Quiz 5


2014 Quiz Questions

Round 1D


  1. What bird traditionally eaten on Christmas Day, shares its name with a country in Europe?

          Answer: Turkey


  1. Complete the common phrase said by children at Hallowe’en. Trick or ………….

Answer: Treat


  1. Which boy band was immortalised as wax structures for Madame Tussauds last year?

Answer: One Direction


  1. In February 2013, the remains of King Richard III were reportedly found buried in England. Under which of the following was he found? A supermarket, a carpark or a church?

Answer: A carpark


  1. In which country was LEGO invented?

          Answer: Denmark


  1. What does a seismologist study?

          Answer: Earthquakes



Round 2D

  1. What colour is associated with emeralds?

Answer: Green


  1. Which car company makes the models Celica, Avensis and Yaris?

          Answer: Toyota


  1. Which colour squirrel is native to Ireland?

          Answer: Red


  1. Beginning with “s” what is another name for your savings in your Credit Union?

          Answer: Shares



  1. What is the Queen’s Fortress which is on the north banks of the River Thames commonly known as? It also houses the Crown Jewels and many prisoners were housed there.

          Answer: The Tower of London


  1. Citius, Altius, Fortius is the motto of the Olympic Games. If the first two words mean Faster and Higher respectively, what does Fortius mean?

          Answer: Stronger



Round 3D


  1. Which unfortunate Ocean Liner has its own interactive centre in Northern Ireland, with 9 galleries telling its story?

Answer: Titanic


  1. Scarlet, Vermillion and Crimson are all shades of what primary colour?

          Answer: Red


  1. Beginning with H, what word describes the mass murder or genocide of the Jewish people during World War II?

          Answer: Holocaust


  1. Which male solo artist from Essex had a successful album last year with RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME?

Answer: Olly Murs


  1. What is the term for the small, yellow creatures that have one or two eyes in the animated film, Despicable Me?

Answer: Minions


  1. What 8 letter word beginning with S, describes fragments of metal thrown out by an exploded shell or bomb? It can sometimes be found lodged in the body of someone who was close when the bomb went off.

Answer: Shrapnel



Round 4D


  1. What type of creature is the kookaburra?

          Answer: A bird (commonly found in Australia)


  1. How many pawns does EACH player begin a chess match with?

          Answer: 8


  1. Riga is the capital of what Easter European country?

Answer: Latvia


  1. The Irish Credit Union movement was founded as a result of the efforts of three dynamic, pioneering and entrepreneurial people, Sean Forde and Séamus P. MacEoin. Who was the third person?

Answer: Nora Herlihy


  1. Complete the title of this Percy Jackson book: Percy Jackson and the Battle of the ………………..

Answer: Labyrinth


  1. 1962 saw the introduction of sunscreen or SPF, which we put on out skin to protect us from the sun. If S stands for sun and P stands for Protection, what does the F stand for?

Answer: Factor





Round 5D

  1. Name the Channel Island that shares its name with what a footballer wears during a match?

Answer: Jersey


  1. Martin O’ Neill took over as the manager of the Irish soccer team in 2013. Who is his controversial and outspoken assistant coach?

Answer: Roy Keane


  1. What type of creature appears in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as the Hobbit and was defeated by the Three Billy Goats Gruff?

Answer: Troll


  1. What country did Adolf Hitler invade on September 1st 1939 which led to France and England declaring war on Germany and World War II commencing?

Answer: Poland


  1. Who voices Smaug the Dragon in the Hobbit movies as well as playing Sherlock in the highly acclaimed BBC series? His first name is Benedict.

Answer: Cumberbatch


  1. The Pieta is a masterpiece of sculpture created by Michelangelo. Along with the Virgin Mary, what other person appears in the sculpture?

Answer: Jesus Christ



Round 6D


  1. In History, a TORC was a piece of jewellery, usually made from gold. On what part of the body was it worn?

Answer: Neck


  1. Which female pop star famously shaved her head for Comic Relief in March last year? Her initials are the same letter.

Answer: Jessie J


  1. Where in your body would you find the patella?

Answer: Knee (correct name for knee-cap)


  1. Britain’s only female Prime Minister died on April 8th 201. She was known as The Iron Lady. What was her name?

Answer: Margaret Thatcher


  1. By which name is ULURU known in the English language? It is a popular tourist attraction in the Southern Hemisphere.

Answer: Ayers Rock (Australia)


  1. Seamus Heaney died in August 2013. Complete the name of his poetry collection: __________ of a Naturalist (The answer has 5 letters)

Answer: Death



Round 7D


  1. What type of creature was the star of the film JAWS?

Answer: Shark


  1. Complete the name of the famous painting by Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh. The Starry _________

Answer: Night


  1. What term is given to a small fertile area in a desert?

Answer: Oasis


  1. What was the term given to people who made barrels for a living?

Answer: Cooper


  1. Beginning with c, what area in India was Mother Theresa most associated with?

Answer: Calcutta (now known as Kolkata)


  1. What 6 letter word beginning with S is used to describe a gate on a river that controls the flow of water?

Answer: Sluice


Round 8D


  1. What type of creature can be fruit or vampire?

Answer: Bat


  1. Camembert, Brie and Stilton are all types of what?

Answer: Cheese


  1. Name the two glands at the back of the mouth that sometimes have to be removed due to recurring infections.

Answer: Tonsils


  1. Before home Irish rugby games, 2 songs are often played. The first is the National Anthem, Amhrán na bhFiann. What is the second called?

Answer: Ireland’s Call


  1. What name is given to the food group that is rich in starch? They are sometimes known as ‘white foods’ – rice, potatoes, pasta, bread – and we get most of our energy from them.

Answer: Carbohydrates


  1. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. Which former marine was accused of shooting him?

Answer: Lee Harvey Oswald




Round 9D


  1. What planet is known as the Red Planet?

Answer: Mars


  1. What colour is the Oscar trophy, presented to winners at the event annually?

Answer: Gold


  1. Beginning with M, what is the only element that is LIQUID at room temperature? (Often found in thermometer)

Answer: Mercury


  1. Name the form of early Irish writing that had the following description: Straight lines and notches through a centre line, read from the bottom up?

Answer: Ogham


  1. Name the final book in the Hunger Games series.

Answer: Mockingjay


  1. In Alice in Wonderland, the Queen plays croquet using live flamingos. What animal is the croquet ball?

Answer: Hedgehog


Round 10D

  1. What type of bomb was first dropped on Hiroshima in Japan in 1945?

          Answer: Atomic


  1. What type of phone is featured in Victorious / iCarly? It is also the name of a fruit.

Answer: Pear phone


  1. What is the name of the chemical element that appears in a number one song for David Guetta, featuring Sia?

Answer: Titanium


  1. Name the popular game by KING where you can mix and match sweets in a combination of three or more, to gain points and other bonuses as you progress.

Answer: Candy Crush Saga


  1. What is the largest and most populous Greek island and is found in the Mediterranean Sea?

Answer: Crete


  1. From what plant do we get linen?

Answer: Flax


Round 11D


  1. How many days are in a leap year?

Answer: 366


  1. What is the Tony’s surname in the hit film Ironman?

Answer: Stark


  1. Which famous leader was defeated at Waterloo in 1815?

Answer: Napolean


  1. What orange liquid turns blue-black in the presence of starch, for example when poured on a peeled potato?

Answer: Iodine


  1. Which Tropic is located at 23.5 degrees in the SOUTHERN hemisphere?

Answer: Tropic of Capricorn


  1. Beginning with O, what mathematical term describes a line that is not vertical, parallel or perpendicular, but instead is ‘slanted from the vertical to the horizontal?

Answer: Oblique



Round 12D


  1. Name the Australian singer/actress/songwriter who appears on The Voice UK.

Answer: Kylie Minogue


  1. What is the term for the player who throws the ball to the batsman in cricket?

Answer: Bowler


  1. How many leaves are said to be on a clover for good luck?

Answer: Four


  1. Beginning with N, what is the capital of Kenya?

Answer: Nairobi


  1. What is the more common name for Aurora Borealis and is also the name of a book by Philip Pullman?

Answer: Northern Lights


  1. When a doctor practices paediatrics, what sort of patients does he/she have?

Answer: Children


Tiebreakers 1D


  1. If Bactrian camels have one hump, what name is given to camels with two humps?

Answer: Dromedary / Dromedaries


  1. Born in Hungary, which magician’s real name was Erich Weiss?

Answer: Harry Houdini


  1. Bees are found on every continent in the world except one. Name it.

Answer: Antarctica


  1. What year did the Wright Brothers complete the first controlled, powered and sustained human flight? It lasted 12 seconds.

Answer: 1903 (nearest wins)


  1. What is the largest inland lake in Scotland (by surface area) which also has a famous song written about it?

Answer: Loch Lomond


  1. What is the name of the strait that links the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean? There is also a ROCK of the same name.

Answer: Strait of Gibraltar



Tiebreakers 2D


  1. What is the term used to describe the part of an army which is specially trained to fight on foot?

Answer: Infantry


  1. Scientifically, what kind of paper is used to test if a substance is an acid or a base?

Answer: Litmus paper


  1. Martin Luther King received the Nobel Peace Prize when he was 35 years of age. In what year did he receive this award?

Answer: 1964 (nearest wins)


  1. What word beginning with A is the rich clay, silt or mud that is deposited by rivers as they flood?

Answer: Alluvium


  1. What term is used to describe an insect that travels in swarms and causes great harm to crops in countries?

Answer: Locusts


  1. What is the name of the desert in SOUTHERN Africa that measures 900,00Km² and covers most of Botswana?

Answer: Kalahari