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The Christmas quiz: obituaries

  1. “In a bar in Toledo across from the depot, on a bar stool she took off her ring...” is a line from which ballad by the late country music star Kenny Rogers (pictured)?
  2. Michel Roux, and his brother Albert, transformed the British restaurant scene when they opened Le Gavroche in 1967. It was very upmarket, but it was named after a street urchin – from which novel?
  3. Which imposing actor who died this year challenged Death to a game of chess in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal?
  4. Joseph Shabalala and the South African vocal group he founded collaborated with Paul Simon on his 1986 hit album Graceland. What was the name of the band?
  5. At the age of 26, Elizabeth Wurtzel burst into the public eye with the publication of which freewheeling memoir?
  6. “Whether it’s the Romans, the king, the president of the Republic, the police... one may be little; one still has to fight back.” Which illustrator, talking about his most beloved creation, said this?
  7. The Scotland Yard detective who brought down the Krays, and helped catch the Great Train Robbers, died this year, aged 95. What was his name?
  8. Which former wartime despatch rider turned TV action heroine once released a single called Kinky Boots?

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