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  1. Boris Godunov, The Cunning Little Vixen, Wozzeck, and The Ballad of Baby Doe are popular: Impressionist paintings; Operas; Rock Albums; or 1960s London Carnaby Street shops? Operas
  2. In the musical story Brigadoon, the eponymous Scottish village appears one day every how many years: One; Ten; Hundred; or Thousand? Hundred
  3. The aviation group known as IAG (International Airlines Group) was formed by merger of which two corporations in 2011? British Airways and Iberia (officially at 2012 IAG is constituted as International Consolidated Airlines Group, SA, in Spain)
  4. The 1726 novel 'Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts' is better known by what subsequently amended title? Gulliver's Travels (originally full titled: Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, in Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships.)
  5. Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Australia, what nation owns the commercially available internet top-level domain .tv? Tuvalu
  6. The Trucial States became what Arab nation in 1971? United Arab Emirates (or UAE - was also known as Trucial Oman, or Trucial Coast, Trucial Sheikhdoms, and other variants - a British protectorate from 1820-1971 - Trucial refers to truce meaning an agreement to stop fighting)
  7. What creature is a Chinese 'shishi', called a 'foo dog' in some western cultures? Lion (stone lion, the meaning of shishi, commonly ceremonial, symbolic, decorative statues in pairs at the entrances to grand or aspiring buildings or gardens, etc - the word foo is thought to be an early western distortion of similar Chinese words meaning Buddha or prosperity)
  8. A stonemason commonly refers to unmetamorphosed limestone as what, whose name derives from Greek 'shining stone'? Marble (from Greek marmaros)
  9. On humans what is the medical Latin name for the big toe? Hallux
  10. A harquebus/arquebus is an early form of: Transport; Hearing-aid; Gun; or Corset? Gun (from German/Dutch 'hake busse' or variants, meaning 'hook gun/tube' - a very early type of rifle, with many similar designs and names across the world, although it is unclear whether the 'hook' referred to the one-piece carved and curved wooden stock/barrel-support, or the firing mechanism - perhaps someone who knows will tell me)
  11. With the symbol Sv what is the unit of ionizing radiation? Sievert
  12. What word makes new words as a prefix with the words piece, stroke, switch and mind? Master
  13. What entertainment originates from ancient Greek spiritualism, literally 'speaking from the stomach'? Ventriloquism (from Greek venter, belly, and loqui, speak - mediums claimed that voices of the dead could be heard in their stomachs)
  14. What does the W stand for in the official grading of motor engine oils, for example 5W, 10W, etc? Winter (being indication of its winter/low temperature tolerance)
  15. Derived from the use of naval artillery what is the nautical term for the top edge of the side of a boat? Gunwale
  16. What sort of sportsman/woman is a pugilist? Boxer
  17. Name the NASA Mars mission rover which landed on the planet in 2012? Curiosity
  18. What metric prefix, denoting ten to the power of minus twelve, is named from Spanish meaning 'little bit'? Pico (see metric prefixes)
  19. Thought to have lived in the 6th century BC, name the first recognised actor, after whom the profession is termed? Thespis (hence thespian)
  20. Coulomb is a unit of measurement of electrical: Charge; Resistance; Current; or Potential? Charge

 

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