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Old 21 December 2011, 01:23 PM
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1. What South African region takes its name from the fact that Vasco da Gama first sighted it on December 25, 1497?

Cape of Good Hope?

2. What traditional holiday item often includes a succade made of citron?


3. In 1906, what American author wrote, "In a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest"?

O. Henry (whose real name escapes me at the moment)

4. How many candles are there in a Kwanzaa kinara?

I used to know this... seven?

5. Dr. Christmas Jones, a nuclear physicist who wears a D-cup, is a "Bond girl" from which 007 film?

Tomorrow Never Dies?

6. In the Roman calendar, December 25 was Brumalia. What's the scientific name for the occasion marked by Brumalia?

Autumnal Equinox

7. What unusual distinction is shared by all these works of art? Cassatt's Mother and Child, Degas's The Ballet Rehearsal, Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, Escher's Three Spheres, Fuseli's The Nightmare, Van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding, Velazquez's Las Meninas, Vermeer's Woman with a Pearl Necklace.

Prominent reflection(s)