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.
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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?