06. 01. 2023


Reading Part Nine
A, 2 B, 3 C, 4 B, 5 C, 6 A, 7 B, 8 A, 9 C, 10 A, 11 C, 12 C, 13 B, 14 C, 15 A


The Puzzler


It was three generations of one family: A girl, her mother and her grandmother (so of course the grandmother was the mother of the girl’s mother, and the girl’s mother was the grandmother’s daughter).


p n g k a r l i s

a i i p g s r k n

r s k n l i a g p

g k n s i a p l r

s p a r k l i n g

i r l g n p s a k

n a s i r g k p l

k i r l p n g s a

l g p a s k n r i

The word is sparkling (centre row)


1 “Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!” (C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

2 “What kind of Christmas present would Jesus ask Santa for?” (Salman Rushdie, Fury)

3 It was the beginning of the greatest Christmas ever. Little food. No presents. But there was a snowman in their basement. (Markus Zusak, The Book Thief)

4 “The real Santa Claus is at the mall.” (Lemony Snicket, The Lump of Coal)

5 Bloody Christmas, here again. / Let us raise a loving cup: / Peace on earth, goodwill to men, / And make them do the washing up. (Wendy Cope)


1 Elf: A friend of Santa is in a sELFie

2 Star: A Christmas symbol in the word RATS spelled backwards

3 Tinsel: A sparkly decoration hidden in marTINSELfishly

4 Carols: The odd-numbered letters in ChAtRoOmLiSt spell out the songs we sing at Christmas


An Idiom for Christmas

Done up like a Christmas tree: wearing fancy, over-the-top clothes

The proof is in the pudding: experience will show if an idea is good

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth: gratefully accept anything free

It’s the thought that counts: the value of a gift comes from the thought that went into it

A snowball’s chance: it is sure to fail


Who Do We See on Screen?

1 extra

2 blurry

3 butt of a joke / butt of jokes (note: the form depends on whether someone makes a joke about you or lots of jokes about you; literally it means the target – a butt is an archery target)

4 relatable

5 emergency

6 typo


“Not Fitting in Can Be a Great Thing”: Odesza

1 to bond

2 put off

3 to take sth by storm

4 moving

5 to stir [someone’s] spirits


Cold Got a New Meaning

1 sprawling

2 longing (to long for sth)

3 frolicking (to frolic) (note: the basic form is “frolic”, but the past tense and gerund add a k: frolicked, frolicking)

4 texture

5 hustle and bustle



My Kind of Christmas, pp. 4–5: CD Task: carp and the Czech Christmas Mass by Jakub Jan Ryba; Task: 1 Popular Australian dishes at Christmas includes include roasted lamb, seafood and fruit salads salads and fruit cake. 2 Some Christmas displays in America come with their own TV radio stations that have played play Christmas songs. 3 Pantomimes in the UK are theature theatre performances of classic Christmas stories fairy tales. 4 American schoolchildren are usually having usually have two one and a half weeks off school at Christmas. 5 The ‘panto dame’ is a character who appears in pantomimes and is played by a woman man with colourful clothes and many a lot of / lots of / heavy make-up. 6 Australians open their presents on sunset at sunrise on Christmas Day.

Christmas Puzzles, p. 6, Task: 1 presents, 2 snowman, 3 reindeer, 4 mince pies

NewsBites, p. 7: 1T, 2F – it has already completed it, 3F – 7km, 4F – because of their injuries, 5T

Sadie Sink, p. 9, Task: 1B, 2E, 3D, 4A, 5C

The Most Instagrammable Places in New Zealand, CD Part 1, p. 10: 1 southwest, 2 fjord, 3 waterfalls, 4 dolphins, 5 most visited, 6 wettest; Instagram Questions: 1 From one of the many tour boats, 2 bottlenose dolphins, seals, penguins.

The Most Instagrammable Places in New Zealand, CD Part 2, p. 11: 1 highest, 2 three, 3 3,724, 4 Mount Everest, 5 Tasman, 6 area; Instagram Question: you won’t need to do a long steep hike to get there, there’s a place to park and a tourist information centre.

Doing Things the New Zealand Way, p. 13, Task 1: jandals – flip-flops, sweet as – great, marae – a Maori meeting place, hongi – a Maori greeting made by pressing nose and forehead together, Kiwi dip – a New Zealand staple made from soup mix and reduced cream, fairy bread – white bread buttered and covered with hundreds and thousands.Task 2: 1 New Zealanders dress casually most of the time, especially if they are not doing anything special. 2 The word chur can be used as a greeting, to say thank you or no worries. 3 The official languages of New Zealand are English, New Zealand Sign Language and Maori. 4 An important part of a powhiri is the “challenge” that is performed by Maori warriors. 5 Little boys are small sausages served with tomato sauce. Fairy bread is slices of white bread with butter and hundreds and thousands.

2022, A Year in Gaming, pp. 16–17, Glossary Crossword: 1 platformer, 2 mellow, 3 arachnophobia, 4 novelty, 5 thrills, 6 surviving, 7 interact, 8 cyberpunk, 9 ladybirds, 10 hear me out, 11 exploration

House and Flat English 101, pp. 18–19, Task 1: 1c, 2b, 3a, 4c, 5b, 6c, 7a, 8c, 9c, 10c, Task 3: Living Room: couch, armchair, TV, coffee table, fireplace, bookcase; Bathroom: bath(tub), sink, tap, bidet; Kitchen: dishwasher, tap, sink, microwave, kettle; Bedroom: armchair, dressing table, desk, chest of drawers, TV, bookcase, wardrobe; Task 4: 1 washing machine, 2 curtains, 3 cabinet, 4 food processor, 5 bin, 6 vacuum cleaner, 7 flowerpot, 8 mantelpiece (= římsa nad krbem), 9 carpet, 10 toaster



Christmas Shopping; pp. 4–5
TASK 1: songbook: Lucy; comic book: Brian; playing cards: Ted; paper doll: Jen
TASK 2: GOING: to the cinema, hiking, swimming, horse riding, fishing, cycling; PLAYING: the guitar, the trumpet, board games, computer games, cards; COLLECTING: stamps, coins, (post)cards, toys, old photos; WATCHING: television, films, YouTube videos, DVDs, sports; LISTENING TO: music, the radio, pop music, rock music, rap music; READING: books, magazines, the newspaper, comic books; NO EXTRA WORD: painting, cooking, singing, running, cycling
TASK 3: Column 1: snowman, bell, holly, mistletoe, stocking; Column 2: bauble; reindeer, candle, wreath, present; Column 3: star, angel, sleigh, fireplace; The Answer: Yes, he has a black belt.

Veselé Christmas! Merry Vánoce! pp. 6–7
TASK: 1 apple; 2 parsnip; 3 biscuits; 4 bell; 5 hungry; 6 football

Superstar Hobbies pp. 8–9
TASK 2: a Maxwell; b Maitreyi; c Maitreyi, Chloe; d Maitreyi, Maxwell; e Zendaya; f Maxwell, Chloe
TASK 3: a, d

Hobbies and Free Time; p. 10
TASK 1: Katie: reading books, watching television and YouTube, going to the cinema, listening to pop music, taking photos; John: playing the guitar, listening to rock, writing songs

Jingle Bells; p. 11
TASK 1: 1a December 25th; b January 6th; c December 26th; d December 24th; 2c furniture flying out of the window; 3 roast ham = the USA; pasta = Italy; KFC = Japan; barbecue = South Africa; 4d in a hat; 5b Vinterfint; 6b giving books

Jamaican Cool: Super Lady Looks for Superlatives; pp. 12–13
TASK 1: 2 Kingston; 3 1.2 million people; 4 Andrew Holness; 5 King Charles III; 6 Negril Seven Miles Beach
TASK 2: 1F; 2T; 3F; 4F; 5F

Animals in Danger; p. 14
TASK: 1 dolphins; 2 dolphins; 3 dolphins; 4 porpoises; 5 porpoises

“Anansi and the Snake”; pp. 15
TASK 2: 1b; 2d; 3e; 4a; 5c

Avatar: The Way of Water; pp. 16–17
TASK 1: 1 a language from the film Avatar; 2 James Cameron; 3 a professor from the University of Southern California; 4 2,600
TASK 2: 1 utral: tree; 2 yayo: bird; 3 ram: mountain; 4 tsyosyu: food; 5 naer: drink

Puzzle Time; pp. 18–19
Liz likes playing football and going fishing with her brother.
Mark likes playing the guitar and going to the cinema with his friends.
Ben likes playing board games and going hiking with his cousins.
Natty likes playing the trumpet and going swimming with her sister.
TASK 2: Each number is how many spaces backwards in the alphabet the letter is, starting with 1:Z.

A   B   C   D   E   F  G  H   I   J   K  L  M  N  O  P  Q R S T U V W X Y Z
26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6  5  4   3 2 1

1 mask; 2 fireworks; 3 noisemaker; 4 crown; 5 sparkler; The Answer: Moo Year’s Eve



Christmas Is Here!; pp. 4–5

Task 1: 1 Father Christmas; 2 present; 3 Christmas tree; 4 reindeer; 5 apple; 6 cake; 7 sweets; 8 carrot; 9 turkey – roast and / or animal; 10 fish; 11 pineapple; 12 chocolate; 13 potatoes; 14 biscuits

Task 2: the table: 3 apples; 1 pineapple; 8 carrots; 3 biscuits; a glass of brandy; the fridge: 2 apples; 1 turkey; 6 potatoes; some fish

Task 3: apple; biscuits; fish; present; cake; carrots; sweets; turkey; present; The Answer: A paper hat and a small toy.


Your Story; pp. 6–7

Task 6: The Message: Merry Christmas!


Grammar Zone; pp. 8–9

Task 2:

Mrs. Claus: Santa, help me! I am making Christmas dinner. I need potatoes. How many potatoes are there?

Santa Claus: There are many potatoes. We have one hundred!

Mrs. Claus: One hundred? Good. How much milk is there?

Santa Claus: There are five bottles of milk.

Mrs. Claus: Oh, we need more milk. Please ask Rudolph for more milk. In his home there are many bottles of milk. How much turkey is there?

Santa Claus: There is so much turkey. There is turkey for everyone!

Mrs. Claus: OK, and biscuits? How many biscuits are there?

Santa Claus: There are no biscuits. I ate them all! Ho ho ho!

Mrs. Claus: Oh Santa! 

Task 3: biscuits; apples; grapes; carrots; burgers; mangoes; pies; potatoes


Canada; pp. 10–11

Task 2: The animal is beaver.

Task 3: Vancouver  

Task 4: white; big; black; polar; Ottawa; pancakes; whale; syrup; leaf; ice hockey

The two Inuit words are igloo and kayak.


The Christmas Turkey; pp. 12–13

Task 2: Jack’s list: carrots, potatoes, chocolate, apples, turkey


Story with Pictures; pp. 14–15

Task 2: aC; bD; cA; dE; eB; 1 dancer; 2 jack-in-the-box; 3 rat; 4 fish; 5 two boys


Let’s Colour; p. 17

There’s a picture of a yellow menorah with a blue background.


Puss in Boots: the Last Wish; p. 18

Task: many eggs; many mangoes; much milk; much water; much cake; many apples; much bread; much chicken; much rice