Thanks to all who took part. Here are the rest of the answers you’ve been waiting for, including sound or video links where appropriate.
ROUND 6: This Sporting Life:
26. Which P.G. Wodehouse book is dedicated to John Henrie and Pat Rogie, who were imprisoned for “playing of the gowff on the links of Leith every Sabbath the time of the sermonses”?
The Clicking of Cuthbert, golf short stories.
27. In which book does Mr Winkle shoot Mr Tupman by mistake instead of the intended rook? Harry Seacombe had it turned into a successful musical.
The Pickwick Papers. Politician scene.
28. Who presented ITV’s World of Sport for most of its 20 year run, having replaced Eamonn Andrews?
Dickie Davies. Catchy theme tune at the end!
29. Where is the FIFA headquarters located?
30. Who swam the entire length of the Thames for Sport Relief?
ROUND 7: Christmas and Art:
31. Who started painting “The Adoration of the Magi” in 1481?
Leonardo Da Vinci.
32. Who wrote and illustrated “The Snowman” and “Father Christmas”?
33. Who originally illustrated “A Christmas Carol”?
34. What is the connection between the Rosicrucians and Christmas cards?
A Rosicrucian Christmas card, possibly the world’s first, was sent to King James 1st in 1611.
35. Some artists use a common theme or gimmick, e.g. Louis Wain did comical cats. What is Ed Wheeler’s Christmas related gimmick?
He Photoshop’s himself wearing a Santa costume into famous artworks.
ROUND 8: Pantomime (Oh no it’s not!)
36. Dawn French is doing it for the first time this year, but in what role?
Snow White’s Stepmother.
37. What do foreigners usually understand pantomime to mean?
An extended mime.
38. A pantomime horse, summoned by poltergeist Timothy Claypole, was a stalwart of which children’s BBC comedy series?
39. Cinderella is an ever-popular theme, but who wrote the comic opera version in 3 weeks, which premiered in 1817?
40. A favourite source is Charles Perrault’s “Mother Goose” tales. But which tale from the collection was set as a Handelian pastiche by Helly-Hutchinson, who also appears in (17)?
Old Mother Hubbard.
ROUND 9: Eschatological Theories…
41. How/why do conspiracy theorists argue that the EU represents the Beast of the Book of Revelation?
Simple version: the Catholic Church sees the Virgin Mary as the woman of the book of apocalypse. Arsène Heiz, designer of the Council of Europe flag, later adopted by the EU, deliberately used Marian imagery to show that we’re all under her protection. The hard-core conspiracy theorists expand from there…
42. “Whispers of living etc.” Whose MASS is this a quote from?
Leonard Bernstein. The musical style is jazz, classical and Jewish. The White House were terrified that the Latin parts contained coded subversive messages. The BBC proms version is well worth a watch. The full video is below, and the quiz quote is 1 hour 4 minutes in…
43. What notorious number allegedly represents “Vicarious Filii Dei”, “Nero Caesar”, and the amount of tax collected by King Solomon annually?
44. Who directed the film “The Seventh Seal”? (Clue: his final semi-autobiographical work, a TV miniseries, also available as a film, opens with a big Christmas party).
45. How many books are there in the “Left Behind” series about the rapture by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins?
ROUND 10: Brief review of 2018
46. Who started the year being smuggled in and out of her room in a suitcase, and compared herself to Anne Frank?
47. What did Emmanuel Macron agree to lend Britain in January?
The Bayeux tapestry.
48. Who celebrated his 70th birthday in November, still on the metaphorical Welsh subs bench?
HRH Prince Charles.
49. What fate befell Charles Darwin in March?
His banknote stopped being legal tender.
50. Pepper the robot scored a first in October. What was it?
Addressing a parliamentary committee on artificial intelligence.