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  1. What is the upright cylindrical apparatus on a ship around which cables or hawsers are wound for hoisting anchors and lifting sails, etc - and also a UK brand of unfiltered high-tar cigarette? Capstan
  2. The Crimean Peninsula is part of which European country? Ukraine
  3. What is the vein running along the centre of a leaf called? Midrib
  4. The disease beriberi is caused by the deficiency of which vitamin? B1 (Thiamine)
  5. What is measured in Hertz? Frequency (typically of radio and audio waves/applications)
  6. 24 Sussex Drive is the official residence of the Prime Minister of which country? Canada
  7. Hyperion and Rhea are two moons of which planet in our solar system? Saturn
  8. "This is a sharp medicine, but it is a physician for all diseases and miseries..." is attributed to which historical figure as he was about to be executed, in 1618? Sir Walter Raleigh
  9. The citrus fruit ortanique is a cross between which two fruits? Orange and Tangerine
  10. In the UK, the half-crown coin (2/6 - two-shillings and sixpence - equating to 12½ pence) was demonetised on the last day of which year? 1969 (see fascinating British money facts, history and slang)
  11. Which English poet is associated with Dove Cottage in Grasmere? William Wordsworth
  12. What does the well known Latin phrase 'cogito, ergo sum', commonly attributed to René Descartes, translate as in English? I think, therefore I am (French philosopher René Descartes, 1596-1650, used the expression in French, "Je pense donc je suis," in his Discourse on Method, 1637, and later in Latin, "Cogito ergo sum" in Principles of Philosophy, 1644, however the originator of the phrase is said to be the Greek philosopher Socrates, 469-399 BC, in his work Great Dialogues of Plato.)
  13. In which country was astronomer and scientist Nicolaus Copernicus born? Poland
  14. Which country is referred to as 'The Land of the Long White Cloud'? New Zealand
  15. Astigmatism affects which part of the human body? Eye (typically due to an irregular curvature of the lens - put simply, the eye might be described as oval rather than round)
  16. Who would use a maulstick, or mahlstick? Artist/painter (it is a stick with a padded or soft leather head which supports the hand which holds the brush)
  17. The Capuchin Catacombs are on which Mediterranean island? Sicily
  18. An isohel is a line on a map connecting two points which have the same duration of what? Sunshine (from the Greek words iso, equal, and helios, sun)
  19. Who, having a name which brings to mind a children's game played all around the world, was appointed Home Secretary in Britain in May 1997? Jack Straw (Jackstraws is a branded game product version of the 'pick-up-sticks' game)
  20. Which English king, who lived from about 988-993 to 1016, was nicknamed Ironside? Edmund II (his nickname resulted from his successful defence of Wessex, southern England, against the Viking King Cnut, also called Canute.)
  21. Glyptogography, or glyptics, is the art of carving or engraving on what? Gemstones
  22. Which artist painted the 'Man in a Red Turban'? Jan van Eyck
  23. 'The Landlord's Game', patented in the US by Elizabeth Magie in 1904, was a form of which now popular board game? Monopoly
  24. Which musical note has the same value as half a semibreve or two crochets? Minim
  25. Which sportswear company was founded as 'Blue Ribbon Sports' by Bill Bowerman and Philip Knight in 1964? Nike
  26. In the religious calendar, what are the last two weeks of Lent known as? Passiontide
  27. What type of insect is a devil's coach horse? Beetle
  28. In which controversial novel and film does the Korova Milk Bar appear? A Clockwork Orange
  29. What is the highest US military award for bravery? Medal of Honor
  30. What is the term for a word formed from the initial letters of other words, such as NATO? Acronym (see useful and amusing acronyms)


Question 24 corrected (omitted word 'half' inserted) - thanks J Gee - 10 Feb 2011.


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