1. What was the first host nation at a FIFA World Cup that failed to get through the first round?
a. France 1938 b. Switzerland 1954 c. South Africa 2010 d. Brazil 1950
2. What does the Strait of Messina separate?
3. What does the Greek root 'adelph' mean?
4. The official title for a 45 single, released by a Dutch group in 1981, is, with 41 words, the longest title ever for a number one in the UK charts. Most of us know this title by which three words?
5. A river of southern Italy, an Indo-Chinese language and the initials of an American police procedural legal drama television series. Three letters
6. Who travels from Spain to the Netherlands by steamboat in late November?
7. Which kind of horse is also the name for a kind of bean?
8. The phrase 'Up to eleven', found in the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary since 2002, stems from which cult film?
9. In Rastafari, who is known as 'The Lion of Judah'?
10. The following are words from songs that reached number one at Christmas in the UK charts. Can you name the song? One point for each correct answer.
a. Your perfume fills my head
b. What about sunrise what about rain
c. Candlelight and soul forever
d. I told you way back in 52 I would never go with you
e. If you'll be my sunshine daisy from L.A.
f. Does your granny always tell ya that the old songs are the best
g. Smiles in the sunshine and tears in the rain
h. When I touch you I feel happy inside
1. Answer c. South Africa 2010
2. Mainland Italy and Sicily The Strait of Messina (Stretto di Messina in Italian language, Strittu di Missina in Sicilian) is the narrow passage between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of Calabria in the south of Italy. It connects the Tyrrhenian Sea with the Ionian Sea, within the central Mediterranean. At its narrowest point, it measures 3.1 km in width, though near the town of Messina the width is some 5.1 km and maximum depth is 250 m.
3. Brother (as in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love)
4. Stars on 45 (Medley: Intro Venus / Sugar Sugar / No Reply / I'll be back / Drive my car / Do you want to know a secret / We can work it out / I should have known better / Nowhere man / You're going to lose that girl / Stars on 45) 41 words Stars on 45 was a Dutch novelty pop act that was briefly very popular in the United Kingdom, throughout Europe, the United States and Australia in the early 1979. The group later shortened its name to Stars On in the U.S., while in the U.K. and Ireland it was known as Starsound. The band, which consisted solely of studio session musicians under the direction of Jaap Eggermont, formerly of Golden Earring, popularized the medley, by recreating hit songs as faithfully as possible and stringing them together, with a common tempo and relentless underlying drum track. The point was to provide a danceable disco record which used familiar tunes—a technique that was also used in the Hooked on Classics series of recordings released by RCA Records and K-Tel Records.
5. LAO (Law and Order)
6. Sinterklaas / Santa Claus / St. Nicholas
7. Pinto Pinto is a common Portuguese surname, sometimes occurring in Spanish and Italian languages. Some Indians, specially people whose family originated from Goa, also bear this name. It can be also found among the sephardi Jews descendants of the Jews expelled from Portugal that settled in Arab countries and the Netherlands. In England, the spelling was sometimes changed to Pinter. "Pinto" is a Spanish word literally meaning 'painted' and also 'dappled' or 'spotted'
8. This Is Spinal Tap "Up to eleven" or "these go to eleven" is an idiom from popular culture, coined in the movie This Is Spinal Tap, which has come to refer to anything being exploited to its utmost abilities, or apparently exceeding them, such as a sound volume control. Similarly, the expression "turning it up to eleven" refers to the act of taking something to an extreme. In 2002 the phrase entered the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary with the definition "up to maximum volume". The BBC iPlayer and other media on the BBC website has a volume control that goes up to 11.
9. Haile Selassie (the First) Haile Selassie I (1892 – 1975), born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael, was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. He was the heir to a dynasty that traced its origins by tradition from King Solomon and Queen Makeda, Empress of Axum, known in the Abrahamic tradition as the Queen of Sheba. Haile Selassie is a defining figure in both Ethiopian and African history.
10. Eight answers
a. Somethin' Stupid (Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman)
b. Earth Song (Michael Jackson)
c. 2 Become 1 (Spice Girls)
d. I Hear You Knocking (Dave Edmunds)
e. Long Haired Lover From Liverpool (Little Jimmy Osmond)
f. Merry XMass Everybody (Slade)
g. Mull Of Kintyre (Wings)
h. I Want To Hold Your Hand (Beatles)