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30 January 2018

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Latest questions: 30 January 2018

This week's questions are from those written for 23 January 2018 in Macclesfield Quiz League, by ...

For a few years in the early 2000s, the winner of the Italian Open golf tournament won, as well as a cash prize, his own weight in what? Click to show or hide the answer
Who was the most famous customer of the barbershop at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas – now a museum? Click to show or hide the answer
Born in New York, in 1969, by what professional name is Shawn Corey Carter better known? Click to show or hide the answer
In which Siberian city was the actor Yul Brynner born in 1920? Click to show or hide the answer
Which 19th–century invention, with applications in agriculture and warfare, is the subject of museums in La Crosse, Kansas; McLean, Texas; and DeKalb, Illinois? Click to show or hide the answer
A carminative (drug) is taken to relieve what condition? Click to show or hide the answer
Which commonly–used abbreviation of a well–known British expletive was adopted by the Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand and the quirky American pop–rock band Sparks, as the name of the 'supergroup' that they formed in 2014? Click to show or hide the answer
Who, in 1938, was the first European to be named as Time magazine's Man of the Year? Click to show or hide the answer
Which country became the 193rd member of the United Nations, in 2011? Click to show or hide the answer
Famous as a Wild West frontier town, but with a population of 27,340 in 2010, in which US state is Dodge City? Click to show or hide the answer
Which popular hymn has words written in 1963 by the English poet and songwriter Sydney Carter, set to the Shaker hymn tune Simple Gifts (which was also used by Aaron Copeland in Appalachian Spring)? Click to show or hide the answer
Which BBC television crime dramam series stars Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, leader of a criminal gang in the years following World War I, and Sam Neill as the detective tasked with suppressing them? Set in Birmingham, it was inspired by an urban youth gang that was active there in the late 19th century. Click to show or hide the answer
In Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, what's the name of the dissolute but principled lawyer, who goes to the guillotine in place of Charles Darnay (who is innocent of the crime for which he is convicted)? Click to show or hide the answer
Which village on the Isle of Man is famous as the location of the world's largest working water wheel (known as the Lady Isabella)? Click to show or hide the answer
Who won the PDC World Championship (darts) title in January 2018, beating Phil Taylor in the final – the latter's last professional match? Click to show or hide the answer
What first in aviation was achieved by Ellen Church of Iowa in 1930? Click to show or hide the answer
Who insured his taste buds for £250,000 in 1993? Click to show or hide the answer
What name is given to the hairy skin that covers the antlers of male deer while they grow? Click to show or hide the answer
An important poet and artist in her own right, Elizabeth Siddall often modelled for several members of the pre–Raphaelite Brotherhood. But which of them was she married to? Click to show or hide the answer
In The Magic Roundabout, what was the name of the elderly gardener (who rode a tricycle, and is not to be confused with Mr. Rusty who operated the roundabout)? Click to show or hide the answer
Who was the first person to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award three times? Click to show or hide the answer
Which BBC television drama series, originally broadcast from 1972 to 1976, was based around the Hammond family and their road haulage business? Click to show or hide the answer
The maximum engine capacity for Formula One cars was reduced in 2014, from 2.4 litres to ... what? Click to show or hide the answer
Which apartment block on the sea front at Brighton, built between 1999 and 2001, was named after the designer of the Chrysler Building in New York and designed as a 21st–century interpretation of 1930s architecture, with extensive use of curved surfaces? Click to show or hide the answer
Which New York skyscraper, built between 1928 and 1930, is the best–known work of architect William van Alen? It was the world's tallest building, until it was eclipsed by the Empire State building the following year. Click to show or hide the answer
Who has been President of Syria from 2000? The son of the previous president, who was in office from 1971, he was implicated in war crimes by a UN report in 2014, after his crackdown on Arab Spring protesters led to civil war. Click to show or hide the answer
In which Austrian city is Nonnberg Abbey – founded around AD 714, and made famous in The Sound of Music? Click to show or hide the answer
Borborygmus is the technical name for which common medical complaint? Click to show or hide the answer
Which long–term ally of Robert Mugabe succeeded him as President of Zimbabwe after his enforced resignation in November 2017? Click to show or hide the answer

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