Our mayor is runner-up on BBC Radio 4 brains quiz

MAYOR of Calderdale Nader Fekri put his grey matter to the test on the BBC Radio 4 Brain of Britain quiz show.

Nader, a history professor, holds degrees in social sciences, Labour history and politics.

He went head to head with three other contestants including a statistician and teacher hoping to get a place in the semi-final.

He scored 11 points, making him the runner-up in his heat. The winner scored 18 points.

His opening question was “Which children’s writer’s many successful books include Coot Club and We Didn’t Mean to Go To Sea?”

He answered Enid Blyton, but the correct answer was Arthur Ransome.

Here’s some of the questions, see if you can beat Nader. He got questions 1 to 6 right out of these ten:

1 Fustian, a variety of heavy woven fabric chiefly prepared for menswear is mainly made up of which natural fibre?

2 Which Nobel Prize winning author’s books include Strait is the Gate and Le Symphonie Pastorale?

3 The Shinkansen a regular railway service running between Tokyo and Osaka at over 100mph is literally translated as ‘the new mainline’, what is it more commonly known as?

4 In which year did the first census of Great Britain take place?

5 In 1975 Iceland extended its control over fishing rights in its coastal waters to a distance of how many miles?

6 Which King of Spain, the grandfather of Juan Carlos the first, was driven from his country in 1931 following the proclamation of the second republic.

7 During the late 1800s whch cult religion was briefly practised by Native American tribes in the South Western states in the hope of ridding their lands of white settlers?

8 The Dewer vessel. invented by the Scottish scientist Sir James Dewer in the late part of the 19th century was the first example of what is now familiar household item?

9 Phascolarctos cinereus is the Latin name of which familiar marsupial?

10 In biological sciences what term is used to refer to any reoccurence in an organism of a characteristic type of an ancestral form but absent intervening generations.