Christmas Quiz 2021

Well, it has been another busy year and forms are still coming in from people who forgot to send
them in time. At this stage it’s too early to give a precise figure, but it is clear that this year’s quiz
has raised well over £25,000, all thanks to the generosity of people like you. From your comments
it seems as though this quiz suited most people – neither too easy nor too difficult, though not all
of you were agreed on that. The number of entries where people had managed to complete the
whole form was certainly well up on previous years.

This year’s winners have now been drawn and contacted. This year the main prize-winners are
from Findon, Trotton and Kirdford, all within a twenty mile radius of the Nursing Home, but some
of the consolation prizes went as far afield as Herefordshire, Newcastle-on-Tyne and Shetland.
The prize for the sayings you make up yourself is still to be judged and the winning entries posted
on the website This may take a week or two so please bear with us.

Here now are the answers:

A Miscellaneous
1. Better late than never
2. The best things in life are free
3. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
4. Like the blind leading the blind
5. Bob’s your uncle
6. To burn the candle at both ends
7. The hanging gardens of Babylon
8. To burn the midnight oil
9. Gone for a Burton
10. Like a breath of fresh air

B. To Do With Travel and Transport
1. I saw three ships come sailing in
2. Journeys end in lovers meeting. Note to the entrant who had “Journeys end in Lytchett
Matravers”: nice try but I’m afraid I wouldn’t allow it.
3. Murder on the Orient Express
4. The Long and Winding Road
5. Journey to the Centre of the Earth
6. To put the cart before the horse
7. To paddle your own canoe. Quite a number of people had “To plot your own course” which
isn’t what I had in mind but which strikes me as a perfectly valid alternative
8. Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
9. On a slow boat to China
10. Are we nearly there yet?

C. To Do With Colours
1. Once in a blue moon
2. Somewhere, over the Rainbow
3. To paint the town red
4. Follow the Yellow Brick Road
5. To have the rub of the green
6. A Study in Scarlet
7. To see it in black and white
8. To be tickled pink about something
9. The Old Grey Whistle Test
10. Like a bolt from the blue

D. To Do With Home (and Garden)
1. There’s no place like home
2. Everything but the kitchen sink
3. An Englishman’s home is his castle
4. Home, sweet home
5. Come into the garden, Maud
6. Charity begins at home. This one stumped a fair number of you. There’s no obvious reason
why. It’s strange how some questions just seem to be intrinsically more difficult than others.
7. The raise the roof. A large number of you had “To rule the roost” which wasn’t what I had in
mind but which strikes me as a perfectly valid alternative. As a matter of interest, according to
Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable the original saying was to rule the roast (i.e. preside at
table, carving the joint) but over the years it has been corrupted to “rule the roost” with its
implication of the cockerel being in charge of the hen-coop
8. Every home should have one
9. To eat someone out of house and home
10. To lead someone up the garden path

E. To Do With the Weather
1. Any port in a storm
2. See amid the Winter’s snow
3. A Foggy Day in London Town
4. It never rains but it pours
5. Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight
6. On the sunny side of the street
7. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness
8. To steal someone’s thunder
9. As pure as the driven snow
10. Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea

F. To Do With Chance and Fortune
1. Fortune favours the brave
2. The luck of the Irish
3. To give a hostage to fortune
4. Luck, be a Lady Tonight
5. Against all the odds
6. That’s just how the cookie crumbles
7. You can bet your bottom dollar
8. To have an eye to the main chance
9. We me Luck as You Wave me Goodbye
10. Your guess is as good as mine

G. Clues instead of words
1. When shall we three meet again?
2. The answer’s a lemon. Every year there is at least one answer which I thought was a well known saying but which I find many people have not heard before. This year this was the one.
3. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
4. Middle of the road
5. Two wrongs do not make a right
6. Prevention is better than cure
7. A thorn in the flesh
8. Just in the nick of time
9. A glutton for punishment
10. They think it’s all over – it is now!

Once again, thank you to all who took part, and especially to those who sent kind messages of
support. If you remembered to tick the box asking for the quiz next Christmas then we’ll be in
touch, and we hope to hear from you again then.

Andrew Brooke