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  1. In anatomy, our platelets - or thrombocytes - are in the: Skull; Teeth; Blood; or Toenails? Blood (thrombocyte = blood clot cell - they stop bleeding by clotting blood vessel injuries)
  2. What is the literal descriptive common name of the high aerial bird family Apodidae, among the fastest of all creatures? Swift (white-throated needletail swifts have been recorded flying at 105mph)
  3. Snooker is played with balls of Yellow, Green, Blue, White, Black, Pink, and which two other colours? Red and Brown
  4. A South-West wind generally blows a free-floating vessel: South-West; North-East; North-West; or South-East? North-East (winds are named according to the direction from which they blow, which is the oppositite to the direction in which they are blowing, or generally blow something)
  5. The date of Easter each year is determined by the: Pope; European Union HQ; Lunar Calendar; or World's largest TV companies? Lunar Calendar (Technically the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon, on or soonest after 21 March, although this varies in Eastern and Western cultures.)
  6. The 'Radarange', first sold in 1946, using 'dielectric polarization', was the first: Fridge; Freezer; Microwave oven; or Hair dryer? Microwave oven
  7. The oldest world sports championship title, established in 1740 (won by Clergé de Elder), is for: Camel-racing; Real Tennis; Pistol-shooting; or Snooker? Real Tennis
  8. Housewife, Bag, Oxford, and Mock Oxford are types of: Trousers; Vacuum-cleaner designs; Crochet stitches; or Pillow-slips? Pillow-slips
  9. Remo Belli's eponymously named company used Mylar (Biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalatename) to originate in 1957 the famous 'Weather King': Raincoats; Umbrellas; Drum skins; or Surfboards? Drumskins
  10. What odd-shaped UK venue opened 1872 on August bank holiday, and has hosted The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Genesis, The Who and Tom Jones: the Royal Albert Hall; The O2; Crystal Palace; or Hastings Pier? Hastings Pier
  11. Launched by Glaxo in 1954, and hugely popular in India, Complan is a brand of: Powdered milk; Headache tablets; Birth control pill; or Toothpaste? Powdered milk (a planned dietary food)
  12. What American term for a male athlete derives originally from slang for the male member, via a protective undergarment worn by horse-riders and cyclists: Dick; Bill; Jock; or Willy? Jock (from 'jockstrap')
  13. "The unit within the system, with the most behavioural responses available to it, controls the system..." is the powerful First Law of: Physics; Motion; Cybernetics; or Parenting? Cybernetics (see the fascinating Cybernetics theory summary)
  14. Since 1826, the island of Anglesey in Wales boasts the world's first modern: Police station; Football club; Suspension bridge; or Telephone exchange? Suspension bridge
  15. Devised in the 1920s by Leo Gerstenzang, 'Baby Gays' later became: Wet/Baby wipes; Q-Tips/Cotton buds; Disposable nappies/diapers; or Pipe cleaners? Q-Tips/Cotton buds
  16. The Spanish Armada refers to a: Battle; Invasion; Revolution; or Fleet of Spanish warships? Fleet of Spanish warships (defeated by the English/Dutch navies while attempting to overthrow Elizabeth I of England, 1588)
  17. Name the disease famously introduced to control Australian rabbit population in the 1950s, and subsequently in Europe? Myxomatosis
  18. Mollycoddle - meaning excessively indulge/protect derives from old slang for a prostitute and to gently warm a drink - True or False? True (the word coddle - to boil a drink gently - in turn derives from old Latin caudle, meaning to serve gruel to the infirm)
  19. Rock salmon, rock eel, flake, huss or Sweet William, all refer to a popular edible fish which is actually a: Large cod; Tuna; Small shark; or Swordfish? Small shark (popular in European battered 'fish and chips' dishes - various species including spiny dogfish, rough-hound, and bull huss)
  20. German Klaus Obermeyer, an instructor in Aspen, Colorado, founded a company (1950-60s) specialising in: Cookware; Software; Ski-wear; or Beachwear? Ski-wear (he invented the quilted ski-jacket, amongst other things such as turtleneck jumpers, mirrored sunglasses, ski-boot press fit, and with partner Friedl Pfeiffer high-altitude suntan lotion)


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