General knowledge 99

From the quiz on 20/9/16.

  1. Of which organ of the human body is dermatology the study? Skin

  2. The 1933 memoir Down and Out in Paris and London was the first full-length work by which English writer? George Orwell

  3. What was the maiden name of Buzz Aldrin’s mother, Marion? Moon

  4. In 1936, Salvador Dalí created a surreal telephone whose receiver was replaced by which crustacean? Lobster

  5. What number follows ‘chess’ in a variant invented by Bobby Fischer in which the pieces start in mostly-random positions (such that the king is between two rooks, bishops are on different colours, and starting positions mirror each other as normal)? 960

  6. Which family member is killed in a ‘sororicide’? Sister

  7. In the House of Lords, what is the name of the cushioned red seat on which the Lord Speaker has sat since its introduction in the 14th century by Edward III? Woolsack

  8. In 1985, Live Aid was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and at John F. Kennedy Stadium in which US city? Philadelphia

  9. What is the common name of the falcon Falco columbarius, which is the smallest bird of prey that is native to the UK? Merlin

  10. Which American rock band took their name from a book by Aldous Huxley, whose title is a phrase from the poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake, whose title is itself a reference to Emanuel Swedenborg’s theological book Heaven and Hell? The Doors

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