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quizballs 269 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


  1. What term for a sweet tasty liquid derives from Greek 'drink of the gods'? Nectar (Greek nektar)
  2. In African music an mbira is a (what?) piano: Thumb; Foot; Tongue; or Oil-drum? Thumb (typically a hollow gourd or similar with metal strips plucked by the thumbs)
  3. How many of these are flatfish (Pleuronectiformes) - flounder, sole, turbot, plaice, halibut - Two; Three; Four; or All five? All five
  4. What letters traditionally occupy the 6 button on a standard 'western' telephone keypad (no cheating)? MNO
  5. Name Google's music streaming service: Disc; Play; Rithm; or Play? Play
  6. The production of which popular foodstuff was banned by Germany in the 2nd World War because an ingredient was needed to make Zeppelins? Sausages (or Wurst - cow intestines were used for Zeppelin gas cells)
  7. Which two (UK and US) newspapers collaborated in publishing leaked documents by Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden? The Guardian and New York Times
  8. Which vast fashion house has the sub-brands: Exchange, Collezioni, Emporio and Casa? Armani
  9. What was the approximate total global internet traffic volume per hour in 1997: 1gigabyte; 100gb; 1milliongb; or 100milliongb? 100gigabytes - (estimated 37,000gb per second in 2017)
  10. ACH, BACS, and EFTPOS are international variations of systems handling the movement of what and how (two answers required)? Money - Electronically (or equivalent words)
  11. 'Sexboxes' are a feature of what in certain European cities: Cinemas; Nightclubs; Condom disposal; or Legalized prostitution? Legalized prostitution
  12. The informal term nomophobia refers to anxiety from being without one's: Mother; Money; Mobile-phone; or Moped? Mobile-phone
  13. Name the type of chemical compound which shrinks body tissues, whose properties are associated with the puckering mouth sensation from tannins and bitter berries? Astringent (from Latin adstringere, meaning 'to bind fast')
  14. The chemical prefix glyco refers to what common desirable commodity? Sugar (and more technically glycogen - the energy-giving compound stored in liver and muscles which is converted to glucose)
  15. A Russian painting in a St Petersburg gallery was removed in 2013 due to controversially featuring: Stalin and Lenin in tutus; Putin and Medvedev in female underwear; Gorbechev and Yeltsin in wheelchairs; or Lenin and Trotsky in a bath? Putin and Medvedev in female underwear (the painting was in support of gay rights)
  16. Curve is a model name of which smartphone brand? Blackberry
  17. What offensive modern phenomenon - referenced by California US legislation to outlaw it in 2013 - refers to the unauthorised publication of private nude/sexual photographs of a person by his/her jilted lover? Revenge Porn
  18. What public service ceased in India in July 2013, having declined from a peak of 45,000 service points in the 1980s? Telegram
  19. In the Bible, (Genesis 38:9), what did Onan spill on the ground, causing God to slay him for being evil, his: Wine; Biscuits; Papers; or Semen? Semen (Onan refused to inseminate his brother's widow, as instructed by God, and instead withdrew, so to speak. This displeased the Lord, who slew Onan. A tad harsh, some might argue. Subsequently the word 'onanism' came [sorry..] to refer to coitus interruptus and masturbation.)
  20. At 2013 what compensation had UK banks paid/set aside for the misselling of PPI (Payment Protection Insurance): £18.4million; £184million; £1.84billion; or £18.4billion? £18.4billion (twice the cost of the 2012 Olympic Games - see Corporate Governance - it's fascinating, really..)


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