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quizballs 304 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


  1. What is two-thirds of three-quarters? A half (or 0.5)
  2. Stadium, French's, Händlmaier, and Maille make what, commonly from the Sinapis alba and Brassica juncea plants? Mustard
  3. The creamy cherimoya/chirimoya fruit with a soft cactus-like skin is also known as the '(what?) apple': Honey; Custard; Butter; or Sugar? Custard
  4. The official Astronomical length of a ('Julian') year is how many days: 365; 366; 365.5; or 365.25? 365.25 (hence the four year cycle of three calendar years of 365 days followed by a 'leap' year of 366 days)
  5. The ancient Greek portmanteau word 'necropolis' refers to: Public baths; Cemetery; Police station; or Ice-cream? Cemetery (from nekros, 'dead person' and polis, 'city')
  6. The abbreviation OIEO in small private advertisements means what? Offers In Excess Of
  7. Anaximander (c.600-550BC), Tabula Rogeriana (1154), Waldseemüller (1507) and Mercator (1569) are notable: Bible translations; World maps; Calendars; or Taxonomies of organisms? World maps
  8. Which major African institution has the website www.cbn.gov.ng? Central Bank of Nigeria
  9. In which competitive activity did the WBF strip its 2013 Bali World Championship from two German doctors for coded coughing? Bridge (WBF = World Bridge Foundation)
  10. Everlast, Winning, and Grant are famous equipment brands for: Angling; Ice-skating; Boxing; or Scuba-diving? Boxing
  11. What medieval defensive feature is named from the French for sliding door? Portcullis (from Old French 'porte coleice')
  12. What weighs approximately 2.7 x 10-23 grams (that's 2.7 multiplied by 10 to the power of minus 23, or more simply 0.000000000000000000000027gms): A breath of fresh air; A handclap; An atom of oxygen; or a Fly's eyelash? An atom of oxygen
  13. Agulhas, Kuroshio, Benguela, Canary and Humboldt are: Salads; Ocean currents; Architects; or Fashion houses? Ocean currents
  14. A 'strawberry nevus' is a: Cocktail drink; Benign skin-growth; or Tropical algae bloom; or Cheerleader stunt move? Benign skin-growth (alternatively spelled 'naevus', technically called a capillary hemangioma, it's a small red patch of raised blood vessel cells, actually more resembling a raspberry, common on infant head/neck, receding completely during childhood)
  15. The old trades: tanner, currier, cordwainer, and girdler worked primarily with: Wax; Leather; Copper; or Stone? Leather (tanner = a maker of inert hide from animal skin; currier = a curer of tanned hide to produce workable leather; cordwainer = maker of fine leather gloves/footwear; girdler = maker of swordbelts)
  16. The ancient symbol the fylfot, is more controversially commonly known as (what?), derived from Sanskrit 'wellbeing', from 'su' (good) and 'asti' (being)? Swastika (the fylfot version of the symbol has shorter arms than a swastika, and was used in the lower edges of medieval church windows, hence the name, basically from 'fill [the] foot' of the window - the swastika symbol was used thousands of years ago in various civilizations to symbolize various aspects of positivity)
  17. Most commonly how many bits are in a byte, and how many bytes are in a kilobyte (two answers required): 10 and 1,000; 1,000 and 1,000; 10 and 100; or 8 and 1,024? 8 and 1,024 (due to the binary structure of computing, 1,024 is the closest power of 2 to 1,000, i.e., 210)
  18. What word suffixes the following words to make five new words: Rasp; Whortle; Goose; Blue; and Straw? Berry
  19. A 'tell' refers to a clue in which activity, which in turn refers metaphorically to an intentionally blank facial expression? Poker (as in the card game and the expression 'poker face' - not as some people amusingly imagine refers to a stiff expression like a fireside poker)
  20. 30 St Mary Axe is better known as The: Bird's Nest; Gherkin; Calabash; or Beehive? Gherkin (London) - three bonus points: in which cities are the others? Bird's Nest - Beijing National Stadium; Calabash ['melting pot'] - Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, SA; Beehive - Executive Wing of New Zealand Parliament Buildings, Wellington)


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