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16 April 2012

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Latest Questions: 16 April 2012

What nationality are members of the Pope's personal bodyguard? Swiss
Which famous composer died in 1828, aged 31, and was buried at his own request alongside Beethoven who had died 20 months earlier? Franz Schubert
Which art movement has been classified by critics into "analytical" and "synthetic" phases? Cubism
What name was taken by the German anti-Nazi movement of 1942-3, which started at Munich University? White Rose
In the classic TV western series Bonanza, what was Hoss Cartwright's real first name? Eric
Which group of Indo-European languages includes Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, and the Serbo-Croatian sub-group? Slavic (Slavonic)
Which TV drama series is set in William McKinley High School, Lima, Ohio? Glee
Native to the Indian subcontinent and particularly Sri Lanka, what type of creature is the chital or cheetal? Deer
What was the name of the Japanese nuclear power station that was damaged following the tsunami of March 2011? Fukushima
Which country has won the Eurovision Song Contest more times than any other? Ireland

The Republic of Ireland has won seven times, including three consecutive years from 1992 to 1994.  France, Luxembourg and the UK are joint second with five wins each.

Who died as a result of Operation Neptune Spear? Osama Bin Laden
What's the name of the Norwegian island where, in July 2011, Anders Breivik shot 69 people including 55 teenagers? Utøya
In which Austrian city was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born? Salzburg
Which Russian actor and director created a method of acting that has become a byword for a technique used to create realistic characterisations on stage and screen? Constantin Stanislavski
What is the world's largest carnivorous marsupial? Tasmanian devil

The Tasmanian devil has had this honour since 1936 when the thylacine (or Tasmanian wolf) became extinct.

Who composed the music for the ballet Ocean's Kingdom, which was commissioned by the New York City Ballet and first performed in 2011? Paul McCartney
Which country has the world's lowest highest point (2.4 m), and the lowest average height above sea level (1.5 m)? Maldives
In athletics events such as the 100m and 200m sprints, 110m and 220m hurdles, long jump, and triple jump, what is the maximum permissible wind speed, in metres per second, for a result to be registered as a record? 2 metres/sec
What was the subtitle of the Tintin film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, which was released in 2011? The Secret of the Unicorn
Which Gilbert and Sullivan opera is about a group of fairies who find themselves at odds with the House of Lords? Iolanthe
Who directed the biographical documentary film George Harrison: Living in the Material World, released in 2011 and shown as a two-part special on BBC2 television? Martin Scorcese
Which city gave its name to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention that was signed there in 1997? Ottawa
What is Northern Ireland's second–biggest city, and Ireland's fourth–biggest?Derry (Londonderry)
In which 1996 film did Joanna Lumley play Aunt Spiker and Miriam Margolyes play Aunt Sponge? James and the Giant Peach
Which 1979 film stars Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda as a cameraman and a reporter, respectively, who discover a cover–up at a nuclear plant? The China Syndrome
What is Russia's most northerly port, and the largest city within the Arctic Circle? Murmansk

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