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  1. 'Semiotics' refers to: Weather systems; Evolution; Signs and symbols; or Cutting things in half? Signs and symbols (extending to anything which communicates meaning, especially besides simple linguistics)
  2. Spell the word meaning a plan/scheme: Strategem; Stratogem; Stratagem; or Stratigem? Stratagem (it has the same Greek origins as strategy and strategic, but oddly acquired an 'a' instead of 'e' when it came into English via French)
  3. Named after the Yorkshire town where it was conceived in the 16th century, Penistone is a rough: Football game; Woollen cloth; Tea drink; or Guide to medieval marriage? Woollen cloth (used for making clothes)
  4. In 2015 (What headwear?) was permitted on a USA driver's licence photo justified by (What religion?): Devil's horns/Satanism; Spock ears/Klingon; Darth Vader helmet/Jedi; or Colander/Pastafarian? Colander/Pastafarian
  5. A cezve is typically used for heating/processing: Acid rain; Turkish coffee; Surgical instruments; or Bubblegum? Turkish coffee (a small pot with a long handle for boiling coffee on a stove - the word derives from Ottoman Turkish meaning burning log/coal)
  6. In chemistry what element is always present in an amalgam: Gold; Silver; Mercury; or Lead? Mercury
  7. The island name Barbados (in Portuguese - Spanish equivalent is los Barbados) refers to what physical characteristic of men, and likely of the original inhabitants? Beard/Bearded
  8. The sequence JFM - AMJ - JAS - (???) is completed by: MJS; JMF; OND; or ANT? OND (= October November December)
  9. Ghillie, Character, Tap, and Hi/High-top are types of: Newspaper layouts; Plumbing protocols; Footwear; or Computer animation programs? Footwear (all used in dancing)
  10. Zome, K'Nex, Erector Set, Lincoln Logs and Kre-O are/were major brands in which consumer product sector? Construction Toys (Toys would be an acceptable answer too)
  11. Willy Loman is the lead character in Arthur Miller's famous 1949 play 'Death of a (What?)': Swan; Sea; King; or Salesman? Salesman
  12. The South American 'Feve Tonka' vanilla-like spice popularized in French cuisine is a: Tobacco derivative; Fish; Bean; or Llama gland? Bean (Feve is bean in French)
  13. Author/entrepreneur Cynthia Payne (1933-2015) famously provided what personal service for men of status/authority in 1980s London: Tax avoidance; Stutter therapy/elocution; Hair transplants; or Brothel? Brothel
  14. Named after its town of origin, Marsala fortified wine originated on which island, the largest of its surrounding sea? Sicily
  15. What is a kick, a cut, a horse, and uninspiring journalist? Hack
  16. The old Anglicized-French occupational word 'colporteur' was a distributor of: Cheese; Coal; Wine; or Bibles? Bibles
  17. The technique known as 'Beurre maniƩ' is used in: Figure-skating; Cooking; Ice-sculpting; or Picture framing? Cooking ('kneaded butter' - a dough of butter and flour, added to sauces for thickening/smoothing/glazing)
  18. The general exception to the tendency for most circular/track human activities (eg athletics) to be anti-clockwise is: Speed-skating; Motor racing; Cycling; or Ballroom dancing? Motor racing (motor racing is commonly clockwise - theories vary as to why most other tracks/directions are anti-clockwise)
  19. Where certain religions divide the notion of heaven into parts there are generally: Three; Five; Seven; or Twelve? Seven
  20. The informal terms 'ding meal' or 'ding dinner' refer to a: Traditional bell-shaped pot; Delivery doorbell; Microwave oven; or Servant/parent summoned by a bell? Microwave oven

 

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