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Answers for the Princess Charlotte General Knowledge Paper 2020 21 January 2021

Here are the answers to last year's quiz. (Gosh, that seems like a long time ago now.)

1. In 1920:

  1. Which organisation came after crabfat? [South African Air Force]
  2. After White followed Red and Charles was found unacceptable, who was persuaded to take the job? [Miklós Horthy, Regent of Hungary]
  3. Which Irishman wasn't allowed into Ireland, and ended up in Penzance? [Archbishop Daniel Mannix]
  4. Which former royal mistress finally left her bed, which would later be used by a trifling woman? [Gaby Deslys; Barbara La Marr, Trifling Women 1922]
  5. Which GCVO and great reformer uttered his last OMG? [Jackie Fisher]
  6. Who died, having never been paid for his last two eggs? [Peter Carl Fabergé]
  7. Who gave the team their first chance to win one for him? [George Gipp]
  8. Which pioneer of plasma cosmology was recognised for something else? [Charles Édouard Guillaume]
  9. Where did the metre start to replace the standard, though it would take nine years? [Royal State Railways of Siam/State Railway of Thailand gauge transition]
  10. Which Commodore's grandson died in Paris? [William Kissam Vanderbilt]

2. [Names of aircraft built by Vickers]

  1. What term did a salesman come to recognise as outdated, though not actually incorrect? [Monty Egg; Varsity]
  2. Where did four from the Dominion fight together for the first time, winning four of the highest? [Four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force; Vimy Ridge; Victoria Crosses]
  3. In what may have been the first of its kind in 1902, where did Jeff come from? [Virginia; The Virginian, first Western]
  4. Whose Hessians were later upgraded by Hutchinson? [Wellington; boots]
  5. Of what was Beaumont the first in England? [Viscount]
  6. Who were the three-score northerners who talked about God in everyone? [Valiant Sixty]
  7. What ran on Orpheus and nearly killed the hamster? [Vampire; jet dragster; Richard Hammond]
  8. Which gem went into decline after being bypassed in 1914? [Valparaíso]
  9. Where did Edward feel imprisoned, with no galleries or gardens? [Windsor; Castle]
  10. What was cancelled in 2004 when the Danes gave up on the whole idea, but might still eventually lead to the A26? [Viking; submarine]

3. [Fish]

  1. Which ship's ironmonger branched out to get a monopoly with the Post Office, and even supplied the woman? [Chubb]
  2. In the title of which work by a biographer of Donne might the hunter be mistaken for the prey? [The Compleat Angler]
  3. The drummer always claims the drums hold the band together. Which instrument does everyone else think does the job? [Bass]
  4. An Albanian hastiness, an Irish attack, a Kurdish leg, a Scottish heather… [Ling]
  5. Which vessel surfaced where two separate Nautilus had failed? [USS Skate, North Pole]
  6. Who was psychoanalysed by Freud and Lacan, and found to be Oedipal, psychopathic, narcissistic and psychotic? [Hamlet]
  7. What got into English twice to mean the same thing, once from Guangzhou and once from further north? [Char]
  8. The Macedonians originated it, the Swiss brought it to perfection, but it was nearly gone by Napoleon's time. [Pike]
  9. What indicates a position between the crescent and the martlet? [Mullet]
  10. What did its best to kill Simon le Bon and, a few years later, HMS Otus? [Drum; a yacht]

4. [Duchesses]

  1. Whose painting hung near an Austrian bronze? [My Last Duchess, Robert Browning]
  2. Whose was the feline from the English principality? [The Duchess, Alice in Wonderland; Cheshire Cat]
  3. Who came after Lady Bo? [Norma-Jean Wofford, The Duchess]
  4. What would result from the addition of salt, pepper, butter, egg yolk and nutmeg to the base material? [Duchess potatoes]
  5. What four-seat twin first flew in September 1974? [Beechcraft Duchess]
  6. What were Coronations number 6 to 15? [Duchesses; Coronation class locomotive]
  7. What starts with four fans, four foundations, and then simply four? [Duchess Solitaire]
  8. What exploded after hitting a battleship near the Mull of Kintyre? [HMS Duchess]
  9. Who was the first of her kind in the thirty-first? [Juanita Spinelli "The Duchess", first woman executed in California]
  10. What was deemed blasphemous because of the band's costumes? [Video for The Duchess, Stranglers song]

5. Who… [Royal Navy officers, plus one rating]

  1. pioneered chain, on ships and in bridges? [Samuel Brown]
  2. built a thermo-electric paragon? [William Peter Durtnall]
  3. was out for ten in his one match, in the days before Titania and Cyclops? [Edward Aylmer]
  4. built a gun-raft and sounded the death knell for the broadside? [Cowper Phipps Coles]
  5. was so shocked by his wartime experience that he dedicated his life to dietary education? [Stanley Green, "Protein Man"]
  6. reinvented the chain pump to the point that it was useful, as well as a storm sail? [John Bentinck]
  7. nearly invented a steam car, but ended his life chasing the Illuminati? [John Robison]
  8. set a record in 1982 unbroken until 2005, probably helped by his pram full of bricks? [Bill Boaks]
  9. built a triplane years before the Wright Brothers, but died before he could fly it? [Percy Pilcher]
  10. helped invade Sicily and Elba, in between pretending to be a Flight Lieutenant? [Alec Guinness]

6. What… [Towers]

  1. is named properly for the monarch, but more usually for its contents? [The Elizabeth Tower; not Big Ben]
  2. was the site of a fire so big it needed diagonally split credits? [The Glass Tower; The Towering Inferno]
  3. is the sole remnant of a capital city, rather more solid than it sounds? [The Minaret of Jam]
  4. associated since its construction with scams and hustle, has been foreclosed multiple times, seized from Ferdinand Marcos, struck by an aircraft, and renamed after its owner? [40 Wall Street, aka the Trump Building]
  5. saw the execution of an abbot, was excised from the 2012 Olympics, and is now a site of Goddess-worship? [St Michael's Tower, Glastonbury Tor]
  6. replaced the television link betweeen London and Birmingham, and has displayed one of the world's largest bootloader errors? [GPO/Post Office/BT Tower]
  7. required the destruction of Islamic historical sites by the bin Ladens, and set records with its German clock? [Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Abraj Al-Bait, Mecca; largest clockface in the world]
  8. construction by Wren (at a distance) prefigured the Gothic Revival, and has tripled its self-titled burden? [Tom Tower, Christ Church]
  9. replaced a shipbuilding crane as the symbol of its city? [Turning Torso, Malmö]
  10. was the site of a pyrotechnic illusion, concluded by a musical veronicelloidea? [The Dark Tower, Childe Roland]

7. [Georgette Heyer]

  1. Who was cast off both by his family and by the 1st Foot? [The father of Miss Sophia Trent, Snowdrift]
  2. Who fought a jealous husband even though he saw the lady in a rather different light from what she believed? [Philip Jettan, Powder and Patch]
  3. Whose collar-points and tie quite prevented him from moving his head? [Sir Bonamy Ripple, False Colours]
  4. Who survived Waterloo only to be killed by a cart? [Captain Malvern, Cousin Kate]
  5. Who led an innocent into five thousand pounds of debt? [Charlotte Gillingham, Friday's Child]
  6. Whose family had no truck with Edward IV but always held by the true line? [the Morvilles, The Quiet Gentleman]
  7. Who was likened to the rockets' red glare, not to mention their unpredictability? [Sophy Stanton-Lacy, The Grand Sophy]
  8. Who was pining away for the Incomparable, at least according to his tailor? [Sherry, Friday's Child]
  9. Who learned to play chess in order to be beaten – and won as a result? [Miss Fishguard, Cotillion]
  10. What was the one indiscretion that the retired devil would not tolerate? [Trifling with the bourgeoisie or the aristocracy, Devil's Cub]

8. In 2020:

  1. What, in the USA, was released for the first time since 1978? [Material into the public domain]
  2. What might have had for the second time what it might have been having for the third, had not other events intervened on each occasion? [Tokyo; Olympic Games]
  3. Which former chancellor of the University of Stirling was no longer growing strong? [Diana Rigg; also played Olenna Tyrell]
  4. What returned to the box after 35 years away? [Crackerjack]
  5. What was the first in the Arab world, after nine years? [Barakah nuclear power plant; first commercial npp]
  6. What made the first of two visits to Aphrodite's grotto on its way to somewhere else? [BepiColombo]
  7. What dropped from six to four in a week? [The Archers]
  8. What was seen passing through the West Midlands and the Peak District, for only the second time? [Bearded vulture]
  9. Who was no longer going up up down down? [Kazuhisa Hashimoto, creator of the Konami Code]
  10. Where was the Orange Line the first ever? [Lahore, Pakistan; first metro system in that country]
Tags: gkp

See also:
Princess Charlotte General Knowledge Paper 2020


  1. Posted by John Dallman at 05:58pm on 21 January 2021

    Well, the answers I got were correct, but there weren't very many.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 05:59pm on 21 January 2021

    You are the only person other than myself whom I'd expect to spot the theme of section 2 given the answers.

  3. Posted by John Dallman at 10:42pm on 21 January 2021

    Probably would have, though I'd never heard of the Vickers Vampire. Awkward looking beast, I'm not surprised it failed to be adopted.

  4. Posted by RogerBW at 11:04pm on 21 January 2021

    I feel that beautiful aircraft are usually good at their jobs, and vice versa. All right, I have a somewhat twisted æsthetic.

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