Friday, 23 January 2015

The Friday Question Set — 23-1-2015

Ever get bored on your afternoon off … ?

I do.


Personally, I’m just glad I’ve a big — ish — media library.

When I’m writing, for the blog or the Gazette, it’s handy to have something on in the background.

Right at the moment … ?

Right at the moment, the BBC’s 1976 version of I, Claudius is very good company.


But whatever I happened to have in the (metaphorical) video, really isn’t why you’re here, now is it?


You’re here because it’s Friday, aren’t you?   And therefore time for the Friday Question Set … !

Here’s this week’s set, covered, as ever, by the Creative Commons License* …

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Q1) Which British singer won the Eurovision Song Contest in bare feet?

Q2) What does WRAF stand for?

Q3) What can be a box or part of the body?
A3) Chest.

Q4) Which holy-sounding character was created by novelist, Leslie Charteris?
A4) The Saint.

Q5) Notorious murderer, Dr Crippen, was from which North American country?
A5) The USA.

Q6) What is the zodiac sign of Pisces?
A6) The Fish.

Q7) Who was the last queen of the UK by succession before Elizabeth II?
A7) Queen Victoria.

Q8) The International car registration ET stands for which country?
A8) Egypt.

Q9) In Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore whom did Sir Joseph Porter bring on boat along with his sisters: his cousins and his aunts, his nieces and nephews or his ten pet tortoises?

Q10) In the nursery rhyme, what did Tom, Tom the piper’s son steal?
A10) A pig.


Q11) Who won Oscar’s for both Forrest Gump & Philedelphia?
A11) Tom Hanks

Q12) Who was the child star of the original Home Alone movie?   (Bonus for the name of the character.)
A12) Macauley Culkin.   (Kevin McCallister)

Q13) Screen villain, Hannibal Lecter has been played by Anthony Hopkins: who else has played the character … on film?
A13) Brian Cox, in Manhunter and Gaspard Ulliel, in Hannibal Rising.   (We’re discounting Mads Mikkelsen, here: he plays the character in the TV series, Hannibal.)

Q14) In the film, Bodyguard, who played Whitney Huston’s bodyguard?
A14) Kevin Costner.

Q15) Who co-starred with Patrick Swayze, in Ghost?
A15) Demi Moore.

Q16) More to the point, who played the medium, in Ghost
A16) Whoopi Goldberg.

Q17) Who played the title role, in Pretty Woman?
A17) Julia Roberts.

Q18) What sort of Proposal did Robert Redford make to Demi Moore?
A18) Indecent.

Q19) Who did Harry meet?
A19) Sally.

Q20) What was wrong, in an Oscar winner Wallace & Gromit film?
A20) The trousers.


Q21) Wormwood goes into which notoriously powerful drink: absinthe, tequila or rum?
A21) Absinthe.

Q22) What do the Chinese call ‘Lively Fellows’?
A22) Chop Sticks.

Q23) What is a Blue Vinney?
A23) A cheese.

Q24) Which fruit can be cantaloupe, water or honeydew?
A24) A melon.

Q25) Calvados comes from which European country?   (Bonus for telling us what fruit it’s made with.)
A25) France.   (Apples)

Q26) Egg shaped Italian tomatoes are named after which fruit?
A26) Plums.

Q27) Guacamole, tacos, and tequila, all feature in which countries cuisine?
A27) Mexico.

Q28) A brochette is another name for what type of take-away food?
A28) A kebab.

Q29) ‘Balti’ is an Indian word for what?
A29) Bucket.

Q30) Morel & Oyster are edible types of what?
A30) Mushrooms.


Q31) Charles Dickens and Jane Austen were both born in which English county?
A31) Hampshire.

Q32) The M11 connects London with which other city?
A32) Cambridge.

Q33) Which sea is to the west of Denmark?
A33) The North Sea.

Q34) Which city stands on the river Cam?
A34) Cambridge.

Q35) Fair Isle is part of which island group?
A35) The Shetlands.

Q36) Which is the most popular tourist attraction in Britain?
A36) Alton Towers.

Q37) What is the name of the dangerous sand bank, in the North Sea?
A37) Dogger Bank.

Q38) Shanklin, and Sandown are on which island?
A38) The Isle of Wight.

Q39) Which English county is known as The Garden of England?
A39) Kent.

Q40) Historically, Cockneys come from one of twelve London districts: name one of them.
A40) Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Stepney, Wapping, Limehouse, Poplar, Cleckenwell, Aldgate, Shoreditch, Millwall, Hackney, Hoxton, Bow and Mile End.


Q41) David Walliams and Matt Lucas starred in what: Little Britain, Little England or Nasha Russia?
A41) Little Britain.   (Nasha Russia was the version of the show made for Russian TV)

Q42) Which Carol was the 1st presenter of Changing Rooms?
A42) Carol Smillie.

Q43) Which future Star Wars star appeared in the Dennis Potter series, Lipstick on Your Collar?
A43) Ewan McGregor.

Q44) Along the same sort of lines, which star of the Sharpe series played Mellors, in the 1993 adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover?
A44) Sean Bean.

Q45) Who played Jeannie in Reeves & Mortimer re-make of Randall & Hopkick.   [Deceased]; – Emilia Fox, Samantha Janus or Keira Knightley?
A45) Emilia Fox.

Q46) Ian Kelsey left Emmerdale for which hospital drama?
A46) Casualty.

Q47) Foyles War was cancelled in 2015.   The series was set during which war?
A47) World War Two.

Q48) What’s the occupation of the main character in the series, Rebus?
A48) Detective.

Q49) Phil Redmond created Hollyoaks..   But which long-running children’s show was he also responsible for?
A49) Grange Hill.

Q50) Which Corbett created Sooty the Bear: Matthew, Harry, or Ronnie?
A50) Harry Corbett.   (Matthew was his son, whilst Ronnie wasn’t a relative.)


Q51) Which of Shakespear’s plays was banned during the reign of King George 3rd?
A51) King Lear.

Q52) When Australians talk of a billabong, what are they talking about: an lake, a cooking pot or a kangaroo that’s been run over by a truck?
A52) An lake: one that’s dry for part of The year

Q53) Who wore ‘demob’ suits, at the end of World War 2?

Q54) What is a Jesuit: a Belgian hat, a French cheese, or a Roman Catholic priest?

Q55) What’s the collective name given to the various revolutions in the Middle East, in 2011?
A55) The Arab Spring.

Q56) The Yuan is the currency of which East Asian country?
A56) China.

Q57) After a selling price, in a classified ad, what does ono stand for?

Q58) What are the two main colours on a roulette wheel?

Q59) What name is usually, and incorrectly, given to the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament?
A59) Big Ben.  (Big Ben is actually the bell: and, Strictly speaking, the Tower is called the Elizabeth Tower.)

Q60) Which fruit, when dried, produces raisins?
A60) The grape.

Enjoy those: I’ll catch you next time … 

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