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



General knowledge 146

From the quiz on 12/9/17.

  1. In textspeak, for what does the abbreviation IKR most commonly stand? I know, right?

  2. Nephritis is an inflammation of which organ of the human body? Kidney

  3. In which (modern-day) country were Billy Wilder, Copernicus, Frédéric Chopin, Pope John Paul II and Marie Curie all born? Poland

  4. The phrase “hakuna matata”, usually translated as “no worries”, was borrowed into English from which African language? Swahili

  5. Which Samsung smartphone became infamous shortly after its release in August 2016 for defective batteries that would suddenly catch fire or explode? Galaxy Note 7

  6. What name, ultimately from the Latin for “come together”, is given to a group or meeting of witches? Coven

  7. The gods Xolotl (in Aztec mythology), Raijin (in Japanese), Thor (in Norse), Jupiter (in Roman) and Zeus (in Greek) are all strongly associated with which weather phenomenon? Thunder/lightning/storms

  8. Which Merseybeat band were the first act to reach number one in the UK with their first three singles — How Do You Do It?, I Like It and You’ll Never Walk Alone — all of which were released in 1963? Gerry and the Pacemakers

  9. What type of institution is London’s Bethlem Royal, from whose name the common English word ‘bedlam’ is derived? (Psychiatric) hospital

  10. Of the 50 busiest railway stations in the world (2013 data), all but 5 are located in which country? Japan

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

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

General knowledge 144

From the quiz on 29/8/17.

  1. Which two countries have coastline on the Bay of Biscay? Spain and France

  2. Which BBC sitcom’s theme song opens with the lyrics “Stick a pony in me pocket / I’ll fetch the suitcase from the van / Cause if you want the best ‘uns / But you don’t ask questions / Then brother I’m your man”? Only Fools and Horses

  3. In 2014, Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win which prestigious award? Fields Medal

  4. In 2008, who succeeded Terry Wogan as presenter of Points of View? Jeremy Vine

  5. The ancient Celtic festival of Beltane is celebrated (in the Northern Hemisphere) on the first day of which month? May

  6. Which of the Rat Pack was brother-in-law to John F. Kennedy? Peter Lawford

  7. What is the counterintuitive spelling of the market town in Northumberland whose name is traditionally pronounced /ˈænik/ (“annik”)? Alnwick

  8. In the Harry Potter universe, which creature’s blood is said to “keep you alive, even if you are an inch from death, but at a terrible price”? Unicorn

  9. What is the common name for the human bone known anatomically as the tibia? Shinbone

  10. Which duke, whose title is held by the head of Clan Murray, commands the UK’s only legal private army? Duke of Atholl

General knowledge 143

From the quiz on 22/8/17.

  1. Which sign of the zodiac is represented by a ram? Aries

  2. What instrument is played by Lang Lang, Tori Amos and Jamie Cullum? Piano

  3. In which country was Donald Trump’s wife Melania born in 1970? Yugoslavia (modern-day Slovenia)

  4. Adolf Dassler, who founded Adidas, was the younger brother of Rudolf Dassler, who founded which other German sportswear company? Puma

  5. In Greek mythology, which of the Olympian gods is the father of Pegasus and possibly also Theseus? Poseidon

  6. Watson is an IBM supercomputer that was originally designed to play which American quiz show? Jeopardy!

  7. In which cabinet position did Tom King, Malcolm Rifkind and Michael Portillo all serve under John Major? Defence Secretary

  8. Into how many states is Australia divided? 6

  9. What nationality are the singers and bands Tove Lo, Zara Larsson, Ace of Base, Rednex and Avicii? Swedish

  10. Which letter of the English alphabet is the only one that does not appear in the name of any chemical element (including systematic names)? J

General knowledge 142

From the quiz on 15/8/17.

  1. According to a famous quotation from Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, “Do, or do not; there is no” what? Try

  2. In which country is the 216m-high Bloukrans Bridge, which according to Guinness World Records is the highest commercial bungee jump in the world? South Africa

  3. Which American actor plays Albert in Enough Said and Tony Soprano in The Sopranos? James Gandolfini

  4. What animal appears in the logo of Hooters, the Night Tube and tripadvisor? Owl

  5. Tom Morello, guitarist with Rage Against the Machine, is the great-nephew of the very first president of which African country? Kenya (Jomo Kenyatta)

  6. What verb, from the Yiddish for “overcharge”, means to to successfully make a higher offer for a house despite the seller having already accepted a lower one from a different person? Gazump

  7. What is the name of the lifeguard played by David Hasselhoff in the TV series Baywatch and by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the 2017 Baywatch film? Mitch Buchannon

  8. In which country is Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe (by area)? Russia

  9. Which social media app was co-created in 2011 by model Miranda Kerr’s husband Evan Spiegel? Snapchat

  10. With sales of 30.8 million units (as of 2017), what is the best-selling Nintendo DS game of all time? New Super Mario Bros.