Cryptic Christmas Quiz

Christmas Quiz 4 – Round 1 – Picture Round

This year’s festive picture round is a cryptic Christmas quiz. We will give you a group of pictures which, when read out loud, should sound out something resembling a festive word or phrase. Which Christmas words are we trying to say?

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1. Tinsel (tin-cell)

 

2. Sugar plum

 

3. Chestnuts (chest-nuts)

 

4. Advent (add-vent)

 

5. Decorate (Deck-oar-eight)

 

6. Poinsettia (point(minus the ‘t’)- settee-a)

 

7. Gingerbread

 

8. Stocking (stocks (minus the ‘s’)-king)

 

9. Frankinscense (Frank (Sinatra)-inn-scents)

Frank Sinatra photo credit: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=318240

 

10. Jingle Bells (gin-girl-bells)

 

 

All photos are public domain and no credit is required with the exception of the Frank Sinatra photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

 

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Christmas Number Ones

Christmas Quiz 4 – Round 2 – Christmas Number Ones

Christmas Number Ones Quiz – In which year were the following songs Christmas number one in the UK?

1. ‘A Moment Like This’ – Leona Lewis

2006

2. ‘2 Become 1’ – Spice Girls

1996

3. ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ – Harry Belafonte

1957

4. ‘Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord’ – Boney M

1978

5. ‘Can We Fix It?’ – Bob the Builder

2000

6. ‘There’s No One Quite Like Grandma’ – St Winifred’s School Choir

1980

7. ‘Skyscraper’ – Sam Bailey

2013

8. ‘Return to Sender’ – Elvis Presley

1962

9. ‘Mr Blobby’ – Mr Blobby

1993

10. ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ – Band Aid (Original Version)

1984

 

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Winter Sports Quiz

Christmas Quiz 4 – Round 3 – Winter Sports

1. Which female member of Team GB won a gold medal in the Skeleton event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics?

Lizzy Yarnold

2. How many people are there in a curling team?

4

3. Which four-lettered winter sport is the French word for ‘sledge’ or ‘toboggan’?

Luge

4. In which country will the 2018 Winter Olympic Games be held?

South Korea (Pyeongchang)

5. In skiing, which piste colour denotes a beginner’s slope?

Green

6. Which country has won the most Winter Olympic medals to date?

Norway (329 medals since 1896, followed by the United States with 282)

7. Torville and Dean famously won Gold at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics, but they also won a medal at the 1994 Lillehammer games. Which colour was the medal?

Bronze

8. Which 1993 American comedy film is loosely based on the Jamaican bobsleigh team’s debut entry into the 1998 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada?

Cool Runnings

9. Which two sports are included in the Winter Olympic Biathlon?

Skiing and shooting (cross-country skiing and rifle shooting)

10. Bobsleigh has two events with different numbers of competitors in each team. How many people are in a bobsleigh in each of the two events? (Give two numbers as your answer)

2 and 4

 

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Christmas Anagrams

Christmas Quiz 4 – Round 4 – Christmas Anagrams

In this Christmas anagrams quiz we have taken the names of ten popular Christmas toys since 1980 and  jumbled them up. Can you work out which Christmas toys they are?

1. Maybe Go (1991)

GameBoy

2. A Gothic Mat (1997)

Tamagotchi

3. Hot Bubble Ride (2001)

Bob the Builder

4. Buck Bruise (1980)

Rubik’s Cube

5. Dirty Canals (1992)

Tracy Island

6. Bear Poison (2004)

Robosapien

7. Pure Optimism (1985)

Optimus Prime

8. Grizzly Tea Hub (1996)

Buzz Lightyear

9. Snaky Garden Lists (2012)

Skylanders Giants

10. Narrower Pegs (1994)

Power Rangers

 

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Christmas TV Quiz

Christmas Quiz 4 – Round 5 – Christmas Television

1. In ‘Vicar of Dibley: The Christmas Lunch Incident’ (1996), the vicar reluctantly accepts invitations to too many Christmas dinners – How many Christmas dinners did Geraldine have?

Four (1: Frank Pickle and Jim Trott, 2: David and Hugo Horton, 3: Alice and her mother and sister and 4: Owen Newitt)

2. The 2000 Christmas show ‘Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings’ ended with a musical finale centred around which female politician?

Ann Widdecombe

3. In the 2012 Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas special, ‘Mammy Christmas’, Agnes is disappointed to discover that the nativity play has been cancelled and decides to stage her own. Which role does Mrs Brown play?

The Virgin Mary

4. Which member of ‘The Royle Family’ was born on Christmas Day?

Baby David (Surname: Best, born on Christmas Day 1999)

5. Who got married in the 2015 Christmas Special of ‘Downton Abbey’, which was also the grand finale?

Edith and Bertie

6. In which year did ‘Christmas with Morecambe and Wise’ feature Eric Morecambe playing a strange version of Grieg’s Piano Concerto before informing André Previn that he was playing “All the right notes but not necessarily in the right order”?

1971

7. In the 2003 ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ Christmas special entitled ‘Cold Turkey’, Patsy is rushed to hospital and Edina is informed that ‘Miss Stone has died.’ In fact, it was not Patsy who had died but her sister. Who played Patsy’s sister?

Kate O’Mara

8. In a December 2002 Friends episode, Chandler is forced to work away from home for Christmas, although he quits his job and goes back to Monica after a female co-worker makes a pass at him. In which US city had he been working?

Tulsa

9. ‘To the Manor Born’ revisited our screens for a Christmas special in 2007 where Richard and Audrey made plans to celebrate a special wedding anniversary. Which anniversary was it?

Silver/25 years

10. At the end of 1999, a ‘Dinnerladies’ episode was broadcast that was named after an important word that Bren couldn’t pronounce. What was it?

Minnellium (instead of millennium – accept either answer)

 

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Christmas Characters

Christmas Quiz 4 – Round 6 – Christmas Characters

Christmas Characters quiz – Below are some Christmas-related characters from literature. All you need to do is to tell us who invented the character or characters.

1. The Grinch

Dr. Seuss (The Grinch Who Stole Christmas)

2. Ebenezer Scrooge

Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol)

3. The Snowman (from the book of the same name)

Raymond Briggs

4. The Christmasaurus

Tom Fletcher

5. The Hogfather

Terry Pratchett

6. Mr. Christmas

Roger Hargreaves

7. The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

E.T.A. Hoffman (Tchaikovsky’s ballet is based on this original story)

8. The Little Match Girl

Hans Christian Andersen

9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Robert Lewis May

10. The Other Wise Man

Henry van Dyke

 

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Christmas Quiz Questions and Answers

Christmas Quiz 4 – Round 7 – General Knowledge

1. Who first released a recording of the song ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ in 1957?

Bobby Helms

2. A toy of which ‘Sesame Street’ character became a popular but elusive Christmas toy in 1996?

Elmo (Tickle Me Elmo)

3. Who played Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1935 film version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ entitled ‘Scrooge’?

Sir Seymour Hicks

4. ‘Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume breathes of life, of gathering gloom…’ These are words taken from which Christmas carol?

We Three Kings

5. How many ‘Home Alone’ films were made in total, including those only produced for television?

5 (Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Home Alone 3, Home Alone 4 and Home Alone: The Holiday Heist – the last two were TV movies only)

6. Although the first windows of Advent calendars are opened on the 1st December, this is not when Advent actually starts and its exact date moves each year. How is the start of Advent decided?

It is the fourth Sunday before Christmas (27th November in 2016 and 3rd December in 2017)

7. Which storm caused intensive flooding with homes being evacuated in Lancashire and Yorkshire just before Christmas in 2015?

Storm Eva

8. Which hugely influential English physicist and mathematician was born on Christmas day in the year 1642?

Sir Isaac Newton

9. Which of the puppets plays the author and narrator Charles Dickens in the 1992 film ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’?

The Great Gonzo

10. In which year was the Christmas John Lewis advert entitled ‘Monty the Penguin’?

2014

 

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