Penny Post New Year Quiz – with a superb prize from the Pheasant in Shefford Woodlands

Due to Tier 4 restrictions we have extended the entry deadline to 15 February 2021.

The prize

Huge thanks to Jack Greenall from The Pheasant in Shefford Woodlands for providing a generous prize for the annual Penny Post Christmas and New Year Quiz: a meal for two, a bottle of house wine, a room for the night in one of their beautiful bedrooms (which have been described as “immaculate and luxurious” by the The Sunday Telegraph) and breakfast the following day.

The quiz

You’ll find below 19 questions. These are about 2020, the local area or The Pheasant (you may want to visit the pub’s website to answer these).

When you’ve answered the questions, take the first letter of each answer and re-arrange these to form a phrase which is relevant to the prize. To give you a bit of help, the questions are ordered alphabetically by their answers: so, if the answer to one of the questions was ‘aardvark’ (which it isn’t), that question would be at the top. Four of these initial letters appear three times and two appear twice.

The questions

All ready? Yearbooks and local gazetteers to hand? Pencil sharpened? A fresh sheet of paper in front of you? OK, let’s do this…

1    Which Steve has the chair at Shefford?
2   Where did JB beat DT by 10,457?
3   Which David was fastest to a million in September?
4   Which Octavia designed The Pheasant’s private dining room?
5   Argon tastes rearranged for this village.
6   What elegant white bird occasionally graces our local waterways?
7   What is The Pheasant’s street?
8   Which Dido is i/c T&T?
9   Which Kamala is the new number two?
10 Where is Walbury the highest in the south-east?
11  Which Rafael accomplished his thirteenth in Paris?
12 1643 and 1644 – but where?
13 Which county finished bottom in 2020 with 67 points?
14 Who were undone by one of their own in Lisbon in August?
15 Who paid for half our meals in August (and so we’re on first-name terms)?
16 Which Flora designed The Pheasant’s bedrooms?
17 Which Jones became late on 21/1?
18 Reputedly the oldest in England, with straw and pork leg.
19 This can beat any suit (except in the USA in 2020).

How to enter

Please email the phrase (not the 19 individual answers) to with the subject ‘PP 2020 Xmas quiz‘ by noon on Friday 15 February 2021.

Please be sure to add your name, where you live (the town or village name is fine) and your phone number (which we’ll only use if we need to contact you about this competition). Please also see the terms and conditions below.

Many thanks again to Jack Greenall, owner of The Pheasant, for donating this wonderful prize.

The terms & conditions

• The winner will be selected at random from the correct or most correct entries received and notified by email within 48 hours of the closing date (see above). Acceptance must be confirmed by email within 48 hours of the notification or we will select another winner to whom this condition will also apply. The judge’s decision in all matters will be final.

• 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 put in touch with The Pheasant directly to make the arrangements for redeeming the prize. 

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