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  1. Name the online market for illicit and contraband goods, notably drugs, founded by 'Dread Pirate Roberts'? Silk Road
  2. What was a KC in the UK until becoming a QC in 1952? King's Counsel (a senior court practitioner/lawer, becoming a Queen's Counsel on the accession of Elizabeth II)
  3. The obverse (front) of the Great Seal (coat of arms) of the USA features a (what?) clasping (what two things?) (three answers required)? Eagle clasping Arrows and Olive Branch (precisely a bundle of 13 arrows, representing the original 13 states - the Great Seal obverse and reverse [unfinished pyramid topped with triangular-framed Eye of Providence] appears on dollar bills)
  4. Which multinational corporation (at 2013) owns the brands Pop-Tarts, Eggo, Mother's Cookies, and Pringles? Kellogg
  5. What 2015/19 transport link connects the UK towns Maidenhead, Shenfield and Abbey Wood? Crossrail (commenced 2009, open 2015/19 - mainly tunnel east-west cross London railway)
  6. What is the chemical group name for 'legal high' recreational drugs known as 'poppers', originally and still a medical inhaler for angina? Alkil nitrites
  7. Who is the patron saint of miners, mathematicians, architects and military engineers: Vincent; Christopher; Barbara; or Kylie? Barbara
  8. The 'International Boundary', the longest international border between two countries, is shared by which two nations? USA and Canada (5,525 miles long including Alaskan border)
  9. What sort of architectural ironmongery has variations including barrel, pivot, butterfly, flag, and strap? Hinges
  10. What word prefixes the following words to form three different two-word terms: Drop, Rain, Test? Acid
  11. Which best-selling 2008/9 book, whose concepts were adopted by political leaders, was written by Thaler and Sunstein? Nudge (fully, Nudge - Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness)
  12. What is the biggest selling music album never to have achieved top chart position? Dark Side of the Moon (by Pink Floyd)
  13. What mammalian hormone is associated with birthing, milk ejection, and the refractory period? Oxytocin (the 'refractory period' occurs after nerve stimulation, when repeated stimulation is not possible - most commonly referring to male sexual physiology)
  14. A carnival traditionally/literally represents the start of a religious period during which what is avoided? Sex; Meat; Speech; or Washing? Meat (considered [OED] derived from Latin carn, flesh, and levare, put away, and the full Latin term carnelevarium, equating to Shrovetide, and French 'Mardis Gras', 'Fat Tuesday', named essentially for the same reason)
  15. How many points are on the maple leaf of the Canadian flag? Eleven
  16. Name the online messaging application founded by Evan Spiegel and fellow Stanford University students which reportedly rejected two $multibillion acquisition offers in 2013? Snapchat
  17. What new word was added to dictionaries in 2013 referring to sexually provocative dancing (especially by female pop singers)? Twerk
  18. The ancient Greek term/goddess 'Sophrosyne' represents: Love; War; Moderation; or Wine? Moderation (equated to 'healthy mind, healthy body' - Sophrosyne was one of the few good spirits to escape from Pandora's box)
  19. Referring to a warning or stipulation, spell the word: Caviot; Caviat; Caveot; or Caveat? Caveat (it's Latin, meaning let one beware, hence 'caveat emptor' - 'let the buyer beware' - see lots more interesting Latin terms and phrases)
  20. Name the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (P5)? China, France, Russia, UK, USA


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