Pauls Quiz 362

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1. With an estimated net wealth of 290 billion US dollars in todays money, which man who died in 1917 was probably the richest saint in history?

2. What kind of whale was 'The great white whale' in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick?

3. What is a three letter word for a software application that runs automated tasks over the internet?

4. The second longest river in China has earned the nicknames "China's sorrow" and "The cradle of Chinese civilization". Name the river.

5. Benedict Cumberbatch is probably best known for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC modern adaptation 'Sherlock'. In which 2006 film does Cumberbatch play British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger?

6. Which US state was named after the wife of the English King Charles I?

7. Which two bands both had a number one hit single in the Billboard Hot 100 with the song 'Venus'? One point for each correct answer.

8. In classical music, which Latin word meaning "work" or "labour" is used to denote a composition?

9. The two largest islands of Japan both start with the letter "H". Can you name them? One point for each correct answer.

10. Which aptly named US state capital is the hottest city in the United States?

11. In which capital city is the Queen Elizabeth II now a floating hotel?

12. Smallpox was a term first introduced in the 15th century in order to distinguish the disease from the "Great Pox". What is the medical name for the "Great Pox"?

13. Which four male solo artists have had the most 'Top Ten singles' in the US singles charts? One point for each correct answer. 

14. In which 1986 Hollywood flop does Helen Mirren play alongside Harrison Ford?

15. Which letter of the alphabet is 'The Scarlet Letter' in the novel of the same name?

16. With a 49-0 record, who was the only heavyweight boxing champion to retire without a loss in his professional career?

17. Which 1967 concept album was the first to feature printed lyrics on the cover?

18. A Latin American percussion instrument, a pan used in baking and a custard like dish similiar to a souffle. One word, seven letters.

19. Name the only two footballers to have played for England in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. One point for each correct answer.

20. Which 2002 winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor in a leading role was, with 29 years and 343 days, the youngest winner ever?


1. Tsar Nicholas II of Russia

2. Sperm Whale

3. Bot

4. Yellow River (Huang He or Hwang Ho)

5. Amazing Grace

6. Maryland

7. Two answers. Shocking Blue (1970) and Bananarama (1986)

8. Opus

9. Two answers. Honshu and Hokkaido

10. Phoenix

11. Dubai

12. Syphilis

13. Four answers. Elvis Presley (36), Stevie Wonder (28), Michael Jackson (28) and Elton John (27)

14. The Mosquito Coast

15. "A" (for adultery)

16. Rocky Marciano

17. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Beatles)

18. Timbale

19. Two answers. Tony Adams and David Seaman

20. Adrien Brody (The Pianist)

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