22nd NOVEMBER 2017

                                             Questions ‘A’


1 Name either of the track events which were added to the women’s programme at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

                   400m HURDLES or 3000m

2       Hirudotherapy is a branch of medicine which involves the use of which animals?


3       ‘Life depends on a silken thread’ is the motto of the Caterpillar Club, whose members have all done what?

                   BAILED OUT of a stricken aircraft by PARACHUTE.                                                         (Accept similar, but not just parachute jump)

4       In Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem of 1892, what exactly was ‘the road to Mandalay’?

                    IRRAWADDY River                                                                                                                  ---------------------------------------------------------

5       The Southern National is held at which racecourse, the only jumps course in England with a figure of eight track?

                   FONTWELL Park

6       ‘What does this button do?’ is the title of the current autobiography of which multi-talented rocker?

                   Bruce DICKINSON

7       Which 9-letter word meaning a long-winded procedure comes from an 18th century term meaning a legal document recording a list of offences?


8       Which Hollywood actress gets a name check in Wham’s 1984 number one ‘Wake me up before you go-go’?

                    Doris DAY


9       Which sci-fi novel published in 1932 is set in the year 632 After Ford?

                    BRAVE NEW WORLD

10   The name Fido for a dog became a popular choice after photographs were sold to tourists visiting the home town of which 19th century US President?

                    Abraham LINCOLN

11   In 1968, the Royal Mint moved from London to which small Welsh town?


12  In 2016, an RSPB poll found that the robin was Britain’s favourite bird. Which bird, with the Latin name ‘tyto (pronounced tooto) alba’, came second?

                     BARN OWL



13  In 2012-2013, which striker scored in seven official club competitions, the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, FIFA Club World Cup, FA Community Shield, the FA Cup and the League Cup?

                      Fernando TORRES

14  Which series of books aimed at low budget backpackers uses the slogan ‘Make the most of your time on Earth’?

                      ROUGH GUIDE

15  Known to the Romans as Caesaria Augusta, which city was the last capital of the Kingdom of Aragon?


16  The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University is housed in a building which bears the name of which 18th-19th century astronomer and composer?

                       Frederick William HERSCHEL


17  The title of F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1934 novel ‘Tender is the night’ is taken from which poem by John Keats?

                       ODE TO A NIGHTINGALE

18  On 15th May 1464, John Neville, with a force of about 3000 men, routed the rebel Lancastrians near which town in Northumberland?


19  Which state of the USA has the highest proportion of African Americans, around 37% of the population?


20  Which fashion chain was created when Arthur Benjamin Sugarman sold his first shirts in 1965?

                       BEN SHERMAN


21  Which John Wayne western of 1963 has a one word title followed by an exclamation mark?

                        McLINTOCK!           not HATARI! – 1962- set in Africa

22  Designed to mimic the silhouette of the letter A, the logo of Atari is now known by which one word name, due to its resemblance to something else?


23  Wimbledon organiser Sarah Clarke is set to be the first female in its 650 year history to hold which parliamentary role?

                         BLACK ROD

24  What name is given to the bisque earthenware imitating marble developed around 1845 by the Staffordshire pottery manufacturer Mintons?

                         PARIAN Ware


                         SUNDERLAND ECHO QUIZ LEAGUE

                                     22nd NOVEMBER 2017

                                             Questions ‘B’

1 The VW Beetle ceased production on 30th July 2003, when number 21,529,464 rolled off the assembly line in which country?


2       Which is the only country outside the Americas to use the peso as currency?


3       Which American golfer was killed in 1999, four months after winning the US Open, when a Lear jet in which he was travelling lost cabin pressure?

                           Payne STEWART

4       Corundum, of which ruby and sapphire are varieties, is an oxide of which metal? 



5       One of the most sacred rivers to Hindus, the mouth of the Ganges is in which country?


6       The opening of which Agatha Christie novel is based on the actual kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s son in 1932?

                            MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

7       Which singer songwriter gets a name check in the lyrics of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s  Sweet Home Alabama’?

                            Neil YOUNG

8       Previously called the Jack Russell terrier, in 1999 the Kennel Club officially changed the first word of the name to what?



9       In 1957, the Royal Observatory moved from its home in Greenwich to which castle in East Sussex?


10  Andy Selva holds the distinction of being the only man ever to have scored a winning goal for which country?

                           SAN MARINO         1-0 vs Leichtenstein

11  Which fictional restaurant was often mentioned in episodes of the American crime drama ‘Magnum PI’?

                           ROBIN’S NEST

12  Which journalist and restaurant critic, who chairs Radio 4’s ‘Kitchen Cabinet’ is nicknamed ‘Acid’ for his acerbic comments?

                           Jay RAYNER



13                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               In which former European capital city can tourists see a bronze statue of a dragon called Smok Wawelsky?  (pronounced VAVELSKY’


14                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Alongside St Columba and St Patrick, who are both male, which female is a patron saint of Ireland?

                           St BRIGID

15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Due to renovations at Longchamp racecourse, the 2016 and 2017 runnings of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe took place at which track?


16                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Which forename was used almost exclusively as a man’s name until its use as the title of an 1849 novel established it as a girl’s name?



17                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Name either of the sides who took part in what came to be known as ‘the Second Battle of Hastings’?

                            MODS or ROCKERS

18  Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, has just been appointed to which Cabinet position?

                           Secretary of State for INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT  

19  The Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are collectively known by which name?

                           MARITIME Provinces

20  When the Nintendo Game Boy was introduced in 1989, which game came as a bundle with the console?



21  Which 1968 film starring Julie Andrews has a one word title followed by an exclamation mark?


22  Which Newcastle building, completed in 1982 to Ralph Erskine’s Functional Romantic design, is on UNESCO’s list of outstanding 20th Century buildings?

                             BYKER WALL

23  Which well known Italian dish has a name which translates into English as ‘serve it up’?


24  Inspired by the last words of murderer Gary Gilmore in 1977, which phrase is a trademark of the Nike Corporation?

                              JUST DO IT