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Christmas Conundrums : Nothing but the Truth!

29 December 1999 : songs from Broken Barricades

Only one of these statements about the songs from the Broken Barricades 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 Grand Hotel quizzes.

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


Simple Sister: the repeated sound in the long central development section of this track is generated by mechanically-strummed instruments also used by McCartney on the Imagine album


Broken Barricades: recorded in Barbados : hence the name


Memorial Drive: the initials 'MD' of this song make the number '1500' in Roman numerals, and that is the speed of the click-track in beats per millisecond


Luskus Delph: the title is a corruption of 'Los Ques del P.H.', the name given to a selection box of quality sugared almonds available in the bazaars of Rio de Janeiro in the mid-70s


Power Failure: the voice that bellows 'Rubbish' after the drum solo may also be heard after The Worm and the Tree if you leave the Something Magic CD to play long enough after the music has finished


Song for a Dreamer: Trower and Reid synchronistically came up with the idea of this 'Hendrixy' tribute while writing in separate rooms


Playmate of the Mouth: this is name of a well-known pornographic magazine in Saudi Arabia in which plaster-casts of British rock musicians were frequently featured.


Poor Mohammed: 'Mohammed' was the name of Guy Stephens's pedigree mongoose, which was also 'poor' because he fed it on new-mown sand

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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