"The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"


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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:25 pm

<<6. (a) A baron of beef is a joint of beef consisting of the two sirloins joined at the backbone; also called a double sirloin.

<<(b) The Vickers Viscount is the first turboprop airliner, first flown commercially in 1953. (

<<(d) The Marquess of Queensberry Rules are a code of generally accepted rules in the sport of boxing. They were named so because John Douglas, ninth Marquess of Queensberry, publicly endorsed the code, although they were written by a sportsman named John Graham Chambers in 1867.

<<(e) The "Duke of Earl" is a No. 1 record from 1962, by Gene Chandler originally but covered by many.>>

still waiting for The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion (which was a cypher to me).
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:26 pm

clue: I'll be shocked if anyone but an Englishman/woman gets that last bit.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Daisy » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:29 pm

gh wrote:clue: I'll be shocked if anyone but an Englishman/woman gets that last bit.

I grew up in England and have no clue.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:33 pm

A guess. A saddle for a horse? Or something equestrian....or something to do with girdles...

Who knows...
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Daisy » Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:38 pm

I'll guess it's a new wing added onto an older estate house. Or a type of folly? A tea house in London?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:00 pm

<<(c) The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion is a small society of evangelical churches, founded in England in 1783 by Selina, Countess of Huntingdon. Today it has 21 congregations in England.>>

(that, of course, is not trivia, to my way of thinking: it's an incredibly obscure bit of knowledge, and there's a huge difference)
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:01 pm

7. Who lived in Ayot St Lawrence? Hint and more questions: He won a Nobel Prize. What other unexpected honor did he win? The work he won that prize for inspired another cultural landmark. What was it?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby mcgato » Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:44 pm

Wild guess of James Joyce. No ideas of other clues, since Joyce may not be correct.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:35 pm

Joyce is not correct
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gm » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:42 pm

I know it was GB Shaw, just not the other answers. I didn't listen that closely on the tour in high school :)
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby cullman » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:17 am

Shaw won an Oscar for Pygmalion.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby mump boy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:35 am

Pygmalion inspired My Fair Lady
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:20 am

<<7. George Bernard Shaw lived in Ayot St Lawrence, in England. (The lack of a period after the "St" is correct, by the way.) Shaw received not only the Nobel Prize for literature but also an Oscar, for writing the screenplay of his play "Pygmalion," upon which "My Fair Lady" was based.>>
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:21 am

8. California place names: What does "manteca" mean in Spanish? To what does Point Lobos refer? What does Malibu mean in Spanish?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby kuha » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:39 am

gh wrote:8. California place names: What does "manteca" mean in Spanish? To what does Point Lobos refer? What does Malibu mean in Spanish?


Point Lobos, on the CA coast near Carmel, must refer to wolves.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:53 am

except that it mustn't!
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Jefferson Buffalo » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:06 am

A free throw made by New Mexico's basketball team? :)
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:36 am

I'm guessing this is going to be a tough one for non-Spanish speakers, which includes me. Clue of sorts on the first one: I only know it because somebody stocked the shelves at the local Safeway backwards once.

the second is kind of misleading and the third is a trick question.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:21 am

OK, so No. 8 is left in the unfinished category, since I need to move on if I'm to finish this before finally taking some R&R. (working on the Annual Edition at 23:00 on Xmas night wasn't my idea of a holiday season)

9. According to the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," what did the gift receiver get from her true love on the beginning of the Forefeast of the Theophany?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby DoubleRBar » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:28 am

Manteca is butter. I believe Malibu is an American Indian word.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Daisy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:39 am

Going back to Point Lobos, could it be referring to the wind? (howling like a wolf)
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby dj » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:59 am

gh wrote:OK, so No. 8 is left in the unfinished category, since I need to move on if I'm to finish this before finally taking some R&R. (working on the Annual Edition at 23:00 on Xmas night wasn't my idea of a holiday season)

9. According to the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas," what did the gift receiver get from her true love on the beginning of the Forefeast of the Theophany?


Everything. The Forefeast is on 12th night following the 12th day in which she gets everything mentioned in the last chorus of the carol.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:01 pm

not according to the official answer.... anybody else have a take?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Daisy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:08 pm

Could the forefeast be the week before epiphany? That would put it on the 5th day of Christmas? So gold rings?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby tandfman » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:14 pm

DoubleRBar wrote:Manteca is butter. I believe Malibu is an American Indian word.

I believe butter in Spanish is mantequilla.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:20 pm

Daisy wrote:Could the forefeast be the week before epiphany? That would put it on the 5th day of Christmas? So gold rings?


per the official answer, that's wrong also.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Daisy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:18 pm

Daisy wrote:Going back to Point Lobos, could it be referring to the wind? (howling like a wolf)

I'm assuming this is wrong.

How about the 'howling' of harbor seals? Or otters? Although, I'm not sure that the latter makes that much noise, and seals don't really howl but bark.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby DoubleRBar » Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:00 pm

Sea Lions.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:03 pm

<<8. Manteca means tallow, lard, grease or butter in Spanish. Point Lobos refers to the lobos marinos, seals or sea lions, found on its shores. Malibu means "Malibu" in Spanish, because it's an Indian place name.>>

I'm thinking this is partially wrong and that a lobos marinos is sea lions only, not seals.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Pego » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:58 pm

gh wrote:I'm thinking this is partially wrong and that a lobos marinos is sea lions only, not seals.


I am aware of several languages that have no different words for seals and sea lions. Don't know if Spanish does.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:24 pm

Sea lions are called either otarie or lion de mer in French, whereas a seal is phoque

Yes, pronounced about how you think it is, which can create interesting situations for French tourists in English settings. Voila les phoques!
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:54 pm

OK, back to No. 9, which I'm declaring unsolvable.

<<9. Nine ladies dancing (the Forefeast of the Theophany begins on Jan. 2, the ninth day of Christmas).>>

I musta skipped that class in Sunday School.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:55 pm

10. According to the eighth of Alcoholic [sic] Anonymous' 12 traditions, what should AA forever remain?
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby no one » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:00 pm

nonprofessional
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:01 pm

<<10. According to the AA Eighth Tradition, AA should remain always nonprofessional.>>
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:02 pm

11. What was the original name of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"? (a) "First Impressions," (b) "Old Friends," (c) "Family Matters," (d) "Suitors, or A Novel of Suitability," (e) "Benefit of Clergy."
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby mcgato » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:17 pm

Just to keep it moving, I'll WAG at b) "Old Friends"
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:39 pm

try again, Rover.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:00 pm

I'll say D. It sounds more like 18th century title than the others.
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Re: "The 33rd Annual Xmas Quiz"

Postby gh » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:10 pm

well, you're definitely narrowing it down :-)
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