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  1. What gas were British World War Two barrage balloons filled with?
  2. Who was the United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia between 1989 and 1992?
  3. Name the main character in cartoonist Chic Young's long-running comic strip Blondie?
  4. By what name is Great Britain known by in the novel 1984?
  5. Selma Lagerlof was the first woman to win what prize?

  6. Mount Kosciuszko is the highest mountain in which country?
  7. What is the chemical symbol for the element platinum?
  8. What is the name of the Japanese traditional theatre?
  9. Who in 2003 bought Dodington Park, in Gloucestershire, for a price believed to be £20 million?
  10. What is a clerihew?
  11. Which monarch knighted artist Sir Joshua Reynolds?
  12. Which famous 19th century book's title comes from the name of a stop along the pilgrim's route in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress?
  13. If you're unfortunate to have a furuncle, what do you have?
  14. Which poem, written by Alexander Pope, is the source of the famous quotations "To err is human, to forgive divine," and "A little learning is a dang'rous thing"?
  15. The Rapa Nui are specifically inhabitants of which part of the world?
  16. Which actress provided the voice for Duchess in the 1970 American animated film The Aristocats?
  17. Spanning both the hip and the knee joints, what muscle is the longest in the human body?
  18. During the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London, which actress played the Queen on board the helicopter in the short James Bond segment?
  19. Which play features assistant bank manager, Peter Hunter, who lives in a flat above his bank with his new bride Frances?
  20. What was the name of Amy Johnson's plane in which she flew solo to Australia in 1930?
  21. In which year was the death of Queen Elizabeth I?
  22. Which film roles have been done by boxer Billy Wells and wrestler Ken Richmond?
  23. Edible varieties of which fruit can be divided into three main types: purple ones, yellow ones and giant granadilla?
  24. The 1992 Winter Olympics were held in Albertville, France; the next Winter Olympics were held in Lillehammer, Norway, but in which year?
  25. Can you name the fictional Welsh fishing village that features in the play Under Milk Wood?


  1. Hydrogen (which was highly explosive so detered any attacks on the balloons themselves, plus the safer Helium was in rare supply!)
  2. Shirley Temple (former child actress)
  3. Dagwood Bumstead
  4. Airstrip One
  5. Nobel Prize in Literature
  6. Australia
  7. Pt
  8. Kabuki
  9. James Dyson (British inventor and businessman)
  10. A poem - four-line biographical poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. (e.g. Sir Humphry Davy, Abominated gravy. He lived in the odium, Of having discovered sodium.)
  11. George III (in 1769)
  12. Vanity Fair
  13. A boil
  14. An Essay on Criticism
  15. Easter Island
  16. Eva Gabor
  17. The sartorius
  18. Julia McKenzie
  19. No Sex Please, We're British
  20. Jason
  21. 1603
  22. The man banging the gong introducing Rank Films
  23. Passion fruit
  24. 1994 (the Winter Olympics were held in the same year as the Summer, but it was decided to change this to every two years after in the early nineties)
  25. Llareggub (which is "bugger all" backwards!)