QUIZ QUESTIONS SUMMER 2019

1.       What eight letter adjective is an alternative name for a ‘penny farthing’ bicycle? 

ORDINARY

2.       Born in 1912, who was known as “The Dust Bowl Balladeer”? 

Woody GUTHRIE

3.       The most cultivated example of which foodstuff takes its name from the family name of the Dukes of Devonshire as it was raised in the greenhouses at Chatsworth?

 BANANA (Cavendish)

4.       “A Contemplative Man’s Recreation” is the alternative title of which book first published in 1653? 

THE COMPLEAT ANGLER

5.       The “F” region of the Earth’s ionosphere is a layer named after which physicist born in Bradford in 1892? 

Sir Edward APPLETON

6.       In 1881, Ignaty Grinevitsky became the World’s first suicide bomber by assassinating whom? 

Tsar ALEXANDER II

7.       Starring in three ‘St. Trinians’ films who was the niece of Nancy Astor? 

Joyce GRENFELL

8.       Which knighted English adventurer gave his name to a USA state capital? 

Sir Walter RALEIGH (North Carolina)

9.       In eastern India the Ganges splits into the Hoogly and which other river? 

PADMA

10.   In March 1986, model Lea La Salle owned what type of pet named “Supersonic”?

 HAMSTER (Freddie Starr ate my Hamster)

 

11.   The city of Oviedo in Spain is famous for which drink traditionally poured from high above and then knocked back in one go?

 CIDER

12.   Possibly understandably not one of the Thunderbird Tracy brothers, who was the only astronaut to fly on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions? 

Wally SCHIRRA

13.   Which Asian country will host its first Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2020? 

VIETNAM

14.   Who said of his brother,” He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup”?

Noel GALLAGHER

15.   In Judaism there are two potential prayers for the dead. One is El Maleh Rachamim, what is the other? It is referenced in both the book and film “The Odessa File”. 

KADDISH

16.   What five letter word containing only one consonant is a Mediterranean sauce made of garlic and olive oil? 

AIOLI

 

17.   In January 2017 which comedian and TV panelist was sentenced to 10 weeks jail, suspended for 18 months, for harassing a former lover? 

Rory McGRATH

 

18.   Captain of England on 15 occasions, who is the current President of the Rugby Football League?

          Tony ADAMS (the footballer)

19.   On board which ship was Lord Horatio Kitchener travelling to Russia when it was sunk by a mine on 5th June 1916?

H.M.S. HAMPSHIRE

20.   According to a sketch by Peter Cook, not “having the Latin” precluded Cook from which profession?

 JUDGE

21.   Three counties have never won the cricket County Championship. Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire are two, who is the third? 

SOMERSET

22.   What full name was shared by a former New Zealand Prime Minister and an actor in “As Time Goes By”?

GEOFFREY PALMER

23.   The kit of the 1996 Denmark European Football Champions was manufactured by which company which shares its name with the composer of a famous trumpet concerto written in 1803?

                                                                                                            HUMMEL

24.   Which annual tax in England was paid to the Holy See from Saxon times but was abolished by Henry VIII in 1534 although there is evidence that some parishes still paid it until 1625?

  PETER’S PENCE

25.   “Five Weeks in a Balloon” was the first novel of which famous SF writer?

JULES VERNE

26.   The Wyvern and the Cresta were models of which car manufacturer? 

VAUXHALL

27.   The Christian Mission founded in 1865 changed its name to what in 1878? 

SALVATION ARMY

28.   Which is the only English county to have the prefix “Royal”? 

BERKSHIRE

29.   Name either of the women to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976.

Mairead CORRIGAN (MAGUIRE) or Betty WILLIAMS (PERKINS)

30.   In Greek mythology, who did Actaeon spy on bathing whilst he was out hunting, who then changed him into a stag to be killed by his own hounds?
                                                                                                   
ARTEMIS

31.   Cora Turner was the second wife of which notorious killer? 

Dr. CRIPPEN

32.   The leaves of which plant are represented on the capital of a Corinthian column?

 ACANTHUS

33.   Which African country has recently replaced its capital, Bujumbira, with new capital, Gitega? 

BURUNDI

34.   In the children’s books by David McKee, what was the name of the patchwork elephant? 

ELMER

 

35.   Which capital city was designed in the shape of an aeroplane?

BRASILIA

36.   Which silicate gemstone, usually red in colour, takes its name from the Latin word for pomegranate seed? 

GARNET

37.   George Mendonsa died recently at the age of 95.  He became famous after VJ day for kissing a nurse - even though no-one knew his name until years after. In which thoroughfare did this event take place?

TIMES SQUARE

38.   Included among the twelve venomous species of which UK animal are Zebra Back, Cupboard and Cardinal? 

SPIDER

39.   Lake Van is an inland body of water in which country?

 TURKEY

40.   The river Vltava flows through which capital city? 

PRAGUE

41.   Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean is the largest of which disputed island group?

 CHAGOS (Islands)

42.   Dissolving mercury in nitric acid and adding ethanol to the solution results in what explosive compound derived from the Latin word for lightning? 

FULMINATE (of mercury)

43.   Simon de Montfort held which earldom between 1239 and 1265? 

LEICESTER

44.   Australian Capital Territory is an enclave in which Australian state? 

NEW SOUTH WALES

45.   What is the age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales?

TEN

46.   To which gas does the term azotic refer?

NITROGEN

47.   For which discovery did the scientists Frederick Banting and J.R.R Macleod win the 1923 Nobel Prize for Medicine?

INSULIN

48.    In 1984 the car manufacturer Nissan decided to drop what car brand name that was well established worldwide, only to relaunch it in 2013 for emerging markets?

                   DATSUN

49.   Which UK University was the first to open all degrees to women?

LONDON (1878)

50.   Named after a Russian city, which geological period, ending 245 million years ago, marked the greatest mass extinction of all time?

PERMIAN

51.   Which revolutionary secret weapon of World War 2 was code-named ‘Upkeep’?

The BOUNCING BOMB

52.   What is the home ground of Saracens rugby union Premiership team?

ALLIANZ PARK