QUIZ QUESTIONS   -   February 19th 2020

1.       Ephraim Mirvis from 2013 has held which post in the UK and Commonwealth? 

CHIEF RABBI

2.       Which series of 4 books by Virgil takes its name from the Greek for agricultural matters? 

GEORGICS

3.       What is the number of the longest road entirely in England and runs from Mansfield in Nottinghamshire to Bodmin in Cornwall?

A38

4.       Tudric and Cymric were the brand names of metal products manufactured between 1900 and 1935 for which retailer? 

LIBERTY’S

5.       The novel “Kestrel for a Knave” by Barry Hines is set in which town, that of the author’s birth? 

BARNSLEY

6.       In 1958 who became the third person, after Amundsen and Scott, to lead an overland expedition to the South Pole? 

Sir Edmund HILLARY

7.       Who made 398 appearances for Manchester United between 1991 and 1999 and 31 for Manchester City between 2002 and 2003? 

Peter SCHMEICHEL

8.       In which American state did the airship Hindenburg crash in 1937? 

NEW JERSEY

9.       In which game might you use Flint, Josephine or Gerber?

 (Contract) BRIDGE

10.   What eight letter German word is used in chess to describe a situation in which the obligation to make a move leads to a serious, often decisive, disadvantage? 

ZUGZWANG

11.   In the 1968 Olympics, who became the first man to be officially electronically timed at under 10 seconds for the 100 metres? 

Jim HINES

12.   Which capital city lies on the river Manzanares? 

MADRID

13.   Which is the most populous city in the Irish province of Connaught (Connacht)? 

GALWAY

14.   The Thrust Measuring Device, a precursor of VTOL aircraft and developed by Rolls Royce in 1954, was known by what nickname? 

The FLYING BEDSTEAD

15.   The CGS unit of kinetic viscosity shares its name with which current England Test cricketer? 

STOKES

16.   The Grand Remonstrance written for Parliament by John Pym was composed during the reign of which British monarch? 

CHARLES I

17.   By what name is the comic character Hermione Makepeace better known? 

MINNIE THE MINX

18.   Octane number is used to indicate the ignition properties of petrol. What is the name of the number similarly used for diesel? 

CETANE

19.   What is the most populous city at approximately two million lying on the river Amazon? 

MANAUS

20.   In which American State did the massacre of Wounded Knee take place in 1890?

SOUTH DAKOTA

21.   In a deck of Tarot cards, the four suits are Wands or Sticks, Swords, Coins and which other? 

CUPS

22.   Which British city was known as ‘Linenopolis’? 

BELFAST

23.   Who was the publisher of The New York Herald who sponsored H.M.Stanley to find David Livingstone? 

Gordon BENNETT

24.   Four colleges of Oxford University share their names with county towns. Three are Exeter, Lincoln and Worcester. What is the fourth? 

HERTFORD

25.   The title of the album released by rock band Cream in November 1967 referenced which British Prime Minister? 

(Benjamin) DISRAELI (Album Disraeli Gears)

26.   Known as “The father of modern linguistics” and one of the founders of the field of cognitive science, which American wrote the books ‘Who Rules the World’ and ‘Requiem for the American Dream’? 

Noam CHOMSKY

27.   Which river flows for 55 miles through California from Mount Saint Helena to San Pablo Bay? 

NAPA

28.   Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, Mona Lisa, is not painted on canvas but on a panel of wood from which tree?

(Lombardy) POPLAR

29.   The cover of the Rolling Stones 1969 album, Let it Bleed, shows a surreal sculpture of, amongst other things, a phonograph, a clock dial, a pizza, a motorcycle tyre and a cake. Who baked the cake?

Delia SMITH

30.   The temperature point at which certain materials lose their permanent magnetic properties is named after which French scientist?

Pierre CURIE – the Curie point

31.   The novelist Caroline Graham provided the stories for the first episodes of which mystery television series?

MIDSOMER MURDERS

32.   Which fashion designer presented his haute couture collection dubbed as the ‘New Look’ in 1947?

Christian DIOR

33.   In British theatrical slang what term is used when the actor unintentionally laughs during a non-humorous performance?
                                                                                              
CORPSING

34.   Which company produced the PET home computer from 1977?
                                                                                              
COMMODORE

35.   Richard Blaine is the central character in which 1942 film?

CASABLANCA

36.   Sir Henry Percy, the basis of Shakespeare’s character Hotspur, was killed in which battle of 1403?
                                                                                              
SHREWSBURY

37.   Which department store chain has four branches in England - one in Birmingham, two in Manchester and one in Oxford Street, London?

                                                                                                    SELFRIDGES

 

38.    Which of the American Ivy League universities is based in Ithaca, New York?

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

39.   Who was the military leader of Spanish-Irish descent who led the Chilean forces to independence from Spain, becoming its first head of state in 1817?
                                                                                               Bernardo
O'HIGGINS

40.   In the late 1990s, the sporting location originally called Aorangi Terrace became popularly known as what?
                                                                                              
HENMAN HILL

41.   Which school near Brighton was founded in 1885 by Penelope, Millicent and Dorothy Lawrence?  

             ROEDEAN

42.   Which British Grand Prix driver was killed when his car crashed at Hockenheim in 1968?

                                                                                                    Jim CLARK

43.   George Marsden Plummer was the arch-enemy of which fictional detective created in 1893?

SEXTON BLAKE

44.   Who was replaced by Christopher Plummer when scenes in the Ridley Scott 2017 film ‘All the Money in the World’ were reshot?
                                                                                                           Kevin
SPACEY

45.   Now regarded as a collector’s item, Lil’ Sprouts are a cut down version of which famous and once very popular children’s toy?
                                                                                              
CABBAGE PATCH DOLL

46.   Mostly excavated in the 20th century, the largest megalithic stone circle in the world is named after which nearby Wiltshire village?
                                                                                              
AVEBURY

47.   Natrix Helvetica, identified in August 2017 as a separate species, brings to four the number of what types of creature found in the UK?
                                                                      
SNAKE (it is the Barred Grass Snake)

48.   Starring Gary Oldman, the 1994 film Immortal Beloved is a biopic of which composer?
                                                                                   BEETHOVEN

49.   Brigitte Bardot's breakthrough role was as Juliette Hardy in which 1956 film?

                                                                                   AND GOD CREATED WOMAN

50.   Built between 1911 and 1930 and designed by Edwin Lutyens, what is known as the last castle in England?

Castle DROGO

51.   The leopard’s head silver hallmark is used by which city’s assay office?

LONDON

52.   Whose last words in 1618-addressed to his axe man executioner- were ‘This is a sharp medicine but it is a physician for all diseases. Strike, man, strike!”

Sir Walter RALEIGH