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Hard Trivia


  1. Which dynasty, lasting from 1644 to 1912, was the final imperial dynasty in China?
  2. How old was Winston Churchill when he first became Prime Minister?
  3. Which chocolate got its name from a grotto in the Roman Catholic shrine of Lourdes, France?
  4. What was the real first name of French fashion designer and businesswoman "Coco" Chanel?
  5. The Appian Way connected Rome to which city in southeast Italy?

  6. Which character was created by artist Bob Kane after being inspired by the then advertising mascot of Kool cigarettes?
  7. Gold Hill, the steep street made famous after featuring in the popular 1970s Hovis Bread TV advert, is in which English town?
  8. Can you name the second huband of actress Valerie Hobson who starred in the 1949 film Kind Hearts and Coronets?
  9. What is the capital city of Kazakhstan?
  10. How many elements are there in the Periodic Table?
  11. Blandings Castle is a recurring fictional location in the stories of which British writer?
  12. Which British prize for excellence in architecture was won by Zaha Hadid in both 2010 and 2011?
  13. Peter Durand was an English merchant who is credited with receiving the first patent for which idea in 1810?
  14. Which 1959 British comedy film was the second in the series of 31 Carry On films?
  15. Sir Alex Ferguson’s middle name is also a name given to a peddler or travelling vendor of goods in medieval English - what is it?
  16. Which artist painted the work Impression, Sunrise which is credited with inspiring the name of the Impressionist movement?
  17. The Sydney Harbour Bridge has been given what nickname because of its arch-based design?
  18. Which independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire was a founding member of the RSPCA?
  19. Which lake is the largest lake in Italy?
  20. Which sport is the national sport of Cuba, Taiwan, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic?


  1. The Qing Dynasty
  2. 65 years old
  3. Ferrero Rocher (the grotto is Rocher de Massabielle, and 'rocher' means rock or boulder in French)
  4. Gabrielle
  5. Brindisi
  6. The Penguin (as in Batman and Robin)
  7. Shaftesbury (in Dorset)
  8. John Profumo
  9. Astana
  10. 118
  11. P. G. Wodehouse

  12. Stirling Prize
  13. Preserving food in tin cans
  14. Carry on Nurse
  15. Chapman
  16. Claude Monet
  17. The Coathanger
  18. William Wilberforce (in 1824)
  19. Lake Garda
  20. Baseball