Questions October 31st
Who wrote the 2007 book: ‘More
Than a Game, The Story of Cricket's Early Years’?
2. In the title of Wilkie Collin’s novel “The Moonstone”, what type of gem was the Moonstone?
3. In which English city did the first of ‘The Bloody Assizes’ take place in August 1685?
4. Name either of the two countries which have the Yalu and Tumen rivers as borders.
CHINA or NORTH KOREA
5. The much used Kourou spaceport is in which country?
6. Excluding Dag Hammarskjold who died in office, name either of the United Nations Secretaries General who did not serve two terms of office.
Trygve LIE or Boutros BOUTROS-GHALI
7. In October 2018, which New Orleans Saints’ quarterback broke the NFL American Football record for number of yards passing in a career?
8. In both codes of Rugby what position is the English equivalent of the French “Talonneur”?
9. Seconded by the U.S. Army as the technical adviser on “The Phil Silvers Show” and playing occasional bit parts,
who resigned his army commission to become an actor and won the Best Supporting Actor for the 1967 film “Cool Hand Luke”?
10. Which Romanian composer born in 1881 was said by the world renowned cellist Pablo Casals to be “The greatest composer since Mozart”?
George ENESCU (ENESCO)
11. In July 2018 Ed Pratt completed his round the world journey in forty months. What was his singular form of transport?
12. The deepest part of the Atlantic is named after which island?
13. In which TV series of the 1980s are the two protagonists confronted by a flasher in the opening credits?
CAGNEY AND LACEY
14. The Scottish brewery Belhaven is in which town - the scene of battles in 1296 and 1650?
15. Who is the only New Zealander to have made an individual Test match innings of over 300?
16. In 1908 the food additive E621 was isolated from seaweed by Kikunae Ikeda. By what name is this additive better known?
MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG)
17. Which American author, in his 1973 biography of Marilyn Monroe, coined the word ‘factoid’?
18. The riff from which song, ranked seventh on Rollin’ Stones “500 greatest songs of all time”, is included on the Voyager probe’s golden disc?
JOHNNY B GOODE
19. Which British Prime Minister died within four months of taking office in 1827?
20. Which island achieved independence in 1918 and became a republic in 1944?
21. In which 1958 radio comedy is a character sent to the Eddystone Lighthouse to warn the inhabitants that sterling had dropped from F-sharp to E-flat?
The GOON SHOW
22. Which filly caused a 66 to 1 upset, winning the 1000 Guineas in 2018?
23. If you watch the Tour de France on television, you may see the word ‘chute’ next to a rider’s name. What does this indicate?
24. Lewis Carroll’s portrait of the Mad Hatter is based on felt hatters’ erratic, sometimes violent behaviour, due to the treatment of felt by what poisonous substance?
25. Chris Evans was appointed the editor of which daily, national newspaper in 2014?
26. The rhubarb triangle of West Yorkshire extends between Morley, Rothwell and which town – the site of a rhubarb festival in February?
27. What is the name of the space telescope set to replace the Hubble space telescope for the next decade?
James WEBB telescope
28. Who, in 1975, was made the first honorary female member of the Carlton Club?
29. A member of an influential 1960s group, whose guitar, originally purchased in 1962, sold for $2.4 million in 2015?
John LENNON (a Gibson J160E)
30. In 1953 the last recorded words of which literary figure were: "I've had 18 straight whiskies, I think that's the record"?
31. Joan Sims made most appearances for a female, 24, in the ‘Carry On’ films. Which female was second with 14 appearances?
32. The World War Two German strategic offensive ‘Operation Typhoon’ was a plan to capture which city?
33. What is the title of Graham Greene's 1955 novel, it being a description of the main character, CIA agent Alden Pyle?
The QUIET AMERICAN
34. The films Local Hero, Last Exit to Brooklyn and Wag the Dog all featured music by which British singer-songwriter?
35. In human anatomy, ‘malar’ relates to which part of the body?
36. With sales of 952,000 what was the 2017 bestselling car in Europe?
37. In which present day country is the castle which gave the Hapsburg dynasty its name?
38. Which 2002 Steven Spielberg film had the tag line “the true story of a fake”?
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
39. According to ancient Greek mythology, what famous structure was built by a man called Epeius?
The TROJAN HORSE
40. At the outbreak of the First World War, which British Foreign Secretary remarked that "The lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time"?
Sir Edward GREY
41. Which Indian deity was killed in the same manner, an arrow in the heel, as the ancient Greek Achilles?
42. Who was the American artist killed in an alcohol related car crash in August 1956?
Paul Jackson POLLOCK
43. The statue of which 60’s popular music star overlooks the River Mersey at Albert Docks?
Billy FURY (Ronald Wycherley)
44. Bikini Atoll, the scene of nuclear bomb testing from 1946 to 1958, is in which island group?
45. Who led the Great Heathen Army defeated by Alfred the Great at the battle of Edington in 878AD?
46. At Rosyth on 4th July 2014, what was used by the Queen to replace the traditional bottle of champagne used for the naming ceremony of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth?
WHISKY (Bowmore Islay malt)
In Geneva, statues on the Reformation Wall commemorate major
figures of the Protestant Reformation.
Name any one of the three that are British born.
JOHN KNOX or OLIVER CROMWELL or ROGER WILLIAMS
48. How many lines are there in a sonnet as often used by Shakespeare?
49. Which children’s favourite has friends including Pedro Pony, Emily Elephant and Zoe Zebra?
50. Which science fiction author wrote the ‘Lensman’ series of novels?
E.E. ’Doc’ SMITH
Created by William G. Morgan in 1895, and first played at
Holyoke Massachusetts in that year, what sport was originally called Mintonette?
52. What piece of photographic equipment was
banned from the National Gallery in 2015?