2013 Christmas Quiz Answers

Hope you enjoyed that now here are the answers I was looking for

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  1. What is the most northerly capital in the world? [Reykjavik]
  2. Which cartoon bear would find in the 100 Acre Wood? [Winnie The Pooh]
  3. What is the capital city of Afghanistan?[Kabul]
  4. On a Monopoly board, which street shares the same colour as Leicester Square and Piccadilly?[Coventry Street]
  5. What is the national currency of Egypt? [The Pound]
  6. Which actor was the first to play Doctor Who? [William Hartnell]
  7. Which actor played the original ‘Granddad’ in Only Fools and Horses? [Lennard Pearce]
  8. Which actress links ‘The Darling Buds of May’ and ‘Rosemary and Thyme’?       [ Pam Ferris]
  9. In the 1994 Disney film the Lion King, which actor provided the voice of the evil lion ‘Scar’? [Jeremy Irons]
  10. In the film Mary Poppins, who played Mrs Banks, mother to Jane and Michael? [Glynis Johns]                              Name the book that these first lines come from
  11. “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. [Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)]
  12. Call me Ishmael. [Moby Dick (Herman Melville)]
  13. Now is the Winter of our Discontent.[ Richard III (Shakespeare)
  14. It was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day’s rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips.[ The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling)]
  15. When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. [The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)]
  16. Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Nirvana, featured heavily in the news during the 90s – but who was he married to?[ Courtney Love ]
  17. Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ was featured in which film? [The Bodyguard ]
  18. What was the name of the handheld digital pet which was created in the 90s and started a craze amongst children? [Tamagotchi]
  19. Freddie Mercury topped the charts in August 1993, two years after his death – but with which song? [Living On My Own ]
  20. What was the name of the housekeeper in the 90s Irish sitcom, ‘Father Ted’? [Mrs Doyle]
  21. What was the name of the first cloned sheep, hitting headlines in 1996?[ Dolly]
  22. How many pints are there in a firkin? [72]
  23. Which juice drink takes its name from the Maori phrase meaning ‘be healthy’? [Kia-Ora]
  24. Who invented the electric, pop-up toaster? [Charles Strite]
  25. What was the name of the first test-tube baby? [Louise Brown]
  26. Which is the only orchid plant that produces edible fruit? [Vanilla orchid (which is where vanilla pods come from)]
  27. This English naval administrator and Member of Parliament was born in February 1633, although he is now more famous for something else he created. [Samuel Pepys]
  28. How would you translate the Latin phrase ‘cave canem’?(Pronounced ‘car-vay cay-nem’) [Beware of the dog]
  29. What is Madonna’s middle name? [Louise (Madonna Louise Ciccone)]
  30. Which famous celebrity is ‘A Pretender’ – when the letters of his name are rearranged? [Peter Andre]
  31. What was Miss Marple’s first name? [Jane]
  32. Who painted ‘The Laughing Cavalier’? [Frans Hals]
  33. Which British Prime Minister was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature? [Sir Winston Churchill (1953)]
  34. In maths, what is 4 cubed? [64]
  35. Who is attributed with the quote “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” [Dolly Parton]
  36. Who made the catchphrase ‘correctomundo’ famous? [Henry Winkler as ‘The Fonz’ on the TV show Happy Days]
  37. Which singer’s real name is Vincent Damon Furnier? [Alice Cooper]
  38. Which 2 main London railway stations have the word Cross in their names? [Charing Cross and Kings Cross]
  39. In which capital city would you be if you had visited Grafton Street and the Ha’penny Bridge? [Dublin]
  40. What type of beans would you find in a tin of baked beans? [Haricot beans]
  41. Who invented the jet engine? [Sir Frank Whittle]
  42. What was the name of the first British woman to travel into space? [Helen Sharman]
  43. From which English port did the Titanic set sail on April 10th 1912? [Southampton]
  44. In Douglas Adams’s book ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy’, what is the answer to the universal question of life, the universe and everything? [42]
  45. What is the capital city of Peru? [Lima]
  46. What does a Hippologist study? [Horses]
  47. What substance is the lead in pencils made of? [Graphite]
  48. In the term CAT scan – what does CAT stand for? [Computerised axial tomography]
  49. In the nursery rhyme ‘Jack and Jill’, what did Jack bind his head with? [Vinegar and brown paper]
  50. According to the bible, what animal did Noah release out of the ark first, when the rain stopped? [A raven]
  51. What was the name of Adrian’s love interest in Sue Townsend’s book ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ ‘?[Pandora Braithwaite]
  52. What were the first names of the Brothers Grimm? [Jacob and Wilhelm]
  53. What is the name for a word or phrase which is spelled the same forwards as it is backwards?[ A palindrome]
  54. I have no feet but I can run. I give you health and also fun. What am I? [water]
  55. The Battle of Edgehill was the first of which conflict? [The English Civil War]
  56. Who was the first man to walk on all 5 continents? [Captain James Cook]
  57. In what year did the London Underground first open? [1863]
  58. How many spots are there in total on two dice? [42]
  59. What was the name of the cat at 10 Downing Street between 1989 and 1997? [Humphrey]
  60. What is the name of the pigment that makes leaves green? [Chlorophyll]
  61. Which actress appeared in ‘Brighton Rock’, ‘The Calendar Girls’ and ‘Gosford Park’? [Dame Helen Mirren]
  62. Frederick Bulsara is the real name of which singer? [Freddie Mercury]
  63.  What name was taken by Cardinal Joseph Sarto when he became pope? [Pius X]
  64. What is a baby oyster called? [A spat]
  65. What is the capital city of Croatia? [Zagreb]
  66. What is stored in a Bodega? [Sherry]
  67. How would a French person wish you a Merry Christmas? [Joyeux Noël]
  68. Christmas Island belongs to which country? [Australia]
  69. Which city is generally considered to be the birthplace of Jesus? [Bethlehem]
  70.  “Twas the Night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…” What is the next line? (18 words) [The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.]
  71. Which 1846 book tells the story of a little girl selling matches on the cold streets on New Year’s Eve? [The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Andersen]
  72.  Can you name all 8 reindeer, as listed in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’? [ Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder (or Donner – depending on version) and Blitzen]
  73. What name is given to small sausages wrapped in bacon,a staple at a British Christmas dinner? [Pigs in blankets]
  74. 26th December is known as Boxing Day and which saint’s day? [Saint Stephen’s Day (Feast of Saint Stephen)]
  75. What is the greatest-selling Christmas single of all time? [Bing Crosby – White Christmas (Sales in excess of 50 million worldwide)]
  76.  True or False; if you add together all of the gifts in the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, you get 363 gifts. [ False – you get 364]
  77. What is the name of the dot above a lowercase ’i’ or a ‘j’? [A tittle]
  78.  What is the nautical term for the back of a ship? [The stern]
  79. Sophie Ellis-Bextor is the daughter of which former Blue Peter presenter? [Janet Ellis]
  80. What musical instrument does Lisa play in the Simpsons? [Saxophone]
  81. Who wrote the first English dictionary? [Samuel Johnson]
  82. In Sandro Botticelli’s famous painting, ‘The  Birth of Venus’, what object is Venus standing on? [A (clam) shell]
  83. Which country elected the first female Prime Minister, in 1960? [Sri Lanka (Called Ceylon at the time)]
  84. Which two of Henry VIII’s six wives outlived him? [Anne of Cleves (4th wife, divorced) and Catherine Parr (6th wife)]
  85. King Zog ruled which country? [Albania]
  86. How many main balls are there to choose from in a National Lottery Thunderball game? [39]
  87.  What is the currency of Uganda?[ Shilling]
  88. Petra is a World Heritage site in which country?[ Jordan]
  89. Colin Fry has made his name as what type of entertainer? [Medium]
  90. Who is the famous television presenter wife of Vernon Kay? [Tess Daly]
  91. Which Beatles album had the original artwork banned, as it contained images that were deemed too shocking? [Yesterday and Today (with the Beatles dressed as butchers, covered with meat and doll parts)]
  92. How many pieces does each player begin with in a game of chess? [16]
  93. Who provided the voice of the evil lion ‘Scar’ in Disney’s ‘Lion King’?[ Jeremy Irons]
  94. Mount Rushmore has sculpted heads of four American Presidents; George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt… and who else? [Thomas Jefferson]
  95. In ‘Back To The Future’, Marty McFly travelled back in time – to which year? [1955]
  96. Calvados is a brandy made from which fruit? [Apples]
  97. In the nursery rhyme ‘Sing a Song of Sixpence’, where was the queen?[ In the parlour (eating bread and honey)]
  98. How many people survived the sinking of RMS Titanic? [706 (492 passengers and 214 crew)]
  99. The river Po flows through which country? [Italy]

What’s It All About Then??



Isn’t it time we stopped and thought “What is Christmas all about?” I think the answer’s in the question. There is nothing about over-eating, drinking lavish presents etc. 
Peace on earth goodwill to all men (only for one day then back to the normal prejudices’),
In this materialistic world are we giving our children the wrong message jist look at the TV and it seems that everyone must have the latest electrical gadget. There was even mentioned on the JK show that a 5 year old had had his ipad stolen – a 5 year old? It this and the TV becoming the parents and childminders of the future (or even now) By the way JK then bought the 5 year old a new ipad! Words fail me.

Anthony wrote

Everybody should follow my rule and celebrate festivities at the given time to make it a lot more special and fun, meanwhile in their world Christmas started upon 12th of November with the first Christmas advert on the idiot lantern,

  • The shops started selling mince pies with a sell by date of 10-12-13 ! ,
  • Z list celebs turning on the lights,
  • 40 year old Christmas hits bellow from the ole radiograms,
  • I watched the program Miranda last night and it was a regular episode, I turned over channels the previous two weeks because they were Christmas episodes! ,

On Wednesday (12th) evening I adorned the house with decorations, yesterday I went to Wasda and ‘blow me down strike a light guv’ the decorations there are on sale reduced to half price and as I said to a women there who was franticly looking for but couldn’t find tinsel “ah they are making space for the Easter eggs ” (hot cross buns are sold all year around).

I believe children are taught what Christmas is about at a young age when they perform the nativity at school, it’s a lovely magical time for them and hope it remains that way forever, the problem is by their teens they are brainwashed and sucked into the consumerism world which makes it horrendous, disposable and meaningless,

However, as the old saying goes “the older you are the wiser you get” and I think people revert to their very earlier days.

I suppose when the distribution centres return to work after Christmas the lorries and vans will be loaded with Easter Eggs and Summer clothes ready for the Quick Kill.

I wonder when the first summer holiday adverts will be televised. It was always on Boxing Day when I was younger and if I remember rightly I think it was always Butlins