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Old 21 December 2011, 03:28 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? Christmas Island?

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

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"? Mark Twain. Hell, if anything else older than a century can get attributed to him, why not these words.

4. How many candles are there in a Kwanzaa kinara? Seven letters in Kwanzaa, I'm going to guess 7.

5. Dr. Christmas Jones, a nuclear physicist who wears a D-cup, is a "Bond girl" from which 007 film? Dr No?

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

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. The subjects of all these paintings is a woman named Mary.

Wow, seven guesses this week.
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Old 21 December 2011, 04:20 PM
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D'oh! Revising a patently stupid answer

I really shouldn't try this before my morning coffee...

6. Winter Solstice, not Autumnal Equinox
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