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  1. The following words are each the suffix of which word in making five new words: Fat, Fly, Milk, Nut, and Scotch? Butter
  2. In music the term descant (or discant) normally refers to a melody or instrument in what range: High; Low; Middle; or Varying? High
  3. An oligarchy describes a leadership group comprising people who are: Few; Wealthy; Old; or New? Few (oligos is Greek for few)
  4. What tool has a grind, spine, fuller and ricasso? Knife (the grind is the cross-sectional profile of the blade; the spine is thick part of the blade; the fuller is a groove for reducing blade-weight [not to allow blood to flow away, as small boys tell each other]; and the ricasso is the top of the blade at the handle-end which has no ground/sharpened edge, for reasons of safe handling and/or production economy)
  5. Obsidian is a form of: Rock; Metal; Gas; or Liquid? Rock (volcanic glass)
  6. Semiotics is the study of what? Signs (and/or Symbols - including medical Symptoms - all of which are acceptable answers)
  7. The 1950-60s French-developed 'Séquentiel couleur à mémoire' was the first format for what in Europe? Colour/Color Television (commonly known as SECAM - it means literally 'Sequential Colour/Color with Memory')
  8. The German surname Müller refers to what occupation? Miller (or grinder)
  9. What shape is a sea urchin: Disc; Star; Sphere; or Horse? Sphere (usually with spines like a hedgehog)
  10. The human throat consists of which two main rhyming parts? Larynx and Pharynx
  11. What is the traditional English word best describing Gnocchi in Italian cuisine? Dumplings (of potato/dough)
  12. What traditional 'comic book' expression of annoyance is an adapted contraction of the pre-1800s oath 'God rot'? Drat
  13. The music genre 'Musique d'Ameublement' originated by Erik Satie in 1917 is commonly called '(What?) music' in English: Wallpaper; Furniture; Carpet; or Sofa? Furniture (literally 'furnishing music' - originally background music performed live)
  14. What common word in human body enhancement shares its root meaning with a word for the universe? Cosmetic/Cosmetics (from Greek kosmos, meaning order/adornment, as cosmos, the universe)
  15. Telltale, Mainsheet, Crosstree, Shroud and Forestay are parts of what? Yacht (or sailing boat)
  16. Which Spanish corporation bought the UK O2 phone corporation in 2005? Telefónica
  17. What is a rock containing a mineral/element, and is also a sub-unit of Scandinavian currencies? Ore
  18. The word 'disgust' derives from the Latin meaning of the human sense to: See; Hear; Touch; Taste; or Smell? Taste (Latin gustus, taste - from which also derives the word gusto meaning enjoyable energy)
  19. Which famous old UK three-letter bank brand relaunched via divestment from Lloyds in Sep 2013? TSB (Trustee Savings Bank)
  20. What is the common name of the lighter/fuel gas, formula C4H10? Butane


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