Thursday, February 04, 2010


Recently a contestant* on Mastermind got the lowest score ever. He got four points on his specialist subject (Ataturk) and one point on general knowledge. All things being equal (i.e. not being recorded for TV or sitting in the back chair under the glare of the lights), I would have scored more on the general knowledge (but probably nothing on his specialist subject!), but he has my sympathies nonetheless and I don’t think I would have put in a particularly stunning performance either.

Anyway here were his questions:

Q: Which insects got their name from the ancient superstition that they crawl into the ears of sleeping people?

Q: One of the taglines of which 2001 blockbuster film was "December 7th 1941, it was a Sunday morning"?

Q: In Greek mythology what did Prometheus steal from the gods? He was punished for this by being chained to a rock where an eagle ate his constantly replenished liver.

Q: Pierre is the capital of which American state?

Q: What do people suffering from trichotillomania have a compulsion to do?

Q: The American ambassador's London residence Winfield House was sold to the United States for $1 by which chain store heiress?

Q: The "Heroic" in a Flat Major Opus 53 is one of 16 of Chopin's works in the form of which dance?

Q: In women's gymnastics, the uneven bars on which swinging routines are performed are also known by what name?

Q: Whose 1770 poem The Deserted Village describes the appalling effects of the enclosure acts on the rural poor?

Q: Ursus Maritimus is the scientific name for which bear?

Q: Le Maillon Faible is the French television version of which British quiz show?

Q: The Halle Orchestra is based in which venue in Manchester?

Q: A device capable of storing electricity consisting of conducting plates separated by a layer of insulating material is given what name?

Q: Which Warwickshire town granted its royal prefix by Queen Victoria in 1838 claims to be the home of England's first lawn tennis club?

Q: What word can mean a joint of pork, to pawn, or a German white wine?

You can get the answers here.

*I say “contestant”, but apparently they are always referred to as “contenders”.


Kahless said...

I am not as learned as you - I would have got 3!

Random Reflections said...

Kahless - I am not sure I would have done much better myself!