Oh, to see a great big man entirely made of snow

It’s late for snow this year — we’ve usually gotten a nice pile of it by now. Pretty soon I’ll be tired of it, I know. But today’s the day, with just a couple of inches on the ground and the sun shining and the sky blue. Now’s when snow is nice. I mean, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney agree with me:

So does The Guardian (UK), which has a winter quiz of sorts up — “Creative whiting: snow in books“.

As the season’s first flurries of frozen ice crystals provide God’s way of telling you to stay indoors with a good book, it’s an excellent time to plough through our quiz on literary snow.

Fourteen questions, with quotes about or literary references to snow, with questions like, “9. Which novelist is often blamed for our idealisation of a snowy Christmas?” (That’s an easy one, compared to the rest.)

Give it a try!

I only got half of them right — without cheating or looking anything up, in my defense.