30 pub quiz questions to keep you entertained while we wait for the real thing to return

Are you one of the North East’s know-alls? Have a bash at our latest pub quiz.
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With the current ‘opening’ hours at bars across the region, it’s the nearest you can get.

There are 30 general knowledge questions. Answers are at the end. Good luck and no cheating mind.

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1. Who did Matt Hancock replace as Health Secretary in 2018?

Our 'pub' quiz should keep you amused for a while.Our 'pub' quiz should keep you amused for a while.
Our 'pub' quiz should keep you amused for a while.

2. Which Northumberland town has a name meaning ‘To walk at a leisurely pace’?

3. Although best known for I Can See Clearly Now, which other song was the only UK number one for the late Johnny Nash?

4. In which US sitcom was Dr John Dorian the central character?

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5. Which theatrical dame and mother of the actress Rachael Stirling, died in September 2020 aged 82?

Matt Hancock. See question . PA picture.Matt Hancock. See question . PA picture.
Matt Hancock. See question . PA picture.

6. Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Donald Trump were all born within a three-month period in which year?

7. Who scored a hat-trick in Aston Villa’s 7-2 win over Liverpool in October 2020?

8. What type of creature is the Beatrix Potter character Mrs Tiggy-Winkle?

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9. Who worked as the BBC’s main rugby union commentator between 1953 and 2002? He died in 2010.

Roy Keane. See question 14.Roy Keane. See question 14.
Roy Keane. See question 14.

10. Which company makes the snack Hula Hoops?

11. Who was the oldest of the six Mitford sisters and author of the 1949 novel Love in a Cold Climate?

12. Who was the MP for Oldham between 1900 and 1906?

13. Which band provides all three theme songs for CSI, CSI New York and CSI Miami?

Jools Holland. See question 27.Jools Holland. See question 27.
Jools Holland. See question 27.

14. Which Irish county was home to Graham Norton, Danny La Rue and Roy Keane?

15. What is Bonjela used to treat?

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16. In which city is Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower and previously America’s tallest building?

17. Which is the nearest city to Gretna Green?

18. Which prominent figure was born in Edinburgh on May 6 1953?

19. What is the name of the 2020 number one single by 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior?

20. In written English, what is an ampersand?

21. Which late BBC children’s television wildlife expert hand-reared a seal called Gemini?

22. Which two colours appear on the flag of Austria?

23. Which musical instrument was played by Duke Ellington?

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24. Which of the following countries has the largest population; Albania, Lebanon, New Zealand or Vietnam?

25. Which TV comedy told the story of the Shipman and West families?

26. Who was the first Prime Minister to serve under Elizabeth II?

27. Jools Holland first rose to fame as the keyboard player with which band?

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28. Which company was founded in Southampton in 1969 by David Quayle and Richard Block?

29. What is the study of prehistoric life known as?

30. Who, in 2003 was voted by readers of the Glasgow Herald as being ‘The Most Scottish Person in the World’?

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