Thursday, November 01, 2007

Macclesfield Quiz League Specialist Questions 30/10/2007

1. Sport 2. What’s in a (real) name? 3. Geography – Familiar Places 4. History 5. There’s no place like home! 6. Science 7. Arts & Entertainment 8. Things are looking down… Set by: Ox-fford
1. What nickname is usually given to the World Heavyweight Boxing title fight which took place in the Areneta Coliseum in Quezon City in the Philippines on the 1st of October 1975? Ans. The “Thrilla in Manila” between Muhammad Ali & Joe Frazier (Quezon City is a Manila suburb)
2. Horse Racing – At which course are both the One Thousand Guineas and Two Thousand Guineas Classic races run? Ans. Newmarket
3. Niki Lauda won the Formula 1 World Championship three times for two different teams. Name either of those teams. Ans. Ferrari (in 1975 and 1977) or McLaren (in 1984)
4. Who is the youngest (and first ever unseeded) ever winner of the Men’s Singles title at Wimbledon? Ans. Boris Becker – 17 yrs old and unseeded in 1985 (despite having won at Queens Club two weeks earlier)
5. Which County cricket team plays its home matches at the Rose Bowl in Southampton? Ans. Hampshire
6. Golf – which American won Five (British) Open Championship titles between 1975 and 1983? Ans. Tom Watson
7. In September 2007, who was announced as Captain of “Team Origin”, the latest British effort to win the “Holy Grail” of sailing, the Americas Cup? Ans. Ben Ainslie (born in Macclesfield, of course)
8. On a standard dart board, what is the lowest number that cannot be scored with a single dart? Ans. 23 (1 – 20 is easy, 21 = Treble 7, 22 = Double 11, 23 can’t be done in one go) Supplementaries
S1. Which British footballer has the most number of International caps? Ans. Peter Shilton (125) S2. Which Welshman won the World Snooker championship in his first professional season? Ans. Terry Griffiths

What’s in a (real) name? Many personalities, both real and fictional, are known just by their surname or by a nickname. In this round, all you have to do is supply the character's real first name from the information provided.
1. "Noddy" Holder, leather-lunged lead singer with Slade Ans. Neville
2. "Smokey" Robinson, smooth voiced soul singer Ans. William
3. Dr Jekyll, mild-mannered side of Mr Hyde Ans. Henry
4. Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes's sidekick Ans. John
5. "Duke" Ellington, legendary jazz pianist Ans. Edward (full name - Edward Kennedy Ellington) 6. "Fats" Waller, equally legendary jazz pianist Ans. Thomas (full name Thomas Wright Waller) 7. Rigsby, seedy landlord in "Rising Damp" Ans. Rupert
8. Captain Mainwaring, pompous star of "Dad's Army" Ans. George
S1. "Spike" Milligan, comic genius Ans. Terence (full name Terence Alan Milligan)
S2. "Groucho" Marx, fast-talking comedy legend Ans. Julius

Geography - Familiar Places These questions all feature places you will have heard of (honest) but do you know exactly where they are?
1. Famous for its Treaty of 1713, in which country would you find Utrecht? Ans. The Netherlands
2. Famous for being the home of the European Parliament, in which country would you find Strasbourg? Ans. France (in Alsace, near the German border)
3. Famous for giving its name to the cheese (although it isn’t made there), in which county would you find the town of Stilton? Ans. Cambridgeshire (The cheese is only made in Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Nottinghamshire)
4. Famous as the Prime Minister's official country residence, in which county would you find Chequers? Ans. Buckinghamshire
5. Famous for not much more than being in the middle of nowhere, in which country would you find Timbuktu? Ans. Mali
6. Famous as the home of Rick's Café-Americain, in which country would you find Casablanca? Ans. Morocco
7. Famous for its "Choo-Choo", in which US State would you find Chattanooga? Ans. Tennessee 8. Famous as the place that Gene Pitney was only 24 hours from, in which US State would you find Tulsa? Ans. Oklahoma
S1. Famous for its mental hospital, in which county would you find Rampton? Ans. Nottinghamshire
S2. Famous for its battle, in which country would you find Waterloo? Ans. Belgium

1. What organisations were made illegal by the Combination Acts of 1799 and 1800? Ans. Trade Unions
2. Which British monarch had 18 children, none of whom survived to succeed to the throne? Ans. Queen Anne (18 includes all pregnancies miscarriages etc, not a very charming question really…)
3. Who was the father of Indira Gandhi? Ans. Pandit Nehru
4. Who was assassinated by Ramon Mercador in 1940? Ans. Leon Trotsky
5. What name was given to President F. D. Roosevelt’s programme to counter the depression, introduced in 1933? Ans. The New Deal
6. Which event of 1692 was described as the government’s “lesson to the Highlanders”? Ans. The Glencoe Massacre
7. Which English Monarch was on the throne at the time of Thomas a Beckett's murder in 1170? Ans. Henry II (Second)
8. In terms of Italian Royalty, what is unique about King Umberto II? Ans. He was the last ever King when Italy abolished the monarchy in 1946 (Accept anything that gets near last King) Supplementaries
S1. Who became Chancellor of Germany after Hitler’s death in 1945? Ans. Admiral Karl Donitz S2. On which river did the Allied and Soviet forces finally meet in 1945? Ans. The Elbe

NO PLACE LIKE HOME! Virtually every football club in the land seems to have changed their ground in the last few years and so, in celebration of that fact, this round asks you to scratch your heads and tell us the name of either the current or former ground of several clubs. As examples, if the question was: “Arsenal used to play at Highbury but now play at ………?” The answer would be The Emirates Stadium. Whereas, if the question was “Manchester City currently play at The City of Manchester Stadium but the name of their previous ground was………?” The answer would be Maine Road Simple eh?
1. Coventry City currently play at the Ricoh Arena, but the name of their previous ground was………? Highfield Rd
2. Chester City used to play at Sealand Road, but now play at…? The Deva Stadium
3. Southampton used to play at The Dell, but now play at…….? St Mary’s
4. Wigan Athletic currently play at the JJB Stadium, but the name of their previous ground was……? Springfield Park
5. Middlesbrough currently play at the Riverside Stadium, but the name of their previous ground was……? Ayresome Park
6. Bolton Wanderers currently play at the Reebok Stadium but the name of their previous ground was……? Burnden Park
7. Sunderland currently play at the Stadium of Light, but the name of their previous ground was…..? Roker Park
8. Stoke City currently play at the Britannia Stadium, but the name of their previous ground was…..? The Victoria Ground
S1. Huddersfield Town used to play at Leeds Road, but now play at…….? The Galphamn Stadium
S2. Doncaster Rovers currently play at the Keepmoat Stadium, but the name of their previous ground was…..? Belle Vue

1. In mathematics, what name is given to a three-dimensional spiral curve like a spring or a corkscrew? Ans. Helix
2. Which planet in the Solar System is thought to weigh about two and a half times that of all the other planets combined? Ans. Jupiter
3. What would be removed from your body if you underwent a nephrectomy? Ans. Kidney
4. The discoveries of sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium are all credited to which scientist? Ans. Sir Humphry Davy
5. Which vitamin, often routinely given to newborn babies shortly after their birth, is essential for blood clotting? Ans. Vitamin K
6. Which Boy’s name is also the name of the derived SI unit of inductance? Ans. Henry
7. What name is given to the system of healing developed by Dr Andrew Still, involving the manipulation of bones in the body? Ans. Osteopathy
8. What term is used to describe a birth where the baby is born feet or buttocks first, as opposed to head first? Ans. Breech birth
S1. Which metal was once called plumbium? Ans. Lead
S2. What name is given to the study and use of frequencies above the limits of human hearing? Ans. Ultrasonics

Arts & Entertainment
1. Which musical play tells the story of an American soldier’s love for a Vietnamese girl? Ans. Miss Saigon
2. Which British TV sitcom of the 1980s and 1990s had the theme song What’ll I do? Ans. Birds of a Feather
3. Who is the presenter of Radio 4’s 2007 series of “Brain of Britain”? Ans. Peter Snow
4. What is the name of Shakespeare’s Moor of Venice? Ans. Othello
5. Which Jane Austen heroine eventually marries Mr. Darcy? (both names required) Ans. Elizabeth Bennett
6. Which art movement was created in the early 20th century by the painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque? Ans. Cubism
7. Which conductor founded the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1931? Ans. Sir Thomas Beecham
8. What was the name of Audrey Hepburn’s character in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Ans. Holly Golightly
S1. Who is the author of the novel “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”? Ans. Milan Kundera S2. Which journalist and former presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme published her memoirs entitled “Woman of Today” when she retired in 2002? Ans. Sue MacGregor

THINGS ARE LOOKING DOWN… This is a picture round, and all you have to do is identify the famous landmarks or locations as seen from above. Just give out the pictures one at a time and the answer is quite simply what is the landmark or location is in the picture. Note to QMs – There are 2 copies of each picture. Please give a copy to each team at the same time. The answers are:- 1. The Statue of Liberty (New York City) 2. Sydney Opera House 3. St Paul’s Cathedral (London) 4. Angel of the North (Gateshead) 5. Millennium Stadium (Cardiff) 6. Wimbledon (All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon) 7. Edinburgh Castle 8. Alton Towers S1. The Hoover Dam (Nevada / Arizona border, USA) S2. Blackpool Tower (Blackpool!) WRITTEN QUESTIONS TO BE USED IF ANY PLAYER HAS A VISUAL HANDICAP 1. In which country is the Barossa Valley wine producing region? Ans. Australia 2. Which City contains Fisherman's Wharf and Lombard Street? Ans. San Francisco

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Macclesfield Quiz League General Knowledge – 30/10/2007 Set by : Ox-fford
1. Along with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt which other American President has his head sculpted on Mount Rushmore? Jefferson
2. Which drink was advertised on TV by Joan Collins and Leonard Rossiter? Cinzano (Don’t accept Martini)
3. What is the only bird that can swim but not fly? Penguin
4. What is the capital city of Belarus? Minsk
5. What part of the body is also the name of a punctuation mark? The colon
6. In folklore (and Shakespeare), who is the King of the elves and fairies? Oberon
7. On Mohs’ scale of hardness, which mineral is the softest? Talc
8. Who collapsed and died on stage at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, on 15th April 1984? Tommy Cooper
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 1977)
10. Which unit of nautical measurement was devised by Richard Norwood in 1673? The knot
11. Father Ted Crilly and Father Dougal McGuire lived on Craggy Island with which other priest? Father Jack Hackett (accept Father Jack)
12. What is the common name for the talus bone? The heel
13. Who was Britain's first million pound footballer (in transfer fee terms)? Trevor Francis 14.Whose recent albums include Escapology, Intensive Care and Rudebox? Robbie Williams
15. In which capital city was actor Russell Crowe born? Wellington NZ
16. In which European country is Dalmatia (from where the Dalmatian dog gets its name) almost entirely located? Croatia
17. How was surrealist painter and photographer Emmanuel Radnitzky better known? Man Ray 18. In which city is the HQ of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)? Washington DC
19. What was left in Pandora's box after she released misery and evil? Hope
20. In 1986, who was the first non-European to win the Tour de France? Greg Le Mond
21. What is graphology the study of? Handwriting
22. In which city in England is the National Railway Museum? York
23. Who lived for the first 25 years of her life at Steventon Rectory, Hampshire? Jane Austen 24. Jupiter has many moons, but one of them is the largest natural satellite in the entire solar system. Which one? Ganymede
25. What is the name of the parliament of the Isle of Man? The Tynwald
26. By which nickname was Edward Teach better known? Blackbeard (the pirate)
27. In which English county would you find a town called Westward Ho! the only English town to contain an exclamation mark in its name? Devon
28. In Roman numerals, M represents 1,000. What does an "M" with a bar over it represent? One million
29. Which English city stands on the river Nene? Peterborough
30. Which politician said, "I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me"? Winston Churchill
31. Who has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007? Doris Lessing
32. In which book of the Bible are the Ten Commandments first mentioned? Exodus
33. Which writer established the three laws of robotics? Isaac Asimov
34. Cars from where bear the international registration mark GBZ? Gibraltar
35. Which monarch was on the throne at the time of the gunpowder plot? James I
36. What is the fibrous protein that occurs in the outer layer of skin, as well as in nails and hair? Keratin
37. How many teeth does a normal adult possess in a full set? 32
38. Which American state is known as the Sunshine State? Florida
39. Who provided the voice for Bob The Builder on his number one hit "Can We Fix It"? Neil Morissey
40. How many sides did an old (pre-decimal) threepenny bit have? 12
41. Where did Billy Butlin establish his first holiday camp in 1936? Skegness
42. Which extinct creature got its name from the Portuguese word meaning “stupid”? Dodo
43. In a standard deck of playing cards, how many Kings have a moustache? 3 (all except the King of Hearts)
44. In which European city is Shrove Tuesday celebrated not with pancakes, but with a world-famous carnival where people traditionally wear masks? Venice
45. In movies, who directed the Godfather trilogy? Francis Ford Coppola
46. On a standard UK Monopoly board, how much does each of the Utility Companies (Electric Company and Water Works) cost? £150
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. Barnes Bridge is one, what is the other? Hammersmith
49. In literature, what sort of animal is Mr. Jeremy Fisher? A frog (in the Beatrix Potter stories) 50. Who was the first person pictured on a British postage stamp? Queen Victoria
51. Who is the current (as of 28/10/2007) Secretary of State for the Home Department, or as we prefer to call the office, Home Secretary? Jacqui Smith
52. Who wrote, "Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive"? Sir Walter Scott
53. Which North of England city’s cathedral and castle were declared a World Heritage Site in 1986? Durham
54. "Grand Mal" and "Petit Mal" are types of which illness? Epilepsy (accept seizures)
55. Which car company was founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913 with its original premises in Kensington? Aston Martin (Lionel Martin used to like racing cars at Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire and liked the name so much…)
56. Noel Coward's play "Still Life" was adapted for the screen. Under what title was it released as a film? Brief Encounter
57. Who provided the voice of Princess Fiona in the 'Shrek’ films? Cameron Diaz
58. Who is the current (2007) Men’s French Open Tennis champion? Rafael Nadal (for the 3rd year running)
59. What sort of animal is a Falabella? A miniature horse (accept horse)
60. What was the name of Elvis Presley’s manager? Col Tom Parker
61. According to the rhyme, what is or has “Thursday's child”? “Far to go”
62. Which famous film was the first filmed in colour to win an Oscar for Best Picture? Gone With The Wind
63. Which artist's life is Somerset Maugham's "The Moon and Sixpence" based loosely on? Paul Gauguin
64. Old Man’s Beard and Traveller’s Joy are wild varieties of which plant? Clematis
65. In the satirical magazine “Private Eye”, for what Parish did the "Rev ARP Blair, MA (Oxon)" produce his “Parish News” St Albion (The format was a spoof of the "parish magazine" typically published by British churches)
66. What is defined in Physics as the distance travelled divided by the time taken to travel that distance? Speed (accept velocity)
67. In mobile telephony terms, “text messaging” is more correctly know by the acronym SMS. What does the first S stand for? Short (Messaging Service)
68. Which American President appears on a five-dollar bill? Abraham Lincoln
69. There are 4 colours on the Brazilian flag. Yellow and blue are 2; name either of the other 2. Green/White
70. Which Oscar winning Swedish actress is an anagram of "Bringing Dream"? Ingrid Bergman 71. Ars Gratia Artis (Art for Art’s Sake) is the motto of which organisation? MGM
72. Which Australian state borders all the other mainland states? South Australia
73. Which synthetic material was named by combining the French words for velvet and hook? Velcro (velours = velvet, crochet = hook)
74. What was the Titanic’s first port of call after she left Southampton on her maiden voyage? Cherbourg (in France) (Then Queenstown and she never made it to New York)
75. Who (as of 28/10/2007 and pending appeals) is the current (2007) Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion? Kimi Räikkönen
76. Diana was the Roman Goddess of what? Hunting or the moon – accept either
77. Which artist’s early albums included For You, Dirty Mind and Controversy? Prince
78. According to legend, who was the wife of Leofric, the 11th century Earl of Mercia? Lady Godiva
79. At which Football League club did the late Alan Ball start his Career? Blackpool (Then Everton, Arsenal, Southampton etc)
80. Who is missing from this list - Suzanne, Kim, Noel and Danny? Myleene (Klass - the members of Hearsay)
81. In 1796 Edward Jenner discovered a vaccination for what? Smallpox
82. In "The Wizard Of Oz", what was the Tin Man looking for? A heart
83. Who played Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army? Clive Dunn
84. Where would you find together a verso and a recto? In a book or magazine (left- and right-hand pages)
85. Who was Roman Emperor immediately before Nero? Claudius
86. Which recently retired Rugby Union player had the nickname “Billy Whizz”? Jason Robinson 87. The children’s TV programme Balamory was filmed in which Scottish Port town? Tobermory (on the Isle of Mull)
88. What cocktail consists of Tia Maria, Vodka and Coke? Black Russian
89. Which country was formerly known as East Pakistan? Bangladesh
90. Radio City Music Hall, New York, is an example of which style of architecture? Art Deco
91. Which famous writer of ghost stories had the first names Montague Rhodes? M R James
92. In the movies, what time was Will Kane anticipating with some concern? High Noon (Will Kane played by Gary Cooper in that film)
93. Who did John Hinckley attempt to assassinate on the 30th of March 1981? President Ronald Reagan
94. The Roman name for this city was Lutetia, meaning “mid water settlement”. What do we know the city as today? Paris
95. Which Shakespeare play opens with the words, “When shall we three meet again, in thunder, lightning or in rain”? Macbeth
96. What term is used for the property of a body that resists changes in its velocity? Inertia

S1. What was the last commercial airship built in Britain, which crashed in 1930? R101 (crashed in France)
S2. Who did Ian Hislop succeed as editor of Private Eye in 1986? Richard Ingrams
S3. Which Irish nationalist hero had the same name as a member of the Apollo 11 moon mission? Michael Collins
S4. What name is given to the science that studies the nature and origin of the Universe? Cosmology
S5. How many pieces does each player have in backgammon? 15
S6. Who said, "One more drink and I'll be under the host"? Dorothy Parker