I’m on Brain of Britain: ask me anything
December 12, 2011
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I am taking part in a recording of BBC Radio 4’s Brain of Britain on Thursday 15 December.
I think you need to get about 20 points to have a chance of winning. You get 1 point per correct answer, with a bonus point if you get 5 in a row (the most you can be asked in one round).
Send me some questions. Bear in mind that this quiz is for a Radio 4 audience (middle-class, middle-aged): nothing about daytime TV, soaps (except The Archers), Katie Price, footballers, or X-factor.
If I could write my own questions, they would be something like this:
- What was the name of the Duke of Wellington’s horse?
- To what family of flowering shrubs does the tea plant belong?
- Which mathematician gives his name to the SI derived unit of pressure?
- What name is given to the sauce made from a vinegar reduction flavoured with shallots, pepper and tarragon, and thickened with egg yolks and clarified butter?
- What name is given to the first battle of the American Civil War, a shocking defeat for the Union?
- ‘Erythrocytes’ are more commonly referred to as what?
- Which composer’s only opera is called Fidelio?
- The UK had two prime ministers during the First World War. One was David Lloyd George. Name the other.
- Only two chemical elements are liquid under normal conditions. One is mercury. Name the other.
- Two countries which are not former British colonies have joined the Commonwealth of Nations. One is Mozambique. Name the other.
- In which year did the 7 Years War break out?
- Since 1998, what has been the capital city of Kazakhstan?
- By what whimsical name is the hypothetical Higg’s boson also known?
- What was the name of the Royal Navy submarine which torpedoed and sank the General Belgrano in 1982?
- Which poet wrote The Lake Isle of Innisfree?
- In what year were the 5 pilot episodes of The Archers first broadcast?
- Which architect designed St Chad’s Roman Catholic cathedral in Birmingham?
- Which military figure was premier of Germany for 20 days between the suicide of Adolf Hitler and the armistice which ended World War Two in Europe?
- After Hamlet, which is the longest part in Shakespearean drama, what is the second longest in terms of number of lines?
- What is the name of the novel by Julian Barnes which won him the 2011 Man Booker Prize?