Christmas Quiz 2003 – Results and Answers
The winner this year was Keith with the top score of 40. Close behind were Furby, Mick and Pat, Sue and Helen. Congratulations to them and thanks to all who entered. Here is Keith’s magnificent trophy:
Here are all the answers, followed by a short passage illustrating the Christmas connexions.
D. In Art, which D stands over 13 ft tall in Florence, though he made his name as the little guy? David, Michelangelo’s 13 ft statue in Florence, which shows him just before vanquishing Goliath
H. In Politics, which H did David Blunkett say he did not wish to be during the parliamentary debate on asylum in November 2003? Herod - referring to the possibility of taking children into care, Mr Blunkett said it would be a last resort and he was not in politics to be the ‘King Herod of the Labour Party’
I. In 18th Century Drama, for what I does a young gentleman mistake the father of his bride-to-be, and as a result is conquered by her? An Innkeeper. In Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer, the hero is led to believe a private house is an inn, allowing the daughter of the house to pose as a barmaid to win his love
M. In Food and Drink, what B M was invented by an American barman in the 20s when he mixed vodka and tomato juice? A Bloody Mary, according to the Tabasco company, was invented by one Fernand Petiot, who eventually added peppers, lemon and – guess what – tabasco to the recipe
N. In History, which royal N was murdered by Bolsheviks in July 1918, together with his wife and five children? The deposed Czar Nicholas II, who had abdicated the previous year and had been exiled to Siberia
O. In Music, what O was the post held by the man on the right in Weimar between 1708 and 1717, during which time he made his musical name? Organist – the man on the right was Bach, who during this period was Organist to the Duke of Saxe-Weimar and composed many of his best organ works
P. In Aviation, which H P was the first British commercial company to manufacture aeroplanes? Handley Page, which became a major manufacturer of both civil and military aircraft, including the Halifax bomber in the Second World War and the Victor nuclear bomber of the Cold War, before the firm collapsed in 1970
Q. In Television, what Q links the following: Robinson, Magnusson, Gascoigne? They were quiz (or question) masters: Robert Robinson on Ask the Family or Anne Robinson on The Weakest Link, Magnus Magnusson on Mastermind, Bamber Gascoigne on University Challenge
R. In Entertainment, which R produced the annual scouts’ London Gang Show until 1974? Ralph Reader, a Broadway musical director and former boy scout, who devised the show in 1932
S. In Literature, which S D had an artistic upbringing in Ireland? Stephen Dedalus is the principal character in James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and later appears in Ulysses
T. In Nature, which T is the largest and rarest breed of swan? The Trumpeter Swan, a native of North America, nearly became extinct early in the last century
Z. In Pop Music, which Z released the CD Chrome, Smoke and BBQ in November 2003? Zee - ZZ Top released the CD on 24 November 2003 on the Rhino label (the answer strictly should have been ‘Zee’ – the person with the Christmas connexion – but, as this was a bit obscure, I allowed ‘ZZ Top’ also)
Christmas commemorates the birth of Our LORD Jesus Christ, or the EMMANUEL as foretold by Isaiah and announced by the ANGEL Gabriel to his mother, MARY. When HEROD threatened the first-born, Jesus’s father JOSEPH headed for Bethlehem, the birthplace of King DAVID. The Three KINGS, or Wise Men, BALTHAZAR, CASPAR and Melchior, followed a star to the scene of the birth, which was a stable allocated by an INNKEEPER, who had no room in the inn itself.
The modern celebration of Christmas Day may begin with a religious service, led by the VICAR, at which carol singing will be accompanied by the ORGANIST and lessons from the scriptures spoken by lay READERS. On Boxing Day, or St STEPHEN’s Day, there will be a range of more secular activities: in the countryside, fox hunting is popular, while at the pub the local QUIZMASTER may arrange an end-of-year quiz. At one time, this was the day for the distribution of presents in the manner of the fabled St NICHOLAS who became Santa Claus – though nowadays we may look more hopefully to a rich UNCLE.
Popular cultural activities include the exchange of Christmas cards, often featuring celebratory images such as singers or TRUMPETERS; the decoration of Christmas trees, topped by a star or FAIRY; the singing of carols, such as ‘God Rest Ye Merry GENTLEMEN’ and ‘Good King WENCESLAS’, about the ancient king of Bohemia and his PAGE; and listening to modern popular songs about Christmas, for example the 1997 Cool Christmas collection by Bobby ZEE and Zoe. But, at the end of the day, as it’s a holiday, you can do what YOU want.