Overbury Bowls Club Quiz

Friday 25 January 2008

Round 1     Blockbusters

1.      What O the fastest animal on 2 legs, reaching a speed of around 40 miles per hour? 

2.      What S is the more common term for somnambulism? 

3.      What O is a constellation representing a hunter with club and shield? 

4.      What B is the only mammal that can fly?

5.      To the nearest whole number, what T is the number of revolutions the moon makes around the earth in a calendar year? 

6.      What K is the national bird of New Zealand? 

  1. What T was discovered in 1922 in the Valley of the Kings? 
  2. Which D was the first Englishman to navigate the Straits of Magellan?
  3. Which N was the 16th Century physician and astrologer, who wrote a book of prophecies in rhymed quatrains? 
  4. What B is a two-coloured oblong cake covered with almond paste? 


Round 2     Animals


We just need the name of the animal for the mark


  1. Building:  what is the name of the wooden or plastic tool used to hold mortar or plaster for the trowel? 
  2. Aviation:  what was the name of de Havilland’s World War II aircraft known as the ‘wooden wonder’? 
  3. Finance:  what animal describes an investor who sells in the expectation of a falling market?
  4. Egyptology:  the Great Sphinx at Giza has the head of a human and the body of a ‘what’? 
  5. History:  what is the name of the whip of nine knotted cords once used in the navy? 
  6. Household:  what is the name of a type of grate to hold a wood or coal burning fire, or the bars supporting it? 
  7. Television:  what was the name of the pompous floor walker in the 70s comedy series Are You Being Served? 
  8. Transport:  in 1938 which locomotive set the world speed record for a steam train? 
  9. Films: what animal is in the title of a popular book about a plot to capture Winston Churchill in World War II? 
  10. Television:  What type of animal was Ermintrude in the children's TV animation The Magic Roundabout? 


Round 3     In the Home


  1. In the game of Monopoly, if you already owned Fleet Street and Trafalgar Square, which other property would you need to complete the red set? 

2.      What is the central supporting post of a circular staircase called (or the bottom post of a straight staircase)?

3.      In what card game do you back ‘horses’ represented by the A, K, Q and J of different suits, winning the stakes on that card if you play it? 

  1. Where might you commonly see an illustration of pin making? 
  2. For what household chore might you use a (non-musical) mandolin? 
  3. What does a deltiologist collect? 
  4. What’s the name for the hexagonal rod with a right-angled bend which is used as a spanner for many household appliances and flat pack furnishings? 
  5. In knitting, what name is given to the pattern created by knitting alternate rows of knit and purl stitches, often used for a particular item of clothing? 

9.      What are the first three words in the Book of Genesis? 

10.  How many finger holes does a tin whistle (pennywhistle) have?


Round  4    Television


  1. How is Geraldine Granger, played by Dawn French, better known? 
  2. What was the name of the housekeeper in Father Ted? 
  3. In the UK version of the show, how many contestants’ boxes are there in Deal Or No Deal? 
  4. Bernard Cribbins made the most appearances as a reader on which British children's TV programme?
  5. Whom did Deidre Langton marry in Coronation Street in 1981?
  6. What product was the first to appear in a UK TV commercial (in 1955)? 
  7. What property programme is presented by Jonnie Irwin and Jasmine Harman?
  8. Which popular drama series of the 70s and 80s centred on Skeldale House? 
  9. Which well-known television actor will be playing Hamlet at Stratford from July 2008?  
  10. Who live in Wisteria Lane? 


Round  5    Slogans and Catch-phrases

Identify the source of …

  1. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee? 
  2. And all because the lady loves … ? 
  3. Let your fingers do the walking? 
  4. Give us a twirl, Anthea? 

5.      Here's one I made earlier? 

6.      I've started so I’ll finish? 

7.      Lovely Jubbly! (or Luvvly Jubbly!)?

8.      And now for something completely different... ? 

9.      Evening all. (or Evenin' all.)? 

10.  This is not just food … ? 

Round  6    Food and Drink

1.      What are fino, oloroso and amontillado types of?

2.       Of what fish is the dish ‘gravadlax’ comprised? 

3.      What ingredient is used as the colouring in black pasta? 

4.      What, according to tradition, will you be eating on 5 February this year? 

5.      What is the usual topping for a Queen of Puddings? 

6.      Agar-agar is a vegetarian alternative to what? 

7.       The offal of which animal goes into the traditional Scottish haggis? 

8.       What word is used to describe the flattening of a young chicken before grilling it? 

9.       Of what are the following varieties:  Royal Sovereign, Florence, Cambridge Favourite? 

10.   Parkin is traditionally served on Bonfire Night.  What spice is used in its flavouring? 

Round  7    Art and Books

  1. Who was the marooned mariner on ‘Treasure Island`? 
  2. Which artist painted the famous ‘Sunflowers`? 
  3. What novel has the subtitle ‘The Modern Prometheus`? 
  4. Nutwood Cottage is the home of which children`s cartoon strip and storybook character? 
  5. What train would you find on platform 9 and three quarters at Kings Cross? 
  6. Which two colours are Dennis the Menace`s jumper? 
  7. In the Roald Dahl story of an orphan who finds happiness when a massive fruit grows in his garden, what is the fruit? 
  8. Who painted The Blue Boy in 1779? 
  9. What novel by Jane Austen has just been serialised on television? 
  10. Which Alex Graham cartoon appears in the Daily Mail newspaper?

Round  8    Body Parts

All the answers to the following questions are also parts of the human body

1.      A small measure of liquor in a glass                                                                        

2.      A tall tourist attraction on the bank of the River Thames                                                  

3.      The rustic weaver in A Midsummer Night’s Dream                                                                       

4.      A part of, or stage, in a journey, race or competition                                                         

5.      A general principle or method derived from practice                                                         

6.      The front end of an aircraft or vehicle                                                                                 

7.      Tease or make fun of                                                                                                

8.      Former Labour Party leader who lost the 1983 General Election                          

9.      Strength of character or firmness                                                                            

10.  Impertinent speech or impudence                                                                            


Round  9    Pot Luck


  1. What is 6/8ths expressed as a decimal fraction? 

2.      In London, at what famous location do the Strand, the Mall and Whitehall meet? 

  1. In the novel by Johanna Spyri, which little girl went to live with her grandfather in the Alps? 
  2. What brand name is given to their luxury car models by Toyota? 
  3. A deficiency of what vitamin causes the disease known as ricketts? 
  4. Since 1937, what has happened every four years in the United States on 20 January?  (unless it’s a Sunday) 
  5. History:  to which king was Nell Gwynn the mistress? 
  6. In which Beatles song do you hear the names Vera, Chuck and Dave?
  7. What star sign are people born on 25 August?
  8. Which famous comedians made a film called A Night at the Opera? 
  9. What was the name of Shrek's Princess? 
  10. In a famous song, what two words go before ‘how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me’? 
  11. Under what name did Priscilla White achieve fame? 
  12. On the Beaufort scale, what number is ‘storm’ force? 
  13. Just before Christmas, David Leggat got stuck in the toilet of his bowling club for four days.  In which Scottish city was this? 



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