Pauls Quiz 281

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1. Which popular fruit; with variety names such as Bing, Lambert, Royal Ann and Empress; was apparently first introduced into England by Henry VIII?

2. What were the two most produced German World War II tanks named after an animal? One point for each correct answer.

3. Which reclusive Hollywood star of both the silent and talking film era was known as 'The face of the century'?

4. The English names for which two letters in the Greek alphabet start with the letter 'O'? One point for each correct answer.

5. Frank Zappa and the Mothers "were at the best place around" in which popular hit song?

6. 'The Death of Marat' by Jacques-Louis David is a famous painting depicting the French revolutionist Jean-Paul Marat after his assassination. Where is Marat found in this painting?

7. Who created each of the following fictional detectives? One point for each correct answer.
a. Sam Spade
b. Philip Marlowe
c. Kurt Wallander

8. Which name for a horseman in the light cavalry stems from the Hungarian language?

9. Which contraction of a Latin word means 'nothing' or 'the absence of something'?

10. Which bruising athlete was the first dollar millionare in sport?


1. Cherry The English word cherry, French cerise, Spanish cereza, and Turkish kiraz all derive from the Latin cerasum, which referred to a Greek region which today is the city of Giresun, Turkey from which cherries were first thought to be exported to Europe. The indigenous range of the sweet cherry extends through most of Europe, western Asia and parts of northern Africa, and the fruit has been consumed throughout its range since prehistoric times. A cultivated cherry is recorded as having been brought to Rome by Lucius Licinius Lucullus from northeastern Anatolia, also known as the Pontus region, in 72 BC. Cherries were introduced into England at Teynham, near Sittingbourne in Kent by order of Henry VIII who had tasted them in Flanders.

2. Panther and Tiger

3. Greta Garbo Greta Garbo (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson (1905 – 1990), was a Swedish-born American film actress and an international star and icon during the 1920s and 1930s. Garbo was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress and received an honorary one in 1954 for her "luminous and unforgettable screen performances." In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Garbo fifth on their list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema, after Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, and Ingrid Bergman.

4. Omega and Omicron

5. Smoke on the Water

6. In the bath tub

7. Three answers
a. Dashiell Hammett
b. Raymond Chandler
c. Henning Mankell

8. Hussar A Hussar was a member of any one of several types of light cavalry used during the 18th and 19th centuries. Historically, the term derives from the cavalry of late medieval Hungary, under Matthias Corvinus. The title and distinctive dress of these horsemen were subsequently widely adopted by light cavalry regiments in European and European colonial armies in the late 17th and 18th centuries. A number of armored or ceremonial mounted units in modern armies retain the designation of hussars.

9. Nil (from nihil)

10. John L. Sullivan John Lawrence Sullivan (1858 – 1918), also known as the "Boston Strong Boy", was an American boxer recognized as the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing, holding the title from February 7, 1882, to 1892. He is generally recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle boxing under the London Prize Ring Rules. As a youth he was arrested several times for participating in bouts where the sport was outlawed. He went on exhibition tours offering people money to fight him. Sullivan won more than 450 fights in his career.

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