Mixed Bag Christmas get-together 2016

Once again we met up at Christmas to play a great game, enjoy a slap-up meal and keep our brain cells active with a quiz and a few brain teasers. If you want to have a go… (answers below the pics):

Christmas Quiz 2016

  1. How many arms/tentacles/limbs does a squid have?
  2. What is converted into alcohol during brewing?
  3. Name the two families in Romeo and Juliet?
  4. If cats are feline, what are sheep?
  5. Which is the financial centre, and largest city, of Switzerland?
  6. What is the policeman’s name in the Noddy stories?
  7. What is the third major Balearic Island, along with Majorca and Minorca?
  8. What is the alternative common name for a Black Leopard?
  9. What do the Irish call the vegetables that Americans call zucchini?
  10. In which bay is Alcatraz?
  11. Who had a 1981 hit with Once in a Lifetime?
  12. Which mountain overlooks Rio De Janeiro and its harbour?
  13. In Roman mythology, Neptune is the equivalent to which Greek god?
  14. Which TV character said, ‘Live long and prosper’?
  15. What is the other name for Wildebeest?
  16. What make of car was the time-machine in the film Back to The Future?
  17. How old is a horse when it changes from a filly to a mare?
  18. Where is the Sea of Tranquillity?
  19. Freddie Bulgara was better known as which lead singer?
  20. Which city stands on the banks of the Bosphorus?
  21. What organisation uses the motto Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity?
  22. What is the flavour of Pernod?
  23. John Ronald Reuel are the Christian names of which author?
  24. Siam is the former name for which country?
  25. The Zloty is the currency of what country?
  26. Robert Zimmerman is better known as whom in the music world?
  27. Nelson Mandela was released from prison, Iraq invaded Kuwait and Germany was reunified. Which year was it?
  28. What Olympic sport prohibits the wearing of a beard?
  29. How many teeth in a full adult set?
  30. Name the 10 parts of the human body spelt with three letters (no slang)


  1. Three playing cards have been removed from an ordinary pack of cards and placed in a horizontal row. To the right of a King there are one or two Queens. To the left of a Queen there are one or two Queens. To the left of a Heart there are one or two Spades. To the right of a Spade there are one or two Spades. What are the three cards?
  1. Pronounced as one letter,

And written with three,

Two letters there are,

And two only in me.

I’m double, I’m single,

I’m black, blue, and grey,

I’m read from both ends,

And the same either way.

What am I?


  1. A vintner recently passed away. In his will, he left 21 barrels (seven of which are filled with wine, seven of which are half-full, and seven of which are empty) to his three daughters. However, the wine and barrels must be split so that each daughter has the same number of full, half-full and empty barrels. There are no measuring devices handy – how can the wine and barrels be evenly divided?
  1. A man is condemned to death. He must choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in three years. Which room should he choose?
  1. A cowboy rode into town on Monday, stayed three days and nights and rode out on Monday. How can this be?

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Quiz Answers


  1. TEN (there are varying definitions of tentacles/arms for squids – generally a squid is considered to have two tentacles and eight arms – whatever, there are ten of them in total)
  2. SUGAR
  4. OVINE
  6. PC PLOD
  7. IBIZA
  14. MR SPOCK (Star Trek)
  15. GNU
  21. B.I.
  25. POLAND
  27. 1990
  28. BOXING
  29. 32


Brainteaser answers

  1. King of Spades, Queen of Spades, and the Queen of Hearts
  1. An eye
  1. Four half-full barrels are dumped into two of the empty barrels. This results in nine full barrels, three half-full barrels and nine empty barrels. These can be divided by three.
  1. In with the lions – they’d be dead!
  1. His horse was called Monday.

Mixed Bag Christmas Get-Together

The annual Mixed Bag Christmas gathering saw us play a great game, eat a lovely meal and rack our brains with a quiz. Fancy having a go?…here are the questions:

  1. Which has the highest mountain: Earth or Mars?
  2. What are the small indentations on a golf ball called?
  3. Which city in the world has the largest population?
  4. With what device are earthquakes recorded?
  5. Name the yellow Telly Tubby
  6. What are Alpha Centauri and Sirius?
  7. Which actress was the lead star in High Society?
  8. Which 60s rock group recorded “Lighter Shade of Pale”?
  9. Clean, Jerk, and Snatch are terms used in which activity?
  10. Which country is bordered by both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans?
  11. In which country would one find 8 of the world’s 10 highest mountains?
  12. Which is the world’s second-largest country in land area?
  13. What is the most common blood type in humans?
  14. The name of which area in the Pacific means “many islands”?
  15. What is the only word in English ending in the letters ‘mt’?
  16. When there are two full moons in the same month, what is the second called?
  17. Who wrote “Waiting for Godot”?
  18. What is the name given to the process of signalling with two flags?
  19. What is the currency of Switzerland?
  20. What is the business term for assets which can be immediately turned into cash?
  21. Which country beginning with a ‘T’ has a shoreline on the Andaman Sea?
  22. Which is the largest planet in the solar system?
  23. Which Beatle married a Bond girl?
  24. Which instrument did Louis Armstrong play?
  25. Which Irish-American playwright wrote Moon for the Misbegotten, Long Day’s Journey Into Night and The Iceman Cometh?
  26. On which street do Bert and Ernie live?
  27. One tablespoon = how many teaspoons?
  28. What does a philatelist do?
  29. Which mythological figure flew so close to the sun that the wax on his wings began to melt?
  30. What is the green pigment in plants called?
  31. In terms of the amount of alcohol you get, which is the most expensive: whiskey, beer, or wine?
  32. Which country has the largest Christian population?
  33. What does a taxidermist do?
  34. What’s the maximum length of a test match in cricket?
  35. Which country produces the most wind power per capita?

There were a few brainteasers too:

  1. John and Jack’s combined age is 91. John is now twice as old as Jack was when John was as old as Jack is now. How old are they?
  2. Two sons are born to the same woman at the same time of the same day of the same year, yet they are not twins. How can this be?
  3. Is it correct to say “the yolk of the eggs are white” or “the yolk of the eggs is white”?
  4. What goes through the front door, but never enters or leaves the house?
  5. Even though we may never have our own entry in the Guinness Book of Records, there is one record that each of us holds at some point in our lives. What is it?
  6. There is a tunnel with a single railway track going through it. One day two trains enter and leave the tunnel on the track going in opposite directions, without stopping, at exactly eight o’clock but they do not crash. How could this be?
  7. I often go to the local police station, usually early in the morning or late at night when there aren’t many people around, and destroy large numbers of fingerprints… yet I am not a criminal. Who am I?
  8. One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. Is this possible?

see below for the answers!

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Quiz answers:

  1. Mars
  2. Dimples
  3. Shanghai (24 million)
  4. Seismograph
  5. La La
  6. Stars
  7. Grace Kelly
  8. Procol Harum
  9. Weight lifting
  10. Republic of South Africa
  11. Nepal
  12. Canada
  13. Type O
  14. Polynesia
  15. Dreamt
  16. Blue Moon
  17. Samuel Beckett
  18. Semaphore
  19. Swiss Franc
  20. Liquid assets
  21. Thailand
  22. Jupiter
  23. Ringo Starr
  24. Trumpet
  25. Eugene O’Neill
  26. Sesame St.
  27. Three
  28. Collects stamps
  29. Icarus
  30. Chlorophyll
  31. Beer
  32. USA
  33. Stuffs animals
  34. Five days
  35. Denmark

Brainteaser answers:

  1. 52 and 39 years old
  2. They are triplets
  3. Neither – the yolk is yellow
  4. The keyhole
  5. We are the youngest person in the world
  6. One travels at 8am, the other at 8pm
  7. The cleaner
  8. Yes. The mother was on a cruise near the International Date Line. Terry was born on March 1st, before the ship crossed the Date Line and Kerry was born on 28th Feb. In a leap year her birthday is two days before her brother’s.

Result: Torry Tigers 6 – 3 Mixed Bag United

5 Sep 2009, Los Montesinos, Costa Blanca, Spain

Despite a promising start in which we responded immediately with an equaliser after the Torry Tigers opened the scoring on 5 minutes, Mixed Bag trailed 4-1 at half time and had to dig deep for a rugged fight-back during the second 45 minutes in the gruelling heat. At 4-3 the game was very much in the balance, but when the Torry Tigers made it 5-3, it left us too much to do.

Mixed Bag left the field with our heads high and were consoled with unbeaten runs in both pool and table football challenges against our hosts at the very enjoyable post-match refreshments in a local bar.
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September 2009 outing: Costa Blanca

Thanks to the expert cyber-scouting of John H, our September outing this year will take us to the Costa Blanca in Spain to play the Torry Tigers. It is expected that 10 of our finest players will travel with the cost per player estimated at €200. Speak to Phil B to reserve your place on the team.

As it turned out a panel of 8 players have made the trip to Guardamar in the Costa Blanca, namely:

  • Andrew
  • Eamon H
  • Gerry M
  • John Joe
  • Kalin
  • Paraic
  • Phil B
  • Shaun