1988 Christmas Quiz


"It is not every question that deserves an answer. "
Pubilius Syrus

Section 1 - Who (Thomas)

1. is Sturges, a Stanford alumnus? Tom Watson

2. claimed an inalienable right to the pursuit of happiness? Thomas Jefferson

3. was "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns began to shoot? Tommy Atkins

4. witnessed Injun Joe's crime? Tom Sawyer

5. turned out to be Allworthy? Tom Jones (novel)

6. is Woodward of Pontypridd? Tom Jones (singer)

7. comes under the authority of the Fat Controller? Thomas the Tank Engine

8. excelled, lacking three of five? Tommy (deaf, dumb and blind)

9. took flight after porcine pilferage? Tom, the piper's son

10. organised a day-trip to a temperance meeting at Loughborough? Thomas Cook

Section 2 Which dance (Dances)

1. is a French lady from Poland? Polonaise

2. involved changing lobsters? Quadrille

3. is on May 8th? Furry (Floral) Dance

4. is a short bodice? Bolero

5. is phalocrocorax aristotelis? Shag

6. may contravene Clause 28? Gay Gordons

7. is able to preserve? Can-can

8. governs the Panhandle State? Charleston

9. is a new trend? Bossa Nova (literal translation)

10. evoked the spirit of St. Louis? Lindy-hop

Section 3 Orientate (Points of the compass)

1. the spirit of New Orleans Southern Comfort

2. the ruinous deflation of a joint-stock company South Sea Bubble

3. an elusive short-cut North-West Passage

4. volley-ball and ping-pong, but no female company South Pacific

5. pursuit on Mount Rushmore North by North West

6. an unorthodox pugilist Southpaw

7. Royal North Devon Westward Ho! (Golf course)

8. Brunel's Atlantic pioneer Great Western

9. Cain and Abel in the Saunas Valley East of Eden (Steinbeck)

10. precursor of straddle and flop Western Roll

Section 4 Identify the dynamic duos ("Dynamic duos")

1. Richard Charles and Oscar Rodgers and Hammerstein

2. John Berry and Herbert Hobbs and Sutcliffe (Cricket)

3. Hodges and Peacock Chas and Dave

4. Ferris and Collier The Likely Lads

5. Phineas Taylor and James Anthony Barnum and Bailey

6. Arthur Stanley Jefferson and Norvell Laurel and Hardy

7. Parker and Barrow Bonnie and Clyde

8. Alighieri and Portinari Dance and Beatrice

9. James Dewey and Francis Harry Compton Watson and Crick (DNA)

10. Bartholomew and Wiseman Morecambe and Wise

Section 5 In which sport (Sports)

1. is a losing hazard profitable? Billiards

2. might a slider miss at the corner for a full count? Baseball

3, is an Indian check permitted? Lacrosse

4. does a penthouse surmount galleries? Real Tennis

5. do pepper-box and step define dead man's hole? Eton Fives

6. may a preferred lie be taken? Golf

7. might a Hail Mary be a gambler's last throw? American Football

8. is progress to the peg via the rover? Croquet

9. does a cesta propel? Pelota/Jai-Alai

10. does set generally precede spike? Volleyball

Section 6 Not so simple? (Paul Simon songs)

1. What were Lee's instructions? Drop off the key

2. Whose mother was a fisherman's friend? (Lincoln) Duncan

3. Whose Daddy was a prominent frogman? Baby Driver

4. Where were the whores? 7th Avenue

5. Where was the bomb? In the baby carriage

6. What was God's immaculate machine? One-Trick Pony

7. Who made the cover of Newsweek? Me and Julio (etc)

8. How old was his travelling companion? Nine years

9. What runs over and over again? The course of a lifetime

10. To whom were a nation's lonely eyes turned? Joe di Maggio

Section 7 Who (The distaff side)

1. was Ayesha? She (Rider Haggard)

2. was the subject of sonnets cxxvii-clii? The Dark Lady

3. rules at Froxbury Court? She who must be obeyed (Rumpole)

4. was a pilgrim, five times married? The wife of Bath

5. was Lord Fancourt Babberley? Charley's Aunt

6. has been chronicled by Chandler,Presley and Cooder? Little Sister

7. has more front than a row of houses? Supergran

8. was a Brechtian symbol of endurance? Mother Courage

9. is tan and tender, and young and lovely? The girl from Ipanema

10. is Arthur's trouble? 'Er indoors

Section 8 Whence? (Quotations.from Western films)

1. "A man has to be what he is, Joey" Shane

2. "That'll be the day" The Searchers

3. "I'm faster than you'll ever live to be" High Plains Drifter

4. "If I'm gonna die, ... let me die with the only friend I ever had" Gunfight at the OK Corral

5. "Nowhere special - I always wanted to go there" Blazing Saddles

6. "My friends just call me Ringo" Stagecoach

7. "If we cut down my percentage, it's liable to interfere with my aim" The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

8. "If you want to call me that, smile" The Virginian

9. "Come and see a fat old man some time" True Grit

10. "I've got to go back" High Noon

Section 9 What is indicated by (Brewery signs)

1. an inverted attractor? John Smith's

2. a symbol of good fortune on gules and azure? Friary Meux

3. a Bardic portrait? Flowers

4. a monocled huntsman? Tetley's/Eldridge Pope

5. coq d'or on gules? Courage

6. a rampant lion wielding an axe? Banks/Hanson's

7. eponymous fortification? Castletown (Isle of Man)

8. a caparisoned pachyderm? Fremlin's

9. cart-horses, sable and gules? Thwaites

10. peculier insignia? Theakston's

Section 10 Who died in 1988, celebrated for (Deaths in 1988)

1. Marxist script-writing? S J Perelman (Marx Brothers films)

2. lamenting his fatherland? Alan Paton

3. angelic rustic characterisation? Chris Gittins ("Walter Gabriel")

4. scholarly trombone-playing? Jimmy Edwards

5. subterranean harmonium-playing? Nico (Velvet Underground)

6. a poached egg on wheels? Alex Issigonis

7. quotidian temporal fallibility? Jack di Manio

8. unexpected biography? Eamonn Andrews

9. eponymous homunculi? Roger Hargreaves ("Mister men")

10. collaboration in a Shaw transformation? Frederick Loewe

For answers, see answers to ALL sections

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