1. The Arctic Circle is predominantly ocean, mostly ice-covered, but a great deal of land falls within the Circle as well. The Circle itself passes through eight countries. Name them.
2. Oil is priced by the barrel. Even though oil is never shipped literally in barrels it is still sold this way. Plus or minus 3 litres, how many litres of oil are there to a barrel of oil?
3. The Strait of Hormuz lies between which two countries?
4. Who co-authored "The Communist Manifesto" with Karl Marx in 1848? One point for surname and two for the full name.
5. Which capital city sits on the River VLTAVA?
6. Numismatics is the study of what?
7. Tajikistan shares it's borders with four other countries. Name them. (one extra point for correct spelling).
8. Born Bernard William Jewry, which English singer had hits with the likes of "My Coo-Ca-Choo", "Jealous Mind" and "The Clock on the Wall"?
9. Which Philosopher wrote "The Allegory (metaphor/parable) of the Cave" in his work "The Republic"?
10. Name the two members of 1980s band Yazoo (known as Yaz in the U.S.).
11. Plus or minus five years, how long did Queen Victoria reign, the longest reigning European monarch to date?
12. The South American Republic of Ecuador is bordered by two countries. Name them.
13. Which very famous game is also known as "Alfapet", "Skip-A-Cross", "Spelofun" and "Palabras Cruzadas", and is sold in 121 countries in 29 different language versions?
14. All animals are banned from the grounds of the Houses of Parliament, with the exception of two animals. Which two animals?
15. Kaunas (with a population of 355,550) is the second-largest city in which European country (a member of both EU and NATO)? Extra clue: in the 1300s, it was the largest country in Europe.
16. Who was born "Angela Dorothea Kasner" on the 17th of July 1954?
17. Which country owns the Straits of Magellan?
18. In which year did Travis, Robbie Williams and Macy Gray each win 2 Brit awards?
19. I was born "Walden Robert Cassotto" on May 14th, 1936 and I died December 20th, 1973. I was one of the most popular American big band performers and rock and roll teen idols of the late 1950s and early 1960s. I was widely respected for being a multitalented, versatile performer who conquered many music genres, including pop, jazz, folk and country. Who am (was) I?
20. The following words are the first words to which famous song: "See the stone set in your eyes. See the thorn twist in your side"?
21. Which international airport is also known as Roissy Airport?
22. Name the top four countries that spend the most money every year on their armed forces.
23. Which country is the largest producer of wine in the world?
24. What is the characteristic vegetable ingredient of the soup borsch?
25. Yeovil Sour, Roxbury Russet, Dymock Red, Kingston Black and Baldwin are all varieties of what?
26. Which city is the most populous national capital in Oceania?
27. Which Dutchman was European Footballer of the Year in 1987?
28. Which two meats are used in the preparation of the Bavarian sausage known as Weisswurst?
29. The Galop from Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld is the tune most associated with which dance hall dance?
30. Hungary is bordered by seven other countries. Name them (1/2 a point for each).
31. Poopdeck Pappy is the 99-year-old long-lost father of whom? (Clue: in Sweden he is called "Karl Alfred", in Finland "Kippari Kalle" and in Italy "Braccio di Ferro").
32. Why is it not possible for a horse to win the same classic horserace more than once?
33. Which popular children's character usually has Annie and Clarabel in tow?
34. Which country is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the west and northwest, Armenia to the southwest, and Iran to the south?
35. How many US states have the word new in their name? (Extra points if you can name them).
36. Babur was the first Mogul Emperor of which country?
37. In which year did Burma change its name to Myanmar?
38. A real groaner this one: there are 27 member states of the European Union. For five points, name all 27, for three points name twenty and for one point name fifteen of them.
39. By what name was the artist Domenikos Theotokopoulos better known?
40. The flag of which country is the only national flag that is not rectangular or square?
1. Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, United States (Alaska), Canada, Greenland (not a country but a territory of Denmark, so only accept Denmark), Iceland (crosses the island of Gr?msey).
2. 159 litres (actually, it is 158.987litres, which is 42 US-gallons).
3. Iran and the United Arab Emirates (actually, a very small enclave of Oman also).
4. Friedrich Engels (a German social scientist and philosopher famous for co-developing the communist theory).
5. Prague, Czech Republic.
7. Afghanistan borders to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east.
8. Alvin Stardust.
10. Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet.
11. 63 years and 7 months - to be exact.
12. Colombia on the north and Peru on the east and south.
13. Scrabble - One hundred million sets have been sold worldwide, and sets are found in one out of every three American homes.
14. Dogs and horses.
15. Lithuania, Vilnius is the largest. (In the 1300s, present-day Belarus, Ukraine, and parts of Poland and Russia were territories of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania).
16. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor (Bundeskanzlerin).
17. Chile - since May 23, 1843.
19. Bobby Darin.
20. With or without you (U2)
21. Charles de Gaulle International Airport (Paris, France).
22. In order starting with the highest amount spent: USA, France, United Kingdom, China. Japan comes in fifth and Germany in sixth. (data valid from 2007).
25. Apples - more specifically cider apples.
26. Wellington, New Zealand.
27. Ruud Gullit.
28. Veal and Bacon (pork).
29. The Can-can.
30. Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia.
31. Popeye the sailor.
32. Classics are restricted to three year old horses.
33. Thomas the tank engine.
35. Four (New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York).
38. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
39. El Greco.
40. Nepal (Two overlapping right-angled triangles).