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Water, Water Everywhere Trivia Quiz


Samuel Taylor Coleridge may have provided the title, but he wouldn't fit in this quiz, which covers a range of British people whose names all have a watery connection.

A multiple-choice quiz by rossian. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
rossian
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
366,139
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
899
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Which actor, with a watery name, has appeared on British television as Terry McCann, George Carter and Gerry Standing? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. 'The Soldier' was a poem written during World War I by a poet named Brooke. What was his first name? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The television presenter Gordon Burns introduced which long running game show from 1977 until 1995? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In 1982 Tim Waterstone set up the chain of shops which bore his name. What did they sell? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Roger Waters was one of the co-founders of which well known British band? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. This weather forecaster was the unfortunate man who failed to warn viewers of the approaching 'Great Storm of 1987'. What was his watery surname? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Having played for England on forty-seven occasions, Trevor Brooking went on to become a pundit and member of his sport's governing body. With which sport was he associated? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Sir Edward Burne-Jones made his name in which artistic field? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Rebekah Brooks, formerly Wade, became the first female editor of which daily newspaper in 2003? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Pete Waterman and Matt Aitken were two of the three members of the successful song writing and producing trio of the 1980s and 1990s. Who was the other partner? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which actor, with a watery name, has appeared on British television as Terry McCann, George Carter and Gerry Standing?

Answer: Waterman

Dennis Waterman played George Carter in 'The Sweeney', which appeared on British television from 1975 until 1978, with John Thaw playing Jack Regan. Terry McCann was his character in 'Minder', where he was responsible for the safety of the wheeler-dealer Arthur Daley, played by George Cole. Waterman also recorded the theme song for 'Minder', called 'I Could Be So Good for You', which reached the UK Singles Chart at number three.

In 2003, he took on the role of Gerry Standing in 'New Tricks', alongside Alun Armstrong, James Bolam and Amanda Redman. By 2013, he was the only original member left, with his colleagues played by Denis Lawson, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Tamzin Outhwaite.
2. 'The Soldier' was a poem written during World War I by a poet named Brooke. What was his first name?

Answer: Rupert

Rupert Brooke's poetry was rather more idealistic than that of his fellow war poet, Wilfred Owen. The famous opening lines of 'The Soldier' are 'If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field that is forever England'. In fact, Brooke is buried in foreign soil, having died in 1915, at the age of only twenty-seven, on board a ship anchored off the island of Skyros where his grave remains. He did not die from enemy action but from sepsis caused by a mosquito bite which became infected. Had it not been for this, Brooke would have been involved in the bloodshed of Gallipoli, which is where he was headed.

A brook is a name for a small stream, which connects it to the water theme.
3. The television presenter Gordon Burns introduced which long running game show from 1977 until 1995?

Answer: The Krypton Factor

'The Krypton Factor' was a mixture of physical and mental tests, with four people taking part in each show. Rounds included a memory test, observation, an assault course and general knowledge questions. Burns stayed with the show throughout its original run. (It was brought back for a brief time in 2009). Burns began his career as a journalist in his home town of Belfast, before moving to Granada Television, based in Manchester, in 1973. He presented the local news programme, 'North West Tonight', from 1997 until 2011.

The water connection? A burn is the Scottish name for a stream.
4. In 1982 Tim Waterstone set up the chain of shops which bore his name. What did they sell?

Answer: Books

Tim Waterstone opened his first book shop in Kensington, London after losing his job with W H Smith. The business expanded rapidly and was, somewhat ironically, bought by Smith's in 1993. Tim had left the business in 2001, and it has since undergone several changes of ownership, although retaining the original name, at least until 2014. Waterstone himself has pursued a career as an author, with four novels published between 1994 and 2010.
5. Roger Waters was one of the co-founders of which well known British band?

Answer: Pink Floyd

Roger Waters was one of the four original members of Pink Floyd, when they formed in 1965. The other three were Nick Mason, on drums, Richard Wright on keyboards and Syd Barrett on bass guitar. David Gilmour joined in 1967. When Barrett left the band in 1968, not entirely voluntarily, Waters became the lead songwriter and took on vocalist duties alongside Gilmour. Waters left Pink Floyd in 1985, amid some acrimony, and it wasn't until 2005 that he performed again with Mason, Wright and Gilmour. Waters has also released solo albums, including 'The Wall - Live in Berlin' (1990) and 'Amused to Death' (1992).
6. This weather forecaster was the unfortunate man who failed to warn viewers of the approaching 'Great Storm of 1987'. What was his watery surname?

Answer: Fish

Fish began working for the Met Office, as it has been called since 2000, and began broadcasting weather forecasts for the BBC while remaining a Met Office employee. He began on radio programmes before transferring to television in 1974. In the infamous forecast Fish mentioned that someone had rung to say 'there was a hurricane on the way' but not to worry because there wasn't. That night saw a huge storm, with very high winds, hit the UK causing several deaths and severe damage. The wind strengths were officially described as 'hurricane force' since the UK is not in the hurricane region.

I know the name doesn't have a direct watery connection, but how many fish do you know who don't live in water?
7. Having played for England on forty-seven occasions, Trevor Brooking went on to become a pundit and member of his sport's governing body. With which sport was he associated?

Answer: Football

Trevor Brooking spent most of his career with West Ham United, playing for the club from 1967 until 1984, as a midfielder. He retired from playing in 1985. He spent a brief period as manager of West Ham when the incumbent, Glenn Roeder, was taken ill in 2003 and again when Roeder was later sacked. Having decided that management was not for him, he became Director of Football Development for the Football Association in December 2003. Brooking became Sir Trevor in 2004 when he was knighted for his involvement with sport.

A brook is a small stream for anyone who isn't sure about the connection to the title.
8. Sir Edward Burne-Jones made his name in which artistic field?

Answer: Painting

Burne-Jones (just Burne Jones without the hyphen at the time) was born in Birmingham in 1833 and met William Morris, the textile designer, at Oxford University in 1853. Both of them developed an interest in Pre-Raphaelite art, with Burne-Jones being tutored by Dante Gabriel Rossetti for a time. Rossetti was to remain an influence on Burne-Jones' style. In 1861, he became a partner in the firm set up by William Morris under the name of Morris, Marshall Faulkner and Co., which also included Rossetti, and worked of a designer of stained glass windows, including many in Oxford. Among Burne-Jones major paintings is the series called 'The Legend of the Briar Rose' and he also painted several relating to Arthurian legends.

A burn is a Scottish stream.
9. Rebekah Brooks, formerly Wade, became the first female editor of which daily newspaper in 2003?

Answer: The Sun

Rebekah began her career in journalism in Paris, working for a magazine. She returned to England and worked for a short lived newspaper called 'The Post' (when I say 'short lived', it was published for only five weeks at the end of 1988, and I don't remember it, either). She then moved to 'News of the World' in 1989 and became its editor in 2000. Rebekah next succeeded David Yelland as editor of 'The Sun'. She left this role in 2009 and became the chief executive of 'News International', the holding company for 'The Sun', 'The Times' and the 'Sunday Times'. Following allegations of her involvement in the 'phone hacking scandal', she resigned from her position in 2011.

A brook is another name for a small stream.
10. Pete Waterman and Matt Aitken were two of the three members of the successful song writing and producing trio of the 1980s and 1990s. Who was the other partner?

Answer: Mike Stock

From the mid 1980s until the early 1990s there seemed to be no escape from the Stock Aitken Waterman sound. They were responsible for thirteen number one hits on the UK Singles Charts as well as having some success in the USA. Among their hits were such earworms as Kylie Minogue's 'I Should be So Lucky' (1988) and 'Never Gonna Give You Up', a 1987 hit for Rick Astley. Waterman had set up his own company, called PWL (standing for Pete Waterman Ltd) and recruited Aitken and Stock as producers, with songs being credited to Stock Aitken Waterman (or SAW).

By the early 1990s, the bubble had burst and the trio went their separate ways. All three remained in the music business and continued to have success with various acts.
Source: Author rossian

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