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The summer quiz of last resort

You might not be able to reach your favourite continental European destination this summer – or find a booking at the British seaside either. But you can still pay a fleeting visit to sunny climes with Steve Anglesey’s quiz, in which each answer is somewhere you might have been (or hope to be heading) in more normal times

Which place features in question eight?
Which place features in question eight?

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1) What word can describe a film by M Night Shymalan, a term used in 10-pin bowling and the largest city in Dalmatia?

2) If you watched the ‘Obby ‘Oss festival before dining at St. Petroc’s Bistro, where would you be?

3) Harold Wilson nearly drowned off which archipelago in 1973?

4) Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain, is found on which island?

5) Which is the smallest EU country by area?

6) Which Welsh town is celebrated in the comedy noir novels of Malcolm Price, including (Blank) Mon Amour, Last Tango in (Blank) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being in (Blank)?

7) On which Greek island is Captain Corelli’s Mandolin set?

8) Chas and Dave sang: “Well, I’ve been working hard to reach me target/To earn a few bob for a day trip down to…” where?

9) Which island is officially called Thira, with a capital called Fira?

10) Which beach resort, a favourite of UK garage musicians since the 1990s, is supposed namecked in the 2001 No.1 hit Do You Really Like It?, although the lyrics are actually repeating “How you like my”?

11) What kind of prawn is also known as the Norway lobster?

12) Which resort town is the home of a song contest, established in 1951, that inspired Eurovision and is now to select Italy’s Eurovision entry?

13) Which Mediterranean island, the birthplace of someone with even grander ambitions, did Margaret Thatcher leave after four days of a 10-day holiday in the early 1970s, explaining “We’ve ‘done’ it”?

14) Boavista are the smaller major football club in which city?

15) In which national park, on a walking holiday, did Theresa May decide to call what proved to be a personally disastrous 2017 election?

16) Which Adriatic peninsula is split between Croatia, Slovenia and Italy?

17) Where do people who describe themselves as Sandgrownians come from?

18) Gerald Durrell and family spent the four years from 1935–1939 where?

19) A train trip with John Lennon to which town on the Isle Of Wight is claimed by Paul McCartney to have inspired a Beatles No.1 hit from 1965?

20) Which city stood in for King’s Landing in Game Of Thrones and Canto Bight in Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

21) In which seaside resort near Rome was film director Pier Paolo Pasolini murdered in 1975?

22) The Battle Of Flowers festival has been held annually since 1902 (with breaks for wartime and pandemics) where?

23) According to a catchphrase from The Only Way Is Essex, you should eat “No carbs before Marbs”. But where is Marbs?

24) In which UK seaside town is the Goth Weekend held twice-yearly?

25) What word can describe a style of long pants also known as clam-diggers, a model of Ford cars made between 1968-1986 and the home of the Blue Grotto?

26) In the lyrics of a 1988 hit adopted by Hibernian FC, where does the chief put sunshine on?

27) Humberto Delgado Airport serves which city?

28) Of which coastal town in County Mayo did Thackeray write in 1842: “Were such beauties lying on English shores it would be a world’s wonder perhaps, if it were on the Mediterranean or Baltic, English travellers would flock to it by hundreds”?

29) According to John Cooper Clarke, “I got drunk with another fella/ Who’d just brought up a previous paella/ He wanted a fight but said they were yella in…” where?

30) Which cliffside village on the Amalfi coast became a tourist destination partly because of the patronage of film director Franco Zeffirelli, whose Villa Treville home there is now a luxury hotel?

31) What burgh links the Wombles and Balamory?

32) A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set where?

33) The Peter Cushing, named after the local actor, is a Wetherspoons pub in which seaside town?

34) Peter Cook guest-starred as tabloid photographer Martin Trout in a Christmas 1993 episode of One Foot In The Grave set where?

36) The Great Orme and Little Orme (names derived from ‘sea serpent’ in Old Norse) are limestone headlands near which town?

36) Founded around 1100 BC as Gadir by the Phoenicians, which port city is regarded as the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe?

37) In which town – once the subject of a controversial The New European cover – did Billy Butlin open his first holiday camp in 1936?

38) Which French Riviera town shares its name with a brand of fake tan, established in the UK in 1996?

39) In which city that isn’t Dublin did James Joyce write Dubliners? (It’s also home of the Barcolana regatta, but isn’t Barcelona)

40) On which beach did Neil Kinnock take a tumble after being elected Labour leader in 1983?

41) …And Kinnock’s 1985 conference attack on Militant took place where?

42) Petros the Pelican, so famous in his pomp that Jackie Kennedy Onassis bought him a female mate, is the unofficial mascot of which Greek island?

43) Which TV show is set at the Solana all-inclusive hotel?

44) Barbara Hepworth’s former studio, now a museum and sculpture garden, can be found in which town?

45) The area of Mars where the rover Perseverance touched down in March is nicknamed Timanfaya, for its similarly to the volcanic national park on which island?

46) Which city is missing from a poem written by then-Liverpool striker John Toshack in 1976? “We’re coming in to land at Speke/ My legs are feeling very weak/ We’ve just returned from (Blank)/ And now I’m going for a sauna.”

47) In which Northern Irish resort town is Eisenhower pier, named after the general and future president who addressed thousands of troops there before D-Day?

48) On which archipelago did George W Bush, Tony Blair and Jose Maria Aznar of Spain hold a summit in 2003, four days before the start of war with Iraq?

49) Which city was named by Greek immigrants to Marseille, after the Greek goddess of victory?

50) Which destinations are favoured by the mice in their million hordes?

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ANSWERS: 1) Split 2) Padstow 3) The Isles of Scilly 4) Tenerife 5) Malta 6) Aberystwyth 7) Cephalonia 8) Margate 9) Santorini 10) Ayia Napa 11) Dublin Bay 12) Sanremo 13) Corsica 14) Porto 15) Snowdonia 16) Istria 17) Blackpool (also sometimes used by people from Morecambe and Southport) 18) Corfu 19) (Ticket to) Ryde 20) Dubrovnik 21) Ostia 22) Jersey 23) Marbella 24) Whitby 25) Capri 26) Leith 27) Lisbon 28) Westport 29) Majorca 30) Positano 31) Tobermory 32) Athens 33) Whitstable 34) The Algarve 35) Llandudno 36) Cadiz 37) Skegness 38) St Tropez 39) Trieste 40) Brighton 41) Bournemouth 42) Mykonos 43) Benidorm 44) St Ives 45) Lanzarote 46) Barcelona 47) Bangor 48) The Azores 49) Nice (after Nike) 50) Ibiza and the Norfolk Broads.

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