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The Great City Guide Quiz

If you missed the huge back-page Singapore quiz in our recently published City Guide, here it is again! (And, if you’ve already seen the Guide and you’re on the hunt for the answers, scroll down the page). Whether you’re fresh off the plane or an “old hand”, you’re bound to find some challenges in this lot!

City Guide Quiz - Singapore skyline

  1. Tree Moss, Nacho Twin and Nude Jail are anagrams of which three MRT stations?
  2. Name any one of the three most common surnames in Singapore.
  3. What’s the name of the Facebook co-founder who has lived in Singapore since 2009?
  4. Which one of the following is not one of Singapore’s main agricultural exports: orchids, ornamental fish, grapes, rubber?
  5. What does PAP stand for?
  6. What are Singapore’s four official languages?
  7. In 2016, at the Rio Olympic Games, which athlete won Singapore’s first ever gold medal, and in what event?
  8. Bukit Timah means “tin hill” in Malay. What does Bukit Merah mean?
  9. What is the oldest building still standing in Singapore: Sultan Mosque, Sri Mariamman Temple, Old Parliament House?
  10. What decade saw the end of Singapore’s “nightsoil” sanitation system, when buckets were collected from old-style latrines: the 1890s, 1950s or 1980s?
  11. What’s the name of the oldest hawker centre in Singapore?
  12. Approximately how many vehicles use the Johor-Singapore causeway each day? 6,000, 60,000 or 600,000?
  13. The Battle of Singapore ended on 15 February in which year?
  14. What does CHIJMES stand for?
  15. Which plant, known for its massive flowers and unpleasant odour, takes its name from the founder of Singapore?
  16. In 2009, what caused significant damage to Singapore’s main Merlion statue near Marina Bay?
  17. The world’s largest fountain is located where in Singapore?
  18. True or false: Singapore is also the name of a “ghost town” in the US state of Michigan.
  19. What is the most widely practiced religion in Singapore?
  20. Is Singapore in the southern or northern hemisphere?
  21. What is the name of Singapore’s football league?
  22. What is Singapore’s largest banknote in circulation?
  23. Singapore and which two other places are the world’s only surviving city-states?
  24. In what year did Singapore host the first-ever night-time Formula 1 Championship race, or Grand Prix? (For extra cred, who won?)
  25. The Port of Singapore is the world’s second-busiest port in terms of total shipping tonnage. Which city has the busiest port?



  1. Somerset, Chinatown and Aljunied
  2. Tan, Lim, Lee
  3. Eduardo Saverin
  4. Grapes
  5. People’s Action Party
  6. English, Tamil, Malay and Mandarin
  7. Joseph Schooling, 100m butterfly (beating Michael Phelps)
  8. Red hill
  9. Old Parliament House
  10. 1980s (1987)
  11. Lau Pa Sat, established in 1825
  12. 60,000
  13. 1942
  14. Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus Middle Education School
  15. Rafflesia
  16. Lightning
  17. Suntec City
  18. True (its ruins are buried under Lake Michigan’s dunes)
  19. Buddhism (approximately 33 percent); Christianity is second at around 18%
  20. Northern – but only just; it’s 137km north of the Equator
  21. The S League
  22. $10,000 (printing of these notes ceased in 2014, but existing notes are still legal tender)
  23. Monaco and the Vatican City
  24. 2008 (won by Fernando Alonso for Renault)
  25. Shanghai, China


How did you go in our Singapore quiz? If you missed a few, and you’d like to learn a bit more about living on the island, read on for a huge range of stories.