30 more DIY pub quiz questions as we wait for the real thing to return

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There are 30 questions in total. Pit yourself against family and friends. If you win, don’t forget to gloat.

With the current ‘opening’ hours at bars across the region, it’s the nearest you can get to a real pub quiz.

Answers are at the end. Good luck – and no cheating mind.

1. Which former President of France died in December 2020 aged 94?

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Our 'pub' quiz should keep you amused for a while.Our 'pub' quiz should keep you amused for a while.
Our 'pub' quiz should keep you amused for a while.

2. Which female pop star was born in McComb, Mississippi, on December 2, 1981?

3. Which singer died at his home in northern Italy in September 2007 at the age of 71?

4. As what was Boris Spassky a leading name in the 1970s?

5. In 2007, which former MP refused to ever appear again on Have I Got News For You after a series of rude jokes from the comedian Jimmy Carr?

Jimmy Carr. See question 5.Jimmy Carr. See question 5.
Jimmy Carr. See question 5.

6. Which US drama ran between 2001 and 2005 and centred around a family of funeral directors?

7. What is the name of Joe Biden’s wife?

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8. Which word in common English usage is from the Greek for ‘to see one’s self’?

9. Who was named as the BBC Sports Personality of the year for 2019?

Darth Vader seen here in August 1983 during one of his regular visits to South Shields. See question 18.Darth Vader seen here in August 1983 during one of his regular visits to South Shields. See question 18.
Darth Vader seen here in August 1983 during one of his regular visits to South Shields. See question 18.

10. Which disgraced former British cabinet minister died in March 2006 aged 91? He had not been an MP since 1963.

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11. What in the Jewish faith is Rosh Hashanah?

12. Which British politician was a runner who competed in the 1964 Olympic 200m?

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13. Which group had a hit with Build Me Up Buttercup in 1968?

14. Which is the world’s oldest currency still in use?

15. Who played Bertie Wooster in the ITV comedy Jeeves & Wooster?

16. Which luxury hotel in Washington DC was in the news for much of the early 1970s?

17. Which word describes a figure of speech that combines two normally contradictory terms (e.g. ‘deafening silence’ or ‘bitter sweet‘)?

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18. What was the name of the Bristol actor who played both Darth Vader and the Green Cross Code Man?

19. Who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate at the 2016 US Presidential election?

20. Which Japanese general was hanged in Tokyo for war crimes on 23 December 1948?

21. Which Briton held the men’s 110m hurdles world record between 1993 and 2006?

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22. Pablo Casals was a virtuoso on which stringed instrument?

23. Which motorway connects Glasgow and Edinburgh?

24. Which astronaut was born in Chichester, Sussex in 1972?

25. What does the word ‘inculpate’ mean?

26. Complete this famous quote from the poet and wit Dorothy Parker; ‘Men seldom make passes; at girls … ?

27. In which English university is Ustinov College?

28. In which city is the Sagrada Família church? Building started in 1882 but it was not consecrated until 2010.

29. Which name is shared by a brewery founded in Burton-on-Trent in 1777 and a common freshwater and seawater fish?

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30. What is the name of Britain’s most famous bascule bridge (and we’re not going to tell you what a bascule bridge is)?


1. Valéry Giscard d'Estaing 2. Britney Spears 3. Luciano Pavarotti 4. Chess player 5. Ann Widdecombe 6. Six Feet Under 7. Jill Biden 8. Autopsy 9. Ben Stokes 10. John Profumo 11. New year 12. Ming Campbell 13. The Foundations 14. Pound sterling 15. Hugh Laurie 16. Watergate 17. Oxymoron (the Greek word for ‘sharp-dull’) 18. David Prowse 19. Tim Kaine 20. Hideki Tojo 21. Colin Jackson 22. Cello 23. The M8 24. Tim Peake 25. To blame or accuse (as in ‘culpable’) 26.‘... who wear glasses’ 27. Durham 28. Barcelona 29. Bass 30. Tower Bridge (a bascule bridge is a drawbridge with a counterweight that continuously balances the span, or ‘leaf’, throughout the entire upward swing in providing clearance for boat traffic)

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