In true Scandinavian fashion 'Beyond the Pale' will mark Christmas by running yet another twelve days'-worth of little Procol Harum quizzes. In 1997 it was anagrams, in 1998 it was cryptic clues about the songs, in 1999 the questions were based on the Procolesque obsession with The Truth, and in 2000 it was a treasure-hunt in the pages of BtP.
But this year we've made it even simpler … it's just a matter of visiting a few of BtP's back-pages (where there's interesting stuff to read anyway!) and clicking on a few pictures (or advertising banners) until a question comes up … and then answering it! This year's theme … if theme it be … is just that there will be a mild emphasis on Lucky Thirteen … all will be revealed in due time.
The questions will be particularly easy (we want people to win these thirteen prizes) and all you will need is a pencil, an internet connection, and the ability to read the back pages that we send you to! Keep a note of the twelve answers, and on the last day there will be a simple, thirteenth instruction, to tell you what to do to find out the answer – which you have to send to BtP as fast as possible …
Enjoy the quizzes daily, starting on Christmas Day – you'll find each day's puzzle-clue at our What's New page – and you could end up owning one or more of our fab Procol Harum prizes.
How to win: the last instalment, on Twelfth Night (5th January), will be accompanied by a thirteenth, simple instruction: you will merely need to mail a one-word answer to 'Beyond the Pale': the prizes will go to the senders of the first correct answers we receive.
Over the past years we've had one or two non-winners who claimed, 'You guys tricked me …' so here's fair warning … just read the instruction carefully on the final day!
In the unlikely event of there being fewer winners than prizes this year, early claimants will get more than their fair share!
Prizes will of course be awarded at the absolute discretion of Roland and Jens, who run 'Beyond the Pale', and whose decision will be final; their families are not eligible to enter (hard luck Jane again!).
The solution will be here; winners here: see also conundrums from 1997 and 1998, 1999, and 2000