Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Shrove Tuesday


Specialist Rounds 21 February 2012

Tonight’s specialist questions have been set by the Puss In Boots, and vetted by the Albion.

Entertainment: Radio Ha Ha

Q1. What four unimaginative new names were given to the Home Service, Light and Third Programmes and their associated services following a reorganisation on 30 September 1967?

A1. BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 4 [all four station names required].

Q2. The Mary Whitehouse Experience was Radio 1’s first attempt at a comedy series in 1989. The four original writers included Rob Newman and Hugh Dennis. Name one of the other two who went on to TV fame?

A2. David Baddiel or Steve Punt

Q3. The Million Pound Radio Show that aired in the mid-1980s launched the career of which TV funny man that went on to make ‘loadsamoney’?

A3. Harry Enfield

Q4. Which long-running topical television panel game was a taken from an idea first tested by Radio 4’s The News Quiz?

A4. Have I Got News for You

Q5. What was peculiar about Radio 4’s eight-and-a-half hour continuous broadcast on Boxing Day 2000?

A5. Uninterrupted and unabridged reading of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (because JK Rowling refused to let it be serialised).

Q6. Jack Dee now gives the panel members of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue silly things to do, but whose famous jazz-trumpet playing shoes did he fill?

A6. Humphrey Lyttelton

Q7. Where is the radio show Old Harry’s Game set?

A7. Hell

Q8. Who wrote The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, originally a radio comedy, first broadcast in 1978?

A8. Douglas Adams


Q9. In which BBC Radio programme could you have found the characters Neddie, Eccles, Min, Major Bloodknock and Count Moriarty?

A9. The Goon Show

Q10. Mark Steel presenter of Mark Steel’s in Town, also writes a column for which national daily newspaper?

A10. The Independent or the "i"


Q1. The Oresund bridge joins two European countries - name either of them.

A1. Sweden or Denmark

Q2. Which river separates Devon and Cornwall?

A2. Tamar

Q3. Which Motorway links Glasgow and Edinburgh?

A3. M8

Q4. Which Motorway links Coventry and Leicester?

A4. M69

Q5. Which is the only English port offering passenger ferry services to the Republic of Ireland?

A5. Liverpool

Q6. Which is the only English port offering passenger ferry services to Scandinavia?

A6. Harwich (runs to Esbjerg in Denmark)

Q7. Which British National Park has the longest Coastline?

A7. Pembrokeshire Coast (260 miles)

Q8. Near which British city would you find the mumbles?

A8. Swansea


Q9. What is the highest denomination Euro banknote available?

A9. 500 Euro

Q10. St Davids, St Thomas and St James Park are all railway stations in which British City?

A10. Exeter

History: 20th Century Europe

Q1. Who was the maternal grandmother of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany?

A1. Queen Victoria of Great Britain

Q2. What was St Petersburg known as between 1914 and 1924?

A2. Petrograd [and then Leningrad until 1991 but I specifically want “Petrograd”]

Q3. Who was Chancellor of West Germany at the time of its reunification with East Germany?

A3. Helmut Kohl

Q4. The Falange were a far right wing group holding power from the 1930s to 1970s in which European country?

A4. Spain

Q5. In which year did Ted Heath's Government impose the "Three Day Week"?

A5. 1974 [leeway 1973-1975]

Q6. Which British Prime Minister lived at Chartwell in Kent from 1924 to 1965?

A6. Winston Churchill

Q7. Apart from West Germany and France, name one other of the founding members in 1952 of the European Coal and Steel Community?

A7. Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg

Q8. In 1963, which French president vetoed the UK's application to join the European Economic Community?

A8. Charles De Gaulle


Q9. What was the name of the trade union that went on strike at the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk in 1980?

A9. Solidarity ("Solidarnosc" if anyone can remember the Polish).

Q10. What is the name of the Bosnian town, infamous as the site of the July 1995 mass murders perpetrated by Ratko Mladic's forces?

A10. Srebrenica [pronounced Sreb-ren-itsa]

Science: Some of us are looking at the stars

Q1. What do 82.5% of the UK population use every day that was first developed at CERN by Tim Berners-Lee and his team?

A1. The World Wide Web (Do not accept ‘The Internet’)

Q2. In which decade of the 17 Century did Galileo first use a telescope he had built himself to study the Universe?

A2. 1610s (actual date1609)

Q3. What is the common name for the star Alpha Orionis situated at the top left of the constellation Orion?

A3. Betelgeuse [pronounced Beetlejuice]

Q4. What is the name of the project that Professor Brian Cox is working on at CERN?

A4. BERN Atlas (Accept ‘Atlas’)

Q5. The ‘apparent magnitude’ of a star is a measurement of its what?

A5. Brightness

Q6. International Space Station (ISS) Astronauts' schedules are set on a 24-hour, Earth-based timetable to keep their activity as grounded as possible. The clocks onboard the ISS are set to which time zone?

A6. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) because that is roughly half way between Houston, Texas and Moscow.

Q7. The first known pulsar was observed in 1967 by astronomers Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Antony Hewish who referred to their discovery as LGM-1. What did LGM stand for?

A7. Little Green Men

Q8. In which US state is Palomar Observatory?

A8. California


Q9. As of 2006, Pluto is no longer considered a planet, but is now one of five in a class of objects called a dwarf planet. Name one of the other four dwarf planets as identified by the International Astronomical Union?

A9. Ceres, Eris, Makemake or Haumea

Q10. Patrick Moore has been presenting ‘The Sky at Night’ since 1957; name one of his current team of four co-presenters?

A10. Dr Chris Lintott; Pete Lawrence; Paul Abel; Dr Chris North


Q1. Who holds the women's world 100 metre dash world record?

A1. Florence Griffith-Joyner accept Flo-JO

Q2. Over how many sets is a women's grand slam tennis match contested?

A2. 3

Q3. Which British gymnast won the 2006 and 2010 uneven bars world championship?

A3. Beth Tweddle

Q4. Who was the only woman to win BBC's sport personality of the year in the 1990s?

A4. Liz McColgan (1991)

Q5. Which BBC sports presenter was the the Amateur flat jockey Champion Lady rider in 1990?

A5. Clare Balding

Q6. What is the women's equivalent to the men's tennis competition the Davis Cup?

A6. The Fed Cup

Q7. What is the women's equivalent to the men's golf competition the Ryder Cup?

A7. The Solheim Cup

Q8. Which is the first event contested in an Olympic heptathlon?

A8. 100 metre hurdles


Q9. Which swimmer won gold medals at the 2008 Olympic games in the 400 metre and 800 metre freestyle?

A9. Rebecca Adlington

Q10. Who is going to be the head coach of the women's Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic football team?

A10. Hope Powell

“C” & “R” round

All the answers in this round start with the letter “R” or “C”.

Q1. Whose parents were Quorum and Mared?

A1. Red Rum

Q2. In which city was Joan of Arc burned at the stake?

A2. Rouen

Q3. A French Press can be used to make which drink?

A3. Coffee

Q4. Until 1955, which word meant a mathematician - it now refers to a machine?

A4. Computer

Q5. Which event was not televised by the BBC in 2009, the first time since 1966 that they had not covered it?

A5. Crufts

Q6. Which of Batman's enemies had henchmen called 'Across and Down' and a girlfriend called 'Anna Gram?'

A6. Riddler

Q7. A substance which is used to alter the rate of a chemical reaction but which does not otherwise take part in it is called what?

A7. Catalyst

Q8. What was the first name of Martin Luther King's widow?

A8. Coretta


Q9. In which sitcom do Jim, Twiggy and Dave drink in 'The Feathers?'

A9. Royle Family

Q10. Who composed the Minute Waltz?

A10. Chopin


We didn’t want this to be too highbrow so, according to Monty Python “Immanuel Kant was a real pissant who was very rarely stable; Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar who could think you under the table”. This just about rhymes, badly, but may inspire a few guesses with questions 3-6.

Q1. Which Athenian philosopher was put to death for impiety in 399 BC by being forced to drink Hemlock?

A1. Socrates

Q2. Which Italian dedicated his book "The Prince" to Lorenzo de Medici? His name then became a byword for underhand political cunning.

A2. Niccolo Machiavelli

Q3. Which Victorian English philosopher wrote 'On Liberty' and 'Utilitarianism', and according to Monty Python "...of his own free will, on half a pint of shandy was particularly ill" ?

A3. John Stuart Mill

Q4. Which Edinburgh-born philosopher has a statue on the Royal Mile, and argued you can't get an "ought" from an "is"? According to Monty Python he "could out-consume Schopenhauer and Hegel".

A4. David Hume

Q5. Which Austrian-born British philosopher of the 20th century is known for his work on the nature and limits of language, and according to Monty Python "was a beery swine"?

A5. Ludwig Wittgenstein

Q6. Which ancient Greek philosopher was a student of Plato and tutor to Alexander the Great? He made contributions to science, logic and ethics, but according to Monty Python was "a bugger for the bottle".

A6. Aristotle. [apparently this is also used as rhyming slang for “bottle” by some cockneys and Australians]

Q7. Which English philosopher and proponent of utilitarianism has his clothed skeleton preserved at University College London?

A7. Jeremy Bentham

Q8. Which Welsh philosopher and mathematician was the grandson of a Victorian prime minister and well known for his activism in pacifism and campaigning for nuclear disarmament?

A8. Bertrand Russell


Q9. In Thomas Hobbes' 'Leviathan', he describes the life of man without society as "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and" what?

A9. Short

Q10. Which still-living philosopher of language and mind is better known for his political writing on international affairs and criticism of US politics?

A10. Noam Chomsky

Going Dutch!

Q1. Who was one of the leading artists in the De Stijl art movement and best known for his paintings which consisted of white backgrounder with a grid of black lines and 3 primary colours?

A1. Piet Mondrian

Q2. Which Dutch explorer is credited with the discovery of New Zeland?

A2. Able Tazman

Q3. The Dutch East Indies is now which modern day country?

A3. Indonesia

Q4. Name a year in the life of William the 3rd of England?

A4. 1650-1702

Q5. Who directed the films Basic Instinct and Show Girls?

A5. Paul Verhoven

Q6. Which Orwellian reality TV show was first shown on Dutch tv in 1999?

A6. Big Brother

Q7. Which Dutch football team won the European Cup in 1988?

A7. PSV Eindoven

Q8. Which far sighted scientific instrument is credited as being first developed by Hans Lippershey and Zacharias Janssen in the 17th century?

A8. The telescope

Q9. Which darts player won his first world championship in 1998?

A9. Raymond Van Barneveld

Q10. Which band had a hit with the song Radar Love?

A10. Golden Earing


General Knowledge 21 February 2012

Tonight’s general knowledge questions have been set by the Albion, and vetted by the Puss In Boots.

1 What is the next to last element in the periodic table Alphabetically?

Answer Zinc (Zirconium is the last)

2 Where are the 2016 Olympics due to be held?

Answer Rio De Janeiro

3 Which Shakespeare play is about the confused identity of two sets of twins?

Answer - A Comedy of Errors

4 Name the dog belonging to Harry Redknapp whose name was on a bank account in Monaco.

Answer - Rosie

5 In which country did the song and dance rhythm the Rumba originate?

Answer - Cuba

6 First published in 1929 which character is Belgian George Remi best known for creating?

Answer - Tin Tin This was challenged as Herge was the author – but in fact that is his pen name

7 Who was credited with a second U.K. number one hit single with ‘Mambo No 5’

Answer - Bob The Builder

8 Which early 19th century flamboyant poet and lover wrote these words? "Champagne with foaming whirls as white as Cleopatra's pearls"

Answer - Lord Byron

9 In 'The Lord of the Rings', what is the name of the inn in Bree, where a fine beer can be enjoyed?

Answer - The Prancing Pony

10 Which metallic element atomic, no 83 in the periodic table, soothes Gastric Ulcers?

Answer Bismuth

11 What was the name of the plastic horn which caused problems for broadcasters during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa?

Answer - Vuvuzela

12 Whose recently published memoirs of her time at no 10 Downing Street are entitles ‘Behind the Black Door’?

Answer - Sarah Brown

13 North Korean leader Kim Jong il who died in December last year has been succeeded by which of his sons?

Answer - Kim Jong Un

14 Tony Blair was recently reported in the press as having paid £315,000 in Income tax. From what level of reported income was this deducted

Answer - 12 million pounds (Accept 11 to 13 Millions)

15 What palace is part of the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, Russia?

Answer - The Winter Palace

16 Which recently deceased pop singer was at one time married to Debbie Rowe

Answer - Michael Jackson

17 Who were the longest running cartoon family before the Simpsons?

Answer The Flintstones

18 Which fashion chain, now operating in more than 20 countries, began in 1964 at a small shop in another store in Sheffield where it could be found up a flight of stairs

Answer Topshop

19 Who was the manager of the Manchester United team that won the European cup in 1968?

Answer - Matt Busby

20 Which U.S. stunt rider, 1938 - 2007, entered the Guinness book of records with the most bones broken in a lifetime?

Answer - Evel Knievel

21 Lyme Disease is spread by which parasitic creature?

Answer - The Tick

22 What song was a hit for Justin Hayward in 1978?

Answer - Forever Autumn

23 What was the name of the canoeist who famously faked his own death in 2002?

Answer - John Darwin

24 Who wrote the book ‘Cakes and Ale‘?

Answer - Somerset Maugham

25 What type of musician would play a rimshot

Answer A Drummer

26 Give the real or character name of the only actor in ‘Dad’s Army‘ who saw active service in both world wars

Answer Arnold Ridley, playing Private Godfrey

27 What was the title of Thin Lizzy’s first top ten hit in 1973?

Answer - Whisky in the Jar

28 What is the name of the flying island in Jonathon Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels?

Answer - Laputa

29 What poison was used in the umbrella killing of Georgi Markov, the Bulgarian dissident?

Answer- Ricin

30 What was the title of the 1961 film featuring Tony Hancock’s first cinematic role?

Answer - The Rebel

31 Which monarch exchanged fire with potential assassins outside the Vienna State Opera is 1931

Answer - King Zog of Albania

32 Sebastian, Scuttle and Flounder are all characters in which Disney film?

Answer - The Little Mermaid

33 In the 70’s who did Idi Amin oust from power in Uganda?

Answer- Milton Obote

34 Who wrote the novel The Women In White?

Answer - Wilkie Collins

35 What was the nickname of Arthur Marx?

Answer‘ - Harpo’

36 In which century was Richard the Lionheart born?

Answer - 12th

37 Which US state is known for its Black Hills?

Answer - South Dakota

38 What kind of school was run by Pussy Galore?

Answer -Flying School

39 Which character did Emma Samms play in ‘Dynasty’?

Answer - Fallon Carrington-Colby ( Accept Fallon )

40 Bruce Woodcock was connected with which sport?

Answer - Boxing

41 What is the Royal Navy equivalent of the army rank of Major General? Answer - Rear Admiral

42 Who was the first president of the Fifth French republic?

Answer - General DeGaulle

43 What was Disney’s second animated feature film?

Answer - Pinocchio

44 In which city are the world headquarters of the Mormon Church?

Answer - Salt Lake City

45 Which Motown group featured Lionel Ritchie before he went solo?

Answer - The Commodores

46 Which animals name is aboriginal and means ‘No drink’?

Answer - Koala

47 Which role did Phil Collins play in a stage version of Oliver?

Answer - The Artful Dodger

48 Which flowering plant family includes asparagus?

Answer - Lily

49 Who wrote The Secret Garden?

Answer - Frances Hodgson Burnett

50 In which state was ‘Dynasty ‘ set?

Answer - Colorado

51 What was the nickname of Sir Arthur Travers Harris?

Answer - Bomber

52 Who had a 50’s no1 with ‘The Story of My Life’

Answer - Michael Holliday

53 Which British school did Kurt Hahn found in the 1930’s ?

Answer - Gordonstoun

54 Who was asked for the bolt in the original ‘The Golden Shot’?

Answer - Bernie

55 Concorde and Louise Bonne are types of which fruit?

Answer - Pears

56 How were Roberta, Phyllis and Peter collectively known?

Answer - The Railway Children

57 Which county is home to the Brecon Beacons?

Answer - Powys

58 Which King received the support of Robin Hood?

Answer - Richard 1

59 Who played Dot Cotton in Eastenders?

Answer - June Brown

60 Alan Hansen joined Liverpool from which club?

Answer - Partick Thistle

61 What kind of reference book was Bradshaws?

Answer - Railway Timetable

62 Which actress appeared in Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo? Answer - Mia Farrow

63 Who said ‘there’s always something fishy about the French’?

Answer - Noel Coward

64 In an archeological context what is ‘ogham’?

Answer - An early medieval alphabet

65 Alphabetically by first name who was the last of the twelve apostles?

Answer - Thomas

66 What is the capital of Equador?

Answer - Quito

67 Which African football team are nicknamed ‘the elephants’?

Answer - Ivory Coast

68 What is a devil’s coachhorse?

Answer - A type of beetle

69 Which Government building, provided for use primarily by the prime minister and also senior politicians, was Prime Minister Lloyd George the first to use?

Answer - Chequers

70 How many laps are there in a single speedway race?

Answer - 4

71 On which river does Florence stand ?

Answer - The Arno

72 Who was the Greek God of time?

Answer - Chronos

73 Which member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team also played first-class cricket for Essex?

Answer - Geoff Hurst.

74 What does the I in AIDS stand for?

Answer - Immunity (Accept immune) (Acquired Immunity Deficiency Syndrome)

75 Which member of the Royal Family wrote the children’s story The Old Man of Lochnagar?

Answer - Prince Charles.

76 What country contains Africa’s northernmost point?

Answer - Tunisia.

77 Where in Europe would you find the village of Y?

Answer - France.

78 What, with white crème de menthe, puts the sting in a stinger?

Answer - Brandy.

79 What colour is in Rupert the Bear’s scarf in addition to black?

Answer - Yellow.

80 Corfe castle stands amid which range of hills in Dorset?

Answer - The Purbeck Hills.

81 In what film does Michael Caine say, ‘There’s not many people know that’?

Answer - Educating Rita.

82 Quails and Partridges belong to which family of birds?

Answer - Pheasants.

83 In Imperial units how high is the centre of a tennis net?

Answer - Three feet. (No leeway)

84 Whose death on the same day knocked Aldous Huxley’s off the front page?

Answer - John F. Kennedy’s.

85 How many hearts does an octopus have?

Answer - Three.

86 What’s the name of Sherlock Holmes’s smarter brother?

Answer - Mycroft.

87 What kind of apple is on the Beatles Apple label?

Answer - A Granny Smith.

88 In which American state is Amarillo, made famous by the Tony Christie song?

Answer - Texas.

89 Who painted ‘Soft Self-Portrait with Grilled Bacon’?

Answer - Salvador Dali.

90 Who’s missing from Dave Dee, Beaky, Mick and Titch?

Answer - Dozy.

91 What was Britain’s first national park?

Answer - The Peak District.

92 At what age did both Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe die?

Answer - 36. (Accept 35 to 37)

93 What colour jersey does the Best Young Rider in the Tour de France wear?

Answer - White.

94 On how many separate occasions was Disraeli Prime Minister?

Answer - Twice.

95 Whose only novel was entitled ‘The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym’?

Answer - Edgar Allen Poe.

96 How many Best Director Oscars did Alfred Hitchcock win?

Answer - None.


1. What is the German word meaning ‘the spirit of the times’?

Answer - Zeitgeist.

2. What is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall’s maiden name?

Answer - Shand

3. Which word derived from the old Norse language means ’trusted intermediary’, and signifies someone who could be of use in the event of problems with officialdom?

Answer - Ombudsman

4. In which decade did the last manned lighthouse in the U.K. close?

Answer - 1990s

5. Which American poet wrote the lines, ‘Because I would not stop for Death, Death kindly stopped for me, The carriage held but us, And Immortality’?

Answer - Emily Dickinson.

6. Joanna Lumley, Honor Blackman and Diana Rigg were all Bond girls, but in which television series did they also all appear?

Answer - The Avengers

7. Name one of the escape tunnels in the film ‘The Great Escape’

Answer Tom, Dick or Harry

8. What is the capital of Uganda?

Answer - Kampala

9. What is the capital of Tanzania

Answer - Dar Es Salaam

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

14th Feb All Questions Set By The Nags Head


set by The Nags Head

Round 1. Arts and Entertainment

1. To which London theatre would you go to watch ‘The Mousetrap’?

St. Martin’s

2. Which German town hosts the annual Wagner festival?


3. A portrait of singer Bonnie Tyler was valued at £50,000 on The Antiques Road Show last year. Who painted it?

Rolf Harris

4. Which tune, played on the big screen by Ronny Cox and Billy Redden,won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance?

Duelling Banjos (from Deliverance)

5. What is the name of the music venue in Gateshead, which is home to the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra?

The Sage

6. In theatrical parlance, what is a ‘breeches part’?

A Male Part Played By an Actress

7. Which film from the 1990’s spawned the best selling soundtrack album of all time?

The Bodyguard

8. On whose life is Somerset Maugham’s ‘The Moon and Sixpence’ based?

Paul Gauguin


1. Which comedian was recently voted ‘The UK’s most influential stand-up of all time’?

Billy Connolly

2. Name the ‘Dancing on Ice’ female judge, who is a former Olympic and World champion figure skater, and model

Katarina Witt

Round 2. For your ears only (a round on radio)

1. What is broadcast each weekday at 5.43 a.m. on Radio 4?

Prayer for the Day

2. What does the ‘M’ stand for in AM and FM?


3. What are the UK radio’s annual Oscar equivalent awards called?

Sony Radio Academy Awards (accept Sony)

4. Which radio station across the UK, can be found between 99.9 and101.9 MHz FM?

Classic FM

5. Who is on the end of the line at Talk Sport, for the post- match phone- in on Saturdays

Stan Collymore

6. On Desert Island Discs, apart from a bible, or other appropriate religious work, what else do guests automatically receive?

The Complete Works Of Shakespeare

7. Which song of 1973, helped start a fad for Citizens Band radio. The song was the inspiration for a 1978 film of the same name?


8. Radio Caroline began broadcasting from a ship in March 1964. It was initially anchored 3 miles out from the coast of which English port?



1. What fictional village is the setting for The Archers radio drama?


2. How much does the Radio Times currently cost?


Round 3. They died in 2011

1. Died in January, this actor died aged 64. Born Warrington. Oscar nominated for In The Name of the father in 1993. Steven Spielberg called him, "the best actor in the world".

Pete Postlethwaite

2. Died in October at the age of 84, Yorkshire born entertainer extrordinaire he fought 107 bouts as a wrestler and won only 7 of them and ran 212 marathons. He claims to have invented the disco.
Jimmy Saville

3. Died aged 83, a US actor famous for his character of being a shabby and ostensibly absent-minded police detective lieutenant wearing an old raincoat in a celebrated 1970s TV series?
Peter Falk

Died in July, this painter Known chiefly for his thickly impasted portrait and figure paintings, he was widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of his time?
Lucien Freud

5. Died in September: co- creator of Dad's Army and Hi-de-Hi?
David Croft

6. Died in January. Children's author who wrote Babe?
Dick King-Smith

Died in May. This actress was famous for impersonating Margaret Thatcher?
Janet Brown

8. Died in October, this American businessman and inventor is widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution.
Steve Jobs


1. Died in January, this Yorkshire born composer wrote film scores Midnight Cowboy and Born Free. Wrote the theme tune for Jukebox Jury.
John Barry

2 . Died in November, former world heavyweight boxer aged 67. Beat Ali once but lost to him twice.
Joe Frazier

Round4. Sport – 164

There are 164 days to go to the opening ceremony of the London Olympics so this sport round is all about Olympic Games, past and present.

1. Two sports were voted out of the 2012 Olympic Games, the first time any sports have been voted out since 1936. Name either of these two sports.

Baseball and Softball

2. At this year’s Olympic Games, which sport will take place at Lords Cricket Ground?


3. There are 6 grounds staging football matches. Wembley and Old Trafford are two of them. Name any of the other four.

Hampden Park (Glasgow), Millenium Stadium (Cardiff), St. James’ Park

(accept Sports Direct Arena or Newcastle) and City Of Coventry Stadium

(accept Ricoh Arena or Coventry)

4. Who won the men’s long jump gold medal in 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996 as well as 5 other gold medals?


5. The first modern Olympics were staged in Athens in 1896 but where were the 1900 Olympics held?


6. Steve Redgrave won gold medals at 5 different Olympics. In which year did he win the first of these?

1984 (at Los Angeles)

7. Who lit the flame during the Opening Ceremony at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996?

Muhammad Ali

8. Who is the artistic director of the Opening Ceremony at this year’s Olympics?

Danny Boyle


1. Give either the year or the city of the Olympics, where Muhammad Ali (or Cassius Clay as he was then), won a gold medal

1960 in Rome

2. Rugby was last staged at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Which country surprisingly won the gold medal ?


Round 5. Geography

1. The lowest point in the USA is Death Valley. The highest point in the contiguous USA (ie. not including Hawaii and Alaska), is only 84 miles from Death Valley. What is it’s name?

Mount Whitney

2. Which is Britain’s largest National Park?


3. Which is the world’s largest landlocked country by area?


4. Tourist chiefs want its name to be changed to ‘The Queen Elizabeth Promenade’. What do we know it as now?

The Golden Mile (at Blackpool)

5. Only two South American countries are landlocked. Name either. Bolivia and Paraguay

6. The capital city of Slovakia is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. What is the name of this capital city?

Bratislava (it borders Austria and Hungary)

7. Three countries have both an Atlantic coast and a Mediterranean coast. France and Spain are two. What is the other?


8. Two United Nations member states, are double landlocked (ie they are surrounded only by other landlocked countries). Name either.

Liechtenstein and Uzbekistan


1. Which is the only US state that does not have a straight line in its borders?


2. The world’s tallest cable-stayed bridge was completed in January 2012, in which country?

Mexico (Baluarte bridge)

Round 6. Science and Nature

1. What is the Cassini division?
The Gap Seperating Saturn’s Rings

2. Who discovered Uranus in 1871?
William Herschel

3. While Britain developed the Gloster Meteor, its German counterpart was the world's first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Including the model, what was it called?
Messerschmitt ME262

4. For what would you use a wheatstone bridge?
To Measure Resistance Of A Conductor

5. In nautical terms, what name is given to the upper edge of a ship's side?
Gunwale (pronounced Gunnle)

6. What was the name of the first propeller driven ship to cross the Atlantic?
SS Great Britain

7. What is the name of the pollen producing part of a flower?

8. What is hydroponics?

Soil-less Gardening.


1. The yield of an oil well is measured in barrels. How many gallons are there in a barrel?
35 Imperial gallons or 42 US gallons

2. Which breed of dog is considered to be the tallest?
Irish Wolfhound

Round 7. History

1. What was the last battle of the English Civil War, after which the future Charles II allegedly escaped by hiding in an oak tree?

The Battle of Worcester

2. What is the name given to the forced evacuation of Scottish people in the 18th and 19th centuries, to make way for more profitable farming use of the land?

The Highland Clearances (accept Clearances)

3. Give a year in the Great Famine in Ireland when the potato crop failed?

1845 to 1852

4. Which English king was responsible for initiating the great programme of castle building, to subdue the Welsh people after a string of conflicts in the late 13th century

Edward I

5. What nickname was given to the Duke of Cumberland for his brutal suppression of the Scots after the Battle of Culloden in 1745?


6. Who was the longest reigning monarch of England i.e. before the Treaty of Union in 1707?

Henry III (he reigned for over 56 years)

7. Who was the first elected labour MP, chosen to represent Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare in 1900?

Keir Hardie

8. Which Irish nationalist leader, described by Gladstone as the most remarkable man he ever met, fell from grace after revelations about his relationship with Kitty O’Shea

Charles Stewart Parnell


1. Where is the Stone of Scone (pronounced Scoon) now kept, having been handed back to Scotland in 1996?

Edinburgh Castle

2. In which battle of 1690, did the deposed James II, rally Irish Catholics to try and take back the crown from William and Mary?

The Battle of the Boyne

Round 8. Oh Brother, Where art thou?

All of the questions in this round have some connection with brothers. Obviously where the surname appears in the question then the Christian name will be required.

1. Which comedian made a novelty record called “My Bruvver”?

Terry Scott

2. Which Parliamentary constituency does Ed Miliband represent?

Doncaster North (accept Doncaster)

3. What was the name of the eldest Kennedy son, (brother to JFK) who was killed in action in 1944?

Joseph (or Joe) – his full name was Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jnr

4. What nationality are the footballing brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure?

Ivory Coast

5. Who was the last British monarch to be succeeded by their brother?

Edward VIII

6. Leonard, Adolph, Julius, Milton and Herbert were the real first names of which group of brothers?

The Marx Brothers

7. What is the surname of the brothers who were part of Australia’s 1999 cricket world cup winning team?

Waugh (Steve and Mark)

8. What was the name of Jesse James elder brother?

Frank - his full name was Alexander Franklin James


1. Who is missing from this list of members of The Jackson 5 – Jackie, Tito, Marlin and Michael?


2. Who is missing from this list of members of The Osmonds group – Alan, Merrill, Jay and Donnny

Wayne (Jimmy or Marie weren’t members of the group)



1. Named after the the US judge who first grew it in the 1880s, what is a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry called?


2. Why has Francesco Schettino been in the news recently?


3. In the Disney film Bambi, what sort of creature is Flower?


4. Dennis the Menace has a dog called Gnasher and a pig called Rasher. What is his spider called?


5. What name for a short haircut came from its popularity amongst the rowing teams of Harvard & Yale in the 1950s?


6. What word which now means a “time limit”, formerly applied to the perimeter around a military prison in the USA, beyond which a prisoner was likely to be shot?


7. In which North American city is the Space Needle?


8. Which Spanish city is the setting for both Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Bizet’s Carmen?


9. In 1934, the Biograph Theatre in Chicago was the scene of the killing of which bank robber?


10. Apart from writing 'Tom Jones’, the author Henry Fielding also founded which organisation, often called London’s first police force?


11. Which breed of dog features on Radley handbags and accessories?

SCOTTISH TERRIER (accept Scottie or Aberdeen Terrier)

12. 51 year old American Nancy Shevell is married to whom?


13. In gymnastics, the vault is one of 2 events that are common to both men and women. Which is the other one?


14. The symbol for which world currency derives its name from the Latin word for scales or a balance?

POUND (libra)

15. The Tugela Falls are the second highest waterfall in the world. In which country are they?


16. Which is the longest river in the word which flows entirely in one country?


17. What is the popular name for the Swiss RE Building, 30 St Mary Axe, London?


18. Which writer and craftsman’s only completed oil painting was the 1858 work Queen Guinevere?


19. Who was the drummer on Scarlet Division’s song Sundial, which was a number 42 hit on its re-release in 2000 ? He later went on to achieve fame and fortune as a chef.


20. The circumstances of whose death were examined by the Hutton Inquiry in 2003?


21. In which 2000 film and 2005 musical is Georgia Wilkinson the eponymous character’s teacher?


22. What is the name of the dog who has a starring role in the film ‘The Artist’?


23. Which comedian, actor and TV presenter, as at Christmas 2011, has been guest presenter of ‘Have I Got News For You’ a record 19 times but has never been a panellist?


24. In Islamic law, how many wives is a man allowed to have?


25. In which year was the satellite Sputnik 1 launched?

1957 (allow 1956 – 1958)

26. What traditionally did a costermonger sell?

FRUIT & VEGETABLES (accept either)

27. Which American 79 year old film and TV actor appeared recently as Milton in Coronation Street?


28. Which Salford band, founded in 1980, has Shaun Ryder as lead vocalist?


29. What was the name of the Irish political leader born in 1775 and often referred to as ‘The Liberator’?


30. As at January 1st this year, Goodluck Jonathan is the President of which African country?


31. How many US states have a Pacific coastline?

5 (California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii)

32. Which Dutch city’s claim to fame is its pottery as well as being home to the painter Vermeer?


33. An Indian Camelback was sold at auction recently for $72,540. What is it?

A MOTORCYCLE (from 1906 - one of the oldest motorcycles in existence)

34. Who wrote the play ‘Uncle Vanya’?


35. Who is the only Spice Girl never to have had a British number one single as a solo artist?


36. ‘Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right’. Where am I ?

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU (from ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ by Stealers Wheel)

37. Which range of hills extends through the middle of the county of Hereford & Worcester?


38. The highest price ever paid for a work of art is now £158 million when ‘The Card Players’ was sold at auction recently. Who painted it?


39. What culinary term is the Urdu word for bucket?


40. A ban on Stilton cheese being produced in Stilton, Cambridgeshire has been lifted but bizarrely it must be called something else. What will it be called?

BELL BLUE (blue cheese made in the Bell Inn)

41. Which organisation’s logo is a lighted candle surrounded by barbed wire?


42. In vocal jazz, what is the style in which vocal improvisation is made with random syllables or even without words?


43. Which book and film features the characters Atticus Finch and Boo Radley?


44. Which herb, now commonly associated with pizza, derives its name from the Greek for ‘joy of the mountain’?


45. In which Egyptian city were 74 people killed recently after a football match?


46. Which type of cheese with an unappetising name, was brought to international attention by its role in the 2005 Oscar film Wallace & Grommet : The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit?


47. What is the name of the island off the coast of Italy where the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground last month?


48. Until his death 10 days ago, Nigel Doughty was the owner of which Championship football club?


49. Who directed the film Hugo which has received 11 Oscar nominations?


50. Who has directed the two recent Sherlock Holmes movies starring Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock?


51. Which actor has received huge acclaim in the recent TV productions of Sherlock Holmes?


52. Who is the Chief Executive of RBS who, rather reluctantly, gave up his £1 million share bonus recently?


53. Carson City is the capital of which US state?


54. In which European city are the headquarters of OPEC?


55. Who wrote the novel ‘Something Happened’, in which nothing ever did?

JOSEPH HELLER (it was the follow up to Catch 22)

56. Whose poem states that “ the female of the species is more deadly than the male”?

RUDYARD KIPLING (The Female Of The Species)

57. Of which island group is Formentera a part?


58. In which year was the first Premium Bonds draw held?

1957 (allow 1956 – 1958) (the first Bond was sold on November 1st 1956 with the first draw on June 1st 1957)

59. When were Nobel Prizes first awarded?

1901 (accept 1899 – 1903)

60. AltaVista, which closed down in 2011, was an early type of what?


61. Who recently won the 2012 series of Celebrity Big Brother?


62. The 2012 Superbowl was played at the Lucas Oil Stadium in which city?


63. Terry Biddlecombe was a champion in which sport in the 1960s?

HORSERACING (he won the National Hunt Champion Jockey title 3 times)

64. ‘Chimes Of Freedom : The Songs Of Bob Dylan’, released this month, is a 4 cd set of cover versions of Dylan songs issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of what?


65. What name is given to a person who cuts, polishes and engraves precious stones?


66. First appearing on children’s television in 1981, how is Patrick Clifton better known?


67. Until sacked in 612 BC, Nineveh was the capital of which empire?


68. Helena is the capital of which US state?


69. Which former England manager was sacked by Nottingham Forest after just 10 matches in charge at the start of the 2011/12 season?


70. Who is the mother of 5 children called Track, Trig Paxson Van, Bristol Sheeran Marie, Willow and Piper?


71. Who wrote children’s books The Midnight Folk and The Box Of Delights and in 1967 was the last poet buried in Poets Corner?


72. In Manet’s painting ‘Bar At The Folies Bergere’, 2 bottles of which English beer are standing on the bar?


73. Which female American folk singer was the regular singer on the 60s TV programme The Frost Report ?


74. Where in the body are the temporal bones?


75. In which country was the wife of comedian Billy Connolly born?

NEW ZEALAND (Pamela Stephenson was born in New Zealand in 1949 and moved to Australia in 1964)

76. What bird did William Wordsworth refer to as ‘the pilgrim of the sky’?


77. The novels of RD Wingfield were used as the basis of which television detective series which ran from 1992 to 2010 ?

A TOUCH OF FROST (accept Frost)

78. Why was Gary Dobson in the news last month?


79. Which South African tennis player did Boris Becker beat to win his first Wimbledon title in 1985?


80. The only player to have won the FA Cup with both Liverpool and Everton, died on January 1st at the age of 46. What is his name?


81. What did RAF Finningley become in 2005?

ROBIN HOOD AIRPORT (accept Doncaster Airport or Doncaster Sheffield Airport)

82. With whom did Karl Marx write the Communist Manifesto?


83. Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are the 2 front runners for the Republican Presidential nomination. Name either of the other two potential candidates?


84. What is the name of the RAF base on the Moray Firth which was the home of the Nimrod reconnaissance fleet until being closed in 2011?


85. The album “Old Ideas”, released at the end of January, was the first release of new material in over seven years by which 77 year old singer/songwriter?


86. Which navigator is credited with popularising the name Australia where several venues (including a sporting one) and many geographical features are named after him?


87. Who wrote the novel ‘Schindler’s Ark’ which formed the basis of the Spielberg film ‘Schindler’s List’?


88. The Information Commissioners Office which is responsible for both Data Protection and Freedom Of Information in the UK is based in which Cheshire town?


89. Which is the only country to have won at least 1 gold medal at every Summer Olympics?


90. The name of which game can be traced to the winter hoods of French priests which were black on the outside and white on the inside?


91. In Greek mythology, who commanded a group of fierce fighters called the Myrmidons?


92. Which classic ballet tells the story of Odett who is turned into a creature by an evil sorcerer’s curse?


93. Which London Underground line was the first to be built?


94. Which painter gave his name to a type of beard and a type of collar?


95. Which is the smallest of the Canadian provinces?


96. And finally, the token Valentines Day question…..The Saint Valentines Day Massacre took place in 1929 when 7 members of whose gang were murdered?

BUGS MORAN (accept George Moran)


1. What was the subject of both the 18th and 21st Amendments to the US Constitution?

PROHIBITION (they covered the establishment and subsequent repeal)

2. The script of Thuluth, a variety of Islamic calligraphy, is seen on the flag of which country?


3. Nunavut is a territory of which country?


4. What is Hong Kong Phooey’s day job?


5. Ron Flowers was the oldest member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad. For which club did he play for the majority of his career?


6. Which instrument would you associate with bandleader Gene Krupa?


7. If someone from Manchester is a Mancunian, what term is sometimes used for someone from Macclesfield?


8. Why did Jeremy Clarkson get into trouble at the end of November last year?


Thursday, February 09, 2012

February 7th Questions

Specialist Questions

Set by

The Plough Taverners

Rounds are:



Right Royal History

Geography - Cities


The Blues

Arts & Entertainment

A Bit On The Side



In this round you need to provide the title of a film, or book from the description given. All the titles are eponymous with respect, i.e. relate, to the character named in the question.

Example: 1860 novel in which Anne Catherick’s identity is switched with that of an heiress (Answer: The Woman In White).

Q1. 1976 film about ex US marine, Travis Bickle?

A1. Taxi Driver

Q2. 1987 Oscar winning biopic of Aisin-Gioro Puyi?

A2. The Last Emperor

Q3. 1963 book telling the story of loner Frederick Clegg and his criminal life after winning the football pools?

A3. The Collector

Q4. 1980 film about Julian Kaye – a male prostitute framed for murder?

A4. American Gigolo

Q5. 1976 film about the humanoid alien Thomas Jerome Newton and his search for water?

A5. The Man Who Fell To Earth

Q6. 1983 film following the fortunes of Cuban immigrant, Tony Montana?

A6. Scarface

Q7. 1998 film in which animal trainer Tom Booker helps a girl recover from a life threatening accident?

A7. The Horse Whisperer

Q8. 1969 book (& 1981 film) about Sarah Woodruff, a disgraced resident of Lyme Regis?

A8. The French Lieutenant’s Woman


SQ1. UK television documentary series fronted initially by Ruth Watson and latterly by Alex Polizzi?

SA1. The Hotel Inspector

SQ2. US television series about Robert McCall a former secret agent turned vigilante?

SA2. The Equalizer


Q1. Camogie is the female version of which “stick and ball” sport?

A1. Hurling

Q2. The highest average league home attendance in the world is for a team playing which sport?

A2. American Football (Dallas Cowboys Average 87,047 for season 2010-2011)

Q3. Who is the only Belgian to be in an FA Cup winning team?

A3. Vincent Kompany (Manchester City season 2010-2011)

Q4. For muslims, what is controversial about the timing of this year’s Summer Olympics?

A4. They occur during the fasting month of Ramadan

Q5. Kempton Park and Lingfield Park racecourses are in which English county?

A5. Surrey

Q6. In Yachting, how did the America’s Cup get it’s name?

A6. The trophy was (re)named after it’s first winner – the schooner America in 1851. (It had previously been known as The Royal Yacht Squadron’s One Hundred Guinea Cup).

Q7. In 2014 which nation will host the Winter Olympics for the first time?

A7. Russia (Host City of Sochi)

Q8. Which is the only founder member of the Football League (still in existence) that has never won the FA Cup?

A8. Stoke City


SQ1. Who was the last British tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title?

SA1. Virginia Wade (Wimbledon 1977)

SQ2. How many points are awarded for a try in Rugby League?

SA2. Four

Right Royal History

Q1. What service did John Dolland provide to King George III?

A1. He was his optician. (His company eventually became Dolland & Atchison recently purchased by Boots Opticians.)

Q2. Who was the youngest brother of Edward VIII and George VI who died in 1919 aged 13?

A2 Prince John

Q3 Besides being husband and wife, how were Queen Victoria and Prince Albert related?

A3 Cousins

Q4 Which Queen founded the chapel which evolved into St Michael’s Church in Macclesfield?

A4 Eleanor of Castile, (wife of Edward 1) on 25 January 1279

Q5 How is Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall connected to Edward VII?

A5 Her grandmother was his mistress.

Q6 What relation was Kaiser Wilhelm II to Edward VII?

A6 His nephew

Q7 Where were Richard the Lionheart and King John born?

A7 Beaumont Palace, Oxford. (accept either)

Q8 In Scotland, the real King Macbeth (not Shakespeare’s character) 1040-1057 was a contemporary of which English King?

A8 Edward the Confessor


SQ1. During whose reign was England ruled temporarily by two regents, Hubert de Burgh and William the Marshal?

SA1 Henry III ( He was crowned King at the age of nine.)

SQ2 Edward IV fell out with his brother George, Duke of Clarence, who is then murdered. How is it supposed that he died?

SA2 In the Tower, drowned in a butt of malmsey wine.

Geography - Cities

In this round you will be given three clues from which to identify a city. Simply name the city.

Q1 South Rampart Street, Basin Street, Jackson Square.

A1 New Orleans

Q2 Chowpatty Beach, Dhobi Ghats, Taj Hotel.

A2 Mumbai or Bombay

Q3 Promenade des Anglais, Musée Matisse, Baie des Anges.

A3 Nice (France)

Q4 The Malecón, Hotel Nacional, Tropicana Nightclub

A4 Havana, Cuba

Q5 Copacabana, Ipanema, Sugar Loaf mountain

A5 Rio de Janeiro.

Q6 Nanjing Street, The Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

A6 Shanghai

Q7 Beale Street, Union Avenue, W C Handy Park.

A7 Memphis, Tennessee

Q8 Mulholland Drive., Kodak Theatre, Venice Beach

A8 Los Angeles


SQ1 Church of our Lady before Tyn, Charles Bridge, Hradcany Castle

SA1 Prague

SQ2 Unter den Linden, Potsdamer Plaz, Kurfurstendamm.

SA2 Berlin

Science Round

Q1. Which British inventor is credited with inventing the incandescent light bulb?

A1. Sir Joseph Swan

Q2. What common compound is responsible for giving Mars its red appearance?

A2. Rust (Accept Iron Oxide)

Q3. Metrology is the study of what?

A3. Measurement

Q4. Which chemist is credited with producing the first periodic table of elements in 1869?

A4. Dmitri Mendeleev

Q5. Which element with atomic number 13 is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust?

A5. Aluminium (approximately 8.1%)

Q6. What was the nationality of the famous astronomer Edwin Hubble?

A6. American (ie USA citizen)

Q7. Give a year in the life of Gregor Mendel, the father of the science of genetics?

A7. 1822-1884

Q8. Which “ology” is the scientific study of caves?

A8. Speleology


S1. Which physicist is regarded as the founder of “quantum theory”?

S1. Max Planck

S2. The heart drug Digoxin is extracted from which plant?

S2. Foxglove (Accept Digitalis)

The Blues

In this round either the question or the answer have a reference to “blue”

Q1 How is the “Memphis Blues Boy” more commonly known?

A1 B. B. King

Q2 What did “Dolly Blue” do to your washing?

A2 It made it appear whiter.

Q3 Which country’s national football team are called Azzurri?

A3 Italy (azzurri – Italian for light blue)

Q4 How was the blues singer born Jamesetta Hawkins who died recently better known?

A4 Etta James

Q5 Which copying process was invented In 1861 by Alphonse Louis Poitevin?

A5 Blueprints

Q6 In publishing, a blue pencil is traditionally used by whom?

A6 Editors (or sub editors)

Q7 What did Josiah Wedgwood call the colour of his first kind of Jasperware?

A7 Portland Blue

Q8 What kind of blue is the colour of Ferric ferrocyanide first synthesised Diesbach around 1706?

A8 Prussian Blue


SQ1 How are the Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons of the Household Cavalry also known?

SA1 The Blues and Royals

SQ2 Who wrote and performed on what is probably the best selling jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue?

SA2 Miles Davis

Arts & Entertainment

Q1. Which author wrote The Foundation Series and developed three laws of robotics?

A1. Isaac Asimov

Q2. Which Roman poet, who was banished by Augustus, wrote The Metamorphoses?

A2 Ovid (Pubilus Ovidius Naso)

Q3. Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossoff, Andy Fraser and Simon Kirke were the founder members of which rock band?

A3 Free

Q4. Who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films?

A4 Mark Hamill

Q5. What was the name of Tintin’s dog?

A5 Snowy (or Milou in the French version)

Q6. Which London-born singer asked Da Ya Think I’m Sexy in 1978?

A6 Rod Stewart

Q7. Dashiell Hammett created which detective, who first appeared in The Maltese Falcon and was played on-screen by Humphrey Bogart?

A7 Sam Spade

Q8. Which actress was married to Humphrey Bogart from 1945 until his death?

A8 Lauren Bacall


SQ1. Dame Barbara Hepworth was a noted 20th century British figure in which of the arts?

SA1 Sculpture

SQ2. Dermot Morgan played which eponymous television comedy character?

SA2 Father Ted

SQ3. Which sitcom was a spin-off from Man About the House?

SA3 George and Mildred

SQ4. Who played Fontaine Khaled in The Stud and the Bitch?

SA4 Joan Collins


You will be given the name and description of women in history who were mistresses – you just have to name their famous lovers.

Q1 The Polish Countess, Marie Walewski, was a blonde beauty with an outstanding presence that completely conquered the heart of one of the most powerful men in history. Maria was born into a wealthy noble family in Kiernozia.

A1 Napoleon Bonaparte

Q2 Frances Stevenson was born in London. She was educated at Clapham High School and Royal Holloway College, where she graduated with a Classics degree. She was hired as a governess for her future lover’s youngest daughter Megan when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer.

A2 David Lloyd George

Q3 Famous courtesan and outstanding personality, Madame de Pompadour, was intelligent, beautiful, and refined. She spent her younger childhood at the Ursuline convent in Poissy where she received a good education and was known as Reinette to her friends.

A3 King Louis XV of France

Q4 Eleanor "Nell" Gwynne was called "pretty, witty Nell" by Samuel Pepys, she has been regarded as a living embodiment of the spirit of Restoration England and has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella.

A4 King Charles II

Q5 Emma, Lady Hamilton, was the muse of George Romney. She was born Amy Lyon in Ness near Neston, Cheshire, England, the daughter of a blacksmith, Henry Lyon, who died when she was two months old.

A5 Admiral Lord Nelson

Q6 Sara Keays is the former mistress and personal secretary of a British Conservative politician. Her public revelation of her pregnancy and of their twelve-year long affair, when she realised that her lover would neither marry her nor help her become an MP, led to his resignation.

A6 Cecil Parkinson

Q7 Before Ellen Ternan disappeared into her lover’s life and custody, she was highly visible: she had been an actress. She was the youngest of three sisters who were the third generation of theatre folk; her family had trouped with the great from the days of Mrs. Siddons.

A7 Charles Dickens

Q8. American waitress Jaimee Grubbs, a Los Angeles cocktail waitress, claimed she and her lover carried on a torrid 31-month affair - and that she has photos and 300 "racy" text messages to prove it.

A8 Golfer Tiger Woods


SQ1. Eva Anna Paula Braun was a longtime companion and, for less than 40 hours, a wife. Braun met her lover in Munich when she was 17 years old, while she was working as an assistant and model for his personal photographer.

SA1 Adolf Hitler

SQ2 Rosamund Clifford, often called "The Fair Rosamund", was famed for her beauty and was the daughter of the marcher Lord Walter de Clifford and his wife Margaret Isobel de Tosny.

SA2. King Henry II



1. Who is the Home Secretary?


2. Who is the Immigration Minister?


3. Where was HMS Royal Oak sunk?


4. Which was the first airline to use Boeing's 787 airliner? ALL NIPPON AIRLINES

5. Whose aircraft engines are named after rivers?


6. Who wrote A Clockwork Orange?


7. Which Dickens novel contains the line "The children of the very poor are not brought up, but dragged up"?


8. Which Dickens novel contains the line "Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess"?


9. Who was the last Viceroy of India?


10. Who was the last Emperor of India?


11. Calcium Carbonate is the main constituent of which rock?


12. Granite is a type of which rock?


13. Who conducted the 2011 Last Night of the Proms? EDWARD GARDNER

14. Who bought the chocolate firm Cadbury in 2010? KRAFT FOODS

15. Where are Rolls Royce cars made?


16. Which is the newest Oxford college; formed in 2008? GREEN TEMPLETON

17. Who is generally regarded as Britain's first Prime Minister?


18. Who succeeded Henry VIII?


19. Who produced the "Light Nancy" and the "Three Peaks" beers?


20. Where is the Bruce Arms in Macclesfield? CROMPTON ROAD

21. In which children's TV programme would you find Upsy Daisy?


22. In which children' TV programme was there a cleaning lady called Mrs Scrubbit?


23. TWANG, a Lionel Bart musical was about which hero?


24. Which musical film has characters called Nathan Detroit and Nicely Nicely?


25. Mother Carey's chicken is what type of bird?


26. What does a Buck Rarebit have that a Welsh Rarebit doesn't?


27. In which hotel was the Singapore Sling allegedly "invented"?


28. Who was the first Briton to walk in space?


29. Who made Number 1 with Spaceman?


30. Onto which road did a British Midlands plane crash in 1989?


31. Who referred to his wife as "She who must be obeyed"? RUMPOLE

32. Who referred to his wife as 'Er indoors"?


33. What is the title of the only surviving Mitford sister? Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

34. What is the name of the Cheshire seat of the Duke of Westminster?


35. What was the name of Hoppalong Cassidy's horse? TOPPER

36. What was the name of the track used for horse races in Roman times called?


37. Stamps with the name Suomi come from which country? FINLAND

38. Stamps with the name Sverge come from which country?


39. In which group of Islands is Corfu?


40. Which canal joins the Adriatic with the Mediterranean?

CORINTH This is wrong – it connects the Aegean to the Gulf of Corinth

41. What was the title of the sixth Harry Potter book? HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

42. What was the name of the bank in the Harry Potter books?


43. Where in the body would you find the sylvian fissure? THE BRAIN

44. Which organs of the body are affected by Bright's Disease?


45. In Enid Blyton Secret Seven Books, what is the name of the dog?


46. What was the name of Dennis the Menace's pet pig? RASHER

47. Cheyenne is the capital of which state in the USA? WYOMING

48. Annapolis is the capital of which state in the USA? MARYLAND

49. Who seduced Europa in the guise of a bull?


50. Who was the Roman Goddess of Wisdom?


51. Which word can mean a sailing vessel and a drinking glass?


52. Which word can mean a type of shoe and a poisonous snake?


53. In which country would you find the National Parks of Fundy and Jasper?


54. In which country are the Troodos mountains? CYPRUS

55. Which king had a horse called White Surrey? RICHARD III

56. Who succeeded Charles de Gaulle as president of France in 1969?


57. What is the main use for calcium nitrate? FERTILISER

58. Which acid is found in stinging nettles?


59. Who set Edith Sitwell's poem Facade, to music? WILLIAM WALTON

60. Who wrote the opera the Bartered Bride?


61. Which British hospital has the ability to stage a full athletics meeting?


62. In motor racing, what does a yellow flag indicate to the drivers?


63. Arnold Ridley (Private Godfrey) in Dad's Army wrote the play The Ghost Train after being stranded at a railway station — what is the name of the station?


64. In the TV comedy The Vicar of Dibley who did the verger, Alice Tinker marry?


65. What is the Aborigine word for Ayer's Rock? ULURU

66. Which Derbyshire town is overlooked by Riber Castle?


67. On which Island was Napoleon born?


68. Who was the mother of Solomon?


69. Who was the sister of Moses?


70. What was the name of the ship whose crew were rescued by Grace Darling?


71. Which Samuel Becket play features a master who cannot stand up and a servant who cannot sit down?


72. Michaelangelo's statue of David is housed in which city?


73. What is the more common name for the skin complaint miliaria?


74. Rome is the capital city of which region of Italy? LAZIO

75. The Hunter Valley is a famous wine producing region in which country?


76. Robert Plant was the lead singer in which British rock band? LED ZEPPLIN

77. The British competitor Tommy Simpson was a leading name in which sport in the 1960's?


78. 0131 is the dialling code for which British city? BIRMIN GHAM This is incorrect, Birmingham is 0121 Edinburgh is 0131

79. James Moir is the real name of which comedian?


80. What is the name of the man who shot Lee Harvey Oswald?


81. Russia and which other country share a border with Estonia?


82. Which TV presenter founded the charity Childline in 1986?


83. John Balliol was the king of which country in the 13th century?


84. Who wrote the novel Middlemarch?


85. George Eliot was the pen name of which author? MARY ANN EVANS

86. Which Scottish monarch was killed at the Battle of Flodden in 1513?


87. The Zambesi river flows into which ocean


88. The phrase "Sewards Folly" refers to the U.S.A. 1867 purchase of which land?


89. In the human body the Pinna is a part of which sensory organ?


90. In the 1925 film The Gold Rush, Charlie Chaplin ate which item of clothing?


91. Fado is a type of melancholy folk music associated with which country?


92. In what year were tins of baked beans commercially introduced into the UK?


93. In which country is the Zandvoort motor racing circuit?


94. The pod of the carob tree is used as a substitute for which food?


95. Who was the manager of Celtic F.0 in 1967 when they became the first British club to win the European Cup?


96. If you were born on 11 November, what would your star sign be? SCORPIO


What year did Britain go fully decimal?

1971 (NO LEEWAY)

In which year were the Olympic Games first televised? 1936

What is the capital of Taiwan?


Which singer is known as the Queen of Soul?


What is the world's third most spoken language? HINDUSTANI

How was Ghana known before independence?


Wednesday, February 01, 2012

31st January Cup and Plate Quarter Finals

Questions set by:-

Cock-A-2 (1 – 60)

Ox-fford (61-120)

1) At the Beijing Olympics there were two events open only to men. One was boxing, what was the other?


2) Which is the only US state to border Maine?


3) Name either of the creators of the internet encyclopaedia Wikipedia?


4) In the Book of Genesis, who is described as “a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time”?


5) In which decade of the 17th century was the Bank of England established?

1690s (1694 in fact)

6) The Securitate was the secret police service of which European country?


7) Which American humorist wrote “Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses”?


8) Benjamin Britten’s composition A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra is based on a tune by which composer?


9) The Mannerheim Line was a defensive structure erected by which country against an attack by the Soviet Union?


10) Established in 1866, which distillery draws its water from a spring in Lynchburg, Tennessee?


11) Used in the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody, what Arabic term means “In the name of God”?


12) Which English king was deposed by his first cousin, who became Henry IV?


13) The ancient kingdom of Sheba, whose Queen visited Solomon, is part of which present day country?


14) Which African national football team is known as the “Super Eagles”?


15) Which British economist married the ballerina Lydia Lopokova in 1925?


16) Which word from the NATO alphabet appears in the title of a book by E M Forster?

INDIA (from A Passage to India)

17) On which holiday island is the resort of Porto Cervo and the Costa



18) The Ritz in London has not surprisingly recently been voted the nation’s top choice for afternoon tea, but where in Cheshire was voted in the top ten?

CREWE HALL (at number 8)

19) Who organised the Irish Parliamentary Party, said to be the first professionally organised political party, in 1882?


20) The Alliance and Leicester Bank is now part of which banking group?


21) In what month will the Spring Bank Holiday be held in 2012?

JUNE (on the 4th, immediately before the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday on the 5th)

22) Kim Jong-Il, the dictator of North Korea died in December 2011. Who was his predecessor as dictator of the country?


23) In which county is Lulworth Cove?


24) Who is currently starring as the Wizard of Oz at the Palladium theatre London?


25) During 2011 what caused the BBC News website to have the largest volume of web traffic in its history at 16 million hits?


26) Only one group which included a mother and son has achieved a UK number one hit? Which group?


27) The Liver Building and Port of Liverpool Building form 2 of the three graces on the Liverpool waterfront. What is the third building?


28) Who wrote the play “An Inspector calls”?


29) Where would you normally see “votive lights”?

IN A CHURCH (The proper name for the candles lit by people in support of prayers)

30) What was the family name for the inhabitants of Dunham Massey from the early 1400s onwards?


31) Which sign of the zodiac is not a living creature?

LIBRA (the scales)

32) Which stories featured Sir Thopas, Manciple and the Canon’s Yeoman?


33) What are Doomstead, Skinfaxi and Sleipnir?


34) In the Victorian language of flowers, what does a white rose signify?


35) Who said “Pile it high, sell it cheap”?

SIR JACK COHEN (the founder of Tesco)

36) The soup Cullen Skink is made from onion, potatoes and which fish?


37) What is the name of the largest group of baleen whales, which includes the humpback whale and the blue whale?


38) Which document famously contains the following words…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.


39) In the famous 1959 film, what is Ben Hur’s first name?


40) Hed Kandi, Def Jam South and Captains of Industry are all examples of what?


41) What is the main ingredient of guacamole?


42) There are two 10 letter words in the English language of 10 letters which both start and end with “th”. Give either.


43) If a recipe calls for 100 grams of an ingredient, what is that in ounces?

4 (no leeway!)

44) In which county is Runnymede?


45) In law what is embracery?


46) Vectis was the Roman name for where?


47) Which horse won the King George VI chase on Boxing Day 2011?


48) Eddie Cochran was killed in a car crash in April 1960. Which other rock star was badly injured in the same crash?


49) Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper were killed in the same plane crash in February 1959. Which other rock star died with them?


50) The Mousetrap is the longest continuous running play ever, but in what year did it open in London?

1952 (no leeway as 60th anniversary year)

51) Who was the Greek Goddess of Revenge?


52) In Hamlet whose grave was being dug when Yorick’s skull was found?


53) Who starred as Tom Thumb in the 1958 film of the same name?


54) How long in miles is the Great Barrier Reef?

1600 MILES (ACCEPT 1500 - 1700)

55) In which fictional town does Inspector Wexford live and work?


56) Orenthal was the Christian name of which defendant in a famous trial of the 1990’s?


57) In which province of Ireland is Dublin situated?


58) On which river does Bordeaux stand?


59) In which town was Colonel Ghaddafi captured?


60) A Shamouti is a variety of which fruit?

ORANGE (a Jaffa orange)


Q In America, what is known as the “shrine of democracy”?

A Mount Rushmore

62 Q What is the main ingredient of the dish hummus?

A Chickpeas

63 Q The Persian phrase meaning “The King is helpless” has given us which word or phrase commonly used in English?

A Checkmate (Shāh Māt)

64 Q On which island is Duart Castle?

A Mull

65 Q Which disease gets its name from the Greek word for coal?

A Anthrax (hence anthracite: because of the black lesions it causes)

66 Q What is the name of the world’s tallest road bridge, over which the motorway from Paris to the Spanish border passes?

A Millau Viaduct

67 Q What was the name of the sect involved in the Waco massacre in Texas in 1993?

A Branch Davidian

68 Q In the film Interview with the Vampire, which actor plays the vampire who is interviewed?

A Brad Pitt (not Tom Cruise, who plays Lestadt, the main character)

69 Q According to the book of Genesis, who first bought Joseph as a slave in Egypt?

A Potiphar

70 Q In the song the Devil Went Down To Georgia, in what type of contest did the devil compete in order to win souls?

A Fiddle-playing

71 Q Which song was the Labour Party’s theme in its Election campaign of 1997?

A Things can only get better

72 Q Which fictional Victorian scoundrel did George MacDonald Fraser re-create as an anti-hero?

A Flashman

73 Q What is the title of Eric Idle’s hit musical play, based on the film Monty Python & the Holy Grail?

A Spamalot

74 Q Who was the lead guitarist of The Smiths, and co-operated with Morrissey in writing most of their songs?

A Johnny Marr

75 Q Which British band had its first top ten hit in 1999 with Why does it always rain on me?

A Travis

76 Q What substance is formed (along with water) by adding an alkali to an acid?

A A salt

77 Q By what name was the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan known between 1922 and 1946?

A Transjordan

78 Q Joe Louis only lost 2 professional fights – one was to Rocky Marciano, against who was his other defeat?

A Max Schmelling

79 Q Who is the only woman to have been French Prime Minister?

A Edith Cresson

80 Q In which novel set in the near future is there a country called Gilead, roughly where New England now is?

A The Handmaid’s Tale (by Margaret Atwood)

81 Q Which town was Captain James Cook’s birthplace in 1728?

A Middlesbrough

82 Q To listen to whom did 180,000 people pack into Wembley Stadium in 1954?

A   Billy Graham

83 Q What is the prize for Best Film at the Berlin film festival?

A Golden Bear

84 Q What is the full name of Rupert Bear’s elephant chum?

A Edward Trunk

85 Q In which country is A Midsummer Night’s Dream set?

A Greece (mainly in a wood near Athens)

86 Q Who or what is a gricer?

A Trainspotter

87 Q Who wrote the novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin?

A Louis de Bernieres

88 Q Which fictional character had female companions called Cathy, Emma and Tara?

A John Steed (from The Avengers)

89 Q In which castle did the Duke of Wellington die?

A Walmer Castle (Kent)

90 Q Which cyclist, born in Belgium with an Australian father, won gold, silver and bronze medals for Britain in the Athens Olympics?

A Bradley Wiggins

91 Q Of which other actress was Bette Davis speaking when she said “she’s screwed everyone at MGM except Lassie”?

A Joan Crawford

92 Q Which African country was formerly known as French Sudan?

A Mali

93 Q Gregorian and Schmidt are varieties of which type of instrument?

A Telescope

94 Q By what name is the Russian Wolfhound also known?

A Borzoi

95 Q In which English cathedral are the bones of King Canute?

A Winchester

96 Q The Book of Changes, one of the 5 classics of Confucianism, is better known by what Chinese name?

A I Ching

97 Q Four colours of ball are used in squash. Apart from the skill levels of the players involved, what determines which colour is used?

A The Temperature / Atmospheric Conditions

98 Q In which European capital city did Slobodan Milosevic die?

A The Hague

99 Q Which best-selling novel, first published in 2003, took its title from the Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze?

A  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (by Mark Haddon)

100 Q In which castle was Edward II murdered in 1327?

A Berkeley

101 Q What is the name of the dish made from anchovies and eggs on toast?

A Scotch Woodcock

102 Q By what name was the state of Tuvalu known until 1976?

A Ellice Islands

103 Q  what is the capital city of the Indian state of Kashmir?

A Srinagar

104 Q Of which actress did Groucho Marx say “I knew her before she became a virgin”?

A Doris Day

105 Q Which fictional character’s last words were “Floreat Etona”?

A Captain Hook

106 Q Which US tennis player was the first to win the Grand Slam?

A Donald Budge

107 Q For which club did Paul Gascoigne sign for £5.5 million from Tottenham in the 1991-2 season?

A Lazio

108 Q In which body of water did the Mary Rose sink?

A The Solent (or Portsmouth harbour)

109 Q Who will be the captain of this year’s American Ryder Cup team?

A Davis Love III (Accept Davis Love)

110 Q On which racecourse is the Kentucky Derby run?

A Churchill Downs

111 Q Which Brighton hotel was bombed during the Tory Party Conference?

A The Grand

112 Q What was the name of Yogi Bear’s sweetheart?

A Cindy Bear

113 Q Who built the first British motor car but was beaten to the market by Daimler?

A Frederick William Lanchester

114 Q In Douglas Adams’ Hitch Hiker “trilogy”, who is the only other surviving human being apart from Arthur Dent?

A Trillian (Trisha Marie McMillan) – played in the TV series by Sandra Dickinson

115 Q Willie Loman is the name of the title character in which play?

A Death of a salesman

116 Q Who was the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time of Edward VIII’s abdication?

A Cosmo Gordon Lang

117 Q Which group had hit albums called ‘Picture Book’ and ‘Men & Women’?

A Simply Red

118 Q What does the T stand for in James T. Kirk?

A Tiberius

119 Q Which 20th century statesman was born Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm?

A Willy Brandt

120 Q Which 1989 film starred Richard Pryor as a blind man and Gene Wilder as a deaf man?

A See no evil, hear no evil


1. Who was the head of Polly Peck International when it crashed in 1991?


2. What is the highest mountain in South America?


3. By what name do we now know the city known by the Romans as Vindobona?


4. Who was the first Australian golfer to win the US Open?


5. To which family of plants does the apple tree belong?



What was the attendance at the third round FA Cup replay between Bolton and Macclesfield Town held on 17 January 2012?