Wednesday, November 23, 2016

22nd November–Cup/Plate Questions



Set by the Pack Horse Bowling Club and the British Flag

1 Name either of the two main ingredients of Glamorgan sausages?

Cheese or Leeks (it's a veggie sausage)

2 "In the texting acronym AFAIK , for what does the K stand?

" Know (As Far As I Know)

3 Which US boxer was born Joseph Barrow in 1914 ?

Joe Louis

4 Whose real name is/was Richard John Bingham ?

Lord Lucan

5 Which product is advertised with the slogan "Taste The Rainbow" ?


6 Which company uses the advertising slogan "Never Knowingly Undersold" ?

John Lewis

7 Who did the Chicago Cubs beat 4 - 3 to win the baseball world series for the first time in 108 years ?

Cleveland Indians

8 What is the Japanese word for a martial arts training area ?


9 What is a native of Shropshire called ?


10 In 1919 the United Artists Corporation was founded by 4 people: Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks were 3 of the 4 who was the fourth ?

D. W. Griffith

11 Who is the current Transport Secretary ?

Chris Grayling

12 Who is the current Secretary Of State for Justice and also the Lord Chancellor ?

Elizabeth Truss

13 In which city will the 2020 Summer Olympic Games be held ?


14 Which horse trainer is known as the "Queen Of Aintree" ?

Jenny Pitman

15 Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons make up which production dance duo ?

Chemical Brothers

16 Mark King is the lead singer of which band who had their greatest hits in the 1980s and 1990s ?

Level 42

17 What nationality was the spy Mata Hari ?


18 Whose ancestral home is Woburn Abbey ?

Duke Of Bedford

19 Who is the author of the Bridget Jones books ?

Helen Fielding

20 What do either of the initials stand for in the name of the author P.D. James ?

Phyllis or Dorothy

21 Which London Underground Line has the most stations with a total of 60 stations ?

District Line

22 Which Radio 4 programme, created by Norman Collins, celebrated its 70th birthday in October this year ?

Women's Hour

23 The range of the pH scale is from zero to what ?


24 Which English chemist discovered the most elements ?

Sir Humphrey Davy

25 Which famous motor racing event was first held in January 1911 and won by Henri Rougier? The Monte Carlo Rally

26 In which country is the novel "Anne of Green Gables" written by Lucy Maud Montgomery set ? Canada (Prince Edward Island)

27 Who wrote "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief" ?

John Grisham

28 Who provided the voice for the baby in "Look Who's Talking" ?

Bruce Willis

29 In the US what can be identified by the computer system AFIS ?

Fingerprints (Automated Fingerprint Identification System )

30 What is the name of the official Edinburgh residence of the First Minister Of Scotland ?

Bute House

31 "Which African country has Lobamba as it's legislative capital and Mbabane as it's administrative capital ?


32 What was the name of the flamboyant Liverpool hairdresser and charity fundraiser, known as “The King of Bling” who died from cancer in October ?

Herbert Howe

33 Who was the English scriptwriter best known for devising and co-writing with David Croft the BBC sitcoms Dad's Army, It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi-De-Hi and You Rang M'Lord, who died in October ?

James "Jimmy" Perry

34 What mighty hero did Prince Adam turn into by using the Sword of Power at Castle Grayskull ?


35 How many wooden building blocks are there in a game of Jenga ?


36 The cultivation of which crop was banned in France in 1748 because it was thought to cause leprosy?


37 In which European country would you find the Troodos mountain range?


38 Which English city is known as ‘The Faithful City’?


39 "Take Me Home" is a 1995 autobiography by which late US singer ?

John Denver

40 Which actor in his autobiography said `All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl`?

Charlie Chaplin

41 What was the nickname of German swimmer Michael Gross due to his especially long arms that gave him a total span of 2.13 metres?

The Albatross

42 Which sportsman had the nickname "The Great White Shark" ?

Greg Norman

43 Who was the 2015 Time Magazine "Person of the Year" ?

Angela Merkel

44 Which word, meaning "producer of suffering" in Greek, is used to describe anything that can produce disease?


45 Wounded First World War soldier Walter Yeo is believed to have been the first person to have undergone which medical procedure ?

Plastic Surgery

46 What famous last did Josef Jakobs achieve on 15th August 1941 ?

Last person executed at the Tower Of London (shot)

47 What mineral has the lowest number on the Mohs scale?


48 "To which bird family do puffins and guillemots belong?


49 In which war was the Gatling gun first used?

American Civil War (1864 Siege of Petersburg)

50 About which politician did Harold Wilson say “He immatures with age”?

Anthony Wedgewood Benn

51 In terms of area, what is the largest island in Asia?


52 Which desert covers much of Botswana, and parts of Namibia and South Africa?


53 Shakespeare`s `The Tempest`, Milton`s `Paradise Lost` and Pope`s `The Rape Of The Lock` all feature a character with the same name. What is this name?


54 The 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You is based on which Shakespeare play?

Taming of the Shrew

55 Which comedian was the first person in Britain to make a call on a mobile phone?

Ernie Wise (New Year's Day 1985)

56 Which achievement links Arthur Martin-Leake, Noel Chavasse and Charles Upham?

Only people to have been awarded 2 Victoria Crosses

57 Common, Arctic and Sooty are all varieties of which type of bird ?


58 Worcester Black, Arlington Pippin and Bartlett are all varieties of which type of fruit ?


59 If you have dysphagia what do you have difficulty doing ?


60 The Royal Ballet, currently based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, was founded by whom in 1931 ?

Dame Ninette de Valois

61 Which American singer had a hit in 2010 with "Firework" ?

Katy Perry

62 Which American singer had a hit in 1989 with "We didn't start the fire " ?

Billy Joel

63 Which 1968 Carry On film featured the 3rd Foot and Mouth Regiment of soldiers?

Carry on…. up the Kyber

64 Kenneth Williams uttered the words "Infamy ! Infamy ! They've all got it in for me ! in which 1964 Carry On film ?

Carry on Cleo

65 The word for which discipline is derived from the Sanskrit word for ‘to unite’ or ‘to join’?


66 From what are millefiore objects made?


67 "In the texting acronym ROFL what does the L stand for ?

Laughing (Roll On the Floor Laughing)

68 Wild Bill Hickok was killed in 1876 by Jack McCall whilst playing poker. What poker hand was he holding when shot which has led to the expression `dead man`s hand`?

Two Pairs (Aces and Eights)

69 What did Henry Beck famously map out in 1932?

London Underground

70 What two word phrase means the smallest amount of fissile material needed for a sustained nuclear chain reaction?

Critical Mass

71 In to which sea does the River Danube flow?

Black Sea

72 Val Kilmer played a rival pilot to Tom Cruise in which film?

Top Gun

73 Which fruit, also known as a Marmelo, was originally used to make marmalade?


74 What name is given to a colony of nesting penguins?

A rookery

75 How many hoops are used in a game of croquet?


76 The name of which country means 'the heights'?


77 Which 18th century mansion is the country residence of the Princess Royal?

Gatcombe Park

78 What is an animal's pug, apart from its nose?

Its footprint

79 Which of Shakespeare's characters was successful in 'taming the shrew'?


80 What object is placed on the Speaker's table when the House of Commons is in session?

The mace

81 What is grown by a viticulturist?

Grapes / Grapevines

82 Which type of farm livestock can be infected by Newcastle disease?


83 In which English county is the isle of Purbeck?


84 Which designer created the 'Bizarre' range of decorative ceramics?

Clarice Cliff

85 According to the Old Testament, to which ruler did 'the writing on the wall' appear?

King Belshazzar

86 Which US state is featured on the label of a Jack Daniels bottle?


87 For which type of sweet is the French town of Montelimar famous?


88 Which English county has an area known as Holland?


89 Which colour is the artist's pigment gamboge?


90 How many balls are used in a game of pool?

16 (15 plus the white ball)

91 Icarus' is the name of the ill-fated space ship in which popular 1968 science fiction film?

Planet of the Apes

92 The 'supermoon' dazzled the UK last week. It is the closest the moon has been to Earth since which year?

1948 (accept 1947 - 1949)

93 The Oxford Dictionary has recently announced its 'word of the year'. What is the word, which refers to a style of reporting or campaigning that attempts to appeal to emotions rather than convey factual accuracy?


94 Steven Gerrard has recently announced he will leave his US soccer team at the end of this contract? What is the name of the team?

LA Galaxy

95 Which Simon and Garfunkel song is the opening music to the film, 'The Graduate'?

The Sound of Silence

96 Which team did Great Britain beat in the Women's' Hockey Olympic final this year?

The Netherlands (Holland)

97 In which sport was New Zealander, Ivan Mauger (pronounced 'Major') a world champion? Speedway

98 What is the mathematical name for the upper part of a fraction?

The numerator

99 Which American actor, who had roles in Bullitt and the 'Magnificent Seven', along with several popular TV series died recently?

Robert Vaughn

100 What is the more popular name for the calcaneal tendon?


101 What type of clothing was banned by statute in 1746?

Highland dress

102 Which veteran BBC Broadcaster died earlier this month aged 95?

Sir Jimmy Young

103 What is the skin marking, lentigo better known as?


104 Manufacturers have recently controversially changed the size and shape of which iconic chocolate bar?


105 The film, 'Control', was about the life and death of which pop music star?

Ian Curtis (Joy Division)

106 Writer and broadcaster John Wilson is associated with which sport?


107 The first modern Olympic Games was held in Athens - but where was the second?

Paris - in 1900

108 Who was freed by Pontius Pilot in preference to Jesus to appease the crowds?


109 The horizontal rows of squares on a chessboard are called ranks, what are the vertical rows called?


110 Which series of 4 films featured detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh?

The Lethal Weapon series - soon to be a TV series

111 The sardine is a young form of which fish?

The Pilchard

112 From which species of hardwood are snooker cues made?


113 In a telescope, what is the name of the lens nearest the light source, which bends light to a focal point?

The objective lens

114 Which boxer had his ear bitten by Mike Tyson during a title fight?

Evander Holyfield

115 Which Radio 4 comedy series was created by John Culshaw, Alistair McGowan, Simon Lipson and Kate Robbins?

Dead Ringers

116 Yvette Fielding founded which reality TV series based on the paranormal in 2002?

Most Haunted

117 In which year did Margaret Thatcher resign?


118 In which Charles Dickens novel does the infamous headmaster Wackford Squeers appear? Nicholas Nickleby

119 A territorial outpost of which country is immediately north of Poland? Russia - formerly part of Prussia Germany

120 What is the minimum age for players of the National Lottery 16


S1 Which artist was born Doménikos Theotokópoulos in Crete in 1541 and was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance?

El Greco

S2 The world's first travel agency was founded in 1850 by whom ?

Thomas Cook

S3 What is the capital of the former Soviet Republic of Belarus


S4 Which type of transport did John Outram invent in 1876 ?

Tram (Outram)

S5 Which American city embraces the slogan "What Happens Here, Stays Here" ?

Las Vegas

S6 Which actor has appeared as Dr. Who on TV the most times with 178 appearances ?

Tom Baker

S7 Which Impressionist painter painted "The Umbrellas" and "The Bathers" ?

Piere Auguste Renoir

S8 What is the name of the 1679 act that established freedom from arbitary arrest in England ? Habeus Corpus Act

S9 In golf what is a bunker known as in the US ?

Sand Trap

S10 According to Pink Floyd …."We don't need no education, we don't need no ………." ? Thought Control

TIE BREAKER  (God Forbid)

What is the total number of all the pages from the 7 Harry Potter books written by J.K. Rowling ?

· Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone223·

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets251·

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban317·

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire636·

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix766·

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince607·

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows607

Nearest to the total wins!Answer3407

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

15th November–The Questions



All Questions set by the Wharfies and vetted by the Waters Green Phoenix 




We do like to be beside the seaside

Arts and Entertainment


Alliterative Answers

“Who said that”


1. Which is the only state in the USA named after an English county ( New Hampshire )

2. Which country in the world has the longest coastline ? ( Canada )

3. Which English city has a district called St. Pauls ? ( Bristol )

4. The city of Hereford stands on which river ? ( Wye )

5. Rhodes is the largest island in which island group ? ( Dodecanese )

6. Which wine region contains the towns of Barr, Riquewihr and Colmar? ( Alsace )

7. The Tivoli Gardens are a major tourist attraction in which European city ? ( Copenhagen)

8. Which is the largest of the Canary Islands ? ( Tenerife )


1. Which is the most southerly of the Spanish Costas ? ( Costa del Sol )

2. In which city is the tourist attraction The Spanish Steps ? ( Rome )


1. What was the relationship between George III and Queen Victoria? (Grandfather/Granddaughter)

2. Who was the mother of Elizabeth I? (Anne Boleyn)

3. Who was the father Edward VIII? (George V)

4. What was the relationship of james I to Charles I? (Father/Son)

5. Which company manufactured The Mosquito aircraft during World War Two? (De Havilland)

6. Which company manufactured The Stirling bomber during World War Two? (Short Brothers or Short)

7. Opened in 1927, this World War 1 memorial is on the outskirts of the Belgian town of Ypres. What is it called? (Menin Gate)

8. What is the name of the Nazi Concentration camp situated around 3 miles from Auschwitz in Poland? (Birkenau)


1. Which king of England died on the toilet? (George II)

2. Which Welsh town was declared the capital by Owain Glendower in 1404, and is sometimes referred to as the Ancient Capital of Wales? (Machynlleth)


1. In a sporting context, what links the words tour, giro and vuelta? (They are all names given to cycle races - France, Italy and Spain)

2. Heather Knight is the captain of England in which sport? (Women’s Cricket - since June 2016)

3. Manchester United beat which team in the 2016 FA Cup final? (Crystal Palace)

4. In the 2015 Rugby World Cup, South Africa were beaten in their first game by which ‘minor’ nation? (Japan)

5. Who was the losing European captain in the 2016 Ryder Cup? (Darren Clarke)

6. Which F1 Grand Prix is generally held at Spa? (Belgian)

7. Lutalo Mohamed was a silver medallist(narrowly missing out on gold) for the UK at the Rio Olympics in which sport? (Tae Kwon Do)

8. What is the name of the UK no1 womens tennis player? (Johanna Konta)


1. Who was the winning jockey in the 2016 Epsom Derby? (Pat Smullen - on Harzand)

2. Who were Macclesfield Town’s opponents in the FA Cup first round? (Walsall)

WE DO LIKE TO BE BESIDE THE SEASIDE - A round on the Great British seaside and things associated with it.

1. In which English seaside resort will you find the Whalebone Arch ? (Whitby)

2. Which Norfolk seaside town is famous for its crabs ? ( Cromer )

3. The television series “ Doc Martin “ was filmed largely in which Cornish seaside village?

( Port Isaac )

4. The works of the artist Donald McGill are widely available in most English seaside resorts. What form do these works take ? ( Saucy postcards )

5. One end of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast walk is St. Bees in Cumbria. Which seaside village in North Yorkshire is at the other end of the walk ? (Robin Hood’s Bay )

6. What happened for the first time in Blackpool on September 19th 1879? (Illuminations were switched on )

7. Which Cornish seaside village was severely damaged by a flash flood in August 2004? (Boscastle)

8. Why was Charlie Cairolli a famous name in Blackpool between 1939 and 1979 ? (He was the star clown at Blackpool Tower Circus )


1. An early version of which article, found at most British seaside resorts, was

patented and manufactured by John Moore in 1886 in Macclesfield ? ( Deck chair )

2. According to comedian Peter Kay, what do the donkeys at Blackpool get for lunch ?

( Half an hour )


1. In which US state was Elvis Presley born ? ( Mississippi )

2. Whitney Houston, who died in 2012, had an aunt who was also a well-known singer. What’s her name ? ( Dionne Warwick )

3. In the song “ My Favourite Things “ from “ The Sound of Music “, the singer lists some of her favourite things. Which items are third on the list ? (Bright copper kettles )

4. Which musical features the songs “ One Night in Bangkok “ and “ I know him so well “ ? (Chess)

5. How many operas make up Wagner’s Ring Cycle ? ( 4 )

6. What’s the popular name for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major (Pastoral Symphony )

7. Which is the only play by Shakespeare with an animal in the title ? (The Taming of the Shrew )

8. In Shakespeare’s play, who kills Macbeth ? ( Macduff )


1. Jazz musicians Ken Colyer and Dizzy Gillespie are famous for playing which instrument ? ( Trumpet )

2. British folk musician Dave Swarbrick, who died in June of this year, famously played which instrument ? (Fiddle - accept violin )


1. If a creature is described as arboreal, where does it live ? ( In trees )

2. In the wild, what colour are budgerigars ? ( Green )

3. The mandible is the name for the lower jaw, but what is the Latin name for the upper jaw?


4. A bee has how many wings ? ( 4 )

5. Who is credited with inventing the bifocal lens ? ( Benjamin Franklin)

6. What does a haematologist study ? ( Blood )

7. Common in children, what is the common name for ”nocturnal enuresis “? ( Bed wetting )

8. In terms of movement, what’s the difference between frogs and toads ? ( Frogs hop , toads walk )


1. It’s Latin name is” ursus maritimus”, but how is this creature commonly known ? (Polar bear)

2. What do we call the study of the relationship between heat and motion ? (Thermodynamics)

Alliterative answers

Each answer is two words beginning with the same letter. Both words needed!

1. Which actor played Cilla in the TV dramatization of her life? (SHERIDAN SMITH)

2. Who won the Olympic gold medal in Tae Kwon Do in both London and Rio? (JADE JONES)

3. What is a major Asian city on the banks of the Mekong River? (PHNOM PENH)

4. What is the name of the motor racing circuit in Wiltshire, between Chippenham and Bath? (CASTLE COMBE)

5. Group that had a hit with “I don’t feel like dancing? (SCISSOR SISTERS)

6. Who founded the Sundance Film Festival? (ROBERT REDFORD)

7. What TV soap of the 1960s starred Mia Farrow and Ryan O’Neal? (PEYTON PLACE)

8. Which Scottish Football League team plays its home games in Kirkcaldy? (RAITH ROVERS)


1. Which Charles Dickens novel features Wackford Squeers? (NICHOLAS NICKLEBY)

2. Which former member of Atomic Kitten appeared in adverts for Iceland? (KERRY KATONA)


1. “Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? All the rest of you, if you’ll just rattle your jewellery.” (JOHN LENNON)

2. “We even sell a pair of earrings for under £1, which is cheaper than a prawn sandwich from Marks and Spencer. But I have to say the earrings probably won’t last as long.” (GERALD RATNER)

3. “At the stroke of the midnight hour, while the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.” ( JAWAHARLAL NEHRU)

4. “Football and cookery are the two most important subjects in the country.” (DELIA SMITH)

5. “You can never be too rich or too thin.” (WALLIS SIMPSON / DUCHESS OF WINDSOR)

6. “ In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” (MARGARET THATCHER)

7. “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese? (CHARLES DE GAULLE)

8. “A woman rang to say she heard there was a hurricane on the way. Well don’t worry, there isn’t.” (MICHAEL FISH)


1. “ He would, wouldn’t he?” (MANDY RICE-DAVIES)

2. “There were three of us in the marriage, so it was a bit crowded (PRINCESS DIANA)

General Knowledge

1. What is the total of the numbers on a roulette wheel, which could be described as significant. (666)

2. In which French region is the city of Strasbourg? (Alsace-Moselle - accept Alsace)

3. Which landlocked country has borders with China, Cambodia and Thailand? (Laos)

4. Which bird lays the biggest egg? (Ostrich)

5. What is the name of the model workers village between Bradford and Keighley, set up in the 19th century? (Saltaire)

6. The 2016 Channel 4 comedy Damned, starring Jo Brand and Alan Davies, is set in which sort of organisation? (Social services Office)

7. How high above sea level(in metres) is White Nancy? (280 metres - accept 260-300)

8. White island, an active volcano, is an island off the coast of which commonwealth country? (New Zealand)

9. Maxine Peake has been playing Blanche Dubois at Manchesters Royal Exchange recently. In which play? (Streetcar Named Desire)

10. Gwynne Evans and Peter Allen share which British judicial distinction? (Last (most recent) people to be hanged in UK)

11. What is the modern name for a cordwainer? (Shoemaker, accept leather worker)

12. Which TV series follows the lives of Pete, Jen, Adam, David and Karen? (Cold Feet)

13. How many votes (to the nearest million) did Leave secure in the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU? (17)

14. Who was elected Mayor of London in May 2016? (Sadiq Khan)

15. Which Italian club did Antonio Conte manage before becoming Italy coach, then Chelsea manager? (Juventus)

16. In the 19th Century, what job would a tapster do? (Serve you in a bar- bar person)

17. Which one word means to cut short, a weed of the genus Rumex, and a prisoners’ enclosure? (Dock)

18. Which word means a hasty kiss, a measure for dry goods, and to nip with the beak? (Peck)

19. Which writer invented ‘Newspeak’? (George Orwell)

20. Which group was founded by a circle of ladies who in 1889 pledged not to wear feathers in their hats? (Royal Society for the protection of birds)

21. The United Nations has six official languages: English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Russian are five – what is the sixth? (Arabic)

22. Which literary schoolboy had the Christian names John Christopher Timothy? (Jennings)

23. Which motorway runs from Edinburgh to Stirling? (M9)

24. Four US states border Mexico: New Mexico, California and Texas are three. What is the fourth? (Arizona)

25. Which two words started film titles that ended “Animal House”, “Christmas Vacation” and “Class Reunion”? (National Lampoon’s)

26. Who was the first unseeded tennis player to win the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Title? (Boris Becker)

27. If ursine means bearlike and porcine piglike, what does anatine mean? (Duck-like)

28. Which radio programme began, “Are you sitting comfortably?” (Listen with Mother)

29. What did Sir Erasmus Wilson bring to London from Egypt in 1877? (Cleopatra’s Needle)

30. Who said on 2nd May 1997: “When the curtain falls, it’s time to get off the stage, and that’s what I propose to do”? (John Major)

31. Which TV series featured Pauline McLynn as housekeeper Mrs Doyle? (Father Ted)

32. Which musical featured the song “ Flash, Bang, Wallop!”? (Half a Sixpence)

33. Tony and Gary were flatmates in which sitcom? (Men Behaving Badly)

34. Which toy was invented by Danes Ole and Godtfried Christiansen? (Lego)

35. Whose biography was called “Neither Shaken Nor Stirred”? (Sean Connery)

36. Which creature’s name can go in front of the words crab, plant, and monkey? (Spider)

37. How many games does a major league baseball team play in a regular season (ie excluding playoffs)? (162 – allow 156-168)

38. Whose final album, released in 2016, was called Blackstar? (David Bowie)

39. In the Morecambe and Wise sketch, to whom was Eric talking when he said he was ”playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order”? (Andre Previn)

40. Famously, what did Hilda Ogden inform her husband Stan what her lipstick tasted of? (Woman, Stanley, Woman)

41. Who refused the BBC permission to broadcast her 1923 wedding, because “Disrespectful people might hear it while sitting in Public Houses with their hats on”? (The Queen Mother/Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon)

42. According to the WI cookbook, what flavour jam MUST be used in a Victoria Sponge? (Raspberry)

43. Stephen Fry stepped down this year as director of which football club? (Norwich City)

44. Give a year in the life of Marco Polo. (1254-1324)

45. Give a year in the life of Alfred the Great. (849-899AD)

46. How many squares are on the surface of a Rubiks Cube? (54)

47. Which judge presided over the Bloody Assizes? (Judge Jeffries)

48. Which rugby union team ground shares with Coventry City FC? (Wasps)

49. Which music duo was made up of Jack and Meg White? (The White Stripes)

50. In which London square is the main entrance to the National Gallery? (Trafalgar Square)

51. Which two colours are on the Cornish flag? (Black and White - White cross, black background)

52. Bandleader Glenn Miller played what instrument? (Trombone)

53. What instrument did Duke Ellington play? (Piano)

54. Which Dads Army actor was married to Hattie Jacques? (John le Mesurier)

55. In which county did the 1963 Great Train Robbery take place? (Buckinghamshire)

56. In the Kinks song “Waterloo Sunset”, name one of the two people who meet at Waterloo station every Friday night” (Terry or Julie)

57. What do the Americans call a drawing pin? (Thumb Tack)

58. On which Greek island was Prince Philip born? (Corfu)

59. How many witches form a coven? (13)

60. What building is known as the “Ship of the Fens”? (Ely Cathedral)

61. Which product, according to the slogan, “loves the jobs you hate” (Mr Muscle)

62. Increasingly popular at both weddings and funerals, which song contains the line: “Through it all, she offers me protection”? (Angels – Robbie Williams)

63. Which Sixties Classic contains the line: “I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth”?

(Substitute- The Who)

64. Who is the first person since George Bernard Shaw to win a Nobel prize and an Oscar?

(Bob Dylan)

65. Which footballer became Sunderland's most expensive ever signing in 1981? He also managed Rangers FC until 2015? (Ally McCoist)

66. The Bay City Rollers were named after Bay City in which US state? (Michigan)

67. Which channel port is at the tip of the Cotentin Peninsula? (Cherbourg)

68. According to Guinness World Records tins of which sweet product have the world's oldest unchanged brand packaging? (Lyles Golden Syrup, essentially the same since 1885)

69. Which British carmaker was founded in 1857 by Alexander Wilson as a pump and marine engine manufacturer? (Vauxhall Motors - accept General Motors)

70. In India what type of establishment is a dhaba? (Roadside restaurant)

71. Which English dramatist, born in Sale, Cheshire, wrote the play A Man for All Seasons, as well as the screenplays for David Lean's films Dr Zhivago and Ryan's Daughter? (Robert Bolt)

72. W.C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman wrote which humorous ‘history’ book? (1066 and All That)

73. Which Scottish Premier League football club’s home is Rugby Park? (Kilmarnock)

74. The Tarantino film ‘The Usual Suspects’ takes its title from a line in which film of 1942?


75. Which baby was found on Popeye's doorstep and adopted by him? (Swee’Pea)

76. Genesis Motors is the luxury vehicle division of which carmaker? (Hyundai)

77. What was the name of the Paris theatre that saw most deaths during the

terrorist attacks of 2015? (Bataclan Club)

78. Andreas Lubitz gained notoriety for which act, which caused a lot of deaths in 2015?

(Deliberately crashed holiday flight in Alps)

79. Why was the promotion of Libby Lane of significance in January 2015? (First female bishop)

80. Lewis Hamilton has won the Formula One World Championship

three times. Name the other British driver to have done this. (Jackie Stewart)

81. Which former British Prime Minister once played first class cricket? (Alec Douglas-Home)

82. What is the largest freshwater lake in the world? (Lake Superior)

83. The Radcliffe Line demarcates which national boundary? (India/Pakistan border)

84. After Oxygen what is the most common element in the Earth’s crust? (Silicon)

85. How many points are scored in a perfect game of tenpin bowling? (300)

86. What character is Colin Dexter’s best known creation? (Inspector Morse)

87. In which British newspaper did the cartoon strip ‘The Perishers’

appear, between 1959 and 2006? (Daily Mirror)

88. ‘The appliance of science’ was an advertising slogan used by

which manufacturer of household goods? (Zanussi)

89. The Beatles song Norwegian Wood (this bird has flown) comes

from which album? (Rubber Soul)

90. Who was the first ever ‘Bond Girl’, appearing as the main sidekick in Dr. No? (Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder)

91. In which year was the British decimal halfpenny withdrawn from circulation? (1984 - allow 1982-86)

92. Of what is ‘spectrology’ the study? (Ghosts/apparitions)

93. Which city was capital of West Germany until reunification in 1990? (Bonn)

94. What is the name of the electronic system used at Wimbledon tennis matches, which is used to determine whether a ball is in or out? (Hawk-Eye)

95. Who was the first British person to travel into space? (Helen Sharman)

96. The river Volga flows into which sea ? ( Caspian )


1. What nationality was Che Guevera ? ( Argentinian )

2. Which author created Inspector Maigret ? ( Georges Simenon )

3. Complete the saying : “ The road to Hell is…….” ( Paved with good intentions )

4. In London, how is the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter better known ? ( Westminster Abbey )

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

8th November–The Questions


All questions set by the Ox-fford C

Vetted by the Park Taverners and the Cock Inn

Specialist rounds:



Arts & Entertainment




Pennies for them

Election Day

Round 1: Geography

  1. Q Which African capital city has a name that means "three cities"?
    A Tripoli
  2. Q Windhoek (pronounced Vind-hook) is the capital of which African country?
    A Namibia
  3. Q Which river forms almost the entire border between Norfolk and Suffolk?
    A The Waveney
  4. Q In which English county is the town of Maldon, famous for its sea salt?
    A Essex
  5. Q Which country has three counties, named Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey?
    A Jamaica
  6. Q Which Central American country's currency is the quetzal?
    A Guatemala
  7. Q Which strait separates Russia from Alaska?
    A Bering Strait
  8. Q Barcelona is the capital of which of Spain’s autonomous regions?
    A Catalonia


  1. Q Apart from Russia, which of the former Soviet republics is the largest in area?
    A Kazakhstan
  2. Q Which river flows through the city of Durham?
    A Wear (despite what Roger Whittaker said)

Round 2: History

  1. Q In which century was Hadrian’s Wall built?
    A 2nd (begun in 122 AD)
  1. Q Who was on the English throne when Christopher Columbus first reached America?
    A Henry VII
  1. Q Which leader was overthrown by Fidel Castro during the Cuban revolution?
    A Fulgencio Batista
  1. Q Which Venezuelan soldier, born in 1783, was instrumental in the liberation of several South American countries and had a country named after him?
    A Simon Bolivar
  1. Q Which battle is known as Custer’s Last Stand?
    A Little Big Horn (accept its Indian name Battle of the Greasy Grass)
  1. Q When Winston Churchill was first elected to parliament in 1900, which constituency did he represent?
    A Oldham
  2. Q Which 17th century war was ended by the Treaty of Westphalia?
    A Thirty Years War (accept Eighty Years War, which was ended by a part of this treaty)
  3. Q Who was assassinated by Ramon Mercador near Mexico City in 1940?
    A Leon Trotsky
  4. Q What is the alternative name of the Munich Putsch, a failed coup attempt made on November 8th 1923 by Adolf Hitler?
    A The Beer Hall Putsch
  1. Q In which Northern Ireland town did an IRA bomb kill eleven people on November 8th 1987?
    A Enniskillen

Round 3: Arts & Entertainment

  1. Q Which film franchise featured Martin Riggs, played by Mel Gibson?
    A Lethal Weapon
  1. Q Which opera by Benjamin Britten is based on a novel by Herman Melville?
    A Billy Budd
  1. Q Which Canadian rapper topped the charts for 15 weeks this year with the single One Dance?
    A Drake
  1. Q The third film in which franchise caused an internet backlash this year due to its casting of three women in the leading roles?
    A Ghostbusters
  1. Q Which poet wrote the line ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all’?
    A Alfred Lord Tennyson (in In Memoriam)
  1. Q Which surreal TV comedy show was created by Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding?
    A The Mighty Boosh
  2. Q Which French artist, a leading exponent of Fauvism, became known in later life for his decoupage-style cut-outs?
    A Henri Matisse
  3. Q Who wrote the novels Case Histories (2004) and Life after Life (2013)?
    A Kate Atkinson
  4. Q Who played the title role in the sitcom Father Ted?
    A Dermot Morgan
  5. Q Which city is the setting for Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar named Desire?
    A New Orleans

Round 4: Science

  1. Q Which drug was originally derived from willow bark?
    A Aspirin (accept acetylsalicylic acid)
  1. Q Which chemical element is named after the Scottish village near which it was discovered in 1790?
    A Strontium
  2. Q Which element was used in the definition of the second and the metre as SI units, and is widely used in atomic clocks?
    A Caesium
  3. Q What would be the purpose of bariatric surgery?
    A Weight loss
  4. Q What metric unit is equivalent to ten thousand square metres?
    A Hectare
  1. Q How is the medical condition dyspepsia better known?
    A Indigestion
  1. Q What is the anatomical name for the voice box?
    A Larynx
  1. Q In which constellation are the Pleiades star cluster and the Crab Nebula?
    A Taurus


  1. Q What is measured on the Gay-Lussac scale?
    A Concentration of alcohol (percentage in a given volume of alcoholic beverage)
  1. Q What is measured on the Stanford-Binet (bee-nay) scale?
    A Intelligence

Round 5: Sport

  1. Q Which horse won the Cheltenham Gold Cup three years running from 1964 to 1966?
    A Arkle
  1. Q Which boxing trainer was best known for working with Muhammed Ali for over 20 years?
    A Angelo Dundee
  1. Q Andy Murray recently became the 26th man to be named world number one tennis player. Who was the first, in 1973?
    A Ilie Nastase
  1. Q What is the nationality of the new president of UEFA Aleksander Ceferin?
    A Slovenian
  1. Q Which motor racing circuit hosts the Japanese Grand Prix?
    A Suzuka (not Suzuki!)
  1. Q In which sport would you be most likely to use a stimpmeter?
    A Golf (it measures the speed of the green)
  1. Q Which 19-year-old American gymnast won four gold medals at the Rio Olympics?
    A Simone Biles
  1. Q Name either of the cycling events for which Laura Trott won a gold medal at Rio.
    A (Women’s) team pursuit or omnium


  1. Q Which Tottenham Hotspur player scored for both sides in the 1987 FA Cup Final, including the winning goal for Coventry City?
    A Gary Mabbutt
  1. Q Which England bowler was hit for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh of India at the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007?
    A Stuart Broad

Round 6: Musicals

All the answers are the name of a musical, or contain one.

  1. Q Ailurophobia is the fear of what?
    A Cats
  2. Q Which American city is known as the Windy City?
    A Chicago
  3. Q Formerly part of a duo, which singer has released solo albums entitled Diva, Medusa and Bare?
    A Annie Lennox
  4. Q Give the next five words of this quotation from Macbeth: By the pricking of my thumbs …
    A Something wicked this way comes
  5. Q What name was shared by queen consorts of William I, Stephen and Henry I, as well as a 12th century claimant to the English throne?
    A Matilda
  6. Q Born in August, River Rocket is the name inflicted on the 5th child of which TV personality?
    A Jamie Oliver
  7. Q What product was advertised in the 1970s with the catchphrase ‘is she or isn’t she’?
    A Harmony Hairspray
  8. Q Which US state is nicknamed the Sooner State, and has Tulsa as its second largest city?
    A Oklahoma


  1. Q Later this week, Magnus Carlsen is due to start his defence of what title?
    A World Chess Champion
  2. Q Which disgraced former Conservative MP is now the leader of UKIP in the National Assembly for Wales?
    A Neil Hamilton
    (FYI the musical Hamilton is about the life of US founding father Alexander Hamilton and is due to open in London in October 2017.)

Round 7: Pennies for them

In this round, every answer contains the word Guy.

  1. Q Who is the lead singer and principal front man of the rock group Elbow?
    A Guy Garvey
  1. Q Who had four UK no 1 hits in the 1950s including She Wears Red Feathers and Singin’ the Blues?
    A Guy Mitchell
  1. Q Who was the leader of the Dam Busters raid?
    A Guy Gibson
  1. Q Which novel by Walter Scott, with the alternative title The Astrologer, featured the character Dandie Dinmont, whose name was given to a breed of dog?
    A Guy Mannering
  1. Q Which character first appeared in the Robin Hood legends as a hired killer, who attempts to kill Robin but ends up being killed by him?
    A Guy of Gisborne
  1. Q Which TV drama series, first broadcast in the 1980s, starred Lee Majors as a Hollywood stunt man who moonlights as a bounty hunter?
    A The Fall Guy
  1. Q Which John Lennon song was a UK no 1 hit for Roxy Music, three months after Lennon’s death?
    A Jealous Guy
  1. Q Which member of the Cambridge Five spy ring escaped to the Soviet Union with Donald McLean in 1951, even though he was not under suspicion at the time?
    A Guy Burgess
  1. Q Which 1989 British rom-com film was written by Richard Curtis and stars Jeff Goldblum as an American actor living and working in London?
    A The Tall Guy
  1. Q Nathan Detroit, Miss Adelaide and Sky Masterson are characters from which musical?
    A Guys and Dolls

Round 8: Election Day

They’re voting as we speak. In this round the definitions given will lead you to the surname of an American president.

  1. Q Victoria Beckham’s maiden name.
    A Adams
  1. Q Cartoon character created by Jim Davis.
    A Garfield
  1. Q Non-metropolitan county, abolished in 1996, whose county town was Middlesbrough.
    A Cleveland
  1. Q Maiden surname of the British tennis player who won the French Open in 1959 and was a Wimbledon finalist in 1961.
    A Truman
  1. Q Stan Laurel’s real surname.
    A Jefferson
  1. Q Cathedral city on the river Witham.
    A Lincoln
  1. Q The name of Tom Hanks’s volleyball in the film Castaway.
    A Wilson
  1. Q Director of the FBI from 1935 to 1972.

A Hoover


  1. Q Eponymous character played by Dudley Moore in a 1981 film about a drunken millionaire.
    A Arthur
  1. Q First name of the creator of Rip Van Winkle.
    A Washington (Irving)


1. Q Which shipping line operated the Titanic?
A White Star

2. Q Which town or city was the seat of the French government from 1940 to 1944?
A Vichy

3. Q Who is the subject of the 2014 bio-pic The Imitation Game?
A Alan Turing

4. Q Seen in the Beano since its first issue in 1938, which character lives in Bunkerton Castle?
A Lord Snooty

5. Q In which European capital city does the TV detective Sarah Lund operate?
A Copenhagen

6. Q Who played the title character in Monty Python’s Life of Brian?
A Graham Chapman

7. Q According to Homer, who fired the arrow that struck Achilles in the heel?
A Paris

8. Q In the Bible, which of the patriarchs of Israel married his first cousins Leah and Rachel?
A Jacob (his name was later changed to Israel)
* * *

9. Q Which fictional character was the most famous creation of Swiss author Johanna Spyri?
A Heidi

10. Q How much did Edward Lear’s Owl and Pussycat pay for their wedding ring?
A One shilling

11. Q What foodstuff is produced by an apiculturist?
A Honey

12. Q Which MP was Father of the House of Commons from 1992 until 2001?
A Edward Heath

13. Q Which band did John Lydon form in 1978 after the demise of the Sex Pistols?
A Public Image Ltd (accept PiL)

14. Q Which French word is used for strips of chicken or fish, dipped in breadcrumbs and deep-fried?
A Goujons

15. Q Which minister of health introduced Britain’s National Health Service in 1948?
A Aneurin (Nye) Bevan

16. Q Which Italian film director made the so-called spaghetti westerns?
A Sergio Leone
* * *

17. Q Which cult, or body of religious beliefs, was founded in the 1950s by L Ron Hubbard?
A Scientology

18. Q In Greek mythology, who killed the gorgon Medusa?
A Perseus

19. Q Who wrote the popular science book A Short History of Nearly Everything?
A Bill Bryson

20. Q What is the largest species of seal?
A (Southern) elephant seal

21. Q Which US state has Dover as its capital?
A Delaware

22. Q Who was known as the Iron Chancellor?
A Otto von Bismarck

23. Q Name either of the co-authors of The Meaning of Liff, a dictionary of made-up words first published in 1983?
A Douglas Adams or John Lloyd

24. Q In which US state is the airport with the IATA code DFW?
A Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth)
* * *

25. Q To what class of molluscs do slugs and snails belong?
A Gastropods

26. Q Narendra Modi became prime minister of which country in 2014?
A India

27. Q Which member of the royal family was murdered by the IRA in 1979?
A Lord Mountbatten

28. Q Which Spanish city is famous for the running of bulls during the San Fermin festival?
A Pamplona

29. Q Give a year in the life of the potter Josiah Wedgwood.
A 1730-1795

30. Q Who did Neil Kinnock succeed as leader of the labour party?
A Michael Foot

31. Q What subject did Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, teach at Oxford?
A Mathematics

32. Q In cooking, what do you mix with chocolate to make a ganache?
A (Double) cream
* * *

33. Q What is the name of the mobile messaging application, launched in 2011, that allows images to be shared for a maximum of ten seconds before they are deleted?
A Snapchat

34. Q In which country are the headquarters of the Hyundai motor company?
A South Korea

35. Q Which island, midway between Orkney and Shetland, gives its name to a shipping forecast sea area?
A Fair Isle

36. Q In which track and field event has Mike Powell held the world record since 1991?
A Long jump

37. Q In which month is the Celtic festival of Beltane celebrated?
A May (May Day)

38. Q What is orology the study of?
A Mountains

39. Q Which brand of Scotch whisky is named after the Ayrshire grocer who began selling it in 1820?
A Johnnie Walker

40. Q The polar research ship which people voted to name Boaty McBoatface has actually been named after which famous person?
A Sir David Attenborough
* * *

41. Q What foodstuff can be blanket or honeycomb?
A Tripe

42. Q Which video games series is set in fictional cities such as San Andreas, Liberty City and Vice City?
A Grand Theft Auto

43. Q What was built in 1851, moved in 1854, and destroyed by fire in 1936?
A The Crystal Palace

44. Q Which sweet herbal liqueur is named after an Italian war hero, and also shares its name with a controversial fashion designer?
A Galliano

45. Q Which tennis star was married to the actress Brooke Shields from 1997-1999?
A Andre Agassi

46. Q Who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906, after negotiating the peace treaty that ended the Russo-Japanese war?
A Theodore Roosevelt

47. Q Which TV presenter’s recently published memoir is entitled A Life in Questions?
A Jeremy Paxman

48. Q Beside which London square would you find the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields?
A Trafalgar Square
* * *

49. Q Which fruit has the same name as a native of a Moroccan port on the Strait of Gibraltar?
A Tangerine

50. Q Moorfields is London’s hospital for the treatment of which part of the body?
A Eyes

51. Q Who is currently fourth in line to the British throne?
A Princess Charlotte

52. Q Former presenter of The Voice,, was a member of which band, whose hits included the 2009 UK number one I Gotta Feeling?
A Black Eyed Peas

53. Q Which island emerged from the sea off the coast of Iceland in 1963?
A Surtsey

54. Q Which playwright, who died in September, is best known for Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?
A Edward Albee

55. Q Which TV series features a race of people called the Dothraki?
A Game of Thrones

56. Q What is the name of the Paralympic-style sporting event for disabled service personnel, held in London in 2014 and Florida in 2016?
A The Invictus Games
* * *

57. Q What is the more familiar name for a dactylogram?
A Fingerprint

58. Q Which Asian country’s flag shows a yellow lion holding a sword?
A Sri Lanka

59. Q What was the name of the Japanese electronic toy, popular during the 1990s, that you had to care for as if it was a pet?
A Tamagotchi

60. Q Which Italian Renaissance painter was commemorated in the name of an unmanned European Space Agency mission, launched in 1985?
A Giotto

61. Q Actress Charmian Carr died in September. She is best remembered for her role in which hugely successful 1965 film?
A The Sound of Music (she played Liesl)

62. Q The trades union BALPA represents members of what profession?
A Airline pilots (British AirLine Pilots Association)

63. Q Which constituency was Caroline Lucas elected to represent in 2010, making her the Green Party’s first MP?
A Brighton Pavilion (accept Brighton)

64. Q Which Beatles song begins with the words ‘I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me’?
A Norwegian Wood
* * *

65. Q How is Rachel Watson, played by Emily Blunt, described in the title of a 2016 film?
A The Girl on the Train

66. Q How does the title of Johann Strauss’s operetta Die Fledermaus (pronounced dee flayder-mouse) translate into English?
A The Bat

67. Q Which company built the Comet, the world’s first commercial jet airliner?
A De Havilland

68. Q What is the nationality of Juan Manuel Santos, the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize?
A Colombian

69. Q In the medical term MRI scanner, what does the M stand for?
A Magnetic (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

70. Q Which comedian was born Matthew Hall in 1964, and is a qualified doctor?
A Harry Hill

71. Q Which style of music originated in Seattle, and became popular in the 1990s due to the success of bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam?
A Grunge

72. Q Also the name of the BBC TV channel that broadcasts in Gaelic, what is the Scottish Gaelic word for Scotland?
A Alba
* * *

73. Q Which British fashion retailer took its name from the title of a 1971 film directed by William Friedkin?
A French Connection

74. Q What is the married surname of Princess Anne’s daughter Zara?
A Tindall

75. Q In the US presidential elections, who is Hillary Clinton’s running mate?
A Tim Kaine

76. Q At the start of a game of chess, how many squares are unoccupied?
A 32

77. Q Name either of the two men who shared the 1994 Nobel peace prize with the recently deceased former Israeli president Shimon Peres.
A Yitzhak Rabin or Yasser Arafat

78. Q Which common medical condition is caused by a lack of red blood cells or haemoglobin?
A Anaemia

79. Q Which airline suffered two disasters in 2014, one flight disappearing over the Indian Ocean, and another shot down over Ukraine?
A Malaysian Airlines

80. Q What occupation did Al Capone have printed on his business cards?
A Used furniture dealer
* * *

81. Q In which country is Lillehammer (pronounced lily-hammer), host city of the 1994 Winter Olympics?
A Norway

82. Q Dwayne Johnson was recently named the world’s highest paid actor. By what name is he better known?
A The Rock

83. Q Who was the first scientist to be knighted?
A Isaac Newton

84. Q What is the highest peak in the Peak District National Park?
A Kinder Scout

85. Q Which Spanish word, also used in English, literally means ‘killer’?
A Matador

86. Q The island of Hispaniola is shared between Haiti and which other country?
A Dominican Republic (NB not Dominica, which is a different country)

87. Q Which boxer was nicknamed the Brockton Blockbuster?
A Rocky Marciano

88. Q Which fashion brand achieved mainstream international fame after Elizabeth Hurley wore their ‘safety pin’ dress in 1994?
A Versace
* * *

89. Q By what nickname is journalist Mazher Mahmood generally known?
A The Fake Sheikh

90. Q Which island is separated from South America by the Straits of Magellan?
A Tierra del Fuego

91. Q In which month of the year is Holocaust Memorial Day commemorated in the UK?
A January (27th)

92. Q In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, who is the daughter of Polonius and the sister of Laertes?
A Ophelia

93. Q Which baseball team have this week overcome the ‘Curse of the Billy Goat’ to win their first World Series title since 1908?
A Chicago Cubs

94. Q With which girl group did Beyoncé Knowles first find chart success?
A Destiny’s Child

95. Q What is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland?
A The Giant’s Causeway

96. Q What name is given to the lower house of the Russian parliament?
A The (State) Duma

97. Q Which city will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games?
A Gold Coast (Australia)

98. Q What is the common name for the African mongoose also known as the suricate?
A Meerkat

99. Q What type of Mexican tortilla has a name that means ‘little donkey’?
A Burrito

100. Q Which Roman road shares its name with a type of fur?
A Ermine St

101. Q Which character in children’s literature has a wife called Mildew and a son called Mould?
A Fungus the Bogeyman

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

!st November The Questions


Specialist questions

set by The Plough Horntails


Geography – This Sceptred Isle

Arts and Entertainment


Sport – the Olympics

They said it in the Movies

Politics and Politicians

Science and Nature

A Touch of Daniel

In the Movies round names of the actors were added after the vetting but I think most games spotted the error in Q5

Geography Questions – This Sceptred Isle, well South of Birmingham….

1. How many counties are there on the south coast of England

a. Seven (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent)

2. What is Englands most easterly town

A. Lowestoft

3. Which London market re-located to the Isle of Dogs, in 1982

A. Billingsgate Fish Market

4. The Ritz Hotel, in Londons Piccadilly, overlooks which London Park?

A. Green Park

5. In which English city is John Wesley's Chapel, the worlds first Methodist Chapel, where he used to preach

A. Bristol - The New Room is in Broadmead, Bristol, England. It was built in 1739 by John Wesley and is the oldest Methodist chapel in the world

6. Of which English city, at a distance of 57 miles from London is Saint Frideswide the patron saint?

A. Oxford

7. In which English city is Parliament Street, the worlds second narrowest 'road', at just 122 centimetres wide

A. Exeter ( the Spreurhofstrasse, in Reutlingen, Germany is 50 cm wide)

8. Which town lies at the confluence of the rivers Avon and Severn

A. Tewksbury


1. What is the locality of Londons largest meat market

a. Smithfield - in the ward of Farringdon Without situated at the City of London's northwest in central London, England. The principal street of the area is West Smithfield.[

2. The Pearly Kings and Queens are the most famous inhabitants of which part of London?

a. Lambeth

Arts & Entertainment

Who do you think I am?

1. I hosted BBC TV’s late-night Rock music programme “The Old Grey Whistle Test” for many years. Who am I?

A: (Whispering) Bob Harris

2. I am a British actress, born in Darjeeling in 1913 and died in London in 1967. I won my second Academy Award for Best Actress in 1951 for my performance as Blanche Dubois in the film ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. Who was I?

A: Vivien Leigh

3. I was born in Northern Ireland in 1932 and died in retirement in Scotland in 2011. I’m best known as the female singer with the Chris Barber Band. Who was I?

A: Ottilie Patterson

4. A world-famous tenor, I was born in Barcelona in 1946 and am best known for performances in the operas of Verdi and Puccini. I was diagnosed with leukaemia in the 1980’s but recovered and continued singing. Who am I?

A; Jose Carreras

5. I was born in London in 1933 and became one of the most distinguished classical guitarists of the 20th century. I was also responsible for renewing popular interest in the lute. Who am I?

A: Julian Bream

6. Born in 1856 and died in April 1925, I was an American artist, considered the "leading portrait painter of my generation”. Among many other subjects I am also known for my street scenes of Edwardian London and Manchester. Who was I?

A: John Singer Sargent

7. Born in Sydney in 1926 and died in Switzerland in 2010 I was a world-renowned coloratura soprano – Pavarotti once called me the “Voice of the Century”. My nickname was La Stupenda. Who was I?

A: Dame Joan Sutherland.

8. I was born Elaine Bookbinder in Salford in 1945 and my powerful husky voice and many Jazz and Blues recordings meant I have been called the “British Queen of the Blues”. I was a founder member of the band Vinegar Joe and the song Lilac Wine was one of my several solo chart hits in the 1970s and ‘80s. Who am I?

A: Elkie Brooks


9. I was born in N Carolina in 1933 and died in France in 2003. I was a black female singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. I am probably best known for songs like “Feelin’ Good” and “I put a spell on you”?. Who was I?

A: Nina Simone

10. I was a French artist and sculptor, born 1882 and died 1963. Along with Picasso I pioneered the Cubist movement. Who was I?

A: Georges Braque

11. Born in County Wicklow, Ireland, in 1898 and died in London in 2001, I founded the Royal Ballet and am widely regarded as the “Godmother of English Ballet”. Who was I?

A: Dame Ninette de Valois

12. I was an American singer-songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist and I co-founded the Southern Rock band Little Feat. I died of a heroin overdose in Arlington, Virginia in August 1979. Who was I?

A: Lowell George


Q1. Queen Elizabeth II is famously the longest reigning monarch of the UK, followed by Queen Victoria – but who is third?

A1. GEORGE III (59 years, 96 days)

Q2. Against which nation was the War of Jenkin’s Ear fought during 1739 -1748?

A2. SPAIN (Jenkins was an English Sea Captain whose ear was said to have been cut-off by Spanish Coast Guards who boarded and searched his ship 'Rebecca' in 1738.

Q3. Which naval battle of 1571 marked the end of the Ottoman Empire’s naval supremacy in the Mediterranean Sea?

A3. LEPANTO (a fleet of the Holy League arranged by Pope Pius V defeated the Ottoman Empire’s fleet on the northern edge of the Gulf of Corinth)

Q4. Who was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover?


Q5. In which century did Italian friar Thomas Aquinas live?

A5. 13TH

Q6 Captain Lewis Halliday RMLI, of the cruiser Orlando and midshipman Basil Guy, of the battleship Barfleur both won Victoria Crosses in which Asian military campaign of 1900?

A6. THE BOXER REBELLION (a Chinese secret society known as the Yih-equan who were committed to ridding China of all foreign powers. Yih-equan means “Righteous and Harmonious Fists” hence BOXERS)

Q7. Which Roman road stretched 220 miles from Exeter to Lincoln?


Q8. In 1297, at which famous Scottish battle did the armies of William Wallace and Andrew de Moray defeat the English, led by the Earl of Surrey and Hugh de Cressingham?



Q1 Everyone knows that 1066 was the year the last successful invasion of Mainland Britain occurred. But where did the last unsuccessful invasion of Mainland Britain occur in 1797?

A1. FISHGUARD (4 French warships landed 1400 troops in Fishguard S/W Wales on Feb 23 and after looting and drinking themselves crazy for 2 days they were too drunk to fight anyone. They surrendered to the local militia on Feb 25 1797.

Q2 In which year was Abraham Lincoln assassinated?

SUPP A2 1865 (Accept 1 year either side)

Sport questions – The Olympics

1. Who was the founder of the modern Olympic Games?

A) Pierre de Coubertin

2. The Olympic Torch is lit at which ancient site?

A) Olympia (Do not accept Mount Olympus, Olympia is 536Km away from Olympus)

3. The Olympic Marathon is held in commemoration of which ancient Greek soldier who is said to have ran from Marathon to Athens to deliver news of a military victory against the Persians?

A) Pheidippides (pronounced Fi/dip/i/dees) (also accept Philippides)

4. Who was the first gymnast to score a perfect 10 seven times in a row, at the 1976 Montreal Games?

A) Nadia Comaneci

5. The modern Summer Olympic Games have been cancelled 3 times 1940 and 1944 were two of the years that they were not held what was the third?

A) 1916 (should have been held in Berlin)

6. Which European city hosted the first Olympic Games in which women were allowed to participate?

A) Paris – 1900 (22 women and 975 men competed there and Helene de Pourtales won the first ever medal for a woman in sailing)

7. At the 1896 Athens Summer Olympic Games, the winners were given a silver medal and a branch from which type of tree?

A) Olive

8. Which British sportsman was the first 2012 Olympic Torchbearer in the UK?

A) Ben Ainslie


9. Who was the only Olympic medallist to have won the Nobel Peace Prize?

A) Philip Noel-Baker (Lord Noel-Baker won a silver medal competing for Great Britain in the 1500metres at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1959)

10. Composer Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou is better known by what name?

A) Vangelis – wrote the music to Chariots of Fire

They said it in the movies…..

Identify the movies in which the following words were spoken

1. They call me Mr. Tibbs, (the actor who said the words, Sidney Poitier)?

A. In the Heat of the Night

2. Here’s looking at you kid. (Humphrey Bogart)

A. Casablanca

3. I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this any more! (Peter Finch)

A. Network

4. Anti-wrinkle cream there may be, but anti-fat-bastard cream there is not. (Mark Addy)

A. The Full Monty

5. What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. (Steve McQueen)

A. Cool Hand Luke

6. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow. (Lauren Bacall)

A. To Have and Have Not

7. If you build it, they will come. (James Earl Jones)

A. Field of Dreams

8. Don't worry. We can walk to the curb from here. (Woody Allen)

A. Annie Hall


9. Carpe diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary. (Robin Williams)

A. Dead Poets Society.

10. Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above. (Katharine Hepburn)

A. The African Queen

Politics & Politicians... (grrrrr.)

Q1 Which MP was thrown out of the house of Commons in April 2016 for calling David Cameron ‘Dodgy Dave’?

A1 Dennis Skinner

Q2 George Galloway was thrown out of parliament in 2007 for questioning the integrity of other MPs who were investigating his links with Iraq. Which party did he represent at that time?

A2 The Respect Party

Q3 What does ‘Taking the Chiltern Hundreds’ mean in ordinary language?

A3 Setting in motion a resignation from Parliament Need to state that it’s resigning from the UK House of Commons rather than “Parliament” Pat. The House of Lords is also considered to be “Parliament” by some.

Q4 How many electronic signatures must be provided before an e - petition must be considered for debate in Parliament?

A4 100,000

Q5. Who is currently (as of 19 September 2016) Minister of Defence?

A5. Michael Fallon.

Q6 Who is currently (as of 19 September 2016) Minister for Education?

A6 Justine Greening

Q7 What’s the name of the only MP currently representing UKIP in the Houses of Parliament?

A7 Douglas Carswell

Q8 What’s the name of the constituency that was contested unsuccessfully by Nigel Farage in the 2015 General Election?

A8 South Thanet

Supplementary Questions:

Q9 There are 59 UK parliamentary seats in the Scotland. How many of these are currently occupied by MP’s who belong to the Scottish Nationalist Party?

A9 54 (accept ±2)

Q10 How many nominations for new Peerages were put forward in David Cameron’s resignation list in 2016?

A10 13

Science and Nature

Q1 What type of acid is used in a 12 volt car battery... the type with lead plates in it?

A1 Sulphuric Acid

Q2 Typically, 3 metals are utilised in catalytic converters of modern cars. Name one of them.

A2 Platinum. Palladium. Rhodium

Q3. If a piece of iron or steel is described as ‘galvanised’, which other metal is used as a coating?

A3. Zinc.

Q4 Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange and Charm are the 6 “flavours” of what elementary particle?

A4 Quarks.

Q5 What is the basic SI unit for the measurement of electrical capacitance?

A5 The Farad

Q6 If the property of a liquid was defined in centipoise units, what property was under discussion?

A6 Dynamic Viscosity... accept viscosity

Q7 If an animal was described as ruminating, what would it be doing?

A7 Chewing the cud (Food regurgitated from the first stomach to the mouth and chewed again. Something held in the mouth and chewed, such as a plug of tobacco)

Q8 The Royal Greenwich Observatory founded in 1675 moved to Herstmonceaux, East Sussex in the 1950s and then to its current home in 1990. In which UK city is it now operating?

A8 Cambridge

Supplementary Questions:

Q1. What sort of creature is a cassowary?

A1. A bird. large & flightless found in Australia / Papua New Guinea. Also accept ratite

Q2 Which organ of the body is affected by Bright’s disease?

A2 Kidneys (it is characterised by albumin in urine and high blood pressure)

A Touch of Daniel

Answers are all people (real or fictional) named Daniel, Dan, Danny, or variations. Could be first or second name.

1. American Footballer, b. 1961, played quarterback for the Miami Dolphins.

A. Dan Marino

2. 44th Vice-President of the USA, 1989-93 under George H. W. Bush.

A. Dan Quayle

3. Author of A Journal of the Plague Year, published 1722.

a. Daniel Defoe

4. Australian racing driver, currently driving in F1 for Red Bull Racing where he replaced Mark Weber on his retirement.

A. Daniel Ricciardo

5. Chief Secretary of the Treasury in the UK Cabinet 2010-2015.

A. Danny Alexander

6. American pioneer and frontiersman, most famous for his exploration and settlement of what is now Kentucky.

A. Daniel Boone

7. President of Nicaragua since Jan 2007, a leader in the socialist Sandinista National Liberation Front.

A. Daniel Ortega

8. Character played by John Travolta in the film Grease.

A. Danny Zuko


9. Novel by George Eliot, first published in 1876.

A. Daniel Deronda

10. American actress 1901 – 1971. Made many Hollywood films but probably best-known for UK radio series Life with the Lyons 1951-61.

A. Bebe Daniels



General Knowledge Questions

Set by the Harrington Academicals

Vetted by Plough Horntails and Robin Hood



Which author’s books include “A Walk in the Woods” and “Notes from a Small Island"?


Bill Bryson



In which sport does black and blue play against red and yellow?





In what year did Channel Four take to the air? (No leeway)





How is a Longcase Clock normally known?


Grandfather Clock - accept grandmother



What is the capital of North Korea?





In which year was the National Lottery launched in the UK?





Beautiful South vocalist Paul Heaton and dance producer Fatboy Slim, under his real Norman Cook, were both members of which 1980's band?


The Housemartins



Sponsorship-wise what event links Guinness, Mars, ADT, Flora and Virgin?


The London Marathon



Which football ground shares its name with a Battle of 1066?


Stamford Bridge



Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler were two of the three members of which top UK band of the late 70s and early 80s?


The Jam. Paul Weller was the somewhat better known 3rd member.



Which squirrel helped promote road safety to children in the 1970's?





Whose professional boxing career started with a win over Tunney Hunsaker in 1960 and ended with a 1981 defeat at the hands of Trevor Berbick?


Muhammad Ali (accept Cassius Clay)



What was the title of Abba’s last UK No1 hit single?


Super Trouper



William R Carey's was instrumental in the development of which device that has saved many motorist's lives since?


The Airbag



Which Australian is the main host of the TV show The Last Leg?


Adam Hills



Who hosts the TV quiz show Only Connect?


Victoria Coren Mitchell



In which sport do one team wear blue caps, their opponents white caps, and both goalkeepers red caps?


Water Polo



Which author's first novel was "Carrie"?


Stephen King



Which town was the setting for the TV show Dad's Army





What was the name of the tower block in which the Trotters lived before their luck changed?


Nelson Mandela House



Who was the first Astronomer Royal , appointed in the reign of Charles II


John Flamsteed



"Coz I Luv You" was the first number one for which band?





In which city is the famous Spanish Riding School to be found?





What condition or mental illness that causes people to think that they have great or unlimited power or importance comes from the Greek for great madness





Which city will host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018


Newcastle - accept Gateshead, which isn't a city but is part of the show



islets of Langerhans, are tiny clusters of cells scattered throughout the pancreas. What is their function


produce the hormone insulin



What is the surname of Sidney and Beatrice, members of the Fabian Society and founders of the New Statesman





Which American director was largely responsible for the re creation of the Globe theatre in London


Sam Wanamaker



Rae’s Creek runs through which golf course


Augusta National



Kimchi is a traditional dish from which country





Ouagadougou is the capital city of which African nation?


Burkina Faso



Which band was named after the inventor of the seed drill


Jethro Tull



What was the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine





Boggis, Bunce and Bean feature in which Roald Dahl story


Fantastic Mr Fox



What will be the official name of the new Crossrail line


The Elizabeth LIne



Bamako is the Capital of which country





Which painting is sometimes referred to as “La Giaconda”


Mona Lisa



In mechanics what name is given to the mass of an object multiplied by its speed ?





Which Italian city takes its name from the Greek for New City


Naples - (Neapolis)



The Bank of England was established in 1694 under the reign of which monarch


William III



What is the main ingredient of Tahini - the condiment used to flavour Hummus


Sesame seeds



What is the name of the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, battering the Caribbean in October


Hurricane Matthew



What was the former name of Ho Chi Minh city





In the periodic table what name is given to the group of elements named fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine and astatine ?





Why did Mike Hookem hit the news last month


He alledgedly punched UKIP leadership contender Stephen Woolfe - accept anything mentioning punching



Who has become the first so called celebrity to be booted off Strictly Come Dancing this year


Melvin Odoom. - Accept Melvin – he wasn’t there long enough for the name to register



Who is the current Italian PM


Matteo Renzi



What is the musical with music and lyrics composed by David Bowie, running in London this month





The moons of Uranus are all named after what?


Shakespearean characters



Nick Carraway narrates which novel?


The Great Gatsby



Who was the first cricketer to be knighted


Jack Hobbs



Who is the current Greek pm


Alexis Tsipras



What do we call the game the Americans call tic tac toe


Noughts and crosses



Which poet laureate wrote The Lady of Shallot





What was the name of the company that bought BHS for £1 – then set about looting it


Retail Acquisitions



Which Palace in Surrey was perhaps the grandest of Henry VIII's building projects.It was pulled down around 1682–3





In which Mozart opera does the title character rape a woman and murder her father in the first act. He later seduces a bride and is deservedly dragged to hell in Act 2


Don Giovanni



Who is listed the first British Prime Minister on


Robert Walpole



Who is the current poet laureate


Carol Anne Duffy



Teppanyaki is a traditional style of cooking in which country





Who was the Argentine general responsible for the invasion of the Falklands





Who is the Macclesfield Town FC manager


John Askey



Which novel by Salman Rushdie provoked calls for his death in a fatwa


Satanic Verses



Who was the last Liberal prime minister


David Lloyd George



How is Dolores Haze, the fictional creation of Vladimir Nabakov better known





A death certificate was issued this year for which man, 41 years after he went missing


Lord Lucan



How many British Prime ministerships (ie Harold Wilson counts as 2) have there been according to - Some leeway


76 – accept 70 - 82



From which Shakespeare play does the quote “If music be the food of love, play on” come


Twelfth Night



Who is the actor and producer of “The Producers” and “Blazing Saddles”


Mel Brooks



What is the name of the group of Russian hackers who leaked medical details from the World Anti Doping Agency computers


Fancy Bears



The Albigensian Crusade was a 20-year military campaign initiated by Pope Innocent III to eliminate which heretic group


The Cathars



From which Shakespeare play does the quote “All the world’s a stage” come


As you like it



The formal exit process from the EU starts by triggering Article 50 of which treaty





What is the occupation of a Pargeter


Plasterer – particularly decorative lime plasterwork



Who developed the theory of electromagnetic induction and the laws of electrolysis. His invention of electromagnetic rotary devices formed the foundation of electric motor technology,


Michael Faraday



Which country is the setting for the musical “The King and I”


Siam - Accept Thailand



What is the common name for Corvus Corax, a large all black bird with a wing span of up to 4ft





What name was taken by Saul of Tarsus when he became an apostle





There are 2 la liga teams based in Barcelona. Barcelona is one. What is the other





In the PG Tips advert, who plays Monkey's friend Al?


Johnny Vegas



Why was Diane James in the news in October


First she was, then she wasn’t UKIP leader



Who were the non-Semitic people of ancient southern Palestine, who came into conflict with the Israelites during the 12th and 11th centuries BC. Their name has come to be synonymous with being ignorant or uneducated





What is the name of the publishing company, founded in 1908 and noted for specialising in romantic fiction


Mills and Boon



What is the highest mountain in Russia


Mt Elbrus



To whom did Oscar Wilde write De Profundis


Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie)



Which monarch made the first Christmas broadcast on the BBC


George V



What is the common alternative name for the wildebeest





What is the title of the Man Booker prize winning novel , 2016


The Sellout



An Unearthly Child was the title of the first episode of which long running TV series


Dr Who



Which wife of Henry V111 was the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella


Catherine of Aragon



Which country was the “Jewel in the Crown” of the British Empire





Which school was attended by an Old Carthusian





Who was the subject of the opera Nabucco and a painting by William Blake





In which uk city is the Jorvic Viking museum





Who is credited with the proverb “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise?


Benjamin Franklin



The Crimean Peninsula lies between the sea of Azov and which sea


Black Sea

Supplementary Questions:



Which opera features the tragic heroine Cho Cho San


Madame Butterfly



What is the airtight container whose function is to keep cigars moist





What is the legal term for the grant of authority to an executor to administer an estate





Who is the subject of the Anthony Horowitz novel, House of Silk


Sherlock Holmes



What is the name of the most expensive gem ever sold


Pink Star - Now re named Pink Dream. Accept either



Who are the Current sponsors of the FA Cup