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  1. Which of these is the only coastal capital city of South America: Santiago; Lima; Brasilia; Buenos Aires?
  2. The poodle dog/name originated in Germany from association with: Shaving; Water; Circuses; or Dung?
  3. In Europe which dangerous natural phenomenon exists only in Portugal, Norway, Iceland, Italy and the Canary Islands: Malaria; Volcanoes; Typhoons; or Bears?
  4. In maths the cube root of an eighth is a: Sixty-fourth; Half; Ninth; or Three-quarters?
  5. Richard Adams' 1972 anthropomorphic novel Watership Down is about a colony of: Ducks; Kangaroos; Rabbits; or Neanderthals?
  6. 1960s Thamesmead social housing estate in SE London was the main location for the film: A Clockwork Orange; Thunderball; Batman Returns; or Taxi Driver?
  7. The Battle of Jutland was the only (What?) battle of the 1st World War: Air; Tank; Naval; or Cavalry?
  8. Lent (Latin Quadragesima) is traditionally a Christian religious fast of how many days: 12; 21; 40; or 52?
  9. The expression 'Book him Dano' (urging action/reprimand) originated 1960-80s in: The Rocky Horror Show; Hawaii Five-O; Opportunity Knocks; or The Flintstones?
  10. In May 2016 the world record for 'planking' (a stress position on toes and forearms) was set at: 45mins; 93mins; 2.5hrs; or 8hrs?
  11. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay did what in May 1953: Invented Aspirin; First ascent of Everest; Flew faster than the speed of sound; or Discovered the first oil in USA?
  12. Baklava, a food in Turkish/Central-West Asian cuisine, is a type of: Salad; Pastry; Stew; or Fish soup?
  13. What iconic British brand of matches and tobacco smoking materials is the Roman goddess of the hearth/fire?
  14. Grévy's, Grant's, Chapman's, and the extinct Quagga, are varieties of: Lion; Gorilla; Zebra; or Hippopotamus?
  15. Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), first identified in willow bark by Hippocrates c.400BC, is better known as what a genericized trademark: Aspirin; Heroin; The (birth control) Pill; or Sugar?
  16. What Anglicized German word originally from 'harm-joy' refers to pleasure derived from misfortunes of others?
  17. The Latin word via originally meant: Travel; Road; Map; or Visit?
  18. Anthropomorphic means: Australian; Prehistoric; Feathered; or Human characteristics given to something non-human?
  19. The Anglicized Italian portmanteau word chiaroscuro refers to a painting style of: Animals and children; Light and dark; Happy and sad; or Fruit and vegetables?
  20. Match these South American capitals to their countries: Santiago, Lima, Brasilia, Buenos Aires - Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru?


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