Pauls Quiz 246

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1. Which four cities have hosted the Summer Olympics two times (or more)? One point for each correct answer.

2. Known as 'The Lost Boys'; Tootles, Nibs, Slightly, Curly and The Twins all fell out of what?

3. Which multi-talented Englishman wrote the music to Nat King Cole's hit song 'Smile'?

4. The 'Laureus World Sports Award For Sportsman Of The Year' has been awarded each year since 2000. Name the four men who have won the title two times or more. One point for each correct answer. (Question was first set in 2013)

5. Who played Captain Bligh opposite each of the following actors?
a. Mel Gibson
b. Clark Gable
c. Marlon Brando

6. In John Le Carre novels MI6 is often referred to as 'the' what?

7. What was the largest ship in the world between the years 1858 and 1898?

8. Long before Beatlemania 'Bobby soxers' were the screaming teenage fans of which superstar?

9. Which two countries in the world have the greatest number of reported leprosy cases?

10. What were the last two letters added to the English alphabet? One point for each correct answer.


1. Athens, Paris, London and LA.

2. Their prams. ('The Lost Boys' are characters in Peter Pan)

3. Sir Charlie Chaplin "Smile" is a song based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for the 1936 Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the D minor music, while John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. In the lyrics, based on lines and themes from the film, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile. "Smile" has become a popular standard since its original use in Chaplin's film. The song, originally sung by Nat King Cole, charted in 1954. Singer Sunny Gale also covered the song, sharing sales with Cole, as shown in the music trade Cashbox.

4. Roger Federer (4 times), Tiger Woods (2 X), Michael Schumacher (2 X) and Usain Bolt (2 X)

5. Three answers
a. Anthony Hopkins
b. Charles Laughton
c. Trevor Howard

6. 'The Circus'

7. SS Great Eastern SS Great Eastern was an iron sailing steam ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and built by J. Scott Russell & Co. at Millwall on the River Thames, London. She was by far the largest ship ever built at the time of her 1858 launch, and had the capacity to carry 4,000 passengers from England to Australia without refuelling. Her length of 692 feet (211 m) was only surpassed in 1899 by the 705-foot (215 m) 17,274-gross-ton RMS Oceanic, and her gross tonnage of 18,915 was only surpassed in 1901 by the 701-foot (214 m) 21,035-gross-ton RMS Celtic. With five funnels (later reduced to four), she was one of a very few vessels to ever sport that number, sharing her number of five with the Russian cruiser Askold – though several warships, including HMS Viking, and several French cruisers of the pre-dreadnought era had six. Brunel knew her affectionately as the "Great Babe". He died in 1859 shortly after her ill-fated maiden voyage, during which she was damaged by an explosion. After repairs, she plied for several years as a passenger liner between Britain and North America before being converted to a cable-laying ship and laying the first lasting transatlantic telegraph cable in 1866. Finishing her life as a floating music hall and advertising hoarding (for the famous department store Lewis's) in Liverpool, she was broken up in 1889.

8. Frank Sinatra

9. India and Brazil

10. 'j' and 'u' The letters u and j, as distinct from v and i, were introduced in the 16th century, and w assumed the status of an independent letter, so that the English alphabet is now considered to only consist of the following 26 letters: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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