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                                       Mastermind Club Quiz
                                                Number 43
                                   Questions set by Tony Bell

                                        Sporting Polymaths
        Identify these sports people from their initials, they  have             competed at high level in at least two different sports.

1/ MC - Soccer and Horse Racing
Mick Channon - England soccer international and horse racing trainer.
2/ MS - Cricket and Rugby Union
Mike (MJK) Smith - England cricket captain and Rugby Union international.
3/ RR - Rowing and Cycling
Rebecca Romero - Olympic silver medalist 2004 in rowing. Olympic gold medalist 2008 in cycling.
4/ DA - Fencing and Cricket
David Acfield - Olympic fencer and Essex county cricketer.
5/ EH - Speed Skating and Cycling
Eric Heiden - USA Olympic speed skating gold medallist and Tour de France cyclist.
6/ RC - Hockey and Cricket
Rick Charlesworth - Australian Olympic Hockey Player and Western Australia first class cricketer.
7/ RH - Athletics and American Football
Robert "Bob" Hayes - USA 1964 Olympic 100m champion and Super Bowl winner American Football player.
8/ LB - Cricket, Rugby Union and Rugby League
Liam Botham - County Cricketer, England Under 21 Rugby Union and professional Rugby League player.
9/ FP - Table tennis and Tennis
Fred Perry - World table tennis champion and Wimbledon tennis champion.
10/ EE - Boxing and Bobsleigh
Eddie Eagan - USA Olympic Boxing and Bobsleigh gold medallist.
11/ JS - Shooting and Motor Racing
Jackie Stewart - Shooting international and Formula 1 World Champion.
12/ AG - Athletics and Orienteering
Anders Garderud - Swedish Olympic champion 3000m steeplechase and national orienteering champion.

                                     Mastermind Club Quiz

                                             Number 44
                              Questions set byMaya Davis
                                   Classical music quiz
1. What is the function of the right pedal on a normal upright piano?   Sustaining the notes played
2. Borodin, Cui and Rimsky-Korsakov are three of the Russian composers known collectively as the ‘Mighty Handful’. Name either of the other two. Balakirev, Mussorgsky
3. Which actor wrote and starred in a play called Beethoven’s Tenth in which the recently dead Beethoven arrives in Heaven and discovers he’s regained his hearing?    Peter Ustinov
4. What type of musical instrument is a ‘Father Willis’?
Church/cathedral organ - Henry Willis was a famous 19th century organ builder and restorer
5. Which piece of 20th-century orchestral music is sometimes referred to as ‘Crescendo for orchestra’?     Ravel’s Bolero
6. The overture to Rossini’s opera La Gazza Ladra is a popular opening work in classical concerts, possibly based on the source of a poem in R.H. Barham’s Ingoldsby Legends. What is the English translation of the opera’s title?     The Thieving Magpie
7. Apart from the National Anthem, for which piece of music has it become customary for a British concert audience to stand, following the (alleged) mistake of an English monarch?

Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah
8. To what note is the lowest string on a viola normally tuned?
C the octave below Middle C
9. What was the original title given by Beethoven to his only opera?
Leonora – now called Fidelio
10. The tune to Hark, the Herald Angels Sing is adapted from a choral work by which composer?      Mendelssohn
11. Which popular 7-movement orchestral work by Gustav Holst ends with a wordless female-voice chorus gradually fading away? The Planets suite
12. Tom Lehrer wrote a song about a female composer associated with a number of prominent men, including the architect Walter Gropius, whom she married after the death of her first husband. Who was she and what was the name of that first husband?
Alma - née Schindler – who married the composer Gustav Mahler and, after Gropius, Franz Werfel
13. What are known collectively as ‘The 48’?
J. S. Bach’s two sets of keyboard preludes and fugues, also called The Well-Tempered Clavier
14. Who composed the music used for the cartoon ballet featuring crocodiles, hippos and other animals in Disney’s Fantasia? Ponchielli
15. Which 20th century British composer, associated later in life with religious music, wrote a cantata called The Whale?
John Tavener – NB spelling is important – John Taverner was an Elizabethan composer
16. The French composer Erik Satie wrote a piece intended to be played over 24 hours by a relay of pianists. What is its title? Vexations
17. Samuel Barber’s Adagio for strings also exists in a choral version. What is the choral version called? Agnus Dei
18. Which work by Brahms is based on the tunes of medieval student songs, including Gaudeamus igitur as its final theme? Academic Festival overture
19. Who founded the West-East Divan Orchestra?


                                          Mastermind Club Quiz

                                                  Number 45


                                 Questions set by John Savage

                                A 1970's Music Quiz from John


1: Which No.1 Hit act featured a mother and son in the line up?

Leiutenant Pidgeon

2: Which Opportunity Knocks winner had a hit with Mother Of Mine?  Neil Reid

3: Who had a 1970 hit with Liquidator?   Harry J All Stars

4: Brian Connolly, lead singer with Sweet, was half brother to which Scottish actor?   Mark McManus

5: Which city did Michael Nesmith sing about in1977?   Rio

6: Which soup was in the title of a 1975 hit?

  Ministrone =10CC - Life is a Ministrone

7: The shortest title of a No 1 hit reached the top during the decade. What was its name?   If by Telly Savales

8: Which song was knocked off No.1 by a song whose title could be found in the previous song's lyrics?  Mama Mia

9: Tam Paton managed which 70's mega band? Bay City Rollers

10: What was the last UK No1 single of the decade?

Pink Floyd -  Another Brick in the Wall

11: On Top Of The Pops, which No1 had vocal assistance by a ventriloquist's dummy?  Lonely this Christmas by Mud

12: New Rose by The Dammed has the "record" of being which first?  The first punk hit

13: Which band, who had a hit in 76, was partly named after a Southend On Sea attraction? The Kursaal Flyers with Little Does She Know

14: In 1979, two back to back No1 songs were performed by artists originally named Gary Webb and Harry Webb; name either of their performing names.  Gary Numan & Cliff Richard

15: Which 79 hit is considered to have introduced Hip Hop music to the world?  Rappers Delight - Sugarhill Gang


                                          Mastermind Club Quiz

                                                    Number 46


                                    Questions set by Maya Davis

Surprise, surprise – a quiz about all sorts of unexpected things and paradoxes

  1. C. S. Lewis’s autobiographical work ‘Surprised by Joy’ shares a title with a poem by which English poet?  Wordsworth
  2. In which 19th century musical work is a main character confronted by his former employer pointing out that his date of birth – 29th February – provides a legal paradox relating to his employment status? Pirates of Penzance – the legal issue focuses on what is meant by ‘21st birthday’ for someone born on 29th February
  3. Sildenafil, originally marketed as a drug to treat cardiovascular diseases, is now better known for an unexpected side-effect which has changed its usage. What is the usual name of this drug?  Viagra
  4. In which play do two victorious military commanders receive some unexpected news on what is described in the stage directions as ‘a heath’? Macbeth – Act 1 Scene 3
  5. What was the surprising outcome for Leda when she gave shelter to a swan? Twins and a very unusual egg; the swan was Zeus in disguise.
  6. What is paradoxical about the Paradoxical Frog? The tadpole is considerably bigger than the adult
  7. The UK television series ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ consisted largely of adaptations of short stories for adults by an author better known for children’s books. Which author? Roald Dahl)
  8. Who wrote the ‘Surprise’ symphony?  Haydn
  9. What, according to Monty Python, does nobody ever expect? The Spanish Inquisition
  10. Which philosopher’s nine paradoxes included the statement that a tortoise, given a start of 100 metres, would never be overtaken by Achilles in a race? 


                                        Mastermind Quiz

                                                         Number 47


                                        Questions set by Mel Kinsey

                               60 Questions on the year 2015


January  2015

1/ Which French satirical magazines headquarters was attacked  by terrorists on the 7th which led lto the death of 12 people including the editor ?                        Charlie Hebdo

2/ On the 1st, which country became the 19th member of the Euro Zone?     Lithuania

3/ On the 1st The Eurasian Economic Union came into effect, creating a political and economic union between which 5 countries?

 Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

4/ Which Arab leader died on the 17th?

King Abdulha of Saudi Arabia

5/ On the 26th, who became the Church of England’s Woman Bishop and in which church did the ceremony take place?    Libby Lane in York Minster

February  2015

6/The painting “When Will You Marry” sold for $300m (£197 million) the highest price ever for a work of art, who was the artist?     Paul Gauguin

7/ At the Academy Awards ceremony held on the 28th, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Danish Girl?           Alicia Vikander

8/ The highest bid in the Indian Premier League auction was 1,600 Lakh  for Yuvraj Singh from which team?       Delhi Daredevils

9/ The New England Patriots beat which team on the 3rd,  28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX    Seattle Seahawks

10/ Whose album Shadows in the Night went straight to Number 1 in the album charts on the 14th   Bob Dylan

March    2015

11/   On the 31st a new interoceanic canal was announced in which country?   Nicaragua

12/   From the 3rd to the 6th, which city hosted the World Track Cycling championships?                    London

13/ “Lay me down” by Sam Smith was at Number 1 in the Uk charts for 2 weeks in March, which other artist is featured on the song ? John Legend

14/ Which film sequel starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy was released on the 9th  Best Marigold Hotel 2

15/ The new headquarters of which organisation was officially opened in Frankfurt on the 15th?   European Central Bank  

April 2015

16/ On the 11th which horse won the Grand National and who was the winning jockey?    Many Clouds ridden Leighton Aspell

17/ Which German Nobel Lauriate died on the 15th, aged 87?

Gunther Grasse

18/ The hand written lyrics of which song sold for $1.2 million on the 5th    American Pie

19/ A number one across the globe, what is the title of the album released on the 10th by the American Punk band “All Time Low”   Future Hearts

20/ World Taekwondo champion Aaron Clark defected to which country on the 17th       Moldova

May 2015

21/ At the Billboard Music awards, which artist won 8 awards including Top Artist and best album for 1980 Taylor Swift

22/ Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn announced that she had split from which famous sportsman in May 2015?             Tiger Woods

23/ As part of a settlement involving copyright infringement lawsuits, which streaming music service closed down in May 2015?    Grooveshark

24/ Which constituency was the first to declare its result in the 10th of May UK General Election        Houghton and Sunderland South (at 22.48)

25/ On the 22nd,  which country became the first in the world to legalise same sex marriage, by popular vote          Ireland

June 2015

26/ On the 17th the US Treasury department announced that whose image on the $10 note, will be replaced by that of a woman?

Alexander Hamilton

27/   On the 19th The right-wing Venstre block won the 2015 General election in which European country     Denmark

28/   On the 7th the AKP party led by President Erdogan lost its majority in which countries elections   Turkey

29/ Which team won its first NBA title for 40 years on the 16th

Golden State Warriors

30/ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death on the 24th for his part in which atrocity     The Boston Marathon bombing

July 2015

31/  Which two countries contested the Women’s World Cup Final in Canada on the 5th and which player scored an hat-trick in the first 15 minutes of the match?     USA and Japan -  Carli Lloyd

32/ Which US State removed the Confederate flag from the Statehouse after flying it for 54 years      South Carolina

33/  Who was the British humanitarian who died on the 1st aged 106. He was best remembered for the organization of the rescue of 669 children from Czechoslovakia at the beginning of World War 2 ?

Sir Nicholas Winton

34/  Which station won the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards “Station of the Year” presented on the 5th     LBC

35/   On the 8th Anthony Jenkins was sacked as the Chief Executive of which bank?      Barclays

August 2015

36/ The street artist Banksy opened a Dismaland a temporary art project  on the 28th in which seaside resort?   Weston-Super-Mare

37/  On the 30th, which artist won four  of the ten categories she was nominated for at the MTV awards        Taylor Swift

38/ On the 15th the US flag was raised for the first time in 50 years in which country?              Cuba

39/   Released on the 14th, who is the director of “The Man From UNCLE”     Guy Ritchie

40/   The Chinese science fiction author Liu Cixin won the prize for best novel for The Three-Body Problem at which awards held in Spokane, Washington?     The Hugo Awards 

September 2015

41/ Which Baseball legend who coined the phrase “it ain’t over til its over” died on the 22nd aged 90     Peter Lawrence “Yogi” Berra

42/ Which show won a record 12 Emmy’s at the 67th Emmy Awards Show

Game of Thrones

43/ Who replaced Tony Abbott as Prime Minister of Australia on the 15th?     Malcom Turnbull

44/  Who scored his 500th career goal in a Champions league victory over Malmo on the 31st    Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid

45/ Which Automaker was alleged to have been involved in worldwide rigging of diesel emissions tests, affecting an estimated 11 million vehicles globally.    Volkswagen

October 2015

46/ On the 4th, who became the first Premier League manager to be sacked      Brendan Rogers

47/ The Mann Booker prize was awarded to which author and for which novel, on the 13th   Marlon James  “A brief history of seven killings”

48/Announced on the 9th, who won the Nobel Peace Prize

National Dialogue Quartet

49/ On the 23rd the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere and the second strongest worldwide, with winds of 215 mph and a pressure of 872 mbar was given which name ?   Patricia

50/  The 2015 Baseball World Series began on the 27th, between which two teams?      Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets

November 2015

51/ On the 10th, which library acquired its twelve millionth book, a unique copy of Shelley's subversive Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things by a "Gentleman of the University of Oxford", published in 1811  

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

52/ Who won the 2015 Turner Prize announced on the 15th ?    Assemble

53/ Which University was named “University of the Year” by the Times higher Educational  magazine, on the 26th    Coventry

54/  On the 11th, Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor died, aged 61. He was the drummer with which Rock group?          Motorhead

55/  The Children’s BAFTA awards were held on the 22nd. Which movie won the best film category?      Minions

December 2015

56/ Impeachment Proceedings against  President Rousseff begin on the 3rd.    In which country?      Brazil

57/  The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, began on the 12th in which city?     Paris

58/   On the 13th, in which country did women vote for the first time?

Saudi Arabia

59/  Which couple won the 2015 Strictly Come Dancing “Glitter Ball” on the 19th?    Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani

60/  Who was at number one in the UK charts on Christmas Day 2015, and with which song? 

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir with “A Bridge of You”





Mastermind Club Quiz


Number 48




                             Questions set by Mel Kinsey

1/ Wembley finally hosted an FA Cup final in 2007, but which two teams were the last to compete in the FA Cup final at the old Wembley?

 Chelsea and Aston Villa on 20th May 2000

2/ What is the collective term for a group of racoons?     A Gaze
3/ What is the collective term for a group of racehorses?
   A String
4/ To the nearest whole number, what percentage of the Earth's atmosphere is nitrogen?    78%
5/ Which two European capital cities are closest together?

Vienna and Bratislava (about 40 miles apart)
6/ In the film `Cannonball Run` what was the name of the super-hero played by Dom DeLuise?   Captain Chaos
7/ In what year was the country of Siam renamed Thailand?   1939

8/ In what year did Rio de Janeiro cease to be the capital of Brazil? 1960
9/ What is the capital of Tajikistan?  Dushanbe
10/ What is the name of the plain that was once the chief industrial region of the USSR?   Oka Don Plain
11/ Which Oscar winning actress played Stella Bridger in the 2003 remake of the Italian Job?    Charlize Theron
12/ Charles Fleischer voiced the title character in which 1988 film?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit
13/ In what year did the first colour supplement to a Sunday newspaper appear?     1962 in the Sunday Times
14/ Which Oscar winning screenplay writer also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie Superman 2?    Mario Puzo
15/ In 1985, which entertainer made the first ever mobile phone call in Britain?     Ernie Wise
16/ By what name is singer Pauline Matthews better known?
    Kiki Dee

17/ Kosciusko is the highest mountain in which country?     Australia
18/ In the 1966 World Cup, matches were played at two London venues. Wembley was one, but what was the other?  The White City
19/ What was the name of King Henry VIII`s older brother?  Arthur
20/ Who did Ted Turner, the media tycoon, marry in 1991?   Jane Fonda
21/ How old is Juliet when she dies in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliett?
22/ Who created Wikipedia on the World Wide Web?  Jimmy Wales
23/ Which three letters did SOS replace as a Morse mayday signal?  CQD

24/ What does digamy mean?  Marraige  to two spouces in succession
25/ What is the name of the famous statue by Edvard Eriksen, unveiled on the 23rd August, 1913?   The Little Mermaid
26/ What does the word `pop` refer to in Pop Goes The Weasel?
To Pawn
27/ Which Scottish actress played the TV character Supergran?

Gudrun Ure
28/ In TV show Button Moon, what was the name of Mr Spoon`s daughter?  Tina Teaspoon
29/ Donald Trump was born in New York City. Name the other four Presidents born in New York State.  Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore,

Theodore Roosvelt, Franklin D Roosevelt

30/ On the MOH scale of mineral hardness, Talc is rated as 1, which mineral with an absolute hardness of 3 is rated 2?   Gypsum


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