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

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 two covers April to June, PLUS a special bonus question each day - see below for details.

52 weeks quiz


The phone-hacking scandal picked up steam in April when the New Statesman magazine ran a transcript of Hugh Grant's secretly taped conversation with ex-News of the World reporter Paul McMullan, in which the pair discussed the dark arts of the tabloid press.

Hugh Grant, actor and Hacked Off campaigner

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Reporter-turned-pub landlord Paul McMullan sold his own story of the encounter to the Daily Mail. The headline?

McMullan at the Leveson Inquiry
  1. Hugh Grant's 'midlife crisis car' broke down outside my pub
  2. Hugh Grant racks up bar tab worth £5.45... but leaves without paying
  3. Hugh Grant: 'Arrested with a hooker and the public still came to my films'

2.) Missing Word Question

"We need to restore the honour of the * "

  1. veil
  2. cow
  3. cucumber

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Who is Mrs E Adams?

Letter from E Adams
  1. Pseudonym of a celebrity who took out a super-injunction
  2. False name used by Duchess of Cambridge when arranging her honeymoon
  3. Pen name used to sign letters from Downing Street

4.) Multiple Choice Question

"I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign." Said who?

  1. Chechen football boss Ramzan Kadyrov - also the country's leader - on the team's losing streak under manager Ruud Gullit
  2. Commentator on Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, reshuffling his cabinet as anti-austerity riots rocked Athens
    Greek ex-PM
  3. Barack Obama about Congressman Anthony Weiner's internet sex scandal
    Congressman Weiner

5.) Multiple Choice Question

"Is this an act of war, gentlemen?" Said who?

Bachman, Senate website, Spider-Man musical
  1. Michele Bachmann in first Republican TV debate
  2. Computer hackers who broke into the US Senate website
  3. Bono, to critics who panned the Spider-Man musical, for which he wrote the score

6.) Missing Word Question

Canadians defend ' * ' baby

  1. no-gender
  2. panda
  3. 100-decibel

7.) Multiple Choice Question

You either love it or hate it, they say. Denmark tried to restrict sales of savoury spread Marmite under food safety regulations in May. But why?

Marmite on toast
  1. Salt levels
  2. Added vitamins and minerals
  3. Yeast is strictly regulated in Denmark

8.) Multiple Choice Question

At 22, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy became the youngest golfer to win the US Open since 1911. How old was Tiger Woods - who sat out the tournament because of injury - when he first won it?

Rory with gold club
  1. 23
  2. 24
  3. 25

9.) Multiple Choice Question

Mobile phones have been deemed "possibly carcinogenic" by the World Health Organization. What is NOT possibly carcinogenic, according to the WHO?

Model using mobile phone
  1. Dry-cleaning
  2. Coffee
  3. Pickled vegetables
  4. Jet fuel

10.) Multiple Choice Question

French finance minister Christine Lagarde replaced Dominique Strauss-Kahn as IMF chief. As well as a career in law, she was once a national champion in which sport?

Christine Legarde
  1. Horse riding
  2. Synchronised swimming
  3. Handball
  4. Women's rugby


Japanese officials struggled to repair a nuclear power plant stricken in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan.

Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan

11.) Multiple Choice Question

As power shortages loomed, Japan extended Cool Biz, its summer energy-saving scheme for public sector workers. Two of these rules have been in force since 2005. Which ONE is new?

Man looks at summer shirts for work
  1. No ties and jackets
  2. Office aircon set no lower than 28C (82F)
  3. Sandals allowed

12.) Multiple Choice Question

British pubs and restaurants can sell beer in two-third pints after a law change. The name of the new measure is what?

Glass for two-thirds of a pint
  1. Middy
  2. Schooner
  3. Stein


  1. It's the bar tab. Equipped with a recording device, Grant popped into McMullan's Dover pub to continue a chat about tabloid journalism started last Christmas when his sports car had broken down nearby. The actor told McMullan the public didn't care about his private life: "I was arrested with a hooker and they still came to my films."
  2. It's cucumber. So said MEP Francisco Sosa Wagner, angry that Spanish vegetables were wrongly blamed for the E. coli outbreak in Germany. Meanwhile, a British couple planned to flout France's ban on Islamic veils. And Australia banned live cattle exports to Indonesia because of mistreatment in abattoirs.
  3. It's a "computer-generated name" from Downing Street. A government official admitted in May that false names are used on letters to MPs and members of the public.
  4. It was Barack Obama. Congressman Weiner took the hint and resigned, after initially vowing to seek treatment and keep his job. Meanwhile, Ruud Gullit was sacked after his team Terek Grozny lost a game which his boss said he had to win or be fired.
  5. It was computer hackers Lulz Security, claiming responsibility for a hack on the Senate site in June. It was a jab at the Pentagon's proposal to treat some cyber-attacks as acts of war.
  6. It's no-gender. A Toronto couple plan to keep their infant's sex a secret so the child - named Storm - can develop his or her own gender identity.
  7. It's the added vitamins and minerals such as folic acid and B12. By law, Danish authorities must give permission for products with such additives to be sold. After protests, it clarified its stance as a ban on the marketing of Marmite - not a ban on imports.
  8. Tiger was aged 24 years, five months and 19 days when he first won the US Open in 2000. This also made him the youngest golfer to achieve a career Grand Slam - winning all golf's major championships in the same calendar year.
  9. It's jet fuel, which is rated "not classified" by the WHO. Dry-cleaning is possibly carcinogenic at occupational levels. Coffee and pickled vegetables are classed as "possibly carcinogenic".
  10. It's synchronised swimming. Legarde took over the IMF job after Strauss-Kahn was accused of raping a New York chambermaid. She is the first woman to head the organisation known as "the world's banker" since its inception in 1945.
  11. Sandals - and other casual attire - are now allowed in offices but shorts and flip-flops remain off-limits. Other efforts to save energy include vending machines no longer being refrigerated 24/7.
  12. It is, as all Australians well know, a schooner. A middy is a half-pint in some states down under, although also known as a pot. A stein is a beer tankard, German in origin, often about a litre in size.

Your Score

0 - 5 : And a packet of crisps

6 - 10 : Half pint

11 - 12 : Two pints

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 and second of which are below. What is the link between the images over the four days?

Bonus image

Part one of the quiz of the year can be found here, with part three here and 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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