This is the first round I wrote for a quick quiz a little while ago, this round is a connection round which are always good fun. This one was a little bit tougher on my audience than I anticipated and only 2 of the 5 teams got the connection, see how you fair on this one.
Question 1: In the Royal Flying Corps what was issued to balloonists but not to pilots of aircraft until after the end of WWI?
Question 2: Which English term means literally “having learned much” when translated into Greek?
Question 3: Which work of art holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at US$100 million in 1962?
The Mona Lisa
Question 4: Chianti wine originates from which region of Italy?
Question 5: Which 1991 American action comedy film starred Bruce Willis, who also co-wrote the story and the theme song? The film was panned and won 3 Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Picture.
Connection: Leonardo Da Vinci.
Running through the questions, Leonardo Da Vinci invented the Parachute, he was a Polymath, he painted the Mona Lisa, he was born in Vinci in Tuscany, and the plot of Hudson Hawk involves Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork (and if you haven’t seen the film, that’s all you need to know about it).
I seem to have lost all the sources I used on this round as in my notes all I have left is https:// in my sources, so I guess you will have to resort to Google for this one!
Connection rounds are great fun, they can be an opportunity to confuse your teams right up to the point when they finally see the light as a bunch of seemingly unconnected things all become linked together. For this round a bit of knowledge of myths and legends might come in handy.
Question 1: A Knucker once terrified Arundel until it was outwitted by either a knight or a local farmer’s boy, depending on who you listen to, before it met its end. But what was the Knucker?
Question 2: What is featured on the airborne forces patch of the Parachute Regiment, worn on the sleeve and commemorating one of their most famous actions which took place on D-Day? It is considered an emblem of the Parachute Regiment.
Question 3: In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Buckbeak was sentenced to death, when he attacked Draco Malfoy after being taunted and provoked. But what was Buckbeak?
1950’s (Nov 2nd 1959)
Question 4: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was famous for creating Sherlock Holmes and his deductive reasoning, but he was seriously lacking in this department when he fervently argued that these existed after being presented a photo of them taken by two young girls in 1917?
Question 5: Scott Tracey piloted one of these in this eponymous TV show?
Connection: They are all flying mythical beasts
I didn’t make any notes of sources for this round either, but if anyone needs a source for Question 5 then you really didn’t watch the right kids TV when you were younger. As for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, yes he was famous for creating what many people consider to be the most rational example of the detective in fiction, but at the same time he held beliefs which seem quite mad by today’s standards. The Knucker from question 1 is an old Sussex Folk Tale which provides some entertainment and you can read up more about it here.