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1. As every decade passes, so too does the individual dominance of the World Snooker Championship pass from one person to the next. The 2000s provided one player, known as much for his off-table exploits as for his skill on it, with three titles. Who "rocketed" to success with wins in 2001, 2004 and 2008?
2. The year 1969 brought in snooker's "modern era" characterised by the World Snooker Championship becoming a single-elimination tournament, or knock-out. The very first winner in this new era was known for his frequent sniffing but more significantly for also winning the very first Championship held at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Who was this three-times World Championship winner?
3. The World Snooker Championships of the 1990s saw Scotland take centre stage with not only John Higgins winning in 1998 but Stephen Hendry winning seven times, a modern era record. Who did Stephen Hendry face in the final of the World Championships of 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1994?
4. Ray Reardon was not just a great snooker player, he was also a rather comical character. His Gothic appearance made him instantly recognisable and also gave rise to his nickname. By which of the following nicknames was Reardon affectionately known?
5. Dennis Taylor won the Snooker World Championship just once (1985), but the win is one of the most dramatic in the history of the sport. Just as well-known however his iconic sense of style. Which of the following was Dennis Taylor's trademark?
6. Despite the massive success that some players achieve in the sport of snooker, there are those, such as Alex Higgins, who struggle with personal issues. Higgins won the World Snooker Championship in 1972, but did he go on to win the tournament again?
7. Due to the rather placid nature of snooker, the sport has needed charismatic players to maintain the public's interest. Arguably the best player in the 1980s was not of this sort; he was a very focused man, some would even say boring. Which of the following players won six World Snooker Championship titles in the 1980s?
8. Over the decades, snooker has very much been a British-oriented sport, but players like Neil Robertson have tried to change that. From which of the following countries did Neil Robertson hail?
9. The World Snooker Championship has featured every type of snooker player imaginable except, perhaps, for the inept. Peter Ebdon was classified as a player who liked to take his time; he sometimes took so long in fact, that it frustrated his opponents. Did Peter Ebdon ever win the World Snooker Championship?
10. The success of the World Snooker Championship depends upon more than just the players. In what role was Dutchman, Jan Verhaas, regularly seen?
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