Lockdown Quiz #1

Median adjusted individual score (MAIS): 26 / 50   # for all teams adjusted for solo performance - aim for this!
Difficulty level (DL): harder   # based on overall performance when it was set (7 teams).

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1) Which book by D.H. Lawrence has been banned in many countries for "its explicit descriptions of sex, and its use of then-unprintable four-letter words"? (1 point)

2) At the 2017 Oscars, La La Land was mistakenly read out as the winner of Best Picture. Which film actually won? (1 point)

3) a) What are the first and last UK National Parks alphabetically? b) Which 2 UK National Parks have the highest points? (4 points)

4) After receiving a yellow card in the semi final of World Cup Italia '90, how did Paul Gascoigne react? (1 point)

5) What is the biggest squid by mass? It is bigger, and more superlative, than the Giant Squid. (1 point)

6) A string quartet traditionally involves which 3 different instruments? (3 points)

7) What was the Sega Mega Drive known as in the USA? (1 point)

8) The Danish Realm contains two major territories other than Denmark. What are they and what are their capital cities? (4 points)

9) The eponymous characters in the TV show Rick & Morty are based on the main protagonists first seen in which 1985 film? (1 point)

10) What's the highest mountain in the Americas? What's the second highest in Africa? (2 points)

11) Whose 5 studio albums are: My World 2.0 (2010), Under the Mistletoe (2011), Believe (2012), Purpose (2015), Changes (2020)? (1 point)

12) Which fashion designer was shot at Miami Beach in 1997? Referncing this, who said, "Remember that fella who was so good at fashion, they had to shoot him?" (2 points)

13) What is the international radio message for a state of urgency? It is a repeated 3-letter word and rhymes with a dance popular in French cabaret. (1 point)

14) The 2020 Olympics have been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making them the first games to be postponed. But in which three years have the Summer Olympics been cancelled? (3 points)

15) Which 4 chemical element names contain none of the letters of CHEMISTRY? (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #2

MAIS: 26 / 50
DL: harder   (4 teams)

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1) Donald Trump held an under-attended rally this week in which US city? It's in Oklahama. (1 point)

2) Which chemical element's name appears as-is in the names of 4 others? (1 point)

3) Which 5 Germanic languages have the most (native) speakers in the world? One of them isn't an official language of a European country. (1 point)

4) Which song has spent the most consecutive weeks at #1 on the UK singles chart? It was the theme song to a 1991 film. (2 points)

5) Who is the oldest manager in Premier League history? He is a current manager in the league. (2 points)

6) What are the 2nd-most-populated cities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales? For England, the 'City of London' is technically tiny so just imagine London doesn't exist. (1 point)

7) What word/name is a tin camping pot, a popular range of Ikea bookcases and the first name of the singer of the song White Wedding? (2 points)

8) Which 3 metals are the best conductors of electricity? Two are generally impractical for wiring due to their high cost. (2 points)

9) The 4 most expensive paintings ever sold are by which 4 artists? One is Italian, one is Dutch-American, two are French (and those two share a first name). Although I'm asking for the amount paid at the time, the top 4 remain the same when adjusted for inflation – all were sold in the last 10 years and all the artists are dead. (4 points)

10) A Hills Hoist is a common feature in Australian gardens, and has come to be a symbol of the country, particularly as a metaphor for 50s/60s suburbia. What is its function? (4 points)

11) In the news a lot recently, the most common particulate-filtering facepiece respirator is one which meets what classification? It's in the form Letter-Number. (20 points)

12) Which two African countries use Portuguese words in their country names and capital cities? (NA points)

13) In 2019, which 4 car brands sold the most in the UK? 3 originate from the same country. (NA points)

14) Until the reintrouction of the Great Bustard in 2004, what was the UK's heaviest native flying bird? Part of its name is due to it being quieter than others in the genus. (NA points)

15) Which 3 Best Picture Oscar-winning films share names with UK #1 song artists? There's one potential cheeky answer, which I'll give half a point for if you put it in your 3. (NA points)

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Lockdown Quiz #3

MAIS: 34 / 50
DL: easier   (8 teams)

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1) What animal features in the title of two Booker Prize winning novels, and has a very prominent role in the plot of another? (1 point)

2) Liverpool just won their 19th league championship, but in what decade were they last presented with such a trophy? (1 point)

3) What word links a rank in the artillery corps, a prominent Canadian aircraft manufacturer and an ale made by Wells Brewery up until 2017? (1 point)

4) If you want to throw money at an alternative practioner, which discipline would they be practising based on these descriptions: a) "involving the application of pressure to specific points on the feet and hands. This is done using specific thumb, finger, and hand massage techniques without the use of oil or lotion" b) “concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine” c) “uses a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a 'universal energy' is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing” (3 points)

5) If someone sent you files with the following extensions, what would you do with them? E.g. for a .mov, you would watch it. a) .rtf b) .flac c) .rar (3 points)

6) What was the surname of the slave trader whose statue got torn down and thrown in a quay in Bristol a few weeks ago? (1 point)

7) What's the deepest lake in the world? What's the biggest lake (by area) in Africa? Which Lake believes in Father Christmas? (3 points)

8) The International Space Station has had long-term crew from 10 different countries. Which 4 countries make up the non-European crew members? (4 points)

9) Which New Zealand filmmaker's films include Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit? (1 point)

10) In the Top 10 most-viewed youtube videos, 3 main languages feature in the videos other than English, what are they? Language 1 & Language 2 are in pop songs, Language 3 is in two separate Kids TV shows. (3 points)

11) Which 2 Oscar prize categories are purely to do with people's appearance? (2 points)

12) Since the political union of England and Scotland in 1707, there have been 12 British monarchs. Which two monarchs in this list have no regnal number? (2 points)

13) There are 11 native reptile species found in and around the UK. All are variants of which 3 animals? (3 points)

14) Glastonburty Festival should have been celebrating what anniversary last weekend? (1 point)

15) Name the countries the following street views are from. You can SPIN and ZOOM, but you can't walk around - imagine you're standing on one spot with binoculars. a) http://meiotic.co.uk/temp/sv1.html b) http://meiotic.co.uk/temp/sv2.html c) http://meiotic.co.uk/temp/sv3.html d) http://meiotic.co.uk/temp/sv4.html (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #4

MAIS: 26 / 50
DL: harder   (8 teams)

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1) Gloucesteershire artist Robin Gunningham and Robert Del Naja from Massive Attack are both suggested identities of whom? (1 point)

2) a) A Lammergeier was spotted roosting in the Peak District this week. It is also known as a Bearded ______? b) A fish also made a rare sighting this week, swimming off Portobello beach, Edinburgh. With a latin name including 'gladius', what is its English name? (2 points)

3) In French Cooking, there are 5 “mother sauces”. Espagnole and Velouté are two, but what are the other three? (3 points)

4) Of all Mozart's works, which two 8-letter words are the most popular types of named composition? They beat 'Sonata' into third place. (2 points)

5) In the Dire Straits Song 'Sultans of Swing', the lyrics show the band also play what other type of music? (1 point)

6) Which two female authors have sold more than 100 million copies of a single book? Both are in English. (2 points)

7) Which two letters don't feature in any US State two-letter abbreviations (e.g. California = CA) (2 points)

8) Which very hot chili pepper is named for its resemblance to a Tam O' Shanter? (1 point)

9) There's only ever been one Mother and Daughter to win the same Nobel prize. What's their shared surname and in what subject did they win? (2 points)

10) At 18 years of age, Mason Greenwood has nine Premier League goals this season. Only three players have scored at least nine PL goals in a single campaign before their 19th birthday, who are they? They're all from the same country. (3 points)

11) Puncak Jaya (New Guinea), Mauna Kea (not telling) and Mount Kinabalu (Borneo) are the highest points of the 3 highest islands in the world. But which 3 different countries are they in? (3 points)

12) The free, online first person shooter 'Warzone' has been a lockdown smash, but which 3 word game series is it part of? (1 point)

13) There are 7 moons in the Solar System that are bigger than Pluto, but which 4 planets do they orbit? (4 points)

14) What are the two alcoholic ingredients in a traditional Old Fashioned cocktail? (2 points)

15) What 4 different artists beginning with S have won the Mercury Music Prize? (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #5

MAIS: 32 / 50
DL: medium   (9 teams)

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1) In the news this week, what has the 'first name', "ChAdOx1"? (1 point)

2) What was the name of the cruise ship which ran aground off the western shores of Italy in 2012? (1 point)

3) a) What is the 7-letter name of the prominent comet that's been streaking across the skies this past week? b) Which country just launched a mission to Mars across the same skies? (2 points)

4) The 3 trees bidding to be the UK's oldest are all which conifer species? (1 point)

5) In its most basic / traditional form, what 3 ingredients make up a bowl of Scottish porridge? (3 points)

6) The Shinkansen is generally known in English as what? (1 point)

7) Following a scandal involving Richard Nixon ending in 1974, what 4-letter suffix has become popular to denote other scandals? (1 point)

8) By number of followers, what are the 4 major world religions? Other than amalgamated 'folk religions', they beat the others by quite a margin. (4 points)

9) The separate publishers of The Beano and Superman comics share which two capitalised letters in common? (1 point)

10) In terms of maximum number of passengers, what are the two biggest planes in Boeing's current operational fleet? Both names take the form 7_7 (2 points)

11) There are 4 NBA team nicknames (e.g. Chicago BULLS) that have 4 letters - what are they? To help, the teams are based in the following states: New York, Florida, Utah, Arizona (4 points)

12) In the English spellings (e.g. alpha, beta…), which two Greek letters begin with O? (2 points)

13) Concerning radio broadcasts, what do the acronyms FM, AM, LW and DAB stand for? (4 points)

14) Piano is a shortened form of what longer word, which denotes the instruments ability to play across a range of volumes? (1 point)

15) The last census of the USSR was in 1989. In this, what were the 5 biggest cities by population? 4 are now country capitals. (5 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #6

MAIS: 28 / 50
DL: harder   (10 teams)

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1) Mount Godwin-Austen and Ketu are alternative names for which mountain? (1 point)

2) Taiwan competes under which two word name at the Olympics? (1 point)

3) What's the only country whose two biggest cities (by population) have over 5m inhabitants AND both cities begin with the same letter? (1 point)

4) There are only two letters of the alphabet that aren't the first letter of a chemical element's symbol (e.g. Calcium = Ca) – what are they? (2 points)

5) The photo entitled 'The vulture and the little girl' was taken in Sudan by which South African photojournalist? His tragic life was also the source for a 1996 Manic Street Preachers song named after him. (1 point)

6) What's the biggest 'enclosed sea' in the world? (a sea that has a very small inlet compared to its size) (1 point)

7) In terms of the number of States that allow them, which 3 methods of execution are most-prominent in the USA? (3 points)

8) Who was the first team to win a men's FIFA World Cup outside of their own continent, and in what country did it happen? (2 points)

9) What 3 films directed by Christopher Nolan begin with the letter i? (3 points)

10) Of all the authors who've won the Nobel Prize for Literature, what are the 5 most-dominant writing languages? (5 points)

11) In his 1543 book, "De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium", Nicolaus Copernicus postulated what controversial thing (at the time) about the way the solar system works? (1 point)

12) Which two UK finches' names begin with G? (2 points)

13) In the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, (e.g. F = Foxtrot), 6 letters have 3-syllable words. They are I, J, N, R, S and U. What are the words? (6 points)

14) What is the cloest US State to Africa? (1 point)

15) In the Great British Bake Off, contestants are asked to bake things in three core challenges. One shows off their own recipes, one tests their baking skill and one aims to wow the judges – name them. (3 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #7

MAIS: 34 / 50
DL: easier   (10 teams)

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1) The classic version of a French Mirepoix (flavour base of cooked, diced vegetables) features which 3 components? (3 points)

2) In most computer programming languagues, what number denotes the first item in a list/array? Its usage stems from a few infulential programming languages such as C and Java. (1 point)

3) Two of the top 30 rivers in Europe by length have names that differ by only one letter – what are the two rivers? (2 points)

4) In the Bourne series of films, starring Matt Damon as a CIA assassin, the first four all have names The Bourne _________. What are they called? (4 points)

5) In hifi terms, what does DAC stand for? They are devices that allow modern audio formats to be played on speakers / headphones. (1 point)

6) The primary colours Red, Green & Blue can be combined into which three secondary colours? Their names begin with Y, M & C. (3 points)

7) Making its way into a popular meme, what five word phrase is often taught in schools to describe the Mitochondira? Its letters are TPOTC (1 point)

8) Which Jason has had hits with Wiggle, Talk Dirty & Trumpets? (1 point)

9) The IUCN Red List categorises species into their conservation status, ranging from LC (Least Concern) to E (Extinct). What are the three 'threatened' categories: VU (one word), EN (one word) & CR (two words)? (3 points)

10) In cricket, there are 5 common types of dismissal (caught, bowled, stumped, LBW, run out). There are also 5 rarer types of dismissal – name any two. (2 points)

11) Which Scottish whisky distillery has the joint-shortest name and is based in a major west coast port? (1 point)

12) a) By population, what are the smallest and biggest countries in the EU? b) Which EU-founding nation is the smallest (and second smallest today)? (3 points)

13) What US chain of convenience stores could you visit 2 months later to have a terrorirst attack in that country? If it were a UK chain, you could do the same thing by visiting 4 months earlier. (I wouldn't suggest it though) (1 point)

14) In terms of regnal number, what are the three most popular names for French monarchs? (although the definition of France has changed, all have been since AD 768) (3 points)

15) In a modern orchestra, what are the 4 main instruments in the woodwind section? There are a variety of sizes / names of each of these. I'm not including Saxopones, which only occasionally appear. (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #8

MAIS: 27 / 50
DL: harder   (13 teams)

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1) The two most commonly grown coffee varieties are Coffee A_____ and Coffee R_____. Name them. (2 points)

2) a) Which two countries contain the letters TURK in order? b) Which British Overseas Territory does too? (3 points)

3) Who was announced today as the highest earning actor in the annual Forbes list? His recent films have included Jumanji: The Next Level, Hobbs & Shaw, and Fighting With My Family - he'll also star in the upcoming Netflix film Red Notice. (1 point)

4) A Greek deity, a moon of Pluto and the band that had a major hit with “Come Sail Away” all share which 4-letter name? (1 point)

5) Scotland has two ski resorts based around and named after mountains in their top 10 highest list. What are the mountains? (2 points)

6) Sturgeon, Skipjack, Narwhal and Halibut are all names for classes of what type of US Navy vessel? (1 point)

7) There are 3 Canadaians in the top 10 most-followed artists on Spotify. Who are they? (3 points)

8) The Messier object known as M31 is one of the brightest objects in the sky and is the closest major galaxy to Earth. What 9-letter name is it more commonly known by? (1 point)

9) The 2020 6 Nations rugby tournament is set to restart in October, but which two teams are currently tied at the top of the table with 13 points? (2 points)

10) Of all the guest panellists on the TV show QI who have made more than 10 appearances, which 3 aren't British? I'm excluding Sandi Toksvig, who is now host, and is Danish-British. (3 points)

11) In Shakespeare's 'First Folio' of plays (i.e. the famous ones), which two plays' names feature 5 or more consonants in a row (when ignoring punctuation / spaces?). They are both comedies. (2 points)

12) According to the wiki page 'National_dish', the UK has 4 savoury dishes in the running: 3 evening ones, 1 morning one – what are they? (4 points)

13) Who is the only person to have won an Oscar for Best Actress (in a leading role) with a single-word stage name? (1 point)

14) Continental South America appears to have 13 independent countries, but one is part of which European nation? (1 point)

15) Proper Animal Names' is a website dedicated to giving humorous new names to animals we already have names for. E.g. Leather Tank = Rhino. What are the normal names of these? I'll give you half for getting close: a) Wild Barcode b) Tactical Assault Anteater c) Scuba Roomba d) Spicy Sky Raisin e) Trouserless Thundergoose f) Guinea Big (6 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #9

MAIS: 30 / 50
DL: harder   (12 teams)

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1) Which country this week delayed its election from September 19th to October 17th after its COVID-19 cases sky-rocketed from none to some? (1 point)

2) How many yards are in a mile? (1 point)

3) In the Mohs hardness scale (1-10) which two minerals sit at the extremes? They are both used by humans to beautify, but with quite different applications. (2 points)

4) What is the outside of the figure in the Statue of Liberty primarly made from, and in what hand is she (Libertas) holding a torch? Give the latter answer in the form 'her left/right'. (2 points)

5) For the first time since it started in 1992, the semifinals of the men's Champions League comprise only teams from which 2 countries? (2 points)

6) Cascade, Citra and Centennial are all varieties of what plant, associated mostly with a drink? (1 point)

7) What are the names for the 4 bones in a human leg (excluding the foot)? Anatomical names, so not "thigh bone" etc. (4 points)

8) Wes Anderson has directed 9 films that have been released. Which two would score lowest and highest in Scrabble? (2 points)

9) According to the UN's website, which is the only member state whose name contains a hyphen? Wiki lists Guinea-Bissau too, but not the UN. (1 point)

10) Cats and dogs are known for going walkabouts, but Félicette, Belka & Strelka are all notable for doing what? (1 point)

11) The top 50 best-selling mobile phone devices ever are all made by which 4 brands? (4 points)

12) The Goliath ____eater is the largest spider in the world by mass and size. What class of animals fills in the blank, although the spider rarely preys on them? (1 point)

13) The X Games is an annual extreme sport event for both summer and winter events. Which 6 modes of transport make up the majority of the events? 3 summer, 3 winter. (6 points)

14) a) Who is the only woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice - once as part of a band (1998), once for her solo career (2019)? b) Who is the only person to have been inducted 3 times - first for a band (1992), second for another band (1993), then for solo work (2000)? Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first record. (1 point)

15) There are 4 'Spirit drinks' made in the UK that have protected geographical indication (PGI) status under UK/EU law. They all have a place, region or demonym in their name – what are the full names? a) ____ whiskey b) ____ gin c) _____ whisky d) _____ cider brandy (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #10

MAIS: 33 / 50
DL: easier   (12 teams)

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1) Which disease was declared eradicated in Africa this week? (1 point)

2) The vast majority of episodes of the sitcom Friends have titles starting with which 3 words? (1 point)

3) a) During the 1980s, which country won the Eurovision Song Contest twice? It's also the only time the same person has won it more than once. b) Bucks Fizz won the 1981 contest with which song? (2 points)

4) The Accipitridae include most birds of prey in the UK except the Osprey and falcons. Of the 11 regularly occuring UK species, what 5 bird (common) names are they all variants of? (5 points)

5) Possibly the most iconic Bond car, which model of Aston Martin did James Bond drive in both Goldfinger and Thunderball? (1 point)

6) Who is the only UK Prime Minister to have held 3 separate terms in the 20th Centrury? (1 point)

7) Eusébio was the top scorer in the 1966 World Cup. Born in what is now Maputo, what country did he play for and what is his birth country now known as? (2 points)

8) The geological time scale is divided into 5 subcategories. Moving up from the shortest length, they are ages, epochs, periods, then which two 4-letter words beginning with E? (2 points)

9) The longest train journey in the UK (without changing trains) is a Cross Country service between which two places? (2 points)

10) Lionel Messi just handed in a transfer request for the first time since leaving Newell's Old Boys for Barcelona in 2001. Newell's Old Boys are based in what country, and which 2020/21 Premier League manage is their stadium named after? (2 points)

11) Whose number, normally denoted N or N0, is the number of particles that are contained in one mol? (1 point)

12) What are the 4 most-southerly capital cities? As a free clue, I wanted to ask for the top 5 but it was made too complicated by countries with more than one official capital... (4 points)

13) Just below Admiral, what are the 3 next highest ranks in the (UK) Royal Navy? They all begin with C, any order is fine. (3 points)

14) Taken from their 2005 album 'Chemistry', Girls Aloud had a hit with which different science subject? (1 point)

15) What are the names of the 4 teletubbies and their sentient vacuum cleaner? (5 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #11

MAIS: 28 / 50
DL: harder   (12 teams)

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1) The Tupou family have been the enire ruling family of which country's monarchy, the only sovereign indigenous monarchy in Oceania. All monarchs have been called either George, Salote, Taufa'ahau or 'Aho'eitu (1 point)

2) The Top 10 hits, "Ready or Not" by The Fugees, "I Don't Wanna Know" by Mario Winans and "You Should Really Know" by The Pirates all sample the song Boadicea by which female artist? (1 point)

3) BASE jumping is an acronym for a recreational sport involving jumping off things. The E stands for Earth (cliffs etc), but what do the B, A & S letters stand for – all are manmade. (3 points)

4) Which two countries have won the most Women's Cricket World Cups (50 Overs)? Between them, they've won 10 out of the 11. (2 points)

5) The Dickin Medal awards animal gallantry in the UK Armed Forces. What 4 types of animal have won? Example names of each include: William of Orange, Simon, Rifleman Khan and Olga. NB Not looking for breeds here, just basic animal types. (4 points)

6) a) Seinfeld is a US sitcom that ran for most of the 1990s, written by Jerry Seinfeld and which other comedian? He went on to write and star in Curb Your Enthisasm for the following 20 years. b) Jerry Seinfeld went on to create and host a series called Celebrities in Cars Getting _______? (2 points)

7) There are 10 chemical elements whose symbol (e.g. Ca for Calcium) doesn't start with the same letter as the element's English name. Nine of these element's names also contain no letters from their symbol, but which one does? (1 point)

8) The Zodiac Killer is an unidentified serial killer who operated in which US State? The true crime author and former cartoonist Robert Graysmith, who investigated the Zodiac killer, is portrayed in the 2007 film Zodiac by which American actor? (2 points)

9) Who are the 4 Presidents of France who have served terms in the 21st Century? (4 points)

10) Research into the biosynthesis and metabolism of steroids has led to the development of a number of cholesterol-lowering drugs, the most-common of which are called what? Technically they are known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, but what 7-letter (plural) word are they more commonly known as? (1 point)

11) What 2 films has Steven Spielberg won the Best Director Oscar for? One also won Best Picture. (2 points)

12) The Bowl of Hygieia is a symbol of a snake twined around the stem of a cup. Across all of Europe (according to Wiki), this symbol can be placed inside a green cross as a standard sign for what? (1 point)

13) a) The Wuchang uprising against the ruling Qing dynasty and the subsequent formation of the Republic of China took place in which decade in the 20th Century? b) Along with Hong Kong, Macau was transferred to Chinese control in 1999, but what is its main source of income, something that is illegal in both mainland China and Hong Kong? (2 points)

14) What are the 3 biggest rivers in terms of mean discharge? They are in S. America, Africa & Asia and only one is in the Top 3 longest rivers. (3 points)

15) a) In terms of number of performances, which are the 3 most successful Broadway musicals? One is by Andrew Lloyd Webber, one is named after a US city and one features an animal in the name. b) Which 2016 musical (still running) has the record for the most Tony Award nominations in a single year? (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #12

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1) Which Canadian-American actor has recently been involved in news stories about the sale of the Aviator Gin brand and the potential purchase of Wrexham Football Club? (1 point)

2) According to the last census, what are the 3 biggest cities in Italy? They're in the regions of Lazio, Lombardy and Campania. (3 points)

3) A novel by Henry James, a portrait by Gustav Klimt and a poem by T.S. Eliot all share which 4-word name? (1 point)

4) Of the 6 people to have won 3 or more acting Oscars (Best Actor/Actress, Best Supoorting Actor/Actress), 3 are women – who are they? One is still alive. (3 points)

5) Anthony Goldstein is a character in the Harry Potter books who's a member of the student organisation known as _________'s Army? It was created to stand up against Dolores Umbridge. (1 point)

6) According to wikipedia, what are the three main ways to win a board game? Together they form the acronym LSD. (3 points)

7) Living from 1846-1935, which French chef updated and popularised French cooking methods and is now regarded as the “King of French cooking”? (1 point)

8) a) The 1962 United States Tri-Service Aircraft Designation System assigns letters to US military aircraft based on their intended use (e.g. F in F-15 stands for Fighter). What do A and C stand for? b) “X-planes” use the same system but are named after the first syllable of their intention – what is it? They are most-commonly known for venturing into Space. (3 points)

9) How many columns does the Periodic Table of Elements have? (1 point)

10) In the US college system, Greek Letter Organizations (GLOs) or just “Greek Life” are alternative names for what two connected social entities? (2 points)

11) According to a collated list of sources, what are the 3 most commonly-used programming language families? One is named after a snake, another from an island and the last from a letter of the alphabet. (3 points)

12) J.D Salinger became very reclusive after the publication of his only popular work in 1951, but what was it called? (1 point)

13) What are the 3 most common first languages in the world? 1 is Sino-Tibetan, 2 are Indo-European. (3 points)

14) a) The ______ effect occurs when people devote so much time and attention to an activity that it begins to pattern their thoughts, mental images, and dreams. It is named after which hugely popular brick-based video game? b) I've recently been experiencing this in the form of dreams where I can move between walls by shooting blue and orange ovals at them – because of what other video game franchise? (2 points)

15) Apart from Russia (who have won in 4 different guises), which 5 countries have won Olympic Gold in Men's Ice Hockey? (5 points)

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1) Tadej Pogacar was the surprise winner of the 2020 Tour de France, but what country is he from? The tournament favourite in the latter stages is from the same country. (1 point)

2) Abba have had 3 Top 40 UK hits with titles consisting of just a single word repeated, what are they? (3 points)

3) a) What prominent symbol of the Pacific North West First Nations is known in the Haida language as a gy'aa'aang? b) What is the newest and largest Canadian province? For southern Canadians, it's the punchline to the joke, “how much of that province is habitable?” (2 points)

4) Which UEFA 'nation' has all of its 1st division football clubs playing in the Victoria Stadium? (1 point)

5) a) What's both the name of one the hottest curries on a UK curry house menu and a 1998 song by Fat Les? From a similar menu, what vegetables are these: b) Aloo c) Saag d) Gobi (4 points)

6) a) What are the two biggest 'bony fish' (by mass) in the world? They both have relatively thin bodies that glide through the water, but at 90 degrees to eachother. They are only eclipsed by 4 sharks – aka cartilaginous fish - whale, basking, great white, tiger. b) The largest freshwater fish is critically endangered due, in large, to the incredibly valuable contents of the females – what's the fish? (3 points)

7) What title / headline was given to an open letter by Emile Zola about the unlawful jailing of Alfred Dreyfus? The same phrase is often uttered by Hercule Poirot. (1 point)

8) These colloquial demonyms (e.g. Scouser = someone from Liverpool) are from which UK towns/cities? The places all begin with the same starting letters as their nicknames: a) Loiner b) Sluff c) Sotonian (3 points)

9) a) In knitting, a stitch is formed by passing through the previous loop from either above or below. If the former, it's a 'knit' stitch, but what other four-letter word is the latter known by? b) Knitting things around urban structures is generally known by what 2-word phrase, beginning with YB? (1 point)

10) Name these sausages! a) Originating from a city in the southwest of France, often sold in a spiral, and a key ingredient in most Cassoulet recipes. b) A red, spicy mutton or beef sausage from Algeria made with cumin, harissa and sumac c) A traditional Bavarian sausage made from minced veal and pork back bacon, and light in colour. (3 points)

11) What are the first names of the Carter brothers, one a member of the Backstreet Boys, another particulary known for his song, “That's How I Beat Shaq" (2 points)

12) What is unique about the time zones Chatham Standard Time, Nepali Standard Time and Australian Central Western Time? (1 point)

13) What are the only 3 French Kings (first names) who have had VI as their regnal number? I'm not allowing Herny VI, who is more commonly known as the King of England (3 points)

14) Joss Whedon is perhaps best known as the creator of the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but which spin-off of the show (1999-2004) and single-season Space Western (2002) did he also create? (2 points)

15) In January 2013, Christian Stangl completed the 'Seven Second Summits' list, climbing the second-highest peaks of each continent. But which continent was he in when he scaled: a) Mouth Townsend b) Mount Logan c) Mount Tyree? (3 points)

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1) Which alliteratively named meat product was discontinued by Bernard Matthews In ~2005 after a campaign by Jamie Oliver to improve the nutritional quality of school dinners? (1 point)

2) a) The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel written by which Canadian author? b) It was recently made into a TV show by which US on-demand video platform? It was the first programme from this platform to win an Emmy when it won 8 at the 2017 awards. (2 points)

3) a) Who is the oldest currently-living US President? b) At 96, he also has the longest lifespan of any President, second to whom after he died in 2018? (2 points)

4) Homer Simpson explains to Bart at a gig, “It's BTO - they're Canada's answer to ELP. Their big hit was TCB. That's how we talked in the 70s, we didn't have a moment to spare.”. What are the full names of both bands and the former's 'big hit'? (3 points)

5) A 1997 science fiction film directed by Luc Besson and a 2000 book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett have which two similar 3-word titles? The film stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich whereas the book is known for the introduction of the clacks, a long range semaphore system. (2 points)

6) There are 7 species of Camelids. Camels & Dromedaries make up 3, and the others are 'New World camels', all of which come from South America and have a vaguely camel-like appearance. Their names begin with A, G, L and V - what are they? (4 points)

7) The 2020 French Open was delayed due to COVID, being hosted this year in September & October, but which 2 months does it normally straddle? (2 points)

8) Thermal Overall Grade (tog) is a rating of thermal insulance given to textiles. In the UK, what season would a 13 tog duvet be designed for? (1 point)

9) Pementos de Padrón are a type of Spanish pepper with a particular quality giving rise to the Galician aphorism, “Os pementos de Padrón, uns pican e outros no” - what is the quality? (1 point)

10) The British girl group Sugababes have had 6 UK No. 1 singles, two of which are covers. One was 'Freak Like Me' by Adina Howard, the other was which song by Aerosmith? (1 point)

11) Due to the misuse of antibiotics and increasing bacterial resistance to them, the influential Marion's ICU Book states what 2 rules / steps about administrering them? (2 points)

12) What is the sport known as which involves running above 2000 metres where the incline exceeds 30%? Most disciplines would be regarded as endurance events, although some shorter speed events exist. (1 point)

13) a) Which board game was the biggest selling Christmas 'toy' in the UK in the last 20 years? It is based on a TV quiz show that started airing in 1998. b) Toys R Us's best selling Christmas toys of 2014 & 2015 were a doll and a weapon both based on films distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Can you name the two films, released in 2013 (doll) and 2015 (weapon)? (3 points)

14) The Booker Prize is an annual award for the the best English-language book published in the UK. It was previously open to mostly Commonwealth countries but has since eased these restrictions. In total, the winning authors have represented 11 different countries (if dual citizenship, both countries are counted). Of these, which 6 have a population over 50 million? (6 points)

15) a) Which town in Banffshire brands itself as the "Whisky Capital of the World" thanks to 6 active and 3 silent distilleries being located there? b) Which Scottish single malt uses the advertising slogan 'Glen of Tranquility', a likely translation of its Gaelic name? (2 points)

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1) Stuart Sutcliffe, Pete Best, George Martin, Billy Preston and Neil Aspinall are amongst many people to have been referred to as what? (1 point)

2) What are the two main international airports in Tokyo? (2 points)

3) What is both a slang name for an aeroplane and an animal in the class Aves? (1 point)

4) One of laws of thermodynamics states that "if two thermodynamic systems are each in thermal equilibrium with a third one, then they are in thermal equilibrium with each other." Unusually, this is known as what number law? (1 point)

5) A RHIB is a lightweight, high perfomance boat. With the B standing for boat, what do RHI stand for? (3 points)

6) Of the Top 10 best-selling singles of the 1960s, in the UK, four are by male solo singers. One is American, 3 are British (one of whom is better known as a comedian). Can you name the artists? (4 points)

7) Which 3 grape varieties are used most around the world to make red wine? They begin with C, M and T. (3 points)

8) Which two films directed by Alfred Hitchcock have a form of transport in the title? (2 points)

9) What country did the following cheeses originate from? a) Cashel Blue b) Jarlsberg c) Cabrales (3 points)

10) The Coat of Arms of the Scottish town of Peebles contains three of what type of animal? The town motto is Contra Nando Incrementum, Latin for "There is growth by swimming against the stream". (1 point)

11) Jim Henson's Muppets made substantial early appearances in which two hit TV shows. One ran 1976-81, the other 1969-present. (2 points)

12) Name the UK biscuits from the descriptions: a) "They were developed in the 17th century in Yorkshire for the upper classes as a light snack between full-course meals. The plain flavour and consistency makes them particularly suitable for dunking in hot drinks." b) "Sometimes described as a sweet-meal biscuit, it is a semi-sweet biscuit that originated in Scotland. Their name is derived from the belief that they had beneficial properties due to their use of sodium bicarbonate." c) "A plain or coconut-flavoured biscuit that's thin and rectangular in shape with rounded bumps along the edges and scattered with large sugar crystals." (3 points)

13) What are the 4 most-purchased brands of TV in the UK? They lead the rest of the pack by quite a margin. (4 points)

14) Which 2 African countries border only one other? (2 points)

15) What linguistic term do the French refer to as a 'mot-valise', even though the English term is a (different) French word? (1 point)

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1) Isaac Newton was born in which century? (1 point)

2) Archaeologists working on Peru's Nazca lines discovered a new outline of which animal last week? (1 point)

3) The world's 5 tallest buildings are located in which 4 Asian countries? (4 points)

4) a) The oldest running brewery in the world is thought to be which German brewery beginning with W? b) What is the oldest in the UK, based in Faversham in Kent: S_______ N_____? (2 points)

5) The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is due to launch a new format of the game, involving how many deliveries per team? (1 point)

6) In the top 5 French cheese by production volume, 3 begin with C. What are they? (3 points)

7) One of the current Scottish Government Ministers is John Wolffe QC, who serves as the senior Scottish Law Officer. What is the name given to this position? (1 point)

8) a) Netflix was formed in 1997 and its original business model involved mailing what video format? b) Their shift towards streaming services was seen as a major player in the downfall of which US video rental company? (2 points)

9) Mozart was born in Salzburg, but which Empire was it part of at the time? (1 point)

10) Wikipedia lists 11 key fashion designers of the 1960s, two of which are British women. Their initials are MQ and JM, but what are their names? (2 points)

11) The city of Norwich was known for its canaries (brought over by the Dutch), which has become the nickname of its football team. But which other yellow product was founded in the city, and is now one of the world's oldest existing food brands? (1 point)

12) On the radio show Desert Island Discs, which two books are guests traditionally given to take with them? (2 points)

13) Practising yoga is a major part of which 3 religions? (3 points)

14) Often listed in the top 3 most-performed ballets in the world, what are Tchaikovsky's 2 major ballets? His other ~famous work was The Sleeping Beauty. (2 points)

15) If the Proclaimers walked 500 miles (but not 500 more) from their home town of Leith (and could walk on water), which 7 other countries could they reach as the crow flies? (7 points)

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1) A phrase attributed to Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton after an incident in Uluru and referenced a lot in popular culture: “A _____ ate my baby”? (1 point)

2) There are four castles that make up the World Heritage Site of “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd”, but which two begin with C? (2 points)

3) Male and female goats are more commonly known by which two names in English? (2 points)

4) Halloween is thought to have been influenced by ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival called ______? The festival of Beltane is held 6 months away. (1 point)

5) Due mostly to COVID rescheduling, the current Formula 1 season has 4 occasions where the following race is in the same country. What 4 countries are they? One even hosts a third race, but not consecutively. The doubled-up races have their first edition named after the host country, with the second races being known as the “Styrian Grand Prix”, “70th Anniversary Grand Prix”, “Tuscan Ferrari 1000 Grand Prix” and the “Sakhir Grand Prix” (4 points)

6) A Haberdashers is a term used in both British and American English for shops that sell certain types of items, but what they sell differs. What do they sell in a) UK and b) USA? (2 points)

7) Yamoussoukro is the enjoyably long name for the capiptal of Côte d'Ivoire, but which 3 other country capitals begin with Y? They are the capitals of Cameroon, Naura and Armenia (3 points)

8) What two colloquial terms are used for Romantic Films / Comedies when a) they're created specifically for women's interests b) they're based on close male friendships. The former can be used perjoratively, the latter is a play on words of its parent genre. (2 points)

9) Of the 4 highest transfer fees ever paid for a footballer (in Euros, not adjusted for inflation), 2 have been for teenagers. Who are they? (2 points)

10) London Heathrow recently announced it was no longer the busiest airport in Europe, being overtaken by which other? It's still just ahead of Amsterdam Schipol and Frankfurt. (1 point)

11) The Wu-Tang Clan have had two members with 3-letter capitalised names. What are they? (2 points)

12) Handicrafts cover a wide range of handmade items, but what is this specifc genre? “Transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products perceived to be of greater quality”? (1 point)

13) Before adopting the Euro, what was the top-level currency of: a) Germany b) Greece c) Austria d) The Netherlands (4 points)

14) Which 2 team sports, both created in the British Isles, have names that differ by only changing one letter (e.g. QUIT / QUIZ)? One is in the Olympics (and just in case you're considering it, croquet can't be spelled 'crocket'!) (1 point)

15) Twin Films are when 2 films with very similar plots are released by separate studios around the same time. Their occurrence can have a number of causes, such as scripts being pitched to multiple studios, industrial espionage or topical events. Name the twin film of these – all twins are from the same year: a) A Bug's Life (1998) b) Robin Hood (1991) c) Kundun (1997) d) Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000) e) Iron Eagle (1986) (5 points)

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1) Will Ferrell has had acting roles in which two films franchises that start with A? (2 points)

2) a) Monty Don hosted which BBC TV show from 2003-2008? b) Who did he succeed as host? (2 points)

3) Who is the only British Prime Minister whose surname contains all the letters of 'Labour', despite him being a Conservative? (1 point)

4) a) In the list of highest mountains of Scotland, the top 2 both start Ben _____ - what are they? b) Numbers 7 and 8 are Aonach Beag and Aonach Mòr respectively – what's weird about that linguistically? (3 points)

5) Casu martzu is a traditional Sardinian sheep milk cheese that involves the intended addition of what, making it quite controversial? (1 point)

6) What was the three letter acronym for the European currency that pre-dated the Euro (although not as a circulating currency). It was suggested as a potential name for the Euro, before the latter name was cemented. (1 point)

7) a) The Edinburgh Comedy Award was sponsored from its 1981-2005 by which drinks company? b) The next sponsor was which Scottish-based bank, who named them the if.comeddies? (2 points)

8) SABLE is a knitting acronym that makes fun of someone's obsession with the hobby. It stands for Stash Acquisition Beyond _____ _____? (2 points)

9) Star Trek has had 3 films in the Reboot (most recent) series. The first was simply called Star Trek, but what are the other two? (2 points)

10) a) By capacity, the biggest stadium in Europe is in which city? b) Which two stadia in Europe with a capacity over 80,000 aren't primarily for football? (3 points)

11) Clueless is a 1995 coming-of-age comedy film starring whom, and which Jane Austen Novel is it loosely based on? (2 points)

12) Received on August 15th 1997, a strong signal from the Ohio University Big Ear radio telescope was marked with what 3 letter word (not acronym) in the transcript margin? It bore the expected hallmarks of an extra terrestrial orirgin – it has since become known as the “___! Signal” (1 point)

13) What are these mathematical numbers / constants: a) 6.02214076×1023 mol-1 b) 299 792 458 m/s c) ~2.71828 (3 points)

14) In British Bingo calling, what numbers are represented by these nicknames? a) Man alive b) Unlucky for some c) Two fat ladies d) Heinz varieties e) Top of the shop (5 points)

15) The UK has 3 native snakes. What are they called? (3 points)

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1) Of all the official James Bond films, only one title contains a J and only one contains a B – what are they? (2 points)

2) Which 2 US States ceded territory to the District of Columbia to aid its creation? (2 points)

3) a) An element of interior design adopted from traditional Chinese practice, which two word term aims to “use energy forces to harmonise individuals with their surroundings”? b) In the sitcom Father Ted, Mrs Doyle placed which rudimentary building object in the middle of the room due to 'Design Today' magazine saying “_____ Enlivens Dull Floor”? (2 points)

4) Socks (White House), Larry (10 Downing Street) and Think Think (Taiwan) are all political animals of what kind? (1 point)

5) What are the only 3 countries in the Top 20 Winter Olympics medals table (of all time) that aren't from North America or Europe? (3 points)

6) In Europe's Top 5 men's football leagues, the two players who have served their clubs for the longest time (16 years, 8 months) are an Argentine playing for a Spanish club and an Englishman playing for an English club – who are they? (2 points)

7) Phrenology is a pseudoscience that involves measuring what part of a person, and in the hope of determining what? (2 points)

8) a) Virgin recently performed the first passenger test of what sort of transportation system? It was originally designed by Tesla and SpaceX. b) It hopes to become the fastest form of land transportation by eclipsing the speeds of the fastest train in commercial operation (430 km/h), which is in Shanghai. This system uses magnets to hover above the track – which abbreviated name does this technology go by? (2 points)

9) From which languages have these loan-words entered English from? a) Glitch, Klutz, Schmooze b) Bandana, Jungle, Shampoo c) Behemoth, Cherub, Sabbatical d) Boycott, Brogues, Hooligan (4 points)

10) Of the 10 biggest islands in the Mediterranean, two are Italian and five are Greek – but what 3 other countries have islands that make the list? (3 points)

11) a) Which English painter's work, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” sold for $90m in 2018? b) At the time, this was the most expensive artwork by a living artist sold at auction. Which American sculptor did it take the record from? He later re-took the record and still holds it today. (2 points)

12) a) Romanesco Broccoli is a vegetable that has a repeating pattern that approximates what mathematical F-word (not rude)? b) Despite its name, it's more closely related to what other vegetable? (2 points)

13) a) A 2006 survey found that 34% of young Britons didn't know Timbuktu was real, but what modern country is it in? b) Similarly, Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous island in which other country? (2 points)

14) There are 3 major Chinese dynasties that are all 3-letter names in the form _in (in English). What are they? (NB Not 'Min', which was a Kingdom within a dynasty) (3 points)

15) Mostly due to the last part of Wagner's Ring Cycle opera, the often buxom lady selected for 'Götterdämmerung' has spawned which phrase in English? (1 point)

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1) The Friendly Floatees are plastic animals that washed into the Pacific Ocean in 1992 and have since been used to study ocean currents. Although they consist of 4 different animals, which one has become their poster child? (1 point)

2) a) Beurre noisette is a French butter sauce named after which nut? b) It's an ingredient in a traditional French Madeleine, which are often made with which other (finely ground) nut? (2 points)

3) There's a popular English language riddle about naming a third word that ends -gry, after hungry and angry. Until 2018, this was essentially impossible (apart from very archaic words), but what word did the OED officially add to give a third answer? (1 point)

4) Rupert Grint just became the fastest person to reach 1 million followers on which social media platform? (1 point)

5) On a standard UK Monopoly board (set in London and originally designed in 1936), which 4 locations begin with P? (4 points)

6) Which 2 of Scotland's 7 cities don't currently have a football club playing in the Scottish Premiership? (2 points)

7) An organocopper compound contains bonds between copper and which other element? (1 point)

8) The 2020 Oscars had two films nominated for Best Picture that began with J – what were they? (2 points)

9) Sirens were creatures in Greek mythology who lured sailors onto rocks with their enchanting music and singing. Their original form was that of part woman and what animal? b) At some point, this shifted culturally to which other animal? This new combination is possibly the origin of a common figure in sailing folklore. (2 points)

10) a) In baseball, filling your bat with a lighter material to improve swing speed is known as a ____ed bat – but what material is it named for? b) Which country was banned from all major sporting events for 4 years in 2019, after an investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)? c) In cricket, roughing up a ball can improve swing and can't legally be performed by a player. In 2018, Cameron Bancroft was caught on TV using what roughing-up material to do just this? (3 points)

11) Syria borders which 5 countries? (5 points)

12) a) Hastings is a seaside town in East Sussex that gave its name to the Battle of Hastings. The site of the actual conflict is much closer to which other appropriately-named town? b) Hastings was part of a medieval confederation of 5 ports known by what name? (2 points)

13) Which portmanteau term was coined by The Guardian writer Ben Hammersley when writing an article on the boom of online radio? (1 point)

14) In The Elements of Eloquence, Mark Forsyth sets out a generally unlearnt grammar rule in English whereby multiple adjectives have to go in a set order to sound right (e.g. a big red car, not a red big car). What is missing from the order? Opinion >size > a) > shape > colour > origin > b) > purpose (2 points)

15) a) “(What's the Story) Morning Glory?”, “Stars” and “Spice” were the 3 best selling albums of the 1990s in the UK. Who are the 3 associated artists? b) With “Falling Into You” and “The Colour of My Love”, who is the only artist to have two albums in the Top 20 list? (4 points)

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1) Thylarctos plummetus, or the 'dropbear', is a predatory, carnivorous hoax version of what real animal? (1 point)

2) Due to a number of reasons, such as aesthetics, keeping everything on display and the 'happy face' feeling, most watches and clocks are set to what time for advertising purposes? There's a less-common time that achieves the same effect - either option is fine. (1 point)

3) Rodgers & Hammerstein were a musical theatre writing team who had 5 standout successes on Broadway. These were Carousel, The King and I, The Sound of Music and which 2 others named after locations? (2 points)

4) The films Looper, Source Code and Primer all use what major sci-fi plot device? (1 point)

5) Since moving to Channel 4, the Great British Bake Off has been presented by which 3 people? NB Not judges, just presenters. (3 points)

6) a) Elizabeth Short was found cleanly sliced in half at the waist. Her unsolved case is commonly known by a nickname given to her, but what type of flower is this name? b) The 'Whitechapel Murderer' and 'Leather Apron' were names given to an unknown 19th Century serial killer at the time of the murders. What name do we generally know this person by now? (2 points)

7) Tsitsi Dangarembga, Avni Doshi, Maaza Mengiste, Brandon Taylor, Diane Cook and Douglas Stuart were nominees for which 2020 award? (1 point)

8) a) Which female artist has now had UK #1 albums in the last 5 decades? b) Which other female artist has had UK Top 40 albums in the last 7 decades? a) Which male artist has had UK Top 5 albums in the last 8 decades? (3 points)

9) Despite it not being a country, .aq is the internet country code top-level domain for where? (1 point)

10) a) Which 10-letter word is the general term for the deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person? b) More specifically, Spiritualists might attempt this at what 6-letter event? (2 points)

11) A fully-complemented British Brass Band has 28 players. All the brass instruments are variations of which 5 types? (5 points)

12) Of the common British seabirds in the 'Petrels & Shearwaters' group (Procellariidae), what's the only one with neither Petrel nor Shearwater in its name? (1 point)

13) Wikipedia breaks up common varieties of tea into 8 types, but which 4 are simply named after a colour? (4 points)

14) a) Taking coals to which city is deemed a pointless action according to the idiom? b) According to another, which city would you send someone to if you wanted to ostricise them? (2 points)

15) To be a 'super champion' of Boxing, you currently need to win belts from 4 Boxing organisations. They all have 3 letter acronyms, all with a B for boxing in them – name the acronyms (just the letters). (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #22

MAIS: 31 / 50
DL: medium   (10 teams)

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1) In Classic FM's list of the “30 greatest Christmas carols”, the top two both contain the word 'Night' – no others in the list do as a seperate word (so ignoring 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear'). What are they? (2 points)

2) Known for mostly making products in the fields of adhesives, abrasives & PPE, what brand name does the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company now go by? (1 point)

3) a) What's the name of 90s animated kid's show that centred on one-year-old baby Tommy Pickles? b) Which member of the 90s TV show 'Keenan & Kel' has been a cast member of Saturday Night Live since 2003, making him the longest-tenured cast member in the show's history? (2 points)

4) Out of all the current UK Parliamentary constituencies, which 3 letters of the alphabet have just one English constituency beginning with that letter? (3 points)

5) Due to his work as a religious leader and convertor, Gregory the Illuminator converted which country to Christianity in 301 AD, making it the first nation to adopt Christianity as its offical religion? The largest Cathederal dedicated to him is in the City of Yerevan. (1 point)

6) a) The 4 most-traded tree barks (other than for their use as wood / veneer) are used as cork, quinine, aspirin and which spice? b) The Aceh War was a conflict between the Sultanate of Aceh and the Kingdom of the Netherlands that followed on from a series of skirmishes due to growing European and American demand for which spice, which Aceh supplied around half of the world's supply of? (2 points)

7) Nottingham Forest FC have lifted the European Cup in which 2 decades? (2 points)

8) Starting off the 9th generation of computer game consoles, which 2 products from Sony and Microsoft are currently battling it out to become the biggest selling of the next generation, despite supply issues? (2 points)

9) Lake Victoria borders which 3 African countries? (3 points)

10) There are 5 British cheeses with protected geographical status that have 'dale' in their name, 2 of which are variants of Swaledale cheese. Which 3 dales are the others named after? (3 points)

11) Which southern African species of Antelope could be tamed to make the name of a psychedelic music project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker? (1 point)

12) 12) Individual swimming is split into which 4 main types at the Olympic pool? Three are stroke names. NB there's also a medley event tha combines all 4. (4 points)

13) In the British sitcom Only Fools and Horses, Lennard Pearce and Buster Merryfield played male relatives of Del & Rodney Trotter – but what two different relations to the Trotter brothers were they? (2 points)

14) With England beating France in an unusual sudden death extra time period in the Autumn Nations Cup, how long does each half of a rugby extra time period normally last? (1 point)

15) Of all the EU countries that don't use the Euro, 4 of those currencies begin with K – but which 4 countries do they belong to? (4 points)

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1) Cross-country skiing is a sport in its own right at the Winter Olympics, but what two other Olympic sports have it as a component? (2 points)

2) a) The Royal Christmas Message, now commonly known as the Queen's Speech, was a tradition started in 1932 by which Monarch? b) Prince Albert is thought to have helped start the tradition of putting which coin into a Christmas pudding? c) A common alternative name for Christmas pudding is named for which fruit, due to Victorians using this word to refer to raisins? d) A Christmas cake is most commonly a dark fruit cake topped with marzipan and a hard, whtie icing known by what name? (4 points)

3) The popular podcast 'Mortified' involves people voluntarily reading what? (1 point)

4) Due to their fame, income, product endorsements and romantic linkings with a popular girl group of the time, the Liverpool players Jamie Redknapp, David James, Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and Jason McAteer were perjoratively known by what nickname? (1 point)

5) Until Queen Margrethe II took the throne in 1972, the previous 18 Danish Monarchs had all been called which 2 names? (2 points)

6) December got its name for being the 10th month in both the Julian and Gregorian calendar, but later which 2 months were added making this meaning inaccurate? (2 points)

7) a) By definition, at Mach 1, the local flow velocity is equivalent to what named speed? b) Mach3 is a prominent brand of what? (2 points)

8) What fantasy tabletop role-playing game was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson? (1 point)

9) An eisteddfod is a Welsh celebration of art and culture. This tradition has gone on to inspire similar non-denominational events in other Celtic cultures, such as an Irish Feis. Although Feis can also be used in Scotland, what name does this event usually go by there? (1 point)

10) In the First Folio of Shakespeare plays, which 3 begin with M? There are 3 others that start A/The M but not wanting these. NB This book, published in 1623, has some plays omitted that are now generally accepted to be written by Shakespeare, but none of these would change the answers. (3 points)

11) Although the meaning of the term 'Classical Physics' can vary on context, which year (ending in 0) is often used as the cut-off point due in most part to the discoveries of quantum mechanics and relativity shortly after this date? (1 point)

12) The statistical programming language R is (perhaps counter-intuitively) a further implementation of which other single letter statistical programming language? (1 point)

13) Of all the individual winners of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards (commonly known as the 'Perrier Award') which 3 have names with first letter alliteration (e.g. Peter Parker)? (3 points)

14) in the 2018-19 Serie A season, there were 2 clubs from Tuscany in the league. One was Fiorentina (from Florence), the other was a football club based in which Tuscan town? It's very rare for the league to contain any team not based in the provincial capital. (1 point)

15) Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is a carol from 1739 written by Charles Wesley and George Whitefield. a) What does 'hark' mean in this context? b) What Christian denomination were the authors founders of? (2 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #24

MAIS: 24 / 50
DL: harder   (7 teams)

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1) Until losing the record on 1st January 2020, which 1984 Christmas song was the UK's biggest-selling single never to have reached number one? Just the song title needed. (1 point)

2) Percebes are a highly sought after seafood in Galicia – they are classed as a type of barnacle but named after which bird? (1 point)

3) In Cockney / London slang, how many £s is meant by: a) A Pony b) A Monkey (2 points)

4) a) What are the first two words of the 1993 film about a dog's journey to reconnect with its family after being lost? b) What's the 3 word title of the 2018 Wes Anderson film about a pack of banished dogs in a dystopian near-future Japan? (2 points)

5) What's the name of the Brazilian cocktail that contains cachaça, sugar & lime? (1 point)

6) What are the longest and shortest single-word City names in the UK? (NB I'm not including Stoke-on-Trent, which is a bit ambiguous with its single-wordedness). The longest is 13 letters, the shortest is 3. (2 points)

7) The 20 biggest objects in the Solar System (by radius) can be categorised into 4 types. Other than the 8 planets, what 3 types of object are the remaining 12 classed as? (3 points)

8) a) Which Russian word, roughly translated to “openness and transparency” (in this context), was used in the mid-1980s as a political slogan for increased government transparency of the Soviet Union? b) Which Soviet leader was its proponent? (2 points)

9) Featuring characters such as Jen, Kira, Aughra and Fizzgig, what's the name of the 1982 film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz? (1 point)

10) a) What was the name of the IBM chess-playing computer that was the first computer to win a chess game & match against a reigning world champion (under regular time controls)? b) Developed by DeepMind Technologies, what was the name of the first computer program to beat a human professional Go player without handicap on a full-sized 19×19 board? (2 points)

11) Of all the NASA space shuttle test flights and launches, two have shared names with Star Trek TV shows – what are they? (2 points)

12) What is the most-westerly capital city of a UN member state with a UTC negative time zone? (1 point)

13) German-suited playing cards have suits that consist of two forest items, one Church item and one regular suit – what are they? (4 points)

14) Of the core hardware products made by Apple, which 5 different types of devices start with a little i? (i.e. iProduct) They've all had numerous versions, and one device was discontinued in 2006. (5 points)

15) In the upcoming Men's Euro 2020 football tournament (now being held in 2021 due to COVID-19), which 4 letters of the alphabet have more than one team beginning with them? There are 20 UEFA nations involved. (4 points)

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MAIS: 33 / 50
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1) Being coined in American English and with potential etymologies based on the divine monogram or a mondegreen of the first line of the Lord's Prayer, what middle initial is given to Jesus Christ in a common expletive? (1 point)

2) a) Due to a surge in interest in 2020, which Netflix show about big cat owner Joe Exotic became a lockdown hit? b) Later in the year, which other Netflix show about the rise of a female Chess player became a surprise smash? (2 points)

3) WAP was a recent hit for Cardi B, but what did WAP stand for in the early 2000s – a more innocent time where it was related to accessing the internet on one's phone. (1 point)

4) a) Nottingham Forest FC is part of a pair of English professional football clubs that are closest together – what team is their closest neighbour? b) Beating these teams in proximity are 2 teams based in which Scottish City? (2 points)

5) Mammals generally have one vagina and 1-2 uteri, but which group of related animals have 2 vaginas and form a median vagina before childbirth? (1 point)

6) The main hill classifications in Scotland have names based on their heights. What are the highest two? The first is over 3000ft, the second is 2500-3000ft. The lower 3 are called Grahams, Donalds & Marilyns. (2 points)

7) Which 2 Bond films did Sam Mendes direct in the 2010s? They both begin with S. (2 points)

8) In its most usual setup, which 3 instruments form a classical 'Piano trio'? (3 points)

9) Of all the Provincial capitals of Canada, only two start with the same letter (W). What are the capitals? (2 points)

10) Danse Macabre is piece of music by Camille Saint-Saëns that serves as both the theme tune and the name of an episode of which TV programme written by David Renwick? (1 point)

11) There are 3 species of swan native to the UK. One is the Bewick Swan – the other two are named for their noise and lack of noise – what are they? (2 points)

12) Singapore has 4 official languages, one of which is its national language (which helps form the name of another country). They begin with E, M, M, T – what are they? (4 points)

13) Speedrunning (in its most popular usage), despite its name, is a relativlely sedantary race to record the fastest time in what? (1 point)

14) The James Tait Black Memorial Prize is Britain's joint-oldest literary award. 3 past winners in the fiction category have gone on to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. Name the authors from their winning book: a) A Guest of Honour (1971) b) Darkness Visible (1979) c) Waiting for the Barbarians (1980) (3 points)

15) The Periodic Table is split into 18 groups, which form the columns. Group 1 is also known as “Hydrogen and the Alkali Metals”. What are these 6 alkali metals? They have the symbols Li, Na, K, Rb, Cs & Fr. (6 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #26

MAIS: 30 / 50
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1) What's the largest town in the local government council area of Angus (Scotland) – it's perhaps most-famously known for its 'Smokies'? (1 point)

2) What is the first competitive action of a game of Test Cricket? It follows an assessment of the pitch. (1 point)

3) Which 2 computer games have garnered the most e-sports prizes at a single tournament? (2 points)

4) The northern border of Lincolnshire is mainly delineated by which estuary? (1 point)

5) In the USA, what colour represents the 'trashy' press, roughly equivalent to the 'Tabloids' in the UK (1 point)

6) Robert De Niro has won 2 Oscars – one for Best Supporting Actor (1975), the other for Best Actor (1981) – what are the films? (2 points)

7) Which 3 countries does Djibouti border? (3 points)

8) The British Comedy Awards ran from 1991-2014. In its last iteration: a) Which Irish comedienne won the Best Female Television Comic award? (AB) b) Which 'posh' male comic won the King of Comedy Award, appearing at that time in TV shows Bad Education and Fresh Meat? (JW) (2 points)

9) A traditional HiFi 'Receiver' is an amp combined with what? (1 point)

10) The FIFA Women's Player of the Year Award (2001-2015) and The Best FIFA Women's Player (2016-2020) has had winners from which 6 FIFA nations? (6 points)

11) Games People Play is a best-selling 1964 book by Eric Berne, but more recently a TV Series of the same name on the BET network based on a book written by Angela Burt-Murray. It was originally called Games _____ Play, what's the missing word? It was originally a name for celebrated female opera singers and later a word for female pop singers with an attitude. (1 point)

12) Due to its early geopoltical connections and then familial domination, what are the two most-common first 3 letters of Canadian Prime Minister's surnames? (2 points)

13) In 2019, which 6 countries were represented by the Top 10 Airports by passenger numbers? (6 points)

14) Who was the first woman to win an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, and Golden Globe Award within one year (2018/19)? She had previously won a Grammy for her acting role American Horror Story: Hotel (2016). (1 point)

15) Which northern English (traditional) counties do these sweet treats originate? a) Eccles Cake b) Parkin c) Kendal Mint Cake (3 points)

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