Quiz Set 4 - Answers
Round 1: General Knowledge
1. John Wayne.
2. The UK (England, Britain etc are all fine) and China. There were two wars, both in the 19th century, and concerned British trade in China, as well as the latter’s sovereignty.
3. Eric Clapton
4. It’s a bird
5. Milhouse. This is the question that inspired my Simpsons connections round, and I forgot to include it! It might have made the round too obvious, however.
6. The product is condoms, and the company is called Mates. Logically, it’s the one product you really don’t want to be advertising with the name “virgin”…
8. The stapes, or stirrup. It’s in the ear.
9. There are 88 keys.
10. She was the last woman to be executed in Britain.
Round 2: Film Plots
2. Layer Cake. The first part of the question is how the protagonist describes himself in an early monologue.
3. Leon: The Professional. Any bit of that, or all of it, is correct, as the title varied between international markets.
4. In Bruges.
5. Star Wars (Episode 4: A New Hope specifically, but Star Wars is fine). The description comes from The Thick Of It, from Malcolm Tucker – who is played by Peter Capaldi, perhaps better known now as the 12th Doctor.
6. Baseketball, made by the creators of South Park. They don’t appear to remember the film fondly, but I’ve always loved it.
7. Battle Royale, a Japanese film based on a novel, which also got a manga adaptation. The last question is the tagline. This film will always have a special place in my heart, as I met some very important people through it.
8. Love Actually. The description may also fit other films, but the year removes any ambiguity.
9. The Raid, an Indonesian film. The latest Judge Dredd film is virtually identical except for the imagery and characters from the latter’s mythos.
10. Toy Story. The description comes from Orange Is The New Black, and was too funny not to include.
11. The Blues Brothers.
12. In The Loop, which is the film spinoff to The Thick Of It, which is itself the precursor to Veep.
13. Rogue Trader, based on the memoirs of Nick Leeson. Having studied the fiasco, I can tell you that both the book and the film are heavily biased nonsense that propagates Leeson’s own self-promotional perspective.
14. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
15. Falling Down. Cathartic for anyone who has endured a city grind and a city commute, though I’m not convinced the film has aged well; it seems to be frozen in time as a period piece.
Round 3: Connections
1. Virginia Wade, who was the inspiration for this connections round.
2. Washington Irving. Yossarian uses his name when in the hospital, censoring letters in Catch-22.
3. The Colossus of Rhodes, the first of the Ancient Wonders to be destroyed. The authorities decided that such an event was because the Colossus was offensive to the Gods, and refused to allow it to be rebuilt, though the huge ruins became a tourist attraction in their own right.
4. Indiana Jones. Unfortunately I can no longer use this question in a future round on fictional characters known by a nickname. As his father, Henry Senior, points out in the 3rd film, Indiana was the name of the family dog!
5. Oregano. This was a classic case of me struggling to find a decent question, having started with the answer.
6. Flo Rida.
8. Baked Alaska. Yes, the same dessert involved with “Bingate” in The Great British Bakeoff.
9. Hampshire. If you got the connection and remembered the “double answers” round from last week, then you may have been able to use one of those answers to get this one!
10. American states.