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  1. What island nation began modernizing reforms in the early 2000s when leadership passed from brother to brother? Cuba (Fidel Castro to Raul Castro)
  2. What element did Marie Curie name after her native land? Polonium (discovered 1898 by Marie and Pierre Curie, named after the Latin for Poland, Polonia, which did not exist independently at the time - Marie Curie sought to publicize its claim for national independence by naming the element as such)
  3. A phlebotomist historically used what creature as a tool of the trade: Falcon; Maggot; Leech; or Horse? Leech (a phlebotomist draws blood from human patients, for bloodletting or nowadays more for analysis)
  4. What two countries share administrative responsibility for Tierra del Fuego (at 2012)? Argentina and Chile
  5. A sophomore is typically a student in which year of university? Second
  6. The Starbucks coffee corporation took its name from what classic novel? Moby Dick (alternatively titled The Whale - Starbuck is chief mate of the whaleship Pequod, which was apparently an earlier possible company name rejected by one of the co-founders)
  7. What main three countries constituted the Axis Powers? Germany, Japan, Italy (also called the Axis Alliance or Axis Nations, etc., prior to and during the 2nd World War, versus the Allied forces)
  8. The French commune town Laguiole in south-central Midi-Pyrénées region of France is known for what eponymously named tool? Knife (pocket knife - a Laguiole knife traditionally has a slim high quality folding blade, often with a corkscrew - original knives were used by cattlemen and shepherds and were designed for simple surgical procedures for livestock, notably relieving stomach bloat - the name Laguiole, which is used by makers of knives and various products elsewhere, has become subject to disputes and claims about trademark/protection, such as apply to regional makers of Champagne, Cornish Pasties, Sherry, etc)
  9. What traditional dark ale is said to derive from its consumption by early 1700s doormen and bag-carrying street workers? Porter
  10. Google's prior name while under development was 'Back(what?)'? Rub (the 'Back' in the name Backrub is said to be a reference to the aspect of 'backlinks' in the Google ranking and indexing algorithm - the rationale for the Rub element seems unknown)
  11. What, related etymologically to the Chinese Yuan and the Japanese Yen, is the currency of North and South Korea? Won (whose collective root meaning is originally 'round shape' in Chinese)
  12. Traditionally CE on a calculator key stood for what? Clear Entry (i.e., clear the last entry, rather than clear everything - nowadays it is perhaps more common for a C key to be 'clear last entry', and for an AC key to be 'clear all')
  13. Former butler Paolo Gabriele was convicted in 2012 of stealing documents, and subsequently leaking secrets, of what major international leadership headquarters? The Vatican (he was the Pope's butler)
  14. Erstwhile means: Former; Latter; Current; or Imaginery? Former (Erst is an old English word meaning 'long ago')
  15. A costermonger was/is a traditional street-seller of: Potions and medicines; Meat; Fish; or Fruit and vegetables? Fruit and vegetables (Typically in Victorian London, named from the now extinct medieval large apple called a costard - costermongers originally mainly sold apples)
  16. The traditional 'proof' measure of beverage alcoholic strength derives from the maritime method of 'proving' that rum was not waterered down, by dousing what with the rum and igniting it? Gunpowder (Such a test was important because sailors were in past times part-paid in rum. Gunpowder didn't ignite if soaked in rum below 57.15% alcohol by volume (ABV). So rum containing 57.15% ABV) was defined as 100° (one hundred degrees) proof. Since 57.15% = c.4/7, this is the (UK) ratio of conversion from degrees proof to percentage ABV, or 7/4 to convert ABV to proof. The US ratio was simplified to exactly a half, so that for example, 80 proof = 40% ABV.)
  17. Scruples are a: Moral anxiety; Generous nature; Contract/agreement; or Stomach ache? Moral anxiety (scruples refers to a pricking of one's moral conscience, i.e., an anxiety about the ethics of one's actions, from Latin, scrupulus, a small sharp stone - see scruples origins)
  18. The four radioactive series titled Thorium, Neptunium, Radium/Uranium and Actinium all decay eventually to stable isotopes of what element? Lead
  19. Which of these are regarded as the two foremost composers of opera: Verdi and Wagner; Strauss and Handel; Beethoven and Rachmaninoff; or JS Bach and Mozart? Verdi and Wagner
  20. What term meaning unnecessarily confusing language derives from an allusion to turkey noises? Gobbledegook (or similar - see Gobbledegook in the business dictionary)


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