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13.06.16 Stafford Singers social and pub quiz 2016, held at the Morris Man, Weston Road, Stafford

Questions (with Answers bracketed)

All rounds have an equal number of points (10)

Joker allocated by each team to the round they think they will be best at, and points were doubled for that round (20), i.e. the maximum score was 40.

General Knowledge Round

1. Heinz 57 varieties: What was Heinz’s first variety? (Horseradish sauce)
2. Where and when was the first steam locomotive run? (Bridgnorth 1802)
3. Where and when was the first steam-hauled passenger train service run? (Liverpool & Manchester Railway 1830)
4. What is the origin of the Love, 15, 30, 40 scoring system used in tennis? (15th Century French, a clock face with 00, 15, 30 and 45)
5. When was women’s football first played? (1580, or say 16th Century)
6. What is the name of a device to keep time in music? (Metronome)
7. What are the distinctive features of Real Tennis, i.e. differences from Lawn Tennis? (played indoors, a sloping penthouse roof and a bell)
8. Which town advertised itself with a poster showing a fisherman running along a beach? (Skegness is so bracing)
9. What is the badge of Yorkshire? (White Rose)
10. Who is traditionally celebrated on the 25th January? (Rabbie Burns)

Stafford Singers Round

1. Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1 by Sir Edward Elgar is better known as what? (“Land of Hope and Glory”)
2. The Hallelujah Chorus is from which work, and by whom? (“Messiah”, Handel)
3. In “The composers are all on Facebook” what has been replaced by emoticons? (sharps, flats, and naturals)
4. What does the word “tenor” mean? (Latin/Italian tenere = "to hold", i.e. he who holds the harmonic foundation or tune)
5. Who wrote “The Entertainer”? (Scott Joplin)
6. Who wrote “Dona nobis pacem”? (Mozart)
7. Upon which biblical legend is “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen based? (Samson & Delilah, or David & Bathsheba)
8. In the style of which composer is “Old Mother Hubbard” by Victor Hely-Hutchinson written? (Handel)
9. What is the Welsh name for “The Ash Grove”? (Llwyn On)
10. Who wrote “So deep is the night”? (Chopin)

Music Round

1. Who wrote “Raindrops are falling on my head”? (Burt Bacharach)
2. Why is the twelfth root of 2 important in music theory? (An irrational number 1.05946309436... , the ratio of the frequency of a note to the frequency of the semitone below it in the twelve-tone equal temperament chromatic scale, hence the answer is SEMITONE)
3. The frequency of fourth octave (middle) A, used by the orchestra for tuning up, is 440Hz. What is the frequency of fifth octave (top) A? (880Hz)
4. What is the musical range of the Scottish bagpipes? (one octave plus one note)
5. How many bars are there in a standard blues progression sequence? (12)
6. What three chords are commonly used by folk, blues and pop bands in simple guitar accompaniments? (C, F, G)
7. Who wrote La Bohème? (Puccini)
8. Where is the location of the Proms in London? (Royal Albert Hall)
9. What is the name and date of the song with the following lyrics:? “O my love my darling /I’ve hungered for your touch / A long lonely time /Time goes by so slowly / Are you still mine? /I need your love / I need your love / God speed your love to me” (“Unchained melody” 1936, music by Alex North, lyrics by Hy Zaret, made famous by The Righteous Brothers 1965)
10. If we play just the black notes on a piano keyboard, what is the scale called? (pentatonic)

08.06.15 Stafford Singers social and pub quiz 2015, held at the Morris Man, Weston Road, Stafford

 
The Morris Man, Weston Road, Stafford, opened by the Stafford Morris Men

Questions (with Answers bracketed)

All rounds have an equal number of points (10)

Joker allocated by each team to the round they think they will be best at, and points were doubled for that round (20), i.e. the maximum score was 60.

General Knowledge Round

1. What is the Sillitoe Tartan - clue: you see it most days in Stafford?
(the black/white, blue/white, blue/yellow, green/yellow or red/yellow checkered patches seen on police signs and hats, and on police, ambulance and fire emergency vehicles, as devised by the Chief Constable of Glasgow, who was named Sillitoe)
2. Where and when is the festival Up Helly Aa held?
(Lerwick, Shetland; Up=at an end; Helly=holiday/festival; Aa=all; Viking longships, helmets, fire brands; middle of winter, last Tuesday in January, to mark the end of the Yule Season)
3. When traditionally is Wassailing held?
(Old Twelfth Night, 17th January)
4. When and where is the traditional Cheese Rolling Festival held?
(Cooper's Hill, Brockworth, Gloucestershire, Spring Bank Holiday Monday)
5. What is Dwile Flonking?
(Beccles, Suffolk, possibly 16th Century; Dutch "dweil"=cloth or mop; "flonk" is a corruption of flong, the past tense of fling. Two teams take turns to join hands in a circle and dance around a person from the other team, who attempts to hit them with a beer-soaked cloth. The flonker dips a hazel or yew pole into a bucket of beer, then spins in the opposite direction to the dancers and flonks his dwile at them. There is a complex series of points for hits in various parts of the body. If the dwile misses completely, or if anybody does not take the game seriously, they must drink the bucket of beer dregs.)
6. Where is the San Fermin Festival "Running of the bulls" held?
(Pamplona, Navarre, Spain, 7-14 July; competitors must be 18 years or older, and must be sober)
7. What takes place on 5th November in Ottery St Mary, Devon?
(Burning tar barrels, but nothing to do with Guy Fawkes)
8. Who was most famous for collecting the traditional Morris Dances?
(Cecil Sharp)
9. When is the most important festival held at Stonehenge?
(Winter Solstice, 21st or 22nd December)
10. When was the first recorded ascent of Mount Everest and by whom?
(1953, Tenzing Norgay & Edmund Hillary)

Stafford and surrounds Round

1. When was the English Electric Company created?
(1919)
2. What 4 characters does the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance have, in addition to the 6 Deermen?
(Maid Marian, Fool, Hobby Horse, Boy with a bow and arrow)
3. How far apart are the goals in the Ashbourne Shrovetide football match?
(3 miles)
4. What does the name "Stafford" mean?
("staithe" "ford" = The landing place by the ford)
5. Who founded Stafford?
(Aethelflaeda, 'The Lady of Mercia', who was the daughter of King Alfred of Wessex ('The Great', 849-899), 913 CE. She was actively engaged in fortifying Mercia against the encroachments of the Danes, in which duties she was largely successful.)
6. Where in Stafford is the Sherrif's Office?
(At the bottom of Church Lane)
7. Who is the Saint associated with Stafford, who's Saxon church can be seen in the Close of St Mary’s Collegiate Church?
(St Bertelin)
8. Who shot at the weathercock on St Mary's Collegiate Church?
(Prince Rupert during the Civil War)
9. Who is the famous angler who was born in Stafford?
(Izaak Walton)
10. Who proposed the toast "May the trade of Stafford be trod underfoot by all the world!"
(Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816), author and MP for Stafford (1780-1806); the reference is to success in the shoe trade)

Stafford Singers Round

1. When was the English Electric Company Choir founded?
(1962)
2. Where were rehearsals of the choir held before it moved in 1992 to St Leonard’s Sports & Social Club?
(Stychfields Hall, from 1962, closed 1995)
3. When was the colour green first used in the choir uniform?
(1989)
4. Where is Sweet Marie waiting?
(Amarillo Church)
5. Where is the City that never sleeps?
(New York)
6. Who wrote Panis Angelicus?
(César Franck)
7. Who wrote the version of Psalm 23 made famous by The Vicar of Dibley?
(Howard Goodall)
8. Who wrote Trial by Jury?
(Gilbert and Sullivan)
9. Where do you have your ham and eggs?
(Carolina)
10. On which Shakespeare play is West Side Story based?
(Romeo and Juliet)

Music Round

1. Who is the composer of the Inspector Morse theme
(Barrington Pheloung, who uses a coded morse signal to spell out the name "MORSE" and even the name of the murderer)
2. What TV programme used as signature tune the song "Did I make the most of loving you" by John Lunn
(Downton Abbey)
3. Which British composer put love messages to his girl friend Dora, known as the "Dorabella Cipher", in his music?
(Edward Elgar)
4. Who founded the Military Wives' Choir; and how many Military Wives Choirs are there now?
(Gareth Malone, born 1975, around 80 Military Wives' Choirs)
5. According to the Guinness Book of Records, what is the best-selling Christmas single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies
(White Christmas; Bing Crosby)
6. Who was the drummer who preceded Ringo Starr in The Beatles?
(Pete Best)
7. Who wrote "The Dam Busters' March"?
(Eric Coates)
8. Who wrote "On hearing the first cuckoo in spring"?
(Frederick Delius)
9. Who wrote "Feel the spirit"?
(John Rutter)
10. Who wrote "The Armed Man"?
(Karl Jenkins)

Sport Round

1. What sport was invented in Sweden in 1886?
(Orienteering)
2. What 3 sports are in the Triathlon?
(Running, swimming, cycling)
3. The first Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece. But where were the first British Olympian Games held?
(On Wenlock Edge, 1850; but the first modern Olympiad games were in London 1908)
4. What are the 2 colours on the jersey of the King of the Mountains in the Tour de France?
(White, pink spots)
5. Martina Navratilova has been a USA naturalised citizen since 1981. In what country was she born?
(Czechoslovakia, Prague; now in the modern Czech Republic)
6. In what sport do you see stalactites?
(Caving/Potholing)
7. Which athlete infuriated Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics?
(Jesse Owens, 100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m relay)
8. Where is The Wall Game played?
(Eton College)
9. Who won the women's 100m in the 1948 London Olympic Games?
(Fanny Blankers-Koen)
10. Who in Ice Dancing performed to Ravel's Boléro?
(Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean)

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Version: 02 14 June 2016