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  1. In a standard deck of playing cards, which is normally the only king without a moustache?
  2. Which author created the character Moll Flanders?
  3. Which chemical element, not found as a free element on Earth, has the atomic number 9 and the symbol F?
  4. What is the term for the lowest possible temperature, at which point the atoms of a substance transmit no thermal energy?
  5. Which motor company won the contract in May 2011 to provide the next generation of New York's yellow taxis?
  6. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually in which European city?
  7. What city has c.520 miles of shoreline: New York; Chicago; San Francisco; or Portland?
  8. What is the (usually somewhat aspirational) meaning of Latin term Ad Astra, often used in slogans and marketing?
  9. In election procedures what does the abbreviation AV stand for?
  10. What organization, loosely translated from Arabic to mean 'the Base' or 'maxim' or 'methodology', was founded in 1988 in Peshewar, Pakistan?
  11. Name the vast Swiss commodities broker subject to IPO in 2011, valuing the company at between $50-60bn (and a bonus point for the meaning of IPO)?
  12. (According to the International Telecommunications Union) how many SMS/text messages were sent globally in 2010: 450million; 25billion; 750billion; or 6.1trillion (a 'western' trillion = a thousand billion)?
  13. In modern chessboard layout denotion, where the white castle/rook starts on a1, after a 'castling' move to the right, what square does the white king then occupy (and a bonus point for the square that the right-side castle/rook then occupies)?
  14. Name the Chinese social networking website (whose name translates to mean 'everyone') which when converting to a public company on the US stock exchange in 2011 became the first major social networking company flotation: JenJen; TenTen; RenRen; or YenYen?
  15. Which is the hottest planet in our solar system?
  16. From top-left, moving clockwise, what are the four colours/colors in the MSWindows 'flag' logo (as in Windows 7)?
  17. The flower-gardened residence Giverny, in Normandy, France, was home to what impressionist painter, noted for his garden pond scenes?
  18. What is the name of the diacritical mark above the E in the Citroen motors brand?
  19. Heinz Baked Beans are branded with the ironically misleading byline of "(how many) Varieties"?
  20. Name the long-standing much-respected British, European and Commonwealth Heavyweight Boxing Champion who died in 2011, age 76?
  21. What is the collective name for a flock of geese in flight, especially in V-formation?
  22. On a weather map, what sort of front is represented by a line edged with alternating triangular points and rounded humps, whereby typically a cold front overtakes a warm front?
  23. How many petals do buttercup and columbine flowers commonly have?
  24. What is a word or phrase rearranged or jumbled from the letters of another word or phrase: Anagram; Palindrome; Acronym; or Anachronism?
  25. As at 2011 what car corporation owns the Rolls Royce and Mini marques?
  26. The slang term vajazzling refers to what increasingly popular decorative jewelled fashion: Victoria and Albert; Virginia State; Vatican; or Vaginal?
  27. What large computer software corporation, whose products include Acrobat and Photoshop, is named after a 2,000-year-old word meaning 'mud-brick'?
  28. Which is the only letter in the English alphabet never (as at 2011) to appear in the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements?
  29. What is the gamekeeper's name in D H Lawrence's 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover?
  30. According to the UK Health and Safety Executive how many UK workers suffered from illness caused or worsened by work in the 2009-10 year: 135,000; 270,000; 460,000; or 1.3million?


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