In true Scandinavian fashion 'Beyond the Pale' is running another twelve days'-worth of little Procol Harum puzzles. Last year it was anagrams: this year it's clues about the songs, probably simpler to do but, we hope, just as much fun.
Each day we will present eight or nine questions, and the answer to each will always be the title of a Procol Harum song. Yet a typical question will have more than one possible answer ...
For example: 'A song with 'box' in the title.' You might want to answer Pandora's Box ... but it could equally be Robert's Box. So keep both in mind, and a future question will eliminate one of the possibilities. Maybe you'll find 'A title containing a boy's name' ... but that could be Juicy John Pink ... or For Liquorice John ... No two answers are the same, however, and each song will eventually be used once: so keep a clear eye and a steady head, and it all works out.
To make it fair for everyone, here's a full list of the 100 titles on which the puzzle is based: only standard, official Procol releases (no Stoke Poges, not even The Long Goodbye), no performance variants, nothing that they didn't write (no Old Black Joe, no Eight Days a Week) ... and no Worm / Tree subtitles.
Collect the answers daily, starting on Christmas Day, and - as well as hours of merry frustration - you could end up owning one or more of our fab Procol Harum prizes.
How to win: by the end of the last instalment, on Twelfth Night (5th January), you should have 99 Procol Harum song titles. A glance at this list of 100 titles will tell you which one is missing, and you simply mail the missing title to 'Beyond the Pale': the prizes will go to the senders of the first correct answers we receive.
Last year saw a fantastic race against the clock, with the winners separated by very few minutes. In the unlikely event of there being fewer winners than prizes this year, early claimants will get more than their fair share!
Links will be connected to a new page of prize puzzles on each of these dates
Prizes will of course be awarded at the absolute discretion of Jens and Roland, who run 'Beyond the Pale', and whose decision will be final; their families are not eligible to enter (hard luck Jane again!).
The solution is published here; winners here; last year's conundrums here.