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 )