1987 Christmas Quiz

All Sections

"Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite. "

Section 1 - Who

1. instructed by his analects?

2. is from Raymond Briggs?

3. made a fiendish contract?

4. was a Nobel Prize winner in 1957?

5. is always shown with a comforting covering?

6. wrote an essay on "The Principles of Population"?

7. wrote "Old Trafford, like Lancs cricket, is both utilitarian and humane"?

8. needed Eric Fenby's assistance with his later works?

9. was imperially mistrusted for tenuity?

10. first classified by genus and species?

Section 2 - What river

1. is believed to flow from the toe of Vishnu?

2. saw Col. Nicholson destroy his own creation?

3. is noted for taciturn persistence?

4. witnessed a disaster, "Alas, I am very sorry to say"?

5. is "wider than a mile"?

6. links Wellington and Wimbledon?

7. ran through caverns measureless to man?

8. was imperially and irrevocably crossed?

9. needs an obol for transit?

10. is overlooked by Lakey Hill?

Section 3 - Whose catchphrase?

1. Right, monkey

2. The day war broke out

3. She knows, you know

4. I won't take me coat off, I'm not stopping

5. Can you hear me, mother?

6. Before your very eyes

7. It's turned out nice again

8. Aye, aye - that's your lot

9. Wake up at the back there!

10. There'll never be another, will there?

Section 4 - Identify the song and singer(s)

1. "But my words like silent raindrops fell"

2. "He thinks he is a flower to be looked at"

3. "You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal"

4. "On our first trip, I tried so hard to rearrange your mind"

5. "I'm blowing the day to take a walk in the sun"

6. "I hear the sound of a church organ"

7. "I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth"

8. "Living is easy with eyes closed"

9. "Then I wandered through my playing cards"

10. "I don't feel pleasure, I don't feel pain"

Section 5 - Who

1. made a "Modest Proposal" about the Irish problem?

2. needed no support to serenade Rosie?

3. may be linked to the conservatory by a candlestick?

4. was companion to Suky Tawdry and Betty Doxy?

5. studied under Sir Lancelot?

6. saw his capital designs rise from the ashes?

7. is a symbol of segregration?

8. illumined at Scutari?

9. was the satirical singer that was?

10. was Oscar to John Fraser's Bosie?

Section 6 - Who sponsors

1. Snooker's British Open?

2. Tennis' Eastbourne Ladies Tournament?

3. Cricket's County Championship?

4. Horse Racing's St. Leger?

5. Equestrianism's Burghley Horse Trials?

6. Golf's European Open?

7. Rugby Union's Clubs Championship?

8. Rugby League's Championship?

9. Soccer's Scottish League?

10. Darts' British Professional Championship?

Section 7 - Arum maculatum?

1. William Joyce

2. Algy Montcrieffs Aunt

3. Has Scrapper, Liz and Rosie in his entourage

4. Served the Laxey Mining Company

5. Served by Bunter

6. Served by Mellors

7. Afforded relief by Sir Redvers

8. Gained pre-eminence via the White Conduit Club and Dorset Square

9. "The Life that'll never, never die"

10. "Half sick of shadows"

Section 8 - Enumerate

l. Scheherazade's nights

2. A Belushi-Ackroyd vehicle

3. Col. Henry's command

4. Prelude for peal and salvo

5. Mallard

6. Current annus mundi

7. Current annus hegirae

8. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen"

9. Echt Kolnisch Wasser

10. Sellar and Yeatman's magnum opus

Section 9 - Am I right or am I right?

1. "Face as round as a Norfolk dumpling"

2. Deemed inappropriate after her partner's suicide

3. No charge for saving the human race from total extinction

4. Survived the drowning pool

5. Survived the Reichenbach Falls

6. "I was neat, clean, shaved and sober and I didn't care who knew it"

7. Sovereign aid to his father, the Inspector

8. Lives on a boat won in a poker game

9. "My Gad sir .. you're a chap worth knowing, an amazing character"

10. The seer of St. Mary Mead

Section 10 - Who is the speaker?

1. "We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier"

2. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself"

3. "I've looked on a lot of women with lust"

4. "The ballot is stronger than the bullet"

5. "If Lincoln were alive today, he'd roll over in his grave"

6. "He can't fart and chew gum at the same time"

7. "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen"

8. "There will be no whitewash at the White House"

9. "The chief business of the American people is business"

10. "Speak softly and carry a big stick"

For answers, see answers to ALL sections


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