The Twelve Days of Christmas Quiz – The Answers!

The music for ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas (Photo by Grover Cleveland)

Well Dear Readers, first of all congratulations to Mike from Alittlebitoutoffocus, and Fran and Bobby Freelove, who went the distance and managed to complete the whole of the Christmas Quiz, which was quite a marathon this year! Mike got a magnificent score of 43 out of 48, but the winners, with an astonishing 46 out of 48, were Fran and Bobby Freelove, who are clearly champions this year, though Mike, Claire, Sharon, Rosalind and Anne have all given them a bit of a run for their money during the year. And a special mention to Sharon, who got 100% for her answers on French domestic animals on Day Three. Thanks to everyone who’s taken part during the year, and normal Quiz service will be resumed on Sunday next week.  

Here are the answers to the Christmas Quiz.

Question One

The Photo is of The Partridge Family, a popular show when I was growing up, not least because of David Cassidy, a real teen idol.

Question Two

Turtle doves are called turtle doves because of their call, which sounds a bit like ‘tur, tur’.

Question Three

Photo 1) is C, a Bleue du Nord cow

Photo 2) is A, a Baudet de Poitou donkey

Photo 3) is B, a Percheron horse.

Question Four

1) C) – a red-winged blackbird

2) D) – a great-tailed grackle

3) A) – a common raven

4) B) – a ring ouzel

Question Five

1) Goldcrest

2) Golden Eagle

3) Golden Oriole

4) Goldeneye

5) Golden Plover

Question Six

1)D) Greylag goose

2) B) Brent goose

3) A) Pink-footed goose

4) E) Barnacle goose

5) F) Greater white-fronted goose

6) C) Bar-headed goose

The bar-headed goose is the high-flyer, seen flying over the Himalayas from a plane window.

Question Seven

1) B) – The Black swan is from Australasia (though sometimes now seen in ‘the wild’, having escaped from a wildfowl collection.

2) C) – Black-necked swans are found in South America

3) A) – Trumpeter swans are found in North America (including the chilly parts of Canada) (which is most of it :-))

Question Eight

1) E) Bindweed

2) B) Birdsfoot trefoil

3) A) Cowslip

4) D) Cuckooflower

5) F) Greater stitchwort

6) C) Wood anemone

Question Nine

1) B) – Ladies’ Bonnets is another name for Aquilegia/Columbine

2) E) – Ladies Smock is another name for Cuckooflower

3) A) – Lady’s Locket is another name for Solomon’s Seal

4) F) – The Lady’s Slipper orchid

5) D) – Lady’s Mantle is another name for Alchemilla mollis

6) C) – This is the Autumn Lady’s Tresses orchid.

Question Ten

1) Ring-tailed lemur

2) Red Squirrel

3) Vervet Monkey

4) Springbok

5) Humpbacked whale

6) Verraux’s Sifaka

Question Eleven

1) C) Ruddy Turnstone

2) E) Purple sandpiper

3) D) Whimbrel

4) A) Black-tailed godwit

5) B) Avocet

Question Twelve

The bird ‘drumming’ is the Common Snipe

4 thoughts on “The Twelve Days of Christmas Quiz – The Answers!

  1. Fran & Bobby Freelove

    Thoroughly enjoyed the quiz. Well done Mike, i think it was the monkeys that let us down 😁 thank you Bugwoman for taking the time to do these quizzes, we look forward to them.

  2. Liz Norbury

    This was a fascinating and wide-ranging quiz, and I fully intended to go back through it and try to fill in some of the answers I wasn’t sure of, but sadly I missed the deadline! Not that my score would have been very high!

    Wearing my pedant’s hat, I’d just like to point out that traditionally, the Twelve Days of Christmas don’t start until the day after Christmas Day, and so Twelfth Night (and Epiphany) is 6th January, not the 5th! From the Middle Ages until the mid-Victorian era, this was an important date in the calendar for everyone from royalty – Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night was first performed as part of festivities at the court of Elizabeth I on 6th January 1601) – to agricultural workers, who didn’t return to their labours until the Monday after the 6th (Plough Monday). In A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens refers to “Twelfth Cakes”, which would have been familiar to his readers in 1843, but now requires the explanatory note that they are “ornamental cakes eaten on Twelfth Night (6th January), a major celebration at the conclusion of the Victorian Christmas season”.

    When I’m in London in December, I love visiting the annual Christmas Past exhibition at the Geffrye Museum, but I’ve never yet been able to get to their Farewell to Christmas ceremony, which has been happening for more than 20 years on 6th January, with carol-singing, burning of greenery – and Twelfth Cakes. I imagine the event must have been cancelled last year because of Covid, and I’m not sure whether it took place last Thursday.


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