Mastermind Club

Quiz 2021

Number 11

General Knowledge

Set by Mel Kinsey

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1/ Known as ‘The Three Hundred and Thirty-five Year War’, which country was officially at war with the Isles of Scilly (located off the southwest coast of England) between 1651 and 1986? 

    The Netherlands 

2/ Joshua Slocum was the first man to accomplish what between the years 1895 and 1898?

Sail solo around the world

3/  In which river did the RMS Empress of Ireland sink with a loss of 1,012 souls?

The St Lawrence River (29 May, 1914)

4/ A Churchillian expression and the name of an American jazz-rock band that played at the legendary Woodstock Festival. Four words.

Blood, Sweat and Tears

5/ Which four US Presidents or former Presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize? .

Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama

6/  Which 1873 repeater is known as ‘The Gun that Won the West’?


Winchester rifle

7/ What was the name of the chess playing computer that defeated World Champion Gary Kasparov in 1997?

Deep Blue

8/ Gavrilo Princip assassinated which man?

The Archduke Franz Ferdinand

9/ The unsuccessful US invasion of Cuba in April 1961 is known as what?

The Bay of Pigs

10/ Which superlative does one associate with the Anglo-Zanzibar War?

The shortest war in history. (38 min)

11/ With the exception of a few years in World War II, Indonesia was from the 17th century until 1945 a colony of which European country?

The Netherlands

12/ Nicknamed ‘Connie’, what was the most popular commercial airliner in the 1950s?


The Lockheed ‘Constellation’ or ‘Super Constellation’

13/ The Dickin Medal, bearing the words ‘We also serve’ and ‘For Gallantry’, is awarded to which members of the armed forces in the UK?


14/ Which part of India was occupied by the Japanese in WW II?

The Andaman Islands

15/ Which country sent its navy around the world to fight the Japanese in 1904?


16/ The ‘Tonton Macoute’ were the dreaded paramilitary police in which country?



17/ Between the years 1992 and 2010, in which country were most journalists killed? 


18/ The majority of immigrants to the USA between 1820 and 1900 came from which two countries?


Ireland and Germany

19/ Which maritime explorer gave the Pacific ocean its name?

Ferdinand Magellan (el mar Pacifico)

20/Which two British aviators were the first to be able to say ‘yesterday I was in the Americas, today I’m in Europe’?

Alcock and Brown

21/ Which country’s flag, the oldest existing flag in the world, apparently fell out of the heavens during a battle on 15th June, 1219?

Denmark (The Dannebrog)

22/  Which three letters replaced CQD?     




23/  Majestic tea clippers brought tea ‘all the way from China’. The first to arrive at the London docks commanded the best prices. One such race in 1866 between clippers with memorable names like Taeping, Ariel, Fiery Cross, Thermopylae, Sir Lancelot and Cutty Sark attracted considerable public attention. All these ships left Foochow at the end of May for the 16,000 mile journey to London. The Taeping was the first to arrive. How many days did it take ?    


99 Days

24/ What is the collective noun for tarot cards?

25/ The name of which artistic style translated means “rough or imperfect pearl”?