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  1. A quarter multiplied by a third is a: Half; Quarter; Third; or Twelfth? Twelfth (1/4 x 1/3 = 1/12)
  2. Isaac Asimov, Robert A Heinlein, and Arthur C Clarke are famous writers of: Crime-thrillers; Science-Fiction; Children's Stories; or 1900s Broadway Musicals? Science-Fiction
  3. Plankton (including jellyfish, algae, krill) is named from Greek 'planktos', which refers to its defining feature: Drifter; Hunter; Poisonous; or Tasty? Drifter (plankton cannot swim against a current, and therefore drifts)
  4. Which one of these cheeses is not from and named after a Dutch city/place: Edam; Gouda; Emmental; or Leerdammer? Emmental (from Switzerland, from the central Emmental valley area)
  5. The planet Jupiter has how many known moons: None; One; Two; or Sixty-seven? Sixty-seven
  6. Barber, Debussy, Glass and Holst are: Occupational surnames; Composers; Diamond cuts; or Google brands? Composers
  7. The area of a right-angled isosceles triangle whose two short sides are 4cms each is how many square cms: 8; 10; 12; or 16? 8 (this triangle equates to half a 4x4 square, cut diagonally)
  8. The major UK/European mobile network corp EE was originally branded: Eccentric Egg; Everything Everywhere; Excellent Elephant or Electric Earhole? Everything Everywhere
  9. Marfona, Charlotte, Jersey, and Desiree are: Atlantic islands; Potato varieties; Canadian state capitals; or Medieval German queens? Potato varieties
  10. According to the iconic 1958 song, popularized futuristically again in 1985, 'Deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans, Way back up in the woods among the (What sort of trees?) ? Evergreens (from Chuck Berry's Johnny B Goode, which featured in the film Back to the Future)
  11. Comb, Spiral, Ring and Perfect are types of: Hair perming; Ice-skating moves; Book-bindings; Solar flares; or Wedding cake decorations? Book-bindings
  12. Mach 1 refers to the speed of: Gravity; Light; Sound; or the Starship Enterprise? Sound (typically of a moving object such a jet or spacecraft)
  13. Which one of these is not a popular curry dish: Jalfrezi; Tikka Masala; Bhuna; or Wonton? Wonton (a Chinese dumpling)
  14. Which two of these are not 'open' (unfretted) strings of a conventionally tuned guitar: E, B, G, D, C, H? C and H
  15. According to the punning joke, the difference between a buffalo and a (What synonym?) is that you cannot wash your hands in a (What?) - (two punning answers required)? Bison and Basin
  16. A subaltern is an old word for an: Arranged marriage; Bank holiday; Army officer; or Curry starter dish? Army officer (typically below captain, eg 2nd lieutenant, from Latin sub, next below, and alternus, every other)
  17. Which one of these is not among the three most common gases of the Earth's atmosphere, instead being the most abundant chemical in the Universe: Nitrogen; Oxygen; Argon; or Hydrogen? Hydrogen
  18. The hook symbol joined under a letter (e.g., to the letter C, to soften the sound) is a: Streg; Circumflex; Cedilla; or Umlaut? Cedilla (or cedilha - see diacritical marks)
  19. Common interpretation (UK/US) of a 'duplex' home mostly equates to: Maisonette; Basement; Loft; or Full of gadgets? Maisonette (typically a two-storey apartment - note there are other interpretations around the world, but this is the general US/UK correlation, and in terms of the question, a duplex is never defined as a basement, loft or gadget-laden)
  20. Bloodhound, Bluebird, Koenigsegg, and Thrust are: Fast cars; Space probes; Superman villians; or Twitter apps? Fast cars (world record breaking)


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