January 5, 2010 12:46 pm

Christmas quiz: the answers

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Christmas challenge, published in the special December 24 edition of Life & Arts. And congratulations to Jason Farago from New York, who was the first correct entry drawn and who will receive the prize of six bottles of Champagne Bollinger Rosé.

Read the quiz questions at www.ft.com/christmasquiz

1. Richard Wright’s gold leaf fresco was whitewashed over on January 3

2. i) b) A Cherry, Cherry Christmas, Neil Diamond

ii) c) Alma Mater, Pope Benedict XVI

iii) a) Christmas in the Heart, Bob Dylan

3. Samuel Pepys. The first line read: “This morning (we living lately in the garret,) I rose, put on my suit with great skirts, having not lately worn any other clothes but them.” (Note: it is actually the 350th anniversary of Pepys’ diary, not, as incorrectly stated in the question, the 450th).

4. Albert Camus. He died near Sens in France on January 4, 1960

5. Tosca. Zeffirelli’s version premiered in 1985

6. Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu. In October Alagna announced the couple were separating

7. Plácido Domingo. He performed in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the State Opera in Berlin in October

8. They stayed in character and told the audience member to answer it.

9. a) Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel in Coco Before Chanel

b) Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela in Invictus

c) Meryl Streep as Julia Child in Julie & Julia

d) Ben Whishaw as John Keats in Bright Star

10. Washington DC

11. “Mona Lisa”. The painting was protected by its bulletproof glass casing

12. a) Roald Dahl (Fantastic Mr Fox was made into a film by Wes Anderson); b) Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are was adapted by Spike Jonze)

13. Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker (for Wolf Hall). Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer (for her short story collection Olive Kitteridge). Marie NDiaye won the Goncourt (for Trois femmes puissantes). Herta Müller was awarded the Nobel (for her writing career).

14. Enron. The play Enron was written by Lucy Prebble. The documentary was Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room by Alex Gibney.

15. David Hockney

16. Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s speech for Best Female Video award at the MTV Video Music Awards in September because he thought Beyoncé should have won it

17. Simon Cowell. He was reportedly paid $75m for American Idol

18. Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan

19. President Obama’s inauguration

20. Jake and Dinos Chapman

21. Frank Lloyd Wright. It featured in Blade Runner (1982) as the main character Rick Deckard’s apartment block

22. (c) The artist being trepanned does not exist. The red light installation was at London’s National Gallery in November; the Nazi gnomes got artist Ottmar Hörl into trouble in Nuremberg in July; and the exhibition about nothingness opened at the Pompidou in Paris in February

23. Charles I. (“Charles I Insulted by Cromwell’s Soldiers”, painted by Delaroche in 1837)

24. Benjamin Britten in Journeying Boy: The Diaries of the Young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938

25. Michael Vaughan

26. (a) Death of dance choreographer Merce Cunningham

(b) Damien Hirst’s exhibition of paintings at the Wallace Collection, No Love Lost, Blue Paintings

(c) Prince Charles upsetting Richard Rogers’ plans for the Chelsea Barracks redevelopment

27 a) newly redesigned Ashmolean in Oxford

b) Maxxi, new Zaha Hadid-designed museum in Rome

c) newly redesigned Neues Museum in Berlin

28. Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit admitted using an earpiece. Patrick Stewart in Waiting for Godot saw the ghost.

29. It is Caravaggio’s 400th anniversary (1571-1610) and Botticelli’s 500th anniversary (c. 1445-1510)

30. It is the tallest building designed by a woman

31. Vera Lynn. She topped the charts in September with her greatest hits collection We’ll Meet Again, which knocked the Arctic Monkeys off top spot

32. (a) TS Eliot, The Letters of TS Eliot, Volume II: 1923-25

(b) Samuel Beckett, The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume I, 1929-40

(c) Isaiah Berlin, Isaiah Berlin: Letters, 1928-1946

33. Titian. Gordon Brown, speaking at Davos last January, told the World Economic Forum that the financial crisis reminded him “of the story of Titian, who’s the great painter who reached the age of 90, finished the last of his nearly 100 brilliant paintings, and he said at the end of it, “I’m finally beginning to learn how to paint,” and that is where we are.”

34. Lady Gaga. She is accepting the Best New Artist award at the MTV Video Music Awards in September

35. Russia’s prime minister, Vladimir Putin. The painting sold at a charity auction in St Petersburg.

36. Six days (it is 150 hours long)

37. Hypochondria

38. Michelangelo. “The Torment of St Anthony” was bought by the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth for an undisclosed sum

39. Lorrie Moore, who returned with her novel A Gate at the Stairs. District 9’s aliens are settled in South Africa

40. (a) The Hangover

(b) 35 Shots of Rum

(c) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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