A trip to the UK obviously meant lots of quizzing, and what follows are dropped questions from not one, not two, but three nights of trivia funtimes. As you'll see, these form something of a Christmas Special, and what better time of year for one of them than most of the way through January? Only 338 days to go...
1) Various, including the statistician, the doctor, the programmer, the misandrist, the saxophonist, and the publisher.
The ones that got away
2) In what year was the movie Home Alone released?
3) Which festive item was created by baker Tom Smith in London in 1847?
4) Which Christmas song is the best selling single of all time?
5) In what year was the first radio broadcast of the monarch's Christmas Message?
6) Very loosely related to Christmas, the predatory animal uncia uncia is better known by what name?
7) Other than Merry Xmas Everybody, how many UK number ones did Slade have?
9) In what song does the singer request a light blue out of space convertible, a yacht, and the deed to a platinum mine?
10) Which TV series tells the story of 'mile-a-minute Harry' and his shopping empire?
3) The Christmas cracker
4) White Christmas
6) Snow leopard
8) Rudolph Valentino
9) Santa Baby
10) Mr Selfridge
Poll results: 16 votes with the average voter scoring just over 2/10!
2) As usually happens with movie questions, but is especially likely with older films, we guessed it was more recent with 1992. A tough one, I think.
3) Frustratingly, one of a couple of questions we'd definitely been asked during Christmas Quiz Week last year (and got wrong then, too). The 'baker' is, I presume, deliberate misdirection to put one in mind of Christmas puddings and mince pies. Having ruled out both of these (the latter because of Oliver Cromwell's apocryphal ban on them, the former because we couldn't believe something so boring would be such a recent invention) we went with the Yule Log, which is what I'm fairly sure we put 12 months previously.
4) The second question I could've sworn we'd been asked before, but nevertheless couldn't remember. Interestingly, along with his version of White Christmas, Bing Crosby also occupies third place with Silent Night (sandwiching Elton John's Princess Diana tribute Candle in the Wind).
5) Based mainly on Marconi, we went rather early on what seems a pretty tricky question. The main way into it seems to be that the first message was part of the introduction of the World Service (which was launched on December 19th that year). It was first televised in 1957, a rather more memorable 25 years later.
6) Everyone said snow leopard, the doctor said polecat (claiming that snow leopard must involve 'panthera' somewhere), everyone still said snow leopard, the doctor vetoed, and I am personally making sure he never forgets it.
7) Yawn. Only interesting (and only really gettable, I think) if the answer is zero.
8) The only thing I have ever known about movies in the 1920s is that 1927 saw the release of talkie The Jazz Singer (because we learnt about it in history at school, where I think all knowledge of 1920s movies should remain).
9) We had considered the correct answer here, but thought the lyrics pointed at a much more modern song than 1953 (which, on retrospect, really doesn't seem to make sense).
10) After considerable thought we eventually hit on Selfridges, but didn't find the magic words 'Mr Selfridge' to get the point.
The alternative questions
1) To which 1997 James Bond film did Cheryl Crow provide the theme song?
2) Spell the full name (forename and surname) of the child star of Home Alone.
3) Try and answer this suspiciously topical Christmas Cracker style joke (courtesy of the Telegraph's '50 best Christmas cracker jokes ever'): What does Miley Cyrus have at Christmas?
4) The 1943 movie This is the Army, based on White Christmas composer Irving Berlin's 1942 musical of the same name, featured which future politician as Corporal Johnny Jones?
5) How many different British monarchs have delivered the Christmas Message since its introduction in 1932?
6) What name is given to the domesticated form of the European polecat?
7) Which is the only band to have held the UK Christmas number one spot twice with the same song, topping the charts in 1975 and 1991?
8) The names for Santa's eight reindeer (notably, not including Rudolph) are often cited as originating from which 1823 poem? (If you don't know the poem's actual name, its first five words form an acceptable alternative title.)
9) In Michael Bublé's 2011 version of 'Santa Baby', he repeatedly refers to Santa not as his 'baby', but as what moderately more masculine word beginning with B?
10) Maths! If Harry Selfridge really did move at a mile a minute, roughly how many times faster would he be travelling than Usain Bolt averaged over his current 100m world record? 1.5 times, 2.5 times, or 3.5 times?
2) Macaulay Culkin
4) Ronald Reagan
5) Three: George V, George VI and Elizabeth II (Edward VIII abdicated two weeks before Christmas)
7) Queen (with Bohemian Rhapsody, which returned to the top spot following Freddie Mercury's death)
8) A Visit from St. Nicholas (also known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, or even just The Night Before Christmas)
9) Buddy (he also dabbles with 'pally', which somehow sounds even more ridiculous)
10) 2.6 times. Bolt's current record is 9.58s giving an average speed of 23.35mph (compared with Harry's presumably hypothetical 60mph).