Christopher Howse

Christmas quiz

Set by Christopher Howse Illustrated by Castro

Weird world

In 2017:
1. Police discovered thousands of what kind of plant growing in a disused nuclear bunker in Wiltshire?
2. Cuban exiles complained about an Irish postage stamp commemorating whom?
3. Which supermarket chain apologised for an advertisement before Easter that said: ‘Great offers on beer and cider. Good Friday just got better’?
4. Upon opening its first store on the Isle of Wight, which supermarket chain put on sale 10,000 commemorative shopping bags bearing the legend ‘Isle of White’?
5. Cinemas in Kuwait were prohibited from screening which Disney live-action film because a character was depicted as gay?
6. Scientists detected chemical signs of 8,000-year-old wine, the oldest yet found, in pottery in which Black Sea country?
7. A police sniper accidentally shot a waiter and a railwayman in the leg during a speech by the head of state of which European country?
8. Which country issued an appeal for New Year restraint: ‘Let us enthusiastically take action by not setting off, or setting off fewer, fireworks.’
9. Which European politician tweeted: ‘It was Hitchcock who directed Brexit: first an earthquake and the tension rises.’
10. Which television presenter said it was ‘disgusting’ to keep a washing machine in the kitchen?

I’ll say

In 2017, who said:
1. ‘I have to confess, when me and my friend, sort of, used to run through the fields of wheat.’
2. ‘I definitely do the bins. I do the traditional boy jobs, by and large.’
3. ‘I know where you can put them to warm them up.’
4. ‘Do you want to have a handshake?’
5. ‘Rocket man is on a suicide mission.’
6. ‘I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations.’
7. ‘If I was sitting in Brussels and I was looking at you as the person I had to negotiate with, I’d think, she’s a blowhard who collapses at the first sign of gunfire.

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