Wednesday, January 28, 2009

27 January Cup/Plate

Sorry - numbering gone wonky again

Questions from George & Dragon:

1.      As at January 2009 for which constituency is Gordon Brown the MP?

A. Kirkaldy & Cowdenbeath

  1. Belgium has 3 official languages. French and Flemish are two, what is the third?

A. German.

  1. On board ship, what is meant by the Birkenhead Code?

A. Women and Children first…   (Explanation: started when HMS Birkenhead was wrecked in 1852 off the coast of S. Africa. The ship’s Captain shouted ‘Every man for himself’. The 43rd Light infantry commander ordered his men to stand aside while others got into lifeboats.)

  1. In the 17th Century in the UK, which ruler banned Christmas?

A. Oliver Cromwell.

  1. In which year was the Queen’s Christmas speech first shown on TV?

A. 1957

  1. Which notorious dictator died on Christmas day 1989?

A. Nicholas Ceaucescu

  1. Which composer was known as the Red Priest?

A. Vivaldi

  1. What is the definition of an Astronomical Unit (A.U.)?
    A. The distance between the Earth and the Sun
  2. If canine & feline are the adjectives for dog and cat – what is the adjective for mouse?
    A.  Murine
  3. What is the best-known trade name for the anti-depressant drug fluoxetine hydrochloride?
    A.  Prozac.
  4. Which country celebrates ‘Waitangi Day’ on February 6th of each year?

A. New Zealand (…to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, on that date in 1840.)

  1. Who said in a ‘Temperance Lecture’ for World War II troops in 1944, "Back in my rummy days, I would tremble and shake for hours upon arising. It was the only exercise I got."

A. W.C. Fields

  1. What was the name of the former chief executive officer of Enron who had a heart attack and died in October 2006 before he could be imprisoned for his part in the corruption scandal involving that company ?

A. Kenneth Lay

  1. What’s the name of the small island that is ‘owned’ and inhabited by the Barclay Brothers the owners of the Daily Telegraph who were recently involved with the ‘democracy’ elections in Sark?

A. Brecqhou

  1. What was the name of the actress who played the part of nurse Gladys Emmanuelle in the sitcom ‘Open all Hours’ ?

A. Lynda Baron

  1. Who is the author of both ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ the long running TV sitcom and it’s prequel ‘First of the Summer Wine’?

A. Roy Clarke

  1. What’s the name of the actress who played Victor Meldrew’s wife in the TV sitcom ‘One foot in the grave?

A. Annette Crosbie

  1. Which river runs into the Mersey estuary immediately south of the town of Runcorn?

A. River Weaver

  1. Which river runs into the sea at Shoreham by Sea in Sussex?

A. the River Adur

  1. By what name is the human condition that was once called Daltonism now known?

A. Colour blindness.   (John Dalton & his brother were affected by red-green color blindness.  JD also started some observations and researches about color vision).

  1.  In Scottish criminal courts, how many people are there on a jury?

A. 15.

  1. Liverpool was a European Capital of Culture in 2008. Name one of the two Capitals of Culture for 2009.

A. Vilnius or Linz.

  1. The Tay railway bridge collapsed with a train going over it on a stormy night on December 28th 1879. Who was the bridge engineer / designer?

A. Sir Thomas Bouch

  1. In 1967/68, who was the first person to win football’s European Golden Shoe (then known as the European Golden Boot) competition?

A.  Eusebio

  1.  Who had a horse called Babieca (or Bavieca)?

A. El Cid.

  1. Who drew the illustrations for the “Winnie the Pooh” books?

A. E.H. Sheppard

  1. Which is the only US state named after an English county?

A. New Hampshire

  1.  Whose autobiography is called “The story of my experiments with truth”?

A. Gandhi

  1.  What is Donald Duck’s middle name?

A. Fauntleroy

  1.  In what year was the last person executed in the Tower of London?

A. 1941 (Josef Jakobs). Allow 1939-1943.

  1.  In the TV series “The Waltons”, how many children did John and Olivia Walton have?

A. Seven

  1.  Who played Jane opposite Johnny Weissmuller`s Tarzan in the 1932 film “Tarzan the Ape Man?

A.  Maureen O'Sullivan

  1.  What number is carried by Thomas the Tank Engine?

A.  One

  1. Who was the British Prime Minister when May Day first became a public holiday in England?

A. James Callaghan

  1. The requirement to have a license for a dog was abolished in the UK in 1987. How much were dog licenses at that point?

A. 37½p (note this was 7/6 in ‘old’ money, hence the strange amount)

  1. For how many years is a French President elected?

A. Five (Before 2002 it was 7 years)

  1. How is Barbara Millicent Roberts better known?

A. Barbie


38.                Who was the first prime minister of Israel?

A. David Ben-Gurion

39.                A gooney bird is another name for which bird?

A. Albatross

.40.                What is the capital of the US state of Washington?

A. Olympia

41.                Who (at 2008) plays Doctor Gregory House in the TV series House?

A. Hugh Laurie

42.                The Butut is the monetary unit of which country?

A. Gambia (100 Bututs = 1 Dalasi)

43.            What type of creature is a bonnethead?

A. Shark

  1. What was the name of the ship that took Captain Scott’s expedition to the South Pole in 1912?

A. Terra Nova

45.            Which British sportsman's autobiography is entitled Walking Tall?

A. Peter Crouch (at 6'7" the tallest player footballer to represent England, with notable club spells at Liverpool and Portsmouth)

46.            George Williams founded what in London in 1844?

A. YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association)

47.            Which novelist wrote under the pseudonym Ellis Bell?

A. Emily Bronte (both names required)

48.            A costard is what type of fruit?

A. Apple

49.            What is a corrida?

A. Bullfight

50.            Who painted The Monarch of the Glen?

A.  Sir Edwin Henry Landseer

51.            In which year was Britain's first adhesive postage stamp the Penny Black issued?

A. 1840 (allow 1837-1843)

52.            In US politics who replaced Spiro Agnew as Richard Nixon's vice-president in 1973?

A. Gerald Ford

53.            Who was crowned King of the Scots in 1306?

A. Robert the Bruce

54.            The term 'green-eyed monster' originated from which of Shakespeare’s plays?

A. Othello

55.            As at 2008 which corporation owns the brands Duracell, Braun and Gillette?

A. Procter & Gamble

56.            Who was the first artist to appear at the new Wembley Stadium?

A. George Michael (9 June 2007)

57.            In which year did the first Mersey road tunnel open?

A. 1934 (allow 1933-35) (Liverpool to Birkenhead)

58.            In which country was Imry Nagy twice Prime Minister, executed for treason in 1958 and reburied as a hero in 1989?

A. Hungary (In Hungary his name would be Nagy Imre - he was executed after his country's failed 1956 uprising against the Soviets and reburied as a hero over 30 years later when Hungary became free of Soviet rule.)

59.            American jazz musician Art Tatum excelled on which instrument?

A. Piano

  1.  In the television series “Are you being served?”  what was Mr. Humphries first name?

A. Wilberforce

  1. What was Reginald Perrin's middle name?

A. Iolanthe

  1. In games what is a cochonnet?

A. A wooden target ball in petanque or boules

  1.  Who was the first female singer to be #1 in the UK singles charts in 1953 with “You belong to me?”?

A. Jo Stafford

  1. Two cooling towers adjacent to the M1 just outside Sheffield were demolished in August 2008 - how were they better known?

A. The Tinsley Towers

  1. In which county would you find Anglesey Abbey?

A. Cambridgeshire

  1. Which bridge connects Denmark and Sweden?

A. Oresund

  1. Who was the only posthumous World Motor Racing champion?

A. Jochen Rindt

  1.  Who was the only Italian to win the Grand Prix Motor Racing championship?

A. Alberto Ascari

  1.  How is a Seraglio more commonly known?

A. A Harem

  1.  How are natives of Barbados known?

A. Bajans

  1.  How are inhabitants of Indiana known?

A. Hoosiers

72.  Where do the rivers Blue and White Nile meet?

A. Khartoum.

  1. What bird is also known as an Erne {also spelt Ern)?

A. Sea Eagle

74.  ‘Take Five’ was the signature tune of which musical group?
A. Dave Brubeck Quartet.


Questions from Sutton Church House


  1. Who won the best actress Oscar in 1977 for her part in ‘Annie Hall’?

A. Dianne Keaton


  1. Who won the best actor Oscar in 1977 for his part in ‘The Goodbye Girl’?

A. Richard Dreyfuss


  1. Which German Field Marshall surrendered at Stalingrad in 1942?
    A. Friedrich Von Paulus


  1. Which German Field Marshall committed suicide in October 1944?
    A. Erwin Rommel


  1. Which is the longest river wholly in Scotland?

A. The Tay


  1. Which is the longest river wholly in Wales?

A. Towy (Twyi)


  1. Which children’s TV series of the 1960’s featured Tex Tucker?
    A. Four Feather Falls.


  1. Which 1960’s children’s TV series featured Mike Mercury.

A. Supercar.


  1. Which capital city was formally called Bytown?

A. Ottawa (Changed in 1855)


  1. Which city in Scotland has a railway station called Haymarket?

A. Edinburgh


  1. What is an apostil?
    A. It is a written note in the margin of a document


  1. What was the nickname of Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke?
    A. Strongbow


  1. What type of rock is slate?

A. Metamorphic.


  1. What is the stalk of a leaf also known?
    A. The petiole


  1. Who starred as Elmer Gantry in the 1960 film of the same name?

A. Burt Lancaster


  1. Who was the king of France from 1610 to 1643?
    A. Louis X111 (Louis 13th)


  1. Which US naval commander signed the Japanese surrender documents in 1945?
    A. Nimitz (rank of Fleet Admiral)


  1. Which English League Two football club is nicknamed ‘The Merry Millers’?

A. Rotherham United


  1. Which English Championship league football club is nicknamed ‘The Eagles’?

A. Crystal Palace


  1. Which battle between Scotland and England was fought in 1314?

A.  Bannockburn 


  1. Winston Churchill first became Prime Minister on the 10th of which month in 1940?

A. May.


  1. In the ‘Dad’s Army’ song ‘Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler’ at what time did Mr Brown’s train leave the station?

A. 8-21 am


  1. In the song what time did the Chattanooga Choo Choo leave Pennsylvania station?

A. About a quarter to four (followed by…read a magazine and you’re in Baltimore…)


  1. Eagle was the name of the first Apollo lunar lander on the Moon; what was the name of the last Apollo Lunar lander?

A. Challenger (Apollo 17)


99.  In the Muppets what was the name of the space ship in the series of pigs in space?

A. Swine Trek.


  1. Who lives at 62, West Wallaby Street?

A. Wallace and Grommet


101.                      In the 1973 Disney cartoon Robin Hood, which actor voiced the character of Sir Hiss?

A.  Terry Thomas


  1. Name either of the names of the two super carriers to be built for the Royal Navy?

A.  Queen Elizabeth or Prince of Wales


103.                      If you were taking part in the Iditarod known as the last great race on earth what would you be doing?

A.  Sled dog racing (in Alaska from Anchorage to Nome) 1,150 miles in 10 to 17 days


104.                      The Iditarod largely follows a trail used in 1925 when Nome was struck down with an epidemic and serum had to be brought from Anchorage. What disease caused the epidemic?

A.  Diphtheria


105.                      Which prophet from the Old Testament hid the Ark of the Covenant on Mount Sinai, after the Temple of Solomon was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC.       

A.  Jeremiah   


106.                      Which of Charles Dickens novels was his first?

A. The Pickwick Papers


107.                      Which football club, which has never won the FA cup, were losing finalists in 1931 & 1956?

A. Birmingham City.


108.                      In which rowing event, run every year since 1715, are all competitors members of the Waterman’s company of city of London?

A. Doggett’s Coat & Badge


109.                      Which was the last all British built fighter aircraft to see active service?

A. The Harrier


110.                      Name the last surviving actor from the original cast who played the Magnificent 7?

A. Robert Vaughan


111.                      What is a sea wasp?

A. It is a jellyfish. (poisonous)


112.                      What is a mudskipper?

A. It is a fish (that can move over land).


113.                      Terry Collier and Bob Ferris were better known as what?

A. The Likely Lads.


114.                      Who was said to be responsible in 1940 for the defence of the English Coast from Stones Amusement Arcade to the Novelty Rock Emporium?

A. Dads Army, Warmington–on-sea Platoon.


115.                      Which war began with landings at the(ominously called) Calamita Bay?

A. The Crimean War


116.                      Which invasion did the Battle of Gravelines help prevent?

A. The Spanish invasion of England in 1588. (accept The Armada which was the name of the Spanish Fleet)


117.                      Which sports team is known as the ‘Tall Blacks’?
A. New Zealand Basketball team.


118.                      The Capybara is the largest what?
A. Rodent.


119.                      Which Scottish group was named after a town in Michigan?
A. Bay City Rollers .

120.                      Where do the rivers Blue and White Nile meet?

A. Khartoum.



Tie Break Question

Q. In the 2008 US Presidential election, how many votes did Barack Obama get? (this is popular votes not electoral college votes)


A. 69,456,897










Supplementary Questions


  1. What was the first year for Blackpool illuminations?

A. 1879 (accept 1877-1881)

122.                      What is SETI looking for?

A. Alien Life (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)


123.                      What does an oneirologist interpret?

A. Dreams.


124.                      The Psychic Margaret Anne Lake is better known as who?

A. Mystic Meg.


125.                      Lake Kariba lies on the border of two countries. Name one of them ?

A. Zimbabwe or Zambia.


126.                      What is Philography?

A. Collecting autographs.


127.                      Who was known as ‘King of the Wild Frontier’?
A. Davy Crockett.