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  1. Yes or no. Do potatoes count towards your '5 A Day' diet?
  2. Which animal causes most grid disruption to American electrical supplies and are often considered more of a threat than cyber-attacks?
  3. What UK term for a person of low social graces comes from a word meaning "boy" in the Romani language?
  4. What is the only name of a state in America that can be typed on one row of a traditional English QWERTY keyboard?
  5. It's now a well-known activity but what word originates from UK West Country dialect meaning "anything thick and squat"?

  6. The shortest checkmate possible in chess is where black wins after how many moves by black?
  7. Can you name the first television couple to be shown in bed together on prime-time television?
  8. Sent up by the Montgolfier brothers in September 1783, the first living creatures to fly in a hot-air balloon were a cockerel, a duck and what other animal?
  9. What is the actual colour of the sun?
  10. How much of the world's population lives in the northern hemisphere: 90%, 80%, 70% or 60%?
  11. The term factoid was firt coined by American writer Norman Mailer in his 1973 biography of which film star?
  12. The blob of toothpaste that sits on your toothbrush has a name. Is it called a nurdle, nubbin or knob?
  13. True or false. The planet closest to the sun is the hottest?
  14. In 2002, an estimated 492 people in the UK needed hospital treatment for injuries caused by which 1893 invention by Whitcomb L Judson?


  1. No (because they mainly contribute starch to your diet)
  2. Squirrels
  3. Chav
  4. Alaska
  5. Bungee (as in bungee jump)
  6. Two moves
  7. Fred and Wilma Flintstone
  8. A sheep
  9. White
  10. 90%
  11. Marilyn Monroe
  12. Nurdle

  13. False. The second closest Venus is the hottest - it's because Venus has a thicker atmosphere, trapping in the heat of the Sun
  14. A zip

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