Questions for all 2006


Carol Griffin January 2006
Andy Minett February 2006
Craig Boyce March 2006
Win Fowles April 2006
Steve Dempsey May 2006
Steve Merdith June 2006
Stephen Moratti July 2006
Steve Symonds August 2006
Bill Yeats September 2006
Jo Esser October 2006
Lucas Janssen November 2006
Cathy Bannister December 2006


January 2006 – Theme: REMBRANDT’S “THE NIGHT WATCH”

Q1 What should the painting properly be called?

Q2 Why is the leader’s hand stretched out like that?

Q3 Why did Rembrandt add a dog (on the right, near the drummer?)

Q4 What is the significance of the chicken, tied to the girl’s waist?

Q5 Actual living men are depicted. In what way did the drummer differ from the other men in the painting?

Q6 What happened when it was first hung at the Amsterdam Town Hall?

Q7 What did Rembrandt have in common with about 4 percent of humanity?

Q8 After this painting but also generally, why did Rembrandt’s commissioned work start to decline in comparison to van Dyck and other painters?

Q9 The painting was once heavily varnished. Was there any advantage in this?

Q10 The painting was hidden in a cave near Maastricht during the Nazi occupation of Holland. This was basically a good idea, but what did go wrong with it?

Q11 Give two reasons why the painting is not insured against theft.

Q12 Has there been another “Night Watch” in Dr Bob’s quiz lately?


February 2006

Q1 In what context does the word “aglet” most often arise in conversation?

Q2 In the early days of the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones appeared one day with a black eye. How did he get that?

Q3 The effective narrow cannon called a Culverin fired a 24-pound spherical shot. How fast was the shot travelling on leaving the barrel?

Q4 The Ballad of John and James by Robert W Service ends thusly: “Time passed, James tried his grief to drown / Today John owns one half the town / His Army contracts riches yield / And James – well search the Potter’s Field?” What happened to James?

Q5 One reason that has been advanced for why modern people are turning away from Jesus Christ is that He did not attempt to do “the most difficult thing of all”. What was that?

Q6 <picture> What’s happening here?


March 2006

Q1 What species of animal are capable of blushing?

Q2 At Kent Hovind’s dinosaur museum, what is hanging on the walls in the toilet cubicles?

Q3 What was the topic of the argument that inspired someone to invent the Guinness Book of Records?

Q4 “Way down upon the Swanee River …” – if you went for a romantic boat ride on the actual “Swanee River” what would you notice about the river?

Q5 In the film “Duck Soup”, what was Rufus T Firefly’s job before becoming president of Freedonia?

Q6 <picture Pyongyang station> Where’s this?


April 2006 – Theme: North Korea

Q1 What would you notice if you shook the hand of the President of North Korea?

Q2 What else happened on the day that Kim Il Sung was born?

Q3 When Kim Il Sung’s birthday is celebrated in Pyongyang, obviously the whole city is in party (or Party) mood. Regardless of the events and associated posters and displays, how else does the city look different on the evening of this day?

Q4 The North Korean National Library in Pyongyang has a collection of songs from all over the world – including Waltzing Matilda. The librarian was interviewed in 1997 and complained that one country was missing from the collection. Which country?

Q5 What was the last thing that Kim Jong Il said in public?

Q6 <Mongolia Drama Theater> What building is this?


May 2006

Q1 If you visit Dr Kent Hovind’s Dinosaur Museum, officially where should you puke?

Q2 For reasons beyond the scope of this question you find yourself in a three-way gun duel where it is agreed that single shots will be fired in turn. Your opponent A shoots better than opponent B, but as you are known to be a worse shot than either of them, you are allowed to fire the first shot. Which one do you aim for?

Q3 Genghis Khan said “Write everything (laws) in a book”. What colour was the book to be?

Q4 One of the five Marx Brothers was once a Freemason – how did his involvement with Freemasonry come to an end?

Q5 What proportion of the mass of the human body is due to bacteria?

Q6 <ichthyosaur vomit > What’s this?


June 2006 – Theme: Pitcairn Island

Q1 What is the farthest place (on Earth) from Pitcairn Island?

Q2 When the Bounty mutineer Alexander Smith decided to study the Bible for guidance on how to sort out the rampant violence then occurring in the Pitcairn community, what two major problems did he immediately have to overcome?

Q3 Pitcairn Island became devoutly Christian some time between 1801 and 1808. What day of the week did the Pitcairners worship on?

Q4 How many different CDs of music from Pitcairn Island can you buy?

Q5 What is the punishment if you borrow the Pitcairn Island blacksmith’s anvil and hammer and fail to return them?

Q6 <Bounty ship’s bell> What’s this?


July 2006 – Theme: Music

Q1 Why did Mozart, who lived and worked in a German-speaking society, write opera libretti in Italian?

Q2 Puccini as a teenager played the organ at church services; as he played, he would sometimes alter the music slightly – why?

Q3 How did Philip Glass’s _Music in Twelve Parts_ get its name?

Q4 In which town are “the flame trees [that] can blind the weary driver”?

Q5 Who was “so vain”?

Q6 <Sheet music – Wooly Bully> What song is this?


August 2006

Q1 Why can’t you see the Taj Mahal by moonlight if it’s a Friday and a full moon?

Q2 Who spoke about “the steel and the badger”, and what was he doing at the time?

Q3 What animals have sex for pleasure?

Q4 Heinrich Himmler considered himself to be descended from, or even the reincarnation of, Henry I, Duke of Saxony 912-936. In fact they did not have much in common, but what connection did they have?

Q5 What is the meaning of the word “Manhattan”?

Q6 <clock – Grand Central Station> Where’s this clock?


September 2006 – Theme: Food

Q1 Why is bubble gum pink?

Q1 Do beavers eat fish?

Q2 Every year the Mayor of Maldon, UK goes down to the River Blackwater and eats a plateload of mussels taken from the river banks. Why?

Q4 When Cadbury’s make Crunchie bars, how do they cut up the brittle honeycomb as it leaves the machine that makes it?

Q5 If you could travel back in time, and came face to face with a live Tyrannosaurus Rex, apart from the usual feelings of terror etc what else would you notice?

Q6 <Alma Ata apple> Where’s this?


October 2006 – Theme: The Moon

Q1 Who was the first person to study the Moon through a telescope?

Q2 The best drawings of the Moon for a very long time were copperplates made by Johannes Hevelius in 1647, from which books were printed. What happened to the copperplates?

Q3 After getting the first Sputnik into orbit, on 4 October 1957, Sergei Korolev’s team excitedly telephoned Nikita Khrushchev to tell him of its success. What did Khrushchev say?

Q4 When Shepard and Mitchell set out from Apollo 14, and walked about 3km in order to collect ejecta from the Cone Crater, what problem did they encounter?

Q5 Tidal friction and gravitational anomalies are slowing down the rotation of both Moon and Earth. The Moon’s rotation long ago slowed to match its orbital period so that it presents the same side to the Earth. When will the Earth have similarly slowed so as to present the same side to the Moon?

Q6 <Moon Unit Zappa> Who’s this?


November 2006

Q1 What name did the invading Spaniards give to Aruba and the nearby islands at the end of the 15th century?

Q2 During WW II the Germans attacked Aruba and lost one soldier in that battle. How did that happen?

Q3 The discoverer of Aruba came from a town in Spain. With what other famous person does the nickname of this town have a connection?

Q4 How did the lighthouse on Aruba get its name?

Q5 A unique type of volcanic magnetic rock exists only on the third-highest mountain of Aruba, and in one other country. Which other country?

Q6 <picture: Aruba cock fight.jpg> What is happening here?


December 2006 

Five pictures and one text question, to which the answer is a picture

Q1 <Photo: Is..ur> Where’s this?

Q2 <Photo: tree on beach> Where’s this?

Q3 <Photo: bubbles> What’s he looking for?

Q4 <Photo: Bathers> Which country are they in

Q5 <Photo: waterfall> Where’s this possibly unique instance of a waterfall falling into the open sea?

Q6 <Photo: Google Maps bug> What happened to our agent in Germany?