Mastermind Club
   Mastermind Club 

Mastermind Club

Quiz 7 



Set by Mel Kinsey

Name the Artist/Band of the following Classic Albums


1/ Ghost in the Machine   (1981)     The Poilce

2/ Surrealistic Pillow     ( 1967)       Jefferson Airplane

3/ Disraeli Gears (1987)                  Cream

4/  At Fillmore East  (1971)              Allman Brothers Band

5/ The Queen is Dead   (1986)          The Smiths

6/ Mellon Collie and the Infinate Sadness  (1995)

                                            The Smashing Pumpkins

7/  Green River  (1969)        Creedance Clearwater Revival

8/ The Piper at the Gates of Dawn    (1967)   Pink Floyd

9/  Fly Like an Eagle   (1976)           Steve Miller Band

10/ Houses of the Holy (1973)               Led Zepplin

11/  Abraxas   (1970)                             Santana

12/  Closer  (1980)                             Joy Division

13/  Version 2.0 (1998)                        Garbage

14/ Master of Puppets  (1986)            Metallica

15/ Darkness on the Edge of Town  (1978)   Bruce Springsteen

16/ Post  (1995)                                           Bjork          

17/ BloodSugarSexMagik   (1991)     Red Hot Chilli Peppers

18/ Disintregation   (1989)                       The Cure

19/ Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)         Janet Jackson

20/ Elecrtric Warrior (1971)                    T-Rex

21/ Appetite for Destruction (1987)    Guns n Roses

22/ If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears   (1966)

                                                 The Mamas and the Papas

23/ Aqualung (1971)                          Jethro Tull

24/ Tragic Kingdom (1995)                 No Doubt

25/ Automatic for the People  (1992)   R.E.M.

26/ A Rush of Blood to the Head   (2002)  Coldplay

27/ Hysteria  (1987)                            Def Leppard

28/ American Beauty (1970)            Grateful Dead

29/ Jagged Litte Pill   (1995)         Alanis Morrisette

30/ It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back  (1988)

                                                      Public Enemy


Mastermind Club

Quiz 8



Set by Tony Bell


The second best quiz show on TV is “Only Connect”. Here are some Only Connect questions 


Round 1. Connections


 Lion   Harold Wilson, Gordon Brown, Paul McCartney,

Hugh Laurie. James Harold Wilson, James Gordon Brown, James Paul McCartney, James Hugh Calum Laurie. All have James as first name but are known by their middle names.

Water. Enterprise, Rock and Chips, Young Sheldon, Gotham.

All are prequels to TV shows. Enterprise, prequel to Star Trek. Rock and Chips, prequel to Only Fools And Horses. Young Sheldon prequel to The Big Bang Theory. Gotham, prequel to Batman.

Twisted Flax. Te, Ce, Se, He.

Symbols for chemical elements named after solar system objects. Te (Tellurium) - Earth. Ce (Cerium) - Ceres. Se (Selenium) - Moon. He (Helium) - Sun.

Eye of Horus. Geena Davis, Martin Sheen,

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Spacey.All have portrayed fictional US Presidents on TV. Davis in “Commander in Chief”, Sheen in “The West Wing”, Louis-Dreyfus in “Veep”, Spacey in “House of Cards.”

Two Reeds. Rio de Janeiro, Auckland, Philadelphia, Istanbul.

Previous capital cities. Rio de Janeiro replaced by Brasilia as capital of Brazil. Auckland replaced by Wellington as capital of New Zealand. Philadelphia replaced by Washington as capital of USA. Istanbul replaced by Ankara as capital of Turkey.

Horned Viper. Chesley Sullenberger, Walt Disney, Jim Lovell, Charlie Wilson. Real people portrayed in films by Tom Hanks. Chesley Sullenberger in “Sully”. Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks”. Jim Lovell in “Apollo 13”. Charlie Wilson in “Charlie Wilson’s War.”



Round 2. Sequences



Lion. Los Angeles, Istanbul, Madrid....?

Los Angeles, runner up to Paris in bid for 2024 Olympics. Istanbul, runner up to Tokyo in bid  for 2020 Olympics, Madrid, runner up to Rio de Janeiro in bid for 2016 Olympics. Missing sequence is Paris, runner up to London in bid for 2012 Olympics. 

Water. Spider, Eagle, Aquarius...?  Spider, Lunar Module for Apollo 9. Eagle, Lunar Module for Apollo 11. Aquarius, Lunar Module for Apollo 13. Missing sequence is Falcon, Lunar Module for Apollo 15, next odd numbered Apollo mission.

Twisted Flax. 3001, 2061, 2010...? The Final Odyssey. 2061: Odyssey Three. 2010: Odyssey Two. Missing sequence is 2001: A Space Odyssey. Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey novels in reverse chronological order.

Eye of Horus. Kelly Holmes, Chris Hoy, Ben Ainslie...?

Carried the Union Flag in the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games. Holmes (2004), Hoy (2008), Ainslie (2012). Missing sequence is Kate Richardson-Walsh, who carried the flag in 2016.

Two Reeds. Clive Lloyd, Clive Lloyd, Kapil Dev...?

Captains of successive Cricket World Cup winning teams. Clive Lloyd (1975 and 1979), Kapil Dev (1983). Missing sequence is Allan Border (1987).

Horned Viper. Bernard Lee, Robert Brown, Judi Dench...?

Actors who played “M” in EON James Bond films in chronological order. Lee, Brown, Dench. Missing sequence is Ralph Fiennes.



Mastermind Club

Quiz 9



Set by Mel Kinsey



1. What are the three main rivers in Lancashire   Ribble, Wyre and Lune

2. Which Lancashire born engineer invented the Spinning Jenny in the 18th Century?   James Hargreaves
3. In which Lancashire town was the Cooperative Movement founded?  Rochdale
4. Brian Gamlin of Bury, Lancashire, introduced what innovation into the game of darts?  The odd numbering system in 1896
5. In which Lancashire town is the Nutters Dance performed every Easter Sunday?    Bacup
6. Name the Lancashire town where the first test tube baby was born?     Oldham
7. Which town in Lancashire was called Marsden prior to 1805?
8. In which town in Lancashire would you find the Thwaites brewery?   Blackburn
9. Liquorice, capsicum, eucalyptus and menthol are the main ingredients of which well- known edible product first made in Fleetwood, Lancashire in the late 19th century?          
Fishermans Friends

10. In which city is the University of Central Lancashire? Preston
11. Lancashire’s Industrial Landscape was often the subject for which Famous Artist?  L.S.Lowry
12. From which Lancashire town do the Verve come from? Wigan
13. Which Lancashire town boasts itself as the birthplace of the tee-total movement?   Preston
16. Which fruit has the varieties Lord Kitchener, White Lion and Lancashire Lad? Gooseberry

17. Which Lancashire town was officially known as Poulton le Sands untill 1870?  Morcambe
18. Which Lancashire town was designated a new town in 1961 to relieve overcrowding on Merseyside? Skelmersdale
19. Which Lancashire town became future leader Winston Churchill’s first seat as an MP in 1900?  Oldham
20. On which English course is the Lancashire Oaks run? Haydock Park

21. Born in Lancashire in 1904 which comedian became a jockey and was later awarded the Order of Lenin? George Formby
22. Manchester United were originally known as Newton Heath, a team formed by employees of which company in 1878? Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company
24. Which England soccer manager was born in Burnley, Lancashire?  Ron Greenwood
25. The Hatchet was a magazine produced for the supporters of which Lancashire football club?  Bury
26. Which chart topper started life at Leigh, Lancashire as Clive Powell?   Georgie Fame
27. Which comedy double act worked as welders in a Lancashire factory before forming a singing duo called The Harper Brothers?
Cannon & Ball
28. The English novelist Dorothy Sayers shares her middle name with which Lancashire town?  Leigh

29. Who played Raquel Watts nee Wolstenholme in Coronation Street?  Sarah Lancashire

30. The famous “Six Before Breakfast” awards in which half a dozen Victoria Crosses (VCs) were eventually handed out in recognition of the bravery shown by the 1st Battalion, the Lancashire Fusiliers. Took place in which campaign? Galipolli

Mastermind Club

Quiz 10



Set by Maya Davis


1. Where has Hope replaced Dippy?   Hintze Hall of the Natural History Museum. The cast of a diplodocus skeleton known as ‘Dippy’ has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton. The latter has been named ‘Hope’.
2. Which is the only Gilbert and Sullivan opera with no spoken
Trial by Jury
3. The Long Man of Wilmington in Sussex is one of only two ancient chalk figures in the UK depicting a human figure. Which is the other?   The Cerne Giant, near Cerne Abbas in Dorset)
4. Where did the wrong red envelope cause confusion in February 2017?  At the Oscars, when Warren Beatty was given the wrong envelope and announced the wrong Best Picture.
5. The German name for this musical instrument is ‘zink’. What is it called in English?  Cornett/Cornetto; ‘cornet’ won’t do, as this is a completely different instrument so I couldn’t accept that misspelling.
6. Which UK institution has the motto ‘Nullius in verba’? The RoyalSociety; usually translated as ‘take nobody’s word for it’.
7. Which operatic character is the long-lost son of Bartolo and
Figaro in Mozart’s opera, ‘Marriage of Figaro’
8. What was discovered as the result of an anonymous letter to Lord Monteagle early in the 17th century?     Barrels of gunpowder in thecellars of the Houses of Parliament – the so-called ‘MonteagleLetter’ resulted in the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605).
9. In which fictional school, whose creator died in 2017, did Class 2B include Toots, Smiffy and Plug? Bash Street – created by Leo Baxendale for The Beano
10.Which British monarch had a name suggesting his main adviser might have been a small mythical being?  Alfred the Great – aelf =‘elf’ + ‘rede = advised
11.Which is the only narrator of a Canterbury Tale not to have been oneof the original pilgrims who set out from the Tabard Inn? The Canon’s Yeoman
12.Which instrument plays the initial solo in Rossini’s ‘William Tell’ overture?  Cello; the famous bit which starts with the trumpets  comes later.
13.Which country’s national airline is named after a mythical bird?    Indonesia – Garuda
14.An old dial telephone is permanently exhibited at the church of St. Stephen Walbrook, London. What does it commemorate? Thefounding of the Samaritans in 1953 by the Rev. Chad Varah; it was the original telephone he used at the church.
15.What is generally believed to have been the cause of death of the brother of Edward IV and Richard III in 1478? Drowning – allegedly in a butt of malmsey – George Duke of Clarence
16.The title of D. H. Lawrence’s novel ‘The Plumed Serpent’ is a
reference to which ancient Mexican deity?
The serpent-god

17.Which composer, organist and choirmaster of Chichester Cathedralwas repeatedly disciplined for drunkenness and bad behaviour, including urinating on the Dean from the organ loft during Evensong? Thomas Weelkes
18.What is the easternmost station on the new Elizabeth Line?
19.Which fictional character is named after the author of a guide to the birds of the Caribbean? James Bond
20.Celia Birtwell, the textile designer, appears in a painting by David Hockney with her then husband and their pet. What was the pet’s name? The painting is called ‘Mr & Mrs Clark and Percy’. Celia Birtwell says that the cat in the painting is actually their other cat Blanche – so either answer will do, and brownie points to those who mentioned bo

Mastermind Club

Quiz 11



Set by Mel Kinsey

1/ A pioneering method for calculating a sequence of Bernoulli numbers in the 1840s has what significance for the digital age? The method, created by Ada Lovelace for Babbage's Analytical Engine, is widely credited as the world's first computer program.

Based on this work, Lovelace is now widely credited with being the first computer programmer

2/ What is particularly common to the topics of photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, special relativity, and mass–energy equivalence? Just saying Einstein won't do! These are the subjects of the four papers that he published in 1905 that are called the Annus Mirabilis papers.

These four articles contributed substantially to the foundation of modern physics and changed views on space, time, mass, and energy

3/  The Russian scientist Vasili Samarsky-Bykhovets has what pioneering connection with the periodic table of elements? First person whose name was given to a chemical element.  Samarium (62).

4/ What short-named body can be called the most geologically active place of the Solar System as the tidal forces of its mother planet cause its solid surface to bulge up by as much as 100 meters? Io (Jupiter)

5/  When Nixon was president, Sample 70017 was cut into fragments and distributed to all U.S. states and 135 countries around the globe as a goodwill gesture. What is it?   Moon rock Lunar basalt 70017 is a moon basalt that was last collected by astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt on the last manned moon landing, Apollo 17. NASA still has about 80 percent of the original rock

6/ 1. The A is the outermost of the large, bright ones.

2. The B is the largest, brightest, and most massive.

3. The C is wide but faint and located inward of the B.

4. The D is the innermost and is also very faint.

5. The E is the second outermost and is extremely wide.

6. The F is the outermost discrete one and very active.

7. The G is very thin and faint and is halfway between the F and the E.

What are we talking about? The Rings of Saturn

7/ In mathematics, what object commonly seen in video games with secret getaways is used to describe a function that is easy to compute in one direction but very hard to compute the opposite way? Trapdoor function .An example would be saying that a large number is a product of two primes. Without knowing one of the two, it would be very difficult to find the numbers.

8/ Anna Bertha who exclaimed "I have seen my death!" after seeing her photograph taken by her husband in 1895 was married to whom?

Wilhelm Röntgen  Needless to say, concerning x-rays

9/ In a Oct, 2014 interview to The Guardian, Prof. Peter Piot said the following. What's the missing word? "In 1976 I discovered ... - now I fear an unimaginable tragedy." Ebola

10/ What striking wildlife form mostly endemic to a large island gets its name from specimens prepared by traders without wings and feet lending to a belief that they are creatures that originated in an other-worldly place?  Bird-of-paradise The majority of species, known for their plumage, are found in New Guinea and its satellites, with a few in the Maluku Islands and eastern Australia. The family has forty-one species in 14 general.

11/ Maria, the heroine of the 1941 novel Storm by George Rippey Stewart, was the first of sorts in what practice streamlined from 1953 on?

Naming hurricanes after people Originally, hurricanes were given the names of saints who were honored on the day they occurred, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The practice of using first names started when the usage of appending latitude-longitude positions to the names proved confusing. Now, hurricane names are determined by the World Meteorological Organization headquartered in Geneva

12/ Wardenclyffe Tower in Shoreham, New York was designed by which genius who intended to showcase it for demonstrations of wireless power transmission? Nikola Tesla Funding for the project dried up before completion and Wardenclyffe was shut down by 1905.

13/ The Bortle scale on which areas away from human habitation unsurprisingly receive high ratings and which is of particular interest to amateur astronomers is concerned with what property? Darkness of the night sky The scale ranges from Class 1, the darkest skies available on Earth, through Class 9, inner-city skies.

14/ In a letter written in 1924, who wrote "You will be interested to hear that I have found a Cepheid variable in the Andromeda Nebula" and transformed our view of the universe forever?  Edwin Hubble This paved the way for understanding that the universe is composed of innumerable galaxies spread out in space, farther than the largest telescope could see

15/ In 2007, Lisa Nowak drove 900 miles to attack another lady in a fit of lovers jealousy. It was initially reported that she wore a Maximum Absorbency Garment to avoid restroom stops. What was Lisa Nowak's professional role that made the story newsworthy? She was an astronaut

A Maximum Absorbency Garment (MAG) is a piece of clothing NASA astronauts wear during liftoff, landing, and extra-vehicular activity (EVA) to absorb body excretions. It is worn by both male and female astronauts. It is used because astronauts cannot remove their space suits during long operations, such as spacewalks that usually last for several hours

16/ Most of the discoveries of exoplanets thus far are due to the work of NASA's space laboratory named appropriately for which 17th century scientific great? Johannes Kepler As of June 2014, Kepler and its follow-up observations had found 977 confirmed exoplanets in more than 400 stellar systems, along with a further 3,277 unconfirmed planet candidates. Kepler of course is best known for his laws of planetary motion

17/ Oklo in Gabon, Africa is the only known place in the world where what reaction occurs naturally? Nuclear fission A natural nuclear fission reactor is a uranium deposit where self-sustaining nuclear chain reactions have occurred. This can be examined by analysis of isotope ratios

18/ The Flammarion engraving that can be frequently seen on book covers sought to illustrate what belief system?  Flat earth It has been used to represent a supposedly medieval cosmology, including a flat earth bounded by a solid and opaque sky, or firmament, and also as a metaphorical illustration of either the scientific or the mystical quests for knowledge.

19/ Awarded to people in the medical field, what American awards are considered the country's equivalent of the Nobel Prize in that area?

The Lasker Awards Eighty-six Lasker laureates have received the Nobel Prize, including 32 in the last two decades.

20/ Using two copper devices called the Magdeburg hemispheres, a certain German scientist proved the concept of what in 1656?

Atmospheric pressure/ vacuum (Otto von Guericke)

When the rims were sealed with grease and the air was pumped out, the sphere contained a vacuum and could not be pulled apart by teams of horses. The hemispheres became popular in physics lectures as an illustration of the power of air pressure, and are still used in education. A pair of the original hemispheres are preserved in the Deutsches Museum in Munich

21/ In a 1995 book, authors Charles Mann and Mark Plummer argue that we have to realize we cannot save every species and must prioritize. They called the book whose choice?   Noah (Noah's Choice)

22/ A steel sphere filled with sodium housed at the University of Maryland seeks to register the flipping of what physical property that is of enormous significance to mariners, among others? Earth's magnetic field

Earth's magnetic field changes over time because it is generated by the motion of molten iron alloys in its outer core. In the course of the planet's history, it has flipped hundreds of times.

23/ If the Solvay Conferences of the early 1910s set the tone for 20th century physics, the Dartmouth Conferences of 1956 have similar importance for what field of science? Artificial Intelligence (AI) Organised by John McCarthy and formally proposed by McCarthy, Marvin Minsky, Nathaniel Rochester and Claude Shannon, the proposal is credited with introducing the term 'artificial intelligence'. McCarthy was very influential in the early development of AI

24/ What is the name of the six-letter ore from which niobium and tantalum are extracted and whose mining is said to have fueled many modern day African conflicts? Coltan It is used primarily for the production of tantalum capacitors, used in many electronic devices. Many sources mention coltan's importance in the production of cell phones, but this is an over-simplification, as tantalum capacitors are used in almost every kind of electronic device. Its mining has been cited as helping to finance serious conflict, for example the Ituri conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

25/ What is the subject of the illustration commonly called March of Progress that was commissioned by Time-Life Books and drawn by Rudolph Zallinger in 1965? The ape to man progress Scientists have noted that early human evolution did not progress in any linear, sequential fashion nor did it move along a "road" toward any predetermined "ideal form"; they have faulted the image with being misleading in implying these things. Although the context of the original drawing indicates that it was not the authors' or illustrator's intent to imply a linear ancestor-descendant parade, as the popularity of the image grew and achieved iconic status, the name "March of Progress" became attached to it.m


Mastermind Club

Quiz 12


Set by Mel Kinsey


1/ What psychological phenomenon states that when two people live in close proximity during the first years in the life of either one, they are desensitized to sexual attraction?  The Westermarck effect

2/ What present-day tradition that is a favorite among the working class originated in the U.S. Navy in the 1920s where it was a slang for a scheduled entertainment period?

Happy Hour 

3/ If someone wants to be called a 'hafiz' or 'hafith' by Muslims, they must possess an incredible memory Why? Hafiz is one who has memorised the Quran
It literally means 'Guardian’.

4/ What isr the Japanese practice of 'jigai' that is the female equivalent of a more gory procedure prescribed for males?

Traditional method of ritual suicide

5/ What is the term for the fine pattern of cracks formed on old paintings, which is sometimes used to detect forged art as it is a hard-to-forge signature of authenticity? Craquelure

6/ The name of what mythical medieval land of plenty where the harshness of peasant life does not exist is commonplace in medieval Goliard verse?  Cockaigne

7/ What cultural symbol of Mexico is said to represent both the Virgin Mary and the Aztec goddess Tonantzin?

Our Lady of Guadalupe

8/ A snare is tied near the base of a bird's throat, which allows the bird only to swallow small fish. When the bird tries to swallow a large fish, the fish is caught in the it's throat and when it returns to the fisherman's raft, he helps the bird to remove the fish. Historically in China, Japan and Macedonia, the fishing skills of which bird have been put to good use this way? Cormorant

9/ Alluded to by Alexander Pope in his An Essay on Criticism, in Greek mythology it was believed that drinking from what body of water would bring you great inspiration?

The Pierian spring

10/ What is the illustrated manuscript produced by Celtic monks around 800 AD that has been described as the zenith of Western calligraphy and illumination? The Book of Kells

11/ The medieval practice of appointing a cardinal who was a nephew of a pope gives us which English word that means bestowing favors to relatives/friends? Nepotism

12/ What is the Japanese equivalent of the Chinese art of penjing?  Bonsai

13/ In Irish, Icelandic, and Scottish mythologies, selkies are creatures that are capable of taking what form apart from human?  A form of Seal

14/ The temple of the Hindu god Lord Venkateshwara in Tirupathi, India holds what distinction? It is the second most visited religious center in the world, following the Vatican

15/ What valuable commodities were called as 'sweat of the sun' and 'tears of the moon' by the Incas? Gold & Silver

16/ What monument was described by the poet Rabindranath Tagore as "a teardrop on the cheek of time"? Taj Mahal

17/ What measures 15 feet × 29 ft and can be found in the back halls of a dining hall at the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy? The Last Supper by Da Vinci

18/ What is the name of the ritual practiced by some Bedouin tribes for the purpose of lie detection in which the accused is asked to lick a hot object?   Bishaa

19/ Western Red Cedar trees are typically used by the indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest coast of North America to carve what distinctive artifacts?  Totem Poles

20/ What is the name of the water management system developed in ancient Persia that is used to provide a reliable supply of water in hot and arid climates?  Qanat

21/  Typically worn in rural areas while hunting, what type of hat became a stereotypical head wear of a detective because of its association with Sherlock Holmes?  Deerstalker

22/ What item of clothing invented in 1946 was named after the site of a nuclear weapons test on the reasoning that the burst of excitement it would cause would be like a nuclear device?  The Bikini

23/ Until the 80s, visitors to Disneyland would purchase books of coupons that were in different alphabetical denominations with the highest one being the most expensive and reserved for the most popular rides.

What expression for a thrilling situation originates from this practice?   E Ticket Ride

24/ What is the name given to a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the place of a column or a pillar?  Caryatid

25/ The Ouroboros, one of the oldest mystical symbols in the world was the inspiration behind the discovery of the structure of the Benzene molecule. How is it represented? A Serpent swallowing its own tail



Print Print | Sitemap
Designed by Mel Kinsey