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  1. Tesla is a famous make of electric: Guitars; Ovens; Cars; or Toothbrushes? Cars
  2. Which two dances feature in the NATO phonetic alphabet? Foxtrot and Tango
  3. Which famous politician wrote the best-selling books Dreams From My Father, and The Audacity Of Hope: Winston Churchill; Abraham Lincoln; Nelson Mandela; or Barack Obama? Barack Obama
  4. Venerated by the Aztecs, the 'Resplendent Quetzal', symbol of liberty in Guatemala's emblem (quetzal is also the currency), is a: Bird; Lion; Diamond; or Church? Bird (quetzalli means 'brightly coloured tail feather' in Aztec)
  5. Open, Apache, Libre and Star are/were free 'open source' software competing with: MSOffice; Adobe Acrobat; Nero; or Grand Theft Auto? MSOffice
  6. Which two of these are equivalent US/UK-English hair style terminology: Bangs; Slaps; Whacks; Pigtail; Fringe; or Layers? Bangs and Fringe
  7. A 24hour clock shows 8pm as: 0800hrs; 1700hrs; 1800hrs; or 2000hrs? 2000hrs
  8. Devised in the 1860s-70s, the Miller and Wohlwill processes refine purity to respectively 99.95% and 99.999% of: Steel; Gold; Heroin; or Coffee? Gold
  9. On what device/system, established by the 1878 Remington No2, is the sequence ASDFGH? A QWERTY keyboard (or an answer equating to this - such as a typewriter or computer - the keys below QWERTY)
  10. What, considered the most primitive grass, can grow 3ft/day, has higher compressive strength than concrete and tensile strength equal to steel? Sugar cane; Pampas; Reed; or Bamboo? Bamboo
  11. Fusilli, Farfalle, Rigatoni, and Vermicelli are popular Italian: Pasta shapes; Holiday resorts; Opera composers; or Words for 'goodbye'? Pasta shapes
  12. The Aztec people lived mainly where and when (two answers required): Mexico; Brazil; Spain; 1,000-500BC; 5-10th centuries; or 14-16th centuries? Mexico and 14-16th centuries (extending to the Central Americas, also called 'mesoamerica')
  13. The serial (or series) comma, which appears in this question after 'London' is also called the (What?) comma: Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Manchester, London, or Birmingham? Oxford (also called the Harvard comma, it is a comma used after the second-to-last item in a series, considered wrong/unnecessary by many people, although its use can be technically useful, as it averts the possibility that the final two things in a series could be misunderstood to be a singular inseparable pair or duo)
  14. Frenchman Joseph Opinel's eponymously branded 1890 invention, considered among the world's most iconic designs, is a: Sports car; Pocket knife; Fountain pen; or Skateboard? Pocket knife (the brand and corporation are called Opinel - incidentally Opinel also produce some beautiful classic specialist kitchen and cook's knives... Mushroom gardening set anyone? Opinel are a wonderful example of a trusted iconic brand being extended to grow a bigger diverse business. And also incidentally that is a link to an Amazon page which will return a little commission to this website if anyone buys from it - this commission goes towards the Businessballs website's running/development costs, so thank you.)
  15. Which four of these make 'The Four Corners' - the only place in the USA where four states meet - (bonus point, put the four in clockwise order, top-left first): New Mexico, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Colorado? Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona
  16. A blunderbuss is an early form of: People-carrier; Shotgun; Murder-mystery novel; or Politician? Shotgun
  17. What nut was interpreted/recorded to mean 'well known among us' by Roman naturalist/author Pliny the Elder: Brazil; Pecan; Pistachio; or Peanut? Pistachio
  18. The saying 'mad as a hatter' alludes to personality disorders of hatmakers thought due to their trade use of: Mercury; Sugar; Bleach; or Superglue? Mercury
  19. Which food is called 'little worms': Sauerkraut; Vermicelli; Paella; or Tofu? Vermicelli (meaning little worms - it is pasta of very thin threads)
  20. Which US president said: “It’s not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with the sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause and who, at best knows the triumph of high achievement and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat...” : Theodore Roosevelt; Ronald Reagan; George Washington; or George W Bush? Theodore Roosevelt (see and download this stirring Roosevelt quotation poster, and more inspirational posters, and lots more wonderful inspirational quotes)


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