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Answers to the Wise Owl December 2022 Quiz

We hope you enjoyed our Christmas quiz (apologies for setting the bar a tad high; you will have done well to get even a few answers correct).

Congratulations to Stephen Mulford of Newham Council whose entry was the first pulled out of our weighted sorting hat (weighted so that people's chances of winning were higher the more questions they answered correctly).  Stephen wins the bumper prize of a £100 Amazon voucher, together with this shout-out.

Here are the answers to the questions - see how many you got right!

Question 1 - Cats

The items in the series are as follows:

Item What it represents
Old Testament story Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat
New Testament story Jesus Christ Superstar
Argentine political rise and fall Evita
English woman's experiences in America Song and Dance

The next Andrew Lloyd-Webber Musical was Cats, so any answer describing this will be accepted.

Question 2 - Windows versions

The items in the series were XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.  These are the versions of Windows for personal computers in chronological order - the next version in the sequence is 11.

Question 3 - Me

The items given in the series were:

  • Socialists
  • Trade Unionists
  • Jews

This question is based on the most popular representation of a speech by Martin Niemoller, a German pastor (and former Nazi sympathiser):

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out - because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.

The answer is ... me (or you).

Question 4 - Jill (Scott)

The contestants for the 2022 series of I'm a celebrity - get me out of here were listed in order of elimination:

  • Olivia
  • Charlene
  • Scarlette
  • Sue
  • George
  • Babatunde
  • Chris
  • Seann
  • Mike
  • Matt
  • Owen

The series was won by Jill Scott, who is therefore the last person in the series.

Question 5 - K

The sequence is to do with Scrabble tiles:

Letters Points
DG 2

The only Scrabble tile with 5 points is K.

Question 6 - Larry

The question lists these cats' names:

  • Wilberforce
  • Humphrey
  • Sybil
  • Freya

The current chief mouser to the cabinet is called Larry.

Question 7 - Privet   

The question lists the first words of the opening sentence of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first of the 7 books in the Harry Potter series:

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.

The series stopped just before the word Privet.

Question 8 - 1,048,576

The first two items in the sequence are as follows:

Item Details
16,384 The maximum number of rows in a worksheet from Excel 4 through to Excel 95
65,536 The maximum number of rows in a worksheet from Excel 97 through to Excel 2003

From the release of Excel 7 onwards the maximum number of rows in a worksheet has been limited to 1,048,576, as this history page shows.

Question 9 - a man learns to skateboard

The things listed are the John Lewis Christmas ads for the 5 years leading up to 2022.  This years's John Lewis Christmas advertisement features a man learning to skateboard so that he can play with a child he and his wife are about to foster.

Question 10 - Giuseppe

The people listed were as follows:

GBBO winners

These are the people who won the first 11 series of the Great British Bake-Off.


The 12th series was won by Giuseppe Dell'Anno.

Question 11 - 6

The numbers given are 1, 4, 1, 5, 9, which are the first five digits after the decimal place in pi.  The next number is 6, since pi begins:


Question 12 - at the time of writing, answer unknown!

The numbers are the amount of goals England have scored in their last 11 World Cup games, including 2018 and 2022 to date (at the time of writing):

England goals

The first entry in the list represents England's 2-1 defeat of Tunisia in Group G of the 2018 World Cup; the last one is England's 3-0 defeat of Senegal in the 2022 World Cup round of 16.


The next item in the series is how many goals England scored against France on Saturday 10th December!

Hope you enjoyed the quiz, and didn't find it too easy or difficult!

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