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Questions of the Week

The QuizSoc mailing list formerly held a quiz of the week in its newsletter. This is the archive of those questions.


George Formby

The last Questions of the Week were on the life and works of George Formby. Congratulations to Fayyaz Muddassir Mubeen and Lee Zhao who both knew that

  1. . Many of George's songs - including 'Leaning on a Lamp-Post' - were written by which successful British composer of the 1930's and 40's?
  2. Noel Gay
  3. Which George Formby film was the last in which he co-stared with his wife, Beryl?
  4. Off the Dole
  5. Where was George Formby born?
  6. Wigan
  7. How many sisters did George have?
  8. 4
  9. In which year did Formby win the Stalin Prize?
  10. 1944


John Steinbeck

The last Questions of the Week were on the life and works of John Steinbeck. Congratulations to Fayyaz Muddassir Mubeen, Danny McMillan and Lee Zhao who all knew that

  1. In 1967, John Steinbeck went to report from Vietnam at the behest of which New York magazine?
  2. Newsday
  3. Which Steinbeck book's title is an allusion to a poem Robert Burns?
  4. Of Mice and Men
  5. Who wrote the ballad 'Tom Joad' which summarised the plot of Steinbeck's classic novel, 'The Grapes of Wrath'
  6. Woody Guthrie
  7. How old was Steinbeck when he died?
  8. 66
  9. In which year did Steinbeck with the Nobel Prize for Literature
  10. 1962



The last Questions of the Week were on Pancakes. We gave you the name of a type of pancake and simply asked that you give us the country or region where the pancake originated. We had lots of entries, but congratulations to Arshad Islam who was the only one to get all 5 correct. He knew that

  1. Crepes
  2. France
  3. Palatschinken
  4. Austria/Hungary
  5. Plättar
  6. Sweeden
  7. Injera
  8. Ethopia
  9. Blintz
  10. Russia


Get a Different Name Day

The last Questions of the Week celebrated 'Get a Different Name Day'. Congratulations to Felicity Marsden, Shefaly Yogendra, Calum Aikman, Khurram Malik, Lee Zhao and Paul Buckley who all knew the following celebrities from their birth name:

  1. Betty Joan Perske
  2. Lauren Bacall
  3. David Robert Jones
  4. David Bowie
  5. Eleanora Fagan Gough
  6. Billie Holiday
  7. Barry Alan Pinkus
  8. Barry Manilow
  9. Stevland Hardaway Judkins
  10. Stevie Wonder


National Bramley Apple Week

The last Questions of the Week celebrated National Bramley Apple Week and we asked you five questions themed on Apples. No one managed to get all 5 correct - better luck next time! The answers were:

  1. Where did the Bramley Apple orginate
  2. Southwell, Nottinghamshire, UK
  3. What are the Pantone colours used in the official logo of the Bramley Apple Trade Campaign?
  4. PMS Rubine Red and PMS 382
  5. How many apple pies are bought each year in the UK?
  6. 64.5 million
  7. Where were the Brammy Awards held in 2006?
  8. Top London Restaurant, Angela Harntnett at the Connaught
  9. Bramleys are the UK's most popular cooking apple - for what percentage of the cooking apple market do they account?
  10. 95%


National Storeytelling Week

The last Questions of the Week celebrated National Storeytelling Week and we asked you to decipher five anagrams of Brothers Grimm fairy tales. No one managed to get all 5 correct - better luck next time! The answers were

  1. Trillionth Dire Dodge
  2. Little Red Riding Hood
  3. Him sly card
  4. Mary's Child
  5. Malnourished twice fun
  6. The Wonderful Musician
  7. Tin whistle towel
  8. Little Snow White
  9. Sprinkle MIT slut
  10. Rumpelstiltskin


Scots Words

The last Questions of the Week celebrated Burns Night and we asked you to give us the standard English definition of a selection of Scots words. We had several entries, but no-one managed to get them all right. The correct translations are

  1. Blellum
  2. silly, talkative person
  3. Clanjamfrie
  4. a crowd; a rabble
  5. Fairn-Yeir
  6. cast year
  7. Kebbuck
  8. cheese
  9. Yowie
  10. fir cone



The last set of Questions of the week were on the history of the Intercollegiate Challenge. Congratulations to Khurram Malik who knew that:

  1. How many different colleges have won the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Challenge in its history?
  2. 8
  3. What was the score line in the 2004 final?
  4. Emma 190 - 145 Downing II
  5. Who did Trinity beat in the final of the first ever ICC?
  6. Corpus
  7. Who posted the highest ever individual score in the ICC?
  8. Phil Grant
  9. How many players appearing in last year's final went on to represent the University in the 2006 Varsity match?
  10. 2



The last set of Questions of the week were on Sweden. We had lots of answers over the Christmas break and Shefaly Yogendra, Paul Beecher, Calum Aikman and Richard Neale all knew that

  1. Who was the prime minister of Sweden from 1969-1976 and 1982 until his assassination in 1986?
  2. Olof Palme
  3. What are the two largest islands in Sweden?
  4. Gotland and Otland
  5. Who was the first Swedish king from the House of Bjällbo?
  6. Birger Jarl
  7. Who is the current speaker of the Swedish Unicameral Riksdag?
  8. Per Weseterberg
  9. Name the Swedish pop act that comprised Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle.
  10. Roxette


Plays of Bertolt Brecht

The last set of Questions of the week were on quotes from the plays of Bertolt Brecht. We asked for the English translation of each quote, and the play from which the quotation was taken. Perhaps this was a tad too cultured for our readers as we didn't get any correct entries at all this week. The correct answers were:

  1. 'Verschiedene Weine zu mischen mag falsch sein, aber alte und neue Weisheit mischen sich ausgezeichnet.'
  2. 'Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably' - THE CAUCASSIAN CHALK CIRCLE
  3. 'Unglucklich das Land, das Helden notig hat.'
  4. 'Unhappy the Land that needs heros' from LIFE OF GALILEO
  5. 'Was muß ich dir geben daß du meine Frau nimmst?'
  6. 'What must I give you to take my wife?' - BAAL
  7. 'Fürchtet doch nicht so den Tod und mehr das unzulängliche Leben!'
  8. 'Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.' - THE MOTHER
  9. 'Und der Haifisch, der hat Zähne // Und die trägt er im Gesicht // Und MacHeath, der hat ein Messer // Doch das Messer sieht man nicht'
  10. 'Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear // And he shows them pearly white // Just a jackknife has Macheath, dear // And he keeps it out of sight.' - THE THREEPENNY OPERA


Czech Republic

Last week we had 5 questions on the Czech Republic. Congratulations to genuine Czech, Petr Steiner and QuizSoc committee member, Paul Beecher who both knew that:

  1. The Czech National Anthem is 'Kde domov muj?'. What is the English translation of this title?
  2. 'Where is my home?'
  3. Which product do Czechs consume in greater quantities (per capita) than anywhere else in the world?
  4. Beer
  5. What public holiday will the Czechs celebrate this week?
  6. Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
  7. Which Czech beauty is the current Miss World?
  8. Tatjana Kucharova
  9. Which widely-used product was invented by Professor Otto Wichterle in Czechoslovakia in 1961?
  10. Soft contact lenses



Last week we had 5 questions on Europe's fourth smallest country, Liechtenstein. We had lots of answers this week, but only Shefaly Yogendra got all five right. The correct answers were

  1. What feature does Liechtenstein share with Uzbekistan?
  2. Both are doubly landlocked
  3. The Prince of Liechtenstein is the world's 5th wealthiest Head of State. Who is the wealthiest?
  4. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, king of Saudi Arabia worth ~$21 billion
  5. Liechtenstein is Europe's fourth smallest country, by land area. Which three countries are smaller, in order from smallest to largest?
  6. Vatican City, Monaco, San Marino
  7. Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein, but which town actually has the largest population?
  8. Schaan
  9. FC Vaduz qualified for the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup for the first time in 1992. What was their aggregate score in that competition?
  10. They lost 1-12 (on aggregate) to FC Choronomoret Odesa of Ukraine



Last week we had 5 questions on Halloween. Bad luck to Donna Roser who got one question wrong, but congratulations to Tina Morrell who knew that:

  1. Which Pope moved the old Christian feast of All Saints Day to 1st November to give Halloween a Christian interpretation?
  2. Gregory III
  3. Name the creature of Celtic folklore by whose name Halloween is known in some parts of Ireland.
  4. Puca (Pooky Night)
  5. Which city in Minnesota is the self proclaimed 'Halloween Capital of the World'?
  6. Anoka
  7. How heavy was the largest pumpkin ever measured?
  8. The 2005 World record is 1469 lbs, although a pumpkin weighing in at 1502 lbs was shown in New York this year!
  9. 'Souling' was a European custom which resembled which modern Halloween activity?
  10. Trick or Treat



Last week we were visiting Greece on our trip round the world in 80 quizzes. Nobody got all five questions on the Greek myths correct, although congratulations to Julia Gin who got 4! The answers were:

  1. The Homeric Hymns is a collection of how many poems
  2. 34 (33 celebrate the Gods, one addresses the hosts)
  3. Which poem by Hesiod is the fullest surviving account of the Greek Gods?
  4. Theogony
  5. According to Hesiod, who were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory?
  6. The Muses (Pierides)
  7. . Which goddess's name means 'Mother Earth', and of what is she the goddess?
  8. Demetra, goddess of agriculture
  9. Which God, famed for his fantastic solitary exploits, had an enormous appetite and rustic character, making him a popular figure for comedy?
  10. Heracles



Last week we were visiting Turkey on our trip round the world in 80 quizzes. Congratulations to Khurram Malik and Calum Aikman who knew that:

  1. Who was the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey?
  2. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
  3. What are the two telephone dialing codes for Istanbul?
  4. (+90)212 -European side; (+90)216 - Asian side
  5. Through which treaty did the western powers seek to partition the Ottoman Empire following the First World War?
  6. Treaty of Sevres (1920)
  7. When did the use of surnames become a legal requirement in Turkey?
  8. 1935
  9. Which Turkish author won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature?
  10. Orhan Pamuk



Last week we were visiting Israel on our trip round the world in 80 quizzes. No one got all 5 questions right, but a special mention to David Jordan who pointed out that Golda Meir was in fact the third female prime minister.

  1. Which grandson of Abraham is said to be the father of the nation of Israel?
  2. Jacob
  3. In which year did the Jewish state of Judea become part of the Roman province of Palestine?
  4. 63BC
  5. In 1969, Golda Meir became the world's second female Prime Minister. Who was the first and of which country?
  6. Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka
  7. What do you call a soup made from Jerusalem artichokes?
  8. Palestine (or Lebanese) Soup
  9. How many times has Israel won the Eurovision song contest?
  10. 3


World Animal Day

Last week we were celebrating 'World Animal Day' on 4th October. Congratulations to Khurram Malik who knew that:

  1. World Animal Day coincides with the saint's day of which saint, the patron saint of animals and the environment?
  2. St. Francis of Assisi
  3. In which year was World Animal Day started?
  4. 1931
  5. What is the most common mammal in the US?
  6. Mouse
  7. Which is the smallest species of snake?
  8. Brahminy blind snakes
  9. What colour is a purple finch?
  10. Crimson



Last week were visiting Tunisia as part of our epic 'Around the World in 80 Quizzes'. Congratulations to Khurram Malik who knew that

  1. Tunisia is divided into how many governorates (administrative divisions)?
  2. 24
  3. Which city in Tunisia is considered by many Sunni Muslims to be the fourth holiest city of Islam?
  4. Kairouan
  5. Which Indiana Jones movie was filmed in Tunisia?
  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  7. The Tunisian desert was the set for which mythical planet from the Star Wars: The Phantom Menace?
  8. Tatooine
  9. Which Tunisian city is home to a 35,000 seater Roman amphitheater?
  10. El Djem



Last week's questions were all on the theme of pirates in honour of 'International Talk Like A Pirate Day' on 19th September! Congratulations to Lucy Inkster, Khurram Malik, Nick Carey and Julia Gin who knew where the following pirates first appeared:

  1. Captain Flint and Long John Silver
  2. Treasure Island
  3. Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean
  5. Mr Smee and Black Murphy
  6. Peter Pan
  7. The Pirate King, Samuel and Frederic
  8. Pirates of Penzance
  9. Captain Nancy and Mate Peggy Blackett
  10. Swallows and Amazons


Famous Pupils

In honour of National School Grounds Week, the last set of questions were on famous pupils of fictional schools. Given the school, we asked you to simply name the most famous pupil! Congratulations go to Sinead Matthews, Khurram Malik and Felicity Marsden who got all five correct. The answers were:

  1. Bikini Bottom Elementary School
  2. Spongebob Squarepants
  3. Bayside High School
  4. Zack Morris
  5. Hill Valley High School
  6. Marty McFly
  7. Hillridge Junior High
  8. Lizzie McGuire
  9. Beauxbatons Academy of Magic
  10. Fleur Delacour


Hearing Dog Week

Last week's questions were in aid of 'Hearing Dog Week' and, given the name of a dog, we simply asked you to name the breed. Jessica Arnold and Khurram Malik got all five correct - well done to both of them.

  1. Lassie
  2. Collie
  3. Scooby-Doo
  4. Great Dane
  5. Fang
  6. Boarhound
  7. Beethoven
  8. St. Bernard Dog
  9. Shep
  10. Border Collie


UK Beaches

Last week's questions were inspired by the Bank Holiday and required you to name the county where the following beaches were. Congratulations to Callum Aikman and Khurram Malik who got them all correct.

  1. Bigbury-on-Sea
  2. Devon
  3. Filey
  4. North Yorkshire
  5. Skegness
  6. Lincolnshire
  7. Hornsea
  8. East Riding of Yorkshire
  9. Sheringham
  10. Norfolk


Teenage Mutant Hero/Ninja Turtles

Last week's questions in aid of World Turtle Day posed no problems at all for lots (and lots) of people as 13 got all five right. Andrew Sanderson, Donnacha Kirk, L.R. Inkster, Jonathan De-Souza, Fran Lofts, Lee Eccleston, Shefaly Yogedra, Steve Burgess, Mark Rodgers, Dom Waller, Geoff Lam, Tom Ford and Khurram Malik all knew the names of the character from Teenage Mutant Hero/Ninja Turtles from the details given below - congratulations to all of them!

  1. The defacto leader of the turtles
  2. Leonardo
  3. He wears a purple mask
  4. Donatello
  5. He wields a pair of sai
  6. Raphael
  7. He has an unhealthy addiction to pizza
  8. Michelangelo
  9. The turtles' adoptive father
  10. Splinter



Last week's green fingered questions were inspired by National Compost Week. Given the French name, we simply asked for the more common English equivalent. Three people got all five correct, so congratulations go to Natalie Sheehan, Shefaly Yogendra and Gloria Dawson who knew:

  1. Narcisse des près
  2. Daffodil
  3. Digitale
  4. Foxgloves
  5. Lis
  6. Lily
  7. Pensée
  8. Pansy
  9. Galanth perce-neige
  10. Snowdrop


Doughnut Chains

Last week, in honour of National Doughnut (or Donut) Week, we asked you to name the country of origin of the following Doughnut chains. Congratulations to Shefaly Yogendra who got all five correct.

  1. Krispy Kreme
  2. USA
  3. Dunkin' Donuts
  4. USA
  5. Dinky Donuts
  6. UK
  7. Tim Hortons
  8. Canada
  9. Arnolds
  10. Finland


Kings and Queens

Last week's questions were on which monarch was reigning in England for the given dates and we had loads of replies. Everyone who entered got at least four out of five correct, with the only one causing problems being who was on the throne in 1700? The answer was William III and NOT William III and Mary II as Mary died in 1694. So congratulations go to Michael Dnes, Edward Carlsson Browne, P.A. Gilbert, Paul Beecher, Khurram Waqas Malik and Andrew Chapman. The answers were:

  1. 1500
  2. Henry VII
  3. 1600
  4. Elizabeth I
  5. 1700
  6. William III
  7. 1800
  8. George III
  9. 1900
  10. Victoria


Commonwealth Games

This set of questions were based on Commonwealth Games past and future: given the year, you simply had to name the host city. Congratulations to Khurram Waqas Malik, P.A. Gilbert, Andrew Chapman and Valerie Yang who got the lot.

  1. 1990
  2. Auckland
  3. 1994
  4. Victoria
  5. 1998
  6. Kuala Lumpur
  7. 2002
  8. Manchester
  9. 2006
  10. Delhi


Smoking Ban

No-one managed to get all the questions correct on the smoking ban that was voted on last month. The answers were:

  1. When was the vote that banned smoking in all pubs, clubs and workplaces?
  2. 14th February
  3. What was the majority of the vote for a total ban on smoking?
  4. 328
  5. What is the proposed fine for lighting up in a banned area?
  6. £50
  7. When is the ban expected to come into force?
  8. Summer 2007
  9. Who was the health secretary at the time of the vote?
  10. Patricia Hewitt


The 27th February

Last week's questions were all on events that happened on the 27th February. We simply asked for the year in which all these events occurred. The questions posed no problems for Roxanne Stockdale, P.A. Gilbert, Khurram Waqas Malik and Andrew Chapman who answered all five correctly.

  1. Rowan Williams is enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury
  2. 2003
  3. The British labour party is founded
  4. 1900
  5. Exxon are indicted on five counts for the Exxon Valdez oil spill
  6. 1990
  7. People magazine is first published
  8. 1974
  9. The first Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans
  10. 1827


National Days

The last questions of the week on 'national days' didn't cause too many problems as Jessica Arnold, P.A. Gilbert, Andrew Chapman, Jessica Williams and Khurram Waqas Malik got all five right. Given the capital, they named both the country and the when their national day was!

  1. Bandar Seri Begawan
  2. Brunei; 23rd Feb
  3. Santo Domingo
  4. Dominican Republic; 27th Feb
  5. Tallinn
  6. Estonia; 24th Feb
  7. Georgetown
  8. Guyana; 23rd Feb
  9. Castries
  10. St. Lucia; 22nd Feb


Love Quotes from Shakespeare

These five questions about love quotes from Shakespeare were set just before Valentine's Day, 2006. You were asked to name the work and three people got all five correct. Congratulations to Adam Carter, Khurram Waqas Malik and Andrew Chapman who worked out:

  1. Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind
  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream
  3. Love is a spirit all compact of fire
  4. Venus and Adonis
  5. Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
  6. Twelfth Night
  7. The sight of lovers feedeth those in love
  8. As You Like It
  9. ...Love is not love // Which alters when it alteration finds,
  10. Sonnet 116



Only one correct entry from last week's questions on various maladies. Shefaly Yogendra knew that the modern names for the following five illnesses were:

  1. Mania
  2. Insanity
  3. Nostalgia
  4. Homesickness
  5. Rose cold
  6. Hay Fever
  7. Screws
  8. Rheumatism
  9. Winter fever
  10. Pneumonia



Four people managed to get all five questions on 'January' correct. Congratulations to Andrew Chapman, Mark Sankey, Khurram Waqas Malik and P.A. Gilbert, who knew that:

  1. January is named after 'Janus', who in Roman mythology was the God of what?
  2. Beginnings, and doorways
  3. According to the Saxons, when in January was the unluckiest day of the year? (those unfortunate enough to be born on this day could expect to die an unpleasant death!)
  4. January 2
  5. Astrologically speaking, the month of January begins in Capricorn and ends in what?
  6. Aquarius
  7. In a standard year (365 days), January begins on the same day of the week as which other month(s)?
  8. October
  9. In a leap year, January begins on the same day of the week as which other month(s)?
  10. April & July


Died on this Day...

This week, four people got all five questions correct on the happy topic of people who died on January 23rd. A few got four out of five correct and incorrectly answered question five but congratulations go to Humphrey Waddington, Andrew Chapman, P. Gilbert and Khurram Waqas Malik who got the lot!

  1. Died 1989: an important Catalan painter best known for his surrealist works.
  2. Salvador Dali
  3. Died 1803: founder of a famous drinks company which takes his name.
  4. Arthur Guinness
  5. Died 1944: Norwegian painter and printmaker whose most famous piece is 'missing'
  6. Evard Munch
  7. Died 1931: famous Russian ballet dancer whose showpiece was 'The Dying Swan'.
  8. Anna Pavlova
  9. Died 1622: English navigator and explorer who has a strait and a bay named after him.
  10. William Baffin


Born on this Day...

We had a lot of entries into last week's Qs of the Week and quite a few got them all right. Shefaly Yogendra, P. Gilbert, Mike Smail, Khurram Waqas Malik and Andrew Chapman identified all of the following people that were born on 17th January:

  1. Lived 1863 - 1945. Was the last member of the Liberal party to be UK Prime Minister and was the PM at the end of World War 1
  2. David Lloyd George
  3. Born in 1942. The sportsman of the 20th century (according to BBC Sports Personality and Sports Illustrated)
  4. Muhammad Ali
  5. Lived 1899 - 1947. An American gangster, who was known as 'Scarface'
  6. Al Capone
  7. Lived 1820 - 1849. Was a novelist and a poet, and was the youngest of a literary family
  8. Anne Bronte
  9. Born in 1962. Best known for his manic, slapstick performances in comedy films; this Canadian's first names are James Eugene
  10. Jim Carrey


Christmas Carols

The Christmas carol questions appeared to pose few problems. Iain Mansfield, Mark Sankey, Khurram Waqas Malik, Jenny Archibald, Louise McMillan, Mark Thebridge, Dan Meyer, Caroline Snelgrove and Rachel Till got them all right. They worked out which carols the following lines cam from:

  1. Looked down where He lay
  2. Away in a Manger
  3. Fa la la la la, la la la la
  4. Deck the Halls
  5. Brightly shone the moon that night
  6. Good King Wenceslas
  7. Joyful, all ye nations rise
  8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  9. To touch their harps of gold
  10. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
  11. Born the King of angels
  12. O Come All Ye Faithful
  13. That mourns in lonely exile here
  14. O Come O Come Emmanuel
  15. Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
  16. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  17. Where a mother laid her baby
  18. Once in Royal David's City
  19. For mighty dread
  20. While Shepherds Watched


Charity Singles

Last week's questions were inspired by National Television Day, and you were asked to name the shows which all the following characters were in. Congratulations to Tia, Rachel and Honey who knew that:

  1. Dave Lister
  2. Red Dwarf
  3. Evil Edna
  4. Willo the Wisp
  5. Beth Jordache
  6. Brookside
  7. Mrs. Goggins
  8. Postman Pat
  9. Fleegle
  10. Banana Splits


Charity Singles

No-one quite managed to get all five right last week, but a few got 4/5. The five charity singles were:

  1. Comic Relief in 2005
  2. McFly (It's All About You / You've Got a Friend)
  3. Children in Need in 2004
  4. Girls Aloud (I'll Stand by You)
  5. Sport Relief in 2004
  6. Rachel Stevens (Some Girls)
  7. Artists Against AIDS Worldwide in 2004
  8. All Star Tribute (What's Going On?)
  9. Asian Tsunami Relief in 2004
  10. One World Project (Grief Never Grows Old)


Road Safety Week

Rather worryingly, despite many attempts no-one managed to get all the answers to last week's driving theory test questions correct... the answers are:

  1. At a pelican crossing, the flashing amber light means you MUST...?
  2. Give way to pedestrians ALREADY on the crossing (it is common courtesy to give way to those waiting as well)
  3. A flashing green beacon on a vehicle means... ?
  4. Ambulance or Doctor
  5. Diamond shaped signs give instructions to... ?
  6. Trams
  7. You see a pedestrian with a white stick and red band. This means that the person is... ?
  8. Blind and Deaf
  9. What is the shortest overall stopping distance on a dry road from 60 mph?
  10. 240ft


World Vegan Day

No-one got all the vegan questions correct last week - so no-one gets the privilege of getting their name on the website. The answers were:

  1. In which city will the main Australian WVD celebrations be taking place?
  2. Melbourne
  3. What is the theme of the 2005 event?
  4. Diversity
  5. The first WVD was celebrated to mark what event?
  6. The 50th anniversary of the Vegan Society
  7. Where in Essex is the main WVD event in the UK being held?
  8. Brentwood
  9. When was the first WVD?
  10. 1994


United Nations Day

These questions were on UN day, specifically about the newest members. You just had to name the year in which the country became a member and also its capital. Michael Hoenig came close, but congratulations to Humphrey Waddington who got everything correct:

  1. Timor-Leste
  2. 27th Sept 2002, Dili
  3. Switzerland
  4. 10th Sept 2002, Bern
  5. Tuvalu
  6. 5th Sept 2000, Funafuti
  7. Serbia and Montenegro
  8. 1st Nov 2000, Belgrade
  9. Tonga
  10. 14th Sept 1999, Nuku'alofa


World Food Day

Last week's culinary experts were J.D. De Souza, Bilen Ahmet and Khurram Waqas Malik who managed to get all five questions correct. They knew the origins of the following national dishes:

  1. Clootie Dumpling
  2. Scotland
  3. Poutine
  4. Quebec (In Canada)
  5. Pavlova
  6. New Zealand (although Australia apparently also claim it)
  7. Cheese Fondue
  8. Switzerland
  9. Donut
  10. USA



Cambridge people are obviously not very green fingered as only one person managed to name all the plants correctly. Rob Harris knew that the more common names for the following plants were:

  1. Dianthus
  2. Carnation
  3. Pelargonium
  4. Geranium
  5. Dendranthema
  6. Chrysanthemum
  7. Convallaria majalis
  8. Lily of the Valley
  9. Hortensia
  10. Hydrangea

Questions of the Summer 2005

'Easy' Quiz

The 'easy questions' set for the Summer proved to be not that easy. Although we had over 50 entries, only two people managed to get all ten correct. Congratulations to Mustafa Anjari and Shefaly Yogendra who worked out / googled the following:

  1. Since 1921, in which country has the Encyclopedia Britannica been published?
  2. USA
  3. The Canary Islands are named after which animal?
  4. The Dog
  5. Which country makes Panama hats?
  6. Ecuador
  7. What was the name of the ship in the film 'Mutiny on the Bounty'?
  8. The Bounty
  9. From which animals do we get 'catgut'?
  10. Horses and sheep
  11. What was King George VI's first name?
  12. Albert
  13. Who composed Ravel's Bolero?
  14. Ravel
  15. How long was the Hundred Years War?
  16. 116 years
  17. In which season does Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' take place?
  18. Spring
  19. What colour is the black box on an aeroplane?
  20. Orange



The Cambridge questions of the week obviously didn't prove too much of a challenge as Mark Sankey, Emma McIlroy and Paul Beecher all managed to get all five answers correct. They knew that:

  1. Which is the oldest college?
  2. Peterhouse
  3. The university was set up by scholars in 1209 who fled the hostile townspeople of which English city?
  4. Oxford
  5. Who is the present Lucasian professor of Mathematics?
  6. Steven Hawking
  7. To the nearest million, how many volumes does the University Library (including the dependent libraries) house?
  8. Seven
  9. Who won the first boat race?
  10. Oxford


What's the question...?

The response to last week's answers of the week was astounding, but the best by a mile came from Michael Dnes who came up with the following questions:

  1. France
  2. Which country is home to the largest number of twins of British towns?
  3. Orange
  4. Which mobile phone company was born out of a Rabbit and brought up by Frenchmen?
  5. Brussel Sprouts
  6. Which vegetable was introduced into the US by President Thomas Jefferson?
  7. Kingston Park
  8. Ariel
  9. Robert Kilroy-Silk
  10. The Church of the Militant Elvis recently offered 72 virgins to anyone who killed which aspiring MP?


Rugby Union

Rugby Union is obviously not a strong subject for most based on the lack of answers received. but there was one bright spark who knew all five! Congratulations to Martin Jenkins who knew which clubs played their home games at the following grounds:

  1. Welford Road
  2. Leicester Tigers
  3. Donnybrook
  4. Leinster
  5. Hughendon
  6. Glasgow
  7. Kingston Park
  8. Newcastle Falcons
  9. St. Helens
  10. Neath-Swansea Ospreys



Oh dear - the Eurovision Song Contest is over for another year, and all that is left to do is announce the winners of the Eurovision questions of the week. Peter Pemberton-Ross and Shefaly Yogendra knew no shame and admitted that they knew the songs that these artists sang at Eurovision. Congratulations to them both.

  1. Javine
  2. Touch My Fire
  3. Bucks Fizz
  4. Making Your Mind Up
  5. Celine Dion
  6. Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi
  7. ABBA
  8. Waterloo
  9. Cliff Richard
  10. Congratulations and Power to All Our Friends


Train Stations across Europe

Several people got all the answers to last week's questions of the week - with reasons including a combination of being a geography student, going inter-railing, being clever and using Google. Anyway, congratulations to Peter Pemberton-Ross, Jessica Arnold, Graham Bates and Shefaly Yogendra who knew that:

  1. Sants
  2. Barcelona
  3. Termini
  4. Rome
  5. 'Zoo'
  6. Berlin
  7. Midi
  8. Brussels
  9. Heuston
  10. Dublin


Cryptic Football League Teams

Congratulations to Tom Rosoman and Andee Pilkington who last week managed to decrypt all five of the following British league football teams:

  1. All the clues together
  2. Leeds
  3. Bobby fit
  4. Charlton Athletic
  5. Look after deep well
  6. Motherwell
  7. White birds spot Paris
  8. Swansea City
  9. Stolen goods about community
  10. Luton Town


The Papal Election

Congratulations to the two people who got all 5 answers about the new Pope correct - several people were very close but didn't quite get The Sun's headline right. Anyway, Michael Hoenig and James Watson knew that:

  1. What is shouted from the balcony following a successful vote by the cardinals?
  2. Habemus Papam
  3. In what year was Joseph Ratzinger born?
  4. 1927
  5. Where was he made a cardinal of in 1977?
  6. Munich
  7. When was the last Pope Benedict in residence at the Vatican?
  8. 1922
  9. What was The Sun's headline following the new Pope's election?
  10. From Hitler Youth to Papa Ratzi


News Quiz: These questions all relate to news stories from the week.

  1. Wales rugby star, Gavin Henson, has been photographed on nights out with which singer?
  2. Charlotte Church
  3. Which breakfast TV presenter has announced that he is quitting next month?
  4. Eamonn Holmes
  5. Which contestant was the first to be booted out of celebrity Fame Academy?
  6. Al Murray
  7. Who will be representing Great Britain at this year's Eurovision Song Contest?
  8. Javine
  9. Which Friend's star is set to appear in a play in the West End?
  10. Ross/ David Schwimmer


Oscars: Name these films which won Oscars in 2005 from just one or two of the characters?

  1. Margie Hendricks
  2. Ray
  3. Ava Gardner
  4. The Aviator
  5. Clementine Kruczynski
  6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  7. Lucius Best and Buddy Pine
  8. The Incredibles
  9. J. Jonah Jameson
  10. Spider-Man 2


NHL Ice Hockey: In which city do the following NHL ice hockey teams play?

  1. Thrashers
  2. Atlanta
  3. Canucks
  4. Vancouver
  5. Blackhawks
  6. Chicago
  7. Blues
  8. St. Louis
  9. Kings
  10. Los Angeles


The Grammies

  1. Who, at the age of 14, was the youngest artist to win a top Grammy Award?
  2. Leanne Rimes in 1997
  3. How many Grammy Awards did Jimi Hendrix win?
  4. None
  5. Which solo artist has won the most Grammy's?
  6. Stevie Wonder
  7. Which actress on the US TV series 'The Facts of Life' won a Grammy Award nomination in 1984 for 'Best Inspirational Performance'?
  8. Lisa Whelchel with ' All Because of You'
  9. Who famously accepted their life time achievement award without thanking anyone?
  10. Bob Dylan in 1991


Pot Luck

  1. The word 'art' is derived from the Latin for what?
  2. skill/craft/to fit
  3. The word 'science' is derived from the Greek for what?
  4. to know/knowledge
  5. Which encyclopedia was first published in 1768?
  6. Britannica
  7. Which team sport has periods of play called 'chukkas'?
  8. Polo
  9. In which country did the board game Chess originate?
  10. Highly debatable - but generally seen to be India


The start of Lent

  1. The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for which season?
  2. Spring
  3. What is the last day of Lent?
  4. It is generally seen as Holy Saturday (the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday), but in the Roman Catholic Church, Lent officially ends at sundown on Maundy Thursday with the beginning of the Last Supper.
  5. How long is Lent?
  6. 40 days (it is actually 46 days, but we skip Sundays as they commemorate the resurrection)
  7. What are rabbits used to symbolize?
  8. Fertility
  9. Why was Easter Island called Easter Island?
  10. It was discovered on Easter Sunday, 1722


Pot Luck

  1. What's the collective name for a group of horses?
  2. Harras (or team or stud...)
  3. Who or what lives in a Holt?
  4. Otter
  5. What's the scientific name for the lower jaw?
  6. The Mandible
  7. What's a female lobster called?
  8. A Hen
  9. What is the name of the porcupine in the Jungle Book?
  10. Ikki (Sahi in Jungle Book 2)


Christmas: Below are 10 ways to say 'Merry Christmas'... all we need to know is the language.

  1. I'd Miilad Said Oua Sana Saida
  2. Arabic
  3. Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
  4. Cornish
  5. Hyvaa joulua
  6. Finnish
  7. Kala Christouyenna
  8. Greek
  9. Gledileg Jol
  10. Icelandic
  11. Linksmu Kaledu
  12. Lithuanian
  13. Sarbatori Fericite
  14. Romanian
  15. Nollaig chridheil huibh
  16. Scots Gaelic
  17. Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
  18. Turkish
  19. Nadolig Llawen
  20. Welsh


Cryptic Cities in the UK

  1. Not an old fortification
  2. Newcastle
  3. Tracking down the college lecturer
  4. Huntingdon
  5. Entry for the male sheep
  6. Ramsgate
  7. A saucy one
  8. Worcester
  9. Enjoying a book
  10. Reading
  11. Hoard drink on left side
  12. Stockport
  13. Followed by police in enquiries
  14. Leeds
  15. Starve the ringer
  16. Belfast
  17. People's rock
  18. Folkestone
  19. Partner of a wise man
  20. Morecambe