Wednesday, November 23, 2011

22 November Cup/Plate Questions


Set by The Cock Inn and The Harrington Academicals

1. Who surprised the Queen in July 1982?


2.  In December 2003 one of the Queen's corgis was killed by a dog belonging to which other  member of the Royal Family?


3.  The Peer and the Peri is the subtitle to which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta?


4.  Which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta is set in the Tower of London?


5.  What material is used to make a sumo wrestling ring?


6.  In the childrens TV show In the Night Garden, who lives next door to the Pontipines?


7.  What was Huckleberry Hound's favourite song?


8.  From which language does the word census orginiate?


9.  Which US state is know as the Badger State?


10. Which ABBA album had a French title?


11.  In the 90's who had a hit with Goodnight Girl?


12.  In a TV studio what is a dolly?


13.  What is a studios chief electrician called?


14.  Which chicken dish was named after a Napoleonic battle of 1800?


15.  Which liqueur is used in a Sidecar cocktail?


16.  When I marry Mr Snow is a song from which musical?


17.  Younger than Springtime is a song from which musical?


18.  What is the name of the retirement home in the comedy series Waiting for God?


19  What is the name of the character played by Ronnie Corbett in the TV comedy Sorry?


20.  In which palace was Winston Churchill born?


21  In which castle was Princess Margaret born?


22.  What is the nearest seaside resort to London?


23.  What are the canals in Cambridge called?


24.  Which actress was married to Jack Rosenthal?


25.  Who wrote the play The Crucible?


26.  Which spacecraft was flown by Steve Zodiac?


27.  What is Blue Vinney?


28.  Which meat is usually used in a crown roast?


29.  If someone is Krumping, what are they doing?


30.  Robert Dudley and Richard Devereux were favourites of which monarch?


31.  Since 1980 what is the country residence of the Foreign Secretary?


32.  Who married Marie Louise of Austria in 1810?


33.  Which element in the Periodic Table takes its name from the sons of the Earth Goddess

      in Greek mythology?


34.  Which scientist is quoted as saying "God does not play dice"?


35.  "Riders" and "Polo" are two novels by which author?


36.  What part of a Roman Legionary's equipment was called a Scutum?


37.  Which English building has held the Royal Mint and a royal menagerie during its history?


38.  Denim is believed to be named after a town in which country?

FRANCE (de Nimes)

39.  In 1993 which horse "won" the void Grand National?


40.  What French name is given to the tall white hat worn by chefs?


41.  "If you prick us, do we not bleed" is a line from which Shakespeare play?


42.  Who became ITN's first female newsreader in 1978?


43.  What is the name of the large knife carried by Ghurka soldiers?


44.  What is the art of clipping shrubs into ornamental shaped called?


45.  In Judaism what is the Day of Atonement called?


46.  Which golf course hosts the US Masters?


47.  Which film, starring Tom Cruise, was released in 2009 and was based on an

      assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler?


48.  If you saw A.P. on a painting, what would it stand for?


49.  Who wrote the Unfinished Symphony?


50.  A centaur was half-man and half what?


51.Which restaurant closed this year after being voted second best in the world last year and best in the world in 2009


53. Liverpool beat which Belgian side to win the 1978 European Cup?

FC Brugge (Bruges)

53.  The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square is an annual gift from which country?


54.  Orpheus went into Hades to rescue his wife - what was her name?


55.  Which Asian princess saved her life by telling stories for 1001 nights?


56.  Which American President ordered the dropping of the first atomic bomb?


57 In which town is the Catalyst Science centre and museum, which is devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in every day life


58. Which 19th century rival of Edison gives his name to the SI unit of magnetic field (or flux density and has also had an electric sports car named after him


59 In Indian food, what is the principle ingredient of Dhal


60 which EU country ceded control of Macau to China in 1999


61. St Paul wrote his epistle to the Corinthians. In what modern country did they live?


62. The road to which site of pilgrimage is marked by scallops shells and whose Pilgrims have traditionally worn a scallop shell

Santiago de Compostella

63. What is the longest time period there has ever been between general elections in this country

Very small amount of leeway

Accept between 9 and10 yrs

Nov 1935 to July 1945

64. What is the name given to a very steeply sloping roof, often punctured by dormer windows and topped by a much shallower sloped roof – the construction being named after the French architect credited with the design


65. An electromagnetic shielding enclosure made from metal mesh is named after which physicist

Michael Faraday (A Faraday cage)

66. Hematite has been used in cave paintings – what colour is it Red

It is Red Ochre

67. The post war European Recovery Plan was named after which Secretary of State

George Marshall

68. What was the name of the wife of Richard I, who reputedly never set foot in England in his lifetime


69. What device was going to be called “the electric telescope” until the more familiar modern name was adopted


70. The editor of which newspaper is quoted as saying “Television – the word is half Latin half Greek. No good can come of it”

The Manchester Guardian

Accept the Guardian

71. Which art gallery is hosting the 2011 Turner prize

Baltic, Gateshead

72. In what year was Private Eye first published

1961 – 50th anniversary edition last month

Allow 1959 - 1963

73. Who plays the role of Winston Churchill in the version of 3 days in Mat that opened in London this month

Warren Clarke

74. Which rock legend is collaborating with the tenor Alfie Bow, recording Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren” ?

Robert Plant

75. Who delivered the inaugural John Peel lecture, in which he accused Apple in general and I tunes in particular as being bloodsuckers

Pete Townsend

76. Which Macclesfield born blues musician, whose bands have included Eric Clapton, Peter Greene and Mick Taylor is now touring again after retiring earlier this year

John Mayall

77. From what fruit is the Balkan firewater Slivovitz usually distilled. (pronounced slivovitch)


78. In which country is the designer vodka, “Grey Goose” distilled?


79. The band Elbow designed a beer this year called “Build a Rocket, Boys” in conjunction with which brewery


(it is well worth trying)

80. Which brewery produces beers called “Wibbly Wallably”, “Sir Philip” and “Old Hag”

Wincle Brewery

81. In what year did the BBC first broadcast a promenade concert

Some leeway

1927 (allow 1925 to 1930 Tho it is the 75th anniversary)

82. John Foster Dulles served as secretary of state under which US president


83. Who was Israel’s first female prime minister

Golda Meir

84. The band the Boo Radleys take their name from a character in which novel

To Kill a Mockingbird

85. Which Swiss psychiatrist wrote “The Psychology of the Unconscious”, published in 1912

Carl Jung

86. Which Channel 4 comedy is set at Reynholm Industries?

The IT Crowd

87. Untimely deaths at what early age link among others Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse?

27. (Amy is the most recent person to join what is known by some as the “27 Club”.)

88. How many squares are there on a standard Scrabble board?


89. Hibernian in 1955 became the first British football club to do what?

Play in the European Cup. English champions Chelsea did not enter at the FA’s request.

90. Which well-known TV presenter is the daughter of former newspaper editor Eve Pollard?

Claudia Winkleman

91. Which European city is served by Arlanda airport?


92. Who were the first British club to win a European football trophy?

Tottenham – European Cup Winners Cup in 1963

93. What’s the current price of a 1st class stamp for a standard letter?


94. Name one of the three 1970’s children’s programmes created by Gordon Murray

Trumpton, Camberwick Green or Chigley.

95. Best known for their children’s TV programmes, which comedy duo won episodes of Opportunity Knocks in 1967, New Faces in 1974, and are still touring today?

The Chuckle Brothers

96. What is the current cost of an NHS prescription?


97. Which team won the 2011 baseball World Series?

St Louis Cardinals (who beat Texas Rangers 4-3 in the series)

98. How did Swedish billionaire Ingvar Kamprad make his fortune?

He is the founder of the IKEA group of stores. The IK comes from his name, the E and the A are named after the family farm and the village in which he grew up.

99. Which island was home to Father Ted?

Craggy Island

100. Why has Andreas Gursky been in the news recently

One of his photographs sold for a world record figure of $4.3m (£2.7m)

101. Who is the better-known brother of actor Emilio Estevez? Charlie Sheen (whose real name is Carlos Estevez. Dad Martin Sheen was born Ramon Estevez)

102. Which Lancastrian entertainer was deported from South Africa in 1946 for his refusal to play to white-only audiences?

George Formby

103. Which city is home to the Great South Run?


104. In which year did Jimmy Saville present the 1st edition of Top of the Pops?

1964 Accept 1963-65

105. Name the Channel 4 music show presented by Jools Holland and Paula Yates that first aired in 1982

The Tube

106. The name of which martial art translates as “the way of fist and foot?


107. There are three water signs in the zodiac, Pisces and Scorpio are two. Name the third


108. What make of car has the Latin for “I hear” as its name?


109. Devil's apron and laver are types of what?


110. Who (as of November 2) is the much embattled Prime Minister of Greece? Or may be was by now

George Papandreou

111. What was the currency of Holland before the euro?

The Guilder

112. Branches of which tree appear on the flag of the UN?


113. Nowadays it is all the rage to bring down your bank with unwise speculation. Which bank did Nick Leeson ruin?


114. At what age does a Jewish boy celebrate his Bar Mitzvah?


115. Acording to the Bible, who is the father of the Jewish race?


116. Which US President’s signature is on a plaque on the moon?

Richard Nixon

117. What is the proper name for the shell of a tortoise?

A Carapace

118. How is Barbara Millicent Roberts better known?


119. Two on the Seven Wonders of the ancient world are in modern Turkey. Name either.

Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

120. Who said in the last century “Success is going from failure to failure with enthusiasm”?

Winston Churchill


S1 From which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta is the song “I am the very model of a modern Major General”

Pirates of Penzance

S2 From what disease did Julius Caesar, Alexandria the Great and Dostoyevsky all suffer?


S3 Which US city is home to the Browns, The Indians and the Cavaliers?


S4 In Gulliver’s Travels what was the name of the flying island?




How long (in km is the Suez Canal?


Sunday, November 20, 2011

15th November Questions


Specialist Questions set by The Dolphin


1. History Illustrated

2. Geography

3. Art and Entertainment

4. Science

5. Sport

6. Noah's Ark

7. In Memoriam

8. TV Comedy

Set by the Dolphin



You will be shown a picture, and then asked a question relating to it.

1. This famous photo, now thought to have been faked, shows a death in action in which conflict?

The Spanish Civil War. (1936-39).

2. This cartoon appeared in Punch in 1890, and is entitled "Dropping the Pilot". Who was the pilot in question?

Bismarck. (After his dismissal as Chancellor by Kaiser William II, shown looking over the side of the ship).

3. The painting shows a famous diplomatic meeting of the early 16th century between an English and a French king. What name is given to the venue?

The Field of the Cloth of Gold. (Artist unknown).

4. This painting, entitled 3rd May, 1808, shows French troops taking reprisals against a popular rising the previous day: in which city?

Madrid. (The artist is Goya).

5. This 1 1th century picture shows the Byzantine navy in action. What name is given he weapon being used?

Greek Fire

6. This daring surprise attack in the course of a mid-1 8th century battle resulted in the capture of which city?

Quebec. (The storming of the Heights of Abraham).

7. A British national hero is about to be assassinated in 1884; in which city?

Khartoum (General Gordon).

8. This revolutionary' journalist and self-styled ''Friend of the People" stayed longer in his bath than he intended. What was h:s name?



This violent assault by the authorities on a peaceful public meeting took place which city?

Manchester. (The Peterloo massacre, 1819).

10. 16-year-old John Maltravers Cornwall, known as "Boy" Cornwell is shown in action in the battle in which he lost his life but won the Victoria Cross; which battle?

A. Jutland, 1916.

Supplementary Q. Just for fun. Although he was a Londoner, Cornwell is commemorated in Chester Cathedral; why?

Because he served aboard HMS Chester.

In the Scout Movement, the exceptional award for great character and devotion to duty, combined with exceptional courage and endurance, is the Cornwell Badge.

For visually impaired contestants:

1. Where, in 1890, did the massacre take place that is generally regarded as the last
action in America's Indian Wars?

A. Wounded Knee South Dakota.

2. Who wrote the historical account of his own military exploits which begins as
follows: "The whole of Gaul is divided into three parts."?

A. Julius Caesar.



1. The ruins of Urquhart Castle overlook which body of water? Loch Ness.

2. At 449 ft high, and first climbed in 1966 by Chris Bonnington and others, what is he name of the famous sea stack in Orkney?

The Old Man of Hoy.

3. The city of Derby stands on which river?

The Derwent.

4. The Irrawaddy is the chief river of which country?


5. Which is the world's most southerly volcano?

Mt. Erebus.

6. Which Commonwealth country is divided administratively into three counties, Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey?


7. What is the capital of Kosovo? Pristine.

8. What is the capital of the recently independent state of South Sudan? Juba


On what river does the city of Leicester stand?


What is the largest county in Wales?



Arts and Entertainment

1. A cast of which sculpture by Rodin, on an historic subject, stands in Victoria Tower Gardens by the Houses of Parliament in Westminster?

The Burghers of Calais.

2. In Botticelli's famous painting, The Birth of Venus, on what is Venus standing?

A shell.

3. Who had a No 3 US hit in 1958 with Splish Splash

Bobby Darin.

4. Which Gilbert and Sullivan character made it his supreme object "to let the punishment fit the crime"?

The Mikado.

5. The saying "a plague on both your houses" has its origins in which Shakespeare play?

Romeo and Juliet.

6. The advice "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" was first given by a character in which Shakespeare play?


7. According to the new film Anonymous, who really wrote the plays attributed to William Shakespeare?

Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. (Accept name or title).

8. Who is the youngest person to win an Oscar?

Tatum O'Neal (for best supporting actress in Paper Moon, 1973). Supplementaries:

In Puccini's opera Tosco, what is Tosca's profession? ; Opera singer.

Which character created by Douglas Adams had an "Holistic Detective Agency"?

Dirk Gently.



1. Who is the only man to have held the world records for the 200 metres and the 400 metres simultaneously?

Michael Johnson.

2. In sporting terms what are Isis and Goldie?

Oxford and Cambridge reserve boat race crews.

3. In 1967 Denny Hulme became the only New Zealander so far to win which sporting world championship?

The Formula 1 World Championship.

4. The late Joe Frazier was beaten by only two boxers; one was Muhammed All, who was the other?

George Foreman.

5. Who as of 7th November is Britain's No 1 women's tennis player?

Elena Baltacha.

6. Who was the Captain of the England cricket team on the infamous "Bodyline" bur of Australia in 1932 -33?

Douglas Jardine.

7. Who are the 2011 winners of the American Football Superbowl?

Green Bay Packers (beating Pittsburgh Steelers 31 -25).

8. Who are the 2011 winners of the Major League Baseball World Series?

St. Louis Cardinals (beating the Texas Rangers 4-3).


Who won an Olympic boxing gold medal for Great Britain in the Middleweight Division in the 1968 Mexico Olympics?

Chris Finnegan.

Which English cricketer's career was ended in 1969 by a motor accident that cost him the sight in his left eye?

Colin Milburn.



1. What is the chemical name for saltpetre?

A. Potassium Nitrate.

2. In Physics what may be up, down, strange, charm, bottom or top?


3. What kind of creature is a loggerhead?

A turtle.

4. Aldebaran is the brightest star in which constellation?


5 What does a mycologist study?

A. Funghi.

6. What, precisely, does a coleopterist study?


7. Where in the body would you find the vitreous humour and the aqueous humour?
The eye.

8. Name either of the bones in the lower arm, between the elbow and the wrist.
A. Radius or ulna.


Which eminent scientist discovered the proton in 1911?
Ernest Rutherford.

What is the SI unit of electric current

The ampere.



Questions about animals in religion, myth and tradition.

1. The Hindu god Ganesh is normally portrayed with the head of which animal?

The elephant.

2. The ancient Egyptian god Horus is normally portrayed with the head of which bird?

3. In the Old Testament the prophet Balaam has difficulty dealing with which animal?


4. In the New Testament, which animals had a disastrous encounter with Jesus near the town of Gadara?

Pigs (The Gadarene swine).

5. In Celtic folklore, the Pooka is a type of spirit which usually takes the form of which animal?

A horse.

6. In Celtic folklore, the Silkie is a type of spirit which usually takes the form of which animal?

A seal.

7. In Greek mythology which bird is sacred to the goddess Athene?

The owl.

8. In Greek mythology what kind of animal is Cerberus?

A dog (albeit with three heads.


What animal form does the Hindu god Hanuman normally take?

A monkey (accept ape).

In Greek mythology, what form did Zeus take to seduce Leda?

A swan.



Everyone in this round has shuffled of this mortal coil since the last Quiz Season ended.

1. This Latin-American band leader, popular in the 1940s, '50s and '60s, sold over 3 million copies of his "Wedding Samba" in 1949. The future Queen Elizabeth first danced in public at his club, and he frequently played at Buckingham Palace, well as on the BBC.

Edmundo Ros.

2. This Scottish folk guitarist and singer/songwriter was a founding member of the group Pentangle. He won two lifetime achievement awards at the BBC Folk Awards.

Bert Jansch.

3. English aristocrat and cousin of the Queen, whose country seat is near Leeds. Heavily involved in the world of opera, he served as Director of the Royal Opera House, and chairman of English National Opera. He was also President of the Football Association from 1963- 1972, and of Leeds United until his death.

(George Lascelles) Earl of Harewood. Name or title is acceptable.

'4. Yorkshire novelist of the "Kitchen Sink" school, his best known work was A Kind of Loving.

Stan Barstow.

6. This American lyricist achieved fame as half of the song-writing duo with Mike Stoller, producing hits such as Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, and Stand by Me.

Jerry Leiber.

6. This controversial British painter, member of a family famous in many fields, was noted for his portrait and figure painting, including the nude Benefits Supervisor Sleeping and a controversial 2001 portrait of the Queen.

Lucien Freud.

7. This England cricketer played as a bowler in two Ashes winning Test series, but is possibly best remembered for his top test batting score of 56, supporting Ian Botham in the 1981 victory over the Australians at Headingly.

Graham Dilley.

8. American film director and recipient of an Honorary Oscar, his most famous films were Twelve Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network and the Verdict, for all of which he received Oscar nominations

Sidney Lumet



Set by the Dolphin

1. Recently in the news, what is the best-known product of the Canadian company Research in Motion?

The Blackberry.

2. During the Second World War, what was known as "Station X"?

The code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park.

3. Which rock band took their name from the Buddhist term for Enlightenment?


4. What term is used for the US equivalent of our postcode?

ZIP Code. (Zone Improvement Plan).

5. Which flag is flown when a merchant ship is about to leave port?

The Blue Peter.

6. Timothy White and Taylor was once a familiar name on the High Street. What was their business?

Chemists - pharmacy.

7. Who directed the 1968 film 2001: a Space Odyssey?

Stanley Kubrick.

8. The Order of Preachers, or Blackfriars, is a Catholic Religious order whose members are better known by what name, derived from their 13th century founder?



9. Which musical, which won 5 Tony awards when first produced in 1948, includes the songs "Brush up your Shakespeare", "I hate men" and "I've come to wive it wealthily in Padua"?

Kiss me Kate. (Based on Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew).

10. In Greek mythology, the musician Orpheus was uniquely permitted to go down into the Underworld and bring back his dead wife, Eurydice, on one condition; what was that?

That he didn't look back at her until they reached the upper world. Needless to :, say, he failed to fulfil the condition and lost her forever.

11. What is the name of Lord Grantham's butler in Downton Abbey? Carson.

12. Most of what we know of the philosopher Socrates comes from the writings of which of his followers?


13. Who is the hero of Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World?

Professor Challenger.

14. In Judaism, what is the Torah?

The body of Jewish law contained in the first five books of the Bible, traditionally written by Moses. Accept Jewish law, or the first five books of the Bible, but not The Old testament.

15. Which British birds could be short-eared, Little or Tawny?


16. In the nursery rhyme "Bye, Baby Bunting", what has Daddy gone to fetch?

A rabbit skin (to wrap the Baby Bunting in).


17. Which planet in the Solar System has the shortest day?

Jupiter (9.8 hours).

18. What is the capital of the Faroe Islands?


19. In Islam, how many days fasting are there in Ramadan?

30 (accept 29-31). It is a month.

20. Who composed the music for the film The Good, fhe Bad and the Ugly?

Ennio Morricone.

21. In a Private Eye comic strip, David Cameron is portrayed as which well-known children's comic character?

Lord Snooty.

22. What, according to the saying, butter no parsnips?

Fine words (accept fair words or soft words).

23. In the title of a novel and play, what is the secret identity of the foppish Sir Percy Blakeney?

The Scarlet Pimpernel.

24. Which African country's flag has at its centre a grey crowned crane? (ie the bird, not the lifting device!).

A. Uganda.


25. The following verse describes the climactic moment in which a brave young lad kills a terrifying monster:

"One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.”

What is the monster's name?

The Jabberwock. (By Lewis Carroll). Accept Jabberwocky, the title of the poem.

26. Name either of the two famous operas based on plays by the 18th century French dramatist Beaumarchais.

The Barber of Seville, or The Marriage of Figaro.

27. Jack Straw and John Ball were leading figures in which major historical event of the late 14th century?

The Peasants' Revolt.

28. In the traditional dialect of the North West what is meant by skriking?


29. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee were among three women awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, From which country do they come?


30. Which planet in the Solar System has the longest day? Venus (243 days - longer than the Venusian year of 225 days).

31. What term is used by MPs to refer to the House of Lords, and by Lords to refer to the House of Commons?

The other place

32. From which French wine region does Beaujolais come?


33. The cathedral of which city is the largest Gothic church in Europe?

Koln (Cologne).

34 How did Tolstoy's heroine Anna Karenina die?

She threw herself under a train.

35. Which of the world's major cities was founded at the mouth of a river discovere by European explorers in the month of January?

A. Rio de Janeiro. (River of January in Portuguese).

36. Striding Edge is a notable feature of which Lake District mountain?


37. Who is the current Astronomer Royal?

Sir Martin Rees.

38. Which explorer founded the Royal Zoological Society and London Zoo in 1825?

Sir Stamford Raffles.

39. In which country, in 1920, was a drastic reform of the economy introduced under the title of the NEP, or New Economic Policy?

The Soviet Union. (Accept Russia).

40. What, according to the poet William Blake, "puts all Heaven in a rage"?

.A robin redbreast in a cage.


41. Which sport is central to the film This Sporting Life?

Rugby League.

42. Which comedian would you associate with the characters Fred Scuttle, Chow Mein and Herbert Fudge?

Benny Hill.

43. Which government minister was recently spotted disposing of departmental "papers and constituents' letters in a park waste bin?

Oliver Letwin.

44. Which British birds can be pied, grey or yellow?


45. Who said "When the President does it that means it is not illegal"?

Richard Nixon.

46. Which sport is central to the film The Colour of Money?


47. Name either of the two 18th century pioneers of the industrial revolution whose portraits appear on the reverse of the new £50 banknote.

Matthew Boulton and James Watt.

48. Julius Nyerere was the first president of which African country after independence?

Tanganyika; accept Tanzania.


49. Robert Louis Stevenson disappointed his father by refusing to follow his Grandfather, Father and two uncles in the family engineering business For the design and building of what type of structure are the Stevensons famous?


50. Astronomers who search for distant planets which might have the conditions for sustaining life use which traditional children's story to refer to such a planet?

Goldilocks and the Three Bears (not too hot, not too cold, not too dry, not too wet. just right).

51. who wrote the classic Sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Philip K.  Dick.

52. Complete this comment about France attributed to General de Gaulle: "How can you govern a country which has 246...."? "Varieties of cheese". (Accept cheeses).

53. The branch of the Franciscan order known as the Capuchin Friars take their name from which article of clothing?

The hood

54. Who was the last Norman king of England?

King Stephen

ing Stephen.

55. What name did Schubert's publisher give, after his death, to his last collection of songs?

Schwanengesang. Accept Swansong.

56. Which British MP claimed expenses for having his moat cleaned?

Douglas Hogg.


57. Invented by J. H. Atkinson in 1897, what is a Little Nipper?

mousetrap. (It slams shut in 38,000s of a second; no rival beats it!).

58. Vhich actor died during the filming of Gladiator in 1999?

Oliver Reed.

59. Lucy Lockett lost her pocket. Who found it?

Kitty Fisher.

60. The TV series The Darling Buds of May was based on the writing of which novelist?

H. E. Bates.

61. In which city is the United States Naval Academy located?

Annapolis, Maryland.

62.In Geology, what name is given to a rock which does not naturally belong where It is found, having been brought there by a glacier?


63. In the TV series M*A*S*H, what affectionate nickname does Hawkeye give to his tent?


64. The European Economic Area consists of the European Union plus three other states. Name one.

Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein.

65. Which Australian Prime Minister was lost at sea, presumed drowned, in 1967?

Harold Holt

66. Dogfish is sometimes sold in fish and chip shops – under what name?

Rock salmon

67. In a medical procedure, what is a cannula primarily used for?

Introducing liquids, eg drips, painkillers, etc. into the bloodstream, or drawing off liquid, eg blood.

68. In the later years of his life, what flowers did the artist Monet frequently paint?

Water lilies.

69. Where, or when, might you see Bailey's Beads?

At a total eclipse of the Sun.

70. Who wrote the classic Sci-fi novel Dune?

Frank Herbert.

71. Which catering company once ran a chain of restaurants called "Corner ' Houses"?

~ Lyons.

72. What is the stage name by which Marie McDonald Mclaughlin Lawrie is better known?


73. After the death of Roy Plomley in 1985, who took over as host of the radio \programme Desert island Discs?

Michael Parkinson.

74. By what title did the late Jimmy Saville habitually refer to his mother? s»


75. What must one have done to qualify for membership of the informal association known as the Caterpillar Club?

Successfully escaped from a disabled aircraft using a parachute.

76. In terms of TV drama, what sequence links the following actors: Brian Blessed, George Baker, John Hurt and Derek Jacobi?

They played the first four Roman emperors, respectively Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius in the BBC series /, Claudius.

77. With what philosophical movement would you associate the writer Jean-Paul Sartre?


78. hat is the name of the arch, built in 1912 and flanked by government offices, which provides pedestrian access from Trafalgar Square to the Mall?

Admiralty Arch.

79 What is used to make the Welsh delicacy Lava Bread?


80. The Canadian scientist Ralph M. Steinman, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine posthumously this year, for his work in which field of medical research?

The immune system. (For the experts, "the discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity").


81. Mark Zuckerberg founded which popular website?


82. As of 7th November, who is the current Attorney General?

Dominic Grieve.

83. Melting watches were a feature of the paintings of which artist? Salvador Dali.

84. Which company manufacture the Galaxy Tablet. Samsung.

85. In the traditional dialect of the north-west what is meant by flitting?

Moving house.

86. In a Private Eye comic strip, Ed Milliband is portrayed as which popular comic TV and film character?

Mr. Bean. (Mr. Millibean).

87. In Greek mythology, what name was given to the region of the Underworld where the souls of heroes ended up?

Elysium, or the Elysian Fields.

88. What was Station 2LO?

The BBC - its first call sign. (At that time it was the British Broadcasting Company).


89. Chianti comes from which Italian wine region?


90. What colour shares its name with a 19th century battle?

Magenta, Battle fought in 1859.

91. Proverbially, what is said not to exist among thieves?


92. What marks are painted on some sections of motorways to persuade motorists to keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front?


93. Who won an Oscar for composing the music to the film Chariots of Fire?


94. The winners of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest represented which country? Azerbaijan.

95. The Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye are divided into two parts, differentiated by colour. One part is the Red Cuillins; what colour is the other?


96. Who is the presenter of the BBC Radio 4 series exploring the history of ideas, In Our Time?

A. Melvyn Bragg.


97. The skeleton of a shark is made not of bone but of what material?
A. Cartilage.

98. Which river provides the setting for Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness?
A. The Congo.

99. in the sitcom Bread what was the name of the central family, with brothers Joey,
Billy, Adrian and Jack?

A. The Boswells.

100. What does the W stand for in, the name of the English poet W. H. Auden?

101. In 1983, whom did Neil Kinnock defeat in the contest for the leadership of the
Labour Party?

A. Roy Hattersley.

102. Which company owns the Marmite brand?
A, Unilever.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

8th November Questions




Set by the Park Taverners.

Vetted by Chester Road Tavern & Nag’s Head


1 Lyrics: Second Verses

2 Sport

3 Geography

4 Science

5 Arts & Entertainment - Picture Round

6 School Colours

7 History

8 Back To School

1 Lyrics: Second Verses

You will be given some lyrics from the second verse of a song – name the song. Question masters: try not to sing them!


We moved into a basement with thoughts of our engagement, We stayed in by the telly although the room was smelly.

Up the Junction



There was a checkpoint Charlie - he didn’t crack a smile But it’s no laughing party when you’ve been on the murder mile.

Oliver’s Army

(Elvis Costello)


And as for fortune, and as for fame I never invited them in, though it seemed to the world they were all I desired.

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (Julie Covington/ Madonna)


When you’re down and out, when you’re on the streetWhen evening falls so hard, I will comfort you

Bridge over Troubled Water

(Simon and Garfunkel)


Maybe I didn’t hold you all those lonely, lonely times And I guess I never told you I’m so happy that you’re mine

Always on my Mind

(Elvis Presley)


You’re still in bed at ten and work began at eight You’ve burned your breakfast – so far things are going great!

I’ll be there for you

(The Rembrandts)

accept Theme from “Friends”


Don’t go trying some new fashion, don’t change the colour of your hair You always have my unspoken passion although I might not seem to care

Just the way you are

(Billy Joel)


The telex machine is kept so clean and it types to a waiting world And mother feels so shocked, father’s world is rocked And their thoughts turn to their own little girl

I don’t like Mondays

(The Boomtown Rats)




Looking back on how it was in years gone by and the good times that I had Makes today seem very sad – so much has changed

Yesterday once more (The Carpenters)


She told me she worked in the morning and started to laugh I told her I didn’t and crawled off to sleep in the bath.

Norwegian wood

(The Beatles)

2 Sport


Who is to coach the Great Britain men's football team at the 2012 Olympics?

Stuart Pearce


Where are the archery events to be held in the London 2012 Olympics?

Lords' cricket ground


Which swimmer possesses the most Olympic gold medals, with a total which would place him 15th in the all time medal table if he were a country?

Michael Phelps (14 Golds: 6 Athens, 8 Beijing + 2 Bronze Athens)


Which British golfer recently topped the PGA Tour money list for 2011, becoming the first European to manage this feat?

Luke Donald


Name either of the countries hosting football's UEFA Euro 2012 tournament?

Poland or Ukraine


Which Macclesfield born Olympian currently holds 3 Olympic gold and one silver medal?

Ben Ainslie


Which New Zealand rugby player captained his country and lifted the 2011 Rugby Union World Cup?

Richie McCaw


How many points are awarded to the second placed driver in a Formula 1 race (since 2010)?





Which woman tennis player finished top of the Ladies rankings for 2011?

Caroline Wozniacki


England currently have three mens cricket captains, one for tests, one for one day matches and one for T20 matches.

Who captains the one day team?

Alistair Cook (Strauss is Test captain & Swann T20)


Which Welsh Rugby Union team has recently owed its success to its ban from players using spray-on tan?

Ospreys (Allow Neath-Swansea Ospreys)

(They also banned coloured boots until players had played a certain number of games!)

3 Geography

The questions in this round relate to places that the Park Taverners went on their holidays this year.


Cornwall’s biggest tourist attraction, The Eden Project is located outside which town?

St Austell


The Maltese Archipelago consists of Malta, Gozo, the uninhabited islet of Filfla and which other island?.



Where would you find The Watkin Path and the Miners Track?

Mount Snowdon


What is the capital and largest city of the Spanish region of Andalucia?



Steamers on Lake Windermere operate between Waterhead (near Ambleside) at the north end of the lake, Lakeside at the southern end and which other calling point ?

Bowness (on the eastern shore)


The Anglia Ruskin University has campuses in two British towns, name either?

Cambridge or Chelmsford


Where would you find the largest natural harbour in Britain?

Poole, Dorset


London lays claim to 4 separate UNESCO World Heritage sites including The Palace of Westminster, Abbey of Westminster and St Margaret’s Church (one site) and the Tower of London. Name either of the other two?

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


Maritime Greenwich (Museum)




Which London tube station has Western Europe’s longest escalator with 318 steps?



The drink Red Bull was created by an Austrian but inspired by an existing energy drink from which country?


4 Science: Sequences

What comes next in the following sequences?



34 (A Fibonacci sequence – add together the previous two numbers)


Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order…


(Biological classification)


Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium…

Beryllium (first elements in the periodic table)


1, 8, 27…

64 (cubed numbers: 1 cubed, 2 cubed, 3 cubed, 4 cubed)


Talus, Tibia and Fibula, Patella…

Femur (bones in human leg, starting from the bottom)


Octagon, Nonagon, Decagon, Hendecagon…

Dodecagon (polygons, in order of number of sides: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)


Methane, Ethane, Propane…

Butane (hydrocarbons, starting with the simplest – CH4, C2H6, C3H8, C4H10), allow Isobutane


Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton…

Xenon (noble gases in ascending atomic number order)




Milli, Micro, Nano…

Pico (1x10-3, 1x10-6, 1x10-9 , 1x10-12)


Io, Europa, Ganymede…

Callisto (Jupiter’s Galiliean moons in increasing order of distance from Jupiter)

5 Arts & Entertainment - Picture Round

Sorry some of these are fractured but I was not able to copy the whole image on them

You will be given a picture of a well known Author, please provide the name.

[2 spare questions are provided for anyone with viewing difficulties.]



Agatha Christie




George Orwell




JK Rowling




Steig Larsson




Enid Blyton




Bill Bryson




Catherine Cookson




Dan Brown






Beryl Bainbridge




Stephen King


Who wrote the best selling novels Fever Pitch and About a Boy?

Nick Hornby


Who wrote the best selling series of novels “The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”?

Alexander McCall Smith

6 School Colours

All of the answers in this round contain a colour.


What is the name of the album by R.E.M. produced in 1988?



This British soul band broke up in 2010, when down to its last iconic member. They had albums including "Blue" and "Stars"?

Simply Red


What is the name of the optical disc storage medium, designed to be the successor to DVD, offering a much larger capacity?



Which English author died in 1991 having written works including "The Power and the Glory" and "Our Man in Havana"

Graham Greene


What is the name of the acute viral disease, with symptoms similar to Ebola, is transmitted by mosquitos and is sometimes known as the American Plague?

Yellow fever


Which Manchester-born soap actress was best known for her spats with her character’s adversary “Elsie Tanner”?

Violet Carson


What was the surname of the hero of the Just William stories, as written by Richmal Crompton?



What is the name of the character in the original Rocky Horror Picture Show film played by actress Patricia Quinn?





This US decoration originated as the Badge of Military Merit in 1782, but now is awarded to those killed or wounded in action.

Purple Heart


Which favourite of Queen Victoria's became resented for his influence over her, and is rumoured to have been in a relationship with her?

John Brown


India has two leading low-cost airlines with colours in the name, give either?


Kingfisher Red

7 History


Which 19th century figure was known as the Iron Chancellor?

Otto von Bismarck


Which WW1 flying ace was known as the ‘Red Baron’?

Baron or Manfred von Richtofen


Following his stand at the Battle of Bull Run in 1861, General Jackson became known by what nickname?



Who was known as the ‘Wizard of Menlo Park’?

Thomas Edison


Only one English King has been nicknamed ‘the Great’, Who was he?



Who is known as the ‘Father of Genetics’?

Gregor Mendel


Who was known as the Little Corporal?

Napoleon Bonaparte


Which English Field Marshal was known as the Iron Duke?

The Duke of Wellington




Notorious for his experiments on twins in the German concentration camps, who was known as the ‘Angel of Death’?

Josef Mengele


Who was known as the ‘Desert Fox’?

Erwin Rommel


Which Prime Minister was nicknamed ‘Dizzy’?

Benjamin Disraeli

8 Back To School


French – In the rhyme ‘Alouette, gentile Alouette’ (pronounced allouetta), what is an Allouette?

Lark or Skylark (accept bird)


Music – Who wrote the music to the ballet ‘Petrouchka’?



Break – What is the highest number on a hopscotch court?



Double Science – In which Geological Period did Tyranosaurus Rex live?



Double Science – The equation V=IR (voltage = current x resistance) describes whose law?

Ohm’s Law


Lunch – Originally know as Plum Bolster in the 1850s, this traditional pudding containing dried fruit is now more commonly known as what?

Spotted Dick


Maths – In a set of values (or list of numbers) what is the mode?

The most common (or the number that appears the most times in the list)


English – “Quickly” and “slowly” are examples of which part of speech?





History Homework – Lord Baden-Powell distinguished himself in the Boer War during the siege of which town?



Geography Homework – Which river forms most of the border between Cornwall and Devon?



General Knowledge Questions

Set by the Chester Road Tavern

1. What is the name of Peppa pig’s younger brother?


2. In which city did the infamous body snatchers Burke and Hare operate?


3. Michael Zuk recently paid £19,500 for a tooth, whose tooth?

John Lennon

4. The Westman Islands are situated off the coast of which country?

. Iceland

5. In which country is the Great Slave Lake?


6. Which Dads army actor was married to Hattie Jacques?

John Le Mesurier

7. Which TV cop’s sidekick was Bobby Crocker?


8. Which group of London writers and artists included Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey?

The Bloomsbury group


9. Who wrote ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’?

Thomas Hardy

10. What is ‘Buzz’ Aldrin’s real first name?


11. Who composed the opera ‘The Snow Maiden’?

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

12. Who was the first Director General of the BBC?

Lord Reith

13. Which 20th century head of state survived the greatest number of assassination attempts?

Charles De Gaulle

14. The forest of Bowland is in which county?


15. Complete the name of the following popular music group; Bruce Hornsby and the …?

A. Range

16. Becks Beer is brewed in which German city?



17. Which Scottish castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Argyll?


18. Which country was ruled by Akbar the Great in the 16th century?


19. The treaty of Panmunjom ended which war in 1953?

Korean War

20. Name the horse that won the Queen Elizabeth II stakes at the inaugural British Champions Day at Ascot in October this year?


21. Which black American activist was assassinated in 1965 while addressing a rally in New York City?

Malcolm X

22. Hendrik Verwoerd, who was assassinated in 1966, was Prime Minister of which country?

South Africa

23. In which city was the artist Pablo Picasso born?


24. Dee Brown wrote “Bury my heart at….” Where?

Wounded Knee


25. Who is the current president of Afghanistan?

Hamid Karzai

26. Who founded Wikipedia?

Jimmy Wales

27. Which King of England died in 1135 after eating “a surfeit of lampreys”?

Henry I

28. George H W Bush was born in 1924, the same year as which other (still living) US president?

. Jimmy Carter

29. In 1894 the superintendent of a Michigan Sanitorium inadvertently left some cooked wheat out. It went stale, he rolled it out, toasted it and served it to his patients and found they liked it. What was his name?

John Harvey Kellogg

30. In 1930’s America what were known as ‘Black Blizzards’?

Dust storms

31. Which game did Chris Haney and Scott Abbott create in 1979 in Montreal, Canada?

Trivial Pursuit

32. The tombliboos and pontipines feature in which children’s TV programme?

In the night garden


33. Paul Oldfield was born in Macclesfield and discovered a hidden talent whilst practising yoga with his sister. By what name is he better known?

Mr Methane

34. In August this year Ian Redmond died whilst on honeymoon. How?

He was the victim of a shark attack in the Seychelles

35. Where is ‘Eureka’, the national children’s museum?


36. What was the name of the butler in ‘To the manor born’?


37. Who directed the movie JFK?

Oliver Stone

38. Andy Fordham, Colin Monk and Darryl Fitton are all famous names in what sport?


39. Excluding David Cameron how many former Prime ministers are still alive?

4 (Thatcher, Major, Blair and Brown)

40 What have top hat, iron, scottie dog, an old style shoe and a thimble got in common?

They are all original Monopoly pieces


41. Which Austrian symbolist painted the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) and The Kiss (1907–1908)?

Gustav Klimt

42. Who was Prime Minister when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned?

Winston Churchill

43. Harry Belafonte and Boney M both had a no. 1 hit with which song?

Mary's Boy Child

44. Who created Downton Abbey?

Julian Fellowes

45. Which horse won this year's Derby?

Pour Moi

46. How is Deuterium Oxide better known?

Heavy Water

47. What can a ‘polyglot’ do?

Speak or write in many languages

48. What is the name of the new James Bond movie to be released in 2012?



49. What colour is the mineral malachite?


50. Which cartoon character had the vital statistics 19-19-19

Olive Oyl

51. In Dad's Army what was Captain Mainwaring's first name?


52. What was Lorraine Chase advertising when she uttered the phrase 'Luton Airport'?


53. What is the chemical symbol of mercury?


54. Roger Johnson recently replaced whom on North West Tonight?

Gordon Burns

55. Who wrote 'The Carnival of the Animals’?


56. Bolivia has two capitals (administrative and constitutional). Name either

La Paz (administrative) or Sucre (constitutional)


57. Who is TV's Idiot Abroad?

Karl Pilkington

58. Who won this year's Tour de France?

Cadel Evans

59. Who wrote 'Trainspotting'?

Irvine Welsh

60. Who took over from Steve Jobs as Apple CEO?

Tim Cook

61. Who was known as 'The Swedish Nightingale'?

Jenny Lind

62. Who wrote 'Lord of the Flies

William Golding

63. Which golfer won this year's (British) Open Championship?

Darren Clarke

64. What is the larva of a crane fly called

A Leatherjacket


65. What bird has the Latin name Passer domesticus

House Sparrow (full name required)

66. Who is the patron saint of France?

St Denis

67. Name the Italian MotoGP rider who was killed in an accident during a race in October 2011

Marco Simoncelli

68. Whose autobiography is entitled ‘Losing my Virginity’?

Richard Branson

69. Born in 1939 in Bollington, who was Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie's special envoy in the 80’s?

Terry Waite

70. Which 1994 novel written by Louis de Bernières, is a fact based love story set in WWII?

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

71. The Police Memorial Trust was formed on the 3rd May, 1984 by Film Producer Michael Winner, what event inspired its formation?

The fatal shooting of WPC Yvonne Fletcher on 17 April 1984

72. Who was the only astronaut on board Vostock 1 in 1961?

Yuri Gagarin


73. “The curfew tolls the knell of parting day” is the first line of which poem?

A. Elegy written in a Country Churchyard. (Accept Gray's Elegy)

74. In which country did the ‘sauna’ originate?


75. Which explorer discovered the sea-route to India by rounding the Cape of Good Hope?

Vasco de Gama

76. Who won the recent Irish Presidential Election in October this year?

Michael D Higgins

77. Which food item takes its name from the French for “twice cooked”?


78. Who wrote “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang”?

Jack London

79. What is the more common name for the illness “varicella”?

Chicken Pox.

80. How many counters does each player have in a game of Backgammon?



81. Which Liverpool player was recently accused of racist comments to Patrice Evra?

Luis Suarez

82. Which author wrote “Brave New World”?

Aldous Huxley

83. What is a skink?

A Lizard

84. What is the more common name for the plant “digitalis”?


85. Which festival was held at Max Yasgur’s farm in 1969?


86. Which ship was the first to be attacked by a nuclear submarine?

The General Belgrano (in the Falklands War)

87. Name either of the two years of the lengthy miner’s strike in Great Britain?

A. 1984 and 1985

88. Next years Olympic stadium will be sited in which London borough?



89. Which English City did the Romans know as Eboracum?


90. James Lofthouse opened a pharmacy in Fleetwood in 1865 where he created which bronchial remedy?

Fisherman's Friends

91. What was the name of the snail in “the Magic Roundabout”?


92. Robert Downey Jnr played the title role in which 2008 superhero film?


93. What is the name of the Popeye character who is addicted to hamburgers?

Wimpy (full name J Wellington Wimpy)

94. Which pantomime character marries Elizabeth Fitzwarren?

Dick Whittington

95. Who was the first British golfer to win the US Masters golf tournament?

Sandy Lyle.

96. What type of creature is a whimbrel?

A. A Bird.


97. What was the name of Quint’s boat in the film “Jaws”?


98. What does a lepidopterist study?

Butterflies or Moths (accept either)

99. What nationality was the composer Delius?


100. What was the pseudonym of playwright Jean Baptiste Poquelin?


101. What is the name of the fictional seaside resort where the BBC’s “Dad’s Army” was set?

Walmington on Sea (Accept Walmington)

102. In what year was the Cricket World Cup first held?


103. Lords Cricket ground is the home to which county cricket club?

A. Middlesex

104. Sir Paul McCartney has recently married whom?

Nancy Shevell

105. Which author won this years Man Booker prize?

Julian Barnes (The Sense of an Ending)

106. The Battle of St Albans was the first of which conflict?

The War of the Roses

107. What is the name of the travellers’ site in Essex, reportedly the largest in the UK and much in the news throughout the last two months?

A. Dale Farm

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

1st November Questions

Set by the Harrington Academicals


1 The recent Arab spring started with the ousting of president Zine e Abidine Ben Ali. Of which country was he the president?


2 Which country's government used foreign troops to suppress unrest leading to the cancellation of its motor racing grand prix.


3 Protests to oust President Ali Abdallah Saleh from his 33 year rule have been taking place in the capital of Yemen. What is the capital of Yemen.


4 This country's third largest city of Homs has been the location for recent civil unrest put down by the army. Name the country


5 The new Libyan national flag has three bands of colour. One is green, name either of the other two

Red or Black

6 Which country’s revolution began when allegedly tens of thousands of protesters occupied Tahrir square


7 The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven states. Name one

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fajairah, Ras al Khaima, Umm al Qaiwain

8 In which Gulf state are the headguarters of the Al Jazeera news network


S1 Muammar Gadafi had eight sons and one daughter. Name one of them Muhammad, Saif al-islam, Saadi, Mutassim, Hannibal, Saif al-arab, Khamis, Aisha, Milad

S2 What is name of the ruling party of Palestine



Arts and Entertainment

1 By what name in literature was Edmond Dantes better known

The Count of Monte Cristo

2 Which French artist was famous for his pictures of the Moulin Rouge

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

3 “Dirty Harry” Callaghan fought crime in which city

San Francisco

4 Who played the title roles in the Tim Burton films Batman and Batman returns Michael Keaton

5 Which Dane directed Dancer in the Dark and Dogville

Lars von Trier

6 Which current West End show is about the early days of the Beatles


7 Which film won the 2011 Oscar for best picture

The King’s Speech

8 A rediscovered work , valued at over £100m attributed to which artist is on display at the National Gallery this autumn

Leonardo da Vinci

S1 Which musician recently married Nancy Shevell

Paul Mc Cartney

S2 What is Noel Gallagher’s new band called

High Flying BIrds

Stately Homes & Castles and houses

With connections to literature, film or sport

1 What castle overlooks the test cricket ground at Chester le Street

Lumley Castle

2 Lord Grantham lives at Downton Abbey, but whose stately home is the shooting location, Highclere House.

(Accept Family name or title) Lord and Lady Carnarvon or Herbert family

3 In the lake of which stately home did Colin Firth do his Mr Darcy swim

Lyme Park

4 Which castle in Northumberland was the setting for Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter movies


5 The Duke of Norfolk’s XI play cricket in the grounds of which castle


6 The National Trust property Hill Top is associated with which author

Beatrix Potter

7 Which Kent castle was the setting for Kind Hearts and Coronets as well as being the venue for the Northern Ireland peace talks in 2004

Leeds Castle

8 Which Derbyshire stately home is associated with Deborah Mitford


S1 Which Derbyshire hall claims to be probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. It provided a location for Pride and Prejudice in 2005

Haddon Hall

S2 Which literary figure described himself as being one of England’s stately homos

Quentin Crisp


1. Three countries have coastlines on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. France and Spain are two, name the third


2. Ferdinand de Lesseps was responsible for an engineering project which was completed in 1869 – what was it

Suez Canal

3. What is the world’s most northerly capital city?


4. Which tree appears on the flag of Lebanon?


5. What is the highest mountain not in a range?


6. The world’s smallest independent country has a birth rate of zero

The Vatican State

7. Which country has the oldest flag, (still in use)?


8. In which British city would you find Arthur’s Seat?



1. In which European city is the HQ of Interpol?


2. Which is the only African country never to have been occupied by a foreign power?



All the questions have some reference, vague or otherwise,

To the colour green

1. Who wrote the classic Welsh novel, later made into a film, “How Green was my Valley”?

Richard Llewellyn

2. Who wrote the novel “Greenmantle”?

John Buchan

3. What is the green liquid secreted by the liver?


4. On which metal does the green pigment verdigris form?


5. Who is the leader of the Green Party?

Caroline Lucas

6. Hughie Green hosted which popular TV talent show, attracting 18 million viewers

at its peak?

Opportunity Knocks

7. In the USA, what are greenbacks?

Paper dollars (accept Legal Tender Notes)

8. These aquatic creatures have varieties Greenlip, Blue and Zebra, among others.

What are they?



1. Which line is coloured green on London Underground maps?


2. What is the value of the green ball in snooker?


History - Kings and Queens

1 Who was the first and only King of Libya who was overthrown by Col Gadaffi in 1969

King Idris

2 Which King of Greece was ousted in a military coup in 1967


3 The words Czar and Kaiser are both derived from which famous person in history?

Julius Caesar

4 After the Norman conquest who was the first Welshman to occupy the English throne

Henry VII

5 Who was the king of Egypt who abdicated in 1952 when Nasser rose to power.


6 Who was the last King of Albania, fleeing after invasion by Mussolini never to return

King Zog

7 Between them, the six wives of Henry VIII were of three different nationalities. English, Spanish and what other?

German (Ann of Cleves)

8 Who was the first woman to sit on the English throne

Lady Jane Grey (1553)


S1 Who is the current Belgian Monarch

Albert II

S2 Which exiled English King was lent the palace of St Germain-en-laye by Louis XIV James II

S3 How many English Kings since the reign of King Canute were called Edward? Nine (Edwards 1- 8 plus Edward the confessor)


  1. What is the particle that has allegedly been found to travel faster than the speed of light?
  2. A neutrino

2. An orchidectomy is the removal of what?

A testicle

3. What is the largest terrestrial insect in Britain?

Stag Beetle

4. Which metal is the best conductor of electricity?


5. Where in the body would you find an astrocyte?

The Brain

6. One of the objectives of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN is to detect the so called “God Particle”. After which British theoretical physicist is this particle named

Peter Higgs – the Higgs Boson

7. Which vitamin is also known as tocopherol?

Vitamin E

8. What is the sixth planet from the sun?



1. In physics, what is the symbol for the speed of light?


  1. What is the clinical term for infection of connective and soft tissues?



1 Name the cyclist who recently became the first British winner of the World Road Race championship for 46 years?

Mark Cavendish

2 Which League one football team recently played Juventus in a game to mark the opening of the Italian giants’ new stadium?

Notts County

(The clubs have historical links and the famous Juventus kit is based on Notts Countys)

3 Which Rugby league side have the unenviable record of having lost the last 5 Grand Finals?

St Helens

4 With a name well-suited to a boxer, which Irish-Mancunian fighter is the current British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion?

Tyson Fury

5 Who won the men’s 100m in the recent athletics World Championships

Yohan Blake (Usain Bolt was disqualified following a false start)

6 Over the past 3 seasons, which county has finished runners up in 5 domestic one day cricket competitions?


7 Name the British Indy Car driver killed in October’s Las Vegas 300 race?

Dan Wheldon

8 Who is the only racing driver to be awarded the Formula One Drivers’ Championship posthumously?

Jochen Rindt (1970)

S1 Which sportswoman won an Olympic silver medal for rowing in 2004 and a cycling gold in 2008?

Rebecca Romero

S2 The World mens marathon record was recently broken in Berlin. With a little leeway, what’s the new record?

2hrs 3minutes 38sec. Accept 2hrs 3 min – 2hrs 4min.


1 Which country has administrative responsibility for the Azores


2 Which shipping area includes Orkney and Shetland


3 Which is the only country to have left the European Union?


4 What does the Latin term ‘Ultra Vires’ mean?

Beyond one’s power or authority

5 St Petersburg sits on which river


6 What is the common name of the reddish star which forms the tip of the hunter’s spear in the constellation Orion?


7 Although Beethoven composed several overtures he only completed one opera. What is it called?


8 What are the annual awards for removing oneself from the gene pool in a spectacularly stupid manner. A current nomination is for the couple who parked on a freeway at 6.30 am in thick fog to have sex – then a tanker crashed into them

Darwin Awards

9 Which MP is accused of having pressurised his wife to accept points for speeding when he was the driver

Chris Huhne

10 Who designed the AK47, the terrorists’ weapon of choice

Mikhail Kalashnikov

11 What was the name of the Welsh colliery where 4 miners died this year Gleison

12 Why was Anders Brehing Breivik in the news this summer

He was the gunman who murdered more than 60 people on Utoya this summer

13 In which US state is area 51 located? Nevada

14 What was the capital of the Inca empire

Cuzco or Cusco

15 What is the lowest Alpine pass, running between Italy and Austria

Brenner Pass

16 What acid is also known as spirit of salts


17 Sam Houston was first and third president of which republic


18 The Leyden Jar is an early form of which device

Electrical capacitor

19 What device was once known as a Louisette, after the surgeon Antoine Louis Guillotine

20 Who is the first female in line to the British throne?

Princess Beatrice

21 There are two naturally-occurring elements which are liquid at normal

temperature and pressure. One is Mercury. What is the other one?


22 A copy of the 1215 Magna Carta is displayed in the cathedral at old Sarum. What is the modern name of the cathedral


23 No cathedrals were built in England in 600 years since the completion of Salisbury - What was the Victorian cathedral that followed


24 What award was made this year to researchers for discovering that a certain kind of beetle mates with a certain kind of Australian beer bottle

Ig Nobel Prize (for biology)

25 In which modern country is the Temple of Diana at Ephesus


26 What is the name of the National Arboretum, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire Westonbirt

27 The Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Harlow Carr are located on the outskirts of which Yorkshire town


28 Tom Ford was creative director of which fashion house until 2004, when he started his own label

Gucci (Accept YSL because Gucci took them over and Tom Ford became creative director for both)

29 Who wrote the novel “Whisky Galore”?

Compton McKenzie

30 Who was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948?

Mahatma Ghandi

31 Who did the CIA allegedly attempt to assassinate with an exploding cigar?

Fidel Castro

32 What type of pasta translates as “little worms”?


33 Who was the last governor of Hong Kong?

Chris Patten Accept Fat Pang, which is what the Chinese called him

34 The 1812 Overture was written to celebrate the successful defence of which city?


35 In the Bourne movies, what is Bourne’s first first name?


36 Pure Pure gold is classified as being of how many carats?


37 What type of material is produced in a ginnery


38 Which actor played the “Ugly” in the film “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Eli Wallach

39 Which British queen was already widowed at the age of 18?

Mary, Queen of Scots (accept Mary or Mary Stuart)

40 What is an epidiascope?

An opaque projector (accept projector) – ie projects an image of a piece of paper or book rather than a transparency

41 After which famous Northern Irishman was Belfast Airport named in 2006?

George Best

42 What was the previous name of John F Kennedy Airport in New York?


43 What was the name of the stadium where the US tennis Open was played before it moved to Flushing Meadow

Forest Hills

44 Which organisation has the slogan “Train One Save Many?



Who is the animated star of the computer game “Tomb Raider”

Lara Croft

46 What is the Japanese art of flower arranging?


47 Under Islamic law, how many wives is a man allowed at any one


48 Which cosmetic brand name is derived from the Latin for snow?

Nivea Nix, the genitive being Nives

49 How many coloured compartments are there on a Las Vegas roulette wheel? 38 (0,00,1-36)

50 Dr Banner is the alter ego of which comic book hero? Incredible Hulk

51 According to the 2011 film,” Anonymous” who wrote Shakespeare’s plays

Edward de Vere Accept Earl of Oxford

52 In a competition in 1829, what beat Cycloped, Novelty, Perseverance and Sans Pareil?

Stephenson's Rocket (Rainhill Trials)

53 What is the significance of the dates August 9th 1902, June 23rd 1911, May 12th 1937 and June 2nd 1953?

They are Coronation dates of UK Monarchs

54 Which terrestrial location was among the first words spoken on the moon?


55 Name the world figure who publicly renounced his divinity in 1946

Hirohito - emperor of Japan

56 Who won the fight of the century on 8 March 1971

Joe Frazier

57 The name for which type of car stems from the word for long coats worn by French shepherds once upon a time and is also a breed of cattle?


58 In 1979 US President Jimmy Carter signed the SALT2 treaty in Vienna along with which Soviet Leader?

Leonid Brezhnev

59 Which London prison did great train robber Ronald Biggs escape from in 1965?


60 What's a female lobster called?

A Hen

61 Who was leader of the Labour Party prior to Tony Blair?

Margaret Beckett

62 Whose first stage billing was as " Professor Yaffle Chuckabutty - operatic tenor and sausage knotter"?

Ken Dodd

63 In which sport would you find a Bomb, a Blitz and a Shotgun?

American Football

64 The monarchs of which country sat on the Peacock throne?

Persia Accept Iran

65 The law of the sea divides it into three zones, Internal Waters, Territorial Waters, and what?

High seas

66 Which model of Ford car was named after a hunter in Greek mythology? Orion

67 What hoisting apparatus used in construction work and in oil drilling gets its name from a London hangman


68 What material was banned after the 1745 Jacobite rebellion until 1782?


69 Which European country remained neutral throughout the second world war despite the Germans bombing its capital city in May 1941 by accident?


70 Which country takes its name from the fact it was discovered on a Sunday by Christopher Colombus?


71 Who is the only US president to have never been elected?

Gerald Ford

72 What event of national importance took place in Britain the day after Everest was first climbed?

Coronation Of Queen Elizabeth II

73 Name the only boxer to knock out Muhammad Ali

Larry Holmes (in 1980)

74 Agent blue is a herbicide that was used against the Vietnamese. What type of poisonous compound does it contain?


75 Which electrician won the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize?

Lech Walesa

76 Which record label would you associate with bands such as Joy Division and Happy Mondays, as well as the Hacienda nightclub?

Factory Records

77 Name the Shakespearean actor and previous winner of the Olivier Award who plays Brian Lane in the TV show New Tricks

Alun Armstrong

78 Name the Yorkshire-born actor, best known for his role in Kes, who also wrestled professionally under the name Leon Aris?

Brian Glover

79 Which 80s pop act took their name from TinTin’s bowler-hatted detective friends?

The Thompson Twins

80 What constituency is currently held by in-the-news politician Liam Fox? North Somerset (Also accept Woodspring – as the constituency is also known since the 2010 election)

81 Which European capital city can be found across 14 islands at the mouth of Lake Malaren?


82 In the world of music Johnny Buckland, Will Champion and Guy Berryman make up 75% of which multi-million selling UK rock band?

Coldplay. Singer Chris Martin is the somewhat better known 4th member.

83 Which long running ITV light entertainment show was originally presented by Jeremy Beadle, made unwatchable by Lisa Riley, and then rescued by the voiceover talents of Harry Hill?

You’ve Been Framed

84 In the world of children’s toys, there are said to be over 60 of what for every person in the world?

Lego Bricks (According to the company’s adverts).

85 Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler were the lesser known 2 members of which British three-man band of the 70s and 80s?

The Jam. Paul Weller was the better known frontman.

86 For what sort of films is producer Fred Quimby best known?

Cartoons. He’s mainly known as the producer of Tom and Jerry cartoons, where his name was always prominent in the titles.

87 Which actor is best known for his portrayal of DCI Gene Hunt

Philip Glennister (In the shows Ashes to Ashes and Life On Mars)

88 In which year did Macclesfield Town play their first football league game?

1997, vs Torquay United

89 Which folk singer was named after the 28th president of the USA, Woodrow Wilson

Woody Guthrie

90 Why has Carina Trimmingham been in the news recently

New wife of Chris Huhne - though possible more newsworthy because of her reputed bisexuality

91 Which type of pastry derives its name from the Greek word for leaf

Filo (or Phyllo)

92 The presidential hopeful, Rick Perry is governor of which US state


93 Who was the first celebrity to be voted off this year’s Strictly Come Dancing Edwina Currie

94 Who won the Man Booker prize this year after being shortlisted 3 times before

Julian Barnes

95 Who is the former Pakistan cricket captain under investigation for match fixing – or fixing events on which bets are taken

Salman Butt

96 Digital Fortress (1988) is the debut novel by which American author

Dan Brown

S1 Associated with J Lyons and Co, what was a “nippy”


S2 What is a Dorset Naga

Chilli – allegedly the hottest in the world

S3 Whernside is the highest point in which National Park

Yorkshire Dales

S4 Which blues legend recorded “Smokestack Lightning” in 1956

Howlin’ Wolf