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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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1. Who recorded the 1991 album ‘Caribbean Blue’?

Enya

2. What does the acronym RNLI stand for?

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

3. Which British political party was formed in 1934?

Scottish National Party

4. Torvill and Dean famously won Gold dancing to the Boléro – but who composed the music?

Maurice Ravel

5. In which English county is Oswestry?

Shropshire

6. In which event did Sally Gunnell win a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona?

400 metre hurdles

7. Who painted ‘The Laughing Cavalier’?

Frans Hals

8. In the television series Blackadder the Third, which famous actor plays the dictionary writer Dr. Samuel Johnson?

Robbie Coltrane

9. Name three people who have appeared as an ‘Egghead’ on the BBC quiz show. (First names sufficient)

Kevin Ashman, CJ De Mooi, Daphne Fowler, Chris Hughes, Judith Keppel, Barry Simmons, Pat Gibson and Dave Rainford.

10. True or false – the hardcore American rapper Ice-T was actually born with the name Tracy Marrow.

True

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1. If something is cooked in the style ‘Lyonnaise’, what does it contain?

Onions

2. Which planet has an orbit which reaches closest to Earth?

Venus

3. In which year did the period of prohibition in the USA end?

1933

4. In Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, which creature sits on a mushroom smoking a hookah?

A caterpillar

5. Which of the wives of Henry VIII was the second to be executed?

Kathryn Howard

6. What is the name of the household butler in ‘The Addams Family’?

Lurch

7. What is the currency of Ghana?

Ghana Cedi

8. In which year did Torvill and Dean win gold for their bolero at the Winter Olympics?

1984

9. Captain Sensible sang the theme tune to which UK TV game show?

Big Break

10. The year 2000 was a leap year – true or false?

True

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1. What does NATO stand for?

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

2. What type of food is a Chanterelle?

Mushroom

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?

Icelandic Króna

7. How many episodes of Fawlty Towers were made?

12

8. Who is the lead singer of the rock group Muse?

Matthew Bellamy

9. In which European city would you find the Rialto Bridge?

Venice

10. What is the medical name for the shin bone?

Tibia

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

64

2. The ‘aurora borealis’ is more commonly known by which term?

The Northern Lights

3. What is the highest value Euro banknote in circulation?

500 Euros

4. ‘Ibanez’ are a company producing primarily which musical instrument?

Guitars

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?

Thirteen

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

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1. What is the motto of the S.A.S?

Who Dares Wins

2. Who composed the famous ‘William Tell Overture’?

Gioachino Rossini

3. What is the name for the seven-branched candelabrum used in a Jewish temple?

Menorah 

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?

Argentina

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?

M90

9. Colin Fry is famous for which type of entertainment?

Spiritualist Medium

10. True or False – Blackpool Tower was opened to the public in 1894?

True

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1. Which 1989 film starts with the words “Hiya, wall!”

Shirley Valentine

2. Madeleine Wickham is another pseudonym of  well-known chick lit author – under which name is she better known?

Sophie Kinsella

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?

2005

5. Which hunter, according to Greek mythology, was placed among the stars by Zeus?

Orion

6. On which date in 1955 does Marty McFly first visit during his trips in the film ‘Back To The Future’?

November 5th

7. Who won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 1971?

Princess Anne

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?

True

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1. In which city was the first ever ‘Miss World’ contest held?

London

2. Which actor played Mr. George Banks in the 1964 Disney film version of Mary Poppins?

David Tomlinson

3. What is the capital city of the American state of Ohio?

Columbus

4. Who wrote the 1962 novel ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’, on which the 1975 film was based?

Ken Kesey

5. What was the name of the Roman god of war?

Mars

6. How many players are there on a volleyball team?

6

7. Who invented logarithms?

John Napier

8. What is the tallest building in the UK?

The Shard

9. Which nationality was the composer Richard Strauss?

German

10. How many strings are there on a full-size Grand Concert harp?

47

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1. Which of the Beatles wears white on the cover of the Abbey Road album?

John Lennon

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?

Margaret Thatcher

4. Which river runs through Rome?

Tiber

5. Of what is dishabiliophobia the fear?

Getting undressed in front of others

6. On what date do the French celebrate Bastille Day?

14th July

7. Which American composer wrote ‘Rhapsody in Blue’?

George Gershwin

8. The lotus is the national flower of which country?

India

9. Who directed the 1927 silent science-fiction film ‘Metropolis’?

Fritz Lang

10. From what is someone suffering if they have ‘hirsutism’?

Excess hair growth

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1. Which male name is sometimes used as a nickname for the autopilot of an aeroplane?

George

2. What is the capital city of Latvia?

Riga

3. What is 2013 in Roman Numerals?

MMXIII

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?

A

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?

10

8. Which country did King Zog rule?

Albania

9. Rotelle pasta is what shape?

Wagon wheel

10. In which year did Alexander Graham Bell make the first telephone call?

1876

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1. The Malbec grape principally makes which colour of wine?

Red

2. ‘Volkswagen’ literally translates as what in English?

People’s Car

3. In boating terms, which is word is used for the left side of the boat when facing the bow?

Port

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?

Mountain

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?

Malachi

9. Who is the only Wimbledon Singles Champion to hail from Croatia?

Goran Ivanišević

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)

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1. Lady Penelope was a famous Thunderbirds character, but what was her double-barrelled surname?

Creighton-Ward

2. The Battle of the Bulge took place in which war?

World War II

3. Carson City is the capital of which US state?

Nevada

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?

Gretl

6. In badminton, what is the lowest number of points with which a player can win the game?

21

7. Joseph Alessi is a famous player of which instrument?

Trombone

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?

13

10. The BBC Proms were founded in which year?

1895

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