Is Ridley Scott’s middle name Didley? Richard Ayoade’s meta movie quiz asks the questions – but have you got the answers?


The Biffarts quizmaster … Richard Ayoade. Photograph: Antonio Olmos for the Guardian
The Biffarts quizmaster … Richard Ayoade. Photograph: Antonio Olmos for the Guardian
Richard Ayoade
Wednesday 24 December 2014 12.29 GMT
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This is a transcript of the questions Richard Ayoade set for the Tri-Annual Quiz-A-Thon held by the British Independent First Feature in A Realist Tradition awards (the Biffarts).

Tragically, halfway through James Nesbitt’s opening monologue, a highly localised fire sparked. In an attempt to avert disaster, one prominent jury member stripped to the waist and frenziedly wafted the flames with her jacket. Unfortunately, Tilda’s tunic was made of a highly flammable midnight-blue crêpe and went up like a hairball. The jacket contained the answers to the quiz.

Luckily, Nesbitt was still in possession of the questions, and was willing to license them back to us for a moderate fee. Here they be:

• What is Steven Spielberg’s preferred method of birth control?

• Who is director Steve McQueen’s famous namesake?

• Why won’t Quentin Tarantino eat guacamole after dusk?

• In what way is Mike Leigh different from a cult leader?

• True or false: Ridley Scott’s middle name is Didley?

• Which leading figure in the film industry likes hearing jokes at their expense?

• Can you name one successful and respected screenwriter?

• Whatever happened to the actor Tom Hanks?

• From what source does Robert Rodriguez get his confidence?

• What actor, aside from Sean Connery, could get away with doing the same accent his whole career?

• Why do people think it’s possible to make a good Godzilla film?
• Has any film ever been made that’s better than the worst episode of Columbo?


• What would possess someone to rewatch Ordinary People?

• Who would win in a fight between Joe Pesci and Joe Pasquale?

Ayoade also acted as question master for the Halloween quiz-off at the FilmFlam BamBam Website Contributors’ Breakfast Breakdown, conducted by group Skype, on 31 October 2013. Ayoade was offline for the actual quiz, but personally posted the following message via his nephew.

“Gad tidings, Skype Pals. What better way to celebrate Halloween than with this chilling collection o’ terrifying trivia questions? Please keep your answers as brief as possible (eg Q: Why were the actors in the film Cloverfield not given a script before they agreed to do the project? A: In case they read it.)”

• What are the better ways to celebrate Halloween than this chilling collection o’ terrifyingly unimportant trivia questions?

• As long as it’s night, are vampires able to use tanning beds?

• Which Finnish frightener was set in a salmon farm? Was it (A) The Deadly Salmon; (B) They Called Him Salmon; (C) I Was a Teenage Salmon Farmer; (D) Hell-sinki?

• What is the precise wattage of “the shining” in The Shining?

• Can ANYONE remember ANYTHING that happened in ANY ONE of the Nightmare on Elm Street films?

• Why is Freddy Krueger’s skin so susceptible to angry flareups?

• Is it possible he’s allergic to wool?

• Can you think of a good reason to remake The Texas Chain Saw Massacre?

• Why did the makers of Friday the 13th choose to start their franchise with its 12th sequel?

• Since when did zombies get so fast?

• In The Exorcist, why are the priests so frightened of exercise?

• During which time of the year is the film Halloween set?

• Can you understand why they made a fifth Scary Movie?
• Can you understand why they made a first Scary Movie?

• Is it possible to be a mistress of suspense?

• What was the name of Rosemary’s Baby’s mother?

• In Rosemary’s Baby, given that he’s the father, why doesn’t Satan attend the birth? Or at least send a note?

• In The Mummy, who is The Daddy?

• What emotion is a central theme in The Terror?

• Which Portuguese eco-horror features a soundtrack by Right Said Fred?

• Lon Chaney, the Man of a Thousand Faces, actually only had one face. But which one was it?

• For what reason did they release the behind-the-scenes documentary of The Blair Witch Project instead of the actual film?

• Why have there been so few horror films about snails?

Extracted from Ayoade on Ayoade: a Cinematic Odyssey by Richard Ayoade, published by Faber, £14.99. To order a copy for £11.99 with free UK p&p go to

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