Observer culture quiz: from Scarface's little friend to big numbers about town

Test your wits against these brainteasers from the Observer’s critics “Say hello to my little friend,” drawls Al Pacino in A 150-millimetre Nebelwerfer rocket launcher. But what is his little friend? A 150-millimetre Nebelwerfer rocket launcher A grenade launcher replica attached to a Colt AR-15 assault rifle A teacup chihuahua What do Melissa McCarthy, Charlize Theron and Eva Marie Saint have in common? They have all played spies They all have a rare blood type They have all had their head completely shaved for a role In Breakfast At Tiffany’s, what does Audrey Hepburn buy in Tiffany’s? Nothing A sterling silver telephone dialer A Danish pastry 4. Which artist owned a hideous toothless cat called Valentine? Mary Cassatt Frida Kahlo Gwen John Which artist had a dog called Trump? John Singer Sargent Pablo Picasso William Hogarth Two of the following are the titles of published novels. Which is not? Sleeping With Schubert Beam Me Up, Beethoven Vivaldi’s Virgins Which composer wanted a temple in the Himalayas to be built, plus dancers and incense, for his unfinished work, Mysterium? John Cage Philip Glass Alexander Scriabin How does The Simpsons most closely connect to Mrs America, the miniseries detailing the 1970s conservative backlash against the Equal Rights Amendment, currently airing to much acclaim? John Slattery, who plays Fred, the husband of Phyllis Schlafly, voiced Principal Skinner for five years before co-starring as Roger in Mad Men The animation, in short form, debuted during The Tracey Ullman Show (Ullman plays Betty Friedan) Elizabeth Banks (Mrs America’s Jill Ruckelshaus) voiced Edna Krabapple, schoolteacher and later wife of Ned Flanders, before greater visibility as Effie in the Hunger Games series The number 51,201 is better known, to some particularly avid fans, as what? The population of Fargo, as referred to repeatedly by sheriff Ted Danson in season two The population of Twin Peaks, as depicted on an opening-credits town sign The annual average number of drug deaths in Baltimore, as referred to in The Wire by detective Lester Freamon (Clarke Peters) Creator Colin Dexter famously himself appeared in various guises as a cameo throughout episodes of Morse, Lewis and Endeavour. He sadly died in 2017, but the best-known one of his last, necessarily posthumous, cameos was as what? “Employee of the Month” on a 1960s railway poster The name on a nearby headstone during a downpour when Thursday and Morse visit the grave of George Fancy “Vicar in sex shame romp” on the cover of a particularly lurid copy of Titbits in an Oxford hair salon In which Shakespeare play does Milford Haven appear? Henry 1V Part Two Richard II Cymbeline Edward St Aubyn’s novel Dunbar was inspired by which Shakespeare play? King Lear Macbeth Pericles The Girl from Ipanema became a worldwide bossa nova hit when sung by Astrid Gilberto, but the music was written by which Brazilan star? Antônio Carlos Jobim Joao Gilberto Gilberto Gil Which famous Welsh band were originally called Betty Blue? Stereophonics Catfish and the Bottlemen Manic Street Preachers Our Lips Are Sealed by the Go-Go’s is based on an illicit romance between the band’s Jane Wiedlin and which British musician? Terry Hall of the Specials Sting Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks What is the Police’s song De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da about? A sex worker How language is trickery A stalker Which of these studied architecture at university? James Mason Brad Pitt Le Corbusier Of whom was it said, at the time of his graduation, that “we have given this academic title either to a fool or a genius. Time will show.” Frank Gehry Antonio Gaudì Frank Lloyd Wright 13 and above. Top of the world, ma 0 and above. Bumping along the bottom 7 and above. Middle of the road Continue reading...

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