The Alan Burnham Ultra Hard Christmas Quiz 2020 - the answers!

Remembering JAD

Congratulations to all those who took on Alan's Christmas stinker in Issue 1 of Scout and Scouting. We wrote that it would be worth entering even if you only answer half the questions. No one scored full marks but there were some brilliant efforts. There were a maximum of ninety-two points to be gained and there were only three points between the winner (85) and the fourth place (82).

Here are the questions reprinted plus the answers. Maybe now you could have your own quiz evening using you know what questions. Make sure that any of the winners aren't in attendance though.

Very many thanks to Alan and we hope that he will produce another one for this Christmas.


First prize: £50 cash.

Second prize: Double hammock kindly donated by One Stop Scouting

Third prize: A year's subscription to Scout and Scouting.

1st Place Ron Davies 85/92

2nd Place Paul Haigh SAGGA Birmingham and Severn 84/92

3rd Place Emily Read SAGGA East Midlands/North 83/92

and an honourable mention to William Willets with 82/92.

A very well done to all of you. Contact us to claim your prize.


The Alan Burnham Ultra Hard Christmas Quiz 2020 - the answers!

1. On a recent Bake Off, the contestants had to make a Swiss roll. Having done that, the next item was a dried fruit delicacy in flaky pastry. I immediately saw a scouting link - what? This would be Jam Roll and Eccles (cake), Baden Powell's Rolls Royce and caravan.

2. a) Link Ormond castle, Hercules and Ylvis to a scouting activity. Ormond Castle is in Carrick on Suir which gives us two names for the same knot-carrick bend or Ormonde knot, Hercules is another name for the square or reef knot whilst Ylvis sang a song about the trucker's hitch. The activity is therefore knotting.

b) Link 0.001435 km to a horse's behind. Converted to imperial, this works out as 4ft 8½ inches or standard railway track gauge. This is supposedly derived from the dimension of a cart that would fit one horse's backside between the shafts.

c) Find a link between Burton on Trent and Le Creuset. Marmite is made at Burton on Trent. The label shows a pot called a Marmite, a small French casserole pot. Le Creuset manufacture, amongst other items, Marmite dishes.

d) Link Haribo with Spanish in a UK context. Spanish is a term from, but not exclusively, Yorkshire referring to Liquorice. This was manufactured around Pontefract. Haribo now has a sweet factory in Pontefract and, amongst other items, manufactures the famous Pontefract Liquorice cakes.

3. A support for each month of the year, a diameter for each day of the year and a height for each week of the year - what is it? The Millennium Dome (O2 Arena) has 12 support columns, is 365m in diameter and is 52m high in the middle.

4. Why would a passenger on the Shaukiwan Tram be considered reasonable? This is the Hong Kong equivalent of the Man on the Clapham Omnibus, recognised in English Law as a hypothetical ordinary and reasonable person.

5. Who would have been a) the Thirsk British Legion's next door neighbour, b) a former resident of the Grantham Living Health Chiropractice, and c) visible from the Manchester Royal Infirmary across Nelson Road? a) James Alfred Wight, better known as James Herriot. This was Skeldale House, now a museum b) Margaret Thatcher and c) Emmeline Pankhurst.

6. Why might a resident of a city in Argolis be a philatelist? Shoppers in the 1960s collected Green Shield Stamps and could redeem them for gifts. In the 1970s Green Shield was bought up by the Argos chain, Argos is also the name of the Greek city in Argolis.

7. Link each item to the previous one: Peter Pan's nemesis, Mi Amingo, Nottinghamshire's Police HQ, Styria, the 1975 and 2014 Eurovision contests, and S J. Peter Pan's nemesis was Captain Hook who links to a Pirate radio ship (should have read Mi Amigo not Amingo) which was the home of Radio Caroline. Nott's Police HQ is at Arnold which is the name of Tony Blackburn's mythical dog - Blackburn being a Radio Caroline DJ. Styria in Austria is where Arnold Schwarzenegger was born, also Getty Kaspers, lead singer of the Dutch Band, Teach In, who won the 1975 Eurovision and Conchita Wurst, 2014 Eurovision winner who was raised here. These two contests were held in Stockholm and Copenhagen respectively, which are linked by the S J Train.

8. a) What distinction does the Isle of Wight have roughly twice a day? The Isle of Wight has the distinction of being England's smallest county, but only when the tide is in. When the tide is out, Rutland becomes the smallest county.

b) On a similar theme, how come Cornwall moves vertically by around 10cm roughly twice a day? This is due to Ocean Tide Loading; when the tide is in, the weight causes the land to dip.

9. Which king from Scotland is a knight and also a Brigadier? Brigadier Sir Nils Olav III is a king penguin living in Edinburgh Zoo. He is the mascot of the Norwegian King's Guards.

10. What do Danish pastries, croissants, Swedish meatballs and tikka masala have in common? None originate from where you might think. Danish pastries were first made in Austria, croissants also in Austria, Swedish meatballs are believed to originate from Turkey and tikka masala is believed to have been invented in a Glasgow restaurant.


Ice            Shirt          Tegan        Allow

Lolly          Oprah       Ono          Grub

Leola         Broad       Godiva     Buck

Stag          Orch         Broad       Ent

For fans of Only Connect, this is the Wall. Basically sixteen items that have to be divided into four groups of four. The four items in each group are linked, the groups are not linked. There was an error here. Broad was given twice. There should have been one, the second should have been Wedge. Answers will be marked taking this into account. Answer would have been Godiva, Wedge, Lolly and Buck, various names for money. Shirt, Orch, Ent and Allow can be preceded by T. Ice, Broad, Ono and Grub are types of axe. Stag, Oprah, Tegan and Leola are various terms for deer.


12. What did John Hughes, Mahonri Young, Lee Blair and David Wallin all achieve? All won Olympic Gold Medals, but back in the early Olympic Games when The Arts were included. These medals were variously won in Architecture, Sculpture and Painting.

13. New Zealand 85, Wales 58, Massachusetts 45, South Africa 44. Explain. Longest place names Taumatawhakat etc. 85 letters New Zealand. Llanfaipwll etc. 58 letters Wales. Chargoggag etc. 45 letters Massachusetts. Tweebuffels etc. 44 letters South Africa.

14. What possible link could Scotland have to the Parthenon and the Colosseum? The National Monument in Edinburgh was based on the Parthenon, McCaigs Tower in Oban was based on the Colosseum. Neither was finished.

15. Whips Retrial Decoded. What is the significance? This question highlighted the dangers of autocorrect and the one failing of What 3 Words. The question as printed was not answerable so this question will be discounted.

16. Murder on the Orient Express. What is incorrect about the title of this Agatha Christie novel? Not strictly the Orient Express! This was on the route of the Simplon Orient Express.

17. A man with a flat cap, a moustache and a cat became which inventor and his companion? This evolved into an inventor and his dog - Wallace and Gromit.

18. Divide this list of nine British birds into three groups of three, and explain why: Firecrest, Great Bustard, Osprey, Common Crane, Cettis Warbler, Red Kite, Little Egret, Mediterranean Gull and White Tailed Sea Eagle. Cettis Warbler, Mediterranean Gull and Firecrest are colonisers, having spread to the UK for the first time. Little Egret, Common Crane and Osprey are re-colonisers, having been made extinct in the UK previously. Great Bustard, Red Kite and White Tailed Sea Eagles are re-introductions by humans. (Some may be argued. For instance the Red Kite was never truly extinct with a very small population clinging on near Aberystwyth.)

19. What has Rolanda Hooch in The Devil's Crown done that the original, according to legend, never actually did? Zoe Wannamaker played Rolanda Hooch in Harry Potter. In The Devil's Crown she played Berengaria of Navarre, Queen of England by being wife to Richard I. Legend has it Berengaria never set foot in England, though she does in the series.

20. Motorways - everyone's bane in life. But consider a one mile stretch of three lane motorway, one carriageway only, filled only with cars, each doing 70mph and managing to keep to the two second rule. How many cars are in our one-mile section? Assume a car is 5 yards long and the two second rule is from the rear of one car to the front of the car behind. At 70mph a car covers 1760 x 70 yards = 123,200 yards in an hour. Doing the necessary maths this gives 68.44 yards in 2 seconds. Add on 5 yards gives 73.44 yards which is the distance each car will occupy including its 2 second spacing. Dividing 1760 by 73.44 gives 23.96. The .96 is enough to fit another vehicle at the front of the queue with its safety zone extending partly into the next mile. So 24 vehicles in one lane gives 72 in three lanes.

If 48 additional cars joined our one-mile section, assuming the two second rule is still adhered to, and all cars move at the same rate, what will the speed now be? Add another 48 cars is an extra 16 per lane giving 40 per lane. 1760 divided by 40 is 44 yards available for each car. Minus the 5 yard car length gives 39 yards to be covered in 2 seconds. Multiplying up means a car will cover 70,200 yards in an hour or 39.88 mph……40mph as makes no difference.


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