Withington Pub Quiz League

QUESTION PAPER - 7th February 2018

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WithQuiz League paper   07/02/18

Set by: Albert

QotW: R8/Q4

Average Aggregate Score:   74.8

(Season's Ave. Agg. to-date: 72.6)

"....a very good paper which gave everyone a fair go...." - "....several contenders for the best Run Ons ever...." - ".....Good questions and interesting variety...."


ROUND 1 - 'A Pink Round'


What is the alternative name of the plant known as a pink?



In how many Pink Panther films did Peter Sellers appear as Inspector Clouseau?



Who was dismissed from his post as foreign secretary for being a so-called 'pinko'?

Francis Pym


In which South American country is the presidential palace known as the Pink House?



Which of Pink Floyd’s albums led to a spin off film that starred Bob Geldof?

The Wall


Which pink mayonnaise based salad dressing is flavoured with tomatoes and green peppers?

Thousand Island


What is added to gin to get a pink gin?

Angostura bitters


What sort of edging is given to cloth using pinking shears?



In food technology, what is the process that gives meat its pink colour and characteristic taste?


ROUND 2 - Hidden theme

The words of the theme may be all or part of one of the words, or the only word, of the answer.  First names and surnames are required where appropriate.

The theme may be revealed following the answer to the spare question


Which British poet, winner of the Nobel prize for literature, wrote the lines "The tumult and the shouting dies / The captains and the kings depart"?

Rudyard Kipling


Which British politician had brothers named Hugh, John and Dingle.  In Sean Gabb’s novel, The Churchill Memorandum, he is portrayed as a Russian spy and a serial murderer?

Michael Foot


What was the name of the Greek goddess of harvest and agriculture?



Which actor, comedian and writer came to fame as a character in a children’s TV series and is now, amongst other things, the chairman of a long-running BBC radio panel game?

Miles Jupp


What is the name of the annoyingly irrepressible youth priest in the Father Ted series, played by Graham Norton?

Father Noel Furlong


A Sherlock Holmes short story centres around a man who applies for, and gets, employment copying pages from the Encyclopaedia Britannica, a job for which he is eligible by reason of a particular physical characteristic. What is the title of the story?

The Red-Headed League


Which German-born British scientist was one of three joint winners of the Nobel prize for medicine in 1945, awarded for work on penicillin?

Ernst Chain


Which character from an American sitcom which ran for ten years from 1994, shares his surname with a Microsoft website?

Chandler Bing


Which Australian was the first actor to win a posthumous Oscar, for best actor, in 1977?

Peter Finch

Theme: Each answer contains the name of a unit of measurement

ROUND 3 - Run Ons (part 1)

The last word of the first answer is the first word (or the first part of the first word) of the second answer: for example, 'Innocuous statue and Irish actor' would have the answer 'Venus de Milo O’Shea'.  First names (or initials) and last names of people are required unless otherwise specified. Sometimes homonyms are used.  In questions with three parts, the first runs into the second and the second runs into the third but there is no connection between the first and the third.


The name of 'the White Rajah', ruler of the Kingdom of Sarawak in Borneo (which he founded) from 1841 to 1868;

Model and child star of the 1978 film Pretty Baby, who was transiently married to Andre Agassi in the late 1990s.

(Sir) James Brooke Shields


Epistolary novel featuring a boy who committed mass murder using a bow and arrows;

Actor who played Morse’s sergeant.

We Need to Talk about Kevin Whately


(3 parts)

Film in which Simon Callow dies suddenly in a Scottish castle;

Third of a tetrad of books by Len Deighton, three of which, including this one, were filmed starring Michael Caine;

First of a trilogy of trilogies of books, also by Len Deighton, whose titles have a tennis-related theme.

Four Weddings and a Funeral in Berlin Game


(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


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


Novel in which, amongst many other well-known lines, Lord Henry Wotton says "there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about";

American TV drama which began in 2005 and continues to run, set in Seattle Grace Hospital.

The Picture of Dorian Grey’s Anatomy


Tennis player who, in 1983, became the first Frenchman for 37 years to win the French Open, the only grand slam singles title he won in a 20 year career;

American linguist who created the first American dictionary in 1828.

Yannick Noah Webster


Polish-British merchant marine captain and author of Nostromo, published in 1904;

Canadian-British lord of Crossharbour and former owner of, amongst many other newspapers, The Daily Telegraph.

Joseph Conrad Black

ROUND 4 - 'What is it?'


117 miles long, it was officially opened in its entirety in October 1986.

The M25


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

The Thames Flood Barrier


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

Buckingham Palace


302 feet high and weighing 225 tons, it was erected in 1886.

The Statue of Liberty


984 feet high it was built in 1889 and intended to last 20 years but is still standing.

The Eiffel Tower


Three years after being built, it was dismantled and rebuilt on Sydenham Hill where it was destroyed by fire 82 years later.

Crystal Palace


51 miles long, it was opened in August 1914.

The Panama Canal


31 miles long, it was opened in May 1994.

The Channel Tunnel


73 miles long, it stretches from Bowness to Wallsend.

Hadrian’s Wall

ROUND 5 - Announced Theme

Each answer contains the nickname of a US State


What was the name of the 1990 number one hit for Maria McKee which was the theme song to the Tom Cruise film Days of Thunder?

Show Me Heaven

(Missouri – The Show Me State)


Which character in the novel Last of the Mohicans is also known as Natty Bumppo?


(Iowa – The Hawkeye State)


Which Beatles song, which appears as part of a medley on Abbey Road, was covered by Elbow for the 2017 John Lewis Christmas advert?

Golden Slumbers

(California – The Golden State)


What is the name of the princess, often portrayed as a damsel in distress, in Nintendo’s Mario franchise?

Princess Peach

(Georgia – The Peach State)


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)


Which ensemble film of 2004, which takes its name from a quotation from an Alexander Pope poem, tells the story of an estranged couple who, having erased each other from their memories, start dating again?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

(Florida – The Sunshine State)


The largest number of signatories ever to sign a government petition was the 263,000 who opposed the plan to do what in 2013?

Cull badgers

(Wisconsin – The Badger State)


What is the more common name for the hairstyle which is sometimes called a B-52?


(Utah – The Beehive State)


The Human Rights Foundation, Qatar Airways, The Boy Scouts of America and the Croatian National Tourist Board are all current tenants in which iconic building?

The Empire State Building

(New York – The Empire State)


Which political party was founded in 1992 on the principles of Transcendental Meditation?

The Natural Law Party

(Arkansas – The Natural State)

ROUND 6 - Links

What links the following?


Charlie Chaplin, Eva Peron, Joseph Haydn, Gram Parsons.

All had their bodies (or parts of their bodies) moved or stolen after burial


Liverpool FC in 1996, Alec Guinness, Kirk Stevens, Colonel Sanders.

All wore white suits


The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Frasier, Minder, A Fine Romance.

Star of the show sang the theme tune


Wimbledon, Catford, Hendon, White City, Haringey, Walthamstow.

London greyhound stadiums now closed down


Sunset Boulevard, American Beauty, The Lovely Bones, The Third Policeman.

Films and novels with dead narrators


 Corn, borscht, sun.

Regions of the USA known by this name followed by the word 'belt'


Roma in 1984 and Bayern Munich in 2012.

Teams who lost European Cup/Champions League finals in their own stadium


'Soldiers of Destiny', 'Family of the Irish', 'We Ourselves'.

English translations of the names of Irish political parties (Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Sinn Fein)


Palmerston, Gladstone, Evie, Ossie, Larry, Humphrey.

Whitehall cats


Argus Filch, Jack Torrance, WALL-E, Hong Kong Phooey

Fictional caretakers

ROUND 7 - Run Ons (part 2)


Italian footballer who played for Middlesbrough and Derby and who was known as the White Feather;

Character from a song who met the head of the herd on the road to Mandalay.

Fabrizio RavaNelli the Elephant


Anglo-Irish entertainer born Daniel Carroll;

A Richard Briers-narrated cartoon series.

Danny La Rue-barb and Custard


Seminal 1978 pornographic film focusing on a team of Texas cheerleaders;

Roy Clarke-created sitcom which holds the record for the longest-running sitcom anywhere in the world.

Debbie Does DalLast of the Summer Wine


The eighth secretary-general of the United Nations;

A song which received the academy award for best original song, sung by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Ban Ki-Moon River


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


American actor formerly known as Leaf;

Sitcom co-written by Neil Fitzmaurice and Dave Spikey and set in a working men’s club in Farnworth, Greater Manchester

Joaquin Phoenix Nights


1980s sitcom starring, amongst others, Simon Cadell, Felix Bowness and Jeffrey Holland;

Dutch painter of nightmarish depictions of hell, best known for The Garden of Earthly Delights.

Hi-de-Hieronymus Bosch


Boy band member who quit his band in 2014;

Semi-autobiographical Jeanette Winterson novel and TV adaptation thereof.

Jason Oranges are Not the Only Fruit


The UK’s busiest railway station;

An American singer whose so solo albums included Berlin, New York and Metal Machine Music.

WaterLoo Reed

ROUND 8 - Pot pourri


What do the initials of the medical investigation PET scan stand for?

Positron emission tomography


Which real life Disney character is buried, appropriately enough, in Gravesend?



Who, in 2017, was buried next to Marilyn Monroe?

Hugh Hefner


Which country, in 2016, elected as its president a man whose nickname is derived from a fictional San Francisco policeman played in three films by Clint Eastwood?

The Philippines

(Duterte Harry)


In which now largely outmoded piece of meteorological equipment would you find a Toricellian vacuum?

Mercury barometer

(the word 'mercury' is an essential element of the answer)


In American politics, what is a faithless elector?

A member of the electoral college who does not vote as he has pledged when appointed by his State


Who was said, when executed for treason in 1916, after an imaginative interpretation of the Treason Act 1351, to have been "hanged on a comma"?

Roger Casement


What has the French car company Peugeot manufactured continuously since 1842?

Pepper mills/grinders)

(accept salt or coffee grinders)


Who wrote the novel Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

Ian Fleming

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