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Christmas Conundrums : Nothing but the Truth!

30 December 1999 : songs from Grand Hotel

Only one of these statements about the songs from the Grand Hotel 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 Exotic Birds and Fruit quizzes.

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


Grand Hotel: this song was originally written about touring the mid-West: its title, Bland Motel, was altered at the insistence of the bosses of Chrysalis


Toujours l'Amour is not only French for 'love forever'; the same sounds also signify 'chicken fat' in the Armenian dialect of Mescalito.


A Rum Tale: the only Procol Harum song to mention Jamaica


TV Ceasar: this song was banned by the BBC, who thought the 'TV' was something to do with transvestism


A Souvenir of London: this is pinched from a Danish song called 'Souvenir of Malmo' by the singer Frede Fup.


Bringing Home the Bacon: with Piggy Pig Pig and Backgammon this piece was presented at Charterhouse School in 1998 by the Godalming Butchers' Brass Band with Gary guesting on toy trumpet


Fires (Which Burnt Brightly): not the only Procol Harum recording to feature a female voice!


Robert's Box: the Pahene recorder ensemble play on this song; Pahene, in Sweden, is the twin town of Southend-on-Sea

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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