The answers to a performing arts festival quiz. If you’ve not done it yet, and want to, head over to that page before reading on.
The back room (again).
1. What technical drawing instrument is used by draftsmen primarily as a guide for drawing horizontal lines on a drafting table, its name derives from its shape?
2. Born in 1942, who was the English journalist and broadcaster who was a newscaster for ITN before becoming the presenter of the BBC’s Question Time between 1989 and 1993, and a presenter of the BBC Nine O’Clock News and Ten O’Clock News between 1993 and 2003?
3. Which sports commentator gave his name to a phenomenon common among sports commentators of allowing sentences to leave their mouth without letting their brain decide if they made sense with lines such as “If that had gone in, it would have been a goal” and “The front wheel crosses the finish line, closely followed by the back wheel”?
4. What is the name of the South Lakeland village in Cumbria with one primary school and four pubs that is also the name of a chain of outdoor clothing stores?
5. Who was the singer and actor, one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, who was managed by the former carnival barker Colonel Tom Patker and only ever performed in North America despite an estimated 40% of his sales being outside the United States?
6. Which invention, generally attributed to Guglielmo Marconi in the 1890s, actually spanned many decades, from theoretical underpinnings, through proof of the phenomenon’s existence, development of technical means, to its final use in signalling?
7. Which TV series, one of the most successful of the 1970s, portrayed an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s Midwestern United States, and centered around the Cunningham family and their “over the garage” lodger Arthur Fonzarelli?
8. Which 1963 Cold War spy novel by the British author John le Carré depicts Alec Leamas, a British agent, being sent to East Germany as a faux defector to sow disinformation about a powerful East German intelligence officer?
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold
9. What is the geographic region spreading around the North Pole, that technically has no single correct definition as the southern boundary varies depending on the method used to describe the area?
10. What was the name of the student housemate played by Nigel Planer in the anarchic 1980s TV show The Young Ones?
11. According to the “science” of phrenology, an individual’s character and abilities can be deduced from the size and shape of various bumps on which part of the body?
12. After 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer fired at children in a school playground in San Diego, California, on 29 January 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police office, what reason did she remorselessly give for her actions?
I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day
13. Which children’s TV programme featured the characters Poppy, Jemima, Humpty, Little Ted and Big Ted and aired from April 1964 until March 1988?
14. Which American popular beat combo were originally active between 1966 and 1971 with a line-up that consisted of American and English actor/musicians and were conceived specifically for a TV situation comedy series?
15. Who became the youngest prime minister of Great Britain in 1783 at the age of 24 and the first prime minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in January 1801?
William Pitt the Younger
16. What is the Latin word that means “king” in English and it’s also the name of the dinosaur in the Toy Story films?
17. In the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – which one of the archangels was employed to announce the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah and to announce the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary?
18. What type of knife is a fixed-blade fighting knife created by James Black in the early 19th century and named after the fighter it was designed for who had become famous for his use of a large knife at a duel known as the Sandbar Fight?
19. The speed of what can be measured using a tool called an anemometer?
20. Who were the American comedy duo whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s and the highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II?
Abbott and Costello
Combining the answers, you get the following Glastonbury Festival headliners:
- T-Rex (1970)
- Peter Gabriel (1979/1994)
- David Bowie (1971/2000)
- Hawkwind (1981)
- Elvis Costello (1987/1989/1994)
- Radiohead (1997/2003/2017)
- Happy Mondays (1990)
- Coldplay (2002/2011/2016)
- Arctic Monkeys (2007/2013)
- Neil Young (2009)