Which director turned down The Godfather, Chinatown and The Exorcist? The Weekend quiz

Thomas Eaton

The questions

1 What is unusual about the Nancy Pearl action figure toy?
2 Which director turned down The Godfather, Chinatown and The Exorcist?
3 Cinnabar is the main ore of which metal?
4 Which sport is played by mixed-sex teams of eight?
5 What is the UK’s highest civilian gallantry award?
6 In 1688, who landed at Brixham in Devon?
7 What Walter De Maria artwork is a grid of 400 steel poles?
8 Which empire was known as Tawantinsuyu in the Quechua language?
What links:
9 Double denim; barefoot with cigarette; dark suit; white suit?
10 Disraeli in 1878 and Chamberlain in 1938?
11 Rotherhithe; Blackwall; Dartford?
12 Denali; Mount Logan; Pico de Orizaba?
13 Daubenton’s; Leisler’s; Natterer’s; noctule; serotine?
14 Annie Walker; Bet Lynch; Vera Duckworth; Jenny Connor, currently?
15 Puducherry; Ladakh; Chandigarh; Lakshadweep (and four others)?

The answers

1 It’s modelled on a librarian.
2 Peter Bogdanovich.
3 Mercury.
4 Korfball.
5 George Cross.
6 William of Orange.
7 The Lightning Field.
8 Inca (local name, literally “realm of the four parts”).
9 The Beatles on the Abbey Road cover (from left): Harrison; McCartney; Starr; Lennon.
10 Returned with peace “with honour” (from Berlin and Munich, respectively).
11 Road tunnels under the Thames.
12 Highest peaks in North America (and highest in): US; Canada; Mexico.
13 UK bats.
14 Landladies of the Rovers Return in Coronation Street.
15 Union territories of India.