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  1. In 2016, German Bernd Schmidt set a new world record of 8.8cms (about 3.5 inches) for the: Longest nose; Biggest mouth gape; Most sticking-out ear; or Longest big toe? Biggest mouth gape (distance measured between upper and lower incisors)
  2. Leicester City FC's 2016 Premier League Championship title after miraculous relegation escape in 2015, was partly credited to what intervention: Vegetarian diets; Post-training iced baths; Richard III's toebone ash scattering on the pitch; or Visits and karma blessings to the ground by Buddhist Monks? Visits and karma blessings to the ground by Buddhist Monks (at the wishes of Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha)
  3. A computerised emissions testing fraud in 2016 created multi-billion penalties and reputational damage for: Ryanair; Volkswagen; The White House; or The City of London? Volkwagen
  4. Put these notable UK politicians on the side of either 'stay' or 'leave' in the EU 'Brexit' referendum: May, Johnson, Gove, Cameron, Farage, Corbyn? Stay: May, Cameron, Corbyn - Leave: Johnson, Gove, Farrage
  5. The Gotthard Base opened in Switzerland in 2016 as the world's: Tallest building; Longest traffic tunnel; Most secure bank; or Most expensive shop? Longest traffic tunnel (and deepest)
  6. Professional footballer and 7th dan karate master Boyko Borisov quit in 2016 as Prime Minister of: France; Spain; Bulgaria; or Japan? Bulgaria
  7. Mexican Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán made the news again in 2016 as the most powerful man in what industry: Mobile telephony; Football; Latin-American dance; or Drug trafficking? Drug trafficking (he was recaptured in 2016 after escape for the third time since 1993)
  8. What global health threat did the World Health Organization declare in January 2016: Zika Virus; Bird Flu; Indian Swine Flu; or Mumps? Zika Virus
  9. Stolen in 2002 from Amsterdam and recovered in 2016, Seascape at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen are paintings valued at $100m by: Tracy Emin; Andy Warhol; Vincent Van Gogh; or Damien Hirst? Vincent Van Gogh
  10. In August 2016 which nation's senate voted to impeach its president Dilma Rousseff: South Africa; Canada; Brazil; or Ireland? Brazil
  11. The year 2016 in Roman numerals is CCXVI; DDXCI; MMIXX; MMXVI; or MIIIIXXDM? MMXVI
  12. Donald Trump's VP running mate for the 2016 US Presidential election is Mike: Shilling; Buck; Pence; or Cents? Pence
  13. Whose 2016 book is 'Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man': Marvin Hagler; William Shatner; Joni Mitchell; or Harry Shearer? William Shatner (about Leonard Nimoy - both of Star Trek)
  14. The corporate reward/motivation 'Theory' for which Oliver Hart and Bengt R Holmström received the 2016 Nobel Economics Prize is called: Crime; Contract; Delusion; or Greed? Contract (notably relating to CEO reward and privatisations etc)
  15. Match these tennis grand slams to the 2016 winners: Australian, French, Wimbledon, US - Wawrinka, Murray, Nadal, Djokovic, Federer? Australian - Djokovic, French - Djokovic, Wimbledon - Murray, US - Wawrinka
  16. Irvine Welsh's 2016 book The Blade Artist, catching up with Begbie, is a follow-up to: Clockwork Orange; Trainspotting; Fifty Shades of Grey; or Bridget Jones's Diary? Trainspotting
  17. In 2016 Radovan Karadžić was sentenced to 40 years in prison for crimes in what war: Iraq-Iran; Libyan Civil; Bosnian; or Armenian-Azerbaijani? Bosnian
  18. The first and last days of the year 2016 are respectively: Monday; Wednesday; Friday; or Saturday? (two answers required) Friday and Saturday
  19. The 2016 Superbowl saw (Which city?) Broncos beat (Which state?) Panthers: Chicago; Denver; Houston; Carolina; Atlanta; or Florida? (two answers required) Denver Broncos beat Carolina Panthers
  20. What anniversary of Shakespeare's death was in 2016: 200; 400; 600; or 1000? 400
  21. Arianna Huffington departed in 2016 from her own eponymous news website, the Huffington: Day; Star; Post; Blog? Post
  22. In 2016 NASA's Juno spacecraft became the first to orbit: Mars; Jupiter; Mercury; or The Sun? Jupiter
  23. The major Japanese Funai Electric Co produced the last commercial (What?) in 2016: Car cigarette lighter; Video Cassette Recorder (VCR); Tube TV; or Space Invaders Machine? Video Cassette Recorder (VCR)
  24. Antonio Guterres was appointed in 2016 as successor to Ban Ki-moon as head of: The United Nations; NASA; FIFA; or The BBC? The United Nations
  25. Who began a world tour in 2016 called 'Formation': U2; The Rolling Stones; Beyoncé; or Bob Dylan? Beyoncé
  26. Whose successful sex privacy/rights violation case against Gawker forced the website into bankruptcy in 2016: Donald Trump; Hulk Hogan; Prince Charles; or Joan Collins? Hulk Hogan
  27. In France, April 2016, Franky Zapata set a world record of 2,252 metres for the longest: Jet ski jump; Hoverboard flight; Tightrope walk; or Hot dog? Hoverboard flight
  28. The 2016 Superbowl broke tradition by not using Roman numerals in its name due to its number: 30; 40; 50 or 100? 50 (which would otherwise have been simply L, so it was called Superbowl 50)
  29. Put these nations in order of the 2016 Olympics medal table (most golds first): China, Germany, Japan, USA, Great Britain, Russia? USA, Great Britain, China, Russia, Germany, Japan
  30. Singer-songwriter and TV personality Pete Burns (1959-16), was founder-member of: Duran Duran; Dead or Alive; The Sex Pistols; or The Bay City Rollers? Dead or Alive
  31. Rule the World won the 2016: Primetime TV Show Emmy; Turner Prize; Mann Booker Prize; or Grand National? Grand National
  32. Who directed and wrote the 2016 Amazon TV series 'Crisis in Six Scenes': Clint Eastwood; Kevin Spacey; Woody Allen; or Ben Affleck? Woody Allen
  33. Record-breaking German Albert Beer created a robot in 2016 that could do (What?) in 0.887 of a second: Beat anyone at chess; Make an omelette; Calculate Pi to a billion decimal places; or Solve the Rubik's Cube? Solve the Rubik's Cube
  34. 2016 was the tenth anniversary of the first (What?), by inventor Jack Dorsey: Facebook 'like'; Tweet; Instagram share; or Spotify stream? Tweet (using the Twitter platform)
  35. David Bowie's album released just before he died in January 2016 is: Darkstar; Blackstar; Starman; or Darkman? Blackstar
  36. Steven Gerrard retired from playing football at what club in 2016: LA Galaxy; Liverpool; Juventus; or Everton? LA Galaxy
  37. Chicago (What?) won the 2016 Baseball World Series: Chiefs; Braves; Cubs; or Blues? Cubs
  38. Which classic British TV sitcom became a big 2016 movie release: Only Fools and Horses; Absolutely Fabulous; Blackadder; or On the Buses? Absolutely Fabulous
  39. In April 2016 German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published 11.5 million confidential Panamanian files detailing over 200,000 (What?) held unethically by noted personalities and heads of state: Stolen artworks; Offshore companies; Swiss bank accounts; or Holiday homes? Offshore companies
  40. The 2016 UEFA European Championship was won by: Germany; Portugal; Spain; or Iceland? Portugal
  41. Uptown Funk won the 2016: Record of the Year Grammy; Turner Prize; Man Booker Prize; or Grand National? Record of the Year Grammy
  42. Israel Kristal of Haifa, Israel, confirmed in 2016 as the world's oldest man, was born in: 1884; 1892; 1903; or 1910? 1903
  43. Controversy affected Hilary Clinton's 2016 US Presidential campaign, about her using private instead of official: Personal fitness instructors; Email; Bathrooms; or Groceries? Email
  44. The BBC caused audience upset when it removed (What?) from its website in 2016: Traffic News; Recipes; Scrollbars; or All pictures of Jeremy Clarkson? Recipes
  45. Remarkably the first three male places and the first two women's places in the 2016 Boston Marathon were all taken by: China; Ethiopia; USA; or Iceland? Ethiopia
  46. Stephen King's 2016 book is End of: Day; Time; Watch; or Clocks? Watch
  47. Radiohead's ninth album released in 2016 is A Moon Shaped: Face; Satellite; Pool or Balloon? Pool
  48. Which nation won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, with Jamala's '1944' - the first ever with lyrics in Crimean Tatar: Italy; Germany; Ukraine; or Israel? Ukraine
  49. The 2016 Ryder Cup was won by (Who?) when beating (Who?) 17-11 in (What sport?): Australia; Russia; USA; Europe; in Tennis; Golf; Sailing; or Scrabble? (three answers required) USA beat Europe in Golf
  50. The 2016 Netflix series 'The Crown' stars Claire Foy as: Elizabeth II; Queen Victoria; Winnie Mandela; or Yvonne Goolagong? Elizabeth II
  51. The 2016 highest-grossing video game adaptation film ever to date is War: Baby; Craft; Dance; or Hole? Craft (actually one word, Warcraft)
  52. The futuristic video made for the 1983 song 'Human Touch', which fascinatingly is set in 2016, was the biggest hit for Rick: Astley; Springfield; Wakeman; or Stein? Springfield
  53. Iconic boxer Muhammad Ali (1942-16) was multiple world champion: Middleweight; Heavyweight; Cruiserweight; or Bantamweight? Heavyweight
  54. The 2016 Juba military clashes (in capital city Juba on the White Nile) were between factions of the People's Liberation Army of: Morocco; Sudan; South Africa; or Israel? Sudan
  55. The 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature was won by: Stephen King; Hilary Mantel; Bob Dylan; or JK Rowling? Bob Dylan
  56. Whose son Cruz made the 2016 news with a charity single: If Everyday Was Christmas: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie; David and Victoria Beckham; Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson; or Tony and Cherie Blair? David and Victoria Beckham
  57. Danny Willett won the the 2016: Olympic high jump; US Golf Masters; World Heavyweight Boxing Championship; Eurovision under-16s? US Golf Masters
  58. Brie Larson won what in 2016 for 'Joy': Best Actress Oscar; CMA Best Song; Man Booker Prize; Nobel Physics Prize? Best Actress Oscar (in the film Room)
  59. WADA's computer systems, hacked in 2016, exposed private details to the world about: Climate change; Athlete drug records; Politicians' expenses; or BBC presenters' salaries? Athlete drug records
  60. Emperor Akihito suggested controversially in 2016 that due to ill health he would abdicate as ruler of: Brunei; Japan; Cambodia; or Denmark? Japan
  61. The popular Pokémon game released in July 2016 is: Stop; Go; Pause; or Delete? Go
  62. Ben Affleck's 2016 movie is The: Doctor; Dentist; Solicitor; or Accountant? Accountant
  63. Emily Blunt starred in the title role of the 2016 movie thriller 'The Girl on the: Rise; Verge; Train; or Game? Train
  64. Dawn of Justice is the subtitle of the 2016 superhero film (Who?) vs (Who?): Spiderman; Batman; Terminator; Superman; or Catwoman? (two answers required) Batman vs Superman
  65. Match these world-class people who died in 2016 with their fields: Arnold Palmer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Merle Haggard, Johan Cruyff - Football, Acting, Golf, Music? Arnold Palmer - Golf, Zsa Zsa Gabor - Acting, Merle Haggard - Music, Johan Cruyff - Football
  66. The Mount Sinabug volcanic eruption in May 2016 was in: Canada; Italy; Indonesia; or Scotland? Indonesia
  67. What sport produced substantially most of the highest paid female athletes of 2016: Show-jumping; Tennis; Track athletics; or Hockey? Tennis
  68. After scientific analysis in 2016, a discovery on Amrum Island shore, Germany, was confirmed at 108 years and 138 days to be the oldest: Living lobster; Message in a bottle; Credit card; or Picnic? Message in a bottle
  69. Veep won the 2016: Grand National; Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy; Admiral's Cup yachting regatta; or Best Picture Oscar? Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy
  70. The 2016 Olympics were officially branded: Brazil 2016; Rio 2016; 2016 Olympics; or Olympiad 31? Rio 2016
  71. Andrea Leadsom's withdrawal from candidacy led to the unopposed appointment of of what position on 11 July 2016: President of FIFA; President of the EU; UK Prime Minister; or Archbishop of Canterbury? UK Prime Minister
  72. Despite major challenges Jeremy Corbyn held onto leadership through 2016 of: NASA; The Labour Party (UK); Walmart Inc; Manchester United FC? The Labour Party (UK)
  73. What nationality were both (male and female) winners of the 2016 London Marathon: Chinese; Kenyan; Spanish; or Brazilian? Kenyan
  74. Peggy Spencer (1920-2016) helped lay the foundations for what modern phenomenon: Amazon; Texting; Strictly Come Dancing; or SatNav? Strictly Come Dancing (and of course Dancing With The Stars, and other international variations - Peggy Spencer MBE was a pioneering choreographer/educator/administrator for ballroom/Latin dance, working with the original Come Dancing TV show for 40 years - if you are interested in dance see the big dance article )
  75. An adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, what show received the most 2016 Emmy nominations: Orange is the New Black; Game of Thrones; Broad City; or Modern Family? Game of Thrones
  76. 2016 was the centenary of the death of Henry (Who?) from a famous writer family: Austen; Dickens; James; or Chaucer? James
  77. 'Better Call Saul' is a 2016 spin-off from: Breaking Bad; South Park; Game of Thrones; or Dancing with the Stars? Breaking Bad
  78. Chris Froome won the 2016: Tour de France; F1 Championship; British Golf Open; or America's Got Talent? Tour de France
  79. Leicester City FC, shock winners of the 2016 soccer English Premiership title, are branded/called the (What?), alluding to famous local tradition: Cobblers; Foxes; Stags; or Spacemen? Foxes (since 1948 - they were previously the Fosse and then Fossils - after the famous Roman Fosse Way which passes through Leicester)
  80. The Night Manager TV serial is a popular 2016 adaptation of whose novel of the same name: William S Burroughs; John Le Carré; Jeffrey Archer; or Ian Fleming? John Le Carré
  81. The famous video game, version 2, released in 2009, set in 2016, featuring Joseph Allen, is 'Call Of (What?)': Doves; Duty; The Wild; or Nature? Duty
  82. Who in 2016 announced that he would be a father for the ninth time: Silvio Berlusconi; George Bush Snr; Mick Jagger; or Mick Hucknall? Mick Jagger
  83. Which football club bought Paul Pogba for €105million in 2016, breaking the world record transfer fee: Chelsea; Manchester United; Barcelona; or LA Galaxy? Manchester United
  84. 'Beyond' was the 2016 and 13th film of what movie franchise: Star Trek; Star Wars; Twilight; or Harry Potter? Star Trek
  85. 2016 produced the highest-grossing X-Men film to date, named from the Marvel Comics character, Dead: Clever; Pool; Wood; or Leg? Pool
  86. The 2016 film sequel and highest-grossing animated film opening of all time in North America to date was 'Finding (What?)': Dory; Love; Happiness; or Out? Dory (the sequel to Finding Nemo)
  87. Spotlight won the 2016: Grand National; Best Picture Oscar; Turner Prize; or Melbourne Cup? Best Picture Oscar
  88. The Maracanã Stadium hosted the 2016: US Presidential election debates; Summer Olympics; UEFA European Championship; or Moonies Convention? Summer Olympics
  89. The 2016 F1 Championship was won by team: Porsche; Mercedes; Honda; or Ikea? Mercedes
  90. Before becoming UK Prime Minister in 2016, Theresa May was the longest serving in what role since the 1950s: Home Secretary; Chancellor of the Exchequor; Health Secretary; or Chief Whip? Home Secretary
  91. Pink, Airlift, Dear Zindagi, and The Untold Story are popular 2016 movies from what big film-making nation: Australia; India; France; or Sweden? India
  92. In May 2016, the Eurozone agreed a further €10.3bn loan to: Spain; Greece; Iceland; or Germany? Greece
  93. Which nation was disqualified from the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest due to debts to the European Broadcasting Union: Romania; Greece; Ireland; or Germany? Romania
  94. UK MPs voted to strip whose knighthood due to his role on the failure of the BHS retail company and debts of its employee pension scheme: Alan Sugar; Philip Green; Charles Dunstone; or Richard Branson? Philip Green
  95. Almandin won the 2016: Melbourne Cup; Grand National; Turner Prize; or Best Picture Oscar? Melbourne Cup (Australia's major horse race)
  96. Who achieved a record-breaking 51million video views in 24 hours on VEVO in January 2016: Adele; Coldplay; David Bowie; or Status Quo? David Bowie (on the announcement of his death)
  97. In 2016 in Amritsar, India, 8,726 young people broke the world record for a: Game of softball; Bollywood dance; Yoga session; or Firewalk on hot coals? Bollywood dance
  98. During 2016 the top Chinese website, a search engine, ranked 4th globally is: Alibaba; Taobao; Baidu; or Renren? Baidu
  99. In May 2016, the US Pentagon was exposed as still using: Invisible Ink; Windows XP; 1980s floppy-disks; or 2nd World War ration packs in the canteen? 1980s floppy-disks (to store data in certain departments)
  100. How many Sundays does 2016 have: 51; 52; 53; or 54? 52


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