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Question 26 was clarified to refer to the original, most common, and traditional use of the word 'biathlon' in Olympic and world championship events. The term biathlon has subsequently been used for events comprising different sports, hence the need for clarification - thanks J Rich - 3 Aug 2009.

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quizballs 39 - free general knowledge quiz questions for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes

  1. Which country has the shortest coastline?
  2. What Italian term describes the mood of a piece of music as sweet?
  3. What famous saying, representing a deranged and directionless group of people, has been interpreted in creative works by Hieronymus Bosch, Katherine Anne Porter, Erasure, The Grateful Dead, and Bob Seger, among others?
  4. Kim Campbell was the first woman prime minister of which country?
  5. What is the French meaning of 'Marmite'?
  6. In architecture, cartouche is a decorative feature resembling what?
  7. According to his memoirs, what famous Venetian adventurer was once imprisoned as a magician, a director of the Paris state lotteries, knighted in the Netherlands, a spy for Louis XV, and a librarian in Bohemia?
  8. What is the name of the street in London famous for its tailors shops?
  9. Who was the 'father of medicine' to whom a code of medical ethics is attributed and which bears his name?
  10. What shape is farfalle pasta?
  11. Pb is the symbol for which chemical element?
  12. What city did Charles II of England sell to France in 1662 for £40,000?
  13. From which creatures can Newcastle disease transfer to humans, causing mild conjunctivitis and flu symptoms?
  14. What household gadget did Melville R Bissell invent 1876?
  15. British Landrace, Pietrain and Tamworth are what sort of animals?
  16. Lee Kuan Yew became the first officially elected prime minister of which country in 1959?
  17. Who was rumoured to to have had his first wife Amy Robsart poisoned, in the hope of marrying Queen Elizabeth the First?
  18. A Salchow (usually pronounced 'salco' or 'salcov') is a jump in which sport?
  19. What is the capital of Barbados?
  20. Of Albanian descent, by what name is 1979 Nobel Prizewinner Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu better known?
  21. Mjosa (more precisely Mjøsa) is the largest lake of which country?
  22. How would 'good day' normally be said in Japanese?
  23. What is the highest volcano in Africa?
  24. The German Deutschmark was comprised of one hundred what?
  25. 'Atoms for Peace', formed in 1957, is now known as what?
  26. The traditional biathlon most commonly (for example at the Olympics) consists of which two sports?
  27. The word deltiologist, derived from the Greek 'deltos' meaning writing-tablet, refers to a collector of what?
  28. Who wrote in 1770 "If God did not exist it would be necessary to invent him"?
  29. What year did the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France open?
  30. Which tragic figure of Greek mythology became the King of Thebes after solving the Sphinx's riddle to guess what walks on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the evening?

 

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