Thursday, March 08, 2012

6 March Questions

 

All questions set by the Cock-A-Twos

SPECIALIST

 

SCIENCE

1) An infectious agent that causes disease in its human, animal or plant host is known as what?

Pathogen

2) What was the record time in which Concorde flew between New York and London?

2 hr 53 minutes - allow 10 mins either way

3) Border, Leicester and Corriedale are types of which animal?
Sheep

4) What is the name for the lower jawbone on vertebrate animals?
Mandible

5) Who is the main presenter of the TV programme The Sky at Night?
Patrick Moore

6) Who first demonstrated the use of (and got patents for) dynamite in 1867?
Alfred Nobel

7) In which decade did the Medical Research Council first publish a report indicating the perils of smoking?

1950's

8) Which popular BBC TV science programme started in 1965?
Tomorrow's World

Supplementaries

1 What has the chemical symbol Sn?
Tin

2 What is the scientific name for the study of substances and/or the science of
matter?

Chemistry

SPORT

1) How many times is the water jump negotiated in the men's 3000 metres steeplechase race?

7

2) How many teams are playing in the rugby Super League this season?
14

3) Who was the captain of the victorious All Blacks at the 2011 Rugby World Cup?
Richie Macaw

4) Where will the 2012 British Open Golf Championship be held?
Royal Lytham and St Anne's course (accept Lytham)

5) Which country staged its first Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2011?
India

6) Who is the main BBC radio horse racing correspondent?
Cornelius Lysaght

7) Where are the medals for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games being made?
The Royal Mint in Llantrissant (accept Royal Mint)

8) Who is the current Wimbledon Ladies Singles Tennis Champion?
Pefra Kvitova

Supplementaries

As of Feb 2012, which team has won the Football League Cup (under its various names) on the most occasions?

Liverpool

Who is the captain of the England cricket T20 team?

Stuart Broad

HISTORY

1 Which English king did Caroline of Brunswick marry?
George IV

2 Which Liberal MP referred to Margaret Thatcher as "Attila the Hen"?
Clement Freud

3 In 1095, which Pope declared the First Crusade?
Pope Urban II

4 In which year was The South Sea Bubble?
1720 (accept 1715-1725)

5 Give a year in the reign of William IV
1830-37

6 Of fa's Dyke is thought to date from which century?
Eighth century AD (approximately 757 to 796)

7 In which abbey is William I (the Conqueror) buried?
Caen

8 In which year did the Acts of Union signed with Scotland come into force?
1707 (accept 1705 -1709)

SUPPLEMENTARY

9 To which king is Falmouth Parish Church dedicated?

Charles 1st (The Church of King Charles the Martyr or St. Charles Stuart)

10 Which British Prime Minister is reputed to have confided to a predecessor "When I am shaving in the morning, I say to myself, "If I were a young man, I would emigrate", though he admitted that he did not know to where.

= James Callaghan

NUMBERS

A round in which all the questions or answers contain a number.

1 Sanguine, Melancholic, Choleric and Lethargic are known as the 4 what?
= Temperaments or Humours

2 Who wore the number 21 in the 1966 England World Cup winning team?
Roger Hunt

3 In the carol, The 12 Days of Christmas, what is given on day 10?
Lords a-leaping

4 How many "Pillars of Islam" are there?

3

5 Which composer's works have BWV numbers?
J S Bach

6 For how many days was Brian Clough the manager at Leeds United?
44

7 According to the nursery rhyme, how many blackbirds were baked in the pie?
24

8 What is the number of Mozart s last symphony?
41

Supplementaries

9 Faith, Hope and Charity are 3 of how many Christian virtues?
7

10 Which number was the Apollo mission which landed a man on the moon?
11

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

1. Which playwright and poet, author of Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba was shot by a right-wing firing squad early in the Spanish Civil War?

Federico Garcia Lorca (accept Lorca)

2. On which TV Quiz programme do you frequently hear the voice of Roger Tilling?
University Challenge

3. Clint East wood won his first Oscar as a director in 1992 for which film Western in which he also starred?

Unforgiven

4. The Devil's Tower, a 264metre tall rock in Wyoming features prominently in which Steven Speilberg film?

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

5. Who wrote the poem which begins “I met a traveller from an antique land'?
Percy Bysshe Shelley (accept Shelley)

6. The actor who played Matt Dillon in a long running TV Western series died in 2011 - what is his name?

James Arness

7. Who wrote the plays Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita?
Willy Russell

8. Which Tracy Chevalier novel, later made into a film, is a fictional portrayal of Vermeer and the model in one of his paintings?

The Girl with the Pearl Earring

SUPPLEMENTARIES

1) Who started his entertainment career as The Joan Collins Fan Club

Julian Clary

(2) The writer Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, was born in which city?

Manchester

MUSIC MISCELLANY

1. In Elgar's Enigma Variations how many variations are there?
14

2. In which European city was the world's first public Opera House opened in 1637?
Venice

3. Which Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is based on a novella by Gaston Laroux?
The Phantom of the Opera

4. Eric Clapton first recorded the hit record 'Layla' with which rock group?
Derek & the Dominoes

5. Which stage musical features the song 'The Impossible Dream'?
Man of La Mancha

6. Johnny Preston, who died in March 2011, had a hit single which reached Number 1 in Britain in 1960. What was it called?

Running Bear

7. Complete the title of the 1965 one hit wonder for American country music singer Little Jimmy Dickens 'May the bird of paradise.............. '.

Fly up your nose

8. The first line of which song is 'You walked into the party like you were walking on to a yacht'?

You're So Vain

SUPPLEMENTARIES

[a] Who wrote the orchestral piece 'The Sorcerers Apprentice'?
Paul Dukas (accept Dukas)

[b] Which opera includes the aria 'La Donna et Mobile?
Rigoletto

GEOGRAPHY

1) You've just taken your barge through the Bingley Five Rise Locks in Yorkshire. What canal are you on?

LEEDS & LIVERPOOL

2) You've just broken the World Land Speed Record at Bonneville Salt Flats. What US state are you in?

UTAH

3) You've just crossed the Nullabor Plain on the Indian Pacific train. What country are you in?

AUSTRALIA

4) You've just tobogganed down the Cresta Run. What Swiss resort are you in?
ST MORITZ

5) You've just sailed your yacht into the port of Messina. Which island are you on?
SICILY

6) You've just landed your Learjet in Venice. What is the name of the airport are you in?
MARCO POLO

7) You've just been shipwrecked on Easter Island. What ocean are you in?
PACIFIC

8) You've just slung your Formula 1 racing car round Copse Corner in the British Grand Prix. What racing circuit are you on?

SILVERSTONE

SUPPLEMENTARIES

9) You've just climbed the Old Man of Hoy. What island group are you in?
ORKNEYS

10) You've just eaten a meal in a restaurant in the Ginza. What city are you in?

TOKYO

THE WILD, WILD WEST

1) On April 3rd 1860 the Pony Express was inaugurated, running some 2,000 miles from St Joseph in Missouri to which west coast destination (now a US state capital)?

SACRAMENTO

2) The lives of the Texas cattlemen Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving were dramatised in which 1989 TV series (featuring Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall)?

LONESOME DOVE

3) In which Arizona territory town did the Gunfight at the OK Corral take place?
TOMBSTONE

4) There were three Earp brothers who took part in the famous gunfight. Wyatt was one – name either of the other two

MORGAN or VIRGIL

5) Whilst holding a pair of aces and eights, which gunman and gambler was shot in the back of the head during a poker game in Nuttall's saloon in Deadwood in 1876?

WILD BILL HICKOK

6) Bob Ford achieved notoriety on the 3rd April 1882, when he shot and killed which wanted outlaw in the back?

JESSE JAMES

7) Famed for her ability to shoot a cigarette from a man's mouth, which female star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show was known as "Little Miss Sureshot"?

ANNIE OAKLEY

8) Schoolteacher Etta Place accompanied which famous outlaws on their South American adventure in 1901?

BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID

SUPPLEMENTARIES

1) Who commanded the defence of the Alamo mission against Mexican troops led by Santa
Anna in 1836?

Lt. Colonel William TRAVIS (accept TRAVIS)

2) Which Justice of the Peace and saloon keeper said: "I am the law west of the
Pecos"?

JUDGE ROY BEAN

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

1. Starting stalls were introduced in this country in 1965 at which racecourse?
NEWMARKET

2. The song 'Anything you can do' comes from which film and show?
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

3. The designer perfume 'Poison' is a product of which fashion house?
DIOR

4. Which bird, the largest in the Grouse family was hunted to extinction in the UK in the 18th Century before being re-introduced approximately 100 years later?

CAPERCALLIE

5. The Pet Shop Boys comprise Chris Lowe and who else?
NEIL TENNANT

6. The last words of which fictional character were 'thus with a kiss I die'?

ROMEO

7. in which country is Dalaman Airport?
TURKEY

8. What is the county town of Derbyshire?
MATLOCK

9. The entertainer George Formby died on this day (6 March) in 1961. How old was he?
56 (accept 54 - 58)

10. The 'Dove' range of beauty products is made by which company?
UNILEVER

11. In Crown Green Bowls, what is the minimum distance in metres that the jack must travel for it to be a legal mark?

19 (accept 18,19,20)

12. Which football team does Stephen Fry support?
NORWICH


14. Who is the current principal conductor of the Halle Orchestra? MARK ELDER

15. Who plays Bridget Jones in the films containing that character?
RENE ZELL WEGER

16. What is the proper name for the building which houses the Hilton Hotel and residential
accommodation on Deansgate, Manchester?

THE BEETHAM TOWER

17. The Spanish name of which Mexican state translates as 'true cross'?
VERA CRUZ

18. On which Beatles album is the song 'When I'm Sixty Four'?
SGT. PEPPER'S LONEL YHEARTS CLUB BAND

19. On which river does Carlisle stand?
THE EDEN

20. Which English sea captain and navigator was buried at sea in a lead coffin off
Portobello in the Spanish Main on 28 January 1596?

SIR FRANCIS DRAKE

21. In 1956 of which city did Nikita Khrushchev say 'when I want to make the West scream, that's where I squeeze?

BERLIN

22. Which writer created the clerical detective 'Father Brown'?
G.K CHESTERTON

23. Located about 130 kilometres north-east of Paris, which cathedral was the traditional site for the crowning of kings of France?

REIMS

24. In which county is Sedgemoor, site of the last battle fought on English soil in 1685?
SOMERSET

25. Only two people have been executed in Israel since the founding of the State. One was a soldier shot by firing squad for treason. Who was the other one?

ADOLPH EICHMANN

26. Which current EU State declared its independence from the Netherlands in 1830?
BELGIUM


27. What is the capital of Mongolia?
ULAN BATOR

28. In which sport is the Bowring Bowl awarded?
RUGBY UNION (to the winners of the annual Varsity match)

29. Which city was the capital of the U.S.A. immediately before Washington DC?
PHILADELPHIA

30. What does the internet, email and text abbreviation HAND stand for?
HAVE A NICE DAY

31. Which playwright wrote Barefoot in the Park and Biloxi Blues?
NEIL SIMON

32. On this day (6 March) in 1988,3 members of the IRA were shot by U.K. security
forces. Where were they?

GIBRALTAR

33. For how many years did prohibition last in the United States?

14 YEARS (16 January 1919-5 December 1933) accept 13, 14 or 15 yrs)

34. Who is the Shadow Home Secretary?
YVETTE COOPER

35. Who is Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change?
ED DA VEY (who replaced Chris Huhne)

36. How many countries border on to the Caspian Sea?

5 (Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan)

37. What is the title of the seventh and final book in the Chronicles of Narnia?
THE LAST BATTLE

38. In which English river is there a small island named Eel Pie Island?
RIVER THAMES

39. Which pair of flyers landed in Galway in Ireland after their historic transatlantic flight in 1919?

ALCOCK& BROWN


40. The Stasi were the Secret Police of which European country?
EAST GERMANY

41. Two books in the Old Testament of the Bible begin with the letter P, one is Proverbs what is the other.

PSALMS

42. Which central Manchester religious building celebrates its tri-centennial later this year?

ST. ANN'S CHURCH

43. Who replaced John Nettles in 2011 as a different DCI. Barnaby in 'Midsomer Murders'?

NEIL DUDGEON

44. Who presents the TV game show 'The Cube'?
PHILIP SCHOFIELD

45. If you were in Plettenberg Bay or the Tsitsikamma National Park, in which country would you be?

SOUTHAFRICA

46. The Manzaneres River flows through which European capital city?
MADRID

47. The first King of Corinth was punished in the Underworld by being forced to perpetually push a rock to the top of a hill. What was his name?

SYSIPHUS

48. Who is the choirmaster of the TV series 'The Choir'?
GARETHMALONE

49. Which Cheshire wildlife artist born in 1901 in Langley, Nr. Macclesfield, illustrated Henry Williamson's book 'Tarka the Otter'?

CHARLES TUNNICLIFFE

50. The Prime Minister David Cameron has two middle names. Give either.
WILLIAM OR DONALD

51. What or where on the Isle of Anglesey was named from the French for 'beautiful marsh'?

BEAUMARIS


52. Which singer accompanied Shane McGowan and The Pogues on 'Fairytale of New York?

KIRSTY McCOLL

53. Who is married to Wilnelia, who was crowned Miss World in 1975?
BRUCE FORSYTH

54. What is the title of Max Ehrmann's poem which begins ' Go placidly amid the noise and haste'?

DESIDERATA

55. Which English stately home in Hertfordshire, completed in 1611 was built for Robert Cecil 1st Earl of Salisbury?

HA TFIELD HOUSE

56. Who played the lead role, an astronaut called Taylor in the 1968 film (the original version) of Planet of the Apes?

CHARLTON HESTON

57. The Leaning Tower of Pisa was constructed over a period of 177 years - give any year in that period.

1173-1350

58. The first McDonald's restaurant in the UK opened in South London in what year?

1974 (accept 1973 - 1975)

59. " I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair" is a song from which Musical?
SOUTHPACIFIC

60. Saskatoon is the largest city in which Canadian province?
SASKATCHEWAN

61. During her husband's presidential campaign of 1945, who addressed the masses as Los
Descamidos or 'shirtless ones'?

EVA PERON

62. What is the name of the lead character in J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye?
Both names required.

HOLDEN CAULFIELD

63. What surname links an English poet and author born in 1840 and the captain of HMS Victory at Trafalgar?

HARDY

64. Which South Carolina city has the same name as a 1920's dance?
CHARLESTON

65. In which of Shakespeare's plays is the following quotation 'This above all, to thine own self be true'?

HAMLET

66. In which book is the following quotation 'Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die'?

THE BIBLE

67. Who won the Best Actor Oscar at the 2012 Oscars ceremony?
JEAN DUJARDIN

68. 'Break a leg', the traditional good luck message to actors, originates from which istorical figure who also has a connection with the theatre, particularly in the mid 1860's.

JOHN WILKES BOOTH (who broke a leg trying to escape)

69. Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler - name either of the missing two.
PHOEBE, JOEY (Friends)

70. In which ocean or sea are the Turks and Caicos Islands?
THE CARIBBEAN SEA

71. Which oil rig was destroyed in July 1988 claiming 167 lives, the worst accident to hit the British oil industry?

PIPER ALPHA

72. What measurement of length in the U.K. is defined as a tenth of a nautical mile?
A CABLE

73. Which old Spanish coin was worth two pistolas?
A DOUBLOON

74. Linus Pauling is the only man to have won two Nobel prizes in different disciplines - one was Peace, what was the other?

CHEMISTRY

75. The Lindy Hop, a dance which became popular in 1920's America, takes its name from what event?

LINDBERG'S A TLANTIC FLIGHT (accept Lindberg)


76. Which famous feature of Lords Cricket Ground was presented by the architect Herbert Baker in 1926?

THE FATHER TIME WEATHERVANE

77. Which song, written for a 1954 film set in Rome, gave Frank Sinatra his first U.K. No. 1?

THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN

78. Who plays the character 'Lewis' in the TV Series 'Morse' and its spin-off series 'Lewis'?

KEVIN WHATELY

79. Nick Freeman, the Cheshire lawyer who specialises in defending those charged with motoring offences, has a nickname based on his arguing the finer points of the law - what is
his nickname?

MR. LOOPHOLE

80. Who was the father of Queen Anne?
JAMES II

81. The actor Ashton Kutcher is currently being divorced by which film star who has instructed her lawyers to 'punish him financially'?

DEMIMOORE

82. What word connects an omelette, an aphrodisiac and Torquemada?
SPANISH (omelette, fly, Inquisition)

83. Tom Hollander plays the lead role, and Olivia Colman his wife, in which TV series?
REV

84. The Andaman Islands belong to which country?
INDIA

85. Which Labour Government White Paper of 1969 was designed to harmonise labour relations and was issued by Barbara Castle as Secretary of State for Employment.

'IN PLA CE OF STRIFE'

86. This year is the 70th anniversary of the radio programme "Desert Island Discs". Who, in 1942, was the first 'castaway' on the programme? He was a comedian and musician and married to Winston Churchill's daughter Sarah.

VIC OLIVER


87. In which year did Halley's Comet last pass by earth?
1986 (accept 85/86/87)

88. The currencies of numerous African countries including Benin, Senegal, Mali, Burkina-Faso and Ruanda all have the same name, which is also the name of two currencies in European countries. What is the name of the currency?

THE FRANC (Switzerland and Lichtenstein still use the Franc)

89. Who, in January 2012, caused controversy by saying 'white people love playing divide and rule'?

DIANE ABBOT (Labour M.P.)

90. Bobby Farrell of the wild Afro hairstyle, who died in December 2010, was the only male member of which pop group of the the late 70's/early 80's?

BONEY M

91. The French port of Le Havre stands at the mouth of which river?
THE SEINE

92. Which feature of Oulton Park racing circuit was named by Cheshire demolition expert Blaster Bates after a semi-naked couple were revealed by one of his explosions?

KNICKER BROOK (True - see The Times Obituary 2/10/06)

93. Lucknow is the capital of India's most populous State. With a population of over 200 million, it would, if independent, be the world's fifth largest country. Which State is this?

UTTAR PRADESH

94. Which gas comprises 70% of the Sun's mass?
HYDROGEN

95. In 1859, the first known advertising slogan appeared - 'worth a guinea a box'. On what did it appear?

BEECHAMS POWDERS (this is correct, but if offered accept Beechams Pills)

96. The chain-drawn vehicle ferry 'The King Harry' crosses which river in Cornwall, thus saving a road journey of around 30 miles inland?

RIVER FAL


SUPPLEMENTARY

1. Who was Sherlock Holmes housekeeper?

MRS. HUDSON

2. Which was the last team from outside the Premiership to contest the F.A. Cup Final?
CARDIFF CITY

3. Who is featured on the reverse side of a current Five Pound note?
ELIZABETH FRY

4. How many symphonies did Brahms compose?
FOUR

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