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Greetings! My name is Dorian, and this is where I post the questions I write for each week’s Bath Brew House quiz (every Tuesday at 19:30). Details of each week’s split-specialist People’s Choice round are posted on the Bath Brew House quiz group on Facebook and my personal Twitter account.

As of August 2016 I’m in Japan, but I’m still writing the questions.

Answers are in white-on-white after each question; highlight to reveal them. I’m in the process of embedding the music and images.

Specialist: Netflix originals

From the quiz on 18/7/17. Download the audio for Q3 here.

  1. Which American actress plays the title character in the TV series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Ellie Kemper

  2. In BoJack Horseman, what is the name of the pink Persian cat who serves as BoJack’s agent? Princess Carolyn

  3. **This is the theme song to which Netflix original series, and who performs it? Orange Is the New Black; Regina Spektor

  4. Which Colombian drug lord’s life story is dramatized in the TV series Narcos? Pablo Escobar

  5. Which Netflix original series stars comedy actor Aziz Ansari as Dev Shah, a struggling 30-something actor living in New York City? Master of None

Specialist: Dune

From the quiz on 18/7/17.

  1. Which iconic creature from the Dune universe is also referred to as Shai-Hulud, Shaitan and Maker? Sandworm

  2. Which Scottish actor plays Leto II Atreides in the 2003 miniseries Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune? James McAvoy

  3. What is the name of the special suit worn by the Fremen to preserve body moisture on the desert planet Arrakis? Stillsuit

  4. After Frank Herbert’s death in in 1986, which American sci-fi author collaborated with Frank’s son Brian to continue the Dune series? Kevin J. Anderson

  5. Members of which secretive society repurpose all adult women as vegetative “axlotl tanks”, using them to reproduce, create Face Dancers and make clones of the dead called gholas? Tleilaxu

Trivia snake 36

From the quiz on 18/7/17.

  1. In the musical West Side Story, which song do Maria and Tony sing about their dream wedding? One Hand, One Heart

  2. Which silicate mineral, defined as 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, is the traditional November birthstone and lends its name to two species of hummingbird? Topaz

  3. The only two African countries that play Test cricket are South Africa and which of its neighbours? Zimbabwe

  4. What animal are the literary characters Kabumpo, Tantor, Horton, Babar, Hathi and Elmer? Elephant

  5. Which American TV series follows a high-school student named Scott McCall (played by Tyler Posey), who investigates supernatural happenings in the town of Beacon Hills after being turned into a werewolf? Teen Wolf

  6. FIE is the international governing body of which sport? Fencing

  7. In which building in Bath are the Register Office, the Mayor’s Office and the Record Office? Guildhall

  8. In 1978, which Englishwoman became the first person to be born via IVF? Louise Brown

  9. Which Englishman was one of Alan Sugar’s advisors for the first ten series of The Apprentice and replaced Jeff Stelling as host of Countdown in 2012? Nick Hewer

  10. The 1982 number-one single Save Your Love was the only hit for which British duo? Renée and Renato

History 40

From the quiz on 18/7/17.

  1. What psychological term has its origins in a 1973 bank robbery at Norrmalmstorg square in Sweden? Stockholm syndrome

  2. In which war were Operation Frequent Wind, the Battle of Hamburger Hill and the Tet Offensive? Vietnam War

  3. What did Thomas Blood attempt to steal from the Tower of London in 1671? Crown Jewels

  4. The Tunguska event, a mysterious large explosion probably caused by a meteorite or comet, occurred in 1908 in which country? Russia

  5. The Iran–Contra affair of the mid-1980s involved Ronald Reagan’s administration secretly selling arms to Iran in order to fund counter-revolutionaries in which Central American country? Nicaragua

  6. Which city was captured on 15th July 1099 at the climax of the First Crusade? Jerusalem

  7. In which year of the 16th century did Philip II send the Spanish Armada to invade Britain? 1588

  8. Which European country lays claim to being the world’s oldest surviving republic, having been declared independent from the Roman Empire in 301? San Marino

  9. In 1865, at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to which future US President? Ulysses S. Grant

  10. Who are the only two monarchs of the UK to have been succeeded by their siblings? George IV and Edward VIII

Musical excerpts 138

From the quiz on 18/7/17. Download here.

  1. Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
  2. The American Breed – Bend Me, Shape Me
  3. Gina G – Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit
  4. Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi
  5. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
  6. Aphex Twin – Avril 14th
  7. Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend
  8. The Pretenders – Brass in Pocket
  9. Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)
  10. Tenacious D – Tribute

Geography 42

From the quiz on 18/7/17.

  1. Which English city was known to the Romans as Aquae Sulis (“waters of Sulis”)? Bath

  2. In which North American river is the archipelago known as Thousand Islands, after which Thousand Island dressing is thought to have been named? St Lawrence

  3. Which two Asian national capitals are situated on the banks of the Mekong River? Phnom Penh and Vientiane

  4. The Darién Gap, a notoriously dangerous break in the Pan-American Highway, is a lawless area of swampy jungle on the border of which two countries? Panama and Colombia

  5. In geology, what name, from the Greek for “ash(es)”, is given to the rock fragments and particles ejected by a volcanic eruption? Tephra

  6. Which Welsh city is the smallest city in the UK, with a population of just 1,841 in the 2011 census? St Davids (Tyddewi)

  7. After what type of geographical feature is Fleet Street in London named? (Underground) river

  8. Which city, nicknamed the Pink City for the colour of many of its buildings, is the capital of India’s largest state, Rajasthan? Jaipur

  9. The four European countries that drive on the left-hand side of the road are the UK, Ireland and which two others? Cyprus and Malta

  10. Which US state is the only one divided into regions called boroughs (rather than the standard counties), the least densely-populated and, by a technicality, both the easternmost and westernmost? Alaska

General knowledge 138

From the quiz on 18/7/17. Download the audio for Q5 here.

  1. In Sesame Street, Herry Monster, Rosita, Grover and Cookie Monster are all shades of which primary colour? Blue

  2. Black Hat and DEF CON, two of the largest hacker conventions in the world, both take place annually in which US city? Las Vegas

  3. For Your Entertainment, Trespassing and The Original High are studio albums by which American singer, who finished as runner-up on American Idol in 2009? Adam Lambert

  4. Which English football team are nicknamed The Hatters and play their home games at Kenilworth Road? Luton Town

  5. **This is the theme from which long-running American radio and TV police drama? Dragnet

  6. How many (metric) teaspoons make one (metric) tablespoon? 3

  7. What is the name of the default file manager on all versions of Mac OS? Finder

  8. Which American actress’s many film roles include Kat Harvey in Casper, Katrina in Sleepy Hollow, the title character in Lizzie Borden Took an Ax and Wednesday in The Addams Family? Christina Ricci

  9. In the US, what term is applied to a lawsuit in which one party is a group represented by just one member? Class-action (class suit)

  10. The finger of a baby that was strangled as a prostitute gave birth to it in a ditch is a key ingredient in which Shakespeare play? Macbeth (as one of the ingredients in the Three Witches’ cauldron)