Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Christmas Quiz: The Answers

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Christmas Quiz: The Answers

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They can talk

1 Gordon Brown

2 David Cameron (on election posters)

3 Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate (of David Beckham)

4 Stephen Byers

5 Sarah, Duchess of York

6 Barack Obama

7 Liam Byrne (in a note to David Laws, his successor as Chief Secretary to the Treasury)

8 Lady Manningham-Buller, the former head of MI5 (at the Iraq Inquiry)

9 Boris Johnson

10 The Queen (addressing the United Nations)

Royal weddings

1 George IV

2 Queen Victoria

3 Princess Alexandra to the future Edward VII

4 George V

5 E dward VIII, the Duke of Windsor

6 Prince Albert (later George VI)

7 Charles II

8 Anne

9 George III, in 1761

10 Philip II of Spain


1 Tony Blair: A Journey

2 Candia McWilliam: What to Look for in Winter

3 George Bush: Decision Points

4 Peter Mandelson: The Third Man

5 Craig Brown: The Lost Diaries

6 D.R. Thorpe: Supermac

7 Max Hastings: Did You Really Shoot the Television?

8 Keith Richards: Life

9 Chris Mullin: Decline and Fall

10 Sally Magnusson: Life of Pee


1 Ed Miliband

2 Stendhal

3 John Wayne

4 Red Rum

5 Piano

6 Unite

7 'When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)'

8 No, she ate it herself

9 Edgar Allan Poe

10 Mick Hucknall

Bits of buildings

1 Acroterion: a plinth for a statue on the apex or ends of a pediment

2 Abacus: a flat slab on the capital of a column

3 Distyle: a portico with two columns

4 Diocletian: a kind of semi-circular window with two mullions

5 Squinch: an arch across a corner to support a dome

6 Purlin: a horizontal longitudinal timber in a roof

7 Salomonic: a kind of column shaped like barley-sugar

8 Nogging: brick infilling in a timber-framed building

9 Cames: small grooved bars of lead joining the glass in windows

10 Vermiculation: rustication of masonry resembling worm-casts


1 Canaletto

2 The Salute

3 California

4 John Betjeman

5 John Ruskin

6 San Marco

7 Giovanni Bellini

8 St Theodore

9 John Aubrey

10 H. …

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