Wednesday, January 22, 2014

21st January–The Questions


SPECIALIST QUESTIONS
by the Lamb Shanks, vetted by The Wharf
Art & Culture
Entertainment
EnterTRainment
Geography
History
Notable Numbers
Science
Sport

ART AND CULTURE
1 Who wrote "I keep six honest serving men, (They taught me all I knew), their names are What and
Why and When, and How and Where and Who"?
(Rudyard Kipling - from the Just So Stories)
2 Who said "Whenever I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver"?
(Hanns Johst - accept Herman Goering to whom it is usually attributed)
3 Who was the Architect who publicised 'his' design for The Millennium Footbridge in London, but
rapidly passed blame to others in the team that designed and built it when users found it wobbled?
(Lord Norman Foster of Foster and Partners)
4 What are the parts of the Ionic frieze from the Parthenon that are on display in the British Museum
better known as?
(The Elgin Marbles)
5 What would you do with a Theremin (pronounced 'there a min')?
(Play it- it is early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist. or performer. It is named after the westernized name of its Russian inventor. Leon Theremin, who patented the device in 1928;
6 In 1879 Robert Louis Stephenson published a travelogue of his time in the Cevennes with
Modestine. Who. or what, was Modestine?
(His donkey - the book is called Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes)
7 'My bed' was exhibited at the Tate Gallery in 1999 as one of the shortlisted works for the Turner
Prize. Who was the young British artist responsible for it?
(Tracey Emin)
8 Which Renaissance man was the first person to produce drawings of a design for a helicopter?
(Leonardo da Vinci)
Supplementaries
51 When, (in years AD) was the prophet Muhammed born?
(circa 570 AD - accept any year between 540 and 600 AD)
52 Where did the artist Claude Monet live and work from 1883 until his death in 1926?
(Giverney, where his 'Water Lilies' paintings were done in his garden)
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ENTERTAINMENT
1 Who had a No.1 hit single in 1985 with "The power of love"?
(Jennifer Rush)
2 Who directed the 1957 film "Bridge on the River Kwai"?
(David Lean)
3 Who is taking Jessie J's place in the next series of BBC's "the Voice"?
(Kylie Minogue)
4 In which TV sitcom was the catchphrase "Language Timothy" used?
(Sorry)
5 Who took over from Nick Hancock as the presenter of the TV show “Room 101”?
(Paul Merton)
6 Which Hollywood actress’s last film was “High Society”
Grace Kelly
7 Who won the Oscar for best director in 2002 for "The Pianist"?
(Roman Polanski)
8 Whose first solo No.1 British hit single was "I'm still waiting" in 1971
(Diana Ross)
Supplementaries
51 Who played the title role in the TV series "Frasier"?
(Kelsey Grammer)
52 Which Midlands band had Dave Hill on guitar and Don Powell on drums?
(Slade)
ENTERTRAINMENT
1 From which London terminus would you catch a direct train to Oxford?
(Paddington)
2 Which heritage railway runs from Loughborough to Leicester Central?
(The Great Central Railway)
3 The Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul was operated by which company from its inception in 1883?
(Company Internationale des Wagon-Lits - accept Wagon-Lits or the International Sleeping Car Company)
4 If you caught a direct train from Sheffield to London at which London terminus would you arrive?
(St Pancras International)
5 Which is the only railway in the UK that does not attach the carriages to the locomotives?
(The Snowdon Mountain Railway)
6 Which 1927 silent movie starring Buster Keaton was named after a famous locomotive stolen by
Union spies from behind enemy lines in the American Civil War?
(The General)
7 Which Welsh narrow gauge railway, closed in 1937 and reopened in 2011, runs for 25 miles between
Caemarfon and Porthmadog?
(The Welsh Highland Railway)
8 Which railway company built the line south from Macclesfield which opened in 1849?
(The North Staffordshire Railway Company)
' Supplementaries
51 By what name was Macclesfield railway station known as prior to 1960?
(Macclesfield Central)
52 What is the voltage of the overhead electrified lines on Network Rail railway lines?
(25,000 volts alternating current)
GEOGRAPHY
1 What river flows through Middlesbrough?
(Tees)
2 What city was the capital of Japan before Tokyo was made the capital in 1868?
(Kyoto)
3 Which of the US states is the most southerly?
(Hawaii)
4 Which river flows through the US city of Memphis?
(Mississippi)
5 What is the highest mountain in Germany?
(Zugspitze (Bavarian Alps))
6 In which English county is the town of Crook?
(Durham)
7 With which country does Israel share its longest border?
(Jordan)
8 Which federal German state surrounds the city of Berlin?
(Brandenburg)
Supplementaries
51 What is the state capital of Vermont?
(Montpelier)
52 In which body of water is the island of Capri?
(The Bay of Naples)
HISTORY
1 Who became Labour Foreign Secretary at the age of 39 in 1977?
(David Owen)
2 In what decade was the electric chair first used for executions in the United States of America?
(1890's-ln1890)
3 Which territory was sold by Genoa to France in 1768?
(Corsica)
4 Who, in 1865, became the first Englishwoman to qualify as a physician and surgeon in Britain?
(Elizabeth Garrett Anderson)
5 Which great battle, codename Operation Citadel, took place between the 5th of July and the 23rd of
August 1943^
(The battle of Kursk)
6 Executed in 1685. the Duke of Monmouth was the illegitimate son of which monarch?
(Charles II)
7 Which 18th Century British Prime Minister served for a record 21 years?
(Robert Walpole)
8 In which country did Operation Market Garden take place in 1944?
(The Netherlands)
Supplementaries
51 Who was the mother of Elizabeth I?
(Anne Boleyn)
52 Which aviation disaster took place at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey in 1937
(The Hindenburg disaster)
NOTABLE NUMBERS
1 What carried the number 4472 at the start of her working life, and has carried it on and off since
withdrawal from service and preservation?
(The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman)
2 Why is an acceleration of 9.81 m/sec2 (metres per second per second) noteworthy?
(It is the accepted value of g - the acceleration due to gravity or gravitational acceleration or standard gravity)
3 When Eric Clapton lived on Ocean Boulevard in Miami, Florida, what was the number of the house
he lived in?
(461 - his album 461 Ocean Boulevard commemorates this)
4 How many main colours are there in the visible spectrum or in a rainbow (as identified by Newton)?
(7 - Red. orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet)
5 Where in the United Kingdom are hills higher than 3000 feet called Muiros?
(Scotland)
6 Who has the number 6.023x1023/kg mole (six point nought two three times ten to the twenty six
per kilogramme mole) named after him?
(Antonio Avogadro - it is - Avogadro's number, N)
7 What is the value of (Pi) - to three decimal places or as a fraction?
(Accept 3.142 or 22/7)
8 Why is the number 53 associated with Volkswagen Beetles?
(It was the number carried by the car named Herbie in the Disney film 'The Love Bug' and subsequent Herbie film sequels -accept any answer containing the words in italics)
Supplementaries
51 When Tchaikovsky wrote an overture to commemorate Russia's defence of its motherland against
Napoleon's invading army what did he call it?
(The Year 1812 - accept the 1812 Overture)
52 How many degrees below zero degrees Celsius (or Centigrade) is Absolute Zero?
(273.15-accept 273)

SCIENCE
1 What is a compression-ignition internal combustion engine better known as?
(Diesel engine)
2 What did Sir Donald Bailey invent to be carried in parts by soldiers of the Royal Engineers?
(The Bailey Bridge)
3 What does the 'N' stand for in NPK fertiliser?
(Nitrogen - P is for Phosphorous and K is for Potassium)
4 What term, along with Yaw and Pitch, describes the motion of an aeroplane about its three axes?
(Roll)
5 Buckminsterfullerene is an allotrope of which element?
(Carbon)
6 What property of Uranium Hexafluouride at temperatures above 57 Degrees centigrade enables it to
be used in enriching uranium for use in nuclear reactors and weapons
(It is a gas)
7 What colour does litmus paper turn in the presence of solution with a pH value of 2?
(Red)
8 Whose law, expressed mathematically as PV=k (a constant), states that the pressure exerted by a
gas is inversely proportional to the volume it occupies, as long as the temperature is a constant?
(Boyles Law - accept also Boyle-Mariotte law or Mariotte's law)
Supplementaries
51 What type of steel is an alloy of Iron, Carbon, at least 10.5% Chromium, and other elements such as
Nickel, Manganese and Molybdenum?
(Stainless Steel)
52 What is the pesticide chemical Dichloro Diphenyl Trichloro Ethane abbreviated to?
(DDT)
SPORT
1 Which footballer kicked Matthew Simmons and was sent off playing against Crystal Palace at
Selhurst Park on Tuesday 25th January 1995?
(Eric Cantona)
2 How many regular season games did the Detroit Lions American football team play in the 2008 NFL
season when they set an unwanted record by losing all their regular season games?
(16-no leeway)
3 At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, who came last in both the 70m and 90m ski-jumping
events?
(Eddie "the eagle" Edwards)
4 Which country was California born runner Sarah Attar representing when she came last in her 800m
heat at the 2012 London Olympics?
(Saudi Arabia)
5 Name the cyclist who won a record seven consecutive Tour de France races between 1999 and
2005, ail of which he was subsequently disqualified from
(Lance Armstrong)
6 Which nation lost 64-0 to Australia in the semi-final of the 2013 Rugby League world cup?
(Fiji)
7 In which country are the world's highest Marathons run?
(Nepal - after trekking up to the start at Everest Base Camp you run mostly downhill!)
8 Which county was bowled out by Lancashire for 20 runs at Chelmsford on the 14th June 2013?
(Essex)
Supplementaries
51 As at 1st January 2014 how many premier league clubs have changed their managers since the end
of the 2012/2013 football season?
(11 - Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton, Tottenham, Manchester United, Stoke, West Bromwich, Fulham, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Sunderland. Accept 10, 11 or 12)
52 Which 1903 motor race on open public roads was stopped by the French government at Bordeaux
after more than half of the cars had crashed or retired, at least 12 people were presumed dead and
more than 100 injured?
(The Paris - Madrid motor race)

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
Set by The Wharf, vetted by the Lamb Shanks
1. Which Puccini heroine dies by throwing herself from the walls of the Castel Sant' Angelo?
Tosca
2. What is the lowest female singing voice?
Contralto
3. Which sea bird has varieties including Atlantic, Horned and Tufted?
Puffin
4. Which Italian word for bottle means a complete and utter failure when used in the English language?
Fiasco
5. Which Canadian born architect famous for his odd shaped designs was responsible for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain?
Frank Gehry
6. Which song containing 'mother' in the title contains the lyrics 'No, I would not give you false hope on this strange and mournful day'?
The Mother and Child Reunion
7. Until it was surpassed by cotton, which gratifying substance was Britain's largest single import between 1750 and 1820?
Sugar
8. What mounting traditionally holds the compass on the bridge of a ship?
The Binnacle
9. Which Liberal Democrat M.P., now back in the cabinet, resigned as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in May 2010 after an expenses scandal involving claiming for rent payments made to his gay partner?
David Laws
10. What number is between 5 and 1 on a dartboard?
20
11. Which Cyber dog was responsible for the sheep rustling for which innocent Gromit was sent to prison?
Preston
12. Which is the only Commonwealth country in South America?
Guyana
13. Ovine is an adjective which refers to which group of animals?
Sheep
14. What is the capital of Norway?
Oslo
15. Which cartoon character was honoured by the Dalai Lama?
Tin Tin
(Tin Tin in Tibet' was published in the same year that the Dalai
Lama had to flee from Tibet).
16. What planetary object has an orbital period of 75 to 76 years?
Halley's Comet
17. What is the Square root of 2025?
45
18. Jailed as a result of the expenses scandal what other form of
parliamentary abuse has peer Lord Hanningfield been accused of more recently, in December 2013?
For allegedly clocking in and out of Parliament very very briefly to claim the daily expenses.
19. How many players are there in each team in a traditional Scottish game of shinty?
12
20. What is the name of the dog in Enid BIyton's Secret Seven books?
Scamper
21. The title of which Beatles song is a Nigerian Tribal greeting?
Ob la di ob la da
22. Cervine is an adjective which refers to which type of animal?
Deer
23 What is the capital of the American state of Florida?
Tallahassee
24. Which cartoon character has vital statistics of 19 19 19?
Olive Oyl
25. Which British car was the first to sell over a million models?
Morris Minor
26. What number is represented by the binomial number one, nought, nought, one, nought, one. (100101)?
37
27. What was the name of the group who staged a protest at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Feb 2012, as a protest against the church's support for President Putin?
Pussy Riot
28. What colour ring in an archery target is worth 7 points?
Red
29. What is the name of the first dog that appears, befriending Mr
Fredrickson and Russell, in the Walt Disney/Pixarfilm 'Up'?
Dug
30. What music was the signature tune of the T.V. detective series Van der Valk?
Eye Level
31. What is the more familiar term for 'horripilation'?
Goosebumps (accept also the bristling of hair)
32. What is the capital of South Australia?
Adelaide
33. Which cartoon animals favourite food is lasagne?
Garfield
34. What was the world's tallest structure for 40 years, starting from 1889?
The Eiffel Tower
35. What number is represented by the roman numerals LXXIX?
79
36. What was the name for the ship used by Greenpeace activists in the Sept 2013 anti drilling protests against an off shore oil rig owned by the Russian Company Gazprom?
The Artic Sunrise
37. How many yards long is a full size (i.e. not garden) croquet lawn as defined by the Laws of Association Croquet?
35
38. Name the Egyptian jackal dog of the Afterworld?
Anubis
39. Whose mother was named Stanley Ann Dunham?
Barrack Obama
40. Dystokia means difficult parturition. What does parturition mean?
Giving birth
41. Lake Garda is the largest lake in which country?
Italy
42. In which Walt Disney classic would you find the three fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather?
Sleeping Beauty
43. What claim to fame does Valentina Tereshkova have?
1st woman in space
44. What are the roman numerals for 1500?
MD
45. Which Bolshevik leader was assassinated in Mexico in 1940?
Leon Trotsky
46. Who won a best actress Oscar for the 1971 film 'Klute'?
Jane Fonda
47. Who Played James Bond in the Film 'A Licence to Kill'?
Timothy Dalton
48. Who painted 'A Rakes Progress'?
Hogarth
49. How many piston valves does a standard B-flat trumpet have?
3
50. Which Dickens novel is partly set in the US?
(The Life and Adventures of) Martin Chuzzlewit
51. Which 1989 film starred Richard Pryor as a blind man and Gene Wilder as a deaf man?
See No Evil, Hear No Evil
52. The BCG vaccine is used to combat which illness?
Tuberculosis
53. What number is represented by the binomial number one, nought, one, one, one, nought (101110)?
46
54. Which Israeli Prime Minister shared the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize with Anwar Sadat?
Menachem Begin
55. Who hosted the I.T.V. Quiz Show Sale of the Century?
Nicholas Parsons
56. In which James Bond film does Tee Hee appear?
Live and Let Die
57. In the Knitting instruction C8 what does the C stand for?
Cable
58. According to the Elvis Presley song where is Heartbreak Hotel?
Lonely Street
59. Which British author wrote a series of novels set in Barsetshire?
Anthony Trollope
60. In what 1979 movie does Mel Gibson drive a heavily modified 1973 Ford Falcon XB GT?
Mad Max
61. In mobile phone technology, what does 3G mean?
Third Generation
62. What is the square root of 1089?
33
63. Who was British Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1979 to 1983?
Geoffrey Howe
64. Which 1978 film thriller stared Faye Dunaway as a fashion photographer and Tommy Lee Jones as a Police Lieutenant?
The Eyes of Laura Mars
65. Which Comic Strip Super Hero's real name is Peter Parker?
Spider Man
66. Beethoven wrote only one opera. What was it called?
Fidelio
67. What is the title of the only book published by Emily Bronte?
Wuthering Heights
68. In which Sheridan play does Mrs Malaprop appear?
The Rivals
69. Which 1984 movie stars Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and a 1959 Cadillac Miller Meteor Ambulance?
Ghostbusters
70. How many men have walked on the Moon?
12
71. What are the roman numerals which represent 530?
DXXX
72. Which British Movement for political reform centred on the London Working Men's Association?
Chartism
73. Which Coronation Street character was played for 20 years by Bernard Youens who died in 1984?
Stan Ogden
74. In which British comic did the character Billy Whizz first appear in the 1960s?
The Beano
75. Peter Griffin is the lead character in which American T.V. series?
Family Guy
76. Peggoty, Betsey Trotwood and Uriah Heep are all characters in which Dickens novel?
David Copperfield
77. Which son of David and Bathsheba became the third king of Israel?
Solomon
78. The prancing horse is the symbol of which racing car?
Ferrari
79. What imperial unit of distance is equal to 4.8 kilometres on land?
League
80. What number is represented by the roman numerals DCCVII?
707
81. The prayer wheel is a traditional component of which Eastern religion?
Buddism
82. In the Simpsons what is the name of Springfield's Mayor?
Joe Quimby
83. In the Peanuts comic strip what is the name of Snoopy's brother?
Spike
84. Which U.K. investment bank was famously brought down by Nick Leeson?
Barings
85. A Nye is a flock of which type of birds?
Pheasants
86. What is the capital of New Zealand?
Wellington
87. In the old testament whose sons were the traditional ancestors for the twelve tribes of Israel?
Jacob
88. Which unlikely 1967 winner of the Grand National had a fence on the course named after him in 1984?
Foinavon
89. What word refers to an Indonesian Island, a computer programming language and a slang word for coffee?
Java
90. Which U.S. composer and long time conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra wrote the music for 'West Side Story' and 'On the Waterfront'?
Leonard Bernstein
91. What musical term indicates that the work is to be sung without accompaniment?
Cappella - accept also 'a capella'
92. What type of animal is a Zebu?
A cow
93. In gastronomy what is the French word for between the ribs?
Entrecote
94. Who designed Marble Arch and the Brighton Pavilion?
John Nash
95. Which song, containing mother in the title, contains the lyrics 'What a drag it is getting old'?
Mother's Little Helper
96. Which American state lends its name to a baked pudding made with ice cream, sponge and meringue?
Alaska (Baked Alaska)
Supplementaries
S1. The Australian Kookaburra is the largest species of which type of bird?
Kingfisher
S2. Queen Anne was the second daughter of which English King?
James II (James the second)
S3. Which unit of depth is named after the old English for 'embracing arms or outstretched arms'?
Fathom
S4. Which title did press baron Harold Harmsworth assume in 1919?
1st Viscount Rothermere
S5. Which unusual method for testing the durability of their new car was employed by Hyundai at Knowsley Safari Park?
They left it in the baboon enclosure
S6. In music for what would you use a metronome?
Keeping time
S7. What unusual method did comedienne Jo Brand employ to soften butter on the first episode of the Great Comic Relief Bake Off?
She sat on it

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