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  1. Who is (at 2012) the only person to have won a Nobel Prize for physics and chemistry? Marie Curie (in 1903 with Henry Becquerel for physics, and in 1911 for chemistry)
  2. Venerable means greatly: Respected; Religious; Cautious; or Desired? Respected (typically a person of mid-late age who is wise and experienced)
  3. What colour/color is the Swiss cheese Gruyère: White; Orange; Yellow; or Green? Yellow
  4. What automotive manufacturer's badge logo has since 1925 featured a diamond, mostly as an 'impossible optical illusion' geometric 3D frame? Renault
  5. Approximately what is the surface temperature of the Sun, in degrees centigrade: 550; 5,500; 55,000; or 5.5m? 5,500
  6. What name is given to the infraclass of mammals which carry their young in a pouch? Marsupials
  7. What nationality (unchanged from birth) was the founding modernist and realism playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)? Norwegian
  8. Chinese corporation Huawei, controversially blacklisted in 2012 by the US Government Intelligence Committee, is (at 2012) the world's largest equipment manufacturer in which sector: Telecoms; Armaments; Medical; or Catering? Telecoms
  9. Spell the sexually transmitted disease: Chlamydea; Chlomydia; Chlamidya; or Chlamydia? Chlamydia (from Greek khlamus, cloak, likely alluding to its cellular nature/existence inside other cells, rather than difficulty of detection)
  10. What medical word refers to an inflamed throat, from the Greek word for throat? Pharyngitis
  11. Roughly how many thousand metres is the average cruising altitude of a commercial airliner: 7; 12; 18; or 20? 12
  12. In what US state was 'Custer's Last Stand'? Montana (also called The Battle of the Little Bighorn, and by Native American Indians, the Massacre at Greasy Grass, 25-26 June 1876, at which General Custer's 7th Cavalry Regiment was heavily defeated by Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho forces, at the Little Bighorn River, eastern Montana Territory, c.100 miles from the modern-day Billings city)
  13. The Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) pioneered and made his vast fortune in which industry in late 1800s USA? Steel
  14. What is the English translation of the German news magazine title Der Spiegel? The Mirror
  15. Surface, Fire and Nexus are brands/models of what modern (2010s) consumer product? Tablet (or tablet computer/smartphones, respectively of MS, Amazon/Kindle, and Google)
  16. The flamboyant Australian Darren Lyons controversially bought back his bankrupt agency business assets in 2012 to continue trading in what industry: Plastic surgery; Concert promotion; Celebrity representation; or Paparazzi pictures? Paparazzi pictures
  17. Monrovia is a: London district; Hobbit kingdom; Landrover model; or African capital city? African capital city (of Liberia, on the west coast - Monrovia, founded 1822, named after US President James Monroe, a main supporter of the nation's colonization)
  18. What puzzle, meaning 'single number' in Japanese, requires the completion of a grid so that each column, row and 3x3 box contain the numbers 1-9? Sudoku
  19. What Caribbean nation is considered the first black-led republic in the world? Haiti (Republic of Haiti established after defeat of the French forces in 1804, although over many years several other nations had attempted and competed to control the island)
  20. The retail expression 'Dark Store' refers to a shop premises designed/converted for what purpose? Online fulfillment (or delivery and/or collection of pre-ordered goods, or words to that effect - see dark store in the business dictionary)


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