Another month, another quiz. This time I've included the bonus round as well, because I am lovely. It's deliberately a bit easier this time around. 37 is the score to beat (three teams got all five of the bonus questions correct).
Round 1: Words
(Each answer is a word in which the letters are in ascending alphabetical order. Moreover, the five answers are themselves in alphabetical order).
1 To loathe or detest utterly. Abhor
2 To confront boldly, or approach with a greeting, question, or remark. Accost
3 The only venomous snake native to Britain. Adder
4 To roar, bawl, shout, or generally emit a loud utterence. Bellow (though I accepted "cry")
5 A word originating from French meaning "jewel" Bijou
Round 2: Redheads
1 Which fictional detective solved the case of the Red Headed League, a group which briefly offered meaningless but well-paid clerical work to the applicant with the reddest hair? Sherlock Holmes
2 Which implausibly-proportioned cartoon red-head told a disbelieving Eddie Valiant – played by Bob Hoskins -“I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way?” Jessica Rabbit
3 In what century was Frederick Barbarossa, also known as Frederick Redbeard, crowned as Holy Roman Emperor? 12th
4 Native to several countries, to which mountain range is the red panda endemic? The Himalayas
5 Which red-haired singer lost her life in a controversial boating accident off the coast of Mexico in December 2000? Kirsty MacColl
Round 3: Sharks
1 What skeletal feature separates sharks, along with their relations rays, skates and chimeras, from all other forms of jawed fish? They are made of cartilage
2 Which 2003 film included three sharks; Bruce, Anchor and Chum, who had formed an abstinence group under the slogan “Fish are friends, not food”? Finding Nemo
3 The surviving crew of which sunken American vessel, which went down on 30th July 1945 just after delivering parts for the first atomic bomb, found themselves enduring four days of repeated shark attacks before the remainder were rescued? USS Indiana
4 In which country has shark-fin soup been considered a delicacy for hundreds of years? China
5 Which English city's basketball team is nicknamed “the Sharks”, having changed from “the Forgers” in 1994? Sheffield
Round 4: Pigs In Fiction
1 Who gives her full name as “Pignathius Lee”? Miss Piggy
2 Which author wrote a series of books which feature Lord Emsworth, who owns a resplendent pig named “The Empress”, who lives at Blandings Castle? P. G. Woodhouse
3 Who defeated the Erymanthian Boar? Heracles/Hercules
4 In George Orwell's Animal Farm, on whom is the pig Snowball based? Leon Trotsky
5 In the original Winnie the Pooh illustrations by E.H.Shepherd, what colour was Piglet's jumper? Green
Round 5: Madonna
(Each answer is a song title, described here in a cryptic/lateral manner)
1 Vacation. Holiday
2 Weep Not Over My Fate, Buenos Aires. Don't Cry For Me Argentina
3 Cooled Into A Solid State. Frozen.
4 No Evangelising, Father. Papa Don't Preach
5 Non-Ugly Non-Acquaintance. Beautiful Stranger
Round 6: Japan
1 The failure of both of Kublai Khan's attempts to conquer Japan led to the first use of what Japanese term, used to describe the massive storms which badly mauled the Khan's invasion fleets? Kamikaze
2 Introduced first as a villain, which Japanese character soon became a defender of the Home Islands, fighting off attacks by robots, pterodactyls, giant moths, etc? Gojira/Godzilla
3 Seventh largest in the world and less populous only than Java, which is the largest of the Japanese Home Islands? Honshu
4 What name is given to the highly-stylised Japanese dance theatre well known for its elaborate make-up and costumes? Kabuki
5 In which decade was Crown-Prince Akihito raised to the rank of Emperor following the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito? 1980s
1 Who is the ghost of Slytherin House? The Bloody Baron
2 Lancaster, Pennsylvania became the capital of the nascent United States for one day when members of the Continental Congress fled which city, which had been captured by the British? Philadelphia
3 The two closest capitals in the world (excluding Vatican City) are Brazzaville and Kinshasa, which face each other across which (African) river? The Congo
4 Which musical was based on Puccini’s La Boheme by writer Jonathan Larson, and includes the song “Seasons of Love”? Rent
5 For how long was John Higgins suspended following a ruling he had brought the game of snooker into disrepute, including the time he spent suspended during the investigation itself? Six months
6 Who was recognised in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “The greatest American architect of all time?” Frank Lloyd Wright
7 What kind of creature was Puzzle, who the ape Shift persuaded to wear a lion skin and impersonate Aslan in The Last Battle, by C. S. Lewis? A donkey
8 What exactly is a petard, by which people so often find themselves hoisted? A bomb, or grenade.
9 How many time-pieces can be seen in Salvador Dali’s painting “The Persistence of Memory”? 4 (3 are melting, 1 is covered in ants)
10 Frederick Kekule’s day-dream of a snake swallowing its own tail led to him deducing the molecular structure of which chemical compound? Benzene
(I'm going to give you the names of five films. I want the name of the book it was originally based on.)
1 The Golden Compass. The Northern Lights.
2 Apocalypse Now. Heart Of Darkness.
3 Total Recall. We Can Remember It For You Wholesale.
4 Clueless. Emma.
5 A Cock And Bull Story. The Life And Opinions Of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.