Judith Keppel’s Christmas Quiz 2016

16 December 2016

The star of BBC Two’s Eggheads challenges your general knowledge on everything from David Bowie to the Olympics.

1. In 2011, South Sudan became an independent country. What is the name of its capital?


2. Name the online social networking service, which celebrated its first decade this year, founded by its current CEO Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and others?


3. What was the name of the Downing Street cat officially employed as Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office – serving under Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair – who got his moniker from a character in the BBC sitcom Yes Minister?


4. If the cardinals taking part in a papal conclave look up to the ceiling, they may be inspired in their deliberations by the work of which artist?


5. A war memorial commemorating 72,246 British Empire servicemen with no known graves, who died at the Battle of the Somme some 100 years ago, takes its name from which nearby village?


6. In the Hitchcock film Psycho, who plays the woman who is stabbed to death in the shower?


7. The 1974 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, which was known as the Rumble in the Jungle, took place in which city?


8. In Greek mythology, while in the Underworld, Odysseus encounters the ghost of which blind seer of Thebes?


9. What was the name of David Bowie’s last album, released two days before his death in January?


10. Which celebrated chef started Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons hotel-restaurant in 1984?


11. What name was given to the hypothetical substance that alchemists believed would turn base metals into gold?


12. Who wrote the fantasy novels on which the Game of Thrones TV series is based?


13. Name the British rider who won an individual gold medal for show jumping at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio?


14. Who in the Bible used the jawbone of an ass to slay a thousand Philistines?


15. What was the name adopted by the character born Richard ‘Dick’ Whitman in an American TV drama series?


16. Which of Shakespeare’s plays begins with the line: ‘If you shall chance, Camillo, to visit Bohemia…’?


17. What might a doctor detect with an Ishihara test?


18. Who became a presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme last November, replacing James Naughtie?


19. Which politician said of Boris Johnson ‘[He] is the life and soul of the party, but he isn’t the man you want driving you home at the end of the evening’?


20. The Pigeon Tunnel is a memoir published this year by which British author?


21. Which mediaeval English king had 12 crosses erected in memory of his wife, Queen Eleanor, at the stopping points where her funeral cortege rested on the way from Nottinghamshire to London?


22. Which three rivers make Manhattan an island?


23. Which space probe, launched in 2011, is currently orbiting Jupiter?


24. What is the name of the cup awarded to the winner of the annual Christmas Day swimming race in the Serpentine?


25. What sticks up out of the pastry in a Stargazy Pie?


26. Name the Foreign Secretary who resigned in 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands.


27. Who plays the part of DSI Stella Gibson in the TV series The Fall?


28. Which surname was shared by Joe, John, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Patricia, Robert, Jean and Edward?


29. Which French footballer once remarked rather mysteriously ‘When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea’?


30. In which opera is Violetta Valéry loved by Alfredo Germont?


31. What do the names Cochin, Wyandotte, Silkie and Scots Dumpy have in common?


32. What is the name of the Hindu god of wisdom who is usually portrayed as an elephant?


33. In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, which creatures were used as mallets in the game of croquet?


34. Who plays the part of The Girl On the Train in the 2016 film of that name?


35. Who was the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature?

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