Specialist: photography

From the quiz on 8/8/17.

  1. Which Japanese company produces the popular EOS series of SLR cameras? Canon

  2. American photographer Dorothea Lange is renowned for her many photos, including the iconic Migrant Mother, that document which era of American history? Great Depression

  3. What property of a camera lens is denoted by a lower-case f, as in f-number? Focal length

  4. Which American documentarian, perhaps best known for the TV miniseries The Civil War (1990), lends his name to a technique in which still photographs in motion pictures are slowly zoomed and panned across to retain visual interest? Ken Burns

  5. Thomas Sutton and James Clerk Maxwell’s 1861 photograph of a tartan ribbon represents what first in the history of photography? First colour photograph

Specialist: David Beckham

From the quiz on 8/8/17.

  1. What is the unusual name, partially inspired by the author of Victoria Beckham’s favourite book, of David and Victoria Beckham’s only daughter? Harper Seven

  2. In 2001, Victoria Beckham revealed that she calls David “Golden Balls” during an interview on which TV chat show? Parkinson

  3. In 2001, David Beckham scored a last-minute bending free kick against which country to secure England’s place in the 2002 FIFA World Cup? Greece

  4. In 2003, following an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, who kicked a boot that hit David Beckham in the eye, leaving him in need of stitches? Alex Ferguson

  5. For which French football team did David Beckham play in 2013, immediately before his retirement? Paris Saint-Germain

History 41

From the quiz on 8/8/17.

  1. In 2003, a truck bomb exploded at the Canal Hotel, the UN’s headquarters in which Asian capital city? Baghdad

  2. Who was the longest-ruling female Tsar of Russia? Catherine II (Catherine the Great)

  3. Since 1513, all Kings of Denmark have alternated between which two regnal names? Christian and Frederick

  4. In which war of the 19th century did British forces burn the Capitol Building and White House in Washington DC? War of 1812

  5. Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa were prominent figures in which country’s revolution in the early 20th century? Mexico

  6. In 1882, the Triple Alliance was signed in secret by the Austro-Hungarian Empire and which two other European states? Germany and Italy

  7. Which British company manufactured the First World War fighter biplane known as the Camel? Sopwith

  8. In what year was the Sunday Trading Act brought into force in the UK, the National Lottery first drawn and the Channel Tunnel opened? 1994

  9. In archaeology, what name, from the Greek for “standing block”, is given to an upright stone slab typically inscribed with a commemorative message and often used as a gravestone? Stele/stela

  10. The Treaty of Windsor, which established the world’s oldest alliance that is still in existence, was signed in 1386 by England and which European country? Portugal

Geography 43

From the quiz on 8/8/17.

  1. What is the capital of Iran? Tehran

  2. Which European country’s flag consists of three equal horizontal bands of red, white and red (top to bottom)? Austria

  3. Which US city is known as both The Crescent City and The Big Easy? New Orleans

  4. Which Asian country has Dzongkha as its sole official language and is ruled by the Druk Gyalpo (“Dragon King”)? Bhutan

  5. Which town in Buckinghamshire is renowned for its so-called “four Bs”: boots, beer, brushes and Baptists? Chesham

  6. In which city is the Turning Torso, which is the world’s first twisted skyscraper and (as of 2017) the tallest building in Scandinavia? Malmö

  7. What informal term for England or Britain is derived from the Hindi for “foreign country”? Blighty

  8. Ojos del Salado and Llullaillaco, the two highest active volcanoes in the world, are both on the border between which two countries? Argentina and Chile

  9. Inhabitants of which Australian state are known colloquially as “crow-eaters”? South Australia

  10. Musala, the highest peak in the Balkans, is located in Rila, the largest national park in which European country? Bulgaria

Musical excerpts 141

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

  1. Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
  2. Santana (featuring Rob Thomas) – Smooth
  3. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
  4. The Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
  5. Craig David – Fill Me In
  6. Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C minor (Op. 67) (1st movement)
  7. Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
  8. Eminem (featuring Rihanna) – Love the Way You Lie
  9. Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer
  10. Linkin Park – In the End

Entertainment 62

From the quiz on 8/8/17.

  1. Poppy Honey Rosie, Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear Maurice and River Rocket are children of which celebrity chef? Jamie Oliver

  2. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) was the directorial début of which American actor? George Clooney

  3. For what does the name of the US TV network HBO stand? Home Box Office

  4. Which American actor’s many film roles include Tony Carlson in Foul Play, Dusty Bottoms in ¡Three Amigos!, Nick Halloway in Memoirs of an Invisible Man and Ty Webb in Caddyshack? Chevy Chase

  5. In Rick and Morty, what is the name of Rick’s daughter, who works as an equine cardiac surgeon? Beth (Smith)

  6. Which video game title characters are alien rappers from the planet Funkotron? ToeJam & Earl

  7. One morning I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he got in my pyjamas, I don’t know” is a famous line delivered by Groucho Marx in which 1930 Marx Brothers film? Animal Crackers

  8. Which Pirates of the Caribbean film followed Dead Man’s Chest but preceded On Stranger Tides? At World’s End

  9. What family relation is Janet Leigh to Jamie Lee Curtis? Mother

  10. One eternity later”, “16 paranoia filled days later” and “So much later that the old narrator got tired of waiting and they had to hire a new one” are some of the many time cards used in which Nickolodeon animated TV series? SpongeBob SquarePants

General knowledge 141

From the quiz on 8/8/17.

  1. How many US cents make one nickel? 5

  2. Which Beatles song opens with John Lennon singing the lines “Picture yourself in a boat on a river / With tangerine trees and marmalade skies”? Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

  3. In which religion do the Four Heavenly Kings guard the four cardinal directions? Buddhism

  4. What name, from the Greek for “stretching under”, is given to the longest side of a right-angled triangle? Hypotenuse

  5. Which English football team are nicknamed The Superwhites and play their home games at Prenton Park? Tranmere Rovers

  6. Which German city lends its name to a legal defence in which a defendant protests innocence because they were merely following orders? Nuremberg

  7. In order to be classified as hypersonic, an object must be moving at a speed at least how many times the speed of sound?

  8. Which European country’s Formula One Grand Prix is currently held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps? Belgium

  9. In firefighting, what name is given to the sudden explosion of a fire caused by the reintroduction of oxygen to an oxygen-depleted environment, typically by opening a door or window? Backdraught

  10. In 2009, which British rapper reached number one on the UK Singles Chart with a song actually called Number 1? Tinchy Stryder