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quizballs 299 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes
- Badain Jaran, Gobi, Lop, and Taklamakan are major Chinese what? Deserts
- A Molotov cocktail (homemade petrol bomb) is named after a: Romanian dance; Russian statesman; German oil company; or Bulgarian wine? Russian statesman (Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov - senior minister under Stalin, deemed responsible by the Finnish people for incendiary bombing of Finland in the Russian-Finland Winter War, 1939-40 - the Finns called the bombs 'Molotov bread baskets' and their own retaliatory improvised firebombs against Russion troops 'Molotov cocktails')
- What word creates five new words when it prefixes the following: box, piper, pit, stone, and storm? Sand
- Memphis, in Tennessee, USA, was named in 1819 after the ancient capital city of which modern day nation? Egypt
- The F1 function key produces what in most computer systems: Full-screen; Refresh; Help; or Shut-down? Help
- Titicaca is the largest lake in: Africa; South America; Australia; or Sweden? South America (in the Andes mountains, between Peru and Bolivia)
- Famous for 'Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung', Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was a German: Chemist; Composer; Philosopher; or Footballer? Philosopher ('Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung' is his most famous book, meaning 'The World as Will and Representation', which asserted that civilisation/society is driven by urge for personal satisfaction)
- Desultory means lacking: Knowledge; Ability; Purpose/plan; or Children/offspring? Purpose/plan
- A chemical reaction named after and by French chemist Louis-Camille Maillard in 1912 refers to what culinary effect: Jellyfying; Solidifying; Liquidizing; or Browning? Browning (the 'Maillard reaction', for example bread and cakes, seared steaks, etc)
- In team ball games such as football, a pass to a team-mate which invites an immediate hard tackle on the receiver by an opponent is called a '(What?) pass': Funeral; Graveyard; Hospital; or Prison? Hospital
- A sequin originally (in Arabic, sikka, and later Italian zecca) referred to the production of: Coins; Buttons; Armour; or Cymbals? Coins (the origin means a mint or die for making coins)
- According to biblical convention the main job of an angel is a: Sentry; Messenger; Enforcer; or Musician? Messenger
- American engineer Percy Spencer's domestic invention, launched in 1947 as the 'Radarange', is nowadays very commonly known and used as what? Microwave oven (or Microwave)
- The word dessert, a sweet pudding, derives from French (desservir) meaning to: Eat; Drink; Clear the table; or Wash the dishes? Clear the table
- The 'Sandman' character in north European folklore, popularized/originated by Hans Christian Andersen, is said to help children: Sleep; Recover from illness; Defeat ghosts/monsters; or Fly? Sleep (by sprinkling dust/sand in their eyes, so they keep them shut)
- The First World War, 1914-18, caused the collapse of the German, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian empires, and which other? Ottoman (or Turkish)
- In botany the tendrils of a plant used mainly for: Producing pollen; Clinging/support; Rooting/moisture; or Emitting fragrance? Clinging/support
- Gharara and kameez are a common combination of (What?) in the Indian sub-continent: Clothing; Spices; Prayer/chant; or Song/dance? Clothing (loose pleated trousers and loose tunic, mainly worn by women)
- A Fathometer is an old genericized trademark for an instrument which measures: Paternity; Obesity; Water depth; or Tiredness/physical exhaustion? Water depth (as in echo-sounding, used by ships, etc., also called Sonar - SOund Navigation And Ranging)
- Globally popular, made from sugarcane, Brazil's cachaça (also called aguardente, pinga, and caninhais) is: Spirit drink; Chewing gum; Hair shampoo; or Pipe tobacco? Spirit drink
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