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                                          Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                     Number 7
                                   Questions set by Les Morrell

1. Which horse overtook Devon Loch after its famous stumble and went on to win the 1956 Grand National? ESB
2. Who wrote the novel "Phantom of the Opera"? Gaston Le Roux
3. Who invented "Scrabble" in 1938? Alfred Butts
4. 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)
5. Who had their only UK no. 1 in 1965 with "Concrete and Clay" Unit 4 Plus 2
6. Which Governor of Victoria (2001-6) broke Roger Bannister's world mile record in 1954, 6 weeks after Bannister's epic run?

John Landy
7. How many Archbishops of Canterbury have there been since the Norman Conquest? 105
8. Which ship sunk the "Belgrano" on 2nd May 1982?

HMS Conquerer
9.Who was the first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer?

Philip Snowden
10. Which Premier League football club can trace its roots back to St Domingo's Methodist Church in 1865? Everton F.C.
11. What controversial death overcame Mr. Krook in Dickens' Bleak House?     He Spontaneously combusted
12. At 163.4 mph set in 2012, who holds the record for the fastest recorded tennis serve? Sam Groth
13. At 2.5 miles length, what is England's shortest main river?

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

Mrs Frances Alexander
20 Which sportsman won both an FA Cup Winner's Medal and a County Cricket championship medal in the same year in the 1960s?.  Jim Standen (West Ham Utd FC and Worcestershire CCC)

                                         Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                   Number 8

                                   Questions set by Maya Davis

1/ In which role was Colin Skipp replaced by David Troughton at the start of 2014?
Tony Archer, in The Archers on BBC Radio 4.
2/ Feral (city) pigeons have inherited their predominant eye colour from their main wild ancestor. What colour are their eyes?   Red
3/ n which European city would you find an opera house named after a financial institution?

Brussels (Theatre de la Monnaie/De Munt).
4/ 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)
5/ Where would you find Six Grandfathers?
South Dakota, USA (It is the translation of the Lakota Sioux name for Mount Rushmore)
6/ 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
7/ Whose middle names were Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby?  Clarissa Dickson-Wright
8/ 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.
9/ 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
10/ 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.
11/ What name was given to a large hunting horn made from elephant tusk? Olipha[u]nt
12/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’)
13/ Which city gives its name to an item of clothing worn by horse-riders? Jodhpur
14/ 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)
15/ Which European city’s Gaelic name could be translated as Blackpool?    Dublin (dubh = black; linn = pool.)
16/ Which English literary figure wrote a treatise on the Astrolabe? Geoffrey Chaucer
17/ Under what name is Alfred Arnold Cocozza better-known? Mario Lanza
18/ 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.
19/ What font was used for the first version of the Google logo? Baskerville Bold
20/ Strega is a strong Italian spirit – but what does the word actually mean?    Witch

                                      Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                 Number 9
                             Questions set by Paul Emerson

1/ The Battle of Hastings was fought on which exact date?

14th October 1066
2/ Hastings was one of the original Cinque Ports. The others included New Romney, Dover and Sandwich. Which port is missing?      Hythe
3/ 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
4/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
5/ Which famous Scottish inventor lived in Hastings for a short time in the 1920`s?       John Logie Baird
6/ Graham McPherson born January 1961 how is this singer songwriter better known?

Suggs (He belonged to the group Madness
7/ What was the name of the Hastings entrepreneur and artist manager best known for the creator of the Pop  Idol franchise? Simon Fuller
8/ What is the name of the ITV wartime drama series set in Hastings?           Foyle`s War
9/ What was the name of the long distance footpath 163 miles long stretching from Gravesend to Hastings?   Saxon Shore Way
10/ What is the more common name of the writer and conservationist Archibald Belaney who was born in Hastings in 1888?      Grey Owl
11/ In which year was Hastings Castle built?      1070
12/ Amber Rudd is the Current MP for Hastings and Rye and is Secretary State for which Department?

Energy and Climate Change   (Now Home Secretary)
13/ Sharing its name with a European city which boat sunk off Hastings in 1749?     Amsterdam
14/ 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
15/ In October in Hastings the world championships of which sport take place? Crazy Golf

                                    Mastermind Club Quiz
                                             Number 10
                          Questions set by Emma McCarthy

1/ In which castle was Henry VII born?     Pembroke Castle
2/ In which decade is Halley’s Comet due to appear next?

2060's (2061)
3/ 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
4/ Which British Prime Minister was born in Canada and only held office for 211 days?     Andrew Bonar Law
5/ How many Classics did Lester Piggott win? 30 (5-2000 Guineas, 2-1000 Guineas, 9 Derby's. 6-Oaks & 8 St.Leger's)
6/ 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)
7/ What is the last book of the Old Testament? Malachi
8/ What does the E stand for in the actor Richard E Grant’s name? Esterhuysen
9/ Who played Dr Richard Kimble in the original TV series of “The Fugitive”?     David Janssen
10/ Dangermouse has been relaunched by the BBC this year, but who played Dangermouse and Penfold in the original series?

Sir David Jason & Terry Scott
11/ Who was the captain of HMS Beagle, whilst Charles Darwin was its science officer, surveying the Galapagos Islands? Robert Fitzroy
12/ How many “Enigma Variations” did Edward Elgar write? 14
13/ If feline means cat, what is the term for dove-like? Columbine
14/ The UK singles chart began in 1952, in which year did the album chart begin? 1958
15/ In which year did the Space Shuttle “Challenger” explode shortly after launch? 1986

                                          Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                    Number 11
                                   Questions set by Les Morrell

1/ Who was executed on 3rd April 1936 for the kidnapand murder of Charles Lindbergh Junior? Bruno Richard Hauptmann
2/ What is the administrative capital of British Columbia Victoria
3/ What was the name of King George V's horse which trampled Emily Davison to death at the 1913 Derby?     Anmer
4/ Who led the Labour Party from 1932-1935, immediately before Clement Attlee?                George Lansbury
5/ Pica Pica is the Latin name for which creature?   Magpie
6/ If the elements of the periodic table are listed alphabetically in English, which two elements would be first and last? Actinium/Zirconium
7/ Roots Hall is the home stadium of which Football League club? Southend United
8/ Which product was the subject of the UK's first TV ad on 22/9/55?          Gibbs SR Toothpaste
9/Colin Ball (fictional) is the real name of which TV sitcom character?       Trigger (Only Fools and Horses)
10/ 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)
11/ What is the longest river in Scotland?   Tay
12/ At which London tube station were173 people killed in a panic on a staircase on 3rd March 1943? Bethnal Green
13/ Who wrote "The Playboy of the Western World"?  J M Synge
14/ What does HTML standfor? HyperText Markup Language
15/ Which UK City has a rail station called Paragon?     Hull

                                  Mastermind Club Quiz
                                           Number 12
                           Questions set by Stewart Cross

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

Sumburgh Head
5. King of Saxony's, MacGregor's and Count Raggi's are species of which bird?    Birds of Paradise
6.The Cohen Bros. film 'O Brother, Where Art Thou' is based on which classical work?     The Odyssey
7. Who is Scotland's only Conservative M.P.? David Mundell
8. Which French court painter to Marie Antoinette, fled France after the Revolution and settled in Russis? Elizabeth Vigee-LeBrun
 10.What is  State Capital of Baden-Wurtemberg?      Stuttgart
11.Which character in 'Barnaby Rudge' gave her name to a type of headgear?      Dolly Varden
12. 'Cabaret' is based on which 1945 work by Christopher Isherwood?  Goodbye to Berlin
13. Which Ian McEwan novel opens with a tragic ballooning accident?   Enduring Love
14. Which stately home, now run by the National Trust, was owned by the Curzon family?   Kedleston Hall
15. Which tennis player was no.1 in the world rankings for 6 weeks in 1998 but never won a Grand Slam?      Marcelo Rios
16. Who is credited with being the first man to climb Annapurna in 1950, before eventually becoming France's Minister for Sport? Maurice Herzog
17. Which huge work by El Greco is in the Chapel of San Tome in Toedo?        The Burial of Count Orgaz
18. With a new version of 'War & Peace' due shortly on the BBC, who played Pierre Bezuhov in the 1972 offering? Anthony Hopkins
19. Where in Sapin is the Tower of Hercules, the only surviving (much reconstructed) Roman lighthouse?       La Coruna
20. According to Hilaire Belloc, who 'ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion'?      Jim

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