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  1. 'George' is a common nickname for what aviation system? Autopilot (probably named after George DeBeeson, an American inventor/innovator and aviation engineer, who developed and patented a version of the technology)
  2. Racerback, Balconette, Bandeau, and Shelf are types of what? Bra (or brassiere)
  3. In what language do the words 'zajecie', 'sprawa', and 'przedsiewziecie' refer to notions of business? Polish
  4. Diverticulitis is a common disease of what human system: Nervous; Skeletal; Immune; or Digestive? Digestive (typically of the large intestine entailing inflammation of outer wall pouches)
  5. What French phrase refers to the 'left bank' of the river Seine in Paris, and by extension to the artistic/creative/anti-establishment lifestyle which characterized the area and much of its population in the early 1900s? Rive Gauche
  6. According to Encyclopedia Britannica 2012, a skyscraper is very loosely defined as having at least how many storeys/stories: 15; 40; 65; or 100? 40 (the definition is given loosely to be more than 40 or 50 storeys - the term skyscraper originally referred to buildings of more than 10 storeys when first used in the 1880s - incidentally US spelling of storey is story)
  7. Willis-Ekbom disease is more commonly known as: Restless leg syndrome; Leprosy; Syphilis; or Ear-ache? Restless leg syndrome
  8. The Latin term 'intra muros' means: Public; Not public; Under review; or Parliamentary privilege? Not public (literally 'within walls')
  9. The Henri Delaunay trophy is awarded in which sport? Association Football (or soccer - for the UEFA European Championship - French football administrator Henri Delaunay conceived the tournament in the 1920s - it began in 1958, with the finals in 1960 - the Soviet Union beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in the final)
  10. What two rhyming words, originally old English, each mean 'from a place or position'? Whence and Thence
  11. From what is the J derived in the brand name 'J-cloth'? Johnson and Johnson (the company which first made it)
  12. What Latin word for 'straight' gave its name to a part of the human body? Rectum
  13. What north-eastern state of India (at 2012) accounts for more than 50% of the nation's tea production, and is said to be the world's biggest tea-growing region? Assam
  14. What was the first chartered corporation of the US: Harvard University; Kellogg Company; Quaker Oats Company; or Bank of New York? Harvard University (founded 1636, chartered as a corporation in 1650 officially as The President and Fellows of Harvard College)
  15. Where in the human body is the sacrum bone: Ear; Pelvis; Knee; or Hand? Pelvis (at base of spine)
  16. Pangaea, Laurasia and Gondwana are: Diseases; Supercontinents; Harry Potter characters; or Flowering herbs? Supercontinents (supercontinent refers to a landmass comprising more than one continental core, or craton, being the essential part of a tectonic plate, which have formed and divided to produce 'continental' land masses)
  17. A 'wherry' is a Drink; Cheese; Wind; or Boat? Boat (typically a light rowing boat or barge for passengers)
  18. The UK-founded communications technology company O2 started as joint venture between which two large corporations? British Telecom (BT) and Securicor
  19. What area of achievement originally linked the US 'Ivy League' universities: Sport; Academic; Politics; or Military? Sport (The Ivy League, established in 1954, has since extended in implication to refer to academic excellence, entry exclusivity, and elitism) - bonus points, one for each - name the eight Ivy League universities? Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University
  20. The metric prefix nano means 10 to the power of: -6; -9; -10; or -100? -9 (equating to 0.000000001 or a billionth in the US/UK-English 'shortscale' number system - see metric prefix listing)


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