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Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 13

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Questions set by Tony Bell

 

Here are the literal English translations of some place names in the world. By what names are these places usually known?

 

   January River - Rio de Janiero, Brazil

 

                             Black Pool - Dublin, Ireland

 

                             Fragrant Harbour - Hong Kong, China

 

                             Merchant's Harbour - Copenhagen, Denmark 

 

                             Second Lake - Rotorua, New Zealand

 

                             Sheltered Harbour - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

 

                             Saint Francis - San Francisco, California, USA

 

                             The Angels - Los Angeles, California, USA 

 

                              Muddy Water - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

 

                              Northern Capital - Beijing, China

 

                              White House  - Casablanca, Morocco

  

                              Royal Mountain - Montréal, Quebec, Canada

 

                              Island Fort - Stockholm, Sweden

 

                              New City - Naples, Italy

 

                              Fair Winds - Buenos Aires, Argentina 

 

Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 14

Questions set by John Grasham

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                                          Round 1 – Geography

  1. Pyongyang is the capital of which country? North Korea
  2. Spandau prison was located in which city?  Berlin
  3. What is the largest man made lake in Egypt? Lake Nasser
  4. Which city on the Danube was formed in 1873 when two separate cities on either bank merged to form a larger city? Budapest
  5. Birmingham is the largest city in which American state? Alabama
  6. Which country has a Mediterranean coastline and is directly north of Israel?  Lebanon
  7. What was the Democratic Republic of Congo called between 1908 and 1960?  The Belgian Congo
  8. What was Saigon renamed in 1976? Ho Chi Minh City
  9. Which large tourist attraction was opened east of Paris, France in 1992?  Disneyland Paris
  10. What is the capital of the American state of Arkansas?

                                         Round 2 – History

  1. Which US President had a middle name consisting of only one letter?  Harry S Truman
  2. Who is the only person to be sentenced to death in the state of Israel?  Adolf Eichmann
  3. What was the name of the pope between 1605 and 1621 who is known for the persecution of Gallileo?  Paul V
  4. Which famous figure was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska in 1925?    Malcom X
  5. Who was the first American woman in Space?  Sally Ride
  6. Who was nicknamed the Subway Vigilante by the American press in 1984?   Bernie Goetz
  7. What was the name of the drug given to pregnant women between 1958 and 1961 to cure morning sickness that caused malformation of the limbs of their children? Thalidomide
  8. Who founded the standard oil company in 1870?                John D Rockefeller
  9. Who was succeeded by his wife Isabel as president of Argentina in 1974?   Juan Peron
  10. What was the name of the 1954 battle in Vietnam that was a disastrous defeat for the French army? Dien Bien Phu

                                Round 3 – Sport and Leisure

  1. Which Norwegian football club won thirteen successive top flight titles between 1992 and 2004?  Rosenberb BK
  2. Who fought Roberto Duran in the brawl in Montreal in 1980?    Sugar Ray Leonard
  3. Where did the Los Angeles Dodgers play their home games until 1957?    Brooklyn
  4. In which sport is the World Series consisting of 7 games every year?   Baseball
  5. What was the nickname of the footballer Stuart Pearce? Pyscho
  6. Which famous figure was Cristiano Ronaldo named after? Ronald Regan
  7. What is the surname of the Sri Lankan cricketer with the first name Napolean?   Einstien
  8. What surname is given to a fifty mile walk such as the one between Louth and Skegness and back that took place in the 1950s?  Kennedy
  9. What name is given to the toy which consists of a round tube that rotated around the body?   Hula Hoop
  10. Who became Heavyweight world champion in 1962 after knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round?               Sonny Liston

                                               Round 4 – Music

  1. Which musical features the songs ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ and ‘There’s Nothing Like A Dame’?   South Pacific
  2. Which pianist is famous for having a candelabra on his piano?   Liberace
  3. Who became the first music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1937?   Arturo Toscanini
  4. Which country is the rapper Psy from, famous for the song Gangnam Style?  
  5. Who composed ‘Peter and the Wolf’ in 1936? Sergie Prokofiev
  6. Don MacLean’s album American Pie was dedicated to which musician?    Buddy Holly
  7. Which band consists of four members called Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr?    U2
  8. Who has had more UK number one singles than anyone else with 21?     Elvis Presley
  9. Which film is well known for POW’s whistling the Colonel Bogey march?   Bridge over the River Kwai
  10. Which song by Bill Haley and the Comets reached number one in the UK in 1955?  'Rock Around the Clock'

                                    Round 5 – General Knowledge

  1. Which is the UK brand name for Polyethylene terephthalate?  Dacron
  2. What is the name of the American soap opera that aired on ABC between 1964 and 1969 that launched the career of Mia Farrow among others?   Peyton Place
  3. What is the name of the yellow bird in the Peanuts cartoon strip?   Woodstock
  4. What is the three letter airport code for the largest airport in New York?  JFK
  5. Who wrote the book ‘On The Road’?   Jack Kerouac
  6. What English word is the equivalent of Zegnaj in Polish, la revedere in Romanian and viszlat in Hungarian? Goodbye
  7. Which American singer was born Ernest Evans in 1941? Chubby Checker
  8. The British version of which game show was hosted by Nicky Campbell, Bradley Walsh and John Leslie? Wheel of Fortune
  9. Edward Jenner is well known for pioneering the first what? Vaccine
  10. John Hurt provided the voiceover for a 1986 public information film warning of the dangers of what?   AIDS

                                           Round 6 – Connections

  1. Which film won eleven Oscars in 1959?   Ben Hur
  2. Great Ormond Street in London own the copyright to which JM Barrie play?    Peter Pan
  3. Who led Free France from England in the second world war? Charles de Gaulle
  4. What was the purpose of the clinic founded by Marie Stopes in London?   Birth Control
  5. What was the name of the first satellite launched into space by the Soviet Union in October 1957?  Sputnik 1
  6. Cosa Nostra meaning our thing is another name for which organisation?    Mafia
  7. Who was the first president of South Korea? Syngman Rhee
  8. Which 1962 film is famous for having no female speaking parts?   Lawrence of Arabia
  9. Apart from Earth, Air and Water what is the fourth element according to the ancient Greeks?  Fire
  10. What is the connection? All the answers feature in the lyrics of We didn't start the fire  by Billy Joel 

 

Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 15

Questions set by Maya Davis

Greek / Roman Quiz

 

 1/ Who, according to legend, was the second King of Rome?

Numa Pompilius
2/ Which land-battle in Greek history took place at roughly the same time as the sea-battle of Artemisium against the invading Persian fleet?  Thermopylae
3/What Roman building took its unofficial (but now better-known) name from a huge golden statue of Nero which had previously occupied that spot?  Flavian Amphitheatre = Colosseum
4/Whose actual last words, in Greek, were quoted at the time as ‘You too, my child?’ Julius Caesar’s – thus confirming in many people’s minds the earlier rumour of a long-standing  affair between Caesar and Sempronia, Brutus’ mother
5/ Whom did Speusippus succeed as head of the Academy in Athens?   Plato
6/ We usually know Roman aristocrats by their ‘third name’ or cognomen. ‘Enobarbus’ in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is a misspelling of this character’s real cognomen, which meant ‘bronze-beard.’ What was his real cognomen? Ahenobarbus
7/ What was the original profession of the philosopher Socrates? Stone-mason
8/ What relation was the Emperor Tiberius to the Emperor Augustus?

Step-son; later ‘adopted’ to legitimise his position as heir
9/ What was unusual about Incitatus, appointed Consul by the Emperor Gaius in about 39 AD?

He was a race-horse; Gaius is the real name of Caligula.
10/ The Ara Pacis (= Altar of Peace) is one of the most significant monuments of ancient Rome. Whose achievements does it commemorate? Emperor Augustus
11/ Which of the Greek states routinely had two kings ruling simultaneously?    Sparta
12/ The city of Naucratis was a major trading port for all Greek states. In which country was it?     Egypt
13/ Who claimed to have founded 71 cities, all named after himself and 1 named after his horse?    Alexander the Great
 14/ The Athenian orator Demosthenes’ speeches against Philip II of Macedon were the model for the speeches of Cicero called the Philippics, delivered after the death of Julius Caesar. Against whom were these speeches directed?   Marc Antony
15/ Who produced the first official law-code at Athens, known for its harsh penalties?     Drakon/Draco.
16/ Who was Emperor of Rome at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius?    Titus
17/ Horatius Cocles (legendary defender of Rome against invading Etruscans), the Carthaginian general Hannibal and Philip II of Macedon had all suffered the same type of injury by the time of their deaths. What was it?     Loss of an eye
18/ Which Greek city had an elite fighting force known as the Sacred Band?       Thebes
19/ Which Roman poet was exiled to Tomi on the Black Sea by Augustus for possible involvement in the promiscuity of Augustus’ daughter Julia?    Ovid
20/ Claudius was the first Roman emperor to be born outside Italy. In which city was he born? Lugdunum  in Gaul = Lyon, France

 

Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 16

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Questions set by Mel Kinsey

Sporting Firsts

 

1/  Which sporting first did Lucian Laurent achieve in 1930?   

First goal in the World Cup finals (for France against Mexico)

2/ In 1967 who became the first winners of The Super Bowl?         Green Bay Packers (beat Kansas City Chiefs 35-10)

3/  In 1872 The Wanderers won the first FA Cup Final, who did they beat in the final?   Royal Engineers (by 1-0 the goal was scored by Morton Betts. Played at Kennington Oval in front of 2000)

4/  What was Lester Piggott’s  first Derby winner in 1954?   

  Never Say Die

5/    New Zealand won the first Rugby Union World Cup in 1987. Which nation did they beat 29-9 in the final?     France

6/ In 1924 Charles Jewtraw of the USA became the first man to win what?     A Winter Olympics Gold medal (500m Speed skating)

7/ In 1966 which British racing driver was the first man to win the Indy 500 at the first attempt?    Graham Hill

8/ What was significant about the 1968 Olympic men’s 100 metres final?    The first all Olympic black final (Won by Jim Hynes, the first man to break the 10 second barrier for 100 metres)

9/ Who was the first high jumper to clear 8 feet in the event?        Javier Sotomayor of Cuba

10/ Who in 1964 became the first Manchester United player to be voted European Footballer of the year?    Denis Law

11/ In The 1996 Atlanta Games 400 metre hurdler Deon Hemmings became the first woman from which country to win an Olympic Gold Medal?      Jamaica

12/ In 1965 Keith Peacock of Charlton Athletic became the first Football League player to do what?   The first substitute (replaced injured goalkeeper Mike Rose after 11 minutes)

13/ In 1981 who became the first woman to participate in The Boat Race     Sue Brown (Cox of the winning  Oxford crew)

14/ At which women’s event was Moroccan Nawal El Moutawakel the first Olympic champion in 1984?      400 metre hurdles

15/  Who was the first man to Pole Vault over 19 feet?  

   Sergy Bubka

16/  In 1780 jockey Sam Arnull rode Diomed to victory in the first running of which race?  The Derby

17/ In 1903 which team won the first Baseball World Series?  

  Boston Americans (later The Red Sox)

18/ In 1977 who became the first woman to ride in the Grand National and on which horse?    Charlotte Brew on Barony Fort

19/ Who was the first black World Heavyweight Champion?  

   Jack Johnson

20/ In 1972 who was the first woman to be Sports Illustrated sportsperson of the year?     Billie Jean King

 

Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 17

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                                   Questions set by Maya Davis

                                         Fictional creatures

1/ Who owned a horse called Rosinante? Don Quixote

2/ Why would Billy Casper be prosecuted if the book and film in which he appears had been set after 1981?

He took a young kestrel from a nest. Barry Hines A Kestrel for a Knave – later the film Kes. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 makes it an offence to kill, injure or take a kestrel, or to take, damage or destroy an active nest or its contents

3/ Who travelled round the Cevennes with Modestine?

Robert Louis Stevenson – Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes – Modestine is the donkey

4/ To whom did Canga give a very unwelcome bath under the mistaken impression that she was bathing Roo?  Piglet

5/ Which animals feature in William Horwood’s Duncton Chronicles series?   Moles

6/ Which fictional animal was the son of Duchess and was friends with Merrylegs and Ginger?   Black Beauty

7/ Milou in French; what is the usual name of this dog in the English translations of the books in which he appears?

Snowy – in the Tintin books

8/  Which giant bird, capable of carrying off humans, features in the story of Sinbad the Sailor in the Arabian Nights tales? Roc

9/  In the Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch, what species is the parrot said to be?  Norwegian Blue

10/  In which short novella are a series of gruesome murders in Paris carried out by an orang-utan?

The Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Poe

11/  In the novel by Richard Adams, what type of creature was Shardik?  Bear

12/   In Tenniel’s illustrations for Alice in Wonderland, what animal provides the head of the Mock Turtle, and why? 

Calf: mock turtle soup was made from veal stock

13/ Which fictional animal can be found at 62 West Wallaby Street, Wigan?   Gromit

14/  Who created Gus the Theatre Cat and the gangster cats Mungojerry and Griddlebone?    T. S. Eliot

15/  Which creature warned its child to beware of the Big Bad Mouse in the deep dark wood?   The Gruffalo

16/ In a series of children’s books which first appeared in the 1930’s, which ruler leads his subjects to victory over the hostile rhinoceroses?    Babar the elephant

17/  What sort of creature was Salar, created by Henry Williamson? A salmon

18/ Whose animal friends included the pig Gub-Gub and the duck Dab-Dab? Dr Dolittle in the books by Hugh Lofting

19/  Who was the brother of Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail?

Peter Rabbit

20/  In Aristophanes’ play ‘The Birds’, which species, formerly a human king,  acts as leader of the birds?    Hoopoe

 

Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 18

Answers

Questions set by Tony Bell

Olympic Games

 

1/ How many times did Stephen Redgrave stand on the top step of the victory podium at the Olympic Games?

None ( Redgrave won 5 gold medals but never stood on a podium. Rowers don't use a three step podium, they receive medals at the edge of the water. All medalists stand at the same level.)
2/ Which Manx cyclist won a gold medal in 2012?

Peter Kennaugh, not Mark Cavendish.

3/ How many times has the USA been awarded hosting rights for the Winter Olympics?  Five times .  USA hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 (Lake Placid) 1960 (Squaw Valley) 1980 (Lake Placid) and 2002 (Salt Lake City). Denver was awarded hosting rights for 1976 but later withdrew from being hosts.

4/ How many Test cricket grounds have hosted Olympic events? Two ..The Melbourne Cricket Ground was the main Olympic stadium in 1956 and also hosted football as part of Sydney 2000. Lord's Cricket Ground hosted Archery as part of London 2012.

5/ What connects Stockholm and Hong Kong in Olympic events?  Both hosted Equestrian events when the Olympics were held in another country.. In 1956 Stockholm hosted equestrian events when Melbourne, Australia hosted the Olympics. In 2008 Hong Kong hosted equestrian events when Beijing, China hosted the Olympics

6/ What was unusual about the shot put events at the 2004 Athens Olympics? They were not held in the main Atletics stadium.They were held in Olympia, venue of the ancient Olympic Games.

7/ Who has won the most individual Olympic medals for Great Britain? Ben Ainsley with five. Bradley Wiggins, Jason Kenny, Chris Hoy and Stephen Redgrave has won more but some or all of these were in team events.

8/ Which athlete has won all 4 of the Olympic medals won by his country? Frankie Fredericks of Namibia

9/ Which team lost all its matches at the 1932 Olympic Games and still won a medal? USA Hockey.They lost to India and Japan but only 3 teams competed in the 1932 Olympic Hockey tournament!

10/ Sarah Hammer of the USA has won 4 Olympic silver medals in cycling, who beat her to gold every time?

Laura Trott (Now Kenny)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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