POP QUIZ: TWENTY SIXTEEN, ANNUS HORRIBILIS

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Yep, 2016 was a pretty terrible year. The celebrity deaths, President Trump, Syria, terrorism, Brexit, Zika, ‘Great British Bake-Off’ leaving BBC… it’s all catastrophic.

We all probably paid a little too much attention to the news this year, but we all probably have blocked most of it from our memories, to protect our fragile psyches.

How much bad news do you recall?

1) The law firm Mossack Fonseca was much in the news this year. In what country are they based?
2) Andrei Karlov was assassinated in December while serving as ambassador for Russia to what country?
3) EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean while on route from Cairo to where?
4) Dilma Rousseff, facing impeachment charges in a corruption scandal, resigned as president of what country?
5) Which English-born actor, who died in January, had 46 credits at Ontario’s Stratford Festival, from a 1975 appearance as Malvolio through to a 2009 production of “The Importance Of Being Earnest” in which he played Lady Bracknell?
6) The Japanese electronics firm Funai stopped production of what once-ubiquitous device in July 2016, officially ending an era?
7) A warrant was issued by a Brazilian judge for the ‘search and seizure’ of which two U.S. Olympic swimmers during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games? (one point only, you need to name both)
8) What model of vehicle, now subject to a massive recall, was implicated in the death of ‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin?
9) Arnold Palmer, golfer extraordinaire, passed away in September. What are the two main ingredients of the drink named for him?
10) In a stunning rejection of democracy, the ship which should have called “Boaty McBoatface” was instead named after what eminent naturalist?

Thanks,
QM Bill

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