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2016–17 Season
Week 5

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2016-17 Season: Week 5 - 8 November 2016

Specialist Rounds

Set by the Ox-fford 'C'; vetted by the Park Taverners and the Cock Inn.

Round 1: Geography

1 Which African capital city has a name that means "three cities"? Click to show or hide the answer
2 Windhoek (pronounced Vind-hook) is the capital of which African country? Click to show or hide the answer
3 Which river forms almost the entire border between Norfolk and Suffolk? Click to show or hide the answer
4 In which English county is the town of Maldon, famous for its sea salt? Click to show or hide the answer
5 Which country has three counties, named Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey? Click to show or hide the answer
6 Which Central American country's currency is the quetzal? Click to show or hide the answer
7 Which strait separates Russia from Alaska? Click to show or hide the answer
8 Barcelona is the capital of which of Spain's autonomous regions? Click to show or hide the answer

Supplementaries:

1 Apart from Russia, which of the former Soviet republics is the largest in area? Click to show or hide the answer
2 Which river flows through the city of Durham? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

Round 2: History

1 In which century was Hadrian's Wall built? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
2 Who was on the English throne when Christopher Columbus first reached America? Click to show or hide the answer
3 Which leader was overthrown by Fidel Castro during the Cuban revolution? Click to show or hide the answer
4 Which Venezuelan soldier, born in 1783, was instrumental in the liberation of several South American countries and had a country named after him? Click to show or hide the answer
5 Which battle is known as Custer's Last Stand? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
6 When Winston Churchill was first elected to parliament in 1900, which constituency did he represent? Click to show or hide the answer
7 Which 17th century war was ended by the Treaty of Westphalia? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
8 Who was assassinated by Ramon Mercador near Mexico City in 1940? Click to show or hide the answer

Supplementaries:

1 What is the alternative name of the Munich Putsch, a failed coup attempt made on November 8th 1923 by Adolf Hitler? Click to show or hide the answer
2 In which Northern Ireland town did an IRA bomb kill eleven people on November 8th 1987? Click to show or hide the answer

Round 3: Arts & Entertainment

1 Which film franchise featured Martin Riggs, played by Mel Gibson? Click to show or hide the answer
2 Which opera by Benjamin Britten is based on a novel by Herman Melville? Click to show or hide the answer
3 Which Canadian rapper topped the charts for 15 weeks this year with the single One Dance? Click to show or hide the answer
4 The third film in which franchise caused an internet backlash this year due to its casting of three women in the leading roles? Click to show or hide the answer
5 Which poet wrote the line 'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all'? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
6 Which surreal TV comedy show was created by Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding? Click to show or hide the answer
7 Which French artist, a leading exponent of Fauvism, became known in later life for his decoupage-style cut-outs? Click to show or hide the answer
8 Who wrote the novels Case Histories (2004) and Life after Life (2013)? Click to show or hide the answer

Supplementaries:

1 Who played the title role in the sitcom Father Ted? Click to show or hide the answer
2 Which city is the setting for Tennessee Williams' play A Streetcar named Desire? Click to show or hide the answer

Round 4: Science

1 Which drug was originally derived from willow bark? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
2 Which chemical element is named after the Scottish village near which it was discovered in 1790? Click to show or hide the answer
3 Which element was used in the definition of the second and the metre as SI units, and is widely used in atomic clocks? Click to show or hide the answer
4 What would be the purpose of bariatric surgery? Click to show or hide the answer
5 What metric unit is equivalent to ten thousand square metres? Click to show or hide the answer
6 How is the medical condition dyspepsia better known? Click to show or hide the answer
7 What is the anatomical name for the voice box? Click to show or hide the answer
8 In which constellation are the Pleiades star cluster and the Crab Nebula? Click to show or hide the answer

Supplementaries:

1 What is measured on the Gay–Lussac scale? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
2 What is measured on the Stanford–Binet (bee–nay) scale? Click to show or hide the answer

Round 5: Sport

1 Which horse won the Cheltenham Gold Cup three years running from 1964 to 1966? Click to show or hide the answer
2 Which boxing trainer was best known for working with Muhammed Ali for over 20 years? Click to show or hide the answer
3 Andy Murray recently became the 26th man to be named world number one tennis player.  Who was the first, in 1973? Click to show or hide the answer
4 What is the nationality of the new president of UEFA Aleksander Ceferin? Click to show or hide the answer
5 Which motor racing circuit hosts the Japanese Grand Prix? Click to show or hide the answer
6 In which sport would you be most likely to use a stimpmeter? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
7 Which 19-year-old American gymnast won four gold medals at the Rio Olympics? Click to show or hide the answer
8 Name either of the cycling events for which Laura Trott won a gold medal at Rio. Click to show or hide the answer
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Supplementaries:

1 Which Tottenham Hotspur player scored for both sides in the 1987 FA Cup Final, including the winning goal for Coventry City? Click to show or hide the answer
2 Which England bowler was hit for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh of India at the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007? Click to show or hide the answer

Round 6: Musicals

All the answers are the name of a musical, or contain one.

1 Ailurophobia is the fear of what? Click to show or hide the answer
2 Which American city is known as the Windy City? Click to show or hide the answer
3 Formerly part of a duo, which singer has released solo albums entitled Diva, Medusa and Bare? Click to show or hide the answer
4 Give the next five words of this quotation from Macbeth: By the pricking of my thumbs … Click to show or hide the answer
5 What name was shared by queen consorts of William I, Stephen and Henry I, as well as a 12th century claimant to the English throne? Click to show or hide the answer
6 Born in August, River Rocket is the name inflicted on the 5th child of which TV personality? Click to show or hide the answer
7 What product was advertised in the 1970s with the catchphrase 'is she or isn't she'? Click to show or hide the answer
8 Which US state is nicknamed the Sooner State, and has Tulsa as its second largest city? Click to show or hide the answer

Supplementaries:

1 Later this week, Magnus Carlsen is due to start his defence of what title? Click to show or hide the answer
2 Which disgraced former Conservative MP is now the leader of UKIP in the National Assembly for Wales? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

Round 7: Pennies for them

In this round, every answer contains the word Guy.

1 Who is the lead singer and principal front man of the rock group Elbow? Click to show or hide the answer
2 Who had four UK no 1 hits in the 1950s including She Wears Red Feathers and Singin' the Blues? Click to show or hide the answer
3 Who was the leader of the Dam Busters raid? Click to show or hide the answer
4 Which novel by Walter Scott, with the alternative title The Astrologer, featured the character Dandie Dinmont, whose name was given to a breed of dog? Click to show or hide the answer
5 Which character first appeared in the Robin Hood legends as a hired killer, who attempts to kill Robin but ends up being killed by him? Click to show or hide the answer
6 Which TV drama series, first broadcast in the 1980s, starred Lee Majors as a Hollywood stunt man who moonlights as a bounty hunter? Click to show or hide the answer
7 Which John Lennon song was a UK no 1 hit for Roxy Music, three months after Lennon's death? Click to show or hide the answer
8 Which member of the Cambridge Five spy ring escaped to the Soviet Union with Donald McLean in 1951, even though he was not under suspicion at the time? Click to show or hide the answer

Supplementaries:

1 Which 1989 British rom-com film was written by Richard Curtis and stars Jeff Goldblum as an American actor living and working in London? Click to show or hide the answer
2 Nathan Detroit, Miss Adelaide and Sky Masterson are characters from which musical? Click to show or hide the answer

Round 8: Election Day

They're voting as we speak. In this round the definitions given will lead you to the surname of an American president.

1 Victoria Beckham's maiden name. Click to show or hide the answer
2 Cartoon character created by Jim Davis. Click to show or hide the answer
3 Non-metropolitan county, abolished in 1996, whose county town was Middlesbrough. Click to show or hide the answer
4 Maiden surname of the British tennis player who won the French Open in 1959 and was a Wimbledon finalist in 1961. Click to show or hide the answer
5 Stan Laurel's real surname. Click to show or hide the answer
6 Cathedral city on the river Witham. Click to show or hide the answer
7 The name of Tom Hanks's volleyball in the film Castaway. Click to show or hide the answer
8 Director of the FBI from 1935 to 1972. Click to show or hide the answer

Supplementaries:

1 Eponymous character played by Dudley Moore in a 1981 film about a drunken millionaire. Click to show or hide the answer
2 First name of the creator of Rip Van Winkle. Click to show or hide the answer

General Knowledge

Set by the Ox-fford 'C'; vetted by the Park Taverners and the Cock Inn.

1 Which shipping line operated the Titanic? Click to show or hide the answer
2 Which town or city was the seat of the French government from 1940 to 1944? Click to show or hide the answer
3 Who is the subject of the 2014 bio-pic The Imitation Game? Click to show or hide the answer
4 Seen in the Beano since its first issue in 1938, which character lives in Bunkerton Castle? Click to show or hide the answer
5 In which European capital city does the TV detective Sarah Lund operate? Click to show or hide the answer
6 Who played the title character in Monty Python's Life of Brian? Click to show or hide the answer
7 According to Homer, who fired the arrow that struck Achilles in the heel? Click to show or hide the answer
8 In the Bible, which of the patriarchs of Israel married his first cousins Leah and Rachel? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

9 Which fictional character was the most famous creation of Swiss author Johanna Spyri? Click to show or hide the answer
10 How much did Edward Lear's Owl and Pussycat pay for their wedding ring? Click to show or hide the answer
11 What foodstuff is produced by an apiculturist? Click to show or hide the answer
12 Which MP was Father of the House of Commons from 1992 until 2001? Click to show or hide the answer
13 Which band did John Lydon form in 1978 after the demise of the Sex Pistols? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
14 Which French word is used for strips of chicken or fish, dipped in breadcrumbs and deep-fried? Click to show or hide the answer
15 Which minister of health introduced Britain's National Health Service in 1948? Click to show or hide the answer
16 Which Italian film director made the so-called spaghetti westerns? Click to show or hide the answer

17 Which cult, or body of religious beliefs, was founded in the 1950s by L Ron Hubbard? Click to show or hide the answer
18 In Greek mythology, who killed the gorgon Medusa? Click to show or hide the answer
19 Who wrote the popular science book A Short History of Nearly Everything? Click to show or hide the answer
20 What is the largest species of seal? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
21 Which US state has Dover as its capital? Click to show or hide the answer
22 Who was known as the Iron Chancellor? Click to show or hide the answer
23 Name either of the co-authors of The Meaning of Liff, a dictionary of made-up words first published in 1983. Click to show or hide the answer
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24 In which US state is the airport with the IATA code DFW? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

25 To what class of molluscs do slugs and snails belong? Click to show or hide the answer
26 Narendra Modi became prime minister of which country in 2014? Click to show or hide the answer
27 Which member of the royal family was murdered by the IRA in 1979? Click to show or hide the answer
28 Which Spanish city is famous for the running of bulls during the San Fermin festival? Click to show or hide the answer
29 Give a year in the life of the potter Josiah Wedgwood. Click to show or hide the answer
30 Who did Neil Kinnock succeed as leader of the labour party? Click to show or hide the answer
31 What subject did Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, teach at Oxford? Click to show or hide the answer
32 In cooking, what do you mix with chocolate to make a ganache? Click to show or hide the answer

33 What is the name of the mobile messaging application, launched in 2011, that allows images to be shared for a maximum of ten seconds before they are deleted? Click to show or hide the answer
34 In which country are the headquarters of the Hyundai motor company? Click to show or hide the answer
35 Which island, midway between Orkney and Shetland, gives its name to a shipping forecast sea area? Click to show or hide the answer
36 In which track and field event has Mike Powell held the world record since 1991? Click to show or hide the answer
37 In which month is the Celtic festival of Beltane celebrated? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
38 What is orology the study of? Click to show or hide the answer
39 Which brand of Scotch whisky is named after the Ayrshire grocer who began selling it in 1820? Click to show or hide the answer
40 The polar research ship which people voted to name Boaty McBoatface has actually been named after which famous person? Click to show or hide the answer

41 What foodstuff can be blanket or honeycomb? Click to show or hide the answer
42 Which video games series is set in fictional cities such as San Andreas, Liberty City and Vice City? Click to show or hide the answer
43 What was built in 1851, moved in 1854, and destroyed by fire in 1936? Click to show or hide the answer
44 Which sweet herbal liqueur is named after an Italian war hero, and also shares its name with a controversial fashion designer? Click to show or hide the answer
45 Which tennis star was married to the actress Brooke Shields from 1997-1999? Click to show or hide the answer
46 Who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906, after negotiating the peace treaty that ended the Russo-Japanese war? Click to show or hide the answer
47 Which TV presenter's recently published memoir is entitled A Life in Questions? Click to show or hide the answer
48 Beside which London square would you find the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields? Click to show or hide the answer

49 Which fruit has the same name as a native of a Moroccan port on the Strait of Gibraltar? Click to show or hide the answer
50 Moorfields is London's hospital for the treatment of which part of the body? Click to show or hide the answer
51 Who is currently fourth in line to the British throne? Click to show or hide the answer
52 Former presenter of The Voice, will.i.am, was a member of which band, whose hits included the 2009 UK number one I Gotta Feeling? Click to show or hide the answer
53 Which island emerged from the sea off the coast of Iceland in 1963? Click to show or hide the answer
54 Which playwright, who died in September, is best known for Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? Click to show or hide the answer
55 Which TV series features a race of people called the Dothraki? Click to show or hide the answer
56 What is the name of the Paralympic-style sporting event for disabled service personnel, held in London in 2014 and Florida in 2016? Click to show or hide the answer

57 What is the more familiar name for a dactylogram? Click to show or hide the answer
58 Which Asian country's flag shows a yellow lion holding a sword? Click to show or hide the answer
59 What was the name of the Japanese electronic toy, popular during the 1990s, that you had to care for as if it was a pet? Click to show or hide the answer
60 Which Italian Renaissance painter was commemorated in the name of an unmanned European Space Agency mission, launched in 1985? Click to show or hide the answer
61 Actress Charmian Carr died in September. She is best remembered for her role in which hugely successful 1965 film? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
62 The trades union BALPA represents members of what profession? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
63 Which constituency was Caroline Lucas elected to represent in 2010, making her the Green Party's first MP? Click to show or hide the answer
64 Which Beatles song begins with the words 'I once had a girl, or should I say, she once had me'? Click to show or hide the answer

65 How is Rachel Watson, played by Emily Blunt, described in the title of a 2016 film? Click to show or hide the answer
66 How does the title of Johann Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus (pronounced dee flayder-mouse) translate into English? Click to show or hide the answer
67 Which company built the Comet, the world's first commercial jet airliner? Click to show or hide the answer
68 What is the nationality of Juan Manuel Santos, the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize? Click to show or hide the answer
69 In the medical term MRI scanner, what does the M stand for? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
70 Which comedian was born Matthew Hall in 1964, and is a qualified doctor? Click to show or hide the answer
71 Which style of music originated in Seattle, and became popular in the 1990s due to the success of bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam? Click to show or hide the answer
72 Also the name of the BBC TV channel that broadcasts in Gaelic, what is the Scottish Gaelic word for Scotland? Click to show or hide the answer

73 Which British fashion retailer took its name from the title of a 1971 film directed by William Friedkin? Click to show or hide the answer
74 What is the married surname of Princess Anne's daughter Zara? Click to show or hide the answer
74 In the US presidential elections, who is Hillary Clinton's running mate? Click to show or hide the answer
76 At the start of a game of chess, how many squares are unoccupied? Click to show or hide the answer
77 Name either of the two men who shared the 1994 Nobel peace prize with the recently deceased former Israeli president Shimon Peres. Click to show or hide the answer
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78 Which common medical condition is caused by a lack of red blood cells or haemoglobin? Click to show or hide the answer
79 Which airline suffered two disasters in 2014, one flight disappearing over the Indian Ocean, and another shot down over Ukraine? Click to show or hide the answer
80 What occupation did Al Capone have printed on his business cards? Click to show or hide the answer

81 In which country is Lillehammer (pronounced lily-hammer), host city of the 1994 Winter Olympics? Click to show or hide the answer
82 Dwayne Johnson was recently named the world's highest paid actor. By what name is he better known? Click to show or hide the answer
83 Who was the first scientist to be knighted? Click to show or hide the answer
84 What is the highest peak in the Peak District National Park? Click to show or hide the answer
85 Which Spanish word, also used in English, literally means 'killer'? Click to show or hide the answer
86 The island of Hispaniola is shared between Haiti and which other country? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
87 Which boxer was nicknamed the Brockton Blockbuster? Click to show or hide the answer
88 Which fashion brand achieved mainstream international fame after Elizabeth Hurley wore their 'safety pin' dress in 1994? Click to show or hide the answer

89 By what nickname is journalist Mazher Mahmood generally known? Click to show or hide the answer
90 Which island is separated from South America by the Straits of Magellan? Click to show or hide the answer
91 In which month of the year is Holocaust Memorial Day commemorated in the UK? Click to show or hide the answer
92 In Shakespeare's Hamlet, who is the daughter of Polonius and the sister of Laertes? Click to show or hide the answer
93 Which baseball team have this week overcome the 'Curse of the Billy Goat' to win their first World Series title since 1908? Click to show or hide the answer
94 With which girl group did Beyoncé Knowles first find chart success? Click to show or hide the answer
95 What is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Northern Ireland? Click to show or hide the answer
96 What name is given to the lower house of the Russian parliament? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer

Supplementaries

1 Which city will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
2 What is the common name for the African mongoose also known as the suricate? Click to show or hide the answer
3 What type of Mexican tortilla has a name that means 'little donkey'? Click to show or hide the answer
4 Which Roman road shares its name with a type of fur? Click to show or hide the answer
5 Which character in children's literature has a wife called Mildew and a son called Mould? Click to show or hide the answer

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