Withington Pub Quiz League

QUIZBIZ - 30th May 2018


Ethel Rodin win the evening's quiz; The Charabancs of Fire win the Question of the Season Trophy

We all enjoyed ourselves as we said farewell to the 2017/18 WithQuiz season - our 40th - at the Albert Club this week.

James from the Ethel Rodin squad was on hand to tax us with an engaging quiz full of music, pictures and tricky verbal themes, whilst James's wife Lucy Powell, celebrated quiz widow and politician, presented the season's gongs and gave us a few of her home thoughts on quizzing.

The winner of the evening's competition was the Ethel Rodin team (surprise! surprise!) with The Prodigals in second place and Dunkin' Dönitz third.

If you want to see a few photos to prove to those at home that you really were at the Albert Club click here, and for those that weren't at the Club perhaps you'd like to try your hand at James' questions - if so click here.

During the evening each team voted for their favourite 'Question of the Season' and you can see the results below....

The Dave Barras Question of the Season Award

This season's winners result from a poll of the 30 'Question of the Week' awards nominated on the website each week during the season.  The voting at this End of Season Presentation evening was as follows....






The Charabancs of Fire

What sort of trip did Albert Hofmann take on his bicycle for the very first time in Basel on April 19th 1943?  People of a similar persuasion still celebrate April 19th throughout the word as Bicycle Day.

An LSD trip


The History Men

What is the name of Blackburn Rovers fanzine which was relaunched in September 2017 after a four year dormancy?

4000 Holes


Compulsory Mantis Shrimp

‘Yule Lads’ or ‘Yulemen’ visit children on the thirteen nights before Christmas Eve in the folklore of which Nordic country?  Their names include 'Sausage Swiper', 'Sheep Harrasser' and 'Door Sniffer'.


100 of Mike H's favourite questions

In addition to the 'Question of the Week' and 'Question of the Season' awards Mike H has kept a log of 100 of his favourite questions of the season organised under topic headings.  So for a more leisurely browse through this season's cream of the crop here's his list....



Literature (7)

HG Wells set War of the Worlds in which town?  His Martians landed on nearby Horsell Common.  Paul Weller was born here and got his own back by writing his song A Town Called Malice.


Which Enid Blyton novel of 1943 with children called Bessie, Dick and Fanny is now republished with the names Beth, Rick and Frannie?

The Magic Faraway Tree

Who is the fictional author of the fictional books On the Polyphonic Motets of Lassus, On the Study of Tobaccos and their Ashes, and A Practical Handbook of Bee Culture with Some Observations upon the Segregation of the Queen?

Sherlock Holmes

How is Marmaduke, Earl of Bunkerton known to his pals?

Lord Snooty

Which poet laureate, who wrote The Inchcape Rock, also published The Story of the Three Bears, an early version of the tale in which Goldilocks was originally an old woman? 

(Robert) Southey

What is the name of Blackburn Rovers Fanzine which was relaunched in September 2017 after a four year dormancy?

4000 holes

Which romantic poet was one of the first to mention the roast beef sandwich in print?   

John Keats

Art/Architecture (2)

What was advertised by the poster created in 1908 by artist John Hassall for the Great Northern Railways?


(the Jolly Fisherman picture with the slogan “Skegness is SO bracing”)

In heraldry what is an animal doing if it is described as 'urinant'?    


(usually of a fish - from the Latin urinare = to dive)

History (6)

Which town has a pillar which was erected in honour of Lord Nelson in 1819, more than two decades before his column was erected in London?  Later the town suffered extensive damage during World War 2 largely because it was the last significant place German planes could drop bombs on before returning home.

Great Yarmouth

What was the name of the Jamaican businesswoman who set up the 'British Hotel' behind the lines during the Crimean War, a recuperation area for sick and convalescent officers?  She was largely forgotten for over a century but her reputation has grown over the last fifty years or so, culminating in her being voted 'Greatest Black Briton' in 2004.

Mary Seacole

According to an entry in his diary, who on Christmas Day 1911, dined on a special meal of horsemeat flavoured with onion and curry powder followed by arrowroot, cocoa and biscuit hoosh sweetened and finally a plum pudding with cocoa and raisins?

Captain (Robert Falcon) Scott

Which Confederate sympathiser was shot dead by Union soldier Boston Corbett in Port Royal, Virginia on April 26th 1865?

John Wilkes Booth

In 1917 the SS Mont Blanc, loaded with munitions, blew up in this port producing the largest non-natural explosion prior to the invention of nuclear weapons.  Whole districts were flattened and thousands of lives were lost.  Where did this happen?

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Who won the battle of Edington?  He is also responsible for schools teaching in English rather than Latin.

Alfred (the Great)

Politics (6)

Introduced in 1799, abolished in 1802, reintroduced in 1803, abolished again in 1816, reintroduced again in 1842, and still with us.  What is it?

Income Tax

Of which Labour politician did Winston Churchill say the following: “He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire”?

Stafford Cripps

When Labour MP Seymore Cocks (Broxtowe 1929-53) was delivering a speech in the House of Commons which Tory MP was heard to mutter: “Seymore Cocks - hear more balls”?

Winston Churchill

Which British politician active in government in the 1960s is believed to have said: “If voting changed anything, they would make it illegal.”? 

Tony Benn

Which English statesman was abducted as a baby by his grandfather’s pet monkey?  In the frontispiece of a 1664 satirical cookbook, purporting to be by his wife Elizabeth, she appears with a monkey on her shoulder.  

Oliver Cromwell

Averaging only 1 kill per year since 2011, Larry, the Downing Street Cat, continues to perform dismally as a mouser.  As a result of this, how many times did Theresa May have to call out Pest Control to her Downing Street abode in 2017?


Military/Royalty (3)

One hundred years ago this year, which European dynasty came into being with a proclamation by its first monarch on 17 July 1917 - and is still reigning to this day?    

The House of Windsor

(its first monarch was George V of Great Britain and Ireland who had reigned previously as a monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha)

It was originally built in 1703 and first opened to the public in 1993 when 4,314 people paid to visit it.   

Buckingham Palace

This person was born into poverty on the Wirral as Amy Lyon.  She became the mistress of Charles Greville, MP for Warwick.  She later married his uncle thereby taking the name by which she is best known.  Renowned for her beauty, she is one of the most painted Englishwomen of all time but died in poverty in Calais in 1815.  Who is she?

Lady (Emma) Hamilton

Crime/Law (2)

In recent years this crime has been the third fastest growing in the UK after cyber-crime and identity fraud. What is it?

Livestock rustling


Born out of wedlock in Tremadog, Wales, in August 1888, whose fatal road accident in 1935 was used as an argument for the compulsory wearing of motorcycle helmets (enacted in law in 1973)?     

T E Lawrence

(Lawrence of Arabia)

Transport/Shipping/Aviation/Motoring (8)

The launch of a Royal Navy battleship in 1906 was subsequently described by naval historians thus: “With the launch of a single ship the scales of naval power were reset overnight.” What was the name of this battleship?

HMS Dreadnought

Where was the astronomically high speed record of 11.2 mph set in 1972?

The Moon

(John Young of Apollo 16 driving the Lunar Rover in the Descartes Highlands)

Weighing over 3,700 tonnes and completed in 1983, officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in May 1984.      

The Thames Flood Barrier

Between 1620 and 1624 the Dutch inventor Cornelius van Drabel built and tested (on the river Thames) the first what?


How was Benjamin Briggs, who mysteriously disappeared in 1872, better known to history?

He was the captain of the merchant ship Mary Celeste

(which was found drifting in the Atlantic minus her crew in that year)

What 1984 event was the astronaut Bruce McCandless describing, when he said: "That may have been ‘one small step’ for Neil, but it’s a heck of a big leap for me"?

First untethered space walk

Which car first manufactured in 1948 and remaining in production for 40 years, in its design briefing had to have the ability “To be able to cross a ploughed field without breaking eggs in a basket on a seat” and also “To be able to carry a medium sized pig in the back”?         

Citroen 2CV

(as it was originally designed for farmers’ use)


In 2009 an unpaved road was completed from McMurdo air base to where?  The journey takes about 40 days.   

The South Pole

(a research station,


Cinema/Theatre/TV/Radio (10)

"We always were English and we always will be English.  And it's just because we are English that we're standing up for our right to be Burgundians".  From which 1949 film are these lines taken?

Passport to Pimlico


Born on 18th April 1857 which American civil rights lawyer rose to prominence during the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925?  He was the inspiration for Spencer Tracy’s character Henry Drummond in the 1960 film version of the trial, Inherit the Wind.

Clarence Darrow


During the Second World War she toured with fellow child star Julie Andrews.  She was nicknamed 'the Singing Sweetheart'.  In 1969 she sang backing vocals on John Lennon’s Give Peace a Chance.  She is the only person to be the subject of This is Your Life on three occasions.  She is now 85 years of age.  Who is she?

Petula Clark

Marilyn Monroe once said (in answer to a journalist's question) “the only thing I wear in bed is …..” what?

Chanel No. 5

Who was the first US actress to appear on a postage stamp?

Grace Kelly

(1956 in Monaco when she got married, and 1993 in the USA and Monaco)

Which 2017 horror film starring Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence is supposedly an allegory for "the rape and destruction of Earth” according to Lawrence?  It has been nominated for a number of awards including Worst Actress, Worst Supporting Actor, and Worst Director for the upcoming Golden Raspberry awards.      


Which actress regularly left nothing to the imagination while climbing a ladder on the set of Lifeboat in 1944? When someone complained about her antics, Hitchcock’s reply was: “I don’t know whether that’s a concern for wardrobe or hairdressing”.

Tallulah Bankhead

Which Hollywood performer who gained worldwide fame during the silent era, star of 27 films such as The Clash of the Wolves, was rescued from a World War I battlefield by an American soldier?

Rin Tin Tin

Which broadcaster who died in 2010 was famous for quotes such as “Oh my God he has won the title back at 32” and “The wife of the Cambridge president is kissing the cox of the Oxford crew”?    

Harry Carpenter

What was unusual about the BBC’s evening news radio broadcast on this day in 1930?

The announcer simply said “There is no news today” and then some music was played

Pop/Rock/Other music (5)

The title track from which best selling 1971 album begins with these lines: "Sitting in a sleazy snack bar / sucking sickly sausage rolls / slippin' down slowly, slippin' down sideways / think I'll sign off the dole.”?

Fog on the Tyne

(by Lindisfarne)

Which British group, formed in 1977, took its name from the Nazi slang for a military brothel?    

Joy Division

Which musician born in Singapore on 27th October 1978 represented Thailand in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics but finished last in the giant slalom?

Vanessa Mae

Mittwoch aus Licht (Wednesday from Light) is an opera by Karlheinz Stockhausen.  Scene 3 involves a string quartet, audio and video equipment and technicians, and what else?


(A string quartet is introduced to the audience by a moderator.  The players then go to four waiting helicopters, followed by video cameras transmitting back to television monitors in the auditorium. While flying in the helicopters, they play a synchronized, polyphonic composition, while reacting to the sounds of the rotor blades.)

Jacques Offenbach had posthumous success with his final opera The Tales of Hoffmann. But what was the title of his first big success? A witty operetta written in a mock Chinese style, it was so popular in Paris that a new music- hall was built in a mock Chinese style on the Boulevard Voltaire and given the same name. This music-hall later became a venue for rock concerts.  


(the rock venue where 90 people died in a coordinated terrorist attack in November 2015)

Sport/Games (10)

Name this footballer: Hamilton-born Scottish international; scored 145 goals for Manchester United in 265 appearances; the son of a striker who helped Manchester City win their first League Division 1 title in 1937; in 1951 they teamed up to put Stockport County in the record book when they became the first father and son to play English League football on the same team in the same match. 

David Herd

What connects Keith Peacock in 1965 with The Who in 1966?


(KP was the first substitute in English football and the release date of the single with this title)

It is a well-heeled district of London and a much less salubrious area of Liverpool.  It’s also a test cricket ground and an “aunt heap”.  What name do these all share?


(the test cricket ground is Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados; the “aunt heap” refers to Kensington Palace, where the royal family stores the superfluous sisters and cousins and aunts - named so by Prince Charles)

The 1908 Olympic games, originally scheduled for Rome, were moved to London.  Why?

Vesuvius erupted in 1906 so the funds intended for the games were diverted to reconstruction

Which Denton-born adopted son of Blackpool was voted 'the best right-back in the world' after playing for England in the 1962 World Cup?  In October 1974 he took up the poison chalice of managing Leeds United after the dismissal of Brian Clough.

Jimmy Armfield

Between 1950 and 1956, which national football team recorded 42 victories, 7 draws and just one defeat?


(the team broke up due to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution; the one defeat was by West Germany in the 1954 World Cup final)

Which country won a bronze medal in the women’s 3000m short track speed skating relay in this year’s Winter Olympics despite not actually making the final?  Their time was a new world record and nearly four seconds faster than the gold medallists.


About which golfer did a commentator say, when he and his caddy were lining up a putt, "Some weeks he likes to use Fanny, other weeks he prefers to do it himself."?    

Nick Faldo

(the caddy was Fanny Sunneson)

Rufus has been employed at Wimbledon for the past 10 years. His shift starts at 5am and lasts for 4 hours.  He works for the whole Wimbledon fortnight and is the smallest employee.  What is his job?

To chase away the pigeons

(Rufus is a Harris Hawk)

Chukotka is the region of Russia closest to Alaska.  Which former street trader and rubber duck salesman was the region’s Governor from 2000 to 2008?  He is now much better known in a rather different context.

Roman Abramovich

Myths/Legends/Traditions (2)

In Greek mythology, under which volcanic mountain was the deadly monster Typhon trapped by Zeus?


In Austrian and German folklore, which demon-like being accompanies Saint Nicholas on his rounds, doling out punishment to naughty children while the saint delivers presents to the good ones?    


Religion (4)

What has 5 verses in the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 6, but only 3 in the Gospel of Luke Chapter 11?

The Lord's Prayer

(Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4)

What honorific is conferred by Israel on non-Jews, who gave significant assistance to Jews during the Holocaust?

'Righteous Among The Nations'

(e.g. Raoul Wallenberg and Oskar Schindler)

"Behold, O monks, this is my advice to you.  All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting.  Work hard to gain your own salvation."  Whose final words were said to be these?

(The) Buddha's

What specifically links the dioceses of Bristol, Chester, Gloucester, Oxford, Peterborough?

They were created by Henry VIII after the dissolution of the monasteries

Science/Maths (2)

Alexander Graham Bell developed an early version of which device, following the attempted assassination of James Garfield in 1882?

Metal detector

(it was used to locate the bullet)

The scientific paper Stereospecific Polymerization of Isoprene was purportedly authored by the wife of a European leader.  Following her death due to unnatural causes on December 25th 1989, it was revealed that her scientific credentials were a hoax and that all the research published under her name was written by a team of scientists in her name in order to obtain a fraudulent doctorate.  What is her surname? 

(Elena) Ceaușescu

Food/Drink (5)

This botanically infused mixture was first produced in 1824 in what is now Ciudad Bolívar, in Venezuela. In 1876, production was moved to Trinidad and Tobago.  What is it called?

Angostura bitters

 (Ciudad Bolívar was formerly called Angostura - the mixture does not contain angostura bark)

Situated at 1,732 feet above sea level in the Yorkshire Dales what is England’s highest public house?

The Tan Hill Inn

The surname of which Scottish industrialist appears on the design of the grocery product sometimes said to be Britain’s oldest brand?  Its trademark, unchanged since 1885, bears a motto referring to a story in the Book of Judges.           

(Abram) Lyle

(Lyle’s Golden Syrup - ‘out of the strong came forth sweetness’)

According to a 2014 report, which country has the highest annual per capita consumption of beer in the world?

The Czech Republic

(142.6 litres; the Seychelles are 2nd with 114.6 litres, and the UK is a measly 28th with 67.7 litres)

Name the delicacy found in Guernsey which Islanders spend hours wading through coastal rock pools searching to find.  Scientifically labelled Haliotis tuberculate they look similar to an oyster and have a unique mild mollusc flavour.  The traditional way to cook them is in a casserole

(Green) Ormers

Animals/Birds/Nature (2)

What kind of bird is stuffed and displayed in the MCC museum at Lords?

a sparrow

(killed in mid air 3.July 1936 by a ball from Jahangir Khan; it is mounted on the fatal ball)

Neglected after the First World War and only restored in the 1990s, which location near Mevagissey in Cornwall features Europe’s only remaining pineapple pit?       

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

(New Jersey – The Garden State)

Manufacturing/Retail/Fashion (4)

What life-enhancing innovation was introduced to the streets of Rome by the emperor Vespasian?  Affordable to all except the very poor, they were greatly lauded and even today they are still sometimes referred to as 'Vespasiani' in the Italian language.

(Pay-to-use) Public Toilets

Which clothing chain opened its first shop in Manchester's King Street West in 1965?  The owner made a deal with rival boutique owner George Best that he would not sell suits if George did not sell jeans.  In 1966 they became the first store in the north of England to stock Levi jeans which sold at £2.37p per pair.

Stolen From Ivor

In hopefully unrelated facts, this country is the most sexually active in the world with 87% of its population having sex weekly, and, with 4 million, it has the highest population of goats in the EU.  Name the country.


(according to a 2016 survey by Durex, and EU figures from 2015)

Made from the zinc-aluminium alloy Zamac, what were produced at a factory in Binns Road, Liverpool from 1934 to 1979?

Dinky Toys

Geography (8)

Lying to the north east of the Outer Hebridean island of Barra what is the name of the next inhabited island in the chain?  It is home to a unique breed of pony as well as the group of Scots who sought to ‘repatriate’ the whisky from the shipwreck in Compton Mackenzie’s book Whisky Galore.


Which town stands today on the site of the place referred to in the writings of the Venerable Bede as “the place where the stags come to drink”?


What is the second longest river wholly in the European Union (including its tributary)?


(accept Elbe) (the Elbe/Vlatava is 1252km - the Rhine is not wholly in the EU as it rises in Switzerland)

In 2007 which small Welsh market town beat off fierce opposition from both Glastonbury and York for the right to be twinned with Timbuktu in Mali.  The Guardian described the twinning as being very fitting since Timbuktu is the oldest home of the written word in Africa


Which World Heritage Site stretches from Exmouth in Devon, through Weymouth, to Studland Bay in Dorset?  It is named after a mountain range, which mainly follows the France-Switzerland border.

The Jurassic Coast

(named after the Jura Mountains)

Chomolungma is highly famous by another name.  What is that name?

Mount Everest

Which two countries are partially separated by the hundred mile long Strait of Juan de Fuca?  It is named after the Greek navigator who sailed in 1592 to seek the fabled Strait of Anian that was believed to mark the boundary of North America and Asia.

United States of America & Canada

The renovation of which London tourist attraction, originally built on the River Clyde in the 1860s, had the dubious honour of being awarded the 2012 Carbuncle Cup?         

Cutty Sark

Questions involving two or several different subjects (14)

Which establishment links the following: the author Thomas de Quincey, the pianist John Ogden, the former MP for Manchester Withington John Leech, and the actors Robert Powell and Sir Ben Kingsley?

Inspired by the Gamesmanship series of books by Stephen Potter, which 1960 comedy film starred Ian Carmichael and Terry-Thomas?  It was remade in Hollywood in 2006.

Manchester Grammar School for Scoundrels

(apologies to Michael Atherton, Dave Rainford, et al.)

1934 novel which was F Scott Fitzgerald’s fourth and final completed novel;

This 1980 hit by Madness told of North African adventures both nocturnal and nautical.        

Tender is the (Night) Boat to Cairo

A play by Peter Shaffer set in Peru in the sixteenth century;

An ingredient commonly used in antipasti.

The Royal Hunt of the Sun-dried tomatoes

1980 film starring Goldie Hawn as an heiress whose husband died during vigorous activity in bed on their wedding night, for which she received an Oscar nomination;

Name of the title character of 1967 film starring Dustin Hoffman, for which its director won an Oscar.    

Private Benjamin Braddock

In the Goon Show, what are almost the only words Little Jim ever says?

The word ‘whisky’ is derived from a Gaelic phrase meaning what?

"He's Fallen in the Water" of Life


Which American won a Best Actor Oscar in 1966 for his twin role as Kid Shelleen and Tim Strawn?

Which character in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, has a "brain the size of a planet"?

Lee Marvin the Paranoid Android

Brangelina’s first biological child, born in 2006. (name and father’s surname required);

From the film Jurassic Park, complete what Dr Ian Malcom (played by Jeff Goldblum) said upon encountering a mound of dinosaur droppings: “That is one big - - -“ (3 words).

Shiloh Pitt / pile o’ shit

What's the connection? Liverpool FC in 1996, Alec Guinness, Kirk Stevens, Colonel Sanders.

All wore white suits

Song by Paul Simon that refers to "angels in the architecture";

Italian-American singer and actor in The Godfather who recorded Here in My Heart (this song became the first UK Christmas number one when it reached the top spot in 1952, the year the Official Singles Chart began)   

You Can Call Me Al Martino

Philosopher who said “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities”.

Piece of music arranged by Jacques Loussier’s Jazz Trio for a long series of TV ads which ran until 1991 when tobacco ads were banned.  

VoltAire on a G String

(3 parts)

1980 film named after a band founded two years earlier by its two leading actors, which has raising money for an orphanage's tax bill at the heart of its plot;

Multiple platinum 1985 rock album which spent 10 weeks at number 1;

1894 comedy by George Bernard Shaw, from which the derogatory term 'chocolate soldier' derives. 

The Blues Brothers in Arms and the Man

A British sketch show starring two Cambridge Footlights alumni;

The scorer of the winning goal in the 1988 Cup Final

A Bit of Fry and Laurie Sanchez

a) Archie Norman became the chairman of which company in September 2017?

b) (two-parts):

i) Which charity was founded in 1991 to fund medical research into cures for children's diseases and, in February 2017, partnered with Great Ormond Street Hospital?

ii) Which organisation was founded by the Australian barrister Roland Berrill and the British scientist and lawyer Lancelot Ware in 1946?    

Marks & Spencer / Sparks & Mensa

Popular name given to a major and pivotal event in the history of Ireland.

Form of marketing communication disdainfully described by Orwell as "the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket".  

(The) Easter Rising /  Advertising

.... and also

So that's it for another year.  I can rest my keyboard and reclaim the hours of sleep given up during the early hours of each Thursday when I'm fielding texts and emails from all you loyal correspondents and fashioning them into a half passable home page to enable you all to catch up with the events of the previous evening.  Many thanks for keeping the information and opinions flowing in and apologies if my editing has dismayed you on occasions.

As usual we'll return to the fray late September/early October so expect some communication from me once August is done.

Meanwhile enjoy the summer - and if you're quiz-starved there are always the two monthly Albert Club Quizzes (8pm every third Sunday for the slightly less serious one and 8.30pm every last Monday for the harder variety).

And finally despite their lowly league position here's a picture to prove that the Electric Pigs leave no stone unturned when it comes to research.  After last week's question about the river that flows through Bourton-on-the-Water Andrew hightailed it down to the Cotswolds.

Au revoir!

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