a sports quiz answers

The answers to a sports quiz. If you’ve not done it yet, and want to, head over to that page before reading on.

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1. What was the name of the 2nd film in The Pink Panther series, released in 1964 and one of only two not to include Pink Panther in its title?

A Shot in the Dark

2. What are usually made from wood with symbols cut or painted on them that are part of the tradition of the Native Americans of the west coast of Canada and the northern US?

Totem Poles

3. What word was shared by two pubs in Walkley, one on South Road and one on Walkley Road – both now closed – that resulted in them becoming prefixed locally with “Upper” and “Lower” to help distinguish them?

Freedom (View and Hotel)

4. Invented by famous scientific chef Heston Blumenthal, how are chips that are first simmered in boiling water, then dried and deep fried at 130 °C and finally cooled and deep fried at 180 °C to give “glass-like crust and a soft, fluffy centre” known?

Triple cooked

5. Which book, published in 1889, is a humorous account by English writer Jerome K. Jerome of a two-week boating holiday on the Thames and was the basis for a 2006 TV documentary starring Dara Ó Briain, Rory McGrath and Griff Rhys Jones?

Three Men in a Boat

6. What game is one of the oldest known board games, its history traceable back nearly 5,000 years to archeological discoveries in Mesopotamia? It is a two-player game where each player has fifteen pieces that move between twenty-four triangles.


7. In the children’s TV programme The Magic Roundabout, what did the Jack-in-the-box character Zebedee use to travel around?

A spring

8. Who is the English presenter best known as a presenter of the popular children’s TV series Blue Peter from 1962 to 1972 as well as various radio and television programmes on financial and business issues?

Valerie Singleton

9. What was a form of public humiliation and punishment used to enforce unofficial justice or revenge, used in feudal Europe and its colonies in the early modern period, as well as the early American frontier, mostly as a type of mob vengeance?

Tar and feathering

10. What word means to talk about something in order to reach a decision or to convince someone of a point of view, often used when there is an exchange of ideas?


11. What is to hit a golf ball into the hole by striking it gently so that it rolls across the green?


12. What is a reinforced room or compartment where valuables are stored?


13. Which popular beat combo was formed in 1982 by Paul Weller, formerly of the Jam, and Mick Talbot, previously a member of Dexys Midnight Runners?

Style Council

14. What is the name of the indoor trampoline company that has venues in Sheffield, Leeds, Lincoln and Rotherham or a 1984 hit single for Van Halen?


15. By what other name is an odometer known, especially in countries that use the Imperial units of measurement?


16. In the context of an internal combustion engine, what term refers to the phase of the engine’s cycle, during which the piston travels from top to bottom or vice versa?


17. What is a group of people constituted as the decision-making body of an organization?


18. What is the name of the fictional island that first appeared in the 1933 film King Kong and later in its sequels and other King Kong-based media?

Skull Island

19. The Grain is basic unit of what in the Imperial system of units?


20. What metaphor means to challenge or confront someone, but in its earliest use was a physical action intended to issue a formal challenge to a duel?

Throw down the gauntlet

Putting together answers from questions 1-10 with 11-20 gives you 10 sports that were in the first British Empire games:

  • Shot putt (athletics)
  • Pole vault (athletics)
  • Freestyle (swimming)
  • Triple jump (athletics)
  • 3 mile (race)
  • Backstroke (swimming)
  • Springboard (diving)
  • Single sculls (rowing)
  • Featherweight (boxing and wrestling)
  • Discus throw (athletics)