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  1. Pinophyta trees are characterized by what reproductive fruit? Cones (Pinophyta are conifers)
  2. A funicular is what type of transport: Biplane; Railcar; Boat; or Tricycle? Railcar (operated by cable, usually in pairs on a mountain/cliff-side, where one car counter-balances another - from Latin funis/funiculus, rope)
  3. What Lockheed plane model is claimed to be the longest continuously produced military aircraft in history (at 2013)? Hercules (fully, Hercules C-130)
  4. What word prefixes the following words to make five new words: Cake, Cloth, Cutter, Straw and Plant? Cheese
  5. Which two major publishers merged in 2013 to achieve 25% global book market share? Penguin and Random House
  6. What alternative therapy aims to remove poisonous metals/calcium from the body using the same-named chemical process by which ligands (ions or molecules) bond to atoms? Chelation (the 'chela' prefix is derived from Greek/Latin meaning claw)
  7. The traditional legal term 'tort' is commonly and technically a: Robbery; Civil wrong; Murder; or Kidnapping? Civil wrong
  8. What common term refers to an intentionally controversial or offensive radio presenter: Dip Stick; Jerk Off; Toss Pot; or Shock Jock? Shock Jock
  9. What social networking website attracted regulatory attention in summer 2013 after threats to female rights campaigners? Twitter
  10. What does the German word 'verboten' mean? Forbidden
  11. The Gregorian Calendar, introduced in 1582, is named after Gregory, a: King; Pope; Farmer; or Brewer? Pope (Pope Gregory XIII, 1502-85, commissioned and established the calendar which remains the Western/Christian standard western?christian calendar into the 2000s)
  12. The term Phrygian Cap refers to: Fungi; Birth control; Printing; or Headwear? Headwear (also known as a liberty cap - a soft-pointed brimless floppy felt hat named after ancient people of Phrygia, central Anatolia in the Roman Empire - it became associated with freedom fighters - and also worn by Smurfs)
  13. On the birth of Prince George of Cambridge in 2013 who was relegated to 6th in line to the British throne? Princess Beatrice of York
  14. What is the measurement unit for linear mass density of fibres/fibers, commonly used in grading tights/stockings? Denier (or den for short, based on the natural standard of a single strand of silk = c. 1 denier; a 9000-metre strand of silk weighs about one gram. The word denier is French, 'coin of small value')
  15. How many farthings were in five pounds of pre-decimal British currency? 4,800 (four farthings in each penny; 12 pennies in a shilling; 20 shillings in a pound - see money history and slang)
  16. Whom did London's Russells Solicitors accidentally expose in July 2013 with 'disappointingly' successful consequences for the exposed client? J K Rowling (author behind the pseudonym Robert Galbraith of the novel The Cuckoo's Calling)
  17. The medical condition Urticaria is more commonly known as: Hives; Headache; Obesity; or Pregancy? Hives (a rash of red skin, itching, bumps, etc, commonly provoked by allergy - from the Latin urtica, nettle)
  18. Which nation in 2013 became the first to legalize marijuana production and sale? Uruguay
  19. Before 1967 BBC Radio 2 was called the '(What?) Programme': Bright; Night; Light; or World Service? Light
  20. In what order should the (metaphorical 'time-management story') bucket be filled with Water, Sand, Rocks and Pebbles to ensure optimal use of the available capacity? First Rocks, then Pebbles, then Sand, then Water (see the Rocks in a Bucket Story)


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