Trivia snake 38

From the quiz on 29/8/17.

  1. In 2016, Harambe the gorilla was shot at a zoo in which US city? Cincinnati

  2. Which chemical element, with atomic number 53, takes its name from the Greek for “violet” because of its colour as a gas? Iodine

  3. What is the first name of the Italian racing driver who founded Ferrari? Enzo

  4. Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ is the opening song from which 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical? Oklahoma!

  5. Which English actor’s many film roles include Henry Holland in The Lavender Hill Mob, Gulley Jimson in The Horse’s Mouth and Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai? Alec Guinness

  6. What is the county town of Shropshire? Shrewsbury

  7. The 1994 Nobel Peace Prize was shared between Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and which Palestinian leader “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East”? Yasser Arafat

  8. China in Your Hand (1987) was the only UK number one single for which English band, whose name is taken from a Star Trek character? T’Pau

  9. In human anatomy, what name, meaning “little grape” in Latin, is given to the fleshy extension that hangs down from the soft palate in the back of the throat? Uvula

  10. What name, from the Greek for “end” and “line (of verse)”, is given to a poem or other composition in which the first letters spell out a word or phrase? Acrostic


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

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

Trivia snake 35

From the quiz on 27/6/17.

  1. Which website’s logo depicts the first letter shining a spotlight on the others, all above the slogan “Rumor has it”? Snopes

  2. Comic-Con, the international convention originally known as the Golden State Comic-Con, has been held annually since 1970 in which US city? San Diego

  3. Lotsa Luck was the American adaptation of which ITV sitcom starring Reg Varney? On the Buses

  4. In Hinduism, the Tridevi is a triad of goddesses consisting of Lakshmi, Parvati and which goddess of knowledge, music and the arts? Saraswati (also spelt Sarasvati)

  5. What one-word title is shared by studio albums by Five, Lemar and Michael Jackson as well as singles by Pat Benatar, Tinie Tempah and Muse? Invincible

  6. Which British city hosted the Commonwealth Games in both 1970 and 1986 as well as the inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games in 2000? Edinburgh

  7. Which European country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the centre of its capital city, Hortobágy National Park, an early Christian necropolis in Pécs and the Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma? Hungary

  8. On Ordnance Survey maps, what type of establishment is indicated by a solid pink–red triangle? Youth hostel

  9. In the British Army, which rank comes between major-general and general? Lieutenant-general

  10. The bands Utah Saints, alt-J, Scritti Politti, The Sisters of Mercy and Kaiser Chiefs all come from which British city? Leeds

Trivia snake 34

From the quiz on 30/5/17.

  1. Which jazz singer is played by Diana Ross in the 1972 biographical drama film Lady Sings the Blues? Billie Holiday

  2. What is the name, derived from the worst possible hand in a traditional baccarat-like card game, of the organized crime syndicates of Japan? Yakuza

  3. What was the real first name of the British kings Edward VII and George VI? Albert

  4. Who is the only actor to have played James Bond in exactly two (official) films? Timothy Dalton

  5. Which English golfer won the Open in 1987, 90 and 92 and the Masters in 1989, 90 and 96, in addition to holding the record for the most Ryder Cup appearances (with 11)? Nick Faldo

  6. Galop infernal, popularly known as the “can-can music”, is a composition from the 1858 opera Orpheus in the Underworld by which French composer? Offenbach

  7. What was the stage name of the Hungarian–American entertainer born Erik Weisz in Budapest in 1874? Harry Houdini

  8. Halldór Laxness, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1955, is the only Nobel Laureate from which European country? Iceland

  9. Which male forename is also the capital and largest town of the Isle of Man? Douglas

  10. What was the name of the United States’s very first space station, which was launched in 1973 but very publicly fell back to Earth in 1979? Skylab

Trivia snake 33

From the quiz on 23/5/17.

  1. What name, from the French for “put in the mouth”, is given to the way in which the lips and tongue are applied to the mouthpiece of a wind instrument? Embouchure

  2. Which Tube station is the southern terminus of the Bakerloo line? Elephant & Castle

  3. What is the first name of Madame Bovary in Gustave Flaubert’s 1856 novel of the same name? Emma

  4. The 2600, 5200, 7800, Jaguar and Lynx were video game consoles produced by which American company? Atari

  5. In 1977, Elvis Presley performed his last live concert at Market Square Arena in which US state capital? Indianapolis

  6. What name, from the Latin for “without care”, is given in English to a paid office that involves little to no work or responsibilities? Sinecure

  7. What first name is shared by English queens consort of Henry II, Henry III and Edward I? Eleanor

  8. In The Simpsons, which recurring character and parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger is a muscle-bound Austrian best known for starring in the McBain film series? Rainier Wolfcastle

  9. In Bizet’s opera Carmen, what is the name of the dashing toreador with whom Carmen falls in love? Escamillo

  10. What is the technical name, from the Latin for “turned towards”, of the heads side of a coin? Obverse

Trivia snake 32

From the quiz on 9/5/17.

  1. In the film Groundhog Day, which 1965 song does Phil Connors wake up to every morning on his clock radio? I Got You Babe

  2. Between 1979 and 1988, Wayne Gretzky played for which ice hockey team, which won the Stanley Cup in 1983–4, 84–5, 86–7, 87–88 and 89–90? Edmonton Oilers

  3. Which European country has the assigned top-level domain .si? Slovenia

  4. After which explorer was Florence Airport officially renamed in 1990? Amerigo Vespucci

  5. Although achieved nonconsecutively, which 1953 single by Frankie Laine holds the record for the most weeks as UK number-one (with 18)? I Believe

  6. The Ten Commandments appear twice in the Old Testament, in the books of Deuteronomy and which other? Exodus

  7. In 1992, which 1991 album by Primal Scream became the inaugural winner of the Mercury Prize? Screamadelica

  8. Juneau is the capital of which US state? Alaska

  9. Which retired Luxembourgish cyclist won the Tour de France in 2010 after Alberto Contador was retroactively stripped of his victory for doping in 2012? Andy Schleck

  10. In 1973, which Japanese company introduced the personal watercraft known as the Jet Ski, whose name has since become a genericized trademark? Kawasaki