1. Mike Hawthorn was the first Englishman to win which title?
2. The name of which little island country, popular with tourists, stems from the Portuguese for 'bearded ones'?
3. What would the waiter bring to your table if you ordered 'priest choker' in an Italian restaurant?
4. Name the fictional detective associated with each of the following women. One point for each correct answer.
a. Mrs Hudson
b. Miss Felicity Lemon
c. Dowager Duchess of Denver
5. The Greek root 'syn', found in words like synonym and syntax, means what?
6. There were four number one singles in the UK charts during the 1980s with 'town' somewhere in the song title. Can you name them? One point for each correct answer.
7. Which fabric derived its name from a middle eastern capital city? Six letters
8. Which accurate sport term is also the name of Bill Sikes' vicious dog in the novel 'Oliver Twist'?
9. Which famous rock, also known as 'Ireland's teardrop', is the most southerly point of Ireland?
10. Which two football players in England's 1986 World Cup squad had the same first and last name?
1. Formula One World Drivers Championship (1958) John Michael Hawthorn (1929 – 1959) was a racing driver, born in Mexborough, Yorkshire, UK. Hawthorn made his Formula One debut at the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix, finishing in fourth place. He won his first Grand Prix, at the ninth attempt, at the 1953 French Grand Prix at Reims. More about his racing career
On 22 January 1959, only months into his retirement, Hawthorn died in a car accident on the A3 Guildford bypass while driving his highly tuned Jaguar 3.4-litre sedan (now known as the 3.4 Mk 1). The cause of the accident is unknown, suggestions including driver error, mechanical failure, or a blackout. There is evidence that Hawthorn had recently suffered blackouts, perhaps because of kidney failure. The Hawthorn Memorial Trophy has been awarded to the most successful British or Commonwealth F1 driver every year since 1959.
2. Barbados The reason for the later name Barbados is controversial. According to some sources the Portuguese, en route to Brazil, were the first Europeans to come upon the island, while others say it was the Spanish which gave the Spanish name "Los Barbudos". The word Barbados means "bearded ones", but it is a matter of conjecture whether "bearded" refers to the long, hanging roots of the bearded fig-tree, indigenous to the island; to allegedly bearded Caribs once inhabiting the island; or, more fancifully, to the foam spraying over the outlying reefs giving the impression of a beard. In 1519, a map produced by the Genoese mapmaker Visconte Maggiolo showed and named Barbados in its correct position. Furthermore, an island in the Leewards which is very close in name to Barbados is Barbuda and was once named Las Barbuadas by the Spanish.
3. Pasta (Strozzapreti pasta, means 'priest choker') Strozzapreti ("priest choker", in Italian) are typically an elongated form of cavatelli, or hand-rolled pasta. There are several legends to explain the name "priest choker": One is that gluttonous priests were so enthralled by the savory pasta that they ate too quickly and choked themselves, sometimes to death. Another explanation involves the "azdora" ("housewife" in the Romagna's dialect), who "chokes" the dough strips to make the strozzapreti: "... in that particular moment you would presume that the azdora would express such a rage (perhaps triggered by the misery and difficulties of her life) to be able to strangle a priest!" Another legend goes that wives would customarily make the pasta for churchmen as partial payment for land rents (In Romagna, the Catholic Church had extensive land properties rented to farmers), and their husbands would be angered enough by the venal priests eating their wives' food to wish the priests would choke as they stuffed their mouth with it. The name surely reflects the diffuse anticlericalism of the people of Romagna and Tuscany.
4. Three answers
a. Sherlock Holmes
b. Hercule Poirot
c. Lord Peter Wimsey
5. With or together
6. Ghost Town (Specials), Town Called Malice (The Jam), Uptown Girl (Billy Joel) and Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town) (Jackie Wilson)
7. Damask (from Damascus)
8. Bulls Eye Bill Sikes is one of Dickens's most vicious characters and a very strong force in the novel when it comes to having control over somebody or harming others. He is portrayed as a rough and barbaric man. He is a career criminal associated with Fagin, and an eventual murderer. He is very violent and aggressive, prone to sudden bursts of extreme behaviour. He owns a bull terrier named Bull's Eye, whom he beats until the dog needs stitches.
9. Fastnet Rock Fastnet Rock, or simply Fastnet (possibly from Old Norse: Hvasstann-ey meaning "sharp-tooth isle"; called Carraig Aonair, meaning "lonely rock", in Irish) is a small islet in the Atlantic Ocean and the most southerly point of Ireland. It lies 6.5 kilometres (4.0 mi) southwest of Cape Clear Island and 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) from County Cork on the Irish mainland. Due to its location, Fastnet was known as 'Ireland's Teardrop' because it was the last part of the island that Irish emigrants would see as they sailed to the United States in the 19th century.
10. Gary Stevens and Gary Stevens (Gary A Stevens made two substitute appearances)