Entertainment 64

From the quiz on 5/9/17.

  1. Which James Bond film features the famous exchange “Do you expect me to talk? / No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die!”? Goldfinger

  2. What animal is Sonny Crockett’s pet Elvis in the US crime drama series Miami Vice? Alligator

  3. Fates, Awakening, Radiant Dawn, Path of Radiance and The Sacred Stones are subtitles of entries in which series of tactical RPGs published by Nintendo? Fire Emblem

  4. Which American actress’s many film roles include Jessie Barnes in Alaska, Enid in Ghost World and Jane Burnham in American Beauty? Thora Birch

  5. The character known in the original A Song of Ice and Fire novels as Asha Greyjoy was given what new first name for the Game of Thrones TV adaptation? Yara

  6. On which island is the TV series Bergerac set? Jersey

  7. For which 2015 western film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu did Leonardo DiCaprio win his first Academy Award? The Revenant

  8. Which American company created the Dance Central, Rock Band and Guitar Hero series of rhythm video games? Harmonix

  9. George and Mildred and Robin’s Nest are spin-offs of which ITV sitcom of the 1970s? Man About the House

  10. Pharrell Williams’s song Happy was originally written for which 2013 animated film? Despicable Me 2


General knowledge 145

From the quiz on 5/9/17.

  1. In the context of selling clothes, for what does the abbreviation BNWT stand? Brand new with tags

  2. Robyn Fenty is the real name of which singer–songwriter, who is known mononymously by her middle name? Rihanna

  3. What does a cordwainer make? Shoes

  4. What French phrase, meaning “never seen”, is applied to the opposite of déjá vu in which something familiar is felt to be entirely unfamiliar? Jamais vu

  5. In Test cricket, the Warne–Muralidaran Trophy is contested between which two countries? Australia and Sri Lanka

  6. In which month are World Suicide Prevention Day (10th), the International Day of Peace (21st) and International Blasphemy Rights Day (30th)? September

  7. Which song was a UK number-one single for Jimmy Young in 1955, The Righteous Brothers in 1990, Robson & Jerome in 1995, and Gareth Gates in 2002? Unchained Melody

  8. In 2009, which American actor became the first user to reach one million Twitter followers? Ashton Kutcher

  9. Which cruise ship, built by STX France in 2016 and operated by Royal Caribbean, is the largest passenger ship in the world by gross tonnage (226,963 GT)? MS Harmony of the Seas

  10. What name, possibly in reference to an animal’s fur, is given to the discolouration of old paper with brown spots? Foxing

Specialist: Peanuts

From the quiz on 29/8/17.

  1. What breed of dog is Snoopy? Beagle

  2. What is the name of the younger brother of Linus and Lucy van Pelt? Rerun (van Pelt)

  3. In which city was the Snoopy Museum opened in 2016? Tokyo

  4. By what one-word nickname does Peppermint Patty always refer to Charlie Brown? Chuck

  5. What is the favourite composer of Charlie Brown’s piano prodigy friend Schroeder? Beethoven

  6. Which American animator directed, produced and provided Snoopy and Woodstock’s voices for the first four Peanuts feature films and the vast majority of the first 44 TV specials? Bill Mendelez

Specialist: Canadian geography

From the quiz on 29/8/17.

  1. In which Canadian city are the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Canada Place, Granville Island, Gastown and Stanley Park? Vancouver

  2. What is the capital and largest city of Canada’s Northwest Territories? Yellowknife

  3. Hartland Bridge, the world’s longest covered bridge at almost 400 metres, crosses the Saint John River in which Canadian province? New Brunswick

  4. Canada’s oldest national park, Banff, is located west of Calgary in Alberta in which mountain range? (Canadian) Rockies

  5. In which of the Great Lakes is Lake Manitou, which is the world’s largest lake-on-an-island-in-a-lake? Huron

Trivia snake 38

From the quiz on 29/8/17.

  1. In 2016, Harambe the gorilla was shot at a zoo in which US city? Cincinnati

  2. Which chemical element, with atomic number 53, takes its name from the Greek for “violet” because of its colour as a gas? Iodine

  3. What is the first name of the Italian racing driver who founded Ferrari? Enzo

  4. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ is the opening song from which 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical? Oklahoma!

  5. Which English actor’s many film roles include Henry Holland in The Lavender Hill Mob, Gulley Jimson in The Horse’s Mouth and Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai? Alec Guinness

  6. What is the county town of Shropshire? Shrewsbury

  7. The 1994 Nobel Peace Prize was shared between Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and which Palestinian leader “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East”? Yasser Arafat

  8. China in Your Hand (1987) was the only UK number one single for which English band, whose name is taken from a Star Trek character? T’Pau

  9. In human anatomy, what name, meaning “little grape” in Latin, is given to the fleshy extension that hangs down from the soft palate in the back of the throat? Uvula

  10. What name, from the Greek for “end” and “line (of verse)”, is given to a poem or other composition in which the first letters spell out a word or phrase? Acrostic

History 42

From the quiz on 29/8/17.

  1. In 1871, which US city was hit by a major fire reputedly caused by a cow knocking over a lantern in a barn? Chicago

  2. In which country is Abu Ghraib prison, which was at the centre of an abuse scandal in 2003–4? Iraq

  3. In 1901, which US President was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York? William McKinley

  4. Henry VIII is buried at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle alongside which of his wives? Jane Seymour

  5. In which year was Marie Antoinette born, Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language published and Lisbon almost completely destroyed by a powerful earthquake? 1755

  6. The double crown known as the pschent was worn by rulers of which civilization after its unification circa 3000 BC? Ancient Egypt

  7. In 2002, Steve Fossett became the first person to complete a non-stop solo circumnavigation in what type of transport? Hot air balloon

  8. By what nickname, in reference to their success in North Africa during World War II, was the British 7th Armoured Division more commonly known? Desert Rats

  9. Which US Founding Father is generally credited with the invention of bifocal glasses? Benjamin Franklin

  10. What is the name of the “missing link” between ape and modern man that was purportedly discovered by amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson in 1912, but exposed as a hoax in 1953? Piltdown Man

Musical excerpts 144

From the quiz on 29/8/17. Download here.

  1. Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire
  2. Elbow – One Day Like This
  3. Sister Sledge – He’s the Greatest Dancer
  4. The Charlatans – One to Another
  5. Duran Duran – Ordinary World
  6. Sean Paul – Other Side of Love
  7. Gordon Lightfoot – The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
  8. Sak Noel – Loca People (What the Fuck!)
  9. Twisted Sister – I Wanna Rock
  10. Céline Dion – My Heart Will Go On