Some Christmas answers

December 23, 2013 in Quizzes

santa_jesusHo ho ho. Happy Christmas week to you all!

Before I toddle off into quiz obscurity for the next two weeks, I have a few notices to announce.

  • Ireland is hosting the Celtic Nations 2014, a weekend quizzing event for the international teams representing Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The IQO have now announced the dates and venue for the event. It will take place on the last weekend of April in the West County Hotel, Chapelizod, Dublin. As well as the team matches, the weekend will also include an open-to-all Grand Prix, a social quiz and some other fun events. It should be a great couple of days. You can find out more info at the event’s Facebook page.
  • Have you been trying the Five For Friday quizzes on the IQO website? This week’s quiz also includes a rankings list based on the results throughout 2013 so you can check how you got on. I’m on there somewhere!
  • A perennial favourite in my house, the Sunday Independent sports crossword-of-the-year was published yesterday. Be sure and give it a try!
  • Like busses, we had no quiz shows on Irish tv for years and now we’ve had several in the last three months. TV3 are currently recruiting for the latest, a show called Pressure Point. You can find out more and submit your name via the show’s webpage:

Finally, click the ‘Read the rest…’ link to see the answers to the Christmas questions I posted last week.


A selection box of questions:

  1. It’s a recent Irish tradition and sees people tramping around the big towns and cities wearing Christmas jumpers. It’s called the 12 WHAT of Christmas? A> Pubs
  2. Which Irish county town almost went without lights this Christmas following an argument in which the Chamber of Commerce claimed the Borough council still owed them for last year’s lights? A> Sligo
  3. Which Saint is credited with creating the first nativity scene in the year 1223? A> St Francis (of Assisi)
  4. On what date will Christmas Day be celebrated in the Russian Orthodox Church this Christmas season? A> January 7th
  5. Doing so with a cover of the song Leave Right Now in 2005, who is the last Irish person to have a Christmas Number 1 record in Ireland? A> Mario Rosenstock
  6. What is the name of the German fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with icing sugar, which is eaten during the Christmas season? A> Stollen
  7. What is the name of the skin that hangs from a turkey’s neck? A> Wattle
  8. The French call it “Buche de Noel”, by what name do we know this Christmas dessert? A> Yule Log
  9. A member of the famous rat pack, which American singer, film actor, television star and comedian died on Christmas Day 1995? A> Dean Martin
  10. Christmas Island is so named as it was discovered on Christmas Day 1643. In what ocean is it located? A> Indian
  11. Which British author, in the period 1920 to 1940, wrote his children a series of Letters from Father Christmas, which were later published as a book, following his death? A> JRR Tolkien
  12. Which comic, who was born in British India but became an Irish citizen later in life, wrote the song I’m walking backwards for Christmas, a number 4 hit in the UK in June 1956? A> Spike Milligan

Complete round – The Twelve Days of Christmas:

  1. Who plays the comic character Alan Partridge in several tv series and in the 2013 film Alpha Papa? A> Steve Coogan
  2. Turtle Doves: Driven by hand pedals, The Turtle (also called the American Turtle) was the world’s first submersible with a documented record of use in combat. In what century was it built? A> 18th/1700s
  3. French Hens: Translating literally as “rooster with wine”, what is the name of the famous French dish of chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and optionally garlic? A> Coq au Vin
  4. Colly Birds: The collybird is nowadays known by a much more obvious name. What is it? I’ll give you a clue, it also features in the nursery rhyme ‘Sing a song of sixpence’. A> Blackbird
  5. Gold Rings: How many carats of gold is defined as pure gold? A> 24
  6. Geese-a-laying: The Flight of the Wild Geese refers to the departure of an Irish Jacobite army under the command of Patrick Sarsfield from Ireland to France, as agreed in the Treaty of Limerick. In what century was that Treaty signed? A> 17th/1600s
  7. Swans-a-swimming: Bella Swan is one of the main characters in what series of books by the author Stephenie Meyer? A> Twilight
  8. Maids-a-milking: The Milkmaid is a famous oil painting, created in the late 1650s by which Dutch painter? A> Johannes Vermeer
  9. Ladies dancing: The tango is a style of dance which originated in the 1890s in two neighboring countries. Name either of them. A> Argentina/Uruguay
  10. Lords-a-leaping: In what year did the Irish House of Lords sit for the last time? A> 1800
  11. Pipers piping: A famous tale involving a piper is The Pied Piper of Hamelin. In what country is the town of Hamelin located? A> Germany
  12. Drummers drumming: Which RTÉ radio presenter used to be the drummer in a show band called The Others? A> Ronan Collins

Picture round 1 – Born on Christmas Day:


  1. Shane MacGowan
  2. Humphrey Bogart
  3. Helena Christenson
  4. Annie Lennox
  5. Dido (or Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong if you prefer)
  6. Alastair Cook
  7. Chris Kamara
  8. Sissy Spacek
  9. Isaac Newton
  10. Nawaz Sharif

Picture round 2 – Santas:


  1. Tim Allen
  2. Richard Attenborough
  3. Ed Asner
  4. Podge or Rodge
  5. Rodge or Podge
  6. Billy Bob Thornton
  7. Dan Aykroyd
  8. Paul Giamatti
  9. Leslie Nielsen
  10. John Goodman

Rightyo, that’s it for me in 2013. We’ve had a great year of quizzing, with trips to the inaugural Celtic Nations and the European Championships as well as several grand prix in Dublin and one in Tullamore. Here’s to more in 2014!

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