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  1. Bees, Woozles, Jagulars, and the Backson are minor characters in which author's famous stories?
  2. A falling object which ceases to accelerate due to equal forces of drag and gravity is said most commonly to have reached what rate of descent?
  3. Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, writer Virginia Woolf, and newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell, shared what fate: Drowning; Hanging; Motorbike crash; or Poisoning?
  4. What human hormone causes certain body cells to take up glucose from the blood and store it as glycogen?
  5. An Olympic Bronze medal is made in modern times mainly of what metal?
  6. What American word, from French meaning lift, refers to an embankment preventing overflow of a river or other body of water?
  7. What word traditionally refers to a fictional inhabitant of the planet Mars, which extends loosely to aliens from elsewhere in space?
  8. What conifer shrub is known traditionally and offensively as 'bastard killer', because its berries were used to procure abortion?
  9. What famously amateur world champion sportsman, who died in 2012, is quoted as saying, "I prefer the affection of of eight-million Cubans."?
  10. Name Google's 3D mapping service, launched in the US in 2007?
  11. Traditionally, an Eton Mess is a: Meringue and strawberry pudding; Country dance; Cheese selection; or Small horse-drawn carriage?
  12. What Shakespeare play contains the line "Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war..."?
  13. The 'mast' of a beech tree refers to its: Nuts; Sap; Leaves; or Bark?
  14. The popular TV talkshow Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails) achieves viewing figures of 400 million in what country (as at 2012)?
  15. In Spanish languages and culture an abrazo is a: Hug; Kiss; Rejection; or Joke?
  16. The controversial 2011-12 US extradition action, supported by the UK government, against UK student Richard O'Dwyer, resulted from US criminal charges for what alleged offence: Murder; Terrorism; Computer hacking; or Copyright infringement?
  17. What is Python for Google, Yahoo, Youtube and many major online corporations?
  18. Which vast UK banking corporation suffered major computer failure during June 2012, impacting the cashflow of millions of customers and businesses, and exposing the company to tens of millions of pounds compensation liabilities?
  19. The transparent crystalline form of corundum (aluminium oxide - Al2O3) is called what if red, and what if blue (two answers required)?
  20. A dilettante refers to what sort of person in relation to a subject: Leading authority; Enthusiastic amateur; Antagonistic detractor; or Complete ignoramus? - fascinating bonus point, not for the easily offended, what sexual slang term is said to share etymological origins with the word dilettante?


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