Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Specialist Questions

Tuesday 13th November 2007

Set by The New Castle

1. Geography
2. Mr Men
3. Sporting nicknames
4. History: it happened in November
5. Science
6. Arts and entertainment: great last lines
7. Ten ton round
8. To absent friends


Which American politician is behind the controversial climate change film called “An inconvenient Truth”?
Al Gore

2. Which English county has a border with only one other county?


3. In Welsh place names what does the prefix “Aber” mean?

Mouth of (As in Aberystwyth, mouth of the river Ystwyth)

4. If you set sail due south from Palma, Majorca, and carried on in a straight line, in which country would you hit land?


5. If you set sail due north from Cyprus, and carried on in a straight line, in which country would you hit land?


6. Transverse, Barchan, Linear and Star are four types of what?

Dune (Sand)

7. Istanbul has been called Constantinople and several other names in the past, but what name did the Greeks originally give the city in 667BC?


8. Which mountain found near to the Eiger in Switzerland takes its name from the German for young girl?


S1 The border between Canada and the USA is the world’s longest international border. Which line of latitude does it follow for nearly half of its length?

49 degrees (North) (49th parallel)

S2.By what is the A406 road in London better known?

The North Circular Road

Mr Men

Name these Mr Men (please click on the link below)

Sporting nicknames

For each question you will be given the name of a sportsman and the sport in which he competed. What the answer requires is the nickname by which he was better known.

1. Ron Harris – Football

2. Alberto Juantorena – Athletics

White Lightning

3. Alain Prost - Motor Racing

The Professor

4. Phil Taylor – Darts

The Power

5. Michael Holding – Cricket

Whispering Death

6. William Perry – American Football

The Refrigerator

7. Greg Norman – Golf

The Great White Shark (Do not accept shark by itself)

8. Marvin Hagler – Boxing


S1.Thomas Hearns – Boxing

The Hitman

S2.Derek Underwood – Cricket


History: it happened in November

1. 1st November 1990: The deputy Prime Minister resigned over Margaret Thatcher’s opposition to a single European currency. He was the last remaining member of her original 1979 cabinet. Who was he?

Sir Geoffrey Howe

2. 2nd November 1993: The European Community became the European Union under the terms of what treaty?


3. 3rd November 1957: For what did a dog called Laika become famous?

It was the first living thing to go into orbit.

4. 4th November 1995: Who was the Israeli Prime Minister, assassinated by a Jewish extremist?

Yitzhak Rabin

5. 5th November 1688: Who landed a 12,000-strong army at Torbay to claim the British throne from James II?

William of Orange

6. 6th November 1917: The Third Battle of Ypres ended as the Allies captured which Belgian village from the Germans?


7. 7th November 1956: Which US president was re-elected?

Dwight D Eisenhower

8. 8th November 1990: Ireland elected its first female president. Who was she?

Mary Robinson

S1.9th November 1970: General Charles de Gaulle died. Who was the French President at the time?

Georges Pompidou

S2.10th November 1980: Who became leader of the Labour Party?

Michael Foot


1. They are collectively known as flavours. Strange, charm, up, down, top, and bottom are types of what?

2. When rotating about axes, a boat or plane can roll, pitch or what?

3. What was Foucault’s pendulum used to demonstrate?
The rotation of the Earth

4. Sigmund Freud published his most influential book in 1900. What was it called?
The interpretation of dreams

5. What would you use Archimede's Screw for?
Lifting water (or any other material that will flow for that matter)

6. What is the angle between the hands of a clock at 1 o'clock?
30 degrees (or 330 degrees!)

7. What is an axolotl?
A Salamander

8. What are Sodium Thiopental, Pancuronium Bromide, and Potassium Chloride taken in that order?
The three elements of execution by a lethal injection

S1.Which planet in our solar system has an orbital period of 687 Earth days?

S2.Which is the missing noble gas: neon, argon, krypton, xenon, radon, ununoctium?

Arts and entertainment: great last lines

You will be given the closing lines from a classic film together with the year in which it was released. Simply name the film.

1. “It’s a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It’s a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.” (1935)
A Tale of Two Cities

2. “...Tara!...Home. I'll go home, and I'll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!”(1939)
Gone With the Wind

3. “It's Mrs. Danvers. She's gone mad. She said she'd rather destroy Manderley than see us happy here.”(1940)

4. “Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” “That's right, that's right. Attaboy, Clarence.”(1946)
It’s a Wonderful Life

5. “I now pronounce you men and wives.”(1954)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

6. “Fat Man, you shoot a great game of pool.” “So do you, Fast Eddie.”(1961)
The Hustler

7. “Little girls, I am in the business of putting old heads on young shoulders, and all my pupils are the creme de la creme. Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life.”(1969)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

8. “I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner. Bye.”(1991)
The Silence of the Lambs

S1.”…You see, this is my life. It always will be! There's nothing else - just us - and the cameras - and those wonderful people out there in the dark. All right, Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my close-up.” (1950)
Sunset Boulevard

2. “Eliza? Where the devil are my slippers?” (1964)
My Fair Lady

Ten ton round

All the answers in this round contain either the sound "ten" or the sound “ton”.

1. Which 80’s band had a hit with “Swords of a thousand men”?
Tenpole Tudor

2. Which English World War 2 armament was a 9mm submachine gun, named after the names of its chief designers?
Sten Gun (Shepherd, Turpin, and EN for Enfield)

3. Which Lincolnshire town shares its name with the most populous city in Massachusetts USA?

4. This company is one of the world’s largest ferry operators, based in Sweden?
Stena Line

5. Who won the 2007 British Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie?
Padraig Harrington

6. This manager paid the price for the failure of the Republic of Ireland to qualify for the finals of the Euro 2008 football tournament, losing his job on the 23rd October this year?
Steve Staunton

7. Which Tory politician became best known for his departure from Hong Kong in 1997?
Chris Patten

8. Who made popular the phrase "Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all"?
Alfred Lord Tennyson (from the poem “In Memoriam”)

S1.What is a cylindrical piece of metal that moves up and down inside an engine's cylinder to turn the crankshaft?

S2.Which popular lager has been advertised in the 1970s and 80s by amongst others Donald Pleasance and Griff Rhys Jones? The adverts show the actors merged into old black and white films.
Holsten Pils

To absent friends

Two of our team mates, Neil and Steve, are currently working abroad. In their honour, each of these questions is about a famous Neil or Steve/Stephen.

1. When is the feast day of St Stephen?
26th December (or Boxing Day)

2. In which sport did Neil Thomas win a silver medal at the World Championships and a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 1990s?

3. Who was known as the seventh Python for his role in performing and writing songs and sketches for the final series?
Neil Innes

4. Which local resident is the drummer in New Order?
Stephen Morris

5. Who wrote the novels ‘Christine’, ‘Cujo’ and ‘Dolores Claiborne’?
Stephen King

6. Which former premiership footballer has appeared in ‘I’m a Celebrity, get me out of here’ and has been a Talk Sport presenter?
Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock

7. What was the first name of the character played by Neil Morrissey in ‘Men Behaving Badly’?

8. Whose autobiography is entitled ‘Moab is my Washpot’?
Stephen Fry’s

S1.Give a year in the reign of King Stephen.

S2.Neil Kinnock became Baron Kinnock of Bedwelty in 2005. In which county is Bedwelty?

General Knowledge Questions

Tuesday 13th November 2007

Set by the New Castle

1. Who is Scotland’s First Minister?

Alex Salmond

2. Convicted in October 2007, what did Russian mass murderer Alexander Pichushkin supposedly use to keep tally of his victims?

A chess board (He placed a coin on a square every time he committed a murder

3. We know it as Remembrance Day. What is the American equivalent?

Veterans’ day

4. Who is the governor of the Bank of England?

Mervyn King

5. Which scale is used in the assessment of coma patients, taking its name from a Scottish place?

The Glasgow Coma Scale

6. A musical show entitled "Never Forget" is based upon the music of which band?

Take That

7. In which year is the Granada region analogue TV signal being turned off?


8. There are two competing next-generation DVD formats, HD DVD is one, which is the other?

Blu Ray

9. What whey cheese derives its name from the Italian for “re-cooked”, reflecting its method of manufacture?


10. What is the main ingredient of a hummus dip?


11. Which troubled company sponsor Newcastle United football club?

Northern Rock

12. What is the name of the Russian manned space station that was abandoned in 2001 after 15 years in service?


13.What is the hardest material in the human body?

Tooth enamel

14. To which venue in London would you go to see the exhibition entitled “The first Emperor“ featuring Chinese terracotta warriors?

The British Museum

15. What is next in the following sequence: Alaskan, Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, …?

Atlantic (They are time zones going eastwards across the USA)

16. Which theme park company has parks at Warrington, Matlock Bath and Milton Keynes?


17. Which renowned British foodstuff depicts a lion and a swarm of bees, with the logo “Out of the strong came forth sweetness”?

Lyle’s Golden Syrup (allow either brand name or product)

18. Who wrote “The Girl’s like Spaghetti: why you can’t manage without apostrophes”?

Lynne Truss

19. Who is President of France?

Nicolas Sarkozy

20. Who wrote the book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”?

Mark Haddon

21. From the 15th of November where will the London Eurostar terminus be situated?

St Pancras

22. Mount Vesuvius is today within the urban sprawl of which Italian city?


23. Which 2003 film recounts a climbing accident befalling Joe Simpson in the Peruvian Andes?

Touching the Void

24. Which 13 year old gaubed a @First in Maths at Oxford University in 1985?

Ruth Lawrence

25. Royston Vasey is the fictional town in the League of Gentlemen but it is also the real name of which comedian?

Roy `Chubby` Brown

26. If James is five, Henry is three, and Edward is two, who is one?

Thomas the Tank Engine (engine numbers)

27. Which sporting star has a line of designer clothing called Aneres?

Serena Williams (Aneres is Serena spelt backwards)

28. In literature, how is the character of Oliver Mellors better known?

Lady Chatterley`s Lover

29. Who was born in Russia in 1877, moved to America and worked on make-up for films and in 1927 introduced the first cosmetics to be sold to non-theatrical customers?

Max Factor

30. What is the only country to have a flag which consists of only one colour?

Libya (a solid green)

31. On which river does Berli stand?


32. What is the only American state with a name which has just one syllable?


33. What do the songs `Yellow Pearl` by Phil Lynott, `Whole Lotta Love` by CCS and `The Wizard` by Paul Hardcastle have in common?

They`ve all been used as theme tunes to `Top Of The Pops`

34. Who was the first player from outside the UK to captain an FA Cup winning team at Wembley?

Eric Cantona

35. What English word comes from two French words meaning sour wine?


36. Which country has the longest coastline in the world?


37. Who were the last team to win the FA Cup for the first time, in 1988?


38. Who is the President of Syria?

Bashar al-Assad

39. By what name is "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web" now known?


40. If, in a bar, you were given a Mickey Finn, what would you have?

A drugged drink

41. The Nazi regime was the Third Reich. Which was the first?

The Holy Roman Empire

42. Which German line lay opposite the French Maginot Line?

The Siegfried Line

43. Technically ‘Airforce One’ is not a particular aircraft. What actually is it?

The call sign for any plane carrying the US President

44. In which country did Che Guevara die?


45. The ancient region of Nubia lies in two modern countries. Name either.

Egypt and Sudan

46. Parker and Barrow were the surnames of which famous couple?

Bonnie & Clyde

47. Sitting Bull belonged to which North American Indian tribe?


48. Name one of the two countries that fought in the War of Jenkin's Ear.

Great Britain & Spain

49. In Christianity what is the highest rank of angel called?


50. In Greek mythology, which king was punished by the Gods and condemned to roll a huge boulder uphill for all eternity?


51. According to the proverb, what is the mother of invention?


52. Which organisation's insignia bears the inscription “Blood & Fire”?

The Salvation Army

53. In music what note is written on the bottom line of the treble clef?


54. Since its inception during World War II, the Dicken Medal, which is the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross has been worn by which creature the most times? (32 in total)


55. The last person to finish which famous race is given a red lantern?

Tour de France

56. The works of Mrs Darrell Waters have been translated into 128 languages, but by which name is she better known?

Enid Blyton

57. Which actor is the last surviving actor of `The Magnificent Seven`?

Robert Vaughn

58. Which English football team were the first to have an all-seater stadium?

Coventry City

59. The inhabitants of which English town hung a monkey during the Napoleonic wars because they thought it was a French spy?


60. How many years of marriage are celebrated by the emerald anniversary?


61. In the cartoon series `Wacky Races`, who drove the `Compact Pussycat`?

Penelope Pitstop

62. Which is the only one of New York`s five boroughs to be located on the mainland?

The Bronx

63. What did Marilyn Monroe say was the only thing she wore in bed?

Chanel No. 5 (allow perfume)

64. In the credits of a film, how is the assistant to the gaffer commonly referred?

Best Boy

65. Little Jackie Paper was the human friend of which famous fictional character?

Puff the Magic Dragon

66. On TV, how were Fleegle, Snorky, Bingo and Drooper better known collectively?

`The Banana Splits`

67. Mrs. Thomas Smith of Ryde, NSW, Australia, produced a new variety of fruit in 1868. What is it called?

A Granny Smith Apple

68. Which unit of measurement was defined by Henry III of England by placing three barleycorns in a line?

An inch

69. In which county is Tintagel?


70. What were the workers called in Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory?


71. What is the more common name for Ethylene Glycol?


72. Who is the leader of the Zimbabwe opposition party ‘the Movement for Democratic Change’?

Morgan Tsvangirai

73. In the animal world what is a bongo?

An antelope

74. Which computer operating system has a penguin as its logo?


75. Which jazz trumpeter was nicknamed Satchmo?

Louis Armstrong

76. Which band did Ronnie Wood leave to join the Rolling Stones?

The Faces

77. Which word, commonly used in English and other languages, is the Tamil word for 'sauce'?


78. In which country is the Gibson Desert, the third largest desert in the world?


79. What does the Latin phrase ‘per diem’ mean?

By the day/daily

80. Which Norse god is the supreme god?


81. Which saint, celebrated on 22 November, is the patron saint of music?

St Cecilia

82.In which English county is Naseby, scene of the last battle of the English Civil War?


83. What is the missing instrument in the brass section of an orchestra: horn, trombone, trumpet?


84. What nationality was the composer Charles Ives?


85. Which prime minister was a former football referee and coach?

James Callaghan

86. What does the Latin phrase ‘id est’ mean?

That is

87. Which Hindu god is the god of destruction?


88. Who is the patron saint of France, celebrated on 9 October?

St Denis

89. In which English county is Bosworth Field, scene of the last battle of the Wars of the Roses?


90. What is the missing instrument in the strings section of an orchestra: cello, harp, violin, double bass?


91. What nationality was the composer Franz Liszt?


92. Which war took place between 1853 and 1856?

Crimean War

93. What is the largest living rodent?


94. In the TV advert, which model ditched everything except her ex’s VW keys?

Paula Hamilton

95. What was Lorraine Chase advertising when she said “Nah, from Luton Airport”?


96. What is the common name of the substance petrolatum?



1. In “The Simpsons” who owns the bar?


2. Who is the Shadow Chancellor & MP for Tatton constituency?

George Osborne

3. In the National Lottery Thunderball draw, the thunderball is chosen from how many balls?


4. Who wrote the book entitled “The God Delusion”?

Richard Dawkins

5. How many years of marriage are celebrated by the paper anniversary?


6. Who piloted the Hercules H-4 nicknamed the “Spruce Goose” on its maiden and only flight in November 1947?

Howard Hughes

7. In the phonetic alphabet, what represents the letter N?


8. In Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, what did the dwarves do to earn a living?

They were diamond miners

9. In which country is Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world?


10. Who had a 1993 album called 'Diva'?

Annie Lennox

11. In which opera do you find Lieutenant Pinkerton?

Madame Butterfly

12. ‘Laverne and Shirley’ was a spin-off from which 1970s US television series?

Happy Days


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