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Questions I

  1. Which Spanish city was European Capital of Culture in 2016?
  2. Who wrote the book No Cross, No Crown in 1669 whilst imprisoned in the Tower of London?

  3. Which Victorian is famous for cultivating the Cavendish banana, the most consumed banana in the western world?
  4. Name the capital city of the Faroe Islands?
  5. Graca Machel is the widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela, what is her original nationality?
  6. Which American President signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, establishing NASA?
  7. The word 'OK' achieved prominence in 1840, it was short for 'Old Kinderhook', the nickname for which Democratic presidential candidate?
  8. The Glasgow Tower holds the Guinness World Record for being the tallest tower in the world to be able to do what?
  9. From a famous Robert Frost quote, what is 'a vertical expression of a horizontal desire'?
  10. What was founded in 1953 by Chad Varah?
  11. What street does Spongebob Squarepants live on?
  12. Who wrote the original tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears?
  13. Marilyn Monroe sang 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' celebrating President Kennedy's birthday; becoming what age was he celebrating
  14. In which London borough were Alan Sugar, Eric Bristow and actor Ray Winstone all born?
  15. On what scale does a zero mean a person is exclusively heterosexual and a six a person is exclusively homosexual?


  1. San Sebastian
  2. William Penn
  3. Sir Joseph Paxton (Victorian architect best known for designing the Crystal Palace)
  4. Torshavn
  5. Mozambican
  6. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  7. Martin Van Buren
  8. Rotate 360 degrees
  9. Dancing
  10. The Samaritans charity
  11. Conch Street
  12. Robert Southey
  13. 45
  14. Hackney
  15. The Kinsey scale

Questions II

  1. Who is played in the 2004 BBC TV movie Hawking by Tom Ward and in the 2014 movie The Theory of Everything by Christian McKay?
  2. Who was the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia?
  3. The Mekon, a super-intelligent ruler of the Treens, was whose archenemy?
  4. In which European city was escapologist Harry Houdini born?
  5. The Annual Golden Spurtle is the World Championships in making what?
  6. What does the word 'gnosis' mean in Greek?
  7. George Hudson proposed DST in 1895, what is it?
  8. Who once said : 'Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative'?
  9. Guldize is the harvest festival of people living in what part of Britain?
  10. To an Australian, what is an 'esky'?
  11. What nickname links Sioux war chief Crazy Horse and one of the Three Stooges?
  12. Flying Fish Cove is the main settlement on which island?
  13. Which mineral has a hardness of nine on Mohs scale?
  14. Alliumphobia is the fear of which food?
  15. Joseph Aspdin, a bricklayer's son, obtained the patent for what on 21st of October 1824?


  1. Roger Penrose
  2. Lady Godiva

  3. Dan Dare's
  4. Budapest
  5. Porridge
  6. Knowledge
  7. Daylight Saving Time
  8. Maurice Chevalier
  9. Cornwall
  10. Portable cooler or ice box
  11. Curly
  12. Christmas Island
  13. Corundum
  14. Garlic
  15. Portland cement
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