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  1. What area of achievement originally linked the US 'Ivy League' universities: Sport; Academic; Politics; or Military?
  2. The traditional curly twisted Chinese tea (Camellia sinensis produced by drying in the sun is called: Uulung; Oolong; Aalang; Eeleng or Iiling?
  3. What note is played on a guitar at the fifth fret of the first (highest pitch string (conventional six-string guitar with standard tuning?
  4. The slang (now considered offensive term Hottentot once referred to people of which region: SW Africa; Scandinavia; Germany; or Arabia?
  5. The capital of which US state is named after prospector (and discoverer of local gold in 1880 Joseph Juneau?
  6. What Japanese family name (and famous guitar company means 'high ridge' or 'high peak'?
  7. What (main class of musical instrument has a bell, bass/long joint, boot/butt; wing joint, bocal/crook, and reed?
  8. What sort of weapon is a shillelagh (pronounced 'shil-lay-lee': Knife; Cudgel; Muskett; or Sword?
  9. Contrary to popular information there are actually four (not two Olympic sports containing male vs female contest; what are they?
  10. When writing 'a millionth' in decimals (using numbers and a decimal point/dot, how many zeros are between the decimal point and the figure 1?
  11. Normal' or Gaussian distribution in a graph is informally called a what shape (two word answer?
  12. A period of Northern Hemisphere climatic extremes occurring between 1350 and 1850 is loosely referred to as 'The Little (what'?
  13. The aviation group known as IAG (International Airlines Group was formed by merger of which two corporations in 2011?
  14. What nation has the country code internet top-level domain (TLD .se?
  15. Name the vast French multinational corporation which owns the drinks brands Jacobs Creek, Beefeater, Absolut and Mumm (at 2012?
  16. The traditional 'badge of honour/honor' title for a fully qualified surgeon/medical consultant is: Professor; Doctor; Mr (Mrs/Ms/etc; or Right honorable?
  17. The biblical lesson of wise decision-making, entailing halving (that's halving, not having a baby, is known as the 'Judgement/Judgment of (Who?' ?
  18. What originally American familial (that's familial, not familiar term refers to a small shop or business run by a married couple?
  19. Prior to Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world in 2012 (at $619bn what corporation had held the record since 1999?
  20. What famous toy has been produced with special versions including (Hitchcock's The Birds, Poop Scoop, Pregnant, Wheelchair, Star Trek, and Bald?
  21. The 'Occam's Razor' (or Ockham's Razor principle asserts that reliable theories and explanations tend to entail minimal: Words; Rules and Laws; Assumptions; or Complexity?
  22. The seven base units of the SI (International System of Units measurement system, with the symbols: m, kg, s, A, K, cd, mol, measure what seven physical quantities?
  23. A 'supermassive (what?' is generally believed to be at the centre/center of the (our Milky Way galaxy: Black Hole; Red Giant, White Dwarf; or Blue Planet?
  24. A geis (plural geasa is a curse or taboo in which national mythology/language?
  25. A study published in 2012 (by the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence found that prolonged use of what tended to produce chronic ongoing tension headaches in sufferers: Earphones; Electric toothbrushes; Mobile phones; or Painkillers?
  26. Mount Danxia, the World Heritage Site containing spectacular red-striped sandstone landscape, including two bizarrely realistic (male and female phallic rock formations, is in which country?
  27. The preparation of what entails scoring (or slashing or docking it with a 'lame' (pronounced 'lahm' before baking?
  28. What famous toys and games brand (founded London 1760 did French corporation Groupe Ludendo buy for £60m in 2012?
  29. Put these concepts in order (strict historical founding, earliest first: Christianity, Shamanism, Islam, Buddhism?
  30. What SI unit (International System of Units of measurement is defined as "The amount of substance that contains an equal number of elementary entities as there are atoms in 0.012kg of the isotope carbon-12": Mole; Mare; Man; or Mule?
  31. Scientists announced in 2012 that more than 1,000 of what creatures (formica lugubris had been fitted with tiny radio transmitters to study the species: Rats, Bats; Cats; or Ants?
  32. In writing or speech the Latin term 'non sequitur' means 'It does not (what?': Matter; Count; Follow; or End?
  33. What global brand withdrew ('rested' its old red-jacketed striding man 104 years after its first appearance in 1908?
  34. Put these art-forms in order of oldest (evidence found first: Textiles, Painting, Ceramics, Mosaic?
  35. What two countries share administrative responsibility for Tierra del Fuego (at 2012?
  36. Google's prior name while under development was 'Back(what?'?
  37. Who is (at 2012 the only person to have won a Nobel Prize for physics and chemistry?
  38. What nationality (unchanged from birth was the founding modernist and realism playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906?
  39. Chinese corporation Huawei, controversially blacklisted in 2012 by the US Government Intelligence Committee, is (at 2012 the world's largest equipment manufacturer in which sector: Telecoms; Armaments; Medical; or Catering?
  40. The Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919 pioneered and made his vast fortune in which industry in late 1800s USA?
  41. Surface, Fire and Nexus are brands/models of what modern (2010s consumer product?
  42. Which actress eclipsed Michael Jackson in 2011 as the world's highest-earning dead entertainer (largely due to an auction and a perfume?
  43. Likud, meaning 'the consolidation', is the leading conservative political party (at 2012 of which country?
  44. What are the three most widely spoken Slavic languages (one point each?
  45. The human brain represents roughly what percentage of the body's resting metabolic rate (energy expended: 1; 3, 5, or 20?
  46. What chemical elements occupy Atomic Numbers 1, 2 and 3 in the Periodic Table (1 point for each, and a bonus point for the correct order?
  47. Lebanese-American professor/author Nassim Taleb coined the term '(What colour/color What creature?' referring to an unpredictable random event that has a vast societal/political/economic impact?
  48. What was ex-Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi's first criminal conviction (Oct 2012: Soliciting minors for sex; Tax evasion; Bribery; or Abuse of office?
  49. The US dollar sign ($ derives from the abbreviation of which other currency?
  50. What African animals are traditionally considered the 'Big Five', originally the most difficult/dangerous to hunt on foot (one point each?
  51. Giacomo Casanova (1725-98 is reported to have used what fruit as a contraceptive?
  52. The process by which cardinals meet to elect a new Pope is called the Papal (what?: Enclave; Conclave; Exclave; or Autoclave?
  53. What isotope does radiocarbon dating use (element-isotope number?
  54. Name the earliest (post-gamete developmental stage of the human embryo: Zygote; Sperm; Ovum; or Gametocyte?
  55. What country has the internet top level domain (TLD suffix .za?
  56. The meteorological terms 'veering' and 'backing' refer to winds changing direction in what ways (two answers required?
  57. Scottish physicist James Dewar (1842-1923 lost a legal case to which German company for the rights to his invention of what, (named eponymously and alternatively after both claimants - two answer required, the German company and the product?
  58. What term refers to the (typically prehistoric method of attaching a sharp stone or bone, etc., to a stick or strap to make a tool or weapon: Hafting; Shafting; Grafting; Crafting; or Rafting?
  59. The Law of the Instrument' referring to having just one 'tool' (i.e., approach or method and so treating every situation the same is known popularly as 'Maslow's (what'?
  60. The beat of what aptly titled 1970s disco hit is suggested by the British Heart Foundation (and others as an ideal CPR rhythm?
  61. The famous BBC Greenwich Meantime hourly signal 'pips' are closest to which musical note (according to ISO 16?
  62. Tetrachloroethylene is better known as (its most common form: Dry-cleaning fluid; Vehicle brake fluid; Correction fluid; or Fluid on the knee?
  63. Squidgygate' referred in the popular press to controversy surrounding illicitly recorded and leaked conversations between which two people (two answers required?
  64. Which one of these characters is (at 2012 represented by the three tallest statues in the world: Buddha; Christ; Woman (holding sword or something else; or A Political Leader?
  65. What Florentine character was chosen (ironically, in light of 2012 doping scandals as official mascot for the 2013 World Road Cycling Championships?
  66. What mythical god has a hammer called Miolnir (or Mjölnir, or other variants?
  67. In 1515 the Court of Aldermen of the City of London established what trade as top (based on economic/political power of an enduring list of livery companies: Mercers; Goldsmiths; Drapers; or Vintners?
  68. The Poise (pronounced 'pwahz', it's French is a unit of measuring: Viscosity; Purity; Sweetness; or Stillness?
  69. The Ottoman Empire (1299-1922 is otherwise defined as the empire of what modern nationality?
  70. What does the 'S' stand for in the SM intellectual property mark (for example℠ used in the US and many other countries?
  71. (Up to what degree of Neanderthal DNA is found in modern non-African people: 0.01%; 0.1%; 1%; or 4%?
  72. The 1930 Revolution of which country (the largest lusophone nation in the world replaced Washington Luis with Getulio Vargas as President?
  73. What is India's smallest state (by area?
  74. Largely Indian-owned corporation ArclelorMittal (a merger/acquisition of the two names by the latter is the world's biggest producer of: Steel; Paper; Rubber; or Honey?
  75. Tribology, the science of one surface sliding/moving against another (as in mechanical moving parts, involves what three principles or elemental aspects?
  76. (What? integration' refers to a corporation acquiring or otherwise taking control of connecting activity/ies in a supply chain: Horizontal; Parallel; Cellular; or Vertical?
  77. What letter and colour/color denote the national motorway network roads/signs of Germany's Bundesautobahnen (BAB 'federal expressways' (two answers required?
  78. The famous Castilian military leader Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (1043-99 is better known by what name?
  79. PSV (Polished Stone Value is a technical measurement term used by: Jewellers; Architects; Archaeologists; or Roadbuilders?
  80. A440 refers to the international standard (ISO 16 for what: Musical tuning pitch; Food/drink sweetness; Safety match striking friction; or Pneumatic tyre pressure?
  81. The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS was founded in 1991 as a 'successor entity' to what?
  82. Motion Pictures Experts Group Format I (or II, Audio Layer III' is better known as what three-characters?
  83. Name the famous French anti-ship missile, produced 1967 to date (2012, meaning 'flying fish'?
  84. William the Conqueror (William I of England, 1027/8-87, reigned 1066-87 was also known unflatteringly as 'William the (What': Dwarf; Hunchback; Bald; or Bastard?
  85. The (now largely obsolete proofreading mark of a horizontal line above and below a passage of text gives instruction to correct: Spelling; Grammar; Horizontal alignment; or Spacing?
  86. The US governmental budget crisis at the end of 2012 was referred to as the 'Fiscal (what geological term?': Rift; Cliff; Fault; or Spur?
  87. The virtual educational acronym/concept MOOC stands for 'Massive Open... (what two words'?
  88. Antipasto (plural antipasti refers to what part of an Italian lunch/dinner: Before the meal; After the meal; Pasta sauce; or Sparkling wine?
  89. What two-colour/color pencil is traditionally used by editors of written/text copy (word-based material for publication?
  90. Spell the word: Irepairable; Irreparable; Irrepairable; Irreperable (meaning cannot be fixed?
  91. Mariachi is a style of Mexican 'street (what?': Cooking; Music; Fighting; or Flower-borders?
  92. What's the world's oldest amateur rowing club (now at Henley-on Thames, UK named after the Greek mythological lover of the priestess Hero, who drowned swimming the Hellespont to visit her?
  93. What traditional item of apparel (silk, cotton, or paper, used by hand, is named after an old French word for a head covering?
  94. The word scrutiny derives (early 15th century from Latin 'scruta', a 'mixed uncertain lot of (what?': Trash/old things; Legal papers; Gold/jewels; or People?
  95. Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP is used in what field: Medicine; Geology; Engineering; or Archaeology?
  96. The term 'chamois' (informally 'shammy', soft leather for cleaning/wiping/gloves/etc, is named after, and originally made from what sort of creature: Pig/boar; Mountain goat/antelope; River eel; or Cow?
  97. The historic (at 2012, three-branch-line San Francisco cable car system comprises how many actual cables in total: Four; Forty; Four hundred; or Four thousand?
  98. Daniel Hooper, a famous British protestor, is better known by what nickname, earned during his (literally underground resistance to the Newbury bypass in 1996?
  99. What model number Boeing plane is called the Dreamliner (after being renamed in 2005?
  100. Frettabladid is (early 2000s the leading newspaper of which island nation?
  101. ENSA referred to what type of support (bonus point, name the organization? for British armed forces during the 2nd World War?
  102. An adult oyster can filter (up to what volume of water per day: Two pints; Ten pints; Ten litres; or Fifty gallons?
  103. Name the form of carbon considered (early 2000s the strongest material ever, which having a thickness of one atom has just two dimensions?
  104. A burning truckload of 'brunost' - brown (what? - caused a 5-day fire in a Norwegian road tunnel in Jan 2013: Diesel; Sugar; Bread; or Cheese?
  105. The 'Mohorovicic discontinuity' (commonly 'Moho' is a boundary between: Weather systems; Earth layers; Chemical solutions; or Beer and froth?
  106. (When discovered Jan 2013 the largest known structure in the universe - a large quasar group named 'Huge-LQG' - would take how many years to cross if travelling at the speed of light: 23; 400; 1 million; or 4 billion?
  107. What are generally defined as 'the four big cats', and the only ones to roar (one point for three - bonus point for all four?
  108. Roughly what is the distance in miles (or km from the Earth's surface to its centre/center?
  109. London's Savoy Hotel entrance roundabout provided the 25ft (8m basis for a standard UK: Mini-roundabout; Black Cab turning-circle; Bus length; or Helipad?
  110. (Before Jurassic Park the word raptor technically refers to what sort of carnivorous creature: Lion; Dragon; Snake; or Bird?
  111. The Republic of Upper Volta was renamed what (two-words in 1984, meaning respectively 'men of integrity' and 'fatherland' in its two native languages?
  112. In physics, the elementary exchange particles ('gauge bosons' between quarks are called: Gluons; Addons; Stickons; or Clingons?
  113. The six soft alkali metals (lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, caesium, and francium react with water to produce what gas?
  114. What capital city is phonetically (sounds the same as a traditional open-roofed Moroccan house and means 'the gardens/garden'?
  115. According to the Holy Bible (Luke 2:21 Jesus was circumcized: At birth; Eight days old; Age eight; or Never?
  116. How many points are on Twitter's 2012-introduced tweeting flying bird logo (wings, tail and beak?
  117. The geographical terms motu (Polynesia, skerry (Ireland, Scotland, holme (Scandinavia, and cay (tropical Pacific/Atlantic/Indian oceans each refers to a small: Waterfall; Lake; Inlet; or Island?
  118. Italian Jacopo Peri (1561-1633 is regarded as the inventor of: Ice-cream; Pizza; Sparkling Water; or Opera?
  119. Charles Stent practised what surgery, for which he invented his eponymous technique: Dental; Heart; Orthopedic (bone/skeletal; or Tree?
  120. London's Wembley Arena (next to Wembley Stadium was built in 1934 as what sort of sporting facility, reflected in what original name (two answers required?
  121. The nickname of 9th century Islamic mathematician Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa ('al-Kwarizmi' - the man of Kwarizm is the etymological source of what computing term?
  122. Bakalva and börek (Turkey/central Asia, birnbrot (Switzerland, bear claw (USA, and briouat (Morocco are types of what?
  123. What is the formal (systematic chemical name for the alcohol in intoxicating drink: Methanol; Ethanol; Propan; or Methylbutan?
  124. The volume of (soccer football (regulation adult 70cm circumference is approximately how many litres: 5; 7; 6; or 8?
  125. A safe reliable business agreement or position is said to be (what?-bottomed: Gold; Copper; Brass; or Lead?
  126. Béchamel, Espagnole, Velouté, Hollandaise, Tomate are the five 'mother (what?' of classical French cuisine?
  127. Andersen Consulting was renamed (2001 and became which vast global B2Bcorporation?
  128. Name the social influence theory defined/popularized by US professor of economics/behavioral science Richard Thaler in his 2008 book: "(What? - Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness" ?
  129. Baniku (Japan, Rosswurst (Germany, and Gustafskorv (Sweden are foods made from what?
  130. The 1960s abbreviations 'STD' and 'DDD' referred (UK and US respectively to what aspects of telephone dialling: Long-distance and Direct; Local and Free; Emergency and Free; or Push-button and Digital?
  131. The 'steg' in stegosaurus refers to its: Covering (of armoured plates; Slowness; Two-brains; or Stripes?
  132. Poached eggs on muffins with hollandaise sauce, and ham or bacon are popularly called 'eggs (What?'?
  133. Whose famous old Brown Ale (still made was first brewed in Whitechapel, London, in 1902: Fuller's; Young's; Charrington's; or Mann's?
  134. The handtool which may be struck or bowed as a musical instrument is a 'singing (what'?
  135. What word technically refers to a micro-organism which produces benefits for a host organism (for example human consumption of certain yogurts?
  136. What was the first element discovered in space (actually at the Sun?
  137. The famously gruelling c.1,100mile (1,800km Iditarod Trial Dog Sled Race is run annually each March where: North/South Poles; Chile; Finland; or Alaska?
  138. The prefix 'neo' (neocon, Neolithic, neo-Nazi, neonatal, etc means: New; Old; Nearly; or Extreme?
  139. Przewalski's (what? is the once extinct (in the wild, Mongolia now reintroduced and only true wild: Horse; Cow; Pig; or Turkey?
  140. The flammable intoxicating compound Hydroxyethane (C2H6O is better known as what chemical?
  141. In the award-winning 1958 war film Ice Cold In Alex, what is 'Ice Cold' and what is 'Alex' (two answers required?
  142. What is the common alternative US term for a (UK 'estate agent'?
  143. What clothing decoration took its name from Italian 'zecchino' and 'zecca' (= mint, and Arabic 'sikka' (= 'a die for coining'?
  144. Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2 is one of several different forms of what commonly named chemical agent?
  145. What term is given in the science of perception (used for example in road safety distance gauging for the expansion of size of an image/object indicating speed and movement towards the observer?
  146. What volatile metallic element forms the nitrate compound Sr(NO32 commonly used in red fireworks?
  147. How long (kilometres/miles was the Berlin Wall: 4/2½; 8/5; 28/17½; or 140/87?
  148. What item of apparel metaphorically (with colour prefix, usually black or white refers informally to an internet hacker: Hat; Coat; Cape; or Cap?
  149. Founded as Thames Ironworks FC in 1895, which football club (later renamed will occupy the London Olympic Stadium from 2016 (a clue is in club nickname and badge?
  150. RB211, Trent, Tay, and Spey, are what, all manufactured by which corporation (two answers required?
  151. Which aptly named country boasts the capital city closest to the equator, also the highest capital, at 2013 (bonus point for the name of the city?
  152. What are named after English Dr John Braxton Hicks (1823-97: Dental braces; Hiccups/hiccoughs; Cough sweets; or Contractions in pregnancy?
  153. What nationality (according to modern geography was Christopher Columbus?
  154. The German Bavarian occupational name Hitler (originally Hüttler referred to a builder of: Boats; Churches; Bicycles; or Huts?
  155. With the headline 'Simply the Best' who at 73 became Vogue's oldest front cover model (April 2013 German edition?
  156. The American 1893 Nix v Hedden court case determined (and still, for US customs taxation purposes, based on conventional usage, what to be a vegetable and not a fruit?
  157. The ancient Roman silver coin called fully/originally 'denarius nummus' meant and equated to a 'Coin containing [worth] ten (what?': Asses; Camels; Slaves; or Loaves?
  158. What is the more common name for synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF?
  159. Swede Carl Linnaeus, 1707-78, considered the father of taxonomy of living things, is the lectotype (example specimen for which species?
  160. Which two of these have an internationally defined height: 55 gallon drum (44 British/Commonwealth gallons; Skyscraper; Mountain; or Basketball hoop?
  161. The moral code, 'Treat others as you like to be treated', is known as the 'Ethic of (What' - a principle of exchange for mutual effect/benefit, and word used variously in science and mathematics?
  162. What descriptively prefixes a species of bear, cobra, and caiman (like an alligator, referring to something worn by some people?
  163. Government legislation (EU, US, British 'Commonwealth' nations is typically introduced via two 'paper' documents for discussion/explanation, respectively: Pink/White; White/Blue; Green/White; or White/Green?
  164. The 'bacronym' (a reverse acronym 'Query Newlyn Harbour' is used as a mnemonic in what field: Aviation; Theatre; Sailing; or Civil Engineering?
  165. A long-term experiment to demonstrate the viscosity of pitch (bitumen at Australia's University of Queensland saw how many drops fall from a funnel of pitch between 1930-2012: 8,000, 800, 80, or 8?
  166. The main purpose of a bowline knot is to produce a: Loop (at a rope-end; Join (to another rope; Join (to a ring or post; or Stop (in roller/retaining devices?
  167. Who, founder of the Mongol Empire, was the grandfather of the Mongol leader Kublai Khan (1215-94?
  168. Which two creatures support the shield on Australia's official Coat of Arms (symbol?
  169. Chordata, Echinodermata, Anthropoda, and Anelida are four phyla (subgroups of: Animals; Worms; Birds; or Plants?
  170. Someone whose occupation is a gillie (or ghillie works where: Slaughterhouse; Airport; Post-office; or Scottish Highlands?
  171. The US city of Memphis, Tennessee, was named after the ancient (c.3000BC Memphis city capital of which nation?
  172. ASCII (referring to computer language means what in full?
  173. Eurhythmics is an educational approach for teaching what via what (two answers required?
  174. The Indian currency the Rupee takes its name from Hindi and Sanskrit, 'wrought (what metal'?
  175. The significant 18th century Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler (1707-83 is noted for solving the 'Seven (What? of Königsberg problem': Churches; Bridges; Towers; or Arches?
  176. Name the four performance industries to which these awards respectively apply: Emmy, Grammy, Academy (Oscar, Tony?
  177. The aromatic compound phenol, used in detergents, plastics and an old eponymousdisinfectant soap, is also known as (what? acid?
  178. Name the English naturalist, and US president, each born on 12 Feb 1809 (two answers required?
  179. A neat bedsheet fold/tuck around a mattress corner is called a '(What? corner', alluding to traditional method: Navy; Army; Hospital; or Hostel?
  180. The diacritical mark resembling a wavy hyphen (here shown above the letter ñ is called a: Streg; Bolle; Tilde; or Cedilla?
  181. What is the hardest working muscle (i.e., total power output in the lifetime of the human body?
  182. What note is produced at the twelfth fret of the top (highest pitched string on a conventionally tuned guitar: E; G; A or Bb?
  183. (Meaning continuing unpleasantly, spell the word: Insessant; Inscesant; Incescant; or Incessant?
  184. The Bagua (meaning 'eight symbols' is a symbolic/diagrammatic system in which belief: Taoism; Catholicism; Hinduism; or Islam?
  185. Which nation's 'national anthem' is known as 'Qaumi Tarana' and alternatively 'Pak Sarzamin' (sacred land?
  186. The common vocal sound produced by blocking exhaled airflow (when voicing a vowel by suddenly closing the vocal tract is called a '(what? stop'?
  187. Langlauf (literally 'long-term' in German refers to an endurance form of which sport?
  188. What is the traditional trade surname for a person who made or sold (typically knitted legwear and socks?
  189. In 1908 psychologist Alfred Adler cited which leader in proposing an inferiority complex in short people, which became known as the ('What leader? Syndrome'?
  190. Nephrite, Ca2(Mg, Fe5Si8O22(OH2, is one of two minerals more commonly known as what anciently treasured green gemstone, and once considered China's 'imperial gem'?
  191. Which one of these is not (at 2013 among the top ten currencies traded globally: US Dollar, Swiss Franc, Japanese Yen, Australian Dollar, or Russian Ruble?
  192. In which country is the most remote (farthest away place from any sea or ocean?
  193. The biological mating theory that males seek novelty and females seek familiarity is known as the '(What US President? Effect': Kennedy; Coolidge; Clinton; or Bush?
  194. What iconic genus of fish (technical name Hippocampus is considered the slowest swimming of all fish, whose dwarf species achieves no more than about 5metres per hour?
  195. The recently banned (considered non-pc official 200 year-old Royal Naval toast to "Our wives and sweethearts.." is traditionally extended: "NORWICH"; "We'll meet again"; "Meet me in St Louis"; or "May they never meet"?
  196. In 2013 the (UK Girl Guides and Boy Scouts Associations said they would no longer demand an oath of duty to what: Parents; Country; Animals; or God?
  197. (At 2013 the 230m high Heron Tower is the tallest skyscraper of which historical financial city centre district?
  198. The Bugatti car logo features which reversed capital letter in a ligature with B, standing for the founder (Bugatti's first name?
  199. The Renaissance (from French, 're-birth' was a European cultural movement spanning which centuries: 4-7th; 7-10th; 14-17th; or 15-18th?
  200. US composer/artist John Cage's most famous and controversial 1952 work, called 4'33", requires the musician(s to play for its entire three-movement 4mins 33secs duration: The same note; As many notes as possible; At maximum volume; or Nothing?
  201. The US Presidential official state guest house in Washington DC is called '(What? House': Blair; Churchill; Washington; or Lincoln?
  202. The 180th meridian (antimeridian, dividing east and west hemispheres, passes through which island nation, named after main isle Viti Levu?
  203. A thermochrome is a substance which changes (what? according to a change in (what? - (two answers required?
  204. The Italian bread ciabatta is named literally (actually after what footwear?
  205. The massively popular Chinese website Taobao.com (10th busiest globally at 2013 operates in which sector: Dating; C2C shopping; Sport; News?
  206. The word Tet in the Tet Offensive (N Vietnam/Viet Cong against S Vietnam/US forces on 30 Jan 1968 referred to the national: Capital City; Religion; Leader; or New Year?
  207. What is the famous weaponry invention of Israeli army officer Uziel Gal (1923-2002?
  208. US poet Henry Longfellow's epic 1855 poem 'The Song of (Who?' also popularized which famous fictional Native American Indian woman, the central character's lover (two answers required?
  209. In music what is the relative major chord of F#m (F sharp minor?
  210. The Fresnel lens (in which concentric steps maximise light focus and minimise lens weight, popular in the 1900s in vehicle lights, was first devised c.1820 for what application?
  211. What popular superhero is also the largest land-dwelling member of the Mustelidae (weasel family?
  212. What Lockheed plane model is claimed to be the longest continuously produced military aircraft in history (at 2013?
  213. Before 1967 BBC Radio 2 was called the '(What? Programme': Bright; Night; Light; or World Service?
  214. In what order should the (metaphorical 'time-management story' bucket be filled with Water, Sand, Rocks and Pebbles to ensure optimal use of the available capacity?
  215. The commune (township/parish Les Baux-de-Provence in south-central France is associated with what metallic element?
  216. The effect referring to something becoming massively publicized due to attempts ban/censor it is called the '(What celebrity surname? Effect'?
  217. What/who was Yahweh, (expanded from Hebrew YHWH, in the ancient kingdoms of Israel and Judah: Sea; Sun; God; or Bread?
  218. What is the old common name for Hamamelis or Winterbloom and its extract, used for skin/bruises/acne treatment (and dowsing?
  219. In African music an mbira is a (what? piano: Thumb; Foot; Tongue; or Oil-drum?
  220. How many of these are flatfish (Pleuronectiformes - flounder, sole, turbot, plaice, halibut - Two; Three; Four; or All five?
  221. What letters traditionally occupy the 6 button on a standard 'western' telephone keypad (no cheating?
  222. Which two (UK and US newspapers collaborated in publishing leaked documents by Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden?
  223. ACH, BACS, and EFTPOS are international variations of systems handling the movement of what and how (two answers required?
  224. In the Bible, (Genesis 38:9, what did Onan spill on the ground, causing God to slay him for being evil, his: Wine; Biscuits; Papers; or Semen?
  225. At 2013 what compensation had UK banks paid/set aside for the misselling of PPI (Payment Protection Insurance: £4million; £184million; £84billion; or £4billion?
  226. What army rank (English/US/etc equates to the naval Lieutenant Commander?
  227. A season in which woodland trees produce extraordinarily big volumes of fruit/nuts/seeds is called a '(What? Year': Most; Mist; Must; or Mast?
  228. What is the Japanese Abashiri brewery's beer, a portmanteau from its ingredients: Beat (meat; Begg (egg; Bilk (milk; or Bash (cannabis?
  229. What 'First' was French (1792-1804, Austrian (1919-34, Portuguese (1910-26 and Roman c.508BC?
  230. What is the common name of the frottoir percusssion instrument (from Cajun French 'frotter', rub?
  231. In music the term descant (or discant normally refers to a melody or instrument in what range: High; Low; Middle; or Varying?
  232. The music genre 'Musique d'Ameublement' originated by Erik Satie in 1917 is commonly called '(What? music' in English: Wallpaper; Furniture; Carpet; or Sofa?
  233. The '(What number-th? Amendment' refers to US legal or informal refusal to answer a self-incriminating/awkward question?
  234. The hamburger is named after: Burgundy (France; Hamburg (Germany; Ham (pork; or John Hamburg (chef/inventor?
  235. Superannuation is an alternative (and Australian/NZ term for what sort financial payment scheme?
  236. The roadrunner (Geococcyx, or chaparral bird is a member of which bird family: Loon; Cuckoo; Stork; Ostrich?
  237. What is the fourth root of 625 (i.e., what number multiplied by itself four times is 625?
  238. A burgh in Scotland (as in Edinburgh originally meant a: Hill; Port; River; or Corporate entity?
  239. What (originally US slang for earthly deposits worth mining is a metaphorical term for a potentially profitable/useful discovery or idea?
  240. What term referring (in the northern hemisphere to something/someone of Australia/NZ derives from Greek 'those who have their feet opposite'?
  241. English physicist Nicholas Culpeper's famous 1653 human healthcare book was the 'Complete (What?': Herbal; Astrology; Athlete; or Barber?
  242. What profession uses a sangar (probably from Persian for stone: Dentist; Soldier; Pilot; or Sculptor?
  243. Revolutionary Che Geuvara (1928-67 was born and killed respectively in: Cuba and Mexico; Chile and USA; Paraguay and Venezuela; or Argentina and Bolivia?
  244. Viewed from the front, the stripes (W=White, B=Black of a European badger's head are, left to right: BWB; WBW; BWBWB; or WBWBW?
  245. Which country is officially named Bharat (and many similar cultural variations,eponymously based its ancient legendary emperor?
  246. The Pascal (Pa is a unit of measurement of what: Frequency; Pressure; Electric Potential; or Energy?
  247. The alphabetically first-listed internet top-level domain (used quite differently as a subdomain by educational institutions belongs to which island?
  248. Stereo (as in stereophonic, stereogram, etc originally meant in Greek: Loud; Solid; Two; or Ear?
  249. Name the (founding nationality of the 2010s women's rights group Femen, bare-breasted ambushers of Vladimir Putin and Parish Fashion Week, etc?
  250. According to the popular metaphorical expression, "Revenge is a dish best served (what?": Sweet; Cold; Bitter; or With Relish?
  251. Bushmills, Jameson, Tullamore Dew, and Writers Tears are brands of what nation's what (two-word answer required?
  252. What, respectively are the archaic middle-English (for example used by Shakespeare in the 1500s second-person and third-person singular present forms of the verb 'do' (two answers required?
  253. The medical term sclerosis refers to the abnormal (what? of body tissue: Multiplying; Softening; Hardening; or Wasting?
  254. The legume plant Glycyrrhiza glabra is commonly called what (also a confectionery derived from its boiled root?
  255. From ancient Greek 'all gods' what word refers to (a temple for the collective dieties of a religion, and metaphorically to the leaders of a field?
  256. Originating in India, paneer (or panir/chhena/chhana is a type of: Cake; Wine; Omelette; or Cheese?
  257. German organic chemist Baron Justus von Liebig (1803-73, a 'founding father of the fertilizers', also founded which meaty three-letter brand?
  258. Sprachgefühl is a German term for the (and possessing the natural: Eye for a ball; Feeling of language; Poise of a ballerina; or Cunning of a fox?
  259. In 2013 which nation became the first in Europe to recognize indeterminate gender (neither male nor female in official registration/records: Italy; Germany; Sweden; or Greece?
  260. The strange 500-year-old hyphenated description of excessive friendliness is 'Hail-(what-three-words?: Buddy-hi-ya; Chap-what-ho; Chum-ho-hum; or Fellow-well-met?
  261. The word 'cant' (not 'can't' refers to talk/communication characterized by: Hypocrisy; Aggression; Love; or Fear?
  262. The flower buds of the Flinders rose (Capparis spinosa, pickled for culinary seasoning/garnish, are more commonly called what?
  263. The (International Standards Organization ISO 4217, within which TRY refers to Turkey, provides designations for international: Currencies; Airports; Sports stadia; or Traditional dress/costume?
  264. Italian physicist Alessandro Volta (1745-1827 is considered to be the inventor of the electric: Chair; Light; Battery; or Blanket?
  265. What was the Twix chocolate bar called in mainland Europe pre-1991 (Scandinavia pre-2000?
  266. What native animal featured on the American nickel (five-cent coin before the Thomas Jefferson design replaced it in 1938?
  267. Name the artist and his fellow artist model of the Nov 2013 record-breaking auctioned triptych (two answers, correct order?
  268. Established in 1802 the 'Legion of Honour' (UK-English translation is the highest civil or military award given in which nation?
  269. What holds the greatest volume of fresh water on Earth: Rivers; Glaciers; Lakes; or Man-made systems (piped/stored/bottled, etc?
  270. The obverse (front of the Great Seal (coat of arms of the USA features a (what? clasping (what two things? (three answers required?
  271. Which multinational corporation (at 2013 owns the brands Pop-Tarts, Eggo, Mother's Cookies, and Pringles?
  272. What new word was added to dictionaries in 2013 referring to sexually provocative dancing (especially by female pop singers?
  273. Name the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (P5?
  274. What media term refers to a pundit (on TV, etc: Lip shtick; Talking head; Nodding dog; or Waffle gob?
  275. Which city's 15-year-olds were reported (by PISA, 2013 to be the world's best in mathematics: Tokyo; Shanghai; Berlin; or Moscow?
  276. The ancient symbol called the Eye of Providence (or the 'All-seeing Eye of God' is typically an eye in a (what-shaped? frame: Circular; Triangular; Square; or Diamond?
  277. In 2012 Mondelēz International Inc., was separated and renamed in a 'spin-off' (demerger including brands such as Cadbury, Nabisco, and Oreo, from what major US corporation?
  278. Which religious belief concept was developed by American writer L Ron Hubbard (1911–1986?
  279. Where was the hottest ever (as at 2013 natural earth surface temperature of 57C recorded in 1913: Death Valley, USA; Basra, Iraq; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; or Alice Springs, Australia?
  280. What does the Latin abbreviation 'i.e.' (meaning 'that is..' stand for in full?
  281. Which corporation has developed and made the World Cup (soccer footballs since 1966?
  282. Vancouver, Oxford, Harvard/Parenthetical, ASA, and APA are major protocols for: Intelligence (IQ testing; Citing/referencing document sources; Air traffic control; or Rose cultivation?
  283. The US expression referring to a critic who offers late unhelpful opinion is a 'Monday Morning (What?: Pitcher; Point guard; Quarterback; or Muppet?
  284. Lingettes, feuchttucher, and babydoekjes are known in English as 'Baby... (what?': Carrots; Steps; Teeth; or Wipes?
  285. A temporary electrical connector is known as a (what? clip: Lion; Tiger; Hippo; or Alligator/Crocodile?
  286. Vostok Station, the coldest place on Earth (-82C recorded 1983 is in: Siberia; The North Pole; Tibet; or Antarctica?
  287. What is the chemical name of the highly poisonous Prussic Acid (formula HCN, which in part reflects its discovery in blue paint pigment?
  288. The major river of Rome, 'crossing the (What?' refers informally to conversion from Protestant to Catholic?
  289. The sport of curling uses stones (or US 'rocks' conventionally made of what material: Rubber; Steel; Granite; or Acrylic?
  290. What was discovered and announced (UK Newcastle University, 2014 to reverse/cure obesity-induced Type-2 Diabetes: Hypnosis; Honey; Diet; or Cat-stroking?
  291. Who was a trade union/party founder (1980, prisoner (1981-2, Nobel Peace Prizewinner (1983, and president (1990-5?
  292. The abbreviation ECT (electric shock treatment of psychiatric illness stands for what?
  293. A Roman theatre exit passageway (also mistakenly believed to be where diners made themselves sick to enable more eating is a: Nauseaum; Evacuatium; Exitorum; or Vomitorium?
  294. The Attacama Desert in Chile is considered the planet's most (what? place: Humid; Dry; Hot; or Noiseless?
  295. In many Arabic and Asian languages Memsab and Sahib (and variants mean: Please/Thank-you; Hello/Goodbye; Madam/Mister; or Day/Night?
  296. The game of association football (soccer has how many basic laws: 7; 17; 27; or 37?
  297. According to the apochryphal quote, "The Battle of Waterloo was won on the (what? of Eton": Orders; Horses; Playing fields; or Croquet lawns?
  298. The MINT countries (an emerging tier of new economic powers after the BRIC group, are which four nations?
  299. What branch of mathematics also means in Spanish (and archaic English 'the surgical treatment of fractures'?
  300. What sports item has been made (oldest first in ivory, Sorel cement, nitrocellulose (Celluloid, Bakelite, and nowadays in acrylic/phenolic resin?
  301. Brazilian Djalma Santos (1929-2013 and Portuguese Eusébio da Silva Ferreira (1942-2014, are considered all-time great: Surfers; Footballers; Chefs; or Percussionists?
  302. The genericized trademarks Glad wrap (NZ Saran wrap (US are more commonly called what in the UK?
  303. The suspension of a serving UK parliamentarian by his/her political party is called having the (what? withdrawn: Wig; Rod; Whip; or Member?
  304. Sir Chris Chataway (1931-2014, a successful British broadcaster, politician and businessman, crucially assisted the first: Lunar landing; Sub-4minute mile; Everest ascent; or Mariana Trench descent?
  305. The lachrymatory factor synthase (LFS arises in preparing what foodstuff?
  306. Chrysí Avgí (Golden Dawn is a far-right political party of which country?
  307. What treatment was endorsed in 2014 by Britain's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE for migraine: Sauna; Herbal; Magnetic; or Cold-showers?
  308. Drax in Selby, Yorkshire UK, is at 2014 Europe's biggest (what?-powered electricity generating station: Water; Wind; Solar; Nuclear; or Coal?
  309. Meaning 'complete view', from Greek 'all-see', what BBC series (at 2014 is the world's longest-running public affairs TV show?
  310. A silkworm/moth's (what? is used to make silk: Wings; Web; Cocoon; or Droppings?
  311. In physics the effect of the largest granules rising to the top of an agitated container of mixed granules is popularly called the (what? effect: Coal truck; Brazil nut; Toffee penny; or Handbag?
  312. Someone of stubbornly set ways is said to be 'Dyed in the (What?': Wool; Cotton; Silk; or Hair?
  313. To very quickly dismiss someone's request or suggestion is to give him/her 'Short (What?': Lift; Drift; Shift; or Shrift?
  314. A sudden life-changing revelation, derived from St Paul's (Saul's biblical mid-journey vision of God, is called the Road to (Where?: Bethlehem; Jerusalem; Damascus; or Ruin?
  315. To undertake a task or consume something fully and completely (when there might seem an option not to is called 'Going the whole (What?: Horse; Hog; Hippo; or Herring?
  316. To celebrate extravagantly (usually loudly and drunkenly in town/city bars, clubs, etc., is called to 'Paint the town (What?': Black; Blue; Red; or Gold?
  317. The world is said to be one's/your (What? when it offers exciting potential: Chariot; Treasure-chest; Oyster; or Rainbow?
  318. To commit to a difficult decision/action is to 'Bite the (what?: Bottle; Bullet; Bacon; or Beaver?
  319. When something is more elaborately produced than necessary this is said to be '(What? the (What?: Over-egging the Pudding; Over-heating the pie; Over-spicing the curry; or Over-yeasting the bread?
  320. An eccentric or crazy person is informally referred to as having '(What? in the belfry': Bats; Rats; Cats; or Woodworm?
  321. When having to answer to others for a personal failing, or receiving a punishment, this is called 'Facing the (What?': Headmaster; Music; Gallows; or Grandparents?
  322. A warning to behave well and use careful polite language is to 'Mind your (Whats? and (Whats?': Bs; Gs; Ps; Qs; Ts; or Vs?
  323. The (which pairing of these? is a metaphor for nature's reproductive behaviour/behavior, especially human: Bees; Cats; Rabbits; Birds; or Mice?
  324. VK (VKontakte, QZone, Orkut, and XING are (at 2014 international competitors of: Walmart; Santander; Facebook; or Manchester United?
  325. What famous abbreviated invention did author (of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams mock for taking longer to say than what the abbreviation stands for?
  326. Which city in Brazil has (early-2000s the longest beach garden in the world, the busiest container port in Latin America, and Pele's football club?
  327. The region of Baltistan (also called Baltiyul in the Karakoram mountains, south of K2, the world's second highest mountain, is in: Pakistan; India; Russia; or China?
  328. The Christian bacronym word Ichthus (Iesous Christos, Theou Uios Soter - Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour primarily refers to the religious symbol of a: Loaf of bread; Donkey; Fish; or Jug of wine?
  329. The Koa tree (Acacia Koa is native and popular in which island group: Hawaii; Philippines; Fiji; or Canaries?
  330. (What creature? Day' is celebrated in the US on 2 Feb 2014, whose traditions pre-date the so-named film by at least 150 years?
  331. Clarence Darrow (1857-1938, fictionalized by Tracey, Spacey, and Fonda among others, was a famous American libertarian and: Artist; Lawyer; Footballer; or President?
  332. The earliest known fragment of Earth's crust (at 2014, a Zircon crystal from Western Australia is how many years old: 4m; 44m; 440m; or 4bn?
  333. A Molotov cocktail (homemade petrol bomb is named after a: Romanian dance; Russian statesman; German oil company; or Bulgarian wine?
  334. Famous for 'Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung', Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860 was a German: Chemist; Composer; Philosopher; or Footballer?
  335. In team ball games such as football, a pass to a team-mate which invites an immediate hard tackle on the receiver by an opponent is called a '(What? pass': Funeral; Graveyard; Hospital; or Prison?
  336. A sequin originally (in Arabic, sikka, and later Italian zecca referred to the production of: Coins; Buttons; Armour; or Cymbals?
  337. The word dessert, a sweet pudding, derives from French (desservir meaning to: Eat; Drink; Clear the table; or Wash the dishes?
  338. Gharara and kameez are a common combination of (What? in the Indian sub-continent: Clothing; Spices; Prayer/chant; or Song/dance?
  339. Globally popular, made from sugarcane, Brazil's cachaça (also called aguardente, pinga, and caninhais is: Spirit drink; Chewing gum; Hair shampoo; or Pipe tobacco?
  340. Yuma in Arizona is considered the world's most (what? place: Humid; Hot; Dry; or Sunny?
  341. The famous 'Tu-whit; Tu-whoo' call of the Eurasian Tawny/Brown Owl of is made by: Males only; Females only; Both; or Female (Tu-whit then Male (Tu-Whoo?
  342. The Weber and Tesla (standard international measurement units apply to: Magnetism; Sound; Rigidity; or Sweetness?
  343. Yahrzeit is a (what? in Jewish culture: Minced meat; Ball-game played with the knees; Wet summer; or Anniversay?
  344. Which of these football games has the longest maximum pitch dimensions: American, Rugby Union, Association (Soccer, or Australian?
  345. What religion is represented by the 'Om' symbol (ॐ and bigger below?
  346. The world's largest working waterwheel, the Lady Isabella (also known as the Laxey Wheel, is on which island, known in its national language as Ellan Vannin?
  347. What is the name of the ship of (1960s UK TV cartoon pirate Captain Pugwash: Red Dog; Blue Moon; Silver Sparrow; or Black Pig?
  348. In the British honours system where a man is made a Knight (i.e., becomes 'Sir...' what is the female equivalent?
  349. South African Ron Hickman, (1932-11, designer of classic Lotus cars including the Elan and Europa, also designed what multi-million-selling DIY gadget?
  350. Given that a leap year (when February has 29 not 28 days happens every four years, how long actually does it take the Earth to orbit the sun (it's not 365 days exactly - it's 365 days and how many hours, to the closest hour?
  351. English cartoon character John Bull was provided with a sister called Peg (by creator Dr John Arbuthnott, representing which country of Great Britain?
  352. What does the Latin phrase 'Vox populi' (shortened often in media to vox pop translate to in English?
  353. In global warming science, what does ODP (a measurement of environmental damage caused by a chemical stand for?
  354. The mummified ancient man, thought killed by an arrow 5,300 years ago, is known as '(who?.. the Iceman' ?
  355. The Tinikling, a dance using bamboo poles, is the (or a main national dance of which 7,000-island nation?
  356. The Hallé Orchestra, named after its Anglo-German founder (born Karl Halle is based in which city?
  357. A stimpmeter measures the speed of a ball over what surface: Golf putting green; Football (soccer pitch; Cricket outfield; or Pinball table?
  358. The Japanese musical instrument the shamisen (or samisen or sangen has traditionally how many strings (the answer, in Japanese and the earlier Chinese, is in the name: One; Three; Twelve; or Twenty-four?
  359. The poems (English titles The Prisoner of the Caucasus (1821, The Bronze Horseman (1833 and the play Boris Godunov (published 1831 were written by which Russian writer: Nabokov; Dostoyevsky; Pushkin; or Solzhenitsyn?
  360. Name the UK's greatest Paralympic medal winner (as at 2011?
  361. The word quibble is said (by the OED and other sources to have originated probably as a term in what type of professional documents?
  362. Olympic cycling (as at 2012 is divided into what four sections?
  363. Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in 2003 (2011 serves still as prime minister of which country, connecting Europe and Asia?
  364. What do the following abbreviations stand for on a British Ordnance Survey map (clues in brackets: BS (queue; Cvt (pray; SB (rail; TG (pay?
  365. The Sager House (previously The Sager Palace, and called locally Sagerska Huset is the official residence of the Prime Minister of which European country?
  366. 2 inches x 5 inches (52x37mm are the dimensions of which paper size: A1; A6; A7; or A9?
  367. Founded in the 1930s, what iconic cigarette-lighter brand diversified into other products (notably cologne and clothes for the first time over 70 years later?
  368. What UK-based organisation is (at 2011 the world's largest insurance market?
  369. Where mega means a million (106 what commonly used prefix means a millionth (10-6?
  370. The Latin prefix 'dino' (as in dinosaur means: Giant; Terrible; Noisy; or Old?
  371. Approximately how much Francium (the rarest metal on the planet exists on Earth: 1000 tonnes; 10 tonnes; 50 kilos; or less than an ounce?
  372. Macau, Monaco and Singapore have the world's most (What?: Dense populations; Rainfall; Prisoners; or Sherry drinkers?
  373. The Arabic word 'al' (AL roughly translates in English to mean: Go; The; Me; or You?
  374. On a standard English QWERTY keyboard the % (percent sign is above the number: 2; 5; 7; or 0?
  375. Rolls Royce famously makes (What? for the aircraft industry: Fuselages; Engines; Electronics; or Leather seats?
  376. An anaesthetist (US anesthesiologist is a type of: Atomic scientist; Astronomer; Medical doctor; or Sheet metal-worker?
  377. The word pyjamas (US pajamas originated from: JM Barrie's Peter Pan; Bengali/Persian 'leg garment'; Slang for 'prison jacket'; or Biblical clothes worn by desciples of Jesus?
  378. The saying which alludes to a character in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and to the intoxicating effects of a trade glue is 'Mad as a (What?': Carpenter; Hatter; Tailor; or Dentist?
  379. When an entity/person disposes of significant assets, perhaps unwisely, to raise money, this is called 'Selling off the family (What?: Treasure; Silver; Jewells; or Children?
  380. Paper thickness is generally measured/shown as GSM (e.g., 80, 90, etc, standing for what?
  381. The inventor/first trapeze artist (Paris 1859 who also originated the eponymously named clothing was Jules: Dungaree; Leotard; Tutu; or Nylon?
  382. Shakespeare's romantic tragedy written c1598 is called 'Much Ado about (What?': Something; Nothing; Everything; or Anything?
  383. On a QWERTY keyboard the backslash (\ shares the key with the: Colon; Asterisk; Hash; or Vertical bar?
  384. What regal name is capital of Seychelles, and British Columbia (Canada, and is an Australian state?
  385. The saying to have one's "head in the sand" (meaning deny a threat exists refers to the mythical antics of the: Elephant; Ostrich; Snake; or Meerkat?
  386. The 404 telephone dialling area code belongs to: Atlanta (Georgia USA; London; The Moon; or Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?
  387. Weimaraner ('vymaraana' pointer/gun dogs are typically distinctively: Spotted; Striped; Grey/gray; or Hairless?
  388. A scimitar (pronounced 'simmitar' is a: Shooting star; Sea turtle; Curved sword; or Indian stringed instrument?
  389. EMG (Electromyography, CAT (Computerized Axial Tomography, and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging, are technologies for: Weather forecasting; Internet security; Human body scans; or DNA crime-profiling?
  390. In 1852 American Elisha Graves Otis produced the first successful (eponymously branded safety: Crash helmet; Seat-belt; Elevator; or Pin?
  391. The Japanese 'chūkanabe' (Chinese pot is known popularly in Western/Chinese culture as a: Karai; Wok; Skillet; or Tagine?
  392. The unstressed vowel sound 'uh' usually represented by 'a' or 'e' (in 'ago', and 'a cat' or 'open' is called a: Waa; Aha; Phwoar; or Schwa?
  393. According to the rainbow/light spectrum mnemonic (memory aid, Richard Of York Gave (What? In Vain: Silver; Battle; Thanks; or Kisses?
  394. A staggered junction or golf hole (basically 'ahead-sideways-ahead' is called a '(What?-Leg': Cat; Dog; Frog; or Broken?
  395. Formed 1950 and dissolved 1990, the Stasi was the secret police of: USSR (Soviet Union; East Germany; Australia; or Scotland?
  396. Englishman Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, (1716-83 is a globally famous: Landscape/garden architect; Boxer; Genetic scientist; or IQ test developer?
  397. The most common material used in lightning protection is (What? and its alloys: Copper; Silver; Gold; or Lead?
  398. The first most popular book of seven from CS Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-56 is The Lion, The Witch and the: Table; Armchair; Bed; or Wardrobe?
  399. A spoken error, considered perhaps more truthful than the intended word(s, is called a '(What? slip': Jungian; Freudian; Dickensian; or Shakespearian?
  400. Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, author of 'The Cat in the Hat' and 'Green Eggs and Ham', is most famous in what literary genre: Crime/thrillers; Chick lit; Horror; or Children's?
  401. Roughly what is the volume of a ball 10 inches wide (in cubic inches: 105; 162; 524; or 2,500?
  402. Ptolemy (AD100-170, Roman/Egyptian, was a famous: Writer; Battle; City; or Flood?
  403. The central financial City of London is known as the (What? Mile: Money; Murder; Square; or Crooked?
  404. Insert the missing term in this reducing metric prefix sequence: Centi, Milli, Micro, (What?, Pico, Femto: Nano; Mega; Kilo; or Giga?
  405. The Latin terms '(summa/magna cum laude' refer to levels of distinction for: Academic degrees; N American driving licences; Champagne quality; or Cheese curing certification?
  406. The US-originating term 'prom' (school dance is an informal abbreviation of: Promotion; Promenade; Promise; or Promiscuous?
  407. Due to water-saving laws, a siphon features uniquely in what UK equipment, (ie generally not in other nations: Water-dispensers; Fridge-freezers; Washing machines; or Flushing toilets?
  408. A 'backhoe' (or rear/back actor is normally found on: Theatrical stages; Construction sites; Sea beds; or Hospital wards?
  409. Malenkov, Bulganin, Khrushchev, and Kosygin are names of 1950-60s USSR (Soviet Union: Soccer World Cup winners; Cosmonauts; National leaders; or Ballet dancers?
  410. Large lightweight bricks called 'breeze blocks' (also CMUs - concrete masonry units were traditionally made/named from: Ash/cinders; Bones; Wood; or Broken crockery?
  411. Lorem ipsum' (from Latin delorem ipsum, 'pain itself'' is: Red cabbage; Legal term for theft; The period/full stop; or Jumbled Latin 'placeholder' text in draft documents/graphics?
  412. A troubadour (11-13thC France was originally a: Bullfighter; Swordsman; Horseman; or Singing poet?
  413. Czech Emil Zatopek (1922-2000 is a famously brilliant: Financier; Distance runner; Architect; or Psychiatrist?
  414. The German 'dachshund' means '(What? dog': Fox; Rabbit; Horse; or Badger?
  415. The human hormone Ghrelin (also called Lenomorelin is known as the '(What? hormone': Love; Hunger; Intelligence; or Laughing?
  416. The UK billionaire called for Parliamentary questioning (2016 about his governance of the collapsed BHS company is Sir Philip: Green; Brown; Black; or Pink?
  417. The logo on the famous Victorinox Swiss Army pocket knife is a (What? in a shield: Cross; Mountain; Knife; or Star?
  418. The large 14-35inch elastic plastic exercise ball developed in 1963 by Aquilino Cosani, is called a (What? ball: Swiss; Dutch; French; or Spanish?
  419. The salad condiment comprising oil and vinegar, often reddened with parika and tomato, popularized/produced first in the 1950s is '(What? dressing': German; French; Power; or Croix?
  420. An increasing human/animal health hazard in Europe is the 'Oak Processionary (What?': Caterpillar; Mouse; Squirrel; or Woodpecker?
  421. The 'Tex-Mex' dish fajita is a essentially (What? in a (What? (two answers required: Grilled meat; Boiled fish; Tomato; Rice pudding; Tortilla flatbread; or Potato omelette?
  422. Twelve three-hundredths (12/300 expresssed as a percentage is: 2%; 4%; 8%; or 12%?
  423. Sabot and saboton (from French, savate and botte are respectively a box from which casino cards are dealt, and knight's armour, equating to a: Shoe; Glove; Hat; or Pocket?
  424. Oddly known by its river, Kingston-upon-(What? was judged by Rough Guides 2016 among the ten best places to visit in the world: Thames; Severn; Hull; or Trent?
  425. The UK average hourly wage for a FTSE company CEO (2014/15 is about: £300; £550; £750; or £1200?
  426. The Battle of Jutland was the only (What? battle of the 1st World War: Air; Tank; Naval; or Cavalry?
  427. Lent (Latin Quadragesima is traditionally a Christian religious fast of how many days: 12; 21; 40; or 52?
  428. The expression 'Book him Dano' (urging action/reprimand originated 1960-80s in: The Rocky Horror Show; Hawaii Five-O; Opportunity Knocks; or The Flintstones?
  429. In May 2016 the world record for 'planking' (a stress position on toes and forearms was set at: 45mins; 93mins; 5hrs; or 8hrs?
  430. Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA, first identified in willow bark by Hippocrates c.400BC, is better known as what a genericized trademark: Aspirin; Heroin; The (birth control Pill; or Sugar?
  431. A warm sunny period in Autumn (Fall in the northern hemisphere is called an: African Spring; Australian Winter; Indian Summer; or Baked Alaska?
  432. French writer/philosopher Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade (1740-1814 inspired which behavioural term?
  433. Latin deus (god and Javanese dejos became what Chinese pidgin English word for an incense stick?
  434. Machiavellian/Machiavellianism, after Renaisance philosopher/writer/political scientist Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527, refers to: Joyful; Clumsy; Cunning; or Energetic?
  435. What is the bingo nickname and the number that is the square root of 484, a rifle calibre, and puzzle or 'catch' (two answers required?
  436. (Based on the popular 'poundshop' concept a discount store opened in London's Mayfair, 2016, with everything priced at: £5; £10; £20; or £1000?
  437. In 2016 Hitler's code-making typewriter was bought by Bletchley Park Museum for how much from what seller (two answers required: £50; £9million; The German Government; or Ebay?
  438. The Taoiseach ('teashockh', Enda Kenny, in office 2011, re-elected 2016, is/was Prime Minister of: Sweden; Ireland; Scotland; or Canada?
  439. Roland Garros is home to the Open (What? Championships of (Where? (two answers required: Darts; Golf; Tennis; France; Australia; USA?
  440. Which small English Midlands county is home to the eponymous '(What? Water' (named after the county - the nation's largest reservoir by area?
  441. A pantechnicon (from Greek, for 'all' and 'piece of art' is a: Sports car; Bicycle; Skateboard; or Furniture removal van?
  442. The famous relationships/mutual awareness model used in leadership, abbreviated from the inventors' Christian names is called the (What? Window: MarKev; JoHari; FreDave; or NigeLee?
  443. The modern ironic term 'snackcident' (failing to resist chocolates, pizza, etc is an example of a: Portmanteau; Metaphor; Spoonerism; or Mondegreen?
  444. The English Football Association banned (What? from 1921 to 1971 at its member clubs: Pop concerts; Horse shows; Women's Football games; or Meat pies?
  445. The female equivalent of a Sultan (Arabic/Muslim leader is a: Queen; Empress; Consort; or Sultana?
  446. Name the eminent French soccer captain, famed for his ability and leadership, head of EUFA (2007-15 and FIFA presidential candidate, but banned from office Dec 2015 after a FIFA ethics investigation?
  447. Name the Swiss football administrator who served as the eighth president of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association from 1998 to 2015 and banned from office after an ethics investigation?
  448. In association football, Bobby Moore, Franz Beckenbauer, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi, are considered among the greatest (What? besides among the greatest players of all time: Administrators; Football authors; Captains; or Goalkeepers?
  449. The famous quantum mechanics thought experiment demonstrating that something can exist in two states (in this case alive or dead until observed is called Schrödinger's: Cat; Dog; Fly; or Kangaroo?
  450. The oldest world sports championship title, established in 1740 (won by Clergé de Elder, is for: Camel-racing; Real Tennis; Pistol-shooting; or Snooker?
  451. Remo Belli's eponymously named company used Mylar (Biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalatename to originate in 1957 the famous 'Weather King': Raincoats; Umbrellas; Drum skins; or Surfboards?
  452. German Klaus Obermeyer, an instructor in Aspen, Colorado, founded a company (1950-60s specialising in: Cookware; Software; Ski-wear; or Beachwear?
  453. The famous high Alpine mountain The Matterhorn (or Monte Cervino is on the border of which two of these: France; Italy; Switzerland; or Holland?
  454. Paleontology (or palaeontology, the study of earliest life up to c.11,700 years ago, essentially combines which two of: Biology; Astrology; Geology; or Psychology?
  455. The Kindle electronic book product is designed/launched (2007/owned by: Microsoft; Amazon; Google; or Apple?
  456. In a classic 'colour wheel' (based on primary colours and blends, orange is opposite: Blue; Green; Brown; or Purple?
  457. An attempt to stop (What? in June 2016 became the most signed petition (4m+ on the UK government website: Trident nuclear deterrent; Donald Trump's UK visit; Brexit (Britain leaving the EU; or A new Harry Potter film?
  458. The cube root of an eighth (1/8 is a: Half; Quarter; One; or Sixty-fourth?
  459. Kata and Kumite ('cum-ittay' are events in which new Olympic sport (added appropriately for Tokyo 2020?
  460. A Sirocco wind generally carries (What? to the south coasts of Europe: Snow; Sahara dust; Locusts; or Acid rain?
  461. The 'interrobang' (or interabang is a punctuation mark combining which two marks/meanings: Ampersand &; Question mark ?
  462. Ingeniously conceived by Greek inventor Philo of Byzantium (280-220BC a gimbal keeps an instrument (What?, originally on a ship: Dry; Level; Safe/locked; or Oiled?
  463. Who wrote the famous philosophical book 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' ('Also sprach Zarathustra' - pub 1883-91 which included the controversial phrase "God is dead"?
  464. Venerated by the Aztecs, the 'Resplendent Quetzal', symbol of liberty in Guatemala's emblem (quetzal is also the currency, is a: Bird; Lion; Diamond; or Church?
  465. The Aztec people lived mainly where and when (two answers required: Mexico; Brazil; Spain; 1,000-500BC; 5-10th centuries; or 14-16th centuries?
  466. The serial (or series comma, which appears in this question after 'London' is also called the (What? comma: Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Manchester, London, or Birmingham?
  467. The cube root of 1 (one is: A third; Three (3; 1 (one; or 100?
  468. The stone (from gypsum or calcite used for indoor carvings/statues/ornaments, also called 'onyx-marble', is: Granite; Alabaster; Limestone; or Chalk?
  469. The Minor Arcana comprising swords, cups, batons (or wands/rods/staves, and coins (or pentacles/disks is a popular form of what game/divination system?
  470. Developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui, Reiki (pronounced 'ray-kee' is a method of: Fish cookery; Algebra; Alternative medicine; or Poetry?
  471. In the expression 'a poisoned chalice', (a prestigious difficult responsibility with high personal risk, a chalice is a ceremonial: Robe; Goblet; Crown; or Sandwich?
  472. A kleptoparasite is a creature which does (What? to other animals: Eats them; Buries them; Traps them in a web; or Steals and eats their food?
  473. Named after its camera vehicles, the 2016 video-mapping of the Faroe Islands is '(What? View': Bike; Tractor; Trawler; or Sheep?
  474. Devised by Alan Turing in 1950, the Turing test is a test of (What? in a computer: Speed; Reliability; Capacity; or Artificial Intelligence?
  475. New South Wales Australia announced in 2016 it would ban (What? due to abuses being 'beyond reform': Greyhound racing; Slot machines; Lager; or Facebook?
  476. The metaphorical expression meaning self-promotion is "Blow your own (What?" : Balloon; Trumpet; Bugle; or Kiss?
  477. The 9th century mathematician known as Al Kwarizme ('the Man of Kwarism', now Khiva, Uzbekistan gave his name to a maths/computing process or a set of rules called: Algebra; Algorithm; Axiom; or Abacus?
  478. Internecine refers to (What sort of? destruction: Global; Mutual; Reputational; or Biblical?
  479. In music which two of these are respectively a very brief ornamental passing note (What?, and a very brief note of no pitch such as a stroke of a deadened string (What?: Phantom; Grace; Hoax; Ghost; or Silent?
  480. Name the Asian country, the South American capital city, and Canadian province in the NATO phonetic alphabet (thee answers required?
  481. This is a 'trick' question: Irrespective of volume, human muscle weighs (What? compared with human fat: The same; Less; More; or Twice as much?
  482. The Brazilian Carnauba palm tree (called the Tree of Life produces many materials including the "Queen of (What?" from its leaf extract: Waxes; Tequilas; Beers; Toothpastes?
  483. Which child diarist (1929-45 wrote - "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ?
  484. According to the popular saying, "Necessity is the mother of (What?": Nature; Disaster; Invention; or Hungry children?
  485. Pomerania (thought to be the Pomeranian dog's origins is now largely in: Poland; Brazil; China; or Scotland?
  486. Vesper refers to (What sort of? religious service: Morning; Evening; Winter; or Outdoor?
  487. As suggested by its French meaning, decoupage ('day-cooparj' is decorating objects/furniture with (What? and varnish: Feathers; Sand; Shells; or Paper/magazine cuttings?
  488. What typographical symbol was originally used (and may still be to mark incorrect/obsolete text, and traditionally also the wicket-keeper in a cricket teamlist/scorecard, and in military history a commander killed in action: Bullet; Hash/pound; Dagger; or At sign?
  489. The human clinical condition 'edema' (also called oedema, dropsy, and hydropsy generally occurs as what effect: Insomnia; Sweating; Swelling; or Uncontrollable laughter?
  490. US psychologist William Sheldon's 1940s Somatotype theory (Ectomorph/Mesomorph/Endomorph became a popular academic correlation of human personality with: Sleep; Physique; Parenting; or Kissing?
  491. Ganesha (also Ganapati/Vinayaka the highly revered Hindu god of beginnings, wisdom, arts, writing, etc., is typically shown as the head of a: Lion; Tiger; Elephant; or Rabbit?
  492. A caldera is a (What? submerged under the sea or ocean: Lost city; Habitable cave system; Volcano crater; or Seaweed farm?
  493. Which great English writer (1819-1900 wrote the famous maxim for life and business: "There is hardly anything in the world that some man can’t make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey." : Charles Dickens; William Shakespeare; John Ruskin; or John Cleese?
  494. A drupe is a (What? with a (What?: Fleshy fruit; Roman goddess; Monkey; Stone/kernel; Limp; Bruise?
  495. Which two of these make the alloy 'bell bronze' (or 'bell metal' used for fine cymbals/gongs/bells: Iron; Copper; Lead; Tin?
  496. Greek mythology says Thetis held her baby Achilles by the heel to dip him in (What? to make him immortal: Bull's blood; Ass's milk; Mercury; or The River Styx?
  497. What 1960s-invented garden cutter is a portmanteau (combination of 'string' with a word describing its purpose?
  498. Which one of these is not (on average among the three brightest objects in the night sky: The Moon; Jupiter, Venus; or Neptune?
  499. Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde devised what in 1557, superseding 'æ' (a shortening of its Latin meaning: Equals sign; At sign; Ampersand; or the word Also?
  500. Which great Indian statesman and spiritual leader (1869-1948 said: “We must become the change we want to see.” ?
  501. The English tradition of wassailing/wasselling is singing carols for money, and also singing to (What? to prompt healthy growth/productivity: Cows; Sheep; Cider-apple orchards; or Human babies?
  502. The obelus symbol is commonly known as the (What? sign in mathematics: Division; Multiplication; Addition; or Equals?
  503. A gauge from 14 (small to 1 (medium then to 000 (large is used for: Knitting needles/pins; Aviation engines; European letterboxes; or Apples?
  504. Litotes ('lie-toe-tees' refers to an ironic or understated expression using a: Weather feature; Double negative; Metaphorical animal; or Ridiculously high humber?
  505. Petrology is a branch of (What? and the study of (What? (two answers required: Cookery; Transport; Geology; Motion; Rocks; or Fuel?
  506. Damask (named after Damascus is a reversible design originating in 5th century Byzantine/Islamic culture for: Woven fabric; Leather; Glass; or Polythene sheet?
  507. The first actor to refuse an Oscar (Academy Award for Best Actor (for Patton, 1970, was: John Wayne; Sidney Poitier; George C Scott; or Marlon Brando?
  508. Roughly 75% of the Sun's mass is (What?, and most of the remainder is (What?: Hydrogen; Oxygen; Carbon; Helium; or Mercury?
  509. A traditional Easter pageant dramatic presentation of the end of Christ's life is also called a (What? Play: Love; Passion; Pray; or Egg?
  510. German pronunciation for the letter W is usually, loosely: Y (ya; H (ha; V (va; or O (oh?
  511. Author Chris Van Allsburg and actor Robin Williams asserted that (What? 1981 book/1995 movie about a real-life/jungle-boardgame means 'many effects' in Zulu?
  512. Krav Maga, developed late-1940s by Hungarian-Jewish Emrich 'Imi' Lichtenfeld (1910-98 is a highly efficient system of: Self-defence/defense; Origami; Town planning; or Business accounting?
  513. Who allegedly leapt from his bathtub into the street shouting 'Ureka' (I've found it' seeing his body displace water of equivalent volume: Einstein; Euler; Archimedes; or Plato?
  514. Jamaican Cecil Bustamente Campbell (1938-2016, originator/writer of ska songs such as One Step Beyond, Madness, and Al Capone is better known as: King Basher; Duke Beater; Prince Buster; or Earl Poker?
  515. A substance's mass per unit volume (its 'compactness' is technically its: Weight; Size; Density; or Momentum?
  516. Oysters wrapped in bacon are called which two of these: Angels; Birds; Overcoats; (on Horseback; Cushions; or Acid?
  517. Match these wools to the creatures they come from: Angora, Kashmir, Marino, Qiviut (from which.. Muskox, Rabbit, Goat, Sheep?
  518. Draco (c.650-600BC, the first Ancient Greek/Athenian legislator, is eponymouslyassociated with legal/judgmental: Inconsistency; Leniency; Harshness; or Drunkenness?
  519. The Cinchona tree chemical extract malaria treatment first used in tonic water (and gin by Britsh officers in India, and which prompted the invention of Dubonet for French Foreign Legion troops in N Africa is: Aspirin; Quinine; Ibuprofen; or Herion?
  520. French astronomer Nostradamus (Michel de Notredame, 1503-66, is famous for originating: Cathedral architecture; Bell-ringing and bell-making; Stained glass; or Uncannily accurate predictions of the world?
  521. The two famous 'Kinsey Reports' (1948, 1953, books by zoologist Alfred Kinsey, controversially published surveys/theories about: Sport and fitness; Cereal agriculture; Bats and vampires; or Human sexuality?
  522. "The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage: management.." is called the '(What? Principle' - devised by Scott Adams, creator the eponymous work cartoon strip: Engelbert; Dilbert; Albert; or Bertha?
  523. The wine grape Shiraz (Syrah is widely said to originate from which nation's city of Shiraz: Spain; Iran; Russia; or China?
  524. Put the Ebay logo letters in correct order (EBAY: Green Blue Red Yellow?
  525. A lichen is a composite organism arising from the mutual dependence/merging of (which two of: Coral; Algae; Fungus; Moss; or Weeds?
  526. The 100-link 'Gunter's Chain', introduced 1620 by English mathematician Edmund Gunter, later replaced by the theodolite, is a distance of (What? and device for measuring (What? (two answers required: 50cms; 12 inches; 10 yards; 66 feet; (for measuring Heads for hats; Football pitches; Potatoes; or Parcels of land?
  527. The hormone epinephrine (adrenalin/adrenaline is associated with what human reflex: Love-at-first-sight; Fight-or-Flight; Obsessive cleaning; or Gag?
  528. Popularized in 1940s Afro/Hispanic-American culture, a flamboyant wide-shouldered jacket with high-waisted tight-ankled trousers is called a (What? suit: Shoot; Boot; Root; or Zoot?
  529. Tao (and Taoism/Daoism the Chinese metaphysical/Buddhist philosophy of living in harmony with the natural order of the universe, means literally: Path; God; Bread; or Gold?
  530. Chicano (or Chicana/Xicano/Xicana refers to mixed American and (What? ethnicity: Mexican; Chinese; Irish; or Canadian?
  531. Which of these are now registered Internet Top Level Domain extensions (alternatives to .com: .dad; .boo; .wtf; .shoes - None of them; Just .shoes; All except .wtf; or All of them?
  532. Which sport features a playing surface of a 'chain' (22 yards long and 10 feet wide: Cricket; Netball; Bowls; or Crazy Golf?
  533. From the early 21st century (What ferral pests? were eradicated from (Where? whose 4th plinth hosts large temporary sculptures: (two answers required: Rabbits; Cats; Pigeons; Bears; (eradicated from The Coloseum; Trafalgar Square; St Peter's Square; or The Kremlin?
  534. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (author of Lord of the Rings, etc was: English; Romanian; Russian; or Hobbit?
  535. A demonym is a term for a (What? from a particular (What?: Food; Person; Movement; Dance; Place; or Time (two answers required?
  536. An addiction treatment combining discomfort with addiction stimulus is called (What? therapy: Abstention; Attraction; Aversion; or Perversion?
  537. A cloven foot (of cows, sheep, goats, etc has how many toes or grounded hoof parts: One; Two; Three; or Four?
  538. Heavy Water' (deuterium oxide contains a high percentage of Deuterium, an isotope of: Hydrogen; Carbon; Gold; or Lead?
  539. Yggdrasil (or Yggdrasill is a vast mythical tree that connects the nine worlds in (What? ancient belief system: Norse; Hinduism; Catholicism; or Jehovah's Witnesses?
  540. The Pietà refers to an artwork, typically a sculpture, featuring (Who? in the lap of (Who?: Cleopatra; Jesus; Mary; Caesar; or Joseph?
  541. Sirius (the Dog Star is the (What? star in the Earth's night sky: Oldest; Brightest; Fastest; or Biggest?
  542. The Pangaea (or Pangea refers to (What? Continental singularity development: Language; Government; Race; or Landmass?
  543. Chinese scholarly writer/translator Guo Pu (AD276-324 is considered the father of what popular ancient concept, literally 'wind-water': Yin-Yang; Kung-Fu; Fengshui; or Acupuncture?
  544. Hemostasis/haemostasis is a biological process which causes (What? to stop: Breathing; Bleeding; Eating; or Living?
  545. The Iliad (ILIAD and Odyssey are classical Greek epic poems about the Trojan War and aftermath attributed to: The Beowulf Poet; Homer; Dante; or Chaucer?
  546. Leadville, Montezuma and Alma of Colorado are the (What? city/towns of USA: Wealthiest; Oldest; Highest; or Coldest?
  547. What dangerous metalloid chemical element, symbol As, features in the famous 1939/41 play/film "(What? and Old Lace"?
  548. The two names (pre/post 1995 of the biggest city of India (early 21stC - two answers required are: Bombay; Calcutta; Mumbai; Delhi; Hyderabad?
  549. The children's game based on following instructions/elimination is called "(Who? Says": Sammy; Simon; Sally; or Susan?
  550. John Alcock and Arthur Brown made the first non-stop (What? in 1919: Spinning top; Electric clock; Transatlantic flight; or Machine gun?
  551. What modern 'brand' was originated by Scottish chemist Charles Macintosh (1766-1843: Mach number (velocity measurement unit; Mac (raincoat; Big Mac (burger; Mack truck (heavy vehicles; or Mac computer (Apple Mac?
  552. Austrian physicist Ernst Mach (1838-1916 devised the famous: Meccano construction toy; Big Mac (burger; Tarmac (road surface; or Supersonic velocity measurement unit?
  553. A healthy/normal human adult blood pressure reading is considered to be roughly what two figures (mmHg: 140/90; 120/80; 90/60; or 10/7?
  554. Aristocrat George 'Beau' Brummell (1778-1840 is associated with what social trend commencing c.1790 in Europe: Liberalism; Dandyism; Activism; or Voyeurism?
  555. Early theory (Plato c.360BC suggested the universe comprises which four of these 'elements'?
  556. Sir Isaac Pitman (1813-97 invented a famous eponymous system for: Coal-mining; Shorthand; Ceramics; or Sheep-dipping?
  557. What three letter prefix (Latin 'under/close to' makes new words when added to: Due; Urban, Marine, Traction, and Way?
  558. The symbol for latitude (an upside-down 'y' for Earth and planets etc, is the Greek letter: Beta; Gamma; Omega; or Lambda?
  559. Fundamental binary systems in maths and computing are named after English mathematician George Boole (1816-64, whose theory was based on: Alpha-numerics; True/False; Decimals; or Artificial Intelligence?
  560. Stenography (Greek stenos, narrow, Brachygraphy (brachys, short, and Tachygraphy (tachys, swift are better known as: Finger-print analysis; Shorthand; Dashboard instrumentation; or Fast-food?
  561. A modern term for marketing that is probably too good to be true (e.g., many 'get rich quick' schemes is: Pretty twinkling stars; Bright shiny objects; Brilliant sparkly things; or Super furry animals?
  562. The letter W is unique in the periodic table, for (What metal element? from the mineral Wolfram, whose name is 'heavy stone' in Swedish: Ytterbium; Krypton; Tungsten; or Bismuth?
  563. Considered a healthy 'superfood', edamame (pronounced 'ed-er-marmi', are immature: Chickens; Coconuts; Soya beans; or Ants?
  564. The African evergreen Rooibos (red bush plant is used for making: Rum; Tea; Canoes; or Horses jump better?
  565. What number on physical square keypads (e.g., non-touch-screen phones generally has a raised dot or dash to help with impaired vision or in darkness: 3; 4; 5; or 6?
  566. Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (CTEV is better known as: Hunchback; Clubfoot; Cleft palate; or Ingrowing toenail?
  567. Adobe's computer file format PDF stands for '(What? Document Format': Portable; Perfect; Printable; or Parent?
  568. Assassinated in Broadway, Manhattan, NYC, Malcolm X (Malcolm Little, 1925-65 was a famous Afro-American: Singer; Businessman; Human rights activist; or Footballer?
  569. Elohim (also El Shaddai and El Elyon and Krishna, are Hebrew-Christian/Hindu for: Life; Death; God; or Soul?
  570. What universal building block is defined (early 21stC as "...having isotopes with a lifetime longer than the 10−14 seconds it takes the nucleus to form an electronic cloud..." : Gas; Electricity; An element; or Light?
  571. Re-order these territories - earliest to last - in terms of European colonialization (14th-19th centuries: Asia, Africa,The Americas?
  572. How many four-letter country names contain three dotted letters (i and j: None; One; Five or or Twelve?
  573. Evaporation is the process in which a (What? becomes a (What? (two answers required: Liquid; Solid; Gaseous substance; or Plasma?
  574. Zhōngguó (meaning 'central nation-state' is the official name of: Japan; China; India; or Mexico?
  575. The popular recently Anglicized Danish/Norwegian word 'hygge' (pronounced roughly 'hew-gha' refers to a broad notion of: Love; Comfort; Dancing; or Extreme sports?
  576. Dale Carnegie's 1936 best-selling book about business and life is called "How to (What? and Influence People": Make Money; Be Happy; Win Friends; or Bake Cakes?
  577. In November 2016 at Bray Lake, UK, Simon Berry set a world record of 240'10" (74m for the highest: Water-ski jump; Pebble skim bounce; Fishing rod line cast; or Bungee biscuit-tea dunk?
  578. The German term 'Struw-Welpeter' (Shock-Headed Peter refers to: Surprise; Headache; ECT (Electro-Convulsive Therapy; or Uncombable frizzy hair?
  579. (What? emerged in 2016 from (What? with massive success, as a flagship for Amazon Prime (two answers required: Sex in the City; Cheers; Grand Tour; Big Brother; Top Gear; Fox News; MASH?
  580. Lapis Lazuli is a vivid (What? (What? (two answers required: Blue; Red; Yellow; Butterfly; Gemstone; or Sunset?
  581. Cuban nationalist leader Fidel Castro (1926-2016 was a: Social-Democrat; Conservative-Capitalist; Marxist-Leninist; or Buddhist-Environmentalist?
  582. Trinidad is how far from where (two answers required: 11km; 110km; 1100km; Egypt; Venezuela; or Florida?
  583. A griffin or gryphon is a mythical hybrid 'king of the beasts' respectively of (top and bottom, two answers required: Eagle; Dragon; Man; Lion; or Elephant?
  584. Roaching or hogging (US/UK refer to removal of (What? from (What?: Skin; Fish; Mane; Horse; Water; Banana?
  585. Scientifically the most popular 'feel-good' hit songs (eg Don't Stop Me Now and I Will Survive tend to have (two answers required: Major key; Minor key; c.150BPM; c.88BPM; or Saxophones?
  586. Pinyin (meaning 'spelled sounds' is the official 'westernized' language of: Fiji; China; Mexico; or Klingon (Star Trek?
  587. Romanization' and 'Latinization' refer to the conversion of (What? to a 'western' system: Dance; Language and alphabet; Horse-riding; or Cooking?
  588. A 'pure finder' was an 1800s leather tanning industry worker who collected (What? from city streets: Dead leaves; Cigarette butts; Sand and grit; or Dog poo (faeces/feces?
  589. The words 'ute' (Australia/NZ and 'bakkie' (South Africa mean: Foreigner; Pick-up truck; Cigarette; or Two people on one bicycle?
  590. A Conestoga is a heavy 1700-1800s (What? used by Eastern US pioneers: Shotgun; Wagon; Building sand; or Flour?
  591. In Victorian England a 'pure finder' was a street collector of (What? for the leather tanning industry: Rain water; Rotten vegetables; Broken glass; or Dog poo?
  592. Sonar (originally an acronym commonly refers to detection using: Light; Sound; X-Ray; or Nuclear fission?
  593. Ganbei' ('empty your glass' is which nation's equivalent to 'Cheers': Germany; Denmark; China; or Australia?
  594. The modern investment scam, outlawed in many countries, encouraging very fast all-or-nothing stock movement gambles is called (What? Options Trading: Single; Binary; Tertiary; or Multiple?
  595. The founding/owning family of the eponymous DC Comics publishers (eg The Beano is: Johnson; Davidson; Thomson; or Dennison?
  596. The Sci-Fi device for attracting one object to another, typically in space, (and actually created microscopically in the 2010s is called a (What? beam: Projector; Tractor; Pulsar; or Laser?
  597. The 12-14th century European order of powerful wealthy men, which developed from Christian pilgrimage is the "(What? Templar": Barons; Lords; Knights; or Monks?
  598. Popular in Japan for 2000 years until about 1870, Ohaguro is the practice of people painting their (What? black: Hair; Fingernails; Feet; or Teeth?
  599. The famous early-1900s blues singer and 12-string guitarist is '(What? Belly': Pork; Fat; Pot; or Lead?
  600. The US term 'goober, (from 'nguba' of Kikongo African slave language means a: Warm beer; Thankless task; Peanut; or Cheerleader accident?
  601. Dutch-born Colonel Tom Parker (born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk, 1909-97 controversially managed/exploited: Vincent van Gogh; Pele; Abba; or Elvis Presley?
  602. Categorize each of these as technically (botanically either fruit or vegetable: Rhubarb; Avocado; Cucumber; Tomato; Pumpkin?
  603. Used for jewellery, and mainly in automotive catalytic converters, the most expensive metal of modern times (reaching $10,000/oz in 2008 is: Gold; Platinum; Rhodium; or Zinc?
  604. In 1963 the owner of the Washington Post, Philip Graham, described (What? as "...the first rough draft of history that will never be completed about a world we can never understand..." : The World Wide Web; The United Nations; The Holy Bible; or Newspapers?
  605. Antonio Guterrez headed which two of the following (1995-2002, and 2017- : The EU; Portugal; The United Nations; FIFA; or Canada?
  606. The famous royal photographer Anthony Armstrong Jones (1930-2017 is better known as Lord: Byron; Haw-Haw; Snooty; or Snowdon?
  607. The Centre Block (French: Édifice du Centre is the main parliamentary building of: Canada; France; Switzerland; or Argentina?
  608. Gala pie, a variation of traditional British pork pie, includes a (typically long hard boiled: Carrot; Banana; Egg; or Eel?
  609. An autoclave typically uses (What? for (What purpose?: Human breath; Sunlight; Pressurized steam; Sterilization; Music amplification; or Plant cultivation?
  610. The emblem of four arrowhead 'V' shapes joined at their points is known as a (What? cross: Celtic; Iron; St George's; or Maltese?
  611. After typhoon Nock-ten/Nina (25 Dec 2016, which nation's President Rodgrigo Duterte reportedly threatened to throw corrupt officials out of a helicopter: Malta; Mexico; The Philippines; or Spain?
  612. The biggest grossing musical movie ever (at 2016 is: West Side Story; Grease; The Sound of Music; or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
  613. The BBC stopped using (What? in 2006, a main feature of its TV broadcast branding since 1953: Sea; Globe; Transmission tower; or Big Ben?
  614. Which two of these are not among the 'Seven Deadly Sins' (derived from Christian tradition: Pride; Greed; Lust; Envy; Dishonesty; Gluttony; Wrath (anger; Sloth; or Wastage?
  615. On a conventionally tuned guitar, fretting 4th (D and 5th (A strings at the 2nd fret makes the chord: A minor; B; C; or E minor?
  616. Referring to its main source, the infectious disease psittacosis is better known as (What? fever: Lion; Dog; Cat; or Parrot?
  617. British businesswoman/philanthropist Rachael Heyhoe-Flint (1939-2017 was initially a pioneering: Brain surgeon; Astronaut; Cricketer; or Mathematician?
  618. Spell the word (meaning worn-out/ruined: Decrepid; Decreped; Dicrepped; or Decrepit?
  619. Which one of these is not a joint record-holder for the most (14 Oscar nominations: La La Land; Titanic; All About Eve; or Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?
  620. (At early 21st C Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Skoda and Bentley are part of which parent corporation: General Motors; Ford; Volkswagen; or Toyota?
  621. The 2017 Australian Open Tennis Championship was the first of the 'open' era (since 1968 in which men's and women's singles finalists were all: American; Over 30; Over 6ft2ins; or Left-handed?
  622. Hugo Chavez (1954-2013 was a (What? leader of (Where?: Socialist; Conservative; Buddhist; Venezuela; Cuba; or Spain?
  623. Findern Primary School, Derbyshire, introduced (What? in 2017, a UK first: Elderly mentors; Pets; Cellphone ban; or Carpet-slippers?
  624. English King Henry I (1068-1135 reportedly introduced a standard for (What? using his nose and thumb: Longbow; Handkerchief; Snuff; or Yard?
  625. The famous saying about power and money is "He who (What? the (What? calls the tune": Primes; Pays; Pumps; Bellows; Piper; or Banks?
  626. Hydroponics is the production of (What? without (What?: Light; Eggs; Plants; Soil; Water; Heat; or Babies?
  627. In 1926 Eamon de Valera founded the political party Fianna Fail (Soldiers of Destiny in: France; Portugal; Ireland; or Russia?
  628. According to fiction, Ignatia Wildsmith (1227-1320 invented (What? enabling transit/communications via fireplaces: Feather dust; Fire styx; Broad skyband; or Floo powder?
  629. France gave (What? to (Where? in 1886 as a centenary gift: The Statue of Liberty; Napoleon's sword; Nelson's Column; London; USA; or Australia?
  630. Igaluk (moon, Nanook (bears, and Nerrivik (sea/food provider are mythological dieties/spirits of what mythology: Roman; Greek; Inuit; or Belgian?
  631. Fairy rings' (dark circles of grass in a field or lawn are caused by: Moles; Mushrooms; Rotted treestumps; or Nobody knows?
  632. A popular old joke format entails the protagonist(s being given (How many?
  633. Futuristic children's author Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919 created: Willy Wonka; The Wizard of Oz; The Hobbit; or Ghostbusters?
  634. HC Andersen's Tommelise originated (Where? in 1835 and became (What? in England in 1846: India; USA; Denmark; Ikea; Mercedes; or Thumbelina?
  635. A kibbutz (Hebrew literally 'gathering' traditionally refers to a small community (What? in Israel: Wedding; Funeral; Farm; or Gymnasium?
  636. Shinshu/Koshu/Genshu refer respectively to current-year/matured/strong Japanese: Whisky; Beer; Sake (rice wine; or Cheese?
  637. Match these four technologies to their respective parts of a bicycle: Derailleur; Presta; Nipple; Gusset (match with Valves; Frame; Gears; Spoke-fixings?
  638. Typically urban, 'Parkour' is (now recognised officially in the UK as a: Religion; Sport; African republic; or Children's texting language?
  639. Spell the word (meaning a pause: Hiaetos; Hiatus; Hiaitas; or Hyatas?
  640. Iron, St George's, Ankh (Egyptian, Coptic, and Celtic are types of: Canal barges; Smoking pipes; Crosses; or Boiler-making rivets?
  641. The streets of 1880s London were polluted by c.500 tons of (What? every day: Cigarette-ends; Old newspapers; Horse dung; or Chewing gum?
  642. The Tennis Championships 'open' era (beginning 1968 refers to (What? players being allowed to compete in Grand Slams and the Davis Cup: Amateur; Professional; Female; or Left-handed?
  643. A porter is a traditional style of: Sea shanty (maritime song; Executive briefcase; Seaside holiday; or Dark strong beer?
  644. Axilla (alternatively 'Oxter' technically refer to a: Divorce; Temper-tantrum; Cat-dog hyrid; or Human armpit?
  645. The metaphor referring to strong avoidance is, "I wouldn't touch it with a (What? pole": Tent; Barge; Punt; or North?
  646. American Condé Montrose Nast (1873-1942 founded a major eponymous (What? company: Supermarket; Publishing; Gold-mining; or Dance?
  647. The Auroch is the ancient extinct (since 1627 in Poland wild ancestor of domestic: Cats; Dogs; Cattle; or Budgerigars?
  648. Emerging early 1900s from rejection of capitalist logic, Dadaism (or Dada is an: Economic theory; Art  movement; Global currency and language; or Dog-worshipping religion?
  649. What word prefixes: 'over', 'trap', 'sheet', and 'sch' (lastly to make a geological layered deposit: Fly; Man; Turn; or Dust?
  650. Named after its designer, a Satoshi is 0.00000001 (a hundred-millionth of a: US Dollar; Japanese Yen; Euro; or Bitcoin?
  651. Which two of of these are not common 'Franglais' (English adopted into French language: Le weekend; Le jogging; Le shopping; L'underwear; Les carpet slippers; or Les baked beans?
  652. The biblical metaphor referring to something that covers or obscures a problem is a (What? leaf: Clover; Oak; Fig; or Tea?
  653. Russian-American Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972 eponymously and famously invented: Synthetic diamonds; Circus entertainment; Helicopters; or Ice-hockey?
  654. Considered the finest maker in history, Italian Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737 produced how many what: 12; 960; 14,000; Penny-farthing bicycles; Violins; or Fountain pens?
  655. When an employer instructs a departing employee to serve his/her paid notice period not working this is called "(What? Leave": Decorating; Gardening; Golfing; or Car-washing?
  656. The Easterlin Paradox (after US economist Richard Easterlin argues that (What? does not increase with wealth: Health; Happiness; Life expectancy; or Intelligence?
  657. Kimberlite (named after Kimberley SA is an igneous rock mined because it contains: Potassium; Gold; Diamonds; or Salt?
  658. What, worn by skiiers, motorcyclists, stage-performers, artillerymen, etc., has standards for NRR, SNR and dB(A: Helmets; Earplugs; Barrier-cream; or Underwear?
  659. The demographic acronym popularised (UK 2016 referring to families living at subsistence level is: RELISH; SAUCE; JAM; or GRAVY?
  660. What creature is thought named from Australian Aboriginal, meaning (leading to 'good food': Wombat; Koala; Budgerigar; or Kangaroo?
  661. The original short term for the EU (European Union was: EIC; EUC; EEC; or NATO?
  662. Geert Wilders emerged as a controversial extreme Dutch (What? in the 2000s: Naked hockey; 90% alcohol liqueur; Right-wing politician; or Canal flu?
  663. Israeli Uziel Gal (1923-2002 invented a globally iconic type of: Farming; Machine gun; Calorie counting; or Antibiotic?
  664. In popular culture and literature Utopia (an ideal beautiful world is opposite to: Dystopia; Sinopia; Subtopia; or Myopia?
  665. 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?
  666. Previously fined $5bn in 2014, which company publicized its zero tolerance policy in 2017 responding to tax evasion investigations and raids?
  667. What religious word makes five new words when suffixed (added last to: Repel, Condo, Si, Re, and Ta?
  668. Argentina's national sport 'Pato' means (What?, replaced by the modern ball, carried in a basket on horseback: Rocks; Feathers; Eggs; or Live duck?
  669. First adopted in 1858, the earliest standard army camouflage is (still popular internationally: Rifle Green; Gun Grey; Bark Brown; or Blood Red?
  670. The Bixa Orellana plant's annatto seeds (used for saffron/paprika substitute and cosmetic dyes is also called the: Lipstick tree; Blusher rose; Mascara vine; or George Bush?
  671. The old Anglicised French word 'soupçon' ('soupsonn' means a very (What? amount: Large; Small; Fluid; or Hypothetical?
  672. In physics/electronics, Ohm's Law is: "The current through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the (What? across the two points.": Temperature; Pressure; Voltage; or Mileage?
  673. Musically, arpeggio (Latin derived from harp means play the notes of a chord: Loud; Soft; Slow; or In quick succession?
  674. Anhydrous compounds contain (What? water: Heavy; Frozen; Zero; or Dirty?
  675. What communication method (from Latin 'thing to be remembered' was universal in organizations before email?
  676. What very alcoholic popular French aniseed drink is widely outlawed and named (from Greek/made from wormwood?
  677. In 2017 Crayola announced controversially the discontinuation of (What? crayon: Dandelion; Sunflower; Daffodil; or Canary?
  678. A cryometer measures: Mood; Liquid flow; Salinity (salt content; or Very low temperatures?
  679. Name the tree/resin which produces Arabic/Yemen (natural chewing gum, related to a word for chew?
  680. Desalination is the removal of (What? from (What?: Heat; Salt; Brine; Alcohol; Infection; or Milk?
  681. Japanese for 'picture character' is (What? - reportedly the fastest growing language ever?
  682. In the scoring of diving competition (from a platform/board into a pool the abbreviation DD means what?
  683. Highway Gothic', 'Transport' and 'Motorway', (originally US, UK, UK are common international standard road (What?: Reflective paint; Surfacing stone sizes; Signage typefaces; or Lighting brightness?
  684. The infinity sign is a sideways (90-degree rotated: 3; 6; 8; or X?
  685. Swiss sociologist Bernard Crettaz founded the extraordinary international "(What? Cafe" movement in Neuchâtel Switzerland in 2004, to promote understanding and dispel negativity and fear towards the subject?
  686. Name the famous English painter of The Hay Wain and landscapes of Dedham Vale, East Anglia, known as '(Who? country'?
  687. Mesocarp, albedo and medulla in plants/fruit are different words for (What?, used to make a type of helmet?
  688. Bismuth (Bi is a: Metallic element; Gas element; Iron alloy; or Salt?
  689. In business the intangible value part (especially at acquisition of a company such as brand/reputation/relationships is called: Goodwill; Grace; Leeway; or Kudos?
  690. What sports net is 5ft (55m high: Netball; Badminton; Hockey; or Soccer?
  691. Coal, oil and natural gas are commonly called (What? fuels, being originally organic material preserved in sedimentary rock?
  692. An allele (fully allelomorph, often referenced in human eye colour/color, is a variant form of what DNA part?
  693. The spoken English 'RP' accent traditionally asserted 'correct' during the 20thC is called '(What? Pronunciation'?
  694. The stage surname of US-born Milan La Scala prima donna soprano Maria Kalogeropoulos (1923-77 is: Meen; Narsti; Crool; or Callas?
  695. The brilliant scientist Galileo Galilei (1564-1642 was: Italian; Spanish; Swiss; or Canadian?
  696. Which stereotypical British film star of Wuthering Heights (1939 wrote two autobiographies including The Moon's a Balloon?

Questions & Answers

Interactive Quiz

  1. What area of achievement originally linked the US 'Ivy League' universities: Sport; Academic; Politics; or Military?
    #NAME?
  2. The traditional curly twisted Chinese tea (Camellia sinensis produced by drying in the sun is called: Uulung; Oolong; Aalang; Eeleng or Iiling?
    Oolong
  3. What note is played on a guitar at the fifth fret of the first (highest pitch string (conventional six-string guitar with standard tuning?
    A
  4. The slang (now considered offensive term Hottentot once referred to people of which region: SW Africa; Scandinavia; Germany; or Arabia?
    SW Africa 
  5. The capital of which US state is named after prospector (and discoverer of local gold in 1880 Joseph Juneau?
    Alaska
  6. What Japanese family name (and famous guitar company means 'high ridge' or 'high peak'?
    Takamine
  7. What (main class of musical instrument has a bell, bass/long joint, boot/butt; wing joint, bocal/crook, and reed?
    Bassoon
  8. What sort of weapon is a shillelagh (pronounced 'shil-lay-lee': Knife; Cudgel; Muskett; or Sword?
    Cudgel 
  9. Contrary to popular information there are actually four (not two Olympic sports containing male vs female contest; what are they?
    Equestrian, Sailing, Tennis, Badminton 
  10. When writing 'a millionth' in decimals (using numbers and a decimal point/dot, how many zeros are between the decimal point and the figure 1?
    Five 
  11. Normal' or Gaussian distribution in a graph is informally called a what shape (two word answer?
    Bell curve 
  12. A period of Northern Hemisphere climatic extremes occurring between 1350 and 1850 is loosely referred to as 'The Little (what'?
    Ice Age
  13. The aviation group known as IAG (International Airlines Group was formed by merger of which two corporations in 2011?
    British Airways and Iberia 
  14. What nation has the country code internet top-level domain (TLD .se?
    Sweden
  15. Name the vast French multinational corporation which owns the drinks brands Jacobs Creek, Beefeater, Absolut and Mumm (at 2012?
    Pernod Ricard
  16. The traditional 'badge of honour/honor' title for a fully qualified surgeon/medical consultant is: Professor; Doctor; Mr (Mrs/Ms/etc; or Right honorable?
    Mr 
  17. The biblical lesson of wise decision-making, entailing halving (that's halving, not having a baby, is known as the 'Judgement/Judgment of (Who?' ?
    Solomon 
  18. What originally American familial (that's familial, not familiar term refers to a small shop or business run by a married couple?
    Mom-and-Pop 
  19. Prior to Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world in 2012 (at $619bn what corporation had held the record since 1999?
    Microsoft
  20. What famous toy has been produced with special versions including (Hitchcock's The Birds, Poop Scoop, Pregnant, Wheelchair, Star Trek, and Bald?
    Barbie 
  21. The 'Occam's Razor' (or Ockham's Razor principle asserts that reliable theories and explanations tend to entail minimal: Words; Rules and Laws; Assumptions; or Complexity?
    Assumptions 
  22. The seven base units of the SI (International System of Units measurement system, with the symbols: m, kg, s, A, K, cd, mol, measure what seven physical quantities?
    Length, Mass, Time, Electric Current, Thermodynamic Temperature, Luminous Intensity, Amount of Substance 
  23. A 'supermassive (what?' is generally believed to be at the centre/center of the (our Milky Way galaxy: Black Hole; Red Giant, White Dwarf; or Blue Planet?
    Black hole
  24. A geis (plural geasa is a curse or taboo in which national mythology/language?
    Irish 
  25. A study published in 2012 (by the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence found that prolonged use of what tended to produce chronic ongoing tension headaches in sufferers: Earphones; Electric toothbrushes; Mobile phones; or Painkillers?
    Painkillers 
  26. Mount Danxia, the World Heritage Site containing spectacular red-striped sandstone landscape, including two bizarrely realistic (male and female phallic rock formations, is in which country?
    China 
  27. The preparation of what entails scoring (or slashing or docking it with a 'lame' (pronounced 'lahm' before baking?
    Bread 
  28. What famous toys and games brand (founded London 1760 did French corporation Groupe Ludendo buy for £60m in 2012?
    Hamleys
  29. Put these concepts in order (strict historical founding, earliest first: Christianity, Shamanism, Islam, Buddhism?
    Shamanism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam
  30. What SI unit (International System of Units of measurement is defined as "The amount of substance that contains an equal number of elementary entities as there are atoms in 0.012kg of the isotope carbon-12": Mole; Mare; Man; or Mule?
    Mole 
  31. Scientists announced in 2012 that more than 1,000 of what creatures (formica lugubris had been fitted with tiny radio transmitters to study the species: Rats, Bats; Cats; or Ants?
    Ants 
  32. In writing or speech the Latin term 'non sequitur' means 'It does not (what?': Matter; Count; Follow; or End?
    Follow 
  33. What global brand withdrew ('rested' its old red-jacketed striding man 104 years after its first appearance in 1908?
    Johnnie Walker 
  34. Put these art-forms in order of oldest (evidence found first: Textiles, Painting, Ceramics, Mosaic?
    Painting, Textiles, Ceramics, Mosaic 
  35. What two countries share administrative responsibility for Tierra del Fuego (at 2012?
    Argentina and Chile
  36. Google's prior name while under development was 'Back(what?'?
    Rub 
  37. Who is (at 2012 the only person to have won a Nobel Prize for physics and chemistry?
    Marie Curie 
  38. What nationality (unchanged from birth was the founding modernist and realism playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906?
    Norwegian
  39. Chinese corporation Huawei, controversially blacklisted in 2012 by the US Government Intelligence Committee, is (at 2012 the world's largest equipment manufacturer in which sector: Telecoms; Armaments; Medical; or Catering?
    Telecoms
  40. The Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919 pioneered and made his vast fortune in which industry in late 1800s USA?
    Steel
  41. Surface, Fire and Nexus are brands/models of what modern (2010s consumer product?
    Tablet 
  42. Which actress eclipsed Michael Jackson in 2011 as the world's highest-earning dead entertainer (largely due to an auction and a perfume?
    Elizabeth Taylor 
  43. Likud, meaning 'the consolidation', is the leading conservative political party (at 2012 of which country?
    Israel
  44. What are the three most widely spoken Slavic languages (one point each?
    Russian, Polish, Ukranian 
  45. The human brain represents roughly what percentage of the body's resting metabolic rate (energy expended: 1; 3, 5, or 20?
    20%
  46. What chemical elements occupy Atomic Numbers 1, 2 and 3 in the Periodic Table (1 point for each, and a bonus point for the correct order?
    Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium
  47. Lebanese-American professor/author Nassim Taleb coined the term '(What colour/color What creature?' referring to an unpredictable random event that has a vast societal/political/economic impact?
    Black Swan 
  48. What was ex-Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi's first criminal conviction (Oct 2012: Soliciting minors for sex; Tax evasion; Bribery; or Abuse of office?
    Tax evasion
  49. The US dollar sign ($ derives from the abbreviation of which other currency?
    Peso 
  50. What African animals are traditionally considered the 'Big Five', originally the most difficult/dangerous to hunt on foot (one point each?
    Elephant, Rhinoceros, Lion, Leopard, Buffalo 
  51. Giacomo Casanova (1725-98 is reported to have used what fruit as a contraceptive?
    Lemon 
  52. The process by which cardinals meet to elect a new Pope is called the Papal (what?: Enclave; Conclave; Exclave; or Autoclave?
    Conclave
  53. What isotope does radiocarbon dating use (element-isotope number?
    Carbon-14 
  54. Name the earliest (post-gamete developmental stage of the human embryo: Zygote; Sperm; Ovum; or Gametocyte?
    Zygote 
  55. What country has the internet top level domain (TLD suffix .za?
    South Africa 
  56. The meteorological terms 'veering' and 'backing' refer to winds changing direction in what ways (two answers required?
    Clockwise and Anti-clockwise 
  57. Scottish physicist James Dewar (1842-1923 lost a legal case to which German company for the rights to his invention of what, (named eponymously and alternatively after both claimants - two answer required, the German company and the product?
    Thermos
  58. What term refers to the (typically prehistoric method of attaching a sharp stone or bone, etc., to a stick or strap to make a tool or weapon: Hafting; Shafting; Grafting; Crafting; or Rafting?
    Hafting
  59. The Law of the Instrument' referring to having just one 'tool' (i.e., approach or method and so treating every situation the same is known popularly as 'Maslow's (what'?
    Hammer 
  60. The beat of what aptly titled 1970s disco hit is suggested by the British Heart Foundation (and others as an ideal CPR rhythm?
    Stayin' Alive 
  61. The famous BBC Greenwich Meantime hourly signal 'pips' are closest to which musical note (according to ISO 16?
  62. Tetrachloroethylene is better known as (its most common form: Dry-cleaning fluid; Vehicle brake fluid; Correction fluid; or Fluid on the knee?
    Dry-cleaning fluid
  63. Squidgygate' referred in the popular press to controversy surrounding illicitly recorded and leaked conversations between which two people (two answers required?
    Diana Princess of Wales and James Gilbey 
  64. Which one of these characters is (at 2012 represented by the three tallest statues in the world: Buddha; Christ; Woman (holding sword or something else; or A Political Leader?
    Buddha
  65. What Florentine character was chosen (ironically, in light of 2012 doping scandals as official mascot for the 2013 World Road Cycling Championships?
    Pinocchio
  66. What mythical god has a hammer called Miolnir (or Mjölnir, or other variants?
    Thor
  67. In 1515 the Court of Aldermen of the City of London established what trade as top (based on economic/political power of an enduring list of livery companies: Mercers; Goldsmiths; Drapers; or Vintners?
    Mercers 
  68. The Poise (pronounced 'pwahz', it's French is a unit of measuring: Viscosity; Purity; Sweetness; or Stillness?
    Viscosity 
  69. The Ottoman Empire (1299-1922 is otherwise defined as the empire of what modern nationality?
    Turkish
  70. What does the 'S' stand for in the SM intellectual property mark (for example℠ used in the US and many other countries?
    Service 
  71. (Up to what degree of Neanderthal DNA is found in modern non-African people: 0.01%; 0.1%; 1%; or 4%?
    4%
  72. The 1930 Revolution of which country (the largest lusophone nation in the world replaced Washington Luis with Getulio Vargas as President?
    Brazil 
  73. What is India's smallest state (by area?
    Goa
  74. Largely Indian-owned corporation ArclelorMittal (a merger/acquisition of the two names by the latter is the world's biggest producer of: Steel; Paper; Rubber; or Honey?
    Steel
  75. Tribology, the science of one surface sliding/moving against another (as in mechanical moving parts, involves what three principles or elemental aspects?
    Friction, Lubrication, Wear 
  76. (What? integration' refers to a corporation acquiring or otherwise taking control of connecting activity/ies in a supply chain: Horizontal; Parallel; Cellular; or Vertical?
    Vertical 
  77. What letter and colour/color denote the national motorway network roads/signs of Germany's Bundesautobahnen (BAB 'federal expressways' (two answers required?
    Aand Blue
  78. The famous Castilian military leader Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (1043-99 is better known by what name?
    El Cid 
  79. PSV (Polished Stone Value is a technical measurement term used by: Jewellers; Architects; Archaeologists; or Roadbuilders?
    Roadbuilders 
  80. A440 refers to the international standard (ISO 16 for what: Musical tuning pitch; Food/drink sweetness; Safety match striking friction; or Pneumatic tyre pressure?
    Musical tuning pitch 
  81. The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS was founded in 1991 as a 'successor entity' to what?
    The USSR 
  82. Motion Pictures Experts Group Format I (or II, Audio Layer III' is better known as what three-characters?
    MP3
  83. Name the famous French anti-ship missile, produced 1967 to date (2012, meaning 'flying fish'?
    Exocet 
  84. William the Conqueror (William I of England, 1027/8-87, reigned 1066-87 was also known unflatteringly as 'William the (What': Dwarf; Hunchback; Bald; or Bastard?
    Bastard 
  85. The (now largely obsolete proofreading mark of a horizontal line above and below a passage of text gives instruction to correct: Spelling; Grammar; Horizontal alignment; or Spacing?
    Horizontal alignment
  86. The US governmental budget crisis at the end of 2012 was referred to as the 'Fiscal (what geological term?': Rift; Cliff; Fault; or Spur?
    Cliff 
  87. The virtual educational acronym/concept MOOC stands for 'Massive Open... (what two words'?
    Online Course 
  88. Antipasto (plural antipasti refers to what part of an Italian lunch/dinner: Before the meal; After the meal; Pasta sauce; or Sparkling wine?
    Before the meal 
  89. What two-colour/color pencil is traditionally used by editors of written/text copy (word-based material for publication?
    Blue and Red 
  90. Spell the word: Irepairable; Irreparable; Irrepairable; Irreperable (meaning cannot be fixed?
    Irreparable
  91. Mariachi is a style of Mexican 'street (what?': Cooking; Music; Fighting; or Flower-borders?
    Music 
  92. What's the world's oldest amateur rowing club (now at Henley-on Thames, UK named after the Greek mythological lover of the priestess Hero, who drowned swimming the Hellespont to visit her?
    Leander
  93. What traditional item of apparel (silk, cotton, or paper, used by hand, is named after an old French word for a head covering?
    Handkerchief 
  94. The word scrutiny derives (early 15th century from Latin 'scruta', a 'mixed uncertain lot of (what?': Trash/old things; Legal papers; Gold/jewels; or People?
    Trash/old things
  95. Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP is used in what field: Medicine; Geology; Engineering; or Archaeology?
    Medicine 
  96. The term 'chamois' (informally 'shammy', soft leather for cleaning/wiping/gloves/etc, is named after, and originally made from what sort of creature: Pig/boar; Mountain goat/antelope; River eel; or Cow?
    Mountain goat/antelope
  97. The historic (at 2012, three-branch-line San Francisco cable car system comprises how many actual cables in total: Four; Forty; Four hundred; or Four thousand?
    Four 
  98. Daniel Hooper, a famous British protestor, is better known by what nickname, earned during his (literally underground resistance to the Newbury bypass in 1996?
    Muddy; Boggy; Swampy; or Dirty?
  99. What model number Boeing plane is called the Dreamliner (after being renamed in 2005?
    787
  100. Frettabladid is (early 2000s the leading newspaper of which island nation?
    Iceland
  101. ENSA referred to what type of support (bonus point, name the organization? for British armed forces during the 2nd World War?
    Entertainment 
  102. An adult oyster can filter (up to what volume of water per day: Two pints; Ten pints; Ten litres; or Fifty gallons?
    Fifty gallons 
  103. Name the form of carbon considered (early 2000s the strongest material ever, which having a thickness of one atom has just two dimensions?
    Graphene 
  104. A burning truckload of 'brunost' - brown (what? - caused a 5-day fire in a Norwegian road tunnel in Jan 2013: Diesel; Sugar; Bread; or Cheese?
    Cheese 
  105. The 'Mohorovicic discontinuity' (commonly 'Moho' is a boundary between: Weather systems; Earth layers; Chemical solutions; or Beer and froth?
    Earth layers 
  106. (When discovered Jan 2013 the largest known structure in the universe - a large quasar group named 'Huge-LQG' - would take how many years to cross if travelling at the speed of light: 23; 400; 1 million; or 4 billion?
    4 billion 
  107. What are generally defined as 'the four big cats', and the only ones to roar (one point for three - bonus point for all four?
    Lion, Tiger, Leopard, Jaguar 
  108. Roughly what is the distance in miles (or km from the Earth's surface to its centre/center?
    : 300, 900; 4,000; or 12,000?
  109. London's Savoy Hotel entrance roundabout provided the 25ft (8m basis for a standard UK: Mini-roundabout; Black Cab turning-circle; Bus length; or Helipad?
    Black Cab turning-circle
  110. (Before Jurassic Park the word raptor technically refers to what sort of carnivorous creature: Lion; Dragon; Snake; or Bird?
    Bird 
  111. The Republic of Upper Volta was renamed what (two-words in 1984, meaning respectively 'men of integrity' and 'fatherland' in its two native languages?
    Burkina Faso
  112. In physics, the elementary exchange particles ('gauge bosons' between quarks are called: Gluons; Addons; Stickons; or Clingons?
    Gluons
  113. The six soft alkali metals (lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, caesium, and francium react with water to produce what gas?
    Hydrogen 
  114. What capital city is phonetically (sounds the same as a traditional open-roofed Moroccan house and means 'the gardens/garden'?
    Riyadh 
  115. According to the Holy Bible (Luke 2:21 Jesus was circumcized: At birth; Eight days old; Age eight; or Never?
    Eight days old
  116. How many points are on Twitter's 2012-introduced tweeting flying bird logo (wings, tail and beak?
    Six 
  117. The geographical terms motu (Polynesia, skerry (Ireland, Scotland, holme (Scandinavia, and cay (tropical Pacific/Atlantic/Indian oceans each refers to a small: Waterfall; Lake; Inlet; or Island?
    Island 
  118. Italian Jacopo Peri (1561-1633 is regarded as the inventor of: Ice-cream; Pizza; Sparkling Water; or Opera?
    Opera 
  119. Charles Stent practised what surgery, for which he invented his eponymous technique: Dental; Heart; Orthopedic (bone/skeletal; or Tree?
    Dental 
  120. London's Wembley Arena (next to Wembley Stadium was built in 1934 as what sort of sporting facility, reflected in what original name (two answers required?
    Swimming Pool/Empire Pool 
  121. The nickname of 9th century Islamic mathematician Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa ('al-Kwarizmi' - the man of Kwarizm is the etymological source of what computing term?
    Algorithm 
  122. Bakalva and börek (Turkey/central Asia, birnbrot (Switzerland, bear claw (USA, and briouat (Morocco are types of what?
    Pastry 
  123. What is the formal (systematic chemical name for the alcohol in intoxicating drink: Methanol; Ethanol; Propan; or Methylbutan?
    Ethanol 
  124. The volume of (soccer football (regulation adult 70cm circumference is approximately how many litres: 5; 7; 6; or 8?
    5.8 
  125. A safe reliable business agreement or position is said to be (what?-bottomed: Gold; Copper; Brass; or Lead?
    Copper 
  126. Béchamel, Espagnole, Velouté, Hollandaise, Tomate are the five 'mother (what?' of classical French cuisine?
    Sauces
  127. Andersen Consulting was renamed (2001 and became which vast global B2Bcorporation?
    Accenture
  128. Name the social influence theory defined/popularized by US professor of economics/behavioral science Richard Thaler in his 2008 book: "(What? - Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness" ?
    Nudge 
  129. Baniku (Japan, Rosswurst (Germany, and Gustafskorv (Sweden are foods made from what?
    Horse
  130. The 1960s abbreviations 'STD' and 'DDD' referred (UK and US respectively to what aspects of telephone dialling: Long-distance and Direct; Local and Free; Emergency and Free; or Push-button and Digital?
    Long-distance Direct 
  131. The 'steg' in stegosaurus refers to its: Covering (of armoured plates; Slowness; Two-brains; or Stripes?
    Covering
  132. Poached eggs on muffins with hollandaise sauce, and ham or bacon are popularly called 'eggs (What?'?
    Benedict
  133. Whose famous old Brown Ale (still made was first brewed in Whitechapel, London, in 1902: Fuller's; Young's; Charrington's; or Mann's?
    Mann's 
  134. The handtool which may be struck or bowed as a musical instrument is a 'singing (what'?
    Saw
  135. What word technically refers to a micro-organism which produces benefits for a host organism (for example human consumption of certain yogurts?
    Probiotic
  136. What was the first element discovered in space (actually at the Sun?
    Helium 
  137. The famously gruelling c.1,100mile (1,800km Iditarod Trial Dog Sled Race is run annually each March where: North/South Poles; Chile; Finland; or Alaska?
    Alaska 
  138. The prefix 'neo' (neocon, Neolithic, neo-Nazi, neonatal, etc means: New; Old; Nearly; or Extreme?
    New 
  139. Przewalski's (what? is the once extinct (in the wild, Mongolia now reintroduced and only true wild: Horse; Cow; Pig; or Turkey?
    Horse 
  140. The flammable intoxicating compound Hydroxyethane (C2H6O is better known as what chemical?
    Ethanol 
  141. In the award-winning 1958 war film Ice Cold In Alex, what is 'Ice Cold' and what is 'Alex' (two answers required?
    Beer and Alexandria 
  142. What is the common alternative US term for a (UK 'estate agent'?
    Realtor
  143. What clothing decoration took its name from Italian 'zecchino' and 'zecca' (= mint, and Arabic 'sikka' (= 'a die for coining'?
    Sequin 
  144. Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2 is one of several different forms of what commonly named chemical agent?
    Bleach
  145. What term is given in the science of perception (used for example in road safety distance gauging for the expansion of size of an image/object indicating speed and movement towards the observer?
    Looming
  146. What volatile metallic element forms the nitrate compound Sr(NO32 commonly used in red fireworks?
    Strontium 
  147. How long (kilometres/miles was the Berlin Wall: 4/2½; 8/5; 28/17½; or 140/87?
    140kmor 87miles 
  148. What item of apparel metaphorically (with colour prefix, usually black or white refers informally to an internet hacker: Hat; Coat; Cape; or Cap?
    Hat 
  149. Founded as Thames Ironworks FC in 1895, which football club (later renamed will occupy the London Olympic Stadium from 2016 (a clue is in club nickname and badge?
    West Ham United FC 
  150. RB211, Trent, Tay, and Spey, are what, all manufactured by which corporation (two answers required?
    Jet engines of Rolls Royce