B1. Which bargain retail chain was started by David Dodd and Stephen Smith in 1990?
B2. Appointed in 1951, who is the longest serving member of the Privy Council?
B3. Double Olympic alpine skiing silver medallist Marc Girardelli represented which country?
B4. "In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his
level of incompetence". This is a summary of which management principle?
The PETER Principle
B5. Nephrite, a basic calcium magnesium iron silicate, is a variety of which semi-precious stone?
B6. On which make of motorcycle did Jonathan Rea win the World Superbike Championship in 2016?
B7. The Kreutzer Sonata was, famously, a composition by Beethoven and, perhaps less famously by Janacek; but who wrote a novella first published in 1889 entitled “The Kreutzer Sonata”?
B8. The density of which constituent part of the earth's atmosphere is measured using Dobson units?
B9. Which Test player scored 380 six months before Brian Lara scored 400 to take back the highest individual score record in Test cricket?
B10. The first launch of an iron made ship on the River Wear took place in 1853. From which Deptford shipyard was this ship, the Amity, launched?
Sir James LAING & Sons
B11. Which 24-year-old directed the first episode of “Columbo”, “Murder by the Book”, aired in 1971?
B12. On what British island is Dunvegan Castle located?
B13. Which TV quiz programme was devised by Frenchman Armand Jammot?
B14. The nitrate of which metallic element is used in pyrotechnics to produce a crimson flame?
B15. Whose essay “A Modest Proposal” was a satire suggesting that the Irish could farm and eat their own children?
B16. John Cabot explored the east coast of North America under
commission from which English monarch?
B17. Who initially led the allied army landings at Anzio on January 22nd 1944?
Major General John P. LUCAS
B18. Which breed of dog won ‘Best in Show’ at Crufts 2016?
WEST HIGHLAND terrier
B19. Which Irish novelist was personal assistant to actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum theatre in London?
B20. Which electrical appliance manufacturing business was established on the outskirts of Malmesbury, Wiltshire in 1983 by its eponymous founder?
Sir James DYSON
B21. Made famous during the Civil War, which American town is at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers?
B22. Who was the first ever designer to ban the use of models who have a Body Mass Index under 18?
B23. Which famous Italian artist killed a rival in a botched attempt to castrate him in Rome in 1606?
Michelangelo Merisi de CARAVAGGIO
B24. What was the pen-name of poet Winifred Emma May, famous for her sentimental poems published by the Daily Mirror and Woman’s Own for several decades?