31 December 2021

UPDATED: 2021 in review in this Ken Behrens Weekly quiz

| Jeremy Jones
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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr Ken Behrens tweet by Sean Lawson

Where it all began. The Chief gives a shout out to all of us – Ken Behrens. Photo: Twitter.

The year is almost over and 2022 is nearly here. And what a year it has been! From Canberrans dominating the domestic and world stage, to lockdowns and world firsts, what do you remember from 2021?

Take our quiz and see – warning this article has now been updated with the answers at the bottom. Don’t peek!

  1. Who is Mitch Bowey? The transcriber behind “Ken Behrens”, the first Australian to audition for Saturday Night Live, or the streaker bumped by Sam Kerr?
  2. A new stage for the light rail network was announced in 2021. What will be the final stop on light rail stage 2A?

    Light Rail

    Design has begun on the next stage of the Light Rail in 2021. Where will the final stop be? Photo: Michelle Kroll.

  3. Which Australian band covered Tame Impala’s ‘Elephant’ on Triple J’s Like A Version?
  4. Which country won cricket’s World Test Championship in June 2021?
  5. According to The GABS Hottest 100, which beer started 2021 by being voted Aussie Craft beer of 2020? Balter XPA, Stone and Wood Pacific Ale, or Bentspoke Crankshaft

    Capital Brewing

    Capital Brewing’s partnerships manager Dan Watters (left) and BentSpoke co-founder and head brewer Richard Wats. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

  6. A Skywhale family was created in 2021. What is the name of the Skywhale’s newest relative?
  7. The man behind the popular dessert laboratory and ice creamery, often dubbed the Willy Wonka of Canberra, sadly passed away this year. What is the name of the store he leaves behind?
  8. Mardi Gras made its return for 2021 not as a parade but as an arena spectacular at the SCG. Who was the international performer who headlined the enclosed parade?
  9. Ariarne Titmus won gold in the 400m freestyle, and her coach’s celebrations went viral. What’s her coach’s name?
  10. How long was the initial ACT lockdown?
  11. Former US President Barack Obama named which song by Canberran Genesis Owusu in his favourite songs of 2021?

    Photograph of Genesis Owusu on beach

    Former US President Barack Obama named a song by Canberran Genesis Owusu in his favourite songs of 2021. Photo: File.

  12. What year will Brisbane be hosting the Olympics?
  13. A portrait of which Australian musician won the 2021 Archibald Packing Room Prize?
  14. Melbourne became the number one lockdown destination in the world. Which city did Melbourne overtake?
  15. Which pair were the Australian flag-bearers for the Tokyo Olympics?
  16. Who became the first billionaire to fly to space on their own craft?
  17. Who beat the Brumbies this year to win the Super Rugby AU final?
  18. True or False? CEO of car company Tesla, Elon Musk, became the richest man in the world this year on the same day that Nikola Tesla died in 1943.
  19. Charlie Watts, who passed away at age 80 this year, was the drummer in which band?
  20. Ash Barty made us all proud by winning the Women’s Wimbledon final 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 against which player?


  1. The transcriber behind “Ken Behrens”
  2. Commonwealth Park
  3. The Wiggles
  4. New Zealand
  5. Bentspoke Crankshaft
  6. Skywhalepapa
  7. Frugi
  8. Rita Ora
  9. Dean Boxall
  10. Seven days
  11. Gold Chains
  12. 2032
  13. Kate Ceberano
  14. Buenos Aires
  15. Cate Cambell and Patty Mills
  16. Richard Branson
  17. Queensland Reds
  18. True, 7 January
  19. The Rolling Stones
  20. Karolína Plíšková


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