Wrexham Quiz League Questions 4th December 2012 - League Week 8 
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Questions set by David Kendrick
Round 1
1
Which Welsh town was granted city status in 2012 ?
ST ASAPH
2
The Blowfly is known in the UK by what other common name ?
BLUEBOTTLE
3
Which Righteous Brothers song returned to the charts after being featured in the famous ' pottery wheel ' scene in the 1990 film Ghost ?
UNCHAINED
MELODY
4
Which UK TV game show introduced us to Dusty Bin ?
3-2-1
5
In which country is the Kensington Oval cricket stadium ?
BARBADOS
6
Hadrian's Wall was completed in which century ?
2nd CENTURY AD
7
From which Shakespeare play do we get the quotation " hubble bubble toil and
trouble fire burn and caluldron bubble " ?
MACBETH
8
What was the name of the U.S. Space station , launched into Earth orbit in May
1973 ?
SKYLAB
9
On which TV show did Mr Blobby first make his appearance ?
NOEL'S HOUSE
PARTY
10
In 2012 , which town became the first in Essex to be granted city status ?         
CHELMSFORD
Round 2
11
The name of what type of pasta comes from the Italian for ' ridged ' ?
RIGATONI
12
In which city will you find the cricket ground known as the Gabba ?
BRISBANE
13
Under which Roman emperor did the Roman Empire reach its greatest extent, teritorially ?
TRAJAN
14
Which Shakespeare play features the line: " The play's the thing / Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king. " ?
HAMLET
15
Who is the queen of Denmark ?
MAGRETHE (II)
16
Which imperial measure is the equivalent of 91.44cm ?
A YARD
17
Which geological period came between the Triassic and Cretaceous periods?
JURASSIC
18
With which section of the community is the organization called Gingerbread concerned ?
SINGLE PARENTS
19
Who in the Bible's Book of Judges is the son of Manoah ?   
SAMSON
20
Scamper is a dog in which series of Enid Blyton stories ?
SECRET SEVEN
Round 3
21
Jupiter ; Saturn and Uranus are three of the so-called ' gas giants ' in our Solar System: what is the fourth ?
NEPTUNE
22
What rank does an officer in the British Army hold who wears the insignia of a crown and two stars on his shoulder straps ?
COLONEL
23
In telecommunications , what do the intials SMS stand for ?   
SHORT MESSAGE
SERVICE
24
Which French vessel was the first ocean-going liner to exceed 1,000 feet in length ?
NORMANDIE (1935)
25
By what specific term are the step pyramids of ancient Mesopotamia known?   
ZIGURRAT
26
Which type of pastry canape's name literally means ' flight in the wind ' ?
VOL-AU-VENT
27
Which Russian revolutionary was born Lev Davidovich Bronstein in 1879 ?
(Leon) TROTSKY
28
Name the last pitched battle fought on  English soil.
SEDGEMORE (1685)
29
What name did the Beckhams give to their fourth child and first daughter ?
HARPER SEVEN
30
Which was the second bridge to be built over the Thames in central London?
WESTMINSTER (1750)
Round 4
31
Which singer duetted with Joe Cocker on their 1982 smash hit record ' Up
Where We Belong ' ?
JENNIFER WARNES
32
By what name is the former Marriage Guidance Council now known ?
RELATE
33
By what name is the Russian city of Stalingrad now known ?
VOLGOGRAD
34
In Troy weight , how many grains are there in a pennyweight ?
24
35
George Tupou V , who died in 2012 , was king of which country ?
TONGA
36
Which reptile's name comes from the Spanish ' el lagarto ' , meaning ' the lizard ' ?
ALLIGATOR
37
According to Dr Johnson , what in England is " given to horses , but in Scotland supports the people " ?
OATS
38
Which bridge in central London was originally known as the Strand Bridge    when opened in 1817 ?
WATERLOO
39
Which type of coal contains the highest carbon count and the fewest impurities ?
ANTHRACITE
40
Who drew the original illustrations for the Winnie-the Pooh books ?
(E.H.) SHEPARD
Round 5
41
How much did British MP's receive when they were first paid a salary in 1912 ?
£400 p.a.
42
In which U.S. state is the Kennedy Space Centre ?
FLORIDA
43
In computing , what do the initials USB stand for ?
UNIVERSLA SERIAL
BUS
44
In which century were the Royal Marines founded ?
17th (1664)
45
Gideon , whose story is told in the Book of Judges , was a member of which
tribe ?   
MANNASEH
46
The Eiffel Tower has a restaurant named after which author ?
JULES VERNE
47
Who wrote the music of the oratorios The Apostles and The Kingdom ?
ELGAR
48
What was the name of the first Aintree Grand National winner to be trained by a woman ?
CORBIERE
(Jenny Pitman 1983)
49
Rudyard Kipling was the cousin of which British Prime Minister ?
STANLEY BALDWIN
50
Who was the last English king to die in battle ?
RICHARD III
(Bosworth 1485)
Round 6
51
What familiar word associated with ancient Egypt literally means ' great     house ' ?
PHARAOH
52
Which sister ship of the Titanic never entered commercial service and was     sunk by a mine while serving as a hospital ship in 1916 ?   
BRITANNIC
53
What is the name of the ' world's highest ' restaurant , on the 122'nd floor of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai ?
ATMOSPHERE
54
According to Dr Johnson , " Claret is the liquor for boys ; port , for men " , but he " who aspires to be a hero " must drink - what ?
BRANDY
55
Which was the first horse to complete the Cheltenham Gold Cup-Grand National double in the same season ?
GOLDEN MILLER
(1934)
56
Which British Prime Minister had a son who became a famous film director ?
(Herbert) ASQUITH
57
Who is the mother of the actor Toby Stephens ?
(Dame) MAGGIE SMITH
58
Who wrote the music of the oratorios The Creation and The Seasons ?
HAYDN
59
Two of the planets in our Solar system don't have moons: Venus - and which other ?
MERCURY
60
How much were you entitled to receive per week as a single pensioner , assuming you were over 70 and your income was less than £21  a year , when Old Age Pensions were introduced in 1909 ?
5 SHILLINGS
SPARE QUESTIONS
1
Which U.K. pop group of the 1980's had No.1 hits with their first three releases ?
FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
2
Stephen Fry made his TV debut on which quiz show ?
UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE
3
Which is the lightest or minimum weight division in professional boxing , limited to fighters weighing less than 7 stone 7 pounds ?
STRAWWEIGHT OR MINI-FLYWEIGHT