Scotland's quiz of the year - 2012


What do you remember from 2012? Here is a chance to test your knowledge of some our more popular stories from the year.

Plean christmas lights

1.) Multiple Choice Question

In January, why were the giant pandas at Edinburgh Zoo taken off view?

Tian tian
  1. Colic
  2. They were too shy
  3. Too much interest

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Methuselina, a ewe thought to have been a contender for the title of world's oldest sheep, died after falling off a cliff on Lewis. How old was she thought to have been?

  1. 25 years and 11 months
  2. 30 years and 11 months
  3. 35 years and 11 months

3.) Multiple Choice Question

It is hard to remember now that March temperatures reached record highs. What temperature was recorded in Aboyne on 27 March?

Weather in aberdeen in march
  1. 23.6C
  2. 25.6C
  3. 27.6C

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The Perthshire village of Dull announced in April that it wanted to forge ties with which place in the US?

  1. Duller
  2. Ditchwater
  3. Boring

5.) Multiple Choice Question

In May, Prince Charles visited BBC Scotland's HQ and presented the weather. How did he end his forecast?

prince charles
  1. I've always wanted to do that
  2. Mummy will be pleased
  3. Thank God it isn't a bank holiday

6.) Multiple Choice Question

The iconic Red Road flats complex in Glasgow was blown down in a controlled explosion in June. Before they went, how high were they?

red road
  1. 492ft (150m)
  2. 392ft (119m)
  3. 292ft (89m)

7.) Multiple Choice Question

In July, alcohol was banned on Scottish trains in the evenings and mornings. What time does the evening ban come into force?

scotrail train
  1. 7pm
  2. 8pm
  3. 9pm

8.) Missing Word Question

North Koreans walk off after * row

  1. Flag
  2. Kit
  3. Song

9.) Multiple Choice Question

Which famous TV personality showed his paintings as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival in August?

philip schofield
  1. Philip Schofield
  2. Harry Hill
  3. Rowan Atkinson

10.) Multiple Choice Question

In September, a fish bar, which says it invented the deep-fried Mars bar, was asked by the makers of the chocolate bar to put a disclaimer on its products. Where is the fish bar located?

mars bar
  1. Stonehaven
  2. Anstruther
  3. Govan

11.) Multiple Choice Question

Which Scottish celebrity has been cut out of this picture of Sir Sean Connery and Andy Murray at the US Open in September?

connery and murray
  1. Brian Cox
  2. Alex Salmond
  3. Alex Ferguson

12.) Multiple Choice Question

The Naked Rambler, Stephen Gough, was released from prison in Edinburgh in October and crossed the border into England. Gough had been in prison with only brief breaks since when?

naked rambler stephen gough
  1. January 2001
  2. May 2006
  3. June 2009

13.) Multiple Choice Question

According to a ScotlandsDNA project launched in November, how many people in Scotland have red hair?

Karen Gillan
  1. 250,000
  2. 650,000
  3. 950,000

14.) Multiple Choice Question

In December, The Dandy printed its last edition before becoming "digital only". How many years has The Dandy been published?

  1. 67
  2. 57
  3. 75


  1. Both pandas at Edinburgh Zoo were removed from public display after coming down with colic.
  2. An ear tag on the blackface ewe, nicknamed Methuselina, showed that it was 25 years and 11 months old. In 2009, her owner John Maciver, of North Tolsta, Lewis, put her longevity down to her still having most of her teeth, allowing her to graze easily.
  3. The average daytime temperature for March is usually about 10C. Aboyne in Aberdeenshire recorded 23.6C.
  4. The US town of Boring in Oregon later voted in favour of "pairing" with Dull in Perthshire. Boring favoured the move in the interests of trans-Atlantic relations, tourism and humour.
  5. Prince Charles delivered a specially written script which included references to royal residences in Scotland. But he ended by saying: "Thank God it isn't a bank holiday."
  6. There were eight tower blocks in total and when they were built in the mid-1960s, at 292ft (89m), they were the tallest residential structures in Europe.
  7. ScotRail said the ban, which will be enforced on its services between 21:00 and 10:00, was in response to concerns about anti-social behaviour on its trains.
  8. The North Korean women's football team walked off the pitch at their Olympic match in Glasgow after their images were shown on a screen beside a South Korean flag.
  9. Titled My Hobby, the works by TV Burp's Harry Hill show a parallel universe where celebrity and nature come together in surreal landscapes.
  10. The Carron Fish Bar in Stonehaven, in Aberdeenshire, claims to be the birthplace of the recipe almost two decades ago.
  11. 007 actor Sir Sean Connery and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson turned up after Murray won his US Open semi-final
  12. Gough spent more than six years in Scottish prisons for refusing to put his clothes on. He was in prison almost without a break from May 2006.
  13. ScotlandsDNA said about 1-2% of the world's population has red hair, but in Scotland the figure is much higher at around 13% or about 650,000 people. Those who carry the red hair gene could be as high as 1.6 million.
  14. The Dandy, which features characters such as Desperate Dan and Korky the Kat, was first published 75 years ago in 1937.

Your Score

0 - 5 : Lump of coal

6 - 10 : Twinkling lights

11 - 14 : Christmas star