The Big 2021 Quiz

Here is a little something to keep the brain cells occupied over the Bank Holiday Weekend……..

Answers will be published early New Year.

  1. Name the winning horse and jockey of the Aintree Grand National?
  2. Which country won the Eurovision Song Contest?
  3. Pete & Ann were away on holiday for nearly all September, Where were they?
  4. Which county was this years Geocaching UK Mega held in?
  5. In which month did Prince Philip die?
  6. What vehicle did Prince Philip choose to carry his coffin at his funeral?
  7. A new £50 note entered circulation in June this year. Which scientist/mathematician is celebrated on the new note?
  8. A ship blocked the Suez Canal for days causing worldwide delays: What was the name of the vessel?
  9. A legal dispute hit the headlines in April when Colin launched legal proceedings against Cuthbert. Who are Colin and Cuthbert?
  10. Bitcoin became the official currency in which Central American country?


  11. The Zoom meeting of a UK council went viral this year, with one guest memorably exclaiming “You do not have the authority, Jackie Weaver!” What council was it?
  12. The cast of which long-running American sitcom reunited for the first time since the show’s finale in 2004 this year?
  13. Who was the female tennis star from South London who won the US Open this year?
  14. Which American singer terminated a 13-year legal conservatorship giving their father and others control over their finances and personal life?
  15. This year ITV announced they had axed The X Factor – what year was the show first aired?
  16. What is Adele’s long awaited album called?
  17. Matt Hancock resigned as Health Secretary in June, after being caught doing something in his office – what was it?
  18. In January 2021, online retailer Boohoo acquired which brand and website for £55 million?
  19. Which news channel was launched on 13 June?


  20. Who was the former owner of a Ford Escort sold at auction for more than £52,000?
  21. Police are called as hundreds flock to Diddly Squat Farm Shop – who is its famous owner?
  22. What is the name of the new James Bond film?
  23. September saw the eruption of a volcano on which Canary Island?
  24. The 2021 Labour Party conference took place in which seaside resort?
  25. The contactless payment limit is increased from £45 to how much?
  26. Alec Baldwin was filming on the set of which upcoming film when a terrible and fatal accident occurred?
  27. Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenne visited which British non-league football club’s stadium for the first time since buying it earlier in the year?
  28. Voyage is a studio album released on 5 November 2021 by which group?
  29. Which supermarket chain spoofed the John Lewis Christmas advert?


  30. At the end of November, which country became the world’s newest republic?
  31. The northern part of which English county saw a massive swing from the Conservatives to the Liberal Democrats in a by-election?
  32. Where was “I’m a Celebrity 2021” held?
  33. Who was the winner of “I’m a Celebrity 2021″?
  34. What is the is the current Geocaching Souvenir Challenge called?
  35. In February, Captain Sir Tom Moore passed away, aged 100. He raised more than £30m for NHS charities by initially walking how many laps of his garden?
  36. In July, Unesco removed its world heritage status from which UK site?
  37. On which planet did Nasa fly a small helicopter called Ingenuity, bearing a fragment of the Wright brothers’ first aeroplane?
  38. Name the drummer of the Rolling Stones, who died aged 80?
  39. Who controversially won the Formula 1 Championship in Abu Dhabi?


  40. Which sports personality was awarded an MBE for their campaigning to help vulnerable children?
  41. In June which MP defected from Conservative to Labour, calling his former party “reactionary, populist, nationalistic and sometimes even xenophobic”?
  42. Which landscape in Northwest Wales is given UNESCO World Heritage status?
  43. AUKUS, a trilateral security pact with was formed between the UK, Australia and the United States to provide what to Australia?
  44. Who was the first civilian aboard his own winged rocket ship to reach space, attaining an altitude of 53 miles above ground—three miles beyond the threshold of space?
  45. Who filed a lawsuit against Disney — the parent company of Marvel Studios — over their decision to stream Black Widow on Disney+ simultaneously with the theatrical release?
  46. We all have heard of PCR Covid tests, what does PCR stand for?
  47. Which famous BBC DJ passed away on Christmas Day?
  48. Who was the above’s famous brother?
  49. Which European country’s flag change went largely unnoticed?
  50. Slovenia laid claim to having the largest pile of which substance in Europe?

News & New Caches

Again there has been no new caches or events published in our area. Pink icing have cancelled their event, GC9KBDP Happy New Year at the seaside, for tomorrow (1.1.2022) due to Mark testing positive for Covid. We hope he is OK and would like to wish him a speedy negative test.

Today, 31.1.2021, is the last day to obtain Fin Souvenir, to qualify find a cache or Adventure Lab. From tomorrow the Once Upon a Time 2022 souvenir is available, to qualify find a cache or Adventure Lab from 1st-8th January 2022.

We would like to wish everyone a very, very happy, healthy and Covid free New Year. Let’s hope 2022 will be a good one for us all with plenty of restriction free Geocaching!

And finally……..

News & New Caches

We hope everyone had a lovely, safe Christmas. Another very quiet week on the geocaching front with no new caches or events published in our area. A quick reminder the Fin 2021 souvenir is currently available, to qualify find a Geocache or Adventure Lab on or before 31st December.

Anagram Answers

Nadolig Llawen – Merry Christmas

We would like to wish everyone a very happy, safe, Covid free Christmas and take this opportunity to Thank everyone for supporting 9US through another difficult year.

Christmas Brain Teaser

For those that were not at the online party here is 10 anagrams all connected with food that you could eat on Christmas Day. Answers in the next post.

Just another couple of elf videos from last year…….. first the Moseleys

And finally Wendy, Sion and Dave…….

And the final bad cracker joke for this year……….

What did the sea say to Santa? Nothing! It just waved!

News & New Caches

Two new caches this week, both with the FTF up for grabs. What has happened to the First To Finders?

GC9K8AQ This Daughter Has Tunnel Vision by Clueless_Goose & StrawberryFinch Traditional D2/T2

Premium Member Only
GC9KBGX Ar y Ffordd o Minffordd by Clueless_Goose Traditional D3/T1.5

Online Christmas Party

Links for the party will be sent out the day before, Monday 20th December. Haven’t signed up and want to attend? Contact us through the comments.


Remember this? More elves from last years party……….

And finally…….

It’s nearly Christmas so let’s have another cracker joker……….

What do you call a reindeer who can’t see? No-eye deer

News and New Caches

No new caches or events to report this week. We are hoping to have a couple of events over New Year but we are refraining from publishing until we can see how the current Covid situation develops.

Online Christmas Party Tuesday 21st December 2021 at 8pm

We can confirm there will be no cheese, canapés, wine or Secret Santa and everyone will be social distanced!
Book your space by contacting us either through the comments or message us admin(at)9usualsuspects.uk. (replace (at) with @)

Another gem from last years party………….

Update on GC8NEAT Locationless Cache

GC8NEAT Let’s improve the outdoors – Locationless Cache
Don’t panic if you have not yet logged this cache as Geocaching HQ have extended the deadline to December 31st 2022. Originally this cache was released by Geocaching HQ as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations. Full instructions on logging requirements are found on the cache page.

New Year Souvenirs

There are two new souvenirs ‘Fin’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’ available to find over the Christmas/New Year Holidays. To qualify for the Fin 2021 souvenir find any geocache from December 24-31, and the Once Upon a Time 2022 souvenir by finding another geocache from January 1-8.

The following cache types all qualify for the souvenir:

  • Traditional Caches
  • Multi-Caches
  • Virtual Caches
  • Letterbox Hybrids
  • Event Caches
  • Mystery Caches
  • Webcam Caches
  • EarthCaches
  • Wherigo Caches
  • Adventure Labs

And finally

Here is another cracker joke to get you in the mood for Christmas:

What is the best Christmas present in the world? A broken drum… you just can’t beat it!

Online Christmas Party

Join us for an evening of seasonal fun on Tuesday 21st December 2021 at 8pm. There will be quizzes, games and hopefully a lot of laughs.
Dig out your Christmas jumper and any other fitting attire.
You will need a Christmas cracker, pen and paper and something to drink, preferably alcoholic!

To get you in the mood here’s a cracker joke from last year:

How does Jack Frost get to work? By icicles

Remember this?

Please confirm attendance so we can forward you a link to join the fun and frolics.

News & New Caches

Only one new cache this week and completes the Aberlleiniog Castle Trail.

GC9JWGW Aberlleiniog Castle Trail, The Castle by 9 Usual Suspects Traditional D2/T2.5

Online Christmas Party

As we cancelled Christmas Dinner denying us all of a chance to meet up before Christmas would anyone be interested in an online party similar to last years? Please let us know your views and any ideas.

Also, depending on how the present Covid situation develops, we are considering rescheduling Christmas Dinner for late January……. Please let us know if you are interested.

Contact us either through comments or by emailing us admin(at)9usualsuspects.uk

The Reach the Peak souvenir Challenge December

The new challenge starts on the 6th December. This month we are heading to Alaska to summit North America’s tallest peak, Denali. Prior to 2015 the mountain was called Mount McKinley after a 35 year campaign its name was officially changed to its local name, Denali. Cachers must collect 350 points to earn the Denali Basecamp souvenir and 6,190 points to earn the Denali Summit souvenir.
Here are the point values for our climb up Denali:

Found a Multi-Cache750
Found a cache with 10+ Favorite points700
Found an EarthCache600
Found a Mystery Cache550
Found a Letterbox Hybrid500
Found an Adventure Location425
Found it*350

*Log a Found it on any other non-Event cache type, excluding Webcam Caches.

The maximum number of points you can earn for any cache log is 750 points.

Oh Lastly our Covid tests came back negative……….

Malta

Looking for some winter sun? We can highly recommend Malta for a winter’s Geocaching break. The country of Malta consists of five limestone islands situated in the Mediterranean sea between Sicily and North Africa. Only the 3 largest islands are inhabited Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers, rain occurs mainly in autumn and winter, with summer being generally dry. The average annual temperature is around 23 °C during the day and 15.5 °C at night. In August temperatures can exceed 35 °C. We visited at the beginning of February when daytime temperatures were 18-21 °C and we were very lucky to have no rain. The islands at this time of year are very pretty with masses of wild flowers, later in the year it can be very hot, dry, and dusty.

Independence from Britain was granted in 1964 and in 1974 Malta became a republic joining the EU in 2004. The islands have had a succession of different rulers including the Romans, Moors, Knights of Saint John, French and, lastly the British, all of which have left their influence in architecture and culture.

During the 2nd World War Malta was strategically a very important base for the Allied forces. The German and Italian air forces heavily bombed the islands causing devastating damage. In 1942 the George Cross was presented to the island of Malta in recognition of the bravery of the Maltese people. The beautiful catholic church at Mosta, Sanctuary Basilica of the assumption of our Lady, is famous for avoiding destruction when a German bomb fell through the roof of the dome during mass but failed to explode. This event was interpreted by the Maltese people as a miracle. A replica of the bomb can be found in the church.

GC7WAWP Rotunda Multi by aliandmart Multi D2/T2

The main advantages to the British traveller is that English is widely spoken, being an official language with 88% of Maltese people speaking it and they also drive on the left. The majority of road signs are the same as found in the UK and all written road signage is in dual languages making it easy to explore the islands. There is an efficient public bus service on Malta and Gozo, it is another good way to get around as the buses go practically everywhere and are inexpensive. Red telephone and post boxes are scattered across the islands are another reminder of the British connection.

The beautiful Dingli Cliffs lay on the western coast and are the highest point of the islands around 250m above sea level. There is a tiny chapel perched on the very edge, dedicated to St Mary Madgalene, and a large radar system known as the observatory because of its distinctive “golf ball” shape. The tiny island of Filfla lays off the coast, its size was greatly reduced by the Royal Navy and Air Force using it for target practice. Not far from the cliffs is Misrah Ghar il-Kbir or informally known as Clapham Junction, an area of paired grooves carved into the limestone pavement presumed to be cart ruts. Here the oldest geocache in Malta can be found.

GCHEQ7 The Ring of Clapham Junction by lucentio (adopted by Gremxul) traditional D2.5/T2 4.1.2004

Nearby to the cart ruts is the natural depression of Għar il-Kbir, forming a cave complex of interconnecting caves, which was inhabited by people from Neolithic times till 1835.

Another historic site worth visiting is the megalithic temples of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra they are the best preserved of Malta’s prehistoric sites. A visitor centre and permanent tentlike canopies have been erected over the complex to protect the temples from the elements. The temples are in solar alignment so at each of the equinoxes the sun shines on the furthest edge of a slab inside the temples.

GC7B8NZ Mnajdra and Ħaġar Qim by Jovaluda Virtual D1/T2

Gozo

We recommend taking the ferry to Gozo, it takes just 20 minutes, the ferries are very frequent and cheap. The car ferry shuttles between Malta’s Ċirkewwa and Gozo’s Mġarr every 45 minutes from 6am to around 6pm and roughly every 1½ hours throughout the night. If travelling by vehicle you pay on your return leg, when leaving Mġarr, so there’s no need to buy a ticket in Ċirkewwa on the way out.
One of the highlights of our trip to Gozo was the salt pans and discovering this earthcache:

GC5MXE1 Salt Pans from Zebbug and Marsalforn by Hatamoto-Skyks Earthcache D1.5/T2

Useful Information

Currency is the Euro
Electricity is 230 Volts, 50Hz. Plug type G 3-pin plug as in the UK
Flight Time from Manchester 3 hours 25 minutes
Time Zone I hour ahead of UK

Christmas Dinner Cancelled

We are regrettably cancelling this years Christmas Dinner, GC9HRT5 . If you have seen Lon’s note on the cache page you will be aware that Moseley_Bach has tested positive for Covid and they are all currently self isolating. As we have been in contact with them we are also restricting contacts awaiting the results of a PCR test. With Covid cases extremely high and rising in this area we do not want to put attendees health at any unnecessary risk. We are really sorry about this, but everyone’s wellbeing comes first. Deposits will be refunded ASAP, we will try and reschedule in January.