1989 Christmas Quiz


"Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask that are unanswerable."

Section 1 - Woke up this morning ... (The blues)

1. Lethal bigamist? Bluebeard

2. Tavern for the solitary chanteuse? Blue Angel

3. Poa pratensis? Bluegrass

4. Margaret Kelly? Bluebell (girls)

5. "The wind in the willows played love's sweet melody"? Blueberry Hill

6. Celestial rarity? Blue Moon

7. Beautiful plumage? Norwegian Blue

8. Happiness for Molly, myself and infant? (My) Blue Heaven

9. Female pedant? Blue stocking

10. "All persons should report on board"? Blue Peter

Section 2 - Which establishment (Inns and taverns)

1. was the scene of an assignation to ogle? Bull and Bush

2. housed the captain until he was spotted? Admiral Benbow

3. was a centre for smuggling on Bodmin Moor? Jamaica Inn

4. serves Chateau Fleet St.? Pommeroy's Wine Bar (Rumpole)

5. is kept by Barliman Butterbur? Prancing Pony (Lord of the Rings)

6. serves Newton and Ridley's? Rover's Return (Coranation Street)

7. was kept by Mrs. Weller? Marquis of Granby (Pickwick)

8. saw Sir John quickly served? Boar's Head Tavern (Henry IVs)

9. is a friendly billabong? Waterhole (Neighbours)

10. quenched thirsts at Lark Rise? Wagon and Horses

Section 3 - Which Mary (Mary)

1. started as Gladys Smith? Mary Pickford

2. slid up a bannister? Mary Poppins

3. is SC208677? Port St Mary,IOM (Map ref)

4. owns a company with a feline logo? Mary Tyler Moore

5. was rollin' on a river? Proud Mary

6. created the "Modern Prometheus" in 1818? Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

7. is the Old Line? Maryland (State nickname)

8. was incriminated by the Casket Letters ?Mary, Queen of Scots

9. was Tyburn? Marylebone

10. taught Art at Madeley Secondary Modern? Mary Whitehouse

Section 4 - Identify the teacher (Teachers)

1. Proprietor of Dotheboys Hall Wackford Squeers

2. Remove form teacher at Greyfriars Quelch

3. Junior Assistant (Classics & English) at Llanabba Castle Paul Pennyfeather (Decline and Fall)

4. Liberal Studies at Fenland Tech Henry Wilt

5. English Literature for the OU "in the north of England" Frank (Bryant) (Educating Rita)

6. Woodwork at San Quentin High Trevor Chaplin (Beiderbecke Tapes)

7. Junior Department at Marcia Blaine Jean Brodie

8. Recalled for war duty at Brookfield Arthur Chipping (Mr Chips)

9. SC at Fenn Street Mr Hedges

10. "Life-long servant" of Bamfylde David Powlett-Jones (To Serve them all my Days)

Section 5 - what (Animal phrases)

1. disables? rabbit-punch

2. disfigures? hare lip/chicken pox

3. concludes? swan-song

4. preponderates? lion's share

5, bristles? gooseflesh

6. crushes? bear hug

7. admires? wolf-whistle

8. receives? cat's whisker

9. rejuvenates? monkey-gland/rhino horn

10. overlooks? crow's nest

Section 6 - Which best friend (Dogs)

1. was a darling nursemaid? Nana

2. laughs at dastardly misfortune? Muttley

3. "assisted" the Thin Man? Asta

4. died of joy greeting his returning master? Argus (Odyssey)

5. daydreams about being an ace fighter-pilot? Snoopy

6. first starred with Elizabeth Taylor in 1943? Lassie

7. accompanied the leader of the Outlaws? Jumble (Just William etc)

8. was a tricephalic twelfth? Cerberus (Labours of Hercules)

9. terrified on Grimpen Mire? Hound of the Baskervilles

10. lost in a confrontation with a tea-pot? Montmorency (Three Men in a Boat)

Section 7 - Who (Heroes)

1. is a Spanish fox? Zorro

2. battles with Ming the Merciless? Flash Gordon

3. is player-manager at Melchester? Roy of the Rovers

4. invokes Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury? Captain Marvel

5. is assisted by Lacy and Hebblethwaite? Biggles

6. hails from Cimmeria? Conan the Barbarian

7. is John Reid, formerly of Texas? The Lone Ranger

8. is an aquiline colonel? Dan Dare

9. has been embodied by Crabbe, Barker, Scott and Lambert? Tarzan

10. has a natal link with 36? Superman (36 = atomic weight of Krypton)

Section 8 - Which sport is (Descriptions of sports)

1. "more than a game. It's an institution"? Cricket

2. "like the Mathematicks, that it can ne'er be fully learnt"? Angling (Izaak Walton)

3. "played by fewer than 15 a side, at least half of whom should be totally unfit"? Coarse Rugby

4. "the gentle way"? Judo (literal meaning)

5. "staying in after school in your underwear"? Basketball

6. "all very well as a game for rough girls, .. hardly suitable for delicate boys"? Soccer (Wilde)

7. "a good walk spoiled"? Golf

8. "a poetic pastime for the Parish Hall"? Badminton

9. "cunning running"? Orienteering

10. "like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors"? American Football

Section 9 - How are they better known? (Pop pseudonyms)

1. Steveland Morris Stevie Wonder

2. Vincent Furnier Alice Cooper

3. Frederick Bulsara Freddie Mercury

4. Steven Demitri Georgiou Cat Stevens

5. Sandra Goodrich Sandy Shaw

6. McKinley Morganfield Muddy Waters

7. Declan McManus Elvis Costello

8. Ernest Evans Jr Chubby Checker

9. Dr Sam Hutt Hank Wangford

10. Mary O'Brien Dusty Springfield

Section 10 - In 1989 (In 1989)

1. what combined Aids, break-dancing and glasnost for the first time? New edition of the Oxford English Dictionary

2. who revealed pale bed morals? Pamella Bordes

3. which organ made 440,000 by appeal? Private Eye

4. who stilled the Clones Cyclone? Jim McDonnell

5. who was squirrel to Kenneth's bear? Emma Thompson

6. how did 12 overcome 29 in 6? Winning the Ashes/Test match series

7. who caused two resignations at Carnegie-Mellon University? Gary Kasparov (vs Deep Thought)

8. which Dame assisted in a decamillenary? Judy Dench (Pru in 10,000th Archers)

9. who will be unable to pass the loot for years to come? Jim Bakker (Praise The Lord = Pass The Loot to cynics)

10. what did the proposed salvage of SS Politician promise? Whiskey Galore

For answers, see answers to ALL sections

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