The King William’s College quiz 2021 – the answers | Quizzes and quizzes

PPupils at King William’s College on the Isle of Man have been tormented by its annual general knowledge quiz since 1905. Until 1999 the quiz was compulsory, but today it is sent to pupils’ families to answer during the holidays (and yes, you can Google). How did you do in the 2021 round? The questions are there if you want to look back…


1 Chanel No. 5

2 Mothers Clinic for Constructive Birth Control (Marie Stopes)

3 Women in love (DH Lawrence)

4 Anatole France (Nobel Prize for Literature)

5 Camille Saint-Saëns

6 leipzig

7 Warwick Armstrong (Fourth Test, England v Australia)

8 Sergei Prokofiev (The Love for Three Oranges, Auditorium theatre, Chicago)

9 Customs, Dublin

ten Annual, Morocco (July 22)


1 Stint Lake / Ķīšezers (Latvia, Arthur Ransome, Racundra’s first cruise)

2 Kaunas (Lithuania, October 29, 1941)

3 Narva (Estonia, Karl XII of Sweden and Peter the Great of Russia)

4 Riga (Latvia, CS Forester, The Commodore)

5 Tartu (Estonia, Treaty of Tartu, 2 February 1920)

6 Jelgava Place (Latvia)

7 Klaipeda/Memel (Lithuania, January 1923)

8 Vilnius (Lithuania, Gediminas Tower)

9 Saaremaa/Eysýsla/Oesel (Estonia, see Njáll Saga)

ten Ruhnu/Runö (Estonia, lighthouse)

“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit”… Antony Sher as Malvolio and Bruce Alexander as Feste in Twelfth Night. Photograph: Donald Cooper/Alamy


1 Jack Point (WS Gilbert, The Yeomen of the Guard)

2 Feast (Shakespeare, Twelfth Night)

3 Dicky Pearce (died 1728, inscription by Jonathan Swift)

4 Sir Dagonet (Tennyson, The King’s Idylls)

5 Will Somers (portrait of Henry VIII and his family at Hampton Court Palace)

6 Archibald/Archie Armstrong

7 Rigoletto (Verdi)

8 Triboulet (Victor Hugo, The King has fun)

9 Rahere (Rudyard Kipling, Rahere)

ten Le fou (the fool, the French bishop in chess)

Tsetse fly (Glossinia morsitans).
Wicked tsetse… fly vector. Photograph: Nigel Cattlin/Alamy


1 Sleeping sickness (tsetse fly, glossina species, is the vector of Trypanosoma brucei)

2 Sleepy City of London (Rolling Stones song)

3 The Kraken (Tennyson, The Kraken)

4 Madeline (John Keats, The Eve of St Agnes, stanza 30)

5 Adolf Hitler (speech in Munich, March 15, 1936)

6 Prof Otto Silenus (Evelyn Waugh, decline and fall)

7 The Seven Sleepers (Christian victims of persecution by Emperor Decius, who fled Ephesus in 303 AD)

8 Timmy Willie (Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse)

9 Amina (Bellini, La Sonnambula)

ten King Henry IV (Shakespeare, King Henry IV Part 2: act three, scene one)

Sign for Montpelier House, where Horatio Nelson, then captain of HMS Boreas, married Frances Herbert Nisbet on March 11, 1787.
Sign for Montpelier House, where Horatio Nelson, then captain of HMS Boreas, married Frances Herbert Nisbet on March 11, 1787. Photograph: Frances Howorth/Alamy


1 Nevis (Nelson and Fanny Nisbet)

2 Jamaica (Ian Fleming, Live and Let Die)

3 Bacaranao, Cuba (Ernest Hemingway, to have and not to have)

4 Port of Spain, Trinidad (VS Naipaul, The Mystic Masseur)

5 Port-au-Prince, Haiti (Graham Greene, The Comedians)

6 Sainte-Croix (HMS Scarborough against Capt Martel, 1716)

7 Bridgetown, Barbados (Patrick O’Brian, The Flip Side)

8 Dominique (Mutiny of the Eighth West India Regiment, 1802)

9 Grenada (execution of Maurice Bishop, 1983)

ten San Juan, Puerto Rico (CS Forester, Hornblower in the West Indies)


1 Dick Francis (Sid Halley, his fictional detective)

2 Willie Carson (A Matter of Sports, 1982-1984)

3 Tommy Cullinan (over Billy Barton, 1928 Grand National, only two completed)

4 Marcus Armytage (record time for Grand National on Mr Frisk, 1990, breaking Red Rum’s 1973 record)

5 Frankie Dettori (last of seven races won at Ascot on September 28, 1996 was on Fujiyama Crest)

6 Joe Mercer (Brigadier Gerard; incident in Conan Doyle stories)

7 Scobie Breasley (Epsom Derby win over Santa Claus, 3 June 1964)

8 Gordon Richards (22 champion jockey race interrupted by Harry Wragg in 1941)

9 AP McCoy (BBC Sports Personality of the Year)

ten Roger Poincelet (Psidium, 1961)


1 A Woman of No Importance – Oscar Wilde (Rachel Arbuthnot)

2 Wife of Lord Tony – Baroness Orczy (Yvonne de Kernogan)

3 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins (Anne Catherick)

4 The Beautiful Maid of Perth – Sir Walter Scott (Catherine Glover)

5 The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy (Michael Henchard)

Meryl Streep in the 1981 film adaptation of The French Lieutenant's Wife.
Meryl Streep as Sarah Woodruff in the 1981 film adaptation of The French Lieutenant’s Wife. Photography: c Everett Collection/Rex

6 The French Lieutenant’s Wife – John Fowles (Sarah Woodruff)

7 Mr. Standfast – John Buchan (Peter Pienaar)

8 The Cleric’s Daughter – George Orwell (Dorothy Hare)

9 The Cabinet Minister – Arthur Wing Pinero (Sir Julian Twombley)

ten US Senator – Anthony Trollope (Elias Gotobed)


1 Grape Nuts (slogan on many advertisements)

2 Almond (Numbers 17:8)

3 Pickled Nuts (Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers)

4 Palm nut (palm vulture)

5 The Nutmeg of Consolation (Patrick O’Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation)

6 Macadamia (named by Ferdinand von Mueller in honor of John Macadam)

7 The Peanut Diet (after World War II)

8 Pignuts (Caliban in Shakespeare, The Tempest act two, scene two)

9 Brazil nuts (selenium)

ten An Empty Hazelnut (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet act one, scene four)


1 Selkirk

2 Lake St Mary (William Wordsworth, Yarrow Unvisited)

3 Neidpath Tower (Sir Walter Scott, The Maid of Neidpath)

4 Melrose (Ned Haig suggested rugby sevens in 1883)

5 Stobo Kirk

6 Jedburgh (towards the Hermitage, 1566)

7 Hills of Eildon (Trimontium)

8 Hawick (Jimmie Guthrie – last of six wins 1937, Steve Hislop – first of 11 wins 1987)

9 Ashiesteel (Andrew Lang, Ballad of the Tweed)

ten Allanton (confluence of Blackadder and Whiteadder waters)


1 Duke of Newcastle (followed by Henry Pelham)

2 Andrew Bonar Law (Asquith sighting)

3 Benjamin Disraeli (Falconet character)

4 William Pitt the Younger (“one of Mrs. Bellamy’s meat pies”)

5 David Lloyd George (Eamon de Valera)

6 Lord John Russell (5 feet 4½ inches tall)

7 Sir Alec Douglas-Home, 14th Earl of Home

8 Clement Attlee (personal rhyme)

9 Herbert Henry Asquith (to kiss the hand of Edward VII at the Hôtel du Palais, Biarritz)

ten Winston Churchill (Nobel Prize for Literature, 1953)

Leah Whitaker, Matthew Horne and Ellie Beaven in Brandon Thomas' Charley's Aunt at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2012.
Masquerade… Leah Whitaker, Matthew Horne and Ellie Beaven in Charley’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London, in 2012. Photography: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian


1 Charley’s Aunt (Brandon Thomas prank)

2 Aunt Jobiska (Edward Lear, The Pobble With No Toes)

3 Aunt Patience (Daphne du Maurier, Jamaica Inn)

4 Aunt Augusta (Graham Greene, Traveling With My Aunt)

5 Aunt Petronilla (Patrick O’Brian, The Commodore)

6 Great Aunt Maria Turner (Arthur Ransome, The Picts and the Martyrs)

7 Great Aunt Betsey Trotwood (Charles Dickens, David Copperfield)

8 Aunt Pettitoes (Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Pigling Bland)

9 At Aunt Dahlia’s (Anatole at Brinkley Court, stories by PG Wodehouse)

ten Aunt Ida Doom (Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm)


1 Weil (Adolf, leptospirosis – Weil disease)

2 Kinnier Wilson (Samuel, Wilson’s disease)

3 Sydenham (Thomas, Sydenham’s Chorea)

4 Dupuytren (Baron Guillaume, Dupuytren’s disease)

5 Crohn (Berrill Bernard)

6 Colles (Abraham, radius fracture)

7 Bell (Sir Charles, Bell’s Palsy)

8 Baron Munchausen

9 Hirschsprung (Harald)

ten Christmas (Stephen, Christmas disease, hemophilia B)


1 Duroc

2 Censier-Daubenton (bat of Daubenton)

3 George V

4 Ségur (Castles Calon Ségur and Phélan Ségur)

5 Botzaris (Markos Botsaris, died 1823)

6 Solferino (1859)

7 Jaurès (Jean Jaurès shot by Raoul Villain, July 1914)

8 Alesia (52 BC)

9 Stalingrad (1942)

ten Fishmonger (see Billingsgate)


1 Archie Andrews. (Peter Brough Educating Archie radio series)

2 Archibald Grosvenor (WS Gilbert, Patience)

3 Archie Roylance (John Buchan, John Macnab)

Timothy Dalton and Vanessa Redgrave as Archibald and Agatha Christie in the 1979 film Agatha.
Timothy Dalton and Vanessa Redgrave as Archibald and Agatha Christie in the 1979 film Agatha. Photograph: AA Film Archives/Alamy

4 Archibald Christie (married Agatha)

5 Archie Weir (RL Stevenson, Hermiston Spillway)

6 Archibald Craven (Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden)

7 Archibald Primrose, fifth Earl of Rosebery (Winston Churchill quote)

8 Archibald Wavel

9 Sir Archibald Douglas (Halidon Hill, 1333)

ten Archie Goodwin (narrator in the Rex Stout novels)


1 Ribblehead Viaduct (TV drama series Jericho)

2 Ouse Valley (Sussex)

3 Thornton Viaduct (Bradford. Last Wine of Summer, Three Men and a Maimed)

4 Larpool, aka Esk Valley (Whitby. Bram Stoker, Dracula)

5 Medway (Kent)

6 Royal Border Bridge (Terence Cuneo poster)

7 Welwyn, aka Digswell Viaduct (Hertfordshire. Queen Victoria, August 1850)

8 Victoria Viaduct (Washington, County Durham)

9 Welland Valley, aka Harringworth or Seaton Viaduct (Northamptonshire and Rutland)

ten Stockport Viaduct


1 Sainte Marie Coslany

2 Samson and Hercules House, Tombland

3 Mr. Thomas Browne

4 Carrow Road (draw with Bayern Munich gave Norwich 3-2 UEFA Cup win on aggregate, 1993)

5 Defeat of Robert Kett’s rebels (August 1549)

6 Canaries (“foreigners” Protestants from the Netherlands)

7 The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Norwich (Edith Cavell, 14 paintings by Brian Whelan)

8 Maids Head Hotel (LP Hartley, The Go-Between)

9 Thorpe Station (Arthur Ransome, Coot Club)

ten Octagonal Chapel, Norwich


1 Joseph Heller, Catch-22

2 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

3 F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Eileen Atkins as Virginia Woolf in A Room of One's Own at the Hampstead Theater in London in 1989.
Eileen Atkins as Virginia Woolf in A Room of One’s Own at the Hampstead Theater in London in 1989. Photograph: Donald Cooper/Alamy

4 Virginia Woolf, At the Lighthouse

5 Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

6 William Golding, Lord of the Flies

7 Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

8 Daphne du Maurier, my cousin Rachel

9 Jerome K Jerome, Three Men on the Bummel

ten Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson


1 Mars (helicopter flights)

2 Gower Lamb

3 Winchcombe (meteorite)

4 Delivery of nonuplets for Halima Cissé

5 Kuala Lumpur (SLR Kelana Jaya)

6 by Murray Walker

7 Hideki Matsuyama (US Masters tournament, Augusta)

8 Ian St John’s (won the FA Cup for Liverpool with a goal in extra time)

9 The Beano (Freddy replaced Fatty)

ten Ed Balls (Appetite, autobiography)

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