Wednesday, February 27, 2013






1. Q Which member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team also played one first-class cricket match for Essex?
A Geoff Hurst

2. Q What sort of creature is a krait?
A A snake

3. Q In which European country would you find the village of Y?
A France

4. Q What spirit is normally added to white crème de menthe to make a stinger?
A Brandy

5. Q Which cartoon character wears yellow and black checked trousers and a matching scarf?
A Rupert the Bear

6. Q In what film does Michael Caine say ‘Not many people know that’, after being given the line to say as an in-joke?
A Educating Rita

7. Q Which American poet who lived as a recluse for most of her life wrote the lines:
Because I could not stop for Death, Death kindly stopped for me
The carriage held but just ourselves, And Immortality
A Emily Dickinson

8. Q Which cartoon dog has a brother called Spike?
A Snoopy

9. Q Which legendary American record producer is currently serving a prison sentence for second-degree murder?
A Phil Spector

10. Q What kind of apple is on the Beatles Apple label?
A Granny Smith

11. Q What colour jersey does the Best Young Rider in the Tour de France wear?
A White

12. Q Which 19th century writer’s only completed novel was entitled The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket?
A Edgar Allan Poe

13. Q Which guitarist replaced Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones?
A Mick Taylor

14. Q Which philosopher famously claimed that ‘God is dead’?
A Friedrich Nietzsche

15. Q In Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book what sort of creature is Akela?
A A wolf

16. Q Which former NBA basketball 'bad boy' was renowned for dying his hair bright colours?
A Dennis Rodman

17. Q What is the fourth book of the Old Testament?
A Numbers

18. Q In 1982, who became the first poet to win a Pulitzer Prize posthumously?
A Sylvia Plath

19. Q In which year did a terrorist group kill eleven hostages at the Olympic Games?
A 1972

20. Q Which 1946 film was an adaptation of Raymond Chandler's crime novel of the same name?
A The Big Sleep

21. Q Which influential German philosopher wrote Being and Time?
Martin Heidegger

22. Q Which American society magazine merged into Vogue in 1936 but was revived under its own name in 1983?
Vanity Fair

23. Q Who composed the opera Hänsel und Gretel?
Engelbert Humperdinck

24. Q Which country is the world’s largest producer of saffron?
A Iran

25. Q In which American state is the military base Area 51 located?
A Nevada

26. Q Which American state is home to the Joshua Tree National Park?
A California

27. Q What drink contains a 3% concentration of grape, blackcurrant and raspberry?
A Vimto

28. Q What is generally believed that the word `pop` refers to in Pop Goes the Weasel?
A To pawn (there are several possible interpretations of the word weasel)

29. Q How many lions are depicted on the United Kingdom royal standard used in England?
Q Seven (one represents Scotland)

30. Q Energy firm British Gas is owned by which company?
A Centrica

31. Q In the game Cluedo, which room can be accessed via the secret passageway from the study?
A The kitchen

32. Q What term describes perfect eyesight and a form of cricket?
A 20/20

33. Q In which country is the Serengeti National Park?
A Tanzania

34. Q Which of Edward I’s castles is located on Anglesey?
A Beaumaris

35. Q Whose death on the same day knocked the deaths of C S Lewis and Aldous Huxley off the front page?
A John F Kennedy’s

36. Q In which H G Wells novel was humanity split into two groups, the Eloi living above ground and the Morlocks below?
A The Time Machine

37. Q What would you find in an ossuary?
A The bones of the dead

38. Q Which superhero has the alter ego Steve Rogers?
A Captain America

39. Q In Channel 4’s The Snowman and the Snowdog what are the Snowdog’s ears made from?
A Socks

40. Q Name the passenger ship hijacked in 1985 off Egypt by the Palestine Liberation Organisation.
A Achille Lauro

41. Q Which famous jazz musician co-wrote Ain’t Misbehavin’?
A Fats Waller

42. Q Who was the first man ever seen on Channel Four?
A Richard Whiteley

43. Q What family of birds includes crows, ravens, jackdaws and magpies?
A Corvids (Corvidae)

44. Q What is the present name of the African country previously known as Dahomey?
A Benin

45. Q Name the author of the Wallander stories.
A Henning Mankell

46. Q What is studied in selenology?
A The Moon

47. Q Which creature is the world’s largest ruminant?
A The giraffe

48. Q What is the name of Japan’s high speed network of bullet trains?
A Shinkansen

49. Q Which austere sect originating in eighteenth century England was founded upon the teachings of Ann Lee?
A The Shakers

50. Q Name the author of the Millennium Trilogy.
A Stieg Larsson

51. Q Name the BP drilling rig which suffered an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.
A Deepwater Horizon

52. Q Who in the bible boasted of killing a thousand of the enemy using the jawbone of a donkey?
A Samson

53. Q Which word can refer to a breed of cats, rabbits or goats?
A Angora

54. Q Which group’s first hit single was entitled New York Mining Disaster 1941?
A The Bee Gees

55. Q In Greek mythology who was the wife of Agamemnon and mother of Orestes?
A Clytemnestra

56. Q In which country does the beer Singha originate?
A Thailand

57. Q In which English county is the resort of Sidmouth?
A Devon

58. Q What is Canada’s largest island?
A Baffin Island

59. Q The Miller Brewing Company has its headquarters in which American city?
A Milwaukee

60. Q What 1970’s TV series featured Anthony Valentine as Major Horst Mohn?
A Colditz

61. Q Name the composer of the musical A Chorus Line, who died last year.
A Marvin Hamlisch

62. Q Who was the father of King James I of England?
A Lord Darnley

63. Q When Nick Clegg issued his much-parodied apology in September 2012, what was he apologising for?
A Breaking his promises on tuition fees

64. Q Which Abba song begins with the lines:
Where are those happy days, they seem so hard to find
I tried to reach for you, but you have closed your mind

65. Q Which king disliked his wife so much that he refused to allow her to attend his coronation?
A George IV

66. Q Which major sporting event was cancelled in October 2012 because of Superstorm Sandy?
A The New York Marathon

67. Q Who recently took over from Mike Harding as presenter of the Folk Show on Radio 2?
A Mark Radcliffe

68. Q Which range of mountains, originally known as the pale mountains, is named after a French mineralogist who first described its characteristic rock?
A The Dolomites (named after Dolomieu)

69. Q In which Belgian town is the Menin Gate, the location of the nightly Last Post ceremony which honours the dead of World War I?
A Iepers (Ypres)

70. Q Also in Belgium, what is Tyne Cot the largest example of?
A Commonwealth war graves cemetery

71. Q Charles Duke was the youngest man to do what?
A Walk on the moon (aged 36 when he landed with Apollo 16 in 1972)

72. Q Who preceded Chris Moyles as presenter of the Radio 1 breakfast show?
A Sara Cox

73. Q Stephen Spielberg has won the Best Director Oscar twice; name either film.
A Schindler’s List or Saving Private Ryan

74. Q Only four women have ever been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director; name any one of them.
A Lina Wertmüller (Seven Beauties, 1976), Jane Campion (The Piano, 1993), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, 2003) Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, 2009, the only female winner of this award)

75. Q Name the person that links these bands: The Housemartins, Beats International, The Brighton Port Authority.
A Norman (aka Quentin) Cook (accept Fatboy Slim)

76. Q Currently Europe’s biggest construction project, what is the name of the new east to west underground rail link currently being built under London, designed to link Berkshire to Kent and Essex?
A Crossrail

77. Q What is the threshold for Inheritance Tax per person in the UK?
A £325,000

78. Q Paul Di’Anno, Bruce Dickenson and Blaze Bailey have all been lead singers with which British Heavy Metal band?
A Iron Maiden

79. Q Which stand-up comic and actor completed 43 marathons in 51 days for Sport Relief?
A Eddie Izzard

80. Q The ceremonial county of Cheshire is divided into four unitary authorities; Cheshire East, and Cheshire West & Chester are two of them; name either of the other two.
A Warrington or Halton

81. Q The US Interstate Highway system is named after which president?
A Dwight D Eisenhower (Full name is Dwight D Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways)

82. Q Following the demise of the World Trade Center in 2001, what is now the tallest building in New York City?
A The Empire State Building (it was the tallest building in the world until the 1972 completion of the World Trade Center)

83. Q In which city is the Mercury City Tower, currently the tallest building in Europe at 28 metres taller than the Shard?
A Moscow

84. Q Name the team that Lance Armstrong rode for when ‘winning’ his seven Tour de France titles.
A US Postal / Discovery (accept either – the team was the same but changed sponsor in 2005)

85. Q Who has won more Olympic medals than anyone else?
A Michael Phelps (18 gold, 2 silver 2 bronze medals)

86. Q In Greek mythology, who was the goddess of the harvest and mother of Persephone?
A Demeter

87. In the Watergate scandal, what role did Mark Felt play?
He was Deep Throat (the journalists' secret source within the FBI)

88. Q Which motorway was planned but never built in the 1970s? It would have linked the M6 and M1, following the same route as the current A50.
A M64

89. Q In which major sporting event were brothers John and Jim Harbaugh recently pitted against each other?
A The Superbowl (they were the head coaches of the two competing teams)

90. Q The television series O.T.T. was a late-night follow-up to which kids’ show?

91. Q Who was the host of the 2013 BAFTA awards ceremony?
A Stephen Fry

92. Q In what way are scientists Marie Curie and Lise Meitner unique?
They are the only women to have chemical elements named after them (curium and meitnerium)

93. Q The Caprivi Strip connects which country to the Victoria Falls?
A Namibia

94. Q In which English county was Branston Pickle originally made?
A Staffordshire (in the village of Branston, near Burton)

95. Q According to the RSPB, what is the most common species of bird in the UK?
A The wren (estimated 8.5 million breeding pairs)

96. Q The Oresund Bridge connects Copenhagen with which Swedish city?
A Malmö

97. Q The flag of which country features the Southern Cross constellation and a bird of paradise?
A Papua New Guinea

98. Q The 1991 film The Pope Must Die (about a small-town priest who is named Pope due to a clerical error), stars which British comedy actor?
A Robbie Coltrane

99. Q Which word relating to the election of a new Pope comes from the Latin meaning "with a key"?
A Conclave

100. Q What are the police called in the Republic of Ireland?
A The Garda

101. Q Which ITV historical drama series stars Michael Kitchen as a scrupulously honest police detective?
A Foyle’s Law

102. Q Baron Williams of Oystermouth became Master of Magdalen (pron. Maudlin) College Cambridge last month. What was his previous job?
A Archbishop of Canterbury

103. Q Which company, once Britain’s third-largest brewer, owns the Costa Coffee and Premier Inn brands?
A Whitbread

104. Q Which Peace laureate is the only person from Ghana ever to win a Nobel prize?
A Kofi Annan

105. Q Which 1988 film, starring Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe, was loosely based on the investigation into the murders of three American civil rights activists in 1964?
A Mississippi Burning

106. Q Which fictional group included Mr Truman and Mr Winkle?
A The Pickwick Club

107. Q Which famous singer got his stage name from a hearing aid shop?
A Bono (the shop is called Bonavox)

108. Q Which singing group consists of Una Healey, Rochelle Humes, Mollie King, Frankie Sandford and Vanessa White?
A The Saturdays

109. Q Which group of acids combine to form proteins?
A Amino acids

110. Q What adjective is to pangolin as ‘scaly’ is to echidna?
A Spiny (they are anteaters)

111. Q Omnishambles was named by the Oxford English Dictionary as the Word of 2012. In which TV sitcom did it originate?
A The Thick of It

112. Q Which mythical creature is said to originate in sightings of the manatee or the dugong?
A Mermaid

113. Q Which government post, said by some to date back to the year 605, is currently held by Chris Grayling?
A Lord Chancellor

114. Q Which insurance company was Michael Winner advertising when he said ‘Calm down dear, it’s only a commercial’?
A e-Sure

115. Q What first name is shared by the 16th president of the USA, the creator of Dracula, and Dr Van Helsing in that story?
A Abraham (Lincoln and Stoker)

116. Q Which surname is shared by the first person to hit a golf ball on the moon, and the character who shot JR in Dallas?
A Shepherd (Alan and Kristin)

117. Q Which keyboard instrument, sometimes known as a pump organ, is worked by bellows, which are operated by the feet to drive air through metal reeds?
A Harmonium

118. Q Who played the title role in the 1959 bio-pic Al Capone?
A Rod Steiger

119. Q Who was the last person to become president of the USA after being defeated in a previous election?
A Richard Nixon

120. Q In 2002, when Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics, who was Chairman and CEO of the Organising Committee?
A Mitt Romney


1. Q How many US states were there at the start of the American Civil War?
A 34 (accept 33-35) (West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state midway through the war)

2. Q At what age are cardinals no longer eligible to vote in a papal conclave?
A 80

3. Q Running 46 miles from West Ruislip to Epping, which is the longest of London Underground’s lines?
A Central Line

4. Q Which film character was played by Dave Prowse and voiced by James Earl Jones?
A Darth Vader

5. Q Which European country became a full member of the United Nations in 2002, having been an ‘observer state’ since 1946?
A Switzerland

6. Q Which strip cartoon character had a wife called Helga, and children called Hamlet and Honi?
A Hagar (the Horrible)

7. Q Who was Frank Bruno’s manager for all but his last five fights?
A Terry Lawless


Q In the 2001 census, over 390,000 people in England and Wales gave their religion as Jedi. How many did so in 2011?

A 176,632

Thursday, February 21, 2013

19th February, 2013 The Questions


Set by The Dolphin

Vetted by the Wharf & the Park Taverners

Specialist Questions

Life Stories

Ships - real and fictional




Film Fun

Science & Nature Arts & Entertainment




You will be given the title of a Biography or Autobiography - give the name of the subject.

1. Life on Air.

A. David Attenborough.

2: My Animals and other Family.

A. Clare Balding

3. Camp David

A David Walliams.

4. Total Recall.

A. Arnold Schwarzenegger. 5. Permission to Speak.

A. Clive Dunn.

6. Losing my Virginity.

A. Richard Branson.

7. Serious: the Autobiography.

A. John McEnroe

8. Running my Life.

A. Sebastian Coe. (An alternative acceptable answer is Donald MacGregor, a Scottish marathon runner who represented the UK in the 1972 Olympics).


S1. I'm Still Standing.

Fabrice Muamba.

S2. The Sound of Laughter. Peter Kay.

S3. Dreams from my Father.

Barack Obama.


1. What was the name of the ship in which Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver and the rest sailed to Treasure Island?

A. The Hispaniola.

2. What was the name of Captain Ahab's whaler in the novel Moby Dick?

A. The Pequod.

3. What is the name of the Royal Navy corvette, commanded by Lt. Commander Ericson, that is central to the novel The Cruel Sea, by Nicolas Monserrat?

A. The Compass Rose.

4. What was the name of the Royal Navy frigate on which most of the action of the BBC radio sitcom The Navy Lark took place?

A. HMS Troutbridge.

5. Which ship (whose name is that of a Cotswold river) arrived at Tilbury in June, 1948, with the first large group of post-war West Indian immigrants to the UK?

A. The MV Empire Windrush. (Accept Windrush).

6. The artist Turner painted a famous picture of an old battleship, which had fought at Trafalgar, being towed to the breakers' yard. What was the name of the ship?

A. The Temeraire (accept "the Fighting Temeraire", because that's how Turner described it, although that wasn't its actual name).

7. The artist Gericault painted a famous picture of the desperate survivors of the shipwreck of a French naval frigate in 1816, drifting in the Atlantic on a raft. What was the name of the frigate?

A. The Medusa (La Meduse - the painting is called The Raft of the Medusa).

8. On board which US Naval battleship did the Japanese sign articles of surrender in August, 1945?

A. USS Missouri.


S1. Which bulk carrier cargo vessel, which sank during a typhoon south of Japan in September, 1980, is the largest British ship ever to be lost at sea?

MV Derbyshire.

S2. What is the name of the Pirate brig commanded by Captain Hook in J. M. Bam'e's Pefer Pan?

A. The Jolly Roger.



1. Which English monarch was honoured by the Pope with the title "Defender of the Faith"?

A. Henry VIII.

2. Which King of Norway was defeated and killed at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066?

A. Harold Hardrada.

3. Who was Emperor at the time of the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 AD?

A. Claudius.

4. The Byzantine Emperors recruited their elite Varangian Guard primarily from among which people?

A. The Vikings. (Accept Scandinavians).

5. The battles of Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet were fought during which war?

A. The War of Spanish Succession.

6. The battles of Minden, Plassey, Quiberon Bay and -Quebec were fought during which war?

A. The Seven Years' War.

7. Which city was the capital of Charlemagne's Empire?

A. Aachen (accept Aix-la-Chapelle).

8. The ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra, famous for her liaisons with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, had a brother with whom she fought for the throne. What was his name?

A. Ptolemy.


S1. Which city was the first capital of the Roman province of Britannia after the invasion of 43 AD?

A. Colchester (accept Camulodunum).

S2. Which major political and military leader was defeated and killed at the Battle of Evesham in 1265?

A. Simon de Montfort.



1. Who are the 2012 County Cricket champions?

A. Warwickshire.

2. Which rugby player scored a try on his debut for England against Scotland at Twickenham on 2nd Feb this year?

A. Billy Twelvetrees.

3. The Paralympic sport of wheelchair rugby was originally known by what name?

A. Murder ball.

4. In which winter sport resort would you find the Cresta Run?

A. St. Moritz.

5. Currently the World's No 1 in Womens' Tennis, who won the Australian Open Women's Tennis final last month?

A. Victoria Azarenka.

6. Who won the Snooker Masters final last month, and is the current Snooker World Number One?

A. Mark Selby.

7. Which is the only English football club to have twice lost managers who left to become England manager?

A. Ipswich Town (Alf Ramsay and Bobby Robson).

8. Which sporting title is currently held by David Price?

A. British Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Supplementaries:

S1. Which was the last football club for which George Best played professionally?

A. Bournemouth (1982 - 83).

S2. . What name is given to English Cricket's raucous but loyal band of away supporters, following the team all over the world?

A. The Barmy Army.



1. On which river does the city of Hereford stand?

A. The Wye.

2. On which river does the city of Peterborough stand?

A. the Nene.

3. In which bay have the world's highest tides been recorded?

A. The Bay of Fundy (Newfoundland).

4. What name is given to the strong westerly winds found in the southern hemisphere, generally between latitudes 40 and 50 degrees south?

A. The Roaring Forties.

5. Which country has administrative responsibility for Easter Island?

A. Chile.

6. Which country has administrative responsibility for the Galapagos Islands?

A. Ecuador.

7. In which Italian city could you cross the river via the Ponte-Vecchio?

A. Florence.

8. In which Spanish city could you visit the Alhambra Palace?

A. Granada.

9. Into which sea does the River Jordan flow?
A. The Dead Sea.

10. Which was England's, and the World's, first garden city?
A. Letchworth.




1. Who played Private Ryan in the film Saving Private Ryan?

A. Matt Damon.

2. Who played Clarice Starling in the film The Silence of the Lambs

 A. Jodie Foster.

3. Which English king has been portrayed twice, in different films, by Peter O'Toole?

A. Henry II. (In The Lion in Winter, and Becket).

4. In the final scene of the 1968 film Planet of the Apes, what does astronaut Taylor, played by Charlton Heston, find sticking out of the sand?

A. The remains of the Statue of Liberty.

5. Which actor has been nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Stephen Spielberg's film Lincoln?

A. Daniel Day-Lewis.

6. Which notorious Nazi was played by Gregory Peck in the film The Boys from Brazil?

A. Josef Mengele.

7. On which instrument did Anton Karas play the famous theme for the 1949 film The Third Man?

A. The zither.

8. Who composed the famous slashing music for the shower murder scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho?

A. Bernard Herrmann.


S1. Which animated comedy film had the tag line "Escape or die frying"?
A. Chicken Run.

S2. Which Vietnam War film had the tag line "the first casualty of war is innocence"?
A. Platoon.


1. Which prehistoric sea creature, known from its fossil remains, has been given a name which means fish-lizard?

A. Ichthyosaur.

2. What comes next in this sequence: Permian, Triassic, Jurassic?

A. Cretaceous.

3. To which family of birds do fieldfares and redwings belong?

A. Thrushes (turdidae).

4. To which family of birds do bramblings and siskins belong?

A. Finches (fringillidae).

5. The North Star, or Polaris, is part of which constellation?

A. The Little Bear, or Ursa Minor.

6. What precisely happened to comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 in July, 1994?

A. It crashed into Jupiter.

7. Which chemical compound is the active ingredient working as a raising agent in baking, by releasing carbon dioxide?

A. Sodium Bicarbonate, or bicarbonate of soda.

8. Sodium Hypochlorite is the active ingredient in which common household product?

A. Bleach.


S1. What substance is the main component of the exoskeletons of crustaceans?
A. Chitin.

S2. Which element, chemical symbol Bk, takes its name from the California University
city in which it was discovered in 1949?

A. Berkelium. (After Berkeley).




1. Name the private eye played by Trevor Eve in a 1979 - 80 TV drama series.

A. Eddie Shoestring.

2. Which actor, who died recently, played the medical examiner Quincy in the US TV drama series of that name?

Jack Klugman.

3 Which composer wrote marches for both the 1937 and 1953 coronations?

William Walton (Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre).

4 Who composed the opera The Flying Dutchman?

1. A. Richard Wagner.

5 Who painted The Blue Boy?

A. Thomas Gainsborough.

6 Who painted The Persistence of Memory?

 A. Salvador Dali.

7 In the novel by Mary Shelley, what is Dr. Frankensteinvs first name?

A. Viktor.

8. The 1964 play, Royal Hunt of fhe Sun, by Peter Shaffer, is set mainly in which

A. Peru.


S1. . In which town do Wallace and Gromit live?
A. Wigan.

S2. The songs How to handle a Woman and If ever I would leave you are from which 1960 musical?

A. Camelot. By Lerner and Loewe.



1. In Greek mythology, which princess was chained to a rock as a sacrifice to appease a sea monster, but was rescued by Perseus?

A. Andromeda.

2. What name is given to the boundary dividing Cyprus between Turkish and Greek sectors?

A. The Green Line.

3. Of what kind of wood was the Kontiki raft made?

A. Balsa.

4. What is the knife carried by Gurkha soldiers called?

A. A kukri.

5. In the pantomime, what is the name of Aladdin's mother?

A. Widow Twankey.

6. In what country is the port of Pusan (or Busanj?

A. South Korea.

7. What name is given to the debris left by a glacier?

A. Moraine.

8. Blue Vinney is a cheese associated with which county?

A. Dorset.


9. Which body part of the jester Yorick makes a brief appearance in the play Hamlet?

A. His skull.

10. What type of musical piece is a berceuse?

A. A cradle song, or lullaby.

11. What is meant by speaking "sotto voce"?

A. In a low voice, or whisper, so as not to be generally heard.

12. What sea lies between the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles?

A. The Sea of Marmora.

13: The Black Prince was the son of which English king?

A. Edward III.

14. Which dish, thought to be of Indian origin and often eaten for breakfast, consists mainly of rice, flaked fish and boiled eggs?

A. Kedgeree.

15. Established in 1925, what was the name of the state news agency of the Soviet



16. On Boxing Day last year Mark Cahill became the first Briton to have a transplant of which part of his body?

A. The hand.

17. In Geometry, what term is used for a straight line which just touches a curve at a single point without crossing it?

A. A tangent.

18. The Dome of the Rock, one of the holiest shrines of Islam, is located in which city?

A. Jerusalem.

19. What was the name of Michael Jackson's luxurious California ranch?

A. Neverland.

20. Who was appointed Poet Laureate in May, 2009?

A. Carol Ann Duffy.

21. Which is the highest mountain in Antarctica?

Mount Vinson. (Accept the Vinson Massif).

22. Who composed the music that was used as the signature tune for the 1970s TV series The Onedin Line?

A. Aram Katchaturian.

23. Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot whose likeness regularly appears on the cover of which humorous publication?

A. Mad magazine.

24. Who would wear a "suit of lights"?

A. A matador, or bull fighter.

25. Situated overlooking the Hudson River in New York State, what is the name of the United States Military Academy?

A. West Point.

26. Which royal duke, the son of King George II, became known as "the Butcher" for his role in putting down the Jacobite rebellion in 1746?

A. William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland. (Accept Cumberland).

27. Who has been appointed to replace Mervyn King as the Governor of the Bank of England in 2013?

A. Mark Carney.

28. Who won golf's Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Anne's in 2012?

A. Ernie Els.

29. During the Second World War Dr. Archibald Mclndoe achieved fame for his work in what field?

A. Plastic surgery. In particular, facial reconstruction for RAF pilots who had been shot down and burnt.

30. What was The Emperor Augustus's personal name, before he received the title Augustus?

A. Octavius (or Octavian).

31. Tasseography, or tasseomancy, is a means of telling fortunes by what process?

A. By reading tea leaves or coffee grounds.

32. Who is the presenter of the ITV Quiz Show The Chase?

A. Bradley Walsh.


33. Which popular weekly publication, which first appeared in December, 1937, ceased print publication last December after 75 years, though it will continue to appear on-line?

A. The Dandy.

34. In Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, how does the eponymous protagonist attempt to end the war between Athens and Sparta?

A. By persuading the women of Greece to withhold their sexual favours until the men stop fighting.

35. Which poet was interrupted by "a person from Porlock"?

A. Coleridge (while he was writing Kubla Khan, causing him to forget how to finish it).

36. According to the song, where did Molly Malone "wheel her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow"?

A. Dublin ("In Dublin's fair city").

37. In the days when telephone exchanges had names, which institution could be reached by dialling Whitehall 1212?

A. Scotland Yard. (Accept Metropolitan Police).

38 Whom did Angela Merkel replace as German chancellor in 2005?

A. Gerhard Schroder.

39. Complete this comment by George Bernard Shaw: "Those who can do, those who can't................... "

A. Teach.

40. In Greek mythology, which princess helped Theseus escape from the Labyrinth after he killed the Minotaur by giving him a ball of thread to find his way out?

A. Ariadne.


41. What is the name of the large park in Dublin whose landmarks include the Wellington monument?

A. Phoenix Park.

42. Complete the saying: "There's no smoke without..."

A. Fire.

43. What melancholy first was experienced by Liverpool MP William Huskisson in September, 1830?

A. The first man to be killed by a railway locomotive.

44. What name is given to an otter's den?

A. A holt.

45. How many goals in total, for club and country, did Lionel Messi score in the calendar year 2012?

A. 91-accept 87-95.

46. If "the sheep's in the meadow, and the cow's in the corn", Where's the boy who looks after the sheep?

A. He's under the haystack, fast asleep. (Little Boy Blue).

47. In the Bible, who was the father of Joseph, he of the multi-coloured coat?

A. Jacob (also known as Israel).

48. In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, into what creature is Bottom the weaver temporarily transformed?

A. An ass.


49. Tesserae are used to create what kind of art?

A. Mosaics.

50. The A830 road from Fort William to Mallaig is popularly known by what name?

A. The Road to the Isles.

51. Marks and Spencer started life as Marks Penny Bazaar in which city?

A. Leeds.

52. Mentioned in the Book of Exodus, Zipporah is the wife of which Biblical figure?

A. Moses.

53. How did Mel Greig and Michael Christiansen make the news in December?

A. They were the Australian DJs who made the hoax phone call pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles and enquiring about the Duchess of Cambridge.

54. Etymologically speaking, what do the following flowers have in common: Magnolia, Fuchsia, Lobelia and Dahlia?

A. They are all named after botanists; Pierre Magnol (French), Leonhart Fuchs (German), Matthias de Lobel (Belgian) and Anders Dahl (Swedish).

55. During the Second World War, what was the emblem of the Free French Army?

A. The cross of Lorraine. (A cross with two cross-pieces).

56. In which town is the National Library of Wales located?

A. Aberystwyth.


57. In Russian cuisine, what kind of foodstuff is a blini?

A. A small pancake.

58. If Kirsty Young is number 4, Sue Lawley 3, and Michael Parkinson 2, who was Number 1 ?

A. Roy Plomley. Presenters of the radio show Desert island Discs.

59. Which sea lies between the peninsula of Lower California (Baja California) and the Mexican mainland?

A. The Sea of Cortez. (Accept also Vermillion Sea, or Gulf of California).

60. During the Manchu, or Qing, Dynasty in China (1644- 1912), what were Chinese men compelled to wear as a sign of submission to their Manchurian overlords?

A. The pigtail. (Also known as the queue). Enforced with a slogan: "Keep your hair and lose your head, or keep your head and cut your hair".

61. Who was the author of the Tilly Trotter trilogy, dramatised for TV in 1999?

A. Catherine Cookson.

62. At sea, how long is a dog watch?

A. Two hours.

63. If "Polly put the kettle on", who took it off again?

A. Sukey.

64. Who (13th Feb) is Secretary of State for Work and Pensions?

A. Ian Duncan Smith.


65. YaketySax, by James Q. "Spider" Rich and Boots Randolph, is best known as the signature tune for which long-running TV "comedy" show?

A. The Benny Hill Show.

66. In imperial measures, how many pecks are there in a bushel?

A. Four.

67. First published in Manchester in 1839 by printer and publisher George Bradshaw, "Bradshaws" were what type of guide?

A. Railway guide and timetable.

68. Amblin Entertainment is the name of whose production company?

A. Stephen Spielberg.

69. Which ex-wife of a former president was sentenced in 2003 to 5 years in jail for fraud and theft, but has since returned to active politics?

A. Winnie Mandela.

70. What are "the Honours of Scotland"?

A. The Scottish Crown Jewels. (The Crown, the Sceptre and the Sword of State).

71. How is the character Archie Rice known in the title of the John Osborne play in which he is the protagonist?

A. The Entertainer.

72. In the Dandy, what was the distinguishing feature of the enormous cow pie which was Desperate Dan's favourite dish?

A. A pair of horns sticking out of the crust.


73. What precisely, on their accession to office, did the following US presidents, and no others, have in common: Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson?

A. They were all vice-presidents who came to office as a result of the assassination of the previous president. (Respectively, Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy).

74. Who is the recently elected president of Egypt, who is already being accused of betraying the revolution by liberal opponents?

A. Mohammed Morsi.

75. What is Miss Piggy' surname?

A. Lee.

76. In which field of activity is the Stanislavski system used to improve professional skills and techniques?

A. Acting.

77. Complete the following saying: "A miss is as good as..... "

A. A mile.

78. Which playwright was born Tomas Straussler in Czechoslovakia in 1937?

A. Tom Stoppard.

79 With which English county would you associate the cheese Yarg.

A. Cornwall.

80. The adjective porcine refers to the characterstics of which animal?

A. The pig.


81. Who in 1991 became France's first female Prime Minister?

A. Edith Cresson.

82. In Geology, what name is given to sediment such as sand or mud deposited by a river?

A. Alluvium.

83. What name is given to a hare's nest?

A. A form.

84. Frances O'Grady was recently elected as the first woman to hold which public office?

A. General Secretary of the TUC.

85. How many strings has a balalaika?

A. Three.

86. In Geometry, what name is given to the longest side of a right-angled triangle?

A. The hypotenuse.

87. What are moss, garter and cable varieties of?

A. Knitting stitches.

88. In which city, in late November, 1943, did the three Allied war leaders, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin meet for the first time?

A. Teheran.


89. Who is the presenter of the BBC Quiz Show Pointless?

A. Alexander Armstrong.

90. What was the nationality of jockey Scobie Breasley?

A. Australian.

91. Who captained the 1990 English rebel cricket tour of South Africa?

A. Mike Getting.

92. Which American "Pop artist" used a traditional comic book style of painting, including thought bubbles and lettering, as in his picture Whaam!!?

A. Roy Lichtenstein.

93. The Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, is located in which city?

A. Amritsar.

94. What is the name of the French Stock Exchange?

A. La Bourse.

95. Which town serves as the port for the city of Edinburgh?

A. Leith.

96. Which singer recently announced the release in March of The Next Day, his first album for over a decade?

A. David Bowie.


97. What is the surname of W. E. Johns' hero "Biggles"?
A. Bigglesworth.

98. What is the name of Beatrix Potter's home in the Lake District?
A. Hill Top Farm.

99. The creator of Thunderbirds died recently at the age of 83. Who was he?
A. Gerry Anderson.

100. Where on a fish is the caudal fin?
A. The tail.

101. What name is given to a loud speaker which produces low frequency sounds in a
domestic sound system?

A. A woofer.

102. The land of Serendip is the old name for which country?
A. Sri Lanka (accept Ceylon).

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

12th February–the questions




Vetted by the Plough Horntails and Ox-Fford



1 Which poet versified about a “dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smokestack” in the poem Cargoes?

(John Masefield)

2 Which modern Poet Laureate was commemorated with a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey in December 2011?

(Ted Hughes)

3 Octarine (the colour of magic) is the eighth colour of the spectrum on which world?

(The Discworld – as written about by Terry Pratchett)

4 Who (or what) complained “Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to take you to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction, 'cause I don't”?

(Marvin, the paranoid android, in Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)

5 What musical instrument of the woodwind family is an aerophone, or reedless wind instrument producing its sound from the flow of air across an opening?

(Flute, or piccolo)

6 Who sculpted the version of the Three Graces statue commissioned by John Russell, the 6th Duke of Bedford that is now on display alternately in the National Gallery of Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum?

(Antonio Canova)

7 Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner are two of the main works of which poet?

(Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

8 Pablo Picasso created which painting in response to the bombing of a Basque town by warplanes from Germany and Italy in 1937. What is the name of the painting?


9 Who are the Samuel Becket characters Vladimir and Estragon waiting for?

(Godot – in the play waiting for Godot)

10 The ‘trio’ to March No. 1 in D of the Pomp and Circumstance Military Marches is better known as the music to which song?

(Land of Hope and Glory)



(Most questions are taken from the health and safety test labourers on a construction site have to pass. They are mostly Health and Safety related, but the odd one does mention “Elf” as well)

1 Fire extinguishers can contain one of four substances – water, powder, foam and what?

(Carbon dioxide – CO2 – accept also Halon or wet chemicals)

2 Which part of your body is most likely to be injured if you lift heavy loads?

(Your back)

3 Name one of the two animals that carry Weil’s Disease, also known as Leptospirosis, in their urine?

(Rats or Cows)

4 The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act is the primary piece of legislation regulating workplace health, safety and welfare within the United Kingdom. In which decade was it passed into law?

(1970s - 1974 )

5 What is sort of creature is Dobbie in the Harry Potter books and films?

(A House Elf – full name required)

6 If someone is injured at work who should record it in the accident book?

(The injured person or someone acting for


7 Which colour identifies the ‘live’ wire in a modern (new) 240 volt electricity supply?


8 Which 1960s car (sister to the Wolseley Hornet) was also a ‘mini with a boot’?

(Riley Elf - full make and model required)

9 How are legionella bacteria passed on to humans?

(Through fine water droplets such as sprays or mists)

10 What is the early sign of noise damaging your hearing?

(Temporary deafness)



1 What is the name of the village near Dorchester, built at the instigation of Prince Charles as a response against “modernist” architectural design?


2 Which member of the Commonwealth is formed of ten Provinces and three Territories?


3 In which range of Irish mountains does the River Liffey rise?

(Wicklow Mountains)

4 What is the capital of Burkina Faso?


5 In which English county is most of the Forest of Dean?


6 What colour is a Geography pie in Trivial Pursuits?


7 Cape York is the northernmost point of which Commonwealth country?


8 Which African country was called Nyasaland until 1964?


9 What country is Budejowice in (pronounced boo day yo vit ze)?

(The Czech Republic – it is also known as Budweis)

10 The River Hafren flows out of Wales near Crew Green in Shropshire. What is it called in English?

(River Severn)


1 What did Enola Gay do on the 6th August 1945?

(Dropped the first atomic bomb – Enola Gay was the name painted on the nose of the B29 Superfortress bomber plane that carried the bomb)

2 Which century saw Macclesfield get it’s royal charter?

(13th Century – in 1261)

3 What, according to the chronology published by Bishop James Ussher, began at nightfall preceding Sunday, October 23, 4004 BC?

(The creation of the earth)

4 What was Lieutenant General James Thomas Brudenell, the 7th Earl of Cardigan, doing on the 25th of October 1854?

(Leading the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava)

5 For how many years did Macclesfield Borough Council exist as a local government district?

(35 years - 1 April 1974 to 31 March 2009 – accept 2 years either way)

6 What was seen from the earth in April 1910 and February 1986 (and should next be visible in July 2061)

(Halley’s Comet)

7 What did BOAC and BEA become when they merged in 1974?

(British Airways)

8 In what year was the M25 motorway completed?

(1986 -allow 2 years either way)

9 In December 1926, the United Alkali Company and British Dyestuffs Corporation merged with two other companies. What was the name of the merged company?

(ICI or Imperial Chemical Industries)

10 In what year did the Battle of the Boyne take place?




(A tasty round in honour of the sausages served by Marshall at the Lamb)

1 Which European country is the traditional home of Chorizo?


2 Who advertised Cookstown Sausages on TV in the 1960s & 70s with the punch line “the best family sausages”?

(George Best – full name needed)

3 What is a Gloucester Old Spot?

(A pig - reputedly their meat is the best for making sausages)

4 Which traditional children’s seaside entertainment usually features a policeman, a string of sausages and a crocodile in a red and white striped tent?

(A Punch and Judy show)

5 What is the German for sausage?

(Wurst – with the ’w’ pronounced ‘v’)

6 ‘Pigs in blankets’ are a traditional accompaniment to roast turkey at Christmas. What are they?

(Small sausages - usually chipolatas -wrapped in bacon).

7 What specific type of sausage is usually contained within a ‘proper’ hot dog (not just a ‘hot dog sausage)?

(Frankfurter, also accept Wiener)

8 Princess Anne’s first father-in-law was a sales director at which famous sausage making company?


9 Which toothy TV presenter can claim broadcasting a clip of a dog that barked or growled ‘sausages’ on one of her shows?

(Esther Rantzen)

10 What is the brand of sausages produced by the pig farming TV presenter friend of Jamie Oliver, who also used to be a PhD student of Entomology?

(Jimmy’s Farm)



1 What would be removed from your body if you underwent a nephrectomy?

(A Kidney)

2 What is the name of the law that states ‘To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’?

(Newton’s third law of motion – accept Newton’s Law)

3 What is the name for a line on a weather map connecting lines of equal atmospheric pressure?


4 The discoveries of sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium are all credited to which scientist?

(Sir Humphry Davy)

5 Daubenton’s and Soprano Pipistrelle are types of what mammal?


6 Quercus Robur is the Latin name for which unrivalled king of the forest in Britain, synonymous with strength, size and longevity?

(the English Oak tree)

7 What medical treatment was discovered by Edward Jenner in 1796, who acted upon his observation that milkmaids who caught the cowpox virus did not catch smallpox?

(The process of vaccination)

8 Which malleable metal alloy traditionally consists of 85–99% tin, with the remainder consisting of copper, antimony, bismuth and sometimes, less commonly today, lead


9 Dry air, at ground level, is approximately 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen. Which inert gas is most of the remaining 1%?


10 What human characteristic is Craig Venter acknowledged to have been the first person to map (or sequence)

(The human genome)



1 Give the name of either of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Mascots?

('Wenlock' - named after Much Wenlock or ‘Mandeville’ – named after Stoke Mandeville Hospital)

2 Which US city is represented in baseball by the Indians, in American football by the Browns, and in basketball by the Cavaliers?


3 Football – at which stadium will the 2013 UEFA Champions’ League Final be played (Wembley Stadium)

4 Football - which nation won the African Cup of Nations this last weekend?

(Nigeria – beat Burkina Faso 1 - 0)

5 Who has held the Men’s Triple Jump World Record since 1995?

(Jonathan Edwards - 18.29m)

6 At which course will the 2013 Open Golf Championships be held?


7 Which American writer said ‘golf is a good walk spoiled’?

(Mark Twain)

8 Who has owned (or part owned) the racehorses Queensland Star, Rock of Gibraltar and What a Friend?

(Sir Alex Ferguson)

9 Punter, tight end and strong safety are players positions in which sport?

(American Football)

10 Kumasi Ashanti Kotoko Football Club (nicknamed The Fabulous Porcupines!) have won their country’s league championship 21 times. Which West African country is this?




(All costs valid on 7th February 2013)

1 How much is a first class stamp for a standard size letter up to 100g in weight?


2 How much is a pint of semi-skimmed milk delivered to your doorstep by Smiths Dairies of Macclesfield

(62p - accept 58p to 66p – some companies charge 72pm)

3 How much is a copy of the Macclesfield Express?


4 How much (in pence) is a Euro worth?

(85p) (accept 80p to 90p)

5 How much is a litre of unleaded at the Esso on Churchill Way Macclesfield?

(135.9p) (accept 132.9p to 138.9p)

6 How much is the national minimum wage per hour for an adult over 21?


7 How much is a prescription (if you pay for it)?


8 How much is a replacement 32 page passport for an adult (through the standard service)?


9 How much is a colour television licence?


10 How much is the basic personal tax allowance for the 2012-2013 tax year




Set by the Plough Horntails, vetted by the Ox-Fford

1. In which county is the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst?

A. Berkshire

2. Which organization won the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize?

A. The European Union

(for having, over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe)

3. Name the ex-construction worker, whose video-taped beating by Los Angeles police and their initial subsequent acquittals sparked the 1992 Los Angeles Riots?

A. Rodney King

4. Who began his speech, "Where is Dave?" at the 2012 UK Conservative Party Conference?

A. Boris Johnson

5. British actor Brian Cobby (1929-2012) provided the first male voice for what British announcements?

A. Speaking Clock

6. Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and who else formed the 1960s pop group “The Monkees”?

A. Peter Tork

7. In which nation's London embassy has Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sought diplomatic asylum since June 2012?

A. Ecuador

8. Who played the part of Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony?

A. Kenneth Branagh

9. In 2012 British MP Nadine Dorries controversially appeared on what reality TV show?

A. I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here

10. What event caused Twitter's servers to crash on 25 June 2009?

A. Michael Jackson's death

11. What word for 'the end of the world' referred originally to a revelation?

A. Apocalypse (from Greek apo, 'un', and kaluptein, 'to cover' - the book of Revelation in the Vulgate [4th century Latin/Roman Catholic Bible] is also known as the Apocalypse)

12. The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) was founded in 1991 as a 'successor entity' to what?

A. The USSR (or Soviet Union - the CIS remains at 2013 a relatively loose membership organization for Russia and several ex-Soviet bloc nations - it seeks to coordinate members activities/rules, etc., in areas of trade, law, finance, security, etc)

13. What was the original name of UK-founded communications technology company O2?

A. Cellnet (accept BT Cellnet)

14. Which film is credited with originating the obsession / jealousy term 'bunny boiler'?

A. Fatal Attraction (1987, in which the spurned Glenn Close character Alexandra 'Alex' Forrest breaks into her former lover's house and boils the family’s pet rabbit).

15. Who was the last English Tudor monarch?

A. Elizabeth I (1533-1603, reigned 1558-1603)

16. Who was the first winner of the TV “talent” show the X Factor in 2004?

A. Steve Brookstein

17. What is the more common name for Nitrous Oxide?

A. Laughing Gas

18. Ian Botham played for three County cricket teams during his career. Somerset was one of them; name either of the other two.

A. Durham or Worcestershire

19. What football club did Gordon Banks play for when he won his 1966 World Cup medal?

A. Leicester City

20. The last Briton to win the women’s singles at Wimbledon was Virginia Wade in 1977. Who did she beat?

A. Betty Stove

21. The last Briton to win the Women’s singles at the French Open was Sue Barker. In what year did she win?
A. 1976 (accept 1975-1977)

22. Which 1935 film based on a novel of 1859 has the last line “It’s a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It’s a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.”
A. A Tale of Two Cities

23. Which 1991 film has the last line “I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner. Bye.”
A. The Silence of the Lambs

24. Give a year in the life of John Wesley.
A. 1703-1791

25. Give a year in the life of Daniel Defoe.
A. 1659-1731

26. The Niagara Falls are situated on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into which other Lake?
A. Lake Ontario

27. Above which Canadian city are The Plains of Abraham?
A. Quebec City

28. Which British City has a railway station named after a series of novels by Sir Walter Scott?
A. Edinburgh (Waverley Station)

29. In which British city is there an underground rail system nicknamed 'The Clockwork Orange'?
A. Glasgow

30. Which river runs through Lisbon?
A. Tagus (accept Tajo or Tejo – transliterated from the Portuguese)

31. Which river runs through Buenos Aires?
A. River Plate (Rio de la Plata)

32. What was the name of Captain Cook’s ship on his 1768 voyage to the Pacific Ocean and Australia?
A. HMS Endeavour

33. Which Yorkshire city is known as “Woolopolis" - a reference to the Victorian era wool making industry in the city, in the style of Manchester's "Cottonopolis?
A. Bradford

34. In which modern country are the ruins of the ancient city of Troy?
A. Turkey

35. According to Greek mythology who commanded the Greek army in the Trojan War?
A. Agamemnon

36. In which film did Meryl Streep win her first Acting Oscar?
A. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

37. In which film did Emma Thompson win her only Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role?
A. Howard’s End (1992)

38. What was the name of the female British biophysicist whose work on X-ray diffraction images assisted in the discovery of the helical structure of DNA.
A. Rosalind Franklin

39. Who, in 1865, was the first Englishwoman to qualify as a medical doctor?
A. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

40. What is the first name of the detective Maigret?

A. Jules

41. Which element gets its chemical symbol from its original Greek name hydrargyrum?

A. Mercury (Hg)

42. Who is credited with the quote “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”?

A. US President Harry S Truman

43. What is the name of the cartoonist who created Andy Capp?

Reg Smythe.

44. What is the fruit of the Blackthorn called?

A. The Sloe

45. In Greek mythology Pygmalion was the king of which country?

A. Cyprus

46. 'At the Castle Gate', from Jean Sibelius's incidental music work Pelléas et Mélisande, is the theme music for which long running BBC TV programme?

A. The Sky at Night.

47. In Spain and Portugal, what is the title given to daughters of the sovereign?

A. Infanta.

48. In the nursery rhyme, what was the only tune that Tom the piper’s son could play?

A. Over the hills and far away.

49. Alef, Bet, Gimel are the first three letters of which alphabet?

A. Hebrew

50. Which BBC Director General was appointed and resigned in 2012?

A. George Entwistle.

51. In which US state was 'Custer's Last Stand' at the Battle of the Little Bighorn?


52. For his appearance in which film did Sean Connery win his only Oscar for Best Supporting Actor?

A. The Untouchables (appearing as Jim Malone)

53 What was the name of the line of fortifications built by France along its eastern frontier between 1929 and 1934?

Maginot Line

54. Who wrote the Billy Bunter stories?

A. Frank Richards.

55. Which English dramatist was murdered by his lover Kenneth Halliwell in 1967?

A. Joe Orton.

56. Who is the youngest singer to have a number one hit in the UK charts?

A. Jimmy Osmond (aged 9 years and 8 months in 1972 with Long Haired Lover From Liverpool)

57. Who wrote the novel “Cold Comfort Farm”?

A. Stella Gibbons.

58. Who was the architect of Coventry Cathedral?

A. Basil Spence

59. Which by surface area is the largest lake in Wales?

A. Lake Bala (Llyn Tegid)

60. When BBC Radio 1 started on Saturday, 30 September 1967 Tony Blackburn was the first disc jockey. But which former Crackerjack presenter was the second disc jockey to broadcast on the new station, hosting Junior Choice?

A. Leslie Crowther

61. BBC Radio 2 was also launched on 30 September 1967 as a successor to The Light Programme. But what was the name of the predecessor to The Light Programme?

BBC Forces Programme. (Accept also ‘General Forces Programme’ or just ‘Forces Programme’

62. Who was nicknamed “The Little Corporal”?

Napoleon Bonaparte N.B. He was also known as ‘Corporal Violet`

63. Who was known as “The Sailor King”?

William IV (1765 - 1837)

64. In which capital city would you find the district of “Foggy Bottom”?

Washington DC
(The location of the Watergate Building, US Department of State, Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts amongst others.)

65. What was the name given by Benjamin Russell to the action taken by the Governor of Massachusetts in 1812 in order to maintain political control for his party.

Gerrymander (The Governor’s name was Elbridge Gerry. Russell used the term “gerrymander” when it was observed that one district subject to voting boundary changes looked like a salamander.)

66. In folklore, what did Finn mac Cool supposedly build?
NOTE TO QUESTION MASTER: If asked, the name is spelt in several different ways: Fionn mac Cumhail, Finn McCool or Finn MacCooill

A. The Giant’s Causeway
(in Antrim, Northern Ireland)

67. In which country is the newspaper La Stampa published?

A. Italy

68. “All the news that’s fit to print” is the slogan of which newspaper?
A. New York Times

69. What was the name of the German battleship scuttled in the River Plate in 1939?
A. Graf Spee.

70. There are four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta dating from 1215 in existence. Two are currently housed in the British Library, give the location of either of the other two copies?

A. Lincoln Cathedral (accept Lincoln Castle where it is often on display) or Salisbury Cathedral (the best remaining copy)

71. What legislation was introduced as a complement to Magna Carta to provide rights and protection for the Common Man, and provided the statute longest in force in English history?

A. The Charter of the Forest
(In force from 1217 to 1971. Final clauses replaced in 1971 by Wild Creatures and Forest Laws Act 1971.)

72. Name the poet who was the first to be buried in the location now termed “Poet’s Corner” in Westminster Abbey?

Geoffrey Chaucer (in 1556)

73. What is the Metropolitan Police Operation Weeting designed to investigate?

It is the Police investigation into phone hacking by the News of the World.

74. Eugene Andrew Cernan is currently the last ever man to do what?

A. Walk on the Moon (during the Apollo 17 mission)

75. What’s the scientific name for the ‘winter vomiting bug’ that affected more than 100,000 people in the UK over the Christmas 2012 period?


76. What is the condition hyperemesis gravidarum better known as?

Acute morning sickness (accept morning sickness)

77. What was the name of the hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge spent time recovering from ‘acute morning sickness’ and whose staff were subject to a tragic “prank call” from Australian Radio DJs?

King Edward VII Hospital

78. The BBC program ‘Sherlock’ was voted top TV show 2012 in a Radio Times poll. What’s the name of the actor that plays the title role?

Benedict Cumberbach

79. What’s the name of the person who plays Camilla Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne in the BBC TV series ‘Call The Midwife’?

Miranda Hart

80. Attempts to obtain water samples from Lake Ellsworth were abandoned on December 25th 2012. On which continent is Lake Ellsworth situated?

Antarctica (Lake Ellsworth is a sub glacial lake located under approximately 2 miles of ice)

81. Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner is currently President of which country?

Argentina (renowned for harping on about the Falkland Islands)

82. Goodluck Jonathan (full name Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan) is currently the President of which country?


83. What’s the name of the current Secretary of State for Defence as at January 21st 2013?

Philip Hammond

84. What’s the name of the current (as at January 21st 2013)UK government Minister of State for Universities and Science

David Willetts

85. The first London Underground line (The Metropolitan) recently celebrated its 150th year since opening. Name one of the 7 stations that were on this line on that opening date in 1863.

Paddington; Edgware Road; Baker Street; Portland Road; Gower Street; King’s Cross; Farringdon Street.

86. The Victoria Line on the London Underground was ‘officially’ opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1969. Name either of the terminus stations on this line.

Walthamstow Central; Brixton

87. What is buckram used for?

It is stiffened cloth (cotton or linen) that is used in book-binding. (Also sometimes for stiffening clothes,)

88. At one time based in Didsbury, in which field of endeavour was the Shirley Institute involved?

Textiles research. (Originally just cotton as the British Cotton Industry Research Association, but now also includes wool, rayon and man-made fibres)

89. Which fictional ship’s captain’s last words were “Floreat Etona”?

A. Captain Hook

90. Monte Cervino is the Italian name for which mountain?

A. Matterhorn

91. Which stately home is the seat of the Dukes of Bedford?

Woburn Abbey

92. Which stately home is the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough?

Blenheim Palace.

93. Two sports are to be added to the 2016 Olympic Games. Name one of them.

Rugby Sevens or Golf.

94. In which year were the first Winter Olympic games held?

A. 1924 in Chamonix, France

95. The city of Sheffield is at the confluence of 5 rivers. Name one of them.

A. Sheaf, Rivelin, Loxley, Porter or Don.

  1. Which Australian novelist published 16 books before winning the Booker Prize in 1982 with "Schindler's Ark"?

Thomas Keneally


97. Who is the Manager as of 22nd Feb 2013 of Swansea City football team?

Michael Laudrup

98. Name a member of the group “One Direction” other than Harry Styles?

A. Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, or Louis Tomlinson

99. Later set to music by Edward Elgar, who wrote the original poem “The Dream of Gerontius”?

A. Cardinal Newman.

100. Who is the current as of 22nd Feb 2013 Manager of the England Women’s Football team?

Hope Powell

Thursday, February 07, 2013

5th February–The Questions

Specialist Questions

Set by: The Dolphin Dragons

Vetted by:

The Park Timers


The Robin Hood

Round 1: Science

Q1.  What is the name of the larger bone in the upper arm? 
A1.  The Humerus

Q2.  Henry Cavendish was the first to recognise which gas as a separate element?
A2.  Hydrogen (He called it flammable air)

Q3.  Which acid is secreted into the stomach (by the parietal (AKA oxynic) cells?)
A3.  Hydrochloric Acid

Q4. The luminous flux of an electric light bulb is now given in what units?        
A4. Lumens

Q5.  What is the unit of electrical resistance? 
A5.  The Ohm

Q6.  Haemoglobin found in blood contains which metallic element?
A6.   Iron

Q7.  What is the former planet Pluto now defined as?
A7.  Dwarf Planet   

Q8.  Which ligaments in the human body are so named because they form an    X shaped cross?
A8.  Cruciate


S1.Q.  Which drug used to treat malaria is obtained from the bark of the cinchona tree?
S1 A.   Quinine

S2.Q.  What is the name most generally given to the geocentric theory of  the arrangement of the solar system, ie that the earth is in the middle and the sun moon and planets move round it
S2 A.   The Ptolemaic System



Round 2: Arts & Entertainment

Q1. Who writes about Tracey Beaker?
A1.(Dame) Jackie Wilson

Q2. In which city are most of the surviving works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh?
A2. Glasgow

Q3. Who was Poet Laureate between C Day Lewis and Ted Hughes?
A3. John Betjeman

Q4. Shadrack, Marlon, Cain and Mandy are all members of which TV family?
A4. The Dingles (Emmerdale)

Q5. Who composed Rhapsody in Blue?
A5. Gershwin

Q6. In which play by Arthur Miller do we meet Willie Loman?
A6. Death of a Salesman

Q7. Chief Wiggum controls law and order in which fictional TV town?
A7. Springfield (The Simpsons)

Q8. Which famous US Actress joined the cast of Downton Abbey this last autumn?
A8. Shirley McClain



S1.Q   What politically sensitive music album celebrated its 25year anniversary in August 2012?
S1.A.  Graceland (Paul Simon)

S2.Q.  In which fictional county is The Archers set?
S2.A.  Borsetshire

Round 3: Sport

Q1.  The equestrian events at the Olympics are usually held “out of town”. At which Olympic host city were they held furthest away?
A1.   Melbourne 1956 (held in Stockholm!)

Q2.   Elli Simmonds was one of three para-olympians nominated for BBC Sports Personality of 2012. Name one of the other two.
A1.   Sarah Storey or David Weir

Q3.   Which Wimbledon men’s singles champion won on a wild card?
A3.   Goran Ivanisevic.

Q4.   Which team will Lewis Hamilton drive for in the forthcoming season?
A4.   Mercedes

Q5.   What sporting venue is colloquially known as "Billy Williams' cabbage patch?
A5.   Twickenham

Q6.   Where was the Derby held during both World Wars?
A6.   Newmarket

Q7.   In which city would you find the two English league grounds which are closest to each other?
A7.   Nottingham

Q8.  Only 5 disciplines have been in every Olympics of the modern era (ie since Athens in 1896). Swimming, Gymnastics and Athletics are 3. Name 1 of the other 2.
A8.   Cycling or Fencing


S1Q.   What notable sporting feat did Lukas Rossel achieve in summer 2012?
S1A.   He beat Nadal at Wimbledon

S2Q.   Where was the Test Match played in November which saw both Alistair Cook and Kevin Pieterson equalling the English record for the number of test centuries  - within 10 minutes of each other?
S2A.   Mumbai ( accept, reluctantly) Bombay

Round 4: Geography

Q1.   Which river runs through Kendal in the Lake District?
A1.   The River Kent (The name Kendal is a variation on Kent Dale!)

Q2.   The British Sugar Loaf mountain overlooks Abergavenny.  Which foreign city is also overlooked by the Sugar Loaf?
A2.   Rio de Janeiro

Q3.   What is the state capital of Oregon?
A3.   Salem

Q4.   Which is the first English county entered by the river Severn?
A4.   Shropshire

Q5.   On which Hawaiian island is Pearl Harbour?
A5.   Oahu

Q6.   Apart from the small city airport, which city’s airport do travellers to Florence use?
A6.   Pisa

Q7.   What is the capital of Belarus?
A7.   Minsk

Q8.   What is the state capital of Maine?
A8.   Augusta


S1.Q.   What is the most southerly point of mainland Europe?
S1A.    Tarife (not Gibralter)

S2.Q.   What is the highest point of Bodmin moor?
S2.A.   Brown Willie


Round 5: History.

Q1.   Who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, thus triggering WWI?
A1.   (Gavrilo) Princip

Q2.   Which of Napoleon’s generals became King of Sweden?
A2.   Bernadotte

Q3.   What is the War of Northern Aggression more generally called?
A3.   The American Civil War.

Q4.   Of which country was Zog king until forced to flee in 1939?
A4.   Albania

Q5.   Which British PM took UK into WW1?
A5.   Herbert Asquith

Q6.   At the end of which war was Germany united in 1871?
A6.   Franco-Prussian

Q7.   In which castle was Edward II murdered?
A7.   Berkeley

Q8.   Which British PM was in office at the end of WW1?
A8.   David Lloyd-George


S1.Q.   How were Tzar Nicholas II and George V related?
S1.A.   First cousins (their mothers were sisters)

S2.Q.   What was the name of the ruling house of Britain immediately before it was changed to Windsor in 1916?
S2. A.   Saxe-Coburg-Gotha


Round 6: Katherines, Kates, Kittys

Q1.   In which novel do you find Kitty Bennet?
A1.   Pride and Prejudice

Q2.   Give a year in the life of Catherine the Great of Russia.
A2.   1729 to 1796

Q3.   Which Katy sung The Closest Thing to Crazy?
A3.   Katie Melua

Q4.   Which Kate was recently awarded a CBE for services to drama?
A4.   Kate Winslett

Q5.   Who wrote What Katy Did?
A5.   Susan Coolidge

Q6.   In which novel do you find Catherine Earnshaw?
A6.   Wuthering Heights

Q7.   Who was the husband of Catherine of Braganza?
A7.   Charles II

Q8.   Whose pocket did Kitty Fisher find?
A8.   Lucy Locket



S1.Q.   Which KT’s music was behind the opening titles of the Devil Wears Prada (It was Suddenly I See)
S1.A.   KT Tunstall

S2.Q.   What Shakespeare play is Kiss Me Kate based on?
S2.A.   The Taming of the Shrew




Round 7: The History of Geography

Q1.   What is the name given to the Viking map which shows they reached  North America?
A1.   The Vinland Map

Q2.   What was the other name for Constantinople/Istanbul?
A2.   Byzantium

Q3.   Name one of the boats in Columbus’ fleet of three
A3.   The Santa Maria, the Pinta, the Nina (or the Santa Clara, the official name)

Q4.   What is the Roman town of Uriconium now called?
A4.   Wroxeter

Q5.   What was Harare called formerly?
A5.   Salisbury

Q6.   Who, in the 17th Century, produced the first Atlas of the Counties of Great Britain?
A6.   John Speede (Born in Farndon, Cheshire)

Q7.   What do we call the Roman Isca Dumnorium?
A7.   Exeter

Q8.   Name one of the 2 leaders of the expedition that first crossed Australia South to North (in 1860/61)
A8.   Burke and Wills



S1.Q.   Who first rounded the Cape of Good Hope?
S1.A.   Bartholemew Dias

S2.Q.   Who invented the map projection that shows the shape of the countries accurately, but distorts their relative size (Greenland looks bigger than S America!)
S2.A   (Gerardus) Mercator

Round 8: Parks

Q1.    Which 60’s band sang about “Itchycoo Park?”
A1.    (Small) Faces

Q2.   Lyme Park was left to the National Trust by which family?
A2.   The Legh family (in 1946)

Q3.   In which British City is The Parks Cricket Ground?
Q3.   Oxford

Q4.   The South Downs way runs through the South Downs National Park from Eastbourne to which city (approx 100 miles)?
A4.   Winchester

Q5.   Tatton Park was left to the National Trust by which family?
A5.   The Egerton family (in 1958)

Q6.   The sports stadium Candlestick Park is in which US City?
A6.   San Fransisco.

Q7.   Name either creator of South Park
A7.   Trey Parker or Matt Stone

Q8.   Which singer had a hit in the 60’s with Macarthur Park?
A8.   Richard Harris



S1.Q.   Which Band had a hit with Park Life in the 1990’s?
S1.A.   Blur

S2.Q.   Which former UK national sports stadium was named after a local pub?
S2.A.   Cardiff Arms Park


General Knowledge

1Q Who wrote and published a famous series of walking guides
for the Lake District, published in the form of handwritten

A  Alfred Wainwright

2. Q Which fictional family live at 742 evergreen Terrace?
A. The Simpsons

3. Q. For which county does Alistair Cook, England’s highest
century maker, play?
A. Essex

4. Q. Whose words were set to Beethoven’s 9th, and are now
known as to the Ode to Joy?
A. Schiller

5. Q Who was the last British monarch to be born outside Britain?
A. George II

6. Q What is the alternative name for the hedge sparrow?
A. The dunnock

7. Q. Who lost his job as secretary of state over the ramifications of a speeding charge?
A. Chris Huhne

8. Q. ‘Ungood’, ‘Plus good’, ‘Crime think’ and ‘Double think’ are
words and concepts from which fictional language?
A. Newspeak

9. Q. Who was the first Christian martyr?
A. Stephen

10. Q. What was the name of the Shipping area now called Fitzroy?
A. Finesterre

11. Q. Who was the new judge on Strictly Come Dancing in this last
(2012) series?
A. Darcy Bussell

12. Q. Which Premiership Rugby club does Danny Cipriani play for?
A. Sale Sharks

13.Who composed ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’?

14.What is Mitt Romney’s first name?

15. How many Pope Benedicts have there been, including the
present one?

16.Which was the first preserved/heritage railway in the world?
The Tal-y-Llyn in Mid-Wales

17. What was the name of the woman, who by refusing to
give up her seat to a white man sparked the bus boycott in
Montgomery Alabama in1955, as turning point in the civil
rights campaign in the USA?
Rosa Parkes

18. Hejera, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Court and Spark and
Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter, were all albums by which
singer songwriter and painter?

Joni Mitchel

19. What is the county town of Wiltshire?

20. What are the Hacked Off group hacked off about?
Press intrusion (accept any answer which shows
knowledge of this, however phrased)

21. What toy, originating in China, was originally a military
signalling device?
A kite

22. Which TV channel staged the Paralympics?
Channel 4

23. Which cologne was best when ‘splashed all over’ as advised
by Henry Cooper and Kevin Keegan?

24. In the news recently, how is Chalara fraxinea better known?
Ash die back.

25. How many red balls are there on a snooker table?

26. What is the name given to the small magnifying eyeglass used
by jewellers?
A loupe

27. Which French painter & businessman (b 1848) changed his
lifestyle and moved to Tahiti?
Paul Gauguin

28. In which US Mountain range is Mount Rushmore (The one
with the US Presidents carved on it?)
The Black Hills (of Dakota)

29. Who was given a passport for the first time for 24 years, and
was able to accept the Nobel prize personally, having been
awarded the prize in absentia?

Aung San Suu Kyi (accept close approximation – Suu Kyi
is the ‘surname’)

30. For what is Australian Sir Edmund Barton famous?
He was the first Australian Prime Minister (1901- 1903)

31. What was the name of the rover that successfully landed on
Mars last August?

31. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck all started their career
with which Rock Band?
The Yardbirds

32. What is the name of the alloy of mercury and other metals
used in dental fillings?

33. Name this just retired ex- captain from the description. Born in Tasmania, known as Punter, fond of greyhound racing?

Ricky Ponting

35. How many noughts are there in a quintillion (using the now
widely accepted American usage?)

36. On which island did Napoleon Bonaparte die?
St Helena

37. Which river flows through Timbuktu?
The Niger

38. How many operas make up Wagner’s Ring Cycle?

39. How many London clubs are the Football Premier League this
Six (QPR, Arsenal, Spurs, Fulham, Chelsea, W Ham)

40. Who was the first king of Israel?

41. Name one of the three Dashwood sisters in Jane Austen’s
Sense and Sensibility
Eleanor, Marianne, Margaret

42. Who won last year's Bradford by-election (maj. 10,140)?
George Galloway

43. What was the currency of Malta before it entered the euro-
The Lira

44.Name the film with the following plotline: this deals with the
life a Nobel Laureate in Economics who as a brilliant but
asocial mathematician accepts secret work in cryptography,
after which his life takes a turn to the nightmarish.

A Beautiful mind

45. What was known in the past as Oil of Vitriol?
Sulphuric Acid

46. What is Mount Kosciuszko’s claim to fame?

Highest mountain in Australia

47. Which Gilbert & Sullivan opera is sub-titled The Slave of Duty?
The Pirates of Penzance

48. A strike of which workers provoked the General Strike of
The Miners.

49. In which year did the first London Under ground train run?
1863 (no leeway as there was enormous media coverage
for the 150th anniversary this January!)

50. Who wrote the poem which is included in the 1930’s Post
Office documentary Night Mail?
WH Auden

51. Who was the great-nephew of the Roman Emperor Claudius,
who succeeded him?

52. What in traditional art,(apart from a type of cloud) is a Nimbus?
A type of Halo.

53. What is the connection between Test Match Special and
James Bond?

The evil Blofeld gets his name from TMS’s Henry Blofeld
(Ian Fleming was taken with the name)

54. In which London Borough is the Olympic Stadium situated?
London Borough of Newham

55. In which city of the North West is the recently restored – and
prize-winning - Ordsall Hall?
Salford (not Manchester – Salford is a separate city)

56. The body of which historical figure is believed to have been
recently dug up from under a car park?
Richard III

57. What was the name of Mitt Romney’s running mate?
Paul Ryan

58. Q. What is the chemical component predominate in red wine and extracted from the skin and stem that gives the wine it taste
and structure?


59. In Lord of the Rings who is Arwen’s father?

60. Which was the first London Underground line?
The Metropolitan

61. In an Indian restaurant, what would you get if you ordered

62. Who hosts the lunchtime news and music programme on
Radio 2?
Jeremy Vine

63. Apart from France, name 1 0f the 2 European countries
which fought on the side of the colonies in the US War of
Spain or the Dutch Republic

64. What is the name of the developers who are driving the
development of the new Macclesfield Town Plan?
Wilson Bowden

65. Which jazz saxophonist was known as Bird?
Charlie Parker

66. What toy has a name that means come back, come back?

67. To which party does Paul Nuttall, (one of the Macclesfield
MEP’s) belong?

68. Who wrote the Dalziel & Pasco detective books?
Reginald Hill

69. Jimmy Anderson has dismissed Sachin Tendulkar more than
anyone in Tests. How many times?

70. What was the currency of Cyprus before it joined the euro-
The Pound

71. Which fictional family live at 1313 Mockingbird lane,
Mockingbird Heights?
The Munsters

72. Which painter is famous for painting water-lilies?

73. Which member of the royal family abseiled down the new
London landmark, the Shard?
Prince Andrew

74. Who was the Minister for Propaganda in Nazi Germany?
Joseph Goebbels

75. Which lo-cost motor manufacturer, a subsidiary of Renault,
will be launched in UK in 2013 with models called Sandero &


76. Parr and Grilse are the names given to development stages of
which fish?

77. As whom are Valentine and Proteus referred to in the title of a
Shakespeare Play?
Two Gentlemen of Verona

78. What is a cabochon?
A large (convex) precious stone

79. Which cricketer was once offered the throne of Albania?
C.B Fry

80. Which Rugby League team represent Salford – for now?
Salford Reds

81. Name the film with the following plotline: this film is about
an Irish author and artist, born with severe cerebral palsy,
who proved he didn't need a voice to speak to the world. He
turned this impediment into a skill and became one of Ireland's
leading intellectuals
My Left Foot

82. What was the composition that Wallace & Grommit brought to
the proms this last season?
(my) Concerto in Ee lad.

83. Who took over from Gordon Burns on North West tonight?
Roger Johnstone

84. What craft means little hook in French?

85. Which was the first narrow gauge industrial railway in the
The Ffestiniog, in North Wales

86. Who does Rosalind marry in As You Like It?

87. Which Tree do we get turpentine from?
The Pine

88. Until his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury, where was Justin Welby, bishop?

89. Which objects appear in Andy Warhol’s most famous pop art
Campbell’s soup tins

90. Which company’s trademark of a red triangle was the first ever
to be registered?

91. What is the painting medium called which uses egg-white?

92. Which British painter was given an OM last year?
David Hockney

93. Who took over from Paul Jones as lead singer in Manfred
Mike D’Abo

94. Which motor manufacturer will market the following models
(amongst others) in its range for 2013 – Citigo & Rapid

95. Name one of David Copperfield’s two wives (first name will do)Dora or Agnes

96. One of the earliest TV cooks, what was the name of The
Galloping Gourmet?
Graham Kerr

Supplementary Questions:
1Q . Which singer-song writer was too ill to attend the premiere of his work The Titanic Requiem?

Robin Gibb (both names needed!)

2.Q Who won the second highest number of votes, behind Bradley
Wiggins in BBC’s Sport’s Personality of the Year 1212?

Jessica Ennis

3. Q. On a roulette wheel, what colour is the zero?
White on a Green background (accept either)

4. Q. What is the forename of the son of Dick Francis who’s taken over
writing the racing thrillers?


5. Q. When Chelsea put 8 past Aston Villa in December 2012 how many
different players scored?


6.Q. Michael Parkinson has recently presented a series on the Sky Arts
channel. What was its name?
Master Class.