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  1. On which island was Nelson Mandela incarcerated for 27 years, from 1962-90?
  2. Pertussis is the medical term for which childhood illness?
  3. In which European country are the Altamira cave paintings?
  4. Who unexpectedly beat Jimmy Connors in the 1975 Wimbledon Men's Singles Final?
  5. What is a musical composition for nine voices or instruments?
  6. In 1994, the USA lifted a nineteen year trade ban for which country?
  7. By what name did the 1932-33 England-Australia cricket series become known, after the visiting English team, notably fast bowler Harold Larwood, employed controversial tactics of bowling at batsmen's heads and chests, rather than the wicket: Headline; Neckline; Bodyline; or Bodyform?
  8. Abhorson is an executioner in which Shakespeare play?
  9. In which ocean is the island of Madeira?
  10. Who is generally considered to have invented the first electric battery cell in 1800?
  11. What Japanese expression derives from two colloquial Japanese words meaning 'belly cutting'?
  12. In which country was escapologist Harry Houdini born: England; USA; Hungary; Russia?
  13. How many Oscars did the 1994 film 'Forrest Gump' win: None; Two; Six; or Eight?
  14. In geology, a coomb or combe is a type of what: Sea-bed; Valley; Hill; or Rocky outcrop?
  15. Put these UK police ranks in order, lowest to highest: Superintendent; Chief Constable; Chief Inspector; Sergeant; Detective Constable?
  16. What is the main ingredient of the Italian dish frittata?
  17. What is the capital of Latvia?
  18. What word generally referring to a type of slave or servant, and used figuratively for an ineffectual or powerless man, derives from Greek words meaning 'bed' and 'hold' or 'keep'?
  19. Plew is a term for the pelt of which animal?
  20. Which is the largest joint in the human body?
  21. Which designer is famous for his/her red-soled footwear?
  22. How many separate terms did William Gladstone serves as Prime Minister of Britain: One; Two; Three; or Four?
  23. How many stars are on the national flag of China?
  24. Scottish mathematician and scientist John Napier (1550-1617) pioneered the use of what: Logarithms and the decimal point; The slide-rule; Feet and inches; Binoculars?
  25. A miller's thumb is what type of creature?
  26. What was Alexander the Great's famous horse, whose Greek name translates to mean 'ox-head'?
  27. Which spice comes from the rhizome (root-stalk) of the plant Zingaber Officionale?
  28. During which month is Republic Day in Italy?
  29. From the Greek 'pro' meaning 'before' and 'gignoskein' meaning 'know', what medical term refers to the predicted course and outcome of an illness, and increasingly to forecasting other complex situations?
  30. What trade is the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme intended to regulate: Diamond; Beef; Gold; or Chocolate?


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