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Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 7

Questions set by Mel Kinsey


Questions on the assassination of President John F Kennedy


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


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


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


4/ In what make of car was President Kennedy riding in on the motorcade?


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


6/ What make of rifle did Lee Harvey Oswald use to shoot President Kennedy?


7/ Whose home movie was the only filmed record of the assassination?


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” ?


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


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


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?


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


14/ Which hospital was President Kennedy’s  body  taken for a post mortem ?


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


16/ Which future President served on the Warren Commision?


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


18/ Who was the person charged?


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


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


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 8

Questions set by Mel Kinsey



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


2/ What is England's largest landlocked county?  


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


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


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


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


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? 


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


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


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


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


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?  


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? 


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?  


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!"? 


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


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


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

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?   


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

Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number 9

Questions set by Mel Kinsey


Famous first lines of novels    Name the novel and author


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”


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.”

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.”

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.”

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


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.”

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.”

8/ “It was a pleasure to burn.”

9/ “All this happened, more or less.”

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.’”

11/ “We slept in what had once been the gymnasium.”

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

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.”

14/ “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”


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.’


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


8/ Who were the first British football club to win a European trophy?


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


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


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


12/ Which American soul singer`s dad played football for Glasgow Celtic ?


13/ In what year did ITV start broadcasting?


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`?


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


17/ What is the national flower of Austria?


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


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


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


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number  11

Questions set by Mel Kinsey    (13)


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

2/ What was the 1st Oscar winning film to feature no women?

3/In the film `The Life Of Brian`, what was Brian`s mother`s name?

4/ Talia Shire, who plays `Adrian` in the Rocky movies, is the sister of which famous movie director?

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?

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?

8/ Which famous actor had a small role in `Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves` and donated his fee for the film to charity?

9/ What was significant about Lance Henriksen`s characters in `Aliens` and `Alien vs Predator`?

10/ What does the acronym `LASER` stand for?

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

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

13/ In which year did Disney Land first open in California?

14/ How old was Elvis Presley when he had his first number one single?

15/ In music, how was Jiles Perry Richardson better known?

16/ What was Marilyn Monroe`s first married surname?

17/ What is measured in Scoville Units?

18How tall in feet is Salisbury Cathedral`s spire from ground to tip?

19/ Who is credited as having discovered the singer Kate Bush?

20/ Who is known as the father of geometry?


Mastermind Club Quiz 2017

Number  12

Questions set by Mel Kinsey       (19)


1/ On which island did the now extinct dodo live?

2/ What James Bond film was the first not be based on an Ian Fleming novel or short story?

3/ Which country scored the first goal in the first soccer World Cup Finals?

4/ When was Oxford University founded?

5/ In centimetres, what is the maximum diameter of a hockey stick?

6/ In which year did Alabama become the first American state to recognise Christmas as an official holiday?

7/ Which female vocalist released the album `Drag`?

8/ What does NICAM stand for?

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

10/ In which European city are the headquarters for Interpol?

11/ In what year was the first traveller`s cheque cashed?

12/ What is the most common pub name in the UK?

13/ In what year was the last judicial hanging in Britain?

14/ In what year was the company Microsoft founded?

15/ Who was the first English monarch to be addressed as `Your Majesty`?

16/ Who is the patron saint of Spain?

17/ In the cartoon series `Rocko`s Modern Life` what kind of animal is Rocko?

18/ What was the first country in the world to allow women to vote?

19/ In which year was the corkscrew patented?

20/ What is the capital of the American state of Wisconsin?








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