Specialist: UK soap operas

From the quiz on 20/6/17.

  1. Thomas, King, Bates, Blackstock, Sharma, Sudgen and Dingle are families from which British soap opera? Emmerdale

  2. What is the English title of the Welsh BBC Cymru soap opera Pobol y Cwm? People of the Valley

  3. Which Hollyoaks character, played by Ali Bastian, was jailed after an extramarital affair with her ex-pupil Justin Burton, then killed in prison by her cellmate Fran? Becca Hayton (Rebecca Dean)

  4. Which English actress played Lesley Meredith in Emmerdale, Virginia Raven in Crossroads and Maureen Webster in Coronation Street? Sherrie Hewson

  5. In a New Year’s Day 2017 episode of EastEnders, which two sisters both drowned in a hotel swimming pool just hours after one of their weddings? Roxy and Ronnie Mitchell

  6. A controversial 1955 episode of The Archers in which Grace Archer dies in a fire trying to rescue her horse was, possibly deliberately, broadcast on the very same day that which TV channel launched in the UK? ITV

Specialist: Bath [II]

From the quiz on 20/6/17.

  1. Which house on the Royal Crescent is the headquarters of the Bath Preservation Trust, who also maintain part of it as a public museum? №1

  2. Which former New Zealand player was appointed Director of Rugby at Bath Rugby in 2016? Todd Blackadder

  3. Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal of Tears for Fears played their very first gig in Bath at which music venue on George Street? Moles

  4. Which Cornishman, noted for his many reforms to the UK postal system, commissioned John Wood the Elder to design Prior Park? Ralph Allen

  5. What material was invented in Bath in the 1890s by William Harbutt, former headmaster of Bath School of Art and Design? Plasticine

History 39

From the quiz on 20/6/17.

  1. What was Robert the Bruce’s regnal number as King of Scotland? I

  2. The land bought in the Gadsden Purchase of 1853 forms part of which two modern-day US states? Arizona and New Mexico

  3. In 1834, six farmhands from which village in Dorset were arrested and sent to an Australian penal colony for secretly establishing an early kind of trade union to protect their wages? Tolpuddle

  4. The largest non-British contingent of fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain came from which European country? Poland

  5. On which Mediterranean island was Napoleon Bonaparte born in 1769? Corsica

  6. In which year of the 19th century were the opening of Paddington station, the maiden voyage of Brunel’s SS Great Western, and Queen Victoria’s coronation? 1838

  7. What name, referring to the fact that patrons must keep quiet about its location, was given to an illegal saloon in the US during Prohibition? Speakeasy

  8. The largest explosion on UK soil occurred in 1944 at RAF Fauld, an underground munitions depot in which English county? Staffordshire

  9. In 1932–33, the catastrophic man-made famine known as Holodomor befell which Soviet republic? Ukraine

  10. In his 1941 State of the Union address, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed that people “everywhere in the world” ought to have freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from which two things? Want and fear

Fashion & beauty 12

From the quiz on 20/6/17.

  1. Which American rapper co-founded the Rocawear clothing brand with his former manager Damon Dash? Jay-Z

  2. In a 1990 issue of Vogue magazine, which Canadian supermodel famously said “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day?” Linda Evangelista

  3. Fashion designers Sully Bonnelly and Oscar de la Renta were both born in the capital of which Caribbean country? Dominican Republic

  4. Where on the body were steinkirks, torcs and ruffs historically worn? Around the neck

  5. Which British fashion designer, known in particular for his range of skull-print scarves, committed suicide in 2010 aged just 40? Alexander McQueen

  6. In which Balkan country does Feeric Fashion Week take place each year? Romania

  7. The name of men’s fashion magazine GQ originated as an abbreviation of which two words? Gentlemen’s Quarterly

  8. Which Welsh fashion designer co-founded the fashion retailer Warehouse and created the long-running BBC programme The Clothes Show? Jeff Banks

  9. In 1994, which British supermodel released a critically-panned and commercially-unsuccessful début album called babywoman? Naomi Campbell

  10. Which American fashion designer created the much-lauded pink dress worn by Gwyneth Paltrow to the Academy Awards ceremony in 1999? Ralph Lauren

Musical excerpts 134

From the quiz on 20/6/17. Download here.

  1. Queen – We Will Rock You
  2. Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
  3. Elton John – Sacrifice
  4. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – I Hate Myself for Loving You
  5. Coldplay – Viva la Vida
  6. Delibes – Flower Duet (from Lakmé)
  7. David Guetta (featuring Sia) – Titanium
  8. Bryan Hyland – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini
  9. Dixie Chicks – Not Ready to Make Nice
  10. Kyū Sakamoto – Sukiyaki [Ue o Muite Arukō]

Sport & games 40

From the quiz on 20/6/17.

  1. Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was the birth name of which American boxer? Muhammad Ali

  2. In 2010, which F1 driver became the youngest ever winner of the World Drivers’ Championship? Sebastian Vettel

  3. Which English football team are nicknamed The Posh and play their home games at London Road? Peterborough United

  4. In which sport are penhold and shakehand the two most common ways of holding the bat? Table tennis

  5. Which combat sport has six official yearly tournaments known as honbasho? Sumo

  6. As of 2017, which country has won the most Volleyball World Championships, both men’s (6) and women’s (7)? Russia

  7. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, who won the UK’s first gymnastics medal since 1928 with a bronze in the men’s pommel horse? Louis Smith

  8. In cricket, what is indicated by an umpire raising both arms above their head? Six runs

  9. In 1995, which American MLB team won the American League Division Series after a miraculous last-minute double hit by Edgar Martínez? Seattle Mariners

  10. Which European country has yet to win a single Olympic medal despite (as of 2016) having competed in 20 Summer and 9 Winter Olympic Games, more than any other medal-less country? Monaco

General knowledge 134

From the quiz on 20/6/17.

  1. What natural phenomenon is indicated by the Greek root phot(o)-? Light

  2. Gravesham, Sevenoaks, Swale and Thanet are districts of which English county? Kent

  3. What animal is the title character in the 1960s TV series The Littlest Hobo? Dog (Alsatian)

  4. For which 2012 film did Jennifer Lawrence win the Academy Award for Best Actress? Silver Linings Playbook

  5. Which Irish republican became leader of Sinn Féin in 1983? Gerry Adams

  6. Which English word may precede wind, banana and coming to give three common phrases? Second

  7. In the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, what name do Edward and Bella give their baby daughter? Renesmee

  8. Which manga series by Fujiko F. Fujio follows a titular blue robotic cat who travels back in time to help a young boy named Nobi Nobita? Doraemon

  9. Which American actress and singer was the mother of Carrie Fisher? Debbie Reynolds

  10. I’m afraid of the dark / Especially when I’m in a park” and “I don’t want to see a ghost / It’s the sight that I fear most / I’d rather have a piece of toast” are some of the notoriously bad lyrics from which 1998 top-ten song by which English singer? Life by Des’ree