Wednesday, January 25, 2017

24th January Cup/Plate Quarter Finals


set by Dolphin Dragons (1-60, and the Wharf  (61-120)

1. Point of Ayre is the northernmost tip of which large island in the British Isles?

Isle of Man

2. Which Olympic gold medal winning swimmer played Tarzan in 12 films in the 30's & 40's?

Johnny Weissmuller

3. What was Tommy Cooper’s catch phrase?

Just Like That

4. Rutger Hauer starred in a series of adverts for which alcoholic drink using the slogan "Pure Genius"?


5. Katerina Witt, of East Germany won gold in both the 1984 and 1988 winter Olympics. In which discipline?

Figure Skating(Accept Skating)

6. Urquhart Castle overlooks which loch, the second biggest in Scotland?

Loch Ness

7.Which Shakespeare play contains the characters sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Malvolio?

Twelfth Night

8. And which contains the characters Touchstone, Rosalind and Orlando?

As You Like It

9. James Lind 1716-1794 was a pioneer in helping to eradicate which disease amongst sailors? Scurvy.

(Known as the Hippocrates of Naval medicine, he published "A Treatise on the Scurvy" (1753) & in 1795 lemon juice was prescribed to all sailors.)

10. During the reign of which British monarch was the battle of Trafalgar?

George III

11.Why are vegans avoiding new £5 notes?

Animal fats are used in manufacture

12. Zac Goldsmith was MP for a Constituency in which town?


13. Of the six Orders of Chivalry in the UK, three are the St Michael and George order, the Royal Victorian Order and the Order of the British Empire. Name one of the remaining three.

Garter, Thistle or Bath

14. What is the highest rank in the British Army?

Field Marshal

15. What game comprises 54 wooden blocks stacked in a tower, where one block is removed from the tower & placed on top until it falls?


16. What is the oldest surviving form of Japanese theatre having been developed in the 14th Century?


17. During the reign of which British Monarch was the Battle of Blenheim fought?

Queen Anne

18. Who is most famed for his 1817 work "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy" in which he was the first to describe "paralysis agitans". This condition was later renamed after him.

(Dr James) Parkinson (1755-1824)

19. Lady with an ermine and Virgin of the rocks are paintings by which artist?

Leonardo da Vinci

20.Where is sculptor Ian Rank Broadley's image of the queen most commonly viewed

On UK Coinage

21. In which country was muesli invented?


22. What is the state capital of Montana?


23. Which Spanish singer was on the books of Real Madrid as a goalkeeper in his youth?

Julio Iglesias

24 What's the chief ingredient of the Irish dish boxty bread?


25. Providence is the capital of which state?

Rhode Island

26. What is the 24th & last letter of the Greek alphabet?


27. Which animated sitcom features the Smith family, parents Stan & Francine & their children Steve & Hayley?

American Dad

28. Which trip-hop band compromises Beth Gibbons, Geoff Barrow & Adrian Utley?


29.In Roman numerals, which letter is used to represent 500?


30. Which fictional detective solved the Mysterious Affair at Styles?

(Hercule) Poirot

31. In Arthurian legend who was the lover of Tristan?


32. Geographically which is the westernmost football team currently playing in the Premier League?

Swansea City

33. If you landed at Carthage airport, in which country would you be?


34. Which river rises in Tibet, then flows 1800 miles through India, Pakistan and into the Arabian sea?


35. Which detective solved the Adventure of the Copper Beeches?

Sherlock Holmes

36. The name of which desert means waterless place in Mongolian?

The Gobi

37. You'll Never Walk Alone, theme of Liverpool supporters, is a song taken from which Rogers & Hammerstein musical?


38. According to some legends, and various writers, who was the lover of Cressida?


39. In which English county are the Quantock Hills?


40. What is the opposite of nocturnal?



41. Which actor plays the character Jason Bourne in the various Bourne films?

Matt Damon

42 Where on the body should spats be worn?

Feet (allow Ankle, or other answer denoting below the knee)

43. What one word was Punch magazine's advice to persons about to marry in an 1845 edition?


44 Harold Wilson, Eric Morecambe, Fred Trueman & Sir Ian Botham were amongst the winners of which (possibly redundant) award?

Pipe Smoker of the Year

45. Where on the body should a cummerbund be worn?


46. Which actor plays the character Jack Reacher in the various Reacher films?

Tom Cruise

47. Hicham El Guerrouj is the current men's record holder with his time of 3:43.13,but what is the event ?

The Mile

48. Who is the current holder of the women’s marathon world record?

Paula Radcliffe

49. London houses all but two of the various Tate Museums. Name either of the other locations.

Liverpool or St Ives

50 Piri-piri sauce comes from the cuisine of which country & its colonies?


51. John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt & Dante Gabriel Rossetti formed which artistic movement?

Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood

52. How much was the old coin, a groat, worth?

Four(Old) pence

53. Which breakfast cereal was advertised with the slogan "They're grrrreat!"?


54. The Guggenheim Museum is located in New York & which European city?

Bilbao (Spain)

55. With Which football club did Kevin Keegan start his footballing career?

Scunthorpe United

56: And which famous cricketer also played football for Scunthorpe United?

Ian Botham

57. Jack Cohen (or Sir John Edward Cohen to give his proper name) founded which international company in 1919?


58. Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol & David Hockney belong to which genre of art.

Pop Art

59. Prior to decimalisation in U.K., what was term given to a coin worth two shillings?


60. Which international company did Jeff Bezos (born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen) found?



61. The TV shopping channel QVC is an acronym, self-describing the business. The Q stands for quality. Give either of the other two words.

Value or Convenience

62. In millimetres, what is the standard diameter in mm of copper piping supplying UK kitchen sinks?


63. Which US president was assassinated the year Queen Victoria died?


64. In which film is the quad of Trinity college Cambridge used for the scene of the ‘running race to beat the clock chimes’?

Chariots of Fire

65. From which club did Manchester United sign the Armenian midfielder Henrik Mkhytarian?

Borussia Dortmund

66. What is the surname of the Jennifer Saunders character in Absolutely Fabulous?


67. Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Henry Burke were fatally stabbed while on British government business in 1882. In which city?


68. Identify the film from its last line: You finally really did it. You maniacs! You blew it up! God damn you, god damn you all to hell! Planet of the Apes

69. Another last line: I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as in my dreams. I hope…

Shawshank Redemption

70. Which scientific law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction? (need a name and a number)

Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion

71. Which country produces 60% of the world’s platinum?

South Africa

72. Which writer’s lesser known books include Coming up for Air, and Homage to Catalonia?

George Orwell

73. In which novel does the character Gabriel Oak appear?

Far from the Madding Crowd

74. The 192 metre high Gateway Arch is in which American City?

St Louis

75. In 2012, which conservative MP and novelist resigned to spend more time with her husband in New York?

Louise Mensch/Louise Bagshawe (allow either)

76. The films “The African Queen” and “Apocalypse Now” are both based on which book by Joseph Conrad?


77. What top-selling computer game series lets you steal cars, buy weapons and kill people, and go with prostitutes?


78. What animal is depicted within the company logo of Slazenger?


79. Complete this list: mustard, green, scarlet, peacock, white

PLUM(characters in Cluedo)

80. Red and yellow cards were introduced by FIFA in which World Cup?

MEXICO / 1970


81. US film star Robert Vaughan died in 2016. What was the name of his character in The Man from UNCLE?


82. In Greek mythology, who supports the heavens on his shoulders as a punishment from Zeus?


83. Vladimir and who else are waiting for Godot?


84. The Queen famously lives at SW1A 1AA, but who lives at SW1A 2AA?


85. The Victoria Falls Bridge over the Zambezi river connects Zambia to which other country?


86. What was the pseudonym of the Japanese radio broadcaster Iva Tokuri whose propaganda programme was aimed at US soldiers during World War 2?


87. What was the name of the local in Only Fools and Horses?


88. Which Scottish soup is made from smoked haddock, potatoes and onions?


89. How many centimetres or inches are there in a “hand”, the measurement used for horses?

TEN (4 inches)

90. What letter comes next: A,S,D,F,G,H,J,K...?

L (middle row of a qwerty keyboard)

91. Nelson defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Aboukir Bay. What name do we know it as?

Battle of the Nile.

92. ACAS was set up in 1975 to advise and arbitrate in industrial disputes. What does the C stand for in ACAS ?


93. What is the legal term for “A sudden and irresistible act of nature that could not reasonably have been foreseen”?

Act of God

94. Whose queen was the city of Adelaide named after?

William IV

95. Who is the only British Pope?

Adrian IV or Nicholas Breakspear(accept either)

96. Madison Avenue in New York is associated with which industry?

( Advertising )

97. What would your job be if you were ‘after-burning’?

Pilot (of military jet. Used to increase power during take-off or combat).

98. Of which Southern African country is Maseru the capital?


99. Which former governor of Maryland was Vice President of the US 1971 – 1973?

Spiro Agnew.

100. Giacomo Agostini was a world champion in the 1960’s and 70’s. What was his sport?



101. What do Mary Jane Kelly, Elizabeth Stride and Annie Chapman have in common ?

All victims of Jack the Ripper

102. If you were standing on the sea-front at Algeciras in Spain and looked to the East, what would you see?


103. If you are accused of a crime, you may have an ‘alibi’. What does the Latin word ‘alibi’ mean?


104. What is the fastest animal on two legs reaching speeds of 40 mph?


105. In 1931 what was the first ever televised sporting event?

The Derby

106. The Rolls Royce radiator ornament is called 'The Spirit of .....' what?


107. In texting what does the acronym BYOB mean?

Bring your own bottle or bring your own beer

108. Who is actress Shirley MacLaine’s younger brother ?

Warren Beatty

109. Who said that they "would not be going with the dough" in 2017?

Mel & Sue (when "Bake Off " leaves BBC for C4.)

110. In which US city are the NFL side The Steelers based?


111. Which city is served by Louis Armstrong airport ?

New Orleans

112. Whose most recent detective novel is called ‘Rather Be The Devil’?

Ian Rankin

113. Season 6 of which fantasy series featured the Battle of the Bastards?

Game of Thrones

114. Who is Northern Ireland's First Minister?

Arlene Foster

115. Jude Law starred in which recent Sky Atlantic series?

The Young Pope

116. Hugh Cornwell has recently collaborated with poet John Cooper Clarke on an album entitled ‘This time it’s personal’? Which punk band did he formerly lead?

The Stranglers

117. Which former Booker prize winner has recently published a novel called Swingtime, which tells the tale of an African family moving to London?

Zadie Smith

118. How many consecutive Premier League games did Chelsea win, prior to losing to Spurs on Jan 4th?


119. Who is the current World Professional Snooker champion?

Mark Selby

120. Which Jazz singer was known as the First Lady of Song?

Ella Fitzgerald


1. "Suffering Succotash" was the catchphrase of which animated cat?

A: Sylvester

2. Which French Impressionist artist famously painted a series based on the facade of Rouen Cathedral at different times of day?

A: Claude Monet

3. Proverbially what is the thief of time?


4. The height of the horse is measured from the ground to which part of its body?

Withers (accept shoulders), the highest point of the torso

Tie Breaker. The Church House Bollington and the Rushton Royal Oak are two MQL ‘outposts’. According to Google maps, how long should you allow to walk from one to the other?

Answer: 4 hours and 1 minute

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

17th January–The Questions




Set by Church House Bollington


1. Which city is protected by the MOSE flood barrier?


2. Wills Neck is the highest point in which range of English hills?


3. Which American state lies between Mississippi and Georgia?


4. What is the second highest mountain in the world?

K2 (accept Mt Godwen Austen)

5. The capital of Costa Rica shares its name with which Californian city?

San Jose

6. What do Mexicans call the river that Americans call the Rio Grande?

Rio Bravo

7. Which Kent town on the River Medway is home to a former Royal Navy dockyard, nowadays a museum and heritage site?


8. San Antonio is a resort on which Mediterranean island?



China shares borders with how many sovereign states?


Lake Vostok lies two miles beneath the surface of which continent?



1. How is the creature with the Latin name Ursus Maritimus more commonly known?

Polar Bear

2. Which toy dog, originating in Tibet, is also known as the Chrysanthemum dog?

Shih Tzu

3. What is the name of the recently deceased astronaut who in 1998 became the oldest man in space?

John Glenn

4. Rothschilds, Reticulated, Nubian and Masai are all subspecies of which animal?


5. Name either of the two species of deer which are native to the UK (i.e have not been introduced)?

Roe or Red

6. Which planet has 14 moons, all named after minor Greek water deities?


7. Which number Apollo marks the furthest humans have ever travelled from Earth?

Apollo 13

8. What name is given to the fruit of a rose bush?

Hip (also accept hep or haw)


What are also known as Roentgen rays?


By what name is the diamorphine hydrochloride better known?



1. ‘The Great Game’ refers to the political and diplomatic confrontation between Britain and which other country in the nineteenth century over their respective interests in central Asia, particularly Afghanistan?


2. Of German cities, Dresden suffered the most casualties as a result of aerial bombardment during the Second World War. Which German city suffered the next most?


3. Which winner of the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize sent his wife to Oslo to collect it as he feared being refused entry back into his own country?

Lech Walesa

4. Following the mutiny on the Bounty, which island did Fletcher Christian and his cohorts colonise?


5. Who instigated the Third Servile War in 73BC? He was portrayed on film by a man who turned 100 in December.


6. What was the surname of Papa Doc and Baby Doc, both dictators of Haiti?


7. What famous American building was burnt by British troops in 1812?

The White House

8. Which of Henry VIII’s wives did he refer to as ‘The Flanders Mare’?

Anne of Cleves


Who traditionally wears the Fisherman’s ring?

The Pope

The name for which type of car derives from the word for long coats worn by French shepherds?



1. Which Swiss football team, whose name can often elicit schoolboy sniggers, play their home games at the equally wonderfully named Wankdorf stadium?

Young Boys Berne

2. Which is the only NFL team not to have a logo on their helmets? Their name reflects the colour of their kit and they are one of very few sports teams to play in this colour.

Cleveland Browns (accept ‘Cleveland’ or ‘Browns’)

3. Since 2005, the stretch of the A52 between Derby and Nottingham has been named after which man with sporting connections to both cities?

Brian Clough

4. Before they adopted the more mundane ‘City’, Leicester’s professional football team carried which suffix which referred to a nearby Roman road?

Leicester Fosse

5. Which sport held at the 1900 Olympics led to the deaths of 300 animals? Protests by animal rights groups led to the sport’s disappearance by the time of the 1904 games.

Pigeon shooting

6. Adolf Dassler founded Adidas. Which sportswear manufacturer was founded by his brother Rudolf?


7. In Ice Hockey, a Gordie Howe hat-trick named after a legend of the game who died last year is a goal, an assist and a what in one game?

A fight

8. Recently retired Huddersfield Giants rugby league prop Eorl Crabtree is the nephew of which Yorkshire sporting legend?

Big Daddy


Apart from Red Rum, name either of the other two horses to have won the Grand National with the word ‘red’ in their name.

Red Alligator (1968), Red Marauder (2001)

What nationality was the boxer Roberto Duran who won five titles at four different weights and was the first man to beat Sugar Ray Leonard?



1. McKinley Morganfield was the real name of which blues musician?

Muddy Waters

2. Which group has had the most top 40 singles in the UK without ever having a number one? Among their near misses are ‘People are People’ and ‘Everything Counts’.

Depeche Mode

3. A snatch of which traditional British song can be heard at the end of Queen’s ‘Seven Seas of Rhye’?

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside

4. Which stage and screen musical features the songs, Skid Row, Suddenly Seymour and Mushnik and Son?

Little Shop of Horrors

5. Which is the only Shakespeare title character to die before the end of Act 3?

Julius Caesar

6. What was the name of the book published in 1979 by the artist Kit Williams which took the form of a treasure hunt to find a real golden hare buried somewhere in the UK?


7. A character from which TV series had a poster in his office which read ‘I want to believe’?

The X-Files (Mulder)

8. Which director won his only Best Picture Oscar for ‘Rebecca’ in 1940?

Alfred Hitchcock


What is the name of the spaceship in the film ‘Alien’?


Apart from members of the titular family themselves, which character has had the most speaking appearances in the Simpsons?

Moe Szyslak (accept ‘Moe)


1. What is the name of Dennis the Menace’s pet pig?


2. Which politician once had a cat named ‘Harold Wilson’?

Jeremy Corbyn

3. What was the name of the dog in the Famous Five?


4. ‘Wellington’ is the canine murder victim of which 2003 novel by Mark Haddon, now a multi-award winning stage play?

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

5. ‘Crookshanks’ is the pet cat of which Harry Potter character?

Hermione Granger (accept either name)

6. What is the first name of the talking dog in the TV series ‘Family Guy’?


7. Bo and Sunny are the Portuguese Water Dog pets of which family?

The Obamas

8. Commemorated by a statue outside his master’s London house, ‘Hodge’ was the pet cat of which English literary figure and lexicographer?

Samuel Johnson (aka Dr Johnson)


‘Astro’ was the pet dog of which space-age American animated sitcom family?

The Jetsons

Duchess, Toulouse, Marie and Berlioz are the pets of Madame Adelaide who are rescued by Thomas O’Malley in which Disney animated film?

The Aristocats


1. Which type of bird appears with Charles Darwin on the back of the current £10 note?


2. Who features on the reverse of the current £20 note?

Adam Smith

3. Which painter will replace Adam Smith on £20 notes from 2020?

J M W Turner

4. Which author will replace Charles Darwin on £10 notes from 2017?

Jane Austen

5. If Washington appears on the $1 bill and Lincoln on the $5 bill, which president features on the US $2 bill?

Thomas Jefferson

6. Banknotes issued in which part of the British Isles feature depictions of, amongst others, Castle Rushen and the Laxey Wheel?

Isle of Man

7. Which country was the first to introduce plastic (strictly speaking ‘polymer’) bank notes into general circulation in 1988?


8. Who featured on the reverse of the £1 note from 1978 to 1988?

Sir Isaac Newton


Which nations banknotes have featured Charles Kingsford-Smith and Banjo Patterson?


In which year was the British one pound note removed from circulation?

1988cept 1 year either way)


Each question requires an answer of more than one word. You will be given the initial letter of each word to help, e.g. What SDW was an Arab-Israeli conflict of 1967? Answer – Six-Day War

1. TJAMC – A Scottish alternative rock band formed in 1983 by the brothers Jim and William Reid.

The Jesus and Mary Chain

2. AOTQOS – First premiered in London in 1749, this piece of music by Handel has since become a widely popular processional piece often played at weddings and was used at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

3. AJR – The full name of the character played by Chris Barrie in Red Dwarf, his middle name reflecting his treacherous nature.

Arnold Judas Rimmer

4. TSAN – Popular long running BBC programme currently hosted by Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Chris Lintott.

The Sky at Night

5. RTBC - Hit for Ian Dury in 1979 containing the lines “curing smallpox, Buddy Holly, Bolshoi ballet, porridge oats, juice of a carrot and yellow socks.”

Reasons to be Cheerful

6. PSOTY – Award discontinued in 2003 when Stephen Fry was the last winner. Other recipients had included Tony Benn and Harold Wilson.

Pipe Smoker of the Year

7. FF – Lozenge manufactured by the Lofthouse company in Fleetwood, Lancashire

Fisherman’s Friend

8. CG – subject of an iconic photograph taken by Alberto Korda on March 5th 1960

Che Guevara


STM – What a player might aim to do in a game of Hearts.

Shoot the Moon

NSF – Sitcom character who did time in HMP Slade

Norman Stanley Fletcher


General Knowledge Questions

set by Church House Bollington

1. Which southern state of America is nicknamed the Yellowhammer State?


2. Which race on the F1 Grand Prix calendar is held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit?


3. Which James Bond actor starred in the 1992 film The Lawnmower Man?

Pierce Brosnan

4. The Call of the Wild is a 1903 novel by which American author?

Jack London

5. A traditional balalaika has how many strings?


6. Boca Juniors versus River Plate is the big derby football match in which capital city?

Buenos Aires

7. “Jesus wept” is the shortest verse in the Bible but for whom did Jesus weep?


8. In Greek Mythology, who challenged Athena to a weaving contest before being turned into a spider?


9. Which classic song from 1964 opens with the line, “Hello darkness my old friend”?

The Sound of Silence

10. Which island is known in the native tongue as Rapa Nui?

Easter Island

11. Who wrote the 1980 novel The Name of the Rose?

Umberto Eco

12. Which US city is known as the City of Brotherly Love?


13. What sport is played by, among others, the Anaheim Ducks, the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs?

Ice Hockey

14. In which city can you take a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo?


15. Which popular prime time TV programme features Dave Arch and his Orchestra?

Strictly Come Dancing

16. Who were England's opponents in Gareth Southgate’s first game in charge following the sacking of Sam Allardyce in October 2016?


17. Which song do the British soldiers defending Rorkes Drift sing in reply to the Zulu warriors war chant in the 1964 film Zulu?

Men of Harlech

18. In which 2005 film did Joaquin Phoenix and Reece Witherspoon play Johnny Cash and June Carter?

Walk the Line

19. Which four time Tour de France winner was known as The Cannibal?

Eddy Merckx

20. Which US president was the first to die in office and consequently also has served the shortest term in presidential history?

William Henry Harrison (32 days)

21. What is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria?


22. How many teams have won the English Premier League since its inception in 1992?

6 (Man Utd, Blackburn, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Leicester)

23. A statue of which famous explorer stands atop the column at the lower end of the La Rambla thoroughfare in Barcelona?

Christopher Columbus

24. Before the introduction of the Euro, what was the currency of Greece?


25. Who, in 1994, became the first Channel Islands born footballer to play for England?

Graeme Le Saux

26. What is the more common name of the skin complaint, Urticaria?


27. Mittwoch is the German name for which day of the week?


28. Which dance became an international dance craze in 1975 following Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony's song of the same name?

The Hustle

29. The 1980’s advertising campaign of which confectionary product bet us that we couldn't put one in our mouth without chewing it?

Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles

30. What is the name of the thin, plain weave, sheer fabric traditionally made from silk and often used in bridalwear?


31. From which classic 1950 film does Gloria Swanson’s character Norma Desmond utter the closing line, “Alright Mr De Mille, I'm ready for my close up”.

Sunset Boulevard

32. What was the name of Paul Eddington’s character in the sitcom Yes, Minister?

Jim Hacker

33. In which European country would you find the village of Y?


34. Which member of England's 1966 World Cup winning football team once played a first class cricket match for Essex?

Geoff Hurst

35. Which guitarist replaced Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones in 1969?

Mick Taylor

36. Which philosopher famously claimed that “God is dead”?

Friedrich Nietzsche

37. Which US state shares the longest border with Canada?


38. Who was the Mayor of New York at the time of the September 11th attacks in 2001?

Rudolph Giuliani

39. In which Russian city was Tsar Nicholas II and his family executed in 1918?


40. Which American president said, “You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time”?

Abraham Lincoln

41. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a symphonic poem written in 1896 by which French composer?

Paul Dukas

42. Who showed us around the celebrities’ houses in the original series of Through the Keyhole hosted by Sir David Frost?

Lloyd Grossman

43. Who eventually replaced Dermot Murnaghan as host of the BBC2 quiz show Eggheads after sharing the job for a short time?

Jeremy Vine

44. What nationality was racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi?


45. The ground of which English football club, currently playing in League 1, was used as a World War II prisoner of war camp until May 1945?

Swindon Town

46. How many American Presidents held office during the Vietnam War?

5 (Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford)

47. Perhaps the most well-known of cricket umpires, Dickie Bird, retired from first class cricket in 1998 but what was his real first name?


48. Which actress starred in the Alan Bennett monologue A Cream Cracker under The Settee forming part of the 1987 BBC series, Talking Heads?

Thora Hird

49. Which spirit, when added to white Crème de Menthe, puts the sting in a Stinger cocktail?


50. Which legendary American record producer is currently serving a prison sentence for second degree murder?

Phil Spector

51. What was the name of the man wrongly executed in 1950 for crimes committed by John Christie at 10 Rillington Place?

Timothy Evans

52. What is the capital of the Canadian province, Manitoba?


53. What is the largest living species of lizard?

Komodo Dragon

54. Which autobiographical novel of 1969 tells the story of the authors incarceration and subsequent escape from the French Penal Colony of French Guiana?


55. Which member of an acting dynasty played the greedy banker Mr Potter in the 1946 film, It's A Wonderful Life? Both names required.

Lionel Barrymore

56. Which book of the Old Testament tells the story of Samson and Delilah?


57. What nickname name was given to serial killer Albert DeSalvo, convicted of thirteen murders committed between 1962 and 1964?

The Boston Strangler

58. Bigger Than Hitler, Better Than Christ is the semi-autobiographical book by which British comedy actor, who died in 2014 aged 56?

Rik Mayall

59. What is the name of the Tudor mansion in Kent, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn?

Hever Castle

60. Which author’s novels include Portnoys Complaint, American Pastoral and The Human Stain?

Philip Roth

61. In fencing, what is the name given to a counterattack made immediately after a successful parry?


62. In the Old Testament, who was Jacob’s twin brother?


63. Robert Stroud, an American sentenced to life in prison and portrayed on film by Burt Lancaster was given what nickname?

The Birdman of Alcatraz

64. Spike, dig, set and block are terms in which team sport?


65. 2016 saw the death of Harper Lee, what was the name of her long awaited sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird?

Go Set a Watchman

66. In Japanese cuisine, thin slices of what are eaten in between courses to cleanse the palate?


67. Along with New Mexico which US state joined the Union in 1912? Doing so on February 14th and so gaining its nickname, the Valentine State.


68. What is the nickname of League One football team, Chesterfield?

The Spireites

69. Inmates seized control of Winson Green Prison in December 2016, in which city is Winson Green?


70. In which Indian city would you find Sri Harmandir Sahib, also known as The Golden Temple, the holiest Gurdwara in Sikhism?


71. Which athlete came second in the BBC’s 2016 Sports Personality of the Year?

Alistair Brownlee (both names required)

72. Also at the 2016 Sports Personality of the Year awards, which US sporting legend was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award?

Michael Phelps

73. Eyes Wide Shut starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman was the final film from which director, released four months after his death in 1999?

Stanley Kubrick

74. How is the Chapparal Cock, a ground cuckoo native to Mexico, more commonly known?

The Roadrunner

75. Common, Water and Pygmy are types of which British mammal?


76. What is the only bone in the human body that is not attached to any other bone?

The hyoid

77. What is the name of Alexander Armstrong’s co presenter on the BBC quiz show, Pointless?

Richard Osman

78. Who knocked Macclesfield Town FC out of the 2016/17 FA Cup in December 2016?

Oxford United

79. What is the national flower of Austria?


80. Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated on three occasions for the Best Actor In A Leading Role Oscar before finally winning in 2016 for his role in which film?

The Revenant

81. Who did Andy Murray beat to win the Wimbledon Mens singles title in 2016?

Milos Raonic

82. Which Hollywood actress and socialite who once said she “never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back” died in late December 2016 aged 99?

Zsa Zsa Gabor

83. According to The White Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass, which kind of food is eaten tomorrow, yesterday, but never today?


84. At which venue was the William Hill World Darts Championship held in December?

Alexandra Palace

85. Name either of the countries that occupy the Caribbean island of Hispaniola?

Haiti or Dominican Republic

86. Which was the first English “New Town” to be created following the New Towns Act of 1946?


87. Which Mexican painter, married to fellow artist Frieda Kahlo, helped to establish the Mexican Mural Movement and painted numerous murals in cities across Mexico and the USA?

Diego Rivera

88. “I love the colourful clothes she wears and the way the sunlight plays upon her hair” is a line taken from which hit song of 1966?

Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys)

89. In the Chinese Zodiac, the year commencing 28th January 2017 will be the year of which animal?


90. Leaves of Grass, which was first published in 1855, is a collection of the work of which American poet?

Walt Whitman

91. Which comic strip character, created by Mary Tourtel, first appeared in the Daily Express in 1920?

Rupert Bear

92. Which British author wrote the books, High Fidelity, About a Boy and A Long Way Down?

Nick Hornby

93. In which Shakespeare play would you find the characters Proteus, Valentine, Silvia and Julia?

Two Gentlemen of Verona

94. Which Christian hymn starts with the line, “O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made”?

How Great Thou Art

95. What is the name of the children's book written by Prince Charles, illustrated by Sir Hugh Casson and published in 1980?

The Old Man of Lochnagar

96. Which board game, the original version of which was released in 1957, involves a political map of the world divided into six continents and forty-two territories?



Which British group had a 1979 hit with Some Girls?


What is the capital of Nigeria?


What is the gel like substance that fills most of the eye?

Vitreous Humour

In the children's TV series Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, what was the name of the tortoise?


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

10th January–The Questions


Specialist Questions

Set by The Cock-A-2

349 Days to Go: Christmas

(Just when you thought it was safe…. )

1. In what year did the BBC first broadcast “A Service of 9 Lessons and Carols” from Kings College, Cambridge?

1928 (accept 1926 to 1930, although 1930 is the only year when it has not been broadcast, even during WW2.)

2. Who was on the British throne when the first Christmas tree presented by the Norwegians was erected in Trafalgar Square?

George VI (in 1947)

3. Who sings “Walking in the Air” on the Raymond Briggs animation of “The Snowman”?

Peter Auty (Not Aled Jones)

4 Who wrote the words to the carol “In the Bleak Mid-Winter”?

Christina Rossetti

5 In which year did Andre Previn feature in “The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show”?

1971 (Accept 1970-2)

6 According to “The 12 Days of Christmas”, what were there SEVEN of, on 6 days?

Swans a-swimming (Accept Swans)

7 Spell Myrrh (as in “gold, frankincense and” etc)


8 What was such a popular toy at Christmas 1992 that “Blue Peter” issued instructions on how to make your own?

Tracy Island


9 What is added to whisky to make a Whisky Mac?

Ginger Wine (Do NOT accept just “ginger”, ginger beer, ginger ale or dry ginger etc)

10 Who wrote the poem “ ’Twas The Night Before Christmas”?

Clement Moore


1 Who in 1919 wrote ‘the female of the species is more deadly than the male’?

Rudyard Kipling

2 Which two words complete this quotation from Erica Jong’s book Fear of Flying – bigamy is having one husband too many, monogamy is …………?

The same (QM – accept any similar wording)

3 What year did Michelangelo complete the painting of the Sistine Chapel –with leeway?

1512 (accept 1507 – 1517)

4 In a work by Christopher Marlowe, which line comes immediately before “and burnt the topless towers of Ilium”?

Was this the face that launched a thousand ships

5 What is the English language title of Erich Maria Remarque’s influential 1929 novel of the First World War?

All Quiet on the Western Front

6 Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine were known by what collective name for their films which were made mainly in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s.

The Three Stooges

7 Which comic actor who committed suicide in 1988 wrote “oh what’s the bloody point!”as the final entry in his diary?

Kenneth Williams

8 Which actor who died in January 2016 aged 69 appeared in many films which included playing the part of Hans Gruber in Die Hard and the Sherriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves?

Alan Rickman


Which artist painted The Ambassadors, which can be seen in the National Gallery.

Hans Holbein

James Bowen recently wrote a best-selling book about his time busking on the streets of London. The book has recently been made into a film. What is the name of his cat?

Bob (From the book and film – A Cat Named Bob)


1) After defeating Richard III at Bosworth in 1485, who became the first King of the house of Tudor?


2) Which future English King was wounded in the face by an arrow at the battle of Shrewsbury in 1403?


3) Which famous military unit was formed in 1831 with its headquarters at Sidi-bel-Abbes in Algeria


4) In World War 2 the Long Range Desert Group was the forerunner of which famous military unit?


5) In 1612 the assizes that tried the majority of the Pendle witches were held in which north-west town?


6) The Lancaster House Agreement in 1979 confirmed the independence of which African country from the UK?

RHODESIA/ZIMBABWE (accept either)

7) In 1823 which US President declared that the United States would not permit outside interference in the domestic affairs of the Americas?

MONROE (Monroe Doctrine)

8) Which American President was re-elected in 1916 under the slogan “he kept us out of war”?

WOODROW WILSON (he took America into the war in 1917)


9) In 1826 which English King commissioned architect John Nash to remodel Buckingham House into a Royal Palace?


10) In 1483 Richard Duke of Gloucester (afterwards Richard III) acted as the regent of which English King?



In this round, the words quoted all have a double meaning. These will be described, you have to identify the word.

1 This is word can describe both a US state capital and a famous golf course

AUGUSTA (capital of Maine)

2 This word can describe both a North American wild cat and a male deodorant


3 This word can describe both a medieval hand weapon and a spice


4 his word can describe both a DIY tool and a cocktail


5 his word can describe both a famous architect and a tiny brown bird


6 This word can describe both a proverbial saying and an early machine gun


7 This word can describe both an enclosure and someone who deals in stolen property


8 This word can describe both to steal something and an act you do with a credit card



9 This word describes both a US state capital and a make of British car

AUSTIN (capital of Texas)

10 This word can describe both a Scottish city and a type of fruit cake



1. What is the number of the OS Landranger 1:50,000 map which includes Macclesfield?


2. To the nearest whole number, what is the latitude of Macclesfield?

53N: (53.2587N. Do not insist on the “N”!)

3. Which is the smallest city in Britain?

St. David’s (Pop 1,797)

4. Which North Wales town on the River Dee has the same name as a sedimentary crypto-cystalline rock?


5. Relief and convectional are two types or causes of rainfall. What is the third?

Frontal (or Cyclonic)

6. Which is the most southerly of the UK Shipping Forecast areas, as announced on the BBC?


7. According to the Beaufort scale for wind speeds, if the sea is “like a mirror”, give either the Beaufort number, or the verbal description.

0 or “Calm” (No leeway on 0, but accept anything with “Calm” in it e.g. Flat Calm)

8. Which British island is famous for its “Paps”?



9. The M62 is the highest motorway in the country. What height does it reach? 372m (Accept 370 to 375) or 1,221 feet. (Accept 1200 to 1240)

10. According to Wikipedia, what was the population of the City of Manchester (viz NOT including Wigan, Trafford, Bury etc) in 2013 to the nearest 10,000?

510,000 (Accept 500,000-520,000) (exactly 514,414)

Science and nature

1 In Germany X rays are known by the name of their discoverer. Who was he?


2 The medical term toxaemia refers to what?

Blood poisoning (poisoning is not sufficient on its own)

3 In the field of science and technology, what is an angstrom?

A unit for measuring length (one ten billionth of a metre)

4 Written in 1614, a book written by John Napier was the first to explore which area of Mathematics?


5 What infection is also known as Hansen’s Disease?


6 Which crop is attacked by the boll weevill


7 At the end of the nineteenth century most of Europe’s then production of what was destroyed by the aphid Phylloxera


8 What is the largest known variety of beetle in the UK?

Stag beetle

Supplementary Qs

1 Which branch of biology concerns the relations of organisms to one another and their surroundings?


2 What type of creature is a cottonmouth also known as a water moccasin?



1 In motor racing what colour flag requires a driver to pull over as a faster driver is approaching?

Blue flag

2 Brothers Andre and Jordan have played football in the Premier League in recent years. What is their surname?


3 Which famous sporting knight drove in the 2016 Le Mans road race?

Sir Chris Hoy

4 What major North American sporting trophy is named after the 16th Earl of Derby?

Stanley Cup (in ice hockey)

5 Which England cricketer has the limited overs squad number 66?

Joe Root (Root/Route 66)

6 At the Rio Olympics, which male member of the British team won an event last held in 1904?

Justin Rose for men’s golf

7 In which sport is the Swaythling Cup a major trophy?

Table tennis

8 What nickname was shared by boxers Thomas Hearns and Ricky Hatton?


Supplementary Qs

9 Boris Rankov was a member of the winning team of this famous event 6 times, the largest number in recent times. What was it?

University Boat Race

10 Name a sport in which you would hear the term “wipe out”?

Surfing or skateboarding


1 Which hit song by Marvin Gaye begins “I bet you’re wondering how I knew……..?

I Heard it Through the Grapevine

2 Sunny Afternoon is a recent musical which tells the story of which group?

The Kinks

3 The biggest selling jazz single ever, was recorded in 1959 by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. What was the title of the song?

Take Five

4 Which singer/songwriter released the album Tapestry in 1971 which sold 25 million copies and swept the Grammys?

Carole King

5 Which traditional hymn contains the line “I once was lost but now I’m found”?

Amazing Grace

6 Which composer wrote the choral masterpiece “The Dream of Gerontius”?

Edward Elgar

7 In which musical are the songs “Damn It Janet” and “Sweet Transvestite”?

The Rocky Horror Show (accept The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

8 In 1997 which singer recorded the biggest selling single of all time in the U.K.?

Elton John (Candle in the Wind 1997) – for Princess Diana


1 In which ballet is the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

The Nutcracker

2 In the film version of Steven Sondheim’s musical “Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, who played Sweeney Todd?

Johnny Depp

General Knowledge

Set by the Park Taverners and vetted by the Cock-A-2.

Q1. Churchill is on the back of the new £5 notes, but who was on the back of the last edition of £5 notes?

A1. Elizabeth Fry

Q2. Which country is holding the 2019 Rugby Union World Cup?

A2. Japan

Q3. Colonies of which animals are found in an apiary?

A3. Bees

Q4. Which is the longest uninterrupted land border between two EU nations?

A4. The Portugal-Spain border

Q5. What was the pen name of Thirsk vet Alf Wight?

A5. James Herriot

Q6. How is the People's Republic of China's Spring Festival better known in the UK?

A6. Chinese New Year

Q7. What is the literal meaning of 'Finisterre', as in the Portuguese cape and the UK shipping forecast area?

A7. End of the earth

Q8. The Reverend Timothy Farthing is a character is which classic sitcom?

A8. Dads Army

Q9. Who is the patron saint of tax collectors?

A9. St Matthew

Q10. Which humanitarian medical body was adopted as part of the first Geneva Convention on 22 August 1864?

A10. The International Red Cross

Q11. What is the Cheshire seat of the Duke of Westminster?

A11. Eaton Hall

Q12. What company was formed from the merger of BOAC and BEA on 31 March 1974?

A12. British Airways

Q13. Who closed his show with the words 'May your god go with you'?

A13. Dave Allen

Q14. In tennis, what name is given to the Women's World Cup?

A14. Fed Cup (accept Federation Cup)

Q15. Who was the first Prime Minister to occupy Chequers?

A15. David Lloyd George

Q16. Where was the main residence of British sovereigns from 1698 to 1837?

A16. St James's Palace

Q17. Which artist won the 2016 Turner prize?

A17. Helen Marten

Q18. Which drink is made by fermenting honey?

A18. Mead

Q19. Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, weeping woman and Guernica are paintings by which artist?

A19. Pablo Picasso

Q20. What does the German Reinheitsgebot law cover the production of?

A20. Beer

Q21. Which dynasty ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917?

A21. Romanov

Q22. What food stuff is a Berliner?

A22. Doughnut

Q23. The red dye carmine is made from cochineal. What is a cochineal?

A23. Insect

Q24. Which Dutch city is known for its blue and white pottery?

A24. Delft

Q25. Which football club has won the European Cup more times than it has won its domestic league championship?

A25. Nottingham Forest

Q26. In betting how much is a monkey?

A26. £500

Q27. Which 20th century ballerina gave her name to a culinary dish?

A27. Anna Pavlova

Q28. Which rock band took its name from the term allied pilots in World War 2 gave to UFOs?

A28. Foo Fighters

Q29. The plot of the James Bond film Thunderball is centered around the search for missing nuclear missiles aboard which type of plane?

A29. Vulcan

Q30. In which city is the Maze prison?

A30. Belfast

Q31. Jean-Claude Killy was a dominant figure in which sport?

A31. Skiing

Q32. In Ballet what is a Jeté?

A32. A jump (from one foot to the other)

Q33. The name of which famous building in Rome translated means temple of every god?

A33. Pantheon

Q34. Which Gilbert and Sullivan opera is set in the Tower of London?

A34. The Yeoman of the Guard

Q35. What is sulphur called in the King James Bible?

A35. Brimstone

Q36. Which player scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League Final to secure the Treble for Manchester United?

A36. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (pron. SOL-SHYER)

Q37. What now stands on the former site of Newgate prison?

A37. The Old Bailey (or Central Criminal Court)

Q38. Which famous pupil of Greyfriars School featured in stories by Frank Richards?

A38. Billy Bunter

Q39. In which London park would you find the statue of Peter Pan?

A39. Kensington Gardens

Q40. Wisden is the bible of which sport?

A40. Cricket

Q41. What do desert dwellers refer to as a haboob?

A41. A Sand Storm

Q42. Which fictional island is the setting for Jaws?

A42. Amity

Q43. What was the first American city to host the Summer Olympics?

A43. St Louis (in 1904)

Q44. What was the title song for the James Bond movie The Spy who Loved me?

A44. Nobody does it better (by Carly Simon)

Q45. In Indian cuisine, aloo is the name for what vegetable?

A45. Potato

Q46. Cinnamon comes from which part of a tree?

A46. Bark

Q47. Which member of the Star Trek cast directed the film Three Men and a Baby?

A47. Leonard Nimoy

Q48. What city was called Eboracum by the Romans?

A48. York

Q49. In which harbour did the Herald of Free Enterprise capsize?

A49. Zeebrugge

Q50. Whose Grapes of Wrath won a Pulitzer Prize?

A50. John Steinbeck

Q51. What does P.O. stand for on Ordnance Survey maps?

A51. Post Office

Q52. Whose birthday is celebrated on September 8th in the Christian Church?

A52. The Virgin Mary's

Q53. Which Sputnik carried the dog Laika?

A53. Sputnik 2

Q54. Whose hideout was at Leatherslade Farm?

A54. The Great Train Robbers

Q55. Which Bollingtonian won the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physics?

A55. James Chadwick

Q56. Which London Catholic Cathedral's foundation stone was laid in 1895?

A56. Westminster Cathedral

Q57. What is the current (as at 24 Dec 2016) NHS prescription charge? (No leeway)

A57. £8.40

Q58. What is the current price (as at 24 Dec 2016) of the Macclesfield Express? (No leeway)

A58. £1

Q59. Which bank recently announced it has abandoned its plans to create a separate entity under the brand of "Williams and Glyn"?

A59. RBS (Accept Royal Bank of Scotland or Natwest)

Q60. Who is the author of the Hunger Games series of novels?

A60. Suzanne Collins

Q61. After the Brexit result, we are expecting Article 50 to be triggered. But Article 50 of which 2007-signed treaty?

A61. Lisbon Treaty

Q62. Who wrote the play "A Streetcar Named Desire"?

A62. Tennessee Williams

Q63. Who is the current (as at 24 Dec 2016) leader of the Liberal Democrats?

A63. Tim Farron

Q64. Which sportsman's autobiography is entitled "The Good, the Bad and the Bubbly"?

A64. George Best

Q65. In which royal residence did George VI die?

A65. Sandringham

Q66. Which country was Princess Elizabeth visiting when she became Queen in 1952?

A66. Kenya

Q67. What name is given to an alcohol-free Bloody Mary cocktail made without adding vodka?

A67. Virgin Mary. Also accept Bloody Shame!

Q68. Which railway operator which provides services linking parts of Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire with London has experienced several strikes in 2016 over plans to introduce conductor-free trains?

A68. Southern Rail (Govia Thameslink)

Q69. What is the name of the overnight train service with onboard accommodation that runs from London to several Scottish cities?

A69. Caledonian Sleeper

Q70. What does a pluviometer measure?

A70. Rainfall

Q71. Which country was known as the Trucial States prior to 1971?

A71. United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Q72. Of which country is Valletta the capital?

A72. Malta

Q73. What is unique about the temperature -40?

A73. It is the same in both degrees Celsius and Fahrenheit

Q74. Having been taken into public ownership in 2008, which company bought Northern Rock in 2012? It now carries their brand name.

A74. Virgin Money

Q75. Which branch of the British Armed forces was disbanded in December 1945?

A75. Home Guard. Accept Dad's Army or Local Defence Volunteers

Q76. Which motorway links Chester with Birkenhead?

A76. M53

Q77. What was the name of the first submarine to navigate to the ice under the North Pole?

A77. (USS) Nautilus

Q78. What was the name of the BP oil rig that exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010?

A78. Deepwater Horizon

Q79. What name is given to the hammer used by an auctioneer?

A79. Gavel

Q80. What name did the Post Office briefly adopt in 2001 when it went into private ownership?

A80. Consignia

Q81. The Japanese phrase "Bushu-Suru" means "to do the Bush thing".What did George H W Bush do the Japanese prime minister at a banquet in 1992?

A81. He vomited over him.

Q82. How many cards are normally in a Top Trumps set? (Leeway)

A82. 30 (accept 28-32)

Q83. Why did a brief shower over southwest London make tennis history on 29 June 2009?

A83. The Wimbledon centre court roof was used for the first indoor match of the Wimbledon Championships (accept anything about using the Wimbledon roof)

Q84. Which seedless citrus fruit takes its name from a Japanese province?

A84. Satsuma

Q85. As a measurement, what is the 'beam' of a ship?

A85. The width of its widest point

Q86. Which Italian word for a little house, originally referred to a small part of a larger villa used for socialising and sometimes for a game of chance?

A86. Casino

Q87. "Ras Tafari" was the previous name of which Ethiopian emperor (i.e. what he was known as before he became emperor)?

A87. Haile Selassie

Q88. What is the Spanish number 'Dos'?

A88. 2

Q89. In Greek mythology what was the Sword of Damocles suspended by?

A89. A single horsehair (accept 'a single hair' or 'a hair')

Q90. In Greek Legend, which prophetess after refusing the romantic overtures of Apollo, was cursed never to be believed?

A90. Cassandra

Q91. Where in Britain would you find Roedean Girls School?

A91. Brighton (accept (East) Sussex)

Q92. Which former commoner and now member of the royal family attended Marlborough College?

A92. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Q93. In which year did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbour?

A93. 1941

Q94. Who was crowned the first Holy Roman emperor in AD800?

A94. Charlemagne

Q95. Which member of the ginger family is used to colour curries?

A95. Turmeric

Q96. What is the name given to the technology of creating and reading of codes?

A96. Cryptography


Q1. Paul is Paul McCartney's second name. What is his first?

A1. James

Q2. Hanukkah is a holiday in which religion?

A2. Judaism

Q3. Who played the part of Eccles in the Goon Show?

A3. Spike Milligan

Q4. Who first had a hit with 'Whole Lotta Love'?

A4. Led Zeppelin

Q5. In Gulliver's Travels, what is Gulliver's first name?

A5. Lemuel

Q6. The name of which Japanese martial art means "way of the sword"?

A6. Kendo