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  1. Vogue magazine's front cover featured for the first time a model wearing what in November 1988: Jeans, Tattoos; Spectacles; or Nothing? Jeans
  2. A birthstone of March, the mineral heliotrope is commonly called what, due to its red inclusions? Bloodstone
  3. Turgescence or tumefaction, affecting parts of the human body, is more commonly called what? Swelling (or equivalent words)
  4. Whose brands are: Picassa, Panoramio, Trends, and Scholar? Google (Picassa is photo edit/share, Panoramio is world photos, Trends is web search stats, and Scholar is scholarly papers)
  5. What word for a surprise attack originally referred to hiding in the woods? Ambush (from French 'embusche', from earlier Latin referring to putting something in the woods, such as an army)
  6. The 'radical symbol' in mathematics denotes what? Root (and Square Root - this is the symbol: √ , by itself meaning the square root of the number it precedes, or cube root ∛when used with a small character 3 preceding it, or fourth root with 4, etc - the radical sign also includes an overline extending for the width of the number it governs, which is not easy to display in webpage code - radical, which refers to a/the root in many contexts, is derived from Latin radix and radic meaning root)
  7. ALMA, in Chile, cost $1.4bn, 10 years to build, became the largest operating what in 2013? Telescope (Attacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array - comprising 66 antenna dishes each weighing 100 tonnes, can see a distance of 13 billion light years)
  8. Afghanistan's controversial Parwan Detention Facility is better known in the 'western world' by what name? Bagram (prison, or fully Bagram Theater Internment Facility)
  9. What religion takes its name from the Greek for 'universal', from the root words meaning 'in respect of [the] whole'? Catholicism (from kata, in respect of, and holos, whole)
  10. In Manhattan, NYC, what is famously the oldest public hospital in the US? Bellevue (fully Bellevue Hospital Center, founded 31 March 1736)
  11. Warning symbols for radioactivity and biological hazards employ a three-part icon called a what, originally referring to a three-leaved plant? Trefoil (from Latin trifolium, three-leaved plant - three overlapping circles, based on a cloverleaf icon - commonly used for warning signs because they can easily be identified from any angle)
  12. Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio made the news in 2013 as a: Bullfighter; Bank-robber; Footballer; or Pope? Pope (Francis I)
  13. The word 'haram' refers to both a sanctuary and a forbidden act in which religion: Islam, Buddhism; Hinduism; or Judaism? Islam
  14. Made by Paramount Group of South Africa what are Marauder, Mbombe, Matador and Maverick: Sci-fi movies; Military vehicles; Lager beers; or Communications satellites? Military vehicles (large heavily armoured personnel carriers - the Marauder is also adapted and produced for civilian road use)
  15. Which travel guide publisher was acquired by the BBC's commercial division BBC Worldwide Ltd for £130m in 2007, and sold for £51m in 2013? Lonely Planet
  16. What term is given in the science of perception (used for example in road safety distance gauging) for the expansion of size of an image/object indicating speed and movement towards the observer? Looming
  17. Phlebitis refers to inflammation of what part of the human body? Veins
  18. Where is the coastal village of Pugwash, famous for thought leadership and peace conferences: Canada; Ireland; Scotland; or Denmark? Canada (Nova Scotia)
  19. To what English business abbreviation does the German 'mittlestand' equate: LTD; PLC; CO-OP; or SME? SME (Small to Medium-size Enterprise - Mittlestand also refers in Germany to a family-owned business - see SME in the acronyms glossary)
  20. What volatile metallic element forms the nitrate compound Sr(NO3)2 commonly used in red fireworks? Strontium (the compound is strontium nitrate)


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