Cwis Dolig 2017



  1. One question sent daily by text to competing teams – usually at 7.30pm – from Dec 1st until Dec 24th
  2. First answer received by each team will count – any subsequent answers will be discounted.
  3. First correct answer receives 5pts. Second correct answer 4pts. Third correct answer 3pt. Fourth correct answer 2pts. Fifth correct answer 1pt.
  4. Answers to be received by Quizmaster before deadline as notified with each question. All subsequent entries ineligible
  5. Answers and scoreboard published daily on this webpage.
  6. In the event of any dispute, the Quizmaster is always right.
  7. Deadline for team entries – midnight 30th November.


Down in the Tube Station

Question 1: What are the next two in this sequence and why? Central, Circle, District, Bakerloo, Piccadilly, ?, ?

Answer: Hammersmith & City, Northern as the sequence of London Underground lines as depicted on maps follows the ascending value of snooker balls from red to black.

Analysis: An excellent question was marred by the Woodies inability to master the technology of the 21st century, and to their own cost as they correctly deduced the snooker ball colour connection. So we had another question:

Can’t See the Wood(ies) for the Trees

Question 1 (again): Which is the odd one out and why? Helm, Soak, Firm, Wash

Answer: Firm which has the name of a tree at the start of the word not at the end.

Analysis: Whitchurch Wonderers spot on with first answer received followed closely by Newly Weds (who won’t curry favour with the QM by sending puppy photos – might work on Suzanne, not me). In next, defending champions Teulu Gwynach making a solid start to their title defence. AB Academicals next and a nice full description was appreciated by the QM. Wrong answers from Teulu Caerdydd (Ash is a type of tree!) and the Woodies who identified Firm but said that it did not contain the name of a tree!! No other correct answers when the QM called time.


A Sting in the Tail

Question 2: If we eat fish on St David’s Day, crab on US Independence Day and goat on Christmas Day – what do we eat on Halloween?

Answer: Scorpion (signs of the Zodiac)

Analysis: This one was for all the Mystic Megs and Russell Grants out there. And clearly everybody is in tune with their star signs as for the first time in the history of the Greatest Quiz on Earth, every team got the answer right! First up, demonstrating that they read their horoscope every day were London Lads, mere seconds ahead of Teulu Gwynach who were fractions ahead of the Newly Weds. Completing the scoring positions were the Parochials and the Wonderers, leaving the Woodies, AB Academicals and Teulu Caerdydd to reflect on the fact that speed is the key (as well as accuracy).


Classic Anthems

Question 3: If the USA is 3-4-8-6, Australia is 7-9-4 and Canada is 1-6, what is Wales?

Answer: 4-2-2-7 “Land of my Fathers” or 3-4-2-6 “Hen Wlad fy Nhadau”. Number of letters in each word of names of anthems

Analysis: The QM decided to increase the difficulty tonight after yesterday’s 100% right answers, so came up with this fiendish question to sort the wheat from the chaff. And making it 2 consecutive first place finishes, Rhodri of the London Lads certainly knows his anthems and they are living up to their pre-tournament favourite status. Next up Lewis of the AB Academicals (who listens to our anthem every morning in Aberystwyth) and after that Ben of the Newly Weds who is becoming more Welsh all the time. Yas secured 2 points for the Wonderers and the final correct answer from Woodies scored their first point of the campaign, leaving Teulu Caerdydd as the only scoreless team to date.


Picture Poser proves Painless (for most)

Question 4: Who is this?

Answer: Vince Cable

Analysis: The first picture question of the season and teams waded in with speedy answers, correctly identifying the MP for Twickenham, and perhaps reflecting a liberal persuasion on the Woody side of the family? First past the post were the Wonderers in less than 1 minute, then the Newly Weds and the Woodies. A little time later Teulu Gwynach and the London Lads came in with correct answers. The QM was amused that the Academicals thought it was Van Morrison, though I shouldn’t be surprised as I hear their chairman only has eyes for JC and his merry men. Teulu Caerdydd thought it was Geoffrey Owen but time had elapsed when their answer arrived.


No Forty Winks for the O’s!

Question 5: Find a whole number which when spelled out has its letters in alphabetical order.

Answer: Forty

Analysis: The Owen side of the family certainly weren’t caught napping tonight as they blasted this question to smithereens in less than two minutes combined. If last night showed us that the Woodies are a bunch of pseudo Lloyd George’s, then the Owens are all Stephen Hawkins (or any other mathematical genius you care to insert) in disguise. Leading them off, with a 3rd class degree in Mathematics (compared to the QM’s Masters) was the old man of the Parochials followed very closely by his eldest offspring, Lewis of the Academicals. Before you could could recite Pythagoras Theorem, more right answers came in from the Rhodri of the London Lads, Lowri of Teulu Gwynach and (thank God) Helen of Teulu Caerdydd who are finally off the mark, and will doubtless climb up the table from now on. It’s very tight at the top!


Many Rivers to Cross

Question 6: What links X, Y, D and 4th?

Answer: All rivers – Exe, Wye, Dee and Forth

Analysis: The rivers ran red tonight as  some teams didn’t get anywhere near the answer (e.g. Newly Weds – “Dimensions” & Woodies – “Pokemon”) whilst a steady stream (!) understood the connection and provided the correct input. First off, demonstrating champion form were Teulu Gwynach followed closely by the Academicals. The Wonderers were next through the finishing line and following them were the London Lads and the Parochials. If only Teulu Caerdydd had gone with their instincts – fine margins. It’s a three way tie at the top!


Foxtrot Oscar!

Question 7: If Victor is 5 and Charlie is 100, who is 1,000?

Answer: Mike – NATO Phonetic Alphabet representation of Roman numerals.

Analysis: No problems with this poser for the majority of teams but some did come unstuck – and lost ground in the dog-fight at the top of the table. First in – Rhodri of London Lads (should this be “London Lad” – where is Gruff?) followed by Ben of the Newly Weds and Bleddyn of the Wonderers. Final two correct answers from Huw of the Woodies and Helen of TC, doubling their score! Incorrect answers from the Parochials (Malcom), the Academicals (Mother) and the defending champions, Teulu Gwynach, who went for Michael not Mike. Close – but no cigar! The field is beginning to stretch out.


Magyar Mystery

Question 8: Gary has friends in many countries including Argentina, Denmark, Russia and the United States. Which country is Gary in?

Answer: HunGARY as his friends are in ArgenTINA, DenMARK, RUSSia and UniTED States.

Analysis: From a snowbound Quiz Control Centre tonight an opportunity for reflection as we are 1/3 the way through this year’s competition. If one wanted to ask – “In which country is Gary?” then any T, D or H could have Googled that Gary is located in Indiana, USA. As it is, P & H  interpreted the question this way, costing the Parochials and the Woodies any chance of points tonight (sympathy for Huw W who got the answer right but too late). So plaudits go to Lowri of Teulu Gwynach, Yas of the Wonderers, Ben of the Newly Weds and Guto (finally showing up) of Teulu Caerdydd for correct answers. No input tonight from the Lad of London (don’t have your phone off at 7.30pm) and the Academicals were way off target but submitted this highly amusing answer – “Any country. In this era of modern telecommunications, Gary doesn’t necessarily need to be in the same country as his friends to maintain contact”. Too true, it’s a small world.


Time Waits for No Man

Question 9: If 355 equates to 524 and 1235 to 2521, what does 850 equate to?

Answer: 1029 (Ten to Nine)

Analysis: Just when you thought that this years’ tournament had settled into a predictable pattern, once again the leaders at the start of the round failed to score and we have a new team at the summit. Faster than he said “I do” in the summer, Ben came first but there were mere seconds separating him from Helen of TC who have now doubled their score for the third question in succession. Is TC a sleeping giant that has finally awoken? Next in, the consistent defending champions (Teulu Gwynach) followed by the Parochials and the Woodies, who despite scoring a point sink to the bottom of the table.


Pieces of Eight

Question 10: Show how eight 8’s can make 1,000 (addition only).

Answer: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1,000

Analysis: A snowy Sunday evening was enlivened by a tricky Maths poser that certainly separated the men from the boys – or the girls actually, as the winning answer came in from Lowri of Teulu Gwynach who move to joint top of the table. Next in, Rhodri of the London Lads showing a welcome return to form and maybe a fully-charged battery for his smartphone. Third place to the ever-dependable Newly Weds and although Teulu Caerdydd came next, their answer of 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 equals 992 and comprises only 7 eights! Why omit the final eight? So, in the event, completing the scoring were the Woodies and the Wonderers. “Tis them that died, that be the lucky ones”


Lots of Sandwiches

Question 11: Cucumber is 99% water. I have 100 pounds of cucumber. After a week, drying in the sun, the shrivelled cucumber had only dried down to being 98% water. What is the total weight of the cucumber now?

Answer: 50 pounds. The dry weight of the cucumber is 1 pound. So after a week 1 pound is 2% of total weight which must be 50 pounds.

Analysis: We have three well-managed teams that answer with intelligence and speed. We then have one team with potential but are very erratic – a bit like Liverpool FC. As for the remaining four teams, then one cannot imagine them getting their act together sufficiently to challenge for honours, with some spending more energy on arguing with the QM than answering the questions set. And so to tonight’s question and, once more, the Lionel Messi (Lowri) of Teulu Gwynach came in first followed by Big Ben of the Newly Weds. Third correct answer from the remaining member of the Big 3 – the Whitchurch Wonderers. Wrong answers from Gruff (finally arriving at the party) of the London Lads, the Woodies (and yet again Huw came in later with the right answer) and the AB Academicals who’s pointless streak now extends to 5 rounds. Tony Pullis is available, Lewis.


Give ‘Em Enough Rope

Question 12: You have two ropes. Each rope takes one hour to burn if lit from either end. These ropes are not identical, nor are they uniform; i.e. it does not necessarily take half an hour for half the rope to burn (if you have trouble visualizing this, imagine a rope of varying thickness across its length). With only these two ropes and a way to light them, how do you measure out 45 minutes?

Answer: Light one rope from both ends and the other rope from one end. After 30 minutes the first rope will be burnt out so light the other end of the second rope. This will take another 15 minutes to burn out, making a total of 45 minutes.

Analysis: In the greatest shock result of the tournament so far (and probably ever), Teulu Caerdydd – that  hotch-potch of environmentalists and malingerers –  who normally prop up the table came up with the first correct answer to this devilish mind-muncher. Next in, Huw of the Woodies claiming that his PhD in Engineering had finally come in useful, then Huw Senior of the Parochials making it the top three places for the bottom three teams, who are now all level at the basement. Our reigning champs came next and finally, picking up a precious point to end their barren run, AB Academicals. Don’t wait by the phone, Tony. Other correct answers received but too late.


The Empire Strikes Back

Question 13: There are at least 20 children in Fred’s class. 19 of them learn German and 4 learn French. 8 of them play football, 12 play hockey and 4 play squash. Fred lives at number 18 Mold Road in a house with a red door. It takes Fred ? hours to mow a 1 acre field.

Answer: 4. Each number follows the letter in the alphabet to which it corresponds, t- 20, s – 19 etc.

Analysis: Reacting to comments from (ironically) certain teams at the bottom of the table (no points for guessing which ones) that the questions were a tad easier than last year, the QM dished up a delightfully difficult dilemma this evening. And to double the dose of irony, one of the moaners came in first and marched up the table with maximum points for the first time this season. Well done Woodies, followed by the ever consistent Newly Weds who regain top spot. Honourable mentions to Huw of the Woodies who also got the right answer, and Bleddyn and Lewis who submitted wrong answers but at least had a go. Two-way fight for the title?


Intriguing Idioms

Question 14: Find the connection and then arrange in alphabetical order: CROSS, DOT, DROP, MIND, ROLL

Answer: DROP H’s; DOT I’s; MIND P’s & Q’s; ROLL R’s; CROSS T’s

Analysis: Extra question tonight, one which is more puzzling than any set by the QM this season: How can one team score 9 points in the first 11 rounds then perform an incredible turn-around and score 14 points in the last 3 rounds? I’m stumped for an answer but welcome any suggestions via Whats App from other contestants. We are talking Woodies of course who have gone from being certs for the Wooden Spoon (and rumours that their star player was looking for a move away) to being an unstoppable and irresistible force, who have notched up their second win in a row. Next in the reigning champions who regain top-spot, followed by the Wonderers and the Parochials. No other correct answers but Lewis maintained his reputation as the tournament jester with a diatribe about balls. Too much education perhaps? One point in the last 8 rounds for the “Academicals”!

Fair & Square?

Question 15: What property do the squares 81, 100 and 576 have which no other squares have?

Answer: 81 (eighty one) is 9 x 9 and has 9 letters. 100 (one hundred) is 10 x 10 and has 10 letters. 576 (five hundred and seventy six) is 24 x 24 and has 24 letters. No other square numbers have same characteristics.

Analysis: We should have known – every time the QM delves back into the mysterious motherland of mathematics, there can be only one result. The prodigious, precocious phenomenon called Lowri trumped all others (by hours) in correctly unravelling the convoluted complexity laid before the teams this evening. Full marks to Gwynach! But just as the fat lady started to warm up her larynx, Big Ben came up with the goods to keep the gap at the top to manageable proportions. Other correct answer from Bleddyn of the Wonderers (3 hours well spent) but nobody else when the QM called time. We called them the Big 3 a few questions back – they certainly demonstrated that tonight.

The Big Apple

Question 16: Identify the following:
a) London football club
b) boundary between military powers
c) Soviet intelligence agency
d) band who made plans for Nigel
e) radio frequency
f) boy band
g) facility at Aldermaston
h) promissory note
What city is left over?


a) QPR
b) DMZ
c) KGB
d) XTC
e) VHF
f) JLS
g) AWE
h) IOU

Which leaves 2 other letters of the alphabet – N & Y. So, New York.

Analysis: A refreshing alternative to the saccharine sickliness of Strictly, tonight’s question stretched contestants knowledge across multiple knowledge bases to arrive at the final answer – New York. First across the line in a yellow taxi, Bleddyn of the Wonderers keeping alive their outside chances of the title. Next in, and the form team of the moment with 18 points from the last 5 rounds, the Woodies. If only they had showed up during the first 11 rounds! However, the top two teams continue to accumulate points nearly every question, with Big Ben of the Newly Weds coming in third followed by Rhys of our defending champions. Last right answer from Guto of TC which makes the battle to avoid the wooden spoon an interesting (and amusing) diversion to the main business at the other end of the table.

Give us a Clue(do)

Question 17: If Study <-> Kitchen, then Conservatory <-> ?

Answer: Lounge

Analysis: An easy Sunday night stroll of a question which demanded a sprint to submit answers as quickly as possible to gain points. And the Usain Bolt of the evening was Rhodri of London Lads, snapping their 6 game scoreless streak. Four wins for the Lads this season, if only they could be more consistent. Next in, Colonel Mustard aka Big Ben picking up good points yet again, followed by Professor Plum (Bleddyn) and Miss Scarlet (Sian). Last through the door for points Mrs White (Rhys) which maintains Gwynach scoring run but we now have a two-way tie at the top. Also with right answer, Reverend Green (Guto) but alas too late. You snooze – you lose, but appreciate the effort.

The Maine Event

Question 18: Drive through each state in the continental USA entering each state only once. What must be the last state?

Answer: Maine – only borders New Hampshire therefore has to be last to satisfy criterion.

Analysis: What a night! We reached the 3/4 stage of this years’ competition and will this question prove to be the epochal event that eventually ends Gwynach’s reign as champions? It was non-stop action as the WhatsApps and texts flew in as the QM hurtled down the M40 (safety note – question had been pre-loaded in text and WhatsApp before setting off so no manual intervention required when driving). Top marks to Benny & the Jets of the Newly Weds – half-century achieved, doff your cap. But a big fat zero for Gwynach – where was Messi tonight? Let’s take all answers received in order:

19.34 – Newly Weds

19.35 – London Lads (Gruff) – wrong with Alaska (half-baked answer!)

19.35 – AB Academicals – back to form and moving away from the bottom of the league

19.36 – Whitchurch Wonderers

19.38 – Woodies (Huw) and they move into 4th place

19.39 – TC (Guto), now tied at the bottom with………..

19.40 – PPs (Huw), correct but just a fraction too late to score points

19.44 – Woodies (Sian) but wrong with Montana

19.57 – London Lads (Rhodri) but wrong with Washington

20.08 – a very disappointing Gwynach, wrong with Montana

Only 6 questions to go – squeaky bum time according to an old Scottish fellow.

The Shape of Things to Come?

Question 19: If 3 = T, 4 = S and 5 = P, what is 8?

Answer: O – Octagon

Analysis: Another open goal served up by the travelling QM, so speed was the essential ingredient to gain maximum return. And just as we thought last night that Big Ben had  made the decisive break for the finishing line, we witnessed a reversal of fortunes and the battle for the ultimate prize is still very much alive. Let me take you through the drama, minute by minute:

19.33 – London Lads (Rhodri) barely 30 seconds after the question was sent. That’s lightning speed and their 5th success of the campaign.

19.34 – AB Academicals proving that they’re in good shape!

19.34 – Teulu Gwynach mere seconds behind securing a valuable 3 pts

19.35 – Woodies, becoming a consistent point scoring outfit at last

19.37 – Whitchurch Wonderers claiming the last point on offer

19.40 – Teulu Caerdydd and 19.41 – Newly Weds. Too late I’m sorry!

So the race for the title is wide-open once more.

Periodic States?

Question 20: What links the following US state abbreviations: AL, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, IN, LA, MD, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NH, PA, SC ?

Answer: They are all chemical symbols

Analysis: The QM thought that this was a fairly tough question – following on from the simple fare dished up over the past two days – but, despite wrong answers from AB Academicals, London Lads and (crucially) Gwynach – most teams had paid attention to Big S (or equivalent) and fired in correct answers faster than you could light a bunsen burner. Top of the class – Iola – scoring a maximum for the Newly Weds putting them 7 points clear with 4 rounds left. Should the QM call for Adele? Second past the post, snapping their pointless sequence were the Parochials followed closely by Lois of TC. Good to see that some teams are giving their younger players a chance to shine. Still very close at the southern end of the table. Final point scorers Woodies (Huw) and Wonderers (Bleddyn).

Proper “O” Levels

Question 21: A man invests a sum of money at a rate of 4.5% per annum. At the end of each year he withdraws his annual interest and keeps it in his house in a savings box. At the end of 6 years he withdraws and spends half of his original investment, leaving the other half to continue to earn 4.5% interest (withdrawn annually and saved as before) for a further 6 years. He now finds that the money still invested and the 12 years’ interest together amount to £181. Calculate the sum originally invested.

Answer: £200 – please contact QM if you require clarification.

Analysis: The shortest day but the longest question. Tonight we went back to the swinging sixties (1966 to be precise) when they had high standards in education and you didn’t get a GCSE for just turning up! Those were the days – the Beatles, World Cup, Harold Wilson and Twiggy. If you want to find out more, please ask the chairman of the Woodies who tonight went on a free bus tour of local pubs for those 60 years plus! Anyway, back to the Greatest Quiz on Earth and another twist tonight. Easily first was Rhodri of the Lads who have now more victories than any other team – if only they could match consistency to flair. Next, Bleddyn of the Wonderers followed closely by Messi of Gwynach, re-discovering her form. Final correct answers from a father and son (Huw and Lewis) who took their time and would probably need more than the usual 3 hours if they were to re-sit today. Wrong answer from Huw (Woodies) who is now going to be sold to another team (according to his pensioner chairman who perhaps has had a half of mild too many?) 3 Rounds to go.

Dates for Christmas?

Question 22: Which is the odd one out: February 2, April 4, June 6, August 8, October 10 or December 12?

Answer: February 2 – all others occur on the same day of the week every year.

Analysis: Your wandering minstrel of a Quizmaster (tonight in Cardiff) thought this a tricky tester that would tantalise and titivate all contestants. First through the gate – Lewis of AB Academicals with a speculative punt on Oct 10. One in six chance for the first win of the season – but alas incorrect. First correct answer from the Wonderers (twice) who are finishing strongly, followed by Newly Weds and Teulu Gwynach. Only other right answer from the Woodies. It could be any of three teams for the title – depends on the next two questions!

A Bit of Binomial

Question 23: What is the coefficient for x^3 (cube) in (2x+4)^8?


The exponents for x3 are 8-5 (=3) and 5:

So Z(2x)345

Use Pascal’s Triangle, or calculate directly:

n!/k!(n-k)! = 8!/5!(8-5)! = 8!/5!3! = 8×7×6/3×2×1 = 56= Z

And we get:


Which simplifies to: 458,752 x3

Analysis: Hats off to all those teams that got this question right – no doubt about it that we have some agile and intelligent minds amongst the younger generation of the family – with one exception, to whom I refer below. First amongst equals tonight the mathematical Midas that is Messi of Teulu Gwynach – a full 8 minutes ahead of the unsettled star of the Woodies, Huw. Next in Iola of the Newly Weds and completing the point scoring Rhodri of the Lads and Yas of the Wonderers. The upshot is that the title is still up for grabs and we go into the final round with only 3 points separating the top 2 teams. Decided tonight – third place for the Wonderers (congrats), whilst fourth is between the Lads and the Woodies and the wooden spoon is between the Parochials and Teulu Caerdydd. As for the exception – Lewis of the Academicals adopted the same tactic as last night and fired in a speculative answer after a minute – in this case “2” which was only 458,750 wide of the mark. Trist iawn, very sad.


The Final Fibonacci

Question 24: What is the next number in the following sequence: 1, 2, 4, 7, 12, 20, 33, 54, 88, ?

Answer: 143 (add two preceding numbers and add 1). Fibonacci.

Analysis: We are at the end, the denouement, the finale, the conclusion, the terminus of over three weeks frenetic and frantic scrabbling for solutions and resolutions to a variety of problematic posers. The QM applauds all teams for their diligence and dedication to the tournament this year. But there can be only one winner (unless there is a tie). And this year’s champions – and for the first time – are the NEWLY WEDS. Major congratulations to Ben and Iola – consistency and constant point scoring throughout the competition has paid off. Commiserations to Teulu Gwynach – a valiant effort to retain the crown. Third place the Wonderers and after that the rest of the teams – the only notable point of interest being that Teulu Caerdydd have not recycled enough to raise themselves from the bottom of the compost heap.

Tonights action:

19.32: Lewis (AB Academicals) wrong with 97. Word of advice from the QM – you tried guessing the last two rounds and failed both times, what’s the definition of insanity?

19.32: Gruff correct and and the Lads have had more first places than any other team.

19.33: Yas & Bledd scoring a nice 4 points for the Wonderers.

19.33: Messi of Gwynach

Tension – could the Newly Weds come up with the right answer?

19.35: Teulu Cardydd – nice answer earning two points

19.35: Newly Weds – scoring the one point they needed and hence they are the new CHAMPIONS!

Diolch i bawb am gyfrannu a llongyfarchiadau eto i’r NEWLY WEDS!!


The Teams

Gwynach Picture1NewlyWeds


Caerdydd ABAs  WWs   Woodies   PPs

Leaderboard (after 24 Rounds – Final)

Newly Weds – 66

Teulu Gwynach – 65

Whitchurch Wonderers – 60

London Lads – 47

Woodies – 41

AB Academicals – 24

Pennorth Parochials – 21

Teulu Caerdydd – 20

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8 Q9 Q10 Q11 Q12 Q13 Q14 Q15 Q16 Q17 Q18 Q19 Q20 Q21 Q22 Q23 Q24
AB Academicals 2 0 4 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 0
London Lads 0 5 5 1 3 2 5 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 0 5 0 2 5
Newly Weds 4 3 3 4 0 0 4 3 5 3 4 0 4 0 4 3 4 5 0 5 0 4 3 1
Pennorth Parochials 0 2 0 0 5 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0
Teulu Caerdydd 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 2
Teulu Gwynach 3 4 0 2 2 5 0 5 3 5 5 2 0 4 5 2 1 0 3 0 3 3 5 3
Whitchurch Wonderers 5 1 2 5 0 3 3 4 0 1 3 0 0 3 3 5 3 3 1 1 4 5 1 4
Woodies 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 4 5 5 0 4 2 2 2 2 0 2 4 0

No Wins: AB Academicals

Most Wins: London Lads (7)

Points Scored Rounds: Teulu Gwynach (19)