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BREAKTIME: Fifty for Fun.

Byline: Phil Brown

1 Which tennis star has just won his fourth consecutive French Open men's singles title at the age of 22?

2 In which two US states is the Suwanee River, made famous in song by Stephen Foster - although he never saw it and got the spelling wrong?

3 Which person said to have been beheaded during Diocletian's persecution of Christians in 303AD at the age of 14 is commemorated in the name of a London area?

4 Which Nobel Peace Prize winner and Labour Party chairman played a part in the establishment of the League of Nations and United Nations, and also won a silver medal in the 1,500 metres in the 1920 Olympics?

5 Which tennis star sealed her new world No 1 status by taking the women's French Open singles title on Saturday?

6 Which empire saw a peasants' uprising in 1524-1526 thought to have claimed around 100,000 lives?

7 What was the name of the coach of Hungary's legendary national football team in the mid-1950s, which won the Olympic title, reached a World Cup final and beat England 6-3 and 7-1 in famous matches?

8 Which hit US TV series is the best-known creation of writer and producer David Chase, born David DeCesare?

9 British driver Lewis Hamilton has been penalised after running into the back of which rival in the pit lane during the Montreal Grand Prix?

10 The battle of Hafrsfjord has traditionally (though dubiously) been regarded as the event which saw Norway united under one monarch - who was the monarch?

11 Which ancient Greek thinker founded the school of philosophy from which we get the word "stoic"?

12 Which world-famous toy company was founded by carpenter and farmer's son Ole Kirk Christiansen?

13 In US basketball, which two teams are currently competing in the best-of-seven NBA finals?

14 Which Taiwanese woman golfer has just taken a surprise victory in the LPGA championship at the age of 19?

15 Which athlete has just taken more than five seconds off the women's world 5,000metre record in Oslo?

16 Which jockey rode New Approach to Derby victory on Saturday?

17 Directed by Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper, co-written and co-produced by Steven Spielberg - which 1982 horror film?

18 Which singer's nickname - and the title of her first album - is The Divine Miss M?

19 Which sport's world governing body is known by the initials FIM?

20 Which actor connects Married... With Children, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Bones?

21 The Guns Of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare and Ice Station Zebra are just three of many films based on novels by which writer?

22 In which cult sitcom has the same character been played in different series by Norman Lovett and Hattie Hayridge?

23 Which controversial theory - especially to mainstream archaeologists - was developed by Alfred Watkins from the 1920s onwards?

24 Who was the otherwise unnamed Bulletproof Monk in the 2003 film of that name?

25 Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones made a surprise appearance to join which band on stage at a Wembley Stadium concert at the weekend?

26 What is the codename for the IBM supercomputer set to break the "petaflop" barrier - ie performing a thousand trillion calculations per second?

27 In the opening round of matches in theEuropean football championship which nation beat world champions Italy 3-0?

28 Although ski-jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards is remembered for his woefully inadequate efforts in the 1988 Winter Olympics, he did in fact break the British record for his event - true or false?

29 Across much of central Asia, a violent horseback game is played where competitors must beat off other riders to carry a goat or calf carcass to a goal - what is its usual name in Afghanistan, where it is particularly popular?

30 Under what name did controversial Chicago duo of Keith Mayberry and Hula Mahone have two UK No 1 hits in 1995 with Boom Boom Boom and Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)?

31 Bobby Vinton's version of which song was No 1 in the US in 1963 and No 2 in the UK in 1990?

32 Who took the title role in the 1989 film Wilt, based on the Tom Sharpe novel?

33 Vaganova and Cecchetti are standard methods of teaching what art form?

34 Which 18th century scientist invented drinkable soda water in experiments carried out over a fermenting vat at a Leeds brewery?

35 What was the main instrument of long-time Duke Ellington collaborator Billy Strayhorn?

36 The city of Fortaleza, with a population of more than two million, is a state capital in which country?

37 Which 17th century Dutch painter was also a noted diplomat of his day, knighted by both British and Spanish monarchs?

38 On which of the human body's organs do the adrenal glands sit?

39 Which plant's seeds make up the main flavouring of the Scandinavian distilled drink akvavit?

40 The European "Biedermeyer" style, taken from a poet's pseudonym and applied to a wide range of arts, furniture and architecture, refers to the early part of which century?

41 Which two countries have Mediterranean coastlines and a land border with Niger?

42 In which field of endeavour is the prestigious annual Piolet d'Or awarded?

43 Of which of the British Isles was Henry, first Duke of Warwick, crowned "king" by his boyhood friend Henry VI in 1444?

44 What kind of food is the Swedish delicacy of Vasterbotten, named after the region of origin?

45 Although Derby remains part of Derbyshire for ceremonial purposes, it is no longer the county's administrative HQ. Which town is?

46 In the Balkans, what would you do with a gusla?

47 In what sport were Cradley Heath Heathens a legendary (though now defunct) team?

48 The only place in the world where "megamullion" - a formation of sea-floor mantle rock - can be seen above sea lev is the Saints Peter and Paul Rocks in the Atlantic: belonging to which country?

49 In which year (20 either way) did the brothers Grimm publish their first collection of traditional fairy tales?

50 Model and TV presenter Caprice Bourret has been British-based since 1996 - but what nationality is she?


1 Rafael Nadal; 2 Florida and Georgia; 3 St Pancras; 4 Philip Noel-Baker; 5 Ana Ivanovic; 6 The Holy Roman Empire; 7 Gusztav Sebes; 8 The Sopranos; 9 Kimi Raikkonen; 10 Harald Fairhair; 11 Zeno (of Citium); 12 Lego; 13 The LA Lakers and Boston Celtics; 14 Yani Tseng; 15 Tirunesh Dibaba; 16 Kevin Manning; 17 Poltergeist; 18 Bette Midler's; 19 Motorcycling (Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme); 20 David Boreanaz; 21 Alistair MacLean; 22 Red Dwarf (the computer Holly); 23 Ley lines; 24 Chow Yun-Fat; 25 The Foo Fighters; 26 Roadrunner; 27 The Netherlands; 28 True (it stood for six years); 29 Buzkashi; 30 The Outhere Brothers; 31 Blue Velvet; 32 Griff Rhys Jones; 33 (Classical) ballet; 34 Joseph Priestley (others developed similar techniques independently over the next few years, including a certain Johann Schweppe); 35 The piano; 36 Brazil; 37 (Peter Paul) Rubens; 38 The kidneys; 39 Caraway; 40 The 19th; 41 Algeria and Libya; 42 Mountaineering ("Golden Ice Axe"); 43 The Isle of Wight; 44 Cheese; 45 Matlock; 46 Play it (one-stringed musical instrument); 47 Speedway; 48 Brazil; 49 In 1812; 50 American.


CAPRICE BOURRET: question 50
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 14, 2008
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