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quizballs 286 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


  1. The Hudl tablet is a: Low-cost computer; Body-warming drug; Waterless soap; or Diagram of Noah's Ark? Low-cost computer
  2. Vancouver, Oxford, Harvard/Parenthetical, ASA, and APA are major protocols for: Intelligence (IQ) testing; Citing/referencing document sources; Air traffic control; or Rose cultivation? Citing/Referencing (in scholarly or technical documents, books, etc)
  3. What sort of sausage derives its name from a condiment: Bratwurst; Salami; Haggis; or Wiener? Salami (from 'to salt')
  4. The marathon race event derives its name from a Greek: Dance; Town; Athlete; or Chocolate? Town (and battlefield site, related to the legend of the messenger Pheidippides, said to have run 150 miles in two days from Athens to Sparta to call for help against the invading Persians, and then 25 miles from Marathon to Athens to announce a Greek victory, prior to dropping dead from exhaustion)
  5. What word prefixes the following words to create five different terms: Arms, Charge, Blade, Pad, Strap? Shoulder
  6. A pimpernel is a: Cape; Bird; Flower; or Soldier? Flower (featured on the 'calling card' of the eponymous hero of the 1903 play/novel The Scarlet Pimpernel)
  7. Name the patented globally popular 'celebratory' worm drive hose clip, registered in 1921 by its inventor Commander Lumley Robinson: Jubilee; Birthday; Anniversary; or Christmas? Jubilee
  8. The US expression referring to a critic who offers late unhelpful opinion is a 'Monday Morning (What?): Pitcher; Point guard; Quarterback; or Muppet? Quarterback
  9. Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica is the site of what global extreme: Windiest weather; Thickest ice; Coldest water; or Brightest landscape? Windiest weather (frequently exceeding 150mph)
  10. Heidelbergensis is an early form of: Rose; Cow; Cabbage; or Human? Human
  11. Which corporation has developed and made the World Cup (soccer) footballs since 1966? Adidas; Nike; Mitre; or Dunlop? Adidas
  12. Lingettes, feuchttucher, and babydoekjes are known in English as 'Baby... (what?)': Carrots; Steps; Teeth; or Wipes? Wipes
  13. Castel Gandolfo in Italy is a summer residence of the: Pope; EU President; Beckhams; or Murdochs? Pope (specifically the the 17thC Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, since its construction)
  14. The nickname of the US-based Industrial Workers of the World international industrial/trade union is the: Wonkies; Winkies; Wobblies; or Wibblies? Wobblies (no one seems to know why)
  15. What legendary Arthurian item of furniture refers metaphorically to negotions/dicusssions by people of different views: Sacrificial altar; Bar stool; Round table; or Work bench? Round table (after England's King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table)
  16. Niagara Falls are between which two Great Lakes: Erie/Ontario; Huron/Erie; Michigan/Huron; or Superior/Michigan? Erie/Ontario
  17. The website www.sis.gov.uk represents a state operation traditionally called: Customs & Excise; Number 10; MI6; or The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries? MI6 (fully called the British Secret Intelligence Service)
  18. What word refers to excessive ingratiating/flattering, derived from its original Latin 'oily' sense of annointing: Unctuous; Bilious; Mendacious; or Salacious? Unctuous
  19. Originating in Saxon England, amounting to c.$70-100m annually in the 2000s, a global collection by the Catholic Church given directly to the Vatican is called: Peter's Pence; Paul's Pounds; Benny's Booty; or Gregory's Groats? Peter's Pence
  20. Brackish refers to water that is: Fresh; Warm; Salty; or Frozen? Salty


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