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Welcome to Superbrain 2013 - the North-East's toughest and most talked about, trivia quiz.
Once again, there is more than £500 to be won, with the winner walking away with £250. The runner-up will get £100 and each of the category winners £25, so give it a go.
Superbrain has been part of The Northern Echo's Christmas for 27 years now, and our quizmaster is David Chisholm of Newton Aycliffe. He won the quiz so regularly at the start of the millennium that we've given him the much harder task of setting the questions.
There are as usual six categories in the quiz, plus a picture round, and you can enter as many categories as you like. You can enter only one category, or you could enter the whole lot.
Good luck, and don't be daunted - you don't have to answer every one of David's brain teasers.
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11. Which show was dubbed “the British Roseanne”?
12. What was the name of the squadron in which you would have found Zilly and Klunk?
13. What brand were the much missed pineapples in the show Porridge?
14. Which series had “a dead body under every rhododendron bush”?
15. In Ashes to Ashes, what did Gene Hunt say his favourite film was?
16. In which comedy did HG Wells regularly appear?
17. The Goodies reunited to provide voices in which series?
18. What was the name of Jacko’s own company in Brush Strokes?
19. Mike Batt, then BA Robertson, provided the theme tune to which programme?
20. Titan had made which character incapable of speech?
21. What is the US version of the sitcom Lyman s Boys called?
22. What was based on an original lunch by Martin Lambie-Nairn?
23. What was originally called “Cool”?
24. Which series spoofed the Prisoner in its own last episode?
25. The two main characters from which drama series made a cameo appearance in Father Ted?
26. What was the name of the bar where “nobody knows your name”?
27. On which show did the Queen hold an It's a Knockout-style competition to determine her successor?
28. Which short-lived series was cancelled because it asked the viewer to concentrate too much?
29. Only two regular characters from Cheers never made an appearance in its spin-off Frasier. One was Coach (actor Ernie Pantuso had died). Who was the other?
30. “This is the way it began on that extraordinary night. The night he came.” The night who came?
31. In Dirty Dancing, what was the first name of “Baby”?
32. How many rules of Wedding Crashing were there?
33. Who were protecting the earth from the scum of the universe?
34. Who is fed to the sharks by Franz Sanchez?
35. What is the name of the much sought after toy in the film Jingle all the Way?
36. Debbie Jellinsky married into which famous family?
37. Who were Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup?
38. Which film was made available in Atomo-Vision and Rumble-rama?
39. Which 1992 film included 13 Oscar winners in its cast?
40. Which famous film had 11 directors, its sequel having a mere eight?
41. In which film was the ship’s computer called Mother?
42. Which famous horror actor provided the voice of the Invisible Man in the comedy Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein?
43. Which was the first film in which the fastest hands in the east met the biggest mouth in the west?
44. Which actor originally recorded the part of Hal 9000 in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey?
45. Who won an Oscar in 1970, but only after a recount?
46. Which Carry On film incorporates the theme from Steptoe and Son?
47. In which film does a dating agency have the same title as a Bond film?
48. Who learnt Portuguese in 20 minutes?
49.In what film were “Cheerios by General Mills”?
50. Which band had six number ones from 1984 to 1991, selling over 20 million records, but caused controversy when the lead singer stated they were bigger than the Beatles?
11. Who was known as “the animated meringue”?
12. Which Chocolate Factory child turns into a blueberry?
13. “When I am dead, it might be said that his sins were scarlet but his books were read” was the self-given epitaph of which writer?
14. According to whom is happiness a warm puppy?
15. Whose features included knobbly knees, orange eyes and a poisonous wart on the end of his nose?
16. Who drove the whole university of Oxford to commit suicide in the River Cherwell?
17. Who had an occasional boyfriend called Ned Nickerson?
18. He was a roller of big cigars and whipped concupiscent curds but of what was “he” Emperor?
19. Who described Paris as “a moveable feast”?
20. Standing under a tree with their arms around each others necks is our first introduction to which duo?
21. Who or what does a doctor called Chandra teach to sing songs?
22. Who ate broken bottles and wore barbed wire close to her skin?
23. Who made Julian Barnes smile faintly by asking where the toilets were?
24. Frederick Algernon Trotteville belonged to which gang?
25. What was the first name of the Haze that Humbert Humbert married?
26. In which famous novel is beer served in litres and half-litres?
27. What was the job of GK Chesterton s “invisible man”?
28. Who was expelled from school for drinking ink?
29. Which family are central to the Barrytown trilogy?
30. Who wrote his first novel in a laundry?
31. Who created Lady Molly of Scotland Yard?
32. Which Tom Stoppard work begins with the same word five times?
33. In the title of the book by Judith Krantz, what is Scruples?
34. Which novel begins with chapter two?
35. Who sent a sandal for an artist to use as a blueprint?
36. Who lived in the House at Pooh Corner?
37. Whose true name was well known in the records or registers at Newgate and the Old Bailey?
38. “Cast a cold eye on life, on death, horseman pass by” is on the tombstone of which author?
39. Whose first dip into the world of detection is solving a crime at Black Dudley?
40. A child’s inquisition of her mother about an axe begins which children’s novel?
41. Which poet gave us the word “mudlicious”?
42. How many of the four houses at Hogwarts does Harry Potter not enter during the novels by JK Rowling?
43. What was the full name of the woman who stayed in bed for a year?
44. Who loved with a love that was more than love, according to Poe?
45. Which was the first Charles Dickens novel not to feature the main character in its title?
46. Which author wrote for the Dick Emery TV show?
47. What was the job of Mustapha Mond?
48. Mary Roberts Rinehart is the best known exponent of which style of writing?
49. The books of which author were so successful that ghost writers were used to keep writing in her name, even after she died in 1986?
50. Which author likes people to buy him banana daiquiris?
11. Which metal is the best conductor of both heat and electricity?
12. The original set of what included Dip, Tape, Block and Dose?
13. What do we now call what once were known as bandalores?
14. The term “three dog night” originated among which people?
15. What is the first given name of Queen Elizabeth II’s first great grandchild?
16. Who has a girlfriend called Blush?
17. In which field of “expertise” would you use the Leet language?
18. The speed of what is measured in Mickey’s?
19. Which famous scientist predicted the world would end in 2060?
20. In which city was the famous Wicked Bible printed?
21. Which transport service was pioneered by a minister called Flynn?
22. Better known for his involvement in a more famous invention, who designed the metal detector that attempted to locate the bullet, lodged in the body of US president Andrew Garfield?
23. Which composer was the first to write a symphony that requires trombones?
24. Of whom did diarist Samuel Pepys famously keep a nude picture?
25. What did a Firefly bring to Cornwall in 2012?
26. Which actor found one of the Yorkshire Ripper’s victims?
27. Which unit can be a measure of liquid (specifically alcohol), butter or soap?
28. Which ship was named partly for Christopher Hatton?
29. Where will you find lions called Fortitude and Patience?
30. Which clothing line was named after an athletic Boys Own character?
31, From where did Charlot Pain attempt to escape, at least four times?
32. In which Wild West town were pistols as thick as blackberries ?
33. Which fruit is used in Jaffa Cakes?
34. Who stated that his invention would cure morphine addiction, indigestion, headaches and impotence among many others, claims that were all unfounded?
35. How much did the first box of Crayola sell for in 1903?
36. What is measured in Oktas?
37. What was Kenneth Arnold supposedly the first to see, in 1947?
38. What is the current name of the city that has been renamed the most times?
39. Instead of the skull and crossbones, which pirate’s version of the Jolly Roger had a bleeding heart and a skeleton?
40. How much did Robert Knox pay for the first body brought to him by the grave-robbers Burke and Hare?
41. The man who was the first to devise a diving bell and then test it himself has what named after him?
42. Which composer has his compositions catalogued with K-numbers, after musicologist Ralph Kirkpatrick?
43. The Eclipse, introduced in 1893, was the world’s first what?
44. The naturally occurring “sausage poison”, one of the world’s most deadly toxins, is marketed under what trade name?
45. The US’ unofficial measuring of what starts at pea and includes walnut and mothball?
46. Which weather forecaster lives in heated accommodation at Gobbler’s Knob?
47. Albert I died in 1948 and Albert II a year later. Where?
48. How did watchmaker Paul Lowell die?
49. John Greenwood made several sets of teeth for which man of note?
50. The ad ran that candidates must be no older than 18, willing to risk death and preferably be orphans. For this they would receive the princely fee of $25 per week, for working as what?
11. What is colloquially known as The Land of Green Ginger?
12. Which Royal officially opened the Washington Galleries?
13. Which TV personality owned a nightclub in Newcastle called Change Is?
14. Which is the closest village to Bishop Auckland that shares its name with a Canadian city?
15. Where in the region will you find a Garden for the Blind?
16. What was the Picktree Brag?
17. What place is known as the Queen of the Watering Places?
18. Which sport did the Gateshead Vikings play?
19. Where was Big Ben’s tongue manufactured?
20. Which town is the capital of Upper Eden?
21. Although seldom used, which place has Blocks after its official name?
22. What did the East Side Torpedoes specialise in?
23. What was the Pyrotechnic Tanner’s most infamous “success”?
24. Who was the first footballer to be capped while playing football for Hartlepool?
25. How did Doctor Johnson famously refer to Gateshead?
26. Rod Griffiths is allegedly the model for which comic character?
27. Of what is King Wiz the symbolic leader?
28. Which Dire Straits song mentions the Spanish City?
29. With which musician would you associate the Lynx DeLuca recording studio?
30. Which structure has been damaged by the Luna, the Cochrane and the Amarant?
31. Which two West Indian international cricketers have played for Guisborough?
32. What is still referred to by locals as the Lakeside Village?
33. The crest of which town has a reference to a Grand National winner?
34. Which sport had its last official airing, in Newton Aycliffe at least, in 1989?
35. Where will you find the region’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
36. Who was the Unhappy Countess?
37. The Belgians based at Elisabethville during the war had their own personal newspaper. What was it called?
38. On which day of the year could you be found having a go at Scoring the Hales?
39. With which transport would you associate Willy Benton?
40. Which town did the Romans call Arbeia?
41. Which song did Lindisfarne write in protest at a takeover bid of Newcastle Breweries?
42. Who made his home at Dial Cottage, Killingworth?
43. As what was James Reavey a world champion?
44. What are the Shotton Dobby and the Cloggy of Staindrop?
45. Which North-East cricket club reached the final of the National Village Cup competition in the 1970s?
46. Where does J Jones historically perform dentistry?
47. As what was the Newbiggin Harl-E-Quinns world-renowned?
48. Which female-focused name is a Yorkshire dialect name for the daisy?
49. In which town is Kitty Brewster industrial estate?
50. Where is the House that Jack Built?
11. Which 1982 number one single mentions Al Green in the lyrics?
12. Which rapper provides the necessary for the Chaka Khan cover version of I Feel for you, a number one hit in 1984?
13. Tatu’s All About Us was co-written by the twin sisters from which rock band?
14. Which band formed their own record label, naming it Sub Rosa?
16. Which fleetingly famous 1980s band were formed from the remains of Subway Sect?
17. Which 1990 UK number 2 was written about Elvis Presley?
18. Whose vital statistics were 42-39-56?
19. Deborah Ann Dyer was the lead singer of which band?
20. Rise by Gabrielle sampled Bob Dylan’s Knockin on Heaven’s door, only after a request to sample which hit was refused?
21. Which chart star wrote the song that prevented Gerry and the Pacemakers having four number one hits with their first four releases?
22. On which 1981 UK number 2 was Peter Gabriel reportedly featured?
23. Which hit-maker auditioned unsuccessfully to be in XTC?
24. Who were mockingly called “the three haircuts”?
25. As well as his own records, Rick James was responsible for the career of which all girl band, who only had one Top 20 hit in the UK?
26. What is the title of the number one hit on which Bijou Drains plays?
27. The writer of which 1960s classic has confirmed that Billy Joel does not play piano on her song?
28. Who were originally the Lotus Eaters before changing their name and finding fame?
29. What is the title of the single that is the only UK number 1 to feature the vocals of Isaac Hayes?
30. Which number one was originally called Good Night?
31. Which band’s name was derived from the hall they used to rehearse in?
32. Which UK number one was once said to be about Margaret Thatcher?
33. Which classic rock ballad was written about an Everly daughter?
34. Which band, who weren’t too good at spelling, owed part of the success of their number two hit to Herbie Hancock?
35. On which one-hit-wonder does Ray Stevens feature, albeit only clapping?
36. Which band were once quoted as wanting to be the one to dance to when the bomb dropped?
37. Which was the only number one single in the UK for the Invictus record label?
38. Which was the first UK number one to run for more than four minutes?
39. Who co-wrote Kylie Minogue’s Spinning Around, five years after having her last taste of British chart success?
40. Who wanted a band name that would put them first in the phone directory?
41. DJ Mike Read was on which Slade hit?
42. The last top 40 hit to date for which band was about the actress Theresa Russell?
43. Which 1982 hit single did Paul Morley once claim was better than Led Zeppelin 3?
44. Which Daryl Hall and John Oates single was their first attempt to write a hit that echoed the sound of Motown?
45. Which folk rock band, who only breached the top ten once, had fans that called themselves Angels?
46. Which duo started the Rockney record label?
47. On which Right Said Fred single did Jocelyn Brown feature?
48. Who is the gangsta Nancy Sinatra?
49. Geri Halliwell’s Bag It Up featured which duo, once chart stars themselves, on backing vocals?
50. His first UK chart appearance, top ten wise, was in 1969 and his last in 1986. Who is he?
11. Which jockey has the nickname Choc?
12. Which team used to play in the jungle and now entertains at the Coliseum?
13. In which sport would you use the terms Snake Eyes, Sour Apples and Poison Ivy?
14. Since its inception, which trophy has only been won by Malaysia, Indonesia and China?
15. At which Open golf course is the sixth hole somewhat confusingly called Turnberry?
16. Which English goalkeeper snapped his Achilles at the 2012 European Championships?
17. Which world champion is nicknamed Lipstick?
18. Kepler Wessels was the first cricketer to represent two different countries in the World Cup. Who was the second?
19. Four English brothers currently play rugby league for which Australian side?
20. In which sport is Labergorce versus the Black Bears a grudge match?
21. Snooker Plus, devised by the great Joe Davis, had a maximum break of 210 because it had two extra coloured balls. What were these two colours?
22. In terms of miles, in what year was the longest Tour De France?
23. Who wore the number 100 on his back in the 2012 cricket Twenty20 World Cup?
24. Which golfer holed in one at the 2012 British Golf Open?
25. Which 14-year-old was seeded at the 1990 Wimbledon Tennis Championships?
26. How many of the current NFL teams have never reached a Superbowl final?
27. Who partnered Andy Murray to Olympic silver in the mixed doubles in 2012?
28. Whose only ever Test cricket cap was withdrawn?
29. Who made his England debut in 2012, having previously played for Finland?
30. Who was the Romford Robot?
31. Which ex-England international was briefly manager of Kettering Town in 2005?
32. Who was the first golfer representing continental Europe to win a Singles point in the Ryder Cup?
33. In the 1990 Nat West cricket final, who was the top scorer for Northamptonshire?
34. Who is the only athlete to win Olympic gold over the 100m, 200m and 400m distances?
35. Post-war, which golfer has lost a play-off in all four majors?
36. In which American sporting trophy have children been baptised?
37. Who was Geoff Boycott’s batting partner when he reached his 100th hundred?
38. Who is the youngest player to win a European Cup winners medal?
39. Who was the first golfer to win a green jacket at the US Masters?
40.Which country has hosted the Winter Olympic Games the most?
41. The Belgian Eddy Mercyx is a two time world title holder in which sport?
42. In 2008, a Premiership side fielded six American born players in one match. What were their surnames?
43. At which racecourse did Richard Hughes equal Frankie Dettori’s record of riding seven winners in one meeting?
44. The national rugby union side of which country are informally called the Cherry Blossoms?
45. Name the European Cup finalists whose team, players and manager's names all ended with the same letter?
46. How many of the teams that competed at the 2011 Rugby Union World Cup had head coaches from New Zealand?
47. In which year were the final top five places in the Formula 1 championship taken by Brits?
48. Eventual winners Denmark only made the 1992 European Championships finals after which team were kicked out?
49. In which two sports was Beth Heiden world champion?
50. In which sport can you adopt the egg position?
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