Monday, October 05, 2009

The Dawn of a New Era - The AGM and Plate Final

Questions from the Final - see News and Views for details of the AGM:

Macclesfield Quiz League

Plate competition – 2008/9 season

Final – 22 September 2009

These questions were collated by the Ox-fford ‘C’.

1.

Q

Who designed the cover of the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album?

A

Peter Blake

2.

Q

According to Greek legend, who slew the Minotaur?

A

Theseus

3.

Q

Which river flows through Madrid?

A

The Manzanares

4.

Q

The anthem of the European Union is an excerpt from Beethoven’s choral symphony. What’s the name of the poem that it sets to music?

A

Ode to Joy

5.

Q

Which British astronomer coined the term “big bang”, as a derisive reference to a theory he didn’t subscribe to?

A

Fred Hoyle

6.

Q

Which branch of mathematics has a name that is derived from Greek and literally represents “measurement of the Earth”?

A

Geometry

7.

Q

What was the name of the spaceship in the TV series Blake’s Seven?

A

The Liberator

8.

Q

Which former West Indies pace bowler holds the records for the most ducks and the most not-outs in Test cricket?

A

Courtney Walsh

9.

Q

Who invented the clockwork radio?

A

Trevor Baylis

10.

Q

Who painted Rail, Steam and Speed, depicting a steam locomotive, in 1844?

A

J. M. W. Turner

11.

Q

Who was the Roman god of fire?

A

Vulcan

12.

Q

Which river flows through the city of Munich?

A

The Isar

13.

Q

Which work by Tchaikovsky incorporated the tune of La Marseillaise?

A

The 1812 Overture (the Russian national anthem appears in the 1812 and also in the Marche Slave; but the French one only appears in the 1812)

14.

Q

What’s the common name for the flower myosotis?

A

Forget-me-not

15.

Q

What is the American term for variety entertainment?

A

Vaudeville

16.

Q

In which field was Walter Gropius famous?

A

Architecture

17.

Q

Which football club did Alf Ramsey manage before taking on the England job?

A

Ipswich Town

18.

Q

Which organisation won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1917, 1944 and 1963?

A

The Red Cross

19.

Q

In The Simpsons, what’s the name of Moe’s pet cat?

A

Mrs. Snookums

20.

Q

Whose first volume of autobiography, published in 1992, was entitled Don’t laugh at me?

A

Norman Wisdom (the second volume was Cos I’m a clown)

21.

Q

What’s the name of the Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea, between Poland and Lithuania?

A

Kaliningrad

22.

Q

Which opera by Borodin features the Polotsvian Dances?

A

Prince Igor

23.

Q

What’s the common name for the flowering plant impatiens?

A

Busy Lizzie

24.

Q

Which English word is derived from two Old French words meaning “sour wine”?

A

Vinegar

25.

Q

By what sobriquet was the architect Charles Edouard Jeanneret better known?

A

Le Corbusier

26.

Q

Name one of the clubs that Fabio Capello managed before taking on the England job.

A

AC Milan (1991-6 and 1997-8), Real Madrid (1996-7 and 2006-7), Roma (1999-2004), or Juventus (2004-6)

27.

Q

Which trade union was formed in 2007 by the merger of Amicus and the TGWU?

A

Unite (or, to give it its full title: Unite – the Union)

28.

Q

In which US state is the cartoon series South Park set?

A

Colorado

29.

Q

Give one of the forenames of the English author G. K. Chesterton.

A

Gilbert (or) Keith

30.

Q

Which region of Italy has Rome as its capital?

A

Lazio

31.

Q

Which opera by Verdi features the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves?

A

Nabucco

32.

Q

Which website was founded in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger?

A

Wikipedia

33.

Q

What name is given to the study of the history and origins of words?

A

Etymology

34.

Q

Which world-famous building was (due to be) renamed the Willis Tower in the Summer of 2009?

A

The Sears Tower (in Chicago)

35.

Q

Who played his 52nd and last US Masters tournament this year?

A

Gary Player

36.

Q

In which London building would you find Poets’ Corner?

A

Westminster Abbey

37.

Q

Who directed the films Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and Raising Arizona?

A

The Coen brothers (Ethan and Joel – only the latter was credited)

38.

Q

Who were Joy, Babs and Teddy?

A

The Beverley Sisters

39.

Q

What did Howard Carter discover in 1923?

A

The tomb of Tutankhamen

40.

Q

Which musical features the song Getting to know you?

A

The King and I

41.

Q

Which fish has the Latin name Esox lucius?

A

The pike

42.

Q

What does a dendrochronologist use to date past events?

A

Tree rings

43.

Q

In which US city would you find the Space Needle, a 605-foot tower built for the 1962 World’s Fair?

A

Seattle

44.

Q

Which Japanese company currently supplies all the tyres for Formula One?

A

Bridgestone

45.

Q

Which famous sporting venue is in the postcode area of SW19?

A

Wimbledon

46.

Q

Which instrument plays the theme music of the film The Third Man?

A

The zither

47.

Q

Which famous American writer was the father of Charlie Chaplin’s fourth and last wife Oona?

A

Eugene O’Neill

48.

Q

Which battle took place near York in 1066, three days before Hastings?

A

Stamford Bridge

49.

Q

Which musical features the song Luck be a lady?

A

Guys and Dolls

50.

Q

If a capital E represents energy and a small m represents mass, what does a small c represent?

A

The speed of light in a vacuum (E=mc2 – “the energy equation”)

51.

Q

Which herbal liqueur is combined with brandy to make a B & B?

A

Benedictine

52.

Q

In which month is Saint Swithin’s Day?

A

July (15th)

53.

Q

What was the first US city to host the Olympic Games?

A

St. Louis (1904)

54.

Q

What’s the only African country with an eponymous capital city? (i.e. the city has the same name as the country)

A

Djibouti

55.

Q

In The Wizard of Oz, what was the scarecrow searching for?

A

A brain

56.

Q

Who assisted Bruce Forsyth in The Generation Game, and became his second wife?

A

Anthea Redfern

57.

Q

Which Mexican leader captured the Alamo in 1836?

A

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna

58.

Q

What left Pennsylvania Station on Track 39 at a quarter to four?

A

The Chattanooga Choo Choo

59.

Q

The Salk vaccine was developed in 1954 to be used against which disease?

A

Poliomyelitis (polio)

60.

Q

Which cocktail is made from vodka, Galliano and orange juice?

A

Harvey Wallbanger

61.

Q

What was the name of the lioness featured in Joy Adamson’s book Born Free?

A

Elsa

62.

Q

At which sport, apart from cricket, did W. G. Grace captain England?

A

Bowls

63.

Q

What’s the capital city of Croatia?

A

Zagreb

64.

Q

Who starred as the troubled mathematician John Forbes Nash Junior, in the 2001 bio-pic A Beautiful Mind?

A

Russell Crowe

65.

Q

Which Royal spouse was nicknamed Fog, because he was thick and wet?

A

Mark Phillips

66.

Q

Who, in 1520, became the first European explorer to cross the Pacific Ocean?

A

Ferdinand Magellan

67.

Q

Who composed the song God bless America?

A

Irving Berlin

68.

Q

Which part of the body is affected by silicosis?

A

The lungs

69.

Q

Which fruit is used in the dish known as sole Veronique?

A

Grapes

70.

Q

What’s the lowest rank in the RAF?

A

Aircraftman

71.

Q

Name one of the three years in which Red Rum won the Grand National.

A

1973, 1974 or 1977

72.

Q

In which country is the city of Donetsk, home of the last ever UEFA Cup winners?

A

Ukraine

73.

Q

Which character in English literature had sisters called Mary, Jane, Kitty and Lydia?

A

Elizabeth Bennet (in Pride and Prejudice)

74.

Q

In World War Two, who was known as The Desert Fox?

A

Erwin Rommel

75.

Q

The first amendment to the US constitution guaranteed freedom of speech. What was the principal effect of the second amendment?

A

The right to bear arms

76.

Q

Who starred opposite Robert Powell in the TV comedy series The Detectives?

A

Jasper Carrott

77.

Q

What is Britain’s smallest bird of prey?

A

The merlin

78.

Q

Which foodstuff is known in France as Crème Anglaise?

A

Custard

79.

Q

What is Finland’s largest company, accounting for approximately one third of the market capitalisation of the Helsinki stock exchange?

A

Nokia

80.

Q

Who was the first woman to ride in the Grand National?

A

Charlotte Brew (1977 – Geraldine Rees, five years later, became the first to complete the course)

81.

Q

In which English town are the headquarters of the Open University?

A

Milton Keynes

82.

Q

Which Graham Greene novel features a sociopathic teenager named Pinkie?

A

Brighton Rock

83.

Q

Whose last recorded words were, “I’m just going outside – I may be some time”?

A

Captain Laurence “Titus” Oates

84.

Q

Which monarch was the intended victim of the Rye House Plot?

A

Charles II

85.

Q

Which US city provides the setting for the popular TV drama series The Wire?

A

Baltimore

86.

Q

What type of creature is a hawksbill?

A

A turtle

87.

Q

What type of food is chateaubriand?

A

A cut of fillet steak

88.

Q

What is the name of the headdress that was commonly worn by women in the middle ages but is now mainly associated with nuns?

A

The wimple

89.

Q

Who was the captain of the British and Irish Lions side in South Africa this summer?

A

Paul O’Connell

90.

Q

Which county on the East coast of Ireland borders Northern Ireland and is the smallest in the Republic by area?

A

Louth

91.

Q

Who wrote the plays Tamburlaine and Edward II?

A

Christopher Marlowe

92.

Q

Which famous speech began with the words, “At last I am able to say a few words of my own”?

A

The abdication speech of Edward VIII

93.

Q

Who was succeeded as monarch of England by Lady Jane Grey?

A

Edward VI

94.

Q

Which TV detective kept his gun in a cookie jar (translation: biscuit barrel)?

A

Jim Rockford

95.

Q

What type of creature is an alewife?

A

A fish

96.

Q

Which popular Italian dish consists of dumplings made with potato, flour or semolina?

A

Gnocchi

97.

Q

What stopped appearing on British coins after 1982?

A

The word new (as in “new penny” or “new pence”)

98.

Q

Who won the World Snooker Championship this year, for the third time?

A

John Higgins

99.

Q

Which country is Australia’s closest neighbour?

A

Papua New Guinea

100.

Q

Who wrote the play The Madness of George the Third?

A

Alan Bennett

101.

Q

How is or was Samuel Langhorne Clemens better known?

A

Mark Twain

102.

Q

Who was Henry the Eighth’s elder brother, and the first husband of Catherine of Aragon?

A

Prince Arthur

103.

Q

What was the name of the character played by John Thaw in The Sweeney?

A

Jack Regan

104.

Q

What is the SI unit of force?

A

The newton

105.

Q

Who first appeared in the arcade game Donkey Kong, went on to star in over 200 video games, and has an antagonist called Bowser?

A

Mario

106.

Q

What was the name of the dog that found the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1966?

A

Pickles

107.

Q

What was the name of the oil tanker that caused the world’s first major oil spill, when it broke up off Cornwall in 1967?

A

Torrey Canyon

108.

Q

What’s the name of the major ocean current that flows northwards along the Pacific coast of South America?

A

The Humboldt Current

109.

Q

In which literary work did the phrase “brave new world” first appear?

A

The Tempest (Shakespeare)

110.

Q

What is the shortest book in the Bible, consisting of one chapter with 21 verses?

A

Obadiah

111.

Q

Which Westminster constituency was represented from 1964 to 1970 by Robert Maxwell, and currently by Mr. Speaker, John Bercow?

A

Buckingham

112.

Q

Which TV series brought together David McCallum and Joanna Lumley?

A

Sapphire and Steel

113.

Q

Who was the captain of England’s cricket team on the infamous Bodyline tour of Australia in 1932-3?

A

Douglas Jardine

114.

Q

What is the surname of Barbie’s boyfriend Ken?

A

Carson

115.

Q

Which English king is said to have ridden a horse called White Surrey?

A

Richard III

116.

Q

Which London underground line serves only two stations and is colloquially known as The Drain?

A

The Waterloo and City (probably because it’s an underground line but is, or was, operated by staff who normally worked above ground)

117.

Q

Which famous Paris landmark stands in the Place Charles de Gaulle, previously known as the Place de l’Etoile?

A

The Arc de Triomphe

118.

Q

From which work of literature did the TV series Room 101 and Big Brother get their names?

A

Nineteen Eighty-Four

119.

Q

In the Bible, who was turned into a pillar of salt for looking back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?

A

Lot’s wife

120.

Q

Who was replaced by Idi Amin as President of Uganda in 1971, but returned to power in 1980?

A

Milton Obote

Supplementaries

121.

Q

Which battle of 1746 ended the rebellion known as the forty-five?

A

Culloden

122.

Q

Chittagong is the largest port in which country?

A

Bangladesh

123.

Q

Which Andrew Lloyd Webber musical was based on a 1950 film directed by Billy Wilder?

A

Sunset Boulevard

124.

Q

Who wrote Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats?

A

T. S. Eliot

125.

Q

By what nickname was Edward Teach known?

A

Blackbeard

126.

Q

Who built the labyrinth on Crete which was home to the Minotaur?

A

Daedalus

127.

Q

Who wrote the plays Volpone and Bartholomew Fair?

A

Ben Jonson

128.

Q

What is the nationality of the golfer Rory Sabbatini?

A

South African

129.

Q

Who wrote the Tracey Beaker series of children’s books?

A

Jacqueline Wilson

130.

Q

What type of creature is a boomslang (bomes-lang)?

A

A venomous snake

Tie-breaker

1.

Q

How old, in days, was the Queen Mother when she died?

(method of calculation is to subtract date of birth from date of death; in other words, either the date of birth or the date of death is included – but not both)

A

37,128 (born 4 August 1900; died 30 March 2002.

101 years (including 25 leap days) = 36,890 days; 4 August to 30 March = 238 days

2.

Q

How many pages, in total, are there in the Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, published in 1989 (the latest complete edition to date)?

A

21,730

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