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 Which island republic in the Pacific gained independence from the British Empire in 1970 after 96 years as a British colony? 2 Which country in south-eastern Europe on the Adriatic Coast shares its borders with Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, and has Podgorica as its capital?
3 In which country is duelling between two people still legal but on two conditions: the competitors have to be registered blood donors, and medical staff must be on hand? 4 In international or Olympic tournaments, team members from which country remain silent and do not sing when their national anthem is played?
5 The words ‘beriberi’ and ‘anaconda’ originally come from the language of which country?