Yesterday I was at at my first ever Crime Writers Association in Scotland’s Xmas lunch. While tucking into our festive food we mulled over a clever little quiz, set by the lovely Alex Gray. Incredibly, I won these great wee Xmas socks – not the first prize, by the way, but as far as I’m concerned the best! What’s so incredible about that? Well, out of the 25 quiz questions I knew the answers to a mere four – and if you think that’s bad, rumour has it a certain Mr Ian Rankin only got one question right I worked out the remaining 21 by conspiring with new partners in crime writing Eric Brown, Chris Longmuir, Mac Logan and Aline Templeton, who, by the way, can wear my socks any time they like, other than Xmas day ;o)
The questions I got right all by myself were:
1) what is marzipan made of ?
2) who sang ‘Driving Home for Xmas’?
3) who wrote the Nutcracker Suite?
4) how many swans are swimming in the Xmas song 12 Days of Christmas?
If you can answer the above four, you too can borrow the Xmas socks! Meanwhile, I’m now pausing from blogging until next year. Have a great Christmas and festive season, happy reading and writing and good wishes to all for 2014!