This competition has now closed
Thank you to all the 100+ people who entered this and congratulations to Bob Lyon from Frilsham whose name was the first out of the hat from among the correct entries and is therefore our winner. The answers have been added below.
Welcome to the Penny Post 2018 Christmas Quiz, something to get your mental teeth into over the festive season for the chance to win this fabulous prize:
A meal for two and a bottle of house wine at Beau’s Restaurant at Donnington Grove and…wait for it…a room for the night at Donnington Grove Hotel and breakfast the following morning.
Enjoy some well-earned luxury in this magnificent setting, including experiencing the recently fully refurbished Beau’s at Donnington Grove, without the need to drive home after dinner.
Donnington Grove is a superb venue at any time of year, catering for everything from golf to weddings and from corporate events to haute cuisine dining. Many thanks to the General Manager Nigel Green for having donated this generous prize.
How to Enter
• Firstly answer the questions below (some concern events, including deaths, in 2018, some involve the local area and a few are just ones that tickled our fancy).
• Secondly, arrange the initial letters into a phrase relevant to this competition – indeed, so relevant is it that you’ll find the exact phrase you’re looking for somewhere in this post.
• Finally, email your answer – just the phrase, not the answers to the individual questions – to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Xmas 2018 quiz’ by 6pm on Monday 14 January 2019. Please be sure to include a phone number (which we’ll only use if we need to contact you about this competition).
Right – here come the questions. Pencils sharpened? Brain engaged? Wi-fi enabled? Off we go…
1 Donnington Grove’s most famous owner. Beau Brummel, the celebrated Regency man about town.
2 Frodo’s alias. For the first part of his journey he went by the name of Mr Underhill.
3 Kennington and Kensington both have one. Ovals – they’re both cricket grounds.
4 On first-name terms with the queen of soul. Aretha (Franklin) who died in 2018/
5 One chuckle gone, one left – but what name in common? The Chuckle Brothers were Barry and Paul Elliott. Barry died in 2018.
6 Phil’s seen as a god here. For reasons that I find hard to understand, Philip Duke of Edinburgh is regarded as a deity in the Pacific country of Vanuatu.
7 The initial letter shared by Newbury’s MPs since 1993. Richard Benton and David Rendel were the only Newbury MPs in this time, R being their common initial.
8 The sixth colour that’s often forgotten. Indigo. I don’t think the term is used much for anything else. Blame Isaac Newton for this as he defined the spectrum.
9 To which earl did Elizabeth I give Donnington Castle in 1600? The Duke of Nottingham.
10 What came into effect on 25 May 2018? The General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR.
11 What fruits are traditionally given out on Tutti Day? This takes place in Hungerford shortly after Easter and oranges are traditionally distributed.
12 What line did Kim cross in April? The frontier between the two Koreas in the Demilitarized Zone or DMZ.
13 What normally comes after Ufton round here? The other half of the village’s name is Nervet.
14 What reached $1 trillion in August? Apple’s market cap. (It’s fallen back a bit since then.)
15 What was special about Qantas’ flight from Perth to Heathrow on 25 March? It was non-stop.
16 What were free and now cost £50? The costs of having a green bin collected in West Berkshire.
17 Where does Margo’s chain hold sway? In Newbury: Margo Payne is the mayor.
18 Which Dave was Donnington Grove’s golf architect? Dave Thomas.
19 Which Dolores didn’t linger? Dolores O‘Riordan, the singer from the band The Cranberries, who died in 2018. Linger was probably their most famous single.
20 Which West Berkshire town claims to be the oldest continuously inhabited place in the UK? Thatcham, though I’ve seen claims from other places as well.
21 Who finished fourth in Russia? England, at the World Cup. Remember that?
22 What colourful sport links Warren Beattie’s Oscar, Asia’s second river, the GM at Donnington Grove, the former MP for Kirkaldy and Cowdenbeath, a boy-band, the only man alive at the end of Reservoir Dogs, Crossharbour and the man who lost six world finals? The sport is snooker: Warren Beattie directed and won an Oscar for the film Reds; Asia’s second largest river is the Yellow River; The GM at Donnington Grove is Nigel Green; The MP was former PM Gordon Brown; the boy-band (one of many) is Blue; Mr Pink was the only man standing (in fact, running away) at the end of Reservoir Dogs; the disgraced tycoon Conrad Black is Baron Black of Crossharbour; and the man to have lost six World Snooker Championship finals is Jimmy White. These colours are, of course, those of the balls.
Taking the initial letters and rearranging them will reveal the answer to be Beau’s at Donnington Grove.
Terms and conditions
• If you’re not already a subscriber to Penny Post, by entering this competition you’re agreeing to have your email address added to our circulation list. We do not pass on information to third parties and you can opt out at any time.
• Only one entry can be accepted from any one email address.
• The winner will be selected at random from the correct entries received and notified by email by 6pm on Tuesday 15 January 2019. If we haven’t heard from you to confirm acceptance within 48 hours we will select another winner to whom this condition will also apply.
• The winner will be put in touch with Donnington Grove directly to make the reservation. The reservation date must be within 12 months of this notification.