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Trivia Challenge

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  1. The first commercial Christmas card was made in England in December 1843, the same month as the publishing of what Charles Dickens book?
  2. New Mexico’s official state question – “Red or Green?” – refers to what?
  3. December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day; what is another word for a forest with lots of sugar maples?
  4. Ads for the Mae West films “She Done Him Wrong” and “I’m No Angel” used the line “Come up and see me sometime”; what actor did she say it to?
  5. On Dec. 18, 1888, the Cliff Palace was discovered at Mesa Verde in what state?
  6. What song about snow had versions recorded by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Rod Stewart?
  7. On Dec. 19, 1958, what U.S. president, by recording, made the first-known radio broadcast from outer space via a satellite, including “Through this unique means I convey to you and all mankind America’s wish for peace on earth and good will to men everywhere”?
  8. Angels appear in what three religious traditions?
  9. What grape is named after a Massachusetts town?
  10. The first three films about Christmas – “Santa Claus,” “The Christmas Dream” and “Scrooge, or Marley’s Ghost” – were released in what years: 1898-1901, 1913-19 or 1925-32?
  11. On Dec. 20, 1868, Harvey Firestone was born, who pioneered manufacture of pneumatic tires for what car?
  12. What Greek god is the namesake of a flute?
  13. What TV cartoon bird was in episodes titled “Niagara Fools,” “Yule Get Yours” and “The Redwood Sap”?
  14. December 21 is the official start of winter – also known as what?
  15. What Russian composed a Symphony No. 1 that is nicknamed Winter Daydreams?
  16. In what part of the world is glögg a traditional Christmas drink?
  17. On Dec. 22, 1965, what movie premiered that was adapted from a novel by Boris Pasternak?
  18. In sports, what does a clean sheet mean?
  19. On the TV series “Gunsmoke,” what business did Miss Kitty own?
  20. On Dec. 23, 1993, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that the stockpile of what virus would not be destroyed (so scientists could continue research)?
  1. “A Christmas Carol”
  2. Type of chili when ordering the state’s cuisine
  3. Sugar bush
  4. Cary Grant
  5. Colorado
  6. “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!”
  7. Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower
  8. Christian, Islamic and Judaic
  9. Concord grapes
  10. 1898-1901
  11. Model T Ford
  12. Pan (panpipe)
  13. Woody Woodpecker
  14. The winter solstice (the year’s shortest day and longest night)
  15. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  16. Scandinavia
  17. “Dr. Zhivago”
  18. A shutout
  19. A saloon
  20. Smallpox

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