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  1. Viticulture refers to the cultivation of what fruit? Grapes
  2. What ancient seminal Palestinian city is 'house of meat' in Arabic, and 'house of bread' in Hebrew? Bethlehem
  3. 'Die Adler', nickname of the German national soccer team, means 'The (What)'? Eagles
  4. 'Pole', meaning leading contender, in 'pole-position', originally referred to: The North Pole; Poland; Pole-vaulting; or A wooden pole at the start of a horse race? A wooden pole at the start of a horse race (at the inside boundary fence of the track, being the best starting position, given to the fastest horse for certain events)
  5. What rum-based cocktail is named from Spanish 'little wet thing'? Mojito
  6. In the the expression 'whet your appetite', the old word 'whet' technically means: Loosen; Sharpen; Lubricate; or Tempt? Sharpen (originally referring to sharp/sharpening a blade, related to German 'wetzen')
  7. Petroliam Nasional Berhad, the huge Malaysian gas/oil corporation gave its abbreviated name to what world-leading Kuala Lumpa landmark? Petronas Towers (Kulala Lumpa's twin towers, the tallest twin towers globally at 2014, and tallest buildings 1998-2004)
  8. In Australian slang, someone called a 'mollydooker' is a: Policeman; Convict; Priest; or Left-handed? Left-handed (here 'dooker' refers to 'duke', meaning hand/fist, from Cockney Rhyming slang: 'Duke of Yorks' = 'forks', which is older English slang for fingers or hand, hence the expressions 'duke it out' = fight, 'put your dukes up' = put your fists up in preparing to fight - and a root of the expression 'fork-out' meaning pay for something)
  9. During the 1900s, Olivetti, Olympia, Underwood, Smith Corona, and Remington were famous makers of: Glassware; Typewriters; Snack foods; or Motorbikes? Typewriters
  10. The famous 'Kitemark' quality symbol, registered in England in 1903, one of the world's oldest trademarks still in use, contains which two letters (besides the 'V' shape)? B and S (for British Standards Institution)
  11. Bosintang/Boshintang (or Gaejangguk) is a Korean soup of declining popularity made chiefly of what meat? Dog
  12. Name the Lebanese writer Kahlil Gibran's famous 1923 philosophical collection of verses, with sales of over 100m copies? The Prophet
  13. Anopheles and Aedes, which indirectly kill millions of people every year, are what? Mosquitos (malaria notably is transmitted by certain Anopheles species)
  14. What central European bread supposedly originated in monasteries and represents praying hands? Pretzel
  15. The 2014 Ice Bucket Challenge internet phenomenon originally promoted awareness and fundraising for which disease? ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - or Motor Neurone Disease, as more commonly known in the UK)
  16. What word meaning 'misbehaved' evolved through 'wicked' from originally 'possessing nothing'? Naughty (literally from 'naught' + y)
  17. The hull of a seed is its: Core; Shoot; Shell; or Oil? Shell (or husk)
  18. The Glycaemic Index (GI) refers to: EU stock exchanges; Food; Optical lenses; or Rainfall? Food (specifically the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose in the blood, for example of bread, where a low GI rating indicates easier digestion and generally less dietary complication)
  19. In business/work/politics/etc, 'Guanxi' (China), 'Blat' (Russia), and 'Wasta' (Middle East) refer to the significance of: Education; Finance; Personal relationships; or Tea-breaks? Personal relationships (especially which distort ethical process, for example cronyism, nepotism, secret understandings, etc - equating (UK) to 'the old boy network', some masonic practices, Eaton/Oxbridge men running politics and business, the notion that "it's not what you know, it's who you know", and other potentially corrupting personal loyalties/obligations)
  20. Petite Borgeoisie is an Anglicized French term referring to what traditional notion of social demographics class: Nobility; Upper Class; Lower Middle Class; or Working Class? Lower Middle Class (literally 'little townsfolk')


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