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  1. Teriyaki is a Japanese: Martial art; Intelligence service; Cooking method; or Cartoon hero? Cooking method (grilled fish/meat with sweetened soy sauce glaze)
  2. In 2015 artist Oscar Santillan controversially removed and exhibited the top inch of: Buckingham Palace; Scafell Pike; The Eiffel Tower; or Donald Trump's hair? Scafell Pike (England's highest mountain)
  3. What dance/music/style name is thought derived from the Spanish word ('with the colour of flame') for the wading bird Phoenicopterus? Flamenco (based on 'flamengo', Spanish for flamingo - the other suggested meaning, 'Flemish', is a somewhat less appealing origin)
  4. A cairn, a traditional trail marker for walkers/explorers, of simple or grand design, is basically a: Shack; Pile of stones; Wooden cross; or Hanging lantern? Pile of stones
  5. Prince Charles' private letters to government ministers, made public by the UK Supreme Court in 2015, are known as the '(What?) memos', due to his handwriting style: Black spider; Blue tooth; Purple haze; or Green onions? Black spider
  6. Contralto refers to a singing voice/range equating to: Highest Male; Lowest Male; Highest Female; or Lowest Female? Lowest Female
  7. Name Warren Buffett's investment corporation, which he bought in 1964, ostensibly to sack its boss who had made him angry? Berkshire Hathaway (Buffett tells that buying it was a big mistake - that he took control when actually seeking to sell his minority holding, but instead bought a controlling interest after its CEO Seabury Stanton allegedly reduced the price he'd agreed to pay Buffett for his shares, by about 1%)
  8. The areca nut (often with betel leaf), a popular stimulant in Asia, is traditionally prepared for: Chewing; Smoking; Drinking; or Sniffing? Chewing (also called the betel nut because it's wrapped in a betel leaf, although it's a drupe not a nut - its use is associated with various health risks - in India the nut and leaf products are called paan)
  9. 'Ol' Blue Eyes' is the nickname of: Lord Byron; Frank Sinatra; Al Capone; or Napoleon Bonaparte? Frank Sinatra
  10. The Italian word 'scuderia' typically referring to a motor racing team, eg Scuderia Ferrari, means: Stable; Able; Fable; or Label? Stable
  11. The ball-shaped roots of a more popular salad vegetable, Bergers White Ball, Ibis, Kojak, and Snow White are what? Celeriac (the root of certain celery species)
  12. Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Chad, Niger, Mali and Ethiopia are the largest nations in the world without a: Railway system; Coastline; Poisonous snake; or National currency? Coastline
  13. What is the correct order of this essential rule for aircraft pilots: Communicate, Aviate, Navigate? Aviate, Navigate, Communicate
  14. The eponymous cannabis brand launched in 2015 by a famous country music singer is: Willie's Reserve; Garth's Ganja; Dollydope; or Shaniah's Shtash? Willie's Reserve (by Willie Nelson)
  15. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, who first appeared in Detective Comics No27 in May 1939? Batman
  16. What is the area of an isosceles right-angled triangle whose short sides are 2 metres each? 2 square metres (i.e., half of a 2m x 2m square - an isosceles triangle has two equal sides, which in combination with the right-angle means the triangle must be half of a square)
  17. The modern lifestyle acronym MAMIL, which relates to the growth in fitness products and especially cycling, stands for what? Middle-Age Man In Lycra
  18. Susy, a portmanteau abbreviation for a fundamental yet increasingly elusive particle physics theory is in full 'Super (What?)': System; Symmetry; Sympathy; or Syllabub? Symmetry
  19. The Ryman Auditorium (also called the Union Gospel Tabernacle) is the home of what major music institution? The Grand Ole Opry (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
  20. The position of the Arctic Circle was/is determined by: Sea ice; Sun visibility; Temperature; or Unclaimed territory? Sun visibility (i.e., it is the most southerly latitude in the Northern Hemisphere which experiences at least 24 hours continuous sun visibility and at least 24 hours continuous zero sun visibility per year [at the northern summer and winter solstices] - consequently the Arctic Circle is moving according to the Earth's axial tilt, which varies by 2° per 40,000-years, mainly due to tidal forces caused by the Moon's orbit - so that the Arctic Circle is shifting north at c.15m or 49 ft per year)


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