Connections 15

From the quiz on 12/9/17.

  1. Which fictional American private investigator is a Vietnam War veteran and former Navy SEAL, drives a Ferrari 308 GTS, and has a daughter named Lily Catherine Hue by his ex-wife Michelle? Thomas Magnum (Magnum, P.I.)

  2. Celtic, Greek, Latin, Maltese, Occitan and Syriac are all variants of which common symbol? Cross

  3. The English words gherkin, cookie and roster were all imported into English directly from which European language? Dutch

  4. What surname is shared by a mortal enemy of the A-Team, an American former middle-distance runner, the lead singer of the band T’Pau and an American model who made her feature-film début in Just Go with It (2011)? Decker

  5. What connects the answers to questions 1–4? May be preceded by ‘double’

  6. Matchmaker, Matchmaker and If I Were a Rich Man are songs from which 1964 Bock and Harnick musical set in Imperial Russia? Fiddler on the Roof

  7. Which English chemist and author wrote a series of eleven novels entitled Strangers and Brothers, which includes The Masters and Corridors of Power? C. P. Snow

  8. Which headland in Kent, home to two nuclear power stations, is the largest single expanse of shingle in Europe? Dungeness

  9. The word ‘copra’ refers to the dried kernels of which fruit, which are predominantly used to extract a prized oil? Coconut

  10. What connects the answers to questions 6–9? Types of crab



Connections 14

From the quiz on 6/6/17.

  1. Of what structure are buttress, coffer, embankment, arch and gravity all types? Dam

  2. Which journalist and presenter of the BBC’s Crimewatch was shot dead outside her home in London in 1999? Jill Dando

  3. What name, literally meaning “our sea”, was given by the Romans to the Mediterranean? Mare nostrum

  4. By what one-word NATO code name is the Mil Mi-24 attack helicopter more commonly known? Hind

  5. What connects the answers to questions 1–4? Female animals

  6. Which song by the Baha Men, which reached number two on the UK singles chart in 2000, won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2001? Who Let the Dogs Out?

  7. Saloth Sar was the birth name of which Cambodian dictator, who was responsible for the deaths of millions of people during his short tenure as Prime Minister between 1976 and 1979? Pol Pot

  8. On the Internet, what plant-related name is given to a BitTorrent client that possesses all the data and uploads it to other clients? Seed

  9. What name is shared by a chain of pizza restaurants from New Zealand, a 1974 James Brown album, the first episode of series two of Father Ted, an energy drink from Hungary and a joint winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry? Hell

  10. What connects the answers to questions 6–9? Add ‘go to’ (the dogs, pot, seed, hell) to make phrases meaning “deteriorate”

Connections 13

From the quiz on 14/2/17.

  1. Which 1999 spin-off from Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars David Boreanaz as a vampire cursed with a human soul? Angel

  2. In the Chinese zodiac, which animal follows dragon but precedes horse? Snake

  3. Which cricket delivery method was invented by an Englishman named Bernard Bosanquet? Googly

  4. In computing, how many bits make a nibble? Four

  5. What connects the answers to questions 1–4? May be followed by “eyes”

  6. Which English musician was the lead singer and lyricist of Led Zeppelin? Robert Plant

  7. In Greek mythology, what animal was Arachne turned into by Athena after challenging her to a weaving contest? Spider

  8. Into which body of water do the rivers Seine and Somme flow? English Channel

  9. Revenge, Lick It Up and Crazy Nights are the three highest-charting UK albums released by which American rock band? KISS

  10. What connects the answers to questions 6–9? Cue sports terminology (snooker, pool, billiards etc.)

Connections 12

From the quiz on 20/9/16.

  1. Which file format for compressed archives was created in 1989 by Phil Katz, who chose the name to suggest its speed advantage over the popular ARC? Zip

  2. Which James Bond film was the first to feature Q, has a theme tune composed by Lionel Bart and sung by Matt Monro, and was the last film ever seen by John F. Kennedy? From Russia with Love

  3. The final of which tournament was contested for the very first time by Southampton and Stewarton Thistle at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in 1971? FA Women’s Cup

  4. Which 1986 live-action film produced by George Lucas and starring a Marvel character of the same name is widely considered one of the worst films of all time, with every one of the six actors who portrayed the title character receiving a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star? Howard the Duck

  5. What connects the answers to questions 1–4? Zero (zip, love, FA, duck)

  6. In a Flash animation first uploaded in 2005 to the website Newgrounds, what is the name of the unicorn who travels with two others to the mythical Candy Mountain, only to discover that it was all a ruse to steal his kidney? Charlie

  7. What nickname, after a novelty instrument invented by comedian Bob Burns, was given to a series of US anti-tank rocket launchers beginning with the M1 in 1942? Bazooka

  8. Damien Hirst, Stephen Merchant, James May, Cary Grant, Judd Trump, and possibly Blackbeard were all born in which English city? Bristol

  9. Blue-footed, red-footed, Nazca and Peruvian are species of which large tropical seabird of the genus Sula? Booby

  10. What connects the answers to questions 6–9? Slang terms for breasts when plural

Connections 11

From the quiz on 12/7/16.

  1. Which British celebrity adventurer was appointed Chief Scout in 2009 at just 35? Bear Grylls

  2. What title is shared by the only UK number-one single by Ben E. King and a 1986 Rob Reiner film starring Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix that is based on The Body by Stephen King? Stand by Me

  3. Which organ of a sheep provides the traditional casing for a haggis? Stomach

  4. Which dangerous Grand National fence, which is jumped as the sixth and twenty-second of the race, was responsible for the deaths of Dark Ivy in 1987, Seeandem and Brown Trix in 1989, and Dooneys Gate in 2011? Becher’s Brook

  5. What connects the answers to questions 1–4? Verbs meaning ‘tolerate’ or ‘endure’

  6. Which indoor arena in Manhattan, which (despite its name) is located at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, is the home of the New York Knicks (NBA), New York Rangers (NHL) and New York Liberty (WNBA)? Madison Square Garden

  7. For valour” is the inscription on which British military decoration, the first examples of which were awarded for gallantry during the Crimean War? Victoria Cross

  8. What is the usual English name of the Wiener Kreis, an influential group of logical-positivist philosophers and scientists whose members, including Kurt Gödel, Karl Menger, Rudolf Carnap and Otto Neurath, met regularly in the 1920s and 30s? Vienna Circle

  9. In astronomy, what seasonal name is commonly given to the asterism consisting of Altair, Deneb and Vega, which are respectively the three brightest stars in the constellations Aquila, Cygnus and Lyra? Summer Triangle

  10. What connects the answers to questions 6–9? PlayStation controller face buttons

Connections 10

From the quiz on 12/4/16.

  1. Cambridge Favourite, Honeoye and Mara des Bois are cultivars of which fruit of the genus Fragaria? Strawberry

  2. Which metallic chemical element has atomic number 78 and takes its name from the Spanish for “little silver”? Platinum

  3. In Norse mythology, what type (genus) of tree is the world tree, Yggdrasil? Ash

  4. What name is shared by the title character’s dog in the musical Annie and the Bedfordshire town that is home to the headquarters of the RSPB? Sandy

  5. What is the connection between the answers to questions 1–4? Varieties of blonde hair

  6. Located at 17 Northumberland Place, what is the smallest pub in Bath? Coeur de Lion

  7. Which American crime drama, first broadcast between 1967 and 1975, stars Raymond Burr as an SFPD detective who is partially-paralysed and wheelchair-bound as the result of an assassination attempt? Ironside

  8. In 1982, during the Falklands War, which British submarine torpedoed and sank the Argentinian ship ARA General Belgrano? HMS Conqueror

  9. Roger Squires, who published his 2 millionth clue in 2007 and holds the Guinness World Record for World’s Most Prolific Crossword Compiler, composes for The Guardian under which one-word pseudonym? Rufus

  10. What is the connection between the answers to questions 6–9? Soubriquets of English monarchs (Richard I, Edmund II, William I, William II)