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  1. A radionuclide is a radioactive: Mineral; Gas; Isotope; or Electron? Isotope (also called a radioisotope)
  2. Which animal provided the etymological and scientific derivation of a 'vaccine'? Cow (from Latin vacca, cow, named by Edward Jenner after devising the smallpox 'vaccine', from the natural immunity which milkmaids were known to develop after contracting the less serious cowpox)
  3. What name is given to a puzzle or word construction which hides a word within single letters of other words: Metapuzzle; Acrostic; Tangram; or Anagram? Acrostic (see acrostic in the fascinating glossary of grammatical and linguistics)
  4. Proposed by German physician Johann Becher in 1667, the now obsolete 'Phlogiston theory' explained what phenomenon? Fire (or Combustion - from Greek phlox, flame - substances that burned were thought to contain 'phlogistion'.)
  5. ASCII (referring to computer language) means what in full? American Standard Code for Information Interchange
  6. Popularized by a 2007 US comedy film what item prefixes a list of things to do before dying? Bucket (Bucket List - alluding to the expression 'kick the bucket')
  7. What highly durable footwear is used to name a species of bat and crab, alluding respectively to nose and body shapes? Horseshoe
  8. The 3D geometric shape called a torus is illustrated by what sort of cake: Cupcake; Battenberg; Swiss roll; or Ring doughnut? Ring doughnut (a torus is a three-dimensional ring-shape whose cross section is a circle or other closed curve)
  9. A traditional light-bulb containing a glowing filament is technically called what, from the Latin 'glow white'? Incandescent
  10. Approximately how many years old is the living part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef: 200; 2,000; 20,000; or 2 million? 20,000 (the dead skeletal foundation has been dated at 5-600,000 years old - a factor in the GBR's age is sea levels and ice-age interruptions)
  11. Eurhythmics is an educational approach for teaching what via what (two answers required)? Music via Movement (or words to that effect - also called Dalcroze Eurhythmics/Method after Swiss originator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, 1865-1950)
  12. What colour/color flag was historically first displayed to indicate sickness aboard a ship? Yellow (later representing the letter Q/Quebec, for/from 'quarantine', but nowadays meaning the opposite: that the ship is free of disease and requests boarding/inspection)
  13. Central to Norse mythology, Yggdrasil is a huge what, connected to the cosmos: Tree; Rainbow; Mountain; or Ladder? Tree (it literally translates as Odin's Horse, but somewhat convolutedly represents the gallows on which Odin, chief Norse god, hanged himself)
  14. The Indian currency the Rupee takes its name from Hindi and Sanskrit, 'wrought (what metal)'? Silver
  15. The significant 18th century Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler (1707-83) is noted for solving the 'Seven (What?) of Königsberg problem': Churches; Bridges; Towers; or Arches? Bridges (see Euler Puzzles and Euler's Rule )
  16. What pluralized term refers to a building's roof edge adjoining its wall, usually designed to prevent rainwater ingress? Eaves
  17. The green gemstone peridot is known in its mineral form by what edible coloured/colored name? Olivine
  18. What term for a fungal mold derives from an old mistaken idea that it distilled from the air? Mildew (actually aphid deposits were initially confused with mold, and its name mildew later transferred to the fungus)
  19. What air mattress genericized trademark is a portmanteau of its two-word description? Lilo (from 'lie low')
  20. Name the four performance industries to which these awards respectively apply: 1. Emmy, 2. Grammy, 3. Academy (Oscar), 4. Tony? 1. Television (Emmy), 2. Music (Grammy), 3. Film (Academy[Oscar]), 4. Theatre (Tony) (or equivalent words - the Tony Awards are for Broadway Theatre productions, Manhattan NYC)


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