a the knowledge quiz

It’s Sunday, week 499 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz.

This week, we’ve been on holiday (from work) and noticed that Fagan’s is open again. Could this be that last Not The Fagan’s Quiz?

Its the usual 20 questions, again. But, I have to own up to pilfering this quiz from a taxi driver friend of mine, so the format is a bit different. By which I mean cryptic!

This week, it’s a straight through 20 questions, answers of which are simply linked by the theme – Sheffield taxi driver “the knowledge”

There are no “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.


As it’s a bit different, here’s an example question:

0. Timber dwelling


1. Mid-point

2. Factory cottages

3. Angry pond

4. Block the orifice with it

5. Maximum timber

6. Phallic sound

7. Poachers tavern

8. Verdant mound

9. Burnt rap

10. Shiny bit

11. Ramble meadow

12. Central wish rocks

13. Clever copse

14. Collect within

15. Beach entrance

16. Cowpat value

17. Bouncy Frenchman’s town

18. Brush knoll

19. Recreation cranium

20. In-between timber


a sports quiz

It’s Sunday, week 456 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz.

This week, we’ve been to not one, not two but three real pubs – all in the same day – and remembering that the first British Empire Games started today in 1930.

Its the usual 20 themed questions, again.

This week, it’s back to a quiz of two halves! You know the score!

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.

Feeling hungry?

1. What was the name of the 2nd film in The Pink Panther series, released in 1964 and one of only two not to include Pink Panther in its title?

2. What are usually made from wood with symbols cut or painted on them that are part of the tradition of the Native Americans of the west coast of Canada and the northern US?

3. What word was shared by two pubs in Walkley, one on South Road and one on Walkley Road – both now closed – that resulted in them becoming prefixed locally with “Upper” and “Lower” to help distinguish them?

4. Invented by famous scientific chef Heston Blumenthal, how are chips that are first simmered in boiling water, then dried and deep fried at 130 °C and finally cooled and deep fried at 180 °C to give “glass-like crust and a soft, fluffy centre” known?

5. Which book, published in 1889, is a humorous account by English writer Jerome K. Jerome of a two-week boating holiday on the Thames and was the basis for a 2006 TV documentary starring Dara Ó Briain, Rory McGrath and Griff Rhys Jones?

6. What game is one of the oldest known board games, its history traceable back nearly 5,000 years to archeological discoveries in Mesopotamia? It is a two-player game where each player has fifteen pieces that move between twenty-four triangles.

7. In the children’s TV programme The Magic Roundabout, what did the Jack-in-the-box character Zebedee use to travel around?

8. Who is the English presenter best known as a presenter of the popular children’s TV series Blue Peter from 1962 to 1972 as well as various radio and television programmes on financial and business issues?

9. What was a form of public humiliation and punishment used to enforce unofficial justice or revenge, used in feudal Europe and its colonies in the early modern period, as well as the early American frontier, mostly as a type of mob vengeance?

10. What word means to talk about something in order to reach a decision or to convince someone of a point of view, often used when there is an exchange of ideas?

11. What is to hit a golf ball into the hole by striking it gently so that it rolls across the green?

12. What is a reinforced room or compartment where valuables are stored?

13. Which popular beat combo was formed in 1982 by Paul Weller, formerly of the Jam, and Mick Talbot, previously a member of Dexys Midnight Runners?

14. What is the name of the indoor trampoline company that has venues in Sheffield, Leeds, Lincoln and Rotherham or a 1984 hit single for Van Halen?

15. By what other name is an odometer known, especially in countries that use the Imperial units of measurement?

16. In the context of an internal combustion engine, what term refers to the phase of the engine’s cycle, during which the piston travels from top to bottom or vice versa?

17. What is a group of people constituted as the decision-making body of an organization?

18. What is the name of the fictional island that first appeared in the 1933 film King Kong and later in its sequels and other King Kong-based media?

19. The Grain is basic unit of what in the Imperial system of units?

20. What metaphor means to challenge or confront someone, but in its earliest use was a physical action intended to issue a formal challenge to a duel?


a fab four quiz

It’s Sunday, week 413 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz.

This week, we’ve been enjoying some nicer weather as an excuse to start drinking earlier and remembering that The Beatles played their first gig as the house band at The Cavern today in 1961.

Its the usual 20 questions, again. You can almost believe you about to get your highest score.

This week, it’s a quiz of four quaters! You know the score??

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.

Remember this?

1. What volunteer-led, charitable non-governmental organisation dedicated to the teaching and practice of first aid in England was founded in 1877?

2. Which Anglican building in London, that has been built and rebuilt five times, serves as the mother church of the Diocese of London?

3. Which Welsh statesman served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1916 to 1922 and was the final Liberal to have held the post of Prime Minister?

4. What word is used to describe someone considered a male foreigner from the perspective of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries in Latin America?

5. Which character first appeared in J M Barrie’s The Little White Bird in 1902 and then in a play, subtitled “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” which was later adapted in to a novel and has since spawned many TV and film versions?

6. How might Americans informally refer to a toilet or lavatory?

7. What is an ornamental shoulder piece or decoration used as insignia of rank by armed forces and other organizations?

8. What is the brand name of the range of clothing sold by Asda?

9. What is the name of the self proclaimed “UK’s No. 1 parking app” that “let’s you take control of your parking” and has car parks across more than 450 towns & cities?

10. What is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation or organic matter that is unique to natural areas such as bogs, mires, moors, or muskegs?

11. Who was the Russian revolutionary, politician, and political theorist who served as head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 and of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924 and under whose administration, Russia and then the wider Soviet Union became a one-party communist state?

12. Who was famously an animal rights activist, wrote and published several vegetarian cookbooks and founded a vegetarian food company with her husband in 1991?

13. Which American actor actor, aviator, and environmental activist gained worldwide fame as a character named Han and has also featured in blockbuter films as Indiana?

14. Which is the world’s largest coffeehouse chain headquartered in Seattle, Washington?

15. Who was the Manchester United and Northern Ireland footballer who became one of the first media celebrity footballers, earning the nickname El Beatle?

16. Which UK international airport’s CAA Public Use Aerodrome Licence Number is P735 and, at the outbreak of World War II, was operated by the RAF and known as RAF Speke?

17. Which Beatle went barefoot, wearing no shoes, on the cover of Abbey Road which led to the rumour that he was dead?

18. Which English actor won his first Tony Award for his performance as Henry VIII in the play Anne of the Thousand Days in 1949 and his second for the role of Professor Henry Higgins in the stage production of My Fair Lady in 1957?

19. What is a luminous ball of gas, mostly hydrogen and helium, held together by its own gravity?

20. What is an excellent electrical insulator that is highly heat-resistant but its use as a building material is illegal in many countries?


a no self isolation quiz

It’s Sunday, week 402 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz. We missed you last week – we were out! Properly out at a restaraunt!

This week, we’ve been dealing with the first week of the school summer holiday.

Its the usual 20 questions, again. You can almost believe you about to get your highest score.

This week, it’s a quiz of two halves again! You know the score!!

There may be some “sound-a-likes” and embedded words. Actually, this week there are plenty!

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

Twix the dog. Not the one we know and love, though.

1. What first name did just two of Henry VIII’s wives have?

2. Often, incorrectly, used to refer to a building, what is actually nicknamed Big Ben?

3. Which actor, New Zealand film producer came to international attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the historical film Gladiator in 2000?

4. In Eastenders, which “dirty” character was played by the Actor Leslie Grantham?

5. What word means the price one pays as remuneration for rights or services?

6. What are pectoral, pelvic, adipose and dorsal types of?

7. 70s popular beat combo, X-Ray Spex, had a hit single in 1978 with what song that was also the title of their album from the same year?

8. Who were the warlike Asiatic nomadic people who invaded and ravaged Europe in the 4th–5th centuries?

9. What is the title of the 1983 James Bond film starring Sean Connery, one of only two that were not produced by Eon Productions – the other being the 1967 Casino Royale?

10. During the industrial revolution what item of men’s clothing was designed to be long, thin and easy to knot, without accidentally coming undone?

11. Which American animated television series that premiered 2000 centers around a seven-year-old Latina girl, with a love of embarking on quests related to an activity that she wants to partake of or a place that she wants to go to, accompanied by her talking purple backpack and anthropomorphic monkey companion named Boots?

12. What consist of the mucosal tissue that lies over the mandible and maxilla inside the mouth?

13. Which English rock band formed in London in 1981 and was a supergroup of four members of different progressive rock bands of the 1970s – King Crimson Yes and ELP? The debut single from their eponymously named debut album was “Heat of the Moment”.

14. Which currency, used by many nations, the most well known being Germany up to 1999 is now only used by Bosnia and Herzegovina?

15. Which letter is “dash dash dot” in morse code and is in flag semaphore is dispalyed with the right hand flag pointing down and the left hand flag pointing diagonally down to the left?

16. Where is the most westerly point of mainland Cornwall and England?

17. Which song is generally the beginning and the concluding song of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, sung by the title character of Joseph?

18. Which international footballer, who sent ost of his career at Leicester City, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur was famously substituted by England coach Graham Taylor in his last international match, ultimately denying him the chance to equal or better the then record held by Bobby Charlton?

19. Which Anglo-Dutch multinational oil and gas company has headquarters in the Netherlands and is incorporated in England? It is one of the oil and gas “supermajors” and the third-largest company in the world measured by 2018 revenues.

20. Which Ken Kesey novel was made in to a film starring Jack Nicholson as Randle Murphy in 1975 which won 5 oscars?


a joystick wiggling quiz

It’s Sunday, week 401 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz. Despite last weeks optimism, this may be the “new normal” for a while longer!

This week, we’ve been contemplating those hours lost in childhood, youth and the last 4 months to video games.

Its the usual 20 questions, again. You can almost believe you about to get your highest score.

This week, it’s a quiz of two halves again! You know the score!!

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.

Tom Googles the answers.

1. On the 5th August, 2010, 33 people were trapped where in Coparpó, Chile?

2. Between 1966 and 1969 what four words – spoken by William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk – began every episode of the popular TV programme Star Trek?

3. Born in 1940) who is the Italian-born American racing driver who was one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport and is one of only two drivers to have won races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship, and NASCAR?

4. What is the collective name for dogs and wolves?

5. What two words describe the sound associated with the shock waves created whenever an object travels through the air faster than the speed of sound?

6. What is the name of the United States Army post in Kentucky that is adjacent to the United States Bullion Depository, which is used to house a large portion of the United States’ official gold reserves?

7. Eddie Murphy voiced which character in the Shrek series of films?

8. The first world record for which event was recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1912 currently stands at 6.18 metres and is held by the Swede Armand Duplantis?

9. What is a facility built for racing of vehicles, athletes, or animals?

10. Which song was a hit for Martha and The Vandellas in 1964 and, as part of the Live Aid famine relief cause, Mick Jagger and David Bowie in 1985?

11. What company, with their nearest store at Meadowhall Retail Park, proclaims to provide “all of your essential arts and crafts supplies”?

12. Which movie, made in 1953 and remade in 1986, features a boy who tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants?

13. How are the two German academics, philologists, cultural researchers, lexicographers and authors who together collected and published folklore during the 19th century better known? They were among the first and best-known collectors of German and European folk tales, and popularized traditional oral tale types such as “Cinderella” and “Hansel and Gretel”.

14. The unplanned urbanisation of which UK city, brought on by a boom in textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution, resulted in it becoming the world’s first industrialised city?

15. What animal was Beatrix Potter’s Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, a washerwoman who lives in a tiny cottage in the fells of the Lake District?

16. The Catholic military order founded in 1119 with the full name Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon are often more simply are referred to as what?

17. Which film monster has appeared in various media since 1933 and has been dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World, a phrase commonly used within the films?

18. In sports, what are shooting guard, silly mid off, hooker and quarterback?

19. Which English comedian, writer, actor, artist, musician, and television presenter rose to fame in the comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh and currently co-presents The Great British Bake Off?

20. Generally, how are the Supermarine Spitfire, the General Dynamics F16 and the Messerschmitt Me 262 (amongst many other planes of this type) known?


a opening time quiz

It’s Sunday, week 399 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz. But, maybe not for much longer!

This week, we’ve all been wondering how a real pub works.

Its the usual 20 questions, again. You can almost believe you are with 20,000 people standing in pub.

This week, it’s a quiz of two halves again! You know the score!!

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.

Not long now.

1. Notable as an innovator in the highly specialized and hazardous profession of extinguishing and capping oil well blowouts, how was the American oil well firefighter who contributed to the capping of the biggest oil well blowout to have occurred in the North Sea at the Ekofisk Bravo platform In 1977 commonly known?

2. What was the name of the Royal Navy flagship that defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588? The name has been used for Goth other navy ships since then.

3. Born in 1911, who was the American burlesque entertainer and vedette famous for her striptease act? She was also an actress, author, and playwright and her 1957 memoir was adapted into a stage musical in 1959.

4. Which children’s book, by Edith Nesbit , was originally serialised in The London Magazine during 1905 and first published in book form in 1906? It has been adapted for the screen several times, of which the 1970 film version is the best known.

5. Which song, by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, first appeared on their 1967 debut album Are You Experienced and was later issued as their third single in the U.S?

6. Born in 2015 to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who is currently 4th in line to the throne?

7. What BBC TV programme featured annual snooker tournamnets and ran from 1969 to 1986?

8. Which former Prussion and later German military decoration design was a black symbol with a whit or silver outlinederived from a design used by knights on occasions from the 13th century?

9. Which British telecommunications and internet service provider based in Maidenhead, England launched on 3 March 2003 as the United Kingdom’s first commercial 100% 3G network?

10. Which British sitcom produced by Thames Television, first aired between 1976 and 1979, was a spin-off from Man About the House and starred Brian Murphy and Yootha Joyce as constantly-sparring married couple?

11. What animal are George and Joy Adamson most famously associated with?

12. In what type of tree, in Shropshire, did the future King of England, Charles II, reportedly hide from Roundhead soldiers during the English Civil War.

13. Which paint manufacturer’s range boost colors such as botanical noir, croquet, chaise lounge, looking glass and key lime pie?

14. What is the name of the official charity for recreational cricket and the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity, its charitable objective is to ‘give young people a sporting chance’?

15. What type of dog is a hunting dog used by hunters to track or chase prey?

16. The bowhead, Andrew’s beaked and the false killer are all types of what animal?

17. There are 46 species of small marine fish in the genus Hippocampus, what is a Hippocampus?

18. What can be pieces of information that control the operation of a cryptography algorithm; a device used to control access to places or facilities restricted by a lock or a guide to a map’s symbology?

19. Which game is played between two people and has two throwing targets, or stakes, set in a lawn or sandbox area which are traditionally placed 40 feet apart?

20. In J.R.R. Tolkein’s 1937 novel The Hobbit, what was Smaug?


a performing arts festival quiz

It’s Sunday, week 301 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz.

This week, as we’ve all been camped in the garden watching headline sets on iPlayer the theme nods its head to the Glastonbury Festival.

Its the usual 20 questions, again. You can almost believe you are with 20,000 people standing in a field in.

This week, it’s a quiz of two halves again! You know the score!!

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 back room (again).

1. What technical drawing instrument is used by draftsmen primarily as a guide for drawing horizontal lines on a drafting table, its name derives from its shape?

2. Born in 1942, who was the English journalist and broadcaster who was a newscaster for ITN before becoming the presenter of the BBC’s Question Time between 1989 and 1993, and a presenter of the BBC Nine O’Clock News and Ten O’Clock News between 1993 and 2003?

3. Which sports commentator gave his name to a phenomenon common among sports commentators of allowing sentences to leave their mouth without letting their brain decide if they made sense with lines such as “If that had gone in, it would have been a goal” and “The front wheel crosses the finish line, closely followed by the back wheel”?

4. What is the name of the South Lakeland village in Cumbria with one primary school and four pubs that is also the name of a chain of outdoor clothing stores?

5. Who was the singer and actor, one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, who was managed by the former carnival barker Colonel Tom Patker and only ever performed in North America despite an estimated 40% of his sales being outside the United States?

6. Which invention, generally attributed to Guglielmo Marconi in the 1890s, actually spanned many decades, from theoretical underpinnings, through proof of the phenomenon’s existence, development of technical means, to its final use in signalling?

7. Which TV series, one of the most successful of the 1970s, portrayed an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s Midwestern United States, and centered around the Cunningham family and their “over the garage” lodger Arthur Fonzarelli?

8. Which 1963 Cold War spy novel by the British author John le Carré depicts Alec Leamas, a British agent, being sent to East Germany as a faux defector to sow disinformation about a powerful East German intelligence officer?

9. What is the geographic region spreading around the North Pole, that technically has no single correct definition as the southern boundary varies depending on the method used to describe the area?

10. What was the name of the student housemate played by Nigel Planer in the anarchic 1980s TV show The Young Ones?

11. According to the “science” of phrenology, an individual’s character and abilities can be deduced from the size and shape of various bumps on which part of the body?

12. After 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer fired at children in a school playground in San Diego, California, on 29 January 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police office, what reason did she remorselessly give for her actions?

13. Which children’s TV programme featured the characters Poppy, Jemima, Humpty, Little Ted and Big Ted and aired from April 1964 until March 1988?

14. Which American popular beat combo were originally active between 1966 and 1971 with a line-up that consisted of American and English actor/musicians and were conceived specifically for a TV situation comedy series?

15. Who became the youngest prime minister of Great Britain in 1783 at the age of 24 and the first prime minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in January 1801?

16. What is the Latin word that means “king” in English and it’s also the name of the dinosaur in the Toy Story films?

17. In the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – which one of the archangels was employed to announce the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah and to announce the birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary?

18. What type of knife is a fixed-blade fighting knife created by James Black in the early 19th century and named after the fighter it was designed for who had become famous for his use of a large knife at a duel known as the Sandbar Fight?

19. The speed of what can be measured using a tool called an anemometer?

20. Who were the American comedy duo whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s and the highest-paid entertainers in the world during World War II?


a football’s back quiz

It’s Sunday, week 256 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz.

This week, to celebrate the return of the so called beautiful game we have a football theme.

Its the usual 20 questions, again. You can almost believe you are in Fagan’s on a Sunday.

This week, it’s a quiz of two halves again! You know the score!!

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 main room (again).

1. Who was the Welshman who became  the first-ever BDO World Professional Darts Champion in 1978?  Nicknamed Marathon Man, he competed during the 1970s and 1980s and achieved World Number 1 status before retiring from the game in 1991.

2. Which town, in Lancashire, England and close to Blackburn and Burnley, is a former centre of the cotton and textile machinery industries and famed for manufacturing the hardest and densest building bricks in the world?

3. What is given, traditionally, as a gift for a 15th Wedding Anniversary?

4. With a layout similar to that of an amphitheatre, what is the capital city of Haiti?

5. Which English city grew initially as a market town specialising in the woollen trade, in the Industrial Revolution became a major centre for coal mining, steel production, lock making, and the manufacture of cars and motorcycles and is named after its Anglo-Saxon noble woman founder, Wulfrun?

6. Dating from the mid 20th century in the UK, what phrase is used to refer to a person who had died or an item that was broken?

7. What can be a man’s stiff felt hat with dome-shaped crown and narrow brim or a race open to all comers or to a specified category of contestant? 

8. In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers departed from where for the New World to establish the second English settlement in what is now the United States of America?

9. After beginning his career as a singer, who went on to work as a DJ for the offshore pirate radio stations Radio Caroline and Radio London between 1964 and 1967, before joining the BBC?

10. Officially opened in April 1966, but had been a school and college before that, what is the name of the university in the UK midlands that has more than 70% of its students take a placement year, the highest percentage in the UK?

11. Who were the Italian-American gang vying for respect on the streets of the Bronx in 1963 with rivals such as the Ducky Boys and the Fordham Baldies in the 1979 movie of the same name? 

12. Which domestic sports competition officially began in 1890, but unofficially has been played in one form or another since 1709?

13. Noted for its  ceremonial Hall of Mirrors, the jewel-like Royal Opera , and the royal apartments,  what  was the name of the principal royal residence of France from 1682  until the start of the French Revolution in 1789?

14. What was the full name,  announced at the start of every episode, of Ronnie Barker’s character in the 1970s TV comedy Porridge?

15. Born José Doroteo Arango Arámbula in 1878, how is the Mexican revolutionary general and one of the most prominent figures of the Mexican Revolution more commonly known? 

16. It is the name or part of the name of many places throughout the world but what is also a pattern made of diamonds or lozenges? The word is sometimes used to refer to an individual diamond in the design, but more commonly refers to the overall pattern.

17. Designed by husband and wife David and Elizabeth Emanuel, what did Princess Diana wear on 29th July 1981 that was 153 yards long? 

18. Who would walk long distances to take livestock to market—usually on foot and often with the aid of dogs?

19. Which  long-distance passenger train service was created in 1883 by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits? The  route and rolling stock of the service has changed many times and, although originally it was simply a normal international railway service, the name has become synonymous with intrigue and luxury travel.

20. What was the name of the British soap opera, set in a covered market in Salford, in the northwest of England that was intended as a companion to fellow ITV soap Coronation Street? Due to continued troubles and ratings competition from the BBC’s Open All Hours, the series was only broadcast for one year.


a shop till you drop quiz

It’s Sunday, week 234 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz. We had some rain this week? End of news report.

The theme this week is in anticipation of tomorrow when everything returns to normal and people go shopping. Maybe?

Its the usual 20 questions, again. This week, I’m pretending not to remember that I can’t remember what the inside of Fagan’s looks like.

The theme is a quiz of two halves. Answers to questions 11-20 relate to answers to questions 1-10 in some way. If there’s a pattern, it’s unintentional.

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 bar (again)

1. Which philosopher best-known titles are the 1848 pamphlet, The Communist Manifesto, and the three-volume Das Kapital?

2. What is a small, non-vascular flowerless plants that typically form dense green clumps or mats, often in damp or shady locations?

3. Which animal is the second largest student in the world and have it’s name to the branch of Boy Scouts aged 6 to 8?

4. What is the name of the sentient computer in Arthur C Clarke’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey”?

5. A thousand years of yellow, white and purple carrot history was wiped out in a generation in the 17th century by growers from which country when they cultivated orange carrots as a tribute to William of Orange?

6. What is the often used abbreviation for the Tennessee whiskey that is the top selling American whiskey in the world?

7. Who was the English humanitarian and author who was kidnapped and held captive from 1987 to 1991 during his effort to secure the release of four hostages in Lebanon?

8. Born in 1947, which flamboyant pop star was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight?

9. Which Central American country’s capital is San Jose?

10. What name is shared by a Leeds United and Scotland goalkeeper and a British show jumping champion, both competing at the top level in their chosen sports in the 70s?

11. What is the name of the accident prone lead character who is married to Berry and has a daughter named Jessica in a 1973 British sitcom?

12. Octopush, Hobbyhorsing, Ferret Legging and Shin Kicking are all what sort of activity?

13. Twin brothers Matt and Luke Goss formed which band in 1986 with their friends Craig Logan? Their first major success was the number 2 hit “When Will I Be Famous?”

14. Which actress is best known for her role as Else Garnett, the long-suffering wife of the racially bigoted and misogynistic character Alf Garnett in the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part?

15. What is a small cap, akin to the biretta, worn in the Middle Ages by soldiers and ecclesiastics​ and also the name of a house building company in the UK?

16. What is the name of the northern part of the largest island of the Outer Hebrides archipelago in Scotland, frequently referred to as if it was a separate islands?

17. Which American director, writer, actor, comedian, producer and composer’s films include The Producers, Blazzing Saddles and Spaceballs?

18. What is Finland the largest drinker of (per capita), beating neighbouring Norway in to second place?

19. What are shallow places with good footing where a river or stream may be crossed by wading, or inside a vehicle getting its wheels wet?

20. What colective name is given to the series of English civile wars that lasted through many sporadic episodes between 1455 and 1487?


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?