Big Quiz of the Year - 2012

Published: Sunday 9th December 2012
  1. A new two-minute piano piece received its first airing on Radio 3 in January 2012 after being undiscovered for 159 years. Who was the composer?
  2. There were not one but TWO series of "Celebrity Big Brother" during 2012, who were the winners in [a] January 2012 and [b] September 2012
  3. What was the name of the Mars rover that landed on the planet in August 2012?
  4. What did Robbie Williams and Ayda Field name their new daughter in September 2012?
  5. What was the name of the barge that carried the Queen during the river pageant in June 2012?
  6. Which Jazz great passed away in December 2012 at the grand age of 92?
  7. The MP Louise Mensch resigned her seat in August 2012 to enable her to spend more time with her family in New York, which constituency did she represent?
  8. Which city hosted the 2012 MOBO awards?
  9. Which Devon town fought to prevent coffee giant Costa from opening a store in their High Street?
  10. Who starred as the half-time act at Super Bowl XLVI in February 2012?
  11. What is the more common name of the fungus Chalara Fraxinea that has affected many trees in the UK?
  12. Which company was floated on the New York stock exchange in May 2012, the initial valuation making it the third highest valued company in US history?
  13. Mohamed Morsi was declared President of Egypt in June 2012, what group did he represent?
  14. What was the name of the show for which James Corden won the Tony Award for Best Actor in June 2012?
  15. Which country offered political asylum to "Wiki-Leaks" founder Julian Assange?
  16. What was the name of the cruise ship that was wrecked off the Italian coast in January 2012?
  17. A version of which famous painting was sold for a record $120 million in May 2012?
  18. What was the name of the Austrian who sky-dived a record 24 miles in October 2012?
  19. Which new Peter Jackson movie had its premiere in Wellington New Zealand in December 2012?
  20. Who was elected President of France in May 2012?
  21. Which country eventually became a member of the World Trade Organisation after 19 years of negotiation?
  22. What was the name of the hurricane that delayed the start of the Republican convention in August 2012?
  23. Guitarist Bert Weedon passed away in April of 2012, what was the title of his book which taught countless guitarists how to play their instrument?
  24. Which Olympic Gold medallist started the Olympic Torch Relay at Lands End in May 2012?
  25. Which FOUR towns were awarded City status as part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations?
  26. The music paper, the NME, celebrated a major birthday in 2012, in which year was it first published?
  27. Who resigned as Director of the CIA in November 2012 after an extra-marital affair?
  28. The author of novels such as "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Illustrated Man" died in June 2012, what was his name?
  29. Which UK band became the first to have their debut album hit the US top spot?
  30. Which publication discontinued its print edition in March 2012 after 244 years?
  31. Who replaced Chris Moyes as the voice of Radio 1s Breakfast show in 2012?
  32. Who directed the opening ceremony for the London Olympics?
  33. A hurricane battered the Caribbean and the North East coast of the USA in October 2012, what name was given to it?
  34. Which organisation was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012?
  35. Who was the guest star on the 5000th episode of TV's "The Simpsons" in 2012?
  36. Where did the following UK political parties hold their annual conferences in 2012, [a] Labour, [b] Conservatives, [c] Lib-Dems, [d] UKIP and [e] The Green Party
  37. Who was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress in February 2012?
  38. The head of the Canadian Central Bank was appointed the new Governor of the Bank of England in December 2012, what is his name?
  39. Which children's comic published its last printed version in December 2012?
  40. Which British artist won SIX Grammy awards in 2012?
  41. Why was the internet site "Wikipedia" blacked out for a day in January 2012?
  42. Beyonce and Jay-Z had a baby girl in January 2012, what colourful name have they given her?
  43. What breed of dog took the "Best in Show" at Crufts in March 2012?
  44. Which British comedian found that his tax affairs were no laughing matter in June 2012?
  45. What was the name of the Russian punk band that was jailed after staging a performance at a Moscow cathedral?
  46. Which MP took part in ITVs "I'm a Celebrity Get me out of Here" despite criticism from her party and voters?
  47. What was the name of the song which Englebert Humperdinck sang for the UK at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest?
  48. Which US TV show was awarded both Best Actor and Best Actress awards at 2012's Emmy Awards?
  49. Who in June 2012 became the first US Governor to win a Recall Election?
  50. What forthcoming event was announced by St.James Palace on 3rd December 2012?
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