General knowledge?


The biggest challenge with each quiz (and this one is on general knowledge) is finding a photo or picture for the top. In this case Question 8 (about ABBA) suggested possibilities so a quick computer search followed, and the computer’s conclusion is above – and the possible explanation is at the bottom of the quiz.

1. Which division of the High Court deals with bankruptcy?
2. Who danced opposite Gene Kelly in “Brigadoon” and Fred Astaire in “Band Wagon” ?
3. What would a herpetologist be interested in?
4. Which actor won the Best Actor Oscar in 2008 for his role in “No Country for Old Men”?
5. Where is the eastern terminus of London Underground’s Jubilee Line?
6. Why did Kim Cotton make headline news in 1985?
7. Who played Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott (“Scotty‟) in the original Star Trek TV series?
8. Which ABBA single opens “I’m nothing special, in fact I’m a bit of a bore”?
9. In what year was Channel 4 launched?
10. In French cuisine, what term is given to food cooked or garnished with onions, usually fried?
11. Which famous locomotive had the number 4472?
12. Due to be brought back in an updated form, what name is given to the type of bus that is the iconic red London bus?
13. What is the name of Bruce Willis’ character in the “Die Hard” series of films?
14. The sorceress Medea was the wife of which legendary Greek hero?
15. What is the well known word that means ‘Sailor of the Universe’?
16. Until the mid 16th century “sea dogs‟ was the English term for which type of predator?
17. What are the two missing words in this famous quote from the film Casablanca?
“Of all the … ….. in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”
18. Which fruit plays a role in the downfall of Captain Queeg in the film “The Caine Mutiny”?
19. Which controversial figure was head of the National Coal Board during the miners’ strike of 1984/85?
20. Which strategically important neutral island country did the UK invade on the 10th of May 1940?
21. The name of which criminal syndicate translated means ‘our thing’?
22.By what name is writer and mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson better known to posterity?
23. Which silent film star’s real name was Gladys Smith?
24. Who composed the Liberty Bell March?
25. What is the name of the Basilica situated atop Montmartre in Paris?
26. Who was president of Malawi until 1994, when he was defeated in elections at the age of 96?
27. Which children’s TV series, set in Newcastle, launched the careers of Ant and Dec?
28. Actress Liz Dawn played which iconic Coronation Street character for 34 years until 2008?
29. Which organisation did Jean Henri Dunant found in 1863?
30. In which Shakespeare play do the sisters Katherina and Bianca appear, both getting married during the course of the play?


1 Chancery
2 Cyd Charisse
3 Reptiles and amphibians
4 Xavier Bardem
5 Stratford
6 She became Britain’s first commercial surrogate mother
7 James Doohan
8 Thank You for the Music
9 1982
10 Lyonnaise
11 The Flying Scotsman
12 Routemaster
13 John McClane
14 Jason (of Argonauts fame)
15 Cosmonaut
16 Shark
17 Gin joints
18 Strawberry
19 Ian MacGregor
20 Iceland
21 Cosa Nostra
22 Lewis Carroll
23 Mary Pickford
24 John Philip Sousa
25 Sacré Coeur
26 Dr Hastings Banda
27 Byker Grove
28 Vera Duckworth
29 The Red Cross
30 The Taming of the Shrew

[Editor’s note : The top photo above can be blamed on the computer’s search mechanism which was asked to search for “ABBA” and came up with “cabbage” – which might be one explanation for what their name means, or where it came from!]

Image Credits: Rye Art Gallery .

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