Wrexham Quiz League Questions 3rd December 2013 - League Week 8 
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Questions set by David Kenrick
Round 1
1
In which novel by Mark Haddon does the narrator suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome ?
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THEDOG IN THE NIGHTIME
2
A tiger called Richard Parker appears in which novel by Yann Martel ?
LIFE OF PI
3
Which was the second James Bond film to star Daniel Craig in the title role ?
QUANTUM OF SOLACE
4
Who was Britain’s first female Foreign Secretary and the first female leader of the Labour Party ?
MARGARET BECKET
5
Which part of the British Army is abbreviated to HCR ?
HOUSEHAOLD CAVALRY (REGIMENT)
6
In Virgil’s Aeneid, who was the Queen of Carthage who fell in love with Aeneas?
DIDO
7
The radio programme Desert Island Discs, first broadcast in 1942, was devised and originally presented by whom ?
ROY PLUMLEY
8
What nickname were the British Parachute Regiment given by the Germans during the Second World War ?
THE RED DEVILS
9
In Classical mythology, what collective name is given to the goddesses Aglaea , Euphrosyne and Thalia ?
THE THREE GRACES
10
Telly Savalas played the role of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in which James Bond film?
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
Round 2
11
Which capital city was planned by Pierre l’Enfant in the 1790s ?
WASHINGTON DC
12
The pop songs ‘ MacArthur Park’ and ‘ Wichita Lineman’ were the work of which American songwriter ?
JIMMY WEB
13
Sally Lunn, after whom the teacakes were named, is said to have lived in which city ?
BATH
14
Which geological era, spanning the massive time-period between 245 million and 65 million years ago, is divided into three periods named the Triassic, the Jurassic and the Cretaceous ?
THE MESOZOIC ERA
15
Which historic event took place on July 31st 1910 in Quebec harbour as the SS Montrose docked ?
DR CRIPPEN WAS ARRESTED
16
When measured in metres per second, in a vacuum, what’s the speed of light to the nearest million ?
300 MILLION
(299,792,458)
17
Where would you find the hardest substance in the human body ?
TEETH (ENAMEL)
18
Which Radio 2 programme was presented for many years by Alan Keith ?
YOUR HUNDRED BEST TUNES
19
The giant Jurassic plant-eating dinosaur now known as the Apatosaurus was formerly known by what name ?
BRONTOSAURUS
20
What feature of Japanese life is the Shinkansen ?
THE BULLET TRAIN
Round 3
21
Which country is home to a train service known as the Ghan ?
AUSTRALIA
22
The spy who became known as Mata Hari was born in which European country in 1876 ?
HOLLAND / NETHERLANDS
23
At what temperature do the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales both give the same reading ?
MINUS 40 DEGREES
24
In literature, what was Lady Chatterley’s first name ?
CONSTANCE
25
Which American guitar-maker, who died in 1991, introduced models known as the Telecaster, and the Stratocaster, favoured by many rock guitarists since the 1950s ?
(LEO) FENDER
26
Which is the longest nerve in the human body ?
SCIATIC
27
What was Mr Darcy’s first name in Pride and Prejudice ?
FITZWILLIAM
28
Once known as ‘the Jerusalem of the North’, which city is the capital of Lithuania ?
VILNIUS
29
Who was the first British Labour Prime Minister to serve for a full parliamentary term ?
CLEMENT ATTLEE
30
Which cake was supposedly named in honour of the marriage in 1884 of a grandaughter of Queen Victoria to the German Prince Louis, son of the Grand Duke of Hess-Darmstadt ?
BATTENBURG
Round 4
31
Who replaced Hilary Clinton as US Secretary of State in 2013 ?
JOHN (FORBES) KERRY
32
The beggar at the gate of the rich man’s house is the only character in any of Jesus’s parables to be given a proper name. What name ?
LAZARUS
33
What new name was given to the Chinese Gooseberry by farmers from New Zealand when they started exporting it to the USA in the 1960’s ?
KIWI FRUIT
34
From 1936 , the pre-decimalization halfpenny had a sailing ship on the tails side. Which ship ?
GOLDEN HIND
35
Films. Give the next title in the following sequence: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause -  ?
GIANT
(Three films of James Dean)
36
The line “ Off with his head ! So much for Buckingham” was added by Colly Cibber in the eighteenth century to which Shakespeare play ?
RICHARD III
37
The character of Beryl the Peril originally appeared in which comic ?
TOPPER
38
What was the name of the secret society which led a revolt of the Kikuyu people of Kenya in 1952 ?
MAU MAU
39
The main square in Venice is named after which saint ?
ST MARK
40
According to a 16th-century law, what colour must all Venetian gondolas be painted ?
BLACK
Round 5
41
Which is the only creature that is capable of turning its stomach inside out ?
STARFISH
42
Achieving fame in the late 19th century , who was the first actor to be knighted?
SIR HENRY IRVING
43
Who left the country disguised as Betty Burke in 1746 ?
BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE / THE YOUNG PRETENDER
44
The famous tree inside the boundary at Canterbury cricket ground was blown down in a gale in 2005. What kind of tree was it ?
A LIME TREE
45
Which company’s products were promoted with the slogan " The appliance of science " ?
ZANUSSI
46
A type of foodstuff, what can be either blanket or honeycomb ?
TRIPE
47
Who became the first Prime Minister of independent India in 1947 ?
(JAWAHARLAL) NEHRU
48
Films. At which educational establishment, in the 1950s and 1960s was there blue murder , pure hell and a train robbery ?
ST TRINIAN'S
49
In Act 3, Scene 3 of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, how does Antigonus leave the stage ?
PURSUEDE BY A BEAR
50
Which is the largest mammal to build a nest ?
GORILLA
Round 6
51
The Hungarian ballerina Romola Pulszky married which dancer, in 1913, later publishing two auto-biographies about him ?
(VASILEV) NIJINSKY
52
Which children’s comic was named after the son of Andy Capp ?
BUSTER
53
Which character in the Old Testament killed one quarter of the world’s population ?
CAIN
54
The verbal exchange “Papa! Nicole!” was associated with TV advertisements for which make and model of car ?
RENAULT CLIO
55
In the 1970’s , who became the first actor to be raised to the peerage ?
(LORD) OLIVIER
56
Which scientist became Master of the Royal Mint in 1699 ?
(SIR) ISAAC NEWTON
57
This word was on all decimal coins when they were introduced in 1971, and was removed from all decimal coins in 1982. What word ?
NEW
58
Who became prima ballerina at the Maryinsky Theatre in 1906 ?
(ANNA) PAVLOVA
59
Which sports ground hosted the first FA Cup in 1872 and the first England vs Ireland rugby union match in 1875 ?
THE OVAL
60
Under the Presidential Act of 1947, who is next in line for the U.S. Presidency after the Vice-President ?
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
SPARE QUESTIONS
1
What do cruciverbalists like doing ?
CROSSWORDS
2
Who was Britain’s first Christian martyr ?
ST ALBAN
3
Which sidekick rode a horse called Scout ?
TONTO
4
What title is given to the wife of an Earl ?
COUNTESS