Christmas Quiz 2013 results. Clear winners from down South!

Hello all Habs (and assorted associates!)

It’s your 2013 Quizmaster here – Antony (Ant) Mason, brother of Libby. Many thanks for participating in the quiz – six teams this year. Very sporting of you!

I hope you enjoyed the challenge. I was pleased to see that almost all the questions were correctly answered by at least one team, so they were clearly not so outlandishly fiendish as to stump you all. Except one: Branston Pickle is now Japanese-owned, would you believe!

I gave one point for each correct answer, and half points (total rounded up) for a misspelt answer or (very) near miss. With the 8 US states beginning with M, there were 57 points in total to play for.

As you know, a point is deducted for each extra participant over the normative team number of four.

You can see a full list of the questions and answers by clicking here.

So here are the results in reverse order:

In 6th place, with 20 points, the Houston Habs (a total cruelly diminished by the festive-spirited size of the team: 13 participants!) (Catherine, John and friends)
In 5th place, with 25 points, Mill Close (7 participants) (Richard and family)
In 4th place, with 30 points, the Bedford Habs (6 participants) (Paul and friends)
In 3rd place, with 32 points, the “Salisbury Entry” (5 participants) (Nick and family)
In 2nd place, with 33 points, the Emsworth Habs (7 participants) (David and family)

AND IN 1ST PLACE, clear leaders with 39 points, THE KENT HABS (5 participants) (Clare and friends).

Happy New Year!

2012 Bikram numbers (and a special offer!)

In 2012 I took 278 90-minute hot yoga classes. Lifetime total: 2,590 (first class was March 21st, 2003).

In 2012 I taught 245 Bikram yoga classes. Lifetime total: 1,120 (first class was December 28th, 2007)

About the same as last year, although the teaching numbers may go down in 2013 as my other job has become extremely busy.

I still love Bikram yoga and love teaching it. Here’s an offer . . . if any Habershons (brothers/nephews/nieces) want to try it I will pay for your first 10-class package!

And for the record, in case it becomes a habit, I also jumped out of aeroplane eight times in 2012.

And the winners are . . .

. . . the Emsworth Habs. Again.

Congratulations, Uncle Ant, et al! The prize is on its way.

And thank you, Jim, for setting the quiz. Here are the results:

Emsworth: 37
Bedford: 35
The Mill: 23
Houston: 20
Sydney (Bondi Branch): 20

Update: Click “read more” for the answers.

The Houston Habs thought there was a bit of an Australian slant to the questions, and the Sydney Habs requested that teachers be banned from setting questions in the future. Otherwise, no complaints.

Happy New Year, everyone!A&L: Answers
1) John Constable
2) Frederick Forsyth
3) Henry VIII
4) Richard Hannay
5) Iceland
6) Beowulf
7) Fahrenheit 451
8) Barbara Taylor Bradford
9) Sancho Panza
10) Uncle Vanya (Ivan Petrovitch Voynitsky)
H&P: Answers
1) Israel 2) As a doctor 3) Lt-Col George Armstrong Custer
4) The Great Exhibition 5) Cuba 6) Sri Lanka (or Ceylon as it was the)
7) A dance and the music to accompany it 8) Marengo 9) Astronomer Royal
10) The Endeavour
E: Answers
1) Marc Bolan 2) Home and Away 3) 99 4) Emmerdale (formerly Farm)
5) Baker Street 6) They’ve all won the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK
7) Mud 8) Elsa 9) Aron 10) HMS Pinafore
S&L: Answers
1) Badminton 2) 11 3) A carabiner 4) Michael Jordan
5) Chess 6) Real tennis 7) Knitting (a purl is a type of stitch)
8) American football (Super Bowl) 9) Nadia Comaneci (in 1976) 10) Abu Dhabi
G&T: Answers
1) Bedfordshire 2) Antarctica 3) Borneo 4) Washington DC 5) Uruguay
6) New Guinea 7) Tristan da Cunha 8) Uzbekistan 9) Lebanon 10) Arran

The Ninth Annual Christmas Quiz

Thank you, Jim, for compiling this year’s Christmas Quiz.

Here are the rules:

This quiz is open to any household that contains a Habershon, a née Habershon, a commenter, or anyone who resides on the Branch Office page.

One point will be awarded for each correct answer. One point will be deducted/added for each household with more than/fewer than four participants. For example, if there are ten participants, six points will be deducted. And if there are only two participants, two points will be added.

The team with the highest score will receive a £10 (or equivalent currency) Amazon gift voucher. If there are more than eight entries a second prize will be awarded. Correct answers and the team results will be published on the website as soon as possible after the closing date.

No looking up answers on the internet or in reference books. All answers must come straight from your heads. Submit your answers to the Webmistress (cjathearn @ no later than 11pm GMT on Sunday, December 30th.

As usual, no correspondence will be entered into, and the Quizmaster’s decision is final. Only one entry per household.


Good luck, and a Merry Christmas to everyone!