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)

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

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

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

Specialist: Real Madrid

From the quiz on 6/6/17.

  1. Which team knocked Real Madrid out of the 1960–61 European Cup in the first round, thereby ending their run of five consecutive tournament victories? Barcelona

  2. In 2013, Real Madrid set a transfer fee world record when they signed which Welsh player from Tottenham Hotspur for €100.8m? Gareth Bale

  3. What Spanish name, in reference to their superstar status, is given to the expensive, world-class players signed for Real Madrid in the early 21st century under the auspices of president Florentino Pérez? Galácticos

  4. In the 93rd minutes of both the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final and 2016 UEFA Super Cup, which Spanish player scored equalizing headers for Real Madrid, who ultimately won both matches in extra time? Sergio Ramos

  5. Which King of Spain bestowed the title Real (“royal”) on Real Madrid in 1920? Alfonso XIII

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