QUESTIONS B

ROUND 1

B1.       What tongue-in-cheek honour recognises people who have contributed to evolution by removing themselves from the gene pool via foolish deaths or hapless sterilisation?

                                                                                                            DARWIN Award

B2.       At which battle of 1854 was the phrase ‘The Thin Red Line’ first mentioned?

                                                                                                            BALACLAVA

B3.       The actor Edward Chapman played a cinematic authority figure. Against which comedian was he pitted?

                                                                                                            Norman WISDOM

B4.       The roof of which London theatre collapsed during a performance in December 2013?
                                                                                                            APOLLO

 

ROUND 2

B5.       What was the name of the man who led the Branch Davidian Religious Sect at the Waco Massacre?
                                                                                                David KORESH

B6.       Elfdalian, spoken by about 2000 people, is considered to be the closest language to Old Norse. In which country is it spoken?

                                                                                                            SWEDEN

B7.       Alluding to the diverse origins of the people of Alexander the Great’s empire, what name is given to a salad composed of small pieces of vegetables or fruit? 

                                                                                                            MACEDOINE

B8.       In the 1995 Rugby World Cup at the Sydney Oval, Australia scored 22 tries against which tier - two nation, who scored 3 tries in a World Cup game for the first time in 2015?

                                                                                                            NAMIBIA

ROUND 3

B9.       Which chemist and author of the book of his life in a concentration camp called “If This is a Man” committed suicide in 1987? 

                                                                                                            Primo LEVI

B10.     In the New Testament, the Good Samaritan was going from Jerusalem to which city?

                                                                                                            JERICHO

B11.     "The knife came down, missing him by inches and he took off'”, is the closing line from which novel later made into a 1970 film.

                                                                                                            CATCH 22

B12.       In 1893, Rudolf Diesel built his first working prototype engine which ran on the oil of which grain legume?

 

                                                                                                            PEANUT                                           

 

ROUND 4

B13.     Of what was Laurence Olivier the first and Rufus Norris the latest?

                                                                                    DIRECTOR of the NATIONAL THEATRE

B14.     At the 2012 Olympics, Canadian Derek Drouin shared the bronze medal with which other athlete?

                                                                                                            Robbie GRABARZ

B15.       What postal first did Sierra Leone pioneer in 1964?

                                                                                          SELF ADHESIVE stamp

 

B16.     Who was ‘Agent Stanley’ OBE who disappeared in January 1963?

                                                                                                            ‘Kim’ PHILBY

ROUND 5

B17.     The Southern sky constellation Carina is supposed to represent the keel of which mythical ship?

                                                                                                            ARGO

B18.     In the Asterix comic stories, what is the name of the portly chief of the Gaulish village?

                                                                                                            VITALSTATISTIX

B19.     Which neurologist and author of the book “The Man who mistook his Wife for a Hat” died in September 2015? 

                                                                                                            Oliver SACKS                                                                       

B20.     Which Roman writer, best known for his Natural History (Naturalis Historic), died during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD?

                                                                                                            PLINY (the ELDER)                           

ROUND 6 

B21.     What type of invertebrate, found around volcanic smokers on the sea bed, is named after David Hasselhoff?

                                                                        (White Hoff) CRAB (hairy crabs - hairy chest)

B22.     The distinctive trademark of which British, Midlands beer can be seen on a bottle in the 1882 Manet painting ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergere?

                                                                                                BASS Pale Ale                                                

B23.     In Spanish, the accent known as a tonica does not alter the pronunciation of a vowel but affects which other part of a word? 

                                                                                                            SYLLABLE (which to stress)  

B24.     Who is the only person to have won the Le Mans 24 hour race, the Indianapolis 500 and be F1 World Champion – the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’?

                                                                                          Graham HILL

 

 

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