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1. In which Christmas song can you find the words “Everyone dancing merrily in the new old-fashioned way”?

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2. What is wassailing?

Answer = an annual tradition to bless orchards to ensure a good harvest for the year to come

3. Before being connected with Christmas, what was Yule?

Answer = Norse winter feast

4. What is the name of the last ghost that visits Scrooge in A Christmas Carol?

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5. What is Frosty the Snowman’s nose made out of?

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6. Among Christians who lived in the East when was Christmas originally celebrated?

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7. In what century was Christmas first written as Xmas?

Answer = 16th

8. What is the Capital of Christmas Island?

Answer = Flying Fish Cove

9. What does Santa ride on in Finland?

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10. According to the Christmas song, what did my true love give to me on the eighth day of Christmas?

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11. In which direction should you stir the Christmas pudding mix if you want to avoid bad luck, clockwise or anticlockwise?

Answer = As I am not superstitious  either way :D- if I was then clockwise.

12. Apart from being the world’s largest, what was unusual about the snowman named Olympia?

Answer = It was female :thumbsup:

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13. Under which zodiac sign are you born if your birthday is December 25th?

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14. What popular Christmas song did Eartha Kitt record in 1953?

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15. The Grinch is as cuddly as a what?

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16. Are Santa’s reindeer male or female?

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17. In Japan, Santa is said to live on the moon. True or false?

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18 In the song Jingle Bells who was seated by my side?

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19. Which American president banned Christmas trees from the White House?

Answer = Theodore Roosevelt

20. In what decade did Coca-Cola start using Santa Clause in adverts?

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 I’ll bet you didn’t know …. (and maybe you’d rather not)

 

Caga Tío (the shitting log) is an integral part of a Catalonian Christmas. Starting December 8, children feed a log of wood every evening with morsels of food and cover it with a blanket to keep it warm. On Christmas Eve they leave the log alone and go to another room and pray for a lot of presents. On returning, they sing songs to the log while beating the living daylights out of it with big sticks and telling it to “shit”. The bewildered log obliges with sweets, nuts, small toys and the Catalonian delicacy Turron nougat. Believe me, it’s a sight to behold!

Answer = I didn’t

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Answers to last week's Christmas special:

  1. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree

  2. Going carol-singing at Christmas (not to be confused with ‘Orchard wassailing’ which has nothing to do with Christmas.

  3. A Pagan mid-winter festival celebrated in Norse mythology

  4. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

  5. A button

  6. January 6

  7. 16th century

  8. Flying Fish Cove

  9. A goat

  10. Eight maids a milking

  11. Clockwise

  12. Olympia was a snow-woman

  13. Capricorn

  14. Santa Baby

  15. A cactus

  16. Female. Males shed their antlers in November and are without them until Spring

  17. False

  18. Miss Fanny Bright

  19. Theodore Roosevelt

  20. 1920s

New Year special tomorrow when we can see if, and how much, our learning curve has improved or otherwise.

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New Year’s Eve or not, it’s still Friday. Here we are, on the brink of yet another new year and the pandemic is still very much alive and kicking. Who would have thought it possible, 10 April 1920, when I started posting a quiz to break the week up and keep the old grey matter ticking over and pliable. Once again it’s time to recap  and take stock of anything we may have learned that might just come in useful one day.

Get your thinking caps on! If you get this out of the way now, you’ll still have plenty of time to celebrate the arrival of 2022 - carefully and at a safe distance, of course.

2021 New Year Special:

  1. Are polar bears right-handed or left-handed?

  2. According to his business card, what was the profession of Al Capone?

  3. Golf balls were originally made of leather but what were they stuffed with?

  4. What was unusual about the way in which author Raymond Chandler’s wife did the housework?

  5. When was the first book on plastic surgery written?

  6. How many times an hour can a desert rat have sex?

  7. What did Florence Nightingale keep in her pocket during the Crimean War?

  8. At how many steps per minute does the Foreign Legion march?

  9. Beethoven, Casanova, George V. Which of them was a Freemason?

  10. At what age can a male eskimo be taught to smoke a pipe?

  11. For what offence was James Watt twice arrested?

  12. In which country was a referendum held to decide the placement of a public toilet?

  13. Only male canaries can sing . true or false?

  14. Maps of which country showed the capital city a few miles from it’s true position in order to confuse guided-missile programmers?

  15. Which English poet was once thought to be a French spy?

  16. Are scorpions immune to their own poison?

  17. Which racing circuit is built on abandoned RAF runways?

  18. How many minutes a day does the average newborn baby spend crying?

  19. Who introduced the table fork to England?

  20. Who played the piano in the Hollies’ hit He aint heavy, he’s my brother?

     

I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

Kangaroos cannot jump if their tails are lifted off the ground.

Answers on Thursday next week.

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1. Are polar bears right-handed or left-handed?

Answer =Left – David Attenborough told me J

2. According to his business card, what was the profession of Al Capone?

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3. Golf balls were originally made of leather but what were they stuffed with?

Answer = Goose feathers

4. What was unusual about the way in which author Raymond Chandler’s wife did the housework?

Answer = She did it in the nude.

5. When was the first book on plastic surgery written?

Answer =1597

6. How many times an hour can a desert rat have sex?

Answer = once the dies

7. What did Florence Nightingale keep in her pocket during the Crimean War?

Answer = An owl

8. At how many steps per minute does the Foreign Legion march?

Answer = 88

9. Beethoven, Casanova, George V. Which of them was a Freemason?

Answer = Casanova

10. At what age can a male eskimo be taught to smoke a pipe?

Answer = 18?

11. For what offence was James Watt twice arrested?

Answer = No idea but could it be ‘letting off steam’

12. In which country was a referendum held to decide the placement of a public toilet?

Answer = No idea – must be a joke. Is it  a joke?

13. Only male canaries can sing . true or false?

Answer = False

14. Maps of which country showed the capital city a few miles from it’s true position in order to confuse guided-missile programmers?

Answer = No idea. Surely it has to be North Korea.

15. Which English poet was once thought to be a French spy?

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16. Are scorpions immune to their own poison?

Answer = Yes

17 Which racing circuit is built on abandoned RAF runways?

Answer = Davidstow, Cornwall

18. How many minutes a day does the average newborn baby spend crying?

Answer = One hundred and eighty (as shouted on the PDC World Darts Championships)

19. Who introduced the table fork to England?

Answer = 11th century into Europe by Theophanu Byzantine wife of Emperor Otto the 2nd but the majority of England stuck to using their fingers until the 18th century.

20. Who played the piano in the Hollies’ hit He aint heavy, he’s my brother?

Answer = Elton John

 

I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

 

Kangaroos cannot jump if their tails are lifted off the ground.

Answer = I did. I’m the same :)

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  1.  Left handed
  2. Used furniture salesman
  3.  Boiled goose feathers,
  4.   Nude
  5.  1911
  6.  112
  7.  Owl
  8.  88
  9.  All
  10.  It is customary for the mother to take her babe from the breast and put her pipe or quid of tobacco in its mouth.”
  11. Perjury
  12. Canada, (Calgary.)
  13.  False
  14. Afghanistan
  15. William Wordsworth
  16.  Yes
  17. Silverstone, Goodwood, Thruxton, Snetterton, Castle Combe…... 
  18. 120
  19. Thomas Coryate
  20. Elton John
     
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Answers to last week's "New Year Special":

  1. Left-handed

  2. Second hand furniture dealer

  3. Feathers

  4. She did her housework in the nude

  5. 1597

  6. 122

  7. A small owl

  8. 88

  9. Casanova

  10. 3 years

  11. Flashing

  12. Liechtenstein

  13. True

  14. Russia

  15. William Wordsworth

  16. They are not immune to their own poison

  17. Silverstone

  18. 133

  19. Thomas Coryat (1608)

  20. Elton John

Normal service will be resumed tomorrow with the weekly quiz.
 

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Nice easy one to start off the new year:

  1. What is the highest British decoration for bravery?

  2. Who or what is a fustanella?

  3. How many standard bottles are there in a Magnum?

  4. Who was George Michael’s partner in the pop-duo Wham?

  5. Tyto Alba is better known by what name?

  6. What is the name of the pilgrim in John Bunyan’s famous book?

  7. Which chemical element has the symbol Ca?

  8. What is the popular name of the pyracantha?

  9. Name the English landscape artist who painted The Haywain?

  10. What is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea?

  11. Which English football club play at Roots hall?

  12. Who was the first man to drive at more than 400 mph?

I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

 

Shirt buttonholes are vertical but pyjama buttonholes are more often than not horizontal.

    Answers on Thursday, next week.

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  1. What is the highest British decoration for bravery? Victoria Cross
  2. Who or what is a fustanella? Skirt or kilt, worn by men.
  3. How many standard bottles are there in a Magnum? 4
  4. Who was George Michael’s partner in the pop-duo Wham? Andrew Ridgeley.
  5. Tyto Alba is better known by what name? Barn owl,
  6. What is the name of the pilgrim in John Bunyan’s famous book? Graceless (Christian)
  7. Which chemical element has the symbol Ca? Calcium
  8. What is the popular name of the pyracantha? Scarlet firethorn
  9. Name the English landscape artist who painted The Haywain?John Constable
  10. What is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea? Cuba
  11. Which English football club play at Roots hall? Southend United Football Club
  12. Who was the first man to drive at more than 400 mph? John Cobb
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 1. What is the highest British decoration for bravery?

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2. what is a fustanella?

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3. How many standard bottles are there in a Magnum?

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4. Who was George Michael’s partner in the pop-duo Wham?

Answer = Andrew Ridgely

5. Tyto Alba is better known by what name?

Answer = Barn Owl

6. What is the name of the pilgrim in John Bunyan’s famous book?

Answer = Friar Hubert

7. Which chemical element has the symbol Ca?

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8. What is the popular name of the pyracantha?

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9. Name the English landscape artist who painted The Haywain?

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10. What is the largest island in the Caribbean Sea?

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11. Which English football club play at Roots hall?

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12. Who was the first man to drive at more than 400 mph?

Answer = Mickey Thompson

 

I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

 

Shirt buttonholes are vertical but pyjama buttonholes are more often than not horizontal.

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Answers to last week's quiz:

  1. Victoria Cross for acts of military gallantry or the George Cross, awarded to all ranks of the services and also to civilians. They are equal in stature

  2. A skirt worn by a Greek soldier

  3. 2

  4. Andrew Ridgeley

  5. Barn Owl

  6. Christian

  7. Calcium

  8. Firethorn

  9. John Constable

  10. Cuba

  11. Southend United

  12. John Cobb


New quiz tomorrow.


 


 


 

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Here we go again! Quite a few here that I couldn't answer so get your thinking caps on:

  1. Why was General Claus von Stauffenberg executed in 1944?

  2. What is the capital of Qatar?

  3. By what name was tap dancer Luther Robinson known?

  4. Which unit amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps in 1918 to form the RAF?

  5. From which country does the dish ‘enchilada’ originate?

  6. Which word connects: crab, mite, monkey, plant and wasp?

  7. Which golfer won the 1997 Us Open?

  8. What was Charlie Chaplin’s middle name?

  9. Into which bay does the River Ganges flow?

  10. Who was the male star of the film Lolita?

  11. Who plays against Celtic in an Auld Firm derby match?

  12. Which country is served by Findel Airport?


 

I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

Lord Byron resorted to curlers to give him wavey hair.

 

Answers on Thursday next week.

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  1. Why was General Claus von Stauffenberg executed in 1944? Attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
  2. What is the capital of Qatar? Doha,
  3. By what name was tap dancer Luther Robinson known? Bojangles
  4. Which unit amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps in 1918 to form the RAF? Royal Naval Air Service.
  5. From which country does the dish ‘enchilada’ originate? Mexico,
  6. Which word connects: crab, mite, monkey, plant and wasp? Spider.
  7. Which golfer won the 1997 Us Open? Ernie Els
  8. What was Charlie Chaplin’s middle name? Spencer
  9. Into which bay does the River Ganges flow? Bay of Bengal.
  10. Who was the male star of the film Lolita? James Mason
  11. Who plays against Celtic in an Auld Firm derby match? Glasgow Rangers
  12. Which country is served by Findel Airport? Luxembourg.
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1. Why was General Claus von Stauffenberg executed in 1944?

Answer = Plotting to kill Hitler

2. What is the capital of Qatar?

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3. By what name was tap dancer Luther Robinson known?

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4. Which unit amalgamated with the Royal Flying Corps in 1918 to form the RAF?

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5. From which country does the dish ‘enchilada’ originate?

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6. Which word connects: crab, mite, monkey, plant and wasp?

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7. Which golfer won the 1997 Us Open?

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8. What was Charlie Chaplin’s middle name?

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9. Into which bay does the River Ganges flow?

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10. Who was the male star of the film Lolita?

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11. Who plays against Celtic in an Auld Firm derby match?

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12. Which country is served by Findel Airport?

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I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

 

Lord Byron resorted to curlers to give him wavey hair.

Answer = I didn’t

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This week's quiz:

  1. Where in London did an IRA bus-bomb occur in February 1996?

  2. Who was the King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1625 to 1649?

  3. Who is the patron saint of carpenters?

  4. What is the capital of Nicaragua?

  5. What would your occupation be if your work involved you with MIG and TIG?

  6. Which sportsman was nicknamed ‘Guy the Gorilla’?

  7. Who composed the Pathetique symphony?

  8. Which spirit forms the base of a ‘Horse’s Neck?

  9. How many arms bearing suckers does a squid have?

  10. Who had a number one hit with All Kinds of Everything?

  11. Which British PM resigned over the Suez crisis?

  12. How many geese were “a laying” in the Christmas song?

 

I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

Benjamin Disraeli’s false teeth once fell out whilst making a speech in the House of Commons

Answers on Thursday next week.

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  1. Where in London did an IRA bus-bomb occur in February 1996? Aldwych
  2. Who was the King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1625 to 1649? Charles I
  3. Who is the patron saint of carpenters? Saint Joseph
  4. What is the capital of Nicaragua? Managua,
  5. What would your occupation be if your work involved you with MIG and TIG? Welder
  6. Which sportsman was nicknamed ‘Guy the Gorilla’? Ian Botham
  7. Who composed the Pathetique symphony? Tchaikovsky.
  8. Which spirit forms the base of a ‘Horse’s Neck? Brandy
  9. How many arms bearing suckers does a squid have? Eight
  10. Who had a number one hit with All Kinds of Everything? Dana,
  11. Which British PM resigned over the Suez crisis? Anthony Eden.
  12. How many geese were “a laying” in the Christmas song?Six

 

 

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1. Where in London did an IRA bus-bomb occur in February 1996?

Answer = Aldwych

2. Who was the King of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1625 to 1649?

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3. Who is the patron saint of carpenters?

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4. What is the capital of Nicaragua?

Answer =Q4.jpg.ce512d0c0646afcd82a6429d05965083.jpg

5. What would your occupation be if your work involved you with MIG and TIG?

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6. Which sportsman was nicknamed ‘Guy the Gorilla’?

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7. Who composed the Pathetique symphony?

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8. Which spirit forms the base of a ‘Horse’s Neck?

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9. How many arms bearing suckers does a squid have?

Answer = 6

10. Who had a number one hit with All Kinds of Everything?

Answer =59767159_Q10Dana.jpg.3db91c555bbabf333bbc31ad1e493e60.jpg

11. Which British PM resigned over the Suez crisis?

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12. How many geese were “a laying” in the Christmas song?

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I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

 

Benjamin Disraeli’s false teeth once fell out whilst making a speech in the House of Commons

Answer = I didn’t. But I know mine did ☹️

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