Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Winner, and the Answers

The winner of the Christmas Quiz is Barbara C. Well done, Barbara! She didn’t get all the answers right but she did get more points than anyone else.

Here are the answers:

1. What are the names of my four grandchildren?

Tate, Gil, Lux and Cece (Cecilia).

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lux and cece - morning

2. What is the identity of the Little Red Hen? And what do you know about him/her?

The Little Red Hen is my fun-loving daughter-in-law, Wendy Hepworth, who lives in San Francisco.

Wendy Nov 2011

3. What is the name of the person responsible for the landscaping work on our garden, done in the last 18 months?

Dave Hepworth.

4. Who is AH? What does AH stand for, and what do you know about him/her?

AH is the Aging Hippie, whom I first met on a peace demo in San Francisco. She features as a similar fictional character in BUT I TOLD YOU LAST YEAR THAT I LOVED YOU. Her name is Karen and she lives in Redwood City. She goes to a book club on Sundays where they have to take food mentioned in the book under discussion.

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5. What is my familial relationship to “the family member who declines to be named”?

This is a hard one as I have never told you, so you had to guess. I did once say “the fraternal family member who declines to be named” of one of my brothers, but this was to distinguish him from  the plain “family member who declines to be named” who is my younger son.

6. Where was my mother born?

Near Bedale, North Yorkshire.

7. List my hobbies. (Drinking Yorkshire tea does not count.)

In no particular order, and these are just things mentioned on my blog – patchwork, playing the sax, knitting, walking, cycling, reading, gardening, slacklining, playing Scrabble, messing around with my grandchildren, cinema, and watching comedy. The winner, Barbara, also said watching Neighbours, for which she got a point, though I’m not sure that it’s a significantly dignified occupation to be called a hobby…

8. Who is “Jane”?

Jane Linfoot, co-author of PLOTTING FOR BEGINNERS and PLOTTING FOR GROWN-UPS, and totally brilliant editor who never lets me get away with anything. (Sometimes I hate her for this.)

9. Which of my heroines really, really likes Jon Snow?

Frances Suskind, in BUT I TOLD YOU LAST YEAR THAT I LOVED YOU.

10. Which professor said the following of BUT I TOLD YOU LAST YEAR THAT I LOVED YOU ? 

“it…presents Asperger's as a normal, if idiosyncratic, part of everyday life that elicits frustration, comedy and tenderness all at the same time. Hepworth's achievement in making the condition both distinctive and unspectacular, and weaving this into a narrative of romantic and family life, displays a genuinely subtle understanding of how autism - this most contemporary of conditions – works.”

Professor Stuart Murray, Professor of Contemporary Literatures and Film at Leeds University.

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