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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?

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?

3/ What popular 1870s music composition is based on a poem of Henri Cazalis that starts with "Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,..."?

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?  


5/ In 1934, a regulation promulgated in a certain country required that when the Horst-Wessel-Lied was sung, what gesture must be performed?

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."    

7/  Ships of what cruise line use the tune of "When You Wish upon a Star" from Pinnochio as the melody of their horns?   

8/The meeting of George Harrison with whom in 1965 resulted in the introduction of a certain Indian instrument on "Norwegian Wood"?

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? 

10/ Who is the American entertainer who shares her name with a West African Empire known for its symbol of Golden Stool?  

11/ Whose Symphony No. 1 was called "Beethoven's Tenth" by conductor Hans von Bülow?  

12/ India’s  national anthem is written in what language that is also the national language of one of its neighbors? 

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? 


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? 

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?"?

16/ If Michael Jackson popularized the Moonwalk, what yesteryear great is associated with the Duckwalk?

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?

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?  

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?

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?



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2019 Quiz No 8


Set by Mel Kinsey


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


14/  Of what is ‘oenology’ the study?


15/ What type of creature is a kob?


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


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?


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"?


19/ Which monarch knighted artist Sir Joshua Reynolds?


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


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


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


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?


24/ Which play features assistant bank manager, Peter Hunter, who lives in a flat above his bank with his new bride Frances?


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

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2019 Quiz No 9


Set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Various artists have recorded "Death is not the end" but who wrote the song?          


2/  Auf Wiedersehen Pet  Launched the career of which actor & singer?     


3/ Exit is a large dance music festival held each year in which country?     


4/ The first line of which song is "We're leaving together/ but still it's farewell" ?  


5/ Cloud to Cloud and intra-cloud are two types of what?



6/  Which figure from greek mythology answered the Riddle of the Sphinx?    


7/ Where is the Denmark Strait? 


8/ What colour is the outer ring of an official. Fita approved archery target?    


9/ What is the chemical formula for the form of limestone known as chalk?  


10/ "Amy and George and Alberto and Helena and Aaron all went to the park" is an example of which linguistic device. 


11/ What was the pseudonym used by Edwin Snowden before he leaked the NSA file, it is also the title of Laura Poitras's documentary about him?   


12/ To which country do the Galapagos Island belong?


13/ In theTV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, what was Buffy's surname?   


14/ What turns a Martini into a Roosevelt martini?


15/ What does the computer file extension .tif or .tiff stand for? 


16/ For which film did Russell Crowe win his only best actor Oscar to date?     


17/ Who wrote Le Morte d' Arthur  


18/ Ogaden is the name of a disputed region lying between which two African countries?   


19/ In which Sci-Fi show are the Minbari, Drakh, Vorlon and pak'ma'ra alien races? 


20/  Which Egyptian paraoh was responsible for the building of the great pyramid of Giza?  

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2019 Quiz No 10


Set by Les Morrell

a difficult quiz on football losers


1. At 10, which player holds the Premier League own goals career record?
2. Who played in goal for England at Belo Horizonte 1950 in the infamous 1-0 defeat to the USA?
3. What part did Matthew Simmons inadvertently play in Premier League history in January 1995?
4. Which club finished 3rd in he 1992/93 Premier League inaugural season despite having a goal difference of minus 4?
5. How did Mwepu Ilunga achieve notoriety at the 1974 World Cup when playing for Zaire against Brazil?
6. Which Scottish goalkeeper felt compelled to emigrate to Australia after conceding 9 goals against England at Wembley in 1961?
7. Who has missed the most Premier League penalties (11) ?
8. Which goalkeeper has conceded the most Premier League goals at 442?
9. Three players have received 8 Premier League Red Cards- the answer to question 1 is one of them, who are the other two?
10. Two Premier League goalkeepers have conceded 9 goals in a single PL match- both are internationals. Who are they?


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2019 Quiz No 11


A mixed music quiz

Set by Mel Kinsey

1/ In 2013 to encourage the use of zebra crossings, Kolkata's police employed what image from the world of music with the caption "If they can, why can't you?"?

2/ In December 1989, along with "I Fought The Law" by The Clash, what hard rock song was famously used by the US Military to ferret out a hiding Noriega from the Vatican Embassy?

3/ An aversion therapy called the 'Ludovico technique' from 

the 1971 classic A Clockwork Orange features which

 composer's music? Kudos if you can name the piece too.

4/ Composer Philip Glass's 'Portrait Trilogy' of operas

 consists of Einstein on the Beach, Akhnaten and Satyagraha with the last one focusing on whom?

5/ In 2010 Sony signed a $250 million deal to retain

 distribution rights to whose works, a fallout from a 2009

6/ Talking about which of his hits did Eric Clapton say the

 following? "... It's no good to write a deliberate anti-___ song and hope that it will catch. Because the general

thing is that people will be upset by that. It would disturb them to have someone else shoving something down their throat. So the best thing to do is offer something that seems

 ambiguous ..."

7/ A West End theatre that opened in 1881 to perform the 

comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan was built on the site of a palace that was called as what?

8/ Talking about what 1977 rock classic did a band member 

say that his physics training helped him in designing the 

"stomp, stomp, clap" section of the song?

9/ After a premiere in 1952, the creator of a certain work said the following words. Name him.
“They missed the point. There's no such thing as ... What 

they thought was ..., because they didn't know how to listen, was full of accidental ... You could hear the wind stirring 

outside during the first ... During the second, raindrops beganpattering the roof, and during the third the people themselves made all kinds of interesting ... as they talked or walked out.”

10 When this classical music suite was written between 1914-16,itconsisted of seven parts, and not eight, for astrological 

reasons. When a discovery was made in 1930, the composer was urged to add an eight part but refused. In 2006 the work was said to have became complete again.

What are we talking about?

11/ What is the better known name of Violin Sonata in 

G minor by Giuseppe Tartini that the composer said was

 played to him in a dream by Satan himself?

12/ In which country did the dictator Rafael Trujillo promote

 the merengue style of music/dance into the country's national music?

13/ "March of the Volunteers" was the second most played tune at the award ceremonies of what 2012 event?

14/ The titular object fashioned by dwarf Alberich is the focus of what monumental work of music?

15/ The cold infection of which superstar of music was the

 subject of Gay Talese's 1966 article for Esquire, a piece now considered a landmark in journalism?
Frank Sinatra (Frank Sinatra Has a Cold)

16/ As its lyrics attest, what 1974 rock classic that celebrates a place was written in response to two songs of Neil Young that were derogatory of the American South?

17/ What custom in the world of classical music originates 

from the belief that at the premiere of a Handel's musica

event, King George II did so and the crowd followed suit?

18/ According to the lyrics of a 1931 song by Noël Coward, 

what is it that the Japanese don't care to do, the Chinese 

wouldn't dare to do and the Hindus and Argentines avoid it as they sleep firmly from twelve to one?

19/ What song by The Doors that has a strong reference to

 the Oedipus complex got them fired from the

 Whisky a Go Go nightclub in West Hollywood?

20/ What musical instrument that takes its name from a muse was used in riverboats and in circuses because of its 


21/ Which 1977 musical was inspired by a magazine article

about Bay Ridge kids of Brooklyn whose working class lives were said to be so empty that they lived just to dance on the weekend?

22/ The title of what well known piano waltz comes from the composer's specification 

that it must be played with both hands held sideways, little

 fingers down, striking the keys with a particular type motion?

23/ In 1934 when a Broadway production "As Thousands Cheer" played this song, the producers were taken to court by the Hill family for using it without paying royalty as they owned th melody.   What ubiquitous song?

24/ In 1989, rocker Ted Nugent made a multi million dollar bid to purchase what company to shut it down

 as he felt it's ubiquitous sounds were representative of 

everything "uncool" about music?

25/ Which breakthrough hit for Queen contains the phrase

 "Let them eat cake", a quote often attributed to

 Marie Antoinette?

26/ When an American theatre director was reading about the travels of Henry Kissinger, he came across the figure of Mao and thought "there's an opera in there." What work resulted

 when he proposed this idea to a composer?

27/ The phrase "it's better to burn out than to fade away" from Neil Young's classic song "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" became better known after being quoted in whose 1994

suicide note?

28/ The short poem And did those feet in ancient time by 

William Blake that features the phrase 'dark satanic mills' is 

best known in what musical context?

29/ In 2009, a Face to Face tour featuring Elton John and 

Billy Joel was promoted as '___ Man meets ___ Man.' Can you fill-in the missing words?

30/ What is the term given to a musical that uses previously

 released popular songs as its musical score, examples of 

which are Mamma Mia! and Jersey Boys?

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2019 Quiz No 12


Set by Mel Kinsey

A Movie based quiz


1/ ​During her state visit to Beijing in the 1980's. Queen Elizabeth II was unable to visit the forbidden city, for a specific reason,  Why?


2/ The Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming features prominently in which landmark 1977 science fiction film? 


3/ In which 1990 award winning movie, is much of the dialogue in the Lokota language?    


4/ Which 1960's epic is unique in the sense that the only female featured in the film is a camel called Gladys? 


5/ Who are Kambei Shamada, Katsushiro Okamoto, Gorobei Katayama,

Scihicorji, Heihachi Hayashida and Kikuchiyo?


6/ What is the only Alfred Hitchcock film to be re-made by himself?


7/ Which 2000 film tells the fictional story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone magazinewhile covering the rock band Stillwater?


8/ Tataouine in Tunisia was the setting for many of the scenes in which blockbuster franchise?


9/ What chilling 1968 film is set almost entirely in the Bramford apartment buildin in New York City?    


10/ Burkisville in Maryland gained notoriaty in 1999 after the release of which 'fake real' film that supposedly took place there?


11/ Which 1995 film starring Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson & John Candy has a cult following among Peace Corps personnel


12/ What period film of Stanley Kubrick recounts the exploits of an 18th century Irish adventurer isw loosly based on a novel by William Makepeace Thackery?   


13/ In the movie Rain Man Raymond insists on flying with which airline, as it has a perfect safety record?   


14/ In 2003 the American Film Institute came out with a list of the 100 Heros and Villians. A lawyer and a doctor topped the respective lists, can you name them? 


15/  Which 1972 film musical has the distinction of winning the most Oscars (8) without winning the Best Picture award?  


16/  Refering to which film did Malcolm X say "When Butterfly McQueen went into her act, I felt like crawling under the rug" ?


17/ Which 2005 movie starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn

deals with African politics, was banned by Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe? 


18/ A landmark legislation in the US in the 1930's that is designed to look after a child actors earnings, by depositing some of them in trust funds, is named after who?    


19/ Which 1971 coming- of- age movie is based is based on the memoir of screenwriter Herman Raucher and is set on Nantucket Island off the coast of New England?   


20/ The title of which 2007 film starring Tommy Lee jones, comes from the the place in the bible, where David fought Goliath?




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