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?
A5. Which city near Luxor in Egypt is the site of the huge temple of Amon?
A6. Who was the first winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature to have been born in England?
A7. Johns Hopkins University and Hospital are in which city in the USA?
A8. In a 1994 episode, Fear of Flying, what was revealed as Homer Simpson’s favourite song?
‘IT’S RAINING MEN’
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?
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?
A13. Which company, which collapsed in 2002, was described by the Financial Times as “a virtual company with virtual profits”?
A14. The only rotating canal boat lift in the world is in which British town?
A15. Wallis and Futuna Islands in the South Pacific are overseas dependencies of which country?
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?
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?
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’?
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?
A23. Who was the fashion designer murdered outside
his Miami Beach home in July 1997?
A24. Wernham Hogg Paper Merchants was the setting for which TV series?