a comic strip quiz answers

The answers to a comic strip quiz. If you’ve not done it yet, and want to, head over to that page before reading on.

1. Which comedian was the Joan Collins Fanclub, an act that often included his pet Fanny the Wonder Dog?

Julian Clarey

2. What was the name of the fictional robot that appeared first in the 1956 film Forbidden Planet and subsequently in other science fiction movies and television programs, usually without specific reference to the original film character?

Robby the Robot

3. The English theologian and historian Thomas Fuller said that “the darkest hour of the night” is when?

Just before the dawn

4. Who was the pioneering Russian cosmonaut who was the first person to conduct a space walk?

Alexei Leonov

5. Which famous guitarist is this?

Rick Parfitt

6. In Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights who is the daughter of Catherine and Edgar Linton who falls in love with and marries Linton Heathcliff?

Cathy Linton

7. Who were XTC making plans for in 1979?


8. Which British children’s television programme that was first broadcast in 1958 has had continuous seasons since it was first aired and is now the longest-running children’s TV show in the world?

Blue Peter

9. Who, besides the ubiquitous Noel Edmonds, was a male presenter on Saturday Swap Shop?

Keith Chegwin

10. Who did popular beat combo The Hollies “love” in their 1968 hit?

Jennifer Eccles

11. What is the name of the oldest and largest railway station in Bristol?

Temple Meads

12. Who was the American jazz saxophonist who was at the forefront of free jazz?

John Coltrane

13. Which wood finishing technique results in a very high gloss surface, with a deep colour and chatoyancy?

French polishing

14. What is the traditional big annual event on the high street when shoppers queue outside for opening?

Boxing Day sale

15. Which English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over sixty years had the Bluesbreakers as his backing band in the 1960s?

John Mayall

16. Who were responsible for a series of 16 killings committed over a period of about ten months in 1828 in Edinburgh, Scotland?

Burke & Hare

17. What tool is used to flatten and smooth a wood surface, skimming the top to remove thin layers until the desired thicknes or finish has been reached?


18. Which South London crime gang included George Cornell and “Mad” Frankie Fraser?

The Richardson Gang

19. A hex key, a simple tool used to drive bolts and screws with hexagonal sockets in their heads, is also known as a what?

Allen key

20. Who is this fictional character from Newcastle’s Viz comic who reads dirty double meanings into innocuous conversations?

Finbarr Saunders