Christmas quiz answers

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 December, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 December, 2008, 12:00am

These are the answers to the quiz that appeared in yesterday's paper. If you missed it, questions and answers are available free at


1 Figgy pudding (a kind of white Christmas cake)

2 Dasher and Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, and Dunder (or Donder) and Blixem (or Blitzen). Rudolph came later

3 Sir Isaac Newton

4 Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley

5 Irving Berlin for Holiday Inn in 1942, for which he won an Oscar. (It was used again in the eponymous 1954 film)

6 Bob Geldof and Midge Ure

7 Clarence Odbody

8 23

9 Mistletoe

10 The historical Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (907-935)

Science & Nature

1 The US, the former Soviet Union, Japan, China and the European Space Agency

2 A water purifier, which allows astronauts to recylce urine and other waste water for drinking

3 The kangaroo

4 She allowed a US$100,000 tool bag to drift off into space

5 The existence of water on Mars

6 A whale shark

7 The addition of a leap second

8 The Large Hadron Collider (although the nervous should be warned that the really big experiments are still

to be done)

9 Clone himself

10 China's first spacewalk


1 Juan Manuel Fangio, aged 46 (1957 season)

2 Four hours and 48 minutes

3 Taiwan's Lin Wen-tang

4 18-year-old Irfan Ahmed

5 Spain (Davis Cup tennis, European Cup soccer, Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon and world No1, Spanish riders won the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and the Spanish Vuelta)

6 Moscow

7 Liverpool and Chelsea

8 Plaxico Burress

9 New Zealand won 19-14

10 Ana Ivanovic


1 Phil Collins paid third wife Orianne Cevey #25 million

2 Hugh Jackman

3 George Takei (Mr Sulu) married long-time partner Brad Altman. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi also took the plunge

4 Their father Prince Charles, on his 60th birthday

5 Kanye West at the American Music Awards

6 John Lennon's 1966 remark that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus

7 Li & Fung president Bruce Rockowitz, hosted by fiancee Coco Lee

8 27, Barbie, blond

9 Lindsay Lohan

10 Bert Stern

Who said it?

1 Barack Obama referring to Republican policies

2 John McCain on his election loss

3 Christina Chan Hau-man, student, model and political activist

4 Georgina Baillie, granddaughter of actor Andrew Sachs

5 Former Beatle Ringo Starr on why he's signed his last autograph

6 Paris Hilton lampooning John McCain

7 Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, after his popularity rating fell 46 per cent

8 George W. Bush

9 Sylvester Stallone defending his use of human growth hormone

10 Australian Prime Minster Kevin Rudd apologising to the Aborigines


1 Four (best picture, director, adapted screenplay and supporting actor)

2 Rapper Jay-Z

3 Jean-Claude Van Damme

4 Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday

5 Guns N'Roses (Chinese Democracy)

6 Gillian Chung Yan-tung

7 The video game Grand Theft Auto IV

8 Christian Bale

9 Chinese Democracy

10 Nick Cave

Who are they?

1 James 'Jimmy' Cayne, formerly chairman and CEO of Bear Stearns

2 Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (Joe the plumber)

3 Ashley Alexandra Dupre, 'Kristen', the call girl who led to the downfall of New York governor Eliot Spitzer ('client No 9')

4 Kwong Siu-hing, matriarch of the Kwok family

5 Gong Li, who gave up her Chinese citizenship to become a Singaporean

6Amy Winehouse

7 Allan Zeman

8 Harry Redknapp

9 Edison Chen

10 Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Hong Kong

1 Chinese sturgeon. Given as a gift to Ocean Park by Beijing, they had to be removed from their aquarium after a barracuda killed one. Five more were given, but one later died of an infection

2 c) 1,346mm

3 47,000; 18,000 to 19,000

4 The Neftegaz-67

5 a) New World China

6 King Yin Lei mansion

7 A love hotel

8 Lydia Sum Tin-ha or 'Fei Fei'

9 93 to 55

10 Times Square

The Olympics

1 Hurdler Liu Xiang

2 Swimmer Natalie du Toit

3 Former gymnast Li Ning

4 43

5 None

6 Eleven (five gold, three silver, three bronze)

7 9.69 seconds

8 15,000

9 Britain's Olympics minister Tessa Jowell

10 c) 12,000

Arts and Literature

1 For the Love of God, Damien Hirst, #50 million (but no one knows for sure)

2 Who won this year's Nobel prize for literature?

3 Roger Moore

4 Manga

5 The Snowball by Alice Schroeder, on Warren Buffet

6 Roman Abramovich

7 The economic downturn

8 Aravind Adiga; The White Tiger

9 b) US$6 billion

10 Oliver Stone