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Punch (husband of Judy) - Idiom - pleased as Punch. Highly pleased, gratified.That's the way to do it! What homicidal puppet's name is invoked by anyone pleased with themselves?

       a. Punch (husband of Judy)
       b. Kermit the Frog
       c. Howdy Doody
       d. Topo Gigio


Outside a house - The eaves of a house's roof are its lower edges.Eavesdropping gets its name from the eaves under which you would hide if you were spying on somebody. Where would you find eaves?

       a. Around an interior door
       b. On a tree
       c. Outside a house
       d. Behind a bar


Five - Yes five! Count again.How many different ways is "ough" pronounced in this sentence - "It was tough to cough as I ploughed through the dough"?

       a. Four
       b. Five
       c. Three
       d. Two


X - The longest word found in the dictionary has 47 letters.What letter gets the fewest words in most dictionaries?

       a. Z
       b. Q
       c. X
       d. Y


Curriculum - Referring to the course of deeds and experiences through which children grow to become mature adults.Getting rundown at school? What term for a set of academic courses comes from the Latin word for "race course"?

       a. Curriculum
       b. Symposium
       c. Syllabus
       d. Quiz


Getting things done - Also used in the show Father Ted, mainly by Father Jack, as a way to swear.Next time you're feeling feckless, think about this. What the heck is feck?

       a. Getting things done
       b. Managing money well
       c. Staying cheerful in trying circumstances
       d. Wearing nice clothes


Revenge is a dish best served cold - Revenge is also called payback, retribution, retaliation or vengeance.Far from being a Klingon proverb, this axiom is actually from "Les Liaisons Dangereuses". What is it?

       a. The report of my death was an exaggeration
       b. A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic
       c. Revenge is a dish best served cold
       d. It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission


A tropical weevil - It was first discovered in 1922 in Brazil.Aside from being the very last entry in many dictionaries, what is a zyzzyva?

       a. A protein found in enzymes
       b. A process used to ferment beverages
       c. A tropical weevil
       d. A thick-walled spore


Loophole - Historically, loopholes were narrow vertical windows from which castle defenders launched arrows from a sheltered position.What word comes from the gaps in castle walls used by soldiers to fire on advancing armies below?

       a. Foxhole
       b. Loophole
       c. Cubbyhole
       d. Pigeonhole


Density - The error was removed in 1940.In the Second International Websters, an entry for "D. or d.", became "Dord". What was "dord" supposed to mean?

       a. Danger
       b. Direct
       c. Density
       d. Division


His own opinions - They also love fame or glory.What does a philodox treasure over just about anything else?

       a. His money
       b. Her array of boyfriends
       c. His own opinions
       d. Her garden


Your name - Onomastics or onomatology is the study of proper names.If I'm fascinated by onomastics, what is it about you that would interest me most?

       a. The shape of your face
       b. Your birthday
       c. Your name
       d. Your ethnicity


Elsewhere - In many counties, the giving of a false alibi may be used by the court as actual evidence of guilt.What does "alibi" literally mean in Latin, a definition that comes in handy when establishing an alibi?

       a. Elsewhere
       b. Innocent
       c. Explanation
       d. You got the wrong guy, copper


A song about Keith Moon and John Entwistle, their dead members - Entwistle died in hotel room 658 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on 27 June 2002.If the Who reunite for a single, but produce a threnody, what is it?

       a. A song that covertly copies one of their earlier hits
       b. A song about Keith Moon and John Entwistle, their dead members
       c. A really stinker
       d. A spoken-word piece, with musical background


Mogul - The Mughal emperors were Muslims and direct descendants of Genghis Khan through Chagatai Khan and Timur.The original nabobs, nattering or otherwise, were provincial governors in what Urdu-speaking empire?

       a. Mogul
       b. Persian
       c. Ottoman
       d. Holy Roman



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