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Issue 974

All the answers begin with the letter Z

1. In a culinary context, this summer squash is considered a vegetable; however it is a fruit that is the swollen ovary of a flower with the same name.

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Zucchini

2. If you wanted to study the branch of biology that relates to the animal kingdom, including the structure, embryology, evolution, classification, habits, and distribution of all animals, both living and extinct, what would you study?

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Zoology

3. Single crystals of the cubic phase of __________ are commonly used as diamond simulant in jewelry. Like diamond, cubic __________ has a cubic crystal structure and a high index of refraction.

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Zirconia

4. What do you call the earliest developmental stage of the embryo?

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Zygote

5. What do you call the nationalist movement of Jews and Jewish culture that supports the creation of a Jewish homeland in the territory defined as the land of Israel?

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Zionism

6. “Simon the __________” is listed as a disciple of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.

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Zealot

7. What is the word used to refer to an imaginary point directly “above” a particular location, on an imaginary celestial sphere? “Above” indicates the vertical direction opposite to the apparent gravitational force at that location.

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Zenith

8. Name the musical stringed instrument that consists of many strings stretched across a thin, flat body that is played by strumming or plucking the strings, either with one’s fingers or using a tool called a plectrum.

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Zither

9. According to a system of thought developed in Babylonia over 2,500 years ago, many people think their “sign” has meaning. What “sign” are they thinking about?

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Zodiac

10. It could be a light west wind, a lily, a town in Texas, a glacier, or a train that runs daily between Chicago and San Francisco—coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across the Rockies to Salt Lake City, and then through Reno and Sacramento into Emeryville/San Francisco. What could it be?

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Zephyr

11. When you cut cloth with pinking shears, you will get a __________ edge that lessens fraying.

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Zig-Zag

12. What do you call an animated corpse raised by magical means, such as witchcraft?

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Zombie

13. The sum of _____ plus ______ is ______.

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Zero

14. Teenagers hate having these on their face.

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Zits

15. This metallic chemical element has an anti-corrosive effect on batteries and can help cure the common cold. What is it?

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Zinc

16. Can you name one of the two Z countries located in central Africa that share a common border? Extra credit if you can name both of them!

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Zambia, Zimbabwe

17. Name the sixth letter of the Greek alphabet.

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Zeta

18. A song from a 1946 Disney movie goes, “__________do-dah, __________ A / My oh my, what a wonderful day. / Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way.”

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Zippety

19. If you feel the need to take a nap, you might say, “I need to catch some __________.”

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Zzz’s

20. If you were a member of the Commonwealth of Nations (formerly British Commonwealth), what would you call the last letter of the English alphabet?

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Zed