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

1957

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?

Sandringham

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?

45

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?

Nigeria

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?

6

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

Dover

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?

Aladdin

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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?

Birmingham

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

Half crown

5. Which was the youngest of the Brontë sisters?

Anne

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

Watch

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)

103

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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?

1801

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

Roxette

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

Farad

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

Black panther

9. Which vitamin is also known as riboflavin?

B2

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?

Barcelona

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?

Bangkok

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?

88

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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?

Reuben

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

Criterion

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?

Sagittarius

8. In which country is Absolut Vodka produced?

Sweden

9. How many lines are there in haiku poetry?

Three

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?

Florence

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?

15

9. What is the capital city of Ecuador?

Quito

10. What is the year 2014 in Roman Numerals?

MMXIV

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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? 

Strangeways

3. How many old pennies equalled a florin?

24

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?

Bangladesh

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

Frank Thornton

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

Ants

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?

Barbarella

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?

Jay

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

Mark

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

Sweden

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

1987

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?

Mississippi

 

 

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

Swedish

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

Hawaii

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?

1929

6. On which continent is the Atacama Desert?

South America

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

Wurst

8. How many legs does a butterfly have?

6

9. How many people play in one polo team?

4

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?

A

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?

Ickenham

6. What is the highest mountain in England?

Scafell Pike

7. Which country has a currency called a Tögrög?

Mongolia

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

Chumbawamba

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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1. What was the name of Hopalong Cassidy’s horse?

Topper

2. Who played the mother of ‘Smithy’ in the TV series ‘Gavin and Stacey’?

Pam Ferris

3. Which writer created the characters Damon Cross, John Sampson and Brianna Stone?

James Patterson

4. In which county is the town of Skegness?

Lincolnshire

5. Which company released their first personal computer on 12th August 1981?

IBM

6. Which website was launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger in January 2001?

Wikipedia

7. According to the Bible, Eve gave birth to a third son after Cain killed Abel – what was his name?

Seth

8. Adriana Caselotti was an American voice actor and singer who played the title character in which Disney film?

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

9. Which Hindu God has the head of an elephant?

Ganesha (also known as Ganesh, Ganapati or Vinayaka)

10. Which character did Susan Sarandon play in the 1991 film; Thelma or Louise?

Louise

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1. In the 1986 film ‘Labyrinth’ starring David Bowie, which actress played the young Sarah?

Jennifer Connelly

2. What is the name for a female donkey?

Jenny (or Jennet)

3. Which German singer sang about 99 red balloons?

Nena

4. Whose books include ‘Dead Heat’, ‘Dead Cert’ and ‘Under Orders’?

Dick Francis

5. How many years did the ‘Hundred Years’ War’ actually last?

116 years

6. In which group was England during their short stay in the 2014 World Cup?

Group D

7. Who played Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson in the 1957 film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’?

Alec Guiness

8. Which is the largest of the Canary Islands?

Tenerife

9. ‘Callisto’ is the second largest moon of which planet?

Jupiter

10. In which county is Windsor Castle?

Berkshire

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1. What is the occupation of Jo Brand in the BBC 4 sitcom ‘Getting On’?

Nurse

2. Which is the county town of East Suffolk?

Ipswich

3. What are the first names of the ‘Hairy Bikers’?

Si (King) and Dave (Myers)

4. Who was the last English Monarch of the house of Hanover?

Queen Victoria

5. Which rock band is led by singer Tom Meighan?

Kasabian

6. In which country would you find Wood Buffalo National Park?

Canada

7. Which member of ‘The Monkees’ was also a jockey?

Davy Jones

8. Which London tube line runs from Epping to West Ruislip?

Central

9. Which major hurricane affected 24 of the United States of America, Jamaica, Cuba, the Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Canada in October 2012?

Hurricane Sandy

10. In which city would you find Waverley Railway station?

Edinburgh

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1. How many presidents of the U.S.A. have been called George?

3 (George Washington, George Bush and George W Bush)

2. What was Screaming Lord Sutch’s backing group called?

The Savages

3. ‘Schwarz’ is the German word for which colour?

Black

4. What connects Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia and Acorn Antiques: The Musical? (Apart from them all being musicals….)

Julie Walters appeared in all three

5. What is the capital city of Tanzania?

Dodoma

6. On which island would you find Carisbrooke Castle?

Isle of Wight

7. Who hosted ‘It’ll Be Alright On The Night’ from 1977 until 2006?

Denis Norden

8. In which year did the Queen celebrate her Silver Jubilee?

1977

9. In the children’s television programme ‘Worzel Gummidge’, what was the name of the character played by Lorraine Chase?

Dolly Clothes-Peg

10. ‘Otology’ is a branch of medicine dealing with which part of the body?

The ear

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1. What were the first names of the literary publishers Mills & Boon?

Gerald Rusgrove Mills and Charles Boon

2. What type of farm animal is an ‘Oxford Sandy and Black’?

Pig

3. In the film of ‘The Matrix’, Neo is offered two differently coloured pills. Which one does he take?

Red

4. In the nursery rhyme ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’, where was the Queen?

In the parlour

5. At whose wedding in Coronation Street did Status Quo perform?

Les Battersby and Cilla Brown

6. How many people play on an ice hockey team?

6

7. What is ‘pastitsio’ (sometimes also spelled pastichio)?

A baked pasta dish

8. Which book of the Bible tells the story of the escape of the Israelites and the parting of the Red Sea?

Exodus

9. Which Disney film includes the characters Eglantine Price and Emelius Browne?

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

10. Who was born first; Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor or John Deacon?

Freddie Mercury (September 5th 1946)        (Brian May (July 19th 1947), Roger Taylor (July 26th 1949), John Deacon (August 19th 1951))

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1. Which ‘Coronation Street’ actress appeared in ‘Carry On Cabby’ in 1963 and ‘Carry On Cleo’ in 1964?

Amanda Barrie

2. How many game squares are there in total on a Monopoly board?

40

3. What is the capital of the U.S. state of Wyoming?

Cheyenne

4. Who played the main character of Alex Owens in the 1983 film ‘Flashdance’?

Jennifer Beals

5. Which singer was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou?

George Michael

6. Who was the last reigning Tudor monarch?

Elizabeth I

7. Who is the best friend of Huckleberry Finn?

Tom Sawyer

8. Which actress played Della Street alongside Raymond Burr in the television series of Perry Mason?

Barbara Hale

9. In which country are the 2018 Winter Olympics scheduled to take place?

South Korea

10. 241 is a prime number – true or false?

True

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1. Which U.S. President was nicknamed ‘Ike’?

Dwight D. Eisenhower

2. In ‘Mary Poppins’ by P.L. Travers and the subsequent film, what is the name of Jane and Michael’s mother?

Winifred Banks

3. The Gobi Desert lies within which two countries?

China and Mongolia

4. Which UK television show has a theme tune entitled ‘It’s Alright’?

New Tricks

5. Which U.S. artist recorded the 2010 album ‘The Lady Killer’?

CeeLo Green

6. Which English comedian, presenter and actor hosted a 2013 talk show alongside his Dad?

Jack Whitehall

7. In which year did the first series of the X-Factor begin in the UK?

 2004

8. In which country was Sigmund Freud born?

Austria

9. Ouagadougou is the capital city of which country?

Burkina Faso

10. True or false – the official opening of the Eiffel Tower was held in the year 1889?

True

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1. In which Charles Dickens book do the characters Esther Summerson and Richard Carstone appear?

Bleak House

2. In which country was Jean-Claude Van Damme born?

Belgium

3. Complete the proverb; “A prophet is not recognised…”

“…in his own land.”

4. The former ‘Republic of Rhodesia’ is now which country?

Zimbabwe

5. ‘Je t’aime…moi non plus’ reached number one in the UK, but can you name both members of the duo?

Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin

6. The Strait of Gibraltar forms a narrow channel separating Gibraltar from which African country?

Morocco

7. Marshall Bruce Mathers III found fame under which stage name?

Eminem

8. In the original UK format of ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’, how much was the tenth question worth?

£32,000

9. In which sport is the Stanley Cup contested?

Ice Hockey

10. Which colour moves first in a game of chess?

White

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1. In theatrical terms, what is the term ‘prop’ short for?

Property

2. In which country would you find the Troodos mountains?

Cyprus

3. The rock band Marillion got their name from a book by which author?

J.R.R. Tolkien (Silmarillion)

4. Who wrote the 1990 autobiography ‘An American Life’?

Ronald Reagan

5. Who provided the voice for Dory in the 2003 cartoon film ‘Finding Nemo’?

Ellen DeGeneres

6. ‘Cob’ and ‘pen’ are the male and female respectively of which type animal?

Swan

7. In which television comedy series did  Paul Shane and Sue Pollard play father and daughter?

You Rang M’Lord

8. Which musical instrument is the smallest member of the flute family?

Piccolo

9. Who recorded the 1997 album ‘OK Computer’?

Radiohead

10. What is a ‘doodle-sack’? (Can by hyphenated or unhyphenated)

A set of Bagpipes

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