General Knowledge Quiz #420

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  1. Name artist Damien Hirst's famous (supposedly £50m) diamond and platinum encrusted skull artwork?
  2. What notable businessman is known as the Sage of Omaha?
  3. What seasonal name is most commonly given to the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, which began in Tunisia, December 2010?
  4. In Native American ceremonial custom what is a calumet: Peace pipe; Headdress; Chant; or Spear?
  5. What animal name is given to the type of investment fund which buys large distressed debts especially of war/chaos-torn countries, aiming later to demand and sue for extortionate interest payments?
  6. What small ex-Soviet nation between Turkey and Iran was World Team Chess Champion in 2011 and subsequently made the game compulsory in primary school education?
  7. What is the common name for the round skullcap worn by Jewish males?
  8. What sort of well is named after a former French province, where Carthusian monks first drilled them in the 12th century?
  9. In Cable Street East London, 1936, thousands of ordinary people famously stopped a march by what uniformly nicknamed organization?
  10. Name the focus of the UK Leveson inquiry: Press standards; Political lobbying; MP's expenses; or The Iraq War?
  11. What among these are the UK-English and US-English spellings of the word: Maneuver; Manuevre; Manoeuvre; Manouver; or Manoova?
  12. What in 1911 became the replacement alliterative title of US writer Ambrose Bierce's mischievously amusing reference work 'The Cynics Word Book'?
  13. What is the colourful nickname of the International Business Machines (IBM) corporation?
  14. What is conventionally regarded to be the opposite of Utopia?
  15. Name the humanitarian and ex-special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, held hostage in Lebanon from 1987-1991?
  16. In medicine, the word styptic refers to something that stops what?
  17. In his seminally optimistic 1734 poem, An Essay on Man, Alexander Pope wrote the famous line, "Hope springs eternal in the (what)"?
  18. Ipanema and Copacabana beach are parts of what famous city?
  19. A rising or resurgence of the hydrosphere is more commonly known as what?
  20. The term 'flotsam and jetsam' technically and originally refers to what: Marine wreckage; Plant matter; Animal matter; or Litter?

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  1. Name artist Damien Hirst's famous (supposedly £50m) diamond and platinum encrusted skull artwork?
    For the Love of God
  2. What notable businessman is known as the Sage of Omaha?
    Warren Buffett
  3. What seasonal name is most commonly given to the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, which began in Tunisia, December 2010?
    Arab Spring
  4. In Native American ceremonial custom what is a calumet: Peace pipe; Headdress; Chant; or Spear?
    Peace pipe 
  5. What animal name is given to the type of investment fund which buys large distressed debts especially of war/chaos-torn countries, aiming later to demand and sue for extortionate interest payments?
    Vulture 
  6. What small ex-Soviet nation between Turkey and Iran was World Team Chess Champion in 2011 and subsequently made the game compulsory in primary school education?
    Armenia 
  7. What is the common name for the round skullcap worn by Jewish males?
    Kippa 
  8. What sort of well is named after a former French province, where Carthusian monks first drilled them in the 12th century?
    Artesian 
  9. In Cable Street East London, 1936, thousands of ordinary people famously stopped a march by what uniformly nicknamed organization?
    The Blackshirts 
  10. Name the focus of the UK Leveson inquiry: Press standards; Political lobbying; MP's expenses; or The Iraq War?
    Press standards 
  11. What among these are the UK-English and US-English spellings of the word: Maneuver; Manuevre; Manoeuvre; Manouver; or Manoova?
  12. What in 1911 became the replacement alliterative title of US writer Ambrose Bierce's mischievously amusing reference work 'The Cynics Word Book'?
    The Devil's Dictionary 
  13. What is the colourful nickname of the International Business Machines (IBM) corporation?
    Big Blue 
  14. What is conventionally regarded to be the opposite of Utopia?
    Dystopia 
  15. Name the humanitarian and ex-special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, held hostage in Lebanon from 1987-1991?
    Terry Waite
  16. In medicine, the word styptic refers to something that stops what?
    Bleeding 
  17. In his seminally optimistic 1734 poem, An Essay on Man, Alexander Pope wrote the famous line, "Hope springs eternal in the (what)"?
    Human breast
  18. Ipanema and Copacabana beach are parts of what famous city?
    Rio de Janeiro 
  19. A rising or resurgence of the hydrosphere is more commonly known as what?
    Spring 
  20. The term 'flotsam and jetsam' technically and originally refers to what: Marine wreckage; Plant matter; Animal matter; or Litter?
    Marine wreckage