Entertainment 65

From the quiz on 12/9/17.

  1. The films Silver Bullet, Hearts in Atlantis, Stand by Me, Secret Window, Maximum Overdrive and The Shawshank Redemption are all based on works by which American author? Stephen King

  2. Which American actor starred as Michael Kelso in That ’70s Show, Colt Bennett in The Ranch and Walden Schmidt in Two and a Half Men, in addition to creating and hosting the hidden camera show Punk’d? Ashton Kutcher

  3. In 2005, thanks to a programming oversight, a virulent disease called Corrupted Blood decimated the players of which MMORPG? World of Warcraft

  4. What is the name of the girl pictured playing noughts and crosses with a stuffed clown on the BBC’s Test Card F, who as a result has more airtime on British TV than any other person in history? Carole Hersee

  5. Which American actor of Italian origin appeared in just five feature films in his career (from 1972 to 1978), all of which were nominated for or won the Academy Award for Best Picture? John Cazale



General knowledge 146

From the quiz on 12/9/17.

  1. In textspeak, for what does the abbreviation IKR most commonly stand? I know, right?

  2. Nephritis is an inflammation of which organ of the human body? Kidney

  3. In which (modern-day) country were Billy Wilder, Copernicus, Frédéric Chopin, Pope John Paul II and Marie Curie all born? Poland

  4. The phrase “hakuna matata”, usually translated as “no worries”, was borrowed into English from which African language? Swahili

  5. Which Samsung smartphone became infamous shortly after its release in August 2016 for defective batteries that would suddenly catch fire or explode? Galaxy Note 7

  6. What name, ultimately from the Latin for “come together”, is given to a group or meeting of witches? Coven

  7. The gods Xolotl (in Aztec mythology), Raijin (in Japanese), Thor (in Norse), Jupiter (in Roman) and Zeus (in Greek) are all strongly associated with which weather phenomenon? Thunder/lightning/storms

  8. Which Merseybeat band were the first act to reach number one in the UK with their first three singles — How Do You Do It?, I Like It and You’ll Never Walk Alone — all of which were released in 1963? Gerry and the Pacemakers

  9. What type of institution is London’s Bethlem Royal, from whose name the common English word ‘bedlam’ is derived? (Psychiatric) hospital

  10. Of the 50 busiest railway stations in the world (2013 data), all but 5 are located in which country? Japan

Specialist: Roald Dahl

From the quiz on 5/9/17.

  1. In James and the Giant Peach, what are the names of James Trotter’s two cruel aunts? Spiker and Sponge

  2. In The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, what animal is the titular “me”? Monkey

  3. In Steven Spielberg’s 2016 film adaptation of The BFG, which English actress voices Queen Elizabeth II? Penelope Wilton

  4. What is the name of the shape-shifting aliens that invade Space Hotel USA in Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator? Vermicious Knids

  5. How is the child-eating title character finally defeated in Roald Dahl’s book The Enormous Crocodile? Thrown into the Sun

Specialist: Rocky Horror

From the quiz on 5/9/17.

  1. In a song from The Rocky Horror Show, which character is described as “From the day he was born / He was trouble / He was the thorn / In his mother’s side”? Eddie

  2. In an early scene from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn recreate which famous 1930 painting outside a church? American Gothic

  3. Which character sings the song Once in a While? Brad (Majors)

  4. What is the title of Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien’s 1981 pseudo-sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which features Janet and Brad as contestants on a surreal game show called Marriage Maze? Shock Treatment

  5. In the 2016 Rocky Horror Picture Show TV special subtitled Let’s Do the Time Warp Again, which transgender actress plays Dr Frank-N-Furter? Laverne Cox

Science, nature & technology 48

From the quiz on 5/9/17.

  1. What is the common name of the tree with binomial name Aesculus hippocastanum, whose nuts are known as conkers? Horse chestnut

  2. Preparation H is a common brand of medication for treating which inflammatory condition in humans? Haemorrhoids/piles

  3. Which Italian mathematician lends his name to a sequence of positive integers beginning 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, …, with each successive number the sum of the previous two? Fibonacci

  4. To which animal does the word ‘vulpine’ pertain? Fox

  5. What name, from the Greek for “different manner”, is given to any of the physical forms in which a chemical element can exist, such as graphite and diamond for carbon? Allotrope

  6. The shoebill, grey crowned crane and kori bustard are bird species native to which continent? Africa

  7. In physiology, what is the common name for thrombocytes, disc-shaped cell fragments that play a crucial role in blood clotting? Platelets

  8. What is the current geological era? Cenozoic

  9. Saturn, the least dense planet in the Solar System, consists predominantly of which chemical element? Hydrogen

  10. Which English scientist lends his surname to a type of cage that shields against electromagnetic fields? (Michael) Faraday

Geography 44

From the quiz on 5/9/17.

  1. What colour is the saltire (cross) on the flag of Jamaica? Yellow/gold

  2. Which Scottish island is sometimes referred to as Scotland in Miniature because the north is mountainous like the highlands, while the south is flat like the lowlands? Arran

  3. What name is shared by the highest mountains in Greece, Cyprus and the Solar System? Olympus

  4. Which three countries have coastline on the Yellow Sea? China, North Korea, South Korea

  5. St. Lawrence Market, Casa Loma and the CN Tower are landmarks in which Canadian city? Toronto

  6. Which region forms the “heel” of the boot of Italy? Apulia/Puglia

  7. Which European country has land borders with Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Austria? Slovakia

  8. Which Great Lake is the only one located entirely within the US? Lake Michigan

  9. In which Asian country is the city of Samarkand, an historically-important stop on the Silk Road? Uzbekistan

  10. Which country became the largest in Africa (by area) after Sudan split in 2011? Algeria

Musical excerpts 145

From the quiz on 5/9/17. Download here.

  1. Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights
  2. Groove Armada – Superstylin’
  3. Elvis Presley – It’s Now or Never
  4. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue
  5. David Bowie – Life on Mars?
  6. Madonna – Hung Up
  7. The Cranberries – Linger
  8. DJ Khaled (featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne) – I’m the One
  9. Martika – Toy Soldiers
  10. Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy