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quizballs 229 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes
- What is the common name of the plant, Nepeta cataria, which attracts cats? Catmint or Catnip
- Even-toed ungulates and odd-toed ungulates refer to animals whose feet usually are: Hoofed; Webbed; Clawed; or Padded? Hoofed (ungulated refers mainly to hoofed feet)
- What mythical god has a hammer called Miolnir (or Mjölnir, or other variants)? Thor (Norse god of thunder)
- What colour/color is a palamino horse: Black; White; Grey; or Gold with a white main/tail? Gold with a white main/tail
- In 1515 the Court of Aldermen of the City of London established what trade as top (based on economic/political power) of an enduring list of livery companies: Mercers; Goldsmiths; Drapers; or Vintners? Mercers (a mercer is a general merchant - livery companies are now mostly charitable associations - originally they were powerful trade associations, called 'livery' because members wore distinctive costumes on special occasions - the word 'livery', referrring to a uniform or special clothing, derived from the practice of employers giving or 'delivering' uniforms to staff/servants - this derivation extends to the modern word livery in stables)
- In astronomy, the Ptolemaic system asserts that Earth is: Universally Central; Stationary and Flat; Spinning around the Moon; or Spinning around the Sun? Universally Central (and also stationary, but not flat)
- Litmus, used in acidity testing, is extracted from: Rock; Insects; Milk; or Lichen? Lichen (notably Roccella tinctoria)
- The term Zealotry originally referred to people of which religion? Judaism (more loosely, Jewish - notably a militant Jewish sect in the 1st century engaged in violence against Roman occupation of the ancient Kingdom of Israel)
- The terms: sine, cosine, tangent, hypotonuse, adjacent and opposite feature in which branch of mathematics? Trigonometry
- What is the English name/translation of the 'cire purdue' process of bronze casting? Lost Wax (in which wax, around a clay core, is melted and drained, enabling a hollow casting to be produced)
- Auger, reel, fan, sieves, stripper-beater, and cutter-bar are parts of what large piece of machinery? Combine harvester
- Name the steel-driving railway worker from US folklore who raced and beat a newly introduced steam-powered hammer, but died after his efforts? John Henry
- The Poise (pronounced 'pwahz', it's French) is a unit of measuring: Viscosity; Purity; Sweetness; or Stillness? Viscosity (more exactly, dynamic viscosity)
- What prefix joins with the following words, referring to different creatures: Lion, Cow, Horse, and Cucumber? Sea
- The Ottoman Empire (1299-1922) is otherwise defined as the empire of what modern nationality? Turkish
- The literary term 'graphic novel' refers to a novel characterized essentially by: Sex; Pictures; Handwriting; or Electronic display? Pictures (rather like a sophisticated long-form book-bound comic, although having serious literary merit)
- What branch of alternative medicine using natural oils derives its name from ancient Greek for spice? Aromatherapy
- The New Model Army and The Levellers were groups in which war? English Civil War (1642-51)
- A graviton is a term in: Physics; Law; Funeral services; or Winter sports? Physics (a graviton is a hypothetical particle having gravitational energy - technically a 'spin 2 boson')
- What two expressions, each meaning an irreversible decision or 'no turning back', originate from a tactical river crossing by Julius Caesar's army in 49BC (two answers required, and a clue for one of them: the Latin is 'jacta alea est')? Cross the Rubicon and The die is cast (see Cross the Rubicon and The die is cast in cliches origins)
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