What is the correct way to punctuate a sentence like the following?

The problem of descrimpivity challenges us to answer the following questions: (1) which is more important, the bibble or the babble?; and (2) how do we explain why the potato trumps the tomato?

Spell check rejects both comma and semicolon after the question mark. But then how do I separate questions (1) and (2)?

  • Googling 'descrimpivity' gives me only two returns, both of which are the above question. – Nigel J Jan 11 '18 at 20:06
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    @Nigel J It's obviously a contrived example. // Using running text for such sequences of questions has long been seen to be less than ideal. If numbering is seen to be acceptable, why isn't bullet-pointing? – Edwin Ashworth Jan 11 '18 at 20:49
  • Break them up into an indented list for clarity. Alternately, use two sentences. // The first problem of ... is ... ? // The second problem of ... is ... ? – Davo Jan 11 '18 at 21:51

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