An error from 4th September
Gary Rhodes is the presenter of BBC TV's 'Masterchef', it is no longer
Two mistakes from 11th
The catchphrase with which Jimmy Young closes his programmes is TTFN
(Ta ta for now) not 'Oft we jolly well go'.
The village near Dorchester famous for its swannery is ABBOTSBURY not Abbotsford (the home of Sir Walter Scott!)
In the same quiz Vesta Tilley was given as the answer to the question,
'Which music hall performer is associated with the song "Burlington
Bertie"?' Another and arguably more accurate answer should have
been included. The song was written by William Hargreaves for his wife
Ella Shields who not only had it as her theme song but also recorded
it on at least six occasions.
A spelling mistake (17th September) - the winner of the 2001 US Open Golf Championship was
Retief Goosen not Goosens
Bucephalus was the horse of Alexander the Great not Napoleon! (his
most famous mount was Marengo) (18th September)
The major Education Act introduced by
R.A.Butler was the 1944 not 1948 Act (8th
The letters BC were omitted from the following
question - From which European country did the Dorians originate in
the 11th century? (October 22nd)
A bumper crop from October 23rd!
Angora and mohair as
well as Cashmere are fabrics made
from goat's hair. Chambers Dictionary also lists three more, namely
Aba, Camlet and Tibet.
A double whammy! Henry of Navarre's regnal number (Henry IV) should
have been included as answer to the question about the first Bourbon
King of France. It was also confusing to refer to his conversion to
Christianity - in fact he renounced Protestantism in converting to Roman
The genus the cyclamen belongs to is primula rather than primrose.
The forenames of Dr Crippen were Hawley Harvey not Hawley Hanley
The set is claimed to be correct as at August 2001, therefore Coventry
City should not have been referred to as a Premiership side in the question
about who play home games at King Richard Street.
The process by which soap is made is saponification not sponification.
Midsummer's Day (June 24th) is under the star sign Cancer not Gemini
Another double whammy! The FBI agent in The Silence of the Lambs is
Clarice not Clarence Starling! In answer to the question which novel
and film featured her, 'Hannibal' should also have been listed as an
In the Bible the writing on the wall appeared
at Belshazzar's feast not Nebuchednezzar's.
This mistake was repeated in the question about who interpreted the
writing. (29th October)
Michael Aspel not Michael Parkinson
is the presenter of the Antiques Road Show (6th November) - In the same quiz there was a problem with one of the
spare questions also. ie. In which city is the world's longest street?
answer given LOS ANGELES - However, the longest street in the world is 1, 886 km
long. It is Yonge Street, running from the port of Toronto to the border
Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne) as well as the answer given - George Cruikshank - illustrated the
works of Charles Dickens (12th November) - In
the same quiz - "Which cricketer holds the record for taking most
wickets in his career? " The answer given Courtney Walsh is in
test cricket but the question did not include the word "test".
As the question stood the answer was Wilfrid Rhodes of Yorkshire. The
better known of the South African plant Mesembryanthemum is Livingstone
Daisy not rose.
Some problems with the set of 13th
Caravaggio's real name was misspelt, it should have read Michelangelo
da Merisi (not Moreso)
Zion as well as
Salem could possibly be classed as a biblical name for Jerusalem.
Enobarbus is listed in the cast list of Antony and Cleopatra as a friend
of Antony not a servant of Cleopatra
Edinburgh University as
well as Herriot-Watt and Napier
is a university in Edinburgh!
No context was given for the so-called play of the millennium - Waiting
for Godot - whose poll was it and did the setter mean play of the century?
South Yorkshire Council was abolished in 1986 - Barnsley is now a unitary
Bolton Wanderers are a Premiership, not a Nationwide side.
In Ormskirk League matches (26 November), a question asked "which car company did David
Brown found?" The answer given was Aston Martin.In fact Aston Martin
was founded in 1914 by Lionel Aston and Robert Bamford. The company
was subsequently acquired by Sir David Brown in 1947.
Another question asked for the derivation of the physics term 'quark'
- The correct answer is that it comes from the novel 'Finnegans Wake'
not from 'Ulysses' as given on the sheet.
Trucial Oman as
well as as the Trucial States should
have been given as the answer to the question about the former name
of the United Arab Emirates.
Steve 'Peregrine' Took not Mickey Finn formed the group
Tyrannosaurus Rex with Marc Bolan (3rd December)
Mount Helicon as well as Mount Parnassus
was sacred to the Muses (4th December)
William Raynor, the oldest winner of the
Victoria Cross, won his award in the Indian Mutiny not the Crimean War.
To which saint is England's Birminghan Cathedral dedicated should have
read Birmingham's Anglican Cathedral. As the question was worded St
Chad (RC Cathedral) as well as St Philip should
have been acceptable
Amnon was only the half-brother (not brother) of Absalom
and the eldest of 17 sons of David. His main link with Absalom is that
Amnon raped his sister for which Absalom had him murdered at a sheep-shearing
" A Village Romeo and Juliet" is an opera composed by Delius
in 1900-01. It is not a sub-title of 'A Walk to
the Paradise Garden' which is an intermezzo (added at Beecham's request
in 1910 to cover a scene change) before the final scene of the opera.
According to the Guinness Book of Hit
Singles, the first Beatles' number one was 'From Me To You' not 'Please, Please Me'
Three mistakes from January
8th - William Walton not Michael Tippett composed the Coronation March 'Crown Imperial'
Malawi as well as
Zambia has the Kwacha as its unit
Detroit is not on the shores of any of the Great Lakes. The Detroit
River on which it stands links the Lakes Erie and St Clair
Wasim Akram was not the first cricketer
to take two hat-tricks in test cricket. H.Trumble (Australia) took hat-tricks
in the 1901/2 and 1903/4 seasons. In 1912 T.J.Matthews took two hat-tricks
in the same test match, one in each innings. Akram, by taking hat-tricks
in successive test matches in 1999, was thus the third cricketer to
achieve two test match hat-tricks.
Daphnis and Chloe by Ravel is a ballet not an opera. (February
Moon Unit was a daughter not a son of Frank Zappa, he called his son Dweezil. (5th
Three problems from February 12th
To say, to an Aussie, a 'drongo' is a horse is quite wrong! According
to Chambers Dictionary it is either a glossy-black fork-tailed insect-catching
bird of the Old World tropics or (Australian slang) a nitwit, a no-hoper.
According to the Cassell Dictionary of Slang, the second meaning may
have originated from the NAME of a particular race-horse which frequently
Ursa Major is surely more commonly known as the Great Bear rather than the Plough. In fact the Plough comprises only certain stars
of the Ursa Major constellation!
Pole Star as well
as Polaris and North Star is an
equally correct answer to the question about the brightest star in Ursa
As at January 2002, Carl Hooper, not Jimmy Adams, was captain of the West Indies.
The Basque language is spoken in northern Spain and south-west (not north-west!) France. Also Euskara which is the proper name of the language, and a better answer,
should have been included in the answer.
The forename of the Croatian footballer Suker who won the Golden Boot
at the 1998 World Cup finals is Davos not David.
Harry Ramsden's original fish and chip
shop was opened in Bradford in 1926. He moved to Guiseley in 1928 for
the sake of his wife's health. (March 5th)
Lancashire Lynx RL team does not play at Deepdale. It left there after the 1998 season! The club
has gone back to Victory Park, Chorley and been renamed Chorley Lynx.
The name given to a floor made by setting
mosaic paving in concrete chips is Terrazzo not Terracotta (March 12th)
Laughing Gas is the popular name of the
gaseous compound comprising two atoms of nitrogen and one atom of oxygen
not hydrogen. (March 19th)
Three mistakes in the set from Northern
played in the semi-finals of the Don Standing Cup/Maurice Jefferies
Plate (April 30th)
Alaska has more active volcanoes than Hawaii
Because the word 'adult' was not in the question, treble, as applied
to boys' voices, is the highest male voice not alto (counter-tenor)
Real not cruzeiro is the unit of currency in Brazil