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Train troubles and funny voices – take the Thursday quiz (Bernard Cribbins special)

It is another themed edition this week, as the Thursday quiz pays its respects to the much-loved children’s entertainer Bernard Cribbins. Here are 15 general knowledge and vaguely topical questions loosely based on Cribbins’ brilliant work that delighted generations, including the quiz master and the quiz master’s children. There are no prizes. It is just for fun. Let us know how you got on in the comments. And you don’t really need to know anything much about Cribbins at all to join in. Rest well, Bernard, and thank you for everything.

The Thursday quiz, No 67 – Bernard Cribbins special edition

1.THE RAILWAY CHILDREN: Cribbins was Albert Perks in the much-loved film, but what hazard caused trains to be halted between Norwich and Stansted this week?

2.CUP FEVER: In 1965 Cribbins appeared as a police officer in the film Cup Fever. But who scored the winning goal on Sunday in the Euro 2022 final to inspire cup fever for England?

3.WHAT THE DICKENS? An adaptation of David Copperfield for TV was one of Cribbins’ earliest appearances. But which of these is NOT a character from the novel David Copperfield?

4.RIGHT SAID FRED: In Cribbins’ 1962 hit single Right Said Fred, what do Fred, Charlie and the narrator (not pictured) keep stopping to do while trying to move a piano?

5.GCSE SCIENCE CORNER BUT WITH THE WATER BABIES: Cribbins appeared in a 1978 film version of the extremely weird and wrong-headed book by Charles Kingsley. But how much does one litre of water weigh?

6.PASSPORT TO CHINA: Cribbins played Pereira in this 1961 movie. But which of these Chinese cities is the furthest south?

7.DUNKIRK: One of the first bits of film work Cribbins did was as an uncredited ‘thirsty sailor’ in a 1958 film called Dunkirk. But what was the codename of the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940?

8.THE ADVENTURES OF PICASSO: Inexplicably, Bernard Cribbins played the voice of Gertrude Stein in a Swedish movie called The Adventures of Picasso in 1978. But when did Gertrude Stein die?

9.1966 AND ALL THAT BUT WITH A TENUOUS LINK TO BERNARD CRIBBINS: That odd Picasso movie was made in Sweden. In 1958 the World Cup was in Sweden. But what currency does Sweden use these days?

10.HIGH & DRY: In 1987 Cribbins appeared as Ron Archer in a TV programme called High & Dry. But which Radiohead album featured their hit single High & Dry?

11.THE MOUSE ON THE MOON: Cribbins appeared in a 1963 movie called the Mouse on the Moon. But what type of creatures did an Israeli probe (not pictured) spill on the moon in 2019?

12.WORZEL GUMMIDGE: Cribbins guested in a episode of Worzel Gummidge in 1981. But who wrote the Worzel Gummidge books on which the TV series was based?

13.WITH A LITTLE UNDERSTANDING: This is Willow, the official dog of the Guardian Thursday quiz, thinking about how she never got to appear in Australian soap opera Neighbours. Neither did Bernard Cribbins. But which of these famous Australian movie stars did?

14.BERTIE THE BAT: Cribbins narrated Bertie the Bat in the 1990s. But how many species of bats (not pictured) are there in the world, according to the Bat Conservation Trust?

15.FAREWELL NICHELLE: The Thursday quiz could not omit a mention of the legendary Nichelle Nichols, whom we lost this week. But what was the first name of her trailblazing Star Trek character – only revealed on-screen in the 2009 movie Star Trek when Zoe Saldaña was playing Lt Uhura?

  • If you do think there has been an egregious error in one of the questions or answers, please feel free to email [email protected], but remember, the quiz master’s word is always final, and you don’t want half a ton of rubble landing on your dome.

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