Boxing Day Quiz 2020

As in previous years, we have compiled a quiz concerning events in law and religion during the last 12 months or so, many of which have featured in our posts. Answers will be published on Saturday, 2 January 2021.

1. Where and when did a future Prime Minister allegedly break into a churchyard in the dead of night to make an illicit burial.

2. When was it necessary for an airline frequent flier programme to use 1st January 1726 as the date of birth of one of its members?

3. Link the eruption of Vesuvius, the devastating earthquake at Benevento, and Brexit.

4. Which environmental campaigners are better known by names other than: i] Tintin ii] Espie iii] Arnold iv] Joshua 

5. This year’s variant on the Julian/Gregorian calendar question: Locate the place which is one day ahead of the Julian calendar and 12 days behind the Gregorian, observing Christmas Day on 6 January Gregorian and New Year on 13 January Gregorian

6. When in January 2020 was a town not a town, and why?

7. In January, which centenarian was credited with producing over 800 offspring before he finally retired?

8. When was the European Communities Act 1972 given a reprieve?

9. What moved 56 km on 31 January 2020?

10. What is the Court of the Pyx?

11. Who said: “two relevant products…are ‘stuffed’. They look stuffed. Physically they are stuffed, and indeed ‘totally stuffed’” a) John Cleese; b) Private Fraser in Dad’s Army; or a Tax Court?

12. Which composer wrote 39 operas and other works, but died before his 20th birthday?

13. What is peculiar about the Lord Mayor’s Chapel, Bristol?

14. At which station is “the longest bench in the world”?

15. Having waited since 1849 which three came along in quick succession. 

16. Who knocked from within a building in order to gain access?

17. Where was “Leicester” this year, and why in July 2020 was this of importance to international travellers?

18. Link a Church of England bishop, and the discovery of fast freezing.

19. What has the Stockport railway station in common with the one at Gravesend?

20. Where, in the Church of England, might one find “the Chamber of Horrors”?

21. What word links: courts; hospitals; floors?

22. Name two important applications of the tune “Dear Susan” during 2020

23. Many organs were silenced during the coronavirus pandemic, but which instrument was first heard in August after a seven year silence?

24. Name a judgment ending “Amen”

25. What links Jaffa Cakes with bread from Subway?

26. Why should 16 December 2020 remind one of the basics of geometry, (clue: as did 15 August 2017)?

27. What connection is there between the late Robert Maxwell and safeguarding in the Church of England?

28. On a Christmas tree, when is an ornament not an ornament?

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Boxing Day Quiz 2020" in Law & Religion UK, 26 December 2020,

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