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                                                       Number 19

                                     Questions set by Paul Emerson

                                         A festive quiz from Paul

1/ "Christmas wont be Christmas without presents" is the opening line of which novel?

2/ What name is given to the fear of Christmas?

3/ Since 1947 which European capital city has given a Christmas tree each year to the UK ? It can be seen in Trafalgar Square

4/ In sport, what did Santa Claus win in 1964?

5/ What now traditional festive job was first taken by James Edgar in 1890?

6/ Which Christmas item was invented by London baker Tom Smith in 1847?

7/ Which King of England was crowned on Christmas Day?

8/On Christmas day in 1950 what was stolen from Westminster Abbey by 4 Scottish students?

9/ What colony of the British Empire surrendered to the Japanese on Christmas Day in 1941?

10/ Who composed the Christmas Oratorio?

11/ Cyclone Tracy hit which Australian city at Christmas time 1974?

12/ Name either of the US States that has towns called Christmas?

13/ What red-blooming Christmas plant came from Mexico ?

14/ Which famous British explorer discovered in 1777 Christmas Island in the Kiribati Islands in The Pacific Ocean?

15/ Which American actor was born Joseph Yule Jnr, he co-starred in the 1938 film Boys Town?

16/ Which child actress said I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph?

17/ Featuring among others the songs my funny Valentine and Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, what Rodgers and Hart musical opened in New York on Christmas Day 1940?

18/ In which Bond film does the character Dr Christmas Jones appear played by Denise Richards?

19/ In which fictional land is it always winter but never Christmas?

20/ Which famous actor died Christmas Day 1977 in Switzerland.

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                                               Number 20

                                 Questions set by Maya Davis

1. What was the original site of the popular open-air art installation created by theatre designer Tom Piper and ceramic artist Paul Cummins?

2. What name is generally used in British theatre programmes to indicate an actor who is playing two parts or does not want his name revealed?

3 A slow version of the ‘Galop Infernale’ appears in a popular work by Saint-Saens. In which work did the original appear?

4 What man-made object can be found in conjunction with a key to hieroglyphics and 67P?

5 Which philosopher suggested allowing only certain plucked string instruments to be used in the city?

6. Icelandic horses have two additional gaits to the four generally recognised. What are they called?

7 What qualification did Mr Beene of Kensington gain after paying 7s 6d in 1935?

8 How are HM the Queen’s gloves connected with a Brighton-based detective?

9 What Paralympic sport, related to bowls and pétanque, was originally invented as a competitive sport for athletes with motor impairments resulting from cerebral palsy?

10. Which musical instrument’s name, also used for an organ stop, can be translated as ‘snake-key’?

11. Barbapapa was a popular French cartoon character – but what item of confectionery is referred to in French as ‘barbe à papa’?

12. Which song was allegedly inspired by the name on a woman’s gravestone in a cemetery in Woolton, Merseyside?

13. What winged creature, according to Scottish legend, covered Jesus in seaweed when his enemies appeared in hot pursuit and still displays a cross when it flies?

14. Which ballet score by a qualified football referee features a soccer match?

15. Where would you normally see the work of Julia Quenzler, Priscilla Coleman and Elizabeth Cook?

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                                               Number 21

                               Questions set by John Savage

The questions are based on 1970's UK Singles Chart Music

1/ I Play The Spoons was the B side to which No.1 hit?

2/ Which band comprised of Brian Connolly; Mick Tucker; Steve Priest and Andy Scott?

3/ Who had a hit with Bridget The Midget?

4/ Who was lead singer with Slick?

5/ Which band had a hit with Lone Ranger?

6/ The song Oh What A Circus shares the same music as which earlier hit?

7/ Easy Easy was a hit for which act?

8/ Which actor had a number 1 hit with If?

9/ Bernard Jewry was better known as what from the mid 70's?

10/ One and One is One was a hit for which act?

11. Which British Army Regiment's band had a hit with Scotch On The Rocks?

12/ What was the name of the song credited as a double A side with Mull Of Kintyre?

13/ Who had a 1977 hit with Sideshow?

14/ Which song is credited with being the first New Wave / Punk number 1?

15/ Which 1978 album was based on a work by HG Wells?

16/ How many No1 singles did the Who have during the decade?

17/ Pussycat, who had a No1 with Mississippi, came from which country?

18/ Double Barrel was a hit for which act?

19/ Which major hit was originally titled as No Future?

20/ Which detective series featured a theme that reached No1 in 1973?

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                                                      Number 22

                                     Questions set by Maya Davis

A real teaser this week a Connections quiz set by Maya

should suit fans of Only Connect

1.A French widow (choose your widow according to taste); a new location for the Keys of St. Peter; a holy woman who could possibly illustrate Picasso’s style in 1903; by-product of a tauromachy.

2.The younger brother of a Norfolk Duke; the father of an orphan with unusual foster parents; a crocodile’s victim - twice; a Jane Austen clergyman.

3.Darth Vader; hedgehogs (twice); an Aardman dog; a red squirrel.

4.Extreme dizziness; Cloud-Cuckoo Land; damage to soft furnishings (window-related); unexplained absence of Margaret Hilda Thatcher?

5.Psalms 2, 23, 100, 108,131,133; possible confusion with lymantria dispar dispar; Piper; Turner 1828.

6.Mallard or Mandarin; blind magistrate or his author half-brother; a string solo traditionally heard in the Royal Albert Hall in September; a characteristic feature of a dachshund.

7.Henry Cooper or Muhammed Ali; four leaves mean good luck – but three are more common; advocaat and lemon required; fictional Sussex bank manager c. 1940 – according to the greengrocer.

8.Four Seasons or Harmonic Inspiration; e.g. the monarch of St. Helier; a dear Italian female; a royal saint, an abdicator or 7 others.

9.A Roman Emperor and a concert venue; a Roman goddess and a famously bad bard; a bright star and Bill Bailey’s Books; a cat and a conundrum.

10.On the hill; on a heap of barley; Thermopylae; distant and low in numbers

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                                                     Number 23

                                    Questions set by Maya Davis

                          Identify the following fictional females

1 A saline plantar wart molested by sciurids.

2 An arachnophobe who abandons a meal.

3 A young woman lured by Trojan attractions who finally joins an Oak.

4 A nominally ill-fated woman who marries a distinguished warrior and dies thanks to a nominally-foreign James.

5 The florally-named heroine whose father is killed by strigiforms.

6 A late 18th century French knitter.

7 A prospective mother, previously deprived of embryonic offspring, lured into a trap by an unusual gentleman and rescued by a dog.

8 A much-married raconteuse from Aquae Sulis who joins a group trip to a cathedral.

9 Scarlet-wearing child finds unexpected item in the bedding area.

10 Dying light revived by believers’ applause

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                                                    Number 24

                                     Questions set by Tony Bell

                                            The Olympic Games
1/ How many men competed for Great Britain at the 1932 Winter Olympics?

2/ What Olympic Record do Roswitha Krause and Rebecca Romero share?

3/ Frank Shorter, Alain Mimoun, Ken McArthur and Michel Theato all won the Olympic marathon. What else do they have in common?

4/ Who declared two Summer Olympics open 36 years apart?

5/ How many Olympic Gold Medals did Mark Spitz win?

6/ Which Winter Olympic event was called "The Miracle On Ice"?

7/ How many Gold medals did Carl Lewis win in the USA?

8/ Ian Millar of Canada holds the record for the most appearances in the Olympic Games. How many Games has he competed in?

9/ In which year was cricket an Olympic Sport?

10/ Where were the Olympic Equestrian events held in 1956?

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