It's been a funny old year. From the French and US elections to 'arrogant posh boys' at home, political headlines have seen riotous laughter (or should we say 'lol') as well as post-Leveson sobriety.

Britain's got talent it seems, if you look in the kennels, and Downton Abbey has made us all long for days gone by (as long as you're 'upstairs' dahling).

It's been a year of sporting triumph, from the Tour de France to the Olympics. Records were smashed, cheers were trumpeted and with the Diamond Jubilee, Britain discovered its national pride.

2012 has seen tragedies and discoveries, scandals and exposes: but were you paying attention?

Take our quiz to see if you know who was forced to apologise, who grinned with glee, who made money and who lost it all in 2012.


QUIZ OF THE YEAR

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    Question 0 of 40

    What is the most expensive street in England?

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    What was the name of the ship that sank off the coast of Giglio this year?

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    Question 2 of 40

    Which film made the most money at the UK box office in 2012?

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    Question 3 of 40

    Who did Thomas the Butler get caught kissing in Downton Abbey?

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    Question 4 of 40

    Nick Clegg apologised to students for raising tuition fees. How did he apologise?

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    Question 5 of 40

    An American toddler called Kadence won which online contest this year?

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    Question 6 of 40

    Benedict Cumberbatch was compared to what type of animal in a lookalike Tumblr picture gallery this year?

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    Question 7 of 40

    What was controversial online student magazine UniLad suspended over?

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    Question 8 of 40

    Which of these was NOT a hysterical tweet from a Republican about Obama’s election victory?

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    Question 9 of 40

    Australian David Hoogland was thrown out of a Perth bar this year for having what type of hairstyle?

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    Question 10 of 40

    A Kenyan woman made headlines in November when she named her newborn twins….

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    Question 11 of 40

    What was thrown at the National Union of Students president at the end of this year's student protest?

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    Question 12 of 40

    Which Take That song did Rylan start singing to Gary Barlow on the X Factor?

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    Which act joined the Rolling Stones on stage in London?

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    Who came third in Britain's Got Talent?

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    Question 15 of 40

    How did Ed Miliband wow his critics at the Labour Party conference?

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    What was the chancellor's Budget derided as?

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    Question 17 of 40

    What did Barack Obama tweet upon his re-election as US president?

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    What was Andrew Mitchell accused of calling Downing Street police officers?

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    Question 19 of 40

    Who called David Cameron and George Osborne 'arrogant posh boys?'

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    Question 20 of 40

    What version of Windows was released in 2012?

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    Question 21 of 40

    What did the Bristol University Christian Union come under fire for?

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    Question 22 of 40

    What was the biggest health-related search term on Google in 2012?

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    Question 23 of 40

    How many of the top 10 Twitter spikes were related to the Olympics in 2012, according to the social news site?

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    Question 24 of 40

    What was the fastest selling video game of 2012?

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    Question 25 of 40

    Where was Assange supposed to appear in December via video link?

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    Question 26 of 40

    Andy Murray's US Open victory ended how many years Britain went without a male Grand Slam singles winner?

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    Question 27 of 40

    Ernie Els won his second Open Championship in 2012. What year did he first win the major?

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    Question 28 of 40

    Who missed Bayern Munich's final penalty in the Champions League final?

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    Question 29 of 40

    How did Andrew Strauss surrender his wicket in his final innings as a Test match batsman?

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    Question 30 of 40

    What help are Welsh jobseekers now given to help them land a job?

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    Question 31 of 40

    Which child’s toy did a Ukrainian women decide to impersonate?

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    Question 32 of 40

    Which are the three most dangerous health risks in the world, according to a global study?

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    Question 33 of 40

    Which of these 2012 product launches ‘for women’ isn’t real?

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    Question 34 of 40

    Which country saw their men’s sperm count fall by a third in 20 years?

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    Question 35 of 40

    Which race did Mo Farah not win at the London 2012 Olympics?

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    Question 36 of 40

    What was the name of the high-flying Apple executive who lost his job over the iOS 6 Maps debacle?

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    Question 37 of 40

    What important discovery was made this year?

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    Question 38 of 40

    What is the name of France's new President?

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    Question 39 of 40

    Who masterminded the Olympic opening ceremony?

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