Christopher Howse

The answers | 10 December 2015

The answers | 10 December 2015
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On the record

1. Jean-Claude Juncker

2. David Cameron

3. Sir Tim Hunt

4. Jeremy Corbyn

5. President Vladimir Putin of Russia

6. Tony Blair

7. John McDonnell (quoting Mao Tse-tung)

8. Ed Miliband

9. Lord Ashdown (They were, he didn’t)

10. Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party, after giving a poor interview

Animal magic

1. Ants

2. A goat

3. Gerbils

4. Lancashire

5. A dachshund

6. A rabbit

7. Matisse

8. A spider

9. Bears

10. Nutella

Right royal

1. Australia

2. Richard III

3. Princess Charlotte (Elizabeth Diana)

4. The Prince of Wales

5. Britannia

6. The Prince of Wales’s

7. Australia, at the Seppeltsfield Winery near Tanunda

8. Canada

9. China, Chen Dapeng being the sculptor

10. Queen Victoria, who reigned for 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes

Numbers

1. Liz Kendall

2. Twelve

3. The Population

4. Modigliani

5. Julian Assange

6. Angola

7. Ukip

8. Never Mind the Buzzcocks

9. China

10. Japan

At the pictures

1. Inside Out

2. Michael Keaton

3. Wrestling

4. A drummer

5. Mortdecai

6. Steve Jobs

7. The Walk

8. Pan

9. Jupiter Ascending

10. Brooklyn

Seasonal

1. Alfred, Lord Tennyson (In Memoriam, XXX)

2. Charles Dickens (The Pickwick Papers, Chapter XXVIII)

3. Thomas Tusser (Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry)

4. Kenneth Grahame (The Window in the Willows, Chapter 5)

5. John Evelyn (Diary, 25 December 1657, under Cromwell)

6. Robert Browning (Christmas Eve)

7. W.S. Gilbert (Bab Ballads, ‘Ferdinando and Elvira Or, The Gentle Pieman’)

8. Thomas Hood (‘The Pauper’s Christmas Carol’) 9. Max Beerbohm (A Christmas Garland, in parody of Kipling)

10. John Masefield (The Everlasting Mercy)