Pub quiz questions - North-East entertainment, general knowledge and pot luck rounds
There are three sets of 10 questions. The first set is general knowledge, the second is the North-East entertainment, the third is pot luck.
Answers are at the end of each round. Good luck and, mind, no cheating!
The general knowledge round
1. Classic literature. What was the name of Tony Blackburn’s 2007 autobiography? A) Poptastic! B) Welcome to the Jungle C) Arnold and Me D) The Tony Blackburn Story
2. Who wrote the epic 1798 poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner?
3. The American Milton Friedman, 1912-2006, a favourite of Margaret Thatcher, was a major figure in which field?
4. Which comic character is the best-known resident of Cactusville?
5. Who was Barack Obama’s Vice President?
6. What is the trade name of the antidepressant drug fluoxetine hydrochloride?
7. Which English Nobel Prize-winning playwright died on Christmas Eve 2008, aged 78?
8. Which poet, who was married in Seaham, was described by Lady Caroline Lamb in 1812 as ‘Mad, bad and dangerous to know’?
9. What does the E stand for in E= MC2?
10. Which song did Captain Tom Moore take to the top of the charts in 2020?
Answers: general knowledge
1. A) Poptastic! 2. Samuel Taylor Coleridge 3. Economics 4. Desperate Dan 5. Joe Biden 6. Prozac 7. Harold Pinter 8. Lord Byron 9. Energy 10. You’ll Never Walk Alone
1. Which actor, twice nominated for a BAFTA in the 1970s, was born in Sunderland in 1935?
2. In which town was Bob Mortimer born in 1959?
3. Which North east building was completed in 1967, demolished in 2010 and became famous after being featured in a 1971 film?
4. Which Gateshead-born singer was a member of AC/DC between 1980 and 2016?
5. Which comedian was born in Consett in 1955?
6. Which band had a UK number one hit in 2016 with Shout Out To My Ex?
7. Which North East character is known as Kasket Karl in Denmark and Willi Wakker in Germany?
8. Darlington’s Brick Train sculpture is based on which real locomotive?
9. Which actor died on stage at the Sunderland Empire Theatre in 1976?
10. Which sitcom was first shown in 2013 and starred David Jason alongside Sunderland-born James Baxter and Newcastle-born Tim Healy?
Answers: North East entertainment
1. James Bolam 2. Middlesbrough 3. Gateshead’s multi-storey car park (the film was Get Carter) 4. Brian Johnson 5. Rowan Atkinson 6. Little Mix 7. Andy Capp (Angelo Capello in Italy and Andre Chapeau in France) 8. The Mallard 9. Sid James 10. Still Open All Hours
The pot luck round
1. From the second verse of which 1854 poem are the lines: ‘Theirs not to reason why; Theirs is but to do or die’?
2. Which biological weapons expert committed suicide in Oxfordshire in 2003, two days after appearing before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee?
3. Who had a UK number one hit in 2015 with Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself?
4. Which Labour politician resigned as Home Secretary in 2004 after an affair with Kimberly Quinn?
5. Which French word, often heard during the Olympic rowing events, means ‘re-fish’ in English?
6. Which Latin phrase, in common usage in English, is loosely translated as ‘course of life’?
7. Which Hollywood actress died of an overdose in a Chelsea flat in 1969 at the age of 47?
8. What is the name of the muscular tube in the vertebrates, through which ingested food passes from the mouth to the stomach?
9. What is the traditional occupation of leprechauns?
10. Who is the current Vice-President of the USA?
Answers: pot luck
1. The Charge of the Light Brigade 2. Dr David Kelly 3. Jess Glynne 4. David Blunkett 5. Repechage 6 Curriculum vitae 7. Judy Garland 8. The oesophagus 9. Shoe makers 10. Mike Pence