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  1. A fabled medieval torture instrument is a: Metallica; Thin Lizzy; Iron Maiden; Twisted Sister; Black Sabbath; or Led Zeppelin? Iron Maiden (a coffin-like box with spikes inside - described and reproduced for dramatic/historical purposes since the late 1700s, although evidence of actual use is yet to be found)
  2. What famous suncream is named after a mountain in Switzerland? Piz Buin (founded 1946 by chemist Franz Greiter - he was sunburned climbing the mountain in 1938)
  3. The hot condiment wasabi is generally from what part of the plant: Seeds; Stem juice; Fruit; or Root? Root
  4. A foundry is specifically involved in what metal process: Casting; Pressing; Refining; or Cutting and drilling? Casting
  5. The Taj Mahal in India was constructed as a: Home; Tomb; Mosque; or Bank? Tomb (for Mumtaz Mahal, wife of emperor Shah Jahan, completed in 1653 - the name loosely refers to 'the chosen one')
  6. Which nation has the highest European capital city, (whose names are practically the same)? Andorra (in the eastern Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain - the capital is Andorra la Vella, meaning 'Andorra the City')
  7. Perfidia, Desifinado, Mas Que Nada, and Bim-Bom are famous Latin-American: Political parties; Flowering plants; Jazz songs; or Horse sports? Jazz songs
  8. The most popular 20th-century Indian car and famous taxi, based virtually unchanged from 1958-2014 on a 1950s Morris Oxford, is the: Ambassador; Maharajah; Sultan; or Tzar? Ambassador
  9. Name the iconic and highest ranking military leader to be killed in the first world war? Lord Kitchener (British Government Secretary of War, drowned when HMS Hampshire hit a mine and sank bound from London to Russia in June 1916)
  10. Shower, Fountain, Cascade, Columns, and Mills Mess are: Wrought-iron gate designs; Juggling moves; Dubai shopping malls; or Ann Summers products? Juggling moves
  11. Kremlin in Russia technically means: Library; Fortress; Government; or Kitchen? Fortress (there are many kremlins in Russia besides the Moscow Kremlin)
  12. Sipe, bead, wear bar and rain groove are found on what billions-selling friction-reducing item, devised in the 1880s? Tyre/Tire (pneumatic vehicular - derived either/both from French 'tirer', to pull, from the original drawn metal tires of wooden wagon wheels, and/or from 'attire' referring to the 'dressing' of a wheel - the US spelling 'tire' was the original UK spelling, which altered to 'tyre' in 1900s UK)
  13. Bungo, Mungo, Laura Grubb and Belladonna Took are which leading literary character's ancestors? Bilbo Baggins (from JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings)
  14. When testing his sound equipment inventions, including the first ever recording (on phonograph cylinder in 1878), Thomas Edison often recited: The Lord's Prayer; Mary Had A Little Lamb; Testing Testing One Two Three; or My Old Man's A Dustman? Mary Had A Little Lamb
  15. What famous alcoholic additive from Trinidad and Tobago, invented by German Dr Johann Siegertin, in Venezuela c.1920, has a characteristic oversized label? Angostura Bitters (commonly used to make a pink gin)
  16. Holloware (or hollow ware) is generally used in: Window-dressing; Catering; Sanitation and plumbing; or Optometry? Catering (holloware is tableware such as jugs, teapots, sugar bowls, tureens, gravy boats, covers, etc - as distinct from cutlery [flatware] and dishes/crockery [dishware])
  17. In May 2014 two Yorkshiremen (designer and rider) set a new world speed record of 70.9mph for a 'manned' motorized: Skateboard; Tea-trolley; Toilet; or Wheelchair? Toilet (basically a toilet, with cistern, on a go-cart..)
  18. Narendra Modi achieved what notable title in May 2014: Prime Minister of India; World Squash Champion; Nobel Literature Prizewinner; or Eurovision Song Contest Winner? Prime Minister of India
  19. What highly stigmatized human disease is alternatively named after Norwegian physicist GH Armauer Hansen, who in 1873 discovered its causal bacterium? Leprosy
  20. Spork, Spife, Knork, and Sporf are: Smurf characters; East European sausages; Moons of Jupiter; or Cutlery hybrids? Cutlery hybrids (spork = spoon/fork, spife = spoon/knife, knork = knife/fork, and sporf = spoon/fork/knife - portmanteau words, although technically sporf is not, because it combines three words, unless it is considered a combination of sporf and knife, in which case arguably it is..)


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