Specialist: 2014

From the quiz on 16/12/14.

  1. In March 2014, which country was suspended from the G8 after an emergency meeting by the other seven members? Russia

  2. In September 2014, who resigned as First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party following the Scottish referendum? Alex Salmond

  3. Which country became the 18th member of the Eurozone on New Year’s Day 2014? Latvia

  4. Which racehorse won the 2014 Grand National with odds of 25:1? Pineau de Re

  5. Which country’s flag carrier airline operated Flight 370, which disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March 2014, and Flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine in July 2014? Malaysia

  6. In August 2014, in which city in Missouri did the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer spark widespread protests and rioting, this unrest restarting in November after it was decided that the officer would not be indicted? Ferguson

  7. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, what was the final score of the Brazil vs Germany semi-final match in which Brazil suffered a crushing defeat — and for a bonus point, who was selected as Man of the Match? (Germany) 7–1 (Brazil); Toni Kroos

  8. In which country did the 2014 West African Ebola virus epidemic begin? Guinea

  9. In September 2014, Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp but was found guilty of which related charge? Culpable homicide

  10. What is the name of the European Space Agency spacecraft and its lander module that in November 2014 achieved the first successful orbit of a comet and the first soft landing on a comet nucleus? Rosetta (orbiter); Philae (lander)

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Entertainment (Christmas/2014)

From the quiz on 16/12/14.

  1. In The Simpsons, what breed of dog is Santa’s Little Helper? Greyhound

  2. Who plays Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol? Michael Caine

  3. Which 1946 Christmas film, directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart as George Bailey, is based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story The Greatest Gift? It’s a Wonderful Life

  4. What was the highest-grossing film of 2014, raking in over $1bn USD worldwide? Transformers: Age of Extinction

  5. Voyage of the Damned, The Runaway Bride and The Christmas Invasion are special Christmas episodes of which TV programme? Doctor Who

  6. Who directed The Nightmare Before Christmas? Henry Selick

  7. In which city is Kevin McCallister left home alone in Home Alone? Chicago

  8. Which engineer and inventor, creator of the Magnavox Odyssey, the world’s first commercial video game console, died on December 6th 2014? Ralph Baer

  9. Who plays the protagonist Scott Calvin in the three Santa Clause films? Tim Allen

  10. Which James Bond film features the Bond girl Dr Christmas Jones? The World is Not Enough

  11. Which 2013 film, featuring sixteen storylines by sixteen different directors and an ensemble cast including Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Richard Gere and Halle Berry, won three Golden Raspberries in 2014, including Worst Picture? Movie 43

Art & literature 4 (Christmas/2014)

From the quiz on 16/12/14.

  1. In which novel’s fictional land is it “always winter, but never Christmas”? The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

  2. In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the Grinch steals all the Christmas presents, food and decorations from which town? Whoville

  3. Which crime writer, most famous for a series of novels starring fictional detective Adam Dalgliesh, died in November 2014? P. D. James

  4. From which language was the name Santa Claus imported into English? Dutch

  5. Who wrote the poem A Visit from St. Nicholas (also known by its opening line as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas)? Clement Clarke Moore

  6. Which word, meaning “to smoke an electronic cigarette”, was chosen by Oxford Dictionaries as Word of the Year 2014? Vape

  7. In Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, how many ghosts visit Scrooge? 4

  8. Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents!” is the opening line of which classic novel? Little Women

  9. Which Australian writer won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North? Richard Flanagan

  10. In the word Xmas, which Greek letter — the first in the Greek word for Christ — does the X represent? Chi