Quiz of the Year: 52 weeks 52 questions, part three

End of year quiz

'Tis the season to cast an eye back over the events of 2011. But how much do you remember? Test yourself with the Magazine's four-part compilation of the year's quizzes. Part three covers July to September, PLUS a special bonus question each day - see below for details.

52 weeks quiz

1.) Multiple Choice Question

In July, London marked one year until the opening of the Olympic Games by unveiling the gold, silver and bronze medals. The Greek goddess Nike features on them - what does she represent?

2012 medal
  1. Strength
  2. Victory
  3. Speed

2.) Multiple Choice Question

In July, Prince Albert of Monaco married Charlene Wittstock, despite rumours she'd tried to flee home to South Africa. What is her official title now?

It's Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene
  1. Her Noble Highness
  2. Her Gracious Highness
  3. Her Serene Highness

3.) Multiple Choice Question

In July two pets were found alive in Christchurch's earthquake zone after 134 days without food. What type of creature?

  1. Goldfish
  2. Hamsters
  3. Pythons

4.) Missing Word Question

Light shed on deep-sea squid *

  1. sex
  2. diet
  3. ancestors

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"Get a grip." Said who, in July?

  1. UK Chancellor George Osborne to European leaders meeting to sort the debt crisis
    George Osborne
  2. 999 operator to a boy who called the police after his parents told him he couldn't play his Xbox
    Police officer
  3. Wendi Deng to security guards after a foam pie was thrown at her husband, Rupert Murdoch
    Wendi Deng


Meanwhile, Wendi Deng rushed to the defence of her husband when a pie-wielding protester interrupted proceedings at a parliamentary committee hearing on phone hacking.

Select committee pie incident

6.) Multiple Choice Question

August marked the 40th birthday of the Mr Men book series. Mr Tickle was the very first of the men, but who was the first Miss?

Mr Men
  1. Little Miss Bossy
  2. Little Miss Chatterbox
  3. Little Miss Busy

7.) Multiple Choice Question

A German manners watchdog has called for a total ban on what in the workplace?

Office scene
  1. Wearing sandals
  2. Business jargon
  3. Kissing as a greeting
  4. High fives

8.) Multiple Choice Question

A Tanzanian scientist has created a powerful new weapon against disease-spreading mosquitoes - a trap that uses the pungent odour of what?

  1. Smelly socks
  2. Armpits
  3. Blood

9.) Multiple Choice Question

British bargain chain Poundland branched out into Ireland and mainland Europe, only with a new name. What are its non-UK shops called?

Poundland shop
  1. Euroland
  2. Dealz
  3. Euro Stretch

10.) Multiple Choice Question

"I'm sure all Saudi women will be so happy, I know I am." So tweeted a Saudi princess in September. What pleased her?

Row of Saudi women
  1. Saudi women getting the vote
  2. Reprieve for a woman sentenced to 10 lashes for defying the kingdom's ban on women driving

11.) Multiple Choice Question

US rockers REM have split after 31 years, sparking headlines such as Out of Time and End of the World. What was the band originally called?

  1. Twisted Sleep
  2. Twisted Minds
  3. Twisted Kites

12.) Multiple Choice Question

And finally, Heidi, the cross-eyed critter whose gaze won hearts across the world, died in September. What type of creature was she?

Heidi in the zoo
  1. Guinea pig
  2. Opossum
  3. Wombat


  1. It's Victory. She is pictured stepping out of the Parthenon to arrive in the host city. London's Games start on 27 July 2012.
  2. It's Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene.
  3. The goldfish Shaggy and Daphne were found in their tank alive. Experts said the pair may have survived in part by eating other fish in the tank.
  4. It's sex. Scientists have gained a rare glimpse into the romantic life of the mysterious deep-sea squid. US researchers have found this rarely seen creature will often engage in same-sex mating.
  5. It was George Osborne. He urged European leaders to sort their differences out. Half a year later, they are still trying to resolve the debt crisis and save the euro.
  6. It's Little Miss Bossy, who was created in 1981. Little Miss Chatterbox came in 1984 and Little Miss Busy in 1990. The series started in 1971 and a total of 120 million Mr Men books have been sold worldwide.
  7. It's kissing on the cheek. The Knigge Society said in August that a peck on each cheek was a form of "terrorism".
  8. It's smelly socks, which attracted four times as many mosquitoes as the scent of a human body. Spraying a similar smell into traps outside homes stopped the bugs going inside and biting people.
  9. It's Dealz, which came out top during customer research and ahead of Euroland.
  10. It was the driver's reprieve. Princess Ameerah al-Taweel tweeted her thanks to the king for overturning the sentence. He'd also announced women could vote in the 2015 elections and beyond.
  11. It's Twisted Kites. The group - singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry - played their first gig in a church on 5 April 1980. Berry quit the band in 1997.
  12. She's a Virginia Opossum, a marsupial native to North America. A resident of Leipzig Zoo, Heidi became an internet darling after appearing in the German tabloid Bild.

Your Score

0 - 5 : Hi-de-Hi!

6 - 10 : Higher

11 - 12 : Heidi

And now for that all-important bonus question. In addition to the 12 questions above, we also pose a bonus question for each of the four parts of this quiz. That's how we reach the magic total of 52 questions.

With each part of the quiz we publish photographs - the first, second and third of which are below. What is the link between the images over the four days?


You can find part one of the quiz of the year here and part two is here, with the final instalment - and answer to the bonus question - here.

For a complete archive of past quizzes and our weekly news quiz, 7 days 7 questions, visit the Magazine page and scroll down.

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