Thursday, January 11, 2007

Jan 2nd General Knowledge

THE BRITISH FLAG
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS (JANUARY 2ND 2007)


WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR,
Vetted by:

Principals (A League)
New Castle (B League)
Harrington `B' (C League)

1. Name any one of the first 3 products to be rationed in the UK during World War II on January 8th 1940 ?
BUTTER, BACON/HAM, SUGAR

2. Who sings the theme song "You know my name" to the latest James Bond film, Casino Royale ?
CHRIS CORNELL

3. Which golfer won the Volvo European Order of Merit for 2006?
PADRAIG HARRINGTON

4. Whose recent autobiography has the title "The Sound Of Laughter”?
PETER KAYE

5. Whose recent autobiography has the title "Humble Pie”?
GORDON RAMSEY

6. How many red boxes are there on the TV Quiz Programme Deal or no Deal containing monetary values of between 1p and £250,000?
22

7. Who is the current host of the TV Quiz Show "Family Fortunes”?
VERNON KAY

8. Who is the next in the following sequence ? Tony Blackburn, Phil Tufnell, Kerry McFadden?
JOE PASQUALE (First four winners of "I'm a celebrity get me out of here")

9. What is the next in the following sequence? Philosopher's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban ?
GOBLET OF FIRE (First four Harry Potter books/films)

10. Which country won this year's Davis Cup?
RUSSIA (beat Argentina 3 — 2)

11. What is the Fremantle Doctor?
A WIND (cool afternoon sea breeze which occurs during summer months in coastal areas of Western Australia — due to major temperature difference between the land and the sea.)

12. In which London Borough did a Tornado cause structural damage to over 100 houses on December 7th 2006?
BRENT (Kensal Rise)

13. What was the name of the Christmas beer, brewed in Oxfordshire by Ridgeway Brewing that was banned in some US States in December last year due to the picture on the label?
SANTA'S BUTT

14. Macclesfield Town were the last team in the English football league this season to record a league victory. Their first win was on December 5th — which team did they beat?
ROCHDALE (1— 0 and they have not looked back since !)

15. If you place all 32 London Boroughs in alphabetical order which would be the last one (please allow twice as much time as normal to both teams)?
WESTMINSTER

16. Whose last film role was as Mr Bridger in the 1969 film "The Italian Job”?
NOEL COWARD

17. Which well known Asian batsman gave Monty Panesar his first test match wicket?
SACHIN TENDULKAR

18. Which English batsman was Shane Warne's 700th test match victim?
ANDREW STRAUSS

19. What was the name of Dennis The Menace's pig?
RASHER

20. What is the condition of Nitrogen Embolism more commonly known as?
THE BENDS

21. Who is Jamie-Lee Curtis's famous mother?
JANET LEIGH

22. Which British actor was born with the name James Stewart?
STEWART GRAINGER

23. Which aviation first was achieved by Jacques Garnerin in 1797?
FIRST PARACHUTE DECENT

24. In which year, on July 4th did the end of meat rationing end all food rationing in Britain?
1954

25. Which World War II action had the code name "Operation Chastise”?
THE DAMBUSTERS RAID

26. Which author created the character Harry Palmer, who was played on film by Michael Caine?
LEN DEIGHTON

27. Variola is the medical name for which acute infectious viral disease?
SMALLPOX

28. If you place all 32 London Boroughs in alphabetical order which would be the first one (please allow twice as much time as normal to both teams)?
BARKING AND DAGENHAM (accept Barking)

29. Born in 1599, who coined the phrase "warts and all" whilst sitting for a portrait?
OLIVER CROMWELL

30 Gene Pitney had a hit in 1963 with the song "24 hours from Tulsa" but in which American State is the city of Tulsa?
OKLAHOMA

31. In which battle did the "Thin Red Line" feature?
BALACLAVA

32. If you were described as "a chalkie" in Australia what would your profession be? TEACHER

33. On what date, precisely, will smoking be banned in England in public areas i.e. restaurants, pubs, bars etc
1st JULY 2007

34. In the Harry Potter novels there are 4 school houses at Hogwarts – Huffelpuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw are 3 what is the name of the fourth, the house that Harry Potter represents?
GRYFFINDOR

35. Miracle, Kelvedon Wonder and Meteor are all varieties of what vegetable?
PEA

36. Which specific achievement links only Arthur Martin-Leake, Noel Chavasse and Charles Upham?
ONLY PEOPLE AWARDED VICTORIA CROSS TWICE

37. In Thunderbirds what was Lady Penelope's surname?
CREIGHTON-WARD

38. If James is five, Henry is three and Edward is two, who is one?
THOMAS (the tank engine – numbers painted on sides of engines)

39. Who was the first US President to die whilst in office (he also served the shortest time in office of any US President)?
WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON (4th March 1841 to 4th April 1841 when he died of pneumonia – a term of precisely 1 month!)

40. On an ordnance survey road map what symbol is used to represent a wildlife park?
STAG'S HEAD WITH ANTLERS (accept anything relating to deer's head)

41. To which group of islands does Corfu belong?
IONIAN ISLANDS

42. Who is usually credited with the phrase "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants", the inscription found on the rim of the British £2 coin?
SIR ISAAC NEWTON (1676)

43. In which of Dicken's novels does the character of Inspector Bucket appear?
BLEAK HOUSE

44. 2006 is the Chinese year of the dog but on Feb 18th 2007 the Chinese will celebrate the start of the 2007 New Year. Which animal will represent 2007?
PIG (accept boar)

45. Eleanor of Aquitaine was the mother of two future British Monarchs – name either?
RICHARD 1 OR KING JOHN

46. In the human body what joint connects the pelvis to the spine?
SACROILIAC JOINT

47. What do Park Place in Atlantic City, Flinders Way in Canberra and Park Lane in London all have in common?
MONOPOLY (second most expensive properties on the respective Monopoly Boards)

48. Which well known book begins with the words "Christmas isn't Christmas without any presents”?
LITTLE WOMEN (Louisa May Alcott)

49. Which bird, seen in Britain in the summer has varieties called Grasshopper, Willow and Reed?
WARBLER

50. What is the state capital of Michigan?
LANSING

51. Which country has land borders with the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo?
GHANA

52. In Heraldry which animal symbol is sometimes called a Talbot?
DOG

53. Which US authoress, humorist and wit said "If all the girls who attend the Yale prom were laid end to end it wouldn't surprise me one bit”?
DOROTHY PARKER

54. Who created the fictional detectives of Dalziel and Pascoe, on which several TV series have been based?
REGINALD HILL

55. In France what is a "croque monsieur”?
TOASTED CHEESE AND HAM SANDWICH (add a fried egg to make a croque madame)

56. Which American actor connects the films "Good Will Hunting" and "The Bourne Identity”?
MATT DAMON

57. Which countries flag consists of 9 horizontal white and blue stripes with a sun in the upper left hand corner?
URUGUAY

58. "Standing on the shoulder of giants" was an album title in 2000 for which British pop group?
OASIS

59. Who is the Patron Saint of lost causes?
ST. JUDE

60. Who was the father of Richard the Lionheart?
HENRY II

61. The American Ambassador to Britain, Robert Cumming Schenk, is credited with having introduced which card game to Britain in 1872?
POKER

62. In which well known Dickens novel would you come across the character of Miss Haversham?
GREAT EXPECTATIONS

63. Name the painter whose works include the Rokeby Venus, Las Meninas (Maids of honour) and La rendicion de Breda (The Surrender of Breda) ?
DIEGO VELAZQUEZ

64. What name is given to a triangle that has no sides of equal length and no angles of equal size?
SCALENE

65. What name is given to an angle that is greater than 180° and less than 360°? REFLEX

66. What is the common name for the bird with the latin name Carduelis carduelis ? GOLDFINCH

67. In which English city is the National Football Museum?
PRESTON

68. Name the painter whose works include Dedham Vale and The Cornfield?
JOHN CONSTABLE

69. In what year was J. F. Kennedy born? (some leeway)
1917 (accept 1915 — 1919)

70. In what year was Sir Winston Churchill born? (some leeway)
1874 (accept 1872 — 1876)

71. Who was the actor who played Doyle Lonnegan and was stung in the 1973 film "The Sting”?
ROBERT SHAW

72. Which is the most populous city in Brazil?
SAO PAOLO

73. How many children were allowed to enter Willy Wonka's chocolate factory?
5

74. In the "Sound of Music" how many Von Trapp children were there?
7

75. What technical name is given to the material deposited by a river?
ALLUVIUM

76. Tom Chaplin provides the lead vocals for which band?
KEANE

77. Of which group is Alex Turner the lead vocalist?
ARCTIC MONKEYS

78. What technical name is given to a very large built up area formed when towns and cities join together?
CONURBATION

79. Who will partner Fernando Alonso in the McClaren Formula 1 team for the 2007 season?
LEWIS HAMILTON

80. Who scored the last goal at the Wembley Stadium before it was knocked down? DIETMAR HAMANN (Germany beating England 1-0)

81. Which Macclesfield newspaper celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006?
COMMUNITY NEWS

82. DJ Alan "Fluff' Freeman died on 26th November 2006 – but in which country was he born?
AUSTRALIA (Melbourne)

83. What is the currency in Malaysia?
RINGGIT

84. What is the currency in Vietnam?
DONG

85. Who was the "paranoid android" in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”?
MARVIN

86. Who won this year's "X" Factor?
LEONA LEWIS (please accept either first name (stage name) or surname)

87. On a standard UK keyboard which is the last letter found on the bottom row on the far right hand side before the punctuation marks?
M

88. In the phonetic alphabet what word is used to represent the letter "U”?
UNIFORM

89. What was Henry Fox's claim to fame in 1914?
HE DEVISED THE FOXTROT DANCE

90. In which country did the "Mambo" dance originate?
CUBA

91. Which film director who died on November 29th 2006 directed the movie "MASH" in 1970?
ROBERT ALTMAN

92. Who is Kate Hudson's famous actress mother?
GOLDIE HAWN

93. Which BBC "Brummie" TV presenter is fluent in Serbo-Croat, failed a job interview with MI5, and made a brief appearance in the film "Sex Lives of the Potato Men”?
ADRIAN CHILES

94. Orchidectomy is the surgical removal of what?
TESTICLES

95. Evo Morales is president of which South American country?
BOLIVIA

96. Who presents the TV quiz show SUDO-Q?
EAMON HOLMES

SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS


1. Which is the most landed upon square on a monopoly board?
JAIL

2. Which American cartoonist created the "comic strip" Garfield?
JIM DAVIS

3. The liqueur "Cassis" is made from which fruit?
BLACKCURRANT

4. Who was the Manchester United manager directly before Sir Alex Ferguson? RON ATKINSON

5. What was the name of William III s horse, which stumbled by catching it's foot in a mole-heap, the accident ultimately causing the king's death?
SORREL

6. Who said "C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas la guerre" (It is magnificent, but it is not war) when commenting on the Charge Of The Light Brigade (25th October 1854)?
GENERAL PIERRE BOSQUET

7. Which French word describes a flat-topped military cap with a straight peak?
KEPI

8. "Ta-Dah" is the latest album by which group?
SCISSOR SISTERS

9. On which date does Burns Night fall?
JANUARY 25TH

10. Gandalf the wizard rode which horse in "The Lord of The Rings”?
SHADOWFAX

1 Comments:

Anonymous Marilyn said...

Well written article.

1:07 AM  

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