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  1. Columbus Day commemorating the discovery of America is celebrated in which month? October (12/21 October 1492, Julian/Gregorian calendars, generally now celebrated the second Monday in October)
  2. In computing what does FTP stand for? File Transfer Protocol
  3. Rock Hudson appeared with which singing star in the movies Send Me No Flowers and Pillow Talk? Doris Day
  4. A Black or White what? refers to a company mounting respectively a hostile or a helpful takeover bid? Knight
  5. Named after the Spanish city which first produced it, Cordovan is what kind of material? Leather (soft leather, from horses, used in shoemaking, after the Andalusian city Cordova/Cordoba)
  6. What is the term for a virtual barrier between two corporate departments, which often for legal reasons, must not share information? - Spanish fence; Chinese wall; Boston Barricade; or Bouquet of barbed wire. Chinese wall
  7. What is the title of the film in which Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter play a childless couple who kidnap on of a set of quintuplets? Raising Arizona
  8. What Latin warning phrase attempts to transfer risk to users or customers, meaning 'Buyer Beware'? Caveat Emptor
  9. In which year did US athlete Jesse Owens win four Olympic gold medals? 1936
  10. Owain Gwynedd of Wales defeated which English King in battle? Henry the second
  11. Televisions, hi-fi equipment and similar electronic domestic items are referred to as what colour goods? Brown (because originally they were in wooden cabinets)
  12. What was the Ed Sullivan Show originally called? Toast of the Town
  13. A Colles fracture is in which part of the body? Wrist
  14. Who wrote the book The Woman in White? Wilkie Collins
  15. What word for a waterway refers to the distribution route by which a product or service reaches its customers? Channel
  16. What was the name of the notoriously clumsy 17th century English (of Irish origin) hangman? Jack Ketch
  17. In the stock market what are the three animal terms associated with these trading types? - a) buying newly issued shares hoping to sell quickly at a profit; b) believing share prices will fall; c) believing prices will rise. a - stag, b - bear, c - bull
  18. In Italian cooking what are small dumplings made from potato, semolina, or flour? Gnocchi
  19. What does a carminative drug relieve? Flatulence
  20. What dairy term is used to describe turnover or loss of customers, usually expressed as an annual percentage? - butter; churn; cream; or cheese. Churn
  21. In Greek mythology what is the name of the youth loved and accidentally killed by Apollo, and from whose blood Apollo caused a flower to grow? Hyacinth
  22. What gruesome animal behaviour term, refers to the undesirable loss of product sales when customers switch to a similar product offered by the same supplier? Cannibalisation (or cannibalization in US-English)
  23. What famous TV cook was called Phyllis Primrose-Pechey? Fanny Craddock
  24. What is the largest castle in Wales? Caerphilly
  25. What Greek word is commonly given to the public test launch of a software version or website? Beta (Alpha is typically an earlier smaller non-public test or version)
  26. What was Jodie Foster's character in the 1991 film Silence of the Lambs? Clarice Starling
  27. Who was the Roman god of thunder? Jupiter
  28. What type of vegetable is a kohlrabi? Cabbage
  29. A company or product which has high market share and continues to produce good returns requiring minimal investment is called a 'cash...' what? - well; cow; machine; or potato? Cow
  30. In which country are the Ajanta Caves? India
  31. What German publisher's name became famous for a series of worldwide travel guides? Karl Baedeker
  32. A logrunner is what type of creature? Bird
  33. What is the name of the triangle which has two equal sides and two equal angles? Isosceles
  34. What is a squirrel's nest called? Drey
  35. In which year was the Festival of Britain? 1951
  36. Who is the world's most stolen artist? Picasso
  37. In which month is the Vernal Equinox? March
  38. Tolo TV is which country's leading independent TV company (as at 2010)? Afghanistan
  39. "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night," is a Bette Davis line from which film? All About Eve (the word 'ride' is commonly substituted in error in quoting this line, but it's definitely 'night')
  40. Who founded the Amazon website? Jeff Bezos (Jeffrey Preston Bezos)


Question 39 was corrected, and the supporting information with the answer also - the quote contains the words "bumpy night", not "ride" as stated and commonly believed - thanks S Deane - 10 Dec 2010.


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