Pauls Quiz 277

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1. Amiens Cathedral was built to house the head of which saint?

2. In which epic film do 'Rupert dolls' play a deceptive role?

3. Which Capital city has given its name to a type of rose, a metal a small fruit and a fabric?

4. Aged 10, who won an Oscar for playing a con artist in "Paper Moon"?

5. Which British man is the only man to have been awarded the title "Pipe Smoker of the Year" twice?

6. Which film star began life in Bristol as Archibald Alexander Leach?

7. The Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, is located in which city?

8. What is the most common name in nursery rhymes?

9. Where on the earth are you lighter in terms of weight; near the poles or near the equator?

10. What was the name of Tom Wolfe's 1987 novel about the modern torpor and excess afflicting New York City in the eighties?


1. John the Baptist The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens or simply Amiens Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral and seat of the Bishop of Amiens. It is situated on a slight ridge overlooking the River Somme in Amiens, the administrative capital of the Picardy region of France, some 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Paris. It is the 19th largest church in the world. The initial impetus for the building of the cathedral came from the installation of the reputed head of John the Baptist on 17 December 1206. The head was part of the loot of the Fourth Crusade, which had been diverted from campaigning against the Turks to sacking of Constantinople, the great capital of the Byzantine Empire. A sumptuous reliquary was made to house the skull. Although it was later lost, a 19th-century replica still provides a focus for prayer and meditation in the North aisle.

2. The Longest Day

3. Damascus

4. Tatum O'Neal Tatum is the youngest person ever to win a competitive Academy Award, which she won in 1974 at age 10 for her performance as Addie Loggins in Paper Moon opposite her father, Ryan O'Neal. She also starred in The Bad News Bears, in 1976, followed by Nickelodeon (1976), and Little Darlings (1980). She is also known for being Michael Jackson's first girlfriend. In 1986, O'Neal married the professional tennis player John McEnroe, with whom she had three children. The couple separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1994.

5. Harold Wilson Pipe Smoker of the Year was an award given out annually by the British Pipesmokers' Council, to honour a famous pipe-smoking individual. Initiated in 1965 as Pipeman of the Year by the Briar Pipe Trade Association, it was presented at a lunch in London's Savoy Hotel each January. The award was discontinued in 2004 because its organisers feared it fell foul of laws banning all advertising and promotion of tobacco. The award was reintroduced in 2014, by the UK Federation of Pipe Clubs, at the British Pipe Smoking Championship at Newark Showground. In a departure from previous awards the recipient was not a celebrity, but the outgoing President of the UK Federation of Pipe Clubs Brian Mills, in recognition for his personal contribution in recommencing the British Pipe Smoking Championships.

6. Cary Grant

7. Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens (or simply Tivoli) is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg. With 4.733 million visitors in 2015, Tivoli is the second-most popular seasonal theme park in the world, the most-visited theme park in Scandinavia and the fourth most-visited in Europe, only behind Disneyland Paris, Europa-Park Rust and the Efteling.

8. Jack

9. At the equator, thanks to centrifugal forces and the earth spinning faster at the euqator

10. Bonfire of the Vanities

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