Thursday, April 17, 2008

15th April Questions


Q1. Football – Which country won the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations?
Ans. Egypt
Q2. The women’s pentathlon was dominated by East German athletes in the 1960’s but in 1972 there was a British winner, name her.
Ans. Mary Peters.
Q3. Golf – Who was the first European to win the US Masters Tournament?
Ans. Seve Ballesteros.
Q4. Sailing – the single handed trans-Atlantic race begins at Plymouth, England, where does it finish?
Ans. Newport, Rhode Island. (accept Rhode Island).
Q5. Basketball – At the beginning of a basketball game the referee throws up the ball in the centre circle, what is it called?
Ans. Jump Ball.
Q6. In which country did Ice Hockey originate?
Ans. Canada.
Q7. Motor Racing – What forced Nigel Mansell out of the 1986 Australian Grand Prix thus robbing him of the Formula 1 World title?
Ans. A burst tyre.
Q8. Cricket – In 1975 an Australian versus England match had to be abandoned because of vandalism of the pitch. Where was it at?
Ans. Headingly

Q1 Horse Racing – Name the jockey who overcame cancer to win the 1981 Grand National?
Ans. Bob Champion.
Q2. What shape is the pitch for an Australian Rules football match?
Ans. Oval.

Q1. What Laws were repealed in 1846?
Ans. The Corn Laws.
Q2. Who refused the crown in 1657?
Ans. Oliver Cromwell
Q3. Who did Johny Reb fight for?
Ans. The Confederates in the American Civil War.
Q4. What was inspired by the death of Mumtaz in 1631?
Ans. The Taj Mahal.
Q5. Who named the Pacific Ocean?
Ans. Ferdinand Magellan.
Q6. Whose murder was organised by Felix Yusupov?
Ans. Rasputin.
Q7. What was Marie-Bernarde Soubirous reputed to have seen in 1858?
Ans. The Vision of the Virgin at Lourdes (accept the Virgin Mary).
Q8. Which cheese is mentioned in the Domesday Book?
Ans. Cheshire


Q1. Which war was ended by the Treaty of Westphalia?
Ans. The thirty Years War (1618-1648).
Q2. Which person was the first to be called “Prime Minister”? (a term first used as an insult).
Ans. Robert Walpole

Q1. Which historical figure is supposed to have been the prototype of Bram Stokers ‘Dracula’?
Ans. Vlad the Impaler
Q2. What ugly misshapen creatures in the form of men are said to lurk in the northern forests of Scandinavia?
Ans. Trolls.
Q3. Name the imaginary creature described by Lewis Carroll as having ‘jaws that bite and claws that catch’?
Ans. The Jabberwocky.
Q4. Name the dragon that guarded treasure in ‘The Hobbit’?
Ans. Smaug.
Q5. In James Herberts ‘The Rats’ how did the monster rat differ in appearance from the other monster mutants?
Ans. It was white with two heads (accept 2 heads)
Q6. The Kraken was a legendary monster said to be big enough to drag down ships. What type of creature is it now believed to have been?
Ans. A Giant Squid.
Q7. In the film ‘Ghostbusters’ a pagan deity called up a monster who appears in surprisingly cuddly form, what is it?
Ans. A giant marshmallow man.
Q8. How was King Kong killed?
Ans. He was shot down by aircraft.

Q1. The Giant Goliath was slain by the boy David in the bible story, Goliath was a member of which army?
Ans. The Philistines.
Q. In ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, a Dartmoor family is plagued by a phantom hound. Name the author of the novel.
Ans. Conan Doyle.
Q1. Which motorway runs between Preston and Colne?
Ans. M65
Q2. Which motorway runs between Strensham and Ross on Wye?
Ans. M50
Q3. Which canal passes through Loch Ness?
Ans. The Caledonian Canal
Q4. Which waterway runs from Bath to Reading?
Ans. The Kennet and Avon Canal.
Q5. Which European City is served by Kastrup Airport?
Ans. Copenhagen.
Q6. Which North American City is served by Dorval Airport?
Ans. Montreal.
Q7. Which Railway Company built the line from Manchester to Macclesfield?
Ans. Manchester & Birmingham Railway.
Q8. Which English City has railway stations called St Davids and Central?
Ans. Exeter

Q1. Which preserved railway runs from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth?
Ans. Severn Valley Railway.
Q2. Which Canal starts from Etruria, Stoke on Trent and ends at Froghall Wharf?
Ans. Caldon Canal.

Q1. What is the state capitol of Iowa, USA?
Ans. Des Moines
Q2. What was the capital of the USA before Washington DC?
Ans. Philadelphia.
Q3. Which river flows through the German City of Dresden?
Ans. The Elbe
Q4. Which Irish town was known as Kingstown from 1821 until 1921?
Ans. Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leary).
Q5. In which country are the Taurus mountains?
Ans. Turkey
Q6. Which river joins the Rhine at the German City of Koblenz?
Ans. The Moselle.
Q7. Which German City was renamed Karl Marx Stadt from 1953 to 1990?
Ans. Chemnitz
Q8. Three countries have borders on Lake Constance, Germany and Switzerland are two what is the other?
Ans. Austria

Q1. Which US city stands at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers?
Ans. St Louis (Missouri).
Q2.What is the state capital of New Mexico USA?
Ans. Santa Fe

You will be given some characters names and a piece of dialogue, all you have to do is name the film.

Q1. Big Joe, Oddball and Crapgame. “All you have to do to have a share in this operation is to crank this turret around and blow a hole in that bank door”.
Ans. Kelly’s Heroes.
Q2. Sheriff Butford T Justice, Frog and Snowman. “I’m Butford T Justice and I’ve been in high speed pursuit for over 500 miles. He did that on purpose but the evidence is in the car Junior”.
Ans, Smokey and the Bandit
Q3. Martin Brody, Matt Hooper and Quint. “You are going to need a bigger boat. I was afraid of the water but I don’t understand why”.
Ans. Jaws
Q4. Luther Billis, Nellie Forbush and Lt Cable. “The fighter pilots in the hospital are talking about a French man. They say the French man did this and the French man did that. Is it my French man?”.
Ans. South Pacific.
Q5. Professor Marcus, Major Courtney and One Round. The gang had stolen £60,000. “I’ll look after that money, it will be better with me out of the way of temptation to all of you”.
Ans. The Lady Killers
Q6. Lt Bromhead, Lt Chard and Private Hook. “You see that old boy on the hill. He’s testing your rate of fire with the lives of his braves”.
Ans. Zulu.
Q7. Charlie Allnut and Rose Sayer. “Anything I hate it’s leeches, filthy little devils. Captain will you marry us before you hang us”.
Ans. African Queen.
Q8. Ben Rumson and Patner. Songs including ‘I talk to the trees and’ ‘Wandering Star’.
Ans. Paint your wagon.
Q8. Cody Jarrett, Hank Fallon and Dan Winston. “Made it Ma top of the world, Cody Jarrett made it to the top of the world and blow up in his face”.
Ans. White Heat.

Q1. Roger Bartlett (Big X), Captain Hilts and Ashley Pitt. “10 days isolation Hilts”. Captain Hilts “20 days”.
Ans. The Great Escape.
Q2. Cody Jarrett, Hank Fallon and Dan Winston. “Made it to the top of the world, Cody Jarrett made it to the top of the world”.
Ans. White Heat.

Q1. Which ground breaking Childrens TV series created by Phil Redmond was cancelled this year after nearly 30 years?
Ans. Grange Hill.
Q2. In which TV series is David Lister the last human to be alive?
Ans. Red Dwarf
Q3. Who played the ghost ship captain Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean?
Ans. Bill Nighy
Q4. In which 70’s TV series did Bonnie Langford play Violet Elizabeth Bott?
Ans. Just William.
Q5. Who composed the music for the ballet Coppelia?
Ans. Delibes.
Q6. Who composed the ballet music for the Nutcracker?
Ans. Tchaikovsky
Q7. Who wrote the poem entitled ’The Soldier’ whose first line starts “If I should die think only of me”?
Ans. Rupert Brooke
Q8. Who wrote the poem ‘Twelve Songs’ , it was quoted in the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ and the first line is “Stop all the clocks cut off the telephones”?
Ans. W H Auden

Q1. Who wrote the best selling books ‘Labrynth’ and ‘Sepulchre’?
Ans. Kate Moss.
Q2. Listed for the 2007 Booker Prize who wrote ’The Welsh Girl’?
Ans. Peter Ho Davies (accept Peter Davies).

Q1. What is the old name for concentrated Sulphuric Acid?
Ans. Vitriol or Oil of Vitriol.
Q2. What is the name of the acid that was first prepared from red ants?
Ans. Formic
Q3. What substance was responsible for the phrase ‘Mad as a Hatter’?
Ans. Mercury (which was used in the manufacture of hats).
Q4. What is the common name for dilute Acetic Acid?
Ans. Vinegar.
Q5. What is the mathematical term that means without end or limit?
Ans. Infinity.
Q6. What is the common name for ethylene glycol?
Ans. Antifreeze.
Q7. What is oology the study of?
Ans. Birds Eggs.
Q8. What is toxicology the study of?
Ans. Poisons.

Q1. What is the Farad a unit of?
Ans. Capacitance.
Q2. Percy Spencer was the inventor of which time saving culinary device?
Ans. The Micowave Oven.


Q1. If something is described as porcine, what is it like?
A. Pig like

Q2. What is the correct term for a male crab.
A. Cock

Q3. The first recorded occurrence of which sport took place on the 9th Feb 1540 at Roodeye Field, Chester?.
A. The first recorded horse race meeting.

Q4. On a map, which is the only U.S state not have a straight line border.
A. Hawaii

Q5. What are Jackie Brambles, Colleen Nolan, Linda Bellingham and Carole McGiffent collectively known as?
A. Loose Women (ITV lunchtime TV programme)

Q6. Who wrote the trilogy of books that the TV series Larkrise to Candleford was based on?
A. Flora Thomson.

Q7. What traditional name is given to the old feast day celebrated on 1 August?
A. Lamas

Q8. What is the name of the notorious reporter who broke both the Clinton/Lewinsky affair and Prince Harry serving in Afghanistan stories.
A. Matt Drudge.

Q9. On which river does Budapest stand?
A. Danube.

Q10. What spice is often used as a cheaper alternative to saffron to give a yellow colour to certain foods?
A. Turmeric.

Q11. What are surtitles?
A. A caption projected on a screen above the stage in an opera translating the text being sung.

Q12. Which animal is in the centre of the badge of Coventry City football club(and has been used as a logo for Carlsberg).
A. The elephant.

Q13. Which singing duo were reunited by the “Old Friends” tours of 2003-4.
A. Simon and Garfunkel.

Q14. What does the V stand for in the French railways TGV.
A. Vitesse.

Q15. Which Beatles record album feature a zebra crossing on its cover?
A. Abbey Road.

Q16. In which religion is Baisakhi Mela the new year festival?
A. Sikhism.

Q17. Which medieval weight system is still used to measure precious metals and stones?
A. Troy weights.

Q18. Which American Broadway impresario was known for his lavish musical shows featuring chorus lines of female dancers?
A. Florenz Ziegfield.

Q19. Which gas is given off by bananas which helps ripen other fruit in your fruit bowl?
A. Ethylene

Q20. Who owned the garden in which the children’s T.V series the Magic Roundabout was set?
A. Mr. Rusty

Q21. Which Persian King was defeated by the Greeks at the battle of Marathon?
A. King Darius I

Q22. Where in England is Gibraltar Point?
A. The northern tip of the Wash in Lincolnshire.

Q23. Who played Morticia in the 1991 film version of The Addams Family?
A. Angelica Huston.

Q24. Which town in Virginia was visited by The Queen in 2007 to mark its 400th anniversary as the first permanent British settlement in the U.S.A?
A. Jamestown.

Q25. What tribal group of nomadic people inhabit the Syrian and Arabian deserts?
A. The Bedouin.

Q26. In which country is the port of Odense?
A. Denmark.

Q27. Which peninsula separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico?
A. The Yucatan peninsula.

Q28. Who was the longest reigning king of Britain?
A. George III (60 years 1760-1820).

Q29. Which salt water fish has the Latin name Hippocampus Hippocampus?
A. The sea horse

Q30. From which plant is the drug atropine obtained?
A. Deadly Nightshade.

Q31. Which Dutch town gives its name to a style of blue and white pottery?
A. Delft.

Q32. Who was the first Tsar of Russia?
A. Ivan the Terrible.

Q33. Where in the body are the muscles called the quadriceps?
A. In your thighs (front).

Q34. What in the reptile world is a slough?
A. The discarded skin of a snake or other reptile.

Q35. Which metal is added to pure silver to produce hallmarked 92.5% sterling silver?
A. Copper.

Q36. Which piece of music was playing during the moon trip sequence in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey?
A. The Blue Danube Waltz.

Q37. What name is given the bible passage from St Luke Chapter 2 verses 2-4, sometimes referred to as the Pater Noster?
A. The Lord’s Prayer or Our Father

Q38. Which type of electromagnetic rays have the shortest radiation wavelength?
A. Gamma rays.

Q39. In which country is the port of Pusan?
A. South Korea.

Q40. In which country are the regions of North and South Darfor?
A. Sudan.

Q41. What is the orchestral instrument a Tam-Tam more commonly known as?
A. A gong.

Q42. Who is the mother of Lady Louise Alice Elizabeth Mary Mountbatten-Windsor?
A. Sophie Countess of Wessex

Q43. Which fantasy novel has the subtitle ‘There and Back Again’.
A. The Hobbit.

Q44. Which vitamin found in green vegetables is essential for the blood clotting process?
A. Vitamin K.

Q45. Which is the largest freshwater lake in mainland Great Britain?
A. Loch Lomond.

Q46. Which animal product in some cheeses makes them inedible to vegetarians?
A. Rennet (curdled milk from a calf’s stomach).

Q47. Which of Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations is played at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday?
A. Nimrod.

Q48. The fruit of which tropical tree is an important ingredient in both Worcestershire and HP sauce?
A. Tamarind.

Q49. What geographical features are produced by orogenesis?
A. Mountains.

Q50. In Association Football, how far in yards is the penalty spot from the goal line?
A. 12 yards

Q51. Who was the first black female M.P?
A. Diane Abbott

Q52. Which famous British novelist wrote the book ‘The Children of Men’, on which the recent film of the same name was based?
A. P D James

Q53. Which famous Sci-fi author was a special scientific consultant on the first Star Trek film?
A. Isaac Azimov

Q54. Which horse won the 2008 Grand National?
A. Comply or Die

Q55. Why did a wet Fiona Shackleton make the news recently?
A. Paul McCartney’s divorce lawyer, who had water thrown over her by Heather McCartney.

Q56. Who in the New Testament of the Bible said “The truth? What is that”?
A. Pontius Pilate

Q57. What name did British troops in the World War I trenches give to the shrapnel shells which made no noise through the air until they were about to explode.
A. Whiz Bangs

Q58. Which English comedy actor is to play Scotty in the new Star Trek film?
A. Simon Pegg

Q59. Which piece of music, first performed at the Paris Opera House in 1928, reputedly caused some women in the audience to swoon, and one to cry out “He’s mad, he’s mad”?
A. (Ravels) Bolero

Q60. Prime Minister’s Questions on 2nd April this year was taken by a woman, for the first time since the days of Mrs. Thatcher. Who was she?
A. Harriet Harman

Q61. What rather nondescript codename was given to the prototype atom bomb detonated in the New Mexico desert in July 1945?
A. The Gadget

Q62. First class stamps went up recently to what price?
A. 36p

Q63. Whose culinary creations include snail porridge and egg and bacon ice cream?
A. Heston Blumenthal

Q64. The death of John Charles Carter was announced on 6th April this year. By what name was he better known?
A. Charlton Heston

Q65. In 2006 Scottish novelist Geraldine McCaughrean wrote a sequel to which classic book?
A. Peter Pan

Q66. Which local, high profile facility owned by Manchester University faces an uncertain future due to recent reports that its funding may be withdrawn?
A. Jodrell Bank Observatory

Q67. Which football stadium, when it opened in 1923, was heralded as “The Wembley of the North”
A. Maine Road

Q68. Which American group’s latest album is called ‘Accelerate’?

Q69. What is the nickname of cup finalists Cardiff City?
A. The Bluebirds

Q70. What is the name for the ribbon of fast moving air in the upper atmosphere over Britain, which last summer was blamed for all the rain we had, because it had shifted south of its normal trajectory?
A. The (Atlantic) Jet Stream

Q71. In March, the death occurred of the man credited with the idea of having geostationary satellites as an aid to communication. Who was he?
A. Arthur C. Clarke

Q72. What type of stone is found on the Giant’s Causeway?
A. Basalt

Q73. The shortest verse in the New Testament is “Jesus wept”. Who was he weeping for?
A. Lazarus (who had just died)

Q74. When Philip Pullman’s book The Northern Lights was published in the U.S.A. its title was changed to what?
A. The Golden Compass

Q75. A book entitled “Anyway Anyhow Anywhere” chronicles the history of which rock group?
A. The Who

Q76. Which year in the 19th century became known as “The year of revolutions”?
A. 1848 (accept 1846-50)

Q77. A small, propeller-driven plane developed by Boeing has recently made a successful flight in Spain. What is unusual about it?
A. It was powered by Hydrogen

Q78. Milk, Littlewood, Rumbelows, Coca Cola, Worthington. What comes next?
A. Carling (Sponsors of the League Cup)

Q79. What is the name of the hapless police chief in The Simpsons?
A. Clancy Wiggum

Q80. Which recently completed building boasts the world’s longest champagne bar.
A. St Pancras Station

Q81. Which recently completed building boasts having more toilets than any other building in the world?
A. Wembley Stadium (2618)

Q82. Which British retailer has recently opened stores in the USA trading under the name ‘Fresh and Easy’?
A. Tesco

Q83. What contribution has designer Thomas Heatherwick made to the skyline of Manchester?
A. He designed ‘The B of the Bang’ located outside the City of Manchester stadium.

Q84. What paradox is being described here: ”He would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to”
A. Catch 22

Q85. ‘Silverfin’, ‘Blood Fever’ and ‘Double or Die’, written by the fast show’s Charlie Higson, are books featuring which character?
A. (A young) James Bond

Q86. In the three Bourne films starring Matt Damon what is Bourne’s first name?
A. Jason

Q87. Which element has the chemical symbol Co?
A. Cobalt

Q88. Who was murdered in 1170 by the Knights, Fitzurse, De Moreville, De Tracy and Le Breton?
A. Thomas a Becket (Archbishop of Canterbury)

Q89. Who is going to appear as the new Miss Marple on ITV later this year?
A. Julia McKenzie

Q.90. Which British horse race is the fillies equivalent of the Derby?
A. The Oaks

Q.91. In which film is Marilyn Monroe’s dress blown upwards when standing over an air vent in the sidewalk?
A. Seven Year Itch.

Q92. What is the main alcoholic spirit used to make a Daiquiri cocktail?
A. Rum

Q93. How many different scoring areas are there on a standard dart board?
A. 82

Q.94. What type of herb is pennyroyal?
A. Mint

Q95. On which street in Macclesfield was the recently discovered cannabis factory, purported to be one of the largest ever found in the UK?
A. Bridge Street

Q96. Which country won the 2007 Cricket World Cup?
A. Australia



S1. Where would you find an emoticon?
A. In emails or text messages (typographical symbols used to express emotion) :-)

S2. The nursery rhyme ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ celebrates which profession?
A. Pawn broking

S3. How many cubic feet are there in a cubic yard?
A. 27

S4. Which singer was backed for 15 years by the singing group The Jordanaires?
A. Elvis Presley.

S5. What is added to a pint of beer to make a drink called a ‘Dog’s Nose’?#
A. A tot of gin.

S6. Which British landmark is known as Penn An Wlas in the local language?
A. Lands End (in Cornish)

Friday, April 04, 2008

1 April Questions

Specialist set by TheLamb
(please note that although these are all the questions, the subjects are not in the order in which they were asked)

01. Q. Which Irn-Bru Scottish League team recently became the first British football team
to be promoted in the current 2007/2008 season ?
A. EAST FIFE (Division 3 Champions)

02. Q. On what date is the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ?
A. 8th AUGUST (08.08.08)

03. Q. At which course will the 2008 (British) Open Golf Championship take place ?

04. Q. Who trained the first, second and third placed horses in the 2008 Cheltenham Gold
Cup ?

05. Q. At which weight is boxer Joe Calzaghe considered to be the undisputed World
Champion ?

06. Q. In which park is the Melbourne Australian Formula 1 motor racing circuit situated ?

07. Q. Dwain Chambers was banned by UK Athletics in 2004 for the mis-use of which
anabolic steroid ?

08. Q. England fly-half Johnny Wilkinson was replaced in the starting line-up for the final
2008 Rugby 6 Nations test against Ireland by whom ?


(a) Q. What colour jacket is worn by the No. 1 dog in greyhound racing ?

(b) Q. Which British girl gymnast became European and World Champion on Bars in 2006?

(c) Q. In the recent Test Cricket series in New Zealand who was the first England batsman
to score a century ?


01. Q. Which author said “In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” ?

02. Q. Who said of Lord Byron “He is mad, bad and dangerous to know” ?

03. Q. Which American poet, famous for her wisecracks, said “Men seldom make
passes at girls who wear glasses” ?

04. Q. Which former Prime Minister said, in 1921 “Love your neighbour is not
merely sound Christianity, it’s good business” ?

05. Q. Which Conservative politician said, in 1974 “Harold Wilson is going around
the country stirring up apathy” ?

06. Q. Which inventor said “Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per
cent perspiration” ?

07. Q. Which early American politician and author said “In this world nothing can
be said to be certain, except death and taxes” ?

08. Q. Which former US President said “I have left orders to be awakened at any
time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting” ?


(a) Q. Who or what did Oscar Wilde describe as “The unspeakable in full pursuit
of the uneatable” ?

(b) Q. Who said “I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll make an exception” ?

(c) Q. Who said “This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot” ?


For all you lovers of pop, this one’s about classical music ! But cheer up, there are plenty of clues.

01. Q. Which anthem by Handel, also used for the UEFA Champions League and P&O cruise adverts, has been sung at every coronation since that of George II in 1727 ?

02. Q. From which composition was the music for the Rugby World Cup’s ‘World in union’ taken. It is also sung as an alternative national anthem entitled ‘I vow to thee my country’
A. JUPITER (From the Planets Suite by Gustav Holst)

03. Q. The first four notes from which world famous symphony were used by the BBC during WWII to introduce their radio broadcasts, because they evoked the Morse code for V, symbolising victory ?

04. Q. To who’s wedding march, from his music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, have more brides walked down the aisle since 1842, than any other composition ?

05. Q. Music to the films ‘Out of Africa’, ‘Dances with Wolves’ and arrangement of the James Bond theme have one thing in common. Name it.
A. JOHN BARRY (He wrote the first two and arranged Monty Norman’s
original Bond theme)

06. Q. Augustus Jaeger was Edward Elgar’s best friend. Jaeger being German for ‘hunter’ inspired Elgar to write which of his Enigma Variations named after a patriarch in the Old Testament called The Mighty Hunter ?

07. Q. To which music did many a little boy or girl in the 1950’s thrill as they saw Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels ride onto the screen as The Lone Ranger and Tonto ?

08. Q. Which piece of music by Gabriel Faure was used by the BBC as the title music to it’s coverage of the 1998 World Cup ?
A. PAVANE (pronounced PAVANN) (A dance popular in sixteenth century Europe)


(a) Q. Who wrote the music to the following films : Star Wars, Schindler’s List
and Jurassic Park ?

(b) Q. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was used to great effect in which 1945 film starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard and written and produced by Noel Coward ?

(c) Q. In which country is Puccini’s opera Turandot set ?


01. Q. Name the watchmaker who invented an alloy of copper and zinc resembling gold, used for cheap jewellery. The alloy bears his name.
A. (Christopher) PINCHBECK

02. Q. How is the larvae of the insect ‘bombyx mori’ better known ?

03. Q. Which rapidly depleting metallic element, used in the manufacture of flat screen TVs, is named after the colour which appears twice in the element’s spectrum ?

04. Q. Which trademark name is given to the synthetic fibre of high tensile strength used mainly in rubber products, notably tyres and bullet-proof vests ?

05. Q. What is the variety of fluorite found only in Derbyshire ?

06. Q. Which metallic element is named after the Scottish village where it was first discovered ?
A. STRONTIUM (from the village Strontian)

07. Q. What is the name given to a quadrilateral with all sides equal but with
no right angles ?

08. Q. The elements with atomic numbers 57 to 71 are grouped as lanthacides.
How are they also known ?


(a) Q. What class of animal is the woodlouse ?

(b) Q. In physics and astronomy, what is defined as the apparent difference in
position of an object when viewed from a different position ?

(c) Q. The boll weevil is a pest in cotton growing. What is the boll ?

HISTORY – Your dad’s old car

The answer to each question is a motor car which is no longer manufactured.

1. Q. The state capitol of Texas.

2. Q. Complete the first line of the hymn ‘Jesus wants me for a ___________

3. Q. Another word for win, overcome, success, victory.

4. Q. It’s only future was in ‘Back to the future’.

5. Q. Sharing a name with the Irish washer-woman portrayed in music-hall and film by Arthur Lucan in the 1930’s to ‘50s.
A. RILEY (Old Mother Riley)

6. Q. English country dancers.

7. Q. Another name for a Viking.

8. Q. Executive transport of Trotters Independent Traders.
A. RELIANT (Robin)


(a) Q. First name of a current British formula one driver.
A. JENSEN (Button)

(b) Q. Underwear for a cardinal, possibly.

(c) Q. Maker of Mercedes motor cars before 1926
A. DAIMLER (Benz did not have a ‘Mercedes’ model until the merger with


01. Q. Which is the largest land-locked country in Europe ?

02. Q. In which country are the Dolomite Alps ?

03. Q. How is Lake Tiberius also known ?

04. Q. In which US state is Omaha ?

05. Q. Which is the largest city within the Arctic Circle ?

06. Q. The line of which river, rising near Sainte-Quentin and flowing into the
English Channel, was of great strategic importance during WW1 ?

07. Q. On which river does Balmoral Castle stand ?

08. Q. What is the name of the whirlpool in the Lofoten Islands off Norway ?


(a) Q. In which English county is Brown Willy the highest point ?

(b) Q. Which country has its north west coast on the Ligurian Sea ?

(c) Q. The name of which Japanese city is an anagram of the capitol ?


1. Q. Which British bird was declared extinct in 1844 ?
A. THE GREAT AUK (Accept Auk)

2. Q. Which British mammal has species called Daubenton’s, Natterer’s, and Whiskered ?

3. Q. What is the scientific name for ‘Mare’s tail’ clouds ?

4. Q. The Red Backed and Great Grey Shrikes impale their prey on thorns. What nick-name have they earned ?

5. Q. The Ambrosia beetle lays it’s eggs under the bark of certain trees. What is its claim to fame or infamy ?

6. Q. Which insect nymph produces ‘cuckoo spit’ ?

7. Q. What is the purpose of the hooks on Burdock and other plant seed-heads?
A. SEED DISPERSAL (To catch onto animal fur, etc.)

8. Q. Which pre-industrial revolution mechanism had three common forms named, over-shot, under-shot, and breast-shot ?


(a) Q. Of which organism are Devil’s Boletus, Destroying Angel, and
Fly Agaric all types ?

(b) Q. Which is Britain’s smallest bird ?
A. GOLDCREST (Accept also subspecies FIRECREST)

(c) Q. Which is the third British snake after the Adder and Grass Snake ?
A. THE SMOOTH SNAKE (Not Slow Worm which is a legless lizard)


01. Q. Which Parisian artist died of syphilis in French Polynesia in 1903 ?

02. Q. Which 18th century artist’s works included ‘The Harvest Wagon’ ; ‘Portrait of a Lady in Blue’ and ‘The Watering Place’ ?

03. Q. Who played Annie in Woody Allen’s classic film ‘Annie Hall’ ?

04. Q. ‘The Driving Instructor’ and ‘Walter Raleigh’ are famous comedy pieces by which American entertainer ?

05. Q. Who designed the celebrated cover of The Beatles ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album ?

06. Q. The novel and film ‘Seabiscuit’ tell the true story of what kind of animal ?
A. RACEHORSE (accept horse)

07. Q. The song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ became the anthem of Liverpool FC, but from which Rodgers & Hammerstein musical was it taken ?

08. Q. Name the disk jockey who introduced the first edition of The BBC’s ‘Top of the Pops’ in January 1964 ?


(a) Q. Which epic film, starring Omar Shariff, was based on a novel of the same name by Boris Pasternak ?

(b) Q. Which piece of music was first presented on a Thames barge in 1717 with King George I as guest of honour ?
A. WATER MUSIC by George Frederick Handel

(c) Q. In which novel would you find the characters Yossarian, Milo Minderbinder, and Doc Daneeka ?

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE Set by The Waters Green Rams (Correct order now)

1. Alfred Nobel, the man after whom the Nobel Prizes are named, was originally well known for inventing what?
A. Dynamite

2. Before Ringway Aerodrome became Manchester Airport, where did the City of Manchester build its first airport?
A. Barton Aerodrome, (built 1929 and which has recently been re-named “City Airport, Manchester”)

3. Who holds a trumpet on the album cover of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles?
A. Ringo Starr

4. Which is the only X rated film to win an Oscar for Best Picture?
A. Midnight Cowboy

5. Which English city stands on the river Nene?
A. Peterborough

6. Which type of food is named after the French for "twice cooked"?
A. Biscuit

7. Alicante, Cardinal, Cassidy, Niagara and Palamino are all varieties of which fruit?
A. Grape

8. London, Edinburgh and Manchester are three of the four British cities to have hosted the Commonwealth Games. Name the other.
A. Cardiff

9. In what branch of science would a unit of distance called a "Parsec" be used?
A. Astronomy

10. What nationality was Robert Bunsen, after whom the Bunsen burner was named ?
A. German

11. Which Carry On star died on the stage of the Sunderland Empire in 1976?
A. Sid James

12. Which rugby union team won the 2007 EDF energy cup?
A. Leicester tigers (full name required)

13. Name either of the two South American countries that are landlocked?
A. Bolivia and Paraguay

14. Which country contains the largest number of active volcanoes?
A. Indonesia

15. Cuba, Jamaica and Hispaniola are all part of which island group in the West Indies?
A. The Greater Antilles

16. Which actor played the title role in `Oh no! It’s Selwyn Froggatt? `
A. Bill Maynard

17. Two English football clubs play at St James Park, Newcastle United is one. Name the other?
A. Exeter City

18. May Day first became a bank holiday in which year?
A. 1978 (Accept 1977 to 1979)

19. What is the more common name for the medical condition `epistaxis`?
A. Nosebleed

20. Turin in Italy stands on which river?
A. The Po

21. Which London football team’s ground is on South Africa Road?
A. Queens Park Rangers

22. What did Henry Beck famously map out in 1932?
A. The London Underground

23. In which decade was insulin first used to treat Diabetes?
A. 1920s

24. Rn is the chemical symbol for which element?
A. Radon

25. What is a Flemish giant?
A. rabbit

26. In which sport is there a York round?
A. Archery

27. What was the name of the character in `Wacky Races` who drove the ‘Turbo Terrific`?
A. Peter Perfect

28. Who married Timothy Lawrence in 1992?
A. Princess Anne

29. What did Mario do for a living in the video game `Super Mario Brothers`?
A. Plumbing

30. In which American state is Harvard University?
A. Massachusetts

31. Name one of the only two countries in the world that have a square, not rectangular, flag ?
A. Switzerland or the Vatican

32. Name the female backing group to Bob Marley (not the wailers)?
A. The I Threes,

33. Where did this year’s world indoor athletics take place?
A. Valencia

34. In the film ‘Notting Hill’, where did Hugh Grant work when he first met Julia Roberts?
A. In a book shop.

35. What did Paddington bear eat instead of marmalade sandwiches in a recent TV advert?
A. Marmite sandwiches

36. Which singer was chasing pavements?
A. Adele.

37. In which city did the spice girls begin their world tour in 2007?
A. Vancouver

38. What is the name of the European re-supply space ship launched in March 2008 ?
A. Jules Verne.

39. Which group of 10 islands lie 300 miles of the coast of Senegal Africa?
A. Cape Verdi Islands.

40. From where in Macclesfield does ‘Silk fm’ broadcast ?
A. Bridge street

41. Who is the current manager of Macclesfield Town FC?
A. Keith Alexander.

42. In which city did the spice girls finish their world tour in 2008?
A. Toronto

43. Which Shakespeare play begins with the line “Now, is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this son of York. ?
A. Richard the Third

44. What is the name of Paddington Bear’s aunt?
A. Lucy

45. Which king of England was known as the “Hammer of the Scots“ and brought the Coronation Stone to Westminster ?
A. Edward 1st

46. Royston Vasey is the fictional town in ‘The League of Gentlemen’ but is the real name of which comedian?
A Roy “Chubby “Brown, (Accept Chubby Brown)

47. Which musical film takes place in Denton, Ohio?
A. The rocky horror picture show

48. What is the name of the Orang-utan king in the 1967 film of The Jungle Book?
A. King Louis

49. An ORCHIDECTOMY is the surgical removal of what?
A. Testicles.

50. In what athletics event do you have to go backwards to win?
A. Tug of war

51. Whose autobiography in 1993 was entitled “Taken on Trust”
A. Terry Waite

52. Which airline operated the first A380 “super jumbo” flight into Heathrow on 20th March 2008.
A. Singapore Airlines

53. Which motor manufacturer gives it’s name to the iconic stainless steel clad skyscraper in New York.
A. (The) Chrysler (Building)

54. Published after her death, whose moving story was entitled “The Diary of a young girl”
A. Anne Frank

55. Which property empire owns The Trafford Centre.
A. Peel Holdings

56. The New York skyline is dominated by famous skyscrapers named after the Company which built them, but which 1963 built tower is now occupied by MetLife Insurance, but still referred to affectionately by it’s now defunct former owners, whose famous blue logo once adorned the façade ?
A. PanAm (Pan American Airlines)

57. Which motor car manufacturer tells us their car is “full of lovely stuff”
A. Skoda

58. In the plane crash, which killed Buddy Holly, were also his two touring acts, both of whom also died. Ricky Valence was one, who was the other ?
A. Big Bopper Richardson (accept ‘The Big Bopper’)

59. Who is the Governor of Florida (both names required)
A. Jeb Bush

60. April 2009 sees the creation of a new Unitary Authority for East Cheshire, but in which year was Macclesfield last involved in Local Government reorganisation.
A. 1974 (accept 1973 to 1975)

61. On which motorway are you now required to drive on the hard shoulder at times of heavy traffic.
A. M42

62. Who is the female singer on the American Idol judging panel.
A. Paula Abdull

63. Which medical textbook shares it’s name with a Channel 5 drama series
A. Gray’s Anatomy

64. Which motorway links the M6 with The Fylde Coast.
A. M55

65. Which is the National Airline of Oman
A. Gulf Air

66. Part of the rebuilding of Manchester following the IRA bombing, what is the futuristic looking exhibition centre behind The Arndale Centre.
A. Urbis

67. A new indoor ski village now dominates the skyline between the Trafford Centre and the Manchester Ship Canal, what is it called ?
A. Chill Factor-e.

68. Who wrote the Thomas the Tank Engine series of children’s books.
A. Reverend (Wilbert) Awdry

69. And who wrote many illustrated storybooks for children, including The Snowman
A. Raymond Briggs

70. Derby County have only beaten one other team in the premier league this season as of 22nd March. Which team did they beat?
A. Newcastle United

71. How many dots are there in total on a pair of dice?
A. 42

72. Which South American capital city has a name that means `our lady of peace`?
A. La Paz (the capital of Bolivia)

73. Who sang Walking In The Air in the original version of the Snowman?
A. Peter Auty

74. What do Germans do with a `handy`?
A. Make a phone call with it (it is the German name for a mobile phone)

75. The Savoy Grill; Boxwood Café at the Berkeley Hotel; and Maze are all restaurants owned by which famous chef?
A. Gordon Ramsay

76. Which actor played `the Ugly` in The Good, The Bad And The Ugly?
A. Eli Wallach

77. Henry VIII is buried alongside which of his wives?
A. Jane Seymour

78. Who won ITV’s “Dancing on Ice” in March this year?
A. Suzanne Shaw

79. According to the lyrics of the song by the Weather Girls, it will start raining men at just about what time?
A. Half past ten

80. Phasmaphobia is the fear of what?
A. Ghosts

81. Which is the oldest of the royal parks in London?
A. St James`s Park

82. Maddox, Zahara and Shiloh are the names of which famous actress’s three children?
A. Angelina Jolie

83. From the Marvel Comics, who is missing from the following names of the Fantastic Four? Mr Fantastic, Invisible Woman, and The Thing?
A. The Human Torch

84. What was the name of Tonto`s horse in `The Lone Ranger`?
A. Scout

85. By what name was Henry McCarty better known?
A. Billy the Kid

86. What are angels on horseback?
A. Oysters wrapped in bacon

87. What is the hard tag at the end of a shoe lace called?
A. Aglet

88. What is the capital of Sudan?
A. Khartoum

89. What is the correct way to address a Duke?
A. Your Grace

90. From the bible story of David and Goliath, what was Goliath`s race?
A. Philistine

91. Which author`s first works were published under the name Currer Bell?
A. Charlotte Bronte

92. What was the name of the cabin boy in `Captain Pugwash`?
A. Tom

93. Which breed of dog was the first to win Best In Show at Crufts?
A. Greyhound

94. What name is given to a matador on horseback?
A. Picador

95. In which American State did the battle of Gettysburgh take place?
A. Pennsylvania

96. As at 2005, who was the United States last Democrat President?
A. Bill Clinton


1. According to Edward Lear`s poem, how long was the sailing trip undertaken by the Owl and the Pussycat?
A. A year and a day

2. How many points are needed to win a game of Cribbage?
A. 121

3. What form of sentence was introduced to the UK by the 1972 Criminal Justice Act?
A. Community Service

4. Which company brews Harp lager?
A. Guinness

5. Miracle, Kelvedon Wonder, and Meteor are all types of which vegetable?
A. Pea

6. What name is given to the cabin below an Airship?
A. A Gondola

7. Since its inception during World War II, the Dicken Medal, which is the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross has been won by which creature the most times?
A. Pigeons

8. How old does a road vehicle need to be to be described as a classic?
A. 25 years old

9. Which society has its headquarters at The Lodge, Sandy in Bedfordshire

10. `Share Moments. Share Life` is the slogan to which worldwide brand?
A. Kodak