Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Specialist Questions

Set by The Nags Head

Vetted by The Chester Road Tavern









Round 1. Arts & Entertainment

Play it by Numbers (all of the answers have a number in their title)

1. Which band had a major hit with Moves Like Jagger in late 2011/early 2012?

Maroon 5

2. What was the 1953 novel by Ray Bradbury set in America at a time when books were banned?

Fahrenheit 451

3. What was the 2002 movie starring Eminem about the struggles of a young rapper to establish himself?

8 Mile

4. What was the number of the mobile surgical unit in the film and TV series of M*A*S*H?


5. A Jackson Pollock painting was sold in 2006 for $160 million dollars, the most expensive painting in the world at the time. It was called number what, 1948?

5 (No. 5, 1948)

6. Can you name the 2009 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis based on Federico Fellini’s film 8½?


7. What is the name of the Joseph Heller novel turned into a 1970 movie following the experiences of Capt. John Yossarian in World War 2?

Catch 22

8. What was the name of the Blur hit from 1997 voted the 15th Best Track ever by Radio 1 listeners?

Song 2


1. How many operas make up Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle?

4 ( Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung)

2. Name the Steven Spielberg comedy about panic in Los Angeles in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour?


Round 2 Science

1. What is the name of the acid also known as oil of vitriol?

Sulphuric acid

2. What is the name of the planet with great red spot?


3. What is the name of the planet that has its day longer than its year?


4. What is the chemical name for quick lime?

Calcium oxide

5. What unit, equivalent to 3.2 light years, is the measure of distance between stars and galaxies?


6. The Crab Nebula is also known as by the acronym M1 (M one). What does the M stand for?


7. What is produced by the Haber Bosh process?


8. Some elements exist in two or more different forms with different molecular arrangements, what is the name given to these variant forms?



1. How many milk teeth does a child have assuming full and correct development?


2. How many manned Apollo moon landings were made?

6 (Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 & 17)

Round 3 Name the Character.

The following are all fictitious characters. Only the character is required.

1. In The Lord Of The Rings, who was the gardener who took care of Bag End before accompanying Frodo Baggins to Rivendell?

Samwise Gamgee (accept Sam, Samwise or Gamgee)

2. In the same novel, Gollum’s real name was Trahald – what was the anglicised equivalent?


3. Who is the heroine who taught at the Marcia Blaine school?

Miss Jean Brodie

4. “The third man was about the worst racketeer who ever made a dirty living”. What was his name?

Harry Lime

5. Which character wanted to walk a little faster because there was a porpoise close behind him treading on his tail?

A whiting (from Alice In Wonderland)

6. Which two characters agreed to have a battle because one said the other had spoilt his nice new rattle?

Tweedledum & Tweedledee (from Alice Through The looking Glass)

7. What is the name of the Secret Seven’s dog?


8. Name the dog that features in the novel “Three Men in a Boat”



1. Who was the “Weaver of Raveloe”?

Silas Marner

2. What was Billy Liar’s real name?

Billy Fisher

Round 4. Geography

1. In which country is Mount Kilimanjaro?


2. Which country has the most UNESCO world heritage sites?

ITALY (with 47)

3. What wild American feature begins at Springer Mountain, in Georgia, and ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine. A total of approximately 2,200 miles?


4. Which mainland African country has the longest coastline?

SOMALIA (the coast of the island state of Madagascar is longer)

5. What is the county town of Surrey?


6. On which Island did the HMS Bounty mutineers settle?


7. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands, are a dependency of which country?


8. Which inlet of the Irish Sea separates Cumbria from Dumfries & Galloway?



1. On which Caribbean island can you find the Blue Mountains?


2. Which Costa lies on the Spanish coast, to the north of Barcelona?


Round 5 On your head be it

(All the question in this round are based around hats or other headware)

1. ‘Mad as a hatter’ is a term which comes from the hat making industry of old. What substance did the hatters use, which affected the nervous system and made them tremble, and appear ‘mad’?


2. The skin from which animal was used to make hats of frontiersmen, including Davy Crockett?


3. The Busby, is the name of the military head-dress worn by the Coldstream Guards. In which county is Coldstream, from which they take their name?


4. A Dolly Varden hat is named after a character from which Charles Dickens novel?


5. What name is given to a ladies formal hair decoration, on a band or clip, often worn instead of a hat at weddings and other such events?


6. What is the name of the tall white pleated hat worn by chefs?


7. What is the name of the crown used in the coronation of Elizabeth II?


8. What is the cockney rhyming slang for wigs?



1. What do the Americans call a bowler hat?


2. What is the name of the production company whose television shows include ‘Room 101’, ‘Father Ted’ and ‘Have I Got News for You’, among many others?


Round 6. History

That’s not history, that’s my life - history since the Second Word War?

1. In 1973 General Pinochet deposed which ruler in a military coup in Chile?

Salvador Allende

2. The creation of the state of Biafra led to Civil War in which country in the late 1960s?


3. Which constituency did Enoch Powell, famous for the controversial Rivers of Blood speech, represent for most of his Parliamentary career?

Wolverhampton South West (accept Wolverhampton)

4. Who was the call girl whose relationship with Minister of War, John Profumo, led to his resignation in 1963?.

Christine Keeler

5. In which city was Robert Kennedy assassinated in 1968?

Los Angeles

6. Who did John F Kennedy defeat to win the US Presidency in 1960?

Richard Nixon

7. In which country was Che Guevara captured and summarily executed in 1967?


8. What was the name of the Vietnamese village where around 400 unarmed civilians were massacred by a US platoon commanded by William Calley in 1968?

My Lai


1. In what year did Rhodesia, under the leadership of Ian Smith, make a Unilateral Declaration of Independence from the UK?

1965 (accept 1964 to 1966)

2. In what year did Ian Smith lose power to Robert Mugabe in what was then Zimbabwe?

1980 (accept 1979 to 1981)


1. Adam Faith had two UK number one hit singles in 1959 and 1960. Name either.


2. Bob Hope was born in 1903 in which city?


3. Which charity, which to date has raised over £121m, did Bryn and Emma Parry set up in 2007?


4. The 1966 musical Sweet Charity was made into a film in 1969. Which American woman starred in the film as Charity Hope Valentine?


5. Whose first solo album was called Faith?


6. In which British city is Hope University?


7. ‘Hope springs eternal’ is a saying from a poem called ‘An Essay on Man’, written by whom?


8 In 1969, one of the first super groups to be created consisted of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech. Under what name did they record?



  1. In 1985, Live Aid concerts took place in London and which American city?


  1. A 1997 TV film called Hope was the only film directed by this American woman, normally known for her comedy acting roles. Who?


  1. In which year was OXFAM founded ?

1942 (allow 1940 – 1944)

Round 8. SPORT – That Was The Year That Was 2012

  1. Which team last month beat Chelsea in Japan to win the World Club Championship?


  1. In last month's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards, three of the twelve nominees were Paralympians. David Weir and Ellie Symonds were two. Who was the third?


  1. Who is credited with inventing the Mobot celebration for Mo Farah?


  1. It was announced that the 5 times winning horse of the King George VI chase, having retired from racing, was turning to dressage. What is the name of this horse?

KAUTO STAR (pronounced either korto or kayto)

  1. British sprinter Craig Pickering announced in December that he was making a surprise drastic sporting career change. Which sport is he taking up?


  1. In which country was the World Twenty20 cricket tournament staged in September and October?


  1. At the Paralympics, which 1 km time trial cyclist launched into a furious expletive-strewn rant when he was disqualified for stumbling out of the starting block and was refused a restart?


  1. How did Trenton Oldfield hit the sporting headlines in April?



  1. Which sports star was falsely reported last month to have bought the entire supply of the world’s most expensive cheese, Serbian donkey cheese, for his restaurant?


  1. Only three American golfers won their singles matches on the final day of the Ryder Cup. Jason Duffner was one and the other two share the same surname. Which name?

JOHNSON (Dustin Johnson and Zach Johnson)

  1. Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was awarded a lengthy contract in September. How many years?


General Knowledge

Set by The Chester Road Tavern

Vetted by the Nags Head


1. ‘Woman with a Pearl Necklace’ and ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ were both painted by whom?

A. Johannes Vermeer

2. Which composer wrote the ‘Karelia Suite’ and ‘Finlandia’?

A. Jean Sibelius

3. Which British newspaper recently placed an advert in an English Language newspaper in Argentina?

A. The Sun (defending Britain's sovereignty of the Falkland Islands)

4. Sandy Hook Elementary School is situated in which US town?

A. Newtown (Connecticut)

5. What is missing from the following list - King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, Marylebone, …?

A. Fenchurch Street (Monopoly Stations)

6. In which war was the Charge of the Light Brigade?

A. The Crimean

7. What name was given to the scandal involving bribing of DJs to play certain records?

A. Payola

8. In which country would you find The Nullarbor Plain?

A. Australia


9. Which animal appears on the state flag of California?

A. Bear

10. Which veteran Irish rock star used to be one of the band ‘Them’?

A. Van Morrison

11. Piers Gaveston was alleged to be which English King’s lover?

A. Edward II

12. Maritimo are a football team from which country?

A. Portugal

13. What does the horned toad squirt from its eyes to deter attackers?

A. Blood

14. Name San Francisco’s wheelchair bound detective?

A. Ironside

15. Which organisation has its HQ in Langley, Virginia?

A. The CIA

16. Taleggio is a type of what foodstuff?

A. Cheese


17. Breitling are manufacturers of what everyday item?

A. The Wristwatch

18. Which insect's larva are known as 'leatherjackets'?

A. Crane Fly

19. From which country did Iceland achieve total independence in 1944?

A. Denmark

20. Who refused to accept his best actor Oscar in 1972 in protest at the plight of American Indians?

A. Marlon Brando (The Godfather)

21. Who was the winner of the 'X' Factor in 2012?

A. James Arthur

22. Name the 2010 film adapted from the 2009 book 'The Accidental Billionaires'?

A. The Social Network

23. What is measured with a ‘Pluviometer’?

A. Rainfall

24. Who invented the clockwork radio?

A. Trevor Baylis


25. Which Prime Minister implemented the 3-day week?

A. Ted Heath

26. In which James Bond film does Oddjob appear?

A. Goldfinger

27. On TV, who was Richard Hearne better known as?

A. Mr Pastry

28. Which TV show features flatmates Mark and Jeremy?

A. Peep Show

29. 'Frank' was the debut album by which artist?

A. Amy Winehouse

30. Who scored both goals in Macclesfield Town’s recent 2-1 win over Cardiff?

A. Matthew Barnes-Homer

31. Name the manager of Macclesfield Town FC?

A. Steve King

32. Who is the lead vocalist of T'pau?

A. Carol Decker

33. What is the name of Tin Tin’s dog?

A. Snowy

34. In which US state is the Mojave Desert?

A. California

35. Which river has its source near the village of Kemble in the Cotswolds?

A. The River Thames

36. Who did Phil Taylor beat in the final of this year’s PDC darts championship?

A. Michael Van Gerwen

37. Which jockey rode Frankel in all his races?

A. Tom Queally

38. Which Country’s flag features a 24-spoked wheel in the centre?

A. India

39. Which city’s name translates into English as ‘good winds’?

A. Buenos Aires

40. Who wrote Swallows and Amazons?

A. Arthur Ransome


41. What is the capital of Saudi Arabia?

A. Riyadh

42. Who was the winner of strictly come dancing in 2012?

A. Louis Smith

43. There are two Melbourne based teams in the 2012/13 Australian Big Bash cricket tournament. One is the 'Melbourne Stars', name the other?

A. Melbourne Renegades (accept Renegades)

44. John Lennon, Tina Turner and The Beatles featured on the cover of the first three issues of which publication?

A. Rolling Stone magazine

45. Who is the Prime Minister of Russia?

A. Dmitry Medvedev

46. Which river's source is in Wales and enters the Atlantic near Bristol?

A. The River Severn

47. Herpes Zoster is an illness better known by which name?

A. Shingles

48. Burslem and Porthill are suburbs of which UK city?

A. Stoke on Trent (accept Stoke)


49. Who originally recorded the song ‘How sweet it is (to be loved by you)’?

A. Marvin Gaye

50. What normally bi-annual sporting event has recently been brought forward by 1 year to avoid the contest occurring shortly before a World Cup?

A. The Ashes

51. It was thought Margaret Thatcher was a pogonophobe. What is a pogonophobe afraid of?

A. Beards

52. The Mysterons featured in which 1960s TV series?

A. Captain Scarlet

53. What year was the first episode of the TV series Happy Days screened?

A. 1974 (accept 1973-1975)

54. Who wrote "The Wealth of Nations"?

A. Adam Smith

55. Originally founded by the disgraced cyclist in 1997, the Lance Armstrong Foundation is now better known by what name?

A. Livestrong Foundation

56. Who wrote the adventure series of books including Underwater Adventure and Gorilla Adventure?

A. Willard Price


57. In which county is Haddon Hall?

A. Derbyshire (in Bakewell near Chatsworth Hall)

58. In a restaurant, what is a sommelier's job?

A. Wine advisor/expert

59. Since 1748, what does 'trooping the colour' commemorate?

A. Birthday of the Queen/British sovereignty

60. In which country is the Black Forest?

A. Germany

61. Who wrote 'Mill on the Floss'?

A. George Eliot

62. Who wrote 'Lolita'?

A. Vladimir Nabokov

63. In 1956 an area of south Wales spreading into the Bristol Channel was designated Britain's first area of outstanding natural beauty. What is it known as?

A. The Gower Peninsula

64. Harrow school's cricket match in Galle on December 26th 2004 was abandoned without a ball being bowled. Why?

A. The ground was covered by the tsunami.


65. What phrase meaning 'nourishing mother' is used to refer to your old school?

A. Alma Mater

66. Who explained the riddle of the sphinx?

A. Oedipus

67. What is the name of Tim Robbins character in 'The Shawshank Redemption'?

A. Andy Dufrain

68. Who composed 'Le Nozze di Figaro'?

A. Mozart

69. Which King of England was the son of Jane Seymour & Henry VIII?

A. Edward VI

70. Which author wrote 'Bag of Bones', 'Carrie' and 'The Tommyknockers' (amongst many others)?

A. Stephen King

71. Which playwright wrote 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour', 'Arcadia' and in 2006 'Rock 'n' Roll'?

A. Tom Stoppard

72. The first castles in England were built on a raised mound of earth with usually a wooden keep surrounded by a ditch, what were they called?

A. Motte-and-Bailey castles


73. Who was the first Tudor king?

A. Henry VII

74. Charles Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer; he died at the age of 79 but in which year?

A. 1871 (accept 1861 - 1881)

75. In an interview with Terry Wogan in 1991 who claimed to be the Son of God?

A. David Icke

76. Who was the comic actor Arthur Lucan better known as?

A. Old Mother Riley

77. Which German concentration camp official was known as the ‘Angel of Death’?

A. Josef Mengele

78. Who wrote 'the Principia Mathematica' in 1687?

A. Isaac Newton

79. Where in July 1969 was Prince Charles invested as Prince of Wales?

A. Caernarfon Castle

80. Which King of England was killed while hunting in the New Forest in 1100?

A. William II


81. Which Mayor of New York City was awarded an honorary knighthood in 2001?

A. Rudi Giuliani

82. Who broke into the Queen’s bedroom in Buckingham Palace in 1982?

A. Michael Fagen

83. What name is given to the study of insects?

A. Entomology

84. Who was the last woman to be hanged in Britain in July 1955?

A. Ruth Ellis

85. In the car industry what do the initials MG stand for?

A. Morris Garages

86. Who was the first woman to take her seat as an MP?

A. Nancy Astor

87. Who is the elephant headed Hindu god of good luck?

A. Ganesh

88. Where did Cromwell’s army defeat the Royalists in 1651 to end the Civil War?

A. Worcester


89. Which ship famously ran aground off the Scilly Isles in 1967, spilling its oil cargo?

A. The Torrey Canyon

90. Which American politician was shot and paralysed by Arthur Bremer in 1972?

A. George Wallace

91. What is Pamplona most famous for?

A. The Bull Run

92. Melbourne is situated on the banks of which river?

A. The Yarra

93. Who wrote ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’?

A. Samuel Coleridge

94. Which French tennis player and sportswear producer was known as “Le Crocodile”?

A. Rene Lacoste

95. Who was replaced by Peter Mandelson as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in 1999?

A. Mo Mowlam

96. What does a lepidopterist study?

A. Butterflies and Moths (accept either)



97. Which fish has the Latin name Esox lucius?

A. The Pike

98. What was the name of the Italian cruise ship which ran aground in January 2012 causing the loss of 32 lives.

A. Costa Concordia

99. What is the medical name for the winter vomiting bug, which affected many people over the Christmas period?

A. Norovirus

100. What colour is the ‘l’ in the Google logo?

A. Green


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