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January 7, 2012 12:40 am
Thanks to everyone who entered the Life & Arts Christmas Challenge, published on December 24, and congratulations to Kathy Leahey of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, who was the first correct entry chosen and wins six magnums of Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé champagne. Answers below.
1. Central Park, New York
2. i) John Major; ii) Arnold Schwarzenegger
3. i) Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher (in The Iron Lady);
ii) Denis Podalydès as Nicolas Sarkozy (in The Conquest);
iii) Nico Evers-Swindell and Camilla Luddington as Prince William and Kate Middleton (in William & Kate)
4. i) Carlos Slim; ii) Alice Walton (of Walmart); iii) Hobart, Tasmania
5. i) Hilary Swank; ii) Mariah Carey, a reported $1m
6. The Bolshoi Theatre
7. Eric Clapton
8. George Clooney
9. Lady Gaga, who denied all knowledge of the routine
10. Wuthering Heights
11. Julian Assange
12. Tracey Emin
13. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
14. Ai Weiwei
15. Eva (Evita) Perón
16. The Sound of Music
17. i) Hugh Jackman; ii) Charlie Sheen
18 Abramovich’s £115m, 377ft mega-yacht “Luna” was moored unannounced by Venice’s Biennale Gardens overlooking St Mark’s Basin. His yacht was criticised for being too big and spoiling views of the city.
19. Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless. They appeared together in the TV series Cagney & Lacey.
20. Oscar Wilde
21. Beyoncé Knowles
23. Pope Benedict XVI
24. i) Ted Hughes; ii ) Thomas Hardy
25. Lucian Freud; Eli; “Portrait of the Hound 2011”
26 i) They’re both about the silent film era; ii) 3D
27. Gwyneth Paltrow
28. c) Liz Taylor’s necklace La Peregrina fetched $11.84m
a) Marilyn Monroe’s dress from The Seven Year Itch, $5.6m;
b) The first Superman comic, $2.2m
29. Chinua Achebe
30. Matt Damon
31. Sylvester Stallone; Rocky
32. Gérard Depardieu
33. Endangered sites
34. The Pompidou Centre
35. a) Caravaggio (portrait of St Augustine) b) Leonardo da Vinci (“Salvator Mundi”)
36. Kung Fu Panda 2
37. A sweater; ii Darcy’s has the reindeer face
39. The Sense of an Ending (by Julian Barnes); A Visit from the Goon Squad (by Jennifer Egan)
40. Alan Graham, the Northern Irish farmer who owns the land, told Rihanna to put on some more clothes. Graham had allowed the pop star to film a new music video in his field but took exception when he went out to fetch his tractor and found her dressed in a way he deemed “unacceptable”.
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