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  1. From c.4000BC, 'Proto-Indo-European' is a fundamental: Bronze; Language; Vegetable; or Horse? Language
  2. 'Sky peer-to-peer' is the origin of what famous revolutionary Estonian/Danish development? Skype
  3. Israeli Uziel Gal (1923-2002) invented a globally iconic type of: Farming; Machine gun; Calorie counting; or Antibiotic? Machine gun (the Uzi submachine gun)
  4. Oliver Mellors is better known as what DH Lawrence creation: Biggles; Batman; Winnie the Pooh; or Lady Chatterley's Lover? Lady Chatterley's Lover (Mellors is the gamekeeper in the novel)
  5. In popular culture and literature Utopia (an ideal beautiful world) is opposite to: Dystopia; Sinopia; Subtopia; or Myopia? Dystopia
  6. The likely extinct Thylacine, largest ever carnivorous marsupial, is commonly called the: Tasmanian Tiger; African Kangaroo; Brazilian Wombat; or Piccadily Lion? Tasmanian Tiger (native to Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, it died out in the early 1900s, although there are occasional claimed sightings still)
  7. 'Stuttgart pitch', standard musical tuning/calibration, is 440Hz frequency at the note: A; B; C; or D? A (technically A4, being the A above middle C on a piano)
  8. Beginning 2018, the first direct UK-Australia flights are roughly what miles/hours: 5000m/5hrs; 9000/17; 14,000/36; 20,000/20? 9000miles/17hrs
  9. Mongolia and Ivory Coast were the first countries to adopt a radical postal address system using (How many?) random words for every (How many?) square yards of Earth: (two answers required) 3; 9; 20; 50; 400? 3 random words and 9 square yards (for example the Ivory Coast postal service La Poste's address changed from BP641, Cidex 3, Abidjan, Abidjan Plateau, Avenue Blvd Mitterand, Ivory Coast, to simply 'toned.witty.lion'.. it's the future... the system called What3words [a UK company] is already used by the Red Cross and USA disaster relief agencies)
  10. What 'greenhouse gas' is increasing most significantly in the 21st century: Methane; CO2; Ozone; or Nitrous Oxide? Methane
  11. Diazepam was first marketed as: Amphetamine; Valium; Anadin; or Lucozade? Valium
  12. Axiomatic means: Breathless; Self-evident; Inflated; or Confusingly angry? Self-evident (also obvious, implicit.. notably referring to a communication or statement of some sort - that we might say is 'a statement of the obvious')
  13. Beg or Bey and Begum refer to a chief or high official and female equivalent originating from/in which culture: Mexican; Turkish; Maori; or Russian? Turkish (or Ottoman)
  14. A popular childlike metaphor for being punished or excluded is being on the: Bad bench; Naughty step; Culpable couch; or Silly stool? Naughty step
  15. Which month is named in English after Latin for door? January (ultimately from ianua, door, and Janus, Roman god of doorways and beginnings)
  16. Previously fined $2.5bn in 2014, which company publicized its zero tolerance policy in 2017 responding to tax evasion investigations and raids? Harrods; KFC; Credit Suisse; or Microsoft? Credit Suisse
  17. In US-English a sports knockout tournament is called a: Dash; Bracket; Guillemet; or Colon? Bracket
  18. What religious word makes five new words when suffixed (added last) to: Repel, Condo, Si, Re, and Ta? Lent
  19. Match the Roman and modern names: Hafnia, Lutetia, Eblana, Ezelinga - Dublin, Zurich, Copenhagen, Paris? Hafnia - Copenhagen; Lutetia - Paris; Eblana - Dublin; Ezelinga - Zurich
  20. 2017 Eurovision controversy entailed which host nation's ban of which nation's contestant? (two answers required, preferably the right way around..) Israel; Turkey; Russia; France; or Ukraine? Ukraine banned the Russia contestant
  21. The magazine of the Jehovah's Witness religion is The: Spotlight; Watchtower; Lighthouse; or Microscope? Watchtower
  22. Argentina's national sport 'Pato' means (What?), replaced by the modern ball, carried in a basket on horseback: Rocks; Feathers; Eggs; or Live duck? Live duck
  23. The dye henna is made from a: Beetle; Tree; Clay; or Fish? Tree (the henna tree, or hina, or Egyptian privet)
  24. Whose best-selling 2016 autobiography is called Born to Run: Usain Bolt; Sebastian Coe; Mo Farah; or Bruce Sprinsteen? Bruce Spingsteen
  25. Match these birds with their metaphorical/fabled associations: Albatross, Dove, Stork, Magpie, Ostrich - Curse, Peace, Birth/baby, Denial, Theft? Albatross - Curse; Dove - Peace; Stork - Birth/baby; Magpie - Theft; Ostrich - Denial


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