General Knowledge Questions (164)

  1. Spell: Grafitti; Graffitti; Grafiti; or Graffiti?
  2. What species of shark featured as the killer in the book/film Jaws?
  3. What is the old name (Latin, meaning 'strong water') for a solution of nitric acid in water, used in alchemy and other ancient processes?
  4. In a 2011 survey, publicised in national press by a UK 'leading family law firm', what were pronounced often to be 'deal-breakers' in divorce settlements: Carpets and curtains; Golf-clubs and ski-gear; Cats and dogs; or Clubcard points and airmiles?
  5. Alfred Pennyworth was whose butler?
  6. On what island did tycoon Richard Branson's holiday retreat burn down in August 2011?
  7. What hour does a clock-hand point to when it equates to 270 degrees on a conventional compass?
  8. In the mid 1700s Swede Carl Linnaeus devised the modern day taxonomy (category structure) for, and was first to catalogue what: Life on Earth; Chemical elements; Colours/colors; Planets and stars?
  9. What Swiss physicist introduced the notion of mathematical function and notational 'f' symbol, and among other bigger discoveries also solved the 'Seven Bridges of Königsberg' problem?
  10. What geological term refers to granular material sized between sand and clay, derived from soil or rock?
  11. The abbreviation SIM, as in SIM card, stands fully for what?
  12. The opposite to nadir, what word refers to directly overhead, or more generally the highest point?
  13. By about 2010 what more centrally meaningful word (and technology) had replaced 'router' for the internet connection hardware unit typically installed in homes and small businesses?
  14. What item of clothing, known as a 'topi', was popularised by Indian leaders Mahatma Gandhi, Jaraharlal Nehru, and later by anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare: Cap; Cape; Sarong; or Socks?
  15. The fixing of what to bridges and street furniture by courting couples became a nuisance craze for authorities in Italy (spreading elsewhere), prompted by Frederico Moccia's 2006 novel I Want You?
  16. What six-letter two-word French expression was adopted into English in the mid 1700s referring to a witty remark?
  17. What is the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey?
  18. Snow, the world's biggest selling beer (at 2011), is based in and dominates the market of which nation?
  19. The 'Travel Bookshop' bookstore in North London served as a location for what successful 1999 film?
  20. Fruit Importers of Ireland Limited acquired (in 1986) and later adopted the name of what company, said to be the oldest fruit brand in the world?
  21. Jerry and Mike are the first names of what famous pairing of 1950s hit songwriters?
  22. What was the (2011 reported) average annual salary of a UK ('county') Council Chief Executive: £42k; £61k; £75k; or £186k?
  23. What is seven-eighths of sixteen?
  24. What N American slang term, alluding to an item of religious security, referred to an old-style cheap pressed steel bottle/can-opener which commonly carried advertising?
  25. On a standard English 'qwerty' keyboard, which key is between Z and C?
  26. Most commonly what note is the highest pitch open (unfretted) string on a standard/soprano ukulele?
  27. A pneumatic motor converts potential energy in the form of what into mechanical work?
  28. What is the meaning of the Latin term, ergo: Therefore; After; Before; or Mistake?
  29. What marketing term, a portmanteau word, refers to a news or information article which also carries publicity or promotion for the organization which provided it?
  30. The formula 4/3pr3 (four-thirds x pi x radius cubed) is used to calculate the volume of a what?

General Knowledge Answers (164)

  1. Spell: Grafitti; Graffitti; Grafiti; or Graffiti? Graffiti
  2. What species of shark featured as the killer in the book/film Jaws? Great White(Carcharodon carcharias - also less commonly known as white pointer or white shark)
  3. What is the old name (Latin, meaning 'strong water') for a solution of nitric acid in water, used in alchemy and other ancient processes? Aqua Fortis
  4. In a 2011 survey, publicised in national press by a UK 'leading family law firm', what were pronounced often to be 'deal-breakers' in divorce settlements: Carpets and curtains; Golf-clubs and ski-gear; Cats and dogs; or Clubcard points and airmiles? Clubcard points and airmiles
  5. Alfred Pennyworth was whose butler? Batman (or Bruce Wayne)
  6. On what island did tycoon Richard Branson's holiday retreat burn down in August 2011?Necker Island (part of the British Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico - incidentally they were called British Virgin Islands before Richard Branson came up with his Virgin company name)
  7. What hour does a clock-hand point to when it equates to 270 degrees on a conventional compass? Nine
  8. In the mid 1700s Swede Carl Linnaeus devised the modern day taxonomy (category structure) for, and was first to catalogue what: Life on Earth; Chemical elements; Colours/colors; Planets and stars? Life on Earth (all living things, according to a two-word Latin system now called 'binomial nomenclature', commonly referred to the 'Latin name' of a species)
  9. What Swiss physicist introduced the notion of mathematical function and notational 'f' symbol, and among other bigger discoveries also solved the 'Seven Bridges of Königsberg' problem? Leonhard Euler (pronounced 'oiler' - see the 'Euler puzzles' and related explanation)
  10. What geological term refers to granular material sized between sand and clay, derived from soil or rock? Silt (probably from Norse language sylt meaning salt marsh and related to the word salt)
  11. The abbreviation SIM, as in SIM card, stands fully for what? Subscriber Identification Module (or Subscriber Identity Module - see SIM meanings and other interesting acronyms)
  12. The opposite to nadir, what word refers to directly overhead, or more generally the highest point? Zenith
  13. By about 2010 what more centrally meaningful word (and technology) had replaced 'router' for the internet connection hardware unit typically installed in homes and small businesses? Hub
  14. What item of clothing, known as a 'topi', was popularised by Indian leaders Mahatma Gandhi, Jaraharlal Nehru, and later by anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare: Cap; Cape; Sarong; or Socks? Cap (a peakless skullcap)
  15. The fixing of what to bridges and street furniture by courting couples became a nuisance craze for authorities in Italy (spreading elsewhere), prompted by Frederico Moccia's 2006 novel I Want You? Padlocks (inscribed with lovers' names and dates)
  16. What six-letter two-word French expression was adopted into English in the mid 1700s referring to a witty remark? Bon mot (good word)
  17. What is the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey? Hinny (a mule is the offspring of a female horse and male donkey - it is said that generally hinnies are smaller than mules because of the relatively smaller size of the female's womb)
  18. Snow, the world's biggest selling beer (at 2011), is based in and dominates the market of which nation? China
  19. The 'Travel Bookshop' bookstore in North London served as a location for what successful 1999 film? Notting Hill
  20. Fruit Importers of Ireland Limited acquired (in 1986) and later adopted the name of what company, said to be the oldest fruit brand in the world? Fyffes
  21. Jerry and Mike are the first names of what famous pairing of 1950s hit songwriters? Leiber and Stoller
  22. What was the (2011 reported) average annual salary of a UK ('county') Council Chief Executive: £42k; £61k; £75k; or £186k? £186k
  23. What is seven-eighths of sixteen? Fourteen
  24. What N American slang term, alluding to an item of religious security, referred to an old-style cheap pressed steel bottle/can-opener which commonly carried advertising? Churchkey
  25. On a standard English 'qwerty' keyboard, which key is between Z and C? X
  26. Most commonly what note is the highest pitch open (unfretted) string on a standard/soprano ukulele? A (full tuning is normally G C E A, 4th to 1st, which corresponds to the tuning pattern of, albeit it higher than, a standard guitar, although the 4th string of a ukulele - i.e., the uppermost when playing - is nowadays usually an octave higher than in normal high-to-low tuning convention)
  27. A pneumatic motor converts potential energy in the form of what into mechanical work? Compressed air
  28. What is the meaning of the Latin term, ergo: Therefore; After; Before; or Mistake? Therefore
  29. What marketing term, a portmanteau word, refers to a news or information article which also carries publicity or promotion for the organization which provided it? Advertorial(from advertising and editorial)
  30. The formula 4/3pr3 (four-thirds x pi x radius cubed) is used to calculate the volume of a what? Sphere (or ball)


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