Tuesday Tip: The 2021 Christmas Quiz

14th December 2021

Hi there,

Here’s our last-but-one Tip of the year.

Thanks for all your input over this year. (I’ve now been writing these things since June 2010 – eek! It’s your interest, comments and feedback that keep me going – thank you).

As always, we’re ending the year with a Christmas Quiz – good luck!

This year’s final Tip comes tomorrow – the answers.

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. See you in a couple of weeks…


Question 1

The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?

Question 2

What English word has three consecutive double letters?

Question 3

What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?

Question 4

When you have me, you feel like sharing me. But if you do share me, you don’t have me anymore. What am I?

Question 5

What has a forest but no trees, cities but no people, and rivers but no water?

Question 6

What flies when it’s born, lies when it’s alive, and runs when it’s dead?

Question 7

What goes back and forth constantly, but never in a straight line?

Question 8

A woman was sitting in her hotel room. There was a knock at the door. She opened it, to see a man who she’d never met before. He said “I’m sorry, my mistake – I thought this was my room”. He then went down the corridor and into the lift.

She went back into her room and phoned security. What made her suspicious of him?

Question 9

What common three-letter English verb becomes its own past tense by rearranging its letters?

Question 10

You throw away the outside, eat the inside, and then throw away the inside of that. What am I?

Question 11

Which word does not belong in the following list – STOP COP MOP CHOP PROP SHOP OR CROP?

Question 12

If you eat me, then my sender will eat you. What am I?

Question 13

Name an English word of more than two letters that both begins and ends with the letters ‘HE’ (in that order).

Question 14

Where is this possible: when you add three to eleven, and get two?

Question 15

A farmer owns a pear tree. Her main customer calls, to ask how much fruit is available to buy. The farmer knows that the trunk has 20 branches. Each branch contains exactly 10 boughs, and each bough has exactly 5 twigs. Since each twig bears one piece of fruit, how many plums will the farmer be able to sell?

Question 16

Two mothers and two daughters are fishing. Between them, they caught a big fish, a small fish, and a fat fish. Since they only caught three fish, how’s it possible they each took home one fish?

Question 17

How can you physically stand behind your dad, while he is standing behind you?

Question 18

What side of a cat contains the most hair?

Question 19

You’re running a race. If you overtake the last person, what position are you in?

Question 20

What’s unusual about this paragraph? How quickly can you find what’s so odd about it. It looks so ordinary and plain, that you might think nothing’s wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is curious though. Study it. Think about it. You still may not find anything. But if you work at it a bit, you could just find out.

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