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  1. The 'telectroscope' was a theoretical device of the late 1800s which predicted which actual invention? Television (or Videophone - accidentally named and embellished by French writer Louis Figuier in 1878, and wrongly credited to Alexander Graham Bell, after reading an anonymously authored article in the New York Sun and Nature journal about an 'eletroscope', which supposedly enabled images to be transmitted globally - the not-yet-invented device was further popularized by Mark Twain in his 1898 book 'From the London Times of 1904' - so that many people believed the equipment actually existed)
  2. A plantar wart is more commonly known as a what? Verruca (occurring on the sole of the foot)
  3. The 'Bechdel Test' is an informal measure of what in films and other fictional entertainment: Humour/Humor; Sex and violence; Product placement; or Gender bias? Gender bias (see the explanation and amusing Bechdel joke in 'intellectual' jokes)
  4. Spell the word Dilerious; Delirious; Delirius; Dellirious? Delirious (interestingly from Latin: de, away (from), lira (ridge between the furrows) - an ancient metaphor alluding to veering off the straight course of the ridge and into the furrow)
  5. What country was first to experience the Renaissance period in Europe? Italy (originally in Italian, Rinascimento, from rinascere 'to be reborn')
  6. The Turkish-Arabic word 'kismet' means in English: The Devil; Death; Heaven; or Fate/Destiny? Fate/Destiny (derived through Turkish, meaning luck, from Arabic qisma/qasam, division/divide)
  7. Name the bulbous narrow-necked container of 3-10 gallons, often wicker-covered, which puns French Lady Jane, with half a boy's name? Demijohn (after/alluding to 'Dame Jeanne')
  8. What dangerous festive annual event was popularized by Ernest Hemingway's novel The Sun Also Rises? Pamplona Bull Run (in Pamplona, Spain)
  9. Generally the standard steps per minute for a military 'quick march' pace is: 60; 90; 120; or 180? 120
  10. Spell the word: Obsolescance; Obsolecence; Obsolescence; or Obsolesense? Obsolescence (the noun form of obsolete - referring to the quality of being out of date, or no longer required or manufactured)
  11. What weather metaphor is given to the TV/video equivalent of acoustic 'noise' in audio signals: Fog; Snow; Mist; or Drizzle? Snow
  12. In physics a tachyon is a hypothetical particle which has what characteristic? Faster than light (or equivalent words)
  13. A proliferation of new Catholic saints followed the removal of which metaphorical real job role from Vatican canonization in 1983? Devil's Advocate (technically the Promoter of the Faith, a canonization lawyer responsible for challenging saintly nominations, especially claims of miracles performed after death, crucial for making someone a Catholic saint - see Devil's Advocate in cliches origins)
  14. What is the popular old name for a dog's thumb; the obsolete inner toe on some dogs's legs; also a false hoof of deer? Dewclaw
  15. The UK political Labour Party's famously controversial 1995 constitutional 'Clause IV' amendment mainly removed a commitment to: Communism; The Free Market; Nationalization; or Trade-Unionization? Nationalization (state ownership of industry)
  16. Which nation developed and makes the Uzi sub-machine gun? Israel
  17. The US Presidential official state guest house in Washington DC is called '(What?) House': Blair; Churchill; Washington; or Lincoln? Blair (acquired in 1836 newspaper publisher Francis Blair, advisor to President Andrew Jackson, it was named Blair House and remained in the Blair family until purchase by the US government in 1942 for state guest house)
  18. The 180th meridian (antimeridian), dividing east and west hemispheres, passes through which island nation, named after main isle Viti Levu? Fiji
  19. The name Mercator is historically associated with: Cooking/baking; Globes/maps; Circus/acrobatics; or Ballooning? Globes/maps (Gerardus Mercator, 1512-94, of Flanders [Belgium], was a significant early cartographer, whose 1569 world map remains famous, along with his highly collectible globes)
  20. A thermochrome is a substance which changes (what?) according to a change in (what?) - (two answers required)? Colour according to change in Temperature (for example the active crystals in a mood ring, or the chemical agent in a roll of thermal printing paper)


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