a shopping is back quiz answers

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

1. London has the Underground and Paris the Métro, but what do Tokyo and Beijing have?


2. What is the family of tile-based games played with rectangular tile pieces with a line dividing its face into two square ends, each end is marked with a number of spots and the backs are either blank or having some common design?


3. Shoemaker Levy-9, Hyakutake, Hale Bopp and Tempel-Tuttel are all what?


4. What is any liquid fuel whose ignition takes place, without any spark, as a result of compression of the inlet air mixture and then injection of fuel, or a dog?


5. After a super yet somewhat shaky beginning, and following 8 number one singles, which band ended their singles releases with I’m Outta Time (#12), Falling Down (#10) and Don’t Stop (#80)?


6. Bigger or smaller than a truck and SUV, but bigger than a common car what type of road vehicles are used for transporting goods or people?


7. Which 2005 comedy-drama film is based on a true story that tells of a struggling British shoe factory’s young, strait-laced owner, Charlie, who forms an unlikely partnership with Lola, a drag queen, to save the business?

Kinky Boots

8. Composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres and located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, this is the world’s largest what?

Coral Reef

9. The common allotrope of the chemical element oxygen, an arena in Prague or the third studio album by Son of Dave?


10. What is any exposed land surrounded by river water that result from changes in the course of a river called?

River Island

11. What word means a legally defined and protected geographical indication used to identify where the grapes for a wine are grown?


12. What is another name for sharpening stones or whetstones that are used to sharpen the edges of steel tools and implements through grinding and honing?

Water stones

13. What name is given to automotive repair shops that offer paintwork repairs to scratches, scuffs and dents, as well as repairs to damaged caused by collisions but do not offer a mechanical repair service?

Body Shop

14. What is a cuboid container used by soldiers or other military personnel to store their belongings, it’s name derives from where it is usually located relative to the soldier’s bunk or bed?


16. What modern farming machine is designed to efficiently process a variety of crops, its name derives from its integrating four separate operations — reaping, threshing, gathering, and winnowing — into a single process?

Combine harvester

16. Which local government district in Cumbria, England has its council based in Kendal and includes much of the Lake District as well as northwestern parts of the Yorkshire Dales?

South Lakeland

17. Which 1965 James Herbert sci-fi novel was made in to a epic movie in 1984 that received mostly critical reviews – unlike the novel which is considered by some critics as the best science fiction book ever written?


18. Which monthly documentary television programme had the same permanent presenter from its first broadcast on 24 April 1957 until 7 January 2013, making it the longest-running programme with the same presenter in television history?

The Sky at Night

19. Which team played in the Football League from 1921–1993 and 1998–2002, were dissolved in 2008 and reformed the same year and play at The Shay?

Halifax Town

20. In 1809 a new eating establishment in an upmarket London square opened where diners could smoke hookah pipes and recline on bamboo-cane sofas as they tucked into their food. This was the country’s first dedicated restaurant of it’s kind, opened by a a guy named Dean. What is the common name for the variety of the dishes it served?


Hopefully the theme was clear, but just in case, all the answers contain the name of a shop:

  • Subway – sandwiches, etc.
  • Domino’s – pizzas, etc.
  • Comet – electrical goods
  • Diesel – fashion
  • Oasis – fashion
  • Vans – footwear
  • Boots – the Chemist
  • Coral – bookmaker
  • O2 – Communications
  • Apple – technology
  • River Island – fashion
  • Waterstones – books
  • The Body Shop – Health
  • Footlocker – footwear
  • Harvester – restaurant
  • Lakeland – Home
  • Dune – footwear
  • Sky – Audio/Visual
  • Halifax – finance
  • Currys – electrical

And the bonus question answer: All the names contain something that the shop does not sell.