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Christmas quizzes 2007: how to play

And how to win the Procol prizes

In true Scandinavian fashion 'Beyond the Pale' will mark Christmas by running yet another twelve days'-worth of little Procol Harum quizzes. In 1997 it was anagrams, in 1998 it was clues about the songs, in 1999 the questions were based on the Procolesque obsession with The Truth; in 2000 it was a treasure-hunt in the pages of BtP; in 2001 the emphasis was on 'lucky thirteen'; in 2002 we looked at all the Procol albums so far; in 2003 the amazing Procol journeys of Hans Teutiger provided our theme; in 2004 guest Paler John Annable from Melbourne took us on a cryptic tour of the Keith Reid songbook, and he supplied 2005's anagrammatic conundrums as well; in 2006 it was an album-oriented puzzle; but this year, we're just asking you to use your ears!

How to play
Each of the twelve daily puzzles focuses on a particular Procol Harum song as presented in a recent cover-version, submitted for inclusion by musicians somewhere on the planet for the Palers' Project series of albums. Day by day, listen to the track carefully watch out, as some of the choices diverge considerably from the words or music featured in the hallowed originals and be sure you know exactly what Procol Harum song it is (Procol titles are here, by the way). Make a note of this information as you go. There will be a thirteenth instruction on the final day, advising you what to do with these collected titles. The answer, as always, will be a single word, so watch your step.

For example ...

Click to listen to the trial 30-second mp3 excerpt

Clue: we don't know of any live performance of this B-side by Procol Harum since the days of the Royer/ Harrison line-up promoting the band's biggest hit single

So ... the melody doesn't exactly sound familiar, nor the treatment ... but if you pick out the words, and check with the clue about the early band line-up, you'll start to figure out that it's Lime Street Blues. Visit the Palers' Project website to confirm ... and after a bit of rummaging you will find this page,  which has a similar brief excerpt on it. So you make a note ... Lime Street Blues ... and then you wait for the next day's sound-excerpt and clue. It's that easy!


As the days of Christmas unfold, keep a note of each daily answer, and in the last dose there will be a simple, thirteenth instruction, to tell you what to do to win then you send your entry by e-mail to BtP as fast as possible. If you're in the quickest three correct entrants (on a beat-the-clock basis) you stand a very good chance of getting your prime choice of the prizes. After that, all correct entries received in the next 24 hours will be placed in a Homburg, and the remaining winners will be drawn from that by a suitably Glamorous Assistant.

As always, all you will need to send to 'Beyond the Pale' will be a single word. You'll also need to look at our fab prizes and decide which one you most favour ... you'll need to let us know the full order of all twelve.

Over the past years we've had one or two non-winners who claimed, 'You guys tricked me ' so here's fair warning just read the final instruction carefully!

In the unlikely event of there being fewer winners than prizes this year, early claimants will get more than their fair share!  Prizes will of course be awarded at the absolute discretion of Roland and Jens, who run 'Beyond the Pale', and whose decision will be final; their families are not eligible to enter.

2007 puzzle prizes First puzzle in the series
The Triumphant Victors  

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