Those quiz answers

8 January 2009 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

Andrew Curry writes:

In case you have been wondering, here are the answers to our Christmas quiz.

The Connections round first: the four sets of Connections go like this:

  • Mosquito, Vulcan, Harrier, and Hurricane are all British fighter planes
  • Snowy, Timmy, Nana, and Fang are all dogs in children’s fiction (Tintin, the Famous Five, Peter Pan, and Harry Potter, respectively)
  • Carter, Gore, King, and Wiesel are all winners of the Nobel Peace Prize (Jimmy, Al, Martin Luther, and Eli); and
  • London, Elysium, Strawberry, and Gracie are all types of fields (park in Hackney which is also the name of a Martin Amis novel, last resting place of Greek gods, Beatles song, and the ’30s singer and film star.)

On to the questions:

  1. Alan Greenspan said: ‘I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organisations, specifically banks and others, were such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders and their equity in the firms’, to a Congressional Committee in October – the closest he’s come to admitting he might have been wrong about the financial boom.
  2. The Queen said of the credit crunch “Why did nobody notice it?”, while opening a new building at the London School of Economics, thereby discomfiting her hosts.
  3. The address of the Bank of England is Threadneedle Street.
  4. Norway topped the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report, having the smallest gender gap. Chad came bottom.
  5. The jazz pianist Esbjorn Svensson died in Stockholm Harbour, in a diving accident in July.
  6. The ‘Moses’ who died this year who was a supporter of both the Civil Rights Movement and the National Rifle Association was Charlton Heston.
  7. The first competitor to get a ten in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing competition was Austin Healey, with his quickstep.
  8. The winner of the Man-Booker prize this year was Aravind Adiga, for White Tiger.
  9. The record which won the Nationwide mercury music prize was The Seldom Seen Kid, Elbow’s 4th studio record.
  10. And the two films which received the most nominations at this year’s Oscar awards were No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood.
  11. The thing that opened in 1908 on the west London site which now hosts Westfield was The White City exhibition centre. (The Olympic Stadium was added as an afterthought when Rome pulled out of hosting the games at the last moment and London stepped in).
  12. The 1958 invention of Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments and Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductors was the microchip.
  13. A single lap of the velodrome at this year’s summer Olympics was 250 metres.
  14. Rebecca Adlington won her two golds at the Olympics in 400m and 800m freestyle.
  15. The sportsman who made it to a hundred after a bit of a wait – but still saw his team relegated, was the Surrey cricketer Mark Ramprakash, who finally reached his hundredth first-class century.
  16. The new British coin design makes a jigsaw out of the Royal Arms by splitting the Royal Crest across six coins – all of those with a face value of less than a pound (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p).
  17. Sarah Palin’s home town is Wasilla.
  18. The ‘big bang’ under the Alps in September was from the Large Hadron Collider, which simulated the moments after the beginning of the universe.
  19. In 2008, it would have been dangerous to be in Tskhinvali because it is the capital of South Ossetia, the location of a war between Georgia and Russia.
  20. And the reigning world chess champion is the Indian player Vishy (or Viswanathan) Anand.


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