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                                           Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                    Number 19
                                 Questions set by Paul Emerson

1/ "Christmas wont be Christmas without presents" is the opening line of which novel?  Little Women
2/ What name is given to the fear of Christmas? Santaphobia
3/ Since 1947 which European capital city has given a Christmas tree each year to the UK ? It can be seen in Trafalgar Square   Oslo
4/ In sport, what did Santa Claus win in 1964? The Epsom Derby
5/ What now traditional festive job was first taken by James Edgar in 1890?    He was the first Department store Santa
6/ Which Christmas item was invented by London baker Tom Smith in 1847?     Christmas Crackers
7/ Which King of England was crowned on Christmas Day?

William I in 1066
8/On Christmas day in 1950 what was stolen from Westminster Abbey by 4 Scottish students?       The Stone of Scone
9/ What colony of the British Empire surrendered to the Japanese on Christmas Day in 1941? H     Hong Kong
10/ Who composed the Christmas Oratorio? J.S.Bach
11/ Cyclone Tracy hit which Australian city at Christmas time 1974? Darwen
12/ Name either of the US States that has towns called Christmas? Florida or Arizona
13/ What red-blooming Christmas plant came from Mexico ? Poinsetta
14/ Which famous British explorer discovered in 1777 Christmas Island in the Kiribati Islands in The Pacific Ocean?

Captain James Cook


15/ Which American actor was born Joseph Yule Jnr, he co-starred in the 1938 film Boys Town? Mickey Rooney
16/ Which child actress said I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph?  Shirley Temple
17/ Featuring among others the songs My Funny Valentine and Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, what Rodgers and Hart musical opened in New York on Christmas Day 1940?

Babes in Arms
18/ In which Bond film does the character Dr Christmas Jones appear played by Denise Richards? The World is not Enough
19/ In which fictional land is it always winter but never Christmas?
20/ Which famous actor died Christmas Day 1977 in Switzerland.
Charlie Chaplin

                                    Mastermind Club Quiz
                                             Number 20

                             Questions set by Maya Davis

1. What was the original site of the popular open-air art installation created by theatre designer Tom Piper and ceramic artist Paul Cummins?    The moat at the Tower of London (they created the river of poppies)
2. What name is generally used in British theatre programmes to indicate an actor who is playing two parts or does not want his name revealed? Walter Plinge
3 A slow version of the ‘Galop Infernale’ appears in a popular work by Saint-Saens. In which work did the original appear?

Offenbach - Orpheus in the Underworld (its the Can-Can)
4 What man-made object can be found in conjunction with a key to hieroglyphics and 67P?  Philia lander ( From Rosetta space mission to Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko)
5 Which philosopher suggested allowing only certain plucked string instruments to be used in the city? Plato - Republic Book 3 399
6. Icelandic horses have two additional gaits to the four generally recognised. What are they called?  Toit - part way between a trot and a canter and Skeid or Flugskeio, which is a special gait achievalble only by some houses used for Icelandic racing.
7 What qualification did Mr Beene of Kensington gain after paying 7s 6d in 1935? Passed his driving test( the first to do so)
8 How are HM the Queen’s gloves connected with a Brighton-based detective?   Cornelia James, glove-maker to the Queen, is the mother of Peter James. creator of Roy Grace
9 What Paralympic sport, related to bowls and pétanque, was originally invented as a competitive sport for athletes with motor impairments resulting from cerebral palsy?  Boccia
10. Which musical instrument’s name, also used for an organ stop, can be translated as ‘snake-key’?  Ophicleide
11. Barbapapa was a popular French cartoon character – but what item of confectionery is referred to in French as ‘barbe à papa’?
12. Which song was allegedly inspired by the name on a woman’s gravestone in a cemetery in Woolton, Merseyside?

Eleanor Rigby
13. What winged creature, according to Scottish legend, covered Jesus in seaweed when his enemies appeared in hot pursuit and still displays a cross when it flies?   Oystercatcher
14. Which ballet score by a qualified football referee features a soccer match?  Shostakovich The Golden Age / The age of Gold

15. Where would you normally see the work of Julia Quenzler, Priscilla Coleman and Elizabeth Cook?

On television or in newspapers. They are court artists photography is banned in court.

                                       Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                  Number 21

                                Questions set by John Savage

       The questions are based on 1970's UK Singles Chart Music


1/ I Play The Spoons was the B side to which No.1 hit?

Grandad by Clive Dunn
2/ Which band comprised of Brian Connolly; Mick Tucker; Steve Priest and Andy Scott?   The Sweet
3/ Who had a hit with Bridget The Midget?  Ray Stevens
4/ Who was lead singer with Slick?   Midge Ure
5/ Which band had a hit with Lone RangerQantum Jump
6/ The song Oh What A Circus shares the same music as which earlier hit?     Don't Cry for me Argentina
7/ Easy Easy was a hit for which act?  

Scotland 1974 World Cup Squad
8/ Which actor had a number 1 hit with If?  Telly Savalis
9/ Bernard Jewry was better known as what from the mid 70's?
Alvin Stardust
10/ One and One is One was a hit for which act?  Medicine Head
11/ Which British Army Regiment's band had a hit with Scotch On The Rocks?   The Black Watch
12/ What was the name of the song credited as a double A side with Mull Of Kintyre?   Girls School
13/ Who had a 1977 hit with SideshowBarry Biggs
14/ Which song is credited with being the first New Wave / Punk number 1?  Rat Trap
15/ Which 1978 album was based on a work by HG Wells?
Jeff Waynes War of the Worlds
16/ How many No1 singles did the Who have during the decade?

None (so far The Who have never had a UK No1 in any decade)
17/ Pussycat, who had a No1 with Mississippi, came from which country?  The Netherlands
18/ Double Barrel was a hit for which act? Dave & Ansil Collins
19/ Which major hit was originally titled as No Future?

God save the Queen  by The Sex Pistols
20/ Which detective series featured a theme that reached No1 in 1973?  Van Der Valk  - Eye Level by The Simon Park Orchestra

                                       Mastermind Club Quiz
                                              Number 22

                             Questions set by Maya Davis
      A real teaser this week a Connections quiz set by Maya
                           should suit fans of Only Connect

1.A French widow (choose your widow according to taste); a new location for the Keys of St. Peter; a holy woman who could possibly illustrate Picasso’s style in 1903; by-product of a tauromachy.

Wines – Veuve Clicquot or Veuve du Vernay; Chateauneuf du Pape [translates as ‘Pope’s New Castle’: sorry, not Pétrus – the word ‘new’ in the question is the clue]; Blue Nun – Picasso’s Blue Period is 1902 - 1904; Bull’s Blood [Hungary] or Sangre de Toro [Spain] or similar – a tauromachy is a bullfight.)

The younger brother of a Norfolk Duke; the father of an orphan with unusual foster parents; a crocodile’s victim - twice; a Jane Austen clergyman. All fictional Old Etonians - Lord Peter Wimsey; Tarzan’s father, Lord Greystoke; Captain Hook in Peter Pan – who lost his hand to the crocodile which eventually ate him and whose last words are ‘floreat Etona’; Edmund Bertram in Mansfield Park.

3.Darth Vader; hedgehogs (twice); an Aardman dog; a red squirrel.

Children’s road safety campaigns - Dave Prowse, the Green Cross Code Man, played Darth Vader in the first two Star Wars films [now nos 4 & 5] but a different actor was used when Vader’s body was shown in the third film [now no 6], much to Prowse’s annoyance; pairs of hedgehogs [note the plural in the question] were used in ‘cross the road safely’ campaigns in 2003 and 1996; Aardman’s Horace the Dog features in the 2014 campaign;  Tufty Fluffytail of the 1961 Tufty Club  campaign.

4.Extreme dizziness; Cloud-Cuckoo Land; damage to soft furnishings (window-related); unexplained absence of Margaret Hilda Thatcher?  Titles of Hitchcock films - Vertigo; The Birds [Cloud-Cuckoo Land – Nephelokokkyguia – was the name of the birds’ city in Aristophanes’ play The Birds]; Torn Curtain; The Lady Vanishes – Margaret Thatcher, known as the Iron Lady and who famously referred to her own determination – ‘the Lady’s not for turning’ – in a parody of the title of a play by Christopher Fry.
5.Psalms 2, 23, 100, 108,131,133; possible confusion with lymantria dispar dispar; Piper; Turner 1828. Chichester – [Bernstein ‘Chichester Psalms’ set these]; Sir Francis Chichester  [lymantria dispar dispar is the European Gypsy Moth, but the boat was called ‘Gipsy Moth’ – note spelling]; John Piper [designed tapestry for Chichester Cathedral]; Turner [paintings of the Chichester Canal done in that year.

6.Mallard or Mandarin; blind magistrate or his author half-brother; a string solo traditionally heard in the Royal Albert Hall in September; a characteristic feature of a dachshund. Cricket-related terms  [duck]; John/Henry Fielding; Tom Bowling – [traditionally a cello solo in Henry Wood’s Fantasia on British Sea Songs at the Last Night of the Proms]; short leg. Note: the view of some linguistics experts that John used the spelling

7.Henry Cooper or Muhammed Ali; four leaves mean good luck – but three are more common; advocaat and lemon required; fictional Sussex bank manager c. 1940 – according to the greengrocer.

Main characters in Animal Farm – Boxer and Clover the carthorses; Snowball and Napoleon the pigs [ Hodges’ nickname for Capt. Mainwaring in Dad’s Army is ‘Napoleon’.

8.Four Seasons or Harmonic Inspiration; e.g. the monarch of St. Helier; a dear Italian female; a royal saint, an abdicator or 7 others.

Potato varieties – [titles of works composed by] Vivaldi; Jersey Royal; Cara; King Edward – choose any one of St. Edward the Confessor, Edward VIII or Edwards I - VII.

9.A Roman Emperor and a concert venue; a Roman goddess and a famously bad bard; a bright star and Bill Bailey’s Books; a cat and a conundrum.  Harry Potter characters – [Septimius] Severus Snape [Maltings]; Minerva and [William] McGonagall; Sirius Black; Tom Riddle – aka Voldemort.)

10.On the hill; on a heap of barley; Thermopylae; distant and low in numbers   Homes of Edward Lear characters – the turkey who married the Owl and the Pussy-cat; Uncle Arly; the old man [who never did anything properly]; the Jumblies [‘far and few…are the lands where the Jumblies live’


                                         Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                 Number 23

                                   Questions set by Maya Davis
                          Identify the following fictional females


1 A saline plantar wart molested by sciurids. Veruca Salt in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – attacked by squirrels

2 An arachnophobe who abandons a meal.   Little Miss Muffett

3 A young woman lured by Trojan attractions who finally joins an Oak. Bathsheba Everdene – Far from the Madding Crowd; initially falls for Sergeant Troy but eventually marries Gabriel Oak.

4 A nominally ill-fated woman who marries a distinguished warrior and thanks to a nominally-foreign James.  Desdemona  in Othello – her name is a form of the Greek ‘dysdaimona’ = ‘ill-fated’ or ‘unfortunate’. Iago is the Spanish form of the name James, derived from the Latin Jacobus.

5 The florally-named heroine whose father is killed by strigiforms.  Fuchsia Groan in the Gormenghast trilogy. Lord Groan was eaten by owls in the Tower of Flints.

6 A late 18th century French knitter. Mme Défarge – A Tale of Two Cities

7 A prospective mother, previously deprived of embryonic offspring, lured into a trap by an unusual gentleman and rescued by a dog.        Jemima Puddleduck

8 A much-married raconteuse from Aquae Sulis who joins a group trip to a cathedral.      Wife of Bath – Canterbury Tales

9 Scarlet-wearing child finds unexpected item in the bedding area. Little Red Riding Hood

10 Dying light revived by believers’ applause. Tinkerbell – Peter Pan)


                                              Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                     Number 24

                                        Questions set by Tony Bell
                                              The Olympic Games

1/ How many men competed for Great Britain at the 1932 Winter Olympics?  None - All 4 competitors were female figure skaters
2/ What Olympic Record do Roswitha Krause and Rebecca Romero share?  The only women to win Summer Olympic medals in unrelated sports, Krausa in Swimming and Handball, Romero in Cycling and Rowing
3/ Frank Shorter, Alain Mimoun, Ken McArthur and Michel Theato all won the Olympic marathon. What else do they have in common?

All were born outside the country they represented. Shorter was born in Germany and competed for the USA. Mimoun was born in Algeria and competed for France. McArthur was born in Ireland and competed for South Africa. Theato was born in Luxembourg and competed for France
4/ Who declared two Summer Olympics open 36 years apart?

Queen Elizabeth II - Montreal 1976 London 2012
5/ How many Olympic Gold Medals did Mark Spitz win?

9 - two in 1968 and seven in 1972

6/ Which Winter Olympic event was called "The Miracle On Ice"?

The 1980 Ice Hockey tournament when the USA unexpectedly
defeated the USSR

7/ How many Gold medals did Carl Lewis win in the USA?

5 - 4 in Los Angeles in 1984 and 1 in Atlanta in 1996
8/ Ian Millar of Canada holds the record for the most appearances in the Olympic Games. How many Games has he competed in?  10
9/ In which year was cricket an Olympic Sport?  1900 in Paris
10/ Where were the Olympic Equestrian events held in 1956?

Stockholm - There was an equine ban in Australia


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