Pauls Quiz 269

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1. The name of the second least populated country in the world, when translated, probably means 'I go to the beach'. Can you name the country?

2. With 1,100 miles, the longest man made canal in the world is found in which country?

3. The word 'dinosaur' stems from the two Greek words 'deinos' and 'sauros'. Sauros means reptile or lizard. What does deinos mean?

4. Which artist had a 'Blue Period' and a 'Rose Period'?

5. The shape of a 'Torus' is often compared with which popular North American calorie bomb?

6. At which famous racing circuit outside of Europe have a record seven Formula 1 pilots been killed since 1950?

7. Which English Premier League club was the first to field a team without any English players? (Boxing Day, 1999)

8. Although he turned it down, which actor in the 1962 film 'The Longest Day' was offered the chance to play himself?
a. Richard Todd b. John Wayne c. Richard Burton d. Henry Fonda

9. What is the study of disease called?

10. The charming Nick and Nora Charles were the main characters in which popular series of films from the 1930s?


1. Nauru

2. China (The Grand Canal)

3. 'Terrible' or 'fearfully great' The taxon Dinosauria was formally named in 1842 by paleontologist Sir Richard Owen, who used it to refer to the "distinct tribe or sub-order of Saurian Reptiles" that were then being recognized in England and around the world. The term is derived from the Greek words deinos, meaning "terrible," "potent," or "fearfully great" and sauros, meaning "lizard" or "reptile". Though the taxonomic name has often been interpreted as a reference to dinosaurs' teeth, claws, and other fearsome characteristics, Owen intended it merely to evoke their size and majesty

4. Pablo Picasso Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a naturalistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His work is often categorized into periods. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919), also referred to as the Crystal period.

5. Doughnut (Donut) In geometry, a torus (plural tori) is a surface of revolution generated by revolving a circle in three-dimensional space about an axis coplanar with the circle. If the axis of revolution does not touch the circle, the surface has a ring shape and is called a torus of revolution. Real-world examples of (approximately) toroidal objects include inner tubes, swim rings, and the surface of a doughnut or bagel.

6. Indianapolis Motor Speedway

7. Chelsea

8. a. Richard Todd (Todd was a member of the 7th Parachute Battalion that helped relieve British forces occupying strategic bridges in France)

9. Pathology

10. The Thin Man The Thin Man (1934) is a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, originally published in Redbook. Although he never wrote a sequel, the book became the basis for a successful six-part film series, which also began in 1934 with The Thin Man and starred William Powell and Myrna Loy. A Thin Man television series followed in the 1950s. The story is set in December 1932 in the last days of Prohibition-era New York City. The main characters are a former private detective, Nick Charles, and his clever young wife, Nora. Nick, son of a Greek immigrant, has given up his career since marrying Nora, a wealthy socialite, and he spends most of his time cheerfully getting drunk in hotel rooms and speakeasies. Nick and Nora have no children, but they do own a female Schnauzer named Asta. (In the film adaptation, Asta is a male wire-haired fox terrier.) Charles is drawn, mostly against his will, into investigating a murder. The case brings them in contact with a rather grotesque family, the Wynants, and also with an assortment of policemen and lowlifes. As they attempt to solve the case, Nick and Nora share a great deal of banter and witty dialogue, along with copious amounts of alcohol.

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