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BREAKTIME: Fifty for Fun.

Byline: Phil Brown

1 Which ancient Greek philosopher was, rather improbably, supposed to have had a golden thigh?

2 In American football, who caught the last-minute touchdown pass that gave underdogs New York Giants a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots?

3 In East Asia what would you be expected to do with a wampee?

4 The venue for which event in the 2012 London Olympics is having to be moved from Essex's Weald Country Park because the course was judged too easy?

5 Who would take part in a Messier marathon, an event only completable in early spring?

6 In rugby league's Super League season-opener who scored two tries to help Leeds to a 20-12 victory over Hull KR?

7 In which country is the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, so named after the huge 1912 eruption of Novarupta?

8 In women's tennis which country did Great Britain beat over the weekend to avoid relegation from the Federation Cup Euro/Africa Zone Group 1?

9 In the Old Testament of which king was Jezebel the wife?

10 The Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible to the unaided human eye from the Moon; true or false?

11 What edible creatures are classed in the family Mytilidae?

12 Which film composer wrote the scores for The Terminator, The Big Easy, The Accused and True Lies, among others?

13 In 18th and 19th century Asian warfare a zamburak unit carried - and fired - small cannons from the back of which animals?

14 About a sixth of the population of Africa lives in which single country?

15 Celestine is a mineral containing which metal element?

16 For which major sporting event have 150 entries been received, although only 40 of them will line up on April 5?

17 Of which European country has Boris Tadic just been re-elected president?

18 The original Travelling Wilburys supergroup consisted of Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, George Harrison, Tom Petty and...?

19 Of which Commonwealth country is Helen Clark prime minister?

20 Which later-famous actor was Hong Kong cha cha dance champion of 1958?

21 Which glam rock group's first two Top 10 hits were Co-Co and Little Willy?

22 The 70s group Manhattan Transfer were, despite their name, Canadian; true or false?

23 What is the other usual name of the "living fossil" maidenhair tree?

24 Who played the female lead opposite Marlon Brando in the controversial 1972 film Last Tango In Paris?

25 The original of which famous apple variety was bought from West Virginia grower Anderson Mullins by America's biggest nursery, Stark Brothers of Missouri, in 1914?

26 Who was the most recent footballer to score 10 or more goals in a single World Cup Finals tournament?

27 The river Xingu, more than 1,000 miles long, is a tributary of which even bigger river?

28 A battle estimated to have claimed the lives of 1% of the English population was fought on Palm Sunday 1461 near which Yorkshire village?

29 Which pain-killing drug was discovered by Boots research chemist Dr Stewart Adams and colleagues in the 1960s - and tested by him on his own hangover?

30 The fovea is part of which organ in the body?

31 Which Victorian novelist worked 10 hours a day at the age of 12, pasting labels on to jars of boot blacking?

32 The Island Of The Day Before and Baudolino are novels by which contemporary writer?

33 Which lighting manufacturer's name is a combination of two elements widely used in filaments when it was founded?

34 Steve McQueen's 1978 film An Enemy Of The People is based on a play of the same name by whom?

35 Which long-running comic is - supposedly - edited by Betelgeusian-system alien Tharg the Mighty?

36 What high-profile position was held by Javier Perez de Cuellar from 1982 to 1991?

37 Which fledgling Test cricket nation has so far won once in its first 51 Tests?

38 Who was the only tennis player to win the men's singles at Wimbledon, apart from Pete Sampras, between 1993 and 2000?

39 The man who wrote the librettos to great Mozart operas Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and The Marriage Of Figaro became an American citizen in 1828 and is buried in New York; what was his name?

40 Who is the most recent British winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival?

41 Which alcoholic drink is the base of a traditional mint julep cocktail?

42 Which flower is named for a beautiful youth killed by a discus thrown by Apollo?

43 Which sport is controlled internationally FIBA?

44 In which sea did mysterious damage to cables last week cause major international disruption to the internet?

45 Europe's biggest lake, Ladoga, lies immediately to the north-east of which major city?

46 Which influential poem, as published, begins "April is the cruellest month..." but in its first version began "First we had a couple of feelers down at Tom's place"?

47 Which Dadaist artist sometimes put his alter ego, a bird called Loplop, into his paintings?

48 Which name is shared by a Scottish island, a Swiss canton and a French departement?

49 Which Australian athlete last week joined the exclusive club of pole vaulters to clear six metres?

50 What name has singer Christina Aguilera given to her new son with husband Jordan

Bratman?

ANSWERS

1 Pythagoras; 2 Plaxico Burress; 3 Eat it (grape-like tree fruit); 4 Mountain biking; 5 Astronomers (seeing all 110 galaxies, nebulae and clusters in the Messier catalogue) 6 Lee Smith; 7 The USA (Alaska); 8 Portugal; 9 Ahab; 10 False (barely visible from spacecraft in Earth orbit); 11 (Marine) Mussels; 12 Brad Fiedel; 13 Camels; 14 Nigeria; 15 Strontium; 16 The Grand National. 17 Serbia; 18 Roy Orbison; 19 New Zealand; 20 Bruce Lee; 21 The Sweet; 22 False (they were indeed New Yorkers); 23 Ginkgo; 24 Maria Schneider; 25 Golden Delicious; 26 Gerd Muller (West Germany) in 1970; 27 The Amazon; 28 Towton; 29 Ibuprofen; 30 The eye (retina); 31 Charles Dickens; 32 Umberto Eco; 33 Osram (osmium and wolfram (tungsten)); 34 Ibsen; 35 2000AD; 36 Secretary General of the UN; 37 Bangladesh; 38 Richard Krajicek (1996); 39 Lorenzo da Ponte; 40 Ken Loach (in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes The Barley); 41 Bourbon; 42 The hyacinth; 43 Basketball; 44 The Mediterranean; 45 St Petersburg; 46 The Waste Land (TS Eliot); 47 Max Ernst; 48 Jura; 49 Steven Hooker; 50 Max Liron.

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