Classic Christmas Quiz.

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All of us are getting older whether we like it or not. Or so I’ve been told. Personally I’m not convinced that I’m getting older, although, to steal a line from Tom Lehrer, it is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age he’d been dead for twelve years, but that’s another story.

One of the keys to staying young is to keep the mind active, or so I’ve been told, and one way to keep the mind active is to take a skeptical attitude to every silly notion you’re told. Another way is with puzzles, toys, and games. My mother-in-law, for instance, regularly does crossword puzzles and other games, and has given me quite a few books of crosswords and other puzzles which have kept my mind active, especially when I have to use my mind to figure out where I put them.

The Christmas season is also traditionally a time for toys and classic movies, so here’s a little mental activity: classic toy or character from L. Frank Baum’s Oz stories?

1. Tik-Tok

2. Stretch Armstrong

3. Slinky

4. Yo-Yo

5. Jellia Jamb

6. Tik-Tok

7. Mr. Potatohead

8. Weebles

9. Patchwork Girl

10. Colorforms

11. Jinjur

12. Kalidahs

13. Frisbee

14. Hammer-Head

15. Jack Pumpkinhead

16. Aibo

17. Gumby

18. Polychrome

19. Mombi

20. Creepy Crawlers

21. Kabumpo

22. Hungry Hungry Hippos

23. Toto

24. Triops

25. Mannheim Steamroller


22-25: You’re incredibly mentally active and also spend too much time playing with toys. How old are you?

18-21: Christmas is still your favorite holiday and the time of year when you make the whole family watch The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.

15-17: You’re a master of crossword puzzles.

12-14: You know without checking how old L. Frank Baum was when he was your age.

6-11: You’re mildly amused by toys and think Oz is in the southern hemisphere.

1-5: You were banished from the growups’ table for playing with your food.


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  1. Ann Koplow

    I’m incredibly mentally active and I’m almost 65 years old, Chris. Thanks for asking. I think I may have already shared this 11-year-old video of my son Aaron, me and a triops, but, hey, we all repeat ourselves as we grow older.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      It seems to be I’ve seen that triops video before, but I’m not mentally active enough to remember whether I really have. And it doesn’t matter because I enjoy watching it again and again. It tickles me that you and Aaron had so much fun raising triops.

  2. BarbaraM

    Do you know how difficult it is to turn a 19″ monitor upside down to read your answers?

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Funny, I do know how difficult it is to turn a 19″ monitor upside down, but I’ll let you in on one weird trick: copy the answer key, paste it into MS Paint or a similar program, and flip it vertically.
      That’s how I make those in the first place.

  3. Arionis

    20/25. I knew about 14 but you got me with Triops. I thought someone might have turned the Mannheim Steamroller group into a literal steamroller toy but I guess not. Also, I can’t find 15 in the answer key. I’m guessing it’s in the Wizard of Oz, or a toy, or both, or neither.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Jack Pumpkinhead was an Oz character. In the otherwise creepy and weird 1982 film Return To Oz he was the most annoying character, but that had nothing to do with him being left out of the answer key. And triops are the one thing I put on every birthday or Christmas list, but my wife won’t have them in the house.


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