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2019

Question for June

70 years ago (on 11 June 1949), the runner Emil Zátopek set his first world record, for the 10,000 metre race in Ostrava, with a time of 29:28.2 minutes. How many world records did he set on kilometre tracks?

Emil Zátopek, photo: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0Emil Zátopek, photo: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

The correct answer for June: 13 (he set another 5 records one mile tracks)

Winners:

Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak, Poland
Antonina Tzerepucha, Ukraine
Michael Geissler, Germany
Anne Marie Dussel, France
Maria Francesca Santos Gomes, Brazil
Jaroslav Zvoniček, Czech Republic

 

Question for May

Who was the last Czech cyclist to win a stage of the Tour de France?

Zdeněk Štybar, photo: Filip Jandourek / Czech RadioZdeněk Štybar, photo: Filip Jandourek / Czech Radio

The correct answer for May: Zdeněk Štybar (in 2015)

Winners:

Shin Makino, Japan
Colette Beaulieux, France
Francisco Calvo García, Spain
Günter Rupprecht, Germany
Valeriya Brodyanaya, Turkey
Josef Šatný, Czech Republic

 

Question for April

What is the name of the first novel by Milan Kundera, which this month marks an important anniversary?

The correct answer for April: Žert (The Joke)

Winners:

Nelida Esther Urlezaga, Argentina
Rakesh K.S., India
Gaétan Teyssonneau, France
Valentina Evgenievna Klimenko, Russia
Ingrid Altrichter, Austria
Klára Machů, Czech Republic

 

Question for March

100 years ago, the name Tatra first appeared on lorries. In what city are these vehicles made?

Photo: Jakub Říšský / Czech RadioPhoto: Jakub Říšský / Czech Radio

The correct answer for March: Kopřivnice

Winners:

Belakhal Hamza, Algeria
Uwe Tabbert, Germany
Mosquera García Robinson, Colombia
Barbora Petrtýlová, Czech Republic
Kostiantyn Pravotorov, Ukraine
Fachri Fachri, Indonesia

 

Question for February

More than 110 years ago, Bedřich Smetana’s opera The Bartered Bride was presented for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Which important Czech soprano appeared in the role of Mařenka?

Ema Destinnová as Mařenka, photo: archive of National TheatreEma Destinnová as Mařenka, photo: archive of National Theatre

The correct answer for February: Ema Destinnová

Winners:

Brigitte Germain, France
Sergey Zacharik, Belarus
Anna Mross, Germany
Daniela Grabovská, Czech Republic
Dulali Akhtar, Bangladesh
Adervall Lima Gómez, Brasil

 

Question for January

70 years ago, the city of Zlín got a new name. What was this city made famous by Tomáš Baťa called during the Communist regime?

Zlín, photo: Guillaume NarguetZlín, photo: Guillaume Narguet

The correct answer for January: Gottwaldov

Winners:

Sergio Matyáš, Colombia
Emmanuel Nicodeme, France
Shatrudhan Sharma, India
Petr Mišun, Czech Republic
Sergey Bakumenko, Russia
Alexandra Brückl, Germany

 

2018

Question for December

Antonín Panenka who scored the famous penalty that won Czechoslovakia its only European Championship ever turns 70 this month. Who were Czechoslovakia’s opponents in the final?

Photo: Czech TelevisionPhoto: Czech Television

The correct answer for December: West Germany

Winners:

Farooq Ahmad, Pakistan
Aleksej Petrovich Gacura, Belarus
Otmane Elkhorafi, Morocco
Rodriguez R. Rafael, Colombia
Said Kaaki, Libanon
Leonhard Walter Schmuck, Germany

 

Question for November

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was elected the first president of Czechoslovakia 100 years ago. How many times was this significant politician and thinker nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize?

Tomáš Garrigue MasarykTomáš Garrigue Masaryk

The correct answer for November: 17

Winners:

Nikolay Loginov, Russia
Gabriela Cerveny, Chile
Jonathan Murphy, Ireland
Mária Surányi, Hungary
Laskar Wahid, Bangladesh
Andreas Hanslok, Germany

 

Question for October

The founder of the successful Czechoslovak car making company Laurin & Klement, Václav Klement, was born 150 years ago. What is the name of the first automobile the car factory produced?

Laurin & Klement Voiturette A, photo: archive of Škoda AutoLaurin & Klement Voiturette A, photo: archive of Škoda Auto

The correct answer for October: Voiturette A

Winners:

Charles Konecny, USA
Naghmouchi Nouari, Algeria
Alessandro Cintoli, Italy
Akio Uemura, Japan
Volkmar Glück, Germany
Oktjabrina Aleksandrovna Belova, Russia

 

Question for September

September is the month when we celebrate the Day of Czech Statehood. On what day is this public holiday?

St. Wenceslas, photo: Barbora NěmcováSt. Wenceslas, photo: Barbora Němcová

The correct answer for September: September 28th

Winners:

Abelard Rodríguez Llacer, Spain
Eric Zhu, China
Mahdi Baklouti, Tunisia
Oleg Nedostup, Ukraine
Sigurd Schaper, Germany
Paul van Luijtelaar, Czech Republic

 

Question for August

In August Prague will host an international stamp exhibition. From what year is the most valuable Czech stamp?

Source: Czech PostSource: Czech Post

The correct answer for August: 1919

Winners:

Muhammad Shamim, India
Bezazel Ferhat, Algeria
Calderón Miguel Ángel, Argentina
Marcela Dubinová, Czech Republic
Marion Woelk, Germany
Oksana Barschevskaya, Ukraine

 

Question for July

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival traditionally takes place in early July. However in the first four years of its existence the festival was held in another town. Tell us where.

Mariánské Lázně, photo: Katerina AyzpurvitMariánské Lázně, photo: Katerina Ayzpurvit

The correct answer for July: Mariánské Lázně

Winners:

Aleksej Mineev, Russia
Charles Ongole John, Uganda
Steffen Hanisch, Germany
Richard Selby, Czech Republic
Hassan Lasri, Morocco
Maria Franciscasantos Gomes, Brasil

 

Question for June

Tell us the birthplace of the great Czech composer Leoš Janáček.

Hukvaldy, photo: Petr Dadák, CC BY-SA 2.0Hukvaldy, photo: Petr Dadák, CC BY-SA 2.0

The correct answer for June: Hukvaldy

Winners:

Idris Siregar, Indonesia
Günter Juba, Germany
Ludovico Svabenik, Argentina
Bouzeboudja Mohamed, Algeria
Alexey Eliseev, Russia
Kašpar Patrick, Germany

 

Question for May

Czechoslovak Radio aired its first broadcast 95 years ago. How long was the first transmission and where was it broadcast from?

Photo: archive of Czech RadioPhoto: archive of Czech Radio

The correct answer for May: one hour, from a tent at a military air base in Prague’s Kbely

Winners:

Reinhard Anschütz, Germany
Serguey Cerpaltsev, Moldavia
Hector Jofré Frias Cartes, Chile
Martin Pokorný, Czechia
Ivo Slezacek, Australia
Ziad S. Aqeel, Jordan

 

Question for April

What is the Czech name of the willow whip that is part of the country’s Easter traditions?

Pomlázky, photo: Klára StejskalováPomlázky, photo: Klára Stejskalová

The correct answer for April: pomlázka

Winners:

Mustapha Bahri, Tunisia
Helmut Hecht, Germany
Roland Keil, Slovakia
Andreas Maher, USA
Olga Pereborova, Russia
Alexis Ramirez Rocas, Venezuela

 

Question for March

He was the first astronaut from a country other than the Soviet Union or the United States. Tell us the name of the first Czechoslovak astronaut.

Vladimír Remek, photo: ČT24Vladimír Remek, photo: ČT24

The correct answer for March: Vladimír Remek

Winners:

Ernesto Esquivel Torres, Mexico
Ian Pillar, Australia
Tatiana Kalina, Ukraine
Bernhard Maier, Germany
Zuzana Šoupalová, Czechia
Hubert Wilczynski, Poland

 

Question for February

Tell us the name of the sportsperson who won the first-ever gold medal for Czechoslovakia at the Olympic Games in Grenoble.

Jiří Raška, photo: Czech TelevisionJiří Raška, photo: Czech Television

The correct answer for February: Jiří Raška

Winners:

Pavel Arbitman, Israel
Barbara Behr, Germany
Julen Esturo Erostegi, Spain
Nick Sharpe, UK
Mike Towning, Czechia
Elena Miller, Russia

 

Question for January

What is the name of the summer residence of Czech and formerly Czechoslovak presidents, used since 1921?

Lány chateau, photo: Michaela BulákováLány chateau, photo: Michaela Buláková

The correct answer for January: Lány chateau

Winners:

Ekaterina Chochlova, Russia
Esther Genovés, Spain
Josef Kubelka, Czechia
Fouad Larhzizer, Morocco
Mohamed Elsayed Abd El raheim, Egypt
Hans-Jürgen Tausend, Germany

 

2017

Question for December

What type of fish is part of the traditional Czech Christmas dinner?

Photo: Ivana VonderkováPhoto: Ivana Vonderková

The correct answer for December: carp

Winners:

Richard Chen, Trinidad and Tobago
Martin Hyka, Czechia
Irina Isaeva, Russia
Irene Neumann, Germany
Javier Nunez Aramburu, Spain
Mare Soovik, Estonia

 

Question for November

Where is the oldest stone bridge on the Czech territory?

Photo: Magdalena KašubováPhoto: Magdalena Kašubová

The correct answer for November: Písek

Winners:

Alfons Ballweg, Germany
Renata Dohnalová, Czech Republic
Heimer Sia, Philippines
Ivar Lass, Estonia
Joaquin Ruiz, Spain
Ekaterina Rus, Moldova

 

Question for October

What is the name of the toughest hurdle in the Great Pardubice Steeplechase?

Taxis Ditch, photo:  ČTTaxis Ditch, photo: ČT

The correct answer for October: Taxis Ditch

Winners:

Freddy Ramirez Armijo, Chile
Aleksandr Belkov, Russia
Christopher Cambell, USA
Michael Cunningham, Australia
Konrad Sack, Germany
Helena Tajčová, Czech Republic

 

Question for September

What is the name of the Czech national tree?

Linden tree, photo: Public DomainLinden tree, photo: Public Domain

The correct answer for September: Linden tree

Winners:

Mohan Bain, India
Hideyuki Takatoh, Japan
Aleksandr Kuzeminskij, Ukraine
Maili Tannbaum, Estonia
Kurt J. Przystupa, Germany
Miguel Ramon Bauset, Spain

 

Question for August

What is the name of the chateau where Giacomo Casanova spent the last years of his life?

Photo: Klára StejskalováPhoto: Klára Stejskalová

The correct answer for August: Duchcov

Winners:

Paul Gager, Austria
Natalija Anatolievna Gnatok, Russia
Věra Halátová, Czech Republic
Maikel Iglesias Rodríguez, Czech Republic
Ming Li, China
Jorge Raul Robles Ocegueda, Mexico

 

Question for July

An international film festival takes place in the Czech Republic at this time of year. What is the name of the city that hosts it?

Photo: Eva TurečkováPhoto: Eva Turečková

The correct answer for July: Karlovy Vary

Winners:

Rudi Brunner, Switzerland
Oscar Castillo Cabrera, Peru
Dahmani Rachid, Algeria
Anatoliy Kalina, Ukraine
Veronika Libichová, Czech Republic
Mikk Soovik, Estonia

 

Question for June

75 years ago, on June 10, a village near Prague was razed to the ground by the Nazis in one of the worst atrocities committed on Czech soil. What is the name of the village?

Lidice, photo: Ondřej TomšůLidice, photo: Ondřej Tomšů

The correct answer for June: Lidice

Winners:

Olga Ivanovna Fedoseenko, Belarus
Hugo Héctor Longhi, Argentina
Michael Nährig, Germany
Olga Réblová, Czech Republic
Taeko Koga, Japan
Hee Tan, Malaysia

 

Question for May

Tell us the name of the ruler, born 300 years ago, who introduced compulsory primary school education in the Czech lands.

Maria TheresaMaria Theresa

The correct answer for May: Maria Theresa

Winners:

Nikolaj Vladimirovich Popov, Russia
Manfred Neumann, Germany
Bernard Leblicq, Belgium
Martin Hlavica, Czech Republic
Paul B. Walker Jr., USA
Martín Estévez Pastor, Spain

 

Question for April

Which Moravian popular tradition was included in the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list in 2011?

Photo: Milena ŠtráfeldováPhoto: Milena Štráfeldová

The correct answer for April: The Ride of the Kings

Winners:

Achmad Algazali, Indonesia
Jaroslaw Jedrzejczak, Poland
D W NABI , UK
Svetlana Aksentevna Shpakovskaja, Belarus
Andreas Vehe, Germany
Luis M. Uliarte Alonso, Argentina

 

Question for March

Which city is located further to the West – Vienna or Prague?

Prague, photo: Filip JandourekPrague, photo: Filip Jandourek

The correct answer for March: Prague

Winners:

Bridkovskij Oleg, Ukraine
Hrušková Edita, Czech Republic
Koji Nakayama, Japan
Skinner Grant, UK
Wichmann Rolf, Germany
Gómez Gálvez Yusimi, Cuba

 

Question for February

Who is the author of the novels: Closely Watched Trains, I Served the King of England and Too Loud a Solitude?

Bohumil Hrabal, photo: Hana Hamplová, CC BY-SA 3.0Bohumil Hrabal, photo: Hana Hamplová, CC BY-SA 3.0

The correct answer for February: Bohumil Hrabal

Winners:

Thomas Bégue, France
Marie Dostálová, Czech Republic
Elena Kazina, Russia
George Pearson, USA
Yosir Quijada, Venezuela
Thomas Trummer, Germany

 

Question for January

The famous German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe favored a certain Czech spa where he spent almost three years of his life. Which spa was it?

Photo: CzechTourismPhoto: CzechTourism

The correct answer for January: Mariánské Lázně

Winners:

Stefano Citterio, Italy
Rolf Hill, Germany
Masato Kiba, Japan
Natalija Osadchaja, Ukraine
Marek Peša, Czech Republic
Dmitrij Primak, Belarus

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