Quiz Questions  Archive: ALL 1001 QUS
Set by Multiple Authors  |  3277 pts     (2017-2020)

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This is an all-in-one output of quiz questions set over 4 years from a group of quizzers keen to test and practise their trivia(l) knowledge.

Due to the questions being authored by different people, the style, specificity and topicality will necessarily vary. And because of quizzers' locations, there will be more questions about Edinburgh and Scotland than you might reasonably expect, although some questions have been filtered out to balance this out, and some removed due to overly open-ended answers. All questions should be (~) accurate at the time of writing (seen at the end of each qu), but go easy on us - and have fun!

Finally, if you want to make a random 10 point quiz from these questions, generate one here.

1) Which 5 countries does Belarus border? (5 pts)  Phil:  2017-01-17

2) Who won the Oscar for Best Actor in the film Training Day (2001)? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-01-17

3) Which Edinburgh born Physicist first described the 0th law of thermodynamics? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-01-17

4) What were the names of Oasis's and Blur's first full length albums? (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-01-17

5) Name these four UK cities (a-d) (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-01-17

6) Cambozola is a combination of cheese from which 2 countries? And which country 'invented' it? (3 pts)  Phil:  2017-01-17

7) The following languages are recognised minority languages of which country: Albanian Armenian Bulgarian Czech Croatian German Greek Italian Macedonian Hungarian Polish Romani Russian Rusyn Serbian Slovak Tatar Turkish Ukrainian Yiddish (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-01-17

8) What's the common name of the Gorilla known in its latin name as gorilla gorilla gorilla? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-01-17

9) Who is the current President of Germany, and Chancellor of Germany? (2 points, order matters) (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-01-17

10) Which 4 racquet sports are pictured? (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-01-17

11) Name 4 Shakespeare plays that begin with a vowel? (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-01-17

12) By land area, which is the largest, and which is the smallest U.S. state? (2 pts)  Ewan:  2017-01-23

13) To the nearest degree, what is 0Celsius when converted into Kelvin, and what is -40Fahrenheit when converted into Kelvin? (2 pts)  Ewan:  2017-01-23

14) How many balls should there be on the table at the start of a game of snooker? (1 pt)  Ewan:  2017-01-23

15) In the UK, who had the biggest selling album of 2016, and who has had the biggest selling album of all time? (2 pts)  Ewan:  2017-01-23

16) On which Scottish Island was Donald Trumps' Mother born? (1 pt)  Ewan:  2017-01-23

17) How many UK Prime Ministers in the modern era (since 1721) have had a surname that begins with a vowel? (1 pt)  Ewan:  2017-01-23

18) What are Leonardo Di Caprio's three highest grossing feature films? (3 pts)  Ewan:  2017-01-23

19) What companies do the 4 logos (a, b, c and d) belong to? (4 pts)  Ewan:  2017-01-23

20) Can you tell who the 4 celebrities are from the crude pencil drawings (a, b, c, and d)? (4 pts)  Ewan:  2017-01-23

21) All the answers to the following clues begin with the same letters: D.G. (Both the first name and the surname are required to get the point): a) Musician who has been a session drummer for The Prodigy, Iggy Pop, Paul McCartney, Tenacious D, David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails, amongst others. b) Actor who played a character in a series of films beginning in 1987, who repeatedly told us he was 'too old for this shit'. c) A fictional character who gets lost in a strange land with a brightly coloured path, where she befriends a heartless man, a coward and a man with straw for brains. d) Scored the winning goal in injury time in the 2016 Scottish Cup Final to end Hibernians 114 year wait to win the trophy again. Also shares a name with a music artist and a snooker player. (4 pts)  Ewan:  2017-01-23

22) Name any one of the 4 newly named chemical elements in 2016. (1 pt)  Ali:  2017-01-28

23) Name any three of the four 4-letter streets off Leith Walk. (3 pts)  Ali:  2017-01-28

24) What word meaning a set of circumstances or event is also a term in computing for '#!', often found at the beginning of a shell script? (1 pt)  Ali:  2017-01-28

25) Music round! These three songs' titles run into each other. One point for each title, bonus point for all three artists. (eg ParkLife Becoming A LandSlide Away; Blur, Manics, Oasis) (4 pts)  Ali:  2017-01-28




26) Name these two events from the world record data. (2 pts)  Ali:  2017-01-28

27) Name these four countries (pictured). (4 pts)  Ali:  2017-01-28

28) Booze question. a) Which lager's name translated into English means 'Blue Ribbon'? b) What American brewery has a lager called Blue Ribbon (abbreviated PBR)? c) Which cider's name means a reliable, trustworthy person? (3 pts)  Ali:  2017-01-28

29) The following people share names. Who are they? a) An Australian golfer, the first Aussie to win the Masters in 2013, and a comic actor known for Parks & Recreation and Step Brothers b) A Turner prize winning artist and Oscar winning director, and an American actor known as 'The King of Cool' c) A member of Destiny's Child, and an actress who played Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn d) A 16th century English philosopher, and a 20th century Irish artist (4 pts)  Ali:  2017-01-28

30) Which is the only state whose name contains its own two-letter abbreviation but *not* as the first two letters? (1 pt)  Ali:  2017-01-28

31) Which two Fox sitcoms had a pair of crossover episodes in their most recent seasons, in which Jess meets Jake? (2 pts)  Ali:  2017-01-28

32) Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles was a British statesman, Lieutenant-Governor of British Java and Governor-General of Bencoolen, best known for his founding in 1819 of which former British colony, which gained its independence from the UK in 1963? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-02-05

33) Believed by many experts to be a jointly built American-Israeli cyberweapon (though no organization or state has officially admitted responsibility), what is the name of the malicious computer worm, first identified in 2010, that targeted industrial computer systems and was responsible for causing substantial damage to Iran's nuclear program? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-02-05

34) According to the 2016 RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, what are the 4 most common birds in the UK? (4 pts)  Martin:  2017-02-05

35) Which author delivered a celebrated commencement speech at Kenyon College, Ohio on the 21st of May, 2005 entitled 'This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life', later published in book form by Little, Brown and Company in 2009? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-02-05

36) The Central African Republic is Bangui in the middle of Africa (!), but which 6 countries does it border? (6 pts)  Martin:  2017-02-05

37) Which musician and composer wrote the soundtrack for the film Bodysong, in 2003, and has since scored films including There Will Be Blood (2007), Norwegian Wood (2010), We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011), The Master (2012) and Inherent Vice (2014)? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-02-05

38) Which 4 countries in the world have the highest populations of Kurdish peoples? (4 pts)  Martin:  2017-02-05

39) What 5-letter word can mean: fragments of coal and coal dust, a type of tide, a depression between hills, or a team communication tool? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-02-05

40) Which classical composer famously used the musical motif consisting of the notes D, E flat, C, B natural to represent himself, due to the German musical notation transliteration of the motif? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-02-05

41) Picture round! One point for identifying each childrens' TV show and a bonus point for naming the depicted character. (10 pts)  Martin:  2017-02-05

42) Who is the youngest ever winner of a senior title at Wimbledon? (1 pt)  Jack:  2017-02-10

43) What are the two collective nouns you can use to describe a group of apes? (2 pts)  Jack:  2017-02-10

44) Name the only two U.S. presidents to have been impeached (so far!) (2 pts)  Jack:  2017-02-10

45) Fender have produced three guitars with names ending in the suffix -caster. Name any TWO. (2 pts)  Jack:  2017-02-10

46) Which countries have the longest and shortest coastlines in the world? (2 pts)  Jack:  2017-02-10

47) There are six Charles Dickens characters who have their FULL name appear in the title of the novel in which they feature. Name any THREE. (3 pts)  Jack:  2017-02-10

48) Name the only two people to have been awarded Nobel prizes in different fields. (2 pts)  Jack:  2017-02-10

49) The pictured athletes won their gold medals in which events at the London 2012 Olympics? 2 bonus points for the specific subdivions of two events. (6 pts)  Jack:  2017-02-10

50) These are the original names of which hugely successful bands? To give you a clue, I have included the year they released their debut album. a) Seymour (1991) b) The Polka Tulk Blues Band (1970) c) On A Friday (1993) d) Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem (1984) (4 pts)  Jack:  2017-02-10

51) Name the four Bond villains pictured AND the actors portraying them. (8 pts)  Jack:  2017-02-10

52) Name the countries that these four celebrities were born: a) Ex-Mrs Pressley Victoria Principal b) Ex-Mrs Cruise Nicole Kidman c) TV stalwart Joanna Lumley d) Former Ipswich footballer Terry Butcher (4 pts)  Steve:  2017-02-20

53) Name these trees from their Latin names:- a) Salix Babylonica b) Betula Pendula c) Quercus d) Malus Pumila (4 pts)  Steve:  2017-02-20

54) Who is the missing singer in the 'classic; line-up of these bands ? (points for the member and band name): a) Robin Finck, Danny Lohner, Chris Vrenna, _______ b) Mikey Craig, Roy Hay, Jon Moss, _______ c) Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, Butch Vig, ________ d) Tim Burgess, Michael Chetwood, Paul Jackson, Dean Howard, Ronnie Rogers, _______ (8 pts)  Steve:  2017-02-20

55) What were the biggest selling singles (artist and song title) of 2016, and the year 1973? (4 pts)  Steve:  2017-02-20

56) Name the four original Alan Moore graphic novels turned into movies (4 pts)  Steve:  2017-02-20

57) Name the ten teams still in the FA Cup as of the evening of 19/02/17. ( pts)  Steve:  2017-02-20

58) What's the name given to the joint of a horse between the cannon bone and the pastern. (1 pt)  Steve:  2017-02-20

59) In which town or city are these music venues? a) The Sage b) Liquid Rooms c) King Tut's Wah Wah Hut d) Underworld e) Band on the Wall (5 pts)  Steve:  2017-02-20

60) Name any 7 of China's 14 neighbouring countries. (7 pts)  Steve:  2017-02-20

61) What links these people? In order: Sandy Brown, Jimmy Dimmock, Terry Dyson, Danny Blanchflower, Frank Saul, Ricky Villa, Glenn Hoddle, Des Walker (1 pt)  Steve:  2017-02-20

62) What are these countries now known as: a) Ceylon b) Upper Volta c) Kampuchea d) Bechuanaland e) The Gold Coast f) Nyasaland (6 pts)  Saskia:  2017-02-24

63) Who were Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell? (3 pts)  Saskia:  2017-02-24

64) What was the first thing to be screened in colour on BBC Two in 1967? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2017-02-24

65) Name any five of the 22 official *local* languages spoken in India? (5 pts)  Saskia:  2017-02-24

66) What is the name of the dwarf star, discovered in February 2017, around which 7 earth-sized exoplanets have been spotted? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2017-02-24

67) What do these young creatures grow up to be? a) Leveret b) Squab c) Polliwog d) Shoat e) Puggle (5 pts)  Saskia:  2017-02-24

68) As of 2016, who has been the oldest person to win an oscar in the category of directing, and for what film? Clue: Film came out in 2004. (4 pts)  Saskia:  2017-02-24

69) These songs featured on albums that all came out 20 years ago. What are the names of the artist and the album (Bonus point if you can name any other album that came out that year): (11 pts)  Saskia:  2017-02-24






70) Name the breeds of dogs featured below (bonus point if you can guess what mix the last dog is): (6 pts)  Saskia:  2017-02-24

71) How do you refer to the residents/natives from following places? I am looking for demonyms, not swear words. a) Seoul b) Chicago c) Michigan d) Cork e) Newcastle f) Leeds g) Galloway (6 pts)  Susi:  2017-03-05

72) Flute question! A flute produces sounds when a stream of air directed across a hole in the instrument creates a vibration of air at the hole. The air stream across this hole creates a ______________. What is the name of this principle named after a mathematician and physicist? (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-03-05

73) What does the Greek word 'metropolis' literally mean? (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-03-05

74) From which language did following words come into the English language: pet, trousers, gob? (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-03-05

75) In which novel can you find following characters: Wendy, Danny and Jack Torrance? (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-03-05

76) a) Echinacea is a group of plants that derives its name from the Greek word 'ekhinos' meaning ___________. b) The Echinacea are also a superorder of what kind of animal? (2 pts)  Susi:  2017-03-05

77) What are the most populated places on following Scottish islands? a) Orkney b) South Uist c) Islay d) Mull e) Shetland (5 pts)  Susi:  2017-03-05

78) Kids TV! a) Name the squashy little man who appeared with Tony Hart on Take Hart? b) What is the name of Burk's master in Trapdoor? c) What was the dog called in Jamie & His Magic Torch? d) What town is Fireman Sam set in? e) Which one of the following celebrities have not guest-starred on Captain Planet? Ricki Lake, Neil Patrick Harris, Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover. (5 pts)  Giles:  2017-03-13

79) Scot's Law - what do the following legal terms mean? a) Avizandum b) Lex loci contractus c) In hoc statu (3 pts)  Giles:  2017-03-13

80) Video games - guess the video game from the basic description: a) A plumber jumps over barrels, climbs ladders and rescues a princess from a gorilla b) Tiny dinosuars shoot coloured balls at other coloured balls c) Unnamed space marine shoots demons on Mars with a double-barrelled shotgun d) A triangle shoots pixels at irregular shapes (4 pts)  Giles:  2017-03-13

81) Secret Service codenames for US Presidents - name the President from their codename: a) Searchlight b) Mogul c) Renegade d) Rawhide (4 pts)  Giles:  2017-03-13

82) Coats of Arms - name the territory each coat of arm is associated with. Bonus point for a connection between the 4 territories. (5 pts)  Giles:  2017-03-13

83) Who was Dolly the Sheep named after and why? (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-03-20

84) Five Guys is a restaurant chain originating in which country? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-03-20

85) In which 1993 film is one girl shown wearing red against the backdrop of mostly black & white sc (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-03-20

86) The Bledisloe Cup is an annual sporting competition between Australia and which other country? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-03-20

87) Which programming language has a logo featuring a cup of coffee? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-03-20

88) Sonic the Hedgehog 3 featured two key characters other than Sonic, who were both also animals. Name either the character or the animal for each (neither are hedgehogs). (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-03-20

89) Name the artist of the painting and the artist in the painting. You don't need to specify which is which. (6 pts)  Phil:  2017-03-20

90) In the TV show Red Dwarf, they meet an immortal simulant who judges one's worthiness to exist. To make the test fair, you are judged by whom? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-03-20

91) Fill in the composer's details: a) Claude ______ (1862 - 1918) b) ______ Glass (1937 - present) c) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1__1) d) ______ Puccini (1858 - 1924) (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-03-20

92) a) What is the largest fish that can be seen in UK waters? b) Bacalhau is a portuguese foodstuff made by salting which fish? (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-03-20

93) These pairs of capital cities border eachother by means of (1 point for each pair): a) A river b) Land (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-03-20

94) Name these pictured bridges: (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-03-20

95) Name these two simiarly-named people: a) An English actor, recently part of a BBC production of The Night Manager? b) An English footballer who currently plays in midfield for Hull City. (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-03-20

96) The Norwegian flag is pictured below. By placing various-sized rectangles on it, you can find the flags of 7 other recognised independent countries. All of these flags consist of blocks of colour only (so no crests etc). The width of stripes doesn't have to be exact, but the pattern needs to match. Colours should be pretty much the same. And finally, all flags are the right way up in the picture below, so no rotation etc. Name the 7 countries (5 Europe, 2 Asia). NB An example using the Zimbabwean flag is also shown, to improve clarity! (7 pts)  Phil:  2017-03-20

97) Who is the youngest Best Director Oscar winner (Academy Award for Best Directing) as of 2017? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-01-26

98) From which country did the United States buy the US Virgin Islands (as they were renamed), which they have formally owned for 100 years this month? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-01-26

99) Which 2015 novel was the belated follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-01-26

100) Who was - somewhat confusingly - the 22nd and 24th President of the United States - making Donald Trump number 45? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-01-26

101) In the original version of Monopoly (in the US) the places names are based on locations in and around which US city? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-01-26

102) Which Dutch-American artist's oil painting Interchange is currently (perhaps jointly held with Gaughin) the highest valued piece of art ever sold (at around $300 million)? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-01-26

103) Name three American states that have a population of less than 1 million and therefore have only one congressman/congresswoman in the US House of Representatives (there are 7 to choose from) (3 pts)  Adam:  2017-01-26

104) Name the Tom Hanks films from his character name and the year of its release: a) Josh Baskin (1988) b) Sam Baldwin (1993) c) Paul Edgecomb (1999) d) Vicktor Navorski (2004) e) James B. Donovan (2015) (5 pts)  Adam:  2017-01-26

105) In which North American sports would you find top-tier teams named: a) Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets b) Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies c) Colorado Rapids, Philadelphia Union and Portland Timbers d) Atlanta Falcons, Caroline Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars e) Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets (5 pts)  Adam:  2017-01-26

106) In which non-US countries can you buy the following McDonalds treats - according to The Food Network (the first three are from Europe, the last three not from Europe)? a) McKren b) McKroket c) McSbrinz d) Bubur Ayam e) Pao de Queijo f) Poutine (6 pts)  Adam:  2017-01-26

107) What were the most popular boys and girls baby names registered in Scotland in: a) 2016? b) 1983? (4 pts)  Huw:  2017-04-03

108) Which 2 Zimbabwean cricketers wore black armbands in the 2003 World cup to 'mourn the death of Democracy in Zimbabwe'. (One went on to be an international coach, the other released an Album 'Aurelia' in 2006) (2 pts)  Huw:  2017-04-03

109) Name the comedians who won the Edinburgh Comedy Award (originally the Perrier Award but has gone on to have a load of different sponsors) with the following shows. (Year won in Brackets): a) The Pub Landlord (1999) b) Something (2003) c) The Naked Racist (2006) d) The Slutcracker (2009) e) Monkey See Monkey Do (2016) (5 pts)  Huw:  2017-04-03

110) These are the 2015 UN population projections, showing the estimated population of 5 countries (in millions of people) which have the largest populations in 2015. Which countries are projected to have the largest populations in 2050? 1 China 1376, 2 India 1311, 3 USA 322, 4 Indonesia 258, 5 Brazil 208. 2050 projections: a) 1705 b) 1348 c) 399 d) 389 e) 322 (5 pts)  Huw:  2017-04-03

111) The highest mountains get all the glory - but what about those in second place. What is the second highest mountain in: a) The World? b) Europe? c) The UK? We're using the standard definition of European mountains here - so the highest is Mt Elbrus in the Caucasus range. (3 pts)  Huw:  2017-04-03

112) Name the 3 highest point scorers in the history of the Six Nations - and it's previous incarnation as the 5 nations. (3 pts)  Huw:  2017-04-03

113) The 'Spiel des Jahres' is an award for board and card games, created in 1978 with the stated purpose of rewarding excellence in game design, and promoting top-quality games in the German market. Since Settlers of Catan won the prize in 1995 there have been 21 winners of the main award. Name any 5. (5 pts)  Huw:  2017-04-03

114) Name the top 5 most visited tourist attractions in Scotland. (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-04-11

115) What are the ingredients needed to make a standard mojito cocktail? (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-04-11

116) What colours represent the 5 busiest London underground lines? (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-04-11

117) What is the Roman numeral representing the number 5, and which 4 EU member state capital cities (not countries) contain it? (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-04-11

118) Which breeds of dog have won the past five "best in show" award at crufts? (Not required to match the breed with the year) (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-04-11

119) Which five Scrabble-accepted two letter words contain an x? (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-04-11

120) Which football teams from the big five countries (Scotland, England, Spain, Italy, Germany) currently hold their countries national trophy (not the league)? (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-04-11

121) Which 5 bus routes are missing from Lothian buses route numbers 1 - 40? (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-04-11

122) Name the TV show from the watering hole the characters frequent: a) McLaren's Pub b) The Nags Head c) Shaw's Bar d) The Drunken Clam e) The Archer (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-04-11

123) What are the five highest grossing animated films of all time? (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-04-11

124) What are the first names of the five original members of the band 'Five'? (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-04-11

125) If you drew a line the width of Edinburgh due south on a map of the UK, what is the first town/city with a football team in the current English Premier League you would hit? Similarly, if you drew a line north in the same manner, what is the first town/city outside Edinburgh with a football team in the current Scottish Premiership you would hit? (2 pts)  Martin:  2017-04-18

126) What is the title of the upcoming computer-animated fantasy-comedy adventure film, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and inspired by the Mexican holiday Da de Muertos, scheduled for release in November 2017? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-04-18

127) What is the name of the asteroid or comet which struck the Earth 66 million years ago on the Yucatn Peninsula in Mexico, the impact of which is widely accredited with the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event which caused the death of the planet's non-avian dinosaurs and many other species? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-04-18

128) Replacing Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe on the 22nd of February 2017, who is the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner; becoming the first woman to take charge of the force? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-04-18

129) Who is the current Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-04-18

130) Who is the current Scots Makar, the Scottish poet laureate? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-04-18

131) What are the sentences 'How vexingly quick daft zebras jump!' and 'Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.' examples of? (1-word answer) (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-04-18

132) Each of the following books were made into or were the inspirations for which famous films? a) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (book published 1899, film released 1979) b) Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston (book published 2004, film released 2010) c) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (book published 1968, film released 1982) d) The Body by Stephen King (book published 1982, film released 1986) e) Oil! by Upton Sinclair (book published 1926, film released 2007) f) A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines (book published 1968, film released 1969) g) The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern (book published 1943, film released 1946) h) The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham (book published 1957, films released 1960 and 1995) (8 pts)  Martin:  2017-04-18

133) Bishkek is the capital of which country? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2017-04-25

134) Who was the first British monarch to visit America? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2017-04-25

135) Name three fruit that belong to the Drupe family. (3 pts)  Saskia:  2017-04-25

136) The Puffinus Puffinus bird is commonly known as what? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2017-04-25

137) a) Donald Trump has been married and divorced twice before marrying Melania; but who was the first US president to be divorced? b) Who was the first and only president to be unanimously elected by the electoral college? c) Which US president went on to become Chief Justice, the only person in history to have held both offices (the 27th president, he's also known for being the most obese president to date) (3 pts)  Saskia:  2017-04-25

138) What do these foreign idioms actually mean? (bonus points if you can think of an equivalent in English): a) Swedish: to slide in on a shrimp sandwich b) Thai: The hen sees the snake's feet and the snake sees the hen's boobs c) French: The carrots are cooked! d) Italian: Into the wolf's mouth! e) Latvian: To blow little ducks f) Polish: it's a roll with butter (12 pts)  Saskia:  2017-04-25

139) Identify which language is being spoken for each of these audio tracks: https://www.dropbox.com/…/r2ecvo…/AABCKwst5Oyvm-WfK0HSNMTDa… *Hint*: 6-7 are European languages, 2 are African, 1-2 are Asian and 1 is South American (yes, there's a reason that doesn't add up) (5 pts)  Saskia:  2017-04-25






140) Name the TV series with these theme songs. (5 pts)  Saskia:  2017-04-25






141) Hkarl is the national dish of which country, and what is it? (2 pts)  Saskia:  2017-04-25

142) Name the dog in Wizard of Oz (hint: also the name of an American band with a one hit wonder in the early 80s). (1 pt)  Saskia:  2017-04-25

143) What kind of medical condition is aglutition? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2017-04-25

144) In 1936 Marjorie Gestring became the youngest person (13 years old) to win an Olympic Gold medal. In which sport did she compete? (bonus point for her nationality) (2 pts)  Saskia:  2017-04-25

145) Name 5 closes that lead off the Royal Mile) (They don't have to have the word close in their name.) (5 pts)  Susi:  2017-04-30

146) Name 3 actors that have won the Oscar for Best Actor at least twice. (3 pts)  Susi:  2017-04-30

147) These are the scientific names for which animals? a) caelifera b) canis rufus c) diplopoda d) gallus gallus e) hippocampus f) ovis aries g) vulpes vulpes h) sus scrofa scrofa (8 pts)  Susi:  2017-04-30

148) What are the origins and meanings of following names? (Sometimes there is a bit of debate where a name comes from, but 1 language and 1 meaning per name is enough for me.) a) Philip b) Ewan c) Alistair/Alisdair d) Martin e) Saskia f) Susanne g) Giles h) Adam i) Huw j) Russell (20 pts)  Susi:  2017-04-30

149) Name 8 countries that have a capital starting with the same letter as the country. (8 pts)  Susi:  2017-04-30

150) Bansuri, Palendag and Washint are different kinds of ______________? (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-04-30

151) Name the bands that won the Mercury (Music) Prize in these years. To make it a bit easier, I give you the first letter of the bands. (Half a point if you mix up the P ones) a) 1992 P________ b) 1993 S________ c) 1994 M_______ d) 1995 P________ e) 1996 P________ (5 pts)  Susi:  2017-04-30

152) What are the original titles of the films that had following titles in Germany? a) "Long Walk Home" b) "96 hours" c) "Vaiana" d) "Thor - The Dark Kingdom" (4 pts)  Susi:  2017-04-30

153) Which country is hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics? It also hosted the 1988 summer olympics. (1 pt)  Ali:  2017-05-08

154) Which children's TV show holds the dubious honor of "Most Photosensitive Epileptic Seizures Caused by a Television Show" in the Guinness Book Of World Records? The episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" was broadcast on Japanese TV in 1997. (1 pt)  Ali:  2017-05-08

155) What word coined by comedian and Parks & Recreation writer Harris Wittels is defined as "an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud". (1 pt)  Ali:  2017-05-08

156) The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has had an in-competition needle ban since 2011, but one team, TeamNovo Nordisk, is permitted to use them, its team members occasionally injecting themselves in the middle of races. What condition afflicts every member of the team? (1 pt)  Ali:  2017-05-08

157) Manchester band Mock Turtles had a top 20 hit in 1991. a) What was it called? b) Which comedian / comic actor is the younger brother of singer Martin? (2 pts)  Ali:  2017-05-08

158) The following two answers both end -athlon. What event combines the following: a) Cross-country skiing and rifle shooting b) Cross-country skiing in the classic style, and cross-country skiing in the free style (2 pts)  Ali:  2017-05-08

159) Are the following cycling teams or cyclists? Bauke Mollema, Lotto Soudal, Boels Dolmans, Tabriz Petrochemical, Bora Hansgrohe, Verandas Willems, Zdenek Stybar, Primoz Roglic, Wilco Kelderman, Al Cipollini (10 pts)  Ali:  2017-05-08

160) What fields are these prizes awarded in? a) Pulitzer, Sokolov, Golden Pear b) Pritzker, Stirling, Kasper Salin c) Venus, Pink, AVN (3 pts)  Ali:  2017-05-08

161) The following things have been translated into Japanese and back. What were they originally? a) Trackpot (Book, 1993 and Film, 1996, same name) (13 letters) b) Chin (Film, 1975) (based on a 1974 book of the same name) (4 letters) c) Prohibited monthly sentence (Person, born 1944) (9 letters) d) Alice in Wonderland (Song, 1995) (10 letters) (4 pts)  Ali:  2017-05-08

162) Name the pictured cats. Either nickname (if applicable) or real name acceptable. (4 pts)  Ali:  2017-05-08

163) The following pieces of classical music have received 'unruly' responses to their premieres. What are their unscrambled names? a) SHITE FOG PRINTER (Igor Stravinsky, 1913) b) SHERRY PIMP (Edgard Varse, 1923) c) FOR NO SUGAR (Steve Reich, 1973) (3 pts)  Ali:  2017-05-08

164) Spell this word, the longest 'non-technical' word in the English language, meaning "the estimation that something is worthless". It is also the longest word in Hansard, having been used in parliament by MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. I'm notionally splitting the word into five etymological sections, each deriving from a Latin word - in order these are "a wisp", "a trifle", "nothing", "a hair", and "making". A point for each section of the word spelled correctly. (5 pts)  Ali:  2017-05-08


165) What is the link between these 4 cars? Name the owner of each. (5 pts)  Giles:  2017-05-16

166) If an American holds up their hand like this, and points to the highlighted area, which city are they pointing out? (1 pt)  Giles:  2017-05-16

167) What vehicle is this part of? (1 pt)  Giles:  2017-05-16

168) What was unusual about the winner of the 2009 Chelsea Flower Show's "peoples' choice" award for best small garden, which was created by James May, Chris Collins, Jane McAdam Freud, Julian Fullalove and around 2000 members of the public? (1 pt)  Giles:  2017-05-16

169) Since 1900, three UK Governments have fallen as a result of votes of no confidence. Who were the Prime Ministers leading the governments which lost these votes? (3pts) (3 pts)  Giles:  2017-05-16

170) The following songs refer to couples in their lyrics - name the couples (3pts) a) Living on a prayer - Bon Jovi b) Ob la di - The Beatles c) Waterloo sunset - The Kinks (3 pts)  Giles:  2017-05-16

171) Which company has been heavily criticised for cultural misappropriation this week after launching a 1500 'fashion boomerang'? (1 pt)  Giles:  2017-05-16

172) Carageen Moss and Laver are names for edible variants of which organism? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-05-29

173) The North Face is a clothing brand named after the cold, forbidable face of northern hemisphere mountains. a) Which country was this company founded in? b) Which mountain has probably the most-famous north face in climbing history, including a door part-way up to a railway tunnel built inside the mountain? c) Whose body was found on the north face of Everest in 1999, 75 years after going missing? (3 pts)  Phil:  2017-05-29

174) Upon becoming the Archbishop of York, John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu gave a speech where he likened the letters in one of his names to which classic northern saying? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-05-29

175) a) 'Yan tan tethera' (1, 2, 3) is the collective name for different counting systems traditionally used in (mainly) Northern England to count which animal? b) The Westmorland version uses the words hovera, dovera dick for 8, 9, 10, making some commentators suggest this is the basis for which English nursery rhyme? (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-05-29

176) Name these 4 famous deltas. (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-05-29

177) Which decade was Bambi released? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-05-29

178) a) These two regions of Europe share a name - what is it? [just for interest, they are etymologically distinct] b) The green region is in which two modern day countries? (3 pts)  Phil:  2017-05-29

179) a) Cochineal is an insect which is used to create the dye 'carmine', but what type of insect is it? b) These insects are generally found on one type of famous cactus - what is it called? (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-05-29

180) Technically teeth: a) Which extant mammal has the longest singlecanine tooth (by quite a distance)? b) Which extinct animal had the longest pair of incisors of any mammal? (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-05-29

181) A syllabic abbreviation is when parts of words are used to form a name, e.g. Office of Communications = Ofcom. Can you name the words that have formed these two place names? 1/2 point for any individual word, 2 points (total) for a fully correct answer. a) Soweto b) Tribeca (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-05-29

182) Since WW2, only 2 ships have been sunk by a submarine attack. The first was during the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War, but where was the second? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-05-29

183) Using only chemical element symbols lined up in a row, make the longest country name you can. 1 point per letter. 0 points if it's incorrect. As an example (that you can't use as your answer), you could have Be-Ni-N (Beryllium, Nickel, Nitrogen). You do not have to tell me the full name of the elements, but you do have to break it down into the component symbols. And this is all from memory, no looking up symbols! You can repeat symbols, but a bonus point will go to the answer using the most unique elements. For the example above, you would submit your answer as 'Be-Ni-N', not 'Benin', and you would score 5 points. And if the country has more than one word, you can delete the spaces and treat it like one word. For simplicity, if the country may start 'The ______', you can ignore the 'The'. (? pts)  Phil:  2017-05-29

184) The world's largest carnivorous plant is big enough to trap small mammals, but rarely does. What does it mostly trap instead? (1 pt)  Russell:  2017-06-05

185) Which 6 modern nations in Africa were once German colonies (or part of)? (6 pts)  Russell:  2017-06-05

186) Name the Roald Dahl Characters: a) A man with an unusual speech impediment meaning occassionally he says words backwards b) His parents were eaten by a rhinocerous c) He lived in the biggest, brownest, muddiest river in Africa. (3 pts)  Russell:  2017-06-05

187) Alex Honold was in the news this week for climbing which US landmark? (1 pt)  Russell:  2017-06-05

188) Castoreum, which is used as vanilla flavoring in candies, is made from a secretion from the anal glands of what animal? (1 pt)  Russell:  2017-06-05

189) Code talkers refers to people who assited the allies with secret communication during wartime. What family of languages did code-talkers mostly speak? (1 pt)  Russell:  2017-06-05

190) Name the musical instruments: (4 pts)  Russell:  2017-06-05

191) In which sport are some players referred to as a 'Chinaman' because of the style of play? (1 pt)  Russell:  2017-06-05

192) What geographical features/landmarks do the following refer to in place names: a) Inver as in Inverness b) Kin as in Kinloch Leven c) Dun as un Dundee d) Wick as in Lerwick e) Ard as in Ardgarten (5 pts)  Russell:  2017-06-05

193) There are 15 national flags with weapons on them - how many can you name? (15 pts)  Russell:  2017-06-05

194) Baseball has only appeared as an official Olympic sport 5 times, starting in 1992 and discontinued after 2008 (although is due to make a comeback in 2020). Name the three countries that have won the gold. Bonus point available for knowing how many golds each country won (ie there are 5 golds shared between 3 countries, so tell me how many each country won). (4 pts)  Ewan:  2017-06-14

195) La Paz is often said to be the highest capital city (3,650m) in the world, however, according to the Bolivian Constitution it is not the official capital city of Bolivia. For one point, name Bolivia's official capital city. And for a second point, name the official highest world capital city (2,850m). (2 pts)  Ewan:  2017-06-14

196) Of the planets in our solar system, which one spins the fastest, which one spins the slowest, and which two spin the opposite direction to all the others. (You need to match up your answers to their attribute.) (3 pts)  Ewan:  2017-06-14

197) Tuvalu means 'cluster of eight' in Tuvaluan. How many islands are there in Tuvalu? (1 pt)  Ewan:  2017-06-14

198) Apart from the two title characters, which two other animals appear in the children's poem 'The owl and the pussycat'? (2 pts)  Ewan:  2017-06-14

199) The following are all lyrics taken from the theme songs of tv shows. Name the shows. a) "Math, science, history, unravelling the mysteries" b) "I'm not sick but I'm not well, and I'm so hot, cause I'm in hell" c) "The sun in the sky has a smile on his face, and he's shining a salute to the American race" (3 pts)  Ewan:  2017-06-14

200) Ducks were for some reason a very popular choice for cartoon creators back in the day. Can you name the 4 characters pictured? (4 pts)  Ewan:  2017-06-14

201) Which Mozart opera features a woodwind instrument in the title? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-06-20

202) In UK thoroughbred horse racing a horse length, or simply length, describes the distance between horses in a race. What are the 7 subdivisions into which 1 length is usually broken down? (7 pts)  Martin:  2017-06-20

203) The Olympic-class ocean liners were a trio of British ocean liners built by the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast for the White Star Line during the early 20th century. All three were designed to be the largest and most luxurious passenger ships in the world. What were their names? (Hint: They all end with the same 2 letters!) (3 pts)  Martin:  2017-06-20

204) Pup Parade, Simply Smiffy, Plug and Singled Out are spin-off comics from which British comic book strip which was first published in the 1950s? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-06-20

205) Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Golf, Squash, Tennis, Volleyball a) Rank these sports in ascending order of the size of the balls used to play them. You'll get a point for each correctly positioned ball and a bonus point for the perfect order. b) Now do the same for the weights of each ball. (18 pts)  Martin:  2017-06-20

206) a) What are the 2 national capitals in the world named after US Presidents? B) Name the 4 US State capitals named after US Presidents? Capital and country/state please! (6 pts)  Martin:  2017-06-20

207) If you converted the titles of Shakespeare's plays into their UK Scrabble tile word-values, which play would score the highest, and which play would score the lowest? NB Letter values: (1 point)-A, E, I, O, U, L, N, S, T, R. (2 points)-D, G. (3 points)-B, C, M, P. (4 points)-F, H, V, W, Y. (5 points)-K. (8 points)- J, X. (10 points)-Q, Z. Example: "Henry V" would score 15 points in Scrabble-terms (H=4, E=1, N=1, R=1, Y=4, V=4) (2 pts)  Martin:  2017-06-20

208) Audrey Horne, Bobby Briggs, Dale Cooper, Leland Palmer and Shelly Johnson are all returning characters in which US TV show which returned for a third season in May 2017 after a 25 year absence? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-06-20

209) According to the 2010 census, what are the 5 most populous cities/towns in Russia? (5 pts)  Martin:  2017-06-20

210) Please read the following doctor's notes of an obstetric medical scenario: A attended labour ward with symptoms including a gush of fluid suggesting an . A speculum and was performed which confirmed the diagnosis. A confirmed the baby was well. She returned the following day for . She went on to have an of a live male infant. For each highlighted medical term/acronym in the text (the 6 sections contained in <> brackets) translate the term/acronym for a point each. (Tip: Watch out for the indefinite articles, they would be used like "a UV light" rather than "an UV light", even though "a ultraviolet light" sounds weird if-you-see-what-I-mean...) (6 pts)  Martin:  2017-06-20

211) Which 5 capitals of countries in the EU contain the letter 'o', but the country doesn't? (Just name the cities.) (5 pts)  Susi:  2017-06-26

212) What are the English names of these animals I have translated literally from German? a) stink animal b) belt animal c) shield toad d) wash bear e) little oak horn f) parrot diver g) little earth man h) ink fish i) Bass fool (named after Bass rock) j) Nile horse k) wire donkey (it's an object, not an animal) (11 pts)  Susi:  2017-06-26

213) Following organisms have names honouring a person. What type of organism are they? a) Acisoma attenboroughi (Madagascan species, named for Attenborough's 90's birthday) b) Avahi cleesei (John Cleese hosted a documentary on this animal) c) Hyla stingi (in recognition of Sting's work for the rain forest) d) Legionella shakespearei (this organism was isolated from Stratford-upon-Avon)= e) Livyatan melvillei (Herman Melville) f) Neopalpa donaldtrumpei (named due to the resemblance of scales on the head to Trump's hairstyle) g) Aleiodes shakirae (parasiticm by this species causes the host caterpillar to bend and twist its abdomen in various ways ... just like Shakira) h) Filistata maguirei (Tobey Maguire) i) Psephophorus terry pratchetti (9 pts)  Susi:  2017-06-26

214) What was found in 2008 in a cave in southern Germany and dates back at least 35,000 years? [1] (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-06-26

215) Which countries do these dances come from? a) Humppa b) Branle c) Sirtaki d) Tarantella e) Butoh f) Snderhoning (6 pts)  Susi:  2017-06-26

216) What language do these words come from: pistol, robot, polka? (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-06-26

217) What council area do these places belong to? a) Livingston b) Arbroath c) Elgin d) Grangemouth e) Paisley (5 pts)  Susi:  2017-06-26

218) Which social media were launched in these years? (1 per year is enough) a) 1996 b) 1999 c) 2002 d) 2003 e) 2004 f) 2005 g) 2006 h) 2007 i) 2010 j) 2011 (10 pts)  Susi:  2017-06-26

219) It is not correct that TYPEWRITER is the only 10 letter word you can write with the top row of a (UK) keyboard. Name two others for a point each. 1/2 point for a 9 letter word instead. (2 pts)  Ali:  2017-07-02

220) Sadie and Ben Smith are siblings, the former is an award winning novelist and the latter a rapper, actor and comedian. By what names are each of them more commonly known? (2 pts)  Ali:  2017-07-02

221) Name the 3 countries other than France that the Tour de France route goes through this year. (3 pts)  Ali:  2017-07-02

222) What does GLOW stand for? It is a women's professional wrestling promotion that is the subject of an eponymous Netflix series. (1 pt)  Ali:  2017-07-02

223) One of the longest place names in the UK with no repeated letters begins with the name of a tonic wine popular in Scotland, and ends with a word meaning meadow. What is it? (1 pt)  Ali:  2017-07-02

224) Name: a) Tony Blair's old constituency b) David Cameron's old constituency c) Nick Clegg's old constituency d) Theresa May's constituency e) Jeremy Corbyn's constituency (5 pts)  Ali:  2017-07-02

225) A kangaroo word is a word that contains letters of another word, its 'joey', in order, with the same meaning. For example: masculine is a kangaroo word with joey the word male. a) Find the following kangaroo words and their joeys from the clues: i) Notice or perceive (K: 7 letters, J: 3 letter) ii) Amaze; dumbfound (K: 7 letters, J: 4 letters) iii) Make impure (K: 11 letters, J: 5 letters) b) Find the 'grand kangaroo word', its kangaroo word joey and its joey's joey: i) Weak; easily broken or damaged (GK: 9 letters, K: 7 letters, J: 5 letters) c) Bonus point for any additional kangaroo word you can think of. (5 pts)  Ali:  2017-07-02

226) What thing other than a cat is this cat famous for looking like? (2 pts)  Ali:  2017-07-02

227) Name the 7 two-tier counties in England (i.e. counties not including metropolitan counties or unitary authorities) that contain the letter U. (7 pts)  Ali:  2017-07-02

228) Name these albums with 'dark' covers from the slivers of cover given. 1 point for each artist, 1 for each album name. (8 pts)  Ali:  2017-07-02

229) Built between 1297 and 1300 by carpenter Walter of Durham, the St Edwards Chair is the oldest piece of English furniture by a known artist. It was built to contain an artefact which weighed 152 kg and was taken from Scotland as spoils of war in 1296. What artefact was the chair built to contain? (1 pt)  Giles:  2017-07-14

230) What is the difference between Devon & Cornwall style cream teas? A bonus point for assigning the differences to the correct counties. (2 pts)  Giles:  2017-07-14

231) What was Mr T's occupation before he became an actor? (1 pt)  Giles:  2017-07-14

232) The song "Eye of the tiger" by Survivor was written by the band specifically as the theme for Rocky III after being commissioned to do so by writer/director/actor Sylvester Stallone. Stallone had originally planned to use another song as the theme, but was refused permission by the artist. What song/band did he originally have in mind? (2 pts)  Giles:  2017-07-14

233) In Sunderbans in Bangladesh, residents were regularly being attacked from behind by tigers. What novel solution did they use to prevent these attacks? (1 pt)  Giles:  2017-07-14

234) In politics, how are the following surnames linked? Wulff, Khler and Rau. [be specific for full marks!] (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-07-26

235) How are the following "initial words" of three film titles linked? Sense, Iris, Steve. [be specific for full marks!] (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-07-26

236) Sportingly, how are the following forenames linked? Stuart, James, Jos. [be specific for full marks!] (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-07-26

237) In TV, how are the following surnames linked: Pond, Song, Oswald. [be specific for full marks!] (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-07-26

238) In the UK, what marks out the following three buildings? Beetham Tower (Manchester), BT Tower (Birmingham), West Tower (Merseyside). [be specific for full marks!] (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-07-26

239) What links the following three cities? Algiers, Luanda, Porto-Novo. [be specific for full marks!] (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-07-26

240) In the world of literature what links the following? Phoenix, Hallows, Fire. [be specific for full marks!] (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-07-26

241) What links the following: Tungsten, Tin, Antimony. [be specific for full marks!] (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-07-26

242) What links? Cuba Libr, Mojito, Daiquiri. [be specific for full marks!] (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-07-26

243) What links the following 3 songs: Imagine, Ghost Town, Under Pressure. [be specific for full marks!] (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-07-26

244) Snow Dome (a mountain peak) in Canada is the 'hyderographic apex of N. America'. What does this mean? (1 pt)  Russell:  2017-08-01

245) What links Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Charlie Ramsay? (1 pt)  Russell:  2017-08-01

246) Which Jamaican group are commonly credited with coining the term 'Reggae'? (1 pt)  Russell:  2017-08-01

247) Name the animals depicted in the totem pole (there are 4). (4 pts)  Russell:  2017-08-01

248) In what year was the first text (SMS) message sent? (1 pt)  Russell:  2017-08-01

249) According to a recent academic study, what are the top 4 actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint? (4 pts)  Russell:  2017-08-01

250) Which countries are the top 5 banana producers in the world? (5 pts)  Russell:  2017-08-01

251) List the 10 largest islands by area in the British Isles (excluding Britain and Ireland). (10 pts)  Russell:  2017-08-01

252) Name the three cities with these famous beaches: a) Venice Beach b) Copacabana c) Bondi Beach (3 pts)  Phil:  2017-08-09

253) Which 9 languages does the Pope have twitter accounts in, and which has the most followers? (10 pts)  Phil:  2017-08-09

254) What is the only word (well, and its plural) in the English language with the sequence 'ncm' in it? It's of French origin. (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-08-09

255) Ian Fleming died in 1964, but 'official' James Bond books are still being made. Who are the authors of these series: a) Actor / Comedian who writes the Young Bond books. b) (mainly) Children's Author who wrote the last official Bond release, Trigger Mortis, in 2015? (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-08-09

256) Marine AFC have released their new shirt with a quote from a famous work of literature (see picture). Who is the author, more associated with Canterbury than the club's home town of Liverpool? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-08-09

257) Name these long-distance UK footpaths, based on their start and end points: a) Edale (Peak District) to Kirk Yetholm (Scottish Borders). b) Milngavie to Fort William. c) St Bees (Cumbria) to Robin Hood's Bay (North Yorkshire) (3 pts)  Phil:  2017-08-09

258) The Emley Moor transmitting station is the 4th highest structure in the UK. It is one of only two in the top 10 that isn't known as a 'mast': a) What does it lack that differentiates it from these masts (and makes it a more impressive technical structure)? b) The only proper 'building' in the top 10, is a new-ish London landmark, known commonly by what name? c) The only other non-mast in the top 20, is situated at the Drax power station - but what is it? (3 pts)  Phil:  2017-08-09

259) These flags were part of a 1949 competition to create the new flag of this country - these 50 suggestions exclude the final shortlist, but what country was this competition for? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-08-09

260) The 1892-93 Division One season had the highest range (by percentage of total teams) of two-word team endings in an English top flight season: Villa, Albion, Wednesday, Forest, Stanley, County, Wanderers, North End, City, Rovers and Heath (out of 16). a) Name either ______ County. b) Newton Heath went on to become one of the most successful English football clubs. What are they now known as? c) Name _____ Wednesday, which at this time was not named after a city, but a grammatical article. (3 pts)  Phil:  2017-08-09

261) Afrika Bambaataa defined the 'four key elements of hip hop culture' - what are they? 2 are musical, 2 are more connected with the wider culture. (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-08-09

262) The Canadian dish, poutine, has three main components. Name them. (3 pts)  Ewan:  2017-08-18

263) The third Forth bridge is due to open in a couple of weeks. Its official name is The Queensferry Crossing. Give me the official names of the other two bridges, and tell me the years they opened. Half a point given for being within 2 years. (4 pts)  Ewan:  2017-08-18

264) The queen is coming to open the new bridge, but if she carks it before then, who would be the next three females in line to take the crown and perform her duties? (3 pts)  Ewan:  2017-08-18

265) On a standard Monopoly board, what are the three Red properties called? (and I don't mean the hotels) (3 pts)  Ewan:  2017-08-18

266) In the 2016/17 English Premier League season, who finished in spots 6 to 10? A bonus point available for getting the correct order. (6 pts)  Ewan:  2017-08-18

267) In a Shakespeare play, the character Falstaff proclaims "Let the sky rain potatoes". Which play is this from, and why does he want this? (2 pts)  Ewan:  2017-08-18

268) Bulgaria borders 5 countries. Name them. (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-08-18

269) Tom Hanks has been in his fair share of films. Name his 5 highest grossing live action films (no voiceovers). (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-08-18

270) When did it happen? Put these 5 world history events (currently in alphabetical order) into the order they happened: i) Aztecs founded their capital city (Tenochtitlan). ii) Coronation of Edward 1st. iii) Ghengis Khan was born. iv) Joan of Arc burned at the stake. v) Oxford university founded (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-08-18

271) Sadza is the staple food of Zimbabwe; what is it made from? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2017-08-25

272) According to Henley's 2015 list of the world's most useful passports (based on the number of unrestricted countries i.e countries that can be visited without a visa, or with a visa on arrival; the best having access to 175 and the worse having access to 25), which are the best and worst countries to be citizens of? (2 pts)  Saskia:  2017-08-25

273) According to the World Health Organisation, of the 56.4 million deaths worldwide in 2015, more than half (54%) were due to the top 10 causes. Name 5 (hint: HIV/AIDS isn't one of them). (5 pts)  Saskia:  2017-08-25

274) Which countries use the following currencies: a) Pula b) Koruna c) Rial d) Zloty e) Forint f) Rand g) Dong h) Vatu i) Shekel j) Dirham (2 possibilities) (10 pts)  Saskia:  2017-08-25

275) According the latest Mercer study, what are the 5 best cities to live in (i.e. best standard of living, based on political, social, economic environment)? (bonus point for the correct order). (6 pts)  Saskia:  2017-08-25

276) What is the opposite of a euphemism? I.e. A derogatory or unpleasant term used instead of a pleasant or neutral one. (1 pt)  Saskia:  2017-08-25

277) Which 4 countries in the world drink the most beer per capita? (bonus point for the correct order) (5 pts)  Saskia:  2017-08-25

278) Identify the following animals by their feet: (6 pts)  Saskia:  2017-08-25

279) Name the musicals and characters singing for the following songs: (5 pts)  Saskia:  2017-08-25






280) Which 1963 British comedy sketch is an essential part of the German New Year's celebration? (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-08-29

281) Embarrassing bodies: Fill in the blanks! a) Janus: In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, passages and endings. He is usually depicted as having two ______________. b) Bast: Many Egyptians worshipped the goddess Bast, who had a woman's body and a _______'s head. c) Argus: Greek mythology. He had 100 _______________ all over his body. d) Ra: Sun god and most important god of the ancient Egyptians. He is usually depicted as a man with a __________'s head. e) Medusa: Greek mythology. She is usually described as a winged human female with _________ in place of her hair. f) Krishna: the god of compassion, tenderness, love and beauty is usually pictured holding a _________ in his hand. (6 pts)  Susi:  2017-08-29

282) Name Germany's northernmost, easternmost, southernmost and westernmost cities (stadts), and the one closest to the middle. (5 pts)  Susi:  2017-08-29

283) This question is dedicated to all the men called Thomas out there. Fill in the gaps - Sometimes you need more than one word: a) Thomas More (1478-1535) wrote _____, published in 1516, about the political system of an imaginary ideal island nation. b) Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) invented the first long-lasting, practical __________. c) Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) was the principal author of _________. d) Thomas Harris (born 1940) is an American writer, best known for a series of suspense novels about his most famous character, which is ___________. e) Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) is best known for his 1651 book _______________, which established the social contract theory that has served as the foundation for most Western political philosophy. f) Name the 1924 novel written by Thomas Mann (1875-1955). g) Name the author who wrote "The Return of the Native". h) He lived in Sodor, a fictional island located in the Irish Sea. (8 pts)  Susi:  2017-08-29

284) a) Which 3 countries lead the world production of tea (producing most kilos)? b) Which 3 countries lead the world production in coffee? (6 pts)  Susi:  2017-08-29

285) Following berries are crosses between which other berries? a) Boysenberry (4 types) b) Jochelbeere (2 types) c) Tayberry (2 types) (8 pts)  Susi:  2017-08-29

286) Name one composer per era! a) Medieval b) Renaissance c) Baroque d) Classical e) Romantic f) Modernist g) Postmodernist (7 pts)  Susi:  2017-08-29

287) a) What does the 'E' in E-numbers stand for? b) What do the following groups stand for? i) E100-199 ii) E200-299 iii) E300-399 iv) E600-699 (5 pts)  Susi:  2017-08-29

288) What word links the following: Blue screens, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg, and rhinoceroses? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-09-06

289) The following fictional plants appear in which works of fiction? a) Piranha Plant b) Treebeard c) Yggdrasil d) Audrey II e) Kite-Eating Tree (5 pts)  Martin:  2017-09-06

290) Name the 6 players (as of 06/09/2017) in either the ATP (men's) or WTA (women's) top 20 world tennis rankings with surnames beginning with K. (6 pts)  Martin:  2017-09-06

291) Morning Glory, a Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, a Fallstreak hole, Diamond Dust, and a Brocken spectre are all examples of what? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-09-06

292) Please see the attached image and name all the cool sea creatures therein! (5 pts)  Martin:  2017-09-06

293) According to the Forbes list of The World's Biggest Public Companies 2017 the top 8 biggest public companies in the world are all in the same industry. For one point, what industry are they all in? And for a bonus point which UK company (also the same type of business) was for a brief time in 2009 top of the list (by both assets and liabilities), now languishing in 500th place overall? (2) (2 pts)  Martin:  2017-09-06

294) Which poem's famous opening lines read: "They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do." Name the poet and title of the poem. (2 pts)  Martin:  2017-09-06

295) Since 1900, which 5 states have been added to the United States of America? (5 pts)  Martin:  2017-09-06

296) For each of the following lists of subsidiary characters, name the TV programme in which they appear: a) Carl Carlson, Gil Gunderson, Herman Hermann, Lenny Leonard, and Dr. Marvin Monroe b) Burger World Manager (aka "The Manager Dude"), Daniel Butkis, Mr. Dick Gaylord, Captain Dick Jackman, Principal McVicker c) Bubbles, Tommy Carcetti, Howard "Bunny" Colvin, Bunk Moreland, and Frank Sobotka d) Agrajag, Deep Thought, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, Slartibartfast, and Trillian e) The Ants, Mammy Two-Shoes, Muscles, Spike, and Toots (5 pts)  Martin:  2017-09-06

297) Music Round! For the following 10 songs what is the first word sung or spoken in the lyrics? a) Manic Street Preachers - A Design For Life b) Massive Attack - Teardrop c) Nina Simone - Feeling Good d) Cake - The Distance e) Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit f) The Smiths - This Charming Man g) Madonna - Like A Prayer h) The Cranberries - Zombie i) Placebo - Nancy Boy j) Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (10 pts)  Martin:  2017-09-06

298) With members of which band does Richard Ashcroft of The Verve share a songwriting credit for Bitter Sweet Symphony, as the main violin part is sampled from an orchestral version of their song 'The Last Time'? (1 pt)  Ali:  2017-09-12

299) Alan Partridge once arrived to find his car vandalised with the words 'COCK PISS PARTRIDGE'. In order to sanitise this to the best of his ability, what did he change these words to? Hint: the letters were upper-case and he merely added lines; he did not add or remove any letters; he did not erase any part of any letter; and if you pretend it was 'COCK PISS PARE', then the resulting words are all common real words. (3 pts)  Ali:  2017-09-12

300) a) Name the only artist to have won the Mercury Prize twice. Which band is the most-nominated artist, but has never won? b) Which two former winners (2010, 2012) are nominated for the prize this year? Hint: they both use slightly unconventional capitalisation in their names. (4 pts)  Ali:  2017-09-12

301) Two of this year's Wimbledon singles finalists have won Wimbledon more than 5 times. Who are they, and in which two years did they both win? (4 pts)  Ali:  2017-09-12

302) Banksy was recently accidentally (probably) outed on a podcast as a member of which Bristol band/group? Which drum & bass musician / producer / DJ did the outing? (2 pts)  Ali:  2017-09-12

303) a) How old was the Edinburgh International Festival this year? b) This year's festival opened with a concert of 'Surprise Symphony', which was the opening concert at the original EIF, by which composer? (2 pts)  Ali:  2017-09-12

304) There are a number of words in English whose letters are already in alphabetical order, for example Aegilops (although that is not Scrabble-valid). Name the 6 letter words whose letters are in (strict, i.e. no repeats) alphabetical order, defined below: a) Nearly b) Examination of tissue c) Printed multicoloured cotton fabric (3 pts)  Ali:  2017-09-12

305) A mini-quizzy giro / tour / vuelta d' / de / a Italia / France / Espaa: a) Name the colours of the General Classification winner's jerseys in each of cycling's grand tours. What colour jersey is awarded for *last* place in the Giro? b) Name the four cheeses from Italy, France and Spain with protected designation of origin status beginning with G (2 Italian, 1 French, 1 Spanish) c) Name the four mainland regions of France, Italy and Spain beginning with B (1 Italian, 2 French, 1 Spanish). France recently merged some regions, including one of the former B regions, however the new region containing that one also begins with a B- I will accept either the former or current name. d) False friends! The following things sound or look similar in each pair of languages. But what are the two English translations? 0.5 points for each: i) Spanish: burro, Italian: burro ii) Spanish: gato, French: gteau iii) Italian: sale, French: sale. And what single English meaning do the following false friends (for English speakers) share? iv) Spanish: librera, French: librairie, Italian: libreria v) Spanish: actualmente, French: actuellement, Italian: attualmente (16 pts)  Ali:  2017-09-12

306) Since Mac OS has stopped being named after big cats, it has had 5 releases (10.9 - 10.13). What are their names? They based on locations/landmarks in California, although to be honest that's not exactly a great hint. (5 pts)  Ali:  2017-09-12

307) What things do these fonts come from? They are being confusingly used to describe vaguely similar / related things. (9 pts)  Ali:  2017-09-12

308) These text strings have what testing functions (just a rough desciption needed)? a) "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..." (etc) b) "Hello World" c) "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" (3 pts)  Phil:  2017-09-20

309) Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time is a 1995 book about an 18th century British man who solved the problem of measuring longitude by creating a very accurate what? (don't need a specific name, just what it does) (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-09-20

310) These UK hazard warning symbols have what definition? All are single words, d) is a compound word. (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-09-20

311) a) What is a Lingua Franca? b) The Plains Nations used a lingua franca across much of North America. What is unusual about it? (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-09-20

312) The oldest football club with a well-documented, continuous history is based at Trinity College, in which city? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-09-20

313) Name the films for these classic film posters. (6 pts)  Phil:  2017-09-20

314) On 23/08/07, Chris Messina suggested the use of what, now popular on social media, to help group together messages in his 'barcamp' thread? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-09-20

315) a) Naim, Arcam and Cyrus are high-end manufacturers of what type of equipment? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-09-20

316) What country is this? (see pic) (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-09-20

317) Dem Bones is a 19th century composition that's widely known for its listing of human bones and how they're connected. e.g. "The toe bone's connected to the foot bone..." etc. a) From the 'foot bone' to the 'head bone', which 9 other bones are mentioned along the way (all are listed as '___ bone', even if that's not the name we give them). b) This song has what subject as its focus (not bones, and just the general subject needed)? (10 pts)  Phil:  2017-09-20

318) What was the name of the FIRST British woman in space? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-09-27

319) Who was the FIRST UK Labour Prime Minster? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-09-27

320) What is the FIRST metal in the periodic table (if listed by increasing atomic number)? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-09-27

321) Which rugby union Premiership team comes FIRST if you list them all alphabetically? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-09-27

322) What was the name of the FIRST Stuart/Stewart monarch? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-09-27

323) Name the ONLY actor who was nominated for 8 Academy Awards for Best Actor, without winning any. (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-09-27

324) Which TWO Scottish football teams erroneously use the title "City" despite not having city status in the UK? (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-09-27

325) Try naming the last THREE Canadian Prime Minsters (including the present one) (3 pts)  Adam:  2017-09-27

326) Which FOUR artists/bands have had the most UK number one singles? (4 pts)  Adam:  2017-09-27

327) Jane Austen is currently replacing Darwin on the tenner, but who were the original FIVE pictured Brits (other than Queen Elizabeth II) on first run of standard 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 notes (first issued in 1978, 1971, 1970, 1975 and 1981 respectively - bonus point if you can match them to the note...)? (10 pts)  Adam:  2017-09-27

328) These sedimentary rocks all have an associated metamorphic rock: a) Limestone b) Chalk c) shale/mudstone (3 pts)  Russell:  2017-10-03

329) What English word reputedly has its origins in a bet made by a Dublin theatre proprietor by the name of Richard Daly made a bet that he could, within forty-eight hours, make a nonsense word known throughout the city, and that the public would supply a meaning for it. After a performance one evening, he gave his staff cards with the word written on them, and told them to write the word on walls around the city. The next day the strange word was the talk of the town, and within a short time it had become part of the language. (1 pt)  Russell:  2017-10-03

330) The Superb Fairywren teaches its young a unique song by singing to it whilst still in the egg. Once the young have hatched the ability to recall the song to the mother serves what purpose? (1 pt)  Russell:  2017-10-03

331) The fastest time to climb all the Munros in a continuous, self propelled journey is held by Stephen Pyke. a) How many days did it take him to scale all the Munros, from Ben More on the Isle of Mull to Ben Hope by Kayak, bike and on foot? (2 points for spot on and a 1 point for a day either side) b) What's the average time (in years) taken to complete the Munros? (3 pts)  Russell:  2017-10-03

332) 'Neon' lights refer to any bright light using glass tubes filled with gas - though not always filled with neon which producesan orange light. What gases are used in red, yellow, white and blue 'neon' lights? (1 point for each). Bonus point if you match all the colours to their gases. (5 pts)  Russell:  2017-10-03

333) Name the fictional islands: a) Island prison in the Harry Potter series b) Setting of sitcom Father Ted c) Site of InGen's Jurassic Park d) Fictional Hebridean island and the setting of Robin Hardy's 1973 movie The Wicker Man e) a legendary island featured in the Arthurian legend (5 pts)  Russell:  2017-10-03

334) Elton John released his first single in 1968. In what year did he achieve his first UK no. 1 as a solo artist (bonus point for name of single). (2 pts)  Russell:  2017-10-03

335) Name the philosopher who said: a) "The unexamined life is not worth living" b) "I think therefore I am" ("Cogito, ergo sum") c) "God is dead! He remains dead! And we have killed him." d) "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it" e) "Everything that exists is born for no reason, carries on living through weakness, and dies by accident" f) "Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know" (6 pts)  Russell:  2017-10-03

336) The Oksapmin people of New Guinea have a base-27 counting system. The words for numbers are the words for the 27 body parts they use for counting, starting at the thumb of one hand, and ending on the thumb at the other. Once the 5 digits on the hand are reached, which 9 body parts (after the 5 digits) are used to reach the mid point (14)? The pattern is then repeated on the other side. (9 pts)  Russell:  2017-10-03

337) These tunes are better known as theme tunes - name the show (tv and radio): a) Barwick Green b) Drum Majorette c) Soul Limbo d) Liberty Bell (4 pts)  Russell:  2017-10-03

338) In Greek mythology, what is the name of the ship that sailed from Iolcos in search of the Golden Fleece? (1 pt)  Cav:  2017-10-11

339) With a population of 2.7 million residents, which city is the third largest in the United States? (1 pt)  Cav:  2017-10-11

340) What term, commonly used in technology, is derived from the Hindu word meaning "a manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth"? (1 pt)  Cav:  2017-10-11

341) In the British Army, what name is given to a unit comprised of up to 30 or 40 soldiers? A number of these units will make up a Company. (1 pt)  Cav:  2017-10-11

342) Which 1970 album by The Grateful Dead was ranked #258 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and features the single "Truckin'"? (1 pt)  Cav:  2017-10-11

343) This year, Paris Saint Germain set a world record for transfer fees, when they paid 198,000,000 for Neymar. In no particular order, name the previous 5 record-breaking players? (Clue: 4 of them went to the same team) (5 pts)  Cav:  2017-10-11

344) What are the four official languages of Singapore? (2 pts)  Cav:  2017-10-11

345) BACS Transfers are used to process direct debit payments in the UK. What words make up the acronym? (1 pt)  Cav:  2017-10-11

346) Themed Picture Round! Identify the person or people in each of the pictures (1/4 point each). For three extra points, correctly arrange them into themed quartets. You can tell me the theme if you like, but no bonus points. (Note, there is one slight cheat here) (6 pts)  Cav:  2017-10-11

347) LASER and TASER share how many words in their acronyms? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-10-19

348) These colour phrases are either positive or negative - say which: a) Yellow-bellied b) In the black c) Red letter day d) Purple patch (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-10-19

349) This snack is known as Krabbenchips in German, chips la crevette in French, nuvole di drago in Italian, and pan de gambas in Spanish. What are they known as in English? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-10-19

350) The visual pun pictured refers to a flag used in what form of transport? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-10-19

351) a) Aneto is the highest mountain in the Pyrenees and Aragon, and is Spain's 3rd highest peak. The first and second in the list come from two other mountain ranges / locations - can you name these locations? b) Mt Paget is the highest point of any UK overseas territory (ignoring the disputed Antarctic territories). i) What island is it on? ii) At 2935m tall, it is pretty much exactly 3x as high as which UK nation's highest point? (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-10-19

352) a) What day of the year would a French person attempt to attach a paper fish to someone's back? b) This map was published on this day by The Guardian, but what subject does it reference? (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-10-19

353) A&R is the division of a record label that is responsible for talent scouting and artistic development, but what does A&R stand for? (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-10-19

354) Name these Eurodance Acts: a) "__________ is a dance group founded in 1991 by Belgian producers Jean-Paul DeCoster and Phil Wilde and fronted by Dutch rapper Ray Slijngaard and Dutch vocalist Anita Doth. During five years of enormous worldwide popularity, the act scored 16 chart hits.." b) "__________ was an Italian group popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The members of the group included a trio made up of a club DJ (Daniele Davoli), a classically trained clarinet teacher (Valerio Semplici), and a keyboard and electronic music "wiz" (Mirko Limoni). They used French fashion model Katrin Quinol as their album/singles cover art and supposed lead singer in all of the group's music videos." c) "__________ is a German Eurodance project formed in 1989 by Torsten Fenslau. The act has gone through a number of line-up changes over the years; they achieved the most success whilst fronted by singer Tania Evans and rapper Jay Supreme - their 1993 single "Mr. Vain" was a number-one hit in eleven European countries." (3 pts)  Phil:  2017-10-19

355) The Man Booker Prize has had two winning books with 'Tiger' in the title but without a tiger as a character in the book, and one winning book without Tiger in the title, but with a tiger as a character in the book. Can you name them? (3 pts)  Phil:  2017-10-19

356) There are 42 teams in the Scottish Football League system. Which 4 Scottish football teams do not share the first letter in their name with any other team? To give you a bit of a hint there are no teams that begin with the following letters: J, N, O, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z (4 pts)  Ewan:  2017-10-26

357) Since 1983, only 3 motorbike manufacturers have won the 500cc Moto GP constructors championship. Name them. (3 pts)  Ewan:  2017-10-26

358) In the New Town of Edinburgh, Rose Street is the famous narrow street in between Princes Street and George Street, stretching from St Andrew Square to Charlotte Square. What three streets make up the equivalent street in between George Street and Queen Street? (3 pts)  Ewan:  2017-10-26

359) These 4 pictures are all screenshots from the opening credits of TV shows. Name the shows. (4 pts)  Ewan:  2017-10-26

360) When the Nobel Prize awards began in 1901 there were 5 categories. A further category was added in 1968/9. Name the 6 categories. (6 pts)  Ewan:  2017-10-26

361) Put these famous Brian/Bryans into the order of most to least twitter followers: Adams (Musician), Cox (Astrophysicist), Cranston (Actor), May (Musician), O'Driscoll (Rugby Player). 1 point per B-dawg in the correct position. (5 pts)  Ewan:  2017-10-26

362) Which two Countries have been disputing the sovereignty of Hans Island since 1973; and since 1984 have been regularly deploying military to replace the opposition flag with their own as well as leaving a bottle of schnapps/whisky for the enemy troops. (2 pts)  Ewan:  2017-10-26

363) What musical instruments have the following parts: a) Rim, Rim Hole, Membrane, Jingles/Jangles b) Bass Section, Bass Buttons, Bass Couplers, Bellows, Grille, Treble Section, Treble Couplers, Keys c) Headjoint, Body, Foot, Lip Plate, Embouchure Hole, Tenon, Rod System, Keys (3 pts)  Ewan:  2017-10-26

364) What is Drake's equation (below) attempting to determine? (1 point) (for a bonus point, what was the most important variable, 'L'? N = R* • fp • ne • fl • fi • fc • L (2 pts)  Saskia:  2017-11-05

365) In 1881, which American president, having been shot, lived another 11 weeks by being fed via his bum? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2017-11-05

366) a) Name the 5 sections of the spine (5 pts)  Saskia:  2017-11-05

367) Based on populations estimates for 2012, list the following Scottish towns and cities in order of the size of their populations: Dunfermline, Inverness, Kilmarnock, Kirkcaldy, Stirling (5 pts)  Saskia:  2017-11-05

368) Name the national anthems for the following countries a) UK b) USA c) France d) Australia e) Canada (5 pts)  Saskia:  2017-11-05

369) Which celebrities' (name either parent for a point) are responsible for giving their children these names: a) River Rocket b) North d) Apple e) Fifi Trixibelle (4 pts)  Saskia:  2017-11-05

370) There are currently 24 countries where same-sex marriage is currently legal, name 10 (for a bonus point, which of these countries was the first country in modern times to have a law providing for the marriage of same-sex couples) (11 pts)  Saskia:  2017-11-05

371) What classic book did Maurice Sendak author? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2017-11-05

372) Name the band/musician and name of the song for the 90s music videos: (12 pts)  Saskia:  2017-11-05

373) A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal, "ABQ", "Fly", "Hermanos" and "Say My Name" are all epsiode titles, one from each season in order, of which popular US TV show which concluded in 2013? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-11-20

374) In the beginning, there was nothing in the universe except a formless chaos. This chaos coalesced into a cosmic egg for about 18,000 years. Within it, two perfectly opposed principles became balanced, and Pangu emerged (or woke up) from the egg. Pangu is usually depicted as a primitive, hairy giant who has horns on his head and wears fur. Pangu began creating the world: he separated the two principles with a swing of his giant axe, creating the Earth and the Sky. To keep them separated, Pangu stood between them and pushed up the Sky. With each day, the sky grew ten feet higher, the Earth ten feet thicker, and Pangu ten feet taller. This task took yet another 18,000 years. In some versions of the story, Pangu is aided in this task by the four most prominent beasts [names redacted!]. This passage is one of the creation myths of which country? (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-11-20

375) What are the national sports of the following countries? (Note that some of these are enshrined in law and others de facto - I'm going by Wikipedia here!) a) Scotland b) England c) Ireland d) Wales e) Brazil f) Canada g) South Korea h) Lithuania (8 pts)  Martin:  2017-11-20

376) Released in March 2017 which album debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, selling 672,000 units in its first week, making it the fastest-selling album by a male artist there and the third-highest opening behind Adele's 25 and Oasis' Be Here Now? The dominance of its tracks on the UK chart led to calls for change on how the singles chart is compiled, and the Official Charts Company then introduced new rules limiting tracks eligible for entry in the top 100 to three per main artist. Artist and album title for the points. (2 pts)  Martin:  2017-11-20

377) FFFFFFOOTBAAAAAAALLLLL!!!! 32 teams have now qualified for the 2018 World Cup. Can you name me some of the qualifying teams from each of the following regions: a) Europe x 6 b) South America x 2 c) North, Central America and Caribbean x 1 d) Asia x 2 e) Africa x 2 (13 pts)  Martin:  2017-11-20

378) In 2015, the internet company Google restructured so that it is now owned by the parent company Alphabet. For a point each, what is Google's company slogan and what is Alphabet's watered-down company slogan? (2 pts)  Martin:  2017-11-20

379) The following films were nominated this year for an Oscar at the Academy Awards: Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, Kubo and the Two Strings, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. What was the category, and which film won? (2 pts)  Martin:  2017-11-20

380) Picture round, what links the names of the 6 people in this picture? (Tips: One of these people I doubt anyone will have ever even heard of, and another is not even spelled correctly! However I hope it's still work-out-able...) (1 pt)  Martin:  2017-11-20

381) What are each of these phrase mnemonics trying to help us remember? You don't have to give me each thing in the lists, just a description of what is being listed for each: a) Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain b) Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally c) King Philip Cuts Open Five Green Snakes d) Mean Very Evil Men Just Shortened Up Nature e) Every Average Dude Gets Better Eventually f) God's Eternal Love Never Dies (6 pts)  Martin:  2017-11-20

382) Kriegspiel, Crazyhouse, Apocalypse, and Baroque are all forms of what game? (1 pt)  Ali:  2017-11-27

383) The following music genres are associated with which cities: a) Trip-hop (UK) b) Baggy (UK) c) Motown (USA) d) harDCore (USA) e) Footwork (USA) (5 pts)  Ali:  2017-11-27

384) Jerks: a) In which sport might you do the 'clean and jerk'? b) Which comedian is the star of The Jerk (1979)? c) Jerk spice rub is principally made from two things. Name: i) The spice ii) The variety of chilli (4 pts)  Ali:  2017-11-27

385) Edinburgh Comedy Awards: a) What happened for the first time ever with the 2017 Edinburgh Comedy Award? b) To whom was the 2008 Panel Prize awarded, leading to Richard Herring calling it "a bit of a patronising cop out"? (2 pts)  Ali:  2017-11-27

386) The international date line is based on the antemeridian, but slightly rejigged because the latter passes through two countries, which are avoided by the date line. a) Which two countries? b) Which country claims the part of Antarctica that is passed through by the antemeridian? (3 pts)  Ali:  2017-11-27

387) The zoom in/out functions on a camera are usually labelled with the letters W and T. What words (in both cases preceding 'lens') do they stand for? The 'W' word is hyphenated. (2 pts)  Ali:  2017-11-27

388) Non-standard sports: a) What unusual item is worn by the participants in a game of Goalball? b) Camogie is 'almost identical' to which sport, except that it is played by women? c) Which 8 countries host events on this season's FIS cross-country skiing calendar? To (possibly) help you out, the following is a selection of locations, one per country: Ruka, Toblach, Lenzerheide, Oberstdorf, Planica, Seefeld, Drammen, Falun. (10 pts)  Ali:  2017-11-27

389) What's next in these sequences (pictured)? A point each, or 1/2 point if you can't get the answer, but can describe the sequence. (4 pts)  Ali:  2017-11-27

390) Three guys, two girls, one whistle: There were 5 Gladiators named after animals who appeared in 4 or more series of the TV show. Please name them. (5 pts)  Ali:  2017-11-27

391) Name the 5 capital cities ending with the word 'CITY'. For the sake of removing ambiguity, I'm not counting Djibouti as it seems to be inconsistently added. (5 pts)  Ali:  2017-11-27

392) A flageolet is a type of bean but also a ___________. (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-12-04

393) Abaca, coir, ramie and sisal are different types of _______________. (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-12-04

394) What is the name given to a far-northern location in classical European literature and cartography. Modern interpretations often identify it either as Norway, Orkney, Shetland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Iceland or Greenland. (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-12-04

395) What is the English name for the animal that is known in other languages as "macareux", "papagaio do mar", "pulcinella di mare" and "Papageientaucher". (1 pt)  Susi:  2017-12-04

396) What are the definitions of these English words? a) Jentacular b) Quire c) Tittynope d) Winklepicker e) Zoanthropy (5 pts)  Susi:  2017-12-04

397) Name the 7 Shakespeare plays starting with "The..." (7 pts)  Susi:  2017-12-04

398) Name 5 different types of pronoun. (5 pts)  Susi:  2017-12-04

399) What is produced by companies founded by the following people. a) Hans Riegel (the location might help: Bonn) b) Melitta Benz c) William Prym d) Alfred Ritter (4 pts)  Susi:  2017-12-04

400) What are the first names of these famous painters? a) Duerer b) Friedrich c) Goya d) Monet e) Raeburn f) Bruegel g) Bosch h) Cezanne i) Gaugin j) Matisse (10 pts)  Susi:  2017-12-04

401) A Christingle ('Christ light') normally consists of 4 things - name them. For each of the 4 answers you can alternatively give what it is supposed to represent, rather than the object. (4 pts)  Phil:  2017-12-18

402) Due to Romans aligning Jesus to the Sun, some believe they celebrated Christmas on December 25th as they believed it was the ____est and ____est day of the year. (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-12-18

403) 'Santa Claus' comes into English from which language? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-12-18

404) In the UK, Boxing Day is celebrated on 26 December, but which Saint is this day also celebrated for? (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-12-18

405) Shown are the Christmas gift bringers for countries around Europe. Name the (English translated) alternative name for Father Christmas / Santa for a), the legendary creature for b) and the animal for c). (3 pts)  Phil:  2017-12-18

406) A clootie dumpling is a Scottish pudding eaten at Christmas time, but what is it wrapped in before cooking? This wrapping ('cloot') also appears in the phrase "Ne'er cast a cloot til Mey's oot". (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-12-18

407) During the years 1649-1660, Christmas was banned in both England and Scotland by two different groups (and for different reasons). Name the cause of this downturn in merriment in each country - both begin with P. (2 pts)  Phil:  2017-12-18

408) A Christmas tree is most commonly a type of evergreen conifer - name 5 possible species. (5 pts)  Phil:  2017-12-18

409) Flying Fish Cove (also known as The Settlement) is the capital of which Australian territory? It has a suitably festive name. (1 pt)  Phil:  2017-12-18

410) 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' has been Christmas number one on 3 occasions, in 1984, 1989 and 2004. What was the (different) name of the group on each occasion? b) Shown is the line-up of most of the performers in the 1984 single - name the numbered artists (closest face to the number). If you name the group they are in instead of the person, you'll get half a point. (13 pts)  Phil:  2017-12-18

411) The godly character played by Ian McShane in the TV series American Gods, shares a name with which day of the week? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-01-14

412) Which British novelist wrote the book American Gods back in 2001? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-01-14

413) Which deity-titled work won DBC Pierre the Booker Prize for back in 2003? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-01-14

414) Dieux du Stade/Gods of the Stadium, is the title shared by books and calendars featuring scantily-clad French rugby players – but for which rugby club do they play? (1 pt)  Adam:  2017-01-14

415) Which two actors played "God" in the films Dogma (1999) and Bruce Almighty (2003)? (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-01-14

416) Which two chemical elements are named after Norse gods? (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-01-14

417) According to an epic Indian poem (with a clue-giving name), which god/avatar's army of ape men (the Vanara) built "Adam's Bridge" to link India to the Kingdom of Lanka? It was built to enable him to rescue his deity wife/avatar from King Ravana so, for a second point, what was her name? (2 pts)  Adam:  2017-01-14

418) According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, in Ancient Egypt who were the primary gods of: a) the underworld, death and resurrection b) chaos, violence, deserts and storms c) motherhood, fertility and childbirth. (3 pts)  Adam:  2017-01-14

419) One planet in our solar system as two moons, named after the sons of the Greek gods Ares and Aphrodite – for three points, which planet, and what are the two moons called? (3 pts)  Adam:  2017-01-14

420) The following are short synopses of films (from IMDb) and their respective years of release. The films all have "God" as part of their titles – for a point each, name the films: a) The world is beset by the appearance of monstrous creatures, but one of them may be the only one who can save humanity (2014) b) The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate (1974) c) Two boys growing up in a violent neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer (2002) d) Spring. Yorkshire. Young farmer Johnny Saxby numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker for lambing season ignites an intense relationship that sets Johnny on a new path (2017) e) The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863 (2003) f) Mortal hero Bek teams with the god Horus in an alliance against Set, the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt's throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict (2016) g) Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death (2013) h) The last days of Frankenstein director James Whale are explored (1998) (8 pts)  Adam:  2017-01-14

421) 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assination of 2 prominent US figures - name them. (2 pts)  Russell:  2018-01-22

422) The shortest day of the year is 21st December, however this is not the date of the latest sunrise and earliest sunset. In 2017 what were the date of the latest sunrise and earliest sunset? (2 pts)  Russell:  2018-01-22

423) What are the 8 terms in the below equation that predicts that today is the saddest day of the year? (8 pts)  Russell:  2018-01-22

424) Mick Fleetwood played lamb chops and Lyndsay Buckingham a Kleenex box on what Fleetwood Mac song? (1 pt)  Russell:  2018-01-22

425) The announcement of an upcoming recipe change led to panic buying of what product in December 2017? (1 pt)  Russell:  2018-01-22

426) a) Counties ending in -shire are normally named after a town/city. By my reckoning (happy to be corrected for bonus points) there are two -shires in England without a corresponding town. Can you name them? b) How many Local Authority areas in Scotland have 'shire' in the title? (3 pts)  Russell:  2018-01-22

427) 2017 is on record as the hottest year globally without an El Nino event. In the UK 2 months were colder than the 1980-2010 average. Which were they? (2 pts)  Russell:  2018-01-22

428) Which 2 figures depicted on US Banknotes have not served as US president? (2 pts)  Russell:  2018-01-22

429) There have been 9 secretaries general of the UN since 1946 - can you list their nationalities? (9 pts)  Russell:  2018-01-22

430) Name the football teams (English Footbll League) by the nickname derived from local industry: a) Shrimpers b) Cod Army c) Silkmen d) Carpetmen e) Potters f) Hatters g) Gunners h) Chairboys i) Brewers (9 pts)  Russell:  2018-01-22

431) Oscar fever season! Decode the performers or films nominated in this year's Oscars from their anagrams. a) New ladies daily b) Heather's oaf wept c) Hazing! Down, Nestle! (3 pts)  Cav:  2018-02-01

432) Friday 16th February is the first day of the Chinese Year of the Dog. Of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, name all three non-mammal signs. (3 pts)  Cav:  2018-02-01

433) St Valentine's Day is just around the corner. With the help of Google, I've translated the first line of famous poems into Esperanto (the other language of love). Simply translate the lines approximately or give the titles. Translations can be approximate. a) Cu mi komparas vin en somero? b) Kiel mi amas vin? Lasu min rakonti la vojojn. c) Malgranda, ruza, eksplodanta, timora besto, ho kia paniko estas en via brusto? d) Ne iru milda en tiun bonan nokton, Maljunulo devas bruligi kaj ravi ce la proksima tago (4 pts)  Cav:  2018-02-01

434) Mardi Gras falls on February 13th this year. The annual festival draws over 10 million visitors to New Orleans each year — many of whom are rewarded with beaded garlands for executing what act? (1 pt)  Cav:  2018-02-01

435) The Winter Olympics kicks off on February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea — a city 80km east of Seoul. Since it started in 1924, how many times has the Winter Games been hosted in a national capital? (1 pt)  Cav:  2018-02-01

436) Whose fictional Scottish eyes are these? (7 pts)  Cav:  2018-02-01

437) Hotmail was originally styled with 4 of the letters capitalised, which were they? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-02-08

438) a) Three films have won 11 Oscars (the most ever), name one. They won in 1959, 1997 and 2003. b) Of the films that have won 8 Oscars, two are named after historical figures, but using only a single name. One was born in 1756, one in 1869. Name the film titles. (3 pts)  Phil:  2018-02-08

439) A non-contact version of Rugby (both codes, mainly aimed at children) is known by which two-word name? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-02-08

440) Who is the documentary filmmaker who has made programmes including The Power of Nightmares, Bitter Lake and HyperNormalisation? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-02-08

441) Due to some quirky time zones, eastern Kiribati is the first place to see in a new day. What time/date would it be in London when they celebrate the beginning of a new year? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-02-08

442) LAX is the common name for Los Angeles International Airport, but where did this name come from? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-02-08

443) Roughly describe these syndromes: a) Stockholm b) Munchausen by Proxy c) Asperger (3 pts)  Phil:  2018-02-08

444) Oology isn't the study of oos, but is the study of what? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-02-08

445) a) Which captial of an EU country scores highest in scrabble? b) Which non-EU European country's capital used to be called Titograd, but now is named after a hill/mountain, along with its parent country? (2 pts)  Phil:  2018-02-08

446) a) The standard set of dollar notes and pound notes are almost the same (if you include the various UK notes used around the country). Which dollar demonination has no equivalent note in the UK? b) If an American is "all about the Benjamins", which note are they all about? c) Due to a takeover of the note-issuing bank, this slightly-weird looking Sterling note is in circulation where? (obvious locating info removed). (3 pts)  Phil:  2018-02-08

447) A restaurant diner known as a quatorzime and an ornamental cat at the Savoy Hotel called Kaspar are people / animals made to sit at a dinner table to avoid what situation? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-02-08

448) Name these rappers from their birth names: a) Curtis Jackson b) Sean Combs c) Christopher Wallace d) Robert Fitzgerald Diggs (4 pts)  Phil:  2018-02-08

449) a) Roman Britain started in what year? b) To the nearest 100 years, how long did this period last? (2 pts)  Phil:  2018-02-08

450) These major world events are long burned in the memory, but what year did they occur in? a) 9/11 b) Boxing Day Tsunami c) Death of Princess Diana d) Fall of the Berlin Wall (4 pts)  Phil:  2018-02-08

451) The seven SI base units are shown in this picture, but what seven things do they measure? (half point if you just name the unit, not what it measures) (7 pts)  Phil:  2018-02-08

452) Wine! Name the 5 countries which produce the most wine by volume. (5 pts)  Ewan:  2018-02-14

453) Ikea recently put an advert in a magazine that gave a discount to certain people if they did something to the advert and brought it in as proof. a) What did they want people to do to the advert? b) What did it prove? (2 pts)  Ewan:  2018-02-14

454) What are people who suffer these phobias averse to? a) Haemophobia b) Paedophobia c) Acrophobia d) Chronophobia e) Aibohphobia (5 pts)  Ewan:  2018-02-14

455) The Doomsday clock is used to depict how close certain experts believe we are to the end of the world as we know it. On January 25th 2018, the time on the clock was updated. What time is the clock now set at? (1 pt)  Ewan:  2018-02-14

456) 6 of the 8 planets in our solar system have moons. Name the largest moon of each planet. (6 pts)  Ewan:  2018-02-14

457) In Harry Potter, the Hogwarts school motto is "Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus". What does this translate to? (1 pt)  Ewan:  2018-02-14

458) What are they called now? These things are all pretty well known, but not as these names. Tell me what they are now better known as. a) Pretzel (Game) b) Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope) c) Newton Heath (Football team) d) Brad's Drink (Soft Drink) e) Harry Webb (Musician) (5 pts)  Ewan:  2018-02-14

459) Name these people! Each question below will give you the description of two different people, but they both have the same name, but with the first and last names reversed. For example if the first part of the clue was for someone called Martin Ali, then the other part of the clue would be for someone called Ali Martin. a) Former American football player for the Indiana Colts / British actor who played Detective Jack Frost b) Architect of Edinburgh's New Town / English footballer who played for Hibs in the 02/03 season c) Former Welsh and British Lions rugby fly-half / British composer famed for composing the scores of 11 Bond films (3 pts)  Ewan:  2018-02-14

460) In 1995, which professional footballer was named as FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or, becoming the first and to date only African player to win these awards? For a second point, name his new job since the 22nd of January 2018? (2 pts)  Martin:  2018-02-22

461) Which novel won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction? Author and title required for the point. (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-02-22

462) Claire Guest Picture Round! Please name each of the 10 pictured methods of contraception. (10 pts)  Martin:  2018-02-22

463) What single word can mean: a viscoelastic polymer derived from petroleum, coal tar or plants; a place to play sports; to plunge with alternate fall and rise of bow and stern; to deliver or serve a ball. (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-02-22

464) Harry Potter picture question! Look at the top trumps in this image and tell me who the greyed out Harry Potter character is? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-02-22

465) On a standard map of the board game Risk, what are the 4 territories whose names begin with the letter 'i'? (4 pts)  Martin:  2018-02-22

466) The 2018 Winter Olympics is in full flow and in the curling event all of the curling stones in Pyeongchang are hewn from the granite rock of which Scottish Island in the outer Firth of Clyde, colloquially known as "Paddy's milestone"? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-02-22

467) QUESTION 500! This is our 500th quiz question so please fill in the blanks for each of the following: a) In music "___ ___ ___ (500 Miles)" is a stupid song by bespectacled Scottish duo The Proclaimers. b) In cinema "(500) Days of __________" is a 2009 American romantic comedy-drama film by first time director Marc Webb starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. c) In racing 500 is the longest advertised distance (in miles) of the IndyCar Series and its premier race, the __________ 500. d) In computing 500 is an __________ status code for Internal Server Error e) In currency __________ is London slang for 500 (5 pts)  Martin:  2018-02-22

468) I have Google-translated the following opening lines from famous English language songs from English > Chinese > Arabic > Russian > English. For each give me the name of the original artist and the song title. a) I feel it with my finger, I feel like I'm wearing socks, Love is on my side, This feeling of growth b) When your day is long, And at night, Tonight are you alone, When you are sure that you have enough, This life, Well wait c) It's around midnight and is idle in the dark, In the moonlight you see a scene that almost blocks your heart, I tried to scream, but the horror in front of your voice, Start freezing, because the horror between your eyes,, I was paralyzed d) Mount Venice and bring your friend, It's fun to lose and pretend, She is very sure, Oh no I know dirty word e) Get up and go back to the street, My time my chance, In the distance I am again in my legs, Just a man and his desire to survive (10 pts)  Martin:  2018-02-22

469) Uranus has 27 known moons, all of which are named after characters from the works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope. Below are listed the names of each moon, grouped by the work from which they derive their names. For each tell me from which work they come. Clue: The first set (10a) is a poem by Alexander Pope, the rest are all Shakespeare plays: a) Ariel, Umbriel, Belinda b) Titania, Oberon, Puck c) (Ariel), Miranda, Caliban, Sycorax, Prospero, Setebos, Stephano, Trinculo, Francisco, Ferdinand d) Cordelia e) Ophelia f) Bianca g) Cressida h) Desdemona i) Juliet, Mab j) Portia k) Rosalind l) Margaret m) Perdita n) Cupid (14 pts)  Martin:  2018-02-22

470) At 2,860 km the Danube is the longest river in Europe, flowing through/touching the border of 10 countries. Name them. (10 pts)  Saskia:  2018-03-03

471) Sports! In which sports would you (primarily) hear these terms being used? (bonus points if you can roughly describe what they mean): to bonk; to nutmeg; to catch a crab. (3 pts)  Saskia:  2018-03-03

472) Name the following 'ologies': a) The study of books, printing and publishing b) The study of hearing c) The study of trees d) The study or contemplation of clouds e) The study of the nose and its diseases f) The study of poo! g) The study of illness h) The study of birds i) The study of sleep j) The study of games and play (10 pts)  Saskia:  2018-03-03

473) Channel your high school biology lessons and label this diagram of a flower. (12 pts)  Saskia:  2018-03-03

474) History! World wars: a) What was the codename given to the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941? b) The battle of Verdun was the largest and longest (February - December 1918) battle of the first world war, it was also the bloodiest. What was the estimated death toll? (2 pts)  Saskia:  2018-03-03

475) Second best: these pictures of the second largest cities in their respective countries. Descramble the letters to name the cities. Hint: there's a country from 6 of the 7 continents. (6 pts)  Saskia:  2018-03-03

476) A Sarcastic Fringehead, a Slippery Dick and a Slimehead are all what? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-03-03

477) The 90s! What decade to be alive! What year did the following songs first appear in the British charts? (all were in the top 20. There's a song for each year, 1990-1999): a) The Spice girls - Wannabe b) Ace of Base - All that she wants c) Britney Spears - Hit me baby one more time d) Celine Dion - My heart will go on e) Blur - Country house f) Vanilla Ice - Ice, Ice, Baby g) Michael Jackson - Black or White h) No Doubt - Don't Speak i) Whitney Houston - I will always love you j) Enigma - Return to Innocence (10 pts)  Saskia:  2018-03-03

478) What was the biggest grossing movie released in 2017? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-03-03

479) Former president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, was forced to stand down in February 2018. Who succeeded him? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-03-03

480) What was recently discovered in Australia and is considered to be the world's oldest? It's 132 years old. (1 pt)  Susi:  2018-03-10

481) Which well-known animation studio sent a samurai sword to Harvey Weinstein a few years ago? (1 pt)  Susi:  2018-03-10

482) These words were all borrowed or derived from what language? Cashew, cobra, Labrador, Baroque (1 pt)  Susi:  2018-03-10

483) a) Which bird has become a symbol of devoted love, perhaps due to Biblical references and the fact that it forms strong pair bonds? b) Name a film or series by a director whose surname is derived from the name of the bird mentioned in a) (2 pts)  Susi:  2018-03-10

484) The Order of the ___________ is a Danish order of chivalry and is Denmark's highest-ranked honour. It has origins in the 15th century and is now almost exclusively used to honour royalty and heads of state. (Clue: It's an animal) (1 pt)  Susi:  2018-03-10

485) Name 3 (attributed or authored) Shakespeare comedies with a number in their title. (3 pts)  Susi:  2018-03-10

486) What are these misnamed species really? a) Irish moss b) Fisher c) Mudpuppy d) Velvet ant (4 pts)  Susi:  2018-03-10

487) Name 5 countries in Europe that are the only ones beginning with that letter (5 pts)  Susi:  2018-03-10

488) Name the colour which is usually associated with these minerals/rocks/gem stones. (Some can have various colours, choose the most common): a) Emerald b) Sapphire c) Malachite d) Amethyst e) Diamond f) Ruby g) Lapis lazuli h) Jade (8 pts)  Susi:  2018-03-10

489) Give the musical terms for these descriptions (mostly Italian): a) Without instrumental accompaniment b) Pinched, plucked (i.e. in music for bowed strings) c) An orchestral composition forming the prelude or introduction to an opera d) Alone (single instrument or voice) e) Gently f) The second lowest of the standard four voice ranges g) Vocal register above the normal voice h) Self-contained piece for one voice usually with orchestral accompaniment i) Time (the speed of a piece of music) j) Making each note brief or detached, the opposite of legato (10 pts)  Susi:  2018-03-10

490) Harvard graduates Doug Kenney, Henry Beard and Robert Hoffman started which American humor magazine which ran from 1970 to 1998, spawning films, radio, live theatre, various sound recordings, and print products including books. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-03-18

491) Swedish cross-country skier Bjrn Dhlie previously held the world record score for rate of oxygen consumption during exercise (VO2max). What was this score (in ml/kg/min)? It is also the number of tears in the title of the song my Question Mark and the Mysterians, and the atomic number of Curium. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-03-18

492) Girl With A Pearl Earring: a) Who painted 'Girl With A Pearl Earring' b) Who wrote the novel 'Girl With A Pearl Earring' c) Who played the titular girl in the film adaptaion of 'Girl With A Pearl Earring'? (3 pts)  Ali:  2018-03-18

493) Name the 4 letters of the Greek alphabet whose English spellings contain none of the letters of the word ALPHABET (4 pts)  Ali:  2018-03-18

494) Name the 4 feature-length Wes Anderson films with a double letter in the title (4 pts)  Ali:  2018-03-18

495) Joseph's Technicolor Dreamcoat has 29 colours according to the song. Name the three beginning with O and the three beginning with P (6 pts)  Ali:  2018-03-18

496) The following clues lead to two word palindromic phrases - more specifically, each word is the reverse of the other. For example, if the clue is "Famous informants", then the answer would be STAR RATS: a) Anxious puddings b) Schoolboys' error c) Security officer's identifying badge d) Made concrete worshipper e) Potato counter f) Note: needed to make cheese (6 pts)  Ali:  2018-03-18

497) It is possible, but extraordinarily inconvenient, to travel between the Russian cities of Sevastopol and St Petersburg exclusively by water. Name the marginal seas you would pass through in doing so, if you take the route that passes through the smallest possible number of such bodies, according to the International Maritime Organization defined boundaries. Clues here are in order from Sevastopol to St Petersburg: a) _____ Sea b) Sea of ______ (usually, although sometimes _____ Sea) c) _____ Sea d) _____ Sea e) _____ Sea f) Strait of _____ g) _____ Ocean h) _____ Sea i) A strait ending in rak, which is Swedish for 'straight' j) A sea ending in gat, which is Dutch for 'gate' or 'passage' k) _____ Sea l) Gulf of _____ (12 pts)  Ali:  2018-03-18

498) Music round - 0.5 for artist 0.5 for title. Bonus point for naming the theme: (6 pts)  Ali:  2018-03-18






499) Which English word comes from the Greek words 'pteron' and 'helix'? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-03-28

500) These are the scientific names for animals whose common names are misspelled in famous band names - name the band from the scientific name: a) Coleoptera b) Simians c) Aves (3 pts)  Phil:  2018-03-28

501) After having birthdays in three separate episodes during seasons 3-5, the three Simpsons children have remained the same age ever since - what are their ages? (character name and age, please) (3 pts)  Phil:  2018-03-28

502) These 4 types of rare lightning are pictured with visual clues to their name - name them. (4 pts)  Phil:  2018-03-28

503) The following acronyms have been popularised on Reddit - decode the phrase from the acronym / context: a) AFAIK (when stating an opinion) b) ELI5 (when asking for a description) c) IRL (when contextualising a story) d) MRW (when responding to something) e) OC (when talking about provenance) f) TIL (when presenting new information) (6 pts)  Phil:  2018-03-28

504) There have been two prominent poisoning cases of Russian nationals on UK soil in the 21st Century attributed to Russian state involvement. What two substances were reportedly used? Both of them are a specific type of the thing being used - half a point for just the thing rather than the type. (2 pts)  Phil:  2018-03-28

505) There are only 3 letters that appear just once in Presidents of the USA's common names - generally speaking, middle names are initialised, but one of the answers comes from a President with 3 full names. Name the presidents for half a point extra each. All other letters appear multiple times. (3 pts)  Phil:  2018-03-28

506) This map of sea areas used in the Shipping Forecast is missing 8 regions named after inhabited islands (a-h), 2 regions named after uninhabited islands (i-j) and one named after an inhabited tied island (k). Can you name the areas? (11 pts)  Phil:  2018-03-28

507) The Tokyo Olympics (2020) will feature 5 new sports (note, this is different to new events, such as 3x3 basketball - basketball already features). Name the sports from these descriptions: a) A hitting a ball game b) A martial art c) An elevated event d) A sea-based sport e) A Californian pursuit (5 pts)  Phil:  2018-03-28

508) a) Starting in 1956, the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film has been awarded, with any country being allowed to submit one film for consideration. There are two countries that are way out ahead in terms of Oscar wins - what are they? b) The UK has won this award twice, in what language? c) The 2017 winner was titled Una Mujer Fantstica, directed by Sebastin Lelio. What country is it from? (4 pts)  Phil:  2018-03-28

509) The following are 3 religious festivals that don't fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar - what are they? a) The night of the first full moon after the vernall equinox b) The first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox c) Begins on the sighting of a crescent moon and ends when the following crescent moon is seen, in the ninth month of this religon's calendar (3 pts)  Russell:  2018-04-05

510) In which parts of modern Britain were these ancient kingdoms found - name the country/ies and rough part of that country? a) Dal Riata b) Mercia c) Wessex d) Bernicia e) Rheged (5 pts)  Russell:  2018-04-05

511) a) Name 3 national flags featuring suns. NB suns that look like suns, not representations of suns (as in Japan's flag) b) Name 3 national flags that feature plants/parts of plants c) Name 3 national flafs that feature eagles (3 pts)  Russell:  2018-04-05

512) What is the average life expectancy of an octopus (within 10%)? (1 pt)  Russell:  2018-04-05

513) In 1791 the French Academy of Sciences set out on an expedition from Dunkerque to Barcelona in order to establish a standard definition of what? (1 pt)  Russell:  2018-04-05

514) Here are albums of 5 bands/artists (in chronological order with date of release of the first and last albums). Only studio albums have been listed - name the artists/bands: a) DM -1994, (WTS) MG, BHN, SOTSOG, HC, DBTT- 2005 b) B - 1989, N, IU - 1993 c) M - 1983, LAV, TB, LAP, E, BS, M, AL, COADF, HC, MDNA, RH -2017 d) E - 1992, MFTJG, TFOTL, AONO, IMD, TDIME - 2015 e) RATM - 1992, EE, TBOLA, R - 2000 (5 pts)  Russell:  2018-04-05

515) Royal Wedding OMG! Prince Harry is marrying an actress, the woman from Suits! But what British actress, best known for her appearance in a 007 film, shares a first and last name with a former Queen of England? (1 pt)  Cav:  2018-04-13

516) Edinburgh! The Scottish Parliament Building was first projected to cost between 10 and 40 million in 1997. By the time the project was completed in 2007, what was the estimate final cost? (within 10%) (1 pt)  Cav:  2018-04-13

517) Geography! Name the sovereign nations from the visual clues (4 pts)  Cav:  2018-04-13

518) Sport! In 1961, which English Football player became the first to be paid 100 a week? He spent 18 years playing in the most 'cowardly' sports venue in Britain. (1 pt)  Cav:  2018-04-13

519) Purple Rainman! This is a game where you have to figure out the portmanteau movie title from the cast I give you. For example Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise & Prince and Morris Day star in "Purple Rain Man": a) Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman & Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, and Kevin Spacey b) Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson & Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, and Minoru Chiaki c) Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and George Carlin & Uma Thurman, David Carradine, and Lucy Liu d) Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy & James Franco and Andy Serkis (4 pts)  Cav:  2018-04-13

520) Food and Drink! Name the cocktail based on the description. All of these are among the 50-or-so recipes chosen by the International Bartenders Association for their annual bartending competitions: a) Orange juice and vodka on the rocks — Bob the Builder's favourite, from what I hear b) Dark rum, light rum, curaçao, almond syrup and lime — it's named after the Tahitian term for 'Good' c) Vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, and cranberry juice — apart from a hangover, the after-effects may include a sandy bottom. d) Whisky, Drambuie and a twist of lemon — drink carefully, it could give you lockjaw! (4 pts)  Cav:  2018-04-13

521) Grand National winners, or studio albums by German electronic music pioneers, Tangerine Dream? a) Party Politics b) Gay Trip c) Flashpoint d) Manifesto e) Miracle Mile f) E.S.B. g) Mars Polaris h) Rhyme 'n' Reason i) Force Majeure j) Tyger (5 pts)  Cav:  2018-04-13

522) Commonly known as The 'Big Six', what are the names of the United Kingdom's largest energy suppliers, supplying gas and electricity to over 50 million people in Britain, with over 90% share of domestic customers? For a bonus point can you tell me which 2 of the above are UK-owned? (7 pts)  Martin:  2018-04-23

523) What is the only whisky distillery in Scotland whose name begins with the letter F? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-04-23

524) What was the name of the first major modern global corporation, at one stage being the most valuable corporation ever? Founded in 1602 when its government granted it a 21-year monopoly on the spice trade, it notably established a colony in South Africa in 1652 which would become Cape Town, and finally became defunct in 1799. It was the first company in history to issue bonds and shares of stock to the general public on an official stock exchange, making it the world's first listed public company. (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-04-23

525) Each of the following artists have been involved with at least two successful bands. For each person, name me two bands they have been official members of and note that I am not allowing one-off collaborations or solo projects: a) Johnny Marr b) Chris Cornell c) Jack White d) Damon Albarn e) Kim Deal (10 pts)  Martin:  2018-04-23

526) What single word can be combined with each of the following words to form a new meaning or phrase? Double, Snow, Drunk, Faith (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-04-23

527) The heaviest known organism in the world, the Pando or Trembling Giant, is a clonal colony of what sort of organism? It has been determined to be a single living organism by identical genetic markers, occupies 43 hectares (106 acres) and is estimated to weigh collectively 6,000,000 kilograms (6,600 short tons). (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-04-23

528) The World Tourism rankings are compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organization as part of their World Tourism Barometer publication. According to the UNWTO's projections what will be the top 10 most visited UN countries in 2018? (10 pts)  Martin:  2018-04-23

529) Picture round: Can you identify the following 5 cities, photographed from the air? (5 pts)  Martin:  2018-04-23

530) Format Wars! Listed below are 4 losers of battles between mutually incompatible proprietary formats that competed for the same market. For each tell me which format beat it? a) HD DVD b) Betamax c) DivX d) 8-Track (4 pts)  Martin:  2018-04-23

531) What are all of these 'flavours' of? Mint, Peppermint, BBQ, ROSA, Manjaro, openSUSE, Gentoo (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-04-23

532) Name the recently (re)elected prime minister of Hungary? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-05-01

533) What is the name of the psychiatric disorder in which the person feigns illness or disease to draw attention or sympathy? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-05-01

534) Juche, Cao Dai and Tenrikyo are all types of what? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-05-01

535) Native to South America, what is the world's largest rodent? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-05-01

536) According to registration statistics published by the Kennel Club, what were the five most popular breeds in Britain in 2017? (5 pts)  Saskia:  2018-05-01

537) Give rough definitions for the following Scottish words: fash; peely-wally; scunnered; stramash; bubbly-jock (5 pts)  Saskia:  2018-05-01

538) Africa! a) Name the capital of Ivory Coast b) Which 5 countries border it? c) The following flags belong to which countries? (9 pts)  Saskia:  2018-05-01

539) Name these famous novels by their opening lines / publication dates: a) "Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested." (1925) b) "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." (1813) c) "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair." (1859) d) "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." (1949) e) "Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun." (1979) f) "All children, except one, grow up." (1911) g) "Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing." (1605) h) "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold." (1971) i) "That was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening, a flip dark chill winter bastard though dry." (1962) j) "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." (1877) (10 pts)  Saskia:  2018-05-01

540) 90s music fun! Guess the artists and albums by these rough descriptions of the album art: a) A baby swimming naked underwater, a dollar bill floating before it (1991) b) A grey album with a 3D metal star shape and white writing (1992) c) Two young girls sitting on a white bench with their arms draped over one another's shoulders (1993) d) A woman with red hair stands in a sleeveless white dress against a grey background, with what looks like soft white shards of glass around her (1994) e) A red album with a sketch of three women looking straight ahead, one with their hair up, another with long hair and another with cropped hair (1995) f) A four-piece band in purple suits with with their yellow instruments in a very yellow room (1996) g) A white album with a blurry collage of images including a highway and a figure (1997) h) A white album with a close up of what I think is a rhino beetle (1998) i) A pool by the sea, but the pool is filled with lava (1999) j) An orange globe with a black background (2000) (10 pts)  Saskia:  2018-05-01

541) These words have made their way into German but what do they mean? a) der Smoking b) trampen c) das Handy d) tanken e) der Beamer (5 pts)  Susi:  2018-05-09

542) What does the Italian word "confetti" originally mean? (1 pt)  Susi:  2018-05-09

543) Name any 10 of the 20 most frequently used words in the English language (different forms of a verb count as one … so "dance", "dances", "danced" would just give you one point…) (10 pts)  Susi:  2018-05-09

544) What is the smallest city (in terms of inhabitants) in a) England b) Wales c) Scotland d) Northern Ireland (4 pts)  Susi:  2018-05-09

545) What are the three most hashtagged cities in the world on Instagram? (3 pts)  Susi:  2018-05-09

546) Name the following sitcoms by the descriptions of their episode titles: a) Mostly begin 'The One With' b) Mostly begin 'My' c) ' and ' (series 3) d) Song titles from Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Queen (season 5 onwards) (hint: think about when these bands were around) e) Mostly begin 'The Gang' Bonus non-sitcom: f) A day number and a time period (6 pts)  Ali:  2018-05-19

547) In this year's commonwealth games, six countries won their first ever commonwealth games medals. What are the six countries (they do not need to be given in order)? The countries in question have the flags pictured, in alphabetical order (top-left, top-right, middle-left, middle-right, bottom-left, bottom-right). The medals were: A bronze won by Jenly Tegu Wini in the women's 58 kg weightlifting event. A bronze won by Taiki Paniani and Aidan Zittersteijn in the men's pairs lawn bowls event. A bronze won by para athlete Friana Kwevira in the women's javelin throw (F46) event. A bronze won by Thea LaFond in the women's triple jump event, then a few days later a silver medal won by Yordanys Duranona Garcia in the men's triple jump event. A gold medal won by Kyron McMaster in the men's 400m hurdles event. A gold medal won by Levern Spencer in the women's high jump event. (6 pts)  Ali:  2018-05-19

548) Name the film, given the author of the novel it was adapted from and the director: a) Anthony Burgess; Stanley Kubrick (1971) b) Michael Crichton; Steven Spielberg (1993) c) Mario Puzo; Francis Ford Coppola (1972) d) Michael Ondaatje; Anthony Minghella (1996) e) Annie Proulx; Ang Lee (2005) f) Philip K Dick; Ridley Scott (1982) g) Jeffrey Eugenides; Sofia Coppola (1999) h) Susan Orleans; Spike Jonze (2002) (8 pts)  Ali:  2018-05-19

549) Name the following coffee related victuals: a) Espresso then hot water b) Hot water then espresso c) More concentrated espresso d) Espresso then steamed milk e) Espresso then steamed milk and foam f) Steamed milk and foam then espresso g) Espresso poured on vanilla ice cream h) Espresso, hot milk and chocolate (8 pts)  Ali:  2018-05-19

550) Name the 8 US states whose demonym ends 'er'. (Note Hawaii uses Islander, but it does not have a United States Government Publishing Office recommended official demonym) (8 pts)  Ali:  2018-05-19

551) a) What words defined as follows have no English rhymes? i) An ordinal number (several acceptable answers) ii) (Especially of food, money, or some other resource) insufficient for the demand iii) (Of a sharp pointed object) having gone into or through something iv) The distance from the top or surface to the bottom of something b) What pairs of words defined as follows have only each other as English (2 syllable, whole-word) rhymes? To help a bit, the first word defined in each pair comes before the second in the alphabet. i) The words in part A, for example; not affected by changes in fashion ii) An eccentric person; the maximum prize iii) Facial feature; (of art) intellectual iv) Criminal; fruit v) Fighting; marsupial vi) Ethereal; in the majority of cases vii) A (usually small) amount of something; melodic viii) Really bad; never being bad (within some defined parameters) (12 pts)  Ali:  2018-05-19

552) Of the 8 English mayoral regions covering more than one local authority area (most of which are 'metropolitan areas'), which four have Labour party mayors? (Basically just looking for 4 English cities here) (4 pts)  Ali:  2018-05-19

553) What links the following foods: yoghurt; sauerkraut; kombucha; soy sauce (1 pt)  Russell:  2018-05-30

554) In the recent Irish referendum which county was the only one to vote against a change to the constitution (1 pt)  Russell:  2018-05-30

555) The Confederation of Independent Football Associations is the international governing body for Non-FIFA affiliated Associations for football - usually representing non-sovereign states. a) Where is the CONIFA World Cup 2018 being held? b) Name any one of the 2 British members of CONIFA (3 pts)  Russell:  2018-05-30

556) Radio and TV panel shows - name the show from the desription: a) "the antidote to panel games", it consists of two teams of two comedians "given silly things to do" by a chairman. b) a short-form improvisational comedy show originating as a popular British radio programme, before moving to British television in 1988. c) sport-themed comedy panel show featuring rounds such as 'feel the sportsman', 'photo fit' and 'celebrations' d) comedy panel show based on statistics and opinion polls, and draws on polls produced by a variety of organisations and new polls commissioned for the programme. e) long-running British game show between two teams of three celebrity contestants. The point of the game is for the teams to take it in turn to provide three definitions of an obscure word, only one of which is correct. The other team then has to guess which is the correct definition. f) The object of the game is for panellists to talk for sixty seconds on a given subject, "without hesitation, repetition or deviation". (6 pts)  Russell:  2018-05-30

557) Scottish settlements: a) What are the top 10 Scottish settlements by population? b) There are 7 Scottish cities - match them with their area codes: i) 01224 ii) 0131 iii) 01382 iv) 0141 v) 01463 vi) 01738 vii) 01786 (17 pts)  Russell:  2018-05-30

558) Picture round - the animals below are all endemic to a country/region. Name the country/region they come from. (5 pts)  Russell:  2018-05-30

559) What academic area are the following cycles from? a) Milankovitch cycle b) Krebs cycle c) Kondratieff wave d) Carnot cycle (4 pts)  Russell:  2018-05-30

560) a) Which country become the first to end broadcasting on FM radio at the end of last year b) Name the national FM radio station from the frequency range: i) 88-91 ii) 90 - 93 iii) 92-95 iv) 97-99 v) 100 -102 (6 pts)  Russell:  2018-05-30

561) Do you know your cinematic drinks orders? Name the film... a) In which Jeff Bridges abides with the help of a White Russian (which he sometimes calls "a Caucasian"). (1998) b) In which a character recalls pairing a nice chianti with liver and fava beans. (1991) c) In which Paul Giamatti quaffs Pinot Noir — and not f*cking Merlot. (2004) d) In which Bill Murray orders a Jim Beam on ice the first time, and Sweet Vermouth on the rocks with a twist every time after. "It always makes me think of Rome in the afternoon," he lies. (1993) e) In which a homesick Bill Murray declares it "Suntory time," with a Hibiki 17. (2003) f) In which John Candy orders "Orange whip? Orange whip? Three Orange Whips," for himself and "representatives of Illinois' Law Enforcement Community". (1980) g) In which our hero asks for "three measures of Gordon's, one of Vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet, shaken over ice with a thin slice of lemon peel". This specific variant of a well-known cocktail shares its name with another character in the film. (2006) (7 pts)  Cav:  2018-06-07

562) Give 5 of the 10 most common Pub Names in the UK‚ according to the Morning Advertiser's poll in 2017. (5 pts)  Cav:  2018-06-07

563) Picture question! Name the popular student tipples from the 2000s based on the bottles! (6 pts)  Cav:  2018-06-07

564) Give song title and the artist who recorded these boozy lyrics. [10 points - For one of the songs, specifically, we want the proper title, not the one most commonly used.] a) I met her in a bar down in old Soho, where they drink champagne and it tastes just like Cherry Cola. (1970) b) He drinks a whisky drink, he drinks a vodka drink, he drinks a lager drink, he drinks a cider drink. (1997) c) Blame it on the vodka, blame it on the Henny, blame it on the blue top, got you feeling dizzy. (2008) d) If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain, If youre not into yoga, if you have half a brain. (1979) e) Them good ol' boys were drinking whiskey and rye singing, "this will be the day that I die." (1971) (10 pts)  Cav:  2018-06-07

565) Fill in the blanks from Monty Python's "Bruces' Philosophers Song", which posited that most great thinkers through history were drunks. [7 points. NOTE: ii is the same surname repeated.] a) _______ ______ was a real pissant who was very rarely stable. b) _______, ________ was a boozy beggar who could think you under the table. c) _____ ______ could out-consume Wilhelm Freidrich Hegel d) And __________ was a beery swine who was just as sloshed as Schlegel. e) There's nothing ________ couldn't teach ya 'bout the raising of the wrist. Socrates himself was permanently pissed. f) _____ _______ ______, of his own free will, on half a pint of shandy was particularly ill. g) And _____ ________ was a drunken fart, "I drink, therefore I am". (7 pts)  Cav:  2018-06-07

566) Shitake mushrooms, the stylised name for the 30th Super Bowl, RomansInSussex.co.uk and Great Tits are all examples of the ___________ Problem. It's named after a town in Lincolnshire. (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-06-17

567) Shown are 3 film posters altered with comedic descriptions / titles (not mine) - can you name the original film names? (3 pts)  Phil:  2018-06-17

568) 'Furths' form a distinct list of 34 peaks. What are they a list of? Clue: None are in Scotland. I'll give 2 points for an exact description, 1 for the rough idea. (2 pts)  Phil:  2018-06-17

569) The IUCN Conservation Status codes (defining how endangered a species is) are shown in the picture, with one grouping. Name each category in full. Clue: they are all framed in a negative context. (7 pts)  Phil:  2018-06-17

570) A football club who lost their entire team to the 1949 Superga Air Disaster, a 2008 film directed and starring Clint Eastwood and a Ford car produced between 1962 and 1970 share which word in common? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-06-17

571) Spencer Perceval is the only UK Prime Minister to have been assassinated (good fact to remember for quizzes!), however 3 others have survived assassination attempts. These events occurred in 1843, 1984 and 1991 - name the Prime Ministers. All three were members of the Conservative Party, and the earliest is regarded as the father of modern British policing. (3 pts)  Phil:  2018-06-17

572) These computer game characters are famous for being the central character in which different game series? a) Link b) GLaDOS c) Master Chief d) Guybrush Threepwood (4 pts)  Phil:  2018-06-17

573) Pictured are 4 famous moments from Superbowl halftime shows. For a full point, name the performing artist/s. Half an additional point for the decade of each performance. (6 pts)  Phil:  2018-06-17

574) The Barbarians are an invitational rugby team made up of players from around the world. The players physically represent their club team by wearing something on the pitch - what is it? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-06-17

575) These are all parts of a book - name them from their descriptions: a) A short quotiation at the beginning of the book b) A brief description of the book, often printed on the back cover c) A page on the left-hand side d) An opening to a book that sets the context (4 pts)  Phil:  2018-06-17

576) The only English King to have two separate reigns was benefited by being very young at his coronation - what was his Regnal name - it includes a nickname pertinent to this question. (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-06-17

577) There are exactly 20 music videos on YouTube with more than 2 billion views. Name any 12 artists or songs in the list - artists can be repeated (I wouldn't recommend repeating song titles...). You can mix and match between artists and songs. (12 pts)  Phil:  2018-06-17

578) One hit wonders! There have been many one hit wonders over the years. Name the hit song by each artist. a) The Buggles b) Lou Bega c) Rednex d) Carl Douglas e) Men without hats f) House of Pain g) Witch Doctor (7 pts)  Ewan:  2018-06-25

579) There are 4 NBA teams whose names are not pluralised. Name them. (Full names required for full points. Half points for partially correct answers.) (4 pts)  Ewan:  2018-06-25

580) The village of Viganella, Italy, is situated in a valley. They have installed something unusual which comes in handy (due to the location) for a month each year. What is it and why? (2 pts)  Ewan:  2018-06-25

581) According to a survey by Nielson Bookscan, the top 20 most purchased books of all time in the UK have been written by 7 different authors. Name the authors. (Hint: All of the books are fiction and were published within the last 25 years) (7 pts)  Ewan:  2018-06-25

582) Words! a) The French word 'couvre-feu' translates to 'Fire Cover', however, it is the origin of another common English word. What is the word? b) There is only one common word in the English language which has 5 consecutive vowels. What is the word? c) There is a type of sea sponge whose name is 5 letters long, and all five vowels. What is it? (3 pts)  Ewan:  2018-06-25

583) U.S. Presidents! Name the: a) Only president to be elected unanimously. b) Only two presidents to be impeached. c) Only president to serve two non-consecutive terms. (4 pts)  Ewan:  2018-06-25

584) Six of the 20 longest rivers in the UK are in Scotland. Name them. (6 pts)  Ewan:  2018-06-25

585) Contranyms are words which can have two meanings which are opposite to each other. Name the word based on the two opposing descriptions. a) To add fine particles or To remove fine particles. b) Heading to a destination or Restrained from movement. c) To supervise or To neglect. d) To show or To conceal. e) A person of nobility or An equal. (5 pts)  Ewan:  2018-06-25

586) Road signs! The picture shows 6 road signs you might find on the road in the UK. What do they mean? (6 pts)  Ewan:  2018-06-25

587) Mandatory world cup question! As always we end the round with a big multi-pointer. Including the current one, there have been 21 world cups hosted in 17 different countries. Name those countries! (17 pts)  Ewan:  2018-06-25

588) Which winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture has no less than 4 instances of the word "The" in its official title? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-07-05

589) Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the Palace of Westminster in London and is usually extended to refer to both the clock and the clock tower. What is the official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-07-05

590) Religious football names! Each of the following 6 famous professional footballers have either a forename or surname which appears in the Bible. For each I will describe the Biblical reference, 1 point for the Biblical name, and 1 point if you can give the footballer's full name (NB For a couple of these there may be more than one correct footballer for the point): a) In the Gospel of Luke, this angel appears to Zechariah and the Virgin Mary, foretelling the births of John the Baptist and Jesus, respectively (Luke 1:11–38). b) The central figure in an eponymous Book of the Bible. He is presented as a good and prosperous family man who is beset by Satan with God's permission with horrendous disasters that take away all that he holds dear, including his offspring, his health, and his property. He struggles to understand his situation and begins a search for the answers to his difficulties. c) The biblical "garden of God", described most notably in the Book of Genesis chapters 2 and 3, and also in the Book of Ezekiel. d) After the Ten Plagues, he led the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea, after which they based themselves at Mount Sinai, where he received the Ten Commandments. e) As told in Genesis 11:1-9, this tower is an origin myth meant to explain why the world's peoples speak different languages. f) The Epistle of Paul to _____, usually referred to simply as _____, is one of the three Pastoral Epistles (along with 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy) in the New Testament, historically attributed to Paul the Apostle. It is addressed to Saint _____ and describes the requirements and duties of elders and bishops. (12 pts)  Martin:  2018-07-05

591) On 26 June 2018 Shona Robison resigned from her Scottish Government position as Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport. Who has replaced her in the subsequent reshuffle? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-07-05

592) Which word appears in the names of the following three things: The fictional strip club from the HBO drama television series The Sopranos. A fictional character from the sitcom Friends. A product owned and operated by Microsoft. (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-07-05

593) These fictional places are the settings in which 5 soap operas popular in the UK? a) Walford b) Erinsborough c) Shieldinch d) Summer Bay e) Weatherfield (5 pts)  Martin:  2018-07-05

594) For each mouth, tell me to which current Tory UK Cabinet Minister it belongs? (10 pts)  Martin:  2018-07-05

595) What are the names given for the following height brackets of hills in Scotland / UK? a) Hills in Scotland over 3000 feet (914.4 m) b) Hills in Scotland between 2500 and 3000 feet (762 and 914.4 m), with a relative height of at least 500 feet (152.4 m) c) Hills in Scotland between 2000 and 2500 feet (609.6 and 762 m), with a relative height of at least 150 metres (492 ft) d) Hills in the Scottish Lowlands over 2000 feet (609.6 m) e) Hills in the British Isles that have a relative height of at least 150 m, regardless of distance, absolute height or merit (5 pts)  Martin:  2018-07-05

596) Every little helps is the slogan of which UK supermarket? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

597) What parade in Glasgow will be led by Nicola Sturgeon this weekend? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

598) What is the limit on characters in a tweet, since the change was rolled out from September 2017? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

599) What activity is commonly preceded in many countries around the world by saying the word 'health'? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

600) Who has been involved in the two longest tennis matches ever at the Wimbledon Championships, one lasting 11h05m, the other 6h36m? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

601) In which London venue are the Proms predominantly held? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

602) Who coined the word 'meme' in a 1976 book about evolution to explain the way cultural information spreads? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

603) What drug, subsequently nicknamed 'Pfizer Riser' was originally tested as a cardiovascular drug for its ability to lower blood pressure? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

604) What is the name of the lemon variety whose oil is used to flavour earl grey tea? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

605) Name the theocratic republic that takes over the government of the USA in the novel and TV series The Handmaid's Tale? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

606) What is the UK's biggest national park? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

607) Sonata, Furore, Elsanta and Seneca are all varieties of which fruit? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

608) Which comedy TV show started on Channel 4's "mash up night" in 2012 and has gone on to have 15 series? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

609) What is the name of the UK's new Brexit secretary? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

610) Which musical instrument is a term which denotes the whole family of similar plucked-keyboard instruments (including virginals, muselar, and spinet) and was widely used in Renaissance and Baroque music, gradually disappeared from the musical scene with the rise of the piano? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

611) Which country took a clean sweep of the 50km mass start cross-country skiing event at the Sochi olympics? The International Ski Federation subsequently provisionally suspended two of them, after they were linked to doping violations during the olympics. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

612) What number is associated with the number of sheets in a ream, and the Roman numeral D? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

613) What word is: an aura of plasma that surrounds the Sun and other stars, a beer brand and an Italian eurodance act responsible for 1993 hit "The Rhythm Of The Night”? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

614) Due to historical links, Marks & Spencer stocks many items of clothing and food produce from which country? As a result it is frequently the target of 'ethical boycotting'. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

615) Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, writes, directs and stars in which comedy-drama series named for the south-east US city in which it is set? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

616) What word means a statue, building, or other structure erected to commemorate a notable person or event, and is also used to describe any of the five biggest one-day races in road cycling? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

617) What is the capital of Haiti? The first two syllables are a homophone of a European city which is the second largest in its country. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

618) Former British #2 male tennis player Aljaz Bedene now plays for which country, his country of birth, having switched in 2017? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

619) The founder of Beavertown Brewery is the son of the singer in which English rock band, active from the late 60s to the early 80s? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

620) On July 1st, Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador was elected president of which country, the first president for 30 years to win an outright majority there? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

621) What is the name given to the measure of an element's combining power with other atoms when it forms chemical compounds or molecules? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

622) Bruxism is a disorder that affects which part of the body? It typically occurs during sleep. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

623) What feat links tennis players Lukas Rosol, Steve Darcis, Nick Kyrgios and Dustin Brown, all ranked 100th in the world or worse at the time? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

624) The Alejandro Amenbar film 'Abre Los Ojos was remade in English under which title, directed by Cameron Crowe? Both versions starred Penelope Cruz. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

625) Which transnational food and drink company is the parent company of Italian drinks brand San Pellegrino? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

626) The improv theater troupe Second City is from which US city? Its alumni include Bill Murray, John Candy, Dan Aykroyd, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Aidy Bryant. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

627) What is the name given to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another? It is the Russia for 'little matron'. It is also the name of a video container format that uses the file extension .mkv, referring to the concept of nested dolls. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

628) Which country has won the most Nobel Prizes for literature? The UK and the USA are joint second on 11 wins each. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

629) De Profundis (Latin: "from the depths") is a letter written by whom during his imprisonment in Reading Gaol? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

630) What mountain in the Alps did Chris Froome partially run up in the 2016 Tour de France? It is not named for the French for windy, although it sounds like it, and would be appropriate. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

631) There are only 5 so-called Platonic solids (regular, convex polyhedra): the tetrahedron (4 faces), the cube (6 faces), the octahedron (8 faces), the dodecahedron (12 faces) and the icosahedron. How many faces does an icosahedron have? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

632) What two-word phrase begins the titles of two BBC Radio comedy shows, one having grown out of the other, with the original series being the launchpad for The Goodies and one of the origins of Monty Python? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

633) What is the name of Jupiter's largest moon, the largest moon and the 9th biggest body in the solar system? In Greek mythology he was a divine hero whose homeland was Troy. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

634) IB refers to an educational foundation, its certifications and programmes. What does IB stand for? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

635) The CSS box model is a box that wraps around every HTML element. It consists of borders, padding, content and which other part of an HTML element? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

636) Which band's first five album covers are described as follows: a) A portion of the torso of a man with a rose tattoo on his arm and wearing a necklace with a cross on it b) A person with a hand holding their head, which has three roses instead of a face c) A Jenny Saville triptych d) A light blue background with a white panel with the name of the album and band, and three square panels below, with each band member in. e) The three band members wearing white, standing on a sandy plain under a very blue sky (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

637) Who is the only person to have presented two different uk tv programmes, each for over 20 years? In the case of one of the programmes, this presenter took over from someone who himself had presented it for over 20 years. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

638) Joseph James DeAngelo was recently arrested, suspected of being notorious serial killer the Golden State Killer. Key information on the case was discovered by now deceased Michelle McNamara, who had been investigating it in an unofficial capacity for a book. Her husband was which comedian, known amongst other things for being the voice of Ratatouille and co-star with Charlize Theron of Young Adult. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

639) Who is the current Children's Laureate? She is known for being the author / illustrator of the Charlie & Lola books. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

640) What is the name of this piece of art by Marcel Duchamp? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

641) Name the region of Spain highlighted on this map of its provinces. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

642) What is the name of this statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

643) What is the name of this plant genus? It is commonly called Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

644) Which comedian is depicted here? She has won multiple awards for her debut BBC Radio 4 series, _____ Minds the Gap (her name fills the blank)? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-07-14

645) How is the disease Varicella better known? (1 pt)  Russell:  2018-07-30

646) a) People who believe Shakespeare isn't the author of his plays are known as what? b) Name 2 of the 4 men who have been theorised to eb the real author? (3 pts)  Russell:  2018-07-30

647) Name a Shakespeare play that: a) Has a woman's name in the title b) Is set in Athens c) Features Mistress Quickly d) Has a female character who practices witchcraft e) Has a ghost f) Has a film version directed by Kenneth Branagh (6 pts)  Russell:  2018-07-30

648) Name a team sport with the following numnber of players: a) 4 b) 5 c) 6 d) 7 e) 8 f) 9 g) 10 (7 pts)  Russell:  2018-07-30

649) Name the country from the car brand: a) Porsche b) Tata c) Suzuki d) Dacia e) Hyundai f) Lotus (6 pts)  Russell:  2018-07-30

650) a) In which country can people vote online? b) In which country do people vote by dropping a marble into a drum with a picture of the candidate on it? (2 pts)  Russell:  2018-07-30

651) What did Lazarus Ludwig Zamenhof invent? (1 pt)  Russell:  2018-07-30

652) Name the TV show / film from the fictitious beer: a) Duff b) Butterbeer c) Leopard Lager d) Newton and Ridley e) Lobrau (5 pts)  Russell:  2018-07-30

653) Name the (main) villain in each of these children's / teen fiction books: a) Peter Pan, J.M Barrie b) Matilda, Roald Dahl c) Watership Down, Richard Adams d) The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins e) The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis (5 pts)  Saskia:  2018-08-08

654) What are the capital cities of Zimbabwe and its neighbouring states? (5 pts)  Saskia:  2018-08-08

655) ?! or !?, used to express surprise or incredulity, is known as what? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-08-08

656) What do Americans call the following vegetables: aubergine, spring onion, coriander, swede, rocket? (5 pts)  Saskia:  2018-08-08

657) What piece of climbing equipment is nicknamed a crab? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-08-08

658) Which art or practice does topiary refer to? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-08-08

659) What popular wheat beer is made by the oldest, continuously operating brewery in Germany (and the world)? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-08-08

660) What 3 films were inspired by (i.e. fictional) the American serial killer, Ed Gein? (3 pts)  Saskia:  2018-08-08

661) World Leaders: a) There have been 6 leaders (whose reigns started in the 20th century) who were in power for over 40 years. Name 2 of them. b) Which world leaders have famously called themselves or been referred to by the following nicknames? "Mummy"; "Butcher of the Balkans"; "President for Life"; "The Great Successor". c) When was Vladamir's Putin first (two term) stint as president? d) Who is the current Prime Minister of Japan? e) Justin Trudeau's father served as Prime Minister of Canada from 1968 to 1984, what was his name? f) King Karl XVI Gustaf is the sovereign monarch of which state? g) Which president, already responsible for the death of over 4,500 suspected drug pushers, has recently vowed to continue his war on drugs? h) What is Donald Trump's middle name? (12 pts)  Saskia:  2018-08-08

662) How many does the human body have? Match the numbers with the parts (20000, 5000, 656, 400, 100, 12,6,4). Some of these are average or approximate numbers: a) Pairs of ribs b) Eye lashes c) Genes d) Muscles e) Taste buds f) Heart valves g) Auditory ossicles (bones in the ear) h) Movable joints (8 pts)  Susi:  2018-08-14

663) Name 7 chemical elements that were discovered in antiquity (pre-middle ages) (7 pts)  Susi:  2018-08-14

664) Which modern day countries are these historical regions in? a) Bohemia, b) Transylvania, c) Burgenland, d) Dalmatia, e) Thuringia, f) Masuria (6 pts)  Susi:  2018-08-14

665) What is the name for this sequence? 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144,377,610 (1 pt)  Susi:  2018-08-14

666) Fluteman is an 1982 Australian film that retells the story of? (1 pt)  Susi:  2018-08-14

667) Name Shakespeare's only historic play that doesn't contain a number in the title. (1 pt)  Susi:  2018-08-14

668) What is the French name for savoury crepes or any flat round or freeform crusty cake? (1 pt)  Susi:  2018-08-14

669) An eft is the immature terrestrial stage of what animal? (1 pt)  Susi:  2018-08-14

670) a) Name 3 confirmed cities that are going to hold the Olympic games (any of these: 2020, 2022,2024 and 2028, no need to match city with year) b) Name the 10 countries with the most Olympic gold medals ever (former countries can be named separately) (13 pts)  Susi:  2018-08-14

671) The following words are loan words from which language? Aardvark, meerkat, springbok, trek (1 pt)  Susi:  2018-08-14

672) Edinburgh Fringe question! Name any four acts who have won Best Comedy Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards (formerly the Perrier Awards) since 2008. (Hints: there have been 8 Brits, 2 Australians, 1 Irish, 1 American and 9 men and 2 women) (4 pts)  Cav:  2018-08-22

673) Apart from The Godfather: Part 2, name 3 of the 5 films with a number in the title to win Best Picture at the Oscars. (Hint: they are all whole numbers and not hidden in a word like "phONE") (3 pts)  Cav:  2018-08-22

674) Of the 27 member states of NATO, which seven countries currently have an elected female President or Prime Minister? (5 pts)  Cav:  2018-08-22

675) Music! Name the "Summer" song and artist(s) from the lyrics (translated into Esperanto). To give you a hint, Esperanto is an invented language that takes vocab from both Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish, et al) and Germanic languages (German, English, Scandi, et al): a) Mi acetis mian unuan realan sekson, akiris gin ce la kvin-jara. Ludis gin gis miaj fingroj bledis. Estis la somero sesdek nau. (US, 1984) b) Lernejo ekstere dum somero! Lernejo estas eterne! Lernejaj frakasoj! (US, 1972) c) Somero amanta, havis min eksplodo. Somero amanta, okazis tiel rapide. Mi renkontis knabinon freneza por mi. Metu knabon, kiom eblas. Someraj tagoj forflugas al la somero (US, 1978) d) La impostulo prenis mian tutan paston/ Kaj lasis min en mia belega hejmo/ Svingante sur sunplena posttagmezo (UK, 1966) (8 pts)  Cav:  2018-08-22

676) Name the moon from the clue: a) He was Ariel's father in The Little Mermaid (Neptune) b) Is a 1991 film by Lars von Triers, part of the title of an annual club football competition, and the southernmost point of Gibraltar (Jupiter) c) Is a Shakespearean character depicted in the painting below by British artist John Everett Millais (Uranus) d) Is a fictional terrorist organisation in the Marvel comics, films and TV shows, at one point led by Red Skull (Pluto) e) Is a name shared by: the actresses who play Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul and Carla in Cheers, and a flightless South American bird (Saturn) (5 pts)  Cav:  2018-08-22

677) Place the following countries in order from most populated to least populated: Australia, Nepal, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, and Singapore. Note: I've arranged them in order of landmass, if that helps (it doesn't). One point for each correct placement. (5 pts)  Cav:  2018-08-22

678) Boozy picture question! You'll see the 4 distinctive silhouettes of single malt whisky bottles. Pick and match the bottles with 4 of these whiskies: Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich, The Singleton of Dufftown, Lagavulin, Highland Park, Glenlivet, The Dalmore, Kilchoman (4 pts)  Cav:  2018-08-22

679) The words resume, mate and expose all share what distinction? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-08-31

680) In a famous example of directors tinkering with their films when 'remastering' them, what did Stephen Spielberg replace guns with in one of his classic films? Name the film for a bonus point. (2 pts)  Phil:  2018-08-31

681) New York and Boston are both places in which English county? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-08-31

682) A recent hit for Anne-Marie, '2002' has a chorus that uses lyrics from 6 popular songs from the late 1990s / early 2000s. Name the artists for the 6 songs featured in the lyrics: "Oops, I got 99 problems singing 'bye, bye, bye' / Hold up, if you wanna go and take a ride wit me / Better hit me, baby, one more time". You can listen to the chorus using this link, but probably best not to look at the rest of the page in case there are clues in comments / suggested videos etc: https://youtu.be/Il-an3K9pjg?t=51s (6 pts)  Phil:  2018-08-31

683) Which rhyming triplet (e.g. tart, cart, part) is a type of bacteria, a flowering plant and a state of emotional excess? (3 pts)  Phil:  2018-08-31

684) The default spacing of letters in a font can be visually improved by a process known as what? See the example picture here - due to the letters in the river's name, it can appear a bit like OK AVA NGO wthout this application. In a reverse example, it can can make the word 'burn' look like 'bum' in some fonts, which is obviously pretty hilarious. (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-08-31

685) A Theocracy is a form of government in which a deity is the source from which all authority derives. Only two modern countries are widely regarded as being one, what are they? One is Christian, one is Islamic. (2 pts)  Phil:  2018-08-31

686) What's going on with these flags, y'all? The general concept gets a point, an exact answer gets two. (2 pts)  Phil:  2018-08-31

687) Wharton's Jelly is a gelatinous substance found in two parts of the human body. One everyone has, one everyone has for a short time - name both. (2 pts)  Phil:  2018-08-31

688) If you are a very naughty boy / girl during a game of tennis, the umpire has 4 different punishments they can dish out (increasing in severity). What are they? (4 pts)  Phil:  2018-08-31

689) Which runner recently broke the record for fastest marathon time? He ran it in 2:01:39; his improvement on the world record is the greatest since 1967, how much faster did he run? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

690) How many countries are there in a) South America b) Africa and c) Asia (3 pts)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

691) How many US states start with an M? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

692) Released in 2013, what was the first full original Netflix series? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

693) How many official working languages are there in the EU? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

694) a) What connects the English words, 'purple', 'month', 'silver' and 'orange'? b) what common English word (gerund or present participle) has 5 vowels in a row? (2 pts)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

695) Canada has the world's longest coastline. Which 4 other countries can claim a spot in the top 5? Bonus point if you get them in the right order. (5 pts)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

696) a) Which American chef is credited with bringing French cuisine to the American public? b) What French term describes lightly whipped, sweetened cream? c) If something is described as 'a la Normande', what alcohol does it contain? (3 pts)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

697) Which English journalist and novelist is best known for her book, 'How to Build a Girl' (also to be released as a film in 2019)? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

698) The Labour party was officially formed on 27 February of which year? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

699) Originating in Mexico, what is a Xoloitzcuintli? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

700) a) Who is the only artist to have won the Mercury Music prize twice? b) Who won the prize this year, and for what album? 3) Who was the first artist to win the prize in 1992? (4 pts)  Saskia:  2018-09-21

701) In England's green & pleasant Land has become a common term for an identifiably English landscape or society, popularly cited as coming from the hymn "Jerusalem". It actually originates from a poem entitled "And did those feet in ancient time" by which English poet (1757-1827), from the preface to his epic "Milton: A Poem in Two Books"? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-10-02

702) There have been 4 English male golfers who have been ranked #1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Who are they? The relevant years are: 1990-1994, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2018 (4 pts)  Martin:  2018-10-02

703) Which English actress won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the 2018 Venice Film Festival for her portrayal of Anne, Queen of Great Britain in Yorgos Lanthimos's "The Favourite"? She first came to prominence for her supporting role as Sophie Chapman in a Channel 4 comedy series which ran from 2003-2015. (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-10-02

704) Some of the British Overseas Territories have their own postcodes, can you work out the territory from the example postcode? a) GX11 1AA b) TKCA 1ZZ c) FIQQ 1ZZ d) PCRN 1ZZ (4 pts)  Martin:  2018-10-02

705) Which England men's national football team manager has the highest win percentage (100%!) of all previous managers, albeit having only managed the team for 1 game... For a bonus point, which manager has the second highest win percentage at 67% over 42 games? (2 pts)  Martin:  2018-10-02

706) According to The English Breakfast Society the 'common' full English breakfast is a substantial meal consisting of which 9 items? (9) (9 pts)  Martin:  2018-10-02

707) What were the top 5 answers to the 2011 census in England & Wales asking people to state their religions? NB "Religion not stated" @ 7.18% has been ommitted. Percentages were as follows, a bonus point for the correct ordering: a) 59.38% b) 24.74% c) 5.02% d) 1.52% e) 0.79% (6 pts)  Martin:  2018-10-02

708) Picture round! Name the 5 English towns/cities in the attached photos. (5 pts)  Martin:  2018-10-02

709) Which 3 letters of the alphabet don't appear in any of the names of the counties of England? And for another point which letter appears only once and in what county? (4 pts)  Martin:  2018-10-02

710) Brexit is a portmanteau of "British" and "exit" referring to the impending withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. It was derived by analogy from which other term, referring to a hypothetical withdrawal of another European country from the Eurozone (and possibly also the EU)? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-10-02

711) British royal residences are palaces, castles and houses occupied by members of the British royal family in the United Kingdom. Which 7 Royal Residences are Crown-owned? NB Excluding ones located in the grounds of others so Nottingham Cottage and Wren House are incorrect. (7 pts)  Martin:  2018-10-02

712) James Anderson recently overtook whom to become the leading fast bowling Test wicket taker of all-time? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-10-09

713) What hyphenated two-word phrase is given in film and television, to a scene in which a future romantic couple encounter each other for the first time? The first word is a noun meaning 'encounter' and the second is an adjective each of the couple might use to describe the other. (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-10-09

714) Commonly found in pro-EU Twitter users' profile names, what does #FBPE stand for? (1 pt)  Ali:  2018-10-09

715) Which 4 European countries drive on the left? Which 2 neighbouring South American countries drive on the left? (6 pts)  Ali:  2018-10-09

716) Name the 5 countries with one-syllable names (in English) (5 pts)  Ali:  2018-10-09

717) Spell the following seven very similar words or phrases. Apostrophes must be correctly located. a) Principles or beliefs, especially the main principles of a religion or philosophy b) Two short of a dozen arrangements of squares that can be folded up to form a cube c) Belonging to those who occupy property rented from a landlord d) A decade of Formicidae e) 'Scotland's Favourite Pint' of lager f) Treebeard, Beechbone, Bregalad, Fimbrethil, Finglas, Fladrif, plus 4 others from The Lord of the Rings g) Actor David, Pet Shop Boys member Neil, and cyclist Andy (7 pts)  Ali:  2018-10-09

718) Harry Potter round: a) What are Harry Potter's parents' names? The pictured person with initials LJ has his mother's first name as her first name and his father's first name as her last name. b) Dumbledore is an Old English word for what type of insect? c) Sirius Black and Fred Weasley were both doing what when they died? They have this in common with certain victims of a Batman villain, some Germans in a Monty Python sketch, and (in real life) sometimes people suffering from the disease kuru. d) What non-word formed by adding 'ing' to a noun is used to refer to the violent conflicts arising from the Death Eaters revolts against the Ministry of Magic? e) How many players are there on each side in Quidditch (and Ultimate Frisbee)? f) What are these anagrammed alternative names for Lord Voldemort? i) I'M TODDLER or, including his middle name, I AM LORD VOLDEMORT ii) OO WOW HUNKY iii) DEMON MOUTH HEWN BEAST iv) DORK LARD g) What are the animals associated with each of the four houses Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin? The following are examples of taxonomic names of each: Panthera leo, Meles meles, Aquila chrysaetos, Vipera berus (14 pts)  Ali:  2018-10-09

719) In the pictured map, the pins mark three UK towns / cities which share their names with US state capitals. Name the places and the states of which they are the capitals. (6 pts)  Ali:  2018-10-09

720) Harry Potter! In a set of stamps released this year by Royal Mail, which 4 vehicles from the Harry Potter films were given their own stamps? (4 pts)  Cav:  2018-10-29

721) Sport! Which 4 tennis players won a women's grand slam title in 2018? I've arranged their initials here (in alphabetical order) ACHKNOSW (4 pts)  Cav:  2018-10-29

722) Moons! Name the films from the butts pictured on their posters! I'll give you a hint with their decades: 1980s, 2000s, 2000s, 2010s, 2010s (5 pts)  Cav:  2018-10-29

723) News! Unscramble these phrases to uncover people who have been in the papers: a) SAILOR OR BANJO b) SLIM WHEAT LION (2 pts)  Cav:  2018-10-29

724) Spooky! Name the classic horror film based on the main figure of fear: a) Michael Myers b) Jason Voorhees c) Pennywise d) Sadako/Samara e) Norman Bates f) Pinhead g) Pazuzu/Captain Howdy (7 pts)  Cav:  2018-10-29

725) The World! Name 3 country names (as commonly used in English) that share no letters with MACKEREL! (3 pts)  Cav:  2018-10-29

726) The 55Khz pipistrelle is a type of bat only separated from the common pipistrelle in 1999. Due to the frequency of its echolocation, it is more commonly known as what? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-11-13

727) The suffix -monger comes into English from Old English mangian (to trade). It can be used in the names of establishments selling specific items, or for a person promoting something undesirable. Name the 4 most-common vendors and 3 most-common undesirable persons using this suffix in English. (7 pts)  Phil:  2018-11-13

728) COCKED PISTOL, FAST PACE, ROUND HOUSE, DOUBLE TAKE and FADE OUT are the 5 terms used in place of which military Alert State system? Its name sounds really cool in movie dialogue... (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-11-13

729) If Sweden play Denmark in football, the score is represented by the first 3 letters of each country's name: SWE v DEN, spelling SWEDEN. The remaining letters spelled DENMARK. Name 3 other examples of this situation (i.e. country pairs) across UN countries. (3 pts)  Phil:  2018-11-13

730) a) Velcro is a portmanteau of two french words (for fabric and hook, respectively). Both have also entered the English language with more specific definitions - what are these words? b) In the film Wall-E, the eponymous robot struggles when trying to sort which portmanteau object into the correct drawer? c) A similar phenomenon, 'name-meshing' involves merging two people's names, particularly political unions or 'supercouples'. An early example of this was 'Bennifer', joining together which two celebrities? (5 pts)  Phil:  2018-11-13

731) A gnaborretni is a typographic mark used in Spanish languages for what purpose? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-11-13

732) The Bedouin shepherd Muhammed edh-Dhib, his cousin Jum'a Muhammed, and Khalil Musa discovered what in 1946-47 in Qumran? They contained words in three different foreign languages to them. (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-11-13

733) Which two word avant-garde music genre reacts against the use of rock n roll cliches by avoiding melody - its name is pun on a popular genre of the time and would be disappointing to a surfer. (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-11-13

734) Which Dominican dance differs by only one letter from a popular dessert? (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-11-13

735) The name of which sea creature gets its name from the latin for hedgehog? This word is still used in parts of Cumbria, Yorkshire & Shropshire as a synonym for hedgehog. (1 pt)  Phil:  2018-11-13

736) The John C Reilly Award is "figuratively bestowed on the actor who appears in the most best picture nominees in a single year, with a minimum of three required for consideration." Only 11 people have ever met the qualifying criteria for the award, the latest being Michael Stuhlbarg (pictured) in 2018. Name the three films he was in that won him the award. (3 pts)  Ewan:  2018-11-21

737) Which bands/artists have had the most UK number one singles in each decade? Looking for an answer for the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Note that one of the decades there are 2 bands/artists with the same number of number ones. If you get either of them, you get the point. (5 pts)  Ewan:  2018-11-21

738) a) The Caspian sea is the largest landlocked body of water in the world. Which 5 countries surround it? b) What is the second largest landlocked body of water? (6 pts)  Ewan:  2018-11-21

739) In 2018, Canada became the second country to fully legalise cannabis. But in what year did they fully legalise oral sex? (1 pt)  Ewan:  2018-11-21

740) Numbers! a) What is the largest number you can spell out without using any letter more than once? b) What is the largest number you can spell out with each letter in alphabetical order? c) What is the only 10-digit number where the first digit is how many zeros are in the number, the second digit is how many 1s are in the number etc. until the tenth digit which is how many 9s in the number? (3 pts)  Ewan:  2018-11-21

741) The US has many iconic places, but which states would you find these famous landmarks? a) Mount Rushmore b) Harvard University c) The Liberty Bell d) Area 51 e) The Alamo (5 pts)  Ewan:  2018-11-21

742) Brexit! The well-managed British Exit from The EU has seen 9 ministers resign in protest, including 3 junior ministers. Four resigned in July, and five resigned in November. Name them. (9 pts)  Ewan:  2018-11-21

743) Cartoonagrams! Unscramble these famous animated characters: a) Muddle Ref b) Ceramic Rant c) Sniffled Rotten d) Emptily Smock e) Invalidates Man (5 pts)  Ewan:  2018-11-21

744) The first group stages of the first UEFA Nations League competition has just finished, and Scotland Manager, Alex McLeish, actually managed to get Scotland to win their group! This is McLeish's second spell as Scotland's national team manager, but which 6 British clubs (3 Scottish, 3 English) has he managed? (6 pts)  Ewan:  2018-11-21

745) Name the countries pictured: (4 pts)  Ewan:  2018-11-21

746) The name of which medical profession literally translates as "correct/straight child"? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

747) Which Swiss chocolate bar brand, currently owned by US confectionery company Mondelez International, Inc, is produced in the capital city of Switzerland, Bern, and has the bear symbol of the city set against a mountain peak in its logo? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

748) Which British documentary filmmaker and broadcaster's first TV series contained (among others) episode titles such as "Born Again Christians", "Survivalists", "Swingers", "Black Nationalism", "Body Building" and "Gangsta Rap"? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

749) In 2018 Ada Hegerberg was the first ever recipient of the Ballon d'Or Fminin, an award which honours the best female association football player. This achievement was somewhat sullied when host DJ Martin Solveig asked her if she could do what to celebrate? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

750) What one word answer is the following sentence hinting at? "With a strange charm the Grand Nagus looked him up and down, from top to bottom." (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

751) Stocking, reverse stocking, garter, seed, faggoting, and tricot are all types of what? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

752) Since September 2018 who is the Interim Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party while its leader Ruth Davidson is on maternity leave? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

753) Lloyd Mullaney is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, played by which actor? His other roles have included inmate Eugene Buffy in the ITV drama The Governor, and leading roles in the British films Fated and Clubbing to Death. He is also known for narrating the comedy endurance show Takeshi's Castle. (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

754) Guess the number game! Which single number is the minimum age requirement for a President of the United States of America, it is also the sum of the first five triangular numbers, the atomic number of bromine, and the film gauge most commonly used for motion pictures and chemical still photography? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

755) Hes Failed Nob Rat Nobody, "Noodle Nob Blend", and "Ta Stockholder Nob" are all anagrams of the names of albums by which musician? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

756) St Margaret's Chapel is the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh, constructed in the 12th century. Which other Edinburgh site is it situated within? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

757) Which team managed to beat the All Blacks in this year's rugby Autumn Internationals, only the second time they have managed to do so? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

758) The Fleshlumpeater, The Bloodbottler, The Manhugger, The Meatdripper, The Childchewer, The Butcher Boy, The Maidmasher, The Bonecruncher, and The Gizzardgulper are the "Nine Man-Eating Giants" in which famous children's book written in 1982? Title of the book and the author for the point. (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

759) What is the name of the only London Underground station with none of the letters of the word "UNDERGROUND" in its name? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

760) Scrag end (of neck), Chump, Gigot and Breast are all cuts of which type of meat? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

761) The Japanese company Nintendo Co. Ltd is one of the world's largest consumer electronics and video game companies, but what did Nintendo start out manufacturing before moving into video games? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

762) What is the name of NASA's recent mission to land on Mars? The mission is a robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet which successfully landed at Elysium Planitia on Mars on 26 November 2018. (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

763) The Gettysburg Address is a speech that U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered during the American Civil War at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863. It begins with the now iconic phrase "Four score and seven years ago"?, to what specific historical incident is that date subtraction referring? (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

764) What is the name of the Scottish comedian, television presenter, and writer who has been a panellist on a number of BBC Radio 4 shows including The News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue? She also had a series of stand-up shows on BBC Radio 4 named as an eponymous pun on the phrase "Keep calm and carry on". (1 pt)  Martin:  2018-12-14

765) Name the 4 Michelin-starred restaurants in Edinburgh? (4 pts)  Martin:  2018-12-14

766) A tetrimino (or tetromino) is a geometric shape composed of four squares, connected orthogonally. Please either draw or describe the 7 standard tetrimino shapes used in the classic video game Tetris. (7 pts)  Martin:  2018-12-14

767) Who is the patron saint of Edinburgh? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-12-29

768) The following clues relate to famous people born in Edinburgh; who are they? a) 25.08.30 b) "Bend me, break me, anyway you need me, all I want is you" c) "We start off with high hopes, then we bottle it. We realise that we're all going to die, without really finding out the big answers. We develop all those long-winded ideas which just interpret the reality of our lives in different ways, without really extending our body of worthwhile knowledge, about the big things, the real things. Basically, we live a short disappointing life; and then we die. We fill up our lives with shite, things like careers and relationships to delude ourselves that it isn't all totally pointless." d) Six gold, one silver e) Studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh between 1876-1881 (though he is not best known for his medical career) (5 pts)  Saskia:  2018-12-29

769) What international competition did Edinburgh host in 1972 (and not again since)? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-12-29

770) Serial killers Burke and Hare share which first name? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-12-29

771) Aileen Paterson who died earlier this year wrote which book based in Edinburgh (published in 1989)? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-12-29

772) Name the following films (including one animation) set in Edinburgh; year of release provided: a) 1969 b) 1994 c) 1996 d) 2007 e) 2010 (5 pts)  Saskia:  2018-12-29

773) Where in Edinburgh does Brigadier Sir Nils Olav reside? (1 pt)  Saskia:  2018-12-29

774) Statues and sculptures. Name the person (a,c) / animal (b,d) / artist (e) / significance of (f) the pieces of public art below: (6 pts)  Saskia:  2018-12-29

775) Only three computer games have sold over 100 million copies. They were released in 1984, 2011 and 2013 - what are they? (although these sales figures include mobile downloads, I'm looking for games first released for consoles, not mobile games such as Candy Crush Saga, which has incidentally been downloaded 2.7 billion times!) (3 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

776) These 4 photos are some of the most iconic in the NASA Photo Library - all featuring in their 'Top 50' list. a) What's the name of this photo? _A__H R__E b) The Pillars of what? c) The deepest view of the universe at the time, taken by the Hubble space telescope. Known by the acronym HUDF, the last 3 words are? (it would make a farmer confident to plough) d) Which space shuttle is this - exploding 73 seconds after liftoff? (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

777) In four years, which Big Band leader had 17 Number One records and 59 Top Ten hits (more than Elvis Presley and the Beatles did in their careers), then went missing over the English Channel during WW2? (1 pt)  Phil:  2019-01-07

778) Match these 4 pairs of Roman / Greek gods: Zeus, Aphrodite, Minerva, Athena, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Hermes. (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

779) In the USA, Military 'Black Projects' are censored from the Senate and have the highest secrecy levels of any engineering project. These 4 planes have emerged from such initiatives - name them: a) The fastest jet plane ever made - named after a bird b) Give me its colloquial name, officially called the B2 Spirit c) Made famous in a 2001 War Film about the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu d) An ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft that shares its name with a rock band (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

780) a) Over a human life, you have between 206-270 bones, but do you have more at birth or death? b) Human bones are grouped into 6 major areas - what are they? They begin with the letters S, C, H, A, L and P. (7 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

781) The 'Curse of the Bambino' was a superstition affecting which baseball team after selling which player in 1918 to the New York Yankees? It lasted until this team won the World Series again in 2004. (2 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

782) a) Ridley Scott is a prominent film Director from which country? b) He directed the film Alien, which has spawned 5 prequels/sequels. He only directed two of these - name them. The Official Posters are below, with useful details masked by Aliens that appear in almost every episode of which American animated comedy series? c) He also directed Blade Runner, whose sequel incorporated which 21st Century year into its title? (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

783) BASIC is a group of FOUR newly-industrialised countries, formed in 2009 - what are they? (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

784) a) There are 6 naturally-occurring Noble Gases, all residing in the right-hand column of the periodic table. Moving down from Helium, name the next 5 (in any order) - their scrabble scores (in order) would be 4, 6, 16, 12 and 6. b) With atomic number 118 and symbol Og, which synthesised element is predicted to be the 7th Noble Gas? It is named after Yuri Oganessian and its scrabble score is 10. (6 pts)  Phil:  2019-01-07

785) There are 5 German federal states beginning with the letter B. Name 3 of them. (5 pts)  Susi:  2019-01-19

786) What is the most frequent first letter of EU member states. (1 pt)  Susi:  2019-01-19

787) Name 5 countries where Cyrillic is the sole official script. (5 pts)  Susi:  2019-01-19

788) How many letters does the German alphabet have, including all the special ones. (1 pt)  Susi:  2019-01-19

789) Name 2 autonomous communities in Spain starting with A, two starting with B and two starting with C. (6 pts)  Susi:  2019-01-19

790) Identify these languages: a) (Ella) siempre cierra la ventana antes de cenar/comer. b) (Lei) chiude sempre la finestra prima di cenare. c) (Ea) semper antequam cenat fenestram claudit. d) (Ela) fecha sempre a janela antes de jantar. e) Ea nchide ntotdeauna fereastra nainte de a cina. (5 pts)  Susi:  2019-01-19

791) Ukraine, Denmark (the "mark" bit) and Egypt have similar meanings when looking at the etymology of their names in the original languages. What do these names mean? (1 pt)  Susi:  2019-01-19

792) Give the English names for these rivers in Latin: a) Albis b) Clota c) Durius d) Iberus e) Moenus f) Spreva g) Tamesa (7 pts)  Susi:  2019-01-19

793) Give 5 demonyms (nationalities) ending in -i. (5 pts)  Susi:  2019-01-19

794) Which 5 EU candidate countries are in the process of 'transposing' EU legislation into national law? (5 pts)  Susi:  2019-01-19

795) Which language is this flute described in? (1 pt)  Susi:  2019-01-19

796) Name the two joint most-nominated films at the 2019 academy awards. (2 pts)  Ali:  2019-01-28

797) Name the three poker hands beginning with F. (3 pts)  Ali:  2019-01-28

798) a) Robson and Jerome, of starring-in-"Soldier Soldier"-and-subsequently-being-coerced-into-singing-songs-by-Simon-Cowell-and-having-a-massive-#1-top-selling-single-of-1995-hit-with-a-cover-of-"Unchained Melody" fame, have what surnames (both 5 letters)? b) The (previously, and possibly still) best known version of this song was performed by whom 30 years earlier? (3 pts)  Ali:  2019-01-28

799) Ranked by adding superbowl and world series wins together, which city located near San Francisco is only beaten by New York (in virtue of the latter's 27 world series wins)? Name the football and baseball teams from that city. (3 pts)  Ali:  2019-01-28

800) Name the 4 US States that begin and end in the same letter. (4 pts)  Ali:  2019-01-28

801) a) i) In what country were the summer olympics held from November 22nd to Dec 8th 1956? ii) Due to AQIS (deliberately not expanding that abbreviation) regulations, which sport's olympics were held as a separate event in Stockholm earlier that year? b) What country was due to host both the summer and winter olympics in 1940, only for both events to be cancelled due to WWII. Ultimately neither either olympic event was held in this country until 1964 (summer) and 1972 (winter). c) Which city has hosted the most summer olympic games? It was also due to host the 1944 summer olympics, only for the event to be cancelled due to WWII, however contrary to the situation with b) it hosted the next edition of the summer olympics in 1948. Paris and Los Angeles are due to catch up with this city, hosting for a third time each in 2024 and 2028 respectively. (4 pts)  Ali:  2019-01-28

802) iPod Submarine is a party game requiring players to give two word solutions to problems faced by the world. One person each round must give a solution without having seen the problem, and then everyone guesses based on the solutions which player didn't see it. Which tech billionaire is the subject of this game, based on the perception that he would pluck seemingly random solutions out of the air, such as iPod Submarine; and to what real life problem was his actual solution ‘pod submarines'? (2 pts)  Ali:  2019-01-28

803) The four pictured album covers feature art by famous artists. Name the visual artists and musical artists in each case. (8 pts)  Ali:  2019-01-28

804) Name the three books of the bible beginning with L (2 Old Testament, 1 New Testament) (3 pts)  Ali:  2019-01-28

805) a) Name the 5 US Presidents with 5 letter surnames such that removing the first letter of their surname leaves a word valid in UK Scrabble. b) Name the US president with a 6 letter name such that removing the first two letters of their surname leaves a word valid in UK Scrabble. (6 pts)  Ali:  2019-01-28

806) What number would the following rugby players have on their back? a) Tight-head prop b) Lock c) Blindside-flanker d) Outside-half (4 pts)  Russell:  2019-02-08

807) More ruggles: a) In what year did Italy join the Rugby 5 Nations competition to make it the 6 nations? b) As well as the overall championship there are other cups to be won - name the 2 teams that contest the following: i) Calcutta Cup ii) Millenium Cup iii) Auld Alliance Cup iv) Doddie Weir Cup (new for 2019) (5 pts)  Russell:  2019-02-08

808) Name the 6 deer that can be found in the UK. (6 pts)  Russell:  2019-02-08

809) What is the Brazilian word for to rub navels together? Five letters (1 pt)  Russell:  2019-02-08

810) What make of car does one associate with each of the following fictional characters? a) Colombo b) Mr. Bean c) Marty McFly d) Austin Powers (4 pts)  Russell:  2019-02-08

811) Judging by their names, what would you expect to find on each of these Scottish islands: a) Soay b) Pabay c) Scalpay (3 pts)  Russell:  2019-02-08

812) An aptagram is an anagram can be rearranged to give a word/words of the same meaning. Rearrange the letters to get a word/phrasse that means the the same: a) moon-starer b) notes c) eleven plus two (3 pts)  Russell:  2019-02-08

813) What three-word term was coined by Englishman Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 and remains in (somewhat limited) usage today? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-03-03

814) According to the ONS in 2015, what was the #1 cause of death of men aged 20-49 in the UK? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-03-03

815) In 1981, MTV first went live on US airwaves. Which song was the first to play on the channel? The track was later covered by a number of acts, including The Presidents of the United States of America. (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-03-03

816) In a traditional British wedding reception, who is the first to deliver their speech? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-03-03

817) a) What two common types of sea creature are used for these Japanese dishes (Ikayaki and Unadon respectively)? b) What two-letter Scrabble words do these pictures describe? c) Which two films have I strategically cropped in these images? (6 pts)  Cav:  2019-03-03

818) In which popular English novel would you find the characters of Charlotte Lucas and George Wickham? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-03-03

819) In The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, with what one-word (Scrabble-legal) name was Aragorn first introduced to the Hobbits? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-03-03

820) What is the common Latin translation of "What is truth?" — the question uttered by Pilate in response to Jesus in the Book of John? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-03-03

821) What are William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore the only examples of? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-03-03

822) On which day of the (modern) Gregorian calendar did the assassination of Julius Caesar allegedly take place? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-03-03

823) What was lost from Da Vinci's Last Supper when a doorway was raised in the refectory it was painted in? (1 pt)  Phil:  2019-03-17

824) What are the UK names of these films from their foreign titles - (the title's) country of origin, year released and director in brackets: a) Vaseline (Argentina, 1978, Randal Kleiser) b) The Young People Who Traverse Dimensions While Wearing Sunglasses (France, 1999, The Wachowski Brothers) c) Die Hard: Mega Hard (Denmark, 1995, John McTiernan) d) He’s A Ghost! (China, 1999, M. Night Shyamalan) e) It’s Raining Falafel (Israel, 2009, Phil Lord / Christopher Miller) (5 pts)  Phil:  2019-03-17

825) Up until 2014, there had only been 11 occurrences of what happening in the Women's NBA? (Not sure it's happened much more since, but don't have the stats!) (1 pt)  Phil:  2019-03-17

826) All aboard the wiki train! a) After the death of Willow in 2018, Queen Elizabeth II no longer has any of which breed of dog? b) The specific breed was a Welsh variety, named after an area of SW Wales, which also lends its name to a coastal UK National Park and most of its name to colleges at both Oxford and Cambridge - what is it? c) The Cambridge college is home to the first chapel built by which 17/18th century architect (amongst other things), who most-famously designed St Paul's Cathedral? d) The Queen still has two dogs - crosses between the breed in a) and a Dachshund - known as what? e) Dachshund is a word of German origin (although modern German rarely uses this name), but what is the animal, 'Dachs', that this hound was bred to flush out? They live in setts and are the UK's largest land carnivore. f) Because of their low, narrow build, Dachshunds are colloquially known in the UK as _______ dogs? (6 pts)  Phil:  2019-03-17

827) 'Signs point to yes', 'Concentrate and ask again', and 'My sources say no' are examples of the three types of responses from what device? (1 pt)  Phil:  2019-03-17

828) a) Contractions in informal English are common (e.g. I've for I have), but double contractions are much rarer. Name 2 (wiktionary lists 51, but lots are obscure / rarely used) b) tintintin is a jocular phrase purporting to be a Yorkshire saying - what is it suggesting? Without any contractions, it would be 6 words. (3 pts)  Phil:  2019-03-17

829) a) In the Lake Victoria, there lies a tripoint of which countries? b) All three of these countries use (separate) currencies which share a name with which defunct British coin? c) Lake Victoria is one of the three major lakes forming the African Great Lakes system - what are the other two? (6 pts)  Phil:  2019-03-17

830) The Holy Grail is a concept from Arthurian Legend, and initially had no specific connection to Jesus's cup. What 7-letter word follows Holy to specifically signify this vessel in Christian literature? (1 pt)  Phil:  2019-03-17

831) Birds named after their songs (a-b) and songs named after birds (c-d): a) Known as a Lapwing in English, the Scottish name for this bird imitates its call b) A bird known for laying its eggs in 'surrogate' bird's nests and leaving them to bring them up c) The opening track from Elbow's The Seldom Seen Kid (2008) d) A David Bowie song recorded in 1973, a bonus track on Diamond Dogs (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-03-17

832) There was no chance of the album sounding like snappy, melodic guitar songs. I'd completely had it with melody. I just wanted rhythm. All melodies to me were pure embarrassment. I remember this Tom Waits quote from years ago, that what keeps him going as a songwriter is his complete ignorance of the instruments he's using. So everything's a novelty. That's one of the reasons I wanted to get into computers and synths, because I didn't understand how the fuck they worked. I had no idea what ADSR meant. a) This is a quote about the development of which album, released in 2000? b) The change in style compared to their critically-acclaimed 1997 album was likened by Rolling Stone to which artist's move to electric guitar? c) What the fuck does ADSR mean? (pictured). Choose two words from the acronym to give as answers. (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-03-17

833) (Undisputed) Countries of the World: a) What is the first country alphabetically? b) Which 3 countries begin with a unique first letter? c) Which two letters of the alphabet are not the first letter of any country? (6 pts)  Ewan:  2019-04-12

834) Murica! a) Which is the only letter not to appear in the name of any US State? b) Silicon Valley is home to some of the world's biggest companies. Alphabet inc. are one of the biggest of these. What were they called before the company 'restructuring' (basically changing their name)? c) According to McDonalds, McNuggets come in four shapes. What are the shapes? (hint: they are (alliterative with each other) shapes of things, rather than square, triangle etc) (6 pts)  Ewan:  2019-04-12

835) Game of Thrones: a) The brother of which famous singer plays Theon Greyjoy in the show? b) Part of the pilot episode was shot in which Scottish Castle? c) The show never returned to Scotland due to a lack of studio space. Which city did they end up basing filming instead? (3 pts)  Ewan:  2019-04-12

836) Game of throw-ins: What throwing sports are these the world record distances? a) 98.48m b) 86.74m c) 74.08m d) 23.12m (4 pts)  Ewan:  2019-04-12

837) What's in a name? These companies are all best known by their initials, but what do they stand for? a) BBC b) EE c) IBM d) B&Q e) LNER (5 pts)  Ewan:  2019-04-12

838) Urban rail systems: a) London has the oldest underground network in the world. Which city has the second oldest? b) What is the largest city in the UK that does not have a tram system? (2 pts)  Ewan:  2019-04-12

839) The general format of postcodes in the UK is: 2 Letters – 2/3 Numbers – 2 Letters. However, there are 8 areas which only begin with one letter (B, E, G, L, M, N, S, W). Name the areas these represent. (8 pts)  Ewan:  2019-04-12

840) Scottish Parliament: a) What year did Scotland officially regain its parliament after losing it in 1707? b) In the 5 years prior to the opening of the Scottish Parliament Building at Holyrood, where was the Scottish Parliament housed? c) Who was the only standing First Minister since then to lose an election? (3 pts)  Ewan:  2019-04-12

841) Language! We all know that the American Language is a bit wrong. But what are these American terms better known as in the UK? a) Zuchini b) Canker Sore c) Snow Pea d) Pacifier e) Utility Pole (5 pts)  Ewan:  2019-04-12

842) Picture round. Name the bond film from the scene of James with his women: (4 pts)  Ewan:  2019-04-12

843) Which river is the easternmost of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean? It is the longest river lying entirely within Russia. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

844) The NCIS television franchise has produced two popular spin-off series. The first of these stars LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell and is based which US city? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

845) The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 was part of which war? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

846) The Great White Shark was the nickname of which Australian golfer who was the world no.1 ranked golfer for 331 weeks in the 1980s and 1990s? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

847) Which Hungarian-born inventor patented the first commercially successful ballpoint pen? In some countries his surname is widely referred to as the name of the pen. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

848) Nominated for the Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act in 2015 but losing out to Sam Smith which male singer has gone on to have UK number one albums with Wanted On Voyage and 2018’s Staying At Tamara’s? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

849) Dac, Klingsor and Phi are all crossword compilers for which British daily newspaper? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

850) What is the pseudonym of the unidentified Italian author whose work includes the four-part series of books known as The Neapolitan Novels? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

851) To date, who is the longest serving US President? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

852) Which Dutchman immediately preceded Jose Mourinho as manager of Manchester United, holding that office between May 2014 and May 2016? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

853) Naas is the county town of which Irish county? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

854) Which British filmmaker made the acclaimed films Red Road, Fish Tank and American Honey, all of which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

855) Who, along with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, was the third man on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969? He remained in lunar orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin took their historic first steps. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

856) Who is the author of the Mog the Cat series of children’s books? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

857) Ornithology is the study of what type of living creatures? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

858) La Traviata, Aida and Rigoletto are all popular operas written by which Italian composer? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

859) In mathematics what term describes any number that can never be a solution to a polynomial equation? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

860) Which country music singer and songwriter is commonly referred to as the Father Of Bluegrass? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

861) What name is given to the passenger cabin below an airship? It shares its name with a form of water transport popular with tourists in a certain European city. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

862) Protagonists of which 20th century art movement include Francis Picabia, Max Ernst, Tristan Tzara and Paul Eluard? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

863) In terms of area and with Juneau as its state capital, which is the largest state in the USA? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

864) Barnacle Bill, composed by Herbert Ashworth-Hope, is the theme tune to which long-running children’s TV series which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

865) Who was the first woman to have flown in space? She did so aboard Vostok 6 in June 1963. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

866) The Bruins are an NHL ice hockey team based in which US city? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

867) Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Gala are all types of which fruit? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

868) Jesus is the most mentioned male person in the Bible. Which King of Israel, the youngest son of Jesse who slew Goliath, comes second? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

869) Which planet of the solar system has the shortest day at 9 hours 55 minutes and 27 seconds long? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

870) Jennifer Warnes featured on two top 10 singles in the UK which also reached number one in the USA. With which singer did she duet on (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, taken from the soundtrack to Dirty Dancing? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

871) Who, along with Caesar and Pompey formed the unofficial Roman alliance known as the First Triumvirate in 60 BC? Together, the three men dominated the Roman political system. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

872) Which East German former track and field athlete holds the world record for the women’s 400 metres, recorded in Canberra in 1985? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

873) Maseru is the capital city of which small, landlocked African country? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

874) What 1999 film starring Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles was a loose modernisation of Shakespeare's The Taming Of The Shrew? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

875) Who was the first British person to have flown in space? She did so aboard the Soyuz TM-12 in May 1991. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

876) The NCIS television franchise has produced two popular spin-off series. The second of these stars Scott Bakula and Lucas Black and is based which US city? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

877) In terms of area and with Providence as its state capital which is the smallest state in the USA? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

878) Sarah is the most mentioned female person in the Bible. Which Queen of Persia, who, along with Ruth is one of only two women to have Biblical books named after them, comes second? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

879) What name is given to the main part of a balloon that gets filled with hot air? It shares its name with an item of stationery that might be “pushed” by those “thinking outside the box”. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

880) Nominated for the Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act in 2016 but losing out to Catfish And The Bottlemen, which female singer has gone on to have UK number one albums with I Cry When I Laugh and 2018’s Always In Between? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

881) Contrasting with transcendental numbers, what nine-letter term is given to any number that can be a solution to a polynomial equation? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

882) Which Czech former track and field athlete holds the world record for the women’s 800 metres, recorded in Munich in 1983 and the longest-standing individual athletics world record? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

883) Mbabane is the capital city of which small, landlocked southern African country (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

884) Protagonists of which 20th century art movement include Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Carlos Carra and Gino Severini? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

885) Who, along with Octavian and Mark Antony formed the Roman alliance known as the Second Triumvirate in 43 BC, which many view as marking the end of the Roman Republic. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

886) Which American screenwriter and director’s films include Pariah, Bessie and Mudbound, which earned her an Academy Award nomination in 2017 for Best Adapted Screenplay? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

887) Which planet of the solar system has the longest day, at 243 Earth days long? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

888) The Flames are an NHL ice hockey team based in which Canadian city? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

889) Navel, Blood and Seville are all types of which fruit? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

890) La Boheme, Turandot and Tosca are all popular operas written by which Italian composer? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

891) Warbler, Elgar and Cephas are all crossword compilers for which British daily newspaper? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

892) Which country music singer, an innovator of the late 1950s scored 147 songs on the Billboard Country Music Charts including Kentucky Waltz, Easy On The Eyes and Tennessee Stud? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

893) Which Scottish chemist and inventor’s experiments with tar led to his invention of waterproof fabric? In some countries, his surname is widely referred to as the name of a raincoat. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

894) Which Northern Irishman immediately preceded Jurgen Klopp as manager of Liverpool, holding that office between June 2012 and October 2015? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

895) The Battle of Naseby in 1645 was part of which war? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

896) Barwick Green is the theme tune to which long-running radio drama which has been broadcast on the BBC since 1950? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

897) Which river is the westernmost of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean? Measured with its chief tributary the Irtysh it is the seventh longest river in the world. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

898) Who is the author of the Tracy Beaker series of children’s books? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

899) Ichthyology is the study of what type of living creatures? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

900) The Golden Bear was the nickname of which American golfer, who holds the record for the most Major tournament wins with 18? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

901) Who, along with Tommie Smith and John Carlos, was the third man on the podium for the medal ceremony of the 200m at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics? He won silver in the race and supported Smith and Carlos’ historic black power salute. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

902) Jennifer Warnes featured on two top 10 singles in the UK which also reached number one in the USA. With which singer did she duet on Up Where We Belong, taken from the soundtrack to An Officer And A Gentleman? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

903) Enniscorthy is the second largest town in which Irish county? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

904) Which Norwegian author’s series of autobiographical novels, entitled My Struggle, begins with A Death In The Family and finishes with The End? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

905) To date, who is the longest serving UK Prime Minister? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

906) What 1995 film starring Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd and Brittany Murphy was loosely based on Jane Austen's novel Emma? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-11

907) The Triple Crown of Acting is a term used to describe actors who have won a competitive Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award in the acting categories. First achieved in 1953 and last in 2018, 24 people (15 women, 9 men) have achieved this, name any three for the points. (3 pts)  Martin:  2019-05-30

908) Cat Nick, Hunter's Bog, Gutted Haddie, Samson's Ribs, Crow Hill, and Whinny Hill are all features in which area of Edinburgh? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-30

909) Which two-letter word, sometimes described as the most frequently spoken or written word on the planet, will finally be added to the game of Scrabble in the 2019 release of the official Collins Scrabble Words list? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-30

910) What do the words silhouette, sideburns, maverick, mesmerise, diesel and trilby have in common? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-30

911) The actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has appeared in over 50 episodes in which 4 different TV series throughout her career? (4 pts)  Martin:  2019-05-30

912) Can you ID these common UK tree leaves? (12 pts)  Martin:  2019-05-30

913) What is the middle name of Glenn Greenwald, the American attorney, journalist, and author, known for a series of reports published from June 2013 detailing the United States and British global surveillance programs, and based on classified documents disclosed by a famous source with the same first name? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-30

914) Bad Boys (featuring Ghetts and J Hus), Cigarettes & Cush (featuring Kehlani and Lily Allen), 21 Gun Salute (Interlude) (featuring Wretch 32) and Return of the Rucksack are all tracks on the 2018 Brit Awards British Album of the Year by which UK artist? (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-30

915) To date, who has made the most appearances as guest presenter (32) of the British television panel show Have I Got News For You? They have also made over a thousand appearances as host of another famous British TV game show. (1 pt)  Martin:  2019-05-30

916) The London boroughs are the 32 local authority districts that make up Greater London, each governed by a London borough council. What are the three London boroughs whose names begin with W? (3 pts)  Martin:  2019-05-30

917) Of the 10 main characters and 9 supporting characters in The Muppet Show, please name the 8 individual muppets with the word the in their name. (8 pts)  Martin:  2019-05-30

918) What are the 4 largest National Parks by area in the UK? (4 pts)  Martin:  2019-05-30

919) a) Which company is known for products such as A, B, C, S, EX and Atmos? b) Peter & Svend gave their surnames to which high-end comsumer electronics company? (2 pts)  Phil:  2019-06-25

920) Pei Pei Zhu is the name for which cartoon character when shown in China? Its relevance/popularity this year is partly down to the Chinese Zodiac. (1 pt)  Phil:  2019-06-25

921) ~Homophonic, but different, surnames (spelling essential): a) Main Actor in the film series Mission: Impossible b) Second Row rugby player for Saracens / England c) A Terry playing a Terry in Brooklyn Nine Nine d) Female lead in Abre los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) (4 pts)  Phil:  2019-06-25

922) These word-pairs differ by one letter being added (shortest word first). E.g. Born / Boron. Name each - one point per word: a) A garden ornament / The genetic material of an organism b) The common name for several species of fish who mostly hatch in freshwater then migratie to the ocean / A French sports equipment brand. c) A two-beat diagonal gait of a horse / A pack of cards used in the occult (3 pts)  Phil:  2019-06-25

923) Geoffrey, Count of Anjou gave his nickname to a House of English monarchs. A popular theory suggests this name came from the Common Broom (a shrub) known in Latin as Planta Genista. What was the House called? (1 pt)  Phil:  2019-06-25

924) a) In the First Folio of Shakespeare Plays, only 5 have one word names - what are they? (no subsequent plays attributed to Shakespeare would make this list, either way) b) His plays are generally classified into 3 groups (categories starting with C, H & T) - what category do all the one-word plays fall into? (Full category name, not just the letter) (6 pts)  Phil:  2019-06-25

925) Twitter Special: I asked people to submit name-blended animals (ideally, poorly-photoshopped), i.e. Swan + Anaconda = Swanaconda. Name the animal pairs (1 point per animal). (6 pts)  Phil:  2019-06-25

926) a) Major releases on the Android mobile operating system are named after consecutive alphabetical sweet items (types of candy, biscuits etc). Name the 6 releases from J-O. b) Mac OS X versions from 10.0 to 10.8 were all named after what type of animal? (7 pts)  Phil:  2019-06-25

927) a) Mont St Michel is a Monastic island in France that has a copycat Norman priory in Penzance known by what similar English name? b) Its name in the local language is Karrek Loos yn Koos - what language is this? c) The Pirates of Penzance is a comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan. Viz Magazine ran a comic strip humourously-named after it featuring pirates in a man's underwear - what 5 word name did it go by? (3 pts)  Phil:  2019-06-25

928) a) All planets of the Solar System (except Earth) and most moons are named from characters from which two (related) sources? b) The moons of Uranus are an exception - they are named after literary characters from which two people? They are the number 1 & 2 most-frequently quoted writers in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. (3 pts)  Phil:  2019-06-25

929) Lewis Capaldi is a popstar from Bathgate: a) What is his relationship to Peter Capaldi? b) Which musician is he currently involved in a public spat with? c) Which fictional character/animal did said musician recently compared him to? (3 pts)  Ewan:  2019-07-28

930) Which two of the Great Lakes could technically be known as one lake due to them being connected and water levels equalising? (2 pts)  Ewan:  2019-07-28

931) Bill Gates dropped down to the third richest person in the world recently, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, weighing in at a mere $107.3 billion: a) Who are the two people ahead of him? b) Adjusting for inflation, who is thought to have been the richest man ever? (3 pts)  Ewan:  2019-07-28

932) Quentin Tarantino is releasing his 10th film this year (that he has both written and directed). Name them. (10 pts)  Ewan:  2019-07-28

933) As of July 2019, who are the reigning champions in the "big four" american sports: American football (Superbowl), Ice Hockey (Stanley Cup), Baseball (World Series) and Basketball (NBA Finals)? (4 pts)  Ewan:  2019-07-28

934) What are the traditional UK gifts for these four milestone wedding anniversaries: 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th? (4 pts)  Ewan:  2019-07-28

935) The village of Ratho, near Edinburgh Airport, is already home to one world class sporting facility, built in an old quarry: the Edinburgh Indoor Climbing Arena. There are now plans to build another world class facility in another quarry at Ratho. What sport will it cater for? (1 pt)  Ewan:  2019-07-28

936) Maslow's Hierarchy of needs has Physiological needs (food, shelter, warmth etc) at the base. What are the four other levels in his Hierarchy? (4 pts)  Ewan:  2019-07-28

937) There are eight countries in the continent of Africa whose name begins with a vowel. Name them. (8 pts)  Ewan:  2019-07-28

938) Name the four actresses pictured below. Bonus point for the TV show that connects them all. (5 pts)  Ewan:  2019-07-28

939) Eugene Cernan was the last person to do what, on December 14th, 1972? (1 pt)  Damian:  2019-09-23

940) 'Back Into Hell' and 'The Monster Is Loose' are subtitles of albums (from 1993 and 2006, respectively) that are the second and third of a trilogy of albums that began in 1977. What is the name of the first album in the trilogy, currently listed on Wikipedia as being the 6th biggest selling album of all time? (1 pt)  Damian:  2019-09-23

941) Richard Block and David Quayle founded which British retail company in 1969 which now has over 350 branches across the country? (1 pt)  Damian:  2019-09-23

942) Which singer won the 2018 series of The X-Factor? (1 pt)  Damian:  2019-09-23

943) In which decade of the 20th century was the first Rugby Union World Cup held? And in which decade was the first Rugby League World Cup held? (2 pts)  Damian:  2019-09-23

944) Since 1900 there have been three UK Prime Ministers whose surnames begin with a vowel. (3 pts)  Damian:  2019-09-23

945) Which river - the third largest tributary of the Danube - flows through 3 European capital cities? 1 point for the name of the river and 1 point each for the capital cities it flows through. (4 pts)  Damian:  2019-09-23

946) What are the names of the 5 beaches on which the D-Day landings took place? (5 pts)  Damian:  2019-09-23

947) Martin Scorsese's 9th film starring Robert DeNiro, The Irishman, is being released on Netflix this month. Name the previous 8 movies that Scorsese and DeNiro have made together, plus a bonus two points to name them in chronological order. (10 pts)  Damian:  2019-09-23

948) Name the 13 countries of the world which the equator runs through? (13 pts)  Damian:  2019-09-23

949) Which South East Asian country is comprised of over 7,000 islands and was once referred to as the "Spanish East Indies"? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-10-15

950) Also known as a Cupid's bow, what is the medical term for the cleft just above the top lip and directly under the nose? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-10-15

951) Name the musicians pictured. (4 pts)  Cav:  2019-10-15

952) In racing, what term describes a female horse that's under 4 years of age. (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-10-15

953) What do the following have in common: Swan, Melitta, Brita and Lee. (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-10-15

954) What regional American sandwich is described as "frizzled beef, onions, in a small loaf of bread" smothered in "wiz"? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-10-15

955) Baklava is a dessert item commonly made of chopped nuts, honey and what type of pastry? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-10-15

956) What is the one-word title of the Ben Fold Five song starts with the lyrics, "Won't you look up at the skyline at the mortar, block, and glass and check out the reflections in my eyes?" It appeared on their debut album. (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-10-15

957) According to Wikipedia, what is "a short musical passage, riff, or rhythmic sound which helps to sustain the listener's attention during a break between the phrases of a melody." (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-10-15

958) What naturally occurring green food colorant has the E number E140? (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-10-15

959) Name this specific type of tool. (1 pt)  Cav:  2019-10-15

960) Bike race names: a) The words ronde (Flemish), giro (Italian) and vuelta (Spanish) are used for bike races. What single word do they all translate to? b) The words flche (French) and pijl (Flemish) are also used for bike races. What single word do they translate to? Hint: pijl comes from the Latin pilum. English has a word very similar to flche which relates to the thing in question. (2 pts)  Ali:  2019-11-29

961) Shakespeare's home is in Stratford upon Avon, but which county is that in? (1 pt)  Ali:  2019-11-29

962) Match these fallacious arguments to these fallacies (ad hominem, circulus in probando, post hoc ergo propter hoc, straw man): a) Opium induces sleep because it has a soporific quality b) I forgot to bring my umbrella, so it rained c) Your criticism of hip hop is incorrect because you are a racist d) We should relax the laws on drugs (4 pts)  Ali:  2019-11-29

963) Name the 5 countries that have more than 10 3-Michelin-star restaurants (5 pts)  Ali:  2019-11-29

964) Jane Krakowski (pictured) has been in over 50 episodes of 4 different TV shows. Name them. (4 pts)  Ali:  2019-11-29

965) General Sir Charles James Napier is said to have communicated the successful capture of a province of Pakistan with a single latin word, 'peccavi'. This is the first person singular perfect tense of a verb, the translation of which can be heard in catholic confessions. What is the name of the province? (1 pt)  Ali:  2019-11-29

966) Which of the following is true: a) At least one team was guaranteed to win no stages at the 2019 Tour De France b) At least one team was guaranteed to win multiple stages at the 2019 Tour De France c) Neither of these (1 pt)  Ali:  2019-11-29

967) The following social media platforms both have/had co-founders with very prominent accounts on those platforms. What are their first names? a) Myspace b) Twitter (2 pts)  Ali:  2019-11-29

968) Name the high-profile incumbent MPs who are either projected to lose or be in danger of losing their seat in the 2019 UK General Election under YouGov's MRP model. NB 'in danger' = the lowest projection of the incumbent is lower than the highest projection of the best challenger: a) Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Con) b) East Dunbartonshire (LD) c) Chingford and Woodford Green (Con) d) Bolsover (Lab) (High profile to some extent because of length of time in parliament) e) North West Durham (Lab) (5 pts)  Ali:  2019-11-29

969) Name the 7 countries beginning with A or B whose capitals begin with the same letter as the country. (7 pts)  Ali:  2019-11-29

970) Which REM album is being re-released this year to celebrate its 25th anniversary? (1 pt)  Ali:  2019-11-29

971) Name the 5 authors who have won multiple booker prizes. One was joint winner this year. The novels they have won for are as follows (in alphabetical order of surname): a) The Testaments, The Blind Assassin b) Oscar and Lucinda, True History of the Kelly Gang c) Life & Times of Michael K, Disgrace d) Troubles, The Siege of Krishnapur e) Wolf Hall, Bring Up The Bodies (5 pts)  Ali:  2019-11-29

972) What same number is the repeating year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, the atomic number of magnesium in the periodic table, and the number of people who have walked on the moon? (1 pt)  Martin:  2020-01-03

973) The following are all anagrams of the same sort of thing. What is the connection and the unscrambled anagrams? a) Crispy tint b) Flap coercer c) Cat logo Naziisms d) Doyle e) Um kail (6 pts)  Martin:  2020-01-03

974) Which Scottish darts player became the 2020 World Darts Champion on the 1st of January 2020? And who did he beat 7-3 in the final? (2 pts)  Martin:  2020-01-03

975) Which English scientist, who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry, initiated the first of the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 1825? (1 pt)  Martin:  2020-01-03

976) What is the colloquial name of the weather phenomenon which has been used by captains of sailing ships to cross the world's oceans for centuries and enabled colonial expansion into the Americas and routes to become established across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It shares its name with a pale ale made by the Cairngorm Brewery Company. (1 pt)  Martin:  2020-01-03

977) Scottish ferries! From the following port-destination pairs please tell me which destination island the route serves: a) Oban - Castlebay b) Ardrossan - Brodick c) Kennacraig - Port Askaig d) Cairnryan - Larne e) Gills Bay - St Margaret's Hope (5 pts)  Martin:  2020-01-03

978) The Mauritanian cheese Caravane is made from the milk of which animal? (1 pt)  Martin:  2020-01-03

979) Which two artists (excluding featuring artitsts) with the surname "Williams" had UK Singles Chart number ones in the 2010s? (2 pts)  Martin:  2020-01-03

980) On the 16th of April 2016 the Natural Environment Research Council closed its public poll to name a new polar Royal Research Ship. What was the winning name the public chose and what name was actually given to the ship? (2 pts)  Martin:  2020-01-03

981) Allvega, dairyban, vitan, benevore, sanivores, and beaumangeur were all alternative suggestions for which word coined in 1944 by Donald Watson? (1 pt)  Martin:  2020-01-03

982) As of 2017, the domestic cat was the second-most popular pet in the United States by number of pets owned. What is the most popular by this measure? (1 pt)  Martin:  2020-01-03

983) For the following city-pairs, if you flew the shortest distance in a straight line (for the sake of argument I am using a Rhumb line) from one to the other, which 2 intermediate countries would you pass over? Example, for the city pair "Lisbon - Brussels" the answers would be Spain and France: a) Inverness - Helsinki b) Beijing - Tokyo c) Auckland - Singapore d) Santiago - Brasilia e) Amsterdam - Mexico City (10 pts)  Martin:  2020-01-03

984) a) Who won the 2018-19 series of University Challenge? b) Who hosts Only Connect? c) William G Stewart presented a popular quiz show that had how many challengers in each episode? (3 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

985) Only two diseases have been successfully eradicated by human action. One is Rinderpest (affecting ruminants), but which human disease also suffered the same fate? (1 pt)  Phil:  2020-02-20

986) Austria and Australia have different etymologies and meanings, but are both named after compass points - which two? (2 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

987) Hvladimir is the name given to a mammal found in Norweigan territory with a camera mount attached to it. What type of animal is it (Hval) and who is it named after? (2 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

988) What are the meanings of these 3 diving hand signals? (3 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

989) ITV, C4 & C5 all used the brand name 'Teletext' for their Videotex services from 1992 onwards. What name did the BBC's service go by? (1 pt)  Phil:  2020-02-20

990) What are the 6 extant (~ still spoken) languages in the Celtic subgroup of Indo European languages? (6 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

991) Which brand-named anesthetic features (with differing spelling) in lead singles from the albums Beautiful Freak by Eels and Nostalgia by Frank Ocean? (1 pt)  Phil:  2020-02-20

992) The Volcanic Seven Summits are the highest volcanic peaks on each continent. Which 2 are also part of the Seven Summits (highest mountains on each continent)? (2 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

993) In programming, stylised words in the following formats are known as ____ case, where the missing word is an animal which they vaguely resemble - name the animal: a) likeThis b) like_this (2 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

994) Of the 8 finalists in the Men's 100m at the 1988 Olympics, 6 were subsequently linked to competitive drug use - name 3 of them. (3 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

995) a) David Beckham (2002) and Wayne Rooney (2006) both suffered injuries to which bone(s) in their foot prior to World Cup tournaments? They connect to the phalanges of the toes. b) Which 3 countries hosted those World Cup tournaments? 2002 was jointly-hosted by 2 countries. (4 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

996) These things are all variations on a theme - what are they used for? a) example.com b) US phone numbers beginning 555-0100 through 555-0199 c) UK postcodes starting ZZ (3 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

997) The 30 biggest islands of the USA all come from which 4 states / territories? (4 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

998) BTS, EXO and Blackpink are prominent bands in which genre of music? Its name relates to its country of origin. (1 pt)  Phil:  2020-02-20

999) A weasel is weaselly recognised and a stoat is stoatally different, but what are these other UK mustelids? d) is invasive. (4 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

1000) Which film in 2019 became the highest-grossing of all time (excluding inflation)? (1 pt)  Phil:  2020-02-20

1001) We are currently in the 'Eight Generation of Video Game Consoles', but which 4 consoles (from Microsoft, Nintendo, Sega & Sony) made up the 6th generation? (4 pts)  Phil:  2020-02-20

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