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Crikey quiz! Know your colorful racing identities, a tabloid teaser test

Think you know your news? We’ve put together 50 of our favourite tabloid titles for Crikey readers to work out. Take the test and see if you can put a name to the media moniker.

Here at Crikey we’re big fans of the epithets journos use to describe the public figures they write about: they’re what helps turn a straight news report into a cracking yarn.

Sometimes this language is deployed euphemistically — a code for the reader to work out. “Colourful racing identity” is a classic of the genre, a term editors use when they aren’t allowed to call someone a “dodgy crook”.

More often these tabloid nicknames are simply a way of quickly explaining who someone is to the readers, without resorting to boring official titles (think “F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone” or “media mogul Rupert Murdoch”).

So do you think you know your news? We’ve put together 50 of our favourite tabloid titles for Crikey readers to work out. Take the test and see if you can put a name to the media moniker (no googling, please).

Email your list to boss@crikey.com.au  — the best answers will receive a First Dog on the Moon prize pack. (Thanks to veteran tabloid tragic Terry Towelling for helping collate the list.)

  • A senior NSW Right source
  • ALP factional dalek
  • Australia’s Charles Dickens
  • Australia’s most powerful Catholic
  • Beloved philanthropist and media matriarch
  • Billionaire rag trader
  • Cardboard heir
  • Cash-strapped coal baron
  • Celebrity accountant
  • Commentary box doyen
  • Controversial hoop
  • Controversial medico
  • Crane operator and alleged crime boss
  • Disgraced AFL player manager
  • Disgraced former Labor MP
  • Editing wunderkind
  • Electronics kingpin
  • Embattled talkback king
  • Faceless man
  • Football idiot
  • Former NSW Labor powerbroker
  • Former TV funnyman
  • Game show legend
  • Hoax DJ pair
  • Human headline
  • Influential adman
  • Infrastructure tsar
  • Kings Cross nightclub identity
  • Labor elder
  • Leggy stage singer
  • Liberal Party love rat
  • Millionaire professional gambler
  • Music impresario and convicted tax fraudster
  • Outspoken mining magnate
  • PM’s estranged ex-lover
  • Press gallery doyenne
  • Publishing queen
  • Self-confessed union bagman
  • Seven News supremo
  • Slain gangland kingpin
  • Slimmed-down spin king
  • Swimming bad boy
  • The world’s richest woman
  • Troubled actor
  • Troubled tennis prodigy
  • Tuna tycoon
  • Turncoat MP
  • Underbelly lawyer
  • Union heavyweight
  • WAG queen
*Send your entries in to boss@crikey.com.au for your chance to win a First Dog pack.
  • 1
    Posted Friday, 14 December 2012 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    While I refuse to show my ignorance by sending in an entry which may not be 100% correct.
    I have to say, it’s downright scary how many of those nicknames leapt off the page and matched up with the real villains without any assistance from Google.

  • 2
    Posted Friday, 14 December 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Ah, I get it. They’re all euphemisms for Graham Richardson, right?

  • 3
    Hugh (Charlie) McColl
    Posted Saturday, 15 December 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Can anyone identify the earliest use in an Australian newspaper of the expression “colourful racing identity”, or even a rough date ie. 1960s or is it earlier?

  • 4
    Kristian Olesen
    Posted Sunday, 16 December 2012 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I hate to a be a pedant, but should shouldn’t it be “colourful” and not “colorful”?