February 2006 Quiz Questions:

1. Gorgonzola cheese comes from which country?

2. If you are being lapidated, what is happening to you?

3. What James Dickey novel tells the story of an ill fated canoe trip?

4. Marcos Baghdatis beat 3 top-ten ranked players on his way to the Australian Open final. Name them. Which countries do they represent?

5. Who was the Roman goddess of wisdom?

6. If you were born on Halloween, what star sign would you be?

7. What was the first name of OJ Simpson’s wife who was killed in 1994?

8. In which country is the mythical monster the “Bunyip” said to live?

9. Who are the three grandchildren in the Beatle’s hit “When I’m 64”?

10. Which synthetic material was named by combining the French words for velvet and hook?


1. What make of British car won the Le Mans motor race five times from 1924 to 1930?

2. Which spirit replaces vodka to turn a bloody Mary into a bloody Maria?

3. Who portrayed the title character in the film “The day of the Jackal”?

4. Name either of the two trees most frequently mentioned in the bible?

5. TSAR KOLOKOL in Moscow is the world largest what?

6. What is the young of a whale called?

7. By what names are the following better known?
a) Paul Hewson; b) Leslie Hornby; c) Annie Mae Bullock

8. What is Heliculture?

9. Which Palestinian Prime Minister resigned after the recent elections?

10. Which element has the chemical symbol “W”?


1. What was the name of the old Mogul capital in India?

2. What is the name of the science that uses tree rings to discover dates in the past?

3. What is the capital of Burkina Faso?

4. What is the set format for boxing matches formulated in 1867?

5. Which branch of medicine deals with the teeth?

6. What is the name of the Gurkha’s curved heavy-bladed knife ?

7. Which is the Old Testament book with only one chapter?

8. What is a cave-dweller called?

9. What was the name for a wrestling school in Ancient Greece?

10 What is the name of the study of the physics of very low temperatures?


1. The name of the Graham Greene novel made into a film with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor?

2. Which ancient ruin was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham?

3. Which bird, with the largest wing span of any living bird featured in what famous poem by whom?

4. For what should John Styth Pemberton, a pharmacist, be remembered?

5. Who said: (a)‘Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker’?
(b) ‘ Give a man a free hand and he’ll run it all over you’?

6. Who was tutor to Alexander the Great?

7. Who had an historic meeting at Ujiji?

8. After whom is the Caribbean Sea named?

9. Who is eligible to stand for election to the Papacy?

10. Which chemist noted for his experiments with beer, milk and wine?

1. Which Russian composer was also a professor of chemistry?

2. What was invented by Torricelli, a pupil of Galileo, in l643?

3. Who succeeded Marcus Aurelius as emperor?

4. What well known culinary product comes from Crocus sativa?

5. Which American president was captured by the British at the age of 13 during The War of Independence.?

6. When was the Potsdam Conference?

7. (a)To whom did Perseus give the head of the Gorgon Medusa? (b) What did she do with it?

8. What was Henry VIII’s relationship to Catherine of Aragon before he married her?

9. In boxing terms who was ‘the old mongoose’?

10. There are eight Ivy League universities. Name them (1 point for each correct – MINUS 1 for each incorrect).

2005……and all that
1. Who became Cyprus airways chairman in March?

2. In February, what was withdrawn from the market when it was found to contain dichlorbenzol?

3. Potato growers were in the news for blocking roads with their tractors. There was disruption in February and July too …who was demonstrating? (2 answers)

4. Which stockbroking company was at the centre of the E.A.C. pension fund scandal?

5. Who resigned as attorney general in April?

6. Which actress was married to Kenny Chesney from may till December?

7. Who was voted European footballer of the year?

8. Which British group had a hit that featured in the German election campaign?

9. Who was unveiled in October as the sixth James Bond?

10. Where was the G8 summit held in July?


1 In the U.S.A., what is celebrated on February 2nd and is also a film?

2 The blue cornflower is the French equivalent to what in England?

3 Which N. African seaport's name is Spanish for white house?

4 In which street is the Bank of England?

5 Cocktails: what are the components of a Screwdriver?

6 How many people take part in the dance of a quadrille?

7 Rather than a hatter, what is the proper name for a maker of hats?

8 What is the name of the poker hand containing three of a kind and a pair?

9 In Astrology, two of the fire signs are LEO and ARIES. Which is the third?

10 Which composer’s 250th birthday has recently been celebrated around the world?


January 2007

1. What was the former name until 1971 of the United Arab Emirates?
2. Name either of the two men who completed the first circumnavigation of the globe in a balloon
3. Who played the title role in the film Tom Jones?
4. What is the name of a motorway intersection that doesn't require any right hand turns?
5. What is the name of the spar projecting from the bow of a vessel?
6. What was the ancient Greek's concept of the primeval cosmos?
7. What is the name of the hard sandy beach in Florida used for motor trials?
8. Who wrote Of Mice and Men?
9. Which novel begins 'Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way' and who wrote it?
10. Where is the Dewey classification system used?
11. Music : What British band is named after the inventor of the seed drill
12. I am a small monotreme mammal, one of only two in the world. I live on both land and water. What am I?
13. What painting movement, started in 1916 to protest all civilized standards, has a name taken from the French word for "hobby-horse"
14. Which fertile mountain separates the Kidron valley from Jerusalem?
15. What is the largest city south of the equator?
16. What was the first day of the Roman month called?
17. What does Mahatma (as in Gandhi) mean?
18. If you were protanopic, deuteranopic or tritanopic, what would be your medical condition?
19. Which French politician had the Christian names.. Maximillian Francois Maire Isidore.
20. What is a funambulist?
21. What does the musical term Perdendo mean.
22. In the U.K. women won the right to vote in 1918. How old did they have to be?
23. Which European capital city's name translates into English as "Merchants Haven"
24. Name the flap that closes when you swallow so food doesn't go down the wrong pipe?
25. Which surgical procedure lowers the risk of getting aids?
26. Britney Spears had another baby last year. What did she call it?
27. Which 2 famous singers with Cypriot roots made their comeback in 2006? Name their albums.
28. What is Wasabi made of and how do you use it?
29. What letter does not appear in any American state?
30. Who surrendered the British troops in America in the War of Independence?
31. What is a Tastevin?
32. Which English Lord Chancellor was offered the throne of the Holy Roman Empire by Charles V of Austria?
33. World Wars: by what name was William Joyce infamously known?
34. Who in 1517 affixed his 95 thesis to the door of the sclosskirche in Wittenberg?
35. a) What took place on the U.S.S. Missouri on 2nd .September, 1945.
b) Who commanded the U.S. forces in the Pacific at the time?
36. What is a bearded pig? is it a) An Amazonian grass b) a Haitian sacrificial knife c) a fish?
37. Who were the parents of Dionysos?
38. Who was the first president of Tanzania?
39. What is the world's second highest mountain?
40. As what was the 70’s terrorist group the Red Army Faction better known?
41. Which five elements in the periodic table contain only 4 letters in their name?
42. Only two 15 letter words in English can be spelled without repeating a letter. Name one.
43. What is the colour of mourning in most Muslim countries and in China?
44. What nationality was the first oriental in space?
45. In the 1941 film `Dumbo`, who was the title characters best friend?
46. In what branch of science would a unit of distance called a "Parsec" be used?
47. What did the Barbie Doll get in 2000, which it hadn't had before?
48. What word appears 1,855 times in the bible?