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  1. What short female word prefixes these to make three new words: Ring; On; Mit? Her
  2. The devil is typically characterized as having what sort of foot: Big; Cloven; Club; or Hot? Cloven (like a goat's foot, a two-part hoof, hence cloven, from cleave, split in two)
  3. The Equator lies at how many degrees latitude: 0; 45; 50; or 90? 0
  4. Latin meaning "small pebble for counting", and the study of mathematical change, is: Geometry; Calculus; Algebra; or Logarithm? Calculus
  5. Gorgonzola cheese is named after an: Italian town; Iranian goat; American herb; or Israeli chef? Italian town (Gorgonzola near Milan)
  6. TheĀ Iliad (ILIAD) and Odyssey are classical Greek epic poems about the Trojan War and aftermath attributed to: The Beowulf Poet; Homer; Dante; or Chaucer? Homer (respectively the oldest and 2nd oldest surviving works of Western literature - dated variously around 800BC or earlier)
  7. Leadville, Montezuma and Alma of Colorado are the (What?) city/towns of USA: Wealthiest; Oldest; Highest; or Coldest? Highest
  8. Electromagnetic radiation between X-rays and visible light is technically called: Ultraviolet; Infrared; Laser; or Sub-bass? Ultraviolet
  9. What modern entertainment was originally an ancient religious practice: Juggling; Ventriloquism; Sword-swallowing; or Tap dancing? Ventriloquism (from Latin 'speak from stomach', venter, belly, and loqui, speak - the ancient Greeks called it gastromancy, whereby stomach noise was considered the voices of dead people living in the stomach of the ventriloquist - extending to ventriloquism being used to predict the future)
  10. What month is in the NATO phonetic alphabet: March; November; July; or April? November
  11. Cyclops is an ancient Greek mythological giant with one: Thumb; Finger; Eye; or Leg? Eye (in the middle of his forehead - from Greek kuklos, circle, ops, eye)
  12. What dangerous metalloid chemical element, symbol As, features in the famous 1939/41 play/film "(What?) and Old Lace"? Arsenic
  13. A lathe process/effect for putting lined/patterned 'grip' onto cylindrical metal handles is: Whirling; Knurling; Curling; or Gurning? Knurling
  14. The two names (pre/post 1995) of the biggest city of India (early 21stC - two answers required) are: Bombay; Calcutta; Mumbai; Delhi; Hyderabad? Bombay and Mumbai
  15. Milk of Magnesia is a traditional treatment for: Headaches; Indigestion; Sheep; or Bird-flu? Indigestion
  16. The children's game based on following instructions/elimination is called "(Who?) Says": Sammy; Simon; Sally; or Susan? Simon
  17. John Alcock and Arthur Brown made the first non-stop (What?) in 1919: Spinning top; Electric clock; Transatlantic flight; or Machine gun? Transatlantic flight
  18. Figs are pollenated by Fig: Flies; Wasps; Beetles; or Frogs? Wasps
  19. The German Pritt company invented and launched in 1969 the first: Duct-tape; Glue-stick; Post-it note; or Stapler? Glue-stick (hence Pritt-stick)
  20. What modern 'brand' was originated by Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh (1766-1843): Mach number (velocity measurement unit); Mac (raincoat); Big Mac (burger); Mack truck (heavy vehicles); or Mac computer (Apple Mac)? Mac (raincoat) (named with variant spelling Mackintosh raincoat, first sold in 1824, using Charles Macintosh's rubberized waterprooof fabric)


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