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  1. Via Appia is regarded as the first modern what? Road (built by the Romans initially c.312BC, from Rome to Capua, just north of Naples, a distance of about 130 miles, later extended in stages, to Brindisi, Apulia, south-east Italy, c.264BC, a total of about 360 miles - in English called the Appian Way, the road was named after Roman politician Appius Claudius Caecus, c.340BC-273BC, who instigated and managed the construction of the first section of Via Appia from Rome to Capua)
  2. Lysergic Acid Diethylamide is better known by what abbreviated name? LSD (the hallucinogenic drug)
  3. What was ex-Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi's first criminal conviction (Oct 2012): Soliciting minors for sex; Tax evasion; Bribery; or Abuse of office? Tax evasion
  4. What word derives from Latin for iron and refers to many different band-type fastenings, strengtheners, and tips? Ferrule (from ferrum/ferrous, and French/Latin virelle/viriola, small bracelet)
  5. Who created the controversial 66ft statue Verity, loaned to UK seaside town Ilfracombe in 2012? Damien Hirst (Verity is a naked pregnant sword-holding woman)
  6. Which one of these nations is not in Sub-Saharan Africa: Kenya, Algeria, Ethiopia, Burundi? Algeria (Sub-Saharan Africa is generally south of the Sahara desert)
  7. The brandname prefixes Open and Libre refer to free 'open source' computer software alternatives to what major corporate product? Microsoft Office (OpenOffice.org and breakaway version LibreOffice.org)
  8. What curry spice takes its name from ancient animal fodder which the Romans called faenum graecum? Fenugreek (from - faenum graecum, Greek hay)
  9. Research published in 2012 by the University of Rio de Janeiro identified what capability as the fundamental enabler of increased brain size in human evolution: Speech; Cooking; Reading and writing; or Swimming? Cooking (enabling vastly improved efficiency of food/energy consumption necessary to support larger brains - N.B. the human brain accounts for 20% of resting energy metabolism - whereas, for example, gorillas must spend up to 10hrs/day foraging and eating)
  10. Named after a children's story character, what is the informal astrobiological term for the region around a star within which a planet with surface water could theoretically exist? Goldilocks Zone (alluding to Goldilocks tasting the three bears' porridge, i.e., neither too hot or too cold, but just right - to sustain surface water, and therefore perhaps life)
  11. The attempted assassination of 15 year old Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban, in response to her championing the right of girls to education, took place in what (her home) country? Pakistan
  12. The astronomical term 'quasi-stellar radio source' is more commonly expressed as what abbreviated word? Quasar (quasars are typically on the edge of the observable universe and among the brightest objects known - basically a compacted galaxy around a supermassive black hole, apparently)
  13. A hang is what sort of musical instrument: Percussion; String; Keyboard; or Woodwind? Percussion (technically an 'idiophone', in the same major class as a steelpan/steeldrum, xylophone, or triangle)
  14. The US dollar sign ($) derives from the abbreviation of which other currency? Peso (P overlaying an S - the Spanish peso was a common US currency during America's European colonization, becoming known as the 'Spanish dollar', a variation of the German equivalent thaler, and previously called 'piece of eight', which referred literally to the splitting of coins into eight segments, enabling smaller values to be exchanged)
  15. The Chalara Fraxinea fungal disease afflicts: Birds; Bees; Trees; or Humans? Trees (Ash trees particularly, the disease is more commonly called Ash dieback disease)
  16. Where on a coin would 'reeding' be found: Edge; Front; Back; or Inside? Edge (grooves or ridges were traditionally milled into coin edges to counter the practice of shaving silver/gold from the coin, and also to help with coin differentiation by touch)
  17. Spell the word: Corobborate; Coroborate; Coroborrate; Corroborrate; or Corroborate? Corroborate (it means confirm or support a claim or evidence, etc)
  18. Fujitsu's 2012 'Floral Kiss', controversially designed for women including 'long fingernails-friendly opening' and daily horoscopes, is what sort of product? Laptop computer
  19. What African animals are traditionally considered the 'Big Five', originally the most difficult/dangerous to hunt on foot (one point each)? Elephant, Rhinoceros, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo (more precisely African Elephant, Black Rhinoceros, Lion, Leopard, Cape or African Buffalo - the term has nowadays become more used in relation to safari animal spotting, although still applies in hunting)
  20. The expression 'up to scratch', meaning fit for purpose, derives from a technical rule in what discipline? Boxing (see up to scratch in cliches origins)


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