Friday, February 23, 2007

Between A Rock And A Question

Thanks mainly to the efforts of my quiz team partner, last week we won the Rock Tavern Quiz. The prize is the dubious honour of setting the questions for the following week. The following are a selection from the fifty questions which make up the quiz. To make it interesting, I will not supply the answers until next week. 1. What does the “C” stand for in the BBC? 2. What type of elm disease swept through Britain in the 1970s? 3. What is the real name of the singer Sting? (2 points) 4. In which sport was Willie Wood a world champion? 5. What is the name of the Presidential candidate who narrowly lost to George W Bush in the elections of November 2000 and who is now famous for his campaigning against global warming and climate change? 6. What did Ho Chi Minh City used to be called? 7. What is the Pacific terminus of the Trans-Siberian railway? 8. In which country are the world’s tallest buildings, the Petronas Towers? 9. Who wrote the thriller novel “The Day Of The Jackal”? 10. In which European city is the Atomium?

21. On what day does the New Orleans Festival of Mardi Gras take place? 22. Who was the Director of the classic western film “Stagecoach”? 23. Which designer created the fashion called “the New Look”? 24. Into which ocean does the Zambesi River flow? 25. Which English town has a tall church tower called a “stump”? 26. Which Surrey town gives its name to the common form of hydrated magnesium sulphate? 27. Which mountains extend from West Virginia to Georgia and were immortalised in a Laurel and Hardy song? 28. The name of which capital city means “black pool”? 29. In which year did India achieve its independence from Britain? 30. Who won the first five European Cup Finals?

Decide whether the following statements are TRUE or FALSE:

31. A crocodile can run faster than a racehorse 32 More calories are burned in eating a stick of celery than are gained in the process. 33. You can’t fold a piece of paper in half more than 7 times. 34. You can be fined £30 for having an italic number plate. 35. Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine. 36. Florence Nightingale died of syphilis 37. There are no trees in Iceland 38. The Canary Islands are named after a dog. 39. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on her left foot. 40. The entire population of Liechtenstein could fit into Old Trafford twice.

If you want the rest you will have to turn up at the Rock!


  1. Well I can do most of them... Funnily enough I was wondering about Hoh Chi Minh (sp?) City only this morning, when it was on the news because a tourist had died there. (Don't know the answer to that one). Wish I lived nearer The Rock. I love quizzes.

  2. We'll go the next time you come north.