General Knowledge Questions (91)

  1. How many degrees is each angle in an equilateral triangle?
  2. What railway line is green on the traditional map of the London Underground (Tube)?
  3. Who was the first Tudor King of England?
  4. Keflavik International Airport is in which country?
  5. A dibber (or dibble) is used in what: gardening; bingo; brain surgery; or boating?
  6. Which politician, buried in Westminster Abbey in 1833, campaigned for more than 50 years against British slavery?
  7. Japanese Haiku poetry is generally said to contain how many lines and how many syllables when presented in English?
  8. Cambridge Late Pine, Redgauntlet and Elsanta are varieties of what fruit?
  9. Who wrote the lines, "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright, In the forests of the night..." ?
  10. What word, meaning 'crown' in Latin, refers to a visible electrical discharge and a planetary halo?
  11. Before 'Poppy Appeal' what words appeared on the central black buttons of poppies sold in Poppy Appeal in the UK every year?
  12. In the 2010 Formula One motor racing season how many points are awarded to the winning driver of a Grand Prix?
  13. What title was shared by three different songs which achieved UK or US number one positions within a few months of each other during 1984-85?
  14. Who first published and popularised the stories Snow White, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Red Riding Hood?
  15. What creature is a pismire?
  16. What does Samantha Cameron have tattooed on her ankle: the Conservative Party tree emblem; a Union Jack; a skull and cross-bones; or a dolphin?
  17. What is the square root of two-hundred and eighty-nine?
  18. Yukon and Nunavut are Federal Territories of which country?
  19. What is the traditional name for a spot on a domino?
  20. A 'Coney Island whitefish' is slang for a what: a battered sausage; a professional wrestling throw; a floppy hair-style; or a discarded condom?
  21. What word for a wild or half-tamed horse derives from the Spanish word for rough wood and specifically a knot in wood?
  22. ICO - the UK agency responsible for data protection, privacy and freedom of information - stands for what?
  23. Who against huge odds knocked defending champion John Higgins out of the 2010 World Snooker Championship?
  24. Eyjafjallajokull is what: a Norwegian football club; an Alaskan horse; a disease of the feet; or Iceland's volcano responsible for the air-traffic paralysing ash cloud?
  25. Which footballer scored all of England's five goals in their 1975 5-0 defeat of Cyprus?
  26. What name, adapted from the male term, refers to a female tree-feller, popularised in Britain during World War II?
  27. In what European city is the historic port of Piraeus?
  28. Nicholas Briggs is the long-time voice of which TV evil force?
  29. In Charles Kingsley's 1863 novel The Water-Babies, addressing child labour and Victorian morality, what is the boy Tom's occupation?
  30. The Roman numerals DCLXVI equate to what number?

General Knowledge Answers (91)

  1. How many degrees is each angle in an equilateral triangle? Sixty
  2. What railway line is green on the traditional map of the London Underground (Tube)? District Line
  3. Who was the first Tudor King of England? Henry the Seventh
  4. Keflavik International Airport is in which country? Iceland
  5. A dibber (or dibble) is used in what: gardening; bingo; brain surgery; or boating? Gardening (a handtool for making holes in the soil to plant bulbs, etc)
  6. Which politician, buried in Westminster Abbey in 1833, campaigned for more than 50 years against British slavery? William Wilberforce (1759-1833)
  7. Japanese Haiku poetry is generally said to contain how many lines and how many syllables when presented in English? Three lines and seventeen syllables (technically called moras or morae, being phonetic units of single sounds which do not always exactly equate to conventional syllables)
  8. Cambridge Late Pine, Redgauntlet and Elsanta are varieties of what fruit? Strawberry
  9. Who wrote the lines, "Tyger! Tyger! burning bright, In the forests of the night..." ? William Blake (1757-1827, the opening lines of The Tyger, from Songs of Experience, 1794)
  10. What word, meaning 'crown' in Latin, refers to a visible electrical discharge and a planetary halo? Corona
  11. Before 'Poppy Appeal' what words appeared on the central black buttons of poppies sold in Poppy Appeal in the UK every year? Haig Fund
  12. In the 2010 Formula One motor racing season how many points are awarded to the winning driver of a Grand Prix? 25
  13. What title was shared by three different songs which achieved UK or US number one positions within a few months of each other during 1984-85? The Power of Love(Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Jennifer Rush, Huey Lewis and the News)
  14. Who first published and popularised the stories Snow White, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Red Riding Hood? The Brothers Grimm
  15. What creature is a pismire? Ant (pismire is an old English word believed weirdly to combine mire, meaning ant, with a reference to the urine-like smell of an anthill)
  16. What does Samantha Cameron have tattooed on her ankle: the Conservative Party tree emblem; a Union Jack; a skull and cross-bones; or a dolphin? A dolpin
  17. What is the square root of two-hundred and eighty-nine? Seventeen
  18. Yukon and Nunavut are Federal Territories of which country? Canada
  19. What is the traditional name for a spot on a domino? Pip (see the interesting dominoes word origins)
  20. A 'Coney Island whitefish' is slang for a what: a battered sausage; a professional wrestling throw; a floppy hair-style; or a discarded condom? A discarded condom(typically on the beach or in the sea)
  21. What word for a wild or half-tamed horse derives from the Spanish word for rough wood and specifically a knot in wood? Bronco
  22. ICO - the UK agency responsible for data protection, privacy and freedom of information - stands for what? Information Commissioner's Office
  23. Who against huge odds knocked defending champion John Higgins out of the 2010 World Snooker Championship? Steve Davis
  24. Eyjafjallajokull is what: a Norwegian football club; an Alaskan horse; a disease of the feet; or Iceland's volcano responsible for the air-traffic paralysing ash cloud? Iceland's volcano responsible for the air-traffic paralysing ash cloud
  25. Which footballer scored all of England's five goals in their 1975 5-0 defeat of Cyprus? Malcolm MacDonald (MacDonald has said since that team-mates conspired to help him after confiding that manager Don Revie had apparently threatened to drop him if he failed to score)
  26. What name, adapted from the male term, refers to a female tree-feller, popularised in Britain during World War II? Lumberjill
  27. In what European city is the historic port of Piraeus? Athens (Greece)
  28. Nicholas Briggs is the long-time voice of which TV evil force? The Daleks (featured in Dr Who)
  29. In Charles Kingsley's 1863 novel The Water-Babies, addressing child labour and Victorian morality, what is the boy Tom's occupation? Chimney sweep
  30. The Roman numerals DCLXVI equate to what number? 666

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