1. What are the genetically engineered robots called in the film 'Blade Runner'?
2. Goleo, Spheriks, Ciao, Naranjito and Tip & Tap were all examples of what?
3. The amphibious and airborne German plan to invade Britain in 1940 was known as Operation what?
4. In which films does John Malkovich play the following roles? One point for each correct answer.
a. Cyrus 'the virus' Grissom
b. Vicomte Sebastian de Valmont
c. John Malkovich
d. Humma Kavula
f. Osborne Cox
5. Which band has had a record 36 top ten albums in the US charts?
6. What was the name of the German engineer who invented the first rotary engine?
7. The OSS was the predecessor of which organisation?
8. Which 1972 album was the only number one UK album in the 1970s with the name of a country in the album title? (note: The word America is not the name of a country)
9. The three worst maritime disasters in history all occurred in 1945. In which sea did all three ships go down?
10. Uncle Ernie, cousin Kevin and Captain Walker are some of the characters in which opera?
1. Replicants A replicant is a bioengineered or biorobotic being created in the film Blade Runner (1982). The Nexus series—genetically designed by the Tyrell Corporation—are virtually identical to an adult human, but have superior strength, agility, and variable intelligence depending on the model. Because of their physical similarity to humans, a replicant must be detected by its lack of emotional responses and empathy to questions posed in a Voight-Kampff test. A derogatory term for a replicant is "skin-job." (Note: This term reappears in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica in derogatory reference to Humanoid Cylons – who could also be considered a type of replicant.)
2. Football World Cup mascots
3. Operation Sea Lion Operation Sea Lion (German: Unternehmen Seelöwe) was Nazi Germany's plan to invade the United Kingdom during the Second World War following the Fall of France. To have had any chance of success, however, the operation would have required air and naval supremacy over the English Channel - neither of which the Germans ever had at any stage during the Battle of Britain. Sea Lion was postponed indefinitely on 17 September 1940 and thankfully never carried out
4. Six answers
a. Con Air
b. Dangerous Liaisons
c. Being John Malkovich
d. The Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy
f. Burn After Reading
5. The Rolling Stones
6. Wankel (the Wankel Rotary engine) Felix Heinrich Wankel (1902 – 1988) was a German mechanical engineer and inventor after whom the Wankel engine was named and is the only twentieth century engineer to have designed an internal combustion engine which went into production
7. The CIA (OSS: Office of Strategic Services) The OSS was a United States intelligence agency formed during World War II in order to coordinate espionage activities behind enemy lines for the branches of the US Armed Forces. The OSS was established by a Presidential military order issued by President Roosevelt on June 13, 1942, to collect and analyze strategic information required by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to conduct special operations not assigned to other agencies. During the War, the OSS supplied policy makers with facts and estimates, but the OSS never had jurisdiction over all foreign intelligence activities. The FBI was responsible for intelligence work in Latin America, and the Army and Navy guarded their areas of responsibility. From 1943–1945, the OSS played a major role in training Kuomintang troops in China and Burma, and recruited Kachin, and other indigenous irregular forces for sabotage as well as guides for Allied forces in Burma fighting the Japanese Army.
8. Concert for Bangladesh (George Harrison & friends) The Concert for Bangladesh − originally titled The Concert for Bangla Desh − is a live triple album by George Harrison and celebrity friends, released in December 1971 in America and January 1972 in Britain. The album followed the two concerts of the same name, held on 1 August 1971 at New York's Madison Square Garden featuring Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and Badfinger. The shows were a pioneering charity event, in aid of the homeless Bengali refugees of the Bangladesh Liberation War, and preceded Live Aid by fourteen years.
9. The Baltic Sea (Wilhelm Gustloff 30.1.1945 circa 10,000 dead, Cap Arcona 3.5.1945 circa 8,000 dead, Goya 16.4.1945 circa 7,000 dead)
10. Tommy (The Who's 'rock opera' Tommy)