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  1. What sturdy woven fabric is also a homonym/homophone with a systematic initial contact method in selling and political campaigning? Canvas/canvass
  2. The 12th Earl of (Where?) gave his name to an equine event in 1780 and now any local contest between nearby clubs? Derby
  3. In computing what does SIM stand for, as in SIM card? Subscriber Identity Module or Subscriber Identification Module
  4. What game piece, fast-food chain, and fearful political theory was a hooded clerical cloak? Domino
  5. What famous English artist/ceramics maker, 2003 Turner prizewinner and iconic cultural/political advocate, also uses the name 'Claire'? Grayson Perry
  6. On what did British Airways initially blame its catastrophic IT systems outage, stranding 75,000 passengers and grounding flights at 170 airports over a May holiday weekend 2017: Cyber-attack; Employee sabotage; Squirrels; or An electrical power surge? An electrical power surge
  7. Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, and Sinn Féin are political parties of: Wales; Poland; Ireland; or Canada? Ireland
  8. What tennis term derives from an egg? Love (French L'oeuf = egg = a zero shape)
  9. Christopher Trace and Valerie Singleton first presented in 1958, joined by John Noakes in 1965, what internationally longest-running children's TV show? Blue Peter
  10. The sailing-originating expression meaning to change direction/approach/method is spelled 'Change...: Tack; Tach; Tac; or Taque? Tack
  11. What 1920s-originating clothing is named from the extra inches to enable tucking into socks? Plus fours (four inches of spare cloth at the knees..)
  12. What mythological horse metaphorically refers to the secret supplanting/insertion of an effect or idea, especially in malicious computing? Trojan (from Greek mythology, a giant horse containing Greek soldiers was left outside the walled fortress city of Troy, besieged for 10 years, so that the Trojan defenders on seeing the Greeks apparently sail away, then brought it inside the fortress thinking it to be a harmless wonderful gift or victory prize..)
  13. What is the African-American folk belief, originally a bag of magic items, becoming a metaphor for powerful charisma/style, and various brandnames? Mojo
  14. What is the Australian Aboriginal Pitjantjatjara popular name for the sacred Ayers Rock: Oloro; Uluru; Alara; or Ylyry? Uluru
  15. In what German city was the 2-5% perfume formulation (now generic) eponymously devised/named, in 1709? Cologne (Eau de Cologne)
  16. A tagine (meaning 'frying pan') is a stew and earthenware pot originating in: South America; North Africa; Mexico; or Scotland? North Africa
  17. The internationally famous corporation Stanley Gibbons, founded in 1856, specializes in: Gold; Insurance; Stamps; or Cookery? Stamps (philatelics)
  18. What Dutch football club is a mythological warrior and cleaning chemical brand? Ajax
  19. Tectonic plates are in: Medieval armour; Beetle bodies; Earth's crust; or Hospital catering? Earth's crust
  20. Meaning a (typically shameful) secret, a (What?) is said to be in the closet/cupboard? Skeleton
  21. What activity is the source of the teamwork expressions 'pull your weight' and 'pull together'? Rowing
  22. Jean François Gravelet (1824-97) was famously better known as: Tom Thumb; The Elephant Man; Charles Blondin; or Harry Houdini? Charles Blondin (French tightrope walker and acrobat)
  23. The California Wham-O-Production Co launched (What?) c.1957 after Yale students' use of a Connecticut pie product? Frisbee (from the Frisbie Pie co plates, used in a throwing/catching game)
  24. What is temperature and a round in a knockout contest? Heat
  25. Which two of these are not among the Nine Roles of the famous 'Belbin Team Role Inventory' used in management: Plant; Resource-Investigator; Co-ordinator; Shaper; Monitor-Evaluator; Teamworker; Trouble-maker; Implementer; Completer-Finisher; Specialist; or Cook? Trouble-maker and Cook (see more details about Belbin's theory and other fascinating personality models)

 

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