a comic strip quiz

It’s Sunday, week 4 of Lockdown 2.0, so there’s no Fagan’s theme quiz. It’s the last week of Lockdown 2.0. As of next week, as we’re in Tier 3, it’s Lockdown with Haircuts!

This week, we’ve been mostly waiting for scaffolders to come and collect their scaffolding (and are still waiting).

It’s the usual 20 questions for the quiz.

And, it’s a quiz of two halves.

There may be “sound-a-likes” or embedded words.

The use of electronic devices to divine the answers, with the exception of hearing aids and pacemakers, is forbidden.

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

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?

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

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

5. Which famous guitarist is this?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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