A1. Who is the prolific American crime novelist whose main character is forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta?
A2. What is the meaning of the Greek word “planetes” from which the word planets is derived?
A3. The most northerly bridge crossing the river Wear in Durham City was originally named the Millennium Bridge but was given what name in 2002 reflecting the fact that there was formerly a toll crossing there?
PENNY FERRY Bridge
A4. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Bodegas Ysios in the province of Alava, Spain, is an iconic modern building producing which product?
A5. The Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth accumulated large debts in the early years of the colony, but were saved by exporting which commodity to Europe in 1627-28?
A6. In which city in 1919 did a troop of British soldiers under the command of temporary Brigadier General Edward Dyer fire on a peaceful rally of Indians, killing 379?
A7. What was introduced to the West at the 1893 Chicago World Fair by Swami Vivekananda?
A8. Which European language is known as a ‘language isolate’ – which means that it is unrelated to any other known living language?
BASQUE or EUSKARA
A9. What portmanteau name is given to the electronic component, often used as an inrush current limiter, whose electrical resistance changes with temperature?
A10. Guanzhou is a Chinese city, the original name of which has cookery connections. What was it formerly called?
A11. Tangmere, the battle of Britain airfield, is now the site of 75 acres of greenhouses growing which Central and South American fruit?
A12. Sean Penn received best actor nominations for his portrayal of a jazz guitar player in "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999). In the film his character is American but was actually based on a famed Romani French guitarist who recorded during the 1930s and 40s. Who was this great guitarist?
A13. Which boxer has adopted the name Malik Abdul Aziz since his conversion to Islam during a prison sentence in the 1990s?
A14. In their Nobel Prize winning paper on the discovery of the Microwave Background after the Big Bang, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson wrote that they had to remove “white dielectric material” from the horn of the antenna of their radio telescope. What was the nature of this material?
PIGEON SHIT (GUANO, BIRD POO etc.)
A15. The Isle of Anglesey gives its name to anglesite, a naturally occurring
sulphate of which metal?
A16. “Allotment Annie” was a term in World War 2 for US war brides who committed what crime?
BIGAMY (for $10 000 compensation for death of a husband)
A17. The second men’s boat of Cambridge University Boat Club is known as “Goldie”, but what is the name given to the second women’s boat?
A18. Derived from a French word, what name is given to a short musical composition written solely to improve technique, usually for piano?
A19. Getting his first opportunities in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, and featured by Ken Russell in two Monitor films, with what profession is David Hurn associated?
A20. Who is the only male New Zealander to have held the world record time for the 800 metres?
A21. Appearing on the Eagles 1979 album One of These Nights, the instrumental track Journey of the Sorcerer was subsequently used as the theme tune for which BBC Radio and TV series?
HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
A22. Crufts Dog Show recognises seven categories. To which do sheepdogs and collies belong?
PASTORAL (Other categories are Hound, Gundog, Terriers, Utility, Working, Toys)
A23. In the Catholic Church, what originally did a “Devil’s Advocate” argue against?
(Proposed) SAINTHOOD (or CANONISATION)
A24. In 1962 who had a number one single in the U.S. Billboard Chart with "Hey Baby"? It, appropriately reached the number 5 spot, week ending 24th February.