It’s a Friday.
And, as you may or may not know?
I’m off to work in a little while.
In — to paraphrase Douglas Adams — the rain.
That’s not the bad bit.
The BAD bit … ?
Is that I’ve JUST realised I’ve I’ve broken a nail … !
Argh … !
At ANY rate … ?
At any rate, it’s a Friday.
Which mean’s it’s time for the Friday Question Set!
Here’s this week’s set: covered by the Usual Creative Commons’s License* …
ROUND ONE. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.
Q1) Who wrote the music for The Threepenny Opera?
Q2) Leonard Fuchs gave his name to which flower?
Q3) Star ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev, was born in which country?
Q4) Which comedian is known as ‘The Big Yin’?
A4) Billy Connolly.
Q5) Two ancient countries fought the Punic Wars: name either. (Two points for both.)
A5) Rome or Carthage.
Q6) In which TV show did John Humhries take over from Magnus Magnusson?
Q7) In which country did the late John Peel die?
Q8) Sara Paretsky writes what: crime fiction, romantic fiction or science fiction?
A8) Crime fiction.
Q9) In Viking legend, who carried the souls of dead warriors to Valhalla?
A9) The Valkyries.
Q10) How many cents in a US nickel?
ROUND TWO. NAME THAT TUNE
Q11) ‘Wella, wella, wella, Uh!’
A11) Summer Lovin’. (John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, and the cast of “Grease”)
Q12) ‘No pop, no style, us strictly roots.’
A12) Uptown Top Ranking. (Anthea & Donna.)
Q13) ‘Camp is very entertaining, and they say we’ll have some fun, when it stops raining.’
A13) Hello Mother, Hello Father. (Alan Sherman.)
Q14) ‘Das ist gut, Ich lieber dich.’
A14) Hit me With Your Rhythm Stick. (Ian Dury & the Blockheads.)
Q15) ‘It was a kind of so-so love, and I’m gonna make sure it never happens again.’
A15) Say Hello, Wave Goodbye. (Soft Cell)
Q16) ‘I’ve got a funny feeling, if we remove the ceiling.’
A16) Right, Said Fred. (Bernard Cribbins.)
Q17) ‘And when he died, all that he left us was alone.’
A17) Papa was A Rolling Stone. (The Temptations, Was Not Was)
Q18) ‘If you can’t find a partner, use a wooden chair?’
A18) Jailhouse Rock. (Elvis Presley.)
Q19) ‘My name is Sue, how do you do?’
A19) A Boy Named Sue. (Johnny Cash.)
Q20) ‘Bong, bong, hey, pour me a beer. No pretty drinks, I’m a guy out here’
A20) Do it like a Dude. (Jessie J.)
ROUND THREE. SCIENCE AND NATURE.
Q21) What is D2O?
A21) Heavy water. (It use’s an isotope of hydrogen.)
Q22) What was the third planet to be visited by a human spacecraft?
Q23) Which country was the 3rd to have a man in space?
Q24) What’s the longest bone in the arm?
A24) The humorous. (Accept Funny Bone.)
Q25) The water in rivers is provided from either melted snow, springs … and what else?
Q26) What’s the world’s largest desert?
A26) The Sahara.
Q27) What type of astronomical object is V4641 Sgr?
A27) A Black Hole.
Q28) What is our solar system’s nearest stellar neighbour?
A28) Proxima Centauri
Q29) Iowa, Texas, and Nebraska, form what?
A29) Tornado Alley.
Q30) Which Asian sea is the deepest?
A30) The South China Sea.
ROUND FOUR. WORLD LEADERS
Q31) Spiro T. Agnew was Vice President to which notorious US President?
A31) Richard Millhouse Nixon.
Q32) Who did Idi Amin oust from power?
A32) Milton Obote.
Q33) Who succeeded President Nasser, as Egyptian President?
A33) Anwar Sadat.
Q34) Bill Clinton was Governor of which US State?
Q35) Mary Robinson was the first female president of which European country?
A35) The Republic of Ireland. (Accept Eire.)
Q36) Which Archbishop became the first president of an independent Cyprus?
A36) Archbishop Makarios.
Q37) Italian PM, Aldo Moro, was killed by which terrorist group: the Red Brigade, the Red Army Faction or the IRA?
A37) The Red Brigade.
Q38) Who was the first PM to give birth, in office?
A38) Benazir Bhutto.
Q39) Who ousted Nikita Khrushchev from office?
A39) Leonid Brezhnev.
Q40) Canaan Banana was the first president of which African nation: Zimbabwe, Zambia or Ethiopia?
ROUND FIVE. At the Funny Movies.
Q41) In which 2002 movie did Nia Vardalos play a frumpy waitress, in her family’s Greek restaurant?
A41) My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Q42) In Bridget Jones Diary, what’s Bridget’s bosses’ name?
Q43) In the 2001 hit movie directed by Gurinder Chadha, which former England captain gets a name check?
A43) David Beckham. (In the film, Bend it like Beckham)
Q44) Who voiced Mikey, in the film, Look Who’s Talking?
A44) Bruce Willis
Q45) Which tough film star, & US State Governor, was the star of Kindergarten Cop?
A45) Arnold Schwarzenegger
Q46) Which film was about the activities of a small group of unemployed New York Parapsychologists?
Q47) Crocodile Dundee is set in which area of New York?
Q48) Who was Richard Gere’s co-star, in the film, Pretty Woman?
A48) Julia Roberts
Q49) Two actors were the stars of When Harry Met Sally. Name either. (Two points for both.)
A49) Meg Ryan, or Billy Crystal.
Q50) Who won a Best Actress Oscar for their role in Tootsie?
A50) Jessica Lange.
ROUND SIX. GENERAL IGNORANCE.
Q51) In Spain, it’s an autopista: what is it, here in the UK?
A51) A motorway.
Q52) A chukka is the name given to each of the halves, in which sport: polo, water polo or hurling?
Q53) In Indian cuisine, which vegetable is referred to as ‘Aloo’?
Q54) If you had an escutcheon, what would it be shown on?
A54) Your coat of arms.
Q55) Sofia Sciccole is the real name of which Hollywood superstar?
A55) Sofia Loren.
Q56) Which South American countries name means ‘The Saviour’?
A56) El Salvador.
Q57) Harpsichords, virginals and spinets are all what: lawnmowers, keyboard instruments or Belgium cheeses?
Q58) In the House of Commons, John Bercow is the Speaker of the House of Commons. What’s the equivalent role in the House of Lords?
A58) The Lord Speaker.
Q59) Studio Ghibli is a major film company: in which country?
Q60) The Dakota, Lakota and Nakota are the three main division of which Native American tribe?
A60) The Sioux.
I hope those are useful.
Have a good week … !
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