Specialist: Harrison Ford films

From the quiz on 15/8/17.

  1. Harrison Ford’s only Academy Award nomination was for Best Actor for which 1985 film directed by Peter Weir? Witness

  2. What type of transport is the subject of Kathryn Bigelow’s 2002 film K-19: The Widowmaker, in which Harrison Ford plays commanding officer Alexei Vostrikov? Submarine

  3. Which American actor won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing US Marshal Samuel Gerard, who pursues Harrison Ford’s character Richard Kimble in The Fugitive? Tommy Lee Jones

  4. In which 2013 film does Harrison Ford play Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who broke Major League Baseball’s colour barrier when he signed African-American player Jackie Robinson in 1945? 42

  5. The opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom takes place in which fictional nightclub, whose name references another film starring Harrison Ford? Obi Wan

Specialist: board games [II]

From the quiz on 15/8/17.

  1. The original version of the board game Ticket to Ride takes place on which continent? North America

  2. In Cluedo, one of the secret passages leads from the Study to which other room? Kitchen

  3. What name is given to the chunky humanoid playing pieces commonly found in German-style board games such as Carcassonne? Meeples

  4. The five basic resources in Settlers of Catan are brick, grain, ore and which two others? Wool and wood

  5. Jewelled general, gold general, silver general, flying chariot and dragon king are literal translations of the names of pieces used in which board game? Shōgi (Japanese chess)

Politics, philosophy & economics 13

From the quiz on 15/8/17.

  1. In which market town in Lincolnshire was Margaret Thatcher born in 1925? Grantham

  2. In English law, a common phrase for a hypothetical reasonable person refers to a man on the omnibus from which district of London? Clapham

  3. According to Plato, which philosopher uttered the famous line “The unexamined life is not worth living”, shortly before his death in 399 BC? Socrates

  4. What nationality is former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan? Ghanaian

  5. What three-word phrase, taken from a Shakespeare play, was applied to the strike-filled winter of 1978–9 in the UK? Winter of Discontent

  6. Chiang Kai-Shek was the first and longest-serving president of which Asian country? Taiwan (Republic of China)

  7. The Cod Wars were a series of 20th-century disputes over fishing rights between the UK and which other European country? Iceland

  8. In 2015, which Scotswoman succeeded Nick Robinson as political editor of BBC News? Laura Kuenssberg

  9. Summa Theologica is the unfinished magnum opus of which 13th-century philosopher and theologian, who was canonized in 1323? Thomas Aquinas

  10. Who is the only UK Prime Minister to have served under three different British monarchs? Stanley Baldwin

Science, nature & technology 47

From the quiz on 15/8/17.

  1. What is the longest bone in the human body? Femur (thighbone)

  2. Which English physicist lends his surname to a type of radiation theorized to be released by black holes from just outside the event horizon? (Stephen) Hawking

  3. In zoology, what adjective, from the Latin for “alive” and “bearing”, is applied to animals that give birth to live young that have developed inside the parent? Viviparous

  4. The SI prefix kilo- denotes a factor of what power of 10? 10³ (1000)

  5. Used as a coolant in nuclear reactors, NaK is an alloy of which two chemical elements? Sodium and potassium

  6. In physics, what is the opposite of redshift? Blueshift

  7. Deglutition is the technical term for what common action in animals? Swallowing

  8. Which scientist and monk, popularly known as the “father of modern genetics”, discovered the basic laws of inheritance through a series of experiments on pea plant hybridization in the 19th century? (Gregor) Mendel

  9. A formicarium is an artificial container for keeping and observing which animals? Ants

  10. Lawrence Bragg, the youngest winner of a science Nobel Prize, won in 1915 at the age of 25 in which category? Physics

Musical excerpts 142

From the quiz on 15/8/17. Download here.

  1. Bill Haley and His Comets
  2. Kelly Clarkson
  3. Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  4. Artful Dodger (featuring Romina Johnson)
  5. Billy Idol
  6. OMC
  7. M|A|R|R|S
  8. Kiesza
  9. The Manhattan Transfer
  10. Snoop Dogg
  11. Tchaikovsky
  12. Lamb of God
  13. Kraftwerk
  14. Kriss Kross
  15. Fats Domino
  16. Katy B (featuring Ms. Dynamite)
  17. The Kinks
  18. Tag Team
  19. Cream
  20. DJ Shadow

Food & drink 44

From the quiz on 15/8/17.

  1. Burrata, literally meaning “buttered”, is a dish consisting of fresh cream inside a thin pouch of which Italian cheese? Mozzarella

  2. What type of wine is indicated on German bottles by the word trocken? Dry

  3. Golden Rice is a genetically-modified rice that contains large quantities of beta-carotene, a precursor to which vitamin in humans? Vitamin A

  4. A dish made à la crécy is cooked or garnished with which vegetable? Carrots

  5. In which month is the so-called Glorious Twelfth, when grouse shooting season officially begins in the UK? August

  6. In Japanese cuisine, what name, meaning “pierced body”, is given to fresh raw fish or meat that has been thinly sliced? Sashimi

  7. What name, meaning “nun”, is given to a French dessert consisting of a stack of two ganache-topped, cream-filled choux buns joined together by a whipped cream “collar”? Religieuse

  8. The Isle of Wight and the city of Gilroy in California are both noted for annual festivals dedicated to which vegetable? Garlic

  9. The coffee known as mocha is named after a port city in which Arab country, from which it was first exported? Yemen

  10. According to the Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009, all Scotch whisky must be aged in oak barrels for at least how many years? 3

General knowledge 142

From the quiz on 15/8/17.

  1. According to a famous quotation from Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, “Do, or do not; there is no” what? Try

  2. In which country is the 216m-high Bloukrans Bridge, which according to Guinness World Records is the highest commercial bungee jump in the world? South Africa

  3. Which American actor plays Albert in Enough Said and Tony Soprano in The Sopranos? James Gandolfini

  4. What animal appears in the logo of Hooters, the Night Tube and tripadvisor? Owl

  5. Tom Morello, guitarist with Rage Against the Machine, is the great-nephew of the very first president of which African country? Kenya (Jomo Kenyatta)

  6. What verb, from the Yiddish for “overcharge”, means to to successfully make a higher offer for a house despite the seller having already accepted a lower one from a different person? Gazump

  7. What is the name of the lifeguard played by David Hasselhoff in the TV series Baywatch and by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the 2017 Baywatch film? Mitch Buchannon

  8. In which country is Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe (by area)? Russia

  9. Which social media app was co-created in 2011 by model Miranda Kerr’s husband Evan Spiegel? Snapchat

  10. With sales of 30.8 million units (as of 2017), what is the best-selling Nintendo DS game of all time? New Super Mario Bros.