1987 Christmas Quiz


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

Section 1 - Who (.. us)

1. instructed by his analects? Confucius

2. is from Raymond Briggs? Fungus

3. made a fiendish contract? Faustus

4. was a Nobel Prize winner in 1957? Camus

5. is always shown with a comforting covering? Linus (Snoopy Cartoons)

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

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

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

9. was imperially mistrusted for tenuity? Cassius (Julius Caesar)

10. first classified by genus and species? Linnaeus

Section 2 - What river (Rivers)

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

2. saw Col. Nicholson destroy his own creation? Kwai

3. is noted for taciturn persistence? Old Man

4. witnessed a disaster, "Alas, I am very sorry to say"? Tay (McGonigall)

5. is "wider than a mile"? Moon

6. links Wellington and Wimbledon? Orinoco (Wombles)

7. ran through caverns measureless to man? Alph (Kubla Khan : Coleridge)

8. was imperially and irrevocably crossed? Rubicon

9. needs an obol for transit? Styx

10. is overlooked by Lakey Hill? Am (Archers)

Section 3 - Whose catchphrase? (Catchphrases)

1. Right, monkey Al Read

2. The day war broke out Robb Wilton

3. She knows, you know Hylda Baker

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

5. Can you hear me, mother? Sandy Powell

6. Before your very eyes Arthur Askey

7. It's turned out nice again George Formby

8. Aye, aye - that's your lot Jimmy Wheeler

9. Wake up at the back there! Jimmy Edwards

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

Section 4 - Identify the song and singer(s) (Sounds of the sixties)

1. "But my words like silent raindrops fell" Sounds of Silence : Simon and Garfunkel

2. "He thinks he is a flower to be looked at" Dedicated Follower of Fashion : Kinks

3. "You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal" Like a Rolling Stone : Bob Dylan

4. "On our first trip, I tried so hard to rearrange your mind" 19th Nervous Breakdown : Rolling Stones

5. "I'm blowing the day to take a walk in the sun" Daydream : Lovin' Spoonful

6. "I hear the sound of a church organ" Good Vibrations : Beach Boys

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

8. "Living is easy with eyes closed" Strawberry Fields : Beatles

9. "Then I wandered through my playing cards" Whiter Shade of Pale : Procul Harum

10. "I don't feel pleasure, I don't feel pain" Urban Spaceman : Bonzo Dog Band

Section 5 - Who (Bird-names)

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

2. needed no support to serenade Rosie? Don Partridge

3. may be linked to the conservatory by a candlestick? Mrs Peacock (Cluedo)

4. was companion to Suky Tawdry and Betty Doxy? Jenny Diver (Beggar's/Threepenny Opera)

5. studied under Sir Lancelot? Simon Sparrow

6. saw his capital designs rise from the ashes? Christopher Wren

7. is a symbol of segregration? Jim Crow

8. illumined at Scutari? Florence Nightingale

9. was the satirical singer that was? Millicent Martin

10. was Oscar to John Fraser's Bosie? Peter Finch

Section 6 - Who sponsors (Sporting sponsors)

1. Snooker's British Open? Dulux

2. Tennis' Eastbourne Ladies Tournament? Pilkington Glass

3. Cricket's County Championship? Brittannic Assurance

4. Horse Racing's St. Leger? Holsten Pils

5. Equestrianism's Burghley Horse Trials? Remy Martin

6. Golf's European Open? Panasonic

7. Rugby Union's Clubs Championship? Courage

8. Rugby League's Championship? Stones Bitter

9. Soccer's Scottish League? Fine Fare

10. Darts' British Professional Championship? Unipart

Section 7 - Arum maculatum? (Lords and ladies)

1. William Joyce Lord Haw-Haw

2. Algy Montcrieffs Aunt Lady Bracknell

3. Has Scrapper, Liz and Rosie in his entourage Lord Snooty

4. Served the Laxey Mining Company Lady Isabella (Manx water-wheel)

5. Served by Bunter Lord Peter Wimsey

6. Served by Mellors Lady Chatterley

7. Afforded relief by Sir Redvers Ladysmith

8. Gained pre-eminence via the White Conduit Club and Dorset Square Lord's (cricket ground)

9. "The Life that'll never, never die" Lord of the Dance

10. "Half sick of shadows" Lady of Shallot

Section 8 - Enumerate (4 digits)

l. Scheherazade's nights 1001

2. A Belushi-Ackroyd vehicle 1941 (Film)

3. Col. Henry's command 4077 (MASH)

4. Prelude for peal and salvo 1812

5. Mallard 4468 (Steam Engine number)

6. Current annus mundi 5748

7. Current annus hegirae 1408

8. "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen" 1984

9. Echt Kolnisch Wasser 4711

10. Sellar and Yeatman's magnum opus 1066 (.. and all that)

Section 9 - Am I right or am I right? (Detectives)

1. "Face as round as a Norfolk dumpling" Father Brown (G K Chesterton)

2. Deemed inappropriate after her partner's suicide Cordelia Gray (P D James)

3. No charge for saving the human race from total extinction Dirk Gently (Douglas Adams)

4. Survived the drowning pool Lew Archer (Ross MacDonald)

5. Survived the Reichenbach Falls Sherlock Holmes (Conan Doyle)

6. "I was neat, clean, shaved and sober and I didn't care who knew it" Philip Marlowe (Raymond Chandler)

7. Sovereign aid to his father, the Inspector Ellery Queen (Ellery Queen)

8. Lives on a boat won in a poker game Travis McGee (John D MacDonald)

9. "My Gad sir .. you're a chap worth knowing, an amazing character" Sam Spade (Dashiell Hammett)

10. The seer of St. Mary Mead Miss Marple (Agatha Christie)

Section 10 - Who is the speaker? (U S Presidents)

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

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

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

4. "The ballot is stronger than the bullet" A Lincoln

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

6. "He can't fart and chew gum at the same time" L B Johnson (of Ford)

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

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

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

10. "Speak softly and carry a big stick" Theodore Roosevelt

For answers, see answers to ALL sections


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