Wednesday, November 26, 2014

25th November Cup Round 2 and Plate


set and vetted by

The Nag’s Head and Cock Inn

1. By what name is the post war “European Recovery Program” better known?


2. Who directed Marilyn Monroe in “The Seven Year Itch and “Some Like It Hot”?


3. Which is the only non-English UK city to host The Eurovision Song Contest?


4. Who wrote the opera Madame Butterfly?


5. The cholesterol lowering Product Benecol, was first produced in 1995, in which country?


6. Eric Arthur Blair was the real name of which author?


7. Volubilis is a partly excavated Roman city in which African country?


8. Who was the youngest goalkeeper to play in the England football team?


9. What are wrapped in bacon to make angels on horseback?


10. When she saw her lover captain Vronsky with another woman, which literary heroine threw herself under his parting train?


11. Who has the most international football caps for Wales?


12. Which king of England abdicated in 1399, and died whilst a prisoner at Pontefract castle in 1400?


13. In which country would you find the Negev Desert?


14. What is the name of Hagar the Horrible’s dog in the famous cartoon strip?


15. Who ran through the streets naked crying, “Eureka”?


16. Which author writes about the exploits of Dirk Pitt?


17. Where did the game of Bridge originate?


18. Which country singer who died in 1995, Was known as The Silver Fox?


19. In which city was Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin killed in 1995?


20. To which saint is Chester Cathedral dedicated?



21. Which London bridge, under construction, was painted by Caneletto?


22. Oscar winning actress Geena Davis narrowly missed out on a place in the US women’s team for the 2000 summer Olympics. At which sport?


23. In the artwork by Andy Warhol, how many tins of Campbells soup were there?


24. Which US President officially opened the Panama Canal?


25. Which English king was known as “Old Rowley”?


26. What is the name of the village Bard in the ‘Asterix’ stories?


27. Who is the Artistic Director of the National Theatre?


28. What is the name for a rural villa in Russia?


29. Which Elvis Presley film is based on the Harold Robbins novel ‘A Stone For Danny Fisher’?


30. Who piloted the first airplane flight across the English Channel?


31. Who wrote Catch 22?


32. Who, in 1985, murdered his parents, sister and nephews, at White House Farm in Essex?


33. Since such ceremonies were established as a matter of course, which King of England was the first not to have a coronation?


34. But love is blind, and lovers cannot see” is a quotation from which Shakespeare play?


35. Which 2011 film starred Matt Damon, Scarlett Johannson and a cast of animals?


36. In which year did the NHS come into operation?


37. Damien Thorn is the central character in which horror film, originally made in 1976?


38. Which D.H. Lawrence novel is set in Mexico?


39. Which US state has the longest official name?


40. Who was leader of the Labour Party prior to Clement Atlee?



41. Which author writes the ‘Outlander’ series of books, (now a US TV series)?


42. On which London street is the famous Palladium theatre?


43. Who was the commander of the fleet in opposition to Nelson, at the Battle of Trafalgar?


44. What is unique about the class of mammals known as ‘Monotremes’?

EGG LAYING (e.g. Platypus or Spiny Anteater)

45. Winter Banana is variety of which fruit?


46. Which UK rock band had a UK number 1 hit single in 1994 with a song called ‘Inside’, on the back of a hugely popular Livis TV ad?


47. From which prison did Soviet spy George Blake escape on October 22nd 1966?


48. In British history, which king came to the throne at the age of 64?


49. Who wrote the short story ‘The Birds’, on which the Hitchcock film was based?


50. Who was the mother of Oedipus?


51. What does the ’S’ stand for in the author C.S. Lewis’s name?


52. What is the main ingredient of a Lyonnaise sauce?


53. What is ikebana?


54. Name either of the African countries in which the Great Sand Sea stretch of desert and dunes can be found.


55. The original presenter of Desert Island Discs was Roy Plomley. When he was cast away in 1958, who interviewed him?


56. Kerosene is the American name for which liquid?


57. What claim to fame do Peter Anthony Allen and Gwynne Owen

Evans share?


58. In the ‘What a Mess’ series of children’s books, by Frank Muir, what breed of dog is ‘What a Mess’?


59. Name the British singer/songwriter who had a UK number 1 album in 2014 entitled ‘Caustic Love’.


60. To which country do The Azores belong?



61. What is pomology the study of?


62. HMS Caroline is the last surviving battleship afloat from which naval battle?


63. Who is the first Minister of Wales? (full name required)


64. Which is the largest National Park in Britain?


65. Which was the first Agatha Christie novel to be published?


66. “Brimful of Asher” was the only UK number 1 for which UK band in 1998?


67. Who was the first African-American to be Wimbledon women’s singles champion?


68. Who is the head of the British Army?


69. Which playwright was one of the founders of The London School of Economics?


70. Which musical contains the song “I’m just a girl who can’t say no”?


71. Which cartoonist created ‘Garfield’?


72. Mrs Danvers is a character in which book?


73. The name of which US state was used for one of the beaches in the Normandy landings?


74. Jorn Utzon designed which World Heritage Site, which was completed in 1973?


75. According to Andrew Marr what did Roy Jenkins replace with a fridge for his wine?


76. The Potala was the home to which religious leader?


77. Which group believes in “The Great Architect of the Universe”?


78. In a series of films in the 1940’s, who regularly played Doctor Watson to Basil Rathbone’s Sherlock Holmes?


79. In which county is the resort of Southend on Sea?


80. Which city is served by O’Hare airport?



81. Bunyoro is an ancient kingdom in which African country?


82. Which 1956 film caused riots in cinemas?


83. With whom did Ronan Keating duet on the 2002 top 10 UK hit “We’ve Got Tonight”?


84. How was the Spanish patriot Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar better known?


85. On which thoroughfare in Rochdale will you find the original Co-Operative shop of the Pioneers?


86. In 1933, which was the first Nazi concentration camp to open in Germany?


87. What was the number of the Mobile Army Service Hospital in TV’s M*A*S*H?


88. Discovered in 2005, which is the most massive known dwarf planet?


89. “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes” is quotation from which Shakespeare play?


90. Which city’s underground railway system first opened on October 27th 1904?


91. Which bird turns its head upside down to eat?


92. Who was known as The Desert Fox?


93. Which female cricketer was named this year as one of Wisden’s 5 cricketers of the year?


94. What is the chemical symbol for tungsten?


95 Who played the second Dr. Who?


96. Which was the first Stephen King novel to be published?


97. What is the capital of Morocco?


98. In Greek mythology, who was the father of Demeter?


99. Peter Parker, alias Spiderman, works for which newspaper?


100. What is the capital of Sicily?



101. In Rugby school’s first official rugby kit, what did a player have to wear around his neck?


102. Built in 1864, which monument to the defeat of Napoleon and the 1814 surrender of Paris stands overlooking Todmorden?


103. By what name is David John McDonald better known?


104. With a population of around 300,000, which Russian city is the largest within the Arctic Circle?


105. In which decade of the last century, did French women fully get the vote?

1940’s (1945)

106. Who wrote the incomplete utopian novel ‘New Atlantis’, published in 1624?


107. Inishmore, Inishmann and Inissheer are part of which island group?


108. ‘Greenway’ was the house bought by which author in 1938, where she lived until her death in 1976?


109. To which saint is York Minster dedicated?


110. In which year was Desert Island Discs first broadcast on the radio?

1942 (accept 1941-1943)

111. In the Bible, which book in the New Testament follows Acts?


112. What is the family name of the Earls of Harewood, which is the same name as a Newcastle United footballer, currently on loan at Nottingham Forest?


113. Which of T.S. Elliot’s cats is called ‘the hidden paw’?


114. Which English classic horse race is run over the longest distance?


115. Which well known school is situated on the cliffs above Brighton Marina?


116. Which country was the first to introduce old age pensions?


117. The British Union flag, appears on the flag of which US state?


118. In Verdi’s opera Otello, how does Otello die?


119. Who is the only British Prime Minister to have served under 3 monarchs?


120. In the original silk screen printed work of art by Andy Warhol, how many images of Marilyn Monroe were there?



  1. Tilly Trotter appears in books by which author?


  1. Who wrote the 1946 play The Winslow Boy?


  1. What nationality is the title character in Verdi’s opera Aida?


  1. In US currency, what is the value of the coin referred to as a dime?

10 cents

  1. How many nations competed in the first modern Olympics?


  1. In the 18th century, two ladies conducted a friendship using the names Mrs Morley and Mrs. Freeman – name either.



In the Camelot lotto drawn on Wednesday 8th October 2014, how many prize winners matched 4 balls?


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

18th November–The Questions


Specialist rounds set by the Cock-A-2


1. Who played Billy Elliot in the film of that name?


2. Who is the creator of Horrible Histories?


3 Born Bernard Jewry in 1942, which Glam Rock Star died on 23 October 2014?


4 Which actress is the only South African to win Best Actress Oscar for playing Aileen Wuornos in the film ‘Monster’?


5 Name Austria’s bearded lady drag queen who won Eurovision 2014.


6 The 1970’s rock band Ugly Rumours comprised Mark Ellen, Adam Sharples and who was the third member?


7 Which song opens: Once upon a time you dressed so fine, you threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you


8 The character Allan Quatermain first appeared in which 1885 novel?



1. Who played Gene Hunt in T.V. series ‘Life on Mars’ and Ashes to Ashes’?


2) The remaining four copies of Magna Carta are to be briefly united at the British Library. So complete this classic from Tony Hancock by adding the last five words. ‘Does Magna Carta mean nothing to you?




1. The Anderton Boat Lift connects the River Weaver to which other waterway?


2. Called the Matterhorn of Cheshire how high in feet is Shutlingsloe – with some leeway?

1660 feet – (accept 1600 – 1700 feet)

3. Which village church is this – the oldest timber framed church in Europe, founded in 1343, it is a black and white church which stands on a rise overlooking the A34 approximately 5 miles south west of Macclesfield.


4. In which village in Cheshire can you see a stained glass window in the parish church depicting the Cheshire Cat?


5. What is the name of the hill on which White Nancy stands?


1. In which year was Quarry Bank Mill Styal built by Samuel Gregg – with some leeway?

1784(accept 1774 to 1794)

7) Which area of the City of Chester takes its name from an old word for a cross ( the base of which can still be seen ) and the word ‘EYE’ meaning land partly surrounded by water?


8) What is the name of the Cheshire stately home of the Grosvenor family?



1 The façade of which stately home in Siddington is longer than that of Buckingham Palace?


2) In which Cheshire parish would you find Maggoty Johnson’s Wood and a monument to Mary Fitton (the Dark Lady)?



1 The first 2 VCs of World War I were both won by soldiers of the Royal Fusiliers at which battle, fought in August 1914?


2 Which ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-20 off the coast of Ireland on 7th May 1915?

RMS Lusitania

3 After the death of President Hindenburg, in what year did Adolf Hitler declare himself Fuhrer of Germany?

1934 (accept 1933-1935)

4 In what year did the Zeppelin Hindenburg burst into flames and crash at Lakehurst, New Jersey?

1937 (accept 1936-1938)

5 In 1951 the Treaty of San Francisco formally ended hostilities between the United States and which other country?


6 In 1954 the US Supreme Court decided the case Brown vs Topeka Board of Education, ordering an end to what?

Segregation by race in US schools

7 Which terrorist organisation was responsible for the killing of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich?

Black September

8 Which terrorist organisation was responsible for the 1978 kidnap and murder of Aldo Moro, former Italian Prime Minister?

Red Brigades


1) In 1992 the Treaty on European Unity, to integrate Europe, was signed in which Dutch city?


2) In 1990 the space shuttle Discovery launched which optical instrument into orbit?

Hubble Space Telescope


1) Which oriental leader wrote in 1964: “every Communist must grasp the truth: political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”

Mao Zedong (accept Chairman Mao)

2) The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime” Which British politician said those words in August 1914?

Edward Grey (British Foreign Secretary)

3) Which German war hero said in 1936: “Guns will make us powerful, butter will only make us fat”?

Herman Goering

4) “Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you!” Which Russian politician said these words in 1956?

Nikita Kruschev

5) “The wind of change is blowing through this continent” Which British Prime Minister said those words in a speech in South Africa in 1960?

Harold MacMillan

6) “My good friends, this is the second time there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour..” Which British Prime Minister said these words in 1938?

Neville Chamberlain

7) “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an Iron Curtain has descended across the Continent” Which British politician said those words in a speech in 1946?

Winston Churchill

8) “Ich bin ein Berliner” Which American President said those words in 1961?

John Fitzgerald Kennedy


9) Which American President said: “They say hard work never hurt anybody, but I figured “Why take a chance?”


10) Which American Vice-President said: “the world is on an irreversible path to democracy – but that could change”?


R5 European sporting venues

1 In which city was the first Russian F1 Grand Prix held in 2014?


2 In which city do the Super league rugby team Catalan Dragons play their homes league games?


3 Near which European city will the 2018 Ryder Cup be held (the next time the event is in Europe)?

Paris (Le Club National)

4 Which F1 motor racing driver has won the Monaco Grand Prix on the most occasions?

Ayrton Senna

5 Which city hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics?


6 Which city has been unsuccessful on three occasions in bidding for the Summer Olympic Games, most recently in 2013 when Tokyo was selected for the 2020 Games?


7 Of the venues used for the Six Nations rugby matches, which ground has the smallest capacity?

Aviva Stadium, Dublin (accept Lansdowne Road)

8 The Parcs de Princes is the home ground of which football team?

Paris St Germain FC

Supplementary questions

1 The Grand Tour of three road cycling races in France, Italy and Spain can take place over a period of up to 23 days. What is the shortest number of days during for which any of these races can be run?

15 (accept 14-16)

2 At which ground do the Northern Ireland Football team play their home games?

Windsor Park, Belfast


R6 Science and nature

1 What is the name of the largest part of the human brain?


2 How many legs has a spider got?

8 legs

3 What is Saturn’s largest moon?


4 What is the name given to substances initially involved in a chemical reaction?


5 What is the study of fungi called?


6 Who first discovered the concept of electrical fields?

Michael Faraday

7 When writing one of his stories, in which branch of science did Isaac Asimov write about the three laws?


8 Which layer of the atmosphere absorbs the majority of the potentially damaging ultra-violet rays from the sun?

Ozone Layer

Supplementary questions

1 The Japanese word “sakura” refers to the blossoming of which tree?

Cherry tree

1 What are the horns of rhinoceros made of?



1 What’s the name of the process by which sand and shingle are transported and deposited along coastal areas to form spits and beaches.

Longshore drift

2 In which county would you find the villages of Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter?


3 Which group of islands in the Pacific Ocean is served by Baltra airport?


4 Staying in the Galapagos Islands, what sort of creature found there is a “Sally Lightfoot”?

A large colourful crab

5 Which is the only coastal national park in Britain?

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

6 In which Chinese city would you find the army of terracotta warriors?

Xi’an (pronounced cee ann)

7 If you were visiting the Topkapi Palace, in which city would you be?


8 What is the main port for Athens?



9 Which capital city is served by the port of Constanta?


10 If you were looking at the neon signs, walking along The Bund, in which city would you be?



R8 What’s in a Name?

There is no record of a saint Trevor, nor any known king of that name. But there are a lot of “Trevors” who appear in various guises. In this round, all the questions or answers have “Trevor” in common.

1 Which celebrity chef has Trevor as his middle name?

Jamie Oliver

2 What sort of vehicle is Trevor in the Thomas the Tank Engine stories?

Traction Engine (DO NOT accept tractor, who was called Terence!)

3 Which Trevor had roles in Brief Encounter, Mutiny on the Bounty, Von Ryan’s Express and Gandhi amongst others?

Trevor Howard

4 Which Trevor bowled underarm on the instruction of his brother to deny the opposition the chance of hitting a 6 in a one day international in 1981?

Trevor Chappell

5 Which Trevor played the dishevelled private detective “Shoestring”?

Trevor Eve

6 Which Trevor was a knighted newscaster?

Trevor MacDonald

7 Which Trevor was England’s first footballer to be transferred for £1,000,000?

Trevor Francis

8 Who played Mr. Lucas in “Are You Being Served?”

Trevor Bannister


9 Which Trevor is a major villain in the Grand Theft Auto video game series?

Trevor Philips

10 Which Trevor played cricket in the 1950’s and 1960’s as an all-rounder for Essex and England, taking 132 wickets at Test level, and averaging nearly 30 with the bat? He still holds the record for the slowest half century in first-class cricket, reaching 50 in 3 minutes under 6 hours. He also advertised Brylcreme, Shreaded Wheat and Lucozade, and was a regular on Test Match Special for many years.

Trevor Bailey

11 Which Trevor wrote “The Last Days of Hitler”?

Hugh Trevor-Roper

General Knowledge Questions

Set by The Chester Road Tavern

1 How many hearts does an earthworm have?

A. 10

2. In which town or city did Roger Banister run the first mile in under 4 minutes?

A. Oxford

3. Donald McGill created 12,000 examples of what type of artwork?

A. Saucy seaside postcards (accept postcards)

4. What is the white frothy blobs of liquid; the product of the Froghopper nymph more commonly known as?

A. Cuckoo Spit

5. On what does a gnomon cast a shadow?

A. Sundial

6. Karl Marx spent the last 34 years of his life in which country?

A. England

7. How much did the EU recently demand that the UK pay by 1 December 2014?

A. £1.7bn

8. Whose record of 71 Champions League goals did Lionel Messi equal on 5 November 2014?

A. Raul


9. Monkswell Manor is the setting for which long running stage play?

A. The Mousetrap

10. What is the only French city that stands on the river Rhine?

A. Strasbourg

11. Which mountain range has a name that when translated means ‘the abode of snow’?

A. The Himalayas

12. How may MP’s are there in the House of Commons?

A. 650 (accept 645 – 655)

13. Over which desert did Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Spaceship recently explode?

A. Mojave

14. Who wrote ‘the darling buds of May’?

A. H.E. Bates

15. Who got in a basket with Teddy and Andy Pandy?

A. Looby Loo

16. On which river is the Kariba Dam?

A. Zambezi

17. Where in the human body is the lacrimal gland?

A. Eye

18. Which bird has the Latin name passer domesticus?

A. House Sparrow (accept sparrow)

19. Goatsucker is the North American name for which bird?

A. Nightjar

20. In Greek mythology who was the daughter of Zeus and Leda?

A. Helen

21. What is the current minimum wage for adults aged 21 and above?

A. £6.50

22. How many clubs is a golfer allowed to carry?

A. 14

23. What was the name of the teacher who was murdered by a pupil in Leeds this year?

A. Ann Maguire

24. Name either of the two wavelengths that BBC5 Live broadcasts on?

A. 693 or 909

25. What is a Madrasa?

A. A school or college specialising in teaching Islamic subjects (accept school)

26. Which antiques show presenter recently appeared on 'Strictly Come Dancing'?

A. Tim Wonnacott

27. Who is the captain of England's mens rugby union team?

A. Chris Robshaw

28. Who wrote the play 'Death of a Salesman'?

A. Arthur Miller

29. In which park is the geyser "old faithful"?

A. Yellowstone

30. Who is Don Diego de la Vega better known as?

A. Zorro

31. What is Tiger Woods real first name?

A. Eldrick

32. In the TV series Yes Minister what was the ministers name?

A. Jim Hacker

33. In which prison was Ronnie Barker doing time in Porridge?

A. Slade prison

34. Which parliamentary constituency was represented by Oliver Cromwell?

A. Huntingdon

35. In which year did Prince Charles and Lady Diana marry?

A. 1981

36. In which group of islands is Scapa Flow?

A. The Orkneys

37. Who wrote Trainspotting?

A. Irvine Welsh

38. What type of creature is a merganser?

A. Duck (accept bird)

39. What is the longest river in Scotland?

A. The Tay

40. Carlos Menem was president of which country?

A. Argentina.

41. What was the name of Quint’s boat in the film “Jaws”?

A. The Orca.

42. What is the proper name for the kneecap?

A. Patella.

43. On which river does Belfast stand?

A. The Lagan river.

44. Who recorded a version of “A Hard Day’s Night” in the style of Olivier’s Richard the Third?

A. Peter Sellers.

45. Which rock star born in 1948 has the real name of Vincent Furnier?

A. Alice Cooper.

46. Which saxophonist was known as “Bird”?

A. Charlie Parker

47. Give any year in the life of Charles Roe, the industrialist who helped to established the silk industry in Macclesfield

A. 1715 to 1781

48. Which 20th century head of state survived the greatest number of assassination attempts?

A. Charles De Gaulle

49. Of which country did Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy become monarchs?

A. Narnia.

50. What does a lepidopterist study?

A. Butterflies/Moths. (accept either)

51. Which General served in Morocco, took the title of “Caudillo” and died in 1975?

A. Franco.

52. What was the name of Pinnochio’s creator/father?

A. Gepetto.

53. Which warm, dry wind blows along the Rocky Mountains and has a name that means “snow eater”?

A. The Chinook Wind

54. Which bird was depicted on the farthing coin?

A. The wren.

55. Two Americans with the first names Duncan and Alonso in invented the portable electric drill in 1917. What were their surnames?

A. Black and Decker.

56. What was the name given to the scandal involving DJs or radio stations being bribed to play certain records?

A. Payola.

57. What was the name of Mickey Mouse’s first film?

A. Steamboat Willie.

58. Which author has also written books using the name of “Richard Bachman”?

A. Stephen King.

59. What is the name of the elephant headed Hindu god of good luck?

A. Ganesh.

60. What was the name of the transport used to take victims to the guillotine in the French Revolution?

A. The Tumbrel.

61. In which city was Ludvig van Beethoven born?

A. Bonn

62. What is Postman Pats surname?

A. Clifton

63. What is the capital of Iran?

A. Tehran

64. Christopher Cockerill invented what in 1955?

A. Hovercraft

65. In the poem of the same name as the slayer, who slew the monster Grendel?

A. Beowulf

66. Which Bond villain's heart was on the right side of his body?

A. Dr. No

67. New York's 28th Street, known for its musical connection, is affectionately known as what?

A. Tin Pan Alley

68. 'Old Joe' appeared on the packet for which brand of cigarettes?

A. Camel

69. The Slade hit, 'Merry Xmas Everybody', was Xmas No.1 in which year?

A. 1973 (accept 1972-1974)

70. Tinea Pedis is better know as what?

A. Athletes Foot

71. Where do the Karen people come from?

A. Burma

72. What country's most popular make of car is 'The Ambassador'?

A. India

73. Which American Football team plays at the Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts?

A. New England Patriots (accept Patriots or New England)

74. What type of car did Mr Bean drive?

A. Mini

75. Shawn Carter is better known as who?

A. Jay-Z

76. The Cartier Award is handed out in which sport?

A. Horse Racing

77. Who played the character 'Commodus' in Gladiator?

A. Joaquin Phoenix

78. What was the name of the City in which Osama Bin Laden was killed?

A. Abbottabad

79. Which river is a tributary of the River Trent, which it joins South of Derby, after flowing solely in Derbyshire?

A. River Derwent

80. What is the name of the English national football centre in Burton upon Trent?

A. St George's Park

81. Which American multinational corporation was originally going to be called the 'Pequod ' before finally settling on the name of the ship's first mate?

A. Starbucks

82. What did captain Robert Jenkins lose in 1731 leading to a war with Spain?

A. His ear

83. In what city was Leon Trotsky assassinated?

A. Mexico City

84. Which U.S officer was at the centre of the Iran Contra affair?

A. Oliver North

85. Laura Ingalls Wilder most famously wrote which series of books?

A. Little House on the prairie

86. Max Verstappen has recently broken which record previously held by Sebastian Vettel?

A. Youngest formula 1 driver (17yrs and 3 days)

87. Who was the first monarch after the restoration of the monarchy?

A. Charles II

88. Who wrote 'The Master of Ballantrae?

A. Robert Louis Stevenson

89. Which novel is narrated by the second Mrs de Winter?

A. Rebecca

90. In which year was the Jacobite uprising that attempted to put Charles III on the throne?

A. 1745 (accept 1740 - 50)

91. Linda Tripp advised which US intern not to dry clean the “infamous blue dress'?

 A. Monica Lewinsky

92. In an interview with Terry Wogan in 1991 who claimed to be the son of God?

A. David Icke

93. Who spent 5 years alone on an island off the coast of Chile between 1704 and 1709?

A. Alexander Selkirk

94. Boo Radley and Atticus Finch are both characters in which classic novel?

A. To Kill a Mockingbird.

95. In Africa big game hunters christened the 5 most difficult animals to hunt as 'the Big Five'. They are Rhino, Elephant, Lion, Cape Buffalo and what other animal?

A. Leopard

96. Lynda Bellingham took over a role played by Carol Drinkwater; what was the role?

A. Helen Herriot (accept James Herriot's wife/Mrs Herriot)


97. To what family of creatures does a yapok belong?

A. Marsupial

98. In 1930’s America what were known as ‘Black Blizzards’?

A. Dust storms

99. At what age does a filly become a mare?

A. 4 years

100. The predominantly subterranean River Effra runs under which English cricket ground?

A. The Oval

101 In 2013 which country became the newest member of the European Union?

A. Croatia

102 How many acres are there in a square mile?

A. 640 acres

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

11th November–The Questions


All questions set by the Ox-fford C

Vetted by the Nag’s Head and the Park Timers

Specialist rounds:



Arts & Entertainment



Eleven Eleven

Get the picture

On your marks, get set … bake!

Round 1: Geography

  1. Q Which modern city lies at the foot of Mount Vesuvius?
    A Naples
  2. Q The Golden Horn is the harbour of which city?
    A Istanbul
  3. Q What name is shared by a former Soviet republic and a US state?
    A Georgia
  4. Q In which country are the ruins of Petra, famously described as the ‘rose-red city, half as old as time’?
    A Jordan
  5. Q Which archipelago is separated from mainland South America by the Strait of Magellan?
    A Tierra del Fuego
  6. Q In which state is Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the 48 contiguous states of the USA?
    A California
  7. Q Established in 2010, what is Britain’s newest National Park?
    A South Downs
  8. Q In which range of hills is the source of the River Thames?
    A Cotswolds


  1. Q What is Australia’s most north-easterly state?
    A Queensland
  2. Q On which Greek island are the ruins of the Minoan civilisation?
    A Crete

Round 2: History

  1. Q Who was assassinated in 1812 by John Bellingham?
    A Spencer Perceval
  2. Q Which event of 1773 involved three ships called the Dartmouth, the Eleanor and the Beaver?
    A Boston Tea Party
  3. Q Which British king married Anne Hyde and Mary of Modena?
    A James II (of England)
  4. Q What name was given to the unsuccessful revolt of 1825 against the Russian emperor Nicholas I?
    A Decembrist Revolt
  5. Q His name now remembered as that of a beverage, who was the UK’s prime minister from 1830 to 1834?
    A Earl Grey
  6. Q Who fought for the Boers during the Boer Wars, served the Allies during both world wars, and was twice prime minister of South Africa between 1919 and 1948?
    A Jan Smuts
  7. Q What ‘first’ took place on July 16th 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico?
    A Nuclear weapon test
  8. Q Name either of the winners of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded for the Northern Ireland peace process.
    A David Trimble, John Hume


  1. Q Which territory was ceded to Britain under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713 and remains under British control?
    A Gibraltar
  2. Q The American M4 tank was better known by the name of which general?

A Sherman

Round 3: Arts & Entertainment

  1. Q Who directed the 1960 film Spartacus?
    A Stanley Kubrick
  2. Q Vacuum cleaner salesman Jim Wormald is the title character of which Graham Greene novel?
    Q Our Man in Havana
  3. Q Which fictional character married Charles Hamilton and Frank Kennedy?
    A Scarlett O’Hara
  4. Q In which 20th century novel was Aunt Ada Doom traumatised when she saw ‘something nasty in the woodshed’?
    A Cold Comfort Farm
  5. Q Which pop group starred in the 1968 movie Head?
    A The Monkees
  6. Q Which children’s TV character had the UK Christmas number one in 2000?
    A Bob the Builder
  1. Q Complete this line from a Tony Hancock sitcom: ‘A pint? That’s very nearly …’
    A An armful
  2. Q On TV, who played Rupert Rigsby and Reggie Perrin?
    A Leonard Rossiter
  3. Q Which cartoon series is set in New New York?
    A Futurama
  4. Q Who made a cameo appearance as a waitress in a film about her life, released in the year 2000?
    A Erin Brokovich

Round 4: Science

  1. Q What are the Lyrids (lyre-ids), Perseids and Leonids?
    A Meteor showers
  2. Q Which gas is released during photosynthesis?
    A Oxygen
  3. Q In chemistry, what three letters do the names of the halogens end in?
    A INE (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, astatine)
  4. Q What is the angle between the hands of a clock at one o’clock?
    A 30 degrees
  5. Q What can be measured in watts, or in joules per second?
    A Power
  6. Q Pruritus is the medical term for which uncomfortable condition?
    A Itching
  7. Q Which medical condition has a name that comes, via Latin and French, from the Greek for ‘half a head’?
    A Migraine (from hemicrania, technically ‘half a skull’)
  8. Q Spelter is a name given to various alloys, all containing which element?
    A Zinc


  1. Q Gravidity is the technical name for which mammalian condition?
    A Pregnancy
  2. Q Protium is the most common isotope of which chemical element?
    A Hydrogen

Round 5: Sport

  1. Q What was the nickname of the boxer James Smith, the first to defeat Frank Bruno in a professional fight?
    A Bonecrusher
  2. Q Which England batsman was bowled by Shane Warne’s first ball in an Ashes test – which has been called the ‘ball of the century’?
    A Mike Gatting
  3. Q Who was the last English footballer (in 1996) to be the subject of a world record transfer fee?
    A Alan Shearer
  4. Q The first major handicap of the English flat racing season is run at Doncaster but shares its name with which cathedral city?
    A Lincoln
  5. Q Which food brand sponsored the London Marathon from 1996 to 2009?
    A Flora
  6. Q In which European city were the Winter Olympics held in both 1964 and 1976?
    A Innsbruck
  7. Q Ironically, who is the only snooker player to have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award?
    A Steve Davis
  8. Q The London Wasps rugby team recently announced that they will be relocating to which city in December?
    A Coventry


  1. Q In polo, when do the teams change ends?
    A After each goal
  2. Q In test match cricket, after how many overs does the fielding side have the option to take a new ball?
    A 80

Round 6: Eleven eleven

In celebration of today’s date, a round about the number eleven.

  1. Q Whose official residence is number 11 Downing Street?
    A The Chancellor of the Exchequer (accept 2nd Lord of the Treasury, or George Osborne)
  2. Q Which crew member of Apollo 11 did not walk on the moon?
    A Michael Collins
  1. Q Which character celebrates his eleventy-first birthday at the beginning of a very famous book?
    A Bilbo Baggins
  2. Q In cricket, what slang term is often used to refer to a score of 111?
    A Nelson
  3. Q Who ascended the English throne in the year 1100?
    A Henry I
  4. Q In which film did a rock band proudly claim that their amps went ‘up to eleven’?
    A This is Spinal Tap (accept Spinal Tap)
  5. Q In the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven, who plays the eponymous Danny Ocean?
    A George Clooney
  6. Q The northern end of the M11 motorway is close to which city?
    A Cambridge


  1. Q What is the eleventh sign of the zodiac?
    A Aquarius
  2. Q In which French forest was the armistice signed on November 11th 1918?
    A Compiègne

Round 7: Get the picture

In this round you’ll be given a clue to the title of a film that won an Oscar for Best Picture and the year it received the award. Some of the clues are more cryptic than others, but none of them refer to the films themselves.

For example, the clue ‘1973: Baptismal sponsor’ would lead you to The Godfather.

  1. Q 1981: There’s nothing remarkable about these folks.
    A Ordinary People
  2. Q 1986: No longer in the Dark Continent.
    A Out of Africa
  3. Q 1952: Barack Obama, for example, by the Seine.
    A An American in Paris
  4. Q 1972: It could mean the Channel Tunnel.
    A The French Connection
  5. Q 2012: Rembrandt or Picasso for example.
    A The Artist
  6. Q 1944: Morocco’s largest city.
    A Casablanca
  7. Q 1988: If there was only one remaining specimen of the biggest species of penguin, we might call it this.
    A The Last Emperor
  8. Q 1967: Mr Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer.
    A A Man for All Seasons


  1. Q 1980: sounds like the Dakotas’ front man taking issue with himself
    A Kramer vs Kramer
  2. Q 2008: Definitely not a gerontocracy
    A No Country for Old Men

Round 8: On your marks, get set … bake!

In homage to the Great British Bake Off, you just need to identify the cakes described.

  1. Q Three layers of puff pastry alternating with layers of pastry cream, its name means a thousand leaves in French.
    A Millefeuille
  2. Q Named after a wooded mountain range in south-west Germany, this rich chocolate cake is flavoured with kirsch and filled with cherries and cream.
    A Black Forest gateau (accept Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte)
  1. Q Chequered pink and yellow sponge, held together by jam and topped with marzipan; it is named after a German town.
    A Battenberg
  2. Q A chocolate cake topped with apricot jam and a chocolate glaze, the original version can be enjoyed at the Viennese hotel that shares its name.
    A Sachertorte
  3. Q A classic English sponge cake, filled with raspberry jam, named after the monarch who is said to have enjoyed it.
    A Victoria sponge
  4. Q A rich fruit cake topped with almonds, named after the city whose football teams play at Tannadice and Dens Park.
    A Dundee
  5. Q An unleavened dough, stretched thin and filled with fruit, forms one of Austria’s national dishes, and one of Maria’s favourite things in The Sound of Music.
    A Apple strudel
  6. Q An iced choux pastry filled with cream; its name is French for lightning.
    A Eclair


  1. Q The ingredients for this sponge are whisked over hot water to make it light; it is named after Christopher Columbus’s birthplace.
    A Genoese

  1. Q A lemon flavoured sponge, named after the wine that was meant to accompany it rather than the island that shares its name.
    A Madeira


1. Q Which London railway terminal is named after the point used to measure road distances from the city?
A Charing Cross

2. Q Since 2012 what has been the official name of the clock tower that houses Big Ben?
A Elizabeth Tower

3. Q Who became Leader of the House of Commons in July 2014?
A William Hague

4. Q Which vegetable is known in German as Blumenkohl?
A Cauliflower

5. Q Who won two Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role, in the first decade of this century?
A Sean Penn (for Mystic River and Milk)

6. Q Which heavy metal band had a UK number 1 in 1991 with Bring your Daughter to the Slaughter?
A Iron Maiden

7. Q Which condiment is sometimes known as Japanese horseradish?
A Wasabi

8. Q Which model replaced the Ford Cortina in 1982, and was itself replaced by the Mondeo?
A The Sierra

9. Q Which British politician was born in New York in 1964 and has the middle name de Pfeffel?
A Boris Johnson

10. Q What name comes next in this sequence: Nancy, Barbara, Hillary, Laura …?
A Michelle (US first ladies)

11. Q Which obsolete name for the chemical element sulphur is also a type of butterfly?
A Brimstone

12. Q Satya Nadella is the current Chief Executive of which technology company?
A Microsoft

13. Which king of England erected the twelve Eleanor crosses that marked the funeral procession of his wife Eleanor?
A Edward I

14. Q Which stage and film musical includes the songs Cell Block Tango, Mr. Cellophane, and All That Jazz?
A Chicago

15. Q Which brand name is derived from the three principal requisites of the product it denotes: durability, reliability and excellence?
A Durex

16. Q The Russian rouble is divided into 100 what?
A Kopeks

17. Q Which TV presenter popularised the phrase ‘cheap as chips’?
A David Dickinson

18. Q If you ordered coquilles St Jacques (cock-ee san Jack) in a French restaurant, what would you expect to be served?
A Scallops

19. Q Which singer, who died last month, represented the UK at the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest?
A Lynsey de Paul

20. Q Who wrote the novels All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and The Road?
A Cormac McCarthy

21. Q Which coin was introduced in the UK in 1969?
A 50p

22. Q Which country shares its name with the small pieces of paper created by a hole punch?
A Chad

23. Q Which animal links Elton John, Jimmy Nail and Paul Hogan?
A Crocodile

24. Q In which British city is the Royal Armouries Museum?
A Leeds

25. Q Which British city’s cathedral is known as the ‘ship of the fens’?
A Ely

26. Q Which 13th century theologian was known as the Angelic Doctor?
A Thomas Aquinas

27. Q Who was the last driver, in 1994, to be killed during a Formula One race?
A Ayrton Senna

28. Q Name the singer, the title of whose 2011 album was a plus sign, and the title of whose current best-selling album is a multiplication sign?
A Ed Sheeran

29. Q Which cheese, originating in Cyprus, is made from a mixture of goat's milk and sheep's milk, and can be fried without melting?
A Halloumi

30. Q Which traditional Oriental game is played on a nineteen by nineteen grid using black and white ‘stones’?
A Go

31. Q What's the purpose of the best-selling mobile phone "app" Shazam?
A Music recognition

32. Q Which shipping company owned and operated the Titanic?
A White Star Line

33. Q What was the pen name of Theodor Geisel, who died in 1991 aged 87?
A Dr Seuss

34. Q Filbert and cobnut are alternative names for which type of nut?
A Hazelnut

35. Q What's the official nickname of New York State?
A Empire state

36. Q By what name is the company mascot or logo Bibendum more commonly known?
A The Michelin man

37. Q Which English poet's works include Queen Mab, Prometheus Unbound, and Ozymandias?
A P B Shelley

38. Q What do Travis Bickle, Fred Housego, and Noddy have in common?
A They all drive taxis

39. Q Adam Walker is the chairman of which UK political party?
A The British National Party (BNP)

40. Q What’s the name of the microblogging platform and social networking website owned by Yahoo?
A Tumblr

41. Q Which sport or game is featured on the Cluedo board?
A Billiards

42. Q Under what name did James Alfred Wight write a series of best-selling fictionalised autobiographies?
A James Herriot

43. Q What was the name of the club featured in the musical Cabaret?
A The Kit-Kat Club

44. Q Who was France’s longest reigning monarch?
A Louis XIV (fourteenth)

45. Q Old Man's Beard and Traveller's Joy are wild varieties of which flowering plant?
A Clematis

46. Q What company has sponsored the Edinburgh Comedy Awards since 2010?
A Fosters

47. Q Completed in 1965 and said to be the world's tallest arch, in which US city is the Gateway Arch?
A St Louis

48. Q What's the British name for the salad vegetable that's known in the USA as arugula (a-ROO-gyula)?
A Rocket

49. Q Which fruit is known in French as ananas?
A Pineapple

50. Q What's the name of the lake on the river Nile that was formed by the Aswan High Dam?
A Lake Nasser

51. Q Which grocery retailer has a fir tree inside a circle as its logo?
A Spar

52. Footballer Samuel Eto'o, formerly of Chelsea and now of Everton, is the all-time leading goal scorer for which African country?
A Cameroon

53. Q In 2014, which star of the Marvel Universe series of films was named by Forbes magazine as the highest-paid actor in Hollywood for the second year running?
A Robert Downey Junior

54. Q In Greek mythology, who was seduced by Zeus in the guise of a swan?

55. Q What nationality is Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini?
A Chilean

56. Q What's the motto of the Special Air Service or SAS?
A Who dares wins

57. Q According to the Book of Genesis, who had three wives named Sarah, Hagar and Keturah?
A Abraham

58. Q Which member of David Cameron's Cabinet resigned in August 2014 over the Government's policy on the Israel-Gaza conflict?
A Baroness Warsi (Var-see)

59. Q What word can follow gutter, printing, or stop?
A Press

60. Q What nationality is Pope Francis?
A Argentinian

61. Q Which Paris landmark stands in the Place Charles de Gaulle?
A The Arc de Triomphe

62. Q Which title character in an opera by Wagner is the son of Parsifal, who was one of the Knights of the Round Table?
A Lohengrin

63. Q What name is usually given to a cow that has not calved?
A A heifer

64. Q Which organisation claims that to its members it's the fourth emergency service?
A The AA

65. Q Which company attracted a raft of unwelcome publicity in 2012 when it failed to supply sufficient personnel for the London Olympics?

66. Q Who has recently been playing Hamlet at the Royal Exchange?
A Maxine Peake

67. Q Which American model said she'd been told by her mother that a woman needed to be a cook in the kitchen and a whore in the bedroom?
A Jerry Hall

68. Q What name did Captain Cook give to Hawaii when he first landed there?
A Sandwich Islands

69. Q Which Latin word is used in English to mean ‘word for word’?
A Verbatim

70. Q Which novel by John Steinbeck was made into a film starring James Dean?
A East of Eden

71. Q Which song, written by John Holt of the Jamaican group The Paragons (who died last month), has provided UK number 1 hits for both Blondie and Atomic Kitten?
A The Tide is High

72. Q What's the name of the European space probe that is about to launch its lander on to Comet 67P?
A Rosetta

73. Q Queen Maud Land, in the Antarctic, is claimed as a dependant territory by which country?
A Norway

74. Q Of which Labour leader did Winston Churchill say, ‘there's less to him than meets the eye’?
A Clement Attlee

75. Q In Greek mythology, who killed the Gorgon Medusa?
A Perseus

76. Q Who directed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games?
A Danny Boyle

77. Q What is the name of the new Coca-Cola brand, claiming to contain a third less sugar than regular Coke?
A Life

78. Q Whose recent controversial autobiography is entitled The Second Half?
A Roy Keane

79. Q Which car company was named after the French explorer who founded Detroit?
A Cadillac

80. Q What bridge links the towns of Barton and Hessle?
A The Humber Bridge

81. Q Who is editor-in-chief of American Vogue magazine, having also edited the English version?
A Anna Wintour

82. Q According to its terms and conditions, what's the minimum age at which you can use Facebook?
A 13

83. Q Which painter is portrayed by Timothy Spall in a current film?
A J M W Turner

84. Q Which acid causes muscle pain and cramp when exercising?
A Lactic

85. Q In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, which character is described as ‘a weaver’?
A Bottom

86. Q ‘Swami’ is a title of respect in which religion?
A Hinduism

87. Q What does the organisation known as Exit promote?
A Euthanasia or assisted suicide

88. Q In which US city are the headquarters of Amazon and Starbucks?
A Seattle

89. Q A painting of what bird is the subject of Donna Tartt’s recent Pulitzer prize-winning novel?
A A goldfinch

90. Q On Welsh road signs, what does ‘araf’ mean?
A Slow

91. Q Who commanded the fleet that made the first circumnavigation of the world in 1519-22, although he failed to complete the voyage?
A Ferdinand Magellan

92. Q Which celebrity chef had a dog called Chalky?
A Rick Stein

93. Q Which 1960s pop group shared its name with a series of holes on the US Masters golf course at Augusta?
A Amen Corner

94. Q Which brand of fruit drinks shares its name with thirteen Popes?
A Innocent

95. Q By what informal name was King George VI known to his family and friends?

96. Q Which actress was married to both Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra?
A Ava Gardner


  1. Q Which scientist and author wrote a series of novels titled Strangers and Brothers?
    A C P Snow
  2. Q Which British TV personality played himself in episodes of The Simpsons entitled Smart and Smarter, and Judge me Tender?
    A Simon Cowell
  3. Q What is Lisbon's most successful football club?
    A Benfica
  4. Q Which radio and TV presenter is married to the author and journalist Jane Goldman?
    A Jonathan Ross
  5. Q Guy Garvey is the singer and front man of which English rock group?
    A Elbow

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

4th November The Questions



Set by The Lamb Inn


1. Q. Offenbach’s barcarolle from ‘The Tales of Hoffman’ is a famous piece of music, but what is a barcarolle ?

A. A BOATING SONG (Accept any reference to boats).

2. Q. Which Gilbert & Sullivan operetta contains the song generally known as ‘A Policeman’s lot is not a happy one’ ?


3. Q. Which TV presenter is the daughter of Newspaper Editor and Columnist Eve Pollard ?


4. Q. Who created the statue of ‘St.Michael’s victory over the Devil’ on Coventry Cathedral ?


5. Q. Which artist painted the work entitled ‘Guernica’ ?


6. Q. In the TV series ‘Inspector Morse’, who wrote the theme tune ?


7. Q. Mark McManus of ‘Taggart’ fame had a famous singing half-brother. Who is he ?

A. BRIAN CONNOLLY (Lead singer of The Sweet).

8. Q. Who composed the music for the films ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ and ‘The Mission’ ?



(a) Q. Which piece of music preceded TV’s ‘The Lone Ranger’ ?


(b) Q. Who is the mother of actress Joely Richardson ?


(c) Q. In which play does Mrs. Malaprop appear ?

A. THE RIVALS (by Sheridan)



1) What is the capital of Croatia ? (A) Zagreb

2) Which river runs through Leicester ? (A) Soar

3) What is described as : a U-shaped body of water that forms when a wide meander from the main river is cut off, creating a free-standing body of water ? (A) Ox Bow Lake

4) What is the largest lake in Europe ? (A) Lake Lagoda (14th largest in the world.)

5) What is a line on a map or chart joining points of equal height or depth called ? (A) Contour

6) Which city is the capital of Canada ? (A) Ottawa

7) Which river runs through Ipswich ? (A) Orwell

8) Yosemite National Park is in which US State ? (A) California


(a) Greenland belongs to which country ? (A) Denmark.

(b) In which country are the largest waterfalls measured by flow-rate in Europe ?

(A) Switzerland (Rhine falls)



1. Q. Which statesman married Miss Clementine Hosier in 1908 ?


2. Q. Who founded The National Viewers & Listeners Association in 1965 ?


3. Q. In which year did the first human heart transplant take place ?

A. 1967 (allow 1966-1968).

4. Q. Where was Princess Elizabeth staying when she was given the news of her accession to the throne in 1558 ?

A. HATFIELD HOUSE in Hertfordshire.

5. Q. Give a year in the life of Ivan the Terrible.

A. 1530 – 1584

6. Q. The Rolls Royce ‘Thrust Measuring Rig’ developed in the 1950’s took off vertically, but what was its nickname ?


7. Q. Whose London monument by Edward Bailey is guarded by Edwin Landseer’s lions?


8. Q. What, infamously, happened at Yekaterinburg on July 17th 1918 ?




(a) Q. What was the code-name for planned German invasion of Britain ?


(b) Q. What is the connection between a large fish-eating bird and Drake’s ship ?

A. PELICAN (Name of Drakes ship before becoming The Golden Hind).



1. Q. What is the tradename of the Du Pont synthetic fibre of high-tensile strength used mainly in rubber products, notably tyres and bullet-proof vests ?


2. Q. In astronomy, where would you find the ‘Cassini Division’ ?


3. Q. As a percentage, what is the average salinity of sea water ?

A. 3.5% (accept 3% to 4%)

4. Q. What name is given to static discharges visible on aircraft wing tips and the tops of ships masts ?


5. Q. In what device in the home would you find a magnetron ?


6. Q. Traditionally, how have teachers always used sticks of calcium sulphate ?


7. Q. Why is sodium carbonate sometimes added to a water supply ?


8. Q. Which element is common to all acids ?



(a) Q. By what name is deuterium oxide also known ?


(b) Q. Why is a compound of sulphur called ethyl mercaptan added to LPG cooking gas ?


(c) Q. Bauxite is the main ore of which metal ?




1) Which horse won the 2014 Grand National ? (A) Pineau de Re.

2) In which year did Manchester United last win the FACup ? (A) 2004.

3) Who is currently England’s leading wicket taker in test matches? (A) I.T. Botham (383).

4) Who was the captain of the British women’s gold medal winning curling team in the Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City ? (A) Rhona Martin.

5) Which was the last year that The Ryder Cup was played in an 'odd year'?

(A) 1999. (it was due to be played in 2001 and was cancelled due to ‘9/11’ and played in 2002 instead).

6) In which sport is the Lance Todd trophy awarded ? (A) Rugby League. (to the Cup Final Man of the Match).

7) Which team knocked Macclesfield Town out of the 2014 FACup?

(A) Sheffield Wednesday in a 3rd round replay.

8) Jessicca Ennis and Mo Farah were two thirds of Team GB's 'super Saturday' at the 2012 London Olympics. Which athlete completed the set of Gold Medals ?

(A) Greg Rutherford (Long jump).


(a) Where are the 2018 World Cup finals being held ? (A) Russia.

(b) On which golf course was the 2014 Ryder Cup held ? (A) Gleneagles.



The answer to every question is a make of car, some of which are no longer manufactured.

1. Q. A position in which to meditate.


2. Q. American city famous for its Boot Hill cemetery.


3. Q. City and Rovers.


4. Q. English country dancers, usually men.


5. Q. No-one to carry your golf clubs ?


6. Q. U.S. army general purpose vehicle.

A. JEEP. (named from shortened GPV - General Purpose Vehicle)

7. Q. Forename of a current McClaren F1 driver.

A. JENSEN. (Button)

8. Q. Complete the line of the hymn ‘Jesus wants me for a ?’



(a) Q. Impish eastern county town.


(b) Q. Area in south London originally famous for its gardens.


(c) Q. Its only future was in ‘Back to the Future’.




1) In the 2011 Academy nominated film 'War Horse' directed by Stephen Spielberg, what was the name of the main equine character ? (A) Joey

2) What was the name of Alexander the Great’s horse ? (A) Bucephalus

3) Esha Ness won the Grand National that never was. It was cancelled due to a false start ! In which year was this ? (A) 1993 (allow 92-94)

4) Who wrote the play 'Equus' in 1973 ? (A) Peter Shaffer

5) A filly is a female horse under the age of 4. What is a female horse over the age of 4 called ? (A) Mare

6) What is the gestation period of a horse in days ? (A) 340 (allow 330-350)

7) Who, famously, rode a horse called Marengo named after a battle in Italy ?

(A) Napoleon Bonaparte

8) The Horse of the Year show was first held in 1949 at Harringay Arena. Which enue now plays host ? (A) NEC in Birmingham (accept Birmingham)

(Note : It was at Wembley Arena from 1959-2002)


(a) What was the Duke of Wellington's most remembered horse called ?

(A) Copenhagen

(b) ‘They shoot horses don't they’ was a UK No.14 hit for which welsh band in 1977 ? (A) Racing Cars



The answer to each question is a number.

1) How many Oscars did the film ‘Chariots of Fire’ win in 1981 ? (A) 4

2) How many lines are there in a sonnet ? (A) 14

3) What is the value of Pi to three decimal points ? (A) 3.142 (3.1415926)

4) How many feet are there in a chain ? (A) 66 (22 yards)

5) How many football world cups have there been ? (A) 20

6) At what speed did the DeLorean car need to travel, to go 'Back to the future' in the film of the same name ? (A) 88mph accept 86-90

7) How many Olympic gold medals did GB win at London 2012 (not including Paralympics) ? (A) 29 accept 28-30

8) How many books are there in the New Testament (A) 27 accept 26-28


(a) How many players per team are there in a Water Polo team ? (A) 7

(b) How many counties make up Northern Ireland ? (A) 6


General Knowledge Questions as set by the Plough Horntails

1. Who is the current Secretary of State for Justice?

a. Chris Grayling

2. Which gas makes up most of the atmosphere of Venus?

a. Carbon dioxide (96%).

3. In architecture, what is a corbel?

a. a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall, a type of bracket.

4. Who is the current Secretary of State for transport?

a. Patrick McCloughlin

5. In which UK town does Honda assemble cars?

a. Swindon

6. Who is currently the manager of Sunderland football club?

a. Gus Poyet

7. Which F1 racing circuit has features called ‘Rascasse’ and ‘Sainte Devote’?

a. Monaco

8. What is the science of time measurement called?

a. Horology
(NB - not chronology which is to do with the ordering of events in time)

9. Mark Reckless was the MP for which constituency?

a. Rochester and Strood

10. What’s the name of the UK politician who embarrassed the Government by stating that disabled people could be paid £2 / hour?

a. Lord Freud

11. In architecture, what is a caryatid?

a. A sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the place of a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on her head.

12. In which UK town does Morgan assemble cars?

a. Malvern

13. Who is the current presenter of Channel 4 programme ‘Countdown’?

a. Nick Hewer

14. What was the name of the British policewoman killed in the 1984 Libyan embassy protest?

a. Yvonne Fletcher

15. Who was the first English king from the House of Lancaster?

a. Henry IV

16. Who preceded Angela Merkel as Chancellor of Germany?

a. Gerhard Schröder.

17. In which county is the Forest of Dean?

a. Gloucestershire.

18. Who is currently the manager of Swansea football club?

a. Gary Monk

19. Who wrote the book “King Solomon’s Mines?

a. H. Rider Haggard

20. Which was the first motorway service area to open in the UK?

a. Watford Gap (2 November 1959)

21. Who was the second man to orbit the Earth ?

a. Herman Titov

22. Currently, Sandi Toksvig presents 15-1 on TV. Who was her fore-runner?

a. William G. Stewart.

23. In which novel does the character Humbert Humbert appear?

a. Lolita

24. What material was invented by William Harbutt in 1897?

a. Plasticine.

25. Who is the current presenter of the TV celebrity quiz programme ‘Would I lie to you?’

a. Rob Brydon

26. The island of Trinidad lies off the coast of which South American country?

a. Venezuela.

27. In the TV series ‘Some Mothers do have ‘em’, Frank Spencer was played by Michael Crawford. What’s the name of the actress who played Betty, Frank’s wife?

a. Michele Dotrice

28. Which everyday British objects bear a design by Matthew Dent?

a. Coins (He is responsible for the post 2008 design).

29. In which county is Long Lartin prison?

a. Worcestershire.

30. What’s the name of the famous Harlem nightclub where the bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie both had residencies in the 1930s?

a. The Cotton Club

31. For which literary genre are Hugo awards given?

a. Science fiction (accept fantasy which are also included)

32. Who was the first President of Israel?

a. Chaim Weizmann

33. Which member of the British royal family competed at Wimbledon in 1926?

a. George (Duke of York) – later King George VI

34. What do atheists do in court instead of swearing on the bible?

a. They affirm

35. What is ombrophobia a fear of?

a. Rain

36. What are young turkeys called?

a. Poults

37. Which city was the first in the world to have an underground transport system?

a. London

38. How many hoops are used in a game of croquet?

a. 6

39. Whose second symphony is known as “The Little Russian”?

a. Tchaikovsky

40. The Eiffel tower was the main exhibit at the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), held to commemorate what event?

a. The centenary of the start of the French Revolution

41. Which of the Bronté sisters wrote the novel “Shirley” which included descriptions of Luddite activities in a Yorkshire woollen mill?

a. Charlotte

42. What is the name of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice?

a. Antonio

43. Which part of the body is involved if you suffer from glossitis?

a. The tongue

  1. What is the '1 cent Magenta', which (at $20m) became the most expensive man-made object ever in terms of weight to value?

A. Postage stamp (British Guiana, 1856 - only one survives)

45. What’s the name of the UHF wireless technology developed for data transfer between devices in close proximity by Eriksson in 1994?

a. Bluetooth

  1. What’s the name of the circular, partner-swapping, ballroom dance, named after a 1700s maritime leader?
    1. Paul Jones (after Admiral John Paul Jones)
  2. A lodestone (or loadstone, from old English meaning 'leading-stone' or 'way-stone') is a naturally occurring what?
    1. Magnet (or Compass is an acceptable answer - lodestone is naturally magnetized magnetite [a form of the iron oxide mineral] and was used as an early sort of directional compass)
  3. Which controversial Swiss sports head, accused of racism, sexism and corruption 1990s-2000s, was once president of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders, which advocated women should not replace stockings and suspenders with pantyhose?
    1. Sepp Blatter (longtime president of FIFA, soccer's world governing body)

49. What was the name of the 1991 film that featured the Wilson Pickett song ‘Mustang Sally’?

a. The Commitments

50. What’s the name of the first presenter of the TV series University Challenge?

a. Bamber Gascoigne

  1. Bambino is the family trust of which controversial business mogul, subject to criminal proceedings in Germany 2014?
    1. Bernie Ecclestone (Formula 1 racing boss)
  2. The volcano Olympus Mons, three times taller than Mount Everest, and the highest peak in the Solar System, is on which planet?
    1. Mars
  3. Boundary-pushing Dutch media corporation Endemol sought participants in 2014 for a reality show requiring the group to do what?
    1. Live indefinitely on Mars (scheduled 2025, no return, so they say..)
  4. What pollen-receiving part of a flower also refers to negative perceptions and also Christian imagery?
    1. Stigma (stigmata refers to Christ's nail scars - the word stigma is Greek, meaning a prick/piercing, related to stick)
  5. Which famous watch manufacturer has a winged hourglass logo, the oldest registered mark of its industry?
    1. Longines (the Swiss timing machines and watchmaker, owned by Swatch)
  6. What dental term refers to the appearance of new teeth in the mouth?
    1. Eruption
  7. In 2014 the European Union required member states to add what revenues to national economic reporting of GDP?
    1. Drug dealing and prostitution (industries valued at £10bn in the UK alone - GDP is 'Gross Domestic Product', a convoluted measurement of national business revenues)
  8. What is the old common name for Hamamelis or Winterbloom and its extract, used for skin/bruises/acne treatment (and dowsing)?
    1. Witch Hazel
  9. Edward VII was crowned in Westminster Abbey on the 9th August 1902. What was the name of his Queen?
    1. Alexandra

60. If a track marshal at an F1 race waves a blue flag during a race, what does this indicate?

a. Warns a driver that he is about to be lapped / overtaken by a faster car. (N.B. can also be indicated by a flashing blue light…)

61. What is “Fats” Domino’s real first name?

a.  Antoine

62. Vegemite was originally made in which country?

a. Australia (The company is now part of Kraft)

63. Which company makes Marmite?

a. Unilever.

64. In which British city would you find the National Space Centre?

a. Leicester.

65. What would you buy from a Costermonger?

a. Fruit and vegetables,

66. Which British architect was responsible for the creation of the Welsh village of Portmeirion?

a. Clough Williams-Ellis.

67. For what reasons are Darwin Awards are given annually?

a. They recognize individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by self-selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death or sterilization by their own actions. (accept anything with death and gene pool)

68. The Fields Medal is an International Medal that is awarded for outstanding discoveries in which area of endeavour?

a. Mathematics

69. What’s the chemical name for the liquid that is commonly used as battery acid?

A. Sulphuric acid

70. Who was the ruling monarch in Britain 200 years ago (i.e.1814)

a. George III ( ruled from 1760 to 1820)

71. Who was the ruling monarch in Britain 500 years ago (i.e. 1514)

a. Henry VIII ( ruled from 1509 to 1547)

72. What’s the chemical name for the substance sometimes called salt petre?

    1. Potassium Nitrate
  1. HMS Bulldog became famous during 1941 for capturing what German secret items?
    1. The Enigma Machine and codebooks ( accept Enigma machine)
  2. During WWII, Bletchley Park was the central site of the’ Government Code & Cipher School’. In which UK county is this site?
    1. Buckinghamshire
  3. In humans, the 4 basic taste sensations are: sweet, sour, bitter and which other?
    1. Salty (another ‘taste’ called umami has been discussed in scientific cirecles, but this is probably not one of the basis sensations)
  4. What’s the name of the current Prime Minister in France?
    1. Manuel Valls

77. Who is the current (as of 23-Oct-14) Head of the European Central Bank?

a. Mario Draghi

78. What name is given to the wife of an Earl??

a. Countess.

79. In the TV series ‘Steptoe & Son’, young Mr. Steptoe called his Dad ‘… you dirty old man’. What was the name of the street where their dirty old yard was situated? a. Oil Drum Lane

80. Up, down, strange, charm, bottom, and top are the names given to which elementary particles?

a. Quarks.

81. The first British Colony to be granted ‘independence’ on March 6th 1957 was ‘The Gold Coast’. What was this country called after becoming independent?

a. Ghana

82. Which company manufactures all of the tyres that must be used by all Formula 1 car race teams in current season?

a. Pirelli

83. In India, the rupee is the major unit of currency. Rupees can also be divided into 100 parts. What are these parts called?

a. Paise. (used to be naye paise but the naye, which means new, has been dropped)

84. As of April 2014, 2 people are shown on the rear of new UK £50 note. Name one of them.

a. Matthew Boulton & James Watt

85. Name the person: He was the son of a French tanner; he died in 1895: he gained pre-eminence as a biologist, and studied destruction of undesirable organisms.

a. Louis Pasteur (hence Pasteurisation...)

86. Died 1874, this Swedish physicist carried out research into solar radiation and aurora borealis. His name gives rise to a unit of spectroscopic length of one ten millionth of a millimetre.

a. Anders Jonas Ångström

87. What’s the surname of the twins who won gold and bronze medals in the men’s triathlon at the 2012 Olympics in London?

a. Brownlee (Johnny and Alistair)

88. What venue was used for the archery at the 2012 Olympics?

a. Lords Cricket Ground

89. Which actor played MP Jim Hacker in the shows 'Yes Minister' and 'Yes Prime Minister'?

a. Paul Eddington

90. In 1960, the forerunner to the current MOT test was introduced in the UK. At that time, how old did vehicles have to be before they were the subjected to this test?

a. 10 years

91. Where would you most likely come across the use of the term Research Octane Number (RON)?

a. In a petrol station. (It is a measure of the performance of fuel e.g. petrol for cars)

92. In the game of chess, what’s the name of the move where the king can move more than one square at a time?

a. The process of castling. (accept to castle)

93. Where or when would you most likely come across an APGAR score?

a. At the birth of a child. (It’s the name of the very first test given to a newborn child. Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiration)

94. In which state was the trans-continental railway across USA first opened on May 10th 1869?

a. Utah. (at Promontory Point)

95. In the game of chess, what are the only pieces on the board that can’t move backwards?

a. Pawns

96. Which F1 racing circuit has ‘features’ called ‘Parabolica’ and ‘Nordcurve’?

a. Hockenheim


1. Mort Sahl famously said …’this American president won because he ran against Jimmy Carter; if he'd run unopposed he would have lost.’ Who was the American president?

a. Ronald Reagan

2. In which UK city was the Pharmaceutical company ‘Boots’ started?

a. Nottingham

3. Which UK based Pharmaceutical company has manufacturing facilities in Worthing, Barnard Castle & Grange-Over-Sands?

a. GSK (Glaxo SmithKline)

4. British novelist AS Byatt is the sister of another woman novelist, author of “A Summer Bird-cage”. Name her.

a. Margaret Drabble

5. In which state of the USA was the Battle of Gettysburg?

a. Pennsylvania

6. Which writer said ‘I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.’

a. Mark Twain