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Trivia Quiz Week 32 2014

Trivia Quiz Week 32 2014

1. Paul Hollywood & Mary Berry are judges on which TV show ? (GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF)

2. What is the name of the new craze involving small rubber bands linked together to make bracelets
& other jewellery ? (LOOM BANDS)
3. Pink, Atlantic & sockeye are 3 types of what fish ? (SALMON)

4. What was Larry Daley’s job in the film ‘Night At The Museum’ ? (SECURITY GUARD)
[night watchman]
5. The nickname of which journalist is also the brand name for a type of stuffing ?
6. Which war was officially declared a month after the shooting of Austria-Hungary heir Archduke
Franz Ferdinand on 28th June 1914 ? (WW1) the great war.
7. What is the world’s 3rd largest ocean ? (INDIAN OCEAN)
[1st-Pacific, 2nd-Atlantic]
8. In what European country was King Juan Carlos of Spain born ? (ITALY) 1938 in Rome.
[he was exiled to Spain when Franco took over in 1969]
9. ‘Is It Any Wonder’ & ‘Spiralling’ are 2 album titles by which band ? (KEANE)

10. In the USA, what do the initials ‘CIA’ stand for ? (CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY)

11. Which 1995 animated film features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen & a then 11 yr old actor
called John Morris ? (TOY STORY)
12. What bird appeared on the reverse of a penny farthing ? (WREN)

13. Music. which of the Gibb brothers died first ? (ANDY) 1988.
[Maurice-2003, Robin-2012]
14. What is the name of the actor who plays the new Dr Who ? (PETER CAPALDI)

15. What is the more common name the the creature called the ‘harvestman’ ? (DADDY LONGLEGS)

16. Italy’s Giorgia Bronzini won the Grand Prix in London last week (9th Aug 14), at which sport ?
17. What type of reptile is seen on the national flag of Mexico ? (SNAKE) and an eagle.

18. Which branch of the armed forces was founded on 1st July 1941 ? (SAS) Special Air Service.

19. What is Britain’s smallest bird ? (GOLDCREST) also firecrest.

20. The colour of which edible herb does the Daily Mirror describe for Tottenham Hotspur’s new
3rd kit ? (BANANA) yellow.
[The banana is a herbaceous plant so technically it is a herb not a fruit]

Killer Round
(each correct answer is worth 2 points however if you get any wrong, all points below are wiped out!)
you must answer at least 3 questions.
1. A former Apple employee raised over £80,000 (£47,000) for a children’s charity by auctioning
off his business badge, his name is Sam Sung, true or false ? (TRUE)
2. What is the name of the recent ex-hurricane to hit the coast of Britain ?, is it Bertha or Brenda ?
3. Tortoises can run up to as fast as 5 mph, true or false ? (FALSE)
[they can only run up to 1 mph]
4. Which is further west ?, Bristol or Edinburgh ? (EDINBURGH)
[despite it being on the east coast of Scotland, it is more westerly than Bristol, in the south-west of England]
5. The River Severn is the longest river in England, true or false ? (FALSE)
[it’s only the longest river when it flows into Wales, the longest in England is the Thames]
6. How many English counties have a border with Wales ? (4)
[Cheshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire]
7. The Second Severn Crossing Bridge is the UK’s longest bridge, true or false ? (TRUE) 5,134 m
[The Humber is the longest suspension Bridge 2,220 m]
8. The last 2 men hanged in Britain for murder were in what year ?, was it 1954, 1964 or 1974 ?
(13th AUG 1964) [one in Manchester, the other in Liverpool]
9. At the recent Commonwealth Games, after winning his gold medal, Usain Bolt danced to which
famous singing duo ?, Jedward or the Proclaimers ? (PROCLAIMERS)
10. Which player achieved the first televised 147 break in snooker ?, was it Steve Davis or
Cliff Thorburn ? (STEVE DAVIS) Lada Classic-1982.
[Thorburn’s 147 came at World Championships in 1983 at the Crucible]

Tie-Break:- The Indian record for staff absenteeism is thought to have been set by a biology
teacher who did not turn up for work for how long ? (23 YEARS)

Trivia Quiz Week 31 2014

Trivia Quiz Week 31 2014

1. The Spanish football club Real Madrid play their home games in which city ? (MADRID)
[Santiago Bernabéu Stadium]
2. What is the main vegetable ingredient of a traditional meat & potato pie ? (POTATOES)

3. What are the starting gates called in a greyhound race ? (TRAPS)

4. Port, sherry & claret are types of which chewy sweets ? (WINE GUMS)

5. Alf, Audrey & Billy are the 1st names of which fictional family from the North West of England ?
6. What charity was launched by Richard Curtis & Lenny Henry in 1985 ? (COMIC RELIEF)
[red nose day]
7. What name connects an old Dr Who actor, a very camp singer from the 70s & a black & white cat?
8. Hanukkah is a festival celebrated by which religion ? (JEWISH)

9. What 8-letter word connects a European city & a green vegetable ? (BRUSSELS) (Belgium)

10. In which decade did Woody Allen direct his first film ? (60s) 1966.
[what’s up Tiger Lily]
11. King James I of England was King James the what, of Scotland ? (KING JAMES VI) 6th.

12. What 2 creatures are featured on the Australian coat of arms ? (KANGAROO & EMU)
13. What 10-letter word is a name that describes the following…..kayak, rotavator & sexes ?
14. What type of creature (precise answer) is a Camberwell Beauty ? (BUTTERFLY)

15. What dessert sauce made from raspberries is named after an opera singer ? (MELBA SAUCE)
[Australian, Dame Nelly Melba]
16. If 6 countries competed at the Olympics in the 4x400m relay, how many metres will be run in
total ? (9,600m)
17. Oprah Winfrey is named after which of the old Marx Brothers comedians ? (HARPO)
[Oprah is Harpo backwards]
18. In the Daniel Defoe novel, for how many years was Robinson Crusoe a castaway ? (28 YRS)

19. According to the Virgin Book of British Hit Singles (not including mixes), how many hits has actor
John Travolta had ? (4)
[1, Sandy, 2, Greased Lightning, 3, You’re The One That I Want, 4, Summer Nights]
20. World record holder Usain Bolt has asked on several occasions for a trial with which football

Killer Round
(each correct answer is worth 2 points however if you get any wrong, all points below are wiped out!)
you must answer at least 3 questions.
1. 60s rock & roll singer, the late Billy Fury came from which city ?, Los Angeles or Liverpool ?
2. The 80s group Level 42 originally called themselves the Mars Bars, until the chocolate company
threatened legal action, true or false ? (FALSE) it was Gerry & the Pacemakers.
3. How many European countries took part in the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow ?, 5, 8 or
10 ? (10) England, Scotland, Wales, N/Ireland, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle Of Man, Jersey, Malta.
4. Comedian Jim Moir is better known as who ?, is it Jim Davidson, Vic Reeves or Jasper Carrott ?
(VIC REEVES) Jasper Carrott’s real name is Robert Davis.
5. In Greek mythology, the god of thunder was called Thor, true or false ? (FALSE)
[Norse mythology]
6. Which native American chief lends his name to an American car company ?, is it Buick, Cadillac or
Pontiac ? (PONTIAC) Ottawa war chief.
7. The Bugatti car company was founded in Italy, true or false ? (FALSE) founded in France.

8. ‘Just Getting Started’ is the title of an autobiography by whom ?, Justin Bieber or Bob Dylan ?
9. How many first team players from outside Europe signed for Liverpool FC in the 1980s ?,
2, 3 or 4 ? (2) Bruce Grobbelaar (Zimbabwe 81), Craig Johnson (Australia 81)
10. A man from Kenya won a gold medal at the recent Commonwealth Games for the javelin………
he learned the technique of how to throw it on YouTube, true or false ? (TRUE)
[Julius Kiplangat Yego]

Tie-Break – In which year was the Salvation Army founded ? (1865)

Trivia Quiz Week 30 2014

Trivia Quiz Week 30 2014

1. ‘Oh Yes’ is the current advertising slogan of which insurance company ? (CHURCHILL)

2. On the TV adverts, what breed of dog is the Churchill dog ? (BULLDOG)

3. Which genre of music is often shortened to ‘D & B’ ? (DRUM & BASS)

4. What type of vehicle could surprisingly fly in the film E.T. ? (BICYCLE)

5. In the TV quiz show ‘The Chase’, what is the most used word by the team when Bradley Walsh
asks how they feel after they have been caught by the chaser ? (GUTTED)
6. What is the nearest town to the Grand National horse racing track ? (AINTREE)

7. The song ‘American Pie’ was about which rock & roll singer ? (BUDDY HOLLY)

8. Which is the only natural, unprocessed foodstuff that never goes off ? (HONEY)

9. What 8-letter name is used for a scientist that studies the life of plants ? (BOTANIST)

10. What do we call what the Americans call suspenders ? (BRACES)

11. In what decade was the Queen’s second son born ? (1960s) 19th Feb 1960.
[Prince Andrew]
12. Who sang the theme tune to the 1978 film ‘Grease’ ? (FRANKIE VALLI)
13. In Olympic swimming, what is the second discipline in the 400 metres individual medley ?
(BACKSTROKE) butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle.
14. In the Bible, who had the golden calf melted down after coming down from Mount Sinai ?
15. Who comes first under the letter ‘U’ in the Virgin Book Of British Hit Singles ? (UB40)

16. What 2 precious stones are the most commonly used on a record player stylus ?
17. Red, Blue, White, Black, Orange, what 2 colours comes next in sequence ? (BLACK & WHITE)
[they are the jacket colours of greyhound racing]
18. What are the first 4 words of the song, ‘Barbie Girl’ ? (HIYA BARBIE, HI KEN)

19. What letter of the alphabet is used for the Spanish word ‘AND’ ? (Y)

20. A pair of what, connects a part of a train station, a long thin knife & a type of flatfish ?
(SHOES) platform, stiletto, sole.

Killer Round
(each correct answer is worth 2 points however if you get any wrong, all points below are wiped out!)
you must answer at least 3 questions.
1. In 2012, who bought the famous Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car for £500,000 ?, was it Chris Moyles,
Chris Evans or Dick Van Dyke ? (CHRIS EVANS)
2. Which pop singing duo has made a musical tribute to wartime code breaker Alan Turing, at the
first of this year’s Late Night Proms ?, is it Erasure or the Pet Shop Boys ? (PET SHOP BOYS)
3. The name of what semi-precious stone comes from the Greek for fingernails ?, is it
Amethyst, Onyx or Topaz ? (ONYX)
4. To further his career in the WWE, American wrestler Sting has changed his name by deed poll to
John Elton, true or false ? (FALSE)
5. What Apple product was first launched in 2007 ?, was it the iPod, iPhone or iPad ? (iPhone)
[iPod-2001. iPad-2010 ]
6. Former Radio 1 DJ Kenny Everett once played the part of a punk rocker called ‘Gizzard Puke’,
true or false ? (TRUE)
7. What type of creature is a gadwall ?, is it a bird, a reptile or a fish ? (BIRD) duck.

8. In the ‘Carry On’ film, ‘Carry On Girls’ was set in the holiday resort of ‘Tossem’, true or false ?
(FALSE) it was ‘Firkham’.
9. The mother of which former Beatle was run down & killed in a motor accident ?, was it George
Harrison or John Lennon ? (JOHN LENNON)
10. It’s possible to charge a mobile phone using 800 apples & potatoes connected with copper wire &
nails, true or false ? (TRUE) see below
By stringing 800 pieces of fruit and vegetables together with galvanized nails and wire, artist Caleb Charland was able to scale-up the power output so much that it could charge a mobile phone – in this case a Nokia Lumia 930, charged via a wireless mat. The hand-built circuit created an electrical current of an average 20mA and around six volts.


Tie-Break:- How many countries competed in the recent Glasgow Commonwealth Games ? (71)

Trivia Quiz Week 29 2014

Trivia Quiz Week 29 2014

1. Cheryl Cole was a singer in which pop group ? (GIRLS ALOUD)

2. Which children’s character was known as ‘the boy who wouldn’t grow up’ ? (PETER PAN)

3. Domingo, Carreras & Pavarotti were collectively known by what name ? (THE 3 TENORS)

4. ‘Because I’m worth it’ is the advertising slogan for what cosmetics company ? (L’OREAL)

5. Dermatology studies which part of the body ? (SKIN)

6. What vegetable is predominantly used to make the German pickle ‘sauerkraut’ ? (CABBAGE)

7. The album cover of which rock band shows a baby swimming underwater ? (NIRVANA)
8. What title of a George Orwell novel are only numbers ? (1984)

9. Which English actress played a woman playing a man, impersonating a woman in the 1982 film
‘Victor Victoria’ ? (JULIE ANDREWS)
10. Which famous author writes her crime novels written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith ?
11. Which recently deceased actor played the lead role in the 1969 film ‘Marlowe’ alongside Bruce
12. Which countries national flag displays a blue circle with 27 white five-pointed stars ?
13. What type of creature is a Brazilian short hair ? (CAT)

14. What 2 weapons are mentioned in the first ever UK hit by Thin Lizzy ? (PISTOL & RAPIER)
Whisky In The Jar [‘I first produced my pistol and then produced my rapier’] a rapier is a sword.
15. Ex-Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand has joined which football club for the new season ? (QPR)

16. What is the world’s largest land carnivore ? (POLAR BEAR)

17. According to new research from Ofcom, what programme has overtaken Eastenders as the UK’s
most violent TV soap ? (HOLLYOAKS)
18. What is the closest planet to Earth ? (VENUS)

19. What cabinet position also carries the title….’First Secretary of State’ ?
20. Who had a massive worldwide hit in 1970 with the song ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ ?
(DIANA ROSS) Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell was a hit in 1967.

Family Fortunes type questions
(5 points for top answer, 4 points for 2nd, 3 points for 3rd, 2 points for 4th, 1 point for 5th)
teams are only allowed 1 answer for each question
1. A trident spear has 3 points, true or false ? (TRUE)

2. Which North-West comedian is to switch on this year’s Blackpool illuminations on 29th Aug ?, is it..
John Bishop, Peter Kay or Jason Manford ? (PETER KAY)
3. A piscatarian is the name given to a person who studies fish, true or false ? (FALSE)
[a piscatarian is a vegetarian who also eats fish], a person who studies fish is an ichyologist.
4. Which member of Take That was the first to have a UK number 1 single ?, Gary Barlow, Mark
Owen or Robbie Williams ? (GARY) July 1996, Forever Love.
5. Four cities have hosted the Summer Olympics twice, true or false ? (TRUE)
[Athens, Paris, London & Los Angeles]
6. What material are the 4 lions at the base of Nelson’s Column made from ?, bronze or marble ?
7. Munich stands on the river Rhine, true or false ? (FALSE)
[it stands on the river Isar, north of the Bavarian Alps]
8. In old English legend, which of his knights fell in love with King Arthur’s wife queen Guinevere ?…
was it sir Lancelot, or sir Galahad ? (SIR LANCELOT)
9. The Pussycat Dolls were first formed in 1995, true or false ? (TRUE)
[founded in Los Angeles, California, by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995]
10. What was invented first, the TV remote control or the microwave oven ? (MICROWAVE OVEN)
[TV remote-1956…..microwave oven-1946]
In 1946, the engineer Dr. Percy Le Baron Spencer, who worked for the Raytheon Corporation, was working on magnetrons. One day at work, he had a chocolate bar in his pocket, and found that it had melted. He realized that the microwaves he was working with had caused it to melt. After experimenting, he realized that microwaves would cook foods quickly – even faster than conventional ovens that cook with heat

Tie-Break:- In what year was the very first Tour De France ? (1903)

Quiz Week 27 2014

Trivia Quiz Week 28 2014

1. What is the longest race run at the Summer Olympics ? (MARATHON)

2. What month has an extra day in a leap year ? (FEBRUARY)

3. How many horns did the Triceratops dinosaur have ? (3)

4. What colour are the handsets of the emergency phones on a motorway ? (BLACK)
[the cabinet is orange]
5. In 1843, what Chinese island was made a British colony ? (HONG KONG) until 1997.

6. Which woman connects Cliff Richard, Wimbledon & ex-Rugby player Matt Dawson ?
7. What sweets once used the slogan ‘’made to make your mouth water’ ? (OPAL FRUITS)
8. In the Tim Burton film Batman, Jack Napier becomes which villain ? (THE JOKER)
[played by Jack Nicholson]
9. What dog breed takes its name from the Welsh for ‘dwarf dog’ ? (CORGI)

10. In the Boney M 1970s hit, who was ‘Russia’s greatest love machine’ ? (RASPUTIN)

11. Which actress plays Bianca Jackson in Eastenders ? (PATSY PALMER)

12. Which type of alcoholic drink is famous for being brewed in Somerset ? (CIDER)

13. What chess piece can move only one square at a time, in any direction ? (THE KING)

14. What name connects 2 bungling cartoon Belgian detectives and a pop trio from the 80s ?
15. Who preceded Lyndon B. Johnson as US president ? (JOHN F KENNEDY)

16. The detective series ‘Bergerac’ was set on which island ? (JERSEY) 1981-91.

17. ‘Maybe she’s born with it’ is the slogan of which cosmetics brand ? (MAYBELLINE)

18. Name the original line-up of the Sugababes ? [1 point for each]
19. How many times does the double word score appear on a Scrabble board ? (16)

20. Detective chief inspector John Barnaby solves murders in which TV series ?
(MIDSOMER MURDERS) his cousin is Tom Barnaby, played by John Nettles.

Killer Round
(each correct answer is worth 2 points however if you get any wrong, all points below are wiped out!)
you must answer at least 3 questions.
1. ‘The Savage Years, Still Standing’ is the 3rd book by whom ?, is it Elton John or Paul O’Grady ?
2. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher invented soft scoop ice cream which heralded Mr
Whippy & 99 cones, true or false ? (TRUE)
3. Actor Clint Eastwood owns a restaurant in California called ‘Dogs breath’ ?, true or false ? (FALSE) it’s called ‘Hogs Breath’
4. In which decade did John Lowe achieve the very 1st televised 9-dart finish ? 70s or 80s ? (80s)
5. Tommy Ramone, the last surviving member of the punk band the Ramones died recently, which
instrument did he play ?, guitar or drums ? (DRUMS)
6. Kansas City is the largest city in the American state of Missouri, true or false ? (TRUE)

7. Which British Port shares its name with an American State Capital ? is it Dover, Newhaven or
Newport ? (DOVER) Newhaven is the 2nd largest city in Connecticut after Bridgeport.
8. The Chuckle Brothers once recorded the old Beatles song ‘From Me To You’ true or false ?
9. Dolly the sheep, was cloned in 1996 in which country ?, England, Scotland or Wales ? (SCOTLAND)

10. What colour is the breast of a robin ?, is it yellow, orange or red ? (ORANGE) see below………

In the fifteenth century, when it became popular to give human names to familiar species, the bird came to be known as Robin Redbreast. Orange as a colour was unknown in English until the sixteenth century, when the fruit called an Orange was introduced

Tie-Break:- How many drivers took part in the 2014 British Touring Car Championships at
Brands Hatch ? (31) 17 teams.

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