Twelve days of Christmas quiz: days 7-12 – the answers

This year the book club Christmas quiz was all about the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas… a couple of days ago I shared the first six days, then yesterday I shared the last six – here are the answers

7 Swans a-swimming
The Wild Swans at Cool was written by which Irish poet? W.B. Yeats 
What is the five letter title of the book by Jenny Landreth about swimming, subtitled ‘A Waterbiography’? Swell

8 Maids a-milking
Who was the Maid of Orleans? Jean d’Arc
Which tragic maid did Thomas Hardy write about? Tess of the d’Urbevilles

9 Ladies dancing
Who was known as ‘The Nine Day Queen’? Lady Jane Gray
Who won the first ever Strictly Come Dancing? … and who won last year’s competition? Natasha Kaplinsky, Joe McFadden

10 Lords a-leaping
Which lord wrote ‘The Fourth Estate’ and ‘Kane and Abel’ Jeffrey Archer
Although associated with Weston-super-Mare, where was he actually born, and where does he live now? London, Cambridge
When is the next Leap Year?  2020

11 Pipers piping
Scolopacidae are waders or shorebirds… what is their more common name? Sandpipers
Where would you find piping on an item of clothing? as a decorative trim or edging

12 Drummers drumming
Which of these is not also known as a drummer:

Drummer – a travelling salesman, one who “drums up” business
Drummer –  an indie rock band
Drummer –  a gay male leather magazine
The Drummer – a book F. Scott Fitzgerald
Drummer –  a species of cockroach

Which bird is well-known for drumming? Woodpecker

The Leap Year question elicited this comment from one of the quizzers, “Well, we haven’t had one for a while, so it should be coming up soon!’ … I did chuckle!

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