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WMN 2012 Christmas quiz answers

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 12, 2013

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Here are the answers to our Christmas quiz, which proved quite a challenge for our readers.

The five winners, who each receive a Wyke Farms cheese hamper are: Sharon Raggett of Buckfastleigh, Peter Walker of Millbrook, Flo Bowman of Ivybridge, Sara Richards of Redruth and Mrs Anne Vallely of Truro.

How well would you have done?

Westcountry food and drink

1. Which Padstow chef won a Michelin star this year? Paul Ainsworth at No 6 in Padstow

2. He’s fought for fish and won awards this year, and created a new cookbook where the recipes feature Three Good Things. Who is he? Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

3. Which former Atomic Kitten won Celebrity MasterChef and brushed up her skills at Ashburton Cookery School? Liz McLarnon

4. Chef Anton Piotrowski won MasterChef the Professionals in December. But what’s the name of his Devon pub? The Treby Arms

5. Earlier this year, a Cornish sparkling wine was named one of the best in the world for the second year in a row. What is the name of the vineyard where it is made? Camel Valley

6. Thom, Tim and Trevor have foraged and cooked their way around the British Isles on TV. How are they best known? The Three Hungry Boys

7. At the Taste of the West Awards in the autumn, excellence by the Westcountry’s producers and growers was recognised. The Carol Trewin South West Producer of the Year trophy, named in memory of the WMN’s late food editor, went to which Devon company? The Exmouth Mussel Company

8. And talking of awards... one Devon company won the accolade of best Raw Milk Cheddar at the British Cheese Awards this year. What is the name of the family-run firm? Quickes

9. A winery near St Austell produced its first bottles earlier this year – instantly picking up awards and finding their way on to top menus in the Westcountry. It’s name? Knightor Winery

10. Which former Michelin starred chef at the Abbey in Penzance is now dishing up delicious food at the Tolcarne Inn in Newlyn? Ben Tunnicliffe

Westcountry culture

1. The film version of War Horse was screened this year and next year opens at the Theatre Royal Plymouth as part of a national tour. But which Westcountry author wrote the book? Michael Morpurgo

2. Which author, now resident in Budleigh Salterton, won the Man Booker prize in 2012 – the first woman to win the title twice? Hilary Mantel

3. Which Westcountry resident wrote the book for the Spice Girls musical Viva Forever? Jennifer Saunders

4. A popular literary festival in Cornwall has been renamed the Fowey Festival of Words and Music... but which local author’s name was used for the original festival? Daphne du Maurier

5. Performances by an Israeli dance company led to protests at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in November. What was the name of the company? Batsheva Ensemble

6. Which award-winning indie folk band kicked off their sell-out UK tour with an intimate show at Torquay’s Princess Theatre in November? Mumford and Sons

7. In August a stand-up comedian sold out six consecutive shows at Plymouth Pavilions, breaking a record set by Lee Evans. What was his name? Michael McIntyre

8. Plymouth’s Theatre Royal celebrated its 30th birthday in May 2012. Who officially opened the building in 1982? Princess Margaret

9. The Eden Sessions welcomed plenty of big names in 2012. But which top comedian brings his Force Majeure tour to the venue this year? Eddie Izzard

10. Britpop giants Blur staged a triumphant show in London’s Hyde Park for the closing of the 2012 Olympics in August. Which Westcountry venue did they choose for a warm-up show? Plymouth Pavilions

Westcountry news

1. Sailor Ben Ainslie was the first person to carry the Olympic flame when the Olympic torch relay left Lands End on Saturday, May 19 2012…but who did he pass it on to? Surfer Tassy Swallow, from St Ives

2. Which blood-sucking Hollywood couple were reportedly out and about house-hunting in Cornwall in September/October time? Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart stars of vampire hit series Twilight

3. In October 2012, the owners of South Crofty put a value on the tin, copper, zinc and other metals yet to be extracted from the mine. How much was it? £1.5billion

4. The banks of which canal suddenly gave way during torrential rain and floods in November? The Grand Western Canal

5. What £35million lottery funded attraction billed as the UK’s Biggest Cultural Playground opened in April? Heartlands at Pool

6. What was said to have caused the loud bang residents from Harrowbarrow in south east Cornwall to the South Hams heard in October and reported to police? A meteorite was said to have fallen to earth

7. Which unlikely Westcountry apple-scented location features a work by world famous artist? Wilkins Cider House has a Banksy

8. How much would a £2.50 Cornish pasty have cost if the Government had fully succeeded in slapping VAT on the region’s favourite dish? £3 – The “pasty tax” would have seen VAT at 20% added to all take-away pastries bought “hot”

9. Which West Midlands town did South West Devon MP Gary Streeter suggest boasted buildings more ugly than Plymouth’s city centre? Dudley

10. The Government has just announced that veterans of which two Second World War campaigns will finally receive recognition? The Arctic Convoy and Bomber Command

Westcountry sport

1. What was the name of the horse on which Mary King won Olympic team eventing silver? Imperial Cavalier

2. Who scored Torquay United’s only goal in the League Two play-off semi-final against Cheltenham Town? Taiwo Atieno

3. Which Indian football team did Alan Gow play for before he signed for Exeter City? East Bengal

4. How many Olympic gold medals did sailor Ben Ainslie win? Four

5. Who partnered Penzance rower Helen Glover to Team GB’s first gold medals of the summer? Heather Stanning

6. Which Exeter Chiefs player made his full international debut for England against South Africa in June? Tom Johnson

7. Who beat Cornish Pirates in the 2012 RFU Championship play-off final? London Welsh

8. Which Plymouth-born cyclist won last summer’s Tour of Britain? Jonathan Tiernan-Locke

9. Which Somerset cricketer made his England Test debut against India in November? Nick Compton

10. Plymouth Argyle signed two strikers from non-League teams last summer, who were they are where did they sign from? Rhys Griffiths (Port Talbot Town) and Paris Cowan-Hall (Woking)

Westcountry Business

1. Who was named Business of the Year at the WMN’s business awards in November? Vi-Spring, based in Plymouth

2. Which Irish renewable energy developer is bidding to become the first to deploy a device on the region’s pioneering Wave Hub? Ocean Energy Ltd

3. When did Exeter’s new John Lewis store open? Friday, October 12

4. Australian company Wolf Minerals announced it has accelerated plans to reopen the Hemerdon Mine near Plymouth and exploit which mineral? Tungsten

5. Which long-awaited road schemes have won substantial government funding this year? Kingskerswell bypass and dualling of A30 at Temple

6. Which Cornish market town won a share of the Government’s £1.2 million Portas Pilot funding? Liskeard

7. Who was named the fastest growing business in the region in the WMN’s Fast Growth 75 supplement in November? Mi-Space, based in Exeter

8. Which Somerset-based aviation giant provided helicopters for both the Olympic opening ceremony and the James Bond film Skyfall? AgustaWestland, based in Yeovil

9. Which Westcountry university celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012? Plymouth University

10. Two innovation centres, Pool and Tremough, are now up-and-running in Cornwall. What is the name of the third, which is due to open this month? January The Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre, based at Treliske

Westcountry people

1. A popular Cornish author died this year. His last book was published in November called The Bonds of Earth. Who is he? EV Thompson

2. Which entrepreneur from Cornwall received a knighthood in December? The Eden Project’s Tim Smit

3. Which Westcountry resident published her second novel this year, called Oh Dear Silvia? Dawn French

4. He’s published a best-selling calendar, an autobiography and shone at the Olympics. And this Plymouth boy is still at school! Who is he? Tom Daley

5. Which Avenger woke up the village of Porlock with a speech this year? Diana Rigg

6. Which Westcountry MP was nominated as Backbencher of the Year? Andrew George

7. Which Westcountry MP became a media sensation at Prime Minister’s Questions in July when, wearing a grey sling, she gave a shrieking, lung-bursting performance when asking about cash for university technical colleges? Anne Marie Morris, Newton Abbot, Conservative

8. Which international opera singer returned to Cornwall this year to perform in Miracle Theatre’s production of Tin? Ben Luxon

9. Judy Finnigan has published her first novel this year... what’s it called? Eloise

10. Which well-known Westcountry adventurer is planning a 1500-kilmometre circumnavigation of Tasmania in a kayak? Pete Goss... and he set off as planned this month

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