The MSE Christmas Pub Quiz: ANSWERS!

Do you know the answers?

Do you know the answers?

Last week, I challenged you to the pub quiz I’d given the MSE team at our Christmas party. Now as promised it’s time for the answers…(and as in all good pub quiz tradition, I of course expect people to argue)

Spoiler Alert! If you want to have a go at the quiz before seeing the answers, see the MSE pub quiz blog:

The ‘Is it Obvious?’ round

  1. How many sheep did Noah take onto his ark (according to the Old Testament)? A. Seven
  2. What was the famous address resided at by Tony Blair when he was Prime Minister? A. No. 11 Downing St.
  3. How many days were there in the year 1713?  A. Obviously, the same as usual!
  4. If you mix the colours red and yellow what colour do you get?  A. Orange
  5. How long was the 100 years war? A. 116 years
  6. If you had nine apples in one hand and fourteen in another, what would you have? A. Very big hands
  7. How many men were in a typical Roman Century? A. 80
  8. How many would you have if you had a baker’s dozen of baker’s dozens? A. 169
  9. Which of the following was Ghengis Khan’s first name: Ghengis, Temujin, Chin, or Khan?  A. Temujin
  10. Does American salt water taffy contain salt water? A. No it’s just named that way.

Martin’s special round…

Now this is where I let myself go and wrote questions on things I enjoy. My only self-imposed barrier was they had to be things I was sure enough about that I didn’t need to look up the answer.

1. Put the following historic figures in order of years they were born, oldest first: 5 POINTS

Attila the Hun
Alexander the Great
Julius Caesar

ANSWER:  Alexander (An ancient Greek ruler), Julius Caesar (Roman politician & general), Attila the Hun (the pillager is seen as one of the causes of the downfall of the Roman Emperor), Charlemagne (dark ages French Christian Emperor), Napoleon (early 19th century French Emperor)

2.  What’s the maximum you can score with the word ‘Exiting’ if you have the first go in the game at Scrabble?

ANSWER: 96. The X is on a double letter square and all of it is a double word score, plus 50 for the bingo.

3.  How much does it cost to UNmortgage Park Lane in a game of Monopoly?

ACCEPTED ANSWERS:  £192 or £193. When you mortgage you get half the cost of the property (Park Lane is £350) yet to unmortgage you must pay back 10% on top.

4.  Is goat kosher?  

ANSWER:  Yes, it has cloven hooves and chews the cud so can be a kosher animal.

5. Which of the following isn’t a two letter scrabble word acceptable under UK championship conditions?



6. When was the MSE original page launched; not the site, the black and white forerunner? What month and year?

ANSWER:  August 2002

7. How many points are available in this round? 


The Picture Round

Below you’ll see the picture round, you need to name each person, then point out the odd one out and explain why (none of the team managed this, can you?).


1. Abbey Clancey
2. Iggy Pop
3. Sheila Hancock
4. Mayer Rothschild
5. Admiral Lord Nelson
6. Winston Churchill
7. The Virgin Mary
8. Christopher Columbus
9. Lloyd Grossman
10. John Merrick – The Elephant man

So have you worked the odd one out yet? Highlight the white text below and find out.

The odd one out is Iggy Pop, he has appeared in an advert for an insurance company, while all the others have insurance companies in their names.

So you’ve got:

Abbey Clancey
Sheila (‘s wheels) Hancock
Mayer Rothschilds
Admiral Lord Nelson
Winston Churchill
Christopher Columbus
Lloyds (Bank) Grossman
The Elephant Man

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