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quizballs 249 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


  1. Psilocybin refers to what commonly named natural recreational and anti-depressant drug? Magic mushrooms
  2. The old maritime professional rank bosun is an abbreviation of what older full term? Boatswain (from Old English batswegen 'boat-young servant man' - the rank equates to a supervisor/foreman of deck crew)
  3. The Christian Eucharist ceremonial act is based on what event from religious scripture: Last Supper; Turning Water into Wine; Feeding the 5,000; or Cleansing Ten Lepers? Last Supper
  4. RB211, Trent, Tay, and Spey, are what, all manufactured by which corporation (two answers required)? Jet engines of Rolls Royce (specifically turbofan engines, by Rolls Royce Group plc)
  5. The German/Jewish occupational surname Schneider referred to what sort of tradesman? Tailor (old German sniden means cut)
  6. A fire ant colony can join together as a self-transporting: Wing; Raft; Ball; or Wheel? Raft
  7. What does the French-English expression "C'est la vie!" mean? Such is life! (or words to very similar effect)
  8. The abbreviation DDoS, referring to a data-flooding attack on a website to disrupt or close it, means what in full? Distributed Denial of Service (often achieved using via malware or botnets or trojan viruses, causing pre-scheduled coincidental connections to the targeted site from millions of infected systems, which overloads the victim site/server causing shutdown)
  9. Wampum refers to decorative/monetary shell-beads in which culture? Native American Indian
  10. The traditional logo of which famous pre-ground bean coffee is a white script lower-case four-letter name on a red square background? illy (illycaffè S.p.A.)
  11. The terms Sic Bo, Tai Sai, Dai Siu, Big and Small, Hi-Lo, Grand Hazard, Birdcage, and Chuck-a-Luck all refer broadly to the same gambling game which uses what? Dice (three dice - most variations seem based on the original Sic Bo version - the original meaning is 'precious dice' or 'dice pair', depending on which dictionary you are reading)
  12. Named after US economist Arthur Laffer, his eponymous Curve refers graphically to notional/optimal government revenues according to levels of: Taxation; Inflation; Happiness; or Weather? Taxation (see Laffer Curve)
  13. Aside from his usual name who is sometimes called the Bishop of Rome: Michelangelo; Silvio Berlusconi; Benito Mussolini; or The Pope? The Pope (Bishop of Rome is the primary and technically most definitive title of the Pope, in fact certain official documents prefer the Bishop or Rome title and do not use Pope at all)
  14. What word for a very bad incident derives from Italian meaning 'ill-starred'? Disaster (from disastro - from dis- and astro, from Latin astrum, star)
  15. The word putative means: Harsh; Token; Conditional; or Supposed? Supposed (or 'generally considered' or 'reputed [to be]')
  16. Derived from German bucht, in geography a bight refers to a: Curved feature or bay; Rocky crag; Marsh/bog; or Dry lake? Curved feature or bay (such as a bend in a river, or a gently receding wide bay)
  17. Corvine refers to resembling/belonging to what bird? Raven (or more generally and also correct, crow - from Latin corvus, raven)
  18. What portmanteau demographics term is the lowest level in the BBC's survey/attempted redefining of social class published in 2013? Precariat (from precarious and proletariat - apparently first used by socio-political-economics policy institute 'Policy Network' 2011 - precarious means on the edge [of existence/survival] and proletariat refers to the lowest level of working class, derived from ancient Rome's term 'proletarii' for citizens owning no property other then their children, 'proles', from Latin proli, 'offspring')
  19. Which aptly named country boasts the capital city closest to the equator, also the highest capital, at 2013 (bonus point for the name of the city)? Ecuador (which is Spanish for equator, capital city Quito, whose edge is about a half-mile from the equator)
  20. The 1940s-50s development names Whirlo-Way and Pluto Platter referred to and became what better known generic/brand name? Frisbee (named in 1957 after coincidental similar use by youngsters of pie tin lids of the Frisbie Pie Company in Bridgeport, Connecticut, US)


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