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Christmas Quiz 2017

 The ultra-handsome prizes!


Each year at Christmas, following the Scandinavian custom, BtP sets twelve days of Procol puzzles which great numbers of the band's adherents follow with much interest and merriment ... at the end of the trail is typically a tiny answer, which you send in by e-mail to the webmasters, to win one (or more?) of the prizes below. The puzzles start on Christmas Day.

The twelve days of Christmas will take participants through some engaging and straightforward  reflections on the band's Fiftieth Anniversary year: all the information required is at 'Beyond the Pale', the only Procol Harum work of reference you'll need.

This year's fine freebies are, we trust you'll agree, every bit the equal of anything from 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016: special thanks to Procol Harum, Julia Brown, Mark Powell, Thomas Wyler and Stefano Ciccioriccio. Click here, in due time, to view the schedule of winners

A Procol Harum Novum 2017 (design based on album cover) tee-shirt in midnight blue cotton with white ink, size 2XL: British tour dates on the back (thanks, Procol Harum)
 
C Esoteric Boxed Set, Still There'll be More: 112 tracks, of which 111 feature Procol Harum, over eight discs ... three CDs containing familiar album and 45 rpm releases from 1967 to the present day, two CDs each featuring one live 1970s' concert, and three DVDs compiling studio performances familiar and unfamiliar (Too Much Between Us for instance) and one live concert. Also a Procol poster, and a 10" by 10" book containing a wealth of pictures, many unfamiliar, and two authoritative written articles amounting to about 40,000 words of top quality Procol reading.

This is an expensive, limited-edition collector's item: many thanks to Mark at Esoteric for offering it to fans as a prize
 
E Procol Harum Novum 2017 (design based on album cover) tee-shirt in dark red cotton with yellow ink, size 2XL: British tour dates on the back (thanks, Procol Harum)
 
G A drumhead to hang on your music-room wall (10" Remo Ambassador clear) used on Procol Harum's Fiftieth Anniversary Tour, and signed by all five members of the band (thanks, Procol Harum and Wylie).
 
I Two tee-shirts! Procol Harum Novum 2017 (design as per 2017 tour stage backdrop) tee-shirt in black cotton with white ink, AND a Novum 2017 (design based on album cover) tee-shirt in midnight blue cotton with white ink; both size M, with British tour dates on the back (thanks, Procol Harum)
 
K Procol Harum Fiftieth Anniversary Souvenir Programme, 32 A5 pages + cover, full colour, containing new interviews, biographies, items about fans, messages from GB in 9 languages, a brilliant family tree of Procol in performance over 50 years, a gear list, a rant about spelling, and much more ... signed on the inside front cover by the whole band (thanks, Procol Harum and BtP)
M One Giclée artwork print of the much-admired Novum album cover (from a limited edition of 50, individually hand-numbered and signed by artist Julia Brown).
The print (supplied unframed) is 315mm square, with a border for mounting (total size 368mm square).
It's on Somerset Enhanced Velvet 255gsm paper, clear and vibrant, colourfast and stable for 'well over a lifetime'.
More details from Julia's website here (where you can order one, should you happen not to win it)
This is an expensive, limited-edition collector's item: many thanks to Julia at Brown Owl Design for offering it to fans as a prize
O A very stylish limited-edition 'Procol Harum Rome' tee-shirt depicting the Colosseum (red and yellow ink on black cotton, Size XL ... and Italian sizes are pretty large) ... these were made exclusively for the band / crew / fans Roman meal hosted by Stefano Ciccioriccio, and are not available anywhere else  (thanks, Stefano)
 
Q Procol Harum CD Novum, signed by the whole band, and containing a mysterious small message from The Commander (thanks, Procol Harum)
 
S Procol Harum Novum 2017 (design based on album cover) tee-shirt in midnight blue cotton with white ink, size XL: British tour dates on the back (thanks, Procol Harum)
 
U A drumhead (12" Remo Ambassador clear) used on Procol Harum's Fiftieth Anniversary Tour, and signed by all five members of the band (thanks, Procol Harum and Wylie)
 
W A very stylish limited-edition 'Procol Harum Rome' tee-shirt depicting the Colosseum (red and yellow ink on black cotton, Size L ... and Italian sizes are pretty large) ... these were made exclusively for the band / crew / fans Roman meal hosted by Stefano Ciccioriccio, and are not available anywhere else (thanks, Stefano)
 

Competitors should rank the above prizes in the order they favour them, and send in their preference – all twelve letters, please! – with the solution to the puzzles. Your message will look something like: "The tiny little brief miniature answer is [x] and my prize preferences are MICEGOSQUAWK".

We shall allot the first three prizes on a beat-the-clock basis, where the earliest correct response earns its first choice of prize and so on; after that all subsequent correct entries received in the next 48 hours will be placed in the BtP Homburg and the remaining prize-winners will be drawn by a suitably Glamorous Assistant, all being well.

In the somewhat unlikely event of there being fewer than a dozen winners, the first people to submit correct answers will get more than their fair share of the prizes!

The quiz starts on Christmas Day and runs through to Twelfth Night. You can join in at any time, if you have a pencil and an internet connection.


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