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

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 four covers October to December, PLUS a special bonus question each day - see below for details.

52 weeks quiz

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died in October. He often referred to being a college dropout, quitting his degree after one term. He did, however, continue to take classes at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. What in?

Memorial to Steve Jobs
  1. Calligraphy
  2. Ceramics
  3. Cake decoration

2.) Missing Word Question

He Whom the * Love

  1. Gods
  2. Rains
  3. Cows


The title was bestowed on Prince Charles by Maasai elders in the Tanzanian village of Majengo. Chiefs' wives also honoured the Duchess of Cornwall with the name Koto Engera - Mother of the Children. The royal couple toured the country in November.

Camilla and Charles in Tanzania

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Popular children's show Sesame Street is being remade for Pakistan. Only one of the original characters will feature - which one?

Big Bird, Elmo and Oscar
  1. Big Bird
  2. Elmo
  3. Oscar the Grouch

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Canada should adopt the polar bear as a "more appropriate" national animal, said a politician in November. But which is the current national symbol?

Killer whales, beaver, moose and blue jay
  1. Orca
  2. Beaver
  3. Moose
  4. Blue Jay

5.) Multiple Choice Question

New Zealander Nigel Richards was crowned 2011 World Scrabble Champion in October. The word "tirls" was used in the final round. It's from the verb "tirl" - what does it mean?

Scrabble board
  1. To complain or grumble
  2. To sing or trill
  3. To shake or vibrate
  4. To thrill or excite

6.) Multiple Choice Question

In November a cleaner in Germany damaged a $1m art installation after mistaking it for an eyesore that needed a good scrub. Which is a detail from the work in question?

  1. Wheel
  2. Stairs
  3. Tray


The overzealous cleaner at Dortmund's Museum Ostwall tried to scrub away a deliberate patina on Martin Kippenberger's When It Starts Dripping From The Ceiling. It was meant to look like a puddle beneath a rubber trough placed under a stacked tower of wooden slats. The installation remained on display.

Martin Kippenberger's work

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, before his departure from office, shed light on "bunga bunga" parties. What did he claim was the principal activity?

Silvio Berlusconi in his last days in office
  1. Fund-raising
  2. Networking
  3. Dancing

8.) Multiple Choice Question

Speaking of Clooney, his political thriller The Ides of March is based on a play called Farragut North. But what - or who - is Farragut North?

George Clooney with co-star Ryan Gosling
  1. Name of the main character
  2. Washington DC metro station
  3. Gentleman's club popular with politicians

9.) Multiple Choice Question

The top Twitter hashtag for the year was revealed to be #egypt. What was second?

Phone displaying Twitter app in Egypt
  1. #japan
  2. #threewordstoliveby
  3. #tigerblood

10.) Multiple Choice Question

What was the significance of 21 October 2011?

Crowd of commuters; volcano erupting; Obama signing visitors' book
  1. Day the world's population passed seven billion
  2. Revised date for the end of the world
  3. Erroneous date Barack Obama put in Westminster Abbey's visitor book

11.) Multiple Choice Question

The day the UN said the world population passed seven billion was 31 October. When did it get its first billion people?

Mother and baby in New York on 31 October
  1. 1804
  2. 1854
  3. 1904

12.) Multiple Choice Question

The French rugby team were fined £2,500 for doing what during the All Blacks' haka in October's World Cup final?

All Blacks haka
  1. Advancing towards the New Zealand team
  2. Turning their backs
  3. Copying some of the moves


The face-off during the haka was then followed by a closely-fought match. The All Blacks - pre-tournament favourites - eventually emerged victorious. Just. The final score was New Zealand 8-7 France.

France advance during the haka


  1. It was calligraphy. Jobs said the penmanship lessons inspired him to make sure the first Macintosh computer had beautiful typography.
  2. It's cows. The title - Oloishiru Ingishu - can also be translated as The Helper of Cows. In full it is "he whom the cows love so much they call for him when they are in times of distress".
  3. It's Elmo. Pakistan's version has a new cast of local characters, led by a six-year-old girl named Rani who loves cricket and traditional music.
  4. It's the beaver. Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton said the "big rat" didn't reflect Canada's values. "The polar bear, with its strength, courage, resourcefulness and dignity is perfect for the part."
  5. Tirl means shake or vibrate. During the championships in Poland, two competitors in an earlier round were asked to empty their pockets when a "G" went missing.
  6. It's the tray. The wheel is from Bill Woodrow's artwork Humpty Dumpty - expletive in the middle deleted. It is part of the Wonderland exhibition at the Tate Galley in Liverpool. The stairs are actual stairs in the Tate Modern in London.
  7. Mr Berlusconi claimed bunga bunga was "nothing more than a dance". His critics suggest something more risque. Meanwhile, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and actor/director George Clooney may be among the 200 plus witnesses at the trial into whether the Italian ex-prime minister had sex with an under-age prostitute.
  8. Farragut North is a subway station which serves downtown Washington DC.
  9. It's #tigerblood, a hashtag coined by actor Charlie Sheen after his sacking from US comedy Two And A Half Men. The tag #threewordstoliveby was third and #japan fifth. Hashtags are used to group tweets relating to the same subject.
  10. It was the new date for the end of the world, according to evangelical broadcaster Harold Camping - who also got it wrong in May.
  11. It was in 1804 that the global population hit the one-billion mark. It is expected to pass 10 billion by 2100.
  12. France advanced towards the All Blacks in a V-formation. The International Rugby Board issued the fine as Les Bleus should have stayed behind the 10m line in their own half.

Your Score

0 - 5 : Pause... engage

6 - 10 : Touch

11 - 12 : Crouch

And now for that all-important bonus question. In addition to the 12 questions above, we also posed 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 published photographs - one a day - and asked readers to let us know what links them.

Some of your wrong answers included: Cockney rhyming slang; dyslexia; the King James Bible; characters in the Australian soap opera Neighbours; end of the Mayan calendar; and Apple (close but no cigar).

But the correct answer is... the names of Steve Jobs' four children (in bold) - Adam and Eve, Apple Lisa computer, Oliver Reed and Erin Brockovitch. First with the correct answer was Simon Rooke of Nottingham, closely followed by:

  • David McLaughlin, Paisley
  • Ben Smith, Nottingham
  • Anthony Alston, Malvern
  • Alan Catel, Ruislip
  • Andy Knott, Twickenham
  • Andrew McFadyen, Farnham
  • Roger Coleman, Godalming
  • Jacquie McQuitty, Smethwick
  • Stig, London
  • Steve Breibart, Maidenhead
  • Sharon Jennings, London
  • and Adam Roche, Lambourn

Thanks to all those who took part and a merry Christmas and happy new year from the Magazine.

You can find part one of the quiz of the year here and part two is here, with part three 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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