Q1. Where would you find the Armstrong Line?
Q2. What word for ‘nonsense’ comes from the Dutch for ‘soft dung’?
Q3. What connects Henry, Kelvin and Tesla?
Q4. Flatmates Felix Unger and Oscar Madison are the central characters in which play, film and TV series?
Q5. ‘The buck stops here’. What is a ‘buck’ in this context?
Q6. How many poppies made up the Queen’s Cenotaph wreath this year?
Q7. What would you find in a carajillo?
Q8. On what did a friend of Dorothy spend £300,000 recently?
Q9. Which Japanese car company has a plant near Sunderland?
Q10. Which American state has Boise as its capital, and is known as the Gem State or Potato State?
Q11. What is the title of the poem which begins "The boy stood on the burning deck?
Q12. Nicknamed "Muscles", after whom has the main court at the Sydney Olympic Tennis Park been named?
Q13. In 1982, Sarah Jane Hutt was the last English winner of which title?
Q14. What is the Australian name for a long narrow ox bow lake?
Q15. In electoral terms what does the abbreviation FPTP signify?
Q16. Gallophobia is a morbid fear of… what?
Q17. The name of which amphibian is also part of a horse's anatomy?
Q18. 'My Heart Will Go On' was the theme to which film?
Q19. What are padmasana, sirsasana and savasana?
Q20. Where would you find the Plimsoll Line?
A1. In the atmosphere – the altitude beyond which humans absolutely cannot survive in an unpressurized environment [ about 12 miles]
A2. Poppycock: from pappekak
A3. All SI units: Temperature, inductance and ‘magnetic flux density’
A4. The Odd Couple
A5. The marker used to indicate who is the dealer in a game of poker, which moves from person to person as the game progresses. Believed to have derived ‘buckhorn’ as in a buckhorn-handled knife.
A6. 93. Why? No-one knows, but it’s always 93 – see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-20244652
A7. Coffee and brandy [accept rum, according to Wikipedia, but for me the cheapest brandy is the one true adjunct!]
A8. The blue and white dress worn by Dorothy (Judy Garland) in the Wizard of Oz. It sold for that sum to an anonymous buyer at a recent ‘Hollywood Icons’ auction.
A11. Casabianca [by British poet Felicia Dorothea Hemans, the poem opens:
The boy stood on the burning deck
Whence all but he had fled;
The flame that lit the battle's wreck
Shone round him o'er the dead.]
A12. Ken Rosewall
A13. Miss World
A15. First Past The Post
A16. The French or French things
A17. Frog [part of a horse's hoof, located on the underside]
A19. Yoga Positions
A20. On a ship
Q1 What was Carole Hersee’s claim to fame over four decades from 1967 to the mid 1990s?
A1 She was the little girl on the BBC test card [born in 1958, Carole was the daughter of the BBC engineer who designed that iconic test card]
Q2 What is the currency of Guyana?
A2 Dollar [Guyanese dollar obviously]
Q3 Which country's national symbol is the fleur de lys?
Q4 Which month's name is derived from the name of a god of War?
A4 March [from Mars, Roman god of war]
Q5 How many tiles are there in a Scrabble game?
A5 100 [98 letter tiles and two blanks]
Q6 What is the collective noun for a group of foxes ?
A6 A skulk [although leash is also used]
Q7 Who starred in the 1969 film 'The trouble with girls'?
A7 Elvis Presley
Q8 How many men have walked on the Moon ?
Q9 Which famous duo belonged to The Royal Order of Water Buffaloes?
A9 Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble
Q10 Where were the 1912 summer olympics held ?
A10 Stockholm, Sweden
Q11 What vessel is also a palindrome?
Q12 Which English town was known to the Romans as Verulamium ?
A12 St Albans, Hertfordshire
Q13 On a dartboard, which number gives a ‘Shanghai’ score of 72?
A13 Number 12 [Shanghai being a single, double and treble of the same number]
Q14 Rossini composed an overture about which legendary character?
A14 William Tell
Q15 If you exclude Australia, what is the 4th largest island in the world ?
A15 Madagascar [the top three being Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo in that order]
Q16 How many bits are in a nibble?
A16 Four [computer terminology!]
Q17 If you were on 'free parking' and threw an 8 where would you land?
A17 Water Works [in Monopoly]
Q18 What connects A, B and O?
A18 Blood – along with AB they make up the four major blood groups.
Q19 Which city did Hitler plan to make his capital of England after he invaded?
A19 Oxford [and Blenheim Palace was to have been his official residence]
Q20 What was Pat Simmons’ claim to fame between 1963 and 1985?
A20 She was the voice of BT’s ‘speaking clock’ having won a competition to find the new ‘voice’. She died in 2005.