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  1. Stannic and stannous refer to variations of which metallic element?
  2. The Coca-Cola corporation launched its Sprite drink in 1961 to compete with which similarly famous earlier product?
  3. What 1500s tradename for a harnesses maker, later a slaughterer of old horses, and dialectal term for castanets, became slang for testes and verb terms for various states of uselessness?
  4. The medical term sclerosis refers to the abnormal (what?) of body tissue: Multiplying; Softening; Hardening; or Wasting?
  5. The legume plant Glycyrrhiza glabra is commonly called what (also a confectionery derived from its boiled root)?
  6. Hank is a unit of measurement of: Yarn/twine; Livestock; Diver's compression; or Musical echo?
  7. The softest known mineral, magnesium silicate, is commonly called what in its loose form?
  8. From ancient Greek 'all gods' what word refers to (a temple for) the collective dieties of a religion, and metaphorically to the leaders of a field?
  9. What word prefixes the following to produce five different words: Pet, Diddle, Site, Graph, Meter?
  10. Originating in India, paneer (or panir/chhena/chhana) is a type of: Cake; Wine; Omelette; or Cheese?
  11. The hawse is a hole in the side of a ship for the: Toilet waste; Anchor cable/chain; Foglight; or Harpoon/Gun-barrel?
  12. What plant provides the raw material for linen?
  13. Staphylococcus and Streptococcus are types of: Protozoa; Bacteria; Virus; or Fungus?
  14. Who retained a weakness where held and dipped by his mother into the river Styx to make him immortal?
  15. Which one of these is not in the conventional western violin string tuning: E A B D G?
  16. What is the approximate total coastline of Australia, excluding its islands: 4,000miles; 7,500miles; 15,000miles, or 22,000miles?
  17. Pele is which nation's goddess of volcanoes: Brazil; Hawaii; Iceland; or Italy?
  18. German organic chemist Baron Justus von Liebig (1803-73), a 'founding father of the fertilizers', also founded which meaty three-letter brand?
  19. Name the late 1800s eponymous and genericized trademark cutting tool with replacement blade, whose founding organization merged with Black & Decker in 2010?
  20. Sprachgefühl is a German term for the (and possessing the) natural: Eye for a ball; Feeling of language; Poise of a ballerina; or Cunning of a fox?


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