Quiz Number 50 - Answers

Published: Wednesday 8th August 2012
  1. With 18 medals gained between 1956 and 1964, which Soviet gymnast holds the record for the most Olympic medals? Larisa Latynina (9 Gold, 5 Silver & 4 Bronze).
  2. Stilton is a protected name and the cheese can only be made in the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. In which county is the village of Stilton? Cambridgeshire.
  3. Often referred to as breeches or trouser-roles, what are TRAVESTI roles in opera? Where character parts are sung by the opposite gender.
  4. Which animal became croquet balls to the flamingo mallets in "Alice in Wonderland"? Hedgehogs.
  5. Which songs containing the word "TRAIN" in the title were UK top 10 hits for the following artists, [a] Gladys Knight & the Pips (1976), [b] Lost Prophets (2004), [c] A-Ha (1986), [d] Doobie Brothers (1993) and [e] The Farm (1990) [a]"Midnight Train to Georgia" reached no.10, [b] "Last Train Home" no.8, [c] "Train of Thought"- no.8, [d] "Long Train Runnin" no.7 and [e] "Groovy Train" no.7.
  6. Who in 1999 became the first British Childrens Laureate? Quentin Blake.
  7. What is the capital of Lithuania? Vilnius.
  8. Who to date is the only winner of the tennis "Golden Slam" that is won the Australian, French and US open single titles together with Wimbledon and an Olympic Gold? Steffi Graf in 1988.
  9. The Lancet is one of the World's leading medical publications, but in medical terms what is a lancet? A cutting implement with a double edged blade.
  10. What are the SIX inert or noble gases in the periodic table? Helium, Neon, Argon, Krypton, Xenon and Radon.
  11. Which country in 1956 became the first ever winners of the Eurovision Song Contest? Switzerland ("Refrain" sung by Lys Assia).
  12. Which FOUR countries share a land border with Pakistan? Afghanistan, China, India and Iran.
  13. "As It Happened" was the title of Clement Atlee's autobiography, but whose autobiography published in 1975 was entitled "As It Happens"? Jimmy Saville.
  14. By what name is the former country of the Dutch East Indies now known? Indonesia.
  15. What are the names of the characters that make up Marvel Comics "Fantastic Four"? Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards), The Thing (Ben Grimm), The Human Torch (Johnny Storm) and The Invisible Woman (Susan Storm).
  16. In which war did the Battle of Edgehill take place? The English Civil War in 1642.
  17. What in the movie world is meant by the term "Best Boy"? He is the assistant to the department head of the electrical or grip departments.
  18. The Marathi Pheta and the Sikh Dastar are both styles of which article of clothing? Turbans (or PAGRI).
  19. Which SIX instruments normally form the WOODWIND section of the orchestra? Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Cor Anglais, Clarinet and Bassoon.
  20. What are the first TWO names of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling? Joanne Kathleen.


  1. W Turnbull says:

    The K doesn’t actually stand for anything unless she has had it added legally, the K was added by her publisher as he thought JK sounded better than just Joanne

  2. S Smith says:

    Joanne actually picked the name Kathleen after her grandmother to enable her to use the 2 initials as was suggested by her publisher to initially hide her gender.

  3. Padster says:

    Q1: Michael Phelps broke Larisa’s record at the 2012 Olympics so maybe rephrase the question to ‘… held the record for the most olympic medals won from 1964 to 2012’

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