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  1. Which one of these is a chemical element: Water; Aluminium/aluminum; Brass; Bronze; Salt; or Vinegar? Aluminium/aluminum
  2. Breathe-Relax-Aim-Sight-Squeeze refers to the essential process for effective: Rifle-shooting; Insect photography; Hand-bucket cow milking; or Cake decorating? Rifle-shooting
  3. The splanchnocranium refers to the bones of which defining part of the human body? Face (or front of the skull, or facial skeleton, or viscerocranium, or equivalent)
  4. The grammatical term for a word which joins two independent clauses is a: Conjunction; Punctuation; Preposition; or Expletive? Conjunction (such as 'and' and 'but')
  5. Mnemosyne (pronounced 'nemmoseeny') is the Greek goddess Mother of the Muses and also goddess of: Communication; Memory; Geometry; or Blasphemy? Memory (related to the word mnemonic, a memory aid, and Greek mnemon, 'nemon', meaning mindful)
  6. Trim and Balance refer to front/rear and left/right loading bias in: Hot-air ballooning; Sailing; HVG transportation; or Supermarket trolley testing? Sailing
  7. Camel spin, Mohawk turn, Twizzle and Walley jump are: BMX bike tricks; Ice figure-skating moves; British parliamentary procedure slang; or Children's books by JK Rowling under the pen-name of Elizabeth Queen? Ice figure-skating moves
  8. What is the traditional UK-English correct spelling in: "A driving (licence or license) is proof of being (licenced or licensed) to drive"? A driving licence is proof of being licensed to drive. (This general rule of C for noun and S for verb traditionally applies to words offering similar option, eg, advice/advise, practice/practise, etc, although in modern and US-English language some flexibility applies, and progressively in UK-English too, although 'advice' [noun] and 'advise' [verb] remain distinctly exclusive everywhere as at early 21stC, despite common error - words such as device and devise are less prone to error, and help remind us of the rule for more confusing examples)
  9. In maths, the single digits within every 'product' (answer) of which single number's 'times-table' (up to 10x) helpfully also add up to the number itself: 5; 7; 8; or 9? (ie the digits in the answers of this particular number's 'times-table' always add up to the number that is subject to the times-table) 9 (eg 3x9=27 and 2+7=9, 6x9=54 and 5+4=9, 8x9=72 and 7+2=9; sorry, this is a tricky question to word properly.. but it's such a good maths aid that it's worth sharing)
  10. Which city, mythically founded by a twin saved by a she-wolf, was built on the seven hills, east of the River Tiber called Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal and Viminal? Rome (after Romulus, twin of Remus in Roman mythology)
  11. Permian, Eocene, Silurian, and Pleistocine are: Apples; Geological periods; Dr Who monsters; or Code names for children's toy inventions? Geological periods
  12. What expression meaning 'ok' or 'all well', and a David Bowie album, derives partly from Dutch 'honk' for home or base? Hunky-dory (the 'dory' part is a mystery..)
  13. Humus refers to the component in soil (earth) that is: Mineral salts; Water; Sand; or Decomposed organic matter? Decomposed organic matter (humus is Latin for soil)
  14. What travels at 299,792,458 metres per second: Light; Sound; Earth through space; or Human sneeze particles? Light (light's velocity in a vaccuum, technically)
  15. Match these four (of the seven) ancient wonders of the world to their locations: Pyramids, Colossus, Hanging Gardens, Pharos Lighthouse - at/of - Babylon, Egypt, Alexandria, Rhodes? Pyramids of Egypt, Colossus of Rhodes, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria
  16. What informal term for a common type of pet derives from the name Margaret? Moggie (a cat, originally from 'Maggie', according to the Oxford English Dictionary)
  17. Ionian, Dorian, Lydian, Mixolydian, and Aeolian are: Car tyre/tire profiles; Musical scales; Types of zip-fasteners; or Rapper Kanye West's children? Musical scales
  18. Which religion has ten states of the mind including Neutrality, Rapture, Realization and Bodhisattva? Buddhism
  19. Shi Go Roko ('she go rocko') is 'four five six' in: Russian; Japanese; Turkish; or Tolkien’s Middle-earth (Hobbit etc)? Japanese
  20. What is three-eights (3/8) divided by nine-elevenths (9/11)? Thirty-three seventy-seconds (or 33/72 or roughly 0.45333 in decimals - to divide a fraction by a fraction, invert the second fraction [turn it upside-down] and multiply top x top, and bottom x bottom, to produce the new fraction answer, thus 3x11=33 on the top and 9x8=72 on the bottom)

 

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