Fauna & Flora   Set by Mel Kinsey

1/ Which primate of the subfamily Cebinae is so-named because of the resemblance of the hairs on its head to that of a religious headpiece?   Capuchin monkey

2/  Deriving from a chance remark by a 19th-century English lawyer about the challenges its unique structure would pose to certain tree-dwelling animals, what common name is given to Araucaria araucana, an evergreen native to Chile and Argentina?           Monkey puzzle tree

3/ Named after a Russian geographer-explorer, this rare and endangered subspecies of wild horse was at one time extinct in the wild, but has since been reintroduced into its native habitats in which Asian country?    Mongolia (Przewalski’s Horse)

4/ Named after an American zoologist, which principle holds that animals living in cold climates have smaller or shorter appendages (e.g. ears, legs, tails etc) than their warm-adapted relatives?    Allen’s rule

5/ Also known as the desert lynx, which member of the cat family has a name which means ‘Black Ear’ in Turkish – a reference to the long black tufts at the back of its ears? Found in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, its powerful hind-legs enable it to leap high into the air to catch low-flying birds.   Caracal

6/ Also known as the wishbone, what is the anatomical name of this forked bone, formed by the fusion of the two clavicles and found in birds & some other dinosaurs? It functions to strengthen & stabilize the thorax during the rigors of flight.   Furcula

7/ What six-letter name refers to any of several Australian lizards of the genus Varanus? Carnivorous and generally capable of climbing trees, they feature prominently in Aboriginal mythology and Australian folklore.  Goanna

8/ Which family of bony fish is characterized by the presence of two dorsal fins and a series of finlets behind the rear dorsal fin? Including mackerels, tunas and many important food fishes, it gives its name to a particular form of food poisoning believed to result from histamine formation due to the decaying flesh of the fish.   Scombridae

9/ What eight-letter term refers to the ventral (bottom) part of the shell of a turtle, tortoise or terrapin? The same word can also mean an ornamental front piece of a woman’s bodice, or a metal breastplate won under a coat of mail.    Plastron

10/ Its name deriving from Japanese, what group of plants in the genus Pueraria are climbing or coiling perennial vines noted for the speed and extent in which it covers trees, shrubs and even man-made structures? Native to much of Asia, it is a useful livestock fodder as well as an attractive ornamental.    Kudzu

11/ Having the binomial name Leopardus wiedii, which small cat native to Central and South America is very similar to the ocelot, but with a shorter head and longer tail & legs? It is one of the only two cat species (the other being the clouded leopard) which possess enough ankle flexibility to climb down a tree head-first.   Margay

12/ Belonging to the order Paramelemorphia, which small insectivorous marsupial native to parts of Australia and New Guinea has a rat-like appearance but has a long pointed head and snout? An anthropomorphic example named Crash is the protagonist of a popular video game franchise that originated on the Sony PlayStation in 1996.   Bandicoot

13/ Also known as the nutria or river rat, which semiaquatic rodent originally native to South America is the only member of the family Myocastoridae? It is valued for its fur, which is used in the fashion industry.  Coypu

14/ Which colourful bird found across Afro-Eurasia, noted for its distinctive crown of feathers and characteristic call (from which it derives its name), is also the national bird of Israel?  Hoopoe

15/ Native to eastern and southern Africa, which antelope of the genus Tragelaphus has two species (the Greater and Lesser)? They are characterized by horns that usually possess two to two and a half twists.  Kudu

16/ What name is given to the two-lobed structure that is attached to the end of the filament and together forms the stamen (or male reproductive part of the flower)? It contains microsporangia, within which pollen are produced.   Anther

17/ Including species such as the dugong, manatee and the extinct Steller’s sea cow, which order of aquatic herbivorous mammal derives its name from a group of dangerous creatures in Greek myth?    Sirenian (Sirens)

18/ In biology, what name is given to a plant that grows on another for support, but unlike a parasite does not derive any moisture or nutrient from its host? Examples include mosses, algae and ferns.   Epiphyte

19/ Named the `Klingon newt’ due to its distinctive skull shape and ridges on its back, this animal is amongst 163 new species discovered in the forested regions of which major river, as announced by the World Wildlife Fund in December 2016?                      The Mekong

20/ Belonging to the genus Rissa, which coastal-breeding seabird ranges in the North Pacific, North Atlantic and Arctic oceans? It derives its name from the shrill calling sound it makes.  Kittiwake

21/ Which member of the Crocodilia order, native to the northern Indian subcontinent, is noted for its elongated snout that is adapted for catching fish? Its name derives from the Hindi for an earthen pot, which the swollen boss at the end of its snout resembles.   Gharial / Gavial

22/ Also known as the Bjelkier, which large herding dog takes its name from a nomadic reindeer-herding people from Siberia? They were used by Fridtjof Nansen on his polar expeditions.   Samoyed

23/ Which two-word name  is given to more than 500 species of beetles of the Carabidae family, so named because of the ability to eject a hot noxious chemical spray from the tip of their abdomen when disturbed?   Bombardier Beetle

24/ The Humboldt, Adelie, Gentoo and Macaroni are species of which bird, of the family Spheniscidae?  Penguin

25/ Which word in botany refers the collective term for all the petals of a flower, and is also the name of a best-selling automobile (car) model?  Corolla

                                                                    Comics & Graphic Novels    Set by Mel Kinsey

1/  In ‘Peanuts’, what is the name of the character usually portrayed as sucking his thumb and holding on to his security blanket?   Linus

2/ What is the name of the character in the English version of the comic strip Asterix’? The village fishmonger, he is often seen quarrelling with the blacksmith Fulliautomatix about the state of his fish. It may help you to know his wife is named Bacteria! Unhygenix

3/ Played by Chris Pratt in the 2014 movie `Guardians of the Galaxy‘, what is the name of the Marvel superhero who was abducted from Missouri as a child in 1988 and raised by a group of alien smugglers called the Ravagers?    Star-Lord

4/ Which American cartoonist created ‘Maus‘, a graphic novel serialized from 1980 to 1991? Recounting the experiences of his father during the Holocaust, it portrays the Jews as mice and other Poles and Germans as pigs and cats.  Art Spiegelman

5/ In the works of the American author Robert E. Howard, what is the name of the homeland of Conan the Barbarian? Located on the main Thurian continent, it is bounded by other lands such as Vanaheim, Aesgaard and Hyperborea.  Cimmeria

6/ Born on the alien Shi’ar throneworld after his parents were abducted, which supervillain in the X-Men universe was born Gabriel Summers? The younger brother of Cyclops and Havok, he shares their ability to manipulate vast amounts of energy, in his case also including magical energy. He shares his name with a Roman deity.  Vulcan

7/ Inspired by a co-worker of Scott Adams at Pacific Bell, what is the name of this character in his “Dilbert’ comic strip? Characterized as someone so jaded that he spends all his time gaming the system, he is never seen without his trademark coffee cup, and is described as ‘the shell of a long-gone great programmer’.   Wally

8/ In the Tokemon Go’ game, which character is only available to players in the Australasia region? A female-only species, it is a large, bipedal creature with a thick tail and brown hide. It carries a purple-colored baby in a pouch on its belly.   Kangaskhan

9/ Which American cartoonist and inventor is famous for his work that depicts elaborate contraptions and devices that are over-engineered to perform simple tasks in a convoluted manner?   Rube Goldberg

10/ Created by Masamune Shirow, which seinen manga series derived its title from a 1967 book on philosophical psychology by Arthur Koestler? A 2017 film adaptation stars Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi, the cyborg protagonist. 
Ghost in the Shell’/ ‘Mobile Armored Riot Police’ or ‘Kokatu Kidotai’

11/ Named after the mother of its founder, which fictional psychiatric hospital located on the outskirts of Gotham City appear in DC comics mainly featuring Batman? Infamous inmates include the Joker, the Riddler, Two-Face and Mr. Freeze?   Arkham Asylum

12/ Portrayed by Jennifer Garner and Elodie Yung on film and TV, which Marvel Comics character is a highly-trained assassin who wields a pair of trademark sai blades? A love-interest of Daredevil, she shares her name with a tragic character in Greek myth. Elektra

13/ Created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben, the fictional occult detective and con-man John Constantine, who first appeared in ‘The Saga of the Swamp Thing’, was based on the appearance of which pop star (Bissette and Totleben were his fans)?Sting

14/ Created by Philip Francis Nowland in the novella ‘Armageddon 2419 AD’, which fictional character fell into a state of suspended animation for 492 years after having been exposed to radioactive gases released from a cave-in at a coal mine?  Buck Rogers

15/ Passing away at the age of 89 in February 2017, which Dutch author & illustrator created the beloved cartoon rabbit Miffy (Nijntje) in 1955?    Dick Bruna

16/ Who was was born ‘one bright spring morning at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm … one of eight puppies.’?   Snoopy

17/ Alan Scott, Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner are amongst characters to have assumed alter egos as which fictional comic superhero?   Green Lantern

18/ Which comic strip by Bill Watterson features a boy and his stuffed-toy tiger, and takes its name from a 16th-century theologian and a 17th-century philosopher?    Calvin & Hobbes’ (John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes)

19/ In the comic strip ‘Peanuts’, which character (a boy with short blond hair who usually wears a striped shirt), is distinguished by his skills at playing his toy piano, and is the object of Lucy’s infatuation?   Schroeder

20/ Which popular Disney character was created by the woodcarver Gepetto, and brought to life by the Blue Fairy?  Pinocchio

21/ The 80s pop group Thompson Twins took their name from a pair of characters in which popular comic series?                        ‘(The Adventures of) Tintin’

22/ Of the three animated singing Chipmunks, who is the one that wears glasses?   Simon

23/ Which Marvel superhero was originally a young astronomer named Norrin Radd on the planet Zenn-La?  In order to save his homeworld from the planet devourer Galactus, he agreed to serve as the latter’s herald, roaming the universe to look for planets for it to consume.   Silver Surfer

24/ The talking cat Salem is the pet/ companion of which teenage witch from Archie Comics?   Sabrina

25// First appearing in a September 1969 episode entitled ‘What A Night for a Knight’, which cartoon character got his name from a nonsense vocal line in Frank Sinatra’s 1967 hit song, ‘Strangers In The Night’? He was voiced by Don Messick from 1969 until the latter’s death in 1997.     Scooby Doo


                                                                      Foreign Language Films    Set by Mel Kinsey

                                                                      From the description can you name the film?

1/ Luis Buñuel’s film that stars Catherine Deneuve as a woman who decides to spend her days as a prostitute while her husband is at work.   Belle de Jour

2/ This 1988 Dutch film has a man searching for his lost wife and features perhaps the most disturbing ending in the history of cinema; remade by Hollywood into a more sanitized version in 1993.      The Vanishing

3/ This 2001 animated classic can be called a Japanese version of Alice in Wonderland; tells the charming story of a girl called Chihiro who is lost in a magical world of spirits that come to visit a bath-house..  Spirited Away

4/ Don’t be fooled by the inviting title, this anti-war movie based on true incidents of WWII features a scene where people from an entire village, children included, are shoved into a barn that is set on fire.  Come and See

5/ This 1971 Taiwanese film directed by King Hu that is considered ‘the’ wuxia film features a princess on the run; the first Chinese language action film ever to win a prize at the Cannes.  A Touch of Zen

6/ This 1993 German story follows a woman who needs to obtain 100,000 German marks in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend’s life; do keep watching if you don’t like the way the story is turning out because you will see two more versions.   Run Lola Run

7/ This 2011 Iranian film by Asghar Farhadi is a recent addition to the list of foreign classics; a simple domestic incident escalates into a situation whose ramifications impact two families in a major way.    A Separation

8/ This remarkable and Oscar-winning 2006 German drama shows the workings of the dreaded Stasi through the eyes of a cold agent Wiesler and has been called by some critics as the best movie they ever saw.     The Lives of Others

9/ This 1972 film was adapted by Andrei Tarkovsky from a classic sci-fi novel of Stanisław Lem and is a meditative psychological drama occurring mostly aboard a space station orbiting the titular planet.    Solaris

10/ The classic 1955 French thriller – a murder is committed and the body disappears!    Les Diaboliques

11/ The first Danish film to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this delicious movie is based on a short story by Isak Dinesen. You will be hungry for a sumptuous meal after seeing this one.   Babette’s Feast

12/ 1973 Spanish drama directed by Víctor Erice that shows the world through the eyes of a little girl named Ana who after watching the horror film Frankenstein begins to experience life using the elements of it.    The Spirit of the Beehive

13/ Francois Truffaut’s film about the theatre during WWII; a Jewish director hides in the cellar for the duration of the war and his wife runs the theatre.  The Last Metro

14/ 1925 Classic, directed by Sergei Eisenstein. .The baby carriage on the steps – what, you want more?    The Battleship Potemkin

15/ This 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica is about a man and his son searching for the titular object.        Bicycle Thieves (or) The Bicycle Thief

16/ This 1997 Austrian thriller whose plot involves two young men who hold a family hostage and torture them with sadistic games is not so laughable.   Funny Games

17/ :Dark 1991 comedy set in a post-apocalyptic France; the story is set in an apartment building that is owned by a butcher specializing in a ‘different’ kind of meat; one of the wackiest movies you’ll ever see.   Delicatessen

18  Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director, is suffering from ‘director’s block.’ This Fellini film’s title is a pointer to the number of films he had made at that point of time.    .

19/ This 1960 classic that depicts the decadence of modern society introduced the word ‘paparazzi’ to the world; best remembered for Anita Ekberg dancing in the Trevi fountain – life is sweet.    La Dolce Vita

20/ 2002 Brazilian crime film by Fernando Meirelles that traces the devolution of a housing project from the 60s to the 80s and shows unflinching gang warfare.    City of God

21/ This 1928 film that saw the debut of the great Spanish director Luis Buñuel is best remembered for a scene in which a razor slices an eyeball.   An Andalusian Dog

22/ 1960 French romantic crime drama film from Jean-Luc Godard that is remembered today for its bold visual style and the use of jump cuts.    Breathless

23/  1954 world classic that follows the story of a village of farmers that hire a group of warriors to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.   The Seven Samurai

24/ This 1955 debut of Satyajit Ray that follows the lives of two children in a Bengal village got him worldwide recognition.         Pather Panchali

25/ Another Kurosawa classic – this examines the struggles of a minor Tokyo bureaucrat and his final quest for meaning via the construction of a public park.  Ikiru


                                                                             Musical Characters   Set by Maya Davis

                                      This quiz is about ‘people’ (either real or fictional) who feature in music of all kinds.

1/ Amyntas wandered up and down in his search for a missing shepherdess. What was her name?  

2/ Who sang about her innkeeper friend Lillas Pastia?    Carmen

3/ June 13th is celebrated in Dublin as the day commemorating the central figure of a ballad about a street trader who died of fever.  Who was this?   Molly Malone
4/ 640 in Italy, 231 in Germany, 100 in France, 91 in Turkey. What and according to whom?                                                               Women seduced by Don Giovanni, according to Leporello

5/ What was the occupation of ailurophile Pat Clifton?   Postman.

6/ The fictional composer P.D.Q. Bach was the most well-known alter ego of which American musicologist and comedian?          Peter Schickele
7/ ‘He did labour/After the tabor/ For to dance/ then into France.’  Whose dancing did Weelkes celebrate in these lyrics?                  Will Kemp’s
8/ In which musical stage work does Hanna Glawari appear?   The Merry Widow

9/  One of the brothers Marco and Giuseppe Palmieri was mistakenly identified as the rightful ruler of Barataria. What, according to the title of the work in which they appear, was their original profession    Gondoliers

10/ Which sequence of musical tributes, all with the same refrain, includes reference to an enigmatic person known by the nickname ‘Bonny-Boots’.   The Triumphs of Oriana

11/ In which opera does Jenik apparently sell his girlfriend Mařenka?   The Bartered Bride

12/ Which musical’s minor characters include Andrew Carnes, Gertie Cummings and Ali Hakim?   Oklahoma!

13/ Which Beatles song takes its title and theme from an inscription on a gravestone?     Eleanor Rigby

14/  In Verdi’s Rigoletto, what is the profession of Sparafucile?  Hired assassin/’murderer for hire’

15/ Greaseball, Rusty and Pearl are all characters in a well-known musical. What sort of characters are they?                              Railway engines in Starlight Express
16/ ‘Remember me, but ah! Forget my fate.’ Whose fate?  That of Dido, Queen of Carthage – in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas

17/ Who caught the 08.21 to London every day but returned home every evening prepared to shoot people?                                        Mr Brown – see lyrics of Dad’s Army theme song.

18/  In a one-act opera by Leoncavallo based on an actual crime, the most famous aria is sung by the leading character Canio. What is Canio’s profession?    Actor/clown  – (I Pagliacci)

19/ Which singer/songwriter’s works include songs about a hobo called Anderson McCrew (renamed ‘Andrew’ in the song), Fred Astaire, Vincent van Gogh and Buddy Holly, among others?   Don McLean

20/ In Shakespeare’s Othello, Desdemona sings part of a song which she remembers her mother’s lovelorn maid singing. What was the maid’s name?  Barbara

21/ Whose list of ideal food included pease-pudding, saveloys, jelly, custard and sausages with mustard?                                          The boys in the workhouse orphanage at the start of Oliver!

22/  Which operatic character tells us that her real name is Lucia?   Mimi in La Bohème

23/ Pamina is one of the main characters in an opera by Mozart. Which character in that opera is her mother?                                  The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute

24/ A song by Harry B Norris composed in 1900 features someone who takes his name from an up-market shopping arcade in Piccadilly. What is the title of the song?   Burlington Bertie

25/ Who praised his lover’s beauty to guitar accompaniment during a 366 (or 367)-day sea voyage in a small green sailing boat, and who was his audience?    The Owl; the Pussycat – Lear doesn’t tell us whether the ‘year and a day’ featured a Leap Year


                                                                        General Knowledge     Set by Mel Kinsey

1. Actress Helena Bonham Carter is the great granddaughter of which British prime minister?   Herbert Henry Asquith

2. In which county is Chequers, or Chequers Court, the country house of the UK prime minister located?   Buckinghamshire  

3. Derived from the Turkish for ‘new soldiers’, what name was given to the elite infantry units that formed the Ottoman Sultan’s household troops, bodyguards and the first modern standing army in Europe?    Janissaries

4. Which classic American western television series that ran from 1962 to 1971, was set in Medicine Bow, Wyoming, during the 1890s? It starred James Drury in the title role, Doug McClure, and Lee J Cobb?  The Virginian – (repackaged as The Men From Shiloh in its final year) 

5. From which 1863 Bizet opera does the famous tenor/baritone duet Au fond du temple saint come?                                                The Pearl Fishers (Les Pecheurs de Perles)

6. Which lake was created as a result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam across the waters of the Nile between 1958 and 1970?   Lake Nassar

7. What was name of the 19 year old heiress who became internationally known for events following her 1974 kidnapping by a left-wing terrorist group, the Symbionese Liberation Army?   Patty Hearst  (full name Patricia Campbell Hearst) 

8. Incitatus was the name of which Roman emperor’s favourite horse?   Caligula

9. Published in 1998, who first cookbook was entitled How to Eat?    Nigella Lawson

10. In which tragedy by William Shakespeare does the character Enobarbus speak the famous line: ‘Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety’?   Antony and Cleopatra

11. Which former governor of New York served as Gerald Ford’s vice president from December 1974 to January 1977?                    Nelson Rockefeller

12. Who, in 1960, became the world’s first non-hereditary female head of government in modern history, when she was elected prime minister of her country?    Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka 

13. The kuna, subdivided into 100 lipa, is the basic monetary unit of which European country?    Croatia

14. Originally referring to a devotee of bullfighting, which Spanish word is sometimes used to describe a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject or pastime?    Aficionado 

15. Which light, foamy, custard-like Italian dessert is made from whipped and heated egg yolks, sugar and Marsala wine, served hot or cold?    Zabaglioni

16. ‘He was soon borne away by the waves, and lost in darkness and distance’ is the last line of which 19th century Gothic novel? Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus,  by Mary Shelley 

17. How are the comedy duo Ian and Janette Tough better known?   The Krankies

18. Named after the American physicist who discovered them, what name is given to the two regions of intense radiation partly surrounding the Earth at heights of several thousand kilometres?   The Van Allen Belts

19. What is the two-word Latin phrase announced by the Protodeacon of the College of Cardinals or by the senior cardinal deacon participating in the papal conclave upon the election of a new pope of the Catholic Church? Habemis Papum  (We have a pope)pe) 

20. Which soft silver-white metal, atomic number 3, is the lightest of the alkali metals?   Lithium

21. Which stretch of water links the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea and separates the ‘heel’ of Italy from Albania?  Strait of Oranto

22. Which country has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record seven times? Ireland (1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996) 

23. Who was the prime minister of Sweden from 1969-1976 and 1982 until his assassination in 1986?   Olof Palme

24. What was the nationality of the official who refereed the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final?                                                                   Swiss – Gottfried Dienst was born in Basle (the two linesman were  Tofiq Bahramov (Soviet Union) and Dr Karol Galba (Czechoslovakia) 

25. In a game of outdoor or field polo, in minutes, what is the length of a chukka?                                                                                Seven – at the end of each seven minute chukka, play continues for an additional 30 seconds or until a stoppage in play, whichever comes first 


                                                                     Mythology & Religion    Set by Mel Kinsey

1/ Accidentally killed by the object at his feet, his tale inspired an opera by Mozart. He also gives his name to a small genus of flowering plant.  Hyacinth/ Hyacinthus

2/ Which bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism is depicted with a flaming sword in his right hand, the scripture supported by a lotus leaf in his left, and riding on a blue/ green lion? His name derives from ‘gentle glory’ in Sanskrit.  Manjusri Bodhisattva

3/ In both the ‘Poetic Edda’ and the ‘Prose Edda’, she is recognized as the wife of Thor, the God of Thunder. In the Marvel film series `Thor’ she was portrayed by the actress Jaimie Alexander. Can you name this goddess?     Sif

4/ In the New Testament, who was the High Priest of the Sanhedrin was said to have been deeply involved in the trial of Jesus and his subsequent execution?  Caiaphas

5/ In Arthurian legend, he joins the Knights of the Round Table after defeating King Arthur at jousting. Can you name this king of Istenoise, famous for his endless hunt of the Questing Beast and (by some accounts) the father of Percival?     Pellinore

6/ In Islamic eschatology, what name is given to the messianic figure who is the prophesized redeemer of Islam, who will rule for a certain period of time before the Day of Judgment? The term derives from the Arabic root commonly meaning `divine guidance’.   Mahdi

7/ In Greek myth, who is the Aetolian hero who killed the Calydonian Boar but awarded its hide to the huntress Atalanta (whom he loved)? He is also one of the Argonauts who accompanied Jason on the latter’s quest for the Golden Fleece.   Meleager

8/ Who is this Hindu deity? One of the Trimurti, he is the creator god portrayed with four faces (looking in the four cardinal directions), a white beard and sitting on a lotus. His consort is the goddess Saraswati.    Brahma

9/ Which term (often used in a derogatory manner) is derived from the name of a 3rd-century Persian religious leader? The term describes someone who tends to break everything down into good and evil, or see things only in terms of black and white.  Manichean (after Mani)

10/ Which creature has the body of a lion, bat-like wings and tail of a scorpion? It passed into European folklore through Ctesias, a Greek physician at the court of Ataxerxes II in the 4th century BC    Manticore

11/ Which god-like figure is the central character of the Finnish national epic, `Kalevala’? His name deriving from the Finnish for ‘stream pool’, he is usually portrayed as an old, wise man who possesses a magical voice.   Vainamoinen

12/ In the Chinese classic ‘Journey to the West’, what is the title commonly given to the monk Xuanzang? The term comes from Sanskrit meaning ‘Three Baskets’, referring to the three main categories of text that forms the Buddhist canon —the Sutra, Vinaya and Abhidharma.   Tripitaka

13/ Painted by the late-Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese, this painting depicts what was the first miracle attributed to Jesus (according to the Gospel of John), where he transformed water into wine at a wedding feast. In which Galilean town did this miracle take place?   Cana

14/ In Greek myth, who was the vain queen of Aethiopia whose claim that her beauty surpassed that of the Nereids angered Poisedon? The constellation named after her has a characteristic ‘M’ or ‘W’ shape, and is bordered by Andromeda (her daughter) to the south and Cepheus (her husband) to the north.    Cassiopeia

15/ Part of the Republic of Malta, the island of Gozo (known for its scenic hills) has long been associated with which mythological character, a daughter of the Titan Atlas? Featured in Homer’s `Odyssey’, her name derives from the Greek for ‘to conceal’. Calypso

16/ In Islamic mythology, what is the name of the winged steed that transported the Prophet Muhammad on his Isra and Mi’raj (Night Journeys) from Mecca to Jerusalem and back? It is traditionally depicted as having a human face in Near East and Persian art.   Buraq

17/ Gaining prominence in the Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt under the Twelfth Dynasty pharoah Amenemhat III, Sobek is a deity usually associated with military power, fertility and the Nile — and is thus commonly depicted with the head of which animal?  Crocodile

18/ Celebrated annually on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Adar, the holiday of Purim celebrates the saving of the Jewish people by which biblical figure ? A queen of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes) of Persia, she foiled the plots of the evil vizier Haman who wanted to exterminate the Jews.    Esther

19/ Designed by the 17th-century French artist Chales Le Brun, this iconic fountain in the Pond of Swans, within the grounds of the Palace of Versailles, features which Greek god as he rises from the sea in a four-horse chariot?      Apollo

20/ In Greek myth, which grandson of Medusa is usually portrayed as a giant with one body and three heads? Dwelling on the island of Erytheia in the western Mediterranean, he was fatally wounded when shot in the head by Heracles with an arrow dipped in the venom of the Lernaean Hydra.   Geryon

21/ Featured in films such as ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ and The Passion of the Christ’, which figure in the Stations of the Cross was the man compelled by the Romans to carry Jesus’s cross as the latter was led to his crucifixion?   Simon of Cyrene

22/ First mentioned in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s `Historia regum Britanniae’ and described as ‘the island of apples called fortunate’, it is the island to which Britain’s legendary King Arthur sailed after his final battle. Name this island.   Avalon

23/ Unique amongst the apostles as the only one not chosen by Jesus himself, who was the apostle chosen by the other disciples to replace Judas Iscariot following the latter’s suicide after betraying Jesus? St. Matthias  (His feast day is 24th February , which is my birthday….. Mel )

24/ Which perennial flowering plant of the Xanthorrhoeaceae family is most associated with the underworld in Greek mythology? Homer depicts a great meadow covered by them where souls of the dead linger, while Persephone (queen of Hades) is commonly depicted wearing a garland of them.  Asphodel

25/ Which central concept of Taoism, an alliterative two-word term, literally means ‘non-action’ or `non-doing’? In the ‘Tao Te Ching’, Lao Tzu explained this concept in terms of planets revolving around the Sun in a natural and uncontrived manner.  Wu wei