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  1. What fruit is named from medieval Latin meaning seeded apple? Pomegranate (from pomum, apple and granatum, seeded)
  2. Mathematically how easy is it to make a square of exactly the same area as any given circle: Very easy; A little difficult; Extremely difficult; Absolutely impossible? Absolutely impossible
  3. 'Mole' sauce originated in what modern nation's cuisine, originally of the Nahua people? Mexico (pronounced 'mol-ee' - from Nahua/Aztec, meaning sauce, as in guacamole, avocado sauce)
  4. 'Little Briar Rose' (German, 'Dornroschen') by the Brothers Grimm is an early version of which popular 1959 and 2014 films? (two answers required) Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent
  5. Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain are five members of which national collective? United Arab Emirates (or UAE or the Emirates)
  6. The Italian term 'Intermezzo' refers to a piece of (What?) between two larger related creations: Wood; Food; Music; or Jewellery/Jewelry? Music
  7. The French trade 'plongeur' refers to a person whose job is: Plumbing; Deep-sea diving; Surgery; or Dish-washing? Dish-washing (a menial worker in a hotel/restaurant)
  8. The main filling of a Scotch pie, (or shell pie) is traditionally: Cod; Eel; Mutton; or Brussels sprouts? Mutton
  9. The price of which metal commodity is traditionally considered an indicator of global economic buoyancy: Mercury; Copper; Gold; or Lead? Copper (due to its wide use in most industrial sectors)
  10. Protein RBM3, theorized to counter/resist human dementia, normally assists animal brain recovery from: Overheating; Impact/injury; Strees; or Cooling/hibernation? Cooling/hibernation
  11. Which creature is mythically said to sing before it dies, hence an expression for a grand final performance before retirement? Swan (hence 'swansong')
  12. What quality management/measurement term completes this sequence: Omicron, Pi, Rho...? Sigma (o, p, r, s in the Greek alphabet [there is no q] - sigma is also a symbol for a unit of statistical variation measurement, and features in the quality management concept Six Sigma)
  13. What popular food takes its name from Italian for 'twine'? Spaghetti (Spaghetti is plural of spaghetto, diminutive of spago = twine, thin string)
  14. What's the surname of award-winning movie making brothers Joel and Ethan? Coen
  15. German physicist Rudolf Mossbauer ('mossbower'), and the 'Mossbauer effect' named after him, are associated with the science of: Diet; Sound; Radioactivity; or Genetics? Radioactivity (a reflective radiation phenomenon used in highly technical analysis of mineral substances, such as space rocks)
  16. Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain... name the two which complete the membership of seven? Abu Dhabi and Dubai (of the UAE)
  17. What's vitally missing from this typical list of bread-making ingredients: Flour, Yeast, Salt, Sugar, Oil? Water
  18. Oxbridge General Hospital featured in what famous UK TV medical series, 1957-67, regarded as a seminal soap opera? Emergency Ward 10
  19. In corporate finance, 'gearing' refers to an organization's ratio of: Staff to Customers; Managers to Operatives; Debt to Equity; or Cars to Trucks? Debt to Equity (see financial terms)
  20. What media technique was first used successfully in a live CBS TV transmission of the 1963 US Army vs Navy football game? Instant Replay (or words to similar effect)


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