Which artist was forced to flee Rome in 1606 after killing a man in a fit of temper?    Caravaggio
Which popular game was devised by James Brunot in 1950? Scrabble
Brian Rankin is the real name of which famous Guitarist?      Hank Marvin
Who wrote the “Colonel Bogey March” as featured in the film Bridge on the River Kwai?   Kenneth Alford
Who was the first person from Great Britain to win The Nobel Prize for Literature?   Rudyard Kipling
Which entertainer’s 1980 autobiography is titled “Hollywood in a Suitcase”?     Sammy Davis Jr.
Tim Hauser, Laurel Masse, Alan Paul & Janice Siegel were the members of which group? Manhatten Transfer
Which English city was known as Esmeduna by the Romans? Liverpool
In which London square is there a bronze statue of Simon Bolivar by Hugo Diani ?    Belgrave Square
At 1, 772 ft. Taum Sauk is the highest peak in which United States mountain range?        The Ozark Mountains
What name did Nicholas Breakspear the only English pope take when elected to the papacy in 1154? Adrian IV
Which bird has the Latin name Stumus Vulgaris? The Starling
Which English author’s last words were “If you send for the doctor, I will see him now”?     Emily Bronte
Which famous comedian wrote the lyrics to Jimmy Van Huesen’s song “Nancy with the laughing face”?    Phil Silvers
Who did Martina Navratilova beat to win her first Wimbledon singles championship? Chris Evert
In which opera does’ Manrico a troubadour appear? ll Trovatore
Who played the title role in the 1965 film “Genghis Khan?      Omar Sharif
“The Pritzker Prize” is awarded in which field? Architecture
MK are the international car registration letters for which country? Macedonia
Real Madrid won the first five European Cup finals, which team won the sixth? Benfica
What did Vincenzo Perugia steal in 1914? The Mona Lisa
In 1625 who became the first Master of the kings music?      Nicholas Lanier
From Californium, which element is number 105, and last in the Periodic table? Hahnium
Which bird is described as, A small finch with brownish green back with yellow shades and a black cap. Latin name Carduelis spinus Siskin
Who did Napoleon marry in 1810?   Marie Louise of Austria
Which English king died of Pleuro-pneumonia following the fracture of his right collarbone after falling from his horse?   William III
Beethoven’s symphony No 6 in F Major, is nicknamed what? Pastoral
“When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?” Is the first line of which Shakespeare play? Macbeth
The Albany theatre in London was re-named in 2006 to what?    The Noel Coward Theatre
Who plays Jean Valjean in the recently released film of “Les Miserables” Hugh Jackman
Who piloted the Command Module of Apollo 11 during the first manned moon landing?    Michael Collins.
What events took place on August 13th 1964 in Manchester and Liverpool?    Last U.K. Death Penalty Executions.
Which British Monarch was born in Dunfermline? Charles I
Who was the last Prime Minister of Northern Ireland?    Brian Faulkener
What item is used to measure the shore hardness of rubber?    A durometer.
Which Fawlty Towers character was played by Brian Hall?   Terry, the chef.
Who commanded the U.S.Fleet attacked at Pearl Harbour in 1941? Husband E. Kimmel.
Which ancient earthwork runs between Bo’ness in the East and Old Kilpatrick in the West?                             The Antonine Wall
What is the better known name of a Panzerkampfwagen Mark VI? The Tiger Tank
Which fish is used to create an Arbroath Smokie? Haddock.
What connects British London 2012 gold medallists Peter Reed, Philip Hindes, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Bradley Wiggins and Mo Farah? All were born outside the UK. Reed (USA), Hindes (Germany), Bechtolsheimer (Germany), Wiggins (Belgium), Farah (Somalia).
In the TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” Amy Farrah Fowler is played by Mayim Bialik. What else connects the character with the actor?  Both the actor and character have doctorates, Mayim Bialik Ph.D plays Amy Farrah
Which of the Apollo astronauts twice travelled to Lunar orbit?

Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and Apollo 13), John Young (Apollo 10 and 16) and Eugene Cernan (Apollo 10 and 17).
Which actor played the same character in popular sitcoms set in Boston and Seattle?   Kelsey Grammer played Dr. Frasier Crane in Cheers and  Frasier
Which is the only chemical element named after a place in the UK. Strontium, named after Strontian in Scotland.
In which country was the father of USA Presidential candidate Mitt Romney born? Mexico.
Which city hosted the 1991 World Student Games? Sheffield
Which river flows through the city of Hamburg? The Elbe.
Which United States President was born on the same day as Charles Darwin? Abraham Lincoln
How many winners of the Tour de France have been born in the British Isles?   One, 1987 winner Stephen Roche was born in Dublin. 2012 winner Bradley Wiggins was born in Belgium, 3 times winner  Chris Froome in Kenya
What is the only Central American country in which baseball, not soccer, is the people’s favourite sport?    Nicaragua
The highest temperature ever recorded outside in the shade was recorded in Azizah, in Africa. In which country is this city located? Libya
Which famous group performed the first ever song on Top Of The Pops in 1964?    The Rolling Stones
In the Adrian Mole Diaries, what is the surname of his girlfriend? Braithwaithe
Who is the only player to win a Champion`s League medal, the Premiership and the FA Cup, and to be relegated from the Premiership without going on to play in the Championship? Kanu
As at 2009, what is the last Best Picture Oscar winning film to also win Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars? The Silence Of The Lambs
Which was the third last state to join the USA? Arizona
Which King of England was crowned on Christmas Day?

William the Conqueror / William I (in 1066)
Tokelau is a dependency of which country? New Zealand
A Scottish mountain must be at least how many feet high to be called a Munro? 3,000 Ft
Which US President was born the same day as Sir Donald Bradman? Lyndon B.Johnson
Who was the first member of the Beatles to die? Stuart Suttcliffe
Who was the only Moon walker who was never a member of the US armed forces?    Harrison Schmitt
Which was the original host city of the 1976 Winter Olympics? Denver
Who was the most recent British Prime Minister to have an English born father? Tony Blair
Which is the only associate member of the International Cricket Council to win the Cricket World Cup? Sri Lanka
Antarctica, The Years Of Rice And Salt, Red Mars are all novels of which Science Fiction writer? Kim Stanley Robinson
Which of the United States was admitted to the Union in 1850? California
Geographically, what do Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein have in common? They are the only doubly landlock countries
Which country was reunified with Germany in 1956 Saar
Which Tennis player became the quickest in history to amass $1 million in prize money, when he did so after 43 Tournaments? Andre Agassi
Which iconic British solo artist sang the theme tune to the TV series Adam Adamant Lives starring Gerald Harper? Kathy Kirby
Posthumously awarded a Pulitzer Prize, which Tennessee born author is famous for ‘Let us Now Praise Famous Men’, a collaboration with the photographer Walker Evans?  James Agee
As of August 2012, which solo artist holds the record of having the most UK Top 40 hits without ever having a number one single? Janet Jackson
There are four football players who have scored in each of their first 3 Premier League matches. Which player, who holds 1 International Cap for England, is the only Englishman to have achieved this feat? Michael Ricketts
Morocco withdrew from what is now known as the African Union in 1985 following the admission of which area into the organisation? Western Sahara
During the 2012 London Olympic Games, at which Cricket Ground did the Archery events take place? Lords
In which sport is the annual Mr Irrelevant title handed out along with The Lowsman Trophy to one unfortunate individual?

NFL American Football given to the last player chosen in the NFL Draft
Named ‘Santa Cruz’ by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, which African seaport, at the mouth of the River Sous, required extensive rebuilding after an earthquake in 1960?    Agadir
The Sports Direct Arena, which was required to change its name back to the original title for the duration of the Olympic Games, is based in which English City? Newcaste-on-Tyne
In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change and which American politician were the joint winners of the Nobel Peace Prize?      Albert (Al) Gore
Which honorary member of Frank Sinatra’s “Rat Pack” was known to them as “Chicky Baby”?      John F Kennedy
In Norse mythology the bridge Bifrost connected Earth with Asgard, the home of the Gods. What form did the bridge take?

A Rainbow
On 13th May 1950, on which circuit did Nino Farina win the first Formula One Gran Prix race?     Silverstone
The BCG vaccine is given to protect against which disease? Tuberculosis (TB)
In which South African city was J.R.R. Tolkien born on 3 January 1892?      Bloemfontein
Which people whose civilization reached its height in the 6th century B.C, inhabited the part of Italy between the Tiber and the Arno?      The Etruscans
Which artist’s Impression: Sunrise, painted at Le Havre in1872, is generally regarded as the picture that gave the Impressionist movement its name?      Claude Monet
Which political party folded in June 1990, after polling just 155 votes at a by-election in Bootle and finishing behind the Monster Raving Loony Party?    SDP (Social Democratic Party)
Who won the first boxing match held under the Queensbury Rules, in 1892?    James J “Gentleman Jim” Corbett
What nationality is shoe designer Manolo Blahnik? Spanish
Which novelist wrote the trilogyknownas Íslandsklukkan

 (‘Iceland’s Bell’)?      Halldór Laxness
Qaboos bin Said has been the holder of which royal title since the 1970?     Sultan of Oman
To whom was Roy North a sidekick between 1973 and 1976?

Basil Brush
Which port was protected by St. Mawes and Pendennis Casltes? Falmouth
In Greek mythology, who was condemned to roll a large stone up a hill in the underworld for all eternity? King Sisyphus
Jackass, Macaroni and Gentoo are all types of which flightless bird? Penguin
Which son of a Prime Minister directed Fanny by Gaslight, The Way to the Stars andThe Importance of Being Ernest, among other films?    Anthony Asquith
Which Irish band became well-known for their music for the television series Robin of Sherwood?     Clannad
R.C.T. is the abbreviation of which unitary authority of Wales? Rhondda Cynon Taff

In which seaside village can you find Captain Cat and Organ Morgan, among others?

Llareggub (in Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas)

Which composer of popular songs and operettas was born in Cowbridge Road, Cardiff, in 1893? Ivor Novello

Which fourth-century Roman usurper appears in Welsh legend as the King Macsen Wledig? Magnus Maximus

On the slopes of which of the Cambrian mountains do both the Severn and Wye rise? Plynlimon

In which early 1990s ITV drama did Catherine Zeta Jones first come to fame?

The Darling Buds of May

What monarchical title did bibliophile bookseller Richard Booth give to himself in 1977?

The King of Hay

Who, with 58 tries, is the record try scorer for the Wales Rugby Union team?Shane Williams

Currently a member of Neon Neon with Boom Bip, Gruff Rhys is best known as a member of which Welsh rock band? Super Furry Animals

Who wrote the medieval texts The Journey Through Wales and The Description of Wales?

Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales)

Who holds the record for hosting the Academy Award ceremony the most times, with 19 appearances? Bob Hope

Frambozen is a Belgian beer flavoured with which fruit? Raspberry

Who played the afflicted Regan MacNeil in the 1973 film The Exorcist? Linda Blair

First published in 1834, The Queen of Spades is a short story by which writer?

Alexander Pushkin

Henri Matisse was the leading light of which art movement, which flourished only briefly from 1905? Fauvism

Which Scottish king was killed while besieging Roxburgh Castle when a cannon he was standing close to blew up? James II

How is Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale of Little Tiny also known? Thumbelina

Which club currently holds the record for most games played in the Scottish Cup since they last won it, 336 games since 1902? Hibernian

RV numbers, standing for Ryom-Verzeichnis, and derived from Peter Ryom who catalogued them, are used for the work of which composer? Antonio Vivaldi

What is the name of Margaret Thatcher’s granddaughter, who read a lesson at her grandmother’s funeral service? Amanda Thatcher

Which classic 1990 film begins with the words “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster? Goodfellas

Which English word contains the letter “i” six times? Indivisibility

Geographically speaking, what connects the towns of Colchester and Huddersfield?

Both stand on the river Colne

Which fictional TV couple were played by actors born William Piddington and Sylvia

Butterfield? Jack & Vera Duckworth (Coronation Street)

Which part of the body has the scientific name nares? Nostrils

Sir Ian Botham appeared for which three first-class counties? Somerset, Worcestershire & Durham

In which town in Greater Manchester would you find the curiously-named Mumps railway station? Oldham

The Nobel Peace Prize is presented in which city? Oslo

Tchaikovsky wrote three operas based on works by Pushkin – Eugene Onegin, Mazeppa and which other? Queen of Spades (1890)

A plaque in Bristol bearing the inscription “The Sailors’ Friend” commemorates which 19th century politician?Samuel Plimsoll (1824-1898)

Which principal cast member of the TV series “FRASIER” was born in Manchester? John Mahoney.

Who is the only reigning Emperor in the world? Akihito of Japan.

Which European country is ruled by a Frenchman and a Bishop? Andorra

Who played Richard III in the first episode of “The Black Adder”? Peter Cook

How many Commonwealth nations are on the mainland of the American continent? 3 (Canada, Belize & Guyana)

Of all the Presidents of the USA born in the 20th century, who was born first? Lyndon B. Johnson in 1908

How many United States Citizens travelled in Outer Space during the Presidency of Jimmy Carter? None

Who played Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games? Sir Kenneth Branagh

Who is the youngest person to win a Nobel prize? Sir William Laurence Bragg (aged 25)

What were the call signs of the Apollo 10 command and lunar modules? Charlie Brown (command module) and Snoopy (lunar module).

The novels of which American science fiction writer have formed the basis of films including Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report? Philip K.Dick

In film set jargon, what name is given to the assistant, or apprentice, to the gaffer or key grip? Best Boy ( or second electrician)

in 1530, who died at Leicester Abbey while under arrest, during his journey to London?

Cardinal (Thomas) Wolsey

In Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman, what is the full name of the salesman? Willy Loman

In 1934, which country became the first from Africa to take part in the World Cup finals?


Which fragrant white spring flower which is used in France as a symbol of May Day, has just one species, whose scientific name is “Convallaria majalis”? Lilly of the Valley

What name is traditionally given to the highly corrosive mixture of concentrated hydrochloric and nitric acids which can dissolve gold? Aqua Regia

Designed by Henry Royce during 1914, what was the first Rolls-Royce aero engine?


Which middle name is shared by former President Bill Clinton and the Foreign Secretary, William Hague? Jefferson

10/ In the 1959 General Election, Winston Churchill was elected to Parliament for the final time, for which constituency? Woodford (previously Epping

The name of which English county was restored to the map as a Unitary Authority on 1st April 1997? Rutland

Which flightless bird has nostrils at the tip of its bill rather than the base? It also lays a larger egg relative to its body size than any other bird. Kiwi

The album OK Computer topped the UK charts for which band in June 1997? Radiohead

Which conclusive battle in 1954 saw the defeat of the French forces in Indo-China by the Viet Minh? Dien Bien Phu

To the nearest thousand, what was the gross registered tonnage of RMS Titanic? 46,000

In the Harry Potter book, The Goblet of Fire, which country does Ireland beat in the Quiddich World Cup final? Bulgaria

Former U.S. President William H.Taft was appointed to which post by President Harding in 1921? Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

Which astronomical event, previously observed in 1882 was visible with eye protection in the UK on 8th of June 2004? Transit of Venus (across the sun)

Who were the surprise gold medallists in the first Women’s Olympic hockey tournament, in Moscow in 1980? Zimbabwe

Which singer sculpted the statue of Eleanor Rigby, situated in Stanley Street, Liverpool ?Tommy Steele

Which controversial film director has the real forenames Shelton Jackson? Spike Lee

Which regiment of Guards has their unifrom buttons arranged in groups of four? The Irish Guards

Which socially unacceptable habit is also known as “eructation”? Belching

Who scripted the Two Ronnies’ “Mastermind” sketch? David Renwick

Mrs Arbuthnot was the eponymous heroine of which 1893 play? “A Woman of No Importance” (Oscar Wilde)

How is the Norfolk town of Hunstanton unique amongst East Coast resorts in England?

It faces West

Dialling 999 connects callers with Police, Fire, Ambulance and which other service?

The Coastguard

Which opera features in the Marx Brothers film “A Night at the Opera”? “Il Trovatore”

Who or what was the Best Friend of Charleston? The first steam loco built in the USA for regular service

Who was the first British painter elevated to the peerage? Lord Leighton

Which bomber flew its first combat mission on 5th June1944, against the Japanese railway yards in Bangkok? Boeing B29 (Super Fortress)

The name of which precious stone comes from the Greek for ‘nail’ or ‘claw’ ? The pink and white bands of one of its varieties is said to resemble a fingernail. Onyx

Which group formed in 1969, featured Robert Fripp, Greg Lake and Ian McDonald among its original line-up? King Crimson

Which town that was the site of a Battle in the Wars of the Roses, lies at the confluence of the Rivers Avon & Severn? Tewksebury

Which distinctively named football club featured in a famous advert for milk in the 1980’s? Accrington Stanley

To which of the tribes of Israel did Samson belong? Tribe of Dan

Which English ground staged its only test match in 1902? Bramall Lane (Sheffield)

How often does a Hebdomadal Council normally meet? Weekly

To which woman did Henry VIII give the title Marquess of Pembroke? Ann Boleyn

With a specific gravity of 0.71, which is the least dense of the planets? Saturn

What was the name of Billie’s rider at the 1923 “White Horse” Cup final?

PC George Scorey

To whom is the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup awarded? Winner Mens’ Singles Australian Tennis Open

In which 2 years in the 20th century were there 2 general elections? 1910 and 1974

Which is the only capital city to begin with Z? Zagreb

Which Prime Minister sat for the Bewdley constituency? Stanley Baldwin

Which island is N Zealands 3rd largest? Stewart Island

What happened in the FA Cup Finals of 1946 and 1947? and hasnt occurred since.

The ball burst

Emily Davison died as a result of injuries suffered in a collision with which horse during the 1913 Derby? Anmer

Which ship fired the shell which sank the Bismarck? H.M.S.Dorsetshire

What was the name of Dr Crippen’s lover? Ethel Neave

Which University has an Orang-utang as its librarian? Unseen University (from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld).

How many cyclists have won the BBC “Sports Personality of the Year” award? 4 (Tommy Simpson, Sir Chris Hoy, Mark Cavendish & Sir Bradley Wiggins)

Which United States city is served by Logan International Airport? Boston

In which country did London win the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games. Singapore

How many members of the United States “Mercury Seven” astronauts are still alive? 2 (John Glenn & Scott Carpenter)

How many of the actors who played the original “Magnificent Seven” are still alive?

1 (Robert Vaughn)

Which European country restored its monarchy in 1975. .Spain

Which member of the British Olympic team won a medal at London 2012, 20 years after his first Olympic medal? Greg Searle

Which capital city is furthest from Wellington, the capital of New Zealand? Madrid

In which year did Concorde first fly commercially? 1976

What was the first UK number 1 single of the 1970s which was not carried over form 1969? Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse

Two artists whose real surname was Webb had back to back number 1 singles in 1979. Who were they? Gary Numan (Gary Webb) and Cliff Richard (Harry Webb)

And with which songs did they have a number 1? Cars and We Don’t Talk Any More

Which Opportunity Knocks winner had a hit with Mother of Mine? Neil Reid

Which label was the first to sack The Sex Pistols? EMI

Which number 1 act of the 1970s featured a mother and son in the line-up?

Lieutenant Pigeon

Brian Johnson, currently of AC/DC, first found fame with which early 1970s band? Geordie

How many number 1 singles did The Who have in the 1970s?None (indeed they’ve never had a number 1 at any time)

About which historical event did the Sensational Alex Harvey Band have a hit with?The Boston Tea Party

What was the last instrumental number 1 of the 1970s? Eye Level by The Simon Park Orchestra

What is the name given to the point on a celestial body’s orbit when it is closest to the Sun? Perihelion

What is the family surname of the Dukes of Northumberland? Percy

What type of camera was invented by Edwin Land? Polaroid

What day followed September 2, 1752 in the UK? September 14, 1752 (due to the change from the Julian to Gregorian calendar)

Which motorway links Manchester and Queensferry? M56

In mathematics, by what name is the ratio 1:1.618 known? Golden Ratio (alternatively Golden Section or Golden Mean)

Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda at the only winners so far of the Nobel Prize for Literature from which country? Chile

Which bird has the scientific name Dendrocopos major? Great Spotted Woodpecker

Bimjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, is the leader of which political party? Likud

Whose last painting was The Departure of the Fleet in 1850? Joseph Mallord William Turner

In Morse code, what is the only number which comprises only dots? 5

In the Morse novels, television series and spin-off featuring the character, what is the first name of Lewis? Robert (or Robbie)

What motto was adopted by John Lewis stores in 1925? Never Knowingly Undersold

To which fellow tennis player was John Lloyd married from 1979 to 1987? Chris Evert

In which century did Lloyd’s Coffee House, where Lloyds of London was formed, first open? Seventeenth (c1688)

Which Nestle coffee product is advertised by George Clooney? Nespresso

In which Cambridge college does the Mathematical Bridge stand? Queen’s College

In which London thoroughfare stands a statue of George, Duke of Cambridge, damaged by a naked Ukrainian on 23 November 2012? Whitehall

Proms 2 and 3 in 2013 featured the music of which television programme, first broadcast 23 November 1963? Doctor Who

Which two authors died on 22 November 1963? C S Lewis and Aldous Huxley

Who was the famous sculptor, the son of a Yorkshire miner? Henry Moore

Which Prime Minister came from Morley? Herbert Asquith

Which poet wrote The Liquorice Fields of Pontefract?John Betjeman

To which Saint is York Minster dedicated? St.Peter

Where in Yorkshire can you find a waterfall nearly twice the height of Niagara? Gaping Gill

Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell form part of which famous triangle? The Rhubard Triangle

Which is the highest of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks? Whernside (2415 ft.)

Which railway station became ‘Hogsmead’ in the first ‘Harry Potter’ film? Goathland

Which Yorkshire cheese do Wallace & Gromit enjoy? Wensleydale

Which famous Star Trek actor originates from Mirfield near Dewsbury? Sir Patrick Stewart

How many steps lead up to Whitby Abbey? 199

On which Yorkshire radio station did Chris Moyles start out? Aire FM

On which motorway would you find Norton Canes services? M6 Toll

What were the forenames of fantasy writer H P Lovecraft? Howard Phillips

The title of Shaw’s play “Arms and the Man” is a quotation from where? Virgil’s “Aeneid” (opening line)

Which England cricket captain won an Olympic boxing medal in 1908? J W H T Douglas

Which African country and S. American capital are anagrams of each other? Mali & Lima

“Rupert of Hentzau” is the sequel to which 1894 novel? “The Prisoner of Zenda”

Which micro-organisms (viral, bacterial or protozoic) are the cause of disease?


Rowan Williams is now Master of which Cambridge college? Magdalene

At which battle of 1863 was Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson killed? Chancellorsville

Which much-decorated WW2 soldier was played by Audie Murphy in the film “To Hell and Back” (1955)? Audie Murphy himself

Which twentieth-century artist had a ten-year affair with Dora Maar, who inspired his painting “Weeping Woman” as well as other major works? Pablo Picasso

Who wrote the music for the opera-oratorio “Oedipus Rex”, which was performed for the first time in Paris in 1927? Igor Stravinsky

Who resigned as Foreign Secretary in 1935, after details of his pact with Pierre Laval were leaked to the press? Sir Samuel Hoare

In Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Princess Ida”. Does Lady Psych say is “nature’s sole mistake”


In Greek mythology, who is the Muse of History? Clio

What did John Adams describe as “The most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived? The Vice-Presidency of The United States of America

In which country is the summit of Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America? Argentina

Which genus of plants, also known as the sensitive plants, gets its name from the Greek, “to mimic?” Mimosa

The Hall of Fame of which sport is in Canton, Ohio? American Football

Which French painter, who posed for Renoir, was encouraged to draw and paint by Degas, and was the mother of the artist Maurice Utrillo? Suzanne Valadon

Born in Scarborough, who is known as “The father of Aeronautics”? Sir George Caley

In which U.S. city is the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame? Cleveland, Ohio

Who are the only two MEN that have won the Grand Slam in tennis? Donald Budge & Rod Laver

What was the name of the controversial 1929 silent surrealistic film from Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali? Un Chien Andalou

The Greek root ‘prot’, as in protozoa, means what? First

Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis, Neil Young, Jim Carrey and Mike Myers all grew up in which Canadian province? Ontario

In literature; Teddy, a little boy who lives in a bungalow in the Segowlee cantonment, is rescued from the jaws of death by which character? Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Who was the first Honorary Citizen of the United States? For an extra point, which US President granted this first award? Sir Winston Churchill and John F.Kennedy

World War Two ended September 2 1945 when the Japanese surrendered on board which US battle ship? USS Missouri

Who rode an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir? Odin

Who is the only candidate for the two main USA political parties to be nominated for both the Presidency and Vice-Presidency who never won a Presidential election?Bob Dole (vice president 1976, president 1996).

Of the 24 Apollo astronauts who flew to the moon, how many of them also flew the Space Shuttle? Two, John Young and Ken Mattingly.

In which modern country was the American Science-Fiction writer Isaac Asimov born?


Which of the 50 states has the Union Jack as part of its state flag? Hawaii.

In which sport does the USA play Canada for the Karl Auty Trophy? Cricket.

How many times has the USA hosted the summer and winter Olympic Games? Eight (4 Summer & 4 Winter)

The FortyNiners play which sport in which city? American Football in San Francisco

Which country gave the Statue of Liberty to the USA? France

Which river separates the cities of Boston and Cambridge in Massachusetts?The Charles

In which state is the highest point in the USA? Alaska (Mt. McKinley)

Who is the well-known husband of Miriam Gonzalez Durantez? Nick Clegg

What is the ninth largest object in the solar system? The dwarf planet Eris

Who has written the first authorised post-Wodehouse Jeeves and Wooster novel?

Sebastian Faulks (“Jeeves and the Wedding Bells”)

What, after English and Welsh, is the third most widely-spoken language in Britain?


Which model is the great-granddaughter of Lord Beaverbrook? Jodie Kidd

Which is the world’s biggest food corporation? Nestlé

Who is now the face of H&M fashion? Beyoncé (2013)

Where is the Museo Pio Clementino? The Vatican

Where did the 2013 Tour de France commence? Corsica

The John Adams opera “Dr Atomic” is about whom? Dr.Robert Oppenhiemer

The vehicle licence plates for the city of Hamburg contain the letters HH. What do these letters signify? Hansestadt Hamburg (Hanseatic City of Hamburg).

Which city hosted the sailing events at the 1936 Berlin and 1972 Munich Olympic Games? Kiel

The new President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, won an Olympic Gold medal for Germany in which sport? Fencing

For which discovery did Max von Laue win the Nobel prize in Physics? X-ray diffraction

Excluding Berlin, how many new states were absorbed into the Federal Republic of Germany on reunification in 1990? Five (Brandenburg, Thuringia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern).

How many countries share a land border with Germany? Nine (Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland).

Chancellor Angela Merkel grew up in the (former) German Democratic Republic, in which city was she born? Hamburg

Which modern country in Southern Africa is a former German colony? Namibia

What is the lowest number of generations back where Queen Elizabeth II has a ancestor who was born in present day Germany? Three (Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, mother of Queen Mary and great-grandmother of the Queen).

Andre Agassi is the husband of which German sportswoman? Steffi Graf#

In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film ‘Psycho’, what is the name of the character who is stabbed in the famous shower scene? Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh)

Which 2002 horror film tells the story of a mysterious videotape which appears to cause the death of anyone who watches it within a week? The Ring

In which year was film of ‘The Exorcist’ released? 1973

Who played Freddy Krueger in the ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ films? Robert Englund

How many ‘Alien’ films have there been? 4 (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection)

Which 1920 silent German horror film tells the story of a somnambulist who sleeps in a coffin-shaped box and is controlled hypnotically? The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari)

Frank Langella played which eponymous character in a 1979 film? Count Dracula

In which 1982 horror film did Carol Anne start talking to the television set? Poltergeist

Courtney Cox played a news reporter in which horror film franchise? Scream

Which was the first film based on a Stephen King novel? Carrie (1976)

Captain Webb the first man to swim the English Channel was drowned trying to swim what? The Rapids at Niagara Falls

Who was the captain of the Pequod in Herman Melville’s 1851 novel Moby-Dick? Captain Ahab

Who was the captain of the first European Ryder Cup team in 1979? John Jacobs

What was Captain Mainwaring’s first name in “Dads Army” ? George

Which member of Scott’s 1912 Antarctic expedition last words were “I am just going outside and may be some time.”? Captain Oates

How did Captain Cuttle achieve sporting immortality in 1922?It was the winning horse in the Derby

Which American duo had a 1975 hit with “Love will keep us together”? Captain and Tennille

Captain America is the alter-ego of who? Steve Rogers

In the 2013 film Captain Phillips, what is the name of the hijacked ship?MV Maersk Alabama

How was Don van Vliet, better known? Captain Beefheart

Where was Mary, Queen Of Scots born? Linlithgow Palace

Which football team has won the most Scottish F.A. cups? Celtic

Which landmarks are near Rosyth Dockyard? Forth Bridges

What in Scotland is a Machar? A Poet

Where in Scotland will you find the Italian Chapel? Orkney Islands

Which Scot won a swimming gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics? David Wilkie

Which male author wrote many novels based on historical people? Nigel Tranter

Where is the National War Memorial of Scotland? Edinburgh Castle

Anneka had a hit in the 80’s with Japanese Boy; what is her real name? Mary Sandeman

Which prison held the last execution in Scotland? Aberdeen (Craiginches)

Which major American city is named after the 11th Vice President ?Dallas – After George Miflin Dallas, VP to James Polk 1845-49

Although not related, 3 Vice Presidents have shared which surname ? Johnson – Richard Mentor Johnson VP to Martin Van Buren 1837-41. Andrew Johnson VP to Abraham Lincoln 1865 & Lyndon Baines Johnson VP to John F Kennedy 1961-63

Which Vice President took the oath of office in Cuba and died just 6 weeks later ?William Devane King – VP to Franklin Pierce 1853

Which Vice-President said the office was ” not worth a bucket of warm spit” ?Johm Nance Garner – VP under Franklin D. Roosevelt 1933-1941 He actually said “warm p**s” but the “spit” version has been popularised)

Which 2 men served as Vice President after being elected with 2 different Presidents ?

George Clinton – VP to Thomas Jefferson 1805-09 and VP to James Madison 1809- 1812 – He died in office. John C. Calhoun – VP to John Quincy Adams 1825-29 and VP to Andrew Jackson 1829-32 – Calhoun resigned after being dropped from Jacksons re-election ticket.

Who was the first appointed Vice President, under the 25th Amendment ? Gerarld R. Ford – Appointed in 1973 to replace Spiro T. Agnew

Who was the first Vice President to assume the Presidency on the death of the incumbent? John Tyler of Virginia became President in 1841 after William Henry Harrison died after just 31 days in office.

Which other official office is held by The Vice President ? The President of the Senate

Since 1974 what has been the official residence of The Vice President ?Number One Observatory Circle, Washington D.C.

Which Vice Presidents grandson was twice the beaten Democratic candidate in Presidential elections? Adlai Ewing Stevenson I – VP under Grover Cleveland 1893-97. His grandson also name Adlai Stevenson was the beaten presidential candidate in 1952 & 1956

Which country first laid claim to Canada based around the area explored by John Cabot in 1497 & 98? Portugal

Who was the first European to describe and map the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the shores of the St.Lawrence river ? Jacques Cartier

In which year did Samuel de Champlain found what is now Quebec City? 1608

At The Battle of the Plains of Abraham on 13th September 1759, both the British & French commanding Generals were killed. Name both James Wolfe & Louis-Joseph de Montcalm

On 1st July 1867 The Federal Dominion of Canada was formed. Which 4 former British Colonies became provinces of the new Dominion? Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick & Nova Scotia.

Who was the first Prime Minister of Canada? Sir John A. McDonald

With 23, which Canadian team holds the record for the most Stanley Cup wins?The Montreal Canadiens

In which province of Canada is Craigellachie, the place where “The Last Spike” completing the Trans Canada Railway was struck in 1885 British Columbia

Vive le Québec libre !” was a controversial line from a speech made by which statesman in 1967? Charles de Gaulle

in January 1992 Roberta Bondar a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario became the first Canadian woman to do what Go into space

Which singer, who had a 1972 hit with the act Terry Dactyl and The Dinosaurs had a number 3 hit at Christmas 1980? Jona Lewie (Stop The Cavalry)

Who had the Christmas 1962 No. 1? Elvis Presley (Return To Sender)

Which act was prevented from being Xmas No 1 in 1973 by Slade, only reaching No.2?

Wizzard (I wish it could be Christmas Every Day)

Which comedian had the Xmas No 1 in 1971? Benny Hill (Ernie, the fastest milkman in the west)

Which Prog Rock artist had a hit with I Believe In Father Christmas? Greg Lake

Which Christmas No 1 was about a prisoner awaiting execution? Green, Green, Grass Of Home (Tom Jones 1965)

From which city did the Xmas 1972 No1 singer claim to come from? Liverpool (Long Haired Lover From Liverpool) Jimmy Osmond

Which vintage comedy act had a No2 hit at Xmas 1975? Laurel and Hardy (On The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine)

Girls School was the double A side of which Xmas No1? Mull Of Kintyre (Wings 1977)

The video for the 1984 version of Do They Know It’s Christmas was filmed outside and inside which London recording studio? SARM Studios, Notting Hill

Which bravery award was originally made from the metal of guns captured at the siege of Sebastopol during the Crimean War? Victoria Cross

Which is the first county the river Severn flows through on entering England?


Which work, based on thirteenth- century Latin secular poems was set to music in 1937 by Carl Orff? Carimna Burana

Who entered parliament as MP for Doncaster North in May 2005? Ed Milliband

Desiree is a red-skinned, yellow fleshed, variety of which vegetable?Potato

The actress Ellen Andre and the engraver Marcellin Desboutiin were the sitters for which painting by Degas, in which They are featured sitting in a bar? Le Absinthe or The Absinthe Drinker

What is the name of the palace that Frederick the great of Prussia had built at Potsdam between 1745 and 1747? Sans Souci

Which religious movement grew out of a Bible study group founded by Charles Taze Russell in Pittsburgh in the 1870’s and took its current name in 1931?Jehovah’s Witnesses

In chess “fianchetto” is a term for the development of which piece? Bishop

Who was the first presenter of the television programme Question Time? Robin Day

Spider, Squirrel, proboscis and rhesus are species of which animal? Monkeys

the plot of which early Shakespeare comedy is based on the enmity between the towns of Syracuse and Ephesus? Comedy of Errors

Which word for a building in a sports ground in which players change their clothes and store equipment comes ultimately from the Latin for a butterfly? Pavilion

The British astrophysicist Sir Fred Hoyle was a leading proponent of which theory of the universe that argues it has always existed in more or less the same form? Steady-State theory

Which film did the Coen brothers remake in 2010 with Jeff Bridges playing Rooster Cogburn? True Grit

In Horseracing, what is the name of the sharp, left handed final bend on the Epsom derby course? Tattenham Corner

What term, used to describe the virtual reality created by computers, was coined by the science fiction write William Gibson and popularized in his 1984 novel Neuromancer?Cyberspace

Mahe Island is the largest of which archipelago in the Indian Ocean? Seychelles

Which British band was formed in Birmingham in 1978 by John Taylor and Nick Rhodes?Duran Duran

Which anti-pollution component of a car usually consists a ceramic structure coated with a blend of platinum, rhodium and palladium? Catalytic Converter

The furniture designer Robert Thompson used what small rodent as his signature?Mouse

What is the title of Shelagh Delaney’s first play written when she was nineteen and set in her native Salford? A Taste of Honey

Which former Portuguese colony in Africa joined the Commonwealth in 1995?Mozambique

What abbreviation of the Latin for ‘and others’ is used especially in referring to academic texts that have more than the single named author? Et al

Which spice consists of the unopened dried flower buds of a tropical evergreen tree of the myrtle family Clove

Sheffield has the UK’s largest Grade II* listed building. What is it?    Park Hill Flats (by city architect J L Womersley, 1961)

Which American company, launched in the 1880s, had the slogan “”You press the button,we do the rest?”  Eastman (Kodak)

In which year was the last Roman Villa built in Britain?

2010 (At Wroxeter in Shropshire for English Heritage
What connects a poetic and literary term for a large merchant ship with a port and resort in Croatia? Argosy (a term used for ships of Ragusa, now Dubrovnik).
Teen singing sensation Justin Bieber is from which Canadian city, also known for a cultural event held there since 1953?

Stratford, Ontario
Besides Rome, which other European capital city is built on seven hills?  Lisbon
Which early Victorian Sheffield building was described as “miserable, small in size, hideous in aspect, dirty, dilapidated and situated in one of the least inviting districts of the town”?

The original Sheffield Railway station
Sheffield has both an Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedral. Excluding any in Greater London, name three other English cities in which this is also the case? Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich and Portsmouth. Manchester & Salford and Bristol & Clifton are also valid.
Andy Gray was fired by Sky in January 2011 for insulting an assistant referee, among other misdemeanours. What was the name of the assistant referee?   Sian Massey
In 1924, who was “The Man who bought a Navy”? 

Ernest Cox of Cox & Danks Ltd., who bought and raised much of the sunken German fleet in Scapa flow, and broke the ships up for scrap

Before Kim Clijsters in 2009, who were the only two women to have won Grand Slam Singles titles as mothers?

Margaret Court and Evonne Cawley
Where was the first recreational pier in the UK built? Southport
Who in Sheffield are “The Blades”?     Sheffield United F.C.
In which part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is its highest point, Mount Scenery at 2,877 feet above sea level, located?

On Saba in the Netherlands Antilles

Which notable sportsman died in a plane crash on Arkley Golf Course in November 1975?  Graham Hill
Which well-known British film of 1971 is based upon a novel published four years earlier and set in Doncaster, although the film is set elsewhere?   Get Carter
In which city would you find Ford Madox Brown’s huge work Chaucer at the Court of Edward III? 

Sydney (Gallery of New South Wales)

Which tree symbolises an 80th wedding anniversary?  Oak

What “bon enfant” had two yellow outfits and one of grey paper?  The Oak Cadet Roussel (in an old French song)
Which two symbols have been used to assay silver and gold in Sheffield?   Crown and Yorkshire Rose
In November 2010, Tomato, Potato, Pear and Nectarine were introduced by George at Asda as classifications of what?

Bottom shapes
Rutile is an ore of which metal?  Titanium
What literary work were John Heming and Henry Condell responsible for organising and publishing?

Shakespeare’s first folio
In the opera Tosca, what is the forename of the hero?  Mario
Which actor who died in October 2010, was perhaps most famous for playing ‘Boy’ in the Johnny Weissmuller ‘Tarzan’ films of the 1930s and 1940s?   Johnny Sheffield
Made between 1979 and 1982, what telefantasy series starred David McCallum and Joanna Lumley in the title roles?

Sapphire and Steel
Opening at His Majesty’s Theatre in 1916, which musical was Britain’s longest-running stage show until The Mousetrap?

Chu Chin Chow
John Paul Sousa’s Liberty Bell March was used as the theme tune for which television series?   Monty Pythons Flying Circus
 Who was a notable prisoner at Sheffield Manor in the late 1500s?
Mary Queen of Scots
Who connects Charlie Chaplin and The Addams Family?

Jackie Coogan (The Kid and Uncle Fester)

Hold Me Now, You Take Me Up and Sister of Mercy were all hits for which Sheffield group?  Thompson Twins

Who wrote the Teacher series of books, based on his life as a head teacher in North Yorkshire?  Jack Sheffield
The 3rd Lord Manners of Foston rode in only two races in his life, and won them both. One was the Grand Military Gold Cup. What was the other?   The Grand National
Which Sheffield-born actor has “100% Blade” tattooed on his arm?
Saen Bean
Named after a Spartan General, a British Second World War aircraft was known for its short take-off and landing capabilities which were exploited to ferry resistance fighters and spies to and from occupied France. What was this aircraft called?

(Westland) Lysander
Manchester was known as “Cottonopolis”, but which Yorkshire town was known as “Worstedopolis”?  Bradford
Dutchman Andreas Cornelis van Kuÿk was better known under what name?   Colonel Tom Parker 
Which famous sporting event took place at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, on 3rd to 5th July 1902?  An England v Australia Test Match (Australia won by 143 runs)
Which American writer said of the venue for the Festival of Literature at Hay-on-Wye “Is that some kind of sandwich”?

Arthur Miller
What was the shared occupation of the fathers of DJ Tim Westwood, newsreader Jon Snow and the Wright brothers?

Which Psychology Graduate of Sheffield University  was 3 times  World champion at their sport? Jessica Ennis Hill

Which English Indie band reached the top ten in the UK singles charts with the songs Unbelievable, I Believe and I’m A Believer?

The notably unworldly theoretical physicist Paul Dirac had three enthusiasms beyond mathematics; Chopin’s waltzes, Mickey Mouse and any television special featuring which chart-topping American singer and actress?   Cher
The Signature tune of which long-running television programme is credited to “Big George”?  Have I Got News For You