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  1. What tool has the varieties including: round nose, chain nose, flat, and ring? Pliers
  2. What is the common name for the northern hemisphere tree genus Betula, having catkins, winged nuts, and bark that peels in strips? Birch
  3. Which female agricultural trade enabled Edward Jenner to devise his smallpox vaccine in 1796? Milkmaid (or Dairymaid - milkmaids were long known generally immune to smallpox, due to contraction of cowpox, which provided the vaccine)
  4. What capital city lies at the coordinates 53 20N 6 15W? Dublin
  5. Name the prehistoric 'humanoid species' found near Lewes UK 1912 and shown to be a hoax in 1953? Piltdown Man
  6. What South Honshu city in Japan, associated with international climate change agreement, was its nation's capital 794-1192? Kyoto
  7. The advanced 'maglev' vehicle propulsion technology takes its portmanteau name from which two key features? Magnetism and Levitation (as used by and predicted to revolutionize railways)
  8. What 'Age' is considered to have occurred around the world between 3600-300BC: Stone; Bronze; Iron; or Middle? Bronze
  9. What common chemical compound type, including many natural fats and essential oils, results from replacing the hydrogen of an acid by an alkyl or other organic group: Ester; Mineral; Solvent; or Plasma? Ester
  10. Kingda Ka, Takabisha, X2, Steel Dragon 2000, and Millennium Force are famous what? Roller-coasters
  11. The US city of Memphis, Tennessee, was named after the ancient (c.3000BC) Memphis city capital of which nation? Egypt
  12. What original 1960s surfer's slang expression of thrill or delight was popularized by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles children's cartoon? Cowabunga
  13. A drumlin is a: Musical instrument; Spoonbowl-shaped hill; Vegetable; or Drilling machine? Spoonbowl-shaped hill (from the Irish language - it is a glacial feature)
  14. Atoms of the same elements with the same number of protons and electrons, but different numbers of neutrons, are called what? Isotopes
  15. The Arab food falafal is commonly made from: Chickpeas; Lamb; Aubergine; or Cheese? Chickpeas (and/or fava beans)
  16. Whose book reportedly kept eleven translators in high-security for two months before global publication in 2013? Dan Brown (Inferno, 4th in the Da Vinci Code series)
  17. Which famous English brewer of ale, established in 1787 next to London's Tower Bridge, has a cockerel as its emblem? Courage
  18. What cooking metaphor refers to a low quality novel? Potboiler (see keep the pot boiling)
  19. Which children's TV animated character, named 'Pollux' in the original French version, is based on a 'drop-eared Skye terrier'? Dougal (from the Magic Roundabout)
  20. Which word, broadly synonymous with 'typeface', derives from French 'to melt'? Font (see font in the grammar and language glossary)


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