Trivia Questions

October 9, 2019

1. What is the difference between a plant and a canon?

 

2. How is it possible to make a 155 break?

 

3. Who held the World Championship high break of 145 before 1983?

 

4. What is the record points total for a player in one frame of Snooker in a ranking event?

 

5. Can you name these players from their nicknames and give the reason for them where it is not obvious. The Captain. The Ginger Magician, The Hurricane, The Cat, Dracula, The Grinder and Mr.  Maximum?

 

6. What (approximately) is the weight of a Billiard table?

 

7. How long did Ronnie O’Sullivan take to make the fastest recorded World Championship 147 maximum in 1997?

 

8. Who is the first Australian to win a world ranking Snooker event?

 

9. What was the name of the tournament?

 

10. Which World Championship final attracted a then British television record viewing audience of eighteen and half million? (It still ranks in the top 5)

 

11. How is it possible to legally pot three Yellow balls in succession?

 

12. Who has won the World Professional Snooker Championship the most times? (15)

 

13. Who was the first player to score a 147 maximum break in the World Championship Finals?

 

14. What is the minimum legal length for a cue?

 

15. In which country was Snooker invented?

 

16. What is the correct name for the spot between the Centre Spot and the Spot in Billiards?

 

17. Who is the highest ever ranked Australian Snooker player?

 

18. Exactly where on a Billiard table is the Baulk line drawn?

 

19. Who is the only player to make a 147 maximum break in the qualifying rounds of the World Championships?

 

20. Who is the only player to achieve World Championship success at junior, amateur and professional level?

 

21. What are Snooker/Billiard balls made from?

 

22. What is the biggest winning margin in a final of the World Championships since 1977, the inaugural year at the Crucible?

 

23. How long did the slowest frame of Snooker, played in a world-ranking tournament, take to complete?

 

24. Who are Australia’s four cue sports world champions?

 

25. The World Billiards Championship is being held in Melbourne this year (2019) for the first time since when? Who won it on that last and only other occasion it was held here and who was the other finalist.

 

 

 

And Answers

 

 

 

1. What is the difference between a plant and a canon?

A plant is when the cue ball strikes a ball which in turn strikes another ball and is almost always used to make a pot. A canon is when the cue ball strikes a ball and then goes on to strike another ball, usually used as a positional aid in Snooker and Pool and as a scoring shot in Billiards. Simply put, the cue ball strikes one ball in a plant and two balls in a canon.

 

2. How is it possible to make a 155 break?

This is possible but only under fluke conditions. Before any Reds have been potted a player must first receive a Free Ball following a foul. If any colour is potted as a Red and the Black then taken as the colour of choice, all 15 Reds are still available for a maximum break of 147 which, when added to the Free Ball and Black worth 8 points, will result in a 155 break. The frame score will be a maximum of 162 – 0 and a minimum of 159 – 0 when adding the foul, but the break is 155. The highest ever break in professional competition is a 148 by Jamie Burnett in the qualifying stage of the 2004 U. K. championships. Jamie Cope is credited with a 155 in a practice frame in 2005.

 

3. Who held the World Championship record high break of 145 before 1983?

Doug Mountjoy.  Doug, from Wales was a top 16 player through the 1970s and 1980s winning the Masters in 1977 the U.K. in 1978 and the Irish Masters in 1979. He was also runner up to Steve Davis in the World Championships of 1981

 

4. What is the record points total for a player in one frame of Snooker in a ranking event? ​167 scored by Dominic Dale v. Nigel Bond in 1999 with a break of 122 plus one Red and 11 successive misses worth 44.

 

5. Can you name these players from their nicknames and give the reason for them where it is not obvious. The Captain. The Ginger Magician, The Hurricane, The Cat, Dracula, The Grinder and Mr. Maximum?

The Captain is Ali Carter so named after being awarded his pilot’s license. The Ginger Magician is red headed Steve Davis. The Hurricane was speed player Alex Higgins. The Cat, Tony Meo. Dracula was Ray Reardon with his Bela Lugosi hair style. The Grinder, grinding down his opponents with his slower than slow play was Cliff Thorburn. Mr Maximum is Willie Thorn after a claim that he had made approximately two hundred 147 breaks in practice.

 

6. What (approximately) is the weight of a Billiard table?

Between 1.2 & 1.5 Tons. All weights and measurements are traditionally made in British Imperial measures for Billiards and Snooker. You can convert the figures with any simple online or App. converter.

 

7. How long did Ronnie O’Sullivan take to make the fastest recorded World Championship 147 maximum in 1997?

5 minutes and 20 seconds.

 

8. Who was the first Australian to win a world ranking Snooker event?

It was Neil Robertson in 2006. Horace Lindrum, a nephew of Walter, won the World Championship in 1952 against Clark McConachy in a best of 187 frames final, 94 frames to 49. However, this has never been ratified due to a boycott by the professional players that year.

 

9. What was the name of the event in question 8?

It was the Royal London Watches Grand Prix.

 

10. Which World Championship final attracted a then British television record viewing audience of 18.5 million? (It still ranks in the top 5)

This happened in the 1985 final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis which finished with a victory to Dennis in the last frame (18 – 17) on the black (66 – 62)    after Steve had led, at different stages, 8 – 0, 9 – 7, & 17 – 15 and had had a very gettable chance on the final Black in the deciding 35th frame which was missed and left at the mercy of Dennis.

 

11. How is it possible to legally pot three Yellow balls in succession?

Only in a situation where the last Red remains on the table and a Free Ball has been awarded after a foul. The incoming player nominates the Yellow ball and in potting it also pots the last Red (which must fall into a pocket first of course), the Yellow is then taken as the colour of choice and finally the Yellow is again potted as the first colour in the final sequence, scoring as a result, 6 points, 1 each for the Red and first (Free Ball) Yellow and 2 points each for the second and third Yellows.

 

12. Who has won the World Professional Snooker Championship the most times? (15)

Joe Davis. He won the title first in 1927 and donated the trophy which is still used today. The prize money for that first win was £6.10s.

 

13. Who was the first player to score a 147 maximum break in the World Championships?

Cliff Thorburn. Cliff from Canada made the record break in 1983. It began with a fluke when the first red he tried to pot jawed in the pocket then ran along the top cushion and hit another red which dropped into the opposite top pocket. The first ever televised maximum was made by Steve Davis in the Lada Classic in 1982.

 

14. What is the minimum legal length for a cue?

3 feet is the answer. The rule book states in Section 1. (Equipment) Rule 3 - A cue shall be not less than 3ft. (914mm) in length and shall show no substantial departure from the traditional and generally accepted shape and form. A story I once heard told of a player that had a cue made to exact specifications but at the size of a large pencil. This was kept in his top pocket and once used when the cue-ball was in a very awkward cueing position surrounded by balls not on and is supposedly the reason for the 3ft rule being introduced. (A large pinch of salt should be taken with this account).

 

15. In which country was snooker invented?

In India in 1875. Billiards can be traced back to the 14th century. The British rulers on the subcontinent grew bored with Billiards and invented a number of table games of which Snooker is the sole survivor. The generally accepted inventor was a man named Neville Chamberlain (not the British 2nd World War prime minister). One of the other innovations tried by World Champion Joe Davis in 1959 and which quickly died, was an orange ball worth 8 points with its spot between the Centre (Blue) Spot and the Pyramid (Pink) Spot, and a purple ball worth 10 points placed between the Centre Baulk (Brown) and the Centre (Blue) Spots.

 

16. What is the correct name for the spot between the Centre Spot and the Spot in Billiards?

It is the Pyramid Spot. The other spots are named The Spot. (Black in Snooker) The Centre Spot, (Blue in Snooker) and The Middle of the Baulk Line (Brown in Snooker). No official names are given to the Yellow and Green spots in Billiards.

 

17. Who is the highest ever world ranked Australian Snooker player?

Neil Robertson. He was ranked 13th in the world after his world championship quarter final appearance in 2007 and then rose to No. 7. He is the only Australian to win a world ranking snooker event (the last finalist before Neil was Warren King in 1990) he is the winner of the 2010 World Championship and also achieved his second goal, of being ranked world No. 1, in September of that year.

 

18. Exactly where on a Billiard table is the Baulk line drawn?

29 inches or 737mm. from the face of the Bottom Cushion (the Top Cushion is the one nearest the Spot/Black spot). The area below the line is then referred to as Baulk and also contains the ‘D’.

 

19. Who is the only player to make a 147 maximum break in the qualifying rounds of the World Championships?

Robert Milkins has achieved this feat twice, once in 2012 against Xiao Guodong and once in 2006 against Mark Selby.

 

20. Who is the only player to achieve World Championship successes at junior, amateur and professional level?

Ken Doherty from Ireland, who won both the I.B.S.F. junior and amateur titles in 1989 and the professional title in 1997 beating Stephen Hendry 18 – 12 in that year’s final, thus becoming one of only three players to have won it from outside the U.K. The other two being Cliff Thorburn from Canada and our own Neil Robertson. The other two Irishmen to have won, Alex Higgins and Dennis Taylor, are from Northern Ireland which is in the U.K.

 

21. What are Snooker/Billiard balls made from?

They are now made from a substance called Phenolic Resin but were originally made from wood back in the 17th century. Later ivory was used, but with only 8 or 9 balls able to be made from one tusk and the conservation of endangered species gathering momentum, new substances or a lot more elephants, needed to be found. At the end of the 19th century a substance called Collodion was tried but abandoned when it was discovered that the balls had a tendency to explode on impact. Billiards used to be played with the ivory balls mentioned and had a Red as now but instead of a White and a Yellow, two White balls were used. One plain white and the other with a black spot on opposite sides of the ball to distinguish it from the other white. These black spots were made by inserting black material into the vein running inside the elephant tusk then shaping the ball from this preparation.

 

22. What is the biggest winning margin in a final of the World Championships since 1977, the inaugural year at the Crucible?

The 1989 final saw Steve Davis defeat John Parrot by a margin of 18 frames to 3. John went on to win his own world title in 1991 beating Jimmy White 18 frames to 11 in the final. That first 1977 Crucible final was won by John Spencer, beating Cliff Thorburn 25 frames to 21.

 

23. How long did the slowest frame of snooker, played in a world-ranking tournament, take to complete?

The longest frame played lasted 2 hours 3 minutes and 41 seconds. It was the deciding frame between Fergal O'Brien and David Gilbert in the last qualifying round for the 2017 World Championships.  The frame and match was won by O'Brien.

 

24. Who are Australia’s four cue sports world champions?

The first was Walter Lindrum who was the World Billiards Champion. He first won it in 1933 and held it until he retired undefeated in 1950. Number two is Robby Foldvari who also won the World Billiards championship three times, the first time in 1986 and again in 1997 and 1998. Steve Mifsud joins this elite quartet with the World IBSF Snooker championship won in 2002 and last but certainly not least, Neil Robertson as Australia’s first World Professional Snooker Champion in 2010.

There is one other that some would add to this list and that is Quinten Hann who won the world under 21 championships in 1994 in Helsinki, Finland with a score of 11 – 10 against England’s David Gray. (Neil Robertson was also a winner of this event in 2003 in Taupo, N.Z.). However, in no way could this person be described as a champion of any stripe and his disgraceful behaviour eventually led him to being banned from Snooker and Billiards sanctioned tournaments for a period of 8 years and from which he has never returned.

 

25. The World Billiards Championship is being held in Melbourne this year (2019) for the first time since when? Who won it on that last and only other occasion it was held here and who was the other finalist.

It was held, again in Melbourne, in 1934 when the legend that is Walter Lindrum defended the title he had first won the previous year against the same opponent, England’s own legend Joe Davis. Joe had a brother called Fred who also won the World Professional Snooker Championship on several occasions as well as being the only player other than his brother Joe to win both Billiards and Snooker World Championships. The other ‘Davis’ World Champion, Steve, is not a relative of Joe and Fred.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Blog

Featured Posts

I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

Please reload

Archive
Please reload

Follow Me
  • Grey Facebook Icon
  • Grey Twitter Icon
  • Grey Instagram Icon
  • Grey Pinterest Icon

Tel: +61 (0) 432 798 777

Email: cueballref@gmail.com

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Pinterest Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

This site will be updated regularly so please make sure you come back to visit us as again soon.

© 2017 by MarvinIT