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quizballs 53 - free general knowledge quiz - questions and answers for trivia quizzes and pub quizzes

  1. What connects Elizabeth Fry, Sir John Houblon, Adam Smith, George Stephenson, and Sir Edward Elgar? Appeared on Bank of England banknotes
  2. The radioactive isotope Americium 241 (symbol: 241Am) is a common component in what household item? Smoke detector (or smoke alarm)
  3. Which murderer lived at 39 Hilldrop Crescent, Kentish Town, North London? Dr Crippen (Hawley Harvey Crippen, executed in 1910 - the case was notable for the use of radio in catching the fleeing suspect, and pathology in convicting him)
  4. What is the prehistoric fish considered extinct until found living off the African coast in the 20th century? Coelocanth
  5. What is a fife: a type of kilt, a flute-like instrument, a helmet, or a lunchbox? A flute-like instrument
  6. What did Manchester United footballer Carlos Tevez put in his mouth in celebrating a goal at Christmas 2007? A baby's dummy (a message to his family in Buenos Aires)
  7. What water birds and their cries are associated with madness? Loons
  8. Gorgonzola cheese is from which country? Italy
  9. The wood sorrel plant is more commonly known as what? Shamrock
  10. Put these Earth time periods and rock systems in order, oldest first: Triassic, Jurassic, Cambrian, Devonian. Cambrian, Devonian , Triassic, Jurassic.
  11. What was Pamela Anderson's character in the TV series Baywatch? C J Parker
  12. The gerbil is native to which two continents? Africa and Asia
  13. What sea bird has the Latin name Corvus Marinus? Cormorant (it means 'sea crow')
  14. What fruity four-letter acronym is used to identify the traditional main foreign (non-English) languages of the European market? FIGS (French, Italian, German, Spanish)
  15. The eaves of a roof are what: its projecting edge, its guttering, its ridge tiles, or its water-resistance rating? The projecting edge
  16. In what continent is Patagonia? South America (Southern tip, in Chile and Argentina)
  17. What company started as 'Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web'? Yahoo
  18. What size engine was Barry Sheene's Suzuki on which he won the 1976 and 1977 World Motorbike Championships? 500cc
  19. What item of apparel is a homburg? A hat (typically a man's felt hat)
  20. Where on a horse are its withers: front legs, rear legs, belly or back? Back (between shoulders)
  21. On UK roads the triangular warning sign for ice shows what symbol? Snowflake
  22. A howdah is used in transporting people by what animal: dog, elephant, reindeer or dolphin? Elephant (it's a chair on an elephant's back)
  23. Meniscus refers to what quality of the surface of a liquid: close to freezing, curved, smelly, or oily? Curved
  24. What literary character's horse was Rosinante (also spelled Rocinante and Rozinante)? Don Quixote
  25. What business name was said to be an acronym based on the claim that the founder 'entertains our nation'? Odeon (founded by Oscar Deutsch - Odeon is probably based simply on the Greek word odeum - a building for song performances, from the same Greek root oide, as is derived the word ode - a lyrical poem)
  26. What is the word for maze taken from Greek legend? Labyrinth
  27. What is the height of bullseye to the floor of a standard dart board in feet and inches? 5' 8" - five feet eight inches (apparently based on eye level for a six foot tall person)
  28. What does PVC (the plastic) stand for? Polyvinyl chloride
  29. What is a word puzzle comprising a picture or symbol plus individual letter or letters - and also the name of a UK TV detective? Rebus
  30. What word in English is the definite article? The


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