Do you know your Whipple Tickle from your Hokey Cokey Pit your wits against our fiendishly festive quiz masters


22:16 GMT, 22 December 2012



22:16 GMT, 22 December 2012


1) When was the word ‘party’ first used to describe a ‘gathering for social pleasure’

a. 1637
b. 1805
c. 1552

2) Why do photocopier companies report a 25 per cent increase in emergency call-outs in the Christmas fortnight

a. High demand for copies of year-end results
b. Printing of carol sheets and party invitations
c. Broken glass tops or jams caused by people trying to photocopy their body parts

Friends at a party with confetti

When was the term 'party' first created

3) If you were described as deipnophobic, what would you fear

a. Loud repetitive music
b. Dinner party conversations
c. Parlour games

4) When a Navajo baby first laughs, a party is thrown. Who pays

a. The person who made them laugh
b. The person after whom the child is named
c. The parents, although the child must pay the money back when he begins earning

Friends toasting with champagne at a dinner party

Who suffered the longest hangover in medical literature

5) What was the Whipple Tickle

a. A Fifties dance craze
b. The ostrich feather on a British ambassador’s hat
c. An early name for the G-Spot

6) Which Christmas party dance was banned in Cuba in the early Thirties

a. The Conga
b. The Hokey Cokey
c. The Birdie Song

7) Which of the following was banned in New York in 1933

a. Eating more than 12 pumpkin pies
b. Dancing for more than eight hours
c. Drinking more than three bottles of egg-nog

8) What’s the origin of the hand jive dance

a. It was first tried at a club which was too small for proper dancing
b. It was originally a sign language for smugglers
c. It was invented by a man who had no legs

9) How does Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein give his people a treat every year

a. An a capella version of the national anthem is sung live on every TV channel
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12) In the 19th Century, what were ‘bags of mystery’

a. Christmas stockings
b. Sausages
c. Hot-air balloons

13) What was Red Bull originally called

a. Red Water Buffalo
b. Red Squirrel
c. Red Rum

14) Of which product do Britons eat 97 per cent of the world’s supply

a. Marmite
b. Baked beans
c. Chicken tikka masala

Christmas tree with homemade felt decorations beside a fireplace with a Christmas stocking

Did a Christmas stocking used to be called a bag of mystery

15) What do Peruvians eat 60 million of a year

a. Guinea pigs
b. McDonald’s meals
c. Mars bars

16) Why were potatoes illegal in France between 1748 and 1772

a. Marie Antoinette ruled that only royalty could eat them
b. They were thought to be poisonous
c. They were associated with the devil

Sky Procycling rider and leader's yellow jersey Bradley Wiggins of Britain takes a curve in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

Do you know how many calories Tour De France cyclists need to consume every day while competing

17) What do Tour de France riders need to eat the equivalent of every day

a. 20 portions of fries
b. 27 cheeseburgers


What was Bovril originally called

c. 34 milkshakes

18) When eating Jelly Babies, almost eight out of ten people do what

a. Eat them whole
b. Leave the blackcurrant ones to last
c. Bite off the heads first

19) What was Bovril originally called

a. Johnston’s Beef Juice
b. Johnston’s Health Fluid
c. Johnston’s Fluid Beef

20) What does the word ‘doner’ in ‘doner kebab’ mean

a. Rotating
b. Revolting
c. Horsemeat


21) How have they stopped pigeons perching on Winston Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square

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What did the father of the author of the original book Jaws suggest it should be called

24) The film Jaws was based on a novel by Peter Benchley. What did his novelist father Nathaniel suggest as the original title

a. Great White!
b. Shark v Man
c. What’s That Noshin’ On Ma Leg

25) Which unlikely figure sang for the Queen as a child in 1955

a. Keith Richards
b. Sting
c. Ozzy Osbourne

26) What did Queen Victoria and Barbara Windsor have in common with Joan of Arc

a. They were all the same height
b. They were all born on New Year’s Day
c. They were all allergic to carrots

27) Where could you find 100 Wayne Rooneys

a. At the annual Wayne Rooney Convention in Liverpool
b. In a bag of the new ‘Wayne Rooney’ variety of potatoes
c. Down the pub

Lady Gaga

Keith Richards

Celebrity questions: How well do you know your Lady Gaga from your Keith Richards

28) In the Fifties the Hollywood heart-throb Robert Mitchum once arrived at a fancy-dress party as a hamburger. What was he wearing

a. Two large, specially baked buns
b. Nothing except for ketchup on his private parts
c. A sailor’s cap and lederhosen

29) What did Queen Elizabeth I drink for breakfast

a. A cup of Earl Grey tea, which her friend Earl Grey had just invented
b. A glass of water from the Thames
c. Two pints of beer

30) Which of the following was once sold on eBay for $514

a. Banana peel dropped by Lady Gaga, pictured above
b. Jennifer Lopez’s used tissue
c. Britney Spears’s chewing gum


ROUND ONE – Party On:

1. a. It grew out of the sense of ‘apartness’, i.e. people gathered together for a specific reason (hunting, shooting, dancing). ‘To party’ didn’t arrive until 1922.

2. c. In 2006 engineers also reported unlikely objects inside the copiers, including a sleeping cat, a snake, a kitchen knife, a sausage roll and a cheque for 6,000.

3. b. The word deipnophobia comes from the Greek deipno meaning ‘dinner’.

4. a. The first laugh of a Navajo baby signifies the moment it becomes fully human. The party is thrown by the person who made the child giggle.

5. c. The G-Spot was nearly named after Beverley Whipple, who is credited with discovering it, but she named it after German gynaecologist Ernst Grafenberg.

6. a. The Conga, brought from Africa to the West Indies sugar plantations, was banned in the Thirties because of its reliance on ‘immoral gestures’.

7. b. Dance marathons were a craze in America in the inter-war years. In 1923 a man named Homer Moorehouse dropped dead after dancing for 87 hours non-stop, but it wasn’t until 1933 that legislators acted.

8. a. The hand jive was invented in the Fifties at the Cat’s Whiskers club in Soho, which was so small there was only room for hand movements.

9. c. Once a year, on August 22, the prince invites the whole country to a party at his house, which can sleep 900.

10. b. He had drunk so much he’d developed a rare medical condition. Thankfully, he recovered. The Norwegian for a hangover is ‘jeg har tommermen’, which means, ‘I have carpenters in my head’.

ROUND TWO – Food and Drink:

11. c. The 50gm figure is the weight of all the electrons in the electricity required to make the internet work, assuming 75-100 million servers supporting the internet, but not including the computers used to access it.

12. b. The Victorians were rightly sceptical about what their bangers contained, suspecting horsemeat and other unsavoury ingredients.

13. a. Originally a Thai product, it was introduced to Europe by toothpaste salesman Dietrich Mateschitz.

14. b. There are more than 5,700 Heinz products, despite Henry Heinz’s ‘57 varieties’ slogan.

15. a. Guinea pigs provide a high-protein food source. A painting of the Last Supper in the cathedral in Cuzco shows Christ and his Disciples dining on guinea pig.

16. b. Potato flowers look like deadly nightshade, so in the 18th Century the plant was thought to be highly poisonous. Marie Antoinette helped persuade the public otherwise by wearing potato flowers in her hair.

17. b. Riders on the Tour need to eat 6,000 calories a day.

18. c. Nearly 80 per cent of the three million Jelly Babies eaten each week are decapitated first. Women who have children are more inclined to bite off the heads, while those who are childless eat them whole.

19. c. The new name came from a Victorian sci-fi novel in which people called the Vril-Ya ate a magic fluid called Vril. ‘Bovril’ combined the Latin for cow (bos) with Vril.

20. a. A 2009 study found an average kebab has 98 per cent of the recommended daily salt quota and 1,000 calories.


21. a. It’s only a mild electric current but it keeps the birds off and stops snow piling up on the statue’s head.

22. b. The creator of Sherlock Holmes was a keen sportsman, and one of the first people outside Scandinavia to ski.

23. b. Wayne claimed he won Lassie from his trainer, Rudd Weatherwax, but gave the dog back.

24. c. Peter later wrote: ‘It took me 15 years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give up because by that time I was too famous.’

25. a. Richards’ musical career began as a choirboy. Even more bourgeois, the rather tasty-looking cake on the cover of Let It Bleed was made by Delia Smith.

26. a. All three were 4ft 11ins.

27. c. During the 2010 World Cup, 100 staff at a pub chain changed their names to Wayne Rooney.

28. b. Or so says the gossip magazine Confidential.

29. c. The Earl of Leicester noted: ‘We were fain to send to London to get beer weak enough for her Majesty.’

30. c. Spears spat some gum in the direction of the paparazzi in 2007, and it ended up online.