Magazine article The Spectator

The Christmas Quiz

Magazine article The Spectator

The Christmas Quiz

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In 2007, who said:

1. 'All I could make out in their language were the words "Mr Bean". They were laughing at me . . . making me feel about three inches tall.' 2. 'You cannot help admire the sheer Stalinist ruthlessness of it all.' 3. 'For me, my parents were -- and their inspiration still is -- my moral compass.'

4. (To Sandi Toksvig): 'Well, I must be a failure, then.' 5. 'I always thought of Dumbledore as gay.' 6. 'Today's media, more than ever before, hunts in a pack. In these modes it is like a feral beast, just tearing people and reputations to bits.' 7. 'Bye. I don't think I'll miss you.' 8. 'I've had worse press than a paedophile or a murderer and I've done nothing but charity for 20 years.' 9. 'Have you got anywhere with McDonald's?

Have you tried getting it banned?' 10. 'Look I have won all the prizes in Europe, every bloody one. I'm delighted to win them all, OK?'

From this year:

1. Name the football manager whom police wanted to interview about bringing his Yorkshire terrier, Leya, on his private aeroplane from Portugal.

2. Name the New York property billionaire who left £6 million to her white toy Maltese terrier, Trouble.

3. Two brothers were fined for allowing their dog Rusty to reach more than 11 stone. What breed was the dog?

4. Which film depicted the adventures of a dog called Rexxx?

5. An album called The Shepherd's Dog was released by which band?

6. The Cat in the Hat was published 50 years ago last March, written by Theodore Geisel, better known as who?

7. Yusuf Islam released an album called An Other Cup. By what name used he to be known?

8. Invasor won the Dubai World Cup, beating which horse ridden by Frankie Dettori?

9. Blue Peter was revealed to have rigged a poll of viewers to choose a name for its cat. What name did the programme-makers give it?

10. The two Bengal cats of which former wife of a Pakistan politician went missing in London this summer?

1. Seven surviving Munchkins this year received a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In which film had they appeared?

2. In which constellation will you find Betelgeuse, Rigel, Mintaka, Alnilam and Alitak?

3. In which film did Peter O'Toole play a restaurant critic called Anton Ego?

4. This year a European Space Agency probe detected lightning on which planet?

5. Who played Grendel's Mother in this year's film Beowulf?

6. What kind of object, named after Robert McNaught, was visible in the northern hemisphere until the middle of January, and thereafter in the southern?

7. In the remake this year of 3:10 to Yuma, who played the part of Ben Wade, played in 1957 by Glenn Ford?

8. A lunar orbiter called Selene, also known as Kaguya, was launched on 14 September by which country?

9. In this year's remake of Hairspray, who played the part of Edna Turnblad, played in 1988 by Divine?

10. Name the space probe launched in September 1977 and still transmitting signals at a distance of more than 9.7 billion miles from Earth.

In 2007:

1. A song lasting one minute four seconds entered the charts in August. The lyrics went:

Spider Pig, Spider Pig, does whatever a Spider Pig does.

Can he swing from a rope? No he can't, he's a pig.

In which film did it feature?

2. The song 'Intervention' begins:

The King's taken back the throne The useless seed is sown.

It is on the album Neon Bible by which band?

3. On their album Yours Truly, Angry Mob, which band sang It's only cos you came here with your brothers too.

If you came here on your own you'd be dead.

4. The song 'Nantes' from Beirut's album The Flying Club Cup begins:

Well it's been a long time, long time now Since I've seen you smile.

Who is the lead singer?

5. Name the band whose song 'D is for Dangerous' on their album Favourite Worst Nightmare includes the refrain:

D is for delightful And try and keep your trousers on You should know you're his favourite worst nightmare. …

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