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  1. The Japanese condiment wasabi is produced from what part of the the wasabi plant: Seeds; Roots; Leaves; or Flowers? Roots
  2. 100000 and 200000 are the postal codes for the two major cities of which nation? China (Beijing and Shanghai)
  3. How wide is a regulation basketball hoop? 18 inches (more precisely 450-459 mm, or 17.7 to 18 inches, being the inside diameter of the ring)
  4. How many 'eyes' does a coconut have at its base? Three
  5. Sicilian, Spanish and Ruy Lopez are types of tactical moves in what game? Chess
  6. What possession of 'wild west' star Annie Oakley sold at a 2012 auction for $143,000? Gun (12-bore shotgun)
  7. The old unit of measurement, a league, was originally a distance typically: Walked in one hour; To the visible horizon; An arrow flies from a longbow; or Sailed in a day with a following wind? Walked in an hour (roughly three miles)
  8. At 2012 what was the last manned mission to the moon? Apollo 17
  9. The Italian words for 'three roads' provided the name for which famous Rome monument? Trevi Fountain (tre vie)
  10. Spell (the heart-starting instrument): Defibulator; Defibrillator; Defibralater: Defibrulator? Defibrillator
  11. The term 'circadian rhythm' refers to a cycle of what length? Day (or 24hrs, typically the human cycle of biological processes in a day, and of other living things, generally influenced by daylight - the term is from Latin circa, around, and diem, day)
  12. Barra island, Outer Hebrides, has at 2012 the world's only official beach-based what? Airport (which accommodates scheduled flights)
  13. Who wrote the erotic women's rights novel Lace and originated the quote, "Life's too short to stuff a mushroom"? Shirley Conran
  14. As at 2012 an Olympic gold medal is mainly made of what metal? Silver (550 grams of silver at least 925-1000 grade, covered with 6 grams of gold)
  15. What is the US word for an automotive wheel nut or the brace used to loosen/tighten one? Lug (hence lug nut and lug wrench)
  16. Name the Italian red wine from Tuscany traditionally available in a squat bottle in a straw basket, called a fiasco? Chianti
  17. Facebook's 2011-12 smartphone development project is named after what vampire story character? Buffy - bonus point - What is the character's surname? Summers
  18. What is/was the BBC's teletext information service called? Ceefax (started in 1974, and still at 2012 running a limited service via BBC2 analogue broadcasts - phonetically Ceefax = 'see facts')
  19. The main feature of the human illness diabetes is the body's inability to produce what hormone? Insulin
  20. The (mainly London) backslang 'ewif yenneps' refers to what monetary sum? Five pence (traditionally five old pennies, pre-decimalisation - see money slang and history)


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