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  1. Which is the most northerly town on the mainland of Great Britain?
  2. What does the letter 'R' stand for in the emergency procedure 'CPR'?
  3. Which Norwegian explorer became the first to reach the South Pole, on December 14, 1911?
  4. In which spa town on the shores of Lake Geneva was water first discovered as benefitting health by Jean-Charles de Laizer in 1789?
  5. Musically, what does pizzicato mean?
  6. Which annual race is raced on a track nicknamed the "Brickyard"?

  7. What was definitively abolished on July 15, 1834, by a Royal Decree signed by regent Maria Cristina de Borbon?
  8. Which 1961 Western was the last completed film for both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe?
  9. Who wrote Kidnapped?
  10. The Crescent and Star akin to those appearing on the flag of the Ottoman Empire appear on which English rugby club's emblem?
  11. Which Japanese word means "sour rice"?
  12. Winchester is a cathedral city in which English county?
  13. Trinity House is the official authority for what in England and Wales?
  14. Who was the prime minister at the start of World War One?
  15. In which decade did the first commercial screening of motion pictures with sound-on-film take place at New York City's Rivoli Theater?
  16. In the film Fatal Attraction, what did Alex kill and put on the stove to boil?
  17. In which British city would you find the second largest monument to a writer in the world after the Jose Martí monument in Havana?
  18. Which soft drink was created in the 1880s by pharmacist Charles Alderton in Waco, Texas?
  19. What sort of martini contains a splash of olive brine or olive juice and is often garnished with an olive?
  20. Who married German sound engineer Renate Blauel in Australia on Valentine’s Day 1984?
  21. Name the device on a vehicle that converts toxic gases from an internal combustion engine into less-toxic pollutants?
  22. What title is held by the wife of an earl?
  23. As a general rule of thumb, an average person can survive for how many days without water?
  24. Which river runs through the largest number of countries in the world?
  25. In poker, what term is given to five consecutive cards of the same suit in order of value from 10 through to ace?
  26. The crown jewels of King John was lost during a crossing of which body of water?
  27. Who played Commander Bolton in the 2017 war film Dunkirk?
  28. What is a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen and has the formula NH3?
  29. Which American president was assassinated in 1881?
  30. Christiania is the former name of which European capital city?
  31. Who in 1977 set up the international company the Really Useful Group Ltd.?
  32. What is the capital of Canada?
  33. What was the name of Mickey Mouses's dog?
  34. Antarctica is a name derived from the Greek arktos meaning which animal?
  35. What character did Johnny Briggs play in Coronation Street?
  36. What do you get if you alloy copper and zinc?
  37. What did Satoshi Nakamoto develop after he started working on the code in 2007?
  38. Which famous diamond has a name meaning "Mountain of Light"?
  39. The last ever model of which car rolled off the production line on the 10th July 2019?
  40. Visiting where in Britain are you likely to find a £5 banknote with a picture of a pub on it?


  1. Thurso
  2. Resuscitation (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  3. Roald Amundsen
  4. Evian or Evian-les-Bains
  5. Plucking (the strings of an instrument with one's finger)
  6. The Indianapolis 500 or Indy 500
  7. The Spanish Inquisition
  8. The Misfits
  9. Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. Saracens
  11. Sushi
  12. Hampshire
  13. Lighthouses
  14. H.H. Asquith
  15. 1920s (1923)
  16. A pet rabbit
  17. Edinburgh (Scott Monument)
  18. Dr Pepper
  19. Dirty Martini
  20. Elton John
  21. Catalytic converter
  22. Countess
  23. 3 days
  24. Danube
  25. Royal flush
  26. The Wash (an estuary that divides Lincolnshire and Norfolk)
  27. Kenneth Branagh
  28. Ammonia
  29. James Garfield
  30. Oslo
  31. Andrew Lloyd Webber
  32. Ottawa
  33. Pluto
  34. Bear
  35. Mike Baldwin
  36. Brass
  37. Bitcoin
  38. Koh-i-Noor
  39. Volkswagen Beetle
  40. Isle of Man