Wednesday, March 11, 2015

10th March–The Questions

 

 

 

All questions set by the Dolphin Dragons,

And vetted by

The Bate Taverners and the Lamb Shanks

(With the exception of round 5, specialist, which was an emergency substitution for the original round on Wales – as we had one of those this last week! The situation was not helped by my being away at the weekend. EH)

The specialist rounds are:

History

Arts & Entertainment

Sports (famous for one thing only)

Science

Quiz Teams

A Fantastic Round

Geography

Fathers and Children


Round 1.History

1.Who was the 1st English Prince of Wales?

Edward II

2. Where in WW2 were we going to hang up our washing?

On the Siegfried Line

3. Who was PM at the time of the Suez crisis?

Anthony Eden

4. What relation were William and Mary, besides husband and wife?

First cousins

5. What was the name of the WW2 project for sending a pipeline under the ocean?

PLUTO

6. Who was Queen Victoria’s first Prime Minister?

Lord Melbourne

7. And her last?

Lord Salisbury

8. What was a mangonel?

A (huge) medieval catapult

Supplementaries

In which part of the British Empire did the Jamison Raid take place in the 1890s?

S. Africa

Sir Francis Drake famously referred to his raid on a Spanish port as ‘Singeing the King of Spain’s Beard.’ Which port?

Cadiz (According to Sellars and Yeatman in 1066 and All That, the said beard was the Spanish Mane)

Round 2. Arts & Entertainment

1. In Hamlet, what is the name of Hamlet’s uncle?

Claudius

2. In Twelfth Night, who is Olivia’s uncle?

Sir Toby Belch

3. In one of Jane Austen’s novels, who does Edmund Bertram marry?

Fanny Price

4. Which ballet is set in a toyshop?

Coppelia

5. What was the name of the BBC drama series of last year about a WWI field hospital?

The Crimson Field

6. Which was Roger Moore’s first Bond film?

Live and let die

7. Which Flemish artist painted The Garden of Earthly Delights?

Hieronymous Bosch

8. For what did Conchita Wurst become briefly famous in 2014?

Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest

Supplementaries

T.S. Eliot wrote a series of poems called the 4 quartets. Name one of them.

Burnt Norton, East Coker, the Dry Salvages, Little Gidding

What was the sub-title of the third (and final) Hobbit film?

The Battle of the Five Armies

Round 3. Sport : (Famous for one thing only)

You will get a name, a year and a clue – all you have to do is name the sport that was or should have been going on. Eg Jean van der Velde; 1999; a Scottish stream – Answer Golf

1. Peter Doohan; 1987; the result was a complete surprise, but the guy he defeated afterwards reflected that ‘nobody died’

Tennis. (He defeated 1985 and 1986 Wimbledon champion Boris Becker)

2. Michael Edwards; 1980; his British record still stands in this Olympic sport

Ski Jumping (He is better known as Eddie the Eagle)

3. Ivan Rovny, Gianluca Brambilla; 2014; a fist fight in Northern Spain

Cycling.( Well, yes, they were also fighting as the they rode the Vuelta de Espana; both were banned)

4. George Storey; 1923; on a white horse in NW London

Soccer. (He cleared the pitch at the ‘White Horse’ FA Cup Final)

5. Trenton Oldfield; 2012; the Thames, London

Rowing. (Should have been; he got in the way of the Boat Race)

6. Paul Lim; 1990; his record, the first of its kind to be televised will absolutely never be beaten

Darts. (he threw a 9 dart finish from 501)

7. Gary Pratt; 2005; he wasn’t even in the team, really,

Cricket. (He was the sub fielder who ran out Ricky Ponting at Trent Bridge in the 4th Ashes Test)

8. Kerri Strug; 1996; in Atlanta, where she could hardly walk

Gymnastics. (The one who did a gold medal winning vault with a dodgy ankle).

Supplementaries

Steven Bradbury; 2002, Salt Lake City

Short Track Speed Skating. (He was the back marker who won gold when the rest fell over)

Erica Roe; 1982; S England.

Rugby Union. (Streaker, observed by Steve Smith to have had Bill Beaumont’s backside on her chest.)

Round 4. Science

1. What is the name for a dangerous bulge in the wall of an artery?

An Aneurysm

2. What is the term for animals sleeping through the summer (as opposed to hibernation)

Estivation

3. Which bird flies from pole to pole in the course of a year?

The Arctic Tern

4. What is the lightest solid element?

Lithium

5. Which Scientific law did Flanders and Swan sum up as “heat cannot move from a cooler to a hotter (it can try it if it likes but it really better notter)”?

The 2nd law of thermodynamics (exact number required)

6. What is the name for the bending of light as it passes from one medium to another?

Refraction

7. On which planet is the tallest mountain in the solar system?

Mars (Mons Olympos)

8. Which isotope is commonly used to date decayed organic matter?

Carbon 14 (again, exact number required)

Supplementaries

What did Tim Berners-Lee create?

The world-wide-web

Which planet has moons called Margaret and Belinda (among others)?

Uranus (characters from Much Ado about Nothing and the Rape of the Lock)

Round 5. Quiz Teams (each question relates to the name of a team playing in our leagues)

1. The Dolphin. A group of dolphins may be called a school. What is the more usual name?

A Pod

2 The Lamb. Who wrote the poem “Little Lamb who made thee?”

William Blake

3. The Robin Hood. In some versions of the story, Robin is said to be the Earl of… where?

Locksley

4. The Knot. The Knotty was the affectionate nickname for which railway?

The North Staffordshire

5. The Dolphin Dragons. What is the name of the dragon that Bilbo Baggins meets in The Hobbit?

Smaug

6. The Cock-a-2. On which continent does one find the majority of cockatoos?

Australasia

7. The Weaver. What is the name of the family that founded Quarry Bank Mill, Styal?

The Gregs

8. The Oxfford: the tower of which Oxford college hosts the Mayday ceremony, where the choir sings at the top of said tower?

Magdelene (pronounced Maudlin)

Supplementaries

The Waters Green Rams. Which sign of the zodiac is The Ram?

Aries

The British Flag. Which US state has the Union Flag on its own flag?

Hawaii

Round 6: A Fantastic Round

1. Who directed the trilogy of films based on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings?

Peter Jackson.

2. Which magical creatures did Victorian painter, Richard Dadds, mainly depict?

Fairies.

3. What magical property do the basilisk and Medusa share?

The ability to kill with a glance.

4. Who is the arch-enemy of Superman, who served as US President?

Lex Luther.

5. Which painter and poet depicted the supernatural in illustrations ranging from the Bible to Dante’s Inferno?

William Blake

6. Which fabled creature is a mixture of a lion and an eagle?

A Griffon (spelled various ways eg Gryffyn, but all pronounced roughly the same)

7. Who was Batman’s serving man (his batman)? (First name only is acceptable)

Alfred (Pennyworth)

8. Which series of films (No 3 out this year) is based on the books by Suzanne Collins?

The Hunger Games

Supplementaries

Who complied the Fantasia of Sea songs, so long a staple of the Proms?

Sir Henry Wood

Which fruit did Eric from Acacia Avenue eat to turn him into a superhero?

A Banana

Round 7. Geography

1.What is the capital of Vermont?

Montpelier

2. Which river flows through the beauty spot of Symmonds Yat?

The Wye.

3. Mount Goodwin Austin is more widely known as what?

K2

4. Augusta is the capital of which US state?

Maine

5. On which river does Lancaster stand?

The Lune

6. What, in physical geography, is an erratic?

A boulder which differs from the native rock amidst which it is found (having been brought there by glaciation)

7. And where would you find a fumerole?

On the side of a volcano (It’s a vent hole)

8. Which is the highest mountain in North America?

Mt McKinley (aka Denali, which is acceptable as an answer)

Supplementaries

What physical feature can be described as arcuate, cuspate, or birdsfoot?

A river delta

What is a Bergschrund?

A crevasse in a glacier (separating the moving ice from the fixed ice further up)

Round 8. Fathers and Children

You will be given the forenames of a father and his child, and their sphere of fame. Give the surname (eg. George and Robert, engineering. Stephenson – Mark and Isambard, also engineering, is a bit of a giveaway!)

1. Chris and Stuart, cricket.

Broad.

2. Harry and Matthew, puppetry.

Corbett

3. Gerard and Daphne, writing

Du Maurier

4. Derek and Scott, rugby

Quenell

5.Edward and Emilia, acting

Fox

6. Giles and Jacques, motor racing

Villeneuve

7. John and Julian, singers

Lennon

8. Peiter and Jan (that’s Yan), painting

Breughel

Supplementaries

Keki and Niko, motor racing (again!)

Rosberg

Henry and Jane, film

Fonda

 

1

Q

In nineteenth century America, what alias was the best known one of William Henry Bonney (aka McCarty) ?

A

Billy the Kid

2

Q

Which is the largest country with only one time zone?

A

China (it actually spans 5 but everyone has to use just the one!)

3

Q

Which was the last team to win the old Division 1?

A

Leeds United

4

Q

What was the currency of Lithuania before they adopted the Euro in January of this year?

A

The Litas

5

Q

Which series of books includes such characters as Mr Tumnus and Reepicheep?

A

The Chronicles of Narnia (by CS Lewis)

6

Q

What, in a church, is a squint?

A

An opening through the wall of a church in an oblique direction. (It either allows people sitting in the transepts to see what is going on at the high altar, or, if it’s in an outside wall, it allows those excluded (lepers, hermits, etc) to look in).

7

Q

Who was the only British PM to play first-class cricket?

A

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

8

Q

Who is Juan Carlos’s successor to the throne of Spain?

A

King Felipe

9

Q

Which British rock Group started in 1962 as the Spectres, but changed to the name they are known by in the late sixties?

A

Status Quo

10

Q

Which English King rode a horse called White Surrey?

A

Richard III

11

Q

Grant’s, Grevy’s and Burchell’s are all types of which animal?

A

Zebra

12

Q

Which is the only walled city in North America?

A

Quebec

13

Q

The nine handmaidens of Odin were collectively called?

A

The Valkyries

14

Q

From which musical does the song The Rainbow Tour come?

A

Evita

15

Q

Who encountered the flying island of Laputa?

A

Lemuel Gulliver

16

Q

Seven British "nations", ie. Representative Areas, took part in the Commonwealth Games last summer. Name one apart from England, Wales, Scotland and NI.

A

Jersey, Guernsey, IoM

17

Q

Which country has Podorica (Podgoreecha) as its capital?

A

Montenegro

18

Q

What is the claim to fame of Mia Tindall?

A

She is Zara and Mike Tindall’s daughter ( accept the queen’s great granddaughter)

19

Q

Who is depicted on the US $100 bill?

A

Benjamin Franklin

20

Q

In which film is the spaceship called Nostromo?

A

Alien

21

Q

Which equatorial island is the home of virtually the whole of the world’s population of Birds of Paradise?

A

New Guinea

22

Q

Which Shakespeare play features Beatrice and Benedict?

A

Much Ado about Nothing

23

Q

How many stars in the EU flag?

A

Twelve

24

Q

Which other Welsh sports star was in the same school year (in the same school!) as Gareth Bale?

A

Sam Warburton (personal note: my old school! Liz Horrocks!)

25

Q

In 1954, John Landy was the second man to do what?

A

Run a sub – 4 minute mile

26

Q

Who was the first king of Israel, as recorded in the Bible?

A

Saul

27

Q

In which city was the first performance of Handel’s Messiah?

A

Dublin.

28

Q

Which US President was born with the surname Blythe?

A

Bill Clinton

29

Q

Which river forms the Eastern part of the England /Scotland boundary?

A

The Tweed

30

Q

What was Victoria Beckham’s maiden name?

A

Adams

31

Q

Heartbreak Hotel stands on which thoroughfare?

A

Lonely Street

32

Q

What was a skyscraper, before the word came to be used for a building?

A

A sail, the topmost one on a tall ship

33

Q

What is happening at Guedelon, in Burgundy, as seen in the history/archaeology programme on BBC 2 last December?

A

Building a medieval (c1246) castle using the original methods. (The project started in 1997, and should take 25 yrs)

34

Q

Pete Sampras defeated Goran Ivaninovic twice in the Wimbledon Men’s Single’s final. Name one of the other 5 people he defeated in a Wimbledon final

A

Jim Courier, Boris Becker, Cedric Pioline, Andre Agassi, Pat Rafter

35

Q

Who is the new Greek Prime Minister?

A

Alexis Tsipras

36

Q

Which violinist was banned from skiing races for 4 years for race fixing?

A

Vanessa Mae

37

Q

In the 16th Century, what was a galliard?

A

A dance

38

Q

What does the adjective vulpine mean?

A

Foxlike

39

Q

And ovine?

A

Sheeplike

40

Q

In which classic SF book would you find the Eloi and the Morlocks?

A

The Time Machine (by H.G. Wells)

41

Q

Which book in the Bible comes immediately after Leviticus?

A

Numbers

42

Q

Which musical has Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart as major characters?

A

Chicago

43

Q

To which country does Norfolk Island belong?

A

Australia

44

Q

Which is the densest planet in the solar system?

A

Earth

45

Q

Whose statue is to join those of Churchill, Mandela and Lincoln in Parliament Square?

A

Gandhi

46

Q

What relation was Queen Victoria to her immediate predecessor on the British Throne?

A

Niece

47

Q

Which country took second place in the medal table of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, after England?

A

Australia

48

Q

UNHCR is the United Nations High Commission for what?

A

Refugees

49

Q

What took place in the UK for the first time on March 29th last year?

A

A same sex marriage (as opposed to a Civil Contract)

50

Q

What sort of fiction does Felix Francis write?

A

Thrillers (based around horse racing, as he is carrying on the work of his late father, Dick Francis)

51

Q

Child actress Mary Badham starred in which classic film of the 1960s?

A

To Kill a Mockingbird

52

Q

What do you call a locked case, where you can see the decanters but not use them?

A

A tantalus

53

Q

In which town was the first Butlin’s Holiday camp?

A

Skegness

54

Q

Who was the longest serving British Prime Minister of the twentieth century?

A

Margaret Thatcher

55

Q

In which city would you travel on the DART?

A

Dublin

56

Q

Who is presenting the new version of Stars in their Eyes?

A

Harry Hill

57

Q

What is made of sulphur, charcoal and potassium nitrate?

A

Gunpowder

58

Q

February 2nd is known as what in the USA?

A

Groundhog Day

59

Q

Who is believed to have written the Acts of the Apostles?

A

St Luke

60

Q

Which author wrote of such characters as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Slartibartfast?

A

Douglas Adams

61

Q

Who composed the symphonic poem, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, made famous by Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse (in Fantasia)?

A

Paul Dukas

62

Q

Rita Ora is the female judge on the current series of the Voice. Name one of the former female judges.

A

Jessie J or Kylie Minogue

63

Q

Why were the people of Guinea forbidden to eat bats toward the end of 2014 recently?

A

Because of the risk of spreading Ebola (this is how the recent outbreak is believed to have originated)

64

Q

Not counting Napoleon III (who was an Emperor, not a King) who was the last king to reign in France?

A

Louis Phillippe (1830 –1848)

65

Q

Which Saint has a flag that has a black background surmounted by a gold cross?

A

St David

66

Q

Which British butterfly shares its name with a punctuation mark?

A

The Comma

67

Q

What is the equivalent in the navy of a Field Marshal?

A

Admiral of the Fleet

68

Q

In which decade were league football matches last played in England on Christmas Day?

A

1950’s (1970's in Scotland)

69

Q

Who announced his engagement to Sophie Hunter after breaking the code in the Imitation Game?

A

Benedict Cumberbatch

70

Q

The recently released film, Paddington, is based on the works of which author?

A

Michael Bond

71

Q

Which is the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt?

A

Ceres

72

Q

Who, in Greek mythology were also known as the Erinyes?

A

The Furies

73

Q

Which Chancellor of the Exchequer was the first to be televised giving his budget speech?

A

John Major

74

Q

And who was the first Speaker of the House of Commons to be broadcast?

A

George Thomas

75

Q

Who captained the submarine Nautilus, according to Jules Verne?

A

Captain Nemo

76

Q

Which three times FI champion died in May last year?

A

Jack Brabham

77

Q

Which is the most northerly cricket ground on which a test match may be played(give town or name of ground)

A

Riverside Ground / Chester-le-Street (accept the home ground of Durham County Cricket)

78

Q

What is made of soda, lime and silica?

A

Glass

79

Q

Which veteran singer had his home searched by police while he was absent abroad?

A

Cliff Richard

80

Q

Who was famous for writing “plantation songs” such as the Old Folks at Home and Camptown Races?

A

Stephen Foster

81

Q

From which language do the words easel and yacht come?

A

Dutch.

82

Q

Gwyneth Paltrow played Lady Violet de Lesseps in which film that won a best film Oscar?

A

Shakespeare in Love

83

Q

Who did lawyer Amal Alamuddin marry last year?

A

George Clooney

84

Q

In the New Testament, who was the brother of Martha and Mary, who was raised from the dead?

A

Lazarus

85

Q

Who is the current Conservative chief whip (appointed July 2014)?

A

Michael Gove

86

Q

Which commonwealth country has Belmopan as its capital?

A

Belize

87

Q

If 1 is Scott, 2 Virgil, and 3 Alan, name either 4 or 5

A

4 is Gordon, 5, John (Thunderbirds)

88

Q

From which material does a house martin mainly build its nest?

A

Mud (and spit)

89

Q

Which Shakespeare play features the sisters Regan and Goneril?

A

King Lear

90

Q

Whose murder is to be solved in a game of Cluedo?

A

Dr Black

91

Q

A secret passage on the Cluedo board goes between the study and which other room?

A

The kitchen

92

Q

Who is the heroine of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio?

A

Leonora

93

Q

Who won best male actor at the Golden Globes in January?

A

Eddie Redmayne

94

Q

Jo Pavey won a gold medal at the 2014 European Games for which event?

A

10,000 metres

95

Q

What, in English church Architecture, is the name usually given to the style that is more usually called Romanesque in Europe?

A

Norman

96

Q

The Great Lakes drain into which river?

A

The St Lawrence

Supplementary Questions:

1

Q

Who was the Roman goddess of the hearth?

A

Vesta

2

Q

Which Sovereign state has a birth rate of zero?

A

Vatican City

3

Q

Two passenger planes were lost in 2014, with great loss of life. Which country were they from?

A

Malaysia

4

Q

Who captained the defeated Indian cricket team which toured England last summer?

A

M.S. Dhoni

5

Q

Who was placed 3rd in last summer’s football world cup?

A

The Netherlands

6

Q

Who was the only US President to have a PhD?

A

Woodrow Wilson

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