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John le Carré’s A Legacy of Spies quiz: Here are the answers and the 5 lucky winners

Here are the results of our John le Carré quiz contest. These are the five lucky people who will each get an author-signed copy of A Legacy of Spies.

books Updated: Oct 25, 2017 19:06 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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John le Carré at the premiere of The Night Manager, based on his 1993 novel, at the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival in 2016.(Shutterstock)

On October 21, we asked you to participate in our John le Carré quiz to win a signed copy of the British writer’s latest thriller A Legacy of Spies.

Thank you, dear readers, for your enthusiastic response to the contest, which ended yesterday. We got plenty of correct answers, but sadly, there are just five signed copies to give away. Therefore, we had to draw lots.

Here are the names of the five lucky people who will soon receive a copy of John le Carré’s A Legacy of Spies.

Aishwarya Sharma, 25, a bank manager based out of Mumbai, Maharashtra

Avik Chatterjee, 40, a Delhi-based leadership consultant and motivational speaker

Prabal N. Muttoo, 22, a researcher with a think-tank in Lucknow, UP

Neeraj Katoch, 39, a banker from New Delhi

Suketu Talekar, 40, a Mumbai-based entrepreneur

And here are the questions with the correct answers:

1. Who played the role of Alec Leamas in the 1965 adaptation of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold?

*Alec Guinness

*Richard Burton

*Clark Gable

Welsh actor Richard Burton played Alec Leamas in Martin Ritt’s adaptation of The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965). Burton won a BAFTA and a David di Donatello Award for this role.

2. What does le Carré call the chief of MI6?




Control, an intelligence officer who heads “the Circus” (le Carré’s name for MI6 in the books), first appears in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

3. Where is the British diplomat Justin Quayle based in The Constant Gardener?




In The Constant Gardener (2001), Justin Quayle is a British diplomat posted in Nairobi, Kenya. The novel was made into a film starring starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz in 2005.

4. In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which codename from the nursery rhyme is assigned to George Smiley?


*Rich man

*Beggar man

Control takes words from the nursery rhyme to give codenames to all agents suspected of being defectors.

5. Which book features occasional Circus operative Jerry Westerby in Hong Kong?

*Smiley’s People

*The Honourable Schoolboy

*The Looking Glass War

Jerry Westerby is a newspaper reporter and an occasional Circus operative.

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First Published: Oct 25, 2017 19:05 IST