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13 February 2018

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Latest questions: 24 April 2018

This week's questions are from those written for the 2017–18 Cup Final in Macclesfield Quiz League. All teams in the League were asked to contribute questions (except those taking part!), and they were co–ordinated by the Ox–fford.

Which organisation, founded in 1896 as the Union of Ethical Societies, counts Julian Huxley, George Melly, Claire Rayner, Linda Smith, Polly Toynbee and Jim Al–Khalili among its former presidents? It adopted its current name in 2017, and its current president is Shappi Khorsandi. Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Which French phrase is commonly used in English to mean a feeling of solidarity or morale among members of a group? Click to show or hide the answer
To which politician did the broadcaster Eddie Mair say "You're a nasty piece of work, aren't you?" (in an interview on The Andrew Marr Show, on BBC1, in March 2013)? Click to show or hide the answer
All named after Rolling Stones albums, Let it Bleed and Black and Blue are novels, and Beggar's Banquet is a short story collection, by which British crime writer? Click to show or hide the answer
Which 1989 film had the tag line, "The man in the hat is back, and this time he's bringing his Dad!" Click to show or hide the answer
Which island in the East River, New York – between Queens (Long Island) and the Bronx – gives its name to the city's most famous jail (opened in 1932)? Click to show or hide the answer
"It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights" were the opening words to the theme tune of which television programme? Click to show or hide the answer
Which critically–acclaimed crime drama television series, produced and set in Baltimore, Maryland, and broadcast on HBO and BBC2 from 2002 to 2008, featured detectives Jimmy McNulty, Cedric Daniels, Kima Greggs, William 'the Bunk' Moreland, Thomas 'Herc' Hauk, and Ellis Carver, drugs baron Avon Barksdale and his second in command Stringer Bell, and Greggs's informant Bubbles? Click to show or hide the answer
Which crime drama television series, broadcast on BBC1 from 2014 and set in the Calder Valley, in West Yorkshire, was created by Sally Wainwright and stars Sarah Lancashire as Sgt. Catherine Cawood and Siobhan Finneran as her sister, Clare Cartwright? Click to show or hide the answer
Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs (sung over the closing credits) was the theme to which American situation comedy television series? Click to show or hide the answer
Perfect World by the Irish band Kodaline is the theme tune to which popular television programme? Click to show or hide the answer
Which US comedy television series was set in Scranton – in real life, the sixth largest city in Pennsylvania? Click to show or hide the answer
The statment "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end(ing)" occurs, three times, in which book of the Bible? Click to show or hide the answer
Which television series, broadcast on Channel 4 since 2014, features the work of Professor Noel Fitzpatrick in Eashing, near Guildford, Surrey? Click to show or hide the answer
Who famously said in 1995, "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded"? Click to show or hide the answer
Which magazine, founded in the USA in 1885 and printed in the UK since 1922, features articles about diet, health, recipes and product testing, and is famous for its 'seal of approval'? Click to show or hide the answer
The song Harder Than You Think, by the American hip hop group Public Enemy, is used as the theme tune for which Channel 4 comedy talk show? Click to show or hide the answer
What creatures can be silky, giant, spiny or scaly? Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Which singer, born in 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia, is known in the USA as as The Midnight Idol, Mr. Las Vegas and Mr. Entertainment? His theme song is Danke Schoen (his first Top 20 hit, in 1963 – in the USA; up to April 2018 he has never had a hit record outside the USA and Canada). He was said in 2016 to have performed over 30,000 shows in Las Vegas. Click to show or hide the answer

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