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                               GENERAL QUESTION ARCHIVE 

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Who shares Tuckers Hall in Exeter with the Fullers and Shearers?

The Weavers
 At the beginning of which well-known play does the speaker asks “Can this cockpit hold the vasty fields of France”?

Henry V by William Shakespeare
Which musician’s career started in the brass band of his home city’s ‘Coloured Waifs Home for Boys’?  Louis Armstrong
What is a carrick bend?   A type of knot

 Who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in  2005  Charles Kao 
Which British tribe lived around Exeter and is thought by some to have given its name to the county of Devon?  The Dumnonii
 Of which pop group was Michael Steele a member? The Bangles
What do T E Lawrence, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Cole Porter have in common?  They enlisted in the military (Lawrence in the R.A.F. and Tank Corps, Coleridge in the Light Dragoons and Porter in the French Foreign Legion)
Who is York Minster dedicated to?  St.Peter
Walter F Morrison, who died this year, invented the “Pluto Platter” in 1948. What is the name of the current version of this very successful device?  The Frisbee
 What do Joanne Harris, Cardinal Basil Hume, Charles II and David Niven have in common?  All had French mothers
The name of what river connects a 14th-century Bishop of Exeter with a 20th-century fictional theologian who rebelled against the Church?  )Jordan (Exeter College, Oxford, founded by Bishop Jordan, was the model for Jordan College, where Lord Asriel was a fellow, in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
Can you name four of the seven emirates making up the U.A,E?

Abu Dhabi. Ajman, Dubai, Fujeira, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm al-Qaiwain
In January 2010, which language did the BBC World Service begin broadcasting in for the first time?  Creole

What was the academic-sounding codename for the airborne component of the Allied crossings of the Rhine in 1945, the largest airborne operation in history?   (Operation) Varsity
Which palace, with a culinery connection, in St.Petersburg, is traditionally painted pink? The Strogonoff Palace

In Mansfield Park, Susan and Betsey price were quarrelling about what article?    A silver knife

Who in 2002 was the first person to score a double century in first-class limited-overs cricket?
Who in 2002 was the first person to score a double century in first-class limited-overs cricket?
Alistair Brown (268 for Surrey v Glamorgan at The Oval)
Madame Arcati appears in which play?    Blithe Spirit
How many original county names in England have vanished since the 1970s boundary alterations?

 Three (Cumberland, Westmoreland and Huntingdonshire
Who wrote Glenarvon?    Lady Caroline Lamb
What name links the despotic ruler of a fictional city, the author of late C19-early C20 books on a particular aspect of psychology and the C19 hero of Cawnpore?  Havelock as in Havelock, Lord Vetinari, ruler of Ankh Morpork, in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, Havelock Ellis, author of "Studies in the psychology of sex" and others and Sir Henry Havelock, Served with distinction in various C19 conflicts, particularly the Afghan Wars and the Indian Mutiny
What is the name of Agatha Christie’s home on the River Dart, now owned by the National Trust?   Greenway
What word connects a member of a rugby scrum and a theologian whose statue is in Exeter? Hooker (Richard Hooker’s statue is in Cathedral Close and the Hooker is in the front row of a rugby scrum
 Which award has been won by Melvyn Bragg (1993), Sebastian Faulks (1998) and Tom Wolfe (2004)?

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award

 

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