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quizballs 274 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes
- What word makes five new words when prefixed with: Form, Fume, Jury, Son, and Verse? Per (meaning 'for each')
- What term, originally German, refers to the imprint in snow made when falling backwards: Fallenbach; Schnodent; Gappeneitz; or Sitzmark? Sitzmark (or originally Sitzmarke)
- Named onomatopoeically, a sistrum is an ancient Egyptian instrument of: Musical percussion; Torture; Water-dowsing; or Navigation? Musical percussion (for example as made today using a V-shaped frame, wire, and flattened bottle-tops - to make a 'sh-shing' jingling sound)
- From Latin meaning 'stake', what is the hinged or pivoted catch preventing reverse motion of a ratchet wheel: Pawl; Stawl; Rawl; or Yawl? Pawl (from palus, stake, from which the fascinating expression 'beyond the pale' derives)
- What traditional strong ceramic material is named ultimately from a pig? Porcelain (Latin porca/porcus, sow/pig - via Italian references to the texture of a cowrie [large sea-snail] shell, named a porcellana, 'like a young sow' [in shape])
- What does the Greek prefix 'iso' mean: Many; Long; Equal; or Two? Equal
- How many curves characterize a Cupid's Bow: One; Two; Three; or Four? Two
- Superannuation is an alternative (and Australian/NZ) term for what sort financial payment scheme? Pension/Retirement
- The mythological Phoenix bird originally and essentially symbolized: Fire; Ashes/Remains; Flight; or Rebirth? Rebirth (its legend was basically that it regenerated by rising from its own ashes, and as such was a popular symbol of early Christianity)
- What part of the human body contains bone-forms called Phalange, Cuneiform, Talus and Calcaneus? Foot
- What legendary man-trapping creature is actually the world's the largest living bivalve mollusk? Giant Clam (while potentially big and strong enough, giant clams are not generally considered to be a real threat to people)
- Musk, a common basic fragrance, takes its name from Sanskrit 'muska' meaning: Flower; Deer; Lemon; or Scrotum? Scrotum
- The roadrunner (Geococcyx, or chaparral bird) is a member of which bird family: Loon; Cuckoo; Stork; Ostrich? Cuckoo
- What swirly pattern is named after the administrative central town of Renfrewshire in Scotland? Paisley (specifically after the shawls made in Paisley of this pattern in the early 1800s)
- What does the pencil grade HB stand for? Hard Black
- What characteristic of Borneo ranks it among the largest five globally: Island; Mountain; Lake; or Population? Island (fourth largest, behind Australia, Greenland and New Guinea, or third if Australia is excluded, as some prefer)
- The Malayalam language is from, and still used by over 30 million people in: China; Malaysia; India; or Australia? India (Kerala)
- Copra is the dried white meat or flesh of what? Coconut
- What does the internet top level domain '.cat' represent? Catalan (language/culture)
- What term refers to a traditional alternative to electronic or digital technology, and separately to something which corresponds to another? Analogue (see analogy/analogous/analogue in the linguistics glossary)
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