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  1. Which competitive sport had its hi-tech clothing banned in 2010?
  2. The abbreviation OS usually stands for what?
  3. Which 2014 film, see’s Benedict Cumberbatch play real life British cryptanalyst, Alan Turing?
  4. When was the first iPhone released? July 2005, December 2006 or June 2007
  5. Who recorded a song called ‘Computer Love’ from the album ‘Computer World’ in 1981?
  6. What were first broadcast on the BBC on 5 February 1924?
  7. What 2012 pop song became the first YouTube video to reach one billion, and the two billion views?
  8. Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of which university to launch Facebook?
  9. What is the name of Elon Musk’s rocket manufacturing business with which he aims to colonise Mars?
  10. How many foreign languages does Bill Gates speak?
  11. Who Was Born First…… Holly Willoughby or Fearne Cotton?
  12. Who Was Born First…… Jeremy Corbyn or Tony Blair?
  13. Who Was Born First…… Adolf Hitler or Winston Churchill?
  14. Who Was Born First…… Prince William or Kate Middleton?
  15. Who Was Born First…… Richard Branson or Alan Sugar?
  16. Who Was Born First…… Wayne Rooney or Jade Goody?
  17. Who Was Born First…… Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber?
  18. Who Was Born First…… Bruce Forsyth or Queen Elizabeth II?
  19. Who Was Born First…… Jamie Oliver or Katie Price?
  20. Who Was Born First…… John Tavolta or Olivia Newton-John?
  21. Which Looney Tunes character, known for their bright yellow plumage and knack for outwitting the “puddy tat”, was originally pink and named Orson?
  22. This dashing archaeologist was played by Harrison Ford in the movie franchise, and by Sean Patrick Flanery in the short-lived television series. What cracking good character was this?
  23. This simple man was able to take his family from rags to riches due to some lucky hunting. He was played in the television series by Buddy Ebsen, and by Jim Varney in the movie. Who was this man who never really left his simple roots behind?
  24. “Ay carumba!”, “Eat my shorts” and “Don’t have a cow, man”, are all trademark quotes of which cartoon character?
  25. My name’s Peter Parker. In my time, I’ve been a freelance photographer and graduate student, all the while protecting what precious secret?
  26. Former Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller played this swinger in a series of films, and Ron Ely played him on the short lived television series. Christopher Lambert has also played the part on the silver screen, and Tony Goldwyn gave his voice talents to the Disney animated character. Which popular role has seen these, as well as other portrayals?
  27. Which Warner Brothers “Looney Tunes” character was billed as “The Fastest Mouse in all Mexico”?
  28. This displaced doctor was first portrayed on the silver screen by Donald Sutherland, and then by Alan Alda in the television series. Which mobile surgeon was this?
  29. The 1980s comic series “Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters” was a parody of what popular series featuring “heroes in a half-shell”?
  30. This caped crusader was played by Adam West on the small screen, and covered by such notable actors as Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale on the silver screen. Which crime fighter has been blessed by these, and so many other, fine interpretations?
  31. The oldest of regular pantomimes in the U.K., in which play is the title character about to be thrown off her land because she cannot pay rent to the Squire and his Bailiffs but is saved by a bird named Priscilla?
  32. Which actor played a pantomime dame for 38 consecutive years until 2007, when his participation in I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here prevented him from appearing that year?
  33. The pantomime Aladdin is traditionally set in which country?
  34. Which pantomime character is sometimes billed in the show’s title alongside his cat?
  35. From the audience’s viewpoint in a pantomime, does the villain enter from the left or the right of the stage?
  36. In December 2009, who was the unlikely Genie of the Lamp at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London?
  37. Which long-running soap has a regular pantomime in the village hall produced by Linda Snell?
  38. Which traditional pantomime features the most characters in the title?
  39. According to pantomime tradition, what should never be spoken in rehearsal?
  40. Originally Clorinda and Thisbe, which pantomime characters have been Daisy and Buttercup, Hysteria and Hydrophobia, Alexis and Krystle and Sharon and Tracey?
  41. Which daily newspaper sells the most copies in the UK?
  42. For which newspaper did Clark Kent work for?
  43. In newspaper jargon, what is a ‘splash’?
  44. With a beautiful blonde on its cover, which magazine hit the newsstands in December 1953 having been produced on a kitchen table in its creators Hyde Park Apartment?
  45. Which newspaper is nicknamed ‘The Thunderer’?
  46. Established in 1892, and was made part of the Conde Nast Family in 1909, which publication features the latest fashion trends and aspirational living dreams for the modern woman?
  47. What is the name of the local newspaper in the soap, Eastenders?
  48. Which teen magazine closed its pages in February 2006 after 28 years in circulation?
  49. What national newspaper is printed on ‘pink’ paper?
  50. The film Citizen Kane, starring Orson Welles, was loosely based on which newspaper magnate?
  51. In which seaside town did Sybil (Sybil Fawlty, Fawlty Towers) carry out her reign of terror?
  52. Being married to the hopeless George for so many years, it’s no wonder Mildred developed into a Battlexe. Although they later had their own series, imaginatively titled “George and Mildred”, in which series did they first appear?
  53. Grandma Giles appeared alongside her family for an astonishing 46 years. In which newspaper did they appear?
  54. Diana Trent was prematurely consigned to live in a retirement home. She conspired with the eccentric Tom Ballard to battle against the yuppie manager of the home in “Waiting for God”. What was the name of the retirement home in question?
  55. With her glass of milk stout and ever present hairnet, actress Violet Carson played the part of which battleaxe in “Coronation Street”?
  56. Kathy Staff is an actress with a reputation for playing dour northern women. However, her most famous role must surely be the one that she plays in “Last of the Summer Wine”. What is the name of that character?
  57. Mollie Sugden seems to be have been born to play the part of a battleaxe. She is probably best known as the feline loving Mrs Slocombe on “Are You Being Served” (1972-1985). However, she has played the role of a pub landlady in which long-running soap?
  58. As is so often the case, this lady’s real personality was the opposite of her screen persona. Who starred with Sid James and John Le Mesurier in the sitcom “George and the Dragon”?
  59. The role of Margo in “The Good Life” (1975-1978) is the one that bought actress Penelope Keith to public notice. In 2002, Ms Keith was given a one year post as High Sheriff of which county?
  60. Actress Joan Sanderson cropped up as a battleaxe in an episode of “Fawlty Towers”. She played the part of Mrs Richards, a woman with impaired hearing and an imperious nature. However, Ms Sanderson also played the part of the formidable battleaxe Doris Ewell in which sitcom?
  61. According to the nursery rhyme, who was told to “Put the kettle on” before Sukey was told to “take it off again”?
  62. What type of verse does not rhyme?
  63. In the nursery rhyme, who “ran away with the spoon”?
  64. According to the rhyme, on which day did Solomon Grundy marry?
  65. In the nursery rhyme, who was in the tub with the baker and the candlestick maker?
  66. What did Little Bo Peep lose in the nursery rhyme?
  67. Who used the rhyme Mary Had A Little Lamb for the world’s first recording of a human voice?
  68. In the nursery rhyme, Pussycat, Pussycat Where Have You Been, who had the cat been to visit?
  69. In the nursery rhyme, how many men did the Duke of York march to the top of the hill before marching them down again?
  70. How many lines does a limerick have?
  71. Which science fiction novel by Matthew Thomas was sold with the tag-line ‘A Novel About Exploding Sheep, Nostradamus, and the End of the World’?
  72. In which ‘Wallace and Gromit’ animated film did Shaun the Sheep make his first appearance?
  73. Who directed the 2007 film ‘Lions for Lambs’, and starred in it alongside Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise?
  74. Over the years, ‘The Sheep Look Up’ has become one of the classics of dystopian science fiction. Who is the protagonist who lends his name to an environmental protest movement in the story?
  75. ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991), based on the Thomas Harris novel of the same name, starred which actor in his Academy Award-winning role as Dr. Hannibal Lecter?
  76. Mareep and Flaaffy are sheep-like creatures from which popular series of video games for Nintendo devices?
  77. ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ was a short story featured in the ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ collection by which popular British author?
  78. Robert Conrad played Pappy Boyington in the 1970s TV show ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’. Who was Pappy Boyington?
  79. ‘Sheep’ is a ten-minute long track on the album ‘Animals’, by which band?
  80. ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ is a dystopian novel written by which American author?
  81. In which 1999 movie were Harvey Keitel and Jennifer Jason Leigh replaced by Tom
  82. Cruise and Nicole Kidman?
  83. Who did Danny Boyle direct in both ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘Shallow Grave’?
  84. Which director was Geena Davis’s third husband?
  85. Harvey Keitel is particularly known for his work with which director?
  86. How did Joanne Whalley style herself during her 1988-1996 marriage?
  87. Marilyn Monroe divorced Arthur Miller a week after the premier of which movie?
  88. Who was Uma Thurman’s on-and-off-screen partner in Gattaca?
  89. Fred Quimby was partly responsible for bringing which duo to the big screen?
  90. Mimi Rogers was the first wife of which superstar of the 80’s and 90’s Which star of ‘Twins’ married John Travolta?
  91. Which female detective first appeared in the 1930 novel Murder at the Vicarage?
  92. Which fictional detective apparently plunged to his death at the Reichenbach Falls whilst chasing his arch-enemy Moriarty?
  93. Which two characters of one split personality did Robert Louis Stevenson create?
  94. Who wrote the book James and the Giant Peach?
  95. Who wrote Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less to clear bankruptcy debts?
  96. Who created the character George Smiley?
  97. In which Dickens novel did Uriah Heep appear?
  98. In which George Orwell novel would you encounter the character Winston Smith?
  99. Which French president was the intended victim of the assassination in Frederick Forsyth’s book The Day of the Jackal?
  100. Whose first novel, A Woman of Substance, became a best seller?
  101. Who joined Robert De Nero and Joe Pesci on the poster for Goodfellas?
  102. Who was lead villain to Clint Eastwood in ‘For A Few Dollars More’?
  103. Which Mel Gibson movie tells of the first major battle of the Vietnam conflict?
  104. Who played Goldfinger in 1964?
  105. What did Humphrey Bogart study before entering the Navy in the World War One?
  106. Who was the star of the first four Police Academy films?
  107. Which tough guy was Judas in Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Last Temptation of Chris’?
  108. Who was the violent hustler in ‘Looking for Mr Goodbar’?
  109. Which film gave the real-live tough guy Steve McQueen his first lead role?
  110. What was Robert De Niro’s role in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Cape Fear’ in 1991?
  111. In the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, where does Roger Rabbit live?
  112. What does the Energizer Bunny wear on his feet?
  113. How did Peter Rabbit get into trouble?
  114. How is Benjamin Bunny related to Peter Rabbit?
  115. What kind of accent is Bugs Bunny supposed to have?
  116. In Alice in Wonderland, what intriguing item does the White Rabbit possess?
  117. What is the name of the Swiss chocolate manufacturer that produces rabbit-shaped chocolates?
  118. In the famous children’s book of the same name, what colour was the Velveteen Rabbit?
  119. In the novel Watership Down, how many ‘black stones’ did Kehaar get out of Hazel’s leg?
  120. In Winnie the Pooh, what is Tigger’s Nickname for Rabbit?
  121. Which Queen song has the lyric ‘Mama, just killed a man, put a gun against his head…’?
  122. What character does Robert Pattinson play in the 2008 film Twilight?
  123. What performance gave Irish Dance International fame?
  124. Who is the original creator of the Spider-Man comic books?
  125. Which popstar died in August 2001 when their plane crashed on take-off?
  126. Who did Adele tour with in 2006?
  127. How tall is actor Warwick Davis?
  128. What company originally produced the ‘Walkman’?
  129. In Swordfish, John Travolta starred along with which actress?
  130. What does Alvin from The Chipmunks want for Christmas?
  131. Winston Smith is the protagonist in which dystopian novel?
  132. Ishmael is the narrator in which nineteenth century novel?
  133. ‘Call for the Dead’ and ‘The Spy Who Came In From the Cold’ by John Le Carre, both feature which spymaster?
  134. George Milton and Lennie Small are characters in which novel by John Steinbeck?
  135. Humbert Humbert is the protagonist in which novel by Vladimir Nabokov?
  136. In which novel does Edmond Dantes appear as a prisoner?
  137. Gustav von Aschenbach is the tragic central character of which Thomas Mann Novel?
  138. ‘Slaughterhouse Five’ by Kurt Vonnegut features which space-travelling protagonist?
  139. The wizard, Rincewind, appears in which series of fantasy novels?
  140. Tom and Ruth Pinch appear in which novel by Charles Dickens?

ANSWERS


  1. Swimming
  2. Operating System
  3. The Imitation Game
  4. June 2007
  5. Kraftwerk
  6. The Greenwich Time Signal (the hourly ‘pips’ on the radio)
  7. Gangnam Style by Psy
  8. Harvard University
  9. SpaceX
  10. None
  11. Holly Willoughby (Feb 1981) (Cotton – Sept 1981)
  12. Jeremy Corbyn (May 1949) (Blair – May 1953)
  13. Winston Churchill (Nov 1874) (Hitler – Apr 1889)
  14. Kate Middleton (Jan 1982) (William – Jun 1982)
  15. Alan Sugar (Mar 1947) (Branson – Jul 1950)
  16. Jade Goody (Jun 1981) (Rooney – Oct 1985)
  17. Miley Cyrus (Nov 1992) (Bieber – (Mar 1994)
  18. Queen Elizabeth II (Apr 1926) (Forsyth – Feb 1928)
  19. Jamie Oliver (May 1975) (Price – May 1978)
  20. Olivia Newton-John (Sept 1948) (Travolta – Feb 1954)
  21. Tweety Pie
  22. Indiana Jones
  23. Jed Clampett
  24. Bart Simpson
  25. I’m Spider-Man
  26. Tarzan
  27. Speedy Gonzales
  28. Hawkeye Pierce
  29. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  30. Batman
  31. Mother Goose
  32. Christopher Biggins
  33. China
  34. Dick Whittington
  35. Left
  36. Pamela Anderson
  37. The Archers
  38. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  39. The last lines of the panto
  40. The Ugly Sisters
  41. The Sun
  42. The Daily Planet
  43. A front page leading story
  44. Playboy
  45. The Times
  46. Vogue
  47. The Walford Gazette
  48. Smash Hits
  49. The Financial Times
  50. William Randolph Hearst
  51. Torquay
  52. Man About The House
  53. The Daily Express
  54. Bayview
  55. Ena Sharples
  56. Nora Batty
  57. Coronation Street
  58. Peggy Mount
  59. Surrey
  60. Please Sir
  61. Polly
  62. Blank
  63. The Dish
  64. Wednesday
  65. The Butcher
  66. Her Sheep
  67. Thomas Edison
  68. The Queen
  69. 10,000
  70. Five
  71. Before and After
  72. A Close Shave
  73. Robert Redford
  74. Austin Train
  75. Anthony Hopkins
  76. Pokemon
  77. Roald Dahl
  78. WWII Marine Corps pilot
  79. Pink Floyd
  80. Philip K. Dick
  81. Eyes Wide Shut
  82. Ewan McGregor
  83. Renny Harlin
  84. Martin Scorsese
  85. Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
  86. The Misfits
  87. Ethan Hawke
  88. Tom & Jerry
  89. Tom Cruise
  90. Kelly Preston
  91. Miss Marple
  92. Sherlock Holmes
  93. Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde
  94. Roald Dahl
  95. Jeffrey Archer
  96. John Le Carre
  97. David Copperfield
  98. 1984
  99. Charles de Gaulle
  100. Barbara Taylor Bradford
  101. Ray Liotta
  102. Lee Von Cleef
  103. We Were Soldiers
  104. Gert Frobe
  105. Medicine
  106. Steve Guttenberg
  107. Harvey Keitel
  108. Richard Gere
  109. The Blob
  110. Max Cady
  111. Toontown
  112. Flip-Flops
  113. He snuck into Farmer McGregor’s garden
  114. Cousins
  115. Brooklyn
  116. A pocket-watch
  117. Lindt
  118. Brown and White
  119. 2
  120. Long Ears
  121. Bohemian Rhapsody
  122. Edward Cullen
  123. Riverdance
  124. Stan Lee
  125. Aaliyah
  126. Jack Penate
  127. 3ft 6inch (1.07m)
  128. Sony
  129. Halle Berry
  130. A Hula Hoop
  131. Nineteen Eighty-Four
  132. Moby Dick
  133. George Smiley
  134. Of Mice and Men
  135. Lolita
  136. The Count of Monte Cristo
  137. Death in Venice
  138. Billy Pilgrim
  139. Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ novels
  140. Martin Chuzzlewit