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Christmas Quiz

The answers

13 December 2014

9:00 AM

13 December 2014

9:00 AM

So they say

1. President François Hollande of France
2. Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, of Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister
3. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, during the winter floods
4. President Barack Obama of the United States
5. Sir Elton John, on gay marriage for clergy
6. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as self-proclaimed caliph
7. Baroness Warsi, when she had resigned
8. The late President Ronald Reagan in a newly discovered recording of a telephone call to Margaret Thatcher after the United States had invaded Grenada
9. Ed Miliband
10. Philae, the lander on comet 67P (according to its Twitter account)

Talking telephone numbers

1. Bananas
2. The Gherkin, at 30 St Mary Axe
3. The No vote in the Scottish referendum
4. Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf
5. John Darwin
6. Claude Monet
7. Psy
8. Ming
9. Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan
10. 777-7777

Flicks

1. Timothy Spall
2. Wes Anderson
3. Benedict Cumberbatch
4. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
5. Inside Llewyn Davis
6. Belle
7. The Wind Rises
8. Boyhood
9. His papier-mâché head
10. Interstellar

All creatures…


1. A rabbit
2. Bananas
3. A virus of the Pithovirus sibericum species
4. Tigers
5. A bear
6. A snail
7. A flock of sheep
8. Malaysia
9. Copenhagen Zoo
10. Red (a separate species)

Burning questions

1. Longleat
2. Norway
3. Shangri-La County
4. Downham Market
5. Valparaiso
6. Manchester Dogs’ Home
7. Didcot B gas-fuelled power station
8. From 31 October to 4 November, before Guy Fawkes Day
9. Stafford
10. The Big Island of Hawaii

Late

1. Bob Crow
2. Mary, Lady Soames
3. Joel, Lord Barnett
4. The Revd Ian Paisley
5. Raphael Ravenscroft
6. Viscount Stansgate, who became Tony Benn
7. Lauren Bacall
8. Lynsey de Paul
9. Jean-Claude (‘Baby Doc’) Duvalier
10. Joan Rivers

Right royal

1. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
2. HMS Queen Elizabeth
3. The Prince of Wales
4. The Duke of Edinburgh
5. Prince Harry
6. Princess Anne
7. Ireland
8. The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother (James Middleton)
9. Pope Francis
10. The Duke of York

In other words

1. Farture: i. Stuffing
2. Huexolotl: b. Turkey
3. Hedera: j. Ivy
4. Goose-tongue: a. Sneezewort
5. Bullace pudding: c. Plum pudding
6. Tomaculum: f. Sausage
7. Bon-bon: g. Cracker
8. Tire-lire: h. Christmas-box
9. Ickle: d. Icicle
10. Juvia: e. Brazil-nut


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