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  1. What is the modern-day name of the once colonial nation French Sudan? Mali (Republic of Mali)
  2. A burning truckload of 'brunost' - brown (what?) - caused a 5-day fire in a Norwegian road tunnel in Jan 2013: Diesel; Sugar; Bread; or Cheese? Cheese (27 tonnes of it - apparently it burns more fiercely and longer than petrol - it is a delicacy in Norway)
  3. Beatrix became queen of which European nation in 1980? The Netherlands (or Holland)
  4. Established in 1961 what does the major international economies organization name OECD stand for? Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (at 2013 comprising 34 countries - originating from the 1948-founded Organisation for European Economic Co-operation, which assisted the rebuilding the European economies, particularly as a defensive strategy against the perceived threat of communism)
  5. The name of which sort of entertainment derives from old French/Picard meaning 'wooden structure'/'little room'? Cabaret (Picard is an old language from northern France - camberet means little room)
  6. The 1923 Great Kanto earthquake was until 2011 which nation's biggest? Japan (it was surpassed in magnitude, but not death-toll, by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami)
  7. What name is typically given to torpedo shaped cars and bikes used in land-speed records, and also to bullet trains? Streamliner
  8. Jumpy, Deafy, Dizzey, Hickey, Wheezy, Baldy, Gabby, Nifty, Sniffy, Swift, Lazy, Puffy, Stuffy, Tubby, Shorty and Burpy were shortlisted to be what in the early 1930s? Dwarfs (in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - see dopey)
  9. The 'Mohorovicic discontinuity' (commonly 'Moho') is a boundary between: Weather systems; Earth layers; Chemical solutions; or Beer and froth? Earth layers (between the Earth's crust and mantle, 5-10km below ocean floor or 20-90km below continents - named after Croatian seismologist Andrija Mohorovicic)
  10. The statue of which pioneering Baptist cabinet-making travel agent stands outside Leicester UK railway station, his original tour starting point? Thomas Cook (1808-92 - his first excursion was arranged for 540 temperance campaigners from Leicester station to a Loughborough rally, eleven miles away, July 1841)
  11. Spell the word Sterilization; Sterylization; Sterilyzation; or Sterylyzation? Sterilization (or Sterilisation, popular in UK-English)
  12. In 2013 academics suggested what human feature evolved due to its benefits for prehistorical human life in water: Ear-wax; Eyelids; Greasy hair; or Wrinkly fingers and toes? Wrinkly fingers and toes (Smulders, Nettle and Kareklas of Newcastle University UK demonstrated gripping advantages of wrinkly fingers after immersion in water)
  13. (When discovered Jan 2013) the largest known structure in the universe - a large quasar group named 'Huge-LQG' - would take how many years to cross if travelling at the speed of light: 23; 400; 1 million; or 4 billion? 4 billion (a quasar is an 'active galactic nucleus' [AGN], a compact region at the centre of a galaxy thought to surround a super-massive black hole; the 'Huge-LQG' is a system of 73 quasars which at its widest point is four billion light-years wide)
  14. The word éclat refers to a: Brilliant display; Cream cake; Victory; or King/Queen? Brilliant display
  15. Which global-reaching organization was revealed in 2013 to hold property investments exceeding £½bn derived from 'recognition' payments received in 1929 from Benito Mussolini? The Vatican
  16. In medicine a macule refers to a: Headache; Bone-break; Heart-attack; or Spot of discoloured/discolored skin? Spot of discoloured/discolored skin (macule is Latin for spot - macula/macular separately refers to the eyes and specificaly a central spot in the eye's retina with the keenest vision)
  17. Name the social news/entertainment website which saw massive growth and investment interest 2010-13: Whizbang; Buzzfeed; Humbug; or Boohiss? Buzzfeed
  18. What are generally defined as 'the four big cats', and the only ones to roar (one point for three - bonus point for all four)? Lion, Tiger, Leopard, Jaguar (the four members of the genus Panthera)
  19. Which fish became subject to EU fishing quota arguments in 2013 due to its significant movement into Icelandic waters? Mackerel
  20. What term, for a standard section of pre-used text or clause in a contract, or an existing pre-used section of standard code in computing, derives from industrial sheet metal fabrication and labelling? Boilerplate (see boilerplate meanings in the business dictionary)


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