Rock Tavern Quiz No. 132

The last of the Friday night Rock Tavern Quizzes was held on the week before lockdown commenced, back in 2020. Once lockdown was in place, we decided to carry on with the quiz as a virtual event via email. It is 132 weeks since then, and it is still going in the same format. We have a rota of quiz setters, and this week it is my turn: so I have decided to share the questions with anyone who cares to play along. I’ll post the answers at the weekend. Good luck!

ROCK TAVERN QUIZ No. 132 : Questions

Week Ending 24 September 2022

67 Points Available

THIS AND THAT. (14 Points)

  1. If the reign of Queen Elizabeth II was known as the Elizabethan era or age, what name is given to the era or age of King Charles III? 
  2. What is the speed Mach 1 usually defined as? 
  3. As well as being a nurse and social reformer, what area of learning is Florence Nightingale best remembered for? 
  4. Which three football teams have been promoted to the Premier League for the 2022/23 season?  Three Points 
  5. Who were the two founders of the Salvation Army in 1865? (Two Points). 
  6. What did “Tom, Tom the piper’s son” steal? 
  7. What was the title of Adele’s fourth studio album which was released in November 2021?  
  8. Which female tennis player has won the most Singles Grand Slam tournaments?  
  9. Which English novelist wrote books mainly set in “The Five Towns” and, for a bonus point, where were the “Five Towns”?  
  10. Whilst Elizabeth II holds the record of the longest reigning English monarch, which woman is said to hold the record as the shortest reigning monarch (although her claim to the throne was somewhat disputed)?  

VENICE (14 Points)

  1. The Grand Canal in Venice is spanned by four bridges: There is a point for each one you can name?  
  2. Which of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas was set in Venice?  
  3. What is the name of the International Airport closest to the city of Venice?  
  4. Guido Brunetti, Commissario of Police In Venice, is the hero of a series of over thirty best selling crime novels written by which author?  
  5. Murano, the second largest island in the Venetian Lagoon, is particularly famous for manufacturing which product?  
  6. After which saint is the Basilica and famous large square in Venice named?  
  7. What name is given to the enclosed bridge that connects the Doge’s Palace with the New Prison, and, for a bonus point, where would you find a similarly named bridge in Britain?  
  8. What is the name of the Italian architect and TV presenter who has presented several TV series about Venice, Italy and the Mediterranean on British television?  
  9. Other than “The Merchant of Venice”, which other Shakespeare play is set in that city?  
  10. In which American city would you find Venice Beach? 

NOW AND THEN. (17 Points)

  1. According to the Official Charts Company, what is the biggest selling album so far in 2022? (One point for artist, one point for title).  
  2. In 2012, a new type of coronavirus started spreading throughout the world. Known as MERS, what did the letters stand for? (Four points)  
  3. In 2002, which former US President was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize?  
  4. In  February 1992, a United Nations Resolution (Resolution 743) approved the sending of a United Nations Peacekeeping Force to which European country?  
  5. Which 1982 film release became the biggest box-office hit of the 1980s?
  6. In 1972 two General Elections were held in the UK: in which months were they held, and who became the Prime Minister following each election?  (4 points). 
  7. February 1962 saw the launch of the first colour pages in a British newspaper – in which newspaper were they?  
  8. The Chilean born footballer, George Robledo, scored the only goal in the 1952 Cup Final and became the first foreigner to score a goal in an FA Cup Final. For which team was he playing?  
  9. Published in November 1942, the report on the establishment of a future Welfare State in Britain was named after its author, a Liberal Party politician and economist. What was his name?  
  10. In December 1932, the English cricket team started a controversial series of matches in Australia, what name was later given to the series?  


  1. Which sausage is most often used in the Spanish dish paella?  
  2. Which is the distinct herb used in Toulouse Sausage?  
  3. Name the famous English dish made of sausage and batter?  
  4. Which meat is traditionally used in a Cumberland sausage?  
  5. The North African Merguez Sausage is traditionally made with one – or a mixture of – which two meats? 
  6. What is the real name of the breed of dog often called “Sausage Dogs”?  
  7. What is the name of the popular piquant spreadable Italian Pork Sausage?  
  8. What is the British equivalent of a Boudin Noir sausage?  
  9. What name is given to a grilled or steamed sausage served in the slit of a partially sliced bread bun?  
  10. According to UK Regulations, pork sausage must contain a minimum of what percentage of meat, to the nearest ten percent?  

HERE AND THERE. (11 Points)

  1. Which range of hills has Cleeve Hill as its highest point? 
  2. What is the current toll fee for the road bridges over the Rover Severn?  
  3. King Charles Island, the 77th largest island in the world, is located in which country?  
  4. What has Cape Kennedy been called since 1973?  
  5. In which country was Frederic Chopin born?   
  6. Which city is the de facto economic, executive and judicial capital of Sri Lanka?  
  7. Which is the third largest state in America by area, after Alaska and Texas?  
  8. By what name is the country previously known as British Honduras now known as?  
  9. After London, which was the second largest city in terms of population in Britain in the 16th and 17th centuries? 
  10. On Heald Moor, between Todmorden and Rochdale, two rivers have their source close to each other: one flows east before joining the River Aire near Castleford and eventually drains into the North Sea; one flows west before joining the River Ribble and draining into the Irish Sea. What are the names of these two rivers? (Two Points). 

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