a cummings and going quiz

It’s Sunday, week 2 of Lockdown 2.0, so there’s no Fagan’s theme quiz. Half way there?

This week, we’ve been mostly doing not going out.

It’s the usual 20 questions for the quiz.

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. Last seen in 1986, what returns to Earth’s vicinity about every 75 years?

2. What is a game of chance played with cards having numbered squares corresponding to numbered balls drawn at random and won by covering five such squares in a row and also a social gathering where this game is played?

3. Which TV series ran from 1971 to 1974, with return shows in 1979-80, 1984-85 and 1992 gave a stage to nightclub an working men’s clubs of the time such as Russ Abbot, Bernard Manning and Jim Bowen?

4. What is is a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol used to aid and promote public identification and recognition? It may be of an abstract or figurative design or include the text of the name it represents as in a wordmark.

5. Which song by popular beat combo Slade, reached number 1 the week of its release in the UK charts in 1973 and was voted the Nation’s 15th favourite 70s number on in 2015?

6. What word means “to slap another person around the ears with both hands” and was derived from a notorious advert for a 90s soft-drink which featured a fat orange man dressed only in a nappy?

7. What name is given to clouds that are detached, individual, cauliflower-shaped clouds usually spotted in fair weather conditions? The tops of these clouds are mostly brilliant white tufts when lit by the Sun, although their base is usually relatively dark.

8. The English TV cooking personality Graham Kerr is better known by what name, which also gave name to his most famous TV show?

9. What is an orange-like fruit related to the citruses, with an edible sweet rind and acid pulp?

10. Smaug is the name of which creature in J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1937 novel The Hobbit?

11. What is is a broad waist sash that originally was worn with double-breasted tail coats but is now more often worn with single-breasted dinner jackets or tuxedos?

12. Which progressive rock band that incorporates elements of jazz and space rock was formed in Paris in 1967 by an Australian and an Englishman, their best known work being the allegorical Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy?

13. What is money that an individual or business receives, usually in exchange for providing a good or service, for individuals, it is most often received in the form of wages or salary?

14. Which 1958 American film noir psychological thriller film was directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and stars James Stewart as former police detective John “Scottie” Ferguson?

15. The Liverpool band Frankie Goes to Hollywood released which song in 1985, which was also the title of their number 1 album the year before?

16. How are the goods carried by a ship, aircraft, or other large vehicle commonly known?

17. Which 1977 British television play, set in a borstal and written by Roy Minto and directed by Alan Clarke, was intended to be screened as part of the Play for Today series but was banned by the BBC and not aired until Channel 4 showed it on 27 July 1991?

18. Who is the English performing arts promoter best known as a promoter of rock concerts, charity concerts and television broadcasts, one of the biggest being 1985’s Live Aid concert?

19. Born in 1975, which British actor played Sherlock Holmes in the series Sherlock between 2010 and 2017?

20. Which popular Indian holiday destination is famous for its beaches, cheap alcohol shopping and seafood?