1 Which infamous monk was murdered in Petrograd (St Petersburg) in 1916? Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin
2 Which poet and garden designer was dubbed ‘The Bard of Twickenham’? Alexander Pope
3 Ninety per cent of the world’s rubies are mined in which Asian country? Burma (Myanmar)
4 An oropendola is what type of creature? Bird
5 Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman play husband and wife in which 1979 film? Kramer vs Kramer
6 Roman Numerals CD represent which number? 400
7 During which month of the year does the Summer Solstice occur in the Northern Hemisphere? June
8 In which US state did singer Elvis Presley perform his last concert? Indiana
9 An abecedarian is a person who is learning what? The alphabet
10 Nanophilia is a strong attraction to which type of people? Short or small people
11 Entertainer Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou is better known by what name? George Michael
12 In Greek mythology, who was condemned to hold the ‘world’ on his shoulders for all eternity as punishment for warring against Zeus? Atlas
13 Who was the Emperor of Ethiopa from 1930 to 1974? Haile Selassie I
14 Which future British monarch ‘married’ Maria Fitzherbert in 1785? King George IV
15 Corktip, Zig-Zag and Captain Bagshaw are all characters in which ‘Carry On’ film? Follow That Camel
16 Which birds traditionally inhabit the Tower of London? Ravens
17 ‘Where Everybody Knows Your Name’ is the theme tune to which US television series? Cheers
18 Which nursery rhyme is the title of an 1888 autobiographical short story by Rudyard Kipling? Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
19 Who is the megalomaniac leader of the Urbankans in the British television series Doctor Who? Monarch
20 Who wrote the 1973 novel ‘Fear of Flying’? Erica Jong
21 Who invented smokeless powder Ballistite in 1887? Alfred Nobel
22 ‘The Jerilderie Letter’ was dictated by which notorious Australian to Joe Byrne in 1879? Ned Kelly
23 In Indian cookery, what is gingili otherwise called? Sesame
24 What was the name of the British Royal navy research vessel, commanded by Lieutenant James Cook on his 1769 voyage of discovery to Australia and new Zealand? HMS Endeavour (or Bark Endeavour)
25 Which country has the Internet domain .dk? Denmark
26 ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’ is the first line of which poem by John Keats? Endymion
27 In 1973, Patrick White became the first Australian to win a Nobel Prize in what? Literature
28 Which film series featured the character Martin Riggs? Lethal Weapon
29 The seaside resort of New Brighton is on the North eastern tip of which English peninsula? Wirral Peninsula
30 What colour are the stripes on the national flag of Egypt? Red, White, Black