PCNH Quiz Answers 2017

A. Miscellaneous
1. Everything but the kitchen sink
2. To kill someone with kindness
3. Knee-high to a grasshopper
4. “K your FC” seems to have given you more trouble than any other question. What I had in mind was “Keep your fingers crossed” but a very large number of you came up with “Keep your friends close”. This is in fact only half a saying as the full saying is “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” If I had meant to use just the first half of the saying I would have set the question as “K your FC…” using dots as I did in B3 below (though you had to have sharp eyes to spot them). I would normally therefore have disallowed “Keep your friends close” but decided to allow it as it was adopted as the title of a book published in 2014 (not one I’d heard of I must say) and we do say on the front page of the Quiz that the answers may be book titles. Quite a lot of you had “Keep your face clean” but this doesn’t seem to be a saying in common use so with some hesitation I disallowed it “Keep your nose clean” is what I think most people would say.
5. The King and I
6. You could knock me down with a feather
7. The milk of human kindness
8. To be as keen as mustard
9. To treat someone with kid gloves
10. The knights of the round table
B. Horses and Riders
1. Wild horses wouldn’t drag it from me
2. Horses for courses
3. You can lead a horse to water…
4. To ride roughshod over somebody (or someone)
5. Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
6. Only Fools and Horses
7. Home James, and don’t spare the horses
8. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
9. To jockey for position
10.A horse of a different colour
C. Medicine and the Law
1. To have a clean bill of health
2. To be as sober as a judge
3. Is there a doctor in the house?
4. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
5. The law is an ass (or, to quote Dickens correctly, The law is a ass. Both allowed)
6. Ignorance of the law is no excuse
7. Physician, heal thyself!
8. He is a law unto himself
9. An apple a day keeps the doctor away
10.To have a taste of one’s own medicine
D. Soldiers, Weapons and Fighting
1. An army marches on its stomach
2. To have two strings to your bow
3. Tell that to the Marines!
4. To fight tooth and nail
5. Bring me my bow of burning gold
6. To be hoist with one’s own petard (an early form of explosive device, apparently)
7. To hold the fort
8. To go great guns
9. To hit below the belt
10.To beat a hasty retreat

E. To do with Other Countries
1. It’s all Greek to me
2. Don’t cry for me, Argentina
3. To take French leave
4. The Indian rope trick
5. Not for all the tea in China
6. To speak double Dutch
7. When Irish eyes are smiling
8. The Mexican hat dance
9. There’s an awful lot of coffee in Brazil
10.Something rotten in the state of Denmark. ( It should really be “Something is rotten etc but the is isn’t usually used when people quote the expression)

F. Film Titles
1. Gone With the Wind
2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (I was kind and allowed over the River Kwai)
3. One hundred and One Dalmatians
4. The French Lieutenant’s Woman
5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
6. Singin’ in the Rain (I allowed Singing)
7. Four Weddings and a Funeral
8. Some Like it Hot
9. The Silence of the Lambs. Some entrants came across “The Sinking of the Lusitania” which I see was the name of a film documentary,so I allowed it even though it was not what I had in mind
10.To Kill a Mockingbird

G. Tricky Ones
1. The best thing since sliced bread
2. Heads I win, tails you lose
3. Big brother is watching you
4. Dr Livingstone I presume
5. No rest for the wicked
6. Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? (It should really be O Romeo etc but I thought the extra O might be a bit confusing)
7. Mind the gap!
8. Christmas comes but once a year
9. It’s not over till the fat lady sings
10.The best of British luck!

As usual we had entries from all over the country, and also from a few overseas supporters. This year, unusually, the main prizewinners all happen to be from Sussex: Horsham, Haywards Heath, and three villages not too far from Petworth, but the “Invent a Saying’ prizes went to London and Belfast. The winning sayings were:
Never go across the Scottish border after calling whisky a Sassenach tipple!
and the distinctly unPC:
Never give a toddler sweets – but a cigarette will always satisfy them.

The general opinion was that the Quiz was harder this year. If so that was not my intention, but when I am setting the questions I obviously know all the answers so it is quite tricky trying to work out how difficult I have made the Quiz overall. Many of you sent remarks saying how much you enjoyed it, for which many thanks. We usually get a few late donations after the competition has closed so at this stage I can’t tell you whether you have broken last year’s record, but we are nearly there, and have certainly raised the £20,000 we were aiming for in order to pay for the new drugs and medicines room. Well done everyone!

Andrew Brooke