Questions October 31st

1.              Who wrote the 2007 book: ‘More Than a Game, The Story of Cricket's Early Years’?
                                                                                                                                      John
MAJOR

2.              In the title of Wilkie Collin’s novel “The Moonstone”, what type of gem was the Moonstone?

                          DIAMOND

 

3.              In which English city did the first of ‘The Bloody Assizes’ take place in August 1685?

WINCHESTER

 

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? 

FRENCH GUIANA

 

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? 

Drew BREES

8.              In both codes of Rugby what position is the English equivalent of the French “Talonneur”?  

HOOKER

 

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”? 

George KENNEDY

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?     

UNICYCLE

12.          The deepest part of the Atlantic is named after which island?  

                                                                                                             PUERTO RICO

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?

                                                                                                                              DUNBAR

 

15.          Who is the only New Zealander to have made an individual Test match innings of over 300?   

      Brendon McCULLUM

 

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’?

Norman MAILER

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?

George CANNING

20.          Which island achieved independence in 1918 and became a republic in 1944?

ICELAND

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?

BILLESDON BROOK

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?

A FALL

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?

MERCURY

25.          Chris Evans was appointed the editor of which daily, national newspaper in 2014?

DAILY TELEGRAPH

26.          The rhubarb triangle of West Yorkshire extends between Morley, Rothwell and which town – the site of a rhubarb festival in February?

                                                                                        WAKEFIELD

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?

Margaret THATCHER

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"?

Dylan THOMAS

31.          Joan Sims made most appearances for a female, 24, in the ‘Carry On’ films. Which female was second with 14 appearances?

Hattie JACQUES

32.     The World War Two German strategic offensive ‘Operation Typhoon’ was a plan to capture which city?

                                                                                                MOSCOW

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?

Mark KNOPFLER

35.          In human anatomy, ‘malar’ relates to which part of the body?

CHEEK (bone)

36.          With sales of 952,000 what was the 2017 bestselling car in Europe?

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

37.          In which present day country is the castle which gave the Hapsburg dynasty its name?

SWITZERLAND

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?

KRISHNA

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?

MARSHALL Islands

45.          Who led the Great Heathen Army defeated by Alfred the Great at the battle of Edington in 878AD?

GUTHRUM

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)

47.          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?

FOURTEEN

49.          Which children’s favourite has friends including Pedro Pony, Emily Elephant and Zoe Zebra?

PEPPA PIG

50.          Which science fiction author wrote the ‘Lensman’ series of novels?

E.E. ’Doc’ SMITH

51.     Created by William G. Morgan in 1895, and first played at Holyoke Massachusetts in that year, what sport was originally called Mintonette?
                                                                                                                          
VOLLEYBALL

52.     What piece of photographic equipment was banned from the National Gallery in 2015?
                                                                                                                          
SELFIE STICK