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  1. Albion is the oldest word for: France; America; England/Britain; or Scandinavia? England/Britain (old Latin/Greek, pre-dating Britannia, related to 'albus' - from which albumen, egg-white, is derived - the white for England probably refers to the white cliffs of Dover and originates in older Celtic language - the word Albion and variants have also referred to Scotland and other British lands)
  2. What Andalusian city gave its name to a bitter orange used especially in marmalade? Seville
  3. What famous headwear and safety harness brand was devised from the original raw materials silk, angora and wool? Kangol
  4. Which once war-torn Balkan capital city has a world-leading human DNA analysis laboratory? Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina capital - the laboratory expertise and scale grew from the aftermath of the 1992-5 Bosnian War)
  5. Georges Bizet devised the word 'toreador' for what opera? Carmen (based on the Spanish term torero, it refers to the main bullfighter, matador de toros, killer of bulls)
  6. The continent having the highest average elevation is: Africa; Asia; Europe; or Antartica? Antartica
  7. What is a remark, act, or chess move seeking advantage, from Italian for trip-up, and leg? Gambit (from gambett, trip-up, and gamba, leg)
  8. The Dewey Decimal, Universal Decimal, and Bliss Bibliographic classifications are used by: Farmers; Librarians; Architects; or Travel agents? Libraries (they are popular book indexing systems)
  9. Which big-selling artist 1999-2003 shares her name with the founding Queen of Carthage? Dido
  10. The Carthage civilization (814-200BC) was based around modern: Copenhagen; Tunis; Mexico City; or Moscow? Tunis (Tunisia)
  11. The volume of a pyramid or cone is: base area x height x (what fraction?): A Quarter; A Third; A Half; or Nine-Fourteenths? A Third
  12. What edible weed is named from 'lion's tooth'? Dandelion (French, dent-de-lion)
  13. Disney's Lion King movie/musical is generally said to be based on what Shakespeare play? Hamlet
  14. What is the UK's most senior royal palace and official residence of the monarch? St James's Palace
  15. What instrument is sized according to terms such as 0, 00, 000, Grand Auditorium and Dreadnought? Guitar (acoustic)
  16. The Occident (from Latin 'going down') refers generally to which part of the world: Europe/US; Asia; Australia; or Africa? Europe/US (the reference is to the sunset)
  17. The traditional Windows/Mac keyboard shortcut to undo the last operation is Ctrl or Cmd and what key? Z
  18. The Gannex brand, popularised by British prime minister Harold Wilson in the 1960s, was a: Pipe; Cigar; Fountain pen; or Raincoat? Raincoat
  19. What mountain's peak is the farthest point from Earth's centre/center: Everest; Kilimanjaro; Chimborazo; or McKinley? Chimborazo (Ecuador, farthest due to equatorial bulge of the Earth)
  20. What 1930s-originating genericized trademark came to refer to 'piped' background recorded music played in elevators, reception areas, airports, etc? Muzak


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