Media

In Latin this word means a female animal used for breeding. In Geology it is the natural material surrounding a metal or gem. In Biology it is the intercellular substance of a tissue. The commonest use of the word, however, is in Mathematics. Also appearing in the title of a film with superb special effects, which word? (The) MATRIX
A famous example of classic Arabic literature is ‘The Book of One Thousand and One Nights’. Part of the book is a collection of travel-romances telling the story of a legendary sailor’s fantastic voyages on the Indian Ocean. What was the name of that sailor? SINDBAD (Sinbad)
The name of this African language comes from Arabic, meaning ‘coast’. The syntax and grammar is Bantu but much of the vocabulary can be associated with Arabs and Persians who moved to the East African coast. There are approximately five million first-language speakers and 30 to 50 million second-language speakers. Which language? SWAHILI

 

Sport & Leisure

In 1927, a famous sports team was created by Abe Saperstein. Originally known as the ‘Savoy Big Five’, they have played more than 20,000 games under their current name, notably against the Washington Generals and the New York Nationals. What is the name of the team? HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
In Judo the highest levels, normally signified by a black belt, are called Dan. What name is given to the lower levels that can be represented by yellow, orange, green, blue or brown belts? KYŪ
What name is given to the simulation strategy game that became, in 2002, the best-selling PC-game in history (with over 6 million copies sold)? The aim of the game is to create people and help them attain their personal goals. The player has to ensure the characters find a job, have fun and keep healthy. Some add-ins were called ‘Hot Date’, ‘Vacation’, ‘House Party’ and ‘Superstar’. The SIMS

 

History

One particular month is known for its close connection to warfare and tragedies. Events taking place in that month include: the outbreak of the American Civil War and the Bosnian War, the Rwandan genocide; the deaths of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II; the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the San Francisco earthquake, the first use of poison gas in WWI and the sinking of the Titanic. Which month? APRIL
In order to fight the French, Native American tribes like Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca formed a confederacy. What was this confederacy called? IROQUOIS
In 1905, a patent clerk from Bern published a number of articles that changed the world. The year 1905 was later called his ‘annus mirabilis’. Who was this man? Albert EINSTEIN

 

Lifestyle

What important source of protein in the cuisines of China, Japan, Korea and South-East Asia, dating back to the Han dynasty, is made from dried soybeans that are soaked in water, crushed and boiled? Its by-product Okara is also eaten. TOFU
Where would a Saudi man wear a Ghutra, Iqal and Tagia? HEAD (CLOTH, CORD, SKULL CAP)
Which part of the body might a doctor examine using an Otoscope? EAR

 

World

The NASA Cassini mission, which also carried the ESA’s Huygens probe, is exploring which Solar system planet through to the year 2017? SATURN
This imaginary line passes through the headquarters of the Swatch company and is the basis of a time system devised by them for their latest watches. By what name is this time system known? INTERNET Time
Mexico’s largest state gave its name to a breed of dog. What name? CHIHUAHUA

 

Culture

There are about 6,000 languages spoken in the world. About 1,000 of them are spoken on a single island. Which island? NEW GUINEA
In many Eastern belief systems it is an incarnation or representation of a deity or holy man. Younger people will probably be familiar with the word used to describe it not from religion, but from internet chat rooms. Which word? AVATAR
Which African country with the official name of Federal Democratic Republic of …., still uses the pre-Julian Solar calendar, which has 12 months that are 30 days, and a thirteenth month that is five or six days? Its New Year commences on September 11 in the Gregorian (Western) calendar and ends on the following September 10. In addition, the the calendar runs eight years behind the Gregorian. ETHIOPIA

 

Entertainment

In the cult television series The Simpsons, there is a cartoon that runs in the background and is often part of the main story. What is the name of this show? THE ITCHY & SCRATCHY SHOW
What name is given to the 13th century collection of over 1,000 mostly Latin songs, poems and religious plays, some of which were set to music by the 20th century German composer Carl Orff? CARMINA BURANA
The original Arabic news channel, it was set up in Qatar in 1996. Which network was forced to close its office in Baghdad in August 2004 by the Iraqi interim government? AL-JAZEERA

 

Sciences

Which chemical element is the main constituent of photographic emulsions? SILVER
Unlike most birds which hunt by sight or hearing, this bird has nostrils at the tip of its beak. It uses these to smell and find its food. What is this bird, which known for another reason to most of us? KIWI
What do we call the study of forces acting on bodies, whether moving or at rest? MECHANICS