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  1. Blair Athol, Dalwhinnie, Knockando, Glenmorangie and Tamdhu are types of what? Whisky (Scottish Malt Whisky)
  2. 'Motion Pictures Experts Group Format I (or II), Audio Layer III' is better known as what three-characters? MP3
  3. Norovirus causes illness in humans described by what body part: Stomach; Eye; Foot; or Ear? Stomach (stomach bug or vomitting bug, technically gastroenteritis)
  4. Name the famous French anti-ship missile, produced 1967 to date (2012), meaning 'flying fish'? Exocet (the French word exocet for flying fish is derived ultimately from the Greek exokoitos, meaning 'fish that comes up on the beach', or literally 'out of bed')
  5. Limelight, Hacienda, Studio 54, and Berghain were/are famous brands of what? Nighclubs (Limelight operated in various US cities 1970s-90s; The Haçienda was in Manchester UK 1980s-90s; Studio 54 was in New York 1970s-90s; Berghain is in Berlin, 2004 to date [2012])
  6. William the Conqueror (William I of England, 1027/8-87, reigned 1066-87) was also known unflatteringly as 'William the (What)': Dwarf; Hunchback; Bald; or Bastard? Bastard (son of the unmarried Robert I, Duke of Normandy, and his mistress Herleva)
  7. Name the well-connected ex-Facebook executive criticized widely in Dec 2012 for a sustained rant at other users when a 'private' family photo she had posted and 'tagged' went viral? Randi Zuckerberg (sister of Facebook founder/owner Mark Zuckerberg)
  8. The Italian food/word bruschetta refers originally and specifically to which of its characteristics: Bread; Toasted; Tomatoes; or Basil? Toasted (from Italian bruscare, to toast)
  9. What cosmetic treatment was reported in 2012 to be of rapidly increasing popularity among male visitors to Istanbul in Turkey: Spray tanning; Hair extensions; Facial hair removal; or Facial hair transplants? Facial hair transplants
  10. The stable building/terminology 'loose box' refers to what being 'loose': Its usage; Its ownership; Its location; or The horse inside it? The horse inside it (a loose box, also called a 'box stall' in the US, is a stable or part of a stable of suitable size and security which allows a horse to be kept in it without being tethered)
  11. Wayne LaPierre is known for his 20-plus-years' controversial leadership of what organization: Greenpeace; NRA; RSPCA; or Fox News? NRA (National Rifle Association, US)
  12. Aleph, Beth, Gimel, Daleth are A B C D in which language? Hebrew
  13. Typically used in law, the Latin term 'Ipso Facto' means: By the fact itself; The fact remains; A matter of fact; or The facts of life? By the fact itself (equating to 'inevitably therefore' - for example: "...the victim was unconscious and, ipso facto, unable to defend himself..")
  14. What is the main activity in the traditional 'Post-Office' party game? Kissing
  15. The (now largely obsolete) proofreading mark of a horizontal line above and below a passage of text gives instruction to correct: Spelling; Grammar; Horizontal alignment; or Spacing? Horizontal alignment
  16. What two phone/computer keyboard symbols originally produced the 'fingers crossed' emoticon in texting/emailing/chatrooms/etc? X= (letter X and the equals sign)
  17. The US governmental budget crisis at the end of 2012 was referred to as the 'Fiscal (what geological term?)': Rift; Cliff; Fault; or Spur? Cliff (the 2012 US 'fiscal cliff' alludes to a predicted unavoidable fall in economic situation if the crisis [party disagreement about budget cuts] could not be resolved before statutory deadline and related recessionary implications)
  18. Spell the word: Impenetrable; Inpenetrable; Inpenatrable; Impenatrable? Impenetrable
  19. What iconic historically semi-military people, recognized by Russia in 2010 as an ethinicity, are named after the old Cuman/Turkic word meaning 'free man'? Cossacks
  20. The virtual educational acronym/concept MOOC stands for 'Massive Open... (what two words)'? Online Course (see MOOC and explanation in the acronyms page)

 

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