Friday, 10 April 2015

The Friday Question Set — 10-4-2015

That’s sad: Richie Benaud’s died.

If you’ve not heard of him … ?   The late former commentator was one of the cricket commentators on the BBC, for many years.

And, during his cricketing career, one of Australia’s better known Test captain.

OK, I was never a fan.

But still, that’s sad: both for fans, and his family.

I can only offer my condolences.


But let’s move on, shall we?

After all, it’s a 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) Which European language does the word kitsch come from?
A1) German.

Q2) What is the state capital of Massachusetts?
Q2) Boston.

Q3) Which Dickens character famously asked for more?
A3) Oliver Twist.

Q4) What did Old Mother Hubbard keep in her cupboard?
A4) Nothing.

Q5) Red, orange and yellow: what’s the next colour of the rainbow?
A5) Green.

Q6) Dad, kayak and rotavator are examples of what type of words?
A6) Palindrome.

Q7) A bob was the popular name of which old English coin?
A7) A shilling.

Q8) What is the name for the Mexican cloak with a slit for the head?
A8) A poncho.

Q9) Which of the Wonders of the World was at Babylon?
A9) The Hanging Gardens.

Q10) Snow crystals have – on average – how many points?
A10) Six.


Q11) Which planet has a satellite called Europa?
A11) Jupiter.

Q12) Which space station has a name that translates into English as peace; Mir, Salyut, or Soyuz? 
A12) Mir.

Q13) The Ranger and Surveyor probes preceded the exploration of where?
A13) The Moon.

Q14) What name is given to a site for astronomical observation?
A14) An observatory.

Q15) What is an Oort cloud made of?
A15) Comets.

Q16) What satellite was the first to transmit live TV pictures?
A16) Telstar.

Q17) One of the mythical children of Uranus & Gaia had which type of rocket named after them: Titan, Saturn or Gemini?
A17) Titan.

Q18) Phobos & Deimos are moons of which planet?
A18) Mars.

Q19) What constellation is known as “The Hunter?”
A19) Orion.

Q20) Which planet is bigger: Jupiter, Saturn or Uranus?
A20) Jupiter.


Q21) Which actor connects I, Claudius, Cadfæl, and Doctor Who
A21) Derek Jacobi.

Q22) Which sitcom told the story of revolutionaries, in Tooting?
A22) Citizen Smith.

Q23) What was the surname of Morticia, & Gomez?
A23) Addams.  (The Addams Family.)

Q24) Which science fiction series first started the day after President Kennedy was shot?
A24) Doctor Who.

Q25) Name the Scottish undertaker, in Dad’s Army.
A25) Private Fraser.

Q26) Who had a long running TV show, before starring in Mary Poppins, and Diagnosis Murder?
A26) Dick Van Dyke.

Q27) What was the second area of Britain to receive TV transmissions?
A27) The Midlands.

Q28) In Dallas, which character became Mrs Clayton Farlow?
A28) Miss Ellie.

Q29) Which Carry On, regular was the star of Bless This House?
A29) Sid James.

Q30) Who was the main character on The Phil Silvers Show?
A30) Master Sergeant Bilko.


Q31) Which holiday resort had the motto “It’s So Bracing”; Skegness, Brighton, or Blackpool?
A31) Skegness.

Q32) Who created the Angel of the North?
A32) Anthony Gormley.

Q33) What did the National Trust on its land, in 1997?
A33) Deer Hunting.

Q34) Alfred Waterhouse designed which of London’s most visited buildings, in the 19th century: the Natural History Museum, The Houses of Parliament, or Buckingham Palace
A34) The Natural History Museum.

Q35) In which county is Alton Towers?
A35) Staffordshire.

Q36) Edward Maddrell was the last native speaker of which British language?
A36) Manx.

Q37) In which British city is the worlds oldest passenger station?
A37) Manchester.

Q38) What’s the second highest mountain in the UK?
A38) Ben Macdhui.

Q39) In which county is the UK’s longest cave system?
A39) North Yorkshire.   (Gaping Gill)

Q40) In which English city are you, if you’re in the East Midlands Gas Museum?
A40) Leicester.


Q41) What type of fish is gravlax?
A41) Salmon.

Q42) Kirsh is also known as what type of fruit brandy?
A42) Cherry Brandy

Q43) Pimms No. 1 is based on what spirit; gin, rum, or vodka?
A43) Gin

Q44) Aspartame is an alternative to which basic ingredient?
A44) Sugar.

Q45) In which month does Beaujolais Nouveau usually arrive in Britain?
A45) November.

Q46) How many standard sized bottles make up a Nebuchadnezzar?
A46) 20.

Q47) Which 50’s pop star’s name is rhyming slang for ‘mild?’
A47) Marty Wilde.

Q48) Isabella Mary Mayson is better known as which cook?
A48) Mrs Beeton.

Q49) What sort foodstuff is a macademia?
A49) A nut.

Q50) What drink did Sir Bob Geldof advertise: milk, tea or Guinness?
A50) Milk.


Q51) Petrology is the study of what?
A51) Rocks.   (As opposed to Geology, which is the study of the Earth)

Q52) How are Mizaru, Mikazaru, and Mazaru better known?
A52) The three wise monkeys: Mizaru (See no evil). Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil) 

Q53) What name is given to dried plums?
A53) Prunes .

Q54) Ellison’s Orange is a variety of which fruit?
A54) An apple.

Q55) Vienna is the capital city of which European country?
A55) Austria.

Q56) George Cornell got shot in The Blind Beggar: in Whitechapel, in what’s now Tower Hamlets, in London.   By whom?
A56) Ronnie Kray.

Q57) In which European country was Europe’s oldest university founded?
A57) Italy.   In Salerno, to be precise

Q58) Michæl Hordern  and Ben Wishaw have both provided the voice for which bear?
A58) Paddington.

Q59) Dr John Pemberton invented which world famous fizzy drink?
A59) Coca Cola.

Q60) Which sport did Marco Van Basten play?
A60) Football.

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