(not talc) is obtained from Calamine (7th
to Antarctica in two ships other than Endurance, namely Nimrod and Quest.
The husband and wife team who jointly write thrillers is Sean French
and Nicci Gerrard (not Nicci George) -
they write as Nicci French.
Since 1947 the Boulder Dam has reverted to its original name 'Hoover
When it was built the Hoover dam created the world's largest man-made
lake but now at 204,800,000,000 cubic meters, Owen Falls in Uganda is
the largest. For comparison, the lake behind Hoover Dam on the Nevada-Arizona
border holds only 35,154,000,000 cubic metres of water.
The West Somerset Railway runs from Bishop Lydeard (not
Taunton) to Minehead. (14th September)
not Brian Boru won the 2003 Champion Hurdle,
the latter won the 2003 St Leger.
Colony as well as army is a collective
known for frogs
Errol Flynn never took part in the Olympic Games - this is just a 'fact'
put out by his publicist. (20th September)
A mistake repeated from last season - "American 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'. (21st
The 9th Duke of
Argyll could not have been the last person in Britain to be guillotined
in 1685 - the guillotine was first used in France in 1792! He was in
fact beheaded, but the last person in Britain to suffer that fate was
Simon Lord Lovatt on 9th April 1747. (27th September)
Petula Clark's real
name is not Sally Owens it is Petula Sally
Olwen Clark (28th September)
It was Mill Reef's
record of six consecutive Group One races that Rock of Gibraltar beat
in 2002 not Brigadier Gerard's (11th
Peter Kay plays
Brian Potter not Barry Potter in the TV
series 'Phoenix Nights' (18th October)
Prince Willem-Alexander is the crown prince of the Netherlands not
Belgium - Prince Philippe is Crown Prince of Belgium
Pancetta, the Italian bacon is not smoked - it is cured in spices and
salt (19th October)
A double whammy
- Ruslan Ponomariov was the official F.I.D.E. male world chess champion
in April 2004 not Vladimir Kramnik (wrongly
given as Victor Kramnik) - Kramnik is PCA World Champion - The current
FIDE World Champion is Rustam Kasimdzhanov (26th
The aircraft that
brought the victorious England RU team back from the World Cup in Australia
was named Sweet Chariot not Sweet Charity.
Roy Orbison had no part in in writing the Jim Reeves hit 'Distant Drums'
- both words and music were by Cindy Walker.
Dixie Dean scored his record 60 goals in the 1927-28 season, the 60th
goal was scored in the spring of 1928 not
The shipping weather forecast areas abutting the coast of Norway are
North and South Utsire not Viking and Forties.
Beethoven not Mendelssohn wrote the 'Consecration
of the House' for the opening of the Josefstadt Theatre in Vienna.
A question which gave offence to a number of players because of perceived
gratuitous racism appears also to have been wrong. The offending question
read 'During the American Civil War, what rule did plantation owners
invoke to prevent their slaves enlisting in the Confederate Army?' Answer
'Twenty Nigger Rule'. However the so-called rule exempted plantation
owners and overseers from military service. When the first Confederate
conscription law was passed in 1862, it included a provision that any
man with 20 slaves could be exempted from service. The idea being that
someone had to supervise the slaves, who might otherwise run rampant.
In the army, of course, some soldiers groused it was 'a rich man's war
and a poor man's fight,' and this policy became known as 'the 20 nigger
rule.' (9th November)
Stephen Burton was
not the real name of Burt Lancaster, he
was born Burton Stephen Lancaster.
A mistake repeated from two seasons ago - The birth name of Jack Lemmon
was 'John Uhler Lemmon III" not just
John Uhler - these are his forenames - his real surname was Lemmon
Chechnya is not a country i.e. a sovereign
state, it is part of the Russian Federation (22nd
As well as 'the Mighty Five', the Russian composers Rimsky-Korsakov,
Balakirev, Borodin, Cesar Cui and Mussorgsky were also
known as 'the Mighty Handful' or simply 'the Five'
In 'Alice in Wonderland', it was the Quuen of Hearts who wanted to decapitate
anyone who offended her not the White Queen.
A bully-off is the
old method for staring a game of (Field) Hockey. It is now called a
"Push back". Bully-offs are still used for example to restart
a match when an offence has been committed by both teams at the same
time - bit like a drop ball in soccer (30th November)
The kip not
the riel is the currency of Laos - the riel is the currency of Cambodia
Lynne Truss's book 'Eats, Shoots and Leaves' is about punctuation rather
than English Grammar. Its sub-title is 'The Zero Tolerance Approach
to Punctuation' (7th December)
well as Pitt is an acceptable answer to the question about the
father and son who both held the post of Prime Minister of Britain.
George Grenville was PM from 1763 to 1765 and his son Willian (1st Baron
Grenville) held office from 1806 to 1807 in the so-called 'Ministry
of All the Talents (13th December)
Whereas Leon Uris
wrote 'Armageddon' and 'The Haj', he did not
write 'The Exorcist' - it was written by William Peter Blatty (10th
The first time women
competed in the Olympics was in 1900 (Golf and Tennis) not
1928 - the latter year is when women's athletics events started. (21st
Sonia Gandhi was
not born in India. Nee Maino, she was born
in Ovassanjo, 80 km away from Turin, on December 9, 1946.
The question which required the answer of Cairo as Yasser Arafat's birthplace
is contentious. The date and place of Arafat's birth are disputed. A
birth certificate registered in Cairo, Egypt, gives August 24, 1929.
Some sources, however, have supported Arafat's claim to have been born
in Jerusalem on August 4, 1929, and still others have given Gaza, Palestine,
as his birthplace (28th February)
well as augury is divination or foretelling the future by observing
the behaviour of birds? (March 8th)
In 1929 Edwin Hubble
discovered that the universe not Earth
Lake Titicaca is the highest in the world but is not
the largest in South America, that distinction is held by Lake Maracaibo,
Lady Jane Grey was 15 when she had her nine days as queen not
sixteen, that was her age when she was executed.
To be more accurate about the length of Prohibition in America, the
question should have asked how long it lasted to the nearest
whole year. It came into force in January 1920 and ended in December
The question about Harper's Weekly and the representation of the US
Democratic Party as a donkey was somewhat vague. It was political cartoonist
Thomas Nast's work in 'Harper's Weekly' that was the origin of the symbol?
Liverpool is the nearest English city to
Dublin but it is not the nearest British city, that distinction belongs
to Newry. (March 21st)