The 2021 Great Big Squiz Quiz

1. Australia's Test cricket captain Tim Paine stepped down in November after a sexting scandal. Who is the new Aussie Test cricket captain?

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The freshly-minted captain was ruled out of the 2nd Test in Adelaide after he came into contact with someone with COVID.

2. Which famous American actor/comedian was convicted of sexual assault and jailed in 2018, only to have that conviction overturned in June this year?

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Cosby was released from prison due to a “process violation” in his case.

3. US gymnast Simone Biles shocked many when she pulled out of several events at the Tokyo Olympics, citing mental health reasons. What's the term used in gymnastics to describe what she had?

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She returned to compete in the Games and won a bronze medal - simples...

4. In June, Barnaby Joyce took over as leader of the Nationals. What is the name of his predecessor?

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McCormack took over as leader from Barnaby Joyce in 2018 when his personal life exploded all over the media...

5. This year Jeff Bezos stood down as the CEO of Amazon to focus on his space travel company. What’s that company called?

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The billionaire said his space travel venture was “the most important work I’m doing".

6. Who said this: “I have this low voice, and people would ask me to sing in public, and they’d be very disappointed.”

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Field has been miming for years. In some circles, it was called the biggest scandal of all time...

7. Who said this: "Sit down. Sit down, boofhead. I’ve got the call."

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Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said that to Defence Minister Peter Dutton during a pretty spicy Question Time.

8. Who said this: “I’m here live. I’m not a cat.”

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Texan Attorney Rod Ponton logged on for a virtual court hearing with his Zoom filter set to ‘fluffy white kitten’. He was an attorney-at-paw…

9. Who said this: “You’re either winning, or you’re learning.”

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What a legend...

10. What is the name of the gigantic cargo ship that was wedged in the Suez Canal?

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The Ever Given was wedged for 6 days and 7 hours, blocking billions-of-bucks of cargo from accessing the key trade route.

11. High gas prices pushed US President Biden to tap into the nation's strategic oil reserves. Its neighbour to the north is also dealing with a shortage of a critical commodity requiring its reserves to be tapped. What might that be?

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Quebec Maple Syrup Producers said it has released half of its strategic reserves as demand surged this year.

12. What gift did Russian President Vladimir Putin give to former German Chancellor Angela Merkel to bid her farewell from political life?

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Merkel and Putin have what is believed to be a respectful relationship.

13. Which European country’s leader was out clubbing until the early hours without her mobile phone, which meant that she missed a crucial message telling her she needed to isolate for COVID?

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Finland's 36yo Prime Minister Sanna Marin had left her work phone at home for the evening...

14. One of the most infamous figures in the 6 January raid on the Capitol building was a man wearing face paint, horns and a fur hat. What religion does he practice?

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Shamanism involves interaction with a spirit world through altered states of consciousness. Rightio...

15. Going back to this year's daily COVID press briefings, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller was giving an example of people that had been fined for breaching the state’s public health orders. What did the poor AUSLAN interpreter have to sign?

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She handled it like a champ.

16. Former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian set Twitter on fire in February with a cracking comment on a story from Nine News that misidentified her. What was the joke?

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Lolz...

17. What was judged Instagram’s most aesthetically appealing bird?

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German researchers found that the weirder the bird looks, the more likely people will be to respond positively to the photograph - and the frogmouth fits that bill.

18. Which retiring Aussie sports star suffered the indignity of a statue honouring their achievements that doesn’t really look like them?

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It's a sub-genre of news we enjoy immensely here at The Squiz...

19. What is the value of weird dreams, according to researchers from the US?

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The idea is that the older we get the more statistically similar our days become, so the way for the brain to keep fit is to throw some weird stuff at us during sleep.

20. How does someone from Gen Z - so those born between the mid-90s to the early 2010s - interpret a smiley face emoji?

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No wonder emojis are a minefield for intergenerational miscommunication...

BONUS QUESTION: What would a member of Gen Z use to convey what the over-30yos would use a smiley face emoji for?

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As in 'I'm dead' - dead from laughing... And if explaining what the yoof use emojis for doesn't make you feel old, nothing will...

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