In true Scandinavian fashion 'Beyond the Pale' will mark Christmas by running yet another twelve days'-worth of little Procol Harum quizzes. In 1997 it was anagrams, in 1998 it was clues about the songs, in 1999 the questions were based on the Procolesque obsession with The Truth; in 2000 it was a treasure-hunt in the pages of BtP; in 2001 the emphasis was on 'lucky thirteen'; in 2002 we looked at all the Procol albums so far, and in 2003 the amazing Procol journeys of Hans Teutiger provided our theme. In 2004 the conundra are being supplied by guest Paler John Annable from Melbourne in Australia, and they take us on a cryptic tour of the Keith Reid songbook!
The puzzle works as follows
On each of the Twelve Days of Christmas a mildly-cryptic clue to a Procol Harum song-title will be supplied on our What's New page (example: 'Capital memory' would be A Souvenir of London; 'Heading for a freezing disaster' would be Skating on Thin Ice – you get it!). In case any help is needed, there's a complete list of PH songs here: the puzzle is all based on regular releases, nothing weird.
As the days of Christmas unfold, keep a note of each daily answer, and in the last dose there will be a simple, thirteenth instruction, to tell you what to do to win – then you send your entry by e-mail to BtP as fast as possible. If you're in the quickest three correct entrants (on a beat-the-clock basis) you stand a very good chance of getting your prime choice of the prizes. After that, all correct entries received in the next 24 hours will be placed in a Homburg, and the remaining seven winners will be drawn from that by a suitably Glamorous Assistant.
As always, all you will need to send to 'Beyond the Pale' will be a single word. You'll also need to look at our fab prizes and decide which one you most favour ... you'll need to let us know the full order of all ten.
|2004 puzzle prizes||First puzzle in the series|
|The Triumphant Victors||The solution|