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1. British ceremonial occasions are full of pomp, circumstance, and people performing roles that were once vital but are now mainly for show. Traditionally the role of protecting the monarch was performed by two dignitaries whose glittering titles include the word 'stick' - but what sort of precious sticks are they?
2. Here is one British monarch who might have wished for some protection in the presence of small pointy objects. Who, allegedly, met his end with a red hot poker inside him?
3. While defending yourself against pointed sticks is an important skill to learn, there are other more dangerous armaments, according to a Monty Python skit. Despite Eric Idle's pleas for pointed stick defense training, drill instructor John Cleese taught a class in self-defense against which unusual weapon?
4. An archer's favourite pointy stick is, of course, an arrow. Arrows have been used for centuries, possibly even millennia, to hunt and fight. What is the name given to the feathers on the end of an arrow?
5. Pointy sticks can be useful as well as dangerous. What craft usually requires that participants have two pointy sticks at their disposal?
6. A dangerous weapon in the wrong hands, which of these pointed objects (with a handle, no less) was used by Sharon Stone's character to commit murder in the 1992 film "Basic Instinct"?
7. Although the majority of pointed sticks can be used as weapons, as Flopsy has taught us, some of the largest pointed sticks in the world are located in such inconvenient places that you couldn't retrieve them for use as weapons if you wanted to. Lightning rods are found atop skyscrapers, and are used to deflect lightning from hitting the building. What famous "Founding Father" of the United States of America invented these enormous sticks?
8. For all you sports fans out there, let's talk about the Olympic decathlon. Which of the ten events involves throwing an object with a sharp point at the tip through the air, trying to make it stick in the ground further away from the starting point than is achieved by any of the other competitors?
9. Certainly one of the most powerful sharpened sticks is the pencil, an item that can craft written words and provide a harsh prodding if need-be. Modern pencils contain graphite, but many often refer to the core of this implement using the name of which of the following materials found in early pencils?
10. Britannia is a traditional symbol of Britain; the word has come to mean both Great Britain as a country and the personification of that country - a female figure armed with a shield, usually accompanied by a lion, just to make the point that the British Empire was not to be trifled with. Since Victorian times, Britannia has had a pointed weapon similar to that used by Poseidon - what was it called?
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