Overbury Bowling Club Quiz Night

Saturday 20 January 2007





Round 1 - Pot Luck


1.      Which English county is also known as Salop?


SHROPSHIRE – this is the modern English version of the old English (Anglo-Saxon) name for the area.  The Normans found this too difficult to pronounce and used the form Salop, which survived to become the official name of the county between 1888 and 1980.


  1. What famous German airship crashed in New Jersey in 1937?


On 6 May 1937, the Zeppelin airship LZ-129 Hindenburg burst into flame while trying to land, killing 37 people.


  1. In which fountain should you toss a coin if you want to return to Rome?


The Trevi fountain, so-called because it stood in Roman times at the intersection of three roads.  The current fountain, with its statue of Neptune, dates from the 18th century. Legend has it that, if you throw a coin into the water, you will return to Rome.


  1. Which chess piece is never taken?


The game ends when the KING is put in a position from which it could not evade capture, hence the term ‘checkmate’ derived from the Persian words ‘shah mat’ – the king is dead.


  1. What is the name of Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective?


Hercule Poirot appeared in Agatha Christie’s first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and went on to appear in a further 32 novels and 54 short stories.


  1. If in a race you overtook the person in 6th place, what position would you then be in?




  1. In 1847, what did Sir Charles Isham introduce to the English garden? 


The garden gnome:  he brought 21 terracotta gnomes back from Germany, where they were already popular, and put them in his alpine garden at Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire


  1. In which mountain range is the Jungfrau massif?


At 4158 m, the Jungfrau is the highest peak in the Bernese Oberland, part of the SWISS ALPS – the Mönch and Eiger are in the same massif.


  1. In 1896, the discovery of gold in a Canadian river valley led to which famous gold rush?


Gold was discovered at Rabbit Creek on the KLONDIKE River in the Yukon Territory.


  1.   What instrument is used to measure the presence of radio-activity? 


A Geiger counter consists of a Geiger-Müller tube connected to a counter, which detects the ionising effect of radiation.



Round 2   What’s Your Name  (Christian Names)


  1. Which of the signs of the Zodiac can also be a man's name?  LEO


  1. What is the name of the type of belt, originally made of leather with a diagonal sash and worn by British officers in the First World War?  SAM BROWNE


  1. In rugby, what do you call as you catch the ball inside your own 22 to get a free kick?  MARK


  1. Which herb is used in pesto?  Pesto sauce is a traditional Italian sauce made from fresh BASIL, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic and cheese


  1. In the underworld, what is a safe-breaker known as?  PETERMAN – ‘peter’ being slang for a safe


  1. Which TV programme have Eamonn Andrews, Leslie Crowther and Michael Aspel  presented?  CRACKERJACK – Andrews appeared 1955-64, Crowther 1964-68 and Aspel 1968-74


  1. What common English tree has the Latin name ilex aquifolium?  HOLLY – 26th most popular girl’s name last year according to government statistics


  1. What game is played with a set of small six-pointed metal pieces and a small ball, the object being to pick up the pieces in various combinations?  JACKS


  1. What is the NATO phonetic word for the letter O?  OSCAR


  1. What fossil resin, also used for jewellery, is much valued as a preservative?  AMBER - 40th most popular girl’s name last year according to government statistics


Round 3  Entertainment


  1. Former 60s model and now one of the faces of Marks and Spencer, how is Leslie Hornby better known?  Twiggy was ‘the face of 1966’, though she has been mainly an actor now for many years.


  1. Which film famously used the line ‘I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse’?  The Godfather Part I:  in a recent Hollywood poll, this came second to the most famous film quote of all time from Gone With the Wind.  Marlon Brando was also third with ‘I coulda been a contender’.


  1. The music 'The Devil's Gallop' was used as the theme for which early radio adventure series?  Dick Barton, Special Agent, which ran on radio1946-51.  The music was composed by Charles Williams


  1. In Coronation Street, who died in April 2006 in the arms of his long time rival?  Mike Baldwin, in the arms of Ken Barlow.  After 30 years in the programme Mike suffered a heart attack following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.


  1. Who won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in December 2006?  Zara Phillips, beating Darren Clarke and Beth Tweddle.  She is the reigning world and European eventing individual champion


  1. What recent TV series is quite literally a spin-off from Doctor Who?  Torchwood – the Torchwood Institute first appeared in Dr Who, and was founded to investigate supernatural threats.  ‘Torchwood’ is an anagram of Doctor Who.


  1. What subject does Monty Don present on television?  Gardening – he has succeeded Alan Titchmarsh as the main presenter of BBC’s Gardeners’ World


  1. In September 2006 the TV programme How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria selected a star for which musical?  The Sound of Music – the new star to be 23 Connie Fisher from telesales


  1. Which TV family live at 742 Evergreen Terrace?  The Simpsons.  The address is in ‘Springfield’, but is probably fictional though it’s a common American placename


  1.  What’s the name of the new James Bond (the actor’s name)?  Premiered in November 2006, Casino Royale stars Daniel Craig, who has hardly been off our screens since.


Round 4   The A Team


  1. The largest breed of terrier – Airedale, up to 2 ft at the shoulder, Airedales are particularly valued as pets and watchdogs


  1. Circular coral reef that encloses a lagoon – Atoll:  the accumulation of the skeletal remains of coral and other small sea-creatures is shaped by the sea into reefs, barriers and atolls, the latter typically being an almost circular barrier enclosing a lagoon


  1. The citadel of Ancient Athens – Acropolis:  there has been a settlement in the area since 3000 BC, and the Acropolis was fortified in about 1400 BC; the main buildings such as the Parthenon date from the Classical period about 1000 years later


  1. This North African country was invaded by France in 1830, and is the largest country crossed by the Greenwich meridianAlgeria, which achieved its independence in 1962


  1. Nearest galaxy to our own galaxy – Andromeda is closest to the Milky Way, is twice its size and is the most distant object visible to the naked eye


  1. First of the noble gases alphabetically – Argon:  the noble gasses form 1% of the atmosphere, mostly argon, and are relatively inert


  1. Any alloy of mercury – Amalgam:  the most common examples are with silver (and other metals) for dental fillings and with tin for silvering mirrors


  1. Five letter word deriving from the Latin meaning ‘elsewhere’ – Alibi:  this meaning is preserved in legal usage, but in popular speech often just means an excuse


  1. Common name for the thyroid cartilage – Adam’s Apple: the thyroid cartilage is the largest of the cartilages forming the larynx and is responsible for the Adam’s Apple


  1. Sixth Thursday after Easter - Ascension Day



Round 5  Picture Round


Picture Round – Answers


1.      The Beverley Sisters  Now in their 70s, the Beverley Sisters are still singing and each received the MBE in last year’s New Year Honours; in the 50s they were the highest paid female act of their day


  1. Charlie’s Angels  From the original ABC TV series (1976-81), they were Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Jaclyn Smith (the only one to play in all six seasons).  Revived on the silver screen in 2000 with an updated cast


  1. The Magnificent Seven  In the popular western of 1960 directed by John Sturges, and based on Kurosawa’s classic The Seven Samurai, the seven were Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz


  1. Delia Smith  A leading cookery writer and television presenter for over 25 years, specialising in simple and achievable recipes for the home cook


  1. John Reid  The 59 year old is currently Home Secretary


  1. David Attenborough  Best known for his natural history series, David Attenborough was also the BBC’s Director of Programmes for four years from 1969, before returning to programme making


  1. Geoffrey Boycott  The former Yorkshire and England cricketer (108 caps over 17 years), now a trenchant television commentator


  1. Desert Orchid  Gold cup winner in 1989, Desert Orchid was second to Arkle in a Racing Post poll of favourite racehorses:  he died last November aged 27


  1. Dougal  Shown on the BBC 1965-77, the cult TV series made for children had echoes of the 60s drug culture.  In a 2005 film revival, Dougal was voiced by Robbie Williams


  1. Laika  Laika (‘barker’) was sent into space on 3 November 1957 on Sputnik 2, clearly presaging Soviet plans to put a man in space.  Sputnik 2 re-entered and burnt up 162 days later


  1. Snowy (or Milou)  Tintin was created in 1929 by Georges Remi (Hergé)


  1. Market Hall, Chipping Camden  Built in 1627 by Sir Baptist Hicks (1551-1629), the great  benefactor of Chipping Campden


  1. Millenium Dome, Greenwich  Originally designed by the Richard Rodgers Partnership, the Dome is currently scheduled to feature as a major venue in the 2012 Olympics


  1. Plymouth Hoe (statue of Sir Francis Drake)  The bronze statue of Sir Francis Drake stands on Plymouth Hoe overlooking Plymouth Sound


  1. Painswick (churchyard)  Famous for its 99 yew trees, some of which are more than 200 years old



Round 6   Also Known As … (Sobriquets)


Who or what is also known as


1.      The Granite CityAberdeen, so-called because most of the buildings are of pale grey granite quarried nearby until 1972.  Also known as the ‘Silver City’.


2.      The Flanders Mare - Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII, whom he married for political reasons and on the basis of a portrait by Holbein, which he decided was misleading.  She was divorced within the year.


3.      The King of SpainAshley Giles, Warwickshire and England cricketer and Ashes winner in 2005.  In 2004 his county commissioned commemorative mugs for him as ‘the King of Spin’ but they were misprinted and the nickname stuck


4.      The Man with the Golden Trumpet – Eddie Calvert, musical star of the 50s, he had No 1s with O Mein Papa and Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White


5.      The Platinum Blonde – star of the 1931 film of the same name, it was JEAN HARLOW who was the original Platinum Blonde


6.      The Master of Suspense - Alfred Hitchcock, British filmmaker who moved to Hollywood in 1940.  Self-styled master of suspense.  His oeuvre includes The Thirty Nine Steps, Rebecca and Psycho


7.      The Louisville Lip – Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali, was so called after his birthplace and braggadocio


8.      The City of Dreaming Spires Oxford:  the phrase is probably based on Matthew Arnold’s description ‘sweet city with her dreaming spires’ in the poem Thyrsis (1866)


9.      The Iron Lady – applied by the Soviet Union to Margaret Thatcher after a major speech attacking it in 1976.  Also known less flatteringly as the ‘great she-elephant’ and the ‘grocer’s daughter’


10.  The Garden of England – Kent



Round 7  Home and Garden


  1. Where do you commonly find the quotation ‘Standing on the shoulders of giants’?   On a £2 coin – it is a quotation from a letter by Isaac Newton to Robert Hooke in 1676:  ‘If I have seen a little further, it is by standing &c’, though Newton was not the first to use the metaphor


  1. Who invented the ball-point pen?  The Hungarian journalist Laszlo Biro.  He and his brother patented the device in 1943 and manufactured it under the Biro name, but it was in the 50s that the Frenchman Marcel Bich developed the ubiquitous BiC for the mass market


  1. What is catalogued by Stanley Gibbons?  Stanley Gibbons has published stamp catalogues since 1865 – originally to support its stamp dealing activity


  1. In the world of computers, what does ISP stand for?  Internet Service Provider – the company that provides you with a gateway to the internet eg AOL, Pipex


  1. Flemish bond and English bond are types of what?  Bricklaying:  English bond uses alternate course of headers and stretchers, Flemish bond alternates them in the same course (‘Bond’ in paper making refers to high quality paper of the kind used for bonds, stock certificates etc)


  1. From which country does the dish paella originate?  A Spanish dish based on rice, chicken and prawns cooked in a variety of vegetables, peppers and spices


  1. Who invented the sewing machine in 1851?  Isaac Singer patented and manufactured the first modern machine, but a machine using an eye-hole needle had been patented earlier by Elias Howe, who made a fortune from the royalties he was able to claim


  1. What breakfast cereal is advertised on television by Ian Botham?  Shredded Wheat:  it must be doing him some good because he still does the charity walks


  1. If you had a ‘moneymaker’ on your plate, what would it be?  It’s a tomato, particularly popular with amateur growers  (The spider is a money spider, not money maker)


  1. In a standard game of Cluedo, which of the following characters could not be the murderer:  Mrs White, Dr Black, Professor Plum or Miss Scarlet?  Dr Black – the others are three of the six character cards, one of which is selected by chance as the murderer


Round 8   Man’s Best Friend


What is the name of the pet dog or companion of


  1. Dennis the MenaceGnasher:  Drawn by David Law, Dennis first appeared in The Beano in 1951 and was joined by Gnasher in 1968


  1. Dr Who - K 9 was a computerised robot dog that accompanied the fourth Dr Who (Tom Baker) for four years from 1977 (there were actually three successive versions of K9)


  1. Punch and Judy – Toby:  Punch himself came to England during the Restoration and is based on a clown character from the Italian comedy.  At one time, operators would train a real dog to portray Toby.


  1. Little Orphan AnnieSandy.  Originally a comic strip drawn by Harold Gray in the 30s, Annie was turned into a musical in 1977 by Martin Charnin (director/lyrics), with a book by Thomas Meehan and music by Charles Strouse


  1. Dorothy Gale – Toto (from The Wizard of Oz)


  1. Charlie Brown – Snoopy:  Charles Schultz’s strip first appeared on 2 October 1950 and Snoopy, a beagle, joined Charlie two days later


  1. Joe Carraclough – Lassie’s original, and subsequent, adventures were based on the 1938 novel by Eric Knight, Lassie Come Home, in which financial hardship forces the sale of Joe’s dog Lassie to the Duke of Rudling, but the dog finds its way back 500 miles from Scotland to join its true owner


  1. The Famous Five – Timmy.  Julian, Dick and Anne are brothers and sisters:  their cousin Georgina (George) actually owns the dog Timmy and together they make up the Famous Five


  1. The Darlings – Nana:  Nana was a Newfoundland dog employed as a nurse by the Darlings, but had been locked up the back-yard when Peter Pan visited Wendy and her brothers and persuaded them to fly to Never land


  1. Corporal Rusty - Rin Tin Tin:  in the children’s western series of the 50s, Rin Tin Tin and the orphan Rusty were the sole survivors of an Indian raid, after which they were adopted by the US cavalry and had many adventures together.  The original Rin Tin Tin was a German Shepherd rescued after World War I and trained with such success by the American Corporal Lee Duncan that he became the star of 26 Warner Brothers adventure movies in the 20s on which the TV series was based.



Round 9  Have You Been Paying Attention?



  1. In November last year, who swapped his chair at the BBC for a similar but more lucrative one at ITV?  Michael Grade resigned as Chairman of the BBC’s governors and became Executive Chairman of ITV


2.      What was the poison allegedly used to murder the Russian dissident Anatoliy Litvinenko?  Polonium-210 is a naturally occurring radioactive material that emits highly hazardous alpha (positively charged) particles; first discovered by Marie Curie at the end of the 19th century it was originally called radium F


  1. Where will David Beckham be playing his football next year?  Los Angeles ( in California) – he has signed to join LA Galaxy from Real Madrid at the end of the season


  1. Who is the Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury?  Laurence Robertson has been Conservative MP for Tewkesbury since 1997


  1. Who preceded John Reid as Home Secretary?  Charles Clarke, who was sacked in May last year



  1. Which famous show business scientologist got married in November 2006?  Tom Cruise, who staged a Scientologist wedding at the Odescalchi Castle near Rome, though it is said an official marriage had already taken place in Los Angeles


  1. Where would you have been this winter if you had been a member of the Barmy Army?  Suffering in Australia, watching England lose the Ashes


  1. Where is the next summer Olympic Games to be held?  Beijing, China


  1. Which controversial film director walked out of the Big Brother celebrity house last week?  Ken Russell


  1.  What will all true Scotsmen be eating next Thursday?  Haggis – 25 January is Burns Night


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