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|What pseudonym has Judy Blundell used for her "Star Wars" works of the prequel era including "Jedi Apprentice", "Jedi Quest", "The Last of the Jedi" and "Legacy of the Jedi"?||Hey Jude, This Quiz is About You
Jude Watson. Judy Blundell won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her story "What I Saw and How I Lied". Blundell also wrote the popular novels "Premonitions" and "Disappearance" under the pseudonym of Jude Watson.
|What Canadian hockey player amassed 75 goals and 165 assists for the NHL's Minnesota North Stars from the 1970-71 season to the 1973-74 season?||Hey Jude, This Quiz is About You
Jude Drouin. Jude Drouin led the American Hockey League in scoring during the 1969-70 season when he played for the Nova Scotia Voyageurs. Jude Dibia is a Nigerian born author of the novels "Walking with Shadows" and "Unbridled". Jude Bolton was a longtime Australian rules football player for the Australian Swans. Jude Wanniski was an American journalist and associate editor of "The Wall Street Journal" from 1972 to 1978.
Family Affairs. Jude Davenport, played by Daniel Jackson, was the adopted brother of Robert Davenport. Jude caused a lot of drama with the Davenport family when he pursued a romantic relationship with Robert's daughter Jessica.
|Jude Law was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000 and 2003 for the roles of Dickie Greenleaf and Inman. In which two movies did he star as these characters?||Hey Jude, This Quiz is About You
"The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Cold Mountain". Jude Law was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and for Best Actor in a Leading Role for "Cold Mountain". Law's first major movie role was in 1997 in the film "Gattaca" where he starred alongside Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.
Kate Winslet. "Jude" was directed by Michael Winterbottom and is based on Thomas Hardy's novel "Jude the Obscure". Liam Cunningham, Rachel Griffiths and June Whitfeld also appeared in the film.
Paul McCartney. "Hey Jude", released in August 1968, was the first single from The Beatle's record label "Apple Records". The song was written by Paul McCartney to comfort John Lennon's son Julian through his parents' divorce.
|What character from the Marvel Universe was able to attract victims with hypnotic powers and then turn them to dust with his touch?||Hey Jude, This Quiz is About You
Jude the Entropic Man. Jude the Entropic Man first appeared in "Marvel Two-In-One" in August 1978. Jude the Entropic Man was created by Victorious using the Cosmic Cube, the remains of Yagzan, soil, slime and stone.
Epistle. Many of the books of the New Testament are in the form of an epistle which is defined as an elegant and didactic letter sent to a person or group of people. The Epistle of Jude is widely believed to have been authored by the brother of Jesus mentioned in the Gospel of Mark.
|In which book of the New King James Version of the Bible would one find the following passage? "Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they took offense at him."||Hey Jude, This Quiz is About You
Mark. Jude (alternatively called Judas or Judah) is the third brother of Jesus named in the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament. Jude is also mentioned in Matthew 13:55 and Luke 6:16.
|This Sebastian shared an identity with a literary giant . Sebastian Melmoth was the assumed name of which famous Irish playwright and poet?||A Quiz Called Sebastian
Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde was released from jail and fled to France in 1897. Arriving in Dieppe, he began using the name Sebastian Melmoth which was a combination of Saint Sebastian, the third century Christian martyr, and Melmoth, the central character in the Gothic novel "Melmoth the Wanderer". The novel was written by Charles Robert Maturin who was Wilde's great-uncle by marriage. He lived in Paris for the next three years before dying, bankrupt, of meningitis on November 30, 1900 at the age of 46. He is buried in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
All three wrong answers are Irish playwrights and poets who have all won the Nobel Prize for Literature: George Bernard Shaw in 1925, William Butler Yeats in 1923 and Samuel Beckett in 1969.
|This Sebastian is the reincarnation of a witchcraft-practising ancestor of a villainous character named Alexandra. In which cartoon and comic series does Sebastian the Cat appear?||A Quiz Called Sebastian
Josie & the Pussycats. Sebastian the Cat is the reincarnation of Sebastian Cabot, an ancestor of the scheming and jealous Alexandra Cabot in the cartoon and comic series "Josie and the Pussycats". Known as a tuxedo cat because of his black and white coat, Sebastian is voiced by Don Messick in the cartoon series. "Josie and the Pussycats" began life as a comic book about a fictional rock band when it was published by Archie Comics from 1963 to 1982. It was subsequently made into a Saturday morning cartoon by Hanna Barbera Productions from 1970 and into a film in 2001.
All three wrong answers have connections to Archie Comics. "The Archies" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" are both Archie Comics creations, whilst "The Veronicas" are an Australian electro-pop duo who were sued by Archie Comics for trademark infringement. They believed that the same came from the Archie Comics character Veronica Lodge before signing a cross-promotional agreement with Archie Comics.
|These two Sebastians have both made their mark in their chosen profession. Sebastien Loeb and Sebastian Vettel are both successful participants in which popular sport?||A Quiz Called Sebastian
Motor Racing. Sebastien (the French spelling of Sebastian) Loeb is a French, six-time World Rally Champion, winning consecutive titles from 2004 to 2009. Starting out as a gymnast, he switched to rally driving and won the Junior World Title in 2001. He is also a three-time winner of the Race of Champions, the multi- discipline race held annually, winning in 2003, 2005 and 2008. As part of this race, he won the Nations Cup for France driving with Jean Alesi. He was made a Knight of the Legion d' Honneur in May 2009.
Sebastian Vettel finished runner up in the 2009 Formula 1 Driver's Championship, winning four times in China, Britain, Japan and Abu Dhabi. At the time of the achievement, he was the youngest driver ever to score points in a Grand Prix, to lead an F1 race, to secure pole position and win an F1 race. He has also won the Nations Cup at the Race of Champions when, together with Michael Schumacher, they won for Germany in 2007.
All three of the wrong sports have their own Sebastians. Sebastian Joly is a French professional cyclist who is currently battling cancer; Sebastian Janikowski is a Polish place kicker with the Oakland Raiders; and Juan Sebastian Veron is an Argentinean international midfielder who was chosen by Pele for the FIFA 100 list in 2004
|This Sebastian has been described as one of fiction's greatest drunks. Lord Sebastian Flyte is a character from which novel that appears on "Time" magazine "All-Time 100 Novels" list?||A Quiz Called Sebastian
Brideshead Revisited. Lord Sebastian Flyte is the younger son of the Marquis of Marchmain in Evelyn Waugh's novel "Brideshead Revisited - The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder", which was first published in 1945. Carrying his teddy bear, Aloysius, he is a character who is charming and seemingly carefree but who is ultimately self destructive. He was memorably portrayed by Anthony Edwards in the 1981 TV production.
In 2005, "Time" magazine published "Time's Critics Pick the Best 100 Novels - 1923 to the Present". All three of the wrong answers featured on this list. Published in 1924, "A Passage to India" was written by E M Forster and is set against the backdrop of the British Raj. "A Handful of Dust" was also written by Evelyn Waugh and the title is an allusion to T S Eliot's "The Wasteland". Finally, "The Heart of the Matter" is Grahame Greene's 1948 novel.
|This Sebastian, or to give him his full name Horatio Thelonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian, performed which song that won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1990?
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Under The Sea. Sebastian the Crab is a character developed especially for the film version of "The Little Mermaid" as a friend to Ariel. He does not appear in the original story by Hans Christian Anderson. He was voiced in the movie by Samuel E Wright who sang the Oscar-winning song which was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman. Sebastian the Crab also made an appearance in "Aladdin" as well as in the Kingdom Hearts Series.
All three of the songs listed as wrong answers featured at the Academy Awards in the Best Original Song category. "Kiss the Girl" is also sung by Sebastian and was nominated in 1990, but lost out to "Under the Sea". "Somewhere Out There" is from "An American Tail" and was nominated in 1987. Lastly, "Friend like Me" from "Aladdin" was nominated in 1992.
|This Sebastian is a fictional character who is considered to be both sinner and saint. Who is Sebastian Tombs better known as?||A Quiz Called Sebastian
Simon Templar. Sebastian Tombs was created as an alter-ego for Simon Templar who is also known as The Saint, the hero of the series of novels written by Leslie Charteris between 1928 and 1963. The Saint had a number of pseudonyms all beginning with the letters initials ST: Sullivan Titwillow and Sugarman Treacle being amongst them. He was known for his calling card of a stick man with a halo. Simon Templar has variously been played by George Sanders, Roger Moore, Ian Ogilvy and Val Kilmer in the different TV and film versions of the books.
All of the wrong answers are pseudonyms or alter-egos in their own right. Edward Nashton is better known as The Riddler, a super-villain in the DC Comics and rival of Batman. Lamont Cranston is the secret identity of The Shadow, a super-hero who first began in the 1930s. Finally, Jonathan Oldstyle is the pseudonym used by the American author and historian Washington Irving whose name was itself used as a pseudonym in Joseph Heller's famed novel "Catch-22".
|This Sebastian wears a number 0 jersey and never lets a hurricane get in his way. Of which university is Sebastian the Ibis the official mascot?||A Quiz Called Sebastian
University of Miami. Created in 1957 and named after the San Sebastian Hall, a residential hall on campus which sponsored an Ibis entry in the Homecoming competition, Sebastian the Ibis is the official mascot of the University of Miami's Hurricanes. The first Sebastian was student John Stormont and, from 1984 to 1992, Sebastian was played by John Routh who created Sebastian's signature, the famous C-A-N-E-S cheer where he forms the letters with his body.
Of the wrong options: Cocky, a cartoon version of a gamecock is the mascot for the University of South Carolina; Big Jay, who is a combination of a Blue Jay and a Sparrow Hawk cheers on the University of Kansas; and HokieBird, who has won the National Mascot competition, does the job for Virginia Tech.
|This Sebastian had a number one hit in 1976 with the song "Welcome Back", which was the theme song for the TV show "Welcome Back Kotter". John Benson Sebastian was also the founder and lead singer for which 1960s group?||A Quiz Called Sebastian
The Loving Spoonful. Formed in 1965 in Greenwich Village, The Loving Spoonful took its name from a line in Mississippi John Hurt's song "Blue Coffee". They were responsible for such hits as "Do You Believe in Magic", "Daydream" and "Summer in the City", which spent three weeks at number one in the USA. They were inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. John Sebastian left the group in 1968 to pursue a solo career which included playing Woodstock, writing a children's book and numerous TV performances. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2008.
All three of the wrong answers are inductees into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame - the Byrds, whose lead singer is Roger McGuinn, in 1991; Creedence Clearwater Revival with lead singer John Fogarty in 1993; and the Canadian rock group The Band with lead vocalist Robbie Robertson, in 1994.
|This Sebastian was an English actor best known for his role as Mr French in the TV sitcom "Family Affair". However, which Disney character did the voice of Sebastian Cabot bring to life?||A Quiz Called Sebastian
Bagheera the panther. Although he specialised in elegant, upper-class English voices, Charles Sebastian Thomas Cabot was born a Cockney in 1918. He left school at age fourteen and began work as a garage helper. He also worked as a chauffeur and a chef before beginning his acting career in 1935. His most memorable role was that of Giles French, the quintessential gentleman's gentleman opposite Brian Keith in the 1960s sitcom "Family Affair". However, he is also known for his voice work and, apart from bringing Bagheera to life, he was the voice of Sir Ector in "The Sword in the Stone", narrated Winnie the Pooh and was the voice of Noah in the first recording of Igor Stravinsky's "The Flood". He died on August 22, 1977 and is buried in Los Angeles just yards from Brian Keith.
Sterling Holloway provided the voice for Kaa in "The Jungle Book", Merlin was performed by Karl Swenson in "The Sword and the Stone" and Tarzan was voiced by Tony Goldwyn in "Tarzan".
|This Sebastian, later Baron Coe of Ranmore, won consecutive gold medals at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics over the same distance. In which event did Sebastian Coe triumph?||A Quiz Called Sebastian
1500m. Sebastian Coe beat two of his greatest rivals to win the 1500m gold medal, namely Steve Ovett, who took the bronze medal in the 1980 Moscow Games, and Steve Cram, who took silver in the 1984 Los Angeles Games. As far as the three wrong options are concerned, Coe also won consecutive silver medals at these two games in the 800m, an event which was considered to be his specialty. In 1981, he set world records in the 800m, 1000m and in the mile where the record changed hands between him and Steve Ovett three times in nineteen days.
Appropriately, Sebastian Coe won his first major race in the 800m at the 1977 European Indoor Championship held in San Sebastian, Spain. He was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1991 and was elected to the House of Lords as a Life Peer in 2000. He later became Chairman of the London Olympics Organising Committee and also a Vice President of the IAAF.
In Roman Catholicism, Sebastian is the patron saint of athletes.
|As the founder of one of the great French fashion houses, this man's name lives on despite his death in 1957. Who is he?||Christian by Name...
Christian Dior. Dior presented his first collection in 1947 which established his reputation. It was known as the "New Look" and based on flower shapes. The clothes were more striking because of the contrast they made with the harsher more practical clothes which had been worn during and after World War Two due to shortage of materials. Both Adam and the Ants and Morrissey have released songs called "Christian Dior" as B sides to hit singles and his name is still regarded as a guarantee of high quality.
|Which Christian organization, which still exists today, was founded in Victorian London in 1844 by a man called George Williams?||Christian by Name...
Young Men's Christian Association. The YMCA was one of the first organizations to develop from the idea of "muscular Christianity" promoted in Victorian Britain. It was hoped to encourage young people to become practising Christians through facilities for sport, culture and other activities. Currently there are 45+ million members of the YMCA in 124 national federations. It also made a fortune for members of "The Village People"!
|This British actor came to the fore as a child in "Empire of the Sun" and has progressed through "American Psycho" to become a "Dark Knight". Who is he?||Christian by Name...
Christian Bale. Starting at eight years old in a TV advertisement and then building an impressive record of film appearances, nominations and awards over a twenty year period, eventually, Bale became Batman in 2005 in "Batman Begins" with his own dark interpretation of the character. In 2008 "The Dark Knight" grossed more than a million dollars worldwide as one of the most successful films of all time.
|Terry Christian is a controversial TV and radio broadcaster who came to prominence in 1990 with a groundbreaking late night talk and music show for teenagers on Channel 4 in Britain. What was the show?||Christian by Name...
The Word. "The Word" ran from 1990 until 1995 with Terry Christian as its only continuous presenter. It was often chaotic and and very honest, with plenty of teen attitude and opinions which would upset the "Establishment". The format was based on Christian's music magazine radio shows. Its waywardness probably contributed considerably to its demise.
Denmark. King Christian X died in 1947 but it is a name deep within the traditional culture of Denmark and was still voted 13th most popular name in 2006. The first King Christian reigned from 1448 until 1481.
|What groundbreaking achievement was performed by surgeon Christiaan Barnard in South Africa on December 3rd 1967?||Christian by Name...
The first heart transplant. The operation was performed at Groote Schuur hospital, Cape Town and took 9 hours. Christian Barnard was assisted by his brother Marius and thirty others. Louis Washkansky, the 54 year old patient, lived for 18 days but died of complications. Despite this it was a real milestone in surgery. Sadly, Barnard's career as a surgeon ended prematurely in 1983 due to the development of rheumatoid arthritis in his hands.
|This book is an allegory which tells how a man called Christian finds his way from "The City of Destruction" to "The Celestial City" through a spiritual journey in which he survives a number of encounters where he needs to make choices of right or wrong. It was written in the seventeenth century by John Bunyan. What is it called?||Christian by Name...
(The) Pilgrim's Progress. Bunyan published the first part of "The Pilgrim's Progress" in 1678. Much of it had been written while he was imprisoned for holding religious services outside of the Church of England. The second part was released in 1684. It has been published, subsequently, in more than 200 languages.
|He was the eleventh and youngest son of a famous Baroque composer who wrote "The Brandenburg Concertos". He shared his father's first name with Christian as his middle name. Who was he?||Christian by Name...
Johann Christian Bach. J C Bach was noted as influential in the style of concerto written by Mozart and was one of the links between Baroque and Classical composing. He wrote many symphonies - somewhere around the fifty mark with many others possibly attributable to him. He was known as the "London" or "English" Bach because of the time he spent in England.
The Mutiny on the Bounty. Captain Bligh is often seen as the villain in this episode but this has been disputed in recent times. The attractions of Tahiti and Pitcairn Island may have been a greater influence than any cruelty from Bligh - life in the navy in 1789 was tough. Bligh brilliantly navigated an open boat with eighteen of his crew to Timor - over 3500 miles and a trip of 47 days. Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson have played Fletcher Christian on screen against Trevor Howard and Anthony Hopkins respectively as Bligh. In an excellent book by Val McDermid, "The Grave Tattoo", the fate of Fletcher Christian is used as a recurring parallel story in a murder mystery set in England's Lake District where he was born.
|What would an Alice quiz be without a question on "Alice in Wonderland"? So, just to avoid disappointing you, on which island would you have once found the Dodo?||A Quiz Called Alice
Mauritius. Everybody has heard of the Dodo, but how many have heard of the Rodrigues Solitaire? The Solitaire was a bird from the island of Rodrigues in Mauritius that is thought to have become extinct in the first half of the 18th century. Equally deserving of the spotlight as the Dodo, it gets a pittance of the coverage. I guess, "As dead as a Rodrigues Solitaire", doesn't quite roll off the tongue!
|Alice Cooper is well known for hits such as "School's Out" and "Poison". In the film "Wayne's World", he was seen performing "Feed My Frankenstein". In which city in Wisconsin, home to the Brewers baseball team, did Alice perform in the film?||A Quiz Called Alice
Milwaukee. In the movie, Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar have VIP passes at the gig, and go backstage to meet Alice once he has finished performing. Instead of the expected trashed dressing room, Alice demonstrates his high intellect by providing a few interesting tidbits about Milwaukee. As Wayne and Garth are clearly out of their depth, they fall to the floor and shout "We're not worthy!"
|"Alice, What's the Matter?" was a hit in the 1990s for Bradford band Terrorvision. On which panel show did lead singer Tony Wright make numerous appearances? Phil Jupitus, Sean Hughes and Bill Bailey have been some of the team captains over the years.||A Quiz Called Alice
Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Terrorvision is my all time favourite band. The band's tour de force is probably the album "How to Make Friends and Influence People". "Alice, What's the Matter?" was the opening track, and was supported by classics such as "Oblivion", "Discotheque Wreck" and "Pretend Best Friend". Their highest chart position in the UK was number two with "Tequila", although the real credit for that success has to go to whoever created the re-mix. The version on "Shaving Peaches" is noticeably different.