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Quiz 2019   Number 1


Set by Mel Kinsey

1/ In Britain, a peeler is an old name for a policeman. What is a 
peeler in the USA? 
A Striptease dancer

2/ Traditionally, on Boxing Day, cricket test matches start in which Australian city?     Melbourne

 3/ Which city was the capital of Spain until 1560?   Toledo
4/ What was the name of the plot to murder the entire cabinet of Lord Liverpool in 1820?     The Cato Street conspiracy 

5/ The Beach Boys’ 1979 song Lady Lynda uses a melody derived from which composer of classical music? 

Johann Sebastian Bach (his Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring)

 6/ Which animal appears on the badge of Kent County Cricket club?  A Horse

7/ Which English King was known as Beauclerc?  Henry the First
8/ In 1970 and 1973 Glenda Jackson was awarded an Oscar for Best Actress; name the films which earned her this award. 
Women in Love and A Touch of Class

9/ In 1902, the second winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine was the first Briton to win a Nobel Prize. Who was he? 
Sir Ronald Ross (for the discovery of the mode of transmission of malaria) 

10/ Which circle of latitude forms a large part of the land border 
between Canada and the USA?   
The 49th parallel 

11/ What name was given to the German Military Intelligence Service that existed between 1920 and 1945? The Abwehr

12/ What was the name of the 1571 plot, which involved the Duke of Norfolk and the Bishop of Ross, to murder Elizabeth I? The Ridolfi Ploit

13/ In 1975 Jack Nicholson won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in which film?  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
14/ The first Rugby League Challenge Cup final was in 1897. Which teams played in this match?   

Batley and St Helens (Batley won 10-3) 

15/ Which English King was known as Bolingbroke? 

Henry the Fourth

16/ What single word describes a sculptor’s small preliminary model? Maquette

 17/ Who co-wrote the TV sitcom Fawlty Towers with John Cleese and played the role of the chambermaid, Polly?   

Connie Booth

18/ Who was the muse of astronomy?     Urania

19/ What was the name of the Pope who, in 1532,excommunicated Henry VIII?    Pope Clement  VII 

20/ What was the name of the plot to murder Charles II and his brother (later James II) on their return journey from Newmarket races in 1683?     Rye House Plot 


Mastermind Club

Quiz 2019 

Number 2



Set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Vince Gilligan created and produced which successful American TV series starring Bryan Cranston?

Breaking Bad

2/ Originally acquired by eBay in 2005, which communications tool was bought by Microsoft in 2011 for $8.5bn?    Skype

3/  By what name is singer Elly Jackson better known?

La Roux

4/ What is the name of the constructed international auxiliary language created by L.L. Zamenhof?


5/ 'Woman with a Hat' and 'Nu Bleu' are notable works by which French painter?  Henri Matisse

6/ 'Road to Rouen' is the fifth studio album by which British group?    Supergrass

7/Cornu Aspersum is the common name of which mollusc?    Garden snail

8/ Directed by Carol Reed, which 1949 film starring Orson Welles top a 1999 BFI poll as the greatest British film of the 20th century? The Third Man

9/ Which Scottish DJ was born Adam Richard Wiles in January 1984?   Calvin Harris

10/ Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and which other club are the only sides to have won the English title three seasons in succession?  Huddersfield Town

11/ 'Land and Freedom' directed by Ken Loach features which 20th century war?    Spanish Civil War

12/ Who painted 'The Sistine Madonna'?  Raphael

13/ The "Brabançonne" is the national anthem of which European country?   Belgium

14/  Which politician became Austalia's 29th prime minister in 2015?   Malcolm Turnbull

15/ Which unit of electric current is equal to a flow of one coulomb per second? Ampere

16/ Which US actor played Private Ryan in the blockbuster film Saving Private Ryan?    Matt Damon

17/ Songwriter Billy Steinberg spent more than a year attempting to find someone to record which song before it was accepted by Madonna?       Like a Virgin

18/Though often associated with John Barry, can you name the film composer who wrote the music to the first James Bond movie, 'Dr. No'?  Monty Norman

19/  A 'Kri-kri' is a feral goat now found on which island?

Crete, Greece

20/ What is Scotland's second highest mountain?

Ben Macdui


Mastermind Club

Quiz 2019

Number 3


Questions set by Mel Kinsey


Literature Quiz


1/ Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha are prominent characters in which controversial literary work that famously attracted a fatwa?

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

2/Washington Irving's classic story Rip Van Winkle is set in which geographic region of New York state?  The Catskills

3/ Baden-Powell used themes from which two books in setting up the Scouting movement?

The Jungle Book and Kim

4/ What is observed annually on June 16 in Dublin to celebrate the life of James Joyce and relive the events in his novel Ulysses?    Bloomsday

5/ Which influential 19th century work on military strategy by Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz is prescribed at various military academies to this day?    On War

6/ If the book The Catcher in the Rye is to Mark Chapman-John Lennon, which book is to Yigal Amir-Yitzhak Rabin?

The Day of the Jackal

(As published in the Israeli press at the time, police investigators believed that the assassination was partially inspired by the book, and that Amir used it as a kind of "how to" manual).

7/ What is the significance of the title of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 given that it is set in a society where censorship is prevalent?  451 degrees Fahrenheit is stated as 'the temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns'

8/ The title of which book comes from a dialogue within where the character Atticus warns his children that, although they can "shoot all the blue jays they want," they must remember that "it's a sin to do this"?  To Kill a Mockingbird

9/ Which author admitted that large passages of his best seller were copied from the book The African by Harold Courlander?      Alex Haley for Roots

10/ Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India spoke with Khrushchev and was partly instrumental in preventing the expulsion of which writer from the Soviet Union after that person won the Nobel Prize for Literature?  Boris Pasternak

11/ If  Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence fictionalizes the life of Paul Gauguin, his novel Cakes and Ale contains characterizations of which English author who never lived in Wessex?    Thomas Hardy

12/ What 1889 comic classic that describes a boating holiday on the Thames was initially intended to be a serious travel guide until the humorous elements took over and made the book what it now is? 

  Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

13/ Which well-known short story about time travel by Ray Bradbury is a fictional exploration of the 'butterfly effect' of Chaos theory?  A Sound of Thunder

14/ What section of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey gets its name from the number of literary figures buried there?   Poets' Corner

15/The 2000 film Finding Forrester in which Sean Connery plays a reclusive author was loosely based on the life of which person who passed away in 2010?   J. D. Salinger

16/ Which 1939 American play takes place in Harry Hopes' saloon and starts with the scene where everyone is waiting for 'Hickey' to show up? 

The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill

17/ San Jose State University in the US has an annual fiction contest for bad writing named for which 19th century writer known for his hyperbolic prose?

Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

18/ In adventure literature, what lie in an unexplored region of Africa beyond a mountain range called Sheba's breasts and a lush green valley called Kukuanaland?

Mines of King Solomon

19/ Which 1903 book by Erskine Childers that is still enjoyed for its accurate portrayal of inland sailing was credited by Winston Churchill as a major reason for the establishment of naval bases in the UK?   The Riddle of the Sands

20/ Fans of Russian Literature who cannot read the originals in Russian ought to be thankful to Constance Garnett. Why?

She was an English translator whose translations of nineteenth-century Russian classics introduced them on a wide basis to the English public.

21 / Mark Twain's ridiculing of chivalry in his story A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is considered as specifically targeting whose books? Sir Walter Scott

22/ In Dante's Divine Comedy, if Hell is divided into 9 circles and Paradise into 9 spheres, what is divided into 7 terraces?


23/ In  the Indiana Jones series of novels, Indiana loses his virginity to which real life spy?   Mata Hari

24/ After William Shakespeare, who is the most frequently quoted writer in the English language with phrases like "Theirs not to reason why,/Theirs but to do and die"?

Alfred Lord Tennyson

25/ The following lines are the answer to what book's titular explanation?

"When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,

When he beats his bars and would be free;

It is not a carol of joy or glee,

But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,

But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings"

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Mastermind Club

Quiz 2019

Number 4


Questions set by Maya Davis

Another Shakespeare-based quiz

  1. Which play features two sets of twins called Antipholus and Dromio? Comedy of Errors
  2. ‘Enter Rumour, painted full of tongues.’  To which play does Rumour deliver the prologue? Henry IV part 2
  3. In The Merchant of Venice, what name does Portia adopt when she speaks in court in Antonio’s defence? Balthasar
  4. In which play is a Latin lesson used to create a comic scene?  Merry Wives of Windsor
  5. The signature tune to The Apprentice was taken from a scene in the ballet based on which Shakespeare play? Romeo & Juliet
  6. Which person, mentioned by Shakespeare in a dedication, has been identified variously as the 3rd Earl of Pembroke, the 3rd Earl of Southampton or William Holme, an associate of Shakespeare’s publisher? ‘Mr W. H’, to whom the published version of the sonnets is dedicated.
  7. Which character delivers the ‘Seven Ages of Man’ speech, and in which play? Jaques, in As You Like It
  8. Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain (also called Deeds of the Britons) seems to have been Shakespeare’s source for two plays. One is King Lear. What is the other?  Cymbeline
  9. In Julius Caesar, which character delivers the speech which starts ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears’? Mark Antony
  10. Which work by Berlioz is based on Much Ado about Nothing? Beatrice and Benedict
  11. In Twelfth Night, who is the steward in Olivia’s house? Malvolio
  12. Apart from Timon of Athens, one other Shakespeare play is set primarily in or around Athens. Which one?A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  13. In the opening scene of Macbeth, one of the witches says ‘Paddock calls’. In Shakespeare’s time, what sort of creature was referred to as ‘Paddock’? Toad
  14. ‘Prince of Tyre’ is the description of the title character of a Shakespeare play and appears in the full title of that play. What is this character’s name? Pericles
  15. In what professional capacity is Shakespeare’s father linked to the mother of crime and thriller writer Peter James? Both are/were glove-makers – Cornelia James was glove-maker to Queen Elizabeth II and John Shakespeare was a glover
  16. The speech in which England is described as ‘this sceptred isle’ is part of the deathbed scene of a character in King Richard II. Which character delivers this speech? John of Gaunt
  17. In Hamlet, what is the name of Ophelia’s brother?  Laertes
  18. In which war is Troilus and Cressida set? Trojan
  19. And who wrote the English poem (based mainly on a French source) which is generally believed to be Shakespeare’s main source for this play? Chaucer
  20. In Henry IV, what was the name of the tavern in Eastcheap frequented by Falstaff, Prince Hal and their friends? Boar’s Head
  21.  ‘Upstart Crow’ is an insult levelled at Shakespeare in a posthumous pamphlet by Robert Greene. In Ben Elton’s Upstart Crow, David Mitchell plays Shakespeare – but who plays Greene? Mark Heap
  22. In The Taming of the Shrew, what is the name of Katharina’s milder-mannered sister? Bianca
  23. Which Terry Pratchett novel mixes a pastiche of theatre in Shakespeare’s time and a pastiche of Macbeth? Wyrd Sisters
  24. Dogberry in All’s Well That Ends Well and Dull in Love’s Labour’s Lost both have the same profession. What is it?  Constable
  25. In Henry V, what provocative present does the King of France send to Henry?  Tennis balls
  26. Which 20th century writer’s play shares its title with the play performed before Claudius and Gertrude in Hamlet? Agatha Christie – the play is called The Mousetrap
  27. Which sonnet provides the title for the first in a series of books by H. E. Bates about an unconventional family? Sonnet 18, which starts ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day’ and contains the phrase ‘The darling buds of May’
  28. ‘A plague on both your houses’ is said by a character who lies dying. To what ‘houses’ does the character refer?  Montague & Capulet
  29. Richard II’s was called Barbary, and Richard III’s was called Surrey. What are we talking about?  Horses
  30. Which Shakespearean character is the rightful Duke of Milan, deposed by his brother? Prospero in The Tempest


Mastermind Club


Quiz 2019   Number 5


Set by Mel Kinsey



1.What gas were British World War Two barrage balloons filled with?  Hydrogen (which was highly explosive so  detered any attacks on the balloons themselves, plus the safer Helium was in rare supply!)

2.Who was the United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia between 1989 and 1992? Shirley Temple (former child actress)

3.Name the main character in cartoonist Chic Young's long-running comic strip Blondie? Dagwood Bumstead

4.Who bought Dodington Park, in Gloucestershire, in 2003 for a price believed to be £20 million? James Dyson

5.What is a clerihew?  A poem - four-line biographical poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. (e.g. Sir Humphry Davy, Abominated gravy. He lived in the odium, Of having discovered sodium.)

6.Which monarch knighted artist Sir Joshua Reynolds? George III (in 1769)

7.Which famous 19th century book's title comes from the name of a stop along the pilgrim's route in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress?   Vanity Fair

8.If you're unfortunate to have a furuncle, what do you have?  A Boil

9.Which poem, written by Alexander Pope, is the source  of the famous quotations "To err is human, to forgive divine,"  and "A little learning is a dang'rous thing"? An Essay on Criticism

10. The Rapa Nui are specifically inhabitants of which          part of the world?   Easter Island

 11.Which actress provided the voice for Duchess in the 1970 American animated film The Aristocats? Eva Gabor

12.Which war, thought between 1665 and 1667 for control over trade routes, was given an eyewitness account in Samuel Pepys' diaries? The Second Anglo-Dutch War

13/ During the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London, which actress played the Queen on board the helicopter in the short James Bond segment? Julia McKenzie

14. Which play features assistant bank manager, Peter Hunter, who lives in a flat above his bank with his new bride Frances?  No Sex Please Were British

15. What was the name of Amy Johnson's plane in which she flew solo to Australia in 1930?  Jason

16. In which year was the death of Queen Elizabeth I?  1603

17.Which film roles have been done by boxer Billy Wells and wrestler Ken Richmond? The man banging the gong introducing Rank Films

18, Edible varieties of which fruit can be divided into three main types: purple ones, yellow ones and giant granadilla? Passion Fruit

19.The 1992 Winter Olympics were held in Albertville, France; the next Winter Olympics were held in Lillehammer, Norway, but in which year ? 1994 (the Winter Olympics were held in the same year as the Summer, but it was decided to change this to every two years after in the early nineties)

20/ Can you name the fictional Welsh fishing village that features in the play Under Milk Wood? Llareggub (which is "bugger all" backwards!)







Mastermind Club


Quiz 2019 


Number 6


Set by Mel Kinsey


Name the Actor, Movie, Year and Director of the following film roles


1/ Tommy DeVitto

     Joe Pesci in GoodFellas (1990 Dir. Martin Scorsese)

2/  Virgil Tibbs 

      Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night 

     (1967  Dir. Norman Jewison)

3/  Stanley Kowalski 

      Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire

      (1951  Dir. Elia Kazan)

4/   Jules Winnfield

      Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction

      (1994 Dir. Quentin Tarantino)

5/   Terry Malloy

       Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront

        (1954 Dir. Elia Kazan)

6/    Dil

       Jaye Davidson in The Crying Game

       (1992 Dir. Neil Jordan)

7/    Rose Sayer 

       Katherine Hepburn in The African Queen

       (1951 Dir John Huston)

8/    Rick Blaine

       Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

       (1942 Dir Michael Curtiz)

9/    Vito Corleone

       Marlon Brando in The Godfather

       (1972 Dir. Francis Ford Coppola)

10/  Atticus Finch 

       Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mocking Bird

       (1962 Dir. Robert Mulligan)

11/   Fred C. Dobbs

       Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

       (1948 Dir. John Huston)

12/  Travis Bickle

        Rober de Niro in Taxi Driver (1976 Dir. Martin Scorsese)

13/   George Bailey 

        James Stewart in Its a Wonderful Life 

        (1946 Dir. Frank Capra)

14/   Roger (Verbal) Kint

        Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects

        (1995 Dir. Bryan Singer)

15/   Howard Beale

        Peter Finch in Network (1976 Dir. Sidney Lumet)

16/   Mrs.Robinson

        Anne Bancroft in The Graduate (1967 Dir. Mike Nichols)

17/   Jake Gittes

        Jack Nicholson in Chinatown 

        (1974 Dir. Roman Polanskii)

18/   Harry Lime

        Orson Welles in The Third Man (1949 Dir. Carol Reed)

19/   Marge Gunderson

        Frances Mc Dormand in Fargo

        (1996 Dir Joel Coen)

20/   Sandy Olsson

        Olivia Newton John in Grease

         (1978 Dir. Randal Kleiser)

21/    Margo Channing

         Bette Davis in All About Eve 

         (1950 Dir. Joseph Mankiewicz)

22/    Tony Montana 

         Al Pacino in Scarface  (1983 Dir. Brian De Palma)

23/    Dorothy Gale

         Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz 

          (1939 Dir. Victor Fleming)

24/     Jacques Clouseau

          Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther 

          (1964 Dir. Blake Edwards)

25/     Ratso Rizzo

          Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy

          (1969 Dir. John Schlesinger)

26/     Randle Patrick McMurphy

          Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

          (1975 Dir. Milos Forman)

27/     Gordon Gekko

          Michael Douglas in Wall Street (1987 Dir. Oliver Stone)

28/     Alex Forrest

          Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction (1987 Dir. Adrian Lyne)

29/     Carl Spackler

          Bill Murray in Caddyshack  (1980 Dir. Harold Ramos)

30/     Captain Quint

          Robert Shaw in Jaws  (1975  Dir.  Steven Spielberg)

31/     Oda Mae Brown

          Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost  (1990 Dir. Jerry Zucker)

32/     Raymond Babbitt

          Dustin Hoffman in Rainman  (1988 Dir. Barry Levinson)

33/     Lt.Col Bill Kilgore

          Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now 

          (1979 Dir Francis Ford Coppola)

34/     Alex DeLarge

          Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange

          (1971 Dir. Stanley Kubrick)

35/     Norman Bates

          Anthony Perkins in Psycho  (1960 Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

36/     William (Bill the Butcher) Cutting

          Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York

          2002 Dir. Martin Scorsese

37/     Melanie Daniels

          Tippi Hendren in The Birds  (1963 Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

38/     Tony Manero

           John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever 

           (1977  Dir. John Badham)

39/      Kevin McCallister

           Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone 

           (1990 Dir. Chris Columbus)

40/      Jack Torrance

           Jack Nicholson in The Shining

           (1980  Dir. Stanley Kubrick)

41/      Norma Desmond

           Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard 

           (1950  Dir . Billy Wilder)

42/      Ellen Ripley

           Sigourney Weaver in Alien  (1979 Dir. Ridley Scott)

43/      Lester Burnham

           Kevin Spacey in American Beauty

           (1999 Dir. Sam Mendes)

44/      Michael Dorsey / Dorothy Michaels

           Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie (1982 Dir. Sydney Pollock)

45/      Mrs. Iselin

           Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate

           (1962   Dir. John Frankenheimer)

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