QUESTIONS A

ROUND 1

A1.      For ninety years from 1363, Edirne was the capital of which Empire? 

OTTOMAN

A2.      What is the first name of TV’s Judge Rinder? 

ROBERT

A3.      In which French city does rugby Super League team Catalan Dragons play their home matches?

 

                                                                                                            PERPIGNAN

 

A4.      Who said, not in English, of the Holy Roman Empire, “It is neither holy nor Roman nor an empire”? 

VOLTAIRE

ROUND 2

A5.      Which author was Governor General of Canada from 1935 to 1940? 

John BUCHAN (Baron Tweedsmuir)

 

A6.      The last Royal Institution Christmas lecture given by Michael Faraday in 1860 was entitled “The Chemical History of ….. “- what then everyday household object? 

A CANDLE

A7.      In which poem by Lord Tennyson are the lines “’Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all”? 

IN MEMORIAM

A8.      Since the death of Peter Richardson in 2017, name either of the two cricketers who played in the 1956 Test match at Old Trafford (Laker’s match) who are still living. 

Neil HARVEY (Australia) or Alan OAKMAN (England)

 

ROUND 3

A9.      What was the name of the gang led by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? 

The WILD BUNCH

 

A10.    Trichologist Philip Kingsley coined which three word phrase to describe a period of time when things seem to go wrong.

BAD HAIR DAY

A11.    It’s my party” was first recorded by the Chiffons in 1962, then Helen Shapiro in 1963, followed by Lesley Gore in the same year, but which female singer reached No.1 in the UK in 1981 as part of a duo with Dave Stewart?

                                                                                                            Barbara GASKIN

A12.    In 1992, Doctor Who star Lalla Ward married which atheist? 

Richard DAWKINS

 

ROUND 4     

A13.    Hortus Bulborum is a garden in which European country? 

NETHERLANDS (HOLLAND)

 

A14.    Which Middle Eastern dish is a deep fried patty of chickpeas or fava beans commonly served in a pita? 

FALAFEL

 

A15.    Sharing his surname with a current England cricketer, which mathematical physicist, born in 1819, was Lucasian Professor of mathematics at Cambridge University for 54 years and gave his name to the CGS unit of kinematic viscosity? 

Sir George STOKES

 

A16.    To which England back-row forward in the recent England-Italy international did Romain Poite say “I can’t say. I’m the referee, not a coach”?

                                                                                                      James HASKELL

ROUND 5

A17.    What 11-letter word was used for the mechanical direction indicator on a vehicle used on British roads between 1908 and 1960? 

TRAFFICATOR

A18.    What was the name of the two brothers who served as tribunes of the people in Rome during the second century B.C. but were both assassinated for their revolutionary reforms, which affected the landowning patricians? 

GRACCHUS (accept GRACCHI)

 

A19.    According to the Bible, who beheaded Nebuchadnezzar’s general Holofernes? 

                                                                                                                                         JUDITH

 

A20.    Which author, and Daily Telegraph correspondent, who died on the 10th January 2017, was the first to report the Wehrmacht build up and the invasion of Poland three days later?

 

Clare HOLLINGSWORTH

ROUND 6

A21.    With a name meaning “Great Bell”, what is the highest mountain in Austria?

GROSSGLOCKNER

A22.    The title of the Agatha Christie novel “By the Pricking of my Thumbs” is a quotation from which Shakespeare play? 

MACBETH

A23.    Named after a German polymath, which sea current runs along the west coast of South America? 

 

                                                                                                                        HUMBOLDT Current

 

A24.    In the famous painting by Emanuel Leutze, which river was being crossed by George Washington?

                                                                                                                                        DELAWARE

 

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