Big Quiz of 2018 - Answers

Published: Tuesday 18th December 2018A free quiz covering all the important events of the last year.
  1. Which country was named as the happiest in the UN Annual Survey in March? Finland.
  2. In the second Royal marriage of the year in October, who did Princess Eugenie marry? Jack Brooksband.
  3. Which comedian allegedly "danced too close" to his professional partner in TV's "Strictly Come Dancing"? Seann Walsh.
  4. Great Britain completed a clean sweep of cycling Grand Tours in 2018, who were the respective winners of [a] Giro D'Italia, [b] Tour de France and [c] Vuelta a Espana? [a] Chris Froome, [b] Geraint Thomas and [c] Simon Yates.
  5. We were all deluged by loads of e-mails in March and April about GDPR, what do these letters stand for? General Data Protection Regulations.
  6. Which newspaper was "banned" by Virgin trains in January? Daily Mail.
  7. Which country officially changed its English name to the Kingdom of Eswatini in April? Swaziland.
  8. Former US First Lady Barbara Bush passed away in April, she was one of only two women who have been both the wife and mother of a US President. Who was the other? Abigail Adams (Wife of the 2nd and mother of the 6th).
  9. Who starred in the title role of BBC TV's "Bodyguard", which in September gave the station it's highest ever viewing figures for a drama in the multi-channel era? Richard Madden.
  10. What name has been given to the movement that began demonstrating in France from early November over taxes, fuel prices and austerity? Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Jackets after the reflective vests they wear).
  11. Which company in August became the first to have a stock market valuation in excess of a Trillion dollars? Apple.
  12. Which Canadian rapper spend 29 weeks at the top of the US singles charts in 2018 fifteen of them consecutively? Drake (with "God's Plan", "Nice for What" and "In My Feelings").
  13. New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, gave birth to a baby daughter in June thus becoming the world's second elected head of government to give birth while in office. Who was the first? Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1990.
  14. Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October thus triggering a diplomatic crisis for Saudi Arabia. For which US based newspaper did he write? Washington Post.
  15. Geoffrey the giraffe was the logo of which company that disappeared from our high streets in April 2018? Toys "R" Us.
  16. According to scientists in April, which planet in our solar system smells of rotten eggs? Uranus.
  17. In retaining her title, who became the United Kingdom's most successful ever Winter Olympian? Lizzie Yarnold.
  18. Which politician introduced his Chinese wife as Japanese during his first ministerial overseas visit? Jeremy Hunt.
  19. Which long standing music publication announced in March that it was to discontinue its print edition for an on-line presence only? New Musical Express (NME).
  20. Famous for making cameo roles in super hero movies, which comic creator died in November 2018? Stan "The Man" Lee.
  21. Which prize was won by Charlotte Prodger in December for a film shot entirely on her i-phone? Turner Prize.
  22. Which World Record was set at Magheramore Beach in Ireland's County Wicklow in June? The World's largest skinny-dip.
  23. What was the name of the British company found to have acquired the data of some 87 million Facebook users in March? Cambridge Analytica.
  24. Sales of which item of men's clothing increased by 35% after being worn by England's manager at the 2018 FIFA World Cup? Waistcoats.
  25. Which children's comic celebrated its 80th birthday in July? The Beano.
  26. What feat was completed by Ross Edgeley in November 2018? Swam around Great Britain without stepping on land.
  27. In June an historical first meeting took place between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un, which city hosted the meeting? Singapore.
  28. Which female artist was nominated for five BRIT awards in 2018 eventually winning two? Dua Lipa.
  29. According to the Royal Society of Public Health in November where are [a] the healthiest and [b] the unhealthiest High Streets in the UK located? [a] Edinburgh and [b] Grimsby.
  30. As at the beginning of December 2018 there have been three Secretaries of State for Exiting the European Union, can you name them? David Davis, Dominic Raab and Stephen Barclay.
  31. The "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin died in August, but what record became her only UK number one single? "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" with George Michael.
  32. In October Canada became the second country in the world to legalise the sale and use of cannabis, which was the first? Uruguay in 2013.
  33. Lasting six hours and thirty-six minutes which two players took part in the longest ever Men's Singles Semi-Final at Wimbledon in June? Kevin Anderson beat John Isner (7-6,6-7,6-7,6-4,26-24).
  34. Which country rejoined the Commonwealth in February after their shock departure five years earlier? The Gambia.
  35. Who did the BBC confirm in October as the new hosts of "Top Gear"? Paddy McGuiness & Andrew Flintoff.
  36. The compilation series "Now That's What I Call Music" produced its 100th edition in July, who has been the most featured artist in the series so far? Robbie Williams (30 times).
  37. In which country were members of a junior football team trapped underground for eighteen days in June and July? Thailand.
  38. It was the 100 years anniversary of the end of World War 1 in November. Which famous war poet was killed just one week before the Armistice? Wilfred Owen.
  39. What item of "tech" did John Lewis announce in October that it would no longer sell after present stocks have been sold? DVD Players.
  40. After retiring from athletics in 2017 in which country did Usain Bolt have a brief spell in 2018 as a left winger with a professional football club? Australia (Central Coast Mariners).
  41. What was the name of the nerve agent responsible for the death of one person and the poisoning of several others in Salisbury and Amesbury in August and September? Novichok.
  42. Which female presenter replaced Stephen Fry at the 2018 BAFTAs in February? Joanna Lumley.
  43. Which former adult film star published the autobiography entitled "Full Disclosure" in September, which contained details of her alleged affair with Donald Trump? Stormy Daniels.
  44. Which UK mobile phone network was down for a whole day in December leaving thousands of customers without internet access? O2.
  45. Ex-England football captain and BBC pundit Jimmy Armfield died in January, for which club did he play for during his entire professional career? Blackpool.
  46. Channel Five announced that 2018 would be the last year for "Big Brother" and "Celebrity Big Brother' after a run of 18 years. Can you remember these winners [a] The first winner in 2000, [b] The first female winner in 2002, [c] The last winner in 2018, [d] The first winner of Celebrity Big Brother in 2001 and [e] The last winner of Celebrity Big Brother this year? [a] Craig Phillips, [b] Kate Lawler, [c] Cameron Cole, [d] Jack Dee and [e] Ryan Tomas.
  47. Which artist was responsible for the self-destruction of a print of his work moments after it had been sold for £1,042,000 at a Sotheby's auction in October? Banksy (Girl with Balloon).
  48. Which classic Ben E King song was performed by The Kingdom Choir at Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle in May? "Stand by Me".
  49. With the death of G H W Bush in December how many people who have held the position of US President are still alive? Five (Donald Trump, Barrack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter).
  50. Who was the first celebrity to be voted off ITV's "I'm A Celebrity" in December? Noel Edmonds.


  1. Linda Johnson says:

    Great Quiz, thanks. No 2 answer should read Jack Brooksbank

  2. angie byron says:

    Thank you….Great questions ….

  3. Denise says:

    Thank you so much for making our New Year Eve celebrations so much more fun each year.

  4. sally says:

    Thank you very much. We had great fun participating in your quiz at our New Year’s Eve party yesterday evening. Happy New Year!

  5. Russ J says:

    Q2. Jack Brooksbank, not Brooksband….

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