BIG quiz of 2012

Olympic queen: Jessica Ennis. Photo: John Giles/PA Wire.
Olympic queen: Jessica Ennis. Photo: John Giles/PA Wire.
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IT’s time to test your knowledge in our big quiz of 2012 news, sport, showbiz and more - with all the answers at the bottom of the page.


1: Who inadvertently found himself in the ITunes chart in September?

2: Who faced the heat in November after heading off to the jungle?

3: Who was fined £3,000 and banned from pubs for three months in March after admitting assault in a House of Commons bar?

4: Who described the Queen as a “kaleidoscope Queen of a kaleidoscope country in a kaleidoscope Commonwealth” when she gave a speech to both Houses of Parliament in March to mark her Diamond Jubilee?

5: Which chick-lit author announced in August she was quitting as MP for Corby to live with her rock and roll husband in the United States?

6: Who found themselves at the centre of a first class controversy in October?

7: Which new role did Lord Prescott fail to get elected to in November?

8: Who didn’t make it home after going to the pub with the Prime Minister in June?

9: Who was left dangling in August?

10: Which Liberal Democrat resigned as Energy and Climate Change Secretary in February after being charged over allegations he asked his ex-wife to take a speeding penalty for him?


1: Who came second in the Tour de France in July?

2: Which major tournament did tennis star Andy Murray win in September to end a 76-year drought for British men?

3: How many managers have Chelsea had this year so far?

4: Who did Kevin Pietersen describe as a ‘doos’ (Afrikaans for dumb) in a text to opposing South African players?

5: Who scored the injury time goal which won Manchester City the 2011/12 Premier League title?

6: Whose “one night of madness” in November led to a six-month ban?

7: Why did Trenton Oldfield make a splash in April?

8: Who won the Six Nations in March?

9: Who pulled off the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in September.

10: Which boxers got in trouble for fighting in February?


1: What did the Queen describe as a “humbling experience’’ in June?

2: Who was caught on tape in May suggesting that 47% of Americans “are dependent on government” and “believe that they are victims”?

3: Who declared that his “nightmare” was over after being cleared of tax evasion charges in February?

4: Which celebrity chef was cautioned in January for shoplifting cheese and wine from Tesco?

5: Which specialist High Street retailer folded in May?

6: Who revealed in May that she had to explain to David Cameron that LOL was text speak for ‘laugh out loud’, not ‘lots of love’.

7: Which radical Muslim cleric was finally kicked out of the country in October?

8: Which radical Muslim cleric wasn’t kicked out, after winning the latest battle in his ten year fight against deportation in November?

9: How many pubs are closing each week in the UK due to falling beer sales, according to real ale group Camra: a - 10; b - 12; or c - 18?

10: Name the cruise liner which ran aground off Italy in January


1: Name the baby daughter born to Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z in January.

2: Who added Aisha and Amani to his list of reasons to celebrate in August?

3: Who was pictured cuddling his new Teddy in September?

4: Which showbiz couple had their divorce finalised in a LA court in February?

5: Which Hollywood super couple stunned the showbiz world in June by announcing their five-year marriage was over.

6: Who was quick off the mark bagging One Direction heart-throb Harry Styles in November?

7: Which US diva died after being found submerged in the bath of a Beverly Hills hotel in February?

8: Which Irish comedian - catchphrase “It’s a cracker’’ - died in February?

9: Name the inventor of the Swinging Sixties bob, who died in May.

10: Which singer in one of the world’s biggest-ever pop groups died in May, leaving just one surviving member?


1: Who did comedian Frankie Boyle suggest was “inked up like a schooldesk in a remedial class” in December?

2: Which movie became the biggest UK box office hit ever in December?

3: Which singer was walking in the air after finding a new way to start each day in September?

4: Name the canine star of silent movie The Artist, which scooped five Oscars in February.

5: Which star bowed out of time travel in September?

6: Who did we learn - courtesy of a biography written by Tom Bower and published in April - undergoes colonic irrigation to give his eyes extra sparkle?

7: Singer Adele was cut off in her prime as she collected a prize at the Brit Awards in February. By whom?

8: Chris Moyles left the Radio 1 breakfast show in September and went on to tour in which musical?

9: Comedian Russell Brand spiced up his life for a few days by striking up a friendship with whom in the summer?

10: Which British comedy actor supposedly dumped the ashes of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on US TV host Ryan Seacrest on the Oscars red carpet in February?


1: “I do not need to be told about the importance of freedom of speech, I really don’t.”

2: “When our time came, Britain, we did it right”

3: “Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap.”

4: “Right, we’re just going to draw the raffle numbers.”

5: “I didn’t want to show undue interest.”

6: “Your Majesty, mummy... This is our opportunity to thank you and my father for always being there for us, for inspiring us with your selfless duty and service, for making us proud to be British.”

7: ”Four more years.”

8: “Clearly there was behaviour that was reprehensible”

9: “This is my country and when I put on my Great Britain vest I’m proud”

10: “I’m still a republican”


1: Who won Team GB’s first medal?

2: What did Niger’s rower Hamadou Djibo Issaka use to train in ahead of the Games?

3: Which song became quadruple London Paralympics champion David Weir’s unofficial anthem?

4: What was the Paralympic sport wheelchair rugby also known as?

5: Who had the joy of six, after beating Sir Steve Redgrave’s Olympic medal record?

6: Who was told she was carrying too much weight in the run up but went on to become the face of the Games?

7: Which cycling gold medallists revealed they were an item after being pictured kissing at the beach volleyball?

8: Who sailed to his fourth gold?

9: Who was the third British athlete to strike gold in the stadium on the night that Jess Ennis and Mo Farah became Olympic champions?

10: Who did the “double double” and declared: “I’m now a legend, I’m also the greatest athlete to live”?


POLITICS: 1: Nick Clegg, whose video saying sorry over tuition fees was turned into a spoof song; 2: Tory MP Nadine Dorries, who took time off work to appear in I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!; 3: Falkirk MP Eric Joyce, who lashed out after declaring there were ``too many’’ Tories in the bar; 4: Commons Speaker John Bercow; 5: Louise Mensch, whose husband Peter manages heavy rock band Metallica; 6: George Osborne, caught travelling first class with a standard class train ticket; 7: Humberside’s police and crime commissioner; 8: Nancy Cameron. The premier’s daughter got left behind after a post-Sunday lunch mix-up; 9: London mayor Boris Johnson, who got stuck on a zip wire; 10: Chris Huhne, who faces trial at Southwark Crown Court on January 14.

SPORT: 1: Chris Froome; 2: The US Open; 3: Three - Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto di Matteo and Rafa Benitez; 4: The then England captain Andrew Strauss; 5: Sergio Aguero; 6: Frankie Dettori; 7: He swam in front of the boats, causing the University Boat Race to be halted; 8: Wales; 9: Europe’s Ryder Cup winners; 10: Dereck Chisora and David Haye after their brawl in Munich.

GENERAL: 1: The Diamond Jubilee celebrations; 2: Losing presidential candidate Mitt Romney; 3: Football manager Harry Redknapp; 4: Antony Worrall Thompson; 5: Clinton Cards; 6: Rebekah Brooks, in evidence to the Leveson Inquiry; 7: Abu Hamza; 8: Abu Qatada; 9: c - 18; 10: The Costa Concordia.

BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES: 1: Blue Ivy; 2: Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah after his wife Tania gave birth to twin girls; 3: Robbie Williams, whose partner Ayda Field gave birth to Theodora Rose Williams; 4: Katy Perry and Russell Brand; 5: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes; 6: Taylor Swift; 7: Whitney Houston; 8: Frank Carson; 9: Vidal Sassoon; 10: Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.

SHOWBIZ: 1: Tattooed X Factor winner James Arthur; 2: Bond film Skyfall, which superseded Avatar, taking #94.3 million in 40 days; 3: Aled Jones, presenter of ITV1’s Daybreak; 4: Uggie; 5: Karen Gillan, who left her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who; 6: X Factor supremo Simon Cowell; 7: Ceremony host James Corden; 8: Jesus Christ Superstar - Moyles played King Herod; 9: Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell; 10: Sacha Baron Cohen, attending the event in character as The Dictator.

WHO SAID?: 1: Lord Justice Leveson, in May, after Education Secretary Michael Gove raised concerns at his inquiry about restraints on the ``precious liberty’’; 2: Lord Seb Coe at the Olympics closing ceremony in August; 3: Tory MP Aidan Burley, tweeting about the Olympics opening ceremony; 4: Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, joking with crowds in the Champs Elysees in July; 5: Former BBC boss George Entwistle, in November, on his failure to ask why a Newsnight story on the Jimmy Savile sex scandal was being dropped; 6: The Prince of Wales, in a tribute at the end of the Buckingham Palace concert; 7: Barack Obama, claiming victory in November in what became the most retweeted Twitter post ever; 8: Former Barclays boss Bob Diamond on the rate-fixing scandal; 9: Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah; 10: Former IRA commander Martin McGuinness after shaking hands with the Queen in June.

OLYMPICS; 1: Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead, who took silver in the women’s road race; 2: An old fishing boat; 3: Warren Zevon’s 1978 song Werewolves of London; 4: Murderball; 5: Sir Chris Hoy, who won his sixth gold in London; 6: Jessica Ennis; 7: Laura Trott and Jason Kenny; 8: Ben Ainslee; 9: Long jumper Greg Rutherford; 10: Usain Bolt, bullish after defending his 100m and 200m titles.