Wednesday, January 26, 2011

25th January Quarter Finals of the Cup/Plate



Q1 Who wrote the novel "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas"?
A1 John Boyne
Q2 Who directed the film “Nowhere Boy” based on the childhood of John Lennon
A2 Sam Taylor Wood
Q3 What did Dr John S Pemberton concoct in his backyard in 1886?
A3 Coca cola
Q4 In which year was Macclesfield granted its Charter?
A4 1261 (accept 1255 – 1266) (750th anniversary this year)
Q5 What is the cubed route of 64?
A5 4
Q6 VAT is levied at Zero rate, 20% and what other rate?
A6 5% (levied on domestic fuel etc)
Q7 Who plays the mother of Miranda Hart in her eponymous TV series?
A7 Patricia Hodge
Q8 What is next in the sequence kilo, mega, giga, tera?
A8 A peta (1x10 to the powers 3, 6, 9, 12 & 15 respectively)
Q9 What type of animal is Jeremy Fisher?
A9 Frog (Beatrix Potter character)
Q10 Name the Frenchman who won a clean sweep of gold medals in the Alpine skiing events at
the 1968 Winter Olympics at Grenoble?
A10 Jean Claude Killy
Q11 Which former British heavyweight boxing champion died in a cycling accident on 6 January
A11 Gary Mason
Q12 In the Thunderbirds TV series, which son piloted Thunderbird 2 and dressed in yellow?
A12 Virgil
Q13 Which river rises near Biddulph and empties into the river Humber?
A13 River Trent
Q14 What was the first name of the composer Stravinsky?
A14 Igor
Q15 What is the name of the “controller-free gaming and entertainment experience” launched
by Microsoft for the X Box 360 in November 2010?
A15 Kinect
Q16 Which children’s author, who wrote the book “The Sheep Pig” on which the film “Babe” was
based, died on 4 January 2011?
A16 Dick King-Smith
Q17 Which British King married Mary of Teck?
A17 George V
Q18 Which playing card is known as the curse of Scotland?
A18 9 of Diamonds
(The Duke of Cumberland is said to have scribbled the order to give "no quarter" on such a
card before the Battle of Culloden. Others say that the derivation is from the coat of arms of
John Dalrymple, 1st Earl of Stair who signed the order for the Glencoe Massacre.)
Q19 Who is the Norse goddess of love and beauty?
A19 Freya / Freyja
Q20 As at 7 January 2011, who is the Speaker of the House of Commons?
A20 John Bercow

Q21 As at 7 January 2011, who is the Shadow Transport Secretary?
A21 Maria Eagle (NOT Angela Eagle her sister)
Q22 Who scored the most runs in the current Ashes series?
A22 Alistair Cook
Q23 Complete the missing word in the following sequence – Species, Genus, Family, Order, Class,
………………, Kingdom.
A23 Phylum
Q24 Who is the new presenter of the weekday early breakfast show on Radio 2 which airs from
5:0 to 6:30am?
A24 Vanessa Feltz
Q25 Apart from Jessica Ennis, which other woman made the top 10 of the 2010 BBC Sports
Personality of the Year?
A25 Amy Williams (Olympic Gold medallist in the bob skeleton )
Q26 Actor John Le Mesurier was married to which comedienne, with whom he had two children?
A26 Hattie Jacques (1949–1965 two sons Kim and Robin)
Q27 Who provided cookery demonstrations for BBC TV's Multi coloured Swap Shop?
A27 Delia Smith
Q28 For what reason did a Mini Schnauzer called Dangerous Dave come to fame in 2010?
A28 He won the audition to play Toto in the upcoming Wizard of Oz play
Q29 Which 1970s TV drama series used the “Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia” from
Khachaturian’s ballet “Spartacus” as its theme tune?
A29 “The Onedin Line”
Q30 In the 2006 film, who played “The Last King of Scotland”?
A30 Forest Whitaker
Q31 An American Football quarterback has recently announced his retirement. He is currently
the NFL career leader in wins (186), passing yards (71,838), touchdown passes (508) and
interceptions (335) and won the Superbowl with the Green Bay Packers. Who is he
A31 Brett Favre
Q32 Which organisation used the advertising slogan “The lion leaps from strength to strengtht”
A32 Peugeot
Q33 Which English food writer wrote the autobiography "Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger"?
A33 Nigel Slater
Q34 If the Boeing 'Jumbo Jet' is the 747, what number is the Boeing Dreamliner?
A34 787
Q35 In the acronym for the Bank HSBC, what does the S stand for?
A35 Shanghai
Q36 The Chrysanthemum throne is a term referring to the monarchy of which country?
A36 Japan
Q37 The new PDC darts world champion is Adrian Lewis. In the vein of Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor
what is his stage nickname?
A37 Jackpot
Q38 Who became the first female Prime Minister of Australia in 2010?
A38 Julia Gillard
Q39 Which opera shares its name with a Herman Melville novella?
A39 Billy Budd
Q40 Which disease in humans caused by the variola virus was declared extinct in 1979 by the
World Health Organisation?
A40 Smallpox

Q41 Kevin Macdonald, the Scottish director famed for The Last King of Scotland and Touching the
Void, has a new movie nearing completion to be called ‘Life in a Day’ which is going to be a
first. What is unusual about this film?
A41 It is being complied from thousands of clips submitted by YouTube contributors
Q42 Who is the successful coach of the UK Olympic Rowers?
A42 Jurgen Grobler
Q43 What marine tragedy occurred on the 13-14th August 1979?
A43 The Fastnet Race Disaster
Q44 Which current children’s TV programme is narrated by Derek Jacobi?
A44 “In the Night Garden”
Q45 Name either of the finalists in the 2010 Davies Cup.
A45 France or Serbia
Q46 Which band had members Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell?
A46 Boney M
Q47 Who slayed Grendel?
A47 Beowulf
Q48 What was Ivanhoe’s 1st name?
A48 Wilfred (Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe)
Q49 Which UK band from the 1980s took its name from a Vulcan Princess in Star Trek?
A49 T’Pau
Q50 What is the Finnish name for Finland?
A50 Suomi
Q51 What is the name given to the highest of the UK’s five levels of terrorist alert?
A51 Critical
Q52 What does the R stand for in the SARS virus acronym?
A52 Respiratory (severe acute respiratory syndrome)
Q53 Which British author died on Christmas Eve 2010, best known for creating the Wombles?
A53 Elisabeth Beresford
Q54 Which company is the ultimate parent company of Bugatti, manufacturer of the fastest
production car, the Veyron?
A54 VW
Q55 Which 19th century lifesaving hero from Salford received the Albert Medal for saving 50
people from the murky River Irwell, and now gives his name to a pub on the river?
A55 Mark Addy
Q56 Name one of the 3 National sides that Roy Hodgson has managed
A56 Finland, Switzerland,UAE
Q57 Who is the ex Barnsley Central MP, who admitted to fraudulently claiming £14000 in
parliamentary expenses?
A57 Eric Illsley
Q58 Which journalist, who died in December, was famous for the following “I counted them all
out and I counted them back in again”
A58 Brian Hanrahan
Q59 Sir Alex Ferguson & Arsene Wenger are the longest and second longest serving managers in
the Football Premier League, who is the third longest serving manager in the Premier
A59 David Moyes (Everton 8 Years+) (SAF 24 years, AW 14 years)
Q60 In which English county is the Blue Square Premier football team Rushden and Diamonds
A60 Northamptonshire

Q61 Workmen disposing of the Exchequer's tax tallies led to which event on 16 October 1834?
A61 Burning down of the Palace of Westminster / Houses of Parliament.
Q62 Who was the last prime minister of whom no photograph was ever taken?
A62 Sir Robert Peel (d. 1850)
Q63 The mascot of which board game was based on financier J P Morgan?
A63 Monopoly (the moustachiod Mr Monopoly or Rich Uncle Pennybags)
Q64 How old do NASA scientists estimate the Earth to be in years? [Leeway]
A64 4.57bn years [accept 4.3-4.9 billion]
Q65 What is the name of the scale used to compare the hardness of minerals from talc (value 1)
to diamonds (value 10)?
A65 Mohs scale
Q66 What is the SI unit of luminous intensity?
A66 Candela
Q67 Give a (calendar) year in the life of Sandro Botticelli
A67 1445-1510
Q68 Triton, Proteus and Nereid are the largest moons of which planet?
A68 Neptune
Q69 What achievement connects Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt, Alan Shepard and only 9
A69 All have walked on the moon.
Q70 In castle terminology, what is a palisade?
A70 Strong fence [or similar]
Q71 As in 'lobster thermidor', what was 'thermidor' ?
A71 A month (one in the French revolutionary calendar but "month" will suffice)
Q72 Which 1980 film starred Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges and Leslie Nielsen?
A72 Airplane!
Q73 Which 1987 film starred Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Gary Busey?
A73 Lethal Weapon
Q74 Who was shot in 1812 by John Bellingham?
A74 Spencer Percival
Q75 Which department store founder is credited with the slogans "the customer is always right"
and "only... shopping days until Christmas"?
A75 Harry Gordon Selfridge
Q76 Who told quiz contenders "it's only a bloody game" before each show?
A76 Magnus Magnusson (although we may suggest it for adoption at next year's AGM)
Q77 Which country was Eddie Izzard born in?
A77 Yemen
Q78 What do either of J K Rowling's initials stand for?
A78 Joanne or Kathleen
Q79 Percy Spencer is credited with inventing which household appliance?
A79 Microwave (He was working on an active radar set when he noticed that a peanut
chocolate bar he had in his pocket started to melt)
Q80 Which band had a UK number 1 hit single in 1986 with 'Take My Breath Away'?
A80 Berlin

Q81 Name one country in which the 2011 Dakar rally took place (which didn't go anywhere near
A81 Argentina or Chile
Q82 In 1959, what kind of vehicle crossed the English Channel for the first time?
A82 Hovercraft
Q83 The TV series 'Byker Grove' was set in which city?
A83 Newcastle upon Tyne
Q84 What colour is 'umber' earth?
A84 Brown
Q85 In which wood did Winnie the Pooh live?
A85 100 Acre Wood
Q86 Which TV show with Reeves and Mortimer shares its name with another term for meteors?
A86 Shooting Stars
Q87 What colour did Dr Banner become when he got angry?
A87 Green (Bruce Banner turned into the Incredible Hulk)
Q88 Which animal lives in a drey?
A88 Squirrel
Q89 What colour is connected to neutral in a modern 3 core electric cable on domestic
A89 Blue
Q90 In which country would you see the Great and Little Orme?
A90 Wales
Q91 Which TV Geoff gardened at Barnsdale?
A91 Geoff Hamilton (from Gardners' World)
Q92 What did Clarice Cliff make?
A92 Pottery
Q93 In which county is Ashford International Station?
A93 Kent
Q94 Wednesday and Pugsley are part of which family?
A94 Addams
Q95 Nassau is the capital of which group of islands?
A95 Bahamas
Q96 What is England's most northerly county?
A96 Northumberland
Q97 Which Sunday comes before Easter Day?
A97 Palm Sunday
Q98 What is the name of the little helicopter in the books “written” by Sarah Ferguson?
A98 Budgie
Q99 In which country was Van der Valk set?
A99 Netherlands
Q100 Excluding the gas giants, which planet in the solar system has the highest average measured
temperature at surface level?
A100 Venus (gets to over 460 degrees Celsius, higher than Mercury due to strong greenhouse

Q101 Where can the Lovell telescope be found?
A101 Jodrell Bank
Q102 How many points is a try worth in rugby union?
A102 Five
Q103 What is the name of the peninsula that forms the mainland part of Denmark?
A103 Jutland
Q104 Which country takes its name from the westernmost province of the Netherlands?
A104 New Zealand [Zealand is also, confusingly, the name of a large Danish island)
Q105 Which other disease did Edward Jenner use to develop his small pox vaccine?
A105 Cowpox
Q106 As at 7th January 2011, who is the UN secretary general?
A106 Ban Ki-moon
Q107 As at 7th January 2011, who is the male holder of the FIFA Ballon d'Or award?
A107 Lionel Messi
Q108 What is the name of water that collects in the bottom of a boat?
A108 Bilge
Q109 Which fashion designer is credited as inventing the miniskirt?
A109 Mary Quant
Q110 Who wrote the music for the ballet “Coppelia”?
A110 Leo Delibes
Q111 What is a “frikadelle”
A111 Swedish boiled meatball (accep meatball)
Q112 Name one of the two mammals that lay eggs?
A112 Platypus or Echidna
Q113 Which is the last event held in an olympic decathlon?
A113 1500 meters run
Q114 Which author wrote the screen plays for the films You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty
Bang Bang?
A114 Roald Dahl
Q115 Which film director had a number one single in the UK with Everybody's Free (To Wear
A115 Baz Luhrmann
Q116 In the film, where was Ricks Cafe Americain? [For the avoidance of doubt, the answer is both
the name of the film and the city]
A116 Casablanca
Q117 Whose report in December 1942 led to the setting up of the NHS?
A117 William Beveridge
Q118 Rebecca Rolfe who was buried in Gravesend is better known by what name?
A118 Pocahontas
Q119 Who, in 1946, was the last person to be executed in Britain for treason?
A119 William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw). [Accept either]
Q120 Who was Britain's youngest 20th century Prime Minister?
A120 Tony Blair

S1 What is the collective noun for a group of cheetahs
A1 Coalition
S2 According to the urban myth, Bob Holness of Blockbusters fame played sax solo on which
1970s hit record?
A2 Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)
S3 Which English county comes first alphabetically?
A3 Bedfordshire
S4 Who was voted BBC tv Sports Personality COACH of the year for 2010?
A4 Colin Montgomerie
S5 Prince William is to marry Kate Middleton on which date? (no leeway)
A5 29th April 2011
Q As of 4th January 2011; in Meters how far has the NASA Rover ‘Opportunity’ travelled on the
surface of Mars?
A 26,562.05 meters

Saturday, January 22, 2011

18 January–The Questions



Set by Harrington Academicals

Specialist Questions vetted by Waters Green Rams

General Knowledge vetted by Church House Bollington

Specialist Subjects :

Military History - weapons through history

Geography - Paint it Black

Arts and Entertainment - A quiz about quizzes


Science - Medical Matters

Fruit and Veg

The Sixties

Meet the Browns

Military History - weapons through history

1 What weapon was used for the first time in battle in England at the Battle of Hastings?


2 Which major weapon of war was used for the first time in 1916 at the Battle of the Somme?


3 What innovative equipment first featured on the USS Monitor, launched in 1862 and used with great success against the confederates?

A rotating gun turret

4 What was Holland 1 the first of in British Naval History in 1901?

1st submarine to enter service with the Royal Navy

5 Which gas was used for the first time on a large scale at Ypres in 1915?

Chlorine gas. The gas affected 10,000 troops half of whom died within 10 minutes of it reaching the front line.

6 According to its inventor this weapon was created to reduce the size of armies and so reduce the number of deaths by combat and disease, and to show how futile war is. First use in warfare in the American civil war still used in aircraft today?

Gatling gun

7 Translated as 'Divine wind' . What was this suicidal form of attack more commonly known as Kamikaze?

Japanese suicide air attacks on the allied Pacific Fleet in WW2

8 Which weapon was the world's first rocket powered long-range combat-ballistic missile?

The V2 rocket produced by Nazi Germany in WW2 ( The VI was a flying bomb powered by a ram jet )


Supp 1 This iconic hand gun helped win the west and is one of the longest running production models

Colt 45

Supp2 What weapon was carried by followers of the Japanese Bushido ethic code Samurai?


Geography - Paint it Black or who's been on a cruise then !

1 In Which Black Sea resort did Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin meet in 1945 to discuss the future of Europe?


2 In which modern day country did the Charge of the Light Brigade take place?


3 In which city are the 2014 Winter Olympics to be held?

Sochi (on the Black Sea coast of Russia)

4 In which country, bordering on the Black Sea is the world's largest parliamentary building?

Romania (formerly Ceaucescu's palace)

5 In which city, known as the pearl of the Black Sea, are the Potemkin Steps, which featured in the Eisenstein film and were the site of a massacre?


6. What is the modern name of the Hellespont?


7 Which Black Sea country borders Russia and Turkey?


8 Which Ukrainian city, formerly the base for the Soviet Black Sea fleet has just been leased back to Russia for 25 years?



Supp 1 What first world war campaign, which in this country is named after a Turkish peninsula, do the French call "les Dardanelles"?


Supp 2 The ancient area of Thrace now covers bits of Turkey and Greece but predominantly which modern country?


Arts and Entertainment - A Quiz About Quizzes.

1 Producer Bill Wright's interrogation experiences at the hands of the Gestapo were the inspiration for which TV quiz show?


2 Since Angus Deayton left the show, which comedy actor has been the most frequent host of "Have 1 Got News For You?"

Alexander Armstrong (17 times). Next on the list is Jack Dee's nine stints as host.

3 Who is the current host of Radio 4's "The News Quiz"?

Sandi Toksvig

4 "From Norwich, it's the Quiz of the Week" was the introduction to which programme?

Sale of the Century

5 Who was the original host of the long running quiz show "Ask The Family"?

Robert Robinson. (Later versions were presented by Alan Titchmarsh and alleged kids entertainers Dick & Dom)

6 Who is the current host of Radio 4's "Brain of Britain"?

Russell Davies

7 Beloved of students, which UK daytime quiz show of the 80s and 90s featured contestants from a variety of European countries?

Going For Gold

8. The 2006 film "Starter For Ten" was based around the lead character's ambition to appear on which show?

University Challenge


S1 Hosted by Nick Owen, what was the name of ITV's short¬lived 80s rival to "A Question of Sport"?

Sporting Triangles

S2. Who was the darts referee who co-hosted Bullseye alongside Jim Bowen?

Tony "Mr 180" Green.


1 Britain currently has 5 World Boxing champions. Two of these are David Haye and Amir Khan; please name one of the others.

Ricky Burns (Super-feather), Carl Froch (Super-middle), Nathan Cleverly (Light-heavy).

2 Which batting landmark did Sachin Tendulkar reach in the recent test against South Africa at Centurion ?

He became the first batsman to make 50 test match centuries.

3 Which baseball team finally overcame the "Curse of Babe Ruth" to win the World Series in 2004, for the first time in 86 years.

Boston Red Sox

4 In which country will this year's Rugby Union world cup be held?

New Zealand

5 Times journalist Matthew Syed was for many years ranked UK number one in which sport?

Table Tennis

6 Which snooker player, three times winner of the Masters tournament, died in 2006 at the age of just 27?

Paul Hunter

7 Which British city will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games?


8. Who won both the 5000m and 10000m at last year's European Athletics championships?

Mo Farah


S1. Who is Harry Redknapp's famous footballing nephew?

Frank Lampard

S2. The then world record attendance for a rugby league game of over 102,000 was set at which British ground in 1954?

Odsal Stadium, Bradford

Science - Medical Matters

1 A flu' epidemic is defined as how many reported cases per 100,000 of the population?

200 +_ 50 leeway

2 What is the hormone that controls glucose uptake in cells and the deficiency of which is responsible for a type of diabetes?


3 What condition is measured by the BM Index?


4 What are the cells that aggregate to prevent arterial blood loss and can also cause arterial thrombosis?


5 What is the common name for periorbital haematoma?

A Black eye

6 Tinea pedis is an itchy infection of the foot. What is it commonly known as?

Athletes Foot

7 Which ancient Greek is known as the "Father of Medicine?


8 Who wrote the classic medical text book on Anatomy, first published in 1918?

Henry Grey


Supp 1 What is the study of the development of a baby from fertilisation of an egg to birth called?


Supp 2 What is the name of the artery which supplies blood to the heart?

Coronary Artery

Fruit and Veg - a round where all answers are fruit and vegetable related

1 Which slang term for a vegetable is also a hole in your sock?


2 How is a loveapple better known?

A Tomato. thinks it could be linked to the French Pomme d' amour however it also appears in Dr Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language

3 What vegetable is a term of endearment in French?

Cabbage ( Mon petit chou )

4 George Bush was reported as saying “I'm the president of the united States and if I don't want to eat this vegetable I won't”. What was the vegetable?

Broccoli. Nether Bush liked Broccoli.

5 What fruit did Hercules steal as his 11th labour?

Apples The Golden apples which gave immortality.

6 What would a boxer be suffering from if he had haemotoma auris?

Cauliflower ear

7. A hand held device for accessing the internet?

Blackberry or Apple

8 A Durham fast bowler one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year in 2009.

Onions ( Graham )


Supp 1 Daughter of Saint Bob

Peaches (Geldof)

Supp2 The source of Popeye's strength


The Sixties - if you can remember them you weren't there !

1 Which track by the Byrds was banned by the BBC for alleged drug references?

8 Miles High

2 What is the title of Keith Richards' recent autobiography?


3 The Artist Don van Vleit died recently. In the 60's, he was a performing artist under what stage name?

Captain Beefheart

4 Who defined Rock journalism as people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read?

Frank Zappa

5 What was Purple Haze in the Hendrix song?

A type of acid (LSD)

6 Which band took their name from the book by Aldous Huxley describing his experience of Mescalin?

The Doors (after Doors of Perception)

7 In the context of the sixties counterculture, what is a bong?

A water pipe for smoking hashish or similar

8 Which underground magazine was famously prosecuted for obscenity in 1971 (it took the law a while to catch up with the magazine)?



Supp 1 Which group, all ex-members of the RAF had a hit with 'its good news week'? Hedgehoppers Anonymous

Supp 2 What was Lou Reed's drug of choice according to the track of the same name on the album The Velvet Underground and Nico?


Supp 3 Who was the defending Barrister in the Oz trial?

John Mortimer


1 Which constituency does Gordon Brown hold?

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (accept either)

2 What, in 1978, made Louise Brown famous?

She was the first test tube baby

3 Who played John Brown in the film "Mrs Brown"?

Billy Connelly

4 Who created the cartoon character Charlie Brown?

Charles Schultz

5 Which boxer was named the Brown Bomber?

Joe Louis

6 Which US city is home to the NFL team, the Browns?


7 In Monopoly, name either of the two properties coloured brown.

Old Kent Road and Whitechapel

8 In which Christmas song does a snowman pretend to be Parson Brown?

Winter Wonderland


Supp 1 Of which county is Brown Willy the highest point?


Supp 2 What is the real name of the comedian Chubby Brown?

Royston Vasey


General Knowledge

You might find some of the answers in the Quiz League News and Views

1 Whose symphonies include The Clock, the surprise and the London?


2 Who patented the design of the hand grenade named after him, which was used by the British army from 1915 until the 1970's?

William Mills

3 Which rock star piloted the plane when Liverpool Football Club flew to Italy for their match against Napoli in the UEFA cup this season?

Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden

4 Jennifer Thompson has been in the news recently. Why?

She was the prostitute who allegedly slept with Wayne Rooney.

5 Why did the death of Eileen Nearne attract the interest of national news last September and bring the people of Torquay onto the streets?

She worked for SOE as a spy codenamed Rose during WW 2. Her funeral was originally organized by Torbay council, but when details of her war service came to light she was buried with full military honours. Accept Spy

6 What is a Manse?

A Church House (in Scotland)

7 What is the type of Jacket, worn by Elvis and Steve McQueen named after Ryan O'Neil's character in Peyton Place?


8 How many different types of 50p coins, each representing a different sport are being minted to commemorate the London Olympics of 2012?

29 + 2 leeway

9 Autumn Kelly is married to which member of the Royal Family?

Peter Phillips

10 What is the title of Stephen Hawking' s 2010 book about life, the universe and everything except God?

A Grand Design

11 A type of baggy trouser, originating in the 1920's favoured by members of a certain university

Oxford Bags

12 What was the name of the rescue pod in the San Jose mine


13 Don Partridge died last year - what was the No 1 hit that made his name?


14 Who won Channel 4's Ultimate Big Brother?

Brian Bowling

15 Andrew Coles was recently relieved as a submarine captain for running aground off which island?


16 What type of building won the first BBC "Restoration" series?


17 What was the team tennis competition for women contested from 1923 through 1989 (except during World War II) between teams from the United States and Great Britain?

Wightman cup

18 Name the volcano that has erupted recently and caused devastation in the region of Indonesia/Java ?

Mount Merapi

19 Which band was formed by Ashley Hutchins after he left Steeleye Span. It has been through many incarnations since, and since 2005 has done several Christmas Concerts at the Buxton Opera House

Albion Band

20 Who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010?

Liu Xiaobo Accept a reasonable attempt

21 What novel by Franz Kafka, published in 1926 after the author's death features the protagonist "K" battling against bureaucracy?

The Castle

22 Who played Sherlock Holmes in the 2010 BBC production?

Benedict Cumberbatch

23 The city of Albi houses the museum dedicated to the works of which artist, who was born there in 1864?

Toulouse Lautrec

24 Who wrote "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"?

Steig Larsson

25 What is the title of the Oscar winning film about Al Gore's campaign to raise awareness of environmental issues?

An Inconvenient Truth

26' Why did Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa make the news in October 2010?

Won Nobel Prize for literature

27 Title of Susan Boyle's new album which went to no 1 in UK and USA

The Gift

28 What is the more familiar name for the middle eastern dish Shawarma. Made usually of lamb and cooked on a vertical roasting spit?

Doner kebab

29 What is the title of Bruce Springsteen's recently released album of material that didn't get onto the "Darkness at the Edge of Town" album?

The Promise

30 Who won the 2010 Turner Prize?

Susan Phillipz

31 Which ex Macclesfield Town footballer scored a hat trick for Preston in the 6 - 4 away victory over Leeds this season?

Jon Parkin

32 What is the AFC East American football team based in Florida?

Miami Dolphins

33 Who was the artist who created an installation of 5 Million Ceramic beads at Tate Modern?

Ai weiwei

34 Where is the Macclesfield cinema now located?

The Sunday School Building or Silk Heritage Centre Roe Street

35 Who was the captain of the 1974 British Lions tour of South Africa, where the famous "99" call was introduced?

Willie John McBride (at the call of 99, all 15 players would join in any fight - the ref couldn't send them all off)

36 Who is the current flat racing Champion Jockey?

Paul Hanaghan

37 What is the emblem of Staffordshire, recently incorporated into the logo at a reported cost of £7000?

The Knot

38 What is the alternative name of the 7 stars making up "The big Dipper"?

The Plough

39 Who won the 2010 X Factor?

Matt Cardie

40 What is the popular name of a wide leather belt supported by a strap passing over the right shoulder, and commonly seen in military or police uniforms?

Sam Browne

41 What national iconic design was adopted in 1801 and has remained unchanged since then?

The British Flag

42 Who was the former health secretary and MP for Leicester West who was caught by the Channel 4 "cash for influence" sting, and did not seek re election in 2010, citing "personal reasons"?

Patricia Hewitt

43 Who won the Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup?

Thomas Mueller

44 Who was described by Churchill as "a modest man with much to be modest about" Asquith (it was actually Atlee)

45 What was the name of the 2010 world cup match ball produced by Addidas?

Jabulani (also jabilani)

46 What was the name of the irritating trumpet heard at the world cup?


47 Which of the seven dwarfs doesn't have a beard?


48 How is Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha better known?

Nani - the Manchester United footballer

49 Who won the Golden Gloves at the 2010 World Cup?


50 Who rode the 2010 Derby winner?

Ryan Moore

51 What metal is obtained from Malachite?


52 Which famous fictional character could think of 6 impossible things to do before breakfast?


53 What was the number 1 album by Paul and Linda McCartney in 1971?


54 Frances Stuart, Duchess of Lennox was romantically linked with King Charles 2 in Pepys’ diary. Why is her profile in common use today?

It is the profile of Britannia used on coinage

55 Who is the founder of Wikileaks?

Julian Assange

56 What was the occupation of Bottom in Midsummer Night's Dream?


57 What is the name of a King George 5th class WW 2 battleship and the name of the second of the forthcoming Queen Elizabeth 2 class aircraft carriers to be launched when we have the money?

Prince of Wales

58 Who wrote Seven Pillars of Wisdom?

T E Lawrence Accept Lawrence of Arabia

59 In which town was Joan of Arc burnt at the stake?


60 Who was described in Wikileaks as "has an authoritarian and thin skinned personal style" and "an emperor with no clothes"?

Nicolas Sarkozy

61 Who was described in Wikileaks as "Feckless, vain and ineffective as a European leader"?

Silvio Berlusconi

62 Who is the Sale fly half who has over 80 caps for England?

Charlie Hodgson

63 Who was the hero of a series of novels written under the pseudonym "Sapper", published from 1920 to 1954?

Bulldog Drummond

64 In which modern country is Transylvania?


65 Which King of England lost his son when The White Ship sank in 1120?

Henry I

66 Who threw herself under George V's horse during the Derby?

Emily Wilding Davison

67 What is the current name of the Macclesfield pub previously known as The Talbot?

Chester Road Tavern (Actually the Talbot has been demolished – it stood where the Regency roundabout is now)

68 What is or was a Talbot as in the pub name?

A hunting dog Accept dog

69 Who is the leading actress in the Lars von Trier film, "Breaking the Waves"?

Emily Watson

70 Which English team is the only winner of the European football championship not playing in the premier league?

Nottingham forest

71 What is the famous ruined Cistercian monastery, two miles southwest of Ripon in North Yorkshire?

Fountains Abbey

72 Who was the civil servant in the war office who designed a portable pre fabricated truss bridge, named after him and still in military use today?

Donald Bailey

73 Which country has the 3rd highest number of satellites in orbit


74 The literary character Cedric Errol is better known as whom?

Little Lord Fauntleroy

75 What did Henri Dunant's account of the aftermath of the Battle of Solferino lead to in 1863?

The establishment of the International committee of the Red Cross

76 What is the layer beneath the earth's crust called?

The mantle

77. What was the tune adapted by Malcolm Arnold as the theme for the film "Bridge over the River Kwai"?

Colonel Bogey

78 In which royal palace was Henry VIII born?

Greenwich Palace

79 Who said "I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to."Elvis Presley

80 What do we call a castrated male chicken?


81 What was referred to as a "Nantucket Sleigh Ride"?

A boat being towed by a harpooned whale

82 Which tennis competition was conceived in 1899 by four members of the Harvard University tennis team as a challenge match between USA and Great Britain?

Davis Cup

83 In Welsh place names what does "Rhos" mean?


84 Three towns claim to be the ancient capital of Mercia. Name one of them

Tamworth, Repton or Lichfield

85 Of all the countries to have hosted the summer Olympics, which has the smallest population?


86 Where would you find the Sea of Showers?

The moon

87 To which royal house did James II belong?


88 The RAF donated a spitfire to the city of Reginald Mitchell's birth. In which city's museum is it?

Stoke on Trent

89 How many nail holes are there in a standard horse shoe?


90 In bookmakers' parlance, how much is a "monkey "?


91 What is the type of brandy traditionally produced in Italy from leftover materials from the winemaking process?


92 Who invented the spinning jenny?


93 Which of Hoist's planets is associated with the astrological character "The Magician"?


94 Which character in Shrek is voiced by Antonio Banderas?

Puss in Boots

95 Where is the only place in Europe where apes live free?


96 Most of these questions have been checked using Wikipedia - for what that's worth. What does wiki mean in the original Hawaiian?



Supp 1 Devilishly named and devilishly strong ale formerly brewed by Youngs of Wandsworth

Old Nick

Supp2 What is the only type of bird that can fly backwards?


Supp 3 Which is the hardest bone in the body?

The jawbone

Supp 4 What colour does the bride wear in china?


Supp 5 What is the third book of the Old Testament (King James version) which includes detailed restrictions on dietary and sexual matters?

Leviticus (the Latin branch of Alan's family?)

Supp 6 Seminal minimalist 1964 composition by Terry Riley (who later recorded Church of Anthrax with John Cale from Velvet Underground)


Friday, January 14, 2011













01. Q. In a Roman house, what was provided by the hypocaust ?

A. Central heating. (accept any reference to heating).

02. Q. Who was the Roman emperor when Jesus Christ was born ?

A. Augustus. (27BC – AD14).

03. Q. In which year was the Gutenberg bible printed ? Some leeway.

A. 1455. accept 1450 – 1460.

04. Q. Which well-known London statue is a monument to the reformer of child labour, Lord Shaftesbury ?

A. Eros in Piccadilly Circus. (Sometimes called the Angel of Christian Charity) but is properly named Anteros being the platonic brother of erotic Eros !). Accept the Angel etc or Anteros if offered.

05. Q. Where was the princess Elizabeth staying when she was brought the news of her accession to the throne in 1558 ?

A. Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.

06. Q. At which locomotive competition was Stevenson’s Rocket the winner in 1828 ?

A. The Rainhill Trials.

07. Q. Whose London monument by Edward Bailey is guarded by Edwin Landseer’s lions ?

A. Nelson.

08. Q. What was the first Rolls Royce car offered for sale called ?

A. Silver Ghost.


(a) Q. King Geroge V changed the British royal family’s name to Windsor. What had it been previously ?

A. Saxe-Coburg Gotha. (accept Saxe-Coburg).

(b) Q. Where was the Russian royal family shot in 1918 ?

A. Ekaterinburg.


01. Q. Who is usually credited with the invention of the miner’s safety lamp ?

A. Sir Humphrey Davy.

02. Q. Which metallic element has the atomic number 3 ?

A. Lithium.

03. Q. In astronomy, what term is applied to non-luminous material that cannot be detected by direct observation ?

A. Dark matter.

04. Q. What name is given to the waxy substance secreted by the sperm whale and used in perfume ?

A. Ambergris.

05. Q. The compound sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is commonly known as what ?

A. Caustic soda.

06. Q. In astronomy, where would you find the ‘Cassini Division’ ?

A. Between Saturn’s rings.

07. Q. Whose third law of motion states “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction” ?

A. Sir Isaac Newton.

08. Q. To which family of birds does the Capercaillie belong ?

A. Grouse.


(a) Q. Which is the largest of Saturn’s moons ?

A. Titan.

(b) Q. Specifically, what sort of creature is a Merganser ?

A. Duck.


01. Q. What was the former name of Taiwan ?

A. Formosa.

02. Q. Until 1993, which state was governed by the French head of state and the Spanish bishop of Urgel ?

A. Andorra.

03. Q. Brechou, Jethou and Lihou are three of the smallest islands in which island group ?

A. The Channel Islands.

04. Q In which county is Herstmonceux castle ?

A. East Sussex. (Sussex is unacceptable, pass over immediately)

05. Q. Of which country is Suva the capital ?

A. Fiji.

06. Q. Which city lies at the opposite end of the Suez canal to Suez ?

A. Port Said.

07. Q. In which U.S. state was the mission of San Antonio where the battle of the Alamo took place ?

A. Texas.

08. Q. Adelie Land is a French territory on which continent ?

A. Antarctica.


(a) Q. What is the state capital of Idaho ?

A. Boisie.

(b) Q. Which town is the administrative centre of Essex ?

A. Chelmsford.


01. Q. What is the total number of bones in the hands and feet of a human being ?

Some leeway allowed.

A. 106. accept 104 – 108.

02. Q. What is the pulp beneath tooth enamel called ?

A. Dentine.

03. Q. What is the purpose of the fluid and hair mechanism in the inner ear ?

A. To maintain balance.

04. Q. Which organ in the body maintains the balance of glucose and insulin ?

A. The pancreas. (accept Islets of Langerhans as the precise area in the Pancreas).

05. Q. Name either of the readings when measuring blood pressure.

A. Systolic and Diastolic.

06. Q. What is the main purpose of the lymphatic system ?

A. To fight disease in the body.

07. Q. Where in the human body would you find alveoli (al-vee-olee) ?

A. The lungs. (They are the air sacs).

08. Q. Which muscle is affected by a hiatus hernia ?

A. The diaphragm.


(a). Q. How many types of taste buds are there on the human tongue ?

A. 5 (Bitter, sour, salty, sweet and savoury).

(b) Q. What name is given to the muscular contractions which push food through the digestive tract ?

A. Peristalsis.


01. Q. What colour were the music-hating baddies in the 1968 film Yellow Submarine?

A. Blue (The Blue Meanies).

02. Q. In the 1986 film ‘The Colour of Money’ Paul Newman reprised his role as ‘Fast Eddie Felson’. What is the name of the original 1961 film ?

A. The Hustler.

03. Q. Originating in Zurich during WWI, which anti-war cultural movement was anti-art and ridiculed the meaningless modern world through proponents such as Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray ?

A. Dadaism.

04. Q. Which British cultural movement exploring social and political issues was developed in the late 1950’s in plays and film by such as Alan Sillitoe and John Osbourne ?

A. Kitchen sink (school, realism or drama).

05. Q. The ‘naughty but nice’ advertising slogan for cream cakes was coined by the author of ‘The Moor’s Last Sigh’ and ‘Shalimar the Clown’. Who is he ?

A. Salman Rushdie

06. Q. The 1960’s advertising slogan ‘Go to work on an egg’ starred Patricia Hayes and which other comedian, who committed suicide in Sydney in 1968 ?

A. Tony Hancock.

07. Q. ‘All happy families are alike, but an unhappy family is unhappy after it’s own fashion’ is the opening line of which classic Russian novel ?

A. Anna Karenina (by Leo Tolstoy).

08. Q. ‘It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking 13’ is the opening line of which dystopian novel whose author was educated at Eton ?

A. 1984 (by George Orwell).


(a) Q. Which opera is missing from the following list : Das Rheingold, Siegfried and Gotterdamerung ?

A. Die Valkyrie (Wagner’s Ring Cycle).

(b) Q. The Scottish actor David McCallum played which handsome blond and enigmaticspy in ‘The Man from Uncle’ ?

A. Ilya Kuryakin.



01. Q. Which American Football team (Grid Iron) play at Soldier Field ?

A. Chicago Bears.

02. Q. On which golf course did Europe regain the Ryder Cup in 2010 ?

A. Celtic Manor.

03. Q. Who was captain of England last time the Ashes were won on Australian soil?

A. Mike Gatting. (1987).

04. Q. Who scored England’s try in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup Final against Australia ?

A. Jason Robinson.

05. Q. Where will the FIFA World Cup Finals of 2022 be held ?

A. Qatar.

06. Q. Who was runner-up in the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ?

A. Phil Taylor.

07. Q. Name Team GB’s only boxing gold medallist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics ?

A. James de Gale.

08. Q. Which driver won the 2010 Formula One World Title ?

A. Sebastian Vettel.


(a) Q. Name the only football club to win the FA Cup without having played a home game.

A. Manchester United in 1990.

(b) Q. Which rugby union team plays it’s home games at The Stoop ?

A. Harlequins.

(c) Q. What is the forename of Tottenham Hotspurs’ defender Corluka ?

A. Vedran.

(d) Q. The 2015 Rugby Union World Cup finals will be held in which country ?

A. England.



01. Q. On which island is Mendelssohn’s ‘Fingal’s Cave’ to be found ?

A. Staffa. (in the Hebrides).

02. Q. Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart were better known as which 1980’s band ?

A. The Eurythmics.

03. Q. The hit single Mull of Kintyre by Wings was a Christmas No.1 in which year ?

A. 1977. No leeway.

04. Q. Rod Stewart famously had trials with which London football team ?

A. Brentford.

05. Q. What is the name of the lead singer from Simple Minds ?

A. Jim Kerr.

06. Q. ‘Donald where’s your troosers’ was a 1961 hit for whom and The White Heather Gang ?

A. Andy Stewart.

07. Q. The unofficial Scottish Anthem ‘Flower of Scotland’ was written by Roy Williamson in which year ? Some leeway.

A. 1967. accept 1964 – 1970.

08. Q. Craig and Charlie Reid are better known as The Proclaimers, and their song ‘Sunshine on Leith’ is a theme song for the football club they both support. Which club is this ?

A. Hibernian.


(a) Q. Who played the drums for The Bay City Rollers ?

A. Derek Longmuir.

(b) Q. ‘Fish’ was the lead singer with which Scottish band ?

A. Marillion.

(c) Q. ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is based on a poem by whom ?

A. Robert Burns.

(d) Q. ‘The Big Yin’ (Billy Connolly) had a 1975 No.1 hit single with a spoof of which Tammy Wynette song ?

A. D.I.V.O.R.C.E.


01. Q. What is the name of the Raymond Chandler detective who first appears in ‘The Big Sleep’ and who shares a surname with an English dramatist stabbed to death in Deptford in 1593 ?

A. Phillip Marlowe.

02. Q. What was the forename of Inspector Morse, taken from the Royal Navy research vessel of James Cook, on his voyage of discovery to Australia and New Zealand ?

A. Endeavour. (after HMS Endeavour, also called HM Bark Endeavour).

03. Q. In what is considered the first detective story, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ by Edgar Allen Poe, what native of Indonesia was the murderer ?

A. An Orang Utan. (accept ape).

04. Q. Who wrote ‘The Moonstone’ which is considered to be the first detective novel, and also The Woman in White’. His addiction to opium led to his suffering paranoia in later life ?

A. Wilkie Collins.

05. Q. What is the full name of the fictional Italian detective, created by crime writer Michael Dibdin, and currently portrayed on TV by Rufus Sewell ?

A. Aurelio Zen.

06. Q. Which detective, who lives and works in Ystad, was created by Henning Mankell and portrayed on TV by both Krister Henriksson and Kenneth Branagh ?

A. Kurt Wallander. (Rolf Lassgard also played Wallander, but in film not TV.).

07. Q. In the opening paragraph of ‘The Sign of Four’, Sherlock Holmes is busy with specific intravenous activity which irritates Dr. Watson. What is Holmes doing ?

A. Injecting cocaine. (accept injecting drugs).

08. Q. The ‘holistic detective’, Dirk Gently, was the creation of which writer who, sadly, died of a heart attack in a Californian gym in 2001 ?

A. Douglas Adams. (of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fame).


(a) Q. Starring the bungling French detective Jacques Clouseau, the series of ‘Pink Panther’ films were directed and co-written by Blake Edwards. Who composed the theme music ?

A. Henry Mancini.

(b) Q. Which half-Scottish, half-Sicillian actor replaced John Hannah to play inspector Rebus in the TV adaptation of Ian Rankin’s novels ?

A. Ken Stott.

(c) Q. The 1972 film ‘Sleuth’ involved Laurence Olivier and which other distinctive English actor in a rather twisted game ?

A. Michael Caine.


1. What does the 'T' stand for in ATM?

A. Telling - Automatic Telling Machine (accept Teller)

2. Who wrote the 'Inspector Wexford' stories?

A. Ruth Rendell

3. Which trio had a 1965 hit called 'Make it Easy on Yourself'?

A. The Walker Brothers

4. Who wrote 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'?

A. Muriel Spark

5. For what has Christopher Jeffries recently become known?

A. He is/was a suspect in the murder of Joanna Yeates (murdered 17/12/10)

6. The queen has recently become a great grandmother, who is the father of the child?

A. Peter Phillips

7. Which football referee, recently awarded an MBE, took charge of the 2010 world cup final?

A. Howard Webb

8. Give a year in the life of the artist Frans Hals.

A. 1582 to 1666


9. Who became the first female U.S. secretary of state in 1997?

A. Madeleine Albright

10. Who replaced Betty Boothroyd as Speaker of the House?

A. Michael Martin

11. What is the name of the inlet of the North Sea within the Netherlands that is separated by a dam built in 1932?

A. Zuider Zee

12. What type of creature is a vervet?

A. Monkey

13. The Khyber Pass links Pakistan with which other country?

A. Afghanistan

14. Name one of the two countries that the Palk Strait separates.

A. India and Sri Lanka

15. In Greek Mythology who was the husband of Hera?

A. Zeus

16. Who was the first Hanoverian monarch?

A. George I (1714-1727)


17. Who is the author of the 'Shardlake' series of novels?

A. C.J. Sansom

18. Which organ in the body produces bile?

A. Liver

19. How many lines are there in a sonnet?

A. 14

20. What was the name of the gardener in the children's TV program 'The Herbs'

A. Bayleaf

21. Which actor's films include 'The Firm', 'Interview with the Vampire' and 'Magnolia'?

A. Tom Cruise

22. In 1940 whom did Hitler appoint Marshal of the Reich (Reichmarshal), the first and only holder of the title?

A. Hermann Goering

23. Who assassinated John Lennon?

A. Mark Chapman

24. The standard rate of VAT in the UK has recently increased to 20%, what was the standard rate when it was introduced in 1973?

A. 10% (reduced to 8% the following year)


25. Why was Salman Taseer recently in the news?

A. He was the Governor of Punjab province of Pakistan killed by his bodyguard

26. Name the current Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

A. Alan Johnson

27. What is the common name for the Chilean Pine Tree?

A. Monkey Puzzle Tree

28. Which former world darts champion has the nickname 'Darth Maple'?

A. John Part (Canadian)

29. In Archery what is the notch on the back of the arrow known as?

A. The Nock

30. Who painted 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'?

A. Jan Vermeer

31. What was the speckled band in the Sherlock Holmes story of the title

A. A Venomous Snake

32. Which fish has the Latin name Esox Lucius?

A. The Pike


33. Which female singer featured on the Take That hit 'Relight my Fire'?

A. Lulu

34. Robert Smith found fame as the lead singer of which band?

A. The Cure

35. In which city is Logan airport?

A. Boston

36. The name of which capital city translates into English as 'good winds'?

A. Buenos Aires

37. Which country has a flag that features a 24-spoked wheel?

A. India

38. In which industry did Lakshmi Mittal make his fortune?

A. Steel

39. For which film did David Niven win a best actor Oscar?

A. Separate Tables

40. Which sitcom features flatmates Jeremy and Mark?

A. Peep Show


41. What is coriander called in USA?

A. Cilantro

42. Miel is the French word for which foodstuff?

A. Honey

43. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever" is a line written by which poet?

A. John Keats

44. Carlos Acosta is a leading name in which of the arts?

A. Ballet

45. On which horse did Tony McCoy win the 2010 Grand National?

A. Don't Push It

46. 'The Art of Captaincy' is a book written by which cricketer?

A. Mike Brearley

47. Who became MP for Richmond in 1989?

A. William Hague

48. The Hofburg Imperial Palace is in which country?

A. Austria


49. The Stooges found fame as whose backing band?

A. Iggy Pop

50. In which county is Leeds Castle?

A. Kent

51. The French call it La Manche, meaning 'the sleeve'. What is it called in English?

A. The English Channel

52. In which harbour city did the Rainbow Warrior sink?

A. Auckland (New Zealand)

53. What hobby/pastime do cruciverbalists indulge in?

A. Crossword Puzzles

54. David Bowie, Michael Faraday, Joseph Conrad, Aldous Huxley, Stephen Hawking, Robert Morley, William Butler Yeats and Rudyard Kipling are some examples of men who have declined what?

A. A Knighthood

55. Which vessel, named after a famous fictional ship, was the first to cross the North Pole beneath the ice?

A. USS Nautilus

56. Which tragic Open Air Concert in December 1969 was documented in the film 'Gimme Shelter'?

A. Altamont


57. What are the plastic horns made popular at football matches in South Africa called?

A. Vuvuzelas

58. Snoopy, the dog in Peanuts, often imagined his doghouse was which make of aeroplane?

A. Sopwith Camel

59. How was Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu better known?

A. Mother Teresa

60. How is Ilyena Vasilevna Mironov better known?

A. Helen Mirren

61. Which impeccably dressed gentleman drove a 1926, 4.5 litre Bentley in a popular TV series?

A. John Steed (The Avengers)

62. Name the cult holed up in Waco, Texas, many of whose members were killed when the FBI stormed their compound after a 51-day siege.

A. Branch Davidians (accept Davidians)

63. Pete Postlethwaite was nominated for an Oscar for his role in which film?

A. In the Name of the Father

64. Which film of 1960 was directed by and also starred John Wayne?

A. The Alamo


65. What did Oscar Wilde describe as "The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable"?

A. Fox Hunting

66. In which book do two countries go to war over the best way to open a soft-boiled egg?

A. Gulliver’s Travels

67. Name either of the two male tennis players who took part in the longest ever Wimbledon match in 2010?

A. John Isner and Nicolas Mahut

68. Which golfer won the 2010 (British) Open Championship?

A. Louis Oosthuizen

69. Who was the Maltese Prime minister instrumental in closing the British military base in Malta in 1979?

A. Dom Mintoff

70. Which North African port's name derives from the Spanish for 'white house'?

A. Casablanca

71. What is the proper name for a maker of hats?

A. Milliner

72. What is the collective name for the hand maidens of Odin?

A. The Valkyries


73. What is the only vowel not to be found on the top line of letters on a standard keybooard?

A. The letter ‘A

74. What is the more common name for Hansen's Disease?

A. Leprosy

75. What is the capital of Morocco?

A. Rabat

76. Which country is served by The Maurice Bishop international airport?

A. Grenada

77. In the acronym SONAR what does the 'N' stand for?

A. Navigation

78. In computing a 'bit' is short for what?

A. Binary Digit

79. The comedian Omid Djalili can be seen on which TV advertising campaign?

A. Money Supermarket (.com)

80. Which TV commercial contains the line: "There are two men in my life, to one I am a mother to the other I'm a wife, and I give them both the best with…"?

A. Natural Shredded Wheat


81. Who wrote 'Breakfast At Tiffany's'?

A. Truman Capote

82. Ishmael is the narrator, what is the book?

A. Moby Dick

83. Yorkshire Fog, Timothy, Crested dog's tail and Fescue are all types of what?

A. Grasses

84. Sting and Andy Summers were two of the three members of the band 'The Police'. Who was the third?

A. Stewart Copeland

85. Which manufacturer has recently launched the 'Leaf' a full production electric car?

A. Nissan

86. Which cricket commentator is affectionately known as 'Bumble'?

A. David Lloyd

87. The third day's play in the final ashes test at Sydney last week was unusual because of the predominance of what colour?

A. Pink (To raise funds for the Glenn McGrath Foundation – his wife Jane died from breast cancer)

88. Who is taking over the CNN interview job in the US from Larry King?

A. Piers Morgan


89. Who had a 'magic baton', a 'talking train' and most famously a 'magic piano'?

A. Sparky

90. Who composed 'Peter and the Wolf'?

A. Sergei Prokofiev

91. Who composed 'Fanfare for the Common Man'?

A. Aaron Copland

92. What were duo Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield better known as?

A. The Righteous Brothers

93. Which sea lies between Italy and the former Yugoslavia?

A. Adriatic

94. In the Bible who was asked by God to sacrifice his son Isaac?

A. Abraham

95. How many runs in total did Ricky Ponting score in the recent Ashes test series?

A. 113 (accept 103 to 123)

96. At 39 years and 321 days, who is the oldest player to make his debut in a FIFA World Cup tournament?

A. David James



1. Who was runner-up in 2010 X Factor?

A. Rebecca Ferguson

2. What is the alcoholic ingredient of a Mojito?

A. White Rum

3. The Mojave Desert is mainly in which US state?

A. California

4. Donald Duck's penny-pinching Uncle Scrooge was born in which European country?

A. Scotland (Scrooge McDuck)

5. What is the name of the castle situated in Anglesey?

A. Beaumaris