Trivia snake 35

From the quiz on 27/6/17.

  1. Which website’s logo depicts the first letter shining a spotlight on the others, all above the slogan “Rumor has it”? Snopes

  2. Comic-Con, the international convention originally known as the Golden State Comic-Con, has been held annually since 1970 in which US city? San Diego

  3. Lotsa Luck was the American adaptation of which ITV sitcom starring Reg Varney? On the Buses

  4. In Hinduism, the Tridevi is a triad of goddesses consisting of Lakshmi, Parvati and which goddess of knowledge, music and the arts? Saraswati (also spelt Sarasvati)

  5. What one-word title is shared by studio albums by Five, Lemar and Michael Jackson as well as singles by Pat Benatar, Tinie Tempah and Muse? Invincible

  6. Which British city hosted the Commonwealth Games in both 1970 and 1986 as well as the inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games in 2000? Edinburgh

  7. Which European country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the centre of its capital city, Hortobágy National Park, an early Christian necropolis in Pécs and the Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma? Hungary

  8. On Ordnance Survey maps, what type of establishment is indicated by a solid pink–red triangle? Youth hostel

  9. In the British Army, which rank comes between major-general and general? Lieutenant-general

  10. The bands Utah Saints, alt-J, Scritti Politti, The Sisters of Mercy and Kaiser Chiefs all come from which British city? Leeds

General knowledge 135

From the quiz on 27/6/17.

  1. In which country is Guantánamo Bay? Cuba

  2. Which percussion instrument takes its name from the Greek for “wood” and “sound”? Xylophone

  3. The VR headset known as Vive was developed by Valve Corporation and which Taiwanese company? HTC

  4. In music, what fraction of a whole note is a hemidemisemiquaver? 1/64

  5. Which finger is known in Finnish, Hindi, Lithuanian, Russian and Mandarin by phrases that literally translate as “nameless finger”? Ring finger

  6. The uncommon word ‘petrichor’ refers to a pleasant earthy smell that frequently accompanies which weather? Rain

  7. Troupes of colourful dancers known as gombeys are a traditional symbol of which British Overseas Territory? Bermuda

  8. What first name was shared by Marco Polo’s father, the political writer Machiavelli and the composer Paganini? Niccolò

  9. In which year did Johnny Depp make his feature-film début in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Brunei become independent from the UK, and Marvin Gaye, Indira Gandhi and Tommy Cooper all die? 1984

  10. What animal were Lady Wonder (who was allegedly psychic), Beautiful Jim Key and Clever Hans (both of whom could allegedly read, write and perform arithmetic)? Horse

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

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

Specialist: mazes & labyrinths

From the quiz on 13/6/17. Download the audio for Q11 here.

  1. In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth was constructed by Daedalus to imprison the Minotaur on which Greek island? Crete

  2. In The Maze Runner, what is the name of the disease that slowly turns victims into crazed cannibals known as Cranks? The Flare

  3. Which member of Monty Python wrote the screenplay for the film Labyrinth? Terry Jones

  4. The earliest models of which video game console feature a hidden inbuilt game called Snail Maze, accessible by holding Up+1+2 while booting the system with no cartridge inserted? Sega Master System

  5. The Labyrinth of Solitude is perhaps the best-known work by which writer, who in 1990 became the first (and to date only) Mexican to win the Nobel Prize in Literature? Octavio Paz

  6. In 1981, which Irish republican was elected MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone while incarcerated at HM Prison Maze but died on hunger strike less than a month later? Bobby Sands

  7. In the film Labyrinth, the giant creature who is rescued by Sarah and can summon rocks shares his name with which board game? Ludo

  8. Which dinosaur chases the player in the 1982 ZX81 game 3D Monster Maze, one of the earliest examples both of 3D graphics and of survival horror? Tyrannosaurus rex

  9. In the film Pan’s Labyrinth, what is the name of the young girl played by Ivana Baquero who believes she is the reincarnation of a chthonic princess named Moanna? Ofelia

  10. The four categories of game in the Channel 4 game show The Crystal Maze are Skill, Physical and which two others? Mental, Mystery

  11. **What is the title of this David Bowie song from the movie Labyrinth, and what piece of fruit does Sarah eat before waking up to it in a ballroom? As the World Falls Down; peach

General knowledge 133

From the quiz on 13/6/17.

  1. What is the name of the yellow bear mascot of BBC Children in Need? Pudsey

  2. What liquid is collected in the sump of a car’s engine? Oil

  3. In 2017, who became the first female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police? Cressida Dick

  4. The cover of which 2004 album by Green Day depicts a hand grasping a heart-shaped grenade? American Idiot

  5. In which Arab country are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Anjar, Byblos, Tyre and the Qadisha Valley? Lebanon

  6. DADT, a former US military policy concerning LGBT soldiers, is an abbreviation of which four words? Don’t ask, don’t tell

  7. What is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria? Melbourne

  8. Which Canadian singer features on the songs Jump by Flo Rida, Broken Strings by James Morrison and Give It to Me by Timbaland? Nelly Furtado

  9. In which year did Lance Armstrong win his seventh consecutive Tour de France, Google launch Google Maps, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and Prince Charles marry Camilla Parker Bowles? 2005

  10. Leeds Castle in Kent is home to a small museum dedicated to which item of pet equipment? Dog collar

Specialist: keys

From the quiz on 6/6/17.

  1. In the Harry Potter universe, what artifact is guarded in part by a large flock of flying keys? Philosopher’s Stone

  2. In music, what is the relative minor key of G major? E minor

  3. John Huston’s 1948 film noir Key Largo was the last of four films starring which married couple? Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall

  4. Which London building has been locked up every night for the past 700 years in the so-called Ceremony of the Keys? Tower of London

  5. Hybrid key–sword weapons known as Keyblades feature prominently in which series of RPGs created by Disney and Square? Kingdom Hearts