Wednesday, March 01, 2017

28th February–The Questions


Please note that Nick printed the wrong set of General Knowledge questions that contained some questions the setter had actually removed, in particular St Barnabas and Q58 should read Byzantine not Roman. The fault is entirely Nick’s and not the setter’s nor the vetter.

All questions set by the Waters Green Lemmings

Specialist Rounds,


Vetted by The Wharfies

1 Geography

2 History

3 Arts and Entertainment

4 Sport

5 Science and Nature

6 Strange Fruit

7 Scandalum Magnatum

8 Composition on appropriately-sized white paper (Picture Round)


1. Where is Ronaldsway Airport?

Isle of Man

2. Christiana is the former name of which European city?


3. St Paul's is a suburb of which UK city?


4. Hay on Wye is located in which national park?

Brecon Beacons

5. What links the English towns of Barton and Hessle?

The Humber Bridge

6. Which is the largest lake in the British Isles, supposedly formed by the urine of a giant horse?

Lough Neagh

7. Where do the White and Blue Niles join?

Khartoum - in Sudan

8. In what year was the People’s Republic of China founded?


S1. Which city is home to the European Court of Justice and the European Investment Bank’s HQ?


S2. What country is nearest to the site of the sinking of the Titanic?


S3. In which country is the ancient city of Samarkand?



1. What links Bridgeo Bridge and Leatherslade Farm in 1963?

Great Train Robbery

2. Which king of England ruled for 59 years?

George III

3. In which century did the Glencoe massacre take place?

17th (February 13th 1692)

4. In 1554 who married Phillip II of Spain?

Queen Mary

5. Who won the Battle of Prestonpans on 21st September 1745?

Jacobite army

6. Who fled his 'Peacock Throne' into exile in 1979?

Shah of Iran

7. Which 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner decided to send his wife to Oslo to accept the prize because he feared he would not be readmitted to his homeland?

Lech Walesa

8. For how long did the UK General Strike last?

10 days

S1. Who was assassinated by John Bellingham May 11th 1812?

Spencer Percival

S2. What did Hermann Goering do 3 hours before he was due to be executed?

Committed suicide


1. Which was the first Liverpool pop group to have a UK number 1 hit record?

Gerry and the Pacemakers

2. Which Stanley Kubrick film features the “Dawn of Man” sequence?

2001 A Space Odyssey

3. Aged 22 who became the conductor of the attendants’ band at Worcester and County Lunatic Asylum in Powick in 1879

Edward Elgar

4. Which Englishwoman had hits in the sixties with This Is My Song and Sailor?

Petula Clark

5. Which American producer developed the wall of sound formula

Phil Spector

6. The drummer Art Blakey led which group?

The Jazz Messengers

7. Who was the art critic and writer whose works include “The Stones of Venice” and who championed Turner and the Pre –Raphaelites and has an Oxford college named after him?

John Ruskin

8. Whose symphony No 4 in A major was called The Italian?

Felix Mendelssohn

S1. In a 1915 novel, (later turned into a film) who is accused of the Portland Place murder?

Richard Hannay (in The 39 Steps)

S2. Leopold Stokowski arranged and conducted the music for which famous Disney film?



1. What is the maximum number of golf clubs a golfer is allowed to carry in a round?


2. Which marathon is the world’s oldest foot race, the first to permit women to enter and the first to run a wheelchair race?


3. Who was the first person to win the tennis grand slam twice?

Rod Laver

4. In which sport would you throw stones at houses


5. In which athletic event would you employ the O’Brien shift

Shot put

6. In which city were the winter Olympics that saw Eddie the Eagle’s attempts at ski jumping held?


7. At which ground did Eric Cantona display his kung fu skills against an abusive spectator?

Selhurst Park

8. What colour is the flag used by the starter to bring the horses into line for a race?


S1. What kind of sport is the Vendee Globe?

Yacht race

S2, What was the nickname of the French tennis star Rene Lacoste?



1. Which French scientist who named oxygen and hydrogen was executed in 1794?

Antoine Lavoisier

2. Which English scientist discovered the principle of electromagnetic induction in 1831

Michael Faraday

3. Brent Blend, Tapis, Minas and Midway Sunset Heavy are well-known classifications of what expensive commodity

Crude oil (accept oil)

4. Where in the human body is the lunula located?

Fingernail (white crescent)

5. The Kroll process replaced the Hunter process in the production of which metal?


6. In 1928 which professor of bacteriology discovered the first true antibiotic?

Sir Alexander Fleming

7. Found in Sumatra and Borneo what is the only Asian great ape?


8. Which English biologist (1825-95) was known as Darwin’s Bulldog because of his advocacy of the theory of evolution

Julian Huxley

S1. The infectious woolsorters disease is better known as what?


S2. In trigonometry, what is calculated by the adjacent over the hypotenuse?


Strange Fruit – All answers contain the name of a fruit. The full answer is required (unless instructed otherwise)

1 Name given to the statement released by "the gang of four" announcing the establishment of the SDP in 1981. (first word needed only)

Limehouse (Declaration)

2 What is the title of the 1940 song in which various singers including Elvis, Louis Armstrong and Fats Domino “found their thrill”?

Blueberry Hill

3 What is the name of the semi-autobiographical novel charting Jeanette Winterson's childhood in Accrington?

Oranges are not the only Fruit

4. Who was the title character in Spike Milligan’s serialised Jack the Ripper spoof which was featured in “The Two Ronnies”?

The Phantom Raspberry Blower (of old London Town)

5 What is the stage name of the irreverent host of several TV gameshows born Leigh Francis in 1973 in Leeds.

Keith Lemon

6 What is the name of the alliterative Title character played by Johnny Depp in 1993 comedy-drama set in Iowa also starring Leonardo diCaprio and Juliette Lewis

(What’s Eating) Gilbert Grape(?)

7 What was the name of the New Zealand born teacher who died in 1979 due to injuries sustained in an Anti-Nazi League march in London

Blair Peach

8 Which fruit is used as a term of insult to describe a third person interrupting the wishes of two others to spend time alone?


S1 What is the surname of the carpenter and actor in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"?

(Peter) Quince

S2 Who is the Yorkshire footballer born 1948, most heavily associated with Leeds United who was the first England player sent off in a friendly international.

Trevor Cherry

Scandalum Magnatum. No – not a Latin round, but one about the tainted reputation of various people who perhaps should have known better.

1 Which TV host became the first Blue Peter presenter to have his contract terminated in 1998 after his cocaine use was exposed by the News of the World?

Richard Bacon

2 An icon of the 2010 MPs expenses scandal, which item was unsuccessfully claimed for by conservative Peter Viggers?

A duck island/house

(must convey idea of refuge for birds – be aware that moat-cleaning was a different MP )

3 Which Rochdale MP, noted for exposing paedophilia in politics, was suspended by his party in 2015 after sending explicit text messages to a 17 year old?

Simon Danczuk

4 Theophylactus of Tusculum is the only man to hold which post more than once? He is alleged to have been guilty of many "rapes, murders and unspeakable acts of violence and sodomy" during his period of office.

Pope (Benedict IX) – he most likely sold the role in 1048!

5 Who encountered undercover police officer Marcelo Rodriguez in a public toilet in the Will Rogers Memorial Park, Beverley Hills in April 1998?

George Michael

6 Who was the former Treasurer of the Conservative Party, himself associated with tax avoidance, who wrote a 2015 biography of David Cameron that made reference to a decapitated pig’s head?

Lord/Michael Ashcroft.

7 Who was the captain of South Africa's test cricket team until he was involved in a match-fixing scandal in 2000. Hansie Cronje

8 Ruby Rubacuori, a teenage Moroccan belly dancer was instrumental in the 2013 conviction (later successfully appealed) of which European political leader.

Silvio Berlusconi

S1 Which televangelist from the "Assemblies of God" was jailed in 1989 after paying-off an alleged rape victim? Jim Bakker

S2 Which fire-prone Ford car model was the subject of a 1973 leaked memo detailing the decision that it was preferable to pay damages than recall the car? Pinto

Name the Artist. You are required to name the person who produced the visual artwork shown from the information given.

Visually Impaired players should receive the biographical detail of the artist on the picture, plus the name of the piece.




YEAR of PRODUCTION: 1880-1881


















YEAR of PRODUCTION: 1894-1895



clip_image016YEAR of PRODUCTION: 1967

clip_image018QUESTION: S1




clip_image020ARTIST: AMERICAN


clip_image022QUESTION: S3



clip_image024QUESTION: S4


YEAR of PRODUCTION: c1495-1505

1 Piet Mondrian (“Composition with Red, Yellow, Blue and Black”)

2 Pierre-August Renoir (“Luncheon of the Boating Party”)

3 Andy Warhol (“Banana”)

(image amended because his signature appeared, re-iterate the instructions if Lou Reed/Velvet Underground is offered)

4 Ai Weiwei (“Sunflower Seeds”)

5 Jack Vettriano(“The Singing Butler”)

6 Claude Monet (“Waterlillies”)

7 Paul Cezanne (“The Card Players”)

8 Peter Blake (Sgt. Pepper)

(re-iterate the instructions with considerable exasperation if The Beatles is offered!)

S1 George Stubbs (“Molly Longlegs with her Jockey”)

S2 Edward Hopper (“Nighthawks”)

S3 Edgar Degas (“L’Absinthe” – best avoided before horse-riding or ballet!)

S4 Hieronymous Bosch (“The Garden of Earthly Delights”)



General knowledge

Q1: In which sitcom would you find Jim, Bernard and Humphrey?

A1: Yes, Minister (also Yes, Prime Minister)

Q2: In football, who was known as the Non-flying Dutchman?

A2: Dennis Bergkamp

Q3: What is a comptometer?

A3: A mechanical calculator

Q4: Which car company makes the famously fast Veyron supercar?

A4: Bugatti

Q5: In which decade did Top of the Pops cease regular broadcasts?

A5: 2000s (2006)

Q6: In which county is the Thomas Hardy museum?

A: Dorset

Q7: In which decade was The Great Gatsby published?

A7: 1920s

Q8: Who does the union BALPA represent?

A8: Airline pilots

Q9: Which instrument did Marilyn Monroe play in Some Like It Hot?

A9: The ukulele

Q10: Which sitcom links Bren, Dolly and Twinkle?

A10: Dinnerladies

Q11: In which European city is the football team PSG based?

A11: Paris (Paris St.-Germain FC)

Q12: In medicine, what is phlebitis?

A12: Inflammation of the veins (accept blood vessels)

Q13: Which world leader is the honorary president of the World Judo Federation?

A13: Vladimir Putin

Q14: Of which celebrated US band is Trent Reznor the lead singer?

A14: Nine Inch Nails

Q15: On which hill in London would you find St Paul’s Cathedral?

A15: Ludgate Hill

Q16: Which 1980s singer wrote the novel The List of the Lost?

A16: Morrissey

Q17: Near which UK city would you find The Mumbles?

A17: Swansea

Q18: Alphabetically, which Carry On… film comes first?

A18: Carry on Abroad

Q19: Which dance has styles including American, International and Viennese?

A19: Waltz

Q20: In cricket, who in 2016 became the youngest batsman to score 10,000 test runs?

A20: Alastair Cook

Q21: Visited by the Huygens probe in 2005, what is the name of the only moon in the solar system with a dense atmosphere?

A21: Titan

Q22: In which year did Stalin die?

A22: 1953 (accept 1952 – 1954)

Q23: Which Eagle had a massive hit in the 1980s with The Boys of Summer?

A23: Don Henley

Q24: On which day of the week is The Archers NOT broadcast on Radio 4?

A24: Saturday.

Q: In the Daphne du Maurier book Rebecca, Mrs Danvers is the head housekeeper of which iconic house?

A: Manderlay

Q26: In which US state would you find the city of Chattanooga?

A26: Tennessee

Q27: Name the Seth Rogan film about killing the North Korean leader that caused the regime to hack Sony in 2014?

A27: The Interview

Q28: What name links an Australian city and the first jet bomber to cross the Atlantic without refuelling?

A28: Canberra

Q29: Which country's cricket team played its first international test match in November 2000?

A29: Bangladesh

Q30: Between which two planets would you find the asteroid belt?

A30: Mars and Jupiter

Q31: In which year did Margaret Thatcher die?

A31: 2013

Q32: Whose 1980s debut single was called Love Resurrection?

A32: Alison Moyet (Accept "Alf")

Q33: Who was the last UK Prime Minister to win two General Elections in the same year?

A33: Harold Wilson (1974)

Q34: In the British countryside, what is a “Brock”?

A34: A badger

Q35: Liechtenstein lies between Switzerland and which other country?

A35: Austria

Q36: At the cinema, who had a Big Adventure and a Bogus Journey?

A36: Bill and Ted

Q37: Which long-running TV show has starred actors Fred Feast, Bernard Youens and Bradley Walsh?

A37: Coronation Street

Q38: In the UK, The Chief of the General Staff belongs to which of the armed forces?

A38: The Army

Q39: What colour are the flowers of the laburnum tree?

A39: Yellow

Q40: In which decade of the 20th century was sliced bread first marketed?

A40: The 1920s (1928 to be exact)

Q41: What surname links Charlie and Craig of 1980s pop duo The Proclaimers?

A41: Reid

Q42: Who was the last unmarried UK Prime Minister

A42: Edward Heath

Q43: In poetry, which old sailor accosts three men on their way to a wedding?

A43: The Ancient Mariner

Q44: Which Italian city is known as La Serenissima?

A44: Venice

Q45: Who played Liberace in the 2013 film Behind The Candelabra?

A45: Michael Douglas

Q46: Which high-energy game show has been presented by Leslie Crowther, Bruce Forsyth, and Joe Pasquale?

A46: The Price Is Right

Q47: Which Canadian won the World Snooker Championship in 1980?

A47: Cliff Thorburn

Q48: Which unit of measurement comes from the Latin word Uncia meaning “one-twelfth part”?

A48: Inch

Q49: Who is the patron saint of Macclesfield?

A49: St Barnabas.

Q50: Which 19th century Russian composer was also a respected chemist?

A50: Alexander Borodin

Q51: Winston Churchill appears on the new £5 note design, and Jane Austin will be on the next £10, but which painter will grace the new £20 note?

A51: JMW Turner

Q52: Which fictional diarist made his first entry on 1st January 1981?

A52: Adrian Mole

Q53: Famed for the battle that took place there in 1686, in which county is Sedgemoor?

A53: Somerset

Q54: Who played down-at-heel producer Max Bialystock in the 1968 Mel Brooks movie the Producers?

A54: Zero Mostel

Q55: What number links the characters Major Major, Chaplain Tappman, and Milo Minderbinder?

A55: 22 (They’re characters in Catch 22)

Q56: In which Norwegian town was the 1994 Winter Olympics held?

A56: Lillehammer

Q57: Which gaseous element has a name derived from the Greek for stench?

A57: Bromine

Q58: The fall of Constantinople finally signalled the end of which Empire?

A58: The Roman Empire (29th May 1453)

Q59: Which band was first on stage at the original Live Aid concert in 1985?

A59: Status Quo

Q60: What was the name of the Labour MP murdered in 2016?

A60: Jo Cox

Q61: Which 1889 novel was subtitled To Say Nothing of the Dog?

A61: Three Men in a Boat

Q62: Which Liverpudlian wrote the play John, Paul, George, Ringo and Bert?

A62: Willy Russell

Q63: In which Polish city was the trade union Solidarity founded?

A63: Gdansk (in the shipyards)

Q64: The 2016 film Hail, Caesar! Staring George Clooney is by which duo?

A64: Joel and Ethan Coen (accept Coen brothers)

Q65: What number links Timmy, Dick, George, Julian, and Anne?

A65: 5 (The Famous Five)

Q66: Which athlete claimed to have eaten over 1,000 chicken nuggets during the 2008 Beijing Olympics?

A66: Usain Bolt

Q67: The notorious Prison Experiment of the early 1970s took place at which US university?

A67: Stanford (students chosen to play guards became brutal)

Q68: Name a month in 1940 during the Battle of Britain.

A68: July – October

Q69: Which band had a 1996 hit with The Day We Caught The Train?

A69: Ocean Colour Scene

Q70: Before nationalisation, which rail company ran the West Coast Mainline?

A70: London Midland Scottish (LMS)

Q71: Founded in 1973, Virago Press publishes books by whom?

A71: Women

Q72: Which famous London museum is located on Great Russell Street?

A72: The British Museum

Q73: What is the subject of the movies Sneakers, Blackhat, and Wargames?

A73: Computer hacking

Q74: Which lubricant links the characters Danny, Kenickie, Rizzo and Sandy?

A74: Grease (the musical)

Q75: Which racing driver and Top Gear presenter is known as the Queen of the Nurburgring?

A75: Sabine Schmitz

Q76: What is the main colour of the Fly Agaric mushroom?

A76: Red

Q77: In which capital city was Oscar Wilde born in 1854?

A77: Dublin

Q: Who is the lead singer of The Specials?

A: Terry Hall

Q79: In prehistory, what was mined at Grimes’ Graves in Norfolk?

A79: Flint

Q80: Who wrote the 1973 novel Fear of Flying?

A80: Erica Jong

Q81: The birthplace of philosopher Albert Camus, which country lies immediately to the north of Mali?

A81: Algeria

Q82: Who was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for Now Voyager?

A82: Bette Davis

Q83: Which government position has been held by lawyers, teachers, and a tiller girl?

A83: Speaker of the House of Commons

Q84: How is the England Women’s Football Team better known?

A84: The Lionesses

Q85: According to Ohm’s Law, what is current multiplied by resistance?

A85: Voltage

Q86: Which shop chain introduced the Winfield brand in the 1960s?

A86: Woolworth’s.

Q87: The name of which percussion instrument means “wood sound” in Greek?

A87: Xylophone

Q88: Jacobites were named after which monarch?

A88: James II (need regnal number)

Q89: Which novel is the first in a series about the children of the Walker and Blackett families?

A89: Swallows and Amazons

Q90: Which sea is also known as Lake Tiberias?

A90: The Sea of Galilee

Q91: In the film Brief Encounter, who plays housewife Laura Jesson?

A91: Celia Johnson

Q92: Which annual race links Isis and Goldie?

A92: The Boat Race

Q93: In football, which team won the 2016 Women’s Super League and the Women’s Continental Cup?

A93: Manchester City

Q94: What did Ole Romer first attempt to measure accurately in 1676?

A94: The speed of light

Q95: Which of Henry VIII’s wives gave birth to Elizabeth I?

A95: Anne Boleyn

Q96: Which group scored a 60s hit with Lilly The Pink?

A96: Scaffold

Supplementary Questions

Q: Who, in the late 1970s, did “Wearside Jack” pretend to be?

A: Peter Sutcliffe (The Yorkshire Ripper)

Q: How many digits are there in a completed Sudoku grid?

A: 81 (9 x 9)

Q: Which volcano is known as the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean?

A: Stromboli

Q: In Casablanca, which character was played by Dooley Wilson?

A: Sam (also accept "The Pianist")

Q: What body part links Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson?

A: Bottom (BBC sitcom)

Q: Name the device built by Alexander Graham Bell in 1881 to locate the bullet after President Garfield was shot?

A: Metal detector

Q: In what year was the Great Exhibition?

A: 1851 (accept 1850-1952)

Q: Which 20th century UK monarch had no children?

A: Edward VIII

Q: In which sea is the Gulf of Aqaba?

A: The Red Sea

Q: Released in 1964, the movie Fail-Safe is considered a serious version of which other Cold War blockbuster?

A: Dr Strangelove


Anonymous Andrew said...

"Please note that Nick printed the wrong set of General Knowledge questions that contained some questions the setter had actually removed, in particular St Barnabas and Q58 should read Byzantine not Roman. The fault is entirely Nick’s and not the setter’s nor the vetter." - I'm pretty sure that the answer to Q58 on the night was also given as Roman much to the surprise of the gathered masses.

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