Brian Viner: Fancy a beer (or 365)? If so, get your sporting brain in gear for our tricky Christmas quiz

The Last Word

Share
Related Topics

Here, ever-popular yet ever-fiendish, is The Last Word's annual Christmas Quiz, something to keep you alert over the festive season.

As ever, I am hugely grateful to master brewers Shepherd Neame, who have once again agreed to supplya fantastic prize, namely 365 bottles of Spitfire Ale, one for every day of 2011.

With such a wonderful prize at stake, and with those confounded internet search engines to body-swerve, I have set what I think is an unprecedentedly tough set of questions. Consequently, I don't expect anyone to get them all right, so do send in your answers even if you've had a few wild guesses.

You can e-mail your answers to sportsquiz@independent.co.uk. If they're coming by post, send them to me, c/o the Independent Sports Desk, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF. You have until noon on Saturday 8 January. In the event of a tie, I will invite you to submit an original advertising slogan for Spitfire Ale (inspiration to be found at www.spitfireale.co.uk). And one more thing: one or two of the questions below might be construed, by the very pedantic, as ambiguous. But my judgement is final.

That's it. Have a wonderful Christmas, and a happy New Year.

1 The first eight in a notable sequence of 24 names are Charlie, David, Fred, Maurice, Joe, Joe, Frank and George. What are the last eight?

2 Three men have managed more than three current Premier League football clubs, although not necessarily in the Premier League. Sam Allardyce and Gary Megson are two of them. Who is the third?

3 Who, this year, failed to start his first match since 1992?

4 His first home in England, for five days in 1945, was Kempton Park racecourse. Who?

5 A Swiss football club, and a school on Merseyside, are among the institutions claiming historical credit for what famous sporting colours?

6 Who, this year, used his big night to campaign against the closure of an adventure playground in north-west London?

7 A qualified cattle inseminator, he decided to retire from his sport this year at the age of 34. Who?

8 Which Yorkshire junior school counts among its former pupils a former speaker of the House of Commons and a BBC commentator, once considered the "voice" of his sport?

9 Which future legend of the airwaves was rather condescendingly deemed at the start of his career to have a "vulgar voice" but a "compensatingly interesting mind" by the BBC's head of outside broadcasts?

10 Shilton, Madeley, Hughes, Bell, McFarland, Hunter, Currie, Channon, Chivers, Clarke and Peters lined up together only twice for England, once in a friendly. Who were the opposition on the other, rather more significant, occasion?

11 Only once, in the past 60 years, has a golfer scored more than 75 in one of the four rounds of the Open Championship, yet gone on to lift the Claret Jug. Who, when and where?

12 A celebrated Spaniard gave a pep talk to one team; Rooney gave an inspirational speech to the other. What, this year, was the occasion?

13 What connects Roman Abramovich and Wayne Rooney with the Kray twins?

14 Which world record has stood since 27 July 1993?

15 American-born, and named after a place in Antigua, he came to Britain and became a superstar. He died in 1986. Who was he?

16 The wife of a top tennis player, the child of a leading footballer, for the rest of us it's just a place: which place?

17 Barry Richards and Arthur Morris opened the batting, Sachin Tendulkar came in at No 4, Wally Hammond brought on the drinks. What was this notional cricket team?

18 In 1856, King Otto of Greece received a letter from a wealthy philanthropist, offering to fund the revival of what?

19 A defender, he signed for Hibernian in September 1952, and stayed there for 18 months without making a first-team appearance. He later played for Stirling Albion and Cowdenbeath. Who is his famous grandson?

20 Which celebrated speed merchant owes his first two names to his father's admiration for an American athlete?

21 The highest recorded attendance is 31,090, for a third-round FA Cup tie with Liverpool more than 30 years ago. To almost everyone's astonishment, that match finished goalless. Which ground?

22 In what context, at Lord's in 1975, was an F used in the commentary box, when it should have been an S?

23 On being invited to choose a book on Desert Island Discs, which horseman laughed, and said he'd never read a book in his life?

24 What was remarkably timely about the 1999 wedding, in Lincolnshire, of Jo and Bobby Everitt?

25 McDonald had a 0 per cent record. Eight years later, Everest's record was 100 per cent. As what?

26 A little boy, watching the film ET: The Extra-Terrestrial in 1982, was inspired to take up the sport in which he would later become an Olympic champion. Who is he?

27 They numbered 74 in 1994-95, 175 in 1995-96 and 289, a record, in 2001-02. What did?

28 What was the singular and immortal achievement, in April 1923, of a man called Jack?

29 What world-famous race was once won by Father O'Flynn?

30 Which golfer held the rather unenviable record of appearing most times in the Open Championship without ever winning the thing?

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SQL Report Analyst (SSRS, CA, SQL 2012)

£30000 - £38500 Per Annum + 25 days holiday, pension, subsidised restaurant: C...

Application Support Analyst (SQL, Incident Management, SLAs)

£34000 - £37000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...

Embedded Software / Firmware Engineer

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Pension, Holiday, Flexi-time: Progressive Recruitm...

Developer - WinForms, C#

£280 - £320 per day: Progressive Recruitment: C#, WinForms, Desktop Developmen...

Day In a Page

Read Next
David Cameron's 'compassionate conservatism' is now lying on its back  

Tory modernisation has failed under David Cameron

Michael Dugher
Russian President Vladimir Putin 'hits his foes where it hurts'  

Dominic Raab: If Western politicians’ vested interests protect Putin, take punishment out of their hands

Dominic Raab
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
The 10 best pedicure products

Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism
How Terry Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

How Newton tragedy made iron men seek help to tackle their psychological demons

Over a hundred rugby league players have contacted clinic to deal with mental challenges of game