B1. Which comedian had the catchphrase “You lucky people!”?
B2. GaGa is a tribute band of which group?
B3. Purchased by ING for £1 in 1995, which bank loaned the USA the money for the Louisiana Purchase, thereby helping Napoleon I to fund his war with Britain?
BARINGS (& Hope)
B4. Which fairy tale character is known in China as Yeh-Shen, to Algonquin Indians as the Rough-Face Girl, and in the Grimm brothers’ tales as Ash Girl?
B5. Of the five football teams to have won all four tiers of the English professional game, two achieved the feat in the 2016-17 season. Name either.
SHEFFIELD UNITED or PORTSMOUTH
B6. Which town which was the setting, after the first six episodes, for TV’s “Doctor Finlay’s Casebook” and is also known as “The Gateway to the Trossachs”?
B7. To how many characters did the maximum length of a Twitter tweet expand last year for some of its users?
B8. In the children’s song “Nick, nack, paddywhack, give a dog a bone”, where in the body is a paddywhack?
NECK (the nuchal ligament at the back of the skull)
B9. Which Alfred Hitchcock film features a dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali?
B10. Pharsalus, the deciding battle for power between Julius Caesar and Pompey is in which present day country?
B11. The World War 2 German navy had one aircraft carrier, although it never entered service. What was the name of the carrier – a name perhaps more associated with World War 1?
B12. Dolomite is an ore used in the Pidgeon process for the production of which metal?
B13. “The Mousetrap” is a play within which of Shakespeare’s plays?
B14. Which horse’s defeat, at 2/9 on, was a shock at Cheltenham in 2017, costing one punter £375 000?
B15. Arguing that low zinc levels in the population because of unleavened bread led to heightened aggression in the Middle East, the lateral thinker, Edward de Bono, suggested the smuggling there of jars of what - because of its high zinc content?
B16. In 1973, who succeeded Éamon de Valera as President of Ireland, but died just a year after taking office?
Erskine Hamilton CHILDERS
Erskine Hamilton CHILDERS
B17. In his Test cricket career, which player scored 13,289 runs, took 292 wickets and held 200 catches?
B18. In the Old Testament, name the husband of Bathsheba whom King David sent into the front line of battle.
URIAH the Hittite
B19. The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is found on an island in the Wat Pho temple complex in which city?
B20. The first Christmas stamps were issued by the Royal Mail in 1966. They were designed by the winner of a competition run by which TV programme?
B21. When Bob Dylan did not attend the Nobel Prize award ceremony in December 2016, which singer/songwriter accepted the prize in his absence?
B22. Which mountain range takes its name from the Mongolian meaning “Mountains of gold”?
B23. Jeremy Corbyn has been MP for which constituency since 1983?
B24. MINT is an acronym referring to the economies of Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey and which other country?