Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CUP QUESTIONS. ROUND 1 25th October 2011

(Set by The Nag’s Head & The Knot Know-Alls)

1. Who was the Best Man at the wedding of former Defence Minister Liam Fox?

ADAM WERRITTY

2. Citizens of Switzerland are prohibited from serving in any foreign army with what notable exception? VATICAN (SWISS GUARD)

3. Name the Welsh Rugby Union captain sent off in the recent World Cup semi-final against France

SAM WARBURTON

4. In which Irish city did soldiers of the British Army shoot at unarmed civil-rights protesters (killing thirteen) on 30th January, 1972 in what has come to be known as 'Bloody Sunday'?

DERRY or LONDONDERRY

5. OLED's are used in TV screens and computer monitors. What does the 'O' stand for?

ORGANIC (Light-Emitting Diode)

6. What is the essential difference between a mural and a fresco?

A FRESCO IS PAINTED ON WET PLASTER

7. By his own request, which Austrian composer was buried next to Beethoven in 1828?

FRANZ SCHUBERT

8. Which major art movement is divided into two parts called Analytical and Synthetic?

CUBISM

9. What was the first battle of the War of the Roses, fought in 1455? St ALBANS

10. The White Rose was a resistance group in which country during the Second World War?

GERMANY

11. In the old TV favourite Bonanza what was Hoss Cartwright's real first name?      

ERIC

12. Name a member of the crew of the disaster -struck and aborted moon mission, Apollo 13

FRED HAISE, JAMES LOVELL or JOHN SWIGERT

13. Adapted into a six part TV series, who wrote the novel 'Blott On The Landscape'?

TOM SHARPE

14. Name the captain of the cup-winning Springbok team in the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup (portrayed in the film Invictus) FRANCOIS PIENAAR

15. Czech, Ukrainian, Croatian and Bulgarian among many others belong to which broad family of Indo European languages? SLAVIC

16. Which TV series is set at William McKinley High School?

GLEE

17. Interestingly, who has appeared in the top 3 of Sports Personality of The Year a record 5 times?

STEVE DAVIS

18. Native to the Indian sub continent, what kind of creature is a chital or cheetal?

DEER

19. Litmus (as in litmus paper) contains dyes extracted from what?

LICHENS

20. Which group is X Factor judge Tulisa a member of?

N-DUBZ

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21. With over 1.5 million visitors last year, which is Britain's most popular wild life attraction?

CHESTER ZOO

22. Who was the winner of BBC's 'Apprentice' in 2011?

TOM PELLEREAU

23. Because they spoil at high temperatures, what were once assumed to be safe for eating only in the months with the letter ‘r’ in their names?

OYSTERS

24. What was the name of the power station severely damaged in the Japanese tsunami?

FUKUSHIMA

25. Top quality badminton shuttlecocks are made from the feathers of which bird?

GOOSE

26. Which national capital is the only city built in the 20th century to be considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO?

BRASILIA

27. In 1979, who was revealed as a spy for Russia and the fourth member of the 'Cambridge spies'?

SIR ANTHONY BLUNT

28. Who did Barak Obama recently describe as "Brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world and talented enough to do it"?

STEVE JOBS

29. Which country has had most wins in the European song contest?
IRELAND

30. What linked U2, Coldplay and Beyonce this summer?

THEY WERE THE 3 HEADLINERS AT THE GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL

31. Mespotamia means 'between rivers' in Ancient Greek. Name one of the two rivers which Mesopotamia lies between

TIGRIS or EUPHRATES

32. King Charles II founded the Royal hospital in 1682, how are the occupants known?

CHELSEA PENSIONER

33. Which novel, celebrating its 50th year this year is set on the island of Pianosa?
CATCH 22


34.
What did Operation Neptune Spear lead to earlier this year? THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

35. Who is the current Secretary of State for Work and Pensions?
IAIN DUNCAN SMITH

36. Whose work includes the plays 'Democracy' and 'Noises Off' and the novel 'Spies'?

MICHAEL FRAYN

37. In which modern country is the site of the ancient city of Troy?
TURKEY

38. What was the name of the island where the massacre at a Norwegian summer camp took place in July? UTOYA

39. What do Bernstein, Prokofiev, Berlioz & Tchaikovsky have in common?
THEY HAVE ALL WRITTEN MUSIC INSPIRED BY ROMEO & JULIET

40. Which England player scored a last minute try to deny Scotland victory in the recent rugby world cup game?
CHRIS ASHTON

*******************************************************************************************************************41. In which city was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born?

 SALZBERG

42. Who discovered the law that the volume of a given mass of gas at a constant temperature is inversely proportional to its pressure?
ROBERT BOYLE

43. The Battle of Balaclava took place on October 25 in which year?

1854 (accept 1852 to 1856)

44. The Stanislawski method is associated with which profession?
ACTING/THE THEATRE

45. Japan consists of four main islands of which Honshu is the largest. Name one of the other 3?

HOKKAIDO, KYUHSHU or SHIKOKU

46. Name one of the only two Olympic events to be contested exclusively by women

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS or SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING

47. Name one of the two "rectangular" states in America?
COLORADO or WYOMING.


48.
Name either of the two countries which have their map on their national flag?
CYPRUS or KOSOVA

49. Which football club does ex Scotland boss Craig Brown currently manage?

ABERDEEN

50. The Treaty of Windsor, the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world still in force, binds England with which other country? PORTUGAL

51. What does a hygrometer measure?        

HUMIDITY or MOISTURE CONTENT

52. Which Cunard Line ship held the 'Blue Riband' transatlantic speed record for 22 years from 1907?

MAURETANIA

53. What is the largest living carnivorous marsupial? TASMANIAN DEVIL

54. Who starred as Rooster Cogburn in the remake of 'True Grit'? JEFF BRIDGES

55. In darts, if you score a shanghai of 72, which number did you hit?

TWELVE

56. After Liam Fox's recent resignation, who replaced him as Secretary of State for Defence?

PHILIP HAMMOND

57. Who wrote the score for the new ballet 'Ocean's Kingdom', commissioned by the New York City Ballet?

PAUL McCARTNEY

58. Name the sea strait that separates Norway from the Jutland peninsular of Denmark

SKAGGERAK

59. Who is the patron saint of mountaineers?

St. BERNARD of MENTHON (accept St Bernard)

60. What is the main ingredient of pewter?

TIN

61. The autobiography of which well-known ex-footballer is entitled 'Glorious'?

PAUL GASCOIGNE

62. In October 2011, a statue in the National Mall, Washington DC, was dedicated to a famous American. Who was he?

MARTIN LUTHER KING

63. In which country is modern-day Matabeleland?

ZIMBABWE

64. Royal Wootton Bassett was only recently formally granted the 'Royal' prefix. Name one of the two other towns which carry the 'Royal' prefix

LEAMINGTON SPA or TUNBRIDGE WELLS

65. Which substance that is obtained from the dried swim bladders of fish is a form of collagen that is used for the clarification of wine and beer?

ISINGLASS

66. Who created the 'Mister Men'?

ROGER HARGREAVES

67. Who headlined the inaugural Jodrell Bank Transmission festival in July?

THE FLAMING LIPS

68. Tom Jones sang the title song from which bond film?
THUNDERBALL

69. Which American state is nicknamed the Peach State? GEORGIA

70. Who invented the mechanical calculator in 1642?

BLAISE PASCAL

71. With an average ground level of 1.5 meters above sea level, which Asian island nation is the lowest country in the world?

MALDIVES

72. Who replaced Steve McLaren as manager of Nottingham Forest earlier this month?

STEVE COTTERILL

73. In Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, what is the profession of bottom
A WEAVER

74. King George III acceded to the throne on October 25 in which year?

1760 (accept 1758 to 1762)

75. What do 1,000 gigabytes make?
A TERABYTE

76. In athletics, what is the maximum permissible wind speed for a result to be registered as a record?

2 METERS PER SECOND

77. What shipping forecast area lies between Viking and Dogger? FORTIES

78. Which champion sportsman’s autobiography is called ‘Serious’

JOHN McENROE

79. Who directed the Adventures of Tin Tin movie “The Secret of the Unicorn” to be released at the end of October?

STEPHEN SPIELBERG

80. Which hugely successful album was Virgin Records’ first release in 1973?
TUBULAR BELLSMike Oldfield

81. As well as co-founding Apple Inc, Steve Jobs also co-founded an animation studio. Which one?

PIXAR

82. By what title was the 11th century Spanish knight Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar better known?

EL CID

83. Which southern Caribbean island is also the name for a liqueur?
CURACAO

84. Who won a best actress Oscar for playing the title character in 'Million Dollar Baby'?

HILARY SWANK

85. The sword ‘Joyeuse’, that is in the Louvre, belonged to which person, whose empire united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Romans? CHALEMAGNE

86. In which English county does the Forest of Dean lie? GLOUCESTERSHIRE

87. Which war was sparked off by the ‘Defenestration of Prague’ in 1618?

THIRTY YEARS WAR

88. . Which Gilbert & Sullivan opera is set in the House of Lords? IOLANTHE

89. What bird is known colloquially as the 'sea parrot' and the 'clown of the sea'?

ATLANTIC PUFFIN (accept puffin)

90. In which English county is the ancient monument of Silbury Hill?
WILTSHIRE

91. Pigs farrow and dogs whelp. Which animals yean?

SHEEP and GOATS (accept either)

92. Who was the Rolling Stones first manager?
ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM

93. Sculls and eggbeater are two of the basic skills in what aesthetically pleasing sport, that became an Olympic event in 1984?

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

94. What is the name of the Martin Scorsese directed movie of the life of George Harrison released this month?

LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD

95. What was the name of the Coronation Street actress who played Betty Williams, (formerly Turpin), who died recently aged 91?

BETTY DRIVER

96. Of which art movement were Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley two prominent exponents?

OP ART

97. Which English boy king had a simple gold band placed on his head at his coronation, the crown having been lost?

HENRY III

98. What weapon was the Ottawa Treaty of 1997 designed to ban? ANTI-PERSONNEL MINES

99. Which radioactive element did Marie Curie name after her country of birth?

POLONIUM

100. Which top flat jockey recently handed in his licence in protest to the controversial rule change on use of the whip? RICHARD HUGHES

101. Which is the largest city in Northern Ireland after Belfast? DERRY or LONDONDERRY

102. What is the highest denomination of dollar bill in circulation in the USA?
100 DOLLARS

103. In which film does Joanna Lumley play Aunt Spiker and Miriam Margolyes play Aunt Sponge?

JAMES and the GIANT PEACH

104. The first album by the rock group Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) was named after a chapter in which children's classic?

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

105. Which Canadian territory forms most of Alaska’s border? YUKON

106. Who said, on May 2nd 1997, "When the curtain falls, it’s time to get off the stage, and that is what I propose to do"?

JOHN MAJOR

107. Which 1979 film starring Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda is about a reporter and cameraman who discovered a cover up at a nuclear plant?

THE CHINA SYNDROME

108. Who was the last leader of the Liberal Party?

DAVID STEEL

109. Which city was the first-choice venue for the 1940 summer Olympics, before they were cancelled due to World War II? TOKYO

110. In 1487, which Portuguese nobleman was the first known European to sail round the Cape of Good Hope? BARTHOLOMEW DIAZ

111. Which city is Russia's most northerly port?

MURMANSK

112. From what is the paste, tahini made?

SESAME SEEDS

113. Whose summer residence is at Lake Gandalfo, a small town south-east of Rome?

THE POPE’S

114. Which American state is nicknamed the Garden State?

NEW JERSEY

115. Marshall Bruce Mathers III is the real name of which rap star? EMINEM

116. A griffin had the body of a lion and the head and wings of what type of bird?
EAGLE

117. Where would you find the largest collection of paintings in the world?

THE STATE HERMITAGE (in St Petersburg)

118. Which fish derives its name from the French for ‘golden yellow’?

JOHN DORY (jaune doré)

119. Earl Grey and Robert Peel were Prime Ministers under which Monarch?

WILLIAM IV

120. Which US 'Ivy League' university is situated in the state of New Jersey?

PRINCETON

Supps

1. What is notable about Lake Tana or Tsana in Ethiopia?

 IT IS THE SOURCE OF THE BLUE NILE

2. Princess Irene, Hollandia and Blue Parrot are some of the varieties of what flowers?

TULIPS

3. A corroboree is a ceremonial meeting of what group of people?

ABORIGINES

4. According to J.K. Rowling's Quidditch Through the Ages, what are said to be more popular than broomsticks for playing Quidditch in India, Pakistan and Iran?

FLYING CARPETS

5. If Aman handles military intelligence and Shin Bet handles internal security, which agency is responsible for the overseas intelligence work of its country? MOSSAD

6. What is the better known 'national' name of the confection called lokum that is a gel of starch and sugar with nuts usually mixed in?

TURKISH DELIGHT

Tie Breaker

Although 97% of the land area is made up from 4 main islands, how many islands actually make up the Japanese archipelago?

6,852

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