The weekend Christmas quiz answers

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History 1. The Spanish Civil War; 2. Henry Kissinger; 3. He was Vyacheslav Molotov. When the Soviets invaded Finland, resistance fighters referred to their home-made bombs as Molotov cocktails; 4. The four figures written about by Lytton Strachey in his book 'Eminent Victorians'; 5. The man on the Clapham omnibus.

Books 1. Ruth Padel and Derek Walcott. They were all vying to become Oxford Professor of Poetry; 2. Elmore Leonard; 3. Jean Cocteau; 4. Jean Brodie, as in 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' by Muriel Spark; 5. 'Clarissa', by Samuel Richardson.

Pop 1. Eric Clapton; 2. 'Twist and Shout'; 3. Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade of Pale'; 4. Rihanna; 5. Abba and ZZ Top.

Geography 1. Mount Rushmore in South Dakota where Borglum sculpted the heads of four US Presidents into the rock; 2. Administrative: Pretoria; legislative: Cape Town; judicial: Bloemfontein; 3. The Rubicon, which Julius Caesar famously crossed in 49BC; 4. Midi-Pyrenees; 5. Colombia and Brazil.

Words 1. Concordat; 2. Jewellery (Tomfoolery); 3. Stentorian; 4. Picaresque; 5. Redact.

Sport 1. David Beckham – against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup and against Austria in a World Cup qualifier at Old Trafford in 2005; 2. Virender Sehwag of India; 3. Cycling round the Manchester Velodrome as German band Kraftwerk performed; 4. In 1991 when Michael Stich beat his German compatriot Boris Becker; 5. Tony Adams of Arsenal.

Film 1. Luis Bunuel; 2. All played the title characters in films that won the Best Picture Oscar: 'Marty' (1955), 'Annie Hall' (1977), 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962) and 'Million Dollar Baby' (2004); 3. Roman Polanski. It's his chalet in Switzerland; 4. The Cesar Awards; 5. It's the Electric Cinema in Birmingham.

Secret Santa 1. The Foundling Hospital; 2. Shocking pink; 3. Namby-pamby; 4. 'My watch has stopped'; 5. The Ashmolean, Oxford, set up with donations from Elias Ashmole.

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