Thursday, November 04, 2010

2nd November Questions


Specialist set by The Cock Henbury

Arts & Entertainment

1. Which Beatle album contains the song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"?
The Beatles, or more commonly known as "The White Album".

2. Alan Civil played the French Horn in which Beatles song?
"For No One" on the Revolver album.

3. How is Beethoven's 6th symphony also known?
The Pastoral.

4. How is Mozart's last symphony (No. 41) also known ?
The Jupiter

5. Who painted "The Fighting Temeraire"?

' JMW Turner

6. Who painted "Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion"?
Francis Bacon.

7. Played by Ballard Berkley who was the oldest, permanent resident of Fawlty Towers?
Major Gowen.

8. Which comedian said ""It may be only a smear to you but it's life and death to some poor wretch."

Tony Hancock in "The Blood Donor".


Supplementary Questions

Who recorded "Tarkus", "Brain Salad Surgery" and "Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends..."?

Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Who wrote "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"?

Gerry Goffin and Carole King


1 If your soil has a pH of 4, what colour are your hydrangea flowers likely to be ?

Blue (acidic soil)

2. Which labour saving piece of garden machinery was patented by Edwin Beard Budding in 1830?

The lawnmower

3. Calypso, Cambridge Favourite and Royal Sovereign
are types of which fruit?


4. What is the Lent Lily also known as?
 Wild Daffodil

5. Which garden vegetable, often used as a dessert, has
edible stems and poisonous leaves?


6. In which county have the "Lost Gardens of Heligan"
been found?


7. What was held for the first time in 1913 in the grounds
of the Royal Hospital in London?

 The Chelsea Flower Show.

8. What can follow both "milk" and "rag" to form names
of plants?



1. If the botanical name of a plant includes the word "alba" what does that indicate?

The flower is white.

2 Name one of the four RHS gardens in the U.K?

any one of Wisley, Rosemoor, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr.



1. What was first hypothesised in 1964, and as yet is undiscovered, but may explain the working of the standard model of particle physics?

Higgs boson particle.

2. What do ALICE, TOTEM, ATLAS and CMS have in common?

They are all experiments undertaken by the Large Hadron Collider.

3. What is likely to replace the Hubble telescope in 2014?
James Webb Space Telescope.

4. What is scheduled for February 27th 2011 3.38PM EST?
The last flight of the NASA Space Shuttle.

5. What does the Haber-Bosch synthesis process produce?

6. What does the Hall-Heroult process produce?

7. What is a tokamak?

A tokamak is a type of machine that uses a magnetic field to confine plasma in the shape of a torus.

8. Where is the Joint European Torus?
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

Supplementary Questions

What have householders in Didcot become the first in the UK to receive?

Methane gas made from their own human waste and supplied via the national grid.

In energy production what is a PWR?

A type of nuclear reactor.


1. Which famous law student was struck by lightning in 1505 causing him to become a monk?

Martin Luther

2i Who ruled Russia from 1917 to 1924?


3; Where was the Titanic constructed?


4. Who discovered the vaccine for smallpox?

Edward Jenner

5. Who was the last Empress of India?

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

6. Chris Geffroy was the last person to die doing what in February 1989?

Attempting to cross the Berlin Wall.

7. Who was the cult leader at the Waco Siege in 1993?

David Coresh

8. Who designed Regent's Park in 1811?

John Nash


0. Who invented the first thermometer?


10.Which English art historian was stripped of his knighthood after being exposed as a soviet spy?

Anthony Blunt


1. At which circuit is the Canadian F1 Grand Prix held?
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

2. Who provides the engines for the Williams Fl team?

3. Who scored most Premiership goals in the first Premiership season?
Teddy Sheringham.

4. Who has scored most Premiership goals still playing in the Premiership?
Michael Owen.

5. Who holds the world record for running the mile?
Hicham El Guerrouj.

6. Who holds the world high jump record?

Javier Sotomayor.

7. Where are the Bog Snorkelling World Championships held?
Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales.

8. Who is the current Bog Snorkelling world champion?

Dan Morgan.

Supplementary Questions

Who was the only posthumous Formula 1 World Champion?

Jochen Rindt

Where did Jim Clark die during a Formula 2 race in 1968?



1 .What is the main ingredient of the Scottish soup Cullen



2. Frappe means what?
On abed of ice.

3. Which body takes upon itself control of the quality and
integrity of beer-making in the U.K.?


4. Which fictional hotel owner declared his establishment
unable to serve a Waldorf salad due to alack of Waldorfs?
Basil Fawlty

5. What is the Italian name for Hors d oeuvres or starters?

6. Trocken on a German wine would indicate what?
That it is dry.

7. Gorgonzola and Roquefort are both blue cheeses sharing
which other characteristic?

They are made from ewes milk.

8. Who was the face of Indian cookery on the B.B.C. for
most of the 70s and 80’s?

Madhur Jaffrey.



l.If an American offered you broiled food how would it be



2. What name is given to the traditional West Country

combination of clotted cream and treacle, served on bread

or a scone?

Thunder and Lightning.


1. In which city is Europe's largest opera house?


2. Which South African born British nun became an
unlikely celebrity in the 1990s by man a B.B.C.
series of acclaimed art history documentaries?
Sister Wendy Beckett

3. Which American critic, famous for her caustic wit, said
"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should
be thrown with great force"?

Dorothy Parker.

4. To which city would you travel to view The Kiss by
Gustav Klimt?


5. Which Ealing comedy mob organised a bullion


The Lavender Hill Mob

6.What famous novel was Mark Chapman carrying When he shot John Lennon?

The Catcher In The Rye ( by J.D. Salinger)

7. Which twentieth century artist had studios called The

Andy Warhol

8. In which historic town is The Other Place Theatre



1 What is believed to be the first book to be printed in


The Canterbury Tales

2. "Two households, both alike in dignity" is the opening line to which famous play?

"Romeo and Juliet"


The answers to the following questions all contain places to be found in England

1. Who had a top 10 hit in 1964 with "Walk on By"

2. Which sportsman was sentenced to 3 years in prison in 1987 for tax evasion?

LESTER Piggott

3. What is the more common name for Magnesium Sulphate?
EPSOM salts

4. Which DJ played the first record heard on Radio 1?

5. Who went round the world in Gypsy Moth IV?

6. In a Shakespearian play how are Mrs Page and Mrs Ford better known?
The Merry Wives of WINDSOR

7. Which actor played the part of Henry 8th in the film "Anne of a thousand days"?

Richard BURTON

8. Which famous comedian, actor and musician, one half of a comedy duo, died in March 2002?



9. Which actor played the cinema's first Tarzan?

10. Under what name did Eric Blair write?

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE  set by Pack Horse Bowling Club


1 What is an Acme Thunderer?

Ans. A type of whistle (as used by referees, school teachers etc)

2 In which house, in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, did Mary Fitton live?
Ans. Gawsworth Hall.

3 Who is the Roman goddess of flowers?
Ans. Flora

4 Who is the Greek god of the underworld?
Ans. Hades

5 Fort Sumter and the Appomattox Court House were the locations for the start and
finish of what?

Ans The American Civil War

6 Which sport features in the film The Legend of Bagger Vance?
Ans Golf (bagger is the word sometimes used in the US for a caddy)

7 What unusual action did USSR president Nikita Krushchev take at the United Nations General Assembly in October 1960?

Ans He took off his shoe and banged it on his desk (when the USSR was accused of imperialism in Eastern Europe.

8 For the opening song at the Live 8 concert in July 2005, Paul McCartney and Bono performed which Beatles number?

Ans "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

9. Whose campaign slogan was "yes we can"?
Ans Barack Obama.

10. What is the Scoville scale used to measure?
Ans The spicy heat of chilli peppers.

11. Which Spice Girl released her debut solo album "Schizophonic" in 1999?
Ans Geri Halliwell - Ginger spice.

12 What name is given to the massacre of Ernest Rhom and other leaders of the German SA on Hitler's orders in 1934?

Ans Night of the long knives.

13 Which Dutch renaissance artist painted The Garden of Earthly Delights?
Ans Hieronymus Bosch.

14 In which London pub was George Cornell shot by Ronnie Kray?
Ans The Blind Begger.

15 Which London Theatre ^as formerly called The Royal Victoria Hall?
Ans The Old Vic.

16 In which country is the region known as The Coromandel Coast to' be found?
Ans India (from the tip, cape Comorin up the east coast for 400 miles)

17 What logarithmic unit of measurement is used to classify the brightness of stars?
Ans Magnitude.

18 What is "The Beguin" in the title of Cole Porter's song "Begin the Beguin"?
Ans A dance (similar to a slow rumba popular in the 1930s).

19 Which general led the Prussian troops against Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo?
Ans General Von Blucher.

20 What is unusual about a tailor's thimble?
Ans It's open at both ends.

21 Which South American peninsula separates The Caribbean from The Gulf of Mexico?

Ans The Yucatan Peninsula.

22 What is the name of the narrator in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick?
Ans Ishmael.

23 Where does an arboreal creature live?
Ans In trees.

24 For what reason was the British general election of 2001 postponed for a month?
Ans Due to an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease.

25 From which of Shakespeare's plays did Aldous Huxley take the title of his novel Brave New World?

Ans The Tempest.

26 From which plant is the drug Atropine obtained?
Ans Deadly Nightshade / Belladonna.

27 With what trade is the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers associated?
Ans Shoe makers / leather work.

28 Which fictional schoolboy attended The Neil Armstrong Comprehensive School?
Ans Adrian Mole.

29 Which military anti-terrorist unit is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina?
Ans Delta Force.

30 What was the name of Britain's and the world's first commercial nuclear power station?

Ans Calder Hall (presently being dismantled)

31 Who was the last king of France?

Ans Louis-Philippe / the Citizen King, he reigned from 1830-1848.

32 Which British mammal has young called hoglets?
Ans The hedgehog.

33 For which major event was the first Wembley Stadium built?
Ans The British Empire Exhibition (of 1924).

34 Which march, by John Phillip Sousa, was the signature tune of Monty Python's Flying Circus?

Ans The Liberty Bell.

35 What name is given to the fine wire used in old radio sets to make contact with a crystal?

Ans A cat's whisker.

36 In which country is the port of Odense?
Ans Denmark.

37 What type of meat is called "long pig" by Polynesian tribesmen?
Ans Human flesh.

38 Which Irish author wrote the autobiography "Borstal Boy"?
Ans Brendan Behan.

39 In Greek mythology, who flew using wings attached with wax, but fell into the sea when he flew too near the sun?

Ans Icarus.

40 Which children's novel begins "Once there were four children, whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy"?

Ans The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

41 What name is given to the demarcation line between North and South Korea.
Ans The 38th Parallel.

42 What name is given to a vent on a volcano which emits smoke and gas?
Ans A fumarole.

43 Other than a mineral block that cows lick what else is known as a cowlick?
Ans A tuft of hair standing straight up, generally in the centre of the forehead.

44 What precisely are the Perseids, the Leonids and the Geminids?
Ans Meteor showers.

45 What is the softest commercial form of hardwood, once used to build the Mosquito aircraft?

Ans Balsa wood (a hardwood because it's a deciduous tree).

46 Which bird was used as a mascot by the Guinness company until 1982?
Ans The Toucan.

47 Which Dickensian character was jilted on her wedding day in "Great Expectations"?
Ans Miss Haversham.

48 What codename was given to the allied deployment of troops to defend Saudi Arabia in 1990?

Ans Operation Desert Shield.

49 What type of herb is the plant Penny Royal?
Ans Mint.

50 Which mountain range embraces areas of Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Austria, Serbia and The Czech Republic?

Ans The Carpathians

51 Which heavy metal band featured "Fast" Eddie Clark on guitar until 1982 although he still guests with them now?

Ans Motorhead

52 What name is given to the side of a right angled triangle opposite the right angle?
Ans The Hypotenuse.

53 Which blood protein is deposited round a wound and dries on contact with air to assist in clot formation?

Ans Fibrin.

54 Which English queen married Prince George of Denmark?
Ans Queen Anne.

55 Which computer software company produces the popular Photoshop application?
Ans Adobe.

56 To which prime minister was the 19th century novelist Lady Caroline Lamb married?
Ans Viscount Melbourne

57 Which British playwright was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature in 2005?

Ans Harold Pinter.

58 What, on a clothing care label, is meant by the symbol of a triangle with a cross through it?'

Ans Do not bleach.

59 Into which sea does the river Volga flow?
Ans The Caspian Sea.

60 Which religious denomination has a weekly newspaper called The Tablet?
Ans The Catholic Church.

61 To which Archbishop of Canterbury was Terry Waite the religious advisor?
Ans Archbishop Robert Runcie.

62 In which square in the City of London is the Stock Exchange situated?
Ans Paternoster Square.

63 What is the capital of the Slovak Republic?
Ans Bratislava.

64 Which 3 dimensional shape has only 2 surfaces?
Ans A cone.

65 Which Old Testament queen was eaten by dogs?
Ans Jezebel

66 What is a court summons called in the USA?
Ans A subpoena.

67 What plant has varieties called Goldings, Fuggles and Hallertau?
Ans Hops.

68 Which fish has the Latin name Hippocampus Hippocampus?
Ans The Sea Horse.

69 What was unusual about the ancient Aeolian Harp?

Ans It was only played by natural winds, air currents or zephyrs.

70 Which current rock band features Matthew Bellamy on guitar?
Ans Muse.

71 What is an emoticon?

Ans A facial expression made from typographical symbols, or "smiley" faces.(usually sent in texts or e-mails).

72 In which part of the body are red blood cells formed?
Ans Bone marrow / myeloid tissue.

73 Which of the Channel Islands allow no cars?
Ans Either Sark or Herm.

74 Which group of fictional travellers began their journey from The Tabard Inn?
Ans Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims.

75 Which 18th century lexicographer owned a cat named Hodge, a statue of which can be seen in London's Gough Square?

Ans Dr Samuel Johnson.

76 What is the name of Britain's newest national newspaper launched on 27 Oct 2010?
Ans I (the letter i)

77 What name is given to a swelling of the neck as the result of an enlarged Thyroid Gland?

Ans A goitre.

78 Which Roman leader invaded Britain in 55BC?
Ans Julius Caesar.

79 Members of which Trotskyist faction were expelled from the Labour Party in 1983?
Ans The Militant Tendency

80 From which Puccini opera does the celebrated tenor aria Nessun Dorma come?
Ans Turandot.

81 What is the occupation of Angela Hartnet?
Ans Chef

82 Who wished her last words to be "Tell David Cameron that if he screws up my beloved NHS I'll come back and bloody haunt him"?

Ans Clare Rayner

83 Which four letter word in France is something you eat and in the UK means bodily or mental suffering? Both words are spelt the same but pronounced differently.

Ans Pain.

84 During which battle did "Eagle Day" occur?

Ans The Battle of Britain. ("Adlertag" eagle day was the German codeword for the start of the main attempt to destroy the RAF)

85 The novelist lain Banks writes both mainstream and science fiction books. When writing science fiction exactly what change does he make to his name?

Ans He adds the letter M to the middle of his name, ie lain M Banks.

86 When the Chilean miners were still trapped underground, the wife of one of them gave birth to a girl. What name, pertinent to what was happening, did she give the baby?

Ans Esperanza (Accept Hope)

87 Which current Premiership footballer has the nickname El Apache?
Ans Carlos Tevez.

88 In what line of businesses Norbert Dentressangle made his fortune?

Ans Transport/Truck Haulage (he owns Chistian Salvesen among others and specialises in cross channel transport).

89 "Reel Around the Sun" is the first number in which music and dance show?
Ans Riverdance.

90 In which county is the royal residence of Sandringham?
Ans Norfolk.

91 Which legendary hero had a sword called Arondight?
Ans Sir Lancelot.

92 Which opera starts with the hero measuring the space where his marriage bed will be, whilst his bride to be, Susanna, is trying on her wedding bonnet?

Ans The Marriage of Figaro.

93 From which 1966 musical does the Shirley Bassey hit song, Big Spender, originate?
Ans Sweet Charity.

94 What is removed during a cholecystectomy operation?
Ans The gall bladder.

95 The candied stalks of which plant are used to make green cake decorations?
Ans Angelica.

96 Who played The Joker in the 1989 film Batman?
Ans Jack Nicholson


S1 Which curly leafed vegetable, related to chicory, is often used in salads?
Ans Endive.

S2 What is the preferred soil type for Ericaceous plants?
Ans Highly Acidic such as peat.

S3 Name either of the 2 WWII Japanese super battleships, at 72,800 tons, 865ft long and with 9 x 18.1 guns, the largest ever built?

Ans The Yamato(sunk on the way to Okinawa) and The Musashi (sunk at Leyte gulf)

S4 Who played the female lead in the film "Singing in the Rain"?
Ans Debbie Reynolds.

S5 How is the formulae (XN + YN = ZN) better known?
Ans Fermat's last theorem.

S6 What name is given to the green surface layer formed on copper after prolonged exposure to light and air?

Ans Verdigris

S7 Which planet is known as the Evening Star?
Ans Venus

S8 What are Boness, Grisettes, Ergots and Earthstars?
Ans Fungi.

S9 What in the reptile world is a slough?
Ans The discarded skin of a snake or lizard.


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