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  1. (What creatures?) wear (What?) in their courtship displays: Elephants; Monkeys; Fig leaves; Dolphins; Sea sponges; or Prawns? (two answers required) Dolphins wear Sea sponges (ripped from the sea-bed and balanced on their 'noses')
  2. What fruit is on the top of the Men's Wimbledon Tennis Championship trophy: Orange; Pineapple; Strawberry; or Banana? Pineapple (nobody knows why for sure, although there was a UK tradition of naval captains placing a pineapple on their gateposts after returning from voyages, and pineapples were associated with luxury and exclusivity before becoming commonly available)
  3. What is the only non-nation member of the G20 international finance forum? The European Union (or EU)
  4. Spell the cardiac arrest treatment equipment called a: Diffibulator; Defibrelater; Defibrillator; or Diffribulator? Defibrillator
  5. What Ancient Roman formulation is more environmentally-friendly/effective than modern alternatives: Steel; Glass; Concrete; or Butter? Concrete
  6. 'The Sweeney' is slang for a specialized unit in the: World Bank; FIFA; Red Cross; or London Metropolitan Police? London Metropolitan Police (specifically Specialist Crime Directorate 7, more commonly called the Flying Squad, hence the Cockney Rhyming Slang 'Sweeney Todd', shortened to Sweeney)
  7. What sort of jacket is named after its flame red design originally for an 1800s Cambridge rowing club? Blazer
  8. Name the Qatar-based/founded TV station (literally in Arabic 'The Island') launched 1996, following/assisted by the closure/redundancies of BBC Arabic Language TV? Al Jazeera
  9. Scientifically a pathogen is something that produces: Fear; Disease; Heat; or Climate change? Disease
  10. The South African-born Canadian-American leader of Paypal, Tesla, and several vast environmental/space development projects is: Bill Gates; Elon Musk; Sergey Brin; or Richard Branson? Elon Musk
  11. What round word prefixes the following to make six different words: Side; Road; Worm; Main; Let; and Tone? Ring
  12. In dictionaries words/names beginning with 'St.' (short for saint) are generally listed after: Saint; SS; Ry; or Sz? Saint
  13. Golpe, Baile, Capo, Jale and Rasgueo are elements of: Dressage; Flamenco; Paella; or Kick-boxing? Flamenco
  14. What royal house became a word for an official stamp or seal, and open or honest? Frank
  15. Shakudo (from 'red' and 'gold') is a copper-gold alloy originating in: Japan; Mexico; Ireland; or Sweden? Japan
  16. Flocculant, floccule and similar terms refer to what substantial feature: Noisy; Quick; Hidden; or Clump-like? Clump-like (from Latin floccus, meaning a tuft of wool, hence flock wallpaper, but bizarrely not necessarily a flock of sheep, which has uncertain origins..)
  17. Whose 1889 birthplace in Braunau am Inn, Austria, was expropriated/converted by the state 2016/17 into a charity for disabilities? Adolf Hitler
  18. French friar Fran├žois Leclerc du Tremblay, 1577-1638, powerful assistant of Cardinal Richelieu in the reign Louis XIII, was the original (as depicted in art/literature): "Eminence Grise"; "Man in Black"; "Caped Crusader"; or "Zorro"? "Eminence Grise" (the Anglicized French term meaning "Grey Eminence" - referring to a powerful secretive unofficial advisor or decision-maker who is apparently an assistant, but actually may be more influential than the leader - Leclerc wore a beige cape, typically reported as 'grey/gray', which better fits the meaning of a sinister under-stated power)
  19. Slazenger, Donnay, Lonsdale and Dunlop are part of controversial retail employer 'Sports (What?)': Strip; Rip; Direct; or Zero? Direct
  20. What African geological feature exceeds 3.5 million square miles and is named from Arabic for desert? The Sahara (desert)
  21. Citron, Pomelo, Mandarin and Papeda are the four original: Japanese Gods; Chinese dynasties; Citrus fruits; or Chupa Chups lollipops? Citrus fruits
  22. A float chamber is found in what part of a car: Fuel tank; Carburettor; Steering wheel; or Air-bag? Carburettor
  23. In Judaism, shiva/shivah is a period of mourning after a funeral lasting how many days? Seven
  24. Where and when was the first 'emergency services' telephone call made: Dallas 1963; London 1937; RMS Titanic 1912; or Waterloo 1815? London 1937 (the first 999/emergency telephone service in the world - the first call led to the arrest of an attempted burglar)
  25. Name the nine 'Parts of Speech' typically defined in modern English grammar? (One point each and 100 bonus points for all nine..) Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb, Pronoun, Preposition, Conjunction, Interjection, Article or Determiner

 

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