Thursday, April 23, 2009

Specialist Questions by the Byron Laureates

Specialist Round 1 —Arts and Entertainment

1 Of which hotel was "Major Gowan" a resident ? 


 2 What was the name of the horse in the sitcom "Steptoe and Son”? 


 3 "Call me Ishmael" is the opening line from which book? MOBY DICK (by Herman Melville)


4 In which novel do we find the characters Ralph, Simon and Piggy? 

LORD OF THE FLIES (by William Golding)

 5 One of the most expensive works of art lost in the destruction of the Twin Towers was a tapestry, which Spanish artist created it?



6 In which city was Pablo Picasso born? MALAGA


7 Who was the writer Eric Arthur Blair better known as? GEORGE ORWELL


8 Who was the writer Mary Anne Evans better known as?





9 In the novel "Don Quixote" by Cervantes what is the name of the title characters steward?


10 The novel "Three Men in a Boat" was written by Jerome K Jerome but what is the title of its sequel?


Specialist Round 2 — Geography

1 Of which Asian country is the Kip the main unit of currency? 



2 What is the currency of Slovakia? 



3 Which Asian capital city has a name meaning "Red Hero"? ULAN BATOR (capital of Mongolia)


4 The capital of Mozambique is Maputo ,what was it formerly named? LORENCO MARQUES


5 What was the former name for Ghana? 



6 Name the Strait between Australia and Tasmania?



7 Which Central American country has no army?



8 Which city is served by Dum Dum airport?

CALCUTTA (a dum dum is a type of bullet with the tip sawn off)




9 What is the former name of Burkino Faso ?



10 What was Myanmar formerly called? BURMA

Specialist Round 3 — Science

I What was the first manned U.S. space station? SKYLAB


2 What did British inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell invent and develop? The HOVERCRAFT


3 On the internet what does the second letter t stand for in http ? TRANSFER


4 Nicam as in nicam stereo is a commonly used acronym, what does the letter I stand for?



5 What is the name for a Stationary Electrical Charge (which builds up on an insulated object)?



6 A "Rutherford" is a unit of what ?

A UNIT OF RADIOACTIVE DISINTEGRATION accept RADIATION( after the physicist Baron Rutherford 1831-1937)


7 What is a scolex?

The HEAD OF A TAPEWORM (having hooks and suckers by which it attaches its self to its host )


8 The art of judging someone’s character from their appearance especially the face is called what?





9 In computing terminology what does the letter R stand for in RAM ? RANDOM


10 What is the common name of the compound ascorbic acid ? VITAMIN C

Specialist Round 4 — Sport

1 In which sport is the term "stoop" used? FALCONRY


2 Which Rovers does veteran cartoon character "Roy of the Rovers” play for? MELCHESTER ROVERS


3 Which football team became the first in the U.K. to have an all-seater stadium? ABERDEEN


4 Who broke Mohammed Ali's jaw in 1973? KEN NORTON


5 In motor racing on which circuit does the San Marino Grand Prix take place? IMOLA


6 How many tricks make up a grand slam in Bridge?



7Who won gold for Britain in the heptathlon at the Sydney Olympics? DENISE LEWIS


8 Who was the first player to score a televised maximum break of 147 in a snooker world championship?





9 The BDO is the U.K. governing body for which sport? DARTS

10 Which footballer published his autobiography in 1998 entitled “Addicted"? TONY ADAMS

Specialist Round 5 — History

As it will soon be England's Patron Saint’s Day the following questions are based upon St George


1 In what year was St George martyred? A.D. 303 (50 years leeway each way)

2 Which king adopted George as England's Patron Saint? EDWARD 111 (in 1348)


3 He is believed to have been a Cappadocian official — in the army of which Roman emperor ?



4 According to legend what was the name of the princess he rescued? SABRA


5 In which country is he said to have slain the dragon? LIBYA (Silene)

6 What is the title of Edmund Spenser’s poem relating to St George? THE FAERIE QUEENE


7 In the poem Spenser refers to St George as whom? THE RED CROSS KNIGHT

8 As we know St George is the Patron Saint of England but which country was he actually from?





9 When did St George become Popular?

AT THE CRUSADES (Antioch, Holy Land)


10 On which date does St Georges day fall? APRIL 23rd

Specialist Round 6 — Classic Movies

1 On which author’s novel was the film "Breakfast At Tiffany's " based? TRUMAN CAPOTE' S


2 Which spaghetti western involved the feuding family gangs the Baxters and the Rojos?



3 In the 1942 film "Casablanca" what was the first name of Ingrid Bergmans character?



4 which film was Orson Welles's directorial debut? CITIZEN KANE


5 In Roman Polanski film does Jack Nicholson play a private eye called Jack Gittes? CHINATOWN


6 In the classic western "High Noon" who plays the character Will Cane? GARY COOPER


7 From which Bette Davis film did the line "Fasten your seatbelts, it’s gonna be a bumpy night " come?



8 Which Hollywood film stars Gloria Swanson as ageing silent movie star Norma Desmond?





9 Who was Jack Nicholson's female co star in the film "Chinatown? FAYE DUNAWAYE


10 In the musical western “Paint Your Wagon" who sang the song "I Talk to the Trees”?


Specialist Round 7 — Musical Colours

All answers to the following music questions involve colours


1 Justin Hayward and John Lodge are members of which longstanding rock band? THE MOODY BLUES


2 Who had a hit with (Don't Fear) The Reaper in 1978? BLUE OYSTER CULT


3 Max Bygraves had a hit song about an everyday object, what was it called? I'M A PINK TOOTHBRUSH


4 Which Rodgers and Hart standard and Manchester City anthem did The Marcelles take to No 1 in 1961?



5 Which rock band released the album "Saucerful of Secrets"? PINK FLOYD


6 The song "Grey Seal" features on which Elton John album? GOOBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD


7 Which American style of country music originating in the 1940's is named after the state nickname for Kentucky?



8 What song was a number one hit for hairy armpitted German songstress Nena in






9 Jeff Beck had a hit in 1967 with this song , what was it? HI HO SILVER LINING


10 Guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles were the founder members of

which 70's band ? KING CRIMSON

Specialist Round 8 — Soaps and Sitcoms

1 In "Coronation Street" what was the name of Percy Sugden’s budgie ? ROMMEL


2 When Norman Stanley Fletcher left Slade Prison which comedy series did he next walk into?



3 In "Open all Hours" what is the supposed nationality of Granvilles father? HUNGARIAN


4 In which fictional village was "The League of Gentlemen” set? ROYSTON VASEY


5 In "The Good Life" what is the name of Tom and Barbara' s goat? GERALDINE


6 What was the profession of Terry Collier in the "Likely Lads”? ELECTRICIAN


7 In "The Rise and Fall of Reginald Perrin” what animal did Reggie envisage his mother in law to be?


8 In "The Darling Buds of May" which actress played the character Mariette Larkin? CATHERINE ZETA JONES




9 Which actress played the role of Polly in "Fawlty Towers"? CONNIE BOOTH


10 Who wrote the sitcom "The Liverbirds" CARLA LANE

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  1. Under what other title has the song Wimoweh been a hit record? THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT

  2. What type of creature is a scutiger (scoo-ty-jer)? CENTIPEDE

  3. What was the name of the uprising which took place in Yorkshire in 1536? PILGRIMAGE OF GRACE

  4. What were attacked in the Rebecca Riots of 1839 to 1844? TOLLGATES

  5. From where do Vandemonians come? TASMANIA

  6. On which Radio Station did the Ovaltineys first appear? RADIO LUXEMBOURG

  7. Which animal is described by the adjective suilline (syoo-ill-ine)? PIG

  8. What moved to Nine Elms in 1974? COVENT GARDEN MARKET

  1. What name is given to a Tibetan monk? LAMA

  2. Who played a headmistress in the Belles of St Trinians and a headmaster in The Happiest Days of their Lives? ALISTAIR SIM

  3. Which book tells the story of a crippled artist who rescues soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk in his small boat? THE SNOW GOOSE

  4. Which rule states that everyone is promoted until they reach their own personal level of incompetence? THE PETER PRINCIPLE

  5. Which prophetess and witch lived in a cave near Knaresborough? MOTHER SHIPTON

  6. What do Americans call illegal Mexican immigrants? WETBACKS

  7. About which great cricketer was it said: “Every time he calls for a run he wishes his partner good luck at the same time”? DENIS COMPTON

  8. What was the last dynasty to rule China? MANCHU

  1. In which island group is Guadalcanal? SOLOMON ISLANDS

  2. What is the official religion of Sweden? LUTHERANISM

  3. In which cult 1970s western series did Roger Davis replace Pete Duel in one of the leading roles? ALIAS SMITH AND JONES

  4. Which creature was revered by the Mayan culture? JAGUAR

  5. What drink do you get if you combine white wine and cassis? KIR

  6. In which cult 1970s movie – remade recently with Nicolas Cage in the leading role - did Edward Woodward play a Scottish policeman and Christopher Lee play Lord Summerisle? THE WICKER MAN

  7. In which town in England is there a famous shopping parade called The Pantiles? TUNBRIDGE WELLS

  8. What is the collective noun for a group of tigers? AMBUSH

  1. In mythology, Hercules died after being poisoned by the blood of which creature? CENTAUR

  2. Which famous fictional character retired from the Army after being wounded at the battle of Maiwand? DR WATSON

  3. What does the prefix ‘Aber’, as in Aberdeen or Aberystwyth, mean? MOUTH OF A RIVER

  4. Which writer was the mother of politician Shirley Williams?


  1. Where did the last confrontation between US cavalry and Red Indians take place? WOUNDED KNEE

  2. What did a sutler do for a living?


  1. What sort of person could be said to suffer from nanism? A DWARF

  2. Who played the role of the adult Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough’s 1991 film of his life? ROBERT DOWNEY JR

  1. Who would be most likely to wear Sillitoe tartan? A POLICE OFFICER (it’s the band round the cap)

  2. In which 1970s TV programme were there characters called Lurcio, Senna and Ludicrus Sextus? UP POMPEII

  3. The Epic of Gilgamesh contains the Babylonian version of which biblical event? THE FLOOD

  4. From which musical does the song “How are things in Glocca Morra” come? FINIAN’S RAINBOW

  5. In Russia, one Rouble equals 100 what? KOPEKS

  6. Which writer wrote the first ever Royal Christmas speech, delivered by George V in 1932? RUDYARD KIPLING

  7. Which historical event led Levi Strauss to develop the first jeans? CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH

  8. Which orchestra leader had the first instrumental Number One in the UK charts, with the Moulin Rouge theme, in 1953? MANTOVANI

  1. Who was the first official manager of the England football team?


  1. What is the common name for the medical term ecchymosis (ekky-mo-sis)? BRUISING

  2. Name either of the alcoholic drinks used to make a Dog’s Nose? BEER/GIN

  3. What is improved or developed in the process of haussmanization (house-man-isation)? A TOWN/CITY (accept Roads/Streets)

  4. Who would normally live in a caserne? SOLDIERS

  5. What type of food is a cep (sep)? MUSHROOM

  6. Who wrote the novels As I Lay Dying and Absalom Absalom?


  1. By what name is the Duke of Hohenberg, who was murdered in 1914, better known? ARCHDUKE (FRANZ) FERDINAND

  1. What did Peter Minuit buy for the equivalent of 24 dollars in 1626? MANHATTAN ISLAND

  2. Who was assassinated in the Temple of Music in Buffalo in 1901? WILLIAM McKINLEY

  3. What do the Major and Minor Arcana combine to make?


  1. Justice, fortitude and prudence are 3 of the Cardinal Virtues. What is the 4th? TEMPERANCE

  2. What term based on Hindu beliefs describes a person or institution considered above criticism? SACRED COW

  3. In literature, who was the son of the giant Pantagruel? GARGANTUA

  4. Capers are the pickled seeds of which flower? NASTURTIUM

  5. Of what creature are Himalayan, cinnamon and silvertip all species? BEAR

  1. Which creature is also known as the sea canary? WHITE/BELUGA WHALE (because of its whistling)

  2. Which 1950s and 70s pop group had Paul Jones and Mike D’Abo as their lead singers? MANFRED MANN

  3. According to legend, who dug the Rio Grande? PECOS BILL

  4. In 1890 William Kemmler became the first man to be executed by which method? ELECTRIC CHAIR

  5. Which actor was in 1940 selected as having the perfect male body? RONALD REAGAN

  6. What type of performer is technically known as an ecdysiast (ek-dizzy-ast)? STRIPTEASE ARTIST

  7. Which TV character’s catchphrase was “You’ve all done very well”? (YOUNG) MR GRACE

  8. Who or what are most likely to be affected by phylloxera? GRAPES

  1. Each Ascension Day, which leader was ceremonially married to the Adriatic Sea? DOGE OF VENICE

  2. On what product can a painting of the Barnum & Bailey’s Circus animal Old Joe be seen? CAMEL CIGARETTES

  3. Under what name did the singer Eleanor Gough McKay become famous? BILLIE HOLIDAY

  4. Which former World Heavyweight boxing champion died of a drugs overdose in 1970? SONNY LISTON

  5. Which historical figure was known as the Flanders Mare? ANNE OF CLEVES

  6. What is the capital of the state of New Jersey? TRENTON

  7. What name is given to a victory achieved at catastrophic loss to the winners? PYRRHIC VICTORY

  8. A proposed merger between the football teams Oxford United and Reading very nearly took place a few years ago. By what name would the new club have been known? THAMES VALLEY ROYALS

    Who wrote the cult novel On The Road? JACK KEROUAC

  1. What is measured by a hyetograph (high-etto-graph)? RAINFALL

  2. . Of which bay is the Andamam Sea a part? BAY OF BENGAL

  3. Australian Harry Nicolaides was released from prison in Thailand in February 2009. For what crime had he been imprisoned? INSULTING THE KING

  4. In which city was a coach containing the Sri Lankan cricket team attacked by terrorists early in 2009?? LAHORE

  5. By what name was the American soldier Charles Sherwood Stratton better known? GENERAL TOM THUMB

  6. In the film, The Taking of Pelham 123, what is Pelham 123? A SUBWAY TRAIN

  7. The novel “The Once and Future King” is the inspiration for which famous musical? CAMELOT

  1. Which England cricketer lost 4 toes in a boating accident in1968? FRED TITMUS (as made famous by the Half Man Half Biscuit song !!)

  2. . Which hero of a Walter Scott novel did Roger Moore portray in a TV series? IVANHOE

  3. For what does the letter P in the acronym WASP stand? PROTESTANT

  4. Which famous singer-songwriter started out as Bette Midler’s accompanyist on the piano? BARRY MANILOW

  5. What is a Yarmulka? JEWISH SKULL CAP

  6. Who is the only driver to win the Formula 1 Championship posthumously? JOCHEN RINDT

  7. . Which range of mountains in Germany is supposedly haunted by Spectre of the Brocken? HARZ MOUNTAINS

  8. Apart from all being artists, what else links Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo? THEY WERE ALL TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

  1. Which alcoholic drink is made from wormwood and known as the Green Fairy? ABSINTHE

  2. . By what name was the Italian artist Jacopo Robusti, the son of a dyer, better known? TINTORETTO

  3. The Elephant Child and How The Camel Got Its Hump are part of which collection of stories? JUST-SO STORIES

  4. Whom did Bingo, Snorky, Fleagle and Droopy collectively form?


  1. Whom did Zola Budd trip up in the Olympic Games?


  1. About the life of which British writer is the film Shadowlands? C S LEWIS

  2. Which actress married director Roberto Rossellini in 1950?


  1. Who are the inhabitants of the land of Glubbdubdribb in Gulliver’s Travels?? MAGICIANS / SORCERERS


  1. Which comedian created the characters Tony Ferrino and Paul Calf? STEVE COOGAN

  2. Who was the first goalkeeper to captain the England football team?


  1. Which fictional character lived in Puddleby-on-the-Marsh? DR DOLITTLE

  2. In what year were starting stalls first used in horse races in the UK (1 year leeway)? 1965 (64-66)

  3. Who wrote the play John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert? WILLY RUSSELL

  4. Who followed Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley as Liverpool manager? JOE FAGAN

  5. What type of creature is a sand dollar? SEA URCHIN

  6. Which TV family lived next door to the Trench family? MELDREWS


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