Wednesday, December 16, 2015

15th December The Questions

All Questions Set By the Ox-Fford  C

1. Seasonal Arts and Entertainment
2. Geography – Santa’s Coming To Town
3. History All the questions relate to events that happened on Christmas Day.
4. Oh Yes It Is This round is of course about pantomimes and other Christmas entertainments.
5. Sport Review of the year
6. Science
7. Festive Fare
8. Christmas number ones You will be given the first line of a song and the year it became the UK number one Christmas single. All you have to do is name the song

Round 1: Seasonal Arts & Entertainment
1. Q Who composed the 1734 work The Christmas Oratorio?
A J S Bach
2. Q Originally created for radio, who wrote the prose work A Child’s Christmas in Wales?
A Dylan Thomas
3. Q In the 2003 film Elf, who plays Buddy, the elf who learns he is really a human?
A Will Ferrell
4. Q The Christmas specials of which British sitcom included episodes entitled The Queen of Sheba, The New Sofa and Barbara’s Old Ring?
A The Royle Family
5. Q Which book begins with a list of New Year's resolutions, starting with "I will not drink more than 14 alcohol units a week"?
A Bridget Jones’s Diary
6. Q Which West End musical features the song Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher?
A Billy Elliott
7. Q Which EastEnders character collapsed and died under Albert Square’s Christmas tree in 2006?
A Pauline Fowler
8. Q Which 1979 film begins with the birth of both Jesus and his next door neighbour?
A (Monty Python’s) Life of Brian
9. Q In which fictional land is it always winter but never Christmas?
A Narnia
10. Q In which film did Judy Garland first sing Have yourself a merry little Christmas?
A Meet me in St Louis
Round 2: Geography – Santa’s coming to town
The questions are all about places named after saints.
1. Q What is the capital of the island of Jersey?
A St Helier
2. Q St Catherine’s Point is the southernmost point on which island?
A Isle of Wight
3. Q St Mark’s Square is the principal public square in which European city?
A Venice
4. Q Which European city stands on the River Neva?
A St Petersburg
5. Q Castries is the capital of which Caribbean island?
A St Lucia
6. Q Which American state has Santa Fe as its capital?
A New Mexico
7. Q Which archipelago, a World Heritage site 40 miles from the nearest land, contains the westernmost islands of the Outer Hebrides?
A St Kilda
8. Q Which Welsh town became a city in 2012?
A St Asaph
9. Q St Nazaire is a port on which French river?
A The Loire
10. Q Santo Domingo is the capital of which Caribbean country?
A Dominican Republic
Round 3: History
All the questions relate to events that happened on Christmas Day.
1. Q Which Holy Roman Emperor was crowned in 800?
A Charlemagne
2. Q What was stolen from Westminster Abbey in 1950?
A The Stone of Scone
3. Q Which territory was surrendered to Japan in 1941?
A Hong Kong
4. Q Which member of the royal family, otherwise known as Lady Ogilvy, was born in 1936?
A Princess Alexandra
5. Q Which space probe disappeared in 2003?
A Beagle 2 (accept Beagle)
6. Q Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born on Christmas Day in 1876. He became the founder and first governor-general of which country?
A Pakistan
7. Q Which statesman, the first Muslim winner of the Nobel peace prize, was born on Christmas day in 1918?
A Anwar Sadat
8. Q Which river did George Washington cross in 1776 to attack the Hessian forces in Trenton New Jersey?
A The Delaware
9. In 1974, which Australian city was devastated by Cyclone Tracy?
A Darwin
10. Q Which ship with a two-word name was wrecked off Haiti in 1492?
A Santa Maria
Round 4: Oh, yes it is!
This round is of course about pantomimes and other Christmas entertainments.
1. Q In which pantomime do Robin Hood and Maid Marian traditionally appear?
A Babes in the Wood
2. Q Which traditional English story features a cow called Milky-White?
A Jack and the Beanstalk
3. Q In traditional English pantomime, who is Harlequin’s lover?
A Columbine
4. Q Which theatrical knight appeared as Widow Twankey at the Old Vic in 2004?
A Sir Ian McKellen
5. Q In Tchaikovsky’s ballet and in the Disney film, what is the name of the Sleeping Beauty?
A Aurora
6. Q Mustapha the tailor is the father of which pantomime character?
A Aladdin
7. Q What famous duo are currently playing Cinderella’s Fairy Godparents at Manchester’s Opera House?
A Torvill & Dean
8. Q Which pantomime character marries Alice Fitzwarren, the daughter of his former master?
A Dick Whittington
9. Q Which pantomime character was played by the Austrian actor Robert Hoffmann in a classic 1960s television series?
A Robinson Crusoe
10. Q In The Archers, what is the Ambridge Christmas show for 2015?
A Calendar Girls

Round 5: Sport – review of the year
1. Q Which golfer won both the US Open and US Masters tournaments?
A Jordan Spieth
2. Q Which team did Arsenal beat in the FA Cup Final?
A Aston Villa
3. Q Sports Personality of the Year nominee Max Whitlock won Great Britain’s only gold medal at the World Gymnastics Championships, in which event?
A Pommel horse
4. Q Which jockey won both the Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe?
A Frankie Dettori
5. Q In which city did the World Athletics Championships take place in August?
A Beijing
6. Q At which country’s Grand Prix did Lewis Hamilton clinch his third F1 world title in October?
7. Q Who became the first England cricketer to take 400 test wickets?
A James Anderson
8. Q Which Belgian did Andy Murray beat on day 3 of the Davis Cup final to clinch victory for Great Britain?
A David Goffin
9. Q Who became Minister for Sport after the general election?
A Tracey Crouch
10. Q Who captained the England team during the FIFA women’s world cup tournament?
A Steph Houghton
Round 6: Science
1. Q Where in the body is the pyloric sphincter or pylorus?
A In the stomach
2. Q What's the name of the wall of cartilage that separates the nostrils?
A Septum
3. Q What name is given to the process of treating rubber with sulphur, to improve its durability?
A Vulcanisation
4. Q Which English scientist invented the dynamo?
A Michael Faraday
5. Q Which chemical element, with an atomic number of 51, has a name that starts with A but a symbol that starts with S?
A Antimony
6. Q Which poisonous substance is present in apple seeds?
A Cyanide
7. Q What is the SI derived unit of pressure?
A Pascal
8. Q Commonly prescribed for pregnant women, how is Vitamin B9 more commonly known?
A Folic acid
9. Q Which soluble powder, obtained from certain lichens, is used to test for acidity or alkalinity?
A Litmus
10. Q What type of substance are collagen, elastin and keratin?
A Proteins

Round 7: Festive Fare
A round about seasonal food and drink.
1. Q What name is given to the sweet bread loaf originating in Milan, that is popular in many European countries at Christmas?
A Panettone
2. Q What fish is traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve in Poland and other Eastern European countries?
A Carp
3. Q What seasonal fruit shares its name with a type of earthenware and a Japanese region of southern Kyushu?
A Satsuma
4. Q Which celebrity chef created the Christmas pudding for Waitrose with an orange hidden inside it?
A Heston Blumenthal
5. Q Apart from sugar, what is the principal ingredient of marzipan?
A Almonds
6. Q How is the vegetable brassica oleracea better known?
A Brussels sprouts
7. Q Which supermarket is using the song My Favourite Things in its current TV advertisements?
A Aldi
8. Q The name of what drink, often used to make a snowball, is the Dutch word for lawyer?
A Advocaat
9. Q Which confectionery brand takes its name from a 1901 play by J M Barrie?
A Quality Street
10. Q Spaniards believe they will have good luck by eating twelve of what item as the clock chimes on New Year’s Eve?
A Grapes
Round 8: Christmas number ones
You will be given the first line of a song and the year it became the UK number one Christmas single. All you have to do is name the song.
1. Q 1964: Baby’s good to me you know, she’s happy as can be you know, she said so
A I feel fine (The Beatles)
2. Q 1971: You could hear the hoof beats pound as they raced across the ground
A Ernie (Benny Hill)
3. Q 1988: The child is a king, the carollers sing, the old has passed, there’s a new beginning
A Mistletoe and Wine (Cliff Richard)
4. Q 2008: I heard there was a secret chord that David played, and it pleased the Lord
A Hallelujah (Alexandra Burke)
5. Q 1987: Maybe I didn’t treat you quite as good as I should, maybe I didn’t love you quite as often as I could
A You were always on my mind (Pet Shop Boys)
6. Q 1981: You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar when I met you
A Don’t you want me (Human League)
7. Q 1994: Baby if you’ve got to go away, don’t think I can take the pain
A Stay another day (East 17)
8. Q 2001: I know I stand in line until you think you have the time to spend an evening with me
A Something stupid (Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman)
9. Q 1974: Try to imagine a house that’s not a home, try to imagine a Christmas all alone
A Lonely this Christmas (Mud)
10. Q 2003: All around me are familiar faces, worn out places, worn out faces
A Mad World (Michael Andrews & Gary Jules)
11. Q 1973: Are you hanging up a stocking on your wall, it’s the time that every Santa has a ball
A Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade)

1. Q What was the name of the aeroplane in which Charles Lindbergh made the first solo flight across the Atlantic?
A Spirit of St Louis
2. Q Who played Norman Bates in the 1960 film Psycho?
A Anthony Perkins
3. Q Which 2015 animated film is set largely in the mind of 11-year-old Riley Andersen?
A Inside Out
4. Q Whose final novel, published in 1924 - 33 years after his death - was Billy Budd?
A Herman Melville
5. Q In the chemical abbreviation pH, what does the H stand for?
A Hydrogen (ions)
6. Q Which fashion designer was shot dead in Miami in 1997?
A Gianni Versace
7. Q Who was the first leader of the UK's Social Democratic Party?
A Roy Jenkins
8. Q Which famous liqueur is essentially made from whisky and heather honey?
A Drambuie
9. Q Who originally played the title role in Phantom of the Opera on the London stage?
A Michael Crawford
10. Q Which famous British ship has a name that means a short skirt or undergarment?
A Cutty Sark
11. Q Anastasia Steel is the protagonist in which literary trilogy?
A 50 Shades (of Grey)
12. Q Which is the only planet in the Solar System that's not named after a Greek or Roman god?
A Earth
13. Q Give either of the forenames of the author A. A. Milne.
A Alan, Alexander
14. Q Who married the Lebanese-born human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in September 2014?
A George Clooney
15. Q In poker, what name is given to a hand that has three cards of one rank and two of another?
A Full house
16. Q Which politician, who died in October, took the title Baron Aberavon?
A Geoffrey Howe
17. Q Shannon Airport is on the outskirts of which Irish city?
A Limerick
18. Q In a series of children's books by Francesca Simon, whose brother is Perfect Peter?
A Horrid Henry
19. Q Which computer operating system has a penguin as its logo?
A Linux
20. Q Which Australian cricketer, currently coaching Yorkshire, is nicknamed Dizzy? (Both names required)
A Jason Gillespie
21. Q Who was on the English throne when the Mayflower sailed to America?
A James I (1620)
22. Q Which company is North America's largest chocolate manufacturer?
A Hershey
23. Q Actor Peter Baldwin, who died in October, was best known as which Coronation Street character?
A Derek Wilton
24. Q Whose breakthrough role, on stage and on film, was as the rough, working-class Polish-American anti-hero Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire?
A Marlon Brando
25. Q Which fictional criminal genius was created by Sax Rohmer?
A Fu Manchu
26. Q How many pounds are there in a hundredweight?
A 112
27. Q Who succeeded William Hague as leader of the Conservative Party in 2001?
A Iain Duncan Smith
28. Q Marie Antoinette was the wife of which French king?
A Louis XVI
29. Q Which fashion designer and former pop star was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014?
A Victoria Beckham
30. Q Who recently replaced Stuart Lancaster as England’s Rugby Union head coach?
A Eddie Jones
31. Q Which comedian raised £3.4 million for Comic Relief in 2012 by completing a "triathlon" from Paris to London?
A John Bishop
32. Q Famous for its university and for a popular food dish, what's the capital of the Italian region of Emilio-Romagna?
A Bologna
33. Q FAST is an acronym for recognising and reacting to what sort of medical emergency?
A Stroke (a.k.a. cerebrovascular accident or cerebrovascular insult)
34. Q Which American entertainer, who died in 2014, said, "When I die, they'll donate my body to Tupperware"?
A Joan Rivers
35. Q Which English king was married to Elizabeth of York?
A Henry VII
36. Q What is the official London residence of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall?
A Clarence House
37. Q This year’s Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the National Dialogue Quartet, for its contribution to democracy in which country?
A Tunisia
38. Q Who replaced his brother Mike with Schnorbitz the St. Bernard?
A Bernie Winters
39. Q In which city is the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research centre?
A Washington DC
40. Q Who originally wrote the line "The female of the species is more deadly than the male"?
A Rudyard Kipling
41. Q Name either of the couple who used the phrase ‘conscious uncoupling’ to describe their break-up in 2014.
A Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow
42. Q Which African nation ousted its long-term dictator, Hastings Banda, in 1994?
A Malawi
43. Q What's the American term for a drawing pin?
A Thumb tack
44. Q Dame Maggie Smith is being tipped for an Oscar for her role as a homeless woman in which film?
A The Lady in the Van
45. Q In The Addams Family, what's the name of the family's manservant?
A Lurch
46. Q The former kingdom of Bohemia is now a region of which country?
A Czech Republic
47. Q Which Shakespeare play is mainly set in "a forest outside Athens"?
A A Midsummer Night’s Dream
48. Q The Austrian Karl Landsteiner won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1913 for the discovery of what?
A Blood groups
49. Q Which Liberal peer gave his name to the 1942 report that led to the foundation of Britain's National Health Service?
A William Beveridge
50. Q Which toy has a name that's derived from the Greek for "to look at beautiful forms"?
A Kaleidoscope
51. Q Who is commemorated by a statue outside the railway station in Huddersfield, his home town?
A Harold Wilson
52. Q Who is the regular presenter of the Channel 4 quiz show Million Pound Drop?
A Davina McCall
53. Q A word commonly applied to a small band of street musicians, "mariachi" is a type of folk music native to which country?
A Mexico
54. Q In music, which note is equivalent to two crotchets?
A Minim
55. Q What's the common name for the arctic whale Monodon monoceros, in which the male has a long spiral tusk?
A Narwhal
56. Q What nationality is the tennis player Victoria Azarenka, winner of the Australian Women's Singles title in 2012 and 2013?
A Belarusian
57. Q The adjective "anserine" refers to which type of birds?
A Geese
58. Q Malcolm Turnbull was appointed to which position in September 2015?
A Prime Minister of Australia
59. Q Count Duckula was a spin-off from which other animated cartoon series?
A Dangermouse
60. Q Which modern country corresponds fairly closely with the historical region of Mesopotamia?
A Iraq
61. Q Which Manchester-based group had a hit in 1995 with a cover of the Small Faces' Itchycoo Park?
A M People
62. Q Which common British bird has a Latin name that suggests it lives in caves?
A The wren (troglodytes troglodytes)
63. Q Give a year in the life of the novelist Henry Fielding.
A 1707-1754
64. Q In World War Two, what was Operation Chastise?
A The Dam Busters raid
65. Q Who described his position as "Minister for Fun" after becoming the UK's first Culture Secretary?
A David Mellor
66. Q Which charitable organisation was founded in 1865 by William and Catherine Booth?
A The Salvation Army
67. Q By what name was Bangladesh known from 1947 to 1971?
A East Pakistan
68. Q Who wrote the 1970s non-fictional best-seller The Naked Ape?
A Desmond Morris
69. Q Which spring-flowering woodland plant, a protected species in the UK, has the scientific name Hyacinthoides (hyacinth-OY-dees) non-scripta? A Bluebell
70. Q Who coined the aphorism, "Men don't make passes at girls who wear glasses"?
A Dorothy Parker
71. Q Which Buckinghamshire estate was the centre of British code-breaking operations during World War II?
A Bletchley Park
72. Q How are members of the Society of Jesus - including Pope Francis - more commonly known?
A Jesuits
73. Q Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1998 for eight minutes of screen time in Shakespeare in Love?
A Judi Dench
74. Q The Australian city of Melbourne stands at the mouth of which river?
A The Yarra
75. Q Who wrote the novel on which Steven Spielberg's film Jurassic Park was based?
A Michael Crichton
76. Q To which sub-order or group of animals does the skink belong?
A Lacertilia (lizards)
77. Q On which lake did Donald Campbell die in 1967 while attempting to break the world water speed record in Bluebird?
A Coniston Water
78. Q Which US state provided the land on which Washington and the District of Columbia were built?
A Maryland
79. Q Which spirit is traditionally used in a mojito (mo-HEE-to) cocktail?
A (White) rum (accept Bacardi)
80. Q On what date in 44 BC was Julius Caesar assassinated?
A March 15th (accept the ides of March)
81. Q What name is given to the canals of Cambridge?
A The Backs
82. Q Who wrote the poem, I wish I'd looked after me teeth?
A Pam Ayres
83. Q Name one of the two British explorers who completed seven marathons on seven continents in seven days, in 2003?
A Ranulph Fiennes, Mike Stroud
84. Q Which technology company was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergei Brin?
A Google
85. Q Name either of the current regular presenters of Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
A Jenni Murray, Jane Garvey
86. Q In Greek mythology, Hippolyta was the queen of which tribe?
A Amazons
87. Q Which 1992 treaty led to the creation of the euro?
A Maastricht
88. Q Which song, by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, sold a million copies within ten weeks of its release in December 2014?
A Uptown Funk
89. Q Who wrote the Pomp and Circumstance marches?
A Edward Elgar
90. Q Which pigment has the same name as the genus of the cuttlefish, from which it is obtained?
A Sepia
91. Q What political office did Ronald Reagan hold from 1967 to 1975?
A Governor of California
92. Q In which French city was Joan of Arc burned at the stake?
A Rouen
93. Q What type of pastry is used in profiteroles?
A Choux
94. Q What is the usual name for the English uprising of 1381 led by Wat Tyler?
A The Peasants’ Revolt
95. Q What name links the characters played by Todd Carty in Grange Hill and Peter Capaldi in The Thick Of It?
A Tucker (Peter ‘Tucker’ Jenkins and Malcolm Tucker)
96. Q Which popular beauty spot in the North Downs of Surrey featured in the 2012 Olympic road cycling race?
A Box Hill

97. Q Which comedian was known for his trademark "broken microphone" routine?
A Norman Collier
98. Q Which company launched its first Sonic the Hedgehog game in 1991?
A Sega
99. Q Which boxer had part of his ear bitten off by Mike Tyson in a 1997 fight?
A Evander Holyfield
100. Q Who played Liberace in the 2013 bio-pic Behind the Candelabra?
A Michael Douglas
101. Q Name one of the two former foreign secretaries involved in the "cash for access" scandal in February 2015.
A Michael Rifkind, Jack Straw

102. Q Which drug is named after the Greek god of sleep and dreams?
A Morphine

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

8th December The Questions


Specialist Questions

Set by the Harrington Academicals

vetted by the Dolphin

Art and Entertainment – All Creatures Great and Small

Dumb Britain

Science and Nature

History – A Hard Act To Follow


Geography – All about US

Food and Drink

Famous New Zealanders

Set by: Harrington Academicals

Vetted by: The Dolphin

Arts and Entertainment – All Creatures Great and Small

All of the answers contain the name of an animal – we just need to know that animal.



What is the alternative title of Wimoweh, a hit for the Karl Denver Trio in 1961 and Tight Fit in 1982. The song has been recorded (too) many times before and since

The Lion sleeps tonight



This piece of music by Ralph Vaughn Williams was inspired by a poem by George Meredith

The Lark Ascending



This Janáček opera, based on a folk tale, was first performed in 1924

Cunning little vixen



This rather nasty Ian Banks novel was his first to be published, in 1984

The Wasp factory



An appalling song by Tom Jones, taken from the 1965 film of the same name

What’s new pussycat



This 1969 Hollywood film about dance marathons starred Jane Fonda

They shoot horses, don’t they



This Henry Williamson novel was made into a film in 1979

Tarka the Otter



This Mark Haddon novel was adapted for stage and is currently playing at the National Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time



This Puccini opera was set in Japan

Madame Butterfly



This scatological track by the Macc Lads referred to a journey up the A537

No sheep ‘til Buxton


Dumb Britain

These questions have all been answered in UK quiz shows, and reported in Private Eye. Give either the correct answer to the question or the actual answer given by the contestant, shown in brackets.


At the battle of Trafalgar, what was Nelson‘s flagship?


(Cutty Sark)



Which company, founded in 1841 operated the first ever package tours?

Thomas Cook

(British Airways)



What is the only Commonwealth country whose official language is Portuguese?





What was the reigning royal house at the start of the 20th century?

Saxe Coburg Gotha

(Buckingham Palace)



Artist Ben Nicholson married which sculptress in 1938?

Barbara Hepworth

(Tracy Emin)



What was the surname of the French revolutionary with Christian names Jean Paul who was assassinated in his bath?





Who composed Aida and La Traviata?





Which ballroom dance represents the letter F in the Nato phonetic alphabet?





What is the name of the herb that means wise or clever?





Which American folk hero rode from Boston to Lexington in April 1775 to warn of British troop movements?

Paul Revere

(Rob Roy)


Science and Nature



Soda, lime and which other ingredient make glass?

Silica (accept sand)



Common, water and pygmy are which kinds of British mammal?




Which subatomic particle has a name first used by James Joyce in the novel Finnegans Wake?




The existence of which particle, also known as the God Particle, was recently confirmed in a Large Hadron Collider experiment?

Higgs boson



For which kind of activity is a bathyscaphe used?

Underwater exploration



In cell biology, for what does the R in RNA stand?

Ribo( nucleic Acid)



What is the molecule, used in AirWick as a deodorant, that is at the heart of

plant photosynthesis?




What is the branch of mathematics that deals with angles and lengths of a triangle?




How many walking legs has a lobster?




What is the tallest grass?


History : A Hard Act To Follow.

Who directly preceded the following in office?



James VI Scotland, 1567

Mary Queen of Scots



Louis XVIII, France, 1814

Napoleon Bonaparte



Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, 1812

(Name required, not just “The 1st Earl” !)

Spencer Percival



General Pinochet, Chile, 1973

Salvador Allende



Andrew Johnson, USA 1865

Abraham Lincoln



Edward VI, UK, 1547

Henry VIII



George V1, UK, 1936

Edward VIII



Corazon Aquino, Philippines, 1986

Ferdinand Marcos



Yusufu Lule, Uganda, 1979

Idi Amin



Karl Doenitz, Germany, 1945

Adolf Hitler





Sam Burgess has recently returned to Rugby League with which club?(subject to resolving a salary cap issue)

South Sydney Rabbitohs



Four British boxers held versions of the World Heavyweight Title in the 90’s. Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno were two, name either of the others.

Herbie Hide and Henry Akinwande



In which sport has Brit Jonathan Marray been a champion?

Tennis. He won the Wimbledon Men’s Doubles in 2012 together with the Dane Frederik Nielsen



13 years after originally closing due to financial problems, which Manchester sports team have recently been resurrected?

Manchester Storm (Ice hockey)



Two members of the England test squad have fathers who also played test cricket for England. Stuart Broad is one, who is the other?

Jonny Bairstow



In a sporting context how is August 4th 2012 usually referred to?

Super Saturday (Olympic gold medals for Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah)



Who are the only team to have won the Premier league not currently playing in the top flight?

Blackburn Rovers



Who is the current day sportsman who has represented his country at both rugby codes, as well has holding the country’s heavyweight boxing title?

Sonny Bill Willams (New Zealand)



Who was the Canadian snooker star of the 1980’s noted for his copious drinking even during his matches?

Bill Werbeniuk



Seven teams have been ever present in the Premier league. Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United, Arsenal Tottenham and Chelsea are six of these teams. Who are the seventh?

Aston Villa


Geography - All about US



There are 8 states whose names begin with M. Which state has the abbreviation MO?




There are 8 states whose names begin with N. Which state has the abbreviation NE?




This state beginning with W , has Charleston as its capital.

West Virginia. NB this is a different Charleston to South Carolina - state capital Columbia



This state beginning with M has Helena as its capital.




Which state has the nickname " The Empire State"?

New York



Which state has the nickname " The Bluegrass State"?




The flag of which state features a union Jack in its top corner?




In which state beginning with N is Macclesfield USA?

North Carolina



What is the largest state by area?




Which state has the smallest population?



Food and Drink



Which town on the Thames is the home of two restaurants, each holding three Michelin stars in the 2015 guide

Bray – Fat Duck and Waterside. The Fat Duck isn't in 2016 because the restaurant closed for refurbishment



Which town in Cumbria is the home of Simon Rogan’s 2 Michelin starred restaurant, l’enclume, and is also famous for a very sweet desert




Bual, Sercial and Mamlsey are types of what wine




In a Greek restaurant, what are Dolmades

Stuffed vine leaves – as they are outside Greek restaurants



What is the main flavouring ingredient in an omelette Arnold Bennet

Smoked Haddock



Which brewery sells Windgather, Silk of Amnesia and the seasonal brew “Looks Like Rain Dear”




Which TV chef has been criticised recently for doing Avocado on toast in the programme

Nigella Lawson – on Simply Nigella



Which TV chef’s Manchester restaurant appeared in the top 100 restaurants in the UK in Hardens guide this month, despite being installed in a casino to draw in punters

James Martin

(the £25 pre theatre menu is remarkable value)



Which Cheshire brewery shares a name with a parliamentary constituency and a stately home




What is the characteristic flavouring in the Greek chicken soup, Avgolemono



Famous New Zealanders

In the aftermath of the All-Blacks becoming World Rugby champions, we ask “are there any famous Kiwis apart from Dan Carter and Richie McCaw?”

Here are ten. Can you name them?



Born 1937. A racing driver and racing car manufacturer, whose company also became a supercar builder

Bruce McClaren



Born 1964. An opera singer of Maori descent

Kiri Te Kanawa



Born 1961. Director of the Hobbit films

Peter Jackson



Born 1871 Described as “the Father of Nuclear Physics”.

Ernest Rutherford



Born in 1987 Operatic and crossover singer. Starred at Gawsworth Hall on several occasions

Hayley Westenra



Born 1919. Beekeeper and mountaineer. Peaked in 1953

Sir Edmund Hillary



Born 1964 Movie actor. Starred in Gladiator

Russell Crowe



Born 1975 All Black Superstar. Destroyed England single handedly in 1995. Sadly died in November

Jonah Lomu



Born 1892 Chief Air Marshall. Responsible for the defence of London during the Battle of Britain.

Sir Keith Park



Born 1951. Cricketing all-rounder.. Best fast bowler of his day.

Sir Richard Hadlee



who has served as caddy for several top professional golfers, most recently with Adam Scott. He is best known for having served as Tiger Woods' caddy from 1999 to 2011.

Steve Williams



Set by The Cock Inn

Vetted by The Dolphin

1. After Wayne Rooney and Bobby Charlton, who has scored the most goals for England?


2. Which cricketer has the highest Test Match batting average for England?


3. Who was the last UK Prime minister not a member of either the Labour or Conservative Party?


4. Who was Foreign Secretary at the outbreak of World War 2?


5. “My salad days, when I was green in judgment” is a quotation from which play by Shakespeare?


6. “I have drunken deep of joy, and I will taste no other wine tonight” is a quote

by which poet.


7. Frank Mitchell, known as “The Mad Axeman” escaped from which prison in 1966, helped by the Krays


8. The Isle of Wight has two prisons; Parkhurst is one, what is the other?


9. Which is the smallest National Park in Britian?


10. Who rode the winner of the Melbourne Cup?


11. Which England Cricketer, awarded the MBE in 2006 was dropped from the test squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa?


12. Which is the largest National Park in Britain?


13. By what name is Graham William Walker better known?


14. Who co-hosts Pointless with Alexander Armstrong?


15. Won won a record 92.72% of his Wimbledon matches between 1973 and 1981?


16. Mace comes from a tree in the genus Myristica? What other spice comes from the tree


17. Where is Grantley Adams airport?


18. How many terminals are there at Heathrow airport?


19. Who was born Erik Weisz in 1874


20. Who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace?


21 Which Carry On film has the word “again” in the title?


22. Who was Edward’s VI’s mother?


23. Who was Queen Victoria’s father?


24. How many US Presidents have died in office?


25. Which US President had the shortest term in office?


26. Lake Windermere is an example of which glacial feature?


27. What is a “Barkhan”?


28. Plains, Grevys and Mountain are species of which animal?


29. Who is most widely credited with inventing the barometer?


30. What is the state capital of Rhode Island?


31. What do all British soldiers call their Bergens


32. Actor Nicholas Cage is a nephew of which film director?


33. Who was shot, along with his wife Elena, by a military firing squad on 25th

December 1989 for the genocide and sabotage of the Rumanian people?


34. In the computing term TCP, what does the “T” stand for?


35. Vera, Chuck and Dave were made famous by which Beatle song?


36. Which sport is associated with the Fleetwood Mac song “The Chain”?


37. How many players are there in a Lacrosse team?


38. Which song features on the B side of the Beatles “Love Me Do”?


38. For what was “Torch” the codename in World War II?


39. Who is the Secretary of State for Defence?


40. Which firm ran the Redcar Steel Plant which closed in October 2015?


41. Roger Daltrey is the lead singer in which group?


42. Who wrote the children’s book “Heidi”?


43. The dunnock is another name for which common bird?


44. The Sejm is the parliament of which country?


45. Which medal is the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross?


46. Which English city is known as the “Faithful City?”


47. How many points is the letter Z worth in the Polish edition of Scrabble?


48. Which British politician was dubbed “A Big Beast” by the press and was also known for his fondness for Hush Puppies?


49. Which Roman god was the father of Romulus and Remus?


50. What is a Newtonian a type of?


51. In mediaeval times what was an Arbalest?


52. To which colour is the human eye most sensitive?


53. What is the star sign of people born on April 10th?


54. Which British car was launched by British Leyland in October 1980?


55. What is the state capital of Florida?


56. Berengaria was the wife of which English king


57. In which building did King Edward II die?


58. Which English cathedral is known as “The Ship of the Fens?”


59. Who was the Greek goddess of the rainbow?


60. Which four letter word is the ninth letter of the Green alphabet?


61. What type of fruit is a bergamot?


62. How many feet are there in a British mile?


63. Which World War II pilot flew again after losing his legs?


64. Which country was the first to introduce an old age pension scheme?


65. Two postage stamps first went on sale in 1840. One was the Penny Black, what was the other?


66. Who succeeded Moses as the leader of the Israelites?


67. Who killed Medusa?


68. According to Sir Francis Bacon, what is the daughter of time?


69. During which decade was the guillotine last used?


70. What is the county town of Fife


71. What type of bridge is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco?


72. What was the first name of the Duke of Wellington, known as “The Iron Duke?


73. Tobermory is the largest settlement on which Scottish island?


74. Which soviet spy was in change of MI6’s anti-soviet section after

The Second World War?


75. What is the name of Pip’s beloved in Great Expectations?


76. Which ocean is the smallest?


77. The word “animal” comes from a Latin term meaning what?


78. What role did Will Somer play in the court of Henry VIII?


79. Which record producer is often credited as being the “fifth” Beatle?


80. The epiglottis is in which part of the body?


81. What is The Wheatstone Bridge used to measure?


82. What did Samuel Pepys bury in his garden to safe it from the Great Fire of London.


83. Stingray Harbour was the original name given by Captain Cook in

1770 to where?


84. Which 13th century explorer wrote a book of his travels called Il Milione?


85. What is the name of the hairs which line the respiratory tract?


86. Where can you view Botticelli’s painting The Birth of Venus?


87. The quokka is a species of which animal?

KANGAROO (accept macropod from smart alecs)

88. The drink bourbon is named after a county in which US State?


89. Who was the President of France between 1981 and 1995?


90. St. Petersburg is a city in which US state?


91. In which Premier League Football Ground is the Holte End?


92. Blakeney Point is in which English county?


93. The song Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day is from which Gilbert and Sullivan operetta?


94. When a Merry Maiden Marries is a song from which Gilbert and

Sullivan operetta?


95. In the Bible which book follows Acts?


96. How many psalms are there in the Bible?



1. What does the S stand for in the name of US President Harry S. Truman?


2, The wine marsala comes from which region of Italy?


3. In a play by Shakespeare who was the King of Tyre?


4. In what type of building did the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre take place?


Wednesday, December 02, 2015

1st December The Questions

All questions set by


Vetted by the Nag’s Head

Specialist Questions





Art and Entertainment

Mr and Mrs


Behind Bars


Q1: Who completed the first translation of the bible into English in 1382?

A1: John Wycliffe (1331 - 1384)

Q2: What name was given to the parliament summoned by Charles I in November 1640?

Q2: The Long parliament

Q3: Which pair of socialist reformers published The History of Trade Unionism in 1894?

A3: Beatrice and Sydney Webb

Q4: Who was dictator of Spain between September 1923 and January 1930?

A4: Miguel Primo de Rivera

Q5: Give a year in the reign of Mary I

A5: 1553 - 1558

Q6: Name the 1783 treaty that ended the American Revolutionary war?

A6: The Treaty of Paris

Q7: Which famous phrase originated with the sinking of HMS Birkenhead?

Q7: Women and children first

Q8: Had he successfully invaded the UK, in which English city did Hitler plan to build a new capital?

A8: Oxford

S1: Give a year in the 17th century English interregnum

A1: 1649 - 1660

S2: What was the name of Belize until 1973?

A2: British Honduras


Q1: When was the first Ryder Cup held?

A1: 1927, in Worcester, MA. (accept 1926-28)

Q2: Including 2015, how many times has Lewis Hamilton won the F1 Championship?

A2: 3 (2008, 2014, 2015)

Q3: In which sport might one nutmeg an opponent?

A3: Football (soccer)

Q4: Which Australian won the Wimbledon Men’s finals in 1956 and 1957?

A4: Lew Hoad

Q5: Which city holds the oldest annual marathon race?

A5: Boston

Q6: In which event did Carl Lewis win his 9th and final gold medal?

A6: Long jump

Q7: In which sport are the following moves performed: Triffus, Miller and Rudolf?

A7: Trampolining

Q8: Which heavyweight champion boxer was known as “The Manassa Mauler”?

A8: Jack Dempsey

S1: In fencing, what is the target area for the sabre?

A1: Entire body except the weapon hand

S2: Which sport was Boris Johnson “playing” earlier this year when he shoulder barged a small boy?

A1: Rugby


Q1: Where in the body would you find rods and cones?

A1: The eye (actually retina)

Q2: Dr Archie McIndoe pioneered what form of surgery?

A2: Reconstructive surgery (servicemen WW1)

Q3: The talus is in which part of the human body?

A3: Ankle

Q4: Which biological process is also known as senescence?

A4: Ageing (senility etc)

Q5: Discovered in 1902, what is the Antikythera Mechanism?

A5: An ancient Greek clockwork device used for astronomical calculations

Q6: Which Scottish engineer and inventor coined the term horsepower?

A6: James Watt

Q7: In the Periodic Table, what is regarded as the most reactive element?

A7: Fluorine

Q8: What property of matter makes it resist changes to its motion?

A8: Inertia

S1: Which electronic device amplifies or switches electronic signals?

A1: Transistor

S2: Which of Newton’s laws of motions states that for every action there exists an equal and opposite reaction?

A2: The third law


Q1: Which Caribbean country is the poorest in the western hemisphere?

A1: Haiti

Q2: Which Caribbean country has an open bible on its flag?

A2: Dominican Republic

Q3: What is the only kingdom in Polynesia?

A3: Tonga (kingdom, not just country)

Q4: Lomé is the capital of which country?

A4: Togo

Q5: In which county would you find the Mendip hills?

A5: Somerset

Q6: In which country is Hilversum?

A6: The Netherlands

Q7: Which form of compressed peat is also known as brown coal?

A7: Lignite

Q8: In which county would you find the town of Bungay?

A8: Suffolk

S1: Name one of the towns to which the A537 links Macclesfield?

A1: Knutsford or Buxton

S2: Which Beatles song contains the word “Hill”?

A2: The Fool on the Hill


Q1: Who wrote the play Hedda Gabler?

A1: Henrik Ibsen

Q2: Who played the role of Jeff Rink in his last film Giant?

A2: James Dean

Q3: Who partnered Dave Ball in Soft Cell?

A3: Marc Almond

Q4: Who composed the piano suite Le Tombeau de Couperin?

A4: Ravel

Q5: The sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi appear in which Mozart opera?

A5: Cosi Fan Tutti

Q6: The film and musical Kismet takes place in which city?

A6: Baghdad

Q7: Which Scotsman fronted the pop groups Bronski Beat and the Communards?

A7: Jimmy Somerville

Q8: Which British pop star sang The Look Of Love in the 1967 film Casino Royale?

A8: Dusty Springfield

S1: Which Italian composer (1685-1757) is best known for his 555 piano sonatas?

Q1: Domenico Scarlatti

S2: Which “Mother of Modern Theatre” (1914-2002) founded the Theatre Workshop?

A2: Joan Littlewood

Mr & Mrs

These questions relate to the titles; Mr, Mrs or Miss, followed by a family name. Identify both the title and surname from the description given. For example - Who makes 'exceedingly good cakes' - Mr Kipling

Q1: The first in a long series of books by Roger Hargreaves, the featured character having unusually long arms.

A1: Mr Tickle.

Q2: What was the name of Diana Rigg's character in the TV series The Avengers?

A2: Mrs Peel

Q3: Who was the Housekeeper to Rebecca in Daphne Du Maurier's 1938 novel?

A3: Mrs Danvers

Q4: What is the title of a 1750 painting by Thomas Gainsborough depicting a young married couple under an oak tree?

A4: Mr and Mrs Andrews

Q5: Which classic book features Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy?  Supplementary used


Q1: Which household device features a pan, a float and a trap?

A1: a toilet

Q2: Which comedian and actor hosts the ITV quiz show The Chase?

A2: Bradley Walsh

Q3: In dentistry, which teeth usually sit in the jaw between canines and molars?

A3: Bicuspids (accept pre-molars)

Q4: Whose first novel, published in 1934, was called Burmese Days?

A4: George Orwell

Q5: Which year saw the deaths of musicians Bon Scott, John Bonham and Ian Curtis?

A5: 1980 (also John Lennon)

Q6: In the film Life of Brian, what does Brian assume is meant by the Latin phrase “Romanes Eunt Domus”?

A6: Romans Go Home

Q7: Which Birmingham reggae band had a hit in the 1980s with the single The Earth Dies Screaming?

A7: UB40

Q8: In which US city would you find Knob Hill, The Castro, and The Mission District?

A8: San Francisco

Q9: How many oxen usually comprise a “yoke”?

A9: Two

Q10: In which English county would you find Gatwick Airport?

A10: West Sussex

Q11: Who became Poet Laureate in 1968?

A11: Cecil Day-Lewis (John Betjeman became Laureate in 1972)

Q12: In the early 1980s, at which college would you have found Mike, Vivian, Rik and Neil?

A12: Scumbag College (They were The Young Ones)

Q13: Which atmospheric gas boils at minus 195 degrees centigrade?

A13: Nitrogen

Q14: In the Paddington books by Michael Bond, what is the name of the Brown family’s housekeeper?

A14: Mrs Bird

Q15: Which English king was the father of Queen Ann?

A15: James II

Q16: The character Hengist Pod appears in which Carry On… film?

A16: Carry on Cleo

Q17: Which 1950s singer was billed as “The Girl With the Laugh in her Voice”?

A17: Alma Cogan

Q18: Which UK city has cream-coloured telephone boxes?

A18: Kingston-upon-Hull (accept Hull)

Q19: Which religion celebrates Purim?

A19: Judaism

Q20: How many people are needed to mount a three-legged race?

A20: 4 (two teams of two)

Q21: From which element is the word plumbing derived?

A21: Lead

Q22: In 1990, who had a Big Night Out on Channel 4?

A22: Vic Reeves

Q23: What is the name given to anything used as an inert control in an experiment?

A23: A placebo

Q24: Whose first volume of autobiography was called Moab is my Washpot?

A24: Stephen Fry

Q25: Which type of tree provided shelter to Charles I after the battle of Worcester?

A25: An oak tree

Q26: Which screen star famously wanted to be alone?

A26: Greta Garbo

Q27: Which guitarist completes the line up of Stuart Copeland and Sting?

A27: Andy Summers (The Police)

Q28: Which shipping forecast area is named after the captain of HMS Beagle, upon which Charles Darwin travelled?

A28: Fitzroy

Q29: What type of animal would be looked after by an ostler?

A29: A horse

Q30: Under which astrological sign does the UK May Bank Holiday occur?

A30: Taurus (2nd May in 2016)

Q31: Books by which author feature Harry Palmer?

A31: Len Deighton

Q32: In which BBC3 sitcom would you find drug dealer Moz, played by Johnny Vegas?

A32: Ideal

Q33: The name of which muscle comes from the Latin for “four-headed”?

A33: Quadriceps (quadriceps femoris)

Q34: In the Adrian Mole… books, what is Pandora’s maiden name?

A34: Braithwaite.

Q35: Which queen of England was known as the Flanders Mare?

A35: Anne of Cleves

Q36: Which film and stage musical is about the romance between Danny and Sandy?

A36: Grease

Q37: Which Proclaimers song includes the line “Methil no more”?

A37: Letter From America

Q38: What was the currency of Greece prior to the Euro?

A38: The Drachma

Q39: Founded in 1995, a broken laser pen was the first item purchased on which web site?

A39: eBay (The buyer was a collector of broken laser pointers)

Q40: To which company did Sir Clive Sinclair sell Sinclair Research in 1986?

A40: Amstrad

Q41: Je suis Charlie was a declaration much heard in early 2015, but what is Charlie’s surname?

A41: Hebdo

Q42: Which trade uses a hawk and a screed?

A42: Plastering

Q43: What is the chemical formula for diamond?

A43: C (carbon)

Q44: Which book is about an otter called Mij, short for Mijbil?

A44: Ring of Bright Water

Q45: In 1985, businessman Eddie Shah started which colour newspaper?

A45: Today

Q46: In which film does the US President shout, “You can’t fight in here. This is the war room!”?

A46: Dr Strangelove

Q47: Who had a 1960s hit with “Nowhere To Run”?

A47: Martha Reeves (and the Vandellas)

Q48: In Italy, what is minestra (“min-es-tra”)?

A48: Soup

Q49: In snooker, how many balls are potted in a 147 maximum break?

A49: 36 (15 x red and black = 30, followed by the 6 coloured balls)

Q50: In Formula 1, which team’s supporters are known as the Tifosi?

A50: Ferrari

Q51: In which field of the arts did Flick Colby rise to fame?

A51: Dance (Choreographer on Top of the Pops)

Q52: Which TV show featured The Winchester Club?

A52: Minder

Q53: For what does the letter R stand in the acronym LASER?

A53: Radiation (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation)

Q54: Which area of southwest England provides the main setting for the Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles?

A54: Dartmoor

Q55: Who was the last king of England to be killed in battle?

A55: Richard III

Q56: Who wrote the musical Blood Brothers?

A56: Willy Russell

Q57: Who had a hit in the 1970s with Gonna Make You A Star?

A57: David Essex

Q58: What is the state capital of Massachusetts?

A58: Boston

Q59: What is a squirrel’s nest more properly called?

A59: A Dray

Q60: Which cheese is usually coated with nettles?

A60: Yarg

Q61: In which country was author and philosopher Albert Camus born?

A61: Algeria

Q62: In Friends, which actress played Phoebe’s identical twin Ursula?

A62: Lisa Kudrow

Q63: What was the pen name of the author Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880)?

A63: George Elliot

Q64: What is the specific purpose of the Kepler space observatory?

A64: Hunting expo-planets (planets orbiting other stars)

Q65: Who is the only British monarch to have all three of their children ascend to the throne?

A65: Henry VIII

Q66: Which Mel Brooks film centres on the town of Rock Ridge?

A66: Blazing Saddles

Q67: Which UK railway station has a plaque commemorating the writing of Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound”?

A67: Widnes

Q68: By what name is the Santa Clara valley in California better known?

A68: Silicon Valley

Q69: What does the Chorleywood process produce?

A69: Bread

Q70: Upon what does the Speaker sit in the House of Commons?

A70: The Woolsack

Q71: For which TV role is Irish actor Dermot Morgan best remembered?

A71: Father Ted

Q72: In November, what was the first UK storm to be named by the Met Office under its new system of classification?

A72: Abigail

Q73: What do Kepler’s laws describe?

A73: Planetary motion (orbits)

Q74: Which English author famously disappeared for two weeks in 1926?

A74: Agatha Christie

Q75: Who was the last queen of Ancient Egypt?

A75: Cleopatra

Q76: In which language did Samuel Beckett originally write Waiting for Godot?

A76: French (En attendant Godot)

Q77: On the cover of Abbey Road, which Beatle brings up the rear?

A77: George Harrison (Lennon first, then Starr, McCartney, and Harrison)

Q78: What is the longest river to empty into the Mediterranean?

A78: The Nile.

Q79: Which German dramatist wrote The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui?

A79: Bertholt Brecht

Q80: Banjo Patterson wrote which patriotic antipodean song?

A80: Waltzing Matilda

Q81: Who hosted the Friday Rock Show on Radio 1 for 15 years from 1978?

A81: Tommy Vance

Q82: Which sitcom was set in the fictional town of Nouvion?

A82: ‘Allo ‘Allo!

Q83: What is the more common name of oil of vitriol?

A83: Sulphuric acid

Q84: Who wrote the 1963 novel The Bell Jar?

A84: Sylvia Plath

Q85: Which canal builder served his apprenticeship in Sutton from 1733 to 1740?

A85: James Brindley

Q86: Of which fictional school was Miss Fitton the headmistress?

A86: St Trinians

Q87: Andy Bell and Vince Clark make up which prolific 80s pop duo?

A87: Erasure

Q88: Which Peanuts character pined for the Little Redheaded Girl?

A88: Charlie Brown

Q89: In literature, who is told he will be defeated only when Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane?

A89: Macbeth

Q90: Alan Rusbridger edited Which UK newspaper from 1995-2015?

A90: The Guardian

Q91: Give a year during the life of the artist Rembrandt?

A91: 1606 - 1669

Q92: Which part of a flower produces pollen?

A92: the stamen

Q93: In which novel would you find Renton, Begby and Sickboy?

A93: Trainspotting

Q94: In which month of 1941 did Japan attack Pearl Harbour?

A94: December

Q95: Which fictional school did Nigel Moleswoth say was “built by a madman in 1836”?

A95: St Custard’s

Q96: Which specific type of musical work are Beethoven‘s Adieux, Hammerklavier and Pathetique?

A96: Piano concertos

S1: St. George’s Channel marks the southern limit of which sea?

A1: The Irish Sea

S2: Officers of which of the UK’s armed services sit during the Loyal Toast?

A2: The Royal Navy

S3: Which poet wrote the wedding favourite I Wanna Be Yours?

A3: John Cooper Clarke

S4: Which Winter Olympic sport takes place on an oval track of 400 metres?

A4: Speed skating

S5: In which decade of the 20th century was there only one UK general election?

A5: The 1940s (The election due by 1940 was not held due to WW2)

S6: In 1945, who took power in Germany upon the death of Adolf Hitler?

A6: Admiral Karl Donitz

S7: What name is given to the green pigment formed by the exposure of copper to environmental pollution?

A: Verdigris

S8: Which is the only landlocked New England state?

A8: Vermont

A6: Little Women

Q6: In which 2006 film does Renee Zellweger play the role of a children's author?

A6: Miss Potter

Q7: From which song do the following lyrics come: 'We got a thing going on. We both know that it's wrong but it's much too strong to let it go now'

A7: Me and Mrs Jones

Q8: In literature, who is the father of Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia?

A6: Mr Bennett (Pride and Prejudice)

S1: What is the title of a 1974 hit for Cockney Rebel?

A1: Mr Soft

S2: Jim Carter plays which role in Downton Abbey?

A2: Mr Carson (The butler)


The following questions or their answers contain colors.

Q1: Of the 7 colours in the rainbow, which one is in the middle?

A1: Green

Q2: Who directed and starred in the 1981 film Reds?

A2: Warren Beatty

Q3: Who wrote the song “Blue Suede Shoes”?

A3: Carl Perkins

Q4: Which author wrote “The White Company” and “A Study in Scarlet”?

A4: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Q5: In which Shakespeare play is the tune “Greensleeves” referred to twice?

A5: The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Q6: Who got to No.4 in the UK charts in 1965 with the song “Colours”?

A6: Donovan.

Q7: The Red Brigade was responsible for the kidnap and murder of which Italian Premier?

A7: Aldo Moro

Q8: What is the more precise physics term for "Red Shift"? 

A8: The Doppler Effect.

S1: Who wrote the Western novel “Riders of the Purple Sage”?

A1: Zane Grey.

S2: Sir Humphrey Davy named which element after the ancient Greek for pale green?

A2: Chlorine.


Q1: “Stone walls do not a prison make”, is a well-known line from a poem by Richard Lovelace. What is the next line?

A1: “Nor iron bars a cage.”

Q2: Oscar Wilde wrote the Ballad of which Gaol?

A2: Reading

Q3: What caused the play “Cellmates” to end its 1995 West end run after only 3 weeks?

A3: The sudden disappearance of Stephen Fry.

Q4: In which prison was Rudolph Hess being held at the time of his death?

A4: Spandau.

Q5: Who played the part of The Prisoner in the TV series of the same name?

A5: Patrick McGoohan.

Q6: Which heroine of Italian Opera leaps to her death from a Prison wall?

A6: Tosca.

Q7: As what was Robert Stroud better known?

A7: The Birdman of Alcatraz.

Q8: The name Borstal is synonymous with Young Offenders Institutes. In which county is the original Borstal?

A8: Kent.

S1: From which London prison did Ronnie Biggs escape in 1965?

A: Wandsworth.

S2: Which high-security prison is situated in the city of Glasgow?

A: Barlinnie.