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The Alex City Quiz 2019

Alex City Quiz

On May 23rd the UK is set to go to the polls to elect delegates to an organisation that we may no longer be a member of by the time our chosen representatives go to take their seats.

On the day before that we invite you to take part in a marginally less pointless activity: the 10th annual Alex City Quiz, which will be held at Conway Hall in Bloomsbury on May 22nd 2019.

The name is a multiple misnomer as the quiz is neither about Alex nor the City, but will feature questions on general knowledge, music, film & TV, history, literature, science and politics. The quizmasters will be Alex co-creator Russell Taylor and writer and journalist Marcus Berkmann. The virtuosic Harry the Piano will present the music round.

There has been a different winner of the prestigious Masterley trophy for the last five years now. Perhaps this year it could be you?

A table of six players costs £250 including food and a complimentary drink. All proceeds from this evening of blagging, bragging, bluffing, cheating and arguing will be donated to St Christopher’s Hospice.

Buy your ticket here.


But what if I don't know any of the answers? we hear your anguished cry. After all, Alex is known for his devious fiendishness. Fear not. Below are a selection of questions from last year’s quiz for you to test your mettle against.

  1. The word “bellwether” has been adopted to mean a leader or an indicator of a trend, but what sort of animal is a bellwether?
  2. Queen Victoria died in 1901. In which European country is her great-great-great-grand-daughter Princess Victoria the heir to the throne?
  3. Games inventor Leslie Scott was born in East Africa. The name of her most famous game, first marketed in the early 1980s, derives from the Swahili word for “to build”. Over 80 million of them have been sold to date. What is it?
  4. He wrote his four famous plays between 1892 and 1895. Two of them reference a woman in the title and two a man. Which playwright?
  5. What is the only anagram of the only day of the week that has one?
  6. In the children’s TV show The Magic Roundabout, the dog was called Dougal, the cow was called Ermintrude. What was the snail called?
  7. Which word can go before all of these words: boy, dream, break & release?
  8. Which US coin actually costs nine cents to mint, thus making it uneconomical to produce?
  9. Which two-letter word is a poem, a film and a cartoon strip?
  10. Which medieval weapon consisted of a six-foot shaft of hardwood on which was mounted an axe-blade with a spear?


  1. Sheep
  2. Sweden
  3. Jenga
  4. Oscar Wilde
  5. Dynamo
  6. Brian
  7. Day
  8. Nickel
  9. If
  10. Halberd

Still want to play? Click here for tickets.