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16 April 2019

Latest questions: 16 April 2019

This week's questions are from those used in the Cup Final of the 2018–19 season in Macclesfield Quiz League. They were compiled, from those provided by all non–participating teams, by the Dolphin and the Dolphin Dragons.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika (BOO–tef–leeka) resigned earlier this month, in the face of widespread public protests, after almost 20 years as president of which country? Click to show or hide the answer
An anti–smoking message, recorded some nine months earlier during a TV interview, was broadcast as a TV commercial a few days after the death in 1985 from lung cancer, aged 65, of which Hollywood and theatre actor? Click to show or hide the answer
Reveries – Passions, A Ball, Scene in the Fields, March to the Scaffold, and Dream of a Night of the Sabbath are English translations of the titles given to the five movements of which popular piece of Classical music? Click to show or hide the answer
Which current cabinet minister, and former Times columnist, married his fellow Times columnist Sarah Vine (who later switched to the Daily Mail), in 2001? Click to show or hide the answer
Who was the subject of the 2018 bio–pic The White Crow, directed by Ralph Fiennes (who also appeared), based on a 2007 biography by Julie Kavanagh? Click to show or hide the answer
Which Indian cricketer retired in 2012 as the second highest test match run–scorer, after his fellow–countryman Sachin Tendulkar, and is currently the fourth highest? Click to show or hide the answer
In which English city did local people boycott the buses for four months in 1963, in protest against the bus company's policy of not employing black or Asian staff on the buses? Click to show or hide the answer
The daikon (its Japanese name) or mooli (South Asian name) is a mild–flavoured, white, elongated variety of which vegetable, often used in salads? Click to show or hide the answer
Named in 2018 as the UK's richest man, who is the "publicity–shy" founder, Chairman and CEO of Ineos, a UK–based multinational chemicals company, with an estimated turnover in 2019 of £90 billion? Click to show or hide the answer
In Voltaire's satire Candide, what is the name of the tutor to the title character – a self–proclaimed incurable optimist, who insists that "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds" – i.e. this one (a satire on Leibniz, in whose philosophy this is a central tenet)? Click to show or hide the answer
Given that all but 607 of over 16,000 Douglas DC–3s that were built (between 1935 and 1952) were for military transport use, what is the best–selling commercial jet airliner in history? Introduced in 1968, the 10,000th one was produced in 2018. Click to show or hide the answer
Who played Thanos, the principal antagonist, in the 2018 Marvel film Avengers: Infinity War? Click to show or hide the answer
Founded in 1826 as a satirical weekly, and taking its name and motto from a play by Beaumarchais, what is France's oldest national daily newspaper? Click to show or hide the answer
Complete this rhyming couplet from a classic children's story, first published in 1999: "Silly old Fox, doesn't he know, There's no such thing as a ... ?" Click to show or hide the answer
Which wild flower gave its name to the world's first spreadable cheese – developed in Norway in 1924, and introduced to the UK in 1929? Click to show or hide the answer
Mark Hollis, who died in 2019, aged 64, following a short illness, was the lead singer of which English "pop and post–rock" band, formed in 1981? Click to show or hide the answer
Baghdad–born Dame Zaha Hadid, who died in 2016, achieved international renown in which field? Click to show or hide the answer
Who played the title role in the 1995 cyberpuk action thriller Johnny Mnemonic? Click to show or hide the answer
Who was the original voice, in 1983, of Carlsberg's "Probably the best lager in the world" ads? Click to show or hide the answer
Which woman's monthly fashion magazine published its first UK edition in 1985, having been founded in France in 1945, and currently has 46 international editions in 60 countries? Click to show or hide the answer
The eagle depicted on both the Great Seal of the United States and the Seal of the President holds in its right talon an olive branch, with 13 leaves and 13 olives. What does it hold in its left talon? Click to show or hide the answer
Red, antilopine, eastern grey and western grey are species of what mammal? Click to show or hide the answer
Who was the subject of the 2018 German–British bio–pic The Keeper? Click to show or hide the answer
Which member of parliament, President of the Board of Trade at the time, was attacked by suffragette and "serial protester" Theresa Garnett, in 1909, at Bristol Temple Meads railway station? Click to show or hide the answer
Juventus FC's first set of black and white striped shirts were supplied in 1903 by a supporter of which English club? Click to show or hide the answer
St. Peter the Apostle is traditionally believed to have been crucified in what distinctive way, at his own request, as he believed himself unworthy to die in the same way as Jesus? Click to show or hide the answer
What's the Latinised name for the temple in Athens where Aristotle founded a school of philosophy around 335 BC? Click to show or hide the answer
The Welsh tenor Wynne Evans is best known for advertiesing which website? Click to show or hide the answer
The M'Naghten Rules, first formulated in 1843 after a perceived attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, are used to determine what? Click to show or hide the answer
At which Italian port did 21 "obsolete" Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo bombers from the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious devastate the Italian fleet on 11–12 November 1940 – "the first all–aircraft ship–to–ship naval attack in history"? Click to show or hide the answer
By what nickname is Manchester–based lawyer Nick Freeman better known? Click to show or hide the answer
The Telegraph & Argus, founded in 1868, is a daily newspaper serving which English city? Click to show or hide the answer
Which member of the Royal Family was given the title Earl of Forfar in March 2019 (on the occasion of his 55th birthday)? Click to show or hide the answer
In which English city, where it opened its first shop in 1951, are the headquarters of Greggs – the UK's largest baker? Click to show or hide the answer

© Haydn Thompson 2019