As Mastermind turns 60, can you answer these brain teasers set by new host

THE brainboxes behind the questions on Mastermind have come up with 60 teasers exclusively for Sun readers.

The long-running BBC2 quiz show returns on Monday with Clive Myrie, 56, making his debut as host.

And today we are giving YOU a chance to see how you might fare in the famous black chair.

Have you got what it takes to perform under pressure after hearing the familiar theme?

Try our general knowledge questions below, picked by the programme’s makers. Answers below . . . no peeking.

  1. The name of what type of radiation is often abbreviated to UV?
  2. Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie have all been members of which group?
  3. What name is given to the assembly of cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church who meet to elect a new pope?
  4. What is the name for the male part of a flowering plant that consists of a filament and an anther?
  5. Who was the god of love in Greek mythology and the equivalent of the Roman god Cupid?
  6. Omaha is the largest city in which US state?
  7. Diarist James Boswell dedicated his Life Of Samuel Johnson to which celebrated English portrait painter?
  8. The common pipistrelle is one of the smallest and most numerous native British species of what mammal?
  9. Which country topped the medals table at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, winning 39 golds?
  10. What five-day festival, celebrated in late October or November by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, takes its name from the Sanskrit for a row of lights?
  11. Sir Ronald Ross won a Nobel Prize in 1902 for his work on what disease, spread by mosquitoes?
  12. Who became the first performer to win the Eurovision Song Contest twice when the Irish entry Hold Me Now triumphed in 1987?
  13. The word Bajan is a local name for an inhabitant of which Caribbean island?
  14. What word for a shade of red is the French for “cherry”?
  15. What corrosive acid was once known as “oil of vitriol”?
  16. What is the name of the classic Japanese dish of seafood or vegetables deep-fried in batter and served with a dipping sauce?
  17. Which future British king had ten children by his mistress, the actress Dorothea Jordan?
  18. What multi-coloured diamond pattern, often seen on knitted socks, is based on the tartan of a branch of Scotland’s Campbell clan?
  19. The Impressionist art movement took its name from the 1872 painting Impression, Sunrise by which French artist?
  20. What is the name of the dome-shaped muscular structure that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity?
  21. In which film does James Bond, played by Timothy Dalton, for the second time, hunt down the drugs baron Franz Sanchez?
  22. The carambola fruit has what alternative name, a reference to its shape when it is cut into slices?
  23. In the 1770s, which English naval captain commanded the first ship known to have crossed the Antarctic Circle?
  24. The adjective “olfactory” relates to which of the traditional five senses?
  25. What musical note, sometimes known as a half-note, is half as long as a semibreve?
  26. In which TV series does Jodie Comer play a professional murderer called Villanelle?
  27. What birds, closely resembling swallows, spend almost all of their life on the wing, feeding, drinking, mating and sleeping in the air?
  28. In 2016, who became the first woman and the youngest person to be First Minister of Northern Ireland, serving in the post until 2017 and again from 2020 until 2021?
  29. What denomination of Russian coin is worth one hundredth of a rouble?
  30. What is the stage name of the American singer Montero Lamar Hill, who topped the UK singles chart with Old Town Road in 2019 and Montero (Call Me by Your Name) in 2021?
  31. What is the term for the process in which a raw pastry case gets lined with greaseproof paper weighted down with dried beans and partly cooked before the filling is added?
  32. Which town near Cannes is renowned for producing fragrances for the perfume industry and flavourings for food manufacturers?
  33. Which Romantic poet was the father of the mathematician Ada Lovelace?
  34. What is the common name for trees of the genus Quercus?
  35. What nationality is Youn Yuh-jung who, in 2021, won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in immigration film Minari?
  36. Sir Richard Owen, best known for his studies of fossilised creatures, is credited with coining what word in 1841?
  37. Which Olympic sport was originally known as aquatic football?
  38. Which jazz trumpeter’s nickname “Satchmo” was short for Satchel Mouth?
  39. The BCG vaccine is given to people to protect against which infectious disease?
  40. In the final of Euro 2020 at Wembley in July 2021, which defender scored for England in the second minute of normal time?
  41. Which singer, born Mary O’Brien, had success in the Sixties with the songs You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me and Son Of A Preacher Man?
  42. Which island, the second largest in the Caribbean, is divided into the Republic of Haiti in the west and the Dominican Republic in the east.
  43. What phobia is a fear of being enclosed or stuck in confined spaces?
  44. What is the name of the author and illustrator, known for her creations Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort, who was Children’s Laureate from 2017 until 2019?
  45. In plants such as the rubber tree, what is the name of the milky white fluid that oozes from cuts in the bark and coagulates when exposed to air?
  46. Which Ghanaian diplomat served as Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006?
  47. What is the name of the Italian brandy distilled from the skins, pips and stalks left over from making wine?
  48. What nick-name of a tenth century king of Denmark is used for a common technology standard that enables short-range wireless communication between electronic devices?
  49. In the 1942 film Casablanca, what song does Dooley Wilson play after Ilsa Lund’s often-misquoted request to: “Play it once, Sam. For old times’ sake”?
  50. The World Economic Forum is held every January at which Swiss ski resort?
  51. The hormones insulin and glucagon are manufactured in which organ of the human body?
  52. Which French fashion designer created silhouettes called the A-line, the H-line and the Y-line in the Fifties?
  53. In South Asian cuisine, a dish with the word “palak” in its name contains what vegetable?
  54. The Kariba Dam, which supplies hydro-electric power to Zimbabwe and Zambia, stands on which African river?
  55. The words of the Christm­as carol Silent Night were originally written in what language?
  56. The young of what animal is known as a leveret?
  57. What is the name of the electrical device used in an emergency to restore normal rhythms to the heart?
  58. When the new polymer Bank of England £5 note was introduced in 2016, whose portrait replaced that of the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry?
  59. The name of what creamy sauce comes from the French word for “Dutch”?
  60. In AD 14, who succeeded his stepfather Augustus to be the second Roman emperor?

How many did you pass on?

  1. Ultraviolet
  2. Fleetwood Mac
  3. Conclave
  4. Stamen
  5. Eros
  6. Nebraska
  7. Sir Joshua Reynolds
  8. Bat 
  9. United States
  10. Diwali
  11. Malaria
  12. Johnny Logan
  13. Barbados
  14. Cerise
  15. Sulphuric acid
  16. Tempura
  17. William IV
  18. Argyle
  19. Claude Monet
  20. Diaphragm
  21. Licence To Kill
  22. Star fruit
  23. James Cook
  24. Smell
  25. Minim
  26. Killing Eve
  27. Swifts
  28. Arlene Foster
  29. Kopek
  30. Lil Nas X
  31. Baking Blind
  32. Grasse
  33. Lord Byron
  34. Oak
  35. South Korean
  36. Dinosaur
  37. Water polo
  38. Louis Armstrong
  39. Tuberculosis (TB)
  40. Luke Shaw
  41. Dusty Springfield
  42. Hispaniola
  43. Claustrophobia
  44. Lauren Child
  45. Latex
  46. Kofi Annan
  47. Grappa
  48. Bluetooth
  49. As Time Goes By
  50. Davos
  51. Pancreas
  52. Christian Dior
  53. Spinach
  54. Zambezi
  55. German
  56. Hare
  57. Defibrillator
  58. Winston Churchill
  59. Hollandaise
  60. Tiberius

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