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quizballs 454 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes


  1. The word 'motel' is an: Acronym; Abbreviation; Portmanteau; or Palindrome? Portmanteau (a combination of two words - see Portmanteau origins)
  2. A kibbutz (Hebrew literally 'gathering') traditionally refers to a small community (What?) in Israel: Wedding; Funeral; Farm; or Gymnasium? Farm
  3. Which two of these are the southernmost and westernmost USA states: Alaska; Hawaii; Florida; California; or Texas? (two answers required, ideally in the right order - southernmost and westernmost) Hawaii and Alaska
  4. Calligraphy is a blend of which two of these: Statistics; Art; Handwriting; History; or Chocolate? (two answers required) Art and Handwriting
  5. The French Revolution and consquential metric system of 1795 defined the old 'Are' unit as 100: Pennies; Square metres; Pints; or Horses? Square metres (and the Hectare as 100 Ares, equal to 10,000 square metres)
  6. A traditional collective noun for lots of angels is: Bevy Phalanx; Host; or Covey? Host
  7. Outsourcing/relocating an organizational process to another country is called: Undercoasting; Overseasing; Offshoring; or Showboating? Offshoring (typically for cost-saving)
  8. Frangipane is what sort of confectionery filling: Chocolate; Coffee; Almond; or Peanut? Almond
  9. Heliocentrism and the opposing Geocentrism are opposing theories of: Ballroom dancing; Astronomy; Diet; or Throwing a ball? Astronomy (in which Heliocentrism/Heliocentricism puts the Sun central in the Solar System, and the defunct Geocentrism puts the Earth central)
  10. Shinshu/Koshu/Genshu refer respectively to current-year/matured/strong Japanese: Whisky; Beer; Sake (rice wine); or Cheese? Sake (rice wine)
  11. Linsey-woolsey/Winceyette/Wincey refer to a historical sort of: Cloth; Shotgun; Dungeon or Camper-van? Cloth
  12. 'Cavatappi' and 'Fusilli Rigati' each refers to pasta that is which two of these: Hot; Cold; Spiral; Grooved; or Stiff? (two answers required) Spiral and Grooved (or ridged, and typically tubular)
  13. An over-complicated mechanical solution, named after an English cartoonist who drew them, is called: Robin Jackson; Robin Heathson; Heath Robinson; or Jack Robinson? Heath Robinson (William Heath Robinson, 1872-1944)
  14. Stormont is the Government Assembly of: Belgium; France; Canada; or Northern Ireland? Northern Ireland
  15. The first gay kiss on a UK TV soap drama featured Lord: Alan Sugar; Richard Branson; Michael Cashman; or Geoffrey Archer? Michael Cashman (as Colin Russell, 1989, in Eastenders - Cashman later became extraordinarily influential in civil/LGBT rights and politics and was made a life peer in 2014)
  16. A nightclub/bar/entertainment deriving from Japanese 'empty orchestra' is: Cabaret; Karaoke; Casino; or Ping-Pong? Karaoke (a Japanese portmanteau word from kara and okesutora, empty orchestra)
  17. The tail of the Vodafone corporation's 'speechmark' comma logo points: Top-left; Top-right; Bottom-left; or Bottom-right? Top-right
  18. What word is commonly and wrongly said by writers, politicians. speakers, etc., to mean 'danger' and 'opportunity' in Chinese kanji characters: Diplomacy; Crisis; Money; or Chocolate? Crisis (in fact the two kanji characters are said by experts to most closely mean 'dangerous/precarious', and 'critical point' - apparently people who have cited the mistaken 'danger-opportunity' meaning of 'crisis' include Condoleeza Rice and Al Gore, and several thousand motivational speakers..)
  19. Pashtun people and Pashto language, are from: Ireland and Wales; Australia and New Zealand; Afghanistan and NW Pakistan; or China and Japan? Afghanistan and NW Pakistan
  20. Match these four technologies to their respective parts of a bicycle: Derailleur; Presta; Nipple; Gusset (match with) Valves; Frame; Gears; Spoke-fixings? Derailleur = Gears, Presta = Valves; Nipple = Spoke-fixings, Gusset = Frame


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