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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?

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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?

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a the sun has got his hat on quiz

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?

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a better late than ever quiz

It’s Sunday, week 99 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz.

Even I missed the last two weeks, hence this weeks theme.

Its the usual 20 questions, again. Just have to imagine the sounds, sights and smells of Fagan’s on a Sunday.

The theme alternates – hopefully, you’ll get the hang of it. You should have got how this works this by now.

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.

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1. What is a fine-grained rock that is created by the alteration of shale or mudstone by low-grade regional metamorphism? It is popular for a wide variety of uses such as roofing, flooring, and flagging because of its durability and attractive appearance.

2. On which island do Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys live?

3. What is the contemporary English UK music TV show has been running in short series since 1992 and is a part of BBC 2’s late-night line-up, usually at around 11 pm to 12 midnight? It features a mixture of both established and new musical artists, from solo performers to bands and larger ensembles.

4. What is the title of popular beat combo Nirvana ‘s 2nd studio album, released in 1991 that has sold over 340 millions copies to date?

5. What is the Cockney rhyming slang for feet ?

6. Which British sitcom that ran for eleven series from 7 September 1981 to 9 October 1991 starred Windsor Davies and Donald Sinden as rival antique dealers?

7. This English actor and comedian – born in 1959 – Was a television regularly from the mid-1980s, most notably as a regular on the Channel 4 improvisation show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Who is he?

8. What is a loud noise that us repeated several times as an echo otherwise called?

9. In geology and physical geography what is an area of a highland, usually consisting of relatively flat terrain, that is raised significantly above the surrounding area, often with one or more sides with deep hills.? It is also know as a high plain or a tableland.

10. Name the English actor, writer, and singer born in 1959 who has starred in films such as Another Country (1984), The Madness of King George (1994), Shrek 2 (2004) and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)?

11. Which CBS American late-night talk show first aired in August 1993 with host David Letterman and is now hosted by comedian Stephen Colbert and is filmed, when lockdown is not in operation,  originates from the Ed Sullivan Theater, New York?

12. What is a disease characterized by abnormally high body temperature or a condition of heightened activity or excitement: a fever of anticipation?

13. Singers Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams released which song in 1978, reaching number 3 in the UK?

14. What word described various liquids for drinking (some of which do not contain alcohol!) such as water, soda, tea, and coffee?

15. What type of glass, initially produced in plane form, is commonly used for windows, glass doors, transparent walls, and windscreens? It is also used in hilarious classic comedy skits, being carried by two men and involving oncoming traffic.

16. What slang term describes and person who is intellectual in an annoying way?

17. What term defines to protect something by interposing material that prevents the loss of heat or the intrusion of sound?is a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas, often said to be used by religious cults?

18. Which British electrical firm formed in 1906 as the export branch of an American but became independent in 1914? For decades it dominated the UK consumer battery market.

19. In which direction is something said to be moving if it moves towards the side or in a direction away from the middle but not backward or forward.

20. What is the name of Harry Potter’s teacher, initially for Potions classes, then Defence Against the Dark Arts who finally became the Headmaster of Hogwarts school?

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a cleanliness quiz

It’s Sunday, week 64 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz.

This week, another topical theme for your pleasure – cleanliness.

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

This week the theme alternates – hopefully, you’ll get the hang of it. Hint, it’s the same as last week!

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.

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1. What is the name of the rectangular bay and estuary at the north-west corner of East Anglia on the East coast of England, where Norfolk meets Lincolnshire, and both border the North Sea? It is fed by the rivers Witham, Welland, Nene and Great Ouse.

2. What is the unit of measure, equal to 4 inches, used to measure the height of a horse at the highest point of the withers?

3. Who was the American political leader, military general, statesman, and founding father who served as president of the United States from 1789 to 1797?

4. What is a type of reference work, or other collection of instructions, that is intended to provide ready reference? The term originally applied to a small or portable book containing information useful for its owner.

5. What is a solution of lime and water used for painting walls or a victory by the same side in every game of a series?

6. What is traditionally a mixture of beer (usually a lager) and lemon-lime soda, most commonly a 50/50 ratio?

7. Corsodyl Mint, Colgate Total Pro-Shield and Listerine Cool Mint are all types of what?

8. Used by Samuel Pepys for his diary and Sir Isaac Newton for some of his notebooks, what is this sort of writing method commonly know as?

9. What is a thin plate with a hole that is normally used to distribute the load of a threaded fastener, such as a bolt or nut? Other uses are as a spacer, spring, wear pad, preload indicating device, locking device, and to reduce vibration.

10. What is a globally widespread, brief greeting or parting tradition between two people that is currently recommended to avoid? Alternative suggestions include elbow bump, Roman salute and the Namaste gesture?

11. Released in 1976, what was the debut single by the American popular beat combo Rose Royce?

12. What are goods for sale, particularly those carrying branding designed to promote the seller, called?

13. Which word was formed around the mid-15th century from the two English nouns meaning “a type of swine, a pig” and “waste liquid or food refuse from a kitchen”?

14. What is the first name of Matthew Perry’s fictional character from the NBC sitcom Friends?

15. Also the name of a CBeebies children’s TV programme, what word also means “to engage in daring and romantic adventures with bravado or flamboyance”?

16. Which 1967 American prison drama film starred Paul Newman, for which he received an Oscar nomination ?

17. What is a forcible indoctrination to induce someone to give up basic political, social, or religious beliefs and attitudes and to accept contrasting regimented ideas, often said to be used by religious cults?

18. What sport is played between two teams of seven players on a court measuring 40 by 20 metres with a goal at each end?

19. The Thor, introduced in 1908 by the Hurley Machine Company of Chicago, Illinois, and invented Alva J. Fisher, was the first electric-powered what?

20. Famous for his Messiah, Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks, which Baroque composer was born in Germany but spent most of his composing life in London?

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a lockdown quiz

It’s Sunday, week 57 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means yet another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz.

This week, a topical theme for your pleasure. Yes, it’s a lockdown quiz. Now, there’s been plenty of “lockdown” related quizzes on t’internet – but, not like this.

And, after the bonanza of 30 questions last week (I got carried away), its the more usual 20 questions to struggle with – just like being in Fagan’s of a Sunday.

This week the theme alternates – hopefully, you’ll get the hang of it.

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 at
Fagan’s, Sheffield

1. What word can follow Grid, Dead and Have, to make another English word?

2. What word can precede Load, Stairs and Right, to make another English word?

3. Which town came to international attention in December 1988 when the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed there following a terrorist bomb attack aboard the flight?

4. Officially opened in 1875, at which racecourse is the Kentucky Derby held?

5. What is the name of the German-owned American brand of adhesives, sealants and surface treatments that include acrylic, and epoxy technologies? Their products are sold globally and are used in a variety of industrial and hobbyist applications.

6. In March 2018, The Sunday Times published its list of Best Places to Live in Britain, including five in Northern Ireland, three of which are in the same county: Holywood, Newcastle, and Strangford. In which county are these towns?

7. What is an act or means of sealing off a place to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving, an example of which was the Battle of Orgreave, near Rotherham in 1984?

8. Which song, originally release in 1989 and clocking in at seven-and-a-half-minutes long reached number 77 in the UK singles charts? After experiencing success as part of the Madchester music scene, this beat combo – James – re-released a shorter version with new lyrics in March 1991. It reached number two.

9. First appearing in print in 1887’s A Study in Scarlet and known for his proficiency with observation, deduction, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic what is the name of this fictional “consulting detective”?

10. What is the term, primarily used in North America by English speakers, used to refer to a city’s core or central business district, often in a geographical, commercial, or communal sense? It is thought to have been coined in New York City, where it was in use by the 1830s.

11. Which 1986 film starred John Cleese as Brian Stimpson, the headmaster of Thomas Tompion Comprehensive School, who is obsessively organised and punctual which, obviously, leads to a series of catastrophic and hilarious scenes?

12. Which book is the first full-length work by the English author George Orwell? Published in 1933, it is a memoir in two parts on the theme of poverty in two cities!

13. Who opened their first shop in Dallas, Texas in 1985? This American-based provider of home movie and video game rental services ended up filing for bankruptcy protection in 2010.

14. What is the name of the ridge of chalk hills in south east England that stretch from Farnham in Surrey to the White Cliffs of Dover in Kent? Westerham Heights, at the northern edge near Bromley, South London, being the highest point in London at an elevation of 245 m (804 ft).

15. What is the name of the percussion instrument that is composed of a set of tuned keys arranged in the fashion of the keyboard of a piano with bars made of metal plates or tubes?

16. What word can be described as:

  • to change a financially rewarding but stressful career or lifestyle for a less pressured and less highly paid but more fulfilling one
  • to change to a lower gear in a motor vehicle or bicycle.

17. What do the following countries have in common: Afghanistan, Austria, San Marino, Switzerland, Hungary, Central African Republic?

18. More famous for portraying a super hero in the recent Marvel films, what is the name of the actor who took the lead role in the 1992 film Chaplin, which he won a BAFTA for?

19. What is the name of the American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement who was widely noticed for his technique of pouring or splashing liquid household paint onto a horizontal surface?

20. Popularly associated with Americans in rural or southeastern parts of the country, what can be described as a social gathering at which lively folk or square dancing takes place?

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a sheffield pub quiz

It’s Sunday, week 43 of lockdown, or so it seems. Which means another week of no Fagan’s theme quiz.

In some ways, this is a good thing. It means we won’t be striving for double figures to avoid humiliation when the actual winners romp to victory with 20 out of 20.

Usually, our only hope of “success” is winning a pint of beer or a bottle of wine by guessing a number or, somehow, having a team name deemed the funniest in the room (in relation to the theme, of course).

But, where there’s a will – and hours or free time with nowhere to go – there’s a way. So here, for your enjoyment, is my take on a Fagan’s theme quiz – A Sheffield Pub Quiz.

A quiz of two halves. Each answer in part 1 joins with one of the answers in part 2 to give the name of a Sheffield pub.

There’s no pattern to the order that part 1 answers match part 2 answers.

There are 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

Fagan’s, Sheffield and
The Snog, by Pete McKee

part 1

1. What is the surname of Mary, Henry, Judy and Jonthan, the foster family of a famous Peruvian native?

2. What is the name of the ITV sitcom set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Scarsdale which ran from 1974 to 1978?

3. Which 1969 Gold Rush inspired film was adapted from a 1951 stage musical and spawned a number 1 hit single in the UK?

4. Commissioned in 1965, 53 feet long and designed to race against times set by 19th century clipper ships, it’s name originates from aircraft used for pioneering work in areal navigation techniques. What is this ketch’s name?

5. Dublin is, amongst other things, famous for having multicoloured what?

6. Born in 1788, how is this peer, poet, politician and revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence (amongst other things) most commonly known?

7. What was the title of Haysi Fantayzee’s debut single, released in 1982?

8. What was the profession of the character Skullion in Tom Sharpe’s satirical 1974 novel Porterhouse Blue?

9. Covered by many, what song did Ray Charles sing in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers?

10. What is a macronutrient consisting primarily of carbon and hydrogen atoms and therefore soluble in organic solvents and insoluble in water?​

11. What did Druids regarded as a symbol of fertility and eternal life and thought it to have magical powers?

12. What drink recipe, generally containing fruit or fruit juice, was introduced from India to the UK in the early 17th century, and is usually served at parties?

13. Born in 1540, who was the English sea captain, privateer, slave trader, pirate, naval officer and explorer that carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1158?

14. What do the following currently have in common: Odeon Cinema Sheffield; Brazilian land borders; Notre-Dame International High School, Paris; Ueno Zoo, Tokyo, Japan and 11 cemeteries in Pembrokeshire?

15. What is a bundle of wood sticks or billets that is 3 feet in length and 2 feet in circumference?

part 2

16. What is the SI unit of force?

17. The Holy Lance, also known as the Lance of Longinus, is legendarily known as the lance that pierced the side of Jesus as he hung on the cross. By what other name is it known?

18. Who or what is a Norwegian Blue?

19. In which sport might you hear the terms: foul, double, turkey, frame, burner and golden turkey?

20. Who was the 10th and youngest chief scout, replacing Peter Duncan in 2009?

21. The Clerk of the Closet is the official Chaplin to who?

22. What might you have said to have done to someone if you had reported them to the police for doing something illegal?

23. From 1954 until 1999, packets of what included illustrated cards which you could get albums to store them in and are now highly collectable?

24. Silver King, Silver Chief and White Cloud all played the same character on TV, what are they?

25. An arborist or (less commonly) arboriculturist, is also called a what?

26. What can be described as a group of symptoms that usually involve a lack of movement and communication, and also can include agitation, confusion, and restlessness?

27. Founded in 1284, what is the oldest constituent college at the University of Cambridge?

28. Opened in 1852 by a German immigrant in St. Louis, Missouri, at which US brewery can you see Budweiser Clydesdale draft horses?

29. 80 square miles in size and including two of the highest points in the region – Brown Willy and Rough Tor – this place is purportedly home to a phantom wild cat. What is it called?

30. What can be a Belgian municipality, a village in Denmark, a Dutch female first name or the station code of Ainsdale Railway Station near Stockport?