Its organiser has announced the winners of - and answers for - the latest Llangollen Christmas quiz, which has raised £667.21 in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Judy Smith, of the charity's local committee, said: "I’m pretty sure that this year’s quiz was the hardest ever, but it seems that nothing can defeat some of you!
"First Jane Hurle of Llangollen with 49
points, second Helen Watson of Cleobury, North
"Well, what can I say, Jane - however did you do it? And Helen, Maggie, Adrian, and Catherine, you’re obviously brilliant too.
"In fact, I’d say anybody who got more than half a dozen on that quiz was bloomin’ good!
"But let me just throw in a few more names
that surely deserve a mention - there’s
Pat and Richard Reid of
"Now a word about the quiz itself. The first section seems to have given you little trouble, although maybe not that many of you were acquainted with John Ryan’s cartoon of Lettuce Leefe in Girl magazine. Alright – it was a bit obscure, and a long time ago!
"From the second section I learned a lot, as well as enjoying some imaginative answers. Did you know that a scorpion has 8 legs, as well as a spider? We passed that one!
"And I was intrigued to
find there were ‘30 medieval castles in
Judy added: "On a more serious note, we were often told there were ‘6 rounds in a gun’. No that won’t do, not in every gun. And another common answer was ‘7 specific (or standard) movements of ballet’ – yes, 7 movements by one reckoning, but you had to invent something for the ‘S’.
"It was a similar story with 20T in the HPD – if you were thinking of football, you had to invent something for the ‘H’. I’m afraid we didn’t allow either of those. The main problem was with 10C in the B of E.
"I had intended 10 Commandments in the Book of Exodus, but there was quite a smattering of 10 Chapters in the book of Ezra (or the Book of Esther). Both the latter are clearly right, but surely the Commandments are better known? Well, I have to confess, I didn’t know how many chapters in the Book of Ezra! What to do?? Where we needed to split hairs (as we did for 3rd place), we awarded ½ point.
"Once again our grateful thanks for your support. We hope you enjoyed the quiz, and that you will make sure to get a copy of next year’s, which should as ever be published on 1st December.
finally, an appeal. On 28th
and 29th May this year we are holding the 4th Llangollen
Round Challenge, a 35-mile hill hike that can be completed over one or two days
to raise funds for Cancer Research
"It’s a tough hike, but the views are amazing, there are 5 checkpoints supplying you with food and water, and there’s a certificate and medal for everyone at the end.
"Amazingly, participants even tell us it’s fun and we have many returning each time we put it on (last in 2018). So if you know anyone who just could be interested in this Challenge please pass on the word. We’d be very pleased to see them. Again our thanks."
1 Opting about a headless fish (4,7) Plum Pudding
2 Harbour (4) Port
3 Poet on time (6) Claret
4 Island tangled in weed (6,4) Mulled wine
5 Small amount (6) Trifle
6 Drunk sounds like a French particle (7,5) Pickled onion
7 Animal snuggery (4,2,8) Pigs in blankets
8 Hazard of running in the Lakes? (7) Falafel
9 Audibly regret the pig fat (7) Roulade
10 Colourful group in an empty pen (3,7) Red cabbage
11 Money mad about directions (6,4) Cashew nuts
12 Sounds like John Ryan’s foliage (7) Lettuce
13 Standard cuts (8) Parsnips
14 Padding (8) Stuffing
15 State involved with a waterfall (7) Chutney
16 Vessel and French colour (9) Panettone
European growth (8,7)
18 Vehicle’s degenerating (7) Carrots
19 Little kind ones (11) Clementines
20 We hear you’re going to record it? (4,3) Yule log
21 1 E on a C 1 Eye on a Cyclops
22 2 WDMAR 2 Wrongs Don’t Make a Right
23 3 L on a MS 3 Legs on a Milking Stool
24 The S of 4 (ACD) The Sign of Four (Arthur Conan Doyle)
25 5 NLB on DD 5 Normandy Landing Beaches on D-Day
26 6 R in a G 6 Rowers in a Gig
7 SM of B 7 Stuart Monarchs of
28 8L on a S 8 Legs on a Spider
29 D, G, P, R, L, L, E, F, S, the 9 CB the B Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, the 9 countries bordering the Baltic
30 10 C in the B of E 10 Commandments in the Book of Exodus
31 11 DL in 1752 11 Days lost in 1752
32 12 Y a S (SN) 12 Years a Slave (Solomon Northup)
33 13 P in a RLT 13 Players in a
34 14 T on a GP 14 Toes on a Guinea Pig
35 15, the FTN 15, the Fifth Triangular Number
36 16 FS in G 16 Federal States
37 17, the MDA 17, the Minimum Driving Age
38 18 G in the PT 18 Groups in the Periodic Table
39 19 P of C in a C 19 Pairs of Chromosomes in a Cat
40 20 T in the HPD 20 Teeth in the Human Primary Dentition
41 21, the CC 21, the Current Century
42 22N, the FD of SC 22nd November, the Feast Day of Saint Cecilia
43 OL23, the OSM for CI Outdoor Leisure 23, the Ordnance Survey Map for Cadair Idris
44 24 BB in a P 4 and 20 Blackbirds, Baked in a Pie
45 25, FTF 25, Five Times Five
46 26 B in the HF 26 Bones in the Human Foot
47 27 M of U 27 Moons of Uranus
48 28 D in the SM 28 Days in the Shortest Month
49 29, the AN of C 29, the Atomic Number of Copper
50 30 MC in N 30 Member Countries in NATO