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  1. On which Hawaiian island is the capital Honolulu?
  2. Which painter and engraver's works include A Rake's Progress?
  3. The flag of which Southeast Asian country is red with a five-pointed yellow star in the centre?

  4. In the Divine Comedy, which Roman poet conducted Dante through Hell and Purgatory?
  5. 'Winning by a canvas' is sometimes used to describe a close victory in which sport?
  6. The fictional character Oswald Cobblepot is better known by what name?
  7. Which county is known as the 'Land of the Prince Bishops'?
  8. Who wrote the autobiographical play A Voyage Round My Father - it's about his relationship with his blind barrister father?
  9. The finger prints of humans have many characteristics shared with which marsupial?
  10. Which poisonous plant, often connected with magical rituals, was in the Middle Ages thought to utter a shriek when pulled from the ground?
  11. What term is used for a fruit with a thin skin, fleshy interior, and a hard, stony inner layer?
  12. 'The Bridal Chorus', better knwon as 'Here Comes The Bride', is from which Wagner opera?
  13. Which word, now applied to a retired professor, originally meant 'honourably discharged from public duty'?
  14. In Norse mythology, what is the name of the dwelling place of the gods?
  15. What is the premier French Order of Distinction, founded by Napoleon in 1802?


  1. Oahu
  2. William Hogarth

  3. Vietnam
  4. Virgil
  5. Rowing
  6. The Penguin
  7. Durham
  8. Sir John Mortimer
  9. Koala bear
  10. Mandrake
  11. Drupe
  12. Lohengrin
  13. Emeritus
  14. Asgard (not Valhalla)
  15. Legion of Honour


  1. In 1877, Spencer Gore became the first winner of which sporting championship?
  2. 'Love Changes Everything' is the opening number from which Andrew Lloyd-Weber musical?
  3. Which city is shown as the centre of the world on the medieval 'Mappa Mundi'?
  4. What word, indicating that a reference will be found in several places throughout a text, is derived from the Latin for 'scattered'?
  5. How old did you have to be to qualify for an old age pension when they were first introduced in the UK in 1909?
  6. The plot of which Shakespeare comedy is based on the enmity between the towns of Syracuse and Ephesus?
  7. What term is widely used in the press for the police tactic of containing or corralling large crowds for a long time during demonstrations?
  8. Which relative of the giraffe is found only in the deep forests of Africa, and was unknown to Europeans until about 1900?
  9. Which northern city lies at the confluence of the rivers Foss and Ouse?
  10. The Parthenon was the chief temple of which Greek goddess?
  11. What is the alternative name for the rowan tree?
  12. In the Channel Four comedy series, which Bolton night club was run by Brian Potter, played by Peter Kay?
  13. Which woodwind instrument is decribed in the film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as 'the ill wind that no one blows good'?
  14. Who wrote the song 'Mr Tambourine Man', a number one UK hit for The Byrds in 1965?
  15. Who played Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland?


  1. Wimbledon - Men's Singles
  2. Aspects of Love (or Aspects)
  3. Jerusalem
  4. Passim
  5. Seventy
  6. The Comedy of Errors
  7. Kettling
  8. Okapi
  9. York
  10. Athena
  11. Mountain Ash
  12. Pheonix Club
  13. Oboe

  14. Bob Dylan
  15. Forest Whitaker
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