Friday, 14 February 2014

The Friday Question Set — 14-2-2014

You know, Britain could rightly be said to drowning, at the moment.


Parts of Somerset, Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Devon are under serious amounts of water: given that it hasn’t actually stopped raining since Christmas.

Parts of Sctoland and Northeast England are looking a touch hairy, as well, from what I’m given to understand.

All this … ?

All this and I’m listening to Jarre’s En Attendent Costeau … !

You know … learning how to deep-sea dive could WELL be useful it the flood waters get as far as Brentwood … !


At any rate, today is Friday: which means, obviously, that 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 would you do with a wonton?
A1) Eat it.   (It’s a Chinese dumpling).
Q2) The Smoo is Scotland’s largest what, cave, mountain or tree?
Q2) Cave.
Q3) During the 18th century, Kitty Fisher was London’s highest paid what, prostitute, actress, or dancer?
Q4) Manic Depression is now better known as what condition?
A4) Bipolar Disorder: and occasionally as Bipolar Affective Disorder.
Q5) What was the only Prince song to have won an Oscar?
Q6) Dipsophobia is an unreasoning fear of what?
Q7) What is the sum of a century plus a gross?
A7) 244.
Q8) What word can go after “soap”, and before “office”?
A8) Box.
Q9) What is 60% of 3000?
A9) 1800.
Q10) How many yards in a furlong?
A10) 220.
Q11) In 2006, Evo Morales became President of which South American country?
A11) Bolivia.
Q12) In the 1970’s, Milton Obote was ousted from power in Uganda, by which dictator?
A12) Idi Amin.
Q13) Emperor Hirohito ruled which country, for over 60 years?
A13) Japan.
Q14) What was the first game of Mikael Gorbachev’s wife?
A14) Raisa.
Q15) Who succeeded President Nasser, as President of Egypt?
A15) Anwar Sadat.
Q16) Before becoming US President, which US state was Bill Clinton Governor of?
A16) Arkansas.
Q17) Sirimavo Bandaranike was the world’s first female Prime Minister.   But of which country?
A17) Sri Lanka.
Q18) In which decade did Juan Carlos first become king of Spain?
A18) The 1970’s
Q19) Robert Mugabe was, and is, leader of which African country?
A19) Zimbabwe
Q20) Who became Ireland’s first woman President?
A20) Mary Robinson.
Q21) One Eyed Jake, Roger the Cabin Boy and Master Bates were all supposedly in whose crew?
A21) Captain Pugwash’s.
Q22) Which pre-school character’s live on Home Hill?
A22) The Tele-Tubbies.
Q23) Name either of the presenters of the first series of Live & Kicking?   (Two points for both)
A23) Andi Peters, & Emma Forbes.
Q24) Tell us the names of any of the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles.   (1 point for 1, 2 for 2, 3 for 3, & 4 for ALL FOUR.   Why be stingy?   Hell, if you can name their rat mentor, as well, thats 5)
A24) Michaelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, and Leonardo.   Plus Splinter, of course.
Q25) In which show does Little Bo appear?
A25) The Roly Mo Show.
Q26) Greendale is the setting for Postman Pat.   Who’s the postmistress: Mrs Goggins, Mrs Bobbins or Mrs Flobadob?
A26) Mrs Goggins.
Q27) Which character did Susan Tully play in Grange Hill?
A27) Suzanne Ross.
Q28) Colonel White, Captain Blue, and Leiutenent Green are all characters in which revived Gerry Anderson series?
A28) Captain Scarlet.
Q29) Where would you find Hugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert Dibble & Grubb?
A29) Trumpton.
Q30) What type of animal said “I’m just a silly old Hector”?
A30) Hector the Hound.   (Accept Dog.)
Q31) Who wrote The Midwich Cuckoos?
A31) John Wyndham.
Q32) Who is the father of the Three Laws of Robotics? 
A32) Isaac Asimov.
Q33) Philip K Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was turned into which Harrison Ford movie: Blade Runner, Raiders of the Lost Ark or Ender’s Game?
A33) Blade Runner.
Q34) Who played the title role in the 1930s Flash Gordon serial?
A34) Buster Crabbe.
Q35) The Japanese movie Gojira was the first to feature which monster?
A35) Godzilla.
Q36) Drooges, miloko and ultra violence feature in a famous Stanley Kubrick movie adapted from a novel by Anthony Burgess.   But which controversial movie?
A36) A Clockwork Orange.
Q37) ln Logan’s Run everybody over what age was subjected to euthanasia?
A37) 30.
Q38) Who played the Doctor from 1966-69 in the long running BBC series, Doctor Who
A38) Patrick Troughton.
Q39) Which American novelist was the creator of Ringworld, David Niven, Larry Niven or JRR Tolkien?
A39) Larry Niven.
Q40) Bruce Dern is a space faring eco-warrior who kills his crew mates to save the wildlife. Name the 1971 movie.
A40) Silent Running.
Q41) What is Scotland’s second highest peak?
A41) Ben Macdui.
Q42) In which English city is the Whitworth Art Gallery: London, Manchester or Birmingham?
A42) Manchester.
Q43) On which river does Dumfries stand?
A43) The River Nith.
Q44) In which Scottish city is the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope?
A44) Edinborough.
Q45) What’s the largest town in Dorset: Bournemouth, Yarmouth or Portsmouth?
A45) Bournemouth.
Q46) Where is Dyce Airport?
A46) Aberdeen.
Q47) Which Lough is at the centre of the Sperrin, Antrim and Mourne mountain ranges?
A47) Neagh.    (Pronounced Loch Neigh.)
Q48) Where is the National Library of Wales?
A48) Aberystwyth.
Q49) Which town’s football ground is furthest away from any other?
A49) Carlisle.
Q50) Which English city is home to the first Jain temple, outside India: Leicester or Dudley?
A50) Leicester.
Q51) Which car maker produced the Prefect?
A51) Ford.   (Possibly the only car to have a science fiction character named after it.)
Q52) Agar-agar is a type of gelatine made from what?
A52) Seaweed.
Q53) Which former Big Brother contestant opened a beauty saloon, in Hertford, called Ugly’s?
A53) Jade Goody.
Q54) On  a standard computer keyboard, what function key is in the top left corner?
A54) The Escape key.
Q55) Who wrote the novel A Clockwork Orange?
Q56) What word can go before “all”, “cast”, and “take”
A56) Over.
Q57) In ancient China, a vase made of what precious green stone, was buried with the dead?
A57) Jade.
Q58) In a non leap year, if February the 1st is a Thursday, what day day is March 1st?
A58) Thursday.
Q59) What’s the nearest river to Balmoral Castle?
A59) The River Dee.
Q60) If you were riding along Rotten Row, in which London park would you be?
A60) Hyde Park.
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you later … 

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