Thank you for another bumper haul of Christmas Quiz entries. This year’s winner is Dan Looney, with 20/20. Dan will be familiar to those M&G clients in the South West of the UK, as he used to cover that region for us a decade or so ago when he worked here. He was genuinely first out of the hat – the others in the full house club are Richard Sullivan, Sam Morton, Mark Dufton and Nick Tudball. Also winners, and on 19/20, are Simon Evan-Cook, Jonathan Peberdy, Andrew Mann, Adam Weidner, Gary Lee, and Chris Ramsden. The best M&G entry was from Dominic Harlow, 19/20.
Dan gets to chose a charity for us to make a £200 donation to (we’ll tweet it @bondvigilantes when he’s told us), and we’ll be in touch with the rest of you to get your addresses so we can send you a copy of Michael Lewis’s Boomerang.
The answers are below. For question 8, we also accepted Running Man, or Batman and Robin (also Arnie/Jesse films). We accepted both 15 or 16 for question number 18, as it depends on whether you think Hong Kong is a sovereign nation or not.
- The picture is of Glenn Burke, formerly of the Oakland As baseball team. The hand signal he invented was the “high five”.
- The only member of the Smiths to have a UK number 1 single, was Craig Gannon (who was in the Smiths in 1986). Previously he had been a member of the Bluebells, and Young at Heart was number one for 4 weeks in 1993 when it was reissued after being used in a VW advert. There was a moment of panic when someone claimed that Andy Rourke played on Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U – but we couldn’t evidence that (he did play on some of her records), and it wouldn’t have impacted the result.
- Hammersmith & Fulham has 3 Premier League football clubs within it – QPR, Fulham and Chelsea.
- Brian Binnie won the X Prize in 2004 by piloting SpaceShipOne, the first private manned vehicle, into space.
- Wenlock and Mandeville are the 2012 Olympic mascots.
- Peter Auty sang “Walking in the Air” in the film The Snowman (Aled Jones sang it for a record release).
- Bluetooth technology is named after a Danish Viking king.
- The film Predator features two future US Governors – Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura.
- The picture shows the gravestone of Tony Wilson, Factory Records boss.
- We are the Champions by Queen was determined to be the catchiest song of all time, according to scientists at Goldsmiths University this year. YMCA came second.
- The Power of Love charted 3 times in 1985 with different versions by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Huey Lewis and the News, and Jennifer Rush.
- The picture shows the bike that Eddy Merckx used to break the hour record.
- A neutrino may have travelled faster than light between Switzerland and Italy in an experiment earlier this year.
- An email which may have implicated senior newspaper executives in the phone hacking scandal was titled “For Neville”.
- The picture is what the new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt will look like when it’s finished, unless they decide they don’t need so much space going forward.
- Rooster is the character played by Mark Rylance in the hit play, Jerusalem.
- They were the first names of the Republican Party presidential nominee candidates at the time that we published the quiz.
- There are still 16 AAA rated sovereign nations, according to S&P. Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Norway, Netherlands, Liechtenstein. Luxembourg, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.
- The diagram is Charles Minard’s Map of Napoleon’s Russian Campaign of 1812 (overlaying a Sankey diagram onto a geographical map).
- The President of the Italian Football Association urged Serie A football players to buy Italian government bonds as a patriotic duty.
Thanks again for all the entries, and Happy Christmas to everyone. I think we’ll post the bond team’s Desert Island Discs next week, but apart from that, it’ll be quietish here until 2012.