Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CUP/PLATE QUARTER FINAL 29TH January

Questions set by the British Flag and the Robin Hood

1.

Which purple flowering plant is commonly known as the “butterfly bush” because it attracts butterflies ?

BUDDLEIA

2.

The name of which popular garden flowering plant, literally means “many flowers”?

POLYANTHUS

3.

Which town in the USA is the only place in the world to have built a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens for its centennial in 1897 ?

NASHVILLE (TENNESSEE)

4.

Which part of the British Isles is divided into six areas called sheadings ?

ISLE OF MAN

5.

In the Old Testament, who was the Canaanite warrior god and god of fertility ?

BAAL

6.

In classical mythology, who was the Greek equivalent of Pax, the Roman goddess of peace ?

IRENE

7.

In a square in which English city is the large 6 m cast-iron statue of a mummified “Iron Man”, by Antony Gormley, that was erected in 1993 ?

BIRMINGHAM

8.

Which university has in its coat of arms a shield with a circle in the top left hand corner as you view it ?

THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

9.

Which term for structures such as telephone boxes, news stands and information booths, was originally used in Islamic architecture for an open circular pavilion ?

KIOSK

10

The Free Trade Hall in Manchester was built on the site where which famous event took place in 1819 ?

PETERLOO MASSACRE

11.

In heraldry, what is the term for a broad horizontal stripe running across the middle of the shield ?

FESS (OR FESSE)

12.

What is the name, derived from a Czech word meaning “catapult” , for a short-range cannon with a steep angle of fire, related to the mortar ?

HOWITZER

13.

Which English song-writer’s 1977 debut album has the title “My Aim Is True” ?

ELVIS COSTELLO

14.

Which New York R&B singer won five of the top 2002 Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, Song Of The Year for ‘Fallin’ and Best R&B album for “Songs in A Minor” ?

ALICIA KEYS

15.

In the nursery rhyme, which insect is told to fly away home because ‘your house is on fire and your children are gone ‘ ?

LADYBIRD

16.

In which 1915 short story by Franz Kafka does the hero, Gregor Samsa, find himself transformed into a human-sized beetle ?

METAMORPHOSIS

17.

Which country’s flag features a cedar tree ?

LEBANON

18.

A deficiency of what vitamin causes the failure of blood to clot ?

VITAMIN K

19.

Which major thoroughfare in the centre of the borough of Manhattan in New York City is the dividing line that separates streets labelled East and West ?

5TH AVENUE (“the most expensive street in the world”)

20.

Which river, immortalised in the paintings of John Constable, forms much of the boundary between Essex and Suffolk ?

STOUR

21.

Which sport gave rise to the phrase ‘to win hands down’ ?

HORSE RACING
(A jockey who found himself way ahead as he approached the finish line would relax his grip on the reins and drop his hands)

22.

In what game are unplayed pieces gathered in a ‘boneyard’ ?

DOMINOES

23.

Which US Mathematician was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in 1944, despite suffering from severe schizophrenia ?

JOHN FORBES NASH (Jnr)

24.

Which English mathematician worked on the design of the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE) and in 1950 devised a test (the ‘imitation game’) for determining whether a computer can be said to ‘think’ ?

ALAN TURING

25.

Pesto sauce traditionally consists of crushed garlic, basil, and which nuts blended with olive oil ?

PINE NUTS

26.

Which climbing garden plant is known as Traveller’s Joy and Old Man’s Beard ?

CLEMATIS

27.

What is the name for the ‘dimples’ on voting papers which played a controversial part in the election of US President George W. Bush in 2001 ?

CHADS

28.

What is the more common term for the phenomenon of bioluminescence ?

FOXFIRE (also accept FAIRY FIRE)

(created by some species of fungi present in decaying wood).

29.

Name either of the two Flemish painters who worked in England who were knighted by King Charles I ?

PETER PAUL RUBENS OR ANTHONY VAN DYCK

30.

There are only 3 ferromagnetic elements (those which can be permanently magnetised). Iron is one – name another ?

NICKEL OR COBALT

31.

According to the Gospels, who asked for the body of Jesus after the crucifixion and placed it in his own garden tomb ? Full answer required.

JOSEPH OF ARIMATHAEA

32.

In the popular nursery rhyme, how much was owed to the bells of St Martin’s ?

FIVE FARTHINGS

33.

In which 1932 novel by William Faulkner is Joe Christmas the tragic victim of violent racial prejudice ?

LIGHT IN AUGUST

34.

Who wrote the 1848 Children’s Christmas story ‘The Little Match Girl’ ?

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN

35.

Which phrase from Shakespeare’s Othello was used by Edward Elgar as the title of a set of five marches for a symphony orchestra ?

POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE

36.

The name of which make of car happens to be a latin word meaning ‘let it be done’ and is used as a decree, a formal command or a short order or warrant of a judge ?

FIAT

37.

Who was the only bachelor President of the USA ?

JAMES BUCHANAN

38.

By what name is Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major (1906) popularly known, because of the huge number of performers required ?

SYMPHONY OF A THOUSAND

39.

Which playwright designed Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard ?

SIR JOHN VANBURGH

40.

Which nineteenth century President of the USA had the shortest presidential term in office ?

WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON
(he caught pneumonia at his inauguration in 1841 and died 32 days later! Also the first US President to die in office)

41.

Where specifically in the human body would you find the PISIFORM bone ?

THE WRIST

42.

What name is given to diacritic marks such as the dot on a lower-case ‘i’ ?

TITTLE

43.

Who was the designer of the silk crepe dress held together with safety pins which Elizabeth Hurley wore for the premiere of the 1994 film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ ?

GIANNI VERSACE

44.

Which Paris fashion designer launched the ‘Space Age look’ in the late 1960s ?

PIERRE CARDIN

45.

Which ‘make-your-own’ toy character, created by New York designer George Lerner, came as a package of twenty eight plastic face and body parts, including ears, noses and mouths ?

MR. POTATO HEAD

46.

Under which trade name did Coleco market the handmade cloth dolls that American arts student Xavier Roberts designed in 1978, and called ‘Little People’ ?

CABBAGE PATCH KIDS

47.

What is the state capital of Oregon ?

SALEM

48.

What is the state capital of Montana ?

HELENA

49.

What is the name of the cup awarded to the winner of the annual swim across the Serpentine in Hyde Park every Christmas Day ?

PETER PAN CUP

50.

The Super Bowl is awarded to the winners of the USA National Football League Championship game. What is the name of the equivalent trophy played for in Canada ?

THE GREY CUP

51.

On which Antarctic island is the active volcano Mount Erebus ?

ROSS ISLAND

52.

Which Arab country is the only one without a desert ?

LEBANON

53.

What uniquely connects Russia, Egypt and Turkey ?

THEY EACH SPAN ACROSS TWO CONTINENTS

54.

What is the unique connection between Chad and Romania and between The Netherlands and Luxembourg ?

EACH PAIR HAS THE SAME NATIONAL FLAG

55.

To whom is the design of the ceremonial uniform of the Swiss Guards of the Vatican City attributed ?

MICHELANGELO

56.

Whose last words after a nurse had commented that ‘”he seemed to be a little better”, are said to have been “on the contrary” ?

HENRIK IBSEN

57.

Name the classic children’s TV series in which you could find Gabriel the toad

BAGPUSS

58.

On TV, whose pet carrier pigeon was called Speckled Jim ?

GENERAL MELCHETT (Blackadder)

59.

Name the hotel in Huddersfield where twenty two clubs famously met in 1895 to form the Northern Rugby Football Union

GEORGE HOTEL

60.

Which Sydney-born Warrington rugby league player was the most prolific try scorer in the history of the game, scoring 796 tries between 1946 and 1964 (740 for Warrington alone !) ?

BRIAN BEVAN

61.

Which letter in Morse code is represented by dot dash?

A

62.

What is the only country outside of Europe in the Top Ten for annual per capita consumption of beer?

AUSTRALIA

63.

Who gave his name to his invention the whirlpool bath?

(Candido) JACUZZI

64.

What Islamic edifice was built in the city of Agra by Shah Jahan?

TAJ MAHAL

65.

It was once traditional to put something in your cup before drinking to someone’s health. What was put into the cup ?

PIECE OF TOAST OR ROASTED BREAD

66.

Complete the following line from Monty Python 'The Philosophers Song' with the last name of a philosopher. "And Wittgenstein was a beery swine, Who was just as schloshed as ......"

SCHLEGEL

67.

What name was given to the revolution in the Ukraine 2004 to 2005 ?

THE ORANGE REVOLUTION

68.

What was the title taken by Mr William Morris of Morris motors?

LORD NUFFIELD

69.

The national anthem of which European Union country has no words?

SPAIN

70.

Since 1810, the largest fair in the world, Oktoberfest, renowned for beer consumption, has been cancelled 24 times, usually due to war. Why was it cancelled in 1923 and 1924?

OUT OF CONTROL INFLATION

71.

Which British writer, comedienne and dinner lady famously said "I thought coq au vin was love in a lorry"?

VICTORIA WOOD

72.

This is a pub quiz after all, so on which brewers site in Chiswick has there been a brewery for more than 300 years?

FULLERS

73.

What are the inhabitants of Sardinia called?

SARDS

74.

An English word for a vital body part and the Chinese word for dragon are the same. What is the word ?

LUNG

75.

The American Charles Osborne got the hickups in 1922. How long did it last for?

68 YEARS !! (ACCEPT +/- 5 YEARS : 63 TO 73)

76.

Who was the first non royal to appear on a UK postage stamp?

SHAKESPEARE (in 1964)

77.

Who is the 2014 European Ryder Cup captain ?

PAUL McGINLEY

78.

The Akita is a breed of dog originating from which country ?

JAPAN

79.

Symbolising innocence, which birthstone is associated with the month of April?

DIAMOND

80.

How Many Nautical Miles Are There in A League ?

3

81.

Which pine nut had a famous nose?

PINOCCHIO (Pinocchio is a Tuscan word meaning "pine nut")

82.

What is the title of the officer who serves as a 'police chief' on board a Royal Navy or US navy ship?

MASTER AT ARMS

83.

What is the more common name for the medical condition know as periorbital haematoma ?

BLACK EYE

84.

Which company marketed the first diesel driven car?

MERCEDES BENZ

85.

The Anglo-Persian Oil Company is now better known by which name?

BP or BRITISH PETROLEUM
(In 1901, William Knox D'Arcy was granted a concession by the Shah of Iran to search for oil which he found in May 1908. This was the first commercially significant find in the Middle East. In 1909, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) was incorporated to exploit this. In 1935,it became the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company)

86.

The Langeled pipeline is the world's longest underwater pipeline. It carries natural gas to the United Kingdom from which country?

NORWAY

87.

What sporting event has been held at Hamilton in Canada, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Kingston in Jamaica, amongst others ?

COMMONWEALTH GAMES

88.

Which notorious murderer lived at 10 Rillington Place?

JOHN CHRISTIE

89.

What is the name of the maidenhair tree or 'living fossil', the first tree to bud in Hiroshima after the atom bomb?

GINKGO

90.

In which country could you formerly have seen this famous signpost: Wimbledon 16, 999 kilometres, Flushing Meadow 16, 690 kilometres, Roland Garros 16, 878 kilometres?

AUSTRALIA (Melbourne Park)

91.

The stadium in Athens for the 1896 games was built from which material?

MARBLE

92.

Semiotics is the study of what ?

SIGNS AND SYMBOLS

93.

Hagiology" is the branch of literature dealing with the lives & legends of whom?

SAINTS

94.

The words "Ars Gratia Artis" appear on the logo for MGM films. What does it mean?

ART FOR ARTS SAKE

95.

Art for Arts Sake was a hit record, first charting in 1975, for which group?

10cc

96.

Which edible product did the ancient Greeks use to cast ballots?

BEANS (some politicians were full of beans !)

97.

Braille is based around a grid using how many dots?

6

98.

What is a Worcester pearmain?

APPLE

99.

What type of acid is in bee stings?

FORMIC ACID (also accept Methanoic Acid)

100.

Which variation of culinary ingredient is sometimes called the 'Black Diamond"?

TRUFFLES (specifically a black truffle (accept truffle)

101.

What kind of therapy is Balneotherapy?

BATHING – WATER (usually in a spa) for disease treatment

102.

In which city is the Royal Armouries Museum?

LEEDS

103.

Which country has the international vehicle registration M?

MALTA

104.

For which film did Jack Nicholson win his first Oscar?

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (12 times nominated and 3 time winner)

105.

Translated into English what was Tchaikovsky’s first name,

PETER

106.

Which fictional character was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs?

TARZAN

107.

What was the name of the actor who wrote, produced and starred in the iconic 1970 film “Le Mans”?

STEVE McQUEEN

108.

According to American psychologist Lewis Terman, above what IQ level would you be classed as a genius ?

140

109.

What is a baby elephant called?

CALF

110.

On which river does Shrewsbury stand?

SEVERN

111.

Which famous explorer discovered Jamaica?

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

112.

In which decade were ATM’s 1st used in Britain?

1960s

(27th June 1967 - Barclays Bank in Enfield, Middlesex. The first person to withdraw money from it was On The Buses star, Reg Varney, aka bus driver Stan Butler)

113.

In the American dice game craps what name is given to a throw of double one ?

SNAKE EYES

114.

In the USA which medal would you receive if wounded on military service?

PURPLE HEART

115.

Which film has 4 sequels with prefixes to the original title of Beneath, Escape From, Conquest Of and Battle For?

PLANET OF THE APES

116.

The TRIPITAKA (Sanskrit word meaning “Three Baskets” is the sacred text of which religion?

BUDDHISM

117.

Which word beginning with Z means the study or practice of fermentation in brewing, wine making or distilling ?

ZYMURGY

118.

Which word beginning with the letter Z means a fertilized ovum ?

ZYGOTE

119.

Who formed the Scottish Labour Party and was the first independent Labour MP ? .

(James) KIER HARDIE

120.

What is a TurkishVan ?

BREED OF CAT

SUPPLEMENTARIES:

1.

In 1953 which country singer died in the back of a car on his way to a New Year’s Day concert in Ohio, aged 29 - both names required ?

HANK WILLIAMS
(On New Years Day from heart failure brought on by pills and alcohol).

2.

HIPPOPOTO – MONSTRO – SESQUI – PEDALIO - PHOBIA is the fear of what ?

LONG WORDS

3.

Which British pop group auditioned for Decca on New Year’s Day 1962 ?

THE BEATLES (they were turned down !)

4.

Which notorious British serial killer committed suicide on the 1st January 1995 ? Both names required

FRED WEST

5.

What does an ORGANOLEPTIC analyse ?

FOOD SNIFFER/TASTER
( U.S. Department of Agriculture meat and poultry inspections, inspectors perform a variety of organoleptic procedures)

6.

Who, an X factor finalist in 2012 was the winner of Celebrity Big Brother series 11 that finished last week ?

RYLAN CLARK

7.

How would you say 'house wine' in French ?

VIN (DE LA) MAISON

8.

How would you say 'house wine' in Italian ?

VINO DELLA CASA

TIE_BREAK QUESTION (IF NEEDED):

How much money was raised by the end of the telethon on the BBC Children In Need show broadcast on 16th November 2012 ?

£ 26,757,446 (the current record amount)

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