1 In Greek mythology who was punished for not returning the love of Echo by falling in love with his own reflection and pining away and dying, with a flower replacing his body? Narcissus
2 What is the name of the farm in the 1995 film to which orphan Flora Poste, played by Kate Beckinsale, is sent to live with her relatives? Cold Comfort Farm
3 Which rapper’s real name is Shawn Carter? Jay-Z
4 In sport, pelota is Spanish for what? Ball
5 Which poet wrote the collection ‘Birthday Letters’? Ted Hughes
6 What was the surname of US outlaw brothers Bob, Jim, Cole and John? Younger
7 Martian relates to which planet in our solar system? Mars
8 Which 19th Century female French novelist, who had a nine year liaison with Chopin, shocked polite society by wearing men’s clothes and smoking cigars? George Sand (Amantine Dupin)
9 What is a female skunk called? Sow
10 The toy ‘Metal Lazy Spring’ is better known by what name? Slinky
11 What is the young of a koala called? Joey
12 Poet and author Oscar Wilde is buried in which European city? Paris
13 Which nation’s football team prevented England from competing in the 1974 FIFA World Cup finals? Poland
14 In mobile phone use, what does SMS stand for? Short Message (or Messaging) Service
15 Which world championship darts player walked onto the stage to the tune of ‘Rabbit’ by Chas and Dave? Eric Bristow
16 What is the fifth planet from the sun? Jupiter
17 In which part of the human body is the aortic valve? Heart
18 Cillian Murphy plays which villain in the 2005 film ‘Batman Begins’? The Scarecrow/Dr Jonathan Crane
19 What is the official language of Brazil? Portuguese
20 Who was the only Canadian-born British Prime Minister? Andrew Bonar Law
21 In which UK city is Great Victoria Street railway station? Belfast
22 Which cartoon character lives in a pineapple in Bikini Bottom? SpongeBob Squarepants
23 In 1665, Thomas Willett was appointed the first Mayor of which city? New York
24 Sara Lownds was the first wife of which US singer/songwriter? Bob Dylan
25 In French cookery, what is ‘farce’? Stuffing
26 Satyriasis is excessive, often uncontrollable, what in a man? Sexual desire
27 In which Charles Dickens novel does the fictional character Sam Weller appear? Pickwick Papers
28 A septennium is a period of how many years? Seven
29 Swedis-born Nicklas Lidstrom is associated with which sport? Ice hockey
30 Who invented the hovercraft in the 1950’s? Christopher Cockerell