The Daily Quiz

A daily dose of exercise for the mind from our quiz master Paul McCarthy! Questions posted by 11:00am each day. Answers will be posted by 6:00pm at the foot of this page.

Thursday 15 April 2021

Good morning,          (Next quiz Tuesday ).

      TODAY – A GEOGRAPHY QUIZ

1. What is the most northerly capital city in the world ?

2. What is the most southerly capital city in the world ?

3. On what line of longitude does Greenwich stand ?

4. Two countries in South America are landlocked name one ?

5. Which European capital city stands on the River Tagus ?

Enjoy the sun .

Paul.


Thursday 15 April 2021

Good afternoon,

1. Reykjavik .

2. Wellington.

3. 0 degrees ( The Prime Meridian ) .

4. Bolivia or Paraguay .

5. Lisbon.

Stay safe.

Paul.

Wednesday 14 April 2021

Good evening ,

1. Hydrogen.

2. Rachael Blackmore .

3. 120 ( 30d x 4 farthings ) .

4. Wind in The Willows .

5. Almonds .

Stay safe.

Paul.

Saturday 10 April 2021

Good afternoon,

1. Fairyhouse ( Not The Curragh ).

2. Chicken.

3. Newcastle Upon Tyne.

4. Anode .

5. Goal Defence.

Stay safe.

Paul.


Thursday 8 April 2021

Good evening ,

1. Woody Allen .

2. Sub poena .

3. Croatia .

4. 1969 .

5. Juliett .

Back Saturday .

Paul.


Tuesday 6 April 2021

Good evening ,

1. Sea sickness.

2. Istanbul.

3. Samson.

4. Snowdon.

5. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer .

What  a change in the weather  ! – it’s snowing !!

Next quiz Thursday ( quizzes now 3 times a week as we ease out of lockdown ) .

Paul.

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Good evening ,

1. Coffee .

2. Ants .

3. Nelson Mandela .

4. Cats .

5. Copper.

Enjoy the good weather .

Paul.
Monday 29 March 2021

Good evening ,

1. 14th July.

2. 4 

3. The liver.

4. The Alamo .

5. Princess Eugenie .

Paul. 

Wednesday 24 march 2021

Good evening ,                        ( NEXT QUIZ – MONDAY ) 

1. A Bear market is the opposite of a Bull Market .

2. China .

3. Sirius ( The Dog Star ) .

4. Hawaii .

5. Seaweed.

Stay safe.

Paul.


Tuesday 23 April 2021

Good evening,

1. Real Madrid .

2. Matthew.

3. 10 .

4. A fish.

5. R .

Paul.

Monday 22 March 2021
Good evening ,

1. California .

2. Charles 11.

3. Bates.

4. Hound Dog.

5. Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Paul

Friday 19 March 2021

Good evening ,

1. The Giant Panda .

2. Princess Anne .

3.  5 miles .

4. The Good , The Bad and The Ugly .

5. Red .

Paul.
Thursday 18 March 2021

Good evening,

1. Jordan.

2. Ursula Andress .

3. The Falklands War.

4. Somerset .

5. John Travolta danced with Princess Diana at The White House.

  The dress that she wore became  known as ‘ The Travolta Dress “

 Shortly before Diana’s death it was auctioned for charity and raised £100,000 .

It was auctioned again in 2013 and was bought “ By a British gentleman as a surprise to cheer up his wife “ for £240,000.

It was sold for a third time in 2019 and is now on display at Kensington Palace.

Paul 

Wednesday 17 March 2021

Good evening,

1. Omnivore .

2. The Korean War .

3. The atom bomb.

4. Jane McDonald.

5. Tasmania.

Paul.


Tuesday 16 March 2021

Good evening,

1. A fish.

2. Blind .

3. Battle of The Little Big Horn.

4. Looby Loo.

5. Marilyn Monroe .

Paul.

Monday 15 March 2021

Good evening ,

1. The Beatles played  at Shea Stadium.

2. Bangladesh .

3. Perennials .

4. Morocco.

5. Cabbage .

Paul. 

Saturday 13 March 2021

Good evening,

                           NEXT QUIZ MONDAY . SO TO ALL THE MUMS – HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY .

1. Military Intelligence .

2. Lady Jane Grey ( Dudley ).

3. North Atlantic Ocean.

4. Chickpeas .

5. The oldest pub in England .
Footnote :-

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem claims in was established  in 1189  and is  the oldest pub in England.

It was a refreshment stop for Crusaders heading to Jerusalem .

Others that lay claim to the title include Ye Olde Fighting Cocks in St. Albans and 

The Old Ferry Boat Inn at Holywell , Cambridgeshire.

Ye Hole in Ye Wall , Hackins Hey is said to be the oldest pub in Liverpool .

The oldest pub in Lancashire  , The Scotch  Piper dates back to 1320.

The oldest pub we have been  to is the 12th century Crown in Lanlivery near Bodmin .

If you are ever in that area pop in the lunches are very good.

It  accommodated  the stone masons building the village church .

Paul. 


Friday 12 March 2021

Good evening,

1. Edelweiss .

2. Pepper .

3. Paul O’Grady .

4. Mushrooms.

5. Anastasia .

Paul.


Thursday 11 March 2021

Good evening,

1. Sir Nick Clegg .

2. The Three  Laws of Robotics .

3. Ankara .

4. The Good Life.

5. Stephen Hawking .

Paul.

Wednesday 10 March 2021

Good evening ,

1. Iranian Embassy .

2. The shoulder.

3. Neighbours  .

4. Hippopotamus .

5. The RAF.

Paul.

Tuesday 9 March 2021

Good evening ,

1. Moses .

2. Without any future date being fixed .

3.Tennis elbow.

4. The stamen.

5. Fahrenheit .


Paul. 

Monday 8 March 2021

Good evening,

1. Palace of Versailles .

2. Mercury.

3. New Orleans .

4. Fish .

5 . A legal second marriage ( i.e . After divorce or death of first spouse )

Paul. 


Saturday 6 March 2021

Good afternoon,

                                ( NEXT QUIZ MONDAY )


1.The Drifters .

2. Samedi .

3. He died .

4. John Travolta .

5. Dr. Christian Barnard – see below .

Footnote .

After performing the first heart transplant in Cape Town on 3rd December 1967

Dr. Barnard  said “ For a dying person a transplant is not a difficult decision . If a lion chases you to a river filled with 

crocodiles , you will leap into the water convinced you have a chance to swim to the other side . But you would never 

accept  such odds if there was no lion “

The first patient lived for 18 days after the transplant. The second  led an active life for 19 months .

Barnard’s fifth  and sixth patients lived for 13 and 24 years respectively .

Now  some 3,500 heart transplants are performed worldwide each year.

Paul.


Friday 5 March 2021

Good evening,

1. The Countess of Wessex.

2. The Bells of Shoreditch .

3. Dustin Hoffman .

4. Alnwick Castle.

5. The Crown Jewels- see below.

Footnote :-

Colonel Blood was an Irish Adventurer .

He fought in The English Civil War , initially with the Royalists but then switched sides.

Cromwell rewarded him with an Irish Estate . But he lost the land with The Restoration of Charles 11.

He then hatched a plot to steal The Crown Jewels .Disguised as a parson with  an actress posing as his wife he conned his way into

The Tower of London. He attacked the guard and escaped with The Jewels , but was captured .

He was held in  The Tower but said he would only answer questions  asked by The King.

Astonishingly King Charles agreed to see him.

He told The king that his valuation of The Jewels at £100,000 was ridiculous and they were one worth £6000.

For reasons that are to this day a mystery Charles granted him not only a Royal Pardon but also land in Ireland worth £500 per year.

Blood died in 1680 , but such was his reputation for duplicity that his body was exhumed to make sure he was dead.

His Headstone bears the inscription –

“ Here lies the man who hath run through more villainies than England ever knew “

Paul.

Thursday 4 March 2021

Good evening,

1. Aldous Huxley .

2. Bram Stoker .

3. Thomas Hardy .

4. Dan Brown .

5. J.D. Salinger .

Paul. 


Wednesday 3 March 2021

Good evening,

1. Clint Eastwood .

2. President of The United States.

3. The House of Lords.

4. Nicholas Sarkozy .

5.Sir Isaac Newton.

Paul. 


Tuesday 2 March 2021

GOOD AFTERNOON,

1. The Isle of White .

2. Elvis Presley.

3. Rudolf Hess .

4. The Count of Monte Cristo .

5 . Oscar Wilde.

Stay safe .

Paul.

Monday 1 March 2021

Good evening,

1.A lamb.

2. War .

3. Canada .

4. Little Women.

5. Lewis Carroll .
Footnote ;

Behind the comic facade of The Mad Hatter celebrating his “ Unbirthday “ and wearing

A 10 / 6 sign in his hat lies a tragic history.

Hat makers used mercury in a process known as felting .

Long term exposure to mercury vapours caused  psychotic reactions including hallucinations .

In America Mad Hatters Day , when all kinds of silly behaviour is allowed , is celebrated  on October 6 .

The date being taken from the 10 / 6 sign ( of course we would say 10th June , but Americans take it to mean October 6th ).

Paul.


Saturday 27 February 2021

Good evening ,             ( NEXT QUIZ MONDAY ).


1. Dom Perignon .

2. A decimal point = 2.3  which is greater than 2 and less than 3. 

3. Kiki Dee .

4. Tuna .

5. Spanish Civil War- see below.

Footnote .

The term fifth column was first used in The Spanish Civil War .

Franco claimed there were 4 Nationalist Columns approaching Madrid  

and a “ Quinta columna “ was waiting to rise from within The Capital .

The term became widespread during World War 2.

For some light relief watch the episode of Dad’s Army in which the platoon 

masquerade  as fifth columnists . Pike dresses as an American gangster ,

Frazer is in his undertaker’s suit and Jones is discussed as a nun !!

Paul.
Friday 26 February 2021
Good evening ,

1. Steven Spielberg.

2. Whistle ( and flute ) = suit .

3. Florida  .

4. Salisbury .

5. Fear of  Missing Out.

Paul.

Thursday 25 February 2021

Good afternoon,

1. Ice Hockey .

2. John Keats .

3. Robert Falcon Scott.

4. A Birdie.

5. Sir Francis Drake.

Footnote :

The Golden Hind was used by Drake to circumnavigate  the world .

She was initially called  The Pelican , but Drake changed the name to The Golden Hind.

This was to honour his patron Sir Christopher Hatton  whose crest was A Golden Hind .

Drake operated as a privateer and plundered Spanish treasure .

He returned to England with a haul worth £500 million in today’s money .

( This included half a ton of cloves, which then were worth their weight in gold ).

A grateful Queen Elizabeth rewarded Drake with a knighthood and took half his treasure in taxes !

The ship’s lantern hung in Middle Temple Hall for hundreds of years only to be destroyed in World War 2.

However a table in The Hall made from a hatch cover from The Golden Hind survived the bombing

and is still in The Hall Today.

Paul.

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Good evening,

1. France .

2. 6d .

3. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid.

4. T.S Eliot .

5. The Marshall Plan .

Paul.

Tuesday 23 February 2021

Good evening,

1. Fear of trees .

2. The brain.

3. John Milton.

4. Capability Brown.

5. John Wayne.

Paul.


Monday 22 February 2021

Good evening ,

1. First Past the Post .

2. Carbon ( also Tungsten ).

3. Orange .

4. Kim Kardashian .

5. Orson Wells.

Still light and sunny !!

Paul.

Saturday 20 2021

Good evening,                       ( NEXT QUIZ MONDAY )



1. Olga Korbut .

2. Hinduism .

3. President Lyndon B. Johnson (  Following the assassination of President Kennedy ) .

4. Poland .

5. Fleetwood Mac .

Enjoy the weekend.

Paul.

Friday 19 February 2021

Good evening ,

1. Time flies .

2. Juan Carlos 1 .

3. The Flying Fortress .

4. Cape Town.

5. King George 111 .

Have a good weekend .

Paul.


Thursday 18 February 2021

Good afternoon,

1. Suffolk.

2. A Yankee .

3. Miss World .

4. Narcissus .

5. The Daily Planet .

Paul.

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Good evening ,

1. Angela Dorothea Merkel.

2. Arachnophobia .

3. Miss Trunchbull .

4. Dylan Thomas .

5. Christiano Ronaldo .

Stay safe.

Paul.