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quizballs 278 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


  1. Stannic and stannous refer to variations of which metallic element? Tin (Latin stannum, tin, hence Tin's symbol Sn)
  2. The Coca-Cola corporation launched its Sprite drink in 1961 to compete with which similarly famous earlier product? 7 Up
  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? Knacker (the castenets meaning is said [OED] to allude to the onomatopoeic term 'knack', meaning a sharp cracking noise, as in Dutch knak, crack or snap)
  4. The medical term sclerosis refers to the abnormal (what?) of body tissue: Multiplying; Softening; Hardening; or Wasting? Hardening (Latin from Greek skleroun, harden)
  5. The legume plant Glycyrrhiza glabra is commonly called what (also a confectionery derived from its boiled root)? Licorice (or Liquorice)
  6. Hank is a unit of measurement of: Yarn/twine; Livestock; Diver's compression; or Musical echo? Yarn/twine
  7. The softest known mineral, magnesium silicate, is commonly called what in its loose form? Talcum powder (or Talc)
  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? Pantheon
  9. What word prefixes the following to produce five different words: Pet, Diddle, Site, Graph, Meter? Para
  10. Originating in India, paneer (or panir/chhena/chhana) is a type of: Cake; Wine; Omelette; or Cheese? 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? Anchor cable/chain
  12. What plant provides the raw material for linen? Flax
  13. Staphylococcus and Streptococcus are types of: Protozoa; Bacteria; Virus; or Fungus? Bacteria
  14. Who retained a weakness where held and dipped by his mother into the river Styx to make him immortal? Achilles (held by the heel - hence 'Achilles heel' metaphorically refers to a weakness)
  15. Which one of these is not in the conventional western violin string tuning: E A B D G? B
  16. What is the approximate total coastline of Australia, excluding its islands: 4,000miles; 7,500miles; 15,000miles, or 22,000miles? 22,000miles
  17. Pele is which nation's goddess of volcanoes: Brazil; Hawaii; Iceland; or Italy? Hawaii
  18. German organic chemist Baron Justus von Liebig (1803-73), a 'founding father of the fertilizers', also founded which meaty three-letter brand? OXO
  19. Name the late 1800s eponymous and genericized trademark cutting tool with replacement blade, whose founding organization merged with Black & Decker in 2010? Stanley knife (now a brand/product of US corporation Stanley Black & Decker)
  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? Feeling of language (from sprach, speech/language, and gefühl, feeling)


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