Big Quiz of 2021 - Answers

Published: Thursday 23rd December 2021A free quiz testing you on events of the year in 2021.
  1. Which ocean did the National Geographical magazine recognise as the fifth in the World in June 2021? Southern Ocean.
  2. Who was awarded the National Farmers' Union prestigious "Farming Champion of the Year" award in October? Jeremy Clarkson.
  3. Following the death of Nicholas Parsons in January 2020, who was announced in July as the new compere of Radio 4's "Just a Minute"? Sue Perkins.
  4. Which member of the Royal Family wrote the novel "Her Heart for a Compass" published by Mills and Boon in August? Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.
  5. The BBC's Sports Personality of the Year 2021 was 19 year old Emma Radacanu, but who was voted the Young Sports Personality? Sky Brown (Skateboarder).
  6. What was the name of the political party founded by ex-SNP leader Alex Salmon to fight the Scottish elections? Alba Party.
  7. What was the name of the ship that blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March 2021 causing havoc to shipments around the globe? Ever Given.
  8. In September China announced a new policy under which under-18s would be limited in the time spent playing video games, how many hours per week is the new maximum? Three hours (one hour on Friday, Sat and Sun and public holidays).
  9. 17 year old percussionist Fang Zhang became BBC Young Musician of the Year in May 2021, what instrument did he play in the final? Marimba.
  10. In April Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to win the Grand National, what was the name of her mount? Minella Times.
  11. After the cancellation of the 2020 event, Eurovision 2021 was held in Rotterdam in May resulting in the Great British entry gaining "nil points". What was the name of the song that achieved this feat? "Embers" performed by James Newman.
  12. Where in London was �6m spent building a 25 metre hill? Marble Arch.
  13. Footballer Christian Eriksen collapsed during Denmark's opening match in the delayed Euro 2020 in June, who were their opponents in this match? Finland.
  14. Who became the oldest person to fly into space when he completed the NS-18 mission operated by Blue Origin in October 2021? William Shatner (Captain Kirk).
  15. Helen Whitelaw who lost her voice due to motor neurone disease had it reconstructed using a recording of which TV game show on which she had appeared two years previously? Tipping Point.
  16. In May British Prime Minister Boris Johnson married Carrie Symonds and became the first PM to marry whilst in office for almost 200 years. Who was the previous bridegroom? Lord Liverpool (married Mary Chester in 1822).
  17. In October BBC's "Songs of Praise" celebrated 60 years on air, which city hosted the first of nearly 3000 episodes? Cardiff (Tabernacle Baptist Church).
  18. Which football club did Ed Sheeran become shirt sponsor for the 2021-22 season? Ipswich Town.
  19. Which country in September 2021 became the first in the World to accept Bitcoin as legal tender? El Salvador.
  20. Which TV contest was won by Tom Rhodes in April 2021? Masterchef.
  21. What was the title of the children's book published by the Duchess of Sussex in June 2021? The Bench.
  22. In which UK city was a bronze statue of Wallace and Gromit unveiled in September 2021? Preston.
  23. What connects the Dresden Elbe Valley (2009), Oman's Arabian Oryx Sanctuary (2007) and Liverpool Maritime city(2021)? All were stripped of their World Heritage status.
  24. Jill Murphy often described as one of the most engaging writers and illustrators for children in the land sadly passed away in August 2021, for what series of books is she most famous? The Worst Witch.
  25. In March 2021 which country was declared the "Happiest in the World" for the fourth consecutive year? Finland.
  26. Which country's women beach handball players were fined �1500 for wearing shorts that were too long at the European Championship in July 2021? Norway.
  27. Announced in September 2021 what is AUKUS? A trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States
  28. In November Glasgow hosted the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference known as COP26. Which city hosted COP1 in 1995? Berlin.
  29. Which rival did Colin the caterpillar take legal action against in April 2021? Cuthbert the caterpillar (Aldi's rival cake to M&S).
  30. In July ITV confirmed that "X-Factor" had been cancelled after 17 years, who was the winner of the last series in December 2018? Dalton Harris.
  31. Who stepped down as chairman of TV news channel GB News three months after its launch? Andrew Neil.
  32. What word was adopted by the OED as the Word of the Year 2021? Vax.
  33. Which city began a self driving bus trial in May 2021 the first service of its kind in the UK running autonomously for 24 hours per day? Cambridge.
  34. Who in April 2021 became the first Japanese winner of the US Masters golf tournament? Hideri Matsuyama.
  35. Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim passed away aged 91 in November 2021, from which of his musicals did the following songs originate, (a) "Send in the Clowns", (b) "Comedy Tonight", (c) "Everything's Coming Up Roses", (d) "Losing my Mind" and (e) " No One is Alone"? (a) "A Little Night Music", (b) " A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", (c) "Gypsy", (d) "Follies" and (e) "Into the Woods".
  36. Two new London underground stations opened in September 2021, Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station, which line links them? Northern Line.
  37. What sweet treat was in short supply in May 2021? Cadbury's "99" flakes.
  38. Footballers Ian St John and Jimmy Greaves both died in 2021, what was the name of their TV show that ran from 1985 to 1992? Saint and Greavsie.
  39. Which eco-group was responsible for closing the M25 in September demanding action on climate change by the UK government? Insulate Britain.
  40. Which 18 year old in May 2021 became the youngest solo artist to top both the UK singles and Album charts at the same time? Olivia Rodrigo.
  41. According to the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2021, which is the most common bird in the UK? House Sparrow.
  42. Which Korean series became Netflix's most watched series to date in 2021? Squid Game.
  43. Who features on the rear of the new �50 polymer note that was launched in June 2021? Alan Turing.
  44. What was the name of the alpaca that after testing positive for Bovine TB was euthanised in August? Geronimo.
  45. Who scored the "Goal of the Tournament" in UEFA Euro 2020 after a sensational long-range 49 yard winner against Scotland? Patrik Schick (Czech Republic).
  46. After 243 years on the High Street which company closed its last store in May 2021? Debenhams.
  47. After a period of ill health the Queen attended a double Royal christening in November 2021, who were the Royal babies? August Brooksbank (son of Princess Eugenie) and Lucas Philip Tindall (son of Zara Tindall) both Great Grandsons of the Queen.
  48. Which city was voted the "Best City in the World" in a poll conducted by Time Out magazine in September 2021? San Francisco.
  49. Who in May 2021 became the oldest golfer to win a Major? Phil Nickerson in winning the US PGA Championship.
  50. In unseen tapes discovered in August 2021 who described fellow comedians Monty Python's Flying Circus as "boring" and "unprofessional"? Morecambe and Wise.

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