1. Which archipelagic country with a population of 109,000,000 does not have any divorce laws?
2. The longest winning streak in American professional sports is 33 games. In which of the following leagues did this occur?
a. NHL, b. NBA, c. NFL, d. MLB, e. MLS
3. Which three Mediteranean countries have a city with the name Tripoli? One point for each correct answer.
4. Which two iconic rock/music legends died within 16 days of each other in the autumn of 1970?
5. Which 1985 film based on a best selling novel was nominated for 11 Academy Awards yet failed to win a single Oscar, a record?
6. With the aid of the year in which it was awarded and the recipients initials, name the Time Magazine Person of the Year. One point for each correct answer.
a. 1957 N. K.
b. 1977 A. S.
c. 1979 A. K.
d. 1981 L. W.
7. The following movie poster tag line is from which classic 1951 science fiction film?
"From Out Of Space ..... A Warning And An Ultimatum"
8. The following dance step instructions are found in which songs? One point for each correct answer.
a. With your hands on your hips you bring your knees in tight
b. Lift the other foot up, other foot up, fall on your ass, fall on your ass
c. When I say hit it, go 2 up and 2 back double cross and freeze, hit it, hold it right there
d. Put your hands on your head ..... let your back bone stretch
9. In the French cuisine, any dish that incorporates a mixture of mashed potatoes and egg yolk is given which royal name?
10. Name one of the first two American astronauts to travel into space.
11. Which famous musical work commemorates the Battle of Borodino?
12. With the exception of two survivors, on the morning of May 8, 1902, the volcano Mt Pelee erupted and killed circa 25,000 inhabitants in the town of St Pierre. On which island, popular with tourists from around the world, is Mt Pelee located?
13. Bing, Choke, Morrello, Rainer, Black and North Star are all types of what?
14. Who was the only Austrian tennis player to have reached number one in the ATP mens rankings?
15. The name of which famous diamond and now part of the British Crown Jewels stems from the Persian word for 'mountain of light'?
16. The following are the initials of famous writers or poets who committed suicide. Can you name them? One point for each correct answer.
a. V. W.
b. S. P.
c. J. L.
d. E. H.
17. What name is given to the horsemen who carry a lance in Spanish bull fights?
18. Name the four countries that border Guatemala. One point for each correct answer.
19. What is the last word in the titles of each of the following Grammy Award winning albums of the year? One point for each correct answer.
a. September of my .....
b. By the time I get to .....
c. Double .....
d. Time out of .....
e. Raising .....
20. What is the Italian expression for a dish that has been baked in the oven?
2. Answer b. NBA (LA Lakers, 1972)
3. Three answers. Libya, Lebanon and Greece.
4. Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin
5. The Color Purple (the 1977 film 'The Turning Point' holds the same record)
6. Four answers.
a. Nikita Khrushchev
b. Anwar Sadat
c. Ayatollah Khomeini
d. Lech Walesa
7. The Day The Earth Stood Still
8. Four answers.
a. Time Warp (from Rocky Horror Picture Show)
b. Wilbury Twist (Travelling Wilburys)
c. Madison Time or The Madison
d. Simple Simon Says (1910 Fruitgum Company)
10. Alan B Shepard (May 5, 1961) or Virgil Grissom (July 21, 1961)
11. 1812 Overture (Tchaikovsky)
14. Thomas Muster
16. Four answers.
a. Virginia Woolf
b. Sylvia Plath
c. Jack London
d. Ernest Hemmingway
18. Four answers. Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico.
19. Five answers.
a. September of my years (Frank Sinatra, 1966)
b. By the time I get to Phoenix (Glen Campbell, 1969)
c. Double Fantasy (John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1982)
d. Time out of mind (Bob Dylan, 1998)
e. Raising Sand (Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, 2009)
20. Al forno