1. The Potala palace was once the chief residence of which 'Ocean Teacher'?
2. Hornburg, Badger Pass, Marathon, Ragnorak and Bulge are all examples of what?
3. What do the actors Rex Harrison, Yun Fat Chow and Yul Brynner all have in common?
4. With which country does one associate each of the following soups? One point for each correct answer.
b. Tom Yum
5. Name the six European Union countries that have the most borders with other countries. One point for each correct answer.
6. In film, which genteel family owns the 'Twelve Oaks' plantation?
7. In which year did the RMS Queen Mary retire from trans Atlantic service? Plus or minus 1 year.
8. Rod Stewart's hit song 'Sailing' appeared on which 1975 album?
9. Name the two countries in the world beginning with the letter 'S' that have a sword or a saber on the national flag. One point for each correct answer.
10. The following 'swimming' related lyrics are from which songs? One point for each correct answer.
a. We would shout and swim about the coral that lies beneath the waves
b. I'm going where the water tastes like wine, we can jump in the water, stay drunk all the time
c. Two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
d. Now she's afraid to come out of the water, and the poor little girl's turnin blue
11. Which seed has been used for centuries to colour cheddar cheese?
12. Name the only male tennis player from each of the following countries who have been ranked number one in the world by the ATP. (since Aug 1973)
13. Which well known Sanskrit word can mean 'to unite' or 'to control'?
14. What name was given to the 3.2 million year old Australopithecus afarensis bones found in Ethiopia in 1974?
15. With the aid of the following pairs of actors who appeared in the movie, name the 'prison film'. One point for each correct answer.
a. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman
b. Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman
c. Paul Newman and George Kennedy
d. Burt Lancaster and Karl Malden
e. William Holden and Jack Hawkins
f. David Bowie and Tom Conti
g. Bruce Willis and Colin Farrell
h. Max von Sydow and Sylvester Stallone
16. The scientific name for which well known extinct creature means 'rapid thief' when translated?
17. Name the song from each of the following in which the song title, or part of the song title, is spelt out during the song.. For example, R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Aretha Franklin)
a. The Kinks
c. Nat King Cole
d. The Bay City Rollers
18. The English word for which popular spice takes its name from the Latin and or French word for 'nail'?
19. In which year were the first daily weather forecasts published in The Times newspaper?
a. 1760 b. 1800 c. 1860 d. 1900
20. Tsar Nicholas II, Brian Eno, Tom Sawyer, Lenin, John Quincy Adams, Marc Chagall and Huckleberry Finn have all lived where at one time or another?
1. The Dalai Lama. (translated 'Ocean Teacher' or 'Ocean Leader')
2. Famous battles. (real and fictional)
3. They have all played the King (King Mongkut) in film. Harrison (Anna and the King of Siam, 1946) Chow (Anna and the King, 1999) Brynner (The King and I, 1956)
4. Four answers
5. France (10), Germany (9), Austria (8), Hungary and Poland (7), Italy (6)
6. The Wilkes family (in 'Gone With The Wind')
8. Atlantic Crossing
9. Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia
10. Four answers
a. Octopus's Garden (Beatles)
b. Going Up The Country (Canned Heat)
c. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
d. Itsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (Brian Hyland)
11. The annatto seed
12. Four answers
a. Ilie Nastase
b. Thomas Muster
c. Marcelo Rios
d. Gustavo Kuerten
15. Eight answers
a. Shawshank Redemption
c. Cool Hand Luke
d. The Birdman of Alcatraz
e. The Bridge On The River Kwai
f. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
g. Hart's War
h. Escape To Victory
17. Four answers
d. Saturday Night
18. Cloves (Latin 'clavus', French 'clou')
19. answer c. 1860
20. In St. Petersburg (Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn lived in the fictional St Petersburg)