Wednesday, October 29, 2014



Cup Round 1


Questions set by:



Harrington ‘B’

What well-known product was invented in 1886 by John Pemberton, who at that time was addicted to morphine and was looking to find a less harmful substitute?


The entrepreneur Donald F Duncan introduced which toy in 1929, often thought to be based on a weapon used by 16th Century Filipino hunters?


Who was the Greek God of time?


Which English King was the son of Edward, The Black Prince

Richard II

(The second)

Who succeeded Richard II as King in 1399?

Henry IV

(The fourth)

What name is given to the notorious tidal current in the Lofoten islands off Norway?


Which hit song from July 1979 was inspired by the doings of one Brenda Spencer on 29th January that year?

I Don’t Like Mondays

(by The Boomtown Rats)

Which motor manufacturer produces the model which has the best-selling car name of all time (the model has undergone at least eleven redesigns from 1966 to date)?


(the Corolla is the model in question)

What was Fanny Cradock’s real Christian name?


(Born as Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey)

What is the collective name for the handmaidens of Odin who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live?


Illustrated on its logo, the product Marmite is named after a French word for what?

Cooking Pot

Which Nintendo game first introduced the character of Mario?

Donkey Kong

(in 1981…pre-dating Super Mario Bros. by 4 years)

Which song was the Labour Party’s theme in its Election campaign of 1997?

Things can only get better

(by D:Ream)

Who is the only woman to have been French Prime Minister?

Edith Cresson

Who designed the first Blue Peter badge as well as the “Ship” logo used by the programme?

Tony Hart

Born in Ulverston in 1890, by what name was Arthur Stanley Jefferson better known?

Stan Laurel

Of which actress did Groucho Marx say “I knew her before she became a virgin”?

Doris Day

Who wrote and composed the Opera ‘Oedipus Rex’?


Who was the first “First Minister of Scotland”?

Donald Dewar

Who was the first Secretary General of The United Nations?

Trygve Lie

Against the people of which city did the Romans fight the Punic Wars?


Josip Broz was a Yugoslav revolutionary and statesman, serving in various roles from 1943 until his death in 1980. By what name is he better known?


Which famous Independent day and Boarding School in Derbyshire was founded by Sir John Port in 1557?

Repton School

Buddy Holly had a posthumous hit with the song "It doesn’t matter any more". Which singer / songwriter of the time wrote it?

Paul Anka

An alibi is a form of defence used in criminal proceedings where the accused attempts to prove their innocence. What does the Latin word alibi literally mean?


(The accused attempts to prove they were somewhere else at the time of the offence)

Who said in a speech in 1968 “As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see 'the River Tiber foaming with much blood'”?

Enoch Powell

In a famous 1871 poem, the wedding feast consisted of “mince and quince eaten with a runcible spoon“. Name either of the parties supposedly getting married.

Owl or Pussycat

(in the Edward Lear poem)

Who was the last King of France before the First French Republic was established in 1792?

Louis XVI

(the Sixteenth)

Which modern Japanese martial art is descended from swordsmanship and uses a weapon called a Shinai


Who wrote the book ‘Whisky Galore’?

Compton Mackenzie

Which fictional pirate captain went to his death murmuring the words ‘Floreat Etona’?

Captain Hook

In which London restaurant did Boris Becker have his famously brief, but expensive, 'affair' in a broom cupboard with model Angela Ermakova?


Who was the US President throughout the period of World War I?

Woodrow Wilson

Who was the UK Prime Minister at the outbreak of World War I?


Gruinard Island is an uninhabited Scottish island which was used as the scene for experiments on which bacterium during the 20th century?


Jihad is an Islamic term referring to a religious duty of Muslims. What does the word literally mean?


Who wrote the words of the hymn Jerusalem?

William Blake

What name is given to the assurance of support given in 1917 by the then UK Foreign Secretary for the establishment in Palestine of a Homeland for the Jewish people?

The Balfour Declaration

What does the letter “V“ stand for in DVD?


(Digital Versatile Disc)

In cricket, what is the width in inches of the wicket (consisting of three stumps)?

9 inches

As of 25/10/2014, who is the current UK Secretary of State for Health?

Jeremy Hunt

(mind how you pronounce it...)

In which winter holiday resort is the famous bobsleigh track known as the Cresta Run?

St Moritz

The Spanish Christmas Lottery is one of the oldest lotteries in the world, having been run every year since 1812. By what Spanish name is the lottey known?

El Gordo

(The Big One)

Who is the patron saint of musicians?

St Cecilia

In which city will the 2015 European Champions League Final be held?


Which city now stands on the site of the ancient city of Thebes and is often described as the "world's greatest open air museum"?


Which criminal,known as the “Black Panther“, was convicted of the kidnap and murder of Lesley Whittle, whose body was found in a drainage shaft in Kidsgrove in 1974?

Donald Neilson

Which female artist has released albums entitled “Ray of Light“, “Music“ and “Erotica“ amongst many others?


Which northern hempisphere capital city was previously called Christiana?


Who replaced Michael Gove as Secretary of Stae for Education in July this year?

Nicky Morgan

Who has recently won 4 awards at the 2014 MOBO (Music of Black origin) awards including Best Song and Best Male Act?

Sam Smith

Who won the 2013 Mercury Music Prize, now officially called the Barclaycard Mercury Prize?

James Blake

Which first class cricket county have recently said they are dropping their limited overs nickname of “Panthers“


Who directed the 1996 film 'Secrets and Lies'?

Mike Leigh

Which chemical element, with atomic number 3, is named after the Greek word for 'stone'?


In which novel did Michael Henchard sell his wife for five guineas?

The Mayor of Casterbridge

'The Maid of Buttermere', 'A Time To Dance' and 'The Hired Man' are all novels by which TV and Radio presenter?

Melvyn Bragg

Which horse won the 2014 St Leger Stakes in September?

Kingston Hill

In Norse mythology what is the name of the ultimate battle resulting in the death of several Gods and the submerging of the world in water?


Which musician‘s real birth name was John Simon Ritchie?

Sid Vicious


Which is the longest river in Europe?




In the world of music, how were Jake Shears, Babydaddy, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis and Paddy Boom collectively known?


Scissor Sisters


In the world of music, how were James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire, Sean Moore and Richey Edwards collectively known?


Manic Street Preachers


In the New Testament Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead – name either of Lazarus’s two sisters?


Martha or Mary


The film 2001 – A Space Odyssey was inspired by which Arthur C Clarke novel?


The Sentinel


Which was the first American city to host the Olympic games?


St Louis



The organisation RIBA represents which group of people?




Which car manufacturer designed Chris Boardman‘s 1992 Olympic gold medal winning bicycle?




Who was famous for playing the role of Miss Marple in the BBC TV series from 1984?


Joan Hickson


What is the name for a triangle having all sides of different length?




In Morse code what letter is represented by a single dash?




Spell the word MNEMONIC (pronounced NEMONIC) – an aid to memory?




Spell correctly the Gaelic word CEILIDH (pronounced KALY) used to describe an informal gathering for music, storytelling, dancing etc




Which English poet was described as “Mad, bad, and dangerous to know”?


Lord Byron


The Bernadotte Dynasty is the current ruling dynasty of which European Country?




Cassiterite is the principal ore of which metal?




Cinnabar is the principal ore of which metal?




Peter Griffin is the lead character in which TV cartoon series?


Family Guy


Which famous sporting team first began in Chicago in the 1920s when they were known as the Savoy Big Five?


Harlem Globetrotters


Which store uses “George” as a clothing trademark?




Who provided the voice for Shrek in the various films featuring that character?


Mike Myers


Who provided the voice of the baby in the film “Look Who’s Talking”?


Bruce Willis


“Songs of Innocence” is the controversial 13th studio album released by which band in September this year?



(Given away free on iTunes etc…)


On which Scottish island is Fingal’s Cave situated?




Which is the most northerly of the 4 main Channel Islands?




Who is missing – Cordelia, Goneril and?



(All King Lear’s Daughters)


The following lines are from which Shakespeare play? “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women players: They have their exits and their entrances”?


As You Like It


Who was the headmaster of Dotheboys Hall in Charles Dickens’s “Nicholas Nickleby”?


Wackford Squeers


There are only two South American countries that Brazil does not have land borders with – name either


Chile or Ecuador


Who played the Nazi camp Commandant in the film “Schindler’s List?”


Ralph Fiennes


What name is given to the Spanish soup, served cold, made with tomatoes, peppers and lemon?




In Which architect designed a famous house called Fallingwater in Pennsylvania as well as the Guggenheim Museum in New York?


Frank Lloyd Wright


Who designed Marble Arch and the Royal Brighton Pavilion?


John Nash


“Nobody does it better” by Carly Simon was the theme song to which James Bond film?


The Spy Who Loved Me


What name is given to a young female pig?




Which animal lives in a holt?




What is the name for an angle that is greater than 180°?




What footballing first did Brian Deane achieve whilst playing for Sheffield United against Manchester united on the 15th August 1992?


Scored the first ever Premier League goal


Who scored the winning goal in the 2004 / 2005 FA Cup Final with his last kick for the club?


Patrick Vieira


In which city did the crooks stage a traffic jam in order to pull off a gold bullion robbery in the film “The Italian Job”?




In which city was the Third Man set?




Which organisation’s name is Latin for table?




What is the name of the full moon nearest to the Autumn Equinox?


Harvest Moon


What was the title of the first Beatrix Potter book, published in 1902?


The Tale of Peter Rabbit


In George Orwell's '1984,' which ministry is responsible for censorship?


Ministry of Truth


In the 1970s, the slogan “made to make your mouth water” was used to advertise which confectionary?


Opal Fruits


Which company sells ice cream flavours such as Karamel Sutra, Cherry Garcia and Honey I'm Home?


Ben and Jerry


The popular pet bird called the cockatiel is native to which country?




In the human body, by what name is the tympanic membrane more commonly known?




What does the letter L stand for in Dorothy L Sayers?




How is the disease Pertussis more commonly known?


Whooping Cough


In American Universities, by what name is a second year student known?




Who is the last surviving actor of the original actors who played the “Magnificent Seven”?


Robert Vaughn


If all the chemical elements in the periodic table were listed alphabetically which one would come last?




If all the US States were listed alphabetically which one would come first?




In British history, who was the country's first socialist MP, elected in 1892?


Keir Hardie


During which civil war did the International Brigade operate?


Spanish Civil War


In which country will the 2018 Commonwealth Games be held?




Which murderer used the false name John Robinson whilst trying to escape to Quebec with his mistress?


Dr Crippen


Tabasco sauce takes its name from a region in which country?





At 7,310 feet, Mount Kosciusko is the highest mountain in which country?



Which musical instrument has a name that originates in Hawaii and means ‘jumping flea’?

The ukulele


Which US actress, the star of Hitchcock’s 1943 film Lifeboat, described herself as “pure as the driven slush”?

Tallulah Bankhead


In the Bible, who said “Am I my brother’s keeper?”



In Wuthering Heights, what is Cathy’s surname (before she marries Edgar Linton)?



What is the capital of the Canadian province of Newfoundland?

St Johns


In golf, who won the 2014 US Masters?

Bubba Watson


In which Pacific port is the eastern terminal of the Trans-Siberian railway?



Richard Fairbrass was the lead singer of which 1990s pop group?

Right Said Fred


Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry were the members of which spoof 1970’s rock group?

The Rutles

TIEBREAKERS - Nearest to the correct answer wins, if needs be…

Between 1981 and 2011, how many official NASA Space Shuttle missions were launched?

Answer – 135

If that doesn’t work, try…

What is the height in feet of Angel Falls in Venezuela?

Answer – 3,212 feet

Failing that…get the coin out!


Anonymous alan a'dale said...

Vieira's last "goal" wasn't a goal - it was part of a "penalty shot-out" - these do not count!

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it counted on the day as Arsenal wouldn't have won the Cup without it!

12:28 AM  
Anonymous alan a'dale said...

It counts as a means of deciding a tie, but not as a goal (it won't be in his personal total goals scored).

The q. "Which player......with his last kick for the club" would have been more sound.

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