Friday, April 29, 2016

Cup Final 26 April 2016

 

All questions supplied by the teams themselves...

…but not the Dolphin or the Church House Bollington!

Assembled by:

Mark Watson, Haydn Thompson and Alice Walker (Ox-fford / Ox-fford 'C')

1

Which major Italian poet of the late Middle Ages was profoundly inspired as a nine-year-old by the beauty of an eight- year-old girl in thirteenth century Florence?

Dante

(Dante Alighieri inspired by Beatrice, c. 1274)

2

What was "unbearable" in the title of a Czech novel that was originally published in 1984 in a French translation?

The lightness of being (The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera)

3

What writing material is traditionally credited to Eumenes II, the King of Pergamum, and derives its name from his kingdom?

Parchment

(Pergamena in Latin)

4

Which bridge links a major city in the USA to neighbouring Marin County?

Golden Gate Bridge (linking San Francisco and Marin County)

5

Who began a new literary project on the first day of 1660, after having the remains of a turkey for breakfast?

Samuel Pepys

(as described in the very first entry in his diary)

6

Which BAFTA Fellow provides the "voice over" commentary at the beginning and end of the BBC series Call the Midwife ?

Vanessa Redgrave

7

Which band released the 1992 album Automatic for the People ?

R.E.M.

8

What name is given to scrollwork, engravings or carvings done in the bone of marine mammals, most commonly the bones and teeth of whales?

Scrimshaw

9

Who is the current Chair of the Federal Reserve System in the U.S.A?

Janet Yellen

10

Give either of the real first names of the adventurer and broadcaster Bear Grylls

Edward or Michael

11

Which past president of the Royal Institute of British Architects lived at 222 Black Road, Macclesfield in 1971?

Rod Hackney

12

Which place in Palestine is widely regarded as being the oldest walled town in the world?

Jericho

(which dates from around 9000 BC)

13

What name was given to the slender, vertical, cigar-shaped steel structure beside the Thames in London, built in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, which appeared to float above the ground?

Skylon

14

Which Renaissance mathematician and astronomer formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its centre?

Nicolaus Copernicus

15

Comedian Chris Sievey, who died in 2010, was best-known for creating which character, an aspiring singer-songwriter from Timperley, South Manchester?

Frank Sidebottom

16

What does the 'V' stand for in the letters ABV, when used to describe beer?

Volume

17

Which yellow and brown metal is an alloy consisting principally of copper and zinc?

Brass

18

In the U.K., what type of licence was introduced in 1796 and abolished in 1988?

Dog Licence

19

Which 17th century French playwright wrote 'Tartuffe' and 'School for Wives'?

Molière

(Jean-Baptiste Poquelin)

20

What's the only country whose national flag is not quadrilateral?

Nepal

21

Which country borders the Black Sea to the east, Romania to the north, and Greece to the south?

Bulgaria

22

Who was succeeded in 2009 by Professor Michael Green, as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University?

Stephen Hawking

23

Who was the second president of the U.S.A?

John Adams

24

Which Russian physiologist is best known for conditioning dogs to salivate upon hearing a bell?

Ivan Pavlov

25

What makes Pink Gin pink?

Angostura Bitters

26

Best known for producing the Whitehall Farces, who became chairman of Mencap in 1988?

Brian Rix

27

Which nebula, in the constellation of Taurus, originated in the explosion of a supernova observed in the eleventh century by the Chinese?

The Crab Nebula (so called because it looks a bit like a crab)

28

For which capital city was Oscar Niemeyer appointed Chief Architect in 1956?

Brasilia

29

What name was given to the circle of oak posts discovered at low tide in Norfolk in 1998?

Seahenge

(dating from around 2000 BC and gradually revealed by coastal erosion)

30

Which retailing company, which now has nearly 400 UK stores, was founded in 1969 in Southampton by Richard Block and his brother-in-law?

B&Q

31

Which English restaurant critic, television cook and writer was born Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey?

Fanny Craddock

32

Who is the current Director-General of the BBC?

Tony Hall

33

The Osier, whose shoots can be woven into baskets, is a species of which tree?

Willow

34

Who recorded the 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home ?

Bob Dylan

35

Who played the title role in the ITV series Sharpe ?

Sean Bean

36

Who was presented to Kublai Khan in Xanadu in 1275 and later claimed, in his own account, to have made a very good impression?

Marco Polo

37

Which circuit, near Weybridge in Surrey, opened in 1907 as the world's first custom-built motor-racing track?

Brooklands

38

What did the French physician René Laennec invent in 1816?

The stethoscope (he wanted to avoid the embarrassment of pressing his ear against the bodies of female patients)

39

What was "pursued" in the title of the semi-autobiographical novel that was Nancy Mitford's first success in 1945?

Love (The Pursuit of Love)

40

Name one of the two English poets who went to live in Florence after marrying secretly in 1846.

Robert Browning or

Elizabeth Barrett

41

In which fractious British colony did Bishop Abel Muzorewa win the first multicultural election in 1979?

Rhodesia (also accept Southern Rhodesia or Zimbabwe)

42

Who was the first cricketer to be knighted whilst still playing at international level?

Sir Richard Hadlee

43

From what company's plant did toxic gas escape in Bhopal, India in 1984, with devastating results?

Union Carbide

44

The famous navigator Vasco da Gama is buried in which Portuguese City?

Lisbon

45

In which town did Robert E. Lee surrender to Ulysees S. Grant, thus ending the American Civil War in 1865?

Appomattox, Virginia

(in the Court House)

46

Let It Bleed, Black and Blue and Beggar's Banquet – are all Rolling Stones albums. They are also books by which British crime writer?

Ian Rankin

47

Who played the leading character 'Richard' in the 1999 film

The Beach ?

Leonardo Di Caprio

48

Usain Bolt currently holds the Men’s 100m World Record, with a time of 9.58 seconds. Whose record did he break in 2008?

Asafa Powell

49

Shakespeare - what is the name of the girl with whom we are told Romeo is infatuated before he falls in love with Capulet's daughter Juliet?

Rosaline

(Act I, scene ii)

50

Which organisation used the slogan "To our members, we're the 4th emergency service"?

The AA

(Automobile Association)

51

What was established as a direct result of horrors seen on the battlefield of Solferino in 1859?

The Red Cross

52

What was stolen by Edward the First, and returned to the scene of the crime exactly 700 years later?

The Stone of Scone

53

Which sportsman was nicknamed The Clones Cyclone ?

Barry McGuigan

54

What name was given to the fortified positions hastily built along the south coast of Britain when Napoleon was gathering a fleet to invade?

Martello towers

55

Which part of the British Isles was known to the Romans as Mona?

Anglesey

56

The alleged murderer Albert deSalvo was better known by which nickname?

The Boston Strangler

57

Which beer did Jack Dee advertise in a series of TV commercials in the 1990s?

John Smiths

58

What's the second largest planet in the Solar System?

Saturn

59

Which famous historical character was killed by a musket ball fired from the French ship Redoubtable ?

Horatio Nelson

60

Which group was fronted by David Lee Roth, until his departure in 1985, before he returned again in 2006?

Van Halen

61

Which insect gave Michael Balzary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers his stage nickname?

Flea

62

In 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam's independence from which European country?

France

63

What is the SI unit of energy?

Joule

64

Which English county is the home of Blue Vinney cheese?

Dorset

65

By what nickname is the serial killer David Berkowitz best known?

Son of Sam (also accept

The .33 Caliber Killer)

66

Which part of the British Isles was known to the Romans as Vectis?

Isle of Wight

67

Which word is used to describe an event in the castle at Prague at the start of the Thirty Years War?

Defenestration

68

Which sportsman was unkindly given the nickname Mrs Doubtfire by American sports fans?

Colin Montgomerie

69

Who is the only British Prime Minister to have moved from opposition to office on four separate occasions?

William Gladstone

70

Which former Italian Prime Minister was abducted and assassinated in 1978 by the Brigate Rosse (or Red Brigades)?

Aldo Moro

71

Which brand of fruit-flavoured sweets uses the advertising slogan "Taste the Rainbow"?

Skittles

72

Shakespeare - what is the name of Katharina's father in The Taming of the Shrew ?

Baptista

("a rich gentleman of Padua")

73

Which former British Army judo champion won Olympic gold in 2004?

Kelly Holmes

74

Which rapper played the part of Huggy Bear in the 2004 movie

Starsky & Hutch ?

Snoop Dogg

75

Who wrote the 1999 novel The Remorseful Day ?

Colin Dexter

76

Which famous fifteenth century battle was fought on Saint Crispin's Day?

Battle of Agincourt (1415)

77

In which ocean is the Republic of Maldives?

Indian Ocean

78

Which pandemic originated in China in the 1340s and reached Europe with devastating effect a few years later?

The Black Death

79

By which football club was Gary Neville sacked in March 2016, after less than four months as its Manager?

Valencia

80

Who was the first President of Cyprus, after it gained independence in 1960?

Archbishop Makarios III

(accept Makarios)

81

Which reality television programme was won this year by Kevin Simm?

The Voice

82

Give a year in the life of the French-born Swiss religious reformer, John Calvin.

1509 - 1564

83

What forename was shared by two of the three men who served as Home Secretary under John Major?

Kenneth (or Ken)

(Baker and Clarke – the other was Michael Howard)

84

In ‘text speak’, what does ‘AYSOS?’ stand for?

Are You Stupid Or Something?

85

Which album by Fairport Convention is named after a popular instant pudding?

Angel Delight

86

A controversial English fast bowler of the 1960's and 70's, the illegitimate son of Lord Eddard Stark and a Channel 4 broadcaster all share what surname (their given names differing only by a letter)?

Jo(h)n Snow

87

From which remote South Atlantic island, a British Overseas Territory, was the whole population evacuated to the UK, following a volcanic eruption in 1961?

Tristan da Cunha

88

Which controversial novel, first published in 1920, featured Gerald Crich, Rupert Birkin, and the sisters Gudrun and Ursula Brangwen?

Women in Love

89

In Greek mythology, which gift from the demi-god Phrixus became the most famous treasure of the land of Colchis?

The Golden Fleece

90

Now used in relation to many conflicts and even sports events, the phrase The Shot Heard Around the World was originally used to refer to the opening salvos of which conflict?

American War of Independence

91

In which musical film did Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin play three US sailors on shore leave?

On the Town

92

Which American landmark was originally intended to feature Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Buffalo Bill, and Oglala Lakota Sioux Chief Red Cloud?

Mount Rushmore

93

“And he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning”, is the final line of which 1960 Pulitzer prize winning novel?

To Kill A Mockingbird

94

What's the surname of the celebrity couple - a former footballer and a former pop singer - who have two children named Charley and Beau?

Redknapp (Jamie - formerly captain of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur - and Louise - formerly of Eternal)

95

Which word was coined by Claude Chappe in the late eighteenth century to describe his new system of hilltop signalling?

Semaphore

(also accept telegraph - he invented both words in 1791)

96

Which people selected a site for their capital city, Tenochtitlan, that has developed into Mexico City?

The Aztecs

97

Which country provided the setting for Roland Joffe's 1984 film

The Killing Fields ?

Cambodia

98

Give the surname of either of the characters played by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the film Grease .

Olsson (Sandy) or Zuko

(Danny)

99

Which fish has the Latin name Tinca Tinca ?

Tench

100

Which popular children's cartoon character was created by Keith Chapman?

Bob the Builder

101

Which fictional schoolboy attended the Neil Armstrong Comprehensive School?

Adrian Mole

102

Which plant has the Latin name Bellis Perennis ?

Daisy

103

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are parents to a son and a daughter. Give the first name of either child.

North (daughter) or Saint

(son)

104

Which film was adapted from a novel by William Peter Blatty and directed by William Friedkin?

The Exorcist

105

On which river was the site that was chosen for the USA's new capital city following independence?

The Potomac

106

Which meat product was developed in the 1930s by the Hormel Company of Austin, Minnesota, and gained worldwide popularity during World War II?

Spam

107

Which annual event returned in 2012, twenty years after it was scrapped by the Scout Association for health & safety reasons?

Bob-a-Job Week

108

Which traditional Spanish folk song and dance, widely heard and seen in Mexico during the revolution, has a name that translates into English as ‘the cockroach’?

La Cucaracha

109

Which UK organisation, founded in 1894, has the motto For Ever, For Everyone ?

National Trust

110

Which city was developed from Brigham Young's selection of the site as suitable for settlement?

Salt Lake City

111

Officially called the "People Committed to the Prophet's Teachings for Propagation and Jihad", by what name is this Nigerian Islamist organisation better known?

Boko Haram (this version translates as "Western Education is Forbidden")

112

On which Greek island did the Minoan civilisation arise and flourish?

Crete

113

Which novel, first published in 1899, tells the story of an ivory transporter venturing down the Congo River into deepest Africa, searching for Mr. Kurtz?

Heart of Darkness

114

Which is the second largest American state, by area?

Texas

115

What significant first was achieved by the 19-second video entitled Me at the Zoo , shot in April 2003 and featuring Jawed Karim at San Diego Zoo?

First YouTube video

116

According to 10cc, love is a fire of flaming brandy upon which French dessert?

Crêpe Suzette

117

In ‘text speak’, what does ‘AYTMTB?’ stand for?

And You’re Telling Me This Because?

118

Who was Britain’s first female Foreign Secretary?

Margaret Beckett

(2006-7)

119

Give a year in the life of the English theologian and philosopher, John Wycliffe.

1320 - 1384

120

In which Channel 4 reality TV programme does Fred Sirieix play a prominent role?

First Dates

(he is Maître d' of the restaurant)

 

Supplementary Questions

 

S1

The tune, ‘Westminster Quarters’, played by Big Ben, is possibly based in part on the tune ‘I Know My Redeemer Liveth’; a piece by which composer?

Handel

S2

What creatures can be Silky, Giant, Spiny or Scaly?

Anteater

S3

Which British independent school, founded in 1934, has the motto ‘Plus est en Vous’ (there is more in you)?

Gordonstoun

S4

Which TV programme was described by John Betjeman as “The Pickwick Papers of television”?

Coronation Street

S5

Nicknamed Mr Las Vegas and The Midnight Idol, which entertainer has performed over 35,000 shows in Las Vegas and has the signature tune “Danke Shoen”?

Wayne Newton

S6

Which golf course, overlooking the Firth of Forth, is home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh golfers?

Muirfield

S7

The oil painting, ‘The Young Anthony’, incorrectly attributed to Rubens is actually thought to have been a self-portrait by which of Rubens’ pupils?

Anthony Van Dyck

S8

What female forename is the name given to the furry, sometimes knitted, thick handgrip on a church bell rope?

Sally

S9

In which British city could you watch the Steelers play Ice Hockey and the Sharks play Basketball?

Sheffield

S10

Which then Manchester City footballer said in 2012 “When I score I don’t celebrate. It’s my job. Does a postman celebrate when he delivers a letter”?

Mario Ballotelli

TIEBREAKERS (God forbid…)

 

1. How long in miles is the Trans-Siberian Railway?

2. What is the height in feet of Mount Kilimanjaro?

3. What is length in miles of the River Thames?

4. How many Test Match runs were scored by Sir Garfield Sobers?

5. What is the area in square miles of Wales?

 

Answer

 

1. Trans-Siberian Railway = 5,772 miles

2. Kilimanjaro = 19,330 feet

3. Thames = 215 miles

4. Garry Sobers = 8,032 runs

5. Wales = 8,014 square miles

 

Ask individually or get the teams to add them all together

 

Total = 41,363

Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 12th The Questions

 

Set By

The Weaver

Vetted by: Plough Horntails and Sutton Club

Specialist Rounds are:

Geography

Arts and Entertainment

Sport

Science

Second Chance

A Doctor Round

Nicknames

History

GEOGRAPHY

Q1 KIGALI is the capital city of which African country?

A1 RWANDA

Q2 LJUBLJANA (pronounced Loo Be Ana) is the capital city of which European country?

A2 SLOVENIA

Q3 Which village in the Scottish Borders region stands at the northern end of the Pennine Way national trail?

A3 KIRK YETHOLM

Q4 At some 630 miles (1014 km) which national trail is the UK’s longest national trail?

A4 SOUTH WEST COAST PATH (accept South West Way)

Q5 Which Scottish loch is the deepest freshwater body in the British Isles?

A5 LOCH MORAR (max depth of 1017 ft - 310 m)

Q6 What is the highest mountain in Northern Ireland?

A6 SLIEVE DONARD (2697ft – 822m)

Q7 What is the name of the inland sea that lies between the Dardanelles Strait and the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey?

A7 SEA OF MARMARA

Q8 SCHENGEN, the town after which the treaty allowing the free movement of people within the E.U. is named, is in which country?

A8 LUXEMBOURG

Supplementary Questions

Q9 Latvia has land borders with Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and which other country?

A9 BELARUS

Q10 The Four Corners Monument in the U.S.A. marks the spot where the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and which other state meet?

A10 UTAH

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

All the questions/answers concern classic British sitcoms

Q1 What is the character name of the language mangling policeman in “Allo-Allo”?

A1 OFFICER CRABTREE

Q2 A dim witted person of low intelligence, famous for statements such as “I fell in love with Agatha Christie after seeing her in Dr. Zhivago”, & “I never knew my father, he died some years before I was born”, Colin Ball is perhaps one of the best remembered characters in sitcom history. By what name is Colin Ball better known?

A2 TRIGGER (Only Fools and Horses)

Q3 Reaching 36 in the UK singles chart in 1981, what is the title of the theme song of Hi-De-Hi?

A3 HOLIDAY ROCK (in full Hi-De-Hi Holiday Rock)

Q4 What is the title of the sitcom that starred Hylda Baker and Jimmy Jewel as the continually squabbling siblings Nellie and Eli Pledge, owners of Pledges Purer Pickles?

A4 NEAREST AND DEAREST

Q5 Who was the maker of the timepiece that finally enabled Del Boy and Rodney to become millionaires in Only Fools and Horses?

A5 JOHN HARRISON

Q6 Played by Nicholas Smith what was the name of the bumbling and incompetent floor manager in the sitcom “Are You Being Served”?

A6 MR RUMBOLD (Cuthbert “Jugears”) (Capt. Peacock was the floorwalker)

Q7 Stacey in “Gavin and Stacey” lives in which Welsh town?

A7 BARRY (accept Barry Island)

Q8 Played by David Kelly (also the one armed dishwasher Albert Riddle in Robins Nest) what is the name of the incompetent Irish builder used by Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers because he is cheap?

A8 MR. O’REILLY

Supplementary Questions

Q9 The band of which British Army regiment provides the theme music heard over the closing credits to “Dad’s Army”?

A9 COLDSTREAM GUARDS

Q10 In Porridge what is the name of the governor of Slade prison?

A10 MR. VENABLES (Geoffrey) (Mr McKay is a prison warder).

SPORT

A round of questions on sporting venues.

Q1 Which Welsh Rugby Union club side plays home games at the Liberty Stadium?

A1 OSPREYS

Q2 The Formula One venue known as the Albert Park street circuit is in which city?

A2 MELBOURNE

Q3 The 2016 cricket World Twenty20 final was played at Eden GARDENS Kolkata India, however which national test cricket team uses EDEN PARK as one of its home venues?

A3 NEW ZEALAND

Q4 Which rugby super league team plays home games at Langtree Park stadium?

A4 ST. HELENS (Moved there in 2012 from Knowsley Road).

Q5 With a capacity of 12,000, which current English premier league football club has the smallest ground capacity?

A5 BOURNEMOUTH

Q6 The home ground of the Surrey county cricket club, who is the owner of the Oval cricket ground?

A6 H.R.H. Prince Charles (accept the Duchy of Cornwall)

Q7 The first permanent showground in the UK for equestrian sport and home of the Royal International Horse Show, is located adjacent to which hamlet in West Sussex?

A7 HICKSTEAD

Q8 On which Scottish golf course did the first ever Open championship take place in 1860?

A8 PRESTWICK

Supplementary Questions

Q9 The Beijing National Stadium, built for the 2008 Olympics, is also known popularly by what other name due to its appearance?

A9 BIRDS NEST

Q10 Which US baseball team play home games at FENWAY PARK?

A10 BOSTON RED SOX

SCIENCE

Q1 Ophiology (or Ophidiology) is the study of which creatures?

A1 SNAKES

Q2 Which chemical element (atomic number 31) is named after the Roman name for ancient France?

A2 GALLIUM

Q3 Which company/foundation develops the Firefox web browser?

A3 MOZILLA

Q4 What does a polyorchid man have at least 3 of?

A4 TESTICLES

Q5 What is the SI unit of electric charge?

A5 COULOMB

Q6 Which colour in the visible spectrum has the longest wavelength?

A6 RED

Q7 What is the most abundant element, by mass, in the Earth's crust?

A7 OXYGEN (46.6%)

Q8 SOLANUM TUBEROSUM is the Latin name for the most widely cultivated species of which plant?

A8 POTATO

Supplementary Questions

Q9 In an electrical circuit what quantity is given by current multiplied by voltage?

A9 POWER (allow WATT – the SI Unit of power)

Q10 In biology which taxonomic classification is ranked between Order and Genus?

A10 FAMILY

SECOND CHANCE

All questions refer to someone or something that came or comes second.

Q1 Following Star Trek: The Motion Picture, what is the sub-title of Star Trek:II. the second movie in the original series?

A1 THE WRATH OF KHAN

Q2 The first amendment to the U.S. constitution protects freedoms of religion, speech and the press. What does the second amendment concern?

A2 THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS

Q3 After the Thames, what is the next longest river entirely within England?

A3 TRENT

Q4 In the BBC TV series Dr. Who, which actor was the second actor to play the lead role, after William Hartnell?

A4 PATRICK TROUGHTON

Q5 Who was the second Tudor king?

A5 HENRY VIII

Q6 Tresco is the second largest island in which archipelago?

A6 SCILLY ISLES

Q7 Which mountain is the U.K.’s second highest mountain after Ben Nevis?

A7 BEN MACDUI

Q8 Which jockey finished second to Tony McCoy on sixteen occasions during McCoy’s twenty year reign as National Hunt champion jockey?

A8 RICHARD JOHNSON

Supplementary Questions

Q9 What is Egypt’s second city by population after Cairo?

A9 ALEXANDRIA

Q10 What is the title of the second book in the Harry Potter series?

A10 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS.

A DOCTOR ROUND

All these people, films etc. were/are known as Doctor, Doc, etc.

Q1 The rapper Andre Morrell Young

A1 DR. DRE

Q2 A Mike Myers character in the Austin Powers films

A2 DR. EVIL

Q3 US pop band with Dennis Locorriere and Ray Sawyer

A3 DR. HOOK

Q4 British radio and TV presenter with the first name Neil

A4 DR. FOX

Q5 The fugitive in the long running T.V. Series “The Fugitive”?

A5 DR. RICHARD KIMBLE

Q6 Carbonated soft drink created in the 1880s

A6 DR. PEPPER

Q7 Real name of the notorious Nazi doctor (“the angel of death”) in Auschwitz concentration camp

A7 DR. JOSEF MENGELE

Q8 Pub band formed in Canvey Island in 1971

A8 DR. FEELGOOD

Supplementary Questions

Q9 Antagonist in the Sonic the Hedgehog series also known as Ivo Robotnik

A9 DR. EGGMAN

Q10 The mad professor in Monsters v Aliens spin offs

A10 DR. COCKROACH

NICKNAMES

Q1 Who, according to Sir Winston Churchill, was “The Bullfrog of the Pontine Marshes”?

A1 MUSSOLINI

Q2 Which World War II U.S. general was nicknamed “Old Blood and Guts”?

A2 GEORGE S PATTON

Q3 Which U.K. city is known as “The Athens of the North”?

A3 EDINBURGH

Q4 Which U.K. city was once known as Copperopolis (from its prominence in the copper industry)?

A4 SWANSEA

Q5 Which U.S. inventor and businessman was nicknamed “The Wizard of Menlo Park”?

A5 THOMAS EDISON

Q6 From his involvement in the agricultural revolution of the late 17th/early 18th centuries what nickname was given to Charles Townshend (1674-1738), the second Viscount Townshend?

A6 TURNIP (TURNIP TOWNSHEND)

Q7 Which former world heavyweight boxing champion was nicknamed “The Real Deal”?

A7 EVANDER HOLYFIELD

Q8 Which snooker player is known as “The Thunder from Down Under”?

A8 NEIL ROBERTSON

Supplementary Questions

Q9 Which volcanic Italian island is nicknamed “The Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”?

A9 STROMBOLI

Q10 Which former England fast bowler who died last year (2015) was nicknamed “Typhoon”?

A10 FRANK TYSON

HISTORY

Q1 William the Conqueror was succeeded by two of his sons. William II was one, who was the other?

A1 HENRY I

Q2 Which king of England was the half brother of Elizabeth I?

A2 EDWARD VI

Q3 Who in 1907 was the first lady to be awarded the Order of Merit?

A3 FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

Q4 Who in 1919 became the first female M.P. to take her seat in the House of Commons?

A4 LADY (NANCY) ASTOR (Constance Markievicz was the first woman to be elected in 1918 – she did not take her seat)

Q5 Which defensive earthwork running between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde, built in the 2nd century AD, represented the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire?

A5 THE ANTONINE WALL

Q6 Although refusing the crown, what title did Oliver Cromwell adopt when becoming head of state in 1653?

A6 LORD PROTECTOR

Q7 Who in 1991 became the first president of the Russian Federation?

A7 BORIS YELTSIN

Q8 Which U.S. army general commanded the forces that liberated Kuwait in the 1991 Gulf War?

A8 NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF (“Stormin’ Norman”)

Supplementary Questions

Q9 Where did the first battle in the Wars of the Roses take place?

A9 ST ALBANS (1455)

Q10 In what year did King John put his seal on the Magna Carta?

A10 1215

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

Q1 According to the bible, who was the third son of Adam and Eve?

A1 SETH

Q2 The tomb of King John is in which English cathedral?

A2 WORCESTER

Q3 Who is the current Prime Minister of Canada (full name required)?

A3 JUSTIN TRUDEAU (Pierre Trudeau was his father)

Q4 Who is the current President of Cuba (full name required)?

A4 RAUL CASTRO (Fidel Castro is his brother)

Q5 An extension to SMS (short message service) in a mobile communication system, for what does the first ‘M’ stand in MMS?

A5 MULTIMEDIA (message service)

Q6 Meaning “Little Ball” in French what name is usually given to the main pack of riders in a cycle road race?

A6 PELOTON

Q7 How many square metres are there in a hectare?

A7 10,000

Q8 The clock tower of the Houses of Parliament (Big Ben) was renamed what in 2012?

A8 THE ELIZABETH TOWER (Queen Diamond Jubilee)

Q9 What name is given to the science of projectiles and firearms, especially the study of the effects on a bullet being fired?

A9 BALLISTICS

Q10 What word means the study of the causes and effects of diseases, especially the branch of medicine dealing with the examination of body tissue?

A10 PATHOLOGY

Q11 In judo, what is a JUDOGI?

A11 THE WHITE UNIFORM (clothing) USED BY PRACTITIONERS

Q12 What term from sports and games derives from the Persian for “The king is defeated”?

A12 CHECKMATE

Q13 From the number of battles that have taken place there, which European country was nicknamed “The cockpit of Europe”?

A13 BELGIUM

Q14 Columbia is one of the two countries that border Panama. What is the other?

A14 COSTA RICA

Q15 URCHIN is an archaic or old fashioned word for what creature?

A15 HEDGEHOG

Q16 As in the German wine, who is the Lieb Frau in Liebfraumilch?

A16 THE VIRGIN MARY

Q17 The Hashtag symbol most closely resembles which musical symbol?

A17 THE SHARP

Q18 How many acres are there in a square mile?

A18 640

Q19 Which dance is named after the German for “Roll” or “Revolve”?

A19 WALTZ

Q20 In Australian slang terms a “banana bender” would come from which state?

A20 QUEENSLAND

Q21 The Tate Gallery has four art museums in the U.K. , Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool are three. What is the other?

A21 TATE ST. IVES

Q22 In what year did both Alaska and Hawaii become the last two states to join the union of the U.S.A.?

A22 1959

Q23 .CH (dot CH) is the internet code for which country?

A23 SWITZERLAND

Q24 ADMIRALTY, DANFORTH, CQR and STOCKLESS are all types of what essential part of a ship?

A24 ANCHOR

Q25 What is the title of the Booker T and the MG’s track used as the theme music for BBC’s Test Match Special?

A25 SOUL LIMBO

Q26 Dale Arden is the love interest of which comic strip character/hero?

A26 FLASH GORDON

Q27 In which city does Interpol have its headquarters?

A27 LYONS (France – moved from Paris in 1959)

Q28 In which city does the I.M.F. (International Monetary Fund) have its headquarters?

A28 WASHINGTON D.C.

Q29 The bronze statue of the Lady of Justice atop the old Bailey (Central Criminal Court) in London holds a sword in one hand and what in the other?

A29 THE SCALES OF JUSTICE (accept a set of scales)

Q30 What famous meeting took place at UJIJI in what is now Tanzania on 10th November 1871?

A30 STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE (“Dr. Livingstone I presume”)

Q31 Who is the current leader of the Liberal Democratic Party?

A31 TIM FARRON

Q32 Which duo are to represent the U.K. in the forthcoming Eurovision song contest?

A32 JOE and JAKE (Joe Woolford / Jake Shakeshaft)

Q33 Who said after a battle of 279 BC “One other such victory would undo me”?

A33 KING PYRRHUS (Pyrrhic victory)

Q34 Which famous military leader said one June evening after a monumental battle, “Next to a battle lost the greatest misery is a battle gained”?

A34 DUKE OF WELLINGTON

Q35 JOACHIM GAUCK is the current president of which European country?

A35 GERMANY

Q36 By what name is green horseradish normally known in Japan?

A36 WASABI

Q37 What is ‘SEPP’ BLATTER’s proper first name?

A37 JOSEF

Q38 As in the environmental organisation for what does the letter ‘C’ stand in the acronym CPRE?

A38 CAMPAIGN (to protect rural England)

Q39 As in the stories by Enid Blyton what is NODDY’s occupation?

A39 TAXI DRIVER

Q40 .IS (DOT IS) is the internet code for which country?

A40 ICELAND

Q41 Which architect, 1918-2008, designed the Sydney Opera House?

A41 JØRN UTZON

Q42 In Australian slang terms who or what is referred to as a SALTIE?

A42 SALTWATER CROCODILE (accept crocodile)

Q43 Give a year in the life of the artist Sandro Botticelli

A43 1445 - 1510

Q44 Give a year in the life of the painter and satirist William Hogarth?

A44 1697 - 1764

Q45 George V was the first monarch to broadcast a Christmas message to the nation (via the radio in 1932). Which poet and author compiled the message?

A45 RUDYARD KIPLING

Q46 The name of what chemical element means ‘Heavy Stone’ in Swedish?

A46 TUNGSTEN

Q47 What name is given to the artery that carries de-oxygenated blood from the heart to the lungs in humans?

A47 PULMONARY ARTERY

Q48 Highclere Castle, used for the main location work on Downton Abbey, is in which county?

A48 HAMPSHIRE

Q49 Dexter, Belted Galloway, and Ayrshire are breeds of which animal?

A49 COW (or cattle)

Q50 TALUS is the anatomical name for which bone of the human skeleton?

A50 ANKLE BONE (not heel bone – that is the calcaneus).

Q51 MANUEL VALLS is the current Prime Minister of which country?

A51 FRANCE (born in Barcelona – Spanish father, Swiss mother)

Q52 CALVIN BROADUS is the real name of which rapper?

A52 SNOOP DOGG

Q53 The new £1 coin due to be introduced next year (2017) will have how many sides?

A53 12

Q54 What name is the surname of the third president of the U.S.A. and also the middle name of both Bill Clinton and William Hague?

A54 JEFFERSON

Q55 How many squares are there on a standard scrabble board?

A55 225 (15 x 15)

Q56 Which former U.S. president was known as “The Great Communicator”?

A56 RONALD REAGAN

Q57 Which species of creature appears on the flag and the coat of arms of the Canary Isles?

A57 DOG

Q58 The national flag of which European country comprises three horizontal bands of red, white and blue with a red and white chequerboard shield superimposed in the middle?

A58 CROATIA

Q59 The high school featured in the U.S. TV series GLEE is named after which former U.S. president?

A59 WILLIAM MCKINLEY

Q60 Who played the lead role (Jim Taggart) in the long running TV police series TAGGART?

A60 MARK MCMANUS

Q61 In which city do Volkswagen have their headquarters?

A61 WOLFSBURG

Q62 What was the name of the NASA space station that orbited the Earth 1973 – 1979?

A62 SKYLAB

Q63 Australian born to Hungarian parents who is the current U.K. No. 1 ladies tennis player?

A63 JOHANNA KONTA

Q64 Which film took the Best Film Oscar at this years Academy Awards Ceremony?

A64 SPOTLIGHT

Q65 Which of the Beatles U.K. No. 1 singles does not feature the title anywhere in the lyrics?

A65 THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO

Q66 The Kentucky Derby is one of the three horse races that make up the U.S. Triple Crown. Name either of the other two.

A66 BELMONT STAKES / PREAKNESS STAKES

Q67 In which Kentucky city does the Kentucky Derby take place?

A67 LOUISVILLE

Q68 According to Forbes magazine of 1st March 2016 JEFF BEZOS is the 5th wealthiest person in the world with a personal fortune of $45.2 Billion. Of which company is he the founder, chairman and C.E.O.?

A68 AMAZON

Q69 The ‘toe’ of Italy lies in which Italian region?

A69 CALABRIA

Q70 A food dish described as ‘à la crécy’ would contain what vegetable?

A70 CARROT

Q71 Which British actor took the best supporting actor Oscar at this years Academy Awards for his role in “Bridge of Spies”?

A71 MARK RYLANCE

Q72 How many cards are there in a standard Tarot pack?

A72 78 (SEVENTY EIGHT).

Q73 Jenny Ryan, known as ‘The Vixen’, is the most recent addition to which TV line-up?

A73 THE CHASE (latest chaser to join the panel)

Q74 One of the most dangerous roads in the country, what is the alpha-numeric classification of the Macclesfield to Buxton road via the Cat and Fiddle?

A74 A537

Q75 According to Forbes magazine as of 1st March 2016 LARRY PAGE is the world’s 12th wealthiest person with a personal fortune of $35.2 billion. Which company did he co-found in 1998 along with SERGEY BRIN (13th wealthiest with $34.4 billion)

A75 GOOGLE

Q76 Why has GIANNI INFANTINO been in the news headlines recently?

A76 NEW PRESIDENT OF FIFA

Q77 Similar to samosas, what name is given to the small Spanish stuffed breads or pastries, the name meaning ‘wrapped or coated in bread’?

A77 EMPANADAS

Q78 Symphony No. 38, known as the The Prague Symphony, is a work by which composer?

A78 MOZART

Q79 The BOLIVAR FUERTE (literally meaning strong Bolivar) is the unit of currency in which South American country?

A79 VENEZUELA (Bolivia’s currency is the Boliviano)

Q80 What is added to a Gin Fizz cocktail to make a Golden Fizz?

A80 EGG YOLK

Q81 ORVILLE BURRELL is the real name of which Reggae Fusion singer and DJ?

A81 SHAGGY

Q82 For what does the letter ‘S’ stand in the name of novelist and poet C.S. Lewis?

A82 STAPLES (Clive Staples Lewis)

Q83 PARESTHESIA is the medical name for what common affliction?

A83 PINS AND NEEDLES

Q84 Generally toxic to humans, what acid is found in rhubarb leaves?

A84 OXALIC ACID

Q85 Resembling a small lobster, what is Britain’s largest freshwater crustacean?

A85 CRAYFISH

Q86 What is the only official language of TAHITI?

A86 FRENCH (part of French Polynesia)

Q87 The Egyptian god ANUBIS had the head of what creature?

A87 JACKAL

Q88 STRANGLES is a disease, sometimes fatal, that affects what creatures?

A88 HORSES (also known as equine distemper – accept equine creatures)

Q89 HADLEYVILLE was the fictional setting for which Oscar winning western movie of the 1950’s?

A89 HIGH NOON

Q90 Which singer and musician played the role of J.D. the pub landlord in the 1998 movie “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels”?

A90 STING (accept Gordon Sumner)

Q91 For what does the letter ‘S’ stand in the name of poet and playwright T.S. ELIOT?

A91 STEARNS (Thomas Stearns Eliot)

Q92 Which French diplomat (1805-1894) was responsible for organising the construction of the Suez canal and for the initial unsuccessful attempt to construct the Panama canal?

A92 FERDINAND DE LESSEPS

Q93 The MÖHNE and EDER were two of the three German dams that were attacked in the famous “Dambusters” raids of 1943. What was the third dam?

A93 SORPE

Q94 Which horse won The Cheltenham Gold Cup last month?

A94 DON COSSACK.

Q95 Musician Ian (Lemmy) Kilmister died on 28th December 2015. Which rock band did he found in 1975?

A95 MOTORHEAD

Q96 Musician Maurice White died on 3rd February this year. Which band did he found in Chicago in 1971?

A96 EARTH WIND AND FIRE

Supplementary Questions

Q1 In which Japanese city is Puccini’s Madame Butterfly set?

A1 NAGASAKI

Q2 What type of musical composition is Handel’s Messiah?

A2 ORATORIO

Q3 Which midlands town had city status conferred on it as part of the millennium celebrations?

A3 WOLVERHAMPTON

Q4 Winner of four Grand Slams (French, Australian, Wimbledon x 2) in the 1920’s and 1930’s which French tennis player was known as “The Bounding Basque”?

A4 JEAN BOROTRA

Q5 What is the name of the new daily national newspaper published for the first time on 29 February this year?

A5 THE NEW DAY

Q6 Which London borough shares its name with that of a farming implement used to break up clods of soil?

A6 HARROW

Q7 The musical “Half a Sixpence” is based on which H.G. Wells novel?

A7 KIPPS

Q8 Although there is no historical evidence to corroborate it Boudica (Boadicea) is said to be buried beneath the platforms at which London railway station?

A8 KINGS CROSS

Friday, March 25, 2016

22nd March The Questions

 

Specialist questions set by Sutton Mutton, General Knowledge by the Brewers Arms, with additional vetting by the Royal Oak

Specialist Rounds are:

Art and Literature

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

Geography

Going Steady

History

Science

Sport (of a sort)

The Only Way To Travel

ART AND LITERATURE

1 Who was the Greek playwright of the comedy ‘The Frogs’ that is first recorded as being performed in 405 BC?

(Aristophanes)

2 Which Roman soldier described building bridges over the River Rhine in 53 BC in his book Commentarii de Bello Gallico (English translation: Notebooks about the Gallic War)?

(Gaius Julius Caesar)

3 The 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto is generally regarded as the first gothic novel. Which Whig politician, son of the man regarded as Britain’s first prime minister, wrote it?

(Horace Walpole)

4 Which Irish playwright’s ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ was first staged in 1773?

(Oliver Goldsmith)

5 Which early 20th century book illustrator and cartoonist - noted for a humorous book called Railway Ribaldy showing how the Great Western Railway was built - gives his name to describe an invention or machine that is simultaneously ingenious, overly-complicated and makeshift (and usually involves knotted string and pulleys)?

(William Heath Robinson)

6 In the Great Hall of which building are 12 murals completed by Ford Madox Brown in 1893?

(Manchester Town Hall)

7 Which science fiction writer’s ‘The War in the Air’ was published in 1908?

(HG Wells)

8 Which well-known artist lived at The Elms, 23 Stalybridge Road, Mottram-in-Longdendale?

(LS Lowry)

Supplementarys

S1 What is the portrait, painted in Florence between 1503 and 1506, and thought to be of Lisa Gherardini, wife of a Florentine cloth merchant named Francesco del Giocondo known as?

(Mona Lisa)

S2 Which playwright, hated and despised by the question setter, was baptised on the 26 April 1564?

(William Shakespeare – spit)

EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY!

1 Who won the FA cup in 2015?

(Arsenal)

2 What is the highest mountain on the Isle of Man?

(Snaefell)

3 Name the longest river in Africa?

(River Nile)

4 In the 1983 advertisement for Yellow Pages, what was the title of the book written by J.R. Hartley?

(Fly Fishing)

5 Which Hanseatic League city, founded in 1201 and a European Capital of Culture 2014, is the capital of Latvia?

(Riga)

6 Whose thirteenth UK single release was the Eurovision song contest winning “Puppet on a String”

(Sandie Shaw)

7 Who wrote the book ‘The Compleat Angler?

(Izaak Walton)

8 Who was the men’s singles champion at Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015, as well as beaten finalist in 2013, when he lost to Andy Murray?

(Novak Djokovic)

Supplementarys

S1 What is the height (in feet) above sea level of Market Place in Macclesfield?

(497 feet – accept 100 foot either side)

S2 Which river runs through Newark in Nottinghamshire?

(Trent)

 

GEOGRAPHY

1 Which country’s southern border follows the 49th parallel for much of its length?

(Canada)

2 Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital of which Sultanate?

(The Sultanate of Brunei)

3 Monsignor James Horan was the ‘father’ to which unlikely international airport?

(Knock International Airport – known since 2006 as Ireland West Airport Knock)

4 Timbuktu (or Tombouctou) is which African republic?

(Mali)

5 Where were Sean Savage, Daniel McCann, and Mairéad (pronounced marade as in parade) Farrell when they were shot dead by undercover British soldiers on the 6 March 1988?

(Gibraltar)

6 Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s terracotta army was found buried about 35km east of which Chinese city?

(Xian)

7 What is the currency of the United Arab Emirates?

(Dirham)

8 What motorway is the highest in England?

(The M62 - 1,221 feet (372 m) above sea level at Junction 22)

Supplementarys

S1 In what town in Lincolnshire is Batemans Brewery?

(Wainfleet)

S2 Leghorn is the anglicised name for which Italian port city?

(Livorno)

GOING STEADY

1 Which haulage company gives its trucks two female names (e.g. Amy Rose) which are painted on the cab side?

(Eddie Stobart Limited)

2 Which Chelford based haulage company, and former Macclesfield Town FC shirt sponsor, was acquired by Eddie Stobart Limited in 2008?

(James Irlam and Sons Ltd)

3 Who was Going Steady to number 4 in the UK singles charts in 1978, even though he cried all the way to the chip shop when Julie left him for Gordon (the Moron)?

(Jilted John – accept also Graham Fellows)

4 Whish Essex airport is owned by the Stobart Group?

(London Southend International Airport)

5 Which football team had its kit sponsored by the Stobart Group for nineteen consecutive years?

(Carlisle United)

6 Steady Eddie was the nickname of which Australian professional snooker and billiards player?

(Eddie Charlton)

7 The TV programme entitled "Eddie Stobart: Trucks & Trailers" was first broadcast by which TV station?

(Channel 5)

8 Stobart Energy is the division of the Stobart Group formed to source and supply biomass. What is biomass?

(Material derived from live, or recently living, organisms, such as wood products, dried vegetation, crop residues, and aquatic plants i.e. plant material used as fuel for power stations or boilers)

Supplementaries

S1 Eddie Stobart moves trainloads of containers carrying the slogan ‘Less CO2’, for which supermarket?

(Tesco)

S2 Featuring tracks written by Howard Devoto, Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle, the 1981 UK album ‘Singles Going Steady’ was a compilation of which punk band’s songs?

(Buzzcocks)

 

HISTORY

1 Which American suspension bridge – then the third longest in the world and only open for four months - collapsed on the 7th November 1940 due to wind induced oscillations?

(The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State)

2 Who became king of England on the death of his father in April 1483, and was succeeded by his uncle in June 1483?

(Edward Vth – he was subsequently declared illegitimate and became one of the princes in the tower when his uncle was crowned Richard III)

3 From 24th to 29th April 1916 James Connolly was in charge of the defence of what public building in Dublin?

(The General Post Office on Sackville Street – now O’Connell Street – during the 1916 Easter Rising)

4 Which nation’s fleet set sailed more than 18000 miles to the Sea of Japan, where it was decisively defeated – all 11 battleships were lost - by the Japanese fleet in the battle of Tsushima in May 1905?

(Russia)

5 Which patent holder’s wife made the world’s first long distance car journey in August 1888, as well as becoming the world’s first recorded woman driver?

(Karl Benz – his wife Bertha drove 65 miles to see her mother)

6 What was the main cargo of the SS Politician when it sank in the Outer Hebrides in February 1941?

(Whisky – the sinking inspired the book and ensuing film Whiskey Galore)

7 Which Burmese national replaced Dag Hammarskjöld as Secretary General of the United Nations after the latter died in an air crash in September 1961?

(U Thant)

8 In 1675 a royal warrant by Charles II appointed John Flamsteed as the first holder of what post??

(Astronomer Royal)

Supplementaries

S1 Which famous ship dropped anchor at the tip of Cape Cod, in what is now Provincetown Harbour, in November 1620?

(The Mayflower)

S2 Who led the 1907-1909 British Antarctic Expedition to the McMurdo Sound, whose stores include 25 cases of MacKinlays scotch whisky?

(Ernest Shackleton)

 

SCIENCE

1 What colour paint uses Titanium Dioxide as a pigment?

(White)

2 Name any one of the ink colours in the subtractive CYMK colour model used for colour printing.

(Cyan, Yellow, Magenta or blacK)

3 What is the speed of light in miles per second?

(186,000 miles per second)

4 Ethylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol are common constituents of what automotive product?

(Antifreeze for car cooling systems)

5 In what unit is the explosive yield of a nuclear weapon usually expressed in?

(Megatons of TNT, accept also kilotons)

6 What property of an engine oil is designated by an SAE grading of 15W/40 multigrade?

(The viscosity of the oil at two temperatures - accept also fluidity)

7 Dendrochronology is the science of doing what using the characteristic patterns of annual growth rings in timber and tree trunks?

(Dating events, environmental change, and archaeological artefacts)

8 What is Bentonite?

(A sort of clay, chiefly Montmorillonite, with curious physical properties which are exploited in the oil, steel and construction industries, and lead to its use in winemaking and as a health supplement)

Supplementarys

S1 The angle of repose of a granular soil (for example a sand) defines what?

(The angle to the horizontal of the steepest slope the soil can be piled without slumping)

S2 What colour is a solution of Copper Sulphate, or Copper Sulphate crystals in the presence of water?

(Blue)

 

SPORT (OF A SORT)

1 Fictional footballer Roy of the Rovers played centre forward for which (imaginary) football club?

(Melchester Rovers)

2 Billy the Fish, the goalkeeper for Fulchester United FC, made his first appearance in which comic magazine?

(Viz)

3 Centrifugal bumble puppy, Riemann surface tennis and escalator squash are fictional sports in which dystopian 1932 novel?

(Brave New World by Aldous Huxley)

4 Which fictional sport involves a ‘bludger’ and a ‘snitch’

(Quidditch)

5 The film ‘Cool Runnings’ was inspired by which nation’s 1988 Winter Olympics team?

(Jamaica – the team competed in both the two man and four man Bobsleigh)

6 In the film ‘Slap Shot’ the Charlestown Chiefs are a professional team playing which sport?

(Ice Hockey)

7 Which former jump jockey for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wrote turf related crime novels when he retired from racing?

(Dick Francis)

8 Name either of the Slag Brothers who drove the Boulder Mobile in Wacky Races?

(Rock or Gravel)

Supplementarys

S1 What was the name of the fictional runner who appeared in the Rover and Victor comics under the soubriquet “the tough of the track”?

(Alf Tupper)

S2 What sport do PG Wodehouse characters Psmith and his friend Mike Jackson both play?

(Cricket)

 

THE ONLY WAY TO TRAVEL!

1 It you wished to travel on a direct train to Cheltenham from London, which London terminus would you leave from?

(Paddington)

2 If you travel on a local (all stations) train from Macclesfield to Stoke, which is the second station the train stops at?

(Kidsgrove)

3 The Flying Scotsman steam locomotive has recently been in the news – but who was its chief designer?

(Sir Nigel Gresley)

4 Crewe station is a well-known railway junction. Railway lines radiate out from the station in how many different directions?

(Six – no leeway – to Chester, Preston (and Scotland), Manchester, Stoke, Stafford (and the South) and Shrewsbury)

5 In Turner’s painting ‘Rail, Steam and Speed’ which railway company is depicted?

(The Great Western Railway – the full title of the painting is Rail, Steam and Speed - The Great Western Railway)

6 Which station in Liverpool replaced the original 1830 Crown Street station of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1836?

(Liverpool Lime Street)

7 The Railways of Britain were nationalised on the1st of January in which year?

(1948 – no leeway)

8 Terence Cuneo, official painter for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, specialised in paintings of railway subjects. After 1956, what small animal was always hidden in his paintings?

(A mouse)

Supplementarys

S1 What is the name of the Brunel’s railway bridge over the River Tamar between Plymouth and Saltash?

(Royal Albert Bridge)

S2 What is the most northerly railway station on Britain’s national rail network?

(Thurso)

General Knowledge

set by The Brewers Arms

1) Which newspaper group launched the New Day newspaper which hit the streets on February 29th?


A) Trinity Mirror (Accept Mirror)


2 ) Which natural landmark was described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design"?
A) Arthur`s seat


3) ‘Share Moments. Share Life` is the slogan to which worldwide brand?


A) Kodak


4) Which tortured musician was created by Gustav Leroux?


A) The Phantom of the Opera


5) Who composed: `The Firebird`, `Petrushka` and `The Rite Of Spring`?

A) Igor Stravinsky


6) Which tree appears on the flag of Lebanon?


A Cedar


7) How is the chaparral cock, a bird native to Central America, better known?


A) Roadrunner

8) What is the surname of the two American politicians who lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas after they were married and whose home is now a museum?


A) Clinton (Bill and Hilary)

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9) How are the first five books of the bible known?


A) The Pentateuch (accept Torah or Book of Moses)


10) What is the name of Amsterdam`s main airport?


A Schiphol

11) Who was the first poet to be interred in Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey?
A) Geoffrey Chaucer


12) What sport would you see at Hall Green Stadium in Birmingham?


A Greyhound Racing


13) How many bells are rung when it is the end of a sailor’s watch?


A) 8


14 ) In a competition in 1829, what beat Cycloped, Novelty, Perseverance and Sans Pareil?


A) Stephenson's Rocket (Rainhill Trials)


15)
The cable cars of San Francisco are one of only two mobile National Landmarks in the USA. In which city is the other one?


A)
New Orleans (Saint Charles streetcar line)


16) Who preceded John F Kennedy as the President of the USA?


A) Dwight Eisenhower

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17) What is the name of the home of the otter?


A) A holt


18) In Homers Odyssey who recognizes Odysseus on his return from Ithaca?


A) His Dog, Argos


19) With what is the Belgian beer Kriek flavoured with?


A) Cherries


20 Q A Pascal is a measure of what?

A) Pressure

21) Who was the head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission of weapons, from March 2000 to June 2003?


A) Hans Blix


22) RAF College Cranwell is located in which county?


A) Lincolnshire


23) What type of material is processed in a ginnery?


A) Cotton


24) What was the name of the hotel in Brighton bombed by the IRA during the Conservative Party conference?


A The Grand Hotel

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25) ‘Will anything happen’, ‘Picture This’ and ‘Sunday Girl’ are three tracks from which Album?


A) Parallel Lines (Blondie)


26) Which martial art was introduced as an official Olympic sport at the 2000 Olympic games?


A Taekwondo


27) Which team was Brian Deane playing for when he scored the first Premier League goal in 1992?


A) Sheffield United (DO NOT ACCEPT UNITED)


28) ‘Cracked Actor’, ‘Time’ and ‘Jean Genie’ are three tracks from which Album?


A) Aladdin Sane


29) Sissinghurst Castle has famous gardens designed and originally managed by which famous writer and gardener?


A) Vita Sackville- West


30) Q Which title did Edward VIII take after he abdicated?


A) Duke of Windsor


31) What was the campaign name of the planned German invasion of Britain, which was thwarted by the RAF?


A) Operation Sealion

32) The Mazurka is traditional dance of which country?


A) Poland

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33) What appeared for the first time in The Times newspaper in August 1861?


a) The weather forecast


34) What does digamy mean?


A) A second legal marriage after the death or divorce of the first husband or wife

35) To which famous author was archaeologist Sir Max Mallowan married?


A) Agatha Christie

36) What is the final book in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis?


A) The Last Battle

37) Which UK car company manufactured the Sprite?


A) Austin (accept also Austin-Healy, this was the brand under which most cars were sold or British Motor Corporation (BMC) as lots of Sprites were made at the MG factory at Abingdon owned by BMC )

38) Which of the Great Lakes is the only one contained completely within the United States?


A Lake Michigan

39) What was Margaret Thatcher`s maiden name?


A) Roberts

40 What would you be doing if you jumped to the left, and then stepped to the right, with your hands on your hips and then bring your knees in tight?


A) The Time Warp

41) What would you be doing if you suffered from bruxism?


A) Grinding of the teeth

42) Which wars were fought between the Rome and Carthage?


A) Punic

43) Which county lies on Irelands East coast, immediately south of the county of Dublin?

A) Wicklow


44) What is the strongest suit in the game of bridge?

A) Spades

45) For what would a chef use a mandolin?


A) Fine slicing of vegetables (accept slicing)

46) What does the Statue of Liberty hold in her right hand?


A) A flaming torch

47) The Hugo award is awarded for books which cover what genre?


A) Science Fiction (accept Fantasy)

48) Who are the current sponsors of the London marathon?


A) Virgin Money (Accept Virgin)

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49) Which flower was the work of the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe who died in 1986, aged ninety-eight, and was the subject of a US Postage stamp?


A) Red Poppy (accept Poppy)

50) What is the term for the type of plastic surgery performed on the nose?


A) Rhinoplasty

51) Which charitable organisation has the saying `Train One Save Many`?


A) R.N.L.I. (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

52) The last Nobel Prize to be introduced was in which subject?


A) Economics


53) The West Indies won the first two cricket world cups, who prevented them winning a hat trick?


A) India (1983)


54) In food and drink what is a Chateaubriand?


A) Steak

55) The Silkie is a breed of what type of farm animal?


A) Chicken

56) Who replaced Nigel Lawson as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1989?


A) John Major

57) Which leader of Panama was overthrown by the United States in 1989?


A) General Noriega

58) Which English sculptor produced rounded forms such as the ‘Reclining Figure’?


A) Henry Moore

59) What term defines the point when the orbit of the Moon is as its closest point to the Earth?


A) Perigee

60) Name one of the two criteria that women had to meet when they first got the vote in the UK?


A) They had to be over 30 and they had to own their own property

61) If you were a `chalkie` in Australia, what would your profession be?


A) Teacher

62) What would you find at Mount Wilson in California, Siding Spring in Australia and Mauna Kea in Hawaii?


a) Astronomical observatories.

63) How was John George Haigh better known as?

A) The Acid Bath Murderer


64) All three members of the Goodies had worked on which radio comedy, running from 1963 to 1973?

A) I’m sorry I’ll read that again

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65) Clifford’s Tower is all that remains of which city’s castle?


A) York

66) The Ishihara test is used to test for which condition?


A) Colour blindness.


67) What was advertised with Eva Herzigovia using the slogan `hello boys`?


A) The wonder-bra (bloody fantastic in my opinion)

68) Which royal opened the main building to the Macclesfield leisure centre in 1981?


A The Duke of Kent

69) Which royal unveiled the Macclesfield Town hall extension in 1992?


A) Prince Andrew

70) Which country’s Parliament is called the Vouli Ton Ellinon?


A) Greece

71) What would you be specifically be part of, if you were in either a team called Goldie or Isis?

A) Reserve crew of the Oxford and Cambridge rowing crews (accept Second Boat)

72) Most commonly, many tiles are there in a Mah Jong set?


A 144

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73) What colour knight is Sir Bertilak, a key character in a medieval poem featuring the Arthurian knight, Sir Gawain?


A) Green


74) What was the name of the horse that the Roman emperor Caligula made a member of the senate?


A) Incitatus,

75) In which Parisian square is the Arc de Triomphe?


A) Place de l’Etoile (accept the Place Charles de Gaulle)

76) In Japan what was the name given to, a mercenary or wandering samurai who had no lord or master?


A) Ronin

77) What kind of computer connection uses a trident as its icon?

A) USB (Universal Serial Bus)

78) What does a somnambulist do?


A) Sleepwalks


79) The Babington Plot was a plan to assassinate which English monarch?

A) Elizabeth I

80) How does a hurley differ from a hockey stick?


A) The hurley is flat on both sides

81) If you were training at Norland College what would you hope to become?


A) Professional Nanny (accept other childcare professions)

82) What is the name of the Schoolmaster in Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?


A)
Ichabod Crane

83) What was introduced in London on 17th February 2003?


A) Congestion charge

84) Which London park lies to the south of The Mall and the north of Birdcage Walk?


A St James Park

85) What term do the Americans use for a stag night?


A) Bachelor Party

86) What is unusual about the Koosh ball?


A It does not bounce
(engineer Scott Stillinger was having trouble teaching his two young kids how to play catch. Balls were too bouncy, and bean bags too heavy. The California resident soon realized he needed a better ball—one that was soft, wouldn’t bounce, and could be grasped easily)

87) What was based on the Victorian game called Magic Square?


A) Crossword puzzle

88) Stamford Raffles founded what port city in 1819?


A) Singapore

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89) In Golf, what is a bunker called in the United States?


A) A Sand Trap (Accept Trap)

90) How did the life sentence of Colin Pitchfork in 1988 make history?


A) First murder conviction using DNA


91) What do Germans do with a `handy`?


A) Make a phone call with it (Accept mobile phone)

92) If you are Sinistral what are you?


A) Left handed


93) Kislev, Iyyar and Tammuz are what?


A) Months in the Jewish calendar

94) Which inland sea represents the lowest point below sea level in Europe?

A) The Caspian Sea

95) Which film is this quote taken from: ‘Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects’?


A) Casablanca

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96) As host of the 1976 Olympics what were Canada the first nation to fail to do?


A) Win a gold medal

Supplementaries
1) In the book Fever Pitch which team does the hero support?


A) Arsenal

2) The Swiss Guard are the personal guard of which figure?


A) The Pope

3) What according to urban myth causes nettles to sting? (according to Kew they suggest it is not)


A Formic Acid

4) In mathematics what is the Latin for Pebble?

A) Calculus

5) Which constituency has the largest electorate in the UK?


A) Isle of Wight

6) In what year was Bill Clinton born?

A 1946