Specialist: Batman

From the quiz on 27/6/17.

  1. What is the name of Batman’s butler? Alfred Pennyworth

  2. Who stars as Robin alongside Adam West’s Batman in the 1960s Batman TV series, the 1966 live-action film and the 2016 animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders? Burt Ward

  3. What is the title of the third video game in the Batman: Arkham series, following Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, but preceding Arkham Knight? Arkham Origins

  4. Which Batman villain is played by wrestler Robert Swenson in Batman & Robin and by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises? Bane

  5. What is the name of the petty criminal who mugs and kills Bruce Wayne’s parents, thereby inspiring him to fight crime as Batman? Joe Chill

Specialist: West Side Story

From the quiz on 27/6/17. Download the audio for Q3 here.

  1. The Sharks are a gang from which US territory? Puerto Rico

  2. Which character duets with Maria on the songs A Boy Like That/I Have a Love? Anita

  3. **What is the title of this song, and which character sings it? Something’s Coming; sung by Tony

  4. Which American actress plays Maria in the 1961 film adaptation of West Side Story? Natalie Wood

  5. The fight that ultimately results in the deaths of both Riff and Bernardo begins as a fight between Bernardo and which member of the Jets? Diesel (original stage) or Ice (1961 film)

Entertainment 59

From the quiz on 27/6/17. Download the audio for Q5 here.

  1. In the TV series Bewitched, what body part does Samantha wiggle to cast magic? Nose

  2. In which country do the films Three Kings, Green Zone, Redacted and The Hurt Locker take place? Iraq

  3. Firepower, Black Knight, Pin-Bot, Tales of the Arabian Nights, White Water and No Good Gofers are notable pinball machines produced by which American company? Williams

  4. The youngest ever winner of an Academy Award is Tatum O’Neal, who, aged just 10, received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for which 1973 film? Paper Moon

  5. **This is the music from the first level of the first game in which long-running series of Nintendo platform games? Kirby

  6. Which American actor’s many film roles include the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, David Lightman in WarGames, the title character in The Tale of Despereaux and Leo Bloom in The Producers (2005)? Matthew Broderick

  7. Which three British comedians make up the comedy troupe The Goodies? Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie

  8. Which Englishman presents the CBBC show Horrible Histories: Gory Games and narrates Come Dine with Me? Dave Lamb

  9. The Unknown Girl, The Son, The Kid with a Bike, Lorna’s Silence, The Child, Rosetta and Two Days, One Night are among the many films directed, written and produced by which Belgian brothers? Dardenne brothers

  10. As of 2016, which TV programme has won (45) and been nominated for (199) the most Emmy Awards? Saturday Night Live

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

Entertainment 58

From the quiz on 13/6/17. Download the audio for Q5 here.

  1. Introduced in series 8 of Britain’s Got Talent, what colour is the buzzer that sends an auditionee straight to the live semi-finals? Gold(en)

  2. In which country was the theatrical company Cirque du Soleil founded in 1984? Canada

  3. Which 1973 film directed by Sidney Lumet stars Al Pacino as the title character, an honest policeman who fearlessly investigates corruption in the NYPD? Serpico

  4. The E4 drama Skins follows a group of teenagers growing up in which English city? Bristol

  5. **This is the theme of one of the protagonists of which RPG released for the PlayStation in 1997? Final Fantasy VII

  6. In the 1994 film Speed, the bomb-rigged bus explodes if its speed drops below how many mph? 50mph

  7. Which English actor’s many film roles include Cassio in Othello (1965), Arthur Clennam in Little Dorrit, Franklyn Madson in Dead Again, the voice of Nicodemus in The Secret of NIMH, and Cosmo Lang in The King’s Speech? Derek Jacobi

  8. The soundtrack to the Pixar movie WALL·E features two songs — Put on Your Sunday Clothes and It Only Takes a Moment — from which 1969 musical film? Hello, Dolly!

  9. Which 2013 film, starring Tom Hanks in the title role, is inspired by the real-life hijacking of MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates in 2009? Captain Phillips

  10. Which American comedian and actor plays the title character, Jerry Seinfeld, in the US sitcom Seinfeld? Jerry Seinfeld

Specialist: Internet memes [II]

From the quiz on 30/5/17.

  1. Which “rule of the Internet” states that if something exists, there is porn of it, with no exceptions? Rule 34

  2. Laina Morris, who rose to fame with a YouTube parody of Justin Bieber’s song Boyfriend, is better known on the Internet by what three-word nickname? Overly Attached Girlfriend

  3. Which fruit is shown dancing in the memetic Flash animation known as Peanut Butter Jelly Time? Banana

  4. The memetic phrase “my body is ready” originates from a demonstration of which Wii game by Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé at E3 in 2007? Wii Fit

  5. A picture of Fry from Futurama squinting is a popular image macro whose caption almost always begins with which three words? Not sure if

Specialist: Pixar

From the quiz on 30/5/17. Download the audio for Q3 here.

  1. At the beginning of Brave, what weapon does Merida receive from her father, King Fergus, for her sixth birthday? Bow

  2. Which American actor, also known for playing Cliff Clavin in Cheers, voices Hamm in the Toy Story series, P.T. Flea in A Bug’s Life, the moonfish in Finding Nemo, the Abominable Snowman in the Monsters, Inc. series and Mack in the Cars series, amongst many other Pixar roles? John Ratzenberger

  3. **This is the opening theme from which Pixar film, and who composed its soundtrack? Up; composed by Michael Giacchino

  4. In Toy Story 2, Woody, Jessie, Bullseye and Stinky Pete are revealed to be toys of characters from which fictional puppet show? Woody’s Roundup

  5. What was the first (feature-length) Pixar film not to be nominated for any Academy Awards? Cars 2