Withington Pub Quiz League

QUESTION PAPER - 16th May 2018

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The Question voted as 'Question of the Week' is highlighted in the questions below

Val Draper Cup paper  16/05/18

Set by: Compulsory Mantis Shrimp

QotW: R7/8Q10

Average Aggregate Score:   72.3

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

"....the Shrimps conjured up a paper of great merit that just nicely hit the season's average aggregate score."

"The quiz was certainly a challenge - and of University Challenge standard too."


ROUND 1 - Pairs


Which actor, who appears in 2018 superhero juggernaut Avengers: Infinity War, also starred in 2001’s A Knight’s Tale, and appeared in 2015’s Mortdecai as the punningly named Jock Strapp?

Paul Bettany


Which actor from Avengers: Infinity War has starred in the rebooted Star Trek film franchise since 2009?  In 2017 they were nominated for a Kids’ Choice Award in the category 'Favourite Butt-Kicker'.

Zoe Saldana


Which playwright wrote the script for the 1981 stage adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita?  Starring Donald Sutherland as Humbert, it closed after only 12 performances, with one critic calling it "the kind of embarrassment that audiences do not quickly forget or forgive".  The playwright is best known for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

Edward Albee


Together with his partner Chester Kallman, which poet co-wrote the libretti for operatic adaptations of The Rake’s Progress in 1951 and Love’s Labour’s Lost in 1973?

W. H. Auden


"I want nothing but death."  These were the last words of which famous Brit who appears on an English banknote?

Jane Austen


Whose last utterance was, “Water”, as reported in the New York Times on 24th July, 1885?  He appears on a US banknote.

Ulysses S Grant


Who wore a purple Gucci suit to the 2018 Met Gala last week?  He is a musician, actor and writer-director who recently released politically-charged single This is America, and will appear in the next Star Wars film as Lando Calrissian. (real name or stage name acceptable)

Donald Glover

(or Childish Gambino)


Who wore a black-and-white Marc Jacobs gown, with gold halo-esque hat, to the 2018 Met Gala?  A musician and actor, she was praised for her 'Time’s Up' speech at this year’s Grammy’s, in which she said: “We come in peace, but we mean business”.  She recently came out as pansexual, causing a spike in online searches for the term.

Janelle Monae


Which author won the 2007 'Women’s Prize for Fiction' (then the 'Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction') for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun(surname will suffice)

(Chimamanda Ngozie) Adichie


By then renamed the 'Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction', Adichie was shortlisted for the same prize in 2014 for her novel Americanah.  It was the first time in the award’s history that no British authors were shortlisted.  To which Irish author did Adichie lose out?  (surname will suffice) 

(Eimear) McBride


Tracy K Smith won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2012 with her poetry collection, which shared its name with a David Bowie song.  The Pulitzer website praises it for “taking readers into the universe and moving them to an authentic mix of joy and pain”.  What was it called?

Life on Mars


 Which poet won the same prize in 1963 with his collection, Pictures from Breughel and Other Poems?  It was published, and the award was given, posthumously.

William Carlos Williams

ROUND 2 - Food in Literature


With what dessert did Lady Macbeth drug King Duncan’s grooms?



Which fruit did Shakespeare’s Richard III ask for from the gardens of the Bishop of Ely?



In the Odyssey, what does Odysseus hope to achieve by performing a ritual involving digging a trench, and filling it with a mixture of milk, honey, sweet wine, water and white barley?

Travelling to the underworld (or similar)


In which 14th-century work of literature is a king’s New Year feast interrupted by a challenger, who rides into the feasting-hall carrying a holly-bough and an axe?

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


With the promise of what does Montresor lure Fortunato to his cellars?

(a cask of) Amontillado


According to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, different drinks sharing what common name have been invented on 85 percent of all known worlds in the Galaxy?

Gin and Tonic


Which chocolate-obsessed author ate a Kit-Kat each day, but described the Creme Egg as a "fondant-filled horror"?

Roald Dahl


Which science-fiction author, with respect to the correct orientation of boiled eggs, said that she was a "Big-Ender"?

Ursula K LeGuin


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

John Keats


Which author wrote, in a letter to her sister, about the pains of hosting: “I shall be left … to ease the mind of the torments of rice pudding and apple dumplings”?

Jane Austen

ROUND 3 - 'Redressing the Balance'

"I, Shrimp James, do a terrible job at making sure my questions are not heavily male-dominated. In an attempt to start to rectify that I have written this round, where all of the questions are about women."


Meryl Streep has received four Oscar nominations in the 21st century for playing real people.  Of course, one was for playing Margaret Thatcher.  Name any two of the other three women. (surnames will suffice)

Katherine Graham (accept Katherine Meyer) (for The Post), Florence Foster Jenkins (accept Narcissa Florence Foster) (for Florence Foster Jenkins) and Julia Child (accept Julia McWilliams) (for Julie & Julia)


Prime numbers, p, for which 2p+1 is also prime are named after which French mathematician who lived from 1776 to 1831?  (a surname will suffice)

(Sophie) Germain


Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward were the line-up for which band who reached no. 3 in the UK Singles Chart twice, with Robert De Niro's Waiting in 1984 and Love in the First Degree in 1987?



One claim about the origin of the two-word name of which dish is that it was named in honour of a dining companion of the future King Edward VII at Monte Carlo's Cafe de Paris?

Crepes Suzette


Sometimes depicted as a cow, or having the head of a cow, what was the name of the Egyptian goddess of the sky, fertility and women, and also associated with childbirth?



Dying in 1394, who was the first wife of Henry IV and mother of Henry V?

Mary de Bohun


Which British tennis player won three singles Grand Slam titles, the French Open in 1961 and 1966 and Wimbledon in 1969?

Ann Jones


Succeeding David Gauke, which MP for Tatton became Work and Pensions Secretary in January 2018?

Esther McVey


Cleansed, Crave and Phaedra's Love are among the works of which playwright, who tragically died at the age of 28 in 1999?  (a surname will suffice)

(Sarah) Kane

ROUND 4 - Follow On Answers

In this round, answers follow on from one another. So the last letter of the answer to Question 1 is the first letter of the answer to Question 2, and so on. Articles count in this round. In the interests of fairness, the answer to Q1 begins with the letter 'P'.


'Ananas comosus' is the scientific name for which fruit, for which, in 2016, Costa Rica, Brazil and the Philippines were the three biggest producers?



Only writing poetry after urged to do so by Robert Frost, which British writer's first book of poetry, Six Poems, was published in 1915?  He died at the battle of Arras two years later.

Edward Thomas


Which country is the only one to share a land border with The Gambia?



The roles of which (female) actor included a 1941 adaptation of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, The Postman Always Rings Twice and the 1957 film Peyton Place, for which she received her only Oscar nomination, for Best Actress?

Lana Turner


The 2010 Disney animated film Tangled has as its heroine which fairytale character?



With a population of over 5.5 million, according to the CIA World Factbook's data for 2015, what is the most populous Portuguese-speaking city located outside of Brazil?



The song Send in the Clowns, sung by the character Desiree Arnfeldt, is from which musical that premiered on Broadway in 1973?

A Little Night Music


Which Northampton Saints rugby union player, whose position is Lock, has played 65 tests for England since 2009?  In 2017, he made his first two appearances for the British and Irish Lions.

Courtney Lawes

ROUND 5 - Colours

In this round the link is obvious; each answer is a colour. The first four questions concern HTML colours and the second four focus on colours designated ‘Color of the Year’ by Pantone.


Between 'red' and 'dark red' which HTML colour has a name that may be defined as 'a block of refractory ceramic material used for lining furnaces and kilns'?  A precise term is needed.


(prompt on brick)


Between 'light salmon' and 'tomato', which HTML colour has a name that appears in Shakespeare's sonnet 130, at the beginning of the line that follows: "My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;"?


(the line is 'Coral is far more red than her lips' red')


Which HTML colour may also be a sobriquet for a general election that takes advantage of success in war, for example those of 1900 and 1983?  (a five-letter word is needed)



Which HTML colour takes its name from an aniline dye named after a French victory over Austria in 1859?



Pantone's 2011 'Color of the Year' shares its name with which common garden climbing plant of the genus Lonicera, noted for its intense fragrance?



What was Pantone's 2012 'Color of the Year'?  Its two-word name consists of a citrus fruit named after a North African port, followed by a ballroom dance that originated in Argentina.

Tangerine tango


Described as 'a naturally robust and earthy wine red', Pantone's 2015 'Color of the Year' takes its name from a fortified wine produced around a port in Sicily.  What is it?



Pantone describes its 2018 'Color of the Year' as: "a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade".  Its name corresponds to a section of the electromagnetic spectrum.  What is it?



Between 'darkgoldenrod' and 'chocolate', which HTML colour shares its name with the South American country whose national football team beat Scotland 3-1 at the 1978 FIFA World Cup?



What was Pantone's 'Color of the Year' in 2013?  It shares its name with a variety of the mineral beryl that is valued as a gemstone.


ROUND 6 - ‘The Anna Nana Naan' Round

In this round all answers begin with either ‘an’ or ‘na’. For example, Andalusia, Andy Pandy, Navajo or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.


A city on the Yangtze, what is the name of the capital of the Ming dynasty until the early 15th century and of the Taiping rebels in the mid-19th century?


(or Nanjing)


Which Japanese city is home to the Grampus and Dragons, football and baseball teams, respectively?



Comprising layers of chocolate ganache, butter icing and cheesecake base, what is the name of the popular unbaked Canadian dessert that takes its name from a settlement in British Columbia?

Nanaimo (bar)


What is the name of a coarse-grained French sausage that is described as having a "strong, distinctive odour related to its intestinal origins and components"?



What is the title figure of a large oil painting by Frederic Leighton in the Manchester Art Gallery?  She is described as 'captive', her husband, Hector, having been killed in the Trojan War.


(do not accept Andromeda)


What is the name of the opera first performed in Milan in 1842 and whose title character is a Babylonian king?



A self-governing dependency of the UK, what is the northernmost of the Leeward Islands, situated in the Caribbean?  Its name comes from the Spanish for 'eel', in reference to its elongated shape.


(do not accept Antigua)


An adjective whose name derives from which historical region of France is often applied to early Plantagenet kings such as Henry II?  (a five-letter name is needed)



Born in 1515, which spouse of a Tudor monarch was the subject of a flattering portrait by Hans Holbein?

Anne of Cleves


What two-word Latin term did Queen Elizabeth II use to describe the year 1992?

Annus horribilis

(do not accept annus mirabilis)


The films of which Italian-born director of include Blow-Up and Zabriskie Point(a surname will suffice and it is the surname that the theme applies to)

(Michelangelo) Antonioni

ROUND 7 & 8 - '....and the Winner is....' Bingo

Questions concern awards of varying levels of prestige. Pick an award and you will be asked a question that is (potentially loosely) related to that award.


Brit Award for Best British Album

The winner in 1990, The Raw and the Cooked, was the second, and final, studio album for which band, formed in Birmingham in 1984?

Fine Young Cannibals


Booker prize

Who is the only person to have won both a Booker prize and an Academy Award?  She won the former in 1975 for her book Heat and Dust.  Her two Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars came for the adaptations by Merchant Ivory Productions of A Room with a View and Howard's End(surname will suffice)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala


Nobel Peace Prize

A joint recipient of the prize in 2011, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first female African head of state when she was elected as president of which African country in 2006?



Rear of the Year – Men

The winner of the men's award in 2017, which British actor's roles include Stringer Bell in The Wire, Heimdall in Thor: Ragnarok and various other Marvel films, and the titular role in the BBC series Luther?

Idris Elba


Rear of the Year – Women

Who became the first person to have the 'great honour' of winning 'Rear of the Year' for the second time?  She is probably best known for a 26-year stint on a daytime TV show that started in 1982.

Carol Vorderman


Pulitzer Prize for Music

Born in Pennsylvania in 1910, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Music twice? The first award came in 1958 for his opera Vanessa, and the second came in 1963 for his Piano Concerto No. 1.

Samuel Barber


Ballon D'Or

The same year he moved from Paris St Germain to AC Milan, who in 1995 became the first and, to date only, African winner of the Ballon D'Or?

George Weah


Golden Joystick Award for Game of the Year

The 2017 winner, a video game subtitled Breath of the Wild is the latest entry in which long running video game franchise?

The Legend of Zelda


Brit Awards – Artist of a Generation

Michael Jackson received a special 'Artist of a Generation' award in 1996. That, however, did not stop whom from mounting the stage in protest during Jackson's performance of Earth Song?  This musician was the lead singer in a band who had a number one album with Different Class in 1995?

Jarvis Cocker


Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Walter Brennan is the only person to have won three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor.  However, six actors have won it two times.  Name any two. (surnames will suffice)

(two from) Michael Caine, Melvyn Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Jason Robards, Peter Ustinov and Christoph Waltz


Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

In 1974, who won her first Best Supporting Actress Oscar (and her third acting Oscar) for her performance as Greta Ohlsson in Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express?

Ingrid Bergman


Copley Medal

Also the inventor of the kaleidoscope, which physicist won the Copley medal in 1815 for his paper on the polarisation of light by reflection from transport bodies?  (surname will suffice)

David Brewster


Nobel Prize for Physics

A nuclear physicist born in modern-day Katowice, Poland, and one of two women to win the Nobel Prize for Physics, who was a co-recipient of the 1963 award with Eugene Wigner and J Hans D Jensen?  (either her maiden surname or the surname she took upon marriage will suffice)

Maria Goeppert-Mayer (accept Goeppert or Mayer)


Turner Prize

Now a film director whose works include Hunger and 12 Years A Slave, who won the 1999 Turner Prize, beating artworks such as Tracey Emin's My Bed to the prize?

Steve McQueen


Carbuncle Cup

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


BBC Sports Personality of the Year

A silver medallist in the same event at the 1988 Olympics, which Scottish athlete's 10,000m gold medal at the 1991 World Championships saw them beat Will Carling and Gary Lineker to 'Sports Personality of the Year'?

Elizabeth (or Liz) McColgan (Do not accept Eilish McColgan)


Nobel Prize for Literature

With works such as the The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing, who was the last British citizen to win the 'Nobel Prize for Literature' before Kazuo Ishiguro?

Doris Lessing


Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Harold C Urey won the prize in 1934 for his discovery of a heavier isotope, called deuterium, of which element?



European City of Culture

Santa Maria del Fiore, the Basilica di San Lorenzo and the Boboli Gardens are tourist attractions in which Italian city, the second city to be awarded European City of Culture?



Stirling Prize

Largely destroyed by fire in 2010, the redevelopment of a pier in which seaside town was awarded the 'Stirling Prize for Architecture' in 2017?



Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine

Tou Youyou was one of the winners of the 2015 prize for her discovery that the drugs artemisinin [ARGH-TEE-ME-SE-NIN] and dihydroartemisinin [DI-HIGH-DRO-ARGH-TEE-MEE-SE-NIN] could be used to combat which disease, caused by protozoans of the genus Plasmodium?  Sir Ronald Ross was awarded the second Nobel prize in this category for his discovery of how this disease entered an organism.



Nobel Prize in the Economic Sciences

A staunch critic of laissez-faire economics, Globalization and Its Discontents, The Price of Inequality and The Great Divide are books by which American Nobel laureate and former chief economist of the World Bank?

Joseph Stiglitz


Primetime Emmy Award – Outstanding Comedy Series

First airing in 1978 and with a cast including Andy Kaufman, Christopher Lloyd and Danny Devito which sitcom won the award for 'Outstanding Comedy Series' in each of its first three series (or seasons as the Americans call them)?



Primetime Emmy Award – Outstanding Drama Series

First airing in 2007 and with a cast including Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Olsen and January Jones, which drama won the award for 'Outstanding Drama Series' in each of its first four series/seasons?

Mad Men



How many runs have Lancashire scored in their 7 County Championships innings this season?



In all its grammatical forms, that is including –ed, -ing, -s and so on, how many times does the word ‘fuck’ appear in Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting?


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