1. Which two other sports, as well as darts, has PDC World No 1, Gerwyn “The Iceman” Price, played professionally, before retiring in 2014 to concentrate on darts?
a. Rallying and BMX
b. Rugby union and rugby league
c. Volleyball and handball
d. Greco-Roman wrestling and MMA
2. On 10 January 2021, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was elected general secretary of the Workers Party of Korea. Who did he replace?
a. His late father, Kim Jong-il, who died in 2011, but held the office for a decade posthumously
b. His late grandfather Kim Il-Sung, who died in 1994, but held the office for 27 years posthumously
c. His uncle Jang Song-thaek, who was executed for treason in 2014
d. His sister Kim Yo-jong, who became a social media sex symbol in 2020
3. In March, Christies sold Everydays by artist Mike Winkelmann for $69m. What was notable about this sale?
a. The artwork was created by AIartificial intelligence
b. It was a Picasso painting he’d bought and added his own signature to
c. It was a non-fungible token or NFT, the highest such price ever garnered for one
d. It was an microscopic engraving on a single human hair
4. New Zealand farmer Colin Craig-Brown hit the headlines this November when he unearthed what surprising find in his back garden?
a. A potato weighing 7.8kg, believed to be the largest ever found
b. A Second World War sea mine containing 80kg of live explosives
c. The jewelled star of the Order of St Patrick, one of the crown jewels of Ireland stolen from Dublin Castle in 1907
d. An abandoned attempt at digging a tunnel through the centre of the earth, started by the land’s previous owner
5. On 1 February, aerobics instructor Khing Hnin Wai became briefly world famous. Why?
a. She broke the world sit-ups record, completing 45,005 in 58.5hrs
b. She was arrested for a social media post comparing Chinese Premier Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh
c. She recorded a fitness video for Instagram in the Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw that inadvertently broke the news that there had been a military coup in the country
d. Due to a computer error, she was mistakenly listed as No 1 on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives list
6. 2021 saw one of the world’s most popular games, Minecraft, surpass 140m users. Its gameworld is now estimated to be 3.6bn square kilometres. Approximately how many times could this contain the planet Earth?
7. Argentine racer Manuel Andújar won the 2021 Dakar rally in which discipline?
a. Rally cars
d. Quad bikes
8. Kevin Andre McKenzie of Guyana was apprehended at New York’s Kennedy Airport, with what unlikely cargo?
a. 35 rare butterflies hidden in his underpants
b. 35 rare songbirds hidden in hair curlers
c. 35 rare earth metals hidden inside smoke alarms
d. 35 screenshots of NFTs hidden inside his phone
9. Adele’s long-awaited album, 30, was the bestselling LP of 2021. But just how bestselling was it in its first week of release?
a. It outsold the rest of the Billboard Top 10 combined
b. It outsold the rest of the Billboard Top 20 combined
c. It outsold the rest of the Billboard Top 40 combined
d. It outsold the rest of the Billboard Top 50 combined
10. Having been postponed by the pandemic, Euro 2020 finally got under way in June and was the highest-scoring in the tournament’s history. Despite this, goals by which method outstripped Ronaldo’s top-scoring tally of six goals?
b. Own goals
c. Goals disallowed by video-assisted refereeing
d. Each of the above
11. Line of Duty season six concluded, with yet another increasingly unlikely plot about police officers who care about corruption. But by what means did Ted Hastings explain to suspects he was a difficult man to fool?
a. “I didn’t come up the Foyle on a leaf”
b. “I didn’t come up the Lagan in a bubble”
c. “I didn’t come up the Erne in a teapot”
d. “I didn’t come up the Mournes in a polystyrene cup”
12. Notorious restaurateur Nusret Gökçe, better known by the meme-begotten soubriquet Salt Bae, opened a restaurant in Knightsbridge this year, attracting attention for its eye-wateringly high prices. Other than wine, what is understood to be the most expensive single item on its menu?
a. A truffle-infused hotdog, priced at £800
b. A goldleaf-laden giant tomahawk steak, at £1,450
c. A “billionaire burger” served with diamond shavings for £2,450
d. One can of Red Bull energy drink, costing £4,765
13. An enterprising anti-vaxxer in Italy had people in mind of a scene from Father Ted this December. For what reason?
a. He disrupted a pro-vaccine sermon in his local church by kicking a bishop up the arse
b. He stole money from a health charity, claiming the money was “just resting in his account”
c. He attempted to fool health workers by presenting a fake arm at his vaccine appointment
d. He staged an anti-lockdown protest in a shopping centre, only to become lost in Milan’s largest lingerie department
14. The Omicron variant is the latest sortie in Covid’s ongoing war to forcibly teach us the Greek alphabet. Which of the following is not to be found within that ancient alphabetic script’s 24 letters?
15. The announcement of the abortive European Super League in April 2021 led to much turmoil between Uefa and the 12 founder clubs, not least between Uefa president Alexander Ceferin and which spearhead behind the project, who happens to be his goddaughter’s father?
a. Juventus president Andrea Agnelli
b. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu
c. Tottenham Hotspur CEO Daniel Levy
d. Manchester United CEO Ed Woodward
16. In a hopeful move, the United Nations designated 2021 “The Year of Peace and Trust”. It was also designated several other things. Which of the following was 2021 not officially declared as the year of by the UN?
a. The International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development
b. The International Year of Fruit and Veg
c. The International Year of Nuts and Pulses
d. The International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour
17. Matt Hancock resigned from the government in 2021, after being caught on CCTV breaching social distancing rules with Gina Coladangelo. As well as having been non-executive director of the Department of Health and Social Care, she is also the niece of which former Arsenal goalkeeper?
a. David Seaman
b. Pat Jennings
c. Bob Wilson
d. John Lukic
18. For the second year running, the highest grossing film was a Chinese epic. 2021’s biggest box office draw, The Battle at Lake Changin, is about a battle in which conflict?
a. Second World War
b. The Korean War
c. The Boxer Rebellion
d. The Jintian Uprising
19. The men’s high jump at this year’s Tokyo Olympics was decided in an unusual fashion once Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi reached a stalemate in the final – in what way?
a. By doing a 100m sprint
b. By awarding both competitors gold
c. By tossing a coin
d. By making them do a hilarious, year-end quiz of the year
20. Turkish man Beyhan Mutlu made news in September for which unlikely reason?
a. He unknowingly joined a search party that had been formed to find him after he’d become lost in a forest while intoxicated
b. He declared himself “the Emperor of Batman” and held an armed standoff with the Turkish army
c. He finished his 12-year attempt to eat an entire train carriage, piece by piece
d. He was found in possession of 14 long-missing Romanov family Fabergé eggs
21. Josiah Kenyon was arrested and charged in December for his alleged role in the Capitol Riots. Which animated character was he dressed as when he allegedly assaulted several Capitol police officers?
a. Jake Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas
b. Carl Fredriksen from Up
c. Wall-E from Wall-E
d. Maid Marian from Robin Hood
22. In September, Nicki Minaj tweeted her opposition to the Met Gala’s policy of insisting attendees be vaccinated, citing which alarming and tenuous anecdote of vaccination tragedy?
a. Her mother’s friend broke out in “full body hives”
b. Her father’s cousin had a heart attack
c. Her cousin’s friend’s “testicles became swollen” and he was rendered impotent
d. Her friend’s cousin’s nipples fell off
23. Merriam-Webster had no such hesitation and named “vaccine” its word of the year, but from which Latin word does it come?
a. Vacca, “cow”
b. Vaco, “to be free from”
c. Vacuus, “empty or void”
d. Vaccilo, “to be in a weak condition”
24. Upon Barbados becoming a republic this November, Rihanna was inducted as a National Hero of Barbados. What is her new title?
a. The Right Reverend Robyn Rihanna Fenty
b. The Right Excellent Robyn Rihanna Fenty
c. The Right Honourable Robyn Rihanna Fenty
d. The Right Respectful Robyn Rihanna Fenty
25. December saw the North Atlantic battered by Storm Barra. For the seventh straight season, the UK and Ireland’s storm names were chosen in advance by European meteorologists, running from A-Z, alternating between male and female. Which of the following is not a storm to come?
26. Squid Game, a Korean-language series about a dystopian and murderous televised competition, was the unexpected streaming hit of 2021. But what show did it replace as Netflix’s most streamed show ever?
c. Money Heist
d. Tiger King
1. (b) Rugby union and rugby league
2. (a) His long dead father, Kim Jong-il
3. (c) It was an NFT, credited to Winklemann’s alias, Beeple
4. (a) A very large potato indeed, nearly 3kg heavier than the current record
5. (c) She inadvertently broke news of a coup with her fitness video
6. (c) Seven – it would, in fact, rank as the fifth largest planet in our solar system, behind only Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
7. (d) Quad bikes
8. (b) 35 rare songbirds (the exact number of hair curlers is unrecorded)
9. (d) It outsold the rest of the Billboard Top 50 combined.
10. (d) Each of the above: 9 penalties, 11 own goals, and 7 disallowed by VAR
11. (b) Lagan via bubble
12. (b) The goldleaf tomahawk steak. For the record a Red Bull costs a measly £11
13. (c) He used a fake arm, and no bishops’ arses were harmed at any time
14. (d) Si is not a Greek letter
15. (a) Juventus President Andrea Agnelli
16. (c) The International Year of Nuts and Pulses was, of course, in 2016
17. (c) Bob Wilson
18. (b) The Korean War or, as China officially terms the military campaign, “Resist America and Assist Korea”
19. (b) It was the first time the games had seen joint winners by choice since 1912
20. (a) He joined his own search party, echoing a similar story from Iceland in 2012
21. (a) Jake Skellington
22. (c) Her cousin’s friend in Trinidad developed swollen testicles and became impotent. She added: “He was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied.”
23. (a) Vacca, meaning cow, derived from its being developed to combat cowpox.
24. (b) The Right Excellent.
25. (d) Quentin – names beginning with Q, U, X, Y and Z are not used due to the relative paucity of options
26. (b) Bridgerton