15 August 2017


1   The longest canal in Britain built as a single waterway is 127 miles long; name either of the cities it connects.

                                                                                                                                                                                   LEEDS or LIVERPOOL            

2   Who was born in the Iraqi town of Tikrit, 800 years or so before Saddam Hussein?                                                SALADIN

3   His bust stands in Wilton Park in Hawick and despite never pulling on an international jersey he was inducted into the

     World Rugby Hall of Fame. Name him.                                                                                                                       Bill McLAREN

4   Which member of the band Liberty X was born in Gateshead but has a surname which is a suburb of Newcastle?   

                                                                                                                                                                                        Michelle HEATON       

5   Following the Congress of Berlin in 1878 who said, ‘I have returned from Germany with peace for our time’?    

                                                                                                                                                                                      Benjamin DISRAELI



6   Acquired by Kingfisher plc in 1999, which company was founded in Yeovil 20 years earlier as the Woodscrew Supply

     Company?                                                                                                                                                                              SCREWFIX

7   Which resort is also the title of a Chas and Dave single?                                                                                              MARGATE             

8   In what language is the Book of Kells written?                                                                                                                       LATIN      

9   Which country was part of Colombia until 1903 and now shares a land border with it?                                         PANAMA

10   Actress Salma Hayek won an Oscar nomination in 2003 for her portrayal of which compatriot?                 Frida KAHLO    



11   Who gave Theseus a ball of thread so he could find his way out of the Labyrinth?                                                ARIADNE      

12   Which Jurassic Park actor regularly performs jazz standards with his band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra?     

                                                                                                                                                                                            Jeff GOLDBLUM

13   Who was the last Briton to win the US PGA Championship?                                                                 Rory McILROY (2014)

14   Named eponymously and now employing over 20,000, which pizza restaurant chain was founded by John Schnatter?            

                                                                                                                                                                                                PAPA JOHN’S

15   Where on the Thames did HMT Empire Windrush land in June 1948?                                                                       TILBURY



16   Recent remeasurements now make Krk and Cres the joint largest islands in which sea?          ADRIATIC Sea (Croatian)              

17   ‘Andy Backhandy’ was the father and ‘Junket Jack’, the son - what’s this Durham-born twosome’s family name?  

                                                                                                                                                           (Andrew and Jack) CUNNINGHAM

18   The city of Petrópolis takes its name from Pedro II, who is entombed there. Pedro, who died in Paris in 1891, was

        the last Emperor of which country?                                                                                                                                     BRAZIL                    

19   He still holds the Northern Irish 3000m indoor record and his daughter Eilish won a silver medal at the 2018

       European athletics championships. Name him.                                                                                               Peter McCOLGAN

20   Which of Shakespeare’s eponymous characters died on this day in 1057?                              (The Tragedy of) MACBETH              



21   The name of the individual known as the Father of Medicine translates as which unit of measurement?

                                                                                                                                                                     HORSEPOWER (Hippocrates)       

22   Which sport should you associate with Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell’s husband, whom she married in May 2015?  

                                                            GRAND PRIX / FORMULA ONE / MOTOR RACING (Christian Horner - Red Bull principal)

23   Who achieved a getaway aboard a brig called Surprise, a vessel he later bought and renamed HMY Royal Escape?  

                                                                                                                                                                                                     CHARLES II    

24   Florence Nightingale was the dam of which bay gelding, the winner of the Welsh, English and Scottish Champion

       hurdles in 1976?                                                                                                                                                            NIGHT NURSE

25   In 2004, Sam and Mark became the third act to top the UK charts with a cover version of which Beatles’ song from

       the Sgt Pepper album?                                                                                                WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS






26   The village of Stayley became known as Stalybridge after a crossing was constructed there in 1707 - over which

        river?                                                                                                                                                                                 River TAME

27   The scent glands of which animal are removed when it’s kept as a pet in the USA though the Animal Welfare Act

        2006 makes this illegal in the UK?                                                                                                                                        SKUNK

28   What is the Mongolian word for ‘desert’?                                                                                                                             GOBI

29   Famous for his almanac, in which country was Nostradamus born in 1503?                                                             FRANCE

30   The edible white head of which vegetable is called the curd?                                                                          CAULIFLOWER



31   Parts of which vegetable, whose name comprises nine different letters, represents the ‘spring’ section of Italy’s

       ‘Four Seasons’ pizza?                                                                                                                                                      ARTICHOKE

32   Which Robert Redford film did Del Boy Trotter once mistake as “another documentary about AIDS”? OUT OF AFRICA

33   What new name did Monsanto employee John A Wortmann give to the company product Chemgrass in 1966?


34   The cliffs at La Quebrada, which is Spanish for ‘gulch’ or ‘ravine’, are a famous tourist attraction in which city? 


35   Real Sociedad and Spain goalkeeper, Luis Arconada, was nicknamed ‘El Pulpo’. What’s a pulpo?                     OCTOPUS



36   Western House off Great Portland Street in London has been the home of BBC Radio 2 since 2006. After which

       broadcaster was it renamed in November 2016?                                                                                                 Terry WOGAN

37   In which country was Durham County Cricket’s captain Tom Latham born in 1992?                                   NEW ZEALAND        

38   Thought by some experts to have been bred from the Fennec Fox, which dog breed is either a ‘deer head’ or an

       ‘apple head’?                                                                                                                                                                  CHIHUAHUA

39   Of the 16 countries Elizabeth II is currently Queen of, which is the largest in terms of land area?                      CANADA  

40   Which stage musical features an appearance by Franklin D Roosevelt and the song ‘We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert

        Hoover’?                                                                                                                                                                                    ANNIE



41   Two people born in places in modern-day Poland have chemical elements named after them. One is Marie Curie,

        who is the other?                                                                                                              Nicolaus COPERNICUS (Copernicium)

42   Tref or treif is opposite in meaning to which Hebrew word?                                                                                        KOSHER

43   Where was Daniel Defoe in the 1720s when he wrote ‘Its main manufacture at this time is the making of gloves’?


44   Who, along with the Bishop of Urgell, became the Co-Prince of Andorra in May 2017?                  Emmanuel MACRON

45   Who twice succeeded Stanley Baldwin as Prime Minister?                                                                  Ramsay MacDONALD



46   What is the name of the son of broom-maker Peter and his wife Gertrud in the 1890s opera whose libretto was

        penned by the composer’s sister Adelheid Wette?                                                                                                        HANSEL

47   Who beat Kyle Edmund in four sets in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2018?                                        Novak DJOKOVIC

48   What is sometimes called the ‘upside down bird’ due to the unusual way it walks up tree trunks?               NUTHATCH  

49   In February 2009, who inspired the New York Post to report a popular new drink in town comprising two shots of

       Grey Goose vodka and a splash of water?                                                                                 Capt. Chesley SULLENBERGER

50   Which current English Premier League manager has a pronounced rhoticism?                                           Roy HODGSON



51   Which country is the traditional home of a religious retreat called an ‘ashram’?                                                         INDIA

52   Hypothermia is defined as a body core temperature below how many degrees centigrade?                                   35.0°C