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Byline: by Mike Harris

1 In the world of international sport, who are known collectively as the Azzurri?

2 Name the crime writers who created the following detectives - Sir John Appleby, Mr Calder and Mr Behrens, Inspector Wexford, Inspector Montalbano & Dan Starkey.

3 Which post-war UK prime-minister said, "If I had the choice between smoked salmon or tinned salmon, I'd have it tinned. With vinegar."

4 Who are the first three women in history to be elected as prime ministers of their countries?

5 Identify the English jockey (1904-1986) who, in spite of an immensely prolific Flat racing career, won only one Derby and that was in 1953 when he was victorious on Pinza .

6 Imagine, if you can, a rugby XV made up exclusively of C20th/21st successive UK prime-ministers. If Bonar Law, Winston Churchill, Harold Wilson and Gordon Brown are numbers 15, 11, 6 and 1, respectively, who would fill the remaining positions, that is nos 14, 13, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, and 2? (Rules - no women and players can, of course, only fill one position.)

7 Name the natural ingredient you would require if you were studying or practising tasseography.

8 Which US presidents had these first names? i) Harry S, ii) Dwight David, iii) Franklin Delano, iv)Thomas Woodrow and, v) Ulysses Simpson.

9 Complete the following sentence - "******** involves belief in divine beings along with a set of practises and a moral code that helps reinforce that belief."

10 Explain a connection between a unique Welsh sporting triumph and William Shakespeare's 363rd birthday.


1 The Azzurri is the nickname of the Italian rugby XV and is translated as The Blues. Italy joined the IRB in 1987, taking part in the inaugural World Cup. …