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Mastermind Club

Quiz 2020

No 23

General Knowledge


Set by Mel Kinsey


1. Actress Helena Bonham Carter is the great granddaughter of which British prime minister? 

Herbert Henry Asquith

2. In which county is Chequers, or Chequers Court, the country house of the UK prime minister located? 


3. Derived from the Turkish for ‘new soldiers’, what name was given to the elite infantry units that formed the Ottoman Sultan’s household troops, bodyguards and the first modern standing army in Europe? 


4. Which classic American western television series that ran from 1962 to 1971, was set in Medicine Bow, Wyoming, during the 1890s? It starred James Drury in the title role, Doug McClure, and Lee J Cobb? 

The Virginian  (repackaged as The Men From Shiloh in its final year) 

5. From which 1863 Bizet opera does the famous tenor/baritone duet Au fond du temple saint come? 

The Pearl Fishers (Les Pecheurs de Perles)

6. Which lake was created as a result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam across the waters of the Nile between 1958 and 1970? 

Lake Nassar

7. What was name of the 19 year old heiress who became internationally known for events following her 1974 kidnapping by a left-wing terrorist group, the Symbionese Liberation Army? 

Patty Hearst  (full name Patricia Campbell Hearst) 

8. Incitatus was the name of which Roman emperor’s favourite horse?


9. Published in 1998, who first cookbook was entitled How to Eat? 

Nigella Lawson

10. In which tragedy by William Shakespeare does the character Enobarbus speak the famous line: ‘Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety’? 

Antony and Cleopatra

11. Which former governor of New York served as Gerald Ford’s vice president from December 1974 to January 1977? 

Nelson Rockefeller

12. Who, in 1960, became the world’s first non-hereditary female head of government in modern history, when she was elected prime minister of her country? 

Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka 

13. The kuna, subdivided into 100 lipa, is the basic monetary unit of which European country? 


14. Originally referring to a devotee of bullfighting, which Spanish word is sometimes used to describe a person who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about an activity, subject or pastime? 


15. Which light, foamy, custard-like Italian dessert is made from whipped and heated egg yolks, sugar and Marsala wine, served hot or cold?


16. ‘He was soon borne away by the waves, and lost in darkness and distance’ is the last line of which 19th century Gothic novel? 

Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus,  by Mary Shelley 

17. How are the comedy duo Ian and Janette Tough better known? 

The Krankies

18. Named after the American physicist who discovered them, what name is given to the two regions of intense radiation partly surrounding the Earth at heights of several thousand kilometres? 

The Van Allen Belts

19. What is the two-word Latin phrase announced by the Protodeacon of the College of Cardinals or by the senior cardinal deacon participating in the papal conclave upon the election of a new pope of the Catholic Church?Habemis Papum  (We have a pope)pe) 

20. Which soft silver-white metal, atomic number 3, is the lightest of the alkali metals? 


21. Which stretch of water links the Adriatic Sea with the Ionian Sea and separates the ‘heel’ of Italy from Albania? 

Strait of Oranto

22. Which country has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record seven times? Ireland (1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996) 

23. Who was the prime minister of Sweden from 1969-1976 and 1982 until his assassination in 1986? 

Olof Palme

24. What was the nationality of the official who refereed the 1966 FIFA 

World Cup Final? 

Swiss – Gottfried Dienst was born in Basle (the two linesman were 

Tofiq Bahramov (Soviet Union) and Dr Karol Galba (Czechoslovakia) 

25. In a game of outdoor or field polo, in minutes, what is the length of a chukka? 

Seven at the end of each seven minute chukka, play continues for an additional 30 seconds or until a stoppage in play, whichever comes first 


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