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M&G Bond Vigilantes Christmas Quiz 2012: the winners and the answers!

It was a tough quiz this year – sorry. Here are the answers for you. The winner was Mike Haslam of Barclays Wealth who scored 20 out of 20. Congratulations – please let us know which charity you’d like to nominate for the £200 donation from us. The nine runners up, who like the winner receive a copy of Philip Coogan’s excellent book Paper Promises are:

Sam Morton, Mizuho International
Matthew Riley, Falcon Money Managment
Paul Amery, Index Universe
Mark Dufton, Charles Stanley & Co Ltd
Nick Tudball, BNP Paribas
Will Lewis, Hansa Capital
Adam Grimsley, Blackrock
Johnny Smith, Nomura
Andrew Woolston, Blackrock

 

  1. What was created especially for Winston Churchill in 1950 as a brandy-like celebration drink?
    Carlsberg Special Brew was created for Churchill’s visit to Copenhagen in 1950, and was originally called V-beer.
  2. “We’re just going to draw the raffle numbers now”. Who and when?
    Bradley Wiggins opened his Tour de France victory speech this year with these words, a nod back to the low budget, cash strapped days of UK bike racing where races were organised out of scout huts and village halls.
  3. What’s this called?
    This is Ampelmann, the East German pedestrian traffic light symbol.
  4. “Beam me up Scotty”. Why was it third time lucky this year?
    James Doohan, who played Scotty in Star Trek, had his ashes blasted into space on a rocket. It was third time lucky because the first two rockets his ashes were on both blew up after takeoff.
  5. How is James Gatz from North Dakota better known?
    He is the Great Gatsby from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel.
  6. Held in 1994, it is said to be the biggest rock or pop concert ever. Who and where?
    Although crowd numbers are difficult to judge when it gets this big, Rod Stewart’s MTV concert on Copacabana Beach probably had around 3.5 million attendees!
  7. Archaeologists recently discovered a mummy in the Valley of the Kings, covered in chocolate and nuts. Who is it believed to be?
    Pharaoh Roche.
  8. The winner of this 7.4km race gets a red coat with a silver badge. Which race?
    Doggett’s Coat and Badge, the world’s oldest rowing race (run since 1715), held on the River Thames.
  9. What do all the cover stars of this magazine have in common?
    This is iD, the style magazine. All of the front cover stars have an eye closed (usually winking).
  10. Which fairground ride’s name derives from a military training game seen by crusaders in Turkey in the 12th century?
    Carousel.
  11. The Nike swoosh, a cheap US hipster beer, and a prize for fast ships. What?
    The Blue Ribbon/Riband. Nike was originally called Blue Ribbon Sports, Pabst Blue Ribbon is a cheap, ironic hipster lager, and the Blue Riband was a prize for the fastest ship across the Atlantic.
  12. What were bulky, ungainly monstrosities more suitable for the wide open vistas of a Scandinavian airport?
    This is how London Mayor Boris Johnson described the bendy bus, replacing them with the new double deckers.
  13. It shows a hundred consecutive pulses from the pulsar CP 1919, but is best known as what?
    The image of those pulses was used as the cover of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album.
  14. Coppi was the first, Pantani the last. To do what?
    To win both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France in the same year. Bradley next in 2013?
  15. Who famously finished the story of Bleak House, and was then sitting down to start Great Expectations that afternoon?
    Neville Chamberlain told the House of Commons in 1934 “we have finished the story of Bleak House, and are sitting down this afternoon to the story of Great Expectations”.
  16. Who’s stationary did this logo head up?
    This was Captain Robert Scott’s stationary from the doomed Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole in 1911-12.
  17. Following electromagnetic surveys, and eyewitness accounts from elderly locals, it’s hoped that a dig will uncover 36 of them in Burma. What?
    It’s hoped that the dig will turn up crates containing RAF Spitfires, buried in the jungle to keep them out of Japanese hands in WWII. They’d be worth many millions of pounds each and could be in virtually mint condition.
  18. Earlier this year, a hedge fund managed to seize an asset as part of its claim against Argentina following the latter’s sovereign bond default. What was it?
    Elliott Associates, a hedge fund and owner of Argentinian debt, seized an Argentinian naval ship, the Libertad, docked in Ghana earlier this year. However, it looks as if the government is about to release the ship.
  19. Who is this?
    It is Snufkin, from the Moomins.
  20. As he looked through a hole in a wall in 1922, someone asked him if he could see anything. He said “Yes, wonderful things”. Who?
    Howard Carter. The archaeologist was the first to peer into Tutankhamun’s tomb through a crack in a doorway. Lord Carnarvon asked him if he could see anything, and this was Carter’s reply.

Congratulations to all the winners. We’ll be in touch shortly. Happy Christmas everyone and thanks for reading the blog in 2012.

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M&G Bond Vigilantes Christmas Quiz 2012

For the sixth year in a row, we bring you the Bond Vigilantes Christmas Quiz. As always there are 20 questions, and the closing date for entries is midnight on Thursday 20th December 2012. Please email your answers to us at bondvigilantes@mandg.co.uk.

The prize is, once more, glory. But the winner will also get to choose a charity to which we will donate £200. He or she will also win a hardback copy of Philip Coggan’s excellent Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order. The nine runners up will get a paperback copy of the same. Conditions of entry are shown at the bottom of this post entry. Good luck!

  1. What was created especially for Winston Churchill in 1950 as a brandy-like celebration drink?
  2. “We’re just going to draw the raffle numbers now”. Who said this and when?
  3. What’s this called?
  4. “Beam me up Scotty”. Why was it third time lucky this year?
  5. How is James Gatz from North Dakota better known?
  6. Held in 1994, it is said to be the biggest rock or pop concert ever. Who performed and where?
  7. Archaeologists recently discovered a mummy in the Valley of the Kings, covered in chocolate and nuts. Who is it believed to be?
  8. The winner of this 7.4km race gets a red coat with a silver badge. Which race?
  9. What do all the cover stars of this magazine have in common?
  10. Which fairground ride’s name derives from a military training game seen by crusaders in Turkey in the 12th century?
  11. The Nike swoosh, a cheap US hipster beer, and a prize for fast ships. What?
  12. What were bulky, ungainly monstrosities more suitable for the wide open vistas of a Scandinavian airport?
  13. It shows a hundred consecutive pulses from the pulsar CP 1919, but is best known as what?
  14. Coppi was the first, Pantani the last. To do what?
  15. Who famously finished the story of Bleak House, and was then sitting down to start Great Expectations that afternoon?
  16. Whose stationery did this logo head up?
  17. Following electromagnetic surveys, and eyewitness accounts from elderly locals, it’s hoped that a dig will uncover 36 of them in Burma. What?
  18. Earlier this year, a hedge fund managed to seize an asset as part of its claim against Argentina following the latter’s sovereign bond default. What was it?
  19. Who is this?
  20. As he looked through a hole in a wall in 1922, someone asked him if he could see anything. He said “Yes, wonderful things”. Who was he?

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The 2011 Bond Vigilantes Christmas Quiz

Here’s the 5th annual Bond Vigilantes quiz.  Twenty questions.  The closing dates for entries is midday on Friday 16th December.  Please email your answers.

Given a doubling of our readership over the last year from 6,000 separate visitors per month to 12,500+ we are more than doubling our prize pool.  However, as it’s all about the glory of victory we will be donating the top prize of £200 to the charity of the winner’s choice.  The winner and the next nine best scores will receive a copy of Michael Lewis’s Boomerang (I just finished it – excellent but pretty depressing).

See below for details of entry.  Good luck – as always you may not need 20/20 to win a prize.

1. Which hand signal did this guy invent?

2. Which member of the Smiths is the only one to have had a UK number 1 hit single?

3. Which borough has the greatest number of UK Barclays Premiership men’s football clubs in it?

4. In October 2004, a man called Brian travelled just under 70 miles to achieve which world record?

5. Who are Wenlock and Mandeville?

6. Who sang “Walking in the Air” in the film The Snowman?

7. Which telecoms innovation is named after a Danish Viking king?

8. What’s the only action film to feature two future US Governors?

9. Who’s gravestone is this?

10. “Scientists” discovered this year that the world’s catchiest song of all time is…?

11. The same song title, three completely different songs, the same year, all charted highly in the UK.  Title of the song?

12. Who’s bicycle was this?

13. What may have broken some pretty important laws in travelling from Switzerland to Italy earlier this year?

14. What was for Neville?

15. What will this (probably) be when it’s finished?

16. Rooster lives in a Wiltshire caravan – which award winning play?

17. What links Michele, Herman, Jon, Gary, Ron, Rick, Mitt, Rick and Newt?

18. As at today’s date, how many AAA rated sovereign nations are there according to S&P?

19. What is this famous diagram showing (broadly)?

20. What did former Italy and Roma midfielder Damiano Tommasi, now President of the Italian Football Association urge Serie A football players to buy on Monday 28th November?

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The 2010 Bond Vigilantes Christmas Quiz

Here’s the 4th annual Bond Vigilantes quiz.  Twenty questions as usual, with one bonus point available – and in past years you didn’t always need a full house to win the prize.  The closing date for entries is midday on Friday 17th December. 

When we started giving away Amazon vouchers in 2008 the top prize was £100 and it was also £100 in 2009.  In the light of rising consumer prices we thought that this year we should increase it in line with inflation.  But which measure to use?  If we uplifted by the UK RPI the prize would be £104.50 – but what if an Irish client won?  It would be a windfall gain for them as their inflation rate justifies a prize of just £100.70.  If only we could get hold of Google’s new online consumer index, the GPI, which would be most appropriate and indicates a “very clear deflationary trend” – alas it’s not yet published.  So after much deliberation we are going to increase the top prize to £103.20, to help the government’s desired move away from the RPI and towards the lower CPI rate.  And like the government we need to make savings to finance our budgetary burden, so we decided that you are all in this together, and the second and third prizes have therefore been reduced in value somewhat (you get a copy each of The Big Short by Michael Lewis) with no fourth prize.  Entry details below.
 
1. Who overcomes his fear of flying and a drinking problem to win the love of an air stewardess on a flight from LA to Chicago?

2. Who is the world’s largest private sector employer?

3. Which Three Letter Acronym (TLA) links Scottish ski lifts, Innocent Smoothies and Pringles?

4. Which Scandinavian Billy has sold over 40 million units?

5. What was recorded in Lagos, won a Grammy and has a front cover that pictures Michael Parkinson dressed as a convict?

6. Please identify A, B, C and D

“A is not B” – Elena Salgado, A Finance minister, Feb 2010.
“C is not B” – the Economist, 22nd April 2010.
“D is not in B Territory” – D Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, November 2010.
“B is not D” – George Papaconstantinou, B Finance minister, 8th November 2010.
“A is neither D nor C” – Elena Salgado, A Finance minister, 16 November 2010.
“Neither A nor C is D” – Angel Gurria, Secretary-general OECD, 18th Nov 2010.

Bonus point, identify X and Y

“X is not Y” – Jan Winiecki X MPC member

7. Which word comes from the name of a cattle rancher who went against convention and didn’t brand his cows?

8. What is this?

9. What did you have to do to get into Morrissey’s first ever solo gig, back in 1988?

10. Why would it be wrong to call her Stacey, Jane or quiet girl?

11. What is the Chinese credit rating agency called, and what is its rating for the United States?

12. What is the Chinese name for this popular Dim Sum dish?

13. What do Vince Hilaire, Andre Previn (and the LSO), and Desmond Tutu have in common?

14. Who, collectively, are these guys?

15. ”Ireland stands as a shining example of the art of the possible in long-term economic policymaking, and that is why I am in Dublin: to listen and to learn.”  Who said that in February 2006?

16. ”Who is Jxxx Gxxx?” – the opening line of an old book that is influencial once again.  Fill in the blanks.

17. What will Marcus Trescothick get £1,000,000 for if he does it next year?

18. Which now famous grafitti artist orginally worked using the tag “SAMO”?

19. What was this dog called?


20. Complete the joke: “I’ve just bought a new aftershave that smells of breadcrumbs…”

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