Robin Ray not
Robert Robinson was the first chairman of BBC TV's 'Call My Bluff'.
Joe Melia and Peter Wheeler also preceded Robinson (3rd
(not Knook) was a rag and bone dealer not
a lawyer in 'Bleak House'
The title of the journal of the British Medical Association is the British
Medical Journal not the Lancet. (18th
Spamalot, the musical
is based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail not
'The Life of Brian'. (1st October)
Elaine, Gerry, George
and Kramer are characters in Seinfeld not
the Larry Sanders Show
Tycho Brahe, the astronomer was Danish not Dutch
The Splash is a
car model from Suzuki not Toyota.
Aston Villa not West Ham lost 1-0 to Chelsea
in the last FA Cup Final to be played at the old Wembley Stadium. (9th
The computer term
'GIF' stands for Graphics Interchange (not
Interface) Format (16th October)
Catholic Cathedral replaced which building?'
Answer required 'The Workhouse'
NB Although the cathedral was built on the site of the Liverpool Workhouse,
it replaced the Pro-Cathedral of St. Nicholas,
'What type of instrument is a cor anglais'
Answer required 'Oboe or Organ Reed Stop'
NB Firstly an organ reed stop is part of an instrument and secondly,
the way the question is phrased, woodwind
is a perfectly acceptable answer.
The question 'Who is the only English cricketer to score 100 against
all other Test sides?' is unanswerable as no Englishman has achieved
the feat. The following have scored centuries against all nine
other Test nations: Gary Kirsten (South Africa), Steve Waugh (Australia),
Sachin Tndulkar (India), Rahul Dravid (India), Marvin Atapattu (Sri
Lanka) and Brian Lara (West Indies). Of these only Dravid has scored
a Test 100 in every one of the 10 Test playing countries. Colin Cowdrey,
the answer required, achieved the feat before Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and
Bangladesh gained Test status but so did Ken Barrington.
The title 'khedive' was not awarded to
the Viceroy or Governor of India pre 1914 - A khedive was one of a line
of governors and monarchs who ruled Egypt and Sudan from 1805 to 1914.
The monument (rather than statue) of Victor Emmanuel II in Rome is known
as the 'wedding cake' but it also has other nicknames including 'zuppa
inglese', 'false teeth' and 'typewriter'
Mungo Jerry, named after a T S Eliot 'Cat' is a pop group not
Linked to Piazza di Spagna is as good an answer as 'Spanish Embassy'
to the question 'Why are the Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy so named?'
It is nonsense to say that E C Bentley's 'Trent's Last Case' (1913)
is acknowledged as the prototype of the modern detective novel. It is
a send-up which means the genre must already have been in existence.
In fact it has been said that it was written as a counter-attack to
the outstanding deductive powers of Sherlock Holmes. Wilkie Collins's
'The Moonstone' (1868) is generally considered the first English detective
novel. Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' pre-dates it
but the work was a short story.
The Warwickshire cricketer Jim Troughton is the grandson not
son of actor Patrick Troughton
as well as Catfish Row is an acceptable
answer to the question 'The opera Porgy and Bess takes place where?'
no Buddy Holly song in the UK charts at the time of his death. He died
on the 3rd February 1959. 'It Doesn't Matter Any More' first charted
in the UK on the 27th February 1959.
always denied that Portmeirion was based on the Italian village of Portmeirion.
In 'The Addams Family' the middle name of Wednesday Addams is Friday
not Thursday. (26th November)
I's name 'Ras Tafari' means Prince Tafari not
'Lion of Judah'. He was born Tafari Makonnen and took the title of 'Lion
of Judah' as Emperor from the Ge'ez motto Mo`a 'Anbessa Ze'imnegede
Yihuda ("The Lion of the Tribe of Judah has conquered").
Gabriel Faure's Requiem was written between 1877 and 1890 not
Mercedes was the first motor manufacturer to introduce a passenger car
commercially available with a diesel engine (Rosalie model 1933). The
Mercedes-Benz 260D did not appear until 1936.
Sea of Galilee is also known as Lake Kinneret as
well as Lake Tiberias. (27th November)
is now the Chief Constable of Merseyside - he succeeded Norman Bettison
Napoleon Bonaparte acquired the nicknamed the little corporal (le petit
caporal) not the little general.
body cell has 23 pairs of chromosomes not
genes. (18th December)
golf club the 'niblick' is equivalent to the modern 9 (or 8) iron, not
In 'Alice in Wonderland', it was the Queen of Heats not
the White Queen who wanted to decapitate anyone who offended her. The
White Queen appears in 'Alice Through The Looking Glass'.
Together with James Madison Thomas Jefferson founded the Democratic-Republican
Party (not the Republican Party) in America
in 1792. Today's Republican Party was established in 1854 by a coalition
of former Whigs, Northern Democrats, former Liberty Party activists,
and Free-Soilers who opposed the spread of slavery and held a vision
for modernizing the United States - its first President was Abraham
Threnody as well as eulogy is an acceptable
answer for a poem or song of lament. (5th February)
Jim Moir is the
real name of comedian Vic Reeves not Frank
Skinner (11th February)
The questions on
the remake of King Kong (directed by Peter Jacason and starribng Naomi
Watts) should have included the year 2005 as there was also a 1976 remake
directed by John Guillermin, starring Jessica Lange. (10th
Nan Winton was the
first female news reader on BBC television in 1960 not
Marie Stopes was the sister-in-law not
wife of A.V.Roe, having married his brother Humphrey.