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Question 12 - De Capo (typo, sorry) was corrected to Da Capo - thanks J Porcella - 14 Oct 2010.


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  1. At the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga wore a controversial dress made of what: Leopard skin; Racoon pelts; Gold leaf; or Raw meat? Raw meat
  2. Held in turn by the ancient Phonecians, Greeks and Romans, Cyrenaica is a region of which African country: Gambia; Uganda; Tunisia; or Libya? Libya
  3. Which London Underground line serves Heathrow Airport: Piccadilly; Metropolitan; Central; or District? Piccadilly
  4. What in the human body is the calcaneum: Skull; Heel bone; Wrist bone; or Rib cage? Heel bone
  5. Gametophobia is an informal term for the irrational fear of: Gambling; Birds; Marriage; or Walking? Marriage (gamete is Greek for wife, hence also, gamete, meaning a mature germ-cell which unites with another in sexual reproduction)
  6. With species called common, Danube and Italian, what creature is a bleak; Bird; Fish; Crab; or Whale? Fish
  7. For which English county cricket team did Australian Shane Warne play between 2000 and 2007: Surrey; Sussex; Hampshire; or Worcestershire? Hampshire
  8. Which composer died on 5th December 1791, aged 35: Beethoven; Bach; Mozart; or Chopin? Mozart
  9. A mooli is which type of vegetable: Carrot, Radish; Parsnip; or Cauliflower? Radish
  10. A 2010 UK survey by the Campaign for Better Transport identified which city as the most car-dependent: London; Milton Keynes; Bristol; or Swindon? Milton Keynes
  11. Who is the Greek God of the forge and fire, among other related responsibilities: Dionysus; Ares; Erebos; or Hephaestus? Hephaestus
  12. What is the musical term for 'To be repeated from the beginning': Da Capo; Etude; Cantata; or Rubato? Da Capo
  13. Burley is which type of crop: Cotton; Wheat; Rice; or Tobacco? Tobacco
  14. The Rockall Trough is in which ocean: Atlantic; Pacific; Arctic; or Indian? Atlantic
  15. In the 2004 film biopic Beyond the Sea, Kevin Spacey plays which 1960s singer: Bobby Vee; Frankie Avalon; Bobby Darin; or Fabian? Bobby Darin
  16. Hypokalaemia is the deficiency of what in the bloodstream: Calcium; Potassium; Oxygen; or Protein? Potassium
  17. In June 1937, which US state became the first, and only, to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday: Florida; California; Pennsylvania; or Texas? Pennsylvania
  18. Which European leader publicly welcomed a new female MP to parliament by reminding her of a 'rule' called 'jus primae noctis' ('law of the first night' - a medieval right of the Lord of the manor to deflower new brides) ? Silvio Berlusconi; Winston Churchill; Nicolas Sarkozy; or Helmut Kohl? Silvio Berlusconi (prime minister of Italy 1994-95, 2001-06, and 2008-current as at Sep 2010)
  19. If something is 'bacilliform' what shape is it: Diamond-shaped; Leaf-shaped; Arrow-shaped; or Rod-shaped? Rod-shaped
  20. The John Rylands Library is in which English city: Leeds; Manchester; London; or Birmingham? Manchester
  21. What colour is the pigment lycopene: Yellow; Green; Blue; or Red? Red (lycopene is found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables)
  22. What class of creature is a scorpion: Arachnid; Reptile; Insect; or Mammal? Arachnid (arachnid means spider in Greek - the class includes spiders - all arachnids have eight legs)
  23. In which English county is Chilham Castle: Cornwall; Kent; Derbyshire; or Norfolk? Kent
  24. Brisket is a cut of meat from which part of an animal: Leg; Rump; Chest; or Shoulder? Chest
  25. Bess Wallace was the wife of which US president: Coolidge; Hoover; Ford; or Truman? Truman
  26. 'The Battle of Trafalgar' is the work of which British painter: Joseph Turner; William Winstanley; Thomas Birch; or Edwin Landseer? Joseph Turner
  27. In which year was the Metropolitan Police Service established in London: 1789; 1829; 1869; or 1901? 1829
  28. Madrilene is what type of food dish: Soup; Omelette; Ice cream; or Pasta? Soup (clear, with tomato - so called from French 'consomme a la madrilene' meaning soup in the Madrid style)
  29. Petrography is the study of what: Pets; Clouds; Rocks; or Sculpture? Rocks (from Greek petros, meaning stone, and petra, rock, from which we also have the word petroleum, meaning literally 'rock oil')
  30. EU president Herman van Rumpuy published a book of what: Sex tips; Potato recipes; Haiku; or Best foreigner jokes? Haiku (haiku is a Japanese short form of poetry loosely containing 17 syllables, although technically syllables are a vague term in this context)
  31. What is a bump on a ski slope called which is formed by skiers turning: Tycoon; Mogul; Magnate; or Shogun? Mogul (probably from German mugel, and nothing to do with big business)
  32. The Watergate Complex is in which area of Washington DC: Foggy Bottom; Windy Corner; Sunnyside; or Snow Hill? Foggy Bottom
  33. Cilantro is the leaf of which herb: Sage; Thyme; Parsley; or Coriander? Coriander
  34. Which US state is known as The Volunteer State: Ohio; Maryland; Tennessee; or Utah? Tennessee (said to derive from the importance of Tennessee volunteer soldiers in the Anglo-American War of 1812-15)
  35. Mefloquine is used for the treatment of what: Malaria; Diabetes; Dysentery; or Yellow Fever? Malaria


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