1990 Christmas Quiz


"Avoid a questioner, for .such a man is also a tattler."

Section 1 Cue beginners! (Q...)

1. Alkaloid of cinchona bark? Quinine

2. Mrs Plunket Greene? Mary Quant

3. Vidkun, executed on Oct 24th 1945? Quisling

4. Melville's soothing savage? Queequeg (Moby Dick)

5. Tate, Robinson, Morell and Mills? Quatermass (all played the Professor)

6. Mexican feathered serpent? Quetzalcoatl

7. Mona's motto? Quocunque jeceris stabit (IOM)

8. From distant Ophir? Quinquireme (of Nineveh) (Masefield)

9. Erstwhile associate publisher of the Huntington Herald-Press? Dan Quayle (it was the family business)

10. The first after Easter? Quasimodo Sunday

Section 2 Who (Girls in songs)

1. was hard to catch in a Coupe de Ville? Maybellene : Chuck Berry

2. sings songs for the lost and the lonely? Pearl ('s a singer) : Elkie Brooks

3. is emphatically not invited? Lulu : Dorothy Provine and others

4. identified in a dark brown voice? Lola : Kinks

5. is this world killing? Alison : Elvis Costello

6. was monitor to his janitor? Carrie-Anne : Hollies

7. had eyes that looked like ice on fire? Nikita : Elton John

8. betrayed during ablutions? Cecilia : Simon and Garfunkel

9. doesn't have to sell her body to the night? Roxanne : Police

10. got married not long ago? Peggy Sue : Buddy Holly

Section 3 In which work (Clint Eastwood films)

1. did Bill Carson's last words lead to Sad Hill? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

2. was Lago diabolically transformed? High Plains Drifter

3. was the schoolhouse at Warsaw initially missed? Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

4. was 2211 apparently finally discarded? Dirty Harry (his badge)

5. were soulful vigilantes the enemy within? Magnum Force (David Soul)

6. was an Erroll Garner composition crucial? Play Misty for me

7. did the train detour through the saloon in Sinola? Joe Kidd

8. was mediation between the Baxters and the Rojos profitable? A Fistful of Dollars

9. did the nun turn out to be a hooker? Two Mules for Sister Sara

10. was his word of life accepted? The Outlaw Josie Wales

Section 4 Where or who (Parks)

1. is host to Rosebery and Jubilee? Kempton Park

2. was born in Fowlshiels and explored the Niger? Mungo Park

3. is home to a Yogi? 3. Jellystone Park

4. was ambushed near Arcadia on May 23rd 1934? Bonnie Parker

5. saw the knight from Fulneck overtaken in March 1958? Sabina Park (Sobers beating Hutton's 364)

6. impersonated a white man impersonating a black man? Larry Parks (The Jolson Story)

7. does Inventor's Gate lead to Pilgrim Hill? Central Park

8. claimed "Work expands to fill the time available for its completion"? C Northcote Parkinson

9. was the original site of the Crystal Palace? Hyde Park

10. flew only from 1920 to 1955? Charlie "Bird" Parker

Section 5 Who is speaking? (Political quotations)

1. "The wind of change is blowing through the continent" Harold Macmillan

2. "Greater love hath no man .. that he lay down his friends for his life" Jeremy Thorpe (on Macmillan)

3. "House of Lords is the British Outer Mongolia for retired politicians" Tony Benn (when about to renounce his title)

4. "I seem to see "The river Tiber foaming with so much blood"" Enoch Powell

5. ".. So far as I am concerned, they are lower than vermin" Aneurin Bevan (on Tory Party)

6. "He got on his bike and looked for work" Norman Tebbit

7. "No, because I do my sums with matchsticks" Alec Douglas-Home (when asked if he'd ever become PM)

8. "All the financiers, all the little gnomes in Zurich" Harold Wilson

9. "It is the unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism" Edward Heath (on Lhonro affair)

10. "Like being savaged by a dead sheep" Dennis Healey (on Geoffrey Howe)

Section 6 In a vintage year (Annus mirabilis)

1. which novel of the Civil War borrowed from Donne's Meditation? For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway)

2. which Winston was born to Julia and Alfred? John Winston Lennon

3. what was Ramon Mercader's crime? He murdered Trotsky

4. what did Willys initialise? The Jeep (G P = General Purpose)

5. where did Gertie gallop? Tacoma Narrows, Washington (collapsing bridge)

6. which 5 year old was enthroned? Dalai Lama

7. what were discovered by Jaques Marsal and his three friends? The caves at Lascaux

8. why did 338,226 rejoice? They were evacuated from Dunkirk

9. who was appointed governor of the Bahamas? The Duke of Windsor

10. When? 1940

Section 7 Pot pourri for polyglots (Words imported into English)

1. Gaelic water of life? Whiskey

2. Tamil pepper-water? Mulligatawny

3. Hawaian jumping flea? Ukelele

4. Malayan man of the woods? Orang-utan

5. Sanskrit lord of the world? Juggernaut

6. Yiddish cooking fat? Schmaltz

7. Chinese head-banging? Kow-tow

8. Swedish heavy stone? Tungsten

9. Japanese great prince? Tycoon

10. French monk's hood? Cagoule

Section 8 Account for (1 to 10)

1. Valentine and Proteus Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare)

2. what were revealed at the breaking of the seals Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Revelations)

3. And then there were none (in less enlightened times) Ten Little Niggers (Agatha Christie)

4. the Master's stimulant Seven-percent solution (of cocaine) (Sherlock Holmes)

5. the Red Shadow's declaration One Alone (Desert Song)

6. the sequence for Batty Thomas et al at Fenchurch St. Paul Nine Tailors (Dorothy Sayers)

7. a threat to Harrisburg in 1979 Three Mile Island (nuclear reactor)

8. successors to the symbols at your door Six proud walkers (Green grow the rushes)

9. the termination of nautical vigils Eight bells

10. Miss Tellwright's home Five Towns (Anna of .. : Arnold Bennett)

Section 9 Who or what (..ipper)

1. contains the pointers Dubhe and Merak? (Big) Dipper (Plough in Ursa Major)

2. may have been Pedachenko, Gull or Druitt? Jack the Ripper

3. is an old old clothes dealer? Fripper

4. was a big teaser .. and a Sunday driver? Day Tripper

5. is a member of the Hesperiidae? skipper (butterfly)

6. is clupea harengus preserved? kipper

7. was revealed by David Rose in 1962? The Stripper

8. had a fruitless trip to Rio in 1974? Jack Slipper (of the Yard, trying to extradite Biggs)

9. was the "short shirt" now in Greenwich? (tea) clipper (Cutty Sark)

10. exhorted them to win one for him as he lay dying? the Gipper (from 1940 film starring(?) Ronald Reagan)

Section 10 In 1990 (In 1990)

1. what did five-year old Andrew Kelly initiate? Radio 5 (spoke the first words)

2. who was silenced in Marbella? Charles Wilson ("Silent man" of the Train Robbers)

3. who said, of what, "It makes me look so old" ? The Queen, of the new five pound note

4. whose longstanding milestone did Simon Mugglestone better? Roger Bannister ("4 minute mile" track record)

5. which tabloid ran to only one edition? Guardian for Sunday (1st April)

6. what was the centenary winner in the 5th round at Tokyo? City of Atlanta (1996 Olympics)

7. who will be able to check if somebody up there likes him? Rocky Graziano (1956 Paul Newman film)

8. who got a fiver after 112? Ernest Saunders (sentenced after long "Guinness" trial)

9. whose sit-in cost him a week's wages? Neville Southall

10. why was the demise of Joshua Zalig a particular loss? He was Joe Loss

For answers, see answers to ALL sections

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