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  1. In heraldry, what is an escutcheon?
  2. Which city is the largest Portuguese-speaking city in the world?
  3. Which famous equation is a often used to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy?
  4. Which country is the most populous country located entirely south of the equator? (Hint: it's in Africa)

  5. A term originating from two incidents in history, defenestration is the act of throwing someone out of a what?
  6. What is the traditional name of a short nail with a thick head used to increase the durability of boot soles?
  7. What phrase meaning a confusing language, is also an 18th century West African god?
  8. What was founded in Queensland on 16 November 1920 by Paul McGinness and Hudson Fysh?
  9. Hildr is one of the what in Norse mythology?
  10. By what name is deuterium oxide better known?
  11. Monkfish is affectionately known as the "poor man's" what?
  12. What word originally coined by French theologian John Calvin means a person devoid of most moral principles?
  13. Joan Collins' husband, Percy Gibson, was born and raised in which South American country?
  14. Also known as the "Kingdom of the Sky", which is the only country in the world to lie entirely over one thousand metres above sea level?
  15. Comprising of 224 linked steps, where would Victorians have gone to experience London's first escalator in 1898?
  16. American actress and writer Connie Booth was the first wife of which British actor and comedian?
  17. The Hay Wain painting by John Constable is a rural scene on which river?
  18. What links Paul McCartney, Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt, and Meghan Markle?
  19. In 1972, the Duke of Bedford had the idea of building the largest what in Europe with partners from America?
  20. The aardvark is the first animal in the dictionary. What is the second?
  21. With many uncanny similarities, which European city has been dubbed the San Francisco of Europe?
  22. As of 2022, what is the most popular radio station in the United Kingdom?
  23. Which area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames was the setting for George and Mildred and is Cockney rhyming slang for 'dick'?
  24. To the nearest mile, the annual Boat Race is over what distance?
  25. What is located in the wooded hills of Catoctin Mountain Park, in Frederick County, Maryland?
  26. What was the first two names of the English author who is the only child of author A. A. Milne?
  27. American real estate developer Mary Anderson is credited with inventing which operational device in 1903?
  28. Who, with the catchphrase "I wanna tell you a story", is known for the 1958 hit version of Tulips from Amsterdam?
  29. What was Goldfinger's first name?
  30. Paphos is a city on the southwest coast of which country?
  31. Which Germanic tribe sacked Rome in 455?
  32. Which Strictly Come Dancing judge descended from the roof of the stadium at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics?
  33. Name the element with the chemical symbol Sb?
  34. The Cassini division is the largest gap in what?
  35. In 60 BC, which Roman general and statesman joined Crassus and Caesar in the political alliance known as the First Triumvirate?
  36. A young Albert Einstein studied for both his bachelor's degree and PhD in which country?
  37. Which hill in Somerset is reputedly the steepest main road in England?
  38. Colemanballs was a term coined by which magazine to describe verbal gaffes?
  39. Who wrote: "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."?
  40. What name is given to a heat in rowing or fencing, in which eliminated competitors have another chance to qualify for the next round?
  41. Which animal links the Grange Hill them tune with the last private occupant of 10 Downing Street?


  1. A shield (that forms the focal element in a court of arms)
  2. Sao Paulo
  3. The Drake equation
  4. Tanzania
  5. A window
  6. Hobnail
  7. Mumbo jumbo
  8. Qantas airline
  9. Valkyries
  10. Heavy water
  11. Lobster - "poor man's lobster"
  12. Libertine
  13. Peru
  14. Lesotho
  15. Harrods
  16. John Cleese
  17. River Stour
  18. They are all known by their middle names (James Paul McCartney, William Bradley Pitt, Walter Bruce Willis, Rachel Meghan Markle)
  19. Safari Park
  20. Aardwolf
  21. Lisbon (Portugal)
  22. BBC Radio 2
  23. Hampton Wick
  24. 4 miles (4.2 miles)
  25. Camp David (the country retreat for the President of the USA)
  26. Christopher Robin
  27. Windscreen wiper (or windshield wiper)
  28. Max Bygraves
  29. Auric (based on the Latin “aurum” for gold)
  30. Cyprus
  31. Vandals
  32. Darcey Bussell
  33. Antimony
  34. Saturn's rings
  35. Pompey
  36. Switzerland (Zurich)
  37. Porlock Hill
  38. Private Eye
  39. Alfred Lord Tennyson
  40. Repechage
  41. Chicken (theme tune is 'Chicken Man' and the last occupant was a Mr Chicken)