Wrexham Quiz League Questions 27th March 2012 -Knockout Cups Semi Finals 
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Questions set by Euan Stevenson
Round 1
1
In our solar system which is the largest planet?
JUPITER
2
In our solar system which is the smallest planet?
MERCURY
3
Which traditional Scottish soup is made with the principal ingredients of haddock and potatoes, served in fish stock and sometimes milk with onion added  and garnished with parsley?
CULLEN SKINK
4
Which composer wrote the opera 'Falstaff', based on the Shakespeare play 'The Merry wives of Windsor'?
(Guiseppe) VERDI
5
The group 'Gorillaz' made a record which got to number 4 in the pop charts in 2001.  The title of the record was the name of which film star?
CLINT EASTWOOD
6
Sport - which cricket player has the nickname "BOOM-BOOM"?
SHAHID AFRIDI
7
Sport - which tennis player has the nickname "BOOM-BOOM"?
BORIS BECKER
8
The group 'Bananarama' made a record which got to number 3 in the pop charts in 1984.  The title of the record contained the name of what film star?
ROBERT DE NIRO
9
Which composer wrote the opera 'A Midsummer Nights Dream' based on Shakespeare's play?
(Benjamin) BRITTEN
10
Which traditional Scottish soup is made with the principal ingredients of leek, onions and chicken stew, and sometimes also with prunes?
COCK-A-LEEKIE
Round 2
11
Who was the leader of the early christian church in Ephesus addressed by a letter from St Paul in the New Testament?
TIMOTHY
12
In which year did the novelists George Bernard Shaw and George Orwell die?  (Will accept plus or minus one year)
1950 (1949 - 1951)
13
Mythology - Prosperina was the Roman goddess of the underworld.  Who was the Greek equivalent?
PERSEPHONE
14
In the children's programme 'The Magic Roundabout', shown on television in the 1960's , who was the narrator?
ERIC THOMPSON
15
Forty years ago the Watergate scandal took place.  The break-in at the Democratic party's national headquarters was found to have been authorised by two of President Nixon's closest aides, his domestic affairs advisor and his chief of staff.  Name either of these men.
(John) EHRLICHMANN or (Bob) HALDEMAN
16
Which playwright, with a three letter surname, wrote the plays The Lady's not for Burning  and Venus Observed?
CHRISTOPHER FRY
17
The song 'If ever I would leave you' came from which musical?
CAMELOT
18
The Government department known as DEFRA is properly known as The Department of ....... exactly what in the full title?
ENVIRONMENT, FOOD & RURAL AFFAIRS
19
Name one of the two 'Great Lakes' that Niagara Falls lies between?
ONTARIO or ERIE
20
Name one of the two Falls that make up Niagara?
HORSHOE or RAINBOW
Round 3
21
The Government department known as DECC, is properly known as the Department of  ....... exactly what in the full title?
ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE
22
Who was the leader of the early Christian church in Crete addressed by a letter from St Paul in the New Testament?
TITUS
23
In which year did the novelists Mark Twain and Leo Tolstoy die?  (will accept plus or minus one year)
1910 (1909-10911)
24
Mythology - Diana was the Roman goddess of fertility and hunting.  Who was the Greek equivalent?
ARTEMIS
25
In the children's programme 'Paddington Bear' shown on television in the 1970's, who was the narrator?
MICHAEL HORDEN
26
The Watergate scandal came to light partly as a result of a sustained press campaign by the "Washington Post". Name either of the two investigative journalists who carried out this campaign.
(Carl) BERNSTEIN or (Bob) WOODWARD
27
Which novelist, with a three letter surname, wrote the novels 'The Name of the Rose' and 'Foucault's Pendulum'?
UMBERTO ECO
28
The song "If I ruled the world" came from which musical?
PICKWICK
29
The type of person not required in quiz teams.  Which French expression, commonly used in English, means - A person whose behaviour is indiscreet, embarrasing to associates?
ENFANT TERRIBLE
30
A quality required by quiz teams.  Which French expression, commonly used in English means - coolness under stress?
SANG-FROID
Round 4
31
In the famous American TV series, which actress played "Ally McBeal"?
CALLISTA FLOCKHART
32
In 2008, the 800th Formula One race was held at night.  In which Grand Prix did this take place?
SINGAPORE
33
The European organisation for nuclear research has a gigantic scientific instrument located near Geneva. This instrument, a particle accelerator, is referred to as LHC.  What does LHC stand for?
LARGE HADRON COLLIDER
34
Sixties pop music - Who recorded the 1962 hit record 'Sheila'?
TOMMY ROE
35
Which German river flows 1159 kilometres from the Czech Republic flowing into the North Sea just north of Hamburg?
ELBE
36
Aspirin was originally obtained from which tree?
WILLOW
37
In golf, the 5 iron club was originally known by which old Scottish name?
MASHIE
38
John Bartholomew was the original name of which famous comedian?
ERIC MORECAMBE
39
Anagram - Which classic novel published in 1865 is contained in ARMOURED FLU UNIT ?
OUR MUTUAL FRIEND
40
Anagram - Which classic novel published in 1937 is contained in IN COMMAND FEE ?
OF MICE AND MEN
Round 5
41
Robert Davies was the original name of which famous comedian?
JASPER CARROTT
42
In the famous American TV series "The Sopranos", which actor played Tony Soprano?
JAMES GANDOLFINI
43
In 1994, the legendary Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna was killed when competing in which Grand Prix?
SAN MARINO
44
Experiments carried out on the Large Hadron Collider  aim to find out if the hypothetical elementary particle predicted by theory actually exists.  What name has been given to this hypothetical particle?
HIGGS BOSON
45
Sixties pop music - Who recorded the 1964 hit record "Juliet"?
FOUR PENNIES
46
Which German river flows 292 kilometres from Lower Saxony, flowing into the North Sea just north of Bremen?
WESER
47
Turpentine was originally obtained predominantly from which tree?
PINE
48
In golf, the 9 iron club was originally known by what old Scottish name?
NIBLICK
49
Washington DC succeeded what city as capital of the USA
PHILADELPHIA
50
Washington DC stands on which river?
POTOMAC
Round 6
51
Which famous composer, though better known for other works, wrote the music for several films including 'Bitter Springs' and 'Scott of the Antarctic'?
RALPH VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS
52
'Where Eagles Dare', 'The Guns of Navaronne' and 'Ice Station Zebra' were hugely successful films in the 1960's and 70's.  Who wrote the novels on which these films were based?
ALISTAIR MACLEAN
53
Which English painter, the co-founder and first president of the Royal Academy, was the principal court painter to George III ?
SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS
54
In 1984, in Bophal, India, there was a leak of 30 tons of methyl isocyanate, which resulted in the deaths of 25,000 people.  What American chemical company owned the plant where the leak occurred?
UNION CARBIDE
55
In 1979, in Pennsylvania, there was a major leak of nuclear reactant coolant gases from a nuclear plant.  What was the name of the power plant involved?
THREE MILE ISLAND
56
Which famous composer, though better known for other works, wrote the music for several films including 'First of the Few' and 'Henry the Fifth'?
WILLIAM WALTON
57
'A Kiss Before Dying', 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Stepford Wives' were hugely successful films in the 1960's and 70's.  Who wrote the novels on which these films were based? 
IRA LEVIN
58
Which Dutch painter, famous for his portraits, was the principal court painter to Charles II ?
SIR PETER LELY
59
Elihu Yale, whose tomb is in Wrexham churchyard is chiefly remebered as the man after whom Yale University was named.  Although he lived part of his life in Plas Grono on the Erddig estate, in which American city was he born?
BOSTON
60
Yale University took its anme from Elihu Yale because, as a very wealthy man he became its chief benefactor.  Yale accumulated his substantial wealth while working for around 30 years for which organisation?
EAST INDIA COMPANY
SPARE QUESTIONS
1
What traditional herb is used in a "Margharita" pizza ?
BASIL
2
What is scotland's deepest loch?
LOCH MORAR
3
Who directed the Oscar winning picture 'The Hurt Locker' ?
CATHERINE BIGALOW
4
Which horse, trained by the father of the jockey Ruby Walsh, won the 2000 Grand National?
PAPILLON
TIE-BREAKER

The largest living "thing" is a Californian Redwood tree nicknamed "General Sherman". It is 275 feet high.  How many tons is the tree estimated to weigh?
1385