Wednesday, October 28, 2015

1st round of the cup 27th October Questions


compiled by the Plough Horntails and the Robin Hood.

1. What is the capital of the US State of Kansas?
A. Topeka

2. What is the capital of the US State of Connecticut?
A. Hartford

3. Which Shipping Area lies between Wight and Plymouth
A. Portland?

4. Which Shipping Area lies between South East Iceland and Fair Isle
A. Faeroes?

5. Name the castle in Kent which was the home of the Boleyn family when their daughter Anne married Henry VIII.
A. Hever Castle

6. Monticello in the US state of Virginia was the home of which of their Presidents?
A. Thomas Jefferson

7. Which actress played Elizabeth Bennet to Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy in the TV production of Pride & Prejudice?
A. Jennifer Ehle

8. Which actor played Inspector George Gently?
A. Martin Shaw

9. Neville Norway was the real name of which 20th C novelist?
A. Nevil Shute

10. David Ivor Davies was the real name of which 20th C composer and entertainer?
A. Ivor Novello

11. In which city was the composer Frederick Delius born in 1862?


12. What was the title of the first novel in Terry Prachett's Discworld series?

A.The colour of magic

13. What military rank was held by James Bond?

A.Commander, Royal Navy.

14. Who was the artistic director for the London 2012 Olympic Opening ceremony?

A.Danny Boyle.

15. What is the capital of Namibia?


16. Who founded the Bauhaus school of architecture and design in Germany in 1919?

A.Walter Gropius.

17. Which British playwright wrote "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead"?

A.Tom Stoppard

18. Who in 1932 became the first female to fly non-stop across the Atlantic single-handed?

A.Amelia Earhart

19. Which was the first country to host a FIFA World Cup tournament for a second time?

A.Mexico (1970 & 1986).

20. Which author wrote the novels "Blott on the Landscape" and "Porterhouse Blue"?

A Tom Sharpe.

21. In which castle was Mary Queen of Scots imprisoned and later executed?

A Fotheringay.

22. Which obstacle to navigation does the Welland Canal bypass?

A Niagara Falls

23. Mountain, Grevys and Plains are the three subspecies of which animal?

A Zebra.

24. In Shakespeare’s plays who are Valentine and Proteus?

A The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

25. On which river does the city of Hereford stand?

A Wye

26. In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, what was the name of the computer that gave 42 as the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything?

A Deep Thought

27. Whose official country residence is Dorneywood, Buckinghamshire?

A Chancellor of the Exchequer.

28. What is the name for a line on a map connecting points of equal underwater depth?

A Isobath

29. From which plant are vanilla pods obtained?

A.Orchid, specifically the Vanilla Orchid.

30. Who wrote the book “The Interpretation of Dreams”?

A.Sigmund Freud.

31. Near which city are the villages of Bevendean, Saltdean and Roedean?

A.Brighton & Hove (accept Brighton)

32. In which county are the villages of Melmerby, Langwathby and Glassonby ?


33. Where is Narita airport?


34. Which city is served by airports called Tegel and Schoenefeld?


35. What was the name given to the 8-engine aircraft designed & owned by Howard Hughes in the 1940’s?

A.The Spruce Goose

36. Who referred to the English as a ‘Nation of Shopkeepers’?

A.Napoleon Bonaparte

37. Which state in the USA has the words ‘THE FIRST STATE’ on its car number plates?

A.Delaware …. It was the first state to recognise the US constitution

38. Which state in the USA has the words ‘FIRST IN FLIGHT STATE’ on its car number plates?

A.North Carolina ... it was where the Wright Brothers were working.

39. Playing (Played) in the 2015 Rugby Union world cup, which team has the nickname of ‘The Cherry Blossoms’?


40. Also playing in the 2015 Rugby Union world cup, what is the nickname of Canada?

A.`The Canucks`

41. What is the name given to the top vertebra of the spinal column?

A.Atlas. ( also accept C1 vertebra or top Cervical)

42. Which car company used the words ‘Hand built by Robots’ in its advertising campaigns?


43. Which car company uses the words ‘The Power of Dreams’ in its advertising campaigns?


44. Music with motoring connections: In 1965, the Beatles performed the song that contained the line: ‘Baby you can drive my car, yes I’m gonna be a star…’. What was the name of the album that contained this track?

A.Rubber Soul

45. In the TV series ‘Black Adder Goes Forth’, there was always a cunning plan. Which actor played the part of ‘Lieutenant The Honourable George Colthurst St Barleigh’?

A.Hugh Laurie

46. Which “late” fashion designer, known by his initials, had the middle names Henri Donat Mathieu?

A.Yves St Laurent

47. Which actor currently advertising bread on British TV played veteran racing driver Joe Tanto in the 2001 film ‘Driven’?

A.Sylvester Stallone

48. Toucher, Narrow and Bias are all terms used in which sport?

A.Bowls (lawn)

49. In 2002 Steve Fossett became the first solo person to circumnavigate the world non-stop and single-handed in what?

A.Hot-air balloon

50. If food is napped, how is it served?

A.In a Sauce or other Liquid

51. What is the title of The Beatles first feature film, released in 1964?

A.A Hard Day’s Night

52. Which English artist and poet was known to introduce himself as ‘Mr Abebika Kratoponoko Prizzikalo Kattefello Ablegorabalus Anleborinto Phashyph’ amongst other nonsense introductions?

A.Edward Lear

53. Arancione (pronounced Arran Chi Onie) is Italian for which colour?


54. The 1977 autobiography ‘Tall, Dark and Gruesome’ is by which British Actor?

A.Christopher Lee

55. Which country hosted the 1998 Winter Olympic Games?


56. Which island is divided among Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia?


57. Which ‘ology’ is the search or study of animals whose existence has not been proven, such as the Yeti or Loch Ness Monster?


58. What is the name of a triangular piece of material that is inserted in a garment to make it flared or for ornamentation?


59. From which country did Russia finally withdraw its troops in 1989, after an unsuccessful campaign that lasted nearly ten years?


60. Who directed and starred in the 1968 film ‘The Green Berets’?

A.John Wayne

61. What was the name of the British Royal navy research vessel, commanded by Lieutenant James Cook on his 1769 voyage of discovery to Australia and New Zealand?

A.HMS Endeavour (or Bark Endeavour)

62. The discovery of which mineral nearby caused the founding of S Africa’s Johannesburg in 1886?


63. Which US gangster had his occupation as ‘Used Furniture Dealer’ on his business cards?

A.Al Capone

64. Which playing card is known as ‘Grace’s Card’?

A.Six of hearts

65. How many events are in a tetrathlon?


66. What is the opposite of dextral (on the right hand side)?


67. English author David Cornwell is better known by what name?

A.John Le Carre

68. In March 1977, the rings of which planet in our solar system were discovered?


69. On which island is the 2001 film ‘The Others’ starring Nicole Kidman and Christopher Eccleston set?


70. A battery operated version of which creature was the subject of a Christmas toy craze in 2009?

Answer: Hamster (Go-go/Zhu-Zhu depending on the country).

71. What was the name of the handheld digital pet that became a toy craze in 1997?

Answer: Tamagotchi

72. What was the name commonly given to the four pence piece minted in the UK until 1856?

Answer: A groat.

73. Bernard-Hogan Howe currently holds which public office?

Answer: Commissioner of the Metropolis (accept “Head of the Met Police” or words to that effect.)

74. John Thomas (Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd – “Cum-gi-eth”) has held which public office since 2013?

Answer: Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

75. “Go Set a Watchman” is a novel that was this year. It is the somewhat delayed sequel to which work?

Answer: To Kill a Mockingbird (published in 1960!)

76. Which James Bond film marked the debut of Roger Moore?

Answer: Live and Let Die

77. Who wrote the play entitled Breath?

A.Samuel Beckett it’s a play which consists of about 25 seconds of screams and heavy breathing

78. Which nation’s football team were the runners up in the 2006 FIFA World Cup?


79. What is the surname of Muppet Dr Bunsen in the children’s television series ‘The Muppets’?


80. In August 1990 Iraq invaded which country, eventually leading to the Gulf War?


81. In the children’s television series ‘Four Feather Falls’, which British radio and television presenter provided the voice of Tex Tucker?

A.Nicholas Parsons

82. As of 24th October 2015, Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most Formula 1 Grand Prix wins with 91. Who lies second in the all-time list with 51 wins?

A. Alain Prost

83. Who wrote the novel , ‘Oranges are not the only Fruit’, for which he/she won the 1985 Whitbread Prize For a First Novel?

A. Jeanette Winterson

84. Who wrote the 18th century novel ‘The History of Tom Jones, the foundling’ , often known simply as ‘Tom Jones’

Answer: Henry Fielding

85. Who is the current Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs?

Answer: Elizabeth (Liz) Truss

86. What is Andy Burnham’s position in Jeremy Corbyn’s new Shadow Cabinet>

Answer: Shadow Home Secretary

87. The UK joined the EU predecessor, the European Economic Community in 1973. It was one of four countries invited to join at that time. Which of these four countries declined this invitation following a national referendum.

Answer: Norway

88. In which year did Jim Callaghan become Prime Minister

Answer: 1976

89. Which legendary singer/song writer co-wrote the theme tune to the TV series, Absolutely Fabulous, with Rick Danko.

Answer: Bob Dylan

90. Whom did the Spice Girls sack as their manager in early 1998?

Answer: Simon Fuller

91. Alistair Cook recently broke the record for the longest test innings by an England cricketer when he scored 263 over a period of 836 minutes in the recent test match against Pakistan. Who was the previous record holder for the longest innings in England test cricket?

Answer: Len Hutton

92. Australia hosted the 1956 Olympics (Melbourne), but the equestrian events were held in which other country?


93. Who directed Argo, the 2012 winner of the Best Picture award at the Oscars?

Answer: Ben Affleck

94. What is the mathematical series that starts 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 called?

Answer: Fibonacci series

95. This year’s Booker Prize winning novel is based around a fictional attempt on the life of which musician?

Answer: Bob Marley

96. Which Manchester building made the shortlist of this year’s Stirling Prize for architecture?

Answer: The Whitworth

97. What name is given to the German sweet gingerbread biscuits traditionally served around Christmas?

Answer: Lebkucken

98. Inspector Lynley features in a series of detective novels written by which author?

Answer: Elizabeth George

99. Galanthus nivalis is the botanical name for which early blooming plant?

Answer: Snowdrop

100. Which waterfalls are on the border between Brazil and Argentina?

Answer: Iguazu Falls

101. Which common garden bird has the Latin name Troglodytes Troglodytes?

Answer: The wren

102. Who played Geordie Peacock in the BBC series ‘Our Friends in the North’?

Answer. Daniel Craig

103. In September, Wayne Rooney overtook Sir Bobby Charlton as the top goal scorer for England. How many goals has he scored while playing for his country?

Answer: 50

104. In which county would your find the National Trust property Hidcote Manor?

Answer: Gloucestershire

105. Who shot Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe in July 2015?

Answer: Walter Palmer (American Dentist)

106. Which Shakespearian character, other than those named in the title of a play, speaks the most lines.

Answer: Iago (Othello)

107. Who wrote the book “Schindler’s Ark” on which Steven Spielberg based “Schindler’s List?

Answer: Thomas Kenneally

108. Which Benjamin Britten opera is named after a character who appears in the George Crabbe poem “The Borough”?

Answer: Peter Grimes

109. Who gave away hundreds of “Dusty Bins” as the host of the game show 3-2-1??

Answer: Ted Rogers

110. Which Mancunian, who gave her name to a now defunct secondary school in the city, served as Labour Minister of education between 1945 and her untimely death in 1947?

Answer: Ellen Wilkinson

111. Who composed the “Danse Macabre”, or “skeleton dance”?

Answer: Camille Saint-Saens (pr “San-Son”)

112. How many points in total were scored in the England vs. France match in the final week of the 2015, 6-nations?

Answer: 90 (accept 87-93)

113. What is the name of the predominantly light-blue, purple-spotted horned creature who is a leading protagonist in Monsters Inc.?

Answer: Sully (James P Sullivan in full)

114. What is the original full name of the long-term inmate of the US Military’s Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, who adopted the forenames Chelsea Elizabeth in 2013?

Answer: Bradley Manning

115. When Ben Johnson was disqualified from the 100m Olympic final in the 1988 Seoul games, who was elevated to the gold medal position instead?

Answer: Carl Lewis

116. The 23rd fence of the Aintree Grand National course is named after which horse, who won the 1967 race after most of the field became caught up in a “pile-up” at the fence?

Answer: Foinavon

117. Who served as General Secretary of the USSR Communist Party between Stalin and Kruschev?

Answer: Georgi Malenkov

118. What was the name of the village on the border between North and South Korea, name-checked in Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, where the Korean War armistice was signed?

Answer: Panmunjom

119. In 1951, Bobby Thomson hit the “shot that was heard round the world” to secure his team the Baseball National League Pennant. For whom was he playing?

Answer: New York Giants

120. Name any one of the senior Nazis who were unable to dodge an appointment with the executioner on October 16th, 1946 as a result of conviction in the Nuremberg Trials.

Answer: Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Alfred Jodl, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Alfred Rosenberg, Fritz Sauckel, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Julius Streicher. NOT Hermann Goring!


121. On ordnance survey maps, a cross represents a place of worship. What distinction is identified by the cross sitting on top a square or circle?

Answer: Whether the place of worship (accept church) has a tower or spire (and, now, a minaret or dome). [Square for a tower, but no need to identify which way around]

122. What colour is the triangular symbol that represents a Youth Hostel on Ordnance Survey maps?

Answer: Pink

123. In mathematics (particularly algebra) the letter e is often used to denote a number close to 2.72. After who is the number named?

Answer: Leonhard Euler (pr. “Oiler”) Euler’s number is an example of an irrational number. What is an irrational number? Any number that has digits that continues infinitely without terminating or reaching a pattern of numbers. OR any number that cannot be found by dividing one integer (whole number) by another.

124. Which song, also the name of a notable film and novella gave Deep Blue Something a one-hit wonder UK number one hit in 1996?

Answer: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

125. Which UK number one of 1996 has the same title (bar one additional word) as a 1956 play, a notable example of a “kitchen-sink drama”? Give the title of the song.

Answer: Don’t Look Back in Anger. (must include “Don’t”)

126. Which TV soap opera was centred around Wentworth Detention Centre?

Answer: Prisoner Cell Block H

127. Which actor progressed from a role in Neighbours to playing Edward VIII in The King’s Speech?

Answer: Guy Pearce

128. What was the name of the hijacked passenger liner from which wheelchair-bound hostage Leon Klinghoffer was pushed by Palestinian militants in 1985?

Answer: Achille Lauro

129. What creature has the German name “Fledermaus”

Answer: Bat

130. Who served as Shadow Chancellor between May and December this year, before resigning on the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader?

Answer: Chris Leslie

Tie Break Question:

Q. On 28 January 1896 Walter Arnold, of East Peckham, was the first person fined for driving above the speed limit in a motorised vehicle in the United Kingdom. How fast was he going?

A. 8 mph (13 km/h). He was exceeding the contemporary speed limit for towns of 2 mph (3.2 km/h) and had been caught by a policeman who had given chase on a bicycle. He was fined 1 shilling plus costs.


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