The NS Christmas Puzzles by Otterden
What's the connection?
a) Joan Miro, Dean Martin, Charlie Chaplin, James Brown
b) Little Larry, Puny Pete, Small Sam
c) Baptist missionaries, a knife grinder, a bus driver, the US president
What does it mean?
NISSE is a) a mischievous Scandinavian Christmas elf;
b) a Swiss coconut biscuit eaten with kirsch; c) an elaborately pleated Christmas-cake frill;
d) a fabled Scottish monster said to appear at Hogmanay
Below are events from the last two weeks of December during the past 100 years, all in chronological order. In what year was ...
* ... the first crossword puzzle published?
* ... the Great War Christmas truce begun?
* ... the Battle of Verdun?
* ... the USSR formed?
* ... the first broadcast of the chimes of Big Ben?
* ... the British Commonwealth
* ... the first broadcast royal Christmas message?
* ... the premiere of Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?
* ... the Battle of the River Plate/the Admiral GrafSpee scuttled?
* ... the fall of Hong Kong to the Japanese?
* ... the World Bank created?
* ... the stone stolen from under the coronation chair?
* ... a colour television set first available for sale in the US?
* ... the beginning of "the big freeze" in Britain?
* ... a 70mph limit applied to all rural roads, including motorways?
* ... the first television broadcast of live pictures from the moon orbit?
* ... Harold Wilson on the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special?
* ... the death of Karl Donitz (the last Fuhrer)?
* ... the Penlee lifeboat disaster in Cornwall?
* ... Harrods bombed by the IRA?
* ... Nicolae Ceausescu executed?
* ... Mikhail Gorbachev's resignation/the USSR dissolved?
* ... the explosion of the Montserrat volcano?
* ... Bill Clinton impeached by the House of Representatives?
* ... the Boxing Day tsunami?
* ... Saddam Hussein executed?
Christmas is cancelled
Hidden in the diagram are the names of 13 popular songs that are routinely wheeled out every Christmastide. Where part of a song title, the word "Christmas" is omitted. Also to be found are the names of artists who have made notable recordings of the songs. Match them all up.
E O U Q S U T A T S P R Y A Y F A A L E D J O N E S I H S E R E R T K K O A W E D A L E D A L S N O R G G B C H S X R T T V N S H T S I S N E A G R F T W H I T E I R T A T K O N N N A H E L S A R T A Y E I L D S E D I A D U J B P S C T H W F K B E A A K Y N L A S T C H T O H M E L H U I T O O B I I M E N N K A Z L U T T D A C Y V M L S I K M Q M E K E T R O N K L E U N G Y D O B Y R E V E Y R R E M A O N E T N O F A L E B Y R R A H P W I H D N U R S I H T Y L E N O L M K T U M V K B I N G C R O S B Y A L O U D L I H C Y O B S Y R A M N A D D A A E M I T L U F R E D N O W
What's the connection? a) All died on Christmas Day b) All said to be alternative names considered by Dickens for Tiny Tim c) All recipients of fruit cake in Truman Capote's story "A Christmas Memory"
What does it mean? NISSE a)
Initials with numbers
1FOTCN One Flew Over the Cuckoo's
1HOS "One-Horse Open Sleigh"/original title of "Jingle Bells"
1M1V One man, one vote
T2GOV The Two Gentleman of Verona/Shakespeare
2J "Two Jags"/John Prescott's sobriquet
T2T The Two Towers/Tolkien
AIWFCIM2FT "All I Want For Christmas Is
My Two Front Teeth"/Christmas song
ATO2C A Tale of Two Cities/Dickens
G2S Goody two shoes/pantomime subject
3MIAB Three Men in a Boat/JK Jerome
3S Three Sisters/Chekhov
W3KOOA "We Three Kings of
IS3S "I Saw Three Ships"/carol
T3M The Three Musketeers/Dumas
T4F The Four Feathers/A E W Mason
C4 Clause Four/controversial part of the
Labour Party constitution
TGO4 The Gang of Four/the breakaway founders of the SDP
AOT5T Anna of the Five Towns/Arnold Bennett
SWAT7D Snow White and the Seven
7POW Seven Pillars of Wisdom/T E Lawrence
GO8 Group of Eight(G8)
9LD "Nine ladies dancing"/from carol
10MRM Ten-minute rule motion
10DS 10 Downing Street
T12DOC "The 12 Days of Christmas"/carol
C22 Catch-22/Joseph Heller
24DIA Twenty-four days in Advent
MO34thS Miracle on 34th Street/Christmas film
T39S The Thirty-NineSteps/John Buchan
ABAT40T Ali Baba and the 40 thieves/pantomime subject
ATW180D Around the World in Eighty Days/Jules Verne
84CCR Eighty-Four Charing Cross Road/Helene Hanff
TC100s The Chiltern Hundreds/device enabling resignation from a parliamentary seat
F451 Fahrenheit 451/Ray Bradbury
650SITHOC 650 seats in the House of Commons
Christina slide dates
Crossword 1913, truce 1914, Verdun 1916, USSR 1922, Big Ben 1923, Commonwealth 1931, Christinas message 1932, Snow White 1937, River Plate 1939. …