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Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 13

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?


1/ January River

2/ Black Pool
3/Fragrant Harbour

4/ Merchant's Harbour

5/ Second Lake
6/Sheltered Harbour

7/ Saint Francis

8/ The Angels

9/ Muddy Water

10/ Northern Capital

11/ White House

12/ Royal Mountain

13/ Island Fort

14/ New City

15/ Fair Winds


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 14

Questions set by John Grasham


                                           Round 1 – Geography

  1. Pyongyang is the capital of which country?
  2. Spandau prison was located in which city?
  3. What is the largest man made lake in Egypt?
  4. Which city on the Danube was formed in 1873 when two separate cities on either bank merged to form a larger city?
  5. Birmingham is the largest city in which American state?
  6. Which country has a Mediterranean coastline and is directly north of Israel?
  7. What was the Democratic Republic of Congo called between 1908 and 1960?
  8. What was Saigon renamed in 1976?
  9. Which large tourist attraction was opened east of Paris, France in 1992?
  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?
  2. Who is the only person to be sentenced to death in the state of Israel?
  3. What was the name of the pope between 1605 and 1621 who is known for the persecution of Gallileo?
  4. Which famous figure was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska in 1925?
  5. Who was the first American woman in Space?
  6. Who was nicknamed the Subway Vigilante by the American press in 1984?
  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?
  8. Who founded the standard oil company in 1870?
  9. Who was succeeded by his wife Isabel as president of Argentina in 1974?
  10. What was the name of the 1954 battle in Vietnam that was a disastrous defeat for the French army?

                                Round 3 – Sport and Leisure

  1. Which Norwegian football club won thirteen successive top flight titles between 1992 and 2004?
  2. Who fought Roberto Duran in the brawl in Montreal in 1980?
  3. Where did the Los Angeles Dodgers play their home games until 1957?
  4. In which sport is the World Series consisting of 7 games every year?
  5. What was the nickname of the footballer Stuart Pearce?
  6. Which famous figure was Cristiano Ronaldo named after?
  7. What is the surname of the Sri Lankan cricketer with the first name Napolean?
  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?
  9. What name is given to the toy which consists of a round tube that rotated around the body?
  10. Who became Heavyweight world champion in 1962 after knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round?

                                               Round 4 – Music

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

                                    Round 5 – General Knowledge

  1. Which is the UK brand name for Polyethylene terephthalate?
  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?
  3. What is the name of the yellow bird in the Peanuts cartoon strip?
  4. What is the three letter airport code for the largest airport in New York?
  5. Who wrote the book ‘On The Road’?
  6. What English word is the equivalent of Zegnaj in Polish, la revedere in Romanian and viszlat in Hungarian?
  7. Which American singer was born Ernest Evans in 1941?
  8. The British version of which game show was hosted by Nicky Campbell, Bradley Walsh and John Leslie?
  9. Edward Jenner is well known for pioneering the first what?
  10. John Hurt provided the voiceover for a 1986 public information film warning of the dangers of what?

                                           Round 6 – Connections

  1. Which film won eleven Oscars in 1959?
  2. Great Ormond Street in London own the copyright to which JM Barrie play?
  3. Who led Free France from England in the second world war?
  4. What was the purpose of the clinic founded by Marie Stopes in London?
  5. What was the name of the first satellite launched into space by the Soviet Union in October 1957?
  6. Cosa Nostra meaning our thing is another name for which organisation?
  7. Who was the first president of South Korea?
  8. Which 1962 film is famous for having no female speaking parts?
  9. Apart from Earth, Air and Water what is the fourth element according to the ancient Greeks?
  10. What is the connection?


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 15

Questions set by Maya Davis


                                       Greek & Roman History

  1. Who, according to legend, was the second King of Rome?
  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?
  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?
  4. Whose actual last words, in Greek, were quoted at the time as ‘You too, my child?’
  5. Whom did Speusippus succeed as head of the Academy in Athens?
  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?
  7. What was the original profession of the philosopher Socrates?
  8. What relation was the Emperor Tiberius to the Emperor Augustus?
  9. What was unusual about Incitatus, appointed Consul by the Emperor Gaius in about 39 AD?
  10. The Ara Pacis (= Altar of Peace) is one of the most significant monuments of ancient Rome. Whose achievements does it commemorate?
  11. Which of the Greek states routinely had two kings ruling simultaneously?
  12. The city of Naucratis was a major trading port for all Greek states. In which country was it?
  13. Who claimed to have founded 71 cities, all named after himself and 1 named after his horse?
  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?
  15. Who produced the first official law-code at Athens, known for its harsh penalties?
  16. Who was Emperor of Rome at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius?
  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?
  18. Which Greek city had an elite fighting force known as the Sacred Band?
  19. Which Roman poet was exiled to Tomi on the Black Sea by Augustus for possible involvement in the promiscuity of Augustus’ daughter Julia?
  20. Claudius was the first Roman emperor to be born outside Italy. In which city was he born?

Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 16

Questions set by Mel Kinsey

Sporting Firsts


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


2/ In 1967 who became the first winners of The Super Bowl?        


3/  In 1872 The Wanderers won the first FA Cup Final, who did they beat in the final?


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


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


6/ In 1924 Charles Jewtraw of the USA became the first man to win what? 


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


8/ What was significant about the 1968 Olympic men’s 100 metres final?


9/ Who was the first high jumper to clear 8 feet in the event?       


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


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

12/ In 1965 Keith Peacock of Charlton Athletic became the first Football League player to do what? 


13/ In 1981 who became the first woman to participate in The Boat Race


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


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


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


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


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


19/ Who was the first black World Heavyweight Champion?    


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


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 17

Questions set by Maya Davis

Fictional creatures


1/Who owned a horse called Rosinante?


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


3/Who travelled round the Cevennes with Modestine?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


 14/ Who created Gus the Theatre Cat and the gangster cats Mungojerry and Griddlebone?


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


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?


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


18/ Whose animal friends included the pig Gub-Gub and the duck Dab-Dab?

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


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


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 18

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?

2/ Which Manx cyclist won a gold medal in 2012?

3/ How many times has the USA been awarded hosting rights for the Winter Olympics?

4/ How many Test cricket grounds have hosted Olympic events?

5/ What connects Stockholm and Hong Kong in Olympic events?

6/ What was unusual about the shot put events at the 2004 Athens Olympics?

7/ Who has won the most individual Olympic medals for Great Britain?

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

9/ Which team lost all its matches at the 1932 Olympic Games and still won a medal?

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




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