From everyone at RBBG, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. There are lots more puzzles for you to tackle, but there’s more time to tackle them!

A STARTERS: To start this festive quiz, here are some questions to which the answers
are partly or wholly made up of seasonal words.

1 US pop star who had hits with ‘Peggy Sue’, ‘True Love Ways’ & ‘Raining in My Heart’
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2 Warwickshire batsman, who starred for England in the successful 2011 season
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3 Cockney rhyming slang for ‘eyes’
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4 Country whose capital is Ankara
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5 ‘Ghost’ that might visit Ebenezer – it’s a gift!
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6 A drink that could be thrown (on a very cold day)
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7 Girl’s name that was a hit for the Four Seasons (cheers)
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8 Peter (father) and Dan (his son), TV personalities
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9 Is it a deal or no deal?
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10 Was this ‘bird’ happy on Olympic ice?
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B ANAGRAM SOUP: In this section, there are some foods, drinks or other ‘goodies’ we
might enjoy, at this time of year, but as you can see they have been jumbled up (as
anagrams) – what are they?

 1 A CLASS AUNT (5,5) =
 2 MARRY CHEERS (5, 6) =
 3 MASHING STUPID CARD (1,9,7) =
 4 OUR GLASS SALE (7, 5) =
 5 PINE MICE (5,3) =
 6 I SCORED A TON (11) =
 7 SINGLE OR CARS (5,7) =
 8 TALK IN CROW CAP (5,8) =
 9 TRY OUR STEAK (5,6) =
10 UGLY LEO (4,3) =
 
C CRYPTIC CRACKERS: To help (a little), in this section, the number of letters needed
for each answer is shown in brackets – even for No 10!

1 Singers grouped in four parts (5)
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2 Listen! What do you hear? (4)
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3 Seasonal garden bird (5)
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4 Little one, not yet a junior (6)
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5 Who looks after the flock, eating a pie? (8)
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6 Silent mix-up, hanging around the tree! (6)
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7 Mother found in confused army (4)
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8 Approximate angles, in Heaven (6)
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9 See the unique hexagons ... ‘Aaaaaah’ (10)
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10 Do you see what I see (in the origins of answers) (9)
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D THE TEST OF THE PUDDING ...: The questions in this part are about numbers, length,
time, direction ... Don’t worry, you can use a calculator!

1 How many gifts did My True Love bring on the 12th day of Christmas?
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2 If each of the three wise men travelled 290 miles (from their starting point to the stable, in Bethlehem), how far did they travel, altogether?
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3 According to Good King Wenceslas, cooking instructions are mentioned for what food?
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4 From the carol, ‘We Three Kings ...”, in which direction do we assume they travelled to see baby Jesus?
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5 Father Christmas doesn’t have much spare time (really?), but when he has an hour or so to himself, he enjoys a game of Scrabble. One day, he picked nine tiles out of the bag (yes, two too many) and, after playing around with them for a while, he noticed that he could make the word CHRISTMAS. How many points would this be worth/?
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6 The snow fell heavily, last night. By coincidence, I heard a noise from the rooftop of my house, so I rushed outside, where I could see (believe it or not) Santa Claus and his eight reindeer, all standing by the chimney. How many footprints were left when they departed?
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7 Mr Gourmont makes a variety of Yule tide foods, including Christmas pudding – inside of which he still hides a sixpenny piece. When this was legal currency, how many puddings would he have to make to use £1’s worth of the coin?
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8 When Father Christmas puts up his decorations, he has no idea of sequences; as a consequence, he puts up lights on his tree as follows: 1 white, 4 red, 9 yellow, 16 blue, 25 orange and, lastly, how many green? (between 1 and 100)
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9 When Santa was delivering presents in Puzzley Street, he noticed something very strange. The first house was to receive no presents (‘Shame!’), the 2nd and 3rd houses would both receive a single present, whilst the next two would receive two and three gifts, respectively. No 6 received five, No 7 had eight and No 8 had thirteen piled by their tree. How many would be left at No 9?
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10 Santa, felling dizzy, asks Rudolph and the other reindeer to ‘drop him off near home’, which they do (rather unceremoniously). When he comes to his senses, the old man realizes that he is quite lost, but fortunately, in his red coat pocket, he finds the compass he has carried for eighty years. He sets off, due south and walks for half a mile. Then, he turns due east and walks a further mile and a half. After this, he turns north and walks another half mile. Tired and exhausted, he slumps to the ground, in despair. Right there, where he knelt, he found the sack of presents (that Rudolph had thrown out of the sleigh with him. Where on earth was he?
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