1+ out of 8: Well done, you beat us!
4+ out of 8: We'd have won with you on our team!
1) The statistician
2) The doctor
3) The programmer
4) The actuary
The ones that got away
1) Which football club won the FA Cup and had a UK number one single in the same year?
2) In music, what does 'a capella' literally mean?
3) Who is commonly attributed with the quote "I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse"?
4) Identify the song from these lyrics: "Born in a dead man's town/The first kick I took was when I hit the ground/You end up like a dog that's been beat too much/Until you spend half your life just covering up"
5) Identify the actor/actress who has featured in all of these films: Winter's Bone, The Devil You Know, Silver Linings Playbook, and House at the End of the Street.
6) In what year was the Ridley Scott film Gladiator released?
7) What is the third longest river in the world?
8) Name the band whose album cover is pictured.
2) In (the manner of the) church/chapel (or something along those lines)
3) Charles V (of Holy Roman Emperor fame), although this is possibly misattributed
4) Born in the USA (Bruce Springsteen)
5) Jennifer Lawrence
7) The Yangtze (although it could depend on who you ask)
8) Red Hot Chilli Peppers (Californication)
Poll results: 35 votes. 33 of you did better than us and 14 would have helped us win! The average voter scored just under 3/8.
2) Given the combined musical experience of the team this was a bad miss. I think ultimately we overthought it and went with 'outside chapel', which doesn't even make sense for unaccompanied singing.
3) A good line, even if it is a bit questionable whether Charles V ever actually said it - we went for the Manchester United of quotes: Winston Churchill.
4) I think I have to take the blame on this one, as the doctor suggested it sounded a bit Springsteeny, and I was fairly sure it wasn't.
5) Our inability to identify women continues to cause us quizzing trouble. Someone vaguely knew who it was, but we couldn't get the name down.
7) Another bad miss, at least from a 'serious' quizzing perspective. Knowing the top three (at the very least) of Nile-Amazon-Yangtze is a dull but necessary requirement. Although that's not to say that is definitively the correct order (but is probably the one your quizmaster will use).
8) An album half the team recognized, but none of us could remember where from. We reckoned it looked 'a bit 90s, and a bit alternative' but inexplicably this wasn't enough help to get us to the correct answer.
The alternative questions
1) Two of the official England football team World Cup songs have made it to the top of the UK singles chart. One was the 1970 hit 'Back Home', but which song accompanied the team in their inevitably unsuccessful bid to win the 1990 World Cup?
2) The enjoyably titled Pope Sixtus IV lends his name to which famous religious building?
3) If Charles V was talking to God on jueves, women on giovedi and men on jeudi, what day is it for talking to his horse?
4) Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for a song in which 1993 movie starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington?
5) Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film series based on the books by Suzanne Collins. Despite featuring a similar 'kids fight to the death' contest, which 1999 Koushun Takami novel (also later adapted for the screen) is The Hunger Games definitely not ripped off from?
6) Jefferson King is the real name of which original member of the Gladiators cast? He now works in a drug rehabilitation clinic.
7) Which two rivers - both named after colours - are the major tributaries of the Nile?
8) A classic trivium to finish: devised by an American pharmacist in 1912, the 'spiciness' (pungency) of foods such as chilli peppers are measured on which scale?
2) The Sistine Chapel
3) Donnerstag (these are all words for Thursday in their respective languages)
4) Philadelphia (the song being Streets of Philadelphia)
5) Battle Royale
6) Shadow (who lost his job on the show amidst an apparent steroid abuse scandal)
7) The Blue Nile and the White Nile
8) The Scoville scale