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19 December 2017

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Latest questions: 19 December 2017

This week's questions are from those written for Tuesday 12 December 2017 in Macclesfield Quiz League, by the Waters Green Lemmings and the Chester Road Tavern.

The next batch of new questions will be posted on Tuesday 9 January.

Which BBC television sitcom, first broadcast in 1995 and 1996, was set in the fictional town of Gasforth (near London)? Click to show or hide the answer
Ivan Petrovich Voynitsky is the title character of which play by Chekhov? Click to show or hide the answer
Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1973, who was the first Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet to have African heritage? Click to show or hide the answer
According to the proverb, where do all roads lead? Click to show or hide the answer
Which city is the subject of an aphorism famously quoted by Goethe in Italian Journey (1786–8): "See [blank] and die"? Click to show or hide the answer
To what was Stanley Baldwin referring when he spoke of "Power without responsibility – the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages"? Click to show or hide the answer
To which historical event was William Wordsworth referring when he wrote, in The Prelude, "Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive / But to be young was very heaven"? Click to show or hide the answer
To which theologian are the words "Here I stand; I can do no other" commonly attributed? Click to show or hide the answer
Which international sports competition was created by media mogul Ted Turner, in reaction to the political troubles surrounding the Olympic Games of the 1980s (including a US boycott in 1980 and a Soviet Bloc boycott in 1984)? It was held five times, the first time in 1986 and the last in 2001. Click to show or hide the answer
Which British middleweight boxer, who died in October 2017 aged 81, was world champion from 1961–2 and nicknamed 'the Paddington Express'? Click to show or hide the answer
What are ice hockey pucks made of? Click to show or hide the answer
What was the Roman name of the chieftain who led a coalition of Germanic tribes to victory over three Roman legions in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD – effectively ending the Roman Empire's attempts to conquer what we now know as Germany? (He's known in Germany as Hermann, and sometimes less reverently outside Germany as Herman the German.) Click to show or hide the answer
The Évian Accords (of 1962) led ultimately to the independence of which country? Click to show or hide the answer
In mathematics, what does the abbreviation HCD stand for? Click to show or hide the answer
In mathematics, what does the abbreviation LCM stand for? Click to show or hide the answer
Give another word that has the same meaning as 'loquacious'. Click to show or hide the answer
If you are said to have 'consanguinity' with someone, what does this mean? Click to show or hide the answer
Which phrase, originating in the 1886 divorce case of Lord Colin Campbell and Gertrude Elizabeth Blood, came to be commonly used in Britain for the device marketed as a mutoscope? Click to show or hide the answer
Aphonia is the loss of what? Click to show or hide the answer
To which part of the body does the adjective 'otic' refer? Click to show or hide the answer
The toque blanche is a type of hat, particularly associated with which trade or profession? Click to show or hide the answer
The phrase 'going commando', said to have gained currency after it was used in a 1996 episode of Friends (but of obscure origin), means going without what? Click to show or hide the answer
Which Venetian painter (c. 1490–1576) gave his name to a brownish–orange colour, which he used to use to paint hair? Click to show or hide the answer
Which painting by Leonardo da Vinci, one of fewer than 20 known works by him and the only one in private hands, became the world's most expensive painting when it was sold for just over $450 million in November 2017? Click to show or hide the answer
"Can I have a P please Bob?" was a 'catchphrase' (of sorts) on which television programme? Click to show or hide the answer
Efteling – based on ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, etc. – is one of the world's oldest theme parks, and the largest in which country? Click to show or hide the answer
In which US (cable) television legal drama, first broadcast in 2011, did Meghan Markle play paralegal Rachel Zane – leaving in 2017 after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced? Click to show or hide the answer
Operation Neptune Spear was the code name for the US military operation that led to whose death? Click to show or hide the answer
Operation London Bridge is the code name for the not–very–secret plan to be carried out following whose death? Click to show or hide the answer
What is the name of the Brazilian football club, most of whose first team were killed in a plane crash in 2016? Click to show or hide the answer
What's a young puffin called? Click to show or hide the answer

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