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Quiz 13



Set by Maya Davis


Where Am I?

Below are cryptic clues to the names of places in England. Identify them. The clues may refer to the whole name or different elements in the name. If in doubt go with how the place name is normally pronounced (that’s why I’m not touching Barnoldswick!)

  1. Where a Beatrix Potter character might sleep.  Peterborough
  2. Seaside atmosphere.Saltaire
  3. The answer to a question about restoring some historic country cottages. Thatcham
  4. The monarch of entrances. Dorking
  5. Evidence of an unappetising meal. Nuneaton – or possibly Little Eaton
  6. Easily eradicated by good-quality soap or washing powder. Staines
  7. How to stop your carpets from being stolen? Matlock
  8. A mirror for Poe’s bird. Ravenglass
  9. Fleecy edging on your picture frame. Woolbeding
  10. Go on – say something! Speke
  11.  Brightly-coloured Porsche. Redcar
  12. Polluted Scottish stream? Blackburn
  13. Advice for retiring apiarist with just one queen left? Selby
  14. Heavy crockery suggests an addition. Bolton
  15. Make people envious. Turnham Green
  16. How you know when wasps have invaded the barn. Hastings
  17. Henry VII’s fundraiser getting wet and muddy. Moreton-in-Marsh
  18. Writes illustrated book on social insects? Penzance
  19. A member of the Drones Club. Worcester = [Bertie] Wooster
  20. Hang out your washing securely by the sea. Pegwell Bay

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Quiz 14



Set by Mel Kinsey



1/ Most mosques in the world contain a niche in a wall that indicates the qibla. What is it?  The direction of Mecca

2/ What breed of dog was a favored imperial pet in ancient China?   Pekinese

3/ Auguste Rodin's famous sculpture The Thinker was originally meant to depict whom? Dante at the gates of Hell contemplating his great poem

4/ What is the correct term for a tomb or monument erected in honor of those whose remains are elsewhere? Cenotaph

5/ In the US, baseball parks are often designed so that the batter is facing east, in order that the afternoon sun does not shine in his eyes. This means that left-handed pitchers are always throwing from a particular direction. What term for a left-hander originated from this practice?  Southpaw

6/ The Temple of the Tooth which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha (a tooth) is located in the city of Kandy in which Asian country?  Sri Lanka

7/ During the canonization process of the Roman Catholic Church, what was the lawyer who argued against the canonization of a candidate called?  The Devils Advocate

8/ Made famous by the movie Midnight Express, what is the punishment of 'falaka' or 'bastinado'?

Beating the soles of the feet

9/ In Greek mythology, Achilles' mother dipped him in a river and held him up by his ankle which remained dry and thus vulnerable. Name the river.   Styx

10/ The name of what eponymous color is derived from an artist's use of brownish orange, especially for the hair of his early portraits of courtesans?  Titian

11/ What word meaning a person devoted to luxury is derived from the name of an ancient Greek city that was noted for the pleasure-seeking habits of its inhabitants?  Sybaris

 12/ In 1940, U.S. paratroopers at Fort Benning saw a biopic before their first mass jump and started a certain trend. Who was the subject of the picture?    Geronimo

13/ Two Belgian Malinois dogs called Hurricane and Jordan were in the news in 2014 for tackling an intruder at what location?   The White House

14/ Since doctors are meant to 'cure all', the first line of the Hippocratic oath appropiately mentions what other goddess along with Apollo, Aesculapius & Hygeia?   Panacea

15/  The nymph Caissa created in the 16th century poem has come to be regarded as the goddess for which popular passtime?    Chess

16/ Biycle mechanic Charlie Taylor is best known for his collaboration with which two gentlemen in the early 20th century?   The Wright Brothers

17/ The legendary Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul, was built in 1892 for passengers who arrived in the city by which specific form of transport?  The Orient Express

18/ What annual observation started in 1889 by members of the Second International who wanted to commemorate the Haymarket riot in Chicago in 1886?  Labour Day  (May Day)

19/ What organization which operates with the slogan "The Opinion and The other Opinion" started in 1996 with a loan of

500 million Qatari ryals?  Al Jazeera

20/ The Berne Convention of 1886 was an international agreement that established rules governing what? Copyright


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Quiz Number 15


Food & Drink


Questions set by Mel Kinsey



1/ Château de Pitray, Château Mouton Rothschild, and Château Pape-Clément that attract tourists in a particular area of France are all famous what? Bordeaux Vinyards

2/ The traditional recipe of what sea-food dish strongly associated with Marseilles calls for the use of rascase (scorpion fish) and at least two other types of Mediterranean fish?  Bouillabaisse

3/ In the fruit with the scientific name Citrus Sinensis, the protuberance at the blossom end is compared to what human body part?   Navel

4/ A flatbread called injera that is traditionally eaten in Ethiopia is made from the flour of what grain that is now being called as the new quinoa?   Teff
5/ Compiled in the late 4th or early 5th century AD and sure to delight gourmets, what is Apicius?

A collection of Roman cookery recipes

6/ The consumption of Touareg tea which is tea flavored with which herb is widely prevalent in several Arab countries?


7/ Talking against the new Healthcare Bill, Judge Antonin Scalia said in 2012 that it is akin to forcing people to buy what food item? (hint:George H. W. Bush wouldn't approve)


8/ A 2002 book subtitled The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva is a detailed account of the craze for what libation that overtook 18th century England?   Gin

9/ What concept of the food industry involves cooking sealed food at lower temperatures but for a long time? Sous-vide

10/ Englishman Albert Howard who had publications like Manufacture of Humus by the Indore Process among others is considered a pioneer of what?  Organic agriculture

11/ A favourite mesure of dieters in present times, what index indicates how quickly blood sugars rise after eating a particular type of food?    Glysemic index

12/ In a native American legend, corn, beans and what other crop make up the triage called the three sisters owing to the practice of growing them together?   Squash

13/ What cocktail made with lemon juice, cointreau, gin and a dash of certain color is also the name of a luxury transport of South Africa?   Blue Train

14/ What fast-food ubiquity that chef Bourdain once called "the most disgusting thing he ever ate" comes in bone, ball, bell, and boot shapes?  McDonalds Chicken McNuggets

15/ The Cypriot dish ambelopoulia that is the subject of much controversy in the country is made from what?  Songbirds

16/ In 2011, the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion upended the Naga Bhut Jolokia for what culinary distinction?

The worlds hottest chilli pepper

17/ What is the only South American region in the list of 9 names selected by a project called 'Great Wine Capitals'?

Mendoza in Argentina

18/ The 18th century English nobleman John Montagu who was so fond of gambling that he played even while eating was the earl of what town in Kent?   Sandwich

19/ The 'culinary triangle' concept proposed by anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss discusses what three basic types of cooking of meat?  Boiling, roasting and smoking

20/ If 'single malt' describes a whisky made at one distillery, what is the word for a wine that is made from a single grape type?   Varietal


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Quiz Number 16



Questions set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Vehicles from which country use the international registration letters WG?  Grenada

2/ What was Elton john's first US No1 hit? Crocadile Rock

3/ Which celebrity was born in Craigton Rd. Eltham in 1903?

Bob Hope

4/ In which English city is the Burrows Toy Museum? Bath

5/ What was Oliver Reed's real first name? Robert

6/ In which Woody Allen movie did Madonna play a trapeze artist?  Shadows & Fog

7/ From 1903 to 1958 , every Pope-bar-one took which name?  Pius

8/ In which US state is John F. Kennedy buried?  Virginia

9/ Which US No 1 single came from Diana Ross's platinum album Diana ? Upside Down

10/  What was the title of Kitty Kelly's book about Elizabeth Taylor?  Elizabeth Taylor : The Last Star

11/ Which country does the airline Sansa come from?

Costa Rica

12/ Who drew Felix the cat? Otto Messmer

13/ In which English city was Cary Grant born?    Bristol

14/ Who wrote the lyrics to "Je ne regette rien"?

Michel Vaucaire

15/ What is Mel Gibson's middle name?  Colmcille

16/ In which country was Julie Christie born?  India

17/ Sculptor Drederic Auguste Bartholdi based the face of the Statue of liberty on whom?   His Mother

18/ Which group made albums.Bare Trees and Penguin?

Fleetwood Mac

19/ Which lady was taking driving lessons in Bob Newharts classic sketch?   Mrs.Webb

20/ Which writer said "Where large sums of money are involved. it is advisable to trust nobody"? Agatha Christie













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Quiz Number 17



Questions set by Mel Kinsey

1/  One of Hollywood’s most notorious rivalries, to which actress was Bette Davis referring when she said "She slept with every male star at MGM except Lassie"?  Joan Crawford

2/ What was the name of the American doctor who in 2011 was sentenced to four years in Jail after being convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of pop star Michael Jackson ?

Conrad Murray

3/ Who is the only English Footballer to have scored in the FA Cup Final, the League Cup Final, the Champions League final and the UEFA cup Final?   Steven Gerrard

4/ In 2000, Operation Palliser was a large scale intervention by British Forces in the civil war of which country?Sierra Leon

5/ What was the capital city of the Kingdom of Saxony which was in existence between 1806-1918?    Dresden

6/  Born in 1797, which composers major works include the “Tragic Symphony”, “Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel” and a Fantasy in C known as “The Wanderer”?   Franz Schubert

7/ Which British singer released UK No 1 album In the Lonely Hour, and 2014 No 1 singles Money on My Mind and Stay With Me?     Sam Smith

8/ Newmarket racecourse straddles Suffolk and which other county?     Cambridgeshire

9/ What was the name of the British law brought into play in the early 20th Century to prevent prisoners from going on hunger strike? The law allowed the released of convicted criminals until they had eaten, at which point they would be returned to prison. The Cat & Mouse Act

10/ "In oder to make ice,fill the trays with water" was one of the many party tips in the much ridiculed 2013 book "Celebrate" by which "celebrity" author? Pippa Middleton

11/  With a name meaning “Rightful King”, which figure was considered as the first Emperor in History and established the capital of his Empire at Akkad?    Sargon

12/ Two countries share a land border with Ecuador. Colombia is one, what is the other?    Peru

13/ Nomophobia is the fear  of being without or losing what?

A mobile phone

14/  What name is given to the period in Amish culture in which young people are permitted to leave their strict live for a period of time in order to decide on their faith?  Rumspringa

15/ Team Europe plays Team America for the Weber Cup in which sport or game?    Ten Pin Bowling

16/ Which musical, first performed off Broadway in 1971, and in London starring Julie Covington and David Essex, is comprised of a series of parables based on the Gospels? Godspell   

17/ Reprimanded for labelling the Bay City Rollers “Musical Garbage” . Who is the current host of “Sounds of the Seventies” on BBC Radio 2?     Johnnie Walker

18/ Which Canadian province has shores on four of the five Great Lakes   Ontario

19/ What word derived from the Italian for 'charcoal' is used as the name of a creamy pasta sauce usually made with eggs, cheese, black pepper and pork?    Carbonara

20/ From 1997 to 2010 only three Labour politicians were  members of the Cabinet. Two were Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling, who was the other?  Jack Straw


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Quiz Number 18



Norse Mythology Quiz

Questions set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Who was the most famous of the Norse heroes, his story is that of the hero of the Nibelungenlied?   Sigurd or Sigfried

2/ Who was the most beloved of the Norse Gods; his death was the first of thedisasters which fell upon the Gods. He was killed with the mischief of Loki?    Balder

3/ Who lived in the golden palace called Gladsheim; he eats nothing and two wolves crouch at his feet. On his shoulders perch two ravens who fly each day through the world and bring him back news of all that men do - one is named Thought (Hugin) and the other Memory (Munin)?  Odin

4/ What were the magical inscriptions whose knowledge was won by Mimir the wise and learnt by Odin?   Runes

5/ What in Norse mythology was the realm of men?  Midgard

6/ Niflheim was the world of the dead, who was the  Goddess of the Dead?   Hel

7/ Who was the Norse Goddess of Love and Beauty? Freya

8/ What was the home of the gods?    Asgard

9/ What term was used for a member of a group of poets?    Skald

10/ What name is given to the hall of the chosen dead?  Valhalla

11/ According to Norse mythology man was created from which tree?  Ash

12/ Likewise, which tree was woman created from?   Elm

13/ What name is given to the three sisters who made one of threads for every life; they are the counterparts of fates in Greek myth?   Norns

14/ What was the name of the eight-legged horse of Odin?  Sleipnir

15/ What drink did Odin steal from the Giants, and whoever tastes it becomes a poet?   (Skaldic) Mead

16 / Which tree,  an immense ash tree that is central in Norse cosmology, as it supports the universe?   Yggdrasil

17/ What eventit is popularly known as Day of Doom, it is a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of gods? Ragnarök






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