Christmas Trivia Quiz - Results

 

Thank you for your entries.  The high score (over 40) table is

 

Entrant

Points

Answer received

 

Curdle

50

8 December

 

Karin Rees

50

9 December

 

Maggie Shaw

50

14 December

 

Chrissie

50

16 December

 

Onslo

48

11 December

 

Panikos

46

9 December

 

Mick

42

16 December

 

OC

40

24 December

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By a short head, Curdle wins our Special Gold Certificate for the earliest received correct answer.  Gold Certificates go to Karin Rees, Maggie Shaw and Chrissie, who also scored maximum points.   Silver Certificates go to Onslo, Panikos, Mick and OC, all scoring over 40.  Commendable scores were also posted by Barrie Davey and several local (non-Web) entrants.  They receive Bronze Certificates.  Congratulations to all the winners.

 

And the answers were

 

General Knowledge

 

Cyclops?

 

Girls’ night out?

 

Mother of gold?

 

William, comice, conference?

 

Yellow ball in snooker?

 

 

 

 

One (one-eyed giant)

 

Hen (hen party)

 

Goose (laid golden eggs)

 

Pear (varieties of)

 

 

Two (points value of)

Literature

 

Famous detectives?

 

 

Leda’s lover?

 

 

Lost in Mount Doom?

 

 

 

Men in a boat?

 

 

 

 

Five (The Famous Five etc by Enid Blyton)

 

Swan (form taken by Zeus in classical myth)

 

Ring (destroyed by Frodo in The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien)

 

Three (Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome)

History

 

Catherine Parr?

 

 

Joan of Arc?

 

 

 

 

Six (wife number for Henry VIII)

 

Maid (the Maid of Orleans)

Religion

 

Apocalyptic equestrians?

 

 

Second out of the Ark?

 

 

 

Four (Horsemen of the Apocalypse)

 

Dove (sent out by Noah after the raven)

Films

 

Japanese swordsmen?

 

 

Sinatra’s tramp?

 

 

 

Walter’s Night to Remember?

 

 

 

 

Seven (The Seven Samurai)

 

Lady (The Lady is a Tramp sung by Frank Sinatra  in Pal Joey)

 

Lord (Walter Lord, author of the book on which Titanic was based)

 

Music

 

Charlie Parker?

 

 

Plays in haggis?

 

 

 

Ringo Starr?

 

 

 

 

Bird (saxophonist known as Bird)

 

Piper (in Scottish tradition the bagpipes are played when the haggis is served)

 

Drummer (in the Beatles)

Science and Technology

 

First moon landing?

 

Five dashes?

 

 

 

Oxygen?

 

 

Planets?

 

 

 

Eleven (Apollo mission)

 

Ten (in Morse code; also represents ‘0’, see below)

 

Eight (in the periodic table)

 

Nine (number of)

Brainteasers

 

Next number in the sequence

0        -4  4  0  8  4 

 

 

Pig trader arranged for Christmas game?

 

 

 

Twelve (numbers are alternately minus 4 and plus 8 on the preceding number)

 

 

Partridge (anagram)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The theme was the popular Christmas song beginning ‘On the first day of Christmas, My true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree’.

 

Subsequent gifts were two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese a-laying, seven swans a-swimming, eight maids a-milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords a-leaping, eleven pipers piping and twelve drummers drumming.

 

One of the questions proved to be unsatisfactory, for which I apologise.  My reference source, Pears Junior ’Cyclopedia, gave ‘10’ for the meaning of five dashes in Morse code.  While this may be an alternative usage, most of you knew that five dashes normally signify nought (zero).  This answer, however, does not fit the theme (unless as, ingeniously, some respondents did, you call it ‘love’ as in tennis), and, in the context of all the other answers, which relate to the gifts themselves, clearly ‘10’ is required here to complete the set of numbers 1 – 12. 

 

 

 

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