17 December 2021

UPDATED: Celebrate the silly season with our weekly Ken Behrens Quiz

| Jeremy Jones
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Aerial view of Canberra, Manuka Oval in foreground, Telstra Tower in background

A Ken Behrens Quiz to celebrate the festive season in Canberra. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

The silly season is well and truly here, and Canberrans are winding down as the end of 2021 approaches.

While many people are switching off for the year, you still need to be sharp for this week’s Ken Behrens Quiz.

Make it a household challenge, or take it on as a team – warning, this has now been updated with the answers below.

  1. Which of the following is not a real musical? Jerry Springer: The Opera, 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, or Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
  2. Which Aussie football star was recently in the headlines for bumping over a pitch invader?

    Katie Noonan

    Katie Noonan is the artistic director behind which Canberra event? Photo: File.

  3. Katie Noonan is the artistic director of which Canberra festival that will feature Kate Ceberano, Archie Roach and Yothu Yindi in April 2022?
  4. What was the most Googled word (or acronym) in Australia in 2021?
  5. Scott Morrison recently announced a diplomatic boycott of which global event?
  6. Rapper Drake has withdrawn his 2022 Grammy nominations – which two categories was he nominated for?
  7. Anoplognathus pallidicollis is the scientific name for which insect?
  8. According to the 2021 Australian Public Service census figures, which department has the lowest employee engagement?
  9. The Claxton Shield is the former name of the premier competition for which sport in Australia?
  10. What is unique about Bella, a waitress at Greengrocer on Clifford in Goulburn?
  11. Which ACT event accounts for 120,000 room nights and a $30 million financial injection into the Canberra tourism and hospitality sector each year?
  12. Which organisation has the slogan ‘For All Creatures Great and Small’?
  13. In which Australian film will you find criminal lawyer Dennis Denuto?
  14. What distinguished achievements do Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg and Andrew Lloyd Webber have in common?
  15. Which gender of mosquitoes bite?
  16. What William Shakespeare play features Oberon as King of the Fairies?

    Young boy blowing his nose

    Can you guess how many Canberrans suffer from hay fever? Photo: File.

  17. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, what percentage of Canberrans suffer from hay fever?
  18. What number is DCCCLXXXVIII in Roman numerals?
  19. Which precision skill game is named after the Swahili word meaning ‘to build’?
  20. Which Canberra suburb shares its name with a fruit-based dessert?


  1. 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  2. Sam Kerr
  3. National Folk Festival
  4. NBA
  5. 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
  6. Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album
  7. Christmas beetles
  8. Department of Home Affairs
  9. Baseball
  10. Bella is a robot
  11. Summernats
  12. RSPCA
  13. The Castle
  14. EGOT recipients – they have all won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Awards
  15. Female
  16. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  17. 29%
  18. 888
  19. Jenga
  20. (Peach) Melba

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