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2016 Quiz – The Team with the highest score wins a bottle of Prosecco

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GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

Which 'must have' technology of the 70s to the 2000s ceased production this year with the final one manufactured by the Japanese company Funai?

Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)

In July Solar Impulse 2 became the first what to circumnavigate the Earth?

Solar-powered aircraft

Two paintings, Seascape at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, with a combined value of $100 million previously stolen from a museum in Amsterdam were returned. Who was the artist?

Vincent Van Gogh

Andrei Karlov, assassinated in December held what diplomatic post?

Russian Ambassador to Turkey

The worlds largest marine reserve was created off which continent?

Antarctica

Liberia was officially cleared of which deadly tropical virus meaning there were no known cases left in West Africa?

Ebola

In June, a survey showed that what has shrunk by more than 3.9 million square kilometres since 2006 and could be repaired by 2050?



The hole in the ozone layer

Rick Astley went from the Rickrolling phenomenon to the top of the album charts with what record?

50

In June 2016 which boxer, considered by many to be the greatest ever, died aged 74?



Muhammed Ali

Which free to play game was launched in July and has since been downloaded more than 500 million times making it a global phenomenon?

Pokemon Go

NEWS

Cuba has offered to repay its debt of £222m to the Czech Republic with what?

Bottles of Rum

The head of the IMF has been in court accused of negligence in connection with a 2008 arbitration panel settlement. What is their name?

Christine Lagarde

What is said to have triggered the prison riots in Birmingham this week a) cost cutting - no xmas dinner b) cold showers c) lack of exercise breaks

b) cold showers

Who were crowned Strictly Come Dancing champions in the final show of the series? Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton

The US doctor who invented the manoeuvre used to help victims of choking, has died aged 96. What was his name? Henry Heimlich

Andy Murray won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, but who came second?

Alistair Brownlee

The Charity Commission has ruled that which organisation cannot be considered to be a religion? Jediism (worship of the mythology of Star Wars)

What was the big business idea of the winner of The Apprentice tv show?

Luxury cakes



GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

All these personalities sadly passed away this year

Caroline Aherne was a BAFTA-winning writer and actress, best known for Mrs Merton, and The Royle Family, but which Channel 4 reality television series did she narrate from its start in 2013 until 2016? Gogglebox

Muhammad Ali was arguably the best heavyweight boxer ever and had many historic fights including the 'Thrilla in Manilla', but who did he fight in 'The Rumble in the Jungle'?

George Foreman

Burt Kwouk was a prolific film and TV actor appearing in dozens of productions but is perhaps best remembered for playing which character in the Pink Panther films?

Cato

Victoria Wood was one of Britain's best loved comedians and comic writers. From which comic song does the following lines come 'Not bleakly, Not meekly, Beat me on the bottom with a Woman's Weekly, Let's do it, Let's do it tonight'?



The Ballad of Barry and Freda (Let's Do It)

Prince had a long and influential music career during which he changed his name and was referred to as "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince" or simply "The Artist" or just a Symbol, but what was his real full name?

Prince Rogers Nelson

Ronnie Corbett was a comedian perhaps best known for his partnership with Ronnie Barker in the comedy show The Two Ronnies, however his first big TV break was in which 1960s satirical comedy programme?

The Frost Report

David Bowie was one of the world's most influential and best-selling music artists. In his will, he stipulated that he be cremated "in accordance with the Buddhist rituals" and his ashes be scattered where?

Bali

Alan Rickman famously played Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, but what was his role in the film about a midlands, middle aged outlaw of the Middle Ages?



Sheriff of Nottingham (in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves)

Andrew Sachs of Fawlty Towers fame, where he played Manuel, also appeared in Coronation St as which characters brother?

Norris (he played his brother Ramsey)

Jean Alexander will always be remembered as Hilda Ogden from Coronation St and her final scenes were watched by a record number of viewers for the show. Which other northern series did she later become a regular cast member of?

Last of the Summer Wine

SPORT

Which two NFL teams contested the Super Bowl in 2016?

Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos

Which Russian-born female tennis player was banned for 15 months for using a banned substance?

Maria Sharapova

In which city did the first Formula One Grand Prix of the 2016 season take place?

Melbourne, Australia

Which horse won the 2016 Grand National at Aintree?

Rule The World

In the 2016 Olympics, who won GB's first gold medal?

Adam Peaty

Again in the 2016 Olympics who claimed Britain's first ever medal in the women's hammer.

Sophie Hitchon

Back to the start of the year, who won the 2016 PDC World Darts Championship?

Gary Anderson

Which nation won the 2016 Six Nations Championship?



England

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