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Some bank holiday weekend quiz questions

No cheating by googling...

1. Name this hit single: The lyrics of the song do not include the song's title, but they do include the title of the song that knocked it off the UK number 1 spot. Oh, and this was back in the 1970s.

2. "It is handsome, but very wild." These were the words of Harrison Weir in 1889, writing about an animal at Regent's Park Zoo which was the first recorded example of its kind. What sort of animal was he referring to?

3. In football, what Italian word describes the position played by a player who plays just behind the centre forward and in Italy typically wears the number 10 shirt? Francesco Totti, Alessandro del Piero and Roberto Baggio would be famous examples of the last two decades.

4. What is the next in this sequence: 'City of Death', 'Arc of Infinity', 'Planet of Fire', '_________'?

5. In the early 1980s, trendy hi-fi company Bang & Olufsen sold something called the 'Beocomp' just in the Dutch market. This was a rebadged version of what?

6. What is the connection between Dayna Mellanby, Deanna Troi and Cinzano?

7. What is a Valjoux 7750?

8. What did the 'Student Christian Movement' refer to as "morally questionable" this week?

9. What is it forbidden to do in Ulthar?

10. What was the tallest building in the world in 1400 AD?

11. What is the northernmost point of mainland Australia?

12. Who succeeded Yuri Andropov as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union?

13. What connects topless sunbathing and Space: 1999?

14. With which city would you associate Khelben 'Blackstaff' Arunsun?

15. Only two Welsh footballers have played in Serie A, and both played for Juventus. Name both.

16. 'Temple of the Frog' is regarded as the first ever what?

17. What three-letter word connects a radio telescope, a musical genre and a race of people in Jack Vance's 'Lyonesse' trilogy?

18. Who is currently number 1 in the UCI world rankings for male road cyclists?

19. Elite was originally released for two different models of computer. One was the BBC Model B. What was the other?

20. "Endowed with the strength of a rhinoceros, the speed of a jungle cat and the intelligence of a garden snail." Who am I describing?

21. What is unusual about the playing style of jazz trumpeter Jackson Jeffrey Jackson?

22. Which basketball star is named after Japanese beef?

23. 'Angry Birds' was developed in which European country?

24. What is different about Montgomery, Westcombe and Keen's compared to other cheddars?

25. What is the metal or plastic fitting at the end of a shoelace called?

26. Sailer Ben Ainslie has one Olympic Gold and one Silver in the Laser class and two Golds in which class?

27. Which rock star played Lucky in 'King of the Hill'?

28. Mayim Bialik plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler in 'The Big Bang Theory'. Why is this particularly appropriate?

29. What is the only English league football club whose name begins with five consonants?

30. Who is the world's current number 1 ranked test match batsman?



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Aug. 28th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
I feel I should know more but am only confident about:
25. aglet
29. Crystal Palace

Pel thinks
19. Possibly the Electron although there was a fairly early version for the Commodore 64
23. Sweden
Aug. 28th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
25: correct
29: correct
19: correct : Acorn Electron
23: incorrect
Aug. 28th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
4. Shada?
22. Kobe Bryant
23. Finland
28. She has a PhD in that subject in real life?

14 is going to annoy me, because I know I should know it, but can't remember :P
Aug. 28th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I'd guess 30 is Tendulkar?
Aug. 28th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
Aug. 28th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
4 No.
22 correct
23 correct
28 correct
Aug. 28th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
4: The Two Doctors
Aug. 28th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)

They were all Doctor Who stories featuring overseas location shooting.
Aug. 28th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm... is 16 the first published D&D module?

I feel that I should know 20, but am admitting that I don't before going to google it!
Aug. 28th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Close enough - it was actually only one part of the Blackmoor supplement for original D&D, but it nevertheles counts as the first published RPG scenario.
Aug. 28th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
17: Ska
Aug. 28th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Aug. 29th, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
24. Are they the only genuine Somerset cheddars?
Aug. 29th, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
You're thinking along the right lines, and all three are certainly Somerset cheddars, but there's something else, specific to these three.
Aug. 29th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Made from their own dairy herds? Otherwise don't know.
Aug. 29th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Nope. But it is to do with milk.
Aug. 29th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Aug. 29th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
Well, hardly. I had a great deal of help.
Aug. 29th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Nobody else got it...

This question was inspired by the Tavistock Cheese Festival, which bunn and I went to on Saturday. All three were in attendance.
Aug. 29th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
My parents are from that neck of the woods. They are glorious cheeses.
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