It has been a great year for 2021, from vaccinations and Covid-19 limitations to Cop26 events and the Tokyo Olympics. What do you know about it? 

Pub quiz experts at UK-based company SpeedQuizzing have put together a 25-question quiz designed to put your memory of this year’s big news stories to the test. 

These questions can be asked about a variety of subjects, including music and sport as well as geography and politics. 

The quiz masters made it easier by making some multiple choices – the rest you will have to remember.

What did you do to pay close attention this year to the dramatic highs and lows? Scroll down and answer the following questions. No cheating

Question 5: How did Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister, make his 400-mile return journey from Glasgow after lecturing the world’s leaders about the importance of reducing travel emissions at the COP26 summit on climate change?

1. Google revealed which sporting event was most popularly searched for in the UK during the year.

2. Official Spotify statistics show which producer and rapper was the UK’s most-streamed on Spotify in 2021.

3. Entering circulation in 2021, the new £50 note features which 20th Century computer pioneer and code-breaker in its design?

4. Known for playing the drums, what is the name of the BBC weatherman who raised over £3 million for Children In Need this year after taking part in a 24-hour drumathon?

5. Boris Johnson was a lecturer to world leaders about the importance of reducing travel emissions on the first day at this year’s COP26 summit on climate change in Glasgow. How then did he make the 400-mile trip back to London as the UK prime minister?

a. Train

b. By electric vehicle


d. By private jet

6. Which 53-year-old British actor was awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2012, right next to Roger Moore’s star outside 7007 Hollywood Boulevard.

7. Sara Cox (female referee) was the first to be in charge of a male match at the highest tier of professional sports in England.

8. Which country was the first to legalize Bitcoin in 2021?

QUESTION 11 – This alpaca was a big news story around the globe. Is it its name? 

9. Is there a name for the Slipknot former drummer, who tragically died in July at the age of 46?

10. This English city is now the third to be stripped of its UNESCO World Heritage Status due to development on its waterfront.

11. What was the name of the Gloucestershire-based alpaca, who shared his name with an important Apache leader?

12. Who has overtaken Pelé this year as South America’s top international goal-scorer of all time?

13. Is there a name for the BBC reporter, who became viral because of his humorous name? He was covering the petrol crisis in September.

14. Duncan Scott won the record number of medals at an Olympic Games in Tokyo. Which medals did he win in total?

15. Which Mediterranean island logged a temperature of 48.8°C in August – the hottest temperature ever recorded in Europe?

16. Which BBC TV religious programme celebrated this year’s 60th birthday?

17. Boris Johnson appointed which former cricketer, and currently member of the House of Lords as trade envoy for Australia this year?

Question 17: Which former cricketer and current member of the House of Lords was appointed by Boris Johnson this year as a trade envoy to Australia?

Question 17: Which former cricketer and current member of the House of Lords was appointed by Boris Johnson this year as a trade envoy to Australia?

18. A car plant in Swindon, which had been in existence for more than 30 years, has ceased production. This resulted in the closure of over 3000 factory jobs. It produced what kind of vehicle?

19. The legendary crooner who rose to fame in the early 1950s has now retired at the age 95.

20. In August, which British television star married Anne-Marie Corbett? The ceremony took place at St Michael’s Church Heckfield in Hampshire.

21. For the first time ever in Saudi Arabia’s history, women were allowed to perform certain tasks.

a. Get involved in the military

b. Become religious clerics

The c. Own Pets

Public transport is a good option.

22. Seven years after leaving the club, which Belgian striker re-signed for Chelsea in August for £97.5 million?

23. The first child of a British princess, Sienna, was born on September 18, 2009.

24. Name the British teenage tennis champion who won 2021 US Open singles?

25. Who became, in 2021, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player at age 43? 

Question 25: In 2021, at the age of 43, which American football star became the oldest ever person to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award?

Question 25: Who became, in 2021 at age 43, the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award winner?

Check your answers now


2. Drake

3. Alan Turing

4. Owain Wyn Jones

5. b – By private jet

6. Daniel Craig

7. Rugby union

8. El Salvador

9. Joey Jordison

10. Liverpool

11. Geronimo

12. Lionel Messi

13. Phil McCann

14. 4

15. Sicily

16. Songs of Praise

17. Ian Botham

18. Honda

19. Tony Bennett

20. Ant McPartlin

21. a. a. Join the military

22. Romelu Lukaku

23. Beatrice

24. Emma Raducanu

25. Tom Brady