Sport & games 40

From the quiz on 20/6/17.

  1. Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was the birth name of which American boxer? Muhammad Ali

  2. In 2010, which F1 driver became the youngest ever winner of the World Drivers’ Championship? Sebastian Vettel

  3. Which English football team are nicknamed The Posh and play their home games at London Road? Peterborough United

  4. In which sport are penhold and shakehand the two most common ways of holding the bat? Table tennis

  5. Which combat sport has six official yearly tournaments known as honbasho? Sumo

  6. As of 2017, which country has won the most Volleyball World Championships, both men’s (6) and women’s (7)? Russia

  7. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, who won the UK’s first gymnastics medal since 1928 with a bronze in the men’s pommel horse? Louis Smith

  8. In cricket, what is indicated by an umpire raising both arms above their head? Six runs

  9. In 1995, which American MLB team won the American League Division Series after a miraculous last-minute double hit by Edgar Martínez? Seattle Mariners

  10. Which European country has yet to win a single Olympic medal despite (as of 2016) having competed in 20 Summer and 9 Winter Olympic Games, more than any other medal-less country? Monaco

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

Sport & games 39

From the quiz on 30/5/17.

  1. According to the ITTF, regulation table tennis balls must be one of which two colours? White and orange

  2. Which French footballer was nicknamed The Sulk because of his perceived lack of enthusiasm? Nicolas Anelka

  3. In kilometres, how long is Olympic marathon swimming? 10km

  4. In fencing, what name, from the French for “put back”, is given to a second thrust made after the first has failed? Remise

  5. Cleveland Cavaliers (2003–10) → Miami Heat (2010–14) → Cleveland Cavaliers (2014–) is the complete* professional team history of which American basketball player? LeBron James

  6. In 1968, which American athlete became the first person to officially run the 100m in under 10 seconds? Jim Hines

  7. Which sporting event takes place every year between Surrey and Middlesex, and was won in 2003 by a foot? Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

  8. The Bathurst 1000 is widely considered the most prestigious motorsport event in which Commonwealth country? Australia

  9. Scissors, eastern cut-off and western roll are techniques formerly widely used in which track-and-field event? High jump

  10. What uncommon trait connects golfer Bubba Watson, tennis player John McEnroe, snooker player Jimmy White, baseball player Babe Ruth and cricketer David Gower? Lefthandedness

Sport & games 38

From the quiz on 2/5/17.

  1. Which sport was formerly known in English as whiff-whaff? Table tennis

  2. What was the first (and to date only) city to host three Summer Olympic Games? London

  3. Which children’s game from Milton Bradley features (amongst other things) a guitar, a frying pan, a holster with gun, a lantern, a shovel, a stick of dynamite and a bedroll? Buckaroo!

  4. What sport is played by the Ipswich Witches, Poole Pirates, King’s Lynn Stars, Lakeside Hammers and Swindon Robins? (Motorcycle) speedway

  5. In snooker, how many points is the pink ball worth? 6

  6. Trent Bridge cricket ground is home to which county cricket team? Nottinghamshire

  7. Le Mans → Guingamp → Marseille → Chelsea → Shanghai Shenhua → Galatasaray → Chelsea → Montreal Impact → Phoenix Rising is the complete* transfer history of which African footballer? Didier Drogba

  8. In tennis, what name is given to the receiver’s right-hand service court? Deuce court

  9. With which two teams did Michael Schumacher win his 7 World Drivers’ Championships between 1994 and 2004? Benetton and Ferrari

  10. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, which barefoot runner accidentally collided with and injured her American rival Mary Decker during the women’s 3000m final? Zola Budd

Sport & games 37

From the quiz on 11/4/17. Download the audio for Q5 here.

  1. Which country traditionally leads the Parade of Nations at Olympic Games opening ceremonies? Greece

  2. What nationality are tennis players Petra Kvitová and Tomáš Berdych? Czech

  3. Which two English football teams contest the Second City Derby? Birmingham City and Aston Villa

  4. Which Formula One driver is nicknamed Ice Man in reference to both his cool demeanour and his country of origin? Kimi Räikkönen

  5. **Drag Racer by the Doug Wood Band is theme tune for the BBC’s coverage of which sport? Snooker

  6. Which English cricketer and which English footballer were the regular team captains for the first 15 series of the sports panel show They Think It’s All Over? David Gower and Gary Lineker

  7. What polygonal name is given to the ring used in UFC? Octagon

  8. Andy Marte and Yordano Ventura, who both died in unrelated car crashes on the same day in 2017, were noted baseballers from which Caribbean country? Dominican Republic

  9. In 2004, Wayne Rooney scored a hat trick on his début for Manchester United in a 6–2 Champions League victory over which other team? Fenerbahçe

  10. The artificial playing surface AstroTurf acquired its current name after successful installation at the world’s very first covered stadium, the Astrodome, in which US city? Houston

Specialist: rugby union [II]

From the quiz on 4/4/17.

  1. Which country’s national rugby union team are nicknamed Los Pumas? Argentina

  2. Which now-retired rugby union player holds the records for the most caps (133), most matches as captain (83) and most tries (46) for Ireland? Brian O’Driscoll

  3. The Millennium Trophy is annually contested by Ireland and which other national rugby union team? England

  4. Which political figure presented captain François Pienaar with the Webb Ellis Cup following his team’s victory at the 1995 Rugby World Cup? Nelson Mandela

  5. Taulupe Faletau, a number eight who currently** (**April 2017) plays for Wales and Bath Rugby, was born in which island country? Tonga

  6. The Rugby World Cup records for the largest margin of victory and most tries in a single match were set in 2003 when Australia defeated which African team 142–0? Namibia

Specialist: card games

From the quiz on 4/4/17.

  1. In contract bridge, which suit ranks highest? Spades

  2. Writer and presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell is also a professional player of which card game? Poker

  3. Goblins vs Gnomes, Whispers of the Old Gods and Mean Streets of Gadgetzan are expansion packs for which online collectible card game released in 2014? Hearthstone

  4. In canasta, cards of which two ranks are considered wild and may be used in any legal meld? Joker and deuce (2)

  5. Joking Hazard is a card-based party game by the creators of, and using individual panels from, which popular webcomic? Cyanide & Happiness