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  1. The stirrup bone is in the human: Toe; Ankle; Ribcage; or Ear? Ear
  2. Enriched by eggs, butter and milk, Brioche is a French: Chocolate; Porridge; Game pie; or Bread? Bread
  3. Calypso music is a combination of: Latin-American; Afro-Caribbean; Tex-Mex; or Bohemian-Romany? Afro-Caribbean (emerging in Trinidad and Tobago, imported as the rhythms of West African slave songs initially via workers and French planters to the French Antilles Caribbean islands in the 1700s)
  4. The global spate of clown hoaxers in 2016 was said to be a PR stunt organized for the remake of the film: UP; IT; ET; or AT? IT
  5. Among other works Dutch artist M C Escher is especially famous for pictures of impossible: Ships; Staircases; Animals; or Food? Staircases
  6. Parsing or 'syntactic analysis' is the process of analysing: Molecular structures; Recyclable waste; Language; or Human genetics? Language (computerized or written/spoken - parse is from Latin 'pars orationis', meaning a 'part of speech')
  7. What three letter prefix (Latin 'under/close to') makes new words when added to: Due; Urban, Marine, Traction, and Way? Sub
  8. The word Muscovite is a: Moroccan desert rat; Mexican taxi; Moscow citizen; or Body-building protein drink? Moscow citizen
  9. Based on the German legend of Dr Faustus, a Faustian Bargain is alternatively called: A Shotgun Wedding; A Deal with the Devil; Too Good to be True; or Supermarket Own-Label? A Deal with the Devil (Faustus, a scholar, sells his soul to the Devil in return for unlimited knowledge - a Faustian Bargain refers metaphorically to selling oneself or one's principles in return for material or other selfish gain)
  10. What file extension abbreviation is traditionally used for a 'read-only' Adobe Acrobat document, generally of high reproduction/printing quality: PPT; DOC; PDF; or GIF? PDF
  11. The symbol for latitude (an upside-down 'y') for Earth and planets etc, is the Greek letter: Beta; Gamma; Omega; or Lambda? Lambda (the letter L, in most scripts the lower case version)
  12. Who in 2016 became the first singer-songwriter to be awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature: Paul McCartney; Bob Dylan; Leonard Cohen; or Howlin' Wolf? Bob Dylan
  13. Slow Loris, Slender Loris, Potto, and False Potto are: Jeweller's solder; Nocturnal primates; Harry Potter elves; or Professional hair gels? Nocturnal primates
  14. Double-eye, Sharp, Between, Chenille, and Bodkin are types of: Sewing needles; Lizards; Radio antennae; or Archery longbows? Sewing needles
  15. The maximum effort expression 'Pull out all the stops' derives from: Newspaper editing; Bus driving; Commodity trading; or Organ playing? Organ playing (pulling out the organ's stops opens its pipes and increases sound)
  16. Fundamental binary systems in maths and computing are named after English mathematician George Boole (1816-64), whose theory was based on: Alpha-numerics; True/False; Decimals; or Artificial Intelligence? True/False (Boolean logic, maths, algebra, etc., essentially defined binary logic and coding which underpins all computerized processing)
  17. Stenography (Greek stenos, narrow), Brachygraphy (brachys, short), and Tachygraphy (tachys, swift) are better known as: Finger-print analysis; Shorthand; Dashboard instrumentation; or Fast-food? Shorthand (writing, or mechanized shorthand - graphein is Greek, to write)
  18. The hugely popular annual Hindu Festival of Lights is: Radhastami; Yatra; Diwali; or Ganesh Chaturthi ? Diwali (or Deepavali)
  19. Which modern leadership methodology is mainly associated with Gandhi and Nelson Mandela: Servant; Situational; Narcissistic; or Autocratic? Servant (see Leadership Theories explanation)
  20. The Hubble Telescope recently proved an old theory that the sky is dark at night because: Black holes emit darkness; Hydrogen absorbs light; Vacuum is black; or The sky is actually light, but our eyes are de-sensitized by daylight? Hydrogen absorbs light (if not for hydrogen clouds in space, the night sky would be lit by stars)

 

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