Wednesday, February 03, 2016

2nd February - The Questions


1.                       Arts and Entertainments
2.                       Geography (pics)
3.                       Runners Up
4.                       Science
5.                       Teenage Kicks
6.                       PPE
7.                       History
8.                       Sport (Pics)
Apologies for the smaller than traditional pictures…we live in austere times.

sorry I'm having some problems with the pictures - I'll come back to it but have posted in the meantime - Nick

Arts and Ents – Waxing Lyrical.  Identify either the song/novel/poem OR the singer/band/author as appropriate.
With reference to our stay in the A-League….

2002 Song, taken from album “A rush of blood to the head” –

Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard
Oh take me back to the start

Coldplay or “The Scientist
On the same theme……..

1993 Song taken from album “Pablo Honey”

I’m a _BLANK_, I'm a weirdo,
What the hell am I doing here?
I don't belong here.
Radiohead or “Creep
1898 Poem

I only knew what hunted thought quickened his step, and why

He looked upon the garish day with such a wistful eye;

The man had killed the thing he loved and so he had to die.
Oscar Wilde or “The Ballad of Reading Gaol
1819 Poem

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains

My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,

Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains

     One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunkMy heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
         My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
         One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk

Ode to a Nightingale – John Keats
1987 Song taken from the album “Actually”

At school they taught me how to be
so pure in thought and word and deed
They didn't quite succeed
Pet Shop Boys or “It’s a Sin
1967 Song from an eponymous album

The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray
Procol Harum or “A Whiter Shade of Pale
1878 Novel

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Leo Tolstoy or “Anna Karenina
Q8 1963 Novel
"It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York."
Sylvia Plath, or “The Bell Jar
S1 Supp 1 1989 Novel
"To be born again," sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, "first you have to die."
Salman Rushdie or “The Satanic Verses
S2 Song – Original Artist from 1975 or title Required
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair

Hallelujah or “Leonard Cohen

Geography – Picture Round. Identify the country from the image provided.

clip_image0105 Peru (Machu Pichu)
clip_image0126 South Africa (Table Mountain)
clip_image0147 Venezuela
clip_image0168 Slovenia
S1 / VI 1
Kinshasa is one of the 20 biggest cities (by population) in the world.  In which country is it found.

DR Congo (accept Zaire with reluctance)
S2/ VI 2
Dili is the capital of which country which achieved independence in 2002.

East Timor/ ( or Timor-Leste)

Runners Up – in honour of the position the Robin keeps achieving on a Tuesday night.   In each case you will be given the name of a winner of an event.  Name the memorable 2nd placer.
1997 General Election.  Enfield Southgate constituency.  Winner, Stephen Twigg (Labour)
Michael Portillo (..were you still up for him?...)
2015. General Election. Twickenham Constituency. Winner, Tania Mathias (Conservative)
Vince Cable
2002 Pop Idol.  Winner – Will Young
Gareth Gates
2009 Britain’s Got Talent.  Winner – Diversity
Susan Boyle
2015. General Election. Thanet South Constituency.  Winner Craig Mackinlay (Conservative)
Nigel Farage
2015 General Election. Bradford West constituency.  Winner Naseem Shah (Labour)
George Galloway
1990-1994. 5 World Snooker Championship Finals.  Winners – Stephen Hendry and John Parrott
Jimmy White
1993 Wimbledon Ladies Singles (tearfully).  Winner: Steffi Graf
Jana Novotna
1968 Eurovision Song Contest.  Winner:  Massiel (Spain)
Cliff Richard
2000 US Presidential Election.  Winner: George W. Bush
Al Gore

Science – Periodic Table.  All of these are chemical elements – but there are other routes to the answer if you are not a scientist.  Slight errors in the ending of the name should be tolerated.
Atomic Number 84.  Radioactive and metallic chemical named after a European country, in honour of one of its leading female scientists.  Used to poison Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko in 2006
Atomic Number 8.  Comes from the Greek for “gives birth to acid”
Atomic Number 97.  Silvery radioactive transuranic chemical named after an Ivy League university, itself named after a philosopher and bishop who argued that a falling branch in a forest makes no sound unless someone hears it. 
Atomic Number 77.  Silvery white metal, named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow.

Atomic Number 93.  Radioactive transuranic chemical that appears in between Uranium and Plutonium in the Table.
Atomic Number 10.  Colourless Noble Gas, named after the Greek for “new”
Atomic Number 3.  Soft alkali metal which shares its name with a 1991 hit single for Nirvana
Atomic Number 112.  Radioactive synthetic element, shares its name with Polish astronomer and polymath who pioneered a Heliocentric view of the universe.
Supp 1: The final elements are currently Ununseptium and Ununoctium What is the atomic number of Ununoctium
118 (no leeway)
Supp2: Atomic Number 24.  Grey, brittle metal, name comes from the Greek for “colour” because of its many brightly coloured compounds.


Teenage Kicks – Having failed miserably to get to grips with 1960s radio shows and 1970s racist TV comedies (mainly courtesy of the Park Taverners), the 30something question writer has taken revenge by asking his Upper-Sixth Formers to submit questions – he did tell them to take it easy and vet thoroughly…
Which musician, born in 1942 got Down with the kids when accompanying Rihanna and Kanye West on “Fourfiveseconds”
Paul McCartney
Which Tennessee-based chanteuse had, according to October 2015 statistics, over 52 million Instagram followers, second only to Instagram’s own page
Taylor Swift
Popularised in a 2011 rap, which four letter acronym has become a popular alternative to “carpe diem”
YOLO (you only live once)
Which 8 letter word has become a verb meaning to remove a person from a list of contacts, particularly on Facebook
Which 5 letter word was OEDs word of the year for 2015 – it describes a symbol, often a smiley yellow face that can be attached to e-mails, texts and the like.
Who is the American female actress and singer of Italian descent who starred in Victorious, Sam & Cat and had the most top 10 singles in the US in 2014, taken from the album “My Everything”
Ariana Grande
What is the name of the brother of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian
Without needing to be too specific, how did Rebecca Black achieve youtube notoriety in 2011?
She uploaded the viral “hit” song Friday – please accept any reference to “very bad song” or similar, the more abusive the better.
Supp1.  What was the name of the American singer who hit number one with the Body Positive (unless you happen to be very slim, at least)  single “All about the base” in 2014
Meghan Trainor
Supp2. Which heartthrob actor (born 1978), divorced Demi Moore (born 1962) and subsequently married Mila Kunis (born 1982)
Ashton Kutcher

PPE – In honour of the degree taken by David Cameron amongst many other movers and shakers, identify the Philosopher, Political Theorist or Economist (and, yes, the fields do overlap) from the following details.
1712-1798. Swiss philosopher, more associated with France.  Wrote the Social Contract.  Famously stated that “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains”.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (also stated Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.)
1912-2006. American Economist, intellectual darling of Thatcher and Reagan.  Wrote “Capitalism and Freedom”.  Famously stated that “There's no such thing as a free lunch.”

Milton Friedman (also stated that If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand.)
1818-1883. German Philosopher, Economist and Political Theorist.  Author of “The German Ideology”.  Stated “Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.”
Karl Marx (also stated that The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.)
Approx 470BC-399BC.  Greek Philosopher.  Inspired “The Dialogues” written by other Philosophers.  Stated that “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”
Socrates (also stated that “By all means marry: if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher”).
1469-1527. Italian Political Theorist.  Wrote “The Prince” and stated that “It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both”.
1724-1804. German Philosopher, wrote the “Critique of Pure Reason”.  Stated that “Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law”, otherwise known as the Categorical Imperative.

Immanuel Kant (also stated that From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned.)
1883-1946 English Economist. Wrote “The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money”.  Famously stated that “in the long run, we are all dead” 
John Maynard Keynes.  Also described Education as the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.
1906-1975 Jewish-American (token?) female philosopher born in Germany. Wrote “Eichmann in Jerusalem.  A report on the Banality of Evil”.  Stated that “The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.”
Hannah Arendt.  Also stated that Few girls are as well shaped as a good horse.

1723-1790 – Scottish Philosopher and Economist.  Wrote “The Wealth of Nations”.  Stated that “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest”.
Adam Smith.  Also stated that “Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.”
1788-1860. German Philosopher.  Wrote “on the Suffering of the World”.  Stated that Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
Arthur Schopenhauer Also stated that “The pain in the world always outweighs the pleasure. If you don't believe it, compare the respective feelings of two animals, one of which is eating the other.”

HISTORY – Culture does history.  Which historical event/figure is depicted by the following pieces of art and literature?
Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge was set against the backdrop of which 1780 events?
Gordon Riots (accept reference to anti-Catholic riots/protests)
In Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children”, what event did “midnight” herald?
The independence of India (also accept partition of India/Pakistan and independence of Pakistan)
The National Gallery contains Paul Delaroche’s painting of the 1553 execution of which teenage woman?
Lady Jane Grey
Scenes from which conflict is represented in Picasso’s Guernica?
Spanish Civil War
Who was the author of “The Rhythm of Time” amongst other poems, written during his imprisonment in HMP Maze between 1976 and 1981?
Bobby Sands
“Drummer Hodge”, written by Thomas Hardy, was a fictitious victim of which War?
Boer War
What is the name of the Czech Priest burned at the stake for heresy, to whom a monument stands in Prague’s Old Town Square?
Jan Hus
The last non-religious statue to be the tallest in the world, “The Motherland Calls” commemorates which battle of 1942-43?
SUPP1: Primo Levi wrote “If This is a Man” about his experiences as a prisoner in which place?
SUPP2 What was the name of the historically significant aircraft that provided Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark with a 1980s hit title.
Enola Gay

SPORT – Name that Team (past and present).  Identify the team from the badge, colours or both.  The place that the team is from will be accepted without needing the full correct name.  eg: “Partick” would be OK, no need for the “Thistle”.
Bradford Bulls (Rugby League)
Nottinghamshire Outlaws (Cricket)

Chelsea (retro football)
Leicester Tigers (Rugby Union)

Benetton (F1)

Green Bay Packers (American Football)

7 the owner or the stable is acceptable.
Godolphin/Sheikh Mohammed (al-Maktoum)

Orlando Magic (Basketball)

Doncaster Belles (Football)
Team Sky (Cycling)
Which county cricket team has a badge featuring three black pears?
Which Italian football team has a badge featuring two twin babies and a wolf?
AS Roma


1.    Which US state is named on the label of a Jack Daniels bottle? Tennessee
2.    A phlebotomist extracts what from the human body? Blood
3.    What is the female equivalent of polygyny? Polyandry (a woman with more than one husband - Polygamy refers to male or female)
4.    Granadilla is another name for which fruit? Passion-fruit
5.    Nariyal is the Indian term for which nut? Coconut
6.    Who was president of Vietnam from 1945-69? Ho Chi Min
7.    In which county of the UK is Bramber Castle? West Sussex
8.    What type of animal was inside Sputnik 2 when launched into orbit in 1957? Dog (called Laika - no, sadly she never made it back…)
9.    Who was the eldest of the Marx Brothers? Chico (real name Leonard Marx)
10. What type of creature is a dugite? Snake
11. What are the first names of English novelist G K Chesterton? Gilbert Keith (1874-1936)
12. In computing what does DMA normally stand for? Direct Memory Access
13. Who painted The Water Lily Pool? Claude Monet
14. Which vitamin is also known as pantothenic acid? B5
15. Couples celebrating their crystal wedding anniversary have been married for how many years? 15 (fifteen)
16. The song Luck be a Lady features in which musical? Guys and Dolls
17. What type of animal is a Kolinsky? Weasel
18. Who wrote the book Catch-22? Joseph Heller
19. Kodiak Island is in which US state? Alaska
20. In the human body what is the hallux? Big toe
21. In which year did Henry VIII become King of England? 1509
22. The 1999 film Tea with Mussolini is based on whose autobiography? Franco Zeffirelli
23. Port Said is in which North African country? Egypt
24. In which year were premium bonds first issued in Britain? 1956
25. Who designed the Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover? Peter Blake
26. Madame de Pompadour was the mistress of which French King? Louis XV (fifteenth)
27. What is the name of Moe's pet cat in the cartoon show The Simpsons? Mr Snookums
28. Which country is known as the Pearl of Africa? Uganda (supposedly coined by Winston Churchill.)
29. 'The Red Vineyards Near Arles' is the only compositional work sold in his lifetime by which artist? Van Gogh
30. The never-used internet top-level domain '.dd' was for which nation? East Germany (Deutsche Demokratische Republik)
31. The rotator cuff is a tough sheath of tendons and ligaments which supports which human joint? Shoulder
32. The 'latte' in the coffee drink means what in original Italian? Milk
33. ZrO2 is the formula for what diamond substitute? Zirconia
34. The 600th anniversary of what battle was on St Crispin's Day, 25 Oct 2015? Agincourt
35. What dramatically fictionalised king actually ruled the Scots between1040-1057? Macbeth
36. What popular 20thC movie franchise predicted life and technology at 21 Oct 2015? Back to the Future
37. What famous French endurance motor racing track/city is named after the early inhabiting Cenomani Celtic people? Le Mans
38. A term for a dark shape against a brighter background is named after 18th century French author/politician Etienne de (Who?)? Silhouette (nobody knows why exactly)
39. What word for sadness referred historically to human black bile in the ancient medical theory of the Four Humours? Melancholy (or Melancholia)
40. The Han ethnic people constitute 90% of which mainland country? China
41. What word features in stonemasonry, cabinet-making and carpentry; and strategies to combat stress? Coping
42. In chemistry what element is always present in an amalgam? Mercury
43. Willy Loman is the lead character in what Arthur Miller play? 'Death of a Salesman
44. Named after its town of origin, Marsala fortified wine originated on which island? Sicily
45. What is a kick, a cut, a horse, and uninspiring journalist? Hack
46. What was the first name of the Kray twins' mother? Violet
47. Which bell is synonymous with the name of Lloyd’s of London? Lutine
48. What board game name comes from the Latin, 'I play'? Ludo
49. The chonmage is a traditional haircut worn by men in which country? Japan
50. Who did Liverpool beat to win the Champions League in Istanbul in 2005? AC Milan (accept Milan but not Inter Milan)
51. What is the capital of Liechtenstein? Vaduz
52. What is the capital of Belarus? Minsk
53. Which company was founded in Birmingham in 1892 by Frederick Rushbrooke? Halfords
54. Which England cricketer recently scored the fastest 250 in test cricket? Ben Stokes
55. With which conservative cabinet minister was Antonia da Sancha scandalously linked in 1992? David Mellor
56. What is the highest mountain is Europe? Mount Elbrus (in Russia)
57. What was David Bowie’s birth surname? Jones (David Robert Jones)
58. Who wrote the novel ‘On the Road’, first published in 1957? Jack Kerouac
59. The phrase ‘Brave New World’ comes from which Shakespeare play? The Tempest
60. What is the chemical symbol for the element antimony? Sb
61. What was the first Stephen King book to be turned into a film? Carrie
62. What nationality was the spy Mata Hari? Dutch
63. Who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who had been charged with the assassination of President J F Kennedy? Jack Ruby
64. In which year was VAT introduced in the UK?  1973 (the year Britain joined the EEC)
65. Bauxite is the main source of which metal? Aluminium
66. The play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is mainly set in which Italian city? Verona
67. Andrew Marr is the former editor of which newspaper? The Independent
68. Bacchus was the Roman god of what? Wine
69. What colour is the Welsh word 'coch'? Red
70. Andy Millman is the main character in which British sitcom? Extras
71. In which country is the worlds largest Coca Cola bottling plant? China
72.  When founding the state colony, Two groups were specifically banned from settling in Georgia. Lawyers were one, what was the other? Roman Catholics (for fear of allying themselves with The neighbouring Spanish Colony of Florida)
73. In which country is the world’s largest Coca Cola bottling plant? China
74. Why was Savannah spared from being burnt to the ground during Sherman's March to the Sea? Abraham Lincoln accepted it as a Christmas gift from General Sherman
75. In which US State is the Liberty Bell hung? Pennsylvania
76. Which company owns Bentley Motors? Volkswagen AG (Audi Group)
77. Which company owns Jaguar Land Rover? Tata Motors
78. Who was the drummer of the group Police? Stewart Copeland (son of CIA officer Miles Copeland
79. Name Pink Floyd's drummer. Nick Mason
80. Thunderclap was the code name given to the Allied Bombing of which German city? Berlin
81. Operation Husky was the code name given to which allied invasion of ww2? Sicily
82. The Engaged Couples was the original name of which 70s pop group? ABBA
83. The British Group "the Drifters" became highly successful under which name? The Shadows.
84. Who said Claret is for boys, port for men and brandy for heroes? Dr Johnson
85. Franz Liszt was the father-in-law of which composer? Richard Wagner
86. At which school did Mr. Chips teach Latin? Brookfield
87. Captain Arthur J M Hastings was which fictional detective's companion and chronicler? Hercules Poirot
88. What was the name of the detective chief inspector who appeared in many of Poirot's cases? Japp
89. Shawn Carter is better known as whom? Jay-Z (Zee)
90. Who spoke the only line in Mel Brookes 1976 film Silent Movie? Marcel Marceau
91. What is the distinctive ingredient of a Sambar in South Asian cookery? Lentils
92. At which 1066 battle did Harold II defeat Harald Hadrada’s Norwegian invaders? Stamford Bridge
93. If you selected Polpo as a main course in an Italian restaurant, what would you receive? Octopus
94. Which city of mainland South America hosted 30 Test Matches between 1930 and 2005? Georgetown (Guyana)
95. Americans who found themselves eating Jack Rabbits and Armadillos during the Great Depression gave them which alliterative two-word nickname in reference to the then President and the meat that they were substituting for? Hoover Hog
96. Dying in 2015, which Chancellor of the Exchequer made a memorable appearance on the Morecambe and Wise Show? Denis Healey
97. What was the first name of the unusually competent American waitress in Fawlty Towers? Polly
98. Taking its name from a popular children’s story, what name is used to describe an area surrounding a star that has suitable conditions to support liquid water? The Goldilocks Zone
99. For which 1994 film did Robert Zemeckis win a Directing Oscar? Forrest Gump
100.  In which West Yorkshire town was Last of the Summer Wine set? Holmfirth
101.  Grover Cleveland is the only US president to serve two non-consecutive terms.  Who served the term in between his two presidencies (1889-1893)? Harrison (Benjamin)
102.  In which European country does most of the population write in Bokmal script? Norway
103.  Who won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize did Alice Walker win a Pulitzer Prize? The Colour Purple
104.  The people of which English town are nicknamed “Monkeyhangers”? Hartlepool


Anonymous Glyn said...

Don't most Norwegians write in the "Latin script" like most West Europeans?

10:15 AM  
Anonymous AAD said...

I guess I should have used "written standard", but Norwegian certainly does deviate from standard Latin script in a few ways (eg the letter "o" with a slash through it).

The idea of getting as far as the supps before feeling obliged to offer a challenge is better than I hoped for....

12:54 PM  
Blogger Stuart Orford said...

I'm getting deja vu with questions 71 and 73? Also, it's nice to see antimony turn up for the third time this season, I look forward to seeing it again in another couple of weeks...

5:12 PM  

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