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  1. Bees, Woozles, Jagulars, and the Backson are minor characters in which author's famous stories? A A Milne (Alan Alexander Milne - creator of Winnie-the-Pooh)
  2. A falling object which ceases to accelerate due to equal forces of drag and gravity is said most commonly to have reached what rate of descent? Terminal Velocity
  3. Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, writer Virginia Woolf, and newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell, shared what fate: Drowning; Hanging; Motorbike crash; or Poisoning? Drowning
  4. What human hormone causes certain body cells to take up glucose from the blood and store it as glycogen? Insulin
  5. An Olympic Bronze medal is made in modern times mainly of what metal? Copper (plus a little zinc and tin)
  6. What American word, from French meaning lift, refers to an embankment preventing overflow of a river or other body of water? Levee (French lever, pronounced 'levay', to lift, hence the English word lever)
  7. What word traditionally refers to a fictional inhabitant of the planet Mars, which extends loosely to aliens from elsewhere in space? Martian
  8. What conifer shrub is known traditionally and offensively as 'bastard killer', because its berries were used to procure abortion? Juniper
  9. What famously amateur world champion sportsman, who died in 2012, is quoted as saying, "I prefer the affection of of eight-million Cubans."? Teofilio Stevenson (properly Teófilo Stevenson Lawrence, Olympic Heavyweight Boxing gold medallist 1972, 76, and 80, who turned down $5m to fight Muhammad Ali in 1974)
  10. Name Google's 3D mapping service, launched in the US in 2007? Street View
  11. Traditionally, an Eton Mess is a: Meringue and strawberry pudding; Country dance; Cheese selection; or Small horse-drawn carriage? Meringue and strawberry pudding
  12. What Shakespeare play contains the line "Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war..."? Julius Caesar (Said by Anthony after Caesar's death, predicting war - see havoc in cliches origins)
  13. The 'mast' of a beech tree refers to its: Nuts; Sap; Leaves; or Bark? Nuts (also called beechmast - derived probably from old Germanic language meaning meat - mast also less commonly refers to the nuts of other forest trees which traditionally, like beech, were used for pig food)
  14. The popular TV talkshow Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails) achieves viewing figures of 400 million in what country (as at 2012)? India
  15. In Spanish languages and culture an abrazo is a: Hug; Kiss; Rejection; or Joke? Hug
  16. The controversial 2011-12 US extradition action, supported by the UK government, against UK student Richard O'Dwyer, resulted from US criminal charges for what alleged offence: Murder; Terrorism; Computer hacking; or Copyright infringement? Copyright infringement (O'Dwyer ran, legally its seems as far as UK authorities were concerned, a UK-based website containing links to unlicensed online films, arguably, as many commentators have noted, much like search engines do on a bigger scale... if you want more information on this see the petition to prevent Richard O'Dwyer's extradition)
  17. What is Python for Google, Yahoo, Youtube and many major online corporations? Programming language (or words to the same effect - used by developers alongside other languages such as Java - Python was developed by Dutchman Guido van Rossum in the 1980s and became a popular and powerful language among the highest level of website developers through the 2000s - the language is known for its amusing and accessible style/terminology, said to be influenced by the humour of Monty Python's Flying Circus, hence the name, apparently)
  18. Which vast UK banking corporation suffered major computer failure during June 2012, impacting the cashflow of millions of customers and businesses, and exposing the company to tens of millions of pounds compensation liabilities? RBS (fully, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, or less accurately RBS/Natwest - at 2012 RBS is/was 82% state-owned)
  19. The transparent crystalline form of corundum (aluminium oxide - Al2O3) is called what if red, and what if blue (two answers required)? Ruby and Sapphire
  20. A dilettante refers to what sort of person in relation to a subject: Leading authority; Enthusiastic amateur; Antagonistic detractor; or Complete ignoramus? Enthusiastic amateur - fascinating bonus point, not for the easily offended, what sexual slang term is said to share etymological origins with the word dilettante? Answer

 

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