Quiz Number 131 - Answers

Published: Saturday 6th January 2018
  1. The alcoholic drink Mirabelle is flavoured with which fruit? Plum.
  2. Which of Jane Austen's novels contain a character called Anne Elliot? Persuasion.
  3. The rock musician Marvin Lee Aday performs under what stage name? Meatloaf
  4. In which James Bond movie does the character Kissy Suzuki feature? You Only Live Twice.
  5. Which songs with the word TOWN in the title were UK top ten hits for the following artists, [a] Del Shannon (1963), [b] U2 with BB King (1989), [c] Sparks (1974), [d] Jay-Z (2009) and [e] Billy Joel (1983)? [a] "Little Town Flirt" reached no 4, [b] "When Love Comes to Town", no 6, [c] "This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us", no 2, [d] "Run This Town, no 1 and [e] "Uptown Girl", no1.
  6. In Shakespeare's "Hamlet", what is the name of Hamlet's mother? Queen Gertrude.
  7. In which English county was the Battle of Flodden fought in 1513? Northumberland.
  8. Which convenience food was invented by Edward Asselberg in 1941? Instant mash potato.
  9. Which five states share a border with Nevada? Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona and California.
  10. In which town was the first British casino opened in 1962? Brighton.
  11. What nationality was the surrealist painter Rene Magritte? Belgian.
  12. Which sea is connected to the Sea of Azov by the Kerch Strait? Black Sea.
  13. Who was the first British actor to win an Oscar? George Arliss (1929).
  14. How many pairs of chromosomes does the human body normally possess? Twenty-three.
  15. Which city in 1990 became the first UK European Capital of Culture? Glasgow.
  16. What was the real first names of jazzman Duke Ellington? Edward Kennedy.
  17. Which tea variety is often referred to as "The champagne of teas"? Darjeeling.
  18. The life of which artist was featured in these movies, [a] "Lust for Life" (1956), [b] "Nightwatching" (2007), [c] "Girl with a Pearl Earring" (2003) and [d] "The Agony and the Ecstasy" (1965)? [a] Van Goch, [b] Rembrandt, [c] Vermeer and [d] Michelangelo.
  19. In literature, who were Masha, Irina and Olga? Chekhov's "Three Sisters".
  20. The song "I Whistle a Happy Tune" features in which musical? The King and I.


  1. rob says:

    another good varied quiz I think Q7 should say Flodden

  2. Will Craven says:

    Wasn’t George Arliss the first British actor to win an Oscar, for the 1929 film “Disraeli”?

  3. tim jury says:

    Q 13 George Arliss won first Oscar

  4. Steve says:

    Q. 13 George Arliss was the first British winner in ‘Disraeli’

  5. KensQuiz says:

    Thanks Tim and Steve, answer now changed.

  6. Nick Champness says:

    18a = Van Gogh, not Van Goch.

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