Pauls Quiz 293

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1. Plus or minus four years, when was the last time Halley's comet was visible to the naked eye?

2. The name for which country stems from the Portugese words for "Bearded ones"?

3. Actor Ben Whishaw will play the part of Q in the new James Bond film.
a. Which two actors have previously played the role?
b. What does 'Q' mean?

4. Plus or minus three years, when was the tie break introduced at Wimbledon?

5. Which famous painter created a series of prints entitled 'Los Desastres de Guerra' (The Disasters of War) depicting the atrocities committed by Napoleon's soldiers on the Iberian peninsula?

6. Which Paul McCartney and Wings song title contains one of the X-men characters?

7. Who reached the singles final at Wimbledon a record 12 times in the modern era?

8. What is the well known French cooking term for a bundle of herbs tied together and used to flavour soups, stews, stocks etc? Two words.

9. Name the only two X-rated films in the USA (at the time of release) to have been nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. One point for each correct answer.

10. Dubbed 'the ice finger of death', what is an undersea icicle called?

11. What part of the body might be seen when using Kirlian photography?

12. What is the missing number in each of the following book titles? One point for each correct answer.
a. Odyssey Two
b. Slaughterhouse
c. The Steps
d. Years of Solitude

13. Denny Laine, a member of Paul McCartney's band Wings, played guitar and sang lead vocals on the only number one hit song from the Moody Blues. What was the name of the song?

14. Who played the lead role in the classic Hollywood film 'Mr. Smith goes to Washington'?

15. Rodinia, Nena, Nuna, Ur, Gondwana and Laurasia are all examples of what?

16. The real life trials and tribulations of Alexander Selkirk were probably the inspiration for which famous novel?

17. 'Buddh International' is the newest what?

18. How many James Bond film titles start with the word 'The'?

19. Name the five US states that entered the Union during the 20th century. One point for each correct answer.

20. Si and Am are the two mischievous Siamese cats in which Disney classic?


1. 1986

2. Barbados

3. Two answers.
a. Desmond Llewelyn and John Cleese
b. Quartermaster

4. 1971

5. Francisco Goya

6. Magneto and Titanium Man. (Magneto was one of the original X-men)

7. Martina Navratilova

8. Bouquet garni

9. Two answers. Midnight Cowboy and A Clockwork Orange

10. Brinicle (or ice stalactite)

11. Aura

12. Four answers
a. 2010, Odyssey Two (Arthur C. Clarke)
b. Slaughterhouse 5 (Kurt Vonnegut)
c. The 39 Steps (John Buchan)
d. 100 Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

13. Go Now (number 1 in the UK, number 10 in the US)

14. James 'Jimmy' Stewart

15. Names of prehistoric continents

16. Robinson Crusoe

17. Formula One circuit. (Located in India)

18. Four. (The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy who loved me, The Living Daylights, The World is not Enough)

19. Five answers. Oklahoma (Nov 16, 1907), New Mexico (Jan 6, 1912), Arizona (Feb 14, 1912), Alaska (Jan 3, 1959) and Hawaii (Aug 21, 1959)

20. Lady and the Tramp

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