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  1. Clawhammer is a playing style most often associated with which instrument?
  2. Accounting for c.30% of total global tax revenues, what form of tax did France introduce in 1954, W Germany 1968, UK 1973 and China 1984?
  3. What make of aircraft is considered the first jet to fly: Heinkel; Nakajima; Lockheed; or English Electric Canberra?
  4. Giacomo Casanova (1725-98) is reported to have used what fruit as a contraceptive?
  5. The process by which cardinals meet to elect a new Pope is called the Papal (what?): Enclave; Conclave; Exclave; or Autoclave?
  6. What isotope does radiocarbon dating use (element-isotope number)?
  7. Broadly when was the Industrial Revolution: 1650-1750; 1700-1800; 1750-1850; or 1800-1900?
  8. Who suggested the metaphor that, "When you sit with a pretty girl for two hours it seems a minute, but sit on a hot stove for a minute and it seems two hours..." and to explain what? (two answers required)
  9. What famous French film production/newsreel brand, established in 1896, was the first major movie corporation?
  10. 'The Continental Army' became what in 1784?
  11. A panopticon is a: Powerful telescope; Building; Fire-engine; or Fairground-ride?
  12. Name the earliest (post-gamete) developmental stage of the human embryo: Zygote; Sperm; Ovum; or Gametocyte?
  13. What country has the internet top level domain (TLD) suffix .za?
  14. Who is the famous husband of the also famous Chinese singer Peng Liyuan?
  15. The meteorological terms 'veering' and 'backing' refer to winds changing direction in what ways (two answers required)?
  16. The doing of what sort of puzzles does the term cruciverbalism refer to?
  17. Scottish physicist James Dewar (1842-1923) lost a legal case to which German company for the rights to his invention of what, (named eponymously and alternatively after both claimants) - two answer required, the German company and the product?
  18. Kraton, Salvia and 4-MEC are: Computer viruses; Star Trek planets; Russian cars; or Recreational drugs?
  19. What term refers to the (typically prehistoric) method of attaching a sharp stone or bone, etc., to a stick or strap to make a tool or weapon: Hafting; Shafting; Grafting; Crafting; or Rafting?
  20. 'The Law of the Instrument' referring to having just one 'tool' (i.e., approach or method) and so treating every situation the same is known popularly as 'Maslow's (what)'?


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