SUNDERLAND  ECHO  QUIZ FEBRUARY  2020

1] Which watch-making company has as its logo an hourglass with a wing on each  side?

     LONGINES

2] Who was the only major British star to return from Hollywood and join the British Army

    at the outbreak of WW2?       

     DAVID NIVEN

3] The Quarter Day known as Lady Day is in which month in England?    

    MARCH

4] Which town was, in the nineteenth century and even sometimes today, known as Oysteropolis?

    WHITSTABLE

5] What title did the ruler of Hyderabad in India have from 1707 to 1948?   

     NIZAM

6] The song of which bird was said by Carl Czerny and Anton Schindler to have inspired the first four  notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Others have suggested it was more likely to have inspired the opening of his Fourth Piano Concerto.    

   YELLOWHAMMER

7] The 14 billion pound merger between Sainsbury and which other supermarket was thwarted by  competition   regulators in early 2019?        

   ASDA

8] Which British children’s book character is often banned by the Chinese authorities because of a  perceived pictorial likeness to President Xi Jinping ?It started in 2013 when Xi was walking with President Obama.      

   WINNIE THE POOH

9] A plaque marks the broom cupboard in the Houses of Parliament where which prominent person spent a night during the 1911 census?  

    EMILY DAVISON

10] Who is the current Australian Prime Minister who secretly went on holiday while the bush fires were raging and received much criticism for doing so?    

      SCOTT MORRISON

11] What is the emergency number throughout most of the EU?    

      112

12] In which decade did Iceland break its final ties with Danish rule by getting rid of the personal union with the Danish monarch and becoming a republic?      

     1940s

13Who was the Tuscan scholar and poet who came up with the term ‘Dark Ages’ to describe the post-Roman period?      

     PETRARCH

14] Which entertainer wrote a children’s book last year featuring a character called Grandude?

       PAUL McCARTNEY  

15] Name either of the Roman legionaries in the Asterix the Gaul series whose single word names are  each three successive words in the National Anthem{with very slight changes}.

       APPIANGLORIOUS   or  SENDERVICTORIOUS

16] Teenage supermodel Kaia Gerber is the daughter of which lady,herself a former supermodel?

        CINDY CRAWFORD

17] St. Stephen’s Cathedral,originally completed in 1160,is in which EU capital?

      VIENNA

18] Which herb is a member of the mint family and has a name that comes from the Latin for ‘dew of the sea’?

        ROSEMARY

19] Who was the last man to walk on the Moon as commander of Apollo 17?

        EUGENE CERNAN

20]He joined the BBC in 2014 as Business Editor and in 2016 became Economics Editor.Who is this man whose first name in Arabic means ‘perfection’?{both names required}

          KAMAL AHMED

21] What runs from Kinsale in County Cork to the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal?{three word answer required without the definite article}

        WILD ATLANTIC WAY

22] Who dismissed Mike Atherton a record 19 times in Test Cricket?

       GLEN Mc GRATH

23] A gulet is a traditional two or three masted wooden boat in which country?

       TURKEY

24] What online seven-letter word is used in teenage and slightly older speak to mean ‘all contact is inexplicably stopped’?

       GHOSTED

25] Give the name of the hurricane which in late August/early September battered the Bahamas especially

the Abaco Islands?

      HURRICANE DORIAN

26] What ‘qualification do you need to join the’three comma club’?

       BE A BILLIONAIRE

27] Which current EU capital city was captured from the Axis Powers two days before D-Day?

         ROME  

28] Which Briton was impeached in 1788 but got off  after a seven year trial?

       WARREN HASTINGS             

29] The deadliest natural disaster in US history was in 1900 when a hurricane devastated which Texas island city with the loss of over six thousand lives?

       GALVESTON

30] Jake Shears and Anamatronic made up which band?

      SCISSOR SISTERS

31] The Marschallin is a character in which comic opera first performed in January 1911?

       DER ROSENKAVALIER

32] Glamorgan Sausage is a vegetarian sausage which usually includes which type of cheese?

       CAERPHILLY

33]Which eight-letter word means the dialect of English used in the counties of Northumberland and Durham which developed separately from Geordie due to the  specialized terms used by local mineworkers? 

       PITMATIC

34] Which was the only Christmas carol officially sanctioned by the Church of England between 1702 and 1782?

       WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS BY NIGHT

35] What exactly did John Bright describe as the ‘mother of parliaments’?

       ENGLAND [no other answer allowed]

 36] Which isotope of carbon is usually used in carbon dating?

        CARBON 14                                 

37] Roy Hodgson became the oldest manager in Premier League history when his Crystal Palace team won 4-1 at Leicester on February 23rd. 2019. Whose record did he beat?

        BOBBY ROBSON

38] Delibes’ ‘The Flower Duet’ has been used  in  adverts  on British television for which company since 1989?

        BRITISH AIRWAYS

39] What is the name of  the  giant US base in Afghanistan? It is the largest US base in the country.

        BAGRAM

40] There are only two market towns in the county of Rutland and both are the site of well-known schools.One is Oakham but what is the name of the other?

         UPPINGHAM

41] What is the connection between the London Underground Stations of Wood Lane, Blake Hall and Aldwych?

         ALL  DISUSED [or CLOSED]

42] What is the lowest bid in bridge [obviously excluding ‘no bid’]?

          ONE CLUB

43]Typhoon Hagibis caused the cancellation of the England versus France match at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.It also caused the cancellation of New Zealand’s game with which team?

           ITALY

44]Which two-word term was first used in 1890 for ruffians who had attacked and killed George Eastward.The term came to be used more generally for such people but its use had died out by 1920 although the term has become much more well-known due to the BBC?

            PEAKY BLINDERS

45]The Derbyshire village of Crich is the site of a national museum devoted to which form of transport?

             TRAM{WAY}

46] In 1789 Martin Klaproth discovered the element uranium in which mineral substance?

              PITCHBLENDE

47]She was born Henriette Theodora Markovitch and was the model for Picasso’s  ‘Weeping Woman’ .How was she better known both as a model and as Picasso’s mistress?[both names required]

               DORA MAAR

48]Which airport,which first opened in 1931,and currently handles over 4 million passengers per year has the highest runway of any commercial airport in England?

               LEEDS-BRADFORD

49] Which village close to the Northumberland/Durham border but actually in Northumberland had a Premonstratensian Abbey from the late 13th. Century until the dissolution under Henry 8th? Most of the houses in the village are made from stones from the abbey.

                BLANCHLAND

50]At which town did the North,captained by Bill Beaumont, beat the All Blacks in 1979 by 21 points to 9?It was the only match lost by the All Blacks on that tour.

                  OTLEY

51] Which detective first appeared in the 1923 novel ‘Whose Body’?

                  LORD PETER WIMSEY

52] What is the very  appropriate two-word nickname given to the New Zealand Men’s Basketball Team?

                   TALL  BLACKS