Wrexham Quiz League Questions 3rd April 2012 - Divisional Handicap Competition 
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Questions set by David Wilkinson
Round 1 - On This Day
1 Which famous American outlaw was shot dead by Robert Ford on this day in 1882?
JESSE JAMES
2
What was the name of the plan, signed by President Truman on this day in 1948, which authorised $13 billion of US aid to 16 European countries?
MARSHALL PLAN (Accept European Recovery Programme or ERP)
3
Who refused to play Anatoly Karpov on this day in 1975, giving the Russian the World Chess Championship by default?
BOBBY FISCHER
4
Which son of Ethelred the Unready was crowned King of England in Winchester cathedral on this day in 1043 ?
EDWARD THE CONFESSOR
5
A French TGV broke the speed record for a conventional train on this day in 2007.  How fast did it go in m.p.h.?  Was it 187mph, 267mph or 357mph?
357MPH
6
Which former cabinet minister, who is celebrating his 87th birthday today, is the president of the so-called Stop The War Coalition, which organised marches against the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq?
TONY BENN
7
Who was executed on this day in 1936 for the murder of the baby son of the aviator, Charles Lindbergh?
BRUNO HAUPTMANN
8
Which famous (but short lived) service went into operation on this day in 1860 from St Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California?
PONY EXPRESS
9
Actors Alec Baldwin, David Hyde Pierce and Eddie Murphy all celebrate birthdays today.  Who is the youngest of the three?
MURPHY (51)
(Pierce 53, Baldwin 54)
10
On this day in 1968, the day before he died, who said "So I'm happy tonight.  I'm not worried about anything.  I'm not fearing any man.  Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord"?
MARTIN LUTHER KING
Round 2 - Films of the 1990s
11
In which 1991 comedy did Jack Palance first play a character called Curly?
CITY SLICKERS
12
Who wrote, directed and starred in the 1992 film Husbands and wives?
WOODY ALLEN
13
Which real life writer did Anthony Hopkins portray in the 1993 film Shadowlands?
C.S.LEWIS
14
Who wrote the screenplay for the 1994 film The Madness of King George?
ALAN BENNETT
15
In the 1995 animated film Babe, what sort of animal was Fly, voiced by iriam Margolyes, who had raised the piglet as one of her own? (Sheep) DOG
16
Which 1996 Coen brothers thriller had the publicity tag-line "Small Town .... Big Crime .... Dead Cold"?
FARGO
17
For which 1997 film did Jabk Nicholson win the Oscar for Best Actor?
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
18
Which 1998 Jim Carrey film told the story of a man whose real life was actually a TV soap opera?
THE TRUMAN SHOW
19
In which 1999 film does a boy called Cole Sear have the ability to communicate with the dead?
SIXTH SENSE
20
What was the highest grossing film of the 1990s worldwide?
TITANIC
Round 3 - Names in Science and Nature
21
In Britain, what is the common name for the Crane Fly?
DADDY LONGLEGS
22
Which of the great apes belong to a sub-family called Pongo?
ORANGUTANS
23
The temperature of -273.15 degrees Celsius is known by which two word name?
ABSOLUTE ZERO
24
What is the name of the mainly wooded area of western Gloucestershire bounded by the River Wye to the west and north and the River Severn to the south?
FOREST OF DEAN
25
Physics - Coming from the Greek word for "lazy", which property of an object is defined as a resistance to a change in its state of motion?
INERTIA
26
In Maths, what name is given to a real number like pi or the square root of 2 that cannot be represented as a ratio of two integers?
IRRATIONAL (Number)
27
What name is given to a pike when the fishis used in heraldry?  Is it Lucy, Mary or Stella?
LUCY
28
In meteorology, which 12 letter word is the cloud type associated with thunderstorms and lightning?
CUMULONIMBUS
29
By what name is the plant Helianthus Annuus?
SUNFLOWER
30
Which large bird is described as a "bird of good omen" in Coleridge's "The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner"?
(Wandering) ALBATROSS
Round 4 - Books
31
What was the surname of Rebecca in the novel by Daphne Du Maurier?
DE WINTER
32
Who created the detectives Cordelia Gray and Adam Dalgleish?
P D JAMES
33
In which decade did D H Lawrence publish Lady Chatterley's Lover privately in Florence?
1920s (1928)
34
Gussie Fink-Nottle, an expert on Newts and very little else, was a creation of which author?
P G WODEHOUSE
35
Which 1863 novel tells the story of a chimney sweep called Tom who originally lives in a Yorkshire mill town?
THE WATER BABIES
36
In Swift's Gulliver's Travels, what is the name of the floating island inhabited by scientific theorists?
LAPUTA
37
In A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which planet do the characters Zaphod Bebblebrox and Ford Prefect both come from?
BETELGEUSE
38
In which country is the 1991 Ben Okri novel A Famisged Road set?
NIGERIA
39
In which of Trollope;s books does the character the Reverend Septimus Harding first appear?
THE WARDEN
40
Humbert Humbert was the central character of which controversial 1955 novel?
LOLITA
Round 5 - Sport
41
Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs in Test Cricket with over 15,000, but which recently retired batsman is second on the all-time list with just over 13,000 ?
RAHUL DRAVID
42
At the 2011 Ice Hockey world championships, which two neighbouring  countries played in the final?
FINLAND & SWEDEN
(6 - 1 to Finland)
43
In Lawn Tennis a tie break game is played when the score is 6 - 6.  What is the minimum number of points needed to win that tie-break game?
SEVEN
44
Against which German side did Lionel Messi score a record five goals in a Champions League tie last month?
BAYER LEVERKUSEN
45
Under FINA regulations the temperature of the water in Celsius in an Olympic swimming pool must be within a three degree range.  Name any temperature within that range?
25 to 28
(degrees celsius)
46
Which country won the Men's Hockey gold medal at six consecutive Summer Olympic Games between 1928 and 1956 ?
INDIA
47
Name either of the two years in the noughties (2000 - 2009) in which Wales achieved the Rugby Union Grand Slam?
2005 or 2008
48
In which century was the Epsom Derby first run?
18th  (1780)
49
Which Rugby League Superleague side's new home ground is in a suberb called Barton-upon-Irwell?
SALFORD (City Reds)
50
Boxing - In which country did David Haye lose his world championship fight with Vladimir Klitschko in July last year?
GERMANY  (Hamburg)
Round 6 - Europe
51
Which is the second largest city, by population, in Sweden? GOTHENBURG
52
Which country is expected to become the 28th member of the EU when it joins on July 1st 2013 ? CROATIA
53
The Franz Joseph Strauss International Airport, Germany's second largest with over 34 million passengers a year, serves which city? MUNICH
54
In which European country is the ancient West Frisian language still spoken by an estimated 400,000 people?
NETHERLANDS
(Accept Holland)
55
Cueta and Mellila are two autonomous city states on the north coast of Morocco, belonging to which European country?
SPAIN
56
The Leu is the unit of currency in two European countries.  One is Moldova but which, much larger country, is the other?
ROMANIA
57
The largest Greek island is Crete and the second largest is Euboea.  Name either one of the third and fourth largest?
LESBOS or RHODES
58
The Ramnefjellsfossen waterfall, the third highest in the world in some lists, is in which European country?
NORWAY
59
The Roman road known as the Appian Way, or Via Appia, ran from Rome to which Adriatic port in SE Italy?
BRINDISI
60
Which major European river rises in the Krkonose Mountains in the Czech Republic and flows into the North Sea at Cuxhaven in Germany?
ELBE
TIE-BREAKER 
The film "ET", the highest grossing film of the 1980s took how much money (in dollars) in total at the box office world-wide?  (NB Excluding home video sales, merchandise etc.)
$792,910,554