Friday, April 29, 2016

Cup Final 26 April 2016

 

All questions supplied by the teams themselves...

…but not the Dolphin or the Church House Bollington!

Assembled by:

Mark Watson, Haydn Thompson and Alice Walker (Ox-fford / Ox-fford 'C')

1

Which major Italian poet of the late Middle Ages was profoundly inspired as a nine-year-old by the beauty of an eight- year-old girl in thirteenth century Florence?

Dante

(Dante Alighieri inspired by Beatrice, c. 1274)

2

What was "unbearable" in the title of a Czech novel that was originally published in 1984 in a French translation?

The lightness of being (The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera)

3

What writing material is traditionally credited to Eumenes II, the King of Pergamum, and derives its name from his kingdom?

Parchment

(Pergamena in Latin)

4

Which bridge links a major city in the USA to neighbouring Marin County?

Golden Gate Bridge (linking San Francisco and Marin County)

5

Who began a new literary project on the first day of 1660, after having the remains of a turkey for breakfast?

Samuel Pepys

(as described in the very first entry in his diary)

6

Which BAFTA Fellow provides the "voice over" commentary at the beginning and end of the BBC series Call the Midwife ?

Vanessa Redgrave

7

Which band released the 1992 album Automatic for the People ?

R.E.M.

8

What name is given to scrollwork, engravings or carvings done in the bone of marine mammals, most commonly the bones and teeth of whales?

Scrimshaw

9

Who is the current Chair of the Federal Reserve System in the U.S.A?

Janet Yellen

10

Give either of the real first names of the adventurer and broadcaster Bear Grylls

Edward or Michael

11

Which past president of the Royal Institute of British Architects lived at 222 Black Road, Macclesfield in 1971?

Rod Hackney

12

Which place in Palestine is widely regarded as being the oldest walled town in the world?

Jericho

(which dates from around 9000 BC)

13

What name was given to the slender, vertical, cigar-shaped steel structure beside the Thames in London, built in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, which appeared to float above the ground?

Skylon

14

Which Renaissance mathematician and astronomer formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its centre?

Nicolaus Copernicus

15

Comedian Chris Sievey, who died in 2010, was best-known for creating which character, an aspiring singer-songwriter from Timperley, South Manchester?

Frank Sidebottom

16

What does the 'V' stand for in the letters ABV, when used to describe beer?

Volume

17

Which yellow and brown metal is an alloy consisting principally of copper and zinc?

Brass

18

In the U.K., what type of licence was introduced in 1796 and abolished in 1988?

Dog Licence

19

Which 17th century French playwright wrote 'Tartuffe' and 'School for Wives'?

Molière

(Jean-Baptiste Poquelin)

20

What's the only country whose national flag is not quadrilateral?

Nepal

21

Which country borders the Black Sea to the east, Romania to the north, and Greece to the south?

Bulgaria

22

Who was succeeded in 2009 by Professor Michael Green, as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University?

Stephen Hawking

23

Who was the second president of the U.S.A?

John Adams

24

Which Russian physiologist is best known for conditioning dogs to salivate upon hearing a bell?

Ivan Pavlov

25

What makes Pink Gin pink?

Angostura Bitters

26

Best known for producing the Whitehall Farces, who became chairman of Mencap in 1988?

Brian Rix

27

Which nebula, in the constellation of Taurus, originated in the explosion of a supernova observed in the eleventh century by the Chinese?

The Crab Nebula (so called because it looks a bit like a crab)

28

For which capital city was Oscar Niemeyer appointed Chief Architect in 1956?

Brasilia

29

What name was given to the circle of oak posts discovered at low tide in Norfolk in 1998?

Seahenge

(dating from around 2000 BC and gradually revealed by coastal erosion)

30

Which retailing company, which now has nearly 400 UK stores, was founded in 1969 in Southampton by Richard Block and his brother-in-law?

B&Q

31

Which English restaurant critic, television cook and writer was born Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey?

Fanny Craddock

32

Who is the current Director-General of the BBC?

Tony Hall

33

The Osier, whose shoots can be woven into baskets, is a species of which tree?

Willow

34

Who recorded the 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home ?

Bob Dylan

35

Who played the title role in the ITV series Sharpe ?

Sean Bean

36

Who was presented to Kublai Khan in Xanadu in 1275 and later claimed, in his own account, to have made a very good impression?

Marco Polo

37

Which circuit, near Weybridge in Surrey, opened in 1907 as the world's first custom-built motor-racing track?

Brooklands

38

What did the French physician René Laennec invent in 1816?

The stethoscope (he wanted to avoid the embarrassment of pressing his ear against the bodies of female patients)

39

What was "pursued" in the title of the semi-autobiographical novel that was Nancy Mitford's first success in 1945?

Love (The Pursuit of Love)

40

Name one of the two English poets who went to live in Florence after marrying secretly in 1846.

Robert Browning or

Elizabeth Barrett

41

In which fractious British colony did Bishop Abel Muzorewa win the first multicultural election in 1979?

Rhodesia (also accept Southern Rhodesia or Zimbabwe)

42

Who was the first cricketer to be knighted whilst still playing at international level?

Sir Richard Hadlee

43

From what company's plant did toxic gas escape in Bhopal, India in 1984, with devastating results?

Union Carbide

44

The famous navigator Vasco da Gama is buried in which Portuguese City?

Lisbon

45

In which town did Robert E. Lee surrender to Ulysees S. Grant, thus ending the American Civil War in 1865?

Appomattox, Virginia

(in the Court House)

46

Let It Bleed, Black and Blue and Beggar's Banquet – are all Rolling Stones albums. They are also books by which British crime writer?

Ian Rankin

47

Who played the leading character 'Richard' in the 1999 film

The Beach ?

Leonardo Di Caprio

48

Usain Bolt currently holds the Men’s 100m World Record, with a time of 9.58 seconds. Whose record did he break in 2008?

Asafa Powell

49

Shakespeare - what is the name of the girl with whom we are told Romeo is infatuated before he falls in love with Capulet's daughter Juliet?

Rosaline

(Act I, scene ii)

50

Which organisation used the slogan "To our members, we're the 4th emergency service"?

The AA

(Automobile Association)

51

What was established as a direct result of horrors seen on the battlefield of Solferino in 1859?

The Red Cross

52

What was stolen by Edward the First, and returned to the scene of the crime exactly 700 years later?

The Stone of Scone

53

Which sportsman was nicknamed The Clones Cyclone ?

Barry McGuigan

54

What name was given to the fortified positions hastily built along the south coast of Britain when Napoleon was gathering a fleet to invade?

Martello towers

55

Which part of the British Isles was known to the Romans as Mona?

Anglesey

56

The alleged murderer Albert deSalvo was better known by which nickname?

The Boston Strangler

57

Which beer did Jack Dee advertise in a series of TV commercials in the 1990s?

John Smiths

58

What's the second largest planet in the Solar System?

Saturn

59

Which famous historical character was killed by a musket ball fired from the French ship Redoubtable ?

Horatio Nelson

60

Which group was fronted by David Lee Roth, until his departure in 1985, before he returned again in 2006?

Van Halen

61

Which insect gave Michael Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers his stage nickname?

Flea

62

In 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam's independence from which European country?

France

63

What is the SI unit of energy?

Joule

64

Which English county is the home of Blue Vinney cheese?

Dorset

65

By what nickname is the serial killer David Berkowitz best known?

Son of Sam (also accept

The .33 Caliber Killer)

66

Which part of the British Isles was known to the Romans as Vectis?

Isle of Wight

67

Which word is used to describe an event in the castle at Prague at the start of the Thirty Years War?

Defenestration

68

Which sportsman was unkindly given the nickname Mrs Doubtfire by American sports fans?

Colin Montgomerie

69

Who is the only British Prime Minister to have moved from opposition to office on four separate occasions?

William Gladstone

70

Which former Italian Prime Minister was abducted and assassinated in 1978 by the Brigate Rosse (or Red Brigades)?

Aldo Moro

71

Which brand of fruit-flavoured sweets uses the advertising slogan "Taste the Rainbow"?

Skittles

72

Shakespeare - what is the name of Katharina's father in The Taming of the Shrew ?

Baptista

("a rich gentleman of Padua")

73

Which former British Army judo champion won Olympic gold in 2004?

Kelly Holmes

74

Which rapper played the part of Huggy Bear in the 2004 movie

Starsky & Hutch ?

Snoop Dogg

75

Who wrote the 1999 novel The Remorseful Day ?

Colin Dexter

76

Which famous fifteenth century battle was fought on Saint Crispin's Day?

Battle of Agincourt (1415)

77

In which ocean is the Republic of Maldives?

Indian Ocean

78

Which pandemic originated in China in the 1340s and reached Europe with devastating effect a few years later?

The Black Death

79

By which football club was Gary Neville sacked in March 2016, after less than four months as its Manager?

Valencia

80

Who was the first President of Cyprus, after it gained independence in 1960?

Archbishop Makarios III

(accept Makarios)

81

Which reality television programme was won this year by Kevin Simm?

The Voice

82

Give a year in the life of the French-born Swiss religious reformer, John Calvin.

1509 - 1564

83

What forename was shared by two of the three men who served as Home Secretary under John Major?

Kenneth (or Ken)

(Baker and Clarke – the other was Michael Howard)

84

In ‘text speak’, what does ‘AYSOS?’ stand for?

Are You Stupid Or Something?

85

Which album by Fairport Convention is named after a popular instant pudding?

Angel Delight

86

A controversial English fast bowler of the 1960's and 70's, the illegitimate son of Lord Eddard Stark and a Channel 4 broadcaster all share what surname (their given names differing only by a letter)?

Jo(h)n Snow

87

From which remote South Atlantic island, a British Overseas Territory, was the whole population evacuated to the UK, following a volcanic eruption in 1961?

Tristan da Cunha

88

Which controversial novel, first published in 1920, featured Gerald Crich, Rupert Birkin, and the sisters Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen?

Women in Love

89

In Greek mythology, which gift from the demi-god Phrixus became the most famous treasure of the land of Colchis?

The Golden Fleece

90

Now used in relation to many conflicts and even sports events, the phrase The Shot Heard Around the World was originally used to refer to the opening salvos of which conflict?

American War of Independence

91

In which musical film did Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin play three US sailors on shore leave?

On the Town

92

Which American landmark was originally intended to feature Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Buffalo Bill, and Oglala Lakota Sioux Chief Red Cloud?

Mount Rushmore

93

“And he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning”, is the final line of which 1960 Pulitzer prize winning novel?

To Kill A Mockingbird

94

What's the surname of the celebrity couple - a former footballer and a former pop singer - who have two children named Charley and Beau?

Redknapp (Jamie - formerly captain of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur - and Louise - formerly of Eternal)

95

Which word was coined by Claude Chappe in the late eighteenth century to describe his new system of hilltop signalling?

Semaphore

(also accept telegraph - he invented both words in 1791)

96

Which people selected a site for their capital city, Tenochtitlan, that has developed into Mexico City?

The Aztecs

97

Which country provided the setting for Roland Joffe's 1984 film

The Killing Fields ?

Cambodia

98

Give the surname of either of the characters played by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the film Grease .

Olsson (Sandy) or Zuko

(Danny)

99

Which fish has the Latin name Tinca Tinca ?

Tench

100

Which popular children's cartoon character was created by Keith Chapman?

Bob the Builder

101

Which fictional schoolboy attended the Neil Armstrong Comprehensive School?

Adrian Mole

102

Which plant has the Latin name Bellis Perennis ?

Daisy

103

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are parents to a son and a daughter. Give the first name of either child.

North (daughter) or Saint

(son)

104

Which film was adapted from a novel by William Peter Blatty and directed by William Friedkin?

The Exorcist

105

On which river was the site that was chosen for the USA's new capital city following independence?

The Potomac

106

Which meat product was developed in the 1930s by the Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota, and gained worldwide popularity during World War II?

Spam

107

Which annual event returned in 2012, twenty years after it was scrapped by the Scout Association for health & safety reasons?

Bob-a-Job Week

108

Which traditional Spanish folk song and dance, widely heard and seen in Mexico during the revolution, has a name that translates into English as ‘the cockroach’?

La Cucaracha

109

Which UK organisation, founded in 1894, has the motto For Ever, For Everyone ?

National Trust

110

Which city was developed from Brigham Young's selection of the site as suitable for settlement?

Salt Lake City

111

Officially called the "People Committed to the Prophet's Teachings for Propagation and Jihad", by what name is this Nigerian Islamist organisation better known?

Boko Haram (this version translates as "Western Education is Forbidden")

112

On which Greek island did the Minoan civilisation arise and flourish?

Crete

113

Which novel, first published in 1899, tells the story of an ivory transporter venturing down the Congo River into deepest Africa, searching for Mr. Kurtz?

Heart of Darkness

114

Which is the second largest American state, by area?

Texas

115

What significant first was achieved by the 19-second video entitled Me at the Zoo , shot in April 2003 and featuring Jawed Karim at San Diego Zoo?

First YouTube video

116

According to 10cc, love is a fire of flaming brandy upon which French dessert?

Crêpe Suzette

117

In ‘text speak’, what does ‘AYTMTB?’ stand for?

And You’re Telling Me This Because?

118

Who was Britain’s first female Foreign Secretary?

Margaret Beckett

(2006-7)

119

Give a year in the life of the English theologian and philosopher, John Wycliffe.

1320 - 1384

120

In which Channel 4 reality TV programme does Fred Sirieix play a prominent role?

First Dates

(he is Maître d' of the restaurant)

 

Supplementary Questions

 

S1

The tune, ‘Westminster Quarters’, played by Big Ben, is possibly based in part on the tune ‘I Know My Redeemer Liveth’; a piece by which composer?

Handel

S2

What creatures can be Silky, Giant, Spiny or Scaly?

Anteater

S3

Which British independent school, founded in 1934, has the motto ‘Plus est en Vous’ (there is more in you)?

Gordonstoun

S4

Which TV programme was described by John Betjeman as “The Pickwick Papers of television”?

Coronation Street

S5

Nicknamed Mr Las Vegas and The Midnight Idol, which entertainer has performed over 35,000 shows in Las Vegas and has the signature tune “Danke Shoen”?

Wayne Newton

S6

Which golf course, overlooking the Firth of Forth, is home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh golfers?

Muirfield

S7

The oil painting, ‘The Young Anthony’, incorrectly attributed to Rubens is actually thought to have been a self-portrait by which of Rubens’ pupils?

Anthony Van Dyck

S8

What female forename is the name given to the furry, sometimes knitted, thick handgrip on a church bell rope?

Sally

S9

In which British city could you watch the Steelers play Ice Hockey and the Sharks play Basketball?

Sheffield

S10

Which then Manchester City footballer said in 2012 “When I score I don’t celebrate. It’s my job. Does a postman celebrate when he delivers a letter”?

Mario Ballotelli

TIEBREAKERS (God forbid…)

 

1. How long in miles is the Trans-Siberian Railway?

2. What is the height in feet of Mount Kilimanjaro?

3. What is length in miles of the River Thames?

4. How many Test Match runs were scored by Sir Garfield Sobers?

5. What is the area in square miles of Wales?

 

Answer

 

1. Trans-Siberian Railway = 5,772 miles

2. Kilimanjaro = 19,330 feet

3. Thames = 215 miles

4. Garry Sobers = 8,032 runs

5. Wales = 8,014 square miles

 

Ask individually or get the teams to add them all together

 

Total = 41,363

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