QUESTIONS A

ROUND 1

A1.      The Classical Latin alphabet has 23 characters. Name one of the three missing from the modern alphabet.

                                                                                                            J, U or W

A2.      At whose funeral, in 1965, did Buster Keaton declare, ‘Chaplin wasn’t the funniest, I wasn’t the funniest – this man was the funniest’?

                                                                                    Stan LAUREL (or Arthur Stanley JEFFERSON)

A3.      Reverend Christine Hardman was appointed to which post in September 2015?

                                                                                                                        BISHOP of NEWCASTLE

A4.      Which nuts are traditionally used to produce the Italian sauce Pesto?

                                                                                                            PINE nuts

ROUND 2

A5.      Which city near Luxor in Egypt is the site of the huge temple of Amon?

                                                                                                            KARNAK

A6.      Who was the first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature to have been born in England? 

John GALSWORTHY

A7.      Johns Hopkins University and Hospital are in which city in the USA? 

BALTIMORE

 

A8.      In a 1994 episode, Fear of Flying, what was revealed as Homer Simpson’s favourite song?

 

                                                                                                            IT’S RAINING MEN’

ROUND 3

A9.      The Renaissance artist Pietro Torrigiano produced remarkably life-like, terracotta sculptures - including one of Henry VII - but is more famous for breaking the nose of which artist?

                                                                                                            MICHAELANGELO

A10.    What was, or is, 2.5 by 1.5 by 1.5 cubits in measurement and made of shittim wood?

 

 ARK OF THE COVENANT

 

A11.    The shot in cricket where the batsman scoops the ball over his own head and hits it behind the wicketkeeper takes its name from which cricketer, its originator?   

Tillekeratne DILSHAN (The Dilscoop)

A12.    Roy Rodger’s horse was called Trigger. What was the name of his German Shepherd dog?

                                                                                                            BULLET                                                                                                                                

 

ROUND 4     

A13.    Which company, which collapsed in 2002, was described by the Financial Times as “a virtual company with virtual profits”?

                                                                                                                        ENRON

A14.    The only rotating canal boat lift in the world is in which British town? 

FALKIRK

 

A15.    Wallis and Futuna Islands in the South Pacific are overseas dependencies of which country?  

FRANCE

A16.    Featured in the 2015 film ‘Bridge of Spies’, what is the name of the bridge which linked West Berlin with Potsdam that was often used for East-West spy exchanges during the Cold War period?

                                                                                                            GLIENICKE Bridge

ROUND 5

A17.    Whose autobiography, completed after his death in 2004 by his wife, was entitled “Margrave of the Marshes”?

                                                                                    John PEEL (John Robert Parker Ravenscroft)

A18.     Which jockey was runner up to Tony McCoy on sixteen of the twenty occasions when the latter won the National Hunt Jockeys’ championship?

                                                                                                Richard JOHNSON                                                                           

A19.    Name either of the African countries who fought the “Toyota War” of 1987, so-called because of the use of 400 Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks by one of the participants.

                                                                                                CHAD or LIBYA

A20.    In 2008, which fictional character was named as a Japanese ‘Ambassador for Tourism’?

                                                                                                            HELLO KITTY

ROUND 6

A21.    Which Premier League football side is the furthest from any other?

 

                        SWANSEA CITY [103 miles to WBA; it’s 102 miles from Norwich to Leicester]

A22.    Whose operatic works include Lucia di Lammermoor and Anna Bolena?   
                                                                                                                        Gaetano DONIZETTI

A23.    Who was the fashion designer murdered outside his Miami Beach home in July 1997?
                                                                                                                                     Gianni VERSACE                                                                             

A24.    Wernham Hogg Paper Merchants was the setting for which TV series?

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                            THE OFFICE

 

 

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