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1. A British Earl was so fond of gambling that he would refuse to leave the table even for lunch. So a servant prepared a snack which would allow the earl to eat without leaving the game. What was this famous snack named after the Earl?
2. This physicist was the first to make a thermometer that used mercury, and as a result his name is associated with the temperature scale. Can you guess who it is?
3. The colourful climbing shrub Bougainville is named after Louis Antoine de Bougainville. Who was he?
4. One of the Old Seven Wonders of the World was named after the King of Caria. A meaning of the word that originated from his name is 'a large, gloomy room or building usually housing a tomb or several tombs'. Can you guess the word?
5. A "maverick" refers to a person who exhibits stubborn independence. How did this word originate?
6. A soldier in Napoleon's army became a laughing stock after he kept proclaiming that 'The Emperor could never be defeated'; this was after the defeat and exile of Napoleon. What word was derived from the name of this soldier, which means 'having an exaggerated allegiance to something'?
7. A German physicist propounded a theory of animal magnetism, which could be used to influence others. What was this theory (named after him) known as?
8. A French nobleman had a strange habit of torturing young men and women. From his title is derived a word which means 'pleasure from cruelty'. Which is this word?
9. A word that means 'idealism without practicality' is derived from a fictional person who dreamt imaginary worlds and fought imaginary wars. Which is this word?
10. The tenants of a cruel English estate agent decided to protest against him by socially ostracizing him. Which word in the English dictionary did this result in?
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