It’s Sunday, week 147 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz. Bet you could do with a big break about now, eh?
But, the sun has indeed be gracing us again, so I hope you’ve all been wearing your hat to avoid the forgotten effects of its rays.
Its the usual 20 questions, again. This week, I’m imagining Fagan’s begin pretty full as sun drenched punters make the most of a glorious weekend.
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.
A Fagan’s breakfast
1. Which British newspaper ran with the following headlines: Gotcha; Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster and Werewolf Seized In Southend?
2. How was Jack McVitie, posthumously known for triggering the imprisonment and downfall of the Kray twins, more commonly known?
3. What did ex-Smiths lead singer, Morrissey, think “everyday is like” in 1988 according go his number 9 hit single from his debut album?
4. What term originated in cricket, later was transferred to ice hockey, soccer, and baseball and then to more general use and is also the magical sounding name of the TV company responsible for shows such as Drop three Dead Donkey, Father Ted, Room 101, Outnumbered and Have I Got News For You?
5. What is the name of the American boxer who competed from 1953 to 1970, became the world heavyweight champion in 1962 after knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round and eventually lost the title in 1964 to Muhammad Ali, who had entered the fight as a 7–1 underdog ?
6. This British Labour politician, author and journalist from Sheffield was MP for Birmingham Sparkbrook for 33 years from 1964 to 1997 and served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party for 9 years during that time. Who is he?
7. What device for telling the time dates back to around 1500 BC, the time of Egyptian and Babylonian astronomy?
8. What is a miniature version of an axe that only needs one hand to wield?
9. Which 1969 American Western film is based loosely on fact and tells the story of Wild West outlaws Robert LeRoy Parker and his partner Harry Longabaugh who are on the run from a crack US posse after a string of train robberies?
10. What is the collective name for the chemicals used as cleansing agents found in household cleaners, detergents, and even shampoo? Reasons for adding include to create a lathering effect to remove oil and dirt.
11. The biggest what occurred in Lituya Bay, Alaska on the night of July 9, 1958 following an earthquake along the Fairweather Fault in the Alaska Panhandle?
12. What is a casual conversation, often light in nature or of a gossipy nature, also know as small talk?
13. Which British motor car manufacturer had its works at Moorfields in Blakenhall, a suburb of Wolverhampton in the county of Staffordshire? Two models dominated their production car line, known only by numbers which changed as small modifications were made each year. They also produced buses, aero engines, Grand Prix cars and two land speed record breaking cars.
14. What is a young bird, reptile or fish that has recently emerged from an egg?
15. What happens every day in the UK but only once a year at the North Pole?
16. Who led the successful campaign for India’s independence from British Rule in 1947? His honorific title was first applied to him in 1914 in South Africa but is now used throughout the world.
17. What phrase interrupted an Opera in the 1970s advert for the game, Battleships? It involved two well to-do gentlemen playing the game in an Opera house box and continually being told to sush by their accompanying wives. At the end, one of them stands up, having been defeated, and shouts this phrase.
18. It can be a castle, a fortress, or stately residence, the largest of which is in France and has over 400 rooms and 85 staircases. What are these types of buildings called?
19. Which song became a transatlantic hit for popular beat combo The Animals in 1965? The song was originally written for and recorded by Nina Simone a year earlier and has since been covered by many other artists.
20. “Two kids are stuck at home alone on a rainy day. An anthropomorphized cat appears with two strange companions at their door and wreak havoc, while the kids’ goldfish warns them of these bad characters. In the end, the cat uses a machine to clean up his chaotic mess, all before mom gets home.” was how the author imagined the story of which famous children’s book first published in 1957?