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Thank you to all who entered our Quiz of the Year in the December 28 edition of Life & Arts and congratulations to Richard Hadley, of L’Etang-la-Ville in France, who, as the first correct entry drawn, wins 36 bottles of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé champagne. The answers are as follows.
2. Jonathan Franzen.
3. Madeleine Albright; Apple chief executive Tim Cook.
4. Bolshoi Ballet. The company’s soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko was jailed for six years for taking part in an attack on artistic director Sergei Filin in January 2013; Sergei Polunin complained that the Royal Ballet had a “kind of British mafia” hounding out Russian performers.
5. Sharknado is the title of a July 2013 TV movie in which a waterspout lifts sharks out of the ocean and deposits them in Los Angeles; Cronut is the name given to a croissant-doughnut hybrid pastry that led to queues outside the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York when it first went on sale in May.
6. a) Diana, Princess of Wales (Naomi Watts). b) Princess Grace of Monaco (Nicole Kidman)
7. Dr Who’s sonic screwdriver.
8. a) China (Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons); b) India (Chennai Express); c) US (Iron Man 3). Chennai Express became the highest-grossing film in Bollywood history. It has since been overtaken by Dhoom 3.
10. Lucian Freud. Bacon’s paintbrushes sold in September for £33,750 ($52,650).
11. David Bowie and Beyoncé; Bowie announced the release of his first album in a decade on his 66th birthday in January 2013, while Beyoncé unexpectedly released her fifth album on iTunes in December. Beyoncé sold 80,000 copies in the first three hours.
12. Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.
13. Australia’s most-watched TV show of 2013 was the final of My Kitchen Rules.
14. 12 Years a Slave and Noah are linked by the Curse of Canaan, also known as the Curse of Ham, from an episode in Genesis in which Noah curses his grandson Canaan to become “a servant of servants”. Some 19th-century slave owners took the line to be a biblical justification for slavery.
15. The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. David Cameron told an interviewer he was on the side of “team Nigella” during the fraud trial of TV chef Nigella Lawson’s two former assistants.
16. Kanye West; Bob Dylan
17. a) Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad on Broadway in New York; b) Othello with Rory Kinnear and Adrian Lester in the National Theatre’s London staging.
18. Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of Isabella d’Este, Marchesa of Mantua, was found in October. Cornelius Gurlitt was found to own a collection of “degenerate art” confiscated by the Nazi authorities, worth around £850m.
20. a) A section of the East Side Gallery on the Berlin Wall; b) 5 Pointz artists’ studios in Queens, New York.
21. Miley Cyrus posed naked in the video for her song “Wrecking Ball”.
23. The lightsaber from Star Wars.
24. TS Eliot’s fountain pen is now used for fellows of the Royal Society of Literature to sign their names in the roll book after Charles Dickens’ quill showed signs of wear and tear.
25. Gun violence. Researchers have declared that gun violence now features an average of 2.9 times an hour in PG-13 rated films, tripling since the rating was introduced in 1985.
26. Twerking; the Charleston.
27. Jane Austen’s gold and turquoise ring was “saved for the nation” after ministers slapped a temporary export ban on it and Austen fans appealed to raise money to buy it.
28. Turkey. Fatma Aliye Topuz features on its 50 lira note.
29. Agatha Christie. Major Bletchley appeared in her novel N or M?
30. Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell demanded that Samuel Cooper portray him “warts and all”.
31. a) The Hubble Space Telescope is being serviced in the film Gravity; b) The drug crystal meth is being manufactured in the television programme Breaking Bad.
33. Frank Lloyd Wright.
34. The Irish Republic.
36. a) A self-assembling foam chair created by Belgian designer Carl de Smet.
b) The world’s first inflatable opera house, created by artist Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, and launched in Japan in September.
37. Rubber Soul. Haruki Murakami’s short story is called “Drive My Car”; his novel is Norwegian Wood.
38. Music is being made. The picture shows a prosthetic musical instrument, designed to make sounds according to the movements of the body.
39. Russell Brand.
40. According to Nasa, the Apollo 8 astronauts who landed on the Moon in December 1968 have flown the closest to the Sun of any human being. The astronauts of Apollo 17, who also landed on the Moon near to the winter solstice, come a close second.
(The Earth is 3m miles closer to the Sun during the northern hemisphere winter solstice than it is during the northern summer solstice.)
For questions, see ft.com/quizoftheyear