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

Trivia snake 31

From the quiz on 18/4/17.

  1. What is the title of the national anthem of France? La Marseillaise

  2. In the Back to the Future films, what is the name of Doc Brown’s dog? Einstein

  3. In 2016, when he won the French Open, who became the first tennis player to achieve a men’s singles non-calendar-year grand slam? Novak Djokovic

  4. What name is given to the device in an internal combustion engine that mixes air and fuel in the appropriate ratio? Carburettor

  5. Which Scottish actor plays The Spirit of Christmas in Blackadder’s Christmas Carol and Samuel Johnson in Blackadder the Third? Robbie Coltrane

  6. About which of her title characters did Jane Austen write “I am going to take a heroine whom no-one but myself will much like”? Emma [ask for first name only]

  7. What is the first name of Ronnie Barker’s character Arkwright in the sitcom Open All Hours? Albert

  8. In which country is Kızılırmak the longest wholly-contained river, Van the largest lake and Great Ararat the highest mountain? Turkey

  9. What name is shared (in English) by the basic monetary unit of China and a Mongol dynasty of China that immediately preceded the Ming? Yuan

  10. What is the common name of the Arctic whale whose binomial name, Monodon monoceros, may be literally translated as “single tooth, single horn”? Narwhal

Trivia snake 30

From the quiz on 28/3/17. Download the audio for Q5 here.

  1. Which country won the very first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, but did not win again until 1988? Switzerland

  2. The red Fever, blue Chill and yellow Weird are the three viruses that appear in which series of puzzle games published and originally developed by Nintendo? Dr. Mario

  3. What is the last letter of the Greek alphabet? Omega

  4. Who won a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) as well as Best Director Oscars for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Life of Pi (2012)? Ang Lee

  5. **Which guitarist is playing this solo in a song by The Beatles? Eric Clapton

  6. The name of the fabric denim is derived from that of which town in southern France, where a similar serge-like fabric was formerly made? Nîmes

  7. Who was the only female member of the so-called Gang of Four that founded the Social Democratic Party, which would later merge with the Liberal Party to form the Liberal Democrats? Shirley Williams

  8. In the Lord of the Rings universe, what is the name of Gandalf’s horse? Shadowfax

  9. In the United States, India and many other countries, the name of which American company has become a generic noun and verb meaning “photocopy”? Xerox

  10. Which King of Persia was victorious at the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC) but defeated at the Battles of Plataea (479 BC) and Salamis (480 BC)? Xerxes (I, The Great)

Trivia snake 29

From the quiz on 28/2/17.

  1. What is the title of the second novel in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series? New Moon

  2. Gro Harlem Brundtland was the first female Prime Minister of which European country? Norway

  3. For which English county cricket team did Brian Close play 1949–1970, Geoffrey Boycott play 1962–1986 and Michael Vaughan play 1993–2009? Yorkshire

  4. Encore (2004), Relapse (2009) and Recovery (2010) are UK number-one albums by which American rapper? Eminem

  5. Which model of Lamborghini appears in the opening sequence of the 1969 film The Italian Job? Miura

  6. Which star forms the left foot of the herdsman in the constellation Boötes and is the fourth-brightest in the night sky? Arcturus

  7. Which six-letter word can mean money, to cancel or abandon, a golf handicap of zero, or to make a sound by quickly moving a record back and forth by hand? Scratch

  8. Which common animal is known in Mandarin as , in Welsh as ceffyl and in Latin as caballus? Horse

  9. What was the (de facto) capital of East Germany? East Berlin

  10. Schoolboy Shinji Ikari pilots giant mecha to defend a post-apocalyptic Tokyo from malevolent supernatural beings called Angels in which anime series of the 1990s? Neon Genesis Evangelion