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Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 1

Questions set by Maya Davis


Identify the following creatures and plants from the descriptions of their scientific names.  You don’t need to give the scientific name. An example is given below:

e.g  Q: Originally given a scientific name meaning ‘sea-going sea-bear’ in a mixture of Latin and Greek, but recently just reclassified with the Latin name for ‘sea-going bear’.  A: Polar bear


1.   According to the Italian meaning of one of this plant’s names, a beautiful lady.


2.  Often seen by gardeners, this bird’s scientific name suggests a little red hard-working field-labourer.


3. This mammal’s scientific name says it’s cat-footed and piebald, but it looks nothing like a cat.


4.  This plant’s scientific name suggests it’s mouse-eared and likes marshland.


5. This herbivorous mammal has the scientific name of ‘water-porker’, even though it’s not a pig at all.


6. According to its scientific name, this little British bird lives in caves or holes; and to make sure you know that, the name is repeated.


7. Is this hole-nesting seabird masquerading as a completely different species of hole-nesting seabird – its arctic little sibling?


8. This attractive insect shares a first name with a famous actress and a second name with a mythical huntress, but is there a naval connection?


9.  An aquatic mammal, this creature’s scientific name suggests it’s a one-toothed unicorn.


10. This mammal is named after its mane or crest and the fact that it is missing one of the major anatomical characteristics of all its other relatives.



Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 2

Questions set by Mel Kinsey

A  Horror movie quiz


1/ Amity Island is the fictional location for which 1975 American thriller starrng Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss? 


2/In John Carpenter's 1982 film The Thing, what is the name of the character played by Kurt Russell?


3/'Revenge of the Creature' and 'The Creature Walks Among Us' are sequels to which 1954 American horror film directed by Jack Arnold?


4/ Which 2008 found footage horror film from Matt Reeves and J.J. Abrams follows six young New York City residents as they attempt to escape from a city under attack?


5/ Which Japanese director directed the 1954 film Godzilla?


6/Which 1986 horror film directed by David Cronenberg sees Jeff Goldblum play Seth Brundle, a brilliant though eccentric scientist who invents 'telepods'?


7/ Kevin Bacon plays handyman Val McKee in which 1990 Ron Underwood directed film from Universal Pictures?


8/ In which 1984 film does Billy receive a pet mogwai?


9/ A twenty-eight year old Steve McQueen made his debut leading role as teenager Steve Andrews in which Irvin Yeaworth directed horror film which was released a double feature with 'I Married a Monster from Outer Space'?


10/ Which 1990 American horror, based on the novella Cabal, starred Craig Sheffer as Aaron Boone and Anne Bobby as Lori Winston?


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 3

Questions set by Tony Bell

                                      More Sporting Polymaths

 Identify these sports people from their initials, they have competed

                     at high level in at least two different sports.


IK - Athletics and Cross-Country Skiing
MA - Athletics and Bobsleigh
CH - Cycling and Speed Skating
RA - Cricket and Rugby Union
GH - Cricket and Soccer
LA - Alpine Skiing and Rally Driving
JA - Tennis and Figure Skating
PS - Athletics and Orienteering
JO - Athletics and Powerlifting
JR - Cricket and Hockey


    Identify the surname of these distinguished sporting siblings


Dominic and Daniel - Race Walking
Angela and Susan - Athletics
Pirmin and Heidi - Skiing
Rodney and Graham - Cricket and Golf
Mack and Jackie - Athletics and Baseball
Bobby and Jackie - Football
Jonny and Greg - Rowing
Eric and Beth - Speed Skating
Sinead and John - Figure Skating
Rory and Tony - Rugby Union
Ralf and Michael - Motor Racing
Ian, Greg and Trevor - Cricket
Carol and Carl - Athletics
Dayle, Barry and Richard - Cricket
Adam and Ben - Cricket
Gary, Phil and Tracey - Football and Netball
Leon and Michael - Boxing
Phil and Steve - Skiing
Kenenisa and Tariku - Athletics
Martin and Graham - Skiing


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 4

Questions set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Thomas Arne is best known for Rule Britannia, but which popular nursery rhyme did he also write?


2/ In which year did English violinist and bandleader Wallace Henry Hartley die?


3/ First made by Jaques of London in 1849 and named after Howard Staunton, they come in a set - what are they?


4/ A block of which type of intrusive igneous rock broke off to trap 33 Chilean miners underground in 2010?

5/ In which game might you get 'Ko-fighting' on a 19 by 19 grid?


6/ Godwin's law is an Internet adage which asserts that that as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving the name of whom approaches?


7/ The Perry Index is a widely used index for which set of works?


8/ In 1936, which female was awarded 'Person of the Year' by America's Time Magazine - the first female to be awarded the title?


9/ What were Buzz Aldrin's first two words on the Moon?


10/ What was awarded to James Bond in the film A View to a Kill and in 'real-life' to Nelson Mandela in 1990?


11/ In the Book of Exodus, what is described as being 'a fine, flake-like thing like the frost on the ground'?


12. Which sort of agriculture is used to create a swidden plot?


13/ Which country is the most populated in the world to have French as an official language?


14/ What was first known as Hi-Catoctin?


15/ In 2005, which country saw the Tulip Revolution?


16/ The CIA world fact book points out that the UK is slightly smaller than which American Pacific State?


17 Who was the tallest British king - his skeleton measures 6'4½"?


18/ Which political party was founded in 1983 to fight the Bermondsey by-election?


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 5

Questions set by Mel Kinsey


1/ Where would you find the 'Ocean of Storms'?


2/ Specializing in televised home shopping, what does the acronym QVC stand for?


3/ Which Leonard Cohen song featured in the 2011 film Shrek? And what nationality was Leonard Cohen?


4/ Which American President was assassinated in the year that Queen Victoria died?


5/In millimetres, what size of copper piping supplies the kitchen sink in most UK households?


6/Name the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America?


7/ In the bible, who was married to Zipporah?


8/In the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, in one scene runners attempt to round the perimeter of the Great Court, in which University is this?

And can you name the actual college?


9/ When musician Lily Allen was growing up which comedian was in a relationship with her mother for several years, all living together as a family?


10/ The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are traditionally named War, Pestilence, Death, and which other name?


11/ Name the only non-individual winners of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award?


12/Which capital city is the most remote in the world?


13/ How many compartments does a cow's stomach have?


14/ What nationality was the chemist Robert Bunsen, after whom the Bunsen burner is named?


15/ Who actually said: 'Houston, Tranquility Base here. The eagle has landed'?


16/ Which actor was married to actress Emma Thompson from 1989 to 1995?


17/ 'Gone for a Burton' is a euphemistic phrase used by World War Two pilots meaning gone missing, however, what actually is a Burton?


18/ What are the only birds that can fly backwards?


19/ What is the name of the character played by Julia Sawalha in the TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous?


20/ Which former Blue Peter presenter hosts the British paranormal reality television series Most Haunted?


21/ Keele University is in which English county?


22/ As of 2016, who is the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature?


23/ What does the Liverpudlian term 'diddy' mean?


24/ How many members were in the Monty Python team?


25/ In which country would you find the original Legoland theme park?


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number  6

Questions set by Mel Kinsey


1/ What year was the first motor race held that was classed as Formula 1?

2/ Which Apollo moon mission was the first to carry a lunar rover vehicle?

3/ Which famous group performed the first ever song on Top Of The Pops in 1964?

4/ Tokelau is a dependency of which country?

5/ In which 1951 film did Fred Astaire appear to dance on the ceiling?

6/ What does digamy mean?


7/ In the TV show Family Guy, what is the name of the Griffins` lecherous neighbour?

8/ Which is the only USA state that has no letters in common with its state capital?

9/ Who were the first two teams to compete in an international cricket match?

10/ Which is the only horse to have won English, Scotish and Welsh Grand Nationals?

11/ By what name was Helen Porter Mitchell better known?

12/ Who was the third man to walk on the moon?

13/ What did Hugh Heffner originally plan to call his Playboy magazine?

14/ What condition has the medical name of bruxism?


15/ What does MRSA stand for?

16/ Written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, which poem starts with the line `On either side of the river lie`?

17/ Which two South American countries are landlocked?

18/ Which country contains the largest number of active volcanoes?

19/ In Greek mythology, which King was the son of Laius and Jocasta?

20/ In Egyptian mythology, who was the God of embalming who also watched over the dead?

21/  How was the European Recovery Program in the 1940s more commonly known?

22/ Elmas international airport is in which country?

23/ Who was the first white music star to record on Atlantic, through its sister label Atco?

24/ Who took the assumed name Sebastian Melmoth when living in Paris?

25/ Established in 1919, which is the world's oldest surviving airline?

26/ Bryan Abrams, Sam Walters, Mark Calderon and Kevin Thornton formed which group?

27/ Which European country was the first to allow women the vote?

28/ Who was the British Prime Minister when independence was granted to India, Pakistan and Ceylon?

29/ Who was the defending champion when Bjorn Borg first won Wimbledon singles?

30/ Who  directed The Silence of the Lambs?






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