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theartsdesk Christmas Quiz - Answers

theartsdesk Christmas Quiz - Answers

The answers to our monster Christmas arts quiz

Here are the answers to our monster Christmas arts quiz of 12 dozen questions on the year past, as seen by theartsdesk writers. There are clues in all the questions in the main quiz page. If you don't want to know the answers just yet till you've grappled with them, close this page now.

  1. A suitcase bomb in Kiss Me Deadly
  2. The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, which reopened its main theatre in October, having lost its ballet director Gennady Yanin to scandal and its stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev to the Mikhailovsky Ballet
  3. "Everyday"
  4. 29
  5. 205
  6. Noel Gallagher
  7. Phyllida Lloyd
  8. 1980         
  9. A cube   
  10. A guitar maker        
  11. Allan Ramsey
  12. Analogue film (16 and 35mm)
  13. Mouse on Mars (who are Andi Toma and Jan St Werner)
  14. James Corden in One Man, Two Guvnors, Jamie Parker and Samuel Barnett in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Andrew Knott in Backbeat
  15. Ane Brun, Norway  
  16. Anish Kapoor's Leviathan, on show in the Grand Palais
  17. Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage and Richard Thomas for the Royal Opera
  18. FolkeLarm in Oslo 
  19. English National Opera's new staging by Christopher Alden of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream 
  20. Australia
  21. Austrian
  22. Barry Flanagan
  23. Catherine Tate played God in "Godblog", Jeanette Winterson's section of Sixty-Six Books at the Bush Theatre, and also played Beatrice in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
  24. Beyoncé - some of her moves in her video Countdown were copied from Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker of the Rosas contemporary dance company
  25. Birmingham
  26. Blue (Fokine's The Blue God, given in Les Saisons Russes du XXI Siècle, Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea, The Blue Dragon)
  27. Brian Eno
  28. Brian Wilson
  29. Brian Ferry
  30. Camille
  31. Casa Popurului, The Palace Of the Parliament in Bucharest
  32. Cesaria Evora   
  33. Christian Bale in The Fighter
  34. Christo and Jeanne-Claude
  35. Clement Freud  
  36. Colin Jones
  37. Philip Seymour Hoffman leared to cook and to swim for Jack Goes Boating
  38. Cy Twombly
  39. Daniel Kramer in Carmen for Opera North
  40. Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  41. Gaby's Deli
  42. Dartington Hall hosted the Home Festival
  43. Sir David Attenborough
  44. Dame Diana Rigg played Mrs Higgins this year in Shaw's Pygmalion, in which in 1974 she played Eliza Doolittle   
  45. Dimitri Tiomkin, Hollywood film composer
  46. Don Sanche by Franz Liszt 
  47. Edvard Grieg
  48. Francis Bacon
  49. Gerhard Richter
  50. Gertrude Lawrence   
  51. Glenn Gould
  52. Guy Garvey
  53. Hamlet, with Michael Sheen, at the Young Vic
  54. Hanson  
  55. Havergal Brian  
  56. His kids (or rather, Instant People, the name of their band)
  57. He assaulted a silicone sculpted likeness of himself with an electric saw for his video, Cut-Up
  58. A soup tureen 
  59. Iggy Pop
  60. Jacki Weaver 
  61. James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Celia Imrie (Noises Off)  
  62. Jason Orange
  63. Jean-Paul Goode and Antonio Lopez
  64. Jönsi
  65. Julia Ormond in My Week with Marilyn  
  66. King Robbo
  67. Lady Gaga
  68. Lil B
  69. Elizabeth or Lizzie Grant
  70. London, where in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger she met Antonio Banderas
  71. Romany gypsy
  72. Martin Carthy
  73. Georges Méliès, in Hugo
  74. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood
  75. Matilda      
  76. Matt Smith
  77. Arabacus Pulp
  78. Moby 
  79. Nénette, The Jungle Book, Every Which Way But Loose/Any Which Way You Can    
  80. New Image Painting
  81. Northern Italy
  82. Omid Djalili
  83. Oscar Niemeyer
  84. The Ballet Russes' Parade
  85. Peter Gabriel
  86. Photocopiers
  87. Piet Oudolf 
  88. Pina Bausch, in Wim Wenders' Pina
  89. Pippin in the Menier Chocolate Factory production 
  90. Possible answers include Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, The Cherry Orchard, The Tempest
  91. A pro-Vladimir Putin Russian youth movement
  92. Ray Davies
  93. Reykjavik
  94. Rent collector
  95. Richard Bean
  96. Roger Corman, Richard Lester, John Schlesinger and François Truffaut - though there are others
  97. The racehorse and record-breaking sire Sadler's Wells
  98. Sarah Martins as Camille Bordey in BBC One's Death in Paradise
  99. Gwilym Simcock recorded Good Days at Schloss Elmau at Schloss Elmau   
  100. Sharon Gless of Cagney and Lacey starred in A Round-Heeled Woman at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith
  101. Sheridan Smith late of Legally Blonde featured in Flare Path     
  102. Sleeps In Oysters
  103. Sonny Rollins at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival    
  104. Sophie Grabøl as Sarah Lund in BBC Four's The Killing
  105. Soprano Susan Bullock found it on the council rubbish dump
  106. Welsh and Spanish, in Patagonia
  107. The 50 Names For Snow of Kate Bush's eponymous album were read by Stephen Fry
  108. Steve Reich's Four Organs, played in the "Tubular Bells" concert at St George's Bristol
  109. Stuart Sutcliffe, John Lennon and George Harrison in Backbeat 
  110. Swan Lake in Black Swan
  111. Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet  
  112. Joshua Bell has succeeded Sir Neville Marriner at the head of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
  113. The Alternative Miss World
  114. 15 March, as named by the ancient Romans - it was also the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated
  115. The Big Uneasy
  116. The Canadian Shields
  117. The Help, in which Octavia Spencer bakes excrement into a pie
  118. The Hepworth Wakefield, designed by David Chipperfield to help to fend off the river Calder
  119. 27 at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, and BBC Two's The Hour
  120. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami inspired 6,000 Miles Away
  121. The late Merce Cunningham
  122. In Opera North's Das Rheingold Leeds schoolchildren voiced the Nibelungen
  123. Juno and the Paycock (Sean O'Casey) at the National Theatre, J M Synge's The Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic, Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Young Vic 2010 and 2011)
  124. The Prodigy
  125. The Singing Ringing Tree
  126. David Tennant played Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at the Wyndham's Theatre, backing it himself
  127. David Leland made videos for The Travelling Wilburys
  128. The Deep Blue Sea, Flare Path, Cause Célèbre, Less Than Kind - by Terence Rattigan      
  129. They produced better milk, according to the Dortmund Concert Hall who sent musicians to play to them
  130. Three
  131. Coventry's Tile Hill, painted by Turner Prize nominee George Shaw (though the prize was won by Martin Boyce)
  132. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jane Avril
  133. Trebor
  134. There were doubled Ariels in both Cheek By Jowl's The Tempest at the Barbican, London, and Trevor Nunn's Theatre Royal Haymarket one with Ralph Fiennes
  135. U2
  136. Undulating façades or bay windows
  137. Winslow Homer 
  138. Whitechapel Gallery - and his work was back there again this year
  139. Wynton Marsalis
  140. The Passenger, composed by Mieczysław Weinberg, written by Zofia Posmysz, produced at English National Opera    
  141. Zooey Deschanel
  142. Nikolai Ge
  143. Charles Dickens
  144. At least 7. On stage: The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Matthew Bourne; in live cinema screenings: New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Dutch National Ballet

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