Thursday, 23 December 2010

A seasonal tradition

Put some logs on the fire, sit yourself down with paper and pencil and ‘your nine drinks lined up on the side table in soldierly array’ (Donald Barthelme, ‘Critique de la Vie Quotidienne’), and turn to page 27 of this week’s TLS – where you’ll find the annual TLS Christmas quiz, compiled by ‘Tony Lurcock of Oxford’ (author of Not So Barren or Uncultivated, published by CBe this month).

Who received seventeen gentleman callers on one Sunday afternoon? Who ‘almost always killed his game, but now and then he killed his dog’? ‘Where’s Papa going with that ax?’ – the first line of which book? Only 97 more questions to answer.

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