Valentine’s Quiz

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Many thanks to writer Angela Atkinson of Born-again Swindonian and AA Editorial Services for having supplied most of the questions from her article about the history of Valentine’s Day.

To enter the quiz

All you have to do is answer the questions below and email your answers to by midnight on 28 February 2018. (N.B. no one has correctly answered every question in similar previous quizzes – so your best shot could still be the winning entry.)

Here we go…

1 In pre-Christian times, the Romans celebrated a fun sounding feast involving flagellation, feasting and animal sacrifice that ran from 13-15th of Feb. What was the name of the event?

2 ‘All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt’. It’s a great quote – but who said it?

3 In recent years Galantine’s Day has become a thing on the 13th February. Which TV show is credited with popularizing the idea of Galentine’s Day?

4 The oldest surviving Valentine’s Day card, currently in the British Library, was sent in 1415 – but by whom?

5 What links Toby Meres, Major Horst Mohn and AJ Raffles?

6 What links the actor Simon Pegg, the former footballer Kevin Keegan and the former new York mayor Michael Bloomberg?

7 The St Valentine’s Day Massacre is the name given to the Chicago murder of seven men in 1929 as a result of a dispute between gangs from the north and south side, the infamous Al Capone leading the latter. Which famous Hollywood film did this inspire, in which two musicians who witnessed the event needed to leave town in a hurry?

8 There’s a well-known statue in London’s Piccadilly called the statue of Eros. Except that it isn’t actually Eros. Who does the statue in fact represent?

9 Now a bit of pop trivia. Some of you might struggle to imagine a time much before the millennium. But there was one. Back in 1968 Leapy Lee made a point of getting into the UK top 20. What was the title of his song?

10 Staying with the 1960s who sang: ‘Cupid draw back your bow’?


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