1 Which American-born engineer invented the first portable, fully automatic machine gun? Hiram Stevens Maxim
2 Who wrote the 1968 novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’? Arthur C Clarke
3 What is the state capital of South Australia? Adelaide
4 According to the Bible, who was King Solomon’s father? King David
5 Oberon, Puck and Lysander are characters in which Shakespeare play? A Midsummer Night’s Dream
6 Matthew Boulton was the business partner of which Scottish inventor and engineer? James Watt
7 Who wrote the 18th Century play ‘The Rivals’? Richard Brinsley Sheridan
8 The Lord Advocate is the chief law officer in which European country? Scotland
9 What is the US state capital of Kansas? Topeka
10 Who wrote the 1963 novel ‘The Bell Jar’? Sylvia Plath
11 Painter Joshua Reynolds was knighted by which British monarch? King George III
12 Tritanopia is a visual defect characterised by the inability to discern which two colours? Blue and yellow
13 In which country was the 1990 FIFA World Cup held? Italy
14 By what name was Mongol leader Temujin better known? Genghis Khan
15 Fictional character Detective Inspector John Rebus was created by which author? Ian Rankin
16 Originating in France, what is the name of the small ball of choux pastry, usually filled with cream and often covered with chocolate? Profiterole
17 In the UK, which animals are traditionally associated with the first of the month? White rabbits
18 Who was the only British Prime Minister to hold office during the reign of King Edward VIII? Stanley Baldwin
19 On the UK television game show ‘The Chase’ which chaser is known as ‘The Governess’? Anne Hegerty
20 The disused Vajont (or Vaiont) Dam is in which European country? Italy
21 What is the first name of fictional character Sherlock Holmes friend and assistant Dr Watson? John
22 In sport what does LTA stand for? Lawn Tennis Association
23 Tartarology is the study of what? Hell
24 In which European country is the port of St Malo? France
25 A Shavian is an admirer of which dramatist and his work? George Bernard Shaw
26 In Sumo wrestling, a handful of what is thrown into the ring before combat? Salt
27 Which 1945 film was based on the Noel Coward play ‘Still Life’? Brief Encounter
28 Which former English cricketer is nicknamed ‘The Cat’? Phil Tufnell
29 What is the name of the rams-horn trumpet used by Jews in religious ceremonies and as an ancient battle signal? Shofar
30 What is the highest number on a Euromillions lottery ticket? 50