Each year at Christmas, following the Scandinavian custom, BtP sets twelve days of Procol puzzles which great numbers of Palers follow with great interest and merriment ... at the end of the trail is a one-word answer, which you send in by e-mail to the webmasters, to win one (or more?) of the prizes below. The puzzles start on Christmas Day and they get easier and easier year by year, while the prizes get more and more munificent.
This year's nine freebies are, we think you'll agree, every bit as splendid as 1997's or 1998's or 1999's or 2000's or 2001's or 2002's or 2003's: this is largely thanks to the generosity of our very kind friends and sponsors.
A copy of the Palers' Project 2CD of Procol compositions, From Shadow to Shadow
BBC CD: Procol Harum live in Concert, 1974 (thanks, Gary and Franky)
|C||A copy of Procol Harum's 2002 CD, The Well's on Fire, signed by Gary Brooker (thanks, Mark and Rob)|
|D||A rocking CD by the Dave Steffen Band, Give me a Thrill ... Dave's Whisky Train is the opening track on the most recent Palers' Project CD (thanks, Dave)|
A Procol tour poster from 2003 (thanks, Mark)
|F||A copy of Procol Harum's 2003 DVD, Live at the Union Chapel, signed by Gary Brooker (thanks, Rob and Mark )|
A comic photo-collage (A4 size) by Matt Pegg from Procol's 2003 world tour, signed by Brooker, Fisher, Whitehorn, Brzezicki and Pegg, and also featuring Jules, John, Tony and Derek from the 2003 road crew, Front-of-House sound-man Graham Ewins, and manager Chris Cooke (thanks, Matt; thanks, Franky)
A copy of the Palers' Project 2CD of Procol compositions, Lost in the Looking-Glass, elegantly signed by TV's notorious thaumaturge Derren Brown, who performs Glimpses of Nirvana on it.
|I||A year's free 'firstname.lastname@example.org' e-mail address|
2CD: Procol Harum, 'The First Four' : the Legendary Albums (nice 2003 package from Metro records!) (thanks, Metro)
Competitors should rank the above prizes in the order they favour them, and send in their preference – all ten letters, please! – with the solution to the puzzles. The message will look something like : "Prize preferences: JACEGIBDFH"
We shall allot the first three prizes on a beat-the-clock basis, with the earliest correct response earning its first choice of prize; after that all subsequent correct entries received in the next 24 hours will be placed in the BtP Homburg and the remaining seven prizewinners will be drawn by a suitably Glamorous Assistant.
In the somewhat unlikely event of there being fewer than ten winners, the first people to submit correct answers will get more than their fair share of the prizes!
The quiz starts on Christmas Day and runs through to Twelfth Night. This year it asks you to recognise particular Procol songs from a variety of mildly-cryptic clues; you can join in at any time, if you have a pencil and an internet connection! The answer at the end will be a single word, as in previous years. We're grateful to John Annable, guest compiler of this year's conundrums!