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  1.      What word prefixes fold, punch, field, board, spread and stage?
  2.      In Arthurian legend Excalibur is a: Horse; King; Lake; or Sword?
  3.      What Italian wine translates as 'grape of the wild vine'?
  4.      What grows in the stages of egg, avelin, fry, parr, smolt, kelt: Chickens; Frogs; Salmon; or Snails?
  5.      Lava-formed hexagonal columns such as N.Ireland's Giant's Causeway, California's Devil's Postpile, and India's Kavadia Mountain are: Sandstone; Clay; Basalt; or Chalk?
  6.      Website sabotage (e.g., by query/registration overload or similar) abbreviated to DDOS means Distributed (What?) Of Service?
  7.      Formula One's exclusive tyre/tire supplier from 2011 to 2018 is: Goodyear; Dunlop; Pirelli; or Michelin?
  8.      A UK school ban of what fairy story was unsucessfully suggested in 2017, because it 'advocated kissing a girl without consent'?
  9.   Invented in China c.500BC the oldest board game still played is: Chess; Draights; Go; or Monopoly?
  10.   Analysis of human skeletons from c.5,000BC found Neolithic women's (What?) were of 'superhuman' strength: Arms; Legs; Neck; or Teeth?
  11.   Centrifugal and centripetal are opposite forces in circular motion relative to: Gravity; Centre; The Sun; or Water?
  12.   Celestial (of sky, space) is from Latin 'caelum' meaning: Sun; God; Heaven; or Air?
  13.   Name the BBCTV 1970s-founded information service, a phonetic portmanteau of 'seeing' and 'fascimile'?
  14.   The sousaphone is a marching-band version of the: Trombone; Saxophone; Tuba; or Xylophone?
  15.   The chess notation O-O and O-O-O refer to different types of Check; Checkmate; Resignation; or Castling?
  16.   Callisthenics refers to vigorous exercise using: Gym equipment; Balls; Water; or Body-weight?
  17.   What is 146million km from Earth: The Sun; The Moon; Zero gravity; or The highest clouds?
  18.   What border has seen the most failed fatal crossings in the 21st century to date: Red Sea; Mediterranean Sea; USA-Mexico; or Russia-China?
  19.   Which three numbers have two possible formats in seven-segment digital displays (e.g., calculators, clocks)?
  20.   Mythical Greek creatures centaur, pegasus, unicorn and hippocampus share what element: Eagle; Horse; Goat; or Rhinoceros?
  21.   A lodestone or loadstone is another word for a: Paperweight; Plumbline; Paving slab or Magnet?
  22.   “A quantity representing the power to which a fixed number must be raised to produce a given number” is a: Tangent; Digit; Logarithm; or Fraction?
  23.   The Goths (comprising Visigoths and Ostragoths) triumphed in: Harry Potter; Star Wars; Waterloo; or The Roman Empire?
  24. What is the major US agency missing from this list: Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), CSA (Canada), and CNSA (China)?
  25.   Pak choi (US bok choi) is a Chinese: Board game; Lunchbox; Cycle lane; or Cabbage?
  26.   Cerberus in Greek mythology is a multi-(What?) (What?) guarding (What?): Eyed; Armed; Headed; Legged; Dog; Lion; Bull; Frog; Heaven; Hades (Hell); Olympus; or Heaven?
  27.   The first dinosaur bone to be identified (1676, the end of a megalosaurus thighbone) was named due to its shape: Armpitum camelum; Moutham fishum; Beakham cockum; or Scrotum humanum?
  28.   The strategy boardgame Go, zither-playing, calligraphy and painting were the essential 'four arts' of a learned person in the ancient culture of: China; India; Native American USA; or Aboriginal Australia?
  29.   Spumante, frizzante, and tranquillo refer to different types of what?
  30.    What geographical feature do these 11 nations exclusively have in common: São Tomé and Príncipe, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Indonesia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil?
  31. Which is the southern-most US state?
  32. Which modern-day country was formerly known as Zaire?
  33. Which city was formerly known as Edo?
  34. What was the name of the male group who shared the victory with Girls Aloud in the 2002 talent show, Popstars: The Rivals?
  35. What are the only two doubly-landlocked countries (only bordering other landlocked states) in the world?
  36. What houses were removed from the name of the British royal family in 1917 and replaced with Windsor - due to anti-German sentiment?
  37. Which country boasts the only non-quadrilateral flag in the world?
  38. Who won the first ever series of the X Factor?
  39. Which American author invented the character, Tarzan?
  40. The Peace of Westphalia marked the end of which major European conflict, and the effective independence of the modern-day Netherlands from Spain?
  41. The famous city of Timbuktu lies in which African nation, occupying large swathes of the western Sahara desert?
  42. Which two regions - both of which share their names with dog breeds - joined Canada from the UK in 1949?
  43. Which two films hold the record for most Academy Awards won?
  44. Who - in 1812 - became the first, and so far only British Prime Minister to be assassinated?
  45. Triton is the largest natural satellite of which major planet in our solar system?
  46. Which major battle of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1979 was the focus of the 1964 film Zulu starring Michael Caine?
  47. What is the stage name the pop artist Robyn Fenty, born in Barbados in 1988?
  48. Former footballer and 1995 Balon d'Or winner, George Weah, was elected in 2018 as Prime Minister of which African nation?
  49. Which Chinese philosopher was the founder of the philosophical and spiritual movement Taoism?
  50. Which city in Nordrhein-Westfalen served as the capital of West Germany from 1949 to unification in 1990?
  51. Which Japanese football team did Gary Lineker play for from 1992-1994, and Arsene Wenger manage from 1995-1996?
  52. Monotremes (egg-laying mammals) are represented by 4 species of echidna, and one species of which other mammal - native to eastern Australia?
  53. Which lake in Siberia is the deepest in the world, containing ~22-23% of the Earth's fresh surface water?
  54. How many Circles of Hell were described in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy?
  55. Easter Island - the Pacific island home of the Rapa Nui people and their moai (giant head statues) - is administered by which South American nation?
  56. Which Austrian actor won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in both 2009 and 2012, for his roles in two films directed by Quentin Tarantino?
  57. The Pitcairn Islands - a British Overseas Territory in the South Pacific - is predominantly populated by descendants of which 18th-century mutinous ship's crew?
  58. Chihuahua and Tabasco are states within which Latin American country?
  59. From which arid planet does Luke Skywalker hail from in Star Wars?
  60. Which building in the City was the tallest in London from 1710 until as recently as 1967?
  61. Which species of big cat - the namesake of a Floridian NFL team - is the largest in the Americas?
  62. Agra - the home of the Taj Mahal - was the capital of which long-lasting empire, controlling much of India from the 16th until the mid-19th century?
  63. Which US company is the largest in the world by revenue, and can also boast the largest private workforce, with around 3 million employees as of 2018?
  64.  Who - in 1812 - became the first, and so far only British Prime Minister to be assassinated?
  65.  How many Circles of Hell were described in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy?
  66. Until May 2018, what was the official name of the southern-African nation of eSwatini?
  67. Though killed by Filipino natives halfway through his voyage, which Portuguese sailor is generally credited as leading the first circumnavigation of the Earth?
  68. There are three Crown Dependencies of the United Kingdom: the Bailiwick of Jersey, the Bailiwick of Guernsey, and which other self-governing island?
  69. Moonlight won Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Award ceremony - however, which movie was initially falsely announced by Faye Dunaway to have won the accolade?
  70. Zeus, measured in 2011 as the tallest dog ever recorded, is which breed?
  71. Tabasco and Chihuahua are states in which Latin American nation?
  72. The hit song American Pie by Don McLean is said to have been written about which other musician, who died in a plane crash in 1959?
  73. Aside from Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, which other two sitting presidents have been assassinated?
  74. Which major Asian city was known as Edo until the Emperor moved the capital to there in 1868?
  75. In which modern-day Oceanic country was the infamous and bloody Battle of Guadalcanal fought during the Second World War?
  76. "It's been seven hours and fifteen days..." is the opening line to which 1990 hit by Sinéad O'Connor?
  77. On which ship did Charles Darwin make his famous travels the Galapagos Islands, during which he began formulating his theory of evolution by natural selection?
  78. Which monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland was overthrown by Dutchman William of Orange (William III) and his wife Mary (Mary II) during the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688?
  79. Which oil and gas-rich city, the capital of Azerbaijan, is the largest settlement on the Caspian Sea?
  80. In which year did Pele achieve his first World Cup victory, at the age of only 17?
  81. Bohemia and Moravia are historical regions of which Central European nation?
  82. Which country's national rugby team is known as the Cherry Blossoms?
  83. Atticus, Jean Louise (Scout) and Jeremy (Jem) are the main characters in which 1960 novel written by Harper Lee?
  84. Which peoples - who founded the Duchy of Normandy, the Kievan Rus' and guarded the Byzantine Emperor - were known to those of East and Southern Europe as the Varangians?
  85. António Guterres currently holds what position of power, previously occupied by people such as Kofi Annan and Dag Hammarskjöld?
  86.  Until May 2018, what was the official name of the southern-African nation of eSwatini?
  87.  "It's been seven hours and fifteen days..." is the opening line to which 1990 hit by Sinéad O'Connor?

Questions & Answers

Interactive Quiz

  1.      What word prefixes fold, punch, field, board, spread and stage?
    Centre 
  2.      In Arthurian legend Excalibur is a: Horse; King; Lake; or Sword?
    Sword
  3.      What Italian wine translates as 'grape of the wild vine'?
    Frascati; Pino Grigio; Chianti; or Lambrusco? Lambrusco
  4.      What grows in the stages of egg, avelin, fry, parr, smolt, kelt: Chickens; Frogs; Salmon; or Snails?
    Salmon
  5.      Lava-formed hexagonal columns such as N.Ireland's Giant's Causeway, California's Devil's Postpile, and India's Kavadia Mountain are: Sandstone; Clay; Basalt; or Chalk?
    Basalt  
  6.      Website sabotage (e.g., by query/registration overload or similar) abbreviated to DDOS means Distributed (What?) Of Service?
    Denial
  7.      Formula One's exclusive tyre/tire supplier from 2011 to 2018 is: Goodyear; Dunlop; Pirelli; or Michelin?
    Pirelli
  8.      A UK school ban of what fairy story was unsucessfully suggested in 2017, because it 'advocated kissing a girl without consent'?
    Sleeping Beauty
  9.   Invented in China c.500BC the oldest board game still played is: Chess; Draights; Go; or Monopoly?
    Go
  10.   Analysis of human skeletons from c.5,000BC found Neolithic women's (What?) were of 'superhuman' strength: Arms; Legs; Neck; or Teeth?
    Arms (11-16% bigger than modern Olympic rowers, theorized due to grain-grinding and similar work)   
  11.   Centrifugal and centripetal are opposite forces in circular motion relative to: Gravity; Centre; The Sun; or Water?
    Centre (fugal means fleeing; petal means seeking.. 'the centre') 
  12.   Celestial (of sky, space) is from Latin 'caelum' meaning: Sun; God; Heaven; or Air?
    Heaven
  13.   Name the BBCTV 1970s-founded information service, a phonetic portmanteau of 'seeing' and 'fascimile'?
    Ceefax
  14.   The sousaphone is a marching-band version of the: Trombone; Saxophone; Tuba; or Xylophone?
    Tuba
  15.   The chess notation O-O and O-O-O refer to different types of Check; Checkmate; Resignation; or Castling?
    Castling (kingside and queenside)
  16.   Callisthenics refers to vigorous exercise using: Gym equipment; Balls; Water; or Body-weight?
    Body-weight (e.g., push-ups)
  17.   What is 146million km from Earth: The Sun; The Moon; Zero gravity; or The highest clouds?
    The Sun
  18.   What border has seen the most failed fatal crossings in the 21st century to date: Red Sea; Mediterranean Sea; USA-Mexico; or Russia-China?
    Mediterranean Sea (Africa to Europe, 33,000 deaths 2000-17)
  19.   Which three numbers have two possible formats in seven-segment digital displays (e.g., calculators, clocks)?
    6, 7, 9 
  20.   Mythical Greek creatures centaur, pegasus, unicorn and hippocampus share what element: Eagle; Horse; Goat; or Rhinoceros?
    Horse
  21.   A lodestone or loadstone is another word for a: Paperweight; Plumbline; Paving slab or Magnet?
    Magnet
  22.   “A quantity representing the power to which a fixed number must be raised to produce a given number” is a: Tangent; Digit; Logarithm; or Fraction?
    Logarithm
  23.   The Goths (comprising Visigoths and Ostragoths) triumphed in: Harry Potter; Star Wars; Waterloo; or The Roman Empire?
    The Roman Empire (substantially from Sweden having migrated to Poland, defeating the Western Roman Empire, c.500AD, at the start of the medieval European period)
  24. What is the major US agency missing from this list: Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), CSA (Canada), and CNSA (China)?
    NASA (USA)
  25.   Pak choi (US bok choi) is a Chinese: Board game; Lunchbox; Cycle lane; or Cabbage?
    Cabbage ('white vegetable')
  26.   Cerberus in Greek mythology is a multi-(What?) (What?) guarding (What?): Eyed; Armed; Headed; Legged; Dog; Lion; Bull; Frog; Heaven; Hades (Hell); Olympus; or Heaven?
    (Three answers required) multi-Headed Dog guarding Hades (Hell)
  27.   The first dinosaur bone to be identified (1676, the end of a megalosaurus thighbone) was named due to its shape: Armpitum camelum; Moutham fishum; Beakham cockum; or Scrotum humanum?
    Scrotum humanum
  28.   The strategy boardgame Go, zither-playing, calligraphy and painting were the essential 'four arts' of a learned person in the ancient culture of: China; India; Native American USA; or Aboriginal Australia?
    China
  29.   Spumante, frizzante, and tranquillo refer to different types of what?
    Wine (Italian - Bonus point for each meaning - spumante=sparkling wine, frizzante=semi-sparkling wine, tranquillo=still wine)
  30.    What geographical feature do these 11 nations exclusively have in common: São Tomé and Príncipe, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, Indonesia, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil?
    The Equator (passes through them all)
  31. Which is the southern-most US state?
  32. Which modern-day country was formerly known as Zaire?
  33. Which city was formerly known as Edo?
  34. What was the name of the male group who shared the victory with Girls Aloud in the 2002 talent show, Popstars: The Rivals?
  35. What are the only two doubly-landlocked countries (only bordering other landlocked states) in the world?
  36. What houses were removed from the name of the British royal family in 1917 and replaced with Windsor - due to anti-German sentiment?
  37. Which country boasts the only non-quadrilateral flag in the world?
  38. Who won the first ever series of the X Factor?
  39. Which American author invented the character, Tarzan?
  40. The Peace of Westphalia marked the end of which major European conflict, and the effective independence of the modern-day Netherlands from Spain?
  41. The famous city of Timbuktu lies in which African nation, occupying large swathes of the western Sahara desert?
  42. Which two regions - both of which share their names with dog breeds - joined Canada from the UK in 1949?
  43. Which two films hold the record for most Academy Awards won?
  44. Who - in 1812 - became the first, and so far only British Prime Minister to be assassinated?
  45. Triton is the largest natural satellite of which major planet in our solar system?
  46. Which major battle of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1979 was the focus of the 1964 film Zulu starring Michael Caine?
  47. What is the stage name the pop artist Robyn Fenty, born in Barbados in 1988?
  48. Former footballer and 1995 Balon d'Or winner, George Weah, was elected in 2018 as Prime Minister of which African nation?
  49. Which Chinese philosopher was the founder of the philosophical and spiritual movement Taoism?
  50. Which city in Nordrhein-Westfalen served as the capital of West Germany from 1949 to unification in 1990?
  51. Which Japanese football team did Gary Lineker play for from 1992-1994, and Arsene Wenger manage from 1995-1996?
  52. Monotremes (egg-laying mammals) are represented by 4 species of echidna, and one species of which other mammal - native to eastern Australia?
  53. Which lake in Siberia is the deepest in the world, containing ~22-23% of the Earth's fresh surface water?
  54. How many Circles of Hell were described in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy?
  55. Easter Island - the Pacific island home of the Rapa Nui people and their moai (giant head statues) - is administered by which South American nation?
  56. Which Austrian actor won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in both 2009 and 2012, for his roles in two films directed by Quentin Tarantino?
  57. The Pitcairn Islands - a British Overseas Territory in the South Pacific - is predominantly populated by descendants of which 18th-century mutinous ship's crew?
  58. Chihuahua and Tabasco are states within which Latin American country?
  59. From which arid planet does Luke Skywalker hail from in Star Wars?
  60. Which building in the City was the tallest in London from 1710 until as recently as 1967?
  61. Which species of big cat - the namesake of a Floridian NFL team - is the largest in the Americas?
  62. Agra - the home of the Taj Mahal - was the capital of which long-lasting empire, controlling much of India from the 16th until the mid-19th century?
  63. Which US company is the largest in the world by revenue, and can also boast the largest private workforce, with around 3 million employees as of 2018?
  64.  Who - in 1812 - became the first, and so far only British Prime Minister to be assassinated?
    Spencer Perceval
  65.  How many Circles of Hell were described in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy?
    Nine
  66. Until May 2018, what was the official name of the southern-African nation of eSwatini?
  67. Though killed by Filipino natives halfway through his voyage, which Portuguese sailor is generally credited as leading the first circumnavigation of the Earth?
  68. There are three Crown Dependencies of the United Kingdom: the Bailiwick of Jersey, the Bailiwick of Guernsey, and which other self-governing island?
  69. Moonlight won Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Award ceremony - however, which movie was initially falsely announced by Faye Dunaway to have won the accolade?
  70. Zeus, measured in 2011 as the tallest dog ever recorded, is which breed?
  71. Tabasco and Chihuahua are states in which Latin American nation?
  72. The hit song American Pie by Don McLean is said to have been written about which other musician, who died in a plane crash in 1959?
  73. Aside from Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, which other two sitting presidents have been assassinated?
  74. Which major Asian city was known as Edo until the Emperor moved the capital to there in 1868?
  75. In which modern-day Oceanic country was the infamous and bloody Battle of Guadalcanal fought during the Second World War?
  76. "It's been seven hours and fifteen days..." is the opening line to which 1990 hit by Sinéad O'Connor?
  77. On which ship did Charles Darwin make his famous travels the Galapagos Islands, during which he began formulating his theory of evolution by natural selection?
  78. Which monarch of England, Scotland and Ireland was overthrown by Dutchman William of Orange (William III) and his wife Mary (Mary II) during the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688?
  79. Which oil and gas-rich city, the capital of Azerbaijan, is the largest settlement on the Caspian Sea?
  80. In which year did Pele achieve his first World Cup victory, at the age of only 17?
  81. Bohemia and Moravia are historical regions of which Central European nation?
  82. Which country's national rugby team is known as the Cherry Blossoms?
  83. Atticus, Jean Louise (Scout) and Jeremy (Jem) are the main characters in which 1960 novel written by Harper Lee?
  84. Which peoples - who founded the Duchy of Normandy, the Kievan Rus' and guarded the Byzantine Emperor - were known to those of East and Southern Europe as the Varangians?
  85. António Guterres currently holds what position of power, previously occupied by people such as Kofi Annan and Dag Hammarskjöld?
  86.  Until May 2018, what was the official name of the southern-African nation of eSwatini?
    Swaziland
  87.  "It's been seven hours and fifteen days..." is the opening line to which 1990 hit by Sinéad O'Connor?
    Nothing Compares 2U