I suspect many of you have hardly been able to sleep since I posted the MSE Christmas pub quiz questions last week. Well finally I can pop that bubble of excitement and provide you with the answers. Phew… let the good times roll.
SPOILER ALERT: If this is the first you’ve heard of the quiz – follow this MSE pub quiz 2016 link to see a version without the answers.
Round 1: The Martin Round
- What is the name of the character who turned into the Incredible Hulk in the 1980s TV series starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno?
- Is the pound the world’s biggest currency?
(Ie, so there’s no currency where one of its prime unit, eg, dollars, buys more than a pound.)
- What is the lowest scoring complete clearance that’s theoretically possible in snooker?
- What is a Hot Spot not…?
- In the year of Trump, even though he got 2.5 millon fewer popular votes than Hillary Clinton, how many electoral college votes are needed to win the US election? (Within five.)
- What is Jack Ruby famous, or more accurately, infamous for?
- What does the ‘S’ on Superman’s outfit signify…?
- It was reported (not necessarily verified) that only one female competitor in the 1976 Olympics was excused from having to take a gender test – who was it?
- What is the name for someone who has finished their final university exams, but not yet graduated?
- Why is minus 40 degrees a special temperature?
Round 1 Answers: The Martin Round
- Dr David Banner. It’s not Bruce Banner as he was known in the comics – his middle name was Bruce but David was used, as staggeringly, Bruce was deemed “too homosexual a name” for American TV at the time. Thank heavens times have changed!
- No. There are three bigger currencies: Omani rial (£2.04), Bahraini dinar (£2.08), Kuwaiti dinar (£2.57) – rates correct on the day I presented the quiz.
- To those who answered 44, you get one point. As for this to work you need to pot all 15 reds in one go (I did say theoretically), then pot a yellow (so 17 points so far), then the colours potted, so that’s 44 points. However, if you said 37 then you get two points, and this is the really clever devils who realised if you pot the black but it goes in with the white, the black score doesn’t count! So that’s 37.
- A good spot! (From Michael Barrymore’s Strike It Lucky game show.)
- There are 538 electoral college votes so you need 270 to win.
- He fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald just two days after Oswald (almost certainly) assassinated John F Kennedy.
- It’s not ‘Superman’. He had it when he came to earth, long before Lois Lane coined the term.
Depending on the canon, the accepted answers are the Kryptonian symbol for hope, the House of Sor-El or the Kryptonian world for ‘shield’.
- Princess Anne – it is said it would’ve been a breach of protocol!
- A graduand.
- You don’t need to specify Celcius or Fahrenheit as it’s the same in both.
Round 2: The ‘Can you ask me about people, TV, movies and stuff?’ Round
- Who won the most recent completed season of Celebrity Big Brother in August 2016?
- Disappointingly for us (MSE), one prominent politician in the summer opined that “this country has had enough of experts”. But who said it?
- Which was Roger Moore’s last Bond film?
- Name all of Rudolph’s fellow reindeers whose names begin with ‘D’?
- In The Simpsons, what address do the Simpson family live at? (Half point for street, full point for whole address.)
- In which country does the mojito cocktail originate?
- Which 1979 film had a spaceship called Nostromo?
- Which actor played Robb Stark in Game of Thrones?
- Hamilton is a very popular Broadway and soon-to-be-West-End show. But, which US banknote will you find him on?
- If Diana, Princess of Wales, was alive today, how old would she be?
Round 2 Answers: The ‘Can you ask me about people, TV, movies and stuff?’ Round
- Stephen Bear (of Shipwrecked fame)
- Michael Gove
- A View to a Kill
- Three – Donner (sometimes known as Donder), Dasher and Dancer
- 742 Evergreen Terrace
- Richard Madden
- Ten dollar bill
Round 3: The Helen Round
- Who is the Eternal President of North Korea, despite having died in 1994?
- In the first book/series of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones, the Stark kids and Jon Snow each get a direwolf. What are the direwolves’ names?
- What is an enclave?
- The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building. But, in which city is the world’s second tallest (completed) building?
- What’s the state capital of Montana?
- What’s the longest continuously running musical in the West End?
- Which four US presidents are on Mount Rushmore?
- Of what did Churchill say: “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning?”
- Some legends have held the Man Utd no 7 shirt – including Cantona, Beckham and Ronaldo. Memphis Depay wears it now. But, who had it immediately before him?
- Who is Minister for Consumers (or the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, to give this person their full title)?
Round 3 Answers: The Helen Round
- Kim Il-sung
- Nymeria, Lady, Shaggydog, Grey Wind, Summer and Ghost
- A piece of land belonging to one country that’s completely surrounded by land belonging to one other country
- Les Miserables
- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln
- Allied victory in the Battle of El Alamein
- Angel Di Maria
- Margot James MP
Round 4: Team GB Gold Medal Winners at Rio 2016
Name the 15 GB individual gold medal winners and the event they won in (tip: two people won gold medals in two individual events). Plus, list the nine GB teams who won gold medals and the event name.
Round 4 Answers: Team GB Gold Medal Winners at Rio 2016
- Mo Farah, 5,000 metres, 10,000 metres
- Nicola Adams, boxing – women’s flyweight 51kg
- Liam Heath, men’s single kayak
- Nick Skelton, equestrian – team jumping
- Jade Jones, taekwondo – 57kg
- Alistair Brownlee, men’s triathlon
- Jason Kenny, cycling – men’s individual sprint and men’s keirin
- Laura Trott, cycling – women’s omnium
- Giles Scott, sailing – Finn
- Charlotte Dujardin, individual dressage
- Andy Murray, tennis – men’s singles
- Justin Rose, men’s golf
- Max Whitlock, gymnastics floor and pommel horse
- Adam Peaty, men’s 100m breaststroke
- Joe Clarke, canoeing – men’s kayak single (K1)
- Men’s sprint, cycling
- Women’s team pursuit, cycling
- Men’s synchro 3m springboard (Jack Laugher/Chris Mears), diving
- Men’s eight, rowing
- Men’s team pursuit, cycling
- Women’s hockey team
- Men’s four, rowing
- Women’s pair (Heather Stanning/Helen Glover), rowing
- Women’s 470 (Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark), sailing
Hope you enjoyed it – do report how you got on below…