a it’s not unusual quiz

It’s Sunday, week 199 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz. What? You do remember Fagan’s don’t you?

This week, the theme is taken form the fact that today (Sunday 7th) is the 80th birthday of an internationally famous Welsh singer. I think you’ll be able to work out who this is and what the them is pretty quickly.

Its the usual 20 questions, again. This week, I’m imagining Fagan’s – but it’s a bit of a hazy memory these days.

The theme alternates – blah, blah, blah.

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

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

The Snog, Fagan's, Sheffield

The Snog (again)

1. Best known for its 161 theatrical short films by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which animated series centres on a friendship/rivalry (a love-hate relationship) between a cat, and a mouse?

2. What is  the most   widespread surname   in Wales, borne by 5.75% of the population? 

3. Who are the  two incompetent detectives  in The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé who provide much of the comic relief throughout the series?

4.What is the name of the Welsh footballer, born in 1965, who is famous for his “hard man” image? He has also appeared in films, such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, often typecast as criminal or villain characters.

5. Who were founded by the Oghuz Turkish tribal leader Osman and controlled much of Southeastern Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa between the 14th and early 20th centuries?

6. By what name is the event that  occurred in a  settlement in the South American nation of Guyana  on November 18, 1978, when more than 900 members of an American cult called the Peoples Temple died in a mass suicide-murder under the direction of their leader, commonly known?

7. Which character in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream provides comic relief throughout the play? A weaver by trade, he is famously known for getting his head transformed into that of a donkey by the elusive Puck.

8. Whose catchphrases are “Don’t panic!”, “Permission to speak, sir?” and “They don’t like it up ’em!”, in a BBC TV sitcom that originally aired between 1968 and 1977?

9. What is the name of the South African instrumental kwela song that originally charted in the UK in 1958 and later, as a cover with added lyrics by Brighton based punk band The Piranhas in 1980?

10. What are you said to be doing if you compare and attempt to emulate one’s neighbour’s social class or accumulation of material goods?

11. What is the former name of the British motoring association founded in 1905, now known simply by the initials of its old name?

12. Born in 1930, which actress was most famous for starring in all 20 Carry On… films and also appeared in British TV sitcoms On the Up and As Time Goes By?

13. How is the sensation that an amputated or missing limb is still attached usually known?

14. First name Edwin, by what name is the driver of the title character more commonly known in the cut out animation television series Ivor the Engine?

15. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s that uses a timer to break down work into intervals, named after the kitchen timer that he used as a university student. What food was his kitchen timer designed to resemble?

16. Which imperfect piece of cockney rhyming slang appears to derive from the music hall song ’E Dunno Where ’E Are and means to be alone?

17. Originating in Southern Italy as a lottery-style board game, but a variation of which is a popular form of raffle in the UK and elsewhere. What is it?

18. By what name did sailors refer to the bottom of the seas, often in relation to drowned sailors and shipwrecks?

19. Create in the UK in 1991, what is the name of the theatrical percussion group that uses the body and ordinary objects to create a physical theatre performance using rhythms, acrobatics and pantomime?

20. What was the title of the 1998 hit recorded by popular beat combo Space with guest vocalist Cerys Mathews of Catatonia fame?