a last* ever** quiz

It’s Sunday, week 19 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week we’ve competed in a Zoom quiz and question-mastered a Zoom quiz!

It’s a quiz of 30 themed questions – 10 bonus questions compared to normal as it is the last* ever** lockdown quiz!!!

As always, there’s a clue in the title.

There’s 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.

* hopefully!!!

** also hopefully!!!

1. What mechanical form is shaped like a human foot and is used by shoemakers and cordwainers in the manufacture and repair of shoes?

2. Which British sitcom by Roy Clarke was originally broadcast from 1973 to 2010 and centred on a trio of old men and their youthful misadventures?

3. Which 1988 film’s final sequence depicts the crucified Jesus — tempted by what turns out to be Satan in the form of a beautiful child — experiencing a dream where he comes down from the cross, marries Mary Magdalene and lives out his life as a full mortal man?

4. Which popular beat combo released this single in 1969, it being the first “solo” single issued by John Lennon, released while he was still a member of the Beatles?

5. What term is used to refer to the moment when a spacecraft leaves the ground?

6. With which 1987 Channel 4 chat show did Jonathan Ross debut as a television presenter?

Iain Coyle: The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross | Features | Broadcast

7. What is the name of the Sheffield comedy club that started at The Lescar pub in 1992 and has seen comedians such as Peter Kay, Jimmy Carr, Dara O Briain, Johnny Vegas and Al Murray?

Party & Group Bookings - The Lescar

8. Who is this popular beat combo and what is title of their 1966 debut single that they are singing here?

9. If you find yourself in a difficult situation in which there is only one final way to put it right, where might you be said to be drinking?

10. Which legal document expresses a person’s wishes as to how their property is to be distributed after their death and as to which person is to manage the property until its final distribution?

11. Also called an adhesive bandage, what 1901 invention is a small medical dressing used for injuries not serious enough to require a full-size bandage?

12. Which is the third instalment in the Indiana Jones franchise that stars Sean Connery as Jones’ father?

13. How is the operation of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to smooth a rough surface, roughen a smooth surface, shape a surface or remove surface contaminants commonly known?

14. What phrase is widely used in the telecommunications, cable television and internet industries to refer to the final leg of the telecommunications networks that deliver telecommunication services to retail end-users?

15. What is the ability of a body to resist a distorting influence and to return to its original size and shape when that influence or force is removed?

16. What was the title of one-hit wonders Indeep’s 1983 single?

17. Known to the Lakota and other Plains Indians as the Battle of the Greasy Grass, how is this battle – which resulted in the defeat of U.S. forces and was the most significant action of the Great Sioux War of 1876 – more commonly known?

18. “I’m going to the bathroom to read” – Elvis Presley (1977), “Hallo, the bow is up… I’m going… I’m on my back… I’ve gone. Oh.”, Donald Campbell (1967) and “Tomorrow at sunrise I shall no longer be here”, Nostradamus (1566) are all examples of what?

19. Upon its initial release in 1984, which song spent five consecutive weeks at number two in the UK Singles Chart, held off the top spot by Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas?? Described as a “high watermark of mid-80s British synthpop songcraft”, it finally reached number-one in the UK Singles Chart on New Year’s Day 2021.

20. Which 1996 novel and 2001 film tells the convoluted story of the relationships between a group of war veterans and their journey from Bermondsey to Margate to scatter the ashes of Jack Dodds into the sea and is also the most feared words a pub landlord can shout?

21. What is the name of this song, the only single from the album Love Bites by Bolton popular beat combo The Buzzcocks?

22. What is the subtropical wetland area of southern Florida noted for its wildlife, especially crocodiles, alligators, and egrets and with an ecosystem not presently found anywhere else on earth?

Everglades National Park | Location, History, & Facts | Britannica

23. What is the fictional island featured in the works of J.M. Barrie whose best-known resident famously refused to grow up?

24. What was the name of the container ship that ran aground after losing the ability to steer amid high winds and a dust storm and obstructed the Suez Canal in March this year?

Suez Canal: Jammed cargo ship Ever Given's stern has budged - but it's  still stuck and is now causing fuel shortages | World News | Sky News

25. Who are the local lads that include “Big” Sean Doane on vocals and Pete McKee and Toby Foster on Ukulele whose songs parody popular tunes of the day with updated lyrics?

26. What was the name of the documentary series that aired on BBC One in a late-night slot on Sunday evenings between 1977 and 2000, its subject matter tended to be focused on moral and religious issues, often in the form of a film in which individuals would discuss their thoughts?

27. What term is used to describe a young hare, usually less than one year old?

A hare less than one year old is called a leveret : Awwducational

28. What type of common bicycle brake consists of two arms, each attached to a separate pivot point on one side of the seat stay or fork?

29. What fish has nine species, are up to 37 cm long, mainly brown in colour, have venomous spines on their first dorsal fin and gills and during the day bury themselves in sand as means to catch their prey (and on one occasion, poison the quiz setter whilst bodyboarding)?

Warning to beach-goers over venomous weever fish hiding in the sand

30. Which song was originally recorded by American R&B singer Little Willie John but has been covered by numerous artists, most notably Peggy Lee, whose 1958 rendition became the most widely known version and the singer’s signature song?

Little Willie John | Nostalgia Central


a don’t forget to vote quiz

It’s Sunday, week 18 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week we’ve been for a bike ride for the first time in living memory!

It’s a quiz of 20 themed questions – as always, there’s a clue in the title.

Questions 1 and 20 don’t follow the theme in the way that questions 2-18 do – just for fun!

There’s 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. Whose the artist and what’s the song?

2. Which medium-large gun dog from the United Kingdom was developed from imported Canadian fishing dogs?

3. What are small pieces or streamers of paper, mylar, or metallic material which are usually thrown at celebrations, especially parades and weddings?

4. Sometimes called golden chain or golden rain, what is a genus of two species of small trees in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae that have a common and alpine varieties and are native to the mountains of southern Europe?

Laburnum ×watereri 'Vossii' | Laburnum ×watereri 'Vossii' - Van den Berk  Nurseries

5. Who is widely considered one of the most important and influential individuals in human history, his teachings and philosophy forming the basis of East Asian culture and society and remain influential today?

6. Which 1986 musical fantasy film directed by Jim Henson revolves around 16-year-old Sarah’s quest to reach the centre of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby and features David Bowie as the Goblin King?

Labyrinth (1986) - David Bowie (the Goblin King) - Dance Magic (HD) -  YouTube

7. Which Brooklyn neighbourhood morphs into a relaxation and entertainment destination each summer with people crowding its beach, the Wonder Wheel and Luna Park and was namechecked by Lou Reed in the title of his 6th studio album?

8. Also called a cradle song, what is a soothing song or piece of music that is usually played for (or sung to) children?

9. What are religious works of art, most commonly a paintings, in the cultures of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, the Roman Catholic, and certain Eastern Catholic churches, their most common subjects include Christ, Mary, saints and angels?

10. What is the Australia national rugby union team’s nickname?

11. The business fable The Chicken and the Pig is about commitment to a project or cause. What foods are referred to such that “the pig is really committed to that dish while the chicken is only involved, yet both are needed to produce the dish”?

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12. Which sweet Cornish dish is made by curdling sweet cream or milk with an acid like wine or cider and was popular from the 16th to 19th centuries?

13. In 1997 Zaire changed it’s name to what?

14. Which soft mineral or rock is often used for carving, and is processed for plaster powder?
15. What adjustment is occasionally applied to Coordinated Universal Time to accommodate the difference between precise time, as measured by atomic clocks, and imprecise observed solar time?

16. What word means a loud noise made by people who are angry or annoyed or a lot of noise or fuss made by people who are angry or excited about something?

17. Whose is this Scottish pop rock band who formed in Glasgow during 1985, the song – Real Gone Kid – became their 1st UK top ten hit in 1988?

18. What is an Australian term for an oxbow lake, an isolated pond left behind after a river changes course, usually formed when the path of a creek or river changes and, as a result of the arid Australian climate, fill with water seasonally but can be dry for a greater part of the year?

19. What is the name of the New Zealand comedy duo who began as a live comedy act in the early 2000s, their comedy and music became the basis of the self-titled BBC radio series in 2004 and later an HBO American television series from 2007–2009?

Flight of the Conchords Postpone Tour After Bret McKenzie Breaks His Hand |  Pitchfork

20. Who were these three candidates defeated by in the Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency?


a snooker loopy quiz

It’s Sunday, week 17 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week we’ve been for a walk in the peak district, the furthest from home we’ve been for a long time!

It’s a quiz of 20 themed questions – as always, there’s a clue in the title.

There’s 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. Three times winner and (at the time of writing) current holder of the World Seniors Championship, which snooker player’s nickname is The Whirlwind?

2. Formed in 1964 what is the nickname of the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Scampton?

3. What was Coldplay’s first top-five hit in the UK and breakthrough hit internationally?

4. What is a name of a valley on Mars, a Royal Park in London and an political party in the United Kingdom?

5. In urban planning, what is any previously developed land that is not currently in use that may be potentially contaminated?

6. What was the name of various cars and boats used by Sir Malcolm Campbell, his son Donald and other family members to set land and water speed records, originally inspired by the 1908 play of that name by Maurice Maeterlinck?

7. What is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball when small blood vessels in the conjunctiva become inflamed and are more visible?

8. What was the profession of William Turner Jr, played by Orlando Bloom, in the Pirates of the Caribbean films?

9. What is the name of the road that features in the children’s novels The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz and The Patchwork Girl of Oz, amongst others?

10. Which 1908 novel by Canadian author L.M. Montgomery, is considered a children’s classic and recounts the adventures of an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to two middle-aged siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea in Prince Edward Island, Canada?

11. How is the English landscape architect born in 1716 and remembered as “England’s greatest gardener” most commonly known.

12. Originally developed in 1969 as an accidental by-product of an attempt to develop a new sealant using chalk powder, rubber and oil, by what name is the reusable putty-like pressure-sensitive adhesive marketed as?

13. Which British-American series, consisting of 10 original films, primarily focuses on comedy-mystery films featuring an inept French police detective and resulted in a spin off cartoon series for the animated opening sequence’s main character?

14. What was the seventh studio album by Australian rock band AC/DC, released in 1980, it is their first album to feature lead singer Brian Johnson, following the death of previous lead singer Bon Scott?

AC/DC on new album 'Power Up': “This record is for Malcolm”

15. First shown in 1983, what product was fictional character J.R. Hartley promoting in the popular TV advertisement?

16. Which English blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist was a founder member of Fleetwood Mac and wrote their number 1 hit Albatross?

17. What is the name of the Catholic priest and detective who is featured in 53 short stories published between 1910 and 1936 written by English novelist G. K. Chesterton and was played by Mark Williams – of The Fast Show – in the TV series?

When is Father Brown back on TV? - Radio Times

18. Brothers Jake and Elwood feature in which 1980 American musical comedy film that held the record for the most cars smashed (103) until its own sequel deliberately destroyed just one more in 2000, the characters having been developed by the actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd from a recurring musical sketch on NBC variety series Saturday Night Live?

19. Which children’s television series first broadcast by BBC TV in 1957 features a pair of anthropomorphic puppet pigs?


20. Which film received nominations for it’s two main actors – Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield – in this years Oscar’s in the Actor in a Supporting Role category, suggesting that the film had no leading actor?


a formal dress quiz

It’s Sunday, week 16 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week we’ve been mostly chiselling cracked mortar from between patio flags.

It’s a quiz of 20 themed questions – as always, there’s a clue in the title.

There’s 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 word can mean to bend your head or body forward, especially as a way of showing someone respect or expressing thanks to people who have watched you perform?

2. What word can mean to fasten together, to force someone to stay in a place and to finish at the same time?

3. What is a U-shaped lake that forms when a wide meander of a river is cut off, creating a free-standing body of water?

4. What phrase means to get married and derives from an ancient Celtic known as the handfasting ceremony?

5. Originally numbering six men and founded in 1749 by magistrate Henry Fielding what was the public’s nickname for London’s first professional police force, although the officers did not use the term themselves, considering it derogatory?

6. What type of clothing was fashionable in Britain in the mid-1960s to late 1970s, its primary characteristics being its extreme breadth (normally 4.5–5 inches) and often garish colours and patterns?

7. Which band wrote First Steps, the BBC theme tune for the 2012 Olympics and performed Open Arms and One Day Like This during the Parade of Athletes at the closing ceremony?

8. In which decade did the Korean War, the Algerian War, the attempted assassination of US President Harry Truman and the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik 1 occur?

9. What is the term for the arched part of the seat that is placed on the back of a horse or other animal to allow it to be ridden?

10. What classic Scottish dish consists of swede or turnip and potatoes and is traditionally served mashed alongside haggis?

11. Which English new wave band were put together by Malcolm McLaren in 1980 by persuading members of Adam and the Ants to join up with 13 year old Annabella Lwin on vocals?

12. What techniques used to produce patterns in clothing typically consists of folding, twisting, pleating, or crumpling fabric or a garment and binding with string or rubber bands, have been used for centuries in the Hausa region of West Africa, and is associated with garments identified with hippie fashion?

13. What is the form of free climbing called that is performed on small rock formations or artificial rock walls without the use of ropes or harnesses?

14. Which British television comedy series was written and performed by Ben Elton, the title of the series was a play on words of the American spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and an informal name for the BBC?

15. What is the name of the street and neighbourhood in the southern portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan, named after the Dutch word for a plantation or farm and also the name of a nativist, anti-Catholic, and anti-Irish criminal gang based in the neighbourhood?

16. Who was the serial killer and alleged necrophile active during the 1940s and early 1950s who murdered at least eight people — including his wife, Ethel — by strangling them in his flat at 10 Rillington Place, Notting Hill, London?

17. Which ranged weapon is believed to have first appeared in both China and Europe around the 7th to 5th centuries BC and is still used today in competitive sports and hunting?

18. What term, that originated in siege warfare, means a deployment or dispatch of one military unit, be it an aircraft, ship, or troops, from a strongpoint?

19. What was the name of the flagship of the Greenpeace fleet that was sunk by the “action” branch of the French foreign intelligence services on 10 July 1985?

20. Which song, a worldwide hit for by Tony Orlando and Dawn in 1973, is told from the point of view of someone who has “done his time” in prison and ends with “the whole damned bus” cheering?


a shopping is back quiz

It’s Sunday, week 15 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week we’ve been mostly going to the pub! Well, went twice, which is a lot, considering.

It’s a quiz of 20 themed questions – clue in the title.

There’s also Bonus question at the end. Ooh, intriguing!

There’s 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. 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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

Bonus question: Apart from the obvious theme link to all the answers, what else links them? Extra cryptic clue: “False advertising?”


a loadsamoney quiz

It’s Sunday, week 14 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week we’ve been mostly getting ready to go out next week!

It’s a quiz of 20 themed questions – clue in the title.

There’s 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 is the surname of Sylvester Stallone’s character in the Rocky films?

2. Which team won the European Cup in the UK in front of a record crowd – 127,621 – for the final?

3. Which right-handed oval course with a circumference of around one-and-a-quarter miles is the only racecourse in Lincolnshire?

4. Which country was invaded by the Soviet Union on Christmas Eve 1979?

5. Which brewery, founded in 1664 in Straßburg, is owned by the Carlsberg Group and brews its premium brand 5% abv pale lager, mainly in France?

6. What word is used to describe crop plants in the family Cucurbitaceae, like pumpkin, cucumber, squash and melon?

7. What is another name for the large intestine?

8. What is the name for 1/8th of a fluid ounce, used when measuring liquid volume?

9. Which Chinese Dynasty, that existed between the Song and Ming dynasties from 1279 to 1368, was China’s first foreign-led dynasty having been established by Kublai Khan, leader of the vast Mongol Empire and grandson of Genghis Khan?

10. Which British athlete won the women’s long jump at the 1964 Olympics?

11. Which novel, published in 1976, tells the story of a year in the life of the Jarretts, an affluent suburban family trying to cope with the aftermath of two traumatic events and was made in to a multi-award winning film with the same name in 1980, starring Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore, Judd Hirsch, and Timothy Hutton?

12. Which 1964 film was the first in Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western trilogy featuring Clint Eastwood as The Man with No Name?!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/ratio_16x9_w1200/image.jpg

13. Which British variety store chain founded in 1990, with it’s first shop in Burton-on-Trent, sells clearance items and proprietary brands at a single price?

14. In the cartoon family created by Matt Groening, which member was not named after people in Groening’s family and is instead an anagram of a word representing how this character often behaves?

15. Which former heavyweight boxer won the WBC title at Wembley in 1995 and is often quoted as saying “Know what I mean, Harry?” in an interview with commentator Harry Carpenter?

16. Which Christmas carol with lyrics written by English composer George Ratcliffe Woodward, who took an interest in church bell ringing, was first published in 1924?

17. What name is given to several carnivorous mammals that live in Africa and Asia, feed as scavengers and have powerful jaws, relatively short hind limbs, and coarse hair?

18. Which superhero’s civilian identity is Diana Prince and has been played by Lynda Carter in the 1970s TV series and Gal Gadot in the 1984 film?

19. Which historical slang term in common use in the 18th and 19th centuries means to agree to serve as a sailor or soldier in the Royal Navy or the British Army?

20. The song 3 Lions was release to celebrate which event?


an easter quiz

It’s Sunday, week 13 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week we’ve been mostly applying for a job!!!

It’s a quiz of 20 themed questions – clue in the title.

There’s 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. Who is the most famous creation of Beatrix Potter, first published in 1901 and an animated/live-action adaptation based on the character grossed almost $200 million worldwide?

2. Which instantly recognizable and unforgettable cartoon character was created in 1938 by Leon Schlesinger Productions, which later became Warner Bros. Cartoons and was first voiced by voice actor Mel Blanc?

3. Better known as ‘Stuffat tal-Fenek’ to the Maltese, what is another name for the dish considered to be Malta’s national dish that has been around the Maltese Islands since the Knights of St John?

4. Who is the central character in the Uncle Remus stories, a collection of children’s stories set in the Southern United States beginning in 1880 and adapted from African-American folktales?

5. Who is 6-foot-3½-inch tall, invisible and best friend to Elwood P. Dowd, an amiable barfly played by James Stewart in the 1950 movie of the same name as this character?

6. Which waitressing “role” was created by Hugh Hefner in 1953 for his club?

7. Which children’s book, written by Margery Williams and first published in 1922, tells the story of a stuffed rabbit who wants to become a real one?

8. Who is this popular beat combo and what song re they singing?

9. Who was framed for the murder of the owner of Toontown and hires a private detective to clear his name in a 1988 Disney movie?

10. What is an anthropomorphic pink battery powered rabbit that first appeared in adverts in 1973 and is trademarked for use in all parts of the world except the United States and Canada?

11. Who first appeared in the Disney film Bambi and got his name from the habit his hind foot exhibits?

12. Who is the protagonist in the Richard Adams 1972 novel Watership Down?

13. In Donnie Darko, the 2001 American science fiction psychological thriller who informs troubled teenager Donnie that the world will end in 28 days?

14. Which animal shaped chocolate with a soft caramel centre, launched 2010, is only available at Easter?

15. In the British children’s TV programme Pipkins, alongside Pig and Topov who was the third star in the series which ran from 1973 to 1981?

16. What was the name of the 5th Wallace & Gromit claymation outing, released in 2005 and the only feature film in the series?

17. Who had a 1989 hit with Swing the Mood, their first single, reaching number 1 in 16 countries including the UK?

18. Which English idiomatic phrase is derived from the observed antics of the Lepus europaeus, the phrase is an allusion that can be used to refer to any other animal or human who behaves in the excitable and unpredictable manner?

19. Along with Owl, which other of Winnie-the-Pooh’s friends in A.A. Milne’s books was not based on a toy owned by Milne’s son, Christopher?

20. First appearing in the 1700s what has been a religious symbol for centuries, although it doesn’t appear in the Bible, the tradition is believed to have begun with German Lutherans and reached the United States through immigrants who kept the tradition?


a rob ‘n’ sue quiz

It’s Sunday, week 12 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week we’ve been mostly having our eyes tested and switching to varifocal contact lenses – who knew how good they are – should have switched years ago!

It’s a quiz of 20 themed questions – clue in the title.

There’s 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 actor, comedian and TV presenter played Bryn West in the TV sitcom Gavin & Stacey and has presented the comedy panel show Would I Lie to You since 2009?

2. Which English comedian, broadcaster, presenter, actress, and writer originally came to prominence through her comedy partnership with Mel Giedroyc and has since become best known as a radio broadcaster and television presenter, notably of The Great British Bake Off?

3. Which political journalist and broadcaster was a regular fixture on BBC election night programmes in the 1960s, 70s and 80s and chaired Question Time, employing an incisive and sometimes abrasive interviewing style?

4. Which English writer and humorist whose work encompasses novels, plays and works of journalism is best known for creating the character Adrian Mole?

5. What is the type of is physical exercise of low to high intensity that combines rhythmic exercise with strength training and stretching and depends primarily on the use of oxygen to adequately meet energy demands?

6. What popular Greek fast food consists of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer, is usually eaten straight off the skewer while still hot and can be served with Pita bread, fried potatoes, lemon, and sauces, but is eaten on its own, with the side dishes eaten subsequently?

7. Of the seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, which one was published first but is actually the second if ordered chronologically by the dates the stories are set?

8. At 399.94 metres and one of the longest of its type in the world, where, currently, is the Ever Given?

9. Who is this band and which song, that did not appear on any of their studio albums, are they playing?

10. Which car manufacturer has current models named Forester, Legacy and Outback, previous models named Dias Wagon, Justy, Stella and participated in motorsports World Rally Championship until 2008?

11. Who is the Zimbabwean international footballer who played most prominently for Liverpool between 1981 and 1994 who was known for his gymnastic-like athletic ability, unflappable confidence and eccentric and flamboyant style of play?

12. What is a logic-based, combinatorial number-placement puzzle, in the classic version, the objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with digits so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 sub-grids that compose the grid contain all of the digits from 1 to 9?

13. What animal is this, named after its unusually large nose, it is endemic to the south-east Asian island of Borneo and is found mostly in mangrove forests and on the coastal areas of the island?

14. What type of leather is finished with a fine velvet-like nap, usually on the flesh side of the skin or hide, produced by abrasive action or is the name of this popular beat combo responsible for songs such as Animal Nitrate, Stay Together and Trash?

15. Who was the first king of the northern Kingdom of Israel and also a wine bottle that is 4 or 6 times larger than a standard bottle?

16. Which 1933 comedy film written starred the Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo Marx, was the last to feature Zeppo and features the infamous mirror scene?

17. Which 2004 movie starring Will Smith was loosely based on Isaac Asimov’s 1950 short-story collection of the same name?

18. What is the raw, hard fat of beef or mutton found around the loins and kidneys used to make types of sweet and savoury puddings?

19. What type of brewery produces small amounts of beer – fewer than 385,000 gallons annually – and is often independently owned?

20. Who played a rebellious teenager in Grange Hill and a single mother in Eastenders with a brother played by former Grange Hill actor Todd Carty?


a serial quiz

It’s Sunday, week 11 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week we’ve been mostly getting a COVID-19 jab!

It’s a quiz of 20 questions in two halves, and there is a theme is back.

There’s 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 1969 American comedy drama move starred Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, and Dyan Cannon explores the themes of infidelity in 1960s America?

2. Written and composed by American songwriters John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins and first recorded by a British singer in September 1968, what is the title of this song?

3. Who began their career at The Sporting Life, twice winning at the British Press Awards for his campaigning journalism and joined ITV Sport’s horse racing coverage in 1981?

4. Which one hit wonders are singing this song, a tribute to the artist L.S. Lowry, and what’s it called?

5. Which two ex-Beatles played on the 1971 chart topping album Imagine?

6. Who starred alongside Zippy, George and Bungle in ITVs children’s show Rainbow (first name will do)?

7. Which cartoon character was 70 years old this week on March 17th?

8. The first book of children’s short stories about the young school boy William Brown, written by Richmal Crompton, and published in 1922 is called what?

9. “All children, except on, grow up” is the opening line of which 1911 novel?

10. Which town’s most notable landmark is St Botolph’s Church, known locally as The Stump, the largest parish church in England which is visible for miles around due to the areas flat terrain?

11. With 23 hit singles and 17 hit albums which band began as a pub rock band in the mid 1070s in Guilford but didn’t have a hit, with a song called Grip, until punk came along in 1977?

12. What surname is shared by ex-England cricketer Iain, original Beatles bass player Stu and ex-Bradford South MP Gerard?

13. Which English journalist presented BBC News from 1973 to 2002 and has been the host of BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze since 1990?

14. Known professionally by his surname, who’s this chap who was once described by The Beatles as their “favourite American group”?

15. Who is a founder, keyboard player and primary songwriter of the ska revival band The Specials and also 2 Tone Records, the label they releases their records on?

16. What is the capital city of the South Holland province and seat of the Dutch Government?

17. Who starred alongside Barbara Streisand in the film What’s Up Doc?

18. Who wrote the play The Mousetrap, the longest running West End show?

19. What was the name of actress Zoe Wannamaker’s father, an American actor and director who moved to the United Kingdom after becoming fearful of being blacklisted in Hollywood due to his communist sympathies?

20. What is the name of the family in the US TV series Married… with Children, originally broadcast from April 5, 1987, to June 9, 1997?


a have your cake and eat it quiz

It’s Sunday, week 10 of Lockdown 3! As usual, no Fagan’s theme quiz!

This week has been quiztastic. As well as writing this one, we’ve hosted an online quiz and participated in another – in the same evening!

It’s a quiz of 20 questions, and the theme is back.

There’s 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. The books Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler and Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela all have what in common?

2. What is the name of this popular beat combo?

3. Toxteth, Knotty Ash and Sefton Park can all be found in which city?

4. The statue of travel agent Thomas Cook can be seen outside which cities station as a tribute to his first organised trip, by train to Loughborough, in 1841?

5. Which is England’s most northerly national park?

6. Who is the artist and song, from 1983, in this video?

7. Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire is the seat of which Dukes?

8. Which football team’s only period in the top division to date lasted 34 consecutive years between 1967 and 2001, have only one major trophy win – the FA Cup in 1987 – and regularly have their 1978-81 away kit voted as the worst kit ever?

9. What is a gingerbread cake traditionally made with oatmeal and black treacle, which originated in northern England and is traditionally eaten on Guy Fawkes Night?

10. What is the British policy of deinstitutionalisation, treating and caring for physically and mentally disabled people in their homes rather than in an institution, that was introduced in 1983, called?

11. What is the foremost part of a ship or boat called?

12. By what name does this popular beat combo go by?

13. Which battle, that took place on 21 October 1805, was an engagement between the British and combined French and Spanish forces during the War of the Third Coalition?

14. On which show did guest Billy Connolly threatened Rod Hull with the line “If that bird comes anywhere near me, I’ll break its neck and your bloody arm!”?

15. Which English comedian, presenter, actor, and writer is best known as JP in the TV series Fresh Meat and Alfie Wickers in the series Bad Education and, since 2018, he has been the host of the Brit Awards?

16. Another popular beat combo and song to name?

17. Which monthly British magazine was published from January 1891 to March 1950, running to 711 issues and was composed of short fiction and general interest articles?

18. Oscar Wild (1895), Dr, Crippen (1910), John Christie (1953), Hugh Cornwall (1980) and Pete Doherty (2005) have all spent time where, at her majesties pleasure?

19. Who is the presenter, broadcaster and journalist best known as the host of his BBC Radio 2 lunchtime programme which presents news, views, interviews with live guests and popular music and is also the host of the Channel 5 quiz show, Eggheads?

20. Who is this and what is the title of the song she is “singing”?