Friday, 21 March 2014

The Friday Question Set — 21-3-2014

Wouldn’t you know it, it’s been one of those Fridays.

No, nothing DRASTIC: just one of those Friday where you don’t apparently, stop!

And even when you do … ?

You realise you’ve still got stuff to catch up with.

Heigh-ho … !


So, I’ll get a shift on, shall I … ?

As it’s Friday, it means that it’s time for the Friday Question Set.

Here’s this week’s, covered by the Creative Commons License* …
Q1) In which decade did Mountain biking become an Olympic event
A1) The 1990s.
Q2) Which was the first country to give women the vote?
Q3) Quarter, quell, quote: which of these words is made from letters on the top row of a keyboard?
A3) Quote.
Q4) In which country would you watch Polonia play a home soccer match?
A4) Poland.
Q5) In the Bible what is the name of John the Baptist’s mother?
A5) Elizabeth.
Q6) Which country did Martina Hingis represent when she first won Wimbledon?
Q7) Collectively,  Bobby Farrell, Marcia Barrett, Liz Mitchell and Maisie Williams were better known as which 70s band?
A7) Boney M.
Q8) What does the Archbishop of York Sign himself as?
A8) Ebor.   (The word’s derived from Eboracum, the Latin name for York.)
Q9) Burt Reynolds was born in which American state?
A9) Georgia.
Q10) How is Vichyssoise soup usually served?
A10) Cold.   I’ll pause here for a Vichyssoise of verbiage … 
Q11) In the 1960s, who had a hit with Can’t Get Used to Losing You?
A11) Andy Williams.
Q12) More to the point, which Ska band covered it, during the 80s?
A12) The Beat.
Q13) Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne.   Who’s the missing member of the Travelling Wilberries?
A13) Bob Dylan.
Q14) S Club 7’s second number 1 went straight in at the top: what was its title?
A14) Never Had a Dream Come True.
Q15) Tony McCarroll and Gem Archer were members of which British band?
A15) Oasis.
Q16) Which Irish band were the first band to have 4 UK № 1s, in the same year?
A16) Westlife.
Q17) “We Will Rock You” was covered by Queen: working with which band band?
A17) Five.
Q18) Two major rock stars died on July the 3rd, one in 1969, one in 1971: name either.   (Bonus point if you can identify the correct year.)
A18) Brian Jones, in 1969, & Jim Morrison, in 1971.
Q19) Name that tune; - “Here I lie, in a lost and lonely part of town” … 
A19) Tragedy by the Bee Gees.
Q20) During his lifetime, how many UK № 1s did Roy Orbison have?   (Bonus point for telling us his nickname.)
A20) Three.   (‘The Big O’)
Q21) What was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp?
A21) The Penny Black.
Q22) What does the abbreviation ‘BT’ stand for?
A22) British Telecom.
Q23) What letters & punctuation marks end many of UK internet addresses?
Q24) What’s the BBC’s news channel called?
A24) BBC News.
Q25) Ofcom is the watchdog body for which industry?
A25) Telecoms.
Q26) In communications terms, what is The Washington Post?
A26) A newspaper.
Q27) What does the ‘I’ stand for, in ISP?
A27) Internet.
Q28) What is Reuters?
A28) A news agency.
Q29) In the abbreviation, Rt Hon., what is the Hon short for?
A29) Honourable.
Q30) What does a bottle contain if you see a skull & crossbones on it?
A30) Poison.
Q31) What was the first country to legalise Trade Unions?
A31) Britain.
Q32) What does the A stand for, in ‘AOL’?
A32) America.
Q33) Which cleaning product did Proctor & Gamble launch, in 1969?
A33) Ariel.
Q34) In the initials, ‘CBI’, what does the I stand for?
A34) Industries.
Q35) Along with Corn Flakes, what cereal did Kelloggs introduce to the UK, in 1922?
A35) All Bran.
Q36) What name is given to an alloy that joins metals together?
A36) Solder.
Q37) The 701 Computer was first put on sale in 1953: which company produced it?
A37) IBM.
Q38) The Red Triangle was the first company trademark to be registered; - which company’s trade mark was it?
A38) Bass Brewery’s.
Q39) Which industrialist became the first Lord Mayor of Dublin, in 1851?
A39) Lord Guinness.
Q40) Which inventor invented and marketed a vehicle powered by a washing machine motor?
A40) Clive Sinclair.
Q41) On which Indonesian island is the resort of Kuta?
A41) Bali.
Q42) What’s the name of the fault that San Francisco lies on?
A42) The San Andreas Fault.
Q43) What’s the world’s longest mountain range?
A43) The Andes.
Q44) After Alaska, and Texas, what’s the third largest state of the USA?
A44) California.
Q45) Which country has ‘IS’ as its international registration letters?
A45) Iceland.
Q46) In which East European country is Transylvania?
A46) Romania.
Q47) What is a sea containing many islands called?
A47) An archipelago.
Q48) On the London Underground map, what colour is the Bakerloo line?
A48) Brown.
Q49) The volcano of Soufrière is on which Caribbean island?
A49) Saint Vincent.
Q50) What’s the capital of Tasmania?
A50) Hobart.
Q51) What type of Schoolboy appears in the title of a John Le Carré novel?
A51) Honourable.
Q52) Cleve Hill is the highest point of which part of England?
A52) The Cotswolds.
Q53) Which song begins, “I see trees of green, Red roses too”?
Q54) True or False.   Barry Sheene was the first person to be a world champion on 2 & 4 wheels?
A54) False.   It was John Surtees.
Q55) In which country did the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky die?
A55) Mexico.
Q56) In 1919 the Curzon Line divided Poland on what basis, language, ethnicity, or region? 
A56) Language.
Q57) What was founded following the Dumbarton Oaks Conference of the 1940s?
Q58) Who did Cassius Clay beat when he first became world heavyweight champion?
Q59) Who took the Led Zeppelin song, Stairway to Heaven into the charts, first: the Far Corporation, Rolf Harris or Iron Maiden?
A59) The Far Corporation.
Q60) How many chapters are there in the Book of Genesis?
A60) 50.
Enjoy those: I’ll catch you next time … !

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