The Big Irish Times 2012 Christmas Quiz
Science and technology:81 In July, scientists at Cern in Switzerland announced the discovery of which elementary particle, which is thought to be the (so-called) “God particle”?
82 “Not just of his time, but of all time,” was president Obama’s tribute to which great space pioneer, who died in August?
83 In October, international distribution rights to the Irish-made science-themed cartoon Science Fiction were sold to which British animation studio (which is best known for the Wallace Gromit series)?
84 The government abolished the standalone position of Chief Science Adviser in October. Who was the last person to hold that office?
85 In March, Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde recreated which meteorological phenomenon indoors, remarking that it resembled a “cartoon-like visualisation of bad luck”?
86 In October, who took 2 hours and 37 minutes to travel 39km, but just 9 minutes to get back?
87 In September, which widely used smart phone app mistakenly placed an airport in Dundrum, a zoo in Temple Bar and renamed Killarney as Kerry Town?
88 In August, the Curiosity Rover began exploring which Martian crater?
89 Which well known comedian, with a degree in maths and theoretical physics, opened Dublin’s Science and the City festival in July?
90 In October, astronomers at Geneva Observatory announced the discovery of a planet, with the same mass as Earth, in which triple star system only 4.4 light years away?
The prize: VIP trip for two to Barcelona and winery
The Big Irish Times Christmas Quiz began on Christmas Eve, with 50 questions. Ten more appeared every publication day since, finishing tomorrow.
The winner of this year’s quiz will receive a weekend for two to Barcelona, including flights and accommodation, a Torres winery tour and tasting, plus two VIP tickets to watch FC Barcelona at Camp Nou. The Irish Times has teamed up with Torres, the largest European wine brand in Ireland, to offer the trip to visit Barcelona, Camp Nou stadium and Torres winery.
Fill in the answers to all 100 questions, plus other required details at
Email the answers to all 100 questions, numbered 1 to 100, with your name, address and telephone number, to firstname.lastname@example.org , or
Complete entry form in The Irish Times on January 3rd. Closing date: noon on January 11th. Winners will be announced in The Irish Times on January 26th. Terms and conditions on irishtimes.com/christmasquiz.