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1. Roger Bannister famously became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes in 1954 – but in which British city did he achieve this feat?


2. Which US actor was actually born Eric Marlon Bishop in 1967 in Texas?

Jamie Foxx

3. Which two coloured stripes can be found on the Nigerian flag?

Green and white

4. How many rooms are there in a game of Cluedo where the murder can take place?


5. In which 2006 film did Julie Walters play Evie, an eccentric retired actress?

Driving Lessons

6. What was the name of the captain of the Titanic?

Edward Smith

7. Which Shakespeare play includes the characters of Desdemona, Iago, Michael Cassio and Brabantio?


8. Which British king married Eleanor of Aquitaine?

Henry II

9. In the nursery rhyme ‘Polly Put the Kettle On’, who took the pot off again?


10. What is the name of Michael Hutchence’s only child?

Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily (Known as Tiger)


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1. What was the name of the spacecraft in which Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space?


2. What is the Spanish word for the colour yellow?


3. What is the national animal of the U.S.A?

Bald eagle

4. ‘My Family and Other Animals’ is the 1956 autobiographical tale of whose childhood?

Gerald Durrell

5. ‘Fire and Water’ is a 1970 album by which English rock band?


6. ‘Hansen’s disease’ is another term for which illness?


7. How many vertices does a cube have?

8 (corners)

8. Which Italian writer created Pinocchio?

Carlo Collodi

9. Which British folk band had a 1979 hit with Day Trip to Bangor (Didn’t We Have a Lovely Time)?

Fiddler’s Dram

10. What is the meaning of the word ‘ziganka’?

It is a type of Russian country dance



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 1. Of which American state is Lansing the capital?


2. Who won the 2014 series of Britain’s Got Talent?


3. Which actor played Jeffrey Fairbrother in the original Hi-de-Hi?

Simon Cadell

4. Who was the Roman god of death, or the dead?


5. Which is the highest mountain in Ireland?


6. How many game pieces are there on a board in the beginning of a game of British draughts?

24 (12 per side)

7. How many presidents of the United States were there before Barack Obama?


8. Which cocktail consists of equal parts of brandy or Cognac, Cointreau and lemon juice?


9. What, in Ireland, are the ‘Jacob’s awards’?

The Irish television and radio awards

10. What is a ‘howdah’?

A seat on the back of an elephant, or sometimes a camel or other animal, which is used to carry people


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1. Of which country is Libreville the capital?


2. On a standard UK Monopoly board, which property lies between Piccadilly and Coventry Street?

Water Works

3. Who has hosted the Oscars the most times?

Bob Hope

4. Which is the longest bone in the human body?


5. On which day of the year is St. Andrew’s Day?

30th November

6. Who was the first man to reach the South Pole?

Roald Amundsen

7. Which is the longest river in Europe?


8. If something is described as ‘cordate’, what shape is it?


9. In 1995 the name ‘Divine Brown’ was featured in a huge news story – who was she?

The prostitute with whom Hugh Grant was caught

10. Which colours are featured on the Dutch flag?

Red, white and blue


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1. Of which US state is Frankfort the capital?


2. Who was the first ever female DJ on BBC Radio 1?

Annie Nightingale

3. Which Kenyan runner won the 2014 London Marathon in a record time of 2 hours 4 minutes and 29 seconds?

Wilson Kipsang

4. In which UK city did the 2014 Tour de France begin?


5. Who wrote the original ‘Mister Men’ stories?

Roger Hargreaves

6. Which of Henry VIII’s wives was mother to Queen Elizabeth I?

Anne Boleyn

7. Which is the third highest mountain in the world?

Kangchenjunga (in Himalayas)

8. Who provides the voice of Marge Simpson?

Julie Kavner

9. What is the name of Stephen Fry’s husband?

Elliot Spencer

10. Which two colours will you find on the flag of the Ukraine?

Yellow and blue (two horizontal bands)


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1. Which gemstone is the traditional birthstone of someone born in the month of September?


2. In which street are the headquarters of the Bank of England?

Threadneedle Street

3. Whose real name was Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey?

Fanny Craddock

4. In the hit TV sitcom ‘The Royle Family’, what was the name of the character played by Ralf Little?

Antony Royle

5. How many squares are there on a chess board?


6. Alan B. Shepard, Jr. became the second man to do what, in 1961?

Travel into space

7. In UK measurement, how many teaspoons are equivalent to one tablespoon?

3 (teaspoon is 5ml, tablespoon 15ml)

8. Which Greek God is the equivalent of the Roman God Neptune?


9. What did Barnes Wallace invent in 1942?

Bouncing bomb

10. Who was the first Queen Regnant of England?

Mary I (Regnant = reigning in own right)


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1. Which was the first James Bond film in which Pierce Brosnan starred in the title role?


2. To which country does the archipelago of Madeira belong?


3. Which actor plays Stephen Hawking in the 2014 film ‘The Theory of Everything’?

Eddie Redmayne

4. In which Thomas Hardy novel do the characters of Bathsheba Everdene and Gabriel Oak appear?

Far from the Madding Crowd

5. Of which Canadian rock band is Chad Kroeger the lead singer?


6. Name three of the six naturally occurring noble gases.

Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon and Radon (any three of)

7. Name all six weapons used in a traditional British version of the board game Cluedo.

Candlestick, dagger, lead pipe/piping, revolver, rope and spanner

8. In which English county will you find Bolsover Castle?


9. How many feet above the ground must the bottom edge of the crossbar on a football goal be?

8 feet (2.44 metres)

10. Who was the first character to ever appear on Eastenders?

Den Watts


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1. Who held the post of Leader of the House of Commons on 1st January 2015?

William Hague

2. Which country was the first ever winner of the FIFA World Cup?


3. Which American journalist and author wrote a short story entitled ‘Brokeback Mountain’, which was later turned into an Oscar-winning film?

Annie Proulx

4. How many dots are there in total on five dice?


5. How warm is normal body temperature?

37˚C/ 98.6˚F

6. Which word represents the letter ‘M’ in the NATO phonetic alphabet?


7. What is seventeen squared?


8. Who did American actress Barbara Bach marry in 1981?

Ringo Starr

9. Which US state borders Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas?


10. In which year was the Battle of Britain?






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1. According to the Chinese zodiac, as from 15th February 2015 it will be the year of which animal?

Sheep (accept also goat or ram)

2. In which country is the wine-growing region of the Barossa Valley?


3. To whom is the following quote attributed – “Science is not only a discipline of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.”?

Stephen Hawking

4. Which of the three astronauts on the Apollo 11 mission did not set foot on the moon?

Michael Collins

5. Of which European country is Podgorica the capital?


6. Which British sculptor designed the ‘Angel of the North’?

Anthony Gormley

7. Which young actor ‘saw dead people’ in the 1999 film ‘The Sixth Sense’?

Haley Joel Osment

8. Which is the world’s largest ocean?

Pacific Ocean

9. Which famous actress played Blanche DuBois in Benedict Andrews’s version of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ at the Young Vic theatre in 2014?

Gillian Anderson

10. Which film won the 2014 ‘Best Picture’ Oscar?

12 Years a Slave





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1. In which year was the first televised Queen’s Christmas speech?


2. Which song was number one in the UK singles chart at Christmas 2013?

Skyscraper – Sam Bailey

3. What was the name of the 2012 animated film sequel to ‘The Snowman’?

The Snowman and the Snowdog

4. At which of the Queen’s residences does she traditionally spend Christmas Day?


5. Which famous BBC sitcom aired a 40th Anniversary Special in December 2013?

Open All Hours (Entitled ‘Still Open All Hours)

6. In Sweden, a commonly seen Christmas symbol is the ‘Julbuuk’ – which animal is it?

Goat (Yule Goat)

7. Who is the main enemy in ‘the Nutcracker’?

The King of the Mice/ Mouse King

8. Which song gave ‘The Darkness’ a Christmas number 2 hit in 2003? (Full title with brackets please!)

Christmas time (Don’t Let the Bells End)

9. What was the name of Ebenezer Scrooge’s deceased business partner?

Jacob Marley

10. Which of the following events DID NOT occur on Christmas Day:

A – William the Conqueror was crowned King of England

B – Hirohito became Emperor of Japan

C – Louis XVI was crowned King of France

C (William was crowned 25th December 1066, Hirohito assumed the throne on 25th December 1926 following his father’s death, Louis XVI was crowned 11th June 1775)

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1. In which James Bond film did Daniel Craig make his first appearance?

Casino Royale

2. After how many years of marriage would a couple celebrate a Sapphire Anniversary?


3. Which UK building was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and was completed in 2012?

The Shard

4. Which is the largest country in Africa in terms of population?


5. Which U.S. actor who died in 2014 starred in ‘The Big Lebowski’, ‘Capote’ and ‘The Boat that Rocked’?

Philip Seymour Hoffman

6. How many points is a pink ball worth in snooker?


7. What is the capital city of the U.S. state of Delaware?


8. According to the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’, what did the ‘Bells of Shoreditch’ say about when they would pay?

“When I grow rich”

9. On what date is St. George’s day?

April 23rd

10. Which eponymous Disney character was voiced by Scott Weinger?






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1. Who sang the theme tune to the TV show ‘Dad’s Army’?

Bud Flanagan

 2. What are the first names of Harry Potter’s parents?

James and Lily

3. In which British city will you find the ‘Bull Ring’ shopping centre?


4. Which old English coin was equivalent to 2 shillings and sixpence?

Half crown

5. Which was the youngest of the Brontë sisters?


6. What is the collective name for a group of nightingales?


7. Which is the oldest university in Scotland?

St. Andrews

8. Where in the body would you find the lacrimal glands?

In the eyes

9. Which painting by Francis Bacon was sold at Christie’s in New York in 2013 for $142.4 million?

Three Studies of Lucian Freud

10. How many floors are there in the Empire State Building? (Answer to within 5)



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1. Who became Poet Laureate of the UK on 1st May 2009?

Carol Ann Duffy

2. In the 1963 film ‘The Great Escape’, the prisoners work on three tunnels – what are they called?

Tom, Dick and Harry

3. What does ‘EOR’ stand for in knitting terminology?

End of row

4. In which country is the longest airport runway?

China (Qamdo Bamda Airport)

5. In which year was the United Kingdom formed?


6. Which rock duo consisted of Per Gessle and Maria Fredriksson?


7. The SI derived unit of electrical capacitance is named after an English physicist – what is it?


8. What type of creature is Bagheera in the ‘Jungle Book’?

Black panther

9. Which vitamin is also known as riboflavin?


10. ‘Batrachian’ is an adjective used to describe which type of animals?

Frog or toad


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1. What is the sum of the first five prime numbers?

28 (2 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 11)

2. In the 2001 film ‘Moulin Rouge’, which singer played the ‘Green Fairy’, a character who was purely a hallucination after others drank absinthe?

Kylie Minogue

3. Which famous American writer has also published novels under the name ‘Richard Bachman’?

Stephen King

4. In which European city would you find the ‘Sagrada Familia’, the unfinished cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudí?


5. Who was leader of the Liberal Democrat Party between March 2006 and October 2007?

Sir Menzies Campbell

6. What is the capital city of Thailand?


7. Name two of the three members of 1960s supergroup ‘Cream’.

Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker (two of)

8. Who provides the narration for ‘Meerkat Manor’ for Channel 5 in the UK?

Bill Nighy

9. For how many years did the hundred year war actually last?

116 years

10. How many keys are there on a standard piano?



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1. Who was the second ever president of the USA?

John Adams

2. According to the Bible, who was Jacob’s eldest son?


3. ‘Criteria’ is a plural noun in English – what is the singular version?


4. Which was the first studio album to be released by the Beatles?

Please Please Me

5. Which UK university has the greatest number of enrolled students?

Open University

6. Which actress played Doc Brown’s love interest, Clara Clayton, in ‘Back To The Future Part III’?

Mary Steenburgen

7. If you were born on St. Andrew’s day, what star sign would you be?


8. In which country is Absolut Vodka produced?


9. How many lines are there in haiku poetry?


10. Albert Einstein failed his maths exams at school – true or false?

False (Contrary to popular belief)


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1. In which century did Antonio Vivaldi compose the ‘Four Seasons’?

18th (1725)

2. How high above the ground is a basketball hoop?

3 metres/10 feet

3. In which city might you find the ‘Gallleria degli Uffizi’ art gallery?


4. What would you be having if you were undergoing rhinoplasty?

Nose job

5. What is the highest award for gallantry that can be awarded to civilians in the UK?

George Cross

6. What is the most northerly mainland airport in the UK?

Wick John O’Groats (Most commonly known as Wick airport)

7. Which actress plays housekeeper Mrs Hudson in the recent television adaptation of Sherlock?

Una Stubbs

8. After how many years would you celebrate your crystal wedding anniversary?


9. What is the capital city of Ecuador?


10. What is the year 2014 in Roman Numerals?


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1. The name of Dr.Who’s ‘Tardis’ is actually an acronym – for what does it stand?

Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space

2. How was HM Prison Manchester known until 1990 and is also still commonly referred to as? 


3. How many old pennies equalled a florin?


4. Which actress played Pippa in ‘One Foot In The Grave’ and plays Jacqueline Stewart in ‘Benidorm’?

Janine Duvitski

5. How many cards are there in a total in the game of Cluedo?

21 (six weapons, six characters and nine rooms)

6. Which flag depicts a red disc on a green background offset slightly to one side?


7. Who played Captain Stephen Peacock in ‘Are You Being Served’?

Frank Thornton

8. What might be kept in a ‘formicarium’?


9. Which rock band is led by singer Billy Corgan?

The Smashing Pumpkins

10. In which year did a woman first win a ‘Best Director’ Oscar?

2009 (Kathryn Bigelow for ‘The Hurt Locker’)

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1. The band Duran Duran are named after a character in which 1968 science-fiction film?


2. Which character in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ famously asks for clarification with the words “a handbag?”?

Lady Bracknell

3. What does the J stand for in Homer J. Simpson?


4. Which of the four gospels omits the birth of Jesus?


5. ‘S’ is the international vehicle registration code for which country?


6. In which year did Pat Cash win the men’s Wimbledon singles title?


7. On a standard Monopoly board, which station will you find directly opposite King’s Cross?

Fenchurch Street Station

8.  What type of animal is a chamois?

Antelope (sometimes also described as a goat or goat-antelope)

9. Where is geothermal energy created and stored?

In the Earth

10. Jackson is the capital of which U.S. state?




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1. What nationality was Alfred Nobel, after whom the Nobel prizes are named?


2. In which U.S. state is Pearl Harbor?


3. Which actress plays Madge Harvey/Barron in ‘Benidorm’?

Sheila Reid

4. In the 2010 film ‘Despicable Me’, which actor provided the voice of ‘Gru’?

Steve Carrell

5. In which year was the Wall Street Crash?


6. On which continent is the Atacama Desert?

South America

7. What is the German word for ‘sausage’?


8. How many legs does a butterfly have?


9. How many people play in one polo team?


10. A spider is an insect – true or false?

False  (Insects have 6 legs, 3 body parts and antennae. Spiders are arachnids with 8 legs, two body parts and no antennae)

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1. Which of these U.S. Presidents was born first: John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan?

Ronald Reagan (Born in 1911 – Nixon was born in 1913 and Kennedy in 1917)

2. Who provides the voice of Sideshow Bob in ‘The Simpsons’?

Kelsey Grammer

3. Which musical note is most commonly used for an orchestra to tune to?


4. Which was the last song to be released by the band ‘Queen’ before Freddie Mercury’s death?

The Show Must Go On

5. The name of only one London Underground station begins with an I – what is it?


6. What is the highest mountain in England?

Scafell Pike

7. Which country has a currency called a Tögrög?


8. The lead singer of which band famously threw a bucket of water over John Prescott at the 1998 Brit Awards?


9. Who won the 2013 series of ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’?

Kian Egan (Westlife)

10. Who is attributed with saying “I don’t dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting.”

Queen Victoria

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