Thursday, April 17, 2008

15th April Questions


Q1. Football – Which country won the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations?
Ans. Egypt
Q2. The women’s pentathlon was dominated by East German athletes in the 1960’s but in 1972 there was a British winner, name her.
Ans. Mary Peters.
Q3. Golf – Who was the first European to win the US Masters Tournament?
Ans. Seve Ballesteros.
Q4. Sailing – the single handed trans-Atlantic race begins at Plymouth, England, where does it finish?
Ans. Newport, Rhode Island. (accept Rhode Island).
Q5. Basketball – At the beginning of a basketball game the referee throws up the ball in the centre circle, what is it called?
Ans. Jump Ball.
Q6. In which country did Ice Hockey originate?
Ans. Canada.
Q7. Motor Racing – What forced Nigel Mansell out of the 1986 Australian Grand Prix thus robbing him of the Formula 1 World title?
Ans. A burst tyre.
Q8. Cricket – In 1975 an Australian versus England match had to be abandoned because of vandalism of the pitch. Where was it at?
Ans. Headingly

Q1 Horse Racing – Name the jockey who overcame cancer to win the 1981 Grand National?
Ans. Bob Champion.
Q2. What shape is the pitch for an Australian Rules football match?
Ans. Oval.

Q1. What Laws were repealed in 1846?
Ans. The Corn Laws.
Q2. Who refused the crown in 1657?
Ans. Oliver Cromwell
Q3. Who did Johny Reb fight for?
Ans. The Confederates in the American Civil War.
Q4. What was inspired by the death of Mumtaz in 1631?
Ans. The Taj Mahal.
Q5. Who named the Pacific Ocean?
Ans. Ferdinand Magellan.
Q6. Whose murder was organised by Felix Yusupov?
Ans. Rasputin.
Q7. What was Marie-Bernarde Soubirous reputed to have seen in 1858?
Ans. The Vision of the Virgin at Lourdes (accept the Virgin Mary).
Q8. Which cheese is mentioned in the Domesday Book?
Ans. Cheshire


Q1. Which war was ended by the Treaty of Westphalia?
Ans. The thirty Years War (1618-1648).
Q2. Which person was the first to be called “Prime Minister”? (a term first used as an insult).
Ans. Robert Walpole

Q1. Which historical figure is supposed to have been the prototype of Bram Stokers ‘Dracula’?
Ans. Vlad the Impaler
Q2. What ugly misshapen creatures in the form of men are said to lurk in the northern forests of Scandinavia?
Ans. Trolls.
Q3. Name the imaginary creature described by Lewis Carroll as having ‘jaws that bite and claws that catch’?
Ans. The Jabberwocky.
Q4. Name the dragon that guarded treasure in ‘The Hobbit’?
Ans. Smaug.
Q5. In James Herberts ‘The Rats’ how did the monster rat differ in appearance from the other monster mutants?
Ans. It was white with two heads (accept 2 heads)
Q6. The Kraken was a legendary monster said to be big enough to drag down ships. What type of creature is it now believed to have been?
Ans. A Giant Squid.
Q7. In the film ‘Ghostbusters’ a pagan deity called up a monster who appears in surprisingly cuddly form, what is it?
Ans. A giant marshmallow man.
Q8. How was King Kong killed?
Ans. He was shot down by aircraft.

Q1. The Giant Goliath was slain by the boy David in the bible story, Goliath was a member of which army?
Ans. The Philistines.
Q. In ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, a Dartmoor family is plagued by a phantom hound. Name the author of the novel.
Ans. Conan Doyle.
Q1. Which motorway runs between Preston and Colne?
Ans. M65
Q2. Which motorway runs between Strensham and Ross on Wye?
Ans. M50
Q3. Which canal passes through Loch Ness?
Ans. The Caledonian Canal
Q4. Which waterway runs from Bath to Reading?
Ans. The Kennet and Avon Canal.
Q5. Which European City is served by Kastrup Airport?
Ans. Copenhagen.
Q6. Which North American City is served by Dorval Airport?
Ans. Montreal.
Q7. Which Railway Company built the line from Manchester to Macclesfield?
Ans. Manchester & Birmingham Railway.
Q8. Which English City has railway stations called St Davids and Central?
Ans. Exeter

Q1. Which preserved railway runs from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth?
Ans. Severn Valley Railway.
Q2. Which Canal starts from Etruria, Stoke on Trent and ends at Froghall Wharf?
Ans. Caldon Canal.

Q1. What is the state capitol of Iowa, USA?
Ans. Des Moines
Q2. What was the capital of the USA before Washington DC?
Ans. Philadelphia.
Q3. Which river flows through the German City of Dresden?
Ans. The Elbe
Q4. Which Irish town was known as Kingstown from 1821 until 1921?
Ans. Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leary).
Q5. In which country are the Taurus mountains?
Ans. Turkey
Q6. Which river joins the Rhine at the German City of Koblenz?
Ans. The Moselle.
Q7. Which German City was renamed Karl Marx Stadt from 1953 to 1990?
Ans. Chemnitz
Q8. Three countries have borders on Lake Constance, Germany and Switzerland are two what is the other?
Ans. Austria

Q1. Which US city stands at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers?
Ans. St Louis (Missouri).
Q2.What is the state capital of New Mexico USA?
Ans. Santa Fe

You will be given some characters names and a piece of dialogue, all you have to do is name the film.

Q1. Big Joe, Oddball and Crapgame. “All you have to do to have a share in this operation is to crank this turret around and blow a hole in that bank door”.
Ans. Kelly’s Heroes.
Q2. Sheriff Butford T Justice, Frog and Snowman. “I’m Butford T Justice and I’ve been in high speed pursuit for over 500 miles. He did that on purpose but the evidence is in the car Junior”.
Ans, Smokey and the Bandit
Q3. Martin Brody, Matt Hooper and Quint. “You are going to need a bigger boat. I was afraid of the water but I don’t understand why”.
Ans. Jaws
Q4. Luther Billis, Nellie Forbush and Lt Cable. “The fighter pilots in the hospital are talking about a French man. They say the French man did this and the French man did that. Is it my French man?”.
Ans. South Pacific.
Q5. Professor Marcus, Major Courtney and One Round. The gang had stolen £60,000. “I’ll look after that money, it will be better with me out of the way of temptation to all of you”.
Ans. The Lady Killers
Q6. Lt Bromhead, Lt Chard and Private Hook. “You see that old boy on the hill. He’s testing your rate of fire with the lives of his braves”.
Ans. Zulu.
Q7. Charlie Allnut and Rose Sayer. “Anything I hate it’s leeches, filthy little devils. Captain will you marry us before you hang us”.
Ans. African Queen.
Q8. Ben Rumson and Patner. Songs including ‘I talk to the trees and’ ‘Wandering Star’.
Ans. Paint your wagon.
Q8. Cody Jarrett, Hank Fallon and Dan Winston. “Made it Ma top of the world, Cody Jarrett made it to the top of the world and blow up in his face”.
Ans. White Heat.

Q1. Roger Bartlett (Big X), Captain Hilts and Ashley Pitt. “10 days isolation Hilts”. Captain Hilts “20 days”.
Ans. The Great Escape.
Q2. Cody Jarrett, Hank Fallon and Dan Winston. “Made it to the top of the world, Cody Jarrett made it to the top of the world”.
Ans. White Heat.

Q1. Which ground breaking Childrens TV series created by Phil Redmond was cancelled this year after nearly 30 years?
Ans. Grange Hill.
Q2. In which TV series is David Lister the last human to be alive?
Ans. Red Dwarf
Q3. Who played the ghost ship captain Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean?
Ans. Bill Nighy
Q4. In which 70’s TV series did Bonnie Langford play Violet Elizabeth Bott?
Ans. Just William.
Q5. Who composed the music for the ballet Coppelia?
Ans. Delibes.
Q6. Who composed the ballet music for the Nutcracker?
Ans. Tchaikovsky
Q7. Who wrote the poem entitled ’The Soldier’ whose first line starts “If I should die think only of me”?
Ans. Rupert Brooke
Q8. Who wrote the poem ‘Twelve Songs’ , it was quoted in the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ and the first line is “Stop all the clocks cut off the telephones”?
Ans. W H Auden

Q1. Who wrote the best selling books ‘Labrynth’ and ‘Sepulchre’?
Ans. Kate Moss.
Q2. Listed for the 2007 Booker Prize who wrote ’The Welsh Girl’?
Ans. Peter Ho Davies (accept Peter Davies).

Q1. What is the old name for concentrated Sulphuric Acid?
Ans. Vitriol or Oil of Vitriol.
Q2. What is the name of the acid that was first prepared from red ants?
Ans. Formic
Q3. What substance was responsible for the phrase ‘Mad as a Hatter’?
Ans. Mercury (which was used in the manufacture of hats).
Q4. What is the common name for dilute Acetic Acid?
Ans. Vinegar.
Q5. What is the mathematical term that means without end or limit?
Ans. Infinity.
Q6. What is the common name for ethylene glycol?
Ans. Antifreeze.
Q7. What is oology the study of?
Ans. Birds Eggs.
Q8. What is toxicology the study of?
Ans. Poisons.

Q1. What is the Farad a unit of?
Ans. Capacitance.
Q2. Percy Spencer was the inventor of which time saving culinary device?
Ans. The Micowave Oven.


Q1. If something is described as porcine, what is it like?
A. Pig like

Q2. What is the correct term for a male crab.
A. Cock

Q3. The first recorded occurrence of which sport took place on the 9th Feb 1540 at Roodeye Field, Chester?.
A. The first recorded horse race meeting.

Q4. On a map, which is the only U.S state not have a straight line border.
A. Hawaii

Q5. What are Jackie Brambles, Colleen Nolan, Linda Bellingham and Carole McGiffent collectively known as?
A. Loose Women (ITV lunchtime TV programme)

Q6. Who wrote the trilogy of books that the TV series Larkrise to Candleford was based on?
A. Flora Thomson.

Q7. What traditional name is given to the old feast day celebrated on 1 August?
A. Lamas

Q8. What is the name of the notorious reporter who broke both the Clinton/Lewinsky affair and Prince Harry serving in Afghanistan stories.
A. Matt Drudge.

Q9. On which river does Budapest stand?
A. Danube.

Q10. What spice is often used as a cheaper alternative to saffron to give a yellow colour to certain foods?
A. Turmeric.

Q11. What are surtitles?
A. A caption projected on a screen above the stage in an opera translating the text being sung.

Q12. Which animal is in the centre of the badge of Coventry City football club(and has been used as a logo for Carlsberg).
A. The elephant.

Q13. Which singing duo were reunited by the “Old Friends” tours of 2003-4.
A. Simon and Garfunkel.

Q14. What does the V stand for in the French railways TGV.
A. Vitesse.

Q15. Which Beatles record album feature a zebra crossing on its cover?
A. Abbey Road.

Q16. In which religion is Baisakhi Mela the new year festival?
A. Sikhism.

Q17. Which medieval weight system is still used to measure precious metals and stones?
A. Troy weights.

Q18. Which American Broadway impresario was known for his lavish musical shows featuring chorus lines of female dancers?
A. Florenz Ziegfield.

Q19. Which gas is given off by bananas which helps ripen other fruit in your fruit bowl?
A. Ethylene

Q20. Who owned the garden in which the children’s T.V series the Magic Roundabout was set?
A. Mr. Rusty

Q21. Which Persian King was defeated by the Greeks at the battle of Marathon?
A. King Darius I

Q22. Where in England is Gibraltar Point?
A. The northern tip of the Wash in Lincolnshire.

Q23. Who played Morticia in the 1991 film version of The Addams Family?
A. Angelica Huston.

Q24. Which town in Virginia was visited by The Queen in 2007 to mark its 400th anniversary as the first permanent British settlement in the U.S.A?
A. Jamestown.

Q25. What tribal group of nomadic people inhabit the Syrian and Arabian deserts?
A. The Bedouin.

Q26. In which country is the port of Odense?
A. Denmark.

Q27. Which peninsula separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico?
A. The Yucatan peninsula.

Q28. Who was the longest reigning king of Britain?
A. George III (60 years 1760-1820).

Q29. Which salt water fish has the Latin name Hippocampus Hippocampus?
A. The sea horse

Q30. From which plant is the drug atropine obtained?
A. Deadly Nightshade.

Q31. Which Dutch town gives its name to a style of blue and white pottery?
A. Delft.

Q32. Who was the first Tsar of Russia?
A. Ivan the Terrible.

Q33. Where in the body are the muscles called the quadriceps?
A. In your thighs (front).

Q34. What in the reptile world is a slough?
A. The discarded skin of a snake or other reptile.

Q35. Which metal is added to pure silver to produce hallmarked 92.5% sterling silver?
A. Copper.

Q36. Which piece of music was playing during the moon trip sequence in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey?
A. The Blue Danube Waltz.

Q37. What name is given the bible passage from St Luke Chapter 2 verses 2-4, sometimes referred to as the Pater Noster?
A. The Lord’s Prayer or Our Father

Q38. Which type of electromagnetic rays have the shortest radiation wavelength?
A. Gamma rays.

Q39. In which country is the port of Pusan?
A. South Korea.

Q40. In which country are the regions of North and South Darfor?
A. Sudan.

Q41. What is the orchestral instrument a Tam-Tam more commonly known as?
A. A gong.

Q42. Who is the mother of Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor?
A. Sophie Countess of Wessex

Q43. Which fantasy novel has the subtitle ‘There and Back Again’.
A. The Hobbit.

Q44. Which vitamin found in green vegetables is essential for the blood clotting process?
A. Vitamin K.

Q45. Which is the largest freshwater lake in mainland Great Britain?
A. Loch Lomond.

Q46. Which animal product in some cheeses makes them inedible to vegetarians?
A. Rennet (curdled milk from a calf’s stomach).

Q47. Which of Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations is played at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday?
A. Nimrod.

Q48. The fruit of which tropical tree is an important ingredient in both Worcestershire and HP sauce?
A. Tamarind.

Q49. What geographical features are produced by orogenesis?
A. Mountains.

Q50. In Association Football, how far in yards is the penalty spot from the goal line?
A. 12 yards

Q51. Who was the first black female M.P?
A. Diane Abbott

Q52. Which famous British novelist wrote the book ‘The Children of Men’, on which the recent film of the same name was based?
A. P D James

Q53. Which famous Sci-fi author was a special scientific consultant on the first Star Trek film?
A. Isaac Azimov

Q54. Which horse won the 2008 Grand National?
A. Comply or Die

Q55. Why did a wet Fiona Shackleton make the news recently?
A. Paul McCartney’s divorce lawyer, who had water thrown over her by Heather McCartney.

Q56. Who in the New Testament of the Bible said “The truth? What is that”?
A. Pontius Pilate

Q57. What name did British troops in the World War I trenches give to the shrapnel shells which made no noise through the air until they were about to explode.
A. Whiz Bangs

Q58. Which English comedy actor is to play Scotty in the new Star Trek film?
A. Simon Pegg

Q59. Which piece of music, first performed at the Paris Opera House in 1928, reputedly caused some women in the audience to swoon, and one to cry out “He’s mad, he’s mad”?
A. (Ravels) Bolero

Q60. Prime Minister’s Questions on 2nd April this year was taken by a woman, for the first time since the days of Mrs. Thatcher. Who was she?
A. Harriet Harman

Q61. What rather nondescript codename was given to the prototype atom bomb detonated in the New Mexico desert in July 1945?
A. The Gadget

Q62. First class stamps went up recently to what price?
A. 36p

Q63. Whose culinary creations include snail porridge and egg and bacon ice cream?
A. Heston Blumenthal

Q64. The death of John Charles Carter was announced on 6th April this year. By what name was he better known?
A. Charlton Heston

Q65. In 2006 Scottish novelist Geraldine McCaughrean wrote a sequel to which classic book?
A. Peter Pan

Q66. Which local, high profile facility owned by Manchester University faces an uncertain future due to recent reports that its funding may be withdrawn?
A. Jodrell Bank Observatory

Q67. Which football stadium, when it opened in 1923, was heralded as “The Wembley of the North”
A. Maine Road

Q68. Which American group’s latest album is called ‘Accelerate’?

Q69. What is the nickname of cup finalists Cardiff City?
A. The Bluebirds

Q70. What is the name for the ribbon of fast moving air in the upper atmosphere over Britain, which last summer was blamed for all the rain we had, because it had shifted south of its normal trajectory?
A. The (Atlantic) Jet Stream

Q71. In March, the death occurred of the man credited with the idea of having geostationary satellites as an aid to communication. Who was he?
A. Arthur C. Clarke

Q72. What type of stone is found on the Giant’s Causeway?
A. Basalt

Q73. The shortest verse in the New Testament is “Jesus wept”. Who was he weeping for?
A. Lazarus (who had just died)

Q74. When Philip Pullman’s book The Northern Lights was published in the U.S.A. its title was changed to what?
A. The Golden Compass

Q75. A book entitled “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” chronicles the history of which rock group?
A. The Who

Q76. Which year in the 19th century became known as “The year of revolutions”?
A. 1848 (accept 1846-50)

Q77. A small, propeller-driven plane developed by Boeing has recently made a successful flight in Spain. What is unusual about it?
A. It was powered by Hydrogen

Q78. Milk, Littlewood, Rumbelows, Coca Cola, Worthington. What comes next?
A. Carling (Sponsors of the League Cup)

Q79. What is the name of the hapless police chief in The Simpsons?
A. Clancy Wiggum

Q80. Which recently completed building boasts the world’s longest champagne bar.
A. St Pancras Station

Q81. Which recently completed building boasts having more toilets than any other building in the world?
A. Wembley Stadium (2618)

Q82. Which British retailer has recently opened stores in the USA trading under the name ‘Fresh and Easy’?
A. Tesco

Q83. What contribution has designer Thomas Heatherwick made to the skyline of Manchester?
A. He designed ‘The B of the Bang’ located outside the City of Manchester stadium.

Q84. What paradox is being described here: ”He would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to”
A. Catch 22

Q85. ‘Silverfin’, ‘Blood Fever’ and ‘Double or Die’, written by the fast show’s Charlie Higson, are books featuring which character?
A. (A young) James Bond

Q86. In the three Bourne films starring Matt Damon what is Bourne’s first name?
A. Jason

Q87. Which element has the chemical symbol Co?
A. Cobalt

Q88. Who was murdered in 1170 by the Knights, Fitzurse, De Moreville, De Tracy and Le Breton?
A. Thomas a Becket (Archbishop of Canterbury)

Q89. Who is going to appear as the new Miss Marple on ITV later this year?
A. Julia McKenzie

Q.90. Which British horse race is the fillies equivalent of the Derby?
A. The Oaks

Q.91. In which film is Marilyn Monroe’s dress blown upwards when standing over an air vent in the sidewalk?
A. Seven Year Itch.

Q92. What is the main alcoholic spirit used to make a Daiquiri cocktail?
A. Rum

Q93. How many different scoring areas are there on a standard dart board?
A. 82

Q.94. What type of herb is pennyroyal?
A. Mint

Q95. On which street in Macclesfield was the recently discovered cannabis factory, purported to be one of the largest ever found in the UK?
A. Bridge Street

Q96. Which country won the 2007 Cricket World Cup?
A. Australia



S1. Where would you find an emoticon?
A. In emails or text messages (typographical symbols used to express emotion) :-)

S2. The nursery rhyme ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ celebrates which profession?
A. Pawn broking

S3. How many cubic feet are there in a cubic yard?
A. 27

S4. Which singer was backed for 15 years by the singing group The Jordanaires?
A. Elvis Presley.

S5. What is added to a pint of beer to make a drink called a ‘Dog’s Nose’?#
A. A tot of gin.

S6. Which British landmark is known as Penn An Wlas in the local language?
A. Lands End (in Cornish)


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