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Sample Quiz League Questions

Round One
1A    In computing what ‘S’ is a device that optically scans pictures, photos, printed text and handwriting and converts it to a digital image?    Scanner
1B    What ‘C’ is an indicator used to show the position on a computer monitor that will respond to input from a text input or pointing device?    Cursor
2A    With which modern day country would you associate the city of Carthage?    Tunisia
2B    What is the modern day name of the country that used to be called Basutoland?    Lesotho
3A    Name the lead singer in the band Bad Manners, who once owned a hotel in Margate named Fatty Towers.
‘Buster’ Bloodvessel
3B    Born in September 1951, who has been lead singer with both Deep Purple and Whitesnake?
David Coverdale
4A    What punctuation mark is also the name of the currency of Costa Rica?    Colon
4B    What strikingly coloured bird is also the name of the currency of Guatemala?    Quetzal

Round Two
1A    Which breed of pig has the same name as a town in Staffordshire 14 miles north-east of Birmingham city centre?    Tamworth
1B    Which rare breed of cattle has the same name as a county in the south west of the Repubic of Ireland?
Kerry
2A    What ‘B’ a five-letter word is the lowest compartment on a ship where the two sides meet at the keel?
Bilge
2B    What ‘B’ on a ship, an eight-letter word, was originally made to house a ship’s compass?     Binnacle
3A    Which 1997 romantic comedy film starring Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett has ‘I Say a Little Prayer (For You)’ as the soundtrack song?    ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’
3B    Name the 1992 American comedy fantasy film starring Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep and Bruce Willis that focuses on a childish pair of rivals who drink a magic potion that promises eternal youth?
‘Death Becomes Her’
4A    Which Sir Walter Scott novel is set in the 1760s to 1780s, mostly in the Galloway area of southwest Scotland, but with episodes in Cumberland, Holland and India?    Guy Mannering
4B    Which Somerset Maugham novel takes its title from a remark by Sir Toby Belch to Malvolio in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night?    Cakes and Ale

Round Three    Individual    Pick-a-subject
Subjects    1 We give you the first letter of the answer    2 TV    3 Recently released albums    4 Rugby union

1A    What ‘F’ is traditional style of Japanese bedding consisting of padded mattresses and quilts pliable enough to be folded and stored away during the day?    Futon
1B    What ‘V’ is a thin decorative covering of fine wood applied to a coarser wood or other material?    Veneer
2A    Superintendent Mullet played by Bruce Alexander was the boss of which TV detective?    Frost
2B    Superintendent Strange played by James Grout was the boss of which TV detective?    Morse
3A    Which male American recording artist aged 85, had an album in the UK Top 40 Album charts in October 2011?    Tony Bennett
3B    Which female American recording artist aged 87, had an album in the UK Top 40 Album charts in October 2011?    Doris Day
4A    Which English rugby union club who play in the Aviva Premiership, play home matches at Kingston Park?
Newcastle Falcons
4B    Which English rugby union club who play in the Aviva Premiership play home matches at Sandy Park?
Exeter Chiefs

Round Four
1A    Which English snooker player who was runner up in the 2008 World Championship final has the nickname ‘The Captain’ because he has a pilot’s licence?    Ali Carter
1B    Which snooker player who reached the semi finals of the 1992 World Championships, has the same name as a Glamorgan batsman who played two Tests for England?    Steve James
2A    Which mass murderer born in Nottingham, died on 13 January 2004, after hanging himself in his cell at Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire?    Harold Shipman
2B    Which mass murderer born in Herefordshire, hanged himself on 1 January 1995, while on remand in his cell at Winson Green Prison, Birmingham?    Fred West
3A    Eileen Atkins played Judith Starkadder and Stephen Fry played Mr Mybug in which 1995 BBC1 drama series?
‘Cold Comfort Farm’
3B    David Jason played ‘Pop’ Larkin and Pam Ferris played Ma Larkin in which ITV drama series from 1991-93?
‘The Darling Buds of May’
4A    Tony Hayward replaced John Browne (Lord Browne of Madingley) as chief executive of which company in 2007?    BP
4B    Marc Bolland succeeded Stuart Rose as chief executive of which company in 2010?    Marks & Spencer

Round Five
1A    What nationality is Herman van Rompuy, the president of the European Council?    Belgian
1B    What nationality is Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the European Monetary Fund?    French
2A    Which song begins with the lyric ‘Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman’?    ‘Stand By Your Man’
2B    Which song beings with the line ‘Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains’?    ‘Country Roads’
3A    What is the traditional wood used in the manufacture of cricket bats?    Willow
3B    Which trees are traditionally planted in English churchyards?    Yew
4A    According to the Bible in which town in Galilee did Jesus perform his first public miracle, the turning of a large quantity of water into wine at a wedding feast?    Cana
4B    According to the Bible, in which village near Jerusalem did Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead?    Bethany

Round Six
1A    Which film director whose name might imply he was a woman, was responsible for the films ‘The Third Man (1949) and ‘Oliver!’ (1968)?    Carol Reed
1B    Once married to American burlesque model and actress Dita Von Teese, which American musician whose real name is Brian Warner, has a stage name that might make you think that he’s a woman?    Marilyn Manson
2A    Pablo Casals was a virtuoso on which musical instrument?    Cello
2B    Andres Segovia was a virtuoso on which musical instrument?    Guitar (classical)
3A    Currently a wholly owned subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group, name the Spanish automobile manufacturer, founded on May 9, 1950, whose headquarters are near Barcelona?    SEAT
3B    Founded in 1983, which company was Malaysia’s first car manufacturing company?     Proton
4A    Which novel by Yann Martel has the closing sentence, ‘Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr Patel, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger’?    ‘Life of Pi’
4B    Which novel by Robert Harris has the closing sentence ‘Then he tugged the gun from his waistband, checked to make sure it was loaded and moved towards the silent trees’?    ‘Fatherland’

Round Seven
1A    In which town in Suffolk would you find the headquarters of the Greene King brewery?    Bury St Edmunds
1B    Which coastal town in Norfolk, the gateway to the Norfolk Broads, was the birthplace of Black Beauty author Anna Sewell?    Great Yarmouth
2A    ‘By the look in your eye I can tell you’re gonna cry is it over me?’ is a lyric from which song, a UK No 1 hit single in the 1980s?    ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ (Paul Young)
2B    ‘Turnaround, every now and then I get a little bit lonely and you’re never coming around’ is a lyric from which song, a UK No 1 hit single in the 1980s?    ‘Total Eclipse Of The Heart’ (Bonnie Tyler)
3A    Which openly gay former Labour MP was Minister of State for Culture, Media and Sport from 1997 till 2001?
Chris Smith
3B    Which openly gay Conservative MP is currently a Minister of State at the Department for International Development?    Alan Duncan
4A    Launched in 1897 which British weekly magazine covers the pleasures, joys and concerns of the rural community?    Country Life
4B    It was the first weekly lad’s mag published in the UK, name the magazine sold every Tuesday that has the campaign slogan, ‘Women, don’t expect any help on a Tuesday.’    Nuts

Round Eight    Individual    Pick-a-subject

Subjects    1 Golf    2 Marriage    3 Writers    4 Political Reports

1A    Who was the first Italian golfer to represent Europe in the Ryder Cup?    Costantino Rocca
1B    Who was the first Danish golfer to represent Europe in the Ryder Cup?    Thomas Bjorn
2A    Which well known actor is married to Rebecca Miller, the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller?
Daniel Day-Lewis
2B    English actress Hildegarde Neil is married to which well known English actor?    Brian Blessed
3A    Which humorist created the character Walter Mitty in a short story?     James Thurber
3B    Which writer created the characters on which the musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ is based?     Damon Runyan
4A    Whose 1963 report on British Railways, led to the cutting of the railway network, by over a quarter?
Dr Beeching
4B    Whose 1942 report into Social Insurance and Allied Services, was the basis for Britain’s welfare state?
William Beveridge

Round Nine
1A    Which country has a land border with Turkey that is only 5.6 miles long?    Azerbaijan
1B    Which country has a land border with Russia that is only 11.8 miles long?    North Korea
2A    Which French athlete broke the world record for the men’s mile in 1965?    Michel Jazy
2B    Which athlete from Tanzania broke the world record for the men’s mile in 1975?    Filbert Bayi
3A    Which video-sharing website was created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005?    You Tube
3B    Formerly known as Sky Player, Sky Anytime on PC and Sky By Broadband, what is the name of Sky’s online television service?    Sky Go
4A    Name the blended mature creamy Cheddar cheese flavoured with fresh chives and shallots, made by Abergavenny Fine Foods, that is named after a well known Welsh landmark?    Tintern
4B    Name the mild cheese or ‘sweet-milk cheese’ from Scotland that has the same name as a manufacturer of sports equipment?    Dunlop

Round Ten
1A    Which ‘F’ a seven-letter noun of French origin, means elegance in style and performance or subtlety in handling difficult situations, and can also be used as a verb?    Finesse
1B    Which ‘M’ a 10-letter noun of French origin, has come to mean pretence or disguise, and can also be used as a verb?    Masquerade
2A    What is the nationality of the former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali?     Egyptian
2B    What is the nationality of the  former UN Secretary General Kofi  Annan?     Ghanaiann
3A    What ‘G’ is a name in the Bible given to a race that is not Jewish?     Gentile
3B    Which ‘G’, a musical instrument, is usually struck by hand held hammers?     Glockenspiel
4A    Which current FA Premier League club has been managed by Terry Butcher, Peter Reid, Howard Wilkinson and Mick Mccarthy?    Sunderland
4B    Which current FA Premier League club has been managed by Jimmy Armfield, Phil Neal, Colin Todd and Bruce Rioch?    Bolton Wanderers

Spares A & B
1A    Which character in the Bible, gave his name to a person considered to bring bad luck?    Jonah
1B    Which character in the Bible gave his name to a champagne bottle holding the equivalent of eight standard bottles?    Methuselah
2A    In marketing, what does the much-used abbreviation ‘USP’ indicate?    Unique Selling Point
2B    In the world of business and financial statistics, what are ‘KPI’s?    Key Performance Indicators

20 Spare Questions
1    Named after a town in Surrey, how would you better know the chemical compound magnesium sulphate?
Epsom salts
2    Which acid is present in rhubarb leaves?    Oxalic acid
3    In which country was former world chess champion Bobby Fischer buried in January 2008?    Iceland
4    Which political work of 1848 begins with the translated words, ‘A spectre is haunting Europe’?
The Communist Manifesto (Marx & Engels)
5    In August 2007, which comedian and impressionist joined the cast of soap EastEnders, playing Vinnie Monks, a love interest for Shirley Carter?    Bobby Davro
6    What Bruce Springsteen song mentions James Dean and Burt Reynolds?    ‘Cadillac Ranch’
7    Which medieval King of England used the white hart as a livery symbol?    Richard II
8    Which six-letter word containing ‘x’ and beginning with E, is a liquid containing a medicinal drug or a preparation used in alchemy to prolong life indefinitely?     Elixir
9    The first verse of which song associated with Rolf Harris begins, ‘The day that I was born, oh boy, my father nearly died’?    ‘Jake The Peg’
10    In sailing, what ‘H’ name is given to a rope which is used to hoist a sail or flag?    Halyard
11    Connected with a tool, which detective created by Micky Spillane, was played on TV by Stacy Keach?
Mike Hammer
12    Ketty Lester, Elvis Presley and Alison Moyet all had UK top 10 hits with which song?    ‘Love Letters’
13    What footbridge in London links St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tate Modern?    Millennium Bridge
14    On which cricket ground did Brian Lara amass his world record first-class score of 501 not out in 1994?
Edgbaston
15    The logo of which British newspaper is an eagle in flight, carrying a rolled-up journal in its talons?
The Independent
16    In which 2001 film does the footballer Pele, playing himself, say ‘Oh Christ! It’s the English. Let’s get out of here’?    ‘Mike Bassett, England Manager’
17    With what is the society called EXIT concerned?    Euthenasia
18    In which Dickens novel does the lawyer Mr Jaggers appear?    Great Expectations
19    Which entrepreneur started the now defunct Today newspaper?        Eddie Shah
20    Which American state features in the title of a 1991 movie with the advertising tagline, ‘Some people take your heart. Others take your shoes. Still others take you home.’?    (My Own Private) Idaho

TIE-BREAKER  Only used for cup matches
According to Wikipedia, what is the length in miles of Brazil’s coast?    4,655 miles

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