1 Who painted the Mona Lisa? 2 What nationality was Pope John Paul II? 3 Who sang the 2008 hit I Kissed a Girl? 4 What does the expression “make hay while the sun shines” mean? 5 To whom is media magnate Rupert Murdoch married? 6 According to popular superstition, which day of the week is unlucky? 7 In Norse mythology, who was the god of mischief? 8 Who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird? 9 What was the name of Casper the Friendly Ghost’s horse? 10 In which year did Shane Warne play his first Test cricket match for Australia? 11 When did Apple launch its first iPod? 12 In which Australian capital city is Eagle Farm racecourse? 13 What is an ushanka? 14 A screwdriver is a cocktail made from vodka and what kind of juice? 15 Name the calf that Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal) helps deliver in the 1991 film City Slickers. 16 What was the last gas to be liquefied? 17 In which year was the Battle of Hastings? 18 Proverbially, which fruit tastes the sweetest? 19 In which country is the city of Dresden? 20 Complete the title of this children’s board game – Snakes and . . . 21 Name the first actor to play Doctor Who. 22 Name the flamboyant US pianist who lived from 1919-87. 23 What is the capital of the African kingdom of Morocco? 24 What is a grilse? 25 In which US state was the television series The Waltons set? 26 What does a plangonologist collect? 27 Name the longest-serving US president. 28 How many wings does a bee have? 29 What is the largest country on the Iberian Peninsula? 30 In which country is the Suzuka motorsport race track? 31 Who wrote the Harry Potter books? 32 What kind of book is a roman à clef? 33 In which calendar is Rajab the seventh month of the year? 34 Name the lines drawn on charts linking points of equal barometric pressure. 35 How many days are in the month of August? 36 Pretzel was the original name of which game of physical skill? 37 Name the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice. 38 What is the longest river wholly in England? 39 Morello is a variety of what type of fruit? 40 In ten-pin bowling, a turkey is how many strikes in a row during a single game? 41 In which year did colour television start in Australia? 42 Which country has been called the “Switzerland of the Middle East”? 43 How long is “a month of Sundays”? 44 What was the nickname of the unknown murderer of a number of prostitutes in London in 1888-89? 45 To which shipping line did the Titanic belong? 46 Which organs control the amount of salt and water in the blood? 47 Which horse won the 1979 Melbourne Cup? 48 How many points is the letter Z worth in Scrabble? 49 In Greek mythology, what form did the god Zeus take to seduce Leda? 50 What was the nickname of King Louis XIV of France? Answers page 42.