Hundreds More Quiz Questions


Compiled by quizologists Dan Mahony, Anne O'Loughlin, Jim McNeice, Ross Ahern, Tadhg O'Halloran, and Tadhg O'Shea, from many o'quizround at McNeice's ("The Quiz Pub"), Tralee, Ireland



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1. How many Heinz varieties?


2. Are there more Muslims or Christians in the world?

[Christians (Source: World Almanac)]

3. Which persons traveled the most miles in 2008?

[Space-Station astronauts]

4. SPORT: On which playing field would you find 5 pieces of wood not in the hands of a player?

[cricket pitch (stumps and ducks)]

5. The Iberian, Arabian, and Scandinavian are examples of which

geological feature?


6. From which country does Summo wrestling come?


7. The official title of the head of the Roman Catholic Church is not "Pope". What is it?

{Supreme Pontiff]

8. WEATHER: On a yearly average, which city gets more precipitation: Dublin or New York?

[New York! (Source: The World Almanac) ]

9. Of the three countries: Germany, Japan, and the US, which has the LOWEST average hourly wage including benefits?


10. What is the total number of gifts "my true love gave to me"?


Which Latin phrase means "in proportion"?

[pro rata ]


Round 1

1. How many squares on a chessboard?


2. Which composer - lyricist - musician wrote "Wonderful Tonight"?

[Eric Clapton]

3. The drink Chartreuse ("sharr-troose") comes in three colors. Name one.

[green, yellow or white]

4. Which is presently the biggest Irish corporation?

[Smurfit Group]

5. Which country declared war on Germany in 1943?


6. Who was the Director of the film Braveheart ?

[Mel Gibson]

7. Who wrote the song "Johnny B. Goode"?

[Chuck Berry]

8. SPORT: How many attempts is a competitor allowed at each height in the high jump: one, two or three?


9. Which computer language is named after coffee?


10. What is the highest degree awarded by a university?



Round 2

1. What is the most frequent sporting event in Wembley Stadium?

[Dog Racing]

2. What has recently become the required age for First Communion?

[8 years old]

3. Which Hollywood actress starred in the movie Striptease?

[Demi Moore]

4. Which word is used to describe plants which live for many years?


5. Which company is bigger: Telecom Eirann or Kerry Group?

[Kerry Group]

6. In the book Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man, who was the artist?

[James Joyce]

7. How much is a shot of Hennesy XO Brandy here at O'Dwyer's: 3.50, 4.50, or 5.50?


8. Which sport figure's dogma just got hit by a Karma?

[Glen Hoddle]

9. What is the name of the Wagner (pr. "vogg-ner") opera about a ghost ship?

[The Flying Dutchman]

10. What kind of car was the Love Bug?



Round 3

1. In which game would you get 'A Double Top'?


2. GOLF: On a par 4 hole, how many strokes make a birdie?


3. How many keys on a standard piano?


4. Which brand of whiskey has three swallows on its label?

[Powers Irish Whiskey]

5. Which whiskey is distilled the most times: Irish, Scotch, or American?


6. What is converted by subtracting 32, multiplying by 5, and dividing by 9?

[Temperature, or Fahrenheit to Celsius]

7. What former Hot Gossip member married Andrew Lloyd Webber?

[Sarah Brightman]

9. TRUE or FALSE? This is the last year of the 20th Century.

[False: The next century begins with 2001.]

10. Which 1950's rock group group recorded the song "Rock Around the Clock"?

[Bill Halley & the Comets]


Round 4

1. Which drink is the name of a song by the Eagles and a movie starring Mel Gibson?

[Tequilla Sunrise]

2. In which novel is the world divided into Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia?


3. In how many countries do cars drive on the left: 2, 22, or 42?


4. Besides being US Presidents, what do Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Ronald Reagan have in common?

[All acted in films]

5. Which Hollywood actress won the most Oscars for Best Actress?

[Katherine Hepburn--4 Oscars]

6. In which year was the European Common Market created: 1957, 1958, or 1959?


7. Which band recorded the White Album?


8. Which European country was the first to give women the right to vote: Denmark, Finland, or the UK?


9. What is the name of the cat in Postman Pat ?


10. Which long-running American TV series was about a military hospital.



Round 5

1. From which card game does Bridge originate?


2. Which is the world's oldest liquer?


3. In which country is the UK's largest lake?

[Northern Ireland (or equivalent)]

4. In America it's called a 'diaper'. What is it called here?


5. What famous dancer died when her scarf was caught in the wheels of a car?

[Isadora Duncan]

6. Which bird has the longest wing span?


7. Who has the new hit single "Maria"?


8. Which type of whiskey is used in a Gaelic Coffee?


9. Which psychologist created psychonanalysis?


10. Which contains the least amout of caffeine: coffee, tea, or cola drinks?



Round 6

1. TRUE or FALSE? A standard 6oz glass of wine, a 12oz bottle of lager, and a standard 35ml shot of whiskey all have the same amount of alcohol.


2. Which two great songwriters wrote "Ebony and Ivory"?

[Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder]

3. Correctly spell the surname of the man who flew The Spirit of St. Louis.


4. In which art form is Rudolf Nureyev [pr. 'noor-ray-yev]?

[Ballet, Dance]

5. What does 'UFO' stand for?

[Unidentified Flying Object]

6. Who wrote the lyrics to most of Elton John's songs?

[Bernie Taupin]

7. Who came first: Socrates, Plato, or Aristotle?


8. What was the highest temperature ever recorded in Ireland?

[33 celsius (91F)]

9. Which great composer wrote a symphony after he had lost his hearing?

[Beethoven (9th Symphony)]

10. Which is the oldest commercial whiskey?



Round 7

1. In which Kerry town is a monument to An Speirban, the Sky Woman?

[Killarney (near the Great Southern Hotel)]

2. The word 'disco' is a shortend version of which word?

[discoteque ]

3. Which cartoon character wears a flying helmet and takes on the Red Baron?


4. TRUE or FALSE? The upcoming Millennium will be celebrated by most of the

world's population.

[False: less than half]

5. What are the two main ingredients of a Bloody Mary?

[Tomato Juice and Vodka]

6. Which organisation is at the center of what has been called, "Sport's Greatest Scandal"?

[International Olympic Committee (or equivalent)]

7. What is another name for a portable computer?


8. Which whiskey is the main ingredient of a Moscow Mule cocktail?


9. In which sport would you find a puck?



Round 8

1. Which has stronger winds: a tornado or a hurricane?


2. Which musical instrument did Louis Armstrong play?


3. Which whiskey is made from Juniper leaves?


4. Which computer giant is at the heart of a major lawsuit by the US government?

[Bill Gates, or Microsoft]

5. Which 1960's rock star is buried in the same Paris cemetary as Chopin ("show-pan")?

[Jim Morrison of the Doors]

6. PAINTING: Who is considered the founder of Impressionism: Manet or Monet?


7. How many finger holes in the old telephone dial?


8. CINEMA: What is the full name of the MGM Company?


9. In Oscar Wilde's novel, whose portrait changes in a mystical way?

[Dorian Gray]

10. Exactly how much is a cup of coffee here at O'Dwyer's?




What causes knots in wood?

[tree limbs]

Which drink brand is a mixture of Champagne and Cognac?

[Remy Martin]


Round 1

1. On your fingers, where are the Lanula (lan-you-luh)?

[half moons at the base of your fingernails (or equivalent)]

2. TRUE or FALSE? Ireland was invaded by the Milesus of Greece a millennium ago.

[FALSE: The Milesus were from Spain]

3. Which American singer was born in Tupelo with a twin brother who didn't survive?

[Elvis Presley]

4. Wexford and Waterford were named by people from which country?


5. Which was first: Windows or Netscape?


6. Which Hollywood actor was 'The Duke'?

[John Wayne]

7. How many times was Henry VIII married?


8. Is the Dulcimer a string or pipe instrument?


9. What is the name given to the prominent basalt pillars on the Antrim coast?

[Giant's Causeway]

10. What is the most Northerly capital in the world?

[Reykjavik, Iceland]


Round 2


1. How many times have Kerry won the Sam Maguire Cup?


2. What is the only remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


3. Which movie got the most Oscar Nominations this year?

[Shakespeare in Love - (13)]

4. What does ' B.B.' stand for in the name B.B. King?

[Blues Boy]

5. Who wrote the book A Clockwork Orange ?

[Anthony Burgess]

6. Re Question 5: Who directed the movie?

[Stanley Kubrick]

7. What color is the book of Mao Tse Tung's writings?


8. TRUE or FALSE? Email addresses have a different form than website addresses.


9. Name one of the Bronte Sisters.

[Charlotte, Anne, or Emily]

10. What is the first of the Ten Commandments?

["Thou shalt have no other God but Me" (or equivalent)]


Round 3

1. What is the minimum number of sides of a polygon?


2. In a 1993 survey, which European City was declared the least polluted:

London, Paris or Rome?


3. In which song are the following words: "When I get older, losing my hair"?

["When I'm 64" (Beatles)]

4. How many times have Kerry won the Liam McCarthy Cup?


5. In which year was there no Irish entry in the Eurovision song contest?


6. In which film was the character Cruella de Vil?

[101 Dalmations]

7. Which American Senator chaired the Northern Ireland Peace Talks?

[George Mitchell]

8. Which major European river is said by experts to be the most polluted?

[The Rhine]

9. What make were the motorbikes driven by the stars of Easy Rider ?


10. What is the Italian equivalent of hors d'oeuvres ("orr-derves") ?



Round 4

1. Which is the most frequently sung song in Europe and America?

["Happy Birthday To You"]

2. Name one of the two ingredients of "grog" ?

[rum or water]

3. What name is given to the 4-year period between Olympics?


4. Which London play holds the record for the longest run of any show in the world?

[The Mouse Trap ]

5. Which great Basketball player just retired?

[Michael Jordan]

6. In Aesop's fable, which two animals have a race?

[Hare and Tortoise]

7. In which month is the Edinburgh Festival usually held?


8. Name one of the Everly Brothers.

[Phil or Don]

9. What does 'Alma Mater' literally mean?

[foster mother]

10. What do the letters "U.S.S.R." stand for?

[Union of Soviet Socialist Republics"]


Round 5

1. What is the name of Germany's national airline?

[Lufthansa ]

2. What was the name of Gary Pucket's rock group?

[The Union Gap]

3. The buildup of which common gas is affecting global warming?

[carbon dioxide, CO2]

4. Name the Captain of the team that won the National Football League title in 1997.

[Mike Hassett]

5. For which newspaper did Superman work?

[Daily Planet]

6. Which drink brand is a mixture of Champagne and Cognac?

[Remy Martin]

7. In which European country is the world's longest road tunnel?


8. What contribution did John Williams make to E.T. and Star Wars ?

[the music]

9. Charles Strite invented which very common household appliance?

[pop-up toaster (or toaster)]

10. FILM: Who often said to whom: "This is a fine mess you've gotten us into."?

[Hardy to Laurel]


Round 6

1. Which river is said to have mystical powers as it passes through Finuge?


2. Which board game celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1985?


3. Which popular natural therapy treats the bottom of the foot?


4. In which year was the Sam Maguire Cup first presented?


5. Which Greek philosopher was Alexander the Great's tutor?


6. What is the Irish name for County Louth?

[An Lu ]

7. Which American president said, "Of those to whom much is given, much is required."

[John F. Kennedy]

8. In the English language, what is the shortest word that begins with a capital letter?

[ 'I' ]

9. How many numbers in a normal Bingo set?


10. What is the next line of: "To every thing there is a season,..."

["...and a time to every purpose under Heaven." (or equivalent)]


Round 7

1. Which company's computer is the current computer chess champion?


2. The novel Erewhon derived its name from what?

[anagram of the word nowhere ]

3. What make of car did Bond drive in Goldeneye ?


4. What is a gorteen?

[little field]

5. When is Mardi Gras in New Orleans?

[the day before Ash Wednesday]

6. TRUE or FALSE?: One goal of Zen meditation is to stop the mind from thinking for periods of time.


7. Cathair Ui Mhorain is the Irish name for which Kerry town?


8. Name the actor who plays Dougal in Father Ted ?

[Ardal O'Hanlon]

9. What is London's main airport?


10. What was the first Richard Burton - Elizabeth Taylor film?

[Cleopatra ]


Round 8

1. Which rock star wrote the book "In His Own Write "?

[John Lennon]

2. Which breed of cats, rabbits, and goats have the same name?


3. What is the correct left-to-right order of the brown, yellow, and green balls in snooker?

[Green, Brown, Yellow (or reverse)]

4. In which of Handel's works is the Hallelujah Chorus?

[The Messiah ]

5. Over which continent is the largest hole in the Ozone layer?


6. What is Rambo's first name?


7. Which parts of the tree cause knots in wood?


8. By what title are the world's wealthiest nations known?

[G-7, or Group of Seven]

9. In what would one find stabilisers, enhancers, emulsifiers and preservatives?


10. What does the 'e' in the word 'e-commerce' stand for?



Round 1

1. George Sand and George Eliot had the same first names. What else did they have in common?

[authors, or women]

2. RE QUESTION 1: What else did they have in common?

[women or authors]

3. Which Indiana city hosts the '500' auto race?


4. Which instrument did Stephan Grappelli play?


5. What did Natale Wood, Sal Mineo, and James Dean have in common?

[Went to same high school]

6. Name one of the three-man writing team who wrote the most Motown hits.

[Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland]

7. T or F?: Islamic law requires artists to depict animals in their paintings.

[False: It prohibits it.]

8. A birdie is one under, an Eagle is two under. What is three-under?


9. Who killed John Lennon?

[Mark Chapman]

10. Which dictator's wife was famous for rooms full of shoes?

[Ferdinand Marcos (or Imelda Marcos)]


Round 2

1. Prior to Madonna, who was the only female singer to have a number-one hit in five consecutive years?

[Olivia Newton-John]

2. What is the English equivalent of nom de plume .

[pseudonym, pen name]

3. Where is the oldest man-made building in the Western World?

[New Grange, Drogheda]

4. What is the only common metal that is liquid at room temperature?


5. T or F? In Britain, the M7 runs between Cornwall and Leeds.

[False: There's no M7]

6. In which country did the spirit Tequila originate?


7. Which singer sang the winning Eurovision song "Congratulations"?

[Cliff Richard]

8. Which British actress just got an Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Shakespeare in Love ?

[Judi Dench]

9. Re Question 8: Who got the Oscar for Best Actress in the same movie?

[Gwyneth Paltrow]

10. In the book, who was captain of the Nautilis?

[Capt. Nemo]


Round 3

1. Was the composer Brahms: French, German, or Belgian?


2. Protein is one. Name one of the other two food groups.

[carbohydrate, fat]

3. Who is the present Kerry G.A.A. County Board Chairman?

[Sean Walsh]

4. What is Glen Roe star Teasy McDaid's real name?

[Maureen Toal]

5. Which corporation created Traveler's Cheques?

[American Express]

6. What's the next line of "Of shoes and ships and sealing wax.."?

["...and cabbages and kings."]

7. In which country are the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido?


8. What is the name of the procedure to assist a person choking on food?

[Heimlich Maneuver]

9. COOKING: What are Bouquet Garni?

[herbs for flavoring (or equivalent]

10. Which pop group's lead singer was Diana Ross?



Round 4

1. Who wrote the song Easter Parade?

[Irving Berlin]

2. In which city is Ulysses set?


3. Re Question 2: Spell Ulysses correctly.


4. T or F?: The Statue of Liberty is located in New York.

[False - Bedloe's Isand is actually part of NJ]

5. Who is the patron saint of music?

[St. Cecelia]

6. Which ghost did Hamlet see?

[his father]

7. How many players on a Netball team?


8. Which is the longest-running British soap opera?

[Coronation Street ]

9. Which tree is usually cut during moonlight?


10. Besides their surnames, what do Joe Davis and Fred Davis have in common?

[Snooker Champions, or players]


Round 5

1. Which Italian composer wrote The Four Seasons ?


2. Indians' revenge?: Which explorer brought tobacco to Europe?

[Sir Walter Raleigh]

3. What is the second-highest hand in poker?

[Straight Flush]

4. Which country puts "Helvetia" on its postage stamps?


5. What was the name of the Hunchback of Notre Dame?


6. Re Question 5: What was his occupation?

[bell ringer]

7. T or F?: In certain circumstances, a chess player moves two pieces at the same time.

[True: when castling]

8. Charles Dodgson was the real name of which author?

[Lewis Carroll]

9. Who wrote the song "The Town That I Love So Well"?

[Phil Coulter]

10. Re Question 9: Which town is it about?



Round 6

1. Who wrote The Lord of the Rings ?


2. On the 100th Anniversary of American Independence in 1876, what did France give to America?

[Statue of Liberty]

3. Celine Dion sang the winning Eurovision song in which year?


4. Which legendary bird rises from ashes to be born again?


5. What is the name of the Russian stringed instrument with a triangular body?


6. Name the sponsors of the All Ireland Football Championship.

[Bank of Ireland]

7. Where might you see a 'Flying Camel?"

[ice rink - skating manoeuvre]

8. What is the popular title of the stories told by Scheherezade?

[1001 Arabian Nights (or equivalent)]

9. Limburger Cheese is named after a town in which country?


10. Which other famous composer was born in the same year as Bach?



Round 7

1. How does an audience differ from spectators?

[audience listens, spectators watch (or equivalent)]

2. Which instrument does Ravi Shankar play?


3. In Treasure Island, what did the parrot keep saying?

["Pieces of Eight!"]

4. Which instrument does Elton John play?


5. Which underground fungi are much favored by French chefs?


6. In which country is Monte Carlo?


8. Who lived at 221B Baker St.?

[Sherlock Holmes]

9. Which art form involves knotting threads and chords?


10. Who just became only the third player to hold the top three Snooker titles at the same time?

[John Higgins]



Round 8

1. Which nationality was the composer Chopin?


2. Who led Solidarity and later became President of Poland?

[Lech Walesa]

3. Which burns more calories per minute: walking up stairs, fastwalking, or coal mining?

[walking up stairs]

4. What is Gay Byrnes's middle name?


5. T or F?: Kerry have not won an All Ireland Senior Hurling title in the 20th Century.


6. Which instrument does Larry Adler play?


7. COOKING: What is a Tammy Cloth used for?

[straining sauces]

8. What do Americans call a tap?


9. What is the popular name of the Parliamentary Buildings in Belfast?


10. What was the name of Michael Jackson's first band?

[Jackson Five]


Round 1

1. How many times have Ireland won the Eurovision Song Contest?


2. Name the silent Marx Brother.


3. In what year was the 1921 All Ireland Senior Hurling final played?


4. On what date does Good Friday fall this year?

[April 2nd]

5. Which Internet browser came first: Netscape's or Microsoft's?


6. Which is England's largest castle?

[Windsor Castle]

7. Name the monk credited with the invention of Champagne.

[Dom Perignone]

9. Who was voted World's Sexiest Woman 1998 by the readers

of FHM Magazine?

[Jenny McCarthy]

10. Who was described by Churchill as "seditious" and "half-naked"?



Round 2

1. What is the Irish name of the upcoming Kerry Arts festival?

[Samhlaiocht Chiarrai]

2. What is the name of the optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions?


3. Who was the chief witness to the Camp David Accord between Sadat and Arafat?

[Jimmy Carter]

4. Who is Shirley MacLaine's actor brother?

[Warren Beatty]

5. TRUE or FALSE?: There are approximately 50,000 miles of streets in London.


6. Doris Day had two big song hits in the 1950's. Name one.

[Que Sera, Sera, or Whatever Will Be Will Be]

7. Which is the largest city in Scotland?


8. Which pianist was associated with the candelabra?


9. In what year did Thadg O'Halloran captain Kerry in the Munster Championship: 1984, 1988, or 1989?


10. What is Bruce Springsteen's nickname?

[The Boss]


Round 3

1. Who played Cat Ballou?

[Jane Fonda]

2. Was Frank Sinatra born in 1915, 1920, or 1925?


3. What comes after, "Well it's one for the money, two for the show..."?

["Three to get ready..."]

4. Which is the only country that refuses to ban nuclear testing in the atmosphere?


5. What is the name of 0 degrees longitude?

[Greenwich Meridian]

6. What is the name of 180 degrees longitude?

[International Date Line]

7. What is the name of 0 degrees latitude?


8. What is the name of 90 degrees North latitude?

[North Pole]

9. What is the first book of the Bible?


10. Where are NATO Headquarters?

[Brussels or Belgium]


Round 4

1. What was the name of the dog in Peter Pan?


2. To what political party does Prionnsios De Rossa belong?

{Labour (no other answer acceptable)]

3. In which two countries was the 1987 Rugby World Cup held?

[Australia AND New Zealand]

4. Name the actress who plays Sally Fletcher in Home and Away.

[Kate Ritchie]

5. It was first called Cape Canaveral, then Cape Kennedy. What is it called now?

[Cape Canaveral]

6. In which town is the Four Kerry Poets Memorial?


7. What are the units of masurement for the height of a horse?


8. Who are the current Superbowl Champions?

[Denver Broncos]

9. If Clinton had been removed from office, who would have become President?

[Albert Gore]

10. Who wrote the music to Riverdance?

[Bill Whelan]


Round 5

1. TRUE or FALSE?: Years ending in 00 are always leap years.


2. What faded away until there was nothing left but a grin?

[Cheshire Cat]

3. What is the largest industry in the Arctic region?


4. Where would one find a diatonic scale?


5. The American version of the boardgame Monopoly is set in which city?

[Atlantic City]

6. In which opera is a gypsy girl who works in a cigarette factory?


7. Who was the greatest Reggae star?

[Bob Marley]

8. Re Question 8: which country was he from?


9. With what is a libretto associated?


10. Change just three letters of Mickey Mouse and you get which other cartoon character?

[Mighty Mouse]


Round 6

1. Songwriter Robert Zimmerman was far better known by what name?

[Bob Dylan]

2. Where is the Hubble Telescope?

[in Earth orbit (or equivalent)]

3. What was T. E. Lawrence better known as?

[Lawrence of Arabia]

4. What does the common abbreviation 'A.M.' stand for?

[apres meridian]

5. Which country won the Eurovision the year it was held in Millstreet?


6. Axel Rose played in which band?

[Guns & Roses]

7. Who bills himself as the world's greatest boxing promoter?

[Don King]

8. What is Radio-One's presenter Maxi's real name?

[Irene McCaubrey]

9. What is the middle name of former Bishop Eamon Casey's son?


10. The Rattoo Round Tower is located near which town?



Round 7

1. Which spirit is in a Pina Colada?


2. Which garment is named after an atoll in the South Pacific?


3. Where in England is the monarch not permitted to enter?

[House of Commons]

4. Which musical instrument derived it name from the Italian words for soft and loud?

[piano or pianoforte]

5. Besides pen name, correctly spell the other English equivalent of nom de plume .


6. Who of the following is NOT a member of Boyzone: Mikey, Keith, Steve,

Davie, or Ronan?


7. Who was the first animal film star?

[Rin Tin Tin]

8. Which female crime-story writer has sold nearly 300 million books?

{Agatha Christie]

9. In which song is the line, "Michael they are taking you away"?

[Fields of Athenry}

10. What was the Beatles' first Top-20 hit song?

[Love Me Do]



Round 8

1. The new Manager for England played for which German club during his career?


2. With which actor did John Travolta exchange faces in the movie Face Off ?

[Nicolas Cage]

3. Which country produces Tokay wine?


4. Which alcohol drink is made from apples?


5. Who is John in Marvin Gaye's song, Abraham, Martin & John?


6. Which piece of clothing derived its name from originally being made in bright dazzling colors?


7. In which US state are the Motown Record Co.?

[Michigan (Detroit)]

8. Which chess piece does not move in a straight line?


9. In the card game, how many points is a blackjack?


10. What is done with a crinoline?

[It is worn--it's a petticoat)]


Round 1

1. Which American poet is required reading for Irish students?

{Emily Dickinson]

2. Name the last player to score a goal for Kerry in an All-Ireland Senior Football final.

[Mikey Sheehy]

3. How did General Rommel die?

[suicide, poison]

4. What is Saigon now known as?

[Ho Chi Minh City]

5. In a bookseller's catalogue, what would 'O/P' mean?

[out of print]

6. Which British actress starred in McCabe & Mrs Miller ?

[Julie Christie]

7. Which term describes a victory in battle that is so costly it is of no value to the victor?

[Pyrrhic Victory]

8. Who wrote the four-volume History of the English-Speaking People ?

[Winston Churchill]

9. Who is Carrie Fisher's mother?

[Debbie Reynolds]

10. When do Christmas and New Year's Day occur in the same year?

[every year!]


Round 2

1. What is the other name for the kettledrums?


2. Name the pickpocket who taught Oliver Twist how to steal.

[Artful Dodger]

3. Which American president served the most terms in office?

[F. D. Roosevelt]

4. Whose diary was bought by the London Times and then found to be a forgery?


5. How many feet of electrical wiring is found in the typical car: 500, 1500, or 3000?


6. Which singer made his film debut in Love Me Tender?


7. The song Love Me Tender took its melody from which Irish song?

[Nora Lee]

8. In which novel is Britain renamed Airstrip One?


9. In which country did golf originate?


10. Which scientist's name might be found on a milk container?



Round 3

1. Which city has the largest population?

[Mexico City]

2. What is the nickname of a Boeing 747?

[Jumbo Jet]

3. Name one of the three vegetables of which we eat only the seeds.

[corn-on-the-cob, beans, peas]

4. If the plaintiff dies during a libel case, what happens?

[case is dropped, dismissed]

5. Which rock star divorced Christie Brinkley?

[Billy Joel]

6. What was Christie Brinkley's profession?


7. In which Beatle song does "...Mother Mary come to me"?

[Let It Be]

8. What was Peter Pan trying to find?

[his shadow]

9. Which singer is known as "Lady Soul"?

[Arethre Franklin]

10. Which imaginary line across the sky is equivalent to the Equator on land?



Round 4

1. A leak from an American-owned company killed tens of thousands in which

city in India?


2. Which was first: Impressionism or Cubism?


3. In which year was Boris Yeltsin last elected?


4. Which country has grown nearly 20% in size by reclaiming the sea?


5. In the song, doh is a deer. What is re (pr. "ray")?

[drop of golden sun]

6. Which Irish athlete won the Olympic Gold medal in the Women's Pentathalon in 1972?

[Mary Peters]

7. Which movie director has made the most top-ten money-makers?


8. Name one of the Three Musketeers.

[Aramis, Porthos, Athos]

9. Re 8: Who wrote it?

[Alexander Dumas]

10. What was Richard Starkey's first film?

[A Hard Day's Night (Ringo)]


Round 5

1. What happened to Alice after she drank from a bottle labled "Drink Me"?

[she shrank]

2. How many books comprise Lord of the Rings ?


3. What trilogy did John Ronald Reuel write under a pseudonym?

[Lord of the Rings]

4. What is the well-known Japanese term meaning "empty orchestra"?


5. What is the well-known Japanese term meaning "empty hand"?


6. In the Ancient proverb, where is the heardest path to find?

[under foot]

7. How many terminals in Heathrow?


8. Which country is credited with the origin of Chess?


9. In which city is the La Scala opera house?


10. What is the term for two-over-par in Golf?

[double bogey]



Round 6

1. Which alternative treatment massages the bottom of the feet?


2. Which inventor was born in 1847 in Edinburgh?

[Alexander Graham Bell]

3. What is the name of the warm ocean current passing by Ireland?

[Gulf Stream]

4. Re Question 3: Where does it originate?

[Gulf of Mexico]

5. Which type of music was named by Allan Freed?

[Rock & Roll]

6. What is a tarantella?

[a dance]

7. What numbers were Hitler's Reich and DeGaulle's Republic?

[third AND fifth (both needed)]

8. From what is rum distilled?

[sugar cane]

9. What is Margaret Thatcher's middle name?


10. Who was the original subject of Elton John's song Candle in the Wind ?

[Marilyn Monroe]


Round 7

1. Which Irish name is derived from the name of a Roman social class?

[Patrick for Patrician]

2. TRUE or FALSE? Computers double in speed and memory size every 18 months.


3. What does tempis fugit mean?

[time flies or escapes]

4. Which was the Beatles's last film?

[Let It Be]

5. What did Charlie parker play?

[saxophone or jazz]

6. What do sulphur dioxide, potasium nitrate, and benzioic acid have in comon?

[food preservatives]

7. Which team knocked Limerick out of the 1998 Senior Hurling Championship?


8. What do Americans call the number 1 followed by 12 zeros?

[one trillion]

9. Which dance rhythm originated in Martinique?

[Bossa Nova]

10. Who wrote the song The Girl from Ipanema?

[Antonio Carlos Jobim (pr. "ho-beem")]


Round 8

1. Which musical instrument was Sherlock Holmes able to play?


2. Which sport is played with the heaviest ball?

[Ten-Pin Bowling]

3. When there are two full moons in the same month, what is the second called?

[Blue Moon]

4. What does the term 'somniloquy' mean? [talking while asleep]

5. What is the main ingredient of 'mock turtle soup'? [calf's head]

6. TRUE or FALSE? The four largest planets in our Solar System all have rings

around them.


7. What is made with fermenting yeast and held in tanks for 2 months at 40


[Lager or Beer]

8. TRUE or FALSE? Fingernails have a total life span of 3 to 6 years.

[False - it's 3 - 6 months]

9. Which type of Amerian whiskey comes from Kentucky?


10. Months which begin on a Sunday will always have what?

[A Friday the 13th]



What is the name for a combination of smoke and fog?


What does the film title E.T. stand for?


The old Irish air, the Riddle Song, is the melody for which popular Johnny Mathis hit?

[The Twelfth of Never]


Round 1

1. Who was the first Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland?

[John A. Costello]

2. Who succeded Eamon DeValera as Taoiseach in 1948?

[John A. Costello]

3. Which was the largest dinosaur?


4. Which branch of Astronomy studies the structure of the Universe?


5. Who is Warren Beatty's famous sister?

[Shirley Maclaine]

6. Which group wrote and recorded the song "Good Vibrations"?

[The Beach Boys]

7. In which country is the capitol of Tibet?


8. Computers: What does the RAM stand for?

[Random Access Memory]

9. Who is oldest: Prince Charles, Bill Clinton, or Mick Jagger?


10. Which famous wife is rumoured to be contemplating divorce?

[Hillary Clinton]


Round 2

1. Who topped the charts in 1995 with the song, "You Are Not Alone"?

[Michael Jackson]

2. Derrynane Abbey is the ancestral home of which historic figure?

[Daniel O'Connell]

3. Which Catholic missionary and Nobel Laureate died in 1997?

[Mother Theresa]

4. How many of the Seven Dwarfs wore glasses?

[one (Doc)]

5. (Re 4) How many had no beard?

[one (Dopey)]

6. Which artist was famous for his blue period?


7. Which movie was second in the number of Oscar Nominations this year?

[Saving Private Ryan]

8. Who wrote Jude the Obscure?

[Thomas Hardy]

9. Which instrument does James Galway play?


10. Which mineral is found in bones, teeth, and seashells?



Round 3

1. Opal is the birthstone for which month?


2. Which group had a hit with "Whiskey In the Jar"?

[Thin Lizzy]

3. On which river did Huckleberry Finn's adventures take place?


4. Where are the Ox Mountains?


5. What is another name for almond paste?


6. In which country did the rumba originate?


7. What was the name of Robinson Caruso's companion?


8. Which famous film director died this week?

[Stanley Kubrick}

9. (Re 8) How many Best-Director Oscars did he win?


10. In which year did the Flight of the Earls take place?



Round 4

1. On which of Shakespeare's plays is West Side Story based?

[Romeo & Julliet]

2. (Re 1) Who wrote the music?

[Leonard Bernstein]

3. Which year begins the next Millennium?


4. Which is Ireland's second-largest county?


5. How many horns has a Rhinocerous?


6. Who started Virgin Records?

[Richard Branson]

7. Which town was the seat of the early kings of Munster?



9. Name the silent Marx Brother.


10. What is the name of Oprah Winfrey's production company ?



Round 5

1. Name the two boxers in the upcoming World Championship.

[Lennox Lewis & Evander Holyfield, (or adapt)]

2. Name all fourTeletubbies.

[Dipsey, La La, Po, Tinky Winky]

3. In which film musical did Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood sing?

[Paint Your Wagon]

4. Which herb is used in pesto?


5. Who was the subject of The Agony and the Ecstasy ?


6. What is said to be the "Mother of Invention"?


7. What was the name of Frank Zappa's rock group?

[The Mothers of Invention]

8. In which street is Neighbours set?


9. In which Irish county are the Fields of Athenry?


10. Who in the Bible was the youngest son of Jacob?



Round 6

1. Jobim wrote songs to which dance beat?

[Bossa Nova]

2. What did Sherlock Holmes keep in the toe of a Persian slipper?

[his tobacco]

3. Which is the smallest county in Ireland?


4. Which composer grew up in a palace, traveled the world as a child prodigy, and was buried a pauper?


5. What is the flavor of Cointreau?


6. For how many years is the President of Ireland elected?


7. Which instrument does Julian Bream play?

[Guitar, lute]

8. Eva Braun was whose mistress?


9. Which is the largest island of the Phillipines?


10. Who wrote the novel The Godfather?

[Mario Puzo]


Round 7

1. Which Beatles song has been recorded by the most artists?


2. Aer Lingus names it planes after what?


4. Which Australian city has the largest population?


5. How many symphonies did Beethoven write?


6. Which country has the most miles of roads?


7. Who was Bob Cratchit's boss?


8. What is the term for having more than one husband at the same time?



Round 8

1. How is 1999 written in Roman Numerals?


2. How many sides has a British 50p coin?


3. Who invented the scissors and the parachute?

[Leonardo DaVinci]

4. Which Irish pop group were once named 'Feedback'?


5. Was the game of Monopoly invented in 1932, 1942, or 1952?


6. Was the lie detector invented in 1921, 1941, or 1961? 


7. Where is the world's largest man-made structure?

[China (Great Wall)]

8. (Re 7) Where is the world's oldest man-made structure?

[New Grange, Drogheda, Ireland]

8. Where was the actor Richard Harris born?

[Limerick, Ireland]


Round 1

2. Under which sign of the Zodiac are we at this moment?


3. Who won the 1999 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress?

[Judi Dench]

4. How many stomachs has the cow?


5. Which form of therapy uses the essences of plants in heated oils?


6. Name the world's southernmost capitol.

[Wellington, N. Z.]

7. What was the 1997 Oasis album called?

[Be Here Now]

8. Which is the nearest star to the Earth?

[the Sun]


Round 2

1. In which country did the dog breed the Beagle originate?


2. The owl and the pussycat bought their wedding ring from which animal?

[the pig]

3. How many took part in the Last Supper?


4. Who provided the voice for Woody in Toy Story?

[Tom Hanks]

5. Who won the 1999 Best-Director Oscar?

[Steven Spielberg]

7. Which brand of beer originated in the Rocky Mountains?


8. Which is the southernmost state of the US?



Round 3

1. Which is the last book of the Old Testament ?

[The Book of Malachi]

2. When do we next reset our clocks?


4. In which country was ice cream invented?


5. Which food do more humans eat than any other?


7. To what does a modem connect a computer?

[telephone line, or telephone, then to internet]

8. Who preferred his Martinis "shaken"?

[James Bond]


Round 4

1. Who was oldest: Hitler, Mussolini or Stalin?


2. What is the Information Superhighway?

[ Internet, or World Wide Web]

4. With which art form is Henry Moore associated?


5. T or F? 1900 was a leap year.


6. Name one of the two trees most frequently mentioned in the Bible.

[fig, cedar]

7. Who just won the Oscar for Best Actress in a leading role?

[Gwynneth Paltrow]


Round 5

1. Dipsophobia is the fear of what?


2. Upon completion of an historic event, who said, "The Eagle has landed."?

[Charles Lindbergh or Neil Armstrong]

3. Re 2: Upon completion of another historic event, who said, "The Eagle has landed."?

{Neil Armstrong or Lindbergh]

4. Re 2 & 3: After which other historic event was it again said?

[balloon flight around the world]

5. If a woman is nubile, what does that mean?


6. Who just won the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role?

[Roberto Benigni]


Round 6

1. Which drip-style painter was best known?

[Jackson Pollack]


3. Who painted The Last Supper?


4. Who won the 1999 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor?

[James Coburn]

5. Name one of the two main ingredients of roux .

[butter or flour]

7. What connects Kant, Hegel and Sartre?


8. Where is the city of Pristina?

[Kosovo, or Serbia, or Yugoslavia]


Round 7

1. Who was the youngest Beatle?


2. In which sport would you find a bomb, a blitz, a shotgun, and a tight end?

[American football]

3. What was the first hand-held camera called?


4. Who won the recent Holyfield/Lewis fight?

[Neither: it was a draw]

6. Was Dali a realist, surrealist, or abstractionist?


8. What does the acronym CD-ROM stand for?

[Compact Disk-Read Only Memory]


Round 8

1. Which movie won the 1999 Best Picture Oscar?

[Shakespeare In Love ]

3. Who was born first: Van Gogh or Picasso?

[Van Gogh]

4. What is xerography?


5. Of the 1999 Oscar winners, who is the oldest?

[James Coburn, b. 1928 (Dench b. 1934)]

6. What is the cullinary term for 'according to the menu'?

[a la carte ]

7. What is the best selling recorded single of all time?

[Candle in the Wind]

8. On which day of the week was Millennium Eve?



Round 1

1. Name Kosovo's largest city.


2. Who started the custom of carrying a flaming torch from Athens to the site of the Olympics?

[Hitler in 1936]

4. In which sport would one see a trudgen?

[swimming stroke]

5. Who wouldn't Take That and left in 1995?

[Robbie Williams]

6. Which event is said to have been the last great achievement in aviation?

[balloon flight around the world]

7. How many Spice Girls are there now?


8. TRUE or FALSE?: Bicycle Polo was a recognized sport.



Round 2

1. How many squares on a chess board?


3. Who is the Secretary General of the UN?

[Ban Ki-moon (or adapt)]

4. Which is the biggest Irish corporation?

[Smurfit Group]

5. In which Kerry town is the Sky Woman monument?


6. Who won Sunday's rugby match between Ireland & Italy?


7. Who was the first golfer to reach $1 million in earnings?

[Arnold Palmer]

8. Which is the most common name in the world?



Round 3

1. Which is the most popular spectator sport worldwide?

[auto racing]

2. TRUE or FALSE?: There were no Englishmen on Liverpool's FA Cup winning side in 1986.


3. In Internet addresses, what does .com ("dot com") stand for?

[a commercial or business website]

4. Name one of the three main ingredients of a Harvey Wallbanger.

[vodka, orange juice, Galiano]

5. How do you spell singer Sade [pr. "shah-day"] 's name?


6. What is significant about the letters of the word facetiously ? [pr. "fa-see-shus-lee"]

[contains all the vowels, and they're in alphabetical order]

7. Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.

[Amelia Earhart]

8. Where is Montenegro?

[Yugoslavia, or Balkans]


Round 4

1. What is the second book of the Bible.


2. The shortest war on record was in 1896 and lasted 38 minutes. Name one

of the two countries involved.

[England, Zanzibar]

3. Who was Aristotle's teacher?


6. What does U.A.E. stand for?

[United Arab Emirates]

7. In equestrian sport, which event tests obedience?


8.  Roman mythology: Celene and Diana are the goddesses of what?

[the moon]


Round 5

1. Soccer: Which country scored the first goal in the first World Cup Finals?


2. The drink Chartreuse ("sharr-troose") comes in three colors. Name one.

[green, yellow or white]

3. Which type of dance involves moving under a horizontal pole?

[the limbo]

4. Into which sea does the Nile flow?


5. Would be an email or website address?


6. TRUE or FALSE?: The comma was introduced into the English language in the 16th Century.


7. Who wrote the song "Roll Over Beethoven"?

[Chuck Berry]

8. In which city is the Parthenon?



Round 6

1. What is the highest degree awarded by a university?


3. Is the tomato fruit or vegetable?


5. Who sang the hit song "Nothing Compares 2 U"?

[Sinead O'Connor]

6. Who won the 1999 Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role?

[Roberto Benigni]

7. Which reaches farther north: Greenland or Siberia?


8. What was the pen name Charles Dodgson?

[Lewis Carroll]


Round 7

1. When did IBM introduce their pc: 1979, 1981, or 1987?


3. Which is the world's best-selling chocolate bar?

[Hershey Bar]

4. What is the basic problem affecting the Earth, more basic than global warming or deforestation?


5. Which is the world's largest desert?


7. Which of Shakespeare's plays has the most film versions?


8. Who killed Mac Beth?



Round 8

1. What is the name given to the cultivation of plants without soil?



3. On which day of the week was Millennium Eve?


5. Who was the first US president to be assassinated?


7. What was the Year 2000 Problem?

[computer dates use only last two digits of year, (or equivalent)]

8. Name the only state in the world with a zero birth rate.



Round 1



3. Name both seas joined by the Suez Canal.

[Mediterranean AND Red Seas]

4. Are Hyundai cars Korean or Japanese?


5. The school shooting in Colorado was intended by the killers

to honor whose birthday?


6. How many stones did David have in his pouch?


7. Re Question 6, how many did he use to slay Goliath?


8. Which is the largest city in Kosovo?



Round 2

1. Who played lead guitar for Cream?


2. Who first recorded the song "Crazy" ?

[Patsy Cline]

4. Who wrote the song "Crazy"?

[Willie Nelson]

4. Which famous sculpture has no arms?

[Venus de Milo]

6. Which popular soft drink once contained cocaine?

[Coca Cola]

7. Is Krypton fictional or real?


8. At which film festival is the Palm d'Or given?



Round 3

1. In which Italian city was Columbus born?


2. Which Irish pop group has a name similar to a popular beer?

[The Corrs]



5. What is the flavor source of Amaretto liqueur?


6. In which American sitcom is Courtney Cox one of the stars?


7. Which constellation contains the North Star?

[Little Dipper, or Little Plough, or Ursa Minor]

8. Filbert and Brazil are types of what?



Round 4

1. What was Bob Marley's band called?


2. On which island is Jakarta located?


3. When Marx & Engles wrote the Communist Manifesto (1848) in London, what had just ended in Ireland?

[The Great Famine (1846-47]

4. T or F: During the Great Famine there was enough food to feed everyone.


5. How many lunar months does it take the Moon to orbit the Earth?


6. In which art form would one find the terms Major and Minor?


7. Who wrote the novel Jaws, later made into the movie?

[Peter Benchley]

8. Which island country are the present holders of Cricket's World Cup?

[Sri Lanka]


Round 5

1. Which rockgroup recorded Beggar's Banquet and Let It Bleed albums?

[Rolling Stones]

2. TRUE or FALSE? Hungary and Italy border Yugoslavia.

[False, only Hungary]

3. In which country would one find the sport of hurling?


5. 'Crazy Horse' led which Native American nation?


6. Bible: Who did Cain kill?


7. Leaves of Grass was by which poet?

[Walt Whitman]

8. TRUE or FALSE: Milosovec has the support of the majority of Serbs.



Round 6

1. What is the previous name of the Democratic Republic of Congo?


2. FASHION: What do the letters DKNY stand for?

[Donna Karen New York]

3. Au Gratin refers to a dish made with what ingredient in its crust?

[cheese or bread crumbs]

5. From which recent news event did we learn of the Trenchcoat Mafia?

[Colorado school shooting]

6. Belgrade is on the banks of which river?


7. The Oillean Pipes derive their name from which part of the human body?


8. How many nations in NATO?



Round 7

1. Who was in both Mad Max and Gallipole?

[Mel Gibson]

2. Which famous actor is a financial contributor and spokesman for Scottish devolution?

[Sean Connery]

3. Which movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1995?


4. Who is the most successful Scottish sportsman in history?

[Snooker-great Steven Hendry]

5. Which sport is currently holding its world championship?


6. Where are your stirrups and anvils?

[in your ears]

7. Which European country has the oldest documented genealogy?


8. What must be octagonal according to international law?

[stop sign]


Round 8

1. Given that a complete sentence must contain subject and verb, write one of the two shortest complete sentences in the English language.

I do.  or  I am.

2. Who composed the operas La Boheme and Tosca ?


3. Where was the NATO summit meeting held on occasion of its 50th birthday?

[Washington, or US]

4. 1999 News: What did K.L.A. stand for?

[Kosovo Liberation Army]

5. What is the most Oscar nominations ever given to a movie: 12, 13, or 14?

[14 for ]

6. Shylock is a character in which of Shakespeare's plays?

[Merchant of Venice]

7 What sort of word is a neologism?

[newly coined]

8. How old am I? Nearest guess correct.

[(adapt to quizmaster et al.)]


1. What is the name given to a substance which speeds up a chemical reaction?


2. What is the name given to a pressure wave in a blood vessel which corresponds to the heartbeat?


5. What is the stage-name of singer/composer Gordon Sumner?


5. What was the dog's name in Peter Pan ?


6. Which US president's middle name was 'Millhouse'?


7. Which composer wrote Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake ballets?


8. What is the name of the present King of Spain?

[Juan Carlos]


1. In which country is the world's highest waterfall: US, South Africa, or Venezuela?


2. Which is world's lowest altitude: Dead Sea, Antarctica, or Grand Canyon?

[Dead Sea]

3. Which is world's oldest island: Madagascar, Iceland, or New Zealand?


4. In which country is world's deepest lake: Russia, China, or Canada?


5. What does a cephalogist study?


6.  In which month is Van Morrison's song  Moondance set?

["'neath the cover of October skies..."]

7.  Which US state is between Texas and Arizona?

[New Mexico]

8. What must be octagonal according to international law?

[stop sign]


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