The legendary Xmas quiz

Yes, folks, it’s the legendary Xmas quiz. There are three parts to this.

Part One:- We have been fortunate enough to have hosted many different visiting locos at Apedale. All of these are clues which lead to the name of a visiting loco. In all cases, the locos were unloaded onto the railway and spent at least one night on site. Bonus marks for extra details on the locos. 
You are sitting in a rectangular tent. It has four sides. Each side faces south. What Bagnall runs past?

One imagines he likes Guinness.

Mrs Fawlty and someone looking for a maternity unit at this time of year.
Captain Beaky’s nemesis.

Mel Gibson’s road warrior, but not insane.

As Manuel would put it whilst looking at the church tower “No, Mr Fawlty, isno a hooter, ………..”

Monarch in search of the Holy Grail (well, I never voted for him…..)

French General in World War One

Home of Rimmer and The Cat

According to Michael Jackson, this loco was dirty.

Part Two:- Logic and maths puzzles. Some of these come from the weekly school newsletter from my daughter’s school. She is 12, so you should be able to solve these in the blink of an eye.
In all cases, you must show your working. Professional mathematicians are excluded from the 2nd question.

You have to cross a rickety bridge. Crossing the bridge is your only option. It is pitch dark, and you have one torch. Crossing without a torch is certain death. The bridge is weak, and can only carry two people at a time. Your group has four in it; one person will take ten minutes to cross, another will take five minutes, another two minutes and the last member of the party takes only one minute.
What is the minimum time to get all four members of the party across the bridge?

At the school concert there were mince pies for everyone.  One huge tray I saw if the pies were divided into 2 equal piles there would have been one left over.  But if the same pies were put into 3 equal piles, there would have been one left over.  To my surprise, 4 equal piles gave a remainder of 1, five piles had one left over, and the pies when shared into six piles also had one mince pie left over. What was the smallest number of mince pies there could have been on the tray? 

I have just moved to Chesterton, and need to get my hair cut. There are just two barbers in the village. Barber A is always smart and neat with neatly trimmed and cut hair. Barber B, by comparison, always looks dishevelled with a very poor hair cut. Which barber should I use?

At a party, there are eight children. Each child has brought a toy car with them. The cars get mixed up. At hometime, a parent randomely gives a car to each child. What is the likelihood that exactly seven children (no more, no less) get the correct car?

My watch has broken, so I take it to be mended. But the mender is a fool. When I get it back, it shows 6.15 instead of 3.30, and when it’s really 4.45 it shows 9.20. What did the mender do wrong?

Part Three:- A few nice, easy, transport related questions.

In which city is Flinders Street station?

The only station name common to the London Underground and the Paris Metro?

What links John Lennon, Lech Walesa, George Best, Charles de Gaulle and Bob Hope?

I’m at West Street and want to go to St Enoch. I can travel in two directions and never change trains. What track gauge is the railway?


I used to be split, but not now. Some of me is large, some of me is small, but all of me is yellow. What am I?

As ever, there are no prizes other than a smug afterglow. Submit your entries to Simon’s e-mail address as shown in Moseley Matters.
Finally, and most importantly, a happy Christmas and a peaceful 2018 to one and all.

UPDATE 23/12:- It has just been pointed out that Simon’s e-mail address is NOT shown in the latest MM – so please send your entries to the address here (go to Contacts). 

I should report that a team formed of the finest minds the Trust can offer has had a go, and eventually answered all the questions. However, they needed a LOT of help with the bridge question, the toy car question and the final “all of me is yellow” question – so no prizes awarded just yet. Not that are any prizes, you understand.