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  1. Born George Jamieson in Liverpool 1935, name the 1960s model noted for her transgender equality campaigning? April Ashley
  2. Storing and processing data on a remote unspecified computer server is known as '(what weather feature) computing'? Cloud
  3. The Syrah grape variety makes wine that is: Red; White; Sparkling; or Rosé? Red (Shiraz)
  4. Spell the word: Greviance; Greivance; Grievence; or Grievance? Grievance
  5. From the root Greek words 'against' and 'protection', what medical term refers to a serious human allergic reaction? Anaphylaxis (ana, against, and phylaxis, protection)
  6. What is the main cereal constituent of macaroni? Wheat (Duram wheat)
  7. In a Japanese restaurant an oshibori is a: Hand towel; Waiter; Waitress; or Griddle? Hand towel (typically hot and wet in winter, and cold and wet in summer)
  8. The medical term bariatric refers (increasingly politically correctly) to what human condition? Obesity
  9. In geometry, where every point of a shape is moved a constant distance and direction, this is called: Translation; Mirroring; Reflection; or Replication? Translation
  10. In copyright and trademark law the abbreviation IP stands for what? Intellectual Property (referring to the created work which is subject to protection)
  11. What 'royal' crop accounts for 70% of the agricultural revenue of the island of Jersey? Potatoes (Jersey Royal Potatoes, incidentally a food name protected under EU legislation)
  12. What chemical element is named from the French for charcoal? Carbon
  13. Name the chemical process for toughening rubber/polymer typically by adding sulphur (US, sulfur) using heat and pressure? Vulcanization (named after Vulcan the Roman god of fire, invented by Charles Goodyear, claimed 1939)
  14. What sport dominated (with 30 of the top 100) the 2012 Forbes list of highest earning athletes? American Football
  15. The brand name 'Surface' was launched by what corporation in 2012 for its new tablet computers? Microsoft
  16. Which country's flag comprises a round blue starry sky in a yellow rhombus, on a green background? Brazil
  17. What, from Latin 'to milk', is the technical name for a mixture of two or more liquids that are normally unblendable? Emulsion
  18. What three letters did comedy writer Armando Iannucci amusingly tweet back to Tony Blair's ex-spin-doctor Alistair Campbell following Campbell's jibe about Iannucci's acceptance of his OBE award '... your wit a bit tired and blunt already. Three little letters can have more impact than you realise..' ? WMD (referring to Campbell's controversial involvement with Blair's mistaken Weapons of Mass Destruction justification for the Iraq War - Iannuci wrote the TV comedy 'The Thick of It', a biting parody of British government in which the frightful Malcolm Tucker spin-doctor character was said to be based heavily on Campbell)
  19. The term geocentric places what as central? Earth (the planet Earth, in the universe and in an orbital sense)
  20. Andrew McDougall, whose injury decided a serious international sport championship final in 2012, was a: Goalkeeper; Golfer; Rower; or Linesman? Linesman (at Queens Tennis Club, David Nalbandian kicked an advert board in anger, injuring the linesman, resulting in his disqualification and the title going to Marin Cilic)


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