Test your mettle against our writers’ questions on film, music, politics, theatre and more

• Try your hand at the Observer’s literary picture quiz

Which of these bestselling novels has not been seen on British stages this year?

Life of Pi – Yann Martel

The Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst

Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter

Small Island – Andrea Levy

A hugely successful revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal transferred from the West End to Broadway this year. Tom Hiddleston’s casting in the starring role caused major excitement, so much so that one audience member was reported to have done what during a pivotal scene?

Facetime her best friend who couldn’t afford a ticket

Masturbate against her seat

Storm the stage to ask him to marry her

Faint

When Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s original Fleabag play returned to the West End, media coverage became fixated on how many times she swore within the hour. Was it:

27 times

33 times

42 times

59 times

Which musician wrote the songs for All About Eve, which starred Gillian Anderson and Lily Cole at the Noël Coward theatre?

PJ Harvey

Imogen Heap

Fiona Apple

Cat Power

Two searing recreations of true-life investigations graced our televisions screen this year. In A Confession, Martin Freeman was DS Stephen Fulcher, who made a procedural mistake in seeking Sian O’Callaghan’s killer, Christopher Halliwell. But which actor, better known for more exuberant genres, played DCI Colin Sutton who doggedly tracked down Levi Bellfield, killer of Milly Dowler and others, in Manhunt?

Bradley Walsh

Martin Clunes

Rob Lowe

Tim McInnerny

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, produced by Netflix and the Jim Henson Company, is a prequel to the 1982 film of the same name. But where was Jim Henson when he wrote the original film?

Snowed in at a hotel in New York during a blizzard

Living in a shed in his parents’ garden six months after graduating

Spending the night in custody for public intoxication

On a cruise ship holiday with his family, after contracting severe gastroenteritis

“I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel,” was the last line of which show this year?

Endeavour

Upstart Crow

Game of Thrones

Rick Stein’s Secret France

Which Netflix series featured an all-female team of creators, writers and directors?

Russian Doll

Orange is the New Black

Sex Education

Glow

The BBC and Netflix allowed David Attenborough to finally tell it like it is with Our Planet and then Climate Change: The Facts. He followed up with the spirited, message-heavy and glorious Seven Worlds, One Planet. But what is the title of his beautifully filmed but somehow “meh” offering from early summer?

Legacy

Under One Sun

Dynasties

Extinction, Rebellion, Rebirth

Who played Vivienne Rook, a populist politician who made voting mandatory in Russell T Davies’s near-future dystopia Years and Years?

Emily Mortimer

Emma Thompson

Kelly Macdonald

Julie Walters

“You can’t be brave unless you’re scared.” Which acclaimed film does this quote come from?

Black Panther

The Irishman

Eighth Grade

Toy Story 4

“I believe they messed the music up… the magic and joy were lost,” said Elton John in a GQ interview this year. Which 2019 film did he label “a huge disappointment”?

Judy

The Lion King

Yesterday

Rocketman

Judi Dench stars as Old Deuteronomy in Cats, returning to the mega-musical 38 years after she dropped out of the original stage production. What happened?

Her singing was deemed unsatisfactory

She snapped her achilles tendon in rehearsal

She left to film the sitcom A Fine Romance

She proved allergic to her cat costume

In March, director Jordan Peele returned to our screens with horror film Us. Which Bible verse is repeatedly alluded to in it?

Deuteronomy 11:11

1 Corinthians 11:11

Jeremiah 11:11

Mark 11:11

In January, an Oscar contender deleted their Twitter account after a pro-Trump tweet from 2015 resurfaced, and went on to win despite the ensuing controversy. Who was it?

Graham King, producer of Bohemian Rhapsody

Nick Vallelonga, screenwriter of Green Book

Lady Gaga, star of A Star Is Born

Spike Lee, director of BlacKkKlansman

In November, Michael Gove embarrassed himself by quoting Stormzy in a Twitter exchange. But who, until then, had been his favourite rapper?

Robert Van Winkle, aka Florida-based rapper Vanilla Ice

“Chap hop” artist Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer

Rapper, producer and marijuana entrepreneur Snoop Dogg

Dappy, N-Dubz lead singer and hat enthusiast

Lana Del Rey gained acclaim with her August release Norman Fucking Rockwell!. But before she was Lana Del Rey, she assumed a number of stage names. Which of the following is not a former name?

Sparkle Jump Rope Queen

May Jailer

Princess Marilyn

Lizzy Grant

Earlier this year, Lil Nas X’s country-rap hybrid Old Town Road set a new record for most weeks at No 1 in the US. Billy Ray Cyrus, who features on a remix of the song, later revealed the original lyrics to his line “Baby’s got a habit, diamond rings and Fendi sports bras.” What were they?

“Baby’s got no habits, all she wanna do is yoga.”

“Baby’s got a habit, diamond rings and marijuana.”

“Baby’s gotta have it, otherwise she’s off to Utah.”

“Baby’s got a habit, diamond rings and daily caviar.”

Which of the following music videos was not one of YouTube’s top 10 most viewed globally this year?

Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care

Daddy Yankee & Snow – Con Calma

Billie Eilish – bad guy

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello – Señorita

At Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, a Los Angeles festival curated by Tyler, the Creator, Drake was booed off stage. Which rumoured artist was the crowd expecting instead?

Steve Lacy

Childish Gambino

Frank Ocean

Vince Staples

In politics, Diane Abbott made headlines for drinking a canned M&S cocktail on a London train. What drink was it?

Piña colada

Cosmopolitan

Espresso martini

Mojito

Unaware of being filmed at the Nato summit earlier this month, Justin Trudeau was caught seemingly mocking Donald Trump for taking an impromptu 40-minute press conference, saying: “I just watched his team’s jaws drop to the floor.” But what did Trudeau later tell reporters his comment referred to?

David Holmes’s testimony during the Trump impeachment inquiry

The president’s announcement that the next G7 summit would be held at Camp David

Trump’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn, which claimed his leadership would be “so bad” for the UK

One of Trump’s tweets, calling Kim Jong-un “little rocket man”

Which of the following was not a feature of the Conservative party’s social media campaign?

The rebranding of an official Conservative Twitter account as a fact-checking service

A Twitter image, in Comic Sans font, urging MPs to “come together and get Brexit done”

A meme outlining the benefits of fiscal responsibility

A site made to attack Labour, along with an official ad presenting it as the Labour manifesto

This year, Donald Trump made headlines with his tweets. According to a New York Times analysis, between January 2017 and November 2019, how many of his tweets have promoted conspiracy theories?

190

550

1,710

4,030

How many of Trump’s tweets have praised himself?

50

670

1,259

2,026

And how many have praised dictators?

47

132

244

706

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