New Year Quiz Answers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 January, 2008, 12:00am

These are the answers to the New Year HolidayQuiz we published yesterday. If you missed it, just go online to, where the whole quiz, and these answers, are available free as PDF pages.

Science & Nature

1 The United States' bald eagle

2 The collapse of the Larsen A and B ice shelves in Antarctica exposed a vast section of sea floor that had been covered by ice for thousands of years

3 The Yangtze River Dolphin, or baiji

4 The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

5 In Patagonia, Argentina

6 Stem cells, or properly named, 'induced pluripotent stem cells'

7 The flight made parabolic manoeuvres, a technique that allows passengers to feel zero gravity and float around inside the cabin

8 It is the first planet discovered outside our solar system that is thought to be capable of containing water and thus be habitable

9 There were claims that the picture was faked and was a copy of one from a 1990s US probe

10 They matched DNA from her mummified body with that of a mummy known to be the pharaoh's grandmother


1 The launch of the Russian Sputnik, the first artificial satellite in space

2 Its latest game console, the Wii, was so popular that demand outstripped the company's ability to supply consoles for most of the year

3 The Kindle; books are bought and downloaded from Amazon's store in seconds by built-in wi-fi, with no computer link-up needed

4 The Apple iPhone

5 The launch of its game Halo 3, which netted a record $US170 million on its first day

6 Media conglomerate Viacom, which accused Google and YouTube of 'massive intentional copyright infringement' for allowing users to upload video content

7 Michael Dell, who founded the company in 1984, came back to run it again after chief executive Kevin Rollins resigned

8 They are private space travel companies, and they all successfully tested space vehicles

9 It was forced to withdraw a service it had secretly launched tracking users' online shopping habits and making the data available to their friends

10 To land a robot probe on the moon that could move around and send back data

Weird World

1 Known as 'Mr Noodle', he was the inventor of instant noodles

2 Cheung's attempt to get legal redress when the Post Office refused to let her send letters with 11-year-old stamps bearing the Queen's head

3 A giant 2.5-metre statue made entirely of Lego. No one has discovered who had put it or assembled it there

4 She married Osama bin Laden's fourth son, Omar

5 Men's public washrooms

6 Shenzhen

7 Gifts made of panda poo. The dung, which is 70 per cent undigested bamboo, is baked, moulded and dyed to produce photo frames, bookmarks and other objects

8 His wheelchair was snagged by an articulated truck's grille at traffic lights and he was carried on a 10-minute ride at 80km/h

9 They were at a show to honour their mother Princess Diana, 10 years after her death

10 She was fired after being arrested and charged with attempting to kidnap US Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, the girlfriend of astronaut William Oefelein, with whom she was obsessed.


1 A group of 15 British sailors patrolling in the Persian Gulf were captured by Iran in March and held for almost a fortnight.

2 The Kyoto Protocol on climate change, which Mr Rudd promised to sign as soon as possible, reversing the previous government's position

3 He separated from Cecilia, his wife of 11 years

4 Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner; her husband Nestor Kirchner

5 Lewis 'Scooter' Libby

6 Venezuela; the president is Hugo Chavez

7 A sudden doubling in diesel prices and fivefold rise in compressed natural gas prices

8 He is the Middle East envoy for the US, EU, UN and Russia

9 Annapolis, Maryland

10 They were all new entrants to Time magazine's annual 100 Most Influential People list, while Bush was dropped for the first time

Who Said It?

1 England cricketer Andrew Flintoff on his late-night drinking binge at the cricket World Cup

2 Jessica Simpson

3 Victoria Beckham on moving to California

4 Queen Elizabeth, responding to President Bush having earlier thanked her for celebrating America's bicentenary in 1776 instead of 1976

5 Miss South Carolina Teen, Caitlin Upton, who became an internet video sensation after butchering a beauty pageant question on US geography

6 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking at Columbia University during a US visit

7 Paris Hilton on life after jail

8 Heather Mills, on life in the wake of her #32 million (HK$500 million) divorce from Paul McCartney

9 Madonna, speaking in an interview on Sirius Satellite Radio

10 US Vice-President Dick Cheney, on Hillary Rodham Clinton's nickname for him

Arts & Books

1 Kurt Vonnegut

2 Yue Minjun

3 J.K. Rowling; Professor Dumbledor

4 Mime artist Marcel Marceau

5 Detective Inspector Rebus, when novelist Ian Rankin wrote his last book in the Rebus crime series, Exit Music

6 Doris Lessing

7 The Guennol Lioness

8 The King of Kowloon

9 Norman Mailer

10 Damien Hirst

Hong Kong

1 Consul-general Stephen Bradley

2 The maths prodigy became Hong Kong's youngest ever university student after being enrolled at Baptist University

3 It was after director George Lucas, it was a little like his own and it was popular in an online poll

4 The ship was forced to dock at the Kwai Chung cargo terminal instead of at Ocean Terminal because it was too big.

5 Archie Chan Tai-wing, whose wife Anson Chan Fang On-sang won election as a legislator

6 Le Le and Ying Ying

7 They were intended to show double standards in the wake of an indecency complaint upheld about a sex survey published in a Chinese University student newspaper.

8 The friend was RTHK director of broadcasting Chu Pui-hing, who resigned after pictures of the pair holding hands were published.

9 The police raided the store and seized a T-shirt line that had symbols that they said looked as if they illegally promoted the 14K triad society.

10 Ocean Park boss Allan Zeman, whom the magazine credited with denting Hong Kong Disneyland's success by revitalising the marine theme park.


1 Germany; Brazil

2 Shane Warne; 708

3 It came after China's shock first-round defeat in the Asian Cup

4 He was part of a dogfighting ring that gambled on fights and killed underperforming dogs

5 Martina Hingis

6 The Boston Red Sox; twice

7 Iraq's unexpected 1-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia in the Asian Cup

8 Because his job had been advertised by South African rugby officials during the tournament, and he was told he would have to reapply

9 Singapore; the race will be run at night

10 He became the first to win a world championship event when he clinched the 15km race at the World Track Championships


1 A break-in at a casino hotel room in Las Vegas

2 Four years

3 Christian Bale; The Dark Knight

4 A declassified report from combined US intelligence agencies revealed that Iran was not thought to have a nuclear weapons programme, contrary to his stated position

5 12 years

6 Dmitry Medvedev; in May

7 James Bond drama Casino Royale

8 Greece

9 Lewis Hamilton; one point

10 The Bird's Nest

Music & Film

1 My Blueberry Nights

2 Helen Mirren won, beating Judi Dench and Kate Winslet

3 Homer Simpson, who sparked an environmental crisis but eventually tried to save the day in The Simpsons Movie

4 By kissing her on the cheek at an Aids awareness event, outraging conservative Hindus who accused them of breaking obscenity laws

5 They distributed it on the internet and invited fans to pay only what they thought it was worth

6 They were campaigning for payment for work viewed on the Web

7Ang Lee's Lust, Caution

8 The Spice Girls

9 Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, who was banned from hiring any more Filipino helpers after a row over his treatment of them

10 Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti died