Each of these is a quiz question in its own right, but the answers connect to a common theme, which could be anything from plumb straightforward to bizarrely lateral
1 Derived from its use as a test subject for laboratory experiments, what is the better known name for the cavy, a rodent of South American origin?
2 Araucaria araucana, the national tree of Chile that has been described as a living fossil, goes by what unusual name?
3 Which species of lizardfish is prized as a delicacy in India, both fresh as well as frozen?
4 One popular etymological explanation is that the name means “does not drink”, or “no water” – of which cuddly Australian marsupial?
5 What creature (among a cast of anthropomorphic minibeast characters grown to human size) becomes perhaps the closest friend of the protagonist James, treating him with motherly affection, in the story by Roald Dahl (pictured) called James and the Giant Peach?