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


'Tis the season to cast an eye back over the events of 2013. But how much do you remember? Test yourself with the Magazine's four-part end-of-year quiz.

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1.) Multiple Choice Question

William Shakespeare was an illegal food hoarder, academics revealed. But what, according to uncovered documents, was he threatened with jail over?

William Shakespeare
  1. Adultery
  2. Tax evasion
  3. Blasphemy

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Authorities in Mali have pledged to replace the camel given to President Francois Hollande as thanks for French forces helping repel Islamist rebels. What happened to the first one?

Camels in Mali
  1. Eaten
  2. Stolen
  3. Swallowed plastic bag and died

3.) Multiple Choice Question

A US judge held himself in contempt of court and fined himself $25 (15). What had he done?

US judge
  1. Fallen asleep
  2. Sworn
  3. Mobile rang

4.) Multiple Choice Question

A diamond was sold for a record price in April. What colour was it?

  1. Cappuccino
  2. Yellow
  3. Pink


The Pink Star sold for $83m (52m) at auction in Geneva - a record price for a gemstone.

Pink Star diamond

5.) Multiple Choice Question

In April, Washington state's governor signed into law the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary. Which of the following was not changed?

Male and female symbols
  1. Man hole
  2. Penmanship
  3. Journeyman plumber

6.) Multiple Choice Question

In April, it was 40 years since the first public mobile phone call was made by Martin Cooper, senior engineer at Motorola. Who did he ring?

Phone anniversary
  1. His wife
  2. President Nixon
  3. His rival

7.) Multiple Choice Question

In May, the then Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was pictured joking with members of the Goroka Asaro Mud Men dancers. Where was she?

Julia Gillard
  1. Papua New Guinea
  2. Fiji
  3. Australia
  4. Indonesia

8.) Multiple Choice Question

In May a concert by Sir Paul McCartney in Goiania, Brazil, was interrupted by what?

Paul McCartney
  1. Fan knocking over a piano
  2. A swarm of grasshoppers
  3. Sound of gunfire

9.) Multiple Choice Question

Russian daredevil Valery Rozov successfully carried out the world's highest base jump in May. What did he jump off?

Russian base jumper
  1. Mont Blanc
  2. Mount Everest
  3. The Eiger

10.) Multiple Choice Question

Also in May, a newly discovered species of dinosaur was named Aurornis Xui. Xui honours paleontologist Xu Xing, while the first part mixes Latin and Greek. What is the closest translation of Aurornis?

Aurornis xui
  1. Magical creature
  2. Morning runner
  3. Dawn bird

11.) Multiple Choice Question

Australian athlete Chloe McCardel quit her attempted swim from Cuba to Florida after 11 hours - because of what?

Florida swimmer
  1. Sharks
  2. Jellyfish stings
  3. Dehydration
  4. Cramp

12.) Multiple Choice Question

At the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June, Russia's Vladimir Putin went wildwater swimming in the chilly waters of Lough Erne. True or false?

Vladimir Putin in Northern Ireland
  1. True
  2. False


  1. It's tax evasion. Academics at Aberystwyth University say that the documents indicate that the bard profited from food shortages by illegally hoarding grain for resale at inflated prices. They say he also did all he could to avoid taxes.
  2. It was killed and eaten by the family with whom Hollande left it in Timbuktu. An official was quoted as saying: "We are ashamed of what happened to the first camel. It did not deserve this fate."
  3. His mobile phone rang. Judge Raymond Voet had posted a policy stating electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions would result in the owner being cited with contempt. And then his smartphone started vibrating.
  4. It's pink. See next page.
  5. It was man hole - "journeyman" was changed to "journey-level" plumber, "penmanship" to "handwriting". But civil engineering terms such as "man hole" and "man lock" were not because authorities said no common-sense substitutes could easily be found.
  6. It was his rival, Joel Engel, who was head of research at Bell Labs and also committed to developing the first mobile phone.
  7. It's Papua New Guinea. Julia Gillard met the Mud Men dancers outside Parliament House in Port Moresby, where she held talks with PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.
  8. It's a swarm of grasshoppers. Apparently the frog chorus was unavailable.
  9. It was Mount Everest. The stunt took more than two years to plan and a minute to execute. Video of the event was released in May.
  10. It's dawn bird. "Aurora" is Latin for "daybreak" or "dawn". Ornis is Greek for "bird". The fossil, which may be the earliest creature yet discovered on the evolutionary line to birds, was unearthed in China.
  11. It was jellyfish problems. McCardel abandoned her quest to become the first person to make the 166km (103-mile) swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage after she was severely stung.
  12. False, it was David Cameron who went wildwater swimming. There were no reports that the Russian leader followed him in.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Doggy paddle

4 - 8 : Treading water

9 - 12 : Freestyle

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. What is the link between the images over the four days?


Part one, part three and part four of the quiz can be found 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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