More brain-stretchers

It’s Friday! It’s 3.30pm! It’s Poets Day. You’ve only got another 90 mins of Looking Busy to get through!

The boss is probably going to be ‘off to a meeting’ shortly anyway, but in the meantime, here’s a few more samples of the kind of questions we’ll be asking you at the Great BIG Politics Pub Quiz, scheduled for Monday 25 October in the Black Box.

NB. We will not be asking these actual questions just in case there are any of you that imagine this to be a Coughing Major opportunity to grab the glittering prizes on the night.

There’s a brisk trade in advance tickets  (available here) and a few more prizes have been added to the collection up for grabs on the night. More details on Facebook. You can also register your totally hilarious team names here now.

Meanwhile, think of these as warm-up exercises for your political brain? Have a guess – and no short-cuts via Google or Wikipedia! We’ll post the answers in a day or two.

  1. Who was the youngest US president?
  2. Which daughter of Zeus was the cause of the Trojan War?
  3. What date and year was the Good Friday Agreement signed?
  4. Who played First Lady, Abigail Bartlet, in US TV series The West Wing?
  5. Name the Latin American leader who failed in a coup attempt in 1992 and survived a military coup in April 2002?
  6. Who was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty?
  7. Name the UK Secretary of State for International Development?
  8. Of what paramilitary organisation was Belfast-born Chaim Herzog – sixth president of Israel – a member?
  9. In which year did the Berlin Wall come down?
  10. Which French leader said: “In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant”?

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  • Alan Maskey

    1.Brother of the Swimmer. easy
    2.Was there another Troy for her to burn? Easy unless a catch.
    3.What date and year was the Good Friday Agreement signed? Year is easy and feast date is very easy
    4.Who played First Lady, Abigail Bartlet, in US TV series The West Wing?
    5.Name the Latin American leader who failed in a coup attempt in 1992 and survived a military coup in April 2002? Hugo Chavez, easyish
    6.Who was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty? An alleged virgin methinks
    7.Name the UK Secretary of State for International Development?
    8.Of what paramilitary organisation was Belfast-born Chaim Herzog – sixth president of Israel – a member? Either Irgun or haganah
    9.In which year did the Berlin Wall come down?
    late 1989, just before the Romanian leaders faced the bullets

    :::::::::::
    Engendering a false sense of confidence here? These do seem too easy if I can pass.

  • I believe Mr Maskey is wrong on #1. He really should be looking at Kermit’s dad, and friend of Ursus Americanus).

    As for #4: another alter ego was “Betty Rizzo”.

    #7 is the MP for Sutton Coldfield, who was also winner of the Westminster dog-of-the-year. This individual’s real achievement was to put in an expenses claim for a glue-stick: it was accepted by the Fees Office.

    #8: As I recall Irgun were the breakaway Provos and Hananah the “legitimate” Stickies. So, the latter.

    #: the 51st anniversary of Kristallnacht.

    #10: same bloke who wondered how to rule a country which had umpteen varieties of cheese, who wondered why anyone should want to go to the moon because it was so near, and who said “Non!” quite forcibly.

  • Mark McGregor

    Malcolm,

    For someone calling it ‘easy’ Alan maybe indicated his team (if he has entered) won’t be winning a prize? Or perhaps he is trying to lul comptetitors into a false sense of security?

    We will only know on the 25th – will Alan top the table or do a Liverpool?

  • SDLP Man

    Mick

    Hope you are going to ban all those WAP-enabled phones, people constantly excusing themselves to go to the loo so that they can ring their more erudite friends etc.

    There’s a 3rd World Group Quiz in St. Brigid’s Hall, Malone Road, and the South Belfast Catholic haute bourgeoisie are absolutely vicious in the determination to win at all costs by cheating, spreading disinformation, using mobile phones, etc. etc.

    Be warned!!!!!

  • Alan, I fear a bit of misplaced “confidence” on your part!

    We thought we’d post some relatively easy sample questions this time around, having previously posted a few teasers which left quite a few scratching their heads and fearing public embarassment on the 25th in the Black Box.

    Anyway, hope you have your team together and your tickets pre-booked, as it’s looking like being a full house and mighty fun. More here.

    We’ll be endeavouring to make the Black Box a smart phone / cheating-free zone. If penalty points on the night don’t work, what about post-match naming and shaming?

  • Last Tuesday the Redfellow Hovel ensemble decamped to the Prince Of Wales, Highgate, pub quiz (we once came third!)

    We came embarrassing and humiliatingly adrift on this week’s beer-round. Hint: this is traditionally thematic; and there might be a Sluggerdom connection:

    1. Which is the only New Zealand team which plays in the Australasian National League?

    2. Which large raptor, not an eagle, Pandion haliaetus, is found on all continents?

    3. What is the link between a 1999 film, directed by Brian Robbins, starring Jon Voight and Amy Smart, and the sports teams of the University of Toronto?

    4. What was the name of Gerry Anderson’s 1967 TV series, in which the hero’s enemies possess the power of “retro-metabolism”?

    5. An advertisement for Nike was banned in China because it depicted the killing of which creature in the Chinese zodiac?

    I’m sure the original questions were put more mellifluously than I recollect.

  • Dewi

    What sport’s 1 Malcolm?
    2.Nope
    3. would be Blues or even Varsity Blues
    4. Captain Scarlet – Indestructible..Yes I had the outfit…
    5. Guess Dragon?

    Ahhh would the link be Welsh Rugby teams? That gives Ospreys for 2….can’t even guess 1….

  • Dewi:

    #1 is Rugby League; and at this distance in time I cannot recollect whether that was made clear in the original question. Rather (in)appropriate: Magner’s for a (real ale) pub?

  • Dewi

    Warriors must be!

  • OK answers…

    1.Who was the youngest US president? Theodore Roosevelt, who became president (age 42), following William McKinley’s assassination. John F Kennedy was the youngest president elected to office (age 43)

    2.Which daughter of Zeus was the cause of the Trojan War? Helen

    3.What date and year was the Good Friday Agreement signed? April 10 1998 (naming the Feast Day isn’t enough!)

    4.Who played First Lady, Abigail Bartlet, in US TV series The West Wing? Stockard Channing

    5.Name the Latin American leader who failed in a coup attempt in 1992 and survived a military coup in April 2002? Hugo Chavez

    6.Who was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty? Elizabeth I

    7.Name the UK Secretary of State for International Development? Andrew Mitchell (the man in charge of tackling world poverty is one of the richest MPs at Westminster)

    8.Of what paramilitary organisation was Belfast-born Chaim Herzog – sixth president of Israel – a member? Haganah

    9.In which year did the Berlin Wall come down? 1989

    10.Which French leader said: “In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant”? Charles de Gaulle

    How did you do? Did you get the youngest president one wrong? Don’t worry – you weren’t alone!

    And who wants Malcolm and Dewi on their team? Pity they’ll not be there, but I hear there might be a bidding war for the services of Alliance man and political über-nerd Gerry Lynch… Anyone else we should look out for on the 25th?

  • Alan Maskey

    Bait and switch. They were too easy. So come along and get humiliated by ball breakers, Nein danke.

  • Declaration of interest (and why I did find this an “easy” one): Number One Daughter lives in New Jersey, on what was once a Roosevelt estate. Two roads are “Roosevelt Avenue” and “Kermit Road”.

    I really cannot help myself except to blather on here.

    Kermit (the name came from his mother’s ancestry) was an unhealthy child, who pushed himself to keep up with his over-active father. He was a remarkable linguist. In WW1 he joined the British Army in Mesopotamia, and learned conversational Arabic prontissimo (from this a family interst and much of recent history may follow). He was then brave to to the point of being certifiable; and the Brits gave him an M.C. Between the Wars he was a shipping tycoon. In WW2 he was with the British expeditionary force in the Winter War, then raiding into Norway and finally before he was invalided out in North Africa. Back in the good ol’ US of A he decided that alcoholism was his next achievement: his cousin (FDR) was persuaded to commission him as a Major in the intelligence corps and send him to Alaska. there he shot himself.

    His son, Kermit Jr, was a banker who became an Arabist with the OSS (later the CIA). When Mossadeq nationalized the Iranian oil industry, to the acute distress of the Churchill government (although less so to the US oil companies), it was Kermit who orchestrated the coups which installed Pahlevi on the imperial throne, allegedly to forestall a Communist take-over.

    Kermit II was a DC lawyer, and Kermit III lectures at Penn Law.

    As for question #7: today’s Sunday Times sniffs around Andrew Mitchell’s Cayman Islands off-shore “stash”. And Channel 4 will be doing him over tomorrow night.

  • Alan, there are five different people (including a couple of Slugger regulars) setting questions for the quiz, on a whole variety of politics-related themes. The level of seriousness and difficulty will vary wildly, I can guarantee you!