Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March 21st–Final Contest of the season

 

 

Set By

The Weaver

Vetted by: Pack Horse Bowling Club and Brewers Arms

Specialist Rounds are:

Sport

Arts and Entertainment

History

Science

Geography

The Name’s the Same

Firing Blanks

Animal Magic

SPORT

Q1 Which sportsman retired in December of last year (2016), just five days after becoming world champion?

A1 NICO ROSBERG

Q2 At which Macclesfield church did Olympic gold medal winning cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny “tie the knot” in September of last year (2016)?

A2 ST ALBANS

Q3 Which famous horse race is known as “The Run for the Roses”?

A3 KENTUCKY DERBY

Q4 “Doggett’s Coat and Badge” is the prize and the name of the world’s oldest race in what sport?

A4 ROWING (held on the Thames every year since 1715)

Q5 Located at Royal Troon golf club, what popular name has been given to the eighth hole, the shortest hole in Open Championship golf?

A5 THE POSTAGE STAMP

Q6 What is the final event in the ladies heptathlon?

A6 800 METRES

Q7 Which stadium was built for the 1908 London Olympic Games, hosted one game in the 1966 FIFA world cup finals, and was demolished in 1985?

A7 THE WHITE CITY

Q8 Since the end of World War II the Formula One British grand prix has taken place on three circuits. Brands Hatch and Silverstone are two, what is the other?

A8 AINTREE (1955, 57, 59, 61, 62)

Supplementary Questions

Q9 Which sporting venue is nicknamed “Billy Williams Cabbage Patch”?

A9 TWICKENHAM

Q10 Which team was the losing finalist in this year’s American Football Superbowl?

A10 ATLANTA FALCONS

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Q1 To whom did Beethoven originally dedicate his Eroica symphony?

A1 NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

Q2 Which film of 1979 features Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” being played by an American helicopter gunship squadron as it attacks a village during the Vietnam war?

A2 APOCALYPSE NOW

Q3 What is the title of Sir Antony Gormley’s work of 100 cast iron figures mounted on Crosby Beach, north of Liverpool?

A3 ANOTHER PLACE

Q4 Which former British heavyweight boxing champion struck the gong at the opening credits to films produced by the Rank Organisation?

A4 “BOMBARDIER” BILLY WELLS

Q5 What is the sub-title of the Harry Potter play currently being staged at London’s West End Palace theatre?

A5 (HARRY POTTER) AND THE CURSED CHILD

Q6 What is Charles Dickens only novel with a female character name in the title?

A6 LITTLE DORRIT

Q7 In what field has Annie Leibovitz made her name?

A7 PHOTOGRAPHY

Q8 VAROOM!, basically a pop art painting of an explosion, is a work by which artist?

A8 ROY LICHTENSTEIN

Supplementary Questions

Q9 Dutch artist Jan Vermeer lived and worked for most of his life in which Dutch town or city?

A9 DELFT

Q10 “Moab Is My Washpot” is the title of the autobiography of which actor, presenter and writer?

A10 STEPHEN FRY

HISTORY

Q1 In which city was Osama Bin Laden killed in 2011?

A1 ABBOTTABAD

Q2 Who assassinated Robert Kennedy in 1968?

A2 SIRHAN SIRHAN (in Los Angeles)

Q3 The Darien scheme was an ill-fated attempt by which European country in the late 17th and early 18th centuries to establish a colony on the border of present day Panama and Columbia?

A3 SCOTLAND

Q4 Who was the last British king to lead his troops into battle?

A4 GEORGE II (at Dettingen in 1743)

Q5 To what was Queen Mary (wife of George V) referring when she said “Well Mr. Baldwin, this is a pretty kettle of fish”?

A5 ABDICATION OF EDWARD VIII (in 1936)

Q6 During the Falklands war, which BBC news reporter became famous for the statement “I’m not allowed to say how many planes joined the raid, but I counted them all out and I counted them all back”?

A6 BRIAN HANRAHAN

Q7 Captain Robert Falcon Scott led two expeditions to the Antarctic, sailing on the RRS Discovery on the first expedition (1901-04). On what ship did he sail on the second ill-fated expedition of 1910-13?

A7 TERRA NOVA

Q8 In ancient Egypt what was stored in Canopic Jars?

A8 THE VISCERA (internal organs) OF PERSONS BEING MUMMIFIED FOR USE IN THE AFTERLIFE

Supplementary Questions

Q9 In which city were the majority of the kings of France crowned?

A9 REIMS

Q10 Which Royal House ruled Italy between 1861 and 1946?

A10 HOUSE OF SAVOY

SCIENCE

Q1 What is the name of NASA’s car sized robotic rover that landed on planet Mars on 6th August 2012 and is still gathering information on the surrounding geology and climate?

A1 CURIOSITY

Q2 The last man to walk on the moon died in January. What was his name?

A2 GENE CERNAN

Q3 What is the common name for the Green Plover or Peewit?

A3 LAPWING

Q4 The adjective Vulpine refers to which animal?

A4 FOX

Q5 What is recorded by means of a Campbell-Stokes recorder?

A5 HOURS OF SUNSHINE (accept sunshine)

Q6 Pitchblende is the main ore of which metallic element?

A6 URANIUM

Q7 The name of which element is derived from the German for “goblin”?

A7 COBALT

Q8 What is measured on the Stanford-Binet scale?

A8 INTELLIGENCE / I.Q.

Supplementary Questions

Q9 What is measured on the Fujita scale?

A9 TORNADO INTENSITY

Q10 Who is credited with the invention of the battery and the discovery of methane?

A10 ALESSANDRO VOLTA (Italian physicist and chemist)

GEOGRAPHY

Q1 What name is given to natives of Sydney, Australia?

A1 SYDNEYSIDERS

Q2 What name is given to natives of Phoenix, Arizona?

A2 PHOENICIANS

Q3 What is the only African country to use Spanish as an official language?

A3 EQUATORIAL GUINEA (was formerly Spanish Guinea)

Q4 Sweden and Finland are two of the three countries that share a land border with Norway. What is the other?

A4 RUSSIA

Q5 The Ordnance Survey bases all elevations in Great Britain (i.e. the U.K. excepting Northern Ireland) on the mean sea level at which Cornish town?

A5 NEWLYN

Q6 What name do the French give to the Straits of Dover?

A6 PAS DE CALAIS

Q7 Greece shares land borders with four countries. Albania, Macedonia and Turkey are three, what is the other?

A7 BULGARIA

Q8 The shipping forecast area formerly known as Finisterre is now known by what name?

A8 FITZROY (after Robert Fitzroy, captain of HMS Beagle, governor of New Zealand and founder of the Met Office)

Supplementary Questions

Q9 Named after a Prussian naturalist, geographer and explorer, what is the name of the major ocean current that flows north along the Pacific coast of South America from the southern tip of Chile to northern Peru?

A9 HUMBOLDT CURRENT

Q10 What is the name of the narrow strait that separates Russia and Alaska, USA?

A10 BERING STRAIT (after Vitus Bering, Danish born explorer)

THE NAME’S THE SAME

In each question you will be given a brief description of two different people who share the same surname. All that is required is the common surname.

e.g. current U.S. president – British snooker player. Answer: Trump. (Donald and Judd)

Variant spellings of the surname may occur.

Q1 20th century U.S. president; first bowler to take 300 cricket test match wickets.

A1 TRUMAN (Harry S Truman, Freddie Trueman)

Q2 Railway pioneer; wife of Billy Connolly

A2 STEPHENSON (George Stephenson, Pamela Stephenson)

Q3 World War II British soldier; captain of the 2010 European Ryder cup team

A3 MONTGOMERY (Bernard Montgomery, Colin Montgomerie)

Q4 Head of RAF Bomber Command in World War II; notorious Chelsea defender of the 1960’s and 1970’s

A4 HARRIS (Arthur (bomber) Harris, Ron (chopper) Harris)

Q5 Member of England’s 1966 world cup winning side; leader of the 1953 British Everest conquering expedition

A5 HUNT (Roger Hunt, John Hunt)

Q6 Welsh born cricketer captain of England test team 1972-73; American inventor of the machine gun used by the British Army in both world wars

A6 LEWIS (Tony Lewis, Isaac Lewis)

Q7 BBC radio presenter died November 2016; first winner of Pop Idol on UK TV

A7 YOUNG (Jimmy Young, Will Young)

Q8 Government minister responsible for introducing the breathalyzer in the U.K.; multi- talented musician and entertainer founder of the only U.K. charity to focus solely on lung cancer care

A8 CASTLE (Barbara Castle, Roy Castle)

Supplementary Questions

Q9 First U.K. winner of the Eurovision song contest; first person to have been awarded both an Oscar and a Nobel prize

A9 SHAW (Sandie Shaw, George Bernard Shaw)

Q10 Author listed by Guinness world records as the best selling novelist of all time; serial killer hanged in 1953 for the murder of at least eight people

A10 CHRISTIE (Agatha Christie, John Christie)

FIRING BLANKS

In each case you will be given the name of an author and a respective book title – but with a word deleted and the word BLANK substituted. Supply the missing word wherever BLANK occurs.

e.g. Umberto Eco – the BLANK of the Rose (Name)

Q1 John Irving – The World According To BLANK

A1 GARP

Q2 Kazuo Ishiguro – The BLANK Of The Day

A2 REMAINS

Q3 Hilary Mantel – Bring Up The BLANK

A3 BODIES

Q4 Keri Hulme – The BLANK People

A4 BONE

Q5 Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident Of The BLANK In The Night

A5 DOG

Q6 Douglas Adams – So Long And Thanks For All The BLANK

A6 FISH

Q7 Chuck Palahniuk – Fight BLANK

A7 CLUB

Q8 Paul Torday – Salmon Fishing In The BLANK

A8 YEMEN

Supplementary Questions

Q9 Marina Lewycka – A Short History Of Tractors In BLANK

A9 UKRAINIAN

Q10 Nick Hornby – High BLANK

A10 FIDELITY

ANIMAL MAGIC

All answers contain the name of a species of creature. Full answer required, not just the animal.

e.g. An aid to night driving patented by Percy Shaw in 1934 – Cats Eyes

Q1 Scene of the battle in 1982 in which British Army Lieutenant-Colonel “H” Jones was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross.

A1 GOOSE GREEN (In Falklands)

Q2 Who is the current Chief Scout of the Scouting Association?

A2 BEAR GRYLLS

Q3 Though no longer part of the main signposted route between Manchester and Sheffield, what name is given to the section of the A57 between Ladybower reservoir and Glossop?

A3 SNAKE PASS

Q4 The scene of the assassination of William McKinley in 1901, what is the second most populous city in New York state after New York city?

A4 BUFFALO

Q5 An expression that originated on the New York stock exchange to indicate a temporary recovery in prices (after a substantial fall) caused by speculators buying in stock that they have sold at a higher level

A5 DEAD CAT BOUNCE

Q6 The name of the most southerly tip of mainland U.K.

A6 LIZARD POINT

Q7 Capital of Canada’s Yukon territory

A7 WHITEHORSE

Q8 A person who selfishly keeps something that he of she does not really need or want so that others may not use or enjoy it

A8 DOG IN A MANGER

Supplementary Questions

Q9 The common name for the orca, the largest member of the dolphin family

A9 KILLER WHALE

Q10 According to current T.V. commercials what is the U.S.A.’s best selling adhesive?

A10 GORILLA GLUE

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

Q1 Who currently (March 19th) is the British No. 2 male tennis player?

A1 DAN EVANS

Q2 The current (March 19th) British No. 1 female tennis player Johanna Konta was born in which country?

A2 AUSTRALIA (of Hungarian parents)

Q3 Other than being secretary of state for justice, what official position is also held by Liz Truss – the first woman to do so?

A3 LORD CHANCELLOR

Q4 Who is the current leader of U.K.I.P.?

A4 PAUL NUTTALL

Q5 All the members of which band have the surname Followill?

A5 KINGS OF LEON

Q6 The band Heaven 17 took their name from that of a fictional band in which controversial novel?

A6 A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

Q7 The Quetzal is the unit of currency in which Central American country?

A7 GUATEMALA

Q8 The name of which European capital city translates to “Smoky Bay”?

A8 REYKJAVIK

Q9 By which professional name is singer Rory Graham better known?

A9 RAG’N’BONE MAN

Q10 BBC Radio 6 presenter Tom Ravenscroft is the son of which former Radio 1 presenter?

A10 JOHN PEEL

Q11 The name of which European capital city means “Merchants Harbour”?

A11 COPENHAGEN

Q12 What stretch of water divides the North and South Islands of New Zealand?

A12 COOK STRAIT

Q13 Known as the ‘Scottish Pompeii” because of its excellent preservation, what is the name of the stone-built neolithic settlement located on the main island of the Orkney Isles?

A13 SKARA BRAE

Q14 What mark indicates that an object was Hallmarked by the Birmingham Assay Office?

A14 ANCHOR

Q15 Pyrosis is the medical term for what common complaint?

A15 HEARTBURN

Q16 Who was the first of Henry VIII’s children to become monarch?

A16 EDWARD VI

Q17 In which city is the U.S. TV crime drama series “The Wire” set?

A17 BALTIMORE

Q18 What spice is produced from the seed of the nutmeg along with the nutmeg itself?

A18 MACE

Q19 What comes next in the following list:- Angus, Barbara, Conor, ----- ?

A19 DORIS (U.K. winter 2016/17 weather storms as named by the Met. Office)

Q20 In which fictional New England town is the U.S. crime drama TV series “Murder, She Wrote” set?

A20 CABOT COVE

Q21 Rigel is the brightest star in which constellation?

A21 ORION

Q22 By what name is the city that was Stalingrad now known?

A22 VOLGOGRAD

Q23 Who was the England goalkeeper on the wrong end of Diego Maradona’s infamous “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup finals?

A23 PETER SHILTON

Q24 How often does Halley’s comet visit planet Earth?

A24 EVERY 75/76 YEARS (accept 74-77)

Q25 Invariably a fund rising exercise, what test of endurance in the U.K. is popularly known as Le Jog?

A25 LANDS END/JOHN O’GROATS (running, walking, riding between)

Q26 Bill English is the current Prime Minister of what country?

A26 NEW ZEALAND

Q27 Fatima is a place of pilgrimage in which European country?

A27 PORTUGAL

Q28 How many pairs of ribs are there in the human body?

A28 12

Q29 In David Hockney’s painting of “Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy” who or what is Percy?

A29 A CAT

Q30 Which Rugby League club are the current World Club Champions?

A30 WIGAN WARRIORS

Q31 For what does the letter ‘F’ stand as in the Government department DEFRA?

A31 FOOD (Dept. for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Q32 What is the name of the farm that hosts the Glastonbury Festival?

A32 WORTHY FARM

Q33 “Camp David” is the title of the 2012 autobiography of which comedy actor and author?

A33 DAVID WALLIAMS

Q34 “Camp David”, the country retreat of the U.S. president, is in which state?

A34 MARYLAND

Q35 To which Tory M.P. was Denis Healey referring when he once said “being criticised by him is like being savaged by a dead sheep”?

A35 GEOFFREY HOWE

Q36 Similar to “bubble and squeak” what is the Irish food dish that is comprised of mashed potato, cabbage and various other vegetables and then fried?

A36 COLCANNON

Q37 What in Scotland is a “but and ben”?

A37 A SMALL COTTAGE

Q38 What is the most northerly city in the U.K.?

A38 INVERNESS

Q39 “The Soldier’s Song” is the national anthem of what country?

A39 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Q40 As in the name P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins, for what does the letter ‘P’ stand?

A40 PAMELA (Lyndon Travers)

Q41 Alfred Wainwright’s ‘Coast to Coast Walk’ commences at St Bees in Cumbria and ends at which village on the coast of North Yorkshire?

A41 ROBIN HOOD’S BAY

Q42 By what professional name is singer/songwriter Damon Gough better known?

A42 BADLY DRAWN BOY

Q43 Who was the host and presenter of the BBC TV game show “Every Second Counts”?

A43 PAUL DANIELS

Q44 Who was the first protestant Archbishop of Canterbury?

A44 THOMAS CRANMER

Q45 There are just four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta. Two are in the British Library, one at Lincoln cathedral and one at which other cathedral?

A45 SALISBURY

Q46 What was the name of the Russian nuclear powered cruise missile submarine that was lost with all hands when it sank in the Barents Sea on 12th August 2000 following an onboard explosion.

A46 KURSK

Q47 In which German city was Albert Einstein born?

A47 ULM

Q48 Who was the original host and presenter of ITV’s “The Krypton Factor”?

A48 GORDON BURNS

Q49 How many litres are there in a hectolitre?

A49 100

Q50 On what river does the Victoria Falls stand?

A50 ZAMBEZI

Q51 The “Spinnaker Tower” is a landmark observation tower in which U.K. city?

A51 PORTSMOUTH (now known as the Emirates Spinnaker Tower)

Q52 At the end of World War II what was “Operation Paperclip”?

A52 AMERICAN PLAN/OPERATION TO RECRUIT GERMAN SCIENTISTS/ENGINEERS/TECHNICIANS etc. FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT IN THE U.S.A. (the Russians had a similar plan named Operation Osoaviakhim)

Q53 On this day (21st March) Alcatraz prison was closed – in what year?

A53 1963 (allow 1961-1965)

Q54 On this day (21st March) the social media site Twitter was founded – in what year?

A54 2006 (allow 2005-2007)

Q55 Western House in London, the home of BBC Radio 2, was renamed last November to honour the life and career of who?

A55 SIR TERRY WOGAN (Wogan House)

Q56 What is the name of the accountancy company which was held responsible for handing the wrong envelope to the presenters of the best picture award at the recent Oscars ceremony?

A56 PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS (accept PwC)

Q57 “This Boy”, “Please Mister Postman”, “The Long and Winding Road”, are the titles of the three volumes of memoirs by which former Labour Home Secretary?

A57 ALAN JOHNSON

Q58 Which 20th century U.K. Prime Minister is buried in Worcester cathedral?

A58 STANLEY BALDWIN (born at Bewdley, a small town in Worcs.)

Q59 Woburn Abbey is the ancestral home of which Duke?

A59 DUKE OF BEDFORD

Q60 How many acres are there in a square mile?

A60 640

Q61 On what racecourse does the Irish Grand National take place?

A61 FAIRYHOUSE

Q62 In which town or city is the National Library of Wales located?

A62 ABERYSTWYTH

Q63 What is the name of the farm in George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”?

A63 MANOR FARM

Q64 What two word rhyming phrase, used in English to describe meaningless language and practices is thought to have originated with the native Mandinka tribe in West Africa?

A64 MUMBO JUMBO

Q65 Which creature is featured on the flag of the Falkland Islands?

A65 RAM (accept sheep)

Q66 The logo of which film studio features a mountain peak surrounded by a circle of stars?

A66 PARAMOUNT

Q67 What is the name of the island off the south-west coast of the Isle of Man??

A67 CALF OF MAN

Q68 Which architect designed Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill?

A68 SIR JOHN VANBRUGH

Q69 What name is given to the holes in the side of a ship that allow sea water to drain from the deck?

A69 SCUPPERS

Q70 Which battle took place in 1314?

A70 BANNOCKBURN

Q71 Who preceded George Osborne as M.P. for Tatton?

A71 MARTIN BELL

Q72 According to the bible who was the wife of Abraham?

A72 SARAH

Q73 What two word hyphenated rhyming phrase is derived from the combination of culinary styles from either side of the Rio Grande river?

A73 TEX-MEX

Q74 Which golf club has been readmitted into the list of Open Championship venues after changing it’s rules on female membership?

A74 MUIRFIELD

Q75 Which English golfer won the 2016 Masters tournament at Augusta, the first Englishman to do so since Nick Faldo in 1996?

A75 DANNY WILLETT

Q76 Lugworms would be of the greatest interest to people with what hobby?

A76 SEA FISHING (accept angling/fishing)

Q77 The S.I. unit of electrical conductance is named after the founder of which major electrical and telecommunications company?

A77 SIEMENS (Werner von Siemens)

Q78 In which German city does the Porsche motor company have its H.Q.?

A78 STUTTGART

Q79 What mark indicates an object was Hallmarked by the London Assay Office?

A79 LEOPARD’S HEAD (accept leopard)

Q80 The dance Paso Doble is modelled on the sound, drama and movement of what activity?

A80 BULLFIGHTING

Q81 Also the surname of a former U.S. president, what is the middle name of both Bill Clinton and William Hague?

A81 JEFFERSON

Q82 To date who is the only person to have served as both vice-president and president of the U.S.A. without being elected to either office?

A82 GERALD FORD (replaced Spiro Agnew when he resigned and then replaced Richard Nixon when he resigned)

Q83 What is the name of Mo Farah’s American coach currently accused of drug irregularities?

A83 ALBERTO SALAZAR

Q84 S.I. unit of electrical capacitance is named after which British scientist and inventor?

A84 MICHAEL FARADAY (FARAD)

Q85 The equator passes through three South American countries: Brazil and Ecuador are two, what is the other?

A85 COLOMBIA

Q86 The equator meets the Indian ocean on the coast of which East African country?

A86 SOMALIA

Q87 Which actor submitted scripts to the BBC for suggested comedy sketches under the name of Gerald Wiley?

A87 RONNIE BARKER

Q88 “Or there and back again” is the sub-title to which fantasy novel published in 1937?

A88 THE HOBBIT

Q89 What misfortune befell “Le Bateau” (The Boat) a work by French artist Henri Matisse when it went on display in New York City in 1961

A89 IT WAS HUNG UPSIDE DOWN (for 47 days before anyone realized)

Q90 What is the name of the open air museum near the town of Stanley in County Durham that replicates life and conditions of the Industrial Revolution and the early 20th century?

A90 BEAMISH

Q91 Concord is the state capital of which U.S. state?

A91 NEW HAMPSHIRE

Q92 What is the title of Adele’s album that was awarded “Best Album Grammy” at the Grammy awards last month?

A92 25

Q93 Name either of the two former Manchester United players who are attempting to get planning permission to build two skyscrapers, a five star hotel, restaurant and flats in central Manchester?

A93 RYAN GIGGS and GARY NEVILLE

Q94 What is the name of the parliamentary constituency in Cumbria won by the Tories in the by-election of last month, the first by-election gain for a governing party since 1982?

A94 COPELAND

Q95 Which West African country is the smallest country on mainland Africa?

A95 THE GAMBIA

Q96 How many candles were displayed at the back of the altar at Ronnie Corbett’s funeral in March of last year?

A96 FOUR

Supplementary Questions

Q1 Which city in the North West Punjab, India, is the centre of the Sikh religion?

A1 AMRITSAR

Q2 What name is given to a female hedgehog?

A2 SOW

Q3 What is North America’s highest mountain?

A3 MT DENALI (formerly Mt McKinley – accept either)

Q4 Released in 1992 the final film in the “Carry On” series was based on the exploits of which explorer?

A4 CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (Carry On Columbus)

Q5 Who hosted the recent (2017) Oscars ceremony?

A5 JIMMY KIMMEL

Q6 Madras was the former name of which Indian city?

A6 CHENNAI

Q7 What was the first man made object to leave the solar system?

A7 VOYAGER I (accept Voyager)

Q8 Which international rugby team are known as “The Brave Blossoms”?

A8 JAPAN

Q9 As in the name P.D. James the English crime writer, for what does the letter ‘D’ stand?

A9 DOROTHY (Phyllis Dorothy James)