Wednesday, December 10, 2014

9th December–The Questions



Specialist Questions

Set by


Rounds are:

Arts and Entertainment





Villains & Scoundrels


The 1950’s “A Vintage Decade”



  1. Who lived at 203 Whitehaven Mansions in London?

- Hercule Poirot

  1. What was the name of the fictional resort in which Maplin's holiday camp was situated in Hi-De-Hi?

- Crimpton on Sea

  1. Which American TV show is set in Wisteria Lane in the city of Fairview?

- Desperate Housewives

  1. What super hero lives at 29 Acacia Road?

- Bananaman

  1. Who leaves his house at 52 Festive Road and visits a fancy-dress costume shop?

- Mr Benn

  1. In which fictitious village is Heartbeat set?

- Aidensfield

  1. Which sitcom character lived at 27 Sodbury Terrace?

- Frank Spencer

  1. In the TV soap what is located at No. 46 Albert Square?

- Queen Victoria pub


S1. Whose 'postal address' was 10 Acre Field, Scatterbrook Farm?

- Worzel Gummidge

S2. Which TV family lived at 518 Crestview Drive Beverley Hills?

- Clampetts (accept Beverley Hillbillies)



In this round you will be given the name of a tourist destination. All you have to do is give the location as indicated in the question.

Q1. The Commandery – City?

A. Worcester

Q2. Arundel Castle - County?

A. West Sussex

Q3. Sutton Hoo - County?

A. Suffolk

Q4. The Round Table of King Arthur - City?

A. Winchester

Q5. The Assembly Rooms (owned by the National Trust) - City?

A. Bath

Q6. Whipsnade Zoo - County?

A. Bedfordshire

Q7. The Eden Project - County?

A. Cornwall

Q8. The Royal Pavilion - Town?

A. Brighton


SQ1. Avebury Stone Circle - County?

A. Wiltshire

SQ2. The Tate Northern - City?

A. Liverpool


Q1. Which of the Mitford sisters was married to Oswald Moseley and was said to have known both Hitler and Churchill equally well?

A. Diana

Q2. Helen Duncan was arrested in 1944 by two Naval Officers in Portsmouth, because she appeared to be giving away naval secrets, but, what was the main charge against her?

A. Witchcraft – she was the last person to be charged under to Witchcraft Act of 1735.

Q3. Where was the English heroine Florence Nightingale born?

A. Florence in Italy

Q4. Who was the mother of Elizabeth I?

A. Anne Boleyn

Q5. Born in 1519, which Italian noblewoman became queen of France and mother of three sons who became kings of France?

A. Catherine de’ Medici

Q6. Born in Domrémy, who arrived at Chateau Chinon in 1429 to tell the court, “I am sent here by God, the King of Heaven”?

A. Joan of Arc

Q7. Who was the husband of firstly Anne Hyde and secondly Mary of Modena?

A. King James II

Q8. Which Scottish Saint and queen of Malcolm III was the mother of Edgar King of Scotland, Alexander I of Scotland, David I of Scotland and, amongst other children, Matilda queen of Henry I of England?

A. Saint Margaret of Scotland


SQ1. How was Emma Hart more commonly known?

A. Lady Hamilton – Admiral Nelson’s floozy.

SQ2. In recent history, what is Philippa Langley’s claim to fame?

A. She was the main protagonist in the search for Richard III’s remains.


Q1. How is the drug acetylsalicylic acid better known?

A. Aspirin

Q2. In microbiology what might be described as a long polymer made from repeating units called nucleotides in the form of a double helix?

A. DNA (or Deoxyribonucleic acid)

Q3. What is studied by a fromologist?

A. Cheese (fromology is also the collecting of cheese labels)

Q4. In which part of the body is the Pineal gland?

A. Brain

Q5. What is the more common name for the tree Buxus sempervirens?

A. The common or European Box

Q6. What is the common name for the Araucana Araucana tree?

A. Monkey Puzzle

Q7. Who was the first pilot to exceed the speed of sound in controlled level flight?

A. Charles (Chuck) Yeager

Q8. What is the name for the diamond shaped frame on the roof of some electric trains used to pick up electricity from overhead cables?

A. Pantograph


SQ1. What is the main ingredient of Baking Powder?

A. Sodium Bicarbonate (Bi-Carbonate of Soda)

SQ2. What is the main chemical ingredient of Malt Vinegar?

A. Ascetic Acid


All the answers in this round are Sports People who appear to have “2 forenames”, eg Current Manager of Hull City would be Steve Bruce”. Forename and Surname required.

Q1. Football: Goalkeeper who holds the Premier League record for most clean sheets (173).

A1. David James

Q2. Athletics: Winner of 9 Gold and 1 Silver Olympic medals between 1984 and 1996.

A2. Carl Lewis

Q3. Rugby Union: Welsh fly half in the 1971 Grand Slam winning team

A3. Barry John

Q4. Cricket: South African fast bowler nicknamed “White Lightning”.

A4. Allan Donald

Q5. Boxing: World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949.

A5. Joe Louis

Q6. Darts: PDC World Champion in 2011 and 2012.

A6. Adrian Lewis

Q7. Horse Racing: Champion Trainer 10 times between 1976 and 1993

A7. (Sir) Henry Cecil

Q8. Golf: European captain at the infamous “Battle of Brookline” Ryder Cup

A8. Mark James (1999)


S1. Tennis: Winner of 8 Grand Slam singles titles between 1933 and 1936

S1. Fred Perry

S2. Motor Racing: Formula 1 World Champion 1969, 1971 and 1973

S2. Jackie Stewart

Villains & Scoundrels

1. Ernest Saunders was involved in the fraudulent manipulation of the share price of which drinks company?

- Guinness

2. What treasure did Colonel Thomas Blood try to steal in 17th Century?

- Crown Jewels

3. Who did Roderick Maclean attempt to kill at Windsor railway station in March 1882?

- Queen Victoria (afterwards she said it was "worth being shot at—to see how much one is loved".)

4. Which country did Pol Pot terrorise?

- Cambodia

5. Who in the ‘70s was accused of stealing a fur coat and passport from Miss World?

- George Best

6. German Armin Meiwes was sentenced to 8½ years in 2003 for what crime?

- Manslaughter (however he had eaten most of his voluntary victim)

7. Which artist did Henry VIII consider a villain for his flattering painting of Anne of Cleves?

- Hans Holbein

8. Which Arsenal boss got the boot after a ‘bung’?

- George Graham


S1. Which child murderer had her portrait painted in children’s handprints?

- Myra Hindley

S2. Who was allegedly poisoned by Agrippina in Rome, 54AD?

- Emperor Claudius


All the questions and/or answers in this round are related to months of the year. Each month may occur on more than one occasion.

Q1. Which female singer released the Christmas single “December will be magic again” in 1980?

A1. Kate Bush

Q2. Which famous poem opens with the words “April is the cruellest month”?

A2. The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

Q3. Which 1989 film is based on the autobiography of Vietnam war veteran Ron Kovic?

A3. Born on the Fourth of July

Q4. Which terrorist group was responsible for the murder of Israeli athletes during the Munich Olympics?

A4. Black September Organisation

Q5. In which country did the February Revolution take place during the first part of the 20th Century?

A5. Russia, 1917 (The October Revolution also took place in Russia later in the same year)

Q6. What is the first name of the American actress (surname Jones) who plays Betty Draper in the series Mad Men?

A6. January

Q7. The European Cockchafer beetle is also known by which other name?

A7. May Bug

Q8. June Carter was the wife of which iconic country singer?

A8. Johnny Cash

S1. “March of the Toreadors” is in Act 2 of which Opera?

S1. Carmen by Bizet

S2. Which band’s second album is entitled “October”?

S2. U2

The 1950’s “A Vintage Decade”

In this round all the questions are connected with the 50’s.

Q1. In the 1950’s, which was the highest building in the world?

A. The Empire State Building

Q2. In May 1953 which Bolton born centre-forward was voted footballer of the year and rated no. 1 in England?

A. Nat Lofthouse

Q3. In 1955 who made history with the first officially recognised 147 break in Snooker?

A. Joe Davis

Q4. In 1955 who had his first Grand Prix win driving a Mercedes?

A. Stirling Moss

Q5. Which boxer held the World Heavyweight Champion title from Sept 1952 to April 1956 and went untied and undefeated throughout his career?

A. Rocky Marciano

Q6. Which Pudsey born batsman was captain of England between 1952 and 1955 frequently opened the batting?

A. Len Hutton

Q7 Who was the British flat racing Champion Jockey 26 times, but only won the Derby for the first and only time in 1953?

A. (Sir) Gordon Richards

Q8 By 1955, which emerging singer was variously billed as "The King of Western Bop", "The Hillbilly Cat", and "The Memphis Flash"

A. Elvis Presley


SQ1. What name was given to the 1953 Cup Final when Blackpool beat Bolton Wanderers 4-3?

A. The Matthews Final

SQ2. What first beeped its way around the Earth until burning out in January 1958?

A. Sputnik 1


General Knowledge Questions

Set by the lamb Shanks

1 If you are sitting on a bidet (pronounced Bee-Day) what are you likely to be washing?

(Your bottom or genitals - accept any slang term)

2 Timbuktu is in which African nation?


3 How thick is a brick? – i.e. what is the width of a standard house brick, ignoring mortar joints?

(102.5 mm or 4 inches. Accept any metric dimension between 95 and 110mm. A standard brick is 215mm long, 102.5mm wide and 65 or 73mm high)

4 What international retailer was founded by Ingvar Kamprad at his birthplace of Elmtaryd, the family farm near the village of Agunnaryd, in 1943?


5 PDF files are an open standard for electronic document exchange. What does the letter P stand for?

(Portable as in Portable Document Format)

6 Which football club were champions of the old first division in the 1936-1937 season, but were relegated to the second division in the following season?

(Manchester City Football Club)

7 What was found under the site of the Star Lane Stand in 1995 that prevented Macclesfield Town Football Club being promoted to the Football League when they won the Conference in the 1995-1996 season?

(An underground watercourse – accept bad, poor or flooded ground, stream or river etc.- The foundations of the stand had to be changed and the delay this caused meant the stand was not completed by the necessary deadline to allow promotion to take place.)

8 There is one British road sign that is octagonal in shape. What word is on this road sign?


9 How many monsters chase you round the maze in the classic Pac-Man arcade game?


10 Why is the element gold represented in the periodic table by the letters “Au” (upper case A, lower case u)?

(Au is an abbreviated version of “Aurum”, the latin name for gold)

11 What is the common name for the metal which used to be known as Quicksilver?


12 Antony Colin Bruce Chapman was the founder of which sports and racing car company?


13 On the 27th June 1882 Didsbury resident Daniel Adamson was elected chairman of the provisional committee for which canal?

(The Manchester Ship Canal)

14 The Thirlmere Aqueduct supplies water to which British city?

(Manchester - accept Salford also)

15 On the 20th November 2000, Judith Keppel (great granddaughter of one of Edward VIIths mistresses) was the first person seen to do what in Britain?

(Win a million pounds on “Who wants to be a millionaire”)

16 In the Campari TV advertisement which actress replied "Nah, Luton Airport!" in a cockney accent when asked "Were you truly wafted here from paradise?"

(Lorraine Chase)

17 What is the current name of the capital city formerly known as Batavia?


18 In the EU, what happens at 1:00 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time on the last Sunday in March?

(Clocks go forward one hour and Daylight Saving Time/British Summer Time begins)

19 What futuristic sports car was manufactured in a factory at Dunmurry on the outskirts of Belfast between January 1981 and December 1982?

(De Lorean)

20 In what building did former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher die?

(The Ritz Hotel in London)

21 Lutetium is a rare earth element, Atomic Number 71. How many protons are there in the nucleus of a lutetium atom?

(71 – the element was named after Lutetia, the roman name for Paris)

22 Which is the only motorway (i.e. a road numbered M something) in England that does not have a junction with another motorway?


23 What character danced whilst Annette Mills played the piano on BBC TV’s children programmes between 1945 and 1955?

(Muffin the Mule)

24 What has a woman described by the medical term ‘Nulliparous’ not done?

(Given birth to a child)

25 Which Russian dissident won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975?

(Dr. Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov)

26 Which American film star played Frenchman Paul Labiche in the 1964 film “The Train”

(Burt Lancaster)

27 What was Mother Theresa of Calcutta’s ethnic origin?

(Albanian – she was a national of the Ottoman Empire when she was born and took Indian citizenship later in life)

28 Who became “Chief of the French State” on the 11th July 1940

(Marshal Petain)

29 Apple pips contain what poisonous substance (in small quantities)


30 What does a durometer measure?

(The hardness of a material – usually rubber or plastic)

31 How many of America’s Great Lakes does the US state of Michigan have a coastline on?

(4 – Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior)

32 Which river flows through Buxton?

(River Wye)

33 What was the name of the first nuclear powered merchant (cargo) ship?

(NS Savannah – the earlier Russian icebreaker Lenin did not carry cargo)

34 What type of bridge (i.e. in structural form) is the Forth Rail Bridge?


35 What is the longest river wholly within Italy?

(River Po)

36 What river does the Ukrainian city of Kiev stand on?

(River Dnieper)

37 Who famously said first “Publish and be Damned”?

(Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington)

38 Which country did the Soviet Union invaded in1956?


39 Who is holding a trumpet on the Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover?

(Ringo Starr)

40 Which ‘rock’ band released the album Little Deuce Coupe in October 1963?

(The Beach Boys)

41 How many test centuries did Sachin Tendulkar score?


42 Name either of the two countries that took part in the 2014 Davis cup final?

(France or Switzerland)

43 The standard rate of VAT in the United Kingdom is 20%. What is the reduced rate applicable to, for example, fuel used for domestic and residential use, smoking cessation products and sanitary protection products?


44 Which tax was introduced in the reign of King William III in 1696?

(Window Tax – it was repealed in 1851)

45 What is the collective noun for a group of bears?

(Sloth or Sleuth)

46 What is the collective noun for a group of beavers?

(Colony or Family, but accept also Lodge which is given in some reference sources)

47 What longitudinal road marking means you MUST NOT cross or straddle it (unless it is safe and you need to enter adjoining premises or a side road)?

(Double white lines where the line nearest you is solid. You may cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph or less)

48 The Macclesfield Canal has two sections – one at just over 500 feet and the other at 400 feet above sea level. The change in levels takes place at Bosley – how many locks are there in the Bosley flight?


49 What sort of maintenance did Robert M Pirsig associate with Zen?

(The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – accept motorcycle. His best selling philosophical book was called Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

50 What has happened at Worthy Farm, Pilton, almost every summer since 1970?

(The Glastonbury Festival)

51 When steel is galvanized it is dipped in a bath of molten what?


52 Which serial killer lived at 23 Cranley Gardens, Muswell Hill when he was arrested?

(Dennis Nilsen)

53 What does panamax mean to a merchant seaman?

(Panamax identifies the maximum size of ocean going ship that can use the Panama Canal - i.e can fit in the locks and under the bridges as at 2014. The canal is currently being enlarged to take larger ‘post Panamax’ ships)

54 What was taking place when Driver Jack Mills was hit over the head on the 8 August 1963 at Sears Crossing, Ledburn near Leighton Buzzard in Buckinghamshire?

(The Great Train Robbery)

55 What are Pins, Firkins, Hogsheads, and Tuns?

(Barrels – they are the names for different sizes of barrels – a true ‘barrel’ contains 36 gallons.)

56 ‘Ich Dien’ is the traditional motto of which titled person?

(The Prince of Wales)

57 Name any one of the ‘injurious weed’ classified under the Weeds Act 1959

(Accept Ragwort, Thistle or Dock - the five injurious weeds are common ragwort - senecio jacobaea, spear thistle - cirsium vulgare, creeping or field thistle - cirsium arvense, broad-leaved dock - rumex obtusifolius and curled dock -rumex crispus).

58 Who was the second man in space?

(American astronaut Alan Shepherd)

59 The ‘Great Gathering’ in York of 3rd July to 17th July 2013 assembled Sir Nigel Gresley, Dwight D Eisenhower, Dominion of Canada, Union of South Africa, Bittern and what?

(Mallard – the six surviving A4 class steam locomotives were on display at the York railway museum)

60 ‘Triturus cristatus’ is the scientific name for what protected species of amphibian?

(Great Crested Newt)

61 What took place at Max Yasgur’s farm between 15th to 18th August 1969?

(Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, informally, Woodstock or the Woodstock Festival - accept any answer with the word Woodstock)

62 Who (in the words of his song) claimed “I could be the ticket man at Fulham Broadway Station?

(Ian Dury – accept Blockheads also)

63 Clough Williams-Ellis was the Architect behind which Welsh tourist attraction?


64 Who shot Reeva Steenkamp on the 14th February 2013?

(Oscar Pistorius)

65 What is the common name (referencing its colour) for heavy fuel oil sold with rebated fuel duty?

(Red Diesel)

66 What is the name of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe in the Douglas Adams book of that name?


67 Who lived at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester until their arrest and conviction?

(Fred and Rose West –accept either one, or both)

68 The former American light cruiser USS Phoenix has the dubious honour of being the only warship to be sunk by a nuclear submarine. What was she called when she was sunk?

(The General Belgrano)

69 Who, in the words of his song, claimed “Life's been good to me so far”?

(Joe Walsh)

70 What sauce, formerly made in a factory at Aston in Birmingham, is now made in Holland, but still shows a British landmark on the label?

(HP Sauce)

71 Who was assassinated by a Serbian called Gavrilo Princip?

(Archduke Franz Ferdinand, accept also his wife Sophie)

72 Who was the sixth man found guilty in the same trial as Greg Miskiw, Neville Thirlbeck, James Weatherup, Glen Mulcaire and Dan Evans?

(Andy Coulson)

73 Who played the title role in the 1961 film ‘El Cid’?

(Charlton Heston)

74 Her real name was Frances Gumm, but by what name did she rise to stardom?

(Judy Garland)

75 Who was the first person to resign his Peerage?

(Sir Anthony Wedgewood Benn, formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, on the 1st August 1963)

76 What is the name of the Isle of Man Parliament?

(The Tynwald)

77 What was (is) the main export of the Scottish island of Ailsa Craig?

(Granite – to make curling stones)

78 Which river joins Lake Huron to Lake Erie?

(St Clair River or Detroit River – accept either)

79 In what family of flowers are the Goldilocks?


80 The slow worm is what sort of reptile?

(A legless lizard – lizard is acceptable)

81 What is Japanese food dipped in batter and deep fried called?


82 What type of fruit is a bullace?

A variety of plum

83 What is the name of the ‘final’ Hobbit film, to be released in the UK on the 12th December?

(The Battle of the Five Armies)

84 Which Oscar winning actor provided the narration for the film ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas?’

(Anthony Hopkins)

85 Which international airline went bust in 1991?

(Pan Am)

86 What does the I in ZIP (as in zip code) stand for?

(Improvement – ZIP is Zone Improvement Plan)

87 What was the last of the mainline railway stations to be built in London?

(Marylebone – in 1899)

88 Which is the oldest of the current railway termini in London?

(London Bridge – opened in December 1836)

89 What National Trust property at Rothbury in Northumberland was built for, and owned by Sir William Armstrong, later 1st Lord Armstrong.?


90 Who was the architect of St Alban’s church on Chester Road in Macclesfield?

(Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin)

91 Plantagenet Palliser, Duke of Omnium and Earl of Silverbridge is a fictional character created by which Victorian novelist?

(Anthony Trollope)

92 Which banking family owned Waddesdon Manor, the French Renaissance-style chateau built in the 1870s and bequeathed to the National Trust in 1957?


93 Who designed the Cenotaph in Whitehall?

(Edwin Lutyens)

94 In the eponymous Alexandre Dumas novel, who does Edmond Dantes, first mate of the cargo ship the Pharaon, become after he meets Abbe Faria in prison?

(The Count of Monte Cristo)

95 Whose supporters dug up the cricket pitch at Headingley during the third test between England and Australia in August 1975?

(George Davis’s – it was accompanied by the graffiti George Davis is Innocent in support of the campaign to free him after his wrongful conviction)

96 What does the letter J in RSJ mean when used by a steel stockholder, architect, engineer or builder?

(Joist as in Rolled Steel Joist)


S1 Guadaloupe, Guyane, Martinique and Reunion are overseas departments of which European country?


S2 Who penned a poem that starts ‘I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree’?

(William Butler Yeats)

S3 What is the topping on a traditional Manchester Tart?

(desiccated coconut – note that Wikipedia, erroneously in my view, allows a maraschino cherry to be used as well)

S4 Where can Red Willow Brewery’s Tilting Ale be bought?

(On Virgin Trains Pendolino services)

S5 What is the highest point on the Isle of Man?

(Snaefell – at 620 metres)

S6 Kwame Nkrumah became the first prime minister of which former part of the British Empire on 6th March 1957?

(Gold Coast – accept also Ghana, which is how it is now known)


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