2012 quiz answers
1 Nick Clegg, whose video saying sorry over tuition fees was turned in to a spoof song, 2 Tory MP Nadine Dorries, who took time off work to appear in I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, 3 Falkirk MP Eric Joyce, who lashed out after declaring there were “too many” Tories in the bar, 4 Commons Speaker John Bercow, 5 Louise Mensch, whose husband Peter manages heavy rock band Metallica, 6 George Osborne, caught travelling first class with a standard class train ticket, 7 Humberside’s police and crime commissioner, 8 Nancy Cameron. The premier’s daughter got left behind after a post-Sunday lunch mix-up, 9 London mayor Boris Johnson, who got stuck on a zip wire, 10 Chris Huhne, who faces trial at Southwark Crown Court on January 14.
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1 The Diamond Jubilee celebrations, 2 Losing presidential candidate Mitt Romney, 3 Football manager Harry Redknapp, 4 Antony Worrall Thompson, 5 Clinton Cards, 6 Rebekah Brooks, in evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, 7 Abu Hamza, 8 Abu Qatada, 9 c – 18, 10 The Costa Concordia.
Births, deaths and marriages
1 Blue Ivy, 2 Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah after his wife Tania gave birth to twin girls, 3 Robbie Williams, whose partner Ayda Field gave birth to Theodora Rose Williams, 4 Katy Perry and Russell Brand, 5 Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, 6 Taylor Swift, 7 Whitney Houston, 8 Frank Carson, 9 Vidal Sassoon, 10 Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.
1 Lord Justice Leveson, in May, after Education Secretary Michael Gove raised concerns at his inquiry about restraints on the “precious liberty”, 2 Lord Seb Coe at the Olympics closing ceremony in August, 3 Tory MP Aidan Burley, tweeting about the Olympics opening ceremony, 4 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, joking with crowds in the Champs Elysees in July, 5 Former BBC boss George Entwistle, in November, on his failure to ask why a Newsnight story on the Jimmy Savile sex scandal was being dropped, 6 The Prince of Wales, in a tribute at the end of the Buckingham Palace concert, 7 Barack Obama, claiming victory in November in what became the most retweeted Twitter post ever, 8 Former Barclays boss Bob Diamond on the rate-fixing scandal, 9 Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, 10 Former IRA commander Martin McGuinness after shaking hands with the Queen in June.
1 Tattooed X Factor winner James Arthur, 2 Bond film Skyfall, which superseded Avatar, taking £94.3 million in 40 days, 3 Aled Jones, presenter of ITV1’s Daybreak, 4 Uggie, 5 Karen Gillan, who left her role as Amy Pond in Doctor Who, 6 X Factor supremo Simon Cowell, 7 Ceremony host James Corden, 8 Jesus Christ Superstar – Moyles played King Herod, 9 Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, 10 Sacha Baron Cohen, attending the event in character as The Dictator.
1 Cyclist Lizzie Armitstead, who took silver in the women’s road race, 2 An old fishing boat, 3 Warren Zevon’s 1978 song Werewolves of London, 4 Murderball, 5 Sir Chris Hoy, who won his sixth gold in London, 6 Jessica Ennis, 7 Laura Trott and Jason Kenny, 8 Ben Ainslee, 9 Long jumper Greg Rutherford, 10 Usain Bolt, bullish after defending his 100m and 200m titles.
1 Woman in a Red Armchair, 2 The Eiffel Tower, 3 Sir Tom Stoppard, 4 Timothy Spall, 5 Vertigo, 6 Levon Helm, 7 Matilda, 8 Gore Vidal, 9 Northumberlandia, 10 Elizabeth McGovern.
1 Kimbra, 2 Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber, 3 Call Me Maybe, 4 Calvin Harris, 5 Emeli Sandé, 6 Pristina, Yugoslavia, 7 Kylie Minogue, 8 Coldplay, 9 Gangnam Style, 10 Girls Aloud.
1 Chris Froome, 2 The US Open, 3 Three – Andre Villas-Boas, Roberto di Matteo and Rafa Benitez, 4 The then England captain Andrew Strauss, 5 Sergio Aguero, 6 Frankie Dettori,
7 He swam in front of the boats, causing the University Boat Race to be halted, 8 Wales, 9 Europe’s Ryder Cup winners, 10 Dereck Chisora and David Haye after their brawl in Munich.