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  1. The technical Hawaiian-English word 'aa', commonly the first two-letter word in a dictionary, refers to: Rain; Sunshine; Lava; or Grass? Lava (a light rough frothy-textured lava in burning flowing or cooled clinker state)
  2. San Pellegrino is an Italian: Wine; Water; Cheese; or Sausage? Water
  3. Worn in medieval times by armed men, a baldric was a: Protective glove; Metal helmet; Studded leather bracelet; or Shoulder strap? Shoulder strap (typically for a sword slung at the hip)
  4. Widely believed but entirely wrong urban legend asserts that Master Bates, Seaman Staines, and Roger the Cabin Boy were characters in which 1950-90s children's cartoon/TV series? Captain Pugwash (author-creator John Ryan successfully sued the Sunday Correspondent and The Guardian newspapers in 1991 for publishing such legend as fact, in addition to the false notion that the title character's name is Australian slang for oral sex)
  5. Originating in art around 500BC, what is the more common modern name for a nimbus, aureole, glory, or gloriole? Halo
  6. Which 1949 novel featured the ironically named Ministries of the Peace, Plenty, Love, and Truth? Nineteen Eighty-Four (by George Orwell - The Ministry of Peace or 'Minipax' dealt with war; Plenty 'Miniplenty' dealt with rationing/starvation; Love 'Miniluv' dealt with torture; Truth 'Minitrue' dealt with propaganda)
  7. What cocktail, named in Cuban Spanish, comprises white rum, lime/lemon, sugar and mint? Mojito
  8. What term popularly associated with dog-drawn vehicles derives from the French word meaning walk or run? Mush (meaning 'Go', and Musher, referring to the human on the sled or cart driving the dogs)
  9. The Greek god of marriage is: Dionysus; Eros; Comos; or Hymen? Hymen (Hera, wife of Zeus, is the goddess of marriage)
  10. At a conference a 'plenary session' refers to a session which involves: Everyone; Workshops; A guest speaker; or Informal discussion? Everyone (see plenary in the business dictionary)
  11. In the award-winning 1958 war film Ice Cold In Alex, what is 'Ice Cold' and what is 'Alex' (two answers required)? Beer and Alexandria (in Egypt, the dream/destination the British ambulance crew escaping German desert forces)
  12. What large city would you pass through if sailing from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean? Istanbul
  13. Badinage describes verbal communication which is: Witty; Sad; Instructional; or Angry? Witty (from French badiner to joke, and badin, fool, from earlier Provencal badar, to gape)
  14. What three motorways form the so called 'golden triangle' of central UK logistics real estate? M1 M6 M42
  15. Founded in 1769, name the specialist British publisher of guides to aristocracy, etiquette, and correct forms of address? Debrett's
  16. What weapon's dangerous part is defined in two sections, namely the forte and the foible? Sword (the forte [strong] is the blade from hilt to middle, and the foible [feeble/weak] is the blade from middle to point)
  17. What was a Leviathan in its original biblical references: Sea monster; Priest; Lake; or Bee? Sea monster (Hebrew meaning 'twisted/coiled')
  18. What is the common alternative US term for a (UK) 'estate agent'? Realtor
  19. What clothing decoration took its name from Italian 'zecchino' and 'zecca' (= mint), and Arabic 'sikka' (= 'a die for coining')? Sequin (many early sequins were actual gold coins)
  20. Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is one of several different forms of what commonly named chemical agent? Bleach


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