Wednesday, February 24, 2016

23rd February - The Questions

 

All questions set by the Dolphin Dragons

And Vetted by the Harrington B & the Cock-a-2

(thoroughly – thanks!)

Specialist questions:

1. Children’s Favourites

2. History

3. Arts and Entertainment

4. Shakespeare’s Heroines (Don’t Panic!)

5. Science (and Technology)

6. Sport

7. Cartoon Cats

8. Geography


Round 1: Children’s Favourites

1. Who wrote the Five Find-outer books?

Enid Blyton

2. On children’s TV, Charlie has a little sister. Who?

Lola

3. Who sang “I’m a pink toothbrush”, a favourite on Children’s Favourites?

Max Bygraves

4. And who owned a magic piano?

Sparky

5. Lala and Tinky Winky were two of the Teletubbies. Name one of the others.

Po and Dipsy

6 Who wrote Five Children and It?

E. Nesbit

7. Mary Lennox is the heroine of which book by Frances Hodgson Burnett?

The Secret Garden

8. Anthony Buckridge wrote a series of books about which schoolboy, who is named in the all the titles

Jennings

Supplementaries

9.For which famous children’s favourite were Mary Tourtel, and then Alfred Bestall, responsible?

Rupert the Bear

10. What was the name of the housekeeper in the Brown’s household in the Paddington Bear stories?

Mrs Bird.

Round 2: History

1.What is the real meaning of Unready, in Ethelred the Unready?

Refusing to take advice (un-rede-y) Accept an answer which conveys this meaning!

2.Which Turkish leader inspired the troops of the Ottoman Empire at Gallipolli in 1915, and later led his nation, introducing many modernisations?

Mustafa Kemel aka Kemel Attaturk

3.What was the title of the highest official in Ancient (Republican) Rome? Two were elected annually.

Consul

4.Which ancient Roman town was destroyed along with Pompeii by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD?

Herculaneum

5. The subject of much scorn from Churchill, who was the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland during World War II?

Eamonn De Valera

6.What part of the body was covered by the piece of armour called a coif?

The head (it was a sort of under-helmet, or occasionally helmet, usually of chain mail)

7.Which country fought the Winter War of 1939-40, against the USSR?

Finland

8.Which English king was nicknamed Lackland?

John

Supplementaries

What was the job of a reeve, in medieval England?

A sort of farm-manager (Slightly lower than a bailiff, and the term could be used for a minor court official)

What, in medieval England, was a houpellande?

A robe, a sort of overdress


Round 3: Arts and Entertainment

1. Which Gilbert and Sullivan opera is subtitled “the Peer and the Peri”?

Iolanthe

2. In Pride and Prejudice who (eventually) marries Lydia Bennett?

George Wickham

3. In which Dickens’ novel is the heroine called Estella?

Great Expectations

4. Which 60’s group was famous for parodies of such songs as the Supremes’ Baby Love?

The Barron Knights

5. Where has Boy George recently succeeded Sir Tom Jones?

The Voice (BBC TV)

6. Which other famous composer was born in the same year as Bach and Scarlatti (1685)?

Handel

7. What was the name of the 2014 film starring Benedict Cumberbach as Alan Turing?

The Imitation Game

8. Who took over from Matt Smith as the Doctor in Dr Who?

Peter Capaldi

Supplementaries

Who is the only chart act to appear twice in the top 10 of best selling UK singles of all time?

Boney M

Who has been the Doctor in Doctor Who, Margery Allingham’s detective Campion in the TV series of that name, and a vet in all Creatures Great and Small?

Peter Davison

Round 4: Shakespeare’s Heroines (Don’t Panic!)

All the questions in this round concern women who share their first names with Shakespearean heroines

1.Which poet had a muse called Beatrice?

Dante.

2.In Call the Midwife, Miranda Hart plays Camilla Noakes. By what nickname is the character better known?

Chummy

3.Who wrote about a private detective, Cordelia Grey, in the book “An Unsuitable Job for a Woman”?

PD James

4.Who does Hermione marry in the Harry Potter books?

Ron Weasley

5.The actress, Helena Bonham Carter is the great-granddaughter of which Prime Minister?

HH Asquith

6.In the late 15th century, Ferdinand and Isabella ruled Spain jointly. Of which region of Spain was Isabella queen in her own right?

Castille

7.Cate Blanchett played which character in the films of Lord of the Rings?

Galadriel.

8. Which painter used Lizzie Siddall to model for his painting of the drowned

Ophelia?

J. E. Millais

Supplementaries

With what scientific discovery of the last century was Rosalind Franklin associated?

The structure of DNA

Name one of the actresses who took the lead in the Police Drama series, Juliet Bravo.

Stephanie Turner / Anna Carteret

Round 5: Science and Technology

1. Sir Alan Cobham was a pioneer in which field? Aviation

2. Which metal has the highest melting point? Tungsten

3. Where in the human body do you find collagen? The skin

4. Name the only bird with nostrils at the tip of its beak. Kiwi

5. What do you study in a formicarium? Ants

6. What type of power is aeolic? Wind Power

7. What gas is produced during a thunderstorm? Ozone

8. What kind of bridge is the Forth Rail Bridge? Cantilever

Supplementaries

What is the Uk’s smallest bat? The Pipestrelle

What is the covering of a deer’s antlers called? Velvet


Round 6: Sport

1. Who scored 150 (not out) in the same innings that Ben Stokes made his record-breaking 258 in January, against South Africa? Jonny Bairstow

2. What is the emblem of the New Zealand All Blacks? The Silver Fern

3.From which club did Leicester City buy the record breaking Jamie Vardy

in 2011? Fleetwood Town

4. Who partnered Pam Shriver to 21 Grand slam finals in the Ladies’ Doubles? Martina Navratilova

5.Which Rugby League player came second to Andy Murray in the BBC’s Sport’s Personality of the Year poll for 2015? Kevin Sinfield

6.In last season’s F1 championship, Hamilton won the driver’s championship, and his team, Mercedes, the constructors. Which manufacturer came second? Ferrari

7. In the 2015 Rugby Union world cup, Scotland was the last of the 4 Northern hemisphere teams who reached the quarter finals to be knocked out. Who were they playing? Australia

8. Sarah Storey, who has won medals at the Paralympics for cycling (and has won national titles in able bodied cycling), has also won Paralympic gold in what other sport? Swimming

Supplementaries

Which League 2 team knocked the Premier league side, Swansea City, out of the FA Cup in the 3rd round this January? Oxford United

Which Australian cricketer and commentator died last April? Richie Benaud


Round 7: Cartoon Cats

1 Who was the policeman opponent of Top Cat? Officer Dibble

2. Which cartoon cat is the creation of Jim Davis? Garfield

3. Which cartoon cat of the early Twentieth Century “kept on walking”? Felix

4. Which cat was the enemy of Tweetie Pie? Sylvester

5. Two big cats feature largely in the film of the Jungle Book. Name either.

Bagheera (the panther) and Shere Kahn (the tiger).

6. Which breed of cat made Lady’s life a misery in Lady and the Tramp? Siamese

7. Tom is plagued by not only the mouse Jerry, but also by the dog next door. What is the dog’s name?

Spike

8. Which cat is usually defeated by Hanna Barbera’s mice, Pixie and Dixie?

Mr Jinx

Supplementaries

In which Disney film does one find the alley cat, Thomas O’Malley?

The Aristocats

A cult series of cartoons feature Calvin, a young boy, and Hobbs, an imaginary big cat. What type of big cat?

A tiger

Round 8: Geography

1.Snow Hill is one of three main railway stations in which UK city? Birmingham

2. On which river is Perth, in Scotland? The Tay

3. On which island are the Troodos Mountains? Cyprus

4. Which English port has the same name as the state capital of Delaware?

Dover

5. Which sea is named after the seaweed which floats on its surface?

The Sagasso Sea

6. Name one of the 2 smaller islands that make up the country of Malta. Gozo, Comino

7. What is the port of Athens? Piraeus

8.Which is the highest capital city in the world? La Paz (Bolivia)

Supplementaries

Baku is the capital of which country? Azerbaijan

What is the capital of Papua New Guinea? Port Moresby

General Knowledge Questions 23 Feb 2016

1

Q

Who recited one of his poems at President Kennedy’s inauguration?

A

Robert Frost

2

Q

Which archipelago separates the US and Russia?

A

The Aleutian Islands

3

Q

Who had a fracas with Oisin Tymon in March 2015?

A

Jeremy Clarkson

4

Q

What did Edwin Budding invent in 1827?

A

The Lawn Mower

5

Q

In the Bible who was the first King of Israel?

A

Saul

6

Q

In which sport does Max Whitlock represent the UK?

A

(Men’s) Gymnastics

7

Q

Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII, came from which country?

A

Denmark

8

Q

Which TV personality has recently set up the Women’s Equality Party?

A

Sandy Toksvig

9

Q

The inhabitants of which country are called Letts?

A

Latvia

10

Q

Richard Stilgoe wrote the lyrics for which Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?

A

Starlight Express

11

Q

Who was the S African Prime Minister assassinated in 1966?

A

Henrik) Verwoerd

12

Q

Anthony Eden took which title on entering the House of Lords?

A

Earl of Avon

13

Q

Sidney Nolan painted a series of pictures of which infamous character?

A

Ned Kelly

14

Q

Which jazz quartet got into the charts with Take Five?

A

The Dave Brubeck Quartet

15

Q

What does a hygrometer measure?

A

Humidity

16

Q

Last year which singer became the first act to replace himself at number one in the UK charts since the Beatles?

A

Justin Bieber

17

Q

After inventing the coffee percolator, what did Peter Hobbs invent in 1955?

A

The Automatic Kettle (accept electric)

18

Q

How does the Navy differentiate between a boat and a ship?

A

A boat is a submarine

19

Q

What does the word gospel mean?

A

Good News

20

Q

Who wrote the music for the ballet Romeo and Juliet?

A

(Sergei) Prokofiev (Tchaikovsky’s fantasy overture is not used for the ballet!)

21

Q

Which US state did the Bee Gees sing about in 1967?

A

Massachussetts

22

Q

What would you use a quanting pole for - especially in Norfolk?

A

Propelling a boat, mainly on the Norfolk Broads (a bit like punting, but the boat moves not the operator)

23

Q

Which country won the Eurovision song contest in 2015?

A

Sweden

24

Q

Who succeeded Hitler as leader of the Third Reich?

A

(Admiral Karl) Doenitz

25

Q

In the acronym SMART (cars), S and M stand for 2 of the companies that supplied the original sponsorship. Name either.

A

Swatch or Mercedes (the rest is Automotive Research Team)

26

Q

What does the 2nd A in QANTAS stand for?

A

Aerial

27

Q

Who was the first narrator of Thomas the Tank Engine on TV?

A

Ringo Starr

28

Q

The word vaccination comes from the Latin name for which animal?

A

Cow

29

Q

In which sport was David Goffin in the headlines last November?

A

Tennis (Captain of the Belgian Davis cup team, defeated in the final by the UK team)

30

Q

who painted the picture "The Son of Man", which features a bowler hatted man, his face obscured by an apple?

A

(Rene) Magritte

31

Q

Which fictional detective lives in Whitehaven Mansions?

A

Hercule Poirot

32

Q

Which European capital stands mainly on the island of Zealand?

A

Copenhagen

33

Q

In which Oscar & Hammerstein musical would you find Ensign Nellie Forbush?

A

South Pacific

34

Q

Which playwright was a convicted member of the IRA?

A

Brendan Behan

35

Q

Ernest Swinton was responsible for the development, and the deployment of which instrument of war?

A

The Tank

36

Q

Monrovia is the capital of which African country?

A

Liberia

37

Q

Gaberone is the capital of which African country?

A

Botswana

38

Q

Who is/was Geraldine Grainger?

A

The Vicar of Dibley

39

Q

Who did Tony Blair succeed as Labour Leader?

A

John Smith

40

Q

In Roman mythology, who is the equivalent of the goddess Aphrodite?

A

Venus

41

Q

What does the first of the Ts stand for in the Isle of Man TT Races?

A

Tourist (Trophy)

42

Q

Which celebrity’s recent autobiography is entitled “Call the Midlife”?

A

Chris Evans

43

Q

Harold McMillan married into which Ducal family?

A

The Dukes of Devonshire (accept the family name of Cavendish)

44

Q

Who created Captain Horatio Hornblower?

A

C. S. Forrester

45

Q

Who is most famous for his last theorem?

A

(Pierre de) Fermat

46

Q

The most famous model of an iconic vehicle ceased at the end of January this year. Name this model

A

Land Rover Defender

47

Q

What is a hot-air balloon’s basket called?

A

A gondola

48

Q

In 2001,what occasioned the swap from holding the Ryder Cup in odd numbered years, to holding it in even numbered years?

A

The bombing of the twin towers in New York,on the 11th September. The Ryder Cup was due to start on 28th September

49

Q

Most of the letters in the New Testament are credited to whom?

A

St Paul

50

Q

What did William Addis invent in about 1770?

A

The Toothbrush

51

Q

In which field of the arts did Anton Dolin make his name?

A

Ballet

52

Q

Which English poet became a national hero in Greece?

A

(George Gordon) Lord Byron

53

Q

Which iconic toy, first produced in 1959, has recently had a thorough revamp, with a number of new versions?

A

Barbie

54

Q

What is the fibrous band that connects muscle to tissue?

A

A tendon

55

Q

Battledore was an early form of which sport?

A

Badminton

56

Q

Chromatics is the study of what?

A

Colours

57

Q

Which actor’s autobiography, published last year, is entitled “Absolute Pandemonium”?

A

Brian Blessed

58

Q

In which sport does Adam Peaty represent the UK?

A

Swimming

59

Q

What was Buffalo Bill’s real name?

A

William Cody

60

Q

What nationality was Mother Teresa?

A

Albanian

61

Q

Who was PM at the time of Edward VIII’s abdication?

A

Stanley Baldwin

62

Q

Which US born, UK naturalised, poet won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948?

A

T. S. Eliot

63

Q

Austria, Switzerland and Germany all have borders on which lake?

A

Lake Constance

64

Q

Who opened the shop Bazaar in London in 1955?

A

Mary Quant

65

Q

What is a Saraband?

A

A dance (or the form of music to which it can be danced)

66

Q

Dr Who is a Time Lord from which planet?

A

Gallifrey

67

Q

Who wrote the series of books about Richard Hannay?

A

John Buchan

68

Q

Who are Huey, Dewey and Louie?

A

Donald Duck’s nephews

69

Q

Which large island in the Bristol Channel is owned by the National Trust?

A

Lundy

70

Q

What was William Gladstone's middle name?

A

Ewart

71

Q

In Greek mythology, which monster is shaped like a woman, but with snakes for hair?

A

Medusa

72

Q

What recent film, starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance deals with the Gary Powers crisis of 1960?

A

Bridge of Spies

73

Q

What was the name of the Roman road from London to York?

A

Ermine Street

74

Q

Which item of headgear takes its name from a 19th century battle?

A

A Balaclava

75

Q

In which US State is Mount Rushmore?

A

South Dakota

76

Q

In which sport was an international captain known as Merv the Swerve?

A

Rugby (Welsh captain, Mervyn Hughes)

77

Q

What nationality is the novelist Margaret Atwood?

A

Canadian

78

Q

Name one of Noah’s 3 sons, according to the book of Genesis

A

Shem, Ham or Japhet

79

Q

Who sculpted the lions in Trafagar Square?

A

(Sir Edwin) Landseer

80

Q

What was the name of Edward Heath’s yacht?

A

Morning Cloud

81

Q

What connects a Venezuelan river, a Siberian town, a Balkan country, and the capital of New Zealand?

A

They are all wombles. (Orinoco, Tomsk, Bulgaria, Wellington)

82

Q

Nicknamed the Tiger, who represented France at the Peace Conference after World War I, in 1919?

A

(George) Clemenceau

83

Q

Which Australian Aboriginal 400 metre runner lit the flame at the 2000 Sydney Olympics?

A

Cathy Freeman

84

Q

In Greek mythology, who was the boatman on the river Styx?

A

Charon

85

Q

In the Archers, who fatally fell off a roof?

A

Nigel Pargetter

86

Q

A Sally Lunn is a type of what?

A

Bun (accept cake)

87

Q

Which famous writer once took the wicket of WG Grace?

A

Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle

88

Q

Who wrote the Elizabethan play Dr Faustus?

A

Christopher Marlowe

89

Q

Which handicraft uses the terms log cabin, tumbling blocks and Dresden plate?

A

Quilting

90

Q

In which month is the festival of Epiphany?

A

January (it is aka Twelfth Night)

91

Q

In Greek Mythology, who killed the Minotaur?

A

Theseus

92

Q

Who fell off the stage in the 2015 Brit awards?

A

Madonna

93

Q

Where did the spacecraft New Horizons visit in July 2015?

A

Pluto

94

Q

In Australia, what is a willy-willy?

A

A dust storm. (accept the whirlwind which causes the dust storm!)

95

Q

Which 2002 footballing film has recently been made into a musical?

A

Bend it Like Beckham

96

Q

Who was the US actor (and director) behind the rebuilding of the Globe Theatre?

A

Sam Wannamaker

Supplementary Questions:

1

Q

Which fictional character returned from the dead in1905?

A

Sherlock Holmes

2

Q

Who buried Eleanor Rigby?

A

Father McKenzie

3

Q

What does quondam mean?

A

Former

4

Q

Which rugby union star died unexpectedly in London in December 2015?

A

Jonah Lomu

5

Q

A

6

Q

Of which national institution is Rufus Norris the director?

A

The National Theatre

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