1. If something is cooked in the style ‘Lyonnaise’, what does it contain?
2. Which planet has an orbit which reaches closest to Earth?
3. In which year did the period of prohibition in the USA end?
4. In Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, which creature sits on a mushroom smoking a hookah?
5. Which of the wives of Henry VIII was the second to be executed?
6. What is the name of the household butler in ‘The Addams Family’?
7. What is the currency of Ghana?
8. In which year did Torvill and Dean win gold for their bolero at the Winter Olympics?
9. Captain Sensible sang the theme tune to which UK TV game show?
10. The year 2000 was a leap year – true or false?
1. What does NATO stand for?
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
2. What type of food is a Chanterelle?
3. Can you name two of the ‘Chasers’ from the ITV quiz show ‘The Chase’?
Two of – Mark Labbett, Paul Sinha, Anne Hegerty and Shaun Wallace
4. In which 1993 TV mini-series did John Thaw and Lindsay Duncan play married couple Peter and Annie Mayle?
A Year in Provence
5. Who was born first – Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Derek Jacobi or Sir Ian McKellan?
Sir Derek Jacobi (Derek Jacobi was born 22/10/1938, Ian McKellan 25/5/1939 and Patrick Stewart 13/7/1940 )
6. What is the currency of Iceland?
7. How many episodes of Fawlty Towers were made?
8. Who is the lead singer of the rock group Muse?
9. In which European city would you find the Rialto Bridge?
10. What is the medical name for the shin bone?
1. How many squares are there on a chess board?
2. The ‘aurora borealis’ is more commonly known by which term?
The Northern Lights
3. What is the highest value Euro banknote in circulation?
4. ‘Ibanez’ are a company producing primarily which musical instrument?
5. The German word for ‘health’ is sometimes used in English – under which circumstance?
When someone sneezes (‘Gesundheit’ means health)
6. After how many years of marriage would you celebrate a ‘lace’ anniversary?
7. How many of the United States of America begin with the letter ‘M’?
Eight – Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri and Montana
8. If you could use the letters ‘M.Eng’ after your name, what qualification would you hold?
Master of Engineering
9. In the children’s television show ‘Sesame Street’, what is the name of the green monster who lives in the dustbin?
Oscar the Grouch
10. Where does Thursday come before Wednesday?
In a dictionary
1. What is the motto of the S.A.S?
Who Dares Wins
2. Who composed the famous ‘William Tell Overture’?
3. What is the name for the seven-branched candelabrum used in a Jewish temple?
4. I which writer’s book will you find the quote “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”
J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
5. UK residents are entitled to receive a letter from the Queen, arranged by the Anniversaries Office, on their 100th birthday and which other occasion?
60th wedding anniversary
6. In which country would you find Los Glaciares National Park?
7. What image will you find on the front of the album ‘This Is It’ by The Strokes?
A lady’s bottom
8. Which British motorway reaches the furthest north?
9. Colin Fry is famous for which type of entertainment?
10. True or False – Blackpool Tower was opened to the public in 1894?
1. Which 1989 film starts with the words “Hiya, wall!”
2. Madeleine Wickham is another pseudonym of well-known chick lit author – under which name is she better known?
3. Name the 5 main members of the ‘supergroup’ the ‘Traveling Wilburys’.
Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty
4. In which year did Hurricane Katrina devastate parts of the United States of America?
5. Which hunter, according to Greek mythology, was placed among the stars by Zeus?
6. On which date in 1955 does Marty McFly first visit during his trips in the film ‘Back To The Future’?
7. Who won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 1971?
8. What was the name of the character played by Tim Robbins in the 1994 film ‘The Shawshank Redemption’?
Andy Dufresne (Pronounced ‘Doo-frayn’)
9. Name the three light blue properties on a standard London Monopoly board.
Pentonville Road, The Angel Islington and Euston Road
10. True or False: The Eiffel Tower is 324 metres tall?
1. In which city was the first ever ‘Miss World’ contest held?
2. Which actor played Mr. George Banks in the 1964 Disney film version of Mary Poppins?
3. What is the capital city of the American state of Ohio?
4. Who wrote the 1962 novel ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’, on which the 1975 film was based?
5. What was the name of the Roman god of war?
6. How many players are there on a volleyball team?
7. Who invented logarithms?
8. What is the tallest building in the UK?
9. Which nationality was the composer Richard Strauss?
10. How many strings are there on a full-size Grand Concert harp?
1. Which of the Beatles wears white on the cover of the Abbey Road album?
2. What is the meaning of the musical term ‘diminuendo’?
With gradually decreasing volume
3. Who was the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century?
4. Which river runs through Rome?
5. Of what is dishabiliophobia the fear?
Getting undressed in front of others
6. On what date do the French celebrate Bastille Day?
7. Which American composer wrote ‘Rhapsody in Blue’?
8. The lotus is the national flower of which country?
9. Who directed the 1927 silent science-fiction film ‘Metropolis’?
10. From what is someone suffering if they have ‘hirsutism’?
Excess hair growth
1. Which male name is sometimes used as a nickname for the autopilot of an aeroplane?
2. What is the capital city of Latvia?
3. What is 2013 in Roman Numerals?
4. In Jonathan Swift’s ‘Gullivers Travels’, what is a ‘Houyhnhnm’?
A race of intelligent horses
5. Which is the only vowel in the middle row of a computer keyboard?
6. For which American company, famous for publishing comic books, is Stan Lee a former Editor-In-Chief?
Marvel Comics (Marvel Worldwide, inc.)
7. In boxing, to what number does the referee count to signify a knockout?
8. Which country did King Zog rule?
9. Rotelle pasta is what shape?
10. In which year did Alexander Graham Bell make the first telephone call?
1. The Malbec grape principally makes which colour of wine?
2. ‘Volkswagen’ literally translates as what in English?
3. In boating terms, which is word is used for the left side of the boat when facing the bow?
4. What do the two ‘M’s stand for in the sweet brand M&M’s?
Mars & Murrie’s
5. Using the NATO phonetic alphabet, spell ‘quiz’.
Quebec, Uniform, India, Zulu
6. Which word can come before ‘dew’, ‘bike’ and ‘lion’ to make three new phrases?
7. England famously beat Germany 4-2 in the 1966 world cup final, but which two players were responsible for the four England goals?
Geoff Hurst (3) and Martin Peters (1)
8. What is the last book of the Old Testament?
9. Who is the only Wimbledon Singles Champion to hail from Croatia?
10. True or false: the femur is the longest bone in the human body?
True (It is the thigh bone, extending from the hip to the knee)
1. Lady Penelope was a famous Thunderbirds character, but what was her double-barrelled surname?
2. The Battle of the Bulge took place in which war?
World War II
3. Carson City is the capital of which US state?
4. The malleus, the incus and the stapes are more commonly known by which terms?
Hammer, anvil and stirrup (bones in the human ear)
5. What was the name of the youngest ‘Von Trapp’ child in the Sound of Music?
6. In badminton, what is the lowest number of points with which a player can win the game?
7. Joseph Alessi is a famous player of which instrument?
8. What was the name of the first Agatha Christie novel to be published?
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
9. After how many years would you celebrate your ‘lace’ wedding anniversary?
10. The BBC Proms were founded in which year?
1. In Hanna-Barbera’s ‘Wacky Races’, what was the name of Dick Dastardly’s car?
The Mean Machine
2. How many feet are there in a furlong?
3. Which was the first ‘Carry On’ film, released in 1958?
Carry On Sergeant
4. What is the name for the small dot over a lowercase ‘i’ or ‘j’?
5. What sign of the zodiac would you be if you were born on Valentine’s Day?
6. How many players are there on a cricket team?
7. Americans have a ‘ZIP’ code instead of a ‘post code’ – but what does ZIP stand for?
Zone Improvement Plan
8. The painter known as Rembrandt was born in which country?
9. What does the ‘T.S.’ stand for in T.S. Eliot?
10. In which country would you find Kodiak Island?
1. Who was the youngest of the Marx brothers?
2. James Galway is famous for playing which musical instrument?
3. What does a barometer measure?
4. What happened to Ruth Ellis in 1955, for which she would go down in history?
She was the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom
5. Which football team are known at the ‘Sky Blues’?
6. After how many years would you celebrate a pearl wedding anniversary?
7. Who wrote the original ‘Twilight’ books which have since been adapted into a famous film series?
8. Which team won the FA Cup Final in the year 2000?
9. ‘Rocky mountain oysters’ are a foodstuff, but they are not oysters. What are they?
Testicles (usually bull calf)
10. Name the four stations on a Monopoly board.
Kings Cross, Fenchurch Street, Liverpool Street and Marylebone
1. When is ‘All Souls’ Day’ celebrated?
November 2nd (or November 3rd if 2nd falls on a Sunday)
2. ‘Hallowmas’ is another name for which festival?
All Saint’s Day (November 1st)
3. Which legendary coaching house in Cornwall is said to be haunted and inspired a novel by Daphne du Maurier?
4. ‘Ponder Stibbons’ is the name of a wizard in books by which author?
5. Charles Dickens wrote a short story about a haunted railway junctions – what was it called?
6. Name the parents from the Addams Family.
Morticia and Gomez
7. In which district of London did Jack the Ripper’s attacks take place?
8. Who played the witch Samantha in the original TV series of ‘Bewitched’?
9. ‘Guising’ is another name for which practice?
10. What was Doctor Frankenstein’s first name?
1. In which city would you find the Petronas Towers?
2. What is the last letter of the Greek alphabet?
3. Who was the original host of ‘Family Fortunes’?
4. Who is the oldest – Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith or Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries)?
Dame Edna/Barry Humphries (Born 17/02/1934, Dame Judi was born 09/12/34 and Dame Maggie was born 28/12/1934… not a lot in it!)
5. What colour is a New York City taxi?
6. Andy Murray famously became the first male UK Wimbledon singles champion in 77 years, but who was the last male UK winner, winning three consecutive championships from 1934 to 1936?
7. Who was the Greek God of the Underworld?
8. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever…” – who wrote these words?
9. The ‘Battle of Pork Chop Hill’ was fought during which war?
The Korean war
10. In which year were the first Academy Awards (Oscars) held?
1. What nationality is the tennis player Pat Rafter?
2. In astrology, which 3 signs of the zodiac are known as ‘air signs’?
Aquarius, Libra and Gemini
3. What ‘f’ is another term for tightrope-walking?
4. Who wrote ‘Pinocchio’?
5. Les Paul (real name Lester William Polsfuss) was known for playing which musical instrument?
6. Who invented the ‘clockwork radio’?
7. What does ‘EOR’ stand for in knitting terminology?
End of row
8. Which rock band had hits with ‘Highway to Hell’, ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ and ‘Back In Black’?
9. Which television series is set in Summer Bay?
Home and Away
10. What are the first 6 words spoken in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’?
“When shall we three meet again…”
1. Which British war medal is the highest value military decoration, described by the Ministry of Defence as ‘The premier award for gallantry’?
The Victoria Cross
2. What is the more commonly used name for rubella?
3. In which 1989 film did Robin Williams play English teacher John Keating?
Dead Poets Society
4. Which is the longest book of the Bible?
Psalms (which wins on word count plus number of chapters and verses too)
5. Which sign of the Zodiac would you be if you were born on 10th March?
6. Which day in the Christian calendar is exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday?
7. What was the name of Popeye’s nemesis?
Bluto (also later named Brutus, so accept both)
8. How many different countries border Argentina?
5 – Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile
9. If you saw the word ‘animato’ on a musical score, in what manner should it played?
Animated or lively
10. Who is the singer Eliza Doolittle’s famous mother, who represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994?
1. What is the capital city of Pakistan?
2. In which Shakespeare play would you find the characters Oberon, Titania and Lysander?
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
3. What is the currency of the United Arab Emirates?
4. Which type of tea was named after a British Prime Minister?
5. What is ‘irenology’ the study of?
6. Statler and Waldorf were the two ageing hecklers in the Muppets – but what were the characters named after?
New York City hotels ( The Statler Hilton and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel)
7. Who is the patron saint of travellers?
8. What type of food are ‘Berwick Cockles’?
9. Which was the first shoe brand to have its name entered into the Oxford dictionary?
10. Which singer, born in Tennessee in 1942, is often referred to as the ‘Queen of Soul’?
1. Who co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates?
2. Which musical composer wrote ‘The New World Symphony’?
3. Which musical is based on a novel written by Victor Hugo?
4. What is the Greek equivalent of the Roman god Mercury?
5. In the Tour de France, what colour jersey is given to the fastest overall rider who is under the age of 25?
6. In Dickens’s ‘Oliver Twist’, what was the real name of the Artful Dodger?
7. Which part of Charlie Chaplin’s body did he get insured?
8. What was the name of the pet dog on the US TV sitcom ‘Frasier’?
9. In the London version of Monopoly, which three properties are orange?
Vine Street, Marlborough Street and Bow Street
10. True or false: The distance as the crow flies between Paris and Amsterdam is greater than the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats.
False - Paris to Amsterdam is approximately 266 miles, Land’s End to John O’Groats is roughly 603 miles
1. An emerald is most commonly which colour?
2. Who sang the James Bond theme to ‘The Living Daylights’?
3. On a London Underground map, which line is coloured pink?
Hammersmith and City
4. Which famous album cover shows a representation of light refracting through a pyramid?
Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
5. For what is Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager famous?
Becoming the first pilot to travel faster than sound/ breaking the sound barrier.
6. Which company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998?
7. Desmond Douglas was eleven times English champion in which sport?
8. What is the capital city of Togo?
9. In which country was Pope Francis born?
10. ‘Up Pompeii!’ started in 1969 and starred Frankie Howerd – but what was the name of the slave he played in the series?
1. How many hearts does an octopus have?
2. Which zodiac sign is symbolised by an archer?
3. How many different fields of Nobel prize are there?
6 (Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Peace and Economic Sciences)
4. How many gold medals did Team GB win in the 2012 Olympic Games?
5. What is the main holy book of Islam called?
6. What is the proper title of the piece of music used as the theme tune for ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’?
The Liberty Bell (March)
7. Which singer was born Rosemary Brown in 1951?
8. What word can mean both a type of glass and a type of musical instrument?
9. Who formed the band ‘The Quarrymen’ in 1956?
10. In which 4 countries are the 4 yearly tennis Grand Slams held?
U.S.A., France, England and Australia
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