Big Quiz of the Year: 2007

  1. Which past leader of Russia died in April 2007?
  2. Which 2007 convicted celebrity drunkard is nicknamed Lilo?
  3. What month in 2007 was the smoking ban in England introduced?
  4. Who was the heroic baggage handler at the attempted Glasgow airport car-bombing?
  5. Who suggested that Gordon Brown had transformed from Stalin to Mr Bean?
  6. In Chinese astrology, 2007 was the year of the what animal?
  7. Representatives of which army drew huge crowds at the British Museum when first appearing in September 2007?
  8. Who suspended the constitution in Pakistan in November 2007?
  9. Which country won the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest?
  10. Which psychiatrist and host of BBC Radio 4's In the Psychiatrist's Chair died in October 2007?
  11. Who became the 2007 Formula One World Driver's Champion in October?
  12. Who was the BBC reporter kidnapped in the Gaza Strip and later released in July 2007?
  13. Donald Tusk replaced a twin to become prime minister of which country?
  14. Which zoot-suited jazz musician died in July 2007?
  15. Cristina Kirchner became the first elected woman president of which country?
  16. Who became respectively First and Second Ministers of the 2007 power-sharing Northern Irish Assembly?
  17. What was Paris Hilton's offence for which she was sentenced to 45 days in prison?
  18. In what Sudan city was Gillian Gibbons imprisoned for the blasphemous naming of a teddy bear incident?
  19. What was the Blue Peter cat name voted by viewers but substituted by the production staff because it was not considered 'suitable'?
  20. The iPhone was launched by which company?
  21. What month in 2007 did Tony Blair depart as UK prime minister?
  22. The fifth Harry Potter film released in July 2007 is called what?
  23. Name the England soccer manager sacked by the FA in November 2007?
  24. Which severely injured soldier defied his negligible survival chances and featured strongly in the 2007 campaign to improve compensation for seriously wounded armed forces personnel?
  25. Which England rugby player was controversially denied a try in the 2007 World Cup final against South Africa because his foot was deemed to have been in touch before grounding the ball?
  26. What was increased to 18 on 1st October 2007 in England and Wales?
  27. Adam Applegarth presided over what controversial corporation?
  28. What video game was banned in 2007 for its "...unremitting bleakness and callousness..." ?
  29. What two countries joined the European Union on 1st January 2007?
  30. Who was appointed new England soccer manager in December 2007?
  31. Who won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his environmental work including the controversial film An Inconvenient Truth?
  32. What city hosted the 2007 World Athletics Championships?
  33. Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, previous founders of Kazaa and Skype, launched their new video and TV show distribution website in October 2007 called what?
  34. Which country's victory at Wembley in November 2007 put the home nation out of the European Cup?
  35. Faye Turney became famous as a member of which of the services?
  36. Who made the highly critical documentry film Sicko, about the US healthcare system?
  37. Which former politician and convicted perjurer was appointed in November 2007 to lead a prison reform task force for the Conservative Party?
  38. Whose video called 'Falling Down' was banned on British TV?
  39. Which company was found officially responsible for the Suffolk Bird Flu outbreak in February 2007?
  40. On which Indonesian island was the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in December 2007?
  41. What Cumbrian town was used as a 2007 pilot for the digital TV switch-over?
  42. It was announced in April 2007 that Lord Justice Scott Baker would replace Baroness Butler-Sloss in what position?
  43. What remarkable sale price did Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull achieve?
  44. Which world champion 400m runner successfully overturned her Olympic Games ban for missing drug tests?
  45. Monks featured strongly in the September protests in which country?
  46. Which northern England city was flooded by torrential rain on on 25 June 2007?
  47. In what US city did Barack Obama announce his presidential candidacy in February 2007?
  48. Which Bollywood actor was at the centre of the 2007 Big Brother TV Show racism uproar?
  49. Shinzo Abe resigned in September 2007 as prime minister of which country?
  50. Which corporation bought 1.6% of Facebook for $240m?
  51. The Kate Moss Collection was launched by what store chain?
  52. The two CDs lost by the UK department HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) contained personal details of 20m people relating to claims of what?
  53. Who resigned as England cricket coach after the 2007 Ashes series 5-0 defeat?
  54. What nickname was used by the media for the senior policeman in charge of the Cash for Honours investigation?
  55. In May 2007 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the biggest what in history to date?
  56. Intensive British forces operations in Afghanistan through 2007 were centred in which province?
  57. In what significant UK location was the August 2007 Climate Change Camp sited?
  58. Which movie star left the much publicized 'rude pig' phone message for his twelve year old daughter?
  59. In a bizarre 2007 confessional frenzy, Ruth Kelly, Jacqui Smith, Harriet Harman, Hazel Blears and Alistair Darling where among several British government ministers to make what admission?
  60. At the end of 2007 how many England Premiership football (soccer) clubs were foreign owned?
  61. In June 2007 the Millennium Dome re-opened under what name?
  62. Which famous aviator and adventurer went missing over the Nevada Desert in September 2007?
  63. The perfume brand 'Mwah' was launched in 2007 by which 'celebrity'?
  64. What country celebrated on August 15th 2007 its 60th anniversary of independence from British rule?
  65. Who resigned as World Bank President after failing to disprove allegations of his nepotism?
  66. Which country won the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup?
  67. Following an Ofcom investigation which TV company was judged in September 2007 to be the worst offending in the premium line phone-in scandals?
  68. What film won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Picture?
  69. Speculation towards the end of 2007 suggested that Rupert Murdoch's News International Group was in discussion to buy what significant business networking website?
  70. Which rapper cancelled his UK tour when refused entry to the country?
  71. What was the name of the Space Shuttle which launched on June 8th 2007?
  72. Who made this amusing statement: "I have expressed a degree of regret that may be equated with an apology..." ?
  73. Whose secret donations of over half a million pounds caused a big problem for the Labour Party when they were exposed in November 2007?
  74. Who became the new French president in 2007?
  75. Who was charged with fraud when he reappeared five years after going missing in a canoe off the Cleveland coast?
  76. Clarence Mitchell was appointed media spokesman for whom in September 2007?
  77. Which Formula One racing team was expelled from the 2007 Constructors Championship for spying on a competitor?
  78. Blake Fielder-Civil achieved notoriety as whose errant husband?
  79. Which former newspaper owner and business mogul was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment for fraud in December 2007?
  80. Which major city switched off its lights for an hour on the evening of 31 March 2007 as a political statement about climate change?
  81. What was the village and laboratory site name connected with the August 2007 foot-and-mouth desease outbreak near Guildford in Surrey?
  82. Garments of which famous clothes label were found being made by child labour in India in October 2007?
  83. Which organization announced euphemistically it would 'transition' its modestly performing '360' social networking website?
  84. What Richard Dawkins' book attracted huge popularity and controversy throughout 2007?
  85. In 2007 according to World Health Organization statistics what are the only two non-African countries with an under-five infant mortality rate of more than 10%?

Big Quiz of the Year: 2007 Answers


  1.  Which past leader of Russia died in April 2007? Boris Yeltsin
  2. Which 2007 convicted celebrity drunkard is nicknamed Lilo? Lindsay Lohan
  3. What month in 2007 was the smoking ban in England introduced? July (1st)
  4. Who was the heroic baggage handler at the attempted Glasgow airport car-bombing? John Smeaton
  5. Who suggested that Gordon Brown had transformed from Stalin to Mr Bean? Vince Cable (temporary leader of the Liberal Democrats after Menzies Campbell's departure)
  6. In Chinese astrology, 2007 was the year of the what animal? Pig (or boar)
  7. Representatives of which army drew huge crowds at the British Museum when first appearing in September 2007? The Terracotta Army (a dozen figures were loaned from the thousand which make up the full Chinese collection)
  8. Who suspended the constitution in Pakistan in November 2007? President Musharraf(President Pervez Musharraf)
  9. Which country won the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest? Serbia (with the song Moltiva - meaning 'prayer' - sung by Marija Serifovic)
  10. Which psychiatrist and host of BBC Radio 4's In the Psychiatrist's Chair died in October 2007? Anthony Clare
  11. Who became the 2007 Formula One World Driver's Champion in October? Kimi Raikkonen (properly Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, of Finland)
  12. Who was the BBC reporter kidnapped in the Gaza Strip and later released in July 2007?Alan Johnson
  13. Donald Tusk replaced a twin to become prime minister of which country? Poland(Jaroslaw Kaczynski was the previous PM - his identical twin Lech Kaczynski remained president as at the end of 2007)
  14. Which zoot-suited jazz musician died in July 2007? George Melly
  15. Cristina Kirchner became the first elected woman president of which country? Argentina (she is properly called Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner)
  16. Who became respectively First and Second Ministers of the 2007 power-sharing Northern Irish Assembly? Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness
  17. What was Paris Hilton's offence for which she was sentenced to 45 days in prison? Driving while banned
  18. In what Sudan city was Gillian Gibbons imprisoned for the blasphemous naming of a teddy bear incident? Khartoum
  19. What was the Blue Peter cat name voted by viewers but substituted by the production staff because it was not considered 'suitable'? Cookie (Cookie was felt unsuitable because of possible slang interpretations and maybe mischievous voting arising from this.)
  20. The iPhone was launched by which company? Apple
  21. What month in 2007 did Tony Blair depart as UK prime minister? June (27th)
  22. The fifth Harry Potter film released in July 2007 is called what? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  23. Name the England soccer manager sacked by the FA in November 2007? Steve McLaren (or fully Stephen McLaren)
  24. Which severely injured soldier defied his negligible survival chances and featured strongly in the 2007 campaign to improve compensation for seriously wounded armed forces personnel? Ben Parkinson
  25. Which England rugby player was controversially denied a try in the 2007 World Cup final against South Africa because his foot was deemed to have been in touch before grounding the ball? Mark Cueto
  26. What was increased to 18 on 1st October 2007 in England and Wales? Legal age for purchasing tobacco
  27. Adam Applegarth presided over what controversial corporation? Northern Rock
  28. What video game was banned in 2007 for its "...unremitting bleakness and callousness..." ? Manhunt 2
  29. What two countries joined the European Union on 1st January 2007? Romania and Bulgaria
  30. Who was appointed new England soccer manager in December 2007? Fabio Capello
  31. Who won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his environmental work including the controversial film An Inconvenient Truth? Al Gore (fully Albert Arnold 'Al' Gore, Jr.)
  32. What city hosted the 2007 World Athletics Championships? Osaka (Japan - the US came top of the medal table, followed by Kenya, Russia and Ethiopia)
  33. Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, previous founders of Kazaa and Skype, launched their new video and TV show distribution website in October 2007 called what? Joost.com
  34. Which country's victory at Wembley in November 2007 put the home nation out of the European Cup? Croatia (they won 3-2)
  35. Faye Turney became famous as a member of which of the services? Royal Navy (She was the only woman sailor among the patrol group from HMS Cornwall which was captured by Iran in the Gulf.)
  36. Who made the highly critical documentry film Sicko, about the US healthcare system? Michael Moore
  37. Which former politician and convicted perjurer was appointed in November 2007 to lead a prison reform task force for the Conservative Party? Jonathan Aitken
  38. Whose video called 'Falling Down' was banned on TV? Duran Duran
  39. Which company was found officially responsible for the Suffolk Bird Flu outbreak in February 2007? Bernard Matthews
  40. On which Indonesian island was the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in December 2007? Bali
  41. What Cumbrian town was used as a 2007 pilot for the digital TV switch-over? Whitehaven
  42. It was announced in April 2007 that Lord Justice Scott Baker would replace Baroness Butler-Sloss in what position? Coroner at the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed
  43. What remarkable sale price did Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull achieve? £50m
  44. Which world champion 400m runner successfully overturned her Olympic Games ban for missing drug tests? Christine Ohuruogu
  45. Monks featured strongly in the September protests in which country? Burma
  46. Which northern England city was flooded by torrential rain on on 25 June 2007? Hull(fully Kingston upon Hull)
  47. In what US city did Barack Obama announce his presidential candidacy in February 2007? Springfield (Illinois state capital)
  48. Which Bollywood actor was at the centre of the 2007 Big Brother TV Show racism uproar? Shilpa Shetty
  49. Shinzo Abe resigned in September 2007 as prime minister of which country? Japan (he was succeeded by Yasuo Fukuda)
  50. Which corporation bought 1.6% of Facebook for $240m? Microsoft
  51. The Kate Moss Collection was launched by what store chain? Top Shop
  52. The two CDs lost by the UK department HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) contained personal details of 20m people relating to claims of what? Child Benefit
  53. Who resigned as England cricket coach after the 2007 Ashes series 5-0 defeat? Duncan Fletcher
  54. What nickname was used by the media for the senior policeman in charge of the Cash for Honours investigation? Yates of the Yard (correctly, Assistant Commissioner John Yates)
  55. In May 2007 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the biggest what in history to date? Charitable donation ($10bn for Middle East education)
  56. Intensive British forces operations in Afghanistan through 2007 were centred in which province? Helmand
  57. In what significant UK location was the August 2007 Climate Change Camp sited? Heathrow Airport
  58. Which movie star left the much publicized 'rude pig' phone message for his twelve year old daughter? Alec Baldwin
  59. In a bizarre 2007 confessional frenzy, Ruth Kelly, Jacqui Smith, Harriet Harman, Hazel Blears and Alistair Darling where among several British government ministers to make what admission? Using cannabis
  60. At the end of 2007 how many England Premiership football (soccer) clubs were foreign owned? Nine (Manchester Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Sunderland.)
  61. In June 2007 the Millennium Dome re-opened under what name? O2 (or to be precise, O2)
  62. Which famous aviator and adventurer went missing over the Nevada Desert in September 2007? Steve Fosset (fully James Stephen Fossett)
  63. The perfume brand 'Mwah' was launched in 2007 by which 'celebrity'? Channelle Hayes (UK 2007 Big Brother contestant)
  64. What country celebrated on August 15th 2007 its 60th anniversary of independence from British rule? India
  65. Who resigned as World Bank President after failing to disprove allegations of his nepotism? Paul Wolfowitz (arranged a big pay rise and promotion for his partner and World Bank employee Shaha Riza)
  66. Which country won the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup? Germany (becoming the first nation to retain the title, with a 2-0 final victory over Brazil)
  67. Following an Ofcom investigation which TV company was judged in September 2007 to be the worst offending in the premium line phone-in scandals? GMTV (Good Morning Television Ltd - 75% owned by ITV, and 25% owned by Walt Disney Co., as at 2007.)
  68. What film won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Picture? The Departed (directed by Martin Scorsese)
  69. Speculation towards the end of 2007 suggested that Rupert Murdoch's News International Group was in discussion to buy what significant business networking website? Linkedin.com
  70. Which rapper cancelled his UK tour when refused entry to the country? Snoop Dog
  71. What was the name of the Space Shuttle which launched on June 8th 2007? Atlantis(its five sister Space Shuttle craft are/were Enterprise, used for testing only, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery and Endeavour - interestingly not the US spelling 'endeavor' because the craft was named after the English explorer James Cook's ship HMS Endeavour. Challenger was lost shortly after launch in 1986; Columbia was lost on re-entry in 2003.)
  72. Who made this amusing statement: "I have expressed a degree of regret that may be equated with an apology..." ? Des Browne (UK Defence Minister, after conveniently allowing the distracting purchase and publication by the press of stories from British sailors captured and held by Iran)
  73. Whose secret donations of over half a million pounds caused a big problem for the Labour Party when they were exposed in November 2007? David Abrahams
  74. Who became the new French president in 2007? Nicolas Sarkozy
  75. Who was charged with fraud when he reappeared five years after going missing in a canoe off the Cleveland coast? John Darwin
  76. Clarence Mitchell was appointed media spokesman for whom in September 2007? Gerry and Kate McCann (parents of missing Madeleine McCann)
  77. Which Formula One racing team was expelled from the 2007 Constructors Championship for spying on a competitor? McLaren
  78. Blake Fielder-Civil achieved notoriety as whose errant husband? Amy Winehouse
  79. Which former newspaper owner and business mogul was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment for fraud in December 2007? Conrad Black
  80. Which major city switched off its lights for an hour on the evening of 31 March 2007 as a political statement about climate change? Sydney (not the capital of Australia as many think, which is Canberra)
  81. What was the village and laboratory site name connected with the August 2007 foot-and-mouth desease outbreak near Guildford in Surrey? Pirbright
  82. Garments of which famous clothes label were found being made by child labour in India in October 2007? Gap (Gap Kids, more precisely)
  83. Which organization announced euphemistically it would 'transition' its modestly performing '360' social networking website? Yahoo
  84. What Richard Dawkins' book attracted huge popularity and controversy throughout 2007? The God Delusion
  85. In 2007 according to World Health Organization statistics what are the only two non-African countries with an under-five infant mortality rate of more than 10%? Iraq andAfghanistan


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