1. Cyril Ellis of Taihape was awarded the George Cross in 1954 for his heroism in what tragedy?
  2. Who was married to the actor Sean Penn and the director Guy Ritchie?
  3. Which word best describes a contumacious person: insubordinate, selfish or gullible?
  4. In what city would you find the Cahill Expressway?
  5. Where in New Zealand is the Catholic church known as St Mary of the Angels?
  6. What actress from the golden age of Hollywood featured in the title of a 1981 hit song by Kim Carnes?
  7. What famous novelist wrote the memoir “Down and Out in Paris and London”?
  8. What first name was shared by a Greek-American soprano, a pioneering Italian educator and the matriarch of the singing family in “The Sound of Music”?
  9. What is the name of the official residence of the French president?
  10. What NZ restaurant chain took its name from a 19th-century stagecoach company?

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ANSWERS: 1. The Tangiwai Disaster; 2. Madonna; 3. Insubordinate; 4. Sydney; 5. Wellington; 6. Bette Davis; 7. George Orwell; 8. Maria (Callas, Montessori, von Trapp); 9. The Elysee Palace; 10. Cobb and Co.