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  1. The word nexus refers to a: Collection; Compression; Correction; or Connection? Connection (or connections, between two things - it's Latin - 'binding together' - it can also refer to a connected series, or the focal point of something)
  2. What does a philogynist like? Women (from Greek philo, loving, and gune, woman)
  3. The Italian word pizza originally referred to a: Pie; Pancake; Tomato; or Cheese? Pie (before this the word's roots referred in various languages to pressed bread, hence pitta bread in many other different cultures)
  4. The name of what workwear was derived from the Dongri area in South Mumbai India? Dungarees
  5. According to the Holy Bible (Luke 2:21) Jesus was circumcized: At birth; Eight days old; Age eight; or Never? Eight days old
  6. What Greek-based word is the second most important character in a drama, behind the protagonist? Deuteragonist (from deuteros, second, and agonistes, actor)
  7. Which pottery pioneer produced 'creamware' and 'jasperware' in the mid-late 1700s? Josiah Wedgwood
  8. The Mexican-Spanish spelling of Mexico includes what diacritical mark over the E: Circumflex; Umlaut; Accent acute; or Accent grave? Accent acute (México)
  9. The musical terms glissando and portamento refer to: Sliding from one note to another; Echo or reverberation; Tremolo or trill; or Shrill and piercing? Sliding from one note to another (as a slide trombone, or the human voice, or violin, or bending a guitar string - running the finger up a piano keyboard or across a harp's strings produces a similar if not pure effect)
  10. What is a saury fish, a captain, and a South African long-sleeved shirt? Skipper
  11. The Roman settlement of Arausio in SE France later became what significantly named town and subsequent principality/emblem in Dutch, English, southern African and Irish history? Orange (Arausio was a Celtic water god. The Orange name is a distortion of that name based at most on the appeal of the colour/fruit, and is otherwise not connected to colour or fruit in derivation. The word became significant after adoption as a Dutch royal house name, later extending to English/Irish rule and religion and Dutch colonialization.)
  12. The 1940-50s US 'amtrac' military beach landing/assault vehicle is a portmanteau term combining which two words? Amphibious and Tractor (one point each)
  13. Conflate means: Clarify; Obscure; Inflame; or Combine? Combine (two sets of ideas, theories, potentially leading to confusion)
  14. How many points are on Twitter's 2012-introduced tweeting flying bird logo (wings, tail and beak)? Six (Three on wings, one on tail and two on beak)
  15. Pithy refers to communications, notably spoken words, which are: Concise and impactful; Extensive and vague; Soft and sensitive; or Acidic and hurtful? Concise and impactful
  16. Which notable leader won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize? Barack Obama
  17. The Chicxulub crater is a prehistoric impact crater buried underneath the Yucatan Peninsula in what country? Mexico (the impact is considered mainly responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs c.66m years ago - the crater is 110miles/180 km wide, and the big meteor, or bolide, which made it was 6miles/10km in diameter)
  18. What Portuguese word for a frenzied homicidal Malay person entered English c.1600s referring especially to a 'running' rioting crowd? Amok (or a later variant word amuck, as in the expression 'run amok/amuck')
  19. Andorra is a small principality located between which two countries? France and Spain (one point each)
  20. What eponymous 1969 theory blames organizations for promoting managers to levels at which they are incompetent? The Peter Principle (from the book of that name by Lawrence Peter and Raymond Hull - see the The Peter Principle)


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