Big Quiz of the Year 2013 - Answers

Published: Thursday 19th December 2013
  1. In February 2013, Pope Benedict XVI resigned as Pope, the first to do so for over 500 years, who was the last? Pope Gregory XII in 1415.
  2. Which sporting event in April 2013 was targeted by terrorists? The Boston Marathon.
  3. Which country in 2013 granted political asylum to CIA whistle blower Edward Snowden? Russia.
  4. Which band reformed to play the half-time show at Super Bowl XLVII? Destiny's Child.
  5. What was the name of the first female Prime Minister of Australia who resigned in June 2013? Julia Gillard.
  6. Lou Reed passed away in October 2013, with which seminal band of the 1960s was he a founder member? Velvet Underground.
  7. Who in September 2013 became the first woman to conduct the "Last Night of the Proms"? Marin Alsop.
  8. Justin Welby was elected Archbishop of Canterbury in February 2013, of where was he previously Bishop? Durham.
  9. What did David Dimbleby have tattooed on his shoulder in November 2013? A Scorpion.
  10. What names were given to the 2013 new born of the following couples, [a]Wayne and Colleen Rooney, [b]Jamie Cullum and Sophie Dahl, [c]Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, [d] Lily Allen and Sam Cooper and [e] Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge? [a]Klay Anthony, [b]Magot, [c]North, [d]Marnie Rose and [e]George Alexander Louis.
  11. What was named as The Oxford Dictionary's word of the year for 2013? Selfie.
  12. Which UK retailer launched a range of clothing under the "Nutmeg" brand in 2013? Morrisons.
  13. In which British city is ship building to end after a history of more than 500 years? Portsmouth.
  14. Who according to Forbes magazine was the most powerful woman in the world in 2013? Angela Merkel.
  15. Who was the first celebrity to leave this year's "Strictly Come Dancing"? Tony Jacklin.
  16. Which country in July 2013 became the 28th member state of the European Union? Croatia.
  17. Who did Serena Williams defeat in the final to win the 2013 French Open? Maria Sharapova.
  18. Which country refused the offer a seat on the UN Security Council in October 2013? Saudi Arabia.
  19. Which album in 2013 became the first film soundtrack to top the UK album charts since "Evita" in 1997? Les Miserables.
  20. Which new paying piece was introduced to Monopoly sets in February 2013 and which piece did it replace? The CAT replaced the FLAT IRON.
  21. Which garden accessory was allowed for the first time at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013? Garden Gnomes.
  22. Which charity did Ex-MP David Milliband join as CEO when he left parliament in 2013? International Rescue Committee.
  23. According to the Quality of Life Index published by in November 2013, what were the best and worst places to live in the UK? Solihull is the best while North & East Ayrshire is the worst.
  24. Which country was "bailed-out" by the IMF and EU in March 2013 to the tune of $13 Billion? Cyprus.
  25. In July 2013 Andy Murray won the Men's Singles at Wimbledon, the first British winner in 77 years. Who was the last British winner of this event? Fred Perry [1936].
  26. What was the title of the UK's entry in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest sung by Bonnie Tyler? "Believe in Me" it finished in 19th place.
  27. In October 2013 customers buying Dell laptops complained that they smelt of what? Cat's Urine.
  28. Who was named Hollywood's Highest Paid actor by Forbes magazine in July 2013? Robert Downey Jnr.
  29. What was the name of the on-line black market selling drugs and pornography that was shut down by the FBI in October 2013? Silk Road.
  30. Robbie Williams' album "Swings Both Ways" became the 1000th to reach the UK number one spot in November 2013. What was the first album to top the UK charts back in 1956? "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" by Frank Sinatra.
  31. In October 2013 it was announced that which TV quiz show was to end after 15 years? Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
  32. What name did US President Barrack Obama keep calling UK Chancellor George Osborne at the G8 summit in February 2013? Jeffrey [Jeffrey Osborne is his favourite R&B singer].
  33. Who, according to People magazine in 2013, is the most beautiful woman in the World? Gwyneth Paltrow.
  34. Which UK television channel aired a NEW series of "Yes, Minister" in 2013? GOLD.
  35. Which computer game launched in 2013 became the fastest entertainment product to gross over $1 billion? Grand Theft Auto V.
  36. At what price were Royal Mail shares offered when they were first launched on the London stock market in October 2013? 330 pence each.
  37. What event suspended play for 34 minutes at Super Bowl XLVII in February2013? A Power Cut (Outage).
  38. Which BBC Sports presenter was appointed Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University in 2013? Gabby Logan.
  39. Who announced the winner of the Best Movie Oscar at the 2013Academy Awards? Michelle Obama (live from the White House).
  40. In February 2013 which nation won football's African Cup of Nations for the third time? Nigeria.
  41. According to a poll conducted by Sky Movies in January 2013, which James Bond film was voted as having "The Best Bond Movie Moment"? Goldfinger (The scene where Bond is about to be bisected by a laser beam).
  42. Who was the first celebrity to be voted out of the jungle in the 2013 series of ITV's "I'm a Celebrity Get me Out of Here"? Annabel Giles.
  43. Which woman is to be the new face on a £10 note? Jane Austen.
  44. Wigan Athletic won the 2013 FA Cup for the first time in their history defeating Manchester City in the final 1-0, but which team did they beat in the semi-final? Millwall.
  45. Daniel Day-Lewis won the 2013 Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the film "Lincoln" for a record breaking third time, but which woman has won the Best Actress Oscar on FOUR occasions? Katherine Hepburn.
  46. What type of club was opened in the Vatican in 2013 in order to broaden the appeal of the Church? A Cricket Club.
  47. Actor James Gandolfini sadly passed away in 2013, with which TV series was he particularly associated with? The Sopranos.
  48. To which Robin Thicke song did Miley Cyrus "twerk" to at the 2013 VMA awards? "Blurred Lines".
  49. Sebastian Vettel was crowned champion after winning a record 13 Formula One Grand Prix in the 2013 season, but who won the first Grand Prix of the season in Australia? Kimi Raikkonen.
  50. Sadly Nelson Madela passed away in December 2013, what was his number when he was a prisoner on Robben Island? 46664

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