Wednesday, January 27, 2016

26th January - The Questions

Specialist Questions

Set by the Chester Road Tavern

1.       Arts and Entertainment
2.       History
3.       Sport
4.       Natural History
5.       Science
6.       Geography
7.       Name That Tune
8.       Hatches, Matches and Dispatches

Arts and Entertainment

1.       Born in Florence, 1445, which artist's famous works include ‘The Birth of Venus’ and ‘The Adoration of the Magi’?
A.Sandro Botticelli

2.       Born in Paris, 1832, which artist's famous works include ‘The Execution of the Emperor Maximillian’ and ‘A Bar at the Follies-Bergere’?
A.Edouard Manet

3.       Name the 1989 film, celebrating the life of Irish man Christie Brown, who was crippled by Cerebral Palsy, starring Daniel Day Lewis?
A.My Left Foot

4.       Which 1999 film begins with the line “In October 1994, three student film makers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville”?
A.The Blair Witch Project

5.       Which musician's albums include: ‘In a Silent Way’ and ‘Bitches Brew’?
A.Miles Davis

6.       Which musician's albums include: On the Beach and ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’?
A.Neil Young

7.       What was Doberman’s Christian name in the Phil Silvers show?

8.       Which British sitcom character founded a shop named Grot?
A.Reginald Perrin


1.       Who wrote Angela’s Ashes?
A.Frank McCourt

2.       Name the 2nd book of Philip Pullman's ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy.
A.The Subtle Knife


1.       Which term was invented in the 1930s to describe a shanty town built by homeless people in America during the Great Depression?

2.       Which Communist leader was executed on Christmas Day 1989?
A.Nicolae Ceausescu (Romania)

3.       Abraham Lincoln was the first US president to be assassinated, who was the second?
A.James Garfield

4.       Name one of the Roman Emperors, collectively described by Machiavelli as the 'Five Good Emperors'?
A.Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius or Marcus Aurelius.

5.       Which American Civil War General had the nicknames 'Cump' and 'Uncle Billy'?
A.William Sherman

6.       Whose wedding took place in 1936 at the home of Joseph Goebbels and was attended by Adolf Hitler?
A.Oswald Mosley and Diana Mitford (Accept either/both)

7.       The Chakri Dynasty has provided monarchs for which country since 1782?
A.Thailand (Accept Siam)

8.       What country was formed in 1932 as a result of the unification of the Kingdom of Hejaz and the Sultanate of Najd?
A.Saudi Arabia


1.       Who was nicknamed The Lion of Verdun?
A.Marshal Philippe Pétain

2.       What was the code name of Nazi Germany’s planned invasion of the UK via the south coast?
A.Operation Sea Lion (accept "Seelöwe” the German name for Operation)


1.       Who famously tripped up Mary Decker at the 1984 Summer Olympics?
A.Zola Budd

2.       Which county cricket team plays its home games at New Road?

3.       Who has held the Women’s Marathon World Record (2 hrs 15 mins 25 secs) since 2003?
A.Paula Radcliffe

4.       Which horse won last year’s Grand National?
A.Many Clouds

5.       Which football team's home ground is the Macron Stadium?
A.Bolton Wanderers

6.       Who holds the men’s world long jump record?
A.Mike Powell

7.       Who is England crickets head coach?
A.Trevor Bayliss

8.       Who finished second to Lewis Hamilton in the 2015 Formula 1 championship?
A.Nico Rosberg


1.       Which rugby league team are known as the Rhinos?

2.    Who has recently been appointed England rugby union head coach?
A.Eddie Jones

Natural History

1.       What is a Grayling?
A.A Fish

2.       Caprine means relating to which animal?

3.       What is the common name for the Chilean Pine tree?
A.Monkey Puzzle Tree

4.       Which fish has the Latin name Esox Lucius?
A.The Pike

5.       What do edentulous mammals lack?

6.       The common pipistrelle is one of the most common species of what in the UK?

7.       Ursine means relating to which animal?

8.       What does a mycologist study?


1.       Which is the largest British newt?
A.Great Crested newt

2.       What is the world’s largest whale species?
A.Blue Whale


1.       Malleus, Incus and Stapes are all bones found in which part of the body?

2.       Which structural protein is the key structural component of hair and nails?

3.       The element denoted by the symbol Hg was originally called Hydrargyrum. How do we refer to this element now?
A.Mercury (Latinized Greek: hydrargyrum, meaning watery or liquid silver)

4.       Named after a Surrey town where a spring containing this was discovered, how is hydrated magnesium sulphate better known?
A.Epsom Salt

5.       When someone has Hepatitis, which organ is affected?

6.       Ankylosing Spondylitis, Scoliosis and Myelopathy are all diseases affecting which part of the body?

7.       What is the common name for the cluster of seven stars called 'The Pleiades'?
A.The Seven Sisters

8.       Rickets is a disease predominantly associated with the deficiency of which vitamin?
A.Vitamin D


1.       What type of bird is a Harlequin?

2.       Dry Ice is the frozen form of which gas?
A.Carbon Dioxide


1.       Lisbon stands on which river?
A.The Tagus

2.       What is the capital of Tasmania?

3.       Ajaccio is the capital city of which island?

4.       What is the largest natural lake (by area) in Wales?
A.Lake Bala (or Lynn Tegid)

5.       What is the name of the range of hills running north to south between Worcestershire and Herefordshire?
A.The Malverns

6.       Belfast stands on which river?
A.The Lagan

7.       Which county shares borders with Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire?

8.       Which US state is nicknamed 'the Bluegrass State'?


1.       Oakham is the county town of which English county?

2.       What is the Freemantle Doctor?
A.A Wind

Name That Tune

Simply give the song title from these initial lyrics.

1.       I got my first real six string, bought it at the five and dime.
A.Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams)

2.       Hello darkness my old friend, I've come to talk with you again.
A.The Sound of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel)

3.       Sittin’ in the morning sun, I'll be sittin’ when the evening comes.
A.(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)

4.       Young teacher, the subject, of schoolgirl fantasy.
A.Don’t Stand So Close To Me (The Police)

5.       The sirens are screaming and the fires are howling way down in the valley tonight.
A.Bat Out of Hell (Meatloaf)

6.       People try to put us down, just because we get around.
A.My Generation (the Who)

7.       On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair.
A.Hotel California (The Eagles)

8.       All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey.
A.California Dreamin’ (Mamas and Papas)


1.       There she stood in the street smiling from her head to her feet.
A.All Right Now (Free)

2.       You’ve done it all, you’ve broken every code.
A.Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) (Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel)

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches

The following questions all relate to births, weddings and deaths in 2015

1.       Which former leader of the Liberal Democrats died in January 2015 at the age of just 55?
A.Charles Kennedy

2.       Maxima was born on December 1st 2015; on the same day her parents pledged 99% of their companies’ shares to a new charitable-based venture. What was the baby’s surname?

3.       He died in December 2015. An ex Fulham footballer and former manager of Coventry city he is mostly remembered for a long BBC broadcasting career. He presented ‘Match of the Day’ on over 600 occasions. Who was he?
A.Jimmy Hill

4.       Which actor died on February 27 2015 aged 83? His career was defined by a character he played in a TV series that ran from 1966 until 1969. His final film role was in 2013 playing the same character in the 12th instalment of the film franchise that followed the series.
A.Leonard Nimoy

5.       Best known for his Discworld series of novels which author died from Alzheimer’s in March 2015?
A.Terry Pratchett

6.       Which actor, comedian, writer and presenter married his partner Elliott Spencer in January 2015 and tweeted “Gosh! We go into a room as two people, sign a book and leave as one”?
A.Stephen Fry

7.       Married on Valentine’s Day 2015 which actor, famous for his roles playing Stephen Hawking in a 2004 TV film and Sherlock Holmes on TV, married theatre director Sophie Hunter?
A.Benedict Cumberbatch

8.       Which actress and former wife of Brad Pitt married Justin Theroux in August?
A.Jennifer Aniston


1.       In 1999 at the age of 4 this incredibly brave Mancunian was given just 6 weeks to live. She died in October 2015 after raising millions of pounds for Francis House Hospice. Who was she?
A.Kirsty Howard

2.       Born on May 2 2015, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth was given what other third Christian name?

Set By
Bate Taverners

Found throughout much of mainland Western Europe, how Glis glis otherwise known?
The edible dormouse
Which craftsmen might use a knocker, a jolly or a wheel?
Which city has an NFL team called The Broncos?
On Jan 7th 1785, Jean Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries completed the first balloon crossing of which body of water?
The English Channel
Who composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the 1929 operetta Bitter Sweet?
Noel Coward
Mount Lycabettus is a limestone hill in which European capital?
In 1941, German spy Josef Jakobs was the last person to be executed in which fortress?
The Tower of London
Which British tennis player won the 1968 US Open women’s singles title?
Virginia Wade
Which king supposedly said, “Will no one rid me of this troublesome priest?”?
Henry II
Which pale yellow gaseous halogen is the most reactive chemical element?
Discovered in Botswana in November 16th 2015, what is the Karowe AK6
The second largest Diamond ever found
Which city has an NFL team called The Seahawks?
Allegedly starved to death by her mother Antonia Minor, Livilla was the sister of which Roman Emperor?
Which former BBC political editor wrote A History of Modern Britain (in 2007)?
Andrew Marr
Which gaseous element forms the majority of Saturn’s atmosphere?
Which composer’s Cello Concerto in E Minor was Jacqueline du Pré’s signature performance piece?
Edward Elgar

Where would you find Death, Justice, the Hanged Man and the Fool, amongst other groupings?
In a pack of Tarot cards
Ordered in 1936, the historic warship HMS Belfast was built by which company?
Harland & Wolff
Who was the first UK monarch to make a Christmas Broadcast?
George V
(on the radio in 1932)
What number is the title of Adele’s third studio album?
Who was the first American to walk in space in 1965?
Ed White
Which fleet was defeated at the 1588 Battle of Gravelines?
The Spanish Armada
What nationality was László Biró who invented the modern ballpoint pen?
What was the name of the European Space Agency probe which flew by and studied Halley’s Comet in 1986?
Who played the part of Vince in the 1980’s sitcom Just Good Friends?
Paul Nicholas
Name either of the goals of the “Tooting Popular Front” in the 1970’s BBC sitcom
Power to the People or
Freedom for Tooting
Which actor’s father was appointed Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain in 1987?
Nigel Havers
In which year did the professional jockey, A P McCoy, begin his career?
(allow a year either side?)
In which battle during the First World War were tanks first deployed?
Battle of Flers-Courcelette (15 Sept 1916)
(accept Battle of the Somme)
In which Oasis song do the following lyrics appear
Slip inside the eye of your mind
Don't you know you might find
A better place to play
Don’t Look Back in Anger
In which sea can you find the world’s freshest (i.e. least salty) water?
Baltic Sea
In which century did Peter the Great become Tsar of Russia?
17th (1682)

In which industry did Henry Cort make his discoveries in the late eighteenth century?
Iron industry (puddling)
In which academic field did Jean Piaget become an expert during the 20th century?
Child psychology
(accept cognitive development)
Who was the German Foreign Minister at the outbreak of World War Two in 1939?
Joachim von Ribbentrop
In which ocean is Easter Island situated?
What was invented by Christopher Cockerill in 1955?
The hovercraft
At what age in the Jewish religion does a bar-mitzvah take place for males?
How many years did Nelson Mandela spend in prison?
27 years
(allow one either side?)
What is the collective noun for a group of rhinos?
(Accept herd)
The Intu MetroCentre is a shopping centre in which town?
In 1997, who left the BBC to stand as an independent candidate in the Tatton constituency?
Martin Bell
In 1872, which country played England in the first international football match?
Who said ‘the history of the world is but the biography of great men’?
Thomas Carlyle
If you had otalgia what would you be suffering from?
What was invented for dog training by Francis Galton in 1876?
Dog whistle
Whose is the first and largest signature on the US Declaration of Independence?
John Hancock
Which prime minister left an unpaid £197 bill with his Savile Row tailor, Henry Poole & Co?
Winston Churchill

One Angel Square is the head office of The Co-operative Group in which city?
Gérard Biard is the editor-in-chief of which satirical weekly news magazine?
Charlie Hebdo
How to Eat (1998) was which cookery writer’s first book?
Nigella Lawson
Which ship, en-route from New York to Genoa, was found abandoned in 1872?
The Mary Celeste
The Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London is Britain’s oldest manufacturing company In what century was it established?
16th (1570)
In which West Yorkshire castle did Richard II die?
Pontefract Castle
Which disease may be treated with L-dopa?
Which prestigious motor company has its headquarters in Crewe?
Bentley Motor Company
Which charity, based in Poole, was founded in 1824 by Sir William Hillary, albeit under a different name?
Royal National Lifeboat Institution or R.N.L.I. (originally The National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck)
In which English city can the ‘Centre for Life’ science village be found?
What pieces of cutlery did T.S. Eliot’s J. Alfred Prufrock measure out his life in?
Coffee spoons
Comprising of 10 members, what was set up in 1994 to deal with concerns about unethical conduct amongst MPs?
The Committee on Standards in Public Life
Rowntree’s and Terry’s are confectionery brands associated with which city?
With whom did Ian St. John form a double act on television?
Jimmy Greaves
According to a limerick, which bird’s bill can hold more than his belly?
The Pelican
The 2,390ft Cross Fell is the highest point of which range of hills?
The Pennines

Akio Morita and Masaru Ibuka were the co-founders of which company?
What is the name of the Israel parliament?
The Knesset
In which film did Richard Attenborough play the gangster Pinkie Brown?
Brighton Rock
William Tell and The Barber of Seville are operas by which composer?
Gioachino Rossini
Philippa of Hainault was the wife of which King of England?
Edward III
The Hainault loop can be found on which London Underground line?
The Central Line
Gastric acid is primarily a form of which type of acid?
Hydrochloric acid
Traditionally, what sort of people would be buried on the north side of a churchyard?
Evil-doers (or similar)

Which royal dukedom, formerly held by Queen Victoria’s second son, was recreated in 1947?
Duke of Edinburgh
Which 20th-century dictator used the title El Caudillo?
General Francisco Franco
What was Australian Fred Spofforth the first man to do in a cricket Test Match on 2nd January, 1879?
Take a hat-trick
Who did President John F. Kennedy appoint as his Attorney General?
His brother Robert Kennedy
Who broadcast Letter from America for 58 years?
Alistair Cook
Actress and writer Dulcie Grey was married to which actor for 59 years?
Michael Denison
Who was the Chief Cook and Quartermaster on board the Hispaniola in Treasure Island?
Long John Silver
Which dancer developed the shows Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames?
Michael Flatley

What is the official language of Andorra?
Which former Manchester City and Aston Villa footballer holds the record for most own goals scored in the Premiership?
Richard Dunne (10)
Who shot Martin Luther King in April, 1968?
James Earl Ray
Which element (Atomic Number 35) is a red-brown liquid at room temperature?
Which poem is composed of 5 parts including “The Burial of the Dead” and “What the Thunder Said”?
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot
Which Devon town is at the head of the estuary of the River Dart?
Sir John Franklin disappeared in 1847. What was his ill-fated expedition looking for?
The Northwest Passage
Who was shot by Valerie Solanas at The Factory in June 1968?
Andy Warhol
(also accept art critic Mario Amaya)
Which rock star’s (who died in December 2015) real name was Ian Kilmister?
Lemmy (from Motorhead)
Emphysema is a long-term progressive disease of which organs?
The Lungs
In which musical would you find the Kit Kat Klub?
Whose novels include “Greenmantle” and “The Thirty Nine Steps”?
John Buchan
Which footballer holds the record for most Premiership appearances?
Ryan Giggs (632)
Which aircraft manufacturer built the L-1011 Tristar?
In which European country would you find Lake Bled?
The pink triangle is an international symbol of gay rights. What is its derivation?
An inverted pink triangle was used as a Nazi concentration camp badge identifying homosexual men (as well as some sexual offenders).

   Sup 1    
Which Red Army general was the most decorated in Russian history?
Marshall Zhukov
   Sup 2    
Who composed An American in Paris?
George Gershwin
   Sup 3    
Which then MP wrote the 1845 novel Sybil, or the Two Nations?
Benjamin Disraeli
   Sup 4    
The 169-seat Storting is the parliament of which country?
   Sup 5    
Abbreviated UTC what is the common time standard across the world?
Coordinated Universal Time. (French: temps universel coordonné)
   Sup 6    
Who was the US President when Elvis Presley died?
Jimmy Carter
   Sup 7    
Dictum meum pactum (my word is my bond) is the motto of which institution?
London Stock Exchange
   Sup 8    
In WWII, what were the armoured vehicles of Major General Percy Hobarts 79th Armoured Division known as?
The Funnies


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