EM-kilpailut 2006 parikilpailu


1. Entitled ‘South American Getaway’ from which film does this music come ? 

2. In 2006, who beat Dallas Mavericks in the NBA (National Basketball Association) finals to end their 18-year wait for a first national title ?  

3. When TV professionals in the USA mention 'ratings' they are generally referring to a system developed to determine audience size and composition - which is in use in over forty countries.  Whose surname do they bear ? 

4. Until recently engaged in a violent campaign to establish a theocratic government in Uganda supposedly based on the teachings of the Bible and the Ten Commandments, Joseph Kony (b. 1962) is the head of which guerrilla group ? 

5. Famous quotes of his include: "Tell me about yourself - your struggles, your dreams, your telephone number" and "Well, back to the old drawing board" - also a river in Italy, under which surname did U.S. cartoonist Curtis Arnoux Peters Jr. (1904-1968) publish cartoons in The New Yorker from 1925-1968 ? 

6. A socialist and one of France's few openly gay leading politicians, who was stabbed in the stomach at an official function in Paris' Hotel de Ville in October 2002, happily he was able to return to his post a few weeks later ? 

7. Which pair of characters in Shakespeare have counterparts in Norse mythology, namely Hagbard and Signy ? 

8. With 19 podium finishes, which French F1 racing driver participated in 95 Grands Prix (1972-1980) but died during a test session at Hockenheim ? 

9. Referring to one's victory over passion or lust, hatred and delusion, what is the literal translation of the word Nirvana ? 

10. He is the shortest-lived of the Nobel literature laureates; who was the author of the 1949 play 'Les Justes' ('The Just Assassins') whose principal character was named after the Russian terrorist Ivan Kalyayev (1877-1905) ? 

11. Which surname links a former Prime Minister of Samoa, a Hungarian composer, a Swiss comedian, writer, director and actor, a German-born physicist and Nobel Prize winner, and the make of a range of electric guitars and bass guitar ? 

12. The female urogenital system of this distinctive animal (weighing circa 75kg) is unique in mammals: there’s no vagina, the clitoris is as large and as erectile as the male's penis (only the shape of the glans makes it possible to tell the sexes apart). The female urinates, mates and gives birth through this pseudo-penis (it contracts for mating, the opening widening to admit the penis). Which animal ? 

13. Which powerful Italian wine made from dried grapes of the Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara varieties is a wine mentioned in the book 'The Silence of The Lambs' (changed to the more widely known ‘Chianti’ for the film version) ? 

14: Which Californian trio comprises Billie Joe Armstrong (acoustic/electric guitar/lead vocals), Mike Dirnt (bass, backing vocals) and Tré Cool (drums, backing vocals) ? 

15: What name is given to the archaic, astronomical and navigation instrument, usually of wood or metal rings, which appears on both the flag and coat of arms of Portugal ?


1♫ This was the theme music to which classic US TV series ? 

2. Called sīchóu zhī lù in simplified Chinese, Râh-e Abrisham in Persian, İpekyolu in Turkish and Ğibek ğolu in Kyrgyz, what connected Chang'an with Antioch, and many places in-between ? 

3. Elizabeth Schwatzkopf who died in 2006 was born in Jarocin in 1915.  In which country is Jarocin today ? 

4. Who once wanted to be known as 'K Fed', but has recently been called 'Fed-Ex' in his local press ? 

5. Which craft, in 1971, reached Mars and became the first to orbit another planet ? 

6. Which of the Slovak Republic's neighbours is known in Slovak as Rakűsko ? 

7. Anna Maria Scicolone was once married to Romano Mussolini, a son of the fascist dictator Benito Mussolin.  Who is her Oscar winning sister ? 

8. One quarter Chinese, one quarter Thai, one quarter African American, one eighth Native American, and one eighth Dutch, who refers to his ethnic make-up as Cablinasian (a portmanteau of Caucasian, Black, American-Indian, and Asian), a term he made up himself ? 

9. A German economist (1835-1917) who shared his surname with a composer, who gave his name to a law which predicts that the development of an industrial economy will be accompanied by an increased share of public expenditure in gross national product ? 

10. It is the largest US home appliance maker with annual sales of over $13 billion, and employs 68,000 people worldwide in nearly 50 different locations.  Sharing its name with a dangerous, natural phenomenon, what is the name of the group which manufactures appliances under a variety of brand names ? 

11. The so-called 'Chuck Cunningham syndrome' is a term of criticism applied when a regular character in a TV series leaves with no explanation, and is never referred to again despite their previous importance to the show or other characters.  In which hugely popular US series did Chuck briefly appear ? 

12. Which Austrian novelist, librettist, poet, dramatist, narrator, and essayist supplied libretto to no fewer than five Richard Strauss operas, including Elektra (1909) and Der Rosenkavalier (1911) ? 

13. Taken in battle from a Moorish chief named Malik Bucar; what was the name of the sword carried by El Cid which is now one of Spain's most cherished relics and can be found at the Museo del Ejército (Army Museum) in Madrid ? 
14. Born in 1971, as a child he was a good friend of Michael Jackson.  Whose films include Gremlins, The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys.

15.  From 1932 to 1939 he broke all world records for time and distance up to 24 hours; who in 1947 raised the land speed record to 394.19 mph, this standing until 1963 ?


1♫ A song whose video has been declared the finest of all time.  Name either the music video’s director – or the classic sci-fi novel from which (about a minute into the track) part of the lyric is borrowed ?

2. Widely recognized as a major period in the development of European art, the name for which mid-18th century style comes from the French for ‘shell’ ?

3. Located on the Rio Pisuerga it is the capital of a province of the same name and the autonomous community of 'Castile and Leon'.  The inhabitants of which city, sometimes caled Pucilanos, claim (a claim which is disputed by others) to speak the purest form of Castillian Spanish ?

4. Which country experienced an uprising in Andijan in 2005 in which witnesses say hundreds of demonstrators were killed by government troops ? 

5. Born in Pencran, Brittany in 1964; who replaced Jacques Santini as manager of Olympique Lyon in 2002 and remained there until his resignation in May 2005, Lyon having won three more consecutive Ligue 1 championships under his leadership ? 

6. Listening to a discussion in which it was suggested that falconry was the greatest of pleasures, who is reported to have disagreed saying "The greatest pleasure of a man is to vanquish your enemies and chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth and see those dear to them bathed in tears, to ride their horses and clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters" ?

7. Borrowing from the name of the Greek translator god, what name is given to the development and study of theories of the interpretation and understanding of written texts ? 

8. Which popular film character who appears in a successful film series is, in Italy, often referred to as 'The Sardinian One' or 'The One Who Speaks Sardinian' - because translated into Italian, his manner of speaking is very close to the Sardinian accent which in Italy is considered humorous, and slightly ridiculous ? 

9. Which American singer came to international fame with her 1993 recording (along with David Zinman) of Henryk Górecki's Symphony No3 ('Symphony of Sorrowful Songs') ? 

10.  First used in Kansas City and Vancouver in the 1940s one of its (comical) names references Henry Barnes, one of the first traffic engineers to employ them on a large scale.  What then do we call a street crossing system that stops all wheeled traffic and allows pedestrians to cross road intersections in every direction (including corner to corner) at the same time ?

11. ‘The 'Three Sisters' is a name given to a trio of important agricultural crops of certain Native Americans - particularly in New England - which, in a technique known as 'companion planting', were planted close together.  Maize and squash were two of the three, what was the other ? 

12. Which characteristic forms a part of a tag commonly applied to 'soul music' as performed by a Caucasian (i.e. 'white') artist, although, strictly speaking, it is a misnomer since many white people plainly do not display the physical attribute referred to in the description ?

13. Inorganic, incombustible matter that gets fused into a glassy, amorphous structure (also known as a coal combustion product, or 'CCP') when coal is burned, what name is given to the finely divided mineral residue that results from the combustion of powdered coal in electric generating plants ? 
14. A veteran of early Sega Master System and Mega Drive platforms, what was this character's (full) name ? 

15.  What is the name of this French woman,  the world’s first recipient of a face transplant ?

1♫ You hear a famous aria from a famous opera, men sing in praise of hard work, good wine, and their women.  In terms of race or culture, how would you describe the people singing this song ?

2. Mahlyanov Kaloyan Stefanov, whose ring name is 'Kotooshu', is currently one of the most popular Sumo in Japan.  He hails from which East European nation ? 

3. Generally issued in answer to consultations submitted to the Vatican, although sometimes issued on Papal initiative, which 'D' is the name given in Canon law to letters of the Pope that formulate decisions in ecclesiastical law ?

4. Based on Paula Gosling's novel 'Fair Game', the movie poster declard "Crime is a disease... meet the cure".  Sharing its name with a dangerous reptile, which 1986 Sylvester Stallone action movie also starred Brigitte Nielsen ? 

5. One of the most popular art forms in India, this decorative form employs finely ground white powder and colours, and is used commonly outside homes but can also be seen as wall and floor art. What is its name ? 

6. The city of Tbilisi stands on the Kura river (also called Mtkvari). Downstream the Kura receives the Araks River (its chief tributary) and then runs into which large body of water ? 

7. Corporate headquarters is a well-known landmark in Chicago, Illinois.  Founded in 1891, the company originally sold products like soap and baking powder. In 1892, they began offering a free gift with each can of baking powder. The free gift became so much more popular than the baking powder the company switched to producing it instead.  They now have 14 factories worldwide, employ 14,000 people and sell to 180 countries.  Turnover is over $3.6 billion a year.  What is the name of this world famous company - a name everyone links with the sweetened, flavoured preparation that they first gave away as a freebie ? 

8. He shares his surname with a British mathematician of high order who also made significant contributions in the fields of philosophy and economics, which Scottish Nobel winning chemist discovered the noble gasses ?

9. Founded in 1751 it is the oldest Military Academy in the world; in which city is the Theresian Military Academy located ? 

10. His work included 'A Star Is Born', 'Let's Fall In Love', 'Stormy Weather' and 'I've Got The Right To Sing The Blues', who wrote the song 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' ? 

11. One example is the banana; what name is given to an organism first domesticated in antiquity, and which has undergone such drastic transformation under prehistoric human selection that its ancestry is now essentially unknown ? 

12. The first made, who or what was known by code-names 'Joe One' and 'RDS-1' ? 

13. Monte Albán, the centre of their state, was the first major city in the western hemisphere.  Dominating much of what we know of as the current state of Oaxaca in Mexico, which Mesoamerican civilisation built it ? 
14. In October 2006 Georgi Parvanov became the first democratically re-elected President of which country ? 

15. Which organisation or body occupies this building ?



Round 1     

2. MIAMI or ‘HEAT’ 
3. NIELSEN Ratings 
5. Peter ARNO
6. Betrtrand DELANOE
8. Patrick André Eugène Joseph DEPAILLER 
10. Albert CAMUS
12. Spotted or Laughing HYENA 
13. AMARONE della Valpolicella 

Round 2

1♫ ‘SOAP’
6. AUSTRIA                                                                                                             7. Sophia LOREN
8. Tiger WOODS
9. Adolph WAGNER
10. WHIRLPOOL Corporation
11. HAPPY DAYS (eldest child, Richie's elder brother)
14. Corey FELDMAN
15. John COBB

Round 3

1. Spike JONZE or DUNE (“Walk without rhythm, and it won’t attract the worm”)
2. ROCOCCO (‘rocaille’) 
5. Paul LE GUEN 
7. HERMENEUTICS (Hermes)                                                                                                                         8. YODA 
9. Dawn UPSHAW 
11. Climbing BEANS (typically tepary beans or common beans) 
12. BLUE-EYED Soul                                                                                                        13. FLY ASH 
15. Isabelle DINOIRE 

Round 4

1♫ GYPSIES or ZINGARO (Anvil Chorus from Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’)
3. DECRETAL (Epistolae decretales)
7. WRIGLEY (Chewing gum)
8. Sir William RAMSAY
10. Harold ARLEN