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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?

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