Christmas Quiz

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Neil Graham
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Christmas Quiz

Post by Neil Graham » Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:42 pm

In another thread (Chess Life returning to normal) SAGE advised no board games at Christmas - but suggested a Christmas quiz.

I've 40 questions prepared - so here are the first ten. Please do not suggest the answers in this thread. I will either give the first ten answers next week or leave all the answers to the end. You can print off the questions and amaze the family on Boxing Day by producing them after the turkey leftovers!

Round One

Multi-Choice Seasonal Madness – the answer’s here but which one is it?

1) Who composed the music to “In the Bleak Midwinter?”
(a)Edward Elgar (b) Gustav Holst (c) Robert Cratchitt

2) Who had a hit in 1984 with “Summer Holiday?”
(a) Cliff Richard (b) Kevin the Gerbil (c) New Edition

3) Which of these football teams isn’t known as “The Robins”?
(a) Swindon Town (b) Cheltenham Town (c) Norwich City

4) Who wrote “To Autumn” starting “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”?
(a)John Keats (b) William Shakespeare (c) Ben Jonson

5) Which of these ingredients isn’t in Delia Smith’s Summer Pudding recipe?
(a)Blackberries (b) Blackcurrants (c) Raspberries

6) The song “Spring, Spring, Spring” comes from which musical?
(a)Oklahoma (b) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (c) Annie

7) In which ocean in Christmas Island?
(a) Indian (b) Arctic (c) Pacific

8 ) Who had the Christmas Number 1 in 1993?
(a) George Michael (b) Cliff Richard (c) Mr.Blobby

9) Who was the first wife of King Herod the Great?
(a) Herodias (b) Salome (c) Doris

10) Which country donates the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square
(a) Norway (c) Sweden (c) Finland

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Neil Graham » Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:24 pm

A week has gone by and Round Two to be posted shortly.

Anyone with answers to Round One can now post on here - in the form (a), (b), (c) etc please and I'll advise if anyone is 100% correct!

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Richard James » Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:27 pm

The correct answer to 1) is (d) Harold Darke. I prefer his setting to that of the answer you're expecting. Perhaps I'll post it on the Christmas Carols thread later.

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Neil Graham » Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:38 pm

Richard James wrote:
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:27 pm
The correct answer to 1) is (d) Harold Darke. I prefer his setting to that of the answer you're expecting. Perhaps I'll post it on the Christmas Carols thread later.
Thank you Richard. Harold Darke is a correct answer but not the correct answer as in the multi-choice above which is the tune probably 99% of people would recognise. Those of you who would like to listen to Harold's version will find it featured in the Young Chorister of the Year Final which took place on Sunday on the BBC see:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRO5U8zRIOc.

Several Christmas hymns have alternative tunes, O Little Town of Bethlehem is one that springs to mind, whilst When Shepherds watched their flocks by night is best sung, imho, to the tune of On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at rather than the drone of Old Winchester.

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Dec 10, 2020 11:47 pm

Here's Round Two of the Christmas Quiz. No answers on the Board please yet!

Round Two

Nothing beats watching television at Christmas but what if the stars used their real names?

Here are five film stars real names followed by five pop musicians – what are their stage names?

1) Marion Morrison
2) Archibald Leach
3) William Henry Pratt
4) Bernard Schwartz
5) Allen Koningsberg

6) Steveland Morris Hardaway
7) Annie Mae Bullock
8 ) Declan McManus
9) Georgios Panaylotou
10) Paul Hewson

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Nick Grey » Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:29 pm

Thanks Neil. I'm going to use your Quiz on Christmas Day. My partner is recovering from a stroke and her son will be cycling 12 miles to eat with us. This is just the sort of questions she loves.

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Neil Graham » Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:49 pm

Round One - answers (iN RED)

Round One

Multi-Choice Seasonal Madness – the answer’s here but which one is it?

1) Who composed the music to “In the Bleak Midwinter?”
(a)Edward Elgar (b) Gustav Holst (c) Robert Cratchitt

2) Who had a hit in 1984 with “Summer Holiday?”
(a) Cliff Richard (b) Kevin the Gerbil (c) New Edition

3) Which of these football teams isn’t known as “The Robins”?
(a) Swindon Town (b) Cheltenham Town (c) Norwich City

4) Who wrote “To Autumn” starting “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”?
(a)John Keats (b) William Shakespeare (c) Ben Jonson

5) Which of these ingredients isn’t in Delia Smith’s Summer Pudding recipe?
(a)Blackberries (b) Blackcurrants (c) Raspberries

6) The song “Spring, Spring, Spring” comes from which musical?
(a)Oklahoma (b) Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (c) Annie

7) In which ocean in Christmas Island?
(a) Indian (b) Arctic (c) Pacific

8 ) Who had the Christmas Number 1 in 1993?
(a) George Michael (b) Cliff Richard (c) Mr.Blobby

9) Who was the first wife of King Herod the Great?
(a) Herodias (b) Salome (c) Doris

10) Which country donates the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square
(a) Norway (c) Sweden (c) Finland

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by David Sedgwick » Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:52 pm

There is more than one answer to Question 7, as there is more than one Christmas Island.

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Neil Graham » Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:50 pm

David Sedgwick wrote:
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:52 pm
There is more than one answer to Question 7, as there is more than one Christmas Island.
Thanks David - I've looked this up and agree there is a further Christmas Island in the Pacific. So both answers are acceptable - but not, I hope, in the Arctic Ocean.

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Neil Graham » Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:27 am

Round Three Answers later= see above !!

Christmas Crackers – A Mistletoe Multichoice Miscellany

1) Who had “Great Balls of Fire” in 1957?
(a) Jerry Lewis (b) Martin Lewis (c) Jerry Lee Lewis

2) In Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves who is the only beardless dwarf?
(a) Doc (b) Grumpy (c) Dopey

3) Which English town has a famous Mistletoe Festival each year?
(a) Wells (b) Tunbridge Wells (c) Tenbury Wells

4) In which book does the villainess Milady de Winter appear?
(a) The Three Musketeers (b) Casino Royale (c) Oliver Twist

5) In which film did the song “White Christmas” originally feature
(a) White Christmas (b) Road to Utopia (c) Holiday Inn

6) Who had a No 1 hit with “When a Man loves a Woman”?
(a) Terry Toboggan (c) Percy Sledge (c) Bob Slay

7) Which Christmas hymn tune was composed by Sir Arthur Sullivan?
(a) It came upon a midnight clear (b) Away in a Manger (c) Silent Night

8 ) Who is playing Baron Hardup at Windsor’s 2020 Cinderella panto?
(a) Basil Brush (b) Nigel Havers (c) Richi Sunak

9) Where might you find the statement “Peace prosperity & friendship with all nations”?
(a) The Pope’s seasonal message (b) In your pocket (c) United Nations logo

10) What was “deep and crisp and even” on Boxing Day?
(a) Domino’s Pizza (b) the snow (c) Your bank balance

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Neil Graham » Thu Dec 17, 2020 5:31 pm

Round Two answers

Here are five film stars real names followed by five pop musicians – what are their stage names?

1) Marion Morrison John Wayne
2) Archibald Leach Cary Grant
3) William Henry Pratt Boris Karloff
4) Bernard Schwartz Tony Curtis
5) Allen Koningsberg Woody Allen

6) Steveland Morris Hardaway Stevie Wonder
7) Annie Mae Bullock Tina Turner
8 ) Declan McManus Elvis Costello
9) Georgios Panaylotou George Michael
10) Paul Hewson Bono

To clear up any queries some of these have had differing spellings so for example Stevie Wonder was Steveland Hardaway Morris rather than the other way round or indeed Steveland Hardaway Judkins; Declan McManus is mostly spelt Declan MacManus and the Georgios Panaylotou alternative is Georgios Panayiotou.

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Neil Graham » Sun Dec 20, 2020 2:57 pm

Round Four The fourth and Final Round!

When Shepherds watched their flocks

A flock is a collective noun for sheep – here’s ten others, which five are true and which five are false?

1) A covey of partridges in a pear tree............. True False
2) A pitying of Turtle Doves........................... True False
3) A mustering of Swans-a-Swimming................ True False
4) A nide of Geese-a-laying............................ True False
5) A clutch of French Hens............................ True False
6) A bevy of ladies dancing........................... True False
7) A fusillade of drummers drumming............... True False
8 ) A skirl of pipers piping............................. True False
9) An eloquence of Lords leaping.................... True False
10) A blush of maids milking........................... True False

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Neil Graham » Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:31 pm

Round Three - answers

Christmas Crackers – A Mistletoe Multichoice Miscellany

1) Who had “Great Balls of Fire” in 1957?
(a) Jerry Lewis (b) Martin Lewis (c) Jerry Lee Lewis

2) In Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves who is the only beardless dwarf?
(a) Doc (b) Grumpy (c) Dopey

3) Which English town has a famous Mistletoe Festival each year?
(a) Wells (b) Tunbridge Wells (c) Tenbury Wells

4) In which book does the villainess Milady de Winter appear?
(a) The Three Musketeers (b) Casino Royale (c) Oliver Twist

5) In which film did the song “White Christmas” originally feature
(a) White Christmas (b) Road to Utopia (c) Holiday Inn

6) Who had a No 1 hit with “When a Man loves a Woman”?
(a) Terry Toboggan (b) Percy Sledge (c) Bob Slay

7) Which Christmas hymn tune was composed by Sir Arthur Sullivan?
(a) It came upon a midnight clear (b) Away in a Manger (c) Silent Night

8 ) Who is playing Baron Hardup at Windsor’s 2020 Cinderella panto?
(a) Basil Brush (b) Nigel Havers (c) Richi Sunak

9) Where might you find the statement “Peace prosperity & friendship with all nations”?
(a) The Pope’s seasonal message (b) In your pocket (c) United Nations logo

10) What was “deep and crisp and even” on Boxing Day?
(a) Domino’s Pizza (b) the snow (c) Your bank balance

Despite the fact (as pointed out to me) that Question 6 had two answers (c) - did anyone really believe it was Bob Slay? In answer 9) just for clarification the statement is on the Brexit 50p which appeared in February of this year.

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Neil Graham » Wed Dec 23, 2020 5:20 pm

Round Four - results

A flock is a collective noun for sheep – here’s ten others, which five are true and which five are false?

1) A covey of partridges in a pear tree............. True False
2) A pitying of Turtle Doves........................... True False
3) A mustering of Swans-a-Swimming................ True False
4) A nide of Geese-a-laying............................ True False
5) A clutch of French Hens............................ True False
6) A bevy of ladies dancing........................... True False
7) A fusillade of drummers drumming............... True False
8 ) A skirl of pipers piping............................. True False
9) An eloquence of Lords leaping.................... True False
10) A blush of maids milking........................... True False

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Re: Christmas Quiz

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:33 pm

"A nide of Geese-a-laying"

That's interesting, however I now see that the Latin for nest is "nidus", so that would explain it. Thanks for the education!

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