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  1. What instrument used by Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot was patented in Hawaii in 1917: Stethoscope; Compass; Nail-file; or Ukulele?
  2. From Latin 'standing out from the flock' what originally meant very good and now means very bad: Egregious; Ghastly; Abominable; or Obnoxious?
  3. What can be worn in the NATO phonetic alphabet: Raincoat; Waistcoat; Uniform; or Trousers?
  4. Jules Verne's 1873 novel 'Around the World in 80 Days' was the first use of what marketing method: Celebrity Endorsement; Product Placement; Radio adverts; or BOGOFF (Buy-One-Get-One-For-Free)?
  5. Austrian physicist Ernst Mach (1838-1916) devised the famous: Meccano construction toy; Big Mac (burger); Tarmac (road surface); or Supersonic velocity measurement unit?
  6. The dramatic art/design style originating in Rome c.1600 meaning 'rough pearl' in French is: Baroque; Gothic; Renaissance; or Impressionist?
  7. A Loiner is the traditional demonym for a person from: Leeds; London; Lisbon; or Lima?
  8. A healthy/normal human adult blood pressure reading is considered to be roughly what two figures (mmHg): 140/90; 120/80; 90/60; or 10/7?
  9. In 1789, individual liberty above the rule of state/law was adopted for the first time into a national constitution by which two nations: Great Britain; USA; Russia; France; or China?
  10. A flying buttress is a: Far-leaping tropical ape; 1940s bomber aircraft; Architectural support; or Arabian magic carpet?
  11. Aristocrat George 'Beau' Brummell (1778-1840) is associated with what social trend commencing c.1790 in Europe: Liberalism; Dandyism; Activism; or Voyeurism?
  12. Which of these is not a major export of Cuba: Sugar; Tobacco; Citrus fruit; or Lamb?
  13. Chuck Taylor popularized what 1908-founded US shoe corporation, whose logo is a single circled star?
  14. Early theory (Plato c.360BC) suggested the universe comprises which four of these 'elements'? Fire; Metal; Water; Bone; Air; Earth; or Thoughts?
  15. Sir Isaac Pitman (1813-97) invented a famous eponymous system for: Coal-mining; Shorthand; Ceramics; or Sheep-dipping?
  16. Magnetite, Magnesium, and Manganese are named after the Magnesia district of: London; China; Greece; or Manhattan?
  17. The North and South Poles are respectively at how many degrees latitude: 90 and 90; 45 and 45; 0 and 180; or 180 and 360?
  18. Who is responsible for the erroneous naming of Native American 'Indians': Winston Churchill; Abraham Lincoln; Christopher Columbus; or Pope Paul VI?
  19. 'Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation' is better known as what, first demonstrated in 1960?
  20. The famous information management/computing maxim, which in philosophy encourages objective thinking rather than unhelpful personal emotional responses, is "Everything is (What?)" : Complicated; Data; Broken; or Gobbledegook?


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