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- 'String Theory' (simplified to 'M-Theory') to seeks to explain: Music; DNA and Genetics; Fraud and Cheating; or Everything in the Universe? Everything in the Universe (the fundamental particle/structure of universal matter - the theory emerged in the 1980s - later 'M-theory' variously means membrane, matrix, master, monster, etc)
- What medieval term, whose venues are now mostly 'town' halls (UK, Netherlands, Belgium) refers to a merchant association? Guild (hence guild hall, and European equivalents - where merchant groups would meet and develop a power-base - thought derived from 'gild' payment [of taxes] and/or 'yield' [payment/profit])
- The Biblical 'passover' refers to God giving which concession to certain people: Answering prayers; Making it rain; Allowing bread to rise; or Not killing the first-born in the house? Not killing the first-born in the house (where a front door was marked with lamb's blood, God 'passed-over' the house without killing the first-born)
- Hydropower is the harnessing of water's (What?) energy: Thermal; Kinetic; Mechanical wave; or Nuclear? Kinetic (ie, energy possessed due to motion)
- The words 'dystopia' and 'dystopian' refer to an imagined life/world of extreme: Perfection; Awfulness; Weather; or Vegetables? Awfulness (the word dystopia is developed from dys, bad, and Utopia, meaning a perfect world, from Thomas More's 1516 book Utopia, about a mythical perfect island/community)
- What concept, originated by the Duke of Wellington for military study, was named in 1959 in referring to Palo Alto's Center for Behavioral Sciences: Brainstorm; Think Tank; Mind Set; or Moral Maze? Think Tank
- Pat Pending, Rufus Ruffcut, the Slag Brothers and Sergeant Blast are lesser known characters in what popular 1960s TV franchise? Wacky Races
- The 1880-founded Northamptonshire UK company Loake Brothers, whose products unusually comprise up to 75 parts, is famed for making high quality: Guitars; Shoes; Shotguns; or Breakfast cereal? Shoes
- The 'PAL' warning on offensive music recordings, introduced in 1990, stands for '(What?) Advisory Label': Profanity; Performance; Pornography; or Parental? Parental
- The PAL warning on offensive recorded music was instigated by the author Tipper (Who?) then wife of a notable US congressman and environmental activist? Gore (wife of Al Gore)
- In 2015 India 'rebranded' what state provision to increase usage: Canals; Libraries; Playing fields; or Condoms? Condoms
- European Union production quotas, established in 1984, were abolished in 2015 for: Milk; Eggs; Wine; or Condoms? Milk
- In 1516 English King Henry VIII created the position 'Master of the Posts' which effectively founded/regulated the: Football Association; Royal Mail; Civil Service; or Blogging profession? Royal Mail (i.e., postal service - the 'Master of the Posts' position became Postmaster General in 1710)
- In 490BC Pheidippides ran fatally from Athens to Sparta to ask for help in the Battle of 'Where'? Marathon (hence, supposedly the race name - according to Herodotus, Pheidippides ran c.140 miles - the subsequent speed march of the Athenian army back to Athens from Marathon after the battle to ward off Persian forces was c.25 miles)
- US billionaire publisher and 3-term New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reportedly targeted which role for 2016: Host of BBC Top Gear; FIFA President; UN Secretary General; or London Mayor? London Mayor
- 'Godwin's Law', concerned with a particular factual perspective, refers to the inappropriate comparison of something/someone with: The Middle Ages; Hitler/Nazi Germany; Dinosaurs; or Falling off a Log? Hitler/Nazi Germany (author Michael Godwin conceived the term to preserve historical perspective of Nazi atrocities, and minimize their dilution by trivial comparisons)
- Primavera Verano Otono Invierno are what time-related elements in Spanish? Spring Summer Autumn Winter (or Fall for Autumn)
- The TSX, which includes the S&P/TSX 60, is the (What?) of (Which nation?) in (Which city?) - three answers required? Stock Exchange of Canada in Toronto (TSX = Toronto Stock Exchange - incidentally S&P stands for Standard & Poor, the US financial services corporation)
- In 2015 on Tahiti, 4,750 people broke the world record for the biggest ensemble playing of: Harmonicas; Ukuleles; Violins; or Pianos? Ukuleles
- Mathematicians Leonhard Euler and Augustus Mobius pioneered 'geometria situs' ('geometry of place'), later called: Topology; Astronomy; General Relativity; or Geography? Topology (the study of features preserved within altered shapes, from Greek topos, place, + ology - see the amazing Mobius strip puzzle, and Euler puzzles)
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