Argus Christmas quiz - the answers

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Here are the answers to our annual Christmas quiz.

Readers responded in droves when we launched the competition on December 14.

The top scorers won an afternoon tea for four at Brighton Hilton Metropole, Theatre Royal tickets and four seats at the Amex.

All the winners have been notified.


Q1: Chris Parkinson posted an advert on Gumtree offering free rent for anyone willing to dress up as which animal?

A: Walrus

Q2: Placemats featuring golliwogs on sale at a hardware shop split opinions this year, but what was the name of the store that was selling them?

A: Bert’s Homestore

Q3: Anti-fracking campaigners lined the A2036 Balcombe Road in protest of Cuadrilla’s drilling operation, but in what month did they first pitch up in Balcombe?

A: June

Q4: Ed Miliband visited which Sussex school in the summer as part of its anti-LGBT bullying programme?

A: Blatchington Mill

Q5: Which Sussex rugby team was promoted to the third tier of English rugby – the county’s highest-ever club position – after beating West Midlands outfit Stourbridge?

A: Worthing Raiders.

Q6: Councillor Denise Cobb preceded which councillor as Mayor of Brighton and Hove?

A: Bill Randall

Q7: The Argus revealed the shocking stunts of the Sussex’s biggest thrill-seekers as they took photos of themselves free-running around the city, but what is the French name for the past-time?

A: Parkour

Q8: Which Sussex care home arranged for sexual services to be offered to residents, unveiled by The Argus in January?

A: Chaseley

Q9: Dick Knight’s autobiography caused a stir in November, but in which year did he take over at The Albion?

A: 1997

Q10: Which presenter compered the Argus Achievement Awards at the Theatre Royal this year?

A: Nicholas Owen

Q11: Which Polegate-based TV presenter shocked his family when he got his first tattoo at the age of 75 in November?

A: David Dimbleby

Q12: Which Sussex-raised celebrity did the people of Shoreham ask for instead of the Duke of Gloucester to open their long-awaited new footbridge in November?

A: Holly Willoughby

Q13: Which Premiership footballer did Brighton pop duo Rizzle Kicks offend with their comeback single in August?

A: John Terry

Q14: Which actor, who was educated at an exclusive Sussex school, appeared in the worst-financially performing film of the year having made a £13 million loss?

A: Benedict Cumberbatch

Q15: Who accepted former Albion defender Wayne Bridge's hand in marriage in April?

A: Frankie Sandford

Q16: Which TV star not noted for his acting ability was chosen to play the lead role in the adaptation of Peter James's novel The Perfect Murder?

A: Les Dennis

Q17: Which Brighton rocker cheekily offered fans in September the chance to have their name on his bottom if they backed his new band?

A: Frankie Cocozza

Q18: Which Hove-based singer commissioned a bespoke gold necklace featuring the word Mummy in her own handwriting to mark her son's first birthday in October?

A: Adele

Q 19: Which Brighton-born icon had to be driven to a European hospital in a giant pink horsebox after complications with her pregnancy in August?

A: Katie Price

Q 20: Who bought up Heather Mills' former cafe VBites in Hove Lagoon?

A: Norman Cook

Q 21: Noviomagus Reginorum was the Roman name for which Sussex settlement?

A: Chichester

Q 22: Radical thinker Tom Paine, dubbed the “father of the American revolution”, lived in which Sussex town before moving to north America?

A: Lewes

Q 23: Brighton’s Palace Pier opened during which decade during the 19th Century?

A: 1890s

Q 24: “The day Sussex died” refers to a battle involving the Royal Sussex Regiment when more than 350 men were killed and more than 1,000 wounded. But in which conflict did it take place in?

A: World War One

Q 25: In which town did the last public hanging in Sussex take place in 1844?

A: Horsham

Q 26: Which famous French composer used to call Eastbourne home?

A: Claude Debussy Q 27: In what year was the Grand Hotel in Brighton blown up by IRA terrorists?

A: 1984

Q 28:John Fuller was renowned for building a series of follies across Sussex. But which more useful landmark did he help fund to guide ships off the county’s coast?

A: 'Belle Tout' lighthouse at Beachy Head

Q 29: Which Sussex town claims to be the smallest in England to have its own mayor?

A: Winchelsea

Q 30: Which famous king’s father was buried at Steyning in 858?

A: Alfred the Great

Q 31: Which British film director and producer, most recently famed for his role in a car insurance advert, died on January 21?

A: Michael Winner

Q 32: This year Pope Benedict XVI announced he would resign, making it the first time a pope had done so since Gregory XII in 1415. But what month did he announce the news?

A: February

Q 33: What was the name of the soldier who was attacked and killed on the streets of London in May?

A: Lee Rigby

Q 34: Andy Murray battled to his first ever Wimbledon championship this year. But who did the Scot beat in the semi-final on his path to victory? A: Jerzy Janowicz

Q 35: India launched a rocket into space in November. The unmanned Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is being sent to Mars to carry out experiments. How many rockets had the country previously fired into space before MOM?

A: None, this was its first

Q 36: Which timeless rockers headlined the Glastonbury Festival in June?

A: The Rolling Stones

Q 37: David Bowie released his first album for more than a decade in March. But what was the name of the album?

A: The Next Day

Q 38: A statue of who was removed from outside Fulham football club earlier this year?

A: Michael Jackson

Q 39: Which former Government minister pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice over claims he forced his ex-wife to accept speeding points he had incurred?

A: Chris Huhne

Q 40: Controversial Muslim cleric, Abu Qatada, was deported from the UK to face charges of terrorism in July. Which country was he deported to?

A: Jordan

Q 41: Who was this year's guest director of the Brighton Festival?

A: Michael Rosen

Q 42: What is the nickname of Hastings to Bexhill link-road tunnel protest Simon Medhurst?

A. Sitting Bull

Q 43: What is the name of the building students at the University of Sussex twice occupied in 2013?

A: Bramber House

Q 44: What was the name of the savage storm which hit Sussex in late October?

A: St Jude

Q 45: Which rock legend announced he would be playing a show at the Amex Community Stadium in June next year?

A: Rod Stewart

Q 46: Which country became the 28th member of the EU on July 1?

A: Croatia

Q 47: What was the name of the hospital in which Prince George was born on July 22?

A: St Mary's Hospital

Q 48: Two bombs exploded at which international marathon in April?

A: Boston

Q 49: Thirty-nine international workers were killed in a hostage situation at a gas facility in which African country in January?

A: Algeria

Q 50: Pope Francis was appointed head of the Catholic church in March. What is his nationality?

A: Argentina



Q1: Who scored Wigan’s winner in the FA Cup final against Manchester City?

A: Ben Watson

Q2: How many sets did Andy Murray need to beat Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final?

A: Three

Q3: Who scored Chelsea’s winner in the Europa League final against Benfica?

A: Branislav Ivanovic

Q4: Which horse won the Grand National?

A: Auroras Encore

Q5: Who was on sent off in the Capital One cup final?

A: Matt Duke

Q6: Who collected the wooden spoon in the Six Nations?

A: France

Q7: Which two sides were promoted from division two of the County Championship?

A: Lancs and Northants

Q8: Who topped the England batting averages in the 2013 home Ashes series?

A: Ian Bell

Q9: Who won the Open?

A: Phil Mickleson

Q10: Who won the YB40 Trophy?

A: Nottinghamshire

Q11: Matt Prior scored a century on his England Test debut against which country at Lord’s in 2007?

A: West Indies

Q12: Who were Albion’s first ever FA Cup opponents at The Amex?

A: Wrexham – Albion drew 1-1

Q13: Who were Albion’s last ever FA Cup opponents at the Goldstone Ground?

A: Sudbury Town – Albion lost on penalties

Q14: What year did Chris Eubank beat Nigel Benn to become WBO world middleweight champion?

A: 1990 (they had a rematch which ended in a draw in 1993).

Q15: Since 1970, how many managers have Albion had with surnames beginning with the letter ‘C’?

A: Four. Brian Clough, Chris Cattlin, Jimmy Case, Steve Coppell.

Q16: Albion beat Doncaster in their first ever competitive game at The Amex. Who were the first team they lost to at The Amex?

A: Liverpool – 2-1 in the Carling Cup on September 21, 2011.

Q17: Steve Ovett competed in three Olympic Games – how many medals did he win in total?

A: Two – gold in the 800m and bronze in the 1500m, both in Moscow in 1980. He failed to win a medal at Montreal in 1976 or Los Angeles in 1984.

Q18: Current Albion loan striker Leroy Lita made his Football League debut in 2002 for which club?

A: Bristol City.

Q19: Albion goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has played for three other English clubs. Name them.

A: West Brom, Manchester United and Watford (on loan).

Q20: Which current Sussex cricketer was called up when Marcus Trescothick withdrew from England's 2006-07 Ashes squad due to a stress-related illness?

A: Ed Joyce.

Q21: How many Sussex cricketers have played international cricket during 2013?

A: 6 (Ed Joyce, Matt Machan, Michael Rippon, Luke Wright, Chris Jordan, Matt Prior)

Q22: How many Albion players have represented their countries during 2013 while at the club?

A: 8 (Ward, Greer, El-Abd, Bridcutt, Conway, Crofts, Kuszczak, Maximenko)

Q23: What was the score in the Sussex Senior Cup final between Albion and Bognor at The Amex in May?

A: 4-0 to Albion

Q24: What position did Sussex athletes Seb Robger and Charlie Grice come in their respective finals at the European Under-23 Championships in Finland?

A: 2

Q25: How many runners finished the Brighton Marathon in April to the nearest 500?

A: 9,110

Q26: How many games did Sussex win at Hove in all competitions last season?

A: 3

Q27: What was Albion’s biggest margin of victory in 2013?

A: 5 goals (6-1 at home v Blackpool)

Q28: How many consecutive games did Crawley score in during 2013?

A: 18

Q29: How many home wins did Eastbourne Eagles enjoy out of 14 meetings in 2013?

A: 13

Q30: What was the highest attendance at The Amex during 2013?

A: 30,003 (v Wolves) Q31: What position in the Championship did Albion occupy at the very start of 2013?

A: Tenth

Q32: Which Albion player made most starts in 2012-13 AFTER New Year’s Eve?

A: David Lopez (25)

Q33: Who opened the scoring when England under-21s beat Austria at The Amex?

A: Jonjo Shelvey

Q34: Why was the name Nigel Miller in the Albion news in March?

A: He was the referee tripped by Ashley Barnes at Bolton

Q35: Who was the only ex-Arsenal player to appear for Albion against the Gunners in their FA Cup tie?

A: Leo Ulloa (he played for Arsenal de Sarandi in Argentina)

Q36: Who took Sussex’s first wicket of the season?

A: James Anyon

Q37: At which venue did Sussex enjoy their only T20 win of the season?

A: Lord’s.

Q38: What was unusual about the Sussex century-maker in their game against Australia?

A: He plays for Notts (it was James Taylor, who was guesting).

Q39: What nationality was the winning jockey in the Brighton Mile?

A: Brazilian (Silvestre de Sousa).

Q40: Which Sussex boy promised to be a knockout at The Amex on the night Albion were sucker-punched by Palace?

A: Boxer Ben Jones, who hopes to stage a fight at the stadium.

Q41: Brazil have won the World Cup five times – and they beat England in the finals tournament on the way to four of those successes. Which was the odd one out?

A: In 1994 when England did not qualify

Q42. Which NBA basketball team are nicknamed the Jazz?

Q43: Which of this season’s Champions League clubs are based in the city of Piraeus?

A: Olimpiacos

Q44: Which venue has been home to Andrew Whing, Jake Forster-Caskey and London Welsh rugby team in the past year?

A: The Kassam Stadium in Oxford

Q45: How many Olympic titles did Michael Johnson win?

A: Four

Q46: Andy Murray won 17 Grand Slam matches in 2013 and lost two – to Stanislaw Wawrinka and who else?

A: Novak Djokovic (in the Australian final)

Q47: Where will the 2019 rugby World Cup be held?

A: Japan

Q48: In which city will the European Athletics Championships be staged in 2014?

A: Zurich

Q49: Where did Steve Cauthen ride his 1,000th winner in British racing in 1987?

A: Brighton racecourse

Q50: How many goals in total did Pele score in his four World Cup finals tournaments?

A: He got 12 goals.


Q1: Which two acts headlined the inaugural Love Supreme jazz festival in July?

A: Bryan Ferry and Jools Holland

Q2: Name the guest artistic director of Brighton Festival 2013?

A: Michael Rosen

Q3: What’s the name of Rizzle Kicks second album released earlier this year?

A: Roaring 20s

Q4: Which Australian pop star performed a gig in a front room in Ringmer?

A: Gabriella Cilmi

Q5: Conor Maynard picked which producer to co-write hit single RU Crazy?

A: Labrinth

Q6: Which former Britain’s Got Talent star moved to Brighton and into a former Ordinary Boys house in the process?

A: Lucy Spraggan

Q7: Where did Keane celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of their debut album Hopes and Fears?

A: Battle Memorial Hall

Q8: Name three boybands who have played Brighton Centre this year?

A: Five, Blue, Boyzone, JLS, Union J, Lawson

Q9: Name the Hollywood star who played King Lear at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre in November?

Frank Langella

Q10: Which classic crooner played Hove Cricket Ground this summer?

Cliff Richard

Q11: Who starred as Bertie Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at Theatre Royal?

Stephen Mangan

Q12: Who opened the year with a turn in Quartermaine’s Terms at Theatre Royal Rowan Atkinson

Q13: Petworth House celebrated which Old Master and former visitor in January?

JWM Turner

Q14: Name the most popular film at Duke’s@Komedia since its opening?

Django Unchained

Q15: Which misanthropic TV star and former newspaper columnist made a guest appearance at Brighton Digital Festival?

Charlie Brooker

Q16: Who rewrote Radiohead for a show at Brighton Dome?

Steve Reich

Q17: London Road continued its rejuvenation with the addition of which theatre?


Q18: Name York Place’s new art gallery?

ONCA Gallery

Q19: Which Great British menu judge took over the catering at Brighton Dome earlier this year?

Oliver Peyton

Q20: Which Hove resident appeared in this year’s Celebrity Masterchef?

Brian Capron

Q21: Which DJ picked the former VBites site in Hove Lagoon for his latest food venture?

Norman Cook

Q22: Where has VBites now moved to?

East Street

Q23: Which US R&B star played at Concorde 2 in January and followed it up with painful stage leap at the Billboard Music Awards?


Q24: Who introduced twerking to the Warren at this year’s Great Escape festival?

Iggy Azealia

Q25: Name the new music venue which opened on Brighton seafront in November?

Bermuda Triangle

Q26: Name the novelist whose work was chosen for 2013 City Reads?

Terry Pratchett

Q27: Brighton-based singer songwriter Nick Cave immortalised which city centre street on his latest record?

Jubilee Street

Q28: Which greedy Italian visited the Foodies Festival in May?

Gennaro Contaldo

Q29: Which Sussex-born former TV presenter ended up in the jungle on I’m A Celebrity...?

Annabel Giles

Q30: Name the four-string wizard from Sussex who played on Lou Reed’s Walk On The Wild Side?

Herbie Flowers

Q31: What name did Adele christen her first born?


Q32: Which former Atomic Kitten starred in Rent in November?

Natasha Hamilton

Q33: The Argus helped raise £70,000 to rescue which historic Brighton musical organisation?

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Q34: Which Sherlock star turned up at Emporium to launch CineCity festival in November?

Benedict Cumberbatch

Q35: Which Brighton-based director is set to take the reins for two episodes of the new Doctor Who series?

Ben Wheatley

Q36: TV funnyman Rory Bremner starred in which Noel Coward play at Theatre Royal Brighton in July?

Relative Values

Q37: Which EastEnders legend is to play Abanazaar in Aladdin at Eastbourne Theatres this Christmas?

Shaun Williamson

Q38: Name the award-winning play starring Henry Goodman which returned to Chichester Festival Theatre this season after a stint in the West End?

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Q39: Which cockney geezer and Human Traffic manned the hook-a-duck stall on Brighton Pier in September?

Danny Dyer

Q40: Who did Rizzle Kicks rub up the wrong way when they guest hosted Never Mind The Buzzcocks earlier this year?

Huey Morgan from Fun Lovin Criminals

Q41: Which American rapper did Brighton duo Rizzle Kicks slam for racist lyrics?


Q42: Sussex writer PL Travers wrote Mary Poppins. Who brings the novelist to life in new movie Saving Mr Banks?

Emma Thompson

Q43: Three founder members of Noughties girl-group appeared as MSK at Pride this summer? Name the group they founded.


Q44: Which 1990s comedy lad returned to the stage to lift the lid on his life of fame?

David Baddiel

Q45: Name Shakedown’s new sister pop festival?


Q46: Who headlined the one-day bash?

The Wanted

Q47: Which band followed a headline slot at Glastonbury in June by curating a two-day festival in Lewes?

Mumford & Sons

Q48: Neil from The InBetweeners starred alongside which Brighton comic in his first sitcom role?

Seann Walsh

Q49: Brighton resident Steve Coogan took comic creation Alan Partridge to the big screen. What was the film called?

Alpha Papa

Q50: Name the two BBC1 comedy favourites who played secret shows at Hove’s Old Market this year?

Miranda Hart, Michael MacIntrye.


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