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  1. What word prefixes the words ball, board, code, core and hearted to make five new words/terms? Hard
  2. Approximately how many gallons of blood is pumped by the average 'at rest' human heart per day: 2.5; 35; 180; or 2,000? 2,000 (note that this figure increases dramatically with exercise)
  3. In which decade was Mount Everest first climbed: 1890s; 1910s; 1930s; or 1950s? 1950s (29 May 1953, by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay)
  4. What is the English translation of the German carmaker's name Volkswagen? People's car
  5. Erich Kästner's famous 1929 children's novel set in Berlin is called 'Emil and the (What?'): Soldiers; Sailors; Tailors; or Detectives? Detectives
  6. According to majority scholarly opinion, what was Jesus Christ's main spoken language: Greek; Hebrew; Aramaic; or Latin? Aramaic (the principal Semitic language variant used in Christ's time and geography; Hebrew is a separate Semitic variant; so are Arabic and Phonician - Semitic refers to the Semite people, notably Jews and Arabs; the word Semite derives from Greek Sem, the son of Noah, from whom Semite people are said to descend.)
  7. The aromatic compound phenol, used in detergents, plastics and an old eponymous disinfectant soap, is also known as (what?) acid? Carbolic
  8. What Belgian city boasts the famous urinating boy fountain called 'Manneken Pis'? Brussels
  9. What heteronymic word has different meanings associated with court process, cricket, and boating or flying emergencies? Bail
  10. Batwing, Corkscrew, Hammerhead turn, Heartline roll, Horseshoe and Immelmann are elements of what form of entertainment? Roller-coasters
  11. What sugar substitute, also known as glucitol, is named after the sorb fruit of the sorbus tree? Sorbitol (now mostly made from corn/maize syrup)
  12. Name the English naturalist, and US president, each born on 12 Feb 1809 (two answers required)? Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln
  13. South Africa, Vietnam, and Thailand are considered the only three nations to have produced what distinctively haired muscular type of dog? Ridgeback (the Rhodesian, Phu Quoc, and Thai ridgeback)
  14. What are the fatty compounds/derivatives which store energy, signal, and provide structure in the cells of living things? Lipids (from Greek lipos, fat)
  15. The western part of the US/Mexico border runs through which desert, named after the Mexican state it adjoins? Sonoran (the state is Sonora)
  16. A neat bedsheet fold/tuck around a mattress corner is called a '(What?) corner', alluding to traditional method: Navy; Army; Hospital; or Hostel? Hospital
  17. From the Latin for 'godlike' what is the traditional word for the academic study of religion and its ministry? Divinity (from divus, godlike)
  18. What pleasingly diffracting sodium potassium aluminium silicate gemstone is named after a celestial body of the Solar System? Moonstone
  19. The 'degree' symbol ° indicates what variation of a musical chord: Diminished; Augmented; Suspended; or Major seventh? Diminished (also a Diminished 7th)
  20. A chalice - as in the expression 'poisoned chalice' - is literally a: Goblet; Potion; Arrow; or Letter? Goblet (the 'poisoned chalice' expression, referring to a responsibility likely to be highly difficult or doomed, was popularized by Shakespeare in Macbeth, although the broad metaphor is ancient, and a chalice has since biblical times referred to the cup used at the Last Supper and in subsequent Christian Eucharistic ceremony)


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