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Christmas Conundrums : Nothing but the Truth!

27 December 1999 : songs from A Salty Dog

Only one of these statements about the songs from A Salty Dog is true. Make a note of the letter that corresponds to it, which you will need in order to mail us the solution to the full set of twelve quizzes, which is simply a one-word answer.

There's a clue at the foot of the page in case you need it. Read the statements carefully and remember Sherlock Holmes's principle that once you have discounted the impossible, what remains, however improbable, will be the truth!

Full instructions will be published with the last dose, on 5 January 2000. Meanwhile decide what you most want from our list of fab prizes, and tune in tomorrow for the Home quizzes.

Please note that there was earlier an unintentional error in one of these statements (!) which we have now removed. You might want to read them again? (thanks, Richard!)

Only one of these statements is true! Make a note of the corresponding letter


A Salty Dog: Gary would later draw attention to the similarity between the instrumental break in this song and Something Wonderful from Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I.


The Milk of Human Kindness: this gentle waltz uses the first acoustic guitar to be heard on any Procol album.


Too Much Between Us: the final notes of this song are based on the sound made by a Swiss train-siren passing


The Devil Came from Kansas: this song was originally played by the band Toto, whose name is shared with the dog in The Wizard of Oz, whose owner comes from Kansas


Boredom: so called because it uses only one chord


Juicy John Pink: despite rumours to the contrary, this track on the Salty Dog album was taped live at Monterey where Procol Harum played under the name 'Jimi Hendrix' to help King Jimi out of a contractual obligation (several of the band were related to him by cousin marriages)


The Wreck of the Hesperus: this song quotes word-for-word from the start of Longfellow's poem which opens, 'It was the schooner Hesperus that sailed the wintry sea'.


All This and More: this song was taped by the Icelandic theologian Culme Maddox at the deserted lighthouse where he lived, in order to get the vocal sound the band required for verse three


Crucifiction Lane: these are the words that originally went with the tune of A Whiter Shade of Pale, whose lyric was originally destined for the tune of Perpetual Motion, whose text formed part of the lost Procol instrumental, Porky Pork Pork, from 1968


Pilgrim's Progress: underneath 'set my foot upon the nearest road' you can just hear electric guitar, overdubbed straight to the one-inch master by an uncredited Peter Sinfield

Clue of the day is here, though we leave you to work out for yourself which of the above questions it relates to

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