Wednesday, February 11, 2015

10th February–The Questions


Specialist questions set by the Nag’s Head

Thoroughly vetted by the Park Timers and Ox-fford C

R 1. Also known as

R 2. Gone but not forgotten

R 3. Science

R 4. History (years ending in 15)

R 5. Up in the air

R 6. Geography

R 7. Arts and Entertainment

R 8. Sport

Round 1. Also known as

1. Which well known crooner, born in 1936, stated life as Arnold George Dorsey?


2. What is the nickname of the Australian national football team?


3. Which tourist port is known as The Pearl of the Adriatic?


4. Which championship football team are nicknamed the Cherries?


5. What was the pen name of English novelist Mary Ann Evans?


6. What nickname was given to American murderer Robert Stroud?


7. A statue of Molly Malone and her barrow on Suffolk Street, Dublin is known colloquially as what?


8. Which US city is known as The Big Easy?



1. Which former England football captain was known as ‘Crazy Horse’?


2. Name the 1980 world snooker champion who was known as The Grinder.


Round 2. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN... or are they? All the following people died in 2014.

1. This Irish politician was Taoiseach (pronounced Tee- shuck) of Ireland from February 1992 to December 1994. He died on August 21st.


2. He died on March 11th at the age of 52. He was General Secretary of the RMT Trade Union.


3. This actress who died of cancer on October 19th is remembered for starring in the Oxo TV commercials from 1983 to 1999.


4. She was an American comedian, actress, writer, producer and television host who died on September 4th, aged 81.


5. This English bass guitarist died on August 28th at the age of 67 in Hawaii. He was a founder member of Jethro Tull in 1967 and in 1971 formed his own band Wild Turkey.


6. First name and surname required. On July 16th, this American albino blues guitarist, singer and Producer, died at the age of 70 in Switzerland 2 days after his last performance. Who was he?

JOHNNY WINTER (not to be confused with his brother Edgar Winter)

7. She was a well known English crime writer who died at the age of 94 on November 27th. One of her most well known characters was police commander Adam Dalgliesh.


8. This pop singer died on October 23rd. His real name was Bernard Jewry and he was also known as Shane Fenton. He had his only number 1 UK single with Jealous Mind in 1974.



1. An English television and BBC Radio 1 presenter , racing driver and pilot died on August 1st from complications following major heart surgery. He was married to Sarah Greene.


2. An English gang member and criminal who, from his birth in 1923, served 42 years in various prisons until his final release in 1985. He died, aged 90 on November 26th.


3. Which Argentinian footballer, who died on July 7th aged 88, won 5 European Cup winners medals with Real Madrid from 1956 to 1960. He played for Spain and Colombia as well as Argentina.


Round 3. Science

1. What is the SI unit of mass?


2. What fruit is produced on a Blackthorn hedge plant?


3. How many Apollo missions resulted in successful moon landings?


4. Which scientific instrument, invented in the mid seventeenth century, is also known as ‘Torricelli’s Tube’?


5. To which plant family does Bamboo belong?


6. To which English town would you go to visit The Catalyst Science Discovery Centre?


7. Diamond, is number ten on Moh’s scale of mineral hardness. What is at number one?


8. What is measured in ‘metres per second squared’?



1. What does a Limnologist study?


2. Cynology, is the study of what?


Round 4. HISTORY – Years ending in Fifteen

1. Wellington led the British forces against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Who led his allies, the Prussians?

(Field Marshall Gebhard Leberecht von) BLÜCHER

2. Which Roman general, brother of the future emperor Claudius, started his conquest of the region east of the Rhine and north of the Danube in A.D. 15 (C.E. 15)?


3. Henry V won the battle of Agincourt in 25 October 1415. On which Saint’s Day?

SAINT CRISPIN (also accept Saint Crispian)

4. To which port was the RMS Lusitania heading when she was sunk by a U-boat on 7 May 1915?


5. Magna Carta was signed by King John at Runnymede in Jun 1215. Approximately how long did it last before being annulled by the Pope?

3 MONTHS (accept 1 month either side)

6. Who was appointed Lord Chancellor of England in December 1515?


7. Which Dane launched his invasion of England in 1015?

CANUTE/CNUT (the Great)

8. Which Town, now a city, was as far south as the forces of the first Jacobite Rebellion reached, before they were forced to surrender in November 1715?



1. Which year saw the start of The Great Famine across Britain and Europe, during which millions died of starvation? The famine was a contributory cause of The Peasants Revolt.


2. Which king of France, known as The Sun King, died in September 1715 after 72 years on the throne?


Round 5. UP IN THE AIR

1. What type of aeroplane was flown by Alcock and Brown when they crossed the Atlantic in 1919?

2. What was the name of Charles Lindburgh's plane in which he made the first solo transatlantic flight?

3. Which aircraft company made the Mosquito fighter-bomber?

4. Which aircraft company made the Lancaster bomber?

5. What was the last bi-plane fighter manufactured for the RAF?

6. What was the name of the German plane that became the world's first operational jet fighter, but only saw action at the end of the second world war?
MESSERSCHMITT ME262.(ME262 will do)

7. The Lockheed C-130 transport plane is also known as what?

8. Most airports have three-letter abbreviations. In what country do almost all of these abbreviations begin with the letter Y?


1. Which European city is served by Marco Polo airport?

2. Which European city is served by Christopher Columbus airport?


1. What is the name of the shipping area that covers the majority of the sea area off the southern Irish coast?

2. Which famous English author was named by his parents after a lake in Staffordshire?

3. What is the capital of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan?

4. What is the name of the shipping area that covers the majority of the sea area off the northern Irish coast?

5. On which river does Dresden stand?

6. On which river does Nantes stand?


7. What is the English name for the European lake known in German as Bodensee?

8. What is the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia?


1. What is the name of the bridge that connects Denmark with Sweden?
2. The world's tallest vehicular bridge is in France. What is its name?
MILLAU VIADUCT (accept Millau )

Round 7. Arts & Entertainment

1. Who will play Mad Max in the latest film, to be released later this year?


2. Which artist illustrated the original Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland book?

3. Who released the albums, ‘Slow Train Coming’, ’Time Out Of Mind’ and ‘Nashville Skyline’?


4. What does the M in the name of artist JAM Whistler stand for?


5. Which TV series follows the exploits of the SAMCRO motorcycle Club?


6. Who was the editor of Private Eye before Ian Hislop?


7. What does the M in the name of artist JMW Turner stand for?


8. Who released the albums Dressed for the Occasion, I’m Nearly Famous and Wired for Sound?



1. Which actor played the part of Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit”?


2. Who has been Oscar nominated for his role as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”?


Round 8. Sport

1. In which country did the African Cup of Nations football tournament recently take place?


2. Which country was originally scheduled to hold the 2015 African Cup of Nations, but pulled out because of the ebola outbreak in West Africa?


3. In which sport do the Birmingham Brummies and Poole Pirates compete?


4. Which English golfer won his first major championship when he won the 2013 US Open?


5. Which Australian was, in 1980, the first mother to win a Wimbledon singles title since before World War1?


6. In 2009, a statue of which ex cricketer and umpire was unveiled in Barnsley?


7. In which event did Lizzie Yarnold win an Olympic gold medal?


8. Elland Road Leeds, St James’s Park Newcastle and Kingsholm Gloucester will all be staging matches at which event later this year?



1. Who, IN 1958, was the first British driver to win the Formula 1 World Championship?


2. Name the horse, the jockey or the trainer who won the 2014 Grand National


3. There are 2 nominations for the cities staging the 2022 Winter Olympics. One is Beijing and the other is Almaty. In which country is Almaty?


General Knowledge

Set by the Park Timers, vetted by the Nags Head.

Q1. Which olympic swimming gold medalist later made 12 Tarzan films?

A1. Johnny Weissmuller

Q2. Which British city has districts called St Pauls and St Georges?

A2. Bristol

Q3. Who became president of North Vietnam in 1954 and remained so until his death in1969?

A3. Ho Chi Minh

Q4. With what sort of reform is Elizabeth Fry most associated?

A4. Prison

Q5. Who wrote “The Saint” series of Books?

A5. Leslie Charteris

Q6. What is the name of the pouch traditionally worn with a kilt?

A6. Sporran

Q7. Whose horse was called “Trigger?”

A7. Roy Rogers

Q8. Who resigned as British Prime Minister in 1957?

A8. Anthony Eden

Q9. In which war did the Battle of Edgehill take place?

A9. English Civil War

Q10. In ancient Greek architecture, Doric and Ionian are two of the three styles of column, name the third?

A10. Corinthian

Q11. In which year was the first Harry Potter book published in the UK?

A11. 1997 (accept 1995 - 1999)

Q12. In which year was the movie Godzilla vs Destoroyah released?

A12. 1995 (accept 1993 - 1997)

Q13. Who made Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451 into a movie in 1966

A13. Francois Truffaut

Q14. Which public figure in Britain was born on the Greek island of Corfu on 10 June 1921?

A14. Prince Philip, (accept Duke of Edinburgh)

Q15. Who is Prince William's sister-in-law?

A15. Pippa Middleton

Q16. What is the name given to an act of practical benevolence, especially the donating of money?

A16. Philanthropy

Q17. Which long-established business institution in London allowed women in for the first time in 1973?

A17. London Stock Exchange

Q18. Who has been a team captain on 'Never Mind the Buzzcocks' since the show began in 1996?

A18. Phill Jupitus

Q19. US actor, Phil Silvers is best known for which long-running TV role?

A19. Sergeant Bilko

Q20. Which significant historical event took place by Senlac Ridge (or Hill) in Sussex?

A20. Battle of Hastings in 1066

Q21. What connects the governments formed by David Lloyd George in 1916 and David Cameron in 2010?

A21. Both were coalitions

Q22. Which terrorist organisation was responsible for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972?

A22. Black September

Q23. What is the name of the Irish republican terrorist organisation formed by those unwilling to be signatories to the Good Friday Agreement?

A23. The Real IRA (accept Continuity IRA)

Q24. What horse race is the highlight of the French flat racing season in October?

A24. Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp

Q25. What is the name of Sherlock Holmes' elder brother?

A25. Mycroft

Q26. What is the name of Sherlock Holmes' nemesis in the first volume of stories?

A26. Professor Moriarty (accept Moriarty)

Q27. Balthazar, Casper and Melchior are known collectively as what?

A27. The Three Wise Men (accept three kings or Magi)

Q28. Larry, Moe and Curly are known collectively as what?

A28. The Three Stooges

Q29. What was the name of the comet that passed close to the earth in 1997?

A29. Hale-Bopp

Q30. What are 'Eagle' 'Intrepid' 'Antares' 'Falcon' 'Orion' and 'Challenger'?

A30. The six lunar modules to carry astronauts to the Moon's surface

Q31. What football term is known as 'elfmeter' in German?

A31. Penalty Kick.(the penalty spot is around 11 metres from the goal line and elf is 11in German)

Q32. Name either of the two books in the Bible that list the ten commandments?

A32. Exodus or Deuteronomy

Q33. In Egyptian mythology, who was the Mother Goddess?

A33. Isis

Q34. Which scientific theory postulates that subatomic particles are tiny one-dimensional loops?

A34. String Theory

Q35. The traditional Claret Jug is the trophy awarded to the winner of which annual sporting event?

A35. (British) Open (Golf) Championship

Q36. Who is the current captain of the England Men's rugby union team?

A36. Chris Robshaw

Q37. Who was the captain in 2003 of England's world cup winning men's rugby Union team?

A37. Martin Johnson

Q38. Who was the top goal scorer in the 2013/2014 Premier league season with 31 goals?

A38. Luis Suarez

Q39. To which city was flight MH370 heading before it went missing?

A39. Beijing

Q40. Which DJ wrote the UKIP calypso?

A40. Mike Read

Q41. In which town is Bletchley Park?

A41. Milton Keynes

Q42. Who is the father of Ed and David Miliband? both names are required

A42. Ralph Miliband

Q43. Which constituency is losing Gordon Brown as its MP?

A43. Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

Q44. Who directed the film 12 Years A Slave?

A44. Steve Mcqueen

Q45. Who won a gold medal in the skeleton for team GB at the 2010 winter olympics?

A45. Amy Williams

Q46. Who played the winning shot at the 2014 Ryder Cup?

A46. Jamie Donaldson

Q47. What is the highest mountain in Europe, ahead of Mont Blanc?

A47. Mount Elbrus

Q48. In Newton's second law of motion F=ma for what does the "a" stand?

A48. Acceleration

Q49. Who kidnapped 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria in April 2014?

A49. Boko Haram

Q50. Which dinosaur's name means rapid thief?

A50. Velociraptor

Q51. Who invented the whirlpool bath?

A51. Candido Jacuzzi

Q52. Which animal is the emblem of the USA's Republican party?

A52. Elephant

Q53. How heavy is one litre of water at room temperature in Kg?

A53. One

Q54. Of what, specifically, is a Lux the unit?

A54. Illumination

Q55. Which King met with the rebels of the peasant's revolt at Smithfield?

A55. Richard 2nd

Q56. Who was the mother of King James 1st?

A56. Mary Queen of Scots

Q57. Who was named Guardian of Scotland in 1297?

A57. William Wallace

Q58. Which bands greatest hits compilation is the best selling album in UK chart history?

A58. Queen

Q59. What is the best selling single in UK chart history?

A59. Candle in the Wind (1997) by Elton John

Q60. What is unusual about the basenji dog?

A60. It does not bark

Q61. Who wrote the book Patriot Games?

A61. Tom Clancy

Q62. In which Australian city is Flemington horse racing course?

A62. Melbourne

Q63. Who played Perry Mason in the TV series?

A63. Raymond Burr

Q64. What does Popeye have tattooed on his arm?

A64. An anchor

Q65. Which film character's last word was “Rosebud?”

A65. Citizen Kane

Q66. Which musical was based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion?

A66. My Fair Lady

Q67. Who wrote the book “Kidnapped?”

A67. Robert Louis Stevenson

Q68. On which river does Lisbon stand?

A68. Tagus

Q69. Which is the largest of the North American Great Lakes?

A69. Lake Superior

Q70. What colour are the hottest stars?

A70. Blue

Q71. Which electromagnetic waves have the highest frequency?

A71. Gamma rays

Q72. In calculus, what is the derivative of x2 ("x squared") ?

A72. 2x

Q73. What is the derivative of the sine of x ?

A73. Cosine of x (accept "cos x")

Q74. What part of a plant consists of a filament and anther?

A74. Stamen

Q75. What is the layer of a rain forest immediately below the emergents?

A75. Canopy

Q76. Which Secretary of State for Defence resigned during the Westland Helicopter Affair?

A76. Michael Heseltine

Q77. Nicholas Breakspear is the only Englishman to have held which office?

A77. Pope – he was Adrian IV

Q78. Which animal's name is Greek for “River Horse?”

A78. Hippopotamus

Q79. Who wrote the Adrian Mole series of books?

A79. Sue Townsend

Q80. What nationality was Hans Christian Andersen?

A80. Danish

Q81. In the Bible, whose strength came from his hair?

A81. Samson

Q82. Which Egyptian president was shot and killed in 1981?

A82. Anwar Sadat

Q83. In which US State is Fort Knox?

A83. Kentucky

Q84. What kind of organisms cause leprosy, typhoid and gonorrhoea?

A84. Bacteria

Q85. Acid rain is a diluted form of nitric acid and which other acid?

A85. Sulphuric acid

Q86. In which modern day country was the Aztec civilisation based?

A86. Mexico

Q87. What was the name of the first effective telecommunications satellite, launched in1962?

A87. Telstar

Q88. Which French lawyer broke from Catholicism in 1530 and fled to Geneva where he promoted the Protestant Reformation?

A88. Jean Calvin

Q89. Give a year in The Thirty Years War

A89. 1618-1648

Q90. Ethiopia gained independence from which country in 1941?

A90. Italy

Q91. Who was chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation from 1969 to 2004?

A91. Yasser Arafat

Q92. The Sephardic and Ashkenazi are traditions of which religion?

A92. Judaism

Q93. What style of architectural decoration arose in Italy in the late Renaissance and became prevalent in Europe during the 18th century?

A93. Baroque

Q94. In which decade was Woody Allen born?

A94. 1930s (b. 1935)

Q95. Which woodwind instrument was invented in 1840 by a Belgian?

A95. Saxophone (by Adolphe Sax)

Q96. Which language group, still spoken in some areas around the North Sea, is more closely related to modern English than German, but less so than Scots?

A96. Frisian


Q97. Who wrote The Brothers Karamazov?

A97. Fyodor Dostoevski

Q98. What is the capital of Angola?

A98. Luanda

Q99. What is the currency of Romania?

A99. the Leu

Q100. What was the last dynasty of Chinese emperors called?

A100. Ch'ing/Qing

Q101. Who won the Best Actor Academy Award in both 1993 and 1994?

A101. Tom Hanks

Q102. Who wrote The Divine Comedy?

A102. Dante Alighieri (accept Dante)


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