1   The organs most at fatal risk from measles are the brain…and what else?                                                             The LUNGS    

2   Who did Sue Lawley allow John Cleese to take to his Desert Island as his luxury item, on condition he was dead and

     stuffed?                                                                                                                                                                          Michael PALIN

3   Which novelette was set in Cornwall but was transferred to Bodega Bay in California when filmed?               

                                                                                                                                                       THE BIRDS (via Daphne du Maurier)

4   The jewel case, which was designed by Peter Doodson in Eindhoven, usually contains what item?

                                                                                                                                                             A COMPACT DISC (CD) via Philips

5   You’re a woman and you wear TENA Lady products - what do you suffer from?                                          INCONTINENCE   



6   Who wrote and originally released Aretha Franklin’s signature song ‘Respect’?                                              Otis REDDING

7   Having the binomial name Crex crex which references the male’s call, what secretive bird habitually nests in dry hay

     or cereal fields?                                                                                                                                 CORN CRAKE (accept landrail)

8   The UK Championship, which is part of snooker’s Triple Crown, has been held annually in which city’s Barbican Centre

     since 2011?                                                                                                                                                                                   YORK’s

9   Yetunde Price was shot dead in Compton, California in September 2003. Name either of her half-sisters.          


10   Which ballet comprises three scenes entitled The Stahlbaum Home; A Pine Forest; and the Land of Sweets?     

                                                                                                                                                           (Tchaikovsky’s) The NUTCRACKER



11   On which quiz show did Miriam Margolyes get a question wrong, leading to her claim that she was the first person

       to use the F-word on British TV?                                     UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (in 1963 playing for Newnham College)        

12   Which West Ham-born boxing champion is father to Leviah, Leya, Landon and Ling?                                  Lennox LEWIS      

13   Which band’s first single release was ‘Tommy Kowey’s Car’ with ‘She Goes to Fino’s’ on the B-side?    The TOY DOLLS      

14   Garmisch-Partenkirchen hosts an annual festival celebrating which composer, born in nearby Munich in 1864? 

                                                                                                                                                                             Richard Georg STRAUSS

15   Which island gives its name to pants introduced by fashion designer Sonja de Lennart in 1948 and worn by Audrey

       Hepburn in the film Roman Holiday?                                                                                                                                          CAPRI pants



16   Why were 20,000 Tyneside schoolchildren given the day off on Wednesday, 10 October 1928?

                                                                                                                                     OPENING OF TYNE BRIDGE (by King George V)              

17   The War Order of Virtuti Militari is which European country’s highest military decoration for heroism and courage in

       the face of the enemy at war?                                                                                                                                          POLAND’s              

18   What number links Ferryhill’s Phill Nixon; Bavaria’s Levi Strauss; and Trinidad’s Brian Lara?                                         501           

19   Which country, invaded in April 1940, became known as ‘Germany’s Pantry’?                                                    DENMARK             

20   What word, having strong links with Westonbirt House in Gloucestershire, was first coined by botanist John Claudius

       Loudon in 1833?                                                                                                                                  (The National) ARBORETUM



21   What title do we give to the Maori song ‘Po Atarau’?                                                                              NOW IS THE HOUR’    

22   W G Grace had the initials LRCP after his name. What did the P stand for?

                                                                                                                                   (Licentiate of the Royal College of) PHYSICIANS

23   Where on Wearside did the lowering of a flag at 15.00 GMT on 31 May 1984 signal its closure?     

                                                                                                                                                      USWORTH / SUNDERLAND AIRFIELD      

24   On 27 October 2018, a flight from Manchester carried the last ever Club 18-30 holidaymakers. Which resort was

        their destination?                                                                                                                                                              MAGALUF             

25   Which local structure is eight metres wide and has been abbreviated as GMB?      GATESHEAD MILLENNIUM BRIDGE





26   What word is repeated at the start of every edition of ‘Today in Parliament’ on BBC Radio 4?                              ORDER

27   Circular pieces of armour called besagues protected which parts of the body, the location of the axillary arteries?


28   Sunderland-born Mills and Boon writer Ida Cook, ghost wrote the autobiography of which operatic baritone, born

       in Italy in 1913?                                                                                                                                                                 Tito GOBBI

29   What nationality was Europe’s captain at this year’s Ryder Cup?                                                   DANISH (Thomas Bjørn)         

30   In which city did West Auckland FC twice win the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, sometimes referred to as The First

       World Cup?                                                                                                                                                                                 TURIN



31   Capnography is the monitoring of the concentration of what gas in the body?                                      CARBON DIOXIDE

32   In 2016, Ibtihaj Muhammad was the first Muslim woman to represent the US at the Olympics dressed in a hijab -

       what is Ibti’s sport?                                                                                                                                                 FENCING (sabre)

33   What is the family name of the Italian brothers whose eponymous drink is available in Rosso, Bianco, Extra Dry or

       Rosé versions?                                                                                               (Giovanni Giacomo and Carlo Stefano) CINZANO

34   The capital of Eritrea begins and ends with which letter?                                                                        A (Asmara/Asmera) 

35   Amalija and Viktor Knavs spent Christmas 2008 with the family at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida. Who is their

       daughter?                                                                                                                       Melania TRUMP (or Ines Knavs/Knauss)




36   The surname of which former Sunderland footballer, whose only goal for the club came in 1997, is also a word given

       to a group of penguins?                                                                                                                                             Chris WADDLE

37   An atomic number refers to the number of what found in the nucleus of an atom of a given element?         PROTONS     

38   Commonly a cultivar of Cucurbita pepo, what comes in such varieties as Hulk; Harvest Moon; and Jack-o-Lantern?


39   Which historic town in Normandy claims to have been the first to be liberated by Allied forces in 1944?         BAYEUX

40   Who appears as a backbench MP in the 1994 film The Madness of King George - a play he wrote three years before?

                                                                                                                                         Alan BENNETT (‘The Madness of George III’)



41   Past MPs for which north east town include Sir George Downing, who gave his name to the London Street; and

       William Huskisson, famed for dying beneath a train?                                                                                                 MORPETH

42   Which football side, past winners of the FA Cup, plays home fixtures on Number One ground in Chatham?

                                                                                                                                                                              ROYAL ENGINEERS AFC

43   Which village in Schuyler County, New York State is named after Dr Samuel Watkins?                             WATKINS GLEN

44   Which town, taking its name from a measure of land equating to 120 acres, housed Myra Hindley, Ian Brady and Dr

       Harold Shipman?                                                                                                                                                                         HYDE

45   Who died in January 1642 and is the namesake of the 2001 Epsom Derby winner?                                               GALILEO



46   What is England skipper Dylan Hartley’s club side?                                                                             NORTHAMPTON Saints

47   Who never played the Glastonbury Festival, chiefly because he died on 18 September 1970, the day before the

        inaugural event?                                                                                                                                                          Jimi HENDRIX

48   Pulitzer Prize winner Karl Shapiro wrote the World War II poem Scyros as a tribute to which fellow poet?

                                                                                                                                                                                            Rupert BROOKE

49   He was born in Linlithgow in August 1809 and his products carry a tagline reading in part ‘(he) was a real stickler for

       quality, always insisting on the best’. Name him.                                                                                                       John WEST

50   What adjective can precede eye, spleen or hands to create a phrase or saying?                                            WANDERING



51   Which band’s winning Eurovision song was written as an anthem for the Samaritans?

                                                                                                                                         KATRINA + THE WAVES’ (Love Shine a Light)

52   The initials of the only Prime Minister to serve under three monarchs are the chemical symbol of which element?

                                                                                                                                                                  ANTIMONY (Stanley Baldwin)