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  1. The Abraj Al-Bait Towers complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, at 2012 the 2nd tallest building globally, also boasts what world-beating feature: Clocktower/face; Belltower/bell; Swimming pool; or Carpark? Clocktower/clockface (tallest clocktower and largest clockface)
  2. A period of Northern Hemisphere climatic extremes occurring between 1350 and 1850 is loosely referred to as 'The Little (what)'? Ice Age
  3. With the symbol F, what is the unit of electrical capacitance? Farad (named after English physicist Michael Faraday)
  4. Colostrum, informally called beestings/bisnings, is a form of: Legal process; Milk; Offal; or Public disorder? Milk (produced by female humans and other mammals in late pregnancy - it contains antibodies to protect newborns against disease, also lower in fat and higher in protein than ordinary milk)
  5. Originally a physician to the gods, conceived by Greek poet Homer, what ancient word is a song of praise or triumph? Paean (from at least 2,700 years ago, Homer's word was Paian, which later came to refer in Greek to a hymn of thanksgiving to Apollo)
  6. The metric prefix femto is shown as ten to the power of minus what? 15 (in decimals: 0.000 000 000 000 001 - called in UK/US/Arab world a quadrillionth, or in Europe excluding the UK, a billiardth - see metric prefixes - femto is from Danish/Norwegian femten, meaning fifteen)
  7. Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Punjab are the four provinces of which nation? Pakistan
  8. A missive is an official: Teaching/lesson; Punishment/fine; Letter/document; or Task/objective? Letter/document (especially a long one)
  9. The Sardinian sheep-milk cheese Casu Marzu is noted for what added element in its fermentation and presentation? Maggots (specifically the live insect larvae of the cheese fly - considered a delicacy, many consumers prefer to eat the cheese with the live maggots - eating dead maggots is thought unsafe)
  10. The local word 'Lei' refers to a garland of flowers or shells, etc., orginating in and associated iconically with which island? Hawaii
  11. Spike, Dig, Set, and Block are found in which competitive sport? Volleyball
  12. Nuuk, population about 15,000, is the capital city of which country? Greenland
  13. From the Greek words loosely meaning 'same' and 'idea' what term refers to an expression which contains unnecessary duplication? Tautology (for example 'a moment in time' or 'repeat it for a second time' [in referring to a single repeat] or 'a free giveaway' - N.B. the word tautology may refer to more complex concepts in science and technical subjects)
  14. Spell the medical condition: Eczema; Eczmha; Ecxma; Ezcema? Eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed - from Greek words 'ek', out, and 'zein', boil)
  15. As at 2012 how many chemical elements are known/listed officially: 58; 78; 108; or 118? 118
  16. Yellow Fever is generally carried/transmitted by: Coughs/sneezes; Infected water; Mosquito bites; or Rats? Mosquito bite
  17. Canada's busy Montreal metro trains run on wheels of: Steel; Carbon-fibre; Polypropylene; or Rubber? Rubber
  18. The acronym POTUS refers to what position? President Of The United States (see also FLOFTUS)
  19. What single vowel letter symbol generally refers in science to 'any element'? E
  20. The diagram format for showing guitar fretboard fingering positions is commonly known as a: Finger grid; Fret table; Chord window; or Strum chart? Chord window


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