QUESTIONS B

ROUND 1

B1.       In which state capital did President Eisenhower use the National Guard to enforce the racial integration of schools?

                                                                                                            LITTLE ROCK

B2.       Of the 31 Shipping Forecast areas used in the UK, which is the most northerly? 

 

SOUTH EAST ICELAND

B3.       There are four species of deer that are not indigenous but currently living wild in Britain. Reeves’ Muntjac and Fallow are two of these. Name one of the other two.

CHINESE WATER Deer or SIKA Deer

 

B4.       What is the name of Europe’s’ space telescope which is building the most precise map ever made of the night sky?

                                                                                                            GAIA

ROUND 2

B5.       The words for which hymn were written by Augustus Montague Toplady in 1763 while sheltering in a gorge in the Mendip Hills? 

ROCK OF AGES

B6.       Which motorcycle company made the Black Knight in 1954?

                                                                                                            VINCENT

B7.       Who was Harper Lee's childhood friend and neighbour, the inspiration for the character of Dill in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'?

Truman CAPOTE

B8.      In 1977, Somalian chef Ali Maow Maalin was the last person to be diagnosed with which disease?

     

SMALLPOX

ROUND 3

B9.       Since its institution in 1960, which European country - with six - has won the most Contract Bridge Olympiads? 

ITALY

B10.     In 1745, after defeating a Government army at Prestonpans, the Young Pretender, Charles Edward Stuart, marched south into England heading for London. Which county did he reach before turning back?

                                                                                                            DERBYSHIRE

B11.     At a maximum depth of 310 metres, what is the deepest freshwater body in Great Britain?


                                                                                                            LOCH MORAR

B12.     Who is the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in the present government?

                                                                                                            Elizabeth TRUSS

                                                                                                           

                                               

ROUND 4

B13.     Marion Chesney, using the pseudonym M. C. Beaton, created which fictional sleuth?

                                                                                                            Agatha RAISIN

B14.     Give either of the real forenames of jazz musician 'Count' Basie.
                                                                                    WILLIAM JAMES

B15.    The Drake Equation of 1961 containing seven variables is used to determine the probability of what? 

 

EXTRATERRESTRIAL (ALIEN) INTELLIGENCE

B16.     The Bresse region of France has appellation d’origine controlee status for which specific foodstuff? 

CHICKEN (NOT poultry)

ROUND 5

B17.     Which island to the north east of Athens is Greece’s second largest?

 EUBOEA

B18.     Which British warship was sent up the Thames to provide security cover for the 2012 Olympic Games?   

HMS OCEAN

B19.     Who, in 79 AD, became the first Roman Emperor to succeed his biological father?
                                                                                                                                                TITUS

 

B20.     What name, also given to the space capsules used, was given to the US space programme that ran from 1959 to 1963 with the aim of putting a man in orbit? 

MERCURY

 

ROUND 6 

B21.     Name either of the two labiodental fricative letters in the English alphabet.

                                                                                                            F or V

B22.     What surname is shared by the singers of the Oscars for Best Original Songs of 1967 and 1968? Not surprising since they were father and son.

                                                                                                HARRISON (Rex and Noel)                                                                                                  

B23.     Which Radio 4 presenter caused mild controversy in 2010 when he mispronounced the name of the then Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt?

James NAUGHTIE

B24.     What is the capital of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda?

                                                                                                                        HAMILTON

 

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