Criminally good Xmas Socks and who sang driving home for Christmas?

xmassocks 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!

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11 Responses to Criminally good Xmas Socks and who sang driving home for Christmas?

  1. Katie says:

    Hi Marianne

    Well done on getting some question right. 🙂 I just stopped by to wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope 2014 is great for you!

    Hope you are well.
    Take care

  2. Wendy Clarke says:

    I know all four answers but am not going to say or I might have to wear the socks! Have a great Christmas and thanks for supporting my blog over the last year.

  3. Ruth F. Hunt says:

    Hi Marianne,
    I’m hopeless at quiz nights. Either I get no questions right or get so excited at knowing the answer I scream it out, much to the delight of other contestants. So, tonight, I will say I’ve got all five right, you can keep the socks!
    Glad you had a great night!
    (Ps. I know you only mentioned four questions….)

    • Ha ha! To be honest I’m not a big quiz fan either, but on this occasion it was a good way to get to know some new people – although some folks took it very seriously and didn’t want to “collaborate” at all. I even got ticked off by someone opposite for asking the group what the genus of mistletoe was. Ha ha ha!
      Hope you have a lovely Christmas, Ruth, without too many visits to the hospital! 🙂
      ps: should you ever find yourself in a Xmas quiz, it’s viscum 😉

      • Ruth F. Hunt says:

        Hi Marianne, I bet it was a great way to connect and collaborate, do they hold regular events? I hope you have a lovely Christmas and wear those socks with pride!

        • Thanks, Ruth. It was very sociable. I’m not sure about regular events, I’ll have to check. It would be nice if they did. Thanks again and have a lovely Christmas yourself!
          ps: the socks are actually very comfy 🙂

  4. Karen says:

    I LOVE those socks, lucky you 🙂 Shamefully, I was quite old before I discovered what marzipan was made of (never liked the stuff, anyway!)

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