General Knowledge Questions (103)

  1. Whose unemployment benefits records from 1963-4 referring to "...Mr Woodward's amateur singing interests and flamboyant dress..." were auctioned in 2010?
  2. Neat, kine, and beeves are old collective words for what: cattle; children; soldiers; or straw-bales?
  3. Ben Drew achieved a 2010 number one album fronting which band?
  4. Ehud Barak succeeded Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister of which country in 1999?
  5. What acid occurs naturally in bee and ant venom?
  6. Wiki means what in Hawaiian: Free; Quick; Easy; or Knowledge?
  7. Put these ancient body units of length in order, smallest to biggest: Span Palm Cubit Digit?
  8. International telephone dialling codes for Africa generally begin with what number?
  9. What word for a monstrously large creature or organization derives from the original Egyptian meaning of 'water-ox', and more specifically, probably the hippopotamus?
  10. Which UK government ex-minister referred to himself as a "cab for hire" when secretly filmed attempting to sell his capability to influence government policy?
  11. Oxford Boat Race squad twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss became multi-millionaires after a court battle with what website that they claimed stole their idea?
  12. What is two-thirds of five-eighths?
  13. The UK company, Banbury Postiche, is famous for making which items that are worn on the body?
  14. What traditional leatherworking tools became cockney rhyming slang for testicles?
  15. How many horns does the British minotaur dung beetle have?
  16. In which country did a military coup overthrow president Juan Peron in 1955?
  17. Whose memoir was re-titled 'A Journey' shortly before its Autumn 2010 publication, because apparently the publishers were concerned that the author's chosen title 'The Journey' might seem too 'messianic' and arrogant?
  18. The United States Bullion Depository in Kentucky was formerly known by what name, which has become a metaphorical reference for an impregnable building?
  19. What number is a hurricane-force storm on the conventional Beaufort Wind Force Scale: 9; 10; 11; or 12?
  20. Globo Esporte, which carried the headline 'HAHAHAHAHAHAHA' following Argentina's 4-0 defeat by Germany in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is a newspaper in which country?
  21. What is the vivid blue semi-percious stone, historically mined in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province and prized by the ancient Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Greeks and Romans?
  22. Cape Wrath is on the coast of which country?
  23. A 'bible bump' is an old colloquial term for what medical condition?
  24. Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (1900-2002) was more commonly known as whom?
  25. What element, whose symbol derives from its Greek name hydrargyrum, meaning watery silver, melts at minus 38.83 °C and yet boils at 356.73 °C ?
  26. What would a person normally do with perique?
  27. What is the traditional name of the woven tape used in dressmaking or millinery for stiffening fabric?
  28. If under consistently fair conditions, a tossed coin lands heads upwards twice in succession, what are the strict theoretical mathematical chances that the next toss will land tails upwards: One-in-Two; Three-to-Two; Two-to-One; or Seven-to-Four?
  29. In Richard Sheridan's 1770s play The Rivals what appropriately named character is noted for her amusing misuse of words?
  30. What US state's capital city is named after gold prospector Joseph Juneau (1836-99)?
  31. Who was the first female presenter on UK TV's Top of The Pops, who made only one appearance in 1982 to celebrate BBC Radio One's 15th birthday?
  32. In boxing what does RSC stand for?
  33. What colourless odourless liquid, E number E422, is used in foods as a sweetener, thickener and humectant (to maintain moistness)?
  34. The Galapagos Islands lie in which body of water?
  35. In Scrabble what points value is a letter K tile?
  36. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is in which country?
  37. What is a small lift called which carries food and other goods between floors in a building: Muteserver; Blindsteward; Dumbwaiter; or Silentwaitress?
  38. UK politicians David Owen, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and Bill Rodgers, known as The Gang of Four, defected from the Labour Party in 1981 to form which party?
  39. What is the main stock market index of Hong Kong?
  40. Name the sportsman who replaced 'Scotty', breaking a relationship enduring over 10 years and 72 victories including several world championships - and what/who is Scotty?

General Knowledge Answers (103)

  1. Whose unemployment benefits records from 1963-4 referring to "...Mr Woodward's amateur singing interests and flamboyant dress..." were auctioned in 2010? Tom Jones
  2. Neat, kine, and beeves are old collective words for what: cattle; children; soldiers; or straw-bales? Cattle
  3. Ben Drew achieved a 2010 number one album fronting which band? Plan B
  4. Ehud Barak succeeded Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister of which country in 1999? Israel
  5. What acid occurs naturally in bee and ant venom? Formic acid
  6. Wiki means what in Hawaiian: Free; Quick; Easy; or Knowledge? Quick
  7. Put these ancient body units of length in order, smallest to biggest: Span Palm Cubit Digit? Digit, Palm, Span, Cubit (basically, a digit was a fingerwidth, a palm was four of these, a span was three palms or twelve digits, and a cubit was the forearm or the forearm including the outstretched hand, anything between 6-9 palms or 24-36 digits, depending on the country/era/interpretation)
  8. International telephone dialling codes for Africa generally begin with what number? 2
  9. What word for a monstrously large creature or organization derives from the original Egyptian meaning of 'water-ox', and more specifically, probably the hippopotamus? Behemoth (the original Egyptian word was pe-ehe-mau)
  10. Which UK government ex-minister referred to himself as a "cab for hire" when secretly filmed attempting to sell his capability to influence government policy? Stephen Byers
  11. Oxford Boat Race squad twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss became multi-millionaires after a court battle with what website that they claimed stole their idea? Facebook
  12. What is two-thirds of five-eighths? Five-twelfths (or 0.41666666... etc, or recurring or repeating, to use the technical terms)
  13. The UK company, Banbury Postiche, is famous for making which items that are worn on the body? Wigs
  14. What traditional leatherworking tools became cockney rhyming slang for testicles? Cobblers awls (cobblers = balls - see cockney rhyming slang - an awl is a piercing tool)
  15. How many horns does the British minotaur dung beetle have? Three
  16. In which country did a military coup overthrow president Juan Peron in 1955? Argentina
  17. Whose memoir was re-titled 'A Journey' shortly before its Autumn 2010 publication, because apparently the publishers were concerned that the author's chosen title 'The Journey' might seem too 'messianic' and arrogant? Tony Blair
  18. The United States Bullion Depository in Kentucky was formerly known by what name, which has become a metaphorical reference for an impregnable building? Fort Knox
  19. What number is a hurricane-force storm on the conventional Beaufort Wind Force Scale: 9; 10; 11; or 12? 12 (see the weather and climate quizballs 38)
  20. Globo Esporte, which carried the headline 'HAHAHAHAHAHAHA' following Argentina's 4-0 defeat by Germany in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is a newspaper in which country? Brazil
  21. What is the vivid blue semi-percious stone, historically mined in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province and prized by the ancient Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Greeks and Romans? Lapis lazuli
  22. Cape Wrath is on the coast of which country? Scotland (interestingly, apparently the only place in the northern hemisphere where all British armed forces train together)
  23. A 'bible bump' is an old colloquial term for what medical condition? A ganglion cyst (a swelling on or around tendons of the hand or wrist - it was believed that hitting such a cyst with a bible would cause it to disperse)
  24. Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon (1900-2002) was more commonly known as whom? The Queen Mother (or Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother - wife George VI, and mother of Elizabeth II)
  25. What element, whose symbol derives from its Greek name hydrargyrum, meaning watery silver, melts at minus 38.83 °C and yet boils at 356.73 °C ? Mercury (symbol Hg)
  26. What would a person normally do with perique? Smoke it (usually in a pipe - it's a strong flavoured high quality black tobacco grown in Louisiana USA)
  27. What is the traditional name of the woven tape used in dressmaking or millinery for stiffening fabric? Petersham
  28. If under consistently fair conditions, a tossed coin lands heads upwards twice in succession, what are the strict theoretical mathematical chances that the next toss will land tails upwards: One-in-Two; Three-to-Two; Two-to-One; or Seven-to-Four? One-in-two (or 50%, just as theoretically it would be after any number of consecutive heads)
  29. In Richard Sheridan's 1770s play The Rivals what appropriately named character is noted for her amusing misuse of words? Mrs Malaprop (a malapropism - from the French phrase mal à propos, meaning ill-suited - is a mistaken and usually funny word or expression, for example "It's great to be back on terracotta.." attributed to John Prescott, and Del Boy from TV's Only Fools and Horses)
  30. What US state's capital city is named after gold prospector Joseph Juneau (1836-99)? Alaska (Juneau)
  31. Who was the first female presenter on UK TV's Top of The Pops, who made only one appearance in 1982 to celebrate BBC Radio One's 15th birthday? Annie Nightingale
  32. In boxing what does RSC stand for? Referee Stopped Contest
  33. What colourless odourless liquid, E number E422, is used in foods as a sweetener, thickener and humectant (to maintain moistness)? Glycerol (or glycerine or glycerin)
  34. The Galapagos Islands lie in which body of water? Pacific Ocean
  35. In Scrabble what points value is a letter K tile? Five
  36. The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is in which country? Spain (Galicia)
  37. What is a small lift called which carries food and other goods between floors in a building: Muteserver; Blindsteward; Dumbwaiter; or Silentwaitress? Dumbwaiter
  38. UK politicians David Owen, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and Bill Rodgers, known as The Gang of Four, defected from the Labour Party in 1981 to form which party? Social Democratic Party
  39. What is the main stock market index of Hong Kong? Hang Seng Index
  40. Name the sportsman who replaced 'Scotty', breaking a relationship enduring over 10 years and 72 victories including several world championships - and what/who is Scotty? Tiger Woods - his putter

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