Wrexham Quiz League Questions 21st February 2012 -Knockout Cups 2nd Round 
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Questions set by Euan Stevenson
Round 1
1
Which chemical element, a gas, derives its name from the Greek for "sun"?
HELIUM
2
Which chemical element, a gas, derives its name from the Greek for "stranger"?
XENON
3
What title is used in Scotland for the chief magistrate or convener of a burgh council, the equivalent of a mayor in other parts of the English speaking world?
PROVOST
4
From which opera does the "Humming Chorus" come?
MADAM BUTTERFLY
5
In the war in Afghanistan many lives have been lost due to IEDs planted by the Taliban.  What is an IED ?
IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
6
The northern extremity of Offa's Dyke is in which Welsh town?
PRESTATYN
7
The southern extremity of Offa's Dyke is in which Welsh town?
CHEPSTOW
8
In the war in Afghanistan many lives have been lost due to RPGs launched by the Taliban.  What is an RPG ?
ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE
9
From which opera does the "Anvil Chorus" come?
IL TRAVATORE
10
What title is used in Scotland for a public prosecutor who investigates sudden and suspicious deaths and conducts fatal accident enquiries, the equivalent of a coroner in other legal systems?
PROCURATOR FISCAL
Round 2
11
Which word, beginning with E and originally German, has now been adopted into English with a meaning of "inferior or fake"?
ERSATZ
12
In 20-20 cricket what is the name of the Lancasshire team?
LANCASHIRE LIGHTNING
13
What nationality was the artist Frida Khalo?
MEXICAN
14
In the cartoon series 'Asterix the Gaul' what is the name of the chief druid of Asterix's Gaulish village who makes all of the potions and medicines?
GETAFIX
15
Excluding Ireland, which is the only "flat" racecourse in the U.K. beginning with the letter "P"?
PONTEFRACT
16
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" is a famous quote written by whom?
SAMUEL JOHNSON
17
What name is given to the flat, oven-baked Italian bread, related to, but different from Pizza?  It is usually seasoned with olive oil, salt and sometimes herbs.
FOCACCIA
18
What name is given to the branch of Christianity followed by Jews in Israel and the U.S.A.?
MESSIANIC
19
Which cabinet minister made the following apology in 2011?  "I simply wanted to make sure that the pieces of paper were not weighing me down.  I have to apologise because on reflection I shouldn't have disposed of them in that way"
OLIVER LETWIN
20
Which cabinet minister made the following apology in 2011?  "I have always believed that all rape is extremely serious and must be treated as such.  I am sorry if my comments gave you any other impression or upset you".
KENNETH CLARKE
Round 3
21
What name is given to the branch of Christianity followed in Egypt?
COPTIC
22
Which word, beginning with S and originally German, has now been adopted into English with a meaning of "pleasure in another's misfortune"?
SCHADENFREUDE
23
In 20-20 cricket what is the name of the Durham team?
DURHAM DYNAMOS
24
What nationality was the artist Gustav Klimt?
AUSTRIAN
25
In the cartoon series "Asterix the Gaul", what is the name of the oldest man in Asterix's Gaulish village who still has an eye for the ladies?
GERIATRIX
26
Excluding Ireland, which is the only racecourse in the U.K. beginning with the letter D?
DONCASTER
27
"Rank is but the guinea's stamp, the man's the gold for all of that" is a famous quote written by whom?
ROBERT BURNS
28
What name is given to the sweet French bread, enriched with a high egg and butter content?  It is commonly eaten with breakfast or as a snack, and has numerous uses in cuisine.
BRIOCHE
29
Which country is the top grape-producing country in the world producing almost 9 million tons of grapes each year?
ITALY
30
Which country is the top date-producing country in the world producing over 1 million tons of dates each year?
EGYPT
Round 4
31
Which American president is credited with the quote :- "Never before have we had so little time to do so much"?
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
32
The Album "No Angel" was the number 1 selling album in the UK in 2001, and the singer who recorded the album won the Brit. Award for best album.  Who was the singer?
DIDO
33
Which is the most northerly and largest island of the Phillipines, on which stands the capital, Manila?
LUZON
34
"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky" was a line written by the poet John Masefield.  What was the title of the poem?
SEA FEVER
35
Controversy at the Oscars - Which film director created a stir at the 2003 Oscars ceremony?  There was a loud and prolonged booing when he won the award for best director for his film "The Pianist", becasue the director was a convicted rapist.
ROMAN POLANSKI
36
Which Lancashire novelist, who came from Liverpool, wrote the novels "The Cruel Sea", "The story of Esther Costello" and "The Tribe that lost it's head"?
NICHOLAS MONSERRAT
37
Pop music - the group called "The Revolution" was the backing roup for which pop singer?
PRINCE
38
Which tree, noteed for the richness of the colour of its leaves, has the Latin name "Fagus Purpurea"?
COPPER BEECH
39
Old television quiz shows - who was the original presenter of the TV quiz show "Going for Gold"?
HENRY KELLY
40
Old television quiz shows - who was the original presenter of the TV quiz show "Blockbusters"?
BOB HOLNESS
Round 5
41
Which tree noted for the beauty of its form, has the Latin name Salix Babylonica?
WEEPING WILLOW

42
Which American President is credited with the quote "If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen"?
HARRY TRUMAN
43
The album "Good Girl Gone Bad" was the number 1 selling album in the UK in 2009 with sales of 1.5 million.  Who was the singer?
RIHANNA
44
Which is the most northerly of the islands of Japan?  Its capital, Sapporo, has hosted the Winter Olympics.
HOKKAIDO
45
"Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack butting through the channel in the mad March days" were lines written by John Masefield, from what poem?
CARGOES
46
Controversy at the Oscars - Which film director created a stir at the 2003 Oscar ceremony?  There was a loud and prolonged booing after he won the award for best documentary for his film "Bowling for Columbine", because in his acceptance speech  he had delivered a tirade of abuse against George Bush.
MICHEAL MOORE
47
Which Lancashire novelist, who came from Leigh, wrote the novels "Goodbye Mr Chips", "Random Harvest" and "Lost Horizon"?
JAMES HILTON
48
Pop Music - The group called "The Attractions" was the backing group for which pop singer?
ELVIS COSTELLO
49
The television production company HBO have made some of the most popular and critically acclaimed television series.  What full title does HBO refer to?
HOME BOX OFFICE
50
The television channel TCM shows critically acclaimed old movies on Sky television.  What full title does TCM refer to?
TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES
Round 6
51
Which British actor plays the lead part of George Smiley in the new film version of John Le Carre's "Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy"?
GARY OLDMAN
52
The mother and son of which British monarch were both beheaded?
JAMES I
(Mary Queen of Scots/Charles I)
53
Which capital city sits on the river Sumida?
TOKYO
54
Measurement - conversion from imperial to metric - How many metres are equivalent to one furlong, to the nearest unit? (will accept + or - 1)
201 (200 to 202)
55
Measurement - conversion from imperial to metric - How many kilograms to the nearest unit are equivalent to 1 hundredweight? (will accept + or - 1)
51 (50 to 52)
56
Which British actor played the lead part in the film of one of John Le Carre's more recent novels "The Constant Gardener"?
RALPH FIENNES
57
Which British monarch had the most children?
QUEEN ANNE
(17 - all died before she became Queen)
58
Which capital city sits on the river Manzaneres?
MADRID
59
Who is the founder of Facebook, doing so at the age of 20?  He was named by Time magazine as "Person of the Year"  in 2010.  His personal fortune is estimated at over 17 billion dollars.
MARK ZUCKERBERG
60
Who is the founder of Wikipedia, the on-line non-profit encyclopaedia?  He was named as one of the world's most influential people by Time magazine in 2006 and was recognised by the prestigious Swiss Gottlieb award in 2011.
JIMMY WALES
SPARE QUESTIONS
1
The title of which classic TV comedy series comes from a Shakespeare sonnet?
DARLING BUDS OF MAY
2
What is the name of Rupert Murdoch's worldwide media company?
NEWS INTERNATIONAL
3
Tango, Uniform, Vistor ...  what comes next?
WHISKY
 (Phonetic Alphanet)
4
What is the name of the curved upper surface of a liquid in a tube?
MENISCUS
5
Prior to Bill Clinton, who was the last Democrat President of the USA?
JIMMY CARTER
TIE-BREAKER

To the nearest thousand how many words are there in the Bible?
726 thousand