Wednesday, November 02, 2016

!st November The Questions

 

Specialist questions

set by The Plough Horntails

 

Geography – This Sceptred Isle

Arts and Entertainment

History

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

Supplementaries:

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

Supplementaries

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

HISTORY

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?

A4. QUEEN VICTORIA

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?

A7. FOSSE WAY

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?

A8. THE BATTLE OF STIRLING BRIDGE

Supplementaries

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

Supplementaries:-

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

SUPPLEMENTARIES

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

SUPPLEMENTARIES

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

1

Q

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

A

Bill Bryson

2

Q

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

A

Croquet

3

Q

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

A

1982

4

Q

How is a Longcase Clock normally known?

A

Grandfather Clock - accept grandmother

5

Q

What is the capital of North Korea?

A

Pyongyang

6

Q

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

A

1994

7

Q

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

A

The Housemartins

8

Q

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

A

The London Marathon

9

Q

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

A

Stamford Bridge

10

Q

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

A

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

11

Q

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

A

Tufty

12

Q

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?

A

Muhammad Ali (accept Cassius Clay)

13

Q

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

A

Super Trouper

14

Q

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

A

The Airbag

15

Q

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

A

Adam Hills

16

Q

Who hosts the TV quiz show Only Connect?

A

Victoria Coren Mitchell

17

Q

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

A

Water Polo

18

Q

Which author's first novel was "Carrie"?

A

Stephen King

19

Q

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

A

Walmington-On-Sea

20

Q

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

A

Nelson Mandela House

21

Q

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

A

John Flamsteed

22

Q

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

A

Slade

23

Q

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

A

Vienna

24

Q

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

A

Megalomania

25

Q

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

A

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

26

Q

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

A

produce the hormone insulin

27

Q

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

A

Webb

28

Q

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

A

Sam Wanamaker

29

Q

Rae’s Creek runs through which golf course

A

Augusta National

30

Q

Kimchi is a traditional dish from which country

A

Korea

31

Q

Ouagadougou is the capital city of which African nation?

A

Burkina Faso

32

Q

Which band was named after the inventor of the seed drill

A

Jethro Tull

33

Q

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

A

Nautilus

34

Q

Boggis, Bunce and Bean feature in which Roald Dahl story

A

Fantastic Mr Fox

35

Q

What will be the official name of the new Crossrail line

A

The Elizabeth LIne

36

Q

Bamako is the Capital of which country

A

Mali

37

Q

Which painting is sometimes referred to as “La Giaconda”

A

Mona Lisa

38

Q

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

A

Momentum

39

Q

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

A

Naples - (Neapolis)

40

Q

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

A

William III

41

Q

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

A

Sesame seeds

42

Q

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

A

Hurricane Matthew

43

Q

What was the former name of Ho Chi Minh city

A

Saigon

44

Q

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

A

Halogens

45

Q

Why did Mike Hookem hit the news last month

A

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

46

Q

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

A

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

47

Q

Who is the current Italian PM

A

Matteo Renzi

48

Q

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

A

Lazarus

49

Q

The moons of Uranus are all named after what?

A

Shakespearean characters

50

Q

Nick Carraway narrates which novel?

A

The Great Gatsby

51

Q

Who was the first cricketer to be knighted

A

Jack Hobbs

52

Q

Who is the current Greek pm

A

Alexis Tsipras

53

Q

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

A

Noughts and crosses

54

Q

Which poet laureate wrote The Lady of Shallot

A

Tennyson

55

Q

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

A

Retail Acquisitions

56

Q

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

A

Nonsuch

57

Q

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

A

Don Giovanni

58

Q

Who is listed the first British Prime Minister on www.gov.uk

A

Robert Walpole

59

Q

Who is the current poet laureate

A

Carol Anne Duffy

60

Q

Teppanyaki is a traditional style of cooking in which country

A

Japan

61

Q

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

A

Galtieri

62

Q

Who is the Macclesfield Town FC manager

A

John Askey

63

Q

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

A

Satanic Verses

64

Q

Who was the last Liberal prime minister

A

David Lloyd George

65

Q

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

A

Lolita

66

Q

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

A

Lord Lucan

67

Q

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

A

76 – accept 70 - 82

68

Q

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

A

Twelfth Night

69

Q

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

A

Mel Brooks

70

Q

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

A

Fancy Bears

71

Q

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

A

The Cathars

72

Q

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

A

As you like it

73

Q

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

A

Lisbon

74

Q

What is the occupation of a Pargeter

A

Plasterer – particularly decorative lime plasterwork

75

Q

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,

A

Michael Faraday

76

Q

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

A

Siam - Accept Thailand

77

Q

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

A

Raven

78

Q

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

A

Paul

79

Q

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

A

Espanyol

80

Q

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

A

Johnny Vegas

81

Q

Why was Diane James in the news in October

A

First she was, then she wasn’t UKIP leader

82

Q

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

A

Philistines

83

Q

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

A

Mills and Boon

84

Q

What is the highest mountain in Russia

A

Mt Elbrus

85

Q

To whom did Oscar Wilde write De Profundis

A

Lord Alfred Douglas (Bosie)

86

Q

Which monarch made the first Christmas broadcast on the BBC

A

George V

87

Q

What is the common alternative name for the wildebeest

A

Gnu

88

Q

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

A

The Sellout

89

Q

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

A

Dr Who

90

Q

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

A

Catherine of Aragon

91

Q

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

A

India

92

Q

Which school was attended by an Old Carthusian

A

Charterhouse

93

Q

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

A

Nebuchadnezzar

94

Q

In which uk city is the Jorvic Viking museum

A

York

95

Q

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

A

Benjamin Franklin

96

Q

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

A

Black Sea

Supplementary Questions:

1

Q

Which opera features the tragic heroine Cho Cho San

A

Madame Butterfly

2

Q

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

A

Humidor

3

Q

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

A

Probate

4

Q

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

A

Sherlock Holmes

5

Q

What is the name of the most expensive gem ever sold

A

Pink Star - Now re named Pink Dream. Accept either

6

Q

Who are the Current sponsors of the FA Cup

A

Emirates

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