Wednesday, April 17, 2013


1. In which county is the Iron Age hill fort of Cadbury Castle?

A. Somerset.

2. In the Italian dish Lasagne al Forno, what does the word forno mean?

A. Oven.

3. How did Mike Thornton make political news on 28th February?

A. He held Eastleigh for the Lib Dems in the by-election precipitated by Chris Huhne’s resignation.

4. Who was the first black tennis player to win a Grand Slam title?

A. Althea Gibson (French Championship, 1956).

5. In which battle did Admiral Nelson raise the telescope to his blind eye and say “I really do not see the signal”?

A. Copenhagen, 1801.

6. What signature carving did furniture maker Robert Thompson, of Kilburn, Yorkshire, make on all his products?

A. A mouse (hence his nickname, the Mouseman).

7. Name either of the two high priests who, according to the Gospels, presided over the trial of Jesus.

A. Annas or Caiphas.

8. Britain’s oldest prison, opened in 1625 as a house of correction, was closed at the end of March. Where was it?

A. Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

9. Which explorer was the founder and first chairman of the London Zoological Society, which runs Regent’s Park Zoo?

A. Sir Stanford Raffles.

10. Who played Denis Thatcher in the 2011 film, The Iron Lady?

A. Jim Broadbent.

11. Who wrote the classic children’s story Pinocchio?

A. Carlo Collodi.

12. What is the name of the gland in the human body, also known as “the third eye”, which produces melatonin and other hormones?

A. The pineal gland.

13. What is the name of the royal family of Spain?

A. Borbon.

14. What is the usual main ingredient of mock turtle soup?

A. A calf’s head.

15. Which Stravinsky ballet caused a riot on its first performance in Paris in 1913?

A. The Rite of Spring.

16. In Norse mythology who was the red-headed god of mischief?

A. Loki.

17. In children’s literature who or what are Pod, Homily and Arietty Clock?

A. The Borrowers.

18. What was the name of the model girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius, killed on Valentine’s Day this year?

A. Reeva Steenkamp.

19. Who was the president of Chile overthrown by a military junta led by General Pinochet in September, 1973?

A. Salvador Allende.

20. A literary trilogy which began with an award-winning children’s novel published in 1960, followed by a second in 1963, was only completed with the publication of Boneland in 2012? Name either of the first two books in the trilogy.

A. Either The Wierdstone of Brisingamen or The Moon of Gomrath.


21. Which Nobel Prize-winning physiologist, who died last week, was responsible, together with surgeon Patrick Steptoe, for the development of in vitro fertilisation leading to the birth of test-tube baby Louise Brown in 1978?

A. Sir Robert Edwards.

22. Who was the Hungarian-born theoretical physicist, known colloquially as “the father of the hydrogen bomb”?

A. Edward Teller.

23. What vegetable is an essential ingredient in Bruxelloise sauce?

A. Asparagus.

24. What was the name of the sad, white-faced clown created by Marcel Marceau?

A. Bip.

25. The name Singh is mandatory for all male Sikhs. Derived from a Sanskrit word, what does Singh mean?

A. Lion.

26. What name is given to the natural process by which large chunks break away from glaciers and float off into the sea as icebergs or other ice debris?

A. Calving.

27. In 1961 the Wimbledon women’s singles final was contested by two British players. Who won?

A. Angela Mortimer.

28. How is Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE better known?

A. Tom Jones.

29. Which German town is home to the annual Wagner festival?

A. Bayreuth.

30. Which BBC interviewer recently told Boris Johnson to his face that he was “a nasty piece of work”?

A. Eddie Mair.

31. Which fictional detective, retired at the age of 60 by his creator in 2007, has recently reappeared as a cold case investigator in the new novel Standing in another Man’s Grave?

A. Ex-Inspector John Rebus.

32. Icarus, who died because he flew too close to the sun, had his wings made for him by his father. What was his name?

A. Daedalus.

33. What is the name of the 2013 Oscar-nominated film telling the story of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden?

A. Zero Dark Thirty.

34. In which city does Robert Adam’s Pulteney Bridge span the River Avon?

A. Bath.

35. In 1967 Douglas Engelbart applied for a patent for his new invention. He called it “an x-y position indicator for a display system”. What is it called today?

A. A computer mouse.

36. What was the name given to the policy announced in 1823 that The United States would not become involved in conflict in Europe, and that Europe should not interfere in matters in the New World?

A. The Monroe Doctrine (after US President James Monroe).

37. Which long-running panel member of the BBC comedy quiz show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, who died in 1996, is commemorated by a blue plaque at Mornington Crescent Tube Station?

A. Willie Rushton.

38. Three of the five main islands in the Scillies are named after saints. Give the name of either of the two others.

A. Tresco or Bryher.

39. How did Manchester men Kevin Liverpool and Junior Bradshaw make news recently?

A. They plotted to kidnap and decapitate the singer Joss Stone.

40. In Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka, who or what is Petrushka?

A. A fair ground marionette, or puppet.


41. Edinburgh has three universities. Edinburgh University (founded 1583) is one; name eitner of the other two.

A. Herriot-Watt (1966) or Napier (1992).

42. In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland a game of croquet is played using rolled-up hedgehogs as balls; what are used as mallets?

A. Flamingos.

43. Sphalerite is the chief ore of which metal?

A. Zinc.

44. Which country was invaded by the USA in December, 1991?

A. Panama.

45. Which yacht race is the final event of the Admiral’s Cup?

A. The Fastnet Race.

46. Which opera singer had the first million selling record, in 1907?

A. Enrico Caruso.

47. Two actors, both Australian, have won posthumous Oscars. Name either.

A. Peter Finch or Heath Ledger.

48. Which Old Testament prophet saw a vision of a valley full of dry bones?

A. Ezekiel.

49. How is rock star James Newel Osterberg better known?

A. Iggy Pop.

50. What name is shared by the 12th century 2nd Earl of Pembroke, who led the Norman invasion of Ireland, and a modern day alcoholic drink?

A. Strongbow.

51. Which is the most southerly inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides?

A. Barra.

52. Which actress won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the 1980 film The Coalminer’s Daughter?

A. Sissy Spacek.

53. Which football stadium is depicted in L. S. Lowry’s painting Going to the Match?

A. Burnden Park. (Do not accept Bolton Wanderers, which is not a stadium).

54. Which racecourse traditionally hosts both the first and the last major meetings of the flat racing season?

A. Doncaster.

55. Which often fatal viral disease, causing internal bleeding, gets its name from a river in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it was first identified?

A. Ebola disease or fever.

56. Where did the eponymous tailor live in the story by Beatrix Potter?

A. Gloucester.

57. Who gained notoriety by streaking at Twickenham in 1982?

A. Erica Roe.

58. Whom did Nick Clegg succeed as leader of the Liberal Democrats?

A. Ming Campbell.

59. Which Arsenal and England woman footballer recently equalled Peter Shilton’s record of 125 England international caps?

A. Rachel Yankey.

60. Where did Nelly the Elephant meet the head of the herd?

A. On the road to Mandalay.


61. Which entertainer was born Thomas Hicks in 1936?

A. Tommy Steele

62. Who topped the first UK singles charts with Here In My Heart in 1952?

A. Al Martino

63. In World War Two, what was Operation Dynamo?

A. Dunkirk evacuation

64. Fort Sumter, the scene of the first fighting of the American Civil War, lies in the harbour of which city?

A. Charleston (South Carolina)

65. In which ocean is the Andaman Sea?

A. Indian Ocean

66. In which province is Dublin situated?

A. Leinster

67. Who hatched a pet dragon called Norbert?

A. Rubeus Hagrid (Harry Potter stories)

68. In the Thomas The Tank Engine series of books, what colour is Gordon the Big Engine?

A. Blue

69. According to the book by Daniel Defoe, in which town or city was Robinson Crusoe born?

A. York

70. In which George Du Maurier novel does the character Svengali appear?

A. Trilby

71. Who famously said that Margaret Thatcher had “The eyes of Caligula and the lips of Marilyn Monroe”?

A. Francois Mitterand

72. Which politician had a mother born Stanley Ann Dunham?

A. Barack Obama

73. Alphabetically, what is the first English city?

A. Bath

74. Which was the first British club to win a major European football trophy?

A. Tottenham Hotspur (1963 Cup-Winners Cup).

75. On which horse did Zara Phillips win the Individual Eventing gold medal in the World Equestrian Games in 2006?

A. Toytown

76. What was the name of the artist who painted the picture of the Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies, which featured in the TV series ‘Allo, ‘Allo!?

A. Van Klomp

77. Who directed the 2012 film Les Miserables?

A. Tom Hooper

78. Argo won the Best Film Oscar at this year’s Oscars Ceremony. In this instance, who or what, is Argo?

A. A fictitious film being made as cover for the rescue of American hostages

79. What is the name of the Government scheme, launched in October 2012, to enable people to have loans for energy-saving measures and repay through energy bills?

A. Green Deal

80. Which UK national newspaper launched its first Sunday edition in February2012?

A. The Sun.


81. In Shakespeare’s play, what is the name of Hamlet’s mother?

A. Gertrude.

82. Which Rugby Union club play their home matches at Allianz Park?

A. Saracens (since February 2013)

83. Which fictional character attended Fettes College in Edinburgh, after being expelled from Eton following an indiscretion involving a laundry maid?

A. James Bond

84. Which American author wrote a series of essays and stories entitled Tales Of The Alhambra?

A. Washington Irving

85. Which 1980s pop trio was named after a 1960 film starring Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood?

A. Fine Young Cannibals (after All The Fine Young Cannibals)

86. Which German model married the pop star Seal and also had a child by the Formula One executive Flavio Briatore?

A. Heidi Klum

87. The official 2013 single for Comic Relief was One Way Or Another by One Direction. Who recorded the original version in 1978?

A. Blondie

88. Which trumpeter, who died in March 2013 had a hit with Midnight In Moscow

A. Kenny Ball

89. What instrument was played by Benny Goodman?

A. Clarinet

90. How many cardinals voted in the recent Papal Election? (no leeway)

A. 115

91. What colour does the prefix Xantho indicate?

A. Yellow

92. What chemical compound has the formula CuSO4?

A. Copper Sulphate

93. Where, specifically on a ship would you find a Jack Staff?

A. At the bow (front most part) – it is a flagpole

94. For what genre of photography was Ansel Adams well-known?

A. Landscapes (Mainly USA and in black and white)

95. Ummagumma and Pulse are live albums by which English rock band?

A. Pink Floyd

96. How many days are there in a year on Venus? – some leeway

A. 225 (Accept 220-230

97. Who did Richard Nixon beat into 2nd place in the US Presidential election in 1968?

A. Hubert H Humphrey (George Wallace finished in 3rd place)

98. Which electronics company’s name means “three stars” in Korean?

A. Samsung.

99. In which English county is the high security prison Broadmoor?

A. Berkshire.

100. Which British politician said in a speech in May 1945: “This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organising genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time”?

A. Aneurin Bevan.


101. Name one of the 2 European Union member states that do not have a land border with another member.

A. Malta or Cyprus.

102. Name one of the 6 countries that share a border with Burkina Faso.

A. Mali, Niger, Benin, Ghana, Togo or Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

103. Historic vehicles are exempt from vehicle excise duty. Before what year must they have been made to qualify as historic vehicles? – some leeway

A. 1973 (Accept between 1971 and 1975)

104. What is the name of Professor Dumbledore’s younger brother, played by Ciaran Hinds in the film Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows; Part Two?

A. Aberforth

105. Which motorway runs closest to Stansted Airport?

A. M11

106. Which motorway runs closest to Gatwick Airport?

A. M23

107. In which year did Thomas Cook begin his travel company with a 12 mile train journey between Leicester and Loughborough? – some leeway

A. 1841 (accept 1837-1845)

108. In which year were over 100 British subjects allegedly imprisoned in the Black Hole Of Calcutta? – some leeway

A. 1756 (accept 1751-1761)

109. To whom was the nickname “Piccadilly Commandos” given in Britain during World War Two?

A. Prostitutes

110. Who had a successful posthumous album called American VI: Ain’t No Grave?

A. Johnny Cash

111. In Eastern cuisine, what is the main ingredient of a pongal dish?

A. Rice (particularly in India)

112. Which major house of fashion manufactured uniforms for The Schutzstaffel (The SS) during the 1930s?

A. Hugo Boss

113. The castle of Neuschwanstein (pronounced noy-shwan-stine) was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria in homage to which composer?

A. Richard Wagner

114. How many minutes do MPs have to vote after the division bell is sounded? – no leeway

A. Eight

115. Which artist, born in Calais in 1821, is probably best remembered for his painting The Last of England, depicting an emigrating couple?

A. Ford Maddox Brown.

116. Which company was responsible for the Bhopal Disaster of 1984?

A. Union Carbide

117. In which city was Interpol founded?

A. Vienna (in 1923)

118. Who is the current MotoGP world champion?

A. Jorge Lorenzo

119. Give one of the other forenames of the Prime Minister David Cameron.

A. William or Donald

120. The site of the Roman “town” of Wroxeter is in which county?

A. Shropshire


Q. Which Shakespeare play is set mainly in Cyprus?

A. Othello.

Q. In Greek mythology who was the first woman?

A. Pandora.

Q. Who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations?

A. Trygve Lee.

Q. What is the name of the local pub in the TV series Shameless?

A. The Jockey.

Q. Which painter has been suggested, without any discernible evidence, as a Jack the Ripper suspect?

A. Walter Sickert.

Q. In response to the observation “Goodness! What lovely diamonds!”, who said “Goodness had nothing to do with it, Dearie!”

A. Mae West.


1. According to the CIA’s World Factbook, what is the population of Japan?

A. 127,253,075

2. According to the British Airways website, the fastest flight by Concorde between London and New York was on 7th February, 1996. How long was the flight?

A. 2hrs. 52min. 59secs.