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OldPete's Festive Quiz - The Answers

By OldPete
January 12 2017

A bit later than intended but here are the answers to Pete's Quiz that we published over the Festive Period!








A Christmas Quiz     The Answers   - not to many takers for this one -   but nevertheless some did have a go and so here are my answers.


What might connect   or link   the following

  1.        Lemon , Lime , Cherry ,   nut , sky   They or all can precede or describe   a colour   - Lemon yellow , Lime green etc.
  2. What repeated events ( twice in each case ) connect Northampton with Barnet   ( No – it has got nothing to do with Saints and Sarries )    There were two battles of Northampton quite a few years apart. There were two battles of Barnet both in the wars of the roses.
  3. Gordon , Whispers , takeaway , lantern - All can be preceded by the word “ Chinese “
  4. Elizabeth 1st -   Charles II   - Queen Anne , William IV     All died without legimate heirs of their own body – so to speak.   The alternative suggestion   that they were all not immediate heirs to the throne also works here.
  5. Indira Ghandi , Olaf Palme , Spencer Percival , Hendrik Verwoerd  - All were assassinated


What might come next and why - in the following sequences.

  1. Pat , Betty , Rosalyn, Nancy , Barbara   Hilary - all are in sequence the first names of first ladies of the USA.
  2. Egypt , Ghana , South Korea   , Portugal   - countries of origin of Secretary Generals of the UN including as the answer the latest one
  3. Illinois, New York , Texas , …. California - US states in ascending order of electoral college votes.
  4. 12, 23, 6, 1, 2, …….   16   these in order from Pius XII are the regnant numbers of Popes  - the next one was Benedict XVI
  5.            ping pong , golf , tennis , ……   any bigger ball will do and you had lots of suggestions.


Which is the odd one out and why

  1. Brass , Bronze Pewter , Aluminium , Magnox    Aluminium - all the others are alloys
  2. Estonia , Ukraine , Mongolia, Georgia , Kazakhstan     Mongolia – all the others were constituent parts of the USSR.
  3. Aristotle , Aristophanes , Aeschylus , Euripides , Sophocles    Aristotle was a philosopher all the others were playwrites
  4. Gloucestershire , Essex , Northamptonshire , Warwickshire , Greater Manchester  -   My answer was Essex as all the others have a premier ship rugby team within their borders. However the cricket alternative also works.
  5. Adler , Cassels, Brain , Gould , Walton.   Walton   was a composer   - the others are all musicians – Adler – harmonica - Cassels – Cello   Brain French Horn , Gould - piano



16           Which invader became king on Christmas day ?   William the Conqueror

17           What is or was a “ Black Five “  A steam locomotive

18           How or why did a picnic cause an artistic scandal ? Degas painting “ Le dejeuner sur L’herbe “    - as Mr Spokes suggest two blokes with more to ponder on that cucumber sandwiches. Actually it scandalised the art world because it showed naked females who were not goddesses or such like.

19           Which war was formally ended by the Treaty of Portsmouth ? The Russo Japanese war of 1904 -5   - It is by the way Portsmouth New Hampshire.

20           In 1254   William Tilly became one of only four   in the whole of England - what did he become and where. King John made him Mayor of Northampton. Only London York and Kings Lyn also had mayors.




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Re: OldPete's Festive Quiz - The Answers
twsaint (IP Logged)
12/01/2017 17:34
Thanks Pete, good fun as ever. Plus a lovely distraction from the constant "debate" about the state of the club.

A few queries from me. I don't know of 2 Battles of Barnet in the Wars of the Roses. There were two Battles of St Albans.

Although Portsmouth is in New Hampshire. The treaty was signed in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard which is just over the Piscataqua River in Kittery , Maine.

Warwickshire doesn't have a Prem team, the West Midlands does.

I think William Tilly became Mayor in 1215. Henry III was king in 1254.

Re: OldPete's Festive Quiz - The Answers
Stopsy (IP Logged)
12/01/2017 19:42
I missed this Pete, it certainly is easier than your previous ones now I can see the answers first. Still didn't get it right though.

Still on page 2 of the GCHQ Christmas Quiz book.

Re: OldPete's Festive Quiz - The Answers
Matthew (IP Logged)
12/01/2017 22:06
Thanks again for putting these together, Pete. Looking forwards already to the next set of questions, whenever that may be.


Re: OldPete's Festive Quiz - The Answers
OldPete (IP Logged)
13/01/2017 10:10
tws - thanks for the detail - and yes i did confuse my Warwickshire with my Worcestershire.

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