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Can you name the words to the final verse of The Twelve Days of Christmas?
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Source: The Family Book of Christmas Songs and Stories, Charlton & Shulman
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12 Days of Christmas: Final Verse Quiz
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Dec 24th, 2010 at 07:06 GMT
Dec 24th, 2010 at 14:57 GMT
In the earlier publications of carol books, the lyrics are 'ladies waiting'. The later publications, it's usually 'ladies dancing'.
Dec 27th, 2010 at 22:45 GMT
I find it kind of funny that more people got drummers than drumming. What do they suspect the drummers are doing?
Dec 27th, 2010 at 23:26 GMT
I suggest shortening the time. A majority of people are able to get it in the current time limit.
Dec 29th, 2010 at 04:15 GMT
I thought "turtledoves" was one word - not two.
Apr 24th, 2011 at 12:13 GMT
Could you accept "colly" and "collie" for "calling" birds. It was the original, and is still sung by many people. Calling is a corruption of the English word. Collie means "black" as in black birds. Nice quiz. :)
May 28th, 2011 at 00:02 GMT
@triviahappy, good suggestion. Done.
Aug 23rd, 2011 at 20:48 GMT
Thank you for the Editor Pick.
Aug 24th, 2011 at 01:56 GMT
My pleasure Anne! Great quiz, and why the heck not celebrate Christmas in August? I know my skates are lonely, hanging solemnly in the garage...
Keep making great quizzes!
Sep 3rd, 2011 at 04:15 GMT
While you do find "turtledoves" it's two words - "turtle doves."
Sep 6th, 2011 at 20:23 GMT
Every dictionary I have checked lists turtledove(s) as one word.
Nov 25th, 2011 at 01:56 GMT
This is the most common version, but musically, I like it better when it's 9 pipers piping and 11 lords a leaping. The long i sound in nine goes well with pipers and piping, and eLeven lords a leaping is some nice aliteration. I used to have a book that had the lyrics as 9 pipers, 10 drummers, 11 lords, and 12 ladies.
Dec 31st, 2011 at 07:03 GMT
too easy!!1 but still fun :)
Game published: Dec 24th, 2012 at 16:00 GMT
Dec 24th, 2012 at 16:02 GMT
Nice quiz to publish on Christmas Eve. :)
Dec 24th, 2012 at 16:14 GMT
According to PNC Wealth management the cost of all 364 items would be $107,300. Better start saving for next year.
Dec 24th, 2012 at 17:08 GMT
I had no idea so many people knew all the words.
Dec 24th, 2012 at 17:33 GMT
My first Holiday publish. Thank you!
Dec 24th, 2012 at 18:02 GMT
"Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night."
Dec 24th, 2012 at 18:20 GMT
@SouthernRobot: They have prices for people?!
Dec 24th, 2012 at 18:49 GMT
@SouthernRobot, does it take into account the fact that if you do the full song, you're actually buying 12 partridges in 12 pears trees, 22 turtledoves, 30 French hens, and so on?
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Dec 24th, 2012 at 19:03 GMT
http://www.sporcle.com/games/vikings28/out-of-place-nfl-teams-clickable-minefield Try this game please!
Dec 24th, 2012 at 20:10 GMT
Except for the golden rings I don't have much use for these things.
Dec 24th, 2012 at 20:24 GMT
man, looks like the gift of live birds used to be way more popular than it is today.
Dec 24th, 2012 at 20:34 GMT
@NightGypsy, I think it's saying "twelve drummers drumming" as renting a band of twelve drummers
Dec 24th, 2012 at 22:52 GMT
FIIIIIVVEE GOOOOOLLDD RIIINNGGSSS
Dec 24th, 2012 at 23:56 GMT
Stephen Fry told me that the "five golden rings" used to be something else, but was changed by the jewellery industry.
Dec 25th, 2012 at 00:17 GMT
For numbers nine through twelve, the verses get all mixed around by different people. I originally learned it with twelve pipers, eleven ladies, ten drummers, and ten lords, but I've heard pretty much every permutation of this. Interesting.
Dec 25th, 2012 at 01:21 GMT
"I suggest shortening the time. A majority of people are able to get it in the current time limit." - Yes, let's stop those people from enjoying the quiz.
Dec 25th, 2012 at 02:30 GMT
Thank you for accepting colly birds!
Dec 25th, 2012 at 08:19 GMT
So, uh...... what kind of dancing were the ladies doing?
Dec 25th, 2012 at 20:32 GMT
@ari18...indeed they do. Echoing one of the pre-publication comments, I think it's best with 9 pipers for the long i sounds and 11 lords, for the alliteration. 12, ladies, 11 lords, 10 drummers, 9 pipers.
Dec 25th, 2012 at 22:58 GMT
Dang! I forgot the swans and geese.
Dec 31st, 2012 at 00:02 GMT
Great game! I really enjoy playing all of the Christmas games even if it isn't that time of year! Maybe just a little less time though ... Being a Christmas song fan and all, I know the lyrics pretty well :)
Apr 14th, 2013 at 10:55 GMT
i couldnt remember if kit was 'got for' 'brought for' and any similar combos didnt think of 'gave to'
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