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  1. What does the 'S' stand for in the SM intellectual property mark (for example℠) used in the US and many other countries? Service (A service mark commonly refers and gives some protection to an unregistered brand name for a service provided by a business or other organization - when/if registered the mark is changed to ®)
  2. Famously depicting the Norman Conquest of England, the Bayeux Tapestry is actually: Embroidered Cloth; A Tapestry; A Long Carpet; or Painted Fabric? Embroidered Cloth (thought more likely made in England than France)
  3. What wheel-based metaphor commonly describes centralized transport and distribution systems, notably airports? Hub and Spoke
  4. An ushanka is a Russian what? Hat (fur, with ear flaps - it means 'ear hat' and is also called a shapka)
  5. (Up to) what degree of Neanderthal DNA is found in modern non-African people: 0.01%; 0.1%; 1%; or 4%? 4%
  6. The 1930 Revolution of which country (the largest lusophone nation in the world) replaced Washington Luis with Getulio Vargas as President? Brazil (lusophone means Portuguese-speaking)
  7. What is India's smallest state (by area)? Goa
  8. What famous brand of heat-resistant wipe-clean plastic laminate was invented at and patented by Westinghouse in 1912? Formica (named because it was devised originally as a mica substitute used in electrical insulation)
  9. Scientists reported in 2012 what litter being used by Mexico City birds to reduce parasites in their nests: Bottle-tops; Cigarette-ends; Chewing-gum; or Taco-wrappers? Cigarette-ends (cigarette nicotine/chemicals are anti-parasite; the butts also improve insulation; ref. Dr Constantino Macias Garcia, St Andrews University, studying birds nests in Mexico City)
  10. Nintendo's Wii console launched in 2012 is the: U; Mi; Hi; or Fi? U
  11. Typically related to glass or crystal, the term dichroism refers to two or more what? Colours/colors (produced either by visible light being split and reflected/diffracted as more than one colour, or where polarizations of a light ray are absorbed to different degrees by a substance causing the substance to appear multi-coloured)
  12. Largely Indian-owned corporation ArclelorMittal (a merger/acquisition of the two names by the latter) is the world's biggest producer of: Steel; Paper; Rubber; or Honey? Steel
  13. A censor was an officer of what civilization, responsible for public census, morality, finances, etc: Roman; Viking; Greek; or Mongol? Roman (specifically of ancient Rome)
  14. What country has the internet top level domain .sa? Saudi Arabia
  15. Spell: Resusitation, Recussitation, Rescusitation, Resuscitation? Resuscitation
  16. Tribology, the science of one surface sliding/moving against another (as in mechanical moving parts), involves what three principles or elemental aspects? Friction, Lubrication, Wear (tribology is from Greek tribo, meaning 'I rub')
  17. Idiophones, membranophones, chordophones, aerophones and electrophones are the five main categories of a system for classifiying what? Musical instruments (in the Sachs-Hornbostel system)
  18. Name the eight member states of the Warsaw Pact treaty? Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Soviet Union (in English the treaty was called fully the Warsaw Treaty Organization of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance - it was a defence/defense alliance of East European communist nations during the Cold War, initiated by the Soviet Union after West Germany joined NATO, and existed 1955–1991)
  19. '(What?) integration' refers to a corporation acquiring or otherwise taking control of connecting activity/ies in a supply chain: Horizontal; Parallel; Cellular; or Vertical? Vertical (vertical integration - see vertical market in the business dictionary)
  20. The nitrite and nitrate ions respectively have the chemical formulae NO: 1 and 2; 2 and 3; 3 and 4; or 4 and 5? 2 and 3 (the nitrite ion is NO2 and the nitrate ion is NO3)


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