QM Quiz #7

1 The D. H. Lawrence Ranch - now on the National Register of Historic Places - was the home of the English novelist for around two years during the 1920s. In which US state can it be found?
2 What does the Brinell scale test?
3 The film Apocalypse Now was based on which Joseph Conrad novella, describing ivory transporter Charles Marlow's journey down Africa's Congo River?
4 Which Dutch physician is believed to have been the first to discover the essential food factors that are now known as vitamins? He shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1929.
5 Ometepe is an island formed by two volcanoes that itself has a population of around 30,000. In which large body of water - named after the country in which it lies - can it be found?
6 What is the central square of Moscow?
7 Which Connecticut-born film actor, known for his laconic manner, was a leading man particularly associated with the film noir genre, and gained fame for roles in films such as The Night of the Hunter (1955), and The Sundowners (1960)?
8 Which UK cabinet figure is the current MP for Tatton?
9 How are fish of the Clupea genus more commonly known?
10 What is the fourth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea?
11 Who still holds the football scoring record of sixty league goals in one season? He signed for Everton in 1925.
12 Who is the only person to have served as President and Chief Justice of the United States?
13 Which Kenyan runner is the current Olympic and world record holder in the 800m, as well as being the first person to run under 1:41 for the event?
14 Doing so in 1923, what was the last country in Europe to adopt the Gregorian calendar?
15 What was the middle name of Michael Jackson?
16 Which racing driver (1955- ) was nicknamed "the Professor"?
17 What term was introduced by William James in his Principles of Psychology (1890) to describe the continuous, random activity of the mind?
18 What was the nationality of the man after whom the volt was named?
19 Who directed the 2011 film, A Separation?
20 The popular song "Mack the Knife" was originally used in The Threepenny Opera. Bertolt Brecht composed the lyrics for it; who composed the music?

1 New Mexico
2 Hardness of materials
3 Heart of Darkness
4 Christiaan Eijkman
5 Lake Nicaragua
6 Red Square
7 Robert Mitchum
8 George Osborne
9 Herring
10 Corsica
11 William "Dixie" Dean
12 William Howard Taft
13 David Rudisha
14 Greece
15 Joseph
16 Alain Prost
17 Stream of consciousness
18 Italian
19 Asghar Farhadi
20 Kurt Weill

Questions on US politics, Danish seaports, and swastikas... and other things

1 Which industrial city in north-eastern France was the birthplace of Victor Hugo in 1802?
2 Which Italian judge spent most of his professional life trying to overthrow the Sicilian Mafia, and was subsequently killed by a car bomb they planted under his car in 1992?
3 Who served as US Secretary of State from 1973 to 1977?
4 Mycology is the identification, description, and classification of what?
5 Although Khartoum is the capital, what is the largest city in Sudan?
6 In attempting to revive the empire of his second cousin, Alexander the Great, which King of Epirus fought several battles against Rome, with some success, although his losses were so great that he has inspired a modern-day phrase?
7 Who was the last German man to win the Wimbledon singles title?
8 What is the largest object in the Kuiper belt?
9 What year links the birth of writer John Steinbeck, the founding of football club Real Madrid, and the coronation of Edward VII?
10 A pupil and close follower of Degas, which impressionist painter created works such as Lilacs in a Window and Portrait of Madame Sisley?
11 Often viewed as the organisation that contributed to World War I, what was the name of the secret military society of which Gavrilo Princip – assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – was a member?
12 Which Danish seaport is the country's fifth-largest city, and is home to an iconic water tower?
13 John Dramani Mahama has been the president of which African republic since 2012, replacing the predecessor John Atta Mills?
14 From the Greek for “depth of the sea”, what name is given to the ecological region at the lowest level of a body of water, including the sediment layers?
15 This man (1902-84) joined a company in 1954 and built it into a worldwide brand. He opened the 100th US store in 1959, and by 2007 this number had reached 30,000 outlets in 122 countries. Which man?
16 Which Japanese actor was known for his sixteen-film collaboration with director Akira Kurosawa, in works such as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, and Yojimbo?
17 As described in the last book of the Bible's New Testament, what colour horse represents war?
18 Oliver Stone's film, Any Given Sunday, depicts which sport?
19 The music duo, Wham!, comprised George Michael and who else?
20 Which Indian diplomat and politician – sister of Jawaharlal Nehru and aunt of Indira Gandhi – became the first woman president of the UN General Assembly?
21 One of the rarest mammals on earth, the silky sifaka (Propithecus candidus) is found on which island, where it is known as the simpona?
22 In which major city is the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine?
23 From the Greek for “yoked”, what is the name of the initial cell formed upon the fusion of two gamete cells during sexual reproduction?
24 This physicist founded the modern theory of magnetism based on quantum theory, and also devised theories of magnetic behaviour in crystals. His classic treatise, The Theory of Electric and Magnetic Susceptibilities (1932), earned him the title “the father of modern magnetism”. Which man shared the 1977 Nobel Prize for Physics?
25 After his emigration there, Australia became the setting for most of his later books, including A Town Like Alice (1949) and On the Beach (1957). Which writer is being described here?
26 OTE is the national telecommunications provider of which European country?
27 What three words were used to describe a photograph of Earth taken from the Voyager 1 space probe in 1990?
28 Hisarlik is the modern name for which ancient site?
29 Becoming notorious for corruption, nepotism, and embezzlement of billions of dollars, he has been called the “archetypal African dictator”. Who was president of Zaire from 1965-1997?
30 The Øresund Bridge connects Copenhagen in Denmark with which Swedish city?
31 The world's worst single-aircraft crash occurred on 12th August, 1985. Which airline was involved?
32 The Elton John song “Amoreena” plays over the opening credits of which 1975 film?
33 Who took the iconic World War II photograph, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, atop Mount Suribachi in 1945?
34 Fergana, a strategic point on the ancient Silk Road in Uzbekistan, is famous for which creatures?
35 Which New York-born novelist and writer frequently wrote about Jewish-American life, and wrote novels such as The Natural (1952) and The Fixer (1966)?
36 Who is the oldest outfield player at the 2014 FIFA World Cup?
37 For her role in the 1996 film, The English Patient, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for that year?
38 Which name, meaning “ruler”, was given to several legendary Greek kings, but especially to the brother of Jocasta, who awarded the throne to Oedipus?
39 What is the capital and largest city of Arkansas?
40 What were discovered at Marmes Rockshelter in Washington state in 1965? The site is now a National Historic Landmark.
41 Which city was known as Lutetia in ancient times?
42 Which Australian wrote the Booker Prize-winning novel, Oscar and Lucinda?
43 The word “swastika” - the notorious Nazi symbol – comes from which language? In that language, it means a mystical cross used to denote good luck.
44 In which country is the Brokopondo Reservoir, one of the largest in the world?
45 Islam Karimov is the current president of which country?
46 Which US writer used the pen names Edgar Box, Katherine Everard, and Cameron Kay?
47 Which sport was invented in 1895 by William G Morgan at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts?
48 “Heavy water” is water made with which hydrogen isotope, in which the nucleus comprises a proton and a neutron rather than a proton alone?
49 What major geographical feature was named after a US aviator who crashed nearby in 1937?
50 A term known to quizzers: what is the popular name for Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF), after its two leaders? It was a German left-wing revolutionary group which carried out political bombings in the early 1970s.

2 Giovanni Falcone
3 Henry Kissinger
4 Fungi
5 Omdurman
6 Pyrrhus of Epirus
7 Michael Stich
8 Pluto
9 1902
10 Mary Cassatt
11 Black Hand Gang
12 Esbjerg
13 Ghana
14 Benthic zone
15 Ray Kroc
16 Toshiro Mifune
17 Red
18 American football
19 Andrew Ridgeley
20 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
21 Madagascar
22 New York City
23 Zygote
24 John Hasbrouck Van Vleck
25 Nevil Shute
26 Greece
27 Pale Blue Dot
28 Troy
29 Mobutu Sese Seko
30 Malmo
31 Japan Airlines
32 Dog Day Afternoon
33 Joe Rosenthal
34 Horses
35 Bernard Malamud
36 Mario Yepes
37 Juliette Binoche
38 Creon
39 Little Rock
40 Oldest Native American human remains
41 Paris
42 Peter Carey
43 Sanskrit
44 Suriname
45 Uzbekistan
46 Gore Vidal
47 Volleyball
48 Deuterium
49 Angel Falls
50 Baader-Meinhof

Film stills quiz

From the stills provided, name the film. Answers at the bottom of the post.











1 Magic
2 The Searchers
3 Mary Poppins 
4 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
5 Stand By Me
6 Barton Fink
7 12 Angry Men
8 Miller's Crossing
9 Walkabout
10 Harold and Maude

Quiz book

I'm writing a quiz book - or, at least, I've been writing some quizzes that I'd put in it. Everyone else seems to be doing it and I understand that there are a few sites that do self-publishing options, such as Amazon and Lulu. Not sure if I'd have to pay to do so.

I've devised some rough question categories that are likely to change as my level of indecision increases. They are: Art & Culture; Literature; Music; Film, TV & Radio; History; Geography; Sport & Leisure; Science, Astronomy & Nature; Lifestyle. Each category will have a number of different quizzes - ten-question ones, then I'll probably add all the blog quizzes I've written here at the end, with some longer ones to add value.

I'd hope it'd attract a few buyers - would anyone be interested in buying a copy when it's complete - probably eBook will be the main format - or would it not be worth spending money for my questions?

QM Quiz #6

1 Who - name and regnal number - recently ascended to the Spanish throne, replacing his father, Juan Carlos I?
2 Escondida - the world's largest copper-producing mine - can be found in which country?
3 The iron sulfide, pyrite, is commonly known by which two-word name, also the title of a song by The Stone Roses?
4 Which leading figure of modern Chinese literature wrote A Madman's Diary, regarded as one of the best books of all time?
5 Viewed as Greece's best-known living composer, who scored the films Zorba the Greek (1964), Z (1969), and Serpico (1973)?
6 Attracting international attention in the 1980s after a deadly industrial disaster, Bhopal is the capital of which Indian state?
7 Which Italian city is this? The seventh-largest city in the country, it is home to the world's oldest university, and was declared European Capital of Culture in 2000. It is served by Guglielmo Marconi Airport, perhaps its most famous son. 
8 Situated in the valley of the Hari River, what is Afghanistan's third-largest city, with a population of over 430,000?
9 How many US states have their name displayed on the state flag?
10 Which Jonathan Larson rock musical, based on Puccini's opera La bohème, tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City's Lower East Side?
11 In governmental parlance, ochlocracy is rule by whom?
12 Which 1988 film stars Eric Bogosian as Barry Champlain, a caustic Jewish radio personality who becomes the subject of a hate campaign? It was based on the story of Alan Berg, a radio host assassinated by members of a white nationalist group?
13 Which Argentine centre-back, at one point football's highest-scoring defender, was captain of his nation as they lifted the 1978 FIFA World Cup?
14 Which French physicist made major contributions to quantum theory, and won the 1929 Nobel Prize for Physics for "his discovery of the wave nature of electrons"?
15 His second major title, which golfer recently won the sport's 2014 US Open?
16 The Bay of Plenty, named by James Cook after the plentiful food supplies he found there, is a large indentation in which country's northern coastline?
17 The New York Times remarked in 1931 that "Miss Earhart did not promise to "obey" her husband". Which US publisher and promoter (1887-1950) is being referred to in this quotation?
18 Yama is the god of death in which religion?
19 "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan" is mentioned in the opening line of which 1922 novel?
20 Which world music record label was launched by former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne, and has been responsible for unearthing and popularising several unknown talents?

1 Felipe VI
2 Chile
3 "Fool's gold"
4 Lu Xun
5 Mikis Theodorakis
6 Madhya Pradesh
7 Bologna
8 Herat
9 26
10 Rent
11 The mob
12 Talk Radio
13 Daniel Passarella
14 Louis de Broglie
15 Martin Kaymer
16 New Zealand
17 George P. Putnam
18 Hinduism
19 Ulysses
20 Luaka Bop

A connections quiz

Trying something different here - well, it's been done before, and no doubt it will go tits-up, but here goes...

Four different questions, and the answer to each question is linked in some way. Three different sets, with each hopefully becoming more difficult. Answers at the end.

1 What was the title of the Coen brothers' second film, starring Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter?
2 Who wrote the short story, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"?
3 Orpheus Descending, Sweet Bird of Youth, and The Glass Menagerie are all plays by whom?
4 Steve McGarrett was the head of a police task force in which US police procedural?

1 Alongside Stavanger, which city was the 2008 European Capital of Culture?
2 Which three brothers comprised most of The Beach Boys' line-up?
3 What was the surname of "Dirty" Harry, the title character of Clint Eastwood's 1971 film?
4 Which Australian-born actor was the first person to win a posthumous Oscar in the Best Supporting Actor category. Who is he?

1 What is Mikhail Kalashnikov most famous for developing?
2 Which is the only mythical creature featured in the Chinese calendar?
3 Among the five D-Day landing beaches, which is the nearest to Caen?
4 Owing to his nationality, what is the nickname of darts player John Part?

1 Raising Arizona
2 Washington Irving
3 Tennessee Williams
4 Hawaii Five-O
Connection - US states

1 Liverpool
2 Wilson
3 Callahan
4 Heath Ledger
Connection - UK prime ministers

1 AK47
2 Dragon
3 Sword
4 Darth Maple
Connection - Items featured on national flags

Might do more of these in the future...

QM Quiz #5

1 O Globo is a newspaper of which major city in the southern hemisphere?
2 Which decade saw the premiere of Mozart's opera Così fan tutte, the abolition of slavery in France, and the death of George Washington, first president of the USA?
Pulse was a 1995 live double album by which English band?
4 What was the last Summer Olympics - year or city - at which golf featured?
5 Which Swede received the 1903 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for "his electrolytic theory of dissociation"? An equation, an acid definition, a lunar crater, and a laboratory at Stockholm University are all named after him.
6 Which Hungarian-born American business magnate is known as "the man who broke the Bank of England" because of his short sale of $10bn worth of GBP, giving him a profit of $1bn during the 1992 Black Wednesday currency crisis?
7 Which American professional baseball team are based at Miller Park?
8 What is the capital of Lithuania?
9 Named after a Charles Dickens character, what is a gamp?
10 Also hosted by Paul Merton and Frank Skinner, who was the original presenter of the BBC TV series, Room 101?
11 Immortalised on canvas by Turner, which 98-gun ship was launched in 1798 and used at the Battle of Trafalgar?
12 What is the sum of the total angles in an octagon?
13 0121 is the STD calling code of which UK city?
14 What was the surname of the Dutch graphic artist who was known for his impossible constructions and explorations of infinity?
15 Taken from Act Three of Othello, what was Elgar's title for his set of five marches for symphony orchestra, the first of which was the basis for "Land of Hope and Glory"?
16 Which two letters distinguish between the name of one half of a successful US music duo, and the name of the bass guitarist for The Clash?
17 In which year did Steffi Graf win both the Wimbledon's singles and doubles title, completing the latter alongside Gabriela Sabatini?
18 Her symbol being the vulture, who was the principal goddess of Egyptian mythology?
19 In the UK, what is the minimum legal age for purchasing a pet?
20 Who founded the weekly journal, Harijan, in February 1933?

1 Rio de Janeiro
2 1790s
3 Pink Floyd
4 1904 (St. Louis)
5 Svante Arrhenius
6 George Soros
7 Milwaukee Brewers
8 Vilnius
9 Umbrella
10 Nick Hancock
11 HMS Temeraire (1798)
12 1080º
13 Birmingham
14 Escher
15 Pomp and Circumstance
16 'on'
17 1988
18 Mut
19 12
20 Mahatma Gandhi

World Cup quiz

Today marks the beginning of the centrepiece of world football. Of course, if you don't like football, it's the beginning of a month of hell, most likely, but I don't understand why anyone wouldn't enjoy the World Cup. Every nation's fans believing that this year just may be theirs. Passion, glory, flair all on show, coupled with renewed hopes that England may go on a decent run for once - OK, I'm well into the realms of the unrealistic now... Here are twenty-five questions I've written on the World Cup (1930-present):

1 Prior to the 1966 World Cup, the Jules Rimet trophy was stolen from Westminster Central Hall. Following ransom demands and police pursuits, what was the name of the black-and-white collie dog that found it at the bottom of a garden hedge while walking with its owner?
2 Contested by the finalists of the 1928 Summer Olympics football tournament, Uruguay and Argentina, what was the final score in the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup final?
3 An already-qualified nation chose to withdraw from the 1950 FIFA World Cup following FIFA's requirement that all players wear shoes during matches – the players from this country were accustomed to playing barefoot at the time. Which country?
4 During the final of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, French midfielder Zinedine Zidane became the fourth player to be sent off during a World Cup final when he headbutted which Italian defender's chest, supposedly after derogatory comments from the defender about Zidane's mother?
5 Considered one of the greatest Italian players ever, which centre-forward led his nation to two World Cup victories – in 1934 and 1938 – and has a long-standing legacy in the form of a major Italian football stadium being named after him. Which player?
6 Which Pole finished as top scorer at the 1974 FIFA World Cup, with seven goals?
7 Former Paraguayan centre-back Carlos Gamarra holds what notorious distinction in World Cup history?
8 Who will be England's representative referee at this year's World Cup?
9 Which country scored the first goal in World Cup history, doing so on July 13, 1930?
10 At the 1990 FIFA World Cup, England were placed in a group alongside the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, and which African country, who finished bottom of the group with just two points?
11 Doing so in 1990, which African nation was the first to reach a World Cup quarter-final?
12 A certain amount of controversy was caused prior to the 1978 World Cup final when which country accused the Argentinians they were facing of using stalling tactics to delay the match?
13 The Mexican goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal and which German international are the only two players to have appeared at five different World Cup tournaments?
14 An average of 2.52 per match, how many goals were scored – to the nearest ten – at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea?
15 What was peculiar about the 1958 World Cup quarter-finals?
16 Defeating Uruguay in the third-place play-off in 1954, which side won the 100th match in World Cup history?
17 In the 1938 World Cup, which nation fielded both the oldest and the youngest player of the entire tournament?
18 Amid controversy, in which European city was Qatar chosen to host the 2022 World Cup?
19 Who was voted “best goalkeeper” at the 2006 FIFA World Cup?
20 Jan Olsson was the defender that Johan Cruyff famously bamboozled with his namesake “Cruyff turn” at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. Which country was he playing for?
21 How old was Cameroon's Roger Milla when he became the oldest player to play and score at a World Cup, doing so at the United States staging of the event in 1994?
22 To within five, how many hat-tricks have been scored in World Cup history?
23 Which Argentine-Spanish footballer is regarded as the greatest player never to have played at a World Cup finals event?
24 Portugal's Eusebio was the top scorer at England's 1966 World Cup. How many goals did he score?
25 How many different nations have competed at World Cup finals tournaments so far (not including the upcoming 2014 staging)?

1 Pickles
2 4-2 (to Uruguay)
3 India
4 Marco Materazzi
5 Giuseppe Meazza
6 Grzegorz Lato
7 Fastest own goal
8 Howard Webb
9 France
10 Egypt
11 Cameroon
12 Netherlands
13 Lothar Matthäus
14 161
15 None of the losing teams scored
16 Austria
17 Netherlands
18 Zürich
19 Iker Casillas
20 Sweden
21 42 
22 48 (43-53)
23 Alfredo Di Stefano
25 76 

2014 World Quizzing Championships - review

I travelled up to Edinburgh on Saturday to take part in the leg of the World Quizzing Championships there, and I really enjoyed it. The main individual quiz, set over eight categories for the World Championships - those categories being Culture, Entertainment, Media, Sport, Lifestyle, History, Science and World - provided a big variety in the questions of both difficulty and style, and I thought they were really well-written and enjoyable, even if I didn't know many of the answers. Well done to the organisers as it must be an extremely arduous process to have to write questions that will be accessible enough to the whole world, but also check them again and again for errors and then translate them into many different languages.

As anyone who has been reading this blog so far will know, I've only recently started taking part in competitive quizzing, so I wasn't expecting a particularly high score, but just wanted to see how I would do against what turned out to be some very tough questions. Not that that was a surprise to me. I was expecting difficult questions, just as those in the Stafford GP I played in were, and most of them were certainly testing. As it turned out, I got 64/210, which - while it was never going to trouble people further up the leaderboard - I was reasonably happy with for a first attempt. Going by the results so far, I've come 921st, which is probably about where I was expecting to come on my first go, if I'm being honest.

Of the eight categories, my joint-highest score came in Entertainment and World, with 12 in both of those. Lowest was 3 in Sport & Games, which I found extremely difficult and filled with the sort of obscure questions that I simply wouldn't have known and references in them I'd never come across anyway. Sport was also my lowest by some margin at Stafford, so there's a definite pattern emerging there that it's my weakest area. And I'll admit that apart from football, tennis, darts, and snooker, and many probably wouldn't even class the latter two as sports, my knowledge of sport is virtually nonexistent, so any gaps will be badly exposed when it comes to the sorts of questions you get in these papers that rely on in-depth knowledge and wider reading. Fanny Blankers-Koen, for example, appears to be well-known, but when I saw her name given as the answer, it didn't ring any bells whatsoever.

I'm not gonna moan about not attaining a higher score or finish, as I'd have been lying if I said I was expecting come in the top 250 or so at this point. Still, these aren't supposed to be easy quizzes, and I think they'd lose much of their appeal if they were, so I'll keep working on areas where I'm weakest, and hopefully this time next year I'll have improved by a fair distance.

QM Quiz #4

Which five-word phrase was first used by promoter Horace Lee Logan on December 15, 1956 near Shreveport, Louisiana?
2 The first woman to serve in the role, who is the current president of Chile?
3 "Mending Wall" was a 1914 metaphorical poem by which American?
4 Discovered in 1789 by William Herschel, Mimas - the twentieth-largest moon in the Solar System - is a satellite of which planet?
5 Which 1968 film was based on the novel Mute Witness by Robert L. Fish, writing under the pseudonym Robert L. Pike?
6 Which social networking website was founded in January 2005 by Michael and Xochi Birch?
7 Who is the current UK Secretary of State for Defence?
8 Coexist - released in 2012 - is the second album by which English indie band?
9 Meaning "writings", what name is given to the third and final section of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), after Torah (instruction) and Nevi'im (prophets)?
10 How many current member states are there in the African Union?
11 The Storting is the parliament of which country?
12 What is the two-letter internet domain code for Niger?
13 World War II is generally said to have began on the first of which month in 1939, when Germany invaded Poland?
14 The American football team known as the Steelers is based in which city?
15 Which famous battle was fought on 7th October 1571 in the Gulf of Patras, a branch of the Ionian Sea?
16 Which supermarket was founded on the principle "pile it high, sell it cheap"?
17 Which chemical element has a name that comes from the Latin for "dark red"?
18 Serving from 1850-53, who was the last US president not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties?
19 Give a year in the life of Henry IV of England.
20 Which Greek letter is used as a symbol for standard deviation?

1 Elvis has left the building
2 Michelle Bachelet
3 Robert Frost
4 Saturn
5 Bullitt
6 Bebo
7 Philip Hammond
8 The xx
9 Ketuvim
10 54
11 Norway
12 .ne
13 September
14 Pittsburgh
15 Battle of Lepanto
16 Tesco
17 Rubidium
18 Millard Fillmore
19 1367-1413
20 Sigma


As it's probably my weakest area, and in an attempt to brush up, here are fifty sports questions I've just written:

1 After which tennis legend was the main stadium of the US Open tournament named in 1997?
2 Which Russian striker finished joint-top scorer alongside Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov at the 1994 FIFA World Cup?
3 The German Gabriele Reinsch holds the women's world record of 76.8m in which discipline?
4 The so-called three Ws of West Indian cricket were Clyde Walcott, Frank Worrell, and Everton... who?
5 Which Welshman became the first winner of the World Darts Championship in 1978?
6 The 'Shakers' is the nickname of which English football league club, founded in 1885?
7 Which retired American baseball player, nicknamed Hammerin' Hank, surpassed in 1974 Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record of career home runs, and retired in 1976 with a total of 755 home runs, still a major league record?
8 Which former US basketball player - who played most famously for the Los Angeles Lakers - was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor?
9 In which Scottish town do St Mirren FC play their home games?
10 In Formula One, what does a black flag indicate?
11 In American football, what alliterative two-word name is given to specialist players who deliberately block attacks?
12 At which football ground did Jock Stein die in September 1985, after his Scotland side earned a draw with Wales?
13 Formerly known as FITA, the WA is the governing body of which sport?
14 Which Italian city hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics?
15 Peter Scott, the only child of explorer Robert Falcon Scott, won a bronze medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics in which event?
16 In May 2006, politician and then-deputy UK prime minister, John Prescott, was photographed playing which sport at Dorneywood, supposedly leading to a 300% increase in sales of the sport's equipment at Asda?
17 In which city will the 2020 Summer Olympics be held, last held there in 1964?
18 Which former sportsman founded the Livestrong Foundation?
19 Which boxer did Robert De Niro portray in the 1980 film, Raging Bull?
20 In fencing, what is the technical term for the guard?
21 The tennis players Leonardo Mayer, Federico Delbonis, and Carlos Berlocq all represent which country?
22 What did John Disley and Chris Brasher organise for the first time in 1981?
23 Which American football team became the inaugural winners of the Super Bowl in 1967?
24 How many points are scored for a touchdown in American football?
25 Who became the first white man to run the 100m in under ten seconds?
26 The Fosbury Flop is a technique used in which athletics event?
27 From which European club did Thierry Henry join Arsenal in 1999?
28 The Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the main venue for the 1896 Summer Olympics, is constructed entirely from which material?
29 "Tiger" being a nickname, what is Tiger Woods' first name?
30 Which boxer scored a stunning upset when he became the first man to beat previously undefeated Mike Tyson in a match in 1990?
31 "The Merry Mex" and "Supermex" are nicknames of which professional golfer?
32 Prior to doing so in 2012, in which year did London last host the Summer Olympics?
33 Who holds the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket, with 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham at Edgbaston in 1994?
34 With which football club did Stanley Matthews begin and end his professional career?
35 In which country did ice hockey originate?
36 Who holds the record for the most Masters snooker titles, having won the tournament six times?
37 The footballer Mario Gómez plays for which national side?
38 The racing driver Ayrton Senna died at San Marino's 1994 Grand Prix. Which fellow racing driver died on the same track a day earlier?
39 Who is the current captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club?
40 Which French rugby union player - considered one of the greatest flankers of the modern era - was nicknamed la Faucheuse (Grim Reaper)?
41 Which European term for Muslims during the later medieval period is also the name of a professional rugby union team based at Allianz Park?
42 At a starting price of 25/1, which horse won the 2014 Grand National?
43 At which ground do Sheffield United play their home games?
44 How many methods of dismissal are there in a game of cricket?
45 In which decade did Ray Reardon win the World Snooker Championship six times?
46 In which sport would you come across a Boston crab?
47 Which Argentina-born racing driver dominated the first decade of Formula One racing, winning the championships in 1951 and 1954-57?
48 The Chinese Zhang Jike is reigning world men's champion in which sport?
49 How many players are there in a water polo team?
50 Held in Sweden annually, what is the Vasaloppet?

1 Arthur Ashe
2 Oleg Salenko
3 Discus
4 Weekes
5 Leighton Rees
6 Bury FC
7 Hank Aaron
8 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
9 Paisley
10 Disqualification
11 Suicide squad
12 Ninian Park
13 Archery
14 Turin
15 Sailing
16 Croquet
17 Tokyo
18 Lance Armstrong
19 Jake LaMotta
20 Coquille
21 Argentina
22 London Marathon
23 Green Bay Packers
24 Six
25 Christophe Lemaitre
26 High jump
27 Juventus
28 Marble
29 Eldrick
30 Buster Douglas
31 Lee Trevino
32 1948
33 Brian Lara
34 Stoke City
35 Canada
36 Stephen Hendry
37 Germany
38 Roland Ratzenberger
39 Chris Read
40 Serge Betsen
41 Saracen
42 Pineau de Re
43 Bramall Lane
44 Ten
45 1970s
46 Wrestling
47 Juan Manuel Fangio
48 Table tennis
49 Seven
50 Cross-country ski marathon