Here is Unlocking Warwick’s ‘Not In The Ballroom Quiz’ for December, compiled by Helen Fellows. The theme this month is Winter and Christmas.
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’l declare a winner in a week’s time. No prizes. It’s just to keep our grey matter active. Twenty questions, some of them quite tricky:
1. What is the shortest day around December 21st known as?
2. In which European city can we visit ‘The Winter Palace’?
3. Sapporo Snow Festival takes place in which country during winter?
4. What was the name given to the public festivals held on the frozen River Thames throughout the 17th and 18th centuries?
5. The Winter War took place between 1939 and 1940 between Russia and which country?
6. In the history of the Winter Olympics, which country has won the most medals?
7. “Now is the winter of our discontent” is the opening line from which William Shakespeare play?
8. Which fictional land of mythical creatures and talking animals was ruled by the White Witch for a century of deep winter?
9. Written in the last months of her life and published subsequently by her husband Ted Hughes, whose posthumous collection of poetry was entitled “Winter Trees”?
10. Which popular fantasy TV series is the phrase “Winter is Coming!” most associated with?
11. What is your star sign if you are born on Christmas Day?
12. At what time is the Queen’s speech normally broadcast on Christmas Day?
13. December 26th marks which Saint’s Day?
14. Which iconic Scottish poet wrote ‘Auld Lang Syne’?
15. What country is the Poinsettia, with its red and green foliage, native to?
16. What is the name of Will Ferrell’s character in Elf?
17. Which famous Christmas song includes the lyrics: Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh?
18. The biggest selling song of 1988 in the UK was a Christmas hit by Cliff Richard, can you name it?
19. What’s the fun name for sausages wrapped in bacon often eaten with the Christmas dinner?
20. In which tin of chocolates would you find ‘The Green Triangle’?