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  1. What is the angle between each hour at the middle of a clockface? 30 degrees (360 divided by 12)
  2. The Poinsettia plant has which colour/color flowers: Red; Yellow; Blue; or White? Yellow (its upper leaves are typically red, and are commonly thought to be flowers)
  3. What Hawaiian word for a wise man or shaman is used informally elsewhere in referring to a 'big' boss? Kahuna
  4. What was Norwegian Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki raft made from, which he sailed from S America to Polynesia in 1947, to demonstrate early Polynesian immigration: Pine; Balsa; Ebony; or Ivory? Balsa
  5. What iconic Louisiana Creole dish, named from a French Provencal word, is based on Spanish paella, typically of meat and vegetables, stock and rice? Jambalaya
  6. The architectural term architrave refers to a: Column/pillar; Lintel/beam; Step; or Window-frame? Lintel/beam
  7. What geographical feature means 'almost island'? Peninsular (Latin paene, almost, and insula, island)
  8. Name the Sovient Union policy of governmental openness, implemented by Gorbachev from 1985? Glasnost (meaning loosely 'public/openness')
  9. The central blue 'Ashoka Chakra' icon on India's national flag represents a: Wheel; Lion; Elephant; or Flower? Wheel (the 24-spoke emblem is based on the Dharmacakra, "Wheel of Dharma/Law", fundamental to Indian Buddhism)
  10. According to Scottish Highland tradition a glengarry is a: Soft shoe; Pouch/purse; Brimless hat; or Sword? Brimless hat (boat-shaped, clefted, with two ribbons hanging from the back)
  11. The two other angles in a right-angled triangle must always add up to how many degrees? 60; 90; 120; or 180? 90
  12. The first (joint-)winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, Swiss Jean Henri Dunant, in 1901, founded which international organization? The Red Cross
  13. Which 'historical nationality' of Spain is directly north of Portugal? Galicia
  14. What onomatopoeic term refers to a 'modern jazz' form popularized in the 1940s by Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and others? Bebop
  15. What common term is the SI unit (International System of Units) of mass? Kilogram (or Kg)
  16. The variable vast plasma stream of electrons and protons from the Sun is called: Sunspots; Sunshine; The Solar Wind; or Ultra-violet? The Solar Wind
  17. The 'Anschluss' ('connection') was the annexation of which nation by which other nation in March 1938 (two answers required)? Austria, annexed by Germany
  18. Doggerel is a crude form of what, originating in many cultures in the late middle-ages: Soup; Poetry; Trousers; or Street handball? Poetry (typically featuring in humorous or ironic writings, and nursery rhymes)
  19. What is a continuous low musical note, annoying monotony, and a controversial flying machine? Drone
  20. The 1950-60s British-originating realism in films/TV/books/etc., typically involving 'angry young men' is known as: Dustpan and Brush; Kitchen Sink; Vacuum Cleaner; or Mop and Bucket? Kitchen Sink


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