Wrexham Quiz League Questions 31st January 2012 -Knockout Cups 1st Round 
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Questions set by Euan Stevenson
Round 1
1
What was the name of the Italian cruise liner which sank in January 2012 with substantial loss of life?
COSTA CONCORDIA
2
The cruise liner "Costa Concordia" sank in the Tyrhenian sea in January 2012 against the rocks of the coast of what island?
GIGLIO
3
Which Irish comedian had the catchphrase "It's the way I tell 'em"?
FRANK CARSON
4
In which famous film love story did the lovers meet in a railway station?
BRIEF ENCOUNTER
5
Which recording artist, originally a folk singer had top ten hits in the early 1970's with "Amazing Grace" and "Send in the Clowns"?
JUDY COLLINS
6
What is the name of the only British M.P. to be a member of the Green Party?
CAROLINE LUCAS
7
What is the name of the leader of the British UKIP Party?
NIGEL FARAGE
8
Which recording artist, originally a folk singer, had top ten hits in the early 1970's with "There but for fortune" and "The night they drove old Dixie down"?
JOAN BAEZ
9
In which famous film love story did the lovers meet in a book shop?
NOTTING HILL
10
Which Irish comedian had the catchphrase "and there's more"?
JIMMY CRICKET
Round 2
11
Which British artist painted "The Light of the World" and "The Scapegoat"?
HOLMAN HUNT
12
Who composed the music for the ballet "Coppelia"?
DELIBES
13
What is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea?
CUBA
14
On whic racecourse does the Irish Derby take place each year?
THE CURRAGH
15
Which American city has the nickname "Beantown"?
BOSTON
16
The Ashmolean Museum is Britain's oldest public museum.  In which city is it located?
OXFORD
17
In which classic novel is Lucy Hornchurch the heroine?
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
18
In what television knockout competition did Zara Brownless become the winner for the year 2011?
YOUNG APPRENTICE
19
Who is the chairman of Newcastle United who also owns the chain of sports shops known as Sports Direct?
MIKE ASHLEY
20
Who is the chairman of Wigan Athletic who also owns the chain of sports shops known as JJB Sports?
DAVE WHELAN
Round 3
21
In what television knockout competition did Ash Mair become the winner for the year 2011?
PROFESSIONAL MASTERCHEF
22
Which British artist painted "The Grand Canal, Venice" and "The Shipwreck"?
TURNER
23
Who composed the music for the ballet "Spartacus"?
KHACHATURIAN
24
What is the largest island in the Mediterrainean Sea?
SICILY
25
On which racecourse does the Irish Grand National take place?
FAIRYHOUSE
26
Which American city has the nickname "Alamo City"?
SAN ANTONIO
27
Kelvingrove Museum is Britain's most visited museum outside London.  In which city is it located?
GLASGOW
28
In which classic novel is Maggie Tulliver the heroine?
MILL ON THE FLOSS
29
Mathematical Formulae  -  What is the mathematical formula expressing Einstein's relativity theory?
E = mc2
30
Mathematical Formulae  -  What is the mathematical formula for the area of a circle?
A = pi r2
Round 4
31
To which family of birds does the Jay belong
CROW
32
Where exactly is the tallest habitable building located in the UK?  It is 50 stories high with a height of 235 metres (771 feet) and was completed in 1991?
CANARY WHARF
33
Petra Kvitova won the Wimledon Ladies Championship in 2011.  What nationality is she?
CZECH
34
Which actor, who died in 2011, became famous when portraying a TV character who became a household name in the 1970's?  The actor won 4 emmys for his TV role and was nominated for film oscars for his parts in "Pocketful of Miracles" and "Murder Inc.".
PETER FALK
35
Medicine:  What is a patient suffering from based on the following description - a spread of infection into the blood, which thereby carries the infecting agent throughout the body?
SEPTICAEMIA
36
Which sculptor created the classical marble statue "The Threee Graces"?  He carved two separate versions, one stands in the Hermitage Museum and the other is jointly shown by the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery of Scotland.
CANOVA
37
Judi Dench was the wife of which deceased actor?
MICAEL WILLIAMS
38
What was singing legend Frank Sinatra's middle name?
ALBERT
39
Other than "The News", what is the longest running feature or programme to be heard on the radio, first broadcast in 1926?
THE SHIPPING FORECAST
(Also acceot "THE WEEKS GOOD CAUSE" also from 1926
40
What is the longest running programme on television first broadcast in 1953?
PANORAMA
Round 5
41
What was singing legend Elvis Presley's middle name?
AARON
42
To which family of birds does the Siskin belong?
FINCH
43
Which cathedral is the tallest in the UK with a spire height of 123 metres or 404 feet?
SALISBURY
44
Sam Stosur won the American Open Ladies Tennis Championship in 2011.  What nationality is she?
AUSTRALIAN
45
Which actor, who died in 2011, became famous when referred to as the best actor in the world by Steven Spielberg?  He starred in a succession of movies including "The Usual Suspects", "Brassed Off", "Last of the Mohicans" and "The Constant Gardener"?
PETE POSTLETHWAITE
46
Medicine:  What is a patient suffering from, based on the following description - Partial or complete blockage of a blood vessel by a blood clot?
THROMBOSIS
47
Which sculptor created the famous statue "St Michael and the Devil" which is shown on the facade of Coventry Cathedral?
EPSTEIN
48
Sheila Hancock was the wife of which deceased actor?
JOHN THAW
49
What was the first book to be written by Charles Dickens, completed in 1837?
PICKWICK PAPERS
50
What was the last book to be written and completed by Charles Dickens in 1854?
OUR MUTUAL FRIEND
Round 6
51
"The 59th Street Bridge Song" was an early successful recording by Simon and Garfunkel.  What is its better known alternative title?
FEELIN' GROOVY
52
Paul McCartney had a record commonly known as "The Frog Chorus" in the top ten for 13 weeks in 1984.  What was the formal title of this record?
WE ALL STAND TOGETHER
53
The young Leeds University student Meredith Kercher was murdered in 2007 in which Italian city?
PERUGIA
54
What is the name of the American student who was convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher, along with her Italian boyfriend and released in 2011 after an appeal?
AMANDA KNOX
55
Question omitted due to answer being disputed

56
Question omitted due to answer being disputed

57
On this day, 31st January , in 1943, the German army surrendered to the Russians.  who was the Commander-in-Chief of the German forces who offerred the surrender?
FIELD MARSHALL PAULUS
58
During the Battle of Stalingrad who was Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Red Arny forces?
MARSHAL ZHUKOV
59
On this day, 31st January, in 1605, who was executed?  Justifying his crimes he said "A desperate disease requires a desperate remedy".
GUY FAWKES
60
On this day, 31st Janaury, in 2000, who was sentenced to life imprisonment?  He was found guilty of murdering 15 people and is suspected of murdering many more.
HAROLD SHIPMAN
SPARE QUESTIONS
1
What name is given to the flowers of Willow and Poplar trees?
CATKINS
2
"The Great Gate of Kiev" and "Catacombs" are two sections of which musical work by Mussorgsky?
PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
3
In an 1890 novel, Basil Hallward paints whose portrait?
DORIAN GRAY'S
4
Bourbon Whisly is named after a county in which American state?
KENTUCKY
TIE-BREAKER

According to archive figures (and quoted by Wikipedia), how many casualties were suffered by the "Red Army" (excluding civilians) in The Battle of Stalingrad? 
Casualties comprise soldiers who were killed, wounded or captured.
1,130,000