QUESTIONS A

ROUND 1

A1.      Which planet has a three-month day with a temperature of 400oC and a three-month night of minus180oC?

MERCURY

A2.      The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first in which trilogy of novels?

                                                                                                                        MILLENNIUM

A3.      For what does the letter ‘P’ stand in the shipping company ‘P & O’?

PENINSULAR (& Oriental)

 

A4.      Route 66 spans 7 states and is named after which early twentieth century film actor?

                                                                                                                        Will ROGERS highway

 

ROUND 2

A5.      Which is the most recent winner of the Oscar Best Picture that had a sporting theme?

MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)

A6.      Name the comic book artist who illustrated Judge Dredd, The Punisher and The Preacher, and who died in October 2016.

                                                                                                            Steve DILLON

A7.      During the Vendee Globe round the world yacht race, sailors must navigate past three capes – Cape Horn, the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Leeuwin. Off the coast of which country is Cape Leeuwin? 

                                                                                                                        AUSTRALIA

A8.      Philip Larkin - poet, grump and traditionalist – held a particular dislike for three modernists whom he referred to as the three Ps. Name the artist.

                                                                                                            Pablo PICASSO

 

ROUND 3

A9.      Which sportsman’s autobiography “My Turn” was published posthumously in 2016? 

                                                                                                            Johann CRUYFF

A10.    Being as much as 50 feet, which British river’s tidal range is the World’s second highest? 

                                                                                                                        SEVERN

A11.    Who was the President of the Royal Society that gave Isaac Newton permission to publish has ‘Principia Mathematica’ under the auspices of the Royal Society?

                                                                                                            Samuel PEPYS

A12.    Founded in 1611, Charterhouse Public School is in which county? 

SURREY

 

ROUND 4     

A13.    The prefix “Yugo” in the word Yugoslavia has what meaning? 

SOUTH (or SOUTHERN)

A14.    As part of his work in what he called ‘social physics’, the Belgian statistician and sociologist Adolphe Quetelet devised which measure of health?

                                                                                                            BODY MASS INDEX or BMI

A15.    Keith Stackpole represented Australia internationally on 43 occasions at which sport?

 CRICKET

A16.    During World War 2 what did members of the Guinea Pig Club undergo?

                                                                                                                        PLASTIC SURGERY

ROUND 5

A17.    The city of Petra was the trading centre of which people?

NABATEANS

A18.    Roger Mellie’s Profanisaurus is an invaluable lexicon of profane words and expressions. It is a spinoff publication from which UK comic?

                                                                                                            VIZ

A19.    Which Shakespearean character said ‘O Gertrude, Gertrude, when sorrows come, they come not single spies but in battalions’?

CLAUDIUS

A20.    The Lines of Torres Vedras were used to defend which city in 1810?

LISBON

 

ROUND 6

A21.    Sterlet, oscietra and sevruga are three of the four main varieties of what foodstuff?

                                                                                                                        CAVIAR

A22.    In 1968, the abolition of theatre censorship paved the way for which musical to open in the West End?

                                                                                                                                    HAIR

A23.    Who was the playwright and novelist who, in 1915, was given the codename ‘Somerville’ when he was sent to Geneva by MI6?

 

Somerset MAUGHAN

A24.    In 1835, a French mathematician suggested an explanation for the prevailing air movements observed north and south of the equator. What was his name?


Gustave CORIOLIS

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