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July 2020 Edition

 

Here are fifty-two of our favourite pub quiz questions we have written and published in the first half of 2020! What a year it has been.

 

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Questions:

1) On a British Ordnance Survey map, a white 'V' inside a solid blue square represents which type of facility?

 

2) Take That teamed up with which 1960s Scottish singer on ‘Relight My Fire’ in 1993?

 

3) Which comedian, one half of a well known duo, made his Emmerdale debut as 'Derek' in September 2019?

 

4) The Spanish Civil War of 1936 ended in which year?

 

5) Which boxer was known as the ‘Louisville Lip’?

 

6) The construction of which iconic Californian structure began January 1933?

 

7) ‘Wannabe’ was a 1996 hit for which British girl band?

 

8) Which politician served as Mayor of London between 2008 and 2016?

 

9) Which US President gave the Gettysburg Address in 1863?

 

10) Which F Scott Fitzgerald novel begins: 'In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since'?

 

11) Henry E. Steinway was a German-American businessman who founded a company famed for producting which type of musical instrument?

 

12) Which American rock band released a cover of Harry Chapin’s ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ in 1993?

 

13) Who is the Roman god of agriculture?

 

14) Mark Calloway is the real name of which legendary WWE wrestler? a) Hulk Hogan b) The Undertaker c) Ultimate Warrior

 

15) 'Bacon Sordine' is an anagram of which 1997 Johnny Depp film?

 

16) Which pair of pop giants teamed up to release 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ in 1991?

 

17) Which British actor plays Lord Grantham in television's Downton Abbey?

 

18) Both Sir Edward Elgar and Adam Smith have featured on which British banknote?

 

19) Australian Toni Watson is best known as which artist who broke through with 'Dance Monkey'?

 

20) Based on the novel by Jack London, Harrison Ford attempts to survive the frozen Yukon in which 2020 film?

 

21) Full of twists and turns, which Harlan Coben Netflix drama features a mysterious woman who brings chaos to all she meets?

 

22) Which Israeli footballer was the first player to score Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup hat tricks?

 

23) Complete the title of this 1996 UK single chart hit from rapper Mark Morrisson - ‘Return of the …’?

 

24) In a 1966 interview with a London Newspaper, which musician said that his band was “more popular than Jesus now”?

25) True or false, The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands?

 

26) As of 2020, who is the only Kenyan to play football in the Premier League?

 

27) Which 1986 film sees a robot called "Number 5" escape from a secret research centre?

 

28) "What A Man Gotta Do" is a January 2020 single from which American group?

 

29) What is the name for the parallel universe experienced in the Netflix series Stranger Things?

30) Marble is a common name for which chemical compound?

 

31) Which US President won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009?

 

32) Which novel by Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer prize for fiction in May 1937?

 

33) Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis starred in which bizarre classic directed by Tim Burton?

 

34) Born Lee Gordon McKillop, which British comedian appears on the BBC's 'Would I Lie to You' and 'Not Going Out'?

35) Which is the most northernly capital city in Europe?
 

36) In the USA this vegetable is known as Zucchini but what is called what in the UK?

 

37) What type of pastry is used to make profiteroles?
 

38) 'Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent' is the debut album of which Scottish singer-songwriter?

 

39) Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan changed its name in 1904 to what?

 

40) Eimear Quinn won the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest representing which country?

 

41) Which Dutch striker finished as top scorer in the Premier League in 1999 and 2001?

 

42) In which 1995 film does farmer Arthur Hoggett say "That'll do, pig. That'll do."?

 

43) As of 2020, who is the only Brazilian to have managed in the English Premier League?

 

44) True or false; boxing heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury was born and raised in Manchester.

 

45) Anne Hathaway sang 'I Dreamed a Dream' in the film version of which musical?

 

46) Which Labour MP served as Leader of the Opposition between September 2010 and May 2015?

 

47) Ocular Coloboma is a condition affecting which organs?

 

48) The UK sitcom 'Gavin & Stacey' was written by Ruth Jones and which other comedian?

 

49) 'Heart of Darkness' is an 1899 novel by which British author?

 

50) In which century did Charlotte Brontë write 'Jane Eyre'?

 

51) The 2008 record Dig Out Your Soul was the seventh and to date final studio album from which English rock band?

 

52) What was officially opened to the public in May 1889 at the Universal Exposition in Paris?

 

Answers:

 

1) On a British Ordnance Survey map, a white 'V' inside a solid blue square represents which type of facility?

Visitors Centre

 

2) Take That teamed up with which 1960s Scottish singer on ‘Relight My Fire’ in 1993?

Lulu

 

3) Which comedian, one half of a well known duo, made his Emmerdale debut as 'Derek' in September 2019?

Tommy Cannon (of Cannon & Ball)

 

4) The Spanish Civil War of 1936 ended in which year?

1939

 

5) Which boxer was known as the ‘Louisville Lip’?

Muhammed Ali

 

6) The construction of which iconic Californian structure began January 1933?

Golden Gate Bridge

 

7) ‘Wannabe’ was a 1996 hit for which British girl band?

Spice Girls

 

8) Which politician served as Mayor of London between 2008 and 2016?

Boris Johnson

 

9) Which US President gave the Gettysburg Address in 1863?

Abraham Lincoln

 

10) Which F Scott Fitzgerald novel begins: 'In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since'?

The Great Gatsby

 

11) Henry E. Steinway was a German-American businessman who founded a company famed for producting which type of musical instrument?

Piano

 

12) Which American rock band released a cover of Harry Chapin’s ‘Cat’s in the Cradle’ in 1993?

Ugly Kid Joe 

 

13) Who is the Roman god of agriculture?

Saturn

 

14) Mark Calloway is the real name of which legendary WWE wrestler? a) Hulk Hogan b) The Undertaker c) Ultimate Warrior

b) The Undertaker

 

15) 'Bacon Sordine' is an anagram of which 1997 Johnny Depp film?

Donnie Brasco

 

16) Which pair of pop giants teamed up to release 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ in 1991?

George Michael & Elton John

 

17) Which British actor plays Lord Grantham in television's Downton Abbey?

Hugh Bonneville

 

18) Both Sir Edward Elgar and Adam Smith have featured on which British banknote?

£20

 

19) Australian Toni Watson is best known as which artist who broke through with 'Dance Monkey'?

Tones & I

 

20) Based on the novel by Jack London, Harrison Ford attempts to survive the frozen Yukon in which 2020 film?

Call of the Wild

 

21) Full of twists and turns, which Harlan Coben Netflix drama features a mysterious woman who brings chaos to all she meets?

The Stranger

 

22) Which Israeli footballer was the first player to score Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup hat tricks?

Yossi Benayoun

 

23) Complete the title of this 1996 UK single chart hit from rapper Mark Morrisson; ‘Return of the …’?

Mack

24) In a 1966 interview with a London Newspaper, which musician said that his band was “more popular than Jesus now”?

John Lennon

25) True or false, The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands?

True

 

26) As of 2020, who is the only Kenyan to play football in the Premier League?

Victor Wanyama

 

27) Which 1986 film sees a robot called "Number 5" escape from a secret research centre?

Short Circuit

 

28) "What A Man Gotta Do" is a January 2020 single from which American group?

Jonas Brothers

 

29) What is the name for the parallel universe experienced in the Netflix series Stranger Things?

The Upside Down

30) Marble is a common name for which chemical compound?

Calcium carbonate

 

31) Which US President won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009?

Barack Obama

 

32) Which novel by Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer prize for fiction in May 1937?

Gone With the Wind

 

33) Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis starred in which bizarre classic directed by Tim Burton?

Beetlejuice

 

34) Born Lee Gordon McKillop, which British comedian appears on the BBC's 'Would I Lie to You' and 'Not Going Out'?

Lee Mack

35) Which is the most northernly capital city in Europe?
Reykjavik

 

36) In the USA this vegetable is known as Zucchini but what is called what in the UK?

Courgette

 

37) What type of pastry is used to make profiteroles?
Choux

 

38) 'Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent' is the debut album of which Scottish singer-songwriter?

Lewis Capaldi

 

39) Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan changed its name in 1904 to what?

Times Square

 

40) Eimear Quinn won the 1996 Eurovision Song Contest representing which country?

Republic of Ireland

 

41) Which Dutch striker finished as top scorer in the Premier League in 1999 and 2001?

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

 

42) In which 1995 film does farmer Arthur Hoggett say "That'll do, pig. That'll do."?

Babe

 

43) As of 2020, who is the only Brazilian to have managed in the English Premier League?

Luiz Felipe Scolari

 

44) True or false; boxing heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury was born and raised in Manchester.

True

 

45) Anne Hathaway sang 'I Dreamed a Dream' in the film version of which musical?

Les Miserables

 

46) Which Labour MP served as Leader of the Opposition between September 2010 and May 2015?

Ed Miliband

 

47) Ocular Coloboma is a condition affecting which organs?

Eyes

 

48) The UK sitcom 'Gavin & Stacey' was written by Ruth Jones and which other comedian?

James Corden

 

49) 'Heart of Darkness' is an 1899 novel by which British author?

Joseph Conrad

 

50) In which century did Charlotte Brontë write 'Jane Eyre'?

19th Century

 

51) The 2008 record Dig Out Your Soul was the seventh and to date final studio album from which English rock band?

Oasis

 

52) What was officially opened to the public in May 1889 at the Universal Exposition in Paris?

Eiffel Tower