Guilty?
  15. Terrence Rattigan's famous dramatised true story of the wrongfully alleged theft of a five-shilling postal order is called The (What?) Boy?
  16. Which controversial publisher of unauthorised secret information hosted a new Russian TV show in Spring 2012?
  17. To which country did Amazon move its European HQ in 2006?
  18. In which city's famous vast indoor market did a James Bond film motorcycle stunt-rider crash accidentally through a 330-year old shop-front in 2012? - bonus point - Name the James Bond movie being filmed? - additional bonus point - What number is that 2012 film in the Bond film series?
  19. In 2012 which one of these politicians competed in the stated event: Ed Balls - Marathon; Angela Merkel - Triathlon; Barack Obama - Bunjee Jump; or Nicolas Sarkozy - Tour de France?
  20. A 'silk' is an informal term for what prestigious grade of profession?

General Knowledge Answers (197)

  1. What is the largest city by population in the world (at 2012, according to 'core districts' definition of city or equivalent)? Shanghai (17.8m, China)
  2. Where do little-understood bony lumps called 'tori' form in the human body? Mouth (or mandible or lower jaw or palate or roof of mouth - typically in the roof of the mouth, less commonly inside lower jaw below teeth - fully called torus palatinus/mandibularis, plural is tori - affecting up to 60% of adults, harmlessly, can recede naturally; causes are not understood, although bruxism, i.e., teeth-grinding, is thought causal in mandible tori)
  3. Name Irvine Welsh's best selling 1993 novel about heroin addiction? Trainspotting
  4. Which country's leader, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, announced in 2012 the effective nationalisation of local oil assets owned by Spanish corporation Repsol? Argentina
  5. Heddon Street, off Regent Street, London, provided the location for what David Bowie album cover? The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (award a bonus point for fully correct title - the location precisely was outside the furriers, 'K West', 23 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BQ)
  6. India's national emblem features three prominent: Tigers; Peacocks; Elephants or Lions? Lions
  7. City University London's Cass School specialises in: Fashion; Theatre; Medicine; or Business? Business (named fully Sir John Cass Business School - Cass was an 18th century London businessman and philanthropist, whose long-standing educational trust helped fund Cass Business school, 2002, and other sizeable educational institutions/projects in London)
  8. SNCF is the state railway group of which country? France (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français - meaning National Corporation of French Railways)
  9. What historic bicycle company introduced the children's Chopper bike in the 1970s? Raleigh
  10. Name the African-American revolutionary organization founded in the US in 1966 by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale? Black Panther Party (informally called the Black Panthers - ceased 1982 - originally the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense)
  11. American Jim Yong Kim was appointed head of which international organization in April 2012? World Bank
  12. Artist Scott King's partly ironic 2012 proposal (protesting at 'idiot-sized public works of art') for a 300ft gold statue at Southend on Sea, Essex UK, close to the legendary Kursaal ballroom and amusement centre, featured what iconic Canvey Island entertainer: Engelbert Humperdinck; Lee Brilleaux; Noel Edmonds; or Mr Blobby? Lee Brilleaux (1952-94, frontman of 1970s pub-rock band Dr Feelgood, whose initial popularity was built particularly at Southend's Kursaal ballroom) - Bonus point - The word kursaal, originally a 'cure room' or spa where entertainment was provided, is from which language? German
  13. Italian for angry, what is the pasta sauce of garlic, tomatoes, and red chili cooked in olive oil? Arrabbiata
  14. Incumbent means: Tax-avoiding; Position-holder; Hotel guest; or Guilty? Position-holder (typically of an official role)
  15. Terrence Rattigan's famous dramatised true story of the wrongfully alleged theft of a five-shilling postal order is called The (What?) Boy? Winslow (Winslow was the family name in Rattigan's 1946 play The Winslow Boy - the boy in the play was Ronnie Winslow - the real event took place 1908-1910, when George Archer-Shee, a trainee naval cadet at Osborne Naval College, Isle of Wight, which closed in 1921, was accused of theft of a postal order and expelled - the family engaged a leading lawyer and eventually overturned the school's actions at the High Court in July 1910 - in 1911 the family won damages and costs from the Admiralty of c.£7,000, equating to well over £500,000 at modern values - the incident was national news at the time, and Rattigan's play, and later film version were hugely popular - after the ruling George Archer-Shee resumed his studies at Stoneyhurst College, Lancashire, later working in finance in Wall Street, New Your City, and was subsequently killed age 19 at Ypres in the First World War)
  16. Which controversial publisher of unauthorised secret information hosted a new Russian TV show in Spring 2012? Julian Assange (founder of Wikileaks - the show, The World Tomorrow, features/featured discussions with notable international political thinkers and radicals)
  17. To which country did Amazon move its European HQ in 2006? Luxembourg
  18. In which city's famous vast indoor market did a James Bond film motorcycle stunt-rider crash accidentally through a 330-year old shop-front in 2012? Instanbul (in the Grand Bazaar) - Bonus point - Name the James Bond movie being filmed? Skyfall - additional bonus point - What number is that 2012 film in the Bond film series? 23
  19. In 2012 which one of these politicians competed in the stated event: Ed Balls - Marathon; Angela Merkel - Triathlon; Barack Obama - Bunjee Jump; or Nicolas Sarkozy - Tour de France? Ed Balls - Marathon (Balls, at 2012, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, was the most senior UK politician to complete the London Marathon - his time was 5hrs 33mins)
  20. A 'silk' is an informal term for what prestigious grade of profession? Queen's Counsel(or QC, or King's Counsel or KC when reigning monarch is a King - originally and typically a lawyer/barrister, appointed to represent the state or 'Crown' in court cases - by the end of the 20th century, QCs were permitted to represent the side opposing the Crown, usually the defence, which traditionally required special licence to do so - 'taking the silk', refers to a barrister's appointment as QC, derived from the silk robes worn in court)


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