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Quiz Master Stanley David is the author of The Penguin India Quiz Book December 06, 2018
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Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. This is the best-selling album of all time. What is the genre of music?
1. Containing the world’s oldest lyrics in a national anthem, the Kimigayo is the national anthem of which country?

2. The United Arab Emirates won its first ever Olympic medal at the Athena 2004 Olympics, when the Dubai royal family member Ahmed Al Maktoum won gold in which sport?

3. Which term for the art or science of promoting ‘health and beauty’ using oils extracted from plants was coined in 1937 by the chemist and perfume maker Rene-Maurice Gattefosse?

4. Which small nocturnal fox of the Sahara gives its name to the nickname of Algeria’s national football team; a lightweight helicopter made by Eurocopter; and the code name of the Mozilla Firefox for Mobile web browser?

5. In January 2013, the movie venue at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard was renamed the TCL Chinese Theatre after the Chinese electronics company TCL Corporation. What was its famous previous name(s)?

6. In English, which two Commonwealth countries are the only two nations whose official name begins with ‘THE’? One is in the Atlantic Ocean; the other in Africa.

7. Designed by the Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, which prize medal features the inscription: “Pro pace et fraternitate gentium”?

8. All of which Asian country’s banknotes from the $2 to the $10,000 bill feature its first president, Yusof bin Ishak, who was in office between 1965 and 1970?

9. The London-based chef is the first and only woman in Britain to run a restaurant with three Michelin stars in the UK. Yes, and she catered to the Royal Wedding for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Who has been named “Best Female Chef,” a prestigious accolade distributed by the international awards body, World’s 50 Best Restaurants?

10. Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis. This is the best-selling album of all time. What is the genre of music? 


1. Japan. It is also one of the world’s shortest national anthems in current use, with a length of 11 measures and 32 characters

2. (Double Trap) Shooting. An interesting point to note was that the Silver Medalist went on to become the Sports Minister of India

3. Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy


5. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It is famous for the handprints, footprints, and signatures of Hollywood’s biggest stars peppered across the forecourt of the theatre

6. The Bahamas and The Gambia. For those wondering why ‘The’ was needed for Gambia, one  of the reasons given was that Gambia could be confused with Zambia, which was a new name to the international community at the time

7. The Nobel Peace Prize

8. Singapore. The banknote’s obverse features the portrait of the first President of Singapore, Yusof bin Ishak, and the reverse contain secondary themes such as education that are linked to his life

Clare Smyth

Jazz. It has been rated as one of the greatest musical statements of the 20th century


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