B1.       The mother of which irascible TV journalist and personality designed the first Paddington Bear soft toy?

                                                                                                            Jeremy CLARKSON

B2.       Which global company dropped its motto “Don’t be evil,” and exchanged it with, “Do the right thing” in 2015?


B3.       “England is Mine” is a 2017 biopic of which singer born in Davyhulme, Greater Manchester, in 1959? 


B4.       The secret police of which historical figure were the Oprichniki?

                                                                                                IVAN (IV) the TERRIBLE



B5.       Which Roman poet was exiled to Tomis by the emperor Augustus?

(Publius Ovidius Naso) OVID

B6.       The Madeira Islands were declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 to protect what million year old vegetation type?

LAUREL forest or laurissilva

B7.       Based in the Eccles Building in Washington D.C., what is the name of the United States central banking system? 


B8.       The north stand at Gigg Lane, Bury is named after which father of three international sportspeople? 

                                                                                                Neville NEVILLE


B9.       Professional darts players are known for using "walk-on music" at the start of a match. Which PDC player used the song “Eye of The Tiger" by Survivor?


B10.       Gordon Stanley Ostlere born in 1921 who died in 2017 sold over 3 million copies of his first book and the film based on it was the top British money-maker in 1954. By what name is he better known? 

Richard GORDON (Book and film “Doctor in the House”)

B11.     On which ship was Dr. Hawley Crippen arrested on July 31st 1910?

                                                                                                S.S. MONTROSE

B12.     Mary Langdon became the first British woman in which occupation, helping to deal with the consequences of the drought in the hot summer of 1976?

                                                                  FIRE OFFICER (or FIREFIGHTER)




B13.     Which World War II battle was initially led on the Allied side by Major General John P. Lucas, and ended on June 5th 1944?


B14.     Whose prelude in D flat major, opus 28 number 15, is known as “The Raindrop Prelude”? 


                                                                                                                        Frederic CHOPIN

B15.     Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, nicknamed Cunctator, meaning ‘the delayer’, gave his name to which political society founded in 1884?

                                                                                                            The FABIAN Society


B16.     Which bowler, who died in August, 2017, took 2,218 wickets in his first class cricketing career? This is the highest number by an England qualified player never to have played for England.

                                                                                                                        Don SHEPHERD


B17.     What prefix is used in the SI system of measurements to denote a number to the power of 10 to the minus 12?

B18.       In which of Aristophanes’ plays is Cloud Cuckoo Land a location?  



B19.     Which British physicist in 1872 invented a tide prediction machine, one of which was used to predict the tides for the Normandy landings of 1944?


William THOMPSON  (or Lord Kelvin)


B20.     Name either of the early 20th century disasters survived by nurse Violet Jessop?


SINKING of the TITANIC or BRITANNIC (She was also on the Olympic when it collided with HMS Hawke)


B21.     From which language is the word “intelligentsia” derived?


B22.     In Virgil’s “Aeneid”, the priest Laocoon speaks the phrase “Timeo Danaos, et dona ferentes”. What common English saying is a paraphrase of this? 


BEWARE THE GREEKS BEARING GIFTS (Accept “I FEAR THE GREEKS EVEN WHEN THEY BRING GIFTS”)                                                                                           

B23.     In Christian tradition, which class of angels are highest in rank?


B24.     What was the name of the mother cat in the 1970 Disney film Aristocats?