Quiz 30

Famous Firsts

Quiz 30 – Round 2 – Famous Firsts

1. What was the name of the first dog in Space?


2. Who was the first man to officially run the 100 metres in under 10 seconds?

Jim Hines

3. Valentina Tereshkova is famous for achieving what famous first?

Becoming the first woman in space

4. Louise Brown was the first ‘test-tube baby’ – in which year was she born?


5. What was the name of the first single on which the Beatles performed?

‘My Bonnie’ (Although ‘Love Me Do’ was their first own single, they performed as the backing band for Tony Sheridan on this track in 1961)

6.What was the name of the first car that the Ford Motor Company made available to the public?

Ford Model T

7. Who was the first person to be seen on Channel 4?

Richard Whiteley

8. In which city was the world’s first underground railway?


9. In which country was the first CD made?


10. Who was the first person to win a million pounds on the UK ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’?

Judith Keppel





Art and Literature

Quiz 30 – Round 4 – Art and Literature

Which celebrities wrote the following autobiographies?

1. ‘A Long Walk to Freedom’

Nelson Mandela

2. ‘Lady Sings the Blues’

Billie Holiday

3. ‘Between the Lines’

Debbie Gibson

4. ‘De Profundis’

Oscar Wilde

5. ‘Moab is my Washpot’

Stephen Fry

6. ‘Open’

Andre Agassi

7. ‘My Booky Wook’

Russell Brand

8. ‘The Story of My Experiments with Truth’

Mahatma Gandhi

9. ‘Dear Fatty’

Dawn French

10. ‘The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid’

Bill Bryson






Quiz 30 – Round 5 – Sport

1. What is the name of the ‘hands-on-head’ gesture Mo Farah celebrated his Olympic victories with?


2. How far is the crossbar from the ground in a game of rugby?

3 metres (previously 10 feet)

3. How many players are there on a netball team?


4. How many times did Martina Navratilova win the Wimbledon Ladies Singles title?


5. In which country is the ‘Nürburgring’ Grand Prix circuit?


6. In which sport did Helen Glover win Gold at the 2012 Olympics?

Rowing (with partner Heather Stanning)

7. Which company produces the footballs for the World Cup?


8. In cricketing terms, what is the name for a set of six pitches delivered by a bowler in which no runs are scored?

Maiden Over

9. Which team won the 2013 FA Cup Final?

Wigan Athletic

10. What is the first event in a decathlon?

100 metre sprint






Quiz 30 – Round 6 – Words

What are the meanings of the following strange words? Select the correct option from those given.

1. What is a collop, is it..?

A – A large dollop of a substance, such as cream

B – A term for ham and eggs

C – A fatty tissue growth often treated by vets

B – It is an old term for ham and eggs/bacon and eggs

2. What is dactylonomy, is it..?

A – The art of counting on fingers, often including knuckles, joints and bones

B – The study of patterns in fingerprints

C – Making decorative shapes with the use of dials, such as in a Spirograph

A – It is an art of counting using hands, often using a complex method, allowing the person to count higher than the assumed ten.

3. What is a jackalope, is it..?

A – A mythical beast

B – A cross between a jackal and an antelope

C – A specific type of envelope, using a mechanical seal

A – A mythical beast

4. What is a williwaw, is it..?

A – A old English term for a pot belly

B – A type of oven glove with woollen padding

C – A sudden blast of wind from a mountainous area

C – A sudden blast of wind blowing to the sea from a mountainous coast 

5. If you were to tripudiate, what would you be doing?

A – Dancing

B – Arguing

C – Trying to be better than someone else

A – Dancing

6. What is a lipogrammatist?

A – Someone who calculates exactly what proportion of body fat is safe to extract during liposuction

B – Someone who writes poems using 25 of the alphabet’s 26 letters

C – A mathematician involved in the calculation of BMI (Body Mass Index)

B – Someone who writes poems using 25 of the alphabet’s 26 letters.

7. If something is described as badious, is it ..?

A – Chestnut-coloured

B – Able to be submersed in water

C – With the capability to act in a sly or evil manner

A – Chestnut-coloured

8. What is a gablock?

A – A large block used as a step to reach the shutters in Elizabethan houses

B – A spur attached to the heel of a gamecock

C – A simple locking device, the precursor of the padlock

B – A false spur or staff attached to the heel of a gamecock

9. If someone is described as mabsoot, are they ..?

A – Sullen

B – Sly

C – Happy

C – Happy

10. What is thalposis? Is it..?

A – A sensation of warmth

B – The study of heatwaves

C – An ancient disease with similar symptoms to smallpox

A – A sensation of warmth





Pub Quiz

Quiz 30 – Round 7 – General Knowledge

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?

German Measles

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?

Shrove Tuesday

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?

Frances Ruffelle