New year quiz 2017: part one for the researchers…

Part Two of the New Year Quiz 2017 can be found at. this link here.


Morris has the answers – but his lips are sealed.

Well, much earlier than last year, hopefully for a wider audience I can now present the first half of the 2017 Brownhills Blog New Year prize quiz!

The questions will be released in 2 groups. The first, this group 1-25, are aimed at those who maybe can’t get out so much or aren’t living locally: they can all be answered from research online, either from posts on this blog, my 365daysofbiking tumblr, or by thinking laterally.

I will release a second observational set of questions tomorrow, for the hawkeyes amongst you who like to get out and explore.

I will award Backyard Beer prizes (or equivalent) to the winners of each group. As usual, there are also spot prizes of local history or other books for the lateral thinkers or people who stand out.

To give everyone a sporting chance, comments will not open until 6pm Friday, 30th December 2016. Answers will close at 9pm, Sunday 8th January 2017, or if every question is answered beforehand.

If many remain unanswered, I’ll award the prizes and leave the remainder open for spot prizes. I would ask that readers not answer the questions based on their content 😉

Remember, this is just for fun!

Points will be awarded to the first person to comment the correct answer to any question. All questions worth one point unless stated. After that, no points will be handed out for answering it again. I will tot up the scores as we go. Answers will only be accepted as comments to the quiz posts, and my decision will be open and final.

Remember to include the number of the question in your comment, otherwise it won’t be counted! Answers will only be accepted as comments here – any on Facebook, Twatter or via email will be ignored.

Don’t worry if your comment is held in moderation, I will take the submission time if necessary.

I don’t expect anyone to get lots right. I think the questions are diverse enough that a fairly low score might well win – so do have a go. If the result is a draw, I’ll hold a tie breaker. What form that will take will depend on the result. Please just take a punt, and have fun.

Good luck!

Q1: Who had a ‘large range of buttons and ribbons’?

Q2: Whose young legs are these?


Q3: A handsome sum went to someone at Lime Tree Villas. Who?

Q4: In the brave new world, how far ahead was Hillards?

Q5: This is a cheeky looking lad. Where is he pictured?


Q6: What date does the teacher write on the blackboard while a young lad dreams of his catapult?

Q7: A ghost persists on on maps current today. Where was it?


Q8: On 365days, whose ghost do you summon on 247181?

Q9: In the 70s, on the back of whose wagon would there be someone dressed as a pot of yoghurt?

Q10: 3rd September 1977. Who trained Jubilee Surprise?

Q11: What’s this broken object?


Q12: Why is replacement of the above sometimes a problem, and what was my solution?

Q13: Perrins, Arnolds, Nash, _____, Langford – who’s missing?

Q14: Where was this chunky lad involved in a standoff?


Q15: This autumn, I took quick avoiding action. What was their registration?

Q16: The young David Evans encountered this lion on his travels. Where?


Q17: What were the internees complaining about?

Q18:What were these indistinct spectators watching?


Q19: Where was there a rally in 1981?

Q20: How many badges on the radiator of the green Hillman, including the maker’s mark?

Q21: Where did I encounter a skunk, a snake, a pair of canoodling lizards, a local Councillor and our MP?

Q22: Who worked alongside Burt Radford?

Q23: Where, or as part of what, would I find this tile?


Q24: How many cygnets did the Watermead swan family have this year?

Q25: Where is this curious local feature on Google Earth?


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35 Responses to New year quiz 2017: part one for the researchers…

  1. Lynn Lynk says:

    2. Bob Rathbone and Tony Cotton
    5. Millfield School, late 1960’s
    16. Heanor Town, 19th October 2016
    19. Canal rally in Boatman’s lane, Walsall Wood
    22. Edna Jones who was the registrar for marriages
    23. Poxen butchers, brownhills highstreet
    24. 9 then 6

  2. Lynn Lynk says:

    3. Alice Yates of Lime Tree Villas £1,200 via the Will of William Roberts
    8. Riverside Bakery

  3. Lynn Lynk says:

    11. Sheared tension bolt for a Brook’s saddle
    12. Saddles are stretched on a hydraulic jig, pin isn’t threaded up all the way, lathed 2mm off the thread
    14. Birchills

  4. Lynn Lynk says:

    10. T. McIntee

  5. Lynn Lynk says:

    17. Mosquitoes and damp

  6. Clive says:

    Part 1, Q7. O/S Map covering junction of Walsall Wood High St and Brookland road, would have been at the side of railway track.

  7. Andy Dennis says:

    Q7. Sandhills, Home Farm. Approx GR 412058 303051.

  8. Lynn Lynk says:

    Q1 Craft barn Chasewater
    Q4 A new world in colour in mid 1980s
    Q9 LCP Pressings Ltd

  9. Lynn Lynk says:

    Q18 Brownhills Fire Brigade in training
    Q6 Saturday 23rd Sep in The Poachers Apprentice’

  10. Right folks, going to do some marking later – have I made it too hard this year? Have a go – you could win! Some great answers so far!


  11. Lynn Lynk says:

    Q15 PO11 AON
    Q21 Pelsall Festival of Water

  12. Clive says:

    Part 1, Q14. by the flats in Birchills, nr Tannery pub Walsall

  13. Will mark Part 2 and give some clues tomorrow – Bob

    Please folks – have a go. nothing to lose and spot prizes to be won – but congratulations to Lynn for a thundering performance!


  14. Lynn Lynk says:

    Q4. Hillards 420 yards ahead poster.
    In reply to David Evans its my other half who likes the beer, I like the history I remember Hillards opening now Tesco just take the business from other shops.

  15. Lynn Lynk says:

    Q15 BV61 AUR The Learner Driver
    Q25 Castlehill, Walsall Wood

  16. Right folks, I obviously made this too hard this year. We have some questions left.

    Q1: This is in recent times, and was advertised in a local publication.
    Q13: They were neighbours.
    Q15: Check 365days for autumn. I don’t evade many things.
    Q20: I go to the same midsummer event every year.


  17. Lynn Lynk says:

    Q20 6 Badges
    Q1 Blakesmores a guess from my parents

  18. Lynn Lynk says:

    Q15 Ambulance on the 19 October I couldn’t read the registration.

    • Yeas, it was the ambulance – you can see the reg at one point is DX13FZR. I was riding towards Junction 9 from Bescot Road, turning left, and I heard the sirens. I hopped on to the pavement at the next dropped kerb and the ambulance slid past smoothly.


  19. Well, congratulations to all who took part – I think it’s safe to say Lynn’s bagged two mini kegs of beer!


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