I'm so sorry, vlogdance . I agree with queenofthehours . These type of games are not in my wheelhouse. I think I figured out a few, but nothing worth handing in. I know when you give the answers, I will be kicking myself and saying "Really? Why didn't you see this!?"
Put my entry in but a fair amount of the answers came from staring at the clues and putting whatever popped into my head. Sort of like letting the universe help out - well it works for Noel Edmunds....
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I'm not familiar with Ryan Seacrest and Wikipedia isn't much help. Noel Edmunds is a UK telly presenter, mostly the press love to hate him because he's come up with some odd ideas. Such as insisting that he's successful because he uses a system of writing lists of what he'd like out of life, stashing them somewhere and asking the universe to make it happen. According to him it works.
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The deadline has passed, so I can now officially announce the three winners of the ELO Christmas Challenge 2017.
In bronze medal position, with a fine first-time performance, is eloneen. Bravo, Madame!
This year's silver medallist, with another excellent entry, is our fearless leader, Horacewimp. Well done, Sir. But our winner, by a whisker, is our very own Welsh ELO Ninja, unomusette! Congratulations, Bach!
Thanks to everyone who entered. Hope you all enjoyed the Challenge.
For anyone still being driven mad, here are the answers.
ELO CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE 2017: THE ANSWERS
Corner waddle row A New World Record
Cheque – blamed a liqueur! Michael de Albuquerque
Local farmhand folklore Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Smarmy oath Mary Thomas
Reached tile The Idle Race
Lick planner Rick Pannell
Screaming fig Magic Fingers
Social lurk Louis Clark
a) What’s the connection between these five songs:
Kuiama; Can’t Get It Out Of My Head; Endless Lies; Look At Me Now; Just For Love
They all mention silver in their lyrics
b) What’s the connection between:
Alright; It’s Over; Rain Is Falling; Stranger
They were all released as singles, but not in the UK
c) What’s the connection between these Jeff and Roy songs:
Hello, My Old Friend; Can’t Get It Out Of My Head; Blackberry Way; Nancy Sing Me A Song; Chinatown
They all mention birds in their lyrics: pigeons, Robin, lark, sparrows, kite
d) What’s the connection between:
Little Town Flirt; Surrender; Caught In A Trap; No Way Out
They were all bonus tracks on albums
e) What’s the connection between
One Step At A Time; All She Wanted; Love And Rain
Laura Lynne sings backing vocals on all of them
f) And what’s the connection between:
Tightrope; Sweet Talkin’ Woman; In Old England Town; Across The Border
(A clue: American fans will be queuing up to answer this one!)
They all mention “line” in their lyrics. (The Americans tend to say "waiting in line" instead of "queuing up".)
a) Here’s a sequence of ELO songs:
Name a song that could come next in the sequence.
Each song title is two letters longer than the one before, so we need a song that has 14 letters in its title, such as Calling America.
b) George Harrison once asked Jeff to list his seven favourite Beatles/George songs.
After some thought, Jeff listed:
We Can Work It Out; I Want To Tell You; Love Me Do; Blackbird; Under The Mersey Wall...
Can you name two more songs that Jeff could have added to his list?
The first letters of each song spell out WILBU...
So we need one song beginning with R and another beginning with Y, to spell the name WILBURY. Such as Revolution and Yesterday.
c) Jeff has been invited to perform for the British royal family.
He’s decided to do a few cover versions, as well as some of his own songs.
His set list begins with Eldorado; Chick-A-Boom; Wild West Hero; Get It On...
Name a song that could come next on Jeff’s set list.
The songs begin with the same two letters as the names of the royals in line to the throne.
El-izabeth, Ch-arles, Wi-lliam, Ge-orge...
So next we need a song beginning with Ch, for Charlotte.
Such as Changes.
(I also accepted songs that began with just the first letter, C. As long as the players had worked out the connection.)
d) Jeff will be hosting a birthday party on December 30th.
At the party, he and his guests will be looking back over the past year, while listening to Jeff’s selection of classic ELO tracks.
Jeff’s choice of tracks starts with: Night In The City; On The Run; Steppin’ Out, Above The Clouds
Name a track Jeff could play next.
The first letter of each song is the same as the months of the year, in reverse order, starting with November (Jeff and the guests were looking back).
So we need a song beginning with J, such as Julie Don’t Live Here, Jungle, or Jumping Biz.
e) Here are some quotes from the lyrics of ELO/The Move songs:
“... with all my blankets in a heap...”
“... on the morning sky...”
“Listen here baby, she said to me...”
“And if the law don’t get her then I will...”
Can you quote an ELO lyric that could come next in this sequence?
The other half of each line quoted contains a number:
“Woke up one morning half asleep...”
“Meet me at the opera house at quarter to three”
“...four little diamonds”.
So we need a lyric where the next half of the line contains the number five:
Such as “Did you catch his face...” (“...was it 10538?”)
f) Here are three ELO/Jeff songs:
New World Rising; Starlight; September Song
Can you name a song that could come fourth in this sequence?
The songs contain the words spring, summer and autumn respectively.
So we need a song that contains the word winter.
Such as Laredo Tornado.
g) Here’s a list of songs written by Jeff and Roy:
Don’t Walk Away
Rain Is Falling
Meet Me At The Jailhouse
Last Train To London
Tears In Your Life
Can you name a song that could come next in the sequence?
(Try singing the titles!)
In order, the song titles begin with the syllables doh, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti...
So we need a song that begins with doh...
Such as Don’t Bring Me Down.
Anagrams – Forum Fun
Sore Lord Droolers
Grips pink elephants The Spanking Slipper
A pretty cheeky guitar Patrice The Gay Turkey
Hi, soccery chap Psychic Horace
Stole weird rulers Well trousered, Sir!
Mr Cancan told me Command Central
Lover wiggled in, slow Wolves Girl Gone Wild
Helmut! Forum radio pirating a vinyl Turn To Stone! An important guy from the Industrial Revolution
(I wish to add that I regard this last anagram as my finest achievement since I joined this forum! Getting "Helmut" and "Turn To Stone" into the same anagram was most satisfying!)
a) When ELO went on their summer holidays -
Bev Bevan went to Newark
Hugh McDowell went to Rome
Mik Kaminski went to Saint Kitts
Kelly Groucutt went to Columbus
Where did Melvyn Gale go?
He went to Cannes
He went to Monaco
He went to Monte Carlo
He went to Las Vegas
The vowels in the band member’s surname are the same as in the place he visited.
Bevan – Newark, and so on.
(Bev nearly went to Penarth on holiday, but I thought that was going a bit too far!)
b) Once, in a pub, ELO had fun playing their own hits on the jukebox:
Bev Bevan chose Poker
Mike Edwards chose It’s Over
Kelly Groucutt chose Showdown
Which song did Dave Morgan choose:
Telephone Line, Livin’ Thing, Hold On Tight or Jungle?
The band member’s surname has the same number of letters as the song title.
c) Jeff once decided ELO should include a medley of cover versions in their live set.
He asked the band for suggestions, and promised to buy a drink for whoever came up with the best idea.
One band member offered this list of songs:
Blueberry Hill – Fats Domino
Vinyl – William Michael Morgan
Ol’ Man River – Paul Robeson
In The Navy – Village People
Jeff laughed so much at this, he couldn’t speak at first.
But when he recovered, true to his word, he bought the winner a drink.
Which band member was the winner?
The first syllables of each song spell Blue Violin, indicating that the winner was Mik Kaminski.
(The clue was that Jeff couldn’t speak at first.)
d) Over the years, several ELO songs have been used as background music in stage plays.
On Golden Pond featured Caught In A Trap
The Iron Lady featured The Way Life’s Meant To Be
Nickel And Dimed featured Sweet Is The Night
Arsenic And Old Lace featured Last Train To London
Which song was used in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof?
Xanadu; The Sun Will Shine On You, It Really Doesn’t Matter, Long Black Road?
The key to this is chemical elements and their symbols.
On Golden Pond featured Caught In A Trap (gold has the chemical symbol Au)
Iron has the symbol Fe (The Way Life's Meant To Be...) Nickel has the symbol Ni
Arsenic has the symbol As
So, for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof we need a song containing the symbol for Tin: Sn.
So the answer is, It Really Doesn’t matter.
e) Jeff once decided to invite some former ELO members to re-record some ELO and Beatles songs at Bungalow Palace with him.
He listed five songs he wanted them to record:
Little Child; Her Majesty; Calling America; Mr Kingdom.
Which other song did he want them to record? Was it:
The Word; Blue Boy; Glass Onion or Easy Money?
The previous four songs all have the same initials as a former ELO musician: LC (Louis Clark), HM (Hugh McDowell), CA (Chereene Allen), MK (Mik Kaminski). So the right answer is Blue Boy (BB as in Bev Bevan).
f) Jeff and some famous friends once held a jam session at Bungalow Palace.
For fun, they all tried a change of instrument.
Jeff himself played the kazoo
Alice Cooper played the bass
Keith Moon played the lute
Laura Nyro played the maracas
Richard Tandy played the saxophone
Which instrument did Bob Dylan play?
The initial of the instrument fits alphabetically between the musician’s initials:
JL played the kazoo (JKL)
AC played the bass (ABC) and so on.
So Bob Dylan played an instrument beginning with C, such as the cello, the clarinet, or the cornet.
g) After the success of his latest album, Jeff agreed to play at Wembley Stadium this year.
During the soundcheck, he sent regular texts to his manager.
Jeff’s “secret messages” included:
“Dressing rooms are great”
“Richard’s absent, I’m nervous”
“Lighting is flattering everyone!”
Jeff sent one more “secret message” later that evening. Which one of these texts did he send?
“Everybody smiles at me”
“Best opening number ever”
“Me biggest selfie!”
“Wembley is my patch”
“Alright, it’s thumbs up”
The first letter of each word in Jeff’s messages spells out the last word in a song from Alone In The Universe: DRAG, RAIN AND LIFE. (The clue here was “his latest album”.)
So the answer is Best opening number ever, which spells BONE.
(Yes, two of the other possible answers spelled WIMP and AITU, but they don’t fit the pattern... and one spelled MBS, for Mr Blue Sky, but it’s still wrong. These were hidden traps. Heh!)
h) Every time he released a new album, Jeff kept copies of the reviews.
The critics wrote of one album that it was “feverish, evergreen, and supersonic”.
Of another album, they sneered that it was “frivolous, distorted, and tepid”.
But of a third album, they said it was “witty, amusing, and addictive”.
Can you name the three albums in question?
The albums reviewed all have songs that begin and end with the same letters as the critics’ comments:
F…H, E…N, and S…C = Fire On High, Evil Woman, Strange Magic = the album is Face The Music
F…S, D…D, T…D Four Little Diamonds, Danger Ahead, Train of Gold = Secret Messages
W…Y, A…G, A…E = When I Was A Boy, Ain’t It A Drag, Alone In The Universe = Alone In The Universe
Hope you all enjoyed the Christmas Challenge 2017.
unomusette , the hell! You are a freaking genius who only gets more clever with age! Huge congrats to you. Same for eloneen , on her debut year bronze award already, what a boss! Maybe that lingüistic knowledge played a part in deciphering a few of the riddles? As for Horacewimp , well, having won last year we already know the sort of wits he posseses, I'm sure hours of figuring out where the heating pipes should go makes solving these things easier.
Unfortunately the chance of my holidays came up so abruptly that I had to make tons of arrangements in just a few hours and I didn't remember downloading or printing the challenge to take with me. Not that it would have changed anything, I suck at this sort of games and before travelling I had already been trying hard to get a few of them and could only get some anagrams.
Thanks vlogdance for the challenge (and next year, easier, please! ).
Horacewimp: I did, it sounds interesting
Aug 30, 2020 7:27:36 GMT
Horacewimp: Hi elophile good to see you, hope you are keeping well.
Aug 31, 2020 20:25:03 GMT
elophile: Hey-hey! Horacewimp Livin' the dream here in crazytown, er, I mean America! How goes it with you? ::c0112::
Sept 2, 2020 18:11:21 GMT
Horacewimp: We are all good thanks, just wishing I could go on a foreign holiday, it’s just not worth the risk with Covid and the possibility of a 14 day quarantine, we may do some short breaks in the U.K.
Sept 2, 2020 20:30:46 GMT
BSJ: *sniff* no meet up in Detroit's airport. *sniff*
Sept 2, 2020 21:56:17 GMT