Trivia snake 24

From the quiz on 11/10/16.

  1. What is the capital and largest city of the US state of Arizona? Phoenix

  2. What name, from the Greek for “dry” and “plant”, is given in botany to any plant (such as a cactus or the Joshua tree) that has adapted to a dry environment? Xerophyte

  3. In 2005, which English sailor, in a trimaran named B&Q/Castorama, broke the world record for the fastest solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe? Ellen MacArthur

  4. Which American directed When Harry Met Sally…, Stand by Me, A Few Good Men, The Princess Bride, North and This Is Spinal Tap? Rob Reiner

  5. Which 1851 opera by Verdi, which is based on Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s’amuse, features the famous aria La donna è mobile, sung by the Duke of Mantua? Rigoletto

  6. Which German chemist, who co-discovered protactinium with Lise Meitner in 1917–18, received the 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for “his discovery of the fission of heavy nuclei”? Otto Hahn

  7. According to the Roman historian Suetonius, which Roman Emperor’s last known words (in AD 58) were “Qualis artifex pereo”, or “What an artist dies in me”? Nero

  8. What is the more common international name for the annual festival known locally as Wiesn after the area in which it takes place? Oktoberfest

  9. What is the title of the technically-impressive but critically-panned 1998 first-person shooter that was developed in direct collaboration with Steven Spielberg and takes place one year after the film The Lost World: Jurassic Park? Trespasser

  10. Gangs, the recent War in Afghanistan, pirates, the Middle East and a Kenyan glue-sniffing epidemic are among the many subjects of Sky One documentaries presented by which English actor, known for his role in EastEnders and as the first husband of The Sun editor Rebekah Wade? Ross Kemp


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