Thursday, January 21, 2016

19th January - The Questions

Specialist Questions 
As set by the Plough Horntails.


1.                  Toy of the year
2.                  Sport
3.                  History
4.                  Geography
5.                  A&E
6.                  Mottos
7.                  Science and Nature
8.                  Dogs – Man’s best friend

Toy of the Year.

Now that this year’s Christmas toys are either broken or ignored, it’s time to look back at what was the toy of the year according to the British Association of Toy Retailers.  You will be given the year and a clue.

Q1.      1973.  A code breaking game using coloured plastic pegs.
A1.       Master Mind

Q2.      1993. The secret base of the International Rescue organisation.
A2.       Tracy Island.

Q3.      1998. An electronic robot resembling a cross between a hamster and an owl.
A3.       Furby

Q4.      1966. The British version of GI Joe.
A4.       Action Man

Q5       1980 and 81. A puzzle designed by a Hungarian Professor of Architecture.
A5.        Rubik’s cube

Q6.      2005. A Japanese digital pet.
A6.       Tamagotchi

Q7.      1967. Drawing patterns with gears.
A7        Spirograph

Q8.      1968 and 70. Britain’s Barbie.
A8.       Sindy

Supplementary Questions:                                                                                                              
Q9. 1965. First appearing in Goldfinger, it has now been seen in seven Bond films, most recently Spectre.
A9.   James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5

Q10. 1976. A piece of nylon, two sticks, two lines and a very long tail.
A10. Peter Powell Stunt Kite.

Sport.  “In which sport would you”?

1)         In which Sport would you:     perform a Rudolph and a Randolph?
a.         Trampolining  (A Rudolph is a forward somersault with one and a half twists, a Randolph is the same but with two and a half twists.)                                                                                                   
2)         In which Sport would you:     throw stones at houses ?
a.    Curling     
3)         In which Sport would you:     Start at the south stake?
a.         Croquet  (Not Poker which you might say starts with a stake or ante)   
4)         In which Sport would you:    Sit in a sulky?
a.         Harness Racing or Trotting (A sulky is a lightweight cart, without bodywork, having two wheels and a seat for the driver) 
5)         In which Sport would you:     Employ the O`Brien shift?
a.         Shot Put  (When William Parry O'Brien began throwing the shot, the standard method was to rock back on one leg, swing the other in front for balance, hop forward and propel the iron ball forward. O'Brien instead began by facing the back of the circle. He then turned 180 degrees, using the spin to generate momentum and help him throw the shot greater distances.  Using this method he broke the World record 17 times)                                                                                                                       
6)         In which Sport would you:     Win the Sam Maguire Cup?
a.         Gaelic Football  (All Ireland Senior Football Championship)     
7)         In which Sport would you:     Abide by the Cartwright Rules? (also known as the Knickerbocker rules)
a.         Baseball  (Alexander Joy Cartwright 1820-1892 is often referred to as the Father of Baseball)                                                                                                                                                      
8)         In which Sport would you:     Trim your sheets?
a.         Yachting (accept sailing) (Sheets being ropes which are used to control the sails)

Supplementary questions:

Q)        In which Sport would you:     use a mashie or mashie niblick?
a.         Golf (Old golf club associated today with a 7 iron)                                                                          
Q)        In which Sport would you:     Stand at silly point?
a.         Cricket           

History.  1945-1975

1.         1940s: The USA ‘Foreign Assistance Act of 1948’, also known as the European Recovery Program, is more commonly known by the which name?
a.         Marshall Plan (USA lent $13 billion to aid recovery) 
2.         1940’s:  Who was the leader of the Kon Tiki expedition that, in 1948, set out to cross the South Pacific Ocean to get to the Polynesian islands?
a.         Thor Heyerdahl.                                                                                                                                 
3.         1950’s:  Name one of the 2 topics covered by the so called ‘Wolfenden Report’ that was published in 1957.
a.         Homosexual Offences and Prostitution.
(The work was called ‘Report of the Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution’ and was better known as the Wolfenden report, after Lord Wolfenden, who was the chairman of the committee)                                                                                                                         
4.         1960’s:  Which infamous event occurred on 8th August 1963 at Cheddington, Buckinghamshire?
a.         The Great Train Robbery.
5.         1960’s:  John Profumo resigned from the UK government in 1963 after admitting to mis-leading parliament about his affair with Christine Keeler. Which ministerial position did he hold at that time?
a.         Secretary of State for War (!)                                                                                                           
6.         1960’s: What’s the name of the inlet in Scotland that the UK government under Harold McMillan agreed could be used as a base by the US submarines in early 1961?
a.      Holy Loch     
7.         1970’s:  Which tax was first levied in the UK on April 1st 1973?
a.         Value Added Tax.                                                                                                                            
8.         1970’s:  What’s the name of the dam that was completed in 1970 on the River Nile?
a.     Aswan High Dam.    
Supplementary Questions:                                                                                                                          
9.         1950’s:  Radio Luxembourg (broadcasting at 208 metres medium wave) had advertising for Horace Batchelor’s ‘Infra-draw’ method for winning money on the football pools. Listeners were asked to contact K-E-Y-N-S-H-A-M.  What’s the nearest city to this place?
a.         Bristol                                                                                                                                                
10.       1970’s:  Who was the founder of the Biba shop that first opened in London in September 1964?
a.         Barbara Hulanicki


It’s been a wet year!!!                                                                                                                                    
1)         The Grand Coulee Dam, subject of a song by Woody Guthrie, is located on which River?
a. The Columbia River, Washington State USA.                                                                                              
2)         Which Asian river, with an estimated length of 3,395 miles, did the pop group Christie sing about in 1970?
a.         Yellow River (accept also Huang He) 
3)         The first ever “Cast-iron” bridge, built by Brunel in 1779, is located near which New Town in Shropshire?
a.         Telford            (The bridge spans the river Severn and is 100 ft in length)    
4)         The Shenandoah River, a tributary of the Potomac flows through two US states - name either.
a.         Virginia or West Virginia      
5)         The rivers Trent and Ouse converge to form which estuary at Flaxfleet?
a.         The Humber estuary
6)         The River Dane, rising in the south west of Buxton on Axe Edge Moor, is a tributary of which other Cheshire river?
a)         The River Weaver                                                                                                                              
7)         How long in miles is the “Macclesfield Canal”?
a.         26 miles (from Marple to Hall Green at the Northern end of the Hardcastle Tunnel) (Leeway +/- 1mile, i.e. accept 25-27 miles               
8)         The Volga, Europe’s longest and also largest river in terms of discharge and watershed, flows into which body of water?
a)         The Caspian Sea.       
Supplementary Questions:                                                                                                                          
Q)        The Cuyahoga river, located in north east Ohio, USA, feeds which of the Great Lakes?
a)     LakeErie    
Q)        Which European capital is located on the banks of the River Pedios?
a)         Nicosia           

Arts & Entertainment “Who do you think I am”?

1.         I hosted BBC TV’s late-night Rock music programme “The Old Grey Whistle Test” for many years (1972-78).  Who am I?
A: (Whispering) Bob Harris

2.         I am a British actress, born in Darjeeling in 1913 and died in London in 1967. I won my second Academy Award for Best Actress in 1951 for my performance as Blanche Dubois in the film ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.  Who was I?
A: Vivien Leigh

3.         A world-famous tenor, I was born in Barcelona in 1946 and am best known for performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini.  I was diagnosed with leukaemia in the 1980’s but recovered and continued singing.  Who am I?
A: Jose Carreras

4.         I was born in London in 1933 and became one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of the 20th century.  I was also responsible for renewing popular interest in the lute. Who am I?
A: Julian Bream

5.         Born in 1856 and died in April 1925, I was an American artist, considered the "leading portrait painter of my generation”.  Among many other subjects I am also known for my street scenes of Edwardian London and Manchester.  Who was I?
A: John Singer Sargent

6.         Born in Sydney in 1926 and died in Switzerland in 2010 I was a world-renowned coloratura soprano – Pavarotti once called me the “Voice of the Century”.  My nickname was La Stupenda.  Who was I?
A: Dame Joan Sutherland.

7.         I was born Elaine Bookbinder in Salford in 1945 and my powerful husky voice and many Jazz and Blues recordings meant I have been called the “British Queen of the Blues”.  I was a founder member of the band Vinegar Joe and the song Lilac Wine was one of my several solo chart hits in the 1970s and ‘80s.  Who am I?
A:  Elkie Brooks

8.         I was born in N Carolina in 1933 and died in France in 2003.  I was a black female singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist.  I am probably best known for songs like “Feelin’ Good” and “I put a spell on you”?  Who was I?
A: Nina Simone

Supplementary Questions:                                                                                                              
9.         I was a French artist and sculptor, born 1882 and died 1963. Along with Picasso I pioneered the Cubist movement.  Who was I?
A:  Georges Braque

10.       Born in County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1898 and died in London in 2001, I founded the Royal Ballet and am widely regarded as the “Godmother of English Ballet”.  Who was I?
A: Dame Ninette de Valois

11.       I was an American singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist and I co-founded the Southern Rock band Little Feat.  I died of a heroin overdose in Arlington, Virginia in August 1979.  Who was I?
A: Lowell George

Do you know your Mottos`

Which organisation, club, body etc. has this as its motto:

Q1.      Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation
A1.      BBC

Q2.      Per Ardua ad Astra (Through Adversity to the Stars)
A2.      Royal Air Force (RAF)

Q3.      Superbia in proelia (Pride in battle)
A3.      Manchester City FC

Q4.      Blood and Fire           
A4.      Salvation Army

Q5       "Per Mare, Per Terram" (By Sea, By Land)
A5.       Royal Marines

Q6.      Arte et labore (by skill and labour)
A6.      Blackburn Rovers FC (accept Blackburn as it is also on the town’s crest)

Q7.      Dictum meum pactum  (My word is my bond)
A7       London Stock Exchange (accept Stock Exchange)

Q8.      For ever, for everyone
A8.      National Trust

Supplementary Questions:                                                                                                              
Q9.      Be safe, feel safe.
A9.      Cheshire Police

Q10.    Working together for excellence
A10.    Cheshire East council.

Science and Nature.

1.         What metallic element is always present in dental amalgam?
A:        Mercury

2.         Stibnite is an ore of which metal?
A:        Antimony

3.         Which planet in the Solar System is the hottest?
A:        Venus

4.         Who discovered sodium in 1807 and strontium in 1808?
A:        Humphrey Davy

5.         Which number comes next in the Fibonacci series: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5?
A:        8

6.         Which scientific word when translated means 'anything that can produce disease'?
A:        Pathogen

7.         Which physicist laid down the Uncertainty Principle?
A:        Heisenberg

8.         Who won the 1921 Nobel Physics Prize for his work on the photo-electric effect?
A:        Albert Einstein

Supplementary Questions:  
9.         Which British surgeon introduced aseptic techniques into the operating theatre so successfully that he became known as “the father of antiseptic surgery”?
A:        Joseph Lister

10.       Deciduous trees, and shrubs of the genus Salix, found primarily on moist soils in cold and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere are more commonly known as what?
A:        Willows

11.       Unused glucose in the human body is converted into glycogen and stored in which organ?
A:        The liver.

12.       Kepler’s laws can be used to describe what?
A:        The motion of planets around the sun.

Dogs. Mans best friend.

Man’s best friend  - A round about dogs

Q1.      In Greek mythology what was the name of the three headed dog that guarded the entrance to the underworld?
A1.      Cerberus

Q2.      Which dog appeared with Bob Carolgees in the TV programme Tiswas?
A2.      Spit the dog.

Q3.      What was the name of the dog that found the stolen Jules Rimet World Cup trophy in 1966?
A3.      Pickles

Q4.      In Homer's Odyssey what was the name of Odysseus' faithful dog?
A4.      Argos

Q5       What is the name of the dog that appears on the His Master’s Voice gramophone logo?
A5.       Nipper

Q6.      In Wacky Races what is the name of Dick Dastardley’s dog
A6.      Muttley

Q7.      What is the name of the dog in the Muppet show?
A7       Rowlf

Q8.      Which dog allegedly spent 14 years guarding the grave of his master in 19th century Edinburgh?
A8.    Greyfriars Bobby.

Supplementary Questions:                                                                                                              
Q9. What is the name of Superman’s dog?   
A9.   Crypto

Q10. Who are Willow and Holly?
A10. The Queen’s corgis.


I'm sorry this is much scrappier than usual - much trouble scanning 

Give the first name of either of the U.S. pop duo the Everly Brothers?
Don or Phil
The fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the Ottoman Turks brought about the end of which empire?
Of what are Grand Mai, Petit Mai and Psvchomotor all types?
Which eptc musical was developed by Joan Little wood and her Theatre Workshop in 1963?
Oh, What a Lovely Warl
Small, round, flat pastries made with currants, butter and sugar take their name from which part of Manchester?
Eccles (cakes)
How many branches are on a Menorah, the candlestick used in Judaism?
What is the title of the 2016 film release which stars Kurt Russell, Samuel L Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh?
The Hateful Eight
Which type of Coarse fish also appears in the title of a Charles Dickens novel?
Which 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes, stars Matthew Broderitk and Mia Sara and has become a cult classic?
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Which Lennon and McCartney song, which was a hit for 'Marmatede' in 1973, follows the fortunes of Desmond and Molly Jones?
Ob-La -Di Ob-La-Da
The Queen smashed a ceremonial bottle of whisky on the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier in 2014 - what did she name it?
H.M.s. Queen Elizabeth
What part of the body is composed mainly of septal and lateral cartilage?
What is the surname of the titular character Emma in the boo*: by Jane Austen?
Wood house
What name is given to the cooked intestines of an On, Calf or Pig?
Chitterlings (or chittlins)
In which city was the prophet Muhammad born?
In January 2016, Sweden introduced checks at its border with which country for the first time in half a century?
Which athlete was the only Englishman to finish the 100 metres men's final at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games?
Jason Gardener
In the 1975 film Tommy, who played the Acid Queen?
Tina Turner
Which music television programme ran for 121 episodes on Channel 4 between 1982 and 1987?
The Tube
Which country's collaborationist government was based in Vichy during the German occupation from 1940 to 1944?
Who i> credited with inventing the Spinning Jenny in 1764?
James Hargreaves
The 'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency* series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith is set in which African country?
What 's the name of the Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi side dish made with yogurt, cucumber and mint?
In Buddhism, words of power uttered in Sanskrit during meditation are called what?
Which supermarket chain has made a ElblHion takeover bid for Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos?

Which player captured his first ever Grand Slam title at the 2014 Australian Open with a 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory over Rafael Nadal?
Stanislas (Stan) Wawrinka
48 ,
American fashion designer L'Wren Scott was found dead in her New York apartment in March 20l4 in an apparent suicide. Who was her long-term partner?
Mick J agger
Which female singer featured on Take That's version of 'Relight vly Fire'?
Which British king died on the battlefield at the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22nd August 14S5?
Richard III
Argent is another name for which metal?
For which book did Arundhati Roy win the Booker Prize in 1997?
The God of Small Things
If you saw the word 'homard' on a French menu, what would it mean?
What day of the week is named after the Norse god of thunder?
Which country recently claimed to have successfully carried out an underground hydrogen bomb test?
North Korea
Which former snooker world champion took to the stage in B,B.C. One's 'Strictly Come Dancing1 in 2005?
Dennis Taylor
In entertainment, how are Ian and Janette Tough better known?
Who had the 1975 major disco hit 'Love to Love You Baby'?
Donna Summer
In whrch city was the headquarters of the League of Nations?
What is the Latin word for the shin bone?
A 12 feet high temporary sculpture of which literary character as portrayed by Colin Firth was installed in London'? Serpentine lake in July 2013?
Mr Darcy
Little gem and lollo rosso are all types of what food item?
What are the first three words in the Bible?
In the beginning
Two vertical stripes and a third stripe shaped like an exclamation mark is the new logo for which online TV channel?
A Bonspiel is a sporting tournament involving which winter sport?
Who played the film character Dave Lizewski, alias Kick-Ass, in the 2010 film and its 2013 sequel?
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Which male vocalist's real name is Derek Dick?
Who succeeded Mary Queen of Scots as King of Scotland?
James VI
Gynophobia is a fear of what?
The Great Palace Museum in Istanbul contains mostly fine examples of what?
What name is given to a cocktail of vodka and coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua or Tia Maria?
Black Russian
What is the name of the Jehovah's Witnesses' best known periodical?
The Watchtower
How many different scoring areas are there on a dart board?
Which number is represented by MDLV in Roman numerals?
Who took over the presidency of the US after the assassination of Kennedy in 1963?
Lyndon B Johnson
What name is given to each prong of a fork?


Who played the part of Steve McGarrett in the original series of Hawaii Five O
Jack Lord
Which actress starred with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby In a number oft he Road to,,, movies?
Dorothy Lamour
For which crime was Konrad Kujau jailed in 19S4?
Forging the Hitler Diaries
Olympus Mons is the largest volcano known to man. Where is it'
What spirit is made by fermenting and distilling the Juice of the blue agave plant?
What is the main flavour in Cassis?
, |What was the name of the tanker which suffered a severe oil spill in Alaska in 1989?
Exxon Valdez

n which century was tea first brought lo Europe?
What colour is the circle on the Japanese flag?
How many member states comprise the European Union?
28 (no leeway)
On the flag of which country would vou find the words Alhhu Akbar written 22 times?
The Negev Desert lies mainly In which country?

Who, according to Lady Caroline Lamb, was "mad, bad, and dangerous to know"?
Lord Byron
Who was leader of the Labour party from 1980 to 1983?
Michael Foot
What word describes two words that sound the same but have different meanings e.g. bow and bough?
Whose last written words were "We shall stick it out to the bitter end but we are getting weaker,,.. For God's sake look after our people."?
Captain Robert Falcon Scott

What is a cruclverbalist particularly interested in?
Crossword Puzzles

Which 1999 film starring Keanu Reeves had the tagline "Believe The Unbelievable"?
The Matrix

Who directed the films 'Cocoon1, 'Backdraft' and 'Apollo 13?
Ron Howard

Give a year in the life of Marie Curie.

Replacement Questions

Electrum is an alloy of which 2 metals?
Gold and Silver
How was comedian Maurice Cole better known?
Kenny Everett
In Roman legend, who removed a thorn from a lions paw?
What do the letters HB stand for on a pencil?
Hard Black
Which pleasure boat was sunk by the Bowbelle on the Thames in 1989?
The Marchioness
What is the Si unit of capacitance?
What was the name of Captain Pugwash's ship?
The Black Pig
How many chromosomes should a human being have?
46(13 pairs)
In the film 'Alien1 what was the name of the spaceship?
How many countries border Switzerland?
Five (France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein)


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"Homonym" caused similar problems to a year or two ago. "Homophone" is the more specific and equally valid answer to "sounds like" words.

A moment's googling for alternative answers would show:

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