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  1. The Anglicized Japanese word futon basically refers to a: Seat; Mattress; Salad; or Fighting stick? Mattress (specifically unsprung, rollable or foldable)
  2. Five ninths of three fifths is a: Quarter; Third; Half; or Whole? Third (5x3=15 over 9x5=45 is fifteen forty-fifths, or 15/45, which equates to a third, or 1/3. To multiply fractions, multiply the tops and multiply the bottoms.)
  3. The 18C legal term 'Ragman Roll', a record of crimes, originated what modern word for a long complex procedure? Rigmarole
  4. What term was popularised by the eponymous 1979 film about a nuclear reactor meltdown hypothetically 'burning' from the US through Earth to other side? The China Syndrome
  5. What clothing-part metaphorically classifies workers/jobs according to white or blue? Collar (white collar = admin/official/managerial; blue collar = being manual/operatives)
  6. The Virgin space tourism business is branded: Galactic; Trek; Odessey; or Titanic? Galactic
  7. What Anglicized German Italian term for 'circulation of money' became a brand for electronic financial transfer, and UK slang for a state benefits payment? Giro
  8. What informal boxing term arose from Muhammad Ali's defeat of George Foreman in 1974, in which Ali covered up against the ropes, causing Foreman's exhaustion from sustained ineffectual punching? Rope-a-dope
  9. The momentous Ali v Foreman world championship fight in Kinshasa, Zaire 1974 was dubbed '(What?) in the (What?)': Plunder, Stumble, Rumble, Fumble, Jungle, Thunder? Rumble in the Jungle (Zaire is now Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  10. Name the two famous mutually combative British Liberal and Conservative prime ministers of the late 1800s: Wellington, Peel, Gladstone, Palmerston, Disraeli, Churchill? William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli
  11. The Anglo-French court term meaning 'this action lies' gave rise to what word which means the essense of a communication/concept? Gist ('cest action gist' [this action lies] from gesir, to lie - interestingly the word for 'lies' was the word adopted to mean essense instead of 'action')
  12. Xinhau is China's official state: Anthem; Dance; News agency; or Soup? News agency
  13. A trug is used to hold/carry things when: Cooking; Gardening; Painting and decorating; or Grooming poodles? Gardening
  14. 150 tonnes of (What?) are used by 20,000 people in a one hour event annually in Bunol, Spain? Tomatoes
  15. What historic UK county part-comprises East Ridings and West Ridings? Northumberland; Yokshire; Kent; or Cork? Yorkshire
  16. Monsanto is a globally dominant corporation in the sector of: Pharmaceuticals; Agriculture; Mining; or Taxidermy? Agriculture (chemicals and seeds)
  17. The Australian wombat marsupial has what unusually adapted feature for burrow-digging: Metal claws; Teflon fur; Backwards-facing pouch; or Light-emitting ears? Backwards-facing pouch
  18. Spell the Saudia Arabian capital city: Riyadh; Ryad; Rhiyad; Ryahd? and it means The: Oil; Gold; Gardens; or Sand? Riyadh and The Gardens
  19. The 'Dames Pipi' are traditional Parisien: Plumbers; Tobacconists; Dancers; or Public toilet attendants? Public toilet attendants
  20. Smits and Lugs are Viking-originating (still used) painted marks and ear notches for identifying UK: Sheep; Horses; Rabbits; or Chickens? Sheep

 

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