Many thanks to all who entered our Quiz of the Year in the December 29 edition of Life & Arts, and congratulations to Zahra Assur of New York, who was the first correct entry drawn and the winner of 18 bottles of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé champagne. The answers were as follows.
1. (i) Nuclear power.
(ii) Heineken lager.
2. 207 million. The Avengers (2012) took $207m in its opening weekend in the US; the population of the US in 1971 was 207m; and the nearest distance between Mars and the Sun is 207m kilometres.
3. (i) Eton College. All three actors, Hugh Laurie (3a), Damian Lewis (3b) and Patrick Macnee (3c), attended the school.
(ii) Nicholas Brody (played by Lewis) is the odd one out. Unlike Laurie’s Bertie Wooster and Macnee’s John Steed, Brody isn’t a fictional Old Etonian.
4. Muppets star Miss Piggy.
5. The dance popularised by South Korean musician Psy in his 2012 K-pop single “Gangnam Style”. The music video has been viewed more than a billion times on YouTube, making it the site’s most watched video.
6. Fidel Castro.
7. Dante. In an interview with La Stampa, Eco said: “Perhaps not politicians or the leaders who have divided us – not Cavour or Radetzky, but men of culture who have united us, from Dante to Shakespeare, from Balzac to Rossellini.”
8. Helen Mirren.
9. The Hunger Games.
10. Darth Vader (in Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back).
11. Novelist Philip Roth (11a) and canine film star Uggie (11b) both retired.
12. (i) Organisers of the concert pulled the plug, switching off Springsteen and McCartney’s microphones.
(ii) They had gone past the event’s 10.30pm noise curfew.
13. South Africa.
14. A swastika.
15. US film director Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life), who avoids interviews, red carpets and press junkets.
16. The Velvet Underground. A judge dismissed a lawsuit by the New York band over rights to the banana image on an 1967 album sleeve.
17. (i) Elf (17a); Vampire (17b).
(ii) Cate Blanchett, The Hobbit (17a); Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (17b)
20. Maggie Smith.
21. The Phantom of the Opera.
22. George Orwell.
24. (i) Rapper turned actor LL Cool J (birth name James Todd Smith), who stars in NCIS: Los Angeles.
(ii) LL Cool J stands for Ladies Love Cool James.
25. The photograph shows the fab four walking in the opposite direction to the cover photograph for The Beatles album Abbey Road (1969); also Paul McCartney is wearing shoes – in the original photo he appears barefoot.
26. Singapore. Her arrest was condemned by more than 14,000 people in an online petition calling for leniency in her punishment.
27. Troilus and Cressida.
28. Emily Dickinson.
29. Ludwig van Beethoven.
30. (i) Garbage (30a); Black Sabbath (30b); Stone Roses (30c).
(ii) The review was of the Stone Roses in Manchester in June.
32. Le Corbusier built the architectural landmark, Cité Radieuse in Marseille; the Federation Tower is in Moscow.
33. Virginia Woolf.
34. Giuseppe Verdi.
35. Jack Kerouac’s On The Road (1957).
36. Vertigo (1958).
37. Rihanna, on her “777” promotional tour, playing seven concerts in seven countries on seven nights.
38. (i) From Kurt Vonnegut’s novella Basic Training, written in the 1940s.
(ii) From James Joyce’s children’s story The Cats of Copenhagen, originally written in 1936 for his grandson.
(iii) From Charlotte Brontë’s short story “L’Ingratitude”, written for her French homework in 1842.
39. The Virgin Mary.
40. The television series Girls stars Zosia Mamet (who plays Shoshanna Shapiro), daughter of the playwright David Mamet, a revival of whose 1984 play Glengarry Glen Ross opened on Broadway in December.
For questions, see www.ft.com/quiz2012