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2019 Quiz No 7

Set by Mel Kinsey



1/ It has become almost customary for musicians from a particular country to play the duduk to commemorate a tragedy of 1915.  Which country?
Armenia (the genocide)
2/ Swedish director Lasse Hallström who directed Chocolat and My Life as a Dog is also known for his contribution in the world of music to whom/what?
ABBA (he directed almost all of ABBA's promotional films)
3/ What popular 1870s music composition is based on a poem of Henri Cazalis that starts with "Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,..."? Danse macabre by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns
4/ The name of what genre has its origin in what producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz had in their mouths when they discussed music targeting the younger crowd?  

 Bubblegum pop

5/ In 1934, a regulation promulgated in a certain country required that when the Horst-Wessel-Lied was sung, what gesture must be performed? Hitler salute
6/ While selling what 2007 music release did a website list a question mark where the price would normally be? If a user clicked on it, he would see "It's Up To You" and clicking again would show "It's Really Up To You."    

 Radiohead's In Rainbows
7/  Ships of what cruise line use the tune of "When You Wish upon a Star" from Pinnochio as the melody of their horns?    Disney Cruise
8/The meeting of George Harrison with whom in 1965 resulted in the introduction of a certain Indian instrument on "Norwegian Wood"? Ravi Shankar (sitar)
9/ Whose March 31, 1994 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman resulted in the episode becoming the most censored in American network television talk-show history for obvious reasons?  Madonna
10/ Who is the American entertainer who shares her name with a West African Empire known for its symbol of Golden Stool?   Ashanti
11/ Whose Symphony No. 1 was called "Beethoven's Tenth" by conductor Hans von Bülow?    Brahms'
12/ India’s  national anthem is written in what language that is also the national language of one of its neighbors?  Bengali
13/ "Hey There" is a song from a Broadway musical in which workers of a factory making what are demanding a raise of seven-and-a-half cents?  Pyjamas (The Pyjama Game)

14/ The song "Seasons of Love" from Rent has become associated with New Years Day with lyrics mentioning "Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes." What is the significance of that number? 

Number of minutes in a (non-leap )year
15/ What album of Sting takes its title from a sonnet he quoted in response to a drunk's query, "How beautiful is the moon?"? .....Nothing Like the Sun
16/ If Michael Jackson popularized the Moonwalk, what yesteryear great is associated with the Duckwalk?
Chuck Berry
17/ The musical ensemble arrangement called 'gamelan' which often accompanies wayang puppet performances (among others) is a tradition of what Asian country?
18/ During what landmark 1969 event was a 'freak out tent' established for those suffering from the ill-effects of drugs?
19/ Which iconic figure of 20th century music is known for his "I am a Catalan" speech he gave to the UN in 1971?
Pablo Casals, the cellist
20/ The 1902 guitar composition "Gran Vals" by the Spanish  composer Francisco Tárrega would have remained obscure but for corporate executive Anssi Vanjoki selecting it for something in 1993. How do millions of people recognize it now?   The Nokia tune
21/ Though denied by its author as the source of his inspiration, what musical work has strong resemblance to the story of a mythical village called Germelshausen that fell under a curse and appears for only one day every century?
Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe
22/ In December 1971, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention were playing in a concert when the casino venue they were in caught fire due to an over-zealous member of the audience firing a a flare gun into the rattan covered ceiling. This is the true origin story of what rock classic?
"Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple

Mastermind Club 

2019 Quiz No 8


Set by Mel Kinsey



1/ Which Irish indie band consists of Alex Trimble, Sam Halliday, and Kevin Baird? Two Door Cinema Club

2/ Which musical play by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill features the song Mack the Knife? The Threepenny Opera

3/ What is the name of the musical comedy starring Tommy Steele that was based on HG Wells' novel Kipps?

Half a Sixpence

4/ What was the name of the film starring Charlton Heston which depicts Michelangelo’s life? Agony and Ecstacy

5/ Where in Cambridge will you find a Time Eater?

The Corpus Clock

6/ What is the name of the 1941 novel by AJ Cronin which tells the story of a Scottish Catholic priest, Father Chisholm, who struggles to establish a mission in China?

The Keys of the Kingdom

7/ What is the name of the character played by Carrie Anne Moss in the Matrix Films?  Trinity

8/ What was the name of the Conservative politician who served as Foreign Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and then Speaker of House of Commons until his retirement in 1976?  Selwyn LLoyd

9/ Whose first novel is entitled The Racehorse Who Wouldn't Gallop?   Clare Balding

10/ Which gland of the human body is affected by Hashimoto’s disease?  Thyroid

11/ Which gardener’s item was invented by Edwin Beard Budding in 1830?

12/ What is the term used for a baby ferret?  Kit

13/ Which size of paper measures 148mm by 210mm?  A5

14/  Of what is ‘oenology’ the study?    Wine

15/ What type of creature is a kob?   African Antelope

16/ Who was the main character in cartoonist Chic Young's long-running comic strip Blondie?  Dagwood Bumstead

17/ 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

18/ 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


19/ Which monarch knighted artist Sir Joshua Reynolds?

George III (in 1769)

20/  The Rapa Nui are specifically inhabitants of which part of the world?  Easter Island

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

22/ Which war, thought between 1665 and 1667 for control over trade routes, was given an eyewitness account in Samuel Pepys' diaries?  The 2nd Anglo Dutch War

23/ 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

24/ 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

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

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