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  1. What word prefix makes new words when added to: pet, meter, graph, mount and site? Para
  2. Name the vast French multi-national contractor-sponsor of the 2012 Paralympics criticized for its work in assessing claimants of UK state disability benefits? Atos (fully Atos SA)
  3. What is the common alternative abbreviated name for a Cannon plug/connector used in professional audio systems? XLR
  4. What prestige car marque has a trident emblem design influenced by the Fountain of Neptune, Bologna? Maserati
  5. Nollywood refers informally to the huge cinema industry of which nation? Nigeria
  6. Rumtopf is a traditional Danish/German dish comprising rum and: Fruit; Potato; Sausage; or Fish? Fruit (literally 'rum pot' - seasonal fruits are added through the year to a big rum-filled vessel, and served both as a dessert and beverage at Christmas)
  7. What thickening agent found in gummy confectionery etc., defined as a food and produced from animal by-products, has the E Number 441? Gelatin
  8. What common substance is technically defined as "...an organic natural composite material of cellulose fibers/fibres, strong in tension, embedded in a matrix of lignin which resists compression..." Wood (lignin/lignen is a organic chemical polymer compound forming the cellular structure of wood; the word is from Latin lignum, meaning wood)
  9. An irreversible freedom of capability or knowledge, typically liberating/changing behaviour of large groups, is described metaphorically, alluding to stories such as Aladdin, as "...the 'what' is out of the 'what'.." ? The Genie is out of the Bottle (or less commonly, but still correctly, the Genie is out of the Lamp)
  10. What is the modern common name of the Northernmost European people historically called Lapps? Sami (or Saami - indigenous people from the extreme north of Europe including parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia, a region referred to now as Sápmi)
  11. What ubiquitous instrument makes a sound technically called a 'chick' when played closed? Hi-hat (foot-pedal controlled cymbals, part of a conventional drum-kit)
  12. Ubiquitous means seen: Often; Rarely; Seasonally; or Historically? Often (or everywhere, commonly, etc)
  13. Mintonette was the original name of which sport? Volleyball ( devised 1895 by William Morgan, a YMCA physical education director)
  14. How many years is a megaannum? One million (with the symbol Ma)
  15. Karanga is a ritual welcome chant of what people? Maori (of New Zealand)
  16. The binary number symbols 100 equate to what conventional number? Four
  17. What was the first internet top-level domain: .net; .mil; .com; .arpa; or .lee? .arpa (from the pre-internet name 'arpanet', intended to be temporary but became established and remains used for internet technical infrastructure purposes)
  18. What word is used on Wikipedia referring to its pages which list and resolve "...conflicts in article titles that occur when a single term can be associated with more than one topic..." (as at 2012)? Disambiguation (in other words, a list/clarification of different meanings of the same word or phrase)
  19. Put these ages of human history in correct order, oldest first: Neolithic, Paleolithic, Mesolithic? Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic (equating to 'old', 'middle' and 'new' plus lithic, 'stone')
  20. Micturate is a medical term for expelling what from the human body? Urine (micturate means urinate - see take the micky)


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