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  1. What creature is a slang word in French for a newspaper: Canard; Chien; Chat; or Cheval? Canard (duck)
  2. What are named after English Dr John Braxton Hicks (1823-97): Dental braces; Hiccups/hiccoughs; Cough sweets; or Contractions in pregnancy? Contractions in pregnancy ('Braxton Hicks contractions' are early mild ones, also called prodromal labour/labor or practice contractions)
  3. The Destroying Angel is a fatally dangerous: Spider; Mushroom/Toadstool; Fish; or Karate blow? Mushroom/Toadstool
  4. Provenance, originally relating to an artwork, now extending widely to other created or collectible works, refers specifically to: Value; History; Rarity; or Popularity? History (from details of its creation to its present status)
  5. What is the common technical term for the contractive skin of a liquid which resists external force? Surface tension
  6. What nationality (according to modern geography) was Christopher Columbus? Italian (in Columbus' time he was a subject of the Republic of Genoa)
  7. The French word 'derailleur' is also used in English referring to a mechanism on what sort of machine? Bicycle (the chain/sprocket/gear-shift system - the word means derail, off a rail-track)
  8. Technically what must be specified in order for a given speed to be termed a velocity? Direction
  9. The German Bavarian occupational name Hitler (originally Hüttler) referred to a builder of: Boats; Churches; Bicycles; or Huts? Huts (German hüttl, little hut)
  10. What technical financial term, from Latin meaning 'it shall be', and also a major automotive brand, refers to official money/currency of a nation? Fiat
  11. What word follows either 'stone' or 'Chinese' in referring to deliberate obstruction? Wall (of process, cooperation, communication, etc - to stonewall means obstruct by delaying/refusing to answer/cooperation; a Chinese wall refers to a corporate/organizational obstruction preventing cooperation)
  12. What is commonly said in Germany to a person who has just sneezed? Gesundheit (it means 'health')
  13. What war produced the most fatalities? World War Two (1939-45, estimated deaths 40-75m)
  14. Screeno, Keno, and Housey-Housey are name variations of what more commonly known gambling game? Bingo
  15. What are pince-nez? Spectacles (old-style, from 1400-1900, without arms, held on by spring-design, pinching the nose, French 'pinch-nose')
  16. What is an unrealistically optimistic person, after the title-character of Eleanor Porter's famous 1913 novel? Pollyanna
  17. What sweet creamy alcoholic drink is named because lawyers/barristers were said to enjoy it? Advocaat (meaning advocate in Dutch - the term/profession advocate equates to lawyer/barrister in many countries)
  18. With the headline 'Simply the Best' who at 73 became Vogue's oldest front cover model (April 2013 German edition)? Tina Turner (prior to which Meryl Streep was the oldest, at 62, 2012 US edition)
  19. What is the common name for the electrically excitable cells of the brain which process data via electrical and chemical signals? Neurons (humans have c.100bn of them)
  20. The old British slang to 'shop' someone, meaning to betray someone, or inform an authority of someone's wrong-doing, derives from 'shop' meaning: Reward; Witness; Prison; or Bible? Prison (see the fascinating shop slang and origins in cliches origins)

 

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