Matt Chorley's virtual family quiz questions

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Subscribers from across the country joined Matt Chorley online for a special lockdown quiz on April 23. Their knowledge was put to the test across five rounds of questions featuring world news, culture, politics and sport.

Congratulations to The Terry's for winning, followed by The Prices Are Right and Quiz Team Clings On Obviously. 

A special mention to the best team name of the night: Quiztopher Whitty.

We've compiled the questions and answers so you can take part at home and challenge your friends and family.

 

ROUND ONE: THE TIMES AND THE SUNDAY TIMES

1. When The Times launched in 1785, what was it called?

a. The Thunderer

b. The Daily Universal Register 

c. The Times of London

d. The Daily Beast

 

2. In which year did the paper cease being produced in broadsheet form?

a. 2003

b. 2004

c. 2005

d. 2006

 

3. The Times was described as "the only paper that Bond ever read” in which Ian Fleming book?

a. From Russia: With Love

b. Casino Royale

c. Moonraker

d. Live and Let Die

 

4. Who is the political editor of The Sunday Times?

a. Tom Shipman

b. Tim Shipman

c. Tony Shipman

d. Terry Shipman

 

5. On which day of the week does Daniel Finkelstein’s column appear in the paper?

a. Monday

b. Tuesday

c. Wednesday 

d. Thursday

 

6. Which former prime minister was often pictured holding The Times, because they liked doing the Sudoku?

a. Tony Blair

b. Gordon Brown

c. David Cameron

d. Theresa May

 

7. Which of these is not currently a Sunday Times columnist?

a. Wayne Rooney

b. Jeremy Clarkson

c. Emma Barnett

d. Claudia Winkleman 

 

8. How much does a print copy of The Times cost?  

a. £1.70

b. £1.80

c. £1.90

d. £2

 

9.  What is the address for The Times and The Sunday Times?

a. 1 Tower Bridge Street

b. 1 Southwark Bridge Street

c. 1 Blackfriars Bridge Street

d. 1 London Bridge Street

 

10. According to Jim Hacker, in Yes Prime Minister, who reads The Times?

a. People who think they run the country

b. People who think they ought to run the country

c. People who actually do run the country

d. The wives of the people who run the country

 

ROUND TWO: COMMENT

1. “Shall I just really vent now? I’m sick of camomile tea being called tea. It’s not tea.” 

a. Michael Winner

b. Jackie Collins

c. Benedict Cumberbatch

d. Camilla Parker Bowles

 

2. On Princess Anne: "If it doesn't fart or eat hay, she’s not interested." 

a. Prince Andrew

b. Prince Charles

c. Prince Harry

d. Prince Philip

 

3. "'You might get a few oink oink noises at school but just try not to fight with anybody."

a. Samantha Cameron

b. James Corden

c. Kevin Bacon

d. Miss Piggy

 

4. "When people buy kebabs, I want them to have salad too so they can have the balanced diet we all need." 

a. Jamie Oliver

b. John Torode

c. Joe Wicks

d. Jeremy Corbyn

 

5. “I'm just trying to change the world one sequin at a time."

a. Madonna

b. Lady Gaga

c. Elton John

d. Keir Starmer
 

6. "If you have a dog that turns, you just cannot risk it. So I took Kim's collar – a sort of choker chain – and pulled it tight."

a. Simon Cowell

b. Michael Heseltine

c. Ricky Gervais

d. Snoop Dog

 

7. “Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts.”

a. Winston Churchill

b. Clement Atlee

c. Orson Welles

d. Charlie Chaplin

 

8. “That was in the past, we're in the future now.”

a. David Beckham

b. Kevin Keegan

c. Alan Shearer

d. Gary Linekar

 

9. "You should have stuck with me, mate."

a. Liam Gallagher to Noel Gallagher

b. Dec to Ant

c. David Cameron to Boris Johnson

d. Jennifer Aniston to Brad Pitt

 

10.    “I think I might have deleted the email where everyone decided that Theresa May was wonderful. She’s not that good. She really isn’t.”

a. Boris Johnson

b. David Cameron

c. George Osborne

d. Matt Chorley

 

ROUND THREE: WORLD

1. According to the UN what is the population of the world?

a. 5.5 billion

b. 6.6 billion

c. 7.7 billion

d. 8.8 billion

 

2. Who was assassinated in the Ambassador Hotel Los Angeles?

a. John F Kennedy

b. Robert Kennedy

c. Harvey Milk

d. Abraham Lincoln

 

3. In which two towns is Gavin and Stacey set?

a. Barry and Billericay

b. Bangor and Basildon

c. Chepstow and Chigwell

d. Conwy and Canvey Island

 

4. The world’s largest single-aperture telescope, The Gran Telescopio Canarias, is found on which Canary Island? 

a. Tenerife

b. Lanzarote

c. Fuerteventura

d. La Palma
 

5. What is the currency in the Czech Republic?

a. Krone

b. Kruna

c. Koruna

d. Corona
 

6. Which of these world leaders is not a member of the G7?

a. Shinzo Abe

b. Giuseppe Conte

c. Boris Johnson

d. Vladimir Putin
 

7. In which country was the Haribo sweet brand founded?

a. Germany

b. Switzerland

c. Finland

d. Austria

 

8. Who launched his international travel company in 1841, with a successful one-day rail excursion at a shilling a head from Leicester to Loughborough? 

a. Thomas Cook

b. Billy Butlin

c. Edward Tui

d. Richard Branson
 

9. China shares a border with more countries than any other, but which of these is NOT among the 14?

a. Myanmar

b. Vietnam

c. Bhutan

d. Uzbekistan
 

10. If all of the planets in the solar system were rearranged into alphabetical order, how many planets would be between Earth and the Sun?

a. 0

b. 1

c. 2

d. 3

 

ROUND FOUR: THE GAME

1. Which was the first team to win the Premier League?

a. Chelsea

b. Arsenal

c. Manchester United

d. Blackburn Rovers
 

2. In the classic Monopoly, how much does Oxford Street cost?

a. £200

b. £250

c. £300

d. £350
 

3. Who did Andy Murray beat to win Wimbledon for the first time in 2013?

a. Roger Federer

b. Rafael Nadal

c. Andy Roddick

d. Novak Djokovic

 

4. Alan Shephard was the first man to play what on the moon?

a. Darts

b. Golf

c. Guitar

d. Hamlet
 

5. What colour is the vicar in Cluedo?

a. Purple

b. Blue

c. Yellow

d. Green
 

6. In a standard pack of cards, which King does not have a moustache? 

a. Hearts

b. Clubs

c. Diamonds

d. Spades

 

7. Who are the reigning English county cricket champions?

a. Somerset

b. Essex

c. Hampshire

d. Kent
 

8. How many squares are there on a chessboard?

a. 25

b. 36

c. 49

d. 64

 

9. In tenpin bowling, what is the name for three strikes bowled consecutively?

a. Turkey

b. Duck

c. Chicken

d. Goose
 

10.  Which game was John Prescott caught playing when he was supposed to be running the country in 2006?

a. Cricket

b. Boules

c. Lacrosse

d. Croquet

 

ROUND FIVE: CULTURE

1.    What is the real name of Culture Club’s Boy George?

a. George O’Leary

b. George O’Dowd

c. George O’Osbourne

d. George O’Keefe

 

2.    The Gargery family feature in which Dickens novel?

a. Great Expectations

b. Hard Times

c. Bleak House

d. The Pickwick Papers
 

3.    What was the biggest selling book in the UK in the 1990s?

a. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

b. Bridget Jones’s Diary 

c. Jurassic Park

d. Delia’s How to Cook
 

4.    What was the first fully computer generated full length feature film?

a. Monsters Inc

b. Mulan

c. Toy Story

d. A Bug’s Life
 

5.    Terry Brooks was the first person to advertise what? 

a. Milky Way

b. Milky Bars

c. Werther's Originals

d. Milk Tray

6.     Who presents the Radio One Breakfast Show?

a. Nick Grimshaw

b. Greg James

c. Chris Moyles

d. Zoe Ball
 

7.     In The Office, what was the name of the Slough nightclub David Brent visits every Wednesday?

a. Mamba

b. Chasers

c. Ladyz

d. Kudos
 

8. Who was Ed Balls’ partner on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016?

a. Dianne Buswell

b. Katja Jones

c. Oti Mabuse

d. Janette Manrara
 

9. Who wrote the score for The Nutcracker ballet?

a. Debussy

b. Tchaikovsky

c. Mozart

d. Shostakovich
 

10. In the book The Hungry Caterpillar, what does the caterpillar eat first?

a. Apple

b. Pear

c. Strawberry

d. Sausage


 

ANSWERS

ROUND ONE: THE TIMES

1. When The Times launched in 1785, what was it called?

The Daily Universal Register 

 

2. In which year did the paper cease being produced in broadsheet form?

2004

 

3. The Times was described as 

"the only paper that Bond ever read” in which Ian Fleming book?

From Russia: With Love

 

4. Who is the political editor of 

The Sunday Times?

Tim Shipman

 

5. On which day of the week does Daniel Finkelstein’s column appear in the paper?

Wednesday

 

6.  Which former prime minister was often pictured holding The Times, because they liked doing the Sudoku?

Theresa May 

 

7. Which of these is not currently a Sunday Times columnist?

Claudia Winkleman 

 

8. How much does a print copy of The Times cost? 

£1.80

 

9. What is the address for The Times and The Sunday Times?
1 London Bridge Street
 

10. According to Jim Hacker, in Yes Prime Minister, who reads The Times?

People who actually do run the country


 

ROUND TWO: COMMENT

  1. “Shall I just really vent now? I’m sick of camomile tea being called tea. It’s not tea.” 

     Benedict Cumberbatch

 

  1. On Princess Anne: "If it doesn't fart or eat hay, she’s not interested." 

     Prince Philip

 

  1. “You might get a few oink oink noises at school but just try not to fight with anybody."

     Samantha Cameron

 

  1. "When people buy kebabs, I want them to have salad too so they can have the balanced diet we all need." 

     Jeremy Corbyn*

 

  1. “I'm just trying to change the world one sequin at a time."
    Lady Gaga
     

  2. "If you have a dog that turns, you just cannot risk it. So I took Kim's collar – a sort of choker chain – and pulled it tight."

     Michael Heseltine

 

  1. “Don't give yourselves to these unnatural men - machine men with machine minds and machine hearts.”
    Charlie Chaplin

 

  1. “That was in the past, we're in the future now.”
    David Beckham

 

  1. "You should have stuck with me, mate."
    David Cameron to Boris Johnson

 

  1. “I think I might have deleted the email where everyone decided that Theresa May was wonderful. She’s not that good. She really isn’t.”
    Matt Chorley 

 

ROUND THREE: WORLD

  1. According to the UN what is the population of the world?
    7.7 billion
     

  2. Who was assassinated in the Ambassador Hotel Los Angeles?
    Robert Kennedy

 

  1. In which two towns is Gavin and Stacey set?
    Barry and Billericay

 

  1. The world’s largest single-aperture telescope, The Gran Telescopio Canarias, is found on which Canary
    La Palma

 

  1. What is the currency in the Czech Republic?
    Koruna

 

  1. Which of these world leaders is not a member of the G7?
    Vladimir Putin

 

  1. In which country was the Haribo sweet brand founded?
    Germany

 

  1. Who launched his international travel company in 1841, with a successful one-day rail excursion at a shilling a head from Leicester to Loughborough? 

Thomas Cook

 

  1. China shares a border with more countries than any other, but which of these is NOT among the 14?

Uzbekistan

 

  1. If all of the planets in the solar system were rearranged into alphabetical order, how many planets would be between Earth and the Sun?
    Zero

 

ROUND FOUR: THE GAME

  1. Which was the first team to win the Premier League? 

         Manchester United

 

  1. In the classic Monopoly, how much does Oxford Street cost?
    £300
     

  2. Who did Andy Murray beat to win Wimbledon for the first time in 2013?
    Novak Djokovic

 

  1. Alan Shephard was the first man to play what on the moon?
    Golf

 

  1. What colour is the vicar in Cluedo?
    Green

 

  1. In a standard pack of cards, which King does not have a moustache? 

Hearts

 

  1. Who are the reigning English county cricket champions?
    Essex

 

  1. How many squares are there on a chessboard?
    64

 

  1. In tenpin bowling, what is the name for three strikes bowled consecutively?
    Turkey
     

 

  1. Which game was John Prescott caught playing when he was supposed to be running the country in 2006?
    Croquet


 

ROUND FIVE: CULTURE

  1. What is the real name of Culture Club’s Boy George?
    George O’Dowd
     

  2. The Gargery family feature in which Dickens novel?
    Great Expectations

 

  1. What was the biggest selling book in the UK in the 1990s?
    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

 

  1. What was the first fully computer generated full length feature film?
    Toy Story

 

  1. Terry Brooks was the first person to advertise what?
    Milky Bars

 

  1. Who presents the Radio One Breakfast Show?
    Greg James

 

  1. In The Office, what was the name of the Slough nightclub David Brent visits every Wednesday?
    Chasers

 

  1. Who was Ed Balls’ partner on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016?
    Katja Jones
     

  2. Who wrote the score for The Nutcracker ballet?
    Tchaikovsky

 

  1. In the book The Hungry Caterpillar, what does the caterpillar eat first?
    Apple