Four errors from 2nd September
Camp David was named after Eisenhower's grandson, not
James Firman is not President of the British Board of Film Classification
- Quentin Thomas has recently succeeded Andreas Whittam-Smith in that
Bruges, dubbed the Venice of the North, is not
a capital city
F1 Motor Racing is governed by FIA not
FINA (the governing body for swimming)
Beethoven scored music for two ballets
- Ritterballet as well as The Creatures
of Prometheus (10th September)
It was Henry Cavendish not
Joseph Priestley who discovered the nature and properties of hydrogen
The line 'Stone walls do not a prison
make' comes from 'To Althea, From Prison' by the Cavalier Poet Richard
Lovelace not Andrew Marvell (17th
Ernie Els beat two
Australians (Steve Elkington and Stuart Appleby) as well a Frenchman
in the 2002 Open Golf Play-Off (23rd September)
Joe Frazier won the Olympic
Gold for Heavyweight Boxing in 1964 - there
were no Olympics in 1970! (24th
In the Harry Potter stories,
Fang, the giant black boarhound, rather than Fluffy is Hagrid's pet
dog. He does keep the three-headed Fluffy who was used to help guard
the Philosopher's Stone (1st October)
It is ridiculous to include
a question about the triangle being the smallest percussion instrument
in an orchestra, there is no limit to what can be used in a percussion
Worcestershire (since its 'divorce' from Herefordshire) not
Wiltshire is alphabetically the last of the English counties
Although the most famous
Alcazar is in Seville, there are others including those at Segovia and
Toledo. Alcazar means any of a class of fortified structures built in
the 14th and 15th centuries in Spain. (The term is derived from an Arabic
word meaning castle, or fortress.)
There are more than the two terms - parr and smolt - for the young of
the salmon - Chambers Dictionary lists all of the following: sprod,
skegger, samlet, mort, grilse, fingerling, fry, brandling, bluecap (14th
William Huskisson was
killed at the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway not
at the Rainhill Trials.
Andy Williams did NOT do the singing for
Lauren Bacall in 'To Have and Have Not' - Who says so? Howard Hawks,
who directed the film, and Lauren Bacall herself! Williams did record
the songs but Hawks decided to stick with Bacall's singing.
New Zealand won the Americas Cup in 1995 (not
1955) and 2000 (21st October)
was of Macedonian descent, it's misleading to give her nationality as
Ron Grainer composed the Dr Who theme, Delia Derbyshire was responsible
for the electronic arrangement
It was not J B Priestley who called hydrogen
'flammable air' - the setter obviously meant Joseph Priestley but it
was already called 'flammable air' some time before he conducted his
Floyd Patterson was the first boxer to regain (not
retain) the World Heavyweight title
Melbourne not Sydney hosted the 1956 Olympics
Chaucer wrote 24 (not 23) Canterbury Tales (22nd
It was wrong to
include the words 'accipitrine' and 'raptor' in a question as though
they were interchangeable - the former pertains specifically to a hawk
whereas the latter is a general word for birds of prey.
It was misleading to say that Robert Fulton invented the marine torpedo
in 1804 - During the Napoleonic Wars he experimented with a naval mine
and called it a torpedo. The modern torpedo was developed by Robert
Whitehead, a British engineer, in the 1860s (4th
A definition of
Boyle's Law was incorrect in a question - it does not state that the
volume of a given quanitity of gas varies inversely when the pressure
is constant, rather it is the law that states for a gas at a given temperature,
pressure varies inversely to volume.
The birth name of Jack Lemmon is 'John Uhler Lemmon III" NOT just
John Uhler III - these are his forenames - his real surname is Lemmon
In answer to the question about what is the common name for hydrated
calcium sulphate, Gypsum is a better answer than Plaster of Paris. The
latter has as its source gypsum, partially dehydrated by heat, which
dries into a hard substance when mixed with water. (5th
There is a variant
spelling/pronunciation of the stick used by artists to support their
brush hand while painting. As well as maulstick, there is also mahlstick
or malstick (11th November)
Antishenes, who was a disciple of Socrates, is considered the founder
of the Cynic school of philosophy, rather than Diogenes of Sinope who
is often is given that credit (12th November)
F Scott Fitzgerald's
The Last Tycoon was unfinished at the time of his death in 1940 not
America entered World War One in 1917 not
1916 (19th November)
Captain Scott sailed
to the Antarctic on the Discovery as well as
the Terra Nova (25th November)
Sydenham's Chorea rather than Huntington's
Disease/Chorea is also known as St Vitus Dance (26th
With regard to the
Duke of Buckingham, mentioned in Dumas' Three Musketeers, it would be
acceptable to say that he was a supporter of Charles II as well as Charles
I. He was brought up with Charles I's children and went to Scotland
with Charles II during the Civil War. His father, the first Duke of
Buckingham, had been a supporter of James I.
The castle at Dux that Casanova died in was neither his nor in Belgium!
It was in Bohemia and belonged to his employer, Count von Waldstein.
Jesse James was shot in 1882 not 1885 (2nd
The name Monopolies and Mergers Commission no longer exists, it is now
called The Competition Commission.
The Japanese verse form does not consist of 5, 7 and 5 lines respectively.
It consists of three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively.
George Clooney plays Dr Doug Ross not Rose
in ER (3rd December)
Vincent Van Gogh
is not buried in Paris, he is buried at
Mery, Auvers-sur-Oise where he died. (9th December)
Charles I was executed in 1649 not 1651.
Maurice was Harold MacMillan's first name not
his middle name.
Strictly speaking there is not a world record for the marathon rather
there is a world best time. (10th December)
The Golden Treasury
(of Songs and Lyrics) was edited by Francis Turner PALGRAVE not
Francis Turner (6th January)
It is wrong to say that the USA bought Arizona in the Gadsden Purchase.
The land bought constitutes southern parts of the present day states
of both Arizona and New Mexico (7th January)
John Hadley invented
the quadrant in 1730 not the sextant, the
latter was developed from his work. (13th January)
Lynda Carter was NOT 'Miss USA' in 1972. 'Miss USA' in 1972 was Tanya
Wilson of Hawaii. Lynda Carter won a similar title called 'Miss World
USA' in 1973
Karl Malden played the middle-aged husband of teenage temptress Carol
Baker in the 1956 film 'Baby Doll' not
the 1960s film 'Lolita' (14th January)
There are 78 not
76 cards in a standard tarot pack (4th February)
(Gustav II Adolf) was known as 'The Lion of the North' not
'The Thunderbolt of the North' which was applied to Harald III Sigurdsson
who was also known as Hardraade (Hard Ruler).
'Only the Lonely' was not Roy Orbison's
only number one hit, it was his first - he had subsequent number ones
with 'It's Over' and 'Oh, Pretty Woman'
There are two answers as to how many gallons there are in a hectolitre
- 26.42 US gallons or 22 imperial gallons.
Queen Alia not Ilia Airport serves Amman,
Jordan (10th February)
The name of the element chlorine is derived from the Greek not
Latin for (pale) green (11th February)
Wilson the wonder
athlete first appeared in the Wizard in 1943, not
the Hotspur in 1933 (25th February)
Mata Hari was a
Dutch dancer, not a French cabaret singer
Anne of Cleves as well as Catherine Parr
outlived Henry VIII (3rd March)
Pool is one of 'The Borrowers'
The Bluebell Line runs between Sheffield Park to Kingscote via Horsted
(not Norsted) Keynes
The chemical formula for chloroform is CHCL3 not
Ian Brady and Myra Hyndley were jailed in 1966 not 1965 (4th
not Carbon developed the first practical
dry photocopier in 1937 (17th March)
The Discovery as well as the Terra Nova
was a ship used by Captain Scott.
George II not George I was the last British
monarch to be buried in Westminster Abbey?
Neither Fisher nor Viking shipping forecast areas touch the coast of
Norway - those that do are North and South Utsire
In the film 'The Narrow Margin', Anne Archer (an actress) played the
part of Carol Hunnicutt - not the other way round !!
was NOT the cousin of Rita Hayworth. They were NOT blood relatives.
Their connection is as follows: Rita's mother's brother, Vinton Hayworth,
(Rita's uncle) was married to Ginger's mother's sister, Jean Owens (Ginger's