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Christmas Quizzes 2019–2020

Question of the Day : 1 January 2020

To recap the instructions here: in each of the twelve daily clues you will find a string of six words. Extract three adjoining words – there are four possible trios in each string – and find what places each one represents, using the WhatThreeWords 'geocode' system. Zoom out from the ensuing three-metre square, until you can work out where in the world you have 'landed'. Use your skill and judgment to work out which of these four locations is most likely to have hosted a concert of interest to Procol Harum fans. Then read the four ancillary clues that follow the string of six words. You'll need to use Google to resolve some of the clues ... for Procol questions, start your search with _site:procolharum.com_ .If three of these ancillary clues confirm the concert-location you chose, make a careful note of the details so you can quickly retrieve them on 5 January when you solve the thirteenth clue! If three of these ancillary clues do not confirm the concert-location you chose, try another location and repeat the procedure. Please note that, each day, one (only) of the ancillary clues is nonsensical.

Here's this evening's six-word string, for you to turn into four locations (with help from WhatThreeWords). Which one of those four locations witnessed the concert corresponding to three of the clues below?



Four ancillary clues, of which (only) one is nonsensical


This gig was part of a tour on which Procol played over sixty times in countries as diverse as Canada, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA … though not necessarily in that order


Ray Royer presented a plutonium ear-plug to a member of this audience who was about to ‘become a Christian Scientist


This concert saw no Conquistador, no Grand Hotel, no Sunday Morning; but there were airings for Piggy Pig Pig, Pandora’s Box, and A Robe of Silk


Back in the year of the Battle of Edgehill, Hezekiah Usher lived a few blocks from where this Procol gig was played. But he would have had to wait n-squared years to hear Procol nearby (where ‘n’ is a two-digit prime number)

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