Thursday, February 23, 2017

22n Feb Cup Semi-Final against the royal Oak





Questions prepared and vetted by Cock-A-2 and Sutton Mutton

Cup and Plate Semi-Finals 2017 (Sutton Mutton questions)

1 Tribology is the study of what?

The study of friction, wear and lubrication; the science of interacting surfaces in relative motion - accept answers containing the words in bold)

2 The Japanese word Shinkansen defines what specific sort of transport in Japan?

(High speed ‘Bullet’ trains)

3 In which castle did the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales take place?


4 Which cartoon character was captain of the Black Pig?

(Captain Pugwash)

5 What does the letter R mean when referring to an SLR camera?

(Reflex – exact word needed – SLR is single lens reflex)

6 What did the letter R mean when referring to a British soldier’s SLR?

(Rifle– exact word neededSLR stands for self loading rifle)

7 In which present day country did English and Prussian forces defeat the French armies of Napoleon in the battle of Waterloo?


8 What was the prefabricated floating sectional harbour constructed at Arromanches in 1944 called?

(Mulberry Harbour- accept also Port Winston)

9 After its closure, the air base at RAF Finningley was acquired by the Peel Group. What is the airport they now operate at that location called?

(Doncaster Sheffield Airport - accept also Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport as it was renamed in December 2016)

10 West Country Farmhouse Cheddar, Beacon Fell Traditional Lancashire, and Single Gloucester are three of the nine British cheeses that have what type of designation under EU rules?

(PDO - Protected District of Origin – the other six are Staffordshire Cheese, Swaledale Cheese, Blue Stilton Cheese, White Stilton Cheese, Dovedale Cheese, Buxton Blue or Bonchester Cheese)

11 What three letter acronym identifies the French high speed rail network?

(TGV - Train à Grande Vitesse exact letters needed)

12 Cape Trafalgar, near which the famous naval battle took place, is on the south west coast of which modern day country?


13 What European city would you be flying into if the Airport code on your luggage label had the letters FCO?

(Rome - Fiumicino)

14 Charles Dickens had a favourite pet bird he called Grip, and in his novel Dickens gave Barnaby Rudge an identical pet of the same name. What type of bird was Grip?


15 What was the name of the Orlando night club which was the scene for a mass shooting in June 2016?


16 Hazell was a TV Detective series of the 1970’s, based on novels co-written by which famous football manager?

(Terry Venables)

17 “Mad World” was a hit record for Tears for Fears, reaching number 3 in the charts in 1982, but which artist had a number 1 hit in 2003 with a cover version of the same song?

(Gary Jules - which he recorded with Michael Andrews for the film Donnie Darko in 2001)

18 Which breed of dog featured on both the 1985 “Hounds of Love” Album cover by Kate Bush, and also singing and playing the piano on a Smirnoff Vodka TV advert in 2001?


19 Adama Barrow became the President of which country in January 2017, having reputedly worked as a security guard in a North London Argos store, when studying in London in the early 2000’s?


20 Which company’s dress policy for receptionists included high heels for women and resulted in Nicola Thorp being sent home in 2016 when she refused to comply?

(PwC Price Waterhouse Coopers - accept also Portico who were the outsourcing employer who actually employed Nicola Thorp)

21 When Roger Rabbit was accused of murdering Marvin Acme which cartoon character was he married to?

(Jessica Rabbit – in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?)

22 Who was the last uncrowned British Monarch?

(Edward VIII)

23 Which country granted women the vote on the 19th September 1893, the first nation in the world to do so according to Wikipaedia?

(New Zealand)

24 Sir Alex Issigonis was the father of which transverse engined car with an 848cc engine?

(The Mini – accept also the Austin 7 or the Morris Mini-Minor as they were originally sold under these badge engineered names.)

25 Where did journalist Henry Stanley meet Doctor David Livingstone for the first time?

(Ujiji – in present day Tanzania)

26 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot are the only grape varieties that can be used to make what red wine?

(Bordeaux - accept also Claret)

27 Which aircraft, along with the Avro Vulcan and the Handley Page Victor, was the third of the British V-bombers?

(Vickers Valiant)

28 On which fictional island would you find Thomas, Percy, Gordon and all of Thomas’s other friends?


29 Cloudy Bay vineyards in Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand is noted for producing white wine from which grape variety?

(Sauvignon Blanc)

30 Where was U2 pilot Gary Powers exchanged for a Russian spy?

(The Glienicke Bridge or Bridge of Spies – accept either answer. Checkpoint Charlie is not acceptable – this is the location where American student Frederic Pryor was released from East Berlin at the same time)

31 Who patented the dual cyclone vacuum cleaner?

(James Dyson)

32 According to Wikipedia, what did William Webb Ellis invent?


33 What links Omaha, Juno and Sword?

(They were the code names for three of the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy)

34 Who was nicknamed "The Bouncing Czech" by Harold Wilson?

(Robert Maxwell)

35 American electronics company Motorola has its headquarters in which US State?


36 Which car manufacturer has its headquarters in Mlada Boleslav?


37 Which river rises at Flash Head south of Buxton, flows past Longnor, Hulme End and Ilam, then flows into the River Dove?

(River Manifold)

38 What is the currency of South Korea

(The Won)

39 What was the currency of Finland prior to 2002?

(The Markka)

40 Arnold Bennet set his novel Anna of the Five Towns, and other novels, in the potteries. Which of Stoke–on-Trent’s six towns was not referred to by him in his ‘five towns’?


41 What was the name of Hitler's headquarters on the eastern front, also the location of the failed assassination attempt on the 20th of July 1944?

(Wolf's Lair - (Wolfschanze)

42 What type of feet do Palmipeds have?

(Webbed Feet)

43 In which 1958 film did John Mills say "Worth waiting for" after being served with a glass of lager.

(Ice Cold in Alex)

44 In which Swiss Canton is Montreux?


45 If you were Agliophobic what would you be afraid of?


46 Andover is in which English county?


47 In 1964, which Sheffield Wednesday, Everton and England wing half was convicted of fraud after fixing the results of a football match?

(Tony Kay)

48 What was Richard Bach’s novella about a seagull learning about life and flight called?

(Jonathan Livingstone Seagull)

49 In which century did construction of Battle Abbey start?

(The eleventh century – it was completed around 1094 AD)

50 Elements of what event are currently scheduled to take place in Doha at the end of 2022?

(FIFA World Cup)

51 What was the connection between the inventor of correction fluid (i.e. Liquid Paper or Tipp-ex) and Michael Nesmith of the Monkees?

(The inventor of the fluid - Bette Claire Nesmith Graham - was Michael Nesmith’s mother)

52 What sort of plant is Creeping Red Fescue?


53 What is the anglicised name for the Dutch port of Vlissingen?


54 Which EFL club plays its home games at Highbury Stadium?

(Fleetwood Town FC)

55 Time Magazine’s Person of the Year was Trump in 2016 and Merkel in 2015, but in 2014 the award did not go to an individual. Which Group of people were recognised for having done the most to influence the events of 2014?

(Ebola Fighters)

56 Who was the Jamaican sprinter disqualified from the 2008 Olympics 4 x 100m relay by a retrospective drugs test, which means that Usain Bolt has handed back his Gold medal?

(Nesta Carter)

57 What is the full name of the UK Parliamentary Constituency that was represented by Jo Cox as the Member of Parliament before she was killed in June 2016?

(Batley and Spen)

58 Which country was the host venue for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations football tournament?


59 Which professional firm employing close to 200,000 people around the world can trace it origins back to a man named William Barclay Peat in London in 1870?


60 What is the two word term used more commonly to describe a Bedford RLHZ self-propelled pump?

(A Green Goddess – the 1950s fire engine)

Cock-A-2 cup and plate final questions Feb 2017

61. Which modern city was founded by the Greek leader BYZAS in 6th century BC?

Istanbul (accept Byzantium/Constantinople)

62. The actress Natalie Portman, tipped for an Oscar for her recent role as Jackie Kennedy, won her first Oscar for playing a ballerina in which 2010 film?

Black Swan

63. Four traditional English counties border Wales: Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Cheshire (or Cheshire West and Chester) and which other?


64. Which U.S.A. First Lady (President’s wife) had the same maiden name as her married name?

Eleanor Roosevelt (accept Roosevelt) – she was fifth cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt

65. Who is Prime Minister of Australia?

Malcolm Turnbull

66. Because of her lack of personal hygiene, which politician is reputed to have said to Queen Victoria “a bath taken in the early evening before dinner wouldn’t go amiss”?

Lord Melbourne

67. Who wrote the opera ‘The Pearl Fishers’?


68. Why was Dominic Chappell in the news in 2016?

He bought BHS from Philip Green for £1.

69. Which 1964 film ends with images of a series of huge explosions accompanied by Vera Lynn singing ‘We’ll Meet Again’?

Doctor Strangelove or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb (accept Dr. Strangelove)

70. Who took the post of Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead on 12th September 2016?

David Cameron

71. The name of which Texas city is derived from the Spanish for yellow?


72. In which island country can you visit the SIGIRIYA Rock Fortress, the ancient city of POLONNARUWA and the Temple of the Tooth Relic?

Sri Lanka

73. The first ever Match of the Day was broadcast in 1964 and featured Liverpool against which other team?


74. Libby Lane is the Church of England’s first female bishop. To which town was she appointed bishop?


75. Which team won the Superbowl in February 2017?

The New England Patriots

76. In a film, who killed Marion Crane?

Norman Bates (Psycho)

77. In a film and novel who killed Clare Quilty?

Humbert Humbert (in Lolita)

78. Which long distance footpath runs from Sedbury Cliffs on the Severn Estuary to Prestatyn in North Wales?

Offa’s Dyke Path

79. Homage to Catalonia, describing his experiences in the Spanish Civil War, was written by which English novelist?

George Orwell

80. In 1903 Mileva Maric became the first wife of which famous physicist?

Albert Einstein


81. Christmas Island, part of the republic of Kiribati, was so named on Christmas Eve 1777 by which British navigator?

Captain Cook

82. In 1775, what was the first pitched battle of the American War of Independence?

Bunker Hill (outside Boston)

83. What is the northernmost of the sea areas in the Met Office shipping forecasts?

Southeast Iceland (accept Iceland)

84. Which type of alcoholic spirits is also the name of a dynasty that ruled France?

Bourbon (whisky)

85. Which English King was defeated by the Scots at Bannockburn in 1314?

Edward II

86. Which is the only river that flows from the Alps to the North Sea?


87. Gout is caused by raised levels of which acid in the blood?

Uric acid

88. Which pianist and conductor married the cellist Jacqueline du Pre in 1967?

Daniel Barenboim

89. The City of Exeter and the US Marine Corps share which two word Latin motto, meaning “always faithful”?

Semper Fidelis

90. Which member of the cabinets of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown shares his name with one of the principal leaders of the Peasants Revolt?

Jack Straw

91. Which American novel ends with the lines “so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past”?

The Great Gatsby

92. Which American President had the middle name Fitzgerald?

John F. Kennedy

93. What natural feature and tourist attraction in Africa is known as “The Smoke that Thunders” to locals in their native tongue?

Victoria Falls (The “smoke” is the plume of spray that is given off by the waterfall.)

94. Whose image is on a US $100 bill?

Benjamin Franklin

95. What position has former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani been given in the Trump administration?

Cyber Security Adviser (accept anything similar)

96. In what year did use of the second runway at Manchester Airport begin?

2001 (no leeway)

97. What common plant has the Latin name Urtica dioica?


98. What is the first name of the French composer Berlioz?


99. Name any of the saints to which Manchester cathedral is dedicated.

Mary, George and Denys

100. In which country is Dune 7 (a sand-dune) a popular tourist attraction?



101. Who created the sleuth Cormoran Strike?

Robert Galbraith (accept also J.K. Rowling)

102. In music, what can be perfect, interrupted or plagal?

A cadence. (Accept anything that mentions “ending/finishing” of a piece or section)

103. What type of creature is a Sally Lightfoot?

A large colourful crab

104. How many squares are there on a Scrabble board?


105. The River Eden flows through Carlisle, but which Scottish university is closest to where another River Eden enters the sea?

St. Andrews

106. What is the shortest book, by number of verses, in the Old Testament?


107. Which mountain in the Lake District lies just north of Keswick and dominates the northern Lakes?


108. For how many Test matches did Alistair Cook captain the England cricket team?

59 (no leeway – in all the news recently)

109. The island of Lefkas is part of which Mediterranean country?


110. Who is the current Secretary of State for Transport (as at 10 February 2017)?

Chris Grayling

112. Give any year between the British Crown (and Government) taking over the assets of the East India Company and the final dissolution of the company?

1859 to 1874

113. Travelling due east from Macclesfield in Cheshire, the next county would be Derbyshire. Which would be the next county moving eastward?


114. Who is starring as the main male character in the current Saturday night drama on BBCTV Taboo?

Tom Hardy

115. In which month does the birthday of Prince Charles come?

November (14th)

116. Who is the acting coach of the Welsh rugby team In Warren Gatland’s absence?

Rob Howley

117. What is the logo of the National Trust and seen on all their literature and properties?

Oak leaves (need both for a correct answer)

118. What is the currency of Iceland?


119. Give either of the two types of motor scooter associated with mod culture of the 1960’s?

Lambretta or Vespa

120. In mathematics, what number results from 5! (say 5 exclamation mark or 5 shriek)?

120 (It means 5 factorial, which is 5x4x3x2x1)


Supplementary questions

S1 What is the unit of currency used in computer games Sim City and The Sims?


S2 What is the Welsh word for Police (as seen on their bilingual yellow coats)?


S3 Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France, was born in which country?


S4 Which US General died Heidelberg in 1945 12 days after being injured in a car crash?

(General George S Patton

S5 Harwich in Essex has a passenger ferry connection with which european port?

(Hook of Holland – do not accept Rotterdam Europort which is a freight only service)

S6 Which Scottish Premiership Football Club plays its home games at the Global Energy Stadium in Dingwall

(Ross County FC)

S7 What was the Tonton Macoute?

(Haitian paramilitary ‘secret police’, set up by Papa Doc Duvalier in 1959)

S8 Which Chester-le-Street born footballer’s nickname was Captain Marvel?

(Bryan Robson)

S9. To two decimal places, what distance in miles is a kilometre?

0.62 miles

S10. In what year did Leeds United win their only FA Cup final? - It was also the centenary of the first FA Cup Final.

1972 (no leeway)


Tie Breakers

1 What is the aggregate of the crowds attending MTFC’s FA Trophy match at home to Boreham Wood and FC United of Manchester’s home friendly against SV Austria Salzburg on the 4th February

967(MTFC) plus 1562 (FCUM) = 2529

2 What is the distance in miles between Macclesfield and Berlin as the crow flies (taken from google maps using the centres of each location.

(648 miles)

3 Three Thursdays ago, two of your question setters went to Wetherspoons for a meal. The order was one large chicken Balti, one large chicken Jalfrezi, two side orders of Bombay potatoes, a pint of Thornbridge Brewery Sequoia and a pint of Tring Brewery Side Pocket. How much to the nearest penny was this round?