|1.Pre-decimal money was in pounds, shillings and pence – £sd or Lsd
What did those letters stand for? – give any two of the three. (2-part answer)
2 FROM: LIBRA/LIBRAE; SOLIDUS/SOLIDI; DINARIUS/DINARII (1 MARK EACH)
2. WRITE THIS: Was it a car or a cat I saw. What have you got? PALINDROME
3. What method of creating fabric could use half treble, double treble or treble treble?
4.Which dangerous element has the symbol As? ARSENIC
5. In Greek and Roman myth, what was the name of the race of one-eyed giants?
6. Which middle East lake, at about 700’ below sea level, is the lowest-lying
freshwater lake in the world? SEA OF GALILEE / LAKE TIBERIAS
7. What characterizes a drupe fruit? IT HAS A STONE
8. In which decade were Alcock and Brown the first aviators to cross the Atlantic?
THE 1910s (1919)
9. What word links Beau Brummel and a Dundee comic? DANDY
10 Who was the first to call Native Americans ‘Indians ’- incorrectly, as it happened?
11 Often found in ancient archaeological sites, what was an amphora?
A JAR / POT / URN
12 Which American sports and leisure-wear company has a logo of a simple star
inside a circle? CONVERSE
13 What was first devised by Sir Isaac Pitman in the 1830s? SHORTHAND
14 Why was Dolly the cloned sheep named after Dolly Parton?
MAMMARY CELLS WERE USED
15 What is the ancient Chinese philosophical system which provides auspicious
design and architecture? FENG SHUI ….spelling not essential
16 What is the common name for Deuterium Oxide - D2O? It was central to the plot
of ‘The Heroes of Telemark’ HEAVY WATER
17 Which town on the outskirts of Milan gives its name to a famous Italian blue
18 What nationality was the author JRR Tolkein? ENGLISH
19 In a pieta artwork, who are represented? MARY AND JESUS
20 Which two disciplines make up Olympic weightlifting? (2-part answer)
CLEAN AND JERK and SNATCH (1 MARK EACH)
21 In Alexandre Dumas’ novel, which of the ‘Three Musketeers’ names comes first
22 Which oriental board game’s name translates as ‘Sparrow’ ? MAHJONG
23 Which comic actor’s film characters included Wolf J. Flywheel and Rufus T. Firefly
24 Which is the only country to host the Summer Olympics and not win a single gold
medal? CANADA (MONTREAL 1976)
25 In the old children’s TV programme, ‘Rag, Tag and Bobtail’, Bobtail was a rabbit.
What sort of creatures were the other two? (2-part answer)
RAG – HEDGEHOG; TAG - MOUSE
26 What became the world’s tallest man-made structure in 1889? EIFFEL TOWER
27 Name the only 3-time winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
(INTERNATIONAL) RED CROSS
28 What is Elton John’s he-man middle name? HERCULES
29 Which war song begins ‘Mine eyes……’ BATTLE-HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC
30 In which country is Ipanema - as in the song ‘The girl from Ipanema’? BRAZIL
31 Which famous vehicle has the registration SCV 1 ? THE ‘POPEMOBILE’
32 Which duo in ‘The Muppets’ were named after hotels? (2-part answer)
STATLER and WALDORF (1 MARK EACH)
33 What was the nationality of hotelier César Ritz? SWISS
34 What was American gangster George Kelly’s nickname? ‘MACHINE-GUN’
35 Which UK road sign actually means ‘arse-end of a bag’ ? CUL-DE-SAC
36 Name any two of the three winners of the Oscars Best Film in the 1990s that had
a one-word title. (2-part answer)
ANY 2 FROM: ‘BRAVEHEART’ ‘TITANIC’ ‘UNFORGIVEN’ (1 MARK EACH)
37 In which sporting event did Ukrainian Sergey Bubka break the iconic mark of 6.0
38 George Mallory replied to the question ‘Why?’ with the words: ‘Because it’s
there’ What was? EVEREST
39 Which 2 major world countries went to war against each other in 1904-5?
(2-part answer) JAPAN and RUSSIA (1 MARK EACH)
40 In song, where did the Rolling Stones meet ‘a gin-soaked bar-room queen’ ?