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Friday - - MIND GAMES -

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?

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