DRD’s Christmas Quiz

22 Dec 2023

With Christmas just around the corner, here are 15 questions to test your trivia knowledge!

Welcome to DRD’s Christmas Quiz!

The answers to each of these questions are linked by a theme, which provides a clue to the second, hidden, linking answer. Once you’ve spotted the connection, any you didn’t know the first time around should become easier.

Please submit both the real answer and the hidden answer for each question to quiz@drdpartnership.com.

The first person to complete the quiz with the correct answers and to correctly guess the theme will win a bottle of Torabhaig whisky.


  1. King Charles made his first trip abroad as monarch in September 2023. Who did he visit?
  2. In September 2023, Prince William was kissed by ex-footballer, Paul Gascoigne, in the Birmingham branch of which high-street food chain?
  3. In April 2023, the then SNP president, Mike Russell, announced that he did not believe Scottish independence could be achieved. Which newspaper broke the story?
  4. The Inns of Court in London are the professional associations for barristers in England and Wales. Owned by two of the Inns of Court is a peculiar round church built in the 12th century. Which organisation built this church?
  5. Which English city does legend tell us Lady Godiva rode through, and saw some of the heaviest bombing in WW2?
  6. In 2023, who wrote a book which broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time?
  7. A) Which rock and roll pioneer, known for hits like Peggy Sue and That’ll Be The Day, died in a plane crash in 1959? B) Which famous restaurant and member’s club sits opposite DRD’s offices and the Ambassador’s theatre?
  8. After £80m in renovation, the Elizabeth Tower reopened for visits in 2023. If you did visit, what would you see?
  9. In November 2023, who made a surprise return to British politics?
  10. What event marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year, and will occur this year on 22nd December?
  11. In 1911, which celebrated actor, writer and musician made his first professional appearance on the stage as Prince Mussel in ‘The Goldfish’ at London’s (now closed) Little Theatre?
  12. Which South American author wrote a Christmas-themed short story about two boys in New York, considered a quintessential example of ‘magical realism?’
  13. Which English footballer, the last amateur player to play for the English national football side, was born in Fulham in 1911?
  14. The Niña, Pinta and Santa Maria are commonly associated with a famous 15th Century figure. What are they?
  15. In Woodstock, New York on August 29, 1952, a controversial John Cage piece was premiered by the pianist David Tudor. Had you been in the audience that night, what would you have heard?