Wednesday, December 03, 2014

December 2nd–The Questions



All questions set by The Harrington Academicals

Vetted by Waters Green Phoenix and The Brewers

Specialist Questions

1 A Splash of Colour

2. Arts and Entertainment

3 Famous Belgians

4 Food and Drink

5. Geography

6 History


8 Sport

A Splash of Colour - all answers contain a colour

1 Defoliant used in Vietnam war

Agent Orange

2 Baseball team based in Boston

Boston Red Sox

3 fictional army of fierce, if buffoonish, music-hating creatures

Blue Meanies -from the Beatles Yellow Submarine

4 A type of LSD which reputedly gave the title to a Jimi Hendrix hit single

Purple Haze

5 The highest point in Cornwall

Brown Willy

6 The famous diamond in a Peter Sellars film

Pink Panther

7 British medium-range ballistic missile. The project was cancelled because it was too expensive

Blue Streak

8 Lead guitarist with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Mac who became a recluse after drug and mental health problems

Peter Green


Dye synthesised by German chemist Adolf von Baeyer and is widely used in manufacturing denim jeans



6th longest river in the world and title of a hit single

Yellow River


Arts and Entertainment - All the answers contain the word Night

1    The world's longest-running orchestral live music programme on radio, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra. Started in 1952 and still running(if that is quite the right word)

Friday night is music night

2 Van Gogh painting in the New York Museum of Modern Art, subject of a hit single

Starry Night

3 1934 film, directed by Frank Capra, starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert that won all 5 major Oscars

It happened one night

4 Comedy band doing pop song parodies from early 60’s to late 90’s and probably beyond the grave

Barron Knights

5 Track from Moody Blues concept album, “Days of Future Passed”, released as a single several times

Nights in white satin

6 Criminal ex husband of Barbara Windsor

Ronnie Knight

7 Popular name for the Rembrandt painting “The Company of captain Frans Banning Cocq and lieutenant Willem van Ruytenburch preparing to march out”

The Nightwatch

8 American TV series starring David Hasselhof which ran from 82 to 86 and which was revived in 2008

Knight Rider

S1 Bruce Springsteen song recorded by Patti Smith on the album Easter

Because the night

S2 song written by Tony Joe White in 1962 and popularized by R&B vocalist Brook Benton in 1970. Covered many times and ranked #498 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rainy night in Georgia


Famous Belgians

Identify the famous Belgians from the description

1 The surrealist artist, whose pictures include “The Son of Man”, which depicts a man in a bowler hat with an apple in front of his face

Rene Magritte

2 Possibly the greatest cyclist who ever lived – he won the Tour de France 5 times

Eddie Merckx

3 Tennis player who won 41 WTA singles titles, including Wimbledon in 2003

Kim Clijsters

4 Olympic Yachtsman who served as president of the IOC from 2001 to 2013, replacing the notoriously corrupt Juan Antonio Samaranch

Jacques Rogge

5 Author who claimed to have had sex with 10,000 women and still had time to write the Maigret novels

Georges Simenon

6 Baroque painter, born 1577 noted for his portrayal of well nourished ladies wearing not many clothes

Peter Paul Reubens

7 The actress who was born in Brussels in 1931, but spent much of her childhood in England and starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Audrey Hepburn

8 The fictional character who dies in “The Final Curtain”

Hercule Poirot

S1 Creator of Tintin

Herge (George Remi)

S2 The king who turned his "Congo Free State" into a massive labour camp, made a fortune for himself from the harvest of its wild rubber, and contributed in a large way to the death of perhaps 10 million innocent people

Leopold II


Food and Drink

1 How does the Norwegian Lobster, Nephrops Norvegicus usually appear on a British menu


2 Which English cheese is the inventor’s name spelled backwards


3 What is the primary use of a Spurtle

Stirring porridge

4 The mnemonic “Michael Jackson really makes small boys nervous.” Refers to what?

Names of Champagne bottles: Magnum, Jeroboam, Rehoboam, Methuselah, Salamanazar, Balthazar, Nebuchadnezzar.”

5 Which major brewery is located in Southwold


6 What is a scotch Bonnet

A very hot chilli

Accept chilli

7 On an Indian menu, what is a Dhosa

A pancake (made with ground fermented lentils)

8 Name either of the restaurants or the chefs aiming for a Michelin star in the tv programme “Restaurant Wars”

Midland French – Simon Rogan or Manchester House – Aiden Byrne

S1 Picasso, Dali Warhol and Cocteau have provided the artwork for which product

Chateau Mouton Rothschild

S2 What is a carpet bag steak stuffed with


S3 What meat is used to make the Italian antipasti Bresaola




1 Which European capital is named after the two towns on either side of its main river?


2 What is the name of the dam on the Zambia/Zimbabwe border?


3 What is the proper name for the Southern Lights?

Aurora Australis

4 In Geology, what is a drumlin?

A small hill (caused by glaciation)

5  What is the only mobile National Monument in the USA?

San Francisco Trams

6 In which US state is Fort Knox?


7 Cuba, Jamaica and Hispaniola are part of which island group?

Greater Antilles

Accept Antilles

8 In which country would you find the ancient settlement of Machu Pichu?


S1 In which county is Glastonbury?


S2 Ulan Bator is the capital of which country?



Identify the following military leaders from their nicknames

1 Stonewall, American Civil War Confederate general,

Thomas Jackson

Accept Jackson

2 Hammer of the Scots, English King

Edward I

3 Old Blood and Guts, American 2nd World War General

George S Patton

4 Stormin Norman, US Gulf War General

Norman Schwarzkopf

5 Old Hickory, U.S. general and President

Andrew Jackson

6 Bomber, British WW2 Air Chief Marshall

Arthur Harris

7 Tin Legs, WWII RAF Ace

Sir Douglas Bader

8 The little corporal, 19th century French Field Marshall

Napoleon Bonaparte

S1 The Red Baron, 1st World War German fighter ace

Manfred von Richtofen

S2 The Desert Fox, German 2nd World War General

Irwin Rommel – in case anyone forgot from last week

S3 Shagger, the highest scoring Western Allied fighter ace against the German Luftwaffe

Johnny Johnstone



1 What are the molecules called which catalyse biochemical reactions?


2 Where in the body would you find an astrocyte?

The Brain

3 Name of layer of the atmosphere closest to the Earth's surface


4 Who is known as the father of geometry?


5 What kind of an animal is a taipan?


6 What does the S stand for in an SD card

Secure (digital)

7 Which chemical element is named after the moon?


8 A floating body displaces its own weight of liquid. Whose principle is this?


S1 What is the sum of the internal angles of a hexagon?


S2 Four chemical elements are named after a Swedish village. What is its name?

Ytterby (they are, Ytterbium, Terbium, Yttrium and Erbium



1 Who qualified for the London ATP Tour Finals by winning the US Open

Marin Cilic

2 In what sport is Payton Manning an all time record holder

American football – record touchdown throws

3 Laura Massaro, who went to school in the north west is world champion in which sport


4 The Coronation cup is run at which horse racing track


5 Which city will host the start of the 2015 Tour de France


6 The Monza racetrack is outside which city


7 The honours board at the Oval lists all batsmen who have made test centuries there. Name either the first or the last on the list

W G Grace or Joe Root

8 Dennis Kimetto recently broke which athletics world record

the men's marathon record with 2.02:57 in Berlin in September

S1 A Rabona by Eric Lamela has been viewed over 2.3 million times on youtube. What is a Rabona

a method of kicking the football whereby the kicking leg is wrapped around the back of the standing leg – no points for an amusing demonstration

S2 Which famous Belgian was regarded as the worst signing of David Moyes reign at Old Trafford – until he signed Mata

Marouane Fellaini

S3 The Elo rating system is a method for calculating the relative skill levels of players. In which sport was it initially used

Chess – now used in footballers, baseball, American football etc


General Knowledge


The 2012 documentary “Crossfire Hurricane is about which band

Rolling Stones


Who rode the horse Shadowfax



How many bones are there in the little toe



Which war is the background for the film “Jarhead”

Gulf war


In which island group is Richard Branson’s holiday retreat, Necker Island

British Virgin Islands


Which poet died fighting in the Greek war of independence

Lord Byron


At the time he was awarded his wings in 1943, which future US president was the youngest naval aviator

George Bush Senior


Charles Darwin noticed that each Galapagos island had a different sub species of which reptile

Giant tortoise

Accept tortoise


“I need art like I need God” was the title of an exhibition by which artist

Tracy Emin


The Oscar winning director James Cameron was married to an Oscar winning director. Who was she?

Kathryn Bigelow


In which country is the easternmost point of the Horn of Africa



Which railway station has a plaque commemorating the writing of the Simon and Garfunkel song, “Homeward Bound”



The title character of which novel was a foundling, taken in by Squire Allworthy

Tom Jones


In the Monty Python dead parrot sketch, what was the Norwegian Blue pining for

The fjords


Which country is bordered to the south by Italy and Slovenia



During which monarch’s reign was the first act of supremacy passed

Henry VIII


During which war was the term “Thin red line” reputedly coined

Crimean war

(Battle of Balaclava)


The figure in a toby jug traditionally holds a pot of beer in one hand, and what in the other

A pipe


Which monarch ordered the construction of Westminster Abbey

Henry III


Which country originated Manga comics



What is the largest native British butterfly



The Lizzie Bennett Diaries are a sequel to which novel

Pride and Prejudice


What spice is represented on the flag of Grenada



Who circumnavigated the world in Gypsy Moth IV

Francis Chichester


The Jam maker, Wilkin and sons are based in which Essex town



What do the French call the English Channel

La Manche


Who was the author of the Pallister novels, who is also credited with the introduction of the pillar box.

Anthony Trollope


Flora and Miles are children in which Henry James ghost story

The Turn of the Screw


Malorie Blackman succeeded Julia Donaldson in which role

Children’s Laureate


Who completed the first triumvirate with Pompey and Crassus

Julius Caesar


The most famous work by Thomas Malory concerns which king


(le mort d’Arthur)


What word completes the phrase used by Private Eye to suggest drunkenness: Tired and..


Originally referred to George Brown allegedly


Which country has the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy



What type of scissors make a zig zag cut

Pinking Shears


Who dies at the end of Moby Dick

Captain Ahab


Who wrote “The Hunt for Red October”

Tom Clancy


What type of seaweed did Richard Burton describe as Welshman’s caviar



What was the title of the open letter to the president by Emile Zola about the Dreyfus affair, printed on the first page of a Paris daily newspaper



Near which city is the Schoenbrunn Palace



Hamburg is on which river



Madonna was directed by her then husband in “Swept Away”. Who was he

Guy Ritchie


Pupillage is the final stage of qualification for which specific profession

Bar (ie to become a Barrister)


Why has Paul Cummins been in the news recently

He is the artist responsible for the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London


Who is the subject of the 2014 film, “The Imitation Game”

Alan Turing


Which musician wrote the book “In his own Write”?

John Lennon


Powell and Pressburger were a renowned partnership in which industry



How many opera did Beethoven and Brahms have published in total

1 – Fidelio by Beethoven


Billy Connelly defined an intellectual as someone who could listen to which piece of music without thinking of the Lone Ranger

William Tell Overture


The Lombard League was a 12th century alliance to oppose what?

The Holy Roman Empire


What was the profession of Václav Havel before he became prime minister of Czechoslovakia



What colour cape does Robin wear in the Batman cartoons and films



A cellist with the Scottish Youth Orchestra later played bass on Pretty Flamingo with Manfred Mann. He was better known for playing with with Cream. Who was he

Jack Bruce


In which city did a Picasso museum reopen this year amid controversy over the €52m (£42.7m). cost and 3 year delay to the project



The Murder of Gonzago is a play within which Shakespreare play



The title character of which novel was murdered by Maxim de Winter



In the decoration KCMG, what does the G stand for

George – Knight Commander of the order of St Michael and St George

(Not Kindly call me God)


Formerly a holiday home of the Queen Mother, what is the most northerly castle on the British mainland

Castle of Mey


Which European capital city is situated on the Meseta Central plateau



Michael Palin, David Bowie and Telly Savalas have all played which Biblical character

Pontius Pilate


Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Cesar Romero have all played which villain

The Joker


For what crime was Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to prison in 2013

Tax fraud


At 1834 feet, which hill is the highest point in Cheshire?

Shining Tor


Who is the Culture Secretary, who recently fell out with his predecessor, Maria Miller

Sajid Javid


What was the name of the childhood home of James Bond



What is the more common name for calcium sulphate hemihydrate

Plaster of Paris


In 1802 William Wordsworth wrote “Earth has

not anything to show more fair” - more fair than


The view (of London) from

Westminster Bridge


In which 2013 Academy award winning film does Anna make an epic journey in search of her estranged sister Elsa?



Which parliamentary constituency is Boris

Johnson hoping to represent after the 2015

general election?

Uxbridge & South Ruislip

Accept Uxbridge


Which Australian state capital lies on the Swan




Who plays House in the American hospital series of that name?

Hugh Laurie


Which politician was the recipient of the

contents of a bucket of water from a member of

pop band Chumbawamba at the 1998 Brit Awards?

John Prescott


When Grayson Perry wears a dress what is the name of his alter ego

Claire (Perry)


The opera Orpheus & Eurydice was produced at this year’s Buxton Festival. Who was the


Christoph Willibald Gluck


Harry Wheatcroft was a renowned breeder of




The Panmunjom talks ended which war?



Who wrote “Short Ride in a Fast Machine”,

famously pulled from the Last Night of the Proms twice, after Diana's death and 9/11?

John Adams


Where are James the 'Old Pretender' and his

son 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' buried?

St Peter's,Rome


Who will Great Britain play in the first round of the Davis Cup in 2015



Which piece of classical music is dedicated to “My friends pictured within”?

Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations


What is the name of Long John Silver’s parrot?

Captain Flint


What rank in the British Army is signified by a single crown?



What is manufactured by the Haber process?



Which 1971 Stanley Kubrick film was based on a novel by Anthony Burgess?

A Clockwork Orange


In Arthurian legend the vacant seat at the Round Table, reserved by Merlin for the finder of the Holy Grail, is known by what name?

Siege Perilous or The Perilous Seat


In his long career John Wayne won only one Oscar. For which film?

Best actor in True Grit


Which philosopher considered the natural state of mankind to be “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish,

and short?”

Thomas Hobbes


What is the name of Kate Bush’s son who appeared on stage with her and has a song named for

him on her 2005 album Aerial?

Bertie Mackintosh Bush

Accept Bertie


Which Wagner opera features a Cornish knight and an Irish princess

Tristan und Isolde


What is the capital of Trinidad and Tobago?

Port of Spain


Name the group who topped the charts in 1996 with the singles "Breathe" and "Firestarter"?

The Prodigy


Who wrote "The Dance of the Knights" for a ballet that premiered in 1938, and which now provides the introduction to the BBC's The Apprentice?

Sergei Prokofiev.


On what island is the Malaysian capital, Jakarta sited



What river flows from the sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea



How many players are there in an ice hockey team



In the Shakespeare play, who was the husband of Desdemona



East is east and west is west and never the twain shall meet is the first line of a poem by whom

Rudyard Kipling


The Plymouth Rock is a breed of what animal?



Crisis committees for the UK Government are often referred to by the acronym "Cobra". What does the B stand for?

Briefing - Cabinet Office Briefing Room A


What name is given to the wealthier half of the South Korean capital Seoul, lying south of the River Han?



The Catholic office known officially as the Promoter of the Faith was established in 1587 and abolished by Pope John Paul II in 1983. The holder's role was to argue against the canonization of new Catholic saints. What was the more common name of the post?

Devil's Advocate


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jakarta = Indonesia. Otherwise, an interesting set of questions with a bit of a "culture vulture" bias in the GK?

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