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7 questions on mascots

Mascot quiz

The mascots for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been introduced to the public and they are cartoon critters named Wenlock and Mandeville. Test yourself on mascots past and present.

London 2012 Olympic mascots Wenlock (left) and Mandeville

1.) Multiple Choice Question

Speaking of the Olympics, which one of these four lions was Team GB's mascot in Beijing?

Four lions
  1. A head
  2. Big smile
  3. Eyes down
  4. In a crown

2.) Multiple Choice Question

And speaking of the Beijing Olympics, here is mascot Jingjing with a young fan. How many mascots did the 2008 Games have?

Beijing mascot
  1. One
  2. Three
  3. Four
  4. Five

3.) Multiple Choice Question

When Scumbag College took on Footlights College, Oxbridge, at University Challenge in The Young Ones, what did Vyv try to smuggle in as their mascot?

The Young Ones
  1. A pig
  2. A ferret
  3. A WWII grenade
  4. His hamster, Special Patrol Group

4.) Multiple Choice Question

Mascot came into English as a borrowing of the French word mascotte, which itself is derived from the Provencal word mascoto. Meaning what?

  1. Piece of witchcraft
  2. Witch
  3. Luck


This is Zakumi the leopard, official mascot for the imminent 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Click NEXT for a question on which was the first World Cup mascot.

World Cup

5.) Multiple Choice Question

So which of these critters is the earliest World Cup mascot?

World Cup mascots
  1. Football playing twins
  2. Football playing orange
  3. Football playing lion
  4. Football playing dog


And here is Willie in his merchandising glory. He wore simple footy boots and a Union Jack jersey emblazoned with the words "World Cup". Not only was he the first World Cup mascot, he was among the first to be used for any sporting contest. Click NEXT to continue.

World Cup Willie

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Which unfortunate Olympic mascot was described by various critics as a "slug" and a "sperm in sneakers"?

  1. Fu Niu Le Le, left
  2. Izzy, centre
  3. Quatchi, right

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Mascots are not just people dressed up in giant bird or lion costumes - footballers come on with small children as mascots, often their own. Who does this baby belong to?

  1. Wayne Rooney
  2. David Beckham
  3. Steven Gerrard
  4. Edwin van der Sar


  1. It's the lion in picture 3 - Pride, Team GB's Beijing mascot. Picture 1 is Chester, the mascot of Durham rugby club. Picture 2 is Stamford the Lion, of Chelsea FC. And picture 4 is Roary Royal, of Worcestershire County Cricket Club.
  2. Beijing 2008 had five mascots, the same number and colours as the Olympic rings. Their names put together - Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni - translated as "Welcome to Beijing". The first official Olympic mascot was Waldi, a colourful dachshund, at the 1972 Munich Games.
  3. It was a pig, which he pretended was a deformed ferret named Bacon Sandwich. The Footlights team had a teddy and a bottle of champers. SPOILER ALERT: the short-fused punk tried to blow up his rivals with a WWII era grenade. And Special Patrol Group bit the teddy.
  4. Mascoto means "piece of witchcraft, amulet", and is thought to come from the Medieval Latin word masca, meaning witch or spectre. "Mascotte", however, means charm or amulet.
  5. It's the lion, World Cup Willie, from 1966. The orange is Naranjito (Spain, 1982); the boys are Tip and Tap (West Germany, 1974); and the dog is Striker (United States, 1994).
  6. It's poor Izzy - centre - from Atlanta 1996, described by designer John Ryan as his "red-headed stepchild".
  7. It's Kai Rooney, brought on in a Number 10 shirt marked "Daddy", the latest in a line of SADs - sons and daughters - to pitch up in team kit.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Arrested after fight with another mascot

4 - 6 : Mascot costume shrinks in wash

7 - 7 : Winner of mascot dance-off

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