Wednesday, February 16, 2011

15th Feb

 

 

 

Specialist Questions Set By The Nags Head

Round 1 : Love Is In The Air

Round 2 : Adverts

Round 3 : Sport

Round 4 : Geography

Round 5 : History

Round 6 : Science

Round 7 : Arts and Entertainment

Round 8 : This Green And Pleasant Land

Love is in the Air (A round inspired by St Valentine’s Day)

1. What nationality was legendary heartthrob Rudolf Valentino?

A. Italian

2 The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife. It took 21 years to complete. Give one of the years in this period of construction.

A 1632 to 1653

3 In which city was Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set?

A Verona

4 Who created the statue The Kiss?

A Auguste Rodin

5 The St Valentine’s Day Massacre, with a distinct lack of love in the air, was an attack by Al Capone on which of his rival gang leaders?

A Bugs Moran

6 Valentino Rossi, winner of 9 Motorcycle World Championships, has announced that he will ride which make of bike in 2011?

A Ducati

7 In which year was Captain James Cook killed on Hawaii on February 14th?

A 1779 (accept anything between 1774 and 1784)

8 Who played the female lead opposite Ryan O’Neal in the 1970 film Love Story?

A Ali McGraw

Supplementaries

1. Who was the first woman in space?

A. Valentina Tereshkova

2 Which singer married Renate Blauel in Sydney on February 14th, 1984?

A Elton John

ADVERTS

1. What did Leonard Rossiter pour over Joan Collins?

CINZANO

2. Who manufactures the “Ultimate driving machine”?

BMW

3. The painting, called “Bubbles”, as used in the Pears soap advert, was painted by whom ?

Sir John MILLAIS

4. In relation to which product did Ian Botham cause a stir by ordering three?

SHREDDED WHEAT

5. Which product is described as “Liquid engineering”?

CASTROL GTX

6. Which brand of soup was depicted in a famous painting by Andy Warhol?

CAMPBELL’S

7. Which was the first product to be advertised on ITV ?

GIBBS SR TOOTHPASTE (accept toothpaste)

8. In which year was the first advertisement on British TV?

1955 (allow 1 year either side)

Supplementaries

1. Which European football team this season has no shirt sponsorship and instead makes a donation to advertise UNICEF on its shirts ?

BARCELONA

2. Which company currently sponsors both Rangers and Celtic football teams ?

TENNENT’S LAGER

SPORT All these events have taken place this year

  1. Which golfer was recently named as the European captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup ?

Jose Maria OLAZABAL

2. To whom did Andy Murray lose in the final of the Australian Open tennis tournament ?

Novak DJOKOVIC

3. In the January transfer window, which footballer was transferred from Sunderland to Aston Villa for £18 million ?

Darren BENT

4. England won the 5th and final test match against Australia by an innings and 83 runs, having made their highest ever innings score on Australian soil. How many runs did England score ? There is some leeway.

644 RUNS (allow 624 to 664)

5. The winner of the 2011 Snooker Masters tournament at Wembley and the runner-up in the Australian Open women’s singles final share which nationality ?

CHINESE (Ding Junhui won the snooker, Na Li was the defeated tennis player)

6. Why was Sian Massey in the news recently ?

SHE IS THE FEMALE LINESMAN/ASSISTANT REFEREE ABOUT WHOM ANDY GRAY MADE SEXIST COMMENTS, THUS GETTING HIM THE SACK FROM HIS JOB AS A FOOTBALL PUNDIT ON SKY SPORTS

7. The clear favourite to win a 5th consecutive King George VI Chase only finished 3rd in January to the winner Long Run. What was the name of that horse ?

KAUTO STAR

8. On January 19th at a Romford greyhound racing meeting something happened for probably the 1st time ever in a race. What ?

A THREE WAY DEAD HEAT

Supplementaries

S1. Which golfer was recently named as the American captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup ?

DAVIES LOVE III

S2. Why was footballer Jermaine Pennant’s Porsche featured in the news recently ?

IT HAD BEEN ABANDONED IN A STATION CAR PARK FOR 5 MONTHS AND HE’D FORGOTTEN HE’D BOUGHT THE CAR. HE EVEN LEFT THE KEYS ON THE DASHBOARD !!!

GEOGRAPHY

1. Which is the largest of the National Parks in England and Wales ?

LAKE DISTRICT

2. Which lake in the Lake District lies immediately south of Keswick ?

DERWENT WATER

3. Where in Cheshire is the National Waterways Museum ?

ELLESMERE PORT

4. Which city has the largest port in Europe ?

ROTTERDAM

5. Rotterdam is the 2nd largest city in The Netherlands. Amsterdam is the largest. Which city was formerly known as New Amsterdam ?

NEW YORK

6. York stands at the confluence of two rivers. Name either.

OUSE or FOSS

7. The Fosse Way links 2 cities in England. Name either.

EXETER or LINCOLN

8. Until 1974, Lincolnshire was split into 3 parts, each with their own administration. Lindsey and Holland were two. What was the third ?

KESTEVEN

Supplementaries

1. Podgorica is the capital city of which European country ?

MONTENEGRO

2. Which country has the longest land border with Russia ?

KAZAKHSTAN

HISTORY

1. Which English king was buried next to his wife and son at Faversham Abbey, which he had founded with his wife Matilda in 1148?

STEPHEN

2. Which tax was introduced in England in 1662 to support the Royal Household of Charles II? It was abolished in 1689.

HEARTH TAX

3. What was the name of the first qualified female doctor in Britain?

ELIZABETH GARRETT ANDERSON

4. After declaring war on Russia on 1st August 1914, which country did Germany invade the next day?

LUXEMBOURG

5. Opened in 1863, what is the name of Britain’s oldest museum, which houses the "Alfred Jewel", a Saxon relic, possibly made for Alfred the Great?

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM

6. Who in 1768, became the first president of the Royal Academy of Arts?

JOSHUA REYNOLDS

7. Buried in Rome in 1821, on whose gravestone are the words, “Here lies one whose name is writ in water”?

JOHN KEATS

8.What is the name of the British political regime of 1649-60 established by Oliver Cromwell?

THE COMMONWEALTH (accept The Protectorate although this was 1653 to 1659)

Supplementaries

9. Following the 'Mutiny’, which island did Fletcher Christian and his cohorts colonise?

PITCAIRN

10.Whose report led to savage railway cuts in Britain in the 1960s?

DR. BEECHING

SCIENCE

1. Which product do you associate with the Gay-Lussac process?

SULPHURIC ACID

2. Who first demonstrated electro-magnetic inductance to the Royal Society in 1831?

Michael FARADAY

3. What drug occurs naturally in the bark of a willow tree?

ASPIRIN

4. Which city is the centre of the French aeroplane industry ?

TOULOUSE

5. The Spitfire aircraft was produced with 2 engines. Name either

(Rolls Royce) MERLIN or (Rolls Royce) GRIFFON

6. What name is given to the process of treating rubber with sulphur at great heat to improve elasticity and strength?

VULCANISATION

7. Which geological period comes between the Devonian and Permian periods?

CARBONIFEROUS

8. Rocks can be one of three types: metamorphic and sedimentary are two. What is the other?

IGNEOUS

Supplementaries

1. Bora, Brickfielder and Levanter are types of what?

WINDS

2. Who was the last man to walk on the moon ?

EUGENE CERNAN

Arts & Entertainment

1 Which classic 1994 movie had leading characters called Vincent Vega, Mia Wallace & Zed?

A Pulp Fiction

2 Who were the British band whose albums in the late 1960’s included On the Threshold of a Dream and Days of Future Passed?

A The Moody Blues

3 La Pieta by Michelangelo, which was damaged by a lunatic with a hammer in 1972, can be found where?

A St Peter’s Basilica (in Rome)

4 In 2006 record producer and film maker David Geffen sold the painting “No 5, 1948” for $140 million, still the world’s most expensive piece of art. Who painted it?

A Jackson Pollock

5 In January 2011 who, at the British Comedy Awards, won Best Female Comedy Actress and Best New TV Comedy for her eponymous sitcom?

A Miranda Hart

6 Which classic 1979 movie had leading characters called Biggus Dickus, Mandy Cohen & Pontius Pilate ?

A The Life of Brian

7 Who were the British band whose 1970’s albums included Sheer Heart Attack and News of the World?

A Queen

8 Who was the host of the 2011 Golden Globes who was heavily criticised for being overly offensive to many of the stars present?

A Ricky Gervais

Supplementaries

1 Who has been nominated for the Best Supporting Actor for his role as Lionel Logue the voice coach in The King’s Speech?

A Geoffrey Rush

2 In which field of the arts is Ansel Adams a famous exponent?

A Photography


This green and pleasant land (Picture Round)

All of the pictures in this round are of tourist attractions in England, which feature on brown signs.

If anyone is visually impaired, use the extra supplementaries.

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1. Anderton boat lift

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2. Royal observatory, Greenwich

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3. Epstein’s St Michael and the Devil, Coventry cathedral (accept either)

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4. Angel of the North, Gateshead

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5. Eden Project, Cornwall

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6. Royal Pavilion, Brighton

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7. Mow Cop castle or folly

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8. Tatton Hall

Supplementaries

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1. Cleopatra’s Needle Thames Embankment

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2. Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Extra Supplementaries

1. The Monument in London is a memorial to what ?

THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON

2. In which Lakeland town would you find the Laurel and Hardy museum ?

ULVERSTON

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

set by the Plough Taverners

 

1)

The football clubs Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian are based in which city?

Edinburgh

2)

John Francome and Peter Scudamore were successful figures in which sport?

Horse Racing

3)

What clothing company was set up by former England rugby internationals Fran Cotton and Steve Smith in 1987?

Cotton Traders

4)

Who was the UK Prime Minister when World War II ended with the Japanese surrender?

Clement Attlee

5)

Which potter developed the blue Jasperware, usually decorated with white relief art?

Josiah Wedgwood

6)

How many people would rule in a Heptarchy?

Seven

7)

Which former Labour Home Secretary was the grandfather of Peter Mandelson?

Herbert Morrison

8)

Malmsey is a form of which fortified wine?

Madeira

9)

In which London street were anarchists, led by Peter the Painter, besieged in 1911?

Sidney Street

10)

What is the name of the apple brandy made in Normandy?

Calvados

11)

Who was the first British sailor to captain a ship which circumnavigated the world, from 1577-80?

Sir Francis Drake

12)

Who is the head of the Nizari Ismaili sect of Islam?

The Aga Khan (Prince Karim al-Husayn Shah)

13)

For what is the Siemens the SI derived unit?

Electrical Conductance

14)

Charon is a satellite of which celestial body?

Pluto

15)

Whose tomb did archaeologist Howard Carter discover in 1922?

Tutankhamun

16)

Silkworms feed on the leaves of which plant?

Mulberry Tree

17)

Which photographer was married to Catherine Deneuve and Marie Helvin?

David Bailey

18)

Chemmy Alcott is Britain’s top female competitor in which sport?

Skiing

19)

In which sport is Paul Drinkhall currently the British number one?

Table tennis

20)

The Marquess of Granby is heir to which Dukedom?

The Duke of Rutland

21)

Established in 1635, what organisation is the official authority on the French language?

The Académie Française

22)

Which Spanish city was reconquered from the Moors by the Spaniards in 1492?

Grenada

23)

General James Wolfe died after victory at which battle in 1759?

The Battle of Quebec

24)

In a famous headline, which animal was Freddie Starr accused of eating?

A hamster

25)

Who took out a patent for a revolver in 1836?

Samuel Colt

26)

How many players make up a women’s lacrosse team?

12 (men have 10)

27)

What was Coco Chanel’s real name?

Gabrielle

28)

Which company advertises using the tagline “because you’re worth it”?

L’Oréal

29)

A museum in Berlotte, Belgium, is dedicated to which vegetable?

The carrot

30)

What is the alternate name for the board game Reversi?

Othello

31)

Which cricketer was paid £1000 a year to advertise Brylcreem?

Denis Compton

32)

What is architect Sir Charles Barry’s most famous building?

The Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)

33)

In which city is there an underground railway nicknamed “The Clockwork Orange”?

Glasgow

34)

Who became world chess champion when Bobby Fischer resigned the title, losing it 10 years later to Garry Kasparov?

Anatoly Karpov

35)

Rama was the seventh avatar of which Hindu god?

Vishnu

36)

Who presented All Time Greats on Radio 2 for 23 years?

Desmond Carrington

37)

Discovered in 1801 and now classified as a dwarf planet, what is the largest object in the asteroid belt?

Ceres

38)

Who completed the Transglobe Expedition of 1979-82 with Charles Burton, when they became the first men to visit both the North and South Poles?

Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes

39)

Entry to which equestrian event in the Olympic Games was limited to commissioned officers only from its inclusion in 1912 to the London Olympics of 1948?

Dressage

40)

Who took over the shopping chain Bejam in 1989?

Iceland

41)

In the Old Testament, which son of Isaac is better known as Israel?

Jacob

42)

Kings of which country have alternately been called Christian and Frederick since 1513?

Denmark

43)

Which product was advertised in the 1970s using the song I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing?

Coca-Cola

44)

The Riva was the best-known model of which Russian brand of car?

Lada

45)

Phobos and Deimos are the moons of which planet?

Mars

46)

Water, tree, meadow and tawny are varieties of which bird?

Pipet

47)

Francois-Marie Arouet was the real name of which famous Frenchman?

Voltaire

48)

Who is reputed to have been killed by Ingram Frizer during a brawl at Dame Eleanor Bull’s tavern in Deptford?

Christopher Marlowe

49)

Maputo is the capital of which country?

Mozambique

50)

Which Canadian island is the fifth-largest in the world?

Baffin Island

51)

In which year was the murderer Crippen arrested?

1910 (accept 1909-1911)

52)

Where was this year’s Superbowl played?

North Texas Bowl, Arlington, Dallas, Texas

53)

Why was the London Stock Exchange closed for 1 day in September 1931?

Britain came off the Gold Standard

54)

What word describes a car built between 1919 and 1930?

Vintage (not Veteran)

55)

Whose film roles include Terry Malloy, Stanley Kowalski and Vito Corleone?

Marlon Brando

56)

Roger Daltrey of The Who played the title role in a film about an armed robber. What was the film called?

McVicar

57)

In Jewish dietary law, which word describes forbidden on non-kosher food?

Tref

58)

In which city was the detective series Cracker based?

Manchester

59)

In 1913 the world’s first Neon advertising sign was erected in Paris. What did it advertise?

Cinzano

60)

How many points are awarded for a touchdown in American Football?

6

61)

In the Chinese Calendar which year have we just completed

Tiger

62)

When is Lady Day?

25th March

63)

In which year did Freddie Mercury die?

1991

64)

What was invented by Percy Shaw in 1933?

The cat’s eye

65)

How many players are there in a Shinty team?

12

66)

Preservation Hall, New Orleans is devoted “to protect and honor” what?

New Orleans, Jazz

67)

Who painted the Modernist classic “Nude descending a staircase (No 2)”?

Marcel Duchamp

68)

In which year was the Easter Rising in Dublin?

1916

69)

Who was the British Foreign Secretary at the outbreak of World War II?

Lord Halifax

70)

What is the name of the currency used in Jordan, Tunisia and Libya?

Dinar

71)

What was the name of the Australian speech therapist who worked with George VI?

Lionel Logue

72)

Which prince was the father of King Richard II?

Edward, The Black Prince

73)

Who wrote and presented the 1973 TV series The Ascent of Man?

Jacob Bronowski

74)

Richard Withington’s 1990 portrait of the Queen is most commonly seen where?

Bank of England Banknotes.

75)

The Durand line separates Pakistan from which other country?

Afghanistan

76)

Who published her first book for children Ballet Shoes in 1936?

Noel Streatfield

77)

What is a REBUS?

A type of word puzzle that uses pictures to represent words or parts of words

78)

Slamball is a trampoline-enhanced variation of which sport?

Basketball

79)

Which private eye employs a secretary named Effie Perine?

Sam Spade

80)

Lonsdaleite is an allotrope of which element?

Carbon

81)

Which Portuguese-speaking African nation joined the Commonwealth in 1995?

Mozambique

82)

Native Americans refer to which 1876 clash as the Battle of the Greasy Grass?

The Battle of the Little Bighorn (or Custer’s Last Stand)

83)

In Spanish football, the “Zamora” is awarded to the best player in what position?

Goalkeeper

84)

Who said, “My music is best understood by children and animals”?

Stravinsky

85)

The R101 crashed near Beauvais in 1930. Where in England was its base?

Cardington in Bedfordshire

86)

What did Lloyd George describe as “The battle of the mud”?

The third battle of Ypres (Passchendaele)

87)

Who recently survived a 1,000ft fall down a Scottish mountain?

Adam Potter

88)

The composer of the James Bond theme died recently. What was his name?

John Barry

89)

What are the “Copenhagen criteria”?

The criteria that countries are required to meet when applying to join the EU

90)

What is the purpose of an AUTOCLAVE?

(Steam) Sterilisation

91)

A Macfarlane is what type of clothing item?

Coat

92)

From which country does the drink Kvass originate?

Russia

93)

The village of Ytterby has 4 chemical elements named after it. In which country is Ytterby?

Sweden

94)

Which rock star died in a car crash on 16th September, 1977?

Marc Bolan

95)

Who is the Roman Goddess of War?

Minerva

96)

Who is the host of the TV show “Take Me Out”?

Paddy McGuinness

S 1)

What is the name of silver in heraldry?

Argent

S 2)

What is the longest river in France?

The Loire

S 3)

An oenophile is a connoisseur of what?

Wine

S 4)

A paradiddle is a playing technique for which instrument

The drums (or a drum)

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