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  1. What word is a prefix for Potato, Slug, Gooseberry, Horse, Cow, Cucumber, Lettuce, and Lion: Sky; Sea; Earth; Wind; or Fire? Sea (all creatures or living things of the oceans)
  2. Author Chris Van Allsburg and actor Robin Williams asserted that (What?) 1981 book/1995 movie about a real-life/jungle-boardgame means 'many effects' in Zulu? Jumanji
  3. What word for sadness is from the ancient 'Four Humours' personality model of black-/yellow-bile/phlegm/blood: Misery; Depression; Melancholy; or Woebegone? Melancholy (from Greek melan, black, and khole, bile - see the Four Humours/Humors and other personality types theories)
  4. Slub is bobbles or twists in: Toffee; Cloth/Thread; Ski-slopes; or Country dancing? Cloth/Thread
  5. In medicine, a lumbar puncture for cerebrospinal fluid testing is called a: Cranium drain; Back draw; Small drip; or Spinal tap? Spinal tap
  6. Phoenicia, the 1500-300BC coastal civilisation and foundation of much modern trade/language was based around the: Red Sea; Black Sea; China Sea; or Mediterranean? Mediterranean (esp Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Syria)
  7. Krav Maga, developed late-1940s by Hungarian-Jewish Emrich 'Imi' Lichtenfeld (1910-98) is a highly efficient system of: Self-defence/defense; Origami; Town planning; or Business accounting? Self-defence/defense (meaning literally 'combat contact' although the meaning is 'contact combat' - developed firstly for the Israeli Defense Force, and widely adapted and adopted elsewhere since)
  8. Gerontology is the study of what age/development in people: Newborn; Child; Adult; or Old? Old (Greek geron is old man, from geras, old age, which also gives us geriatric)
  9. Masticate means: Argue; Chew; Give up; or Sneeze? Chew (food)
  10. What is the earliest form of digital electronic communication - originally for stock price telegraphy - also describing US celebrations/parades, from its use as confetti? Ticker tape
  11. Alfred Adler, Albert Ellis, Carl Rogers, and Aaron Beck are famous experts/pioneers in: Architecture; Orchestral conducting; Psychology; or Dance choreography? Psychology (individual behavioural/behavioral, therapeutic, cognitive)
  12. Who allegedly leapt from his bathtub into the street shouting 'Ureka' (I've found it') seeing his body displace water of equivalent volume: Einstein; Euler; Archimedes; or Plato? Archimedes (287-212BC - Ureka is the Anglicized word for heúrēka, from which the word heuristic derives, referring to experience-based problem-solving and decision-making, now central to Nudge Theory, a modern highly effective way to enable change)
  13. In tennis a legal serve which cannot be reached by the openent is called an: Jack; Ace; King; or Queen? Ace
  14. Singlish refers to a variant English language spoken in: Spain; Singapore; The Vatican; or Prison? Singapore (and Sri Lanka, a variant of Sinhala)
  15. What sort of roller/tube pump, common in precise timed dosing, is named from the scientific action of the human intestines: Diaphragm; Peristaltic; Archimedean screw; or Resonating joggle? Peristaltic (the action of the intestines is called peristalsis)
  16. In language a gerund is a verb, typically with 'ing' added, used as a: Noun; Adjective; Expletive/insult; or Question? Noun (for example "The hot sun is lovely but the sweating is not.." contains the gerund 'sweating', in which the verb 'sweat' is changed to a noun 'sweating' - typically a gerund is preceded by 'the' or 'a' - see gerund and lots more fascinating grammar curiosities and definitions)
  17. The Epistles of the New Testament in the Bible are considered to be originally: Letters; Poems; Stories; or Wills? Letters
  18. Name the British 'new romantic' band whose grim name referred to executions at a Berlin prison? Spandau Ballet (wartime/post-war slang reference to hangings at Spandau - the term also referred to the effects of the machine gun made at Spandau - apparently the band first saw the term in grafitti on a toilet wall in Germany)
  19. The German term 'deppenastroph' equates in English to the idiotic use of: Atomic weapons; Pesticides; Garlic; or Apostrophes? Apostrophes (deppenastroph means literally 'idiot's apostrophe', mainly referring to signs and chalkboards showing an incorrect apostrophe in plurals such as CARROT'S or COFFEE'S or PIE'S or PIZZA'S, etc)
  20. Jamaican Cecil Bustamente Campbell (1938-2016), originator/writer of ska songs such as One Step Beyond, Madness, and Al Capone is better known as: King Basher; Duke Beater; Prince Buster; or Earl Poker? Prince Buster


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