Not a Topical Quiz


Congratulations to the winners, who are Mick and Pat.  Thanks to other entrants for trying.


Mick and Pat, here is your virtual trophy




Mick and Pat




And the questions, their answers, those ‘forgotten’ categories, and glosses on the answers were:


  1. Often heard on the subject of the rural community


(Arts and Entertainment) The Archers, long running radio soap, and Jeffrey (Lord) Archer

  1. Wrote of unrealised expectations after a long wait


(Arts and Entertainment) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett - Godot never appears - and Margaret Beckett

  1. Visual record of plan to seize power


(Arts and Entertainment) The Blair Witch Project and Tony Blair

  1. Much loved way of delivering essential food products


(Folk Song and Verse) Little Brown Jug and Gordon (or Nick) Brown

  1. Scribe misspelled in two ways


(Words) Synonym normally spelled with an ‘e’ and without the final ‘e’ and Charles (or indeed Ken) Clarke

  1. Only one answer required here – more would be too many


(Folk Song and Verse) ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’ and Robin Cook

  1. Family receives flying visit from eternal youth


(Arts and Entertainment) The Darling family, visited by Peter Pan, and Alistair Darling

  1. Cunning beast fell prey to Peel’s party


(Folk Song and Verse) ‘D’ye ken John Peel’, song about fox hunting, and Liam Fox

  1. Entertained appeal to international opinion


(General Knowledge) International Court of Justice in the Hague and William Hague

  1. Favoured lord of singular personal assets


(General Knowledge) Lady Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson, of the one eye &c, and Fabian Hamilton – OK, I was thinking of Neil, but he’s not an MP anymore

  1. Hardy perennial outlasted many favourite characters


(Arts and Entertainment) Egdon Heath in the novels of Thomas Hardy and Edward Heath

  1. Launched many a career before changing names


(General Knowledge) Cape Kennedy, the name for several years of the NASA launch site at Cape Canaveral, and Charles Kennedy

  1. Noisy relative of one of nature’s scavengers


(General Knowledge) British bird of the crow family and Margaret (Baroness) Jay

  1. Larger-than-life primate wielded great power


(Arts and Entertainment) King Kong and Tom King

  1. Travelled with battered gent’s violin


(Words) Anagram, with allusion to his explorer namesake, for Ken Livingstone

  1. Named twice-over in exposure of catch in let-out clause


(Arts and Entertainment) Major Major, character in Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, and John Major

  1. Opposition frequently failed to deal with Geordie attacker


(General Knowledge) Jackie Milburn, Newcastle and England footballer, and Alan Milburn

  1. Home team’s reverse in ’66


(General Knowledge) The Norman conquest of 1066 and Archie Norman

  1. Revealed result of crop test


(Words) Anagram for John Prescott

  1. May rise to great heights


(General Knowledge) Californian Redwood, the world’s tallest tree, and John Redwood

  1. Common calling in Commons, or elsewhere


(Words) Commonest English surname and Chris Smith (and many others)

  1. The composition of the House would not stand up to an external test


(Folk Song and Verse) House of straw in nursery rhyme The Three Little Pigs and Jack Straw

  1. Provided upper layer of old structure


(General Knowledge) Tradesman of that name and Margaret (Baroness) Thatcher

  1. End of borrowed transport policy


(Folk Song and Verse) ‘Tom Pearce, lend me your grey mare’ in Widdecombe Fair and Ann Widdecombe

  1. Not a man who ate beef


(Words) Yeoman of the Guard, also known as a ‘beefeater’, minus the ‘man’ and Tim Yeo





8 June 2001