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The Wise Old Owls Yorkshire Quiz League

Champion of Champions Match


Questions used in the final of our 1999 Knock-out Competition

 

ROUND ONE: Current Affairs                                      Team Round and players may confer 

TEAM A

TEAM B

A1

Which Corporation supports the NSPCC’s “Full Stop” campaign, TV & poster ads crediting them by name ?

B1

Which popular alternative comedian has appeared in TV ads promoting Gift Aid 2000 ?

Ans:

Microsoft

Ans:

Eddie Izzard

A2

Who, on 29th March, became the first leading UK politician to speak out against NATO’s air strikes on Serbia, describing them as “counter-productive” ?

B2

Hailed as the world’s very first “Green Theme Park”, what is the name of the £160m project, near Conisborough in Yorkshire, which recently opened its doors to the public ?

Ans:

Alex Salmond (SNP)

Ans:

(The) Earth Centre

A3

In response to John Marriott’s gaffe at the London Film Critic’s award, when he declared her winner of the Breast British Actress Award, who said “I knew I was risking it when I got them out, but I never knew I’d get an award (for them)”?

B3

Which Premier League soccer club’s recent home match against Chelsea was played to the sound of church bells, a protest against the disruption to local Sunday worship caused by the game’s late morning kick-off ?

Ans:

Helena Bonham-Carter

Ans:

Aston Villa

A4

Who was convicted by a Court in Michigan of second-degree murder after it was established he had assisted 100 people in their suicides ?

B4

What was the name of the 78yr old former railway worker sentenced to life in prison in Britain’s first ever full-blown Nazi war-crimes trial ?

Ans:

(Dr Jack) Kevorkian

Ans:

(Anthony) Sawoniuk (say “Sav-von-e-yuk”)

  

ROUND TWO: ALBUMS & ARTISTS                                    Team Round and players may confer 

TEAM A

TEAM B

A1

Who released "Jagged Little Pill" in 1995, an album that spawned a number of hit singles and made her the first Canadian woman to top the US charts ?

B1

Which Irish female released the album "Babes In The Wood" in 1991, which was a savoury mix of Folk and contemporary pop undertones ?

Ans:

Alanis Morissette

Ans:

Mary Black

A2

Whose solo career took off in earnest  with the release, in 1974, of "461 Ocean Boulevard" ?

B2

Which Blues Rock Trio released their ninth album, entitled "Eliminator", in 1983 ?

Ans:

Eric Clapton

Ans:

ZZ Top

A3

The cover of which 1978 Billy Joel album shows the artist leaning against a wall, holding a trumpet ?

B3

Which Bob Dylan album from 1963 had on its cover a picture of the artist and his then girlfriend Suze Rotolo ?  

Ans:

“52nd Street”

Ans:

“The Freewheelin' (Bob Dylan)”

A4

Who released the milestone, avant-garde, 28 track double-album entitled "Trout Mask Replica" in 1969 ?     

B4

Part Mexican, part German, which female released the two-million selling album "Heart Like A Wheel" in 1975 ?

Ans:

Captain Beefheart (& His Magic Band)

Ans:

Linda Ronstadt                       

            

 

Round THREE: SPORT                                                         Team Round and players may confer 

TEAM A

TEAM B

A1

Which country will stage its first ever Formula One Grand Prix this season ?

B1

The first Pacific Grand Prix was held in 1994, in which country ?

Ans:

Malaysia

Ans:

Japan

A2

Which English woman won the heptathlon gold medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games ?

B2

The England 'A' rugby union coach Rob Smith was sacked by his club in recent weeks; which club did he part company with ?

Ans:

(Judy) Simpson

Ans:

Wasps

A3

Which rugby union club sacked their coach Richard Hill, who is also an England 'A' coach, in recent weeks ?

B3

When tennis was re-introduced to the Olympic Games in 1988 after a gap of 64 years, who won the ladies' singles event ?

Ans:

Gloucester

Ans:

(Steffi) Graf

A4

Who won the mens' singles event at the 1988 Olympics on the sport's re-introduction to the Olympic calendar ?

B4

Which English woman won the shot putt gold medal at the 1982 Commonwealth Games ?

Ans:

(Miroslav) Mecir

Ans:

(Judy) Oakes

 

 

Round FOUR: FOREIGN FOOD                                NO CONFERRING IN THIS ROUND 

TEAM B

TEAM A

B1

What is the name given to the smoked, spiced Italian ham, usually eaten in wafer-thin slices ?

A1

The main source of fat in Indian cookery is a semi-fluid, clarified butter; what is it called ?

Ans:

Prosciutto

Ans:

Ghee

B2

What is the name of the Mediterranean sweet made from crushed sesame seeds and honey, very popular in Greece ?

A2

What is the name of the long thin dry Spanish sausage whose characteristic flavouring ingredient is paprika ?

Ans:

Halva

Ans:

Chorizo

B3

The standard mixture of ground spices used in Indian cookery, usually containing cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, cumin, coriander and pepper is known by what name ?

A3

What is the name given to the very soft, unsalted cream cheese made in the Lombardy region of Italy and typically eaten as a dessert ?

Ans:

Garam Masala

Ans:

Mascarpone (say “Mass-caponi”)

B4

In Spain, what do they call the ice-cold soup which they traditionally cook in a large clay bowl and serve with garlic croutons and small bowls of raw vegetables ?

A4

Which middle eastern dish, an hors d'oeuvre in the form of a dip, is made from crushed or mashed chickpeas with the addition of sesame paste, garlic and lemon juice ?

Ans:

Gazpacho

Ans:

Hummus

 

 

PRIOR TO BEGINING ROUND FIVE, PLEASE INFORM TEAMS OF THE SUBJECTS AVAILABLE FOR ROUND SIX.  THESE ARE .....

 

CINEMA

THE BIBLE

TELEVISION

THE NaturAL WORLD

 

TEAM MEMBERS SHOULD DECIDE OVER THE HALF-TIME BREAK WHICH OF THE SUBJECTS EACH WISHES TO TAKE IN ROUND SIX

 

 

Round Five: THEMED ROUND  TEAM QUESTIONS

 There is a specific link between each of the answers to the four questions that follow.

 Teams should write down the four answers and the specific link between those answers and should then exchange papers for marking.

 Teams only have ONE MINUTE after the reading of the final question to complete their sheets.

 TO THE QUESTION-MASTER & TIME-KEEPER.

 DO NOT GIVE ANY ANSWERS UNTIL AFTER THE PAPERS ARE EXCHANGED.

 Read the questions as normal, allowing time for teams to write their answers.  When you have read the final question (number 4) then time one minute.  After one minute has passed ask teams to exchange their papers for marking. 

2 points are given for each correct answer.

2 points are given for the correct link. 

 

1:

Who in 1649, as Lord Lieutenant (say “Lef-tennant”) of Ireland, had his troops storm Drogheda & Wexford, massacring their garrisons ?

Ans:

Oliver Cromwell

2:

Which English politician, who married Jeannette Jerome in 1874, was Chancellor of the Exchequer under Lord Salisbury & was leader of the House of Commons in 1886 ?

Ans:

(Lord) Randolph Churchill

3:

Which famed Celtic group have made recordings with artists as diverse as U2, Van Morrison and James Galway ?

Ans:

The Chieftains

4:

What was the name of the space shuttle which tragically exploded shortly after its tenth launch in January 1986 ?

Ans

Challenger

 

 

LINK:

(British Main Battle) Tanks ~ i.e. Cromwell, Churchill, Chieftain & Challenger

  

DON’T FORGET ~ TEAMS CHANGE ROUND AT THIS POINT


Round SIX: INDIVIDUAL QUESTIONS                    NO CONFERRING IN THIS ROUND

3 Points for a correct answer; 1 point for a pass in team; 2 points for pass over to opposing team. 

TEAM B

TEAM A

SUBJECT ~ CINEMA

SUBJECT ~ CINEMA

B1

In the Ridley Scott film “Alien”, which actor plays the crew member of the spaceship Nostromo who turns out to be an android ?

A1

In the “The Eiger Sanction”, Clint Eastwood plays a CIA agent hunting a vicious killer.  Which actor plays his friend - who he discovers is the killer ?

Ans:

Ian Holm

Ans:

George Kennedy

SUBJECT ~ THE BIBLE

SUBJECT ~ THE BIBLE

B2

King David’s third & favourite son, who was killed in battle after raising an armed revolt against his father ?

A2

David’s bosom friend, which loyal son of King Saul died at his father’s side in battle against the Philistines ?

Ans:

Absalom

Ans:

Jonathon

SUBJECT ~ TELEVISION

SUBJECT ~ TELEVISION

B3

Which popular BBC police drama series was filmed in and around the Lancashire town of Bacup ?

A3

What was the name of the fictitious place that provided the setting for BBC’s famous police drama “Z Cars” ?

Ans:

Juliet Bravo

Ans:

Newtown

SUBJECT ~ THE NATURAL WORLD

SUBJECT ~ THE NATURAL WORLD

B4

What is the name of the gelatin substance made from the air bladders of certain freshwater fish ?

A4

The waxy substance known as  ambergris is secreted in the stomach of which marine creature ?

Ans:

Isinglass

Ans:

Sperm Whale

 

 

Round SEVEN: LITERATURE                                             Team Round and players may confer 

TEAM A

TEAM B

A1

What is the name of the Alan Ayckbourn trilogy of plays which includes "1066 and All That" ?

B1

Which classic American novel, that deals with racial prejudice, opens with the lines; "When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow" ?

Ans:

The Norman Conquests

Ans:

To Kill A Mockingbird

A2

What is the name of the transsexual titular heroine of Gore Vidal's novel about Hollywood myths ?

B2

Mervyn Peake has written a series of novels about the incumbent of Gormenghast Castle; what is the character's name ?

Ans:

Myra Breckenridge

Ans:

Titus Groan

A3

Which classic American novel, with a domestic theme and written for children, opens with the lines; "'Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents', grumbled Jo, lying on the rug” ?

B3

What is the collective title for the series of twelve novels by Anthony Powell, which began with "A Question of Upbringing" and ended with "Hearing Secret Harmonies" ?

Ans:

Little Women

Ans:

A Dance To The Music Of Time

A4

Harry Angstrom is the chief character in a series of novels by John Updike, by what nickname, used in the titles of the stories, is the character known ?

B4

Who is the innocent titular heroine of a Voltaire novel who wanders the world with her tutor, meeting disaster after disaster?

Ans:

Rabbit

Ans:

Candide

 


 

Round Eight: WORDS & NAMES                                      Team Round and players may confer 

TEAM B

TEAM A

B1

From a French word meaning “a going out”, which term can describe troops emerging to attack from an entrenched position, or an operational flight made by a single warplane ?

A1

Referring to a series of complementary operations aimed at achieving a single objective, which military term derives from the French and Italian words for the open countryside ?

Ans:

Sortie

Ans:

Campaign (from campagne & campagna)

B2

The name of which Cheshire town reveals its historic links with King Canute ?

A2

Which bird, a small northern sandpiper with a short bill & grey plumage, is sometimes called “Canute’s bird” ?

Ans:

Knutsford (Knut’s Ford)

Ans:

Knot (Calidris canutus)

B3

Which term for a male falcon or hawk, derives from the Latin word for “third”, reflecting the ancient belief that only one egg in three hatched a male chick ?

A3

Which term, from the Latin for the loin, describes a rheumatic pain in the lower muscles of the back ?

Ans:

Tercel (or Tiercel) {from the Latin “tertius”}

Ans:

Lumbago (from “lumbus”)

B4

Which term, meaning the science of the movement, supply and maintenance of military forces in the field, derives from the name of an N.C.O. in the old French army whose job it was to find and allocate housing for the men when billeted on a civilian population ?

A4

Which term, that derives from a Latin word meaning “to forbid” which is used extensively in the context of Civil and Religious law, is used by the military to describe the act of disrupting an enemy’s supply lines by firepower – especially from the air ?

Ans:

Logistics (from Marechal de Logis)

Ans:

Interdiction (accept “Interdict” – word origin)

 

 

Round NINE: QUOTATIONS                                                 Team Round and players may confer 

TEAM B

TEAM A

B1

Asked if a boxer ought to abstain from sex before a fight, who said "Only the nose knows, where the nose goes, when the door close" ?                 

A1

Which American, famous for his one liners, once observed "It's not that I'm afraid to die.  I just don't want to be there when it happens." ?

Ans:

Muhammad Ali [accept Cassius Clay]

Ans:

Woody Allen

B2

Which novelist, born in 1922 & knighted in 1990, observed in a 1963 novel "It was no wonder that people were so horrible when they started life as children" ?

A2

Who in his most famous work wrote the line "Every time a child says `I don't believe in fairies' there is a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead." ?

Ans:

Kingsley Amis [“One Fat Englishman”]

Ans:

J M Barrie [“Peter Pan”]

B3

Which US born British politician, a   campaigner for women's rights, said "I married beneath me - all women do" ?

A3

Which Greek philosopher of the 4th century BC coined the phrase "Man is by nature a political animal." ?

Ans:

Nancy Astor

Ans:

Aristotle

B4

Which contemporary British playwright has observed "Life is rather like a tin of sardines - we're all of us looking for the key." ?

A4

Which writer, asked by an interviewer if she thought British class-barriers had broken down answered "Of course they have, or I wouldn't be here talking to someone like you!" ?     

Ans:

Alan Bennett

Ans:

Barbara Cartland

 

 

 

 

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