Wednesday, January 29, 2014



   Questions set by the Waters Green Lemmings and the Bate Horntails.
Q1: The characters Vladimir and Estragon appear?

A: Waiting for Godot.
Q2: What relation was Pliny the Younger to Pliny the Elder?

A: Nephew.
Q3: Which member of the Royal Family is nicknamed “Princess Pushy”? 

A: Princess Michael of Kent.
Q4: What was the name of Perry Mason’s secretary?

A: Della Street.
Q5: What famous French film production/newsreel brand, established in 1896, was the first major movie corporation?                                                                                                                     A: Pathé (Pathé Frères - Pathé Brothers)
Q6: Which King conferred the title “Royal and Ancient” on the Golf Club at St. Andrews?

A: William IV.
Q7: In which U.S. state is the vast majority of Yellowstone National Park?

A: Wyoming.
Q8: Which was the last British group to win the Eurovision Song Contest?

A: Katrina and the Waves (in 1997 with Love Shine A Light).
Q9: In October 2013, Sebastian Vettel won the F1 Driver’s Championship for the 4th consecutive time, but how many other people have achieved this feat?

A: Three: (Juan Manuel Fangio; Alain Prost; Michael Schumacher).
Q10: Which country finished third in the 1966 World Cup?                                                                                                                                 A: Portugal.                                                      
Q11: What was the surname of Art Historian and nun, Sister Wendy?                                                                                                                                 A: Becket.
Q12: What is the capital of Tajikistan?                                                                                                                                 A: Dushanbe.
Q13: Which Beatles album followed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?

A: Magical Mystery Tour.
Q14: Which detective was created by W J Burley? 

A: Wycliffe.
Q15: Which of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five owned Timmy the Dog?                                                                                                                                 A: George.
Q16: In which prison was the television series “Porridge” set?                                                                                                                        Slade.  
Q17: Where in the human body is the radius?                                                                                                                                 A: The forearm (accept arm).
Q18: To which country do the islands of Spitzbergen belong?                                                                                                                        A: Norway.  
Q19: In which year was the Festival of Britain?                                                                                                                                 A: 1951.
Q20: In whose shop window did Bagpuss sit?

A: Emily’s.  
Q1: At which English racecourse would you find Devil’s Dyke?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Newmarket.
Q2: Which is the largest moon in the Solar System?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Ganymede.
Q3: How many Nobel Prizes are usually awarded each year?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Six: (Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Peace and Economics).
Q4: Who was the last King of Italy?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Umberto II.
Q5: Which Scottish town is home to the football club St. Mirren?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Paisley.
Q6: Matt Baker (TV presenter) was a Junior British gymnast and sports acrobatics champion until the age of 14, which current TV programme is he co-presenting?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: The One Show.
Q7: In which country is the Burj Khalifa skyscraper?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Dubai (accept United Arab Emirates).
Q8: What would you be doing if you suffered from Bruxism?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Excessively grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw.
Q9: What would you be doing if you suffered from Sternutation?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Sneezing.
Q10: When Ed Milliband beat his brother David to become leader of the Labour Party, who came third?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Ed Balls.
Q11: Who was the first Christian Martyr, with his feast day on 26th December?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: St. Stephen.
Q12: Which American, in 1921, was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Edith Wharton for “The Age of Innocence”.
Q13: A new atomic element was confirmed in August 2013. How many does this make in total?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: 115 (Accept 114-116).
Q14: Who captained England when they won the inaugural Women’s Cricket World Cup, held in England in 1973?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Rachel Heyhoe-Flint.
Q15: What is the easternmost city in England?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Norwich.
Q16: Which actor played Tony Martin, the canteen manager in Victoria Wood’s sitcom ‘Dinner Ladies’?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Andrew Dunn.
Q17: Which tragic Hollywood star was born Frances Ethel Gumm in 1922?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Judy Garland.
Q18: The first wife of British folk singer Ewan MacColl was well known as a left-wing theatre director – who was she?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Joan Littlewood.
Q19: Who won the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Comedy Award?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Brigitte Christie.
Q20: What card game would you be playing if your team won the Bermuda Bowl (the World Team Championship for this sport?)                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Contract Bridge (accept Bridge)

Q1: Which comedian played Archie the Inventor in “Balamory”?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Miles Jupp.
Q2: What was name of the lawyer for the defence in the Scopes Monkey trial, held in Tennessee in 1925?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Clarence Darrow.
Q3: Give one of the Queen’s middle names.                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Alexandra or Mary.
Q4: Which British Prime Minister was preceded by Arthur Balfour and succeeded by Herbert Asquith?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Henry Campbell-Bannerman.
Q5: Name the “Time Team” archaeologist who died in 2013?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Professor Mick Aston.
Q6: John Utzon was the Danish architect of which famous building, opened in 1956?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: The Sydney Opera House.
Q7: In the 1920s, who was known as the IT girl?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Clara Bow.
Q8: Who was the voice behind the comments in the BBC TV series “Grumpy Old Men”?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Geoffrey Palmer.
Q9: Which Emergency Committee meets in Cabinet Briefing Room A?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: COBRA (hence the name).
Q10: Which Beatles song includes a line about grandchildren called Vera, Chuck and Dave?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: When I’m 64.
Q11: Which long-running Radio 4 panel game was devised in the 1960 by Ian Messiter?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Just a minute.
Q12: “Common Carder”, “Carpenter” and “Field Cuckoo” are all examples of which type of U.K.insect?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Bees.
Q13: Which 19th century scientist took the name Gregor on becoming an Augustinian monk?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Gregor Mendel.
Q14: There are 2 major league baseball teams based in New York City. One is the Yankees. What’s the other called?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: New York Mets.
Q15: What is the currency of Iraq?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Dinar.
Q16: London Zoo is in which Park?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Regent’s Park.
Q17: In which year was the racehorse Shergar stolen?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: 1983.
Q18: To be called ‘Right Honourable’ in the UK parliament, an MP must be a member of which other body?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: The Privy Council.
Q19: How many professional fights did Muhammed Ali have during his career?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: 61 (Accept 58-63).
Q20: Oil of vitriol is a common name used for which chemical substance?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Sulphuric Acid.

Q1: Who  was the mother of Queen Elizabeth the First?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Ann Boleyn.
Q2: Opened in 1761, which waterway was the design work of the engineer James Brindley?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: The Bridgewater Canal.
Q3: Which U.S. state only has borders with Alabama and Georgia?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Florida.
Q4: Blue Agave is a plant used in the production of which type of distilled drink?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Tequila.
Q5: In which country is the Yucatan peninsula?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Mexico.
Q6: Laura Trott OBE is a reigning Olympic champion in 2 cycling events. One is the pursuit. What’s the other called?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: The Omnium.

Q7: In Archery, what is a bodkin?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: The metal tip of an arrow.
Q8: The Standard Oil Company was founded by which American in 1870?                                                                                                                                                                                     A: John D. Rockerfeller.

Q9: Who wrote the novel “Tender is the Night”?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Q10: To be a member of a Gurkha Army regiments in the UK Army, you have to be born in which country?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Nepal.
Q11: What is the literal translation of the French word “biscuit”?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Twice-cooked.
Q12: Which river flows through the town of Stafford?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: The Stour.
Q13: Which river flows through the town of Carlisle.                                                                                                                                                                                   A: The Eden.
Q14: Which Welsh band had a hit in the 1990s with “Mulder and Scully”?                                                                A: Catatonia.
Q15: What colour are the county caps worn by Surrey cricketers?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Brown.
Q16: The Baltimore Ravens won the 2013 Superbowl. In which state is Baltimore?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Maryland.
Q17: Who immediately preceded Robert Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe? This person left office in 1987?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Canaan Banana.

Q18: In 2011, which company appointed Tim Cook as Chief Executive Officer?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Apple.
Q19: What word is used to describe a red deer that is more than 5 years old?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: A Hart.
Q20: Which Welsh city was once referred to as ‘Copper-opolis’?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Swansea.
Q1: Which Scottish city also famous for Cake and Jam, was once known as ‘Jute-opolis’?                                                                                                                                                                                    A: Dundee.
Q2: As of January 23rd, 2014, who is manager of Southampton football club?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Mauricio Pocettino.
Q3: What is the name of the tiny computer introduced in 2012 to get children interested in programming?                                                                                                                                                                                  A: The Raspberry Pi.
Q4: Who is the patron Saint of LOST CAUSES (or Cases despaired of?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: St. Jude. Also accept Thaddeus ( …question arose after the storm across southern areas of UK on October 28th 2013).
Q5: In which classic TV quiz did contestants undertake a “gold run”?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Blockbusters.
Q6: 51 years ago in 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the coverage was recently ‘in the news’. What number US President was he?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: 35th.
Q7: The Kinder trespass was a landmark act of social disobedience in the pursuit of National Parks, but in which year did the trespass occur?                                                                                                                                                                                   A: 1932 (accept 1930-34).
Q8: What’s the family name of the Dukes of Westminster?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Grosvenor.
Q9: Of which satirical magazine was Alan Coren the editor?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Punch.
Q10: ‘Going for an English’ was a catch phrase used in which 90`s TV programme??                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Goodness, Gracious Me.

Q11: Who was the first woman to receive the Order of Merit?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Florence Nightingale.
Q12: What is the name of the body of water between Portsmouth and the north-east shore of the Isle of Wight?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Spithead.
Q13: Who was the Conservative Party leader directly before David Cameron?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Michael Howard (Nov 2003 – Dec 2005).
Q14: In the human body, the apocrine and eccrine glands secrete which substance?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Sweat.

Q15: Who sang at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert while hula-hooping?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Grace Jones.
Q16: In a music concert, what’s the term used to describe when the orchestra stops playing and a soloist continues to play alone?
A: Cadenza.
Q17: Who played Dirk Gently in BBC4’s eponymous comedy drama?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Stephen Mangham.
Q18: In the BBC sitcom ‘Porridge’, who played the part of Norman Stanley Fletcher’s cell mate, Lenny Godber?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Richard Beckinsale.

Q19: Where would you find a lychgate?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: At the entrance to a churchyard.
Q20: Who was President of FIFA immediately before Sepp Blatter took over in 1998?                                                                                                                                                                          A: Joao Havelange.

Q1: Who played the title role in the film “The Bodyguard”?                                                                                                                                                                                     A: Kevin Costner.
Q2: Which British Field Marshal once wrote…  ‘We have in the service the scum of the earth as common soldiers’?
A: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.
Q3: Which country hosted the 1998 World Cup?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: France.
Q4: What’s the meaning of the word ‘GLOSSOLALIA’?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Speaking in Tongues (Incomprehensible speech in an imaginary language].
Q5 Who was John Major’s deputy Prime Minister?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Michael Hesletine (appointed 1995).
Q6: What substance did Americans call ‘Liberty Cabbage’ towards the end of World War I?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Sauerkraut.
Q7: In the Shrek films, which actor voices the cat?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Antonio Banderas.
Q8: In what year did the New Labour government raise the legal age for buying cigarettes from 16 to 18?                                                                                                                                                                                   A: 2007.
Q9: Which river marks the division between Men of Kent and Kentish Men?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: The Medway.
Q10: What’s the name of the former Conservative Energy ‘adviser’ who suggested in July 2013 that fracking should be carried out in the desolate areas of UK like the North-East of England?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Lord Howell (George Osborne’s father-in-law)    .
Q11 Which poet wrote “The Wasp He Is A Nasty One”?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Pam Ayres.
Q12: Which universal physical constant is commonly represented by the letter c?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: The speed of light (in a vacuum, which is ~ 700 million mph).
Q13: The M3 motorway runs from London to which other UK city?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Southampton.
Q14: Which Tom Hanks film features a fortune telling machine called Zoltar Speaks?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Big.
Q15: In July 2013, which country became the 28th EU member?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Croatia.
Q16: Clawhammer is a playing style most often associated with which string instrument?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Banjo.
Q17: Name the last British player previous to Andy Murray to win the Men’s Wimbledon title?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Fred Perry.
Q18: Who replaced Lewis Hamilton at the Mercedes Formula 1 team for the 2013 season?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Sergio Perez.
Q19: Accounting for circa.30% of total global tax revenues, what form of tax did France introduce in 1954, W Germany 1968, UK 1973 and China 1984?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Value Added Tax.
Q20: What make of aircraft is considered the first jet to fly under turbojet power?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Heinkel.   (Heinkel He178 prototype of the Luftwaffe, German Air Force, Aug 1939)
QS1: In the 3.30p.m. race at Towcester on 7 November 2013, jockey A.P.McCoy rode his 4000th winner. What was the name of the horse?                                                                                                                                                                                     A: Mountain Tunes.

QS2: On 7 November 2013, the heads of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ appeared together in public for the first time ever in front of Parliamentary Intelligence and Security committee. Name one of these people.                                                                                                                                                                                     A: Andrew Parker(MI5); John Sawers (MI6); Iain Lobban (GCHQ)   
QS3: In which year did British Rail run its last main line passenger steam train?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: 1968
QS4: In the 1980s, which character’s catchphrase was “Giz a job”?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Yozzer Hughes.
QS5: What was the name of the super storm that lashed New England in October 2012?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Sandy.
QS6: What is the name of Father Ted’s housekeeper?                                                                                                                                                                                      A: Mrs. Doyle.
QS7: What country has the internet top level domain (TLD) suffix .za?                                                                                                                                                                                      A:. South Africa (derived from Dutch for South Africa, Zuid-Afrika - Dutch was the early official colonial language of SA, before Afrikaans, a daughter of and very similar language to Dutch, it developed in SA during and since colonization)
TIE BREAKER: Queensland is the second largest state in Australia, how many square kilometres is it?   Answer: 1,727,200 Square Kilometres.