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quizballs 299 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


  1. Badain Jaran, Gobi, Lop, and Taklamakan are major Chinese what? Deserts
  2. A Molotov cocktail (homemade petrol bomb) is named after a: Romanian dance; Russian statesman; German oil company; or Bulgarian wine? Russian statesman (Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov - senior minister under Stalin, deemed responsible by the Finnish people for incendiary bombing of Finland in the Russian-Finland Winter War, 1939-40 - the Finns called the bombs 'Molotov bread baskets' and their own retaliatory improvised firebombs against Russion troops 'Molotov cocktails')
  3. What word creates five new words when it prefixes the following: box, piper, pit, stone, and storm? Sand
  4. Memphis, in Tennessee, USA, was named in 1819 after the ancient capital city of which modern day nation? Egypt
  5. The F1 function key produces what in most computer systems: Full-screen; Refresh; Help; or Shut-down? Help
  6. Titicaca is the largest lake in: Africa; South America; Australia; or Sweden? South America (in the Andes mountains, between Peru and Bolivia)
  7. Famous for 'Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung', Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was a German: Chemist; Composer; Philosopher; or Footballer? Philosopher ('Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung' is his most famous book, meaning 'The World as Will and Representation', which asserted that civilisation/society is driven by urge for personal satisfaction)
  8. Desultory means lacking: Knowledge; Ability; Purpose/plan; or Children/offspring? Purpose/plan
  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? Browning (the 'Maillard reaction', for example bread and cakes, seared steaks, etc)
  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? Hospital
  11. A sequin originally (in Arabic, sikka, and later Italian zecca) referred to the production of: Coins; Buttons; Armour; or Cymbals? Coins (the origin means a mint or die for making coins)
  12. According to biblical convention the main job of an angel is a: Sentry; Messenger; Enforcer; or Musician? Messenger
  13. American engineer Percy Spencer's domestic invention, launched in 1947 as the 'Radarange', is nowadays very commonly known and used as what? Microwave oven (or Microwave)
  14. The word dessert, a sweet pudding, derives from French (desservir) meaning to: Eat; Drink; Clear the table; or Wash the dishes? Clear the table
  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? Sleep (by sprinkling dust/sand in their eyes, so they keep them shut)
  16. The First World War, 1914-18, caused the collapse of the German, Austro-Hungarian, and Russian empires, and which other? Ottoman (or Turkish)
  17. In botany the tendrils of a plant used mainly for: Producing pollen; Clinging/support; Rooting/moisture; or Emitting fragrance? Clinging/support
  18. Gharara and kameez are a common combination of (What?) in the Indian sub-continent: Clothing; Spices; Prayer/chant; or Song/dance? Clothing (loose pleated trousers and loose tunic, mainly worn by women)
  19. A Fathometer is an old genericized trademark for an instrument which measures: Paternity; Obesity; Water depth; or Tiredness/physical exhaustion? Water depth (as in echo-sounding, used by ships, etc., also called Sonar - SOund Navigation And Ranging)
  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? Spirit drink


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