Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Cup - Round 1( Set by Dolphin Dragons and The Castle - cross-vetted)

1. Who is moving from McClaren to Ferrari for next season's Formula 1?
A. Kimi Raikonnen
2. Who writes detective novels set in ancient Rome, & starring Marcus Didius Falco?
A. Lindsay Davies
3. What is the heraldic name for the colour Red?
A. Gules
4. Which Macclesfield secondary school is (virtually) next to the Leisure Centre?
A. Fallibroome
5. In which county is the hill fort Maiden Castle?
A. Dorset
6. What is the title of Princess Margaret's son, David?
A. Viscount Linley
7. In the Bible, how many Psalms are there? (no leeway)
A. One hundred and fifty
8. Which town in South Wales is known locally as the hole with the mint"?
A. Llantrisant
9. What was Gulliver's first name?
A. Lemuel
10. The ex Daily Mirror editor, Piers Morgan, is now writing a column for which Sunday paper?
A. The Mail on Sunday
11.Which US singer/songwriter wrote, among others, The Locomotion, Happy Valley Sunday, One Fine Day and You've Got a Friend?
A. Carole King
12. Which book of the Bible starts "In the Beginning was the Word"?
A. St John's Gospel
13. What was the name of the Queen's cousin, who was a famous photographer?
A. Lord (Patrick) Lichfield
14. On which river does Derby stand?
A. The Derwent
15. Which stand-up comic & BBC 6 music presenter is has joined Radio 2 this month?
A. Russell Brand
16. What is Lady Chatterley's first name?
A. Constance
17. At the mouth of which river does Swansea stand?
A. The Tawe (The Welsh name for Swansea is Abertawe)
18. Who is the chief executive of RyanAir?
A. Michael O'Leary
19. What are members of the Scouting movement between 14 and 17 yrs. old called?
A. Explorers
20 If a heraldic animal on a flag or coat-of-arms is described as "passant" how is it shown?
A. On all fours, walking across the flag
21. Who wrote a Short History of Nearly Everything?
A. Bill Bryson.
22. In which musical is the song "The Night they Invented Champagne?
A. Gigi
23. Who is the wife of lawyer David Mills , who is on trial in Italy?
A Tessa Jowell
24. What nation's flag has a tree on it?
A. The Lebanon
25. Who was appointed Captain of the Welsh Rugby Union team this October?
A. Stephen Jones (both names needed, of course!)
26. Who was the husband of Catherine of Braganza?
A. Charles II
27. If you landed at Chania Airport where would you be?
A. Crete (do not accept Greece!)
28. What are the youngest members of the Guide movement !, (aged 5-7) called in the UK?
A. Rainbows
29. In what year did Britain introduce decimal currency? (small leeway)
A. 1971 (allow 1970 to 1972)
30. Who is the new star of "The Sound of Music" chosen via a TV reality show?
A. Connie Fisher
31. Which English King was married to Berengaria of Navarre?
A. Richard I
32. In which county is the mysterious prehistoric site, Silbury Hill?
A. Wiltshire
33. What is a three-dimensional image created by a laser called?
A. A hologram
34. Which was the only Beatles Not with a title of only one word?
A. Help! (not Yesterday, Michelle etc which were not No.1's)
35. Which company used the catch phrase "because life's complicated enough?
A. Abbey National — now just Abbey (either OK)
36. The Long, the Rump and the Short were descriptions of which British Institution?
A. Parliament
37. Which firm manufacturers the Impreza car?
A. Subaru
38. Which composer's life was featured in the Film "Song without End"?
A. Franz Liszt
39. Why do people generally fly to the airport of Knock?
A. It is a place of pilgrimage for Catholics
40. Which firm uses the catchphrase "Because you're worth it?"
A. L'Oreal
41. In which country is the port of Frey Bentos?
A. Uruguay
42. How many men have walked on the moon?
A. Twelve
43. Sospan Fach, sung at Welsh Rugby Internationals originates as an anthem for which Welsh rugby club?
A Llanelli
44. In Coronation Street what was the maiden name of Dierdre
Barlow (formerly Raschid, Barlow, and Langton)?
A. Dierdre Hunt
45. The flag of which country shows an eagle, a snake, and a cactus?
A. Mexico
46. Which organ of the body produces bile?
A. The liver
47. When women were given the vote in 1918 how old did they have to be?
A. Thirty
48. In which English County are there places called Ham and Sandwich?
A. Kent
49. Which former Eastender's actress has just turned up on the staff of Sun Hill in The Bill?
A. Gillian Taylforth
50. Which Negro spiritual is sung at Twickenham in support of the English rugby team?
A. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
51. What was the generic name for the 2-man US space vessels of the 1960's?
A. Gemini
52. British Airways boss, Willie Walsh formerly worked for which airline?
A. Aer Lingus
53. What nautically named footballer played for Plymouth, Ipswich, Arsenal and Portsmouth, as well as 35 times for England?
A. Paul Mariner
54. Who wrote the poem "Fern Hill"?
A. Dylan Thomas
55. Which Roman Emperor was responsible for the Colosseum in Rome?
A. Vespasian
56. Which firm manufactures the Aygo car?
A. Toyota
57. Which newly released film revolves around a TV quiz programme?
A. Starter for Ten (University Challenge, naturally)
58. Who were the losing side in the 2006 up final?
A West Ham United /
59. Who wrote the poem "Gather Ye Rosebuds while ye may"?
A. Robert Herrick
60. Which Roman Emperor adopted Christianity as the state religion of Rome?
A. Constantine
61. Who, continuing the theme of his earlier books, wrote the recently published "The God Delusion"?
A. Richard Dawkins
62. Who replaced Sue Lawley as presenter of Desert Island Discs?
A. Kirsty Young
63. In the BBC television series "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard", who plays Mrs. Pritchard?
A. Jane Horrocks
64. Which artist painted 'The Rokeby Venus'?
A. Velazquez
65. Which screen legend's last appearance was in the 1956 film "The Harder They Fall"?
A. Humphrey Bogart
66. Horse Racing: Which trainer (whose yard was Pond House in Somerset) won the National Hunt Trainers Championship fifteen times before his retirement last season (when he handed the yard over to his son)?
A. Martin Pipe
67. Alex Ferguson has managed four clubs:
Aberdeen and Manchester United are two of them: name either of the other two.
A. East Stirling or St. Mirren
68. What name is given to those parts of the earth an its atmosphere able to support life?
A. Biosphere
69. In which town is the National Library of Wales situated?
A. Aberystwyth
70. From which royal mistress does the Dukedom of St. Albans descend?
A. Nell Gwynne
71. A bronze statue of three times Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Best Mate was unveiled at the Cheltenham racecourse this year, the fourth horse to be so commemorated there. Name any one of the other three.
A. Arkle; Dawn Run; Golden Miller
73. Which American poet wrote the lines "I shot an arrow in the air) it fell to earth I know not where" in his poem "The Arrow and the Song"?
A. Longfellow
74. Which publishing imprint was founded in the
early 1970’s by Carmen Callil to specialise in women's literature?
A. Virago
74. Where do Accrington Stanley play their home games?
A. The Fraser Eagle Stadium
75. The author of the novel Sophie's Choice died earlier this month (November). What is his name?
A. William Styron
76. Who named a hymn tune that he composed "Down Ampney" after the Gloucestershire hamlet in which he was brought up?
A. Ralph Vaughan - Williams
77. In which game might you be given a "Yarborough"?
A. Contract Bridge (a hand with nothing over 10)
78. Which Poet Laureate immediately preceded John Betjeman?
A. Cecil Day Lewis
79. . How many spots are there in a complete set of double-six dominoes?
A. 168
80. Which creature has species called Firebellied, Spadefoot and Midwife?
A. Toad
81. What, during the Word War I was renamed "Liberty Cabbage" in UK and USA?
A. Sauerkraut
82. What do cruciverbalists like doing?
A. Cross-word puzzles
83. In morse code, which letter is represented by a dot followed by a dash?
A. A
84. What is the title of the book in the "Chronicles of Sarnia" which is a prequel to "The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe"?
A. The Magician's Nephew
85. Name one of the " Liver Birds" from the sit-com of that name (first name only)
A. Beryl or Sandra
86. Which spring flower has a common name that is said to derive from a polite word for cattle dung?
A. Cowslip (from Cowslop)
87. According to the advert, "Tasty, tasty, very very tasty. They're very tasty" What were/are?
A. Kellogg's Bran Flakes - (not Fruit and Fibre - a different advert)
88. Which city is served by George Bush (first one) Intercontinental Airport?
A. Houston
89.. Who wrote the usual tune to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!"?
A. Mendelssohn
90. Katherine Apanovicz has recently written a best selling book about her famous partner who died last year. Who was he?
A. Richard Whiteley
91.Adam Smith is soon to be the new face on the £20 note. In what year did he write The Wealth of Nations?
A. 1776 (accept 1770 to 1780)
92. The Queen Anne's Revenge was the flagship of which notorious 18th century pirate?
A. Edward Teach – known as Blackbeard (accept either)
93. Who was the daughter of Teakle W. Warfield of Baltimore, USA, who caused a constitutional crisis between the wars?
A. Mrs Wallis Simpson (accept Mrs Simpson)
94. Who did Prince Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha marry in 1840?
A. Queen Victoria
95. The Treaty of Vereeniging ended which war?
A. The Boer War
96.Which North European country became an independent kingdom in 1905?
A. Norway
97. Who was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize?
A. Marie Curie
98. Who was the first American woman in space?
A. Sally Ride
99. Why should citizens of Macclesfield be aware of the firm of Wilson Bowden?
A. They have been selected to redevelop part of the town centre.
100. Who won the 1995 cricket World Cup?
A. Sri Lanka
101. Which song was a No 1 hit for Jimmy Young, the Righteous Brothers and Robson & Jerome?
A. Unchained Melody
102. What was the last film made by James Dean (before he was killed in a car crash) in 1955?
103. What electronic device was developed at Bell Laboratories in 1947?
A. The transistor
104. What gas, produced by yeast fermentation, makes bread dough rise?
A. Carbon dioxide
105. Who was the first monarch of the house of Tudor?
A. Henry VII
106. What is the maximum speed limit of the Pendolino train now in service?
A. 140 mph (allow 135 to 145)
107. Give a year in the life of Catherine of Aragon
A. 1485 to 1536
108. Who was the famous dancer who went to Paris the 1920's and danced with bananas as her only clothing?
A. Josephine Baker
109. In which musical is the song "I don't know how to love him?
A. Jesus Christ, Super Star
110. What is the position in Rugby Union usually signified by a number 10 shirt?
A. Fly half (accept Outside half)
111. In what year did Britain hand over Hong Kong to China?
A. 1997
112. John Simpson is the BBC's correspondent for what?
A. World affairs –(Accept foreign)
113. Benjamin Braddock is the central character in which film?
A. The Graduate
114. What would you do with rooibos?
A. Drink it – herbal tea from South Africa
115. Terry Christian hosts a breakfast radio programme for which station
A. Radio Manchester
116. Where in Manchester did Pope John Paul II hold mass?
A. Heaton Park
117. Who wrote the love song of J Alfred Prufrock?
A. T S Eliot
118. Give any year in which Valery Giscard D'Estaing was French President
A. 1974 to 1981
119. Who was Renee's long suffering wife in the "Allo, Allo" TV series?
A. Edith
120) Dvorak was born and studied near which European city?
A. Prague


S1. Jools, Daisy Boo and Poppy Honey are the immediate family of which personality?
A. Jamie Oliver (his wife and daughters)
S2. Why do British people fly to Rouvianiemi at this time of year?
A. To visit Father Christmas (This Finnish town is one of his homes!)
S3. Which book of the New Testament follows the Gospels?
A. Acts (the Acts of the apostles)
S4. In which city is the Hang Seng index based?
A. Hong Kong
S5. In Pride & Prejudice, who marries Jane Bennett?
A. Charles Bingley
S6. Name one of the 3 regular News and Travel readers on Terry Wogan's Breakfast Show
A. Fran Godfrey, John Marsh or Alan Dedicoat

Tie Breaker

What is the diameter (at the equator) of Saturn in Kms? 120,536 Km

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

21 November

Specialist Questions Set By The Prince Of Wales
1. Sport
2. History
3. Geography
4. Science
5. Arts and Entertainment
6. Christmas Films -well sort of
7. Australia
8. A Kick in the nuptials

1. Sport

1. Delta Blues won which major horse race recently?
A. Melbourne Cup

2. The Pacific Islanders Rugby Union side is made up of players from three countries. Fiji and Samoa are two. name the third?
A. Tonga

3. Who is currently second in the mens' ATP tennis world rankings?
A. Rafael Nadel

4. How many wildcard picks does Paul Azinger have for the next US Ryder Cup team?

5. Which British athlete has won the 2006 Abebe Bikila award?
A. Paula Radcliffe

6. Which American city is home to the Ravens American Football team?
A. Baltimore

7. In which sport did Irishman Colin Carroll's bid for a gold medal at the recent world championships last just over two seconds?
A. Sumo

8. Who scored the goal for Southend Utd that knocked holders Manchester Utd out of the Carling Cup?
A. Freddie Eastwood


1. Who won this year’s Hungary Grand Prix, the only win of his career so far?
A Jensen Button
2. Which country did England beat in the recent ICC Champions Trophy?
A. West Indies

2. History - Events since 2001

1. How did Angela Merkel make political history in 2005?
A. Became the first female German Chancellor

2. John Paul II died in 2005, but from which disease had he suffered since the early 1990s?
A. Parkinson's

3. Former US President Ronald Reagan died on June 5'h, 2004; but from which disease had he been battling for over ten years?
A. Alzheimer's

4. Which European city was devastated in 2004 when a series of bomb blasts hit four morning commuter trains?
A. Madrid

5. Which country, in 2003, became only the third nation to put a man into space?
A. China

6. Which noted comedian died on July 27th 2003, at the age of 100?
A. Bob Hope

7. France 2002, which far-right politician made it to the final round for the French Presidency?
A. Jean Marie Le Pen

8. Which American company collapsed in 2001 amid claims of financial irregularities?
A. Enron


S1. 2001 - Who became the first former head of state to face the International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague?
A. Slobodan Milosevic

S2. What was the third building to he hit by a hijacked plane on September 11'h 2001?
A. The Pentagon

3. Geography

I. Which European country's name means 'land of the eagle'?
A. Albania

2. Which European capital's name translates as "Merchants' Harbour"?
A. Copenhagen

3. The inhabitants of which English county are called 'Moonrakers'?
A. Wiltshire

4. Lapland is made up of four countries, Sweden and Finland are two, name one of the other two?
A. Norway or Russia

5. Which island country is the largest producer of cloves?
A. Zanzibar

6. Which strait separates India and Sri Lanka?
A. Palk Strait

7. Which city lies at the point where the Blue and White Niles meet?
A. Khartoum

8. Dunkery Beacon is the highest point on which moor of the UK?
A. Exmoor


S1. The Altamira caves are famous for containing what?
A. Cave Painting

S2. Which US state is known for its craters of the moon topography?
A. Idaho

4. Science

1. What is the common name for a Sinoatrial node?
A. Internal pacemaker (accept pacemaker)

2. What is the name for the hairy perennial plant Primula Veris, common on unimproved grassland?
A. Cowslip

3. Two species always give birth to twins, name one
A. Armadillo and Salamander

4. What species of animal is a Poland China?
A. Pig

5. Which element is the best conductor of heat and electricity?
A. Silver

6. Which company makes the Pet microprocessor?
A. Commodore

7. Which London street was the first to be lit by gaslight?
A. Pall Mall

8. Dolomite is the ore of which metal?
A. Magnesium


S1. What was invented by Turkish troops at the battle of Acre?
A. Smoking cigarettes
S2. Which household item was invented by William Addis while in prison?
A. Toothbrush

5. Arts and Entertainment

1. Which book by Dan Brown acts as a prequel to the Da Vinci Code?
A. Angels and Demons

2. In which film, directed by Frank Capra. is Shangri La discovered?
A. Lost Horizon

3.'The King of Barataria" is the alternative name for which of Gilbert & Sullivan’s operas?
A. The Gondoliers

4. Gilbert O'Sullivan had a number one hit in 1972 with which girl’s name?
A. Clair

5. Which actor is to release a record based on his character's catchphrase entitled
“Christmas, my arse"?
A. Ricky Tomlinson

6. Which all girl group turned on the Christmas lights in Regent Street recently?
A. All Saints

7. Which boy from the blackstulf played King Theoden in Lord Of The Rings?
A. Bernard Hill

8. Which BBC radio series recently celebrated its 15,000th episode?
A. The Archers


S1. Which I970s US comedy series featured the Tates and the Campbells?
A. Soap

2. Who played the title role in the 1960s series Adam Adamant Lives?
A. Gerald Harper

6. Christmas Films - well sort of

Christmas is on its way, so here is a round of films associated with Christmas in some way.
You will he given a short description of a film - simply name the film.

1. Clarence the angel gets his wings by saving Jimmy Stewart.
A. It's a Wonderful Life

2. Jenny Agutter’s dad is wrongly arrested on Christmas Eve and the family is forced to move to Yorkshire.
A. The Railway Children

3. Three ghosts. Rats singing Heatwave, Michael Caine singing !!!
A. Muppet Christmas Carol

4. Bruce Willis, explosions and a bad guy falling off a building, all on Christmas Eve.
A. Die Hard

5. Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy enjoy each others lives, all for a bet of one dollar.
A. Trading Places

6. David Bowie enjoys the hospitality of a Japanese POW camp.
A. Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

7. The song White Christmas was first sung in this film
A. Holiday Inn

8. Judy Garland sings Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas in a particular US city
A. Meet me in St.Louis


S1. Steve McQueen once again fails to clear the wire fence on a stolen motorbike. shown every Christmas.
A. The Great Escape

S2. Christmas havoc in a mid-Western town when a mogwai gets wet.
A. Gremlins

7. Australia

I. In what year did the first English fleet arrive in Sydney?
A. 1788 (Accept two years either way)

2. In what year did Australia become a Federation?
A. 1901 (Accept two years either way)

3. The UK has the Brits. but what are the Australian musical awards called?
A. The Arias

4. What is the Australian name for wild horses?
A. Brumbies

5. Slim Dusty famously sung about a pub but what was unusual about it?
A. The pub with no beer

6. Which infamous Australian's last words were such is life?
A. Ned Kelly

7. What did Thomas Austin do to harm Australia in 1859?
A. Released rabbits into the wild

8. In which month of the year is Australia Day celebrated?
A. January .


S1. Which sea lies off the coast of Queensland?
A. The Coral Sea

S2. What was the only Australian city to he bombed in World War II?
A. Darwin

8. A Kick in the nuptials

Due to Kenny’s impending nuptials, July 2007 here’s a round on weddings. (Note from Kenny - Please do not club together for a present as cash for the honeymoon is much more preferable)

1. Who composed the Wedding of Figaro?
A. Mozart

2. Who wrote the poem 'Stop all the clocks” which featured in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral?
A. W.H. Auden

3. Who had a hit with the song White Wedding” in 1982?
A. Billy Idol

4. Which boy band had a recent hit with the song 'Crashed the Wedding"?
A. Busted

5. Which Scottish author once said 'Marriage is one long conversation chequered with disputes'?
A. Robert Louis Stephenson

6. Which sarcastic American film comedian once said 'I believe in tying the knot. as long as it is around the woman's throat'?
A. WC. Fields

7. Who traditionally looks after the bridesmaids at a wedding?
A. The Best man

8. What is the term for a bridesmaid who is married'?
A. Matron of Honour


S1. Who wrote the Wedding March?
A. Richard Felix Mendelssohn

S2. In which movie did Kathleen Turner play a housewife sent back in time to her high school days'?
A. Peggy Sue Got Married


1. Who is the sponsor of this season's FA Cup?
A. e.on
2. What is Postman Pat's surname?
A. Clifton
3. Who was the last Plantagenet King?
A. Richard II
4.What was the name of lan Fleming's James Bond short story collection, published inI960?
A. For Your Eyes Only
5. What is the other name for the Honey Bear (a nocturnal rainforest mammal)?
A. Kinkajou
6. What is the meaning of the word "ephemeral"?
A. Lasting for one day only (accept short-lived, transient etc)
7. What is the Sl unit of length?
A. Metre
8. Who discovered Pluto in 1930?
A. Clyde Tombaugh
9. What is the capital of Uruguay?
A. Montevideo
10. Whose recent album is called "Rudebox"?
A. Robbie Williams
11. What was the name of lan Fleming's cottage in Jamaica where he wrote a number of James Bond books?
A. Goldeneye
12. What is the meaning of the word "esoteric"?
A. Understood by only a small particular group (accept understand etc) obscure, difficult to understand
13 Who was the last man on the moon?
A. (Eu)Gene Cernan
14 What is the SI unit of time?
A. Second
15 Whose most recent album is entitled "Ringleader of the Tormentors"?
A. Morrissey
16 What is the capital of Uganda?
A. Kampala
17 Give a year in the life of Mrs Beeton?
A. 1836-1865
18 Butterflies and Moths are collectively known as what?
A. Lepidoptera
19 Which car manufacturer makes the Croma model?
A. Fiat
20 Who or what would wear a "Buster collar"?
A. Cat or Dog (Protective collar shaped like a funnel)
21 What is the name of Shakespeare's famous "lost" play- the contents of which are unknown in modern times?
A. Cardenio
22 In which county is the Fakenham racecourse?
A. Norfolk
23 The manager (as of 10/11/06) of which Football League club was recently convicted of fraud?
A. Boston United (Steve Evans)
24 Give a year in the life of John Keats?
A. 1795-1821
25. The Daewoo car brand is now known by which name in Europe?
A. Chevrolet
26.Who was famously killed at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii?
A. Captain James Cook (14th Feb 1779)
27. The Daily Sketch merged with which other newspaper in 1971?
A. The Daily Mail
28. Which chemical element is the most abundant in the Universe?
A. Hydrogen (about 3/4 of all matter)
29. Bauxite is the most common ore of which metal?
A. Aluminium
30. In cooking, what does the phrase "au gratin" mean?
A. Covered with breadcrumbs (and sometimes cheese) and browned in an oven.
31. Who shot Robert Kennedy on the 5th June 1968?
A. Sirhan Sirhan
32. Which British newspaper was launched on March 4th 1986?
A. Today
33. In Dickens' David Copperfield, what is the name of David's nurse who became Barkis' wife? A. Peggotty
34. The Mound Stand, designed by Michael Hopkins and completed in 1987, is part of which sports ground?
A. Lord's Cricket Ground
35. Which seaport in Eastern England stands at the confluence of the Rivers Stour and Orwell? A. Harwich
36. A body of which men meet in conclave to elect a new Pope?
A. Cardinals
37.During the Vietnamese War, what name did the Americans give to the network of paths used as the North Vietnamese supply route?
A. The Ho Chi Mihn Trail
38.In Greek Mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own refection after spurning the love of which Nymph?
A. Echo
39. Which English artist painted crowded scenes of Victorian life,including "Derby Day"and "The Railway Station"?
A. William Powell Frith
40. In 1992, who invented the Zike, a 4-wheeled city bicycle powered by an electric motor?
A. Sir Clive Sinclair
41 The poisonous plant Aconite, or Wolfsbane, is known by what other name?
A. Monkshood
42.Which science fiction writer wrote the award-winning novel "Ringwood" published in 1970? A. Larry Niven
43. Who is the oldest goalscorer ever in the Premiership?
A. Teddy Sherringham
44. Who was the first woman to lecture at the Sorbonne on 1906?
A. Marie Curie
45. In the 1960's television series The Avengers, which character was played by Diana Rigg?A. Mrs. Emma Peel
46. The programme of reforms known as the "Provisions of Oxford" was issued in 1258 during the reign of which king?
A. Henry III
47 Which song was the official national anthem of the Soviet Union from the BolshevikRevolution until 1944?
A. The Internationale
48. What was Erno Goldfinger's profession?
A. Modernist Architect (Real person - Nothing to do with James Bond)
49.What does the name "Hyundai" literally mean?
A. Modern or "of the present age" in Korean.
50.Why has former French rugby captain Marc Cecillon been in the news recently?
A. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail for murdering his wife at a party. (Question masters use your discretion)
51. How was the writer Mary Ann Evans better known?
A. George Elliot
52. Who recently became the first Briton to win a World Gymnastics Title?
A. Beth Tweddle (asymmetric bars)
53. Name one of the BNC members recently acquitted of inciting racial hatred at Leeds Crown Court.
A. Nick Griffin and Mark Collett.
54. Which Top Gear presenter recently survived a car crash at 300mph?
A. Richard Hammond
55. After the death of Edmund Ironside in 1016, which Dane became the ruler of All England?A. Canute the Great
56. Of which organisation is Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller the head?
A. MI5
57. On which LP cover can we read the words: 'Welcome the Rolling Stones'? (Snow White is also on the cover)
A. Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
58. Which Bluesbreaker was born in Macclesfield?
A. John Mayall
59. In electronics, which primary cell, named after its 19th Century French inventor, is still the basis of many dry batteries?
A. Charles Leclanch
60 Which inlet of the Firth of Clyde near Dunoon was used as the American nuclear submarine base from 1961 -1992?
A. Holy Loch
61 Whose Football Night is on Channel 5?
A. John Barnes
62. Chuck Berry wrote the first song that The Rolling Stones recorded. Which was it?
A. Come On (In 1963)
63. What does the name "Hitachi" literally mean?
A. Sunrise.(accept dawn or morning)
64 In which sport do neither the participants nor the spectators know the score until the end?
A. Boxing
65. Who presents the current BBC2 TV series "Power of Art?
A. Simon Schama
66. White wine and what other ingredient make a Kir?
A. Creme de Cassis (Blackcurrant Liqueur)
67.Which language gives us the word "Safari"?
A. Swahili
68.Give a year during the War of American Independence
A. 1775-1783
69. Which British singer has the middle name Hercules?
A. Elton Hercules John
70. Where would you find the "Sage Music Centre" and the "Baltic Flour Mill"?
A. Gateshead
71. Whose recently published autobiography is called "Bermondsey Boy"?
A. Tommy Steele
72. What is "Handcrafted by the Sixteen Men of Tain"?
A. Glenmorangie Malt Scotch Whisky (Allow Whisky)
73. Which is the main protein in milk?
A. Casein
74. Who presents the current Channel 4 TV series "Monarchy"?
A. David Starkey
75. Which drink has a black milk churn depicted on its label?
A. Mackeson (milk) Stout (One of the ingredients is Lactose - milk sugar)
76. Of all the -ologies (meaning study of) which has the shortest name?
A. Oology (the study of eggs)
77. Where would you find the Clifford Tower and the National Railway Museum?
A. York
78. What is Bono's (of U2) real name?
A. Paul Hewson
79.What is owned by "Lem Motlow, Proprietor, Route 1, Lynchburg [Pop 361 ],Tennessee 37352."?
A. The Jack Daniel Distillery
80. Germany and which other country signed the Anti-Comintern Pact in 1936?
A. Japan
81. Ras Tafari Makoonen was crowned as Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930. How was he better known?
A. Haile Selassie
82. Of which Canadian province is Fredericton the capital?
A. New Brunswick
83. Who do the Italians call Topolino?
A. Mickey Mouse
84. In what year is it proposed to switch of the old analogue TV signal in the North West region?A. 2009 (leeway +/-1 year)
85. Which TV presenter recently rejected "Poppy Fascism" by refusing to wear a poppy on air? A. Jon Snow
86. Where would you find together a verso and a recto?
A. In a Book (left- and right-hand pages)
87. The S.I. unit of electric charge is named after which French scientist?
A. Charles Augustin de Coulomb
88. Who wrote the film script of The History Boys?
A. Alan Bennett
89. Which country has, by far, the most universities?
A. India (has over 7000, the USA is second with over 4000)
90. In Reflections on Ice-Breaking, which American poet wrote "Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker"?
A. Ogden Nash
91. Who is the BBC Political Editor who was born in Macclesfield?
A. Nick Robinson
92. What subject was the Langley bom artist Charles Tunnicliffe famous for painting?
A. Wildlife especially birds.
93 Which city is the capital of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands?
A. Santa Cruz
94.Who wrote the best-seller The Labyrinth?
A. Kate Mosse (Not the druggie model)
96. Who produces "Scrumpy Jack"?
A. Symonds
97 What are Sodium Thiopental, Pancuronium Bromide, and Potassium Chloride taken in that order?(This not a science question)
A. The lethal injection used to execute prisoners in the USA.
Supplementary Questions
97. In which town was the Poet William Wordsworth born?
A. Cockermouth
98. Who was Edward the Black Prince's father?
A. Edward III
99. On which island is V.C. Bird airport?
A. Antigua
100. What is the Italian name for Florence?
A. Firenze
101. What characteristic colour does common salt (sodium chloride) produce when introduced into a flame?
A. Yellow

Wednesday, November 15, 2006




1. Which group of people were emancipated in Britain in 1829?
A. Roman Catholics. V
2. Indonesia was declared an independent republic in 1945. Who was its first president? A. Sukarno.
3. Who, in 1964, became the first president of the newly independent Zambia? A. Kenneth Kaunda.
4. Who was the second president of the United States?
A. John Adams.
5. How is the rising led by the Society of Righteous Harmonious Fists in 1900 better known?
A. The Boxer Rising.
6. In which city, in the late 15th century, was the "Bonfire of the Vanities" carried out? A. Florence.
7. What did Tsar Peter the Great create to be his "Window on the West"?
A. St. Petersburg.
8. Which Home Secretary took personal charge, much to the annoyance of the police, during the 1911 "Siege of Sidney Street"?
A. Winston Churchill.


9. In 1956 Soviet forces crushed an uprising in which country?
A. Hungary.
10. Who was the commander of the US forces in the First World War?
A. General Pershing.

1. Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are linked by which canal?
A. The Welland Canal.
2. In which National Park is Yes Tor?
A. Dartmoor.
3. In which Scottish county is Gleneagles Golf Course?
A. Perthshire.
4. Which country has the largest number of active volcanoes?
A. Indonesia.
5. The first place in Britain to be officially designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is in Wales. Where is it?
A. The Gower Peninsula.
6. Which French region is made up of the two departments of Upper Rhine and Lower Rhine?
A. Alsace.
7. What is the capital city of Uzbekistan?
A. Tashkent.
8. What is the capital city of Mongolia?
A. Ulan Bator.

9. Which two Japanese cities are anagrams of each other?
A. Tokyo and Kyoto.
10. In which English city is the district of Baker?
A. Newcastle upon Tyne.

Arts & Entertainment

1. Which fictional teacher said "All my pupils are the creme de la creme"?
A. Miss Jean Brodie. /
2. "War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength." These slogans come from which book?
A. 1984.
3. The architect Antonio Gaudi is particularly associated with which Spanish city?
A. Barcelona.
4. How was the French architect Charles Eduard Jeanneret better known?
A. Le Corbusier.
5. What, perhaps appropriately, was Mozart's last composition?
A. The Requiem.
6. The tenor Peter Pears enjoyed a long personal and professional association with which composer?
A. Benjamin Britten.
7. Who is the new presenter of Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs"?
A. Kirsty Young.
8. The BBC science fiction series "Torchwood", a spin-off from "Dr, Who", is set in which British city?
A. Cardiff.


9. Which "Dad's Army" actor was married to Hattie Jacques?
A. John le Mesurier.
10. Which novel, made into a classic war film, recounts the exploits of the crew of the "Compass Rose"?
A. The Cruel Sea. (By Nicholas Montserrat).


1. In which sport might an "Eskimo Roll" be performed?
A. Canoeing. (Accept kayaking).
2. Which cyclist was stripped of the final Yellow Jersey in the 2006 Tour de France? A. Floyd Landis.
3. In this summer's European Athletics Championships at Gothenburg Britain won only one gold medal; in which event?
A. Men's 4 X 100 m relay.
4. Beth Tweddle is emerging as an outstanding British sports star; in which sport?
A. Gymnastics.
5. Between the sacking of Brian Horton and the appointment of Paul Ince as manager of Macclesfield Town, who, briefly, took over as caretaker manager?
A. Ian Brightwell.
6. The violent death was recently reported of the last man to fight Mohammed Ali, ending his boxing career. Who was he? A. Trevor Berbick.
7. On which course is the Lincolnshire Handicap run?
A. Doncaster.
8. Which golfer scored a hole-in-one for Europe in this year's Ryder Cup?
A. Paul Casey.


9. Which country did Germany beat 13 - 0 in a European Championship qualifier earlier this year?
A. San Marino.
10. All three of Edward Heath's yachts shared the same name; what was it?
A. Morning Cloud.

Gardeners' World

1. In what county are the Lost Garden's of Heligan?
A. Cornwall.
2. Which was Britain's first garden city?
A. Letchworth.
3. Which poet issued the invitation "Come into the garden, Maud"?
A. Tennyson. .‑
4. Who wrote the novel on which the film "The Constant Gardener" is based?
A. John le Carre.
5. Which county cricket club plays home games at Sophia Gardens?
A. Glamorgan.
6. Who painted "The Garden of Earthly Delights"?
A. Hieronymus Bosch.
7. Who played the role of Chance, the gardener, in the film "Being There"?
A. Peter Sellers.
8. Which New York garden has been the venue of some of the world's most famous boxing matches, including the first two Frazier v Ali contests?
A. Madison Square Garden.


9. Who were the "Gardeners of Salonika"?
A. Derisive name given to allied forces in the First World War serving against the Bulgarians on the Salonika front in northern Greece.
10. Which US state is known as the Garden State"?
A. New Jersey.
11. Which work did Voltaire end with the sentence "We must cultivate our garden"?
A. Candide.

A Round with a Bite

1. Who, in the Bible, was reported to have slain the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass?
A. Samson.
2. Who said "Jaw-jaw is better than War-war"?
A. Winston Churchill.
3. Which European ruling dynasty was noted for its members' large jaws, the result of generations of in-breeding?
. The Habsburgs.
4. In the 19th century, workers in which industry were vulnerable to the occupational disease known as "phony jaw"?
A. Match-making.
5. What is the medical term for the jawbone?
A. The mandible.
6. In which famous war poem are soldiers described as going "into the jaws of death, into the mouth of hell"?
A. The Charge of the Light Brigade, by Tennyson.
7. In "Alice in Wonderland" which creature was a young boy urged to beware the jaws that bite, the claws that snatch"?
A. The Jabberwock.
8. What was the name of the actor who played the part of Jaws in the James Bond films "Moonraker" and The Spy who loved me"?
A. Richard Kiel.


9. Who wrote the novel on which the film "Jaws" was based?
A. Peter Benchley.
10. Which disease is commonly known as "lock-jaw"?
A. Tetanus.


1. Which branch of medicine deals with the treatment of cancer?
A. Oncology.
2. Which branch of geology deals with the study of rocks?
A. Petrology.
3. What was the title of Darwin's second major book, in which he pursued his theory of evolution to include the origins of the human species?
A. The Descent of Man".
4. What name, derived from a 19th century British naturalist, is given to the line running through Indonesia dividing Asian animal types from Australian species?
A. The Wallace Line.
5. To which family of British birds does the Stormcock belong?
A. Thrushes. (It's an alternative name for the mistle thrush).
6. To which family of British birds does the Yaffle belong?
A. Woodpeckers. (It's a country name for the green woodpecker).
7. What does an ophthalmologist study?
A. The eye.
8. What characteristics of the human body can be described as arch, loop, whorl or composite?
A. Fingerprints.


9. The cachalot is another name for which sea creature?
B. The sperm whale.
10. What is the only even prime number?
A. Two,

Dictionary Corner
Words, meanings and derivations.

1. In nautical terms, what name is given to the upper edge of a ship's side?
A. Gunwale. (Pronounced gunnell).
2. In sailing what is a jury mast?
A. A temporary, improvised mast, used to replace one lost or broken.
3. What do Cornish people refer to as "emmets", a country word meaning ants?
A. Tourists.
4. What word, derived from an old name for Sri Lanka, means the knack of making fortunate discoveries by chance?
A. Serendipity.
5. Necropolis is a fanciful term for which public amenity?
A. A cemetery.
6. While a medieval gentleman might own a destrier, his wife would make do with a palfrey. What are they?
A. Horses.
7. Which flower derives its name from the French for Lion's tooth?
A. Dandelion. (Dent de lion).
8. Which title of the Pope is derived from the Latin for bridge-builder?
A. Pontiff.


9. What is an "ampersand"?
A. A typographical sign representing the word "and". &
10. The urchin is a traditional country name for which creature?
A. The hedgehog.

General Knowledge set by The Dolphin, vetted by The Albion and The Chester Road Tavern

1. Which organist's signature tune was "I do like to be beside the Seaside"? A. Reginald Dixon.
2. Which cathedral has the tallest spire in England?
A. Salisbury.
3. What tourist attraction did Dr. Johnson describe as "worth seeing, but not worth going to see"?
A. The Giant's Causeway.
4. In which children's TV show would you have found characters called
Topov the Monkey, Octavia the Ostrich, Mooney the Badger and Hartley
A. Pipkins.
5. Which character in literature suffered at the hands of his daughters
Goneril and Reagan?
A. King Lear
6. What colour is the dahlia in a recent film directed by Brian de Palma?
A. Black.
7. Which footballer has made most appearances in the Premiership?
A. Gary Speed of Bolton. (If he played last Saturday it would be his 495th
Premiership appearance, and his 600th league appearance in total).
8. What is the English equivalent of the French name Guillaume
(Pronounced Gee-yome)?
9. English Gothic architecture falls into three periods; name one of them. A. Early English, Decorated, or Perpendicular.
10. At the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II a guest who made a notable impact and became very popular was Queen Salote (pronounced saloty); queen of where?
A. Tonga.
11. By what name is the would-be terrorist Richard Reid known to journalists, a term derived from his chosen method of causing death and destruction?
A. The Shoe Bomber.
12. Which Italian city is associated with the production of balsamic vinegar?
A. Modena
13. What first was achieved by Nancy Pelosi last week?
A. She is the new Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, the first woman to hold that post.
14. Who, in 1840, originated the penny post?
A. Sir Rowland Hill.
15. "The Man of Property" was the first of which series of novels, subsequently made into a very successful TV series?
A. "The Forsyte Saga". (By John Galsworthy).
16. Who was the first recorded British Christian martyr?
A. St. Alban.
17. The book of the Bible known as Lamentations is traditionally attributed to which Old Testament Prophet?
A. Jeremiah.
18. Who directed the famous 1930s films "Olympia" and "Triumph of the Will"?
A. Lehi Riefenstahl.
19. Which small fish is an important ingredient of "Gentleman's Relish"?
A. Anchovy.
20. Which actor's version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" has been voted the worst ever cover version of a Beatles song?
A. William Shatner.
21. Who was the leader of the gang whose members included Spook, Fancy, Benny the Ball and Choo Choo?
A. Top Cat. (Accept Boss Cat).
22. Name either of the two books of the New Testament written for someone named Theophilus.
A. The Gospel of St. Luke or Acts of the Apostles. (Accept Acts).
23. I. K. Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge carries the Great Western Railway across which river estuary?
A. The Tamar.
24. The hymn which is normally sung to the tune "Crimond" is a version of a well-known psalm. Give either the name of the hymn or the number of the psalm.
A. "The Lord's my Shepherd" - Psalm 23.
25. "Dead Man's Chest" is the subtitle to the latest film in which series?
A. "Pirates of the Carribean".
26. Who, as of 11th November, is the Home Secretary?
A. John Reid. (No relation to Richard Reid, the Shoe Bomber).
27. Purple and green were the campaigning colours of which early 20th century political movement?
A. The Suffragettes.
28. When A. A. Milne adapted Kenneth Graham's "The Wind in the Willows" as a stage play, what new title did he give it?
A. "Toad of Toad Hall".
29. When Britain had an Empire, which country was marked on standard atlases with diagonal green and pink stripes?
A. Sudan. (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan).
30. The model aeroplane kit makers, Airfix, have just been taken over by which well-known toy manufacturer?
A. Hornby.
31. The distinguished Dutch Art forger Han van Meegeren specialised in imitating the work of which 17th century painter?
A. Vermeer.
32. The architectural style which preceded Gothic is known on the Continent as Romanesque, characterised by circular, rather than pointed, arches. By what name is this style known in England?
A. Norman.
33. Which famous London Court, which was first opened in 1735 and has dealt with such noted figures as Oscar Wilde, Dr. Crippen, Lord Haw Haw, the Kray Twins, Jonathan Aitken, General Pinochet and Casanova, was finally closed in 2006?
A. Bow Street Magistrates' Court.

34. If a quadrilateral is described as a rhombus, how many sides of equal length must it have? A. Four.

35. As of 11th November, who is the Secretary of State for Culture?
A. Tessa Jowell.

36. Who famously sang about "Mr. Wu"?
A. George Formby.

37. Sir Peter Mansfield was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2003 for what major development in medical technology?
A. MRI scanning. Magnetic Resonance Imaging).
38. When the poet asked "Stands the church clock at ten-to-three? And is there honey still for tea?" in which village was the church?
A. Grantchester.
39. The poem was entitled "The Old Vicarage, Grantchester". Who are the current residents of the Old Vicarage, Grantchester?
A. The Archers. (Geoffrey and the "fragrant" Mary).
40. The Prius is a new car which runs on a small petrol engine supplemented by a battery-powered electric motor. Who is the manufacturer?
A. Toyota.
41. What do Philip Avery, Helen Willetts and Darren Bent present on BBC TV?
A. The weather forecast.
42. The windhover is an alternative name for which bird?
A. The kestrel.
43. Name either of the popular entertainers who performed in the 1960s revue At the Drop of a Hat".
A. Michael Flanders and Donald Swann.
44. Which major national collection, now a world heritage site, was largely established in the late 18th century by Joseph Banks?
A. Kew Gardens.
45. During the 2nd World War in the Pacific, which minority language was used by specialist US radio operators to prevent the Japanese from understanding transmissions?
A. Navajo.
46. It was reported last week that the biggest cave so far discovered in Britain had been found in the Peak District. What name has been given to it?
A. Titan Shaft. (Accept Titan).
47. What name is given to buildings designed for drying hops, a noticeable feature of the Kent countryside?
A. Oast houses.
48. With which field of the arts would you associate Darcey Bussell?
A Ballet.
49. What name is given to a painting or sculpture of the dead Christ in the arms of his mother? (The most famous example is by Michelangelo, in St. Peter's, Rome).
A. Pieta.
50. Name either of the actors who played Jane Eyre or Mr. Rochester in the recent TV adaptation of the novel
A. Ruth Wilson or Toby Stephen.
51. The last remaining part of the ancient Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, the Western Wall, is popularly known by what name?
A. The Wailing Wall.
52. The cran, amounting to 37-1/2 gallons, is a unit traditionally used to measure quantities of what?
A. Herring. (Accept fish).
53. Which English comedy actor was recently awarded the freedom of the city of Tirana, capital of Albania?
A. Norman Wisdom.
54. Tony Blair's initials are A. C. L. Blair. What do either the C or the L stand for?
A. Charles Linton.
55. What abusive description of the British 8th Army, used by Lord Haw Haw in a wartime broadcast, was taken by them and proudly adopted as their nickname?
A. The Desert Rats.
56 The ancient Greek city state of Syracuse was located on which Mediterranean island? A. Sicily.
57. Which novel was inspired by the true story of the sailor Alexander Selkirk?
A. Robinson Crusoe.
58. Excluding the federal capital Canberra, which is the only Australian State Capital not name after a person?
A. Perth.
59. A book simply entitled The End" is the last in "A Series of Unfortunate Events"; what is the pen name of the author?
A. Lemony Snicket.
60. At the beginning of November it was reported that a world record price of $140 million had been paid for a painting entitled "No 5, 1948". Who was the artist?
A. Jackson Pollock.
61. What is the name of the tune normally used for the Welsh hymn which begins with the lines"Guide me Oh!, thou Great Jehovah,Pilgrim through this barren land."?
A. Cwm Rhondda
62. What is the purpose of a Macclesfield step?
A. To prevent water getting into the house under the door.
63. In Greek mythology, what form did Zeus take to seduce Europa?
A. A bull.
64. What is the given name of Sherlock Holmes's older and cleverer brother?
A. Mycroft.
65. What is the name of Sacha Baron Cohen's latest character, a roving Kazakhstan TV reporter?
A. Borat.
66. When, in the 5th century, the Christian calendar was first devised, the birth of Christ was mistakenly dated at 753 years after which historic event?
A. The foundation of Rome.
67. What animal appears in the opening credits of the TV sitcom "One Foot in the Grave"?
A. A (giant) tortoise.
68. Who is the only Swedish boxer to have won the World Heavyweight Title?
A. Ingemar Johansson.
69. Who is to replace Sir Edward Elgar on the English £20 note?
A. Adam Smith.
70. The martyrdom of St. Sebastian was a popular subject for renaissance painters. How was he martyred?
A. Shot to death with arrows.
71. The opening notes of Beethoven's 5th Symphony have been used to represent a letter of the alphabet in Morse Code. Which letter?
A. V. (Dot dot dot dash).
72. Miss Tibbs and Miss Gatsby were residents at which infamous establishment?
A. Fawlty Towers.
73. By what name is the ancient city of Ilium better known?
A. Troy.
74. In ancient Greece what bird was considered sacred to the goddess Athena?
A. The owl.
75. After many years at Maine Road, Manchester City now play their home
games at The City of Manchester Stadium. But where did they play before Maine Road stadium was opened?
A. Hyde Road.
76. In the USA, with what was the Hayes Code concerned?
A. Film censorship (of sexual material).
77. Which cathedral has the tallest spire in Europe?
A. Ulm.
78. What was the name of the revue in which Peter Cooke, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller made their names in the early 1960s?
A."Beyond the Fringe".
79. What specialist functions are carried out by the Metropolitan Police unit
designated SO 19?
A. Tactical Firearms Unit. (Accept firearms, armed response, or similar).
80. Which political philosophy advocates policies designed to achieve "the greatest happiness of the greatest number"?
A. Utilitarianism. (Accept Benthamism).
81. If your eyes were heterochromic what would be unusual about them?
A. They would be of different colours.
82. Who, last month, was reported to be the world's highest earning dead recording artist, grossing £25 million last year?
A. Kurt Cobain.
83. Who was hanged for the murder of Michael Gregsten on the A6 in 1961?
A. James Hanratty.
84. What, according to the saying, is a dish best served cold?
A. Revenge.
85. What was the product which so impressed Victor Kyam that he bought the company?
A. An electric razor. (Remington - accept the razor).
86. In which Commonwealth country would you find the Great Bear and the Great Slave lakes? A. Canada.
87. In geometry, what word is used to describe two triangles which have identical angles but whose sides are of different lengths?
A. Similar triangles.
88. Which American patriotic song, once considered as a possible US national anthem, is sung to the same tune as the British national anthem?
A. My Country 'tis of thee.
89. What English name is the equivalent of the French name "Etienne"?
A. Stephen.
90. The book "An Inconvenient Truth", subsequently made into a campaigning film, warns of the dangers of climate change. Which US politician is the author and campaigner?
A. Al Gore.
91. What is the name of the piece of music traditionally played to greet the arrival of the US president at a public function?
A. Hail to the Chief.
92. Whom did Michael Foot refer to as "a semi-house-trained polecat"?
A. Norman Tebbitt.
93. BARB is a statistical research bureau dealing with what?
A. TV viewing figures. (British Audience Research Bureau).,‑
94. In an aircraft, what term is popularly used to refer to both the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder?
A. The Black Box.
95. In the name of the Victorian Prime Minister W. E. Gladstone, what did the E stand for?
A. Ewart.
96. Why has David Banda been in the news lately?
A. He was the Malawian baby boy adopted by Madonna.


1. At what London rail terminus would you hope to arrive if travelling from Swindon?
A. Paddington.
2. Which was Britain's first National Park?
A. The Peak District.
3. In which cathedral is Britain's heaviest bell?
A. St. Paul's, London. (The Great Paul).
4. Who, as of 11'h November, is the manager of Everton Football Club?
A. David Moyes.
5. Who was the first of the Lancastrian kings?
A. Henry IV.
6. In what kind of building would you find the architectural feature called a machicolation?
A. A medieval castle.
7. Geraldine Grainger is the lead character in which TV sitcom?
A. The Vicar of Dibley.
8. Who wrote "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Cannery Row"?
A. John Steinbeck.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

7 November Questions

Apologise for the quality - the question master's doodles made OCR difficult

November 7, 2006
Specialist Questions
set by
Harrington Academicals
Vetted by Sutton Club and the Castle
Rounds are
Arts and Entertainment
Gossip Magazines
It must be your round

1. Which famous novel starts with the line "Call me Ishmael"?
Moby Dick
2. What is the day job of Bruce Dickinson, lead singer of Iron Maiden?
Commercial airline pilot
3. Who was the most famous director of Spaghetti Westerns (such as Fistful of Dollars)?
Sergio Leone
4. Complete the title of the novel "The Prime of ….”
Miss Jean Brodie
5. How many symphonies did Sibelius write?
6. To what was Blackadder referring when he said "People are smoking them, building houses out of them. Soon they'll be eating them"?
7. Whose first hit album was entitled "The Lion and the Cobra"?
Sinead O'Connor
8. Who currently chairs the BBC Radio 4 programme “The News Quiz”?
Sandi Toksvig


1. Which Stanley Kubrik film was set in Vietnam. but filmed in London's Dockland?
Full Metal Jacket
2. Who played Emma Peel in the TV series "The Avengers"?
Diana Rigg


1.Which country has the capital city of Nuuk?
2.Which country has the highest capital city above sea level?
Bolivia (La Paz)
3.What nautical term describes the period when the tide is either fully in or fully out? (Not "high tide" or "low tide")
Slack water
4.In which country would you find the Nubian Desert?
5. On which Island would you find the Arecibo radio telescope?
Puerto Rico
6. What is the name of the Roman road which starts in Axminster and travels approx 180 miles to Lincoln?
The Fosse Way
7 What is the name of Lord Leverhulme's model village for soap workers?
Port Sunlight
8. On which UK island would you be standing if you were visiting North and South Stack lighthouses?


I. Which is mainland Europe's only active volcano?
Vesuvius (Mt Etna is not mainland)

2. Name the Canadian group of Islands which includes Prince Rupert, Graham, and Moreby among many others
Queen Charlotte


The answers to the following questions are all titles of the growing number of Gossip Magazines. This may or may not help you.

1. Spelt the same as the French for feline?
2. The most popular greeting in English?
3. Italian Beautiful
4. Esther Rantzen’s original TV programme
That’s Life
5. High Temperature publication
6. Two letters that are colloquially used to express agreement
7. Moving towards each other?
8. Stop working for a while
Take A Break


1. An invitation for selection?
Pick Me Up
2. One of John Lennon's most famous solo hits?


1. Which former US president died in 2004?
Ronald Reagan
2. In which decade was the wreck of the Titanic found?
3. Where was the last successful battle of King Harold II against Harald Hardrada?
Stamford Bridge
4. Which Scottish King who died of leprosy, had his heart buried in Melrose Abbey and the rest of his body in Dunfermline Abbey
Robert the Bruce
5 Which is the the Uk's oldest horse racing course still on it's original site?
Chester — the Roodee
6. Who was responsible for the murder of 4 women during “the autumn of terror" 1888?
Jack the Ripper
7. In which year did the Gunfight at the OK Corral take place?
1881 - accept 1876 to 1886
8. Who was the British Prime Minister at the outbreak of WW 1?
Herbert Asquith


1. In which Northumbrian castle was Harry Hotspur born?

2.. Which British king married Mary of Teck?
George V


1. By what Hebrew name is the Day of Atonement (a day of fasting and prayer for Jews) known? Yom Kippur
2, What is the name of the Hindu Festival of Lights?
3. Which Christian sect does the journal The Watchtower relate to?
Jehovah's Witnesses
4.. Which religious sect was attacked with tanks and armoured vehicles in Waco Texas in 1993
The Branch Davidian
5. Name the Christian sect who are direct descendents of the Anabaptists of 16th century Europe settling in America in the 1700's coming to world attention in recent months.
The Amish
6. What are followers of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints more commonly known as?
7. In Buddhism what is described as supreme peace and utmost purity?
8. Four of the five pillars of Islam are Shahadah - the profession of faith, Salat - prayer, Zakat - paying alms to the poor and Sawm - fasting during Ramadan What is the fifth?
Hajj - pilgrimage to Mecca. Accept Hajj, Mecca or pilgrimage.


1. Give another name for "The United Society of Believers" founded by Ann Lee in Manchester in 1772 moving to New York in 1774.
The Shakers
2. What is the name of the Muslim festival to celebrate the end of Ramadan ?
Eid ( pronounced Eed ). Full name, Eid ul-Fitr.

3.What is the world's largest religion ?
Christianity. Over one billion followers worldwide.

1. Darrell Hair was at the centre of most of the controversy in the 4th Test vs Pakistan, but who was the other umpire?
Billy Doctrove.
2. Who did St Helens beat in this year's Rugby League Grand Final?
3. Who sank the putt which won this year's Ryder Cup?
Henrik Stenson.
4. Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most GP wins with 91, who was the previous record holder with 51 first places?
Alain Prost.
5. Who won the Golden Shoe as top scorer at this year's football World Cup?
Miroslav Klose (Germany, scored 5 goals).
6. Who won this year's women's singles at Wimbledon?
Amelie Mauresmo.
7. Which British boxer did Joe Calzaghe beat to become World Super-middleweight champion in 1995?
Chris Eubank.
8. Who was the recipient of Zinezine Zidane's headbutt in the World Cup Final?
Marco Materazzi (Italy).

S1. Who was the winner of this year's snooker World Championship?
Graeme Dott
S2. Which Manchester United footballer is a former UK under-14 BMX champion?
Alan Smith.

1. In the blood, erythrocytes are red blood cells, leukocytes are white blood cells, what are THROMBOCYTES?
A. platelets
2. What is the term for a fine dispersion of one liquid in another e.g. milk and paint?
3. What is the term for breaking up a beam of light into light and dark bands or coloured spectra, through a narrow slit?
4. Which are the largest cells in the bodies of most species of animals?
0va (accept anything to do with eggs.)
5. Amanita Phalloides is a toadstool and is our most poisonous native species. What Is its very appropriate common name?
A.The Death Cap.
6. In the taxonomy of all living things there are two groups Animal and Vegetable. What are these two groups called?
7.Some materials have been shown to have close to zero electrical resistance at very low termperatures. What are these called?
8. In the “Atkins diet" the intake of which major food group is restricted?
Carbohydrate. (Only accept carbohydrate!)


Which is the third largest planet in our solar system?
2. Which word connects space travel and the human eye?
Orbit (The eye socket)

This is a round of brews and brewers

1. In which year was the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) started?
1971 (allow 1970 -2)
2. What is the name of Macclesfield's own brewery?
Storm Brewing (accept Storm)
3. What constituent of beer has varieties Goldings, Fuggles and Challenger?
4. Apart from adding taste to beer, what other benefit do hops confer?
Antibacterial action (accept preservative)
5. In which country are the headquarters of the world's largest brewing company, InBev?
6. In which town is Theakstones brewed?
7. Deuchars IPA is to be found in more and more Macc. pubs, which brewery makes it?
8.What does the German word lager mean?


1. What is the abv (alcohol by volume) of that grand winter drink, Robinson's Old Tom?
2. Theakstones Old Peculier (yes, it is spelled correctly) is a famous ale. What does "peculier" mean?
A parish outside of the control of a bishop (accept parish)
General Knowledge
(Set by the Sutton Club, vetted by The Castle)
01. Which group had top ten hits in the 1960's with `Yes, I will', “Sorry Suzanne' and `We're through'
Answer : The Hollies
02 Which Asian city means “meeting of the muddy waters”
Answer Kuala Lumpur
03 Which English city had the name of Pons Aelius?
Answer Newcastle On Tyne
04 Name one of the so-called twin cities of Minnesota.
Minneapolis or St Paul
5.What s the nick-name of Henry Percy, son of the 1st Earl of Northumberland?
Answer. Hotspur
06. Name either of the two Americans who won the Formula One World Championship.
Answer : Phil Hill or Mario Andretti
07.What is the code name of the current government operation to house prisoners overflowing from full prisons?
Answer : Operation Safeguard
08. What is the capital of Manitoba Province in Canada?
Answer: Winnipeg
09. Nicknamed by the Italians as `Il Topolino' (The Little Mouse), which athlete was the only British male winner of a gold medal at the 1960 Rome olympics. He died recently aged 73
Answer : Don Thompson (50 Km Walk)
10. In which country is the pilgrimage centre of Fatima?
11. Which group had the original hit with `The Great Pretender'?
Answer: The Platters
12. The sporting venue The Rose Bowl is in which US town?
13. Which is the only country crossed by both the equator and the Tropic of Cancer?
14.. Where would you find Onchan Head ; Port Soderick and Union Mills?
Answer The Isle Of Man
15. Which `Fawlty Towers' character was portrayed by Ballard Berkeley?Answer,: Major Gowan (accept The Major)
16. In which country is the opera Turandot set?
17. In which country was Greenpeace first formed?
18. Of which metal is galena the chief ore?
Answer Lead
19.Name either of the two former `Shadows' who had a hit with `Diamonds'?
Answer : Jet Harris or Tony Mehan
20. In Ricky Valance’s song, who loved Laura?
Answer Tommy
21. In economics, what does `Gresham's law' state?
Answer : Bad Money Drives Out Good
22. How many times did Willy Carson win The Derby?
Answer 4
23 On the streets of which U.S. city was the first edition of the game `Monopoly' based?
Answer : Atlantic City, New Jersey
24. What are the twelve central vertebrae of the spine called?
25. What is the 55th wedding anniversary called?
26. Who wrote the play The Seagull?
27.In which year after World War II did food rationing end?
Answer : 1954
28. What is the capital of Michigan state?
29. On TV, the pub landlord Al Murray is a descendant of which English novelist?
Answer :,William Makepeace Thackeray
30. Who wrote `The Sabre Dance'?
Answer : Aram Kachaturian
31. In geology what are formed in the process known as orogenesis?
Answer Mountains
32. In Greek mythology “The Pleiades” were the seven daughters of which Titan?
33. The theme music of which film was `Rock Around the Clock'?
Answer The Blackboard Jungle
34. In whit city is the Scottish Football League team St. Johnstone based?
Answer : Perth
35_ Which other famous name completes this list : Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and?
Answer : George Harrison (The Travelling Wilburys)
36. What is Paddy Ashdown’s real first name?
37. How is the painting of Willy Lot’s farm better known?
The Haywain
38. How traditionally are clowns’ faces copyrighted?
Painted on eggshell
39.What word is derived from the Polynesian for `forbidden'?
Answer Taboo
40. Who wrote the book `Schindler's Ark'?
Answer: Thomas Kenneally
41. Where did methyl isocyanate cause 2,600 deaths in 1984?
Answer . Bhopal (India)
42. In which country was the first woman MP Lady Astor, born?
43.After India became independent, a dispute over which state led to a war with Pakistan?
Answer: Kashmir
44.What is made from the paste `Strass'?
Answer: Costume Jewellery
45.Who played King Feisal of Iraq in the film `Lawrence of Arabia'?
Answer : Sir Alec Guinness
46. Which river unites with the Trent to form the Humber?
Answwer The Ouse
47. In which desert is the world's driest place?
Answer : Atacama (Chile)
48.Which Frenchman scored 13 goals in the 1958 World Cup finals?
Answer : Juste Fontaine
49. Who did Paul Ince bring in as his assistant manager at Macclesfield Town F.C.?
Answer : Ray Mathias
50.In politics, what word is used for re-arranging constituency borders for unfair advantage?
Answer Gerrymandering
51. MICK Jagger’s second wife Bianca was born in which Central American country?
Answer Nicaragua
52.At which event did Abebe Bikila take gold at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics?Answer: The Marathon
53. Of which metal is casserite an ore?
54. Where was footballer John Barnes born?
55. Which film starred Peter Sellers as shop steward Fred Kite?
Answer : I'm All Right Jack
56. Which of Disney's Seven Dwarfs wears glasses?
Answer Doc
57. Which Australian city has the largest population?
Answer: Sydney
58. How many petals does the common poppy normally have?
Answer 4
59. Who wrote the TV plays “Pennies From Heaven”, “Brimstone and Treacle” and Lipstick On Your Collar”?
Answer Dennis Potter
60. In Greek mythology who was the twin sister of Apollo?
Answer Artemis
61. By what name is the substance kaolin better known?
Answer China Clay
62. Who said “I am dying beyond my means”?
Answer Oscar Wilde
63.Who is the famous actor brother of Shirley Maclaine
Answer Warren Beatty
64. Of which country is Fiordland the largest national park?
Answer New Zealand
65. By what name is the infamous leader Saloth Sar known to the world?
Answer Pol Pot
66. Who was the Greek goddess of retribution?
Answer Nemesis
67. Cheyenne is the capital of which US state?
Answer Wyoming
68. Who had a number hit in 1969 with “Video Killed The Radio Star”
Answer Buggles
69. What is the primary diet of the king cobra?
Answer Snakes
70. Who played the part of Tchaikovsky in the film The Music Lovers?
Answer Richard Chamberlain
71. What is the capital of Zambia?
Answer Lusaka
72. Which daily newspaper was closed for a lengthy period due to industrial action in 1978 to 1979?
Answer The Times
73. In which year was Martin Luther King assassinated?
Answer 1968
74. How many players are there in a baseball team?
Answer 9
75. Who plays Inspector Raymond Fowler in a BBC TV series?
Answer Rowan Atkinson
76. Which animal has breeds called Birmans and Maine Coons?
Answer Cats
77. For which German football club did Kevin Keegan play, after leaving Liverpool?
Answer SV Hamburg
78. In which county is Stanstead Airport?
Answer Essex
79. Alphabetically, what is the last element?
Answer Zirconium
80. Which chess piece can only move either one or two squares forward on its first move?
Answer Pawn
81. To whom did Bob Dylan sing “It Ain’t Me Babe?
Answer Joan Baez
82. Which Gilbert & Sullivan operetta has the alternative title `The Town of Titipu'?
Answer The Mikado
83. Where is the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix held?
Answer Estoril
84. The invention of which popular card game is attributed to Sir John Suckling? ¶
Answer Cribbage
85. Who introduced us to the TV characters Sid Snot and Gizzard Puke?
Answer Kenny Everett
86. Which “Alice In Wonderland” character disappeared leaving only his smile?
Answer The Cheshire Cat
87. Before which year must a car have been built to be eligible for the London To Brighton veteran car run?
Answer 1904
88. What is the capital of Peru?
Answer Lima
89. What is the SI unit of electrical resistance?
Answer Ohm
90. Which university did the prince attend in The Student Prince by Sigmund Romberg?
Answer Heidelberg
91. Who wrote `The Call of the Wild' and `White Fang'?:
Answer Jack London
92. What nationality was Anne of Cleves?
Answer German
93. What word describes completing a hole in golf, three strokes below par?
Answer Albatross
94.What was the capital of Pakistan before Islamabad?
Answer Karachi
95 Which member of the crow family is mainly buff coloured with blue striped wings?
Answer Jay
96. What do Americans call a water tap?
Answer Faucet


97 In which country are the Zagros mountains?
Answer Iran
98. Who is the central character in John Briane’s book “Room At The Top”?
Answer Joe Lampton
99 In which year did the Munich Olympics take place?
Answer 1972
100 What do etymologists study?
Answer: Words
101 What was England's smallest county before the 1974 changes?
Answer: Rutland
102 Who, in 1941, designed and made the first viable helicopter?
Answer : Sikorsky
103 In the art medium `tempera', what is mixed with powdered paint?
Answer : Egg Yolk (Accept Egg)
104 What was the capital of England before London?
Answer: Winchester
105 In which decade was the first photo-copier marketed?
Answer: 1900's (1907)
106 Who had a number one hit in 1995 with `You are not alone'?
Answer: Michael Jackson
107 On which river does Canterbury stand?
Answer: Stour
108 What word describes, a marine worm, to drag with effort, and a projection on a casting by which it might be affixed?
Answer : Lug
109 Where in Britain did the `Battle of the Beanfield' occur in 1985?
Answer: Stonehenge
110 What are the metal discs in the rim of a tambourine called?
Answer : Jingles
111 What name is given to animals that only feed on plants?
Answer : Herbivores (Accept Herbivorous)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Specialist Questions 31 Oct

Macclesfield Quiz League

Specialist Questions
1. Sport
2. Colours
3. Geography
4. History
5. Science
6. Who is it (Picture Round) - NOT INCLUDED
7. Arts & Entertainment
8. Newspapers
Set by: Ox-fford
Vetted by: Ox-fford `C', Peter
Cole & assorted others, many
1. In which city did Muhammad Ali fight George Foreman in The Rumble in the Jungle' on the 30th of October 1974?
Ans. Kinshasa (in Zaire)
2. Which road crosses the Aintree racecourse?
Ans. The Melling Road
3. For which team did James Hunt race in 1976, the year he won the Formula 1 World Championship?
Ans. McLaren
4. Who partnered John McEnroe to four Wimbledon Men's Doubles titles between 1979 and 1984?
Ans. Peter Fleming
5. Which County cricket team plays its home matches at the County Ground, Riverside, Chester-le-Street?
Ans. Durham
6. In greyhound racing, what colour jacket does the dog running from trap 1 wear?
Ans. Red
7. In which sport are there categories called 'Star', 'Tornado' and 'Soling'?
Ans. Yachting (Accept Sailing)
8. In which sport is the Uber Cup contested?
Ans. Badminton
S1. In inches, what is the diameter of a basketball ring?
Ans. 18 inches
S2. In hurling, how many points are scored for getting the ball under the crossbar?
Ans. 3

All of these questions feature a colour in either the question or the answer.
1. What sort of animal is a Kerry Blue?
Ans. A breed of Dog
2. What sort of animal is a Buff Orpington?
Ans. A breed of poultry
3. Which Olympic athlete who won a silver medal in the Men's 400 metres in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics is now an athletics commentator for television?
Ans. Roger Black
4. Alberto Juantorena won Olympic Gold at 400 and 800 metres at the 1976 Olympics. What was his nickname?
Ans. White Lightning
5. Which film, based on a story by Stephen King and starring Tom Hanks, is set on Death Row in a US prison in the 1930's?
Ans. The Green Mile
6. Which cartoon series featured the evil Baron Greenback?
Ans. Dangermouse
7. Which member of the cabinet is MP for Blackburn?
Ans. Jack Straw
8. Which Eurosceptic Tory MP unsuccessfully challenged John Major for leadership of the Conservative Party in 1995?
Ans. John Redwood
S1. Who was known as "The Thin White Duke"?
Ans. David Bowie
S2. Who released an Album entitled "White Ladder"?
Ans. David Gray

1. Which country consists of over 7,000 islands, the largest of which are Luzon and Mindanao?
Ans. The Philippines
2. Which island group is an archipelago of 67 islands, is only 6 miles from the Scottish coast but is nearer to Oslo than London?
Ans. The Orkney Islands
3. Which country's capital city lies on the River Jumna? (NB — country required, not the city)
Ans. India (The city is Delhi — Old and New Delhi lie on the Amnia)
4. On which of the Great Lakes does Chicago lie?
Ans. Lake Michigan
5. On which Mediterranean island would you find the town of Ajaccio?
Ans. Corsica
6. Which country is divided into two, close to the 38'" parallel?
Ans. Korea
7. The River Waveney forms much of the boundary between 2 English counties. Name either.
Ans. Norfolk or Suffolk
8. Port Au Prince is the capital of which country?
Ans. Haiti
S1. What is Scotland's longest river?
Ans. The Tay
S2. Which US state has the Arctic Circle running through it?
Ans. Alaska

The following questions consist of a quotation, which should identify a famous historical event. The answer required in each case is the name of the event. For example: — That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind = The first man landing on the Moon (Neil Armstrong)

1. It is magnificent, but it is not war
Ans. The Charge of the Light Brigade (Pierre Bosquet, 1854)
2. But you must believe me, when I tell you that I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as I would wish to do, without the help and support of the woman I love
Ans. Abdication of Edward VIII (Eighth) (1936)
3. Would you allow your wife or servant to read this book?
Ans. Prosecution of DH Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover (1960)
4. I'm not allowed to say how many planes joined the raid, but I counted them all out and I counted them all back
Ans. The Falklands War (Brian Hanrahan, for the BBC, 1982)
5. Not a penny off the pay, not a second on the day
Ans. The General Strike (Miners' Federation of Great Britain 1926)
6. We're eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked
Ans. The Cuban Missile Crisis (Dean Rusk, 1962)
7. A date that will live in infamy
Ans. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour (President Roosevelt, 1941)
8. A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy
Ans. The Gunpowder Plot (Guy Fawkes, 1605)


S1 Ten Days that shook the World
Ans. The Russian Revolution (John Reed, title of his book, 1919)
S2. Well, we knocked the bastard off!
Ans. Successful ascent of Mount Everest 1953 (Edmund Hillary)


1. Which gas is often referred to as Marsh Gas?
Ans. Methane
2. What material in plant leaves converts sunlight to starch and sugars?
Ans. Chlorophyl
3. What type of acid is found in ants and stinging nettles?
Ans. Formic Acid
4. Which metal is added to steel to make it into "stainless steel"?
Ans. Chromium
5. What name is given to the male reproductive organ in flowering plants?
Ans. Stamen
6. What type of acid builds up in the muscles after strenuous exercise?
Ans. Lactic Acid
7. What would be wrong with you if you were suffering from Pyrexia?
Ans. High temperature /Fever (Accept anything along these lines)
8. Which ancient unit of measurement is based on the distance from the tip of the middle finger to the elbow?
Ans. Cubit


S1. With which branch of science do you associate Carl Sagan?
Ans. Astronomy
S2. What useful plant has the Latin Name Digitalis?
Ans. Foxglove

Arts & Entertainment

1. Founded in 1818, in which European city would you find the Prado museum?
Ans. Madrid
2. Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby and Mrs Bedonebyasyoudid appear in which novel by Charles Kingsley?
Ans. The Water Babies
3. In which TV series did Patrick McGoohan star as John Drake?
Ans. Danger Man
4. Who was the composer of the opera The Rake's Progress and the ballet The Firebird amongst many other works?
Ans. Igor Stravinsky
5. In Arthurian legend, King Arthur was mortally wounded in his final victorious battle, the Battle of Camlann. Arthur fought this battle against one of his relatives who was also killed in the same battle. Who was he?
Ans. Mordred (Arthur's illegitimate son by his half-sister Morgause or Morgause's legitimate son by her husband King Lot of Orkney, depending which version you believe...)
6. In 'The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin", what company did Reggie work for?
Ans. Sunshine Desserts
7. What was the name of the Lion in C.S. Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe?
Ans. Aslan
8. Which London museum, which opened in 1857, was originally called the Museum of Ornamental Art?
Ans. The Victoria and Albert Museum

S1. What was the name of the monster killed by Beowulf?
Ans. Grendel

S2. Which TV series created by Michael Crichton has featured the characters of Doug Ross, Mark Greene and Elizabeth Corday?
Ans. E.R.

1. Which American newspaper first exposed the Watergate affair?
Ans. The Washington Post
2. The colour supplement of which national Sunday newspaper is called 'You'?
Ans. The Mail on Sunday
3. What is the current name of the newspaper previously called the Daily Worker?
Ans. The Morning Star
4. In which country is the newspaper La Stampa published?
Ans. Italy
5. Which British newspaper was originally called the London Daily Universal Register?
Ans. The Times
6. "All the news that's fit to print" is the slogan of which newspaper?
Ans. The New York Times
7. Which is the oldest British national Sunday newspaper?
Ans. The Observer (First published in 1791)
8. Alan Rusbridger is the editor of which daily British newspaper?
Ans. The Guardian

S1. What was the name of the newspaper featured in the TV series "Lou Grant" starring Edward Asner?
Ans. The Los Angeles Tribune (Accept Tribune)

S2. Which British broadsheet newspaper is printed on distinctive pink coloured paper?
Ans. The Financial Times


Macclesfield Quiz League

General Knowledge – 31/10/2006
Set by : Ox-fford
Vetted by : Ox-fford ‘C’, Peter Cole & others…

1 Who was the only President of the USA to serve 4 terms in office?
F.D. Roosevelt (1933 – 1945)
2 The name of which small puff pastry case means “flight in the wind” in French?
3 What kind of creature is a dik-dik?
(The name apparently derives from the sound of its call…)
4 What is the capital of Qatar?
5 What would you be doing if you were practising IKEBANA? (icky-BAR-nuh)
Flower Arranging (Japanese word for same)
6 Who is the patron Saint of children?
St Nicholas of Bari (Accept St Nicholas)
7 The axilla is the anatomical term for which part of the body?
8 In which film does James Stewart play the character Elwood P. Dowd?
9 Which London Underground line, opened in the 1970’s, is coloured grey on the maps and was originally going to be called “Fleet”
Jubilee Line (opened in 1977)
10 What was the American codename for the development of the atom bomb?
Manhattan Project
11 In which film would you find the characters Rick Blaine, Ilsa Lund and Victor Laszlo?
12 In the UK, how is “Infectious Mononucleosis” more commonly known?
Glandular Fever
13. Which team won the UEFA Champions League last season, 2005/2006?
Barcelona (Beat Arsenal 2-1 in the final)
14 With which instrument was Duke Ellington associated?
15 Who played the part of PC “Fancy” Smith in the original series of Z Cars?
Brian Blessed
16 Which Irish County stretches furthest North?
17 Which sculptor’s work includes “The Burghers of Calais” and “The Kiss”?
18 On what river is the Kariba Dam?
19 In Greek mythology, what was the fluid that flowed like blood through the veins of the Gods?
20 Nick Skelton and John Whittaker are well known in which sport?
21 From which plant is vanilla obtained?
22 What is the name of the famous 15th century canon on display at Edinburgh Castle?
Mons Meg
23 Who, most famously, lived in Dove Cottage, Grasmere?
24.Which planet has satellites named after Shakespearean characters, including Miranda, Titania and Oberon?
Uranus (You can’t have a quiz without a question about Uranus…)
25.Who is the only British Prime Minister to have been buried in St Paul’s Cathedral?
Duke of Wellington
(He is buried in a sarcophagus of luxulyanite – granite – in St Paul’s)
26 What is comic book hero “Roy of the Rovers” last name? Race
27 What is the capital of Bulgaria?
28 Before the telephone Directory Enquiries Service became accessible by a variety of numbers beginning with “118”, what was the 3-digit BT number you used to ring to access the service?
29 Five countries have borders with Switzerland. France and Germany are two; name one of the other three.
Italy, Austria or Liechtenstein
30 Who first spoke the famous phrase “Veni, Vidi, Vici” (I came, I saw, I conquered)?
Julius Caesar (Celebrating victory at the Battle of Zela, 47BC)
31 Which former US President won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002?
Jimmy Carter
32 What is the final word of the book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament?
33 What is the chemical process by which a solid turns directly to a gas, bypassing the liquid phase?
34 What is depicted on the badge of Rover cars?
A Viking longship (Accept ship, boat etc)
35 What was the name of the first pitched battle of the English Civil War, which took place on 23rd October 1642?
36 Which plant is commonly known as the “Butterfly Bush”? Buddleia
37 Cerumen is what bodily substance?
Ear wax
38 In which country is the port of Gallipoli?
39 What nationality is Jean Marc Bosman, famous for giving his name to the “Bosman Ruling” affecting football transfers? Belgian
40 Name the year in which the following 3 events occurred – John Paul II became Pope, Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was murdered and Right wing army officers attempted a coup in Spain.
1978 (allow 2 years either side)
41. In which country is Damascus, according to some sources the oldest continually inhabited city in the world?
42. Which bird is sometimes known as the “Sea Parrot”? Puffin
43. In card games such as poker and brag, what name is given to a hand where all the cards are from the same suit?
44. Where in London are the Grace Gates, designed by Herbert Baker?
Lord’s Cricket ground (at the Members’ Entrance)
45. Three “Indiana Jones” films starring Harrison Ford have thus far been released. What is the title of the last film?
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
46. On a standard UK Monopoly board, how much does each of the four railway stations cost?
47. The controversial MMR vaccine has been much in the news in recent years. What does the “R” stand for?
Rubella (The whole thing stands for Measles, Mumps and Rubella)
48. The University Boat Race passes under 2 bridges. Hammersmith Bridge is one, what is the other?
Barnes Bridge
49 Which Australian bird is also known as the “Laughing Jackass”?
50 Which English King is commemorated in a statue by Carlo Marochetti situated just outside the House of Lords?
Richard the Lionheart (or Richard I)
51 Who is the current (as of 31/10/2006) Secretary of State for Northern Ireland?
Peter Hain
52 Who wrote the following lines about Ramses II, “My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings, Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair”?
Shelley (Albeit Stuart Hall can’t resist using it in his Radio Five Live football commentaries…)
53. Which North of England city’s cathedral and castle were declared a World Heritage Site in 1986?
54. If you took an anti-emetic drug, what condition would you be trying to cure?
Nausea / Sickness / Vomiting (Accept anything along these lines)
55. Sir William Lyons founded which Motor Car company?
Jaguar (Also accept Swallow Sidecar Co. which later became Jaguar)
56. Who wrote the novel “Howard’s End”?
E.M. Forster
57. Who provides the voice for the character Puss in Boots in the film Shrek 2?
Antonio Banderas
58. Who is the current (2006) US Masters Golf champion?Phil Mickelson
59. Who invented the first “roll film” camera in 1886?George Eastman
60. Who was the original bouffant haired suspiciously orange presenter of the BBC antiques show “Bargain Hunt”?
David Dickenson
61 If you were born on Burns Night, what Star Sign would you be?
Aquarius (Burns Night is the 25th of January)
62 What was the name of the nightclub featured in the film Cabaret?
Kit Kat Club
63 Which Paris fashion designer introduced the “sack look”, also known as the “H-Line”, in 1954?
Christian Dior
64 In the human body, what can be described as true, false or floating?
65 In the satirical magazine “Private Eye”, by what name is the Queen usually known?
66 What is defined in Physics as the distance travelled divided by the time taken to travel that distance?
Speed (Also accept velocity)
67 In Internet and telephony terms, the acronym VoIP is now well known. What does it stand for?
Voice over Internet Protocol ( the routing of voice conversations over the internet)
68 Which American President appears on a one-dollar bill?
George Washington
69 There are 4 colours on the Brazilian flag. Yellow and blue are 2; name either of the other 2.
Green / White
70. Who played El Cid in the 1961 film of that title?Charlton Heston
71. Which 3-word Latin phrase means literally “In Blazing Crime” and means being caught in the act of doing something?
In Flagrante Delicto
72. Which Australian state borders all the other mainland states?
South Australia
73. Which pleasure craft was sunk by the Bowbelle on the River Thames in 1989?
The Marchioness
74. Where in North Carolina did the Wright Brothers make their historic first flight in 1903?
Kitty Hawk
75 Who is the current (2006) Wimbledon Tennis Men’s Singles champion?
Roger Federer
76 Minerva was the Roman Goddess of what?
Wisdom or Crafts (Accept either)
77 Which band’s early albums included Murmur, Reckoning and Document?
78 Which American politician was born William Blythe IV?
Bill Clinton
79 Which is the only professional football league team in the county of Kent?
80 Which Paul Simon album originally featured the track “You can call me Al”?
81 How many chromosomes should a human being possess?
46 (23 pairs – accept either)
82 In which film does the character Benjamin Braddock fall in love with Elaine Robinson?
The Graduate
83 Who played Sergeant Wilson in Dad’s Army?
John Le Mesurier
84 What is the singular of “Opera”?
85 Which Roman Emperor succeeded Claudius in 54AD?
86 Who is the current club captain of the Sale Sharks Rugby Union team?
Jason Robinson
87 Tobermory is the only town on which Scottish island?
88 How was the English DJ and broadcaster Maurice Cole better known?
Kenny Everett
89 The Battle of Aboukir Bay (1798) is also known by what other name?
Battle of the Nile
90 In which Italian city would you find Capodichino airport?
91 What is the name of the air base in Berkshire where demonstrations against the siting of Cruise missiles took place in the 1980’s?
Greenham Common
92 In the film Alien, what was the name of the spaceship?
93 Who attempted to assassinate President Reagan in 1981?John Hinckley
94 Which island country in the Indian Ocean about 500 miles from Madagascar is Australia’s nearest neighbour to the west?
95 In which field did Ford Maddox Brown (1821 – 1893) achieve fame?
96 Whose scientific law states that the extension produced in a spring is proportional to the force applied?
Hooke’s law (Robert Hooke, 1635 – 1703)


1 Which gothic novel has the alternative title “The Modern Prometheus”?
2 What kind of fruit is a jargonelle?
3 What screen character connects Clarke Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson?
Fletcher Christian (Played character in films of Mutiny on the Bounty - 1935, 1962 and 1984 respectively)
4 Which gas is produced when water is combined with Calcium Carbide?
5 Who had a UK Number 1 hit with “You spin
me round (like a record)” in 1985?
Dead or Alive
6 What does a sericulturist breed?