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                                            Mastermind Club Quiz

                                                       Number 38

                                    Questions set by  Mel Kinsey
1. On the TV sitcom The Munsters, what was Lily Munster's maiden name?

2. What foreign government contributed the greatest amount of money for the relief of victims of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake?

3. Which is the only U.S. state to produce coffee?

4. What famous actress once said, "The less I behave like Whistler's mother the night before, the more I look like her the morning after"?

5. The name of what American state capital means "sheltered harbor"?

6. When the bald eagle was first named, what was the meaning of the word "bald'?

7. What two cities were linked by the Orient Express?

8. What's a "bap"?

9. How many sides are there to a snow crystal?

10. What capital is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world?

11. What French city was home to Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the famous gastronome?

12. What is philematology?

13. What is a "tittle"?

14. What fruit did early Greek Olympians eat for their health and sometimes even wear as medals?

15. What was the name of the daughter Lady Emma Hamilton bore Admiral Horatio Nelson?

16. What does Yoko Ono's first name mean when translated from Japanese?

17. What was used to erase lead pencil marks before rubber came into use?

18. What childhood name was shared by General George A. Custer and Chief Crazy Horse, the Oglala Sioux leader he faced at the Battle of the Little Bighorn?

19. Where were Panama hats- woven from jipijapa leaves- first made?

20. The name of what South American capital city means "I see a hill"?

                                           Mastermind Club Quiz

                                                    Number 39

                                   Questions set by John Savage

                                Another Scottish Quiz from John

1/ An area of which river is called Tail of the Bank?

2/ What is the second highest mountain in Scotland?

3/ Dunkeld stands on which river?

4/ There have been two Battles Of Falkirk, name either year.

5/ Outside which castle is there a statue of Flora MacDonald?

6/ Which mountain, near Oban, contains a power station?

7/ Near which Scottish town was there a Butlin's holiday camp located?

8/ Which Scots swimmer won silver at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics?

9/ Craigiehall is the Scottish headquarters for which organisation?

10/ Which Scots born actress was nominated for an Oscar 6 times but never won?

11/ Kilrymont was an early name for which Scottish town?

12/ Which iconic memorial is located near Spean Bridge?

13/ Where in Scotland did Pope John Paul II celebrate a mass in June 1982?

14/ Which Scots born rebel leader was executed in the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising?

15/ Red Clydesider John MacLean was appointed to which role in February 1918?

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                                                Number 40

                                   Questions set by Tony Bell

1/ Who is the only surviving actor who played one of "The Magnificent Seven" in 1960?

2/ What was John Wayne's final film?

3/ How many roles did Peter Sellers play in "Dr. Strangelove"?

4/Who played Neil Diamond's father in the 1980 remake of "The Jazz Singer"?

5/ In which fictional town did "It's a Wonderful Life" take place?

6/ Who was the female lead actor in "Groundhog Day"?

7/ Which future Oscar winner appeared in the musical "Bugsy Malone"?

8/ Who appeared as his own father in a movie based his war memoirs?

9/ Which Englishman played a Russian in "2001: A Space Odyssey"?

10/ How many times has Meryl Streep been nominated for an Oscar?

11/ Which star of Hammer Horror films appeared in "Star Wars: A New Hope"?

12/ "Duel" was the first film directed by a famous director in 1971?

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                                                Number 41

                           Questions set by Emma McCarthy

                 Questions on Emma's home county of Kent

1. Rochester Castle has three square towers and one round tower, what event led to this unusual feature?

2. Kent’s motto is ‘Invicta’, who bestowed this title on the county when he was unable to reach his Coronation by troops at Swanscombe?

3. Which British military leader died in Walmer Castle in September 1852?

4. In which year did Kent last win the cricket county championship?

5. And who was the leading wicket taker with 110 wickets?

6. What is the county flower of Kent?

7. Which scientist lived in Down House, in Kent until his death in 1882?

8. In Rochester Cathedral there is a plaque to Colonel John R. M. Chard, of the Royal Engineers, for his participation in which battle was he awarded the Victoria Cross?

9. Which town is the county town of Kent?

10. In which year was HMS Victory launched following her building at Chatham Dockyard?

11. In which Kentish town is the Turner Contemporary Gallery which opened in 2011?

12. What distinguishes a Man of Kent from a Kentish Man?

13. Which female athlete was born in Pembury on 19th April 1970?

14. What is the name of the golf club in Sandwich, which last hosted The Open in 2011?

15. Which cabinet minister is the MP for Sevenoaks?

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                                                     Number 42

                                     Questions set by Maya Davis

                               Metamorphosis quiz – all change!

1. In Roman mythology, what was the original name and identity of the god Quirinus?

2. For what solo instrument did Benjamin Britten write his Six Metamorphoses after Ovid?

3. In Greek/Roman mythology, what specific change do the seer Teiresias and a woman called Caenis have in common?

4. In what famous literary work is a weaver partially changed into an animal?

5. What is the name of the central character who is changed into a cockroach in Kafka’s novel Metamorphosis?

6. To what did the poet and composer Philip Heseltine change his name?

7. When Dionysus offered Midas a reward for looking after the drunken Silenus, for what did Midas ask?

8. What was being celebrated when Jesus turned water into wine because the host’s wine had run out?

9. What is the current name of the London Underground station originally called Aldersgate Street?

10. In Greek/Roman mythology, what form did Zeus/Jupiter adopt in order to seduce Alcmena?

11. What name is given in Scots folklore to the beings which change from humans to seals?

12. The Mexican Salamander changes into its fully adult form only if the pond in which it is living dries up. It can live and reproduce for a long time in its immature form. What name is given to the immature form of this amphibian?

13. If a piece of music modulates (changes key) from C major to its Relative Minor, into what key has the music modulated?

14. The scientific name of the grey partridge – perdix perdix – refers to the story of the young Athenian turned into a partridge by the gods when his jealous uncle kicked him off the top of the Acropolis. What was the uncle’s name?

15. In 1980, which island group’s name was changed to the Republic of Vanuatu?

16. Which fictional character changed into a black dog on landing at Whitby in a storm?

17. Who changed into a laurel tree in order to escape the unwanted attentions of the god Apollo?
18. Who wrote a work called Metamorphosen for 23 solo string instruments?

19. What is the last ‘change’ story contained in the Metamorphoses by Ovid?

20. Which member of the Bloomsbury Group wrote a novel in which a young married woman gradually turns into a fox?

                                       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

2/ MS - Cricket and Rugby Union

3/ RR - Rowing and Cycling

4/ DA - Fencing and Cricket

5/ EH - Speed Skating and Cycling

6/ RC - Hockey and Cricket

7/ RH - Athletics and American Football

8/ LB - Cricket, Rugby Union and Rugby League

9/ FP - Table tennis and Tennis

10/ EE - Boxing and Bobsleigh

11/ JS - Shooting and Motor Racing

12/ AG - Athletics and Orienteering

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