1 Joey Essex was hot favourite to win I’m A Celebrity, but went out early. Lady Gaga made her silver-screen debut in Machete Kills (no, me neither). Robert Galbraith wrote a book. Whose is not a pseudonym?
2 “I was Hannah Montana’s mother… Where did I go wrong?” So said which actor, not without her share of controversy in her younger years, and with a certain amount of tongue poking cheek?
3 “Nolle timere” were poet Seamus Heaney’s final words, via text message, to his wife. What do they mean?
4 Supermodel Cara Delevingne made her sort-of screen debut in which bestselling video game?
5 Breaking Bad ended after five fantabulous seasons. Fans would go into rapturesas the opening titles rolled, with their credits rendered into chemical symbols. What two elements were highlighted in the series’ title?
The model of the moment: Cara Delevingne. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
6 “I was the Justin Bieber of the 70s. Really. Ask your mother.” Which beschnozzed global treasure?
7 In April the Boston Marathon was bombed, killing three people. A week later, an 80-storey building collapsed in Savar Upazila, killing 1,129. In which country?
8 What is Cicada 3301? a) Lidl’s new tablet, b) an internet puzzle or c) the JCB model on which the company is pinning its hopes in Uttoxeter?
9 The first was Legal Steps, the 4,000th was Mountain Tunes. What?
10 “Well, plenty more to come from here. Of course, none of it news, because that will come from Buckingham Palace. But that won’t stop us. We’ll see you later.” That was during the royal birth: later, this broadcasting delight would take to the BBC’s screens clutching a ream of photocopying paper, having “mistakenly” carried it on set instead of his iPad. Who?
Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus perform during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. A clue to which question? Photograph: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV
11 Whose accoutrement led to its own spoof Twitter feed – Paxman’s beard, or (dear God) Dimbleby’s tattoo (left)?
12 There’s a new Pope, the delightful Francis, who embarked on a no-frills pontiffship to the extent that he drives a 1984 Renault 4 (which surely says a lot about, if nothing else, the power of prayer). Three days after his election, he personally lifted the phone to Buenos Aires to apologetically cancel his daily delivery of what?
13 The asteroid which exploded over Chelyabinsk was the largest natural object to have entered the Earth’s atmosphere since the “Tunguska event” in the same country. In which decade?
14 Who was the UK’s representative at Eurovision?
15 Who brought the “onesie” fad to an abrupt end, at least among all right-thinking souls, by tweeting the fact that he owned one?
The Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies this year. What were his last words to his wife? Photograph: Antonio Olmos for the Observer
16 “You’re a nasty piece of work, aren’t you?” Which lorry driver’s son from Dundee bested Boris in March?
17 The Boston Marathon bombing, Cleveland kidnappings and George Zimmerman trial all took second place in 2013 on Bing, a search engine most popular in America, to which far-more crucial overseas event?
18 3-D printers are now available on eBay for under £1,000. But in which decade did the first fully working version of this apparent cutting-edge technology actually appear?
19 David Bowie had not only a show at the VA but also a new album, greeted in critical circles by pieces of drooling hagiography. What intimately links him to William Shatner?
20 Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud set a new record for a single art sale. Which painting had previously held the same record?
21 On 1 July, which country became the 28th member of the EU, but, far more importantly, was subsequently beaten by Scotland in what’s normally referred to as “the football”?
22 Who is Dr Kristi Funk, and what’s her link to Jon Voight?
23 Who demonstrated this year outside the offices of the Observer? Was it: a) UKIP, angry that it was getting a “bad press”, b) foodies, annoyed at the shock inclusion in OFM of a vaguely non-sustainable fish, or c) trans- and cisgendered folk, irate over a “transphobic” article?
24 The president of which “axis of evil” (© GW Bush) country tweeted the following: “@Barack Obama I express my gratitude for your #hospitality and your phone call. Have a good day Mr President”?
25 Anfield-born model Hollie May Saker demonstrated, if not quite her sisterhood for the cause, then a spiffing right hand when she punched a topless feminist protester during the Tuileries show for which designer?
26 The Chatsworth Estate came to a lamented end. How? (Clue: it’s very much not to do with Downton.)
27 Iceland, Ireland, Malta, Croatia, Morocco: not the past five Eurovision winners, but the chief shooting locations for which HBO mega-series?
28 Which Devon resort saw thousands flocking to its undercliff, following the runaway success of Broadchurch?
29 Peter Capaldi was named as the 12th Doctor. Or maybe the 13th. Which one was John Hurt again? Never mind: who was roughly halfway there; who was the sixth Doctor?
30 “If you’re not getting a call from a – –, you’ve got nothing to worry about.” So said South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on the uproar over surveillance of American citizens by the National Security Agency. What, roughly, were the missing words?
31 Which soap star’s “bucket list” has so far involved releasing 99 red balloons, riding a Harley-Davidson and dancing at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom?
32 In October the marvellous Frances Quinn “stole” the Bake-Off crown from Ruby Tandoh with a wedding cake themed on which Shakespeare play?
33 And, talking patisserie, of what is a “cronut” a hybrid?
34 Which white boy wrote “Free Nelson Mandela”? And who sang it in the original Coventry band?
35 Which of the 14 British Overseas Territories features, on Trip advisor, just one – one – entry under “nightlife travellers recommend”? The entry reads, incidentally: “OK for a quick lunch”. (Clue: the territory was tangentially in the news this year.)
36 What deed did Poirot accomplish in his final case that he had never done before – besides die?
37 “Sandals Resorts is disappointed that Ms… was not happy with her stay, and as a gesture of goodwill is willing to offer her a refund – on condition that she does not choose our resorts for any future weddings.” A statement possibly unrivalled this year for its passive-aggressive simpering cattery – but which model-turned-author did Sandals expect, by inference, to have many future weddings?
38 667 Govan Road. Whose early address? (Clue: his autobiography became, on publication, the fastest selling on record.)
39 What, this year, came in pink, white, black, blue or green, and vibrated electronically when the user was eating too fast, or too much, and filled this writer at least with existential despondency for western “values”?
40 Who said: “I don’t want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship, is recorded”?
41 Which professional boxer drove to the Sheffield home of a highly abusive Twitter follower, to himself tweet, with a picture of the street: “right Jimbob im here !!!!! someone tell me what number he lives at, or do I have to knock on every door #itsshowtime”?
42 In an extract from her 2013 autobiography, Cleo Rocos recalled the night when she, Kenny Everett and Freddie Mercury smuggled who into a gay bar in south London, dressed as a male model?
43 How many sets did it take Andy Murray to win the Wimbledon men’s final?
44 A certain boy band member, much in the news this year, not least for having a shoe thrown at him while on stage in Glasgow, got straight on to Twitter this April to tweet “RIP Baroness Thatcher. x”. It says something about her legacy, although perhaps more just about the generation gap, to learn that the first four responses to his epistle were: “Is he your friend?”, “May he rest in peace. Amen”, “It’s market thatcher something to do with our queen” and “Who?” Who was that floppy-haired young “singer” dude?
45 Which British newspaper appointed the UK’s first-ever female sports editor?
46 Which singer closed down Disneyland, California, commandeered the area in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and bedecked the place with 15,000 flowers and 10,000 crystals to renew her wedding vows – for the fifth time?
47 Cameraphone footage emerged of a woman who’d forced an aircraft into an emergency landing in Kansas after she refused to stop singing a Whitney Houston song. Which one (the song, not the aircraft)?
48 How many of the HS2 report’s 50,000 pages managed to contain references to footnotes, codicils, further studies and – oh, I just can’t be bothered with this question. Life’s too short and I’m an atheist. Most boring non-story of this or any subsequent year.
49 Which supermarket boss branded the horsemeat scandal a “storm in a teacup”?
50 Which 2013 film claimed to have the greatest cast alive but was panned as the worst film of all time (© everyone)?
51 Which West End hit was greeted, in the pages of the Sunday Telegraph, with the words: “It’s hilarious. God have mercy upon my soul”?
52 Which former soldier’s Wikipedia entry was altered in August to respect his wishes for a gender change? (Either Christian name will suffice.)
53 Charles Saatchi said he was wiping cocaine from his wife’s nose. Nigella said she didn’t have a drug problem, she had a life problem. Among the more quotable elements of the Divorce of the Year was the revelation that Charles Saatchi kept a “huge wodge of cash” – where?
54 “You better watch your back… I’m gonna rape your ass at 8pm and put the video all over the internet.” Which female MP received this Twitter threat, and for standing up for what cause?
55 What links Silvio Berlusconi to Alphonse Capone?
56 Which woman – gasp – became the first conductor of the Last Night of the Proms?
57 “Selfie” was the Oxford Dictionaries’ new “word of the year” and has already led to the further delights of the “belfie”, “drelfie” and “welfie”. What are they?
58 “I wanna do a concert in space” and “Worst birthday ever” were among the fascinating tweets shared by which superstar?
59 Try as they might, the government could not get us to stop calling it the bedroom tax. What is its official title in the Welfare Reform Act?
60 The Carl Froch vs George Groves fight was mired in controversy after the referee stopped it early, angering both fans of The Saint and The Cobra. Which is which?
61 Eve Ensler, creator of the One Billion Rising women’s movement, rose to prominence as playwright of which one-woman show?
62 What did the Guardian describe as “a broken society’s towering achievement”?
63 What sporting event links the birthplaces of Napoleon (2013) and Geoffrey Boycott (2014)?
64 Which self-proclaimed revolutionary can perform the Eka Pada Rajakapotasane?
65 Whose “firsts” this year included visits to the Everest Base Camp, the Ceremonial South Pole, the Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan in Mongolia and Chichen Itza in Yucatan?
66 Only Connect: how does the husband of Victoria Coren (as was) link to the Wachowski Brothers?
67 Who wrote the new Jeeves and Wooster? And “prose retellings” of which respective Shakespeare plays are to be undertaken by Margaret Atwood and Howard Jacobson?
68 The cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon will forever be associated with who, who died this year?
69 The White House had a particularly bad year, being blown up by terrorists not once but twice. Name either Hollywood blockbuster.
70 “You know, they call me ‘that Polish woman’,” said the half-French Ingrid Loyau-Kennett in October. “They’ve never liked me ever since I moved in. I’ve had eggs and stones thrown at the house.” She’s been beleaguered repeatedly on her Cornish housing estate – but under what tabloid monicker did the people of Britain take her to their hearts in May, after an incident in southeast London?
71 Which city, founded by the British in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railroad from Mombasa to Uganda, turned ugly in September?
72 The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers is better known today as what?
73 Rory McIlroy’s miserable 2013, which included missing the cut at Muirfield, was widely ascribed to his having changed choice of clubs to Nike. From which brand?
74 The Huffington Post ran the following headline: “Penis-headed Prince William forces apology from –” who?
75 The government’s environment secretary Owen Paterson blamed the badgers. What memorable if physiologically unlikely phrase did he allege of them?
1 Joey Essex. Lady Gaga is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta; Robert Galbraith is JK Rowling
2 Brooke Shields
3 Be not afraid
4 Grand Theft Auto V
5 Bromine, barium
6 Barry Manilow
8 Fiendish unsolved internet puzzle
9 Jockey AP McCoy – first and last of his 4,000 winners
10 Simon McCoy
11 Paxo’s beard
14 Bonnie Tyler, who sang ‘Believe in Me’. They didn’t
15 Nick Clegg
16 Eddie Mair
17 The royal baba. Bless
19 Iman. Bowie’s married to her; Billy Shatner snogged her in Star Trek VI
20 Munch’s The Scream
22 She performed a double-mastectomy on Angelina Jolie, who is Voight’s daughter
23 The transgenderists
24 Iran’s Hassan Rouhani
25 Nina Ricci
26 Shameless ended its run
27 Game of Thrones
29 Colin Baker
30 Terrorist organisation or, for our American friends, organization
31 Corrie’s Hayley Cropper
32 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
33 A croissant and a doughnut
34 Jerry Dammers; Stan Campbell
36 Killed a man
37 Katie Price, the bride formerly known as Jordan
38 Sir Alex Ferguson’s
39 The “diet fork”
40 Edward Snowden
41 Curtis Woodhouse
42 Princess Diana
43 Only three
44 Harry Styles
45 The Mail on Sunday
46 Mariah Carey (of course)
47 I Will Always Love You (better known as The Bodyguard dirge)
48 Most boring indeed – though I forgot the ongoing Plebgate row
49 Iceland’s Malcolm Walker
50 Movie 43
51 The Book of Mormon
52 Bradley/Chelsea Manning
53 In a “zippy freezer bag above the fridge”
54 Stella Creasy, for defending Caroline Criado-Perez’s campaign for a Jane Austen banknote
55 Both fell ultimately to tax fraud
56 Marin Alsop
57 A photograph of your bottom; one of you drunk; one of you working out
58 Justin Bieber
59 The “spare room subsidy”
60 Froch’s The Cobra
61 The Vagina Monologues
62 The Shard
63 The Tour de France, which started this year in Corsica; 2014′s Grand Depart is in Yorkshire
64 Russell Brand
65 Google Streetview
66 Comedian David Mitchell is married to Victoria: author David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas was successfully filmed this year
67 Sebastian Faulks; The Tempest; The Merchant of Venice
68 Graphic designer Storm Thorgerson
69 White House Down; Olympus Has Fallen
70 The Angel of Woolwich, for trying to intervene during the murder of Lee Rigby
72 The Co-op
74 The BBC, which had inadvertently broadcast a clip from a barbershop group’s promo video featuring a willy drawn on to the prince’s head
75 They “moved the goalposts”
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