A Very Christmas Quiz
Thank you for your excellent responses: some very good scores, particularly as several of you, I know, were relying on memory rather than Google. The overall winner was Curls, ably assisted by Babs, and they win the trophy. Other good scores came from Bill, Furby, Mick and Pat, and Eccles. I must also give a mention to Teresa, who did the quiz without any inside knowledge, and achieved a highly competitive score, only to be disqualified under the usual rules for family and friends. So here are the awards for the winners and the other top five finishers
Winners – Curls, with Babs
Mick and Pat
And here are the answers.
I. Christmas Celebrations
1. When and where was Christmas celebrated with an informal game of football, and an English barber cut a German’s hair?
In the First World War, an informal truce saw a football game and other fraternisation in No Man’s Land on Christmas Day 1914
2. Who described whose Christmas celebrations thus:
‘Let him in! It is a mercy he didn't shake his arm off. He was at home in five minutes. Nothing could be heartier. His niece looked just the same. So did Topper when he came. So did the plump sister when she came. So did every one when they came. Wonderful party, wonderful games, wonderful unanimity, won-der-ful happiness!’
Charles Dickens describing Ebenezer Scrooge’s Christmas, at his nephew Fred’s, in A Christmas Carol
3. When and where did the Christmas menu feature Consommé Seal and Buzzard’s Cake?
Cape Evans in Antarctica during the last Scott Expedition, mid-winter’s day 1911, ie actually 22 June
4. Who described his Christmas thus, and when (to the nearest decade)? ‘We had to dinner, my wife and I, a fine turkey and a mince-pie, and dined in state, poor wretch, she and I; and have thus kept our Christmas together, all alone almost – having not once been out.’
5. Whose Christmas Day began with gifts of a coin, a chocolate frog, a sweater and a cloak, and who ended the day in a snowball fight?
Harry Potter, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; the Weasleys played snowballs
6. What links the sky at night with the night before Christmas?
Clement Clarke Moore wrote the popular poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas, while Sir Patrick Moore presents the long-running television programme, The Sky At Night
7. What, seasonally, links Premium Bonds with the hit parade?
The computer used to select the winning Premium Bond numbers is known as Ernie, and Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) was a Christmas number one for Benny Hill in 1971
8. What links the exchange of Christmas greetings with the fictional Potteries town of Bursley?
The Christmas card, used to exchange greetings, and The Card by Arnold Bennett, whose eponymous hero, Denry Machin, becomes mayor of Bursley; also a made into a Pinewood film in 1952 starring Alec Guinness
9. What links a Christmas cracker and a type of cured pork?
Bacon is the cured pork and gunpowder (used for the ‘crack’) was introduced to the Western world from China by the English monk and philosopher, Roger Bacon, in the 13th century
10. What links the traditional Christmas dinner with a great conflagration?
The traditional Christmas dinner includes Christmas pudding; the Great Fire of London, 1666, began in a baker’s shop in Pudding Lane
11. Who returned to which square on Christmas Day 1995?
Frank Butcher, to Albert Square in Eastenders
12. Who discovered Christmas Island and when?
13. Which notable scientist was born on Christmas Day 1642? Which other notable scientist died in the same year?
14. Which famous novelist wrote a New Year letter to her niece, beginning ‘Ym raed Yssac, I hsiw uoy a yppah wen raey. Ruoy xis snisuoc emac ereh yadretsey …’ What happened to her the following year?
Jane Austen, writing to her niece, Cassandra; she died the following year
15. Who, for Christmas in which year, addressed his fans as follows:
‘Hello, this is John, speaking with his voice. We're all very happy to be able to talk to you like this on this little bit of plastic. This record reaches you at the end of a really gear year for us and it's all due to you.’
John Lennon, of the Beatles, on the Beatles Christmas record in 1963: for seven years, starting in 1963, the Beatles released a special Christmas album only to members of their fan club
16. GOD’S GLANCE WOKE SIN GOOD KING WENCESLAS
19. DARK NIGHT SHALL SHE ENRAGE HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING
20. MANY WEAR AGAIN AWAY IN A MANGER
V. Picture round
21. Morecambe and Wise, famous for television Christmas shows
22. King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, famous for the service of carols
23. Manger Square, Bethlehem, birthplace of Christ
24. St Nicholas, believed to be the original Santa Claus
25. Trafalgar Square, with the Christmas tree donated by Norway