Wednesday, November 04, 2015

3rd November–The Questions



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Arts & Entertainment





“Help is only 150 million miles away”

Name that Person

Alternate A’s


1/ For which ballet company were Picasso and Matisse among the scene designers?

Ans. Les Ballets Russes (based in Paris from 1909-29)

2/ Who wrote the Savoy Operas?

Ans. Gilbert and Sullivan.

3/ Which author is associated with “Carrie” and “Christine”?

Ans. Stephen King

4/ In which stage musical did Rose Hemingway play Sophie, the child of three possible fathers?

Ans. Mamma Mia!

5/ Who, in fiction, lived close by the Gitche Gumee River?

Ans. Hiawatha

6/ Which leading English romantic poet was drowned in Italy at the age of 29 in 1822?

Ans. Percy Bysshe Shelley.

7/ Which Nobel Prize winner wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls?

Ans. Earnest Hemmingway.

8/ What was taken in the 1974 and 2009 films The Taking of Pelham 123?

Ans. A underground/subway train.

Sup1/ George Orwell’s Animal Farm was written as a satire about which political system?

Ans. Communism

Sup2/ Who sang the famous theme song “Rawhide”?

Ans. Frankie Laine.


1/ If you said you came from Suomi, what nationality would you be.

Ans. Finnish.

2/ The Rock of Gibraltar and the Jebel Musa are together known as what

Ans. The pillars of Hercules.

3/ Near which city is RAF Northolt?

Ans. London (in South Ruislip)

4/ Which island in the South Atlantic was named after the Portuguese admiral who discovered it in 1506?

Ans. Tristan da Cunha

5/ Known as the Rio Grande river in the USA, what is it called in Mexico?

Ans. Rio Bravo

6/ How many emirates make up the United Arab Emirates?

Ans. 7.

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

Ans. Kariba.

8/ In which country is Aconcagua the highest mountain in South America?

Ans. Argentina

Sup1/ In which Irish county will you find the Blarney Stone?

Ans. County Cork.

Sup2/ Which South American country has a name which means "Land of Silver"?

Ans. Argentina


1/ What substance has been used in the production of both Ming vases and “dirty” nuclear bombs?

Ans. Cobalt

2/ What is the name given to the substance that covers a deer’s antler when it is growing

Ans. Velvet

3/ What is the medical term for the condition that produces bad breath?

Ans. Halitosis.

4/ What type of star is the sun’s nearest stellar neighbour, Proxima Centauri?

Ans. A red dwarf.

5/ How many stars are there in Orion’s belt?

Ans. 3.

6/ How is the chaparral cock, a ground cuckoo native of Mexico, better known?

Ans. Roadrunner.

7/ Who discovered the law that the volume of a given mass of gas at a constant temperature is inversely proportional to its pressure?

Ans. Boyle.

8/ What facet of human anatomy did William Harvey discover?

Ans. Blood circulation.

Sup1/ What would you find in an Arboretum?

Ans. Trees

Sup2/ An orchidectomy is the surgical removal of what?

Ans. The Testicles.


1/ In drag racing what is the name given to the series of lamps which flash a countdown sequence to the start?

Ans. The Christmas Tree.

2/ Who in 1960, became the first boxer in history to regain the world heavyweight title?

Ans. Floyd Patterson (He beat Ingemar Johansson.)

3/ Which biennial sporting event was postponed for a year in 2001 following the September 11th terrorist attack on New York?

Ans/ The Ryder Cup

4/ Who was the first American to win the Tour de France (in 1986)?

Ans. Greg Lemond.

5/ At which football ground did 56 people die in 1985 when fire engulfed the main stand?

Ans. Bradford City/Valley Parade (accept either).

6/ How was John Sholto Douglas (1844-1900) better known?

Ans. The Marquis of Queensbury.

7/ Which Surrey and England cricketer died in a car crash in 2002?

Ans. Ben Hollioake.

8/ In rugby, which country will the British and Irish Lions tour in 2017?

Ans. New Zealand.

Sup1/ What sport would you be watching at Flinders Park?

Ans/ Tennis. (in Melbourne Aus.)

Sup2/ Due to superstition, what didn't Bjorn Borg do at Wimbledon?

Ans. Shave


1/ “It was the most desperate battle I was ever in. I never took so much trouble about any battle, and never was as near being beat”. Which 19th century battle was the writer describing in a letter to his brother?

Ans. Waterloo (as described by Wellington).

2/ Who was the King of England when the Royal Society was formed?

Ans. Charles II

3/ Give a year in the life of Edmund Gibbon who wrote the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Ans. 1737 – 1794

4/ During which war was the naval battle of Chesapeake Bay fought?

Ans. The American War of Independence

5/ In which century was Hadrian’s Wall built?

Ans. 2nd century (c. 120 – 128)

6/ Some say there are 4 copies, others 17 – what?

Ans. Magna Carta

7/ In which cathedral was Richard III’s body re-interred?

Ans. Leicester

8/ The capture of what is now known as Pegasus Bridge was one of the opening operations of which battle?

Ans. The Battle of Normandy (accept D Day).

Sup1/ Historical novelist, Hilary Mantel, wrote a book called “Wolf Hall”, recently serialised on the BBC. During whose reign do events take place?

Ans. Henry VIII

Sup2/ Which modern-day politician wrote a book in 2014 called “The Churchill Factor (How One Man Made History)-------Ans.Boris Johnson

“Help Is Only 150 Million Miles Away”

GREAT MOVIE TAGLINES Name the film title from the tagline…

1/ One dream. Four Jamaicans. Twenty below zero.

Ans. Cool Runnings

2/ For Harry and Lloyd EVERYDAY is a no-brainer .

Ans. Dumb and Dumber

3/ A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere.

Ans. Fargo

4/ Vietnam can kill me, but it can’t make me care.

Ans. Full Metal Jacket

5/ An adventure 65 million years in the making.

Ans. Jurassic Park

6/ Protecting the Earth from the scum of the Universe.

Ans. Men in Black

7/ The classic story about a boy and his mother.

Ans. Psycho

8/ They’re young; they’re in love and they kill people.

Ans. Bonnie and Clyde

Supp1/ This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future.

Ans. The Graduate

Supp2/ Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.

Ans. The Shawshank Redemption

Supp3/ A romantic comedy with Zombies.

Ans. Shaun of the Dead.

Name that Person!

With the aid of the following lyrics name the man/woman in each song

1/ (Male) Well I grew up quick and I grew up mean.

Ans. A boy named Sue

2/ (Female) The morning sun when it's on your face really shows your age.

Ans. Maggie May

3/ (Female) You don't have to wear that dress tonight.

Ans. Roxanne.

4/ (Male) Screwed up eyes and screwed down hairdo like some cat from Japan.

Ans. Ziggy Stardust

5/ (Female) You fill up my senses like a night in the forest.

Ans. Annie’s Song

6/ (Female) I played the janitor you played the monitor.

Ans. Carrie Anne

7/ (Male) Was he in trouble, half a ton of rubble landed on the top of his dome.

Ans Right said Fred

8/ (Female) She invented medicinal compound.

Ans Lily the pink


Sup1/ (Female) She waits at the window wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door.

Ans. Eleanor Rigby

Sup2/ (Female) You got me rocking and a rolling, rocking and a reeling.

Ans. Barbara Ann


In this round all the one word answers have ‘A’ as the alternate letter.

1/ Which country has more coastline than any other?

Ans. Canada

2/ Covering an area of over two million square miles, which geographical area takes its name from the Arabic for ‘desert’?

Ans. Sahara

3/ Which company is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instruments?

Ans. Yamaha

4/ ‘Shy Boy’, ‘Cruel Summer’ and ‘Love in the First Degree’ are titles of 1980’s UK top 10 singles for which group?

Ans. Bananarama

5/ Which word is derived from the Sanskrit for ‘great king’ or ‘high king’?

Ans. Maharaja (accept Rajah)

6/ Found growing in areas from Florida to South America, which tropical tree produces a fruit resembling a melon, with orange coloured flesh and numerous blackish seeds in its central cavity?

Ans. Papaya

7/ Born in 1982, by what name is the footballer Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite better known?

Ans. Kaka

8/ What is the current name of the capital city founded in 1515 by the Spanish soldier and administrator, Diego Velasquez?

Ans. Havana

Supp1/ In Greek cuisine which popular starter dish comprises a pink pâté made mainly from cod roe?

Ans. Taramasalata

Supp2/ In which stadium did a record 199,854 spectators attend the 1950 football World Cup?

Ans. Maracana – in Rio de Janeiro



Set by



1. In terms of numbers of men fighting what was the largest battle fought in England? (Battle of Towton 1461)

2. What is the name of the walk, which goes from Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow to Fort William? (West Highland Way)

3. What is the name of the walk, which goes from Fort William to Inverness? (Great Glen Way)

4. In Rising Damp what was the name of Rigsby’s cat? (Vienna)

5. Why has Pauline Cafferkey been in the news in October 2015? (Nurse being treated for Ebola)

6. In which organ are the islets of Langerhans? (The Pancreas)

7. What is the largest moon in the solar system? (Ganymede, which orbits Jupiter)

8. The Vulcan bomber was recently retired. Which firm originally built it? (Avro)

9. Bob Dylan’s Like a Rolling Stone originally appeared on which album? (Highway 61 Revisited)

10. During the 1968 Mexico Olympics gold medallist Tommy Smith famously carried out the Black Power salute. Can you name either of the other two athletes who were on the rostrum with him? (John Carlos or Peter Norman)

11. Who is the shadow Foreign Secretary? (Hilary Benn)

12. Where in the human body would you find the scaphoid bone? (the wrist)

13. Who said, “I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people.” (Henry Kissinger (referring to covert operations in Chile during the 1970’s.)

14. Complete the sequence: - Henry I, Stephen, Henry II, Richard I, John… (Henry III)

15. In cooking what is “En Papillote”. Cooked in a bag (It is a method of cooking in which the food is put into a folded pouch or parcel and then baked. The parcel is typically made from folded parchment paper, but other material, such as a paper bag or aluminium foil, may be used)

16. The dodo is the national bird of which country ? Mauritius

17. After the age of 70, you have to renew your driving licence every how many years? THREE

18. Which children’s cartoon series featured characters called Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro and Tygra? THUNDERCATS

19. Who said, “I want to live forever, or die trying”? GROUCHO MARX

20. In which TV series did the Muppets first appear? SESAME STREET

21. In the children’s series Rainbow, what kind of animal was George? HIPPO

22. A pandemonium is the collective noun for which order of birds? PARROTS

23. Marlon James has just won which prestigious prize? Booker prize for fiction – (Brief History of 7 killings, set around the shooting of Bob Marley)

24. Which current TV drama features Piper Chapman playing the character Taylor Schilling? Orange is the New Black

25. 'Music Complete' is the latest album by which veteran band from the north west? (New Order)

26. Who is the new Political Editor of ITV News? (Robert Peston)

27. Which opera by Donizetti opened the first Buxton Festival in 1979, featured at the Buxton Festival this year, and is based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott? (Lucia di Lammermoor)

28. Who wrote the novel “Birdsong”? (SEBASTIAN) FAULKS

29. Which film ends with the line, “I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend for dinner”? THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

30. Which film ends with the line, “Oh, no. It wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.”? KING KONG

31. In the TV series “Red Dwarf”, what was the name of the onboard computer? HOLLY

32. In the human body, what are erythrocytes? RED BLOOD CELLS

33. Which fictional character favoured the Oxford Bar in Edinburgh? (INSPECTOR) REBUS

34. The Bull is the village pub in an everyday tale of country folk. In which village is The Bull? AMBRIDGE

35. Patrick Starfish is the best friend of which cartoon character? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS

36. Which area of mathematics is concerned with relationships between lengths and angles of triangles? TRIGONOMETRY

37. Which area of mathematics is the study of the collection, analysis and interpretation of data? STATISTICS

38. What links Mike Teevee, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Charlie Bucket? ALL WON TICKETS TO VISIT WILLY WONKA’S CHOCOLATE FACTORY

39. What is the surname of the brothers who have won Olympic, World and Commomwealth competitions in triathlon? (ALASTAIR + JONNY) BROWNLEE

40. What are the names of the brothers who produced and directed “Raising Arizona” and “Burn After Reading”? (JOEL + ETHAN) COEN

41. To the nearest millimetre, how many millimetres are in one (1) inch?

25 (25.4 to be more exact). Accept 25 or 26.

42. In Greek mythology, who was the giant with 100 eyes? Argus.

43. Gazpacho is a Spanish soup made with tomatoes and which other main ingredient ?Peppers (capsicums)

44. On TV, which actress plays Vera in the series of that name ? ( Brenda Blethyn )

45. Which football league team plays its home games at the ABAX stadium on London Road? (Peterborough)

46. Which country produces Tokaj (pronounced To-kay) wine? (Hungary)

47. Which best selling author died aged 77 in September this year? (Jackie Collins)

48. Country singer Lyn Anderson died in 2015, but what was her only UK number 1 hit?

(I never promised you a)Rose Garden

49. Mendoza is a wine area in which country ? Argentina

50. The Napa Valley is a wine area in which of the United states? California

51. Which current "Strictly Come Dancing" contestant also hosts a television quiz show ?

Jeremy Vine

52. Which "Archers" character recently departed following a flood ? Frieda Fry.

53. Pink Lady and Jazz are varieties of which fruit ? Apple

54. Louis Armstrong was known for playing which instrument ? Trumpet

55. The cut of beef known as clod comes from which part of the animal? Shoulder or neck

56. What is the currency of Serbia ? Dinar

57. The "Dark Peak" part of the Peak District is so called from the preponderance of what rock ? Millstone Grit

58. Who wrote ‘God Bless America’? Irving Berlin

59. The British Library has a Reference Division in Euston Road, London. The Lending Division is located away from London in which county? West Yorkshire(allow Yorkshire – It’s in Boston Spa, near Wetherby)

60. What is the County Town (i.e. Admin HQ) of Buckinghamshire? Aylesbury

61. This Spanish city was the capital of the old kingdom of Castile. It is also where El Cid is buried. What is the city called? Burgos

62. What was the name of the explorer regarded as the first European to reach the Cape of Good Hope and establish a route around Africa? Bartholomew Diaz

63. The Earth’s atmosphere is 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen. What is the name of the next most prevalent ELEMENT? Argon

64. What is the name of the largest lake in Australia? (It frequently runs dry and becomes a salt marsh). Lake Eyre

65. Which singer sang ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’ and was killed by his father?

Marvin Gaye

66. The US rank of general is equivalent to what British army rank? Field Marshal

67. William Gladstone is, of course, a rather distinguished British politician. In which city was he born? Liverpool

68. In what sport do teams compete for the Stanley Cup? Ice hockey

69. If liquids cannot be mixed, they are said to be immiscible (pronounce im-miss-ible). Spell IMMISCIBLE

70. Dublin is in Dublin County of Ireland. Which Province is it in? Leinster

71. The Minoan civilisation existed on which island? Crete

72. If Geordies are from Newcastle and Scousers are from Liverpool, which British town or city do Smoggies come from ? ( Middlesbrough )

73. In his obituary, published in The Independent in August 2012, which TV commentator was said to have died aged " treble 16, double 12 “ ? ( Sid Waddell )

74. Which Manchester Labour MP became Father of the House(longest serving member) after the 2015 General Election? (Sir Gerald Kaufman)

75. Who won this year's Great British Bake Off? (Nadiya Hussain)

76. In which city was Ed Balls’ constituency between 2005 and 2015? Leeds (Morley and Outwood)

77. Which TV personality is the voice of Dangermouse in the new series of the programme ? ( Alexander Armstrong )

78. In “ The Wizard of Oz “, what was Dorothy’s surname ? ( Gale )

79. Which town was the birthplace of Muhammed Ali? (Louisville, Kentucky)

80. Which actress replaced Amanda Redman in the TV series “ New Tricks “

( Tamsin Outhwaite )

81. Why was Mhairi (pronounced Vari) Black in the news in the first half of 2015? Youngest MP (for 200 years)

82. In Arthurian legend, what was found by Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Perceval ? (Holy Grail )

83. Who composed the classical piece, A Liverpool Oratorio, which was premiered in 1991 ? ( Paul McCartney )

84. In The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst, which planet is “ The bringer of old age “? (Saturn )

85. Similarly, in the Planets Suite, which planet is described as being “ The Mystic “ ? (Neptune )

86. The composers Delius, Holst and Elgar all died in the same year. Which year ? ( 1934 – accept 1932 to 1936 )

87. Which outer London constituency did Vince Cable represent between 1997 and 2015? (Twickenham)

88. In which city is the constituency that prides itself on returning the first MP, and has done so at the last two general elections? Sunderland (Bridget Phillipson, Labour MP for Houghton and Sunderland South)

89. Who is leader of the SNP at Westminster? (Angus Robertson MP)

90. What middle name was shared by John Lennon and Denis Healey? (Winston)

91. In which phenomenally successful American drama series is the main character called Walter White? Breaking Bad

92. Which novel by Harper Lee, published this year, is a sequel to “ To Kill a Mockingbird “ ? ( Go Set a Watchman )

93. The Paramatta river flows through which Australian city ? ( Sydney )

94. In which film did Elvis Presley make his screen debut ? ( Love Me Tender )

95. Who was the only member of the cast of the TV show “ Dads Army “ to actually be a member of the Home Guard during WW2 ? ( John Laurie – who played Private Frazer )

96. Who made headlines in early October by knocking over 10 years old Toki Sekiguchi ? ( Boris Johnson – during an impromptu rugby game )


1. The British Women’s Institute is celebrating its centenary this year. In which town was the first British W.I. group established ? ( Llanfairpwilgwyngyll……..gogogoch ie. Llanfair P.G. – accept anything that sounds close ! )

2.What was the name of the former motor racing track found near Weybridge in Surrey?


3. A female US novelist, the daughter of missionaries to China, wrote novels about Chinese life. In 1938, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature. What was her name? Pearl S Buck

4. Potato and what other vegetable are the main ingredients of Vichysoisse soup?


5. The peacock is the national bird of which country ? India.

6. The University of California has several campuses. In which town is its HQ?



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The quiz is becoming like a huge TV/Film quiz. Tonight at least 14 questions on TV progammes and 5 on films. In the opening league game at least 12 on films and 6 on TV!

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