Add a letter, take a letter, change a letter: 20 questions

The first five questions are standard general knowledge. The answers to the next five questions are the first five answers (or part thereof) with a letter removed. The next five answers are the first five answers (or part thereof) with a letter added. The final five answers are the first five answers (or part thereof) with a letter changed. In the case of multiple word answers, the same word is modified in each of the groups of five questions. For example, the answer to a question in the first group might be Iron Age. The answer to a question in the second group might then be Ron Atkinson (letter removed), in the third Jeremy Irons (letter added), and in the fourth Tron (letter changed).

  1. Which comedy series, directed by Michael Winterbottom, has a first series which takes place in the Lake District, a second series set in Italy and a third series set in Spain?
  2. Who was the Taoiseach from 2011 to 2017?
  3. What four-letter word refers to a homemade, knife-like weapon, particularly one fashioned in prison or other straitened circumstances?
  4. What Portuguese genre of music is characterised by songs embodying saudade or longing, and can be traced back to 1820’s Lisbon, though may be much older?
  5. Which famous stunt performer was once a ski-jump champion, ice hockey player and insurance salesman before finding his niche as a motorcyclist?
  6. In which Shakespeare play do the characters Beatrice and Benedick appear?
  7. What is three-letter abbreviation given to the name of the virus which causes AIDS?
  8. What is the name given to each division of play in a game of curling, target archery or petanque?
  9. Which somnolent character in literature was created by Washington Irving in an 1819 short story of the same name?
  10. Which 1950 film, starring Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest roles, obtained a record 14 Oscar nominations?
  11. What name is commonly given to the part of the South Las Vegas Boulevard with a high concentration of hotels and casinos?
  12. Which golfer, one of the most successful from England with three Open titles and three Masters titles, was also captain of Europe’s losing Ryder Cup team in 2008?
  13. A prisoner of which fictional town gave Anthony Hope the title of an 1894 adventure novel?
  14. In Hinduism, which god is known as the Creator, and is part of the Trinity with Brahma and Vishnu?
  15. Which Strictly Come Dancing judge was born in Ballarat, Australia in 1965, but has since become a British citizen?
  16. Which Irish artist composed the international top-10 single Orinoco Flow?
  17. What name is given to fake streets put into maps by publishers in order to detect plagiarists?
  18. What is the largest city in the Algarve?
  19. What popular visitor attraction is situated 3 miles from St. Austell in Cornwall and contains large greenhouses replicating the biome of a particular place on earth?
  20. In which specific part of the body would you find the tibia?

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  1. Which comedy series, directed by Michael Winterbottom, has a first series which takes place in the Lake District, a second series set in Italy and a third series set in Spain?
    A: The Trip
  1. Who was the Taoiseach from 2011 to 2017?
    A: Enda Kenny
  2. What four-letter word refers to a homemade, knife-like weapon, particularly one fashioned in prison or other straitened circumstances?
    A: Shiv
  3. What Portuguese genre of music is characterised by songs embodying saudade or longing, and can be traced back to 1820’s Lisbon, though may be much older?
    A: Fado
  4. Which famous stunt performer was once a ski-jump champion, ice hockey player and insurance salesman before finding his niche as a motorcyclist?
    A: Evel Knievel
  5. In which Shakespeare play do the characters Beatrice and Benedick appear?
    A: Much Ado About Nothing
  6. What is three-letter abbreviation given to the name of the virus which causes AIDS?
    A: HIV
  7. What is the name given to each division of play in a game of curling, target archery or petanque?
    A: End
  8. Which somnolent character in literature was created by Washington Irving in an 1819 short story of the same name?
    A: Rip Van Winkle
  9. Which 1950 film, starring Marilyn Monroe in one of her earliest roles, obtained a record 14 Oscar nominations?
    A: All About Eve
  10. What name is commonly given to the part of the South Las Vegas Boulevard with a high concentration of hotels and casinos?
    A: The Strip
  11. Which golfer, one of the most successful from England with three Open titles and three Masters titles, was also captain of Europe’s losing Ryder Cup team in 2008?
    A: Nick Faldo
  12. A prisoner of which fictional town gave Anthony Hope the title of an 1894 adventure novel?
    A: Zenda
  13. In Hinduism, which god is known as the Creator, and is part of the Trinity with Brahma and Vishnu?
    A: Shiva
  14. Which Strictly Come Dancing judge was born in Ballarat, Australia in 1965, but has since become a British citizen?
    A: Craig Revel Horwood
  15. Which Irish artist composed the international top-10 single Orinoco Flow?
    A: Enya
  16. What name is given to fake streets put into maps by publishers in order to detect plagiarists?
    A: Trap Streets
  17. What is the largest city in the Algarve?
    A: Faro
  18. What popular visitor attraction is situated 3 miles from St. Austell in Cornwall and contains large greenhouses replicating the biome of a particular place on earth?
    A: The Eden Project
  19. In which specific part of the body would you find the tibia?
    A: Shin

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