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  1. The Christian Saint Christopher is most commonly depicted carrying what across a swollen river: A Blind Beggar; A Prostitute; Jesus Christ; or A Sick Lion? Jesus Christ (as a child)
  2. The beat of what aptly titled 1970s disco hit is suggested by the British Heart Foundation (and others) as an ideal CPR rhythm? Stayin' Alive (by the Bee-Gees, 1977 - CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  3. The famous BBC Greenwich Meantime hourly signal 'pips' are closest to which musical note (according to ISO 16)? B (frequency 1kHz, just above B5 on the International Standards Organization 'ISO 16' musical tuning scale)
  4. Name the autonomous region of NE Spain which periodically is subject to strong independence lobbying? Catalonia
  5. Tetrachloroethylene is better known as (its most common form): Dry-cleaning fluid; Vehicle brake fluid; Correction fluid; or Fluid on the knee? Dry-cleaning fluid
  6. Name the mountain village in SE France predicted to survive/offer escape from the world's ending on 21 Dec 2012? Bugarach (the nearby mountain peak Bugarach has long attracted sci-fi and supernatural following, due to its 'upside-down' geology - oldest rock at the top - and quirky shape, caves, noises, etc., and other associations with very many theories apparently indicating that 21 Dec 2012 is the end of the world, one of which suggests that the Bugarach peak is a sort of alien-escape craft-garage-cum-intergalactic-bus-stop..)
  7. DNA evidence supports the idea that what people were the original colonizers of North America: Asians; South Americans; Europeans; or Africans? Asians (about 15-35,000 years ago)
  8. Spell: Reconassance; Reconnossance; Reconaissance; or Reconnaissance; Reconnaissance
  9. Earliest human use of fire for cooking has been dated at how many years ago: 10,000; 100,000; One million; or Ten million? One million (humans first existed about 4-6m years ago, depending on your definition of humans, and are believed to have spread into Europe and Asia, from Africa, very approximately between 1 and 2 million years ago)
  10. What is the common name for the chemical process by which glue, varnish, filler, etc., hardens when polymer chains become linked following UV radiation, mixing, heat, etc? Curing
  11. The word sapien in homo sapien refers to being: Vocal; Tool-using; Wise; or Erect? Wise (from the Latin sapient, meaning being wise)
  12. What country originated the international GOST standards for regulating design, brandnames, etc., administered by the Euro-Asian Council for Standardization, Metrology and Certification? Soviet Union (GOST stands for the Russian 'gosudarstvennyy standart', meaning state standard - the first standard was published in 1968, long before USSR became Russia, so Russia is technically not the correct answer, although lenient quizmasters may allow it)
  13. Cholera is an infection in the human: Brain; Eyes; Small intestine; or Bladder? Small intestine
  14. QR, Aztec, Cyber, and Data Matrix are types of what? Barcodes (specifically 2D or matrix barcodes - generally square pixilated codes which carry more data than traditional single dimension linear barcodes, and which can commonly be scanned by mobile phones and other portable consumer recognition devices - there are many other of these 2D 'brand' technology types)
  15. Name the judicial process by which convicted offenders meet with their victims to apologise and potentially make amends for their crimes? Restorative Justice (also, less commonly Reparative Justice)
  16. 'Squidgygate' referred in the popular press to controversy surrounding illicitly recorded and leaked conversations between which two people (two answers required)? Diana Princess of Wales and James Gilbey ('Squidgy' was used as a pet name by the latter for the former - 'gate' is a common suffix applied by press people to controversial stories since the US Watergate scandal)
  17. Which one of these characters is (at 2012) represented by the three tallest statues in the world: Buddha; Christ; Woman (holding sword or something else); or A Political Leader? Buddha
  18. What Florentine character was chosen (ironically, in light of 2012 doping scandals) as official mascot for the 2013 World Road Cycling Championships? Pinocchio
  19. The word trek was first used in: Africa; Sci-fi; Sport; or Railways? Africa (trek is Afrikaans - see trek word origins)
  20. What drug has the chemical formula C20H26N2O? LSD (Lysergic Acid Dithylamide - 'Acid' is also an acceptable slang answer)

 

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