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  1. Cape, Katanga, Masai, Barbary and Asiatic are generally considered sub-species of what 'apex' predator? Lion (apex refers to being at the top of the food chain)
  2. The centenary 2013 Chelsea Flower Show temporarily lifted a ban on what in its gardens? Gnomes (usually outlawed as 'brightly coloured mythical creatures' in the Royal Horticultural Society technical manuals)
  3. Milankovitch Cycles theory analyses changes in what, according to long-term movements of planet Earth: Climate; Population; Gravity; or Personality/mood? Climate (over periods of tens/hundreds of thousands of years, entailing changing orbital shape, axial tilt or obliquity, and other more complex changing features of the Earth's movement in relation to the universe and notably the Sun)
  4. A metal ring or grommet in a sail or other nautical attachment, through which a rope passes is a: Tingle; Mingle; Cringle; or Pringle? Cringle (from German kring, ring)
  5. A stilb is a measure of: Sound; Luminance; Velocity; or Equilibrium? Luminance (equal to one candela per square centimeter)
  6. What famous maker of organs used in pop/rock music since the 1960s is an acronymic abbreviation of the Italian for "United Factory of Accordions'? Farfisa (from 'FAbbriche Riunite di FISArmoniche' - its distinctive high-pitched 'fairground' sound was used on songs such as Elton John's Crocodile Rock, Percy Sledge's When a Man Loves a Woman, and by other acts including Blondie, Squeeze, Inspiral Carpets)
  7. In ancient Greek mythology the godly personification of the sky, Uranus, had his what cut off: Ears; Arms; Testicles; or Bottom? Testicles (and thrown into the sea, by his son Cronus, on the instruction of his mother Gaia, because Uranus mistreated their children - in some stories Aphrodite, the goddess of love/beauty/sex was born from the Uranus's severed genitals)
  8. Charles Stent practised what surgery, for which he invented his eponymous technique: Dental; Heart; Orthopedic (bone/skeletal); or Tree? Dental (originally, 1850s, the Stent method/materials made dental impressions for casting dentures - much later, 1960s the Stent casting methodology was adapted in practice and meaning for impressions of body cavities and splints for creating openings, and relieving pressures and blockages)
  9. From Greek words meaning 'flesh preserver' what coal-tar oil was widely used in wood treatment and medicine? Creosote (from Greek kreas, flesh, and soter, preserver)
  10. London's Wembley Arena (next to Wembley Stadium) was built in 1934 as what sort of sporting facility, reflected in what original name (two answers required)? Swimming Pool/Empire Pool (two points each - originally built for the 1934 British Empire Games - technically it was also a diving pool, which is an acceptable answer to the first part of the question)
  11. The US company Shubb is famous for making small metal engineered gadgets for: Stringed instruments; Fishing; Cooking; or Cycling? Stringed instruments (notably capos and slides)
  12. The nickname of 9th century Islamic mathematician Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa ('al-Kwarizmi' - the man of Kwarizm) is the etymological source of what computing term? Algorithm (Kwarizm is now Khiva, Uzbekistan)
  13. Bakalva and börek (Turkey/central Asia), birnbrot (Switzerland), bear claw (USA), and briouat (Morocco) are types of what? Pastry (typically sweet)
  14. What was the name given in Ancient Greek mythology to the time/situation before the creation of the universe: Chaos; Void; Neutron; or Galaxy? Chaos (khaos, meaning emptyness, gap, abyss, etc)
  15. Name the fictional suburb in Ira Levin's 1972 novel which became an expression for a wife who submissively obeys her husband? Stepford (from The Stepford Wives)
  16. What logical common name is given to the cells which initiate cardiac contraction and so control heart rate? Pacemaker (Cardiac pacemaker cells)
  17. What cereal breakfast is a humorous metaphor for prison? Porridge
  18. What informal rule, named after Intel Corp's co-founder, predicts the doubling of transistors on microchips every two years? Moore's Law (after Gordon Moore, 1965)
  19. What Italian word for 'it follows' refers to a smooth transition between two items, especially musical pieces? Segue (English pronounciation 'segway')
  20. What is the formal (systematic) chemical name for the alcohol in intoxicating drink: Methanol; Ethanol; Propan; or Methylbutan? Ethanol (the word is derived from ether, and earlier Greek aither, referring to the upper pure air of the atmosphere)


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