Overbury Quiz  Saturday 14 March 2009




Round 1  Famous Partners


  1. Antony and Cleopatra
  2. Bonnie and Clyde
  3. Popeye and Olive Oyl:  Popeye was introduced to his Thimble Theatre strip by Elzie Crisler Segar in 1929, some ten years after the original heroes Castor Oyl, Olive and Ham Gravy, when they needed someone to navigate their ship
  4. Sonny and Cher.  Having met at the Phil Spector studios and originally working as Caesar and Cleo, Sonny and Cher were successful from the early 60s until their split an 1974, after which they followed separate careers, Sonny moving into politics
  5. Hero and Leander.  Originally told by Ovid, the story is of the lovers who lived on opposite sides of the Hellespont:  Leander would swim nightly to see her until he attempted the crossing in stormy weather and drowned.
  6. Porgy and Bess:  first performed in 1935, and now a standard repertory work, Porgy and Bess is based on a novel and play by DuBose Heyward
  7. Tristan and Isolde.  Best known through Wagner’s opera, the story is of the tragedy ensuing when Tristan escorts his lover Isolde from Ireland to Cornwall as a bride for King Mark
  8. Napoleon and Josephine:  Napoleon married Josephine in 1796, divorcing her in 1809, in order to marry into the Austrian royal family
  9. Kermit and Miss Piggy:  the main characters in the successful 1970s Muppet Show
  10. Ron and Eth (Glum):  played by Dick Bentley and June Whitfield in the radio comedy show Take It From Here (1948-60), also starring Jimmy Edwards



Round 2  Food and Drink


1.      Petit fours:  originally oven-baked cakes (four = oven)

2.      Brandy:  Claret is the liquor for boys; port, for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.’ Samuel Johnson (Boswell: Life of Johnson)

3.      Fry’s Turkish Delight.  Various ads dating from the 50s

4.      Sheep.  From the ovine between one and two years old ie falling between lamb and mutton

5.      Sausages – the term passed into English and Australian slang

6.      Taramasalata

7.      Cinzano:  between 1978 and 1983 Rossiter as Nebbish managed to pour his drink over Joan Collins as Melissa

8.      Squid

9.      Bouquet garni:  used to flavour foods esp soups etc during cooking

10.  Rossini:  Tournedos Rossini was created by Antonin Careme, the first celebrity chef, for his composer and gastronome friend; the steak is served with foie gras and truffles (or mushrooms)

Round 3  Birds

1.      Toucan:  used in drawings by John Gilroy for press and poster adverts of the 30s and 40s, with copy by Dorothy L Sayers inter alia

2.      Harrier:  developed from Hawker prototypes in the 50s, the Harrier formally entered service in 1970

  1. Little Sparrow:  Edith Piaf 1915-63

4.      Merlin:  first documented by Geoffrey of Monmouth, the character is an amalgam of earlier legendary figures

5.      Pelican:  Drake’s circumnavigation (1577-80) vessel was renamed in 1578 after the support ships had been broken up or returned to England; the new name was a courtesy to his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose arms featured a hind

6.      The Seagulls

7.      THRUSH:  The Man From UNCLE ran to 132 episodes 1964-67

  1. Canary
  2. Clarice Starling:  the FBI agent using Hannibal Lecter to trap a serial killer
  3. Goose Green: fought in May 1982


Round 4  Arts and Entertainment


  1. Juke Box Jury:  originally 1959-1967, with a couple of later, less successful, revivals; the theme tune was written by John Barry
  2. Dr Who:  currently aged 26, Smith will be the youngest actor to play the role when he takes over from David tenant next year
  3. John Sergeant:  Sergeant pulled out in November last year after being panned by the judges and rescued by the public
  4. Oliver:  Jodie Prenger won the BBC TV reality show last May and landed the role of Nancy
  5. Lucien Freud:  the model, 20 stone Sue Tilley, posed nude for the portrait in 1995
  6. ‘I’d like to teach the world to sing’:  originally recorded for the popular 1971 ‘hill-top’ advert, the song became a huge hit for The New Seekers the following year
  7. The Fat Controller:  from the series of books by the Rev W Awdry published between 1945 and 1972
  8. Damien Hirst:  local resident (sort of) who said in his acceptance speech ‘It’s amazing what you can do with an E in A-Level art, a twisted imagination and a chainsaw.’
  9. The murderer (though sometimes it’s a red herring or Morse himself).  The original music for the series was by Barrington Pheloung
  10. Dragon’s Den:  first broadcast in 2005, there have now been six series


Round 5  Music


To be provided


Round 6  Company Logos Answers



  1. HMV                      
  2. Macdonalds                        
  3. Lloyds TSB                         
  4. Adidas                         
  5. Lacoste  
  6. Playboy                             
  7. Morrisons        
  8. Specsavers           
  9. Quaker Oats                  
  10. Nike
  11. Microsoft Windows                  
  12. Tom Tom                     
  13. Drake’s Pride                           
  14. Puffin                         
  15. Interflora
  16. Castleways                     
  17. World Wildlife Fund                       
  18.  Vodafone                      
  19. Volvo             
  20. Thomson Holidays  




Round 7 Trivia


1.      A horse:  it had escaped from a nearby farm and spent less than a minute in the foyer before heading back home

2.      Brookside Close:  Brookside ended in November 2003 after 21 years

3.      Shoemaker:  deriving from the French ‘cordonnier’, cordwainers traditionally worked only with superior new leather, a cut above the common shoemaker or cobbler – the latter principally a repairer

4.      Glass:  silica from sand (70%), sodium carbonate (18%), which lowers the melting point, and calcium from limestone (10%) which weatherproofs the product

5.      Dawn French:  the ‘fatty’ of the title is in fact her (ironic) nickname for Jennifer Saunders

6.      The speed of the green

7.      Fifteen to One:  ran from 1988-2003, presented by William G Stewart; winners include current ‘eggheads’ Kevin Ashman and Daphne Fowler

8.      The Bates Motel:  the Psycho House and Bates Motel were constructed in 1959 for the filming of Psycho; they have subsequently been used in various other films and, in resited and refurbished guise, can still be seen on the Universal Studios tour

9.      Horse’s bits

10.  She threw green custard at Peter Mandelson


Round 8 Flowers

1.      Lily the Pink:  a 1968 no 1 hit for The Scaffold

2.      Gladiolus

3.      War of the Roses:  1455-1485.  A protracted power struggle between the factions of Henry VI and his rival Richard, Duke of York, and their successors

4.      Tiger Lily:  kidnapped by Captain Hook as a bait for Peter in the 1904 play by J M Barrie

  1. Carnation:  the slogan has been used since 1907, originally in the USA
  2. Violet Carson:  1898-1983; after working for the BBC on Have A Go and Children’s Hour, in 1960 Violet won the part in the new soap opera
  3. Hyacinth Bucket:  played by Patricia Routledge, the pompous snob is the central character in Roy Clark’s comedy Keeping Up Appearances (1990-1995)
  4. Desert Orchid:  a racing legend with a career record of 34 wins in 70 starts
  5. Iris:  the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods
  6. The Bluebell Girls:  founded in the 30s by the Irish dancer Margaret Kelly (1910-2004), nicknamed Bluebell on account of her eyes; the troupe employed only the tallest girls and has been based since 1948 at the Lido night-club on the Champs-Elysee


Round 9  Who Am I?


Question 1  Gordon Brown

Question 2  Jamie Oliver

Question 3  Prince Harry


Question 4  George W Bush


Question 5  Ulrike Johnson


Round 10   General Knowledge


  1. George V:  he adopted the new name in place of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha – Hannover or Brunswick in popular parlance – during the First World War
  2. Barry (Simmons):  the 59 year old from Leeds won the qualifying Are You An Egghead? competition; a former IT consultant, he is a member of the England quiz team
  3. Michelle:  the 48 year old former lawyer married Barack in 1992
  4. Ca:  atomic number 20 calcium is a group 2 metal in the periodic table
  5. The Salvation Army:  founded by William Booth, the name reflected the movement’s military style uniform and organisation
  6. Fungi
  7. On its ear:  the teddy bear, named after US President Theodore Roosevelt appeared on both sides of the Atlantic in the first years of the 20th century and the German version made by Steiff has been a market leader ever since
  8. Tommy Steele:  the then 20 year old Steele was Britain’s first rock and roll star, later becoming a family entertainer in, for example, Half A Sixpence and Finian’s Rainbow
  9. The Riverside:  the stadia both opened in 1995, cricket near Lumley Castle in Chester-le-Street and football in Dockside Middlebrough
  10. Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, the Reverend Green



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