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  1. Which one of these does not feature essentially in how a domestic fridge works: Gas; Ice; Compression; Condensation? Ice
  2. The red-brown pigment sepia comes from the so named genus of creatures: Bats; Cuttlefish; Cockroaches or Hamsters? Cuttlefish (sepia means cuttlefish in Greek)
  3. A Geiger counter is an instrument for measuring: Audience noise; Ionizing radiation; Moonlight strength; or Smelly socks? Ionizing radiation (loosely, radioactivity - as seen in thousands of sci-fi movies)
  4. A substance's mass per unit volume (its 'compactness') is technically its: Weight; Size; Density; or Momentum? Density
  5. Oysters wrapped in bacon are called which two of these: Angels; Birds; Overcoats; (on) Horseback; Cushions; or Acid? Angels on Horseback
  6. Match these wools to the creatures they come from: Angora, Kashmir, Marino, Qiviut (from which..) Muskox, Rabbit, Goat, Sheep? Angora = Rabbit, Kashmir = Goat, Marino = Sheep, Qiviut = Muskox
  7. A big fried sandwich of banana, peanut butter, bacon and honey was named after, and reportedly enjoyed excessively by: Fats Domino; Elvis Presley; Frank Sinatra; or Madonna? Elvis Presley (there are several variations to the sandwich recipe, and many stories, none of which are definitively reliable)
  8. Which two of these instruments are not typically associated with 'bluegrass' music: Banjo; Saxophone; Fiddle; Synthesizer; Guitar; Accordion? Saxophone and Synthesizer (bluegrass music is a rootsy raw genre of US country music influenced by traditional British folk music and Afro-US styles of early jazz, and Appalachian US culture)
  9. Draco (c.650-600BC), the first Ancient Greek/Athenian legislator, is eponymously associated with legal/judgmental: Inconsistency; Leniency; Harshness; or Drunkenness? Harshness (hence draconian - Draco considered that even minor crimes such as 'stealing a cabbage' deserved the death penalty - failure to pay a debt to somebody of higher status resulted in the enslavement of the debtor)
  10. The Cinchona tree chemical extract malaria treatment first used in tonic water (and gin) by Britsh officers in India, and which prompted the invention of Dubonet for French Foreign Legion troops in N Africa is: Aspirin; Quinine; Ibuprofen; or Herion? Quinine (yes amazingly Dubonet was created for and won a competition organized by the French government to produce a quinine medicine method for its soldiers affected by malaria in N Africa)
  11. What supernatural effect is named from German for disturbance and ghost: Poltergeist; Zombie; Doppelganger; or Magic? Poltergeist
  12. Chalcedony and Chert feature significantly in the technologies of which age of human civilization: Stone; Iron; Bronze or Computer? Stone (the main flint rocks used for tools, weapons, jewellery etc)
  13. What fluid word prefixes these words to make seven new words: Side, Front, Food, Son, Ring, Man, and Led? Sea
  14. French astronomer Nostradamus (Michel de Notredame, 1503-66), is famous for originating: Cathedral architecture; Bell-ringing and bell-making; Stained glass; or Uncannily accurate predictions of the world? Uncannily accurate predictions of the world (although much of his language is open to interpretation and debate/dispute)
  15. What word prefixes the following to make five common terms: File; Currency, Handed, Malt; and Parent? Single
  16. The two famous 'Kinsey Reports' (1948, 1953), books by zoologist Alfred Kinsey, controversially published surveys/theories about: Sport and fitness; Cereal agriculture; Bats and vampires; or Human sexuality? Human sexuality (among other things, the surveys revealed, to enormous public outcry, detailed private hitherto unimagined and taboo sexual preferences/activities, including extent of secret sexual disloyalty in marriage, and homosexuality among heterosexuals)
  17. The German 'FlachspĆ¼ler' is a 'shelf-style': Doll's house; TV; Car-park; or Flush toilet? Toilet (meaning 'shallow flush' - so that deposits sit on a shelf within the toilet before the flush moves them down into the bowl and away to waste, preventing splashback, and enabling examination)
  18. The Greek 'iatros' means and gives us words related to: Sun/heat; Music/sound; Healer/doctor; or Anger/turbulence? Healer/doctor (as in pediatric, geriatric, psychiatric, etc)
  19. Perpendicular refers to an angle of how many degrees: 45; 90; 180; or 360? 90 (i.e., right-angled - from Latin perpendiculum, meaning plumbline, in turn from pendere, to hang)
  20. "The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management.." is called the '(What?) Principle' - devised by Scott Adams, creator the eponymous work cartoon strip: Engelbert; Dilbert; Albert; or Bertha? Dilbert (The Dilbert Principle alludes to the famous Peter Principle, proposed famously by Dr Laurence J Peter in his classic and very funny 1969 management book The Peter Principle, which remains very relevant today. Separately here are the Dilbert Books, which are even funnier and equally relevant to today's world of work and management. Incidentally these links to Amazon produce a small commission which goes towards running this website, thank you.)


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