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19 December 2005updated 24 Sep 2015 11:31am

The 2005 Hindsight Quiz

An unbelievable year - and what have we learned? Be wise after the event with our fun festive quiz.

By Staff Blogger

The first correct entry out of a hat will receive a magnum of Delamotte champagne (exclusive to Corney & Barrow Ltd)

Entries to: Christmas Quiz, New Statesman,
52 Grosvenor Gardens,
by first post Tuesday 3 January 2006.
Winner and answers revealed in our issue 9 January 2006

1 Who in January 2005 insisted Kate Moss had a “beautiful soul”?
a) Piers Morgan
b) Pete Doherty
c) Robbie Williams

2 What item previously owned by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger emerged for sale on eBay after he became Pope?
a) A first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
b) A pair of silk stockings, reportedly bequeathed to him by his mother
c) A 1999 Volkswagen Golf

3 Who described Make Poverty History as “the most extraordinary civic society campaign that I have ever come across”?
a) Bob Geldof
b) Cameron Diaz
c) Tony Blair

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4 Who was mistakenly identified as “an Asian guy”?
a) Jean Charles de Menezes
b) President Mubarak of Egypt
c) Darcus Howe

5 Who, according to the Times, had one life left on 1 November?
a) David Blunkett
b) Trevor Kavanagh
c) The Downing Street cat

6 Who regretted warming up with a game of touch rugby?
a) Jonny Wilkinson
b) Glenn McGrath
c) Tim Henman

7 Why did a pink pussy and a slippery nipple leave David Cameron red-faced?
a) They are the names of horses, owned by a friend, which he bet on and lost
b) They are the names of drinks in a nightclub of which he has been a director
c) He was overheard saying to his wife how much he liked them

8 What did the Senegalese economist Demba Moussa Dembele say about the G8 summit?
a) “People must not be fooled by the celebrities: Africa got nothing.”
b) “I’d like to thank the celebrities who have helped put Africa on the agenda.”
c) “The summit made a start, but much more must be done.”

9 What was given as the cause of George Best’s death?
a) Excessive consumption of orange juice
b) Excessive kindness towards women
c) Multiple organ failure

10 Who was “dead wood” in July but a hero in August?
a) Tony Blair
b) Ashley Giles
c) Peter Wilby

11 Who said the following and when?“O people of Baghdad, remember that for 26 generations you have suffered under strange tyrants, who have endeavoured to set one Arab house against another in order that they may profit by your dissensions. This policy is abhorrent to Great Britain and the Allies for there can be neither peace nor prosperity where there is enmity and misgovernment.”
a) Tony Blair, March 2005
b) Osama Bin Laden, March 2003
c) General Stanley Maude, March 1917

12 Who was “very surprised” at 12.51pm on 25 November?
a) Michael Vaughan
b) Professor Roger Williams
c) David Davis

13 Who admitted catching the wrong flight, ending up on the beaches of Sri Lanka instead of the resorts of Thailand?
a) Peter Mandelson
b) Foreign Office diplomats
c) Jordan and Peter Andre

14 To whom did Tony Blair apologise in February?
a) The Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven
b) The Iraqi people
c) Gordon Brown

15 What happened when George Bush congratulated the people of Tbilisi, Georgia, on having achieved a “rose revolution” to match the Ukraine’s “orange revolution”, Lebanon’s “cedar revolution”, and Iraq’s “purple revolution”?
a) Rose petals were showered over him
b) A cedar tree fell on him
c) A hand grenade was hurled at him

16 How many E additives are there in a Turkey Twizzler?
a) 8
b) 23
c) 176

17 What was rated “severe” in May but only “substantial” in June?
a) The danger of England losing the Ashes series
b) The danger of bird flu
c) The danger of an al-Qaeda attack on London

18 How do you catch MRSA?
a) Through coughs and sneezes – it’s an airborne virus
b) As a result of poor hospital hygiene
c) By human contact (eg, from hand to hand)

19 Who wrongly estimated that 10,000 had died?
a) The prime minister of Sri Lanka
b) Robert Fisk
c) The mayor of New Orleans

20 When were ID cards last used in the UK?
a) 1915
b) 1953
c) They’ve never been used

21 Two million people texted in their request for a Live 8 ticket.
What were their chances of getting one?

a) 1 in 100
b) 1 in 28
c) 1 in 13

22 More than half of British people think that the risk of a further terrorist attack in Britain is increased by what?
a) Holding the Olympics
b) Keeping Sir Ian Blair in his job
c) Staying in Iraq

23 It cost £100m to police what?
a) The G8 summit
b) The Ashes Test series
c) The royal wedding

24 Which of the following did Sir Ian Blair not say after the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station?
a) Menezes had failed to obey instructions to stop
b) The shooting was linked to the inquiry into attempted terrorist attacks
c) Menezes was wearing a bulky jacket with wires protruding from it

25 Who featured, climactically, in the winning passage of the Bad Sex Awards?
a) John Major
b) Zorro
c) Paris Hilton

26 Who got an apology in July for what she did in September?
a) Carol Thatcher
b) Kimberly Quinn
c) Kate Moss

27 Who picked up the phone in anger?
a) Russell Crowe
b) Simon Cowell
c) Alastair Campbell

28 What, according to the Daily Mail, did a red-haired Syrian do?
a) Write the Sermon on the Mount
b) Seduce David Blunkett
c) Mastermind the 7/7 bombings

29 Who was dismayed to find someone else wearing the same dress?
a) Hillary Clinton
b) Keira Knightley
c) Naomi Campbell

30 To what was the mother of Guy Pelly, Prince Harry’s friend, referring when she said: “It was no more disrespectful than for a white man to dress as a black man”?
a) Prince Harry’s decision to don Nazi uniform for a fancy-dress party

b) Her son’s decision to dress as the Queen
c) Prince William’s decision to wear a lion costume

31 Which of the following was not a term of abuse deployed by George Galloway in 2005?
a) Popinjay
b) Wolf
c) Lickspittle

32 Who regrets checking out Mary Poppins too thoroughly?
a) Jude Law
b) Sir Richard Eyre
c) David Beckham

33 Which new member of the Secret Service escaped everyone’s notice, only to be unmasked after mother gave the game away?
a) Judi Dench
b) Sean Connery
c) Daniel Craig

34 Who, in retrospect, could have been a bit nicer about Saturday?
a) Zadie Smith
b) Julian Barnes
c) John Banville

35 Who should have had a few more riding lessons before announcing herself lady of the manor?
a) Camilla Parker Bowles
b) Madonna
c) Catherine Zeta-Jones

36 Of what was the parrot accused?
a) Repeating Blair’s phone conversation with Bush
b) Bringing bird flu to Britain
c) Taking a line of cocaine

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