Pauls Quiz 284

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1. What was the most lucrative export, quite literally an end product, for many west coast South American countries in the 19th century?

2. George Mallory, who some claim may have been the first man to conquer Mt Everest, is credited with which famous three word reply?

3. Who was the first woman to hit the charts with the song 'Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)'?

4. Which island country is the most westerly part of Africa?

5. Which epic movie, based on a real historical character, was the only film to have won the Oscar for Best Picture without a single female speaking role?

6. The registration plate for which famous vehicle reads "SCV 1"?

7. Nicknamed the "Eighth Wonder of the World", what was the name of the famous room or chamber in the Catherine Palace near Saint Petersburg which mysteriously disappeared during World War Two?

8. What were the names of the Titanic's two sister ships which ended with the letters 'ic'? One point for each correct answer.

9. Liberty 1 was the name of the ill-fated space ship in which popular 1968 science fiction film?

10. Ukrainian Sergey Bubka is best-known for record setting in which sporting discipline?


1. Guano or bird droppings. (Important in the making of both fertilizer and explosives)

2. "Because it's there." In reply to the question "Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?"

3. Cher "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" is the second single by American singer-actress Cher from her second studio album, The Sonny Side of Chér. Written by her then-husband Sonny Bono and released in 1966, the song reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a single week (behind "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" by The Righteous Brothers), eventually becoming one of Cher's biggest-selling singles of the 1960s.

4. Cape Verde

5. Lawrence of Arabia

6. The 'Popemobile' or 'Papamobile'. (SCV, Stato della Citta del Vaticano or Status Civitatis Vaticanae) The Vatican vehicle registration plates for all official state vehicles begin with the letters "SCV" (acronym of the Latin Status Civitatis Vaticanae "Vatican City State") followed by the vehicle fleet number. The registration plate for the Ford Focus used by Pope Francis in 2016 is "SCV 00919". In the past, the popemobile has typically used registration plate, "SCV 1", but plates "SCV 2" to "SCV 9" have also been utilized.

7. The Amber Room or the Amber Chamber

8. Two answers
Britannic and Olympic

9. Planet of the Apes Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. It stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly and Linda Harrison. The screenplay by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling was based on the 1963 French novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle. Jerry Goldsmith composed the groundbreaking avant-garde score. It was the first in a series of five films made between 1968 and 1973, all produced by Arthur P. Jacobs and released by 20th Century Fox.

10. Pole vault Sergey Bubka represented the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991. Bubka was twice named Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News, and in 2012 was one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame. Bubka won six consecutive IAAF World Championships, an Olympic gold medal and broke the world record for men's pole vault 35 times. Sergey has also beaten his own record 14 times. (17 outdoor and 18 indoor records). He was the first pole vaulter to clear 6.0 metres and 6.10 metres.

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