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


'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. Part one covers October to December.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

Giant George, the world's tallest dog, passed away aged seven. To which breed did he belong?

Dog's nose
  1. Anatolian Shepherd
  2. Great Dane
  3. Irish wolfhound
  4. St Bernard

2.) Multiple Choice Question

A London skyscraper was blamed for reflecting light which melted parts of a car parked on a nearby street. What is the nickname of the building in question?

London skyline
  1. The Cheesegrater
  2. The Gherkin
  3. The Shard
  4. The Walkie-Talkie

3.) Multiple Choice Question

New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, elected in June, signalled a new attitude with an unexpected tweet. What did he say?

Hassan Rouhani
  1. Breaking Bad tonight ;-)
  2. Blessed Jewish new year
  3. Love not hate

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Broadcaster David Dimbleby, 75, made headlines by getting a tattoo of a scorpion on his back. What was wrong with it?

David Dimbleby being tattooed
  1. Wrongly-shaped sting
  2. Too few legs
  3. Wrong colour


The tattoo has six rather than eight legs. But Dimbleby insisted he wouldn't change it.

David Dimbeby's scorpion tattoo

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Why was Rihanna banished from outside a mosque in Abu Dhabi?

Rihanna wearing a headscarf in Abu Dhabi
  1. Revealing outfit
  2. Wrong headscarf
  3. Inappropriate photos
  4. Impromptu performance of Umbrella

6.) Multiple Choice Question

US authorities investigating the Silk Road, where people could buy drugs online, said they arrested the site's administrator "Dread Pirate Roberts". In which film does a character of this name appear?

Pirate flag
  1. Pirates of the Caribbean
  2. The Princess Bride
  3. Labyrinth

7.) Multiple Choice Question

What type of new club has the Vatican launched to widen its appeal?

Cardinals at a mass in the Vatican
  1. Stand-up comedy
  2. Cricket
  3. Cookery
  4. Yoga

8.) Multiple Choice Question

For more than 3,000 years, speculation has raged as to how the boy king Tutankhamun died. What is the latest theory regarding his demise?

  1. Chronic constipation
  2. Scorpion sting
  3. Chariot racing accident

9.) Multiple Choice Question

German engineers are working on a German-only internet, using cables and computer servers entirely within Germany, following outrage about US eavesdropping. What has the project been dubbed?

German keyboard
  1. Internetz
  2. Deutche Web
  3. Ubernet

10.) Multiple Choice Question

A newly discovered novel by late folk singer Woody Guthrie and published by Johnny Depp was in the news. Why?

Woody Guthrie
  1. Shortlisted by the Bad Sex in Fiction Award
  2. Endorsed by Taylor Swift
  3. Up for Pulitzer Prize

11.) Multiple Choice Question

Tom Clancy, who has died aged 66, was working as a salesman when his 1984 novel The Hunt for Red October became a huge success. What was he selling?

Tom Clancy
  1. Used cars
  2. Insurance
  3. Encyclopaedias

12.) Multiple Choice Question

What dance did it emerge UK Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson's families had done together recently?

Boris Johnson and David Cameron
  1. Twerking
  2. The Dougie
  3. Gangnam Style


  1. Giant George, who lived in Tucson, Arizona, was a Great Dane. In 2010, he was named by Guinness World Records as both the world's tallest living dog and tallest dog ever. He stood at 7ft 3in (2.2m) and weighed 17.5 stone (111kg).
  2. It's the Walkie-Talkie - officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street. Experts said its curved windows had acted like mirrors to focus and concentrate the sun's rays, melting the wing mirror and badge of a Jaguar car.
  3. It's Jewish new year. He wrote: "As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah."
  4. It's too few legs.
  5. It's inappropriate photos. The singer was asked to leave a mosque in Abu Dhabi because she did not have permission for a photoshoot. The mosque did not mention Rihanna directly but cited "inappropriate pictures" and "posing in ways that are improper".
  6. It's the 1987 adventure movie The Princess Bride.
  7. It's a cricket club. St Peter's Cricket Club has been set up to encourage interfaith dialogue.
  8. It's the chariot accident. Scientists using modern forensic methods say he died in a chariot accident, which shattered many of his bones and crushed his heart.
  9. It's internetz - a combination of the German words for internet and network. The project is being led by a team at Deutsche Telekom.
  10. It's the Bad Sex award. Guthrie's House of Earth has been shortlisted for the Literary Review's Bad Sex Awards 2013, celebrating the most embarrassing passages of sexual description in a novel.
  11. It's insurance. President Ronald Reagan said the book was his favourite thriller, an endorsement that Clancy said helped put him on the New York Times best-seller list.
  12. It's Gangnam Style. The two families got together at Chequers for lunch, BBC political editor Nick Robinson reported.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Headbanger

4 - 8 : Limbo

9 - 12 : Saunter

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. If you missed the three earlier parts you can catch up here with part one, part two and part three.

With each part of the quiz we publish photographs - all four are below. What is the link between the images over the four days?

Update Monday 12:00 GMT: We have a winner. The link is Prince George Alexander Louis, the son of the William - from the house of Wales - and Catherine. Trish Sawyer, from Stock, Essex, was the first to make the connection. Her prize is a festive stockingful of kudos.

Thanks to everyone who has taken part this year.

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