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  The 13th Annual Christmas Quiz Results and Answers _POSTEDBY cat -  
From Jim: ...After much delay I am finally ready to reveal the results of the 2015/6 Habs Christmas Quiz. I hope that you all enjoyed taking part. Click here for the answers and here for the coke bottle answers. I’m sure you will all be amazed to hear that not one team this year managed full marks on any of the rounds.

The closest were smart ale(x) Nick and co who despite correcting the quizmaster of Halifax Town’s current non league status were unsure of the Cartwright Rules. Even the Houston Habs though were unsure of these rules so I guess that’s not so bad after all. With a big movie producer and Empire subscriber on their team, the Catford Habs also came close in the film round and fell only because of a lack knowledge of Spencer Tracy’s career. With the UK’s Ambassador to Djibouti and African Union Representative on their team the Addis Habs should’ve cleaned up on the Africa Round but could only muster a 9/13. At least they did correctly identify the Ethiopian Coke bottle as did the Shropshire Habs of course. Well done to all of those who realised that all the answers in the ZZZZZ round did in fact start with Z.

So without further ado the results:

1) 61 – Catford Habs
2) 54 – Kent Habs
3) 53 – Addis Habs
4) 50 – Bedford Habs
5) 44 – Houston & Shropshire Habs
7) 43 – Torremolinos Habs
8) 32 – Somerset Habs

So congratulations to the Catford Habs who now have the honour of setting next year’s quiz...

 
Sunday, January 10, 2016   1 comment    Printer-friendly page  

  Bikram Yoga: Slacking off _POSTEDBY cat -  
In 2014 I took 247 hot yoga classes, and in 2015 I took 203. Lifetime total: 3,328 (first class was March 21st, 2003). In 2014 I taught 147 Bikram yoga classes, and in 2015 I taught 117 (first class was December 28th, 2007). Owning a house in Galveston, where there's no hot yoga, has contributed to the drop in numbers!

 
Wednesday, January 06, 2016   Comments?    Printer-friendly page  

  The 12th Annual Habershon Christmas Quiz _POSTEDBY cat -  
Due to website issues I am unable to upload the quiz. I have therefore emailed it to Paul, David and Richard, requesting that they forward it to any family members who plan to participate at different locations. Alternatively send me, Catherine, an email if you want a copy. Last year's rules apply.

 
Tuesday, December 22, 2015   1 comment    Printer-friendly page  

  2015 Christmas Quiz _POSTEDBY cat -  
Greetings, Habs! Yes, there WILL be a Christmas Quiz. It is being set by Jim in Addis Ababa. Stay tuned!

 
Thursday, December 10, 2015   Comments?    Printer-friendly page  

  2014 Christmas Quiz answers and results _POSTEDBY cat -  
Hello all Habs and Honorary Habs!

Lovely to see all the Habs Christmas Quiz entries this year. The four quiz team answer sheets have taken priority over my English & Maths marking load this holiday. (Can I get away with giving the quiz to my class (8-9 year olds) for their English homework on my return!?)

We hope you enjoyed (at least some of) the questions. We found it tricky to pitch them at the ‘right’ level, not too easy or hard, and Quizmaster 2013, Ant, was certainly a very hard act to follow. Looking forward to being back ‘on the other side’ next year!

Temptation to give bonus points goes to ... the Houston Habs for:

Their answer to ‘Which Christmas slogan was introduced by Clarissa Baldwin of Dogs Trust in 1978?’ ... ‘Keep Calm and Neuter On’.

Stamping ‘Lovely couple (extra point?)’ over our onesie/Christmas jumper picture!

We are also concerned that our answer for the grammar/tense question did not precisely match my Dad’s, who is always my font of all knowledge, especially where the English Language is concerned!

The total number of possible points was 55. We gave one point for each correct answer, half a point for a partially correct answer (in true festive spirit!), and we rounded up the grand total as necessary. We also deducted the traditional one point for each additional participant in teams of more than 4.

You can see the questions and answers by clicking here.

So ...

In 4th place, with 24 points, the Houston Habs (5 participants) (Catherine, John and friends) – apologies with hindsight for the lack of US related questions.

In 3rd place, with 33 points, the Mill Close Habs (9 participants) (Richard, family and friends. And Helen, we hope you are feeling better too!)

In 2nd place, with 34 points, the Bedford Habs (4 participants) (Paul and family) – Just FYI, Dad voluntarily commented that ‘Chris and Clare were impeccably behaved’ throughout the Bedford Habs Quiz answering process(!)

AND IN 1ST PLACE ... clear and worthy winners, back at the top, our 2014 Hab Champions, with 41 points (2 more than last year’s winners’ total), THE EMSWORTH HABS (7 participants - David and family).

Happy New Year!

Lots of Love, Quizmaster (and mistress) 2014,

Clare and Chris xxx

 
Thursday, January 01, 2015   3 comments    Printer-friendly page  

  The 11th Annual Habershons.com Christmas Quiz _POSTEDBY cat -  
Click here for the 2014 Habershons Christmas Quiz!

This year it has been compiled by last year's winners, Clare and Chris. As usual, the first place is blank, so you can open and print it without looking. I did notice some colour pictures in it, though, so you might want to print in colour.

You know the rules, but here they are again:

This quiz is open to any household that contains a Habershon, a née Habershon, a Habershons.com commenter, or anyone who resides on the Branch Office page.

One point will be awarded for each correct answer. One point will be deducted/added for each household with more than/fewer than four participants. For example, if there are ten participants, six points will be deducted. And if there are only two participants, two points will be added.

The team with the highest score will receive a £12 (or equivalent currency) Amazon gift certificate. If there are more than eight entries a second prize will be awarded. Correct answers and the team results will be published on the website as soon as possible after the closing date.

No looking up answers on the internet or in reference books. All answers must come straight from your heads. Submit your answers to the Webmistress (cjathearn @ gmail.com) no later than 11pm GMT on Friday, January 2nd, 2015.

As usual, no correspondence will be entered into, and the Quizmaster's decision is final. Only one entry per household.



 
Tuesday, December 23, 2014   Comments?    Printer-friendly page  

  2014 Christmas Quiz _POSTEDBY cat -  
Greetings, Habs everywhere. Clare is hard at work compiling the Christmas quiz, so start studying.

 
Friday, December 19, 2014   Comments?    Printer-friendly page  

  Bikram Yoga: Staying healthy _POSTEDBY cat -  
In 2013 I took 288 90-minute hot yoga classes. Lifetime total: 2,878 (first class was March 21st, 2003).

In 2013 I spent more time at my cold job and only taught 143 Bikram yoga classes (102 fewer than last year). Lifetime total: 1,263 (first class was December 28th, 2007).

And you will be pleased to know that I did not jump out of any more aeroplanes. I did make two more attempts but was thwarted by last-minute cloud cover. Since then, the obsession has diminished, although I still follow skydiving activities avidly, wishing it could have happened but knowing it probably never will. Perhaps another tandem jump on my birthday.

 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014   Comments?    Printer-friendly page  

  Snow! _POSTEDBY cat -  
It's snowing in Houston. Just saw about four flakes.

 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014   Comments?    Printer-friendly page  

  Articles: Christmas Quiz 2013 results. Clear winners from down South! _POSTEDBY cat -  
Hello all Habs (and assorted associates!)

It's your 2013 Quizmaster here - Antony (Ant) Mason, brother of Libby. Many thanks for participating in the quiz - six teams this year. Very sporting of you!

I hope you enjoyed the challenge. I was pleased to see that almost all the questions were correctly answered by at least one team, so they were clearly not so outlandishly fiendish as to stump you all. Except one: Branston Pickle is now Japanese-owned, would you believe!

I gave one point for each correct answer, and half points (total rounded up) for a misspelt answer or (very) near miss. With the 8 US states beginning with M, there were 57 points in total to play for.

As you know, a point is deducted for each extra participant over the normative team number of four.

You can see a full list of the questions and answers by clicking here.

So here are the results in reverse order:

In 6th place, with 20 points, the Houston Habs (a total cruelly diminished by the festive-spirited size of the team: 13 participants!) (Catherine, John and friends)
In 5th place, with 25 points, Mill Close (7 participants) (Richard and family)
In 4th place, with 30 points, the Bedford Habs (6 participants) (Paul and friends)
In 3rd place, with 32 points, the "Salisbury Entry" (5 participants) (Nick and family)
In 2nd place, with 33 points, the Emsworth Habs (7 participants) (David and family)

AND IN 1ST PLACE, clear leaders with 39 points, THE KENT HABS (5 participants) (Clare and friends).

Happy New Year!



 
Saturday, January 04, 2014   11 comments    Printer-friendly page  
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