1 The Ptolemies were ancient rulers of which country? Egypt
2 Which US state is known as the ‘Hawkeye State’? Iowa
3 Which opera did Guiseppe Verdi supposedly compose for the opening of the Suez Canal? Aida
4 In the UK, who was the first female speaker of The House of Commons? Betty Boothroyd
5 Cilantro is the leaf of which herb? Coriander
6 In Arthurian legend, who was the faithful wife of Geraint? Enid
7 What is the tune hummed by David Brent during his infamous dance routine in the UK tv series ‘The Office’? Disco Inferno
8 Who performed the first successful human to human heart transplant in 1967? Dr Christiaan Barnard
9 Uxoricide is the killing of who? One’s wife
10 The city of Zurich lies on which river? River Limmat
11 Eamon de Valera founded which political party in 1926? Fianna Fail
12 What is the length of a chukka in a game of polo? Seven minutes
13 The islands of Bass and Pelee lie in which of North America’s Great Lakes? Lake Erie
14 In UK politics, who defeated Ted Heath in the Tory leadership campaign of 1975? Margaret Thatcher
15 Which American poet wrote the collection ‘Leaves of Grass’? Walt Whitman
16 Guadalupe Island, in the Pacific Ocean, belongs to which country? Mexico
17 In humans, what is the medical condition hypermetropia (or hyperopia) more commonly known as? Long-sightedness
18 Which English singer commissioned a painting of the cartoon character Spongebob Squarepants for his house in 2008? Liam Gallagher
19 The Bridalveil Waterfall is in which US national park? Yosemite
20 What is a three-dimensional shape with 12 plane faces called? Dodecahedron
21 Kitten, Spool, Wedge and Cone are all types of what? Heel
22 What is the name of the bus company in the British tv series ‘On The Buses’? Luxton and District (Traction Company)
23 What does the Latin phrase ‘Hic et nunc’ translate to in English? Here and now
24 What is the name of Alan Alda’s character in the US tv series M*A*S*H? Hawkeye Pierce
25 In February 1938, Roberto M. Ortiz became President of which South American country? Argentina
26 Irish actress Mrs Dorothea Jordan was the mistress of which British monarch? William IV
27 Which female singer starred as Astrid Peth in the 2007 ‘Dr Who’ Christmas special? Kylie Minogue
28 The Battle of Hamel took place in which country during World War I? France
29 During which year was Mary, Queen of Scots, executed? 1587
30 What was the basic currency of Greece before the Euro? Drachma