I attended the Light Speed Quiz event last weekend over in Church Fenton. As always with these events, the players set the questions so thought I would share my normal round (I also set a special....to follow)
1. This European city is the capital of its nation, but not the seat of government. It has a name deriving from the river on which it stands. The oldest stock exchange in the world can be found here and it’s name forms the title of a Booker Prize winning novel of the 1990s.This cities canals are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Famous residents of this city include Baruch Spinoza, Rembrandt and Anne Frank. Name this city that is the capital of the Netherlands?
2. This African nation has a flag containing 6 stars and a picture of a silk cotton tree. Its leader is currently the longest serving President in the world. It lies on the West Coast and is made up of 5 volcanic islands and the mainland called Rio Muni. It is the only country in Africa in which Spanish is an official language. Name this country who’s capital city is Malabo?
3. Name the year in which the following occurred – The Liberal Democrats party was formed, Perestroika began in the Soviet Union, Celine Dion won the Eurovision Song contest, Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, the Netherlands won the European Football Championships and the Summer Olympic Games were held in Seoul?
4. This US State is the eighth biggest by area and has a history of mining and digging for gold. The Peaks Pike Gold Rush occurred in this state which borders New Mexico, Arizona and Utah amongst others. It recently became the first US State to legalize the use and possession of Marijuana. Name this Us State in which Denver is the largest city?
5. Born in 1981, this comedian embarked on the “Back Door Tour” in 2014, the year after her popular sketch show made its first appearance on TV. In 2016 she released her autobiography the title of which plays on the Steig Larson Millennium Trilogy – “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo”. She hosted the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, the same year in which her debut feature film “Trainwreck” was released. Name this American comedian whose name follows the word “Inside___” in the title of her most successful sketch show.
6. Born in Suffolk, this British composer was chosen as one of ten figures to feature on the royal Mail series of Postage Stamps to commemorate “Great Britons” in 2013. The 2009 play “The Habit of Art” by Alan Bennett tells the tale of this composer meeting with WH Auden. In 1976 he became the first composer to be given a life peerage, the same year in which he passed away. Born in 1913, name this British Composer who’s most notable works include Death in Venice, Peter Grimes and The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra?
7. This American TV Comedy was created by the same team who produced the “Thick of It”. It recently won its second Emmy award for Outstanding Comedy Series and follows the story of Selina Meyer in her rise from Vice President to President of the US. Starring Julia Louise Drefyus name this US Comedy?
8. This national football team were the last team to defeat England in a World Cup or European Championship Qualifying match. They first appeared in a World Cup in 2006 where they lost to Italy in the quarter finals. They then made their European Championship debut in 2012, where they lost to England despite being one of the co hosts of the tournament. Name this national team whose leading scorer of all time is Andrey Schvenchenko?
9. What number links – the number of current British Overseas Territories, the number of the Beethoven Piano Sonata known as “moonlight”, the traditional shirt number of the Right Winger in a game of Rugby Union , the atomic number of silicon and in Christianity the number of Stations of the Cross?
10. This band formed in 1986 and a musical based on their work was released on Broadway in 2010. They appeared in the Simpsons Movie and in 2009 released their highest charting album “21st Century Breakdown”. However, it is their 2004 album “American Idiot” that is perhaps better known as well as their breakthrough 1994 album “Dookie”. Name this band fronted by Billie Joe Armstrong?
11. Released in 1974, this was the second James Bond film to star Roger Moore. In the film Bond is sent after the Solex Agitator and encounters Fransisco Scaramanga played by Christopher Lee. Name this Bond film?
The Man With the Golden Gun
12. This cocktail has a name which the SAS also used to refer to C4 explosives. It is made by adding Galliano to ingredients of a Screwdriver cocktail. Name this cocktail, with a two word name, which is made up of orange juice, vodka and Galliano?
Harvey Wall banger
13. This is one of only 12 people to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony Award. He won his Grammy in the year 2000 for his spoken comedy album “The 2000 year old man”. In 1968 he won an Emmy for his role in the comedy “Mad About You”. Both his Oscar and Tony were awarded for versions of the same production. He was also married to the Oscar Winning Actress Anne Bancroft until her death in 2005. Name this actor, writer and filmmaker who was responsible for The Producers and Blazing Saddles?
14. In 2015, this car manufacturer produced 9.9 million vehicles making them the world’s second largest car manufacturer behind Toyota. Vehicles produced by this manufacturer include the Caddy, the Up and the Amorak. Founded in Berlin in 1937, name this German car manufacturer who are best known for their Golf, Passat and Polo models?
15. This weekend, which Premier League manager is taking charge of his 1000th career match as manager. His first post was at Bournemouth in 1992 with his most recent three jobs being in the Premier League. He was awarded the 2013-2014 Manager of the Season award when he guided Crystal Palace to 11th place. He guided Stoke to their first FA Cup Final in 2011. Who is the current manager of West Bromwich Albion?
16. This film was released in 1997 and grossed over $500 million worldwide. The movie ends with one of the main characters waking up from an alleged 30 year coma. The theme song for the film was a hit single for one its main stars. Name this film directed by Barry Sonnenfield and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smiths?
Men in Black