These quizzes were sent out over COVID-19 lockdown, with teams being emailed the quiz and given an hour to submit answers. Team sizes were variable and most quizzes had a winning score of around 80%. To judge the varying difficulty of each quiz, I've worked out a median score for an individual (based on each extra player giving a 10% boost to the team score). If you're playing with more than one, just add 10% for each player to that score and you'll have something to aim for.

NB From Quiz #8 onwards, partaking teams were asked to suggest a topic for the following quiz - these tend to be used to compile ~50% of the questions, and make the topics more varied but sometimes more esoteric too. Oh, and all the questions were set in 2020/21, so bear that in mind when answering anything topical! So far, they've also raised over £400 for the Edinburgh Food Project, Water Aid and Edinburgh Women's Aid.

Finally, you can also check out some of my other quizzes.

Lockdown Quiz #45

Date set: 10/06/21   # all questions should be accurate as of this date
Median adjusted individual score (MAIS): 31 / 50   # for all teams adjusted for solo performance - aim for this!
Predicted difficulty level (PDL): Medium   # based on overall performance when it was set (8 teams played).
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Main Quiz

1) Which American author gained the nickname 'Don Ernesto' in Spain? (1 point)

2) At the 93rd Academy Awards (hosted in 2021), which film about an octopus won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature? (1 point)

3) What are the 5 landlocked UN countries beginning with A? (5 points)

4) Which event within the Olympic sport of Canoeing shares its name with a famous mountain? (1 point)

5) a) Bob Marley & The Wailers never had a single reach the US Top 50, but their song “I Shot The Sheriff” reached number 1 when covered by whom? b) Conversely, their Greatist Hits album was a worldwide smash, reaching number 1 in the UK and a number of other countries and becoming the UK's 18th best selling album of all time. What was it called? (2 points)

6) “Dial M for Murderousness, "The Greatest Story Ever Hula'd" and "Two Minus Three Equals Negative Fun!" are all invented films starring which Simpsons character? (1 point)

7) Laphroaig, Mackmyra & Yamazaki are all producers of what popular drink? (1 point)

8) a) Rule 34 is an internet maxim that states any conceivable topic can be what? b) Another maxim known as Godwin's Law states that as an online discussion grows longer the probability of a comparison to what (or who) increases? (2 points)

9) Yiddish and Ladino are both languages that utilise Hebrew script for writing. Which two European languages are their spoken forms based on? Both use an older form of those languages, but the modern language will do. (2 points)

10) Food bands: a) Spicy band with albums such as Californication, Stadium Arcadium b) Comforting band with singles such as You Sexy Thing, It Started with a Kiss c) Sweet band with albums such as In the City, All Mod Cons d) Legumey band with singles such as Where is the Love, My Humps (4 points)

11) Steve Buscemi has spawned a couple of memes: a) Which part of his body is photoshopped onto other people to give them an aged / comical appearance? b) In the sitcom 30 Rock, he played a “very young-looking cop” who'd previously infiltrated highschools using what 6-word greeting that is now oft repeated? (2 points)

12) Which 3 countries border the Gulf of Aden? In recent years, the region has had problems with piracy. (3 points)

13) The app icon for Snapchat features a white ghost on what colour background? (1 point)

14) What are the country towns of these historical counties? To help, as of the 2021/22 football season, each town/city has a club in the top four tiers of the English men's game, moving up a league with each answer: a) Cumberland b) Shropshire c) Glamorgan d) Norfolk (4 points)

15) a) The periodical cicadas of eastern North America (Magicicada) emerge from the ground en masse in what two prime number cycles? It's postulated that this is to avoid predators potentially syncing up their own generations to divisors of the cicadas' emergence. b) In some species of tree (e.g. oak, beech), they produce a bountiful crop of nuts every 5-10 years in what is known as a ____ year? It's theorised this is to increase the chance of saplings by there simply being more seeds on the ground as well as increasing populations of pests to birds. (3 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #44

Date: 02/06/21
MAIS: 35 / 50
PDL: Easier   (8 teams played)

Main Quiz

1) Médecins Sans Frontières is also known in English by what 3 word translation? (1 point)

2) The BQE is a major road linking which two New York boroughs? (2 points)

3) Which 2 sports beginning with S currently feature in the roster of the Commonwealth Games? You could feasibly deploy a volley in both. NB Swimming is part of 'Aquatics'. (2 points)

4) British musicians Nick and Chris, New Zealand DJ Zane and American actor Rob all share which surname? (1 point)

5) The 'mainspring' of a mechanical watch is used for what function? (1 point)

6) Which 3 animated TV shows have been created by Matt Groening? (3 points)

7) a) As well as a statue of William Scoresby, Whitby commemorates which maritime Captain in statue form? b) Scoresby had strong links to a major trade for the coastal town, which is recognised by an archway made of what? (2 points)

8) Spain has borders with which 4 countries and which 'overseas territory'? (5 points)

9) Which igneous butte (isolated hill with steep, vertical sides) in Wyoming features in the climactic scenes in the films 'Close Encounters of Third Kind' and 'Paul', with the latter referencing the former? (1 point)

10) Duolingo is a language learning app. In its 2020 usage report, which 3 non-European languages were in the Top 10 most popular languages? (3 points)

11) The Siege of Paris (1870-71) saw the end of Franco-Prussian War, with the Prussian forces under the command of whom? He was also the namesake of a later German warship, famously immobilised and scuttled during WW2. (1 point)

12) One of the highest ranks in the Boy Scouts of America, the 'Webelos' was originally an acronym (with added vowels) for which 3 other Scout ranks, named after animals (W, B, L)? (3 points)

13) Which English author of thrillers, has a book 'One Across, Two Down', which features cryptic crosswords as a key part of the plot? She is also well known for her Inspector Wexford series. (1 point)

14) What sports do the following Viking teams play? a) Minnesota Vikings c) Canberra Vikings c) Viking FK (3 points)

15) The BBC broadcasts its radio stations 1, 2, 3 & 4 on the FM frequency in 2 or 3 integer ranges for each channel (e.g. 100-102, which isn't used by any of them) - give a single FM frequency within the range for each (e.g. Radio 1 = 101.5, Radio 2 = etc). (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #43

Date: 26/05/21
MAIS: 34 / 50
PDL: Medium   (8 teams played)

Main Quiz

1) Which 3-letter river name is a popular one across the UK, with prominent examples in North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lothian and Dumfries & Galloway? The name comes from the word 'isca' (meaning water) and other derived names include Axe, Exe and Usk. (1 point)

2) The Chicks (band), The Washington Football Team (NFL) and Young (music label) have what recent thing in common? (1 point)

3) a) Which band has albums, “Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!)” & “Summer in Paradise” and singles, “All Summer Long” and “Summertime Blues”? b) Which film includes a prominent song and single with the opening lyric, “Summer loving, had me a blast”? (2 points)

4) In the UK May 2021 elections: a) Which political party won the most seats in the recent Welsh election? b) Who won the London mayoral contest? c) How many seats were the Scottish National Party short of an outright majority? (3 points)

5) Lego has released 2 cinematic feature films based on and titled after other TV / film franchises – what are they? To help out, there are numerous Lego TV shows based on Star Wars, but no feature films. (2 points)

6) On 15 July 2018, France won their second World Cup. They played against which team, the first time they'd made the final? (1 point)

7) a) South Park is an animated comedy show and fictional town in which US State? The State's capital is Denver. b) What's the nickname of Denver's NFL team? They feature in a number of episodes of the show. (2 points)

8) Which Muslim festival celebrates the end of Ramadan? (1 point)

9) Dan Brown has published 5 books in the Robert Langdon series – name any 4. Their titles are in the forms A&D, TDVC, TLS, I & O. (4 points)

10) a) What are the three main fillings of a Reuben sandwich? It's on rye bread and is complemented with Russian dressing. b) Although it's associated with kosher-style delis, what specifically makes it not kosher? (4 points)

11) What's the least-dense chemical element (under ordinary conditions)? It has proved both a help and hindrance to human flight. (1 point)

12) a) Which TLA (three letter acronym) is the main psychoactive drug of Cannabis known by and what's the TLA of a different core compound, which has been widely sold recently as a 'beneficial' oil? b) The word 'ganja' came into English from which language (originially from Sanskrit)? Although unrelated etymologically, this word ('gañja') is not dissimilar to a major river where the language is spoken. (3 points)

13) After the elephant (reaching up to 6900kg), which 3 native African land mammal species can reach more than 1000kg in weight? As it's a borderline case, the buffalo doesn't count. (3 points)

14) Combining the colloquial nicknames of the first major towns / stations to the south and north of York on the East Coast mainline gives you a name similar to that of which 2001 film starring Jake Gyllenhaal in the eponymous role? (1 point)

15) a) The Holy Roman Empire contained 2 Kingdoms with names of modern day countries – what were they? b) It also had two Kingdoms named after regions beginning with B, now (roughly) part of France and Czech Republic – what were they? (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #42

Date: 20/05/21
MAIS: 33 / 50
PDL: Medium   (9 teams played)

Main Quiz

1) Whose literary works have included Midnight's Children (1981), Fury (2001), & The Golden House (2017) – but became far more familiar to the general public due to his controversial 1988 novel? (1 point)

2) What are these video sharing platforms based on their top 3 accounts by subscribers / followers: a) charlidamelio, addisonre, bellaporch b) T-Series, Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes, PewDiePie c) ludwig, ranboolive, nickmercs? (3 points)

3) Giles Brandreth is the person with the most appearances as a guest in what segment of the TV show Countdown? These guests sit next to Susie Dent. (1 point)

4) The actress Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of which two acting parents? (2 points)

5) Which hats are traditionally worn with 'black tie' evening wear in summer (straw hat beginning with B) and winter (fur felt hat beginning with H) and which more formal hat is generally worn with 'white tie'? (3 points)

6) Which 3 companies dominate the personal computer market [2020 data], together having over 60% market share? They are followed by the 3 As of Apple, Asus and Acer. (3 points)

7) a) Named to commemorate a specific event and coloured silver on the Tube Map for the same reason, what's the name of the newest line on the London Underground? b) Which event at the 2012 Olympics gave its name to the nickname of the British Rail Class 395? They formed part of the travel infrastrucure for the games. (2 points)

8) Other than Russia, which 2 (European) countries are regarded as originators of Vodka? (2 points)

9) Colourful Britpop: a) Led by Mark Morriss with albums including “Expecting to Fly” and “Return to the Last Chance Saloon” b) Led by Shaun Ryder with singles including “Kelly's Heroes” and “Fat Neck”. (2 points)

10) What is the name for the often circular disc that covers and protects a keyhole? The 10-letter word comes from the Latin scutum, meaning shield, and came into English from Old North French. (1 point)

11) a) Plant cells have mitochondria and which additional energy generator? b) Plants and animals both have eukaryotic cells, but what other type of cell generates energy through its mebrane? It forms the basis of Bacteria and Archaea. (2 points)

12) a) Around one third of all English monarchs (reigning from 886-1707) have names beginning with what letter? b) What's the only letter to appear in those regnal names that isn't in the English alphabet? Describe it if necessary. (2 points)

13) .In Deborah Cadbury's book 'Seven Wonders of the Industrial World', she presents a steamship, sewerage system, railroad, bridge and which 3 other things – what are they called? a) A canal in Central America b) A dam in the USA c) A structure off the coast of Angus, Scotland (3 points)

14) Nidderdale in Yorkshire was historically known as ______dale, where the missing word relates to its lowly position and also features in the name of a country for a similar reason. (1 point)

15) In the date format DDMMYYYY, what are the 5 next palindromic dates (same backwards and forwards) following 12022021 (12/02/2021)? (5 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #41

Date: 12/05/21
MAIS: 32 / 50
PDL: Medium   (12 teams played)

Main Quiz

1) Two items have recently sold at auction for record-breaking amounts in their category, both featuring famous Americans: a) The Nike Air Yeezy 1, designed with and worn by which US musician? b) An 'ultra rare' trading card of which current NBA star? (2 points)

2) Which 3 scales, named for surnames of male scientists, are most-commonly used to measure: a) Earthquakes? b) Wind action at sea? c) Mineral hardness? (3 points)

3) What's the name of the Indian multinational car brand _____ Motors, headquartered in Pune? The word was also used in a Formula 1 team name _____ India (2007-2018), although there was no connection. (1 point)

4) a) What was the Roman name for London? b) The site is roughly where the City of London now inhabits, but which other part of London also has city status? (2 points)

5) Popular in British Indian restaurants, what are these naan breads known as? a) One filled with dessicated coconut, nuts and raisins. b) One filled with a layer of minced sheep or goat. (2 points)

6) Which 3 capital cities of UN countries are more northerly than Dublin and have fewer letters in their (English) name? (3 points)

7) a) Manatees are also known as sea ___s, with the missing word being what land mammal? They form 3 of the 4 extant species of Sirenia – what is the 4th commonly known as? It's from the Eastern hemisphere. (2 points)

8) Which American rock band had one word studio albums called 'EVOL', 'Sister', 'Goo' and 'Dirty'? The founding members Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo featured on them all. (1 point)

9) a) With 40, who has scored the most goals in any season of the German Bundesliga? He also once held the record for most goals in World Cups. b) With 39, which Polish striker is currently close to eclipsing that record with 2 games remaining in the season? (2 points)

10) Which letter can you add to a popular TV cooking competition to get the protagonist of the Halo series of video games? (1 point)

11) a) Which Bee Gees song is often taught in UK CPR courses as a way to get the timing of chest compressions correct? It's name also works as a bit of dark humour. b) 'Resusci Annie' is a CPR doll used to teach resuscitation techniques across the world. Checking the doll's conditiion spawned a lyric in which Michael Jackson song? (2 points)

12) a) Alsace has been historically linked to which other region (English spelling) as an Imperial Territory, which has featured prominently in a number of wars? In the Alsatian language, the territory is known as “'s Rìchslànd Elsàss-Lothrìnga”. b) The 'Alsatian Wolf dog' is also known as what in English (other than just the 'Alsatian')? (2 points)

13) After the 2020 Summer Olympics (in Tokyo, Japan, now being held in 2021), which 4 countries are confirmed hosts of future summer or winter Olympic Games? (4 points)

14) a) Sex and the City was romantic comedy-drama series starring 4 main actresses. Which two have first names beginning with K? b) The TV show also spawned two films, what was the latter one titled? (3 points)

15) What imperial measurements replace their (~) metric counterparts to make this sentence make sense: “A persistent burglar will 0.454kg on the door, using every 28.3g of their strength. They might leave, but not 201m.” (3 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #40

Date: 28/04/21
MAIS: 33 / 50
PDL: Medium   (9 teams played)

Main Quiz

1) Which 2 football clubs have both a men's and women's team in the semi finals of the 2020/21 Champions League tournaments? (2 points)

2) Which American office supply company founded in 1986 has a name that is one of the products it sells as well as being a word for the main things you need regularly? (1 point)

3) What are the 2 sexes of the (Indian) peafowl commonly known as? (2 points)

4) In an episode of “I'm Alan Partridge”, Alan suggests his full English breakfast could be improved by using a sausage as a _________? It helps to provide distance between the eggs and the beans - it's also the name for a wall that protects a harbour entrance. (1 point)

5) Which 2 consecutive studio albums by the band Queen (1975/6) had titles in the form: A _____ at the _____? (2 points)

6) Brassica oleracea is a plant species that has many cultivars as common foods. In the UK, there are 6 that you'll most likely find in the supermarket and conveniently 2 begin with B, 2 with C and 2 with K. One of those is broccoli – what are the other 5? The last alphabetically is a bit rarer but you might also know it as a German turnip. (5 points)

7) a) Harris is the south-western part of the largest island in the Hebrides. What is the north-eastern part known as? b) What is the name of the green bird that acted as a ventriloquist dummy for Keith Harris? (2 points)

8) Named for the Latin pronouns tu and vos, what's the linguistic term for the contextual use of pronouns to convey formality / familiarity? The same term could feasibly be an award at the BAFTAs. (1 point)

9) By the 1st century BC, the Romans had started replacing their name for Britain with a new one – what are the two names? Both are still used today in various contexts, one perhaps best known as part of a football team name and the other as part of a patriotic song title. (2 points)

10) The TV show Game of Thrones has review scores from Rotten Tomatoes of 90%+ for all seasons bar one – which is it (season number)? (1 point)

11) Which modernist sculptor has a museum dedicated to her work in St Ives (now managed by the Tate)? (1 point)

12) Tom Jones starred in which 1996 American comic sci-fi film? He plays himself, as part of a group of people from Las Vegas escaping an alien invasion. b) Which other Welsh singer featured on the song 'The Ballad of Tom Jones' along with Space? (2 points)

13) By 'market capitalisation' (~total value of all shares, 2019 data), what are the 5 biggest stock exchanges in the world? Three are named for cities, one for a country and one for a brand name / former acronym – full names aren't needed. (5 points)

14) In the current UK House of Commons, which 3 parties have the most MPs after the Conservative and Labour Parties? (3 points)

15) Which major sports have/had the following named trophies: a) Webb Ellis b) Solheim c) Jules Rimet? (3 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #39

Date: 21/04/21
MAIS: 34 / 50
PDL: Medium   (13 teams played)

Main Quiz

1) Which 5 of Winnie the Pooh's main friends were also based on the stuffed toys of A.A. Milne's son? Owl and Rabbit were added with imagination, and Gopher was added by Disney. (5 points)

2) In only its 4th occurrence ever on TV, Anthony Neuer (aka the 'Ginger Assassin') recently converted which split in Ten Pin Bowling? Splits are when the first ball leaves non-adjacent pins remaining and are named for those (numbered) pins. (1 point)

3) Machu Picchu is a 15th century citadel built by which Empire? (1 point)

4) In the Top 10 list of nuts consumed globally (2018 data), which 4 begin with P? (4 points)

5) What is the only Harry Potter book to have an 8 word title? It was released in 2003. (1 point)

6) James Anderson became the first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets in cricket, although 3 spinners have also made this mark: Anil Kumble, Muttiah Muralitharan & Shane Warne. Which 3 countries did they represent? (3 points)

7) A brocken spectre is a magnified shadow, often accompanied by a halo / glory (~rainbow) that is projected onto what? (1 point)

8) a) In the episode of Father Ted, “Speed 3”, what type of vehicle is Dougal driving that will explode if it goes under 4 mph? b) In Episode 2 of Monty Python's Flying Circus, a London playwright is disgusted with his son's chosen profession and fancy talk after leaving to work in Yorkshire – what's his job? c) In the episode of Fawlty Towers, “The Germans”, what must they not mention? (3 points)

9) The road and cyclo-cross cyclist Femke Van den Driessche was the first cyclist to be charged with 'mechanical doping' in 2016. What was she accused of doing? (1 point)

10) What herb with the botanical name Anthriscus cerefoliumis is also known as 'French parsley'. It is generally used to season mild-flavoured dishes. (1 point)

11) HVAC is an acronym used in technology of indoor environmental comfort. What 3 terms does it comprise (H, V & AC)? (3 points)

12) Which 2019 film won Best Picture at the 2020 Academy Awards and Best Film Not In The English Language at the 2020 BAFTAs? (1 point)

13) What are these molecules of elements commonly called: a) O3 (aka Trioxygen) b) 2H (aka Hydrogen-2) (2 points)

14) Josephine Baker was an American-born French entertainer. In her performance in 'Un vent de folie' (1927), her short skirt caused a sensation and became an iconic image of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. It was made of golden, studded, artificial versions of what fruit? (1 point)

15) What are the top-level country internet domains for the following countries (e.g. UK = .uk)? They're all 2 letters: a) Vanuatu b) Yemen c) New Zealand d) Germany e) Brazil (5 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #38

Date: 14/04/21
MAIS: 32 / 50
PDL: Medium   (11 teams played)

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1) What is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that's still largely intact? (1 point)

2) 'Life on Mars' and 'Ashes to Ashes' are BBC TV shows referencing songs by which musician? (1 point)

3) Compared to most other rodents, moles (Talpidae) have which two different body parts that are small and inconspicuous? (2 points)

4) Mountaineering Scotland is a national representative body covering which 4 activities? They begin with C, H W, M & S T. (4 points)

5) Physicists at Fermilab have announced the possible existence of a fifth fundamental force of nature. The experiment involved studying the wobble of which fundamental particles when placed under a magnetic field at great speed? (1 point)

6) Peabo Bryson has recorded two hit duets as official singles for Disney films (although sung by other people in the actual films). One was with Celine Dion (1991), the other with Regina Belle (1993), what are the films? The former's song name is the title of the film, the latter's song is titled, 'A Whole New World'. (2 points)

7) Which American cartoonist gives his name to a chain reaction machine designed to perform a simple task in an overly complicated way? (1 point)

8) Which five men's football teams have won 5 or more European Cup / Champions League trophies? (5 points)

9) a) The 2021 Boat Race was moved from the Thames to which river? b) The Yale-Harvard Boat Race also normally takes place on the Thames, near which 2 word city in Connecticut? There's some logic to the naming. (2 points)

10) Nobel Prize for Literature winners since the year 2000 – writing in English: a) Who is the only person to win for songwriting? b) Who is the only British woman to win? c) Who is the only Canadian to win? (3 points)

11) Popularised within Behavioural Economics, which 5-letter word is a theory proposed by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein? It outlines “positive reinforcement and indirect suggestions as ways to influence behaviour”. The word also means 'a light touch or push'. (1 point)

12) There are currently 10 UK house price indices, mostly made by banks and estate agencies. Which are these: a) An Estate Agency that wants to make a Sir out of John Bluthal's character in the Vicar of Dibley? b) A bank (ex-building society) with the same name as a Canadian City known for the largest human-made explosion in 1917? (2 points)

13) A film has just been nominated for 2 Academy Awards with the longest name of any Oscars nominee ever. It stars Sacha Baron Cohen playing which character? (1 point)

14) Which continents do these crops originate from? a) Coffee b) Soybeans c) Potatoes d) Macadamia nuts (4 points)

15) What are the English equivalents to these French idioms? Each one decreases in how literal a translation it is: a) Jeter le bébé avec l'eau du bain b) Appeler un chat un chat c) C’est la fin des haricots! (3 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #37

Date: 07/04/21
MAIS: 32 / 50
PDL: Medium   (10 teams played)

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1) S'mores are a campfire treat that involve which two foodstuffs placed between Graham crackers? (2 points)

2) Which species of poultry is domesticated from the Red Junglefowl? (1 point)

3) On a dart board, which numbers are opposite: a) 20 b) 6. They're on the cardinal points. (2 points)

4) 'Dingsbums' is a colloquial German word used in what situation? It has a few equivalents in English, such as words ending with 'bob' and 'jig'. (1 point)

5) Songs by Coolio, Feist and Plain White T's, albums by Ronnie Wood and Propaganda, and the main-belt asteroid Elyna all feature which consecutive string of four numbers? (1 point)

6) The world's highest 39 peaks are in (or partly in) which 4 countries? The 40th is in Bhutan. (4 points)

7) The UK state pension age (aka 'retirement age') was gradually made the same for men and women after the introduction of the Pensions Act 1995. a) It raised the age for women to what, which was already the age for men? b) As of 2020, it has been raised again – what to? (2 points)

8) “I wanted to see lots of animals at the zoo, but they only had one tiny dog. It was a _______”? (1 point)

9) Oil spills: a) Which conflict was ongoing that resulted in a huge dump of oil into the Persian Gulf in 1991? b) In one of the largest marine oil spills in history, which BP-operated oil rig spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010? c) Which oil tanker spilled over 10 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1989? (3 points)

10) a) NASA recently landed a new Rover on Mars – what is it called? It's following in the 'footsteps' of Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity. b) The mission carried the message, “DARE MIGHTY THINGS” (+coordinates) in 10-bit binary, encoded into what part of the lander? c) For such expeditions, Mars-days are known by what 3-letter word (singular)? It's the Latin word for sun. (3 points)

11) In the Nintendo Mario games, who is Mario's plumbing brother and which Princess are they normally trying to save? (2 points)

12) Which -ology is the study of “periodic events in biological life cycles and how these are influenced by seasonal and interannual variations in climate & habitat”? Someone who studies it might find the sentence, “the daffodils are out in January!” pretty darn exciting. (1 point)

13) a) Which branch of yoga is the main type practised in the Western world, although modernised to mostly 'yoga as exercise'? b) Which 4-letter word describes someone who practises yoga with a 'high level of commitment'? It's also the first name of an anthropomorphic cartoon character. c) The sage Patanjali wrote one of the main philosophical books on which yoga is based. They are known as the Yoga _____(s), with the missing word coming from Sanskrit for 'aphorism'. This word is mostly known in the West for featuring in another text with somewhat sexier poses. (3 points)

14) Which father and daughter have had UK number ones including “Strangers in the Night”, “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” and the duet, “Somethin' Stupid”? (2 points)

15) a) In the Australian Open women's singles tennis tournament, which 2 countries have been represented the most by winners in the Open Era (1969-present)? b) Which 3 ex-countries have also been represented in the Open Era? (5 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #36

Date: 31/03/21
MAIS: 36 / 50
PDL: Easier   (11 teams played)

Main Quiz

1) The Tea Party was a fiscally conservative political movement within the American Republican Party – which city's Tea Party is its name a reference to? (1 point)

2) What are the front and back of a ship known as? These parts of the Ever Given container ship have been causing a bit of a trouble with global shipping recently. (2 points)

3) Which ingredient is the main omission from milk chocolate to make white chocolate? (1 point)

4) The City of Norwich is regarded by historians as the most complete city in the UK from which historical period? It lasted from 5th-15th century and is known by two different common names that both begin with the same letter – name them. (2 points)

5) Which 4 films that have won an Oscar for Best Picture contain a non-human animal as a distinct word in the film's title? (so not Rain MAN, SlumDOG Millionaire, The ShAPE of Water etc) (4 points)

6) What word is often used for a banana when cooking it, as well as being a cultivar of the genus Musa in its own right? It's familiarity in the UK mostly comes from Caribbean and African influences. (1 point)

7) In Christianity, Holy Week is the 7-day period from Sunday-Saturday preceding the celebration of Easter. What are the days of Sunday, Thursday and Friday known by within this week? (3 points)

8) In Terry Pratchett's Discworld book Soul Music, there's a band known as “We're Certainly Dwarves” - which real band is this a reference too? (1 point)

9) Who was the last Emperor in the Julio-Claudian dynasty (aka the first 5 Emperors, after the death of the General Julius Caesar)? He lent his name to a German company specialising in CD/DVD burning software. (1 point)

10) According to a 2007 CAMRA study of the UK's most common pub names (confirmed by a 2019 study by Pubs Galore), which 3 in the Top 10 take the form Colour Animal? Two of the colours are the same, but the animals are unique, with one being an archaic word for a male of that species. (3 points)

11) To get round copyright issues, stop motion (or more recently, CGI) videos using lego pieces / characters are known as _____films? (1 point)

12) What are the common names for polygons with a) 5 sides b) 8 sides c) 9 sides c) 12 sides? The names are generally used for both regular and irregular polygons (unlike 4-sided polygons where irregular = quadrilateral, regular = square) (4 points)

13) There have only been 6 openly LGBT heads of government – name any two countries they have represented. (2 points)

14) Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have been in the news lately as a way of selling a unique digital item. Jack Dorsey sold his first ______ utilising this system? (1 point)

15) In the current list of sports at the Summer Olympics, which 6 ball sports contain the word 'ball' and involve 5+ players per team? (6 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #35

Date: 24/03/21
MAIS: 27 / 50
PDL: Harder   (12 teams played)

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1) Which electric car manufacturer has a Model 3, Model S and Model X in its current lineup? (1 point)

2) In most standard forms of poker (no wildcards etc), which 3 'hands' start with the letter F? They are amongst the highest ranking. (3 points)

3) Which Malaysian-Chinese designer gives his name to a fashion company that specialises in luxury shoes, handbags and accessories? It is based in London and founded in 1996. His surname sounds much like the single form of a product they are most famous for. (1 point)

4) Indian Pale Ale (IPA) is a popular brewing style in the craft beer scene, but what do the additional letters stand for in: a) DIPA b) NEIPA? (2 points)

5) The Shipping Forecast is a BBC Radio broadcast of weather reports for the seas around the coasts of the British Isles. Of the 31 'sea areas' included, there are 6 names for rivers / estuaries (3 each) – name any 5 of them. (5 points)

6) At the Summer Olympics, the USA have received most gold medals in Athletics and Swimming (by some margin), but which 3 sports are next in the list? They're all useful skills in a fight. (3 points)

7) According to a number of folk dictionaries, what is the word, “Aibohphobia” a fear of? (1 point)

8) Other than the UK Nations, which 3 countries are represented more than once by managers of the current men's English Premier League teams? They are all EU countries. (3 points)

9) a) Which Marvel superhero has been the title character in films with the sub-titles: The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier and Civil War? b) Who person produced these films, as well as all 20 others in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? (2 points)

10) In String Theory, point-like particles are represented as strings. How many dimensions do: a) points and b) strings have? (2 points)

11) Which -stan country and which European country are the biggest ex-Soviet states by area (other than Russia)? (2 points)

12) The majority of Microsoft's current computer hardware is branded under which 7-letter word? (1 point)

13) a) Nicolaus Copernicus formulated what model of the Solar System, which we now take for granted? b) His surname is used for a major Earth observation programme coordinated by which space agency? (2 points)

14) 1980s/90s food bands: a) What vegetable is Billy Corgan smashing? b) Nigel Blackwell is half man and half what sweet treat? c) Evan Dando has a head made of what fruit? (3 points)

15) a) Holy Island in Northumberland is also known by what name beginning with L? b) One of its most famous visitors in the 7th Century was the Venerable _____? He was one of the most important authors and teachers of the time. (2 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #34

Date: 17/03/21
MAIS: 36 / 50
PDL: Easier   (11 teams played)

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1) Known as Choco Krispis in Latin America, what name do Kellogg's use for this cereal in the UK (as well as a number of other countries)? (1 point)

2) UNESCO is the United Nations _____, _____, and _____ Organization? They are responsible for the list of World Heritage Sites, amongst other things. (3 points)

3) Sloe Gin involves adding the fruit of which deciduous tree to a spirit mainly flavoured by the berries of which coniferous tree? (2 points)

4) Grey's Anatomy is a medical drama TV show revolving around the life and career of Dr. Meredith Grey, who holds which job? (two word title for the full point) (1 point)

5) a) Thanks to its prominence in the cutlery trade, Sheffield has a nickname of the _____ City? b) With a crest featuring two crossed swords, Sheffield United FC have what nickname? (2 points)

6) Which 2 feature films starring Robin Williams (separated by 10 years) begin with the the word 'Good'? (2 points)

7) Solitaire is a general name for any table top game you can play alone. 'Card Solitaire' is generally known by what name? The word is defined as, “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay”. (1 point)

8) a) Robert Scott ('of the Antarctic') had what Avian middle name? b) He was beaten to the South Pole by which Norweigan explorer? (2 points)

9) a) Of the few grounds in Major League Baseball not named for a commercial sponsor, which team plays at Fenway Park? b) Similarly, which city is home to Yankee Stadium? (2 points)

10) There are 10 four-letter countries in the world (UN short name), but which 2 contain none of the letters in 'four'? (2 points)

11) What are the full terms represented by letters in these physics equations? a) Speed = d/t? b) Weight = m*g? (4 points)

12) a) Robert Thompson was a British furniture maker who carved which rodent into most pieces he made? b) Modernist furniture design generally centres on which piece of furniture as a signature? Iconic designs include the Eames, the Wishbone and the Paulistino. (2 points)

13) ABBA are named after the starting letters in the first names of the band members – name any three of these first names. (3 points)

14) a) Octonauts is a children's TV show produced for Cbeebies. What is the name of their home base? b) CBeebies is a BBC channel aimed at children aged 2-6. What's the name of the sister channel aimed at 6-14 year olds? (2 points)

15) Which 4 of the Big Cats have spots? There are 7 species known as Big Cats: 5 from the genus Panthera, 2 from other genera. (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #33

Date: 10/03/21
MAIS: 37 / 50
PDL: Easier   (13 teams played)

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1) Since World War I, it has become popular to shop for 'vintage' clothes, initially as a method of re-use but now more of a fashion choice. In the UK, one of the main places to look for such items are charity shops, but what are these generally known as in the USA? The answer is also the name of a 2012 song by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz. (1 point)

2) Alpro currently sell non-dairy 'milks' made from which 4 'nuts' (i.e. anything generally known as a nut or with nut in its name)? (4 points)

3) The Bridge ('Bron/Broen') is a Scandi Noir TV show based around the Øresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, but which 2 cities does it connect? (2 points)

4) William Morris is recognised as one of the most important figures of Victorian Britain. During his lifetime he was best known as a poet, but he is posthumously known more for his designs in which medium? (1 point)

5) What is the branch of medicine called concerned with the action / effects of drugs? (1 point)

6) Queen have had 2 major periods with new singers (branded as Queen + Singer's Name), they were PR (2004-09) and AL (2011-present). What are their full names? (2 points)

7) Which 4 signs of the Zodiac have names with 7 letters or more? They happen to feature one after the other chronologically. (4 points)

8) 'International School' Ballroom Dancing competitions have two main style categories (Standard / Latin): a) in the Standard category, which dance features in two different forms, with one named after a city? b) In the Latin category, which dance (based on a military march) is Spanish for 'double step'? (3 points)

9) Which animal, reintroduced in many places as part of 'rewilding' efforts, has been described as “by far the most important element of a riverine ecosystem”? There are now wild communities of said animals in England, Scotland & Wales. (1 point)

10) One of the most popular point-and-click adventure games, what's the name of the series developed by LucasArts featuring the hapless Guybrush Threepwood? (1 point)

11) a) Loch Ness drains into Loch Dochfour then into the River Ness which enters the sea in what Scottish city? b) If you follow the loch system in the other direction (the 'Caledonian Canal') you end up in which town that has Ben Nevis towering above it? (2 points)

12) a) Which anabolic steroid is the primary 'sex steroid' in human males? It is an androgen. b) Along with melatonin, dopamine, insulin and many others, such body regulators are generally known by what H? It includes anything that communicates between organs and tissues. (2 points)

13) Who is regarded as the longest-serving presenter on BBC Radio 1? Her first programme aired on 5th October 1969. (1 point)

14) Pesto alla genovese ('green pesto') traditionally consists of which herb, which tree seed and which cheese (as well as garlic, olive oil and salt)? (4 points)

15) Which countries are these beers from: a) Corona b) Molson c) Victoria Bitter d) Singha (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #32

Date: 03/03/21
MAIS: 30 / 50
PDL: Harder   (15 teams played)

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1) What letter is repeated 12 times (with spaces) in the title of a song that reached #2 in the UK and #4 in the US? It's the most letter-repetition of any Top 10 chart hit in either country. (1 point)

2) The Hugo Award is an annual literary prize for which two genres of books? They are similar in theme, and single awards are given across both. Recent winners for Best Novel have included Connie Willis and Neil Gaiman. (2 points)

3) UK garden (ish) birds: a) What bird comes in the varieties Bull, Green and Gold, amongst others? b) If you see a bird scurrying down a tree trunk, it's almost certainly a Nuthatch. What rarer bird is most-likely to be scurrying in the other direction? It has an appropriate name. c) What bird named for its call is one of the best known 'brood parasites'? (3 points)

4) TenCent is a Chinese company and the world's largest video game vendor, but is perhaps best known for owning China's most-used messaging app – what is it called? In 2018, it became the world's largest standalone mobile app. (1 point)

5) a) Ribaldry is a name for a type of comedy indecency – what colour is this type of humour often associated with? b) Gallows humour makes light of serious / taboo subjects – what other colour is this normally associated with? (2 points)

6) In the Top 10 most visited places in Italy (by nights spent, 2017 data), which 3 are on the coast? To help, Livorno was in 11th place and Rome doesn't count as only its wider metropolitan zone reaches the sea. (3 points)

7) In the video game Minecraft, players explore an infinite blocky 3D world. What 3 major actions form most of the gameplay? This excludes things like communicating and fighting, which depend on the game mode. In essence, they are 3 skills you might expect a Stone Age human to be adept at. (3 points)

8) Which two people named Harry H____ are known for: a) Presenting TV Burp amongst other comedic activities? b) Being the main character in a series of books by Norweigan author Jo Nesbø? (2 points)

9) Which 3 countries have more than 10 stripes on their flags? Interestingly, all 3 have only red and white stripes, with a blue rectangle in the top left corner featuring one or more stars. (3 points)

10) A Beef Wellington generally includes what vegetable (as a Duxelles), what condiment and what type of pastry? (3 points)

11) a) The TV Series Bridgerton has become the most-watched series on what streaming service? b) It's a period drama based on the novels of Julia Quinn and focuses on the 'ton' and 'social season' of which city? (2 points)

12) More than half the supply of the world's Palladium is used in what exhaust emission control device? It's mostly known for preventing pollution from cars and has a two word alliterative name. (1 point)

13) Botswana shares the majority of its borders with which 3 countries? It also has a tiny, ill-defined border with Zambia. (3 points)

14) What architectural terms are being described here? Both answers can be used in English in a non-architectural context: a) A succession of contiguous arches, with each arch supported by a colonnade of columns, and often used to provide a sheltered walkway. b) Small, rectangular-shaped slats of material that are nailed to an exterior surface, overlapping one another from top to bottom and used as protection against the elements. (2 points)

15) The 6 Nations Rugby tournament is in full swing. The Italian team now play at the Stadio Olimpico, but which two football clubs play their home games there? (2 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #31

Date: 24/02/21
MAIS: 35 / 50
PDL: Easier   (11 teams played)

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1) Vlad the Impaler (Voivode of Wallachia in the15th Century) had what moniker which has gone on to inspire many Gothic horror media? (1 point)

2) Which two UK Top 10 hits by The Kinks contain the word 'sun', as part of longer words? One is as an adjective, the other a noun – they were released in 1966/67. (2 points)

3) The TV programme Peep Show starred which 2 comedians in the main roles? They have had radio / TV shows in the format That ______ & ______ Sound / That ______ & ______ Look. (2 points)

4) The Fields Medal is generally regarded as the 'Nobel Prize' in which field? It doesn't have a category in the Nobels. (1 point)

5) According to the UK 1950 Allotment Act, which two animals are you allowed to keep on an allotment as a right? For one, it's stipulated that only the females can be kept, the other is a pet that requires to be housed. (2 points)

6) What are the English exonyms (external name given to a place) for these German toponyms (names for places): a) Köln b) München c) Hannover. d) What is the Polish toponym for the German exonym, 'Danzig'? (4 points)

7) The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in letters, drama, music and which other category that takes up most of the awards? (1 point)

8) a) Arachne, Araucaria and Azed are all famous setters of what type of puzzle? b) Arachne is featured in a Roman/Greek myth where she challenges Athena to a weaving contest. She is so ruddy bloody good at it that she hangs herself in shame, and is subsequently turned into a spider. Who replaces Athena in later Roman versions of the story? (2 points)

9) The 2007 film 'Lars and the Real Girl' starring Ryan Gosling has all the letters (without needing to repeat any) to spell out which 2016 film featuring the same actor? (1 point)

10) Which 2 similar (M/F) names have featured in the Top 3 baby names for Scotland in the last 3 years? They are both etymologically linked to the same (botanical) fruit/drupe. (2 points)

11) A Cosmopolitan cocktail contains which two alcoholic ingredients, and which fruit juice that gives it its distinctive red colour? (3 points)

12) a) A 'Puggle' is a dog crossed between which two breeds? b) The same word is also used for the baby of which spiny mammal? (3 points)

13) The winter sport Bandy is considered a form of what wider sport, which has variations in both the Summer and Winter Olympics? (1 point)

14) The three major battles of 1066 involved which 2 Kings and which Duke? The latter would become King of England. (3 points)

15) a) The Canary (bird) gets its name from the Canary Islands, but what are these islands named for themselves? b) Which are the 4 biggest Canary Islands by area? They also attract by far the most tourists. (5 points)

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Date: 18/02/21
MAIS: 37 / 50
PDL: Easier   (11 teams played)

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1) a) Lego is a toy company based in which country? b) The Lego Movie involves which actor voicing Emmet? (2 points)

2) What job title is shared in the opening line of Everyday Is A Winding Road by Sheryl Crow and that of Arnold Rimmer in Red Dwarf? (1 point)

3) a) A number of different sulfur (/sulphur) oxides are grouped together with which 3-letter term? It's also used (with different capitalisation) by Chicago and Boston baseball teams. b) Sulfur dioxide is the main smell of burnt matches, but which natural process releases the most of this gas/aroma? (2 points)

4) A 'Birthstone' is a gemstone that is used to represent the month of someone's birth. In Britain, which two gemstones can represent September & October and both start with the same first letters of those months? (2 points)

5) Benedict Wong plays the role as Bruce Ng in which 2015 sci-fi film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon? (1 point)

6) The Japanese electronics company Victor is better known outside Japan by what 3 letter acronym? (1 point)

7) Which US male and female tennis players are generally considered to be “grunt creators” (popularising making a loud noise when hitting shots)? They have both won at least 8 Open Era Slams, but those victories don't overrun in time. (2 points)

8) The Scottish sitcom Still Game involves two Glaswegian pensioners from which previous sketch show? That show's name can mean to have a long and friendly conversation with someone. (1 point)

9) 9) Name the hugely successful gaming franchises from their acronyms: a) CoD b) WoW (2 points)

10) Which 5 countries in South America have the biggest population? All are above 28M, the sixth place is ~19M. NB Not including territories of countries in other continents, like France / French Guiana. (5 points)

11) a) The commonly used scale for wind force is named for which Irish Hydrographer? b) What's the common name for a tornado that occurs over water? c) What two different names are 'rapidly rotating storm systems' generally known by when they occur in the NW / S Pacific Ocean? The Atlantic / NE Pacific name is a hurricane. (4 points)

12) According to the British Isles Earthworm Society, the species Eisenia fetida was first recorded there in 1826. It's very useful as a vermicomposter and as such has a common name, 'Manure Worm'. However, its striped appearance gives another common name used more frequently in the commercial wormery sector, where it is named after which other animal? (1 point)

13) a) Which David Lynch mystery-drama-horror TV series ran from 1990-91 and had a reboot in 2017? b) Which surrealist-neo-noir film did he direct and release in 2001, starring Justin Theroux & Naomi Watts, among others? (2 points)

14) a) Who was the second person to walk on the moon? b) Mr Bean and Mr Shepard have also walked there – what first name do they share? (2 points)

15) Which 5 books by Charles Dickens have common titles that are only the name of a person? Almost every Dickens novel has a much longer name, but these are the shorter names most people will know them by. Their initials are BR, DC, MC, NN & OT and they're all male characters. (5 points)

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Date: 10/02/21
MAIS: 34 / 50
PDL: Medium   (14 teams played)

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1) Which American video game and electronics retailer had a 1500% rise in its share price over 2 weeks, mainly attributed to the coordinated effort of Reddit community WallStreetBets? (1 point)

2) Which two Jane Austen novels have three word titles? (2 points)

3) Amazon make the majority of their operating profits from which arm of the business? (1 point)

4) a) Which bird of prey has been the national bird of the USA since 1782? b) Which other bird of prey (group) lends its name to an NBA team based in Atlanta and an NFL team based in Seattle? The latter team uses a more-specific type, which is another term for the Osprey. (2 points)

5) Which sewing machine manufacturer is also the name of a station on the North Clyde Line, thanks to the station previously serving their factory there? (1 point)

6) a) The Tate group of art galleries contains two in London (Tate Britain & Tate Modern) and which two other places in England? b) They also host a prominent annual award for a 'visual artist' named after which English painter (1775-1851)? (3 points)

7) Which is the only planet named after a figure from Greek mythology? (1 point)

8) The Beatles have released 5 albums with the same name as films starring the band. What are they? Although all contain the film's soundtrack, some also have other material. (5 points)

9) George Orwell's novella Animal Farm is a famous literary allegory, including using pigs to represent the major players in the 1917 political revolution of which country? (1 point)

10) The CMYK colour model used in printing comprises which 3 colours from the acronym? The K is for Key (=Black), the others are simply colours beginning with those letters. (3 points)

11) In the top 10 list of rivers by length in the UK, one is entirely within the old county of Yorkshire. It's a combined system of two named rivers – one is the Ure, but what is the other? (1 point)

12) Along with Ronald Wayne, which two Steves founded Apple Inc.? (2 points)

13) According to data from 2011, which 4 animals produce the most milk for human consumption worldwide other than cattle? In the UK, 3 of these are consumed mostly as cheese. The other is produced and consumed mostly in Africa and Asia. (4 points)

14) The word quarantine comes into English from the Italian 'quarantena', which referred to the period of time that ships needed to be isolated before passengers could board them during the Black Death epidemic. How long was this? (1 point)

15) Which 5 letters do you only get one tile of in the standard English version of Scrabble? They are the 5 highest-scoring tiles (ranging from 5-10 points) (5 points)

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Date: 03/02/21
MAIS: 33 / 50
PDL: Medium   (13 teams played)

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1) What is the name of a home cleaning product, a Dutch football team and the Greek hero who inspired the names of both? (1 point)

2) According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which 2 non-human animals caused the most deaths in Australia (perhaps counter-intuitively) between 2008-17? Neither are endemic to the region and the deaths are direct - not passing on disease etc. (2 points)

3) Which two Roman walls built in Britain are now designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites? (2 points)

4) Apples have been grown and cultivated for thousands of years in which 2 continents? (2 points)

5) Which Japanese clothing brand has a distinct white-on-red logo with its name split on two lines, and had the tennis player Novak Djokovic as a prominent global ambassador between 2012-17? (1 point)

6) Vince Clarke is an English synth-pop musician who has had albums in the UK Top 10 with which 3 bands? Hit songs from his time in each band include, “Just Can't Get Enough”, “Don't Go” and “A Little Respect” (3 points)

7) What century were these things invented in? They're all different: a) Mechanical calculator b) Nylon c) Colour photography d) Mercator map projection (4 points)

8) Of the main representative dishes served at British curry houses (according to wiki), which 3 begin with B? NB Excluding more specific dishes, such as 'Butter Chicken'. (3 points)

9) The 2018 film Free Solo follows Alex Honnold's attempt to free climb El Capitan. This vertical rock formation is in which National Park? (1 point)

10) The rubber balloon was invented by which English scientist? He is better known for his work in Electromagnetism, and gives his surname to a cage to block such fields. (1 point)

11) Limited overs cricket has two major forms, where games take place with each team bowling (up to) how many overs? Both have an assoicated World Cup tournament. NB An over = 6 bowls. (2 points)

12) Which herb is one of the four 'Fines herbes' that form a mainstay of French cuisine and often accompanies fish and chicken dishes? The other three are parsley, chives and chervil. (1 point)

13) Otorhinolaryngology is a medical speciality that is commonly known in hospitals by the acronym ENT. What three parts of the body does the acronym refer to? (3 points)

14) a) Which German-born British composer released 'Sleep' - an 8.5 hour listening experience designed to fill a full night's rest? He's also well known for his film scores, such as Arrival (2016) and Ad Astra (2019). b) Which prominent (West) German-born German composer is known for a large number of film scores, including the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Interstellar, Gladiator, Crimson Tide, Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy? (2 points)

15) What are the 5 biggest countries by area? (5 points)

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Date: 27/01/21
MAIS: 30 / 50
PDL: Harder   (15 teams played)

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1) Which musical, first performed in 1957, follows the teenage street gang rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks? (1 point)

2) In the news recently: a) 22 year old Amanda Gorman became the youngest person to perform what role? b) A year-long study has been launched in Scotland assessing public attitudes towards the re-introduction of which species of cat? It's recognisable by its distinct smell of teenagers on a night out. c) A restaurant abbreviated as 'ONA' became the first of its type to be given a Michelin star – it caters to what dietary requirement? (3 points)

3) What African country is a (perfect) anagram of a South American capital city? (1 point)

4) a) Eric Moussambani got what nickname at the 2000 Summer Olympics? b) Which British swimmer is the only current Olympic record holder? It's in the Men's 100m Breastroke event. (2 points)

5) Adanac, Saskatchewan has the unusual distinction of being a topical anadrome. What is an anadrome? (1 point)

6) Which Disney animated films are these songs from? a) I Wan'na Be Like You b) A Whole New World c) You're Welcome d) Heigh-Ho (4 points)

7) The Yorkshire Dales is an upland area of which range of hills? (1 point)

8) Penicillium camemberti is used to ripen which 2 of France's major cheese exports? (2 points)

9) Which 3 films have won a record 11 Academy Awards (Oscars)? They came out in 1959, 1997 and 2003. (3 points)

10) Which magazine is re-releasing a recent cover of Kamala Harris after being accused of disrespect for using a 'dressed-down' photo? (1 point)

11) Elvis Presley has been inducted into many halls of fame. Of these, which 3 beginning with R take the form ______ Hall of Fame, where the first word is a music genre? Two of the three are multiple words. (3 points)

12) Fernet is an Italian herbal liqueur and a type of Amaro. Although it can contain various ingredients, which one of the baby Jesus's Three Gifts is usually added? (1 point)

13) a) Originating from the village of Mousehole in Cornwall, what type of animals peer out of a Stargazy Pie? b) A Homity pie uses which vegetable as its main component? c) A Shepherd's Pie is a ground lamb pie with mash on top. What's it generally called when the meat is beef? (3 points)

14) The flip-flop (US/British English) is a type of sandal. What are they called in: a) Australia, where the name is an article of clothing in the UK/USA? b) New Zealand, where the name is a contraction based on them being branded as Japanese? (2 points)

15) a) Of the main commercially important species of crab, which colour appears most-frequently in the common names? b) In the same list, which town in Washington, USA lends its name to another? It's also the name for a headland in Kent. c) The rather leggy Chionoecetes are named commonly for their similarity in appearance to which other animal? d) Which 'crab' has blue blood with important medicianal uses? e) 'Crabs' as a sexual infection are what type of insect? (5 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #26

Date: 20/01/21
MAIS: 30 / 50
PDL: Harder   (13 teams played)

Main Quiz

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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Lockdown Quiz #25

Date: 13/01/21
MAIS: 34 / 50
PDL: Medium   (14 teams played)

Main Quiz

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 #24

Date: 06/01/21
MAIS: 25 / 50
PDL: Harder   (7 teams played)

Main Quiz

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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Lockdown Quiz #23 (Christmas Bumper Edition)

Date: 25/12/20
MAIS: 45 / 80
PDL: Harder   (12 teams played)

Main Quiz

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 #22

Date: 16/12/20
MAIS: 31 / 50
PDL: Medium   (10 teams played)

Main Quiz

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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Lockdown Quiz #21

Date: 09/12/20
MAIS: 33 / 50
PDL: Medium   (10 teams played)

Main Quiz

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 #20

Date: 25/11/20
MAIS: 34 / 50
PDL: Medium   (12 teams played)

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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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Lockdown Quiz #19

Date: 18/11/20
MAIS: 32 / 50
PDL: Medium   (10 teams played)

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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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Lockdown Quiz #18

Date: 11/11/20
MAIS: 29 / 50
PDL: Harder   (12 teams played)

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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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Lockdown Quiz #17

Date: 04/11/20
MAIS: 30 / 50
PDL: Harder   (11 teams played)

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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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Lockdown Quiz #16

Date: 28/10/20
MAIS: 33 / 50
PDL: Medium   (13 teams played)

Main Quiz

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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Lockdown Quiz #15

Date: 21/10/20
MAIS: 28 / 50
PDL: Harder   (11 teams played)

Main Quiz

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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Lockdown Quiz #14

Date: 14/10/20
MAIS: 29 / 50
PDL: Harder   (11 teams played)

Main Quiz

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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Lockdown Quiz #13

Date: 07/10/20
MAIS: 30 / 50
PDL: Harder   (15 teams played)

Main Quiz

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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Lockdown Quiz #12

Date: 24/09/20
MAIS: 28 / 50
PDL: Harder   (11 teams played)

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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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Lockdown Quiz #11

Date: 09/09/20
MAIS: 29 / 50
PDL: Harder   (12 teams played)

Main Quiz

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 #10

Date: 26/08/20
MAIS: 33 / 50
PDL: Medium   (12 teams played)

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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 #9

Date: 19/08/20
MAIS: 31 / 50
PDL: Medium   (12 teams played)

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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 #8

Date: 12/08/20
MAIS: 28 / 50
PDL: Harder   (13 teams played)

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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 #7

Date: 05/08/20
MAIS: 36 / 50
PDL: Easier   (10 teams played)

Main Quiz

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 #6

Date: 29/07/20
MAIS: 29 / 50
PDL: Harder   (10 teams played)

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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 #5

Date: 22/07/20
MAIS: 32 / 50
PDL: Medium   (9 teams played)

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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 #4

Date: 15/07/20
MAIS: 27 / 50
PDL: Harder   (8 teams played)

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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 #3

Date: 01/07/20
MAIS: 34 / 50
PDL: Medium   (8 teams played)

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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) b) c) d) (4 points)

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Lockdown Quiz #2

Date: 24/06/20
MAIS: 27 / 50
PDL: Harder   (4 teams played)

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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? (2 points)

13) In 2019, which 4 car brands sold the most in the UK? 3 originate from the same country. (4 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. (1 point)

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

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Lockdown Quiz #1

Date: 17/06/20
MAIS: 27 / 50
PDL: Harder   (7 teams played)

Main Quiz

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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