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a feathered friend quiz

It’s Sunday, week 2 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week, we went sledging.

Back to the usual format this week, 20 questions, one theme.

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. Wata – an abbreviation from the German WasserTanzen – is a type of aquatic therapy which was developed in Switzerland where a person is gently guided underwater, pulled, swayed, and “flown” while being regularly brought to the surface for breath. How is this known in English?

2. A crossbow bolt is also know as what?

3. What began as a collection by Sir Hans Sloane, is now housed in a building designed by Alfred Waterhouse, used to be the home of Dippy and has been called “A Cathedral to Science”?

4. Which song was a number one hit for popular beat combo Adam & The Ants, in September 1981?

5. Unemployment Benefit is commonly referred to as what, in the UK?

6. What is the name of a large hemispherical brass percussion instrument (one of the timpani) with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting its tension?

What is the title of the American crime drama television series starring Angela Lansbury as 7. mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher?

8. What word means to assemble troops, especially for inspection or in preparation for battle?

9. What do the Americans (incorrectly) call Autumn?

10. What are the parallel sloping beams that support a roof called?

11. What, in the UK, has two Houses that work on behalf of UK citizens to check and challenge the work of Government, make and shape effective laws, and debate/make decisions on the big issues of the day?

12. Originally on May Day, but now usually on the 30th October, what is the name associated with this day, on which children and teenagers engage in pranks and vandalism?

13. Which British television sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb was broadcast on Channel 4 from 2003 until 2015 and in 2010, became the longest-running comedy in Channel 4 history in terms of years on air?

14. In which town do the TV characters Barney Gumble, Chief Clancy Wiggum, Edna Krabappel, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy and Waylon Smithers live?

15. Which 2002 British biographical comedy-drama film about Manchester’s popular music community from 1976 to 1992, and specifically about Factory Records, was named after a Happy Mondays single?

16. George Blake, Ian Brady, Charles Bronson, Pete Doherty and Leslie Grantham have all been detained at Her Majesty’s please at which prison?

17. Which large instrumental ensemble is based in Manchester, England and supports a choir, youth choir, youth training choir, children’s choir and a youth orchestra?

18. What phrase commonly refers to the two possible physiological reactions to highly stressful or threatening situations: to defend oneself or to run away?

19. Which 1981 BBC cartoon series was narrated by Kenneth Williams and became popular with children and adults, as it bridged the gap between the end of weekday children’s programming and the early evening news, the principal character being a blue, floating creature drawn as a caricature of Williams?

20. What is the name of a species of woodboring beetle that sometimes infests the structural timbers of old buildings, named after the tapping or ticking sound made by the adult insects?


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a guess the themes quiz answers

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


Let me entertain you

1. The number of minutes in a quarter in Gridiron (American) Football or the age, in the UK, a minor can be sent to prison to await trial?

15

2. The minimum age in most US states at which a person may gamble or the number of spots on a standard cubical die?

21

3. Only nine Bank of England notes of a certain value were issued in connection with the Marshall Plan on 30 August 1948. Nicknamed Giant, how much was each note worth?

One Million Pounds

4. Which British television sitcom, first shown on Channel 4 between 1990 and 1998, is set in the offices of GlobeLink News, a fictional TV news company, was recorded close to transmission and made use of contemporary news events to give the programme a greater sense of realism?

Drop the Dead Donkey

5. Chroma key compositing, or chroma keying, is a visual-effects and post-production technique for compositing (layering) two images or video streams together based on colour hues, how is this technique commonly described?

Green screen/blue screen

6. How did Bruce Forsythe introduce Anthia Redfern in TVs The Generation Game?

The hostess with the mostest

7. Which American actor has been one of The Dirty Dozen, a James Bond villain, one of Kelly’s Heroes in movies but is probably best known as a New York City Detective Lieutenant who was fond of using the catchphrases, “Who loves ya, baby?” and “Cootchie-coo!”?

Telly Savalas

8. People who are strongly inclined to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly are know as what?

Addicts

9. In the UK TV series Dr. Who, who is the renegade alien Time Lord and the archenemy of the title character the Doctor?

The Master

10. Which song, sung by Noel Harrison, was introduced in the film The Thomas Crown Affair in 1968 and has been covered by many artists including Dusty Springfield, Johnny Mathis, Neil Diamond and, for the movie remake in 1999, Sting?

Windmills of Your Mind

You’ll like this, not a lot

11. “A teenage, Italian gang in the Bronx, NYC, 1963. They have their confrontations with other gangs. Drugs and weapons are uncool. Adult life awaits them.” – was the description of which a 1979 film which was nominated for the “Worst Fake Accent – Female” at the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards?

The Wanderers

12. What is a thin pieces of impervious material installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure from a joint or as part of a weather resistant barrier system?

Flashing

13. Who is the fairy tale stock character who comes to the rescue of a damsel in distress and must engage in a quest to liberate her from an evil spell or enemy?

Prince Charming

14. What three word phrase is an alternate phrase for the principle of causality, establishing one event or action as the direct result of another?

Cause and effect

15. As an adjective it means “having a slim or delicate build” or as verb it means “to treat as unimportant : make light of”.

Slight

16. At the end of Sunset Boulevard, delusional crackpot Norma Desmond stalks toward a camera, thinking it’s a movie camera (in reality, it’s a news camera and everyone is there because she’s about to be arrested for murder), saying, “All right, Mr. DeMille”. Complete that sentence.

I’m ready for my close-up

17. Which 1982 song by British trio Imagination, was a major European hit that peaked at number 2 in the UK?

Illusion

18. What is a heavy cotton cloth pressure-sensitive tape with strong adhesive and tensile properties that is widely used in theatre, photography, film, radio and television production, and industrial staging work?

Gaff or gaffer tape

19. Which independent production company produced programmes such as Derry Girls, Have I Got News for You, Drop the Dead Donkey and Father Ted?

Hat trick

20. Which American drama television series (2008-2015) the follows former “psychic” Patrick Jane, a consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation and his boss, using the highly developed observational skills he previously employed to “read” people’s minds?

The Mentalist


Bonus:

First theme is Quiz Shows, combine two answers to get:

  • Fifteen to One
  • The One million Pound Drop
  • Screen Test
  • Telly Addicts
  • Mastermind

Second theme is Terms used in magic:

  • Wand
  • Flashing – accidentally showing something meant to be hidden, possibly ruining the effect
  • Charm – the act of chanting or reciting a magic spell
  • Effect – how the magic trick is experienced by the spectator
  • Sleight (of hand)
  • Close-up magic
  • Illusion – a type of magic trick
  • Gaff – a gimmick that imitates something real
  • Trick!
  • Mentalist a type of magic act


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a guess the themes quiz

It’s Sunday, week 1 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week, we re-booted Lockdown 2.

In a change to the usual format, there’s two separate parts to this quiz. Each has a theme for you to guess from the title and the answers.

In some cases the theme spans two questions – these are always consecutive questions though, so no need to hunt for a pattern.

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.


Let me entertain you

1. The number of minutes in a quarter in Gridiron (American) Football or the age, in the UK, a minor can be sent to prison to await trial?

2. The minimum age in most US states at which a person may gamble or the number of spots on a standard cubical die?

3. Only nine Bank of England notes of a certain value were issued in connection with the Marshall Plan on 30 August 1948. Nicknamed Giant, how much was each note worth?

4. Which British television sitcom, first shown on Channel 4 between 1990 and 1998, is set in the offices of GlobeLink News, a fictional TV news company, was recorded close to transmission and made use of contemporary news events to give the programme a greater sense of realism?

5. Chroma key compositing, or chroma keying, is a visual-effects and post-production technique for compositing (layering) two images or video streams together based on colour hues, how is this technique commonly described?

6. How did Bruce Forsythe introduce Anthia Redfern in TVs The Generation Game?

7. Which American actor has been one of The Dirty Dozen, a James Bond villain, one of Kelly’s Heroes in movies but is probably best known as a New York City Detective Lieutenant who was fond of using the catchphrases, “Who loves ya, baby?” and “Cootchie-coo!”?

8. People who are strongly inclined to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly are know as what?

9. In the UK TV series Dr. Who, who is the renegade alien Time Lord and the archenemy of the title character the Doctor?

10. Which song, sung by Noel Harrison, was introduced in the film The Thomas Crown Affair in 1968 and has been covered by many artists including Dusty Springfield, Johnny Mathis, Neil Diamond and, for the movie remake in 1999, Sting?

You’ll like this, not a lot

11. “A teenage, Italian gang in the Bronx, NYC, 1963. They have their confrontations with other gangs. Drugs and weapons are uncool. Adult life awaits them.” – was the description of which a 1979 film which was nominated for the “Worst Fake Accent – Female” at the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards?

12. What is a thin pieces of impervious material installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure from a joint or as part of a weather resistant barrier system?

13. Who is the fairy tale stock character who comes to the rescue of a damsel in distress and must engage in a quest to liberate her from an evil spell or enemy?

14. What three word phrase is an alternate phrase for the principle of causality, establishing one event or action as the direct result of another?

15. As an adjective it means “having a slim or delicate build” or as verb it means “to treat as unimportant : make light of”.

16. At the end of Sunset Boulevard, delusional crackpot Norma Desmond stalks toward a camera, thinking it’s a movie camera (in reality, it’s a news camera and everyone is there because she’s about to be arrested for murder), saying, “All right, Mr. DeMille”. Complete that sentence.

17. Which 1982 song by British trio Imagination, was a major European hit that peaked at number 2 in the UK?

18. What is a heavy cotton cloth pressure-sensitive tape with strong adhesive and tensile properties that is widely used in theatre, photography, film, radio and television production, and industrial staging work?

19. Which independent production company produced programmes such as Derry Girls, Have I Got News for You, Drop the Dead Donkey and Father Ted?

20. Which American drama television series (2008-2015) the follows former “psychic” Patrick Jane, a consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation and his boss, using the highly developed observational skills he previously employed to “read” people’s minds?


Bonus points for guessing each theme.


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a barking quiz

It’s Sunday, week 4 of Lockdown with Haircuts, and not Christmas Lockdown – The One that never happened! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week, we read a Facebook post from Tom @Fagan’s.

It’s the usual 20 questions for the quiz.

A little different this week for the theme, in some cases the theme spans two questions – these are always consecutive questions though, so no need to hunt for a pattern.

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 large island off the east coast of the North American is separated from the mainland by the Strait of Belle Isle and blocks the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River, creating the world’s largest estuary – the Gulf of Saint Lawrence?

2. Who is the English cricketer who kept wicket for his country between 1987 and 1998, broke the world record for dismissals in a test match in 1995 and now known for his abilities as an artist, as a cricket wicketkeeping coach, and a football goalkeeping coach?

3. Which TV service was launched in 1961, broadcasting to most of Cumbria, southern Scotland and parts of Northumberland and continued until 2002 following a takeover?

4. One of several vegetables in the species Brassica oleracea in the genus Brassica, what is this annual plant that reproduces by seed and, typically, only the head is eaten – the edible white flesh sometimes called “curd”?

5. Which sea area, as used by the BBC’s Shipping Forecast, is bordered by Fisher, Dogger and Humber sea areas and, up to 1956, was named as Heligoland?

6. Who is the English television presenter and journalist who was a main presenter on the now defunct breakfast programme GMTV and since April 2014 has worked on ITV’s breakfast show Good Morning Britain and hosted game shows such as The Krypton Factor, Tipping Point and Ninja Warrior UK?

7. Which children’s comic strips and books were adapted into a TV series, using cardboard cut-outs filmed in live-action, that was first shown on the BBC in 1957, ran until 1966, was revamped in colour from 1974 to 1975 and re-appeared a 2nd time in 1998 as a traditional animation series?

8. Which is the biggest UK county, home of legendary bad guys Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin and if it was a country, would have come 12th in the 2012 Olympic games, having scooped 7 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals?

9. What is the nickname of the English football team Huddersfield Town A.F.C.?

10. Which song by the popular American beat combo Simon & Garfunkel from their album Bridge Over Troubled Water became one of their biggest hits in 1969 and opens with the lines “I am just a poor boy, Though my story’s seldom told”?

11. British transportation company FirstGroup acquired a controlling stake in which North American intercity bus company as part of their agreement to buy the US firm Laidlaw for £1.9 billion?

12. Which ship, launched on May 11, 1820 at the Royal Navy’s dockyards on the River Thames, was the British naval vessel aboard which Charles Darwin served as naturalist on a voyage to South America and around the world between 1831 an 1836?

13. Which company’s 1990s TV adverts featured Joan Collins, Larry Hagman, Harry Enfield, Burt Reynolds and others flicking up their flaming thumbs and asking the viewer “Don’t you just love being in control?”?

15. Originally created by H. C. McNeile and published under his pen name Sapper and continued by Gerard Fairlie who is the fictional First World War veteran who, fed up with his sedate lifestyle, advertises looking for excitement, and becomes a gentleman adventurer? The character has appeared in novels, short stories, on the stage, in films, on radio and television, and in graphic novels?

15. The Sheffield Directory of 1842 records which company as being a “wholesale confectioner, lozenge maker and British wine trader”? Possibly their best-known product was created by accident in 1899 when a sales representative supposedly tripped over and dropped a tray of samples he was showing a client, mixing them up. After he scrambled to re-arrange them, the client was intrigued by the new creation.

16. Which is the third of the four crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes, is set largely on Dartmoor and was the first appearance of Holmes since his apparent death in The Final Problem? The success of this book led to the character’s eventual revival.

17. Which beverage brand from Gaymer’s Cider Company was apparently designed for the American market in 1939 but never shipped out due to the outbreak of the Second World War: it was sold in the UK as a special offer during the war and until 1950, and then became a standard product of the company?

18. Which competitive sport was featured in BBC One Man and His Dog from 1976 to 2013, when it become part of the rural affairs show Countryfile?

19. Simon Templar, featured in a series of novels and short stories by Leslie Charteris published between 1928 and 1963 and later, other authors collaborated with Charteris on books until 1983 – what is the characters nickname?

20. Yosser Hughes, the troubled “hard man” whose life is falling apart in Alan Bleasdale’s groundbreaking 1980s TV drama Boys from the Blackstuff was played by which English actor?


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a quiz quiz

It’s Sunday, week 3 of Lockdown with Haircuts, or is it week 1 of Christmas Lockdown – The U Turn! Who knows, either way there’s no Fagan’s theme quiz or any other type of quiz in a pub. At least we’re not Southers!

This week, our biggest achievement was getting to the end of the working year.

It’s the usual 20 questions for the quiz.

And it’s a quiz of two halves again.

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. What eating establishment can be found at 8/10 Cambridge Street in Sheffield’s city centre and features Butterfly King Prawns, Verdure, Slow Cooked Beef in Chianti Sauce and chips on it’s menu?

2. What is a large single building or part of a complex subdivided into separate prison cells?

3. What is an audio or video recording of a performance not officially released by the artist or under other legal authority?

4. The number of minutes in a quarter in Gridiron (American) Football or the age, in the UK, a minor can be sent to prison to await trial?

5. A song by Bob Dylan, a “High stakes” board game or a phrase you might hear an auctioneer say to close the bidding?

6. In the UK TV series Dr. Who, who is the renegade alien Time Lord and the archenemy of the title character the Doctor?

7. Only nine Bank of England notes of a certain value were issued in connection with the Marshall Plan on 30 August 1948. Nicknamed Giant, how much was each note worth?

8. In many cultures, doing what at other people is considered rude because it’s associated with blame allocation and, without their consent, makes them an object of scrutiny?

9. Chroma key compositing, or chroma keying, is a visual-effects and post-production technique for compositing (layering) two images or video streams together based on colour hues, how is this technique commonly referred?

10. Which American actor has been one of The Dirty Dozen, a James Bond villain and one of Kelly’s Heroes in movies but is probably best known as a TV New York City Detective Lieutenant who was fond of using the catchphrases, “Who loves ya, baby?” and “Cootchie-coo!”?

11. How might jewellers or pawnbrokers advertise the fact that they will pay you money for one of the most widely accepted precious metals?

12. The minimum age in most US states at which a person may gamble or the number of spots on a standard cubical die?

13. In the TV series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – adapted from the books by Douglas Adams – what, unusually, did the character Zaphod Beeblebrox have two of?

14. Operation Chastise was an attack on Germany carried out on 16–17 May 1943 by the Royal Air Force’s 617 Squadron, how is it better known?

15. Which novel – and in 1960 a film – by Johann David Wyss was published in 1812 and featured a family of immigrants whose ship en route to Port Jackson, Australia, goes off course and is shipwrecked in the East Indies?

16. People who are strongly inclined to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly are know as what?

17. How did Bruce Forsythe introduce Anthia Turner in TVs The Generation Game?

18. Which 1976 single by popular beat combo Level 42, from their album Running in the Family, was the band’s biggest hit reaching number 3 in the UK?

19. Which British television sitcom, first shown on Channel 4 between 1990 and 1998, is set in the offices of GlobeLink News, a fictional TV news company, was recorded close to transmission and made use of contemporary news events to give the programme a greater sense of realism?

20. Which song, sung by Noel Harrison, was introduced in the film The Thomas Crown Affair in 1968 and has been covered by many artists including Dusty Springfield, Johnny Mathis, Neil Diamond and, for the movie remake in 1999, Sting?


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a animal stars quiz

It’s Sunday, week 2 of Lockdown with Haircuts, as we’re in Tier 3 there’s no Fagan’s theme quiz or any other type of quiz in a pub

This week, our biggest achievement was fixing a toilet.

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. Knighted in 1975, which former West Indian cricketer, who played between 1954 and 1974, is widely considered to be cricket’s greatest ever all-rounder?

2. Which 1979 British comedy movie tells the story of a young Jewish man who is born on the same day as — and next door to — Jesus Christ?

3. Which Canadian software company was one of the most prominent smartphone vendors in the world, specializing in secure communications and mobile productivity, and well known for the keyboards on most of its devices?

4. What was added to pinball machines in 1947 to allow players to keep the ball in play longer?
5. Which chemical element has the symbol Ag and atomic number 47?

6. Which American actor started his career in TV sitcom Cheers as a bartender and has since gone on to star in films such as White Men Can’t Jump and The People vs Larry Flint?

7. Who was the Indian guru who achieved fame as the guru to The Beatles, The Beach Boys and other celebrities In the late 1960s and early 1970s?

8. Which comic opera was composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart tells how two servants succeed in getting married, foiling the seduction efforts of their philandering employer and teaching him a lesson in fidelity?

9. Which popular American new wave beat combo was founded in 1981 by husband-and-wife Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz – both also members of Talking Heads – their biggest UK hit being Wordy Rappinghood?

10. What has five known moons and is the ninth largest known object directly orbiting the Sun?

11. Who became the Seventh Doctor after taking over the lead role in Doctor Who in 1987 from Colin Baker and remained on the series until it ended in 1989?

12. What is a colloquial term for an alcoholic distilled beverage that also became a brand name of an alcopop that was most popular during the mid-1990s?

13. Who was known as the Nine Days’ Queen – an English noblewoman and Queen of England and Ireland from 10 July until 19 July 1553?

14. Which popular American beat combo formed in 1977 in Los Angeles are widely known for their top 5 hits Hold the Line, Rosanna, and Africa?

15. In volleyball, how is the third contact a team makes with the ball that involves jumping, raising one arm above the head and hitting the ball so it will move quickly down to the ground on the opponent’s court commonly known?

16. Native to the Arctic regions of both North America and the Palearctic, what is the name of the bird that is sometimes referred to as the polar owl, the white owl and the Arctic owl?

17. Actor Brian Murphy is best known for which role in TV’s Man About the House and it’s spin off?

18. What was the Allied nickname for Germans, originally from World War I but widely used in World War II?

19. What is the popular traditional dahi (yogurt)-based drink that originated in the Indian subcontinent, can be found on the menus of many Indian restaurants and is usually consumed during or after a meal?

20. In the TV series Fawlty Towers, what starter did hotel guests The Hamiltons order that was not on the menu, the item also being the name of the episode?


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a tooth rotting quiz

It’s Sunday, week 1 of Lockdown with Haircuts, as we’re in Tier 3 there’s no Fagan’s theme quiz or any other type of quiz in a pub

This week, we’ve put our Christmas tree up earlier than usual.

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. October’s official Birthstone, what gemstone are these?

2. I am in an Italian town famous for Prosciutto and Reggiano, where am I?

3. What popular form of anti tank weapon is being displayed here?

4. Priscilla Maria Veronica White, born in 1943 is better known as who?

5. What is the title of the 1967 British drama film that deals with social and racial issues in an inner city school starring Sidney Poitier and featuring the singer Lulu, who also sang the film’s title song?

6. Errol Brown was lead singer for which popular beat combo who had at least one hit every year from 1970 to 1984?

7. What is the name of the pub on Carter Knowle Avenue, Sheffield?

8. What started out as a 1954 radio drama by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, was later adapted for the stage and became a film in 1972?

9. What is the prefix used to indicate a relation to, or descent from, the Angles, England, English culture, the English people or the English language?

10. Which 1995 James Bond film, the seventeenth in the series, was the first to star Pierce Brosnan in the title role?

11. What is a sweet and fleshy product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food?

12. Which color of light is at the short wavelength end of the visible spectrum, between blue and invisible ultraviolet and is one of the seven colors that Isaac Newton labeled when dividing the spectrum of visible light in 1672?

13. Who is the Hungarian-born British-Australian former heavyweight boxer twice held the British and British Commonwealth heavyweight titles and was a three-time European heavyweight champion and, as an actor, appeared in the 1994 action film Street Fighter?

Taken outside Pennsylvania Station in midtown Manhattan on May 26, 1975.

14. Which actor played the role of PC George Dixon in the 1950 film The Blue Lamp and later in the television series Dixon of Dock Green from 1955 until 1976?

15. What is divided in to four chambers named atria and ventricles?

16. In the childrens TV series Bagpus, which animals were the menders of the broken object, the focus of each story?

17. Designed in part to represent the band’s anti-authoritarian attitude, what does The Rolling Stones logo consist of?

18. What is the eruption through the gums of the primary teeth, often causing babies to cry, called?

19. How is Champagne and other sparkling wines informally referred to and can alos refer to someone who is full of energy and enthusiasm?

20. Name country of origin of the main characters from this 1993 sporting movie?


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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?


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a pony and trap quiz

It’s Sunday, week 3 of Lockdown 2.0, so there’s no Fagan’s theme quiz. Here’s the penultimate quiz before this lockdown ends and Lockdown III: The Confusing Tiers starts.

This week, we’ve been mostly having our roof repaired.

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 American actor played the somewhat camp Batman in the 1960s TV series and movie and was also considered for the part of James Bond in the film Diamonds Are Forever?

2. What is a brown deposit resembling soil, formed by the partial decomposition of vegetable matter in the wet acidic conditions of bogs and fens, and often cut out and dried for use as fuel and in gardening?

3. Which game uses custom asymmetrical throwing dice, shaped like an animal, where each turn involves one player throwing two dice – each of which has a dot on one side – to gain or lose points based on the way they land?

4. Well over double its nearest competitor in monetary terms, China is the larget exporter in the world of what commodity?

5. What is a pink to blood-red coloured gemstone, the most valuable variety of the corundum mineral species, which also includes sapphire?

6. Formed in 1965, which North London borough is the largest by population and was formed from parts of the counties of Middlesex and Hertfordshire?

7. What is a potentially fatal medical condition that occurs when sepsis, which is organ injury or damage in response to infection, leads to dangerously low blood pressure?

8. Who is the retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who was a National Security Council staff member during the Iran–Contra affair, a political scandal of the late 1980s and formulated the plan to divert proceeds from arms sales to support the Contra rebel groups in Nicaragua?

9. Released in 1979, which song by popular beat combo Elvis Costello & The Attractions reached number 2 in the UK charts, was their most successful single and lyrically is a comment on The Troubles in Northern Ireland during the 1970s?

10. Born in 1923 who was the musician who is regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singer-songwriter of the 20th century, having recorded 35 singles that reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one?

11. What name is given to the annual travelling funfair held at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham during the first week of October?

12. Usually made of silver or pewter, what is the name of the drinkware that consists of a large, roughly cylindrical, drinking cup with a single handle?

13. What term is used for a person who is left-handed, usually in a sporting context such as a player who throws with the left hand or a boxer who leads with the right hand using the left hand for the most powerful blows?

14. What is the title of the 1996 American disaster adventure film that focuses on a group of storm chasers trying to deploy a tornado research device during a severe outbreak in Oklahoma?

15. What is the name of the “Paranoid Android” from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, who is afflicted with severe depression and boredom, in part because he has a “brain the size of a planet” which he is seldom, if ever, given the chance to use?

16. Which 1950 American film starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway star, received a record 14 Academy Award nominations and won 6 of them?

17. What is a type of tool used to grip and lift objects instead of holding them directly with hands?

18. In the TV drama Shoestring, what informal title is given to Trevor Eve’s character Eddie Shoestring when he is hired by the fictional Radio West as an investigator?

19. What expression is widely used figuratively to convey the covering up of something that is embarrassing or distasteful with something of innocuous appearance, a metaphorical reference to a passage in the Biblical Book of Genesis?

20. Who is the TV and radio sports commentator known for his animated enthusiasm, authoritative voice and comical blunders during live races?


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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?