6th December–The Qu4estions
Specialist Questions set by
· As simple as ABC
· Arts and Entertainment
· "Americans and British are one people separated by a common language."
Q1 Who was Richard the Lionheart’s father?
A1 Henry II
Q2 Which of Henry VIII’s wives is buried next to him in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle?
A2 Jane Seymour
Q3 In which year was the Battle of Little Bighorn?
A3 1876 (accept 1874 – 1878)
Q4 Suleiman the Magnificent was the ruler of which Empire?
A4 The Ottoman Empire (accept Turkish)
Q5 The Bevin Boys were conscripted during the Second World War to do what kind of work?
Q6 How many children did Queen Victoria have?
Q7 Against whom did Rome fight the Punic Wars?
Q8 Which politician was assassinated on 21 May 1991 by a female suicide bomber? First name and family name required.
A8 Rajiv Ghandi
Supp 1 Guy Fawkes enlisted in the army of which European country in 1593?
Supp 2 Who was the Iron Chancellor who united Germany?
SA2 Otto von Bismarck
Supp 3 Who became Prime Minister of Great Britain on 7 December 1916?
SA3 David Lloyd George
Supp 4 Which famous battle was fought at Senlac Hill?
SA4 The Battle of Hastings
Q1 In which country is Cox’s Bazar Beach – probably the longest unbroken sandy beach in the world?
Q2 Which city is the state capital of Minnesota?
A2 Saint Paul
Q3 Brazil has had three capital cities – Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro are two – what is the third?
Q4 In which English county is most of the Forest of Dean?
Q5 What is the most northern capital city in Europe?
A5 Reykjavik, Iceland
Q6 Which river rises on Mount Hermon and flows into the Dead Sea?
A6 The River Jordan
Q7 Which is the highest mountain of the Canary Isles?
A7 Teide (On Tenerife)
Q8 What is the name of the industrial city on Honshu island in Japan, which is associated with the manufacture of motor bikes?
Supp 1 What is the name of the straits between South East Ireland and South West Wales?
SA1 St George’s Channel
Supp 2 In which country is the Albert Canal?
Supp 3 To which group of islands does Corfu belong?
SA3 The Ionian Islands
Supp 4 What is the name of the world’s largest sand island north-east of Brisbane?
SA4 Fraser Island
AS SIMPLE AS ABC
The answers to each question is a word that begins with 3 sequential alphabetic characters
e.g. To win a victory over – DEFEAT
Q1 Northern Hemisphere marine fish, valued as a source of caviar
Q2 To rob a vehicle by stopping it in transit
Q3 The amount by which a sum of money falls short of an expected amount
Q4 A professional guide and servant for sportsmen
Q5 Country of the South-West Pacific consisting of nine islands
Q6 No longer operative, effective or respected
Q7 Headgear traditionally worn by Muslim women in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family
Q8 The workroom of an artist or photographer
Supp 1 To spoil or mar the surface or appearance
Supp 2 Substantially built
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Q1 “Life, don’t talk to me about life.” Which character in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy said this?
A1 Marvin the Paranoid Android
Q2 Screened in 1979, what was the first of David Attenborough’s blockbuster series with the Natural History Unit?
A2 Life on Earth
Q3 The Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, on the Sgt Pepper album, was banned by the BBC due to its alleged references to drugs. Which other track on the same album was also banned for the same reason.?
A3 A Day in the Life
Q4 In which of the arts was Frederick Ashton a significant British figure in the 20th century?
Q5 In which town is Coronation Street set?
Q6 What is the cinematic connection between Singapore, Zanzibar, Morocco, Utopia, Rio, Bali and Hong Kong?
A6 The ‘Road’ movies
Q7 The Rostovs are a central family in which famous novel?
A7 War and Peace
Q8 Which series of concerts is held in late summer at the Royal Albert Hall?
A8 The Proms
Supp 1 Which dance band leader disappeared during World War II?
SA1 Glenn Miller
Supp 2 A balalaika originates from which country?
Q1 Whose law may be expressed as V=I x R ?
A1 Ohm’s Law
Q2 What is the more scientific name for the God Particle?
A2 The Higgs Boson
Q3 Which gas smells like rotten eggs?
A3 Hydrogen Sulphide
Q4 What is produced by a Wimshurst Machine?
A4 High voltage static electricity
Q5 Betz cells are found in which part of the body?
A5 The brain
Q6 In biology, what is the process called when water passes from a dilute solution to a less dilute solution through a semipermeable membrane?
Q7 In the laboratory, what might be generated in a Kipps Apparatus?
A7 A gas
Q8 In mathematics, what is the name given to a quantity which has both magnitude and direction?
A8 A vector
Supp 1 What is the term for a positive electrode?
Supp 2 In electronics, what is the name given to a component which allows current to flow in one direction but not in the reverse direction?
SA2 A Diode
"Americans and British are one people separated by a common language."
Q1 What do Americans call the silencer of a car?
A1 A Muffler
Q2 What is played on a gridiron?
A2 American Football also accept NFL or AFL
Q3 If an American male was using suspenders, what would we say he was using?
Q4 What would Americans be doing if they were “Shooting the breeze”?
A4 Chatting to each other
Q5 What do the British call a buzz saw?
A5 A circular saw. (Not a chain saw)
Q6 What do teamsters do for a living?
A6 Drive trucks
Q7 What is played on a ballpark?
Q8 Who would use a nightstick?
A8 A Policeman – it’s a form of truncheon.
Supp 1 What might you be doing if you were in the bleachers?
SA1 Watching an event, usually sporting
Supp 2 Jelly Roll Morton was an influential jazz pianist, but what do we call a Jelly Roll?
SA2 A swiss roll or jam roll
All the questions and/or answers in this round are related to assassins / assassinations.
Q1 Who was assassinated on The Ides of March?
A1 Julius Caesar (15th of March, 44 BC)
Q2 In the novel “The Day of the Jackal” who is the target of The Jackal’s assassination attempt?
A2 Charles de Gaulle
Q3 How old as John Lennon when he was shot dead in December 1980?
A3 40 (Accept 39 to 41)
Q4 what was used to assassinate Leon Trotsky assassinated in August 1940?
A4 An Ice-axe (accept ice-pick)
Q5 Who was assassinated on January 30th 1948 by Nathuram Godse?
First name and family name required.
A5 Mahatma (or Mohandras) Gandhi
Q6 In which decade was Abraham Lincoln assassinated?
A6 1860’s (1865)
Q7 Edward Oxford attempted to assassinate which monarch in June 1840?
A7 Queen Victoria
Q8 Which US President survived 2 assassination attempts within 3 weeks of each other in September 1975?
A8 Gerald Ford
Supp 1 Who shot Ronald Reagan on March 30th, 1981?
SA1 John Hinckley (Jr)
Supp 2 “Assassing” was a 1984 single for which rock band ?
Q1 Rugby Union: On 05th November 2016 Ireland beat New Zealand for the first time ever. In which country did the match take place?
A1 USA (Chicago). Score was 40-29.
Q2 In October 2016 Freddy Tylicki was left paralysed after an accident in which sport?
A2 Horse Racing
Q3 According to the official rules of Badminton, how many feathers are used to make the cone of a Shuttlecock?
Q4 Which sportsman has recently published a crime novel inspired by his early life entitled “Framed”?
A4 Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Q5 Cricket: Name any of the 3 current First Class counties that have never won the County Championship
A5 Somerset, Northamptonshire, or Gloucestershire
Q6 Blue, White, Yellow, and Double Yellow balls (differentiated by small coloured dots) may be used in which sport?
Q7 Golf: Name either Gold Medal winner (men’s or women’s) at the Rio Olympics?
A7 Men: Justin Rose (Great Britain), Women: Inbee Park (South Korea)
Q8 Formula 1: Name any of the countries that hosted the first 3 races in the 2016 calendar.
A8 , Bahrain, Australia or China
Supp 1 Which baseball team has recently won the World Series for the first time since 1908?
SA1 Chicago Cubs
Supp 2 Which city hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics?
SA2 Atlanta, USA
Set by Harrington B
1. Which English comedy actor has had great success with his own American chat show and also provides the voice of "Biggie" in the latest Dreamworks film Trolls?
2. Which British paralympian won Gold Medals in both athletics and cycling in Rio?
3. What sort of bird is a Kea?
PARROT (from New Zealand)
4. In the world of horticulture what are Sungold and Gardeners Delight varieties of?
5. Which is Britain’s newest National Park, established in 2009 and becoming fully operational in 2011?
THE SOUTH DOWNS
6. After dwindling sales of its normal products and filing for bankruptcy in 2012, which large U.S. Company launched its first smartphone the IM5 in 2015?
7. Sam Allardyce resigned from his job as England football manager after being filmed talking to undercover reporters from which newspaper?
8. In which Scottish town does football team Queen of the South play its home games?
9. Which South American country is the only one to have English as its official language?
10. In 1967 Louis Washansky found fame in the world of medicine. Why?
HE WAS THE FIRST HEART TRANSPLANT PATIENT
11. How many times has Brazil won the football World Cup?
12. Which large, wealthy country has no cinemas as they’ve been banned for over 30 years?
13. Which Middle Eastern country has compulsory military service for women?
14. How many funnels did the Titanic have?
15. What are the tiny sacs in the lungs where oxygen is transferred from the bronchioles to the blood vessels (or capillaries)
16. What is the most common non-contagious disease in the world?
17. What is the name of the National Trust Garden at Over Alderley in Cheshire?
18. What is the smallest class of vessel considered to be a warship?
19. Name the actor who played the character Arnold Rimmer in the Red Dwarf TV series.
20. What part of a church is at right angles to the nave?
21. In which American state is Fort Knox?
22. Where is Admiral Lord Nelson Buried?
ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
23. Which car maker produces the Duster model?
24. What is the county town and Administrative centre of Buckinghamshire?
25. In Greek mythology, who was the God of Sleep?
26. Who was Theresa May’s final opponent in the elections to succeed David Cameron?
27. Keith Vaz, much in the news in the last 3 months, is the MP for which constituency?
28. In India, what is a Dhoti?
A LONG LOINCLOTH WORN BY MEN
29. What name is used for the colour blue in heraldry?
30. In what film is Holly Golightly the main female character?
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS
31. In which sport did Joe Clark win a Gold Medal in Rio for Team GB?
CANOEING (Men’s K1 Kayak)
32. How was Mossack Fonseca in the news 6 month ago?
PANAMA-BASED LAWYERS NAMED IN TAX EVASION SCANDAL
33. Who currently presents ‘The Apprentice: You’re Fired’?
34. How do you spell Sapphire, i.e. the gemstone?
35. Which Yorkshire football club is known as the Terriers?
36. What is England’s most northerly town?
BERWICK-UPON-TWEED (accept Berwick)
37. How do you spell poignant, i.e. deeply moving?
38. Which London football club is known as the Lions?
39. England were well set to win this year’s World T20 cricket competition until Carlos Braithwaite hit 4 sixes off the last over to give West Indies victory. Who was our unfortunate bowler for that last over?
40. Serendip is the old Persian name for which country? Its present name translates as `Resplendent Island’?
41. How is the cockchafer beetle better known?
THE MAY BUG
42. Who is the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government?
43. Who is the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions?
44. In the American TV series, what does the ‘N’ in NCIS stand for?
NAVAL (accept NAVY) (Naval Criminal Investigative Service)
45. Who wrote the Adrian Mole books?
46. What, amongst big cats, is unique about a cheetah’s claws?
THEY CAN’T BE FULLY RETRACTED (to aid traction when running)
47. What is the capital of Barbados?
48. What is the capital of Mauritius?
49. We have all heard of ATOL through our holiday bookings. What does the O in ATOL stand for?
AIR TRAVEL ORGANISER’S LICENCE
50. In the term Paralympics, what is `Para’ short for?
51. What local position is held by Gareth Tidman?
EDITOR OF MACCLESFIELD EXPRESS (also accept editor of Rossendale Free Press and Accrington Observer)
52. Which family occupied Errwood Hall prior to its demolition for the construction of Errwood Reservoir?
53. What is the name of Sir Philip Green’s latest superyacht?
54. In which county is Sports Direct’s headquarters and massive warehouse situated?
55. What other sport is played at Wimbledon’s All England Club?
56. What is the home ground of Warwickshire County Cricket Club?
57. The River Sheaf flows through which city?
58. Who scored England’s winner (the first for his country) against Slovakia in Sam Allardyce’s only game in charge?
59. What local sporting triumph did Ian Stannard achieve in September?
HE WON THE TOUR OF BRITAIN STAGE WHICH PASSED THROUGH CHESHIRE EAST ON 6th SEPTEMBER
60. Name the Wallasey MP who was the first to mount a challenge against Jeremy Corbyn in July.
61. Who won Team GB’s first gold medal at the Rio Olympics?
SWIMMER ADAM PEATY
62. According to the UN’s World Population Day report in 2014, what is the world’s most populated city?
TOKYO (over 38million)
63. What is the most southerly state in the USA?
64. Name the keyboard player with 70s prog rock group Genesis.
65. Who was the lead singer with rock legends AC/DC before Brian Johnson?
66. In motor racing, which F1 circuit made its first appearance on the 2016 calendar?
BAKU (accept AZERBAIJAN) – as the European Grand Prix
67. F1 driver Nico Rosberg and his father Keke have both now been World Champions. Who are the only other father and son to have become champions?
GRAHAM AND DAMON HILL
68. Give a year in the life of composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
1685 to 1750
69. Give a year in the life of artist Thomas Gainsborough.
1727 to 1788
70. In Africa, what is a ‘kudu’?
A TYPE OF ANTELOPE (accept DEER)
71. In music, what are splash, crash and ride types of?
72. Which country has land borders with Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina?
73. Which country has land borders with Western Sahara, Algeria, Mali and Senegal?
74. Which winning act from the X Factor recently released an album called ‘Glory Days’?
75. Who sang this year’s Children in Need song?
76. The only pub in Britain with two Michelin stars is the Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Bucks. Which celebrity chef owns it?
77. ‘Britain’s Best Restaurant’, according to the Good Food Guide, is L’Enclume in Cartmel in the Lake District. Which celebrity chef owns it?
78. What’s the second largest stringed instrument in an orchestra?
79. Which film won the Best Picture Oscar in 2015?
BIRDMAN (starring Michael Keaton)
80. What type of pastry is used for profiteroles?
81. What name is given to an omelette that contains smoked haddock, parmesan cheese and cream?
AN ARNOLD BENNETT
82. Name the Hollywood music composer, responsible for the Titanic and Avatar scores, who was tragically killed in an air crash in 2015?
83. Where in the human body is the only bone that doesn’t articulate with another bone?
THE THROAT (the HYOID bone, which supports the tongue)
84. In South Africa, what does the term ‘Braai’ (pronounced ‘bry’) refer to?
Note to QM: please spell BRAAI
85. Which supermarket’s 2016 Christmas commercials feature a carrot called Kevin?
86. In which gland of the human body is the hormone cortisol produced?
THE ADRENAL GLAND
87. In November, the first named storm of the 2016/17 season hit the South coast of the UK. What was it called?
88. Which author wrote the novel ‘Cannery Row’?
89. Which book by DH Lawrence was named after a meteorological phenomenon?
90. Who was the last British king born outside of the UK?
91. Which old name for Britain derives from the Latin word for white?
92. Ben Miller and Ruth Jones star in commercials for which retailer?
93. Which is Britain’s largest cathedral?
LIVERPOOL’S ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL
94. How many hearts has an octopus?
95. Which is the hottest planet in the solar system?
96. Which car manufacturer produces the F-Pace model?
JAGUAR (accept JAGUAR LAND ROVER)
Which is the only rock to float in water?
What has the chemical formula H2O2?
Which Canadian territory forms most of the border with Alaska?
What was scientist Friedrich Miescher the first to identify in 1869?
DNA (accept NUCLEIC ACIDS)
Which train did Casey Jones drive?
On an Indian menu, what does a dish whose name includes ‘Sag’ contain?
Who, in November, was re-elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives in the US?
For which club side does England Rugby Union Captain Dylan Hartley play?
For which king was Brighton Pavilion built?