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  1. What highly influential movement of artwork is considered established by Picasso, Braque, Metzinger and others in Paris, 1911? Cubism (originally French cubisme, from Greek kubos, referring to a three-dimensional square block - cubism is so named because life forms are represented as cubist/angular geometric shapes)
  2. Nuclear 'What?' and 'What?' refer respectively to splitting an atom and joining two atoms (two answers required)? Fission and Fusion
  3. The UK-based ASOS corporation is a leading international online provider in which sector: Education; Fashionwear; Holidays; or Mapping? Fashionwear (the name is said to refer acronymically to 'As Seen On Screen')
  4. In which modern nation was the city-state called in Hebrew: Babel? Iraq (Babel equates to Babylon, founded c.2000BC, the ancient city-state of Mesopotamia, whose surviving earthworks ruins are about 50 miles south of Baghdad)
  5. Apples, plums, cherries, apricots, raspberries and strawberries all belong to which plant family: Honeysuckle; Lily; Magnolia; or Rose? Rose (scientifically called Rosaceae)
  6. D'addario, Elixir, Rotosound and Ernie Ball are leading makers of what musical accessory? Strings (for guitars, etc)
  7. The terms crutching, wigging and ringing refer to elements of which animal process, prevalent in Australia and New Zealand? Sheep shearing (respectively to the removal of fleece from around the tail, head, and belly [of males])
  8. The term 'mondegreen' refers to: Gardening; Climate change; Cooking; or Misheard lyrics? Misheard lyrics (and other usually amusingly misheard spoken/sung words - see mondegreen)
  9. The AZERTY keyboard layout is standard in: France; Germany; Denmark; or Wales? France (Germany mainly uses QWERTZ; Denmark and Wales use QWERTY)
  10. The expression 'sour grapes', from one of Aesop's Fables, involves which creature? Fox (the expression refers to deciding that something is inferior or poor quality when, having previously desired it, finding that it cannot be obtained or achieved - see The Fox and the Grapes)
  11. From what fruit is perry traditionally made? Pears
  12. The term 'cytoplasm' originated in: Star Wars; Dr Who; Batman; or Biology? Biology (it refers to the material within a living cell - cyto is Greek for vessel, plasm/plasma are from Latin and Greek for mould, to shape)
  13. What creatures were trained by Croatia's Zagreb university in 2013 to detect landmines: Pigs; Bees; Cats; Rats, or Bats? Bees
  14. In motion-detection and automated lighting sensors what does PIR mean? Passive Infrared
  15. What metaphor aptly refers to the marketing of US multinational US corporation Bausch and Lomb: Focus; Target; Concentrate; or Penetrate? Focus (B&L are market-leaders in optometry and eye-care)
  16. The Japanese food word sushi referred originally to: Raw; Rice; Cold; or Conveyor-belt? Rice (originally meaning/referring to 'sour-tasting' rice, traditionally served with raw fish, and subsequently with other ingredients)
  17. The words vagary/vagaries refer specifically to unpredictable: Vagueness; Change/changes; Unhappiness; or Problems? Change/changes
  18. The diacritical mark resembling a wavy hyphen (here shown above the letter ñ) is called a: Streg; Bolle; Tilde; or Cedilla? Tilde ('tildah' - the mark usually signifies an abbreviation in English, and is used widely in other languages to alter pronunciation, for example the Spanish ñ, which indicates a nasal effect as in 'señor' ['senyor'])
  19. What is the hardest working muscle (i.e., total power output) in the lifetime of the human body? Heart
  20. What homonymic word refers both to a pit and a hunted animal? Quarry


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