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By Fiona Reid
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Big quiz of the year

DID you pay attention in 2016? Try our annual big quiz and find out . . .


1. La Befana is the equivalent of Santa in which country?
2. What festive song is attributed to James Pierpont?
3. In which country are there not one, but two towns called Christmas?
4. In the song “The 12 Days of Christmas”, how many drummers are there?
5. Which of Santa’s reindeers has a name starting with B?
6. What plant is viscum album better known as?
7. How many points does a snowflake have?
8. What festive tradition did London baker Tom Smith invent in 1847?
9. What creation did Robert May come up with in 1939?
10. What is the full name of the main character in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”?
11. From which carol do these lines come: “We hear the Christmas angels, the great glad tidings tell”?
12. What dish is ‘frumenty’ better known as today?
13. Which fruit is used in a Christingle?
14. “Kala Christouyenna” is Happy Christmas in which European language?
15. What Jewish festival starts this year on December 24th?

1. In which month did PM Theresa May take office?
2. What % of Brits voted for Brexit?
3. Who is the newest leader of UKIP?
4. Name Donald Trump’s running mate in the US elections?
5. Who ran against Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership?
6. What constituency did the murdered MP Jo Cox represent?
7. Which two cabinet roles did MSP John Swinney take up after the Holyrood elections?
8. Which superhero became a UN ambassador?
9. Who did Forbes magazine name the most powerful woman in the world in June ?
10. How many seats did the SNP win in the Scottish Parliament 2016 elections?

1. Who returned to earth in June?
2. HRH The Queen turned 90 this year, in which months are her two birthdays?
3. Which popular magician – and creator of Wizbit – died this year?
4. Name the American reality TV star who was the victim of a jewellery heist in Paris?
5. Which Hollywood actor got divorced from Amber Heard?
6. What was the real name of the late David Bowie?
7. Which charity was the late Terry Wogan associated with?
8. Who made up the “Hiddleswift” couple?
9. Media mogul Rubert Murdoch got married again, who was his bride?
10. What international prize did Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos win?

1. A film of Roald Dahl classic The BFG was released- what does BFG stand for?
2. Absolutely Fabulous – pictured – returned as a film this year. What’s the name of the 2 main characters?
3. In which UK city is Cold Feet set?
4. Who left as host after just one series of the new Top Gear?
5. What was the name of the new national daily newspaper that launched and folded in 2016?
6. Which Drake song was at number one for 15 weeks this summer?
7. Which John Le Carre novel was turned into a hit TV drama?
8. Name the winner of The Great British Bake Off?
9. A long lost musical composition by which Russian composer made its debut this year?
10. Which 90s girl group enjoyed comeback success with new album Red Flag?

1. Scottish sportsman Gordon Reid enjoyed a winning year – what does he play?
2. What was the original name of Mohammed Ali, who died this year?
3. Which country won EURO 2016?
4. Which two Olympic cyclists tied the knot following the Games?
5. What first did golfer Justin Rose achieve?
6. In rugby union, who beat the All Blacks for the first time ever?
7. Which horse won the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
8. Who is the reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and former UFC Featherweight Champion?
9. Name the Brazilian football team caught up in the CP-2933 plane crash.
10. What is the nickname of the Premier League champion football team Leicester City?

1. What accolade did Hazel and Charley Donaldson from Middlebie scoop?
2. Which DG firm won the Virgin Voom award from Richard Branson?
3. Who are the region’s two constituency MSPs following the Holyrood elections?
4. Which top jockey was in Lockerbie?
5. Which Dundrennan music festival came to an end?
6. Where in the region did former Bond Sir Roger Moore enjoy afternoon tea?
7. Name the new statue unveiled this year in Gretna?
8. Which cabinet job did David Mundell MP hang on to?
9. Who left Queen of the South in November after a 6 month stint as manager?
10. Taylor Edwards, pictured, was the 2016 cornet for which Dumfriesshire town?

(Find the answers in our On The Web section)

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