1. How many time zones are there in the mainland USA?
  2. Britain is leaving the EU and submitted a letter to Brussels on Thursday last activating which article in European law that starts the process and gives the UK two years to negotiate the specifics of the split?

  3. The name of the drink vodka is derived for the Russian name for Wine, Water or Wind?

  4. Work out the area in shapes a,b,c and the length of the missing line in picture d.
  1. The US Masters, which started today, is the first of four Major golf tournaments which take place every year. Name the other three, you will get a ½ point extra for putting them in the correct order.
  2. Listen to this audio track. It is from The Voice UK in 2014 and a singer called Lee Glasson performing his own interpretation of a well known song. What is the song and who originally had a hit with it in 2001 and reaching number one in charts all over the world including here in Sweden.
  3. 93% of people who live in France consider French to be their first language. At 38% which country has the second largest of French first language speakers?
  1. There are six pairs of questions and each of the pictures has something in common with the one beside it. For example, question e has two logos that can be found in the same city and another has a picture where both have the same first name. What do each of these pictures have in common with the one beside it.

  2. Which country has got a border with Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Ukraine?

  3. Listen to these four audio tracks, they are all excerpts from TV show themes. Name each of the TV shows and plus/minus two years identify the year the TV show first aired. (NB. In the case of a) pilot or test episodes were aired a number of years before season 1, I am looking for the first episode in season 1)


  1. Big in the news over recent weeks. Identify each of these four.

  2. You would never guess it but Coca Cola is not just natural ingredients. The black colouring it gets is artificial. If this artificial colouring was removed, what colour would Coca Cola be?
  3. Italy is divided into twenty administrative regions. The second largest of them is Lazio. What is the capital city of the Lazio region?
  4. Identify these four south American countries
  5. Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the Dog are characters created by Enid Blyton in a well-known series of children books and television shows. By what name are they collectively known.
  6. Listen to this audio clip. It is from a movie released in 2009. Who is the actor you can hear and which historical person is he playing?
  7. In 2014 Elton John had a hit with the song “Don’t let the Sun Go Down On Me” with which other singer?
  8. Four logos from the warm drinks world. Name the four companies.

  9. In terms of surface area, with a surface of 38ooosqkm, what is the largest lake in the world?
  10. The Jules Rimet Trophy was the name of the trophy given at the FIFA World Cup. It was first issued in 1930. A country that has won the tournament three times (not necessarily in a row) could keep the trophy permanently. In what year was the last time the Jules Rimet was awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup?

  11. “It was a pleasure to burn” is the famous opening line to which book published for the first time in 1953?
  12. Meg Ryan and Billy crystal have been in many great films over the years. Name these six that have starred either Ryan or Crystal or maybe even both.

 

  1. How many time zones are there in the mainland USA?
    ANSWER: 4 (Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific)
  2. Britain is leaving the EU and submitted a letter to Brussels on Thursday last activating which article in European law that starts the process and gives the UK two years to negotiate the specifics of the split?
    ANSWER: Article 50

  3. The name of the drink vodka is derived for the Russian name for Wine, Water or Wind?
    ANSWER: Water (Vodya)

  4. Work out the area in shapes a,b,c and the length of the missing line in picture d.

    ANSWERS (½ point for each correct answer)
    a) 153.86 b) 32cm2 c) 40cm2  d)13cm
  1. The US Masters, which started today, is the first of four Major golf tournaments which take place every year. Name the other three, you will get a ½ point extra for putting them in the correct order.
    ANSWERS: (½ point for each correct answer + ½ point for the correct order)
    In order: The US Open (June), British Open (July), PGA Championship (Aug)
  2. Listen to this audio track. It is from The Voice UK in 2014 and a singer called Lee Glasson performing his own interpretation of a well known song. What is the song and who originally had a hit with it in 2001 and reaching number one in charts all over the world including here in Sweden. ANSWERS: (½ point for each correct answer)
    I Just Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Kylie Minogue
  3. 93% of people who live in France consider French to be their first language. At 38% which country has the second largest of French first language speakers?
    ANSWER: Belgium
  1. There are six pairs of questions and each of the pictures has something in common with the one beside it. For example, question e has two logos that can be found in the same city and another has a picture where both have the same first name. What do each of these pictures have in common with the one beside it.

    ANSWERS (½ point for each correct answer)
    a) Liechtenstein (Roy & the country even though slightly different spellings)
    b) Findus (creator of Pettson & Findus with a freezer) c) Jesse (Owens & James)
    d) Boxer (a boxer & a song on the album) e) Turin f) McQueen (Alexander & Steve)

  2. Which country has got a border with Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Ukraine?
    ANSWER: Belarus

  3. Listen to these four audio tracks, they are all excerpts from TV show themes. Name each of the TV shows and plus/minus two years identify the year the TV show first aired. (NB. In the case of a) pilot or test episodes were aired a number of years before season 1, I am looking for the first episode in season 1)

    ANSWERS (½ point for each correct answer)
    a/b) The Muppet Show – 1976 (1974 – 1878)
    c/d) The Big Bang Theory – 2007 (2005 to 2009)
    e/f) M*A*S*H* – 1972 (1970 to 1974)
    g/h) The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – 1990 (1988 to 1992)

  1. Big in the news over recent weeks. Identify each of these four.

    ANSWERS (½ point for each correct answer)
    a) Sean Spicer b) Tasmanian Tiger c) Christiano Ronaldo d) Gibraltar

  2. You would never guess it but Coca Cola is not just natural ingredients. The black colouring it gets is artificial. If this artificial colouring was removed, what colour would Coca Cola be?
    ANSWER: Green
  3. Italy is divided into twenty administrative regions. The second largest of them is Lazio. What is the capital city of the Lazio region?
    ANSWER: Rome
  4. Identify these four south American countries

    ANSWERS (½ point for each correct answer)
    a) Argentina b) Peru c) Uruguay d) Brazil
  5. Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the Dog are characters created by Enid Blyton in a well-known series of children books and television shows. By what name are they collectively known.
    ANSWER: The Famous Five (Vi Fem in Swedish)
  6. Listen to this audio clip. It is from a movie released in 2009. Who is the actor you can hear and which historical person is he playing? ANSWERS: (½ point for each correct answer)
    Morgan Freeman playing Nelson Mandela in the film Invictus
  7. In 2014 Elton John had a hit with the song “Don’t let the Sun Go Down On Me” with which other singer?
    ANSWER: George Michael
  8. Four logos from the warm drinks world. Name the four companies.

    ANSWERS (½ point for each correct answer)
    a) Zoegas b) Nespresso c) Liptons d) Twinings
  9. In terms of surface area, with a surface of 38ooosqkm, what is the largest lake in the world?
    ANSWER: Lake Superior
  10. The Jules Rimet Trophy was the name of the trophy given at the FIFA World Cup. It was first issued in 1930. A country that has won the tournament three times (not necessarily in a row) could keep the trophy permanently. In what year was the last time the Jules Rimet was awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup?
    ANSWER: 1970 (won by Brazil)

  11. “It was a pleasure to burn” is the famous opening line to which book published for the first time in 1953?
    ANSWER: Farenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
  12. Meg Ryan and Billy crystal have been in many great films over the years. Name these six that have starred either Ryan or Crystal or maybe even both.

    ANSWERS (½ point for each correct answer)
    a) When Harry Met Sally b) Monsters Inc. c) Joe versus The Volcano
    d) Courage Under Fire e) Anastasia f) Analyse This (or its sequel – Analyse That)