Wednesday, March 17, 2010

16th March

Specialist set by the ~Chester Road Tavern 
1. History
2. Arts and Entertainment
3. Science
4. Sport
5. Geography
6. A Horse, A Horse...
7. Autobiographies
8. Name That Song
Specialist Questions 16/03/10

1. Who was the Greek Goddess of the Earth?
A. Gaia
2. Which city was the capital of the Byzantine Empire?
A. Constantinople
3. The 'Reign of Terror' was a period in which historical rebellion?
A. French Revolution
4. The battle of Crecy was part of which war?
A. 100 years war
5. What were the followers of 14th century religious reformer John Wycliffe known as?
A. Lollards (who were thought to have used local landmark Lud's Church as a secret place of worship)
6. Which French philosopher coined the phrase' I think therefore I am?
A. Rene Descartes
7. Which war ended in 1902 with the treaty of Vereeniging?
A. The Boer War
8. In the world's first ever recording, what nursery rhyme was recited by Thomas Edison?
A. Mary Had a Little Lamb
9. The third battle of Ypres in 1917 is also known by the name of which village captured by the Canadians?
A. Passchendaele
10. In Greek mythology which nymph was transformed into a laurel tree?
A. Daphne

Arts & Entertainment
1. Who was Luke Skywalkers's father?
A. DarthVader
2. Who won an Oscar for his direction of 'Lawrence of Arabia?
A. David Lean
3. From which Puccini Opera does 'Nessun Dorma' come?
A. Turandot
4. Whose works include 'Fantasia on Greensleeves', 'Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis' and 'The Lark Ascending?
A. Ralph Vaughan Williams
5. Who wrote the recently filmed 'The Lovely Bones?
A. Alice Sebold
6. Who wrote the Grail Quest trilogy - Harlequin, Vagabond and Heretic?
A. Bernard Corn well
7. Which awards were made of wood to conserve metal during world war two?
A. The Oscars
8. Whose works include 'Saturn Devouring his Son', 'Disasters of War' and 'Portrait of the Duke of Wellington?
A. Francisco Goya
9. Which actress starred opposite Gary Grant in the 1963 movie 'Charade?
A. Audrey Hepburn
10. Larry Parks is famous for miming the voice of which entertainer in two movies in the 1940's?
A, Al Jolson

1. Who wrote "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" - 1687?
A. Isaac Newton
2. Who wrote "The Interpretation of Dreams" - 1899?
A. Sigmund Freud
3. What is the name of a squirrel's nest?
A. Drey
4. Who developed the Smallpox vaccine?
A. Edward Jenner
5. Sulphur, Charcoal, and Potassium Nitrate are the main ingredients of what?
A. Gunpowder
6. Who wrote "A Brief History of Time'?
A. Stephen Hawking
7. Which Augustinian Priest was famous for his genetic tests on peas?
A. Gregor Mendel
8. What is another name for Hansen's disease?
A. Leprosy
9. Prunus Lusitanicais more commonly known as what?
A. Portuguese Laurel (accept Laurel)
10. What does the I stand for in HIV?
A. Immunodeficiency

1. Which batsman recently became the first player to score 200 in a One Day International (ODI)?
A. Sachin Tendulkar
2. Three English golfers are currently (as at 28th Feb 2010) ranked in the top six in the world. Lee Westwood is one, name either of the other two?
A. Ian Poulter and Paul Casey
3. Who scored England's disallowed try against South Africa in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final?
A. Mark Cueto
4. Amy Williams recently won Great Britain's first individual gold medal at the Winter Olympics for over 30 years, but what upset the USA and Canada about her success?
A. Her Crash Helmet. They complained it had ridges on it enabling her to go faster.
5. Name either of the teams that contested this years Superbowl XLIV (44)?
A. New Orleans Saints or Indianapolis Colts
6. In Formula 1 racing this year, how many points is the winning driver awarded?
A. 25
7. Who was manager of Manchester United immediately before Sir Alex Ferguson?
A. Ron Atkinson
8. In which sport are competitors required to change lanes after every lap?
A. Speed Skating
9. What sport is played on a Diamond?
A. Baseball
10. Which England cricketer was killed in a car accident in Perth, Australia in 2002?
A. Ben Hollioake

1. Which English town has waterways called The Backs?
A. Cambridge
2. What links the English towns of Barton and Hessle?
A. The Humber Bridge
3. What do Australians call a dry stream bed that fills with water when it rains?
A. A Billabong.
4. What is the name of the highest active volcano in the world?
A. Cotopaxi
5. Which stretch of water separates Alaska from Russia?
A. The Bering Strait
6. On which river does Balmoral Castle stand?
A. River Dee
7. Muckle Flugga belongs to which group of islands?
A. The Shetland Isles
8. In which city are the Spanish Steps located?
A. Rome
9. What is the capital of Sri Lanka?
A. Colombo
10. Which South American country has an Inca name meaning "cold winter?
A. Chile

A Horse. A Horse...
On the first day of the Cheltenham Festival, a round based (loosely) on our equine four legged friends.
1. Which horse won the 2009 Cheltenham Gold Cup?
A. Kauto Star.
2. Which horse collapsed on the run in, when looking sure to win the 1956 Grand National for the Queen Mother?
A. Devon Loch.
3. Which TV Series includes the characters Mickey Pearce and Roy Slater?
A. Only Fools and Horses
4. The Prancing Pony is the name of a fictional hostelry in which book?
A. The Lord of the Rings.
5. What was the name of the Duke of Wellington's horse?
A. Copenhagen.
6. What was the name of Alexander the Great's horse?
A. Bucephalus.
7. Who wrote the famous children's novel, Black Beauty?
A. Anna Sewell.
8. What is the name of the owner of TV's talking horse, Mr Ed?
A. Wilbur Post, (accept Wilbur)
9. What is the name of the Peter Shaffer play, written in 1973, about a psychiatrist and a young man with a pathological fascination with horses?
A. Equus.
10. Who was the British artist, born in 1795, who was particularly well known for his portraits of
A. Jon Frederick Herring.

You will be given the book title, the year and a bit more. You just need to give the surname of the 'writer'.
1. "Moab is my Washpot" - 1997. Actor and Comedian.
A. Stephen Fry
2. "Dazzler" - 2001. Cricketer and Dancer.
A. Darren Gough
3. "Keep Smiling" - 2007. This singer/presenter's second autobiography at the age of just 22 after her first at just 14!
A. Charlotte Church
4. "Survivor" - 2008. Another 'star' who needed a second autobiography where she tells of her plastic surgery, her drug addiction and her husband’s attempt to kill her.
A. Sharon Osbourne
5. "Black, White and Gold" - 2008. An Olympian and Dame.
A. Kelly Holmes
6. "Forever in my Heart" - 2009.
"Fighting to the End" - 2009.
"How it all Began" - 2009.
3 books from someone we hadn't heard of until 2002, famous for being famous, she struggled to speak so did well to write. She died in 2009.
A. Jade Goody
7. "It's Not What You Think" - 2009. TV Presenter and DJ. A council lad who made good, got daft and now seemingly has 'grown up'
A. Chris Evans
8. "Look Back in Hunger" - 2009. A psychiatric nurse turned comedienne.
A. Jo Brand
9. "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance" - 2008. The son of a black African father and a white American mother.
A. Barrack Obama
10. "Ooh What a Lovely Pair" - 2009. Written by a double act who were both born in Newcastle in 1975.
A. Anthony McPartlin & Declan Donnelly (Accept Ant & Dec)

Name That Song!
You will be given lyrics from a well-known song, just name it. Only the song title is required, not the artist.
1. I remember when we used to sit,
In the government yard in Trenchtown.
A. No Woman, No Cry (Bob Marley)
2. Is this the real life,
Is this just fantasy.
A. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
3. Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be.
A. Yesterday (The Beatles)
4. And the public gets what the public wants.
A. Going Underground (The Jam)
5. There must be some kind of way out of here,
Said the joker to the thief.
A. All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)
6. It's late September and I really should be back at school.
A. Maggie May (Rod Stewart)
7. And I think it's gonna be a long long time,
Till touch down brings me round again to find.
A. Rocket Man (Elton John)
8. You know that it would be untrue,
You know that I would be a liar.
A. Light My Fire (The Doors)
9. I am an Anti-Christ,
I am an anarchist.
A. Anarchy In The UK (The Sex Pistols)
10. There is a house in New Orleans.
A. House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)

Set by the Waters Green Phoenix

1 In Tim Burton’s newly released version of Alice In Wonderland who plays the role of both Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee?
Matt Lucas
2 Achilles was dipped in which river to make him invulnerable?
The Styx
3 Born in 1874, who was the eldest son of American heiress Jennie Jerome?
Winston Churchill
4 France’s tomb of the unknown soldier is located where?
Under the Arc de Triomphe
5 What is the name of the train service which runs around Dublin Bay from Hoath in the north to Bray in the south?
The Dart
6 Who were the first father and son to become US President?
Jon Adams and John Quincy Adams (accept Adams)
7 Who was the first British athlete to run 100m in under 10 seconds?
Lynford Christie
8 Which word was coined for the first time in 1839 by Sir John Herschel, it being a combination of The Greek words for “light” and “drawing”?
9 The Bollin joins with which other river before flowing into the Mersey?
The Dean
10 Which former BBC Political Editor made the series “The History of Modern Britain” and “The Making of Modern Britain”?
Andrew Marr
11 Which Canadian born singer had “Haven’t met you yet” in the charts in 2009?
Michael Buble
12 What name is given to a swelling of the thyroid gland, which can in some cases almost double the size of the neck?
13 Wolf Hall, the winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2009 is about whom?
Thomas Cromwell both names required
14 In which county is Bletchley Park, home of the first digital computer and wartime cypher school?
15 Who presents the fiendishly difficult BBC4 quiz programme “Only Connect”?
Victoria Coren
16 The 1973 film “Don’t Look Now” starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie was based on a Short story by which English author?
Daphne Du Maurier
17 In which Cathedral is Jane Austin buried?
18 Which song contains the line “ When I die and they lay me to rest, gonna go to the place that’s the best”?
Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum in the 60’s, Gareth Gates more recently).
19 Mount Logan is the highest peak in which country?
20 Which 2009 film is based around Nelson Mandela’s life during the 1995 Rugby World Cup In South Africa
21 On 10 May 1940 Germany declared war against which European country?
The Netherlands
22 Where does the music for the “Can Can” come from?
Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. Accept either Offenbach or Orpheus.
23 In which Hitchcock film was Cary Grant chased by a crop dusting plane?
North by Northwest
24 In June 1965 what occurred for the first time during the Gemini 4 space mission?
Space Walk (the astronaut was Ed White)
25 What was the first name of artist Jackson Pollock? (Jackson was his middle name)
26 The asteroid belt lies between two planets in our solar system, name either planet.? Mars or Jupiter
27 Which composer wrote the oratorios “Elijah” and St.Paul”
28 The Java Trench is in which ocean?
The Indian Ocean
29 Which musical tells the story of an overweight, would be dancer in Baltimore and features the Songs “You can’t stop the Beat” and “Ladies’ Choice “?
30 The old city of Jerusalem is divided into four quarters; Christian, Jewish and Muslim are three. What is the fourth?
31 Gout is caused by a build up of which acid ?
32 Name any of the sports you would be taking part in if your stance was either “Regular” or “Goofy”
Skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing or windsurfing. It describes which foot is forward on the board. Left foot first = regular, right foot first = goofy
33 Who took over as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from Mo Mowlem in 1999?
Peter Mandelson
34 One of whose books is dedicated to “ Those unlovely twins my right leg and my left leg staunch supporters that have carried me about for over half a century, endured much without complaint and never once let me down” ?
Arthur Wainwright
35 In which country is the city of Galle (pronounced Gaul) which was devastated by the Boxing day Tsunami of 2004?
Sri Lanka
36 From 21 May until 30 August this year the Tate Modern in Liverpool is holding an exhibition Entitled “Peace and Freedom” showing works by which 20th century artist?
37 “Little darlin’ it’s been a long cold lonely winter” is a line from which song?
Here comes the sun. (The Beatles)
38 What type of bird is a greylag?
39 Who invented a sliding scale rule in 1631 which bears his name and is accurate to two decimal places?
40 In which country is the ancient city of Samarkand?
41 Henry II was the first King from the House of Plantagenet, who was the last?
Richard III
42 In the favourite song of Long John Silver in the novel Treasure Island, how many men are there on A Dead Man’s Chest?
43 In WH Auden’s poem which line follows;
“Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,”?
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone
44 Who has been the only British Prime Minister from a Jewish background?
Benjamin Disraeli (although he did convert to Anglicanism in his teens)
45 What were Fresnel lenses first used for in the 1820’s?
Lighthouses. They were the first lenses developed to amplify the lamp light up to a distance of 20 miles
46 In veterinary medicine, as opposed to recreational drug use, what is Ketamine primarily used for?
As an anaesthetic (accept as a sedative for horses)
47 In 1991, who was the motorist whose beating by Los Angeles police caused protest riots through out the area?
Rodney King
48 Who was the Labour MP for Ebbw Vale from 1960 until his retirement in 1992?
Michael Foot
49 What effect do beta blockers have on the human body?
They regulate the heart beat
50 In 1946 Walter Winterbottom became the first manager of the England Football team, who became the second manager?
Alf Ramsey in 1962
51 In Italian art, the Virgin Mary is usually depicted wearing which colour?
52 Following the prime meridian south from Greenwich, which is the first African country it passes through?
53 What is the profession of the character played by Matt Le Blanc in Friends?
Actor (of dubious ability)
54 Who has Chris Evans brought in to read the news in his new breakfast show on Radio 2?
Moira Stewart
55 From which plant do we get Linseed Oil?
56 When is VE (Victory in Europe) day celebrated?
May 8th
57 Nickelodeon was the original name for what?
A Jukebox
58 Exactly how many bytes are there in a kilobyte?
59 Who was known as “Hanoi Jane” because of her visit to Vietnam during the Vietnam War?
Jane Fonda
60 Up until1967 The Beatles recorded for which record label in the UK?
Parlophone (After 1967 it was Apple)
61 Which King had been Prince of Wales for 60 years before acceding to the throne?
Edward VII, successor to Queen Victoria.
62 Which political leader survived two assassination attempts in 1918, the first in January, the second in which he was wounded, in August 1918?
63 Who played Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis’ wife Susan in the 2008 film Control?
Samantha Morton
64 “I thought the King had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall” Is the opening line from which Shakespeare play?
King Lear
65 Which Central American country is bordered by Guatemala and Honduras?
El Salvador
66 Which city’s assay office has an anchor as its hallmark?
67 In 2009, an engineering model of what was the first object to be valued at one million pounds on the Antiques Road Show?
Anthony Gormley’s statue “Angel of the North”
68 “A Walk in the Woods”, “Mother Tongue” and “A Short History of Nearly Everything” are books by which author?
Bill Bryson
69 What variety of Mandarin Orange takes its name from a city in Morocco?
70 Who wrote the poems “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” and “Don Juan”
71 In Indian cookery what is Ghee?
Clarified Butter
72 Who was the father of Shem, Ham and Jephet?
73 In which series of books would you find the characters Mma Ramotswe and Mr JLB Matekoni?
The First Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
74 Of which American state is Trenton the state capital?
New Jersey
75 In Turner’s “Fighting Temeraire” what was the ship doing?
The rest of the title says “being towed to her last berth to be broken up”
76 Musicians Rat Scabies and Captain Sensible rose to fame with which UK punk band?
The Damned
77 Who wrote the poem “Annus Mirabilis” which opens with the line “Sexual intercourse began in 1963 (which was rather late for me) Between the end of the Chatterley ban and The Beatles first LP”
Philip Larkin
78 In “Ye Banks and Braes” by Robbie Burns what are the braes?
79 Who became the first actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress and the Razzies for Worst Actress in the same year?
Sandra Bullock . Best Actress 2010 for “The Blind Side” and 2010 Worst Actress for “All About Steve”.
80 Which country’s national symbol is a lotus flower?
81 The Russian spacecraft Venera 1 went to which planet?
82 Who recently had a number one album with “Sunny Side Up”?
Paolo Nuttini
83 Which opera features “The March of the Toreadors”?
84 The ancient country of Moab, east of the Dead Sea, is now part of which modern day country?
85 Which country is separated from Ethiopia by the Red Sea?
86 Who was the Hungarian-born US newspaper editor and publisher after whom a well known literary prize is named ?
Joseph Pullitzer
87 Isaac was the son of Abraham, who was his mother?
88 Who were runners up in the World Cup in 1982 and 1986?
West Germany
89 Opaque areas which develop on the lens of the eye causing vision to mist over are known as what?
90 Who is the Daily Mail’s cartoon dog?
Fred Bassett
91 Who was Richard the Lionheart’s father?
92 Who directed the film “It’s A Wonderful Life”
Frank Capra
93 In Liverpool what is known as Paddy’s Wigwam?
The Roman Catholic Cathedral. (full name - Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King)
94 Sean Kerly was the scorer of eight goals during Britain’s successful tournament in the 1988 Olympics, in which sport?
95 What nationality was the painter Rene Magritte?
96 The Snickers bar made by Mars was formerly sold under what name in the UK?
What was the name of the German aircraft unit that supported Franco in the Spanish Civil War?
The Condor Legion
Who recorded the album Diamond Dogs ?
David Bowie
Who plays foul mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in BBC4’s “The Thick of It”
Peter Capaldi
What colour is the zero on a roulette wheel?
Which author wrote the book “Village of the Damned”?
John Wyndham
In which TV show were the Mysterons?
Captain Scarlett
A regular landing site for returning space shuttles, in which US state is Edwards Air Force Base?


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