The decision of the Question Master is final on all matters; however please note that every effort has been made to

        ensure the accuracy of the questions and answers.

      The quiz is in two halves and includes a Picture Quiz, a final gamble Who Am I element and numerous General

         Knowledge and pre-announced core sections, all of which are outlined on your answer sheets. 

      Teams have just one guess at the final gamble round which provides five clues to a noted person, fictional or real.

      Surnames only are required unless the question states otherwise.

      A maximum of 100 points can be scored.

      Good luck!



General Knowledge 1…the Gentle Ten:

1   What was inducted into the US National Toy Hall of Fame in 2008 with curators praising its ‘all-purpose, no-cost,

     recreational qualities’?                                                                                                                                      The STICK                 

2   What takes its name from the Latin words for wool and oil?                                                   LANOLIN (lāna and oleum)                       

3   What follows Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh and Monument in Newcastle?  HAYMARKET (tram/Metro stop/station) 

4   Still in production today, which company first introduced us to Quink in 1931?                          PARKER Pen Company 

5   What word for a sheep is in the lyrics of Waltzing Matilda?              ‘Down came a JUMBUCK to drink at that billabong’    

6   Which sea is known to Romanians as Marea Neagră?                                                                                   BLACK Sea        

7   What word ends the line that follows ‘What becomes of the broken-hearted’? 

                                                                                                  (Who had love that’s now…) DEPARTED (via Jimmy Ruffin)     

8   What were known as ‘Dreadnoughts of the Trenches’?                                                                                         TANKS     

9   On their antipodean tour, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were recently gifted a pair of what unisex sheepskin

     boots?                                                                                                                                                               UGG boots

10   Who was the famous forebear of Brian Clemens, the TV producer who brought The Avengers to our screens?

                                                                                                                           Mark TWAIN (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)  



Rhyme Time: The 5 answers suggested by the following are edible and all rhyme:

11   Actor Kenneth Daigneau;                                                                          SPAM (KD coined the name in a competition)

12   Billy Hunt and David Watts;                                                                                                         JAM (songs on albums)

13   Zuppa di Vongole;                                                                                                                     CLAM (chowder or soup)

14   Pride’s Cure and The Essays of Elia; and,                                                                                       Charles LAMB and,

15   Culatello and prosciutto.                                                                                                                                            HAM






List: the Wikipedia page headed ‘List of Nobel laureates in Literature’ has the Union Flag/Jack next to 11 individuals.

         Write down 10 of them;

16   Rudyard KIPLING (1907);  

17   John GALSWORTHY (1932);  

18   T S ELIOT (1948);

19   Bertrand RUSSELL (1950);

20   Winston CHURCHILL (1953);

21   Elias CANETTI (1981); 

22   William GOLDING (1983);

23   V S NAIPAUL (2001);

24   Harold PINTER (2005);

25   Doris LESSING (2007); and Kazuo ISHUGURO (2017)



Club Sandwich: add the filling to create (four) words or phrases:

26   Which city, the birthplace of Justin Bieber and Ryan Gosling, is ranked Canada’s 15th biggest?       LONDON, Ontario  

27   -                                                                                                                                                                                (EYE)

28   Who will host the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show from January 2019?                                                 Zoë Louise BALL  

29   -                                                                                                                                                                               (BOY)

30   What is the nickname of Jean Louise Finch, the narrator of the book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’?                            SCOUT



General Knowledge 2:

31   On what date each year is National Hangover Day?                                                                                    1 JANUARY  

32   Mozart’s Serenade No.13 for strings in G major (K525) provided the title of what stage musical which premiered on

       Broadway in February 1973?                                                           A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC (Eine kleine Nachtmusik)

33   Which country has progressed from all five of its World Cup semi-finals*?                                                ARGENTINA  

34   In his poem Now Westlin’ Winds, Robert Burns mentions the cushat. Some dictionaries say it’s a Geordie word -

       whatever its origins, what bird is a cushat?                                                                                           (Wood) PIGEON                       

35   The Home Bargains’ outlet off Equinox Drive on the Solstice Retail Park is in which English county? 

                                                                                                                           WILTSHIRE (Amesbury - near Stonehenge)

36   Whose remains were re-buried in 2002, with the blue velvet cloth draped over the coffin bearing the words ‘Un pour

       tous et tous pour un’?                                                                          Alexandre DUMAS (‘One for all, and all for one’)

37   What is the sport of Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall who has won five Commonwealth Games gold medals, more than any

       other Scotsman?                                                                                                                                        Lawn BOWLS

38   Name the Home Secretary at the time of the Common Market referendum in June 1975, who said of a divided Wilson

       cabinet, ‘I weally do hope this whole weferendum campaign can be conducted without any wancour on either side’.   

                                                                                                                         (Future Glasgow Hillhead MP) Roy JENKINS

39   The most complaints ever to the Advertising Standards Authority was generated by an ad using the slogan ‘Money

       back if he walks’. It featured a statuette with whose face?                                                                Oscar PISTORIUS’

40   The letter O is repeated eight times at the end of the (single-word) name of a chestnut colt. This horse sired Mealy,

       and Waxy which won the Derby in 1793 at 12-1 - what are the first three letters in its name?                      POT (8-Os)  





Picture Quiz: see separate sheet; where applicable, full names are required

41   PARIS (Greek/city silhouette);

42   JIMMY YOUNG (heavyweight boxer/Sir, DJ);

43   ST MIRREN (statue/football team);

44   DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (US aircraft carrier/President);

45   DAVID WEBB (England/Chelsea footballer & Jason Bourne’s real name via Matt Damon); 

46   BLUE PETER (flag/A2 class railway);

47   DUKE OF BURGUNDY (butterfly [Hamearis lucina] and Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy);

48   PETER PARKER (alter ego of Spiderman/British Rail chairman);

49   PRESTON (Flag Market/Wallace and Gromit dog in A Close Shave); and,

50   TOM/THOMAS HARDY (actor/author)        



Pyramid: each answer is an anagram of the previous one, plus one letter:

51   Which ‘doctor’ sold his Beats brand to technology giant Apple for $3 billion in 2014?                                         Dr DRE

52   Blackburn, Edmonds, Travis…what comes next?                                                                                       (Mike) READ

53   What is the currency of the Republic of Macedonia?                                                                                           DENAR   

54   In which Canadian town can you walk down streets named after Alcock and Brown, Amelia Earhart and Charles

       Lindbergh?                                                                                                                             GANDER, Newfoundland

55   Where in England was Per Jonsson plying his trade when he won the 1990 World Speedway Championship?   

                                                                                                                             READING (Racers at Smallmead Stadium)



General Knowledge 3…the Middle Ten:

56   Until 1972 in Boston, it had been argued that women were carrying too much fat; were too emotional; and that their

       uteruses might fall out…by doing what?                                                                            RUNNING THE MARATHON

57   Author John Cunliffe has a room dedicated to him in Kendal’s Museum of Lakeland Life - which character is John’s

       best-known creation?                                                                                                                 POSTMAN PAT Clifton

58   What was named after a battle of 1807 and was buried 29 years later with a hoof missing?

                                                                              (Duke of Wellington’s) COPENHAGEN (Second Battle of C; d12.2.1836)     

59   It was collector Frederick Leyland who first used the word ‘nocturne’ to describe which artist’s moonlit scenes?

                                                                                                                                     James Abbott McNeill WHISTLER’s                                                             

60   Created in 1953, by what name is Rosemary Hume’s ‘Poulet Reine Elizabeth’ now known?

                                                                                                                                                       CORONATION CHICKEN  

61   In 2018, Frederik Schram was the only member of which country’s 23-man World Cup Finals squad whose name

       didn’t end in -son?                                                                                                                                          ICELAND’s 

62   Which company’s helpline is 0800-528 5757?                                                                                          (Kraft) HEINZ’s       

63   Which group was assembled from half of Faux Pas and two thirds of Orion?                                              LITTLE MIX   

64   Who told a crowd in Dublin in May 2011, ‘I've come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way.’?

                                                                                                                                                                       Barack OBAMA  

65    The father of which Lord Rector of Edinburgh University served as the Icelandic consul based in the city? 

                                                                                                                                                           Magnus MAGNUSSON



News Headline: Your next 5 answers should form a news headline from the past 2 weeks (13.10.18):-

66    In 2004, who designed the tallest bridge in the world, the Millau Viaduct in Southern France?

                                                                                                                                                      Norman (Arlene) FOSTER

67   Born in Seattle in 1947, who performed on the Oscar-winning songs in the films Norma Rae (1979); An Officer and a

       Gentleman (1982); and Dirty Dancing (1987)?                                                                                  Jennifer WARNES

68   The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Israel…in which month?                                                        MAY

69   Played by Peter Graves, what’s the name of the captain of the jet liner flying from Los Angeles to Chicago in the

       1980 classic Airplane!? and,                                     Captain Clarence OVEUR (You ever seen a grown man naked?)                                                

70   Where did James Cook next set foot on English soil three years after leaving Plymouth on his First Voyage in August

       1768?                                                                                                                                                DEAL (in July 1771)




General Knowledge 4:

71   She switched on Paris’s Christmas lights in November 2017, but who is Lily-Rose Depp’s mother?

                                                                                                                                                                  Vanessa PARADIS      

72   Cai Lun, a eunuch who is credited with inventing paper, officially ‘died of worry’ in 121, aged 73. What is that a

       euphemism for?                                                                                                                                                  SUICIDE

73   Whose entry in the Dictionary of National Biography begins: ‘osteopath and scapegoat’?            Dr Stephen WARD’s  

74   In which Berkshire town can you see a model of London tube station Brick Park?

                                                                                                                                    WINDSOR (Legoland Windsor Resort)       

75   Antoine-Augustin Parmentier is buried in Pére Lachaise Cemetery in a tomb surrounded by what plants? 


76   What extends to 42,031 sq miles and lends its name to the dog breed that was best Working Group winner at Crufts

       in 2018?                                                                                                                                  NEWFOUNDLAND (Nina)

77   Which dame was a co-commentator on Sky TV’s coverage of the 2018 Ryder Cup?                   Dame Laura DAVIES          

78   What is the best-known song written by Scotland-born Peter Dodds McCormick, who died in 1916 at his home,

       Clydebank, in the Sydney suburb of Waverley?                                                               ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR          

79   Leading cryptic crossword compiler John Graham, who died in 2013, took his alias Araucaria from which tree?

                                                                                                                                                           MONKEY PUZZLE tree     

80   The 8848 restaurant at 11 Broad Street in Stamford, Lincolnshire would doubtless rustle up some Dhindo if you

       asked. In which country is it a traditional dish?                                            NEPAL (8848m is the height of Mt Everest)  




Alpha / Omega: The final letter of each of the following 5 answers begins the next:-

81   In the American Civil War, what was the only Confederate state capital not burned down?                  TALLAHASSEE      

82   It was launched in Whitby as the Earl of Pembroke and sank as Lord Sandwich 2. What was it called in between?

                                                                                                                                                               (HMS) ENDEAVOUR

83   Sounding like an instruction for scouts on how to start a fire, what became the first Scottish-trained winner of the

       Grand National in 1979?                                                                                                  RUBSTIC (trained in Denholm)

84   Whose name can you see inscribed on the Eiffel Tower - from him we also get an SI unit, a gap, a phase and a

       collision?                                                                                       Charles-Augustin de COULOMB (one of 72 names)     

85   According to a Shawnee tale, which creature obtained its spots after being outwitted by a rabbit?                 BOBCAT



General Knowledge 5…the Tough Ten:

86   The word aibohphobia was first used in 1983 when it was defined as an irrational fear of what?         PALINDROMES                                                                                                                                                        

87   Hydromel, Melomel and Oxymel are all variants of which alcoholic drink?                                                            MEAD  

88   The fictional character Colonel Sebastian Moran was second in a list - a list headed by his employer. Name him. 

                                                                     Professor James MORIARTY (The Second Most Dangerous Man in London)      

89   Name either of the places between which the March of the Living takes place in Spring each year.

                                                                                                                                                   AUSCHWITZ → BIRKENAU    

90   What flowers were put into the muzzles of rifles in Portugal on 25 April 1974 giving the revolution that subsequently

       overthrew the authoritarian Estado Novo regime its name?                                                    CARNATION Revolution           

91   Taken by PhD student Raymond Gosling in May 1952, ‘Photograph 51’ is the nickname given to an X-ray diffraction

       image of what?                                           DNA (under the supervision of Rosalind Franklin at King’s College London)

92   Which King was the first President of the National Playing Fields Association?       GEORGE V (King George’s Fields)

93   Which part of the body should you associate with Ernst Heinrich Weber, Heinrich Adolf Rinne or Prosper Ménière?    


94   If the younger cricketing Bedser twin anagrammatically becomes cale, what crop does his brother become? 

                                                                                                                                                                               RICE (Eric)

95   Which racehorse, whose sire and dam were Pursuit of Love and My Discovery respectively, owes its name to

       (German gynaecologist) Ernst Gräfenberg?

                                                         GEESPOT (Gräfenberg spot - came first twice: at Lingfield Park and Brighton in 2002)


Tie-break: A survey carried out by Famous Grouse whiskey for St Andrew’s Day in 2002, revealed what percentage of

                  kilt-wearers preferred to ‘go commando’?                                                                                                       69%




Who Am I?

5pts   I attended Bedales School and New College, Oxford and later toured Britain dressed as Snoopy the Dog. At age 54, I starred at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival,

dancing in fishnet tights and wearing a gold posing pouch. In 2004, my 242nd book ‘Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Marriage’ was published by Century. My middle name is Daubeney.    


4pts   My nanny was an unemployed clown and I was President of the Oxford Union and editor of the university magazine Isis. My great, great grandfather was a senator in New York where mum Alice,

 a pioneer in the teaching of children with dyslexia, lived until she died in 2010. I was Baron Hardup in panto opposite Babs Windsor and Brian Conley.


3pts   Born in Wuppertal, West Germany on 8 March 1948, I’m the son of Charles, a solicitor, and a headmistress. A past Chairman and now vice-president of the National Playing Fields Association,

I married children’s writer Michèle Brown in 1973 - we have three children: Benet, a barrister; Saethryd, a journalist; and Aphra, an economist.  


2pts   I live in Barnes, London and used to be in the Guinness Book of Records for making the longest-ever after-dinner speech lasting 12½ hours.

I was elected Tory MP for the City of Chester in 1992 and was made a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury under John Major. I lost the seat at the next election.


1pt    Founder of the Panto Association, I’m a past European Monopoly champion and a regular on radio’s ‘Just a Minute’. I’ve appeared more times in Countdown’s Dictionary Corner than any other guest.

         Once known for my colourful jumpers, I founded the National Scrabble championships and with my wife, the Teddy Bear Museum in Stratford. 

GYLES BRANDRETH                                          






1   A Paceño is a resident of which de facto capital city?                                                                                            LA PAZ  

2   Which European city has a record 2302 bridges, more than Venice, Amsterdam and London combined?    HAMBURG  

3   Born in Durham before moving with her family to Edinburgh, which authoress wrote ‘The Scottish Chiefs’ in 1810, a

     tome subsequently banned by Napoleon?                                                                                                  Jane PORTER    

4   Christopher Columbus’s last port of call before crossing the Atlantic in 1492 was San Sebastián. Of which Canary

       Island is it the capital?                                                                                                                                 LA GOMERA 

5   What’s the nearest Underground station to London’s Pudding Lane?                                                           MONUMENT  

6   In December 1930, the cruise ship Monte Rosa was launched in Hamburg. Subsequently acquired by the UK as

     wartime reparations, under what name did it make national news in June 1948?                   HMT EMPIRE WINDRUSH  

7   In which decade did composer Gustav Mahler’s widow die?                                                                   1960s (11.12.64)  












ROUND 1 (Team)

1   Costa Rica’s currency takes its name from which individual?                                      Christopher COLUMBUS (colón)  

2   Who was voiced by Don Rickles in the film Toy Story and in 2000 was inducted into the US National Toy Hall of

     Fame?                                                                                                                                                MR POTATO HEAD

3   Which English king was born in Le Mans, in France?                                                                          HENRY II (in 1133)      

4   Created by Henry James, Mrs Grose is a housekeeper in which novella?                          THE TURN OF THE SCREW



ROUND 2 (Individual)

5   In 1854, which author first used (popularised) the term ‘egg box’?                             Charles DICKENS (in Hard Times)          

6   A Vectian is an inhabitant of which English island?                                                                                     Isle of WIGHT       

7   Featuring the 88 tread Geometric Staircase in its southwest tower, what was London’s tallest building between 1710

     and 1967?                                                                                                                                       ST PAUL’S Cathedral                             

8   What’s red and symbolises the Assured Food Standards’ quality mark?                                                  Red TRACTOR 



ROUND 3 - (teams choose one envelope containing a set of 10 questions; they then select five of the 10 to ask the

                   opposition with two points for each correct answer)



ROUND 4 (Individual)

9   Which word is repeated to give the name of a French Polynesian island first sited by Jakob Roggeveen in 1722?    


10   Until 2018, which car company, a part of the Fiat group, made the MiTo supermini?                              ALFA ROMEO     

11   Who launched the ‘Save Ulster from Sodomy’ campaign in 1977?                                                             Ian PAISLEY  

12   What does a mahout sit on?                                                                                                        An ELEPHANT’s neck  



ROUND 5 (Team)

13   Which international goalkeeper who plies his trade in the English Premier League, was born one of triplets in 1982?

                                                                                                                                                                               Petr ČECH  

14   Established in 1937, the Edinburgh company of William E Scott and Son claims to be Scotland’s largest supplier of

       what quintessentially Scottish items?                                                                  SPORRANS (110-112 Causewayside)

15   The name given to what piece of punctuation comes from the Greek for ‘put in beside’?                      PARENTHESIS     

16   Which of Carlos Sainz Jr’s fellow countrymen is also a Formula One driver in the 2018 season? 

                                                                                                                                               Fernando ALONSO (Spanish)








ROUND 1 (Team)

1   Which of Valtteri Bottas’s fellow countrymen is also a Formula One driver in the 2018 season? 

                                                                                                                                                   Kimi RÄÏKKÖNEN (Finnish)

2   The name given to what piece of punctuation comes from the Greek for ‘together’?                                          HYPHEN  

3   What food item is thought to have originated in an eatery in Whitby owned by William J Scott and Sons, from whom

     they got their name?                                                        SCOTCH EGGS (19th century; originally covered in fish paste)

4   Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, who was an identical triplet, devised what scale?                              (Five) STAGES OF GRIEF     



ROUND 2 (Individual)

5   What does the Lord Speaker sit on?                                                                                                      The WOOLSACK

6   Which part of Robert Jenkins was in the news between 1739 and 1748?                                          His EAR (War of…)     

7   A fully electric version of the Citigo will be available next year. Which car company, co-founded by Václav Klement,

     produces it?                                                                                                                                                           ŠKODA 

8   Which word is repeated to give the name of a city in New South Wales which was founded on the site of a ford across

     the Murrumbidgee River?                                                                                                                                      WAGGA  



ROUND 3 - (teams choose one envelope containing a set of 10 questions; they then select five of the 10 to ask the

                   opposition with two points for each correct answer)



ROUND 4 (Individual)

9    What’s red and is brewed by Desnoes & Geddes?                                                                                       Red STRIPE

10   William Etheridge’s 12.2m span Mathematical Bridge traverses which English river?                                   River CAM   

11   A Diurach is an inhabitant of which Scottish island?                                                                                               JURA

12   A box tent is frequently white, has three or four legs and is found in a box containing what?                                PIZZA



ROUND 5 (Team)

13   Created by George Bernard Shaw, Mrs Pearce is whose housekeeper?      Professor Henry HIGGINS’ (Pygmalion)

14   Which Japanese city is twinned with Le Mans, in France?                                                                                SUZUKA

15   What was inducted into the US National Toy Hall of Fame in 2015 and is also the title of a Helen Hunt film?


16   Albania’s currency takes its name from which individual?                                            ALEXANDER THE GREAT (lek)



Team Tie break: In a corner of Elgin’s Cooper Park, in Scotland, is a biblical garden containing every plant mentioned in

                             the Bible - how many are there?                                                                                                         110








1   It’s called head cheese in the USA and potted heid in Scotland. What is it called in England?          BRAWN                                                                                                                                               

2   What car related device was invented by Maurice Gatsonides who won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1953?

                                                                                                                            The GATSO / SPEED CAMERA

3   The Commander Islands are named after which Danish commander who died there in 1741?

                                                                                                                                 (Commander) Vitus BERING    

4   What acid gives foods like jam, candy, sherbet, wine, and other fruits and vegetables a tart, sour taste?

                                                                                                                                                            MALIC acid

5   Which public school lies just 5kms or so due south of Silverstone race track?                                    STOWE 

6   Due to its location in London EC4, St Bride’s Church has a longstanding association with which profession?


7   In which Spanish city did the King and Queen of Spain inaugurate the Museo Picasso in October 2003?


8   What bird was a pet to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the name of the first headmaster at Grange Hill? 


9   In April 1915, who died aboard a hospital ship off the island of Skyros after developing septicaemia from a

     mosquito bite?                                                                                                            (Poet) Rupert BROOKE  

10   In 1873, the Reverend John Russell co-founded which club?                                       The KENNEL CLUB





1   How did a silver Taurus Parabellum and four Black Talons make world news on Valentine’s Day 2013?   

                                                                         Oscar PISTORIUS used them to murder Reeva STEENKAMP

2   Hovercrafts are otherwise known as ACVs…what does the C stand for?                (Air) CUSSION (Vehicles)

3   Which Winter Olympics host city held a 2018 Grand Prix?                                                                    SOCHI  

4   Which composer shares his surname with the old Scots measure of volume which equalled four mutchkins

     or 16 gills?                                                                                                                                           CHOPIN

5   In which 1964 film does Mangosuthu Buthelezi play his real life great-grandfather?  

                                                                                                                                    ZULU (as King Cetshwayo)

6   Which half of a famous pair of lovers was a philosopher and composer who was castrated before becoming

     a monk and abbot?                                                                      Peter ABÉLARD (and Héloïse d’Argenteuil)

7   What was the occupation of James F Blake, whose actions in December 1955, precipitated a social

     revolution?                                                                       (Montgomery) BUS DRIVER (involving Rosa Parks)

8   What name is given to the disease in rye which is caused by the fungus Claviceps purpurea?          ERGOT  

9   Who served as the 10th Chancellor of Austria until he was assassinated in July 1934 during a failed coup

     attempt by Nazi agents?                                                                                               Engelbert DOLLFUSS  

10   What serves as the alcoholic base in the cocktails called Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler?

                                                                                                                                        SOUTHERN COMFORT




Team Tie break: In a corner of Elgin’s Cooper Park, in Scotland, is a biblical garden containing every

                           plant mentioned in the Bible - how many are there?                                                  110

How many yards is Edinburgh’s Royal Mile longer than a mile?                                             107 yards




1          David Harris; Kevin Leetion; and Justin Synclair:                      35 + 39 = 74;

2          Brian Pendreigh; John Hutcheon; and Chris Brewis:                36 + 41 = 77;

3          Tony Walmsley; Barry Lane; and Gary Dixon:                           29 + 35 = 64;

4          Barry Howbridge; Norman Wilson; and Andrew:                        31 + 40 = 71;

5          Clive Dunning; Michael McPartland; and Ken Wilkinson:         34 + 47 = 81;

6          Daniel Fullard; Billy Dixon; and Martin O’Neill:                           28 + 34 = 62;

7          Dave Taylor; Mick Frith; and Keith Marshall:                              28 + 51 = 79;


Final:  Team 5 beat Team 2: