The Art of Darkness

Trivia Tuesday

December 1st, 2015 by Cobwebs

  1. The horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt featured a Christmas-themed episode in which a greedy woman makes the mistake of murdering her husband while an escaped mental patient dressed in a Santa Claus costume is on the loose. What was the episode’s title?
    A) “Silent Night, Deadly Night”
    B) “Scary Christmas”
    C) “Slay Bells Ring”
    D) “Christmas Evil”
    E) “And All Through the House”
  2. Jack Skellington sends the trick-or-treating trio Lock, Shock, and Barrel out to bring Santa Claus back to Halloween Town. Which other holiday icon do they accidentally kidnap first?
  3. Even The Addams Family had a Christmas episode. In “Christmas with the Addams Family,” a grouchy neighbor tells Wednesday and Pugsley that there is no Santa Claus, leading this family member to dress up as Santa but accidentally get stuck in the chimney.
    A) Gomez
    B) Cousin Itt
    C) Uncle Fester
    D) Lurch
    E) Grandpa Squint
  4. Who accuses a visiting ghost of being nothing more than an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, or a fragment of an underdone potato?
  5. Befana is a Santa-like character depicted as a broomstick-riding old lady who leaves candy and presents for good children and coal or garlic for naughty ones. Which country does she call home?
    A) Portugal
    B) Spain
    C) Bolivia
    D) Italy
    E) Mexico
  6. When the Grinch is sneaking around Whoville trying to steal Christmas, he is briefly interrupted by this little girl, who is no more than two.
  7. Since 2005, Doctor Who has had a special episode premiering on Christmas every year. The first one, “The Christmas Invasion,” saw the Doctor and Rose battling which scary alien race?
    A) Sycorax
    B) Cybermen
    C) Racnoss
    D) Judoon
    E) Raxacoricofallapatorians
  8. In Norse mythology, the goddess Frigg extracted a promise from everything in the nine worlds to cause no harm to her son Balder. She overlooked a single plant, which, of course, is what Loki used to kill him. What is this plant, which luckily for the sake of this trivia theme happens to have Christmas associations?
  9. The comedy Scrooged involves Bill Murray as a cynical TV programming executive who’s coordinating a live production of A Christmas Carol. Which famous Olympic gymnast portrays Tiny Tim?
    A) Mary Lou Retton
    B) Olga Korbut
    C) Nadia Comaneci
    D) Cathy Rigby
    E) Kerri Strug
  10. In Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather, the Auditors of Reality try to eliminate Discworld’s Santa Claus analogue because he doesn’t fit their view of the universe. Which cat-loving character takes over the Hogfather’s job in his absence?

(Answers below the fold)

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