1986 Christmas Quiz


"I have answered three questions and that is enough. "

Section 1 - Who (Army ranks)

1. enlisted after being widowed on her wedding night? Private Benjamin

2. had fought the Fuzzy-Wuzzies? Lance-Corporal Jones

3. had heard "Men of few words are the best men"? Corporal Nym (Henry V)

4. solved the mystery of the moonstone? Sergeant Cuff

5. made mouldy old dough? Lieutenant Pigeon

6. rolled ball-bearings obsessively? Captain Queeg (The "Came" Mutiny)

7. was Heller's recursive? Major Major (Catch 22)

8. was a Low reactionary? Colonel Blimp

9. was chronicled by Sir Arthur? Brigadier Gerard (Conan Doyle)

10. was Charles Sherwood Stratton? General Tom Thumb

Section 2 Where would you find (Sporting venues)

1. Swinley Bottom? Ascot Racecourse

2. Amen Corner? Augusta National Golf Club (US Masters)

3. Shuttlecock? Cresta Run

4. Verandah? Isle of Man TT course

5. The Doherty Gates? Wimbledon

6. Dukes Meadows? Boat Race course

7. Vulture St. End? The Gabba cricket ground, Brisbane

8. Gwladys St. End? Goodison Park

9. Maggotts? Silverstone

10. The Coffin? Badminton or Burleigh

Section 3 Who portrayed (Odd names)

l. Egbert Souse? W C Fields : The Bank Dick

2. Lili von Shtupp? Madeline Kahn : Blazing Saddles

3. Adenoid Hynkel? Chaplin : The Great Dictator

4. Merlon T Muffley? Sellers : Dr Strangelove

5. Rufus T Firefly? Groucho Marx : Duck Soup

6. Elwood P Dowd? James Stewart : Harvey

7. Flower Belle? Mae West : My Little Chickadee

8. MiIlicent Fritton? Alistair Sim :Belles of St. Trinians

9. Appassionata von Climax? Stella Stevens : Li'l Abner

10. Sugar Kane? Marilyn Monroe : Some Like it Hot

Section 4 Where (Adverbial phrases!)

1. did the Consul suffer on the Day of Death? Under the Volcano (Malcolm Lowry)

2. was Miss Liddell's second journey? Through the Looking Glass

3. were we sedentary and lachrymose? By the Waters/Rivers of Babylon

4. was an old piano played? Behind the Green Door

5. did Passepartout assist? Around the World in 80 Days

6. was a dilatory suitor deprived? On Top of Old Smokey

7. were the Burpas humiliated? Up the Khyber

8. was Prewitt victimised? From Here to Eternity

9. may undergraduate satire have begun? Beyond the Fringe

10. was the "Ballad of the Woggler's Moulie" performed? Round the Horne

Section 5 who (Bo/beau)

1. was christened George Bryan? Beau Brummel

2. works for Svengali Inc.? Bo Derek

3. was involved in the strange events at Zinderneuf? Beau Geste

4. suffered ovine deprivation? Bo-Peep

5. was the 8th Marquess of Queensberry's son? Bosie (friend of Oscar Wilde)

6. is a professional ex-mercenary? Bodie

7. is Ellis Mcdaniel? Bo Diddley

8. is played by John Schneider? Bo Duke

9. is Lloyd's son, Jeff's brother? Beau Bridges

10. was wife to Prasutagus? Boadicea

Section 6 Describe the demise of (Deaths)

1. George, Duke of Clarence Drowned in a butt of Malmsey

2. Yukio Mishima Hari-kirilSeppuku - ritual disembowelment

3. Little Billee Eaten by gorging Jack and guzzling Jimmy (Thackeray)

4. William Huskisson Run over by train (at opening of Manchester/Liverpool railway)

5. Isadora Duncan Broken neck when her scarf caught in a car wheel

6. Grace Archer Burnt to death in a burning stable

7. Jan Palach Self-incineration (Prague 1969)

8. Billie Joe McAllister Jumped off the Tallahatchee Bridge

9. J P Richardson Plane crash ("Big Bopper" - with Buddy Holly)

10. Young Ramsbottom Eaten by Wallace the Lion

Section 7 where (Streets etc in song)

1. recalls Mysotis palustris? Forget-me-not Lane

2. was I improbably lofty? Street where you live

3. did Exocoetidiae frolic? Road to Mandalay

4. were they selling postcards of the hanging? Desolation Row (Dylan)

5. leads to Times Square? 42nd Street

6. are you enjoined to get your excitement? Route 66

7. was a clean machine maintained? Penny Lane

8. did Philomena flute? Berkeley Square

9. did Dorothy advise pursuit? Yellow Brick Road

10. passes Tummel and Loch Rannoch? Road to the Isles

Section 8 who (Roberts)

1. was encouraged by arachnid assiduity? Robert (the) Bruce

2. was Jan Lodwig Hoch? Robert Maxwell

3. was victim of Sirhan Sirhan? Robert Kennedy

4. was assisted by Ed Brown, Fran Belding and Mark Sanger? Robert T Ironside

5. wrote of ill-dressed benefactors? Robert Tressel (The Ragged-trouser Philanthropists)

6. played Quint for Stephen? Robert Shaw (Jaws)

7. played Jesus for Franco? Robert Powell

8. defended Mafeking and founded a movement? Robert Baden-Powell

9. created "Miracle in the Gorbals"? Robert Helpmann

10. had a namesake expected by the embankment? Robert E Lee ("waiting on the levee")

Section 9 What or where (..ings)

1. are got by line, strop and plummet? soundings

2. may be ended, closed or forfeited? innings

3. are Emberizinae? Buntings

4. have only a fictional South? Ridings (of Yorkshire)

5. are Rushen, Michael and Ayre? Sheadings (Administrative divisions of the Isle of Man)

6. was home to Pelham Grenville's empress? Blandings

7. are from a newly-calved cow? beestings

8. are the dregs after ore extraction? tailings

9. are pain or plenty? lashings

10. are cooked smaller intestines? chitterlings

Section 10 In 1986, who (1986)

1. was tactlessly Guinless? Daley Thompson (Commonwealth Games)

2. successfully collaborated with Joseph Shabalala? Paul Simon (Graceland)

3. had a 7th triumph of hope over experience? Zsa Zsa Gabor

4. made a handy score? Diego Maradonna

5. was resident with Eric and Martin? Jenny

6. was denied decoration for his toy? Richard Branson (Blue Riband)

7. was nominated successor to Sean, George and Roger? Timothy Dalton

8. were confirmed superfluous at Shepton Mallet? Viv Richards and Joel Garner

9. resigned as a matter of honour? Jeffrey Archer

10. profitted from a really useful group? Andrew Lloyd Webber

For answers, see answers to ALL sections


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