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  1. A drupe is a (What?) with a (What?): Fleshy fruit; Roman goddess; Monkey; Stone/kernel; Limp; Bruise? Fleshy fruit with a Stone/kernel
  2. The Roman words Libra, Solidus, and Denarius became the name in English for: A recreational drug; Predecimal currency; Manchester United; or No10 Downing Street? Predecimal currency ('LSD' pounds shillings pence, and the symbols £ / d, for 'pounds shillings pence' - Libra was a pound in weight; Solidus and Denarius were coins)
  3. A large paving stone is also called a: Scarf; Shawl; Flag; or Napkin? Flag (and flagstone - origin unrelated to size/shape of a cloth flag, instead probably Norse/Icelandic from flag meaning 'empty patch after turf was removed' which evolved to flaga, 'slab of stone')
  4. Causing a ball to drop intentionally or accidentally into a pocket in snooker or billiards is called a: Jar; Box; Pot; or Bucket? Pot
  5. Which two of these make the alloy 'bell bronze' (or 'bell metal') used for fine cymbals/gongs/bells: Iron; Copper; Lead; Tin? Copper and Tin
  6. Cotchford Farm, E Sussex, UK, was home to which famous children's author inspired by the nearby Ashdown Forest, and later which guitarist/founder of the Rolling Stones who died in the swimming pool (two answers required)? AA Milne (Winnie-the-Pooh author) and Brian Jones
  7. Sofrito and Socorat are respectively a starting paste and caramelized crispy pan scrapings of: Pizza; Paella; Fajita; or Chicken Tikka Masala? Paella
  8. What is the square root of two-and-a-quarter, or 2.25: One; One-and-a-half; Two; or Two-and-a-half? One-and-a-half (or 1.5)
  9. Which city has made the consistently strongest claims for inventing the dish Chicken Tikka Masala: Paris; Los Angeles; Glasgow; or Sofia? Glasgow
  10. Which capital city lies in the middle of the Balkan penninsular, midway between the Adriatic Sea to the West, and Black Sea to the East, and Aegean Sea to the South? Rome; Sofia; Jerusalem; or Moscow? Sofia (capital of Bulgaria)
  11. Half treble, Double treble, Triple treble, and Treble relief are types of: Darts scores; Musical scores; Surgical procedures; or Crochet stitches? Crochet stiches
  12. The ancient and often naturally occurring alloy Electrum comprises mainly which two of: Gold; Silver; Lead; or Tin? Gold and Silver
  13. Which three of these are not among the main human blood group phenotype classifications: A, B, X, AB, O, N, NO? X, N, NO
  14. Greek mythology says Thetis held her baby Achilles by the heel to dip him in (What?) to make him immortal: Bull's blood; Ass's milk; Mercury; or The River Styx? The River Styx (hence he died when an arrow struck his heel, and 'Achilles heel' means a serious weakness)
  15. What 1960s-invented garden cutter is a portmanteau (combination) of 'string' with a word describing its purpose? Strimmer (string and trimmer)
  16. The 'Punnett Square' matrix and Mendelian inheritance are models for interpreting/predicting what sort of inheritence: National treasures; Offshore trusts; Intestate estates; or Genetic characteristics? Genetic characteristics
  17. When somebody dies 'intestate' this means without: Pain; Drugs; A will; or Warning? A will
  18. Which one of these is not (on average) among the three brightest objects in the night sky: The Moon; Jupiter, Venus; or Neptune? Neptune
  19. Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde devised what in 1557, superseding 'æ' (a shortening of its Latin meaning): Equals sign; At sign; Ampersand; or the word Also? Equals sign (= replaced æ, which stood for  'æqualis' meaning uniform or equal, from from aequus meaning level) 
  20. Which great Indian statesman and spiritual leader (1869-1948) said: “We must become the change we want to see.” ? Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, aka Mahatma Gandhi, Indian statesman and spiritual leader - download the free Gandhi quote poster see and download more free motivational posters)


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