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Christmas Conundrums : Nothing but the Truth!

28 December 1999 : songs from Home

Only one of these statements about the songs from the Home album 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 on how to win 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 Broken Barricades quizzes.

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


Whisky Train: like Ghost Train and Last Train to Niagara, the meaning of this song depends on psychiatrists' slang, in which 'train' means 'a morbid denial that the past was ever real'.


The Dead Man's Dream: this song is based on the events in the film Midnight Mushrumps and it went on to inspire Andrew Lloyd-Webber to write Evita, Chess, and The Taming of the Shrew


Still There'll be More: this title is now the motto of the company that supplies the urine-resistant house-paint used in many of Britain's troubled inner-city developments.


Nothing that I Didn't Know: the melody is based on a Scottish lament Gary heard in his father's band, which was a bagpipe ensemble


About to Die: gladiators going to their deaths in Rome's Coliseum used to sing this before the lions were unleashed on them.


Barnyard Story: this was the first song ever broadcast on BBC Radio Whoosh! when the station opened in 1967


Piggy Pig Pig: before this song got its mysterious title it was referred to by its opening words, 'Wash Yourself '


Whaling Stories: on the Edmonton album you can hear that the band are merely miming to the Home track, while the Symphony Orchestra play over the top.


Your Own Choice: uncredited assistance on this track comes from Larry Grayson who plays the harmonica solo

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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