Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cup and Plate Round 3 28th February 2008

Questions set and vetted by The Three Crowns and The Lamb Inn


1. Britain's largest public art commission was announced at the end of January. Where will this 50 metre sculpture be sited?

2. Which group had top ten hits in the 1960’s with ‘Just one look’, ‘Yes, I Will’ ‘Sorry Suzanne’ and ‘We’re Through’?

3. From which country do the band Crowded House originate?

4. Name either of the two Americans who won the Formula One World Championship.

5. In which year was Monty Python's Flying Circus first shown on British TV?

6. Which ‘Fawlty Towers’ character was portrayed by Ballard Berkeley?
MAJOR GOWAN (accept The Major)

7. In February 1946 who became the first Secretary General of the United Nations?

8. Of which metal is Cassiterite an ore?

9. As at February 23rd 2008, only 3 films have won all the 5 major Oscars (Film, Actor, Actress, Director & Screenplay). One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Silence of the Lambs did it, but which 1934 film was the first to do it?

10. In which decade was the first photo-copier marketed?
1900’s (1907)

11. Girls Aloud were the female winners of Popstars, The Rivals in 2002. What was the name of the boy band winners?

12. Name one of the ‘so called’ twin cities of Minnesota.

13. What is Hilary Clinton's maiden name?

14. In economics, what does ‘Gresham’s law’ state?

15. For what crime was Adolf Hitler imprisoned in 1924?

16. Where did methyl isocyanate cause 2,600 deaths in 1984?

17. In printing, what is the name for a Dagger, used to indicate a cross reference?

18. In which country is Puccini’s opera‘Turandot’,set?

19. In America, three people can be accused of rioting. How many does there have to
be in the UK?

20. Which is the only nation crossed by both the equator and the tropic of Capricorn?


21. Which film starred Peter Sellers as shop steward Fred Kite?

22. In which year was Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, assassinated?

23. What is the capital of Zambia?

24. Which former member of Boyzone played barman Ciaran McCarthy in Coronation Street from 2002 to 2005?

25. Of which country is Fiordland the largest national park?

26. What is studied by a Nephologist?

27. Which group had the original hit with ‘The Great Pretender’?

28. Which sport will take place at Great Leighs, a brand new venue due to open in April near Chelmsford in Essex?

29. In politics, what word is used for re-arranging constituency borders for
unfair advantage?

30. Why did John Coward make the news headlines in January this year?

31. In Greek mythology, who was the twin sister of Apollo?

32. Which circular volcanic island stands at the entrance to the firth of Forth?

33. Alphabetically, which is the last element in the periodic table?

34. Whose autobiography is called 'I Used to Be an Animal But I'm All Right

35. In which year was Martin Luther King assassinated?

36. Which vegetable has varieties: Autumn King, Early Giant & St Valery?

37. What was the nick-name of Henry Percy, son of the 1st Earl of Northumberland?

38. In the Isle of Man, what is a Deemster?

39. What is the capital of Manitoba Province in Canada?

40. In Aug 2007, ‘The Dandy’ changed it's format and became a fortnightly magazine called what?


41. On which island were the Gibb brothers of the Bee Gees born?

42. By what name is the infamous leader Saloth Sar known to the world?

43. Who said, looking for an alternative to cow’s milk "Why aren't we drinking rats milk, or dog’s milk, or cat’s milk?

44. The sporting venue, ‘The Rose Bowl’ is in which U.S. city?

45. How many people sailed on Noah’s Ark?

46. Who played the part of Tchaikovsky in the film ‘The Music Lovers’?

47. Whose novels include 'A Woman's Place', 'She's Leaving Home', 'The Ambassador', 'Chasing Men' and 'This Honourable House’?

48. In which country was footballer John Barnes born?

49. Within Italy's borders are two independent countries. One is the Vatican City. Name the other

50. The invention of which popular card game is attributed to Sir John Suckling?

51. The horse from the film Toy Story 2 shares its name with which TV game

52. Which of Disney’s Seven Dwarfs wears glasses?

53. What name is given to a beer barrel which holds 54 gallons?

54. What is the capital of Peru?

55. What was the name of the ferry which ran aground recently off Blackpool’s shore?

56. In which year after World War II did food rationing end in Britain?

57. What was Little Lord Fauntleroy's first name?

58. Who was the Greek god of retribution?

59. Britain's very first mobile phone call was made on 1 January 1985. By whom?

60. In geology, what are formed in the process known as orogenesis?


61. What is the capital of Michigan state?

62. Which Blue Square Premier League football club, became in February, the first football club in England to be taken over by the members of a website?

63. Who is the famous actor brother of Shirley McLain?

64. Javier Perez De Cuellar was the Secretary General of the United Nations from 1982 to 1991. What nationality was he?

65. Which Gilbert & Sullivan operetta has the alternative title ‘The Merryman & his Maid’?

66. In which year was the death penalty for treason officially abolished in the UK?

67. Of which metal is Galena the chief ore?

68. What is Inspector Maigret's first name?

69. Who wrote the book ‘Schindler’s Ark’?

70. Who co-wrote ‘Fawltey Towers’ with John Cleese?

71. Cheyenne is the capital of which U.S. state?

72. Name either one of the only two countries in the world which are not members of the UN?

73. Who, in 1941, designed and made the first viable helicopter?

74. Which ageing rocker started life as William Perks?

75. What word is derived from the Polynesian for ‘forbidden’?

76. In which year did Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver invent the Bar Code?
1952 (accept 1950 – 1954)

77. What is Paddy Ashdown’s real first name?

78. Which book of the New Testament has most chapters?

79. In Greek mythology, ‘The Pleiades’ were the seven daughters of which Titan?

80. Who sang the title song to the Bond film, “Octopussy”?


81. On which river does Harrogate stand?

82. Who played King Feisal of Iraq in the film ‘Lawrence of Arabia?’

83. Which vegetable has varieties: April, Derby Day & Golden Acre?

84. How many times did Willie Carson win The Epsom Derby?

85. At which venue did Led Zeppelin play their reunion gig in December last year?

86. Who composed ‘The Sabre Dance’?

87. What does a Kymatologist study?

88. Who wrote the TV plays ‘Brimstone & Treacle’ and ‘Lipstick on Your Collar’?

89. In which year did Percy Lebaren Spencer invent the Microwave Oven?
1945 (accept 1943 – 1947)

90. In which country are the Zagros mountains?

91. What is the smallest flightless bird?

92. How is the painting of Willy Lot’s farm better known?

93. With which activity are ‘grandsire triples’ and ‘oxford treble bob’ associated?

94. Who had a number one hit in 1979 with ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’?

95. Who was the longest serving Poet Laureate, holding the post from 1850-1892?

96. Before which year must a car have been built, to be eligible for the London to Brighton veteran car run?

97. What is the British Army’s equivalent rank, to a Royal Navy Captain?

98. On the streets of which U.S. city was the first edition of the game ‘Monopoly’ based?

99. Which entrance music was played for Frank Bruno, at his fights?

100. To whom did Bob Dylan sing ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’?


101. How many players are there in a baseball team?

102. In Nicholas Nickleby, who was the proprietor of Dotheboys Hall school?

103. Mick Jagger’s second wife Bianca was born in which Central American

104. As at February 23rd 2008, the most Academy Award nominations for any 1 film is 14 - for Titanic in 1997 and which 1950 film?

105. Name either of the two former ‘Shadows’ who had a hit with ‘Diamonds’

106. What is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta?

107. What are the twelve central vertebrae of the spine called?

108. Who was the last Liberal prime minister?

109. Who is the central character in John Braine’s book ‘Room at the Top’?

110. In Greek mythology, who is the god of love and desire?

111. By what name is the substance Kaolin better known?

112. How much is Regent Street worth on a monopoly board?

113. In which desert is the world’s driest place?

114 How many stars does the Paramount movie studio logo contain?

115. Which river unites with the Trent to form the Humber?

116. Tears for Fears had a top 3 UK hit in 1985 with 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World’. In 1986 they re-recorded the same song with a slightly different title. What was that title?

117. Who said “Am I dying beyond my means”?

118. What was Eva Peron's surname at birth?

119. In which country was Greenpeace first formed?

120. Who wrote the opera ‘Prince Igor’?


1. The collective noun for which creature is ‘An Intrusion’?

2. What was the capital of England before London?

3. What is the SI unit of electrical resistance?

4. Which British car manufacturer made the Kestral, Pathfinder & Sprite?

5. What is the 55th wedding anniversary called?

6. In his latest film due to be released around Christmas 2008, Nick Park has given
Wallace a new girl-friend. What's her name?
PIELLA BAKEWELL (accept either)


In the national Lotto draw on Saturday 12th January this year, 2 entries matched all 6 balls to share the jackpot. How many entries matched 4 balls?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

19th February

Specialist Questions

by The George & Dragon


Speeches in 20th Century

Q1. John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural speech in 1961: ‘Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country’. Who was JFK’s Vice-President?
A1. Lyndon B Johnson.

Q2. Nelson Mandela’s speech at his trial included the words: ‘I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die’. In what year was the trial?
A2. 1964, April 20th (accept +/- 1 year)

Q3. Who said in February 1960: ‘The wind of change is blowing through this continent, and, whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.’?
A3. Harold McMillan

Q4. Which US president’s inaugural address included: ‘So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning unjustified terror which paralyses efforts to convert retreat into advance.?
A4. Franklin D. Roosevelt, on March 4th 1933

Q5. Who said in 1956: ‘Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual once and for all. We must correct the views connected with the cult in history, philosophy and sciences…..
A5. Nikita Khruschev (in a bitter attack on Stalin accusing him of massacre and torture)

Q6. ‘I have a dream that my 4 little children will one day live in a nation where they will be not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character’. These words were spoken by Martin Luther King in August 1963. Where was that speech delivered?
A6. Washington DC

Q7. Who said: ‘Whatever happens, the flame of French resistance must not and shall not die. Tomorrow, I shall broadcast from London’?
A7. Charles De Gaulle, (in June 1940)

Q8. Margaret Thatcher’s speech to a Conservative Party Conference included: ‘To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catch phrase the U turn, I have only one thing to say “You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning”’
A8. 1980 (October 10th)


Q9. Who said in August 1947: ‘Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially’?
A9. Jawaharlal Nehru (about Indian independence)

Q10. Who said in the House of Commons in December, 1956 ‘This government resorted to epic weapons for squalid and trivial ends, and that is why, all though this unhappy period, ministers…all of them….have spoken and argued and debated well below their proper form because they have been synthetic villains’.
A10. Aneurin Bevan (about Suez Canal fighting)

Q11. Who said: ‘It is a point to remember that, of all the ironies about Diana, perhaps the greatest was this: a girl given the name of the ancient goddess of hunting was in the end, the most hunted person of the modern age’?
A11. Earl Spencer, September 6 1997

Q12. Who said in November 1913: ‘We won’t do it ourselves, but we will put the enemy in the position where they will have to choose between giving us freedom or giving us death’
A12. Emmeline Pankhurst (on a US fund-raising tour related to Votes for Women in UK)

Some Wonders of the Industrial world:

Q1. Construction of the Bell Rock lighthouse was finished in 1811. In which body of water does it stand?
A1. Firth of Forth.

Q2. The ship the Great Eastern was designed by I. K. Brunel and in 1858 was by far the largest ship ever built (~12,000 tons). From which town was it launched ?
A2. Millwall (accept Isle of Dogs)

Q3. During the construction of the vertical supports for the Brooklyn Bridge between New York and Brooklyn in USA (opened in 1883), many construction workers died of a disease that at that time was called ‘Caisson Disease’. What do we call the same condition today?
A3. The bends (accept de-compression disease)

Q4. The engineer Joseph Bazalgette was in charge of construction of a large part of the London Sewer ‘system’ and the Thames Embankment. In which year was this ‘system’ officially opened?
A4. 1870 Accept ± 5 years (Bazalgette was knighted in 1874 for his work by Q. Victoria)

Q5. Which great historical event in transportation occurred at Promontory, Utah, USA on May 10, 1869 ?
A5. The laying of the last rail in the Transcontinental Railroad to join east & west coast USA by rail

Q6. The Manchester Ship Canal runs for 36 miles from Eastham on the Mersey estuary to Salford in Greater Manchester. Who officially opened it for traffic?
A6. Queen Victoria (in 1894)

Q7. The Hoover Dam on the Colorado River in USA was finally completed in 1935 under the engineer ‘Hurry Up’ Crowe. The project was started when Hoover was president of the USA but which President of the USA opened it officially?
A7. F D Rooseveldt,

Q8. What is the name of the ~115 mile long lake that is held back by the Hoover Dam?
A8. Lake Mead


Q9. What nationality was Ferdinand De Lessops the engineer credited with the construction of the Suez Canal?
A9. French

Q10. Before the London Sewage system was built, sittings at the House of Commons had to be abandoned in 1858. What was the River Thames called in the Times newspaper at this time?
A10. The Great Stink

Q11. The 100 mile long Suez Canal was designed / constructed under aegis of the engineer Ferdinand De Lessops and opened in 1869. This joined the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. How many locks are used in the canal?
A11. None (No leeway !!)

Q12. During the construction of the Panama Canal in 1903, the canal zone was ceded to the USA. In which year was this zone finally given back to Panama?
A12. 1999 !!!

Q13. The Swing Bridge that spans the River Tyne from Gateshead to Newcastle in the north-east of England is the heaviest turning bridge in the world at ~900 tons. Who was the engineer in charge of this project?
A13. William Armstrong (it was completed in 1876)

Arts and Entertainment

1. Who played Al Capone in the 1987 film, The Untouchables?

A. Robert De Niro
2.Which character did James Stewart play in the 1952 film, The Greatest Show On Earth?

A. Buttons the Clown
3. Who wrote the novel On Chesil Beach?

A. Ian McEwan
4. Which instrument represents the duck in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf? A. A. Oboe
5. Who played Richard Cunningham in the US TV show Happy Days?

A. Ron Howard
6. What is the name of the title character in Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman?

A. Willy Loman
7. What was mixed with water to make the rain more visible on screen in the 1952 film Singing in the Rain?

A. Milk
8. How many contestants' boxes feature in the (UK version) TV show Deal of No Deal? A. Twenty-two (eleven 'reds' and eleven 'blues')


S1. In which year was the UK Comic Relief launched?

A. 1985
S2. Who played Domino in the 1983 Bond film Never Say Never Again?

A. Kim Basinger
S3. What was the title of George Michael's first solo album?

A. Faith (1987)
S4. Tall Dark and Gruesome is the title of whose autobiography?

A. Christopher Lee



1. The number of molecules in one mole of a substance is 6.023 x 1023 (SHOULD BE SUPERSCRIPT). What name is given to this number?
A. Avagadro’s number.

2. 9.81 m/sec2 is better known as what acceleration force?
A. gravity

3. How is -273°Celcius better known?
A. Absolute zero

4. Which planet has a diameter of 12756 km?
A. Earth

5. What travels at 2.998 x 108 (should be superscript)m/s.
A. light

6. 3.142 is commonly known as pi but one of the two alternative names that it is known by refers to a scientist who invented a famous screw mechanism, who was the scientist?
A. Archimedes - pi is also known as Archimedes’ constant or Ludolph's number

7. Two quantities are in what ratio if the ratio between the sum of those quantities and the larger one is the same as the ratio between the larger one and the smaller?
A. The golden ratio which is approximately 1.618

8. h is a physical constant that plays a central role in the theory of quantum mechanics, and is named after a German founder of quantum theory, what is the constant called?
A. Planck’s constant


S1. The sequence of numbers is 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 is known as what?
A. Fibinacci sequence

S2. In mathematics and computer science a numeral system is used to represent the binary code in a format easier for humans to read, and acts as a form of shorthand. What base is used for this system?
A. 16- hexadecimal


In this round yo will be given a picture of a famous painting, all you have to do is identify the artist.

(Sorry I don't have the pictures used available, but the work and artist are):

1. A Bigger Splash - David Hockney

2. At The Moulin rouge - Toulouse Lautrec

3. Self Portrait 1661 - Rembrandt

4. The Fighting Temeraire - Turner

5. Water Lillies - Monet

6. The Harvest Wagon - Gaomsbprpigh

7. The laughing Cavalier - Franz Hals

8 Vase with Sunflowers - Vincent Van Gogh


S1. L'Absinthe - Degas

S2. Piazza San Marco - Cannaletto


Q1. How many countries border Africa’s Lake Victoria?
A1. 3 (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania)

Q2. Dunkery Beacon is the highest point in which British National Park?

Q3. What is the capital of the Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador?
A3. St John’s.

Q4. On the Macclesfield Canal, how many individual locks make up the Bosley flight?
A4. 12.

Q5. What is the easternmost town in England?
A5. Lowestoft

Q6. What is the current name of Dutch Guiana?
A6. Suriname.

Q7 What is the current name of the Indian city previously called Madras?
A7. Chennai.

Q8. What is the capital of Papua New Guinea?
A8. Port Moresby


Q9. The Bahamas lie off the coast of which US state?
A9. Florida.

Q10. On an Ordnance Survey Map, how steep is a hill when represented by two arrows?
A10. Greater than 1 in 5 (20%)

Q11. Which of the Great Lakes lies immediately above Niagara Falls?
Q12. Lake Erie.

Sport: the Use of Drugs:-

1. At the Seoul Olympics in 1988, which sprinter tested positive for the use of an anabolic steroid?
A. Ben Johnson

2. In 1994, which footballer was banned from competing in the World Cup after he was found to have taken a cocktail of 5 drugs?
A. Diego Maradonna

3. Which Irish swimmer, winner of 4 gold medals at the 1996 Olympics, was found to have “manipulated” samples in 1998 and banned from competing for 4 years?
A. Michelle Smith

4. In 2002, Alain Baxter, the British Skier, lost his Olympic Bronze medal after he used what?
A. A Vicks Inhaler

5. In 1992, 3 German sprinters submitted identical urine samples in out-of-competition tests; they escaped a ban on a technicality. Name one of the three:
A. Katrin Krabbe, Silke Möller and Grit Breuer

6. What was the name of the drug that, in 1999, caused controversy to break with British sprinters Linford Christie and Dougie Walker, Czech tennis player Petr Korda, plus French footballers Christophe Dugarry and Vincent Guerin, all having adverse findings ?
A. Nandrolone

7. What was the name of the leading British tennis player who in 2004 tested positive for Nandrolone?
A. Greg Rusedski

8. In 2001, four footballers playing in Italy were identified as having taken Nandrolone by the re-opened Acqua Acetosa Laboratory which in 1998 was found to have been destroying evidence of adverse findings; Name one of the four footballers?
A. Edgar Davids, Fernando Couto, Frank De Boer, Jaap Stam

Supplementary questions

9. In 2003 British sprinter Dwain Chambers tested positive for the new anabolic steroid tetra hydro gestrinone, how is this drug better known?

10. In 1998 the Festina team were expelled from the Tour De France because their trainer Willy Voet was caught with how many vials of performance enhancing drugs?
A. 400 (accept +/- 50)

Duh! I shall say this only once: TV catchphrases:

Q1. In the TV series ‘‘Allo ‘Allo’ the line ‘Good Moaning’ was said by a French Policeman trying to speak English. The actor’s name was Arthur Bostram. What was the character’s name?
A1. Officer Craptree

Q2. TV series Monty Python’s Flying circus included a sketch with the catchphrase ‘nudge nudge, wink wink, you wife, does she go? This sketch was between 2 actors: Eric Idle was one, who was the other?
A2. Terry Gilliam (this was disputed)

Q3. The Kenny Everett show featuring such characters as Sid Snot, General Norm Bombthebastards and Cupid Stunt with lines like ‘all done in the best possible taste’ was on TV for a 4 year period. Name a year within this period.
A3. 1978 to 1981

Q4. What’s the name of the TV programme in which the Harry Enfield character ‘loads-a-money’ first appeared?
A4. Friday Night Live

Q5. ‘Are you free’ was one of the catchphrases from the TV series ‘Are you being served’. Which actor played Captain Peacock in this series?
A5. Frank Thornton

Q6. In the TV series ‘Dad’s Army’, one of Captain Mainwaring’s phrases was ‘You stupid boy Pike…’ Which actor played the part of Private Pike?
A6. Ian Lavender

Q7. In the TV series ‘Some Mothers do have ‘em’ Frank Spencer was played by Michael Crawford. What the name of the actress who played Betty, Frank’s wife?
A7. Michele Dotrice

Q8. In the TV series ‘Steptoe & Son’, young Mr. Steptoe called his Dad ‘… you dirty old man’. What was the name of the street where their dirty old yard was situated?
A8. Oil Drum Lane


Q9. In Peter Kay’s TV series ‘Phoenix Nights’, what was the ‘taste of the Future’?
A9. Garlic Bread

Q10. In the TV series ‘Father Ted’, Mrs Doyle’s was the housekeeper and role was described as ‘violently hospitable’. Her catchphrase was ‘Ah Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on, Go on…..’ etc’. Which actress played the part?
A10. Pauline McLynn,

Q11. In the TV series ‘BlackAdder Goes Forth’, there was always a cunning plan. Which actor played the part of ‘Lieutenant The Honourable George Colthurst St Barleigh’?
A11. Hugh Lawrie

Q12. In the TV series Fawlty Towers, on of John Clees’ lines was ‘Don’t mention the war. (I did and I think I got away with it)’. The series was relatively short, but how many episodes were there in total?
A12. 12

Q13. ‘…and it’s Goodnight from me, and it’s Goodnight from him’ was a catchphrase from the TV series the 2 Ronnies. Ronnie Barker also wrote some of the material for these shows. What was his pen name?
A13. Gerald Wiley.

Q14. In Monty Python’s ‘The Meaning of Life’ an obese restaurant customer exploded after eating everything on the menu and finally ‘a wafer thin mint’. What was the name of the customer?
A14. Mr. Creosote

Q15. In the TV series ‘The fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin’ which actor played the role of CJ whose catchphrase was ‘I didn’t get where I am today without ….. ?
A15. John Barron

questions by the Park Tavern

1) Which horse won the 2006 Grand National?
A) Numbersixvalverde

2)Who trained the 2007 Gold Cup winner Kauto Star?
A) Paul Nicholls

3)Which country’s national airline is named Varig?
A) Brazil

4)In which city was the 2008 African Cup of Nations final held
A) Accra

5)What is the capital of Azerbaijan
A) Baku

6) In which novel would you find the characters Becky Sharp and Andamleia Sedley?
A) Vanity Fair

7) Who wrote the novel Decline and Fall?
A) Evelyn Waugh

8) The Bolivar is the currency of which country?
A) Venezuela

9) Which countries currency is the Lek?
A) Albania

10) The painting ‘The Card Players’ was by which artist?
A) Cezanne

11) Rwanda gained independence from which country in 1962?
A) Belgium

12) Which football club play their home games at Millmoor?
A) Rotheram

13) Who directed the 1987 Michael Jackson video Bad?
A) Martin Scorsese

14) In which year was the first Star Trek film released?
A) 1979

15) Who directed the films ‘Crime of Passion’ and ‘Whore’?
A) Ken Russell

16) Which actor played the male lead in the BBC series Telford Changes?
A) Peter Berkworth

17) Who served as President of the United States between 1825-29
A) John Quincy Adams

18) Who wrote the poem ‘The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere’?
A) Henry Longfellow

19) What were the special police of Papa Doc Douvalier - the oppressive ruler of Haiti- called?
A) Tontons Macoutes

20) Which Irish King was killed driving the Vikings out of Ireland at the battle of Clontarf in 1014?
A) Brian Boru

21) What year did the demolition begin of the Berlin Wall.
A) 1989

22) What year were the first Christmas stamps issued.
A) 1966

23) Who did Sugar Ray Robinson KO for the middleweight title in 1955.
A) Carl Olsen

24)Who had a No. 1 hit with “Walking on the Moon”
A) The Police

25) Who was elected Pop Adrian IV in 1154.
A) Nicholas Breakspear

26) Which tax was imposed in Britain in 1695.
A) Window tax

27) Who had a No. 1 hit 1987 with “Always on my Mind”
A) The Pet Shop Boys

28) What did the “German workers Party” later become known as.
A) Nazi Party

29) What year was “Top of the Pops” first broadcast.
A) 1964

30) Who did Prime Minister Churchill meet in Casablanca in 1943
A) President Roosevelt

31) Who formed the British Labour Party in 1893.
A) Keir Hardie

32) Which Siege ended after 900 Days in 1944.
A) The Siege of Leningrad

33) Name one of the other two countries that joined the Common Market in 1972.
A) Ireland or Denmark

34) What returned to earth after 85 days in space in 1974.

35) Whose Airline collapsed with debts of £150m
A) Freddie Laker

36) What year were English football league games first played on a Sunday.
A) 1981

37) Which novelist was expelled from the USSR in 1974.
A) Alexander Solzhenitsyn

38) Who successfully tested a steam locomotive on rails in 1804.
A) Richard Trevithick

39) Which heavy weight boxer retired after 25 successful title defences in 1949
A) Joe Louis

40) Who was the first Communist ruler to visit Britain in 1953.
A) Tito

41) Barack Obama is the senator for which state?
A) Illinois

42) John McCain is the senator for which state?
A) Arizona

43) The Doctrine which forbids the surveillance of Members of Parliament was introduced by which Prime Minister?
A) Harold Wilson

44) Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in which Indian city?
A) Rawalpindi

45) The name of which Jewish Festival translates as ‘head of the year’?
A) Rosh Hashana

46) in which country is the pilgrimage site of Fatima?
A) Portugal

47) In Norse mythology Loki is the God of what?
A) Mischief

48) Helen of Troy was originally from which country?
A) Sparta

49) In which country would you spend the Florint?
A) Hungary

50) In which country would you spend the Colon?
A) Costa Rica

51) ‘Nothing on earth could keep them apart’ is the tag line from which 90’s film?
A) Titanic

52) Which 60’s thriller had the tag line ‘Don’t give away the ending, it’s the only one we have’?
A) Psycho

53) Who was voted Most Valuable Player at this years Superbowl?
A) Eli Manning

54) Who won the Men’s singles title at this years Australian Open?
A) Novak Djokovic

55) Whose recent no 1 album is called 19?
A) Adele

56) Who originally recorded the song Valerie recently in the charts for Amy Winehouse & Mark Ronson?
A) The Zutons

57)Which landmark can be found at the Plaza de Miracoli?
A) The leaning Tower of Pisa

58) Which countries flag features an Eagle with a Snake in its beak and Talon?
A) Mexico

59) ‘On Chesil Beach’ is a recent bestseller for whom?
A) Ian McEwan

60) ‘A Thousand splendid Sons’ is a recent bestseller for whom?
A) Khaled Hosseini

61) What does RAM stand for in computer speak?
A) Random access memory

62) What is the name of long john silver’s parrot.
A) Captain Flint

63) What bird do you associate with the shag?
A) The Cormorant

64) What is the most common name for a British Pub?
A) Red Lion

65) What is the colour of a Black Box on an aeroplane?
A) Orange.

66) Which Disney film does Drip Drip Drop little April showers come from?
A) Bambi

67)Jim Kerr was the lead singer of which band?
A) Simple minds.

68) What’s the name of Andy’s sit com in the comedy Extras?
A) When the whistle blows

69) What was the name of the computer on Red Dwarf?
A) Holly.

70) In what country was ice cream invented A) China

71) Love apple is the old name for which fruit?
A) Tomato.

72) Music Who thought modern life is rubbish in 1993?
A) Blur.

73) Which founding member of pink Floyd died on7th July 2006?
A) Syd Barett.

74) What is the most common atom in the universe.
A) Hydrogen

75) Banana oil is produced from what.
A) Coal

76) In which club would you find the chief barker
A) Variety club.

77) which breed of dog is associated with clement Freud
78) Which nation were the first to give women the right to vote.
A) New Zealand.

79) Balti is a style of food first devised and served in which UK city
A) Birmingham.

80) What is Murgh on an Indian restaurant menu.

81)Which classic movie of 1975 was based on a book by Peter Benchley?
A) Jaws

82) Which Irish novelist wrote The Sea the sea?
A) Iris Murdoch

83) Where would you find your metatarsals?
A) Your feet

84) What are the interlocking bones called that make up your spine.
A) Vertebrae.

85) Which is the only bird that can fly backwards?
A) Hummingbird.

86) Which hip hop band included Lauren hill and wyclef jean?
A) The Fugees

87) Natalie maines is the lead singer of which country group
A) The Dixie chicks.

88) Used in the production of nuclear weapons, a compound of oxygen and the hydrogen isotope deuterium produces what?
A) Heavy Water

89) What is the longest river in Australia?
A) Murray

90) Who were the last football team to win the old Division one before it became the Premiership?
A) Leeds United

91) Which oil tanker ran aground at Prince William’s Sound in Alaska in 1989, causing one of the worst man-made disasters ever?
A) Exxon Valdez

92) A funambulist is a person who participates in which death defying activity?
A) Tightrope walking

93) Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears were all products of which Disney made TV series which showcased teenage talent?
A) Mickey Mouse Club

94) Which Irish comedian played the part of Dougal Maguire in Father Ted and the role of thermoman in My Hero?
A) Ardal O Hanlon

95) The Anglo Saxon Chronicle was a collection of annals created during the reign of which English King?
A) Alfred the Great

96) Which 16th Century author wrote the novel Utopia?
A) Thomas More

Supplementary Questions

a) Which sprinter won the men’s 100m and 200m gold medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics before being embroiled in accusations of drug taking?
A) Justin Gatlin

b) Dendrochronology is a simple counting process used to determine the age of what?
A) Trees (counting the number of rings)

c) Who is the leading run scorer in test cricket history?
A) Brian Lara

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

12th February - all questions set by The Dolphin


1. Two US states border Chesapeake Bay; name either.
A. Maryland or Virginia.

2. Which is the most southerly of the Meteorological Office's shipping forecast areas?
A. Trafalgar.

3. The island of Borneo is divided among three countries; Indonesia is one, name either of the other two.
A. Malaysia or Brunei.

4. The Greater Antilles is an island group comprising the four major islands of the West Indies. Three of them are Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica; what is the fourth?
A. Puerto Rico.

5. Which country administers the Ross Dependency in Antarctica?
A. New Zealand.

6. In which city is the HQ of the Ordnance Survey?
A. Southampton.

7. In which English county are Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes?
A. Lincolnshire.

8. In which English county are Biggleswade and Leighton Buzzard?
A. Bedfordshire.

9. What is the capital city of Lithuania?
A. Vilnius.
10. In which English county is the Forest of Dean?
A. Gloucestershire.

Science and Nature

1. Mesothelioma is an occupational disease caused by exposure to what substance?
A. Asbestos.

2. Which form of food poisoning takes its name from a 19th century medical pioneer of antiseptic surgery?
A. Listeria. (From Joseph Lister).

3. The 1945 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded, for a major breakthrough in combatting infection, to Howard Florey, Ernst Chain and who else?
A. Sir Alexander Fleming. (The breakthrough was penicillin).

4. The discovery of the gene was facilitated by research on an insect with the scientific name of Drosophila Melanogaster. What is its English name?
A. Fruit fly.

5. The extinct predator whose scientific name is Smilodon is better known as what?
A. Sabre-toothed tiger or cat. (The essential words are sabre tooth).

6. Which is the largest moon in the Solar System?
A. Ganymede. (One of Jupiter's moons).

7. The Perseids appear in August, the Gemenids in December. What are they?
A. Meteor showers.

8. The Colorado beetle is a serious pest which attacks which crop?
A. Potatoes.

9. What is the common name for convolvulus?
A. Bindweed.
10. An insect's body is made up of three parts. The head and abdomen are two, what is the third?
A. The thorax.

Women in Sport

1. In January of this year Anastasia Dobromysova became the first Russian woman to become World Champion in which sport?
A. Darts.

2. In 1997, what sporting first was achieved by Wendy Toms?
A. She was the first woman to officiate, as referee's assistant, in a Premiership Football match.

3. Karen Brady is Managing Director of which Premiership Football club, a post to which she was originally appointed in 1993 at the age of 23?
A. Birmingham City.

4. Who partnered Jamie Murray to victory in the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Final?
A. Jelena Jankovic.

5. Who won the only British medal at the 2004 Winter Olympics?
A. Shelley Rudman (Silver in the Skeleton Luge).

6. TV sport presenter Gabby Logan represented Wales in the 1990 Commonwealth Games; in which sport?
A. Gymnastics. (Specifically, Rhythmic Gymnastics).

7. Winner of a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, Kelly Sotherton is Britain’s leading athlete in which discipline?
A. Heptathlon

8. Hope Powell is a leading figure in which sport?
A. Football; she is the manager of the English women's football team.
9. Which country won the 2007 Women's Football World Cup, held in China?
A. Germany (beat Brazil 2 - 0 in the Final).
10. Who refereed the January, 2008, Saga Insurance Snooker Final between Mark Selby and Stephen Lee?
A. Michaela Tabb.

Attention All Shipping

1. What name was given to the lowest deck of a passenger vessel, close to the rudder controls, which provided the cheapest and most basic passenger accommodation?
A. Steerage.
2. The Wardroom on a naval vessel is equivalent to what in the Army?
A. Officers' Mess.
3. What name was given to the raised deck at the stern of a sailing vessel, from where the ship was steered?
A. Poop deck.
4. The look-out platform high on a ship's mast takes its name from which bird?
A. Crow (crow's nest).
5. What name is given to the area of a ship below the lowest floorboards, where water may collect and be pumped out from time to time?
A. Bilges.
6. What well-known four word phrase sums up the principles underlying the "Birkenhead Drill"?
A. "Women and children first".
7. On board a ship, for what purpose would a davit be used?
A. For raising or lowering equipment, especially a lifeboat.
8. On board ship, what name is given to a rotating machine with a drum equipped with ratchets for hauling in heavy ropes?
A. Capstan.
9. On a sailing ship, what name is given to the long spar projecting almost horizontally from the bow of the vessel, to which a foremast may be attached?
A. Bowsprit.
10. What name is given to the holes in the sides of a ship's deck, to allow water to drain overboard?
A. Scuppers.

Traditions and Legends of the British Isles

1. Which Sussex town is famous (or notorious) for its distinctively anti-Catholic 5th November Bonfire celebrations?
A. Lewes.
2. What ritual forms the climax of Shetland's celebration of Up Helly Aa! held each January? A. The burning of a Viking longship.
3. What is the name of the dog in the Punch and Judy show?
A. Toby.
4. Which Biblical character is traditionally associated with the Glastonbury Thorn?
A. Joseph of Arimathea.
5. What tradition is associated with the 8th May Spring Festival in Helston, Cornwall?
A. The Furry Dance. (This is the strictly correct answer, but accept Floral Dance).
6. In Irish tradition, what does the wailing of the banshee, or fairy woman, signify?
A. That someone is about to die.
7. What name is given to a mythical mischievous being which causes damage to machinery, in particular to aeroplane engines?
A. A gremlin.
8. What name was given to the shade of green traditionally worn by Robin Hood and his Merry Men?
A. Lincoln Green.

9. What gift is supposedly conferred on those who kiss the Blarney Stone?
A. Eloquence (the "Gift of the Gab").
10. In Scottish folklore, what is a silkie or selkie?
A. A sea spirit in the shape of a seal, which can come ashore and take the appearance of a human being.

Arts & Entertainment - Based on.

All the questions in this round concern works of art or entertainment that are based on earlier works.

1. Who wrote “Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini” for piano and orchestra?
A. Rachmaninov
2. Who wrote “Fantasia On A Theme Of Thomas Tallis”?
A. Ralph Vaughan Williams
3. The 1956 Science Fiction film "The Forbidden Planet", starring Leslie Neilsen and featuring Robbie the Robot, was inspired by which Shakespeare play?
A. The Tempest.
4. The operas "Lucia di Lammermoor", by Donnizetti, and "The Fair Maid of Perth", by Bizet, are both based on novels by which author?
A. Sir Walter Scott.
5. The 1971 stage play, The Banana Box, in which a black student from Croydon successfully fools people into believing he is an African prince, was the basis for which highly popular TV sitcom?
A. Rising Damp.
6. The Rodgers and Hart musical show The Boys from Syracuse" was based on which Shakespeare play?
A. The Comedy of Errors.
7. Which opera by Richard Strauss, on a Biblical theme, was based on a controversial play by Oscar Wilde?
A. Salome.
8. Francis Bacon's series of paintings of Screaming Popes is based on an original painting of the 17th century Pope Innocent X by which artist?
A. Velasquez.

9. The 1974 Rock musical film "Catch My Soul" was based on which Shakespeare play?
A. Othello.
10. Which film, starring Steve Martin, is based on the play “Cyrano De Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand?
A. Roxanne

When in doubt say Smith
In this round all the answers are Smith; you just need the first name. And none of them is John.

1. Theatrical dame who, on screen, taught the "creme de la creme"?
A. Maggie Smith.

2. Poet who was
"....much too far out all my life and not waving but drowning."
A. Stevie Smith (Florence Margaret Smith).

3. Overweight Liberal MP for Rochdale, who described the House of Commons as "the longest running farce in the West End".
A. Cyril Smith.

4. Author of the children's novel that provided Disney with the opportunity to fill the screens with loveable spotted puppies.
A. Dodie Smith (101 Dalmatians).

5. Recently took over Sir Edward Elgar's position in the world of notes.
A. Adam Smith. (Banknotes - on reverse of £20 note).

6. Show-jumper who made the two-fingered salute his own.
A. Harvey Smith.

7. Voted the wittiest living person by Radio 4 listeners in 2002, she said that her home town of Erith, Kent, "isn't twinned with anywhere, but does have a suicide pact with Dagenham"; died tragically young in February, 2006.
A. Linda Smith.

8. The protagonist of Orwell's novel 1984.
A. Winston Smith.

9. She taught the world how to boil an egg.
A. Delia Smith.

10. Sun Hill sergeant in the TV series The Bill.
A. Dale Smith.


1. The Anglo-Saxon kings Penda and Offa ruled over which kingdom?
A. Mercia.
2. Where is the British general Sir John Moore, a commander in the Napoleonic Wars, buried?
A. Corunna.
3. Who were known as "Poilus"? (pronounced Pwa-loos).
A. French soldiers in World War 1.

4. What nickname was given to US soldiers in World War 1?
A. Doughboys.

5. In the Roman Army, what was the function of the Aquilifer?
A. Standard bearer. (Literally, eagle bearer).

6. Who was the Spartan king who led the Greek forces against the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae?
A. Leonidas.

7. The Dogger Bank Incident of 1904 caused a diplomatic crisis between Britain and which other state?
A. Russia. (A ship of the Russian Baltic Fleet opened fire on English fishing boats in the North Sea. The captain thought they were Japanese gunboats; he was drunk).

8. Who was the Surveyor-General of India from 1830 - 1843?
A. Sir George Everest.


9. Who was Nelson's second-in-command at the Battle of Trafalgar?
A. Admiral Collingwood.
10. In 1918 the RAF was formed by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) with which other force?
A. The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS - accept initials as an answer).
1. Which Old Testament prophet saw a vision of a valley filled with dry bones?
A. Ezekiel.
2. Which actor tucked into a meal of boiled shoe in The Gold Rush?
A. Charlie Chaplin.
3. The dried covering of nutmeg is the source of another spice; what is it
A. Mace.
4. The "Fourth Plinth Project" is a scheme to put on prominent public display noteworthy modern sculptures. In which well-known tourist site are these sculptures exhibited?
A. Trafalgar Square.
5. What is the working title of the new James Bond film, currently in production?
A. Quantum of Solace.
6. Jack Harkness is head of which fictional organisation?
A. Torchwood.
7. Why was Charles Bradlaugh, elected MP for Northampton in 1880, persistently refused entry to the House of Commons in the early 1880s?
A. As an atheist he was unwilling to swear the oath of allegiance on the Bible.
8. Back in the 1980s, who was the fictional MP for Haltemprice?
A. Alan B'Stard.

9. Which midland town is particularly associated with the manufacture of saddles?
A. Walsall.
10. Name either of the two teams to play in the last FA Cup Final played at the old Wembley Stadium.
A. Chelsea and Aston Villa
11. After which medieval Italian mathematician is the following series of numbers named: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55 etc? (Each successive number being the sum of the previous two)
A. Fibonacci.
12. In which city, in 1945, was the Arab League founded?
A. Cairo.
13. In a famous poem, to whom were the following words addressed:
"By thy long grey beard and glittering eye.
Now wherefore stopp'st thou me?"
A. The Ancient Mariner, by Coleridge.
14. This year two countries intend to adopt the Euro as their national currency; name either.
A. Cyprus or Malta.
15. In Parliament, what term is given to a strict instruction to MPs from their party to make sure they attend for a vote in the House?
A. A three-line whip.
16. What was the original name of Sir Francis Drake's ship. The Golden Hind?
A. The Pelican.
17. The dog officially known as the Alpine Mastiff is better known by which name?
A. The St. Bernard.
18. Which of the Wombles habitually wore a bowler hat?
A. Tobermory.
19. The 19th Century French revolutionary Socialist, Pierre Proudhon, asked the question, "What is Property?" What was his answer?
A. "Property is theft".
20. Where does Desperate Dan live?
A. Cactusville.
21. In which country is Valencia Island?
A. Ireland
22. Which hilariously incompetent police officer, the star of a highly successful series of Holywood comedies, first made his appearance in the short-lived TV series Police Squad.
A. Detective Frank Drebbin. (The Naked Gun series, starring Leslie Neilsen).
23. Which comedian is the host of the teatime TV quiz show Goldenballs?
A. Jasper Carrot.
24. In English law what is deemed to be the first priority for payment from the estate of a deceased person?
A. Funeral expenses.
25. Who ruled England as regent for the young King Richard II in the first years of his reign?
A. John of Gaunt. (His uncle. Duke of Lancaster).
26 . Which well-known and widespread organisation was founded in 1915 in the Anglesey village of Llanfairpwll (Llanfair PG)?
The Women's Institute..
27. In the book trade, what term is used to describe a page of a book which has become somewhat discoloured, particularly with a reddish-brown discolouration?
A. Foxed.
28. Which motor cycle company was founded in 1903 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?
A. Harley Davidson.
29. The actor and playwright born in London as Ian Roberts has adopted which name, by which he is generally known, to reflect his ethnic roots?
A. Kwame Kwei Armah.
30. Who is credited with having constructed the first Christmas Crib?
A. St. Francis of Assissi. (In 1223 in the town of Greccio)
31. How do the parsees dispose of their dead?
A. They expose the bodies on the tops of high towers to be picked clean by vultures.
32. The 1886 painting Bubbles, by John Everett Millais, was subsequently used as a poster to advertise which specific product?
A. Pear's Soap. (Soap is not enough).
33. The Bolivian artist Doris Salcedo has recently exhibited at the Tate Modern a work entitled Shibboleth. Describe it.
A. It's a huge crack in the floor. The word "crack" is all that's needed.
34. Which medieval English religious reformer is sometimes referred to as "The Morning Star of the Reformation"?
A. John Wycliff.
35. What is the pen name of the novelist David Cornwell?
A. John Le Carre.
36. What is the distinctive stylistic feature of an epistolatory novel?
A. It is written in the form of a series of letters.
37. How many scoring zones are there on a standard dartboard?
A. 82. (2 single scoring areas for each number equals 40; 20 doubles; 20 trebles; 25 and bull).
38. According to the opening lines of a famous European novel, what did Gregor Samsa discover when he woke up one morning from anxious dreams?
A. That he had been transformed into an insect - "a monstrous verminous bug". (Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka).
39. When the English actor James Stewart wanted to pursue a career in Hollywood he had to change his name because they already had a James Stewart. What professional name did he adopt?
Stewart Granger.
40. Whose first book of poetry was published in Kilmarnock in 1786?
A. Robbie Burns.

41. In the name of the Italian car manufacturer FIAT, what does the T stand for?
A. Torino. (Accept Turin).
42. According to the poet Thomas Gray, in his "Elegy in a Country Churchyard", where do the paths of glory lead to?
A. The grave.
43. What was the name of the woman police officer killed outside the Libyan Embassy on 17th April, 1984?
A. Yvonne Fletcher.
44. The Julliard School in New York specialises in which subject area?
A. Music.
45. Hampton Court Maze was created for which king in the 1690s?
A. William III (William of Orange).
46. Two quite different vegetables share the same name, though one is referred to as globe, and the other Jerusalem. What are they?
A. Artichoke.
47. What was the original source of the description of the French as "Cheese-eating surrender monkeys"?
A. The Simpsons.
48. Who was known as "the girl with the million dollar legs"?
A. Betty Grable.
49. How many discs are guests on Desert Island Discs allowed to choose?
A. Eight.
50. In the south they're called "Chavs"; up here they're "Scallies". What are they called in Scotland?
A. Neds.
51. The American illustrator J. J. Audubon achieved fame for his pictures of what?
A. Birds. (The Birds of America).

52. In mathematics what dimension is given by the formula ∏D? (PiD).
A. The circumference of a circle.
53. Which car company recently announced production of the world's cheapest car?
A. Tata motors, of India.
54. What name connects a popular Indie Band with a Jewish dynasty which emerged in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BC?
A. Maccabees.
55. In his 1963 Top Twenty hit Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah what camp was referred to in the song?
A. Camp Granada.
56. Joseph Grimaldi was well-known in the early 19th century; what was his profession?
A. Clown.
57. The manufacture of what product is depicted on the back of the new £20 note?
A. Pins.
58. What historic method of political campaigning was unexpectedly revived by John Major in the 1992 General Election campaign?
A. The soapbox.
59. The TV drama My Boy Jack, broadcast on Armistice Sunday, 2007, was a reconstruction of events which occurred during the First World War. What was the surname of the "Jack" in the title?
A. Kipling. (He was Rudyard Kipling's son).
60. What comment did Dylan Thomas make about Wales, referring to the title of the Welsh National Anthem, "Land of my Fathers"?
A. "Land of my Fathers! My Fathers can have it!"
61. Which element comprises over 90 per cent of the composition of the Sun?
A. Hydrogen.
62. The US city of Cleveland stands on the shores of which great lake?
A. Lake Erie.
63. The Women's Pentathlon was replaced at the 1984 Olympics by the Heptathlon. Name either of the two events that were added.
A. Javelin or 800 metres.
64. The ancient city of Ephesus was a major centre for the cult of which goddess?
A. Artemis (Greek); accept Diana (Roman).
65. What are the first five words of the popular American poem, first published in 1823, and entitled A Visit from St. Nicholas?
A. " 'Twas the night before Christmas".
66. What name is given to the ancient Christian Church of Egypt, and also to the ancient Egyptian language that they use for their rituals?
A. Coptic.
67. Which Australian-born actor was found dead in his Manhattan flat on January 22nd this year?
A. Heath Ledger.
68. The 2007 film “I’m Not There” is described as ruminations on the life of a famous musician, in which six actors, including Heath Ledger, Cate Blanchett and Richard Gere, embody different aspects of his life and work. Which musician?
A. Bob Dylan
69. In 2007, which film topped the list of the American Film Institute's top 100 Films of all time?
A. Citizen Cane.
70. The current Cabinet includes a husband and wife team; name either.
A. Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper.
71. Who, according to tradition, was the original narrator of the thousand and one stories in the Arabian Nights?
A. Sheherazade.
72. The BBC sponsored series of Promenade Concerts held each summer is named after which conductor, who founded the concerts?
A. Sir Henry Wood.
73.Who directed the film Monty Python's Life of Brian?
A.Terry Jones.
74. According to the monetarist economist Milton Friedman, there is no such thing as a free what?
75.Who is the oldest footballer to score in the final stages of the Football World Cup?
A.Roger Milla. (Of the Cameroons, in 1994, aged 42 allegedly).
76.What is the traditional nickname of someone whose surname is Miller?
77.In Greek mythology, who solved the riddle of the Sphinx?
78.What German word means a ghostly double of someone?
79.What is ACOL?
A bidding system in Bridge.
80.On a standard dartboard, what is the lowest number which cannot be thrown with a single dart?

81.What is a "valedictory" message?
A farewell message.
82.Last month the Royal Academy accepted for exhibition a water colour, entitled Farm Building in Norfolk, from Arthur George Carrick. How is he better known?
A.Prince Charles.
83.The name of which toy, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in January, translates into English as "play well"?
84.Which architect was jailed for seven years for corruption in 1974?
A. John Poulson.
85. Who composed the opera Nabucco?
A. Verdi.
86. Which new fantasy film, based on a book by Philip Pullman, stars Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman and the child actor Dakota Blue Richards (sic)?
A. The Golden Compass.
87. Which warship, second in line behind HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, became the subject of a famous painting by Turner?
A. HMS Temeraire (The Fighting Temeraire towed to her last resting place).
88. Mt. Toubkal is the highest peak in which north African mountain range, which lies between the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea?
A. The Atlas Mountains.
89. In Stravinsky's ballet Petruschka, what is Petruschka?
A. A puppet or marionette. (Accept, reluctantly, doll).
90. The traditional song glorifying poaching which has the chorus line
"Oh! 'Tis my delight on a Friday night in the season of the year",
is associated with which county?
A. Lincolnshire. (The title is The Lincolnshire Poacher).
91. What was unusual about the piano concerto which Ravel wrote in 1930 for the Austrian concert pianist Paul Wittgenstein?
A. It was for the left hand only. Wittgenstein lost his right arm in the war. He was, incidentally, the brother of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
92. Which country has played host to the 2008 African Cup of Nations?
A. Ghana.
93. What is the traditional nickname of somebody whose surname is Clarke?
A. Nobby.
94. What substance was traditionally supposed to have been added to British soldiers' tea to suppress their sexual urges?
A. Bromide.

95. What German word is used to refer to a quietly malicious pleasure at someone else's misfortune?
A. Schadenfreude.
96. The colourful garden flower, pelargonium, popular in tubs and hanging baskets, is often incorrectly referred to by what name?
A. Geranium.
97. What was the first film in the series based on novels by Len Deighton and starring Michael Caine as the spy Harry Palmer?
A. The Ipcress File.
98. Who duetted with Freddy Mercury in the Olympic anthem "Barcelona"?
A. Montserrat Cabballe.
99. What kind of animal is a boomslang (pron. Bomes -lang)?
A. A snake. (A South African tree snake).
100. Which soft drinks brand sponsors the Scottish Football League? (Not the Premiership).
A. Irn-Bru.
101. How, professionally, is Geraldine Grainger known?
A. The Vicar of Dibley.
102. Which war leader died when HMS Hampshire was sunk by a U-Boat in 1916?
A. Lord Kitchener.
103. The fictional village Cranford is based on which real town?
A. Knutsford.
104. In which battle did the action of the poem "Casablanca" take place?
A. The Battle of the Nile, 1798; (accept Aboukir Bay).

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

5th Feb - Questions by The Albion and Harrington Academicals

Specialist Questions
Set by the Albion
1. Geography
2. Science
3. 20th Century Naval Battles
4. J's
5. History
6. Sport
7. Arts and Entertainment
8. Creatures


1. In geographical terms what is a 'TEPUI'?

Answer A LARGE FLAT TOPPED MOUNTAIN (found in Venezuela).

2. The port of Wilmington, North Carolina stands on a river which shares its name with a headland made famous in two well known films. Name the river.


3. On which river does the city of Seville stand?

4. Which is the highest mountain in South America?

5. Name the highest navigable lake in the world

6. Name the deepest lake in the world

7. How many time zones does the Trans Siberian railway pass through?

8. Name the only active volcano in Antarctica


In which bay is the town of Churchill, Canada?

Name the stretch of water between North Island and South Island in New Zealand


1. Give the name for an acute infection of the abdominal cavity.

2. Pascals are S.I. units. What do they measure?

3. Who formulated the Binomial Theorem in 1676?

4. Which animal primarily suffers from Glanders and can pass it to humans?

5. Diabetes Mellitus is caused by Insulin deficiency. What is the name of the other type of diabetes?

6. The element Polonium, most recently in the news with the death of Alexander Litvenchenko, is named after what?

7. What is described as number 12 on the Beaufort scale for wind strength?

8. From what plant do we get Codeine?


Name the fuel gas with the formula C3H8?
Answer PROPANE (Iso propane fits but is not a fuel).

What is measured by a bolometer?

20th Century Naval Battles

1. Who was the first lord of the admiralty when the Battle of the Falklands was fought in 1914?

2. Name Jellicoe's flagship at Jutland?

3. Which major naval battle of the Second World War was fought off Greece in 1941?

4. Which country did Japan defeat at the battle of TSUSHIMA in 1905?

5. Name the submarine which sank the Argentine warship 'General Belgrano'

6. Name one of the three type 22 frigates in the Falklands task force in 1982

7. Name the British battleship which saw action in World War one and World War Two and survived
Answer HMS Warspite

8. Which Admiral commanded the British Squadron at the Battle of the River Plate?

S1. The Battle of Java Sea 1942 was fought against the Japanese by an allied force comprising the U.S., Britain, Australia and which other country?
Answer Holland

S2. Name the Captain of the German pocket battleship 'Graf Spee'

The Following Questions have answers in which one word begins with J

1. Name the capital of Missouri.

2. Name the Italian biblical scholar and saint whose feast day is 30th September

3. Name the American comedienne who said 'I don't work out. If God wanted me to bend over he'd put diamonds on the floor'.

4. Name the colleague of Sir Trevor McDonald who opened the newly revived 'News at Ten'.

5. Give the name of a worm drive hose clip.

6. Give the name of a small Spanish horse.

7. Which one time naked chef has recently turned his attention to the condition of poultry farms.

8. Name the film star who has recently donated one million pounds to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Answer Johnny Depp


Name the daughter of Tony Curtis Answer

Give the name of the 1989 film starring Kevin Kline and Susan Sarandon.


1. Name either of the two men who in 1860 to 1861 crossed Australia from South to North, dying on the return tourney.

2. Give a year in the life of Geoffrey Chaucer, English poet, and author of the Canterbury Tales.
Answer 1343 to 1400 (Accept 1338 to 1405)

3. Who followed Robert Walpole to become the second Prime Minister of Britain in 1742?

4. In which decade was the North American (U.S.) Railway crossing of the continent completed?
Answer 1860s

5. Edward IV, Edward V and Richard III were three kings of which royal house?
Answer YORK

6. In which year did Henry III grant a royal charter to Macclesfield Borough
Answer 1261 (No Leeway)

7.Which American President, the shortest serving on record, died in office in 1841, of pneumonia, which he developed after giving a two hour inauguration speech, outside, in sub zero temperatures, amazingly showing that George W. Bush may not be the most stupid man to lead the U.S.A.?

8. Who was the leader of the first expedition to circumnavigate the earth from 1519 to 1522, who was killed by natives in the Phillipines before the voyage was completed?


Give a year during the construction of the Trans Siberian railway.
Answer 1891 to 1917

William III and Mary were members of which royal house?


1. Which golfer, a former British and U.S. Open Champion,. survived being hit by lightning in the 1975 Western Open in Chicago?

2 How many gold medals did Jesse Owens win at the 1936 Olympics?
Answer FOUR (100m, 200m, Long Jump and 4 x 100m relay)

3. Jack Broughton, who reigned as English champion for 21 years was known as the `Father' of which sport?
Answer BOXING (He was a bare knuckle fighter in the 1.700's)

4. Which former England international Rugby Union coach is now in charge of

5. Which runner was the first to run 100m in less than 10 seconds?
Answer JIM HINES (9.95 seconds in 1968)

6. Who holds the record for the most runs in a season in cricket with 3,816 runs scored in 1947?

7. Which horse won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in three consecutive years, 2002, 2003 and 2004, when trained by Henrietta Knight?

8. Where do Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club currently play their home games?


Who was the first cricketer to hit six sixes in one over in 1968?

In 1970, which horse was the last to win the Triple Crown in England, that being the 2,000 Guineas, the Derby and the St Ledger?

Arts and Entertainment

1. Who played the child prostitute in the 1976 film 'Taxi Driver?

2. Which German author wrote the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther'?

3. What was the title of Alfred Hitchcock's last film?

4. What was Patrick McGoohan's number in the T.V. show the Prisoner?
Answer SIX

5. Which poet wrote the line 'Every woman adores a fascist'?

6. In which play does the character Jimmy Porter appear?

7. Name any one of the three artists who had hits in 1985 with songs entitled 'The Power of Love'?

8. Which brothers have produced art work with titles such as 'Hell', Disasters of War' and 'Insult to Injury'?


Name Either of Britney Spears’ two Sons.
(Accept any single correct name). Answer JAYDEN JAMES SEAN PRESTON

Name the missing one of the following;- Brynner, McQueen, Bronson, Coburn, Vaughan, and Buchholz.
Answer DEXTER (Actors playing the Magnificent Seven).


1. What sort of Creature is a Pompano?
Answer A FISH

2. What sort of creature is a schipperke?
Answer A DOG

3. Who owns the cartoon dog 'Dogbert'?

4. Name the Basset Hound in the Daily Mail comic strip

5. What do animals do with the Masseter muscle?
Answer CHEW - it is the large cheek muscle.

6. Which animal did the Owl and the Pussy Cat buy their ring off?
Answer THE PIG

7. Who was the monster, half man half bull kept in the Labyrinth at Crete?

8. What type of dog is the Simpson's dog Santa's Little Helper?


Ailurophobia is the fear of which animals.
Answer CATS

Name the current Television programme about prehistoric monsters breaking through time anomalies to terrify and kill the local population.

General Knowledge Feb 5 2008
Set by the Harrington Academicals

1. What is the organism responsible for the current outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea?

2. According to the most recent UN estimate, which African Country has the greatest population?
Nigeria (148 million)

3. What percentage proportion of the World's population is Chinese?
20% (accept 18-22)

4. What is the name of the facility which allows you to play BBC TV and radio shows on your computer?

5. Who played Albert Steptoe in the eponymous TV series?
Wilfrid Brambell

6. Which European discovered the Victoria Falls?
David Livingstone

7. In which US state is Mount Rushmore. the giant sculpture of 4 US presidents?
South Dakota (do not accept Dakota)

8. What is the name of the green discolouration of copper on long exposure to air?

9. Who is the US athlete jailed recently (as of January) for lying to a US court?
Marion Jones

10. For which team does Rugby Union hero Lawrence Dallaglio play?
London Wasps (accept Wasps)

11. Which California airfield is the main landing place for US Space Shuttle?
Edwards Air Force Base (others are bad weather or contingency fields)

12. How many events make up the Golden Slam in tennis, whose only winner so far has been Steffi Graf in 1988?
5, (4 majors and the Olympics)

13. Which composer wrote the tone poem "Swan of Tuonela"?

14. Who is known as the Godfather of Soul?
James Brown

15. Rap band `Goldie Lookin' Chain' dedicated their song 'Your Missus is a Nutter' to the wife of which footballer?
David Beckham

16. Who designed the Marble Arch and the Brighton Pavillion?
John Nash

17. Who was murdered by the four knights, Fitzurse, de Tracy, de Moreville and Le Breton?
Thomas Becket (or a Becket)

18. Who was the Egyptian Sun god?

19. Who announced his discovery of the circulation of the blood in 1616?
William Harvey

20. How many countries are there in the European Union?
27 (accept 26 to 28)

21. How many counties in England'? (according to the association of British Counties)
39 (accept 38 to 40)

22. What first was achieved by US naval officer Robert Peary in 1909?
First to reach the North Pole

23. Who discovered Lake Edward in Africa in 1875?
Henry Morton Stanley

24. Who won the "Fight of the Century" on 8 March 1971?
Joe Frazier (he beat Muhammed Ali)

25. Which heavyweight boxing champion held the title the longest?
Joe Louis

26. What does the word Mull mean in a Scottish place name?
A Promontory (dictionary definition - a point of high land that juts out into the sea)

27. Which river runs through Norwich?
River Yare

28. Give a word which can mean either shrink or agreement?

29. When French audiences shout "bis", what do they want?
An encore

30. The royal standard is divided into quarters. The first and fourth show 3 Lyons passant. The second a lyon rampant. What does the third show'?
The Harp of Ireland

31. Who became the third man to step on the moon with the historic words "Whoopee man, that may have been a small one for Neil but that’s a long one for me”?
Charles `Pete Conrad

32. Who was given the nickname King of Spades during the American Civil War?
Robert E Lee (when he ordered his army to dig in to block the union advance)

33. Who recorded the hit single 'Slowhand'?
The Pointer Sisters (not Eric Clapton who recorded an album called Slowhand)

34. What is the name of the pigment which determines the colour of human skin and hair?
Melanin - Its Quantity determines skin colour from yellow to black,

35. What is the snow white variety of Gypsum (Calcium Sulphate) better known as?

36. According to the American constitution, who, after the Vice President, is next in line for the Presidency?
The Speaker of the House of Representatives

37. Which literary character's mother was Wenonah and father was the West Wind Mudjekeewis)

38. Who was the Russian physiologist best known for his work on animal behaviour particularly conditioned reflexes in dogs?
Pavlov (Pavlov's dogs)

39. Which Italian scientist is credited with proving that large or small objects tall at the same velocity under gravity?

40. What word for a legislative assembly of a country is derived from the Latin for "old man"?
Senate (from Senex - old man)

41. What substance is processed in a ginnery?
Cotton (a gin is a machine for separating cotton from its seeds)

42. What is the lowest female singing voice?

43. On TV, who played Inspector Morse's sidekick. Sergeant Lewis?
Kevin Whately

44. On TV who played Detective Inspector Jack Rapid’s sidekick, Sergeant Carter, in the Sweeney?
Dennis Waterman

45. In which brewery is Boddingtons cask ale brewed?
Hyde's Brewery, Moss Side

46. What is Kreik
Belgian fruit-infused beer, usually cherry

47. What is the road number of the main Macclesfield-Congleton road?

48. What is the road number of the main Macclesfield-Buxton road'?

49. Luanda is the capital of which country?

50.Ouagadougou is the capital of which country?
Burkina Faso

51. In which country was the English cricketer, Andrew Strauss born?
South Africa

52. In which country was the former English cricketer Nasser Hussein born?

53. What was the name chosen by viewers for the Blue Peter cat, which the producers changed to Socks?

54. Which 1987 novel centres on Wall Street hot shot Sherman McCoy?
Bonfire of the Vanities

55. Which lady of letters, when propositioned reputedly replied: "I only sleep with the first eleven"?
Lady Antonia Fraser

56. Who was the media personality whose advances were thus rejected by Lady Antonia?
Clive James

57 Which Anglo-Dutch steelmaker was taken over by the Indian group, Tata Steel in May?
58. What position does Labour MP Alan Williams hold in the House of Commons?
Father of the house

59. Which ballet opens with King Florestan declaring a grand christening ceremony for his daughter, Princess Aurora?
Sleeping Beauty

60. In which ballet is the leading man forced to dance to death, but is saved by the eponymous heroine?

61. Which adult comic was, at one stage, the UK's 3rd best selling magazine with a circulation of 1.2 million?

62. Give the name of a hole used to spy secretly into an adjacent chamber.
Judas Hole

63. What is used to colour black pasta?
Squid ink

64. Where do Sale Sharks play their rugby?
Edgeley Park, Stockport

65 Who is their Director of Rugby?
Philippe Saint Andre

66. On March 16 where will the first Grand Prix of the new Formula One season take place?
Melbourne (accept Australia)

67. Which pioneering budget airline collapsed on this day in 1982?
Laker Airways

68. Which Last of the Summer Wine actor played the long suffering George to Yootha Joyce's fearsome Mildred?
Brian Murphy

69. Which other Last of the Summer Wine actor is still best known for playing a bus inspector?
Stephen Lewis (Blakey)

70. After Sir Alex Ferguson, who is the longest-serving manager at a Premiership club?
Arsene Wenger (since 1996)

77. Who is the Indian cricketer recently threatened with a test match ban for alleged racist abuse, the threat being subsequently withdrawn?
Harbajan Singh

72. Which writer created the children's TV characters the Wombles?
Elizabeth Beresford

73. Which UK group's 4th and final number one was Beat Surrender, released just before the group split up in 1982?The Jam

74. The UK's first stretch of motorway was opened in 1958, bypassing which town?

75. Who was responsible for the Paddington Bear stories?
Michael Bond

76. Doormen Max and Paddy were first seen in which comedy series?
Phoenix Nights

77 There are currently three Blue Peter presenters; name one.
Andy Akinwolere, Gethin Jones, Zoe Salmon.

78. Name either of the Chuckle Brothers- the comic geniuses behind the show 'Chucklevision'?
Barry or Paul

79 Which English cricketer was known by various nick-names including `the Doctor , the Old Man' and `the Champion'?
W G Grace

80. Who is the only cricketer to have scored a quadruple century in a test match?
Brian Lara

81 How is popular singer David Robert Jones better known?
David Bowie

82. How is performer Barry Alan Pincus better known?
Barry Manilow

83. Which person is called the father of modern Italy

84. Who is said to be the founder of modern Germany?

85. Which event was the Sun headline "From Hitler Youth to Papa Ratzi" referring to?
The election of Pope Benedict 16th -Joseph Ratzinger.

86. According to a university survey in 2007, which British city's women have on average the largest bust measurement?
Chester (no doubt a matter of satisfaction for the Chester Tourist Board)

87 Which Scottish footballer is the only player to have scored 100 goals in both the English and Scottish football leagues?
Kenny Dalglish

88. Even though he retired from UK athletics in 1980, who still holds the record for most capped British male athlete of all time, with 67 international caps?
Geoff Capes

89. Found on an Indian restaurant menu what is the Urdu word for bucket?

90. What might you wear that derives its name from the Spanish for shade?

91. Which director's 1st major film was Reservoir Dogs?
Quentin Tarantino

92. What name is given to the syrup made from pomegranate juice used in various cocktails?

93. Which river was the northern boundary of the Saxon Kingdom of Mercia?

94. The first GM foodstuff to be sold in the UK, tomatos sold by Sainsburys and Safeways, were launched on this day in which year?
1996 (accept 95-97)

95. Which TV series was set at the Wernham Hogg paper company?
The Office

96. Joe Calzaghe has been a world champion for over 10 years. Which other British boxer did he beat to win his first world title?
Chris Eubank

Supplementary Questions

1. Ayers Rock is in which Australian State'?
Northern Territory

2. South Africa has a legislative capital, an administrative capital and a judicial capital.The legislative capital is Cape Town. Name either of. the. other two,
Pretoria - administrative, Bloemfontain -judicial

3. Norton Canes is the only service station on which English motorway?
M6 Toll

4. What is the name of Olive Oyl's brother?

5. Chisinau is the capital of which country?

6. Dili is the capital of which country?
East Timor

7. Which group's career was the subject of the film The Great Rock `N Roll Swindle?
Sex Pistols

8. Give the expression commonly used for a person who reproaches while he sympathises.
Job's Comforter

9. Which US President was the subject of a 1987 opera by John Adams?
Richard Nixon