Junior Schools Challenge

Three new team members joined our experienced captain Jie Yaw for this year's RGS junior schools challenge team: Kai Newby, James Maslen and Max Maisey. Modelled on University Challenge, the northern regional tournament included teams from St Olave's in York , Hymers in Hull, Queen Margaret's and Barnard Castle. A complex two round tournament resulted in some exceptionally high scoring games, and Ripon's young team performed well. Sadly, one win and one close loss meant we missed out on a place in the final, but we are already revising for next year, when Mr Webb will kindly organise the team whilst Mrs Mars is on maternity leave. 

How would you do in the quiz?

What have oregano, basil and thyme in common? All herbs
Which author writes the Maze Runner series? James Dashner
In which Irish county is the Giant's Causeway? County Antrim
Who was the Demon Barber of Fleet Street? Sweeney Todd
At number 4, who is the first female in line of succession to the British throne? Princess Charlotte
What was the nationality of Marie Curie? Polish
Which monarch was on the first British postage stamps? Queen Victoria
If you had a coin of each of the denominations currently in circulation in the UK, how much would you have in total? £3.88 (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2)
According to the carol, who trod in his master's footsteps? King Wenceslas's page
What name is given in this country to a sand-filled hole on a golf course designed to trap poor shots? Bunker
Which four creatures surround the base of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square? Lions
In which city is the hill called Arthur's Seat? Edinburgh
What is the French word for Germany? Allemagne
What unites the Quagga, the Megatherium and the Dodo? All extinct
Who was the first-born son of Adam and Eve, murdered by his brother? Abel
What name is given to a male honey-bee? Drone
Who is Vice-President of the USA? Mike Pence
Which Roman poet composed a national epic called the Aeneid? Vergil / Virgil
Which Italian dictator, who ruled Italy from 1922 to 1943, was known as Il Duce? Mussolini
The highest waterfall in the world is in Venezuela. What is its name? Angel Falls