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  1. What creature is the Freddo chocolate bar: Fox; Frog; Fish; or Ferret? Frog
  2. What media term refers to a pundit (on TV, etc): Lip shtick; Talking head; Nodding dog; or Waffle gob? Talking head
  3. What is a filamentous biomaterial in the dermis comprising medulla, cortex, and cuticle? Hair
  4. Dancing Rain, a mare carrying whose foal, was bought by Sheikh Mohammed for £4.2m in Dec 2013? Frankel
  5. In the expression 'clarion call', a clarion refers to a: Bird; Wolf; Tribe; or Trumpet? Trumpet (a shrill narrow-tubed medieval war trumpet, from Latin clarus, clear, from which the word clarinet is ultimately derived)
  6. The Shell corporation's 'Prelude' became in 2013 the world's biggest: Oilrig; Ship; Pipeline; or Blimp? Ship
  7. Which ex-General Motors company in Trollhattan, Sweden, was acquired from bankruptcy by Chinese-owned corporation NEVS (National Electric Vehicle Sweden)? Saab
  8. Which city's 15-year-olds were reported (by PISA, 2013) to be the world's best in mathematics: Tokyo; Shanghai; Berlin; or Moscow? Shanghai (PISA is the Programme for International Student Assessment, a global study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD)
  9. 'Brazuca', superseding 'Jubulani', is a: Lambourghini model; Tokyo nightclub; News Corp tabloid; or World Cup football? World Cup football (for the Brazil 2014 World Cup, replacing the 2010 design)
  10. In Brazil 'Brazuca' refers to a: Firework; Dance; Cocktail; or Impressive Brazilian-style football move? Impressive Brazilian-style football move
  11. What old design system has 'honorable/honourable ordinaries' including chief, pale, fess, bend and bordure? Heraldry (or, acceptably also Coats of Arms)
  12. What old word referring to the husband of an adulterous wife, and the action of the usurping male, alludes to a bird which lays its eggs in another's nest? Cuckold (from cuckoo - the answer is cuckold, not cuckoo)
  13. GATT was effectively superseded by the WTO in 1995 for the international development of: Trade; Computing; Education; or Fruit? Trade (bonus points for each of the full meanings? General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and World Trade Organization)
  14. The ancient symbol called the Eye of Providence (or the 'All-seeing Eye of God') is typically an eye in a (what-shaped?) frame: Circular; Triangular; Square; or Diamond? Triangular (the Eye of Providence famously appears on the reverse of the US seal, featured on dollar bills)
  15. In 2012 Mondelēz International Inc., was separated and renamed in a 'spin-off' (demerger) including brands such as Cadbury, Nabisco, and Oreo, from what major US corporation? Kraft (fully Kraft Foods Inc)
  16. What currency grew to be in 2013 the world's 2nd most used in the finance of international trade: Euro; US Dollar; Yuan; or Pound Sterling? Yuan (Chinese Yuan, also called the Renminbi, overtaking the Euro, while the US Dollar remained dominant accounting for over 80% of all trade finance)
  17. What is the the shocking common misnomer of 'Electrophorus electricus', similarly initialed 'E E'? Electric Eel (not an eel but a fish)
  18. The Latin term 'requiescat in pace' equates to what common English phrase? Rest in peace (R.I.P. - see many other interesting Latin terms and expressions)
  19. Which high profile British athlete was widely praised as inspirational for publicizing his sexuality in 2013 in response to scurrilous press intrusion? Tom Daley
  20. Rematch correctly the following celebrity-branded people/products, and identify the false pairing: Paul Newman - Condoms ; Denis Rodman - Salad Dressing; Brangelina (Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie) - Vodka; Tony Blair - Wine? (one point per correct pairing, so max total 4 points) Paul Newman - Salad Dressing; Denis Rodman - Vodka; Brangelina (Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie) - Wine; False pairing: Tony Blair - Condoms (the false pairing must be entirely correct to earn a point)


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