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  1. What is Australia's national bird: Kiwi; Emu; Ostrich; or Kookaburra? Emu
  2. The famously rebuilt Shakespeare's theatre on London's River Thames South Bank is the: Crucible; Globe; Palladium; or Haymarket? Globe
  3. Plaid Cymru (roughly pronounced 'plied cumrie') is the nationalist poltitical party of which nation? Wales
  4. At 1900 the largest fishing port in the world was: Oslo; Hamburg; Cadiz; or Grimsby? Grimsby (England)
  5. What instrument was originally called the trompette-saicueboute? Trombone
  6. What does the 'Real' mean in the names of Real Madrid and Real Sociedad Spanish footbal clubs? Royal
  7. Italian Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) was a composer and virtuoso player of the: Tuba; Guitar; Violin; or Harp? Violin
  8. Sterlet, Ossetra, Sevruga and Beluga are main types of what? Caviar (strictly traditionally roe [eggs] from wild sturgeon in the Caspian and Black Seas - roe from other fish such as salmon is often called caviar, but technically according to international food/names authorities is not)
  9. Name the mountains across north-western Africa ranging c.1,600miles through Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia? Atlas Mountains
  10. Which iconic 'hippie' fragrance, from the Pogostemon cablin plant, did Mattel use in making the 1985 'Stinkor' Masters of the Universe toy action figure? Patchouli
  11. Which nation boasts the world's longest running TV sports show, Hockey Night, first aired 1952? Canada
  12. To what does the portmanteau word Grexit refer? Greece Exit (or Greek Exit - from the Euro/Eurozone)
  13. The international network for banking communications is known by its acronym: SWAN; SWIFT; SWALLOW; or SPARROW? SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication - founded Brussels 1973, by 2010 SWIFT linked more than 9,000 financial institutions in over 200 countries, handling over 15million messages/day)
  14. Named after a Scottish village near where it was discovered in 1790, what soft metal element, symbol Sr, was used to make cathode ray TV tubes? Strontium
  15. According to legend, the sheltering of a Spanish ship in Dundee, late-1700s, prompted James and Janet Keiller to buy its cargo of (What?), thus founding a major new product/business? Oranges (Seville variety, which they used in making the world famous Keiller orange marmalade - prior to which maramalade was traditionally made using quinces)
  16. What is a quarter of a third? A twelfth (or 1/12 or 0.083333 recurring)
  17. Which 12-15C royal household was named after French Geoffrey d'Anjou's association with the broom shrub, medieval Latin 'planta genista'? Plantagenet (whose coat of arms also game England the three lions emblem - the Plantagenets ruled England and much of France from Henry II to Richard III, 1154-1485)
  18. What is the biggest country by area in Africa: Kenya; Algeria; Ethiopia; or South Africa? Algeria
  19. The Latin 'Tabula Rasa' (a term covering various philosophical concepts, e.g., humans minds are 'empty' at birth) translates literally to mean what? Blank Slate (or equivalent)
  20. The main asteroid belt in the Solar System lies directly between which two of these planets: Mercury; Jupiter; Mars; Neptune? Jupiter and Mars

 

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