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Mstermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 7


Questions set by Mel Kinsey


                                        JFK Assassination Quiz


1/ In which Texas city did President Kennedy give his last speech, before boarding Air Force one to fly to Dallas?     Fort Worth

2/ At which Dallas airfield did Air force One land?  Love Field

3/ What was Jackie Kennedy’s reaction when presented with a bouquet by the wife of the mayor of Dallas?

“Red Roses from Texas"?  (The bouquet was a dozen Red roses, not Yellow, the state flower)

4/ In what make of car was President Kennedy riding in on the motorcade?     (Ford) Lincoln Continental

5/ From which floor of the Texas School Depository Building  were the fatal shots fired?     The 6th

6/ What make of rifle did Lee Harvey Oswald use to shoot President Kennedy?  A 6.5x5.2mm Mannlicher-Carcano 

7/ Whose home movie was the only filmed record of the assassination?    Jacob Zapruder (Graeme Jones has pointed out that there was another film by Orville Nix from the opposite side of the street)

8/ Who was the Governor of Texas  who was riding in the presidential  limousine with his wife and was wounded by the so called “magic bullet” ?     John Connelly

9/ Who was the secret service agent, riding on the second car running board, who ran forward and climbed onto the presidential limousine?      Clint Hill

10/ To which hospital was President  Kennedy  taken following  the shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald died there two days later?

Parkland Memorial Hospital

11/ After fleeing the School depository building, Oswald shot and killed a Dallas police officer. What was the officers name?


12/ What was the name of the cinema in which Oswald was arrested?    The Texas Theatre

13/ Who was the Federal judge who administered the oath of office to Vice President Lyndon B Johnson on board Air Force One?

Sarah T Hughes

14/ Which hospital was President Kennedy’s  body  taken for a post mortem ?    Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland

15/ Oswald was shot by nightclub owner Jack Ruby, what was Ruby’s given name?     Jacob Leonard Rubenstien

16/ Which future President served on the Warren Commision?

Gerald Ford

17/ Who was the New Orleans District Attorney who brought charges against the only person to be charged with plotting the assassination?     Jim Garrison

18/ Who was the person charged?

Clay Shaw, a New Orleans businessman. The jury took less than an hour to acquit him?

19/ Who was the Dallas Police chief at the time of the assassination

Jesse Curry

20/ Who officiated at the Requiem Mass for President Kennedy on Monday 25th November?

Cardinal Richard Cushing, Archbishop of Boston


Mstermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 8


Questions set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Which well-known pair live at 62 West Wallaby Street, Wigan?    Wallace and Gromit

2/ What is England's largest landlocked county?   Shropshire

3/ In which country will the 2018 Winter Olympics be held?  

South Korea

4/ Played by rapper Method Man, Cheese Wagstaff was the last on-screen character to die in which drama series?   The Wire

5/ Derived from a profession/trade, what is the English equivalent of the German surname Fassbinder/Fassbender?    Cooper

6/ In which sport was Yani Tseng of Taiwan ranked world No. 1 for 109 consecutive weeks from 2011 to 2013?  

 Golf  (Led the Ladies rankings)

7/ The album Stainless Style by Neon Neon – featuring Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals – is about the rise and fall of which auto industry figure?   John DeLorean

8/ Composed of two main islands and with its capital at Basseterre, which is the smallest nation in the Americas?    St Kitts and Nevis

9/ In 2012, Joyce Banda was sworn in as which African country’s first female president?   Malawi

10/ In AD828 the relics of St Mark were taken from which city to Venice and placed in the new basilica?    Alexandria

11/ With which team did Manchester United draw 5–5 in Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1,500th and last game in charge? 

West Bromwich Albion

12/ Boris Becker contested consecutive Wimbledon men’s singles finals in 1988, 1989, and 1990, winning in 1989. Who was his opponent in all three matches?   Stefan Edberg

13/ Which veteran British actor, who died in April 2014, played Nikita Khrushchev, Beria, Manuel Noriega, Pope John XXIII, Mussolini, J. Edgar Hoover, and Winston Churchill?  Bob Hoskins

14/ According to a W.B. Yeats poem, of what wood should a magician’s wand be made? It is supposedly attuned to earth energies - hence shamans use it in diving and dowsing?   Hazel

15/ On stage collecting his Oscar for Best Director in 1998, which Canadian filmmaker and deep-sea explorer raised his statuette aloft and shouted "I’m the king of the world!"?   James Cameron

16/ In Fawlty Towers, what was Polly’s surname?      Sherman

17/ Invented in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1895, by YMCA phys-ed director William Morgan, which game was originally called Mintonette?      Vollyball

18/ Whose 1942 painting Nighthawks is unusual for the painter as it features four people, his works usually featuring fewer than that?     Edward Hopper

19/ “Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade, Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, The rude Forefathers of the hamlet sleep”. What was the name of the village in which these lines were written?   

Stoke Poges

20/ A Supermarine Rolls-Royce S6 was the first winner of which race, in 1929?

The Schneider Trophy

Mstermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 9


Questions set by Mel Kinsey


Famous first lines

1/ “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York”

Sylvia Plath  The Bell Jar

2/ “Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.”
100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

3/ “I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up. I had just gotten over a serious illness that I won’t bother to talk about, except it had something to do with the miserably weary split-up and my feeling that everything was dead.”
On the Road by Jack Kerouac

4/ “The play—for which Briony had designed the posters, programs and tickets, constructed the sales booth out of a folding screen tipped on its side, and lined the collection box in red crêpe paper—was written in her two-day tempest of composition, causing her to miss a breakfast and a lunch.”
Atonement by Ian McEwan

5/ “Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.”

Ulysses by James Joyce

6/ “He—for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it—was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters.”
Orlando by Virginia Woolf

7/ “I was born in the city of Bombay…once upon a time. No, that won’t do, there’s no getting away from the date: I was born in Doctor Narlikar’s Nursing Home on August 15th, 1947. The time matters, too.”     Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

8/ “It was a pleasure to burn.”     Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

9/ “All this happened, more or less.” 

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

10/ “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.’”
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

11/ “We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.”
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

12/ “As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into an enormous insect.”
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

13/ “Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton. Do not think that I am very much impressed by that as a boxing title, but it meant a lot to Cohn.”
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

14/ “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way "    Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

15/   ‘”So now get up.”  Felled, dazed, silent, he has fallen; knocked full length on the cobbles of the yard. His head turns sideways; his eyes are turned toward the gate, as if someone might arrive to help him out. One blow, properly placed, could kill him now.’

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number  10


Questions set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Who is the only player to have won two consecutive FA cups with two different teams?  Brian Talbot (Ipswich 1978 & Arsenal 1979)

2/What was the name of the company that Reginald Perrin worked for in the TV series `The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin`?

Sunshine Desserts

3/ Which series of horror films take place in the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio? Nightmare on Elm Street

4/ In which country is the world`s longest outdoor skating rink?

Canada (Rideau Canal, Ottawa)

5/ What other Eastern European ciyy is St. George the patron Saint of?   Moscow

6/ Which country won the 2005 Elephant Polo world championship?  Scotland

7/ What was the name of the band on The Muppet Show?

Dr.Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

8/ Who were the first British football club to win a European trophy?  Tottenham Hotspur (European Cup Winners Cup in 1963, Beating Athletico Madrid in the final)

9/ Mount Wilson in California, Siding Spring in Australia and Mauna Kea in Hawaii. What`s the scientific connection?

They are astronomical observatories

10/ Who sang the first line of the USA for Africa`s `We Are The World` Lionel Richie

11/ What is the name of the largest cut diamond in existence?

The Star of Africa

12/ Which American soul singer`s dad played football for Glasgow Celtic ? Gil Scott-Heron

13/ In what year did ITV start broadcasting?  1955

14/ How many times did Nigel Mansell win the British Grand Prix?


15/ What was the name of the dog in the American TV sit-com `Mad About You`?    Murray

16/ In what year was the world famous AGA cooker range invented?   1922

17/ What is the national flower of Austria?  The Edelweiss

18/ How many world title fights did Mohammed Ali contest under the name of Cassius Clay?  One

19/ Which actor played the title role in `Oh no! It`s Selwyn Froggatt?`   Bill Maynard

20/ Which was the first car to have a turbo charged engine?

Porsche 911 Turbo Carerra


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number  11


Questions set by Mel Kinsey  


1/ By what name is the villain Sylvester Sneekly better known?

The Hooded Claw
2/ What was the 1st Oscar winning film to feature no speaking parts forwomen?    Lawrence of Arabia

3/In the film `The Life Of Brian`, what was Brian`s mother`s name?   Mandy
4/ Talia Shire, who plays `Adrian` in the Rocky movies, is the sister of which famous movie director? Francis Ford Coppella
5/ What was actor Joaquin Pheonix`s original christian name?

6/ Which actor`s real name is Michael Douglas but had to change it for obvious reasons?  Michael Keaton
7/ Eddie Murphy will always be remembered for Axel Foley from the Beverly Hills Cop movies, but which famous actor was originally signed up to play the role?  Sylvester Stallone
8/ Which famous actor had a small role in `Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves` and donated his fee for the film to charity?

Sean Connery
9/ What was significant about Lance Henriksen`s characters in `Aliens` and `Alien vs Predator`? In Alien he played `Bishop` the android. In `Alien vs Predator` he played Charles Bishop Weyland, the founder of the company who created the androids.

10/ What does the acronym `LASER` stand for?
Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation

11/ Dinosaurs became extinct at the end of which period? Creaceous

12/ In which four countries might you find a Disney Land?

USA, France, Japan & Hong Kong
13/ In which year did Disney Land first open in California?  1955
14/ How old was Elvis Presley when he had his first number one single?   21
15/ In music, how was Jiles Perry Richardson better known?

The Big Bopper
16/ What was Marilyn Monroe`s first married surname? Dougherty
17/ What is measured in Scoville Units? The heat of Chillies
18/ How tall in feet is Salisbury Cathedral`s spire from ground to tip?   404 feet
19/ Who is credited as having discovered the singer Kate Bush?
Dave Gilmour

20/ Who is known as the father of geometry?  Euclid


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number  12


    Questions set by Mel Kinsey     


1/ On which island did the now extinct dodo live?   Mauritius
2/ What James Bond film was the first not be based on an Ian Fleming novel or short story?  A View to a Kill

3/ Which country scored the first goal in the first soccer World Cup Finals?   France (Lucien Laurent)
4/ When was Oxford University founded?  1096
5/ In centimetres, what is the maximum diameter of a hockey stick?  95cm
6/ In which year did Alabama become the first American state to recognise Christmas as an official holiday?   1836

7/ Which female vocalist released the album `Drag`? k.d.lang
8/ What does NICAM stand for? 

Near Instantaneous Companded Audio Multiplex

9/Which `N` is the brand gets its name from the Latin word, meaning `snow-white` in English?  Nivea

10/ In which European city are the headquarters for Interpol? Lyon
11/ In what year was the first traveller`s cheque cashed?  1772
 12/ What is the most common pub name in the UK?  Red Lion
13/ In what year was the last judicial hanging in Britain?  1964

14/ In what year was the company Microsoft founded?   1975
15/ Who was the first English monarch to be addressed as `Your Majesty`?  Henry VIII
16/ Who is the patron saint of Spain?   St.James
17/ In the cartoon series `Rocko`s Modern Life` what kind of animal is Rocko?  A Wallaby
18/ What was the first country in the world to allow women to vote?   New Zealand in 1893
19/ In which year was the corkscrew patented?   1795
20/ What is the capital of the American state of Wisconsin?











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