Friday, 1 November 2013

The Friday Question Set — 1-11-2013

Oh, now that’s something … !

You remember me mentioning the big, Saint Jude’s Day Storm: Monday just gone … ?

Yeah, that storm.

In amongst all the destruction, one of the trees in the Bay Tree Centre — the set of shops halfway down Brentwood High Street — had gone over.

Not a pleasant sight, as the trees had been there a while.

But at least the tree surgeons had chopped it into bits.

They were seemingly back, today: back … and stripping the tree in question of any remaining damaged branches.

Oh, I realise that’s probably needed.   But it does seem a shame, somehow.

Oh, well.

Let’s move on, shall we?


After all, today is Friday: which means it’s time for the Friday Question Set.

Here’s THIS week’s, covered by the usual Creative Commons License* …
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Q1) What’s the approximate distance from London to Paris, in miles: 200, 300 or 400 miles?
A1) 200.   (Apparently, it’s 213.6 miles.)
Q2) What was the first top ten hit for The Cure?
Q2) Love Cats.
Q3) Trenton is the capital of which US state?
Q4) What’s the only English anagram of the word, ‘INTRODUCE’?
Q5) Which shipping forecast area is immediately east of Shannon?
A5) Fastnet.
Q6) Anthophobia is a fear of what: flowers, chips or trees?
A6) Flowers
Q7) What word can go after ‘sea’ and before ‘Heart’?
Q8) What is ⅓rd of 1, 200?
A8) 400.
Q9) Which Noël wrote Hay Fever?
Q10) Where, on a standard computer keyboard, is the spacebar: top, bottom or middle?
A10) The bottom.
Q11) Oxygene was a hit album for which French musician?
A11) Jean Michel Jarré.
Q12) Who was the only female American singer to have a million selling single, in the UK, during the 80s? (Extra point for the single.)
A12) Jennifer Rush. (The Power of Love.)
Q13) Michael Jackson wrote, recorded and sang Thriller: who was that album’s producer?
A13) Quincy Jones.
Q14) Which two Beatles have, or had, children who share a birthday?   (Extra point for one of the kids, two points for both.   (Bonus points only if the parents are correctly named)
A14) Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr. (Stella McCartney and Zak Starkey)
Q15) Which former Radio 1 DJ has a son called Woody?
A15) Zoé Ball.
Q16) More to the point, who’s Woody’s father?
A16) Fatboy Slim.
Q17) Adolphe Sax invented which woodwind instrument?
A17) The Saxophone.   (The Saxophone has a reed mouthpiece, which is what makes it a woodwind instrument.   True brass instruments, like the Trumpet and didgeredoo, rely on the players lips.)
Q18) Celine Dion is a French–speaking native of which country?
A18) Canada.
Q19) Legend was the posthumous ‘best of’ album from which artist?
A19) Bob Marley.
Q20) Which Beatle got engaged in 2001?
A20) Sir Paul McCartney.
Q21) The Plough, The Big Dipper, and the Saucepan are all names for which constellation?
A21) Ursa Majoris.
Q22) What term is used for a giant group of stars held together by gravity?
A22) A galaxy.
Q23) 1981 saw the launch of which distinctive spacecraft?
A23) The Space shuttle.
Q24) What can be either a Red Giant, or White Dwarf?
A24) A star.
Q25) What’s the largest planet in our solar system?
A25) Jupiter.
Q26) The Cydonia region of Mars famously contains what … ?
Q27) Who was the longest serving presenter of The Sky at Night?
A27) Patrick Moore.
Q28) Quasi Stellar objects are also known as what?
A28) Quasars.
Q29) What, barring the Sun, is the nearest star to our Solar System?
A29) Proxima Centauri.
Q30) The Sidereal period is the time it takes for a planet to do what?
A30) Orbit the Sun.
Q31) During the 1996 WBA heavyweight fight between Mike Tyson and Bruce Seldon, the Referee stopped the fight in which round?
A31) The first.
Q32) Llanelli signed former Rugby League player Scott Quinell from which club?
A32) Richmond.
Q33) The Juddmonte International Stakes is the principal race of the three day August meeting at which race track?
A33) York.
Q34) True or False: Viv Richards plays football for Antigua.
A34) True.
Q35) True or False: Stirling Moss only won the World Drivers’ Championship once.
A35) False. He never won it at all.
Q36) Which imposing British sportsman said “I’m cold & ruthless; – as far as I’m concerned, it’s kill, or be killed?”
A36) Tim Henman.
Q37) Which football team play at Millmoor?
A37) Rotherham United.
Q38) How many League sides did Trevor Brooking play for, during his career?
A38) One.
Q39) Which tennis player was known as Mr Nasty?
A39) Ilie Nastase.
Q40) How many goals did Jürgen Klinsman score, in the 1998 World Cup?
A40) Three.
Q41) Dancer was the title used for which British film, when it premiéred at the Cannes Film Festival?
A41) Billy Elliot.
Q42) Four Wedding & A Funeral got an Oscar nomination for what Best Film, Best Director, or Best Writer?
A42) Best Writer.
Q43) How many roles did Alec Guinness play in Kind Hearts and Coronets?
A43) Eight.
Q44) What was Anthony Hopkins role, in Bram Stoker’s Dracula?
A44) Van Helsing.
Q45) Which British star of Gandhi played Oscar Schindler’s Jewish accountant, in Schindler’s List?
A45) Ben Kingsley.
Q46) Which Emmerdale star appeared in The Great Gatsby, aged just six?
A46) Patsy Kensit. 
Q47) What was Roger Moore’s second film as James Bond?
A47) The Man With The Golden Gun.
Q48) Which star of Children of Men co–owns Langan’s Brasserie, in London? 
A48) Michael Caine.
Q49) This Sporting Life was the debut movie for which Labour MP?
A49) Glenda Jackson.
Q50) Who played Steven Ward, in Scandal?
A50) John Hurt.
Q51) What was Radiohead’s first top ten single?
A51) Creep.
Q52) In the USA, the Stanley Cup is awarded in which sport?
A52) Ice hockey.
Q53) There are 6,080 feet in a nautical what?
A53) A nautical mile.
Q54) What name was given to the home of the Norse gods?
A54) There’s two, strictly speaking: Asgard and Vanaheimr, depending on which set of Norse gods you were talking about.
Q55) On radio, what did the A stand for, in ITMA? (Bonus point for the full title).
A55) Again. (It’s That Man, Again.)
Q56) Which musical instrument did the late Karen Carpenter play?
A56) The Drums.
Q57) In snooker, how many reds are left on the table after five of them have been potted?
A57) Ten. (10.)
Q58) How many cards are there in a pack Tarot cards: sixty-eight, seventy-eight or eighty-eight?
Q59) How many edges does a cube have: ten, twelve or fourteen?
A59) Twelve.
Q60) Prior to the Calendar Act of 1750, on what date was New Years Day?
A60) 25th March.
Enjoy those: I hope they help!

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