1. Where is the hottest place on Earth?
El Azizia in Libya, where the temperature reached a scorching 136˚F (57.8˚C) on September 13, 1922
2. Name four capital cities beginning with L
Answer suggestions: London, Ljubljana, Lusaka, La Paz, Libreville
3. Which is the largest lake in the world?
The Caspian Sea at 143,200 square miles (370,886 km2)
4. Which is the most northerly city in terms of latitude: New York, London, Ottowa or Moscow?
5. Which country has the Lek as its currency?
6. Name three European airports named after noteworthy people
Answer suggestions: Charles de Gaulle, Paris; John Lennon Airport, Liverpool; Cristoforo Colombo, Genoa; Leonardo da Vinci International, Rome; Federico García Lorca, Granada
7. Where in the world was the first restaurant?
8. Which nation gave women the right to vote first?
9. Which are the world’s three most-spoken languages?
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Hindustani
10. In which year did the London Underground open?
11. In Indonesian cooking, what is bee hoon?
Vermicelli or thin noodles
12. Which alcoholic spirit is used in a daiquiri cocktail?
13. What and where is this festival (below)?
Boryeong Mud Festival, South Korea
14. Where is the world’s most expensive street?
Avenue Princesse Grace in Monaco
15. Who is generally credited for founding the Sardinian resort of Costa Smeralda?
The Aga Khan
16. What is the name of the group that encompasses 12 international schools, modelled on the ideas of Gordonstoun-founder Kurt Hahn?
United World College
17. On which Mediterranean island does Andrew Lloyd Webber own a house?
18. When the Euro launched, how much was £1 worth?
€1.42 (on January 1, 1999)
19. What’s the name of Ian Fleming’s former home in Jamaica?
20. What’s the direct flight time between London and Mahé in the Seychelles?