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  1. The word bucolic refers to pleasant/positive aspects of: Human mood; Religious authority/duty; Food digestion; or Countryside/life? Countryside/life (from Greek boukolos, herdsman, and bous, ox)
  2. Name the mythological Greek hero King of Salamis, son of Telamon and Periboea, and cleaning product? Ajax
  3. With blue, yellow, green and orange lines, which nation's busiest metro has stations including Rosemont, Snowdon, Saint-Michel, Monk, and McGill? Canada (Montreal)
  4. Brownian motion is what sort of movement: Random; Infinitely straight; Ever-decreasing circles; or Spiraling? Random (such as dust particles in air - after Scottish botonist/scientist Robert Brown, who identified the effect in 1927)
  5. Which of these is not an 'Ivy League' university: Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, Dartmouth College, Harvard, Yale? Stanford
  6. The tunica intima, or intima, is the inner layer of what in the human body: Arteries/veins; Bones; Muscles; or Hair? Arteries/veins
  7. Which, if any, of these words is/are spelled incorrectly: Seize; Caffeine; Receive; Deceit; Receipt? None
  8. Abloy, dimple, skeleton, Zeiss, master, and DND are types of what? Keys (DND is a type of security key - DND means Do Not Duplicate, but since nothing other than the letters DND on the key exists to prevent duplication, it's not a particularly effective security method)
  9. The Austrian metalworking company Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen founded in 1934 is nowadays better known as a manufacturer of what? Motorcycles (KTM, traditionally specializing in off-road motorbikes)
  10. When writing 'a millionth' in decimals (using numbers and a decimal point/dot), how many zeros are between the decimal point and the figure 1? Five (0.000001)
  11. What two letters do not appear in any symbols of the official list of chemical elements? J and Q
  12. What emergency service derives its name from Latin meaning 'walking'? Ambulance (a French word, originally 'hopital ambulant', referring to a mobile or field hospital, literally meaning 'walking hospital')
  13. Toothpaste, turtle, oxblood, oilie/oily, ade, and swirly are types of what? Marbles (toy marbles, generally made of glass)
  14. What single word does the French 'Clair de lune' mean in English? Moonlight
  15. What colour/color traditionally is the Michelin Guide for hotels/restaurants? Red
  16. What is the least densely populated country or dependency in the world? Greenland
  17. As at July-August 2012 what site boasted the biggest McDonalds outlet in the world with 1500 seats? London 2012 Olympics (Olympic Park, Stratford, East London, UK)
  18. The term 'brogued' technically refers to a shoe with: Perforations; Leather soles; Layered uppers; or Between 8-12 lace-holes? Perforations (the perforated patterns in the uppers of traditional brogue shoes derive from the very basic original untanned hide brogue shoes of centuries-old Scotland/Ireland which had holes in the uppers, supposedly to allow water to be drained easily)
  19. Name the four basic types of human/animal bodily tissue? Connective, Muscle, Nervous, Epithelial (Epithelial tissue is the lining in bodily cavities and structural surfaces, and forms many glands. Epithelial cell functions are mainly to detect sensation, secrete, absorb, protect, and transport. The word is from Greek epi = upon, and thele = nipple)
  20. 'Normal' or Gaussian distribution in a graph is informally called a what shape (two word answer)? Bell curve (see Bell curve explanation in the business dictionary)


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