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quizballs 264 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


  1. What piece initially occupies H8 on a conventional chessboard diagram? Castle (or Rook)
  2. What was Italian scientist Aloysius Lilius' globally significant chronological creation of 1582: Pocket Watch; Pocket Diary; Gregorian Calendar; or Sundial? Gregorian Calendar (also called the Western/Christian calendar, at early 2000s, the most widely used calendar in the world)
  3. The bay leaf plant originated what term of glory or repute? Laureate (from the ancient Greek tradition of heroes and poets wearing wreaths/crowns of bay laurel leaves [Laurus nobilis])
  4. The term Hibernian refers to which nation: England; Scotland; Ireland; or Wales? Ireland (from Celtic/Greek Iwerne, the same root as Eire and Eirinn, Ireland)
  5. The Latin 'cochleare majus' was the common 1700s term for what kitchen/chemist measurement? Tablespoon (cochleare is an old word for a spoon, from Latin coclea, snail)
  6. The South American tradename 'chiclero' refers to a worker who collects the raw material for which hugely popular confectionery product? Gum (chewing gum or bubble gum - made from chicle, 'sticky stuff', from the old Nahuatl language of Mexico - chicle is tapped from trees, rather like latex is)
  7. US poet Henry Longfellow's epic 1855 poem 'The Song of (Who?)' also popularized which famous fictional Native American Indian woman, the central character's lover (two answers required)? Hiawatha and Minnehaha (in The Song of Hiawatha)
  8. The Patrouille de France is the national: Wine; Sandwich; Mountain; or Aerial Display Team? Aerial Display Team (part of the French Air Force, fully Patrouille Acrobatique de France [French Acrobatic Patrol], founded in 1931, said to be the oldest in the world)
  9. The bird group Merops Apiaster is more commonly named after what creature that it eats? Bee (Bee-eater bird)
  10. The construction term 'soffit' refers to what aspect of an arch or overhang: Shadow; Angle; Underside; or Base? Underside
  11. What old English four-letter word, in use today, means 'to avoid the risk of'? Lest
  12. Which living things have phloem and xylem: Birds; Plants; Fish; or People? Plants (phloem and xylem are tissues which enable water and/or nutrients to be transported within the plant - phloem is the inner layer of bark; xylem is the 'wood' underneath this)
  13. Spell the vegetable: Broccoli; Brocoli; Broccolli; or Brocolli? Broccoli
  14. The Mitsubishi name means literally what in Japanese, as in its logo? Three Diamonds (or Three Water Chestnuts)
  15. What reptilian nickname is given to the lowest score in double-dice gambling, said by the superstitious to represent bad luck or treachery? Snake-eyes
  16. What US term is a cocktail of spirit and fizzy mixer/water and ice, and slang verb for travel fast? Highball (said to derive from the ball/tube pressure-gauge in old steam locomotives, where the ball at the top of the tube indicated highest pressure/speed)
  17. In music what is the relative major chord of F#m (F sharp minor)? A
  18. The mentha plant genus is more commonly called what? Mint
  19. What anciently devised method of moving a liquid with minimal effort up and then down makes use of hydrostatic and atmospheric pressures and gravity? Syphon (or Siphon)
  20. The early 2000s brands Heat, Fantasy, Pink Friday, Fame, and Lovely, are examples of celebrity product diversification into: Perfumes; Nightclubs; Diets; or Underwear? Perfumes (respectively belonging to Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, and Sarah Jessica Parker)


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