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LRA's 2021 Christmas Quiz


14 January 2022

There were a record number of entries for this year’s quiz, and first out of the hat with their all-correct answers were Colin and Diana Turner. A prize will be on its way to them very soon. Thank you to everyone who entered who wrote to say how much they enjoyed the quiz – and a Happy New Year to you all.

The answers are below.

1. Account from the barber (9) Razorbill
2. Royal angler  (10) Kingfisher
3. Captures shellfish (13) Oystercatcher
4. Section of the mountain range (9) Partridge
5. Tie up the chicken (7) Moorhen
6. Cowardly hitter (12) Yellowhammer
7. Meal in a meadow (9) Fieldfare
8. Sunbather wore a neckerchief? (11) Whitethroat
9. William was irate (9) Crossbill
10. Twist slightly (6,4) Little Tern
11. Accommodate Clunes? (5,6) House Martin
12. Bird that complains (6) Grouse
13. Fuel for bad weather (5,6) Storm Petrel
14. Magician (6) Merlin
15. Entrance for the Knave (7) Jackdaw
16. Not a day spent calmly (11) Nightingale
17. Nibbles away at the forest (10) Woodpecker
18. Makes music on a Scottish beach? (9) Sandpiper
19. Frolic up in the air (7) Skylark
20. Leisure pursuit (5) Hobby
21. Fish in the galaxy (8) Starling
22. Port brings wisdom (5,3) Tawny Owl
23. Bird prone to boasting (4) Crow
24. Far from smooth (4) Ruff
25. Ingest (7) Swallow
26. A beer in the evening (8) Nightjar
27. Stealin’! (5) Robin
28. Big at the fairground (6) Dipper
29. Locomotive (7) Mallard
30. Not looking forward to Christmas? (6) Turkey





Robin at Christmas 19 November 2021

Here’s a quiz for all the family this Christmas. The theme is Cryptic Clues on Birds, and the usual  rules apply; the first all-correct answer out of the hat wins a bottle of fizz or a 15 book token.

Answers, please,  to  lesandsueharris@aol.comor  by  post  to  32  Upper  Park, Loughton  IG10  4EQ, by January 5th 2022.

Here's printer friendly version as well.

A very Happy Christmas to you all!


1. Account from the barber (9)
2. Royal angler (10)
3. Captures shellfish (13)
4. Section of the mountain range (9)
5. Tie up the chicken (7)
6. Cowardly hitter (12)
7. Meal in a meadow (9)
8. Sunbather wore a neckerchief? (11)
9. William was irate (9)
10. Twist slightly (6,4)
11. Accommodate Clunes? (5,6)
12. Bird that complains (6)
13. Fuel for bad weather (5,6)
14. Magician (6)
15. Entrance for the Knave (7)
16. Not a day spent calmly (11)
17. Nibbles away at the forest (10)
18. Makes music on a Scottish beach? (9)
19. Frolic up in the air (7)
20. Leisure pursuit (5)
21. Fish in the galaxy (8)
22. Port brings wisdom (5,3)
23. Bird prone to boasting (4)
24. Far from smooth (4)
25. Ingest (7)
26. A beer in the evening (8)
27. Stealin’! (5)
28. Big at the fairground (6)
29. Locomotive (7)
30. Not looking forward to Christmas? (6)