Friday, 20 March 2015

The Friday Question Set — 20-3-2015

Can I admit to feelings of existential dread, huge — and indeed meaningful — doubt and deeply intense anxiety?

Or, at least, mild nervousness?


I’ve gone and bought a new phone.


Because my carriers have stopped letting me send Tweets via text messages?   I had to go and get a cheap smart phone — as they seem to be proliferating — so I could use an on-the-go app to do so.

Frankly?   I’d’ve killed for an iPhone.

But settled for a older Sony, running Android: I’d rather not have a Windows phone, thank you.

Either way … ?   Either way, the dread, doubt, anxiety, uncertainty — and nerves — are down to one thing.

I’ve not worked out how to get the back off, to put the battery and SIM card in.

It’s going to be fun setting the thing up!   And yes … that’s heavily ironic tone … 


At any rate, phones woes are not why you’re here, now is it?

Nope: you’re here because it’s Friday: and, as desperate pub quiz-masters the world over — and my front room — will tell you, this means it’s time for … 

The Friday Question Set … !

Here — with my apologies for a lack of links, this week, I’ve been busy! — is this week’s question set: covered by the usual Creative Common’s License*

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Q1) How many square yards in an acre: 3840, 4840 or 5840?
A1) 4, 840.

Q2) On a standard UK Monopoly board, what colour is Park Lane?
Q2) Dark blue.

Q3) Which Doctor Who actor was the first guest on the first episode of Swop Swap?
A3) Tom Baker.

Q4) Dipsophobia is an unreasoning fear of what?
A4) Drinking.

Q5) Agar-agar is a type of gelatine made from what: seaweed, algæ, or lichen?
A5) Seaweed.

Q6) What do you add to rum, to make grog?
A6) Water.

Q7) What device is used over a guitar’s fretboard, to raise the pitch of the strings?
A7) A capo.

Q8) What is another name for a ships load mark?
A8) Plimsoll Line

Q9) Astrologically speaking, two of the fire signs are LEO and ARIES. Which is the third?
A9) Sagittarius

Q10) On board ship, where would you find the Scuppers?
A10) On deck.   They’re the holes that allow water to run off.


Q11) Which catchphrase of tv chef Jamie Oliver’s comes from a Sanskit word, meaning simply –and rather ironically–‘…cooked’?
A11) Pukka

Q12) With the aid of a civets digestive tract, Kopi Luwak sells for anything between 120 and 600 US dollars per pound making it the most expensive what in the world?
A12) Coffee.

Q13) What six letter name is given to the substance used as a setting agent in many jams and marmalades?
A13) Pectin

Q14) What type of food advertising was banned on January 1st, 2008?
A14) Junk food ads.
Q15) What sort of meat is used in the Greek dish Kleftiko?
A15) Lamb.

Q16) From which continent does Couscous originate?
A16) (North) Africa

Q17) What distinguishes Gruyere cheese from most other cheeses: holes, a wax coating or blue veins?
A17) Holes

Q18) What general name is given to Indian food cooked in a clay oven?
A18) Tandoori.

Q19) What was the very first cargo to be regularly transported by train in Germany?
A19) Beer.

Q20) Pork from which European country was withdrawn in 2008?
A20) The Republic of Ireland.


Q21) Of which people was Atahualpa the last leader: the Inca, Aztec, or Toltec?
A21) The Incas.

Q22) Which battle of 1805 is sometimes referred to as The Battle of the Three Emperors: the Battle of Austerlitz, the Battle of Bunker Hill or the Battle of Waterloo?
A22) Battle of Austerlitz.

Q23) Henry 8th got married in the Chapel Of The Observance Friars on June 11, 1509: to which of his wives?
A23) Catherine of Aragon

Q24) The Rye House Plot was a plot to kill which British monarch?
A24) Charles II.

Q25) Which delivery service operated in the USA from April 1860 to November 1861?
A25) The Pony Express

Q26) Who is the oldest British Monarch to have ascended to the throne?
A26) William IV aged 64

Q27) Who, according to the opening lines of the book of the same name, was born in York in 1632?
A27) Robinson Crusoe.   (Written by Daniel Dafoe)

Q28) Who was the leader of France’s Vichy government during WWII?
A28) Marshal Henri Petain

Q29) What name was given to the process of killing every tenth man in a mutinous Roman Legion?
A29) Decimation,

Q30) Which famous mutiny took place in 1789?
A30) The Mutiny on the Bounty.


Q31) What do the letters P.B. stand for after an athlete’s time?
A31) Personal Best.

Q32) Which Briton set a world 10,000 metre record in 1973?
A32) David Bedford.

Q33) Frank Evans and Henry Higgins achieved fame at which controversial Spanish sport?
A33) Bullfighting.

Q34) Which sport has been the subject of most films: boxing, football or baseball?
A34) Boxing.

Q35) In which European country was Sussex and England’s former captain Ted Dexter born?
A35) Italy (Milan)

Q36) Who was World Heavyweight Boxing Champion from 1937 to 1949?
A36) Joe Louis.

Q37) Who was the first overseas manager to win the F.A. Cup?
A37) Ruud Gullit.

Q38) Which World Light Heavyweight boxing champion was known as ‘The Old Mongoose’?
A38) Archie Moore.

Q39) Which swimmer won 3 gold medals for Ireland at the 1996 Olympics?
A39) Michelle Smith.

Q40) How many feathers are there on a normal Badminton shuttlecock?
A40) 16.


Q41) Which pop duo topped the charts with an EP entitled Abbaesque?
A41) Erasure.

Q42) Which Scottish singer was born Shirley Orr?
A42) Sheena Easton.

Q43) In March 2003 who made his first live appearance on Top Of The Pops for seventeen years singing an anti-war song called The Grave?
A43) George Michael.

Q44) What surname connects group members of Slade, ZZ Top and The Fugees?
A44) Hill: Dave, Dusty and Lauryn.

Q45) By what name was jazz singer, Clementina Campbell, better known?
A45) Cleo Laine.

Q46) Who is Stevie Wonder song,  Happy Birthday a tribute to?
A46) Dr Martin Luther King.

Q47) Sam Phillips founded, and Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash recorded for, which legendary record label: Sun, Chess, or Motown?
A47) Sun Records

Q48) Which song-writing duo penned the only No 1 hit for The Overlanders?
A48) Lennon & McCartney, the song being Michelle

Q49) What type of song is a berceuse: a lullaby, a hymn or a Carol?
A49) A lullaby.

Q50) Which Bob Dylan song contains the line, Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone?
A50) The Times They Are A Changin’


Q51) What was the nickname of President Dwight Eisenhower?
A51) Ike.

Q52) What planet is nearest the sun?
A52) Mercury.

Q53) The Dallas Cowboys, & Washington Redskins, play which sport?
A53) American Football.

Q54) For how long had David Cameron been an MP, before becoming Conservative party leader?
A54) Four years.

Q55) Cu is the chemical symbol for which metal?
A55) Copper.

Q56) Which country singer’s  life story was filmed as Sweet Dreams?
A56) Patsy Cline.

Q57) What is the African country of Abyssinia now called?
A57) Ethiopia.

Q58) Which tv show features two main characters called Christine & Mary Beth?
A58) Cagney & Lacey

Q59) What was the colourful nickname of WW1 flying Ace, Baron Manfred von Richofen?
A59) The Bloody Red Baron.

Q60) What word can go before ground, pedal, & water?
A60) Back.

Enjoy those.

While I get going with the proverbial Dread … 

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