Sunday, February 08, 2009

3rd February



Q1. In which century was the town of Macclesfield granted its charter?

A1. Thirteenth (1261)


 Q2. Which was the longest-lasting battle of World War Two?

A2. The Battle of the Atlantic.


 Q3. During WW2, which mansion in Buckinghamshire was later described by Churchill as “My golden goose which never cackled”?

A3. Bletchley Park


 Q4. In 1925 an international decorative arts exhibition held in Paris gave its name to which style movement?

A4. Art Deco.


 Q5. In which battle did the defence of Hougoumont Farmhouse pay a key role?

A5. Waterloo.


 Q6. What nickname has been given to King William the Fourth?

A6. The Sailor King.


 Q7. What is the claim to fame of the 1936 variety show “Here’s Looking At You”? There’s a slight clue in the question.

A7. It’s the first TV programme ever transmitted.


 Q8. What word, synonymous with bellicose nationalism, originated in a popular anti- Russian music Hall song from 1876?

A8. Jingoism.




 Q1. Give a year in the life of Spencer Percival.

A1. 1762-1812


Q2. Give a year in the life of Robert the Bruce.

A2. 1274-1329



1/         What name is given to a valley formed by the subsidence of a block of the earth’s crust between two or more parallel faults?

A         A Rift Valley.


2/         In which English county are there places called Ham and Sandwich?

A         Kent.


3/         What is the alternative name of Lake Tiberias?

A         The Sea of Galilee.


4/         Tanganyika changed its name on independence to Tanzania. With which island state did it merge to form the new state?

A         Zanzibar.


5/         If you passed west to east through the “Pillars of Hercules”, which sea would you be entering?

A         The Mediterranean.


6/         The Akosombo dam, opened in 1965, dammed which river in Africa to form one of the worlds largest artificial lakes?

A         The Volta (to form Lake Volta)


7/         Lakes Victoria, Albert and Edward form part of many countries' borders, name the only country which borders all three?

A         Uganda.


8/         If you passed northwards through the “Gate of Tears” (the Mandeb straits) which sea would you be entering?

A         The Red Sea.






S1       Holy Loch is the sea exit for which river.

A         The river Clyde


S2       What name is given to the bending of winds caused by the earth spinning on its axis.

A         The Coriolis effect.



In this round you will be given clues to the title music of TV programmes, ie the title of the tune; the years the programme was on TV and the type of programme it was – the answer is the program title.


For example:-

Tune, I’ll be there for you. Years on TV - 1994 to 2004

Programme type - comedy

Ans Friends


            TUNE                                     YEARS ON TV                     PROG TYPE


1/         ‘Old Ned’                               60’s and 70’s                                    Sit Com

Ans     Steptoe & Son


2/         ‘Sea Shanty’ (trad)               50’s to present day              Childrens

Ans     Blue Peter.


3/         ‘Aujourd’hui C’est Toi’        50’s to present day              Current Affairs

Ans     Panorama.


4/         ‘Johnny Todd’ (trad folk)     62 to 78                                  Drama

Ans     Z Cars.


5/         The Trumpet Hornpipe        57 to 76                                  Childrens

Ans     Captain Pugwash


6/         Element 4                              2000 to present day             Reality TV

Ans     Big Brother


7/         The Good ol Boys                79 to 85                                  Light Ent

Ans     Dukes of Hazard


8/         Stone Fox Chase                 71 to 87                                  Music

Ans     Old Grey Whistle Test





S1       Approaching Menace         72 to present day                 Quiz

Ans     Master Mind


S2       The Liberty Bell                    69 to 74                                  Comedy

Ans     Monty Pythons Flying Circus.





1/         What is an eft?

A         A young or juvenile newt.


2/         What connects muscle to bone?

A.        Tendon.


3/         What is the longest nerve in the human body?

A         The Sciatic nerve (hip to foot)


4/         Quinine, Aspirin and Cinnamon; were all originally derived from a common source.  What is it?

A         Tree bark.


5/         The atmosphere of Venus is composed almost entirely of Carbon Dioxide, while its thick cloud cover is composed of tiny droplets of which acid?

A         Sulphuric acid.


6/         Which fish is nicknamed “the lady of the stream”?

A         The Grayling.


7/         Which part of the body is affected by OTALGIA?

A         The ear.


8/         In measuring acidity or alkalinity the pH scale is used, what does the H stand for?

A         Hydrogen (the potential of Hydrogen)





S1       What word is used to describe the brightness of stars and galaxies?

A         Magnitude.


S2       How long, to the nearest inch, is a baby kangaroo?

A         One inch




In this round you’ll be shown Matt cartoons dating back to the beginning of November.  You just have to name the news story they relate to.

See pictures here



Note for Question Master – please use your discretion and accept an answer that covers the main gist of the story



Ans 1  Four Labour peers accused of taking cash for using their influence to alter legislation.



Ans 2  Prince Harry accused by News Of The World of using racist language.  The Prince of Wales was also accused of the same thing a few days later.



Ans 3  The US Airbus which was brought down safely into the Hudson River without any loss of life


The demonstrations against the third runway at Heathrow



Ans 4  Saudi super-tanker Sirius Star hijacked by Somali bandits



Ans 5  Pound at all time low against the Euro



Ans 6  The Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, said teenagers should never drink before the age of 15.



Ans 7  Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George Bush as a protest during a press conference in December



Ans 8  Anti Government rioting in Greece during December





Ans S1           Two men from Sheffield who were previously cleared of criminal charges, have won a major victory after the European Court of Human Rights ruled keeping their DNA on the British police database breached their human rights.


Ans S2           Cigarette displays could be banned in shops by 2013 and                            restrictions to be drawn up on cigarette vending machines




Q1 Name the Bath and England Rugby Union player recently banned after failing a drug test.

A1 Matt Stevens


Q2 Who is the current captain of the England Rugby Union team?

A2 Steve Borthwick


Q3 Not including Christiano Ronaldo, who is the only other winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year to have played for an English club at some point in his football career?

A3 George Weah. (Won FWPY in 1995 and signed for Chelsea in 2000)


Q4 Name the BBC sports commentator and presenter who died in January this year.

A4 David Vine


Q5 Which sport would you be playing if you hit a "boast" shot into the "tin".

A5 Squash (A boast shot comes of the sidewall and a "tin" shot hits below the line of the end wall.


Q6 Solo, Duet, Trio and Team are all events in which sport?

A6 Synchronised swimming


Q7 Complete the following list from just over 40 years ago Uruguay, Mexico, France, Argentina, Portugal and ?

A7 West Germany (they are all the teams England beat to win the world cup in 1966)


Q8 You’re playing cricket and fielding in a helmet, you take it off and place it on the ground whereupon the batsman plays a shot which hits the helmet. How many runs have you given away?

A8 5





S1 In ancient Greece what does the word Olympiad refer to?

A1 The period of time of 4 years between Olympic games.


S2 "We should be alright here Stan they haven’t got the proper kit" said Billy Wright to Stan Mortenson at Wembley in 1953. What happened next?

A2 Hungary beat England 6-3 the first time England lost at home.




1/         Name either of Shakespeare’s known lost plays.

A         Cardenio or Love’s Labour Won.(some of Cardenio survives and is based on characters from Don Quixote)


2/         What do Cruciverbalist’s enjoy doing?

A         Crosswords.


3/         Which famous rock band links the following 3 images?

Ø        The Hindenberg airship disaster.

Ø        The Jasta division of the Luftwaffe (slightly adjusted).

Ø        The building that stood at 96-98 St Marks Place, New York City

A         Led Zepplin. (They are on the album covers of Led Zep I and II and Physical Graffiti.


4/         Which British composer’s works include Fantasy on Greensleeves’ and ‘The Lark Ascending’?

A         Ralph Vaughn Williams


5/         The book ‘Der Vorleser’ by Bernard Schlink has been made into which film starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes?

A         The Reader


6/         As the bass player in Buddy Holly’s band, he would have been on the ill fated plane in which Buddy died, instead he gave up his seat to the Big Bopper. He went on to a long successful career in country rock before dying of natural causes in 2002. Who was he?

A         Waylon Jennings.


7/         When their song “This is where I came in” reached number 18 in the charts in April 2001, they became the first British Band to have Top Twenty hits in 5 separate decades, who are they.

A         The Bee Gees.

8/         What is the name of the slang language much used in the gay community in the 1950’s and 60’s, that featured in the radio show, “Round the Horn”?

A         Polari.





S1       Which actress has recently published an autobiographical book entitled ‘Past It Notes?

A         Maureen Lipman


S2       What was the final view at the end of Blackadder Goes Forth?

A         A poppy field.            




Q1  Name any of George W's children.

A1  Barbara or Jenna


Q2  Who did George W beat in the 2004 election?

A2  John Kerry


Q3  What was the name of George W's brother who was governor of Florida during the 2000 Presidential Election?

A3  Jed


Q4  Who was George W's first secretary of state?

A4  Colin Powell.


Q5  Why will the USS Abraham Lincoln be forever associated with W's Presidency?

A5  It was where he gave his "Mission Accomplished" speech in May 2003, announcing the end of major combat operations in Iraq.


Q6  Fill in the missing country from this George W quote, "For a century and a half now, America and ????? have formed one of the great and enduring alliances of modern times."

A6  Japan! (what's the odd nuclear bomb between friends?)

       Tokyo, 18 February, 2002


Q7  Who played George W in the recent Oliver Stone directed film "W"?

A7  Josh Brolin.


Q8  Complete the following George W quote, "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we.  They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people……

A1  …and neither do we."

       Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004




S1  Complete the following quote purported to have been made by George W. " The trouble with the French is, they have no word for….."?



S2  Upon what did George W nearly choke in January 2002?

A2  A Pretzel



1.            The creator of the character Alf Garnett, died in 1998, who was he?

A         (Johnny Speight)


2.            Who in 1998 declared that 24 yrs is long enough and her husband should be declared dead?

A         (Lady Lucan)


3.            In which country was the Battle of El Alamein fought?

A         (Egypt)


4.            Who became leader of the Labour Party when Neil Kinnock resigned?

A         (John Smith)


5.            In which film did the wind blow famously up Marilyn Monroe’s skirt?

A         (7 Year Itch)


6.            What is the “sheath” from which a hair grows called?

A         (Follicle)


7.      Which particular person is supposed to have said, “We’re more popular than Jesus now.”?         A    (John Lennon)


8.      Prior to 1664, what was New York called?

A         (New Amsterdam)



9.       Who’s the presenter of the TV Programme Countdown?

A         (Jeff Stelling)  as of 22/1/09


10.   Who played the part of Godber in Porridge?

A         (Richard Beckinsale)


11.   Who composed the William Tell Overture?

A         (Rossini)


12.   Which River runs through York?

A         (Ouse)


13.   In feet and inches, what is the distance between the lines on a standard gauge of British rail lines?

A         (4ft 8 ½ in)


14.   Declan McManus is better known as which singer?        

A         (Elvis Costello )


15.   Who wrote ‘Our Mutual Friend‘?                 

A         (Charles Dickens)


16.  Who was American President  when America declared war on Germany in World War I?
         (Woodrow Wilson)




17.  The Chinese New Year began on 26 January 2009 – what is it the year of?
         The Ox


18.  What is Shakespeare‘s shortest play?
 A        (The Comedy of Errors at 1787 lines)


19   What type of toy would an arctophile collect?
 A        (Teddy Bears)


20.  What is the name of the Orang-utan King in the 1967 film ‘The Jungle Book‘?
         (King Louis)


21.  Who has been the oldest American President to be elected into office?
 A        (Ronald Reagan)


22.  What is the name for the dot on the letter i?
         (A tittle)


23.  Who won the best actress Oscar for the film ‘Driving Miss Daisy‘?
         (Jessica Tandy)


24.  Who wrote the poem ‘Jabberwocky‘?
         (Lewis Carroll)



25.  Who directed the 1973 film ‘American Graffiti‘?
         (George Lucas)


26.  What is the collective noun for a group of kangaroos?
         (A mob)


27.  How old does a road vehicle need to be to be described as a classic?
         (25 years old)


28.  Which famous author once said ‘Work is the curse of the drinking class‘?
         (Oscar Wilde)


29.  The Sea Parrot is more usually known by which more common name?


30.    In which sport does your team only have to travel 3.6 metres to win? 

A         (Tug Of War )


31.    Which television characters got married at Shotgun Pete’s Wedding Chapel?

A         (Homer and Marge Simpson)


32.  What was  the name of the refugee camp located near the French end of the Channel Tunnel ?      A  (Sangatte) 2004




33.  By what name is the Tibetan lion dog better known? 

A         (SHIH TZU)


34.      What do the Argentineans call ‘The Falkland Islands’

A         (Malvinas)


35.      Whose son is named Prince Michael the 2nd  ? 

A         ( Michael Jackson)


36.      Who composed the Four Seasons   

A         (Vivaldi )


37.      What was the Capital of India prior to1912 when New Delhi became the capital city?  

A         (Calcutta)


38.      What would an Australian do with a franger, ? 

A         (Wear it)       (it is a Condom!)


39.      Holly Johnson was lead singer with which group?

A         (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)


40.      Who defeated Oliver McCall in 1995 to become WBC Heavyweight champion?

A         (Frank Bruno)



41.      Harry Allen was Britain’s last what?

A         (Hangman)


42.      Which word can be a musical instrument, a tall narrow wine glass and an organ stop?

A         (FLUTE)


43.      What type of rocks are limestone, sandstone and chalk?

A         ( Sedimentary)


44.      In Scrabble, how many triple word spaces are there? 

A         (Eight)


45.      What will Norwich Union shortly be changing its name to?

A         (Aviva)


46.      What was the name of the ship on which Charles Darwin set sail on his voyage around the world in 1831?

A         (HMS Beagle)


47.      What ceased to be legal tender in 1988 ?

A         (The £1 Note)


48.      What famously did Colonel Thomas Blood attempt to steal?

A         (Crown Jewels in 1671)



49.      What is a triangle with sides of different lengths called?

A         (Scalene)


50.  In which Formula One team did Damon Hill replace Nigel Mansell?


51.  Who wrote the poem `The Owl and The Pussycat`?
         (Edward Lear)


52.  Whose play was adapted for the 1951 film ‘A Streetcar Named Desire‘?
         (Tennessee Williams)


53.  How old was Buddy Holly when he died in a plane crash in 1959?


54.  Which type of buildings did Don Quixote mistake for evil giants?


55.  Who has scored a 1st Class cricket innings of 501 not out consisting of 10 sixes, 62 fours, 4 threes, 44 twos and 93 singles?
         (Brian Lara)


56.  Which month‘s name is derived from the two-faced god of gates?
         January (named after Janus)


57.  In the TV series ‘Only Fools And Horses‘, what is the name of Boycie‘s wife?


58.        What pet name for a dog is taken from the Latin for ‘I trust’? 

A         (FIDO)


59.  John Major became a member of Parliament in 1979 for which constituency, north of London?


60.  Which famous British ship‘s name means ‘The Short Skirt‘?
         (The Cutty Sark)


61.  Which English city was known as  Aquae Sulis by the Romans?


62.    What was Abba’s last no 1 UK hit?

A         (Super Trouper)


63.  Which religious building featured on the Thames Television logo?

A         (St Paul’s Cathedral)


64.   What is the more common name for the act of osculation?

A         (KISSING) – the literal dictionary definition is touch so as to have a common tangent!




65.  If a dish is a la Florentine, which ingredient does it have?

A         (Spinach)


66.  Which falcon is Britain‘s smallest bird of prey, being just larger than a blackbird? 

A         ( MERLIN)


67.  Who owns and runs the London Eye?

A         (British Airways)


68.  What kind of punishment which was often added to a prison sentence was abolished in 1948?      A  (HARD LABOUR)


69.    Which fruit is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry?

A         (LOGANBERRY)


70.    What began in 1567 in England , was outlawed in 1826, and re-introduced in 1994?

A         (The Lottery)


71.  What is the main alcoholic spirit used to make a Daiquiri cocktail?


72.    In what year was the Berlin wall erected? 

A         (1961)



73.  Before he became Mohammed Ali, what was Cassius Clay’s middle name? 

A         (MARCELLUS)


74.   ‘Trowel and Error’ is the title of whose autobiography?

A         (Alan Titchmarsh)


75.  The 3 Peaks challenge involves  3 Peaks, Ben Nevis, Snowdon and which other? 

 A        (SCAFELL PIKE) 


76.    What is Andy Murray’s tennis playing brother’s name ?   

A         (Jamie)


77.    Before the Euro, what was the unit of currency of the Netherlands ?

A         (Guilder)  


78.    Which golfer is known as ‘The Big Easy’?       

A         ( Ernie Els)


79.    What is the value of binary 1010?

A         (10)


80.    Peter Reid is the soccer manager of which country ?       

A         (Thailand)



81.  Which band got its name from a US spy plane?


82.   What is the highest denomination Euro note? 

A         (500)


83.  What commonly used item means `little shade` in Italian?


84.  What was used to drive Charles Babbage‘s calculating machine which is regarded as the world‘s first computer?


85.  `Wichita Lineman` was the first British top ten hit for who?
         (Glen Campbell)


86.    Who was the first football player ever to be sent off in an F. A. Cup final?

A         (Kevin Moran (for Man Utd in 1985))


87. In what year was Hong Kong returned to China?

88.  Which singer is known as the ‘Belfast Cowboy‘?
         (Van Morrison)


89.  Which of the Carry On film featured the ‘3rd Foot And Mouth Regiment‘, the ‘Devils In Skirts‘?
         (Carry On Up The Khyber)


90.  What is the largest stringed instrument in a classical orchestra?
         (Double bass)


91.      Which club in 1998, finally voted to admit women after 211 years? 

A         (MCC)


92.      What is the name of the song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber as Britain’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest?

A         (My Time)


93.    Which British Queen is buried under platform 8 at King’s Cross Station?  

A         (BOADICCEA)


94     Tom, the dancing cat, appears in adverts for which beverage? 

A         (Bacardi Breezers)  


95          The Flying Scotsman joined London to which other city?             

A         (Edinburgh and London)


96          Where did voodoo originate?                                        

A         (Benin. Accept West Africa)






S1.       Born in 1599, who coined the phrase `warts and all` while sitting for a portrait?

A         (Oliver Cromwell)


S2    What is two fifths of 400?

A         (160)


S3    Christmas Island is in which ocean?


S4    The femoral artery is located in what part of the body? 

A         (THE LEG)


S5        What is the BBC’s teletext service called?

A         (Ceefax )


S6        What nationality was the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud?


S7        Royston Vasey is the fictional town in the League of Gentlemen but it is also the real name of which comedian?
         (Roy ‘Chubby‘ Brown)


S8        Stella Rimmington was the first female head of which organisation?

A         (MI5)






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