Withington Pub Quiz League

QUESTION PAPER - 24th January 2018

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WithQuiz League paper   24/01/18

Set by: The Charabancs of Fire

QotW: R6/Q5

Average Aggregate Score:   66.8

(Season's Ave. Agg. to-date: 74.0)

"....pretty tough but full of variety and plenty of interesting material with a heavy flavouring of Ireland and literature."

"A combined score of 75 suggests a 'good standard par' quiz - however we found it rather taxing."


ROUND 1 - Pairs


What is the subject of the 1996 Oscar winning film When We Were Kings?  It was directed by Leon Gast and has often been described as the best sporting documentary film ever made.

'The Rumble in the Jungle'

(the Muhammad Ali v George Foreman 1974 fight in Zaire)


Who was the subject of the 2015 Oscar winning documentary film Citizenfour”?

Edward Snowden

(whistle-blower in the American NSA spying scandal)


In an interview in 2016 who said he was uncertain about what the future held for him but that in his new job he would like a nice small corner office or at least an office that had corners in it?

Barack Obama

(shortly before moving out of his Oval-shaped office)


Taking the first name of the finger-lickingly tasty Colonel Sanders and the surname of Amazon's fastest selling author so far this year leads you to which famous Belfast landmark, iconically signposted by Samson and Goliath?

Harland and Wolff shipyard (Harland Sanders and Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury; Samson and Goliath are the two massive gantry cranes visible over much of the city)


What is the one word title of the Sylvia Plath poem that contains these lines: “Every woman adores a fascist / The boot in the face / The brute, brute heart of a brute like you”?



Who wrote the four line poem entitled Words of Comfort to be Scratched on a Mirror?

Dorothy Parker


Which South Manchester pub is being described here in these (abridged) comments from a blog written in 2011:

“My local pub is quiet.  It looks abandoned.  I go there for a late night Guinness and a bag of nuts.  It reminds me of the Winchester from Shaun of the Dead, but without customers.  It does have some customers though.  My favourite is Pat.  He drinks two pints of lager at the same time. His friend Joe wears his shirt way too wide open”?

The White Swan



Which South Manchester pub is being described in these extracts from a Yelp review written in 2010:

“One of those peculiar pubs which sit uneasily between good solid locality and loud erratic studentism.  It has the feel of a local yet it stands in a place where it is inevitably frequented by the area’s indigenous student population.  I suppose the name could be seen as a sign of good will to all, but inside it feels like more of a truce, with both sides keeping to themselves and all the happier for it”?

The Friendship



To preserve her modesty what two items of apparel is the reclining nude wearing in Manet's painting Olympia?

One slipper and a black ribbon around her throat


Never mind the Griffin's existentialist quest to know how old Huw Edwards is, tell us instead how tall Winston Churchill was (in 'old money', of course).

5 feet 6 and a half inches (QM’s may wish to accept 5ft 6in or 5ft 7in)

ROUND 2 - Given theme

All answers include the name of an Irish island (in a river, lough or off-shore)

On occasions words within words are used - the names of the islands concerned are shown after the answer to the spare question


What is the common name for the part of the body which attaches the plantaris to the calcaneus?

Achilles tendon


What happened for the last time in Iceland on 4th June 1844?

Last Great Auk was killed


Released in 1995 what is the full name of the second studio album released by Oasis, featuring Wonderwall among other memorable songs?

(What’s The Story) Morning Glory


The treaties of Utrecht, Rastatt and Baden settled territorial claims relating to which conflict?

War of Spanish Succession


Born in 1942 in Dublin which doctor presented In The Psychiatrist's Chair on Radio 4 from 1982 to 2001, interviewing many celebrities including Paddy Ashdown and Joanna Lumley?

Dr Anthony Clare


Name the strait in north-west Scotland, separating the north-west Highlands and the northern Inner Hebrides from Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

The Minch

(or Minches)


Which 1764 novel by Horace Walpole is generally regarded as the first gothic novel?

The Castle of Otranto


Which bird has the Latin name Alca arctica and is also commonly known as the clown bird?



By what common name is the substance which has the scientific formula MgSO4 known?

Epsom salts

The islands and the counties to which they belong are:

Achill (Mayo), Great (Cork), Tory (Donegal), Spanish (Cork), Clare (Mayo), Inch (Donegal), Puffin (Kerry), Castle (Down) and Salt Island (County Down)

ROUND 3 & 4 - Pick Your Own Subjects


Historical Mysteries

He died in 1703 and was thought to have been called Eustache Dauger.  How was he better known to history?

The Man in the Iron Mask (kept a prisoner in France with his face covered for 34 years)


In the Beginning

"In the beginning was the Word and.........".  What 5 words follow this opening sentence in the Gospel of St. John?

"…the Word was with God"


Anyone For Tennis?

Name the popular 4 worded tennis discussion show headed by a former tennis great and another former player currently airing each evening on Eurosport following the day's proceedings at the Australian Open (also shown at the French Open and US Open).

Game, Schett and Mats (named after its 2 presenters, Mats Wilander and Barbara Schett - previously it was called Game, Set and Mats which you can also accept as an answer)


Political Scandals

Name the former director of the FBI controversially dismissed by Donald Trump on May 9th 2017 in an apparent attempt to ease the pressure on Trump over the Russia investigation.

James Comey



The 1984 adventure-romantic-comedy film Romancing the Stone starring Harrison Ford and Kathleen Turner is set mostly in the jungles of which South American country?



Science Fiction

“I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.  Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.  I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.  All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.  Time to die.“

Which character in the 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner uttered these final words to blade runner, Rick Deckard?

Roy Batty

(leader of the Replicants)


Water, water everywhere

In classical Greek mythology which of the 5 rivers of the Underworld represented lamentation or pain?




Telly Addicts

Feud is an award-winning American TV series, recently shown on BBC2, about the rivalry between two former Hollywood stars, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.  Which two modern Hollywood stars played each role?

Susan Sarandon (Bette) and Jessica Lange (Joan)


In the End

The French phrase, “En ma fin git mon commencement” (which translates into English as “In my end is my beginning”) was the motto, and also said to be the last words, of which historical character?

Mary, Queen of Scots


Watching the Skies

Since the death of Sir Patrick Moore in 2012, his long-running TV astronomy series The Sky at Night has been co-presented by two present day astronomers.  Name either of them.

(either) Maggie Aderin-Pocock (or) Chris Lintott


Historical Mysteries

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)


In the Beginning

“The hammer banged reveille on the rail outside camp HQ at five o'clock as always.  Time to get up.”

Of which novel first published in 1962 are these the opening lines?

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

(by Alexander Solzhenitsyn)


Anyone For Tennis?

Former tennis player Mark Edmondson was the last Australian player to achieve this back in 1976.  What was it?

Last Australian player to win the Australian Open


Political Scandals

In 1899, the death of French president, Felix Faure caused something of a stir in France at that time.  In what way?

There were widespread rumours that he had died whilst engaged in sexual activity with a lady who was either his mistress or a prostitute

(depending on which rumour you preferred to believe)



This 1990 best-selling Booker Prize winning novel by A S Byatt follows the story of two modern researchers who fall in love whilst investigating a hidden love affair between two Victorian poets.  What is it called?


(subtitled A Romance)


Science Fiction

"The thing's hollow - it goes on forever - and - oh my God! - it's full of stars!"

Which character in the 1968 science-fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey (and in later versions of the film) uttered these final words on encountering the Star Gate?

Dave Bowman

(pilot of the spaceship Discovery 1)


Water, water everywhere

The Book of Genesis lists four rivers: the Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates.  With what were these four rivers associated?

The Garden of Eden

(they were the four rivers that flowed through it)


Telly Addicts

Two names are missing from this current line-up of 'Dragons' in the popular BBC2 series, Dragons' Den: Touker Suleiman, Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones....................?  Name either of the missing 'Dragons'.

(either) Jenny Campbell (or) Tej Lalvani


In the End

"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


Watching the Skies

“The Spacious Firmament on high / With all the blue Ethereal Sky / And spangled Heavens, a Shining Frame / Their great Original proclaim”.

These are the first four lines of a popular hymn to the heavens written in 1712 by a prominent English poet, essayist and statesman.  Who was he?

Joseph Addison

ROUND 5 - Hidden Theme - 'Whatever happened to the Cheeky Girls?'

Beware of words within words - there are no sound-alikes except for one migrant EU pronunciation which managed to slip in despite the best efforts of the Brexit Police

The theme may be revealed following the second spare question


Which musical opened in London in 1968, the day after theatre censorship was abolished?



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


What name is commonly and collectively given to Utricularia, a genus of carnivorous plants consisting of more than 230 species?  They occur in fresh water as well as in wet soil and can be found in every continent except Antarctica.



Set during the Suez crisis which 1993 television drama written by Dennis Potter took its name from a Connie Francis song that made the top ten of the hit parade in 1959?

Lipstick on your collar


On which river does the famous German University city of Heidelberg stand?

The Neckar


Known as 'the Honest Toun', which coastal town six miles east of Edinburgh has the oldest continuously played golf course in the world.  The town also has a racecourse.



What two Hebrew letters are commonly used to further abbreviate the acronym 'SHABAK' when referring to the Israeli Internal Security Service?

Shin Bet


Who moved from Germany in 2002 to work in the marketing department of Wycombe Wanderers FC? Intending to stay for just a year he was, in his own words, persuaded by the lovely weather, the tasty food and the classy women to stay a bit longer.  Refusing to blend in with the locals by becoming a couch potato he became instead a stand-up comedian and is now the self-styled German ambassador of comedy to the UK.

Henning Wehn

(pronounced 'Vein')


India refused to play in the 1950 World Cup partly because of the expense involved in travelling to Brazil and partly in protest at a 1948 FIFA ruling banning what?

Football teams playing international matches in their bare feet


David St Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel and Derek Smalls were members of which heavy metal group that took the world by storm in 1984.  Their line up also included a long list of drummers, many of whom died in mysterious circumstances, including at least one case of spontaneous combustion.  Nigel the guitarist famously managed to get the knobs on his amplifier to go up to eleven.

Spinal Tap

Theme: All answers contain names of parts of the body

ROUND 6 -  Run Ons

Two clues given – the last word or part of word of the first answer is the first word or part of word of the second answer - usual caveats apply.


The common name of the African Lion Hound.

The highest grossing film of 1985, directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Rhodesian RidgeBack to the Future


Prince song containing the lines “How can you leave me standing alone in a world that’s so cold? Maybe I’m just too demanding, maybe I’m just like my father too bold”.

Book by Alan Paton made into films in 1951 and 1995.

When Doves Cry the Beloved Country


British TV series 1969 - 1970 starring Martin Shaw and Robin Nedwell.

American TV series 2004-2012 starring Hugh Laurie.

Doctor in the House M.D.


Former premier footballer who had a part in the CBBC series starring Jamie Johnson.

Current player for Barcelona who is married to singer Shakira.

Steven Gerrard Pique


English actress born 1923 died 2014 had roles in The Last of the Summer Wine and the 1961 film A Taste of Honey.

British actor whose autobiography is entitled Absolute Pandemonium, My Louder Than Life Story.

Dora Bryan Blessed


Board game for two players with 15 pieces dating back to the 6th century.

Ancient deity, whose symbols include two plumes on his head, a sceptre and an Ankh.

Backgammon Ra


The rather ironic name of Custer’s horse.

Author of The Motorcycle Diaries.

Commanche Guevara


1965 film based on a true story about a group of resistance fighters who attempt to sabotage a heavy water plant before the Nazis can use it.

Winner of the 2015 best supporting actor Oscar for A Bridge of Spies.

The Heroes of TeleMark Rylance


Philospher 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

ROUND 7 - Offset pairs


By what name is the opening aria Ombra Mai Fu from Handels’s 1738 opera Serse (Xerxes) better known?

Handel’s Largo


“Of all my books, I like this the best... Like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child”.

Charles Dickens wrote these words about which partly autobiographical novel?

David Copperfield


Give the common name for the fish also called St Pierre or Peter's Fish, which refers to fish of the genus Zeus, especially Zeus faber.  It is an edible benthic coastal marine fish with a laterally compressed olive-yellow body which has a large dark spot, and long spines on the dorsal fin.

John Dory


Which player holds the Rugby Union World Cup record for points (277), penalties (58) and drop goals (14)?

Jonny Wilkinson


Whilst Charles Dickens managed to write the second best-selling book of all time (excluding religious/ philosophical) according to Wikipedia, with sales of 200 million for A Tale of Two Cities, only one other book from the Victorian period makes the top ten.  Name this fantastic book.

Alice in Wonderland

(by Lewis Carroll, published 1865, sales 100 million)


Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations, first published in 1741 consist of an aria followed by how many variations?


(accept 30 + or – 5)


Name either team from the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup game in which a record margin of 142 points was achieved.

(either) Australia (or) Namibia


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


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

(or Lawrence of Arabia)

ROUND 8 - Titled and Themed Round - 'Gizza Job'


Which poem by H W Longfellow contains these lines:

“Toiling, rejoicing, sorrowing / Onward through life he goes / Each morning sees some task begin / Each evening sees it close”?

The Village Blacksmith


Which song, first recorded in 1922, contains these lyrics:

“So if you chance to meet him / While walking round the town / Shake him by his fat old hand / And give him half a crown”?

The Laughing Policeman

(by Charles Penrose)


“An Age of Deceit.  A Man of our Times” is the strapline for which 1983 film written by Ian McEwan?  Jonathan Pryce plays a cynical and devious BBC journalist as the Falklands war begins to dominate the British media.

The Ploughman’s Lunch


Nikolai Gogol had his controversial and satirical play Revizor published in 1836.  What title was the play given when translated into English a few years later?

The Government Inspector


Who is the Glasgow born MP for Brent North?  He is currently the Shadow Minister for International trade.

Barry Gardiner


Who became the 10th President of the USA in 1841 after briefly serving as Vice President?  Controversial to the end he remains the only former US president to be buried in a coffin draped with the flag of the Confederacy.

John Tyler


The name Shakhtar Donetsk FC will be familiar to some of you.  What does the word 'Shakhtar' mean in Ukranian?



Which six letter surname, fairly common throughout Britain, is exactly equivalent in meaning to the German surname 'Handschumacher'?


(both mean glove-maker)


To which Worshipful Company did Robert Aske bequeath a large sum of money in 1689 for the building of an almshouse and school in Hoxton, east London?  The school later moved to Elstree and became a public school for boys.

(Worshipful Company of)Haberdashers


Who directed the 1995 film The Usual Suspects?

Bryan Singer

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