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  1. Badain Jaran, Gobi, Lop, and Taklamakan are major Chinese what?
  2. A Molotov cocktail (homemade petrol bomb) is named after a: Romanian dance; Russian statesman; German oil company; or Bulgarian wine?
  3. What word creates five new words when it prefixes the following: box, piper, pit, stone, and storm?
  4. Memphis, in Tennessee, USA, was named in 1819 after the ancient capital city of which modern day nation?
  5. The F1 function key produces what in most computer systems: Full-screen; Refresh; Help; or Shut-down?
  6. Titicaca is the largest lake in: Africa; South America; Australia; or Sweden?
  7. Famous for 'Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung', Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was a German: Chemist; Composer; Philosopher; or Footballer?
  8. Desultory means lacking: Knowledge; Ability; Purpose/plan; or Children/offspring?
  9. A chemical reaction named after and by French chemist Louis-Camille Maillard in 1912 refers to what culinary effect: Jellyfying; Solidifying; Liquidizing; or Browning?
  10. In team ball games such as football, a pass to a team-mate which invites an immediate hard tackle on the receiver by an opponent is called a '(What?) pass': Funeral; Graveyard; Hospital; or Prison?
  11. A sequin originally (in Arabic, sikka, and later Italian zecca) referred to the production of: Coins; Buttons; Armour; or Cymbals?
  12. According to biblical convention the main job of an angel is a: Sentry; Messenger; Enforcer; or Musician?
  13. American engineer Percy Spencer's domestic invention, launched in 1947 as the 'Radarange', is nowadays very commonly known and used as what?
  14. The word dessert, a sweet pudding, derives from French (desservir) meaning to: Eat; Drink; Clear the table; or Wash the dishes?
  15. The 'Sandman' character in north European folklore, popularized/originated by Hans Christian Andersen, is said to help children: Sleep; Recover from illness; Defeat ghosts/monsters; or Fly?
  16. The First World War, 1914-18, caused the collapse of the German, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian empires, and which other?
  17. In botany the tendrils of a plant used mainly for: Producing pollen; Clinging/support; Rooting/moisture; or Emitting fragrance?
  18. Gharara and kameez are a common combination of (What?) in the Indian sub-continent: Clothing; Spices; Prayer/chant; or Song/dance?
  19. A Fathometer is an old genericized trademark for an instrument which measures: Paternity; Obesity; Water depth; or Tiredness/physical exhaustion?
  20. Globally popular, made from sugarcane, Brazil's cachaça (also called aguardente, pinga, and caninhais) is: Spirit drink; Chewing gum; Hair shampoo; or Pipe tobacco?


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