Wednesday, October 19, 2011

18th October Questions



Set by Porters: The Prince of Wales

1. Space: Pilots of The Future

2. Science

3. History

4. Geography

5. Arts & Entertainment

6. Sport

7. Have I Got News For You

8. Advert Taglines

Space: Pilots of The Future

You will be given the name of a character from a well known TV or film series. Simply name the film or TV series

1. Captain Benjamin Sisko

A. Deep Space Nine

2. Captain Troy Tempest

A. Stingray

3. Colonel Steve Zodiac

A. Fireball XL5

4. Major Don West

A. Lost In Space

5. Captain A.J. Dallas

A. Alien

6. Lieutenant Starbuck

A. Battlestar Galactica

7. Hikaru Sulu

A. Star Trek

8. Captain Malcom Reynolds

A. Firefly or Serenity


1. Han Solo

A. Star Wars

2. Dr David Bowman

A. 2001: A Space Odyssey


1. What is the name of the new material discovered in Manchester which won the Nobel Prize for its inventors? A. Graphene

2. Due to launch in 2018, what is to be the name of the new space telescope? A. James Webb

3. In which decade of the 20th Century was the first vaccine for measles licensed?

A. 1960s (1963)

4. "The Mathematics of the properiies, measurements and relationships of points, lines, angles, surfaces and solids" is the definition of which branch of mathematics?

A. Geometry

5. Which organ of the body "cleans the blood, destroys old red blood cells and fights infection"?

A. Spleen

6. Which precious metal has the atomic number 79?

A. Gold

7. Cordelia, Ophelia and Belinda are all moons, amongst others, of which planet of the Solar System?

A. Uranus

8. Which scientist was known as "The Mother of Modern Physics" for her work with radioactivity?

A. Marie Curie


1. Nitrogen has which atomic number?

A. 7

2. Which English chemist was born in 1791 and died in 1867

A. Michael Faraday


1. In Egyptian mythology which God was the brother, and murderer of Osiris?

A. Seth

2. Vindolanda Fort stands on which defensive fortification of Roman origin?

A. Hadrian's Wall

3. Who was the first Plantagenet King of England, coming to the throne in 1154?

A. Henry II

4. What German word meaning "Lightning War" was a successful tactic at the beginning of the Second World War?

A. Blitzreig

5. In which conflict was Florence Nightingale involved? A. The Crimean War

6. Name the engineer appointed for the construction of The Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1821?

A. George Stephenson

7. Who was British Prime Minister at the outbreak of the First World War?

A. Herbert Asquith

8. On 18th October 1748 the Treaty of Aix-La-Chapelle was signed to end which war?

A. War of Austrian Succession


  1. Who was the first reporter to enter Belsen concentration camp?

A. Richard Dimbleby

2.What was the codename for the proposed invasion of Southern France in World War II?

A. Anvil (Also accept Operation Dragoon)



1. Bogota is the capital of which country?

A. Columbia

2. The River Plate forms part of the border between two South American counties. Name either?

A. Argentina & Uruguay

3. In which Australian state would you find Cape Tribulation?

A. Queensland

4. Mount Logan is the highest mountain in which country?

A. Canada

5. The Trans-Siberian Railway runs between Moscow and which other Russian city?

A. Vladivostok

6. Running for a total of 120 miles (193km), what is the name of Scotland's longest river?

A. The Tay

7. Motorways in Italy have which letter designation on a map?

A. A

8. Brixton and Walthamstow Central lie at either end of which London Underground line?

A. Victoria Line


  1. Along which motorway would you travel from Rochester to Faversham?

A. M2

2. Milford Haven is found in which county of Wales?

A. Pembrokeshire

Arts & Entertainment

1. Which 1970s children's series followed the adventures of Simon Randall and Liz Skinner?

A. Timeslip

2. Which Joe Dunthorne novel tells the coming of age story of Oliver Tate?

A. Submarine

3. Which comedian recently recreated Demi Moore's pregnant pose for an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery?

A. Johnny Vegas

4. Which conductor spent two decades with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra before moving to the Berlin Philamonic in 2002?

A. Sir Simon Rattle

5. Which painter's works including "A Man With A Quilted Sleeve" and "An Allegory Of Prudence" are held at the National Gallery in London

A. Titian (accept Tiziano Vecellio)

6. Who presents the Radio 2 Arts Show?

A. Penny Smith

7. In which Oscar Wilde play does Ernest have to defend himself against the exclamation of "A Handbag!"?

A. The Importance Of Being Earnest

8. Who directed the films "Clerks" and "Red State"?

A. Kevin Smith


  1. Whose operas include "The Goose of Cairo" and "The Deluded Bridegroom"?

A. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

  1. Which Actor played Daniel Cleaver in the Bridget Jones films?

A. Hugh Grant

  1. Who was the Bush Kangaroo?

A. Skippy


1. Who scored England's first points in this year's Rugby World Cup (2011)?

A. Johhny Wilkinson

2. How many metres in length is an Olympic sized swimming pool?

A. 50

3. Which Swiss town has hosted 2 Winter Olympics?

A. St, Moritz (1928,1948)

4. During England's successful 2005 Ashes series, which bowler took a total of 24 wickets?

A. Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff

5. Which horse race, first run at Maghull in 1836, was run at Gatwick from 1916 to 1918?

A. The Grand National

6. If Karate is known as "empty hand", which martial art is known as "gentle technique"?

A. Ju-Jitsu

7. Which English team won the 1982 European Cup?

A. Aston Villa

8. What is the better known name for the "International Lawn Tennis Challenge Trophy"?

A. The Davis Cup


1. Of the 27 races Red Rum won in his career, how many were won at Aintree?

A. 3

2. Which is the world's oldest cricket competition?

A. England's County Championship

Have I Got News For You

The following pictures are the front pages of national newspapers issued on 3rd October 2011.

All you have to do is name the country of origin.





























Additional Questions if visually impaired.

1. Borsen and Politiken are national newspapers of which country? A. Denmark

2. Nunatsiaq and Sermitsiaq News are national newspapers of which country?

A. Greenland

Advert Tag-Lines

You will be given a tagline from a well known advert, simply name the product/company being advertised. e.g. "Finger Lickin' Good" A. KFC

1. Because I'm Worth It

A. L'Oreal

2. The Ultimate Driving Machine


3. Let Your Fingers Do The Walking

A. Yellow Pages

4. Just Do It

A. Nike

5. Refreshes The Parts Other Beers Cannot Reach

A. Heineken

6. Where Do You Want To Go Today

A. Microsoft

7. Vorsprung Durch Technik

A. Audi

8. Your Flexible Friend

A. Access


  1. Every Little Helps
  2. A. Tesco
  3. Hello Boys
  4. A. Wonderbra
  5. Honest Yorkshire Broadband
  6. A. Plusnet


Set by Waters Green Rams

1. "May I Have Your Attention Please?" Is the recently-released autobiography of which comedian/presenter?

A. James Corden

2. The ITV programme Downton Abbey is mainly filmed on location at which stately home?

A. Highclere Castle, Hampshire

3. Who recently became the youngest English player to score a goal in a European club competition?

A. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal. (Accept Chamberlain)

4. In cookery, what is Creme Dubarry?

A. Cream of cauliflower soup

5. Billy Connolly has been on TV recently travelling along Route 66. How many States does Route 66 go through?

A. Eight

6. What is the new name for the "Walker Stadium", home of Leicester City Football Club?

A. The King Power Stadium

7. Which TV chef presents Saturday Kitchen?

A. James Martin

8. Rock Radio, Manchester's classic rock station recently changed its name. What is it now called?

A. Real xS

9. Who wrote the best-selling novel "One Day", the basis of a recently-released film?

A. David Nicholls

10. Give a year during the reign of Queen Victoria.

A. 1837 -1901

In which year did the London Underground open? (some leeway) A. 1863 (accept 1859 — 1867)

12. What was Lady Chatterley's first name?

A. Constance

13. What was the name of Dick Turpin's horse?

A. Black Bess

14. How many cards are there in a pack of tarot cards?

A. 78

15. Which is the nearest London Underground station to Wembley Stadium?

A. Wembley Park

16. Name either of the two London Underground lines that Wembley Park Station is on.

A. The Jubilee or Metropolitan lines.

17. Name the missing item from the following list; dagger, lead piping, rope, revolver and candlestick.

A. Spanner, (they are the original murder weapons in Cluedo)

18. Where in the UK is the Open University based?

A. Milton Keynes.

19. What was the occupation of Lady Chatterley's Lover?

A. Gamekeeper

20: Whose most recent number one album is entitled "The Awakening"?

A. James Morrison

21. As at 4th October 2011 who is ranked number one in the ATP World tennis rankings?

A. Novak Djokovic

22. What is the only city in the county of Cornwall?

A. Truro

23. Of which foodstuff are halloumi and marscarpone types?

A. Cheese

24. A dish described as A La Crecy would always contain which vegetable?

A. Carrot

25. Which word, or words, complete this quote from the film Forrest Gump, "Life is like a (blank) you never know what you're gonna get"

A. Box of chocolates.

26. What is the most-commonly-used first name of the sculptor Rodin?

A. Auguste

27. The Shaftesbury Memorial sculpture by Sir Alfred Gilbert, is better known as what?

A. Eros (accept the Angel Of Christian Charity)

28. Who wrote the novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

A. Ian Fleming

29. There are 4 films that have won Best Picture Oscar that have an animal in their name. Dances With Wolves and Silence Of The Lambs are two. Name one of the other two.

A. The Deer Hunter or One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

30. Which war hero and escapee from Colditz was assassinated in London in 1979?

A. Airey Neave

31. What was the name of the only painting by Van Gogh that was sold during his lifetime?

A. Red Vineyard

32. What alliterative 2-word term has been given to the orgies hosted by Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi?

A. Bunga bunga

33. Which planet has moons called Deimos and Phobos?

A. Mars

34. Which type of organisation did all of the following work prior to taking up the career for which they became famous— the poet TS Eliot, presenter Terry Wogan and comedian Ronnie Barker?

A. Bank

35. Specifically, how did all of the following die — Clive Of India, jockey Fred Archer and singer Del Shannon?

A. Suicide by shooting

36. The planet Pluto was re-classified in 2006 and is now known as what?

A. Dwarf Planet

37. The title character of which hit film of 1942 marries Folaine?

A. Bambi

38. The Malinois (pron. "Malinwa") is a breed of which animal?

A. Dog (aka Belgian Shepherd Dog)

39. Which actress said "when I'm good I'm very good but when I'm bad I'm better"?

A. Mae West

40. Having sold over 70 million albums, what country was the place of birth of the composer and big band leader James Last?

A. Germany (Bremen, 1929)

41. A statue of Michael Jackson was unveiled outside which London football ground in April 2011?

A. Fulham (The singer attended one match there in 1999 as a guest of the chairman Mohammed Al Fayed)

42. Who did former South African international swimmer Charlene Wittstock marry in July 2011?

A. Prince Albert of Monaco

43. In October 2011, who was the landlady of the Red, White and Blue pub in Portsmouth who had a European Union court decision go in her favour with regard to the showing of football matches?

A. Karen Murphy

44. What is the name of Colonel Gaddafi's hometown, which was the scene of much fighting in the summer of 2011?

A. Sirte

45. Who famously drowned at Chappaquidick, Massachusetts on 18th July 1969?

A. Mary Jo Kopechne (Senator Edward Kennedy left the scene)

46. John James Audobon was a renowned painter of which creatures?

A. Birds

47. Whose last words were, allegedly, "I am dying as I lived, beyond my means"?

A. Oscar Wilde

48. Whose last words were "I've had 18 straight whiskies, I think that's a record"?

A. Dylan Thomas

49. Who is the only cricketer to score 400 runs in an innings in a test match?

A. Brian Lara (2004 v. England)

50. What is the name of the 100 square miles of marshland lying mainly on the south—east coast of Kent and partly in East Sussex?

A Romney Marshes

51. The national stock exchange of Germany is based in which city?

A. Frankfurt Am Main (accept Frankfurt)

52. Who won the 2011 Mercury Music Prize, being the first act to win it twice?

A. PJ Harvey

53. Why was Johnny Marbles in the news in July 2011?

A. He attacked Rupert Murdoch (at the News International inquiry) — real name: Johnnie May-Bowles. Johnny Marbles is his professional name.

54. Christine Lagarde succeeded Dominique Strauss-Kahn as managing director of which organisation in July 2011?

A. International Monetary Fund (accept IMF)

55. Which comedian completed a 140-mile swim along the River Thames for the charity Sport Relief in September 2011?

A. David Walliams

56. From which sporting position was New Zealander Steve Williams sacked in July 2011 after 12 years in the job?

A. Caddy to Tiger Woods

57. By what name is lan Kilmister (born Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent in 1945) better known in the music world?

A. Lemmy (bass guitarist and vocalist with Hawkwind & Motorhead)

58. The band Mcfly took their name from a character in which series of films?

A. Back To The Future

59. Which Isle Of Man resident who was extremely popular in Albania died in October 2010?

A. Norman Wisdom

60. Sharing its name with a device used by police, particularly traffic police, what name is given to a cocktail of brandy and white creme de menthe?

A. Stinger

61. Which clan were responsible for the massacre of the MacDonalds at Glencoe in 1692?

A. Campbells

62. What is the most southerly of the United States of America?

A. Hawaii

63. During the English Civil War the Parliamentarians held London. In which city did the Royalists establish their capital?

A. Oxford

64. How many books are there in the New Testament of the Bible? (no leeway)

A. 27

65. Alphabetically, what is the first English county?

A. Bedfordshire (Avon ceased to be a county in 1996)

66. Ra is the Sun God in which civilisation's mythology?

A. Egyptian

57. In the Tintin stories, what is the name of his wire fox terrier? A. Snowy

68. Yellowstone National Park is primarily in which of the United States?

A. Wyoming (also in Montana and Idaho)

69. Anubis is a jackal-headed God of which civilisation's mythology?

A. Egyptian

70. What is the common name for Ascorbic Acid?

A. Vitamin C

71. Which plant is the source of the drug mescaline?

A. Cactus

72. On television, by what energetic name are Paul, Sean, Anne and Mark known?

A. Chasers (On ITV'S quiz programme The Chase)

73. The songs "One Night In Bangkok" and "I Know Him So Well" come from what 1980s musical?

A. Chess

74. Who presents the BBC quiz programme Pointless?

A. Alexander Armstrong

75. Who, by winning in 1995, became the first rider to win the Tour De France in 5 consecutive years?

A. Miguel Indurain (Spain)

76. Who broke Bob Beaman's 1968 world long jump record 23 years later and set a record which still stands?

A. Mike Powell

77. According to the Bible, how many humans went aboard Noah's Ark?

A. Eight (Noah, his 3 sons and their 4 wives)

78. Philip Pirrip is the central character of which Charles Dickens novel?

A. Great Expectations (generally known as Pip

79. Who gave the “My horse, my horse my kingdom for a horse” speech in a Shakespeare play?

A. Richard 3'd

80. What game comes from the French word for little wheel?

A. Roulette

81. How did Louis Washkansky make the news in 1967?

A. He was the first recipient of a transplanted heart (operation performed by Christiaan Barnard)

82. Mount Denali is the local name for which mountain, the highest in its country?

A. Mount McKinley (USA)

83. What is the capital city of Bulgaria?

A. Sofia

84. Which alcoholic drink was advertised under the slogan "works wonders "?

A. Double Diamond

85. What now stands on the site of the place of execution at Tyburn London?

A. Marble Arch

86. What is the third largest island of New Zealand?

A. Stewart Island

87. On the occasion of the Bradford City Stadium fire in 1985, who were Bradford City's opponents?

A. Lincoln City

88. The word "quarantine" comes from the 14th century onwards and refers to the length of time that ships were held in port to allow cases of the plague to be detected. How long was that period?

A. Forty days

89. What, specifically and exclusively, connects Anton Du Bec and Carol Vorderman in 2011?

A. They won the male and female titles of Rear Of The Year.

90. Which make of car seen on British roads has its front number plate on the left side instead of in the middle?

A. Alfa Romeo

91. Which band, led by Liam Gallagher, issued their debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding in February 2011?

A. Beady Eye

92. Under what name is the medical condition Epicondylitis Lateralis better known?

A. Tennis elbow

93. In The Muppets TV series, who was Dr Bunsen Honeydew's assistant?

A. Beaker

94. The name of which European capital city is derived from the names of the two towns on the banks of its main river?

A. Budapest

95. What is the name of the dog owned by Bill Sykes in Oliver Twist?

A. Bullseye

96. What name is given to the practice of a political party altering political boundaries to its own advantage and takes its name from the 5th Vice-President of the United States?

A. Gerry Mandering (from Elbridge Gerry)


1. In which city are the Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park and pleasure gardens, opened in 1843?

A. Copenhagen

2. Who was the writer and creator of some of the most-popular children's television series, including Bagpuss, Noggin The Nog, Ivor The Engine and the Clangers, who died in December 2008?

A. Oliver Postgate

3. The 2011 World Athletics Championships were held in which city?

A. Daegu (South Korea)

4. What was the former name of the country now known as Myanmar?

A. Burma

5. Who is the youngest child of Homer and Marge Simpson?

A. .Maggie

6. Who played the role of Long John Silver in the 1950 film Treasure Island?

A. Robert Newton


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