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Christmas quizzes 2013: how to play

And how to win the ten handsome Procol prizes 

In characteristic 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 clues about the songs, in 1999 the questions were based on the Procolesque obsession with The Truth; in 2000 it was a treasure-hunt in the pages of BtP; in 2001 the emphasis was on 'lucky thirteen'; in 2002 we looked at all the Procol albums so far; in 2003 the amazing Procol journeys of Hans Teutiger provided our theme; in 2004 guest Paler John Annable from Melbourne took us on a cryptic tour of the Keith Reid songbook, and he supplied 2005's anagrammatic conundrums as well; in 2006 it was an album-oriented puzzle; in 2007 it was all about cover-versions; in 2008 we toyed with the alphabetical ingredients of song-titles; in 2009 the theme was sound-clips from the excellent Salvo Reissue series and in 2010 we were back with Keith Reid's words; in 2011 we focused on the events and announcements of the year. For 2013, however, we promise you a simple and amusing miscellany.

How to play, in a nutshell: in a burst of seasonal generosity, we're giving you all the answers in advance. They're on a webpage here, but you'll find the easiest thing is to download and print them from here. Each day, on our what's new page, there will be a simple question with its own instructions. From each of the possibilities there will be only one correct answer ... so make a note of it and we'll let you know what to do at the end. The puzzles start on 25 December and run for twelve nights, the last question being posted as close as we can to Midnight GMT on the night in question.

As well as using common sense, and the search engine of your choice, you can use Google to search specifically at ‘Beyond the Pale’ (and that’s where a great number of the information you'll need answers can be found) – start by typing “” into the search field, then the key words you want to search for (eg | "The Lone Anti-Hermit" | or whatever).

As the days of Christmas unfold, keep a note of each daily answer, and in the last dose there will be a link to a simple, new instruction – or maybe a set of instructions, depending how we feel on the day – advising you how to 'process' your findings. In short you'll be using them to discover a very short answer, which you'll then send to ‘Beyond the Pale’.

Anyone can play, and join in at any time
, if you have a pencil and an internet connection!

Useful resources: BtP search engineSearch 'Beyond the Pale' on Google | Wikipedia

As soon as you have figured out the final answer, send your entry by e-mail to BtP as speedily as possible. If you're in the quickest three correct entrants (on a beat-the-clock basis, following the midnight GMT posting of the final question) you stand a very good chance of getting your prime choice of the prizes. After that, all correct entries received in the next 48 hours will be placed in a Homburg, and the remaining winners will be drawn from that by a suitably Glamorous Assistant (subject to availability).

You'll also need to look at our fab prizes and decide which one you most favour ... you'll need to let us know the full order of all ten, thus: "The brief answer is [x] and my prize preferences are AGBHCIDJEF"

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 final instruction – indeed, all the wording of all the questions, and all the instructions – carefully.

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.

2013 puzzle prizes | Winners | Solution | First question  



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