Quiz Questions (Answers below)
What is the 4th item in these sequences?
b) Eagle and snake
a) Precipitation on ornamental flowers
b) Sensory extensions on young felines
c) Luminous, cupric heating devices
What is the connection between these four clues?
a) Vanessa Swift
b) Cedric Scott
c) Wendy Barrie
d) Jessica Shakespeare
a) Ne Saevias
b) Nunc Hic Aut Numquam
c) Glaudi Calcei
6. What is the connection between these 4 clips?
7. Who is the odd one out of these four?
a) Nellie Melba
b) Dennis the Menace (US)
c) EL James
d) Joni Mitchell
8. On arrival in USA from Hong Kong, one of Bruce Lee’s early jobs was teaching what?
b) Cha Cha dancing
c) Table tennis
9. In 16th century Turkey, wives could divorce their husbands if they failed to provide them with enough what?
10. According to a Spectator Review, “this film makes Teletubbies look like the Iliad” was said of which popular film?
a) Swept Away
c) Mamma Mia!
11. “By office boys, for office boys” was the dismissive verdict of Lord Salisbury in 1896 of the founding of which national newspaper?
a) Daily Express
b) Daily Mail
c) The Telegraph
12. In a not unsurprisingly unsuccessful advertising campaign by Great Northern Railways around the turn of the 20th century, which resort was marketed as “Nottingham-on-Sea”?
a) Great Yarmouth
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- Lion and Unicorn. Sequence is creatures on coats of arms of countries heading north from Central America, starting with Guatemala. Guatemala has a quetzal, Mexico has an eagle and a snake (also on its flag), USA has a (bald) eagle and Canada (still) has the Lion and Unicorn. A tricky one to start with, I know, but no one wants these things too easy!
- Something like “hand warmers made from sheep products”. These are verbose versions of the first four lines from “My Favourite Things” from the Sound of Music (“Raindrops on roses”, etc.)
- A picture of someone called Holland or say a map of North and/or South Holland, the regions of the Netherlands. Sequence is the surnames of the four actors who’ve played Spider-Man in movies in chronological order, starting with Nicholas Hammond, then Toby Maguire, then Andrew Garfield, completing with Tom Holland.
- Names and the surnames of the writers who created them; i.e., Jonathan Swift created “Vanessa”, Walter Scott created “Cedric”, JM Barrie created “Wendy” and Shakespeare is thought to have created “Jessica” (in Merchant of Venice)
- Names of Elvis songs in Latin (Don’t Be Cruel, It’s Now or Never, Blue Suede Shoes and Teddy Bear. Mention must be made here of Finnish academic Dr Ammondt who has recorded an album of Elvis songs in Latin. Here’s a link to some: Dr Ammondt – First Internet Concert – Rock In Latin – 10 August 1997 – YouTube
- All songs with the title containing the word “Star___; Stardust (sung here by the composer, Hoagy Carmichael), Starshine (Oliver), Starman (David Bowie) and Starlight (Muse).
- d The first three were all born with the surname; Mitchell (Helen Mitchell, Dennis Mitchell, Erika Mitchell). Joni Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Anderson. See, if we’d really been obsessed with Victoria Coren Mitchell, we wouldn’t have missed the chance to make her the answer here but Joni Mitchell made for a better answer – just so you know!
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