Wednesday, November 24, 2010

24th November Cup/Plate Questions set by The Albion and The Plough Taverners


1 What is the fastest flying insect in the world?


2 In which sport might Sean Payton meet Peyton Manning?

American Football. Payton is chief coach for the Saints and Manning the quarterback for the Colts

3 Who tackled Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal and broke his leg on 28th Feb 2010? Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City

4 What is the common name for Laurus Nobilis?

Bay tree

5 What is the common name for Olea Europaea?

Olive tree

6 In which city is the National Media Museum?

Bradford (It was formerly the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television)

7 Which museum is to be found at Bovington in Dorset?

The Tank Museum

8 Who was the Captain of the Mary Rose?

Sir George Carew

9 Who was the Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar?

Thomas Hardy (Of “Kiss me Hardy” fame)

10 In aircraft construction, what is a Pitot Tube (or Head) used for?

Measuring Air Speed

11 In an aircraft what is referred to as “George”?

The autopilot.

12 How is Santa Clara Valley, California better known?

Silicon Valley

13 Who was the victorious leader at the Battle of Santa Clara?

Che Guevara

14 In Cockney rhyming slang, what are your “’ampsteads”?

Teeth ( Hampstead Heath)

15 In theatrical slang, what is meant by to “Mug Up”?

To apply face make-up

16 Who played Big Chris in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels?

Vinnie Jones

17 What was Harper Lee’s only published novel?

To Kill a Mockingbird

18 Who wrote “Lake Wobegon Days?

Garrison Keillor

19 “Poor Jud is Dead” is a song from which musical?


20 “Summertime” is a song from which musical?

Porgy and Bess

21 Who had a number 1 hit in 1961 with “Moon River”?

Danny Williams (Full name required)

22 Who had a number 1 hit in 1956 with “Just Walking in the Rain”?

Johnny Ray

23 Who was the first cricketer in history to take 300 test match wickets?

Fred Truman

24 Who designed Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Dress?

Sir Norman Hartnell

25 What rank in the Royal Navy is above Able Seaman and below Petty Officer? Leading Seaman

26 Which fragrance was first made for Russian Count Orloff in 1768?

Imperial Leather

27 Who founded the Boys Brigade in 1883?

William Smith

28 How was 1960's singer Sandra Goodrich better known?

Sandy Shaw

29 Andy Capp is the work of which cartoonist?

Reg Smythe

30 Bunny was the sidekick of which fictional thief?


31 In which year was the Sydney Opera House opened?


32 Which American artist died in a car crash in 1956?

Jackson Pollock

33 How is the Gentleman Usher to the House of Lords better known?

Black Rod

34 In which part of the human body would you find the talus?


35 A natatorium is what type of amenity?

Swimming pool (particularly indoors)

36 What type of fruit tree is a gean or mazzard?

Wild Cherry

37 How many strings does a balalaika typically have?


38 Anosmia is the technical term for the loss of which sense?


39 Jargonelle, Seckel and Winter Nelis are types of which fruit?


40 What part of the body does Keratitis affect?

The eye (inflammation of the cornea)

41 A hebdomad is a period of how many days?

Seven days (or a week)

42 Dilma Rousseff is which country’s first female President-elect?


43 Highclere Castle of Downton Abbey fame was the home of which famous archaeologist?

Lord Caernarvon

44 Trinidad Turn, Orchid Turn and Balboa Reach are points on which canal?

The Panama Canal

45 In 1985, who captained Europe to its first Ryder Cup win in 28 years?

Tony Jacklin

46 Who was the presenter of the Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 Objects?

Neil MacGregor

47 Which Iconic item of footwear celebrates its 50th anniversary this month?

Doc Martens boots

48 What was the effect of the Act of Supremacy of 1534?

It made Henry VIII head of the Church of England,

49 In which year was the First Opium War between China and Britain?


50 In Istanbul, what is the Golden Horn?

It is an inlet of the Bosphorus

51 Jack Broughton drafted a code of rules for which sport in1743?


52 In which port city are the Potemkin Steps to be found?


53 Who recently “took a shellacking”?

Barack Obama

54 Which Finnish runner won nine Olympic golds in the 1920’s?

Paavo Nurmi

55 Who recently, when asked in court for a contact number said, “Try 999”?

Paul Gascoigne

56 Which British film of 1963 featured a London Transport RT double-decker bus?

Summer Holiday with Cliff Richard

57 First introduced in 1871 they were popularly called St Lubbock’s Days. What were they?

Bank Holidays (nicknamed after Sir John Lubbock MP who drafted the Bill that introduced them.

58 The 1820 plot to assassinate the British cabinet takes its name from which London Street?

The Cato Street conspiracy.

59 Which plot claimed the lives of Viscount Stafford and the Archbishop of Armagh?

The Popish Plot

60 Where, in Liverpool, can you see the top mast of SS Great Eastern?

Outside the Kop at Anfield, used as a flagpole.

61. What relation is actor George Clooney to singer Rosemary Clooney?

He is her nephew.

62. Which classic American novel of the 1930’s features the character Homer Simpson?

The Day of the Locust (by Nathaniel West).

63. Which Macclesfield pop band had a Top 20 hit in the 1990’s with the song ‘Sleep’?


64. In which year was the first Rugby Union World Cup held?


65. Who did Sid Vicious replace as bass player in The Sex Pistols?

Glen Matlock.

66. At what age did both Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe die?


67. Which artist painted ‘Las Meninas’?

Diego Velazquez.

68. Who was the first British driver to win the Formula 1 World Driving Championship?

Mike Hawthorne.

69. Which British swimmer won the 100 metres breaststroke at the 1976 Olympics?

David Wilkie.

70. What colour jersey does the Best Young Rider in the Tour de France wear?


71. What was the name of the notorious assassination squad, also known as the Brownsville Boys, which was headed by gangster Albert Anastasia?

Murder Incorporated.

72. Which world-famous building and residence was burned by the British in 1814?

The White House

73. Which Mayor of New York introduced a ‘no tolerance’ crime police to the city in the 1980’s?

Mario Cuomo.

74. Pele played the majority of his career at which Brazilian club?


75. On how many separate occasions was Disraeli Prime Minister?


76. What is the name of the coffee shop featured in the TV sit com ‘Friends’?

Central Perk.

77. Who was convicted for the crimes attributed to the Boston Strangler?

Albert DeSalvo.

78. Whose only novel was entitled ‘The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym’?

Edgar Allan Poe.

79. Who did Asquith succeed as Prime Minister?

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman. (In our game we used a supplementary as both teams and the question master think the answer is Lloyd George – in fact we were all wrong!!!)

80. Which British cyclist died on Mont Ventoux in 1967?

Tom Simpson.

81. How many sides does a ‘Stop’ sign ‘Stop’ have?


82. What was the name of the peace treaty between Germany and Russia that ended Russian involvement in the First World War?

The treaty of Brest-Litovsk.

83. How many Best Director Oscars did Sir Alfred Hitchcock win?


84. What is the German word meaning “the spirit of the times”?


85. Which American poet wrote the lines, ‘Because I could not stop for Death / He kindly stopped for me / The carriage held but just ourselves / And Immortality’?

Emily Dickinson.

86. Who played Mike Baldwin in Coronation Street?

Johnny Briggs

87. Which British city has the most canals?


88. In 1547, who became the first crowned Tsar of Russia?

Ivan IV (the Terrible)

89. Which is the only US state whose name has just one syllable?


90. How many hearts does an octopus have?


91. Name the doctor found guilty of offences by the general medical council in January 2010 in relation to his work claiming a relationship between the MNR jab and autism.

Dr Andrew Wakefield

92. Which Planet of our Solar System is named after the Greek Deity of the Sky?


93. Which mythical Titan shares its name with the first cervical vertebra?


94. Which U.S. President said ‘ there is nothing to fear but fear itself’?

F.D. Roosvelt

95. Who headed the Commission to investigate President Kennedy’s assassination?

Earl Warren

96. Who was the fourth wife of Henry VIII?

Anne of Cleves

97. Who defeated emperor Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo?

Duke of Wellington

98. In the original fairy story by the brothers Grimm which heroine had the name ‘Schneewitchen’?

Snow White

99. What name is used in the US to refer to an unknown female in legal proceedings?

Jane Doe

100. What holds a scout’s scarf secure?

A woggle

101. Who wrote the song ‘Streets of London’?

Ralph McTell

102. What is the French version of a pancake called

A crepe

103. In Kenneth Graham’s Wind in the Willows, which character teaches Mole the ways of the river


104. What is the spiked wheel on a horseman’s spur usually called?

A Rowel

105. What connects the Silurians, the Sontarans and the Judoon?

They are all races from the Doctor Who universe

106. What does the place name Vera Cruz mean in Spanish and Portuguese?

True Cross

107. Name either of the partnership who wrote the Sixties musical ‘Stop the World, I Want to Get Off’

Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

108. Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield made up which musical duo popular in the sixties and seventies?

The Righteous brothers

109. What is the highest pitch instrument in an orchestra


110. In Which T.V. show was the clapometer fist used

Opportunity Knocks

111. Burt Ward is best known for playing which T.V. sidekick

Robin (in the Batman Stories)

112. Which Russian Author wrote ‘One day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch’

Alexander Solzenitzin

113. Who was the most successful member of the US soul group the Commodores?

Lionel Ritchie

114. What was the name of Rip Van Winkle’s dog who followed him up the mountain


115. The bones of a dog, which was christened ‘Hatch’ by the discoverers of the bones, were displayed at Crufts, 2010. Where were the bones discovered?

On the wreckage of the ‘Mary Rose’

116. Which Central American country is bordered by Mexico, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador?


117. What is the capital of Slovenia?


118. Name the capital of Sudan


119. In which Sad song is a girl ‘marrying a fellow down Galveston Way’

Sylvia’s mother (by Doctor Hook)

120. What word can mean a music style, a Greek Nymph, and is the name of a famous research vessel



S1. Which is the only European country where residents need to cross two borders to reach the sea?


S2. For what is HMS Pickle best know?

Bringing the new of Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar

S3 Of what are snoots and softboxes types?

Photographic Studio Lights

S4. In gastronomy what is the French work for ‘between the ribs’?


S5. Which cartoon dog worked in an office on occasion with Ratbert?


Thursday, November 18, 2010

16th November 2010

Please note that the specialist rounds are not in the same order as on the night, but the questions are all the same


1. Which is the world’s oldest inhabited city?
2. Mozambique’s Capital is called Maputo, what was it formerly called?
LOURENCO MARQUES (allow Lourenzo Marques)
3. In 1898 which nation fought Spain in one of the worst one-sided wars in modern history?
4. Which country had the first Woman Prime Minister?
5. In which country was Joseph Stalin born?
6. Which country was the first to be demilitarized and therefore has no army?
7. What was Burkina Faso formerly called?
8. Which is the smallest US state?
In which country was the current (14th) Dalai Lama born?
CHINA (Tibet annexed to china 1928 lama born 1935)
In which country was Buddha born?
What is the indigenous name for the Persian language ?

1. What is the largest internal organ of the Human Body?
2. What is Sibbald’s Rorqual?
3. In 1840, John Draper took what is believed to be the first image of what subject?
4. What type of bird is a Harlequin?
5. Which member of the cat family is the largest to roam free in Europe (does not include any beast lion or panther allegedly released)?
6. A Corvid is what type of creature?
BIRD - member of the crow family (crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies)
7. What is aquaculture?
8. Which disease is caused by the inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord?

Which is the only bird capable of flying backwards?
The drug ‘Reyataz’ is used in the treatment of which condition?
Where would you find geographical features named after Julius Caesar, Plato & Archimedes?
The Moon (They are names of craters)

1. Which Irish monk made voyages out into the Atlantic in the 6th Century, and is thought by some to have reached North America?
2. In Norse mythology cats pulled the chariot of which goddess?
3. Which Inca fortress was discovered in 1911 and declared a World Heritage site in 1983?
4. Which German warship was sunk on 27th May 1941 on what was to be her only voyage of active service?
5. In 1981 which newspaper was sued for libel by Jeffrey Archer?
6. In which year was Pan American flight 103 blown up over Lockerbie?
7. During which conflict was the Battle of Towton fought?
8. The body of which great leader is said to be preserved in honey?

1. Who left the British Union of Fascists and went on to set-up the National Socialist League?
2. In 1981, in which city was a nuclear reactor destroyed by Israeli planes after the facility was seen as being capable of producing nuclear weapons?


1. Who was the corner man for Muhammad Ali for the vast majority of his career?
2. Which playing card is know as the devil’s bedpost?
3. How many inner wire rings on a dartboard?
4. In which sport is a ‘SAG wagon’ used?
5. In cricket which country runs the ‘Supersport’ series?
6. Name either of the professional football teams in England which have the nickname ‘The Latics’?
7. Which is the only Central American country where baseball not football (soccer) is a favourite sport?
8. In which European country was Joe Bugner born?

1. Which sport are the Boston Celtics involved?
2. What nationality is darts player Ray van Barneveld?


1. In which film (and its sequel) did Reese Witherspoon play Ellie Woods?
2. Mark Lamarr and Simon Amstell have both been regular compares on which music quiz?
3. What duo foiled master criminal Feathers McGraw?
4. Who has appeared in film as Danny Fisher, Glenn Tyler and Lucky Jackson?
5. Which TV series starred David Daker and Michael Elphick as ex- firemen?
6. Who is to play the title role in the new West End production of The Wizard of Oz?
7. Whose paintings include `Man With A Clarinet`, `Still Life With Biscuits` and `Woman With A Book`?
8. Which English author wrote ‘The Kraken Wakes‘?

1. Who commanded the Spectrum organisation in TV series Captain Scarlett?
2. What is the name of the bald rabbit hunter in the Bugs Bunny cartoons?
3. Which pop group had the line up - LEE, LISA, H, FAYE and CLAIRE?


1. What is the flavouring used in the Greek wine Retsina?
2. What is used to make the food colouring Cochineal?
3. What is the name of the award-winning restaurant owned by Heston Blumenthal?
4. Which country produces 70% of the world’s olive oil?
5. From which country does the liqueur Limoncello originate?
6. What is Nori?
7. Who is the surviving member of the Two fat ladies?
8. What Arab country's national dish is a soup called fool?

1. From what region of France does claret come?
2. Avery Island Louisiana is world famous for which product?
Tabasco Sauce

Classical music
The following pieces of classical music were all used as TV and film theme tunes. You will be given the year of use, the type of medium, the composer and the title of the piece of music.
All you have to do is name the TV programme, film or advert. For example:
Q. 1 1970s comedy series. Composer: JP Souza. Title: The Liberty Bell March
A. Monty Python's Flying Circus
Q2 1970s War film. Composer: Stanley Miles. Title: Cavatina
a. The Deer Hunter
Q3. 1980s-1990s Political satire series. Composer: Mussorgsky. Title: Promenade, from Pictures at an Exhibition.
a. The New Statesman
Classical music
The following pieces of classical music were all used as TV and film theme tunes. You will be given the year of use, the type of medium, the composer and the title of the piece of music.
All you have to do is name the TV programme, film or advert. For example:
1970s comedy series. Composer: JP Souza. Title: The Liberty Bell March
A. Monty Python's Flying Circus
Q1 1970s War film. Composer: Stanley Miles. Title: Cavatina
a. The Deer Hunter
Q2. 1980s-1990s Political satire series. Composer: Mussorgsky. Title: Promenade, from Pictures at an Exhibition.
a. The New Statesman
Q3. 1970s Horror film. Composer: Jerry Goldsmith. Title: Ave Satani
A. The Omen
Q4. 1970s Advert Composer: Dvorak. Title: Largo from New World Symphony
A. Hovis bread advert
Q5. 1970s Sci-fi film. Composer: Johann Strauss II. Title: Blue Danube Waltz
A. 2001 A Space Odyssey
Q6. 1970s to current day quiz show. Composer: Neil Richardson. Title: Approaching Menace
A. Mastermind
Q7. 1950s Western series. Composer: Giacomo Rossini. Title: William Tell Overture
A The Lone Ranger
Q8. 1970s Seafaring drama series. Composer: Aran Katchaturian. Title: Adagio from Spartacus
A The Onedin Line
Q9. 1970s-1990s advert. Composer: Tchaikovsky. Title: The Nutcracker
A. Cadbury's Fruit and Nut chocolate
Q10. 1940s-1950s detective series. Composer: Charles Williams. Title: The Devils Gallop
A Dick Barton Special Agent
Nil Desperandum.........
or everyday Latin phrases
Give the meaning of these everyday Latin phrases:
Q1. . Caveat emptor
A. Let the buyer beware
Q2. Cave canem
A. Beware the dog (accept Beware of the dog)
Q3 Tempus fugit
A. Time flees (accept Time flies)
Q4. Anno domini
A4. In the year of our Lord
Q5. Carpe diem
A. Seize the day
Q6. Veni, vidi, vici
A. I came, I saw, I conquered
Q7. Ars gratia artis
A. Art for art's sake
Q8. Magna Carta
A. Great Charter
Q9. Post mortem
A After death
Q10. Terra firma
A Solid land
Q Veritas

Set by the New Castle
Q1. From which t.v. quiz show does the catch phrase "What's a Hot Spot Not ?" come from?
a. Strike it Lucky
2. To the nearest day, how long did it take for Apollo 11 to reach the moon in July 1969 (lift off to touch down)?
a. 4 days (4 days, 6 hours, 45 minutes 40 seconds to be more precise)
3. 4 countries border Afghanistan. Pakistan and Iran are 2 of them. Name either of the others.
a. Uzbekistan or Tajikistan
4. The Nazi regime was the Third Reich. Which was the First Reich?
a. The Holy Roman Empire
5. In Bingo calling, which number is The Brighton Line?
a. 59
6. With whom did Elton John release a live version of 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me'? in 1991?
a. George Michael
7. What was the name of the dog in Enid Blyton's Famous Five books ?
a. Timmy
8. 2 commpanies are involved in the production and marketing of the Smart Car ? One is Mercedes; who is the
a. Swatch
9. Which sportsman reportedly said "In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol. It was the worst 20 minutes of my
a. George Best
10. Which dancer created the role of Mr Mistoffolees in the original stage production of Cats in May 1981? a. Wayne Sleep
11. What A number did Airbus give its new double decker plane?
a. 380
12. Which. Country gives the XMAS tree in Trafalgar Square every year ? a. Norway
13. Give any of the Queen's middle names?
a. Alexandra and Mary
14. Employees of which organisation were identified by a badge with their logo of an eye with the phrase "We never Sleep"?
a. The Pinkerton Agency (hence the origin of private eyes)
15. Carnival of the Animals" is a work by which composer?
a. Camille Saint-Saens
16. What did the crocodile swallow in Peter Pan ?
a. Alarm clock
17. What is the name of the organisation, owned by the major television companies, which compiles televisionviewing figures for the United Kingdom?
a. Broadcaster's Audience Research Board (Accept BARB)
18. What was the name of the octopus who rose to fame for successfully predicting 2010 football world cup match results?
a. Paul (Sadly now dead aged 2, Of seven matches involving Germany he predicted all correctly)
19. Who created the Muppets ?
 a. Jim Henson
20. The mean is the average of a set of numbers, the mode is the most common of those numbers; If you sort this set from high to low what is the middle number called?
a. The median
23. Which country did Voodoo Originate from ?
a. Haiiti
22. What cabinet office have John Reid, Des Browne, John Hutton, Bob Ainsworth & Dr. Liam Fox held over the
last 5 years?
a. Secretary of state for defence (Dr. Liam Fox is incumbent)
23. Astrologically speaking, two of the fire signs are LEO and ARIES. Which is the third?
a. Sagittarius
24. What is the name of the poker hand containing three of a kind and a pair?
a. Full house
25. In which opera do you find Lieutenant Pinkerton?
a. Madame Butterfly
26. "The Finkler Question" this year won the Booker prize for Howard Jacobson, which previous two time winner
(Oscar and Lucinda 1988, True History of the Kelly Gang 2001) was on the shortlist, but overlooked for the main prize?
a. Peter Carey
27. Who is the president of Russia?
a. Dmitry Medvedev
28. Which recently deceased footballing legend famously faced a disrepute charge in 1976 for sharing the Crystal Palace player's bath with porn star Fiona Richmond?
a. A Malcolm Allison
29. Who presents BBC's Autumnwatch with Kate Humble?
a. Chris Packham f
30. female and male of which animal are called a Jenny and a Jack?
Donkey or Ass
31. Alphabetically, which comes last in the 6 counties of Northern Ireland?
a. Tyrone (others are Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry)
32. What is the missing instrument in the strings section of an orchestra: cello, harp, violin, double bass?
a. Viola
33. )Name any of the 3 kings who visited Bethlehem
a. Caspar Balthazar Melchior
34. -What is the top price for a ticket to the opening ceremony of the upcoming London Olympics?
a. £2,012
35. Which n-Power League Two team has the nickname "The Brewers"?
a. A Burton Albion
36. Who was the first female presenter of Top Of The Pops?
a. Janice Long (1982 until 1988)
37. Which North West MP, or rather former MP, has been kicked out of the Labour Party, amid much furore,
following the legal investigation into his election campaign?
a. Phil Woolas
38. Which African lake covering an area of nearly 27,000 square miles straddles the equator?
a. Lake Victoria
39. What is the title of the 2007 Biopic based around the life of Joy Division's Ian Curtis?
a. Control
40. Twinkle toed Gavin Henson, as much at home dancing across a lacquered floor as through an opponent's
Defensive line, has recently signed for which Premiership Rugby club?
a. Saracens
41. What is the collective noun for a group of Dolphins?
a. A Pod
42.On French autoroutes, what are the toll collection areas known as?
a. Peages
43. What letter is on the right of a B on a QWERTY keyboard ?
a. N
43. Who wrote 6 romantic novels from 1930 to 1956 under the pen name of Mary Westmacott.?
a. Agatha Christie
45. What is the missing instrument in the brass section of an orchestra: horn, tuba, trumpet?

a. Trombone
46. How many times have Italy won the World Cup?
a. Four
47. Who played keyboard for the band D:Ream, but is now better known for his Wonders of the Solar System?
a. Professor Brian Cox OBE
48. Who played Prue in the original ITV series of "A Bouquet of Barbed Wire"?
a. Susan Penhaligon
49. Odessa is a port on which body of water?
A The Black Sea
50. What did the three little Kittens lose?
A. Their mittens
51. Who died before completing his requiem Mass?
52. In which city did Starbucks coffee chain start and where it is still based
 a. Seattle
53. Who writes the Young Bond series of books?
a. Charlie Higson
54. What type of creature is Sponge Bob Square Pant's best friend Patrick?
a. Star Fish
55. The Fossa is a predator native to which island?
a. Madagascar
56. On  London Underground maps which line is coloured yellow?
 a. Circle
57. Which football team lost the FA Cup final in 1998 & 1999?
a. Newcastle United
58. If Nurse was 2, Teacher was 3,Constable was 4 and Regardless was 5, what was 1?
a. Sargeant (Carry On films)
59-Ben Collins has recently won a court case to identify his former secret alter ego. Who is he better known as?
a. The Stig
60. In the song what does the Old Lady swallow after the bird?
a. Cat
61. What is the hardest mineral material in the human body?
a. Tooth enamel
62.  Whose new book is entitled 'Kitchen'?
a. Nigella Lawson
63. By winning the final tournament of the Fed-Ex cup in September this year, which American golfer walked away with a prize totalling $11m.
a. Jim Furyk
64. What is a baby whale called?
a. A calf
65. Which word links the following; Swipe, winder, car, show?
a- Side
66. Whic word links the following; Hat, Gun, Spin Cat?
a. Top
67. What is next in the following sequence: Alaskan, Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern,...?
a. Atlantic (They are time zones going eastwards across the USA)
68. From which company does Wil E Coyote source all his Road Runner capturing contraptions?
a. Acme
69. There are 3 pieces of sporting equipment on the moon, from which sport? a. Golf, the balls they hit
70. Who is the only Green Party MP in Westminster?
a. Caroline Lucas
71. In the song 'Dem Bones' What follows; Toe bone, foot bone, leg bone?
a. Knee bone
72. Ejson Pena successfully ran the New York marathon this year; his time was a modest 5 hours and 50 minutes and he didn't even get his application in on time. So why was his run newsworthy?
a. He had been trapped in the Chile Copper Mine
73. Which mobile phone manufacturer and operator was threatened with bans recently, in a number of Arab countries, over security fears?
a. Blackberry
74. Who. wrote Petruska?
a. Stravinsky
75. In the film, what sort of fish is Nemo
a. Clown Fish
76. Who is the current world snooker champion?
a. Neil Robertson
77. What was the name of the BP oil rig which blew up in the Gulf of Mexico this year.
a. Deepwater Horizon
78. Who won 2010’s Celebrity Masterchef?
a. Lisa Faulkner
79. What is the name of the Macclesfield Park between Buxton Road & Fence Avenue?
a. Victoria Park
80. If James is five, Henry is three, and Edward is two, who is one?
a. Thomas the Tank Engine (engine numbers)
81. What was the name of Arthur Daley's minder played by Dennis Waterman?
a. Terry McCann
82. Which James Bond film was set predominantly in India?
a. Octopussy
83. Who was the first player from outside the UK to captain an FA Cup winning team at Wembley?
a. Eric Cantona
84. If you sailed due south from the Balearic island of Mallorca in which country would you reach land?
a. Algeria
85.Which part of the Scout movement is the feeder for Cubs?
a. Beavers
86. Oscar Peterson is famous for playing which instrument?
a. piano
87. Which company is offering £10 if it rains in your chosen location on a given day?
a. Walkers Crisps
88. In the Lion King movies, what sort of animal is Timon? (surprisingly pronounced Timoan in the film)
a. Meerkat
89. Why was the newborn daughter of David & Samantha Cameron given the name 'Endellion' this August?
a. Because she was born in Cornwall (whilst they were on their hols)
90. Who is the shadow Home secretary?
a. Ed Balls
91. Which Danish toy manufacturer has visitor attractions in Berkshire & Manchester?
a. Lego
92. Marleybone, Liverpool Street, & Kings Cross are 3 of the railway stations on the standard UK Monopoly board. Which is the fourth?
a. Fenchurch Street
93. Who has replaced Margaret Mountford as one of Alan Sugar's aides in the Apprentice?
a. Karren Brady
94. Which actor the husband of Susan George, died on Oct 10th this year?
a. Simon McCorkindale
95. How many crotchets in a semi-breve?
a. Four
96. Who recently overtook Tiger Woods as the world number one ranked golfer?
a. Lee Westwood
i. What English word comes from two French words meaning sour wine?
a. Vinegar
2. Who presents the BBC2 programme 'Genius'?
a. Dave Gorman
3. In which town is the haulage firm Eddie Stobart based?
a. Carlisle
4. In the Dr Seuss story, who stole Christmas?
a. The Grinch
5. In which current film does the lead character plan to steal the moon?
a. Despicable Me
6. Who starred as the bereaved widower in the BBCl drama 'Single Father'?
a. David Tennant
7. The m3 runs between London and where?
a. Southampton

Thursday, November 11, 2010

9th November–all questions set by The Dolphin


Specialist Rounds

History – Not Bernardo O’Higgins



Art and Entertainment


Say that Again


The Devil’s in the Detail (Picture round)

History – Not Bernardo O’Higgins

In honour of that perennial quiz personality, Bernardo O’Higgins, you will either be given a politician’s name, and asked to name the country he led to independence, or the name of a country, and asked to identify its independence leader.

1. Thomas Masaryk, first president of which country after independence?

A. Czechoslovakia. (Do not accept the Czech Republic).

2. Lee Kwan Yew was first Prime Minister of which state, from its independence in 1959 until 1990?

A. Singapore.

3. As Prime Minister, 1963, Hastings Banda led which country to independence a year later?

A. Malawi. (Accept Nyasaland).

4. Of which country did Julius Nyerere serve as first president from its independence in 1961 until his retirement in 1985?

A. Tanzania. (Accept Tanganyika).

5. Who led Indonesia to independence from the Dutch, and served as the country’s first president from 1945 until overthrown in a military coup in1967?

A. President Sukarno.

6. Who led Pakistan to independence in 1947, and served as its first Governor-General until his tragically early death the following year?

A. Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

7. Elected Prime Minister of The Gold Coast in 1952, who led the country to independence with the name Ghana in 1957?

A. Kwame Nkrumah.

8. Who served, from 1960 – 74, as the first President of the independent Republic of Cyprus?

A. Archbishop Makarios.


9. One of the earliest independence leaders, which country did Toussaint L’Ouverture lead to independence in the 1790s?

A. Haiti.

10. Name the world-renowned concert pianist who, as Prime Minister of the newly independent Poland, negotiated his country’s boundaries at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.

A. Jan Paderewski.


1. On which river does Lincoln stand?

A. The River Witham.

2. On which river does Peterborough stand?

A. The River Nene.

3. What is the highest point in the Pennines?

A. Cross Fell.

4. What is the highest point on Exmoor?

A. Dunkery Beacon. (Accept Dunkery Hill).

5. What is the chief town of the Isle of Skye?

A. Portree.

6. For what physical feature is Corryvreckan, in Scotland, famous?

A. A whirlpool.

7. The most southerly areas of both France and Italy are known in those countries by a name which means a time of day. Give either the French or Italian version, or the English translation.

A. Le Midi (French), Il Mezzogiorno (Italian); both mean Midday.

8. Which South American country was formerly known as New Granada?

A. Colombia.


9. In which region of Italy is Rome?

A. Lazio.

10. In which region of Greece is Athens?

A. Attica.


1. In her journal of 1912, Lady Alice Hillingdon wrote that, on hearing her husband approaching the bedroom she would lie down, close her eyes and do what?

A. Think of England.

2. Archimedes said, give me a place to stand, and I what?

A. Move the earth.

3. When asked by a New York customs officer if he had anything to declare, what did Oscar Wilde reply?

A. Nothing but my genius.

4. When, on his deathbed, Lord Palmerston was told by his doctor that he was about to die, what was his response?

A. (Die, my dear doctor?) That’s the last thing I shall do!

5. Sir Isaac Newton explained that he was able to see further than other because he was standing where?

A. On the shoulders of giants.

6. What did George Bernard Shaw describe as “the extreme form of censorship”?

A. Assassination.

7. Why, according to Voltaire, do the English from time to time execute an admiral?

A. To encourage the others. (Pour encourager les autres).

8. Denis Healey, when Chancellor of the Exchequer, described being criticized by Sir Geoffrey Howe as “Like being savaged by...” what?

A. A dead sheep.


9. When, in 1848, Marx and Engels called on the workers of the world to unite, the told them that they had nothing to lose but what?

A. Their chains.

10. Queen Mary Tudor said that when she was dead and opened, people would find what lying in her heart?

A. Calais.

Arts and Entertainment

1. In the Toy Story series of films, what is the Christian name of the owner of Buzz Lightyear and the other toys?

A. Andy.

2. What was the most famous surname used by the late Norman Wisdom in his comedy films?

A. Mr. Pitkin.

3. Which TV detective inspector has had sidekicks named Sergeant Gavin Troy, Sergeant Dan Scott and Sergeant Ben Jones?

A. Tom Barnaby. (Midsomer Murders).

4. Which TV detective superintendent is ably assisted by DI Doug Kersey and DI Lucy Lane?

A. Charles Wycliffe.

5. John Milton’s sonnet which ends with the line “They also serve who only stand and wait” is about which subject, central to the poet’s own experience?

A. His blindness.

6. Of which Indian servant did Rudyard Kipling write:

Though I’ve belted you and flayed you, By the livin’ Gawd that made you, You’re a better man than I am....?

A. Gunga Din.

7. According to the title of an opera by Rossini, what was the trade or profession of Figaro?

A. Barber (of Seville).

8. According to the title of an operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan, what was the trade or profession of the brothers Marco and Giuseppe Palmieri?

A. Gondoliers.


9. Who wrote The Owl and the Pussycat?

A. Edward Lear.

10. In Are You Being Served, Who was the manager of the clothing department?

A. Cuthbert Rumbold.


1. What type of creature is a Miller’s Thumb?

A. A fish.

2. What type of creature is a fer de lance?

A. A snake.

3. Which is the largest moon in the Solar System?

A. Ganymede.

4. How many years does Halley’s Comet take to orbit the sun?

A. 76.

5. Which branch of medicine deals with childbirth?

A. Obstetrics.

6. which branch of medicine deals with the study of tumours?

A. Oncology.

7. In which scientific field did Mary Anning, of Dorset, make important discoveries in the early 19th century?

A. Palaeontology. Accept fossil collecting.

8. The scientist Rosalind Franklin made vital contributions to which important 20th century discovery, although, because of her early death, she failed to get the Nobel Prize that others won for the same discovery?



9. What did British inventor Sir Frank Whittle invent?

A. Jet propulsion.

10. What did British inventor Sir Christopher Cockerell invent?

A. The hovercraft.

Say That Again

All answers consist of repeated words or syllables. For example, native drum used to send messages would be Tom Tom.

1. A disease caused by deficiency of thiamine (Vitamin B1), research into which led to the discovery of vitamins.

A. Beriberi.

2. An anti-colonial resistance movement in 1950s Kenya.

A. Mau Mau.

3. An alternative name for the edible dormouse.

A. Glis glis.

4. In The Flintstones, the name of Barney Rubble’s baby son.

A. Bamm Bamm.

5. Nickname of the South African Football team, from a Zulu term meaning “Our boys”.

A. Bafana Bafana.

6. An informal saying meaning “hurry up”, from a Pidgin English corruption of a Chinese phrase.

A. Chop chop.

7. The villain in the film Barbarella, played by Milo O’Shea.

A. Durand Durand.

8. Famous New York State prison, its location on the river Hudson gave rise to the saying “going up the river” for going to jail.

A. Sing Sing.


9. A very hot member of the chilli family, also known as bird’s eye or Aftican red devil, used to make a very strong chilli sauce.

A. Piri piri (or Peri peri).

10. This lemur, native to Madagascar, is the world’s largest nocturnal primate.

A. Aye aye.


1. In 2008 Belgian cyclist Wim Vansevenant became the first man to win the Lanterne Rouge in the Tour de France three years running. For what achievement is this awarded?

A. Last cyclist to finish. (Dropping out does not count).

2. In the 2010 Ryder Cup, which golfer secured Europe’s victory by winning the final singles match?

A. Graeme McDowell.

3. How did John Isner and Nicolas Mahut make headlines at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships?

A. They played the longest match in Wimbledon history, including the longest set, 70 – 68. (Accept longest set).

4. Danielle Brown made history when she became the first English paralympic sportswoman to compete alongside able-bodied athletes in the Commonwealth games. In which sport did she win a team gold medal?

A. Archery.

5. Who won gold medals for Britain at both 5,000 and 10,000 metres in the 2010 European Athletics Championships?

A. Mo Farrah.

6. In England’s glorious first match in the World Cup finals, goalkeeper Rob Green let in a soft goal. Who was the scorer?

A. Clint Dempsey. (USA).

7. Which Spanish player (as of 24th October) holds the record for the most games (127) and the most goals (67) in the Champions’ League? (He’ still going strong!)

A. Raul.

8. In which Commonwealth Games event did England’s Katherine Endicott end up with a silver medal despite finishing fourth, after the Australian winner was disqualified for a false start, and the Nigerian who came second failed a drugs test?

A. Women’s 100 metres.


9. The Commonwealth Games were originally The Empire Games. In which country were they first held, in 1930?

A. Canada.

10. Which club did Sir Alf Ramsey manage immediately before being appointed England manager?

A. Ipswich.

The Devil’s in the Detail

You will be shown a detail, or small part, of a painting. From this identify the artist. Sorry pictures not available

1. Degas – Ballet Rehearsal.

2. Van Gogh – Starry Night.

3. Dali – The Persistence of Memory.

4. Hockney – A Bigger Splash.

5. Turner – The Fighting Temeraire towed to its last resting place.

6. Rubens – The Three Graces. (An excellent illustration of the term “Rubensesque” for a certain type of female form!).

7. Michelangelo – The Creation of Adam. (From the Sistine Chapel ceiling).

8. Leonardo da Vinci – La Gioconda, otherwise known as The Mona Lisa.


9. Gauguin – Tahitian woman.

10. Hieronymus Bosch – The Garden of Earthly Delights.

General Knowledge

1. The firm of De Beers is known the world over for dealing in what commodity?

A. Diamonds.

2. Which type of biscuit is named after a doctor who flavoured plain biscuits with sugar and caraway seeds?

A, Abernethy.

3. What is the name of Postman Pat’s black and white cat?

A. Jess.

4. What word is used for the practice of cutting off the tails of dogs or other animals?

A. Docking.

5. In the early 1950s, with whom did Princess Margaret controversially fall in love, though she was forbidden to marry him?

A. (Group Captain Peter) Townsend.

6. Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, falls under the jurisdiction of which country?

A. Australia.

7. In Bizet’s opera Carmen, in what kind of factory do most of the women work?

A. Cigarette Factory.

8. On election day this year, which politician was injured in a plane crash?

A. Nigel Farage.

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9. Which 13th century English Franciscan Friar is generally credited with the invention (or discovery) of gunpowder in the west?

A. Roger Bacon.

10, What name is given to the ancient Christian communities in Egypt and Ethiopia?

A. Copts, or Coptic Church.

11. Twigs of what kind of wood are traditionally used in the art of water divining?

A. Hazel.

12. What was the name of the nuclear submarine which recently ran aground off the Scottish coast?

A. HMS Astute.

13. What would an Italian be doing if he was enjoying his “dolce far niente”?

A. Nothing at all. (May be loosely translated as “Sweet F.A.”).

14. As of 4th November, who is the manager of Blackpool FC?

A. Ian Holloway.

15. Which long-running TV Western series had as its title a word which is Spanish for fair weather, especially at sea, and by analogy, prosperity.

A. Bonanza.

16. Four US states have names which begin and end with the same letter; two are Alaska and Alabama, name either of the other two.

A. Ohio or Arizona.

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17. Who said, in a speech in 1983, “I warn you not to be ordinary, I warn you not to be young, I warn you not to fall ill, and I warn you not to grow old”?

A. Neil Kinnock.

18. Which professional dancer was given the unenviable task of partnering Anne Widdecome in Strictly Come Dancing?

A. Anton du Beke.

19. Of the towns elevated to city status to celebrate the Millenium, which was in Scotland?

A. Inverness.

20. Which US Attorney General was responsible for the criminal conviction of Trade Union leader Jimmy Hoffa?

A. Bobby Kennedy.

21. With which famous actress did Bruce Springsteen dance in his video of Dancing in the Dark?

A. Courtney Cox. (Accept Courtne Cox Arquette).

22. What term is used for a female hedgehog?

A. A sow.

23. To within £10,000 either way, what is the basic salary of the Prime Minister (excluding his MP’s salary)?

A. £142,500; accept 132,500 – 152,500).

24. In the Gospel of St. John, in which town in Galilee did Jesus transform water into wine?

A. Cana.

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25. For which film did Steven Spielberg win his first Oscar?

A. Schindler’s List.

26. Who wrote the novels The Invisible Man and The Time Machine?

A. H. G. Wells.

27. As of 4th November, who is the manager of West Bromwich Albion FC?

A. Roberto di Matteo.

28. The ventriloquist Ray Allen sadly died earlier this year. With which dummy will he be forever associated?

A. Lord Charles.

29. Claims that the world will end, or be apocalyptically transformed, on 21 Dec., 2012, are supposed to be derived from the prophetic writings of which ancient civilization?

A. the Maya.

30. With which magistrates’ court would you associate the novelist Henry Fielding and his brother John?

A. Bow Street. (Where they were magistrates, and formed the Bow St. Runners).

31. The agony aunt Claire Rayner, who died recently, left a son, Jay, who is also a journalist. In which field of journalism does he specialize?

A. Food.

32. Give any one of Prince William’s other three Christian names.

A. Arthur Philip Louis.

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33. What, in music, is a hi-hat?

A. A pair of cymbals operated by a foot-pedal. (Accept cymbal).

34. In the film Ace Ventura – Pet Detective, what kind of creature is Snowflake?

A. A dolphin. (Mascot of the Miami Dolphins).

35. Which word can follow Corn, Reed or Snow to make the names of three species of bird?

A. Bunting.

36. Which Italian cheese has a name which means “re-cooked”?

A. Ricotta.

37. There are four Inns of Court. Two of them are Middle Temple and Inner Temple; name either of the other two.

A. Gray’s Inn or Lincoln’s Inn.

38. Which TV series featured a band named Doctor Teeth and the Electric Mayhem?

A. The Muppet Show.

39. What is signified by the letters OSB after the name of a Catholic priest?

A. Benedictine. (Member of the Order of St. Benedict).

40. In which TV drama series does Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman lead a team consisting of retired detectives Jack Halford, Brian Lane and Gerry Standing?

A. New Tricks.

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41. Which distinguished mathematician had an historic quarrel with Isaac Newton over who had invented Calculus?

A. Leibniz.

42. Which country has developed a programme of music education for deprived children, called “El Sistema”, which has produced the world-renowned Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra?

A. Venezuela.

43. In which novel of 1932 did one of the characters once see “something nasty in the woodshed”?

A. Cold Comfort Farm. (By Stella Gibbons).

44. In which Dickens novel would you find the heroine Nell Trent and the villain Daniel Quilp?

A. The Old Curiosity Shop.

45. In an Indian restaurant what is paneer?

A. Cheese.

46. Energy firm British Gas is owned by which company?

A. Centrica.

47. In which brace of films does Hugh Grant play the cad and love rat Daniel Cleaver?

A. Bridget Jones’s Diary.

48. Which historic legal document contains the promise (Clause 40): “To no man will we sell, or deny, or delay, right or justice”?

A. Magna Carta.

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49. Who wrote the novels Ivanhoe and Rob Roy?

A. Sir Walter Scott.

50. What German word means a malicious pleasure in another’s misfortune?

A. Schadenfreude.

51. Which British Prime Minister was born in Bury in 1788?

A. Sir Robert Peel.

52. In music, what does the term “Pizzicato” mean?

A. The strings of a violin, cello, etc. are to be plucked, rather than bowed.

53. After Kenneth Williams, with 26 appearances, which actor has appeared in the second most Carry On films?

A. Charles Hawtrey. (23).

54. In the Iliad, who was Achilles faithful friend, killed by Hector while wearing Achilles armour?

A. Patroclus.

55. Which British bird is sometimes known as the “merle”?

A. Blackbird.

56. Who was the first American to be honoured by a memorial in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey?

A. Longfellow.

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57. In the usual arrangement of the New Testament, which is the first of St. Paul’s letters?

A. Romans.

58. The flag of which country is the oldest in the world?

A. Denmark.

59. The Spanish composer Rodrigo wrote Fantasia para un Gentilhombre for guitar and orchestra. Who was the “Gentleman” for whom the work was written?

A. Segovia.

60. Three film stars and a director formed United Artists in 1919. One was Charlie Chaplin, name one of the others.

A. Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks or D. W. Griffiths.

61. Which conflict was ended, but not settled, by the Panmunjon peace talks?

A. The Korean War.

62. In the House of Lords, what name is given to those peers (apart from the Bishops), who do not belong to any political party?

A. Crossbenchers.

63. Andrew Bailey, Merlyn Lowther and Graham Kentfield have all held which post?

A. Chief Cashier of the Bank of England.

64. Bubbles of which gas in the blood cause the condition Caisson’s disease, better known as the Bends?

A. Nitrogen.

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65. In frequent comedy sketches, Les Dawson played Cissie Braithwaite; which other actor played Ada Shufflebotham in this comic duo?

A. Roy Barraclough.

66. Which British bird is sometimes call the mavis?

A. The song thrush.

67. From the Latin for requiring to be done, what name is given to a list of items to be discussed at a meeting?

A. Agenda.

68. With what was Balder, the Norse god of light, killed?

A. A twig of mistletoe. (Accept mistletoe).

69. Which author won the 2010 Booker Prize?

A. Howard Jacobsen. (for The Finkler Question).

70. On an Indian menu, what kind of vegetable is gobi?

A. Cauliflower.

71. Which uprising, under the leadership of Robert Aske, began in Yorkshire in 1536?

A. The Pilgrimage of Grace.

72. Who or what might be referred to by the Greek term “Hoi Polloi”?

A. The lower orders; the working-class; the “great unwashed”.

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73. Which word can mean either a crudely built shack or a work song sung by sailors?

A. Shanty.

74. Which Archbishop of Canterbury married Prince Charles and Diana Spencer?

A. Robert Runcie.

75. Which metal is traditionally used to make the stills for malt whisky?

A. Copper.

76. Who became the heaviest boxer ever to win a world title in 2005?

A. Nikolai Valuev.

77. Which hymn was used as the English national anthem in the recent Commonwealth Games?

A. Jerusalem.

78. At the age of 74, who became the oldest man to win best director Oscar for the film Million Dollar Baby?

A. Clint Eastwood.

79. Name either of the two football stadia situated either side of Stanley Park.

A. Goodison or Anfield.

80. Who this year was inmate 836SAW at Pentonville prison, before being transferred to Highpoint and, after serving 28 days, being released?

A. George Michael.

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81. Which fruit contains the most calories?

A. Avocado.

82. Which English king ordered the massacre of Danes on St. Brice’s Day, 1002.

A. Ethelred the Unready.

83. What office was won last week by John Boehner (pronounced Bay-ner)?

A. Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

84. Because of their colour, what nickname was given to the substitute fire appliances used by the army during the Firemen’s strikes of 2002 and 1977?

A. Green Goddesses.

85. What was the name of the heavily criticised chief executive of BP during the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill?

A. Tony Hayward.

86. Which word can mean to move or swerve about erratically, or an individual’s progression through various stages of employment?

A. Career.

87. In which English county would you see the well-endowed Cerne Abbas Giant?

A. Dorset.

88. In the record label A & M, what do either of the letters stand for?

A. Alpert (as in Herb Alpert) and Moss.

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89. The London skyscraper located at 30 St. Mary Axe is better known by what nickname?

A. The Gherkin.

90. Who was the first Cabinet Minister to resign from the coalition government, after critical reports about his private life and his expenses claims?

A. David Laws.

91. In Greek mythology the three sisters Stheno, Euryale and Medusa were collectively known as what?

A. the Gorgons.

92. What do the Czechs call the river that the Germans know as the Moldau?

A. The Vltava.

93. Who hosts the daily BBC 2 programme Strictly Come Dancing: it Takes Two?

A. Claudia Winkelmann.

94. In the traditional song Scarborough Fair, the herbs parsley, rosemary and thyme are mentioned, and which other herb?

A. Sage.

95. Which legal Latin phrase refers to a situation where someone is caught red-handed, in the act of committing a crime?

A. In flagrante delicto. (Accept in flagrante).

96. When England beat Germany 5 – 1 in 2001, all the goals were scored by players from which club?

A. Liverpool.

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97. Workers in which occupation are represented by the Trade Union BASSA?

A. Airline cabin staff.

98. Which dog food was advertised by Clement Freud and his lugubrious dog Henry?

A. Minced Morsels.

99. Which political economist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries wrote, “Population, when unchecked, increases in a geometrical ratio. Subsistence only increases in an arithmetical ratio?

A. Thomas Malthus.

100. Name either of the two teams to play in the last FA Cup Final held at the old Wembley Stadium?

A. Chelsea or Aston Villa.

101. Henry VIII is buried alongside which of his six wives?

A. Jane Seymour.

102. Before he became a famous novelist and poet, what was the profession of Thomas Hardy?

A. Architect.

103. By what name is Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony known?

A. The Eroica Symphony.

104. According to ancient Jewish tradition, Adam had an earlier wife before Eve, a night demon in Jewish mythology. What was her name?

A. Lilith.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

2nd November Questions


Specialist set by The Cock Henbury

Arts & Entertainment

1. Which Beatle album contains the song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"?
The Beatles, or more commonly known as "The White Album".

2. Alan Civil played the French Horn in which Beatles song?
"For No One" on the Revolver album.

3. How is Beethoven's 6th symphony also known?
The Pastoral.

4. How is Mozart's last symphony (No. 41) also known ?
The Jupiter

5. Who painted "The Fighting Temeraire"?

' JMW Turner

6. Who painted "Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion"?
Francis Bacon.

7. Played by Ballard Berkley who was the oldest, permanent resident of Fawlty Towers?
Major Gowen.

8. Which comedian said ""It may be only a smear to you but it's life and death to some poor wretch."

Tony Hancock in "The Blood Donor".


Supplementary Questions

Who recorded "Tarkus", "Brain Salad Surgery" and "Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends..."?

Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Who wrote "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"?

Gerry Goffin and Carole King


1 If your soil has a pH of 4, what colour are your hydrangea flowers likely to be ?

Blue (acidic soil)

2. Which labour saving piece of garden machinery was patented by Edwin Beard Budding in 1830?

The lawnmower

3. Calypso, Cambridge Favourite and Royal Sovereign
are types of which fruit?


4. What is the Lent Lily also known as?
 Wild Daffodil

5. Which garden vegetable, often used as a dessert, has
edible stems and poisonous leaves?


6. In which county have the "Lost Gardens of Heligan"
been found?


7. What was held for the first time in 1913 in the grounds
of the Royal Hospital in London?

 The Chelsea Flower Show.

8. What can follow both "milk" and "rag" to form names
of plants?



1. If the botanical name of a plant includes the word "alba" what does that indicate?

The flower is white.

2 Name one of the four RHS gardens in the U.K?

any one of Wisley, Rosemoor, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr.



1. What was first hypothesised in 1964, and as yet is undiscovered, but may explain the working of the standard model of particle physics?

Higgs boson particle.

2. What do ALICE, TOTEM, ATLAS and CMS have in common?

They are all experiments undertaken by the Large Hadron Collider.

3. What is likely to replace the Hubble telescope in 2014?
James Webb Space Telescope.

4. What is scheduled for February 27th 2011 3.38PM EST?
The last flight of the NASA Space Shuttle.

5. What does the Haber-Bosch synthesis process produce?

6. What does the Hall-Heroult process produce?

7. What is a tokamak?

A tokamak is a type of machine that uses a magnetic field to confine plasma in the shape of a torus.

8. Where is the Joint European Torus?
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

Supplementary Questions

What have householders in Didcot become the first in the UK to receive?

Methane gas made from their own human waste and supplied via the national grid.

In energy production what is a PWR?

A type of nuclear reactor.


1. Which famous law student was struck by lightning in 1505 causing him to become a monk?

Martin Luther

2i Who ruled Russia from 1917 to 1924?


3; Where was the Titanic constructed?


4. Who discovered the vaccine for smallpox?

Edward Jenner

5. Who was the last Empress of India?

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

6. Chris Geffroy was the last person to die doing what in February 1989?

Attempting to cross the Berlin Wall.

7. Who was the cult leader at the Waco Siege in 1993?

David Coresh

8. Who designed Regent's Park in 1811?

John Nash


0. Who invented the first thermometer?


10.Which English art historian was stripped of his knighthood after being exposed as a soviet spy?

Anthony Blunt


1. At which circuit is the Canadian F1 Grand Prix held?
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

2. Who provides the engines for the Williams Fl team?

3. Who scored most Premiership goals in the first Premiership season?
Teddy Sheringham.

4. Who has scored most Premiership goals still playing in the Premiership?
Michael Owen.

5. Who holds the world record for running the mile?
Hicham El Guerrouj.

6. Who holds the world high jump record?

Javier Sotomayor.

7. Where are the Bog Snorkelling World Championships held?
Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales.

8. Who is the current Bog Snorkelling world champion?

Dan Morgan.

Supplementary Questions

Who was the only posthumous Formula 1 World Champion?

Jochen Rindt

Where did Jim Clark die during a Formula 2 race in 1968?



1 .What is the main ingredient of the Scottish soup Cullen



2. Frappe means what?
On abed of ice.

3. Which body takes upon itself control of the quality and
integrity of beer-making in the U.K.?


4. Which fictional hotel owner declared his establishment
unable to serve a Waldorf salad due to alack of Waldorfs?
Basil Fawlty

5. What is the Italian name for Hors d oeuvres or starters?

6. Trocken on a German wine would indicate what?
That it is dry.

7. Gorgonzola and Roquefort are both blue cheeses sharing
which other characteristic?

They are made from ewes milk.

8. Who was the face of Indian cookery on the B.B.C. for
most of the 70s and 80’s?

Madhur Jaffrey.



l.If an American offered you broiled food how would it be



2. What name is given to the traditional West Country

combination of clotted cream and treacle, served on bread

or a scone?

Thunder and Lightning.


1. In which city is Europe's largest opera house?


2. Which South African born British nun became an
unlikely celebrity in the 1990s by man a B.B.C.
series of acclaimed art history documentaries?
Sister Wendy Beckett

3. Which American critic, famous for her caustic wit, said
"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should
be thrown with great force"?

Dorothy Parker.

4. To which city would you travel to view The Kiss by
Gustav Klimt?


5. Which Ealing comedy mob organised a bullion


The Lavender Hill Mob

6.What famous novel was Mark Chapman carrying When he shot John Lennon?

The Catcher In The Rye ( by J.D. Salinger)

7. Which twentieth century artist had studios called The

Andy Warhol

8. In which historic town is The Other Place Theatre



1 What is believed to be the first book to be printed in


The Canterbury Tales

2. "Two households, both alike in dignity" is the opening line to which famous play?

"Romeo and Juliet"


The answers to the following questions all contain places to be found in England

1. Who had a top 10 hit in 1964 with "Walk on By"

2. Which sportsman was sentenced to 3 years in prison in 1987 for tax evasion?

LESTER Piggott

3. What is the more common name for Magnesium Sulphate?
EPSOM salts

4. Which DJ played the first record heard on Radio 1?

5. Who went round the world in Gypsy Moth IV?

6. In a Shakespearian play how are Mrs Page and Mrs Ford better known?
The Merry Wives of WINDSOR

7. Which actor played the part of Henry 8th in the film "Anne of a thousand days"?

Richard BURTON

8. Which famous comedian, actor and musician, one half of a comedy duo, died in March 2002?



9. Which actor played the cinema's first Tarzan?

10. Under what name did Eric Blair write?

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE  set by Pack Horse Bowling Club


1 What is an Acme Thunderer?

Ans. A type of whistle (as used by referees, school teachers etc)

2 In which house, in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, did Mary Fitton live?
Ans. Gawsworth Hall.

3 Who is the Roman goddess of flowers?
Ans. Flora

4 Who is the Greek god of the underworld?
Ans. Hades

5 Fort Sumter and the Appomattox Court House were the locations for the start and
finish of what?

Ans The American Civil War

6 Which sport features in the film The Legend of Bagger Vance?
Ans Golf (bagger is the word sometimes used in the US for a caddy)

7 What unusual action did USSR president Nikita Krushchev take at the United Nations General Assembly in October 1960?

Ans He took off his shoe and banged it on his desk (when the USSR was accused of imperialism in Eastern Europe.

8 For the opening song at the Live 8 concert in July 2005, Paul McCartney and Bono performed which Beatles number?

Ans "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"

9. Whose campaign slogan was "yes we can"?
Ans Barack Obama.

10. What is the Scoville scale used to measure?
Ans The spicy heat of chilli peppers.

11. Which Spice Girl released her debut solo album "Schizophonic" in 1999?
Ans Geri Halliwell - Ginger spice.

12 What name is given to the massacre of Ernest Rhom and other leaders of the German SA on Hitler's orders in 1934?

Ans Night of the long knives.

13 Which Dutch renaissance artist painted The Garden of Earthly Delights?
Ans Hieronymus Bosch.

14 In which London pub was George Cornell shot by Ronnie Kray?
Ans The Blind Begger.

15 Which London Theatre ^as formerly called The Royal Victoria Hall?
Ans The Old Vic.

16 In which country is the region known as The Coromandel Coast to' be found?
Ans India (from the tip, cape Comorin up the east coast for 400 miles)

17 What logarithmic unit of measurement is used to classify the brightness of stars?
Ans Magnitude.

18 What is "The Beguin" in the title of Cole Porter's song "Begin the Beguin"?
Ans A dance (similar to a slow rumba popular in the 1930s).

19 Which general led the Prussian troops against Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo?
Ans General Von Blucher.

20 What is unusual about a tailor's thimble?
Ans It's open at both ends.

21 Which South American peninsula separates The Caribbean from The Gulf of Mexico?

Ans The Yucatan Peninsula.

22 What is the name of the narrator in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick?
Ans Ishmael.

23 Where does an arboreal creature live?
Ans In trees.

24 For what reason was the British general election of 2001 postponed for a month?
Ans Due to an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease.

25 From which of Shakespeare's plays did Aldous Huxley take the title of his novel Brave New World?

Ans The Tempest.

26 From which plant is the drug Atropine obtained?
Ans Deadly Nightshade / Belladonna.

27 With what trade is the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers associated?
Ans Shoe makers / leather work.

28 Which fictional schoolboy attended The Neil Armstrong Comprehensive School?
Ans Adrian Mole.

29 Which military anti-terrorist unit is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina?
Ans Delta Force.

30 What was the name of Britain's and the world's first commercial nuclear power station?

Ans Calder Hall (presently being dismantled)

31 Who was the last king of France?

Ans Louis-Philippe / the Citizen King, he reigned from 1830-1848.

32 Which British mammal has young called hoglets?
Ans The hedgehog.

33 For which major event was the first Wembley Stadium built?
Ans The British Empire Exhibition (of 1924).

34 Which march, by John Phillip Sousa, was the signature tune of Monty Python's Flying Circus?

Ans The Liberty Bell.

35 What name is given to the fine wire used in old radio sets to make contact with a crystal?

Ans A cat's whisker.

36 In which country is the port of Odense?
Ans Denmark.

37 What type of meat is called "long pig" by Polynesian tribesmen?
Ans Human flesh.

38 Which Irish author wrote the autobiography "Borstal Boy"?
Ans Brendan Behan.

39 In Greek mythology, who flew using wings attached with wax, but fell into the sea when he flew too near the sun?

Ans Icarus.

40 Which children's novel begins "Once there were four children, whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy"?

Ans The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

41 What name is given to the demarcation line between North and South Korea.
Ans The 38th Parallel.

42 What name is given to a vent on a volcano which emits smoke and gas?
Ans A fumarole.

43 Other than a mineral block that cows lick what else is known as a cowlick?
Ans A tuft of hair standing straight up, generally in the centre of the forehead.

44 What precisely are the Perseids, the Leonids and the Geminids?
Ans Meteor showers.

45 What is the softest commercial form of hardwood, once used to build the Mosquito aircraft?

Ans Balsa wood (a hardwood because it's a deciduous tree).

46 Which bird was used as a mascot by the Guinness company until 1982?
Ans The Toucan.

47 Which Dickensian character was jilted on her wedding day in "Great Expectations"?
Ans Miss Haversham.

48 What codename was given to the allied deployment of troops to defend Saudi Arabia in 1990?

Ans Operation Desert Shield.

49 What type of herb is the plant Penny Royal?
Ans Mint.

50 Which mountain range embraces areas of Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Austria, Serbia and The Czech Republic?

Ans The Carpathians

51 Which heavy metal band featured "Fast" Eddie Clark on guitar until 1982 although he still guests with them now?

Ans Motorhead

52 What name is given to the side of a right angled triangle opposite the right angle?
Ans The Hypotenuse.

53 Which blood protein is deposited round a wound and dries on contact with air to assist in clot formation?

Ans Fibrin.

54 Which English queen married Prince George of Denmark?
Ans Queen Anne.

55 Which computer software company produces the popular Photoshop application?
Ans Adobe.

56 To which prime minister was the 19th century novelist Lady Caroline Lamb married?
Ans Viscount Melbourne

57 Which British playwright was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature in 2005?

Ans Harold Pinter.

58 What, on a clothing care label, is meant by the symbol of a triangle with a cross through it?'

Ans Do not bleach.

59 Into which sea does the river Volga flow?
Ans The Caspian Sea.

60 Which religious denomination has a weekly newspaper called The Tablet?
Ans The Catholic Church.

61 To which Archbishop of Canterbury was Terry Waite the religious advisor?
Ans Archbishop Robert Runcie.

62 In which square in the City of London is the Stock Exchange situated?
Ans Paternoster Square.

63 What is the capital of the Slovak Republic?
Ans Bratislava.

64 Which 3 dimensional shape has only 2 surfaces?
Ans A cone.

65 Which Old Testament queen was eaten by dogs?
Ans Jezebel

66 What is a court summons called in the USA?
Ans A subpoena.

67 What plant has varieties called Goldings, Fuggles and Hallertau?
Ans Hops.

68 Which fish has the Latin name Hippocampus Hippocampus?
Ans The Sea Horse.

69 What was unusual about the ancient Aeolian Harp?

Ans It was only played by natural winds, air currents or zephyrs.

70 Which current rock band features Matthew Bellamy on guitar?
Ans Muse.

71 What is an emoticon?

Ans A facial expression made from typographical symbols, or "smiley" faces.(usually sent in texts or e-mails).

72 In which part of the body are red blood cells formed?
Ans Bone marrow / myeloid tissue.

73 Which of the Channel Islands allow no cars?
Ans Either Sark or Herm.

74 Which group of fictional travellers began their journey from The Tabard Inn?
Ans Chaucer's Canterbury Pilgrims.

75 Which 18th century lexicographer owned a cat named Hodge, a statue of which can be seen in London's Gough Square?

Ans Dr Samuel Johnson.

76 What is the name of Britain's newest national newspaper launched on 27 Oct 2010?
Ans I (the letter i)

77 What name is given to a swelling of the neck as the result of an enlarged Thyroid Gland?

Ans A goitre.

78 Which Roman leader invaded Britain in 55BC?
Ans Julius Caesar.

79 Members of which Trotskyist faction were expelled from the Labour Party in 1983?
Ans The Militant Tendency

80 From which Puccini opera does the celebrated tenor aria Nessun Dorma come?
Ans Turandot.

81 What is the occupation of Angela Hartnet?
Ans Chef

82 Who wished her last words to be "Tell David Cameron that if he screws up my beloved NHS I'll come back and bloody haunt him"?

Ans Clare Rayner

83 Which four letter word in France is something you eat and in the UK means bodily or mental suffering? Both words are spelt the same but pronounced differently.

Ans Pain.

84 During which battle did "Eagle Day" occur?

Ans The Battle of Britain. ("Adlertag" eagle day was the German codeword for the start of the main attempt to destroy the RAF)

85 The novelist lain Banks writes both mainstream and science fiction books. When writing science fiction exactly what change does he make to his name?

Ans He adds the letter M to the middle of his name, ie lain M Banks.

86 When the Chilean miners were still trapped underground, the wife of one of them gave birth to a girl. What name, pertinent to what was happening, did she give the baby?

Ans Esperanza (Accept Hope)

87 Which current Premiership footballer has the nickname El Apache?
Ans Carlos Tevez.

88 In what line of businesses Norbert Dentressangle made his fortune?

Ans Transport/Truck Haulage (he owns Chistian Salvesen among others and specialises in cross channel transport).

89 "Reel Around the Sun" is the first number in which music and dance show?
Ans Riverdance.

90 In which county is the royal residence of Sandringham?
Ans Norfolk.

91 Which legendary hero had a sword called Arondight?
Ans Sir Lancelot.

92 Which opera starts with the hero measuring the space where his marriage bed will be, whilst his bride to be, Susanna, is trying on her wedding bonnet?

Ans The Marriage of Figaro.

93 From which 1966 musical does the Shirley Bassey hit song, Big Spender, originate?
Ans Sweet Charity.

94 What is removed during a cholecystectomy operation?
Ans The gall bladder.

95 The candied stalks of which plant are used to make green cake decorations?
Ans Angelica.

96 Who played The Joker in the 1989 film Batman?
Ans Jack Nicholson


S1 Which curly leafed vegetable, related to chicory, is often used in salads?
Ans Endive.

S2 What is the preferred soil type for Ericaceous plants?
Ans Highly Acidic such as peat.

S3 Name either of the 2 WWII Japanese super battleships, at 72,800 tons, 865ft long and with 9 x 18.1 guns, the largest ever built?

Ans The Yamato(sunk on the way to Okinawa) and The Musashi (sunk at Leyte gulf)

S4 Who played the female lead in the film "Singing in the Rain"?
Ans Debbie Reynolds.

S5 How is the formulae (XN + YN = ZN) better known?
Ans Fermat's last theorem.

S6 What name is given to the green surface layer formed on copper after prolonged exposure to light and air?

Ans Verdigris

S7 Which planet is known as the Evening Star?
Ans Venus

S8 What are Boness, Grisettes, Ergots and Earthstars?
Ans Fungi.

S9 What in the reptile world is a slough?
Ans The discarded skin of a snake or lizard.