Sunday, 5 October 2014

Another set of questions

1 The 2006 film The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, was based on a novel of the same name by which author?

2 Since the death of Humphrey Lyttelton in 2008, which comedian has been the host of the Radio 4 comedy panel game I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue?

3 Excavated in the early twentieth century and reconstructed in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin, (pictured above), the Ishtar Gate  was part of which Mesopotamian city?

4  The Queen's Plate, Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders Stakes are the three horse races that make up which country's Triple Crown?

5 Gaby Aghion who died on 27 Septmber 2014 founded which French fashion house in 1952?

6 Thespis, first performed in 1871, was the first collaboration between which librettist and composer?

7 The La Liga football club Real Sociedad are based in which Spanish city?

8 What two word expression, from the Greek for the 'many or majority', is used in English as a derogatory term for the working class or common people?

9 What surname links a British artist married to Barbara Hepworth from 1938 to 1951, a 1961 double winning manager of Tottenham Hotspur and a 1961 football pools winner who pledged to "spend, spend, spend"?

10 What is the name of the production company that made Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1998 to 2007?

11 What was the name of car manufacturer Henry Ford's son? His first name was used for a range of car Ford manufactured from 1958 to 1960, that was so unpopular the name became a popular symbol for failure.

12 What is the name of the French fashion designer who, along with Mary Quant claims to be the inventor of the mini skirt, launched what he called his 'Space Age' collection in 1964?

13 The 2009 film Oil City Confidential, directed by Julien Temple, documents the story of which band, who despite their most commercially productive years being the 1970s still tour today, albeit without any of the original line-up?

14 What was the name of the first Soviet secret police organization, founded on the orders of Lenin in December 1917 and led by Felix Dzerzhinsky?

15 What is the modern day name of the Polynesian island nation formerly known as the Ellice Islands?

16 Which English biologist was known as "Darwin's Bulldog" due to his advocacy of Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution?

17 What name is given to a pizza folded in half and filled with a stuffing?

18 The flowering plants of the genus Kniphofia, are known more commonly by what name?

19 The jockey Brian Fletcher, who rode Red Rum to victory in the Grand National in 1973 and '74, won his first National in 1968 on which horse?

20 Which march composed by John Phillip Sousa is named after a US newspaper?


1 Christopher Priest
2 Jack Dee
3 Babylon
4  Canada
5 Chloe
6 Gilbert and Sullivan
7 San Sebastián
8 Hoi polloi
9 Nicholson, respectively Ben, Bill and Viv
10 Celador
11 Edsel Ford
12 André Courrèges
13 Dr. Feelgood
14 The Cheka
15 Tuvalu
16 Thomas Huxley
17 Calzone
18 Red hot poker
19 Red Alligator
20 The Washington Post March


  1. Great questions. Certainly testing but I learnt a few things.

  2. Also pleased I got Courreges, considering I wrote a question on him not long back. :)