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The CLR *Prize* Cryptic Christmas Quiz: How to Enter January 6, 2016

Posted by clrgo in Crazed nonsense..., Guest Quiz.

The prize is a €50 book token, or an equivalent if you are not in Ireland. (Our two first choices — Verso books and Alibris — don’t do gift tokens.)

To enter, you need to send an email that contains your answers in the body of the email and that has no attachments  to us by email.

The email address for entries has the user-name


and the domain (the bit after the @ symbol) is


Please use the following subject line

CLR Christmas Quiz 2015

The deadline for receipt of entries is midnight Irish time, Sunday 10 January (that is, before Monday 11 January).

Please let us know your ‘CLR identity’ or a name we can use when posting the results. (We won’t publish email addresses.)

We do not want to acquire unnecessary personal data so please do not include your home or personal postal address with your entry: if you win and we need to post your prize to you, we will ask for your postal address at that stage.

How we will process the answers received

Only emails that have no attachments will be opened. (So, if your employer, college, ‘sig’ file, etc., includes a logo that might be converted to an attachment between leaving your email server and arriving at our email address, you might want to use a different account.)

Only one entry per person will be considered — and that will be the first one received (reason: to discourage multiple entries in order to reduce unnecessary work at our end!)

Each entry received by the deadline will be assigned a different random number and the emails will be opened in order of those randomly assigned numbers.

We will open the emails until we get an entry that has a full score, in which case that is the winning entry. If nobody has a full score, we will open all entries, and the prize will go to the entry with the highest score. If more than one entry has the same highest score, the prize will go to the entry which was assigned the lowest random number before the emails were opened. (The result of all that convolution is that getting your entry in today gives you no advantage over somebody who get an answer in on Sunday — we’ve adopted that approach because we are read in different time zones.)

Scoring will be as follows:

  • 2 points for the ‘single’ questions — that is, questions 3–7 & 9–12; and
  • in the other questions, which have multiple parts, 1 point for each numbered part (a), (b), etc.

If the answer to a ‘single’ question (i.e. 3–7 & 9–12) or a part of a question that is numbered (a), (b), etc., itself contains multiple items, then the 2 points or 1 point as the case may be will be divided evenly across each of the items.

We will be reasonably flexible in scoring the answers to the ‘why’ questions — that is, 3, 2(b), 8(b) and 13(h) — but that isn’t a license for vague or ‘catch all’ answers!

We don’t know how hard some of the questions are, so if nobody is able to give the precise answer but some can describe what the answer is or what the question is about, we will consider giving half marks if the descriptions are sufficiently precise.

We think none of the answers have changed since we set the questions, but if that is not the case by next Sunday, we will accept either the original or new answer.

We think all of the answers can be found on the Internet, so enjoy the hunt!

All 13 questions are below the fold:

1 (a) What started between the release of Please Please Me and the verdict in the criminal trial R v Penguin Books Ltd, and (b) for whom was it rather late?

2 (a) Why in Ireland are there no 12th, 22nd, 24th, 25th, or 32nd?
(b) And why can we not yet say if the most recent, not included in this question, will remain in the list?
(c) In the USA, what happened to the 18th?

3 When most of the world, including sellers of Dublin’s evening paper, hear Mendelssohn, why do certain Dubliners and listeners to RTÉ radio hear Handel?

4 The one in Kerry is designated 08/26, the one in Donegal 03/21, as is the one in Waterford (although they may not be exactly parallel), and the one in Sligo 11/29. The location of the one in Co Clare has a different name, but it is designated 06/24. Apart from those we ask about, there is one other which we have not identified because it would give subject of the question away. What are the designations in Cork and Dublin?
[Update: an error in the original question has been corrected. It now reads ‘the one in Donegal 03/21’. (It originally omitted the first zero.)]

5 Pythagoras’s is bigger than Didymus’s and Oxford’s is altogether different. What are they?

6 In a ten year period starting in the early 1980s in the US there were eleven of them sent somewhere on behalf of an organisation that had no official name. What were they?

7 When it was first used, it included a queen, two kings, an elected monarch, two princes, an owl worth four and a musical instrument. Since then in the real world, the queen and both kings have been replaced by kings, the elected monarch by two other elected monarchs, and one of the princes replaced the other. These changes have been reflected in it through new additions although the originals are all valid. Two earlier additions arose because those in it with two of the monarchs did not comply fully with the guidelines. The musical instrument remains unchanged. It has been expanded to include an idol, and a cross. What is it?

8 (a) Where in 2015, colourfully, did Clochán an Aifir and Galway City Museum join Rathmines Road, did Cnoc an Anfa and NUI Galway join Grafton Street, and did An Blascaod Mór and the Latin Quarter join Oliver Plunkett Street?
(b) Why might it have been unfair to have used O’Connell Street, Patrick Street, Dawson Street or the Aran Islands in part a of this question?

9 This comes up too frequently, but what’s the next number:
587 659 698 587 659 587 523 493

10 It first occurred in 1963 and was not repeated until 1982. In 1983 it was done by a different state for the first time, but was not until 1994 that it was done by, technically, a further different state for the first time (although three other states had other firsts in this field in the intervening period). Then in 2012, the final state to have done it did it for the first time (although another state has had a first in this field since then). What is it?

11 How are Galway United, Longford Town and Kildare County related?

12 A small square sail at the top of a mast on a sailing ship was the eleventh in 1979 (or twelfth if you count the vehicle for a Dusty Springfield song in 1967). A ghost is the most recent, in 2015. The first, a negative, had a connection with the flower-head of Brassica oleracea, as did almost all of the others. What was that first called?

13 In 2015, which leaders got

(a) 34/179 (though that was not the largest)

(b) 74/230 (though that, too, was not the largest)

(c) 30/101

(d) 49/200

(e) 149/300 and 145/300

(f) 235/460 and

(g) 306/650?

(h) Why might (some on) CLR hope that 69/350 or 90/350 would be another outcome?


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