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1. Thurles, 26 March 1992; Towcester, 7 November 2013. What?

The Saturday Quiz answers

Here are the answers to this week's quiz...

The Saturday Quiz: Try our weekly brain teaser

1. Published in 1958, set in the 1860s, it's the biggest-selling Italian novel ever and was made into a 1963 film starring Burt Lancaster Which novel?

The Saturday Quiz: Try our weekly brain teaser

1. Oliver Baker, Emilia Jardine-Paterson, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, and Julia Samuel are among those who recently became what?

The Saturday Quiz: Try our weekly brain teaser

1. Awaji Island, Baden-Baden and Rustenburg were all what?

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1. Who first referred to the Conservative Party as the "nasty party"?

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1. In the navigational sense, what does GPS stand for?

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1. What was first declared upon the accession to the French throne of Charles VII, following the death of his father Charles VI in 1422?

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1. The Medici dynasty was centred on which city?

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1. The two factions created by the 1904 split in the Russian revolutionary movement were the Bolsheviks and who?

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1. The State Hermitage in St Petersburg.

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1. It has more than 3m items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. Which museum?

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1. Widely regarded as the world’s first pop festival, it took place in California in June 1967. Which festival?

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1 Monterey.

Men behaving madly

Why do Morris dancers in Essex wear condoms on their heads? And are Morris women anatomically incorrect? Pull the other one, says Anthony Clavane

Film of the week: Fargo

The setting is Minnesota's snowy plains where you can't see the division between land and sky. But the Coen brothers' icy style looks like thawing; there may be as much cruelty, barbed humour and as many sneering asides as usual in their tale of a kidnapping gone wrong. But in the figure of Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), the pregnant police chief investigating three murders linked to the kidnapping, they've located an odd model of humanity and morality previously absent from their work. Low-key, but likeable.

Angela Lewis on pop music

Placebo were a sure thing, huge potential stars in Indie when they emerged last year, but nothing prepares you for their debut album, a quality sparkler beyond all hopes. Songs are full of lightning energy, focus and charisma - just like frontman Brian Molko. He's the American with the male superwaif sexiness and sharpest pop lyrics since Kurt Cobain. The words to "Teen Angst", for instance, lacerate the heart with their intense imagery. "I don't really write about anything I haven't experienced, or is at least second hand from what friends have told me," explains Brian. "It's semi autobiographical, sort of saying check yourself before you wreck yourself."

Double exposure

Jeremy Hardy and Jack Dee, both successful solo comics, have decided that two heads are better than one and joined forces. James Rampton reports

John Lyttle on film

She was the last blonde. Sure, there have been blondes since: Hawn, Stone, Pfeiffer are bleach babies deluxe. But they aren't Marilyn Monroe.

David Benedict on theatre

Theatre

On the box

A Manchester GP earlier this week was warning that excessive viewing of sport on TV this summer might lead to an epidemic of a condition to which there is no known cure: mad couch disease. It seems that some viewers may be afflicted by it already - if the BBC2 viewing figues for the week ending 5 May are anything to go by. Viewers were keeping that pizza-delivery man busy and hunkering down on the sofa in front of the San Marino Grand Prix (5.04m viewers), the World Snooker championships (4.86m), and the Badminton Horse Trials (3.29m) - all of which made the channel's Top 10 that week. And that's long before the mid-summer madness of Euro 96, Test cricket, Wimbledon and the Olympics ...

Iain Gale on exhibitions

Exhibitions

Literacy

Appropriate anagrams: who are the following:

James Rampton on comedy

James Rampton on comedy

Numeracy

Here's a beastly puzzle:

Bridge

East-West's bidding barrage hustled North-South too high on this deal. It looks the simplest thing to defeat 6! but the defenders lost all the advantage they had gained in the bidding and more when they muddled the defence.

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Chess

Garry Kasparov's place at the top of the world rankings, a position he has held for the past 12 years, must be under threat after his defeat by Vladimir Kramnik in the sixth round of the Dos Hermanas tournament in Seville. Kramnik is currently ranked equal with Kasparov, but the manner of his victory suggests that he may be poised to overtake.

On the box

Emma Thompson has done many fine things in her life. She has starred in and written some of the best British films of the last decade. She has been garlanded with Oscars and Baftas. But she has failed to make a funny TV programme. The shadow of Thompson's cringe-making series must be hanging over Jane Horrocks (right), an equally talented actress who is making her first foray into TV sketch-land with Never the Mind the Horrocks. The omens for this 40-minute Channel 4 special, however, are good. To be broadcast later in the summer, it co-stars Martin Clunes, Rebecca Front and David Haig, and is written by, inter alia, Andy Hamilton (Drop the Dead Donkey), Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews (Father Ted) and Steve Punt (Punt and Dennis). The producer is Dan Patterson (Whose Line Is It Anyway?). With a line-up like that, it should be ab fab.
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