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Posted: 30 October 2011 03:21 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m probably cheating but the prize is only a £10 voucher so I don’t feel too guilty. (Well, I don’t actually feel at all guilty which is why I’m asking.) In any case, nobody said not to use the internet ...

I’ve paid £1 which goes to a local charity to enter a competition to find out which Christmas songs or carols have first lines which start with the following letters. There are loads:

eg THATI is The Holly And The Ivy

So what is:
AFTROG
OCTOCT
TFNTADS
WSWTFBN
GRYMG
ICUAMC
RATCT
ISTSCSI
DDMOH
WWYAMC
LTAIB
AIWFCIMTFT
WJWAOM
LLTLTC
DDMOH
FTSWAVHS
WTTOTSDB
IDJNSWHA
ISMKSC
WSGSUTC
?

Thanks in advance! There are even more ...

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Posted: 30 October 2011 03:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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DUAWBC

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Posted: 30 October 2011 03:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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AFTROG Angels from the realms of glory
OCTOCT O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree
TFNTADS The First Noël, the angels did say,
WSWTFBN While shepherds watched their flocks by night
GRYMG God rest ye merry, gentlemen
ICUAMC It came upon a midnight clear
RATCT Rockin’ around the Christmas tree
ISTSCSI I saw three ships come sailing in
DDMOH Ding dong merrily on high
WWYAMC We wish you a merry Christmas
LTAIB Long time ago in Bethlehem
AIWFCIMTFT All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth
WJWAOM When Joseph was an old man
LLTLTC Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child (Coventry Carol)
DDMOH (this seems to be a repeat)
FTSWAVHS Frosty the Snowman was a very happy soul [more often sung as “happy jolly soul"]
WTTOTSDB Winds through the olive trees softly did blow
IDJNSWHA In dulci jubilo, now sing with hearts aglow
ISMKSC I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
WSGSUTC When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney

[ Edited: 30 October 2011 05:33 PM by Dr. Techie ]
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Posted: 31 October 2011 05:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thank you!
The rest are:

HFIITB
IBTLALLC
CROAOF
HWCAW
BABOTSOTM
SBLASUTTFM

Dr Techie can have a home-made mince pie when he calls round this way, providing he also answers these as well. I reckon my £9 profit will stretch to that.

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Posted: 31 October 2011 07:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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HFIITB How far is it to Bethlehem?
IBTLALLC It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
CROAOF Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
HWCAW Here we come a-wassailing
BABOTSOTM Brightest and best of the sons of morning
SBLASUTTFM Santa baby, leave a sable under the tree for me

Here’s one for you to solve:
AAAAA

Faldy: GKSLOOYFU

[ Edited: 31 October 2011 07:47 AM by Dr. Techie ]
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Posted: 31 October 2011 10:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Dr. Techie - 31 October 2011 07:43 AM


Faldy: GKSLOOYFU

I figured you would know DUAWBC, if no one else would.  I usually sing it GKSLOOHFU.

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Posted: 31 October 2011 02:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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My goodness, I suddenly feel like Scrooge, I haven’t been able to crack a single one of these. AAAAA is completely mystifying, all I can summon to mind is ‘An Austrian army awfully arrayed’ and I’m pretty sure they weren’t on their way to Belgrade to wish them the compliments of the season, so scrub that one.

Bah humbug!

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Posted: 31 October 2011 02:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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pouts prettily

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Posted: 31 October 2011 05:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I think I’ll wait till tomorrow morning (local time) to reveal AAAAA, just to give the others a fair chance.  It might be more familiar to Leftpondians, BTW.

And for Faldy’s and my little exchange, it helps to be a didelphiphile.

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Posted: 01 November 2011 07:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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AAAAA is “Amen, amen, amen, amen, amen!”

Full lyrics here: http://www.music-lyrics-gospel.com/gospel_music_lyrics/amen_448.asp

It sounds better than it reads.  See for instance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn6w255CGkk (song starts at about 0:30)

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Posted: 01 November 2011 08:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Thanks.  It’s not one we would readily associate with Christmas here in the UK but I do remember hearing it somewhere. The only reference I find to didelphi (assuming that’s the root word of didelphiphile) is the opossum family. Is this the correct reference?

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Posted: 01 November 2011 08:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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ElizaD - 01 November 2011 08:19 AM

The only reference I find to didelphi (assuming that’s the root word of didelphiphile) is the opossum family. Is this the correct reference?

That’s it.  The expansion of DUAWBC is “Deck us all with Boston Charlie” and GKSLOOYFU is “Good King Sauerkraut look out on your feets uneven, or, as I tend to sing it, GKSLOOHFU, “Good King Sauerkraut looked out on his feets uneven.” The possum connection is that these timeless lyrics are from the comic strip, Pogo, a strip starring Pogo Possum and various other creatures inhabiting the Okefenokee Swamp.

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Posted: 01 November 2011 10:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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To elaborate, didelphi- possum + -phile lover. Made up for the occasion, but analyzable.

I confess that I am not so didephliphilic that it stops me from chasing off (and occasionally trapping) the possums that come up on our porch and eat the food for our outdoor cats, but I use a live-trap and release them in a wooded riverbank area nearby (but not too near).

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Posted: 01 November 2011 10:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Thanks.  That’s not obvious to us UKnians.

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Posted: 01 November 2011 10:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Notice how I sneakily made the thread about etymology after all?

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Posted: 01 November 2011 03:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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ElizaD - 01 November 2011 10:24 AM

Thanks.  That’s not obvious to us UKnians.

It’s not that obvious to a lot of USns, either.  Mostly all they know of Pogo is “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

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