Friday, February 27, 2009

24th February - All Questions Set By The castle

 

Geography

1          In which body of water would you find the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm?

            Bristol Channel

2          The rowan tree is also known as Mountain Ash, but in which Welsh county is the district of Mountain Ash?

            Gwent

3          In which English county is the natural feature The Wrekin found?

            Shropshire

4          Which river runs through Peterborough?

            Nene

5          The Welland Canal connects Lake Ontario with which other Great Lake?

            Lake Erie

6          In which country is the wine producing region of Mendoza?

            Argentina

7. For what is Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight particularly renowned'?

            Multi-coloured sand cliffs

8          What is an isthmus?

            A narrow stretch of land, usually with water on both sides, which joins a larger land mass at both ends. (MUST refer to joining at BOTH ends)

           

            Supplementaries

9          Grantly Adams airport serves which Caribbean island?

            Barbados

10        To which French port do the majority of the ferries from Plymouth go?

            Roscoff

  

SCIENCE

1)         What did James Chadwick discover in 1932?

NEUTRONS

2)         What is the point of the Moon's orbit called when it is furthest from the Earth? 

APOGEE

3)         An insect's body has three segments. Head and abdomen are two, what is the third? THORAX

4)         Bolas, Gladiator and Trapdoor are species of what?

SPIDERS

5)         What development by Karl Landsteiner in 1901 made blood transfusions safer?

BLOOD GROUP CLASSIFICATION

6)         In 1974 Dr Giorgio Fischer invented what procedure to assist in losing weight?

Liposuction

7)         The POLLEX is the anatomical term for which part of your body?

THUMB

8)         Who was the first Briton to walk in space?

MICHAEL FOALE

SUPPLEMENTARIES

9)         Titan, Rhea and Hyperion are satellites of which planet?

SATURN

10)       What part of the body would be examined by a rhinologist?

NOSE

 

The Final Frontier

In this round, all the questions have some link to "death"

1          In which year was the first official cremation in Britain?

            1885 (accept 1875 to 1895)

2          In which town in Surrey was the first official cremation in Britain performed?

            Woking

3          Who wrote the play "Death of a Salesman"?

            Arthur Miller

4          Which fast bowler had the nickname "Whispering Death"?

            Michael Holding

5          Steve Death (pronounced De-ath) played in goal 537 times for which football club?

            Reading

6          Which hymn contains the lines "Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory"?

            Abide with me

7          In which US state is Death Valley?

            California

8          Which organisation runs the largest Funeral Directorship in the UK?

            The Co-op

           

            SUPPLEMENTARIES

9          In which Cumbrian city was the first "eco-cemetery" opened in 1993, now more often

known as woodland burial or natural burial?

            Carlisle

10        Who played Poirot in the 1978 film version of the Agatha Christie novel "Death on the

Nile"?

            Peter Ustinov

 

 

PUBS

 

            In this round, all the questions have a link with pubs.

1          What part in Rugby Union history does the Alexandra Hotel, Bradford play?

The agreement to form the "Barbarians" took place there in 1890 (accept anything to do with the Barbarians)

2          In which,year did "The Castle" pub, home to 2 Macclesfield quiz teams, first open?

1805 (accept 1795 -1815)

3                      The "Cat & Fiddle" on the A537 is the second highest pub in the UK. At what height is it in feet?

1690 (accept 1650 -1750 )

4 Which pub was often visited by Bree-folk, Hobbits, men and dwarves?

The Prancing Pony (in the Lord of the Rings)

5 With which series of literary works would you associate the pub The Leaky Cauldron'?

Accept anything to do with the Harry Potter novels

6. The "Bat & Ball" in Hambledon has strong links with the origin of cricket. In which county is Hambledon?

Hampshire

7 What is the name of the pub in "The Archers"?

The Bull

8 Which pub features in "The Canterbury Tales" by Chaucer?

The Tabard Inn

SUPPLEMENTARIES

9 What was the name of the village pub in Dylan Thomas's "Under Milk Wood"?

 The Sailor's Arms

10 In Coronation Street, which brewery owns the "Rovers Return"?

Newton & Ridley

 

SPORT

1)         Which footballer, whose career was ended prematurely by a very serious injury, set a club scoring record of 46 goals for Sheffield Wednesday in season 1951-52?

DEREK DOOLEY

2)         Only three batsmen have scored two triple centuries in Test cricket. Don Bradman and Virender Sehwag are two, who was the other one?

BRIAN LARA

3)         At which racecourse is the Scottish Grand National run?

AYR

4)         In the Olympic Games, two events are restricted to women only. Name either. SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING & RYTHMIC GYMNASTICS

5)         Known as the "Rockhampton Rocket", which male Australian tennis player is the only one in the professional era to have won a Grand Slam in a calendar year?

ROD LAVER

6)         Who won the first World Snooker Championship in 1927?

JOE DAVIS

7)         Which golfer won the US Masters in 1986, the 18th and last of his major victories? 

JACK NICKLAUS

8)         Which Rugby Union player holds the record for most points scored in international matches?

JOHNNY WILKINSON

SUPPLEMENTARIES

9)         Which Formula 1 personality said in 2008 "I categorically deny that I have had anything to do with the News of the World investigation into Max Mosley"

BERNIE ECCLESTONE

10)       Which horse is buried by the winning post at Aintree racecourse? 

RED RUM

 

HISTORY

You will be given 3 events that occurred during a particular year and asked to name the year. There is some leeway allowed....

1)         Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba, the singer Morrisey is born, and the first section of the Ml motorway opens

1959 (accept 1958-1960)

2)         Nasser seizes the Suez Canal, actor Mel Gibson is born, and Russian troops invade Hungary to put down an uprising against Communist rule

1956 (accept 1955-1957)

3)         Mount St Helens erupts, golfer Sergio Garcia is born, and the SAS retake the Iranian Embassy from terrorists

1980 (accept 1979-1981)

4)         WPC Yvonne Fletcher is shot and killed outside the Libyan Embassy, Prince Harry is born, and the Winter Olympics are held in Sarajevo

1984 (accept 1983-1985)

5)         The My Lai massacre takes place in Vietnam, the actor Daniel Craig is born, and Apollo 8 enters orbit round the moon

1968 (accept 1967-1969)

6)         BBC2 starts broadcasting in the UK, Michelle Obama is born, and Cassius Clay beats Sonny Liston to become the heavyweight champion of the world

1964 (accept 1963-1965)

7)         White House operatives are arrested inside the Watergate building in Washington, actress Cameron Diaz is born, and Bobby Fischer beats Boris Spassky to become world chess champion

1972 (accept 1971-1973)

8)         Harold Wilson resigns as Prime Minister, the footballer Ruud van Nistelroy is born, and Israeli commandos free 102 hostages at Entebbe

1976 (accept 1975-1977)

 

SUPPLEMENTARIES

1)         Pan Am flight 103 is blown up over Lockerbie in Scotland, Princess Beatrice is born in the UK, and the Winter Olympics take place in Calgary

1988 (accept 1987-1989)

2)         The space shuttle Challenger blows up during take-off, Rafael Nadal is born, and one of the reactors at Chernobyl nuclear power station explodes

1986 (accept 1985-1987)

 

ARTS, & ENTERTAINMENT

1)         Which actor won Oscars for his performances in the films "Spartacus" and "Topkapi"?

PETER USTINOV

2)         Who wrote the folk song "Dirty Old Town", which was inspired by the city where he was born?

EWEN McCOLL

3)         Which opera features the "Humming Chorus", the only aria in the repertoire without any words?

MADAME BUTTERFLY

4)         In the film "A Man for All Seasons" starring Paul Schofield, who was the man for all seasons?

SIR THOMAS MORE

5)         Which long running BBC radio series was set aboard "HMS Troutbridge"?

 THE NAVY LARK

6)         Who wrote the novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"?

VICTOR HUGO

7)         The psychopathic killer Michael Myers was the central villain of a horror film of 1978 and its sequels: what was the name of the original film?

HALLOWEEN

8)         Which nauseous Mississippi bluesman's album "I started out with nothin' and I still got most of it left" entered the charts in 2008?

SEASICK STEVE

SUPPLEMENTARIES

9)         Who wrote the theme music for "Coronation Street"?

ERIC SPEAR (He accepted a flat fee of £6 for it!)

10)              Which singer recorded the song "Strange Fruit" in 1939?

BILLIE HOLIDAY

 

MARITAL BLISS?

You will be given one half of a married couple – you have to name the other half.

1)         Pauline Elston married which former merchant seaman who later went on to fame and some notoriety?

JOHN PRESCOTT

2)         Which British political leader is married to Miriam Gonzalez Durantez? 

NICK CLEGG

3)         The singer June Carter from the group the Carter family, married which other singer? JOHNNY CASH

4)         Jessica Taylor from Dancing on Ice and the pop group Liberty X, married which former England cricket captain?

KEVIN PIETERSEN

5)         The cellist Jacqueline du Pre married which pianist and conductor?

DANIEL BARENBOIM

6)         The poet and author Sylvia Plath married which British Poet Laureate?

TED HUGHES

7)         Octavia, Poppaea and Statilia Messalina were the successive wives of which Roman emperor?

NERO (he murdered the first two)

8)         Which film director married Soon-Yi  Previn in 1997? 

WOODY ALLEN

SUPPLEMENTARIES

9)         Chris Evert married which famous golfer in 2008?

GREG NORMAN

10)       Paul Newman, who died in 2008, was married to whom for 50 years?

JOANNE WOODWARD


GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

1)                   Isaac Newton was born in the year Galileo died. What year was this? 

1642 (accept 1640-1644)

2)                   The Jerusalem artichoke is an edible tuber of which flower species?

SUNFLOWER

3)                   Who was executed in July 1955 for the murder of the racing driver David Blakeney? 

RUTH ELLIS

4)                   The sofa designed by the surrealist artist Salvador Dali in 1937 and shaped like a pair of lips was based on the lips of which film star?

MAE WEST

5)                   What is the name of the device, whose literal meaning is "dark room", whereby an image of outside objects is thrown onto a screen?

CAMERA OBSCURA

6)                   Easter Island, known for its famous ancient statues, is administered by which country?

CHILE

7)                   From which island do we get Marsala wine? 

SICILY

8)                   The Musee d'Orsay in Paris is housed in a building which originally served what purpose?

RAILWAY STATION

9)                   Which physicist, born in Salford in 1818 and famous for his experiments with heat, was the first to measure accurately the relationship between heat and mechanical energy?

JAMES JOULE

10)            Which explorer's real name was John Rowlands? HENRY MORTON STANLEY

11. What is the minimum weight that a horse running in the Aintree Grand National must carry?

10 STONE

12)       The semi-finals of the2008 FA Cup featured 3 teams not then in the Premiership. Cardiff who lost in the final were one, name either of the other two

BARNSLEY or WEST BROM

13)       Which international magazine was first published in 1888 as the official journal of a society formed by a group of explorers, naturalists and scientists?

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

14)       The 7th century St Mungo is the patron saint of which British city? 

GLASGOW

15)     Three British Prime Minister – Harold Wilson, Ramsey McDonald and Gordon Brown – were all given Christian names which they did (or do) not use. What is the name?

JAMES

16)       Hilltop Farm was the home from 1905 of which author, in whose name it is now preserved as a museum?

BEATRIX POTTER

17)       The dormant volcano Mount Rainier, and the national park of the same name, are in which state of the USA?

WASHINGTON (do not accept Washington DC)

18)       Who, when he visited Britain in 1930 and was asked what he thought about Western civilisation, replied: "I think it would be a very good idea"?

MAHATMA GANDHI

19)       The death was announced on 2008 of the singer Levi Stubbs. He was the lead singer with which Motown group?

The Four Tops                                                                                                                 

20)       The Western Ghats are a mountain range running down the south-western side of which country?

India


21)            The name of the city of Rosario was used as the codeword for which military operation in the 1980s?

ARGENTINE INVASION OF THE FALKLANDS

22)            Eggplant is an alternative name for which vegetable? 

AUBERGINE

23)            Which town in Tameside has the 2 pubs with both the shortest and longest names in Great Britain?

STALYBRIDGE (shortest = "Q", longest = "The Old Thirteenth Cheshire Astley Volunteer Rifleman Corps Inn")

24)            Which biblical figure disobeyed God's orders to go and preach in Nineveh, instead boarding a ship going in the opposite direction - to his cost?

JONAH

25        "As we know, there are known knowns. These are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns." Who said that in 2002?

            Donald Rumsfeld

26        Tofik Bakhramov died at the age of 66 in Azerbaijan. What significant role did he play in English football history?

            He was the Russian linesman who signalled the "goal" in the 1966 World Cup final.

27        Which sweet, made of nuts and caramelised sugar, is said to be named after a 17th century French soldier and diplomat whose cook invented it?

            Praline

28        "I am not Jesus, though I have the same initials. I am the man that stays at home and does the dishes." Which 1990's pop star sang that?

            Jarvis Cocker

29        Which Premiership football club's name means: "Farmstead where wild boars are seen"?

            Everton

30        The SAS are banned from eating one wild animal in the field because of the dangers of disease. But the Taiwanese eat it poached, grilled, fried or baked. Which animal?

            Rat

31        "Hab Sosll Quchl" (meaning "Your mother has a smooth forehead") is a deadly insult in which fictional language?

            Klingon

32        Former Finnish diplomat & UN envoy Martii Ahtisaari won which Nobel Prize in October 2008?

            The Peace Prize

           

33        Paul Newman the film star died in September 2008. He was also well-known for producing his own brand of what?

            Salad dressing

34        What is the name of the £1.6 billion shopping complex in west London that opened last year?

            Westfield

35        When Cheshire East becomes the new unitary local authority covering Macclesfield, where will its administrative headquarters be?

            Sandbach

36        Which transplanted organ was grown from stem cells, and proved a medical

breakthrough in 2008?

            Windpipe

37        What alternative figure of speech for "the man in the street" was used by U.S.

presidential candidates last year?

            Joe the Plumber

38        What metal is derived from galena?

            Lead

39        Which country does 007 save from environmentalists in Quantum of Solace?

            Bolivia

40        Which actress said: "I'm a marvellous housekeeper. Whenever I leave a man, I keep the house"?

            Zsa Zsa Gabor

41        How many yards are there in a chain?

            22

42        George Washington, Thomas Jefferson & Abraham Lincoln are three of the four faces carved on Mt Rushmore in the USA. Whose is the fourth face?

            Theodore Roosevelt

43        In the TV series Yes Minister, what was the fictional Prime Minister's name?

            Jim Hacker

44        Who was the last Conservative Foreign Secretary?

            Malcolm Rifkind

45        What is golfer Tiger Woods' real first name?

            Eldrick

46        In which year was Concorde's maiden commercial flight?

            1976 (accept 1975-77)

47) Hillary & Tenzing raised 4 flags on reaching the summit of Everest. Two were those of Britain & Nepal. Name either of the other two.

 India & the UN.

 

48) Which military unit was based at Sidi-bel-Abbes in Algeria during most of its history?

 FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION


49) The 18th President of the United States was said to have smoked about 20 cigars a day. He died of throat cancer in 1885 - who was he?

ULYSSES S GRANT

50) What was the name of the disgraced former chief executive of Northern Rock, who received a payoff of £760,000 after presiding over the first "run" on a British bank in over 100 years?

ADAM APPLEGARTH

51) On which Saint's day was the battle of Agincourt fought? ST CRISPIN

52) What was the name of the chess-playing IBM computer which beat world champion Gary Kasparov in 1993?

DEEP BLUE

53)                       What type of animal is a bongo? Antelope

54) As set out in the American Constitution, what is the minimum age a US President must be?

35

55) Who was Tsar Nicholas H's youngest daughter? ANASTASIA

56) Who wrote the book "Homage to Catalonia", describing his experiences as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War?

GEORGE ORWELL

57) With which city would you principally associate the architect Antonio Gaudi? 

BARCELONA

58) What is the name of the highest civil decoration that can be awarded in France? 

The Legion d'Honneur

59) Which company issued the first traveller's cheques in 1891?

AMERICAN EXPRESS

60)            What is a fox's tail called?

BRUSH

61)            Who was the architect of the Anglican cathedral in Liverpool? 

GILBERT SCOTT

62)            In Elizabethan England, who was the most famous member of the theatrical troupe The Lord Chamberlain's Men?

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

63)            Which Queen of England's childhood home was Hever Castle, in Kent? 

ANNE BOLEYN

64)            Chesley B. Sullenberger III was in the news recently. Why was this? 

He was the pilot who ditched his aircraft in the Hudson River.

65)          What was the name of Dick Turpin's horse??

BLACK BESS

66)            Which is the only city in the world to span 2 continents?

 ISTANBUL (Europe & Asia)

67)            In the movies, who is Don Diego de la Vega better known as? 

ZORRO

68)            What animal is the symbol of the World Wildlife Fund? 

GIANT PANDA (accept Panda)

69)            Who circumnavigated the world in a ketch called "Gypsy Moth"? 

SIR FRANCIS CHICHESTER

70)            Which national park has a famous geyser called Old Faithful? 

YELLOWSTONE

71)            Where did the Wizard of Oz live?

THE EMERALD CITY


72)      In the nursery rhyme, what are little boys made of?

FROGS AND SNAILS AND PUPPYDOGS TAILS

73)      Who was the only female athlete at the 1976 Summer Olympics not given a sex test? PRINCESS ANNE

74)      What are the 9 handmaidens of Odin known as?

THE VALKYRIES

75)      What is the regimental motto of the Special Air Service?

WHO DARES WINS

76)      Which ground holds the record for the highest ever attendance for a football match in Britain?

HAMPDEN PARK (1937 - 150,000)

77)     The Three Choirs Festival is held annually in three English cathedral cities. Gloucester and Worcester are two, what is the third?

HEREFORD

78)      To which royal house did Marie Antoinette belong?

HAPSBURG

79)      What is the alternative name for the game of petanque?

BOULES

80)      Which musical instrument did Edward Elgar play professionally?

VIOLIN

81)      Who played the title role in the TV series Callan?

EDWARD WOODWARD

82)      What land did Aristophanes invent in his play "The Birds"?

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND

83)      What is the more common name for the mandible?

JAW BONE (ACCEPT JAW)


84)       Who allegedly said "I don't have no quarrel with them Vietcong; they don't call me nigger"

MUHAMMED ALI

85)       With which art movement do you associate Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque? 

CUBISM

86)       In which wine producing area are the towns of Rheims and Epernay? 

CHAMPAGNE

87)       The first actor to be knighted was born John Brodribb. What was his stage name? 

HENRY IRVING

88)       What is the subject of the film "They shoot horses don't they"?

DANCE MARATHONS (accept dancing)

89)     Which group had classic albums called "Threshold of a dream" and "Every Good boy deserves favour"

MOODY BLUES

90)       Which woman was the first to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean? AMELIA EARHART

91)       What would you do with pekoe?

DRINK IT - IT'S A TYPE OF TEA

92)       Astrakhan "fur" comes from which type of animal?

SHEEP

93)       Which English city was once known as Sarum or Old Sarum? SALISBURY

94)       In which county is Romney Marsh

KENT

95)       Which Public Enemy No 1 was shot by the FBI outside the Biograph Threatre in Chicago in 1934?

JOHN DILLINGER


96)            Four countries have competed at all the modern Olympics since 1896. Great Britain is one; name any one of the others

 GREECE, AUSTRALIA, SWITZERLAND 

SUPPLEMENTARIES

 

97)            What is a Queens Messenger?

 

A COURIER WHO WORKS FOR A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT, ESPECIALLY THE FOREIGN OFFICE

 

98)            What is a mullion? 

A STRUCTURAL ELEMENT WHICH DIVIDES WINDOW UNITS VERTICALLY

 

99)            At the infamous Salem witch trials during the 17th century, some 150 people were arrested and imprisoned accused of witchcraft. How many were executed?

 

19

 

100)                     In decorating, what is sizing?

 

APPLYING ADHESIVE PASTE TO A WALL SURFACE IN PREPARATION FOR PAPERING

 

101)                     How many letters are there in the Greek alphabet?

 

24

 

102)                     What is the largest lake contained wholly within Switzerland?

 

LAKE NEUCHATEL

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