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- Mandrax is a 1963 French-originating trademark for a: Computer war game; Sedative drug; Soup restaurant chain; or Dog perfume? Sedative drug
- A mythical Arctic whirlpool west of Norway, came to be what Anglicized Dutch word, meaning a violent water whirl or metaphorically extreme turmoil? Maelstrom (from the Dutch words maalen, grind, and stroom, stream)
- Traditional Latin pluralization of Latin-originating words ending in 'us' is to replace the 'us' with: en; i; o; or eaux? i (as in cacti and stumuli, or for some words, ii)
- What item of furniture is used metaphorically as a verb for postponing a project? Shelf/Shelve/Shelving
- Utilitarian and utilitarianism refer primarily to the major quality/effect of something being: Useful; Inexpensive; Flexible; or Designed by robots? Useful (especially for the greater good or majority)
- What is the cube root of an eighth? A Half (0.5 - ie, 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.5 = 0.125 = an eighth, just as the cube root of 125 is 5)
- The 1920s-originating US expression, hootenanny, is traditionally a gathering of people for: Folk music; Eating; Gambling; or Interior decorating? Folk music
- The Ancient British/Gaelic words Loch, Lough, Logh and Llwch all refer to a: Lake; Dam; Canal Lock (riser); or Latrine? Lake (all those ancient variants are pronounced very similarly - lough is current in Ireland, loch in Scotland, and logh in the Isle of Man - Llwch is virtually obsolete Welsh)
- In 2015 the world speed record for (What?) was broken in 6.88 seconds by Australian Feliks Zemdegs: NY Times Crossword; Solving a Rubik's Cube; Eating a whole full-size chicken; or Descending from the top of the Eiffel Tower to the ground? Solving a Rubik's Cube
- Apple Inc's 'digital wallet' virtual banking service is called Apple: iBuck; iDoll; Pay; or Pig? Pay
- The founder of Wikipedia is Graham India; Jimmy Wales; Mario Brazil; or Nigel Nigeria? Jimmy Wales
- Utrecht is a province and provincial capital city in central: Netherlands; Belgium; Germany; or Scotland? Netherlands
- What communication aid also refers metaphorically to the limits of a concept or set of protocols? Envelope (as in 'push the envelope', meaning test or go beyond normal limits for an activity, plan, etc)
- What is the historically Moorish Spanish capital of Andalusia, famous for oranges and flamenco? Seville
- Tom Parker, who famously managed Elvis Presley, was known by the title of, and as 'the..': Chief; Colonel; General; Brigadier? Colonel
- The phrase: 'Badly finished garments are unseemly' contains a: Pun; Simile; Metaphor; or Spelling mistake? Pun (by which a word can have two different meanings, ie here unseemly as improper and unseamly as an informal reference to poor stitching - see puns and double-meanings)
- What chemical element, symbol Cr, is named due its colourful/colorful compound effect? Chromium (Greek chroma, colour/color)
- What 1956 alliterative and genericized trademark mysteriously refers to an indelible 'felt-tip' pen? Magic Marker (Speedy Products Inc, patent 1956 - this brilliant brand name endures appealingly and now generically for an extremely unexciting product, which was apparently the name's intended purpose)
- The Anglicized French word séance, referring to contacting the spirit world, derives from the notion of: Ghosts; Sitting; Speaking; or Screaming? Sitting (from Seoir, sit)
- The technical term 'lean-burn' originally refers to less polluting versions of what energy technology: Internal combustion engine; Nuclear reactor; Coal-fired power station; or Windmill? Internal combustion engine
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