Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Thursday Quiz 1

Here's the first Thursday Quiz.

It's supposed to get a bit trickier the further you go. Enjoy!

1.In which city will the 2010 Commonwealth Games be held?

New Delhi

2.What was the 1992 follow up to the 1989 film 'Honey I Shrunk the Kids'?

Honey I Blew Up The Kid

3.Who was the only woman to stand in the recent Labour Party leadership? contest

Diane Abbott

4.In the bay of which US city would you find the island of Alcatraz?

San Francisco

5.Fleagle,Bingo,Droopy and Snorky are collectively known as who?

The Banana Splits

6.After which metallic element is Argentina derived?


7.Who delivers the 'Friends,Romans,Countrymen' speech in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar?

Mark Antony

8.Providence is the capital of which US State?

Rhode Island

9.Retinol is the chemical name of which vitamin/

Vitamin A

10.The name of which painting connects John Constable with Hieronymus Bosch?


11.Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce are the (much) less well known members of which influential Manchester 4-piece of the 1980s?

The Smiths

12.What was the (supposedly) only painting Van Gogh sold in his own lifetime?

The Red Vineyard

13.Which 80s US medical drama was set in St Eligius teaching hospital in Boston?

St Elsewhere

14.FC Barcelona are the current European club champions at which sport?


15.Candice Bushell, author of 'Sex And the City' wrote another book that was turned into a TV series in the 2000's. What was its title?

Lipstick Jungle

16.'The National Service' and 'A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg' are among a number of satires by which modern playwright?

Peter Nichols

17.Which island territory, part of the Netherlands Antilles, has the capital Willemstad?


18.Several years before appearing as luckless sisters Sharon and Tracy in BBC's 'Birds of a Feather', Linda Robson and Pauline Quirke appeared together for several series ,as Maggie and Veronica respectively, in which ITV light hearted comedy-drama written by Marks and Gran?

Shine On Harvey Moon

19.Glorified after his death for his role as a
messenger in the battles of Lexington and Concord and for his 'midnight ride', who is the famous American hero also known for helping organize an intelligence and alarm system to keep watch on the British military?

Paul Revere

20.Founded in 1715 and located in the South West Germany, this city boasts a spectacular palace. The surrounding town became the seat of two of the highest courts in Germany, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany whose decisions have the force of a law, and the Federal Court of Justice of Germany , the highest court of appeals in matters of civil law and criminal law. Which city ,therefore, considers itself the home of justice
in Germany, a role taken over from Leipzig after 1933?


Sunday, 26 September 2010

On Thursdays

I'm going to have another quiz on Thursdays. it's 20 questions that will gradually get more 'difficult'. So question 1 will be an easy/very general question, and question 20 will be more specialised (getting towards University Challenge type answers).
Again I can send you a PDF document if you wish

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Tell me about your quiz nights

If you would like your local quiz night/event/league listed, just let me know and I can build a database.(Especially in the Bristol area where things are a bit sparse at the moment!)

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Well here it is :- Quiz Number 1

There are 50 Questions for you to have a go at. The answers will appear underneath each question.

Let me know if you would like a Pdf copy -I'll gladly e-mail you one and I will send two documents, one for questions only and one for the answers (I can also put up a scores table if people are interested in playing against each other.)

A new 50 Question quiz will appear on Sunday nights

1.Originally shown as a one-off TV show called 'Woodentop' in 1983, it has become a long running and popular UK drama series. It has featured early appearances from Keira Knightley,Alex Kingston,James McEvoy and Denise van Outen.It's theme tune was called 'Overkill' until 2009, when the programme was revamped. What is the name of this show set in and filmed mainly in South London?

The Bill

2.Pig island is an antipodean slang term for which country?

New Zealand

3.Involving families such as The Crofts,Elliotts and Musgroves, which classic novel was adapted as a teleplay starring Sally Hawkins,Rupert Penry-Jones and Antony Head?


4.An ancient dharmic religion from India it prescribes a path of non-violence for all forms of living beings in this world. Its philosophy and practice relies mainly on self-effort in progressing the soul on the spiritual ladder to divine consciousness.Give the name of the religion which gives the name Jinta (meaning Conqueror or Victor) having conquered its own inner enemies and achieving the state of supreme being?


5.A European nation, they suffered their only defeat of the war at the Battle of Dobro Pole. Days later, they decisively defeated British and Greek forces at the Battle of Doiran, avoiding occupation. What nation is this,who signed an armistice on 29 September 1918.


6.A cold tomato-based raw vegetable soup, originating in the southern region of Andalusia and widely consumed throughout Spain and neighbouring Portugal. What name is given to this dish, mostly consumed during the summer months, due to its refreshing qualities?


7.Which two-word phrase was first (popularly) coined by Simon Walters,political correspondant of 'The Sun' newspaper in 1988. It was used to describe football hooligans and other drunken,uruly young males?

Lager Lout

8.Who is the only Horse Racing Trainer to train 3 successive winners in the Grand National in the 20th century. (They came between 1953-55)

Vincent O'Brien

9.English and French are two of the three official languages of the Seychelles. Which is the third?


10.What group from the world of entertainment, has members with the names Urs,Sebastian,Carlos and David?

Il Divo

11.Written by Ben Elton and screened several years before 'Bottom', what was name of the comedy series starring Rik Mayall,Ade Edmondson and Nigel Planer?

Filthy,Rich and Catflap

12.In which Dickens novel would you find the characters John Harmon,Bella Wilfer and Mortimer Lightwood?

Our Mutual Friend

13.In which country were the 1956 Olympic Equestrian events held 5 months prior to the Melbourne games?


14.David Marks and Julia Barfield were architects for which London structure?

London Eye (Millenium Wheel)

15. This city served as the capital of India during the British Raj until 1911 and once the centre of modern education, industry, science, culture and politics .By the early 19th century, it was split into two distinct areas—one British (known as the White Town), the other Indian (known as Black Town). What is the name of one the most densely populated cities in the world?

Kolkata (Calcutta)

16.In musical terms, what does 'lento' mean?


17.Patricia Burke was the first person to represent the UK in which global competition in 1957?

Eurovision Song Contest

18.Outside of the USA and United Kingdom, which country provided the most players in the top 100 of the World Golf Rankings at the start of 2010?


19.In which century did the Dutch War of Independence begin?


20.When President John F. Kennedy welcomed 49 Nobel Prize winners to the White House in 1962 he said, 'I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House – with the possible exception when who dined alone? He was born in 1743 and became one of the most revered politicians in US History.

Thomas Jefferson

21.What connects Czech athlete Roman Sebrle and Lithuania's Austra Skujyte?

Both hold the World Record for their respective Decathlons

22.John Crome and Joseph Cotman were lead painters of which (primarily) British art movement founded in the early 19th century?

Norwich School

23.This is the 8th largest city by population in Australia. Located 280 km (170 mi) south-west of Sydney, and 660 km (410 mi) north-east of Melbourne,it is home to the Australian War Memorial, National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and the National Library of Australia. It also hosts the music festival 'Stonefest' .Give the name of this city designed by Chicago architects Walter and Marion Griffin?


24.He was an Elizabethan English bookseller and printer . He allegedly compared his attempts to reform the English printing trade to Martin Luther's efforts at reforming Christianity.He had a disdain for Elizabethan patent printing and was jailed twice also having his printing materials seized.This transformed him into an ardent defender of printing privileges and by 1593, he was appointed Printer to the City of London. Who is he?

John Wolfe

25.In area,which is the largest of Britain's National Parks?

Cairngorm National Park

26.Who did Phil Taylor beat in his first World Dart Championship final?

Eric Bristow

27.Past and present ,add together the number of Sugababes, GirlsAloud and Bananarama. What number do you have?


28.This mineral has a hardness value of 3 on the Mohs scale.It is a common constituent of sedimentary rocks and exhibits an unusual characteristic called 'retrograde solubility', in which it becomes less soluble in water as the temperature increases. Most notably seen at the Snowy River Cave in Lincoln County, New Mexico, it has a chemcial formula of CaCO3. What is the name given to this mineral?


29.Opened in 1880, it is the second-oldest prison in the state of California and was the first in the country to have electricity.It was one of the first maximum security prisons, and as such witnessed the execution of 92 condemned prisoners over a 42-year period. What is the name of this prison, best-known in popular culture for two concerts performed at the facility by musician Johnny Cash in the late 1960's?

Folsom State

30.It was Eisenstein's first full-length feature film, and he would go on to make The Battleship Potemkin later that year.The film depicts 'uproar' by the workers of a factory in pre-revolutionary Russia, and their subsequent suppression. The film is most famous for a sequence near the end in which the violent putting down of the 'uproar' is cross-cut with footage of cattle being slaughtered. What is the name of this film ?


31.Conakry is the capital of which West African country?


32.Who wrote the play 'Habeas Corpus' ,one of his earlier works?

Alan Bennett

33.Which David Mamet play is based around several Real Estate salesman selling undesirable land?

Glengarry Glen Ross

34.The baseball franchise known as the 'Braves' have won the World Series 3 times. In 1914 as the Boston Braves and in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves,but which city became their 3rd winning home for the 1995 title?


35.Which TV Gameshow is also known as 'El Familion Nestle' in Panama and 'À prendre ou à laisser' in France?

Deal or No Deal

36.He was the first child king in England since the reign of Æthelred the Unready.His greatest monument is Westminster, where he expanded the abbey as a shrine to Edward the Confessor.He assumed the crown under the regency of William Marshal and spent much of his reign fighting the barons over Magna Carta and the royal rights.He was eventually forced to call the first "parliament" in 1264. What was the name of this King of England?

Henry III

37.The OBX Index is a list of the 25 most liquid companies on which country's Stock Exchange main index?


38.In the Harry Potter novels, what name is given to a wizard who has no magical ability?


39.In which village did the New Testament miracle of the Loaves and Fishes take place?


40.What was the first name of Mr Fonzarelli, more commonly known as 'The Fonz' in US TV sitcom Happy Days?


41.The American 'Mariner 2' was launched in 1962 after the failing of the Russian probe 'Venera 1' one year earlier. It was the first probe to observe which planet?


42.The film is an adaptation of a novel by Athol Fugard. The soundtrack features Kwaito music performed by popular South African artist Zola.Set in a Soweto slum, near Johannesburg, South Africa, the film tells the story of a young street thug who steals a car only to discover a baby in the back seat.Directed by Gavin Hood ,what is the name of the film that won the Best Foreign Language film at the 2005 Academy Awards?


43.The Modern Prometheus' is an alternative name given to which 19th Century horror novel?


44.In which US state is it estimated that 95% of the World's Bourbon Whiskey is distilled?


45.The worst marine disaster of the 20th Century occurred when which ship was torpedoed in the Baltic Sea in 1945,with the loss of over 7000 lives?

The Wilhelm Gustloff

46.His professional musical career involved working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as The Formynx and Aphrodite's Child.In the 1970s, he formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes. He is best known for composing the film scores for Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire .What name is this Greek artist,more commonly known as ,after being born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou in 1943?

Jon Vangelis

47.Which Jewish holiday commemorates Esther's heroic acts?


48.FC Vaduz of Lietchenstein play in which country's national football league system?


49.Most famous for featuring an early Keira Knightley, which Asian actress actually wanted to 'Bend It like Beckham'?

Parminder Nagra

50.Which country has the car registration 'MK'?