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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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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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