Pub quiz

1. What name is common to the King of Persia defeated at the Battle of Marathon and the contestant who came third in the first series of Pop Idol?

2. What disease takes its name from the medieval Italian for 'bad air'?

3. In which European capital city would you find the headquarters of the Spanish Riding School?

4. What is the name for the 'soft-spots' found on a newborn baby's skull?

5. If a Frankfurter is a type of sausage as well as a person from Frankfurt, and a Hamburger is a lump of meat as well as a person from Hamburg, what is a Berliner?

6. Who said in 1969: 'For years politicians have promised the moon; I am the first one to be able to deliver it'?

7. The first lines of which popular children's song translate into English as 'skylark, nice skylark, skylark, I shall pluck you'?

8. The name (in English) of which country has 18 letters (but more than one word) with alternating consonants and vowels?

9. Who is buried in the Cenotaph on Whitehall?

10. If you spell out the names of all the numbers from one up to 100, which number comes last in alphabetical order?


1. Darius (Darius the Great and Darius Danesh).

2. Malaria

3. Vienna

4. Fontanelle. There are two: frontalanterior and occipitalposterior

5. A (jam) doughnut

6. Richard Nixon

7. Alouette (Alouette, gentille Alouette, Alouette je te plumerai).

8. United Arab Emirates

9. Nobody (cenotaph means 'empty tomb').

10. Two

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