Wednesday, December 09, 2015

8th December The Questions

 

Specialist Questions

Set by the Harrington Academicals

vetted by the Dolphin

Art and Entertainment – All Creatures Great and Small

Dumb Britain

Science and Nature

History – A Hard Act To Follow

Sport

Geography – All about US

Food and Drink

Famous New Zealanders

Set by: Harrington Academicals

Vetted by: The Dolphin

Arts and Entertainment – All Creatures Great and Small

All of the answers contain the name of an animal – we just need to know that animal.

     

1

What is the alternative title of Wimoweh, a hit for the Karl Denver Trio in 1961 and Tight Fit in 1982. The song has been recorded (too) many times before and since

The Lion sleeps tonight

     

2

This piece of music by Ralph Vaughn Williams was inspired by a poem by George Meredith

The Lark Ascending

     

3

This Janáček opera, based on a folk tale, was first performed in 1924

Cunning little vixen

     

4

This rather nasty Ian Banks novel was his first to be published, in 1984

The Wasp factory

     

5

An appalling song by Tom Jones, taken from the 1965 film of the same name

What’s new pussycat

     

6

This 1969 Hollywood film about dance marathons starred Jane Fonda

They shoot horses, don’t they

     

7

This Henry Williamson novel was made into a film in 1979

Tarka the Otter

     

8

This Mark Haddon novel was adapted for stage and is currently playing at the National Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

     

S1

This Puccini opera was set in Japan

Madame Butterfly

     

S2

This scatological track by the Macc Lads referred to a journey up the A537

No sheep ‘til Buxton

     
     

Dumb Britain

These questions have all been answered in UK quiz shows, and reported in Private Eye. Give either the correct answer to the question or the actual answer given by the contestant, shown in brackets.

1

At the battle of Trafalgar, what was Nelson‘s flagship?

Victory

(Cutty Sark)

     

2

Which company, founded in 1841 operated the first ever package tours?

Thomas Cook

(British Airways)

     

3

What is the only Commonwealth country whose official language is Portuguese?

Mozambique

(Portugal)

     

4

What was the reigning royal house at the start of the 20th century?

Saxe Coburg Gotha

(Buckingham Palace)

     

5

Artist Ben Nicholson married which sculptress in 1938?

Barbara Hepworth

(Tracy Emin)

     

6

What was the surname of the French revolutionary with Christian names Jean Paul who was assassinated in his bath?

Marat

(Sartre)

     

7

Who composed Aida and La Traviata?

Verdi

(Marconi)

     

8

Which ballroom dance represents the letter F in the Nato phonetic alphabet?

Foxtrot

(Flamingo)

     

S1

What is the name of the herb that means wise or clever?

Sage

(Basil)

     

S2

Which American folk hero rode from Boston to Lexington in April 1775 to warn of British troop movements?

Paul Revere

(Rob Roy)

     

Science and Nature

     

1

Soda, lime and which other ingredient make glass?

Silica (accept sand)

     

2

Common, water and pygmy are which kinds of British mammal?

Shrew

     

3

Which subatomic particle has a name first used by James Joyce in the novel Finnegans Wake?

Quark

     

4

The existence of which particle, also known as the God Particle, was recently confirmed in a Large Hadron Collider experiment?

Higgs boson

     

5

For which kind of activity is a bathyscaphe used?

Underwater exploration

     

6

In cell biology, for what does the R in RNA stand?

Ribo( nucleic Acid)

     

7

What is the molecule, used in AirWick as a deodorant, that is at the heart of

plant photosynthesis?

Chlorophyll

     

8

What is the branch of mathematics that deals with angles and lengths of a triangle?

Trigonometry

     

S1

How many walking legs has a lobster?

10

     

S2.

What is the tallest grass?

Bamboo

History : A Hard Act To Follow.

Who directly preceded the following in office?

     

1

James VI Scotland, 1567

Mary Queen of Scots

     

2

Louis XVIII, France, 1814

Napoleon Bonaparte

     

3

Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, 1812

(Name required, not just “The 1st Earl” !)

Spencer Percival

     

4

General Pinochet, Chile, 1973

Salvador Allende

     

5

Andrew Johnson, USA 1865

Abraham Lincoln

     

6

Edward VI, UK, 1547

Henry VIII

     

7

George V1, UK, 1936

Edward VIII

     

8

Corazon Aquino, Philippines, 1986

Ferdinand Marcos

     

S1

Yusufu Lule, Uganda, 1979

Idi Amin

     

S2

Karl Doenitz, Germany, 1945

Adolf Hitler

     
     
     

Sport

     

1

Sam Burgess has recently returned to Rugby League with which club?(subject to resolving a salary cap issue)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

     

2

Four British boxers held versions of the World Heavyweight Title in the 90’s. Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno were two, name either of the others.

Herbie Hide and Henry Akinwande

     

3

In which sport has Brit Jonathan Marray been a champion?

Tennis. He won the Wimbledon Men’s Doubles in 2012 together with the Dane Frederik Nielsen

     

4

13 years after originally closing due to financial problems, which Manchester sports team have recently been resurrected?

Manchester Storm (Ice hockey)

     

5

Two members of the England test squad have fathers who also played test cricket for England. Stuart Broad is one, who is the other?

Jonny Bairstow

     

6

In a sporting context how is August 4th 2012 usually referred to?

Super Saturday (Olympic gold medals for Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah)

     

7

Who are the only team to have won the Premier league not currently playing in the top flight?

Blackburn Rovers

     

8

Who is the current day sportsman who has represented his country at both rugby codes, as well has holding the country’s heavyweight boxing title?

Sonny Bill Willams (New Zealand)

     

S1

Who was the Canadian snooker star of the 1980’s noted for his copious drinking even during his matches?

Bill Werbeniuk

     

S2

Seven teams have been ever present in the Premier league. Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United, Arsenal Tottenham and Chelsea are six of these teams. Who are the seventh?

Aston Villa

     

Geography - All about US

     

1

There are 8 states whose names begin with M. Which state has the abbreviation MO?

Missouri

     

2

There are 8 states whose names begin with N. Which state has the abbreviation NE?

Nebraska

     

3

This state beginning with W , has Charleston as its capital.

West Virginia. NB this is a different Charleston to South Carolina - state capital Columbia

     

4

This state beginning with M has Helena as its capital.

Montana

     

5

Which state has the nickname " The Empire State"?

New York

     

6

Which state has the nickname " The Bluegrass State"?

Kentucky

     

7

The flag of which state features a union Jack in its top corner?

Hawaii

     

8

In which state beginning with N is Macclesfield USA?

North Carolina

     

S1

What is the largest state by area?

Alaska

     

S2

Which state has the smallest population?

Wyoming

     

Food and Drink

     

1

Which town on the Thames is the home of two restaurants, each holding three Michelin stars in the 2015 guide

Bray – Fat Duck and Waterside. The Fat Duck isn't in 2016 because the restaurant closed for refurbishment

     

2

Which town in Cumbria is the home of Simon Rogan’s 2 Michelin starred restaurant, l’enclume, and is also famous for a very sweet desert

Cartmel

     

3

Bual, Sercial and Mamlsey are types of what wine

Madeira

     

4

In a Greek restaurant, what are Dolmades

Stuffed vine leaves – as they are outside Greek restaurants

     

5

What is the main flavouring ingredient in an omelette Arnold Bennet

Smoked Haddock

     

6

Which brewery sells Windgather, Silk of Amnesia and the seasonal brew “Looks Like Rain Dear”

Storm

     

7

Which TV chef has been criticised recently for doing Avocado on toast in the programme

Nigella Lawson – on Simply Nigella

     

8

Which TV chef’s Manchester restaurant appeared in the top 100 restaurants in the UK in Hardens guide this month, despite being installed in a casino to draw in punters

James Martin

(the £25 pre theatre menu is remarkable value)

     

S1

Which Cheshire brewery shares a name with a parliamentary constituency and a stately home

Tatton

     

S2

What is the characteristic flavouring in the Greek chicken soup, Avgolemono

Lemon

     

Famous New Zealanders

In the aftermath of the All-Blacks becoming World Rugby champions, we ask “are there any famous Kiwis apart from Dan Carter and Richie McCaw?”

Here are ten. Can you name them?

     

1

Born 1937. A racing driver and racing car manufacturer, whose company also became a supercar builder

Bruce McClaren

     

2

Born 1964. An opera singer of Maori descent

Kiri Te Kanawa

     

3

Born 1961. Director of the Hobbit films

Peter Jackson

     

4

Born 1871 Described as “the Father of Nuclear Physics”.

Ernest Rutherford

     

5

Born in 1987 Operatic and crossover singer. Starred at Gawsworth Hall on several occasions

Hayley Westenra

     

6

Born 1919. Beekeeper and mountaineer. Peaked in 1953

Sir Edmund Hillary

     

7

Born 1964 Movie actor. Starred in Gladiator

Russell Crowe

     

8

Born 1975 All Black Superstar. Destroyed England single handedly in 1995. Sadly died in November

Jonah Lomu

     

S1

Born 1892 Chief Air Marshall. Responsible for the defence of London during the Battle of Britain.

Sir Keith Park

     

S2

Born 1951. Cricketing all-rounder.. Best fast bowler of his day.

Sir Richard Hadlee

     

S3

who has served as caddy for several top professional golfers, most recently with Adam Scott. He is best known for having served as Tiger Woods' caddy from 1999 to 2011.

Steve Williams

 

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS

Set by The Cock Inn

Vetted by The Dolphin

1. After Wayne Rooney and Bobby Charlton, who has scored the most goals for England?

GARY LINEKER

2. Which cricketer has the highest Test Match batting average for England?

HERBERT SUTCLIFFE

3. Who was the last UK Prime minister not a member of either the Labour or Conservative Party?

LLOYD-GEORGE

4. Who was Foreign Secretary at the outbreak of World War 2?

LORD HALIFAX

5. “My salad days, when I was green in judgment” is a quotation from which play by Shakespeare?

ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA

6. “I have drunken deep of joy, and I will taste no other wine tonight” is a quote

by which poet.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

7. Frank Mitchell, known as “The Mad Axeman” escaped from which prison in 1966, helped by the Krays

DARTMOOR

8. The Isle of Wight has two prisons; Parkhurst is one, what is the other?

ALBANY

9. Which is the smallest National Park in Britian?

NORFOLK BROADS

10. Who rode the winner of the Melbourne Cup?

MICHELLE PAYNE 9.

11. Which England Cricketer, awarded the MBE in 2006 was dropped from the test squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa?

IAN BELL

12. Which is the largest National Park in Britain?

THE CAIRNGORMS

13. By what name is Graham William Walker better known?

GRAHAM NORTON

14. Who co-hosts Pointless with Alexander Armstrong?

RICHARD OSMAN

15. Won won a record 92.72% of his Wimbledon matches between 1973 and 1981?

BJORN BORG

16. Mace comes from a tree in the genus Myristica? What other spice comes from the tree

NUTMEG

17. Where is Grantley Adams airport?

BARBADOS

18. How many terminals are there at Heathrow airport?

FIVE

19. Who was born Erik Weisz in 1874

HARRY HOUDINI

20. Who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace?

EWAN McGREGOR

21 Which Carry On film has the word “again” in the title?

CARRY ON AGAIN DOCTOR

22. Who was Edward’s VI’s mother?

JANE SEYMOUR

23. Who was Queen Victoria’s father?

PRINCE EDWARD – DUKE OF KENT AND STRATHHEARN

24. How many US Presidents have died in office?

EIGHT

25. Which US President had the shortest term in office?

WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON (31 DAYS)

26. Lake Windermere is an example of which glacial feature?

RIBBON LAKE

27. What is a “Barkhan”?

SAND DUNE

28. Plains, Grevys and Mountain are species of which animal?

ZEBRA

29. Who is most widely credited with inventing the barometer?

EVENGELISTA TORRICELLI

30. What is the state capital of Rhode Island?

PROVIDENCE

31. What do all British soldiers call their Bergens

THEIR RUCKSACKS

32. Actor Nicholas Cage is a nephew of which film director?

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA

33. Who was shot, along with his wife Elena, by a military firing squad on 25th

December 1989 for the genocide and sabotage of the Rumanian people?

NICOLAE CEAUSECU

34. In the computing term TCP, what does the “T” stand for?

TRANSMISSION

35. Vera, Chuck and Dave were made famous by which Beatle song?

WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR

36. Which sport is associated with the Fleetwood Mac song “The Chain”?

FORMULA I MOTOR RACING

37. How many players are there in a Lacrosse team?

TEN

38. Which song features on the B side of the Beatles “Love Me Do”?

P.S. I LOVE YOU

38. For what was “Torch” the codename in World War II?

THE ALLIED INVASION OF NORTH AFRICA

39. Who is the Secretary of State for Defence?

MICHAEL FALLON

40. Which firm ran the Redcar Steel Plant which closed in October 2015?

SSI

41. Roger Daltrey is the lead singer in which group?

THE WHO

42. Who wrote the children’s book “Heidi”?

JOHANNA SPYRI

43. The dunnock is another name for which common bird?

HEDGE SPARROW

44. The Sejm is the parliament of which country?

POLAND

45. Which medal is the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross?

THE DICKIN MEDAL

46. Which English city is known as the “Faithful City?”

WORCESTER

47. How many points is the letter Z worth in the Polish edition of Scrabble?

ONE

48. Which British politician was dubbed “A Big Beast” by the press and was also known for his fondness for Hush Puppies?

KENNETH CLARKE

49. Which Roman god was the father of Romulus and Remus?

MARS

50. What is a Newtonian a type of?

TELESCOPE

51. In mediaeval times what was an Arbalest?

CROSSBOW (DO NOT ACCEPT BOW AND ARROW)

52. To which colour is the human eye most sensitive?

GREEN

53. What is the star sign of people born on April 10th?

ARIES

54. Which British car was launched by British Leyland in October 1980?

AUSTIN (MINI) METRO

55. What is the state capital of Florida?

TALLAHASEE

56. Berengaria was the wife of which English king

RICHARD I

57. In which building did King Edward II die?

BERKELEY CASTLE

58. Which English cathedral is known as “The Ship of the Fens?”

ELY

59. Who was the Greek goddess of the rainbow?

IRIS

60. Which four letter word is the ninth letter of the Green alphabet?

IOTA

61. What type of fruit is a bergamot?

ORANGE

62. How many feet are there in a British mile?

5,280

63. Which World War II pilot flew again after losing his legs?

DOUGLAS BADER

64. Which country was the first to introduce an old age pension scheme?

GERMANY

65. Two postage stamps first went on sale in 1840. One was the Penny Black, what was the other?

THE TWOPENNY BLUE

66. Who succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites?

JOSHUA

67. Who killed Medusa?

PERSEUS

68. According to Sir Francis Bacon, what is the daughter of time?

TRUTH

69. During which decade was the guillotine last used?

1970’s

70. What is the county town of Fife

CUPAR

71. What type of bridge is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco?

SUSPENSION

72. What was the first name of the Duke of Wellington, known as “The Iron Duke?

ARTHUR

73. Tobermory is the largest settlement on which Scottish island?

MULL

74. Which soviet spy was in change of MI6’s anti-soviet section after

The Second World War?

KIM PHILBY

75. What is the name of Pip’s beloved in Great Expectations?

ESTELLA

76. Which ocean is the smallest?

ARCTIC

77. The word “animal” comes from a Latin term meaning what?

SOUL

78. What role did Will Somer play in the court of Henry VIII?

JESTER

79. Which record producer is often credited as being the “fifth” Beatle?

GEORGE MARTIN

80. The epiglottis is in which part of the body?

THE THROAT

81. What is The Wheatstone Bridge used to measure?

ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE

82. What did Samuel Pepys bury in his garden to safe it from the Great Fire of London.

PARMESAN CHEESE (ACCEPT CHEESE)

83. Stingray Harbour was the original name given by Captain Cook in

1770 to where?

BOTANY BAY

84. Which 13th century explorer wrote a book of his travels called Il Milione?

MARCO POLO

85. What is the name of the hairs which line the respiratory tract?

CILIA

86. Where can you view Botticelli’s painting The Birth of Venus?

THE UFFIZI GALLERY IN FLORENCE

87. The quokka is a species of which animal?

KANGAROO (accept macropod from smart alecs)

88. The drink bourbon is named after a county in which US State?

KENTUCKY

89. Who was the President of France between 1981 and 1995?

FRANCOIS MITTERAND

90. St. Petersburg is a city in which US state?

FLORIDA

91. In which Premier League Football Ground is the Holte End?

VILLA PARK

92. Blakeney Point is in which English county?

NORFOLK

93. The song Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day is from which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta?

THE MIKADO

94. When a Merry Maiden Marries is a song from which Gilbert and

Sullivan operetta?

THE GONDOLIERS

95. In the Bible which book follows Acts?

ROMANS

96. How many psalms are there in the Bible?

150

SUPPLEMENTARIES

1. What does the S stand for in the name of US President Harry S. Truman?

NOTHING – IT IS JUST AN INITIAL

2, The wine marsala comes from which region of Italy?

SICILY

3. In a play by Shakespeare who was the King of Tyre?

PERICLES

4. In what type of building did the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre take place?

A GARAGE

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