Sport & games 44

From the quiz on 12/9/17.

  1. Which of the four tennis majors is held first each year, usually in late January? Australian Open

  2. In which sport is play restarted by the referee calling “crouch, bind, set”? Rugby union

  3. In 2014, which Norwegian chess grandmaster, who is the current (2016) world champion, reached a record Elo rating of 2882, finally surpassing Garry Kasparov’s peak of 2851? Magnus Carlsen

  4. The very first Olympic torch relay was performed as part of which Olympic games (city and year)? Berlin 1936

  5. In 2002, in which African country’s top-flight THB Champions League did AS Adema defeat SO l’Emyrne 149–0 to claim the Guinness World Record for the highest scoreline in professional football? Madagascar



Sport & games 43

From the quiz on 22/8/17.

  1. In American and European skiing, what colour indicates the easiest type of slope, intended for absolute beginners? Green

  2. What sport is played by the Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars? Ice hockey

  3. Which continent’s football is governed by CONMEBOL? South America

  4. In basketball, how many points is a free throw worth? 1

  5. Who won the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles every year from 1988 to 1996 except 1990 and 1994? Steffi Graf

  6. What name, in reference to their exposed nature, is given to the cheap, uncovered benches commonly found at American sports grounds? Bleachers

  7. In horse racing, a filly is a horse that is less than how many years old? 4

  8. What nationality is Joyciline Jepkosgei, who broke the women’s road 10km, 15km, 20km and half-marathon world records at the Prague Half Marathon in 2017? Kenyan

  9. In 2000, which two football players were jointly awarded the title of FIFA Player of the Century? Pelé and Diego Maradona

  10. In golf, what name is given to the amount that a putted ball will deviate from a straight line because of the slope, grain and wind on the green? Borrow (UK) or break (US)

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: 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: 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

Sport & games 42

From the quiz on 1/8/17.

  1. Which netball position is commonly abbreviated GS? Goal shooter

  2. Which team beat Arsenal on penalties to win the 2000 UEFA Cup? Galatasaray

  3. Golf, Association and Garden are the three main forms of which sport as played in the UK? Croquet

  4. Ron Howard’s 2013 film Rush centres on the rivalry between which two F1 drivers during the 1976 racing season? James Hunt and Niki Lauda [½ each]

  5. What sport is played by Richmond, Jersey Reds, Doncaster Knights, Ealing Trailfinders and Yorkshire Carnegie? Rugby union

  6. As of 2016, which country has hosted the most Olympic Games, with four Summer and four Winter? USA

  7. Which Australian state is home to professional cricket teams known as Bulls, Heat and Fire? Queensland

  8. Against which team were Manchester United playing when Eric Cantona infamously “kung-fu kicked” a heckling fan in 1995? Crystal Palace

  9. In 1984, which English darts player, nicknamed Old Stoneface, achieved the very first televised nine-dart finish? John Lowe

  10. The Swaythling Cup, Marcel Corbillon Cup, St Bride Vase, G. Geist Prize, Iran Cup, W. J. Pope Trophy and Heydusek Prize are the seven trophies awarded at which sport’s World Championships? Table tennis

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