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

End of year quiz

'Tis the season to cast an eye back over 2012. But how much do you remember? Test yourself with the Magazine's four part compilation of the year's quizzes. Part three covers to July to September.

Part three

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Declassified documents from the Ministry of Defence showed that staff believed aliens could visit Earth for "military reconnaissance", "scientific" research and which of the following?

  1. Galactic domination
  2. Food
  3. Tourism

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A study by the European Union into housing costs revealed which country to have the most expensive housing?

  1. Greece
  2. Denmark
  3. UK

3.) Missing Word Question

* 'leftovers' to fuel cars

  1. Kitchen
  2. Whisky
  3. Abattoir

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Who was found to be the favourite celebrity bait for cybercriminals trying to lure internet users, according to a survey carried out in September?

  1. Angelina Jolie
    Angelina Jolie
  2. Emma Watson
    Emma Watson
  3. Harry Styles
    Harry Styles

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Brazil's mascot for the Fifa 2014 World Cup made its first public appearance in Rio de Janeiro in September. What is it?

  1. A river dolphin
  2. A jaguar
  3. An armadillo


The three-banded armadillo, which is in danger of extinction, rolls up into the shape of a ball when threatened and is commonly found in north-eastern Brazil.

Football and armadillo

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak revealed in the summer that he was so impressed by a particular country that he wanted to become a citizen. Which one?

Steve Wozniak
  1. Republic of Ireland
  2. Australia
  3. Poland

7.) Missing Word Question

Rome removes * of love

  1. wings
  2. tunnels
  3. padlocks

8.) Multiple Choice Question

Which of these items were the small remote control cars used to transport in the Olympic stadium?

remote control car
  1. Rubbish
  2. Medals
  3. Javelins, hammers and discuses

9.) Multiple Choice Question

Members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot were sent to prison in August. What were they actually convicted of?

Pussy Riot
  1. Hooliganism
  2. Dishonouring Russia
  3. Vandalism

10.) Multiple Choice Question

Mo Farah won the 5,000m finals of the Olympics, a week after taking gold in the 10,000m. How did he celebrate the 5,000 win in front of an ecstatic crowd?

Mo Farah
  1. Sit-ups
  2. Press-ups
  3. Star jumps

11.) Multiple Choice Question

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis received all these accolades - except one. Which one?

Jessica Ennis
  1. Freedom of Sheffield
  2. Cover star of Beano
  3. Her own perfume
  4. Lion cub named after her

12.) Multiple Choice Question

The rapper Snoop Dogg changed his name in July. To what?

  1. Snoop Tiger
  2. Snoop Lion
  3. Snoop Cougar


  1. It was tourism. After a lengthy investigation into UFO sightings in the 1990s, one report concluded: "There has been no apparently hostile intent and other possibilities are: a) military reconnaissance; b) scientific; c) tourism."
  2. It's Denmark, where 22% of people are "overburdened" by housing costs - spending more than 40% of their income on rent or mortgage payments. The report placed Greece second (18%) and the UK third (16.5%).
  3. It's whisky. In what is claimed to be a world first, a deal was signed in September to turn byproducts from a Scottish distillery into fuel for cars.
  4. It was Emma Watson. Security software firm McAfee said she was the "most dangerous" celebrity to search for online because many sites use her name to trick people into downloading malicious software or to steal personal information.
  5. It was an armadillo. Brazilians named the mascot Fuleco in an online poll, ahead of Zuzeco and Amijubi.
  6. It's Australia. He told a radio station in Brisbane he enjoyed his regular visits to Australia. "I am... on the way to become an Australian citizen, that's a little-known fact." He said he could still keep his American citizenship.
  7. It's padlocks. For about a decade lovers have been putting padlocks on one particular bridge over the Tiber. The council now says that rust from padlocks threatens the fabric of the old bridge.
  8. Remote control cars were used to help return javelins, hammers and discuses after they had been thrown across the field.
  9. They were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and jailed for two years after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral.
  10. It was a series of sit-ups - an apparent tribute to Usain Bolt, who had celebrated his 200m victory by doing press-ups.
  11. Ennis has not had a perfume named after her. She has been particularly honoured in her home city. Sheffield United also named one of its stands after the heptathlete.
  12. It's Snoop Lion. The performer - christened Calvin Broadus - said he had been given the new name by Rastafarian priests in Jamaica ahead of his forthcoming reggae album.

Your Score

0 - 4 : Droopy

5 - 9 : Deputy Dawg

10 - 12 : Snooperstar

PLUS there's a special bonus question each day.

In addition to the 12 questions above, we also pose an extra puzzler for each of the four parts of this quiz. That's how we reached 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?

Pictures 1, 2 and 3

You can find part one of the quiz of the year here and part two is here, with the final instalment here.

For a complete archive of past quizzes and our weekly news quiz, 7 days 7 questions, visit the Magazine page and scroll down. You can follow the Magazine on Twitter and on Facebook.

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