B1. In which state capital did President Eisenhower use the National Guard to enforce the racial integration of schools?
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?
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?
B7. Who was Harper Lee's childhood friend and neighbour, the inspiration for the character of Dill in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'?
B8. In 1977, Somalian chef Ali Maow Maalin was the last person to be diagnosed with which disease?
B9. Since its institution in 1960, which European country - with six - has won the most Contract Bridge Olympiads?
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?
B11. At a maximum depth of 310 metres, what is the deepest freshwater body in Great Britain?
B12. Who is the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in the present government?
B13. Marion Chesney, using the pseudonym M. C. Beaton, created which fictional sleuth?
B14. Give either of the
real forenames of jazz musician 'Count' Basie.
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)
B17. Which island to the north east of Athens is Greece’s second largest?
B18. Which British warship was sent up the Thames to provide security cover for the 2012 Olympic Games?
B19. Who, in 79 AD, became the first Roman
Emperor to succeed his biological father?
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?
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?
B24. What is the capital of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda?