On Tuesday I published the questions I put to the MSE Towers team at our annual Christmas party quiz. If you’ve not read it, then try your luck there before reading the answers below.
Round 1: What year did it happen in the 90s
There is one answer for each year 1990-1999, no year is duplicated.
- The Channel Tunnel opens
- Princess Diana dies in Paris
- The Summer Olympics are held in Atlanta, Georgia
- Nelson Mandela is released from jail
- John Major leads the Conservatives to a General Election victory over Neil Kinnock’s Labour Party
- Blur beats Oasis in the battle of the bands when Country House reaches number 1 in the charts ahead of Roll With It
- Google is founded
- Freddie Mercury and Robert Maxwell die
- The Grand National is cancelled after a false start
- Britney Spears hits number 1 with Baby, One More Time
Answers to Round 1: What year did it happen in the 90s:
Round 2: The Martin Round
This round has a proud tradition. All are questions I set without needing to reference research. You can probably tell a lot about me because of it!
- What is Picard’s Borg name?
- Who is on the back of a £50 note? NB: this is the question I got wrong on CBBC show ‘Hacker Time’ – luckily I got the rest right and ‘escaped’!
- What is the current year… in the Jewish calendar?
- Which is the only letter in scrabble all SIX vowels can be put after to form an allowed (SOWPODS) two letter word?
- Who were the three Kings who reigned in England in 1066 after Edward the Confessor?
- What is the Kobayashi Maru?
- What do you call the second in command of a Roman Century?
- How many months of the year are allowed at Scrabble (SOWPODS)?
- Who died first: Genghis Khan, Attila the Hun or Peter the Great?
- Which of the following words is derived from the Greek for Pebble Worm
A) Anaconda B) Crocodile C) Conger Eel D) Iguana
NB. This was the £250,000 question on Who wants to Be a Millionaire that Angela Rippon and I decided to ‘take the money’ instead of answering.
Answers to Round 2: Martin’s Round
- Matthew Boulton or James Watt
- William, Harold and Edgar Atheling
- The Star Trek academy test which was deemed unwinnable until Kirk won (by changing the programme, ie, cheating)
- Three – March, May, August,
- Attila the Hun died 428 (Genghis Khan died 1223, Peter the Great in 1725)
- B. Crocodile
Round 3: News and Sport Round
- What is the shortest individual race in the Summer Olympics?
- What was the exact offence Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of?
- What is the men’s 100m running world record?
- Name the consumer minister and the shadow consumer minister?
- What group were England in for the men’s football World Cup round robin?
- Which country became the 18th to join the Eurozone in 2014?
- What’s the difference between running SPECIFICALLY the 400m at an outdoor track to an indoor track?
- In which city did George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin get married?
- What’s the maximum possible break at snooker?
- And we’d done news and sport, so what better way to finish than with weather… at what temperature does water freeze… in fahrenheit?
Answers to Round 3: News and Sport Round
- 50m freestyle swimming
- Culpable homicide (1 point) – if you said manslaughter, half a point
- 9.58 seconds
- Jo Swinson and Stella Creasy
- Group D
- Outdoors is run strictly in lanes, indoors you break after the first bend and then run together
- 155 after a free ball and potting the black to start. It’s never been done in tournament play but has in an exhibition match
Round 4: the Movie Round
Answers to Round 4: the Movie Round
- 127 Hours
- Karate Kid
- Napoleon Dynamite
- Sherlock Holmes
Let me know how you got on below.