Wednesday, March 02, 2016

1st March–The Questions



Set by the Kings Head

Vetted by the Park Tavern and the Waters Green Lemmings

Blue is the Colour


Rockin’ With Steve

Can I Tempt You


Arts and Entertainment





All the questions contain the colour blue.

1. Which football club had a UK number 5 hit single in 1972 with ‘Blue Is The Colour? Chelsea

2. The Blue Mosque is in which city?


3. In which Australian state are the Blue Mountains? New South Wales

4. ‘Blue Moon’ is traditionally sung by which Premiership football team’s supporters

Manchester City

5. The Blue House is the official residence of which Asian country’s President?

South Korea

6. Which African country, which has the longest coastline on mainland Africa, has a flag which is blue with a central 5 pointed white star?


7. The blue period is a term used to define the works produced by which artist from 1901 to 1904?

Pablo Picasso

8. Who wrote the screenplay and directed the 1986 film ‘Blue Velvet’?

David Lynch


S1. Which small Pacific island country, well loved on Pointless, has a flag which is light blue with a central yellow disc?


S2. The title song of the film ‘Soldier Blue’ which was a top 10 UK hit in 1971, was written and sung by which female singer?

Buffy Sainte-Marie

R2. Geography (Around the British Isles)

1. Which National Trail runs 95 miles from Milngavie to Fort William?

West Highland Way

2. Which inlet of the Irish Sea separates Cumbria from Dumfries & Galloway?

Solway Firth

3. The Orkney Islands are separated from the mainland by which body of water?

Pentland Firth

4. Caernarvon is the administrative centre for which Welsh county/unitary authority?


5. Of the traditional English counties, which is first alphabetically?

Bedfordshire (Avon was abolished in 1996 as a county)

6. Which is the most southerly of the UK’s National parks?


7. In which Irish county is Malin Head, the most northerly point of the Irish mainland?


8. Which National Trail runs 110 miles from Helmsley to Filey?

Cleveland Way


1. What is the capital of the island of Mull?


2. Which is the largest island in the Firth of Clydest?


R3. Rockin’ With Steve

Identify the following pop/rock musicians. All have Steve or a derivative as their first name. Note: no teeny-bopper or boy bands were affected in the development of this round.)

1. Vocalist and guitarist of 60’s band, The Small Faces, he went on to form Humble Pie?

Steve Marriott

2. Vocalist and guitarist with 70’s band, cockney Rebel?

Steve Harley

3. Guitarist with progressive band, Yes?

Steve Howe

4. Vocalist with US band, Aerosmith?

Steve Tyler

5. US singer/songwriter, albums include, “Talking Book” and “Inner visions”?

Stevie Wonder

6. Vocals and keyboards with Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith?

Stevie Winwood

7. A member of US Band Buffalo Springfield he then teamed up with former members of

the Byrds and the Hollies to form one of the first super-groups?

Stephen Stills

8. Vocalist and guitarist of US west coast band. Albums include, “The Joker” and “Fly Like

An Eagle?

Steve Miller (Band) – note he’s not the former Labour leader’s brother!)


S1. Guitarist with 70’s punk rockers, The Sex Pistols?

Steve Jones

S2. Marc Bolan’s original partner in Tyrannosaurus Rex?

Steve Peregrine-Took

R4. Can I Tempt you?

(You will be given an advertising slogan, some current, some old. Just name the product or company.)

1. Afore ye go

Bell’ scotch whisky

2. Cuts cleaning time in half


3. Don't you just love being in control.

British Gas

4. Because You’re worth it


5. Where do you want to go today?


6. I liked it so much I bought the company.

7. Central heating for kids


8. Simples.

Compare the Market (.com)


S1. Looks good, tastes good, and by golly it does you good.


S2. Liquid engineering.


R5. History

1. How is the Great Rising of 1381 better known?

The Peasants’ Revolt

2. Who was the Wife of Henry II?

Eleanor of Aquitaine

3. Who is credited with inventing the Spinning Jenny?

James Hargreaves

4. Which mountain was first climbed by Edward Whymper in 1865?

The Matterhorn

5. Who succeeded Herbert Hoover as US President in 1933?

Franklin D Roosevelt

6. Who became known as “The Railway King” in 1844?

George Hudson

7. Which Roman Emperor ordered St. Peter’s crucifixion in AD 64?


8. What was the name of the Greenpeace ship sunk in New Zealand in 1985?

Rainbow Warrior


S1. What was the first commodity to be rationed  in the UK during World War II?


S2. Who led the army that defeated the Crusaders at the Battle of Hattin in 1187?


R6. Arts & Entertainment

1. In the Christmas 2015 Doctor Who Special, who played the character River Song?

Alex Kingston

2. What title did Mark Stinchcombe win in 2015?

Masterchef the Professionals 2015

3. Who composed Finlandia?

Jean Sibelius

4. In December 2015, “Star Wars - The Force Awakens” took the record for highest box office takings on its opening day, but which film had held the record since 2011?

Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Part 2 - Accept the last Harry Potter Film. (Star Wars took over $119m on the first day whilst Harry Potter took over $91m)

5. Which author’s books include Mayday, Sahara and Vixen 03?

Clive Cussler

6. Which author’s books include Rat Race, Reflex and Proof?

Dick Francis

7. Which prolific actor did Sophie Hunter marry in 2015, breaking many hearts in the process?

Benedict Cumberbatch

8. Who will play Batman in the upcoming film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

Ben Affleck


S1. Dying just before the end of 2015, how was musician Ian Fraser Kilmister better known?

Lemmy (from Motorhead)

S2. Who wrote “A House for Mr Biswas"?

VS Naipaul


1. Which alloy contains between 85% and 99% tin with the remainder copper, antimony, bismuth and sometimes lead or silver?


2. Which is the largest joint in the human body?


3. When measuring eyesight, what does 20 represent in the term 20/20 vision?

Feet (When testing someone’s vision, 20/20 means that the test subject sees on a chart at 20 feet what a normal person also sees at 20 feet)

4. What was the name of the dog that became the 1st animal to orbit the earth in 1957?


5. The illness pertussis is known by which more common name?   Whooping Cough

6. What is the more common name for Triatomic Oxygen?


7. Which gas is produced by adding water to calcium carbide?  


8. What is the unit of measurement for the brightness of stars?  



S1 During which illness does a leathery membrane develop in the throat?


S2. Which family has won the most Nobel prizes (5)

The Curies (Marie shared the Physics prize with her husband Pierre in 1903,then won the Chemistry prize in 1911 and their daughter won the Chemistry prize with her husband in 1935)

R8. Sport

1. In darts, what is the lowest score that cannot be scored with a single dart?


2. What is the name of the strip 14m long and between 1.5m and 2m wide which is the area used in Fencing?


3. In horse racing, the Grand National, and which other handicap, make up the Spring Double’?

The Lincoln

4. Who did boxer Frank Bruno beat to become WBC world heavyweight champion In 1995?

Oliver McCall

5. Which sport is contested by the Lakeside Hammers?


6. Tracey Neville, sister of former footballers Gary and Phil, is coach of the England team in which sport?


7. Who is the only England footballer to have scored in the final stages of three consecutive world Cup tournaments?

David Beckham (1998, 2002, 2006)

8. Since the 1952 games, over what distance are all Olympic rowing races?

2000 meters (2k)


S1. The biggest margin win in the World professional Snooker final was 18-3 when Steve Davis beat whom in 1989?

John Parrott

S2. The multi-purpose ‘Rungrado 1st May Stadium’, which seats 150,000 is the world’s largest. In which country is it?

North Korea (Pyongyang)


Set by the Park Tavern and vetted by the Nags Head and the Waters Green Lemmings


1 Which poet was described as "Mad, bad and dangerous to know"?
Lord Byron
2 As of 24th February who is ranked as the number 1 test bowler in world cricket?
Stuart Broad
3 What is the opposite of Oriental?
4 In which sport can you score a waza-ari, ippon and yuko?
5 Commonly seen on signs in Wales, what does the Welsh word 'Croeso' mean?
6 W hich inedible citrus fruit, grows in Italy and is used in Earl Grey tea and eau de Cologne?
Bergamot (orange)

7 Which new presenter of 'Top Gear' is nicknamed 'Queen of the Nurburgring'?
Sabine Schmitz

8 What is the title of the 2001 film in which Russell Crowe plays mathematician John Nash?
A Beautiful Mind
9 There are 5 teams in this seasons Premiership with 'City' in their name. Manchester, Leicester and Stoke are three, name either of the other two
Norwich or Swansea

10 Llyn is the Welsh word for what geographical feature?
11 The inert gas which is substituted for nitrogen in the air used by deep sea divers for breathing, is what?
12 (As of 24th Feb) Gary Neville manages which Spanish Football Club?

13 Which novelist is going to appear on the new £10 note in 2017?
Jane Austen

14 What was Henry VIII's surname.

15 Pineapple, Armandinho and Fluke are all types of which musical instrument?
16 Mount Aconcagua is in which South American country?

17 In which town is the University of Surrey located?

18 Which company owns the Airfix, Corgi and Scalextric brands?

19What girl's name can be found in the titles of a top 10 hit for David Bowie in 1972 and a number one for Michael Jackson in 1983?
Jean (The Jean Genie and Billie Jean)

20 Who plays Captain Mainwaring in the 2016 Dads Army film?
Toby Jones

21 What is the name of the medal known internationally as the animals Victoria Cross?
The (PDSA) Dickin Medal

22 What is the maximum possible score in a single game of ten pin bowling?
23 Which US television fantasy drama series is set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros?
Game of Thrones

24 Over the centuries, The Knights of St John have had major settlements on 3 Mediterranean islands. Name one?
Cyprus, Rhodes or Malta

25 What was the Roman name for York?

26 If dyslexia is a learning difficulty with reading, writing and spelling, what is the equivalent for arithmetic and numbers?

27 From which Disney film does the song with the following lyric appear: 'I can show you the world, Shining, shimmering, splendid, Tell me, princess, now when did you last let your heart decide?'
Aladdin (A whole new world)

28 Which daily newspaper announced last month that it will end print production on 26th March 2016?
The Independent

29 Who is the caretaker manager of Chelsea?
Guus Hiddink

30 What type of pasta translates into English as "little tongues"?
31 What is the Bessemer process used to make?

32 Which UK king had the longest reign?
George III (59 years and 96 days)

33 Which artist is associated with Giverny near Paris?
Claude Monet

34 Suva is the capital of which South Pacific island?
35 Which sitting Member of Parliament is grandson of Winston Churchill?
Nicholas Soames

36 Actor and BBC Radio 1 presenter Ceallach Spellman is to join the cast of which ITV drama (sometimes dubbed the UK friends), which is returning after 13 years?
Cold Feet

37 What is the igneous rock seen in hexagonal columns at the Giant’s Causeway and Fingal’s Cave?

38 The Becquerel, Gray and Sievert, are SI units of measurement for different elements of what basic property?
Radioactivity (Becquerel for radioactivity given off, Gray for radioactivity absoirbed by a person and Sievert for the biological risk of exposure to radiation)

39 What name is given to the sparkling wines that can be made in the regions of Alsace, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Jura, Limoux and Loire?

40 In many billions of years time the Sun will swell to become a Red Giant before finally ending its days as what sort of star?
White Dwarf

41 Which radio and TV presenter and writer was the Conservative MP for West Derbyshire between 1979 and 1986?
Matthew Parris
42 Name the Channel 4 reality TV show, seemingly acting as a front to rid the world of minor celebrities and ex sports stars, through the use of various winter sports.
The Jump

43 Which word for a celebration derives from the latin for "put away the flesh"?
Carnival (Carn=flesh/meat, levare=put away/remove)
44 For 500 years Acts of Parliamenthave been printed and stored on what material?
Vellum (a type of animal skin, not paper, accept parchment)

45 Of which British tribe was Boudicca queen?

46 What was Ethiopia formerly known as?

47 E=mc2 is the equation which describes which 1905 scientific theory?
Special Relativity (do not accept general relativity or even just relativity)

48 In the periodic table, which metal has the lowest atomic number of any metal?

49  In Bridge, a Yarborough is a hand containing no card higher than what value?

50 What was disestablished as the state religion of Japan after WWII?

51 Which tyre company makes all the tyres for F1?

52 Name one of Donald Trump's rivals for the Republican Party Nomination (Not withdrawn before 20th Feb)?
Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kaisch, Marco Rubio

53 What river forms most of the border between Devon and Cornwall?

54 Which is the largest Mediterranean island by area?
Sicily (25,460 sq km)

55 In which sport does Peyton Manning excel?
American Football (Quarter Back Denver Broncos)

56 American Janet Yellen holds which major financial post?
Chair of the Federal Reserve

57 Having just become the highest paid Boss in the US with a share award of $199m (greater than its controversial UK tax settlement!), Sundar Pichai is the head of which company?

58 In Treasure Island, who is the Captain of the Hispaniola?
Captain Smollett

59 What did a group of four Scottish students remove from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day 1950?
The Stone of Scone

60 The battle of Mount Tumbledown was a conflict of which war?
Falklands War

61 Gin, Lemon Juice, Sugar and Soda make what cocktail"?
Tom Collins

62 Two Musicians who lived at 23 and 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, albeit 240 years apart, are being celebrated by a joint Museum in the adjoining properties. Can you name either?
Jimi Hendrix or Handel

63 Dave Brailsford is a successful British coach in which sport?

64 If you swim due west from Malta, in which African country would you reach land?

65 Beta radiation involves the emission of which particle from an atom?

66 Which fifth-century barbarian leader was nicknamed “the scourge of God”?
Atilla the Hun

67 In the radio jingle "Moira and Lynn, Vassos and him", who is "him"?
Chris Evans

68 Located in the Indian Ocean, name one of the Mascarene Islands.
Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues

69 What acid accumulates in the muscles once the anaerobic threshold is passed when doing exercise?
Lactic acid

70 Who is known as the Sage of Omaha?
Warren Buffet

71 Gerardus Mercator is best known for his work in which field?
Cartography (accept maps/geography)

72 What Nestle manufactured ice lolly shares its name with International Rescue's radio acknowledgement?

73 What part of the brain regulates physiological stability in the body?

74 What part of Manhattan is named after a Dutch city famous for its bulb trade?
Harlem (after Haarlem)

75 What Japanese logic puzzle translates literally into English as "addition cross', but was also named "cross sums" or "cross addition"?

76 Which Roman Emperor invaded Britain in AD43?

77 At Lords cricket ground what is the end named opposite the Nursery End?
Pavilion End

78 How is the childhood illness varicella better known?

79 In which country is RAF Al Udeid, hosting RAF No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group headquarters in the Middle East?

80 In the nursery rhyme 'Jack and Jill' name either of the items Jack goes to bed with to mend his head?
Vinegar and Brown Paper.

81 Who is the new Captain of the England Rugby Union team under coach Eddie Jones?
Dylan Hartley

82 Which animal is the US republican emblem?

83 What is the device that blends air and fuel for an internal combustion engine called?
carburettor (accept fuel injector system)

84 Who owns Macclesfield Forest?
United Utilities

85 In which Century is Star Trek set?
23rd Century

86 Which US political movement takes its name from an event in December 1773?
Tea Party

87 Hilda Gaddum is Mayor of East Cheshire, who is the Mayor of Macclesfield?
Liz Durham

88 How many grand slam tournaments has Andy Murray won?
2 (US Open 2012, Wimbledon 2013)

89 What is created when the loop of a meander of a river is cut off and the river diverted on a different course?
An oxbow lake

90 Which sports shoe manufacturer gets its name from a Latin phrase which translates to "sound mind in a sound body" ?
ASICS (anima sana in corpore sano)

What 35 mile footpath runs from Disley to Kidsgrove?
The Gritstone Trail

92 Einstein predicted their existence, many years ago, but scientists have recently proved which phenomenon actually exists?
Gravitational waves

93 In which year did the Falklands War take place

94 Who painted his grandson in the famous work, Bubbles?
Sir John Everett Millais

95  Which politician faked his own death and fled to Australia in 1974?
John Stonehouse

96 In the Crimean War, Roger Fenton was the first person to be accredited in what capacity?
War Photographer

97 Where in the human body is the carpal tunnel?
The wrist

98 Which newspaper launched in 2010, became the first new daily national newspaper since the 1980s?
The i

99 Which airline uses the IATA flight code FR?

100 Which Roman emporer succeeded Claudius in AD54?

101 Spain won a gold medal playing the Basque 'national' sport at the 1900 Olympic games in Paris, beating France. Which event?
Basque Pelota (accept Pelota)

102 The following are all members of a bronze medal winning team at the 1904 Olympic games in St. Louis. Which sport might it be ?  Spotted Tail, Lightfoot, Red Jacket, Rain in Face, Man Afraid Soap, Blackhawk, Black Eagle, Almighty Voice, Flat Iron, Halfmoon and Snake Eater. clue, it's no longer olympic


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