Mastermind Club
   Mastermind Club 

 

 Eight of the United States of America have names beginning with M. Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi and Missouri are six, name either of the other two.

Maine or Montana

Blackpool scored a first for Britain in 1885 with what form of transport?  The Electric Tramway

Which post, often in the news, was held by Debby Reynolds between 2004 and 2007?   Chief Veterinary Officer
Blackpool is on the Lancashire coast but in which county is BlackpoolBridge?  Pembrokeshire (Just off the A40 halfway between St Clears and Haverfordwest)
What is measured on the Saffir-Simpson scale? Hurricanes
Which author, more famous for another investigator, wrote a series of detective stories featuring George Felse, his wife Bunty and son Dominic?  Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter)

Of which country is Graham Bell Island a part?  Russia

What outdated material was deliberately used to build Blackpool’s North Pier in 1863?   Cast Iron
New Zealand has four, China five, Australia six and the USA 50. What?  Stars on their flags
Who said on TV "I don't have any guilty pleasures because pleasure is something you should never feel guilty about"? Nigella Lawson
What was the name of Peter Tinniswood’s BBC comedy series of the 1970s centred on Uncle Mort and the Brandon family?

I Didn’t Know You Cared
The ‘captive flying machines’, one of the oldest attractions of Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach, were designed by a man who gave his name to a famous invention of an entirely different kind. Who was he?  Sir Hiram Maxim
Who was the Blackpool player who was the first English footballer to be knighted?   Sir Stanley Matthews
What record in the natural world is held by the isotope Tellurium-128? 

 It has the longest-known half-life of an isotope (2.2 x 1024 years)

Which Briton was awarded the Order of Lenin in 1943?

George Formby
Central Paris is divided into a number of districts called arrondissements, spiralling out from the city centre. How many are there?  20
In which film did Clifton Webb play John Philip Sousa?

Stars & Stripes Forever
In which city does the Moselle join the Rhine?  Koblenz
With one exception, all the Queens of England from 1066 to 1154 had the same name. What was it? Matilda
Which fictional detective solved the case of the poisoned caterpillars? Miss Maud Silver (referred to in the works of Patricia Wentworth)
What did Blackpool pioneer for Great Britain in 1909?

Air Shows (First major one in Britain was in Blackpool in April 1909)
What do "Seasiders" and "Tangerines" have in common?

 They are both nicknames of Blackpool Football Club

Which US President served the shortest time in office?

William Henry Harrison – 1 month in 1841
What links Boris Karloff and Quentin Crisp?

They were both born Pratts (William Henry and Dennis respectively)
Apart from the fact they were all US Presidents, what links George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln?   They are the four heads depicted on Mount Rushmore
What do the following numbers have in common: 1, 2, 7, 9, 70, 71, 80 & 81?  They are numbers of BBC channels on Freeview
Which famous rock musician grew up in Blackpool and was educated at the local grammar school?

The great Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

4th April 2009 is the 60th anniversary of the signing of the treaty bringing into being which organisation?

North Atlantic Treaty Orgaisation (NATO)
What did Harry Corbett purchase for 7s 6d on Blackpool’s North Pier in 1948?   Sooty
Who used the phrase “Colourless green ideas sleep furiously” to show that individual parts of an utterance should connect semantically, as well as syntactically, to be deemed “acceptable”?

Noam Chomsky
A team of “Little Mesters” formed which club, playing cricket on their half day off?    Sheffield Wednesday
What flows eastward at a rate of up to 150 million cubic metres per second?    The Antarctic Circumpolar Current

Name the artist who painted pictures known as “The Tempest”, “The Three Philosophers” and “Sleeping Venus”  Giorgio Barbarelli aka Giorgio da Castelfranco or Giorgione (1476/8-1510)

Which iconic Victorian building in Blackpool was ravaged by fire on 15th February 2009?  Yates Wine Lodg
 Stephen Blackpool is a leading character in which Charles Dickens novel?  Hard Times
Which performer was described by George W Bush as “The greatest threat to American children since Polio”?   Eminem
Who is the son of Indra and the chief hero of the Mahabharata?j

Arjuna

Which horse overtook Devon Loch after its famous stumble and went on to win the 1956 Grand National? ESB
.Who wrote the novel "Phantom of the Opera"? Gaston Le Roux
 Who invented "Scrabble" in 1938? Alfred Butts
Which 1923 event was made possible by PC George Scorey with a little equine assistance?

The first Wembley F.A.Final (the horse was called Billy)
Who had their only UK no. 1 in 1965 with "Concrete and Clay"

Unit 4 Plus 2
Which Governor of Victoria (2001-6) broke Roger Bannister's world mile record in 1954, 6 weeks after Bannister's epic run?John Landy
Which ship sunk the "Belgrano" on 2nd May 1982?HMS Conquerer
Who was the first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer?

Philip Snowden
Which Premier League football club can trace its roots back to St Domingo's Methodist Church in 1865? Everton F.C.

What controversial death overcame Mr. Krook in Dickens' Bleak House?     He Spontaneously combusted
 At 163.4 mph set in 2012, who holds the record for the fastest recorded tennis serve? Sam Groth
 At 2.5 miles length, what is England's shortest main river?

The Bain
Who wrote "Cold Comfort Farm"? Stella Gibbons
How many GP wins did Michael Schumacher achieve in his career? 91
How many sonnets did Shakespeare write? 154
Which Australian Prime Minister was reported missing presumed drowned in 1966 and was never seen again? Harold Holt
Who led the British Expeditionary Force to Belgium and Northern France in 1914?    Sir John French
Which cleric's wife penned "Once in Royal David's City" and "All things Bright and Beautiful" amongst many other hymns?

Mrs Frances Alexander
Which sportsman won both an FA Cup Winner's Medal and a County Cricket championship medal in the same year in the

Jim Standen (West Ham Utd FC and Worcestershire CCC)
 In which role was Colin Skipp replaced by David Troughton at the start of 2014?   Tony Archer, in The Archers on BBC Radio 4.
Feral (city) pigeons have inherited their predominant eye colour from their main wild ancestor. What colour are their eyes?   Red
In which European city would you find an opera house named after a financial institution?  Brussels (Theatre de la Monnaie/De Munt).
Which city is the setting for the first act of The King of Barataria?

Venice ( this is the subtitle of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers)
 Where would you find Six Grandfathers?
South Dakota, USA (It is the translation of the Lakota Sioux name for Mount Rushmore)
 In a work describing a fictional night-time journey, Dyrck (or, in some versions, Dirk) and two others travel between two European cities on an important mission. What are these two cities called now?Ghent/Gand & Aachen/Aix-la-Chapelle; "How they brought

the good news from Ghent to Aix" by Robert Browning
 Whose middle names were Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby?  Clarissa Dickson-Wright
 Where in Rome was Julius Caesar assassinated in 44BC?
Theatre of Pompey ( near/at the foot of the statue of Pompey in the Theatre complex; the Senate was meeting there because of continuing building work in the Senate House.
Which constellation, visible only in the Southern Hemisphere, contains the nearest star to our sun?Centaurus (the star in question is Proxima Centauri, the ‘twin’ of Alpha Centauri
 Which pinnipede shares its less-common name with an item used in ceremonial religious clothing and a fictional detective?
Walrus (also known as a morse. A Morse was used to fasten a cope or, in medieval monasteries, an abbot’s cloak; Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse. Pinnipedes are seals, sea-lions and their relatives.
What name was given to a large hunting horn made from elephant tusk? Olipha[u]nt
/In what key, indicated in the nickname used by orchestral musicians, is the British national anthem usually played by professional orchestras if they are not using printed parts?

G major (the nickname is ‘The Queen in G’)
Which city gives its name to an item of clothing worn by horse-riders? Jodhpur
Which scientific discovery is supposed to have its origin in a vision or dream of the mythical ourobouros?
The structure of the benzene molecule. (Ourobouros is usually shown as a snake swallowing its tail, thus forming a circle. The scientist Kekulé is said to have realised in such a dream that the benzene molecule had to be more or less circular; of course, the standard representation in textbooks is more of a lozenge but the principle is the same)

Which European city’s Gaelic name could be translated as Blackpool?    Dublin (dubh = black; linn = pool.)
Which English literary figure wrote a treatise on the Astrolabe? Geoffrey Chaucer
 Under what name is Alfred Arnold Cocozza better-known?

Mario Lanza
Which city, in a state bearing the name of the reigning monarch, was eventually named after the British politician William Lamb? Melbourne, (in Victoria, Australia; William Lamb was Lord Melbourne, one of Queen Victoria’s Prime Ministers.
 What font was used for the first version of the Google logo? Baskerville Bold
 Strega is a strong Italian spirit – but what does the word actually mean?    Witch
The Battle of Hastings was fought on which exact date?

14th October 1066
Hastings was one of the original Cinque Ports. The others included New Romney, Dover and Sandwich. Which port is missing?Hythe
In the reign of Charles 11 the son of a Hastings clergyman played a major part in denouncing alleged Popish plots against the king. What was his name?       Titus Oates
The novel the Ragged –Trousered Philanthropists’ was based on the author`s experience as a house painter in England. What was the author`s name?      Robert Tressell
Which famous Scottish inventor lived in Hastings for a short time in the 1920`s?       John Logie Baird
 Graham McPherson born January 1961 how is this singer songwriter better known? Suggs (He belonged to the group Madness
What was the name of the Hastings entrepreneur and artist manager best known for the creator of the Pop Idol franchise? Simon Fuller
What is the name of the ITV wartime drama series set in Hastings?  Foyle`s War
What was the name of the long distance footpath 163 miles long stretching from Gravesend to Hastings?   Saxon Shore Way
What is the more common name of the writer and conservationist Archibald Belaney who was born in Hastings in 1888?   Grey Owl
In which year was Hastings Castle built?      1070
 Amber Rudd is the Current MP for Hastings and Rye and is Secretary State for which Department?

Energy and Climate Change   (Now Home Secretary)
Sharing its name with a European city which boat sunk off Hastings in 1749?     Amsterdam
Hastings was incorporated as a borough in 1588. What important event in British history took place in that year?

The defeat of the Spanish Armada
 In October in Hastings the world championships of which sport take place? Crazy Golf
In which castle was Henry VII born?     Pembroke Castle
In which decade is Halley’s Comet due to appear next?

2060's (2061)
Which driver is the only man to complete the Triple Crown of Motorsport of the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500 and the Le Mans 24 Hour race? Graham Hill
Which British Prime Minister was born in Canada and only held office for 211 days?     Andrew Bonar Law
How many Classics did Lester Piggott win? 30 (5-2000 Guineas, 2-1000 Guineas, 9 Derby's. 6-Oaks & 8 St.Leger's)
Which writer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 but declined the prize because of pressure from his government? Boris Pasternak (for Dr.Zhivago)
What is the last book of the Old Testament? Malachi
What does the E stand for in the actor Richard E Grant’s name? Esterhuysen
Who played Dr Richard Kimble in the original TV series of “The Fugitive”?     David Janssen
Dangermouse has been relaunched by the BBC this year, but who played Dangermouse and Penfold in the original series?

Sir David Jason & Terry Scott
 Who was the captain of HMS Beagle, whilst Charles Darwin was its science officer, surveying the Galapagos Islands? Robert Fitzroy
 How many “Enigma Variations” did Edward Elgar write? 14
 If feline means cat, what is the term for dove-like? Columbine
The UK singles chart began in 1952, in which year did the album chart begin? 1958
 In which year did the Space Shuttle “Challenger” explode shortly after launch? 1986
Who was executed on 3rd April 1936 for the kidnapand murder of Charles Lindbergh Junior? Bruno Richard Hauptmann
What is the administrative capital of British Columbia Victoria
What was the name of King George V's horse which trampled Emily Davison to death at the 1913 Derby?     Anmer
Who led the Labour Party from 1932-1935, immediately before Clement Attlee?         George Lansbury
Pica Pica is the Latin name for which creature?   Magpie
 If the elements of the periodic table are listed alphabetically in English, which two elements would be first and last? Actinium/Zirconium

Roots Hall is the home stadium of which Football League club? Southend United
Which product was the subject of the UK's first TV ad on 22/9/55?          Gibbs SR Toothpaste
Colin Ball (fictional) is the real name of which TV sitcom character?       Trigger (Only Fools and Horses)
Who in 1927 was awarded the Orteig Prize(first offered in 1919) as a result of meeting the challenge set?

Charles Lindbergh (for the first solo Trans Atlantic flight)
What is the longest river in Scotland?   Tay
 At which London tube station were173 people killed in a panic on a staircase on 3rd March 1943? Bethnal Green
 Who wrote "The Playboy of the Western World"?  J M Synge
What does HTML standfor? HyperText Markup Language
Which UK City has a rail station called Paragon?     Hull

Which Finnish composer wrote 'Cantus Arcticus' a work that features the sound of sea-birds throughout Rautavaara
Who painted the Piccolomini frescoes in Siena cathedral? Pinturrichioe
Which U.S.state is nicknamed the Nutmeg State?   Connecticut
What is the southernmost tip of the Shetlands called?

Sumburgh Head
King of Saxony's, MacGregor's and Count Raggi's are species of which bird?    Birds of Paradise
The Cohen Bros. film 'O Brother, Where Art Thou' is based on which classical work?     The Odyssey
 Which French court painter to Marie Antoinette, fled France after the Revolution and settled in Russis? Elizabeth Vigee-LeBrun
.What is  State Capital of Baden-Wurtemberg?      Stuttgart
Which character in 'Barnaby Rudge' gave her name to a type of headgear?      Dolly Varden
 'Cabaret' is based on which 1945 work by Christopher Isherwood?  Goodbye to Berlin
Which Ian McEwan novel opens with a tragic ballooning accident?   Enduring Love
Which stately home, now run by the National Trust, was owned by the Curzon family?   Kedleston Hall
Which tennis player was no.1 in the world rankings for 6 weeks in  but never won a Grand Slam?      Marcelo Rios
Who is credited with being the first man to climb Annapurna in 1950, before eventually becoming France's Minister for Sport? Maurice Herzog
Which huge work by El Greco is in the Chapel of San Tome in Toedo?        The Burial of Count Orgaz
With a new version of 'War & Peace' due shortly on the BBC, who played Pierre Bezuhov in the 1972 offering? Anthony Hopkins
Where in Sapin is the Tower of Hercules, the only surviving (much reconstructed) Roman lighthouse?       La Coruna
 According to Hilaire Belloc, who 'ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion'?      Jim

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