Wednesday, December 02, 2015

1st December The Questions

All questions set by

WATERS GREEN LEMMINGS

Vetted by the Nag’s Head

Specialist Questions

History

Sport

Science

Geography

Art and Entertainment

Mr and Mrs

Colours

Behind Bars

HISTORY

Q1: Who completed the first translation of the bible into English in 1382?

A1: John Wycliffe (1331 - 1384)

Q2: What name was given to the parliament summoned by Charles I in November 1640?

Q2: The Long parliament

Q3: Which pair of socialist reformers published The History of Trade Unionism in 1894?

A3: Beatrice and Sydney Webb

Q4: Who was dictator of Spain between September 1923 and January 1930?

A4: Miguel Primo de Rivera

Q5: Give a year in the reign of Mary I

A5: 1553 - 1558

Q6: Name the 1783 treaty that ended the American Revolutionary war?

A6: The Treaty of Paris

Q7: Which famous phrase originated with the sinking of HMS Birkenhead?

Q7: Women and children first

Q8: Had he successfully invaded the UK, in which English city did Hitler plan to build a new capital?

A8: Oxford

S1: Give a year in the 17th century English interregnum

A1: 1649 - 1660

S2: What was the name of Belize until 1973?

A2: British Honduras

SPORT

Q1: When was the first Ryder Cup held?

A1: 1927, in Worcester, MA. (accept 1926-28)

Q2: Including 2015, how many times has Lewis Hamilton won the F1 Championship?

A2: 3 (2008, 2014, 2015)

Q3: In which sport might one nutmeg an opponent?

A3: Football (soccer)

Q4: Which Australian won the Wimbledon Men’s finals in 1956 and 1957?

A4: Lew Hoad

Q5: Which city holds the oldest annual marathon race?

A5: Boston

Q6: In which event did Carl Lewis win his 9th and final gold medal?

A6: Long jump

Q7: In which sport are the following moves performed: Triffus, Miller and Rudolf?

A7: Trampolining

Q8: Which heavyweight champion boxer was known as “The Manassa Mauler”?

A8: Jack Dempsey

S1: In fencing, what is the target area for the sabre?

A1: Entire body except the weapon hand

S2: Which sport was Boris Johnson “playing” earlier this year when he shoulder barged a small boy?

A1: Rugby

SCIENCE

Q1: Where in the body would you find rods and cones?

A1: The eye (actually retina)

Q2: Dr Archie McIndoe pioneered what form of surgery?

A2: Reconstructive surgery (servicemen WW1)

Q3: The talus is in which part of the human body?

A3: Ankle

Q4: Which biological process is also known as senescence?

A4: Ageing (senility etc)

Q5: Discovered in 1902, what is the Antikythera Mechanism?

A5: An ancient Greek clockwork device used for astronomical calculations

Q6: Which Scottish engineer and inventor coined the term horsepower?

A6: James Watt

Q7: In the Periodic Table, what is regarded as the most reactive element?

A7: Fluorine

Q8: What property of matter makes it resist changes to its motion?

A8: Inertia

S1: Which electronic device amplifies or switches electronic signals?

A1: Transistor

S2: Which of Newton’s laws of motions states that for every action there exists an equal and opposite reaction?

A2: The third law

GEOGRAPHY

Q1: Which Caribbean country is the poorest in the western hemisphere?

A1: Haiti

Q2: Which Caribbean country has an open bible on its flag?

A2: Dominican Republic

Q3: What is the only kingdom in Polynesia?

A3: Tonga (kingdom, not just country)

Q4: Lomé is the capital of which country?

A4: Togo

Q5: In which county would you find the Mendip hills?

A5: Somerset

Q6: In which country is Hilversum?

A6: The Netherlands

Q7: Which form of compressed peat is also known as brown coal?

A7: Lignite

Q8: In which county would you find the town of Bungay?

A8: Suffolk

S1: Name one of the towns to which the A537 links Macclesfield?

A1: Knutsford or Buxton

S2: Which Beatles song contains the word “Hill”?

A2: The Fool on the Hill

ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Q1: Who wrote the play Hedda Gabler?

A1: Henrik Ibsen

Q2: Who played the role of Jeff Rink in his last film Giant?

A2: James Dean

Q3: Who partnered Dave Ball in Soft Cell?

A3: Marc Almond

Q4: Who composed the piano suite Le Tombeau de Couperin?

A4: Ravel

Q5: The sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi appear in which Mozart opera?

A5: Cosi Fan Tutti

Q6: The film and musical Kismet takes place in which city?

A6: Baghdad

Q7: Which Scotsman fronted the pop groups Bronski Beat and the Communards?

A7: Jimmy Somerville

Q8: Which British pop star sang The Look Of Love in the 1967 film Casino Royale?

A8: Dusty Springfield

S1: Which Italian composer (1685-1757) is best known for his 555 piano sonatas?

Q1: Domenico Scarlatti

S2: Which “Mother of Modern Theatre” (1914-2002) founded the Theatre Workshop?

A2: Joan Littlewood

Mr & Mrs

These questions relate to the titles; Mr, Mrs or Miss, followed by a family name. Identify both the title and surname from the description given. For example - Who makes 'exceedingly good cakes' - Mr Kipling

Q1: The first in a long series of books by Roger Hargreaves, the featured character having unusually long arms.

A1: Mr Tickle.

Q2: What was the name of Diana Rigg's character in the TV series The Avengers?

A2: Mrs Peel

Q3: Who was the Housekeeper to Rebecca in Daphne Du Maurier's 1938 novel?

A3: Mrs Danvers

Q4: What is the title of a 1750 painting by Thomas Gainsborough depicting a young married couple under an oak tree?

A4: Mr and Mrs Andrews

Q5: Which classic book features Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy?  Supplementary used

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

Q1: Which household device features a pan, a float and a trap?

A1: a toilet

Q2: Which comedian and actor hosts the ITV quiz show The Chase?

A2: Bradley Walsh

Q3: In dentistry, which teeth usually sit in the jaw between canines and molars?

A3: Bicuspids (accept pre-molars)

Q4: Whose first novel, published in 1934, was called Burmese Days?

A4: George Orwell

Q5: Which year saw the deaths of musicians Bon Scott, John Bonham and Ian Curtis?

A5: 1980 (also John Lennon)

Q6: In the film Life of Brian, what does Brian assume is meant by the Latin phrase “Romanes Eunt Domus”?

A6: Romans Go Home

Q7: Which Birmingham reggae band had a hit in the 1980s with the single The Earth Dies Screaming?

A7: UB40

Q8: In which US city would you find Knob Hill, The Castro, and The Mission District?

A8: San Francisco

Q9: How many oxen usually comprise a “yoke”?

A9: Two

Q10: In which English county would you find Gatwick Airport?

A10: West Sussex

Q11: Who became Poet Laureate in 1968?

A11: Cecil Day-Lewis (John Betjeman became Laureate in 1972)

Q12: In the early 1980s, at which college would you have found Mike, Vivian, Rik and Neil?

A12: Scumbag College (They were The Young Ones)

Q13: Which atmospheric gas boils at minus 195 degrees centigrade?

A13: Nitrogen

Q14: In the Paddington books by Michael Bond, what is the name of the Brown family’s housekeeper?

A14: Mrs Bird

Q15: Which English king was the father of Queen Ann?

A15: James II

Q16: The character Hengist Pod appears in which Carry On… film?

A16: Carry on Cleo

Q17: Which 1950s singer was billed as “The Girl With the Laugh in her Voice”?

A17: Alma Cogan

Q18: Which UK city has cream-coloured telephone boxes?

A18: Kingston-upon-Hull (accept Hull)

Q19: Which religion celebrates Purim?

A19: Judaism

Q20: How many people are needed to mount a three-legged race?

A20: 4 (two teams of two)

Q21: From which element is the word plumbing derived?

A21: Lead

Q22: In 1990, who had a Big Night Out on Channel 4?

A22: Vic Reeves

Q23: What is the name given to anything used as an inert control in an experiment?

A23: A placebo

Q24: Whose first volume of autobiography was called Moab is my Washpot?

A24: Stephen Fry

Q25: Which type of tree provided shelter to Charles I after the battle of Worcester?

A25: An oak tree

Q26: Which screen star famously wanted to be alone?

A26: Greta Garbo

Q27: Which guitarist completes the line up of Stuart Copeland and Sting?

A27: Andy Summers (The Police)

Q28: Which shipping forecast area is named after the captain of HMS Beagle, upon which Charles Darwin travelled?

A28: Fitzroy

Q29: What type of animal would be looked after by an ostler?

A29: A horse

Q30: Under which astrological sign does the UK May Bank Holiday occur?

A30: Taurus (2nd May in 2016)

Q31: Books by which author feature Harry Palmer?

A31: Len Deighton

Q32: In which BBC3 sitcom would you find drug dealer Moz, played by Johnny Vegas?

A32: Ideal

Q33: The name of which muscle comes from the Latin for “four-headed”?

A33: Quadriceps (quadriceps femoris)

Q34: In the Adrian Mole… books, what is Pandora’s maiden name?

A34: Braithwaite.

Q35: Which queen of England was known as the Flanders Mare?

A35: Anne of Cleves

Q36: Which film and stage musical is about the romance between Danny and Sandy?

A36: Grease

Q37: Which Proclaimers song includes the line “Methil no more”?

A37: Letter From America

Q38: What was the currency of Greece prior to the Euro?

A38: The Drachma

Q39: Founded in 1995, a broken laser pen was the first item purchased on which web site?

A39: eBay (The buyer was a collector of broken laser pointers)

Q40: To which company did Sir Clive Sinclair sell Sinclair Research in 1986?

A40: Amstrad

Q41: Je suis Charlie was a declaration much heard in early 2015, but what is Charlie’s surname?

A41: Hebdo

Q42: Which trade uses a hawk and a screed?

A42: Plastering

Q43: What is the chemical formula for diamond?

A43: C (carbon)

Q44: Which book is about an otter called Mij, short for Mijbil?

A44: Ring of Bright Water

Q45: In 1985, businessman Eddie Shah started which colour newspaper?

A45: Today

Q46: In which film does the US President shout, “You can’t fight in here. This is the war room!”?

A46: Dr Strangelove

Q47: Who had a 1960s hit with “Nowhere To Run”?

A47: Martha Reeves (and the Vandellas)

Q48: In Italy, what is minestra (“min-es-tra”)?

A48: Soup

Q49: In snooker, how many balls are potted in a 147 maximum break?

A49: 36 (15 x red and black = 30, followed by the 6 coloured balls)

Q50: In Formula 1, which team’s supporters are known as the Tifosi?

A50: Ferrari

Q51: In which field of the arts did Flick Colby rise to fame?

A51: Dance (Choreographer on Top of the Pops)

Q52: Which TV show featured The Winchester Club?

A52: Minder

Q53: For what does the letter R stand in the acronym LASER?

A53: Radiation (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)

Q54: Which area of southwest England provides the main setting for the Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles?

A54: Dartmoor

Q55: Who was the last king of England to be killed in battle?

A55: Richard III

Q56: Who wrote the musical Blood Brothers?

A56: Willy Russell

Q57: Who had a hit in the 1970s with Gonna Make You A Star?

A57: David Essex

Q58: What is the state capital of Massachusetts?

A58: Boston

Q59: What is a squirrel’s nest more properly called?

A59: A Dray

Q60: Which cheese is usually coated with nettles?

A60: Yarg

Q61: In which country was author and philosopher Albert Camus born?

A61: Algeria

Q62: In Friends, which actress played Phoebe’s identical twin Ursula?

A62: Lisa Kudrow

Q63: What was the pen name of the author Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880)?

A63: George Elliot

Q64: What is the specific purpose of the Kepler space observatory?

A64: Hunting expo-planets (planets orbiting other stars)

Q65: Who is the only British monarch to have all three of their children ascend to the throne?

A65: Henry VIII

Q66: Which Mel Brooks film centres on the town of Rock Ridge?

A66: Blazing Saddles

Q67: Which UK railway station has a plaque commemorating the writing of Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound”?

A67: Widnes

Q68: By what name is the Santa Clara valley in California better known?

A68: Silicon Valley

Q69: What does the Chorleywood process produce?

A69: Bread

Q70: Upon what does the Speaker sit in the House of Commons?

A70: The Woolsack

Q71: For which TV role is Irish actor Dermot Morgan best remembered?

A71: Father Ted

Q72: In November, what was the first UK storm to be named by the Met Office under its new system of classification?

A72: Abigail

Q73: What do Kepler’s laws describe?

A73: Planetary motion (orbits)

Q74: Which English author famously disappeared for two weeks in 1926?

A74: Agatha Christie

Q75: Who was the last queen of Ancient Egypt?

A75: Cleopatra

Q76: In which language did Samuel Beckett originally write Waiting for Godot?

A76: French (En attendant Godot)

Q77: On the cover of Abbey Road, which Beatle brings up the rear?

A77: George Harrison (Lennon first, then Starr, McCartney, and Harrison)

Q78: What is the longest river to empty into the Mediterranean?

A78: The Nile.

Q79: Which German dramatist wrote The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui?

A79: Bertholt Brecht

Q80: Banjo Patterson wrote which patriotic antipodean song?

A80: Waltzing Matilda

Q81: Who hosted the Friday Rock Show on Radio 1 for 15 years from 1978?

A81: Tommy Vance

Q82: Which sitcom was set in the fictional town of Nouvion?

A82: ‘Allo ‘Allo!

Q83: What is the more common name of oil of vitriol?

A83: Sulphuric acid

Q84: Who wrote the 1963 novel The Bell Jar?

A84: Sylvia Plath

Q85: Which canal builder served his apprenticeship in Sutton from 1733 to 1740?

A85: James Brindley

Q86: Of which fictional school was Miss Fitton the headmistress?

A86: St Trinians

Q87: Andy Bell and Vince Clark make up which prolific 80s pop duo?

A87: Erasure

Q88: Which Peanuts character pined for the Little Redheaded Girl?

A88: Charlie Brown

Q89: In literature, who is told he will be defeated only when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane?

A89: Macbeth

Q90: Alan Rusbridger edited Which UK newspaper from 1995-2015?

A90: The Guardian

Q91: Give a year during the life of the artist Rembrandt?

A91: 1606 - 1669

Q92: Which part of a flower produces pollen?

A92: the stamen

Q93: In which novel would you find Renton, Begby and Sickboy?

A93: Trainspotting

Q94: In which month of 1941 did Japan attack Pearl Harbour?

A94: December

Q95: Which fictional school did Nigel Moleswoth say was “built by a madman in 1836”?

A95: St Custard’s

Q96: Which specific type of musical work are Beethoven‘s Adieux, Hammerklavier and Pathetique?

A96: Piano concertos

S1: St. George’s Channel marks the southern limit of which sea?

A1: The Irish Sea

S2: Officers of which of the UK’s armed services sit during the Loyal Toast?

A2: The Royal Navy

S3: Which poet wrote the wedding favourite I Wanna Be Yours?

A3: John Cooper Clarke

S4: Which Winter Olympic sport takes place on an oval track of 400 metres?

A4: Speed skating

S5: In which decade of the 20th century was there only one UK general election?

A5: The 1940s (The election due by 1940 was not held due to WW2)

S6: In 1945, who took power in Germany upon the death of Adolf Hitler?

A6: Admiral Karl Donitz

S7: What name is given to the green pigment formed by the exposure of copper to environmental pollution?

A: Verdigris

S8: Which is the only landlocked New England state?

A8: Vermont

A6: Little Women

Q6: In which 2006 film does Renee Zellweger play the role of a children's author?

A6: Miss Potter

Q7: From which song do the following lyrics come: 'We got a thing going on. We both know that it's wrong but it's much too strong to let it go now'

A7: Me and Mrs Jones

Q8: In literature, who is the father of Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia?

A6: Mr Bennett (Pride and Prejudice)

S1: What is the title of a 1974 hit for Cockney Rebel?

A1: Mr Soft

S2: Jim Carter plays which role in Downton Abbey?

A2: Mr Carson (The butler)

COLOURS

The following questions or their answers contain colors.

Q1: Of the 7 colours in the rainbow, which one is in the middle?

A1: Green

Q2: Who directed and starred in the 1981 film Reds?

A2: Warren Beatty

Q3: Who wrote the song “Blue Suede Shoes”?

A3: Carl Perkins

Q4: Which author wrote “The White Company” and “A Study in Scarlet”?

A4: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Q5: In which Shakespeare play is the tune “Greensleeves” referred to twice?

A5: The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Q6: Who got to No.4 in the UK charts in 1965 with the song “Colours”?

A6: Donovan.

Q7: The Red Brigade was responsible for the kidnap and murder of which Italian Premier?

A7: Aldo Moro

Q8: What is the more precise physics term for "Red Shift"? 

A8: The Doppler Effect.

S1: Who wrote the Western novel “Riders of the Purple Sage”?

A1: Zane Grey.

S2: Sir Humphrey Davy named which element after the ancient Greek for pale green?

A2: Chlorine.

BEHIND BARS

Q1: “Stone walls do not a prison make”, is a well-known line from a poem by Richard Lovelace. What is the next line?

A1: “Nor iron bars a cage.”

Q2: Oscar Wilde wrote the Ballad of which Gaol?

A2: Reading

Q3: What caused the play “Cellmates” to end its 1995 West end run after only 3 weeks?

A3: The sudden disappearance of Stephen Fry.

Q4: In which prison was Rudolph Hess being held at the time of his death?

A4: Spandau.

Q5: Who played the part of The Prisoner in the TV series of the same name?

A5: Patrick McGoohan.

Q6: Which heroine of Italian Opera leaps to her death from a Prison wall?

A6: Tosca.

Q7: As what was Robert Stroud better known?

A7: The Birdman of Alcatraz.

Q8: The name Borstal is synonymous with Young Offenders Institutes. In which county is the original Borstal?

A8: Kent.

S1: From which London prison did Ronnie Biggs escape in 1965?

A: Wandsworth.

S2: Which high-security prison is situated in the city of Glasgow?

A: Barlinnie.

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