Christmas Prize Quiz
Before the festive sherry dulls your wits… try these 20 questions by MARCUS BERKMANN to win a box of DVDS worth £70
1 The Hon Charles Rolls and Henry Royce founded a famous luxury car company. Which of the two was the first British person to be killed in an aeroplane accident, in 1910?
2 Which company, probably best known for manufacturing mobile phones, didn’t actually make any between 2011 and 2016?
3 Which Vietnamese communist leader worked as a pastry chef on the Newhaven-dieppe ferry in the years following the First World War?
4 Who were Paula, Ida, Angela, Alois, Edmund, Otto and Gustav?
5 Which former footballer, who scored a famous goal for A C Milan in 1996, became president of Liberia in January, with 61.5 per cent of the vote?
6 ‘Ismay Safe, Mrs Astor Maybe, Noted Names Missing’ was the headline in the New York Times on the day after what?
7 Can hippos swim?
8 On February 2nd this year, which 1993 film was shown nine times in a row on Sky Comedy, as a sort of deranged tribute to itself?
9 Which England Test bowler, who took 229 wickets in 58 Tests, had the nickname ‘Rhino’? Asked why by a teammate, he reportedly answered, ‘Because I’m strong as an ox.’
10 Jim Phelps, Rollin Hand, Cinnamon Carter, Barney and Willy are the main five characters from which late Sixties American TV series?
11 Which place name, in a suburb of Sydney, Australia, contains 12 letters, eight of which are the vowel ‘o’?
12 Do British people mostly make rectangular sandwiches or triangular sandwiches?
13 During the Second World War, which Channel Island was the only slice of so-called British soil to house an SS concentration camp?
14 Which Marx brother invented medical devices, including a pulse rate monitor and an external pacemaker? He also made the Marman clamp, which was used to hold down cargo during transport, and secured the atomic bomb on the Enola Gay.
15 In July 2017, which then Cabinet minister did the arch-brexiteer Dominic Cummings call ‘thick as mince, as lazy as a toad and vain as Narcissus’?
16 Who, when asked the difference between a misfortune and a calamity, answered thus: ‘If Gladstone fell into the Thames, that would be a misfortune, and if anyone pulled him out, that, I suppose, would be a calamity’?
17 Who, in a famous Babylonian epic work, offended the goddess Ishtar to the extent that a celestial bull was sent to destroy him?
18 What is the surname of the only father and son, other than the Pitts, to have been prime minister of the UK?
19 Which sweets have been manufactured in
Wigan by the firm William Santus & Co since 1898?
20 August Landmesser, a shipyard worker from Hamburg who was in a doomed love affair with a Jewish woman called Irma Eckler, is famous for a lone act of resistance in a crowd photograph dated 13th June 1936. What was it?