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198 questions in this category
Question: What is Heisei 29 in Japan?
Question: Where does the cloth denim, used in jeans, originally come from?

With thanks to Godfrey Donaldson of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, for fine tuning the answer
Question: Which is the busiest air route in the world by number of flights?

With thanks to Nick Dodd for updating the question
Question: SEAT, the car manufacturer, is an acronym of what?
Question: How many candles does a menorah have in all?

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Question: What's the first letter of the Russian alphabet?
Question: According to Christian, Jewish and Muslim tradition, who is Adam and Eve's third son?
Question: What did my true love give to me on the first day of Christmas?
Question: What is Sirimavo Bandaranaike's claim to fame?

With thanks to Alan for providing a more accurate answer
Question: Europeans are familiar with A-4 size paper. What is the area of A-0 paper?

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Question: Who was the youngest president of the United States?

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Question: Which well known fashion house made its fame and fortune as an official supplier of uniforms to the SS, SA and Hitler Youth using slave workers?
Question: In heraldry, what does a bar sinister or bend sinister typically denote?
Question: Which honour has been awarded once each to Winston Churchill and Neil Armstrong, twice to John Glenn, and nine times to the New York Yankees?
Question: In which city was the Titanic built?
Question: How many leaves does a shamrock have?
Question: Which is the largest airline in Ireland?
Question: What is the national symbol on the coat of arms of Ireland?
Question: What does kissing the Blarney Stone confer?
Question: What's the name of the feminine spirit usually seen as an omen as she laments a death before it happens?
Question: Which reigning monarch of a European country has for the last two centuries been elected at regular intervals (currently every five years)?
Question: What is the name of the woman who is the unofficial emblem of the French state?
Question: Which Arabic name translates into English as 'Servant (or slave) of God'?
Question: What is the name of paranoid android in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?
Question: In heraldry, what shape is a lozenge?
Question: Which were the original pieces in a Monopoly game?
Question: What total do the two numbers on the opposite side of a dice always add up to?
Question: In which city is the headquarters of Greenpeace?
Question: Which is the oldest airline in the world still flying under its original name?
Question: In Australia, what is a kylie?
Question: Who was on the cover of the first issue of Playboy magazine in 1953?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question Minoru Yamasaki designed World Trade Center 1 and 2 (the twin towers) in New York. Which building in Madrid did he design?
Question: The first non-stop transatlantic flight was between which two countries?

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Question: According to the proverb, what is the mother of invention?
Question: According to the proverb, what is the better part of valour?
Question: Who created the cartoon cat Garfield?
Question: In addition to Ireland, St Patrick is also the patron saint of which other country?
Question: Which organisation's insignia bears the inscription Blood & Fire?
Question: The main news in London on July 7th 2005 was the bombing. What was the main news item the previous day?
Question: What colour is zero on a roulette wheel?
Question: What is a one-word synonym for "intelligent design" ?
Question: This is a Spanish-based question Iberia inaugurated a new route from Madrid on Saturday, December 17th, 2006 to a destination it has never flown to before. Where?
Question: Where is the headquarters of Interpol?
Question: From which country is Kofi Annan (ex-Secretary General of the UN)?
Question: How deep in metres is 100 fathoms?
Question: On what day does Easter Sunday fall?
Question: What does UNESCO stand for?
Question: What is a John Dory?
Question: Which country joined the G7 which then became the G8?
Question: Which ex-resident of 10 Downing Street put his good health in his old age down to gin and cigarettes?
Question: What nationality was Winston Churchill's mother?
Question: Who was John Kerry's running mate in the 2004 US Presidential election?
Question: In which city is the HQ of the International Monetary Fund?
Question: Parnassus was the sacred mountain home of the muses and which Greek god?
Question: What did John Sutter start in 1848?
Question: A sesquicentennial celebrates how many years?
Question: After how many years marriage do you celebrate your Emerald wedding anniversary?
Question: Contrary to popular belief, brides do not walk down the aisle to the altar. What do they walk down?
Question: In Roman numerals, what is the letter M with a bar over it?
Question: What are Mizaru, Kikazaru, and Iwazaru?

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Question: What did Dr John S. Pemberton concoct in a three-legged pot in his backyard in 1886?
Question: What does a circle with a cross through it mean on a clothing label?
Question: What does the distress signal SOS stand for?
Question: What is a leprechaun's profession?
Question: What is the collective name for Tinky Winky, Dipsy, La La and Po?
Question: What is the Turkish custom of Falaka?
Question: What was Jaguar Cars called before 1945?

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Question: Where did the first modern traffic lights appear?

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Question: Which is the largest denomination dollar bill issued?
Question: Who is Bibendum better known as?
Question: Who won the 1936 'Miss Hungary' title but had to give it up because she was under 16?
Question: Who made the first telephone call to the moon?
Question: Which are the fire signs of the Zodiac?
Question: The Valkyries are the nine handmaidens of whom?
Question: What is digamy?
Question: What is Hobson's Choice?
Question: What is known as 'The Greatest Show on Earth'?
Question: What is the other name for the Union Jack?

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Question: Who invented the ball-point pen?
Question: Who was the founder of Lotus Cars Ltd.?
Question: Where would you find together a verso and a recto?
Question: What did Pandora release when she opened her box or jar?

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Question: Where is the Encyclopædia Britannica published?
Question: Donald F. Duncan introduced in 1929 a toy based on a weapon used by 16th-century Filipino hunters. What is it called?
Question: What official title do ambassadors to the UK have?
Question: Which was the first credit card?
Question: What's the connection between Mashed Potato, the Loco-Motion, the Frug, the Monkey, and the Funky Chicken?
Question: In the Netherlands, where does Sinter Klaas (Santa Claus) come from?
Question: What are the two chambers of the Canadian Parliament called?
Question: Which number in Morse code is represented by five dots?
Question: On which day is Thanksgiving celebrated in the United States?
Question: In mythology, who killed the 9-headed Hydra?
Question: What is the meaning of the word 'Bible'?
Question: Who lives in 11 Downing Street?
Question: What is biblioclasm?
Question: The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is a cartel of twelve countries which has its headquarters in which city?
Question: In mythology, who was the first (and last) person to solve the Riddle of the Sphinx?
Question: According to legend, who was the tallest of Robin Hood's men and the only one with him when he died?
Question: The Penny Black was the first modern postage stamp in the world but the Penny Red was the first to have what?
Question: Tenzin Gyatso was born on the 6th of July 1935 in Qinghai, People's Republic of China. By what title is he better known?
Question: In the United States, who is second in presidential line of succession after the vice president?
Question: What do Aspirin, Dry Ice, Kerosene and Linoleum have in common?
Question: The Prince of Orange is the title carried by the heir to which crown?
Question: In which country is the Court of Justice of the European Communities, usually called the European Court of Justice (ECJ)
Question: The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City. By what name are they better known?
Question: The European Parliament meets in which two cities?
Question: Which is the only Semitic language that is an official language of the European Union? It is the only Semitic language written in the Latin alphabet in its standard form.
Question: The RMS Titanic had two sister ships. What were their names?
Question: Which toy derives its name from the Danish words for 'play well'?
Question: The Oslo Accords of 1993 were a step forward in the peace process between which two parties?
Question: Which territory became a Special Administrative Region of China in 1999?
Question: Where did the ATF and FBI storm the headquarters of the Branch Davidian sect in April 1993?
Question: Which state led by General Dudayev tried to gain independence but was invaded by Russia troops in 1994?
Question: In which country was an American-led military force trying to end famine and civil war in 1992?
Question: What was the operation to liberate Kuwait in 1991 called?
Question: Which terrorist group was led by Abimael Guzman until he was arrested in 1992?
Question: What is the psychological condition of displaying loyalty to one's captors, regardless of the danger they have placed you in?
Question: What are the largest and smallest bones in the human body?
Question: Who travels by steamboat in November from Spain to the Netherlands?
Question: What is agliophobia?
Question: Which shipping line owned the SS Titanic?
Question: Which sport did Oscar Wilde describe as 'the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable'?
Question: Which is the English language newspaper with largest daily circulation?
Question: Lafayette Ronald Hubbard founded which cult?
Question: Where was Barack Obama born?
Question: What is the female term equivalent to a phallic symbol?
Question: Where and in which decade was Greenpeace founded?
Question: Which association was founded by George Williams in London on June 6th 1844?
Question: Who wrote 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' in 1936?
Question: The Queen Mary (and 2), the Titanic, the Queen Elizabeth (and 2) had the letters RMS before their name. What does it mean?
Question: Vaseline is a trademark for what?
Question: What does UHT in milk stand for?
Question: What do the letters BMW stand for?
Question: Where did Shetland Ponies originate ?
Question: Which airport opened the first Duty Free shop in 1950 as it was a refuelling stop for transatlantic flights?
Question: What are Jimmys or Manolos?
Question: What do Prince Felipe de Borbón of Spain, Dr Benjamin Spock and the Emperor Nero have in common?
Question: Who was both the 1958 Boxing Champion and the Crown Colony Cha Cha Champion of Hong Kong?
Question: What is Barack Obama's middle name?
Question: How is an 'unpledged party leader and elected official' ('PLEO') in United States politics better known?
Question: What is 'Opera' associated with in Information Technology?
Question: What connects the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Ghana and Queen Maud Land?
Question: What does 'Fitz' mean at the beginning of a surname?
Question: What does the circle in the middle of Celtic cross represent?
Question: What does the '0'' and the 'Mac' at the beginning of Irish surnames mean?
Question: In addition to four Nobel prizes in Literature, an Irishman (Walton) has been awarded the Nobel prize in Physics, and five others all won in the same category. What was it?
Question: Who or what is the Taoiseach?
Question: Which Eurovision song contest winner attempted to become President of Ireland in 1997 (came third, ahead of the Labour Party candidate) and is currently an MEP?
Question: Envelope, basket and burner are the three main parts of what?
Question: The 'X' in Xmas is derived from what?
Question: The Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in London is a gift from which country?
Question: According to Northern European tradition, Thor rides across the sky in a wagon pulled by two Yule animals. What kind of animal were they?
Question: Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen. When is the Feast of Stephen?
Question: The three wise men supposedly brought gold, frankincense and myrrh. What are frankincense and myrrh?
Question: In 'The Grinch Stole Christmas', why was the Grinch so mean?
Question: Out of the last three countries admitted to the United Nations, two are European. Which two?
Question: What in Economics is Monopsony?
Question: Which institution awards the Pulitzer prize?
Question: Which country in 1948 was the first to constitutionally abolish its army?
Question: The motto 'E Pluribus Unum' appears on the Great Seal of the United States and on most denominations of US currency. What does it mean?
Question: Which office was abolished by Pope John Paul II in 1983 which then allowed him to speed up the process of canonisation and beatification?
Question: According to Christian theology (although not dogma), what are the three highest ranks of angel?

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Question: "Old Fred" was the captain of which famous vessel?
Question: Sicilian, Ponziani, Russian, Scottish, Nimzo-Indian and Sokolsky are all examples of what kind of movement?
Question: On the flags of which two countries would you find the most stars ?
Question: What does 'alibi' literally mean?
Question: If you were seated in a howdah, where would you be?
Question: Which currency was replaced by the Euro on January 1st 1999 at a ratio of 1 to 1?
Question: Which commercial chain is named after a character in Moby Dick and has a double-tailed mermaid as the main feature of its logo?
Question: Which word in the Arabic language originally meant 'old man', although it now can mean elder of a tribe, lord, revered wise man, or Islamic scholar?
Question: According to the Old Testament, who is considered to be the father of the Jewish nation?
Question: Ask and Embla are the Norse equivalent to the Christian what?
Question: What is the official language or languages of the United States?
Question: On a standard English language computer keyboard what letter lies between "C" and "B"?
Question: How do you say "no worries" in Swahili?
Question: Which country has the world's largest Muslim population?
Question: When did the Euro banknotes and coins officially become currency in Europe?
Question: Which language does the word "safari" originate from?
Question: In the American Presidential Election, the state of California is worth 55 points in the Electoral College system, which state is next most important with a total of 34 points?
Question: What is the official language of Pakistan?
Question: Lake Volta is the largest reservoir in the world (2006) and is located in which country?
Question: What does 3G mean in the mobile phone ads?
Question: Which organisation has the motto: Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity?
Question: What is a more common name for a polygraph?
Question: Before the Euro, the Irish Punt was divided into 100 what?
Question: Of all the -ologies (study of), which has the shortest name?
Question: What do the following words have in common: aspirin, bakelite, breathalyzer, cellophane, escalator, frisbee, heroin, jacuzzi, styrofoam, tarmac, vaseline, zipper?
Question: What does the 'mp' stand for in mp3 players?
Question: What is the Sanskrit word for 'union'?
Question: Which country has, by far, the most universities?
Question: The streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey, were used in the original version of what?
Question: Who or what is 'ataxia'?
Question: What does the word 'Islam' literally mean?
Question: What did Valentina Tereshkova do in 1963 that propelled her to fame?
Question: Who do the Italians call Topolino?
Question: Which is the third letter of the greek alphabet?
Question: How many counters does a player start with in Backgammon?
Question: What kind of people make up a plutocracy?

Acknowledgements

Sources: Encyclopedia Britannica, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, Whitaker's Almanac, The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Collins Gem Fact File, Diccionario Enciclopédico Espasa 1 and Wikipedia.. This page layout was last updated on Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 @ 1:28pm CEST (Europe/Madrid).

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