General Question Archive
What is the highest mountain in the world outside of Asia? Aconcagua
Who was the first black person to win a singles Tennis Grand Slam event? Althea Gibson
Which river passes through Madrid? Manzanares
What is the currency unit of Kazakhstan? The Tenge
What is the claim to fame of Elizabeth Blackwell (born Bristol 1821) First female to register as a medical doctor in UK- she worked in USA
Who was the first actor to be knighted? Sir Henry Irving
Which 3 counties have never won the County Cricket championship? Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and Somerset
What is the chemical symbol for Tungsten? W
In 1908 Elizabeth Garret Anderson (already famous for her medical career) achieved which other first? First woman mayor in UK (Aldeburgh, Suffolk)
Who claimed the wicket of Don Bradman in the Oval Test of 1948 thus depriving him of a test average of 100+? Eric Hollis
The Britannia Bridge connects which island to the UK mainland?
Which two English Kings were sons of Eleanor of Aquitaine? Richard I & John
What is the only station name shared by the London Underground and Paris Metropolitain? Temple
What happened in the 1946 and 1947 FA Cup Finals and has not happened since? The Ball burst
In which year did William Herschel discover Uranus? 1781
Who disappeared on 15th December 1944? Glenn Miller
Which female peer was one of the first women to sit in the Lords in 1958 and went on to become the first female Deputy Speaker? Baroness Wootton of Abinger
Which gardener designed the Crystal Palace? Joseph Paxton
Which Oscar winning composer wrote the score for "Out of Africa"? John Barry
What is the title of Harper Lee's second novel, recently published 55 years after her first classic work? Go set a watchman
Zymergy is what? The art or practice of fermentation in wine making, brewing or distilling.
Mount Vinson is the highest peak in which continent? Antarctica
Prince Alex Obolensky represented England in which team sport during the 1930s before being killed in the Second World War? Rugby Union
Which 1960s recording artist was born Terence Parsons in 1930? Matt Monro
Which type of insect is affected by the Isle of Wight disease?
What is the name of Clint Eastwood’s production company? Malpaso
Una Furtiva Lagrima is an aria by which composer?
M*A*S*H was a popular and long running TV series, who wrote the book on which it was based? Richard Hooker (Which was a pseudonym of H.Richard Hornberger)
Which English physician discovered that blood circulates around the body in the 1620s? William Harvey
Which of Joseph Haydn’s symphonies is nicknamed the Military? The 100th
Which architect designed Blenheim Palace? Sir John Vanburgh
What are the names of the four houses in Hogwarts School of Magic, as featured in the Harry Potter series of books?
Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw & Hufflepuff
Which former cabinet minister was nicknamed the Chingford Skinhead? Norman Tebbitt
Which cathedral is home to the ‘Mappa Mundi’? Hereford
Sir Martin Rees holds which position, first held by John Flamsteed in 1675? Astronomer Royal
Jock Stein was the manager of which club prior to taking the Celtic Manager's job? Hibernian
Which leading Nazi was assassinated in Prague in 1942?
Sid Vicious replaced which Sex Pistols Bassist? Glen Matlock
In which year was the Celtic newspaper The Celtic View first published? 1965 (August)
Who directed the Nazi propaganda film, The Triumph Of The Will? Leni Riefenstahl
Steve Harley & Ian Dury both suffered from which illness in childhood? Polio
In which stadium did Celtic compete in the 1970 European Cup Final? San Siro (Milan)
Who preceded Albert Speer as Third Reich Armaments Minister? Fritz Todt
Which One Hit Wonders had a hit with "Uptown Top Ranking"? Althea & Donna
Ex Celtic player Willie Angus won which prestigious award?
The Victoria Cross (WW1)
The Stuka aircraft was manufactured by which German company? Junkers
What was the B Side of the Lou Reed hit, Walk On The Wild Side? Perfect Day
Who was the second manager of Celtic F.C., following Willie Maley in 1940? Jimmy McStay
Who edited the Nazi anti-Semitic publication Der Sturmer?
Which 1972 Mott The Hoople hit was written by David Bowie?
"All The Young Dudes
Despite having published several volumes of my collected short stories from ‘Punch’ I am better known for seriously embarrassing my bookseller son in some of my other works. A. A. Milne
Born in Southwick, Sussex, in 1873, my first major operatic role was in a work by Sir Arthur Sullivan, but I later gave the première of a major work by Elgar, now more often associated with Dame Janet Baker. Dame Clara Butt who, despite impressions to the contrary, was actually a mezzo-soprano who cultivated a rather hooty chest voice.
Having fought in both the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War, I turned my attention to flying machines. My creation took to the air for the first time in
Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin
I feel that I have had a bad press; people accuse me of poisoning my mushroom-loving uncle/husband but forget that my son’s minions later murdered me.
Agrippina, mother of Nero and 4th wife of Claudius
Louis XV admired my persistence in pursuit of my aims, though he associated me with the wrong kind of heavenly body. I am normally remembered only by the first initial of my surname used in a system of nomenclature. Charles Messier – nicknamed ‘ferret of comets’ but actually more interested in nebulae and galaxies
Having lost my first son to croup in London and my second to scarlet fever in Brighton on New Year’s Eve 1861, I died, aged 28, a week after the birth of the last one in 1865. Despite my skill as a pianist, I am far better known for my contributions to magazines published by my husband and for one very large book of particular use to women. Mrs Beeton
Born in India in 1907 and educated in Edinburgh and London, I worked with Sir Edwin Lutyens but am more often associated with a cathedral in the Midlands and a
University in the south of England. Sir Basil Spence
Born in London in 1812, I had 21 siblings. I suffered from epilepsy and a number of other chronic health conditions for most of my life. My first published work was a series of ornithological paintings but I am far better known for another art form. Edward Lear
Algerian by birth, I won a Nobel Prize. I broke off my connection with a fellow writer and philosopher and rejected his philosophical beliefs. I died in a road accident in 1960. Albert Camus
I have the unusual distinction of being the only woman listed in the Domesday Book as a major landholder, but I’m far better known for taking action to oppose excessive taxation. Lady Godiva
My most famous book was banned by the Catholic Church till 1835, but I never found that out because it was originally published without my preface. A ‘helpful’ priest substituted his own, claiming that my well-thought-out research was just a hypothesis. I didn’t find that out till just before I died. Now, everyone accepts that I was right. Copernicus
Born in the Netherlands but later a British subject, I was knighted after a series of controversial engineering projects in East Anglia. I had to do one lot of work twice thanks to Cromwell . One of my activities caused civil disobedience in the Fens because I insisted on employing Dutch workers rather than English ones. My last project was a diplomatic mission to the Netherlands. It failed. Well, I was an engineer, not a politician. What do you expect?
Cornelius Vermuyden, responsible for draining the Bedford Level and other similar engineering projects
I may well have been the performer of the first sponsored nine-day act of self-publicity with an activity which, in some people’s minds, should not be tried even once.Will Kempe, who Morris-danced from London to Norwich in 9 days during 1660 after acrimoniously resigning from the Globe Theatre..
My musical talents have been rather overshadowed by my expertise in another unrelated field, though both that field and my two operas are nominally linked by my interest in Greek mythology. It would be no exaggeration to say that other people were over the moon as a result of my activities. Patrick Moore. As well as his astronomical achievements, he was a competent xylophone player. He also composed two light operas on Perseus and Theseus respectively: each, much to his surprise, turned out to be about 4 hours long when run through by the light opera group for which they had been written.
Despite my knowledge of herbal remedies as well as nursing skill and my cordial relationship with Florence Nightingale, my achievements in the same field were overshadowed by hers for well over a century. Mary Seacole
Arthue C Clarke
To which fellow Science Fiction writer did Clarke dedicate "Report on Planet Three"? Isaac Asimov
What was Clarke's middle name? Charles
Outside which building was Clarke filmed in a cameo in the 2010 movie? The White House
Which novel, set in 2276, did Clarke write for the U.S.A. Bicentennial? "Imperial Earth"
Who was Clarke's co-author in the "Time Odyssey" trilogy?
The marathon foot race
After running in which marathon race in 1979 did Chris Brasher get the idea for the London marathon? New York City
Who was the first British man to win the Boston marathon?
Which Italian runner was disqualified from the 1908 London Olympic marathon? Dorando Pietri
After three silver medals in track races behind Emil Zatopek in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, who finally defeated Zatopek to win the 1956 Olympic marathon? Alain Mimoun
Who won the ladies race at the 2002 London marathon?
1981 Ashes Test series
How many different wicketkeepers did England use in the series? Three (Paul Downton, Bob Taylor & Alan Knott)
Which Australian fast bowler played for Middlesex against the Australian tourists? Jeff Thomson
How many man of the match awards did Ian Botham win in the series? Three
English batsmen scored three Test centuries in the series, Botham scored two of them, who scored the other? Geoffry Boycott
How many runs did Botham score in the Lord's Test, his last as captain? Nought
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the US equivalents of which UK organisation? Students Loan Company
Caesar and Cleo is an earlier name for which globally successful duo? Sonny and Cher
Who wrote the Wizard of Oz? Frank L.Baum
Which country has the world's only two sided national flag? Paraguay
On which date is Bloom's Day? 16th June (The day featured in James Joyce's Ulysses)
What was Vincent Price's last film?
Edward Scissorhands (A cameo role)
What was the proposed location for the cancelled 1940 Summer Olympic Games? Tokyo
Who was the first female Prime Minister of Canada? Kim Campbell
In which US City is the Alamo located? San Antonio, Texas
Which bird at speeds of up to 200mph when swooping is the fastest in flight? Peregrine Falcon
What is the next number in this sequence- 6, 28, 496?
8128 (The first 4 perfect numbers)
Who created the first mercury based thermometer?
What is an orrery? A mechanical solar system model
Farrokh Bulsara became a superstar under which alias?
Who was Henry Irving's famous manager who found his fame away from the stage? Bram Stoker
Who scored for both teams in the first game of the 1981 FA Cup Final? Tommy Hutchison
Stuart Island forms a remote part of which Commonwealth country? New Zealand
Which Oscar winner had parents who both also won Oscars?
Which US state capital is pronounced the same as a French City but differs in spelling by one letter?
Montpelier (Vermont) /Montpellier
Who in 1929 became the first female Cabinet Minister in the UK?
Margaret Bondfield (Minister of Labour in 1929)
What is the common name for the fast growing , twining plant “Ipomoea”? Morning Glory or Bindweed
What was the name of the British working-class movement that was established in 1838, whose demands included votes for all men? The Chartists
What is stored in a Leyden jar? (Static) Electricity
In 2008 who won an Oscar for his role as the ruthless assassin Anton Chicure in No Country for Old Men? Javier Bardem
"Better to die than be a coward” is the motto of which famous fighting force? The Ghurka Regiment
The ring-ousel belongs to which family of birds? Thrush
What was the original title of Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice? First Impression
Which element was originally called hydrargyrum? Mercury
Who was king of England in the year AD1000? Ethelred II
What type of animal is a Markhor? A wild goat
Who played Guenevere alongside Richard Burton in the original stage musical Camelot? Julie Andrews
What in meteorology is measured in Oktas? Cloud cover (0 oktas is completely clear to 8 oktas, completely overcast)
What country's flag (bizarrely) has a garden hoe and a Kalashnikov rifle inside a star? Mozambique
Which Italian author published Pinocchio in 1880? Carlo Collodi
Who wrote the book 'The Color Purple', which was also made into a film by Steven Spielberg? Alice Walker
Andros, at 1600 sq. miles is the largest of which group of islands ? The Bahamas
The cocktail “a Moscow Mule” is vodka mixed with what?
Wembley and which other stadium held the Semi Finals in the 1966 World Cup ? Goodison Park, Everton
Chemakum, Akkadian, Carian, Illinois, Cumbric and Hadramautic
are all examples of what? Extinct Languages
Time and Materials by Robert Hass and Failure by Philip Schultz both won what in 2008? The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
Which oil tanker ran aground off the coast of Brittany in 1978?
The Amaco Cadiz
In dry desert climates rivers may not flow for many years on end, after a storm they may flow for only a few days or even hours, By what name is this type of river known? Ephemeral
"People everywhere, A sense of expectation hanging in the air, Giving out a spark, Across the room your eyes are glowing in the dark" are the first lines of which song”? Voulez-Vous by Abba
What is the official name of the Columbus Archipelago?
The Galapagos Islands
For which crime was Konrad Kujau jailed in 1984?
Forging the Hitler Diaries
Sold for $63.5 million in 2006, who was the artist of the 1955 abstract painting “Police Gazette” ? William de Kooning
Which magazine publishes lists of the World’s richest men, models, sportsmen etc.? Forbes
In 1997, which was first official Children in Need single?
Perfect Day by Lou Reed
Bob Larkin in 1957, Janet Treggoran in 1963 and Mark Hebden in 1994 all have what in common?
They were all characters "Killed Off" in The Archers
What name is that of an Arian Christian Germanic people who maintained a North African kingdom in the 5th and 6th centuries and who, under their king Gaiseric, sacked Rome in 455? Vandel
Which bird, related to moorhens,coots and rails differs from them because it lives on dry land? Corncrake
How many time zones are there around Planet Earth? 24
Who was the first US President to be impeached? Andrew Johnso
Who were the two protagonists at the battle of Blood River in 1836?
The Voortrekkers and The Zulu Nation
What is the name given to a certain species of bat owing to the shape of the ridge on it's nose ? The Horseshoe Bat
The first two perfect numbers are 6 and 28, what is the third? 496
Chang Kai Shek International Airport is situated in which capital city? Taipei
Who played the part of Alfie in the 1975 film Alfie Darling?
Who gave his name to an air-brakes for railways which he invented when aged 16? George Westinghouse
Rijsttafel is a rice-based mixed dish from which country? Indonesia
Which novel by Sir Walter Scott is subtitled Or the Astrologer?
Sometimes known as the white whale, Delphinapterus leucas belongs to the bottle-nosed family of whales; how is it more generally known? Beluga
Ash Wednesday is so-called because ashes were sprinkled over the heads of penitents. From what were the ashes produced?
The palms left from the previous Palm Sunday
Which letter of the alphabet is used as a symbol in chemistry for the quantity of heat entering a system, and in physics as a symbol for electrical charge? Q
Which city on the river Tagus, once the capital of Castile, and later of Spain, is the capital of the Castile-La-Mancha region? Toledo
To which poet was Palgrave's Golden Treasury dedicated?
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Who was the last monarch to use Hampton Court as an official residence? George II
Which middle-eastern country derives its name from the Hebrew for white, a probable reference to the snow-capped peaks of the country? Lebanon
Which popular card game of the 19th century, and still played today, had a predecessor called Spade the Gardener?
Who coined the term “Dinosaur”? Robert Owen
Which is the only country that is a member of OPEC and the Commonwealth? Nigeria
In which film did Johnny Depp make his movie debut?
A Nightmare on Elm Street
In which part of the body are the crypts of Lieberkuhn?
Which American inventor was noted for his work on steamboats, submarines and inland waterways? Robert Fulton
Which of the twelve tribes of Israel was named after the eldest son of Jacob and Zilpah? Gad
Which plant blooms for just a single night each year?
Queen of the Night (or Honolulu Queen or Princess of the Night)
What fruit is traditionally contained in a ‘Courting cake’? Strawberries
How many plays did William Shakespeare write? 38 (some dispute on this question, but 38 seems to be the accepted answer)
The Gabelle Tax prevalent in France from the 15th century up to the French Revolution, was a tax on what? Salt
What name, coined by John Stuart Mill, describes an imaginary society whose evil qualities are meant to serve as a moral or political warning? Dystopia
Where in Britain did the future King William III land in 1688? Brixham, Devon
Which poet laureate wrote crime novels under the pen name Nicholas Blake? Cecil Day-Lewis
'The Bridge of No Return’ is situated between which two countries?
North and South Korea
Apart from Venice, which other Italian city also had a doge? Genoa
In which English county are St.Cuthbert’s head and Thirlwall Castle? Northumberland
Which gas is produced as a by-product of natural gas production? Helium
Which event was first held in 1956 at the Teatro Kursaal in Lugano, Switzerland? The Eurovision Song Contest
Billy Corgan is the mainstay and lead singer of which band?
The Smashing Pumpkins
What is the common name given to Group 13 elements in the periodic table? The Boron Group
The Skeleton Coast is a feature of which African country? Namibia
The French town of Amiens stands on which river? The Somme
The biography of which famous person begins with the line “If your great aunt happens to be Ellen Terry, and your grandmother the greatest Shakespearian actress in the whole of Lithuania, you are hardly likely to drift into the fish trade”? Sir John Gielgud
The Augusta National golf course used to feature on the 17th fairway a tree dedicated to which American President? Dwight Eisenhower
Which film director and creator of TV programmes such as ‘Family Guy’ and ‘American Dad’ hosted the 2013 Oscar ceremony?
“He turned away to give them time to pull themselves together; and waited , allowing his eyes to rest on the trim cruiser in the distance” is the closing line of this book? Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Which singer had a backing band called The Famous Flames? James Brown
The world’s largest bull ring is in which city? Mexico City
In 1999, which Scotsman became the Secretary General of NATO? George Robertson
A coleopterist is interested in what type of creatures? Beetles
The soundtrack to which film holds the record for the most weeks at the top of the UK album charts? South Pacific (115 weeks)
Castlebar is the biggest town in which Irish county? Mayo
Hangul is the alphabet used in which language? Korean
What is the smallest independent state in South America? Suriname
Iorwerth is the welsh equivalent of which name? Edward
Caprica was the prequel to which science fiction series?
The Lance Todd trophy, is awarded to the man of the match at the Rugby League Cup Final, what nationality was Lance Todd?
A New Zealander
In 1934, Charles Laughton became the first Briton to win the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in which film?
The Private Life of Henry VIII
The Polish currency the zloty is divided into 100 what? Groszy
What is a shtreimel? A hat worn by Orthodox Jews
The Duchess of Kent Challenge Cup is awarded to the winners of which event at Wimbledon? The Ladies’ Doubles Championship
Which area of grassland translates into English as ‘endless plains’? The Serengeti
Who resigned as Foreign Secretary in 1982 after the invasion of the Falkland Islands? Lord Carrington
Which three US states are officially known as commonwealths? Massachusetts, Virginia and Kentucky
What is the capital of East Timor Dili
The slave trade was abolished under which British Prime Minister?
William Wyndham Grenville
‘A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere’ is the tag line to which Coen Brothers film? Fargo
‘Forward’ is the motto of which English city? Birmingham
Uxoricide is the killing of what relative? Wife
Which band took its name from a slang name for a German brothel? Joy Division
What is the fruit Granadilla more commonly known as?
Who succeeded Richard Whiteley as the host of Countdown?
The so called Wonga Coup was a plot to overthrow the government of which African country? Equatorial Guinea
Who was the oldest monarch to ascend the British throne?
William IV (Aged 64)
Which two countries joined the European Economic Community on the same day as the UK? Republic of Ireland and Denmark
Which animated baddie was the alter ego of Sylvester Sneekley? The Hooded Claw
Anjou Rose wine comes from which region of France? Loire Valley
In 1997 Jenny Shipley became the first female Prime Minister of which country? New Zealand
In finance, what does the acronym NASDAQ stand for?
National Association of Securities Dealers Automatic Quotation
Who was the central character of Martin Amis’s 1984 novel Money? John Self
What is the name of the cartoon character who appears on the box of the board game Monopoly? Rich Uncle Pennybags
Which planet in the solar system has the most moons? Jupiter
Which US politician was Lyndon Johnson describing when he said “He couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time”? Gerald Ford
What was the name of the Russian nuclear submarine that sank with all hands in the Barents Sea in august 2000? Kursk
Which is the only city in the UK whose name is spelt using only letters from the first half of the alphabet? Lichfield
Who was MP Tom Watson addressing when he said “You are the first Mafia boss in history to not know he was running a criminal enterprise”? James Murdoch
Which actor replaced John Nettles in the lead role in Midsomer Murders? Neil Dudgeon
In geometry , an icosahedron has how many faces? 20
What is the smallest county in the Republic of Ireland? Louth
Which US state is known as “The Sunflower State”? Kansas
Which directors films include Contagion, Solaris and The Good German? Steven Soderberg
How much time do MP’s have to vote after the division bell is rung? Eight Minutes
“The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn’t dropped dead at Taunton races Jim would never have come to Thursgood’s at all” is the opening line of which novel?
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John Le Carre
Priapus was the Greek god of what? Fertility
Celine Dion represented which country in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest? Switzerland
In 2005 Hilary Sparling won the Whitbread Prize for her biography of which artist? Henri Matisse
Who was the first actor to play Dr.Who who was born after the show first aired in 1963? Christopher Eccleston
Prokofiev’s opera The Gambler was based on a story by which author? Fyodor Dostoevsky
Which actress provided the voice for ET? Debra Winger
What is the only line on the London Underground that intersects all the other lines? Jubilee Line
On what part of the body would a finnesko be worn?
On the feet (It is thermal boot made from Reindeer skin and fur)
The oldest surviving UK newspaper is published in which city?
Belfast (News Letter first published in 1737)
Which Hollywood star had an audition to join the pop group Boyzone? Colin Farrell
What is a pangram?
A sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once
Which French author declined the Nobel prize for literature in 1964? Jean-Paul Satre
In which country is government policy based on Gross National Happiness? Bhutan
"United in Diversity" is the motto of which organisation?
The European Union
Which poet’s epitaph reads “Here lies one whose name was writ in water”? John Keats
Three Presidents of the USA died on the 4th of July, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on that date in 1826, who was the third? James Monroe in 1836
What was the name of the iPad newspaper launched in 2011 by Rupert Murdoch? The Daily
The three Bronte sisters all died of which disease? Tuberculosis
Which Christian group was founded by John Thomas in the mid-19th century? The Christadelphians
Which European country went without a government for a record breaking 589 days in 2010 & 2011? Belguim
The largest dam in the world the Itaipu Dam, lies between which two South American countries? Brazil & Paraguay
The Golden Bear award is given to the best film at which film festival? Berlin
Who was the first presenter of Top Gear? Angela Rippon
Which sweets were invented by Forrest Mars Sr. and Bruce Murrie? M & M's
The Brannock device is used to measure what? Feet (Shoe sizes)
Crab, the only dog to feature in a Shakespeare play, appeared in which play? The Two Gentlemen of Verona
What is the capital of the Canadian province of New Brunswick? Fredricton
What is the only film to win the Best Picture Oscar without featuring a single female speaking role? Lawrence of Arabia
Who was the Roman goddess of sorcery and witchcraft who haunted crossroads and graveyards? Trivia
Merle is another name for which bird? Blackbird
Which TV comedy was set in East Hampton Hospital Trust?
From 1779 to 1961, which Assay office had three wheat sheaves with sword as its assay mark? Chester
Which website was founded by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim in 2005? YouTube
Which Nobel prize-winning economist wrote “There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch”? Milton Friedman
Which American singer reached number 2 in the UK charts in 2010 with, I Need a Dollar? Aloe Blacc
What was the first National Park to be created in Britain?
The Peak District in 1951
John Francis Wade wrote the words and music to which famous Christmas carol? Oh Come All Ye Faithful
In which European city would you find Guell Park? Barcelona
What is the smallest country in mainland Africa? The Gambia
Mercalli is a unit used to measure what? Earthquakes
In 1964, which actor and comedian became the first man to appear on the cover of Playboy magazine? Peter Sellers
A castor was a hat made from the fur of which animal? The Beaver
What was the last novel written by Thomas Hardy?
Jude the Obscure
What is the only letter that doesn’t feature in the periodic table? J
Which monarch founded the Order of the Garter? Edward III
Who was the first woman to be elected to the British Parliament?
Constance Georgine Markievicz
What was the name of the plot to assassinate members of Lord Liverpool’s cabinet and then declare a republic?
The Cato Street Conspiracy
Eric Bishop is the real name of which Oscar-winning actor?
Who was the third candidate together with George H W Bush and Bill Clinton in the 1992 US Presidential election? Ross Perot
Who played Dennis Thatcher in the 2011 film The Iron Lady?
Amos Hart, Kitty Baxter and Mary Sunshineare characters in which musical? Chicago
Zhong Yu is the Mandarin for which English word? Finally
What is the meant by the name of the flower saxifrage, which grows in cracks in rocks? Stone Breaker
Yabusame is the Japanese version of which sport?
Archery ( The contestants fire at targets from a trotting horse)
William of Orange, making his bid for the throne, landed at Brixham. Where did he set up his headquarters? Exeter
Who composed the chamber opera The Turn of the Screw? Benjamin Britten
Who was the hero who went mad outside Troy, slaughtering first a herd of sheep then himself? Ajax
With which English county was the regiment The Green Howards particularly associated?
Yorkshire (The regimental HQ was in Richmond)
Aboard which ship did Lord Kitchener lose his life in 1916?
When offered his freedom his answer was always “If you set me free today, I will preach again tomorrow” Who was he? John Bunyan
Pinchbeck is an alloy of copper and what else? Zinc
Tara, the legendary place of the Coronation of Irish kings is in which county? Meath
Who was the poet who perfected “Sprung” and “Counterpoint” rhythms? Gerard Manley Hopkins
Which country administers the territory known as The Ross Dependency? New Zealand
Charles I, King of France, was known as “the Bald” and Charles II as “the Fat”. What was Charles III nicknamed? The Simple
Who created the American comic strip character Li’l Abner?
In which city would you find The Jacques Cartier bridge? Montreal
Which Shakespearian character spoke these lines, “Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste death but once"? Julius Caesar (Act II scene 2)
Historically, what was the Heptarchy?
The seven kingdoms in which Anglo-Saxon England was divided (East Anglia, Essex, Kent, Mercia, Northumbria, Wessex and Sussex)
Who succeeded Archbishop Makarios as President of Cyprus? Spyros Kyprianou
The General Strike of 1926 was called in support of which union?
The National Union of Mineworkers
Which country declared itself an independent republic on 17th June 1944? Iceland (Ruled by Denmark until then)
Three-quarters of the world breeding population of a sea bird is concentrated round the British Isles: which species?
The (North Atlantic) Gannet
According to Jewish folklore, who was the first woman? Lilith
Who was the first of the Lancastrian kings? Henry IV
Whose debut novel was set in San Francisco and written entirely in verse? Vikram Seth (The Golden Gate)
Which company produced the world’s first commercial jet airliner?
De Havilland (The Comet)
What shape is the large DNA molecule? Double Helix
Who in mythology was the father of the Nine Muses? Zeus
What instrument has an Italian name that means ‘bundle of sticks’? Bassoon (Fagotto)
Who assassinated Jean Paul Marat? Charlotte Corday
Which English composer was a pupil of John Blow and became organist of Westminster Abbey in 1679? Henry Purcell
A Miss Glover of Norwich invented a system of musical notation, about 1845.What was it called? Tonic Sol-Fa
On the 22nd of April 1964 Greville Wynn , sentenced in Moscow for spying for the UK, was exchanged for which Soviet spy?