Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Buzzer Questions #2

Here are some further questions I used in the Lightspeed Quiz Event in Durham (All Videos should be posted shortly). Remember its a buzzer quiz so the idea on some of the questions was to start them hard to encourage a buzz and end them so that they should be answered...

Before his career as a politician this man worked as a trainee chef whilst also training as an amateur boxer. Between 1970 and 2010 he was the labour MP for Hull East. Who was the deputy Prime Minister between 1997-2007?

John Prescott

This composer described his most famous work as “17 minutes of orchestra without any music”. He was born in 1875 and often accused of copying the work of fellow French composer Debussy. Major works include the ballet “Mother Goose”, “Rapsodie Espangnole” and the ballet “Daphne and Chloe”. Name this composer who is perhaps better known for  his orchestral work “Bolero”?

Maurice Ravel

Originating in Austria and first sold in Thailand, this drink is the most popular of its kind and sold 4.6 billion cans worldwide in 2012 despite concerns about the health risks of the product. The company sponsors football clubs, a Formula 1 team and a famous Air Race and advertises the drink as “giving you wings”?

Red Bull

The first episode of which classic sitcom involves the main character breaking an elevator several times, failing a job interview with a sales company and having a bit of trouble with a missing coal shed door?

Some Mothers Do Ave Em

This TV Comedy programme first appeared on British TV in 1990 and both Ken Livingstone and Neil Kinnock have made guest appearances on it. Characters include Gus Hedges, George Dent and Damien Day who all worked for Sir Royston Merchant. Name the TV comedy that focussed on the daily workings at the Globe Link TV news office?

Drop The Dead Donkey

Name the year in which the following occurred. Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature, Margaret Thatcher was appointed Shadow Spokesman for Education, Rocky Marciano was killed in a plane crash, John Lennon and Yoko Ono had their infamous “Bed in Peace” demonstration and Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.


This song was a hit on four separate occasions in the 20th century. The title of the song contains the name of a country and it has a been a hit for The Shadows in 1978, Sinead O Connor in 1992 and in 1996 for both Mike Flowers Pop and Madonna. It was written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber for the musical Evita. Name this song?

Dont Cry For Me Argentina

This city first appeared on European maps over 1,000 years ago and was chosen as its nations capital in 1443 by Christopher III. Between 1940 and 1945 it was occupied by German troops and it was the site of a famous naval battle in 1801. It shares its name with the Duke of Wellington’s horse and can be found on an island called Zealand. Name the capital city of Denmark?


This film was based on a true story and was adapted from a book by Robin Moore. The 1971 original was set in New York and it won the Academy Award for Best Picture. For which film did Gene Hackman receive critical acclaim for his role as hard-bitten cop Popeye Doyle?

The French Connection

Which sport made its debut at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and includes events for solo competitors, duets and larger teams. Terms used in the event include Lobster sculls, the egg-beater kick and the Effiel Tower. Included in the coaching staff are a musical director and make-up artist. Which sport is often considered a mixture between gymnastics, swimming and dance?

Synchronised Swimming

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