How would you do? Pit your wits against the iquiz master
Questions set by Simon O'Hagan. Answers follow tomorrow
Wednesday's winners managed an impressive 102 points, out of 115, but can you beat them? Each correct answer is worth two points, unless stated.
Round 1: In the News
1 Boris Bikes are to be found in London but in which city is the cycle-hire scheme referred to as Mike's Bikes?
2 The cathedral in England with the tallest spire is the subject of a painting by Constable that the Tate just bought for £23m. Which cathedral?
3 Blue Is The Warmest Color just won what award?
4 The Government is implementing another round of cuts but the Defence Secretary is holding out over any further cuts to his department. Who is the Defence Secretary?
5 According to new research, if you're going to die as a result of an NHS operation, which day of the week is it safest go to go under the knife?
6 What was founded by David Karp, launched in 2007, and has just been sold for $1.1bn?
7 Who scored the winning goal for Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday?
8 Jeremy Deller is currently representing the UK at what event? Need the exact name please.
9 According to a poll in i, the Tories under David Cameron are more divided than they were under which leader?
10 A hundred years ago this very evening, a riot is said to have broken out in a Paris concert hall after the first performance of which piece of music? Title AND the composer please.
1 The UN's annual International Day of Non-Violence was chosen to coincide with whose birthday?
2 Where would you find the geographical feature Vastitas Borealis?
3 In Evelyn Waugh's Scoop, what was the name of the newspaper that William Boot worked for? It's now the name of a leading news and opinion website.
4 In terms of their religious beliefs, the founders of the three largest English chocolate companies - Cadbury, Rowntree and Fry – were all what?
5 The country with the most World Heritage Sites has 47 out of a total of 962, and it's in Europe. Which country?
6 In the 1960s Helen Gurley Brown was responsible for the revival of which still very prominent women's magazine?
7 Luas, the Dublin Light Railway, opened in 2004 and quickly acquired a nickname that invoked the name of a leading Irish actor. Which one?
8 Which fictional vehicle, the creation of James Bond writer Ian Fleming, was owned by Commander Caractacus Potts?
9 What does ISBN stand for?
10 According to a 2009 Vatican survey, which of the seven deadly sins is the most common in women, and which the most common in men? (1 Point each)
1 Touching the Void, the mountaineering book by Joe Simpson, tells of an incident on which mountain range?
2 Rome is the capital of which Italian region?
3 Bill Shankly, Bobby Charlton and David Beckham all played for which club?
4 Currer Bell was the pen name of which leading 19th-century novelist?
5 The film Battleship Potemkin is a partly fictionalised account of a Russian naval mutiny that took place in which Black Sea port?
6 The psychological phenomenon whereby hostages express sympathy for and try to co-operate with their captors is known as what?
7 Which school of 20th-century design was founded by Walter Gropius?
8 On which celebrated building did Andy Warhol train his cameras to make a real-time film that lasted over eight hours?
9 Name the French department – in the extreme north-west of the country – whose name translates as "end of the world"?
10 In 1934 Alexander MacEwan became the first leader of which political party?
1 In 1901 Edmund Barton became which country's first prime minister?
2 Which UK art gallery has a sign on the exit that reads, "In high winds, push door hard"?
3 The fate of the fishing vessel Andrea Gail in the North Atlantic in 1991 was turned into which best-selling book by Sebastian Junger, later a film starring George Clooney?
4 Martin Amis, Shane MacGowan, Helena Bonham Carter and Nick Clegg all attended which school?
5 … and in which science subject did Margaret Thatcher have a degree from Oxford?
6 Corinne Bailey Rae, Alan Bennett, Jeremy Paxman, and Ernie Wise were all born in which northern English city?
7 The first one was created by Arthur Wynne and it appeared in the 21 December, 1913 edition of The New York World newspaper. What?
8 "It's amazing what you can do with an E in A-level art". The words of which prominent artist, a recent guest on Desert Island Discs?
9 Facebook started life at which university?
10 Which tourist attraction in Cumbria has the web address www.hop-skip-jump.com?
Round 5: Music
1 Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are better known as which pop duo?
2 She was born Corynne Elliot in 1983 and in 2009 she won the Mercury Prize. How is she better known?
3 The Rolling Stones with "I Wanna Be Your Man" on 1 January 1964, and Shakira with "Hips Don't Lie" on 30 June 2006. The first and last what?
4 It's this composer's third symphony, written in the 1890s, and at between 90 and 100 minutes it is reckoned to be the longest in the standard repertoire. Which composer?
5 What instrument did jazz musician Miles Davis play?
6 "I have nothing to say and I am saying it." Which avant-garde US composer (1912-1992) said it?
7 Down the Highway; Behind the Shades; No Direction Home. Titles of just three of the many biographies of which musician?
8 Which annual music festival began in 1999 and takes place in Indio, California?
9 Which Beatle did an apprenticeship as an electrician?
10 In which decade did the NME launch?
Match the person to their Twitter profile. Profiles accurate as of Friday 24 May. One point for each correct answer.
1 I'm that funny fat lady you see on the telly!
2 Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
3 Prince of Eternia and Defender of the Secrets of Castle Grayskull. Dislikes blue cheese.
5 Literally the biggest face on television.
6 Infamous Brit-Licker; also been known to hand out free puppies.
7 Actress/Producer/Mother of 3/Southern Girl
8 Laugh as long as you breathe, love as long as you live!
9 Happy. Free. Confused. Lonely. At the same time.
10 One day you're the cock of the walk, the next a feather duster.
11 You know, that guy from that thing.
12 British Actor, Writer, Lord of Dance, Prince of Swimwear & Blogger
13 Twenty years of travelling, Forty years of jokes.
14 Former Drummer with ThrimbleWeed and the Vegetations.
15 Me = kids ++ friends + sums + flying + F1 +++ laughing – moaners
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