Four errors from 8th September
Dora Spenlow not Spendlove appears in David
London Road not
London Round is a railway station in Leicester
Manchester CITY not Manchester United won
the FA Cup in 1969
"This Wheel's On Fire" was the signature tune of Absolutely
Fabulous not 'Wings on Fire'
Mason was a fictional lawyer not detective (15th
The annual State of the Union address is the keynote speech by the president
to Congress in which he sets out his agenda for the next year and highlights
his accomplishments to the American people. It is not
a direct equivalent of the Queen's Speech at the State Opening of Parliament.
The football club
Fortuna Sittard is in the Netherlands not
Switzerland (16th September)
Galileo could not
have discovered the Saturn's Ring System in 1670, he lived from 1564
to 1642! The discovery was made in 1610.
George I was not the first King of modern
Greece, he succeeded Otto I who was deposed in October 1862. Otto was
the second son of King Louis I of Bavaria. Also George came to the throne
in 1863 not 1864 (22nd
MADGUY Films not Maverick is Madonna's
film company. It is part of her multimedia company, Maverick Entertainment,
which encompasses Maverick Records as well. (23rd
'The Misfits' (1961)
was directed by John Huston not John Ford
Grace Kelly as well as Ava Gardner starred
opposite Clark Gable in the 1953 film 'Mogambo' directed by John Ford
If you count the House of Blois there have been TEN not nine royal houses
since 1066 - Normandy, Blois, Plantagenet, Lancaster, York, Tudor, Stuart,
Hanover, Saxe-Coburg, Windsor (29th September)
The first nuclear powered vessel was a submarine (Nautilus 1954) not
an ice-breaker (Lenin 1957) - the question should have referred to a
Mount Parnassus as
well as Mount Helicon should have
been included as the answer to the question about the home of the Muses.
The Roman poets favoured Parnassus over Mt. Helicon as the home of the
Muses (this is the third occurence in recent seasons of this omission!)
Country Girl' for which Grace Kelly won her Best Actress Oscar was a
1954 not 1956 film
The real name of Errol Flynn was Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn - NOT
just Leslie Thomson.
(952 for 6 declared v India Colombo 1997) has
scored the most runs in a test innings not England with 903 for 7 declared
in 1938 v Australia
It is correct that the play "I Am a Camera" and the film "Cabaret"
were based on Christopher Isherwood's 'Goodbye to Berlin' but the way
the question was worded John van Druten, who wrote the play and upon
whose work the film was based, should have been accepted as an alternative
The River Wye as
well as the Severn has its source on Plynlimmon.
The title Tony Benn renounced was Viscount Stansgate not
Lord Stansfield! (7th October)
life story is not the basis of the book
and film ' Death in Venice'. Thomas Mann was supposedly inspired to
write 'Death in Venice' after seeing the composer Gustav Mahler break
down in tears on the train departing Venice. However. the central character
in the book is the fictional professor Von Aschenbach, who leaves his
native Germany for a holiday in Venice. (13th
More than one artist painted 'The Birth of Venus'. The best known is
that by Botticelli to be found in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. For
example, works by Poussin and Rubens also have the same title.
The Prince Eugen which accompanied the Bismarck in the Atlantic in 1941
was a heavy cruiser not a battleship.
The final Apollo mission, Apollo 18, which saw the first link up of
US and Russian astronauts was in 1975 not
1974. (14th October)
Although the Netherlands
had the world's first national airline (KLM established 1919) it is
doubtful that it was the first to offer a scheduled passenger air service.
Germany had an airship service as its first airline, considered also
by many as the world's first passenger airline. On November 16, 1909,
German entrepreneurs created a company named DELAG (Deutsche Luftschiffahrt
Aktien Gesellschaft). The company used one of the large airships built
by Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin. The early DELAG flights, between 1910
and 1914, and then after World War I, between 1919 and 1921, cost passengers
between 100 and 200 reichsmarks. There is also a claim that the worlds
first schedule airline service was inaugurated in 1916 by Benoist Airlines
from Tampa to St. Petersburg, Florida.
It was incorrect to state that the citizens of Washington DC voted in
a Presidential election for the first time in 1976. The Twenty-third
Amendment (1961) to the Constitution gave them that right.
There were two kings of England in the
year 1100, William II and Henry I
Although the internet abbreviation URL could at one time stand for Universal
Resource Locator, Uniform Resource Locator is the established current
usage. (21st October)
is more commonly known as dodecahedron and has twelve faces not
The Tivoli Gardens in Rome predate those in Copenhagen and therefore
Rome should have been included as an acceptable alternative answer.
Because the word
'final' was missing from the question about the nationality of the Liverpool
goalkeeper who played in the 2003 Worthington Cup, English as well as
Polish (Jerzy Dudek) was an acceptable answer. Chris Kirkland featured
in earlier rounds.
'The Play What I Wrote' is a tribute to a comedy duo (Morecambe and
Wise) not a trio!
Captain Bligh reached East Timor in 1789 not
KNO3 is Potassium Nitrate - often used as a fertiliser. It is not gunpowder!
The omission of
the word 'athletics' from two questions about the Olympics produced
two ridiculous questions. Whereas Merlene Ottey has won more Olympic
medals than any other female athlete, Larissa Latynina, the Soviet gymnast
won 15 individual medals plus a further 3 in team events, the most by
any competitor in the history of the Olympics. Although Steve Backley
has won medals at three Olympics he is not the only British man to do
so. There are several who won medals at three (or more) Olympic Games.
From rowing alone there is Redgrave, Pinsent and Jack Beresford. (4th
Whereas the common
cold is the most infectious disease prevalent in the UK, there are plenty
of references to malaria as being the most prevalent world-wide.
Mistress Quickly is not one of the title
characters in The Merry Wives of Windsor - they are Mistress Ford and
The Boys Brigade was founded in Glasgow in 1883 but the Boy Scout Movement
was not founded there in 1908. There was
the experimental camp in 1907 at Brownsea Island and scouting's first
manual was both written and illustrated by Baden-Powell in 1908. Scouting
HQ appear to have been established in London from the outset. The confusion
in the questioner's mind may have arisen because there are competing
claims as to which was the first troop established, one of which was
Glasgow in January 1908 - a counter claim for a Birkenhead troop lists
an earlier date in January of the same year. (10th
Pie" was NOT the name of the plane
in which Buddy Holly and others died in 1959. It had no name just a
number - N3794N. In 1999 Don McLean said 'American Pie was not the name
of the plane, it is a term I created'.
Agatha Christie's 'Postern of Fate' was published in 1973 not
1978. Although it was the last novel written by her it was not the last
published. Two last books were written in the war years
and consigned to her solicitor's safe to appear after her death as Curtain:
Hercule Poirot's Last Case in 1975 and as Sleeping Murder in 1976, which
contained the final appearance of Miss Marple.
One of the most nonsensical questions ever - what species of deer was
Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer! Answer required caribou - what about
Ribes (not rebus) nigrum is the blackcurrant.
Sister Nirmala not Mother Angelica succeeded
Mother Teresa as leader of the Missionaries of Charity in March of 1997.
The Moors murders did not actually take place on Saddleworth Moor, that
is where the bodies of the victims were buried.
Although Nickel was discovered by a Swede (A F Cronstedt in 1751), its
name is derived from German not Swedish.
Nickel is an abbreviation of the German 'Kupfernickel' which means 'devil's
(or mischievous sprite) copper'
Eva Peron (Evita) was never President of Argentina - it was Peron's
second wife Isabel who became President in 1973.
Toronto is a Canadian city not a province
- it is in the Province of Ontario
The largest residential palace in the world is in Brunei not
the Vatican. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei rules his tiny realm
from the world's largest residential palace built on the edge of the
Borneo jungle. The gold-domed Istana Nurul Imam has 1,788 rooms, which
makes it bigger than the Vatican. (11th November)
on the Sherbourne as well as the River
Hugh Roberton not Robertson founded the
Glasgow Orpheus Choir (17th November)
Strictly speaking the Double Bassoon (or Contrabassoon) rather than
the bassoon is the largest instrumnet of the woodwind section.
Gumbo as well as okra and bhindi is an alternative name for ladies'
David Balfour appears
in Catriona (the sequel) as well as in
'Witness for the Prosecution' is not a
play by Agatha Christie - it is a short story by her.
Gustav Mahler was Austrian not Czech. He
was born in Bohemia, the son of an Austrian Jew. All references works
give his nationality as Austrian.
'The Artful Dodger' in Oliver Twist is Jack Dawkins not
The violet, carnation, primrose are associated with the star sign Aquarius
as well as the daffodil.
The aspidistra is nicknamed the 'cast iron plant' not
the 'castor oil plant' (24th November)
Ann Ashurst was not the last winner of
Mastermind. After Magnus Magnusson retired as QM in 1997, the programme
transferred to Radio 4 with Peter Snow as QM for three years (1998-2000).
The winner in 2000 was Stephen Follows. The show then for one year only
appeared on the Discovery Channel with Clive Anderson as QM. On that
occasion (2001) it was won by Michael Penrice who therefore, strictly
speaking, was the last winner prior to the show's revival on BBC2 in
2003 with John Humphries as QM and Andy
Page as series winner.
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring caused a riot in Paris not
New York in 1913.
Although pronounced 'Rory' the name of the son of Brian Aldridge and
Siobhan Hathaway in the Archers is spelt Ruairi.
Martin Luther not
Martin Luther King nailed 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg cathedral.
Jo Moore said that September 11th was 'a good day to bury bad news',
not the day of the funeral of Princess
All sources appear
to give Cecil Rhodes' last words as 'So little done, so much to do'
rather than 'they don't change the names of countries, do they?' (1st
It cannot be stated
definitively that the Battle of Britain ended in October 1940. The Battle
of Britain was essentially won by mid-September, when the invasion was
postponed indefinitely, but additional air raids were organized throughout
the winter, with a lull in February 1941 and a final flare-up in March
A cadenza does not have to be at the close of a piece - it is an outstanding
virtuoso passage or flourish, sometimes improvised, given by a solo
instrument or voice towards the end, or at some important stage, of
a movement, concerto or aria.
A pannikin can be a little pan or saucer as well as a small metal cup
Portrait painter is not the only answer to 'what is a limner?' For example
it can also mean a painter on paper or parchment.
The computer term TWAIN does not mean 'Technology Without An Interesting
Name' (an amusing term that has been applied to what some people thought
was an acronym). The TWAIN initiative was launched in 1992 when a need
was recognised for a standard means of communication between image capture
devices (i.e scanners, digital cameras,etc.) and the applications (computer
programs) used to manipulate and view the captured images. It is in
fact not an abbreviation at all, but rather taken from a Kipling quote
("never the twain shall meet") and capitalised to make it
more distinctive. (9th December)
Fiona Bruce, not
Sue Cook, is the current co-presenter of BBC TV's 'Crimewatch'. She
has been doing the job since January 2000.
Brunhilde as well as Freya is often given
as the leader of the Valkyries.
is in Arizona not Colorado.
The question about Olympian Eddie Eagan was badly phrased and contained
an inaccuracy. Firstly the wording suggested that all competitors who
had won medals at both winter and summer Olympics had done so in bobsled
and boxing. Secondly there are four not
three competitors who have achieved this feat. The full list of competitors
and their sports is as follows:- Eddie Eagan, USA - Light Heavyweight
Boxing gold (1920) and Four-man Bobsled gold (1932). Jacob Tullin Thams,
Norway - Ski Jumping gold (1924) and 8-metre Yachting silver (1936).
Christa Luding-Rothenburger, East Germany - Speed Skating gold at 500
meters (1984) and 1,000m (1988), silver at 500m (1988) and bronze at
500m (1992) and Match Sprint Cycling silver (1988). Luding-Rothenburger
is thus the only athlete to ever win medals in both Winter and Summer
Games in the same year (1988). Clara Hughes, Canada, won two bronze
medals in cycling in 1996. In 2002, she won a bronze medal in speed
skating. (15th December)
The Wood Buffalo National Park (Canada) straddling the border between
North-West territories and Alberta covers 44,807 square kilometres but
it is not the world's largest National Park. It is dwarfed by the North
East Greenland National Park which covers 972,000 square kiolometres
not George Gershwin wrote 'Slaughter on
Opera Festival is held throughout the summer
- it starts in May but runs through to
Similarly Henley Royal Regatta starts in June but can run through to
Both the Alliance & Leicester and Abbey (National) are now banks,
not building societies.
The first laptop (portable) computer, known as Osborne1, was invented
in 1981 by Adam Osborne (Osborne Electronics), not
in 1987 by Clive Sinclair. (12th January)
Simon Weston was born in the Welsh village of Nelson in Mid Glamorgan
in 1961 not in Liverpool.
Buster Keaton not Keating was known as
'Stone Face'. (13th January)
that was crushed in the ice was Endurance not
Achilles was killed by Paris not Philoctetes.
There is a Charleston in West Viriginia as well
as South Carolina.
Leslie Townes were the real forenames of Bob Hope not
his forename and surname. (19th January)
The flag of Zaire (or Democratic Republic of Congo) showing a torch
was replaced in 1997 with a blue flag showing 6 yellow stars arranged
vertically near the hoist and a larger central yellow star.
The element cadmium takes it name from the Greek for calamine not
Korfball is played by teams of 8 (Eight) a side - 4 men 4 women - not
9 a side
Stephen Lander succeeded Stella Rimington as Director General of MI5
not Eliza Manningham-Buller who succeeded
Felixstowe was the last place in England not
Britain to be invaded. There was a French invasion near Fishguard in
The spare question about Rococo was dodgy as well - apart from mistaking
William 2nd for William 3rd! Rococo was style of 18th-century painting
and decoration characterized by lightness, delicacy, and elaborate ornamentation.
The Rococo period corresponded roughly to the reign (1715-1774) of Louis
XV of France. (20th January)
Lichfeld and Truro
Cathedrals have three not two spires. (2nd
Hill Street Blues is not set anywhere specific - The opening credit
sequence happened to be shot in Chicago, while the episodes were shot
in Los Angeles.
The Tropic of Capricorn not Cancer runs
through Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Argentina. (3rd
'The Devil's Tune'
not 'The Devil's Time' is a novel written
by Iain Duncan Smith (16th February)
(and its variant spellings) as well as
the burka is all-enveloping garment worn by Muslim women (17th
Alan Milburn preceded
not succeeded John Reid as Secretary of
State (not Minister) for Health (9th
The film about R
J Mitchell 'The First of the Few' was known as 'Spitfire' in the US,
so that should have been included as an acceptable alternative answer.
The question about William II being the only English king not to marry
requires the qualification 'to reach adulthood'. Neither Edward V nor
Edward VI were married! (15th March)
Tony David (Australia),
not Phil Taylor, was the Embassy World
Darts Champion in 2002. The latter was the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation)
It is wrong to say that Lebanon is in South West Asia - a better description
would have been Eastern Mediterranean or Western Asia.
South Stack is an island as well as the
name of the lighthouse that stands on it.
Tesco was founded
in the 1920s (1924) not 1930s
James Stewart as well as Cary Grant was
a male star of the 1940 film 'The Philadelphia Story'. (22nd
not Benny is the presenter of C4's 'Property
Ladder'. (23rd March)