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Fifteen General Knowledge and Pot Luck Questions

1. Which drink was created when British officers in the Indian Army added soda water to the bitter tasting quinine they were taking to stave off malaria?

Answer
Tonic Water

2. Which one word is common in the titles of UK hits by Perry Como, The Police, Queen and Take That?

Answer
Magic
(Magic Moments – 1958, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – 1981, A Kind of Magic – 1986, Could it be Magic – 1992)

3. According to legend, a pizza topping of tomato sauce, mozzarella and a sprig of basil was invented for, and named after, which Queen of Italy?

Answer
Margherita

4. Film Musical (Hint)

Answer
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
(Coo Chi Face)

5. Prior to the creation of British Telecom which organization was responsible for the British Telephone system?

Answer
The Post Office

6. At the start of a game of draughts how many squares on the board are empty?

Answer
40
(64 Squares, 24 Playing Pieces)

7. Which Pacific islands share their name with a wise man from the Bible?

Answer
Solomon Islands

8. Backtrax – A famous song played backwards – can you name the song title? (Hint)

Answer
Shine
(Take That)

9. Which former MP’s debut novel was entitled ‘A Parliamentary Affair’?

Answer
Edwina Currie

10. Yul Brynner was the ultimate ‘King of Siam’ in the stage and screen versions of ‘The King and I’, but how often did he play the role?
A – Over 2,000 times B – Over 3,000 times C – Over 4,000

Answer
C – Over 4,000

11. Fictionally ‘born’ in 1959, if real, whose measurements would be 39-23-33, would stand 7ft 2ins tall and have a neck twice the size of a normal human being?

Answer
Barbie

12. Classic TV Theme (Hint)

Answer
Casey Jones

13. Manufactured by Cadburys and first appearing in the 1970’s, which chocolate bar was inspired by a type of public transport?

Answer
Double Decker

14. In Roman numerals, if the sum is MD + MD, what is the answer?

Answer
MMM
(M=1000, D=500)

15. In 1998 which British soap opera became the first in the world of serialised drama to feature a permanent transsexual character?

Answer
Coronation Street
(Hayley Cropper (nee Patterson) played by Julie Hesmondhalgh)

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