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  1. What is a hundredth of a thousandth? A hundred-thousandth (or 0.00001)
  2. In a block and tackle lifting system, what is a sheave? Pulley; Rope; Hook; or Brake? Pulley (or more technically the roller within the pulley block - incidentally a block is a pulley or set of sheaves on one axle; tackle refers to two or more pulley blocks connected with a rope)
  3. What creatures are T S Eliot's characters Mr Mistoffelees, Mungojerrie, Rumpelteazer, and Bustopher Jones, and what musical was inspired by the poem book in which they feature? Cats (from T S Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats)
  4. The Kabbalah wristband, in Yiddish 'roite bindele', is normally what colour/color? Red (typically a thin strand of red wool, worn to protect against misfortune)
  5. In mathematics, a Markov chain is a sequence in which each event is determined by the: Immediately preceding event; Previous two events; Previous total sequence; or Next event? Immediately preceding event (after Russian mathematician Andrey Markov, 1856-1922)
  6. Brad, finish, clout, casing and horseshoe are types of what? Nails
  7. What state territory is named in Latin, meaning 'New Scotland'? Nova Scotia (Canada)
  8. What artist uses a cake of rosin: Chef; Violinist; Theatrical makeup; or Magician? Violinist (rosin is applied to the bow hairs to increase friction and quality of sound)
  9. Medically, miosis/myosis normally refers to the narrowing or constriction of the what? Pupil (of the eye)
  10. What is India's national motto, appearing on its emblem and currency? Satyameva Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails)
  11. Apposite means: Fair; Similar; Agreeable; or Appropriate? Appropriate (typically referring to a comment or example in relation to a particular subject or issue)
  12. Name the female alter-ego featured in the life and vase artworks of English transvestite artist Grayson Perry? Claire
  13. What (main class of) musical instrument has a bell, bass/long joint, boot/butt; wing joint, bocal/crook, and reed? Bassoon
  14. What is the more common name of the incendiary weapon formulated from naphthenic and palmitic acids? Napalm
  15. Which of these words is spelled incorrectly: Rhinocerous; Crocodile; Hippopotamus; Alligator? Rhinocerous (should be Rhinoceros)
  16. What sort of weapon is a shillelagh (pronounced 'shil-lay-lee'): Knife; Cudgel; Muskett; or Sword? Cudgel (the word has disputed origins, notably the Irish 'sail éille' meaning 'cudgel with strap', and the competing claim that it derives from County Wicklow village/area Shillelagh, which separately apparently derives from 'Síol Éalaigh', meaning 'Descendants of Éalach' - the Irish origin of the weapon seems disputed too, perhaps exaggerated in folklore)
  17. Contrary to popular information there are actually four (not two) Olympic sports containing male vs female contest; what are they? Equestrian, Sailing, Tennis, Badminton (the latter two involve mixed doubles - this information is correct at 2012)
  18. What pluralised female receptacle is a British ironic reference to a minor altercation or physical confrontation (usually) between men. Handbags
  19. What two composers' names are used as slang meaning drunk? Brahms and Liszt (see Cockney Rhyming Slang)
  20. In the latter 1900s and early 2000s what five Asian nations are the world's biggest motorbike markets? China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand


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