RSS Christmas Quiz: 25th Anniversary Edition

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For the last quarter-century, the Royal Statistical Society has published a fiendishly difficult Christmas quiz to entertain puzzle fans over the festive break - and this year’s special 25th Anniversary Edition, devised by Dr Tim Paulden, is sure to get the cogs spinning after a glass or two of mulled wine.

Cracking the fifteen problems below will require a potent mix of general knowledge, logic, and lateral thinking - but, as usual, no specialist mathematical knowledge is needed.

Christmas Quiz 2016: Solutions

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This year's questions were set by Pete Large, Tim Paulden, and David Edelman. Questions 8 and 12 courtesy of Puzzle Donkey.

This instalment of the quiz was particularly challenging, and the clear winner from RSS members, with an outstanding score of 92%, was Paul Southern. Andrew Garratt came second with a very creditable score of 82%.

Amazon vouchers (worth £100 and £50 respectively) are on their way to the winners courtesy of our quiz sponsor, Minitab.

Answers are shown below.

 

RSS Christmas Quiz 2017

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Christmas Quiz 2017For the past 24 years, the Royal Statistical Society has published a wickedly difficult Christmas quiz to entertain puzzle fans over the festive break – and this year’s challenge, set by Dr Tim Paulden, may well be one of the toughest yet. Cracking the thirteen problems below will require a blend of general knowledge, logic, and lateral thinking skills – but, as usual, no specialist mathematical knowledge is needed.

Two helpful tips for budding solvers:

  • You may make use of any tools or resources you wish to help solve the problems, including books, internet search engines, computer programs, and so on.
  • You may find several of the question titles helpful; for full credit, these titles should be briefly explained within your answers.

Prizes of £150 (for the winner) and £50 (for the runner-up) in Wiley book vouchers will be given to the two highest-scoring entries.

Entry to the quiz is open to all, but only RSS members are eligible to win a prize. All entries should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to arrive before 19:00 GMT on Sunday 7 January 2018 – please remember to include your RSS membership number with your entry. Entries from both individuals and teams are welcomed, but please note that a team will only be eligible to win a prize if it comprises no more than five people, and includes at least two RSS members. The quiz editor’s decision is final, and in the event of a tie, the prize-winners will be selected at random from the highest-scoring entries.

Christmas Quiz 2015

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Please find below the solutions to the 2015 Christmas quiz.

The winners of the competition are (in first place) the team of David Edelman, Andy Grieve, Stephen Senn, and John Smith; and (in second place) Richard Job.

They win £100 and £50 of Amazon vouchers respectively, courtesy of the sponsors Minitab. Thanks to all who entered.

 

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