1. Columbus first discovered the 'New World' on the 12th of October 1492. The land they first stepped on is called what today?
2. The title of which recent monster film was apparently the US military code name for New York City during the cold war?
3. The original meaning of the word sinister, derived from the Latin sinestra, was not evil. What did sinister mean? Clue if needed, the wrong answer is right.
4. What was the full official title of Queen Elizabeth II in Britain between the 20th November 1947 and the 6th February 1952?
5. Complete each of the following song titles with something to eat: (one word only needed)
a. Life is a
e. When you come to the end of your
f. Satan gave me a
g. My boy
i. My Friend Jack eats
j. Mean Mr.
k. Someones pinched my
6. Liv Tyler didn't learn the true identity of her biological father until age nine. Until that time she was told she was the daughter of which rock star, famous for his song I saw the light?
7. Which Oscar winning actress, famous for her film line "Divine decadence darling", was Freddy Mercury's stage role model?
8. What did all of the following have in common?
Claudius Ceasar, Dudley Moore, Mother Theresa, Josef Goebbels and Lord Byron
9. Which now retired, youthful looking player has scored the most goals (7) while coming on as a substitute in Champions League football?
10. With 81.9 million foreign tourists in 2007, which country is ranked as the first tourist destination in the world?
11. "Samhain", literally means "end of summer" and is a Gaelic language word. What is it's direct English equivalent?
12. Who's managerial career took off when he became the manager of AS Monaco, winning the league in a year later, the national cup three years after that and signed high-calibre players such as Glenn Hoddle, George Weah and Jürgen Klinsmann?
13. Churchill called it the "largest capitulation" in British history after 80,000 British led troops surrendered to the enemy. In which tiny country did this take place?
14. The following one liners are from which 'eye' songs? (the word 'eye' or 'eyes' is in the song title)
a. soon I'll return bringing you all the love your heart can hold
b. I'm all out of hope, one more bad dream could bring a fall
c. one more lonely night for me, I look up, what did I see?
d. You feel like heaven to touch
e. She's pure as New York snow
f. and on the jukebox Johnny sang
g. Love is like a dying ember
h. standing in the sunlight laughing
i. weeping for a memory of a life gone by
j. so remember when you tell those little white lies
15. Which Hollywood 'golden boy', who won a best actor Oscar for his role as a POW, was best man at Ronald and Nancy Reagan's wedding?
16. Why does the Hogget Decanter have a knob on its round base?
17. Plus or minus five years, in which year was the Suez Canal first opened to shipping?
18. How did the Montgolfiere brothers rise to fame in the late 18th century?
19. Which organisation was created by Justin Berkmann under the concept "100% sound system first, lights second, design third (in that order); the reverse of everyone else's idea"?
20. Puff Daddy, Mozart, Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, baseball legend Carl Ripken Jr., proffesional poker player Stu Ungar, film character Raymond Babbit and Dr. Spencer Reid from the TV series Criminal Minds have all had or claim to have which ability?
21. Trick-or-treating, also known as guising, is an activity for children on Halloween in which they proceed from house to house in costumes, asking for treats such as candy with the question, "Trick or treat?". In which country did this practice originate?
4. Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh (before then she was 'Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth' and obviously afterwards 'Her Majesty The Queen'. In Jersey and Guernsey she is also the 'Duke of Normandy')
5. Twelve Answers:
a. minestrone (10cc)
b. lobster (B-52s)
c. bananas (Harry Chapin)
d. truffle (Beatles)
e. lollipop (Max Bygraves)
f. taco (Beck)
g. lollipop (various)
h. crackers (Shirley Temple)
i. sugarlumps (The Smoke)
j. Mustard (Beatles)
k. winkles (Rolf Harris)
l. onion (Beatles)
6. Todd Rundgren
7. Liza Minelli (from the film Cabaret)
8. A club foot
9. Ole Gunnar Solskjar (The baby-faced assassin)
10. France (second was Spain with 58.5 million and the United States with 51.1 million, coming a close third).
12. Arsène Wenger (most successful manager in the history of Arsenal in terms of trophies and is also the club's longest-serving manager in terms of matches played)
13. Singapore (Feb 1942) 80,000 British, Indian and Australian troops surrendered to the Japanese.
14. Ten answers
a. Spanish Eyes (Al Martino)
b. Eyes without a face (Billy Idol)
c. Sexy Eyes (Dr. Hook)
d. Can't take my eyes off of you (Andy Williams)
e. Bette Davis Eyes (Kim Carnes)
f. A pair of brown eyes (Pogues)
g. Blue eyes crying in the rain (Willie Nelson)
h. Brown eyed girl (Van Morrison)
i. Dancing with tears in my eyes (Ultravox)
j. The night has a thousand eyes (Bobby Vee)
15. William Holden
16. It can't be put down therefore no one can hog it, hence the name. It has to be passed around the table. The Hogget decanter was traditionally used for 'passing the port'.
18. Hot air ballons. They are credited with inventing the hot air ballon.
19. Ministry of Sound (London nightclub and now a record label)
20. A photographic memory. (eidetic memory)
21. The United Kingdom, surprisingly, even mentioned in Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona