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Quiz of the year 2012: News in Croydon over the last 12 months

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HOW well do you remember events of the last 12 months in Croydon? Which political parties lost their deposit in the November by-election? Who became Bishop of Croydon this year? How tall will 1 Lansdowne Road be? And do you know your Pop World from your Blue Orchid, your Geoff Thomas from your Glenn Murray? Take our quiz of the year to find out! You'll find the answers by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
JANUARY
  1. Crystal Palace were knocked out of the League Cup in the semi-final after losing on penalties to Cardiff. Which player scored the Eagles' only penalty?
  2. Pop World nightclub reopened under new ownership and with a new name, but what was it called?
  3. Plans for a massive skyscraper on 1 Lansdowne Road were approved. If built, it will be Croydon's highest building. How many storeys will it have? A)80 B) 55 C) 100
  4. Pensioner Barry Kay wanted to swim the equivalent distance from France to Purley to raise money for charity. How many lengths of Purley Pool does this equate to?
  5. Croydon Council announced it was looking to reopen an independent cinema in the Clocktower. Which director is it named after?
FEBRUARY
  1. Croydon Tours operates a guided walk based around the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show. What are the names of the fictional friends played by David Mitchell and Robert Webb?
  2. Crystal Palace turned down a last-minute transfer deadline day bid of £7 million for which of their players?
  3. Former Olympian Blake Aldridge qualified for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, but who was his famous former diving partner? A) Pete Waterfield B) Tom Daley C) Max Brick
  4. Mayor of London Boris Johnson compared Croydon's new German trams to which famous car manufacturer?
  5. The new Bishop of Croydon was revealed this month. What is his name?
MARCH
  1. What changes did Crystal Palace introduce to its fans' shirts?
  2. Which senior Labour politician visited East Croydon to lend his backing to Ken Livingstone's mayoral campaign?
  3. Why was the Crystal Palace transmitter set to be illuminated with the same wattage it takes to light the Eiffel Tower?
  4. How much money was promised by the Government to refurbish Purley War Memorial Hospital?
  5. Which four-legged friends made New Addington residents' lives a misery by digging up their flowerbeds?
APRIL
  1. On which leafy estate did we reveal residents are banned from wearing shorts and hanging their washing up outside?
  2. Which borough was deemed to have the sexiest women in the UK by a poll of users of a mobile dating site?
  3. How much taxpayers' money did it cost to sent two council officers to a property conference in the south of France, as revealed by the Advertiser in April? A) £2,000, B) £3,000 C) £4,000
  4. Which 'super-head', believed to be Britain's highest paid teacher, was picked to open a new school on the site of the Davidson Centre in Addiscombe?
  5. Which high-profile politician walked out of an Advertiser interview when we tried to test his knowledge of Croydon, departing with the words: 'What do you want me to do next, kiss a model?'
JUNE
  1. How many can of lager were drunk at the Diamond Jubilee street party in Kenmore Road, Kenley? A) 800 B) 80 C) none
  2. The historic heart of Croydon, Old Town, was awarded a grant of £100,000 by which retail queen?
  3. Which Croydon school beset by scandal and poor performance revealed plans to become an academy in June?
  4. When the Advertiser stopped 50 people on the street, how many were able to name a single one of the borough's MEPs? A) 1 B) 5 C) 10
  5. Crystal Palace legend Geoff Thomas was featured as our Croydon Character. How many caps did he earn for England?
JULY
  1. Which celebrity boxer presented a cheque to the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust for £20,000?
  2. Which openly gay Fieldway Croydon councillor was given the green light to adopt?
  3. Britain's tallest man, Neil Fingleton, was this month revealed as the star of Fairfield's 2012 panto. But how tall is he?
  4. The cover version of which hit song by the Crystal Palace cheerleaders gained more than half a million hits online?
  5. What percentage of Croydon residents did we reveal would be overweight or obese by 2050? A) 70%, B) 80%, C) 90%
AUGUST
  1. Which two words did former Observer writer Robert Chesshyre use to describe New Addington? A) uneducated and illiterate; B) caring and unselfish; C) Laurel and Hardy
  2. Crystal Palace slumped to a 3-2 defeat in their opening league game of the season against which team?
  3. How many homes will be built as part of the Cane Hill development in Coulsdon?
  4. We revealed Costa Coffee was planning to open yet another outlet in Purley. How many would this mean there are in total?
  5. Croydon musician Alexa Sage attracted more than a million hits on YouTube, playing which instrument?
SEPTEMBER
  1. Croydon's finest Michael Jackson impersonator Keith Preddie announced plans for an European tour. But what was the name of the song he recorded in his idol's honour?
  2. How many hours did it take ironman Mark Bayliss, 35, to complete the Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon, from Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris?
  3. Who did Crystal Palace beat 2-1 on September 1, to record their first league win of the season?
  4. Which Selhurst school celebrated its first anniversary this month?
  5. How many gold medals did Wallington's David Weir win at the London Paralympic Games?
OCTOBER
  1. According to figures released in a health report, what percentage of Croydon children were said to be living in poverty? A) 10 per cent; B) 25 per cent; or C) 35 per cent
  2. Which legendary Archbishop gave a talk at Fairfield Halls?
  3. The Advertiser revealed in October how much former mayor Graham Bass cost us in his year of service. Was it... A) £155,000; B) £270,000; or C) £315,000?
  4. Name the Gavin and Stacey star who opened the new-look Superdrug store at the Whitgift Centre.
  5. How did the authorities find out £100k benefit fraudster Emmanuel Ikem was cheating the system?
NOVEMBER
  1. Of the 12 parties that stood in the Croydon North by-election, how many lost their deposit by polling fewer than 5 per cent of the votes?
  2. Which MP's parliamentary bill cracking down on metal thieves made progress towards becoming law in November?
  3. Ian Holloway was appointed Crystal Palace manager this month. Which seaside club did he join from?
  4. Which supermarket chain revealed plans to open a new store in High Street, Purley?
  5. Why did the boss of one of Croydon's biggest employers say his firm might have to leave the borough?
DECEMBER
  1. A promoter revealed plans to reopen which popular town nightclub for one last night?
  2. What was the score when Ian Holloway's new team met his old club at Selhurst Park?
  3. Name the chairman of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust who stepped down amid controversy
  4. Which Wallington athlete finished fifth in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year vote?
  5. How much money will the revamp of Purley War Memorial Hospital cost?
You can find the answers to the quiz of the year here

Quiz of the year 2012: News in Croydon over the last 12 months


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