A Christmas Quiz For Those Of A Certain Age


I’m fed up with popular quizzes about Taylor Swift, Little Mix and Tik Tok. I for one gave up chasing the Yoof vote long ago. I love the young because the remnants of our world are in their hands and I have a feeling they won’t screw up this time, but they get enough coverage, so let’s go a bit further back for our questions this year.


The Questions

1. Alistair Sim is back as Scrooge again this Christmas. Why was George Cole in most of his films?

2. Winifred Atwell, Russ Conway and Mrs Mills were all what?

3. Ena Sharples. Minnie Caldwell. Who makes up this trio of Harpic harpies?

4. Picture Book. The Flowerpot Men. The Woodentops. Andy Pandy. Who’s missing?

5. What did you win on Crackerjack? What did you get if you lost?

6. Ernie Wise. Jerry Desmonde. Dean Martin. John May. The link?

7. What did gentlemen in lab-coats do in the window of a building on Great Portland Street until about fifteen years ago?

8. What’s the link between Private Godfrey in ‘Dad’s Army’ and the world’s least amusing comedian Arthur Askey?

9. Who were still performing sand dances in Leicester Square right up until it was pedestrianised?

10.  ‘Stone me – what a life.’ What day of the week is it?

11. Jubbly. Mivvi. Zoom. F.A.B. Which is the odd one out?

12. Escalado. Spirograph. I-Spy. Spud Gun. What are the four items you need to enjoy these games?



55 comments on “A Christmas Quiz For Those Of A Certain Age”

  1. Wayne Mook says:

    Brian one of the great colour schemes of the 70s was orange and brown, curtains and carpets especially, even a pair of shoes. There were a number of that were done as swirls and it looked like they were being mixed together. Sorry should have been a little clearer.

    There are other spoons and spatulas with a hole. I thought the risotto one not to break as many grains. With other ones with a hole I thought it was so there would be less resistance so making it easier to stir especially when trying to get to the bottom of a pan especially with a thick soup etc. Could be wrong.


  2. Brian Evans says:

    Thanks Wayne. I see what you mean. No, ours are sort of orange squares with lighter colour squares. You’ve brought it all back to me now!

    This reminds me of “Absolutely Fabulous” The one where they are both watching a video of an orgy they arranged when they were younger in Jennifer Saunder’s house while her parents were away on holiday. In walks Mum, June Whitfield of course, sees the screen and holds her hands up in horror- “Oh my God, whatever made me think those curtains would go with that carpet!”

  3. Barbara Boucke says:

    Hello Snowy, Don’t know if you’ll see this. If my Nonna was still here she would be happy to demonstrate the use of a wooden spoon with a hole in it since she fixed risotto as well as polenta quite often according to my mother. I haven’t seen any writing of yours for a little while. I always enjoy reading your comments, and was pleased to find this one.

  4. snowy says:

    Hi, Barbara *Waves Tinsel*

    You were very fortunate, my Nana only ever had two uses for rice: puddings and throwing at people.

    Merry Crimbletop everybody!

  5. Wayne Mook says:

    Sorry Brian. I remember a set of curtains we had, leaves, trees and flowers, black was used for the skeleton of the tree and veins of the big leaves, all leaves were brown and the daisy style flowers were orange, happily the background was white so it looked OK, especially compared to the later all orange and brown monstrosity. I’m not sure about the flock wallpaper or the orange painted wood chip in the upstairs landing which was eventually painted over in thick with gloss as we moved toward the 80’s.The 80s had Black and red, artex, anaglypta wallpaper (I’m 10 years older than my little sister, she used to pick the anaglypta so the wallpaper developed bald patches like a dog with mange.) and now we are back to wood and muted colours of the 50’s. I’m so glad I was never fashionable.


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