LoB Kwazy Kwistmas Kwiz 2017


  • You'll be randomly assigned into teams, 12 teams in all.
  • No mobile phones.
  • If the answers are wrong, the kwiz-masters reserve the right to change the answers.
  • Chicanery, bribery and general shennaigans are encouraged.
  • Points will be added - or deduced - depending on whim, the phase of the moon, etc.
  • If we can't read your handwriting - tough.


Round 1: A crossword (slow)

Here's a crossword. Solve it. This round is worth 10 points, less one for every clue you get wrong.


  1. More positive than 9 to a German? (2) JA
  1. Set of Indian islands (7) ANDAMAN
  2. Sweet location of Lynyrd Skynyrd song (7) ALABAMA
  1. From a distant continent (5) ASIAN
  2. Liverpool and England footballer (7) (Adam) LALLANA
  1. Spell used by Harry Potter on Dudley (11) ABRACADABRA
  2. Fashionable kitchen item (3) AGA
  3. 1765 treaty that started the Raj in India (9) ALLAHABAD
  4. For cooling (2) AC
  5. A close relative (2) MA
  1. Lovelace (3) AVA
  1. Fruit related to plantains (6) BANANA
  1. Maritime (5) NAVAL
  1. Alias (3) AKA
  2. 1980s pop singer (4,3) ADAM ANT
  1. A delusion (5) MANIA
  1. Played a doctor on film and on TV (4,4) ALAN ALDA (Hawkeye Pierce from MASH)
  2. Which key do you press to continue? (3) ANY
  3. How to agree with Putin? (2) DA


  1. 1980s pop group (10) BANANARAMA
  2. Of interest to a nose doctor (9) PARANASAL
  3. Andrea Leadsom has been described as "a sort of defrosted ..." (3) (Theresa) MAY
  1. For your car (2) AA
  2. Faster than Cape Horn (6,5) PANAMA CANAL
  3. Found in a Spanish kitchen (7) PATATAS
  4. Goodbye (8) SAYONARA
  1. Speech defects (10) PARALALIAS
  1. A cure-all (7) PANACEA
  1. A market, perhaps in “Five Tribes” (6) BAZAAR
  1. Capital of Kazakhstan since 1998 (6) ASTANA
  1. A female name (6) AMANDA
  1. Simba’s girlfriend (4) NALA
  2. A bean, broadly speaking (4) FAVA
  1. 1980s Norwegian pop group (1,2) AHA
  1. A long way to run for a nun (2) FA

Round 2: General knowledge (fast)

It's just a standard quiz round. Answer it. A point per question.

  1. How many ghosts are there in A Christmas Carol?
    Four: the Ghosts of Christmas Past / Present / Future & Jacob Marley
  2. In what decade did humans first reach the South Pole?
    The 1910s
  3. What are the names of the three wise men said to have brought gifts to the baby Jesus?
    Balthasar, Melchior, Caspar / Gaspar
  4. Who invented electric Christmas lights?
    Thomas Edison
  5. There are two 'Christmas Islands'. Name the oceans in which they are located.
    Pacific & Indian
  6. Unscramble the following letters to reveal a type of Christmas tree: CPERSU?
  7. There are 365 days in a year. In a leap year, what number is Christmas Day?
  8. Which country has a tradition of a witch called Befana dropping gifts for good children through the chimney at Christmas?
  9. In the carol, “We Three Kings,” which way is the "star of wonder and star of light" leading them?
    "Westward leading, still proceeding”
  10. Infamously, "Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth" was a duet performed by David Bowie and who else?
    Bing Crosby

Round 3: Name that cock (slow)

It's a picture round! Being LoBsters, you know all about being cocks. So identify these famous cocks.

  1. The Koch Brothers
  2. Coxswain
  3. Cock Lane in Smithfields, famous for the Cock Lane Ghost and being the furtherest limit of the Great Fire of London
  4. Caulk
  5. The Colditz Cock
  6. Coca or coques, pastries from eastern Spain
  7. Cytochrome C Oxidase (COX)
  8. The cockerell that is the eblem for Tottenham Hotspurs
  9. Brian Cox, physicist & TV personality
  10. Tristam Shandy, described as and filmed as 'a cock and bull story'

Round 4: Worker placement (fast)

It's a question and answer round! But: if you get an answer right, you will score a point for every team that gets it wrong, up to a maximum of three points. You may choose not to answer a question.

  1. In 1967, Biafra declared independence from this country, triggering a civil war.
  2. Name the city of more than 18 million on the Arabian Sea.
    Mumbai. (There's some severe ambiguity about city sizes here. Karachi is nearly 15 million, so let's ask for the biggest. However there are no other towns even near this size.)
  3. What was Jamie Lee Curtis' first film?
  4. How many tentacles does a octopus have?
    None. It has 8 arms.
  5. In which year was the young Prince George born?
  6. How many times has Donald Trump been married?
    Three (Ivana, Marla and Melania)
  7. Which English football club plays at Deepdale?
    Preston North End
  8. What is the fifth letter in the Greek alphabet?
    Epsilon (έψιλον)
  9. What is the capital city of Paraguay?
  10. What is the family name of the ruling dynasty of Monaco?

Round 5: Trading Grain in the Medditeranean (slow)

In this round, you'll be given a hand of 5 playing cards. For 10-15 minutes, you will trade amongst yourselves and then give me a hand of playing cards back. I will then score these hands, giving 10 to the best hand, 9 to the second best and so on. You do not have to hand back 5 cards, it could 4 or 6 or whatever. Hands will be scored along poker lines. Extra cards will be used as tiebreakers if need be. You can agree to trade points if need be.

Poker scoring:

  1. Royal flush (A, K, Q, J, 10, all the same suit)
  2. Straight flush (5 cards in a sequence, all in the same suit)
  3. Four of a kind
  4. Full house (three of a kind with a pair)
  5. Flush (any 5 cards of the same suit, but not in a sequence)
  6. Straight (5 cards in a sequence, but not of the same suit)
  7. Three of a kind
  8. Two pair
  9. A Pair
  10. High Card (the higest card in your hand)

Aces are high.

Round 6: Play order (fast)

It's another quiz round! But - answer these questions in any order. However, you will only be scored as far as the first incorrect answer. For example, if your first, second and third answers are correct but the fourth is not, your score will be 3, regardless of the following questions.

  1. "The right treatment for the right patient at the right time". This emerging and customised approacvh to medical intervenetion is called ...?
    Precision or personalised medicine
  2. What is the standard unit of electrical resistance?
    Ohm or Ohm-meter
  3. Andy Warhol's loft on East 47th Street got this nickname from its former use & his mass-production techniques.
    The Factory
  4. What is the name of the skin that hangs from a turkey’s neck?
  5. In 1811 this German family began its steel-making business by constructing a plant in Essen.
  6. Who collaborated with Karl Marx to produce "The Communist Manifesto"?
    Friedrich Engels
  7. The name for this compass direction may come from the Proto-Germanic for "to the left of the rising sun".
  8. Born in 1905, they were called the "Billionaire Recluse".
    Howard Hughes
  9. In the 1890s, Japan had an emperor, Russia, a czar & Italy was ruled by ...
    A king
  10. The Beatles' bass player before Paul took over
    Stu Sutcliffe

Round 7: Drafting (slow)

As we know, any game can be improved by drafting. So we're going to allow you to draft the questions you answer. You'll be given a hand of cards with questions on them. Take one and pass the rest to the next team. Repeat until you have ten questions. Answer them and hand the sheets in.

  1. SCIENCE: Seriously, what's the Hayflick limit? I've asked this before.
    The limit to the number of times a cell will divide
  2. SCIENCE: The ‘Pascal’ is a unit measurement of what?
    Pressure (SI derived unit of pressure, defined as one Newton per square metre)
  3. SCIENCE: In binary or base 2 arithmetic, 255 is 11111111 (11,111,111). What is 255 in base 3?
  4. SCIENCE: Of the 6 noble gases on the periodic table, which is the lightest?
  5. SCIENCE: Petrology is the scientific study of what?
  6. SCIENCE: Cows regurgitate this from the first stomach to the mouth & chew it again
  7. SCIENCE: There are 8 speciues of bear. Name 3 of them.
    Brown bear, Polar bear, Asian black bear, American black bear, Sun bear, Sloth bear, Spectacled bear, Giant panda
  8. UK: What is the established church in Scotland?
    The Presbyterian Church
  9. UK: In what year was Prince Andrew born?
  10. UK: Which hills divide England from Scotland?
    The Cheviots
  11. UK: The Royal Mint is in which country of the UK?
  12. UK: What is the busiest single-runway airport in the world?
    London Gatwick
  13. UK: How often is the census taken?
    Every ten years
  14. WORLD: What is the national game of the Basques?
    Pelota (a form of tennis using racket or hand with a net or against a wall)
  15. WORLD: Chrysí Avgí (Golden Dawn) is a far-right political party of which country?
  16. WORLD: List 3 countries that begin with a B and have the same amount of letters in their name.
    Possible solutions include: Belize / Bhutan / Brazil / Brunei / Bosnia (6); Bahrain / Belarus / Belgium / Bolivia / Burundi (7); Barbados / Botswana / Bulgaria (8)
  17. WORLD: In which US state are Carson City and Reno?
  18. WORLD: The Gulf of Corinth divides this country in two parts.
  19. WORLD: The Neanderthal Museum is in which country?
    Germany (between Dusseldorf and Wuppertal)
  20. WORLD: Fiji has three official languages – can you name two?
    English, Fijian and Hindi
  21. WORLD: Which famous landmark has a plaque that reads "From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome"?
    The Statue of Liberty
  22. WORLD: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport serves this world capital
    Nairobi, Kenya?
  23. POP CULTURE: "SKX" is the stock symbol for this manufacturer of sporty shoes.
  24. POP CULTURE: Which actor appeared in "Papillion" and "The Great Escape" and died in 1980?
    Steve McQueen
  25. POP CULTURE: In which Australian TV Soap did Dannii Minogue star?
    Home and Away
  26. POP CULTURE: A carnival game where you hit a mammal with a mallet
  27. POP CULTURE: Name one of the top 10 biggest songs of last year, 2016. (Answers are collected from the UK official charts, combined physical, download and streaming services.)
    "One Dance" (Drake), "7 Years" (Lukas Graham), "Cheap Thrills" (Sia), "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" (Mike Posner), "This is What you Came for" (Calvin Harris), "Lush Life" (Zara Larsson), "Closer" (Chainsmokers), "Love Yourself" (Justin Bieber), "Work" (Rihanna), "Can't Stop the Feeling" (Justin Timberlake)
  28. ARTS & HISTORY: In medieval armor, the part of the body protected by the "Pauldron" or "Epauliere".
  29. ARTS & HISTORY: What nationality was Chopin?
  30. ARTS & HISTORY: What was Dorothy's surname in the Wizard Of Oz?
  31. ARTS & HISTORY: What is the title of Oscar Wilde's only novel?
    The Picture Of Dorian Gray
  32. ARTS & HISTORY: What name was given to the Chinese peasant uprising of 1900?
    Boxer Rebellion
  33. ARTS & HISTORY: From the Latin for "tail", what is the section of a musical composition that brings it to a close?
  34. ARTS & HISTORY: Built in 312 B.C. to link Rome & the South of Italy, it's still in use today.
    The Appian Way
  35. ARTS & HISTORY: He is alleged to be the author of the Pentateuch.
  36. ARTS & HISTORY: In Book III of "Paradise Lost", the angels play these, which are "golden" & "ever-tuned"
  37. ARTS & HISTORY: What links "Irises", "Pink Roses" and "Sunflowers"?
    Paintings by Vincent Van Gogh
  38. ARTS & HISTORY: Which pantomime character marries Alice Fitzwarren?
    Dick Whittington
  39. BULLSHIT: In which direction should you stir mincemeat for good luck?
  40. BULLSHIT: According to research conducted in 2002 by UK psychologists, what is the funniest animal?
  41. BULLSHIT: What is the only English language single word anagram of the word "CROUTON"?
  42. BULLSHIT: What, according to Groucho Marx begins with F, ends with K, and if you don't get one, you have to use your hand?
  43. BULLSHIT: How many people went onto Noah's Ark?
    8: Noah, his wife, his 3 sons and their wives
  44. BULLSHIT: This stiff silken fabric beginning with 'o' is favored for bridal gowns.
  45. BULLSHIT: What do whales, peas and seals have in common?
    They are grouped into "pods"

Round 8: Fictional games (fast)

The Iain M Banks “Azad” memorial round: In this round, we will give you the names of fictional games or activities. You need to tell us where these games came from - what movie, tv show, book, book series or otherwise.

  1. Marshgammon
    How I met Your Mother
  2. Blernsballs
  3. Grav-Pool
    Red Dwarf
  4. Airball
    Avatar: The Last Airbender
  5. Jiggery-Pokery
    Dr Who: the Ninth Doctor claims to have come first place in the game.
  6. Electro-Magnetic Golf
    Brave New World
  7. Nukem
  8. Research Lab
    The Big Bang Theory
  9. Chardee MacDennis
    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  10. Three-Dimensional Chess
    Star Trek

Round 9: Speed round (fast)

  1. Chinstrap and Humboldt are species of which type of bird?
  2. Which is the longest river in Europe?
  3. Which is the longest bone in the human body?
    Femur (Thigh)
  4. Who was born in Virginia around 1596 & died in Kent, England in 1617?
  5. After their convictions, this pair became the first civilians put to death for espionage in the U.S.
    Julius & Ethel Rosenberg
  6. Which traditional Xmas song begins with the words "Joy to the world"?
    Joy to the World
  7. Name one of the two Central American countries with only single sea coast?
    Belize & El Salvador
  8. What country do the Madeira Islands belong to?
  9. A swede, or rutabaga, is a cross between which two vegetables?
    A cabbage or turnip
  10. Name the capital cities of the three Baltic States - Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania - in order?
    Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius