Withington Pub Quiz League

QUESTION PAPER - 22nd November 2017

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WithQuiz League paper   22/11/17

Set by: The Prodigals

QotW: R6/Spare

Average Aggregate Score:   67.8

(Season's Ave. Agg. to-date: 74.6)

"I think we enjoyed this quiz more than most"

"Plenty of occasions when individuals contributed parts of an answer that was then put together by the team."


ROUND 1 - Hidden  theme - 'The Independent Republic of Mancunia'

The theme may be revealed in the line below the spare question


Which Thames TV sitcom starring Hywel Bennett as a 'terminal layabout' in the title role ran on ITV from July 1979 until January 1984, was revived in 1988 and ran on until 1992?



Which Central TV crime drama starring Michael Elphick as a 'Courier, Minder and Private Investigator' in the title role ran on ITV from January 1986 until December 1992?



Immortalised in song, which abolitionist was hung in Charles Town, Jefferson County, Virginia on December 2nd 1859?

John Brown


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

John Wilkes Booth


Which American singer-songwriter, who started his career with the Impressions, wrote much of the soundtrack to the civil rights movement before penning the soundtrack to the Blaxploitation movie Superfly?

Curtis Mayfield


An RAF glider pilot during World War II and an engineer on the Beatles’ early recordings, which singer-songwriter breezed into the top ten in the early 1970s with hits entitled Don’t Let it Die and Oh, Babe, What Would You Say??

Hurricane Smith


Which landmark counterculture film released in 1969 features Captain America and Billy's quest to reach New Orleans before Mardi Gras?

Easy Rider


Which 1991 film starring Robin Williams as Peter Banning, a successful corporate lawyer, is a cinematic sequel to a much loved children’s tale?



Regarded as a Prophet by Rastafarians, which advocate of Black nationalism founded the Black Star Line, a shipping and passenger line which promoted the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands?

Marcus Garvey

Theme: Each answer contains the surname of a leading member of popular Mancunian beat combo (as I believe 'the kids' call them):

Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks), Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets), Ian Brown (Stone Roses), Tim Booth (James), Ian Curtis (Joy Division), Mark E Smith (The Fall), Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays/Black Grape), Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order) and Guy Garvey (Elbow)

ROUND 2 - 'Gone Missing'

Who or what is missing from each list?


John Connally, JD Tippit (deceased), James Tague and....

JF Kennedy

(these are the 4 people shot on 22nd Nov 1963 in Dallas)


Lowry's palette consisted of Ivory Black, Vermillion Red, Yellow Ochre, Flake White and....

Prussian Blue

(the only Windsor and Newton paints LS Lowry ever used)


1992 – The Secret History, 2002 – The Little Friend, 2013 – ……

The Goldfinch

(novels by Donna Tartt)


Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Alexei Sayle....

Christopher Ryan

(actors in The Young Ones)


Shahada, Salah, Sawn, Zakat....


(the 5 Pillars of Islam)


Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Alexei....


(children of Tsar Nicholas the second)


Gloucester Cathedral Choir, Worcester Cathedral Choir.…

Hereford Cathedral Choir

(the 3 Choir Festival)


Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu....


(islands of mainland Japan)


Before Sunrise, Before Sunset....

Before Midnight

(film trilogy)


Faith, Prayer, Charity, Pilgrimage to Mecca....


(the 5 Pillars of Islam translated into English)

ROUND 3 - Run On Round

The last word of the first answer is the first word of the second answer (you know the drill by now!)


This avant-garde piece of comic fiction was author James Joyce’s final work.

A top ten hit in 1995 for a band named after a reclusive character in a novel by Harper Lee.

Finnegans (Wake) Up Boo!


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


Prominent European statesman who died on 17 June 2017 aged 87.

This 1980 biographical film starring Sissy Spacek in the title role told the story of country music singer Loretta Lynn.

Helmut (Kohl/Coal) Miner’s Daughter


This Manchester-based businessman founded the Today newspaper in 1986.

Rock and roll revival group who have the unusual distinction of having appeared at the Woodstock festival and in the 1978 film Grease.

Eddy (Sha)h Na Na


This piece of instrumental music (partly inspired by a Coasters hit of 1958) featured regularly on ITV in the 1970s and 80s.  It was usually accompanied by scenes of a hapless middle-aged man chasing (or being chased) by a bevy of scantily-clad women.

Pen name of the prolific English novelist born Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward, who is best remembered for his series of novels featuring the master criminal Doctor Fu Manchu.

Yakety (Sax) Rohmer


Politician who was elected MP for West Ham in 1892 and became known as the 'MP for the Unemployed'.

This Hanna-Barbera character, a hyena who sported a porkpie hat and bow-tie, was usually found in the company of his chum Lippy the Lion.

Kier (Hardie/Hardy) Har Har


A thought experiment sometimes described as a paradox devised by an Austrian physicist in 1935.

A Tennessee Williams play set in the plantation home in the Mississippi Delta of Big Daddy Pollitt, made into a film in 1958 starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.

Schrodinger’s (Cat) on a Hot Tin Roof


A six-word phrase of the counterculture era popularised by Dr. Timothy Leary.  It urged people to embrace cultural changes through the use of psychedelics by detaching themselves from the existing conventions and hierarchies in society.

The memoirs of Danish Author Karen Blixen which provided a vivid snapshot of colonial life in the last decades of the British Empire.

"Turn on, tune in, drop (Out") of Africa


The 6th Prime Minister of Israel, he was in office from June 1977 to October 1983.

Written by Cole Porter, this song gave Julio Iglesias his only UK number one in December 1981.

Menachem (Begin) the Beguine

ROUND 4 - Name the Year

You will be given three clues to a particular year


Brokeback Mountain starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal was released.

Edward Heath died on the 17th July.

Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the US Gulf Coast causing severe devastation.



Confessions of a Window Cleaner starring Robin Askwith was released.

Kate Moss was born on the 16th January.

Patty Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.



Withnail and I starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann was released.

Andy Warhol died on the 22nd February.

The Simpsons made its first ever appearance as a series of shorts on the Tracy Ullman Show.



Broadway Danny Rose starring Woody Allen and Mia Farrow was released.

Tommy Cooper died on the 15th April.

The English £1 note was withdrawn after 150 years of circulation.



Dead Man’s Shoes starring Paddy Considine and Toby Kebbell was released.

Marlon Brando died on July 1st.

Janet Jackson suffered a 'wardrobe malfunction' during her half-time performance at Super Bowl 38.



The Inn of the Sixth Happiness starring Ingrid Bergman and Robert Donat was released.

Madonna was born on the 16th August.

Bertrand Russell launched the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.



The Time Machine starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux was released.
Nigella Lawson was born on the 6th January.
Penguin Books was found not guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley’s Lover trial.



The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne was released.

Rod Hull died on the 17th March.

Napster, a revolutionary music downloading service, made its debut.



The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara was released.

Jean Paul Gaultier was born on the 24th April.

The first Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise opened in Salt Lake City.


ROUND 5 - Reverse paired with Round 6


Which tarantula-loving MP was promoted from Chief Whip to Secretary of State for Defence in November 2017?

Gavin Williamson


Which city with a population of around 2 million is the most populous in the Brazilian state of Amazonas?



Which artist, a leading light of the Realist movement, painted the controversial work L'Origine du Monde in 1866?  His earlier works depicting unidealised peasants and workers on a grand scale were equally controversial, albeit for different reasons.

Gustave Courbet


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)


Which two-word phrase connects flowering plants of the family Convolvulaceae (con-vol-view-lay-see-eye) and the film for which Katherine Hepburn won her first Oscar?

Morning Glory


In 1753 which Swiss mathematician provided a negative proof for the 'Seven Bridges of Konigsberg' problem?

Leonhard Euler


Which chemical element, with the atomic number 73, was named after a mythological Greek king who served his own son to the Olympians as food?



On 3rd January 2018 the EU will roll out a set of reforms known as 'MIFID 2'.  For what is 'MIFID' an acronym?

Markets in Financial Instruments Directive


What links the composer of Die Dreigroschenoper (dee-dry-groshen-oper) with the War on Drugs?

Kurt Weill and Kurt Vile (the latter is a guitarist with War on Drugs pop group)

ROUND 6 - Reverse paired with Round 5


In his Inflation report of May 2008, Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, announced the end of the NICE decade.  But for what was NICE an acronym?

Non Inflationary Consistently Expansionary or Non Inflation Constant Expansion

(QM can be flexible)


Which chemical element, with an atomic number 22, was named after the mythological figures who lived on Mount Othrys?



Which German mathematician's conjecture states that every even integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two primes?

Christian Goldbach


Which two-word phrase connects the flowering plant toxicodendron radicans with a 1992 erotic thriller starring Drew Barrymore?

Poison Ivy


John Larson, a police officer from Berkeley California, invented which controversial device, first used in 1921? He had previously obtained a PhD in physiology, which made him the first US police officer to have an academic doctorate.


(accept lie detector)


Which author, who died in 1850, was regarded as one of the founders of realism in European literature?  He was known for his extensive use of detail, especially of objects, to illustrate the lives of his characters.  His great work the Comedie Humaine remained unfinished at his death.

Honore de Balzac


Which city with a population of over 9 million is the largest city in Africa lying south of the equator?



What was the name of the Leonardo da Vinci painting that sold for around $450 million dollars on 15 November 2017?

Salvator Mundi


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)

ROUND 7 - "You Called Your Child What!"


What type of creature is Iorek Byrnison who appears in Northern Lights, the first novel in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy?


(Bear son of Cheryl and Liam Payne)


What 3-word title is shared by a John Lennon single, released in 1974, and the second novel by David Mitchell, set in Japan and published in 2001?

Number Nine Dream

(Dream, daughter of Black Chyna and Rob Kardashian)


Give the single-word name of the 13th-century Persian poet and mystic, currently the best-selling poet in the USA, who wrote: "The wound is the place where the light enters you"?


(daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z)


Name the autobiographical 1959 novel by ER Braithwaite about a black teacher at an East End of London school.

To Sir with Love

(Sir, son of Beyonce and Jay Z)


Klara and Johanna Soderberg form which popular Swedish folk duo?

First Aid Kit

(Kit, son of Wayne and Coleen Rooney)


What is the name of the Shropshire agricultural college, founded in 1901, that gained university status in 2012?

Harper Adams

(Harper, daughter of David and Victoria Beckham)


What are the first name and surname of the Swedish playwright, born 1849, died 1912, who wrote Miss Julie and the Dance of Death?

August Strindberg

(August, daughter of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan)


What is the common English name of the bulbous perennial plant Hyacinthoides non-scripta?  The UK contains half of the world's population.


(daughter of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and Sacha Gervasi)


What is the name and number of the computer that goes rogue in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Hal 9000

(Hal, son of Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter)


Which French multi-national building-products company was founded in 1665 to produce mirrors, including those used in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles?


(Saint is the son of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West)

ROUND 8 - Metrolink

Every answer refers to the name of a station in the Manchester Metrolink network (NB: theme words may be full or part words)


Which English Victorian explorer and scholar was the first European to reach the Great Lakes of Africa with Speke, translated The Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra and died in Trieste in 1890?

Sir Richard Burton

(Burton Road)


What is the title of the theme song from the film The Sandpipers, written by Johnny Mandel, that won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 1966 Academy Awards?

The Shadow of Your Smile (Shadowmoss)


What is the title of the fifth novel by Salman Rushdie?  It features a character who ages prematurely called Moraes Zogoiby, and won the Whitbread Prize in 1995?

The Moor's Last Sigh

(Sale Moor)


What is the missing word in these lines from the Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats:

“Perhaps the self-same song that found a path
Through the sad heart of Ruth, when, sick for home,
She stood in tears amid the alien ______.”?




From which popular song, first recorded by The Drifters, do these words come:

“How ya gonna make some time
When all you got is one thin dime?
And one thin dime won’t even shine your shoes”?

On Broadway



Which one of Queen Victoria's Prime Ministers was described by Daniel O'Connell as having "a smile like the silver plate on a coffin"?

Sir Robert Peel

(Peel Hll)


Who is the Roman goddess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards?  Unusually there is no direct equivalent in Greek mythology.




Which river rises on Axe Edge Moor near Buxton, forms the Derbyshire-Cheshire border for 10 miles and flows through Congleton before joining the River Weaver at Northwich?

River Dane

(Dane Road)


Name the School of Art in London, founded in 1865 and now based in Granary Square, Kings Cross, whose alumni include Jarvis Cocker and Stella McCartney.

Central St Martins

(accept St Martins)(Martinscroft)


What is an otter's den called?

A holt

(Holt Town)

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