Wed. Nov 25th, 2020

Guardian business Christmas quiz 2019

Do you know your Thomas Cook from your Tim Cook? Then test your 2019 business knowledge here with our annual quiz …

  • For your overall score, please complete all the questions

Who described their business relationship as “a corporate Romeo and Juliet”?

Mike Ashley musing on Sports Direct’s new auditors

The chief executive of the Hong Kong stock exchange on his bid for the London Stock Exchange

Elon Musk waxing lyrical about his love for Twitter

What were WeWork’s co-founder Adam Neumann’s previous business ventures?

Selling collapsible mops and buckets to offices

Selling skateboards and potted plants to startups

Selling women’s shoes with collapsible high heels and baby romper suits with reinforced knees

What music format made a comeback this year?

MiniDisc

Cassette

Vinyl 78s

Ryanair’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, is known for cutting costs at the airline – but what scraps can the Irish Scrooge expect for his own potential bonus?

€0.99

€999,000

€99,000,000

How much money did Zamira Hajiyeva – the wife of a jailed Azerbaijani banker – spend on sandwiches at Harrods, according to a police investigation into her spending habits?

£320

£32,000

£332,000

Thomas Cook Group collapsed in September, leaving 150,000 holidaymakers stranded. When did Thomas Cook, the founder of the tour operator, organise his first excursion?

1841

1881

1919

An Australian cricket writer was left reeling after a Manchester hotel bar accidentally served him what might be the most expensive beer in history. How much was he charged?

£5,000

£15,000

£55,000

How many times did the business secretary, Andrea Leadsom, speak to executives from Thomas Cook in the weeks leading up to its collapse into insolvency?

None

One

Ten

Which member of a pop group demanded answers from Tesco after her image was used, apparently without her prior knowledge, on a bus stop advert for its Clubcard?

Kerry Katona of Atomic Kitten

Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud

Mel B of the Spice Girls

For how long were one million homes left without electricity after National Grid’s biggest blackout in a decade in early August?

Between two and three hours

Between one and two hours

Between 15 and 45 minutes

What proportion of UK adults have (according to official data) gone “cashless” as contactless and mobile payments explode in popularity?

One in five

One in 10

One in 20

With more than 8 million members, Nest (set up by the government as part of “automatic enrolment”) is Britain’s biggest pension scheme. What are the top two shareholders in the fund?

Facebook and Amazon

HSBC and ExxonMobil

Microsoft and Apple

A new Bank of England £20 note was issued in October. Who was on the back?

Alan Turing

JMW Turner

Jane Austen

Marks & Spencer was ordered in August to change the name of its Porn Star Martini drink because it breached an industry code. What was the new name?

Passion Fruit Martini

Passion Star Martini

Passionate Martini

The first “fake” meat burger that went on sale at the JD Wetherspoon pub chain this year is made of what?

Pulverised jackfruit blended with beetroot powder

Quorn flavoured with herbs and spices

Pea, soy and rice protein and chicory root

Which of the following did not happen to Elon Musk in 2019?

He hit a traffic bollard while driving the new Tesla Cybertruck in Malibu

He pledged to develop a flying version of the Cybertruck by 2030

During a theatrical official launch of the Cybertruck, he looked on as the “bullet-proof” windows were smashed by metal balls

Who refused to reveal his next move, saying “you’ll have to ask my wife”?

Mario Draghi as he stepped down from the European Central Bank

Carlos Ghosn as he was released on bail to face fraud charges

Sir Philip Green after Arcadia, the family business, plunged to a huge loss

Who camped out in -18C temperatures?

Elon Musk to promote Tesla’s new self-driving electric snowmobile in Nunavut, Canada

Greta Thunburg, who skipped school to hold a climate strike at Davos

The JD Wetherspoon founder, Tim Martin, to advertise a super-strong, “Brexit-proof” Russian vodka

Neil Woodford, the erstwhile star fund manager, had previously fallen out with a famous neighbour over plans to extend his property by building a dressage arena and 28-horse stabling block. Who was the broadcaster?

Ant McPartlin

Clare Balding

Jeremy Paxman

How did WeWork describe its mission?

To democratise the office rental landscape

To elevate the world’s consciousness

To work for global peace

What, according to a director of Lloyds, was the reaction of employees to their chief executive’s £6.3m pay package?

Outraged … “How can he be worth 169 times median pay?”

Happy … “People like a winner”

Resigned … “And that’s what he should do”

Why did two Deutsche Bank staff get into hot water?

They ran up a £9,000 bar bill celebrating Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal

They told clients to buy bitcoin this summer, just before its price tumbled

They organised an expensive suit fitting on the morning thousands of staff were sacked

Which celebrity invested in a London vegan burger chain?

Greta Thunberg

Lewis Hamilton

George Monbiot

How many of Mike Ashley’s stock market investments went into administration in 2019?

One

Four

Two

“Full of semiliterate business jargon.” What was Tim Martin describing in JD Wetherspoon’s annual report?

Company annual reports

The CBI’s report on Brexit preparations

The Labour party’s election manifesto

25 and above.

Amazing! You should be the new governor of the Bank of England

24 and above.

Amazing! You should be the new governor of the Bank of England

23 and above.

Amazing! You should be the new governor of the Bank of England

22 and above.

Amazing! You should be the new governor of the Bank of England

21 and above.

Amazing! You should be the new governor of the Bank of England

20 and above.

Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though

19 and above.

Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though

18 and above.

Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though

17 and above.

Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though

16 and above.

Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though

15 and above.

Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though

14 and above.

Not bad! Like the Co-up, you’re making steady returns in a tough market

13 and above.

Not bad! Like the Co-up, you’re making steady returns in a tough market

12 and above.

Not bad! Like the Co-up, you’re making steady returns in a tough market

11 and above.

Not bad! Like the Co-up, you’re making steady returns in a tough market

10 and above.

Are you sure quizzes suit you? Like Ted Baker, you’re struggling to stay on trend

9 and above.

Are you sure quizzes suit you? Like Ted Baker, you’re struggling to stay on trend

8 and above.

Are you sure quizzes suit you? Like Ted Baker, you’re struggling to stay on trend

7 and above.

Are you sure quizzes suit you? Like Ted Baker, you’re struggling to stay on trend

6 and above.

Are you sure quizzes suit you? Like Ted Baker, you’re struggling to stay on trend

5 and above.

Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet

4 and above.

Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet

3 and above.

Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet

2 and above.

Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet

0 and above.

Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet

1 and above.

Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet

Continue reading…Do you know your Thomas Cook from your Tim Cook? Then test your 2019 business knowledge here with our annual quiz …For your overall score, please complete all the questionsWho described their business relationship as “a corporate Romeo and Juliet”? Mike Ashley musing on Sports Direct’s new auditorsThe chief executive of the Hong Kong stock exchange on his bid for the London Stock ExchangeElon Musk waxing lyrical about his love for TwitterWhat were WeWork’s co-founder Adam Neumann’s previous business ventures?Selling collapsible mops and buckets to officesSelling skateboards and potted plants to startupsSelling women’s shoes with collapsible high heels and baby romper suits with reinforced kneesWhat music format made a comeback this year?MiniDiscCassetteVinyl 78sRyanair’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, is known for cutting costs at the airline – but what scraps can the Irish Scrooge expect for his own potential bonus?€0.99 €999,000€99,000,000How much money did Zamira Hajiyeva – the wife of a jailed Azerbaijani banker – spend on sandwiches at Harrods, according to a police investigation into her spending habits?£320£32,000£332,000Thomas Cook Group collapsed in September, leaving 150,000 holidaymakers stranded. When did Thomas Cook, the founder of the tour operator, organise his first excursion?1841 18811919An Australian cricket writer was left reeling after a Manchester hotel bar accidentally served him what might be the most expensive beer in history. How much was he charged?£5,000£15,000£55,000How many times did the business secretary, Andrea Leadsom, speak to executives from Thomas Cook in the weeks leading up to its collapse into insolvency?NoneOneTenWhich member of a pop group demanded answers from Tesco after her image was used, apparently without her prior knowledge, on a bus stop advert for its Clubcard?Kerry Katona of Atomic KittenNadine Coyle of Girls AloudMel B of the Spice GirlsFor how long were one million homes left without electricity after National Grid’s biggest blackout in a decade in early August?Between two and three hours Between one and two hoursBetween 15 and 45 minutes What proportion of UK adults have (according to official data) gone “cashless” as contactless and mobile payments explode in popularity?One in fiveOne in 10One in 20With more than 8 million members, Nest (set up by the government as part of “automatic enrolment”) is Britain’s biggest pension scheme. What are the top two shareholders in the fund?Facebook and AmazonHSBC and ExxonMobilMicrosoft and AppleA new Bank of England £20 note was issued in October. Who was on the back?Alan TuringJMW TurnerJane AustenMarks & Spencer was ordered in August to change the name of its Porn Star Martini drink because it breached an industry code. What was the new name?Passion Fruit MartiniPassion Star MartiniPassionate Martini The first “fake” meat burger that went on sale at the JD Wetherspoon pub chain this year is made of what?Pulverised jackfruit blended with beetroot powderQuorn flavoured with herbs and spicesPea, soy and rice protein and chicory rootWhich of the following did not happen to Elon Musk in 2019?He hit a traffic bollard while driving the new Tesla Cybertruck in MalibuHe pledged to develop a flying version of the Cybertruck by 2030During a theatrical official launch of the Cybertruck, he looked on as the “bullet-proof” windows were smashed by metal ballsWho refused to reveal his next move, saying “you’ll have to ask my wife”?Mario Draghi as he stepped down from the European Central BankCarlos Ghosn as he was released on bail to face fraud chargesSir Philip Green after Arcadia, the family business, plunged to a huge lossWho camped out in -18C temperatures?Elon Musk to promote Tesla’s new self-driving electric snowmobile in Nunavut, CanadaGreta Thunburg, who skipped school to hold a climate strike at DavosThe JD Wetherspoon founder, Tim Martin, to advertise a super-strong, “Brexit-proof” Russian vodkaNeil Woodford, the erstwhile star fund manager, had previously fallen out with a famous neighbour over plans to extend his property by building a dressage arena and 28-horse stabling block. Who was the broadcaster?Ant McPartlinClare BaldingJeremy PaxmanHow did WeWork describe its mission? To democratise the office rental landscapeTo elevate the world’s consciousnessTo work for global peaceWhat, according to a director of Lloyds, was the reaction of employees to their chief executive’s £6.3m pay package?Outraged … “How can he be worth 169 times median pay?”Happy … “People like a winner”Resigned … “And that’s what he should do”Why did two Deutsche Bank staff get into hot water?They ran up a £9,000 bar bill celebrating Boris Johnson’s Brexit dealThey told clients to buy bitcoin this summer, just before its price tumbledThey organised an expensive suit fitting on the morning thousands of staff were sacked Which celebrity invested in a London vegan burger chain?Greta ThunbergLewis HamiltonGeorge MonbiotHow many of Mike Ashley’s stock market investments went into administration in 2019?OneFourTwo“Full of semiliterate business jargon.” What was Tim Martin describing in JD Wetherspoon’s annual report?Company annual reportsThe CBI’s report on Brexit preparationsThe Labour party’s election manifesto25 and above.Amazing! You should be the new governor of the Bank of England24 and above.Amazing! You should be the new governor of the Bank of England23 and above.Amazing! You should be the new governor of the Bank of England22 and above.Amazing! You should be the new governor of the Bank of England21 and above.Amazing! You should be the new governor of the Bank of England20 and above.Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though19 and above.Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though18 and above.Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though17 and above.Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though16 and above.Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though15 and above.Not bad! You seem like more of a middle manager than a high flyer, though14 and above.Not bad! Like the Co-up, you’re making steady returns in a tough market13 and above.Not bad! Like the Co-up, you’re making steady returns in a tough market12 and above.Not bad! Like the Co-up, you’re making steady returns in a tough market11 and above.Not bad! Like the Co-up, you’re making steady returns in a tough market10 and above.Are you sure quizzes suit you? Like Ted Baker, you’re struggling to stay on trend9 and above.Are you sure quizzes suit you? Like Ted Baker, you’re struggling to stay on trend8 and above.Are you sure quizzes suit you? Like Ted Baker, you’re struggling to stay on trend7 and above.Are you sure quizzes suit you? Like Ted Baker, you’re struggling to stay on trend6 and above.Are you sure quizzes suit you? Like Ted Baker, you’re struggling to stay on trend5 and above.Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet 4 and above.Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet 3 and above.Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet 2 and above.Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet 0 and above.Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet 1 and above.Have you been paying attention this year? Your score is unhealthier than Arcadia’s balance sheet Continue reading…

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