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.

General knowledge 141

From the quiz on 8/8/17.

  1. How many US cents make one nickel? 5

  2. Which Beatles song opens with John Lennon singing the lines “Picture yourself in a boat on a river / With tangerine trees and marmalade skies”? Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

  3. In which religion do the Four Heavenly Kings guard the four cardinal directions? Buddhism

  4. What name, from the Greek for “stretching under”, is given to the longest side of a right-angled triangle? Hypotenuse

  5. Which English football team are nicknamed The Superwhites and play their home games at Prenton Park? Tranmere Rovers

  6. Which German city lends its name to a legal defence in which a defendant protests innocence because they were merely following orders? Nuremberg

  7. In order to be classified as hypersonic, an object must be moving at a speed at least how many times the speed of sound?

  8. Which European country’s Formula One Grand Prix is currently held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps? Belgium

  9. In firefighting, what name is given to the sudden explosion of a fire caused by the reintroduction of oxygen to an oxygen-depleted environment, typically by opening a door or window? Backdraught

  10. In 2009, which British rapper reached number one on the UK Singles Chart with a song actually called Number 1? Tinchy Stryder

Trivia snake 37

From the quiz on 1/8/17.

  1. What term for a castrated man comes from the Greek for “bed” and “guard”, and originally referred to such a person employed to guard the women’s living quarters in an oriental court? Eunuch

  2. Which Englishman composed the themes to the TV programmes Blackadder, Mr. Bean, Red Dwarf, The Catherine Tate Show, The Vicar of Dibley and QI? Howard Goodall

  3. What alternative name for common heather can also refer to a cod-like fish and a suffix for forming English diminutives? Ling

  4. Which 2002 Martin Scorsese film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis as the respective leaders of the Dead Rabbits and the Natives? Gangs of New York

  5. Which human organ is composed of basic specialized units called nephrons? Kidney

  6. In which Japanese city was the final of the 2002 FIFA World Cup held? Yokohama

  7. Disco Volante, Sportivo, Spider and Giulietta are car models manufactured by which Italian company? Alfa Romeo

  8. Which Hawaiian island is the third largest but the most populous? Oahu

  9. According to the popular advert, which soft drink was made “way down deep in the middle of the Congo” when “a hippo took an apricot, a guava and a mango”, “stuck it with the others” and “danced a dainty tango”? Um Bongo

  10. Which American won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Midnight Express and Best Director Oscars for both Born on the Fourth of July and Platoon? Oliver Stone

General knowledge 140

From the quiz on 1/8/17.

  1. What colour is Noddy’s hat? Blue

  2. Which Australian comedian hosted the music quiz show Spicks and Specks and currently presents The Last Leg on Channel 4? Adam Hills

  3. To which continent are meerkats native? Africa

  4. By what name are French music duo Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter better known? Daft Punk

  5. Which American actor’s many film roles include Doug MacRay in The Town, Nick Dunne in Gone Girl, the title character in Daredevil and Tony Mendez in Argo? Ben Affleck

  6. The cover of which Pink Floyd album is a photograph of Battersea Power Station with a pig floating between two of the chimneys? Animals

  7. What animal is Arthur in the children’s TV series of the same name? Aardvark

  8. Which American singer–songwriter died in 1997 when his experimental Long-EZ aeroplane crashed in California? John Denver

  9. The longest direct journey possible on the London Underground is from West Ruislip to which other station on the Central Line? Epping

  10. In which decade of the 20th century was the magazine Private Eye founded, luge added to the Winter Olympics, Mauritius granted independence from the UK, and the maple leaf flag adopted by Canada? 1960s

General knowledge 139

From the quiz on 25/7/17.

  1. Which English comedian wrote the Flanimals series of children’s picture books? Ricky Gervais

  2. By what single name are hip-hop duo André 3000 and Big Boi more commonly known? OutKast

  3. The modern English letter M is believed to derive from an Egyptian hieroglyph depicting what element of nature? Water

  4. Which of Shakespeare’s plays is the only one set in Vienna? Measure for Measure

  5. In 1997, Jenny Shipley became the first female Prime Minister of which Commonwealth country? New Zealand

  6. Good Feeling, The Man Who and The Invisible Band were the first three studio albums by which Scottish rock band? Travis

  7. How many companies constitute the Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index? 30

  8. Which 19th-century writer had two sons named Cyril and Vyvyan with his wife Constance Lloyd? Oscar Wilde

  9. Which original member of The Beatles did Ringo Starr replace as drummer in 1962? Pete Best

  10. Which country is the only one whose entire territory is a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Vatican City

Trivia snake 36

From the quiz on 18/7/17.

  1. In the musical West Side Story, which song do Maria and Tony sing about their dream wedding? One Hand, One Heart

  2. Which silicate mineral, defined as 8 on the Mohs hardness scale, is the traditional November birthstone and lends its name to two species of hummingbird? Topaz

  3. The only two African countries that play Test cricket are South Africa and which of its neighbours? Zimbabwe

  4. What animal are the literary characters Kabumpo, Tantor, Horton, Babar, Hathi and Elmer? Elephant

  5. Which American TV series follows a high-school student named Scott McCall (played by Tyler Posey), who investigates supernatural happenings in the town of Beacon Hills after being turned into a werewolf? Teen Wolf

  6. FIE is the international governing body of which sport? Fencing

  7. In which building in Bath are the Register Office, the Mayor’s Office and the Record Office? Guildhall

  8. In 1978, which Englishwoman became the first person to be born via IVF? Louise Brown

  9. Which Englishman was one of Alan Sugar’s advisors for the first ten series of The Apprentice and replaced Jeff Stelling as host of Countdown in 2012? Nick Hewer

  10. The 1982 number-one single Save Your Love was the only hit for which British duo? Renée and Renato

General knowledge 138

From the quiz on 18/7/17. Download the audio for Q5 here.

  1. In Sesame Street, Herry Monster, Rosita, Grover and Cookie Monster are all shades of which primary colour? Blue

  2. Black Hat and DEF CON, two of the largest hacker conventions in the world, both take place annually in which US city? Las Vegas

  3. For Your Entertainment, Trespassing and The Original High are studio albums by which American singer, who finished as runner-up on American Idol in 2009? Adam Lambert

  4. Which English football team are nicknamed The Hatters and play their home games at Kenilworth Road? Luton Town

  5. **This is the theme from which long-running American radio and TV police drama? Dragnet

  6. How many (metric) teaspoons make one (metric) tablespoon? 3

  7. What is the name of the default file manager on all versions of Mac OS? Finder

  8. Which American actress’s many film roles include Kat Harvey in Casper, Katrina in Sleepy Hollow, the title character in Lizzie Borden Took an Ax and Wednesday in The Addams Family? Christina Ricci

  9. In the US, what term is applied to a lawsuit in which one party is a group represented by just one member? Class-action (class suit)

  10. The finger of a baby that was strangled as a prostitute gave birth to it in a ditch is a key ingredient in which Shakespeare play? Macbeth (as one of the ingredients in the Three Witches’ cauldron)