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2017–18 Season
Cup Final

2017–18 Season: Cup Final – 4 April 2017

1 What position in UK politics is currently held by Angus Robertson?
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2 What is the particular concern of someone described as a valetudinarian?
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3 How did Dippy make the news recently?
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4 What is the membrane called which lines the abdominal cavity?
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5 On what road did Nellie the Elephant meet the head of the herd?
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6 Which Czech tennis player won the Wimbledon men's singles title in 1973, the year of the professional boycott?
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7 Nonnatus House features in which popular TV drama series?
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8 Which company operated the unfortunate ro–ro ferry, the Herald of Free Enterprise?
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9 What was the name of the world's first ballistic missile site, bombed by the Allies and relocated to the Harz Mountains in World War II?
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10 Which song, first released in 1963, begins "I met him on a Monday and my heart stood still"?
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11 In Greek mythology, name either of the two sisters of the heavenly twins Castor and Pollux.
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12 What is the cube root of one eighth?
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13 "The Old Lady" is the nickname of which Italian football team?
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14 In which river did the Pied Piper drown the rats that plagued Hamelin?
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15 What kind of fruit grows on the evergreen tree Persea americana?
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16 Maurice Hankey, Robin Butler, Gus O'Donnell and Jeremy Heywood have all held which public office?
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17 In the BAFTA award–winning and 2017 Oscar nominated film Lion, the action takes place in India and which other country?
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18 Which new town in north–east England is named after a miners' leader who died in 1935?
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19 Where would a formally–dressed Highlander put his skean–dhu?
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20 In theatrical terms, what is 'Kensington gore'?
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21 Which footballer received a five–match ban for stamping on Zlatan Ibrahimović's head in March?
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22 Lichfield Cathedral has three spires; by what name are they commonly known?
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23 In 1809, which official was appointed by the Swedish government with the job of protecting citizens from administrative errors or injustices?
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24 The element lutetium gets its name from the Latin name for which city, in whose university its discoverer worked?
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25 A 1972 film starring Michael Caine in one of two central roles opposite Laurence Olivier was remade in 2007, now starring Caine in the other role, opposite Jude Law. What were the two films called?
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26 What rank in the Royal Navy is above Able Seaman and below Petty Officer?
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27 What is the principal ingredient in the dish coquilles St. Jacques?
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28 What title is held by the Queen's representative on the Isle of Man?
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29 Painted between 1509 and 1511 for a room in the Vatican, the fresco entitled The School of Athens and representing philosophy, is by which artist?
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30 Kodiak Island is in which US state?
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31 According to Arthur Conan Doyle, when Sherlock Holmes retired he took up and became an expert in which activity?
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32 What slang word for a clumsy person comes from the Yiddish word for such a person?
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33 Dianthus is the botanical name for which flower?
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34 In two recent Guy Ritchie films – Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows – who plays the eponymous detective?
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35 In opera production, what do the parts of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro and Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier have in common?
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36 St. Catherine, who gives her name to the Catherine wheel, is associated with which African city?
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37 If 6 is the first perfect number, what is the next lowest perfect number?
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38 Which Pope sent St. Augustine to convert the English in 597 AD?
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39 Name either of the two royal personages who in 2006 set up the charity named Sentebale, to help orphans and other vulnerable children.
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40 H&M is a Swedish multi–national clothing retail company. What does either of H or M stand for?
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41 In which English county is Watership Down?
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42 What name was given to the practical results of the Housing (Temporary Accommodation) Act, 1944?
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43 Which of the four evangelists is the patron saint of doctors and artists?
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44 Which planet's surface is marked by an intermittent great dark spot?
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45 "For ever, for everyone" is the motto of which conservation organisation?
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46 Worn extensively in Europe from the Middle Ages until the early 20th century, what are pattens?
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47 By what name was the 19th century circus performer Charles Stratton better known?
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48 Which is the only US state to have borders with three Canadian provinces?
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49 In Norse mythology, what was the collective name for the nine handmaidens of Odin?
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50 Following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, who was appointed as caretaker and then manager of Leicester City in March?
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51 "Watching the people get lairy / Is not very pretty I tell thee / Walking through town is quite scary / And not very sensible either" are lyrics from which song, first released in 2004?
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52 Which food writer was responsible for popularising Mediterranean cuisine in Britain and the use of ingredients such as peppers, aubergines and courgettes? In 1950 she published the best–selling Mediterranean Food.
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53 By what name is Ely Cathedral known locally, in reference to its prominent position above the surrounding flat landscape?
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54 What was the only film that Sean Connery made with the director Alfred Hitchcock?
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55 Belted Galloway, Irish moil and white park are breeds of which animal?
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56 At which battle near Edinburgh was an English government army defeated by the Jacobites in the rebellion of 1745?
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57 Topshop and Burton are subsidiaries of which holding company?
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58 What was the name of the character played by Jean Alexander in The Last of the Summer Wine?
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59 With the death of Gerald Kaufman in February this year, who is now the Father of the House of Commons?
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60 For what type of products is the Winmau company noted?
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61 "I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours." These are the words of the narrator of which comic novel, first published in 1889?
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62 What type of oil is used in the making of putty?
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63 The TV clash between Leeds and Reading in 1962 was the first contest in which long–running annual tournament?
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64 The modern pentathlon comprises fencing, show jumping, shooting, cross–country running, and which other discipline?
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65 What is the longest land–based mountain range in the world, outside the Americas?
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66 Who, along with Peter Firmin, set up the TV production company Smallfilms, which produced such classic children's programmes as Noggin the Nog, Ivor the Engine, The Clangers and Bagpuss?
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67 Mike Leigh's 1999 film Topsy Turvy recounts the troubled relationship of which theatrical partnership?
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68 Similar to Spanish paella, which Creole dish has a Louisiana French name that is derived from the Provençal word for 'chicken and rice stew'?
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69 What breed of dog was named Best in Show at Crufts in 2017?
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70 How is the poem The Defence of Fort McHenry, by Fancis Scott Key, better known?
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71 Myeloid tissue can be found in the liver and the spleen, but is mainly found in which part of the body?
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72 Which American singer–songwriter has the real name Peter Gene Hernandez?
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73 Name a British prime minister who fought a duel.
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74 Who stars as Detective Sergeant Arnott in the BBC drama series Line of Duty?
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75 What name is given to an early 20th century art movement, led by Matisse, after a French critic, Henri Vauxcelles, dismissed them as "wild beasts"?
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76 Which 2012 film, starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender (among others), is seen as a 'prequel' to the Alien series?
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77 What do birds do when they nidificate?
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78 Which is the only African country to have Spanish as an official language?
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79 Parkour was recognised by Sport England as a sport in January of this year. What is it?
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80 What was a Lazar House?
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81 The term 'parsec', meaning a measurement of astronomical distance, is derived from two words. One is 'second'; what is the other?
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82 What position in UK politics is currently held by Michelle O'Neill?
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83 What portmanteau word refers to the provision of luxury holiday accommodation under canvas?
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84 Which poet and playwright, who died at his home on the island of St. Lucia on March 17th, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992?
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85 What is the name of Peppa Pig's brother?
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86 Bizet's opera The Pearl Fishers is set on which island?
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87 A depiction of the supposed ancestry of Jesus Christ, presented in the form of a tree, is named after which Biblical figure?
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88 Which MP is Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, and lists his interests in Who's Who as "family, walking in the Peak District, mountaineering, church"?
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89 Which king of England was the son of Sweyn Forkbeard?
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90 In which sport might a competitor be confronted by an arrowhead, a bounce or a coffin?
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91 What is Zakat, one of the basic religious acts that make up the Five Pillars of Wisdom?
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92 In Norse mythology, what was Bifrost?
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93 Diego Garcia, in the Indian Ocean, belongs to which group of islands?
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94 Who wrote the music for the films Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and Ryan's Daughter – among many others?
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95 For what product has the London manufacturer and retailer James Purdey been famous for over 200 years?
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96 What term was coined by the American art critic Harold Rosenberg in 1952 to describe the technique used by Jackson Pollock and others?
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97 Fill in the missing name in this sequence: Robert Bridges, John Masefield, [blank], John Betjeman, Ted Hughes.
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98 What rhyming nickname was given to Wayne Shaw, when he was in the news in February of this year?
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99 Before he took control of Haiti in 1957, what was the profession of François Duvalier?
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100 Jargonelle, seckel and winter nelis are what types of fruit?
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101 In Paradise Lost, what name does Milton give to the city of fallen angels, located on the burning floor of Hell?
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102 In Greek mythology, who solved the riddle of the sphinx?
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102 Which country shares a land border with Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo and Serbia?
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104 Why were Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz in the news earlier this year?
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105 What two–word term refers to the government policy of increasing certain state pensions each year by the highest of price inflation, earnings inflation, or 2.5%?
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106 The Fighting Tigers was the original title of which popular sitcom?
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107 Which chart–topping artist of 2017 has the real name Rory Graham?
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108 Who was the founder of Sikhism?
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109 The element hafnium gets its name from the Latin name of which city, in which it was discovered?
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110 Isabella Marie 'Bella' Swan is the main character in which popular series of four novels?
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111 In 1979, Keymarkets store in Spalding, Lincolnshire was the first in the UK to use what – starting with Melrose tea bags?
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112 Which Second World War general was known as Vinegar Joe?
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113 Which horse won last year's Epsom Derby?
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114 Painted in 1632 in oil on canvas, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp is by which artist?
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115 In Bologna, the home of Italy's most famous meat sauce (the ragù Bolognese), with what type of pasta is Bolognese sauce traditionally served?
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116 Discovered in 1938 after it was believed to have been extinct for 66 million years, what kind of creature is a coelacanth (seal–a–kanth)?
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117 The words 'arsenal', 'ghetto' and 'lido' all have their origins in which European city?
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118 According to the Acts of the Apostles, on which island did St. Paul suffer a shipwreck?
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119 Jennifer Lawrence won her first Oscar in 2013 for her performance in which Philadelphia set film?
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120 In which musical does the song There's No Business Like Show Business appear?
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Supplementaries:

1 What, in 1867, was Seward's Folly?
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2 Chronologically, which is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series? (not the first to be written)
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3 Duting the Scottish independence referendum campaign, which politician led the "Better Together" campaign?
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4 In which country is the Awami League the governing party?
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5 Who composed the Polotsvian Dances?
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6 All the Fun of the Fair is a musical based on the songs of which British singer?
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7 In which capital city is the Rungrado 1st May Stadium, the largest stadium in the world (with a capacity of 114,000)?
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8 What is the name of the dog in Enid Blyton's Secret Seven books?
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9 Who is the actress wife of Daniel Craig?
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