Boxing Day Quiz 2019

Pray you dutifully prime…

As in previous years, we have compiled a quiz concerning events in law and religion during 2019, many of which have featured in our posts, and some of which are as simple as A.B.C.. Answers will be published on Saturday, 4 January 2020.

1. In December 2018, how did the retelling of a story about a pear grower fall foul of the law of the Roman Catholic Church?

2. Canonically, how might 2019 be represented and what it its significance?

3. When was it necessary for a Church of Ireland priests to “tuck in his tuppenny”

4. “It is easier for a dinosaur to spend four months in a cathedral nave than for a painted dog to be displayed in a closed churchyard for ten days?” Discuss

5. What links: [i] the church of St Nicholas, Thames Ditto; [ii] the Dukes of Bedford;[iii] and the first aircraft to land on the South Pole?

6. Where might one find stained glass depicting: I] Thomas the Tank Engine, ii] Three wise women, queueing for a Routemaster Bus iii] an early Victorian flushing lavatory?

7. In 2019, what celebrated 150 years of not upsetting or offending anyone?

8. In which consistory court case that we reported in January 2019 does life imitate art?

9. Which cleric/wizard, who is attributed to regularly beating the Devil in bets and games, ceased to exist in February 2019?

10. Only connect Narnia with St. Dwynwen?

11. On which day of the year might choristers leave their fisherman’s friends (or equivalent) at home?

12 . Which is the largest diocese in the Church of England?

13. Which is the largest cathedral in the CoE, and why?

14. Which Angel links a sometimes waterlogged cathedral crypt with Blackwell’s’ Art and Poster shop on the Broad in Oxford?

15. Why have the following been banned: Griezmann Mbappé; cyanide; preacher; Fañch?

16. On which occasion at which there was a “ping” without a consequent “pong” was a virgin acknowledged as assisting same sex couples?

17. Name that case from the following headlines:

  •  Feuding couple at centre of 28-year battle over baby’s ashes”;
  • You don’t get ‘brownie points’ for going to church if you want to reserve a grave, CofE court rules;
  • Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall, 62, is forced to back down after losing long-running dispute with relatives in Liverpool over a family gravestone;
  • Former model wins right to be buried with businessman lover after legal battle with his family; 
  • Church refuses to let grieving parents put Thomas the Tank Engine on son’s headstone.
  • Family fight to save football fanatic’s headstone after complaints over use of Sunderland colours.

And as a bonus, in which consistory court judgment are there 11 references to a cup of tea?

18. Why are the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes both reported as happening on April 23rd 161, but were on different days?

19. Why and when in 2019 was the patron saint of England patron saint upstaged by an Italian one?

20. Where might one see music written on a man’s naked buttocks?

21. Where might one find the fourteenth Report of the Clergy Discipline Commission? [Clue: A Google Search may not assist]

22. In what context might one use the expression “There is no one who loves pain itself, who seeks after it and wants to have it, simply because it is pain…”. In relation to: [i] When reviewing Fifty Shades of Grey ; [ii] in relation to printing and typesetting; or [iii] when wearing a cilice?

23. Where would you find: “the beauteous files”; “the celestial glory shed”; “train filled the temple”?

24. When was the temperature differential between the toilet and sitting room an important issue?

25. Who is he?  – Went to Eton; went to Oxford; was in the Bullingdon Club; ran London; became Foreign Secretary; was considered great orator, writer & historian; became PM; lost his first vote as PM; eventually got bored with politics.

26. Who is concerned with “diameter at breast height (DBH)”?

27. When during 2019 was an Act not an Act?

28. Which of the following provided inspiration for the Inklings: A small town in Umbria; A church in Stow in the Wold; the former mortuary in Tenby; A bird and baby?

29. Links a renewable energy initiative with the introduction of same-sex marriage.

30. Where might one find: a rearing horse with the badge of the House of Hanover; keyboard, drum, bass and electric guitar accompanied by a microphone and the inscription “QUEEN”; depiction of the Yeoman Warder’s Mace and a Roman arch window accompanied by the inscription “TOWER OF LONDON; a Megalosaurus; an Iguanodon and an Hylaeosaurus?

31. True or Bluff: During 2019, which of these were actual cases?

  • British Blind And Shutter Association, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for Housing Communities And Local Government.
  • Shnuggle Ltd v Munchkin, Inc. & Anor.
  • Miss E Dearlove v Babs Baps Ltd.

32. Which cathedral is featured on the Cathedral City Cheese wrapper?

33. During which extreme weather events in Scotland might one be reminded of Ms Thunberg?

34. Which Second edition law text book began with the quote “As a dog returneth to its vomit so a fool returneth to his folly”.

35. Whose wig went missing in December?

36. In which jurisdiction did animal rights activists ask a national court to ban the practice of castrating young male pigs without anaesthetic – with the piglets themselves listed as the plaintiffs?

37. Name the cathedral choir stalls which inspired Alice in Wonderland and were featured on men’s sport boxer brief underwear? For a bonus point, which 1695 addition was mercifully absent from the latter?

38. Identify the following judicial admonitions:

[i] “…Notwithstanding the best attempts of the petitioners and inspecting architect to camouflage, conceal and confuse the situation, I have succeeded in finding amongst the jumble of papers a compelling need for the proposal to provide a modest extension with toilet facilities…”;

[ii] “None of the professionals in this story come out well. The Ministry of Justice…the official who issued the Licence…The incumbent…The funeral directors…the last are least to blame, because of the absolute terms of the Licence, [b]ut because of the terms of s 25, it is the funeral director who may have committed a criminal offence”.

[iii] ” …This wretched and lamentable history is a textbook example of how not to do things…Monumental stupidity is involved, some degree of arrogance, and, even possibly [I make no finding as to the latter], a degree of evasiveness…I note and warn further, that if this faculty is refused, the Priest in Charge and the Church Wardens might expect to be sued personally by the auctioneers and the “buyer” for their losses, including the Priest in Charge facing a very unpleasant dispute as to what she did or did not say about permission to sell to the auctioneers. Her word and her truthfulness would be on trial in such an action…”

39. In November 2018, a new meaning was given to the word “cathedra”; what was it?

40. Who was the ‘Emperor of Law'” and when did they become the “Emperor of Teaching or Doctrine”?

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Boxing Day Quiz 2019" in Law & Religion UK, 26 December 2019,

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