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  1. Ashtanga Vinyasa, Bikram, and Hatha Vidya are styles of what? Yoga
  2. The American 1893 Nix v Hedden court case determined (and still), for US customs taxation purposes, based on conventional usage, what to be a vegetable and not a fruit? Tomato (although botanically tomato is a fruit)
  3. In music theory what is the relative minor chord of C major? A minor
  4. Traditionally made of paper over a wooden frame what is a Japanese 'shoji'? Sliding door
  5. What financial term, especially referring to state/government revenues, derives from Roman/Latin meaning a rush basket or purse? Fiscal (from the Latin 'fisc')
  6. What ominously named plant family includes potatoes, chili peppers and tobacco, and its particularly toxic eponym? Nightshade (including deadly nightshade, or Atropa Belladonna)
  7. What pop-culture slang expression of impressiveness derives from the military term 'Standard Regimental Concentration' for a focused heavy bombardment? Stonking (from military slang Stonk - bombardment)
  8. What popular computing term, originally prefixed 'magic-' and referring to a data packet sent and received unchanged by a computer program, lost its prefix when introduced to web terminology in 1994? Cookie
  9. What word prefixes business, room, case, and down to produce four other words? Show
  10. What was salvaged from HMS Lutine after it sank in 1799 and is still used on the main underwriting floor at Lloyd's of London? Compass; Captain's desk; Bell; or Globe? Bell (the Lutine Bell was rung once when a ship was confirmed lost, or twice when a possibly lost ship arrived safe or was found - it is now rung only for ceremonial purposes)
  11. The ancient Roman silver coin called fully/originally 'denarius nummus' meant and equated to a 'Coin containing [worth] ten (what?)': Asses; Camels; Slaves; or Loaves? Asses
  12. The French-English word billet-doux refers to a: Price tag; Parking ticket/fine; Return fare; or Love letter? Love letter ('sweet note')
  13. The standard international maritime/aeronautical term 'SOB' for the number of people aboard a ship a plane means what in full? Souls On Board (see SOB meanings and origins)
  14. In media 'small ads' what do the similar abbreviations ONO and OBO mean? Or Nearest Offer and Or Best Offer
  15. What interesting old English word refers typically to a person's pale complexion but in origin and other contexts may also mean dark? Wan (while orginally 'wann' meant dark or black, essentially the word refers to something/someone appearing gloomy or lacking lustre/energy, which is how wan confusingly can mean dark or pale, so when referring to the human complexion it's safest to consider the meaning of lacking energy or looking exhausted)
  16. What is the more common name for synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF)? Hiccups (or Hiccoughs - also known as myoclonic jerk of the diaphragm, or singultus, Latin for catching breath while sobbing)
  17. France has had eighteen King (who?): Louis
  18. What time-related term was given to the American Patriot 'rapid response' militia forces assembled before and active during the American Revolutionary War of 1775-83? Minutemen (initially developed due to shortage of forces, the Minutemen became the elite soldiers, representing a quarter of the total army)
  19. What is a temporary doctor or dentist or other professional stand-in, from Latin 'place holding'? Locum Tenens (bonus point for the full two-word term - Locum is the short form, which technically just means 'place')
  20. What virtual digital currency, divided into 100 million units called satoshis, was created by the pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto? Bitcoin (see Bitcoin)


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