Friday, February 06, 2015

Selections from a President's Cup Match that took place on the First of February on a Sunday in the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen in ye London public house called the Calthorpe Arms on a road named Grays Inn

(Reasons why it isn't a full match: I'm ah gonna recycle them other sums ah beetches. Aw yeahh! Yee-ha! I'm a grizzled Forty Niner Miner jumping round in his long johns! Who needs all the questions he writes and can't be wasteful giving them away FOR FREE.)

Blank answers, you know, tumbleweed and howling wind from both teams, test them on yo'self. Word.

In which film remake does Nicolas Cage scream: "Oh no, not the bees! Not the bees!"?  
The Wicker Man
Which former Tory Foreign Secretary wrote the political novels The Shape of Ice and Image in the Water
Douglas Hurd
The 1963 film Nine Hours to Rama climaxes with the real-life assassination of which man? 
Mahatma Gandhi
Semiconductor industry pioneer Victor Grinich was one of the 'traitorous eight' that founded which 'Valley'? 
Silicon Valley
Shah Muhammad Rais is the title subject of which 2002 non-fiction book by Åsne Seierstad? 
The Bookseller of Kabul
1 In May 1535, which English bishop was created Cardinal Priest of San Vitale by Pope Paul III? 

Which political newspaper's first issue was published on May 5, 1912, costing two kopeks and consisting of four pages? 
Which Tory politician became European Commissioner for Trade in 1995? 
Leon Brittan
Who made a famous speech known as the 'Appeal of 18 June' on BBC radio in 1940? 
Charles de Gaulle
The Basij is a paramilitary volunteer militia established by which revolutionary leader in 1979? 
Ayatollah Khomeini
Sung by Edda Dell'Orso, the piece The Ecstasy of Gold is part of which Ennio Morricone western movie score? 
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
2 Renzo Piano is designing a new main building for which art museum in New York's Meatpacking District? 

3 Which two-word title links songs by The Beatles, Mary J. Blige, Jody Watley and Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne? 

Sharing his name with an author of the same nationality, which Scottish civil engineer (1772-1850) designed Bell Rock Lighthouse (1807-10)? 
Robert Stevenson
4 Which Brookside actor played DCI Charlie Wise in the TV drama Cracker

Stephen King's time travel novel 11/22/63 is about an attempt to prevent which assassination?
5 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and which other novel form John le Carre's Karla Trilogy? 

John Edward Gray (1800-75)  was the first known collector of which items? 
Postage stamps
In 2012, Mike Williams succeeded Krissi Murison as editor of which music weekly? 
NME (New Musical Express)
Which execution device was invented by the dentist Albert P. Southwick of Buffalo, New York? 
Electric chair
Starring Elizabeth Olsen as the book's title character, the 2013 film In Secret is based on which Emile Zola novel? 
Thérèse Raquin
Who has played Queens Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz? 
Helen Mirren
Designed by Marcello Nizzoli in 1949, what type of device is an Olivetti Lettera 22? 
Mechanical typewriter
6 Who directed the banned 1977 prison TV film Scum and its 1979 cinema remake, as well as the Northern Ireland-set film Elephant

Formed in L.A. in 1965, which pop group was the brainchild of TV producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider? 
The Monkees 
7 Which infection of the small intestine derives its name from the Greek for 'bile'?

Which country has the largest Gypsy population in Europe? 
Which two-word French phrase gives the title of the 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young LP featured the singles Woodstock, Teach Your Children and Our House
Déjà vu
Which detective is a 93-year-old retiree in Mitch Cullin's 2006 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind
Sherlock Holmes
8 Winner of the 1958 Albert Einstein Award, which Budapest-born theoretical physicist lost his right foot in a streetcar accident when he was a young student? 

9 In 1324, the Irish servant Petronella de meath became the first person in Europe to be burned at the stake for which crime?

Charles-André Merda claimed to have fired the shot that broke which man's jaw?
Maximilien Robespierre 
Which Northumberland racing track is England's most northerly National Hunt course? 
Hexham Racecourse
In 1917, Fireman Jim Flynn became the only boxer to defeat which future heavyweight champion by knockout? 
Jack Dempsey
10 Which Swedish city was founded by royal charter in 1621 by King Gustavus Adolphus? 

11 The French cartoonist Marius Rossillon, aka O'Galop, famously created which tire manufacturer mascot? 

The 1824 monograph Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire was which French scientist's only publication? 
Sadi Carnot
What type of financial capital is given to early-stage, high-potential, growth start-up companies? 
Venture capital


The Unanswered
1 John Fisher
2 Whitney Museum of American Art
3 Real Love
4 Ricky Tomlinson
5 Smiley's People
6 Alan Clarke
7 Cholera
8 Edward Teller
9 Witchcraft
10 Gothenburg
11 Bibendum aka the Michelin Man