Test yourself with the Sunderland Echo Quiz League

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STRANGE bits of knowledge often crop up in the Echo Quiz League questions and one such odd fact came up in the latest round of the Gowan Scott summer knockout trophy.

Not many quizzers knew the surprising answer to the question: “Which is the only country to have banned skateboarding?”

The country was Norway, which banned it from 1978 to 1989 because of the high number of injuries involved.

That question, and all the others asked on the night in the pubs and clubs, came from the quiz team at The Isis, in Silksworth Row, Sunderland. Here are twelve of those questions to test readers’ general knowledge. Answers are at the foot of the column.

1 In TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, what is the name of the Railway Cat?

2 Who directed the films The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty?

3 What did Paul Hogan describe as “like and angel crying on your tongue”?

4 On May 10, 1662, Samuel Pepys watched an “Italian puppet play”. It was the first recorded sighting of what?

5 Which English novelist was buried without his heart because a cat ran off with it?

6 What was the surname of brothers Ernie and Dickie who, with Bobby Dean, created a successful advertising company?

7 Who was the only unmarried President of the USA?

8 Who did John Cordwell heckle as “Judas” at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1966?

9 In which Indiana Jones film does our hero get Adolph Hitler’s autograph?

10 Who was the British commander at the battle of Tel El-Kebir in 1882?

11 Which comedy actor performed with The Humblebums?

12 What was the name of the British submarine to surface at the North Pole in 1971?

Results: Chaplins 26 The Prior 40, Museum Vaults 30 Hastings Hill 35, Newbottle Club 29 Penshaw Catholic Club 44.