Specialist: Harrison Ford films

From the quiz on 15/8/17.

  1. Harrison Ford’s only Academy Award nomination was for Best Actor for which 1985 film directed by Peter Weir? Witness

  2. What type of transport is the subject of Kathryn Bigelow’s 2002 film K-19: The Widowmaker, in which Harrison Ford plays commanding officer Alexei Vostrikov? Submarine

  3. Which American actor won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing US Marshal Samuel Gerard, who pursues Harrison Ford’s character Richard Kimble in The Fugitive? Tommy Lee Jones

  4. In which 2013 film does Harrison Ford play Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who broke Major League Baseball’s colour barrier when he signed African-American player Jackie Robinson in 1945? 42

  5. The opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom takes place in which fictional nightclub, whose name references another film starring Harrison Ford? Obi Wan

Specialist: board games [II]

From the quiz on 15/8/17.

  1. The original version of the board game Ticket to Ride takes place on which continent? North America

  2. In Cluedo, one of the secret passages leads from the Study to which other room? Kitchen

  3. What name is given to the chunky humanoid playing pieces commonly found in German-style board games such as Carcassonne? Meeples

  4. The five basic resources in Settlers of Catan are brick, grain, ore and which two others? Wool and wood

  5. Jewelled general, gold general, silver general, flying chariot and dragon king are literal translations of the names of pieces used in which board game? Shōgi (Japanese chess)

Specialist: photography

From the quiz on 8/8/17.

  1. Which Japanese company produces the popular EOS series of SLR cameras? Canon

  2. American photographer Dorothea Lange is renowned for her many photos, including the iconic Migrant Mother, that document which era of American history? Great Depression

  3. What property of a camera lens is denoted by a lower-case f, as in f-number? Focal length

  4. Which American documentarian, perhaps best known for the TV miniseries The Civil War (1990), lends his name to a technique in which still photographs in motion pictures are slowly zoomed and panned across to retain visual interest? Ken Burns

  5. Thomas Sutton and James Clerk Maxwell’s 1861 photograph of a tartan ribbon represents what first in the history of photography? First colour photograph

Specialist: David Beckham

From the quiz on 8/8/17.

  1. What is the unusual name, partially inspired by the author of Victoria Beckham’s favourite book, of David and Victoria Beckham’s only daughter? Harper Seven

  2. In 2001, Victoria Beckham revealed that she calls David “Golden Balls” during an interview on which TV chat show? Parkinson

  3. In 2001, David Beckham scored a last-minute bending free kick against which country to secure England’s place in the 2002 FIFA World Cup? Greece

  4. In 2003, following an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, who kicked a boot that hit David Beckham in the eye, leaving him in need of stitches? Alex Ferguson

  5. For which French football team did David Beckham play in 2013, immediately before his retirement? Paris Saint-Germain

Specialist: first-person shooters

From the quiz on 1/8/17. Download the audio for Q2 and Q4 here.

  1. Genji, Tracer, Zenyatta, Symmetra, Junkrat and D. Va are playable heroes in which team-based FPS released by Blizzard in 2016? Overwatch

  2. **This is a medley of music from which FPS first released for PC in 1999? Unreal Tournament

  3. Which American company created and develops the Call of Duty series of FPS games? Infinity Ward

  4. **This is a medley of sound effects from which FPS first released for PC in 1999? Quake III Arena

  5. Lo Wang, a katana-wielding assassin who works for Orochi Zilla, is the protagonist of which series of FPSes originally created by 3D Realms in 1997 but rebooted by Flying Wild Hog in 2013? Shadow Warrior

Specialist: Royal Shrovetide Football (Ashbourne)

From the quiz on 1/8/17.

  1. The two teams, the Up’ards and Down’ards, are determined by birthplace relative to Henmore Brook, a tributary of which river in the Peak District? Dove

  2. Which English footballer, who managed Derby County from 1967 to 1973, turned up the ball (started the game by throwing the ball into the air) in 1975? Brian Clough

  3. In order to score a goal, the ball must be tapped against a millstone how many times in succession? 3

  4. The game was cancelled in 1968 and 2001 because of outbreaks of which disease? Foot-and-mouth

  5. Royal Shrovetide Football officially received its Royal designation in 1928 after which future king turned up the ball? Edward VIII

Specialist: cricket

From the quiz on 25/7/17.

  1. Which Australian state is home to professional cricket teams called Blues, Breakers, Sixers and Thunder? New South Wales

  2. What is indicated by an umpire touching a raised knee with their hand? Leg bye

  3. In 2003, which Pakistani cricketer, nicknamed Rawalpindi Express, bowled the fastest ball ever officially recorded in cricket (161.3km/h according to Guinness World Records)? Shoaib Akhtar

  4. Fire in Babylon is a 2010 documentary film about the dominance of which cricket team in the 1970s and 80s? West Indies

  5. Who is the only British Prime Minister to have played first-class cricket? Alec Douglas-Home